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2010 & 2011 Major Events and Exhibitions–Museum of Arts & Sciences, Daytona Beach

Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach, Florida Major Exhibitions: The Weird and Wonderful: Unique Decorative Arts from the Lightner Museum, St. Augustine September 3, 2010 – November 28, 2010 Edward E. and Jane B. Ford Gallery As one of America`s Splendor Seekers, Otto C.Lightner "Collector of Collections" left behind an  outstanding legacy...

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to Recognize U.S. POW-MIAs

As part of national POW-MIA Day, Mayor Buddy Dyer and his Veterans Advisory Council will host an official POW-MIA ceremony to honor United States Military prisoners of war and those still missing in action. The Winter Springs High School Army JROTC will lead a symbolic “setting of the table” where...

Police to Race for Special Olympics

International Association of Chiefs of Police  (IACP) presents Universal Pursuit 5-K Run To benefit Special Olympics of Florida Come out and try to outrun the police at Universal! Location: Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, 6000 Universal Blvd. Orlando, FL Date/Time: October 24, 2010 at 7:00 a.m. Registration: or

Orlando Improv Festival Kicks Inaugural Year Off With “Workshop Sunday”

The 2010 Inaugural Orlando Improv Festival Presented by announces its "Workshop Sunday" lineup for September 19, 2010. Comedy improv teachers from Boston, Seattle, Atlanta and Orlando will offer 2.5 hour classes each to local improv enthusiasts and seasoned performers. "Workshop Day" is the Sunday just before shows kick...

Portraits of Children in 2011 Heart Gallery Unveiled

WHO: Family Services of Metro Orlando, the lead contracted agency for adoptive and foster care services through the Florida Department of Children and Families in Orange and Osceola counties WHAT: In preparation for the upcoming September 15 launch of the 2011 Heart Gallery, children featured in the gallery...

GOLA to Hosts Workshop, Job Fair on Career Opportunities

As a thriving, $2 billion a year industry, Orlando’s limousine and transportation services represent an industry on the move. During an economic climate when jobs are scarce, it’s surprising to learn of a growing number of career opportunities available in this booming industry.  In order to raise the awareness...

Lake County Conducts Retrofit Pilot Program

As part of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, Lake County is conducting a pilot program by selecting one home and one small commercial building to receive free energy efficiency retrofits (up to a $3,000 value) to show how small investments in energy efficiency reduce energy costs. The...

A Weekend of FUN in the Name of the ARTS

On Saturday, October 23 from 6-9 p.m., jazz comes alive at the Casselberry’s Lake Concord Park, located at 95 Triplet Lake Drive. This FREE event, sponsored by the City of Casselberry and WLOQ 103.1 Orlando, will entice all jazz lovers to gather and be engulfed in the enjoyment of...

Regional History Center Accepts Florida Hospital History Collection

The Orange County Regional History Center recently accepted the Florida Hospital Oral History Collection as the newest addition to its archives. The collection was completed to commemorate Florida Hospital’s 100th anniversary and includes a series of oral histories capturing the vast history of the organization.

Habitat for Humanity Hosts Annual Fundraising Breakfast

On Tuesday, September 28, Habitat for Humanity Orlando will host its “Who Will Build It?” breakfast, the nonprofit’s largest fundraiser. During the event, attendees will learn how the Habitat Orlando affiliate helps local families realize their dream of homeownership.

OCPS Holds Public Hearing on Class Size

The School Board of Orange County, Florida, will hold a public hearing on the district’s strategies to meet the requirements of the Constitutional Amendment on class size reduction on September 14, 2010 at 5:30 p.m., at the Educational Leadership Center, 445 West Amelia Street, Orlando, Florida  32801. Inquiries regarding this...

Public hearings postponed for State Forest Management Plan

Due to a delay in getting necessary approvals for the draft version of Seminole State Forest management plan, the State Forestry Division’s public hearings scheduled for Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis have been postponed. At the Aug. 17 meeting of the Lake County Board...

West State Road 50 Workshop

As the region continues to grow, the area surrounding the West State Road (S.R.) 50 Corridor will continue to face traffic and land development challenges. On Wednesday, Sept. 1, the Florida Department of Transportation and its partners at the Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization and the East Central Florida Regional...

Jack T. Bridges Golf Tournament

Join fellow golfers on Friday, September 17th, 2010 to recognize the life and contributions of Sanford’s Commissioner Jack T. Bridges. The tournament will be played at Mayfair Country Club, 3536 Country Club Drive in Sanford, Florida. Check in for the foursomes will be at 7:30 am with an 8:30 am...

FHP to Conduct Safety, Sobriety Checkpoint

The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) will be conducting a Safety and Sobriety Checkpoint on Friday, August 27, 2010 beginning at 9:00 pm at 2925 US Highway 17-92, in Longwood.  Drivers should expect delays in the area. The Florida Highway Patrol is working to combat drinking and driving offenses that continue...

Dyer, Community Volunteers Bring Dignity to Homeless Population

WHAT: On Thursday, August 26, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer will lead a team of City staff members and community volunteers as they provide Florida ID cards, driver’s licenses, birth certificates, Social Security cards and other documents to the area’s impoverished and homeless citizens. WHY: IDignity is an integral part of Mayor Dyer’s...

Riverkeepers Host Environmental Film Festival Beginning This Weekend

Join the Apalachicola Riverkeepers when they host the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival On Tour August 27-28 in Carrabelle and September 3-4 in Apalachicola.   The festival is FREE.  Reserve your seats at The Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival On Tour brings ...

First Lady Michelle Obama Joins Laura Bush at 9/11 Memorial

The National Park Foundation, official charity of America’s national parks, announced today that First Lady Michelle Obama will join Mrs. Laura W. Bush as an additional keynote speaker at the September 11, 2010, ceremony being held at the future site of the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. ...

Orlando Magic Recreation Center Opens at Meadow Woods Park

Mayor Richard T. Crotty and District 4 Commissioner Linda Stewart will join the Orange County Parks and Recreation Division in celebrating the Grand Opening of the Orange County Orlando Magic Recreation Center at Meadow Woods Park. The event will take place on Thursday, August 19 at 5:30 p.m.

Lake County Rangers to Guide Nature Hike at Pine Forest Park

Lake County park rangers will lead a nature hike on Saturday, Aug. 21, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Pine Forest Park, located at 32520 State Road 44, near the Lake-Volusia county line.

Lake County to host Fair Housing Seminar

The Lake County Department of Economic Development & Community Services is presenting a Fair Housing Seminar on Wednesday, Aug. 25, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Lake County Agricultural Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares.

Sheriff to Honor Deputy for Community Service

Deputy First Class Sandra Klawe-Genao is being presented a Certificate of Commendation for her tireless work as a School Resource Officer and “Making a Difference” in the lives of students, schools and community.

Target Offers UCF Freshmen Shopping Spree

Which University of Central Florida freshman will win a once-in-a-lifetime shopping spree at the local Target store? During the Target Mad Dash, one shopper will have just 12 minutes to race through the store locating special Bullseye-tagged items. The lucky winner will be able to redeem those tagged items for must-have electronics, organizational items, décor and much more.

Orlando Police Department Motor Unit School Supply Give-Away

Date:              August 17, 2010 Time:              10:30 AM Location:        Englewood Community Center 6123 La Costa Dr. Event:             School Supply Give-Away This week, the Engelwood Neighborhood Center will be hosting the last week of their summer program. On Tuesday, August 17 2010 at 10:30 A.M. the Orlando Police Department Motor Unit will have an opportunity with the...

“Operation Bookbag”

Too many children are being sent to school without the basic supplies that are essential to good learning. From now through September 1st, Upper Cervical Health Centers of Winter Garden is launching “Operation Bookbag”, a school supplies drive to benefit underprivileged children from our community. Their goal is to collect 50...

Commissioner Moore Russell Hosts Back-to-School Health, Education Fair

Orange County Commissioner Tiffany Moore Russell in partnership with All-in-One Entertainment and the Hal Marston Community Action Center presents Schools Days are Here Again Health and Education Fair on Saturday, August 14, 2010. Who: Commissioner Tiffany Moore Russell What: FREE Back to School Health and Education Fair (Orange County Public...

Lake County Infrastructure to Improve with New Road Projects

With many of its roadway projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 completed, the Lake County Department of Public Works will start on five additional projects as a result of new stimulus funds recently approved by the Lake County Board of County Commissioners.

Kat Gordon to Hold Parent Meeting on Transfer Options for Students

WHAT: District 5 School Board Member “Kat” Gordon will hold an Oak Ridge High School parent meeting tonight to discuss Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) transfer options for students. The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has included Oak Ridge on the list of schools across the state that will offer students the...

Kaplan University announces Orlando Summer 2010 Graduates

Kaplan University celebrated the graduation of its summer 2010 class during a live ceremony on Aug. 7 in Chicago. Five students from the Orlando area were awarded degrees.

The Business of Early Care and Education Forum

In hopes of engaging Orange County’s business community in a discussion of early care and education, the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County will host an interactive panel, “Focused on the First Five: The State of Early Care and Education in Orange County.”