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Taste of Thailand Food Festival 2013

Sharing a special event invite from an upcoming event in Kissimmee:

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls of All Ages You are invited to the Most Splendid Event in Kissimmee, Florida.  Held every October at the Wat Florida Dhammaram Kissimmee.  During each and every year the Wat Florida Dhammaram hosts some of the most talented chefs that cook and make some of the best Thai around Orlando, Dancers and Bands come out to display what they love doing most and that’s making people happy.  There will even be DELICIOUS FRESH SUGAR CANE JUICE!!! You pay one price and eat free all day with many choices and selections of Thai food.  The only thing you have to pay for is the drinks you get with your meal.

This event will be held on Sunday, October 13th ,2013 at the Wat Florida Dhammaram Buddhist Meditation Center Kissimmee (2421 Old Vineland Rd)  Near Medieval Times.

Follow the road around until you see the 2 gold dragons. The whole temple has a wall around it so you can’t miss it.

Wat Florida Dhammaram
2421 Old Vineland Rd.
Kissimmee, FL 34746



Feeding Children Everywhere’s Cirque Du Runway Fashion Show

On September 20th, 2013 I my lovely friend, Ilsa, and I joined about 50 other people at Feeding Children Everywhere’s first annual “Cirque du Runway” fashion show.  The show itself was the brainchild of two FCE interns and all models were interns or staff from the organization.  The models rocked FCE’s wear down the runway while they showed audience members that a t-shirt can be sexy, functional, and quite the conversation piece.  In between the runway models, circus performers dazzled the audience with a hula hoops and acrobatic performances.  The event had many fellow nonprofits vendors which sold bags, jewelry, shirts, and even glitter (each vendor also donated a portion of their proceeds to FCE).  After seeing the show Ilsa and I of course could not resist purchasing a t-shirt.  There is not much more I can use to justify my purchases then realizing that my money goes straight to charity, yet I always wonder how much exactly goes to helping the needy.  At Feeding Children Everywhere they tell you on their shirts in their “This Shirt Fed 40” design.   Feeding Children Everywhere not only provides free meals to those in need but each meal is simple, healthy, and delicious and provides necessary proteins, carbohydrates and vitamins.  Sounds like a pretty good deal for 20 dollars!


Feeling a bit inspired by Feeding Children Everywhere?    To become more involved follow FCE on social media outlets, host a hunger project, become a hunger hero, become an intern or campus rep, and/or buy a T-shirt.

Guest post by Keni!

Keni Herman is a blogger, intern, cat-enthusiast, vegetarian, and ass kicking roller derby player.  She can be frequently be found ranting about politics and injustice or making amazing vegan cookies.

Kennedy Space Center open during government shutdown

Kennedy Space Center is OPEN during the United States Government shutdown, and they’re offering a great deal for you and your family! A family of four can enjoy KSC for only $99, which is half off of regular ticket prices! Don’t forget your sunscreen!


KSC is Open!








Electric Car Test Drive Event at Lake Eola

National Plug-In Day at Lake Eola

On September 29th, 2013 the public is invited to get in on the latest buzz on electric vehicles during Orange County’s Electric Vehicle Showcase. Orange County is one of more than 60 cities nationwide hosting a free event to promote cleaner, quieter, economical and highly efficient vehicles, you will learn everything about them, plus you will also be able to get a free Windshield Replacement Quote for your own car.

Date: Sunday, September 29, 2013
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Electric Car Procession starts at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Lake Eola Park, Washington St. & Eola Dr. (Next to Farmers Market)

The event includes:

  • Vehicle Exhibits – Check out the latest Electric Vehicles (EVs) currently on the market and hear from industry experts and vehicle owners about the joy and efficiency of driving an EV. With nearly zero maintenance costs driving an EV may be right for you.
  • Charging Stations – Learn about Level 1, 2 and DC fast charging in Orlando. There are over 300 public charging stations in Central Florida and ten within 1 mile of Lake Eola.
  • EV Car Sharing / Leasing – Discover the benefits of Drive Electric Orlando’s EV Car Leasing Program and the City of Orlando’s Green Works car sharing program.
  • Ride and Drives – EV test drives are planned, so prepare to take an EV for a ride around Lake Eola. If you’re searching for trusted buy and sell vehicle store, there are Used Vehicles For Sale Near Me. Work with drivers of all different credit and financial situations to ensure the perfect used vehicle works for individual budgets, Autozin works with category and model selection.
  • Electric Vehicle Parade – The event will conclude with a procession of electric vehicles.

Partners in Orange County’s National Plug-In Day event include: Orange County’s Environmental Protection Division, The City of Orlando, Get Ready Central Florida, Metroplan Orlando, Sierra Club of Central Florida, the Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition and The Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC).

Full Details 

30 electric vehicles on display Sunday at Lake Eola

National Coffee Day = Free Buns at IKEA Orlando***

Another great reason to head over to Ikea with us!

Celebrate National Coffee Day and National Cinnamon Bun Day at IKEA Orlando! Receive a FREE cinnamon bun with the purchase of any coffee or travel mug on those days. As well we are going to be giving tips on cleaning travel mugs to ensure your mug is sparkly clean.

Any customer that purchases a coffee mug or travel mug on National Coffee Day or National Cinnamon Bun Day will receive a FREE cinnamon bun from the IKEA Orlando Bistro, when they show their same-day receipt to a cashier. You should get your coffee lover gifts for national coffee day! (Restriction: one bun per purchased mug)

National Coffee Day, Sunday, September 29, 2013


National Cinnamon Bun Day, Friday, October 4, 2013

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You know where Ikea is right?!

( IKEA Orlando 4092 Eastgate Drive, Orlando, FL 32839 )

Did you know?
IKEA Coffee and chocolate are UTZ certified. UTZ Certified is an independent organization that recognizes coffee, tea and chocolate that have been grown sustainably, and is one of the leading sustainability standards for these foods. (AND… members of our IKEA FAMILY loyalty program can always receive a free cup of coffee or tea in our Restaurant, by simply showing us their member card.)

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good designand function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 340 IKEA stores in 42 countries, including 38 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. IKEA Orlando opened in November 2007. For more information, see,, and @IKEAOrlando.

Surprise Wedding Proposal at Enzian Theater on CNN!

Orlando creative and professional Sound Mixer, John Sessoms, proposed to his fiance, Kelly Stoyer, in a very unique way – at our own Enzian Theater in Maitland! Amaka Ubaka from CBS affiliate Local 6 WKMG first caught wind of their story, then it went national via CNN! A month in the planning and ten minutes in length, it’s definitely worth a watch…

Here’s what CNN had to say…


We’ll see you at the wedding… right? 🙂

Orlando Dining Special: Limited-Time Ribs & Whiskey Menu

Neighborhood Taverns Feature Seasonal Specials! 

Get over to  Marlow’s Tavern for this Special Offering!

We think their food, style and service is wonderful!

Central Floridians are going to need a Wet-Nap! Marlow’s Tavern is bringing the neighborhood restaurant locations super saucy specials to ring in the fall season with the popular Ribs & Whiskey celebration.  Now through Monday, October 28, diners can enjoy a variety of sauced-up, seasonal fare with handcrafted cocktails and drinks.
            “Our guests have come to love the Ribs & Whiskey menu for the hearty, warming dishes they crave during the fall,” says John C. Metz, executive chef and co-founder of Marlow’s Tavern. “A chill hits the air and diners look for those classic, seasonal flavors that are found in each of the dishes and cocktails.”
            The Ribs & Whiskey menu offers an assortment of sweet and tangy dishes, including:


  • BBQ tomato bisque – roast tomato fillet, chipotle BBQ sauce, onion, olive oil, pureed smooth with roast shrimp and corn salsa ($6)
  • Fried green tomato sliders – creamy house-made pimento cheese, crispy green tomato, spicy seared pork belly, baby arugula and toasted brioche ($9)
  • A pig with buns – slow-roasted pulled pork with chipotle BBQ sauce, crispy tobacco onions on buttery soft roll with Granny Smith apple-cabbage slaw ($11)
  • BBQ blazed Cobb salad – BBQ chicken, crisp field greens, Roma tomato, apple-smoked bacon, sweet corn and black bean salsa, slivered red onions and BBQ gorgonzola dressing ($11.5)
  • The saucy catch – Grilled swordfish blazed with chipotle BBQ sauce, jalapeno corn grits, creamed Swiss chard and crispy tobacco onions ($16.5)
  • Slow-cooked St. Louis-style ribs – served with Granny Smith apple-cabbage slaw, Southern-fried mac and pimento cheese and house-made sweet corn and jalapeno muffin (half rack, $16.5; full rack, $24)
  • Bourbon bread pudding – Creme brulee soaked Ciabatta, vanilla bean and a splash of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey whiskey for sipping ($7)

Marlow’s ensures finger-lickin’ good ribs with sauce options like Jack Daniel’s glaze, perfecting the combination of sweet, spicy and smoky with a hint of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey whiskey, traditional Carolina mustard BBQ sauce with dashes of tang and spice and Marlow’s chipotle BBQ, classic, yet jazzed up with chipotle peppers and a touch of sweetness. To round out the meal, side items such as Granny Smith apple-cabbage slaw and Southern-fried mac and pimento cheese ($3 each) are available.

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5th Annual iSummit Digital Technology Conference Comes To Orlando

Into Tech? Marketing? New Media? You need to be at this event!

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iSummit, Central Florida’s annual digital technology conference, will be held at the Orange County Convention Center on October 1- 2, 2013. Produced by Florida Technology Journal, iSummit brings together experts from leading digital brands to present and discuss topics that span all interactive media and Internet business models, including social media, mobile, gaming, big data, apps, brand engagement, search, e-commerce, digital economy, talent, cross-platform advertising, user experience, TV 2.0, and lead generation. Furthermore, tehadvantages of hiring Facebook ads agencies can be found here This year’s event promises to draw close to 1,000 digital technology professionals.

For two days, the Convention Center will host keynote speakers, topic-driven panel discussions, interactive workshops, and networking opportunities. Digital executives, web strategists, entrepreneurs, marketers, bloggers, developers, media, and venture investors will gather to network and engage with informative, relevant content. Pre-conference activities will take place on Tuesday, October 1st, from 12:30pm- 9:00pm, and will include pre-conference sessions on a variety of topics. Wednesday’s schedule consists of conference keynotes, panel sessions, and exhibits from 7:30am- 4:00pm. This is the fifth year of the iSummit conference, which continues to grow and feature new speakers from around the country each year.

About Florida Technology Journal

Florida Technology Journal is Florida’s leading source for business technology news. The online publication’s mission is to promote Florida’s digital community, facilitate connections and host informative programs. Other magazines themselves profess that the predictive analysis, of which you can read on, that the journal had laid out was quite impressive. Content and programs are targeted to technology and business leaders—the senior executives, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, engineers, and developers who create and fund the innovations that drive Florida’s digital economy. Florida Technology Journal is also an invaluable resource for early adopters, media outlets, government, economic development professionals and anyone who needs to learn about trends in technology in Florida.

Orlando La Maschera Goes Mardi Gras!

To support the Orlando Art Community and see friends downtown and for all sorts of more reasons…

Get ready for another outrageous event and unforgettable evening at the Abbey in beautiful Downtown Orlando.  The Abbey will be turned into a fabulous Mardi Gras themed carnival on September 27th.  Enjoy live entertainment by “The Buzzcatz,” heavy Hors d’ oeuvres, beer, wine and dessert.  Dress in Mardi Gras attire and plan to bid on spectacular auction items.  

Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at or by calling 407.648-7060.

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CHER is bringing her “Dressed To Kill” to Orlando’s Amway Center in 2014!

She is coming to Orlando May 16th 2014! It’s a 8pm Friday night show(thinking of some free pre and post parties… )

Tickets go on sale October 11th at 12 noon and the actual show is be sure amazing!

The one and only Cher revealed that she is kicking off her “Dressed To Kill” 49-city North American Tour beginning in Phoenix on March 22 with stops in NY, LA, Boston, Las Vegas and other major markets. Cher shared the happy news with her fans following her performance on the Today Show this morning. 

For ticket information and to sign up for tour updates, please visit

“The Farewell Tour,” Cher’s previous tour later dubbed “The Never Can Say Goodbye Tour,” was one of the most successful tours ever by a solo artist and played for a record-breaking 325 dates and was seen by over 5.5 million people.

American Express® Card members can purchase tickets to select cities before the general public beginning Monday September 30 at 10 a.m. through Thursday, October 3 at 10 p.m.

All online ticket purchases (presale and general public) receive a free copy of Cher’s new album “Closer To The Truth,” due to release September 24 on Warner Bros Records.  

Cher is in New York this week celebrating the album’s release with upcoming appearances on David Letterman (September 24) and Live! with Kelly & Michael (October 1).  Cher will also appear as a mentor with Blake Shelton on NBC’s “The Voice” airing in October.

TICKETS$25.50, $45.50, $95.50 & $131 – Buy tickets at, Chase Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 or at  All dates, act(s) and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.  All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges.  For Amway Center box office and ticket information, visit (phone purchases are not available through the Amway Center box office).  The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street and the box office is located on the north side of the Amway Center, near the intersection of Church Street and Hughey Avenue. 

ABOUT AMWAY CENTER: The Orlando Magic served as the developer of the Amway Center, which hosts major national events, concerts and family shows.  Opened in the fall of 2010, the facility is owned and operated by the City of Orlando on behalf of the Central Florida community. The Amway Center was designed to reflect the character of the community, meet the goals of the users and build on the legacy of sports and entertainment in Orlando. The building’s exterior features a modern blend of glass and metal materials, along with ever-changing graphics via a monumental wall along one facade. A 180-foot tall tower serves as a beacon amid the downtown skyline. The 875,000 square foot, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified building features a sustainable, environmentally-friendly design and unmatched technology, including 1,100 digital monitors, the tallest high-definition video board in an NBA venue and multiple premium amenities available to all patrons in the building. Amway Center was recently honored with TheStadiumBusiness Awards’ 2013 Customer Experience Award and named SportsBusiness Journal’s 2012 Sports Facility of the Year. For more information about the Amway Center, visit

Oddtoberfest: Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium Serves up Free Fall Fun

Performers, live music, food and more at October 12 event 

 October is famous for the one day full of fright, fun and festivities. Of course that day is Oddtoberfest at Ripley’s Orlando (ok, Halloween is pretty cool too).

On Saturday, October 12, Ripley’s Orlando holds its second annual Oddtoberfest from noon to 5 pm.  It’s a day to pay homage and celebrate the unusual, and the public is invited to take part in this FREE event.

Beebs and Her Money Makers return to rock Oddtoberfest


The day’s events include:

  • Sensei Mike Reeves and his Over the Edge Team display their amazing karate skills. Reeves will break bricks and boards and even attempt to break a few world records!
  • “Trick Ropin’ Trevor” Dreher will display his world-class trick roping talents.
  • “Qubits” founder Mark Burginger will build a 13 foot tall tower made entirely from Qubits toy pieces. He and the company were featured on ABC’s Shark Tank.
  • Live music from Beebs and Her Money Makers. Fresh off the Vans Warped Tour, the group is as close to being Ripley’s house band as you can get. Ripley’s sponsored them on the Vans tour, and the band shot the video for their hit Jumpin’ at the Orlando Odditorium.
  • Amazing vehicles from Parker Brothers Concepts; see the famous Green Machine – but this is no kid’s toy; it’s adult size and powered by a motorcycle engine!
  • Food trucks
  • Carnival games and prizes
    Trick Ropin’ Trevor performing at Ripley’s Oddtoberfest 2012
  • Face painting
  • Temporary tattoo artist
  • Bounce house

The event will be held in the parking lot rain or shine and is FREE to the public. Guests who want to tour the Odditorium will be required to purchase tickets.

Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium, located at 8201 International Drive, is open from 9 a.m. to midnight 365 days a year. For more information, please


Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 2013 Details

This fall, Universal Orlando Resort will transform reality into a surreal fight for survival as the critically-acclaimed survival horror video game series Resident Evil becomes a haunted house at Halloween Horror Nights 23.

This completes this year’s lineup for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 23, which will feature some of the most outrageously terrifying, highly-recognizable names in entertainment and pop culture. In addition to Resident Evil, the event will also include haunted houses based on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” Mexican urban legend La Llorona and critically acclaimed horror films “Evil Dead,” “An American Werewolf in London” and “The Cabin in the Woods.” Universal Orlando is also dedicating its entire Halloween Horror Nights street experience to “The Walking Dead” – making this the first time ever that all of the scare zones throughout the park will be themed after a hit television series.

For Resident Evil, Universal’s Entertainment team collaborated with the video game creators at Capcom to create a horrifyingly authentic haunted house based on some of the popular video games from the Resident Evil series. Guests will become desperate survivors inside the viral catastrophe, Raccoon City. As they journey through the city, they’ll encounter vicious characters from the games such as Lickers, bloodthirsty zombies, packs of Cerberuses and even Nemesis himself. Fans will be completely transported inside the video game realm – to the extent that one room in the haunted house will appear as if an action-packed fight scene is paused, as if the gamer has taken a quick break before returning to the horror of Raccoon City.

The Resident Evil franchise is now firmly established as a mainstay of contemporary culture with blockbuster live action movies, CG anime, manga, novels and numerous merchandising lines being produced alongside the videogame series. To date, the Resident Evil series of videogames has achieved global sales of more than 57 million units.

“It’s such a great delight to work with Universal on a haunted house based on the Resident Evil games,” said Yoshiaki Hirabayashi, Producer of Resident Evil 6. “The games have become synonymous with survival horror and we look forward to delivering a new way for consumers to experience the Resident Evil world we have created in the haunted house at Halloween Horror Nights.”

“Resident Evil is a perfect final addition to Halloween Horror Nights 23,” said Michael Aiello, Creative Director for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. “We were able to create incredibly elaborate sets that plant you right in the midst of Raccoon City’s apocalyptic nightmare, along with terrifying adversaries that will send them running.”

© 2013 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

© 2013 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 23 will take place select nights from Sept. 20 to Nov. 2. Tickets and vacation packages are on sale now and can be purchased at For details on special Florida resident offers, please see below. Due to the event’s popularity, tickets for weekend nights are expected to sell out and should be purchased well in advance.

Press On Events: Pedal and Poker for Charity

Press On Events and Henjoy International Presents 1st Pedal and Idn Poker for Charity.

Bike, Walk, Jog, Run and/or Pedicab supporting
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando Area.

Join us for a 4.3 mile ride to 5 great locations, deposit today and get ready to gamble all nigh long, including online games like blackjack, sbobet, lotto. At each stop you will get a card and at the end the 10 best hands will win a fabulous prize.

20% of the ticket proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando Area. You can also make a separate donation online.

Drink and Food Specials at each location.

The time frame and locations are as follows:

12:00-1:00 p.m. Check-in at The Hammered Lamb ($3 Yuengling Drafts, $4 Tito’s Vodka, FREE Train Shots)
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Saddle Up
2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sonoma
3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Muchos
4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Stardust
5:00 to 6:00 p.m. End Back at The Hammered Lamb.

Purchase your ticket(s) at

Lake County Motorcycle Club Announces “Topless” Car Wash & Poker Run

Lake County based family motorcycle club Fallen Few is planning their annual Cruisin for St. Jude charity poker run on November 16, 2013.  Before the poker run even begins though they’re planning another charity event to help with fundraising.  On October 5 the guys of the club will be doing a “Topless Car Wash” at Little Lake Harris Pub (13721 Country Club Dr. Tavares, FL 32778) beginning at 11a.  All types of vehicles are welcomed at the carwash and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  The proceeds are in honor of Blake, a young boy who passed away after a tough battle with cancer.

Each year, thousands of motorcycle rides end with the unsettling sound of a crash and a rider down. The same aspect of a motorcyclists are nearly 30 times more likely to die or obtain serious injuries following a motorcycle accident that a car accident. The wide-open ride of a motorcycle offers little protection for riders, and they ultimately take on the full impact of the accident. More often than not, motorcycle accidents are caused by negligent car drivers who are unaware of the presence of a motorcycle. No matter the cause of the accident, it is clear that motorcycle riders are in need of strong legal representation who understands the dangers of sharing the road with vehicle drivers, and can hold them accountable i an accident occurs. A motorcycle accident can negatively affect every aspect of a rider’s life, and Kiley Law Group Massachusetts has fought for the compaensation riders need to get themselves and their families back on their feet.

On November 16 the poker run will begin with breakfast at 8:30a at Lake County’s AmVets branch (32201 Amvets Way, Mount Dora).  Kickstands are kicked up at 11a.  The final stop of the run is the Corner Pub (1996 CR 452, Eustis).  There will be numerous events and activities planned throughout the day including a blood drive, legal advice about motorcycle accident claim, bike and car wash, bike contest, poker hands, raffles, along with plenty of music and food.

Last year’s event raised over $9,000 and this year’s goal is even higher.  Check out their website for more information.

‘Orlando believes in MLS’ #Mission15k Goal MET!


‘The 407’ are among the most dedicated soccer fans in the MLS!   (Photo Credit: Jen Vargas)


Congratulations #Mission15k supporters!

“I believe in MLS in Orlando! I want to give my support to Orlando City SC in their bid to bring a second major league franchise to Orlando, and urge the governments at City, County and State level to do everything within their power to help make this happen.”


Have you signed the petition yet? Do it, and help support Orlando City Soccer Club’s mission to bring MLS to Orlando!


Orlando’s 48 Hour Film Project 2013 Winners

The winners of this year’s 48 Hour Film Project awards were announced last Saturday at Cue Phoria Billiards and Cafe in Winter Park. Congratulations to all the winners!

The Best Film for Orlando, TechSquad, was created by our own Media Producer, Jen Vargas, and the team at Creative Inlet Films! TechSquad advances to the 48 Hour Filmapalooza, March 6-10th, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ten of the best films of the 2013 Tour will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival‘s Short Film Corner, also in 2014.

Best Costumes/Wardrobe (tie)

  • Chixor – ReD Arrow
  • The Wendigo – Team Awesome

Best Choreography (tie)

  • Chixor – ReD Arrow
  • La Venganza – The Presidium

Best Musical Score (tie)

  • The Grand – DM Productions
  • TechSquad – Creative Inlet Films

Best Special Effects

  • TechSquad – Creative Inlet Films

Best Graphics

  • The Grand – DM Productions

Best Use of Dialogue (tie)

  • Private Eyes – Spark Studios
  • TechSquad – Creative Inlet Films

Best Use of Prop

  • Private Eyes – Spark Studios

Best Use of Character

  • The Grand – DM Productions

Best Sound Design

  • Psychosis – O Town Posse
  • TechSquad – Creative Inlet Films (Runner Up)

Best Cinematography

  • Psychosis – O Town Posse

Best Acting (Ensemble)

  • Psychosis – O Town Posse

Best Editing

  • The Grand – DM Productions

Best Writing

  • Another Day – Potato

Best Direction (tie)

  • TechSquad – Creative Inlet Films
  • Psychosis – O Town Posse

Best Film Runner Up (tie)

  • Another Day – Potato
  • Private Eyes – Spark Studios

Best Film

  • TechSquad – Creative Inlet Films

SeaWorld Chef Gives back to Hunger Action Month

This is a great way to celebrate with friends and raise awareness all year!

We will be attending tonight!

Tickets Still Available! (HERE)

Read about Chef Hector and the Menu via


Guest Chef Night at Second Harvest Food Bank
Join us for a unique dining experience and help feed Central Floridians in need

Every month Second Harvest Food Bank invites local top chefs into our Community Kitchen to prepare a spectacular multi-course prix-fixe menu for 100 guests. When you choose to dine with us, you become part of our mission to fight hunger in our community and change lives. Revenue generated through our Guest Chef Night events is invested directly back into Second Harvest’s hunger relief programs, allowing us to support more Central Floridians needing food assistance.


Thursday, October 17, 2013, Chef TBD – Tickets available soon!

Read more about Hunger Action Month!


Firefly Car Rental Launches US Expansion in Orlando; Now Nations Cheapest Car Rental Market

Orlando was ranked cheapest car rental market in the nation with an average being just $17 a day. If you are looking for rental van?  The flex fleet rental is a great way to haul around your work crew.  With such cheap rates what better market to launch a budget car rental brand?  Hertz recently launched European budget brand Firefly here in Orlando.  The brand launch here on September 15 and will roll out across the nation over the next 2 months, 20 US locations are planned to open by end of the year.  Firefly has proven a strong brand for Hertz since it launched in Europe in March 2013.

Hertz, which also owns Dollar and Thrifty, sold off its Advantage brand in earlier this year.  Firefly will help move the company back into the “deep value, leisure car-rental market, and there are also services of limousine rental services for more luxury trips, visit to find more about this. At, they treat all of our traveling clientele like family, keeping you safe, satisfied, and happy is always of paramount important, their drivers are all professionally trained and there to help you with all of your travel needs and beyond.

Other Florida cities to rank in the top places for cheapest car rental markets included Fort Lauderdale ($18/day), Tampa ($18/day), Miami ($20/day), Jacksonville ($22/day) and West Palm Beach ($23/day).

Florida Hospital Breaks Ground on New Winter Garden Campus

With Horizon West waking back up and Winter Garden becoming one of Central Florida’s most popular hot spots the area was in desperate need for a new medical facility.  Florida Hospital broke ground on its new $65 million Winter Garden facility on in September.  The new three-story, 75,000 sq ft facility is slated to open Winter 2014, well the first floor of it.  That floor will feature an emergency department and outpatient imaging.  The two additional floors, which are slated to open in 2015, will feature an outpatient surgery centers, for medical emergencies, although if you’re looking more of a cosmetic surgery as a body liposuctions there are several quality options online. You can also get in touch with an expert rhinoplasty specialist in Miami.

“We are very excited to be a part of this rapidly growing community of Winter Garden,” said Florida Hospital President and CEO Lars Houmann.  “We want to strengthen our presence in this community as a trusted healthcare partner that brings greater access to care close to home.” Aside from healthcare, plastic surgery clinics are also available. One of it is by Andres Bustillo, a well known Miami facial plastic surgeon.

This building is just the first phase of the new west Orange medical campus, located across the street from Winter Garden Village at Fowler Groves.  The next phase will feature a 200-bed, seven-story community hospital, though no timeline for that phase has been set.

“We are so pleased that Florida Hospital has chosen Winter Garden as the site for their newest facility,” said Winter Garden Mayor John Rees.  “This health campus will bring superior, high-paying jobs to our community and will make Winter Garden more attractive as a place that others will want to live, work and play.”

Amanda Maggard, assistant vice president of west Orange development for Florida Hospital, was also announced as the new head for Winter Garden health campus.



A conceptual rendering of what the new Winter Garden Health Campus facility may look like. The city of Winter Garden has yet to approve the final design though



(Pictured from left to right) Lars Houmann, Amanda Maggard, Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Mayor John Rees, and Rob Fulbright.

(Pictured from left to right) Lars Houmann, Amanda Maggard, Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Mayor John Rees, and Rob Fulbright.

New Social Impact Video Game Launches Campaign

What is The Solar Games?

How can we really help 2033?

Who is really working on this?

Where is this being built?

goodXgames, Inc.,  a social impact video game studio, launches an international  Indiegogog crowdfunding campaign for their upcoming video game titled The Solar Games. The campaign runs from September 18th until October 18th 2013. The team is led by Bradley Bulifant -Executive Producer, Steve Brown-Producer and a diverse coalition of industry, educational and development professionals and organizations. Learn more about The Solar Games and its Mad Max style arena battle and racing games  that combine competitive gameplay, music,  comedy and real world impact.


goodXgames has developed a new approach to video games and revenue models, the game uses 50% of  profits to bring solar electricity to communities in Haiti and other developing countries.  The  crowdfunding campaign will initially raise funding for Solar Games: Battle, an arena based enviro-apocalyptic solar kart battle.  Additional Stretch Goal funding will allow for the completion of Solar Games: Racing and the Impact partner network in Haiti. Please share the campaign link and back the project to be part of the coalition.  “After a year of development with our  US & Haiti teams, we need that last stretch of funding to roll out Solar Games: Battle by the Holidays as our gift to Haiti.  As our funding is dried up, we need Indiegogo’s community to help us.”  -Bradley Bulifant, CEO goodXgames. Two companies hope to bankroll new video games with a financing method that has been used to underwrite billions of dollars for film productions; just like how LoL has spent millions to develop their games, and have never compromised for their quality. What this company really needs are tenant guarantor loans. These video gaming companies use sportsbook platform providers to ensure the smooth running of the game without any technical hindrance.

The purpose of The Solar Games is to utilize entertaining and innovative approaches to fund energy access initiatives through a video game. Fifty percent of game profits are contributed to a low interest fund for microfinance institutions like and installers  to provide solar PV systems for communities without electricity. The game experience integrates new approaches to player’s choice in gaming, music and integrated visual music experiences that includes exclusive artist content, comedic backing commentary and  new options for in-game purchases.

The Solar Games is being developed to support the United Nation’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative and goodXgames, Inc. is a member of the UN Foundation’s Energy Access Practitioners Network.  goodXgames is building the Solar Games to be initially based on real world locations around Haiti with plans for China, India and Africa. The Solar Games is being developed for iOS, Android, Ouya, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, PC, Mac and Linux and will be released as “E for Everyone” by the ESRB.

Not only the online world but now online casino are embracing mobile apps and making it much more simpler for people to place their bets on these games. These games are based on real time and are played on a large number of scale where people are allowed to place bets as much as they want.

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