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Top 5 Community Spotlight: Thornton Park

Orlando has ten main street districts and each one has a distinct vibe which helps define Orlando. Over the course of the next few weeks, we’re going to feature each neighborhood and the Top Five things to check out in each one. If you haven’t explored one of these main street districts, you should most definitely take some time to check out each one. First up: Thornton Park!

The Thornton Park Main Street District lives in the heart of Orlando and includes some of the most iconic local Orlando spots. It’s home to both luxury apartments and bungalow style homes giving the feel of both a hip modern metropolitan city and turn of the century Florida.

The Thornton Park District website calls it “Downtown for Grownups” and that is definitely the feel of this district. As one of the most walkable districts in Orlando, Thornton Park’s luxury shops, resturants, and events attracts a crowd looking for a good time but with a bit of style and class.

1. Lake Eola

How could we start a post about Thornton Park and not start with Lake Eola. With the iconic fountain sitting right in the middle, Lake Eola is the symbol for the non tourism part that is Orlando. It is the epicenter for community activity. With a walking path that snakes the lake, you will always see people and pets walking (and running!) around or simply taking in the view.

Lake Eola is also a favorite spot for public classes like yoga in the park, and along the Central Street side of the lake, there are even a few resturants where visitors can sit outside and enjoy the sunshine and scenery. If you want an up close view of the iconic Linton E. Allen Memorial Fountain at Lake Eola, you can even rent a swan boat and paddle around the lake for a few hours.

And if you want an even closer look, check out Central Florida Top 5’s behind the scenes tour of the Linton E. Allen Memorial Fountain on Facebook. Top 5 recently shared an exclusive, very special look inside the fountain!

2. Brunch

If you want to meet friends for Sunday brunch, Thornton Park is a great place to meet up. There is so much to do here on a Sunday, it’s the perfect neighborhood to park your car and spend a few hours in the district enjoying your Sunday Funday.

There are plenty resturants that offer brunch like Dexter’s, Spice Modern Steakhouse, Baoery Asian GastroPub, and Sonoma Kitchen. Many of the resturants even offer great drink specials like bottomless Bloody Marys or Mimosas.

3. Farmer’s Market

After Sunday brunch, stop by the nearby Orlando Farmer’s Market at Lake Eola. It’s is one of the biggest markets in town and runs from 10am-4pm every Sunday. With an eclectic mix of food and artisan vendors, there are new things to explore every week.

At the center of the market is an area to relax with a drink and a good treat while you listen to a local musician play a few songs for the crowd. This market is dog friendly too, and many vendors will have some water waiting on hot days for your pooch to enjoy.

4. Second Thursday Wine and Art Walk

If you’re looking for a sophisticated version of a bar crawl, check out Thornton Park on the 2nd Thursday of every month where you can enjoy the Wine and Art Walk. Over 25 businesses participate in this walk every month where $15 will get you a glass and an opportunity to check out various shops, resturants, and bars you might not be familiar with in the neighborhood. While you explore the neighborhood, live music, artists, and DJs line the street to keep you entertained from stop to stop.

5. The Beautiful Bungalows

Drive or bike around the Thornton Park neighborhood, and you’ll see why it is one of the most desirable and expensive neighborhoods to live in Orlando. Lining the brick neighborhood streets are beautiful 1920 style bungalow homes tucked away under towering wizened oak trees with Spanish moss dripping down shading the streets. These beautiful bungalow homes harken back to a time when Orlando was smaller and Walt Disney World was only a dream of a young 20-something animator.

Candlelight Vigil for Orlando – Walk Around the Lake

To show our cities strength, I invite you all to join me next week at Lake Eola, at sunset, to silently honor and remember the events that transpired on the early morning of Sunday 12 June 2016. The City Beautiful was victim to the largest single mass shooting in our nation’s history.

All I ask is one lap around the lake, starting and ending on the corner of 512 E Washington St Orlando, FL 32801, where we will leave our candles and set up a memorial. I encourage everyone bring candles, cups and or flowers to leave behind. I will personally provide about 100 but thousands have been offered as donations. If everyone brought something to share that would be nice to show our community’s strength and support one another. Everyone is encouraged to bring flowers, candles, customs signs of peace (nothing politcial this is just as sign of love for those loss) , Flags of any peacful Country/ organization/ branch of service, etc.

OUC Orlando Half Marathon & Track Shack Lake Eola 5k

One of the Southeast’s top road race events, now in its 39th year, winds through scenic Downtown Orlando and beautiful Lake Eola. You will join over 6,000 runners for this Orlando tradition and enjoy live music along the course. Discover the City Beautiful and the fun beyond the run…

www.orlandohalfmarathon.com

Date, Time & Location

Saturday, December 5, 2015
7:30 am: Half Marathon Start
7:40 am: 5k Start
Lake Eola
Orlando, FL

About the Event

One of the Southeast’s top road race events, now in its 39th year, winds through scenic Downtown Orlando and beautiful Lake Eola. You will join over 6,000 runners for this Orlando tradition and enjoy live music along the course. Discover the City Beautiful and the fun beyond the run…
Registration is limited to 4,500 entrants in the half marathon and 2,000 in the 5k. Register today!

Event Highlights

Run Orlando Merchandise

Get ready for the 2015 OUC Orlando Half Marathon! Order your Run Orlando apparel and headwear to train in style. New designs and colors available for immediate purchase.

Post Race Party

  • Registered participants (over age 21) receive two Michelob Ultra drink vouchers.

  • Florida Dairy Farmers will serve up ice cold chocolate milk while supplies last along with post race towel.
  • Get “ICED by Florida Hospital” in the Cool Zone.
  • Refreshments from Publix, where shopping is a Pleasure.

Event Photography

Be sure to wear your bib number on the front using all four pins so that it’s visible to photographers! Visit www.bbactionphoto.com to view race day photos. Participants will be notified by email when photos are ready for viewing!


Restrictions

For safety reasons, bicycles, roller skates, inline skates, and dogs will be prohibited from the race. The use of headphones is discouraged.

Walker Friendly Events

Keeping Central Florida Fit is our mission. Walkers are encouraged to participate in all Track Shack races. Municipalities require that road ways are clear of participants and opened as soon as the race is complete. That is why a maximum pace of 15 minutes per mile is set. If the pace isn’t maintained, race officials will ask you to move to the sidewalk to re-open the roadways.

Stroller Restrictions

Participants with baby joggers or strollers must start behind designated stroller signage and are REQUIRED to walk/jog no faster than 15 minute per mile in the 5k ONLY; stroller/jogger operators may not weave through packs of runners, and must always yield the right of way to other runners. Failure to comply will result in deletion from official race results and disqualification from participating with a stroller in future events.

April 1 National Walking Day | Community Walk at Lake Eola

It’s the last day of March, so we’ve all had plenty of time to falter on our new year’s resolutions to improve our health. Here’s a great way to get back on track.

Lace up your sneakers and join the American Heart Association for a community walk around Lake Eola in downtown Orlando tomorrow, Wednesday, April 1 at noon. That’s it! So easy. Just put on your sneakers, show up and take a stroll.

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The American Heart Association reminds us that being active reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke and other diseases. National Walking Day is a great first step toward a healthier life for some and a chance to recommit to living a healthier life for others.

Meet your fellow walkers at the Lake Eola amphitheater at noon. Post your photos and join the conversation with hashtag #LaceUpOrlando.

 

 

Downtown Food & Wine Fest w/ Lifehouse and LOVERBOY

Dowtown Food & Wine 2015
Lifehouse and LOVERBOY Headline Downtown Food & Wine Fest at Lake Eola February 21 and 22, 2015
The Ultimate Fest Experience Ticket Now Available
 
ORLANDO, Fla. (February 2, 2015) – The Seventh Annual Downtown Food & Wine Fest is set for Saturday, February 21 and Sunday, February 22, 2015 for more than 30,000 foodies and wine lovers to experience unique local cuisine paired with wines from around the globe.
Located in the heart of downtown Orlando at Lake Eola on Robinson Street, the two-day Fest features mouth-watering dishes from 30 of Orlando’s premier restaurants, 50 domestic and international wines and live, national entertainment by Lifehouse and LOVERBOY.
All appearances and entertainment are subject to change without notice.  The complete performance schedule will be updated on www.DowntownFoodandWineFest.com.
Lifehouse
On the heels of the announcement of their much-anticipated new studio album, Out of the Wasteland, available this spring, the multi-platinum alt-rock band Lifehouse takes the Fest stage on Saturday evening, February 21.
Out of the Wasteland is the work of a group that has some history. It was 2001 when Los Angeles-based Lifehouse broke through in a big way when “Hanging by a Moment,” from their debut album No Name Face, spent 20 weeks in the Top Ten and won a Billboard Music Award for “Hot 100 Single of the Year.” Since then, the band has released five more albums, sold over 15 million records worldwide and spun off such hit singles as “You and Me,” “First Time,” and “Whatever it Takes.” Lifehouse is one of the most played artists in the history of Hot AC with 1.5 million spins and over 1.4 Billion Pandora Plays to date.
LOVERBOY
For more than 30 years, LOVERBOY has been “Working for the Weekend” and on weekends, delighting audiences around the world since forming in Calgary, Alberta.  The legendary band takes the Fest stage on Sunday evening, February 22.
With their trademark red leather pants, bandannas, big rock sound and high-energy live shows, LOVERBOY has sold more than 10 million albums, earning four multi-platinum plaques, including the four-million-selling Get Luck and a trio of double-platinum releases in their self-titled 1980 debut, 1983’s “Keep It Up and 1985’s Lovin’ Every Minute of It. Still, “Working for the Weekend,” LOVERBOY’s catalog includes some of arena-rock’s most enduring anthems. LOVERBOY’s reputation as a live act has always been its calling card as the group continues to entertain fans of all ages.
Downtown Food & Wine Fest Tickets
 
Date / Time:               Saturday, February 21, 2015 (noon to 9 p.m.)
Sunday, February 22, 2015 (noon to 7 p.m.)
Location:                    Located in the heart of downtown Orlando at Lake Eola along Robinson Street
Admission:                Admission is $15 per person, per day with advance online purchase.    Admission at the door is $20 per person, per day. Admission for children under age 12 is free.
Food and beverage tickets are available at the Fest for $2 each; food and beverage offerings range from one to four tickets.
For all-weekend Fest fans, a two-day ticket is available for $25 per person only with advance online purchase.
A limited number of Wine Tasters Club passes will be available for purchase for $15 per person in addition to general admission only with advance online purchase.  Club members will enjoy up to five 2 oz. pours of their choice throughout the Fest and a souvenir lanyard.
Back by popular demand, The Ultimate Fest Experience ticket returns. The Ultimate Fest Experience ticket is $100 per person, per day and includes VIP parking, general admission, Wine Tasters Club, $20 in food and beverage tickets, access to the private stage side pavilion with premium wine selections, access to private restrooms and a commemorative gift.  A limited number of VIP tickets are available with advance online purchase. 
The Fest is presented and produced by CBS RADIO Orlando, led by Orlando favorites MIX 105.1, 1059 SUNNY FM, and 101.9 AMP Radio in partnership with the Central Florida Chapter of the FRLA.   A portion of the proceeds benefit the FRLA Educational Foundation.
“The Downtown Food & Wine Fest is one of our Downtown’s signature cultural events, showcasing the best of Orlando’s culinary scene. Events like this continue to expand Downtown’s offerings and bring more and more people to our urban core to celebrate the beauty, diversity, and vibrancy of our community,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.
Dave Robbins, senior vice president and market manager, CBS RADIO Orlando commented, “Through the power of radio and the strength of our FRLA restaurants, foodies and fans come together to celebrate an event that truly brings our community together to indulge in the sights, sounds, and tastes of Orlando.”
“Now in its seventh year, the Fest is the perfect combination of divine food, unique wines, and entertainment,” said Leigh Doyle, president-elect, Central Florida Chapter of the FRLA.
“Orlando has emerged onto the national culinary stage with award-winning restaurants and memorable events to showcase the spirit of the City Beautiful.”
  
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Paws in the Park 2015

Paws in the Park 2015

This Valentine’s Day, Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is hosting Paws in the Park, Central Florida’s oldest and largest pet walk and festival. Paws in the Park promises a day full of adventures, including the Doggie Fun Zone, Splash Dogs and the Canine Sports Arena. The event begins at 9 a.m. and continues until 1 p.m. at Lake Eola. Visit PawsinthePark.PetAllianceOrlando.org for more information.

Orlando Sketch Tour Workshops for Visitors and Residents

Sketch Tourism comes to Orlando!

Artist Thomas Thorspecken (Thor) from Analog Artist Digital World and Kelly Medford from Sketching Rome Tours will be guides for this 2-day sketching tour around Orlando.

The Saturday workshop will start off by introducing simple and straightforward techniques in pen, pencil and watercolor for all levels, from beginners to more practiced artists or sketchers. Both Thor and Kelly will offer several hours of tips and tricks to get you comfortable working with your materials. Kelly will offer insights into the use of watercolor and Thor will give tips on how to compose your urban sketch.

Attendees will break for lunch at Panera and then continue sketching together afterwards. We will finish off the day at the Red Pagoda at 2pm to share sketches and chat about the experience.

The Sunday workshop will be much like the Saturday workshop with more time for those who attended Saturday’s workshop to sketch and for newcomers to work directly in getting to know your materials and various techniques. *The sketch tours are for all levels, NO experience is required.

Artist Thomas Thorspecken (Thor) from Analog Artist Digital World

Artist Thomas Thorspecken (Thor) from Analog Artist Digital World

Each workshop day is $125, or $200 for both days.
Saturday February 28, 2015 Workshop 10am to 2pm.
Sunday March 1, 2015 Workshop 10am to 2pm.

All materials provided, just bring yourself.

Each sketch kit includes:
pencil and sharpener
waterproof drawing pen
waterbrush
travel sized watercolor kit
5×7 inch watercolor artist journal
a zippered supply bag to hold everything

Registration is on Eventbrite:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/orlando-sketch-tour-workshop-tickets-15196184196

For more information on  Orlando Sketch Tours, call 407-760-2813

or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/694204017367426/

 

Tussauds Orlando Welcomes Selena Gomez to Florida

by: @jenvargas

Wait a minute. Was that…? SELENA GOMEZ… at Lake Eola?!

Photo: Courtesy of Madame Tussauds Orlando

Photo: Courtesy of Madame Tussauds Orlando

(Don’t worry, everyone at Top 5 did a triple take too!)

Great news for all Florida Selenators and Beliebers! Selena Gomez… ‘s wax counterpart was indeed at Lake Eola last week! It’s not as hot outside, so wax-Selena decided to take a stroll around Lake Eola as well as take a walk around the Convention Center and down International Drive.

DID YOU SEE HER? C’mon, we know SOMEONE out there must have taken a selfie…

Actress and pop songstress Selena Gomez will be the first wax-lebrity to call Orlando home when Florida’s first ever Madame Tussauds attraction opens next Spring at the new I-Drive 360 entertainment complex.

Guests at Madame Tussauds Orlando will experience the essence of America with this brand new, immersive and interactive wax experience, bursting with family fun and world-class entertainment, as they move through themed areas meeting all of their favorite stars from award-winning film actors, to historical and modern world leaders, sports stars, music legends as well as figures important to Florida. Visitors can shake hands with president, get on stage with rock stars and pop princesses, or get up close and personal with a Hollywood heartthrob and take the ultimate selfie!

Which A-list personality would you like to see come to Orlando next? Of all the important and historical figures in Florida’s history, who do YOU think deserves a place in OUR wax history? Tweet us @CentralFLTop5 and let us know! Follow @TussaudsOrlando to see who the next big name coming to Orlando may be!

Take a #StridesSelfie at Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Orlando!

We love selfies! We love seeing YOUR selfies!

If you’re walking in tomorrow’s HUGE Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Orlando  walk in Downtown Orlando, we KNOW we’ll see thousands of them! Expected attendance will be – get this – *at least* 60,000 people. It will be a literal SEA OF PINK, all for a great cause! The buzz on their Yelp Orlando event page is…

Put on your pink, grab some friends and join Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Orlando Presented by Lexus of Orlando at Lake Eola on Saturday, October 25th, 2014! Over 50,000 attended last year’s walk and we’re expecting even more new friends in the fight this year! Interested in volunteering or starting a team? Register for FREE at www.orlandostrides.com! Are you a breast cancer Survivor? Please make sure to register before the walk so we can save a space for your in our Survivor VIP Tent! Many goodies and surprises await…

Make sure to TweetInstagram and Facebook your #StridesSelfie and share your experiences before, during and after the walk using hashtag #OrlandoStrides! 

Click HERE for Parking information. Click HERE for registration information

EXCLUSIVE NEWS: A little Twitter birdie told us Orlando Strides will attempt to take the Ultimate #StridesSelfie minutes before the walk begins at 9am. Will they be able to fit all 60,000 walkers in ONE PHOTO?! We’re not sure but we can’t wait to see them try!

Some of the MANY things happening at tomorrow’s MSABC walk:

  • Lake Eola’s Fountain will be PINK!
  • Free refreshments from Athena Water, Starbucks, FreshPoint Produce, Dole (no DoleWhips?!) and more
  • Full Sail will have their own endstage setup near the start line
  • Give ‘Til It Rocks will have some AMAZING talent playing live, sprinkled throughout the 5k walk
  • All breast cancer Survivors will have a special VIP tent sponsored by Morgan and Morgan with a great view
  • Vanessa Echols from Channel 9 WFTV and Dana Taylor from Mix 105.1 will emcee
  • Lexus of Orlando will have a PINK car (and a few others) on display
  • Look for the big Florida Blue tent for another selfie opportunity using the hashtag #HereFor___!
  • We’ve heard a rumor too that Orlando Solar Bears‘ Shades may attend… [Update: CONFIRMED RUMOR!!]
  • Strides is not a race but you can keep up with your walk on MapMyRun/MapMyFitness, RunKeeper and Endomondo

AFTER THE WALK: At Noon, Musician Keith Lay will present “Distance Music” at Lake Eola. His YouTube Channel explains ‘Distance Music’ as, “A new kind of musical experience that creates a sonic sculpture in a 23 acre lake. The audience to walks around it to view it with their ears. WIth 30 musicians, 14 boat people and 7 train horns!” Like Making Strides, this event is also FREE and (obviously) open to the public.

SAVE THE DATE for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Orlando’s VIP Party on November 11th, from 6-8pm at Lexus of Orlando!

Lake Eola Swan Mom hatches a baby Cygnet on Mother’s Day!

Swans nest egg hatching on Mother’s Day at Orlando’s Lake Eola- baby Cygnet

Talk about perfect timing-

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Video:

 

More soon about the Swans and other wildlife around Central Florida!

 

8th Annual Scooters For Hooters & 3rd Annual Ellen’s Walk With the Angels


http://www.scooters4hooters.com/

Scooters 4 Hooters is the signature FUNdraising event for Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation. This 22 mile, police escorted scooter ride and free celebration of life takes place annually at Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando. The day’s activities include great speakers, live music, food vendors, a silent auction, scooter raffles if you want a scooter yourself then For the best reviews of scooters and gear, I recommend going to https://myproscooter.com, and survivor tributes.

If you are interested in FUNdraising for this great event, CLICK HERE to create your customized fundraising page.

If you are interested in volunteering, you can sign up here. To learn more about the event, visit our events page. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!

http://libbyslegacy.donorpages.com/EllensWalk2014/

Ellen’s Walk with the Angels is a 4K (two lap) walk around Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando on Saturday, May 10, 2014 with a celebration of life following in conjunction with the 8th Annual Scooters 4 Hooters Breast Cancer Charity Ride & Music Fest.

“Movieola” City of Orlando Launches Monthly Free Movies at Lake Eola Park!

The City of Orlando invites residents and visitors to Movieola, a free monthly movie series in Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando.

Beginning on Friday, April 25, and continuing on the last Friday of every month through August, a free, family-friendly movie will be shown on the East Lawn.  The event will start at 6:30 p.m. with lawn games, music and food available for purchase at the park with the feature movie showing at 8:00 p.m

 

MOVIEOLA DATES AND FEATURES:MoviEolaOrlando

  • Friday, April 25, 2014 featuring “Frozen”
  • Friday, May 30, 2014 featuring “Thor – The Dark World”
  • Friday, June 27, 2014 featuring “Despicable Me 2”
  • Friday, July 25, 2014 featuring “Muppet’s Most Wanted”
  • Friday, August 29, 2014 featuring “Lego Movie”

WHERE:

Lake Eola Park – East Lawn, 512 East Washington Street, Orlando, Florida 32801

WHEN:

April – August 2014 on the last Friday of the Month

Event begins at 6:30 p.m. Movie starts at 8:00 p.m.

 

Dogs to Take Over Lake Eola Park This Saturday at the 20th Annual Paws in the Park

Last weekend it was a bit wet to take Fido out for a walk so make up for it this weekend with a special dog-centric day in Lake Eola.  The 20th Annual Paws in the Park will be at Lake Eola Park from 9a-3p.  The free event will have plenty of dog focused fun. Dont for get to bring dog food. Here are some reviews and ratings for Fromm dog food.

Animal Planet’s Victoria Stilwell, star of “It’s Me or the Dog,” will be there to meet with all the great four-legged friends. A special walk to raise money for the SPCA of Central Florida will kick off the morning.  All new this year will be a Splash Dogs dock diving competitions throughout the day. $10 micro-chipping will be offered by 24PetWatch throughout the day. The kids aren’t being left out either with a Disney Kids & Family Zone area just for them where Disney’s most famous dog, Pluto, is sure to make an appearance.

Dogs are welcome to attend but for the safety of everyone please make sure they are at least 6 months old, on a collar and leash, and no females in heat.

Make sure to check out the video below with Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan telling why she’s taking part in the walk on Saturday.