CFHLA Pays Tribute to Arnold Palmer


submitted by Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association

On Sept. 25, 2016, Central Florida lost one of its greatest ambassadors and community benefactors, Arnold Palmer. “The King” was more than a golf superstar to those in the area. His lifelong commitment to giving back to the community and passion for developing Orlando into a premier golfing destination distinguished him as a true legend.

Southwest Orlando Business Briefs


compiled by Lauren Salinero

Victory Martial Arts Celebrates 19th anniversary

Students and their families celebrate Victory Martial Arts’ 19th anniversary with special classes and a potluck.

To commemorate its 19th anniversary, Victory Martial Arts at 7512 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Suite 120, in Orlando, hosted two special classes, featuring guest instructors Master Von Schmeling and professional Ultimate Fighting Championship fighters Antonio and Anthony Pettis. Anthony is the former UFC Lightweight Champion. After the classes, students and their families were invited to partake in a celebratory potluck. For more information, call 877-797-7988 or visit on the web.

Rediscovering International Drive!

Maria Triscari

From Dazzling Nightlife and Romantic Dining to Family Fun and Attractions for All Ages, IDrive Offers Something for Everyone

If you haven’t been to International Drive lately, now is the perfect time to go. The crowds are down, the weather is cooler, and the area has undergone a recent revitalization. This 10.5-mile stretch of nonstop fun encompasses six theme parks, hundreds of shops and restaurants, hotels and attractions for every age.

“If you have a day or even a couple of hours, there is always something to do,” said Maria Triscari, president and CEO of the International Drive Resort Area Chamber of Commerce. “We have every cuisine imaginable, amazing attractions and some of the best shopping in the world.”

Quality Tutoring Services – EdU World Tutors


EdU World Tutors is making a huge splash in Orlando as it gains overwhelming popularity for its quality tutoring services provided by expert tutors for students of all grade levels and subject areas for the affordable price of $25 per hour. EdU provides tutoring via several options — in home, online and by phone.

Women Form Amy’s Army in Honor of Dear Friend


The Battle Continues

by Karen V. Contino

Mia Laudato, the late Amy Ames, and Jill Altomare participate in a Making Strides Against Cancer walk.

S. E. Hinton famously said, “If you have two friends in your lifetime, you’re lucky. If you have one good friend, you’re more than lucky.”

By this American author’s standard, Amy Ames made many people more than lucky.

WOHS Choirs Are on Key for a Busy Year


by Shannon M. Ursem

West Orange High School’s choir performs its 2015-16 Winter Concert with the Garden Community Choir and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

West Orange High School Choir Department has embarked on an exciting, action-packed year. The department consists of nine different choirs with approximately 275 students, all of whom are under the direction of Jeffrey Redding, Ph.D., director of choral activities; and Daryl Yasay, associate choral director.

Associates in Dermatology Combats Skin Cancer With Patient-Centered Care


A Leading Dermatology Center

While we may be approaching the cooler season in Florida, don’t be fooled into thinking that you couldn’t get more sun exposure than necessary and increase your risk of deadly skin cancer. As our skin, the largest organ in the human body, protects us in so many ways, we must care for and shield our skin from the harmful effects of the sun’s deadly ultraviolet rays. By failing to do so, we run the risk of developing various forms of skin cancer.

Winter Garden MusicFest


Photos by Lauren Bocken

The Winter Garden MusicFest was held Oct. 8 & 9 in historic downtown Winter Garden to the delight of hundreds, of residents. A diverse collection of Central Florida’s finest musicians were showcased exposing the community to their music styles. Genres included: Country, Jazz, Blues, Americana, Classic Rock, Southern Rock, Blue Grass, Alternative, Pop, Folk, Classical, Opera, Musical Theater, Choral, R&B, Zydeco, Native American, Japanese, African, and Celtic.

SW Orlando Sports News

compiled by Lauren Salinero

Sports NewsThe 8-under Red Ball team, composed of Southwest residents, plays at a Team Up event hosted by Lake Cane Tennis Center.

Lake Cane Tennis Center hosted a Team Up event for the United States Tennis Association Junior Team Tennis, a program for boys and girls ages 6-18 that allows youth to play on compatible teams of similar ages and skill levels. The organizers coordinate seasons of play with flexible league, team and scoring formats.

For more information, visit on the web.