No Place Does It Better Than Mango’s

mangos-cover-horizWhen it comes to delivering a show and an experience to remember, no place does it better than Mango’s! Walk through the doors of Mangos Tropical Café — Orlando’s newest event destination — and you are met with an evening filled with the finest music, dancing, food, drinks and company the city has to offer. Boasting a massive center stage, four private areas and nine unique bar areas — all designed around a distinct theme and featuring original artwork by local artists — no expense has been spared! Wide-screen TVs throughout and multimillion dollar, state-of-the-art sound and video systems make this Caribbean paradise not only one of the most upscale destinations on I-Drive, but also …

Arnold Palmer Named a 2016 Dick Pope Legend Honoree

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Bay Hill

120116iyn01The late Arnold Palmer of Bay Hill is named a 2016 Dick Pope Legend Honoree.

Officials of The Grand Tour Foundation recognized the late Bay Hill resident Arnold Palmer as a 2016 Dick Pope Legend Honoree. Arnold, known as one of the best sportsmen and businessmen in the world for nearly half a century as a professional golfer, left a lasting impact on the Central Florida community by lending his name to leading fundraiser efforts that led to …

SunRidge Middle Orchestra Students Excel and more school news …

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SunRidge Middle

120116sn07SunRidge Middle orchestra students are admitted to the All County Auditioned Orchestra and All County Honors Orchestra.

Several members of SunRidge Middle’s orchestra made the All County Auditioned Orchestra and All County Honors Orchestra. Those who made the All County Auditioned Orchestra were Adrienne Fee, bass; Natalie Gordon, cello; Hannah Imler, violin; Dominique Khan, violin; Ciara Lee, viola; Payton Moore, violin; Sean Muller, cello; Allison Olsson, viola; Hailey Paek, viola; Vanessa Sanchez, violin; Isabella Sharp, viola; and Emma Stankos, violin. Those who made the All County Honors Orchestra were Breonna McKenzie, bass; Sarah Opitz, violin; and Kendrick Williams, violin.

As Easy as Pie!

by Kirsten Harrington

Apple pie with cinnamon on retro wooden background texturePies are the centerpieces of most holiday gatherings. 

From all-American apple to pleasing pumpkin, pies are the centerpieces of many holiday gatherings. Have you always wanted to make your own from scratch but had no idea where to begin? We’ll give you all the tips and tricks you need to wow your guests, so relax, grab a rolling pin, and get started.

“It’s definitely worth the effort,” said Joel Ramjohn, an accomplished home chef from Clermont who has been baking pies for years. “A home is not a home unless the aroma of a freshly baked pie fills the air from time to time.”

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“Don’t be afraid — start with a simple apple pie,” Ramjohn said.

2016 Holiday Gift Guide


While November has just begun, and Thanksgiving is still weeks away, many Southwest Orlando residents may already feel pressure in their searches for amazing holiday gifts for everyone on their lists. Southwest Orlando Bulletin’s annual Holiday Gift Guide provides a comprehensive listing of various local stores, as well as gift ideas — from always-handy gift cards to home services to fun fitness opportunities and more — that are sure to please everyone this holiday season.

SunRidge Middle School Soccer and more sports …


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The SunRidge Middle School boys soccer team goes undefeated to win its division title.

The SunRidge Middle School boys soccer team started its season with the goal of defending its championship run of two consecutive years. It went undefeated to win the division title and made it to the semifinals. Before its loss in the semifinals, the team went an unprecedented 25-0.

The SRMS girls soccer team defended its 2015 district title, closing the season with second place in the district.

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Bay Vista Estates

111716iyn01Blake Blahut of Bay Vista Estates receives a Twenty Under 40 Rising Stars award from Orlando Regional Realtor Association.

Orlando Regional Realtor Association representatives named Bay Vista Estates resident Blake Blahut of Regal Real Estate Professionals/Christie’s International Real Estate one of the Twenty Under 40 Rising Stars in real estate. The award recognizes top local Realtors under age 40 who demonstrate excellence in their careers and service to their community and the real estate industry.

Five Star New Year’s Eve at I-Drive 360 and more news …


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Southwest resident John Stine (middle, far right) of IDrive 360 joins representatives from Concept ID and Case Americas to celebrate the announcement of Five Star New Year’s Eve.

Concept ID and Case Americas officials announced Five Star New Year’s Eve at IDrive 360. The unique event will gather local celebrities and Orlando’s most influential people, and feature world-class disc jockeys and entertainment. Admission packages start with general admission, including a full-service open bar with beverages, beer, vodka, whiskey and Prosecco, and go up to the Gold Lounge package, which accommodates 16 people, features a separate VIP entrance, full-service open bar, exclusive dinner and breakfast, a dedicated butler service, and