Bands. Food Trucks. Local Vendors. Local Fun! Southern Fried Sunday is going to be a really big, really fun event this weekend. It’s the 6th annual Benefit for The Mustard Seed of Central Florida which helps families in need that have suffered from disaster or personal tragedy by collecting donations of furniture and other housing items to help families rebuild.  The charge for the event is $10, with all proceeds going to The Mustard Seed of Central Florida.

The venues for the event include  Will’s Pub (Indoor & Outdoor Stage ), St. Matthew’s Tavern at the Orlando Beer Garden (Outdoor in the “Band Garden” until 9pm), and The Peacock Room (Indoor stage after 8pm).

Don’t miss this great event!

 

*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!

Yoga is all the rage lately and we found our new favorite studio located conveniently in Audubon Park. Warrior Power Yoga is a quaint studio with a very inviting atmosphere and excellent instructors. The studio offers 40 different classes per week and offers a range of styles including hot power yoga, non-heated flow, yin yoga, power core and sculpt with weights. In addition to the regular schedule Warrior Power Yoga also offers yoga teacher training as well as specialty classes – we also heard that this summer they will be having Stand Up Paddleboard classes – fun!

You can check out the Warrior Power Yoga schedule here. The studio is located at 2822 Corrine Drive, Orlando FL 32803. There is parking in front and back, and you can also park across the street at the clinic after 5pm.

*BONUS – you know what’s right next to Warrior Power Yoga? The super delicious cafe Bikes Beans and Bordeaux as well as Orlando’s favorite beer parlour, Red Light Red Light.

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Orlando’s top chef’s and restaurants are coming together to bring you Bite Night, an event that will give you the chance to sample all the best food from the best restaurants around town! Some of the big names here will be Cask & Larder, K Restaurant, The Rusty Spoon, Sweet!  and many more. The event will take place at Orchid Garden at Church Street (amazing venue) and will also have a drink selection.

This is a ticketed event with part of the proceeds going to The Edible Schoolyard Project which helps build awareness and bring edible education curriculum to K-12 students. There will also be a silent auction at the event with all of the proceeds going to the same cause.

Bite Night will be on Monday, June 30th at 7pm at Orchid Garden at Church Street. The event is 21+

*Image from facebook.com/OrlandoShuffle

*Image from facebook.com/OrlandoShuffle

Shuffleboard isn’t just for senior citizens anymore! That’s right, the sport of shuffleboard is making a comeback – and all Orlandoans can be a part of it. Every first Saturday of the month, the Beardall Courts hold the “Orlando Shuffle” and invite everyone to come out and play. You don’t have to be a pro, heck – you don’t even have to know much to get started! All levels and ages are welcome to attend, and for free. There are no concessions at the court, but attendees are allowed to bring coolers and snacks. Get out there and do something different!

The Orlando Shuffle – Saturday, June 7 – 7-9pm – Beardall Courts (800 Delaney Ave)

 

Want some local fun in the beginning of your week? Tasty Tuesdays will give you just that! With a rotating schedule of about 12 food trucks each Tuesday (they usually announce them on their faceboook) and a family friendly environment you can’t go wrong. Tasty Tuesdays happens in the Milk District at 2424 E. Robinson Street  in the back parking lots of the strip where The Milk Bar, Etoile Boutique and Spacebar are located (all of which have their doors open).

PS – Did you know Orlando recently was named the number one city for most food trucks per resident? Pretty cool! Be sure to get out there and get the best of all the local noms’.

ES-What_s_LUCK_Black_Cat_Final_2014-04-20_at_1.18.21_PMPechaKucha? Seems like a mouth full doesn’t it?! It actually comes from a Japenese term for “chitchat”. PechaKucha night started in Tokyo as an event for people to network, share ideas and work, and to build community. The first PechaKucha night in Orlando started in 2010 and has quickly become a popular and fun event with some of Orlando’s most insteresting people sharing their stories. The format for the event is an hour of socializing and mingling, followed by presentations that feature 20 slides for 20 seconds each, followed by more mingling.

The next PechaKucha night in Orlando is June 13th at 7pm. The event is held at The Orange Studio. You can purchase tickets here, and if you are interested in presenting you can send an email to pknorlando@gmail.com.

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