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Showing posts from March, 2012

36 years of Innovation

By: Benjamin Greger
Contributing Writer

Apple continues to make it's mark in history. Yes we lost a great innovator, but we did not loose a company of great innovation. Products will continue to roll out, and with the release of the iPad 3 I think it's fair to say the innovation is not lost. To celebrate Apple's 36th anniversary AdWeek and Unruly Media have put together the 36 most viral and shared videos from Apple. Mine just happens to be No. 2 take a look at all 36 here. Which is your favorite viral Apple video?


Valencia College Stages Mountain Rose

Valencia College is proud to announce that Stephen DeWoody has been named the winning playwright of the college's 21st annual Original Play Competition among Florida playwrights. DeWoody's play, "Mountain Rose: The balled of Rose Anna McCoy," was selected from among the 40 submissions of full-length, original manuscripts written by playwrights from around the state. Valencia's theatre department will be producing the premiere of "Mountain Rose" on Tuesday, April 3 at 7:30PM in the Black Box Theatre on Valencia's East Campus. Tickets are $10 for the public, $8 for students, seniors and Valencia College staff, the admission is free for Valencia College Students with their college I.D. card. 

Seating is limited in the Black Box Theater and latecomers may not be seated. Please arrive 30 minutes before the 7:30 p.m. curtain time. To purchase tickets online, go to To receive a $2 discount on each ticket, enter the code VALENCIAWEB…

Downtown Food & Wine Fest at Lake Eola

Recently revitalized, the Downtown Food & Wine Fest is Saturday, March 31 (Noon to 9 p.m.) and Sunday, April 1 (Noon to 7 p.m.) in downtown Orlando on Robinson Street along Lake Eola. This annual food event is presented and produced by MIX 105.1 FM and 1059 SUNNY FM in partnership with the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association.

Chanticleer, An Orchestra of Voices

Winter Park's The Bach Festival Society will be putting on, "The World's Reigning Male Chorus," Chanticleer (The New Yorker). Based in San Francisco, Chanticleer is known around the world as "an orchestra of voices" for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices and original interpretations of vocal literature. Chanticleer will be performing its Love Story program Sunday, April 15, 2012, at 3:00PM at the Knowles Memorial Chapel, Rollins College (1000 Holt Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789). Tickets range from $20-$50 and there is a limited number of tickets remaining for this show call the box office at 407.646.2182 or visit

Israeli Law Bans Underweight Models in Ads

A new Israeli Law has been put into action banning underweight models from local advertising and requiring publications to disclose when they use altered images to make women and men appear thinner. The article from USA Today also explains that this is "appears to be the first attempt by any government to use legislation to take on a fashion industry accused of abetting eating disorders by idealizing extreme thinness."

What are your thoughts, do you think legislation should do something about the thinness of models here in the US? 

Cool Fun Begins At Community Center Pool Grand Opening Celebration

The Parks & Recreation Department of the City of Winter Park is pleased to announce a Pool Grand Opening Celebration will be held on Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Winter Park Community Center located at
721 West New England Avenue.
The Winter Park Community Center, a 38,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility, was opened to the public in October 2011, when the outdoor temperatures were too cold to swim. Now that spring has arrived, the cool fun can begin at the multipurpose pool facility which includes a zero-depth entry, lap lanes, spray play with recreation area and changing rooms.
Festivities at the grand opening celebration will include a FREE underwater egg hunt for children of all ages. Swimmers are encouraged to arrive early to sign up for the underwater egg hunt and register for a recreation I.D.
For additional event information regarding the Winter Park Community Center or to book event space, please call 407‐599‐3275.

Coffee Club is Back!

Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 8:30AM Fairwinds Credit Union Community Room (3087 N Alafaya Tri., Orlando, FL 32826). Join Coffee Club for a presentation by SCORE. SCORE is a partner of the East Orlando Chamber of Commerce and will provide some great hands-on knowledge for business owners.

City of Orlando Employees Raise $445,695 for Central Florida Charities Through Workplace Giving Campaign

Thanks to the generosity of City of Orlando employees, Mayor Buddy Dyer and City Commissioners made check presentations at Monday’s City Council meeting totaling $445,695 in donations to 464 charity organizations. Through the City of Orlando’s Workplace Giving Campaign more than 1,200 City employees participated in the 2011 fundraiser, surpassing the $400,000 goal. 

“The Workplace Giving Campaign is one of the many ways City employees show their commitment to the community and give back,” said Mayor Buddy Dyer. “I was extremely impressed by the dedicated hard working members of our City family, who this year, broke all records for charitable giving at City Hall.  Through their monetary contributions, our employees are helping address some of the most critical issues facing Central Florida.”

9 to 5 The Musical is Coming to Orlando Soon!

The Monica Rich Kosann Collection

Monica Rich Kosann has captured the essence of her fine black-and-white photography and exquisite jewelry collections and has applied it to luxury paper. Together with Dempsey & Carroll, Monica has created a collection with engraved phrases with universal appeal. A portion of the proceeded from the sales of these products will go to benefit The Children's Storefront, a tuition-free private school in Harlem. 

Exquisitely, Elegant Couture Cupcakes

I bet you've never seen cupcakes like this before, Bedazzle Bonbons are best know for their vibrant jewel tones, sensational shimmering hues and complimenting each cupcake with a peacock feather. Check out their website. Unfortunately they are located in North Carolina, but I'm sure special orders can be made for these lovely creations. View our Orlando cupcake guide

FSYO Announces Auditions for 2012-2013 Season

As they close their 55th Concert Season, The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra announces auditions for the 2012 – 2013 Concert Season. Praised as one of the top youth orchestras in the country, the FSYO seeks dedicated, talented young musicians from around Central Florida to join 1 of their 4 orchestras.

FSYO student membership will enjoy a rich educational experience during Sunday rehearsals, and varied concert experiences throughout the year; previous FSYO guest artists include famed violinist Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg, who performed with the FSYO’s pre-professional Symphonic Orchestra in early 2011. The 55th Season offered students the opportunity to meet international recording artist, Josh Groban, and perform a Holiday Concert in collaboration with WKMG Local 6 at the Lake Eola Bandshell. In addition to professional-level concert experiences, the FSYO hosts an annual Concerto Competition, offers master classes, and provides students the opportunity to grow as musicians.
Ninety percen…