CityArts is downtown’s largest collective of art galleries which showcases an infusion of local and international works of art, rotated on a monthly basis. Free admission Tuesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 6 PMLocation: Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida From vibrant and ornate to intimate and serene, works are displayed throughout CityArts to delight, inspire, and allow the viewer to experience them in a way that a museum never could. CityArts, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization managed by the Downtown Arts District, is open free of charge Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is located at 29 South Orange Avenue. For additional information, call (407) 648-7060, or stop in to see us!
The annual TOUCHED BY TYPE 1 conference was held at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida on May 17th and May 18th. The event, now in its third year, is designed to educate and empower kids, teens and adults who are impacted by or have a connection to Type 1 Diabetes. The event draws hundreds of Central Florida families and features two days of speaker sessions, panels, meet and greets and an exhibitor area. An invitation only reception was held on Friday evening featuring a private performance by American Idol Star Elliott Yamin. Elliott was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 16 and is an activist and a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
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The annual event is organized by Central Florida nonprofit DANCING FOR DIABETES whose mission is to spread awareness of the impact that Type 1 Diabetes has on 1.25 million American children and adults – and through the art of dance raise funds to find a cure while inspiring those with Type 1 Diabetes to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle.
About Type 1 Diabetes - There are three primary types of Diabetes (Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational). Type 1 Diabetes was once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes. It is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Read 2018 Diabetes Impact Report
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Central Florida Community Arts presents Spectacle!
featuring over 350 singers, musicians and dancers!
ORLANDO, Fla. (April 18, 2019)
- Central Florida Community Arts is proud to present Spectacle!, a revelry of music and imagination
presented by the CFCArts Community Choir, Symphony Orchestra, and Dance
Company. Combining show-stopping numbers
from stage and screen, selections from classical music’s greatest composers,
and other timeless songs, this visually-striking extravaganza is something the
whole family will enjoy. Experience songs from The Phantom of the Opera, La
La Land, and The Greatest Showman
along with choral classics, including Mozart's Dies Irae, and beloved songs by The Beatles, Abba and more, brought
to life by the nation's largest community choir! Tickets are on
sale now for performances at Northland Church May 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m.
celebrates some of the best songs across different music genres and features
the talented and passionate artists in our own community!” says Joshua Vickery,
Founder & Executive Director of CFCArts, who co-directs the Community Choir
alongside Brandon Fender. “Spectacle!
features songs that will have you dancing along in your seat, as well as
moments where the beautiful choral sound will take your breath away!”
Kicking off Mother’s Day weekend, Spectacle! will feature the prominent 300-member
CFCArts Community Choir with live accompaniment by members of the CFCArts
Symphony Orchestra. For two nights only, this larger-than-life concert
experience will immerse audiences with our talented CFCArts Dance Company,
aerialists, storytellers, and more.
Tickets start at
just $10 in advance, $15 at the door, $25 for premium tickets, and $50 for
premium plus seating. Children ages 3 and under will be admitted for free.
tickets, please visit CFCArts.com/Spectacle or call the
CFCArts Box Office at 407-937-1800 ext. 710. Spectacle! will be
performed at Northland Church, 530 Dog Track Road, Longwood, FL 32750. Parking is free. Discounts
are available for groups of 10 or more. For accessible seating, please contact
the Box Office at 407-937-1800 ext. 710.
ABOUT CENTRAL FLORIDA COMMUNITY ARTS
Community Arts (CFCArts) is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) entity that exists to
enrich our community's quality of life by making the arts accessible and
affordable for all. They provide an inclusive and welcoming creative platform
where individuals can connect by joining an artistic family, perform for
audiences across the socioeconomic spectrum and use their talents to serve the
community. Besides producing seasonal concerts, the heartbeat of CFCArts
is to give back to the community by partnering with local nonprofits and
charities and performing for free at their fundraisers or for the clients they
serve. Visit CFCArts.com for more
Founder & Executive Director
For Immediate Release May 7, 2019
Brain Tumor Diagnosis and Treatment
(Winter Park, Florida) - An estimated 700,000 Americans are living with some type of a brain tumor and an estimated 86,970 people will receive a primary brain tumor diagnosis in 2019. A brain tumor is an abnormal mass of tissue in which cells grow and multiply uncontrollably. There are more than 150 different types of brain tumors, but the two main groups are termed primary or metastatic.
Primary brain tumors originate from the tissues of the brain and are either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (made of cancer cells).
Metastatic brain tumors arise elsewhere in the body (such as the breast or lungs) and migrate to the brain, usually through the bloodstream. Metastatic tumors are considered cancer. Metastatic brain tumors affect nearly one in four patients with cancer, or an estimated 150,000 people a year.
For malignant (cancerous) brain tumors, the average survival rate for patients is 35% (33.8% for men and 36.4% for women). Compare this to an average 5-year survival rate of 90% for breast cancer and 56% for lung cancer. An estimated 16,830 people will die from malignant brain tumors (brain cancer) in 2019. Source: National Brain Tumor Society. The survival rate for benign (non-cancerous) tumors is much higher. In the news recently, the actor Mark Ruffalo was diagnosed with a type of brain tumor known as an acoustic neuroma and had surgery; the tumor was benign but resulted in a period of partial facial paralysis. An acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma) is a benign tumor that develops on the balance (vestibular) and hearing, or auditory (cochlear) nerves leading from your inner ear to the brain, The Acoustic Neuroma Association is sponsoring the 7th annual ANAwareness Week taking place from May 5 through May 11, 2019.
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Interview with a Central Florida Neurosurgeon Ravi H. Gandhi is a board-certified neurosurgeon who is fellowship trained in Cerebrovascular, Endovascular, and Skull Base Neurosurgery. Current areas of interests include traditional and minimally invasive methods of treating complex brain and skull base diseases such as brain tumors, trigeminal neuralgia, and acoustic neuromas. Dr. Gandhi practices at Orlando Neurosurgery, with four offices in Central Florida, Lake Mary, Winter Garden, Winter Park and Oviedo. Dr. Gandhi is a medical director and part of an elite neurosurgical team at the AdventHealth Neuroscience Institute. To schedule an interview with Dr. Gandhi, please contact: Paula Wyatt – email@example.com – 321-946-6565.
May 7, 2019
Home Sweet Hotel
Construction Trends in Central Florida
Mary, Florida – Central Florida is home to every major hotel
chain in the country and with
nearly 72 million visitors to Orlando each year, the construction
and renovation market for hospitality projects is hot. When a national hotel brand is looking to
expand there are many factors that go into selecting where to grow.
growing trend with our hospitality clients, is their focus on dedicating more
square footage to community spaces that enhance the business travelers
Walsh, President and CEO of The Collage Companies.
According to Visit Florida
there are nearly 450,000
hotel rooms in the state.
The Orlando region (includes Sanford and Kissimmee) accounts for nearly
30% of the total rooms with over 125,000 according to the hospitality industry Global.
development activity correlates directly with the ebbs and flows of
hotel-sector performance. Current statistics show that in 2017/ 2018, hotels in
the United States operated at the highest occupancy and average rates ever
Building continues to be a growing trend for all the major hotel brands we work with. They
enjoy the double bottom-line benefit of LEED construction practices including
energy savings and a positive public response to staying at a hotel that is
environmentally responsible.” Rob
Maphis Vice President of Operations and COO at The Collage
Visit Orlando reports that in
Central Florida, hotel demand is expected
to rise 2.8% in 2019, factoring in projected currently in the
pipeline to open in 2019 and 2020. Nearly 5,000 rooms are set to open in 2019. (Source
Visit Orlando). Nationally and over the past five years, the
Hotel Construction industry has grown by 7.4% to reach revenue of $16 billion
in 2018. (Source
IBIS World). Developers are pursuing hotel construction and
redevelopment projects at rate not seen since 2006 and 2007. Visit www.collage-usa.com for more information and
insights into the world of the hospitality construction industry in Central
The Collage Companies is an
established integrated services firm with capabilities and expertise in Design
Management, and General
has served Florida and the southeast since 1982 from their headquarters in Lake
Mary, Florida. Values of open book communication, win-win conflict prevention
and integration of all team members, have resulted in a high percentage of
repeat clients and multiple award-winning projects in
both the public and private sectors. Collage pursues community–centric projects
with an emphasis on green buildings in the hospitality, religious,
transportation, education, government and parks and sports sectors
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Sports Foundation Announces Cure Bowl Venue Change
2019 Cure Bowl to be Played
at Orlando City Stadium
May 1, 2019 – ORLANDO, FL – The Orlando
Sports Foundation announced at a press conference Wednesday that the 2019
Cure Bowl will be played at Orlando City Stadium.
The Cure Bowl will be the first non-soccer sporting event to take place
at Orlando City Stadium, since its opening in March 2017. Kickoff for the
fifth-annual Cure Bowl will be December 21, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. on CBS
“We are excited about the Orlando Sports Foundation’s partnership with
Orlando City Stadium and the unique atmosphere that will be created for
the Cure Bowl,” CEO of the Orlando Sports Foundation and Executive
Director of the Cure Bowl Alan Gooch stated. “I can’t wait to see a
college football game in Orlando City Stadium. We believe all fans will
have a great experience and this will help us to continue our mission of
bringing teams together to find a cure for cancer.”
Orlando City Stadium located in the heart downtown Orlando is home to the
Orlando City Soccer Club of Major League Soccer (MLS) and Orlando Pride
of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). The state-of-the-art venue
is within walking distance of the historic Church Street Entertainment
"We are very excited to welcome the Cure Bowl to Orlando City
Stadium as the first non-soccer sporting event to be hosted in our
beautiful venue," Orlando City SC Chief Revenue Officer Chris
Gallagher said. "Through flagship events like the Cure Bowl, the
Orlando Sports Foundation works tirelessly to raise funds for cancer
research, and we are happy to do what we can to support such a meaningful
initiative. We can't wait to see a new kind of football on our pitch this
In its first four years, the Cure Bowl has been used as a platform to
raise $3.6 million for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). The
Orlando community has benefited from the funds generated at the game with
local BCRF researcher Dr. Annette Khaled at the UCF College of Medicine
receiving over $1.1 million of the funds distributed.
“The move allows us to add a gameday block party which will start at
Church Street and conclude with a March 2 Cure to Orlando City Stadium,”
Gooch added. “These events will help drive revenue to Downtown Orlando
business owners, while enhancing the experience of Cure Bowl attendees on
The March 2 Cure will be a free, pre-game event featuring music,
entertainment and activities for all to enjoy. The event will culminate
with an organized walk from the Church Street Entertainment District to
the game at Orlando City Stadium. Each team playing in the Cure Bowl will
have their band participate in the march alongside fans, cancer survivors
and supporters decked out in pink gear.
The Orlando Sports Foundation will host an open house on May 8 from 5-7
p.m. at Orlando City Stadium to celebrate our new home. This community
event will allow Orlando Sports Foundation members, fans and the general
public to tour the facility, pose for photos and view seat options for
the Cure Bowl on Saturday, December 21.
The Cure Bowl features a matchup between teams from the American Athletic
Conference and Sun Belt Conference. There is also a secondary tie-in with
independent Liberty University. The annual postseason college bowl game
was played the previous four seasons at Camping World Stadium. For more
information about the Orlando Sports Foundation or the Cure Bowl and
affiliated events visit www.CureBowl.com.
“We are proud to partner with the Cure Bowl and
fully support its efforts on behalf of its worthy charity, the Breast
Cancer Research Foundation. We expect that this move to Orlando City
Stadium and the vibrant downtown district will enhance the bowl week in
all aspects, particularly the gameday atmosphere for our schools and our
fans.” - American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike
“This is an exciting announcement for the Cure
Bowl. The Cure Bowl is a first-class bowl game and Orlando City Stadium
is a first-class stadium. This is a great fit and the Sun Belt is proud
to be a part of it.” - Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Keith
“We are grateful for our relationship with the
Cure Bowl and excited about the opportunity to compete for a berth this
year under head coach Hugh Freeze. Congratulations to the Cure Bowl on
the move to Orlando City Stadium. This venue will create a dynamic and
intimate atmosphere for the game within walking distance from downtown
Orlando.” - Liberty Director of Athletics Ian McCaw
About the Cure Bowl
The Cure Bowl is more than a game. It is a platform to raise awareness
for cancer research and recognize those that are fighting cancer or have
survived cancer. Played on the third Saturday in December each year in
Orlando, this NCAA college football bowl game is televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.
Funds raised from the Cure Bowl directly benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).
BCRF is the largest private funder of breast cancer research worldwide,
and the highest-rated breast cancer organization in the United States,
investing 91 cents of every donated dollar directly into core programs.
The Cure Bowl has helped to put Orlando at the center of some of the
world’s greatest advancements in cancer science. Since 2015, the bowl has
raised a collective $3.6 million. Over $1.1 million of the funds raised
have gone to Dr. Annette Khaled, professor at the UCF
College of Medicine’s Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences and head of
the medical school’s cancer research division.
About Orlando Sports Foundation
The Orlando Sports Foundation (OSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership
organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for breast cancer
research. The OSF holds several events throughout the year, including the
Cure Bowl, which is an NCAA college football bowl game played each
With the combined support of Central Floridians, loyal sports fans and
strategic partners, the OSF is further dedicated and committed to serving
the challenges of cancer awareness and elimination, invigorating the Central
Florida athletic community and supporting youth organizations with
standards of benevolence, integrity and moral excellence.
About Orlando City Stadium
Opened in March 2017, Orlando City Stadium is home to Orlando City of
Major League Soccer (MLS) and Orlando Pride of the National Women’s
Soccer League (NWSL). The 25,500 seat soccer-specific stadium is located
in the heart of Downtown Orlando and was the first MLS stadium to open
with five consecutive victories.
Orlando City Stadium was 100 percent privately funded at a cost of $155
million. It features a 360-degree lower bowl, North America’s first
safe-standing supporters’ section – dubbed “The Wall” – and a four-sided
canopy roof to keep the noise in and weather out. In Section 12, there
are 49 rainbow-colored seats to memorialize the victims of the tragedy at
Pulse Night Club. The stadium also houses the Club’s Front Office. To
date, the stadium has hosted the U.S. Men’s National Team, 2017 NWSL
Championship, NCAA Women’s College Cup, 2018 MLS Combine, Florida Cup and
2018 SheBelieves Cup.
The 3rd annual Touched By Type 1 Conference educates and empowers kids, teens and adults who are impacted by (or have a connection to) Type1 Diabetes. The conference will be held at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida on May 18, 2019 from 8am to 5pm. Registration is $10 per person and includes all event materials, breakfast and lunch. Click here to register. The event features nine hours of varying sessions for all ages by leading national experts.
Check out this exciting speaker panel line up.Check out the exhibit floor to connect with a vareity of Type 1 relevant exhibitors such as: StayPut Medical, TrialNet, OmniPod, Tandem, Medtronic, A Tad Too Sweet, Orange Theory Fitness, Lilly and more!The Touched by Type 1 Conference is organized by Dancing for Diabetes, a Central Florida nonprofit organization whose mission is to spread awareness of the impact that Type 1 Diabetes, has on roughly 1.25 Million America children and adults. Through the art of dance, DFD has been raising funds to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes for nearly 20 years.“When you have diabetes, it impacts every decision you make—from the food you eat, the clothes you wear and how you take care of yourself. Our (DFD) goal is to support local individuals and families who are impacted by type 1 Diabetes and to raise funds to support the Diabetes Research Institute – to find a cure!” Dancing for Diabetes Founder, Elizabeth Forrest
Orlando is an exciting city to fall in love! Here are some unique ways to spend your next date night or take the 7-Date Challenge and do all seven!
Spread Your Wings with an In-Door Sky Diving adventure. Take a leap with your lover at IFLY Indoor Skydiving located on International Drive. Enjoy some blood-pumping adrenaline with “bodyflight” one of the most exciting new sports in the world. Check out the 5 levels and book early!
Set Sail on a nighttime Bioluminescent Kayaking Tour. Spend a magical evening aboard a kayak for two as the water lights up with luminous sea life surrounding your kayak. Book in advance with BK Adventure.
Celebrate your romance at the historic Enzian Theatre in Maitland, Florida. Be serenaded by a live band in the Eden Bar (select nights) and get your tickets for the next romantic comedy. Arrive early to secure your seats in the famous red “love seats.” Plan to eat dinner here, they have a full (and delicious menu).
Put your love to the test by trying your hand at a couple’s team building exercise. Book a private couples experience at The Great Escape Room. Improve your communication and foster bonding with your number one, select from six Escape Room experiences like Escape the Colosseum where you have 100 minutes to escape or Professor Moriartary’s Game Room where you have 60 minutes to find an antidote.
Laugh it off at SAK Comedy Lab with front row seats at Orlando’s most popular live improv show – located at 20 South Orange Avenue.
Hit the slopes and fall in love all over again at WinterClub Indoor Ski & Snowboard. Reserve a private couples indoor skiing or snowboarding on one of their indoor ski slopes featuring an interactive panoramic ski simulator. Located in Winter Park. Florida.
Don’t lose that loving feeling. Surprise your special someone with a live lip sync serenade at Catch a Rising Star at Universal City Walk.
However, you decide to spend your date night, be creative and keep the magic going. Check out the Orlando News Room – a blog about interesting people and exciting places in Central Florida.
Feb 26, 2019
Brain Injury Awareness Day in Orange County is March 5th
In the United States 2.5 Million people sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury every year
(Orlando, Florida) - Every nine seconds, someone in the United States sustains a brain injury. An acquired brain injury is an injury to the brain that is not hereditary or degenerative. There are two types of acquired brain injury: traumatic and non-traumatic.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild” to “severe.”
Non- Traumatic Brain Injury can be caused by electric shock, infectious disease, oxygen deprivation, stroke, seizures and substance abuse to name a few.
Both types of Brain injury can change the way a person thinks, acts and feels – in a matter of seconds. The effects of a brain injury are complex and vary greatly from person to person.
The Art of Medicine Foundation is a Central Florida nonprofit organization who, since 2015, has raised over $680,000 to support brain injury research and treatment – and led the charge to have March 5, 2019 officially recognized as “Brain Injury Awareness Day in Orange County.”
An official proclamation will be delivered at a ceremony taking place on March 5th (1pm to 2pm).Orange County District 4 Commissioner Maribel Gomez Cordero will present the proclamation to Art of Medicine Founders, Ken and Cindy LaRoe. The event will be held at the UCF College of Medicine Medical Education building located at 6850 Lake Nona Drive. Guests will gather in the Dr. Phillips Rotunda for the reading, followed by a guided tour of the facility which houses innovative, high tech labs and educational space designed to provide an ideal learning environment for future physicians.
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) leads the nation in observing Brain Injury Awareness Month by conducting an awareness campaign in March each year. The theme for the 2019 campaign is Change Your Mind. BIAA is a national organization representing and serving individuals, families and professionals who are touched by traumatic brain injury (TBI).