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Habitat Orlando Secures Sponsors, Fundraising Teams for National Women Build Week

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando Area has launched its fundraising effort for “National Women Build Week,” a volunteer-driven event designed to empower women to take action against poverty-level housing conditions. Habitat Orlando’s goal is to complement volunteer efforts by raising $100,000 – the cost to sponsor one Habitat home.

Second Harvest Food Bank to Host First Annual Wine Women & Shoes Fundraiser

On Saturday, April 23rd from 2 to 6 p.m., Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida will host its inaugural Wine Women & Shoes fundraising event at the Royal Plaza, located at 1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Five Families Receive Keys to New Habitat Townhomes

On Thursday, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando Area dedicated five homes to local families. The homes are located in Habitat Orlando’s Stag Horn Villas townhome community – the affiliate’s first multifamily community.

Orange County Gears Up for Earth Day Celebrations, April 22

On Tuesday, April 19, Mayor Teresa Jacobs and the Board of County Commissioners will proclaim April 22nd, Earth Day in Orange County.

Central Florida Letter Carriers to Help Stamp out Hunger

On Saturday, May 14, 2011, Central Florida letter carriers will take part in the 19th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, which will take place across America.

Lake County Parks, PEAR Association invite residents to Open House, Plant Sale

The Lake County Parks & Trails Division, in partnership with the PEAR Association, is inviting residents to attend an open house and native plant & wildflower fundraiser sale at the Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (PEAR Park), located at 4800 University Ave., Leesburg on Saturday, April 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fifth Third Bank Grants Lucky Orlando Magic Fans a “Dream Flyaway”

Fifth Third Bank, a proud sponsor of the Orlando Magic, selected Alba Gonzalez as the grand prize winner of its recent “Dream Flyaway” promotion. She had an opportunity to see the Magic play on the road against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Community School of the Arts Presents Spring Student Exhibit

You are invited to the Community School of the Arts Spring 2011 Student Art Exhibit and Awards at St. Andrew Catholic Church Parish Center on Saturday, April 16, 2:00-4:00 PM Join us for “An Afternoon in Rome”.  Meet the talented Young Artists and enjoy a display of sculptures, photographs and...

St. Cloud Marina First in Osceola County to receive Prestigious Recognition

The City of St. Cloud received the Clean Marina Award April 8 during a brief ceremony at the Marina Building. Representatives from Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) presented the award to the Parks and Recreation staff.

Lowe’s Holds “Women Build Clinic” for Habitat for Humanity

On Saturday, April 16, Lowe’s will host a “Women Build Clinic.” This event is designed to teach women to use power tools and other basic construction skills.

Free Community Legal Seminar in Pine Hills

Alphabet Gang Child Care will be hosting a Free Legal Seminar to provide information to the West Orlando Community regarding Foreclosures, Loan Modifications, Bankruptcy, Short Sales, Debt Collectors and related topics.

Habitat Orlando Elects Bob Cannon to its Board of Directors

Habitat for Humanity Orlando recently elected Bob Cannon to its board of directors. Cannon is president and co-founder of BungoBox, a company that produces sustainable plastic containers, specifically designed to reduce waste and protect items during a move.

Turner Marks 30th Year and Recession Recovery

Turner Tree & Landscape is celebrating its 30th year in Southwest Florida, and its recovery from most of the ravages of the recession.

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...