SW Orlando News Briefs

compiled by Lauren Salinero

Presenting the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye

SW Orlando newsWinderlakes resident Diana Chastain (front, center) and Southwest resident Todd Andrus (front, right) Orlando Eye head of marketing, take a turn on the newly dubbed CocaCola Orlando Eye.

To celebrate the renaming of The Orlando Eye to the CocaCola Orlando Eye, the 400-foot observation wheel offered all guests a complimentary Coca-Cola beverage. With the new partnership comes an enhanced experience, featuring a bold and contemporary look throughout the exterior of the Eye’s terminal building, including Coca-Cola’s signature red-and-white colors. On the wheel itself, select capsules have been transformed with special decor, an upbeat musical selection, selfie sticks, themed tablets and Coca-Cola coolers.

SNAP Program serves at-risk boys

SW Orlando newsOrange County Youth and Family Services staff members conduct a SNAP, Stop Now and Plan, training to help local at-risk boys improve their life outcomes and family relationships.

Orange County has a new program designed to help boys ages 6-11 who are engaging in aggressive, anti-social behavior. SNAP, Stop Now And Plan, is a preventative program with 100 percent parental involvement. It has seen such good results, it is likely to expand to girls in the fall.

Orange County Youth and Family Services’ staff members work with each family to assess challenges and problems and to develop appropriate action plans. There are two components — one for the boys and another for parents — designed to prevent future anti-social behavior and reduce the changes of conflict with family, peers and authority figures. The boys’ component consists of the kids attending specific weekly group sessions for 13 weeks. They learn to use coping skills in different situations through engaging activities that include discussions, role-playing and interactive games.

SNAP services are completely free to youth and their families. At-risk boys are generally referred by Orange County Public Schools and the court system, but referrals can be made at any time by anyone.

To make a referral, call Paula Santana at 407-254-9376 or email paula.santana@ocfl.net.

Habitat for Humanity Accepting Homeownership Applications

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando is accepting pre-qualification forms for its homeownership program. The forms are available and can be submitted through Aug. 31, 2016. Interested applicants must meet three criteria: a housing need, an ability to pay, and a willingness to partner.

Application forms can be picked up at Habitat of Humanity’s main office, emailed, faxed or downloaded online. Completed forms will only be accepted via mail or at the main office, located at 4116 Silver Star Road in Orlando.

For more information, call 407-648-4567, ext. 201, or visit habitat-orlando.org/apply on the web.

Magic Employees Exceed Goal for Volunteer Hours

SW Orlando news 3Gary Bassing

As part of the Magic Volunteer Program, Orlando Magic staff members participate in the United Way Day of Action.

The Magic Volunteer Program contributed 6,945 hours of community service for the 2015-16 Orlando Magic season, surpassing its goal of 6,000 hours as an organization for the 10th straight year. More than 220 employees participated in numerous events with a large focus on the Magic’s three areas of interest — education, hunger and health/wellness.

During the past season, 32 staff members served on a total of 56 different local boards, including Habitat for Humanity, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, and United Arts of Central Florida.

Pulse Tribute Crosses Move to History Center

SW Orlando news 4Southwest resident and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs accepts 49 Pulse tribute crosses at the Orange County Regional History Center.

Forty-nine Pulse tribute crosses alongside Lake Beauty on the Orlando Health campus were transferred to the Orange County Regional History Center. Following a ceremony led by Orlando Health President David Strong of Windermere, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, and other community leaders, the crosses were loaded into a truck and escorted by the Orlando Police Department to their new site.

“We are deeply honored to accept these 49 crosses into the permanent collection of Orange County’s history center,” said Southwest resident and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. “By caring for these crosses, which were made with love and in memory of those who died, we are showing that we will never forget. These crosses will forever stand as silent but powerful reminders that love wins. We are showing the world that Central Florida is a community in which diversity is viewed as a fundamental strength — a source of unity and celebration, not division.”


SW Orlando news 5Photo courtesy of WOCC

West Orange Chamber of Commerce members celebrate the first anniversary of Pinot’s Palette.

West Orange Chamber of Commerce members held a one-year anniversary celebration for Pinot’s Palette. WOCC builds partnerships, strong businesses and commitment to the community by serving as the leading business advocate in Central Florida, facilitating opportunity to nearly 1,000 member businesses. For more information, call 407-656-1304 or visit wochamber.com on the web.

Mama Louise Restaurant, located at 7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd. in Orlando, is offering a number of specials throughout the week. On Mondays, kids age 12-younger eat for free with a paying adult; Tuesdays, patrons can buy one pizza and receive the second one free, as well as enjoy select Paint Nites; Wednesdays, guests can buy one bottle of wine and receive the second at half price; and Thursdays, it’s Mama’s Night Out, with an extended happy hour from 7-9 p.m., complimentary hot and cold buffet, and live music. For more information, call 407-345-1000 or visit www.mamalouiserestaurant.com on the web.

Joshua Eads, aka Ginger Minj, recently returned to Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show for one night only as Madelaine in The Show Must Go On. Eads performed in a variety of roles at Sleuths beginning in 2007 before becoming a finalist on Season 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race as Ginger Minj. Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show, which recently closed out its 25th anniversary year, is located in the plaza beside Ripley’s Believe It or Not at 8267 International Drive in Orlando. For reservations and showtimes, call 407-363-1985 or visit www.sleuths.com on the web.

Rosen JCC is available for parties, programs and events. From weddings to corporate meetings, it is able to accommodate groups of all sizes. Facility spaces are available for hourly or daily rentals to both local community members and visiting groups. The new Rosen Event Center features a 500-seat theater/ballroom, catering kitchen, ample free parking and more. For more information, call 407-387-5330 or visit rosenjcc.org on the web.

Hot Krust Panini Kitchen, located in Suite 200 at 8015 Turkey Lake Road in Orlando, committed 100 percent of its net profits from this month’s National Panini Day to Give Kids The World Village. This is the fourth year the eatery has raised money to help support the nonprofit, which provides cost-free vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. For more information about Hot Krust, call 407-355-7768 or visit www.hotkrust.com on the web.💓

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