Avalon Park Sun Orlando July 2023

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Summer Dining Specials

Unleash the Ultimate Summer Experience with Avalon Park’s Unbeatable Deals!

Looking to take your dining experience this summer to the next level? Look no further than Downtown Avalon Park, where extraordinary specials and fantastic deals await you! This is your chance to support local and maybe even try something new, all while creating memories with your loved ones.

We have put together an impressive lineup of daily specials running throughout the summer, designed to cater to your needs and ensure you have an unforgettable time. Whether you’re craving delightful dining deals, seeking engaging family activities, or searching for captivating entertainment options, we have something tailor-made for everyone.

Now, let’s dive into the enticing specials:

Daily Specials:


-Eastside Bistro Brunch: 9:30 AM-1:30 PM, Bottomless Bloody Marys & Mimosa Bar

- The 1 Cantina | Mexican Urban Cantina: Unlimited Brunch Drinks $19.95 (Classic Margaritas, Sangria, Bloody Mary, Mimosas)

- The Bakery Colombian Cafe: S-S, 11:30 AM- 3 PM Breakfast Colombian Style


- NOLA Avalon Park: BOGO ½ Bowls from 11 AM-2 PM: Buy Any NOLA Bowl and Get the 2nd One at Half Price!

- All-Day Happy Hour at A-Aki Sushi & Steakhouse

- Bowigens Beer Co. Run Club: 6:30 PM, $1 Off Drafts

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-Brix & Mortar Urban Winery: Wine Down Wednesday, Save $2 on all Glasses of Wine & Frozen Wine Slushies


- NOLA Avalon Park: Burger Day Specials $10-$11.99 Burger


- Mejana Mediterranean Grille: 5 PM-$5.99 Gyros & Kids

Eat Free

- The 1 Cantina | Mexican Urban Cantina $4 Each Taco (restrictions apply)

-Pico de Gallo: 2 Tacos, Chips and Queso $9.99


- Publix: $5 Sushi

- South Philly Steaks: 4 PM-10 PM, $5 Burgers and Fries

- Marketplace at Avalon Park: Sunset Soiree Featuring: Wine of the Week: Enjoy Bottle and Glass Specials from Avalon General

- Marketplace at Avalon Park Kids Eat Free at Marketplace participating restaurants: Spoleto (4PM-Close) and Cheese


- Mejana Mediterranean Grille: 5 PM-$5.99 Gyros & Kids Eat Free


- The 1 Cantina | Mexican Urban Cantina: Unlimited Brunch Drinks $19.95 (Classic Margaritas, Sangria, Bloody Mary, Mimosas)

- The Bakery Colombian Cafe: S-S, 11:30 AM- 3 PM Breakfast Colombian Style

Lunch Specials:

- Spoleto Italian - Avalon Marketplace: Build Your Own Pasta, Pizza or Salad with 3 toppings and a drink for $10.

- South Philly Steaks: Select Menu Items with Fries & a Drink


- Nunos Cafe: Featured Menu Items Changed Daily

- Mejana Mediterranean Grille: Lunch Special or $6.99 Falafel Wrap, 11 AM-4 PM I $8.99

- Pizza Hut: Until $5 Power Lunch (Until 3PM) 1 Topping Personal Pan Pizza & 20oz Drink

- Pesaro’s Pizzeria & Ristorante: Daily Lunch Specials, 11 AM-2:30 PM

- Brazas Chicken Avalon Park: (Until 4PM) ¼ Chicken or Fish Filet served with salad, soft drink and a side.

Daily Happy Hour Specials:

-Marketplace at Avalon Park: M-F, 3 PM-6 PM

-Avalon General: M-F, 3 PM-6 PM,

-Eastside Bistro: Daily, 3 PM-7 PM

-Brix & Mortar Urban Winery: T-F, 5 PM-7 PM Save $2 on all Glasses of Wine & Frozen Wine Slushies

- Pico De Gallo: M-F 2 PM- 5PM $2.50 Tacos & 25% Off Beer

- The Bakery Colombian Cafe: M-TH, 2 PM-5 PM

- Brazas Chicken Avalon Park: W-F, 3 PM - 7 PM, ¼ Chicken or Fish Filet served with salad, soft drink and a side, $2.50 Draft Beer.

Don’t let these incredible deals slip away! Make sure and check with each business to see what their current specials are. You can find their information by visiting the Downtown Avalon Park Directory ONLINE HERE. Stay up-to-date on news and events by following us on Facebook and Instagram @AvalonParkOrlando. Visit the Avalon Park website for more details.


born, Switzerland, and the second half in Florida, USA. I still routinely go back and forth between Orlando and Switzerland Avalon Park Group offices.

People often ask me, where do I like it more, and the answer is: I like a good steak, but I also like chocolate cake, but those are two different things. I cannot say what I like better. Over the years I have listed on paper what I think is “better” in Florida and what is “better” in Switzerland, and it always ends up pretty much the same!

So, when asked what home to me is, the answer is simple: BOTH!

While I am in Switzerland, I am the “best” Ambassador for the Unites States of America, Florida and of course Avalon Park! And while I am in the United States, I am doing the same for Switzerland.

Switzerland’s birth date is August 1st, 1291. The US “was born” on July 4th, 1776. Well, that is quite a difference in age. However, the US and Switzerland have much more in common than one may think. In the Western world the only countries that were never a Monarchy (never had a King or Queen) are Switzerland and the US. The direct democracy model with a House of Representatives and a Senate are almost identical in each of the countries. I would also go as far to say that the average businessman from Zurich (my Swiss hometown) has much more in

to call both countries home. Hence, I will celebrate independence twice over the next few weeks, on 4th of July in Avalon Park Orlando and August 1st in Switzerland.

As always there will be a great event on July 4th in Avalon Park. It will start with a 5K run in the morning, and hopefully many of you will join me for the run! I also hope that you will share in the community festivities that evening, like the YMCA Bike Parade and the AllStar Dance Apple Pie Bake-Off, the wrap up a day of community and celebration with world-class fireworks at 9 pm.

Happy 4th of July!

the Desk of Commissioner

Maribel Gomez Cordero From

Happy July!

July, a month of warmth and vibrant energy, has arrived in our community! As spring moves on and we welcome the summer solstice, our community is buzzing with excitement. With longer days and plenty of sunshine, July is the perfect time to gather with friends and family outdoors. As we embrace the spirit of togetherness, let’s make the most of July by connecting with our neighbors and enjoying the simple pleasures of outdoor living.

I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the extraordinary graduates of the OCPS class of 2023! May you find happiness and success in all you do in the future! I wish you all the best as you step into the next phase in your lives. Congratulations Class of 2023!

I would like to update you on the status of the approved traffic signal to be installed at Timber Springs Blvd and Avalon Park Blvd. While the light is scheduled to be installed in 2024, my office is remaining in contact with the Traffic Engineering Division to work on temporary solutions while the permanent light is not yet ready. We are hoping to see some changes to this intersection soon.

The annual Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1. The County’s Emergency Management Division encourages us to stay informed.Follow Local Central

Florida Meteorologist Amy Sweezey who will provide updates on this year’s hurricane season. Learn online about storm preparedness and recovery tips.

As you may be aware, Orange County is currently in the process of updating its comprehensive land use plan. The new comprehensive plan will be known as Vision 2050. The new plan will be modern in its character and will incorporate elements and objectives to promote sustainability and smart growth. Public engagement is an extremely important part of this process, and as such I have requested that two community meetings be held in my district so that the residents have the opportunity to engage directly with the planning staff and share their thoughts. The second meeting will be on July 6th at 6pm in the Avalon Park area. The location is not final yet, so please stay tuned for final confirmation. I greatly encourage all residents to participate in either or both meetings. Vision 2050 will be a very significant part of how this County grows going forward, and we want as many residents to participate as possible.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to receive my newsletter, you can email me at district4@ ocfl.net or call my office at 407-836-5881.

You can also meet me in person at one of my two satellite office locations. On the first Wednesdays of the month, you can

meet me at the East Orange Community Center (12050 E Colonial Dr) or on the Third Wednesdays of the month at the Meadow Woods Recreation Center (1751 Rhode Island Woods Cir). My time at both locations is from 10am to 12pm.

Thank you again!

Pico de Gallo Mexican Grill & Sister Restaurant The Bakery Colombian Cafe Expanding Again

Avalon Park Group announced today that Pico de Gallo will be expanding its operations by opening two new locations this summer in the Central Florida area. The authentic Latin American restaurant will also return to the Marketplace at Avalon Park, while also expanding The Bakery Colombian Cafe concept in the Clock Tower.

Two additional locations of the Pico de Gallo brand are set to open in Orlando later this summer: Waterford Lakes in the Sprouts Plaza and one in the Lake Nona area. The Marketplace at Avalon Park will see Pico de Gallo return on June 25th, to allow for the expansion of The Bakery into the entire space the two currently share in the Clock Tower in Downtown Avalon Park. The expansion of The Bakery will bring additional traditional Colombian Latin Buffet menu items, like Cazuela de Frioles, Sancocho Colombiano, and Ajiaco.

“The community has welcomed us with open arms and stomachs,” said Lopez. “I cannot wait to share our newly expanded The Bakery menu with our new neighbors. We are also thrilled to be bringing the Pico de Gallo concept back to the Marketplace, where we got our start and feel proud to call home.”

Originally opening in September 2021 in the Marketplace

food hall, Pico de Gallo has been welcomed in the Avalon Park community, and is ready to expand. Long-time Avalon Park residents Jorge and Heidi Cardona-Lopez, as well as sister Heisell Alarcon brought this vision to life after 13 years, and now the vision is growing even more.

“I am always pleased to hear of the continued success of long-time residents and quadruple stakeholders that live, learn, work and play in Avalon Park,” says Beat Kahli, President and CEO of Avalon Park Group. “The entire family is a prime example of working hard and realizing the American Dream.”

For more information on Pico de Gallo visit https://www. picodegalloavalon.com/ or on social media with the handle @picodegalloavalonpark. For more information on The Bakery Colombian Cafe visit https://www. bakerycolombiancafe.com/ or on social media with the handle @thebakeryorlando.

Downtown Avalon Park, developed and managed by Avalon Park Group, is east Orlando’s premier community to live, learn, work and play. For an up-to-date listing of the 150+ shops, restaurants and professional services visit the full online directory at AvalonParkOrlando.com


10 Signs We’re in a “Normal” Real Estate Market

Sign #1: Houses Actually Stay on the Market for More Than 24 Hours!

Sign #5: The Only Bidding War Happens Over Who Brings the Best Potluck to the Your House-Warming Party.

Sign #2: Prices Don’t Skyrocket Every Month - Say Whaaat?!

Sign #3: You Can Actually Negotiate on Price Without Getting Laughed at by the Seller.

Sign #6: Your Real Estate Agent Actually Has Time to Take Your Phone Call (What?!)

Sign #4: You Don’t Have to Put an Offer in Sight Unseen Because There are No Open Houses Every 60 Minutes.

Sign #7: There are more “For Sale” Signs than “Pending Signs” in Your Neighborhood.

Seriously Concluding: Don’t Hold Your Breath! It’s going to take time for an increase in housing inventory to occur.

John Alexandrou - Broker/Owner since 2003 | Avalon Realty Group: 3925 Peppervine Dr., Orlando, FL 32828 407-312-4928 | AvalonRealty@gmail.com


4th of July Dining Ideas: Ignite Your Taste Buds

If you’re choosing to spend July 4th at home, it’s a perfect time to go all out cooking a huge meal for your family and friends. Fire up the grill and plan a whole feast for everyone to enjoy. Below is inspiration for some flavorful and easy dishes and drinks to cook up for everyone.


To start Independence Day off, whip up some appetizers to tide everyone over until the main dish is ready. You can either go all out or do light appetizers, so no one gets full before more food comes. Dips like spinach artichoke, buffalo chicken and hummus are great starters paired with chips for everyone to snack on. You can also go the classic route with deviled eggs and a veggie tray.


Fill up pitchers with everyone’s favorite drinks and stock the fridge with cans of sodas and beer. For non-alcoholic drinkers, lemonade, fruit punch, and sweet/unsweet tea can be put out to sip on. For the adults who want to make fun cocktails, go for on theme drinks like strawberry daiquiris, blue long island iced tea, and a refreshing watermelon sangria (or any flavor you prefer).

Main Course

The smell of the grill sets up the perfect vibe for an outdoor July 4th dinner. Grilling is an essential part of celebrating the 4th of July as it brings everyone outdoors for a nice, delicious meal. Classics like hamburgers and hot dogs topped with your favorite condiments can be enjoyed by the adults and kids. If you want to change it up, grilled steak or BBQ brisket sandwiches will feed the family!

Side Dishes

Side dishes can be very simple, but still add so much to a meal. To add to the patriotic theme of the day, a red, white, and blue fruit tray will be eye appealing on the table of food set up for everyone. Design strawberries, blueberries, and bananas into a flag or striped pattern. White cheese cubes can be substituted for the bananas if

needed! Turning to some classic side dishes, mac & cheese and a tasty potato salad is something everyone will scoop onto their plates. Make your favorite potato salad recipe or get one already made at a grocery store. Mac & cheese can either be simple as well, or you can go all out with extreme mac & cheese with different types of cheeses and toppings in it.


The grand finale of July 4th is not only the fireworks, but the dessert. Whether it’s store bought or homemade, you can never go wrong with some delicious treats! Patriotic cupcakes, brownies, and cookies can be picked on and delicious for everyone. If you want to be more creative, fruit pops, chocolate covered strawberries, and blueberry pie can be hits as dessert too!

Now that you have a ton of ideas to go off of, it’s time to start gathering everything for your great 4th of July feast!

July 4th in Avalon Park

If this year you’re not up for cooking, gather your family and friends for Avalon Park’s annual 4th of July party! With food trucks, games, and fireworks to end the night, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. You can also avoid the heat for a bit with our 30 restaurants around downtown and enjoy a full meal. For more information for Avalon Park’s July 4th festival, please visit avalonparkorlando.com!

The distinctive flavor of small-town life and the sophistication of uptown living come together in The Flats. Located in Downtown Avalon Park, these uniquely styled four-story apartment homes place you above – yet at the center of – all the shopping, dining and professional services that downtown offers, including the July 4th Festival.

For more information on leasing at The Flats please click here or call 407-273-4337.


Fun and Safe: Ideas for Senior Summer Activities that Beat the Heat

The summer season brings with it a lot of activities and events that make for a great time. But for seniors, the heat of summer can be too much to bear. That doesn’t mean you have to stay inside all summer - there are plenty of fun and safe activities that can be enjoyed by seniors that will help beat the heat. From gardening to games, here are some ideas for senior summer activities that are both fun and safe. We’ll also provide some tips on summer safety to help you enjoy the season without putting yourself in danger.

Get Out and About

The summer season provides the perfect opportunity for seniors to get out of the house and enjoy the great outdoors. Here are some outdoor activities that seniors can enjoy while staying safe and comfortable in the summer heat: Take a Walk in the Park, Visit a Botanical Garden, Go Fishing, Attend an Outdoor Concert or Play Golf.

interests. Take a look at some of the great community events happening in Avalon Park, just steps away from Encore this summer, by visiting their online calendar.

Safety Tips for Summer Activities

As much as we all love to have fun and enjoy summer activities, it’s essential to keep safety in mind, especially for seniors. Seniors are more vulnerable to heat-related illnesses, such as dehydration and heatstroke, during the summer months. Here are some safety tips to consider while participating in summer activities: Stay Hydrated, Dress Appropriately, Time of the Day, Be Mindful of Medications, Don’t Overdo It.

By keeping these safety tips in mind, seniors can enjoy a fun-filled and healthy summer season with family and friends. Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so don’t hesitate to take precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones during summer activities.

At Encore at Avalon Park, we understand how important it is that seniors have access to fun and engaging outdoor activities. In addition to comfortable accommodations and delicious meals, our senior living community offers a full schedule of recreational and social activities for our senior residents, many of which are perfectly accessible for seniors in wheelchairs to enjoy.

Find out more about what makes Encore at Avalon Park the premier senior living community in the Central Florida area by calling 407-270-7500 and scheduling a tour.

While participating in outdoor activities, seniors should take some safety precautions to ensure they stay safe in the heat. They should drink plenty of water, wear lightweight and light-colored clothing, and avoid being outdoors during the hottest part of the day. By staying safe and comfortable, seniors can enjoy the great outdoors while making the most of their summer.

Indoor Activities

Sometimes the summer heat can be too much to bear for seniors. If that’s the case, then indoor activities are a great way to beat the heat and still have fun. Here are some ideas for indoor activities for seniors: Arts and Crafts, Board Games and Cards, Exercise Classes, Book Clubs, Movie Nights.

Indoor activities can be fun and beneficial for seniors. These activities provide mental and physical stimulation, socialization, and can beat the summer heat.

Community Events

Summer is a great time to get involved in community events, and many towns and cities offer fun and engaging events that are perfect for seniors. Attending community events not only offers opportunities for socialization but can also be a way to learn something new or explore



Welcome Principal Brown

What an exciting time to be here at Pinecrest Academy Avalon. My name is Jessica Brown and I am proud to be the principal of Pinecrest Avalon – Home of the Patriots. I wish to take this opportunity to express my personal appreciation for everything students, parents, and staff have done to make this school year an outstanding success. From kindergarten to 5th grade, our Patriots are regularly exposed to a variety of subjects outside their core curriculum such as Spanish, Music, Art, P.E. and STEM. Our goal is for our students to leave the doors of Pinecrest with all of the tools necessary to succeed academically in middle through high school and navigate through life in college and beyond. Our teachers and administrative staff are proud to be a part of such an exceptional school and community. As we continue to work together, I know we will accomplish a great deal more and make Pinecrest Avalon a pillar within the community. As we move forward, I am certain the best is yet to come.

To learn more about Pinecrest Academy Avalon K-5, visit us online at: https://pinecrestavalonk5. com/.



The past few years have seen a boom in co-working spaces, leaving consumers spoilt for choice. With so many options available, how do you choose the perfect co-working space that works for you?

With remote working becoming normalized during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen a massive boom in the number of coworking spaces worldwide. Remote workers now have the flexibility to choose their workplace without being confined to either traditional offices or their homes. As of 2023, there are currently over 19,000 co-working spaces available worldwide, and the numbers are growing rapidly. This growth then leads us to a pertinent question. Amidst the countless co-working spaces available, how do we make the ideal choice? In this article, we will be taking a deep dive into what makes or breaks a coworking space, and why these elements should be factored into your search.

1. Size and layout

One of the factors to think about when choosing a co-working space is the layout. As you and your team will be spending most of your day working e, it is best to consider how big you would like your shared space to be. Will your team be growing? Will there be desks to accommodate the new members? Will there be enough space for you and your team to work comfortably, and not feel stuffed and claustrophobic? Ask yourself these questions before signing a contract with a co-working space, and your team will thank you for it.

2. Amenities and services

What’s a co-working space without being able to utilize the countless amenities it provides? Whether you’re looking for a space with a recreational area and arcade machines or prefer an unlimited flow of caffeine, it’s important to find a space where you and your team can feel nourished and productive. You should survey the various co-working spaces in your areas and filter the ones that satisfy your working needs and habits.

If you’re a budding entrepreneur or a developing startup, you should also keep an eye out for any spaces that provide aid and services. Some coworking spaces have in-house staff that provide smaller businesses with digital marketing services, web hosting, and domain name registration. Some co-working spaces even have government-supported initiatives, granting startups some exemptions from corporate taxation.

3. Location and accessibility

The location is undoubtedly crucial when considering a co-working space. Just imagine finding the perfect co-working space that has its own in-house barista and nap rooms to rest your tired eyes, only for you to discover that it’s located in a rural area with no public transportation or lunch spots nearby. That’s why it’s important to keep the space’s location in mind. You wouldn’t want to end up commuting 2-3 hours every morning just to get to work in time.

It is also important to consider the space’s accessibility too. Does it have elevators? Can it support workers with disabilities? Is the general safety of the area good, and does the co-working space itself promote a safe and inclusive environment? Know your rights and ask these vital questions first before committing.

4. Ambiance and atmosphere

Another quintessential factor to consider is ambiance and atmosphere. Research has shown that good lighting, especially natural, increases energy and productivity. It’s important that the space has adequate lighting to avoid your team from working in the dark and harming their physical health. Exposure to natural sunlight triggers the release of “happy hormones,” also known as serotonin. Consider places that have floor-to-ceiling windows with plenty of natural sunlight penetrating in

for an additional mood boost!

The atmosphere of the space is also essential. Ask your team what makes them feel comfortable and find a co-working space that ticks those boxes. Some prefer a clean, minimalist workspace, with only monochromatic tones used in the decorations, while some opt for a Zen, homely feel. Either way, try finding one that fits your team perfectly.

5. Networking and community

Last to consider are the networking opportunities provided by your coworking space of choice. This consideration is fully dependent on your team. Are they comfortable working with a wider community or do they prefer to keep it within the company? Factor these preferences in when choosing a co-working space, as some spaces have mandatory regular events for their occupants, which can be bothersome if your team enjoys working undisturbed.

On the other hand, if you’re still growing your business, it is wise to opt for a community that is established. You can gain valuable insights into building up both yourself and your business through these connections. In times of need, you might even find that the community that you have been heavily involved in could become your most important asset.

It is essential to consider the factors outlined above before sealing the deal with any co-working space. Co-working spaces are quickly becoming a staple of the office landscape for most workers today. They provide individuals and businesses the chance to change their scenery and allows them to customize their working environment without requiring any expensive startup costs. Amidst the countless options available, the question remains: What would be your ideal co-working space, and how can you make your choice work for you? To find out if The 5th Floor meets your needs, visit our website at the5thfloor.com today!


EOCC Business Expo 2023

Over the last 10 years, the East Orlando Chamber of Commerce has celebrated and provided an outlet for our Chamber Members to connect with fellow members and the community at the annual Business Expo. This year the Business Expo will again be located at the beautiful Doubletree by Hilton Hotel near the Orlando Airport at 5555 Hazeltine National Drive, Orlando, FL 32812 on Thursday, August 24th from 5-8pm.

This event brings together hundreds of businesses and professionals to highlight their commodities to fellow Chamber members and to the community. If you have never attended this event, it is a one stop shop to learn about the businesses which are located and serve East Orange County. There are connections to foster while enjoying food, having fun, winning prizes and more. Various industries will be present, including restaurants, healthcare, professional services, entertainment, finance, insurance, and others. Over 130 businesses will be on hand displaying their products and services, including ten companies from Korea. Come attend the event to learn about these businesses who are champions of your community.

This year’s presenting sponsor is Walmart Business. Attendees can learn about their latest programs and products geared to supporting the business community. There is a new element added this year, play BINGO to enter for a chance to win a $500 VISA gift card. When you arrive, you will receive a BINGO card with twenty exhibitors to visit throughout the evening. Once you have checked in with each of these participants, turn in your completed BINGO Card to Duke Energy, BINGO Sponsor, for validation and entry to win the $500 grand prize. You do not need to be present to win, but you must complete the card for a chance to win. Make your plans to attend the East Orlando Chamber of Commerce 2023 Business Expo on August 24th, 2023, from 5-8pm at the DoubleTree Hotel. Admission tickets are only $10 and can be purchased in advance at www.EOCC.org or via the QR Code on the flyer to the right.

Event Parking is across from the Hotel in the Lee Vista Prominade Shopping Center near Marlow’s Tavern. Kingdom Car Service will provide event shuttle service, running every 5 minutes getting you safely and securely to and from the Expo. Need more time to interact? Join us afterwards for an after-event wine down at Marlow’s Tavern Lee Vista for food and beverage specials.

Interested in being an exhibitor at the Business Expo? Contact the Chamber at 407-277-5951 or eocc@eocc.org to get pricing and details.

The East Orlando Chamber of Commerce supports our local businesses and encourages you to patronize our members who support the East Orlando community. You can find these businesses in our member directory at: https://business.eocc.org/list/. If you’d like more information on the East Orlando Chamber of Commerce or to have your business listed, visit www.EOCC.org and contact us at 407-277-5951 or eocc@eocc.org.

July Calendar of Events

7/3 8a Merchant Monday presented by Trustco Bank & East Orlando Chamber 7/4 CHAMBER OFFICE CLOSED for Independence Day Holiday 7/6 8:30a Coffee Club East - Bonefish Grill Waterford Lakes 7/7 8a EOCC Brain Trust - EOCC Office 7/10 8a Merchant Monday presented by Trustco Bank & East Orlando Chamber 7/11 9a Testimonial Tuesday Facebook Live: 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm 7/11 12:30p EOCC Great Lunch Adventures - Sonny’s BBQ 7/13 8:30a Coffee Club Downtown - American Freight 7/14 10a EOCC Advocacy Advisory Council Virtual Meeting 7/19 8a EOCC Real Estate Advisory Council Breakfast “Managing Debt” Panel Discussion 7/20 8:30a Coffee Club Nona - Sam’s Club Lake Nona 7/24 8a Merchant Monday presented by Trustco Bank & East Orlando Chamber 7/25 8:30a The Member Academy: Roadmap to Member Success 7/26 9a EOCC Nonprofit Roundtable “Volunteer Recruitment, Retention & Recognition with Special Olympics” WORK

The Juiice Box Opening New Location in Downtown Avalon Park

Avalon Park Group is pleased to announce that The Juiice Box has signed an agreement for a vendor bay in the Marketplace at Avalon Park food hall with an opening date sheduled for July 1st.

Indulge in the variety of create-your-own smoothies, juices, açaí and pitaya bowls, and salads that highlight their vast menu, as well as wraps and all day breakfast items.

“The Juiice Box brings in a healthy and fresh alternative to the Marketplace,” said Derek McCracken, General Manager of the Marketplace at Avalon Park. “We are very excited that they have chosen us as their next location and cannot wait for the people of Avalon Park to try it.”

Their goal for Avalon Park is to bring efficiency, quality of food, and awareness of the benefits of fruits and vegetables.

For more information about The Juiice Box, visit their website and follow along on their Instagram @ thejuiiceboxorlando, Facebook @thejuiicebox, and TikTok @thejuiicebox.

Owners Christian Casado and Shayna Williams, opened their first The Juiice Box shop in Brooklyn, NY in 2019 with the vision to become the world’s leading juice bar serving real, healthy food and beverages that fuels people’s lives, and is accessible to everyone. When looking for their next location, they looked for a place that brought feelings of support, unity, and elevation.

“After searching for over a year for the perfect place to call home we finally found a space that embodied everything we represent in the Marketplace located in Avalon Park.” says Christian Casado, of The Juiice Box.

The Marketplace at Avalon Park food hall is located in east Orlando at 3801 Avalon Park East Boulevard and encompasses over 8,000 square feet and features a 9 stall food hall with diverse culinary options, live entertainment, Avalon General Store, and Bowigens Beer Company taproom.

For more information visit MarketplaceAtAvalonPark. com or email Info@MarketplaceAtAvalonPark.com.

The Juiice Box is bringing their flavorful and healthy menu to the Avalon Park community and beyond.



Budget Friendly Orlando Summer Activities

The heat is blazing and the end of school countdowns are ticking away. While this season is notorious for lazy days, ice cream cones and cannonballs into the pool, it’s often met with parental hesitation in fear of constantly hearing the infamous “I’m bored” declarations from their tiny humans. So here we go, mamas! In an effort to keep the kiddos happy and you smiling, OMB has sought out some Budget Friendly Orlando Summer Activities, free or minimal fee, and compiled them for you in one go-to boredom buster list!

Arts & Cinema

Regal Cinemas $1 Movies – Throughout the summer, Regal Cinemas hosts the Summer Movie Express where $1 kid movies are every Tuesday and Wednesday morning through the summer at participating theatres.

Popcorn Flicks – The City of Winter Park and The Enzian have teamed up to host an outdoor movie night on the second Thursday of each month on Park Ave’s Central Park. This event is free to the public and sure to be a hit, especially with several ice cream shops just across the street!

Museums On Us Weekends – If you are a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch card holder, then you have free access to certain museums on the first weekend of each month! Click here to find the museums closest to you.

Uptown Concert Series – The city of Altamonte Springs hosts a free concert in Cranes Roost Park. Bring a picnic or purchase from the food and drink vendors available. (day may vary, check their calendar!)

Fort Wilderness Campground Cinema & S’Mores Sign-ALong – Enjoy a unique night of free camp themed fun filled with songs, a movie, and a meet-and-greet with Chip and Dale all in the fantastic campsite of Disney’s Fort Wilderness.

Saturday Serenade at East End Market – Every first and third Saturday from 2p.m. – 5p.m. East End market hosts a concert with multiple bands in their beautiful courtyard. Grab some tasty treats or a book to read from the shops inside, and enjoy a relaxing, musical afternoon.


Check out our bucket list of over 30 places to take the kids (anytime of year!)

Splash Pads – There are so many in Central Florida that are free or very inexpensive! You could visit a new one every week and not see them all this summer.

Parks & Nature Trails – Florida is a beautiful state! So get out and explore it’s natural beauty in one of the many nature trails and parks! It’s the best free fun around!

Natural Springs – Natural springs usually provide you with the chance to do some nature walking and then cool down in the gorgeous spring water. The Florida Springs site provides you with the location of each spring in Florida and very detailed information about each one. Or, read what some of our contributors have to say about De Leon Springs State Park and Blue Spring State Park.

FREE Bowling for Kids at Aloma Bowl

Farmer’s Markets – If you’re looking for a fun weekend outing for your family, visit one of the many farmers markets we have here in Central Florida! There are several to choose from and at least one happening every day of the week. My personal favorite is the “cheese guy” (you’ll thank me later), and the kettle corn. You’re sure to enjoy the community, healthy foods, and some of the most interesting individuals in the area.

Crafts & Educational Fun

Mommy & Me Classes – OMB has an excellent compilation of local Mommy & Me classes that are an excellent opportunity to meet new moms and allow for healthy social and educational development for little ones.

Hardware Store Kid Clinics – Check out your local Lowe’s for their Build & Grow Kid’s Clinic or Home Depot for their Kid’s Workshop. Each event is held once a month a designated Saturday and is free.

Michaels Kids Club – For just $2 a child, creative minds can make something new and exciting by attending one of the Michaels Kids Club craft workshops. These classes are geared for children ages 3 and up, and be sure to check their website for dates and times at the location nearest you.

Joann’s Classes – From sewing to tie-dye to cake decorating, Joann’s offers a variety of classes at multiple times throughout the summer with prices ranging from $5 – $45 depending on what skill you would like to learn. Each location has their own Kid’s Classes, so be sure to check with the location nearest you.

Lakeshore Kids Crafts – Each Saturday kids ages 3 & up are invited to come and complete a special craft anytime between 11a.m. – 3p.m. at all Lakeshore Learning stores.

The Crayola Experience – Discover the magic of color at the Crayola Experience in The Florida Mall. When you’re here, you’re always encouraged to let your creativity run free, to color outside the lines, and to play, explore, and learn. The Crayola Experience features 25 one-of-a-kind attractions, our very own Café Crayola, and the Crayola Store with a large selection of colorful souvenirs. Enjoy a day of family fun and see how colors, chemistry, and digital technology can create an exciting adventure of colorful memories. Buy your tickets ahead of time to save a little money, or grab an annual pass to go back as many times as you want. Be sure to check their calendar and events page to see what’s happening today!

Vacation Bible Schools – Week-long summer activities that are usually free to attendees held at various churches around Central Florida that generally involve music, moral/religious lessons, crafts and snacks all revolving around a specific theme.

Creative Crayons Workshop– Summer is here and so is the FUN! Get a Summer Coloring Bundle to keep them entertained for hours! The bundle includes 3 best-selling summer designs that will keep your kids screen-free and far from boredom as they ignite their creativity coloring together! Each paper coloring design is printed on 72” x 36” premium matte paper and can be used with markers, crayons, colored pencils or even paint! Get 50% off this Summer Activity Bundle and code FREESHIPPING gets you free shipping off any product site wide all summer!

Be sure to check and double check times and locations. We’d hate for you to make the trek with your family, only to have an event cancelled.

Know of something free (or almost free!) and fun that you don’t see on the list? We’d love to hear about your budget-friendly summer activities.




Coming together to create a healthy community


The Power of Youth Programs: Building Confidence and Character

Did you know that engaging children in youth programs not only builds their confidence and character but also sets them on a path to a healthier future? We believe in the transformative power of youth programs in shaping children’s lives.

Active Kids, Healthy Kids: It’s no secret that physical activity is crucial for children’s overall well-being. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children and adolescents who are physically active have a lower risk of developing chronic diseases, such as obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. By participating in our youth programs, children engage in fun and active pursuits, such as Youth sports, group exercise, and outdoor activities, which not only keep them physically fit but also instill a lifelong love for staying active. Research shows that children who participate in regular physical activity are 40% less likely to develop obesity-related health issues.

Confidence through Achievement: Youth Sports provide an environment where children can explore their interests and discover their strengths. Whether it’s mastering a new skill, scoring a goal, or delivering a stellar performance, each accomplishment boosts their confidence and self-esteem. The sense of pride and achievement gained through these experiences helps children develop a positive self-image and belief in their abilities, setting the stage for future success.

Character Development and Positive Relationships: Youth programs foster character development by teaching important values such as teamwork, sportsmanship, and respect. Through collaborative activities, children learn to work together, communicate effectively, and appreciate the diverse strengths of their peers. These experiences cultivate strong interpersonal skills, empathy, and the ability to form positive relationships, which are crucial for personal growth and success in all aspects of life. Research published in the Journal of Youth and

Adolescence found that participation in extracurricular activities positively influenced the development of pro-social behavior and academic achievement.

Setting the Stage for Lifelong Habits: Engaging children in youth programs sets the foundation for lifelong healthy habits. When children experience the joy of being active and the benefits it brings, they are more likely to continue leading active lives as adults. By instilling a love for physical activity at a young age, we empower children to make positive choices regarding their health and well-being, leading to a lifetime of better physical and mental health outcomes.

Youth programs not only build confidence and character but also promote active, healthy lifestyles in children. By engaging in active programs, children experience the joy of physical activity, gain self-confidence, develop crucial life skills, and set the stage for a healthier future. Join us in empowering our youth to be active, confident, and resilient individuals who will thrive in all areas of their lives.





ELCOC Nationally Recognized for Video and Social Media Marketing

The Early Learning Coalition of Orange County (ELCOC) is thrilled to accept two prestigious awards from the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). ELCOC was honored with the Award of Excellence for Video and the Merit Award in Social Media. These two awards recognize ELCOC’s efforts in utilizing innovative communication strategies to promote quality early childhood education in Orange County.

early education teachers who share the importance and significance of their jobs as preschool educators. The video includes real-life interactive scenes between teachers and their young students. The video can be viewed at https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=dmNRUDBb7Xs.

ELCOC was also awarded the Merit Award in Social Media for the strategic use of social media in the 2023 Diaper Drive campaign with Orange County Head Start. Through the Coalition’s social media platforms, ELCOC exceeded its goal of 5,000 diaper donations and reached an impressive 10,140 diapers, all of which were delivered to the Central Florida Diaper Bank.

Dr. Scott Fritz, CEO of the ELCOC, said about the NSPRA awards¬, “These awards are a testament to our organization’s commitment to the families and children of Orange County and the importance of early childhood education and child care. We will continue raising awareness about early childhood education’s critical role by harnessing the power of storytelling and digital media.”

ELCOC’s award-winning video, The Fulfillment of Being a Teacher, spotlights local Orange County

Avalon Park Pickleball Update

The 27th South Village Pickleball Tournament was held June 2, 2023. We had 12 players playing 6 games each to 11 points, each game with a different player in a modified Round Robin format. Players ranged in age from 11 to 75 years old.

Pizzas were delivered to the courts by the Avalon Park Pizza Hut, and each player donated anywhere from $1.00 to $5.00, or whatever they wished to donate or not donate. Some players brought cookies and other snacks for everyone to enjoy. Friends and family members

were encouraged to bring a chair and a beverage and come watch. After each player had played 6 games, we added up the individual game points for each of the 12 players, and then had a playoff among the top 4 point earners. Sheila Harvey had a perfect score of 66 winning all 6 games to 11, and in an exciting playoff with teammate Corey Coljeski, they lost to the doubles team of Bonnie Walker and Matt Salamon. Pictures attached of the winners and a group picture.


Celebrating Excellence and New Beginnings: Rotary Induction Ceremony Honors Outstanding Members and Installs New Board

In a community where service and fellowship thrive, the Rotary Club of Avalon Park stands out as a shining example. The club recently came together for a heartwarming Induction Ceremony to recognize exceptional members who have devoted their time to serving others and install a new board for 2023-2024. Through collaborative efforts, the Rotary Club of Avalon Park has made a lasting impact, fostering unity and making a meaningful difference in the local community and Central Florida. Their commitment to service, philanthropy, and unity continues to shape the fabric of our community.

The Rotary Club of Avalon Park celebrated the installation of its new board members for the 2023-2024 term, signifying a significant transition of leadership and a shared commitment to advancing Rotary’s mission. Members of the club extended their profound appreciation to former President Jean Zambrano for her exceptional leadership and unwavering dedication during her time as club president. Jean’s contributions played a major role in shaping the club’s success and fostering a spirit of service within the community.

With heartfelt appreciation, Rotary Club members, along with family and friends, gathered to honor exceptional individuals who have gone above and beyond in their dedication to Rotary’s ideals in 2022-23. Maria Rodammer received Rotarian of the Year, and Gary Mayer received Rookie of the Year. Dede Holloway, Paul Santos, James McQueeney, and Jean Zambrano received the Paul Harris Fellowship Award.

Led by President Terri Bernhardt, the newly installed board includes Vice/Past Jean Zambrano, President-Elect Karl Pearson, Secretary Jim Foulks, Treasurer Jen Giessler, and

Sgt. At Arms Mike Houlihan, Director of Service Chair Sara Monk, Director of Membership Chair David Wideman, and Director of Foundation Chair Tom Beanland, along with non-voting board members Damon Abruzere (Youth Services Chair), Joe Filice (Speaker Chair), and Waed Al Nimri (Public Image Chair). Their diverse skills and experiences will contribute to the club’s effective management and sustainable growth. The ceremony was made even more special with the presence of Sonya LaBosco, the District Governor-elect for District 6980, who kindly joined the event, creating a wonderful opportunity to connect with an esteemed representative from our district.

The Induction Ceremony was a magnificent occasion that celebrated the achievements of exceptional individuals, installed a new board, and emphasized the Rotary’s commitment to service and community development.

The Rotary Club of Avalon Park, established in 2006, has become a pillar of service and fellowship in the community. Their dedication has been acknowledged through the prestigious Rotary Citation in District 6980, highlighting their commitment to making a positive impact. Throughout the past year, they have completed approximately 40 service projects and fundraisers, particularly on food/hunger projects, which run twice weekly. By organizing signature events like the Rotary Craft Beer Festival, Poker Tournament, and Holiday Wine Walk, the Rotary Club of Avalon Park has raised nearly $65,000 (after expenses) to support designated charities, scholarships, and various club activities. Together, they are driving meaningful change and fostering a spirit of service.

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