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Discover DINOSAURS This Weekend at Osceola Heritage Park!

dtdlogoThere’s a prehistoric party happening April 23–24 at Osceola Heritage Park. This event of dinosaur-sized proportions is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Photo courtesy of DiscoverTheDinosaurs.com

and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Discover the Dinosaurs is a unique, hands-on exhibit, consisting of moving and replica dinosaurs that you can actually touch!

For the walk-through exhibit, guests will be immersed in the period of time that best reflects when the dinosaurs lived. You’ll be engaged with sight, sound, and motion with special lighting, sound effects, animatronics, and fog. The backdrops, rocks, flooring, and plant materials are designed to bring you back in time to a landscape where dinosaurs lived.

Don’t be frightened when you come upon dinosaurs that move (and even ROAR) as you walk through jungle-like scenes with dinosaurs in their natural environment.

Included with with paid admission are: Triceratopos and T-Rex Rides (They’re not too scary, but a once in a lifetime opportunity, and a great photo op!), Inflatables (socks required), mini golf, dino dig, dino theater, dino den (socks required, dino coloring, scavenger hunt and dino maze (subject to availability). Add on attractions include face painting and gem and fossil panning.

Our Jurassic-themed cake by Gigi's.

Our Jurassic-themed cake by Gigi’s Cupcakes

Ticket Information

Tickets are $22 for adults (13 y/o and up); $26 for children (2–12); $19 for seniors (65+); Children under 2 are free. Click this link to buy tickets.

The Osceola Heritage Park is located at 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34744. (321) 697-3333.

Along the exhibit, see Deinonychus, Pachycephalosaurus (a favorite, since it’s mentioned in They Might Be Giants’ “I Am A Paleontologist”), Allosaurus, Apatosaurus, Raptors, Stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus, and Triceratops.

It’s no secret that my family is currently dino-obsessed (from the Jurassic-themed birthday party to the dinosaur eggs at Easter). Talking with other parents, I know we’re not alone. Join us at Discover the Dinosaurs for an event “millions of years” in the making!



Cabaret and Cabernet at UCF Rosen College

Oui Oui! The UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management is hosting their 6th Annual Cabaret and Cabernet Paris/Moulin Rouge themed fundraiser April 9th, 2016. Guests will enjoy a delicious meal that embraces the love of all things French, including the most “civilized” part of any meal (as the French would say!)… WINE. (It isn’t called Cabaret and Cabernet for nothing!)

cabernet cabaretHospitality industry executives and community supporters will be out in full force for some joie de vivre (exuberant enjoyment of life) at this full evening of fun, food and entertainment.

Sponsors include Freeman Audio Visual Solutions, PRG Orlando Production Services, Max King Events Rental Service, Frontline Event Services, Ritz Cartlton, Universal Studios, Puff n Stuff Catering and Walt Disney World.

Festivities begin at 6 p.m. and end at 10 p.m. Limited tickets are available and cost $75 each with profits benefiting Rosen College of Hospitality Management student projects. To purchase, visit goo.gl/dceLDC.

To reserve a full table or for sponsorship opportunities, please contact Suzan Bunn at Suzan.bunn@ucf.edu or 407-903-8212.

“La vérité est dans la vin”  Translation: There is truth in vine.

Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba at Disney Springs Evolves

La Nouba has been going strong at Disney Springs for over 8,000 performances and 17 years, but don’t let their solid history and impressive longevity fool you. This contemporary circus that melds dreams with reality has recently introduced their first major change in 8 years, an infusion of new acts and a wash of brilliant colors, that revitalizes what was already a a feast for the senses.

B-Boys breakdancing at La Nouba

B-Boys breakdancing at La Nouba

Cirque du Soleil’s resident show in Orlando opens with an all-new act of B-Boys (break dancers). The international trio, Dmytro Li, Josh Ortiz and Jean Carlos Lloret, present a powerful, urban wake-up call in a show that melds dream with reality. Li, the “Flying Buddha,” was born in the Ukrane (former Soviet Union). Jean Carlos Lloret, aka Bebo, comes to Cirque from Boston by way of Puerto Rico. New Yorker Josh Ortiz is known as “Incredible Josh.” Their powerful and physically demanding routine was choreographed and introduced in a matter of weeks by the breakers themselves and Matthew Sparks, head coach and dance captain, and Daniel Ross, Artistic Director. Audiences will be amazed at their body-bending, beat pounding routine.

Alexander and Ekaterina Abramova, Bamboo Aerialists

Alexander and Ekaterina Abramova, Bamboo Aerialists

The most awe-inspiring change is the switch from the high wire act to the new Aerial Bamboo starring Moscow natives Alexander and Ekaterina Abramova. The performers balance, twirl, spin and execute a myriad of graceful, mind-blowing acrobatic maneuvers on a steel beam contraption (that was bamboo in its historical Chinese form)… all from HIGH above the stage floor. In one part of the act, Alexander holds Ekaterina by his teeth via a thin cable while she spins at blinding speed. Note: I had the opportunity to walk up IN “the grid” up inside the La Nouba theater recently, and “dizzying heights” doesn’t even begin to describe it,  much less being up that high AND spinning like mad!*

Even the song for it, Liama, is kept fresh as the talented Seloane Nkhela infuses varying inflections and melodic surprises to each performance. She also has the ability to improvise when necessary. As explained in a recent interview, her theater background “trained” her to expect a consistency in the performers. At Cirque du Soleil, anything can happen! If someone falls or jumps “too” high, it used to throw her off. Now she’s astute at filling in or adjusting to the necessary parts with her voice, creating riffs. “It’s really a scream, though” she says, amazed how the performers bounce back from intimidating “non-rehearsed” maneuvers.

La Nouba transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary, engaging the imagination from beginning to end with opulent sets, brilliant choreography, theatrical lighting and  provocative live music. See all the new performers in addition to the, musicians, vocalists, acrobats, jugglers, bikers, clowns and the rest of the acts that make La Nouba the premiere live entertainment production offered at Disney Springs. Your family, like mine, will be thrilled by the spectacle and wonder at the talent, the beauty, and creative explosion that is… LaKelly Green on Silks Nouba.

Visit their website for tickets and more information on their New Year, New Acts.

Contributor’s note: Not only did I get to go up in the grid at the La Nouba theater,
but I got the
chance to “fly” on the silks back stage. Coolest bucket list item
I didn’t even know was ON my bucket list!


Monster Jam Orlando Show!

by Kelly Green

Monster Jam will be in Orlando at the Citrus Bowl Stadium this Saturday as well as collision repair omaha ne, January 23 for Metro PCS, Budweiser, Circle K, & Your Southern Ford Dealers present MONSTER JAM® brought to you by BKT Tires! Fans can check out the trucks and meet the drivers all around Central Florida on Thursday, January 21 for photo ops and fun. You are going to find ford car show, 1934 Ford Phaeton will be one of them.

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Monster Mutt Junkyard Dog, Brutus and Soldier Fortune. Don’t forget to go early to Party in the Pits at the Citrus Bowl Stadium!

Approximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, Monster Jam trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster Jam trucks can fly up to 125 to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) see here and up to 35 feet in the air.

Orlando will see War Wizard driven by Shane Phreed, Avenger driven by Jim Koehler, Brutus driven by Brad Allen, Black Stallion driven by Matt Cody, Grave Digger driven by Adam Anderson, El Toro Loco driven by Becky McDonough, Hooked driven by Bryan Wright, King Krunch driven by David Smith, Lucas Oil Crusader driven by Linsey Weenk, Monster Mutt Junkyard Dog driven by Dustin Brown, Monster Energy driven by Damon Bradshaw, Max-D driven by Tom Meents, Overkill Evolution driven by Mike Vaters II, Soldier Fortune driven by Chad Fortune, Stone Crusher driven by Steve Sims, Pirate’s Curse driven by Steven Sims Jr.

Advance purchase SuperValue Tickets are ONLY $15.  $125 Total Access Pass / $45 Platinum / $35 Gold Sideline / $25 Corners. Tickets are now on sale at www.ticketmaster.com. All seats reserved. Subject to facility fee, plus convenience and handling charges. Don’t wait – buy tickets in advance as prices go up $5 more the week of show (Jan. 18-23). Get more show information at www.MonsterJam.com (click on “Tickets” and search for Orlando January 23). The Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium is located at 1610 W. Church Street, Orlando, FL 32805.

Make time to Party in the Pits, a pre-event event where you can meet the drivers, watch cool moto tricks, get autographs, visit vendors and more. You can get a FREE pit pass at participating Southern Ford Dealers while supplies last. Pit passes are also available for $10 at the Orlando Citrus Bowl box office day of show, or in advance online at ticektmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Same day event ticket along with pit pass required for entry.

For more information on the Monster Jam, log onto www.MonsterJam.com. To follow Monster Jam on Facebook at Twitter, log on to Facebook.com/MJOnline and Twitter.com/MonsterJam.

Thursday, January 21, 2016 — Monster Trucks are on Display in Central Florida

Monster Energy®     12– 4p     Wal-Mart 3101 Princeton Ave. Orlando, FL 32808

Soldier Fortune®     3– 7p     Circle K – 700 S. Kirkman Rd. Orlando, FL 32825

Stone Crusher®     3– 7p     Gary Yeomans Ford & Lincoln—1420 N. Tomoka Farms Rd. Daytona Beach, FL 32124

Avenger®     3– 7p     Circle K—190 N. HWY 127 Clermont, FL 34711

Max-D®     3– 7p     MetroPCS—1453 Sand Lake Road Orlando, FL 32809

*Trucks listed above are subject to change.

Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® Orlando 2014

Support Benefits Share Our Strength, Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida in One night!


Returning for its 25th year, Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® Orlando, locally presented by Quality One Wireless, will take place Aug. 9 at the Orlando World Center Marriott celebrating Orlando’s culinary excellence and Taste of the Nation’s legacy of combating childhood hunger.

Showcasing the culinary delights of 35 of Central Florida’s leading chefs and restaurants, this year’s Taste of the Nation Orlando will feature two James Beard Foundation Award semi-finalists – Hari Pulapaka of Cress Restaurant and Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant and Wine Bar.

Longtime philanthropist Helen Donegan, vice president for Community Relations at the University of Central Florida, will serve as honorary chair of this year’s Taste of the Nation Orlando. At UCF, Donegan coordinates programs for the community and helps cultivate, maintain and enhance the links between the university and the organizations that it serves.

Along with appetizers, entrees and desserts from the area’s finest chefs and restaurants, guests can sample wines, beers and spirits while enjoying the silent auction, exciting raffle prizes, and entertainment by the Mud Rooster Band at this premier culinary fundraising event. This year’s event will also be home to a European-style bier garden sponsored by World of Beer.

Food Network celebrity chef Melissa d’Arabian, best known for her TV series Ten Dollar Dinners,  is cooking up her support for this year’s milestone event as a featured guest. D’Arabian, along with Orlando Sentinel food writer Heather McPherson and Scott Joseph from Scott Joseph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide, will serve as celebrity judges for the annual Chef Throwdown, where two chefs go head to head in a cooking challenge to determine whose culinary creation reigns supreme. Natural and organic foods supermarket chain Whole Foods is providing the pantry staples for the culinary cook-off, and leading premium beef producer Creekstone Farms will award a generous check to the winner of the chef throwdown title to present to Taste of the Nation Orlando.

 This year’s silent auction invites guests to bid on luxury apparel and accessories, stays at upscale hotels, gift cards to the area’s top restaurants, rounds of golf on area courses, and tickets to coveted sporting events. Guests can also enter a grand prize drawing for an all-expense paid trip for two to Oktoberfest in Munich.

Tickets to the event are $150 per person, and all proceeds benefit Share Our Strength’s efforts to eradicate childhood hunger. Local beneficiaries include Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

“The longstanding support of Taste of the Nation has been phenomenal,” said Brent A. Trotter, president and CEO of Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. “The funds raised help us providefood, shelter and services to more than 150 children and their families each night and serve more than 300,000 nutritious meals every year.  Just $50 provides a week of nutritious meals to 34 homeless children, so each ticket purchased makes a significantimpact.”

“For 25 years, Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Orlando has provided a meaningful outreach for hungry kids and families across Central Florida,” said Dave Krepcho, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.  “This support has literally put millions of additional meals on the table for our most vulnerable neighbors, and we’re so grateful for that.”


Saturday, August 9, 2014

6:45 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.


Orlando World Center Marriott

8701 World Center Dr., Orlando


$150 each


Cocktail / Semi-Formal


Bahama Breeze

BB Kings Blues Club

Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine

Cafe Tu Tu Tango

Capa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando

The Capital Grille

Captain’s Grille @ Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Cress Restaurant

Crimson Tavern at Orlando Airport Marriott

Cuisiniers Catering

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

Emeril’s Orlando

Emeril’s Tchoup Chop

Empress Sissi Cake & Pastry Specialties


Journeys Catering

JW Marriott Orlando – Grande Lakes

K Restaurant and Wine Bar

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse

LongHorn Steakhouse

Marlow’s Tavern

Pirate Chefs of Central Florida sponsored by Nestlé Professional

Orlando World Center Marriott

Red Wing Restaurant

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld

SeaWorld Orlando

Second Harvest Food Bank Culinary Training Program

Soco Southern Contemporary Cuisine

Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, A Land Remembered Restaurant

Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Cala Bella Restaurant

Sushi Pop Restaurant

Taverna Opa


T-Rex Orlando at Downtown Disney


Get your tickets and Full Details @ http://ce.strength.org/orlando


Nuclear Cowboyz Coming to Amway Center!

Lasers? Kung-fu? Motorcross?  In Orlando?!?

Nuclear Cowboyz Coming to Orlando’s Amway Center Special Discount Offer!Nuclear Cowboyz

If you’re into heart-pounding, choreographed arena motocross then you probably already know that the Nuclear Cowboyz 2014 tour is coming to Orlando’s Amway Center March 8th and 9th.  You’re probably already stoked to see the Shaolin Kung Fu Warriors’ martial arts motocross, complete with rod-bending, mid-air object-breaking, and traditional spears. You’re probably excited to see some of the world’s most dominant freestyle athletes perform dangerous stunts lit by lasers and pyrotechnics. Heck, you probably have posters of the 6 X-games medalists in Nuclear Cowboyz pasted all over your walls.

Even if you’re not already a fan of the Nuclear Cowboyz you can get excited about saving $5 on pre-sale tickets: from July 22nd to July 25th Just go to www.ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000 and use promotion code NC2014. If you are that super fan, though, have you considered a VIP Fallout Zone pass? For $100 you get premium seats to get as close to the action as (safely) possible, a commemorative VIP pass and poster, and most importantly, the chance to meet these motocross athletes in a private meet-and-greet session!

Can you say… extreme?

Nuclear Cowboyz Coming to Orlando’s Amway Center Special Discount Offer!