Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando – Mascot Games


Our City Beautiful is working hard to get back to normalcy.  If you’re looking for way to get the family together this weekend you can escape all the sadness for a few days of silliness.  The Mascot Games are returning to the Amway Center beginning on today.  Mascots from various College and Professional teams like University of Florida’s Albert and Alberta, the Jags’ Jaxson de Ville, the Dallas Cowboys’ Rowdy, the Maple Leafs’ Carlton and our own Orlando Magic mascot Stuff, will face off in goofy physical challenges to find out who reigns supreme.  Proceeds benefit New Hope for Kids, a charity that grants wishes to terminally ill children and also assists the family after the deaths of a loved one.

Friday, June 17th, 12:30 at Amway Center
Saturday, June 18th, 2:00 at Amway Center

  • General Admission Tickets $12 (Friday & Saturday)
  • Close to the action $20 (Saturday only)
  • VIP Huddle $35 (Saturday only)

For more information or tickets click here.

Image Credit: AmwayCenter.com


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Go Local Wednesday – Pulse Nightclub Victim Support


As a Orlandoan, I have been deeply and profoundly affected by the events of Sunday morning.  As I’m sure many of you have been, as well.  As we begin to heal as a city and a community, I have been searching my soul for ways to offer assistance to those who have been affected by this tragedy.  I would recommend checking out this list of all services available from Orlando Weekly.  There are many ways to help, this is just a snap shot.

There are multiple GoFundMe pages, Pulse Victims Fund and the Pulse Tragedy Community Fund, that have been set up for the victims and their families.  You can, and should if you are able, give blood at OneBlood.  There is a specific need now and in the future for O+, O- and AB plasma.  It is highly recommended you go online and set up an appointment for later this week or next week.  You can also volunteer with the city.

Or you can eat at local eateries!  The Hammered Lamb is hosting a Pulse Employee Fundraiser tonight from 4-8P.  10% of the bar sales, 100% of Tito’s Vodka sales, and 100% of 44 North Huckleberry sales will go directly to the staff of the Pulse Nightclub, who are without a job at the moment.  They will also be taking additional donations.  KrungTherp Tea Time will be giving all profits to the GoFundMe account set up by Equality Florida until Friday.  Sus Hi Eatstation will be donating 100% of their profits from both their UCF and Altamonte Springs locations through Saturday to the Pulse Victims Fund created by Equality Florida.  Pincho Factory will also be donating 15% of all sales from this  week to support the victims from now through Sunday.

Whatever your heart is calling you to do, it will help not only those who were affected but all of us.  We are one community, a City Beautiful.  One love, and Orlando United.

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Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando – Bite Night


Looking for something to do to kick this long weekend off right?  Why not join the Bite Night event!  Presented by Publix, this fantastic event will feature 20 of the city’s top local restaurants and chefs serving bite-size samples of their best dishes!  Plus they will have an open bar, live entertainment and a silent auction benefitting Edible Education Experience!

Name: Bite Night presented by Publix Apron Cooking School

DateJune 27, 2016

Time7 pm – 10 pm

Location: Orchid Garden on Church Street, 122 W. Church Street

Price: $35 GA $55 VIP Early Bird | $45 GA $65 VIP Advance | $55 GA $75 VIP Day of


Phone: 407-377-0400 x279


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Go Local Wednesday – Restaurant ASH


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



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!

Image Credit:  fl.audubon.org

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Go Local Wednesday – Doghouse


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.

Image Credit: OrlandoWeekly.com

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