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Ivanhoe Village is getting some new bike racks

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This graphic, of a hopeful bike rack location near Bulk Barn on North Orange Avenue, was provided by Ivanhoe Village Main Street Program.


The City of Orlando is partnering with Ivanhoe Village Main Street (Facebook) to install 11 new bike racks at locations along Orange Avenue.

Ivanhoe is taking advantage of the free bike rack program we wrote about HERE, but they are hoping to modify them in order to better brand the district.
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Orlando group founds first local Solar Co-op


A new volunteer group called Central Florida Solar Advocates (Facebook), is launching Orlando’s first solar co-operative at an introductory meeting on Saturday, May 16 at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando [Gmap].

The co-op will be open to homeowners within Orlando and Winter Park, looking to install solar systems on their homes. By partnering with the co-op, participants will be able to get a “volume discount” unavailable to solo shoppers.

The co-op will consist of twenty households. Bids will be collected and then one will be awarded to a single contractor who will work under separate contracts for each house.

The first meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and be hosted at First Green Bank [Gmap].

For more information, contact Central Florida Solar Advocates at [email protected]

The City’s free monthly movie series is back at Lake Eola


MoviEola, a free monthly movie series at Lake Eola Park, is back.

Beginning on Friday, May 1 and ending August 28m the City of Orlando will be showing a free, family-friendly movie on the East Lawn [Gmap].

Movies begin at 8 p.m.

Friday, May 1, 2015 featuring Big Hero 6
Friday, May 29, 2015 featuring Brave
Friday, June 26, 2015 featuring Maleficent
Friday, July 31, 2015 featuring The Amazing Spider Man 2
Friday, August 28, 2015 featuring Cinderella

Bike Share program changes name


Photo courtesy of Juice


CycleHop’s Orlando Bike Share has been renamed, Juice Bike Share (Website).

In a move that coincided with a massive increase in bike share stations across the city (200 more bikes have been added to the system, following the launch which had only 20 bikes with four stations), Juice has re-branded itself with an updated logo and color – abandoning the green in favor of a bold orange.

As part of the launch of the updated bike share system, Juice is offering Founding Memberships to Orlando residents. Founding Memberships include twice as much free-riding time as the other plans as well as some Juice swag (t-shirt, water bottle and sunglasses).

Hourly ridership fees have increased from $5 to $6 and the monthly package has doubled, from $15 to $30.

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Photo courtesy of Juice


Top ten things you need to know this week

Here’s our rundown of the top ten things you need to know this week in Downtown Orlando area news.
  1. New Orlando Bike Share stations are popping up all over town.
  2. Cool Job Alert: Sales Assistant at Fairvilla Megastore - applicants must send in a photo of a panda.
  3. Jai Gallery in downtown Orlando is moving … after potentially being evicted.
  4. Did You Know-town that there are giant poisonous toads in Orange County?
  5. See Art Orlando to fund new public sculpture at new Police HQ.
  6. Orlando Regional Realtor Association releases March numbers.
  7. New restaurant going into former Brian’s and Elliott’s Public House space.
  8. A new farm-to-table delivery service could change the local food delivery scene.
  9. Mills 50-inspired art box program is being adopted county-wide.
  10. The City is working to save trees from the encroaching I-4 Ultimate expansion and place them in Main Street Districts across town.
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Did You Know-town: There are giant toxic toads in Florida?


The Bufo Toad (Bufo means toad, so we’re basically saying “toad toad”) is also known as the marine toad, giant toad and cane toad. It ranges from tan to grayish-brown, with a creamy yellow belly. They have triangular parotoid glands on their shoulders (natives are usually oval).

They live up to ten years and breed more than rabbits … and they’re poisonous.
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Bungalower weekend event picks

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

Friday, April 17

Opening Reception: New Refractions

April 17 @ 6:00 pm9:00 pm

Join us Friday, April 17th at our NEW LOCATION (TBA) for the opening reception of New Refractions, a solo show featuring New York-based artist, Andréa Stanislav. This event is free, open to the public and the artist is expected to attend! Andréa Stanislav is known for her collages, sculpture, and installation pieces that incorporate glitter, refractive film, bright colors, and the occasional taxidermied animal. Her works are rooted in a maximalist theory –a “more is more” viewpoint where excess is…

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Has Jai Gallery been evicted?


Photo by Blake Andrew


One of our faithful Bungalower readers sent us the above photo yesterday of what appears to be an eviction notice on the front doors of Jai Gallery (Facebook | Website) in downtown Orlando [Gmap].

According to, the property owner is accusing Jai Gallery for “Breach of Contract.”

According to the gallery owner the “new building owner and I had different visions for the building. So Jai is working on a new location.”

This is a developing story.