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With a new year comes a promise to be the best version of ourselves that we can be. We reflect on the highs that came with our successes and the lows that came with our failures in an effort to see where we can do better moving forward. In this issue, we look at all the areas of life where positive changes can be made in the year ahead. From how to stay on track with your health to making moves in furthering your education or meeting your financial goals, there is something for every resolution. In 2020, we at Central Florida Lifestyle hope you will focus on the road ahead rather than looking in the rearview mirror. It is there where you will celebrate achievements (and maybe navigate some road blocks) as you steer toward the final destination you’ve set for yourself without the distractions of the past. May you have a productive and prosperous year!


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Contents | January 2020 Departments















Define a New You with Classic Blue

How the Hot Toddy Came to Be

Where to Pair Food & Wine

7 Steps to Plan a Remodel

What You Need to Know About Cervical Cancer






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New Rules of the Road Top 5 Tips for Families in the New Year Is Now a Good Time to Sell My Home?



Opendoor predicts that East Orlando, and specifically Lake Nona, will remain hot in 2020. From health and wellness to a satisfying career (and everything in between), make 2020 your year with these tips. West Orange County residents are encouraged to eat well, stay active and enjoy life with Healthy West Orange.


Central Florida Lifestyle Magazine partnered with Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Florida to celebrate local foster families at their annual holiday celebration.


World-class wines, celebrity chefs and stars from the Orlando Magic create a trifecta of fun for the second annual Orlando Wine Festival & Auction.


Thinking of returning to school to complete a degree, further your career or change careers? Consider these five tips before taking your educational journey.

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Define a New You with Classic Blue Your guide to making a statement or going more low key with Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year. By Lyndsay Fogarty


he inspiration for the experts at Pantone Color Institute as they decided on the 2020 Pantone Color of the Year was that time in the evening when the sun dips below the horizon and the sky darkens to a deep blue before black. For a year that begins a new decade, it seemed right that Classic Blue, a color that resembles dusk and brings a sense of peace and tranquility, be the foundation for a new beginning. “We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on,” Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute Leatrice Eiseman says. The Pantone Color Institute is the business unit within Pantone that forecasts worldwide color trends and advises companies about colors for products and brand identity. Its experts have chosen the Pantone Color of the Year, an influence in fashion, interior design and industrial design, for over 20 years. They use color influences found in the entertainment industry, art collections, travel destinations as well as through new technologies, materials and textures. Classic Blue is described as “easily relatable” and is thought to inspire feelings of comfort, calm, confidence and connection. The Pantone Color Institute’s description explains that it “highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.” It’s easy to integrate Classic Blue into your everyday life, whether you want to wear it or accent your home with it. Here are some ideas.

In Your Home

This deep blue hue fits perfectly within a coastal theme - both in indoor and outdoor spaces. It’s a beautiful color for an accent wall in any room of the home. Also, adding details like throw pillows or a large rug against white or cream couches would make a statement in gathering spaces such as a living room or outdoor kitchen area. If you want to go big and are will-


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ing to take on a home project, consider painting your kitchen cabinets this pretty neutral shade.

In Your Wardrobe

Since Classic Blue is a neutral, it’s a simple color to wear. Make it the focus of your outfit by opting for a dark blue dress or smart suit or accessorize with a bold bag or pretty pumps. However you choose to wear it, the Pantone Color of the Year is the perfect color for any occasion. “Imbued with a deep resonance, Classic Blue provides an anchoring foundation,” Eiseman says. “A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication.”

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Opendoor predicts that East Orlando, and specifically Lake Nona, will remain hot in 2020.


rom exceptionally low mortgage rates to stubborn inventory levels, 2019 was a historic one for the greater Orlando housing market. As the new decade kicks off, local real estate company Opendoor shares brand new data showing where real estate activity across Orlando is expected to be hottest in 2020. Based on in-home visits to for-sale homes in 2019, buyers showed the most interest in East Orlando — inclusive of the Lake Nona community. Opendoor expects continued popularity and demand in the area heading into 2020. “As more people work and attend school in the east Orlando area, we’re seeing a heightened interest among buyers for homes in the region,” stated Candice Bradley, Senior General Manager for Opendoor in Orlando. “Additionally, the quick growth of Lake Nona’s Medical City as well as

more high-tech, high-wage job openings on the Space Coast have made this an attractive area to buyers.” For many of the same reasons, the Oviedo-Winter Springs area is also expected to remain hot in the new year. On the northern and western fronts, the Apopka, Clermont and Heathrow communities were also popular among buyers in 2019 — a trend that Opendoor anticipates continuing in 2020. On average, homes purchased in 2019 in the 32825, 32827, 32828 zip codes offered 3 or 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 1,500-3,000 square feet, and featured amenities such as in-ground pools with hot tubs, upgraded kitchens and bathrooms and 3-car garages. In Opendoor’s recently released 2019 Year-In-Review report, the company’s Consumer Trends Expert Beatrice de Jong sheds light on why customers are choosing to move and where

they are electing to plant roots in the coming years. According to Opendoor research, approximately 23% of respondents cited downsizing as their primary driver for moving, with upgrading close behind at 22%. Relocation accounts for another 15% of the cited reasons behind making a decision to move. “The home buying trends occurring in Central Florida are in line with larger national trends we’ve been tracking,” added Bradley. “Faced with rising unaffordability and low levels of inventory, house hunters have been flocking to communities on the fringes of the major metropolitan areas. The interest we’re seeing in the east Orlando and Lake Nona communities certainly reflects that.” Interested in knowing more about your home’s value? Visit

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How the Hot Toddy Came to Be To celebrate National Hot Toddy Day this month, we looked into the history behind this classic cocktail. By Lyndsay Fogarty


t’s the time of year for sniffles and coughs. Between cold and flu season and the sometimes chillier weather, many are looking for comfort in the winter months. It could be a cozy blanket, chicken noodle soup or even a hot toddy that does the trick. Where exactly did this comforting cocktail come from? The traditional recipe is a simple mixture of whiskey, honey, hot water and lemon, although warm spices such as cinnamon and clove can be added to shake it up a bit. Other dark liquors like bourbon, scotch or rum are often substituted for whiskey as well. While we know the hot toddy has been around for a long time, this beverage has several origin stories. During the 1600s in India, a taddy was made from fermented palm tree sap. It wasn’t written down until the 1700s, when India was under Britain rule. At that time it was described as “a beverage made of alcoholic liquor with hot water, sugar and spices.” It’s thought that the British trade routes helped it move into the United


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Kingdom, where it was consumed during the area’s harsh winters. Another 18th-century variation says that the hot toddy became popular in Western Europe when pubs in Edinburgh, Scotland fought the cold by serving Scotch whiskey with boiling water drawn from Tod’s Well. Some won’t even consider it a hot toddy unless the water comes directly from this well. It has also been said that sugar and spices from the British trade routes were added to whiskey to make it easier to drink for women in this time period. Then there is the story that formed the idea of the hot toddy being a medicinal beverage. Robert Bentley Todd, a doctor in mid-19th century Ireland, prescribed a mixture of brandy, white cinnamon and hot sugar water to his ill patients. When you get sick, symptoms can persist for up to several weeks. Many turn to sipping warm lemon water with honey to stay hydrated, soothe the throat and ease congestion, so it’s easy to see how one hot toddy might make you feel better.

However, it’s important to note that alcohol should never be combined with any medications. The traditional Hot Toddy recipe is pretty basic, but it provides a foundation to experiment with regional flavors. This version features Florida’s famous fruit to brighten up a cold day.


Recipe Courtesy of the National Honey Board INGREDIENTS: • 1 orange-flavored tea bag • Boiling water • 1 tablespoon honey • 1 ounce premium orange liqueur • 1 ounce brandy • Orange slices DIRECTIONS: Place an orange-flavored tea bag in a mug and add boiling water, 3/4 full. Let the tea steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bag and add the honey, brandy and orange liqueur. Garnish with orange slices. Source:

2020VISION From health and wellness to a satisfying career (and everything in between), make 2020 your year with these tips.

Look and Feel Your Best


f you want to focus on wellness in 2020, consider incorporating one or more of these treatments into your routine.

Float Therapy: Popular in European culture, flotation is thought to be beneficial for the mind, promoting relaxation and creativity. During flotation therapy, an individual floats in a tank full of saltwater — ­ also called an isolation tank — in an experience where he or she will feel completely weightless. Throughout the experience, the participant is able to reach a deep, meditative state, which allows for complete relaxation in every muscle of the body. IV Vitamin Therapy: Individuals typically try this therapy for three reasons: wellness, beauty and sports performance. The uniting factor is


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hydration, which combats chronic fatigue, joint pain, headaches, weight gain and skin dullness. Sending vitamins like B Complex and Vitamin C straight to the bloodstream ensures that you’re getting the most out of these nutrients while hydrating your body. Cryotherapy: Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort recently began offering several cryotherapy treatments for body contouring, including Cryo Slimming, Cryo Toning and Cryo Facial. Using a Cryoskin machine, temperatures of negative two degrees Celsius to negative four degrees Celsius are used to eliminate fat cells. While an immediate slimming is often experienced in the targeted area, participants typically see longer-lasting results following three to five sessions.

Know When to Start Over By Kevin Fritz Working for a living is pretty much inevitable. From the ages of 18-55, the average worker will toil 91,250 hours, not including overtime or weekends. That’s 22.4 percent of our lives. Only sleeping (30%) consumes more of our time. That’s why embracing your job will serve you well. For some, that means changing career paths. “These are big decisions,” says Kendra Davies of Stellar Life Coaching based in Orlando. “And with any big decision, I always ask clients ‘Are you engaged in life?’ That’s the most important question. If you’re not balanced, changing careers is just a quick fix, a band-aid.” For those who are balanced, she recommends knowing and recognizing your character strengths as opposed to your skills — e.g., being empathetic vs. being proficient at QuickBooks — so you end up doing what comes natural to you.

Davies describes four actions people should take before making the decision to begin a second career. Reflect: Before you make the decision to start over, make sure you’ve got you sorted out. Write: When it is out of our heads and we can see it on paper, we can devise a plan based on reality, not just the dream. Research: Conduct real life research. Gather real information from people in the field, industry or job you are considering. Volunteer or Take a Class: This is a way to try the job or industry you are considering to see if it’s right for you.

CHOOSE A HAPPY AND HEALTHY HOLIDAY. Orlando Health wishes you and yours a healthful holiday — and we’re commencing with a commitment to your healthcare. As your local health partner, we’ll guide you to quality options for nutrition, exercise and wellness close to your neighborhood, so you have more time to focus on family. To learn more about fitness and nutrition tips that will make the holiday great, visit


Catch More ZZZs According to the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep in America® poll for 2018, only 10% of American adults prioritize their sleep over other aspects of daily life, including fitness and nutrition, work and personal interests. Become part of that statistic this year with these sleep tips from the National Sleep Foundation. 1. Stick to a schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on the weekends, to regulate your body’s clock. 2. Organize your sleep space. Your bedroom should be between 60 degrees to 67 degrees, free from any light and free from noise. This includes your significant other’s sleep disruptions like snoring. Use blackout curtains, eye shades, white noise machines, humidifiers, fans and other devices as necessary to block out light, noise and other distractions and to stay comfortable.

3. Mattresses and pillows are important. Mattresses should be comfortable and supportive. Most good-quality mattresses have a life expectancy of nine to 10 years. Additionally, make sure you’re using comfortable pillows that are free of allergens, such as pet dander and dust mites. 4. Be mindful of what you consume. Eating a large meal or spicy food too close to bedtime can result in discomfort and indigestion that make it difficult to fall asleep. If you’re going to have a large meal, do so two to three hours, or more, before you go to bed. Alcohol, cigarettes and caffeine can disrupt your sleep as well. 5. No screen time close to bedtime. Electronic devices, such as laptops and smartphones, make it difficult to get to sleep. This is because the light coming from the screens activates the brain. Stop using electronics an hour before bedtime and avoid checking them in the middle of the night.


Our Favorite Financial Resolutions According to WalletHub, a personal finance website, fewer than 50% of people who made New Year’s resolutions for 2020 expect to stay committed for the full year. With nearly four in 10 people looking toward better finances in this new decade, the site put together a list of its top 10 financial resolutions for the year ahead. These are our favorites. •P  ay bills right after receiving your paycheck. WalletHub suggests setting up two automatic payments — one right after payday and one several days before your due date — with the second payment helping you avoid interest on purchases made between your first payment and the end of your billing period. • Repay 20% of your credit card debt. Crunch the numbers using a credit card payoff


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calculator or one of the handy financial apps out there and spread out the total throughout the year. Of course, pay more when you can. • Add one month’s pay to your emergency fund. WalletHub recommends eventually building a fund with 12 to 18 months’ take-home income. This can be done by adding small amounts from each paycheck to your savings. • Focus on your physical health. According to WalletHub, the average person spends $4,968 on health care each year. Keep your body strong by eating healthy and exercising to reduce health care costs in the long run. • Make a realistic budget and stick to it. Once you determine your budget, it’s important to monitor your spending to make sure you’re staying on track.

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West Orange County residents are encouraged to eat well, stay active and enjoy life with Healthy West Orange.


ealthy West Orange is a grassroots movement to make west Orange County the healthiest community in the nation. Through engaging social media, community events and festivals, partnerships with local businesses, an informative website, and an interactive app, Healthy West Orange provides important tools and social connections to help residents eat well, stay active and enjoy life.

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What’s the Carrot App?

Carrot is an all-in-one resource for healthy living in west Orange that features tips and info, healthy challenges, and discounts at local partner establishments. Carrot allows residents to take Healthy West Orange on the go, combining the fun of virtual chal-

Get Active in 2020

HWO is kicking off 2020 with Westly’s 3rd Annual Virtual 5K. All month long, participants are encouraged to bike, run, hike, swim, walk or even paddle their way through 3.1 miles to complete the virtual 5K. This format means the timing and method of completion are totally up to each individual schedule and lifestyle.

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Share an “after” photo or screen share on social media (use #HealthyWestOrange) or email ( Use hashtag #westlysvirtual5K on social media and be sure to tag @healthywestorange if your post is private. For those who want to complete the 5K with a group, Westly’s WOW will take place at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 18 at the West Orange Trail’s Winter Garden Station. Check out for more details.

No matter how residents choose to get active and stay healthy in 2020, Healthy West Orange will be with them every step of the way. For more information, visit, and don’t forget to join the conversation by following Healthy West Orange on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


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Where to Pair

Food & Wine All of the items you have to have at Wine Bar George in Disney Springs.

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hen Wine Bar George opened in Disney Springs it quickly became a guest favorite. Since then, the master sommelierled wine bar has set the bar high, offering something for every palate. From small plates for sharing to individual dishes, and a selection of over 140 wines by the ounce, glass or bottle, the menu has continued to evolve. The impressive wine menu is a huge draw that is complemented by a variety of tasty food items. As you make your selections, don’t hesitate to ask your server, bartender or even George himself (he’s there often) for help with food and wine pairings that will elevate your experience. The food menu at Wine Bar George is the result of close collaboration between owner George Miliotes and Executive Chef Ron Rupert. Rupert’s creations elevate familiar flavors, which entices guests to try something new at each visit. Take the Crispy Mac and Cheese Bites, for example. The creamy macaroni and cheese stuffed inside a crunchy shell oozes comfort and is the perfect vessel for


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What’s New! the tomato nage, a rich tomato broth for dipping. Other notable small plates are the Burrata, a soft cheese that is complemented by sweet San Marzano tomatoes, olive oil and grilled bread, and the new Ibérico Pork Pluma served with Yukon potatoes confit. From the beginning, one of the best ways to savor the Wine Bar George experience was to opt for one of the family-style plates, such as the Skirt Steak with chimichurri sauce or the Whole Greek Sea Bass. Each one easily serves two to four people. Several individual entrées are now available for lunch and dinner as well. A Teriyaki Salmon Salad recently joined the popular Chicken Salad Sandwich and Steak Frites on the lunch lineup. On the dinner menu, diners can choose from Santa Carota Short Ribs with red potato and caramelized vegetables or Bell & Evans Chicken Breast with exotic mushrooms, caulilini and Yukon hash. Wine Bar George has been wellaccepted locally, and its prime location in the heart of The Landing area of Disney Springs has increased its exposure

These are just some of our favorites from the new menu items that were introduced at the end of 2019.  aganaki on Fire: What’s better •S than hot, melty cheese? This musttry appetizer features Vlahoriti cheese that is served flaming hot with a side of crispy crostini. •S  hishito Peppers: A splash of lime and chipotle seasoning complement the deep flavor of these charred beauties. •S  anta Carota Short Ribs: This wonderfully rich dish features tender short ribs on a bed of red potato mash and caramelized vegetables.

nationwide. In fact, the establishment ended 2019 on a high note by being honored by “The World of Fine Wine” alongside a number of prestigious winners. The awards for Wine Bar George included Best Micro Wine List in the World 2019, Best By-the-Glass Wine List with Coravin® in North America as well as a three-star wine list designation (the highest possible).


7 Steps

to Plan a Remodel Keep these tips in mind when you’re planning your home’s next remodel to ensure the project goes smoothly. Courtesy of National Association of the Remodeling Industry


emodeling your home can be one of the most exciting projects to undertake. Whether you’re thinking about a bathroom update, kitchen overhaul or a new room addition, planning and setting realistic expectations are critical in ensuring your project goes as smoothly as possible. Consider these tips before getting started: Determine your goals and needs. Understand why you’re undertaking the project, whether it’s for resale value or so you can enjoy your home more. If looking to increase resale value, consider the neighborhood and potential upgrades that can have the highest im-

pact when going to market. If remodeling can make for a more comfortable space, create a list of “must-haves” and “nice-to-haves” then evaluate what’s feasible. Being realistic about needs and wants can help you create a budget. Get inspired. Whether watching home improvement shows or browsing the internet, finding photos of styles and looks you admire can be beneficial when sharing your vision with a remodeling contractor. Understand your budget. Setting a budget and staying within it is critical to the project’s success. Be sure to build in a contingency fund for unforeseen expenses. Project expenses should factor in the cost of products, labor and project management. There are also possible additional costs such as long-term maintenance, repairs, energy use and a dining out budget if undergoing a full kitchen remodel or hotel costs are sometimes necessary with large-scale projects. To avoid any unpleasant surprises, get a written estimate and scope of work once you’ve selected a contractor. Determine timing. If there is a specific event driving your remodel, work backward through the various project stages to determine a realistic timeline. Build in additional time as a buffer for unexpected delays and recognize re-


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modeling contractors typically have long lead times and may require flexibility to deliver optimal results. Find a contractor you trust. Home remodeling can be stressful no matter how well you plan, but a dependable partner can make the process go smoother. While some of the best references may come from neighbors, friends or family members, a trade association like NARI can help, too. Make sure any contractor you’re considering has several years of relevant experience and liability insurance. Check references. When it comes to remodeling your home, you can never be too careful when choosing who to work with. Follow up on references, read reviews online and check out the work of any remodelers you’re considering hiring, if possible. Prepare for the process. Regardless of the project’s size, there will almost surely be inconvenience, noise, dust and potential delays. Your daily routine will most likely be disrupted. Because it can be especially stressful when redoing the kitchen or an essential bathroom, consider a backup plan or other arrangements throughout the duration of the project. Remember to also declutter the work area and protect or pack away any belongings that might be in the way during the renovation.

Jed Suhl and a steer from Suhls Rodeo.

Camp Holiday Cheer! Last month, Central Florida Lifestyle Magazine partnered with Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Florida to celebrate local foster families at their annual holiday celebration.

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hen we partnered with Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Florida in 2018 to plan and execute a holiday party for their foster families, we had a chance to step inside their world.

We watched the eyes of the children light up as they decorated cookies and roasted s’mores over a campfire - many for the first time ever. There was no question that we wanted to be involved again in 2019.

Santa Claus arrived by boat for meet and greets with the children (left) and a Gatorland trainer brought a baby alligator (above).


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On Dec. 12, hundreds of foster parents and children joined Devereux team members and volunteers for Camp Holiday Cheer at The Pines at Windermere. The purpose of this annual party is to celebrate all of the amazing work that foster parents do every day to provide loving homes for children in need in our community. Not only is it an evening of festive fun for the kids but it is also a time of camaraderie for the parents as they bond with others over shared experiences. The families were greeted with the sounds of the season as students from Montverde Academy’s Music Conservatory, the Yuletide Singers, sang Christmas carols. The venue was filled with entertainment, from an arts and crafts station inside to

This special evening wouldn’t have been possible without our amazing sponsors. We can’t thank you enough for all that you do! • Duda Family Foundation • Bella Vista at Clarion Lake Buena Vista • Love Made Visible • Alight Solutions • Cole, Scott & Kissane, PA • AdventHealth • GrayRobinson, PA

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an inflatable bounce house outside. Additionally, a Gatorland trainer taught the children about alligators and allowed them to pet a baby alligator while a cowboy from Suhls Rodeo introduced them to a live bull and “reindeer” ponies. Between activities, families came together for fellowship and food - a spread of salad and pasta provided by the catering team at Bella Vista at Clarion Lake Buena Vista. As they savored their meal, students of all age ranges and skill levels from Ready Set Dance performed for the crowd. For many in attendance, Camp Holiday Cheer was the first time they had the opportunity to participate in activities such as these. However, on this night, everyone got to enjoy the experiences. One of the biggest surprises of the night was when Santa pulled up to the dock on a boat complete with sparkly lights and cheerful decor. Buddy the Elf joined Santa on stage where all of the children had some time to take photos and share their wish lists.

For our team at Central Florida Lifestyle Magazine, it’s always a privilege to be involved in creating a special holiday experience for Devereux’s families. Year after year, giving the gift of love and memories that will last a lifetime is both humbling and eye opening to everything that goes into an organization like Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Florida.

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What You Need to Know About

Cervical Cancer

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month serves as a reminder for women to stay on top of their reproductive health to prevent deadly diseases. By Larissa Hamblin


lmost 13,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. However, cervical diseases that can lead to cancer are preventable with proper care and testing. According to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition, cervical cancer is preventable with appropriate screening, including pap and HPV testing, as well as HPV vaccination. During Cervical Cancer Awareness Month this January, learn about cervical diseases and the importance of testing for them early on. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of viruses that infect the skin. It’s estimated that 70% of women and men will come into contact with it in their lifetime. About 14 million new cases occur in the U.S. each year. There are more than 100 types of HPV, with some linked to cervical cell changes that can increase the risk for cervical cancer. These types are considered high risk. While screenings are important for detecting and treating high-risk HPV cases at their earliest stages, many


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other HPV infections cause no issues and are naturally cleared by the body within one to two years, according to the NCCC. So how is HPV related to cervical cancer? HPV types 16 and 18 are responsible for nearly 70% of all cervical cancer cases, according to the National Cancer Institute. These highrisk strains cause changes in cervical cells. If these pre-cancerous cells aren’t detected in time, they can turn into cervical cancer. The American Cancer Society states that regular screenings can help identify pre-cancerous cells and prevent the development of cancer. It’s recommended that women begin having cervical cancer screenings at age 21. Between the ages of 21 and 29, Pap testing can occur every three years, and every five years for women between the ages of 30 and 65. For women 30 and over, an HPV co-test is recommended. Take the time this January to schedule tests for yourself and remind your family members to take their health in their own hands, too.

5 Fast Facts About Cervical Cancer 1. C  ervical cancer is the first cancer in women to be identified as being caused almost exclusively by a virus. 2.Cervical cancer most commonly takes 10 years to 20 years or more to develop. 3. R  egular screening with Pap and HPV will detect virtually all pre-cancerous changes and cervical cancers. 4. Cervical cancer is completely preventable if precancerous cell changes are detected and treated early. 5. Cervical cancer most commonly takes 10 years to 20 years or more to develop. Women who are no longer sexually active should still have Pap tests. Source: National Cervical Cancer Coalition

SIP. SAVOR. CELEBRATE. World-class wines, celebrity chefs and stars from the Orlando Magic create a trifecta of fun for the second annual Orlando Wine Festival & Auction on March 1315, all to benefit at-risk children through the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation (OMYF). The weekend starts on Friday, March 13, with vintner dinners featuring notable winemakers and awardwinning chefs in private homes all across Central Florida. On March 14, the party moves to the Ritz-


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Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, where chefs pair their creations with extraordinary wines for an outdoor feast, where guests can taste, sip and mingle with chefs, winemakers and Orlando Magic players and coaches. That evening, a fabulous auction and dinner with unique bidding opportunities including trips, dinners, wine and more wrap up the day. The three-day extravaganza ends Sunday afternoon, March 15, with an Orlando Magic home game.

Vintner Dinner

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Chefs include: • Headlining Chef – Chef Michael Symon, Food Network, Lola flagship restaurant, Cleveland • Chef Akshay Bhardwaj, Junoon, New York • Chef Kathleen Blake, formerly of The Rusty Spoon, Orlando • Chef Melissa Kelly, Primo, Maine and Orlando • Chef Jamie McFadden, Cuisiniers, Winter Park • Chefs James and Julie Petrakis, The Ravenous Pig, Winter Park • Chef Art Smith, Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ at Disney Springs

Wineries include: • Featured Vintner – Dr. Madaiah Revana of Revana Family Vineyard, Napa • Casa Piena Vineyards, Napa • Dakota Shy Wines, Napa • Gracianna Winery, Sonoma • Hourglass Winery, Napa • O’Brien Estate Winery, Napa • Penfolds Wine, Australia • Peter Michael Winery, Napa • Relic Wine Cellars, Napa • Roy Estate, Napa • Rudd Winery, Napa

Orlando Magic player Evan Fournier samples wine from the Napa Valley region during one of the hosted vintner dinners.

Orlando Magic Youth Foundation- The not-for-profit Orlando Magic Youth Foundation is committed to helping children in Central Florida realize their full potential, especially those most at risk, by supporting programs and partnerships that empower families and change lives. OMYF fundraising events and programs like the Orlando Wine Festival & Auction have raised more than $24 million since its inception in 1990. Other fundraisers include the OMYF Open Golf Tournament, State of Florida License Plate Program, employee giving campaigns and on-line and in-game silent auctions. The foundation was created with no administrative costs, so 100 percent of gifting goes directly to benefit children and families in need throughout Central Florida.

For tickets and further information, visit Orlando Wine Festival & Auction package purchases benefit the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation.The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3). A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free, within the state 800-HELP-FLA or by visiting Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. IRS registration #59-2940230. Your gift is tax deductible as a charitable contribution only to the extent that it exceeds the value of goods or services you received in exchange. Please consult your tax professional for the most up to date and complete information on tax deductibility.


+ ARTS & Entertainment

Save the Date! These exciting annual events are right around the corner, and you don’t want to miss them. By Lyndsay Fogarty


here is always something fun going on in Orlando, and the winter months are no exception. Mark your calendars for some of our favorite family friendly arts and entertainment events that are coming up this winter.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Starting on Jan. 17 and running through Feb. 24, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts is quickly becoming a fan favorite event for both art and theme park enthusiasts. Attendees can immerse themselves in many forms of art as they participate in interactive workshops, explore the work of featured artists, take a bite out of some of the many culinary arts offerings and sing along to the tunes of Disney musicals at the Disney on Broadway Concert Series. From photo-ops in life-sized versions of acclaimed pieces of art to participating in the beloved Animation Academy, there is something to do for all ages.

Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions

From Jan. 16 to Jan. 19, sports and entertainment stars will join LPGA Tour champions at Tranquilo Golf Course at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando for the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions. As the LPGA golfers compete for $1.2 million in official prize money, with celebrities playing for their own $500,000 purse, fans can join in on all the fun of cheering on their favorite player and taking selfies along the course.



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Jack Hanna Weekend

SeaWorld Orlando will once again welcome “Jungle Jack” Hanna to the park for a weekend of animal shows, autograph signings and meet-and-greets on Jan. 25 and Jan. 26. Each day of this special event, Hanna will host two live shows at the Nautilus Theater, where he will share animal facts, travel tales from his adventures around the world and his experiences with promoting conservation of some of the world’s most endangered species.

Indie-Folkfest 2020

At the sixth annual Indie-Folkfest, Artist of the Year Boy Kong will join local and regional artists for a day of art, live music, craft beer, cocktails, hyper-local vendors and more. This family friendly and pet-friendly festival will be held on Feb. 15 in The Mennello Museum of American Art’s outdoor sculpture garden. Each year, the museum’s city-appointed board of trustees presents Indie-Folkfest as a gift to the community in an effort to promote local art. It is free and open to the public.

Orlando Ballet’s “Cinderella”

On Valentine’s weekend, from Feb. 14 to Feb. 16, the Orlando Ballet will present the timeless love story of Cinderella and Prince Charming at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The production features all of the famous main characters, including the stepsisters and lovable Fairy Godmother, along with choreography by Victoria Morgan and live music by Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

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he word “school” evokes a picture of playgrounds or young adults in dorms, but many individuals return to school years into their careers. Some may be returning to complete a college degree so they can qualify for new positions. Others may be aiming for a graduate or professional degree to further their career or change careers. Regardless of your reason for returning, entering an educational program as an adult brings new challenges.


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1. Choose your program wisely

First, you will first need to decide what you want to study. You may have started the process of returning to school with a clear goal in mind or you may be exploring multiple paths. Choose a degree that is relevant to the work you want to do. To help with this decision, consider getting impartial advice from people who are doing, or hiring for, the job you want. You

may find that a particular degree is highly valued while another is seen as worthless in the field. Once you decide on your field of study, be sure to carefully assess the program and school. Although a more convenient location or cheaper tuition seems appealing, the quality of the education and reputation of the school are arguably more important.  Ask questions about the types of practical experience, networking and job placement that the school

offers. Carefully examine statistics on how many students successfully graduate or gain employment.  

2. Look for programs aimed at working professionals

When you’re looking at schools, you may notice that some schools are geared toward working professionals while others attract mostly younger adults. While many adults do successfully attend traditional programs alongside college-age youths, many find that programs designed for returning adult students are better options.  Programs for older students may offer evening or online classes to fit around traditional working hours. In addition, your classmates will often have more practical experience in the field.  Additionally, professors in programs aimed at older students may be more understanding of the conflicts between career, family and education.

3. Embrace the new technology

If it has been awhile since you were last in school, you may be surprised by some of the newer technology. Online only or partially online classes are now common.  Learning in online programs often takes place through video lessons and discussion boards and may or may not include scheduled class times.  Even in-person classes incorporate new technology.  Many schools now ask for papers to be submitted through an online program that automatically checks for plagiarism. Others may utilize electronic polling to ask questions during lectures to check for understanding or encourage participation.   

4. Find the money

The cost of education is often perceived as a barrier to returning to school, but it doesn’t have to be. All

students should fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online. Undergraduate students may qualify for financial assistance or subsidized loans.  Graduate students have fewer options but are likely to qualify for federal loans for up to $20,500 per year. Scholarships and grants may also be available through your school, your local community or through national organizations. If you’re employed, ask your employer if tuition assistance is available.  Many employers pay for some or all of the tuition for qualified employees. Some employers may require that the degree is relevant to your current job or that you continue to work for them for a certain period of time after the end of your course.   

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for many years, you may need to relearn certain study skills. Be sure you have the necessary tools and supplies before the start of the class. If you will be using a shared computer, purchase a USB flash drive or open a cloud storage account to store your papers and files. Textbooks can often be purchased or rented online for lower costs than through school bookstores.  Electronic versions are another option for some books. You may feel confident writing papers if your job involves a lot of business writing, but remember that the style of writing for school may


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differ from the type of writing you do at home or at work. Pick up the recommended style guide for your field and school.  Style guides cover everything from acceptable formatting to effective wording. As an older student, you’re likely to be balancing school, work and family. In order to succeed at school, you will need to set aside time to study, write papers and read your materials. Look for quiet times in your schedule such as after the kids go to bed or in the evening after dinner. Ask your family, friends or co-workers to help cover other responsibilities during the

busy periods when final exams or papers are approaching. Returning to school brings some challenges but also many advantages. Getting a new degree can increase your salary for many years to come. Communicate regularly with your professor if you’re having trouble with a class. Many schools also have support groups, social activities and special programs designed for adult students. By preparing yourself ahead of time and getting help when you need it, you too can successfully return to school. 

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hile you were celebrating the holidays and ringing in the New Year, the state legislature passed a few new laws that we should all become familiar with. The most talked about law being enforced in 2020 has to do with the prohibition on texting and driving. While this law protects against texting, it also bans the use of handheld mobile devices while driving in school and construction zones. It’s now a primary offense, meaning you can get pulled over and ticketed just for talking on your cell phone in an active school or construction zone or for texting while driving.   Prior to the law taking effect, police could only pull over a motorist for committing a moving violation or other traffic offense. If the officer observed the motorist texting or using a mobile device while driving during that traffic stop then they could be cited for that as well as the primary offense. Here are some tips regarding this new law. Stopped means stopped. The law still allows the use of handheld mobile devices to text and talk when the vehicle is stationary. So you may still check your messages at red lights and when stopped in traffic, just please move when the light turns green and it’s your turn to go. It’s not just your cell phone. The statute prohibits the use of “wireless communication devices” while driving. By definition, these devices include, but are not limited to, a cell phone, a tablet, a laptop, a two-way mes-

saging device or an electronic game that is used or is capable of being used in a handheld manner. Your voice will set you free. The law still allows the use of voiceactivated texting and hands-free (Bluetooth) mobile phone operation while driving. It only applies to manual typing of messages with your fingers and handheld mobile phone operation in school and construction zones. This is most likely because of the greater extent and duration your eyes are off the road when manually entering your message as compared to speaking into a device while your eyes are still on the road ahead of you. There are exceptions to every rule. Yes, the new texting law has several exceptions that allow text messages while driving.  The law permits you to receive and read messages while driving if they are related to the operation or navigation of the motor vehicle; safety-related, including emergency, traffic, or weather alerts; data used primarily by the motor vehicle; or radio broadcasts. The law also exempts from penalty the use of a handheld device or system for navigation purposes. And for you Tesla drivers, you may manually text while operating an autonomous vehicle with the selfdriving system engaged. Keep this information in mind each time you get behind the wheel this year to avoid an unnecessary ticket.

Michael Brehne is an Orlando attorney with over 22 years of experience with representing injured people in accidents as well as against their own insurance company when claims aren’t properly paid. This includes vehicle, homeowner’s, renter’s, disability, accidental death and life insurances. He is a decorated former law enforcement officer, serving with the Orlando Police Department as a detective and with the Florida Highway Patrol.


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+ EXPERT ADVICE | Education

Top 5 Tips

for Families in the New Year How to focus on self-care and positivity as a family in this new decade. By Tiffany Alrefae, Windermere Preparatory School


he start of the calendar year, or in this case also a new decade, is an excellent time to reset, especially for families and students. Halfway through the school year, everyone is looking for a way to recommit to themselves and their families through self-care. Here are five ways to focus on self-care in the New Year.


Ditch the new resolutions. Instead, choose one word for your family that helps everyone be the best that they can be this year. Unlike traditional resolutions, Jon Gordon’s “one-word solution” provides flexibility for the word to apply to many different situations. My word for 2019 was “stretch.” Families with older children can also have their kids choose their own words.

Tiffany Alrefae is assistant head of school at Windermere Preparatory School. She’s an experienced school leader with a passion for building school communities and growing student potential.


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Commit to moving for 20 to 30 minutes at least two times a week, and do it together as a family. The word “exercise” can often have a bad connotation. Many families are too busy running in different directions to commit to an exercise class or program, so use a calendar and choose two days a week instead. The weekend works best for my family. Whatever day you choose, make movement fun and keep it simple.

Many students participate in D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) at school, but try having a set time for everyone in the family to read each night. When you work reading into your nighttime routine, children learn that it’s important to read every day, whether you are 5 or 55. Books are also a great way to connect with your children on more challenging topics, especially when you follow up with a conversation about the events in the book.



According to the United States Geological Survey, up to 60% of the adult body is made up of water and a child’s body has an even higher percentage. Drinking more water helps body functions, promotes healthy skin and can improve your mood. With all of the New Year’s sales, it is the perfect opportunity to buy a new reusable water bottle. Switch out sugary drinks at your kitchen table and in lunchboxes. These small changes will yield big results for you and your little ones.

Being thankful is not limited to the autumn and winter holiday seasons. Find a way to celebrate gratitude every day. Whether it’s keeping a daily gratitude journal or saying what you are thankful for during dinner or bedtime conversations, it can help you refocus on all of the positive things in your life. It’s up to you whether you choose one, a few or all of the suggestions above. Just take a deep breath and focus on your health and your family’s health in this New Year and new decade.

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Sell My Home? What sellers can expect from Orlando’s housing market in 2020. By Gonzalo Senior, IRM Investments, Real Estate & Management


he Orlando area continues to be a place where families want to plant their roots. This is due in part to the area’s growth, excellent school districts and accessibility to a vast selection of entertainment options. While the demand for homes is there, increased interest rates and a leveling out of home prices are predicted for the housing market in 2020, making it a slightly more difficult year for sellers. In its 2020 forecast, the National Association of REALTORS® notes that sellers will be up against flattening price growth and slowing activity that will require more patience and a thoughtful approach

Gonzalo Senior is a broker/owner at IRM Investments, Real Estate & Management with over 20 years of experience. His vast knowledge of the residential and commercial real estate market enables him to assist buyers and sellers in receiving the best return on their investments.


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to pricing. The organization expects the market to be competitive for homes priced with entry-level buyers in mind and for those prices to remain firm while properties with a higher price range will likely require more incentives to close the deal. To get the best price, it will be important for sellers to be open to adjusting to local market conditions. This can be done in several ways. 1. Th  e Price is Right: Work closely with an experienced REALTOR® to determine an attractive price for buyers and be patient as you work through the process and negotiations. 2. Incentivize When Necessary: Since buyers are trending more toward affordable housing options, sellers with higher-priced homes may need to offer incentives such as closing cost credits or HOA dues credits to close the deal.

3. Be Flexible: There’s no question that sellers want the best price possible for their home, and a REALTOR® will do everything possible to get it. If a seller is willing to adjust to the local market conditions then they will benefit from steady demand. The National Association of REALTORS® report shows 2020 sales growth in the Orlando, Kissimmee and Sanford area at 0.9% with price growth at 1.8%. The key takeaways from the report are that tight inventory and rising mortgage rates could lead to decreased sales in the year ahead. However, sellers should not be deterred. When working with a REALTOR® who is knowledgeable and experienced with sales in the Orlando market, you’re one step ahead in selling your home at the price point you want. Source:


Hospitality’s Highest Honors On Dec. 14, 2019 the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association (CFHLA) hosted its annual Hospitality Gala at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. This black-tie dinner featured 1,200 hospitality executives, community partners and elected officials. During this end-of-year celebration, CFHLA presented its most prestigious annual awards. The Charles Andrews Memorial Hospitality Award for community leadership honors one leader for their

Rich Maladecki is president and CEO of the Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association, the world’s largest regional hotel association (

personal contributions to the Central Florida community and the regional hospitality industry. This year’s recipient was George A. Kalogridis, Walt Disney Company. Kalogridis was selected as this year’s Charles Andrews Memorial Hospitality Award honoree for his part in enhancing Central Florida’s hospitality industry and community. He started his Disney career in 1971, bussing tables at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Over his long career, Kalogridis has served as general manager of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, vice president of Epcot, vice president of travel operations for Walt Disney World Resort, senior vice president of resort operations for Disneyland Resort, chief operating officer of Disneyland Paris, president of Disneyland Resort and president of Walt Disney World Resort. Kalogridis is also a tireless champion for diversity, in his com-

CFHLA 2019 Board Chairman and General Manager of the Alfond Inn at Rollins, Jesse Martinez, 2019 Charles Andrews Honoree; George A. Kalogridis, The Walt Disney Company and CFHLA 2020 Incoming Board Chairman; and Area Vice President of Hyatt Regency Orlando, Brian Comes.

pany and in his community, and both are better places as a result. Additionally, CFHLA presented the 2019 Members of the Year Awards. LODGING MEMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD David Bartek, Loews Hotels ALLIED MEMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD Jackie Bozzuto, Lowndes ENGINEER OF THE YEAR AWARD Joe Friends, Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate

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Island Paradise The tiny island town of Boca Grande in southwest Florida offers visitors an escape from the real world.

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stop lights. The golf carts share most of the roadways with other vehicles, and a bike path, which runs the entire length of the island, with bicyclists. From the north end of the island to 1st street, the bike path follows the route of the old train tracks that used to carry phosphate from the south end to the mainland. One thing you should know before you go is that no where in Boca Grande will you find a fast food restaurant or chain of any kind. All restaurants and shops are locally owned. Downtown Boca Grande is also lined with specialty and gift shops, art galleries and even a small grocery store should you have forgotten something on the mainland. One of the island’s famous landmarks is The Gasparilla Inn & Club, an old Florida style resort. Now in its 105th season, which will run through July, the resort is a Historic Hotel of America Landmark Inn. Built originally as a retreat for vacationing wealthy northerners, The Inn has transformed from a 40-room hotel in 1913 to the current 142-room resort with a private beach club (perfect for a sunset stroll), spa, championship Pete Dye golf course, a 220-slip marina, tennis and croquet courts and multiple restaurants. The charm of The Inn lies in the rich history behind its doors. In its 100



hree hours and about 175 miles southwest of Orlando is a 7-mile long island called Gasparilla. At the south end of the island is the Boca Grande Pass, one of the deepest natural channels in the state that is famous for its tarpon fishing. At the center is the historic town of Boca Grande, a quaint, charming village that makes it easy to leave the real world behind for a while. For locals and visitors alike, the preferred mode of transportation is either a bike or a golf cart. This laidback beach town has no busy intersections or

years, it has hosted fishermen looking to catch a prized tarpon, business tycoons and former presidents have walked the halls, and countless weddings and anniversaries have been celebrated. While you’re there, visit the Gasparilla Island State Park for a walk through the Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum, which chronicles the town’s history as a fishing town and participant in the phosphate trade. And then there’s Banyan Street, great for a romantic walk or even just a golf cart ride, down a street that is shaded by huge, 80-yearold Banyan trees. A trip here wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of Boca Grande’s beautiful beaches, lining the Gulf of Mexico, for some shelling, kayaking and fishing. No matter where you go on the island, the locals will make you feel right at home.


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Chairwoman Deborah Rios Barnes, Past Chairman Tim Haberkamp, Director of HR Mark Marsh, Treasurer J.T. McWalters and Chairwoman Elect Camille Evans

The West Orange Chamber of Commerce kicks off another year of facilitating opportunity with new leaders, updated initiatives and the return of some of their most popular events. By Stina D’Uva, West Orange Chamber of Commerce


hen I was younger, the year 2020 seemed so far away and futuristic! It’s actually here and the chamber’s leadership is ready for it. As with the start of every year, the chamber’s leadership changes as do our initiatives.  The 2020 volunteer leader of our organization is Chairwoman Deborah Rios Barnes of CenturyLink. She brings tremendous experience to this chamber having served in leadership in the WOCC for several years. She continues to work closely with our immediate past chairman, Tim Haberkamp of Hardee’s in Pine Hills, and two others remaining in leadership positions, Camille Evans of Virtus LLP (Chairwoman 2021) and Mark Marsh, president/ CEO of Orlando Health-Health Central Hospital. They’re joined by J.T. McWalters of Orlando Magic. The wealth of their combined talents and experience, along with the 27 other board members, continues to excite me and the entire WOCC team. We’ll begin the new year by honoring some of our most revered members as 2019 award winners at the Big Orange Awards. These men, women and businesses have demonstrated leadership, philanthropy, community service and collaboration. Congratulations to Dawn Willis, Ellen Korbin, Ken Harker, Christian Service Center, Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, Pam Birdsong, Jim Karr and Pat Gleason.

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The evening will also include awards for small and big business members of the year. Join us on Friday, Jan. 31 at Walt Disney World’s Coronado Springs Resort to celebrate our winners. Even as we prepare for this premier event, we have some wonderful surprises in store for fans of Best Fest - The Taste of West Orange, which will take place at the spectacular Starke Lake in Ocoee on March 26. I don’t want to spoil the surprises, so stay tuned. You won’t want to miss it!   Something else you won’t be able to miss is the 2020 election. To help you navigate and decide who will be the best leaders in our county and state races, join us at our Hob Nob and Straw Poll on July 30. We will also give voters an opportunity to share their opinions on ballot initiatives. At this point, the chamber is monitoring the multitude of local and state amendments that may make it onto the November ballot.  This event and others are all about providing information to our members and the community so we can all make informed choices to continually better West Orange County. Ballot initiatives are just some of the issues we will be looking into, but our greatest focus will continue to be on workforce development. Our businesses and employers need all of our help in developing the right labor force for the jobs of today so that our future continues to be bright.  Happy New Year!


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uring the holiday season of giving, the Orlando community came out in full swing to support a variety of local charities. On Dec. 6, the Adam Michael Rosen Foundation’s inaugural Sock it to Cancer fundraising event at Rosen Shingle Creek put its best foot forward for a rousing good time. There was entertainment around every corner for guests throughout the evening. Local restaurants generously provided creative culinary dishes and signature holiday drinks, Rockin’ Robin spun tunes and close to 30 local charities uniquely showcased their missions through cheerfully decorated holiday trees. Guests had the opportunity to vote on their favorite trees while giving back at the same time. Each vote was cast with the donation of one new pair of socks. A Gift for Teaching took a step ahead with the most votes, receiving a $5,000 check from the foundation. The Sock it to Cancer event gathered hundreds of new socks that were donated to Orlando’s homeless. It also raised awareness of Central Florida’s giving community, providing inspiration for generosity during the holiday season. The Rosen family founded the Adam Michael Rosen Foundation to honor Adam’s legacy of incredible strength and to carry on some of the activities that he was passionate about. Its mission is to fight cancer by supporting families and patients afflicted by the disease.

A Gift for Teaching’s decorated tree received the most votes of the evening, earning the organization a $5,000 donation.

+ CALENDAR of Events January 4, 11, 18, 25 Winter Music Series

12-4 p.m. Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards 19239 U.S. 27 North Clermont, FL 34715 Free admission 800.768.9463 This event features live music on the outdoor stage and inside the winery. Lakeridge wine, beer, soft drinks and food will be available for purchase and complimentary winery tours and tastings will be available.

January 9 Popcorn Flicks in the Park

7 p.m. Enzian Central Park in Winter Park Free admission 407.629.0054 Gather the whole family and enjoy a showing of The Incredible Hulk under the stars.

January 15 Classical Music Concert

1 p.m. Winter Park University Club 841 N. Park Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789 407.644.6149 Carnegie Hall comes to The University Club of Winter Park with a program featuring Sean Kennard, a pianist and Julliard graduate, in a program that will include Beethoven’s Waldstein sonata in honor of his 250th anniversary.

for the Disney on Broadway concert series and more. This event runs through Feb. 24.

January 17-20 Jurassic World Live

January 16-19 Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions

Times vary Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club 3451 Golf View Dr. Orlando, FL 32830 $30 single-day grounds pass, $60 4-day pass, VIP packages available This annual tournament pairs LPGA Tour champions with sports and entertainment stars for some serious competition with a twist. Fans are invited to get in on the action with a selection of tickets and packages.

January 17 Epcot International Festival of the Arts

9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Epcot Included in regular theme park admission 407.939.5277 In this celebration of art, entertainment and food, you can explore a variety of galleries and hands-on workshops, creative twists on irresistible bites, an entertaining lineup

Show times vary Amway Center 400 W. Church St. Orlando, FL 32801 Tickets start at $25 407.440.7900 Join forces with a team of scientists to unravel a corrupt plan and save an all-new dinosaur from a terrible fate while meeting some of Jurassic Park’s most iconic dinosaurs along the way.

January 18 Michael Andrew and the Atomic Big Band

7 p.m. Community Presbyterian Church 511 Celebration Ave. Celebration, FL 34747 $30 407.566.1234 Join friends, family and neighbors during this performance, which is part of the Celebration Foundation Concert Series.

January 18 Park Ave 5k Presented by AdventHealth Get a healthy start to the New Year with a race through Winter Park. Event highlights include a finisher medal and tshirt, access to AdventHealth experts, free AdventHealth for Children Kids’ Run and more.

January 20 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration

10 a.m. parade 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. festival Downtown Winter Garden Free admission 407.656.4111 Enjoy live entertainment, speakers, vendors, kids’ activities, films and more in celebration of this civil rights movement leader.

January 22 Disney’s Aladdin

8 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts 445 S. Magnolia Ave. Orlando, FL 32801 Ticket prices vary 844.513.2014 As part of the Disney on Broadway series, this production is an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. This show runs through Feb. 9.

7:30 a.m. Stage at Central Park 251 N. Park Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789 $33 through Jan. 4, $38 Jan. 5-17, $45 on race day 407.896.1160

January 16 En la Cocina!

6:30-8:30 p.m. Tapa Toro 8441 International Dr. Orlando, FL 32819 $49 plus tax and gratuity 407.226.2929 Enjoy an evening of cooking and eating around the paella pit as the restaurant’s chefs guide you in creating some of their favorite recipes. Seating is limited to 12 people. Tapas and dessert are included in class price.


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January 24-25 Rock the Universe

4 p.m. Universal Studios Florida $111.99 plus tax 407.363.8000 Lift your hands and let your hearts soar at this two-day concert featuring popular Christian artists. Ticket price includes Sunday Service at The Blue Man Group Theater.

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January 25 SeaWorld’s Rescue Run

5:45 a.m. registration opens 7 a.m. start time SeaWorld Orlando 7007 Sea Harbor Dr. Orlando, FL 32821 $60 in advance, $65 day of race Run, skip, jog or stroll through the park during this family friendly event then enjoy an exclusive Killer Whale Education Presentation. This run benefits the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund.

6-10 p.m. Harriett’s Orlando Ballet Centre 600 N. Lake Formosa Dr. Orlando, FL 32803 $500 per person 407.426.1733 Share in the enchantment of Orlando’s pre-eminent gala and fundraiser as the Orlando Ballet unveils its new home to the Central Florida community.

January 26 NFL Pro Bowl 2020

3 p.m. Camping World Stadium 1 Citrus Bowl Place Orlando, FL 32805 Ticket prices vary 407.440.7900 Following the traditional AFC versus NFC format, 88 of the best NFL players (44 from each conference as determined by a vote from fans, players and coaches) will take the field to see who comes out on top.

January 31 Ultimate 80s Party featuring Tiffany

8 p.m. House of Blues 1490 E. Buena Vista Dr. Orlando, FL 32830 Tickets start at $10 407.934.2583 Enjoy a night of nostalgia with one of the top artists of the ‘80s performing some of her greatest hits and some new tunes.

February 1 Mardi Gras

Times vary Universal Studios Florida Included in regular theme park admission 407.363.8000 Enjoy nightly parades with street performers and beads, taste authentic Cajun food and enjoy the sounds of New Orleans bands every night as well as some of the biggest names in music on select nights. This event runs through April 2.

February 8 Paws in the Park

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Lake Eola Park 512 E. Washington St. Orlando, FL 32801 407.351.7722 Dogs can enjoy a variety of activities such as dock diving, lure courses, kissing booth, photo station, a doggie fun zone and a costume contest. But you don’t have to have a dog to enjoy this event, as there will be a beer garden, food trucks and more for humans to enjoy. Adoptable pets will be onsite as well.

February 8 Family Workshop: Heart Hunt for Art Lovers!

1-3 p.m. Orlando Museum of Art 2416 N. Mills Ave. Orlando, FL 32803 $25 per family for visitors, $22.50 per family for members 407.896.4231 Love is in the air! Children and their families will create beautiful mixed media heart-shaped pieces of art using watercolor and black glue with the help of an experienced artist. Pre-registration is required.

February 14 Valentine’s Concert

7-10 p.m. Harry P. Leu Gardens 1920 N. Forest Ave. Orlando, FL 32803 $15 in advance, $20 day of event (if available), $10 members 407.246.2620 Pack a picnic dinner (alcohol is permitted) and chairs or a blanket and enjoy the music of Dave Capp Project, Slickwood Mud and Rooster Blues.


+ SNAPSHOTS On the Town

Silent Night Holiday Social Center for Independent Living in Central Florida, Inc. hosted its annual Silent Night Holiday Social event at AdventHealth Winter Park on Friday, December 6. Over 90 guests, volunteers, and CIL staff attended the holiday-themed event.


1. AdventHealth volunteers lent their helping hands in assisting with various activities at the Silent Night event. 2. A  nnayska Reyes unwraps the gift that was given to her by Santa. 3. A  thena and Romulus Perdomo smile with Santa and their new gifts.



Santa for a Senior Campaign 4. O  n Dec. 13, the staff at the Alzheimer’s Association, which is located in Longwood, wrapped gifts that were donated for seniors who would be alone for the holidays through a partnership with Home Instead Senior Care.


FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl Athletes from George Southern and Liberty University took to the field at Exploria Stadium last month for the fifth annual FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl. The game, which is presented by the Orlando Sports Foundation, raises funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.



5. F  BC Mortgage Cure Bowl representatives on game day. 6. L  ou Harmel of Autonation (left) and Orlando Sports Foundation’s Executive Director Alan Gooch (right) with the Cure Bowl mascot at the JA Edwards Pep Rally/Battle of the Bands at Universal CityWalk on Dec. 20. 7. The Liberty Flames took home the title of Cure Bowl champions.


Central Florida Lifestyle | January 2020



Standing Up to

Domestic Violence With a comprehensive shelter and a wealth of helpful services, Harbor House of Central Florida seeks to eliminate domestic violence in the lives of local survivors.


ne in three people will experience domestic abuse at the hands of their partner during their lifetime. Locally, Harbor House of Central Florida, Orange County’s only state-certified domestic violence shelter, works tirelessly toward eliminating this statistic. The organization opened its doors in 1976 as a safe haven for survivors of domestic abuse. It has transformed into one of the most comprehensive abuse prevention and intervention centers in the country that features a variety of services that ensures all family members will be safe as they heal. Harbor House provides safety, shelter, counseling, education, advocacy and justice. In addition to

operating a 24-hour, 110-bed emergency shelter for women, men, children and animal survivors of family violence, the organization also provides children’s services, community outreach, community and professional education, and legal advocacy services. Harbor House is committed to its community promise of never turning away a survivor who seeks safety. In 2012, Harbor House expanded its 5-acre campus to include the Paws for Peace Kennel, which has been a transition home for hundreds of dogs, cats, birds, fish, turtles and guinea pigs. Many domestic violence survivors delay leaving their abusers out of fear of what will happen to their pets, and the kennel ensures no family member

is left behind in an abusive home. In fact, it serves as a national model for on-site kenneling at domestic violence shelters. With everything Harbor House team members and volunteers do, the all-encompassing goal is social change at the individual and systemwide levels. Through its philosophy of Recognize, Respond & Refer (R3), Harbor House teaches individuals, businesses, schools, faith institutions and first responders how to recognize the signs of domestic abuse, respond effectively and refer survivors to safety. If you or anyone you know might be experiencing domestic abuse, please call the 24-hour, confidential hotline at 407-886-2856 (local) or 800-5001119 (state-wide).

How You Can Help 1. Donate. Give a monetary donation where it’s needed most and help a survivor in crisis. 2. Volunteer  on your own or with a group. Opportunities include assisting with fundraisers, becoming a social media ambassador and participating in playtime in the child care center. 3. Participate in one of the organization’s annual fundraising events such as the Paws for Peace Walk on April 18 and Handbags for Hope on May 14.


Central Florida Lifestyle | January 2020


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Central Florida Lifestyle: Windermere January 2020  

Central Florida Lifestyle: Windermere January 2020