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If you have traveled through Downtown Orlando I’m sure you’ve noticed the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.  Maybe it was only concrete and steel when you first saw it but it is now a building of pure wonderment.  33,000 square feet, it spans two blocks and takes up almost nine acres of downtown. And now is your chance to step inside and experience it all for yourself.  Saturday November 8th starts their community open house.  Guests can meander through the Della Phillips Grand Lobby, the Walt Disney Theater, the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater and the Seneff Arts Plaza. Along the way be sure to stop for photo ops and pick up tickets to upcoming shows and events!  This is a family friendly event so bring everyone out to take in the beauty of this new building!

The community open house is from noon until 6pm but you don’t want to go too far afterwards because at 8pm there is a free concert.  The concert is celebrating the opening of the Dr. Phillips Center and the Seneff Arts Plaza and it is starring Cheryl Crow!  Can you believe it?!  A free Cheryl Crow concert right in Downtown Orlando, how cool is that?!  And if you aren’t able to make it out to Saturday’s community open house don’t worry, they’re doing it again on Sunday.  But on Sunday you’ll have the option to upgrade to a $30 ticket that will get you access to a private facility with high top tables and chairs, lunch from Bubbalou’s Bodacious BBQ and three drink tickets.  Sunday hours are noon to 4pm, exploring on your own is still free!

 

 Websites:

https://www.facebook.com/DrPhillipsCenter

http://www.drphillipscenter.org/

 

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Getting fit is always more fun when you have a friend to do it with!  Since July Track Shack has been hosting a free mid-week running session to promote exercise and community, tonight is the last night of the season to join them.  The course starts on Oregon St. and then spills into the Orlando Urban Trail, as well as parts of Track Shack’s Celebration of Running course, it is roughly a three mile run and all levels are welcome.  Water and Gatorade will be available pre and post run, if that doesn’t quench your thirst be sure to head on over to Hawker’s for an extended happy hour just for the runners!

Running starts at 6pm tonight, arrive a few minutes early to sign in, get some water and sign up for any giveaways.  Let’s get fit, make a few new friends and explore the Mills 50 district!

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If you haven’t been to this super fun local event, you are missing out! Every 2nd Thursday Thornton Park holds a wine and art walk. For $10 you get a cup, then visit the local bars/restaurants/business’ in the area to get their featured drink! Art is set up along the way and it’s a fun time had by all!

To see the full list of participating stops along with a map and parking information, click here.

*Image from Mills50District Instagram

*Image from Mills50District Instagram

The new Mills Brewpub (used to be Bananas) had a sneak peek event Monday night and we were in attendance to see what it was all about! The interior has been hugely upgraded and has a modern industrial feel. The food menu is nice with some of the typical pub fare plus some entree options. The drink menu includes some select draft beers, many bottles, a red and white wine list as well as cocktails.

All in all Mills Brewpub seems like it’s going to be a pretty fun after work spot to eat and drink! They open up to the public next week, be sure to stop in.

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*Image from cityoforlando.net

*Image from cityoforlando.net

It’s that time of year again when we bust out the Popsicles and american flags! 4th of July is one of the funnest holidays and there’s a lot going on around town this year.

Lake Eola has it’s annual Fireworks at the Fountain event which is always sure to impress. The event starts at 4pm with performances throughout the night from Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. There will be food and beverage vendors as well as a childrens area. The firework display starts at 9:10pm, get there early to get a good spot!

Winter Park will be having their festive day time event the Olde Fashioned 4th of July Celebration. There will be live music by the Bach Festival Brass Band and the Bach festival Choir. Good news –  free hotdogs, water and watermelon while supplies last! There will also be horse-drawn wagon rides and childrens activities complete with inflatables!

Worried you won’t see enough fireworks on the 4th? Well you’re in luck! Baldwin park is having their 4th celebration on the 5th of July at Harbor Park. The Baldwin Park Rotary holds The Baldwin Park Independence Day Bash every year either before or after the actual holiday. The event is free to attend and will feature live music, a food & beer garden, and fireworks over Lake Baldwin after dark.

Have a happy and safe 4th, Orlando!

The City Beautiful is already a wonderful place to live, but what if it could be even better? That’s exactly the question the leaders of Project DTO are asking themselves and the community. Project DTO is a visioning process to create and develop the next stage of Downtown Orlando. The main objectives of the projects include a DTO Vision, DTO Marketing Strategy, and a new Downtown Orlando Community Redevelopment Area Plan to set forth a roadmap to achieve the new vision.

The project has designated some key areas for focus: transit, parking, arts & culture, city identity and the social landscape of the community. Project DTO has a whole entire task force of 75 passionate individuals that will be movers and shakers in the cause.

The best part of all of this is that Project DTO is asking YOU, the Orlando community for ideas and input. They have made it really fun and easy to participate and here’s how you can:

1. Project DTO has an impressions survey for you to fill out and say what you think is valuable in a downtown area.

2. Oyes/Ono – See something cool in a different city that you would like to see in Orlando? Post it to social media with the hashtag #oyes, or if you see something you don’t like happening you can tag it with #ono.

3. Simply just drop an email and let Project DTO know what your ideas are.

Be sure to check out the Project DTO Facebook page to stay updated. Also, get rolling on some ideas!

business after hours may 2013Exciting news, Orlando – You have a chance to check out the newest business in the district before it opens to the public! Mills Brewpub will be holding a special business after hours event for residents to come out, network and mingle while enjoying some offerings from the new brewpub. The event is free for members and $5 for non-members, and you can RSVP by emailing director@mills50.org

The Mills Brewpub is going to have it all – an extensive menu of pub fare, many draft and bottle options, cocktails, red and white wine, happy hour on weekdays, ladies nights on thursdays, and sunday fundays. You can check out their full menu here. You can also follow their Facebook page for updates.

See it all at the event on Monday, June 30th!

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