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Bungalower weekend event picks

Here’s a look at some of the events taking place this weekend.
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Friday, May 29

Downtown South Lunch N’ Learn: Using Video to Build Your Brand

May 28 @ 11:30 am12:30 pm
Columbia Street Studios,
419 Columbia St, Orlando, FL 32806 United States

Every business has a unique story. And video is one of the most powerful ways to tell your story and build your brand. We’ll look at some different types of videos you can use to promote your company. We’ll also show you some ideas of where and how to show your video. Columbia Street Studios will host this Lunch N’ Learn. Lunch will be provided. RSVP [email protected] Space is limited. Free to attend.

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PetSmart to sponsor pop-up dog park downtown

Photo courtesy of PetSmart, Inc.

Photo courtesy of PetSmart, Inc.

As stated in the Mayor’s State of the City address, the City of Orlando will be getting a temporary pop-up dog park.

The pop-up park (or P.U.P. ) will be located at 319 N. Magnolia Ave., close to Sky House [Gmap], and is made possible through a partnership with PetSmart.

PetSmart opened their first portable community pop-up park in 2013 in Phoenix. The P.U.P consists of a shipping container that comes equipped with all of the ingredients necessary for a dog park; moveable benches, waste stations, ramps and more.

The 3,400 SF P.U.P. will be fully funded by PetSmart, and the City has a 3-year commitment from the private property owner to use the space.

The final design and timeline for the project is still in the works.

EDITOR’S NOTE: We have it on good authority, that this project was not inspired by the beguilingly simple pop-up dog park that we made for the latest One Less Car event. 

Billy Manes is the new Editor of Watermark


Photo by Robert Bartlett, courtesy of Watermark Media

Billy Manes, the longtime political voice of  Orlando Weekly (Facebook | Website), has announced his departure from the local alt weekly to become the new Editor at Watermark (Facebook Website), a local weekly publication that specializes in LGBT news in Tampa and Central Florida.

This is a major coup for Watermark, following the departure of their former Editor, Steve Blanchard.

Manes will be starting his new job in late June, which gives us less than a month to enjoy his live-blogging of City Council meetings.



Orange Avenue to change its spots

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Rendering courtesy of the City of Orlando

The stretch of Orange Avenue between City Hall and the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center is about to get a makeover.

The City’s Streets and Drainage Department has applied to the Appearance Review Board to change the color of the pavement on this block, from “Granite Gray” to “Red Rock” to emphasize the unique character and activities that occur there.



Orlando’s Historic Plaque Program to honor Orlando historic sites

walking tour

The City of Orlando is launching a program to celebrate and recognize sites of historic note in the downtown and Parramore area.

The program will install 25 plaques that will be part of the City’s Historic Walking Tour, by the end of June, and is part of the Project DTO strategy to celebrate Orlando’s diverse culture and heritage by creating a stronger sense of place.
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Meet professional Guerrilla Gardener Ron Finley at Healthy Central Florida grant workshop

Photo courtesy of

Photo courtesy of

Healthy Central Florida is inviting residents and nonprofits to an upcoming workshop about ten mini-grants of $2,500 that improve the health of Eatonville, Maitland and Winter Park residents.

The initiatives to be supported must promote wellness in one of four areas: physical activity, healthy food access, happiness/social connections, or smoke-free public spaces.

Featured speaker, “gangster gardener” Ron Finley, is the co-founder of LA Green Grounds (Website), a group that plants gardens in low-income Los Angeles communities to promote healthy eating.
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Bungalow neighborhoods featured in Garden and Gun Magazine

Photo courtesy of Garden & Gun

Photo courtesy of Garden & Gun

Garden & Gun Magazine (Website) has featured Winter Park and Orlando hotspots in their upcoming issue on Small-town Escapes. 

The magazine went so far as to create “24-Hour Agenda” and “Meet the Locals” columns.

Featured locations include East End Market, Txokos Basque Kitchen, Leu Gardens, the Alfond Inn, Morse Museum, Rifle Paper Company, and more.

The issue hit the streets on May 19, but you can read the piece online, HERE.

City’s Bike Study takes a hard look at bicycle infrastructure

Photo by Martin Angelov, courtesy of

Photo by Martin Angelov, courtesy of

A survey conducted by the City of Orlando’s Transportation and Planning department took an in depth look at the existing cycling infrastructure in City limits recently.

We took a moment to choose four of the projects that really caught our eye and listed them below:

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Winter Park hosts Dive-In Movie


Ditch the picnic blankets this Friday in favor of a fancy floaty and watch a blockbuster while floating in a pool.

The Winter Park Community Center in Hannibal Square [Gmap] is hosting the night with “food, fun, and swimming under the stars” for Winter Park residents. Non-residents can enjoy the night for 50 percent off the regular price of pool admission ($4).

The movie of the night will be the 1975 classic, Jaws. 

The event will run from 7:30-10 p.m. Friday, May 29.