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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, you will find the wonderful holiday apartments from Interhome and enjoy your stay. For family and friends that wants fun activities to do for your bonding, checkout NYC escape games.

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. Driver fatigues is one of the leading causes of truck accidents in Dallas and nationwide. While there are strict guidelines that dictate the amount of time a driver can be behind the wheel in any given time period (known as Hours-of-Service rules), these rules are not always followed. For example, the recent Tracy Morgan truck accident involved a Wal-Mart truck driver who had not slept in more than 24 hours, call truck accident attorney merrillville in when you need advice on what to do when accidents happen. Driving a truck is difficult enough, much less driving without proper rest.

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.

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. We will know more about the nautical depth chart from lake erie and 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.

 

 

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

 

“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.