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Event Picks: Festival of Trees, I and You, Bach Festival and Ballet performance, A Christmas Story and more

Here’s a look at some of the top events taking place this weekend. Visit the complete events calendar by clicking on “Events” in our main menu.


Festival of Trees

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Orlando Museum of Art,

2416 N Mills Ave.

Now in its 28th year, the Council of 101’s Festival of Trees will kick off Central Florida’s holiday season with a touch of tradition “Tis the Season.” The Orlando Museum of Art will become a vibrant wonderland of holiday elegance with designer decorated trees, wreaths and gingerbread creations all for sale, along with stunning holiday vignettes, drawings for dazzling prizes and a Toyland Town activity area and shop for the children. Find out more »

Friday, November 21, 2014

I and You

November 21 @ 8:00 pm9:30 pm

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Mad Cow Theatre,

54 West Church Street

A high school project is the only common ground for two completely unconnected students – chronically ill Caroline and basketball playing, jazz music loving Anthony. I and You is a valentine to youth, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness. Find out more »
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Photo Tour: Orlando opens first dog park this weekend

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This Saturday the City of Orlando will open their first off-leash dog park. The dog park is located inside of the Park of the Americas just east of the Executive Airport [GMap].

The park features separate areas for small and large dogs that allow them to run free within a fenced area.

Dog are permitted on-leash in the rest of the park. In addition to the fenced in dog areas the park has pavilions, picnic tables, grills, large open field and a playground for two to five-year olds.

You can bring your dog out to the ribbon cutting this Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

While the park itself is outside the area we normally cover, we know that the park will be used by many people who live in the bungalow districts.

Here’s a look at the dog park at the Park of the Americas: Continue Reading →

Ivanhoe Village to light Happy Holidays sign at Jingle Eve on Saturday

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The Ivanhoe Village Main Street will host their annual Jingle Eve holiday celebration this Saturday.

As part of the event they will light the Happy Holidays sign on top of the old OUC building at Lake Ivanhoe.

This is the second year the sign is being lit after it was restored.

The Jingle Eve event kicks off at 6:00 p.m. with the sign lighting and goes until 11:00 p.m.

The event includes food trucks, beer garden, vendors and artists along Orange Ave and Virginia Ave.

There is also a wine stroll as part of the event. You can purchase tickets for the wine stroll here. Bungalower members will receive a coupon code via e-mail for $5 off.

Photo Tour: Orlando Citrus Bowl opens in time for Florida Classic this weekend

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The Orlando Citrus Bowl officially opened today.

The Citrus Bowl has been undergoing a reconstruction of 90% of the stadium.

Key features of the new Orlando Citrus Bowl include:

  • Capacity of 65,000 for sporting events, 75,000 for non-sporting events
  • More than 41,000 new lower bowl seats, each with chair backs and six more inches of legroom
  • Two wide concourses that connect throughout the whole stadium
  • 20,000-square-foot plaza deck in the north end zone that can be used for concerts or fan party area
  • Multiple large-scale video displays
  • Game day favorite concessions with healthy and gluten-free options
  • New, larger team facilities and locker rooms with dedicated spaces for coaches, equipment, trainers, cheerleaders and officials with an attached media room

While workers were finishing up when we walked through we were assured that the stadium will be ready for this weekend’s Florida Blue Florida Classic game.

The only areas that won’t be ready are the club areas and the kitchens for the two bigger concessions. Those areas will be ready in time for the bowl games.

Here’s a look at the new Orlando Citrus Bowl: Continue Reading →

Tower for Florida Hospital for Women tops out at twelve stories

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The team working on the Florida Hospital for Women at Florida Hospital Orlando celebrated reaching the top height for the building.

We’ve been telling you about the new women’s tower located on the Health Village campus.

The new 12-story, 332-bed hospital is scheduled top open late next year.

The building will house comprehensive services including: obstetrics, maternal fetal medicine (high-risk obstetrics), gynecologic oncology, minimally invasive women’s surgery, neonatal intensive care, digital mammography, women’s cardiovascular, and wellness and education.

As part of the toping out ceremony administrators, employees, and construction workers signed a 30-foot pink support beam to symbolize their commitment to women’s health. A tall tower crane also hoisted a tree wrapped in pink ribbon atop the new tower.

Here’s a photo of the ceremony and what the patient rooms will look like inside the new hospital:

Photos courtesy Florida Hospital

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City approves historic sign restoration for Cameo Theater Building in Mills 50

Historic Cameo Theater

The Cameo Theater Building in Mills 50 will once again have the historic bulb style sign on top the of the building.

The Cameo Theater Building located at 1013 E Colonial Dr in Mills 50 currently houses Snap! Space on the first floor and offices above.

The building was built in 1939 as a movie theater and was converted to offices for IBM in the 1950’s. The historic sign was removed.

Current owner Jorge Boone is looking to recreate the original theater signage and “re-establish the identity of the building and to bring a sense of history and place to the area,” according to documents from the City.

The City Council approved a small business façade improvement grant to fabricate and install the sign.

Here’s a look at the plans for the sign:

All images and photos courtesy City of Orlando documents. Continue Reading →

Bike share to start at four locations next month, 20 by spring


We’ve been telling you about the bike share program heading to Orlando.

We’ve known that the program would start by the end of the year. Now we know which locations will be first.

The program with start with four locations downtown by the end of the year.

The locations will be near the OUC building, Gertrude’s Walk (just west of the rail road track on Central Blvd), Skyhouse (near the Orange County Courthouse) and Lake Eola (on the north-west corner of Central Blvd and Osceola .

The second phase, which includes the remaining sixteen stations, are expected to be up and running by March.

Part of the holdup has been ordering bikes with the proper technology including the GPS equipped bikes and NFC enabled payment system for Apple Pay.

We’ll keep you posted and let you know once the bike share program launches.

Top ten things you need to know this week, November 17, 2014

Here’s our rundown of the top ten things you need to know this week in Downtown Orlando area news. Sponsored by Olde Town Broker

  1. Ultimate I-4 project plans signature aesthetics along the interstate. The project to reconstruct I-4 will add more than just express lanes. We’ll also get gateway features, aesthetic lighting and fountains. While an exact schedule for the Ultimate I-4 project has not been provided,we do know that construction is scheduled to start this February and last about six-and-a-half years.
  2. Orlando effort would replace ER visits with housing for homeless. A $6 million donation from Florida Hospital and $4 million from the City will help build permanent housing for the chronic homeless.
  3. The Sevens breaks ground in the North Quarter district downtown. The new nine-story 333-unit apartment complex includes retail on the first floor and fills one of the last major gaps in the North Quarter of downtown.
  4. Cloak & Dapper opens men’s general store in Ivanhoe Village. The new shop carries men’s clothing and accessories including boots and bags to sun wear and ties.
  5. Orange schools won’t let grades slip below 50. The school board formalized a policy that doesn’t allow students in middle and high school to receive less than a 50 at the end of the year.
  6. Crews begin removing Iconic Merita Bread sign from Downtown South. The sign will be headed to the Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park.
  7. Like it or not, residents told, coyotes are here to stay. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission told residents that the coyotes aren’t going anywhere. Even when trapped and killed they will be replaced by others.
  8. City of Orlando Obtains Highest Score on the 2014 Municipal Equality Index. Orlando was one of 38 cities to receive a perfect score on the rankings for LGBT equality.
  9. The Orlando Weekly checking in on Pig Flyods and says “The quality ’cue at Pig Floyd’s will make you wish you were here.”
  10. Scott Joseph takes some guests to Soco in Thornton Park to get their take and he stops by RusTeak in College Park where his only complaint was that the service was a little too attentive.

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Event Picks: Fall Harvest Dinner, Functionally Literate, Rex Brothers + FSYO and more

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Fall Harvest Dinner

November 14 @ 8:00 pm10:00 pm
East End Market,
3201 Corrine Dr.

Join us in celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Winter Park Harvest Festival by honoring the farmers and producers that make the festival possible. While you dine on this multi-course meal, we’ll take you on a video tour of the dinner’s featured farms and introduce you to the growers we love so dearly. All profits benefit the free festival. $75 + Tax Find out more »

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New BIGEYE mural complements Dr. Phillips Center


Local artist German Lemus completed a mural on the side of the BIGEYE ad agency building next to the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts.

Lemus’ mural on the building at 500 S. Magnolia Ave [GMap] was selected as the winner of the BIGEYE on the Arts contest.

The mural features performers with the words “The arts move us.”

“The City Beautiful has finally blossomed into a hub of creativity, and I am in the front-row seat,” said artist German Lemus in a written statement. “This design reflects how our city is roaring with bright colors, elegance and splendor.”

A local panel of community leaders reviewed and named Lemus the winner from the qualified submissions.