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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Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando – Poca’s Hottest Sauce Cook Off


Poca’s Hottest, a local hot sauce maker who’s sauces are inspired by local musicians and artists and made with locally sourced ingredients, presents the 5th Annual Sauce Cook Off this Sunday, April 3rd beginning at 1PM.  Come sample concoctions created using Poca’s Hottest sauces.  Admission includes a complimentary taco bar!  They will also have Rocketfish, Jessy Lynn Martens and FunkUs perform at the parking lot party.  They will be in the Track Shack parking lot next to Will’s Pub.  Plus you get $1 off admission for bringing non-perishable food items (limit 5) benefiting Fern Creek Elementary School’s food bank.

For more information click here.

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Go Local Wednesday – Bok Tower Gardens


I know many of you are on Spring Break this week and looking for fun activities to keep the kids entertained.  One of my favorite Central Florida attractions, isn’t one of our world famous parks.  It’s Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales.

Located about 30 minutes from Orlando, this little known attraction was actually one of Florida’s 1st attractions!  The backdrop of Florida nature is a serene place where you truly feel like you’re stepping back in time.  Named “Florida’s Best Garden,” this National Historic Landmark is acres of ferns, palms, oaks and pines.  It features a Mediterranean-style 20 room estate and a 205 foot singing tower that rings over 60 bells every 30 minutes.

The weather this week is going to be beautiful, so get the kids out there and show them some of our old Florida charm!

For more information, click here.

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Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando – Art Festivals

ArtFestivalThis weekend Central Florida will be buzzing with arts and crafts festivals!  From Winter Park to Mount Dora you can peruse hundreds of talented artisans as they present their crafts to you.

March 18-20: Annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

This annual event brings 225 of the most talented artists to participate in this 3 day show along Winter Park’s fabulous Park Avenue.  There will also be live Jazz and children’s activities available.  Admission for this event is free.  For more information, visit www.wpsaf.org

March 19-20: Art and Craft Festival at Flagler Beach

Along Moody Boulevard in Flagler Beach, this traveling show offers a wide array of fine arts and crafts and food.  Plus everything looks better with the beach as the backdrop!  For more information, visit www.tnteventsinc.com

March 19-20: Spring Antiques, Collectibles and Crafts Show in Mount Dora

This show, in it’s 19th year, brings more than 200 vendors and thousands of people together to display their treasures along the streets of historic Mount Dora.  You’re sure to find exactly what you need at this show!  Wear your tennis shoes, but remember, leave your furry friends at home.  For more information,  visit www.mountdoraspringshow.com 

Enjoy this beautiful weather and support local artists at any one of these fantastic shows!

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