October recommended events

Save the Date   Nov. 9 – 20th annual City of Orlando Veterans Day Parade Mark Your Calendars   1 National Night Out Goes to Church Local churches are invited to host their own National Night Out party on their church property. Oct. 1 – 6:00 p.m. Open to all City of Orlando churches www.orlando.gov/Events/National-Night-Out-Goes-to-Church   6 Orlando City SC […]

Day Trippin’ – Taking a step back in time in McIntosh

If you ever get a chance to just meander along some of Florida’s backroads, do it. There is an abundance of treasures to be found. One such backroad can lead you to McIntosh, a town with a population of 455, according to the 2013 U.S. Census. Located off U.S. Highway 441, McIntosh is less than 20 miles south of Gainesville. Not […]

O-Town Interview: Tom Terry

If you watch the weather in Orlando, you’ve probably had a Tom Terry sighting over the past 23 years. And if you’re on the Internet in Central Florida, you may have seen a meme or two about his jacket-wearing habits. It turns out his sleeve-rolling is part severe-weather signal, part tribute to the weathermen he watched growing up in Oklahoma. […]

2009: An Orlando Odyssey

What era would you choose to tell a story about the City Beautiful? In the beginning, 1838, when Fort Gatlin was built? Right before the turn of the 20th century as Orlando was officially established and served as the focal point for Florida’s citrus industry? Maybe between 1963 with the founding of the University of Central Florida and 1971 with […]

People of O-Town: Alejandro “Lucky” Queris at Lowbrow Art Productions, LLC

At first glance, a tattoo seems like an everyday sight — an accessory — but, for tattoo artist Alejandro “Lucky” Queris, tattoos are more than just an accessory; they’re a story. “Everyone gets tattooed for different reasons,” Queris said. “When you are given the chance to help someone get through a rough time or to help heal someone psychologically, that […]

Disney Downtown: Walt visits Orlando

On Nov. 15, 1965, a press conference held in the Egyptian Room at the Cherry Plaza Hotel officially confirmed what many had already suspected: Walt Disney Productions was expanding its wildly popular company to Central Florida, purchasing thousands of acres in both Orange and Osceola Counties. Joined by Governor Haydon Burns and company co-founder Roy O. Disney, Walt Disney himself […]

Valencia, OTC bridging the workforce skills gap with downtown training

Growing up, some kids have the idea that the only way to a successful career is by earning a four-year degree. In Downtown Orlando, Valencia College and Orange Technical College (OTC) are trying to change that perception by offering training for jobs that a four-year degree doesn’t prepare for. “I think that thinking has already been changing,” said Joe Battista, […]

Community Spotlight: From streets to homes: Local-outreach specialist helps homeless improve lives

Foot, bike and car. The modes of transportation change daily for outreach specialist Brad Sefter, but the goal always stays the same: helping the homeless off the streets of Downtown and into a better life. Sefter said that when he found himself on the streets in 2008 due to a combination of bad choices, including drugs and alcohol, he knew […]

Pets of the month

Ransom: Ransom is a friendly 5-year-old domestic, shorthaired mix. She is FeLV+ and has been a big lovebug since she’s joined the shelter. She even has a cute little grey spot on her nose! She is very laid back but is a little shy at times. She would be happiest in a home with no other dogs and cats, but she is […]

Business Spotlight: Now brewing: Brew Theory at Creative Village

Brew Theory is this month’s business spotlight, and it’s located in Creative Village in Downtown Orlando. This is Orlando’s first contract brewery, and they offer end-to-end contract brewing with packaging, distribution services and a lab that’s focused on quality and consistency. A contract brewing company is essentially a business that hires another brewery to produce its beer. The group of […]

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