Go Local Wednesday – Restaurant ASH

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There is a new artisanal  sandwich restaurant in Mills50!  Restaurant ASH, which is located in the old Funky Monkey location, offers comfort food with a gourmet touch.  The Chef, Ashley Nickell, was actually a contestant on FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen with Gordon Ramsay.  Open for lunch, dinner and late night dining, with reasonable prices and a truly enticing menu, you’ve got to make your way to Restaurant ASH and try it out for yourself!

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Go Local Wednesday – Central Florida Blueberry Festival

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Our friends at Lake Catherine Blueberries will be hosting their 5th annual Central Florida Blueberry Festival this Friday-Sunday at their family farm.  Join them for live music, activities for the kids, yummy BBQ and sunset blueberry picking by the lake.  They will even have the South Lake Animal League out on Sunday to showcase some pets who are available for adoption.  You can also grab gifts and pre-picked berries, raw honey, homemade jams, baked goods, blueberry lemonade and much more from Ava Grace’s Country Store and DJ’s Lemonade stand.

It’s going to be beautiful this weekend so make sure to make the best of it by getting outside!  There is no better setting than a blueberry farm with friends and family.  Hope to see you out there.

For more information click here.

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Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando – Baby Owl Shower

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Mother’s Day in Sunday, and mother’s love babies!  Baby Owls that is.  The Audubon Center for Birds of Prey is hosting their annual Baby Owl Shower this Saturday, May 7th.  As Spring arrives, so do many baby birds, and that means the center becomes increasingly busy with young raptors who are either abandoned or displaced from their families.  The Center works very hard to prepare the birds for release back into the wild.  Some babies will be placed in foster nests, some are returned to their families and still others are raised and prepared for life in the wild at the Center.  To help curb the cost, they host this “free” Baby Owl Shower.  In lieu of admission the Center asks that you make an in-kind donation or bring an item from their wishlist. All Funds raised will help offset the cost during baby bird season.  Funds will be used to buy food, medications, medical care and other essential supplies.  To see a list of items they need click here.  There will be non-releasable baby raptors (birds of prey) available to view.  There will also be educational activities and programs presented by participating organizations.

This is a great organization and a great cause to support.  I hope you’ll make it out with your mom on Saturday to the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey to support the Baby Owl Shower!

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Go Local Wednesday – Doghouse

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Anyone who knows me will tell you, I LOVE hot dogs!  Chili, cheese dogs to be specific.  And now there is a new hot dog spot called the Doghouse on Edgewater Drive in College Park!  Brought to you by Brad and Christina Cowherd, who are the proprietors of College Park favorites Infusion Tea and the Soda Fountain.

The menu offers hot dogs with all sorts of toppings ranging from the standard chili and cheese to more funky options like spaghetti o’s and raisins.  Or you can order a House Dog which also look amazing!  They also have tater tots and seasonal beers.  Is there really anything more that you need?

For more information, click here.

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Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando – Science of Wine

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Science of Wine, benefiting the Orlando Science Center, is this Saturday, April 30th.  The event’s website explains “The Science of Wine raises critical funds to provide operating support for educational programs and opportunities for science learners of all ages to experience the fun and discovery of Orlando Science Center, a 501(c)(3) organization.”

This special event is so much more than just a wine tasting!

  • Sample from more than 150 of the finest wines from around the world
  • Dine on the finest culinary samplings Orlando has to offer
  • Meet television chef and culinary educator Emily Ellyn who will be making peanut butter & wine jelly snow cones
  • Enjoy live jazz music
  • Create a canvas painting, facilitated by Super, Awesome, Cool Pottery.
  • Bid on a silent auction and more!

Don’t miss this fantastic event!  Get the girls together or plan a special date night with you and your love!  I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

Image Credit: OSC.org

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Go Local Wednesday – Orlando Public Library

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The Library.  So many things come to mind when I hear that word.  I’ve always been an avid reader.  My mom took us to the Library regularly for story time when we were little.  I used to “read” to my little sister as a toddler.  As a High School and College student I spent lots of time in various libraries, filling my brain for tons of knowledge.  Books were always my escape!  My instant vacation to another world full of color and excitement.  The Library is the cruise liner to where ever you want to go!

The Orlando Public Library Main Building, located on Central Blvd between Rosalind and Magnolia in the heart of the business district, has been there since 1923.  The Orlando Public Library has departments including  Children’s, Library Central, and Reference Central. The Children’s Library offers spacious areas, special programs, computers and story rooms for our youngest readers and readers to be. The Technology and Education Center is located on the second floor and includes the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation and Creativity.  The Friends of the Library Third Floor Bookstore is open daily and recycles withdrawn and donated books to the community.

Regularly scheduled school-age and group programs every Tuesday and Thursday, every 30 minutes between 9:15 and 10:45:

  • Tiny Tales for Babies ages Birth to 18 months Friday and Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
  • Toddler Time for ages 18 to 36 months every Friday and Saturday at 10:00 a.m.
  • Family Storytime every Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
  • Storybook Fun for ages 3-5 on Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
  • Cuentame un Cuento, bilingual story program, every 1st Saturday of the month at 11:00 a.m.

I highly recommend you take a some time to explore this beautiful library with your family today!

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Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando – Central Florida Earth Day

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Hands on a globe — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Today is Earth Day!  A day the world holds events to demonstrate support for environmental protection.  I remember being a kid and watching cartoon specials on TV of simple tips my family could make that would instantly make an impact to help Mother Earth.  Tips like turn out the lights when you leave the room, start a backyard compost or recycle.  Those tips are still important and today there is even more we can do to soften our carbon footprint.

Tomorrow, Saturday, April 23rd at Lake Eola Park Vegetarians of Central Florida presents the 11th Annual Central Florida Earth Day.  There will be speakers, a dog costume parade, Education Corner and kid zone, plus live entertainment and 250+ Eco-Friendly vendors.  Admission for the event is free.  It’s family friendly and dog friendly.  For more information about this great event, click here.

Bring the whole family, enjoy celebrating Earth and learn new and innovative ways to keep  her clean!

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