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Thornton Park 12 Bars of Christmas

12 Bars of Christmas
Thornton Park Main Street District
Hosted by the Thornton Park Main Street District, Orlando residents are encouraged to get in the holiday spirit at the 12 Bars of Christmas event. Twelve participating bars and restaurants in the Thornton Park District will offer holiday drink specials and one signature holiday cocktail from December 1 through December 5, with restaurants and bars including Wildside BBQ Bar & Grill, Mucho Tequila & Tacos, Graffiti Junktion, Stardust Lounge, Cityfish, Island Time, Sonoma Draught House, The Falcon Bar & Gallery, Shari Sushi Lounge, Maxine’s on Shine, Dexter’s and The Abbey. Participants can pick up a promotion card at any of the participating venues and collect stamps with each drink purchase to win prizes. Cost per drink varies. More information available at 12BarsOrlando.com.

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!

Greater Orlando Heart Walk

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.

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.

Orlando Solar Bears Fans: Vote Now For 2015 ECHL All-Star Jersey

Fans Can Choose the Jersey Worn by the 2015 ECHL All-Stars


The Orlando Solar Bears, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild and Toronto Maple Leafs and AHL’s Iowa Wild and Toronto Marlies, announced today that fans now have the opportunity to vote for the 2015 ECHL All-Star Jersey. The 2015 CCM ECHL All-Star Game, presented by Visit Orlando, will be played on January 21, 2015, at the Amway Center in Orlando.

Over 120 jersey designs were submitted and the entries have been narrowed down to three finalists. The finalists were chosen by a group made up of individuals from the ECHL, CCM, the Joe Bosack Design Co. and the Orlando Solar Bears. The contest was open to anyone over the age of 18, and artists were asked to create the jersey design using any of the three All-Star marks owned by the Orlando Solar Bears.

Each of the three finalists will receive an autographed replica jersey while the grand prize winner will receive a game worn jersey and be recognized in a press release announcing the winner.

Fans can vote for their favorite jersey by visiting www.orlandosolarbearshockey.com/jerseyvote. The voting will close on Monday, December 23, at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) Eastern Time.

Orlando Solar Bears individual game tickets for the 2013-14 season are on sale. Tickets can be purchased at the Amway Center Box Office or online at OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com orTicketmaster.com. For the Promotional Calendar, click here.

The Orlando Solar Bears, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild and Toronto Maple Leafs and AHL’s Iowa Wild and Toronto Marlies, play all of their home games at the 2012 Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year, the Amway Center.

Follow the Solar Bears at www.OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.comFacebook, and Twitter (@OrlandoHockey) for all the latest news and updates. Stay in touch with Shades on Instagram by followingShadestheSolarBear.

Don’t get shut-out when we sell out! Take advantage of the Orlando Solar Bears season tickets and 18 game plans. Call the Solar Bears at 407-951-8200 or visit www.OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com.

Group tickets are a great way to entertain employees, co-workers, clients, friends and family. For more information on discounted group tickets and a list of group benefits, call 407-951-8200 or visitwww.orlandosolarbearshockey.com/groups.

Officially licensed Orlando Solar Bears replica team jerseys, apparel, and headwear can be purchased online at: http://shop.orlandosolarbearshockey.com/

Orlando Solar Bears News! Five Players Join Orlando Roster!

The Orlando Solar Bears announced today that they have agreed to terms with former Solar Bears D Ryan Blair, F Michael Neal, F Kyle Beattie, and D Joe Ryan BlairMarciano. In addition, the club has agreed to terms with Florida native F Ian Slater (Satellite Beach, FL).

Blair (6’4″, 209 lbs.) served as an Alternate Captain during the 2012-13 campaign and returns for his second season with the Solar Bears and third of his ECHL career. He played 56 games with Orlando last season, scoring three goals and  adding 12 assists for 15 points, including the game winning goal in a 6-4 victory over the Trenton Titans on February 2. Blair was awarded the Dan Snyder Memorial Award last season, given out to the player that demonstrates a commitment to hard work, perseverance, and dedication to the Solar Bears. The Ashburn, VA, native split the 2011-12 season, his first as a pro, among the Cincinnati Cyclones, Toledo Walleye, and Reading Royals, playing 56 games with four points (1 goal, 3 assists).

Neal (6’2″, 187 lbs.) joined the Solar Bears in mid-December last year and collected 12 goals and 20 assists for 32 points, fifth best on the team, in 46 games. He had a five-point game (2 goals, 3 assists) against the Wheeling Nailers on January 17 and collected a hat trick against the Florida Everblades on March 26. Before coming to Orlando, the Whitby, Ontario, native played three seasons with the Idaho Steelheads and Texas Stars (AHL). In 166 games with Idaho, he had 18 goals and 37 assists for 55 points while in 22 games in the AHL he has notched three goals. Neal was drafted in the fifth round, #149  overall, by the Dallas Stars in the 2007 NHL Draft.

“I am very excited to be coming back to a great city and great organization,” said Neal. “It was an easy decision to return. As a player, you are always looking to improve your skills and the Solar Bears organization is an excellent place to develop.”
Michael Neal
Slater (5’11”, 192 lbs.) enters his second professional season after splitting his rookie campaign between the Trenton Titans and Adirondack Phantoms (AHL). Slater played 31 games with Trenton, recording 77 PIM while notching seven goals and three assists for 10 points, and in 31 games with Adirondack he picked up one assist to go along with  73 PIM.

Slater played four seasons with Western Michigan University (NCAA) before turning pro, serving as the team’s captain in both 2010-11 and 2011-12. Slater finished his four-year career with the Broncos with 46 points (23 goals, 23 assists) in 151 games and was part the CCHA (Central Collegiate Hockey Association) Championship winning team in 2011-12. Prior to his time with Western Michigan, Slater skated in 158 games over three seasons with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the USHL, earning 74 points (34 goals, 40 assists) and 230 PIM.

Beattie (6’1″, 185 lbs.) returns to Orlando after posting six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in seven games with the Solar Bears at the tail end of last season. He had three  assists against the Greenville Road Warriors in his second game with Orlando on March 21, and scored his first two professional goals while adding an assist in Orlando’s final game of the 2012-13 season.

Prior to turning pro, the native of Avondale, Arizona, scored 58 points on 20 goals and 38 assists in 115 games during a four year career at the University of Maine. Beattie’s best offensive season came in 2011-12 when he scored 27 points on six goals and 21 assists in 40 games.

Marciano (6’2″, 209 lbs.) played the final three games with the Solar Bears last season after finishing a four year career with Colorado College (NCAA). He was selected to the Ian SlaterWCHA (Western Collegiate Hockey Association) All-Academic team last season after posting two goals and six assists for eight points in 42 games. In 152 games with Colorado College, Marciano picked up seven goals and 19 assists for 26 points and 167 PIM. The Alta Loma, CA, native played two seasons with the U.S. National  Development team from 2006-08, appearing in 82 games while scoring five goals and assisting on nine others.

Visit OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for future player transactions.

The Orlando Solar Bears, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild and AHL’s Iowa Wild, play all of their home games at the 2012 Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year, the Amway Center.

Follow the Solar Bears at www.OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.comFacebook, and Twitter (@OrlandoHockey) for all the latest news and updates.

Don’t get shut-out when we sell out! Take advantage of the Orlando Solar Bears season ticket pre-sale offer by placing a $50 deposit per ticket now to receive seat selection priority for the 2013-14 season. Call the Solar Bears at 407-951-8200 or visit www.OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com.

Orlando Solar Bears “Give Thanks, Give Food” 2012

Community Food & Outreach Center Partners with Orlando Solar Bears to Help Hungry and Needy Families During Thanksgiving

On Monday November 19th, the Community Food and Outreach Center and the Orlando Solar Bears will co-sponsor Give Thanks, Give Food, a fundraising, food-drive and awareness-raising event on the Center’s downtown location from 12pm to 2:30pm. The goal of the event is to help over 300 hungry and needy families avoid hunger and break free from poverty this Thanksgiving season.

What: Charity event Give Food, Give Thanks

When: Monday, November 19th, 12pm-2:30pm

Where: 150 W. Michigan Street, Orlando, FL 32806

Who: Everyone is welcome!

Why: Raise funds, food and awareness for needy families, distribute emergency food boxes.

The management and players of the Orlando Solar Bears, and other Central Florida volunteers will help lead the Community Food & Outreach Center’s “Give Thanks, Give Food” Thanksgiving outreach event at their Downtown Orlando Campus on November 19th from 12:00pm to 2:30pm. This event is designed to get much needed help for many families struggling to break free from poverty, and help them avoid going hungry this Thanksgiving season. “Give Thanks, Give Food” will kick off with an emergency food box distribution event for hungry families, and a variety of crisis services at the campus to help these families get back on their feet.

“People are hurting and hungry in record numbers in our community right now, and it is our privilege to work with the Orlando Solar Bears and other caring advocates who are stepping up this holiday season,” says Andrae Bailey, executive director of the Community Food & Outreach Center. The charity provides hunger relief programs, crisis relief and other holistic help for families in need in Central Florida. “We are seeing more children and families in need than ever before, and it means so much to these hurting families to have companies and community leaders give back in such a meaningful way,” said Bailey.

The goal on event day is to present Thanksgiving food and other services to over 300 families, as well as help many of these families find tools and resources to move them back to a place of self-sufficiency. Much of the food that will be distributed will be donated by the fans of the Orlando Solar Bears who will host a food drive during their game on Sunday, November 18th.

“We are honored to be aligned with such a wonderful community partner. Orlando families in need can count on Orlando Solar Bears fans,” said CFOC Board Member and Solar Bears Managing Partner Jason Siegel.

“We have hundreds of families that need help this holiday season, and for many of them hope begins with a meal this Thanksgiving,” said Scott George, Co-Founder of Community Food & Outreach Center.

About: Community Food & Outreach Center provides food and hope to those in need in Central Florida. We do this by helping struggling families get a hand-up to get their basic needs met, connecting those in crisis with the resources and tools needed to get back on their feet and prevent homelessness, and providing the training and skills needed to help our neighbors get back on their feet, regain hope for their lives, and achieve their dreams.

About the Orlando Solar Bears: The Orlando Solar Bears, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild and AHL’s Houston Aeros, having started their Out of Hibernation season and will play 36 regular season home games at the 2012 Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year, the Amway Center. On Sunday, November 18th fans attending the Solar Bears afternoon game can bring non-perishable food items to the game for a chance to win an autographed Solar Bears jersey.