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City votes to adopt the Parramore Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan


The City Council voted to adopt the new Parramore Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan which will be put into effect over the next 20 years. The PCNP builds on the the steps taken by the 2005 Pathways for Parramore program (Website).

The emphasis of the program seems to be on initiatives that promote health, education, housing and social justice.
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Statewide arts and cultural conference comes to Orlando

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On Feb. 9 Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc. (Website) will be hosting a day of workshops and discussions called Convening Culture 2015: Building a Healthier Florida Through Arts and Culture.

The day will include panels on sustaining a healthy funding environment, healthcare initiatives and more in the newly-opened Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (Facebook|Website).

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Orlando Science Center begins $5M New KidsTown project


The Orlando Science Center’s (Website | Facebook) KidsTown exhibit has been a staple in the community since the opening of the Science Center in 1997.

The specialized 3,000sf early-childhood exhibit and play area has gone through several changes through the years to keep up with the number and age of children it serves. However many parts of the exhibit, including the most popular section the Orange Grove Factory, have remained largely the same.

With 65% attendance growth in the past six years, and 60% of member households with children under age seven, the Orlando Science Center has decided to move and expand KidsTown into a state-of-the-art New KidsTown area on the second floor. The focus of this expansion is on high-quality opportunities for collaborative play and critical thinking.

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Coalition for the Homeless holds grand opening celebration for their new Men’s Service Center


Mayor Buddy Dyer will be in attendance at the grand opening of the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida’s Men’s Service Center at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28. They ask that you sign up by email at [email protected] if you plan on attending.

The new Men’s Service Center (Website) can house up to 250 individuals and will offer homeless men key services and the support they need to achieve a better quality of life.

Studies show that single men are often the most underserved segment of the homeless population. The Center will offer case management services including substance abuse recovery, counseling, education and job skills training, as well as dormitory-style accommodations for men in need.

For more information on the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida [Gmap], click HERE.

Event Pick: Segafredo Grand Opening this weekend

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SPONSORED: Segafredo Italian cafe, restaurant, and lounge (Facebook | Website) is celebrating their Grand Opening this weekend in Mills Park [Gmap].

With international appeal, Segafredo has a lot to offer with their coffee, breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, as well as two full bars.

The coffee is provided by Segafredo’s parent company, Massimo Zanetti. The 35 year-old Italian company is one of the largest growers and roasters of coffee in the world. The Italian bean espresso offered in Segafredo is exclusive to the cafe.

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New hookah lounge to open next to Snap!Space in Mills 50

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Dong A Corporation will be transforming the former grocery store at 1021 E. Colonial Drive in Mills 50 into a hookah lounge, called Phantom Lounge.

They are currently applying for a variance that would allow them to serve alcohol within 1,000 feet of a school/church after 6 p.m. on days of operation.

They’ve proposed that they would be sharing the surface parking behind Ginza Steakhouse (Website).

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Plans courtesy of City of Orlando