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Vote for the Orlando Magic Dancers in 2011 NBA Dance Team Bracket

WHAT: Vote for the Orlando Magic Dancers in the 2011 NBA Dance Teams Bracket as they take on the Milwaukee Bucks in Round 2. Voting is only open for 24 hours beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 1 and ending at 2 p.m. on ...

Life Worth Living Pharmacy to Host “Spring into Health” Fair

Life Worth Living Pharmacy will host their first Spring Into Health Fair this Saturday April 2nd, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. We’ve partnered with the Big Red Bus and we’ll also be doing a blood drive. This year’s fair is our way of getting involved in the community, by bringing Health and Wellness Education to the Metro West Community. We’ll have a Fire Department engine on site and lots of information from Orange County Health Department to share with the community.

Commission Seeking Letter of Interest

The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners is seeking Letters of Interest from private entities to partner with the County in the development of a new County Fairgrounds and the redevelopment of the existing County Fairgrounds site into a Business/Commerce Park. The purpose of this request...

Michael Pedicelli joins Hancock Bank as small business specialist

Winter Park resident Michael Pedicelli has joined 112-year-old Hancock Bank as an assistant vice president and small business specialist. Pedicelli is headquartered in Hancock Bank’s Gateway Center branch at 1000 Legion Place in downtown Orlando.

5 Top Things You Should Donate this Spring

Spring presents the perfect time to take a fresh look at the items in your home and decide what should stay and what should go.

Standard & Poor’s Affirms Lake County’s “A” Rating

Standard & Poor’s, one of the leading sources of independent credit ratings, recently affirmed its “A” rating on Lake County’s sales tax revenue bonds, which are used for capital improvement projects. The rating reflects the strengths of Lake County’s strong population growth, which results in a larger share of state-distributed...

United Negro College Fund Hosts 9th Annual Mayors’ Black History Month Luncheon

Hosted by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) 9th Annual Mayors’ Black History Month Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sheraton Orlando Downtown (400 W. Livingston St.). As...

Office of Community Affairs to Host Workshops during Fair Housing Month

In recognizing April as Fair Housing Month in the City of Orlando, the Office of Community Affairs (HOLA) will convene two workshops: Accommodations: Removing Barriers for People with Disabilities Foreclosure:  Rising from the Ashes - Where do we go from here? The two Fair Housing Workshops will be held at Orlando City...

April Events at Orange County Regional History Center

Through May 29, 2011 The Working White House: 200 Years of Tradition and Memories A Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Two centuries of stories and customs are preserved in The Working White House: 200 Years of Tradition and Memories, an exhibition developed by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and the...

Timber Creek High Principal Selected for Prestigious Awards

John Wright, Timber Creek High School principal, recently received two honorable awards. Mr. Wright has been named the 2011 Principal of the Year by the Florida Association of Student Councils (FASC) and the 2011 Administrator of the Year by the Florida State Thespian Board of Directors. Both awards are for...

Twenty-Five Year Veteran to Lead Fifth Third Bank State Operations

Greg Carmichael, executive vice president and Chief Operating Officer of Fifth Third Bancorp, today announced that Karen Dee, affiliate president of Fifth Third Bank (Central Florida) has been named regional president for the state of Florida, effective immediately. “From the day Karen joined Fifth Third in October 2006 she has...

Orange County Art Educator’s Association Announces Art Show

The Orange County Art Educator’s Association announces its 25th Anniversary art show featuring the varied work of art teaching professionals from all public school levels.  Entitled From Dirt To Digital, this year’s show features the work of around 70 art teachers working in media from photography to paint to...

Fifth Third Bank Announces Winner of African American History Maker Campaign

On Friday, Fifth Third Bank Central Florida announced Lennette Fields of Orlando as the winning caller on WCFB (94.5 FM) during its African American History Maker advertising campaign. Ms. Fields was one of 20 $50 MasterCard® gift card winners who called into the station after listening to a vignette featuring...

Ortiz, Semoran Neighborhood to Break Ground on Community Wall

District 2 City Commissioner Tony Ortiz will join other community leaders, residents, businesses and property owners of the Semoran neighborhood to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new community wall to be constructed along the west side of Semoran Boulevard between Andora Street and Casablanca Lane on Friday, March 18 at 10 a.m.

Moore Russell Hosts Annual Family Hope Day Celebration

Commissioner Tiffany Moore Russell and the Washington Park Neighborhood Association will host the 2011 Annual Family Hope Day Celebration on Saturday, March 19, 2011, at the Lila Mitchell Community Action Center, 5151 Raleigh Street, Orlando, FL.  The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and will...

National Rebuilding Day 2011

Who: Rebuilding Together Orlando understands the importance of a safe and healthy home. Rebuilding Together of Central Florida (dba Rebuilding Together Orlando) is an affiliate of the national Rebuilding Together organization. We are a non-profit, 501 (c)3, volunteer-based program that repairs and rehabilitates homes and non-profit community facilities....

The Grove Counseling Center Spruces Up

It’s spring in Florida. And the Lowe’s Company is generously bringing blooms to the teens seeking rehabilitative care at the Grove Counseling Center’s Winter Springs Academy. The Grove Academy, established in 1987, is a voluntary residential program that addresses the physical, psychological and social needs of adolescents with serious alcohol...

HGTV Designers Making a Clean Difference at Orlando School

Winegard Elementary will be receiving a $50,000 classroom makeover from HGTV design-duo Bob and Cortney Novogratz (stars of the upcoming "Home by Novogratz" show premiering this summer).

Fifth Third Bank Offers One-on-One Financial Counseling on Wheels

What: Fifth Third Bank’s Financial Literacy Mobile, also called the "eBus," is a vehicle that has been electronically retrofitted to serve as a mobile classroom with all the financial tools needed to help you become financially successful. Visitors to the bus receive one-on-one credit counseling, money management and budget...

Scott Randolph on “Just the Facts”

We just finished the first week of the 2011 Legislative Session in Tallahassee. We’re only a week into the 60-day session and already big things are happening that will affect middle class Floridians like you and me. Jobless Benefits Cut: In the first week, House Republicans pushed through a cut to...

Evans High School Events–March

March 14, 2011 Prom Prep Lunch Jam – (Campus) A & B Lunch March 16, 2011 Girls Track at Lake Brantley HS (AWAY) – 2:00pm Boys Baseball vs. Wekiva HS (HOME – Rolling Hills Baseball Complex) – 4:00pm Girls Flag Football vs. Wekiva HS (AWAY at Oak Ridge HS) – 4:30pm Boys Weightlifting – Sub...

Florida Environmental Department Encourages Recycling

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Easy As One initiative along with A Bag’s Life will host a collection event in Tallahassee at the Governor’s Square Mall on Saturday, March 12, 2011. The event will encourage the public to engage in simple green actions that can have a positive impact on the environment.

Jane Yolen to Speak at Yom HaShoah

The annual community Yom HaShoah commemoration will be held at the Jewish Community Center, 851 N. Maitland Avenue, on Sunday, May 1 at 4:00 PM.

Multi-jurisdictional DUI Saturation Traffic Operation on County’s West Side

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Ocoee Police Department, in conjunction with the Orange County Community Safety Task Force, will host a Multi-jurisdictional DUI Saturation Traffic Operation.

“High Tea & Hats” Raises Over $40,000 for Orange, Seminole Seniors

Seniors First kicked off its annual fundraising effort with “High Tea & Hats,” held at The Peabody Orlando. The event raised more than $40,000, which will benefit seniors living in Seminole and Orange counties with programs such as Meals On Wheels – a food delivery program, which provides more than 252,097 nutritious meals annually.

Free Orlando Magic Magnets and “Dream Flyaway” Contest

Fifth Third Bank, a proud sponsor of the Orlando Magic, is partnering with the local NBA team to bring fans free car magnets and a chance to win a trip to see the Magic play on the road. Official Orlando Magic car magnets will be given away for free...

Orlando Harley-Davidson Launches “Hogs Against Hunger”

During Bike Week 2011, Orlando Harley-Davidson will launch its “Hogs Against Hunger” campaign benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, a nonprofit organization that provides hunger relief to people in need throughout the region.

Latin Talent Spices Up SeaWorld

From March 12 through April 2, award-winning Latin artists will heat up SeaWorld during Central Florida’s can’t miss Latin festival, Viva La Música.

Orlando Magic Unveils Ninth Reading, Learning Center

On Wednesday, March 2 Orlando Magic leadership, representatives from Kia Motors and Turner Construction as well as Mayor Dyer and Commissioner Sheehan, will be unveiling a new, state-of-the-art, Orlando Magic Reading and Learning Center Presented by Kia Motors to the residents of the Colonialtown Neighborhood at 1517 Lake Highland Drive in Orlando.

Local Roofing Company Celebrates 25 Years

This year, Hartford South, LLC, a family-owned commercial roofing company located in Orlando, reaches a milestone – its 25th anniversary.