2017 Council of 101 Antiques Vintage & Garden Show

2017 Council of 101 35th Antiques Vintage & Garden Show

Council of 101 Presents the 35th Annual Antiques Vintage & Garden Show

OMA’s galleries will be filled with antiques, vintage, and garden blooms 

The Council of 101 is proud to present the 35th annual Antiques Vintage & Garden Show, combining fine antiques, art, jewelry, vintage and unique collectibles, garden blooms and more into one outstanding three-day show at the Orlando Museum of Art February 17-19, 2017. The event will feature more than two dozen antiques and vintage dealers from around the country.

Admission is $15 and tickets can be purchased online, in person, or by calling 407-896-4231 ext. 254.

2017 Council of 101 35th Antiques Vintage & Garden Show
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Council of 101 Antiques Vintage & Garden Show Show Dates and Times:

Friday, February 17 from 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday, February 18 from 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, February 19 from 11 am – 4 pm

Council of 101 Antiques Vintage & Garden Show Guest Speaker

This year’s special guest is Eddie Ross; he’s a designer, editor, author of Modern Mix: Curating Personal Style with Chic & Accessible Finds, and a self-proclaimed “extreme hoarder of beautiful things.”

2017 Council of 101 35th Antiques Vintage & Garden Show

His work has been featured in House Beautiful, Southern Living, InStyle, Vanity Fair, Country Living, the New York Times and more. He will share his secrets to find items at thrift shops, yard sales and flea markets and incorporate them into a warm and inviting décor. Ross will be speaking and signing copies of Modern Mix on Friday, February 17 at 11 am. Tickets are $45, which includes show admission.

Council of 101 Antiques Vintage & Garden Show Special Events

  • Thursday, Feb. 16: Opening Night Preview Party – Jackets Jeans & Jewels! $95 per person, includes show admission, 630 pm – 10 pm.

  • Friday, Feb. 17: The Art of the Cocktail $50 per person, includes show admission, 6 pm – 830 pm.

  • Saturday, Feb. 18: Mystery Home Tour – tour a local home filled with flawless design and exceptional taste; the location remains a mystery until the arrival. $35 per person, includes show admission. Tours depart at 11 am, 12 pm and 1 pm.

  • Saturday, Feb. 18 & Sunday, Feb. 19: What’s It Worth? Appraisal Days – antiques expert and show manager Charlie Miller gives a professional appraisal of family heirlooms and treasured items. $15 general admission plus $10 per item, two item limit, 12 pm – 230 pm. Reservations taken at the door and begin at 11 am on both days.

Tickets to the Antiques Vintage & Garden Show include admission to Orlando Museum of Art exhibitions, including The Wyeths and American Artists in Maine.

2017 Council of 101 35th Antiques Vintage & Garden Show
Council of 101

The Antiques Vintage & Garden Show is a longstanding fundraiser event benefiting the Orlando Museum of Art and promoting the museum’s mission to advance the positive impact of art and creativity. This and other Council of 101 events have raised more than $6.8 million for the museum’s educational programs.

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Orlando Date Night Discovery Club

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I’ll say it…after being together almost 20 years (we met on the first day of History and Drama class at Virginia Tech…Go Hokies!) my husband and I have fallen into a bit of a date night rut! With kids, work, to do lists that never seem to end, and life finding time to think of new date night ideas isn’t always on the top of our priority list.

One of our New Year’s resolutions is to find more time to spend together, and our friends over at Orlando Date Night Guide have launched a new way to make planning fun date nights easier!

The Orlando Date Night Guide has been sharing fantastic date night ideas since 2007, and now they are bringing them to your home with the launch of the Orlando Date Night Discovery Club!

How the Orlando Date Night Discovery Club Works:

Every month subscribers receive 2 fully curated date night itineraries in the mail that will take you to Orlando and Winter Park’s hidden gems and familiar favorites.

Included in your Date Night Discovery Club packet, you will also receive:

  • More than $20 in gifts and vouchers to use at places included on your itinerary.
  • A local calendar of events that is chocked full of the best local festivals, special events, foodie favorites, outdoor entertainment, and more to experience in the City Beautiful.
  • Conversation cues and fun questions to spark discussions while you are on your date night.

Orlando Date Night Discovery Club members perks include:

  • Special member privileges for select Orlando Date Night Guide events that include front of the line access and the opportunity to buy tickets before they go on sale to the general public,
  • During Orlando Date Night Guide giveaways members receive automatic double entries, and
  • Online content that’s exclusively created for Discovery Club members

Subscriptions start for as little as $18.95 a month and are available in monthly, 3 6, and 12 month options on their website.

 

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Morse Museum Hosts Holiday Events

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Holidays at the Morse Museum

Celebrate with Tiffany Windows in the park, Christmas Eve Open House, and live music on Friday Nights

The holiday season at the Morse Museum begins just after Thanksgiving when Harpist Bizarre Quartet helps the Museum launch a festive schedule of free events on Friday nights, including live music, tours, and an art demonstration.

For six consecutive Friday evenings during the holidays (November 25 through December 30), visitors can enjoy not only free admission from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. but live music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. In addition, at 7 p.m. on December 2, 9, and 16, the Morse will offer curator tours of the exhibition Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall. The December 9programming also includes a family tour of selected galleries and a demonstration on the art of making pottery with a free take-home art activity for participants.

On Thursday, December 1, the Morse and the City of Winter Park will present the 38th annual Christmas in the Park in downtown Winter Park. At this free event, always a highlight of the holiday season in Winter Park, the Morse lights up nine Tiffany windows in Central Park and sponsors the Bach Festival Choir, Youth Choir, and Brass Ensemble in an outdoor concert.

Admission to the Museum also will be free for a Christmas Eve open house, Saturday,December 24.

The complete schedule of Morse Museum holiday events, programs, and tours is as follows:

November 25:       Harpist Bizarre Quartet (bass, flute, guitar, and harp), 5 p.m.–8 p.m.

December 1:          38th Annual Christmas in the Park, Downtown Winter Park, 6:15 p.m.–8 p.m.

December 2:          Victorian Lynn Schultz (harp), 5 p.m.–8 p.m.
                                Curator tour of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall, 7 p.m.

December 9:          Beautiful Music Vintage Jazz Quartet (bass, flute, guitar, and trumpet), 5 p.m.–8 p.m.
Family tour of selected galleries, 5:15 p.m.
Pottery-making demonstration with artist Cindy McDowell, 6 p.m.
Curator tour of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall, 7 p.m.

December 16:        Beautiful Music Italian Trio (bass, flute, and guitar or mandolin), 5 p.m.–8 p.m.

Curator tour of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall, 7 p.m.

December 23:        Beautiful Music Three Flutes Only, 5 p.m.–8 p.m.

December 24:        Christmas Eve Open House, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Live music by the Raintree Chamber Players, 1 p.m.–4 p.m.

December 30:        Beautiful Music Jazz Trio (flute, guitar, and upright bass), 5 p.m.–8 p.m.

The Morse Museum, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this season, houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, including the chapel interior he designed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago and art and architectural elements from his Long Island estate, Laurelton Hall.

In the Museum’s galleries, visitors will also find exhibits of American art pottery; Arts and Crafts furnishings; late 19th- and early 20th-century American paintings; and leaded-glass windows and lamps by other artists of the period. In its new exhibition Celebrating 75 Years—Pathways of American Art at the Morse Museum, the Museum presents a range of objects that illustrate the breadth and depth of the collection assembled by Hugh and Jeannette McKean over five decades.

Museum hours from November through April are 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday; and l p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Regular admission is $6 for adults, $5 seniors, $1 for students, and free for children under 12. All visitors receive free admission from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays. For more information, consult the Museum’s website, www.morsemuseum.org.

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Zombie Boardwalk This Halloween At Boardwalk Bowl

Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center unleashes Zombie Boardwalk attraction
Guests can try it free on Halloween
You’ve read about them in books, and you’ve seen them on TV and in movies. Now, zombies have risen at the Zombie Boardwalk, and they’ve hit Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center in Orlando.

Zombie Boardwalk This Halloween At Boardwalk Bowl

With a swarm of the undead ambling around, Boardwalk Bowl is calling all would-be zombie hunters to help defeat the zombies with a new, one-of-a-kind attraction.
The shooting-gallery style attraction fills 4,000-square-feet of Boardwalk Bowl, and it incorporates lifelike animated zombies that make perfect target practice.
Zombie Boardwalk This Halloween At Boardwalk Bowl
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Zombie Boardwalk players take aim at the targets in a rapid-fire game to see if they have what it takes to survive. There are two teams, and up to 10 players can play at once. The game is recommended for those 16 and older.
“This attraction is truly the first of its kind, and it offers players an experience they can’t get anywhere else in Orlando,” said Keith Baldwin, the regional general manager of Aloma Bowling Centers. “Zombies are popular right now, and we’re excited to offer people the chance to see if they could survive like in their favorite TV show or movie.”
Guests will have the chance to try it for free, too. For one day only, on Halloween, Boardwalk Bowl is offering guests who like their Facebook page a free pass to the attraction.
Zombie Boardwalk was designed and installed by Fear Fest, Ken Spriggs and Tyler Norman. It is the latest in a long line of entertainment offered by Boardwalk Bowl. The venue also offers bowling, an arcade, a comedy club, billiards and a full service restaurant and bar, Brooklyn South.
Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center features 80 lanes and is one of the largest bowling centers in the Southeast. For more information, visit www.alomabowlingcenters.com/boardwalk/ .
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Celebrate National Bowling Day On August 13th!

Aloma Bowling Centers celebrate National Bowling Day with one free game on Aug. 13

Circle Saturday, August 13, on your calendar and get ready to head to Aloma Bowling Centers.

National Bowling Day 2016

National Bowling Day 2016

National Bowling Day 2016
Saturday, August 13, is National Bowling Day, and that means FREE bowling for everyone.
Aloma Bowling Centers will share the love of the sport with a great deal. Guests at Aloma Bowl, Boardwalk Bowl and Airport Lanes will receive one free game of bowling per person from 9 a.m. to noon that day. Shoe rental is not included.
In addition to bowling, guests at each venue can enjoy billiards, food and arcades. The centers offer 144 combined lanes, and each also offers quality corporate and party space.
Aloma Bowling Centers consists of three venues-Aloma Bowl in Winter Park, Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando and Airport Lanes in Sanford.
For more information, visit alomabowlingcenters.com.
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Aloma Bowling Centers Celebrate Christmas in July

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Aloma Bowling Centers to participate in Christmas in July event for Toys for Tots

Though the summer heat is setting in across Central Florida, those at Aloma Bowling Centers are already thinking about candy canes, gingerbread, trees and Santa Claus.
That’s because along with bowling centers around Orlando, Aloma Bowling Centers will take part in a Christmas in July event to make a difference for families during the holidays.
From July 1 to August 1, Aloma Bowl, Boardwalk Bowl and Airport Lanes will all have festively wrapped boxes on display for guests to donate new, unwrapped toys and unused gift cards. The donations will then be added to other contributions for the Orlando Regional United States Bowling Congress’ annual Toys for Tots drive in December.
“At Aloma Bowling Centers, we’re always looking for ways to give back to our local community,” said Keith Baldwin, the regional general manager of the venues. “This is a creative way to fill a big need around the holidays, and we hope people will bring something to donate when they come out to enjoy our centers.”
The Christmas in July event was organized because the number of families in need has increased each year, while the number of donations has decreased. The event aims to help fill that gap in the summer months, when people might have a little more to give.
For more information on the venues, visit www.alomabowlingcenters.com.
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Aloma Bowling Centers Summer Bowling Offer

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Aloma Bowling Centers offer free bowling for kids all summer

School’s out … Play’s in! … and Aloma Bowling Centers can help parents keep their kids cool, active and entertained this summer.
Three of Central Florida’s premier bowling venues – Aloma Bowl, Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center and Airport Lanes – are offering free bowling for kids all summer to help families save big.

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As part of the offer, kids ages 15 and younger will receive two free games of bowling each day with the purchase of shoe rental. The offer is available from open to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. It begins June 6 and runs through August 12.
Additional games of bowling are only $2 a game.
Children must be accompanied by an adult or guardian to receive the free games, and adults can accompany up to three children. To register a child, simply visitwww.alomabowlingcenters.com and click on your venue, then click the Free Bowling for Kids tab.
But adults won’t be left out. They can bowl, too, with games for $2 as well as shoe rental for $3, making summer at Aloma Bowling Centers fun for the whole family.
Aloma Bowling Centers include Aloma Bowl in Winter Park, Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center in Orlando and Airport Lanes in Sanford. The three entertainment venues have a combined 144 lanes, and each offers billiards, a restaurant and games.
Visit alomabowlingcenters.com for more information.
About Aloma Bowling Centers
The Aloma Bowling Centers are the premier family entertainment venues in Central Florida, with locations in Orlando (Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center), Winter Park (Aloma Bowl) and Sanford (Airport Lanes).  In addition to the 144 combined lanes, each center offers billiards, a restaurant, and arcades featuring new interactive games. All venues offer great corporate and group event/party facilities.  Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center houses 80 lanes, making it the largest bowling facility in the Southeast. For more information, visit alomabowlingcenters.com or call 407-384-0003
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Sleuths Announces Memorial Day Weekend Specials

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Sleuths Announces Memorial Day Weekend Specials to Celebrate Our Heroes

In honor of the Memorial Day holiday, Sleuths cordially invites active and retired members of the military to join the local nobility for Lord Mansfield’s Fox Hunt Banquet on Monday, May 30 at 7:30 PM (arrival time is 6:30 PM). Show your military I.D. for free admission, including your choice of meal and unlimited beer, wine, soda, coffee and tea. Bring up to six guests along at a special savings of $9 off each. Seating is limited and advance reservations are required.

Additionally, Friday, May 27 through Monday, May 30, we invite all of our guests to take advantage of a $9 discount to our nightly mystery dinner show (must mention this offer at the time of reservation). Come early for our magic show on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, or stay late for our after-hours comedy show on Friday or Saturday! Shows and showtimes vary.

Over the years at Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show, hundreds of local actors have performed; over forty of whom still help solve the crimes nightly. Many of our talented actors have gone on the find success off our stage including Cheryl Hines from Curb Your Enthusiasm, Aasif Mandvi from The Daily Show, Brett Rice from many major motion pictures including

Forest Gump and Edward Scissor Hands, and Josh Eads-Brown as Ginger Minj on RuPaul’s Drag Race.  

Currently Sleuths features many comedy-mysteries alternating throughout the week.  In The Premier the elite of Hollywood are brought together for the premier of “Tropical Adventure” that soon turns deadly.  Lord Mansfield’s Fox Hunt Banquet takes you to Salisbury, England, where the gentry have gathered for a festival before the annual fox hunt.  Join the festivities at an Italian wedding to help Kim & Scott Tie the Knot.  It is a wedding to die for!  While touring England, your bus breaks down in front of the Squire’s Inn, a fast-paced Sleuths mystery.  WKZY invites you to join a live airing of their final radio broadcast before entering the world of satellite radio…will they make it through?  Attend the annual pageant at Holidaze in Hillendale where contestants will do anything to take out the competition.

Step into a world of intrigue, comedy, and suspense at Sleuths. Your evening begins with a pre-show and hors d’oeuvres in the lobby. Then you are escorted to your theatre for the show. There you mingle with outrageous characters as you enjoy your salad and unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks. Laugh at the antics of comedic award-winning actors and watch for clues as a hilarious mystery unfolds. After the crime takes place, you will savor a sumptuous dinner. As you dine, analyze and discuss the evidence, then formulate questions to pose to the suspects during the interrogation. Afterwards, make an accusation which is followed by a Perry Mason-like reveal of the culprit. Prizes are awarded to successful sleuths.

Sleuths’ legacy of talent, great food, support of the local community, and commitment to the customer has made their business successful for all these 25 years. So bring your investigative skills and prepare to laugh and celebrate their

25th Anniversary with them as you encounter deceit, scheming, and chicanery! It’s such an uproarious good time…it’s criminal!

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Aerosim Flight Academy Offers Unique Summer Camp Experiences

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Students Experience the Exhilarating World of Aviation at Aerosim Flight Academy Summer Camp

On the ground and in the air, Aerosim Flight Academy summer camp attendees will learn how to turn their aviation dreams into reality as they experience the exhilarating world of flight during two unique programs:
NEW: AFA Flying Services Solo Flight Camp
Aerosim Flight Academy
“Future pilots age 16 to 18 will have the opportunity to potentially experience a hands-on solo flight during the new AFA Flying Services Solo Flight Camp,” says President and General Manager, Aerosim Flight Academy Hank Coates. “Mentored by our experienced instructors, qualified students will learn the fundamentals of flight, navigation, weather and ATC communication before achieving their first solo flight.”
·        Dates: June 13 – July 1, 2016
·        Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
·        Parent Orientation: Wednesday, June 8 at 6 p.m.
·        Price: $5,500
·        Requirements: Camper must be age 16 – 18 and a U.S. Citizen
·        Camp Includes: T-shirt, log book, lunch daily, lanyard/ ID tag, Bag, FAA Medical Exam
Aerosim Flight Academy Aviation Camp
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Designed to give middle and high school students an opportunity to experience life as a professional aviator, the Aerosim Flight Academy Aviation Camp offers participants a realistic, hands-on glimpse into the world of an active pilot.
·        Dates: July 25 – 29, 2016
·        Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
·        Price: $500
·        Requirements: Campers must be age 12 – 18
·        Camp Includes: Plane ride, lunch daily, T-shirt, gift bag and log book
“Aerosim’s summer programs serve as gateways for aspiring pilots and allow the Academy to further cultivate the next generation of pilots to address the tremendous global need for highly skilled pilots and aviation professionals,” Coates added. “We are proud to offer future pilots the training and tools required to achieve their dreams of flight.”
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To learn more about Aerosim Flight Academy’s Aviation Summer Camps and/or to register, visit https://www.afa.edu/news-events/summer-camp or call 407-329-4221.

Aerosim Flight AcademyAbout Aerosim Flight Academy

Originally established in 1989 and based at the Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), Aerosim Flight Academy is the only flight school originally owned and operated by Comair Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Today, under the name of Aerosim Flight Academy, the rich history of professional pilot training continues with flight training courses approved by the FAA under 14 CFR Part 141 and specialized flight training under 14 CFR Part 61.
Aerosim Flight Academy is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and provides a professional flight training environment based on sophisticated airline standards. The Academy has been recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration with the Diamond Award of Excellence for its dedication to quality, safety, reliability and performance.
In its 27 years of operation, Aerosim Flight Academy has provided more than 2 million hours of flight instruction to more than 7,000 pilots and issued more than 20,000 certificates, while growing its reputation as one of the safest, most reliable flight academies in the world.
For further information about flight training and pathways to the airlines:
·        Visit online at www.AFA.edu
·        Take a virtual tour: afa.edu/about/virtual-tour
·        Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/aerosimflightschool,
·        Follow on Twitter @Aerosim_Academy and on Instagram.
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ME Dance Co. Announces Name Change

ME DANCE CO. ANNOUNCES NAME CHANGE TO ‘DANCE THEATRE OF ORLANDO’ AND TEASES 2016 PRODUCTIONS

The name transition is designed to reflect the growth and evolution of the company for 2016 and beyond 

The Orlando-based ME Dance Company announced it is officially changing its name to Dance Theatre of Orlando. The beloved dance troupe, founded in 2011, is expanding through the new year and the name change is a reflection of that growth. The company’s original, full-length dance productions will also transform into more robust, fleshed-out stories designed to captivate and intrigue audiences of all ages.

“The new name for ME Dance will bring forth a new era for the dance company,” says Marshall Ellis, founder and artistic director of ME Dance, Inc. and Dance Theatre of Orlando. “With a new name, expect a whole new set of artistic works and expression. The dance company will continue to present its usual full-length productions for each season, but these productions will be edgier – they will incorporate new elements of dance, new innovative technology and, above all, they will focus on engaging stories.”

2016 Productions Preview

This year, there will be a strong focus on developing the dancers into strong storytellers for each performance. Their classic technique will blend with dynamic narratives to provide more than just a showcase of technical feats, but also a unique and fully immersive entertainment offering that will enchant audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

For 2016, the Dance Theatre of Orlando will present the following original productions:

    • TOUCH – The Human Experience; Music by Bruce Springsteen; March 4-6, 11 and 13, 2016
    • K.E.Y.S.; A collection of dances directed by various choreographers; July 15-17, 2016
    • The Nuthouse: A New Holiday Tradition; Music by Tchaikovsky; December 2-4, 9-11, 2016

“Although the ME Theatre will continue to be the principal home of Dance Theatre of Orlando, expect some traveling performances in the near future,” hints Marshall Ellis.

The Dance Theatre of Orlando is funded through ME Dance, Inc., a charity that serves as a beacon of light in the Central Florida arts community. ME Dance, Inc. is a not-for-profit arts organization founded by Marshall Ellis. The mission of ME Dance, Inc. is to introduce innovative ideas through dance to create growth in the arts community and to enrich the arts community by providing an outlet to feature talent in art through entertainment. The organization is determined to assist other local dance organizations and dance students throughout community, regardless of affiliation.

For more information, visit DanceTheatreOrlando.com or call 407-816-7080.

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Celebrating Florida Arbor Day with the Trees for Wildlife Program

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Celebrating Florida Arbor Day with the Trees for Wildlife Program 

Florida Arbor Day is Friday, January 15th, and the Florida Wildlife Federation is pleased to announce its partnership with the National Wildlife Federation to bring more tree planting events to Florida. Our first event is this Saturday in Crawfordville, a small town south of Tallahassee.

 

The Iris Garden Club of Wakulla County has recently partnered with the National Wildlife Federation, and the Florida Wildlife Federation, to increase the quantity and variety of trees in its annual tree giveaway, thereby increasing the number of adults and children in Wakulla County who receive, plant, and care for native Florida trees in their yards.

The garden club has been awarded 800 bare-root tree seedlings –100 each of eight tree species – from the National Wildlife Federation’s Trees for Wildlife Program, half to be given away in 2016 and the other half in the winter of 2017. All eight species are indigenous to Wakulla County. NWF and FWF are new partners to Crawfordville’s Arbor Day Celebration and annual tree-giveaway scheduled this Saturday. The organizations are providing a mix of 400 Red bud, River birch, Southern red oak, and Bald cypress.

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Pamela and Sarah Moss plant a River birch tree seedling on December 8th at the Wakulla County Library in preparation for the Iris Garden Club of Wakulla County’s Arbor Day Celebration & Tree Giveaway, January 16, at Hudson Park in Crawfordville.

On January 16, from 10 am until noon, Wakulla County families are invited to the club’s 12th Annual Crawfordville Arbor Day Celebration & Tree Giveaway at Hudson Park. Every person, including each child, will choose their own tree to take home and plant. “How to Plant” cards will be given to each recipient. Tree experts, experienced gardeners, and UF-IFAS Master Gardeners will be on hand to provide information and help people select suitable trees for their yards. There also will be photographs and written information about each type of tree, and how to plant and care for one’s new tree.

In addition, trees in pots will be provided to pre-schools and schools in the county that want to conduct their own Florida Arbor Day planting events in January. Leftover trees will be planted by Iris Garden Club members at various community sites, including county schools.

In preparation for the tree-giveaway, during the month of December, children from C.O.A.S T. Charter School helped IGC members put selected bare-root seedlings into 1-gallon pots with potting soil. Each student received a tree to take home.

Arbor Day events encourage people to plant and nurture trees. “Florida’s Arbor Day is in January which is the perfect month to plant trees in Florida,” said Jeannie Brodhead, Acting President of the Iris Garden Club. “Our goal is to replace native trees lost to development, storms, and old age so as to beautify the county, benefit wildlife, and protect our environment. Trees also provide cooling shade, reduce electric bills, and help to lower carbon emissions,” added Lynn Artz, one of the event’s coordinators.

“Replacing trees is necessary to protect wildlife. Trees provide shelter, berries and seeds for nourishment, places to hide, and nesting sites to raise young,” said Manley Fuller, President of the Florida Wildlife Federation. By planting trees, children and their families can help to ensure that wildlife thrive for years to come.

“NWF’s Trees for Wildlife Program aspires to educate youth about the role of trees in our environment, how individuals can take action to plant trees and provides stewardship for sustaining trees locally, across Florida, and across the nation,” explained Luisa Grant, Community Programs Senior Coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation. Trees for Wildlife also explores the unique connection wildlife have with trees. It’s a great opportunity to have youth learn about how to improve their environmental footprint and serves to provide schools an opportunity to “green their school, green their grounds and green the students”.

The Florida Wildlife Federation is partnering with the Iris Garden Club on NWF’s Trees for Wildlife grant. FWF made the club aware of the grant opportunity and encouraged the group to apply. Additionally, FWF is assisting with implementation and publicity for the grant and participating in the January 16, 2016 tree giveaway.

The Iris Garden Club of Wakulla County has organized an annual Arbor Day celebration and tree giveaway since 2004. The festival will be held rain or shine. For more information contact Lynn Artz, 850-320-2158, lynn_artz@hotmail.com; or Jeannie Brodhead,jeannieb9345@gmail.com.

The Florida Wildlife Federation plans to expand this partnership with NWF across Florida. If your garden club or school is interested in the Trees for Wildlife Program please contact the Florida Wildlife Federation at (850) 656-7113; cafarren@comcast.net.

About Florida Wildlife Federation:

The Florida Wildlife Federation is a statewide citizens’ conservation and education organization working for the protection, enjoyment and wise use of Florida’s fish, wildlife and other natural resources. The Florida Wildlife Federation encourages the public’s appreciation of Florida’s environment through sustainable, resource-based outdoor recreation.

www.fwfonline.org

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