NEWS

Colonialtown South neighborhood update

The Colonialtown South Neighborhood Association laid out their plans for National Night Out (NNO) on Sept. 10. The group met at First Unitarian Church to plan for the yearly event...

Garbage and recycling pickup schedule update

Garbage and recycling collection was put on hold due to the perceived threat hurricane Dorian posed on the city of Orlando. Now, as the storm passes up the Atlantic Ocean,...

Church Street Main Street District to expand to Parramore

There’s been lots of talk about the formation of an Orlando Main Streets District in the Parramore area. The Church Street District may be expanded to prepare for this change...

Colonialtown South neighborhood update

On Aug. 13, District 4 City Commissioner Patty Sheehan and Orlando Police Department Liaison Officer Eddie Rosado joined the Colonialtown South Neighborhood Association meeting at the First Unitarian Church of...

Art

O-Town Artist of the Month: John Hurst, the “Squirrel Guy”

Perhaps the most famous squirrel in the world lives in one of Orlando’s downtown communities. Yes, the creator of the squirrel from Ice Age is your neighbor. Born in New Jersey to two schoolteachers, John Hurst can’t remember a time when he didn’t draw. He used his parents’ papers and pencils and even their walls and furniture as his canvases. […]

August artist of the month: Michelle Jones, blending music and light

If you missed Michelle Jones and Violectric perform at Lake Eola last December, be sure to be downtown this year on Dec. 14. Jones’ seven-member band blends music and light in a unique and totally modern way.Jones grew up in Spartanburg, North Carolina, but the lure of performing in the happiest place on Earth soon brought her here to Orlando. […]

Thornton Park mural commemorates century of women’s suffrage

Paintings of two major influencers of the women’s suffrage movement are framed by flowers and sun rays on the wall facing the Thornton Park laundromat. The newest mural in Thornton Park commemorates Beth Johnson, the first female state senator in Florida, and Mary Mcleod Bethune, the founder of Bethune-Cookman University. “One really cool fact about Mary Mcleod is that she […]