Orlando Predators 2015 Season Schedule

Orlando Predators
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Orlando Predators Announce 2015 Season Schedule

Home games include the return to Amway Center on March 29 and a match-up against former owner Brett Bouchy’s LA KISS

The Orlando Predators today announced its schedule for the 2015 Arena Football League season.

The 18-game schedule features nine home games with eight Saturday evening games and one Sunday afternoon game.

The team kicks off its 24th season with its return to the Amway Center on Sunday, March 29, against the Philadelphia Soul. It is the team’s first game back at the Amway Center after playing last season in the CFE Arena at the University of Central Florida.

This season also marks the first full season under new owner, Westgate Resorts CEO David Siegel, who acquired the team in July.

“The Orlando Predators will finally be back home in Downtown Orlando at the Amway Center,” said Siegel. “This season, we’re going to deliver a product the Orlando community will be excited to support and will proudly represent our city and fans.”

Orlando Predators
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“We’re excited to announce the dates for our first season under our new ownership,” said Orlando Predators President Jared Saft. “We can’t wait to welcome all of our new and returning fans back to start a new chapter in this franchise’s storied history.”

This season’s home games feature a rematch of last year’s American Conference Championship against the Cleveland Gladiators on May 2 and a visit from in-state rival Jacksonville Sharks on August 1. The “War on I-4” returns when the Predators host the Tampa Bay Storm on May 16 and for the regular season finale, August 8.

In Week 4, the Predators will host a match-up against the LA KISS, the expansion team launched last season by KISS band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley and former Predators owner Brett Bouchy. Bouchy was an owner of the Predators for 15 years before leaving in 2013 to launch the LA KISS. The LA KISS was the subject of the AMC reality TV series 4th and Loud.

Tough road match-ups include a visit to division opponent New Orleans VooDoo in Week 3 and a trip to face the three-time defending champion Arizona Rattlers in Week 13.

Season ticket packages start at $99 and are available at www.orlandopredators.com/season-tickets. Packages up to $2,400 offer exclusive benefits such as a vacation at Westgate Las Vegas or Westgate River Ranch, invitations to player meet-and-greet-events at Westgate Resorts properties, access to team practices, complimentary drinks in the Fields Ultimate Lounge and complimentary parking in the GEICO Garage.

The Orlando Predators 2015 Season Schedule:

Week Date Time Opponent
1 Sunday, March 29 2 p.m. vs Philadelphia Soul
2 Saturday, April 4 7 p.m. at Jacksonville Sharks
3 Saturday, April 11 8 p.m. at New Orleans VooDoo
4 Saturday, April 18 7 p.m. vs LA KISS
5 Saturday, April 25 10 p.m. at Spokane Shock
6 Saturday, May 2 7 p.m. vs Cleveland Gladiators
7 Friday, May 8 7:30 p.m. at Philadelphia Soul
8 Saturday, May 16 7 p.m. vs Tampa Bay Storm
9 Saturday, May 23 7 p.m. vs Portland Thunder
10 Friday, May 29 7 p.m. at Cleveland Gladiators
11 Saturday, June 6 7 p.m. at Jacksonville Sharks
12 Saturday, June 13 7 p.m. vs Philadelphia Soul
13 Saturday, June 20 9 p.m. at Arizona Rattlers
14 Saturday, June 27 7 p.m. vs New Orleans VooDoo
15 Bye Week
16 Saturday, July 11 7:30 p.m. at Tampa Bay Storm
17 Saturday, July 18 7 p.m. at Cleveland Gladiators
18 Bye Week
19 Saturday, Aug. 1 7 p.m. vs Jacksonville Sharks
20 Saturday, Aug. 8 7 p.m. vs Tampa Bay Storm

 

For more information and specific times, please visit www.orlandopredators.com.

 Orlando Predators

ABOUT THE ORLANDO PREDATORS

The 2014 South Division Champion Orlando Predators enter their 24th season as Central Florida’s most exciting andinnovative professional sports franchise. Proud members of the Arena Football League, the Predators have achievedunprecedented success on the field. Orlando has advanced to the AFL playoffs a league-leading 22 times in their history while securing seven conference championships, including two ArenaBowl Championship victories in 1998 and 2000.

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Sharing The Holiday Spirit With Christmas In The Shire

If you are looking for a new family holiday tradition, you may want to consider checking out Christmas in the Shire!

Christmas in the Shire Logo

Christmas in the Shire is the largest, private holiday display in Orlando! It has also been voted one of the top displays by local event guides.

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The display is open daily until December 27th and includes tens of thousands of lights, over 40 trees outside, and almost 50 themed trees inside that you can view during their Open House times.

This year there are two new trees featuring a Wizard of Oz themed rainbow tree and a News Years Eve theme.

If you have been before or if you are new to the display, like myself, it is important to also know that Christmas in the Shire has moved to a new address in the Grand Cove neighborhood of Falcon Trace.

For the new address, schedule, and more information about Christmas in the Shire check out their Facebook page!

 

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Ripley’s Florida Attractions Florida Resident Deals

Ripley’s Florida Attractions Offer 50% off to Florida Residents 

All the fun for half the price from Dec. 1Dec. 20
Florida residents are getting an early holiday gift from Ripley’s Florida attractions with 50% off for all state residents to all of their Florida attractions from December 1 through December 20.

Participating Ripley’s Florida Attractions Include:

  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium
  • Ripley’s Believe it or Not! St. Augustine Odditorium, Red Train Tours and Ghost Train Adventure
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Panama City Beach  Odditorium and 7D Moving Theater
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Key West Odditorium

Residents will need to show a local photo ID in order to receive the discount.  All adults in the party will need to have proof of residency in order to receive the discount.

 

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando is conveniently located at 8201 International Drive, and is open daily from 9:00 am to midnight (last entry nightly at 11:00 pm). For more information, please visit www.ripleys.com/orlando or call 407-345-0501.

About Ripley Entertainment
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!  Orlando is part of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com) family of worldwide attractions, the global leader in location-based entertainment.  More than 12 million people visit its 90-plus attractions in 9 countries each year.  In addition to its 31 Believe It or Not!Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects including the syndicated Believe It or Not! television show, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

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UCF Kicking Off 2014-2015 Opera Season With Fall Gala

University of Central Florida UCF Opera Fall Gala

UCF Opera Kicks Off 2014-2015 Season With 10TH-Annual Fall Gala Concert

University of Central Florida Opera celebrates a decade of growth with two nights of entertainment

University of Central Florida (UCF) Opera is kicking off the 2014-2015 season with its 10th-annual gala concert, “It’s a Grand Knight of Singing,” November 15 and 16.

“It’s a Grand Knight of Singing” celebrates a decade of growth for the UCF Opera program, showcasing a variety of famous works that have defined the art of opera. Performances will feature a compilation of popular scenes by highly regarded composers, including Henry Purcell, Wolfgang A. Mozart, Gaetano Donizetti, Georges Bizet, and Giuseppe Verdi. Through creative skits and presentations performed in collaboration with Theatre UCF, the gala will also showcase the high level of artistry within the university’s School of Performing Arts.

“Opera at UCF has grown exponentially in the last 10 years,” said Thomas Potter, UCF Opera executive director. “This gala gives us the opportunity to celebrate our progress through the craft we know best: music.”

Cost to attend is $15 general admission, $10 seniors, $5 under 18, and free for persons with a current UCF I.D. including students, faculty and staff. Proceeds directly benefit the continued development of the UCF Opera program.

UCF Opera Fall Gala Information In A Glance

Who:                     University of Central Florida (UCF) Opera

What:                   UCF Opera’s 10th-Annual Gala, “It’s a Grand Knight for Singing”

When:                  Saturday, November 15, 7 p.m.

Sunday, November 16, 3 p.m.

Where:                University of Central Florida, Visual Arts Building, Auditorium 132

4000 Central Florida Blvd., Orlando, FL 32816

Free parking is available in the parking lot next to the Visual Arts Building.

You can find more ticket and event information at www.music.ucf.edu/opera.

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Tin Roof Coming to Orlando

 Tin Roof Brings its “Live Music Joint” Concept to Orlando

Tin Roof selects I-Drive 360 for its first Florida location 

I-Drive 360 is about to get a little louder, a little rowdier and a lot more fun with the arrival of Tin Roof, a “live music joint” where people can hang out, enjoy some great food and listen to live music almost every night of the week.

 

 Headquartered in Nashville, the first Tin Roof opened in 2002 near Nashville’s famous Music Row. It quickly became a favorite for both performers and music fans. The parent company, Tin Roof Acquisitions, expanded the concept to other cities. Orlando will be the company’s 14th location.

“We think Orlando is a perfect fit for Tin Roof, for both tourists and locals,” said William Hodges, Tin Roof Regional Manager. “I-Drive 360 visitors can grab some food or listen to some great music before or after they visit some of the other new attractions there.”

The new Tin Roof – just steps from the Orlando Eye – is expected to open in December.

Tin Roof: The Music

Tin Roof puts a premium on booking top local and regional bands. Music fans will typically find bands playing from 10 pm – 2 am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with acoustic sets during the week. Types of music will range from rock to alternative to country.

“We’ll be bringing in all types of bands and singers, and even some national acts for special events,” said Hodges. “We also put a premium on being a place where local bands and musicians can find a home and showcase their talents.”

Tin Roof will not be a ticketed venue, but cover charges will apply at certain times.

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Tin Roof: The Menu

 

Tin Roof will be open for lunch and dinner – but the food goes way beyond the typical bar fare. Guests can choose from a variety of gourmet grub, including these favorites:

Hot Chicken Torta – this Mexican-style sandwich features buttermilk fried chicken, served with pickles and potato salad.

Big Farmer Dave’s Quesadilla – filled with sausage, zucchini, pecan-herb pesto and cheese.

Kentuckyaki Wings – wings like you’ve never had them; the sauce includes bourbon, soy, sorghum, garlic and ginger.

 

“We can’t wait to open our doors and give people a place to unwind after a day at work or hitting the theme parks,” said Hodges. “We’ll be the place to hear the best live music in town.”

 

Facts on Tin Roof Orlando

Owners: Tin Roof Acquisitions LLC

Address: 8371 International Drive Suite 100
Square footage: 5000

Seating capacity: 210 (155 indoor, 55 outdoor)

Parking: Both free parking and valet parking will be available

Available for private events: Yes
Number of employees: 25-50

Management: William Hodges, Regional Manager; Patrick Nietzer, GM
Builder: Shaub Construction

Anticipated opening date: December 2014

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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice at Krispy Kreme for Halloween!

 

 

Krispy Kreme

Not too long ago I had the privilege of tasting and decorating some doughnuts at Krispy Kreme at Millenia. Guys, let me just tell you how awesome it was!

Krispy Kreme Ghostbusters Halloween Doughnuts

First of all, Ghostbusters is one of my favorite movies and I was excited when news broke that Krispy Kreme had made and designed doughnuts for the film’s 30th anniversary. They’re super cute, taste amazingly good, and Krispy Kreme let me decorate my own!

Krispy Kreme Ghostbusters Halloween Doughnuts

Secondly, they let me taste their seasonal pumpkin spice doughnuts. They had two, pumpkin spice and pumpkin cheesecake. Let me just say fantastic!

Krispy Kreme Ghostbusters Halloween Doughnuts

Pumpkin spice will continue after Halloween, but Krispy Kreme’s “Krispy Skremes” and Ghostbusters doughnuts will end after October.

Pumpkin Spice

They all are extremely good! You must go and get your own!

Krispy Kreme

One last thing I know everyone will enjoy, on Halloween, kids of all ages can get a free doughnut if you go in costume! So get dressed up and go enjoy the wonderful yumminess of Krispy Kreme!

Krispy Kreme Ghostbusters Halloween Doughnuts

 

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Festival of Trees Tickets On Sale Now

Festival of Trees Orlando Museum of Art Christmas

Festival of Trees: “Tis the Season” Opens

November 15 at the Orlando Museum of Art

Tickets now on sale for Central Florida’s favorite Holiday Tradition!

Elaborately decorated and themed trees will showcase timeless holiday traditions. 

Orlando, Fla. (October 2, 2014) – ‘Tis The Season to get your tickets for Central Florida’s favorite holiday event – the 28th Annual Festival of Trees, benefiting the Orlando Museum of Art. 

This year the Orlando Museum of Art’s Council of 101 presents the most elegant tradition of the holidays with the Festival of Trees ‘Tis The Season November 15 – 23rd, 2014

Tickets are now available for purchase by calling 407-896-4231, Ext. 254, visiting www.omart.org/programs/festival-trees or at the Orlando Museum of Art.

Everything at the Festival of Trees will inspire guests and can be purchased to brighten your home or business this season. This beloved holiday event will feature exquisite designer decorated trees of all sizes, wreaths, holiday vignettes and gingerbread houses created by local designers, pastry chefs and businesses.

Along with the exciting collection of holiday displays, gifts and so much more, guests are invited to attend these special events throughout the Festival:


Friday, November 14 7-11pm A TARTAN AFFAIRE
$125/Person – Opening Night Festival Gala

Tuesday, November 18 10am – 5pm FESTIVAL SALUTES SENIORS
$9 Senior Admission/$10 General Admission – Celebrating Seniors

Wednesday, November 19 6:30 – 8:30pm REINDEER ROMP CHILDREN’S PARTY
$12 All Ages – Family Fun, Santa, Children’s Entertainment

NEW THIS YEAR! RUDOLPH’S VIP PASS*
$25 All Ages 5:30pm PRIORITY ENTRY
VIP Pass will allow for a full hour of enjoying Reindeer Romp privately before the doors open at 6:30pm for Reindeer Romp General Admission








Local artist-designed trees, professionally created gingerbread houses, and many other one-of-a-kind items and furnishings will be showcased throughout the museum and will also be available for purchase.

The Orlando Museum of Art will come alive with the sights sounds smells and decorations of the holiday. The Festival of Trees will showcase awe-inspiring fully decorated designer trees, ranging from tabletop displays to 9 feet tall, wreaths, gingerbread creations, all available for purchase along with stunning holiday vignettes. Visitors will enjoy visiting the Holiday Boutique, Festival Café, Toyland Town activity area and Children’s Shop, Deck the Halls, Gingerbread Village and Entertaining by Design in anticipation of being a lucky drawing winner at the Festival Finale and the along with enjoying daily entertainment.


General Admission
November 15-23, 2014
10am – 5pm Daily/$10 Adult $6 Child (ages 3-11)

Includes admission to current Orlando Museum of Art exhibitions including Lamar Peterson: Suburbia Sublime and David Rathman: Stand By Your Accidents.

The Festival of Trees is a major fundraiser for the Orlando Museum of Art and supports its mission to advance the positive impact of art and culture in the state of Florida in the region by providing excellence in visual arts. The Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting notable works of art and to developing and presenting first-rate educational programs. Since its founding, the volunteer Council of 101 has raised more than $6 million to support Museum efforts.

About the Council of 101
The Council of 101 was founded in 1965 to further the cultural development and appreciation of the visual arts in Central Florida. Today, this outstanding group of volunteers consists of Active, Associate, Honorary, Provisional and Sustaining members who comprise an organization of nearly 300 women. These dedicated members devote countless volunteer hours, boundless energy and strong personal skills to annual fund-raising projects that provide significant financial support to the Orlando Museum of Art.

In addition to cash donations, the Council of 101 purchases, through the Corporate Lease Program, Museum-quality prints created by contemporary American artists and gifts them to the Orlando Museum of Art. Prints from this collection may be leased by local businesses through the program administered by the Council of 101. The Council of 101, since its inception, has contributed in excess of $6 million towards art, exhibits, facility renovation and Museum expansion programs. For more information about the Council of 101, please call 407-896-4231 x254.

The Orlando Museum of Art 
The Orlando Museum of Art is located in Orlando’s Historic Loch Haven Park at 2416 North Mills Ave., Orlando, Fla. From I-4 take the Princeton Street exit 85. Drive east on Princeton Street, and at the corner of Princeton and Mills (US Highway 17 / 92), turn left. Go one block to east Rollins Street and turn left. The entrance is the first driveway on the left. For further information please call 407-896-4231, Ext. 254 or visitwww.omart.org/programs/festival-trees. On-site parking during the Festival of Trees $5, Off-site parking visit the website.

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Orlando Museum of Art is a Blue Star Museum supported by the Museum’s Board of Trustees, the Ambassadors, Council of 101, Friends of American Art, Acquisition Trust, earned income, contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations, and is sponsored in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on the Arts and Culture. The National Endowment provides additional support for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

*VIP Passes must be pre-purchased/Limited to 100 Guests. Rudolph’s VIP Pass will allow for a full hour of enjoying Reindeer Romp privately. Guests will have the opportunity to visit with Santa and enjoy the evening’s festivities before the doors open at 6:30pm for Reindeer Romp general admission.

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Artegon Marketplace Orlando Opening Date Set

Artegon Marketplace Orlando

Artegon Marketplace Orlando on Pace for November 20 Opening

 
Artegon Marketplace Orlando is progressing on schedule toward its November 20 opening in the heart of Orlando’s tourism district on International Drive. Construction is complete on the major components of the 1.1 million-square-foot shopping attraction and artisan marketplace with paint, electrical and other finishing touches now underway. 
Artegon Marketplace Orlando is a new shopping concept for the region inspired by such famous marketplaces as Seattle’s Pike Place, Boston’s Faneuil Hall, New York’s Chelsea Market and the London Flower Market. It is being developed in the former Festival Bay Mall by Paragon Outlet Partners, LLC. Considered one of the most influential and forward-thinking development firms in the nation’s retail real estate industry, Paragon is credited with redeveloping the former Belz Factory Outlet into the highly-successful Prime Outlets Orlando that eventually sold to Simon Properties. “It’s fantastic to see our vision coming to life,” said Steven Sless, executive vice president for Paragon Outlet Partners.
 
Unique to the center will be Florida’s largest daily indoor artisan marketplace. The Village at Artegon Marketplace Orlando houses 165 artisanal shops and stores where local purveyors will sell and demonstrate their products and services. They include Florida Soap Company, Poca’s Hottest, Vagabond Traveler, David Ramirez Chocolates and Kathryn McHenry of SOS Art Studio, along with a host of other one-of-a-kind artisans offering eco-friendly handbags and accessories, jewelry, sculpture, mixed media artwork, custom clothing and locally-sourced foods. 
 
Sless expects the artisan marketplace to be fully leased by opening day. “We have experienced a marked increase in inquiries over the past month as interest and excitement builds among Central Florida’s top artisans and craftspeople,” Sless said. “With each passing day, we are seeing new and interesting concepts and handcrafted works arrive to our leasing office as entrepreneurs explore our exceptional business opportunity.”
Complementing The Village at Artegon Marketplace Orlando are some of the biggest brands in dining and retail. These anchor tenants include Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Cinemark Theaters, Sheplers Western Stores, Radbourne Center, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill and Berghoff’s Octoberfest. The latter two venues are scheduled to open between fall 2014 and spring 2015.
 
Rounding out the guest experience are more than 20 in-line retailers. Highlights include GODS & MONSTERS, the first high-end innovative comics and collectibles store of its kind in the country, and the nation’s first International Hot Glass, a glass gallery showcasing artists from around the world and a studio where guests can work with a professional glass blower to create their own piece of art.
 
“We’ve designed Artegon Marketplace Orlando to be a highly immersive and interactive experience unlike any other in Central Florida,” Sless explained.
Artegon Marketplace Orlando
Beyond the artisan marketplace, anchor tenants and in-line retailers, other defining features of Artegon Marketplace Orlando include:
    • The Great Hall with an expansive “Climb Adventure” ropes course (paid admission) and a variety of food offerings, from coffee and Danish to pizza, sandwiches and salads.
    • Daily food trucks.
    • Free Wi-Fi both indoors and in the outdoor plaza areas.
    • Caricaturists, henna and jawa tattoo painters, canvas airbrush artists and other edgy performers.
    • Streetmosphere performers, from jugglers to singers to stilt walkers, strolling throughout the shopping attraction on weekends.
    • An industrial-chic environment punctuated by heavy wooden support beams, exposed brick and weathered steel.
“Artegon Marketplace Orlando is poised to become a must-see attraction for residents, visitors and conventioneers alike, providing them with a new place to experience the sights, sounds and flavors unique to Central Florida,” Thearon Scurlock, director of marketing added. “Guests can discover authentic local culture and take home a hand-made treasure and lasting memento of their trip to Orlando.”
For group outings, Artegon Marketplace Orlando is an interactive and entertaining addition to the region’s diverse options for compelling community events, off-site convention outings, corporate parties and bus tours. Mears Transportation Group is the official transportation partner for convenient taxi service, and trolley service is available along I-RIDE Trolleys’ Red Line at stop #3.
 
The center provides ample, free surface parking with 5,800 spaces. Operating hours are 10am -9pm Monday-Saturday and 11am-7pm on Sunday. Artisan studios will be open Monday-Saturday 11am-8pm and noon-6pm on Sunday. Artegon Marketplace Orlando is located at 5250 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. Local residents will especially appreciate easy access to the center via W. Oak Ridge Road, Sand Lake Road, and other alternatives to I-4.
 
To learn more about Artegon Marketplace Orlando, visit ArtegonOrlando.comLike on Facebook and Follow on Twitter andInstagram #ArtegonMarketplace
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Krispy Kreme Goes Krispy Scream For Halloween

Krispy Kreme Ghostbusters Halloween

Krispy Kreme scares up something sweet this Halloween

Krispy Kreme and Sony Pictures Consumer Products Celebrate Ghostbusters 30th Milestone Anniversary with Ghostbusters and Stay Puft Marshmallow Doughnuts

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts® and Sony Pictures Consumer Products have joined together to mark the 30th anniversary of  the iconic Ghostbusters blockbuster motion picture franchise with two new exclusive marshmallow Kreme™-filled Ghostbuster treats inspired by the supernatural comedy’s sweetest villains.
Krispy Kreme Ghostbusters Halloween
  • Ghostbusters Doughnut: A marshmallow Kreme-filled shell topped with white icing, a decorative green “splat” inspired by Slimer, and a Ghostbusters logo sugar piece.
  • Stay Puft Marshmallow: A marshmallow Kreme-filled shell topped with white icing, decorated with Stay Puft Marshmallow Man’s familiar face and a sugar piece hat.
The Ghostbusters and Stay Puft Marshmallow Doughnuts join Krispy Skremes seasonal favorites – the Jack-o-Lantern, Spider Web, and Halloween Sprinkles doughnuts – for a Halloween assortment so good it’s spooky!
Krispy Kreme Ghostbusters Halloween
  • Jack-o-Lantern Doughnut:  A pumpkin-shaped doughnut wearing a mask of orange icing and a jack-o-lantern face.
  • Halloween Sprinkles Doughnut: A festive orange and black sprinkled doughnut.
  • Spider Web Doughnut: A chocolate-iced doughnut with Kreme™ filling caught in a tasty web of white icing.
These Halloween-themed treats are available now through October 31, 2014 at the following Central Florida locations while supplies last.
Krispy Kreme Winter Park – Drive thru Open 24 hours
1031 S. Orlando Avenue (17-92), Winter Park, FL  32789
Open 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Sunday–Thursday) and
5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
Krispy Kreme Millenia – Open 24 hours
4080 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32939
Krispy Kreme Kissimmee – Open 24 hours
5310 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway
(192 / Mile Marker 11.5), Kissimmee, FL  34746
Make sure that you connect with Krispy Kreme and Ghostbusters! 
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Holocaust Memorial Resource And Education Center Of Florida Hosts Civil Rights Series

Holocaust Memorial Resource And Education Center Of Florida

Holocaust Memorial Resource And Education Center Of Florida: Looking Back and Moving Forward with Central Florida Civil Rights

Collaboration and education were instrumental in moving forward early Civil Rights efforts, which is why The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida has brought together institutions and individuals throughout Central Florida to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and join in examining the impact of this landmark legislation.

Through a series of exhibits, films, drama and community presentations throughout Central Florida, the reflect on the progress that has been made with civil rights, as well as encourage important conversations about issues that remain to be addressed in hopes to move forward and challenge bigotry and intolerance in all of its forms.

At the center of this initiative, The Holocaust Center will host a moving exhibit, Hateful Things from the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State College, which displays nearly 150 years of anti-black/racist material, and will send its own Civil Rights exhibit, Embracing the Dream, which celebrates local heroes who were part of ending segregation, on a Central Florida tour. Several featured presentations are listed below and a detailed calendar of all programs can be found by visiting, www.centralfloridacivilrights.org.

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  • October 19, 2014: Last White Knight – film and filmmaker talk-back

Admission – $10

Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Avenue, Orlando

  • October 20, 2014: Prom Night in Mississippi – film and discussion

University of Central Florida

Student Union – Cape Florida Room, #316

  • October 26, 2014: Best of Enemies – live drama and one-night fundraising event

Fundraising event – $100

(Best of Enemies run dates are October 15 – November 16, 2014)

Call for show prices – 407.447.1700

Orlando Shakespeare Theater – 812 E. Rollins Street, Orlando

  • November 6, 2014: Privilege and Progress – Forum with guest speaker, former skinhead, Angela King

Admission – Free

The Holocaust Center, 841 N. Maitland Avenue, Maitland

  • November 12, 2014: Panel discussion on Marginalized Communities

Admission – Free

The Holocaust Center, 841 N. Maitland Avenue, Maitland

Visit www.centralfloridacivilrights.org for current details regarding events sponsored by the Holocaust Center and its regional partners. This new comprehensive website is created and managed by the Holocaust Center.

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida is a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating anti-Semitism, racism and prejudice with the ultimate goal of developing a moral and just community through its extensive outreach of educational and cultural programs. Using the lessons of the Holocaust as a tool, the Center teaches the principles of good citizenship to thousands of people of all ages, religions and backgrounds each year.

Located at 851 N. Maitland Avenue, The Holocaust Center is one of the oldest facilities of its kind in the nation. It houses permanent and temporary exhibit space, archives and a research library. It is a supported by tax-exempt donations and is open to the public free of charge.

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Oddtoberfest Coming to Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium

Oddtoberfest

Celebrate Oddtoberfest at Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium

  

Ripley’s Orlando provides free family fun at October 4event 
Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium celebrates fall, fun and family with its third annual Oddtoberfest on Saturday, October 4.

This FREE event will feature several family-friendly activities, including:

– Sensei Mike Reeves and his Over the Edge Team displaying their amazing karate skills – 12 pm

– “Trick Ropin’ Trevor” Dreher will wow the crowd with his Wild West Extravaganza – 1 pm

– Gatorland puts on a show featuring a live gator, snakes and reptiles – 2 pm

– Prize wheel featuring free and discount admissions, toys, souvenir books and more

– Food truck

– Face painting

– Bounce house

Trick Ropin’ Trevor will again wow 

crowds at Ripley’s Oddtoberfest

 

Oddtoberfest Details:

The event will be held in the parking lot rain or shine from
12 pm – 3 pm. The Oddtoberfest activities are FREE to the public, but guests who want to tour the Odditorium will be required to purchase tickets (guests will have in and out privileges for the day).

Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium, located at 8201 International Drive, is open from 9 a.m. to midnight 365 days a year. For more information, please visit www.ripleys.com/orlando.

Ripley's Believe It Or Not Oddtoberfest

About Ripley Entertainment Inc.                                                                                                                           

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando is part of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com) family of worldwide attractions, the global leader in location-based entertainment.  More than 12 million people visit its 90-plus attractions in 9 countries each year.  In addition to its 31 Believe It or Not!Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects including the syndicated Believe It or Not! television show, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

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@VisitOrlando Magical Dining Month

Magical Dining Month

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month celebrates Orlando’s diverse and amazing culinary scene.

Throughout September, select Orlando restaurants will be offering prix fixe dinners for just $33 to benefit The Foundation of Foster Children.

Proceeds from the event will help the Foundation for Foster Children to support the 1400 ethnically diverse foster children who reside in Central Florida’s tri-county area. With new opportunities, local foster youth discover hidden talents, boost their self-esteem, improve their grades, and begin to uncover their individual potential.

Magical Dining Month Foundation for Foster Children Logo

The Foundation for Foster Children is an important asset to Central Florida as it strengthens our community by providing direct support to foster children and foster families in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties. Since 2008, the Foundation has provided funding and in-kind support for the unmet needs of foster youth through several programs, including supporting their immediate needs when they first enter foster care. With an emphasis on education, over half of all funding supports educational needs of foster children through in-home tutoring and other services. Through the Fostering Success grant program, “typical childhood experiences” are provided to our local foster children that otherwise would be unavailable, such as athletics, art, music, dance and other opportunities. Another important focus of the Foundation is on youth who are transitioning to adulthood, youth ages 17-23 who are provided with direct support and volunteer mentors.

There are so many great restaurants participating in Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month!

Magical Dining 2014 Bohemian Hotel Celebration
The Bohemian Hotel is one of my absolute favorite places to eat in Celebration!!!

You can find a list of all the participating restaurants and their menus here

If you are looking to really take your Magical Dining Month to the next level, by turning it into a Magical Night. 

Since many of the participating Magical Dining restaurants are located in local hotels and resorts, this year there are special stay and dine packages that includes hotel accommodations and a Magical Dining dinner for two.

Magical Dining Hotel Packages start at $155 plus tax, and a full list of hotels and resorts can be found here.

If you have questions and want more information about Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month check out their FAQs!

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not Educator Appreciation Days!

Ripley's Believe It Or Not

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Thanks Florida K-12 School Employees
with Educator Appreciation Days

 Teachers, support staff get free admission to Ripley’s attractions in Florida from September 2 – October 19

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! attractions in Florida are again showing their support for K-12 educators that work within the state.

All Ripley attractions in Orlando, Panama City Beach, St. Augustine and Key West will be FREE for educators in the state from September 2 through October 19.

Teachers, administrators, counselors, and support staff are eligible for free admission; they just need to bring a current pay stub and photo ID when they visit the attraction.

 

Additionally, up to five guests that come with an educator get 50% off their admission.

 

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando is conveniently located at 8201 International Drive, and is open daily from 9:00 am to midnight (last entry nightly at 11:00 pm). For more information, please visit www.ripleys.com/orlando or call 407-345-0501.

About Ripley Entertainment                                                                                                                             Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando is part of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com) family of worldwide attractions, the global leader in location-based entertainment.  More than 12 million people visit its 90-plus attractions in 9 countries each year.  In addition to its 31 Believe It or Not! Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects including the syndicated Believe It or Not! television show, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.
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Artegon Marketplace Opening Date Announced

Artegon Marketplace

Artegon Marketplace Orlando

Opens November 20

International Drive’s Newest Shopping Attraction Features
Florida’s Largest Daily Indoor Artisan Marketplace and World-Class Anchors
 
Redevelopment of Former I-Drive Landmark to Create 675 New Jobs
 
Artegon Marketplace Orlando, a 1.1 million-square-foot shopping attraction and artisan marketplace, is scheduled to open on November 20 in the heart of Orlando’s tourism district on International Drive. Paragon Outlet Partners, LLC has redeveloped the former Festival Bay Mall into a new shopping concept for the region inspired by such famous marketplaces as Seattle’s Pike Place, Boston’s Faneuil Hall, New York’s Chelsea Market and the London Flower Market.
 
“We are making a significant investment to reinvigorate one of the most valuable parcels on I-Drive, delivering an asset to the community that will create jobs, support local artisans, craftspeople and entrepreneurs, and contribute to the local tax base,” said Steven Sless, executive vice president for Paragon Outlet Partners. Sless forecasts Artegon Marketplace will create more than 675 new jobs. At the peak of construction, more than 150 workers were employed.
Artegon Marketplace 
Artegon Marketplace will house Florida’s largest daily indoor artisan marketplace with more than 160 studio spaces featuring unique art, one-of-a-kind boutiques, handcrafted items and diverse food offerings from some of Central Florida’s finest craftspeople. “We have curated a collection of many of the area’s top artisans, carefully selected for the quality and uniqueness of their works. Food and drink purveyors offer fresh, farm-direct fare of the highest quality,” said Sless.
 
Complementing the artisan marketplace, Artegon Marketplace is anchored by some of the biggest brands in dining and retail, including Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Cinemark Theaters, Sheplers Western Stores, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, and Berghoff’s Octoberfest. The latter two venues are scheduled to open between fall 2014 and spring 2015.
 
Paragon Outlet Partners, LLC is considered one of the most influential and forward-thinking development firms in the nation’s retail real estate industry. Locally, it is also credited with re-energizing the former Belz Factory Outlet into the highly-successful Prime Outlets Orlando that eventually sold to Simon Properties.
 
“Artegon Marketplace is poised to become a must-see attraction for residents, visitors and conventioneers alike, providing them with a new place to experience the sights, sounds, and flavors unique to Central Florida,” Sless continues. “Guests can discover authentic local culture and take home a hand-made treasure and lasting memento of their trip to Orlando.”
Artegon Marketplace’s industrial-chic environment, punctuated by heavy wooden support beams, exposed brick and weathered steel accents, is designed to transport shoppers into an immersive experience unlike any other in Central Florida.  More than 160 local purveyors of handcrafted items and specialty retailers will be selling and demonstrating a kaleidoscope of products and services including eco-friendly handbags and accessories, soaps, jewelry, sculpture, mixed media artwork, custom clothing and much, much more. Hand-crafted foods – ranging from 70 different types of popcorn to hot sauces, nuts and local honey – offer a smorgasbord for eating and gift-giving. 
 
The Artegon Marketplace experience is also highly interactive with caricaturists, henna and jawa tattoo painters, canvas airbrush artists, and other edgy performers.  Visitors can watch glassblowing in a studio. Artegon’s center court will feature an expansive rope climbing attraction. Streetmosphere performers, from jugglers to singers to stilt walkers, will stroll throughout. More than 20 in-line retailers, including Subway, will round out the guest experience. 
 
For group outings, Artegon Marketplace is an interactive and entertaining addition to the region’s inventory of options for compelling community events, off-site convention outings, corporate parties and bus tours.
 
The center provides ample, free surface parking with 5,800 spaces. Operating hours are 10am-9pm MondaySaturday and 11am-7pm on Sunday. Artisan studios will be open MondaySaturday 11am-8pm and noon-6pm on Sunday. Artegon Marketplace Orlando is located at 5250 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. 
 
To learn more about Artegon Marketplace Orlando, visit ArtegonOrlando.comLike on Facebook and Follow on Twitter and Instagram#EatShopArtegon.
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National Smile Week With Krispy Kreme

National Smile Week Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

National Smile Week: Spread the Joy with Fun Face Krispy Kreme Doughnuts  

Krispy Kreme Fun Face Doughnuts Available at Central Florida Shops August 11-17

In a world of hustle and bustle, work and traffic, and go go go, couldn’t everyone use a reason to smile?August 11-17, 2014 is National Smile Week and Krispy Kreme Fun Face Doughnuts will make a smile-inducing appearance at these Central Florida Krispy Kreme shops (while supplies last):
Winter Park – Drive thru Open 24 hours
1031 S. Orlando Avenue (17-92), Winter Park, FL  32789
Open 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (SundayThursday) and 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
 
Millenia  Open 24 hours
4080 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32939
Kissimmee  Open 24 hours
5310 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway (192 / Mile Marker 11.5), Kissimmee, FL  34746
 
National Smile Week Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Krispy Kreme Fun Face Doughnuts are filled with a delicious Kreme™ filling, topped with joyful yellow icing, and decorated with various fun expressions made of chocolate icing.
 
At Krispy Kreme, smiles are always on trend. Follow @KrispyKreme throughout National Smile Week on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to see and share the smile-induced fun on #ManicMonday, #TransformationTuesday, #Humpday, and #TBT.
Get connected to Krispy Kreme and stay up to date on the latest offerings and promotions at KrispyKreme.comwww.hotlightapp.comfoursquare, and KrispyKremeDoughnuts on YouTube.
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