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Ariana Grande at Halloween Horror Nights

Ariana Grande went to Halloween Horror Nights 24 at Universal Orlando on October 30th and took a picture with the iconic masked vigilantes in “The Purge: Anarchy” street experience. Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights takes place select nights now through November 1. For more information, visit:

Celebration High School: Storm the Batey 5k

By: Denna Beena Contributing Writer

I first me Katie and learned of The Batey Rehab Project while working on an art event. The photos she sent of the jewelry that is made and sold to fund the non-profit were stunning to say the least. I then found out more about the project and that it benefits areas in theDominican Republic an area that is near to my heart, I was even more inspired by her project.
I spent 2 weeks in the Dominican Republic while in high school on a service project. It is a beautiful land with even more beautiful people. The Batey Rehab Project's mission is to Partner with locals to provide community development within Haitian Migrant Labor Camps (Bateyes) alongside villagers, enabling the rehabilitation and re-build of their communities.
Celebration High School has chosen The Batey Project to receive proceeds from their up coming 5K.

What: Storm the Batey 5k
Where: Celebration High School and vicinity
When: Friday December 19th, 7am

From their press release:
At Celebrat…

​Froyo Is Not Dead Orlando: Yogen Früz Grand Opening Proves It

We thought the froyo craze was dead. Remember our hugely popular Orlando Froyo Guide? Well, looks like we have to update it because here comes a new kid on the block: Yogen Früz is celebrating the grand opening of its Winter Park location (113 N. Orlando Avenue) Saturday, November 1st at 11 am. Expect tot find the following at the opening, along with froyo:
XL 106.7’s Jana will be there 12-2 pmface painting Live DJAbout: Yogen Früz is a leader in the frozen yogurt dessert industry with over 1,400 locations in 46 countries, ranging from the United States and Bahamas to Korea. Yogen Früz began in 1986 in Toronto, Canada and has expanded with the success of their unique blending system, which allows customers to create a personalized frozen yogurt and fresh fruit flavor combination. Customers are guilt-free with their frozen yogurt dessert choices as everything is equally healthy, nutritious and delicious.

Third Chuy's Coming to Orlando in the Airport Area

If there's Chuy's news to share, we have it. No one else gets you this in-depth, no holds barred look at the news of Chuy's doings in Orlando.
We told you Spring 2013 when Chuy's opened their first location in Kissimmee.We told you February 2014 when Chuy's opened their second location on I-Drive. See?
Well guess what, Orlando... 
There's a THIRD location coming! 
Of Chuy's!
In Orlando! 
They just broke ground on their third area location at 6688 S. Semoran Boulevard near the airport. It will have a 7,944 square-foot restaurant and 1,586 square-foot patio.

About: Founded in 1982 in Austin, Texas, Chuy's (Facebook | Web) serves authentic Tex-Mex food in an eclectic atmosphere full of color and personality. The menu offers family recipes from South Texas, New Mexico and Mexican border towns, all made to order from the freshest ingredients. Chuy's has the reputation as the most fun and friendly spot to eat real Tex-Mex at a great price. For more information …

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer 's 2014 State of Downtown Address

You can watch Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer 's 2014 State of Downtown Addressonline here at 3:30pm on Wednesday, December 3, 2014. If you want to attend and watch it live, it'll take place at the Church Street Exchange Building, 101 South Garland Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801. Advance registration is required for this sell-out event. Cost is $40 for DOP members and $50 for nonmembers. Due to limited space, general admission tickets will be standing room only for this event.

This year, Mayor Dyer will share the latest on the City’s comprehensive visioning process for the continued revitalization of Downtown Orlando, led by the citizen taskforce, Project DTO— Advancing Downtown. As part of this, Mayor Dyer will make several announcements that will shape the next decade of Downtown.
Similar to each State of Downtown address, Mayor Dyer will also provide the community with an update on facts, figures and new developments in Downtown Orlando.

DAMN! For 42 Years A 120-Person Choir and Orchestra Have Been Giving Performances of Handel's Messiah FOR FREE to Central Florida!

This is the 42nd DAMN year in a row that the Messiah Choral Society has been presenting Handel's Messiah free to the Central Florida public. Can you believe that? 42 years of 120 choir members, soloists and orchestra members... for FREE!? 

(They do ask that you bring donations of nonperishable food items to the performance in support of the Second Harvest Food Bank.)

The nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization raises all the funds necessary to produce and present this performance as a gift to the Central Florida community every year. 
Conducted by Dr. John Sinclair, Chair and Professor of Music at Rollins College, the concert features many familiar masterworks such as the “Hallelujah Chorus,” performed by our 120+ member choir, professional soloists and orchestra.
The show is November 30th at 3:00 p.m. (doors open at 2:15) at Bob Carr Performing Arts Center (401 West Livingston Street, Orlando 32801. 

Homeless Students Helped in Fern Creek Fundraiser November 6th

The Fern Creek Bulldog Benefit is an annual event featuring food from Mills50 restaurants, entertainment and a silent auction taking place Thursday November 6th. Tickets are $25 and available online. All proceeds to go the The Fern Creek Foundation which provides weekend snack packs, socks, underwear, winter coats, a food pantry, clothing closet, and mentoring programs for the students at Fern Creek Elementary. 

Why this school in particular? 
More than half of the students are bused in from the Coalition for the Homeless in Downtown Orlando and Parramore, one of Orlando’s poorest neighborhoods. More than 94 percent of Fern Creek students qualify for the nationally funded School Lunch Program, which provides meal assistance to children who live near or below the poverty level. For their lowest-income students, the school day is where guaranteed meals start and end.Many go home and spend the night or weekend hungry. Tickets are $25 and available online

Selena Gomez Wax Statue Visits Lake Eola and I-Drive

Madame Tussauds has a planned 2015 grand opening on I-Drive. To bring some attention to the impending wax museum, they creeped the hell out of the staff at The Daily City this week by posing their human-like version of Selena Gomez in two Orlando locations: in front of the unfinished ferris wheel on I-Drive and beside the iconic (to some not us) Lake Eola Park. 

2nd Annual Craft Beer & Blues Festival: Live Bands, 15 Food Trucks and a Slew of Local Artists

Craft Beer & Blues Festival in Casselberry Friday, Nov. 14th5-9pm Lake Concord Park, 95 Triplet Lake DriveBring your blanket and chairsAdmission and parking are free
Beer Fall and Autumnal brands of beer from Florida Distributors 
Entertainment Jeff Howell and his band will open the nightLegendary blues guitarist Bob Margolin: Margolin, who played guitar for seven years in the band of Chicago blues legend Muddy Waters, is carrying on the deep Chicago blues style.Nighthawks: They have steadily been working since being founded in 1972 in Washington, D.C. They play a mix of blues, rock, rockabilly, soul and swing. The band’s current lineup features founding member Mark Wenner on harp and vocals, Paul Bell on guitar and vocals, Johnny Castle on bass and vocals and, on drums and vocals, Mark Stutso, who replaced longtime member Pete Ragusa.Paul Stott Group will play also.
15 Food Trucks Casselberry is one of the 11 stops on The Daily City® The Food Truck Bazaar regional tour! They bring local…

Silent Disco Inside the Museum!

Imagine being inside the electric and transient atmosphere of the light installation designed by the artists of Luftwerk called Translucenceat the Tampa Museum of Art (120 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602). Now, picture it full of people wearing wireless headphones and dancing the night away. It's the surreal, hilarious and silent disco Saturday November 8, 8pm-11pm. Buy tickets now or call 813.421.8371.

The Ravenous Pig Doing a Thanksgiving Inspired Lunch on November 1st

On Saturday November 1st, The Ravenous Pig (1234 North Orange Avenue, Winter Park) is doing a Thanksgiving-themed lunch 11:30am-2pm. Make a reservation or just walk on in! Here's the menu:
Turkeychettacornbread dressingturkey sausagecaramelized guanciale brussels sproutscranberry saucemashed potatoes and giblet gravysweet potato pie

Sample 8 Pumpkin Flavored Products Free at The Fresh Market

The Fresh Market is doing a special sampling event October 25 & 26, 1pm-6pm. Guests get to sample the following products:
TFM Pumpkin Spice CoffeeApple CiderPumpkin PiePumpkin Chocolate Chip Pound CakeTFM Harvest Pumpkin SalsaTFM Naturally Flavored Pumpkin Pie CoffeePumpkin Nut BreadTFM Pumpkin Cinnamon Caramel Dessert SauceGuests can also expect in-store trick-or-treating (Saturday only) and two-day deals on many pumpkin and autumn inspired items throughout the store.

Get the Hell Out of Orlando

(Though this sure does sound like an ad, it is not) If you need a getaway from swan boats and traffic and wanna get your eyeballs on some zen-spirational (we made that word up) fall foliage, consider the North Carolina Mountains. High Hampton Inn is doing $149 for a single room and $169 for a double room with a two-night minimum (nights and weekends) Oct. 27 to Nov. 8. And damn breakfast and dinner are included. WHAT!?

1 (800) 334-2551reservations@highhamptoninn.comWebsite

Sushi For Halloween

Forget bars and clubs and neighbor's houses for Halloween. Instead, spend your time nuzzled up to your "boo" at a sushi restaurant! How random! RA Sushi Bar (9101 International Drive, Suite 1008, Orlando, FL 32819 | Website | Menu | Instagram | Twitter) is doing a "Boo Bash Party" on October 31st 11am till close. Call (407) 454-5600 for info. 

See photos we took a few months ago of the food and the interior.

New Menu Items:

Zombie Roll ($8): spicy salmon, cucumber, cilantro and jalapeño rolled and topped with avocado and sriracha.The Black Widow Roll ($10): crispy soft shell crab, kaiware sprouts, kani kama crab mix rolled in rice and soy paper, then topped with shredded daikon, spicy mayo and eel sauce.The Wicked Shrimp ($8.99): crispy shrimp served on a bed of mixed greens, with a creamy ginger teriyaki dipping sauce.Dranks:
Witches Brew (single $9/double $18): a bubbling blend of Southern Comfort, Amaretto Disaronno, cold sake, liqueurs and tropical juices.Froz…

Swine & Sons Provisions Opens February 2015

Swine & Sons Provisions (Web | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram), a new endeavor from James and Julie Petrakis, chefs/owners of The Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder, is slated to open February 2015. The third Winter Park operation from the James Beard-nominated husband/wife tandem will reflect Cask & Larder’s sophisticated southern cuisine and Ravenous Pig’s innovative flare for modern fine dining, while introducing a novel takeout concept to Central Florida.

Located immediately west of Cask & Larder on Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park, Swine & Sons Provisions will specialize in takeout charcuterie, butcher sandwiches, seasonally inspired homemade ice creams, signature spices and rubs, scratch-made biscuits, daily pastry offerings and more.

Swine & Sons Provisions will also offer growlers of beer sourced from Cask & Larder’s Brewery. Favorites from The Brewery, including the Red Drum, IPA and Wit varietals will be available, along with a handpicked selection of …

Photos: Old Town Halloween and Legends, A Haunting in Old Town

By Denna Beena
Halloween Expert 

Old Town in Kissimmee is hosting an old fashion Halloween celebration and it's free! Offering 6 different themed haunted areas with many photo opportunities, Zombies roaming the streets, costume contests and a Thriller show several times through out the night along with their shops and restaurants.
If you are brave enough, stop by and visit the Ashdown family at Legend's A Haunting at Old Town. Legend's is open all year round but you have just a few more chances to catch the Halloween celebration!