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After 60 Years the Kids Get a Jazz Orchestra at Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra

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For the first time in its 60 year history, Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra (Web | Facebook | Twitter) is adding a Jazz Orchestra led by Jeff Rupert, Director of Jazz at UCF.

"When we noticed the trend taking off with many other eminent Youth Orchestras, we knew it was the right time to join in," said HanrichClaassen, FSYO Music Director and Symphonic Conductor.

This 17-20 piece ensemble will focus on the study of big band jazz music. Featuring middle and high school-age musicians, FSYO'sJazz Orchestra will perform big band staples as well as works by contemporary artists. Students will learn the theory behind jazz composition and improvisation and will have the opportunity to do sectional work with some of the area's top jazz musicians. Rehearsals will take place at The Plaza Live on Sunday afternoons.

Jazz Orchestra auditions will be held in May 2017 and applications are available ONLINE HERE.

The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra aims to educate and inspi…

9 Things to Do This Weekend April 22 + 23

9 Things to Do This Weekend: April 22 + 23

Central Florida Earth Day Healthy living and eco-friendly exhibitors, speakers, fun and games for kids; dog and cat adoptions; restaurant booths; environmental and humane education and more will be taking place during Central Florida Earth Day! The fun takes place at Lake Eola Park 512 E Washington St (MAP) Saturday April 22 10 to 6.

Orlando’s Most Authentic German Fest Devotees of Oompa-pa bands, German beer, Bavarian style food, lively crowds and Chicken dancing will love the event called Orlando’s Most Authentic German Fest! Hang out in the Biergarten eating German food, drinking Hofbrau Beer on tap, dancing the schunkeln, toasting to Ein Prosit and enjoying live musical entertainment all day long. Orlando’s Most Authentic German Fest takes place at the German American Society of Central Florida at 381 Orange Ln, Casselberry, FL 32707 (MAP) Saturday April 22 2pm to 10pm.

Blueberry Festival of Greater Orlando Live music, a petting zoo and p…

Monthly Orlando Food Truck Talk Series at Orlando Public Library

The Daily City is hosting a once-a-month food truck gab fest called "Orlando Food Truck Talk Series" Mondays, July 10, August 14 and September 11 5pm-7pm in the Albertson Room (3rd Floor) at the Orlando Public Library, 101 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801 (MAP).

The talks are open to food truck owners, fans, future owners and anyone curious about this industry. The local food truck industry is a mystery to some and a day-to-day all-encompasing lifestyle to others. This talk series is for both types of people and everyone in between. 
The topics will differ from month to month. There will be a casual, group atmosphere where discussion and interaction is welcome. 
Orlando has many food trucks and works totally different from any city in the nation. It operates as a regional event model. A truck can be located in Orlando but, thanks to the special events that feature food trucks exclusively, these local mobile businesses can have presence in the outlying towns and cities all …

Social Networks in Orlando Topic of Next ReThinking the City Talk

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Rethinking the City is back Tuesday, April 25th, 6:30 pm - 8 pm at Credo Conduit, 1001 N Orange Ave, Orlando 32801 (MAP). This month's topic is "Green City + Open City = Innovation City" (Facebook). The speakers will be representatives from The Hive (Ideas for Us) + Code for Orlando. Admission is free.

"The Hive (part of Ideas for Us) and Code for Orlando will both talk about the work they are doing to activate networks of change in the City Orlando and beyond. Networks are a critical part of any city whether its reworking local food production via urban farming or reconfiguring how government shares information via open data or simply how our own social networks help mobilize community engagement and innovation."

Rethinking the City (RTC) is put on by CNUOrlando(Facebook | Twitter) and isdedicated to building a dialogue within our community and with changemakers around the world about the forces that shape cities and how we can partici…

Someone is Making a $2,100 IKEA Bag

Balenciaga makes an IKEA-inspired zip-top shopper tote made entirely of blue wrinkled, glazed leather and available HERE for $2,145. It has a gold-stamped logo at topline, is lined with black fabric and is only available in blue. Measurements: 14.5" height x 32.0" topline width/20.0" baseline width x 14.0" depth (approximately). 6" handle drop, 11" strap drop (approximately).

P.S. Please consider supporting our small, Orlando-loving team by attending our Food Truck Bazaars. We truly appreciate your support!

Two Restaurant Spaces Coming to Milk District if Company Moves Forward With Site Plan Submitted to City

The building at 2320 E. Robinson Street (MAP) with the large picture windows facing the intersection of Robinson & Bumby was purchased by National Real Estate (WEB) and renovations have commenced. National Real Estate will be handling the leasing for the building according to Milk District Executive Director Robert Soviero. 
A National Real Estate employee told us that the rear and front spaces of the building will be leased and the central space will not be leased.

There's a permit in to reconfigure and position the front and back portions into restaurant spaces. On the site plan submitted to the City, the front and rear spaces were noted as restaurant spaces. They'd have to get subsequent permits to get that confirmed. Also, in order for these two spaces to be restaurants, parking has to be added to the property. But they've already submitted plans for added parking.

There are some expansions of the parking lot that are being reviewed in permitting that would affect …

Downtown Coffee Shop, Teaching Kitchen and Art Gallery Coming to 1957-Era Hotel Buildings


Park Lake Presbyterian Church (Website) submitted an application to amend the current PD (planned development) for 1.51 acres of property it owns at 221 E. Colonial Dr. (MAP). The church wishes to reclaim .38 acres of contiguous area (a PD/Traditional City Overlay which has expired) and add some more uses for the buildings on the property.

The property houses the former Davis Park Hotel, built in 1957 and overhauled in the 1980s. Portions of the former hotel are currently in use as Faith Arts Village FAVO (Website), a collection of rental artists studios and a ministry of the church.

It's proposed that the other existing structures on the property, including the former motel with multiple buildings and a small restaurant, will be re-purposed for the following uses:
Teaching KitchenSmall cafe or coffee shopArt Gallery for exhibitions and sales for artists on siteExpansion of current Artists Village studio/offices into other existing buildings or portions of existing buil…