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Orlando City SC: The Downtown Soccer Stadium

July was a month to forget for the Lions. With 5 matches, the club managed just one draw and had to settle for an 0-4-1 record for the month. The one bright spot for Orlando City has continued to be rookie Cyle Larin.

The City lads traveled to Yankee Stadium on July 26th to play fellow newcomers, New York City FC. The Lions lost the match 5-3, however Cyle Larin made history by recording the first hat trick of his young career. Larin is quickly showing all Orlando City fans why he was the first overall pick in the Super Draft. At this stage of the season, I have to believe that Larin is the front-runner for Rookie of the Year honors.

There was also a little bit of news coming out on the last day of the month about the new stadium. Not sure if you heard about it, so here we go!

New Stadium Design Released

The club’s record in the month of July was not pretty, but the new stadium renderings are. A couple of months ago the club decided to privately fund and increase the capacity for the new downtown soccer stadium.  The stadium will be built in the same location, just two blocks west of the Amway Center, and it will be bigger! The club officially announced the new upgrades this past Friday at The Abby in Downtown Orlando. The capacity will be increased from 19,500 to 25,500.  This is good news for those of you currently on the season ticket waiting list, because season ticket allotment will increase from 14,000 to 18,000.

The stadium will also feature covered seating on all four sides.  The previous renderings that were released for the smaller capacity stadium, only had three covered sides. The covered seating will be a welcome addition to all fans familiar with the summer storms and sun here in Florida. The stadium will also feature a single tier, safe standing supporter section, the first of its kind in Major League Soccer (MLS). There will also be 31 luxury club level suites, half of which are already sold according to the club. The stadium will be the 3rd largest in all of MLS.

In the original renderings there was a rotating lion statue at the Church Street entrance of the stadium.  In the new renderings, it’s gone.  According to President and Founder, Phil Rawlins, the lion statue is still a go, unfortunately it will be at the VIP entrance and not the main Church Street entrance.

The stadium will also include a natural grass playing surface, a 360 degree lower bowl, and a 10,000 square feet fan plaza.  The natural grass playing surface is a huge selling point in my opinion. I believe it will help the club in their efforts to bring in international talent.

It may sound silly, but Major League Soccer is one of only a few leagues in the world that allow for artificial turf. Some international stars refuse to play on it due to a higher risk of injury. For example, last month when Mexico and Costa Rica came to town for their international friendly, the Citrus Bowl had to lay grass over the artificial surface. This was also the case back in 2011 when Orlando City hosted Premier League club Newcastle United. Also, if Orlando is selected as a host city for Copa America Centenario next summer, grass will have to be installed because artificial turf is not permitted.

The new stadium is slated to be complete in 12-14 months.  The hope is that it will be open in time for the final few weeks of the 2016 season.  However I believe the club will hold off until March 2017 so the Lions can open the season in their new digs. For more information and to view the new renderings, follow the link below.

DOWNTOWN SOCCER STADIUM

Season tickets are now available to the public.  With the 14,000 cap met, and 2000 people on the waiting list, there are only about 2000 tickets left with the increased capacity. These will go fast so act now.

SEASON TICKETS 

Vamos Orlando!

 

 

Orlando Magic: Off Season News

Magic Sign Mario Hezonja

On July 10th, the team announced the signing of Mario Hezonja.  Per team policy, the specifics of the deal were not released. Hezonja was taken 5th overall by the Magic in the draft last month.  The 6′-8″ Hezonja, (Super Mario) has played the last two season in the Spanish ACB league with FC Barcelona. Last season he appeared in 31 games and averaged 4.7 points per game while averaging just under 15 minutes per game. A native Croatian, Super Mario is expected to represent his country this year in the European Championship.

Aaron Gordon Has Surgery

Last week Aaron Gordon had surgery to repair his fractured jaw.  The injury was sustained while he was wrestling around with his older brother Drew on a recent family visit. His return to basketball related activities will all depend on his rehabilitation from the surgery.  Gordon is the second youngest player in the NBA at 19, and he is looking to make a strong return in his sophomore campaign. After missing 31 games last year due to a broken bone in his foot, Gordon made the most of his off-season workouts this winter. Averaging just under 22 points per game in the Summer League earlier this month, it would seem Aaron Gordon has something to prove and we are ready to see it!

Magic In London

This season the Orlando Magic will travel to London to take on the Toronto Raptors at the O2 Arena. This regular season match up will be the first in Magic history in London.  The last time the Magic Men made the trip to London was for a couple of preseason games during the 1993 season. For season ticket holders, this game will count as a home game. A refund should be coming your way since there will only be 40 ticketed home games this season instead of the normal 41.  The match up is scheduled for January 14, 2016. More details will be available on the Orlando Magic website once the full schedule is released.

More to come… Stay tuned!

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Bastille Day Bash

By Kelly Green
Aka SeaWorld Mommy

Oui oui! C’est fantastique! Audubon Park Garden District’s 7th annual Bastille Day Bash is this Saturday, July 11, 2015 and will feature all things magnifique. (It’ll kind of be like being in Paris, but without the traffic jams.)

Starting off the day is a crepe breakfast (savory or sweet crepes, $20 adults, $15 kids) by East End Market’s chef-in-residence Jessica Tantalo from 9:30 a.m.–11 a.m. to the sounds of the Gypsy Swing Trio.

Bring your beret for a free open-to-the-public French-themed street fair where you’ll enjoy the pop-up Rouge Rouge vintage market with seven unique vendors from 4–7 p.m. at Redlight Redlight Beer Parlour, 2810 Corrine Drive, Orlando.

From 4:30-7 p.m. enjoy the Fourth Annual Artisan Cheese and French Wine Pairing by East End’s ever fabulous La Femme du Fromage ($30; $25 APGD members; ticket required; $45 day of IF available), Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 1603 Winter Park Road, Orlando 32803. Chef Tonda will showcase five select wines, paired with five artisanal handmade cheeses, finished with a sweet treat.

Want to meet the Queen of France and of Navarre? From 6 – 9 p.m. the Street Fair continues with food trucks, crêpes, wine, baguette fencing ( En garde!) and a Marie Antoinette photo booth. #FrenchQueenSelfie? Join in on the fun on Winter Park Road outside Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 1603 Winter Park Road, Orlando 32803.

Sadly the French-themed Dinner Party Project is sold out. Quel Dommage!

But…

You can still head on over to Bikes Beans & Bordeaux at 7:30 (no cover!). Actually, you can hang out there all day if you like: the Tour de France will be live in the morning. They’ll have Mimosas, French beer (Kronenburg), French treats all day.

There won’t be a bridge with Locks of Love, BUT if you’d like to decorate something (in a way that doesn’t destroy a structure with weight) , enter the FREE Bastille Day Decorated Bicycle contest. Bling it, flower it, encrust it with “locks” and then ride it to the street celebration outside Emmanuel Episcopal Church. They’ll be judged and prizes will be handed out around 8 p.m.

To purchase tasting or dinner tickets and for more information, visit the Audobon Park Gardens website or their Facebook page.

Orlando City SC: Open Cup & A Little Pea

It’s the first of July and there is so much going on this month, that fans of the “Beautiful Game” are salivating with anticipation. With the U.S. Open Cup, the MLS season in full swing, and the summer transfer window opening soon, July is shaping up to be one fun ride!

U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals

Last night Orlando City faced off against fellow MLS side, Columbus Crew SC.  It was the third meeting between the two Eastern Conference foes this year, and it didn’t disappoint. After a marathon of a match last month in Charleston, the Lions would only need 90 minutes to send the Crew packing and out of the Open Cup. With goals from Kaka and Carlos Rivas in the first half, it was all the lads would need to secure the 2-0 victory, and their place in the next round of the U.S. Open Cup.  The U.S. Open Cup is the longest running domestic tournament in the United States.  The tournament is open to all eligible amateur and professional clubs, with the winner securing a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League later in the year. The Lions need just three more wins to bring home their first piece of silverware as an MLS club. But first the lads will need to get past the Chicago Fire on July 22, to keep the dream alive. Kick-off is scheduled for 8:30 pm and can be seen at any of the City Pub locations or via the U.S. Soccer channel on YouTube.

Chicharito Watch 2015

Will he or won’t he? That is the question that has fans are chomping at the bit for an answer.  After appearing for his country in front of a crowd of over 53,000, this past Saturday, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez is a wanted man! For the past few months, fans have been teased with the idea that the Little Pea (Chicharito) would be coming to Major League Soccer at some point this season. The rumor mill has been churning extra hard this week with Chicharito to Orlando stories. From a local sports reporter that shall remain nameless (He doesn’t work for WESH or WFTV), to mlssoccer.com, everyone seems to think this is a real possibility. For my own selfish reasons, I hope they are right! Javier Hernandez is just the type of young, proven international talent that MLS needs to sign in order to help shake the “Retirement League” label it is often given by fans.  To be fair, the label kind of rings true if you consider the roster of international superstars the league has signed in the past. Sure there are plenty of young American players in MLS, but the ability to attract young international talent has always been a struggle for Major League Soccer.  Chicharito might just be the guy that helps change the perception of MLS around the world. It won’t happen overnight, but if he can come here and flourish, you never know who might come next.

Orlando City Heads West

As if celebrating our independence with BBQ and fireworks wasn’t enough, Orlando City will play a late match this 4th of July against Real Salt Lake (RSL). The match is scheduled to kick-off at 10 pm and will be carried on My 65 here in Orlando.  This match is important for a few reasons… First, it would be nice to extend our winning record against clubs from the Western Conference.  The Lions are 4-1-1 this season against out of conference opponents. Second, a win keeps us above the “red line” and in contention for one of the playoff spots in the east.  Finally, there has been a lot of talk from Real Salt Lake supporters that they are the “original” lions, not Orlando City. It’s been said that Orlando City is unoriginal and just copying RSL’s lion mascot, blah blah blah… To be honest I never knew their mascot was a lion. If you look at their uniform and their team crest, the only thing you will notice is a crown, which make sense because they are Real (Spanish for royal) Salt Lake.  I know it’s just banter, but to call us unoriginal is just silly.  If we really want to get down to it, RSL has been around since 2005, which makes them 10 years old this season.  The original Orlando Lions (The club Orlando City is named after) began play in 1985 and were active until 1996.  So, please forgive me if I don’t see your lions as the “original” RSL supporters, because well, you know our Lions have 25 years of soccer history behind them.

Tickets are still available for the next home match against FC Dallas on July 11th.  Kick-off scheduled for 7:30 pm at the Citrus Bowl.

Vamos Orlando!

Photo Credit: Ismael Shah

Two Orlando Fathers Create STEM Teaching Robot

Play Smarter Meet TROBO—THE FIRST huggable, interactive, story-telling robot that promotes science and learning!

Give the gift of fun and exciting learning all wrapped up in a cuddly toy!  Purchase a TROBO Storytelling Robot and give a toy that not only makes a great companion, but encourages curiosity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)!

TROBOs are amazing, interactive robots that actually read to children out loud and have the potential for a virtually endless story library.  Compatible with iPads and iPhones and incorporating their own TROBO app, TROBO allows children to build their own avatar, include their name in the stories, and participate in interactive puzzles every few pages—a welcome relief from the mindless and zombie-creating tech activities usually available. Plus, arriving ready to go with five included stories such as “How honey is made”, “What is lightning?”,“How does a train work?” and more, TROBO creates an early love of learning through fun and personalized technology.

Companions first and teachers second, TROBOs are incredibly soft and feature no hard parts, making them perfect for cuddling, hugging and as snuggly sleeping pals.  Innovative and one-of-a-kind, TROBO makes a loveable and engaging friend creating a special bond between curious children and science.  It’s no wonder they took 2nd place at Startup Weekend, were accepted into one of six slots in the Starter Studio accelerator; invited into CANVS, a brand new tech sector co-working space; and won 2 “Maker of Merit” awards at the 2014 Maker Faire in Orlando, Florida.

Like most parents, TROBO Creators, Chris Harden and Jeremy Scheinberg found their children playing with mindless apps and watching TV more and more.  Disappointed with the lack of educational value, Jeremy and Chris set out to create a toy and app that would not only be entertaining and fun, but that they could also feel good about giving to their kids.  As engineers in the theme park and gaming industries, they realized there was a lack of quality STEM education available for young children. They put the incredible storytelling ability they learned while working with Disney, Lego and Electronic Arts to use in a fun and engaging way—TROBO was born.

Now with a campaign on Kickstarter, Chris and Jeremy are working to bring compelling stories to kids with questions about the world around them and to create a lifelong learning of science and engineering! Be one of the first to purchase your own TROBO on Kickstarter, give one to an underserved program, or make a donation of any amount and help build smarter toys!

Watch how it works here: http://youtu.be/aL4ZGHGpFgc

Orlando City Stadium Groundbreaking Set for October! Details!

Ceremonial Event to Feature Downtown Celebration

Orlando City SC and the City of Orlando has  announced the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Downtown Soccer Stadium will take place on October 16, 2014, beginning at 5:00 p.m. The event will be open to the public and fans are encouraged to participate.

Specific details of the event will be released in the coming weeks but it will be held on the property located on the northwest corner of Church Street and Parramore Avenue.

October 16 will be a landmark day for the community of Parramore, the City of Orlando, Orange County, our fans and our Club,” said Orlando City President and Founder Phil Rawlins. “We look forward to hosting an unforgettable, festive celebration to mark the ceremonial start of construction of what will be the best soccer stadium in the league.”

Photo from orlandocitysc.com

Photo from orlandocitysc.com

The Downtown Soccer Stadium is a 20,000-seat, state of the art venue designed to host Major League Soccer and other world class events. The stadium will be home to Orlando City SC beginning in the 2016 MLS season.

For more information on Orlando City SC or 2015 MLS Season Tickets, visit www.OrlandoCitySC.com or call 855-ORL-CITY. Also, follow the latest Orlando City news and updates via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About Orlando City Soccer Club:

Recently ranked 14th among all professional teams in North America, Orlando City Soccer Club (OCSC) is Major League Soccer’s newest expansion team. The Club will begin play in MLS in 2015, becoming the league’s 21st club. The Lions’ first team set the U.S. record for best start of any professional soccer club in its first USL PRO league 100 matches (66-12-22). Orlando City has won three USL PRO regular season titles and two postseason championships. Outside of the first squad, OCSC also has a youth club, Orlando City Youth Soccer (OCYS) and a U-23 team that participates in the PDL. For more information on the pro and youth clubs, visit www.OrlandoCitySC.com and www.OrlandoCityYouth.org.

George Takei to visit St. Pete/Clearwater Oct 4th

By: @jenvargas

“Oh myyy…” Set all St. Pete/Clearwater phasers to FABULOUS!! An Evening with George Takei is coming to town on October 4th, 2014!

Of all the hats he’s worn in life (and the many he currently wears) George Takei clearly wears all with a deep honor, dignity and shows absolutely no signs of slowing down. As an actor, activist, Survivor, author, social media enthusiast, Grammy nominee, blogger, husband and Board Member, it is definitely Okay To Be Takei!

Most know Mr. Takei from his breakout role as Lieutenant Sulu on the original Star Trek series and their subsequent motion pictures. His film and television credits may date back to the 1950’s but he’s just as – if not more – relevant today. He will also grace the broadway stage soon portraying Vetertan and WWII war hero Sam Kimura in the musical “Allegience” by Composer Jay Kuo, and he also stars in Matt Zarley’s upcoming musical film called “Hopeful Romantic,” debuting on February 10th, 2015.

We are BIG fans here at Central Florida Top 5! We love following Mr. Takei on Twitter, Tumblr and most recognizably on his award-winning Facebook page, where he makes it rain with clever puns and crazy memes. NEVER a dull moment there.

On a personal note, I hope to get the opportunity to meet and chat with Mr. Takei next month. In 2013, I was honored to have been included on TechRepublic’s 10 Tech Heroes of 2013 alongside Mr. Takei. Also, individually, we have been recognized by the Shorty Awards, as well as have explored using Google Glass. If we do meet, all of you will know first! Keep an eye peeled to our Facebook and Twitter pages…

 

 Star Trek’s George Takei Hosts VSPC Film Commission Q&AOct. 4 Event at Sullivan Studios Gives Locals, Visitors Rare Chance to Mingle with Star
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The St. Pete/Clearwater Film Commission is proud to announce a first-ever partnership with actor, producer, radio host and social media sensation George Takei. An Evening with George Takei, which will take place from 7-10 p.m. on Oct. 4 at Sullivan Studios, will offer locals and visitors alike the chance to hear from the star in an intimate setting.

The event coincides with Takei’s visit to St. Pete/Clearwater to produce experiential and promotional videos for the Film Commission. Takei, who is best known for his portrayal of Lieutenant Sulu in Star Trek, has grown into a digital media star, too, with more than 10 million followers and fans.

“George Takei is a bonafide star, and his brand is a perfect fit for a hip, fun destination like ours,” said St. Pete/Clearwater Film Commissioner Tony Armer. “We want the digital space to be a big part of what we do moving forward, so this partnership makes a lot of sense.”

According to VSPC Interim Director David Downing, this celebrity appearance is the first of many initiatives designed to enhance both the Film Commission’s profile while contributing to the overall marketing mission of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater.

“Just like the stars from Dolphin Tale in the video we released last week, our intention is that some of his star power rubs off on the destination,” said Downing. “His appeal is undeniable.”

The event is open to the public and $25 tickets can be purchased here.

Bats: Myths and Mysteries at Orlando Science Center

By @jenvargas

Ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight? The Joker asked us this back in 1990, and I don’t know about you but, I’ve been ducking him ever since. Eeep! Just say NO to Smilex, kids.

I’m not afraid of bats, are you?

Ok, I’m lying. Only slightly… afeared. They’re enough to make me a smidge concerned. You know, wings and fangs and all. But, according to Defenders of Wildlife, 70% of bats are kind of a natural pest control type mammal, eating insects and fruit. One little brown bat, in an hour, can eat up to a thousand mosquitoes. The blood sucking, carnivorous ones (they say) are in South America.

Curious to see a bat up close? Learn more about bats, their environment, habitats, diet and the really cool way they listen (called echolocation) and fly around in the dark? Glide over and hang out at Orlando Science Center this Saturday and check out the new Bats: Myths and Mysteries exhibit! More info below….

Orlando Lights the Bat-Signal!

Fly into Orlando Science Center’s newest traveling exhibit, “Bats: Myths and Mysteries” on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Noon. Featuring live animals, educational simulations, interactive displays and more, it’s an experience the whole family will go batty for!

This hands-on, educational exhibit will introduce visitors to the amazing world of the flying mammal people are both frightened and fascinated by. After visiting, guests will have a new appreciation for these misunderstood creatures and be armed with knowledge to aid in the preservation of the species.

Bats: Myths and Mysteries” will motivate attendees to explore the natural world, grasp the importance of bats to the ecosystem and provide the tools to protect these fascinating animals. Promoting strong community-based involvement, participants will be encouraged to conduct habitat monitoring, bat watches, become involved in bat conservation and educate others about the importance of bats around the world.

Throughout the exhibition, visitors will be immersed in the sights, smells and sounds of the tropical fruit bat habitat and get a glimpse of the vast pallet of Chiropteran diversity. Live bats will be cared for by animal keepers from the Organization for Bat Conservation who will also engage the public in daily live programs about the different species on display.

At “Bats: Myths and Mysteries” visitors will have the opportunity to:

  • Come face-to-face with 25 – 50 total specimens from around the world including straw-colored fruit bats from Africa, big brown bats from North America, Egyptian fruit bats from Africa and short-tailed fruit bats from South America.
  • Don a pair of giant bat ears and experience the sensitivity of bat hearing.
  • Learn about echolocation and the importance of bat conservation.
  • Match bats with their preferred foods.
  • Unveil the mysteries and debunk the misleading myths surrounding bats.

Experience “Bats: Myths and Mysteries” with admission to Orlando Science Center which is $19 for adults and $13 for youth (ages 3 – 11). Tickets include access to all four floors of exhibits, giant screen and 3-D educational films, one Hollywood feature-length film, and live programming.

For more information, call 407.514.2000 or visit www.osc.org/bats.

Coming to Orlando: Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour (Dr. Phillips Center on Feb. 7, 2015, Details)

Renowned foodist and television personality Alton Brown today announced the return of Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour, on the heels of the successful inaugural run to 46 US cities.  Over 100,000 tickets were sold for the Food Network star’s show, featuring a pinch of comedy, talk show antics, a multimedia lecture, live music (he sings!) and a dash of “extreme” food experimentation (ponchos are provided for those in the first few rows), and of course…puppets.  Enthusiastic fans and critics have raved about the interactive component where Brown invites audience members on stage to serve as his assistant.

Brown will bring Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour to Orlando’s new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts’ Walt Disney Theater on Saturday, February 7, 2015. Tickets are on sale now and are available at the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office by calling 844.513.2014 or visiting drphillipscenter.org.

“We have combined science, music, food, and a few other things no one in his right mind would allow me to do on TV, into a two hour extravaganza that’s fun for the whole family,” says Brown.  He has been cultivating the show’s material for about a decade and wrote most of the musical numbers which all take a comedic look at food.

Brown, author of seven books including the James Beard award winning “I’m Just Here for the Food” and New York Times bestselling sequence “Good Eats,” has hosted numerous food series including “Iron Chef America.”  He currently serves as host on the game show “Cutthroat Kitchen” and as a mentor/judge on “Food Network Star,” which premiers its 10th season on June 1st.  Brown created, produced and hosted the Peabody award winning series “Good Eats” for 13 years on Food Network, which still can be seen on the Cooking Channel.

Those craving Brownian wit and wisdom from its truest source can find additional show and ticketing information at altonbrowntour.com.

About Alton Brown

Although Alton Brown spent plenty of time in his mom’s kitchen growing up, his real interest in food sparked in college when he discovered that girls who said “no” to dates sometimes said “yes” if he offered to cook for them.  His social life may have not ignited, but the food spark did, and after spending a decade behind the camera in the commercial industry, he headed to culinary school in hopes of one day creating a new kind of cooking show.  Good Eats, the show that Brown would go on to write, produce, and host ran for 13 straight years on Food Network before making the jump to Cooking Channel where it airs today.  Combining food science, pop culture, skit humor, innovative cooking, and the occasional belching puppet, Good Eats has millions of fans and garnered a coveted Peabody award for broadcast excellence.

About MagicSpace Entertainment

Alton Brown Live is produced by MagicSpace Entertainment. The company is headed by Lee D. Marshall, Joe Marsh, John Ballard, Steve Boulay and Bruce Granath and has been producing and presenting national tours, Broadway shows, concerts and museum exhibits worldwide for over 30 years. Consistently one of the top promoters in North America, MagicSpace Entertainment typically produces and presents more than 250 events in 75 cities per year.  They have offices in Park City and Salt Lake City, UT. magicspace.net.

About the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts:

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to developing and operating a new state-of-the-art performing arts center in downtown Orlando, Fla. Opening in November 2014, the performing arts center will begin to fulfill its vision of Arts For Every Life®; to be a gathering place for creativity and discovery; a vibrant urban destination where artists, audiences and students will come to experience, explore and learn.  The two-block community-gather place features the 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater, 300-seat Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, CNL Arts Plaza, School of Arts, the DeVos Family Room, and other event rental spaces.  Future expansion plans includes a 1,700-seat acoustic theater, rehearsal room and commercial development spaces.  The Dr. Phillips Center is a public-private collaboration with the City of Orlando, Orange County, the State of Florida and generous donors. For more information or to see live footage from the construction webcam, please visit drphillipscenter.org.

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Alondra de la Parra to Conduct Orlando Philharmonic’s Season Opener

Mexican-born de la Parra is one of five finalists in the orchestra’s international Music Director Search, and will conduct Mahler Symphony No. 1

This month, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will open its concert season with Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, performed under the baton of Mexican-born conductor Alondra de la Parra, one of five international finalists auditioning to be the Philharmonic’s next Music Director.

At 34 years old, de la Parra has gained widespread attention for her spellbinding and vibrant performances, making her one of the most compelling conductors of her generation. She holds the distinction of being the first Mexican woman to conduct in New York City, and is an official Cultural Ambassador of Mexico. She has been heralded by Plácido Domingo as “an extraordinary conductor.” After her successful debut with Orchestre de Paris, Le Monde expressed: “There is no doubt that, with Alondra de la Parra classical music has arrived into the 21st Century.” Frequently in demand as guest conductor, de la Parra has led some of the most prestigious orchestras of France, Germany, USA, Japan, Brazil, Sweden, Russia.

Orlando audiences might remember de la Parra’s appearance conducting Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 with the Orlando Philharmonic in April 2011. About that concert, Examiner.com raved “Her sweeping arm gestures, expressive body language and a confident command brought out the best of the orchestra.”

Also on the Philharmonic’s opening night program are Mozart’s “Paris” Symphony and Mexican composer Arturo Márquez’s Danzon No. 2.

“I like programs that have this contrast—this fight between pieces,” said de la Parra about the program. “I love to see each member of the audience leave the hall thinking, ‘I really loved this piece, and I really didn’t like this other one.’ Then my mission is accomplished. When you have a lot of the same, it tends to be boring, so I like these contrasting, fighting type programs. And although they are contrasting, I see a line mending these three pieces together—youth, discovery, and dreaming.”

The sole performance will be Saturday, September 20 at Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston Street, Orlando, beginning at 8:30 p.m., preceded by a pre-concert conversation with Alondra de la Parra at 7:30. Tickets are $20-$71, available at OrlandoPhil.org or 407.770.0071.

The Orlando Philharmonic’s international Music Director search was announced in the spring of 2013. Following a 12-month process screening over 275 candidates, a search committee of orchestra musicians and community members chose five finalists to conduct the 2014-2015 Classics Series. Additional Music Director finalists include: Steven Jarvi of the St. Louis Symphony, conductor and cellist Eric Jacobsen, the Duluth Superior Symphony’s Dirk Meyer and former Music Director of Joffrey Ballet, Leslie B. Dunner. The Classics Series and Music Director search are sponsored by FAIRWINDS Credit Union.

Each finalist will spend a week or more in Orlando, rehearsing with musicians, meeting with the orchestra board, staff and volunteers, attending events with arts and community leaders, and conducting one of the orchestra’s five Classics Series programs. Following all five visits, the search committee will make an official recommendation to the board, who will announce the orchestra’s new Music Director in spring 2015. Audiences can learn more about the candidates and the search at OrlandoPhil.org/Search.

Now in its 22nd season, the Orlando Philharmonic is Central Florida’s resident professional orchestra, comprised of accomplished musicians recruited from around the world. The Philharmonic inspires audiences with over 125 musical experiences annually, ranging from classical and chamber music concerts to pops performances, staged opera productions, outdoor concerts and education programs for all ages. Learn more at www.OrlandoPhil.org | @OrlandoPhilOrch |www.facebook.com/OrlandoPhilOrch

Winter Park Chamber to Address Diaper Need

Support your Local Diaper Bank – We are Not making this up!

“The Diaper Bank of Central Florida is here to address the basic need that so many Central Florida families cannot meet-clean diapers for their children!”

The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce is pairing with the Diaper Bank of Central Florida to raise awareness for the lack of sufficient supply of disposable diapers within our community. The Diaper Bank of Central Florida, a local branch of the National Diaper Bank Network, is a non-profit organization working to bring good health, cleanliness and happiness to babies and families in our community. Beginning the week of Sept. 8 through the end of the month, the Chamber will act as a collection site for diaper donations.

According to the Diaper Bank of Central Florida, diapers are not covered by WIC, food stamps or any other government program. Diapers are mandatory for day care centers and even free and subsidized facilities require parents to provide a day’s supply of disposable diapers.

“As a parent, I understand first-hand the expense of diapers,” said Patrick Chapin, President/CEO, Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. “They are not always top of mind need, but consider this: when children are in daycare, parents are able to complete higher education programs, attend job training courses and work outside the home. By allowing parents to better their lives, the cycle of poverty can end.”

Local businesses and residents are encouraged to support the Diaper Bank of Central Florida’s mission to ensure every newborn, infant and toddler is supplied with this most basic need. Disposable diapers and pull-ups in any size, including open packages, are welcome to be dropped off at the Winter Park Welcome Center, located at 151 West Lyman Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789 weekdays from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To learn more about diaper need in our community visit the Diaper Bank of Central Florida online at www.diaperbankofcentralflorida.org.

Follow @ https://twitter.com/diaperbankofcf

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The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce represents more than 800 businesses, community organizations and individuals in an effort to develop, promote and sustain a vital, thriving business climate throughout the community and to initiate, support and enhance the civic, educational and economic well-being of the area.

Winter Park Wine & Dine 2014 Details

We are calling this a “Top 5″ worthy event!

Look at this great line up for this year!

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Expected restaurants and local businesses include:

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant
Carmel Cafe & Wine Bar
4 Rivers Smokehouse
The COOP- “Southern Restaurant”.
Wine on the Way
Sushi Pop.
Mellow Mushroom Winter Park
Shake Shack.
Houndstooth Sauce Co.
K Wine Bar.
Funky Monkey Wine Company.
P is for Pie
Brio Tuscan Grille
Lombardi’s Seafood.
Yogurtland
Pi Hole PIzza
Bungalow 23
Lineage Coffee Roasting
Houndtooth Sauce Company.
Sweet By Holly Cupcakes
Whole Foods Market Winter Park
Rex Goliath
The Basement
Sassafras Sweet Shoppe
John & Shirley’s Catering
O’TownSpas.com
Orange Theory Fitness
Dunkin Donuts
Kilwin’s Chocolates & Ice Cream.
PRP Wine
Pr’s Taco Palace
Jeremiah’s Italian Ice.
Rogue Pub Orlando
Bartcade
And more!

Presenting Sponsor – Keller Williams Winter Park

Platinum Sponsors – Mercedes-Benz of Orlando, & Maxmedia Outdoor Advertising, Movement Mortgage, & Sihle Insurance

Silver Sponsor – The Closing Agent.

 

Tickets available @ http://www.winterparkannual.com/event/winter-park-wine-dine-2014/

Share on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/events/674690065937740/

American Advertising Federation-Orlando to Host Crisis Communications Panel

The American Advertising Federation-Orlando is hosting a crisis communications panel from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 310 Lakeside downtown Orlando on Thursday, September 11, 2014.

The panel is comprised of 5 industry experts, including:

  • Loreen C. Bobo, P.E. I-4 Ultimate Construction Manager
  • Joel Staley, PR & Media Training Professional – Domestic, Multicultural, International, Edelman
  • Mason Moore, VP PR & Social Influence, Fry Hammond & Barr
  • Mike Harris, Partner & Co-Founder, Uproar PR
  • Tim Fisher, Creative Partner, ACME Brand Studio

“AAF-Orlando is proud to host this unique event for the local business community,” says Jon Ruhff, President of AAF-Orlando. “The panel of talented industry leaders will give guests valuable insight into crisis management practices that can help brands and companies reduce the amount of damage done during and after a crisis.”

Crisis management plans are essential to predicting possibilities and preparing for hypothetical eventualities. The Crisis PR event will serve as an outlet for any company, large or small, looking for insight on a plan to minimize the ill effects of a potential crisis. Panel topics will include:

  • Anticipating and preparing for a crisis
  • Identifying and defining a potential threat
  • Crafting the proper message
  • Best practices: internal and external communication

Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members and can be purchased at the event or online. A portion of the ticket proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross of Mid Florida.

About the American Advertising Federation of Orlando

American Advertising Federation of Orlando (www.aaf-orlando.org)

Restaurants Picks We Wish Were Apart of Orlando’s Magical Dining Month

With Magical Dining in full swing it seems like almost every top restaurant in Orlando is included, well almost.

The restaurants we wish made the list for Magical Dining this year are:

 

Epcot Restaurants

– A highly coveted table at Le Cellier, San Angel Inn, Monsieur Paul and the many others would be a welcomed addition by many to Magical Dining. We know it’s a pipe dream with the logistics in a theme park, but it is supposed to be Magical Dining right?!

200 Epcot Center Dr Lake Buena Vista, FL 32821 (407) WDW-DINE

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/

Charley’s Steakhouse

– How is it that one of nation’s TOP steakhouses not invited to join in Magical Dining? Do not despair though; as they do have their own version matching the MD event. This does leave many to wonder was this a Magical Dining snub or something else?

2901 Parkway Blvd A1, Kissimmee, FL 34747 (407) 239-1270

http://www.charleyssteakhouse.com/

Kings Orlando

– Yes, many people think of it as a bowling alley with perhaps typical bowling alley food; but did you know everything on their decadent menu is made from scratch? Offerings include maple glazed scallops, buffalo wontons and more. Kings is one of the only three restaurants in Orlando with 5 Bubbles via Trip Advisor (the only other two are below) with exceptional ratings on virtually every other social media source.

8255 International Dr #120, Orlando, FL 32819 (407) 363-0200

http://kingsbowlamerica.com/orlando/

Chatham’s Place

– Chatham’s Place closes for a month during the summer to offer its employees a break every year and never loses any guests. It sounds unbelievable but it’s true! This place is always packed. It’s a hidden gem just off Sand Lake. They probably don’t need Magical Dining, but most would love to see them added.

7575 Dr Phillips Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819 (407) 345-2992

http://chathamsplace.com/

Victoria & Albert’s

– With a virtually perfect Zagat Score, plus being a Top Three restaurant on Trip Advisor National Rankings, this restaurant always exceeds expectations. Please keep in mind they book a minimum of six months in advance for a table. But this restaurant would truly make Disney’s Magical Dining truly live up to its name.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa 4401 Floridian Way Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830  (407) 939-7707

http://www.victoria-alberts.com/ 

 

Review | Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month at Hamilton’s Kitchen

 

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month 2014 (NOW!)

More than 75 restaurants are serving up savings this Month PLUS portion of proceeds to benefit the Foundation for Foster Children!

More details HERE

 

 

 

Inaugural Orlando Couples Cook-Off Presented by Edible Orlando and the Orlando Date Night Guide!

Calling all Cooking Couples!!! Prizes, Fun for a great cause!

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This will be the 1st Annual Orlando Couples Cook-Off!

1 Mystery Box of Local Ingredients

+ 1 State-of-the-Art Designer Kitchen

+ 1 Hour to Cook Up a Killer Dish

= 1 Chance to Win Appliances, a Gourmet Stay & Dine Package, and More!!

May the Best Couple Win!  

Get ready for a fast-paced, hands-on cooking competition designed to give couples the opportunity to test their skills for the chance to win fabulous prizes and the title of Orlando’s Top Culinary Couple. Proceeds to support Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Five couples will compete in each of the 3 qualifying rounds, with one winner from each advancing to the finals.

**Entry is $150 PER COUPLE**(buy here)

Proceeds supporting Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

Qualifying Rounds:

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Final Round:  Friday, November 14, 2014  (Tickets to attend as an observer at the Finals Taste and Cheer Event go on sale Oct. 20)

All events run from 6:30pm to approximately 9pm.

** There will be one winning couple from each qualifying round. Each winning couple receives complimentary admission to the finals. **

 

More details @ http://www.orlandodatenightguide.com/2014/08/orlando-couples-cook-off/

 

Greater Orlando Heart Walk Laces Up on September 6th

Each year, 1.2 million Americans will suffer a coronary attack and 700,000 will have a stroke. In Central Florida, over 4,200 deaths are caused a year due to a cardiovascular issue. By adopting a lifestyle of physical activity, individuals can reduce their healthcare costs, increase their productivity and improve their overall quality of life and longevity. That’s where the Greater Orlando Heart Walk comes into play

WHAT:  Saturday, Sept. 6, an estimated 20,000 participants are expected to attend the Greater Orlando Heart Walk to benefit the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association. Walkers will unite to create hope, inspire change and celebrate at the University of Central Florida at Memory Mall.

WHO: Combining fitness and philanthropy, this annual walk brings together over 100 local corporate sponsors, walk teams, individual walkers, survivors of heart disease and stroke and lifestyle change heroes who are all taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle while raising funds to combat heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 4 leading killers, respectively, of American men and women.

Speakers and special guests include:

  • Heart disease and stroke survivors of all ages, lifestyle change award winners
  • Sportacus, LazyTown’s very own athletic, super-active SuperHero, SHADES from the Solar Bears and UCF’s own Knightro
  • Cardiologists, medical professionals and high-level community volunteers
  • The Fox Sports Florida Girls  — Jordana and Annilie
  • Emcees: Jayme King, FOX 35, Dana Taylor, Mix 105.1, Rick Stacy, Sunny 105.9 and Dustin Kross, AMP Radio 101.9

WHEN:  Saturday, Sept. 6 – Festivities (giveaways, entertainment, a tribute to survivors, pre-walk warm-up and more!) start at 7 a.m.Walk Kick-off at 8 a.m. at the University of Central Florida at Memory Mall – 4000 Central Florida Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32816. (It is best to arrive before 7:30 a.m. to avoid road closures and difficulty parking.) Mini-show by Sportacus at 9:15am, immediately followed by hands-only CPR training that will continue until crowds die down, or around 10 a.m.

Mayor Dyer appoints two new Deputy Chiefs

Deputy Chief Smith   Deputy Chief Rolon

September 5, 2014 – ORLANDO, FL – Today, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced the appointment of two new Deputy Chiefs.

Mayor Dyer has appointed Orlando Rolon, a 21 -year Orlando Police Department veteran, to succeed Deputy Chief Charles Robinson as he retires after more than 27 years of service at the City of Orlando.  Additionally, Mayor Dyer has appointed Eric Smith, a 20-year Orlando Police Department veteran to succeed Deputy Chief Carl Metzger as he retires after more than 25 years of service at the City of Orlando.

“As Mayor, my top priority is the safety of our community and investing in the Orlando Police Department by providing the latest training, technology and working closely with our residents,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.  “I am confident Deputy Chiefs Rolon and Smith will continue to work diligently with us in protecting our City against crime.”

Newly promoted Deputy Chief Rolon will now be responsible for the Administrative Services Bureau which includes the Communications Division, the False Alarm Reduction Program, Property and Evidence and the Records Unit.

During his 21-year tenure with the Orlando Police Department, Deputy Chief Rolon has worked in many capacities including Southwest Patrol Sergeant, Parramore Heritage Bikes Sergeant, Public Information Officer, North Patrol Watch Commander, Mayor’s Assistant and Liaison for Hispanic Affairs, Downtown Bikes Commander and Traffic Enforcement Section Commander.  Most recently he served as the Professional Standards Commander and in addition to his regular job assignments has served on the Emergency Response Team and as the Crisis Negotiations Team Commander.

Rolon is a graduate of Colonial High School and served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves.  He also served as the president of the Central Florida Chapter of the National Latino Peace Officers Association.  Rolon is currently working on a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Columbia College.

Newly promoted Deputy Chief Smith will now be responsible for the Special Services Bureau which includes the Airport Division, K-9 Unit, Mounted Patrol Unit and Traffic Enforcement Division.

During Smith’s 20-year tenure with the Orlando Police Department, he has worked in multiple units including, East Patrol Sergeant, K-9 Sergeant, West Patrol Watch Commander, Tactical Operations Commander and Metropolitan Bureau of Investigations Narcotics Commander.  Most recently, he served as the Orlando International Airport Division Commander.  Additionally, Deputy Chief Smith has served on the Special Weapons and Tactics Team for 19 years and served as the SWAT Commander.

Deputy Chief Smith received his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida.  He is a graduate of the DEA Command School, the U.S. Army Counter Drug School, and the Florida Law Enforcement Leadership Academy.

“I have worked closely with both Orlando Rolon and Eric Smith for over twenty years and look forward to having them on my senior staff.  Each of them have extensive experience in police operations and are up to the task of keeping Orlando a safe city.”

The appointment of Deputy Chief Rolon will go into effect on September 1, 2014 and the appointment of Deputy Chief Smith will go into effect on October 1, 2014.

Monster Jam is Racing to Orlando’s New Citrus Bowl! *Presale and Details

Tickets go on sale to the general public starting at Wednesday, August 27th at 9 AM EST. Tickets go up $5 more week of show.

2Days ONLY: Get Tickets Before Anybody Else!

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Photo Credit: Feld Motor Sports

Exclusive Presale: Monster Jam is Racing to Orlando’s New Citrus Bowl!

Monster Jam® is racing to Orlando’s newly built Citrus Bowl and YOU have the opportunity to get tickets before they go onsale to the general public!

The new stadium will have 5000 less seats than in past years, so get tickets TODAY to be a part of the 1st Monster Jam crowd in the new Citrus Bowl!

Use special offer code ‘JAM‘ to access this exclusive presale offer!

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Thanks Florida K-12 School Employees  with Educator Appreciation Days

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! attractions in Florida are again showing their support for K-12 educators that work within the state.

Teachers, support staff get free admission to Ripley’s attractions in Florida from September 2 – October 19

All Ripley attractions in Orlando, Panama City Beach, St. Augustine and Key West will be FREE for educators in the state from September 2 through October 19.

 Teachers, administrators, counselors, and support staff are eligible for free admission; they just need to bring a current pay stub and photo ID when they visit the attraction.

 Additionally, up to five guests that come with an educator get 50% off their admission.RipleysBelieveItorNot

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando is conveniently located at 8201 International Drive, and is open daily from 9:00 am to midnight (last entry nightly at 11:00 pm). For more information, please visit www.ripleys.com/orlando or call 407-345-0501.

Markets of Sunshine: Family Fun Day of Shopping & Education

Markets of Sunshine vendor events is about educating the community in three categories. Lyme disease, foster care and sustainable living.
Get pampered from home party reps like: Avon, Beauty Control, Lemongrass while enjoying a few indulgences from Dr. Munchies  sponsored location.

Learn about Lyme disease and Sustainable living from Markets of Sunshine and support Community Partnership for Children and learn why we need more foster families.

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As a final connection and special treat for shopping you’ll get to go home with a goodie bag filled with products and samples from their 12 vendors.
Scentsy, South Hill Design, Origami Owl, Trades of Hope, Pure Romance, ItWorks and schedule a photo session with Sunshine Photography!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

921 Town Center Dr. Dr. Munchies Sandwich Shop Orange City, FL 32763 United States

Full details: http://www.marketsofsunshine.com/