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


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.

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Go Local Wednesday – Orlando Public Library


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  The Friends of the Library Third Floor Bookstore is open daily and recycles withdrawn and donated books to the community.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

Hands on a globe

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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Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando – Hope & Help AIDS Walk


This Saturday, April 16th is the 21st Annual Hope & Help AIDS Walk Orlando at Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando!  This walk is the 2nd largest fundraiser for the Hope & Help Center of Central Florida, Inc.  All money raised from this event goes directly to client-centered services, which cover the full continuum from HIV prevention to treatment.  Last year, Orlandoan’s helped Hope & Help raise over $110,000.  You can register as an individual walker for just $25 or join/start a team and fundraiser.  Make a direct impact on the people in our community and join the walk tomorrow!

Don’t have time to walk?  You can make a donation through the website here.  Or ask your friends.  Some even have their dogs walking and fundraising!  Hope to see you there.

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Go Local Wednesday – SEE Art Orlando

Did you know there is a public art display in Downtown Orlando?  I have to admit I’ve seen pieces but I never realized they were part of the SEE Art Orlando exhibit.  SEE Art Orlando is a collection of 8 contemporary public art sculptures inspired by elements of Orlando.  Completed in 2013, these pieces are made from a variety of mediums, such as stainless steel and limestone.   You can take a self-guided tour of all 8 pieces.  They offer a free downloadable guide from the website here.  This is a great way to get out and about, and see these incredible works of art!

Muse of Discovery


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Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando – 25th Florida Film Festival


Today kicks off the 25th Florida Film Festival with a fantastic Opening Night Party and Film!  The Florida Film Festival, which is an Oscar-qualifying festival, is a 10 day festival featuring 170 films, plus great events, including celebrity events featuring Sissy Spacek and Mark Duplass.

The Opening Night Party will allow you to come out and celebrate opening night and sample food and cocktails from some great local restaurants and bars. Prices range from $25-$110 According to the website they will be offering the following:

Participating Restaurants:

Enzian Theater/Eden Bar, K Restaurant, Market on South, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, ShishCo Mezze & Grill, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Jillycakes Orlando, Yogurtland, Mediterranean Blue, and 4Rivers

Participating Bars:

Eden Bar, Hourglass Brewery, Tito’s Vodka, Terrapin Beer Company, Rogue Pub, Swamphead Brewery, Stacole Wines, Nespresso, Central 28 Beer, Copper Rocket Pub, and Diageo

Live Music provided by Common Man

For more information about Opening Night and all the fantastic films, visit their website by clicking here.

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Go Local Wednesday – Orange County Animal Services

ocasI am a HUGE animal lover!  If I could live on a farm and be surrounded by nothing but animals I would be so happy.  Animals, for me, are precious.  My dogs have been my fur-babies, my best friends, and my favorite comedians.  My husband’s cat is a source of pure amusement.  She attacks from out of nowhere at your toes and loves strings, plastic bags and her chirping bird (which the dogs are always trying to steal).  Our pets are special and I love to come home to them!

If you and your family have been thinking about expanding your heart and home by adopting a pet, April is your month!  Orange County Animal Services is waiving the adoption fee for the whole month of April, making it even easier to find your furry friend!  There are over 200 pets who are waiting for you to come and rescue them.  By adopting from OCAS you can change their life and yours too.

Save a life today!  Adopt your next pet.  I promise, no one will ever greet you at the door with more love than a dog or cat, who’s been waiting just for you!

For more information about OCAS and their adoption process, click here.

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