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"A Toast to Humanity" Fundraiser Auction/Party to Benefit Habitat for Humanity

Winter Park, Fla. (January 30, 2015) - Join Habitat for Humanity of Winter Park-Maitland for its annual nighttime fundraiser on Saturday, February 7, at the Winter Park Country Club. A catered dinner party, live music, silent auction and golf tournament - using glow-in-the-dark balls - are included in the evening's activities.Tee-off time is 5 pm and cocktail hour commences at 6:30 pm. Festivities include dinner, a party and silent auction.The dinner party and silent auction will be catered by Ruth's Hospitality Group Inc, parent company of Ruth's Chris Steak House, and a Habitat sponsoring partner. Items up for bid at previous fundraisers included portrait sessions, spa services, an autographed Magic basketball, sporting event tickets, gift baskets, a boat tour, golf equipment and dining at area restaurants.Participation in the golf tournament is not required to participate in the rest of the festivities. There is a $35 fee per individual ($50 per couple) for the party, d…

19 Food Trucks, Fireworks and Concert with Sugar Ray, Uncle Kracker andFrankie Negron at the Kissimmee Lakefront ​Park ​Grand Opening

The Kissimmee Lakefront Park ​Grand Opening (Website) concert and fireworks show is this Saturday January 31st 4-8pm at the newly-completed multi-million dollar Lakefront Park (201 Lakeview Drive. Kissimmee, Florida 34741). The live concert will feature three bands: Sugar Ray, Uncle Kracker and Frankie Negron. At 8pm there will be a fireworks show. And the food option for this massive event will be The Daily City Food Truck Bazaar with NINETEEN food trucks.

The Part of Governor Scott's Keep Florida Working Budget That Comes to Central Florida

Governor Rick Scott today announced that the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will receive $9.9 billion in the "Keep Florida Working” budget to make strategic transportation investments statewide. The Governor’s proposed budget follows this year’s record funding of $10.1 billion to improve Florida’s infrastructure, including the largest FDOT work program in state history.

East Central Florida
$28.8M for a new interchange at I-95 and St. Johns Heritage Parkway, also known as the Palm Bay Parkway, located North of Micco Road. The interchange will increase access and safety as current interchanges at Malabar Road and in Indian River County are more than 12 miles apart. The new interchange will also promote connectivity to the new parkway project in western Brevard County.$6.5M of right of way purchase and environmental work for eventual new road construction on SR 429/46 from west of Old McDonald Rd to east of Wekiva River Road in Lake County. This is nearly a five mile, to…

Convening Culture Conference at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Convening Culture 2015Register Here The 2015 Convening Culture conference takes place in the newly-completed Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801). With its opening in November 2014, the performing arts center launched its vision of Arts For Every Life by being a gathering place for creativity and discovery; a vibrant urban destination where artists, audiences and students come to experience, explore and learn. The two-block community destination features the 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater, 300-seat Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Seneff Arts Plaza, School of Arts, the DeVos Family Room, and other event rental spaces. The Dr. Phillips Center is a public-private collaboration with the City of Orlando, Orange County, the State of Florida and generous donors. February 8, 201511:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.– Pre-conference Workshop Financial Literacy for Individual ArtistsThis pre-conference workshop for artists is presented in partnership with the C…

28 Days of Date Night Giveaways

Free food! Possibly! The fantastic local blog Orlando Date Night Guide is giving away a lineup of 28 pretty solid prizes including dinners, hotel stays and more, every day in February. Go here and enter:

Tom + Chee Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Restaurant To Open

In April, Orlando will get another gourmet grilled cheese restaurant: Tom + Chee ( It will be located in the Crossorads a plaza at 12531 State Road 535. Four more locations are expected in the Orlando area. Source:

Fancy Grilled Cheese Menu:
Tomatoes+Garlic Seasoning+Cheddar+Mozzarella+ Sourdough PESTO+TURKEY
Roasted Turkey+Pesto+Mozz+Sourdough HIPPY+CHEE
Hummus+Cucumber+Mixed Greens+Tomato+Cheddar+Wheat BLT+CHEE
Bacon+Lettuce+Tomato+Cheddar+White BACON+BLUE
Bacon+Blue Cheese+Mozz+Sourdough GRILLED MAC+CHEESE
Mac & Cheese+Cheddar+White FLYING PIG
Roasted Turkey+Bacon+Pickles+Gouda+Sourdough SWISS+SHROOM
Grilled Mushrooms+Onion+Swiss+Rye
HOT+SPICY Pepperoni+Cherry Peppers+Onions+Pepper Jack+Wheat PEP+CHEE
Pepperoni+Tomato Sauce+Mozz+Sourdough HAM+CHEE
Ham+Pickles+American+White ARMAGOETTA
Goetta+Cherry Peppers+Fried Onions+Sweet Hot Mustard+Pepper Jack+Sourdough+Rye BBQ+BACON
BBQ Potato Chips+Bacon+American+White ITALIAN
Salt & Vinegar Chips+Pepperoni+H…

Spoleto Italian Chain to Open Winter Park Location

Italian restaurant chain Spoleto (Web) will open it's second Orlando-area location in March/April next to Performance Bicycles on Mills in Winter Park. The menu will include flatbreads, pastas and soups. Source

Black History Month Reception and Commemoration February 3rd

Mayor Buddy Dyer, District 5 City Commissioner Regina I. Hill, District 6 City Commissioner Samuel B. Ings and ONYX Magazine will host the annual Black History Month Reception and Commemoration on Tuesday, February 3. The event will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. in the Rotunda at City Hall at 400 South Orange Avenue. This year’s Black History Month theme, “A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture,” points to the last 100 years of African American history; yet, it is acknowledged that the history of African Americans dates back many years before. During the free event at City Hall, several organizations and individuals who have made an impact in Orlando will be honored, including the Young Fathers of Central Florida, the Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation, community activist Father Nelson Pinder and students Yold Delius of Evans High School and Joel Pierre of Wekiva High School, who are excelling in academics, leadership and community service. RSVP to lizzette.feliciano@cityoforlando.…

Transcendental Audio/Visual Rock Duo Darsombra
Transcendental audio/visual rock duo Darsombra is performing February 20th at The Haven with I'm No Navigator and Auditory Armory. 
They... "have packed and prepared their space shuttle for launch, readying themselves for journey to inner space. Brian Daniloski (a veteran of metal bands Meatjack and Trephine), pilots, navigates, and controls the sound of Darsombra, alternating between searing guitar riffs, leads, loops, mammoth vocal swells, and soundscapes.  He takes one part metal, one part psychedelic rock, one part experimental, and dashes of prog, glam, and krautrock, to soundtrack the voyage. Filmmaker Ann Everton co-pilots, accompanying him on synthesizer, gong, and vocals, as well as projecting her kinetic, psychotropic videos specifically composed to Daniloski's music, engulfing the audience within the trip."

Valencia College Theater Presents the Original Docudrama, Division: TheTrayvon/Jordan Project

The Valencia College Theater will host the world premiere of a new docudrama, “Division: The Trayvon/Jordan Project” in the Valencia East Campus Black Box Theater, in a limited engagement from Feb. 11 to 16.

As part of a yearlong project between multiple theaters and producers in Central Florida, Valencia College Theater is presenting this docudrama, a form of documentary theater. The play, which was developed by Valencia’s theater department, pivots around the deaths of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., and Jordan Davis in Jacksonville, Fla.

After conducting more than 100 hours of interviews, theater students working in a special class created the docudrama, which explores the reaction to the events, the impact, fallout and legacy, as well as what “Division” means to American society today. Using the reactions and words of many individuals – lawyers, media personalities, political activists, professors, students and people intimately involved in the two tragedies -- the play explores a …

Lighting of Iconic ORLANDO Sculpture at the Orlando Citrus Bowl

Wednesday, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, City Commissioners and the City of Orlando Public Art Advisory Board will celebrate Downtown Orlando’s newest arts and cultural installation with the official lighting of the iconic ORLANDO sculpture at the Orlando Citrus Bowl.  
The ORLANDO sign once crowned the scoreboard at the Orlando Citrus Bowl where it was seen by hundreds of thousands of stadium visitors through the years. Prior to demolition of the stadium one year ago, each of the seven individual letters were salvaged and have been transformed into the new 54-foot iconic ORLANDO sculpture.  
Wednesday’s event will highlight the new ORLANDO sculpture and showcase the more than 100 color-changing LED lights that have been retrofitted into each letter.
Located at the base of the monumental stairs at the northeast corner of the Orlando Citrus Bowl, the sculpture is positioned at the “Front Door” of the stadium and once again welcomes visitors to Orlando and the new Orlando Citrus Bowl.
WHEN:    W…

Meals on Wheels 5k

The Osceola Council on Aging “Meals on Wheels” program will participate and host the national 2015 March for Meals campaign.  The March for Meals 5K event will take place onSaturday, March 21, 2015 and will include a 5K (3.1 mile) run and walk, Kid’s Run, silent auction, and more.  Plus, if you bring non-perishable food items, you will be entered into a prize drawing!  The event will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2015 in the Town of Celebration at the Lakefront at 631 Sycamore Street starting at 7:00 a.m. (registration) and the run and walk begins at 8:00 a.m. The cost is $25 (before March 7th) and $30 (March 8th-20th) and $35 (day of event).  To register online go “Our Meals on Wheels program is so important to our community, the food and personal contact we provide to seniors in this community is needed more than ever,” said Wilda Belisle, Meals on Wheels Director, and Osceola Council on Aging. “We need our community to come out and run or walk and he…

David Sedaris Comes To Orlando April 17th

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announces tickets on sale forWMFE presents An Evening with David Sedaris at 8:00 p.m. at the Bob Carr Theater on Friday, April 17, 2015. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Box Office at 455 Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Saturday or online at Online and phone ticket purchases include handling fees.
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.
David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Y…

A Celebration of Harry Potter Three-Day Event

Press Release:
This weekend, fans from around the world will come together to celebrate Harry Potter’s adventures at the second annual “A Celebration of Harry Potter.” Hosted by Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros., this three-day event will allow fans to enjoy incredible experiences from Q&A sessions with some of their favorite Harry Potter film talent to exploring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and more.
The event will include unforgettable experiences, such as: ·         Q&A sessions with film talent and other special guests, including Robbie Coltrane (RubeusHagrid), Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore), James Phelps (Fred Weasley), Oliver Phelps (GeorgeWeasley) and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) ·         A special opening event on Friday evening starring the Harry Potter film talent, MinaLima, and award-winning artist Kazu Kibuishi and more. ·         A live duelling demonstration and wand combat masterclass hosted by Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, featuring the world’s…

Peter Schreyer launches Crealdé Photography Guild

Opening Presentation 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 30
It’s a year of new beginnings for Peter Schreyer, Executive Director of Crealdé School of Art.
Last week Schreyer opened a solo documentary photography exhibition at Cornell Fine Arts Museum titled Peter Schreyer: Returning Home.The black-and-white images and personal text capture the Swiss native’s recent visit to his hometown of Pieterlen, Switzerland. The show continues through April 5.
This Friday, the story behind Schreyer’s Pieterlen exhibition will be the opening presentation for the new Crealdé Photography Guild. The 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. program will be held in the school’s Showalter Hughes Community Gallery on the main Winter Park campus. Schreyer’s hope is to attract, engage and retain film and digital photography students of all levels. “Come share time with people that have a passion for photography,” invites Schreyer, who also serves as the Interim Director of the Photography Department.
The new Crealdé Photography Guild will m…

Twelve21 Gallery Presents: Deconstructing Reality

Twelve21 Gallery Presents: Deconstructing Reality 
Featuring: Nikki Painter (Richmond, Virginia) 
Friday, February 6, 2015 | 6P – 9P
Curated by: Alya Poplawsky & Katy Bakker
As a graduate student, Nikki Painter was drawn to demolition sites; fascinated by forms of deconstruction. Through her drawing studies on-site she realized that like any living being, architectural structures went through a natural life cycle. A structure is created, then it starts to deteriorate via natural causes, it is then demolished, and a new structure is created. Painter illustrates this in her work through the juxtaposition of color and pattern. Grays, blacks, and whites represent a standing architectural structure. As nature starts to encroach, color, organic shapes, and patterns start to filter into the composition representing nature. Painter’s patterning, be it checkered, diamond, hatching, or repetitive geometric shapes represents the quiet chaos in nature.
Painter plays with the viewer’s perception…

Krispy Kreme Valetines Day Donuts

Krispy Kreme has new Valentines Day Doughnuts:  Sprinkled Heart Doughnut- A white iced, heart-shaped doughnut with red, pink and white sprinkles.Chocolate Iced Heart Doughnut- A chocolate iced, heart-shaped doughnut topped with red drizzle.Kiss- An “X” shaped doughnut with a tasty white icing and strawberry flavored “X” topping.Hug- An “O” shaped doughnut with white icing and strawberry flavored “O” topping.Luv Bug (NEW) – A Kreme™ filled doughnut topped with red and chocolate icing and a sugar piece lady bug face.Here are the locations: 
Krispy Kreme Winter Park - Drive thru Open 24 hours1031 S. Orlando Avenue (17-92), Winter Park, FL  32789 Open 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Sunday–Thursday) and 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Friday and Saturday) Krispy Kreme Millenia - Open 24 hours
4080 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32939 Krispy Kreme Kissimmee - Open 24 hours
5310 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway
(192 / Mile Marker 11.5), Kissimmee, FL  34746

Cupid’s Undie Run Launches ‘Donate Your Valentine’s Day’

Cupid Charities, creator of Cupid’s Undie Run, has taken another step to own Valentine’s Day with their new campaign Donate Your Valentine’s Day. Executive Director Chad Leathers announced that the campaign is a new avenue for all to join the organization’s efforts in raising funds for Neurofibromatosis (NF) research.

Cupid’s Undie Run, which raises money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation and NF research, is limited to brave souls willing to strip down to their undies who are also over 21. Donate Your Valentine’s Day allows individuals to sign up and ask for donations through a personalized fundraising page still benefiting Cupid’s efforts and the Children's Tumor Foundation, but allowing them to skip the undies.

“Donate Your Valentine’s Day is something that we’ve been very excited about,” Leathers said. “It gives so many more people the opportunity to participate. Whether they can’t make the event because of scheduling conflicts, they aren’t old enough, or they’re not wild abou…

Concert in a Hotel Lobby: Velvet Sessions Featuring Jimmie Van Zant January 29th

Did you know you the hotel lobby of the Hard Rock Hotel has a rock 'n' roll cocktail party and lobby concert series called "Velvet Sessions?" Tickets include free specialty drinks, finger foods and warm-up tunes from 6:30 pm until show time, cash bars and live band from show time onward, and complimentary valet parking. It's always on the last Thursday of the month January through October. Get tickets at
The first one of 2015 features Jimmie Van Zant ("Sweet Home Alabama," "Free Bird," "Simple Man," "Traveling Man," "What's Your Name?") on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 6:30 pm at Velvet Bar and Lobby Lounge, Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando, 5800 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32819.

Tickets are $29 on-line or $35 at the door. Limited VIP tickets are $50 on-line only and include all the benefits of a regular Velvet Sessions ticket, plus access to a special viewing area with privat…

Valentines Day: Murder Play on a College Campus

What better way to spend your Valentines Day than watching an expressionist piece of theatre written in the 1920s about the court trial of the real-life murderess Ruth Snyder? That's the subject and genre of the play "Machinalis," being performed February 14th at the historic Annie Russell Theatre on the campus of Rollins College. Show starts at 8pm. For tickets call (407) 646-2145 or visit

Art Night Out Pairs Monotype Printing Workshop with Local Craft Beer and Wine

Quick Info:  Art Night Out: Hands-On Art Workshop + Local Craft Beer and WineJanuary 286-8pmCost: $25; $20 for Museum MembersRegister: Ross Quesnell at 407.896.4231, ext. 261 or rquesnell@omart.orgOrlando Museum of Art2416 North Mills Avenue, Orlando, FL, 32803 This hands-on workshop pairs local craft beers and wine with the most experimental and painterly form of printmaking: monotype printing. Bring a date, bring some some friends or come solo. Adults only. Limit 20 students.

Free Froyo at Yogurtland in Winter Park February 2nd

Yogurtland (415 North Orlando Avenue #103, Winter Park, FL 32789) is doing free yogurt February 2nd 4-7pm. We think that's worth doing a high kick in the privacy of your own home for. Check our Guide to Froyo in Orlando for other yogurt shops not doing this giveaway (that we know of).

Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2015

The dates for the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival have been released:  September 25 - November 16, 2015. 

Blue Bird Bake Shop's Cookie With Chocolate Chunks, Tart Cherries and Pistachio

Blue Bird Bake Shop (Website | Facebook | Twitter | Email | 3122 Corrine Drive, Orlando, FL 32803) has a fantastic cookie, the Kimberly, which contains chocolate chunks, tart cherries and pistachio.

Florida Strawberry Festival 2015

Florida Strawberry Festival®

Feb 26 - March 7
Gates open at 10:00 a.m. daily and close at 10 p.m.

Midway Hours (See full schedule)
Midway opens at 12:00 noon on...  Thursday, February 26Tuesday, March 3Wednesday, March 4Thursday March 5 Friday, March 6 Midway opens at 10:00am on... Weekends Monday, March 2 Regular Admission At Gate
Adults (ages 13+): $10Children (ages 6-12): $5Children (ages 5 and under): FREE
About Each spring, the Florida Strawberry Festival® rolls out the red carpet to welcome visitors from throughout the Sunshine State and the world. Guests come from near and far to enjoy exhibits of agriculture, commerce, industry, livestock, fine arts, horticulture, and crafts. The fabric of American life is woven into the Festival through social events, contests, youth developmental programs, top-name entertainment, and parades with glorious floats and high-stepping marching bands.

The Florida Strawberry Festival represents a piece of Americana, a time in American history when f…