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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.

PCAN, Orange County healthcare services program Annouces new Officers

The Primary Care Access Network (PCAN) which provides healthcare services to more than 92,000 uninsured and underinsured residents of Orange County has elected new officers to its Executive Committee. The board re-elected Chairwoman Maureen Kersmarki, Regional Director of Government and Public Affairs for Florida Hospital. Executive Committee Vice Presidents are:...

Wine Women & Shoes Hosted by Second Harvest Food Bank

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. More than 350 local women will be treated to...

State Park to Close, Temporarily

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Talbot Islands State Parks will temporarily close the Big Talbot Island State Park boat ramp car parking lot and the George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park south entrance, south span and Sawpit Island. The closure will begin Tuesday, March 1, 2011,...

Damiani, Expressway Authority to Host Community Meeting

Orange County District 3 Commissioner Lui Damiani, Orange County staff and the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority will host an informational meeting on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Polytechnic University located at 550 North Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando.

Orlando Harley-Davidson South Grand Opening Party

On Saturday, February 26 from noon to 5 p.m., Orlando Harley-Davidson South will host a grand opening celebration for its new store, located at 7786 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway in Kissimmee. From I-4, take exit 64 and head west for 3 miles. From the 429 Toll Road take exit 6, and go east for 2 miles.

RLF Announces New Hires

RLF, a leading Winter Park-based architecture, engineering and interior design firm, has announced the addition of three new employees to its team of talented professionals. David Fishel, PE, joins RLF’s Mechanical Engineering team as an Energy Modeler. Fishel is a licensed engineer with twenty years of experience in mechanical systems...

Bucs’ Jeff Faine, Children’s Home Society team up for an Evening of HOPE

Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Jeff Faine and Children’s Home Society of Florida present the second annual An Evening of HOPE Feb. 12, 7 p.m., at the Ballroom at Church Street Station in downtown Orlando. Monies raised through this black-tie gala will benefit The Faine House, a Project of H.O.P.E. (Home...

Orlando Magic Celebrate Black History Month

The Orlando Magic celebrate February as Black History Month with a variety of activities, highlighted by the Magic’s African-American Chamber Business After Hours reception on February 22 at Amway Center for more than 200 African-American community leaders.

Habitat Orlando Seeks Volunteers for Women Build Week

Habitat for Humanity Orlando is seeking women to create fundraising teams to volunteer during its 2011 Women Build Week (May 2-7). Across all 50 states, more than 7,000 women volunteers are building and raising the funding needed to build affordable homes at more than 200 Habitat for Humanity construction sites. Each...

Drivers Needed to Deliver Meals to Seniors in Orange County

Seniors First, Inc. is a nonprofit social service organization dedicated to serving the needs of Central Florida senior citizens.

Orlando Police, Fire Department to Conduct Joint Training Exercise

Orlando Police Department and Orlando Fire Department are conducting a Joint Training Day on January 27, 2011 involving all the Special Teams of both departments.

Chillounge Night, Outdoor Luxury Lounge Event at Lake Eola

Chillounge Night, an upscale outdoor event that transforms a public area into a posh nightclub and lounge for one night only, is coming back to downtown Orlando Saturday, March, 26. Since the first Chillounge Night was held in Sarasota in 2008, the popular club-like concept has expanded to additional Florida cities that include Tampa, St. Petersburg, Delray Beach and Fort Myers.

Up with People Show Will Entertain Orlando

When the multinational cast of Up with People takes the stage at Olympia High School Auditorium in Orlando on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 7:00 PM audience members will find something for virtually every musical taste and interest. Long before American Idol began discovering and refining new talent or High...

Bring the World Home – Host an Up with People Cast Member

Families in Orlando will have the unique opportunity to bring a bit of the world into their own homes from February 7 – 13, 2011 when an international cast of Up with People arrives in Orlando a stop on their 2010 world tour. Host families are being sought to keep...

OCPS Director Receives National Foodservice Award

Senior Director of Food & Nutrition Services Lora Gilbert has received the Golden School Foodservice Director of the Year Award by the National Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Award program.

Fifth Third Bank Raises $17,000 to Support Veterans

Fifth Third Bank’s 47 Central Florida branches recently collected more than $17,000 for the Camaraderie Foundation, an Orlando-based nonprofit that provides counseling services at a discounted rate to veterans and their families.

Orlando Magic Promote Literacy with “Storytime”

In an effort to develop lifelong learners through literacy and education the Orlando Magic, along with Magic forward Ryan Anderson, Magic Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw, STUFF the Magic Mascot and Magic Dancers will hold a “storytime” with approximately 50 local youth on Thursday, January 20 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Florida Blue Center (in Winter Park Village, 434 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, 32789).