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A L I T T L E S PA R K L E Peek Inside for the Season’s Best...


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The Reason for the


As we prepare to gather with loved ones to celebrate the true meaning of the season, the Central Florida Lifestyle team is reflecting on all of the blessings that 2019 has brought. Being part of such a wonderful community for the past 17 years has allowed us to build relationships with our neighbors that have flourished into thriving partnerships, thoughtful stories and endless opportunities to serve our neighbors. As the year comes to a close, we want to thank the people who have helped us do what we do each and every day. This includes the individuals in our community who have been a source of inspiration, our valued readers who welcome us into their homes every month and, most importantly, our advertisers who continue to support us year after year. In this issue, we share some of our favorite recipes, Christmas songs, gift ideas and holiday hosting tips. We hope that each story you read makes your day shine just a little bit brighter. Take some time to relax this holiday season and enjoy all that our special edition holiday issue has to offer. Merry Christmas!


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Contents | December 2019 Departments 6

The Top Songs of Christmas Past


5 Apps to Get You Ready for 2020


Go Crazy for Coquito


The Future Wealth of Millennials


Features 12




Utilize these tips while party planning to host a holiday get-together that will keep your family, friends and neighbors talking all year long.


Perfect for any New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day gathering, these tasty bites offer a twist to the typical preparation of traditionally lucky ingredients.





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A Holiday Insurance Checklist


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Go online for stories and photos not seen in print.


Bucket List Design Ideas for Your Home

5 Natural Ways to Hydrate Your Skin





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Find the perfect gift for anyone on your holiday shopping list with these ideas. Take a journey down memory lane as we explore some of the most sought-after gifts through the decades.


Manage Grief with Grace This Holiday Season





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+ ARTS & Entertainment ‘Tis the season for festive holiday tunes, so take a journey through some of the most popular songs of the past several decades.

The Top Songs

of Christmas Past By Christie Fogarty


cials, with the most notable being “Home Alone” when Kevin fooled the burglars with a fake Christmas party featuring the song.

“Santa Claus is Coming to Town” (1934) From the time Eddie Cantor sang this song on his radio show, it was an instant hit. Since then, hundreds of artists have recorded their own versions, including Bing Crosby, The Jackson Five, Fred Astaire and Mariah Carey.

“A Holly Jolly Christmas” (1962) Written in 1962 by Johnny Marks, this song was released in 1964 as the title track of The Quinto Sisters’ first album. Burl Ives, who voiced Sam the Snowman in the “Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer” television special, recorded the most famous version. It has been on and off the Hot 100 charts for decades.

t’s hard not to get in the holiday spirit when you turn on Christmas music. So let’s take a look at some classic holiday songs to see how the sounds have changed through the decades.

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (1944) Judy Garland first performed this song for the movie, “Meet Me in St. Louis.” Songwriter Hugh Martin threw away the original melody but tried again after some encouragement from fellow songwriter, Ralph Blaine. The song that almost wasn’t has now been covered by artists such as Garth Brooks, James Taylor and Bob Dylan. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” (1958) This Christmas classic was recorded by Brenda Lee when she was just 13 years old. However, it didn’t catch on until Lee had a few hits under her belt in 1960. It has been featured in movies and commer6

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“Wonderful Christmastime” (1979) Paul McCartney recorded this holiday tune on his farm, where he was recording his “McCartney II” album. Although fans and critics have strong opinions of it, Forbes has estimated that McCartney earns $400,000 per year in royalties from the song. “Hard Candy Christmas” (1982) This song was written by Carol Hall for the musical “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and was recorded by Dolly Parton when she starred in the film adaptation. Some question whether it’s truly a Christmas song, but it has remained a staple for holiday specials and albums.

“All I Want for Christmas is You” (1994) Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff kept it so simple when they co-wrote this song that they managed to write its shell in only 15 minutes. Twenty-five years later and that simple melody has become one of the most popular Christmas songs of its time. “Where Are You Christmas?” (2000) Written for the movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” this song was originally recorded by Mariah Carey. After a legal battle with her now ex-husband cancelled its release, it was re-recorded by Faith Hill and has reached more than 977,000 downloads. “Dreams of Fireflies (On a Christmas Night)” (2012) With their rock-opera style, Trans-Siberian Orchestra has become a staple of concert tours during Christmas. This song was one of their biggest hits in the last decade.

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5 Apps

to Get You Ready for 2020 Use these apps to get organized now so you will have a productive New Year. By Lyndsay Fogarty


s 2019 comes to a close, there’s no better time to prepare for a productive and prosperous 2020. These five apps will help get all aspects of your life organized now, from work to play.

Organize Your Schedule with RescueTime

Have you ever felt like there just isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done? The problem may actually be with how you’re using the time you have. RescueTime works in the background of your computer and mobile devices to track your time as well as the apps and websites you’re accessing most. This information helps you understand where your time is going so you can adjust your habits and be more productive. Available on iOS and Android devices, Free basic version and $6 per month premium version

Organize Your Thoughts with Calm

It’s easier to be more productive when you’re getting a good night’s sleep. This meditation, sleep and relaxation app helps users do just that through audio content that addresses stress, anxiety, insomnia and depression. Through daily 10-minute meditations as well as sleep stories (bedtime stories for adults), sleep music, meditation lessons, nature sounds and more, Calm provides an avenue to strengthen mental fitness so you can be your best self each day. Available on iOS and Android devices, Free basic version and $59.99 annual premium subscription

Organize Your Notes with Evernote

There’s nothing worse than jotting down an important reminder then having to flip through pages of notes later to find it or forgetting where that Post-It landed. Evernote stores your most important notes, for both business and personal needs, in addition to the attachments, web pages, voice memos and photos that accompany them. These notes are easily searchable so you can find them quickly whenever you need them. Available on iOS and Android devices, Free basic version and $7.99 per month premium version

Organize Your Work with Trello

Work smarter, not harder. Trello has a variety of boards, lists and cards to keep you organized as you prioritize projects. Its features also make it easy for everyone on your team to stay


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connected throughout, adding comments, attachments, due dates and more as you go. Other apps that your team is already using can be integrated into your Trello workflow so you don’t waste any time, and it syncs across all devices so you can collaborate from anywhere. Available on iOS and Android devices, Free basic version and $10 business class version

Organize Your Travel with TripCase

Consider TripCase your virtual travel agent that manages all the details of an upcoming trip, from flights to reservation information for restaurants and activities. If any changes occur, you will be notified through the app, where you also have access to all itinerary details, e-tickets and confirmations before and during the trip. TripCase includes valuable tools so no box is left unchecked as you plan your vacation or business trip. Available on iOS and Android devices, Free

+ WINE & Spirits

Go Crazy for



This coconut cocktail will add a tropical flair to your holiday celebration. By Larissa Hamblin and Lyndsay Fogarty


By Christie Fogarty

ne of the best ways to celebrate the holidays is by toasting with a traditional cocktail. Coquito, a rum-based cocktail that originated in Puerto Rico, is similar to eggnog but with a tropical twist.

The Origin of Coquito

With a name that translates to “little coconut,” this sweet, creamy libation doesn’t have one particular origin story. Instead of focusing on where coquito came from, its fans savor the meaning behind the cocktail. Although many recipe variations can be found online, coquito is special because of the recipes that have been passed down through the generations. Many Puerto Rican households prepare family recipes in large batches so they can give bottles as gifts during the holiday season. It’s a cocktail that brings people together.

Whip Up a Batch

Coquito calls for coconut milk, condensed milk, vanilla, rum and your preference of warm spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. After all of the ingredients are combined, the coquito


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mixture should be refrigerated for at least an hour before serving. While some recipes call for egg yolk, this is not part of coquito’s traditional preparation. Not only is the use of egg yolk widely debated among coquito aficionados, but including it significantly decreases the beverage’s shelf life. Without eggs, a batch of coquito can last four to six months when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

How to Serve Coquito

Since it’s a very rich and strong beverage, coquito is traditionally served in a small glass for sipping after a meal. It tastes best when it’s served nice and cold. Some people even prefer to add ice to cut the richness and balance the flavors. Like other cream liqueurs, coquito is a tasty addition to coffee, too. Just add a dash or two in place of cream and sugar, and you will have more than a caffeine buzz going. Whether you’re gifted with a bottle of coquito this holiday season or you make it yourself, this cocktail will add a bit more sugar and spice to your celebrations this year.

BACARDÍ Coquito While Coquito is traditionally prepared in large batches, this recipes allows you to make it by the glass for your next holiday gathering. Or try BACARDÍ’s readyto-drink coquito, which is available in select grocery and retail stores this holiday season.


• 2 parts BACARDÍ Superior Rum • 3/4 parts evaporated milk • 3/4 parts condensed milk  • 1 part coconut creme (preferably Coco Lopez) • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 1 pinch cinnamon •C  oconut flakes & cinnamon sticks, garnish


Shake all ingredients vigorously with plenty of ice and strain into a glass mug. Garnish with cinnamon and coconut flakes.


Utilize these tips while party planning to host a holiday get-together that will keep your family, friends and neighbors talking all year long. By Lyndsay Fogarty

Mind Your Manners


hen it comes to etiquette, we all know that saying “please” and “thank you” is a given in any situation. But what about the little details that show consideration as party guests and hosts? Maralee McKee, an Orlando native and founder of, shares some etiquette tips to get you through the holiday season and beyond.

Etiquette Tips for Hosts 1.  M  ake every effort to prepare what you can in advance and delegate a helper who can assist with last-minute details and mid-party refills. 2. Greet each guest at the door. 3. A  void being the king or queen of apologies during the party so guests aren’t put in an awkward position of having to reassure you. 4. Avoid cleaning during the party. 12

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5. Don’t open hostess gifts in front of other guests. Instead, thank the gift giver and let them know that you look forward to opening it after the party.

Etiquette Tips for Guests 1. RSVP within 24 hours. A quick response lets the host know that you’re happy to receive the invitation and happy to attend. 2. If you can’t make it, only share the reason for your absence if appropriate. 3. If you have two parties in the same evening, share that with your host when you respond and let them know what time you’re leaving. 4. Avoid being late to the party. 5. Don’t ask for a special menu but do share any food allergies when you RSVP so the host can alert you to skip any items containing the allergen.

Get Your Home Guest-Ready


hether you’re hosting overnight guests or throwing a dinner party, you want your home to be sparkly clean. However, the rush of the holiday season may not allow for much time to prepare. Here are some tips for getting your home ready for entertaining from Jenny Joy of Ruby Red Cleaning.

When There’s No Time Make the time that you have count. De-clutter common areas, change the sheets in the guest bedroom, fluff pillows and light a scented candle.

When You Have a Hard Time Finding the Time Focus on what matters most. Hand-dust with a cloth and spray in the guest bedroom and bathroom, vacuum and mop the floors, put fresh sheets on the bed and place towels at the end of the bed. In the common living areas, do a quick dusting of surfaces, focusing on areas used most often and areas at eye level. Also, fluff and straighten the couch pillows and put out holiday greenery.

When You Have Plenty of Time In addition to the above tasks, clean high and low. Dust fans and light fixtures, wipe down blinds and windowsills, clean the baseboards and doors, and vacuum underneath the beds. Joy also offers ideas for staying guest-ready all the time. First, always stay stocked with a quality feather duster, extra sponges and extra cleaning cloths to make quick cleaning a breeze. Also, keeping extra towels and linens on hand makes it easy to prepare a guest room in no time, and having store-bought cookie dough in your refrigerator will ensure you’re ready to offer a sweet treat at a moment’s notice. Finally, incorporate small tasks into your daily routine, such as spending 10 minutes tidying up each morning and doing a quick sweep or running a dust mop along the floors every night. Most importantly, don’t stress if your home isn’t as perfect as you would like it to be. After all, a stressed host makes for a stressed guest. “Your guests won’t notice the dust behind your TV. They’ll love your thoughtful extras, and they’ll remember the time they spent with you far more than any stray dust bunny under your couch,” she says. “Replace your temptation to talk about what you didn’t have time to do and remind yourself the nicest thing to hear is, ‘Come in, I’m so glad you’re here.’”

How to Decorate for Your Next Party


ndrea St. Onge and Cristina Lima of Lou and Pepper Party Shop are pros at presenting a pretty party space. Here, they provide tips for pulling out all the stops at your next get-together. For St. Onge and Lima, the party is in the details. That means communicating a theme with accents that tell the story of the occasion. “Our planning process always begins with small details as inspiration,” Lima says. “We take elements that highlight the theme, or just ones that we love, and create a bigger picture from there.” They believe that working with core details first helps to keep all the décor cohesive throughout the party. And it all starts with adding something fun at the entrance. “It’s the first thing guests see, and that’s where the experience begins,” Lima says.

Consider a balloon garland that can double as a photo spot. Be sure to include a variety of colors, sizes and shapes to keep it interesting and add dimension to the space. Once inside, designate a main focal point in a larger area of your home. This can be a bar setup or the buffet area where guests will gather to fill their plates or glasses over conversation. You will want to combine function with flair in this space. Start by laying out all the items that guests will need, such as glassware, silverware, plates and napkins, then fill it in with accents that tie in to your party’s theme. Add prepared food and beverage items right before the party begins. “Setting it all up in advance ensures you’re able to join the party without having to run around gathering ingredients,” Lima says. These ideas will help you have a memorable party while saving you time to spend with your guests.


Build Your Own Grazing Table


his year, grazing tables bypass traditional charcuterie boards as party palate pleasers. While they resemble a charcuterie board, complete with a variety of cheeses and meats, other accompaniments provide plenty of snacks for your guests to enjoy. A grazing table is easy (and fun) to set up. Simply place a piece of butcher paper on the table that you will


be presenting the party snacks and start arranging your selection. Some grazing table presentations are flat, where all elements are at the same level, but consider adding some height by placing bowls of nuts and dip on a cake stand. The beauty of a grazing table is that you can take it in any direction that you like, but here are some ideas to get you started.




A soft, creamy texture that’s easily spreadable

Try it baked with simple garnishes or wrapped in puff pastry


A semi-hard texture and a mild flavor

Go for the aged variety to get a nice, sharp flavor


Earthy flavors that pair well with dried fruit and nuts

If you prefer a sharper variety, choose bleu cheese instead

Blueberry Goat Cheese

A unique flavor profile that combines sweet and savory

Add this to your board if you decide to skip a sweet jam or dried fruit


An extra salty element with a texture that complements the cheese

Consider including ham or salami, too, for a variety of meat choices

Jam or Dried Fruit

Just a touch of sweetness to balance all of the salty flavors

Apricot or fig jam give just the right amount of sweetness and a hint of tartness

A Variety of Nuts

A crispy texture that balances out the softer elements on the table

Make store-bought nuts more exciting by adding some sugar and spice then toasting them

Dips and Spreads

A go-to for anyone at the party who doesn’t like or can’t eat cheese

Different flavors of store-bought hummus, paired with veggies and toasted baguette slices, will please many paletes

A Hint of Chocolate

A sweet element for a well-rounded grazing table

This could be anything from your favorite candy to chocolate-covered pretzels for a salty-sweet flavor

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+ ASK The Lawyer

The Future Wealth of

Millennials How to plan for and protect your family’s assets and your future inheritance.


My dad owns a successful machine shop that employs over 65 people. Even though he’s almost 73 years old, he continues to work and shows no signs of giving up control of the business. He has no college degree and started his business in his garage nearly 50 years ago. I have a master’s degree in business and finance and have been managing the business for my father for 20 years; however, he shows no interest in retiring and turning the family business over to me. If my dad lives another 20-plus years, I could find myself working for my son who is about to graduate college and join the family business. I believe that my generation is not only about to be skipped over, but my children, Millennials, will acquire all the wealth. What drives my dad’s generation, Baby Boomers, and prevents them from handing down business succession to their children, my Generation X?

By Kristen M. Jackson, Jackson Law P.A.


The Boomer generation, those born between 1946 and 1964, is the most populous. Having worked so hard to build what they have makes it difficult to let go and allow their children and grandchildren the opportunity to step into their shoes. Boomers are often criticized for their consumerism, their focus on wealth and their belief in the myth of a fountain of youth. The fact is, Boomers have become the richKristen M. Jackson is the founding partner of Jackson Law PA (407-363-9020). She is experienced in estate planning, real estate law, business and contract law. Her firm has earned an AV rating by MartindaleHubbell signifying the highest level of professional excellence as obtained through opinions from members of the bar and judiciary.


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est generation in history, are more physically fit and are far outliving their parents. It’s expected that with today’s medicine and science, many boomers will live another 25 years. Unlike their parents, boomers seem less focused on business succession and how they will pass down their wealth. They are busy earning it, reinvesting it, enjoying it and chasing youth by spending their wealth on facelifts, Botox, fitness centers and anti-aging potions. Will Boomers’ wealth skip your generation? Probably not, although it’s most likely the Millennials may soon become the richest generation ever. According to Cerulli Associates, worldwide asset management group, over $68 trillion will be handed down over the next 25 years by the Boomer generation. Generation X is encouraged to direct energy on how to influence

Boomers to create asset protection and business succession plans that will transfer their wealth to their beneficiaries without the need for lawyers and courts. Boomers are 50% less likely than their parents to have a will, trust or other form of estate planning. This means as much as $47 trillion could end up in the hands of attorneys, courts and state’s unclaimed property divisions rather than in the hands of beneficiaries. Inheritances are like Christmas gifts. Without adequate estate planning, heirs may meet the Grinch who stole Christmas and encounter family wars, attorneys and courts to settle estate inheritances. Take time this holiday season to discuss with your family how to wrap the family business and other assets into the best gift ever by implementing effective estate planning.



Dream of Your Next Getaway The centerpiece of this bedroom isn’t any ordinary bed. The king-sized mattress is set in a restored sailboat with a headboard that matches the boat’s rich wooden trim and deck. The other side of this custom-made bed has an extended base and steps made from weathered wood to match. It’s almost as if you washed ashore onto a deserted island, placed the boat on the sand and created your own comfy shelter.

Bucket List Design Ideas

for Your Home Whether you’re designing a themed room in your own home or looking to staycation at a home away from home right here in Orlando, we’re exploring ways to bring your bucket list into your living space. Designed by Nicole and Mike Mendicino, Orlando Theme Homes Photographed by Cynthia Simonetta, Cynthia Simonetta Photography

Tip! You might not be lying in a sailboat on the ocean looking up at the night sky as the movement of the waves lull you to sleep, but you might as well be. Along with the sailboat, a mosaic wave stretches across the floor, traveling along the base of a sliding glass door, from wall to wall. Glass tiles with varying shades of turquoise make up this mosaic, playing off of the sandy colored tile floor. Accent pieces like a worn propeller pull the whole theme together. Continued on page 20 18

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+ HOMESTYLE Explore Outer Space Celebrate Central Florida’s space history with a themed bedroom that is perfect for the youngest members of the family. When they’re in the room playing or drifting off to sleep, a creative space such as this encourages their imaginations to run wild as they dream of all the possibilities of what lies just outside of Earth’s atmosphere.

Tip! Custom furniture helps to bring the theme to life. Here, the dresser and the end tables are made from similar materials that are used in the space program to make it feel like you’re on the space shuttle or in the space station. It’s almost as though you’re living like a real astronaut.

Tip! This space is all about the details rather than just the focal point of the room: the pool table. When you add elements such as this industrial end table, which looks like something you would find at a cab company’s home base, and brick tile flooring, you are able to set the scene in a themed space.

Catch a Ride When you have loft space that you don’t know what to do with, turn it into a game room. This loft features a couch and TV for lounging while mixing in an NYC setting complete with a yellow taxi cab pool table that has working headlights and tail lights as well as an overhead light that mimics an authentic NYC taxi’s roof light.

Nicole and Mike Mendicino designed this space as part of a vacation rental home at Reunion Resort. Inside the home, every room brings a new adventure. For more information, visit


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+ HEALTH & Wellness

this Holiday Season

How to handle the holidays when you are dealing with the loss of a loved one.


olidays are filled with traditions, but when someone you used to share those moments with has died, managing grief during the holiday season can be particularly challenging. Mental and physical preparation are your best tools for managing the feelings that may accompany holidays. While family members, particularly children, may want things to be as they’ve always been, the reality is things have changed. It can also be a time to create new traditions and memories that honor your absent loved one. Consider this advice from the National Funeral Directors Association to help navigate grief this holiday season. Get plenty of rest. The holiday season pulls people in many directions, and that can mean getting less sleep than you need. However, being tired has a physical impact on how you feel and can affect your ability to process emotions. Give yourself permission to take a break. No two people process grief and loss the same way; only you know your limits. Even in a season filled with obligations and commitments, know

that it’s OK to set boundaries and remove yourself from holiday reminders and triggers. That may mean flipping the channel on the TV or bypassing the holiday display at the store. Taking care of yourself when you’re grieving isn’t just about finding comfort, it’s also about avoiding discomfort. Be realistic with your commitments. You may be the one who hosts your family’s holiday celebration every year, but if others offer to take responsibility, let them. Allow loved ones to help, and if they don’t volunteer, don’t be afraid to ask. Look for tangible ways to express feelings. So much of grief is internal as you manage numerous thoughts and emotions, but physical expressions of your memories and feelings can help process it all. The Remembering A Life Self-Care Box contains several resources to help you take care of yourself, including a journal, a rose quartz stone that promotes relaxation, a water bottle, a jar to hold written memories of your loved one, a soothing candle, a dragonfly keychain and a soothing essential oil roller.

Verbalize how you’re feeling. Manage expectations by telling family and friends how you’re feeling about the holiday and what they can expect from you. Also let them know what you need from them. If talking about your loved one brings comfort, let those around you know you appreciate the stories and reminiscing. If it hurts, ask that they refrain. Honor your feelings and needs. As most who have experienced loss know, grief comes in waves. The only way to process grief is to ride one wave to the next. That may mean putting off your holiday shopping for a day when you’re feeling less emotional or bowing out of an event you planned to attend. Include your loved one in the holidays. There’s no right or wrong way to incorporate your loved one’s memory; that all depends on what feels right to you. It may mean serving their favorite dish, placing a photo on the mantel or slipping a memento in your pocket so you can touch it when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

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Lucky Appetizers to Ring in the New Year

Perfect for any New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day gathering, these tasty bites offer a twist on the typical preparation of traditionally lucky ingredients.

Compiled by Lyndsay Fogarty

Roasted Grape Crostini with Lemon Ricotta and Thyme Courtesy of The Fresh Market Consuming 12 grapes when the clock strikes midnight is a New Year’s tradition in Spain, Portugal and many Latin American countries. Each grape represents a month in the year ahead — sweet grapes mean that month will be good while sour grapes signify an unlucky month. Add this appetizer to your party spread as a nod to this tradition. Ingredients: • 3 cups Gum Drop Grapes or Black Seedless Grapes • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for crostini • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, plus more for serving •K  osher salt and freshly ground pepper • 1 /2 cup whole milk ricotta • 1 /2 heaping teaspoon lemon zest • 1 Rustic French Batard, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices •F  laky sea salt, for serving •H  oney, for serving 24

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Directions: Preheat oven to 400° F. Line a rimmed sheet pan with parchment paper. In a medium sized bowl, combine grapes, olive oil and thyme and season with salt and pepper to taste. Spread out into an even layer on sheet pan and roast for 20 minutes. While grapes roast, combine ricotta and lemon zest in a small bowl. Season with a good pinch of salt and several cranks of the pepper mill; stir to combine. Once grapes are finished roasting, remove from oven and set aside to cool; decrease heat to 350° F. Place baguette slices on a separate sheet pan and drizzle generously with olive oil. Bake until golden brown, about 5-10 minutes. To assemble the crostini, spread each baguette slice with ricotta, top with roasted grapes, sprinkle with flaky sea salt, freshly ground pepper, a drizzle of honey and fresh thyme leaves. Source:

Florida Spinach and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms Courtesy of Fresh From Florida A typical southern meal on New Year’s Day includes greens and pork, which symbolize wealth and prosperity respectively. Serve these stuffed mushrooms at your New Year’s Eve party for a head start on your 2020 luck.


Ingredients: • 1 pound Florida mushrooms • 4 cups fresh Florida spinach • 5 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled • 1/2 onion, diced fine • 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter • Oil, for cooking • Pinch of red pepper flakes • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook bacon until crispy and drain on paper towel (reserve 1/4 cup of bacon drippings). Coarsely crumble bacon. Heat 2 teaspoons reserved bacon drippings in skillet over medium heat. Add chopped onion and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer to bowl and allow to cool. Mix in bacon, spinach, feta, cream cheese and crushed red pepper. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Toss mushrooms and remaining bacon fat in large bowl to coat and season with salt and pepper. Place mushrooms, rounded side down, on baking sheet and bake until centers fill with liquid (about 15 minutes). Turn mushrooms over and bake for another 5 minutes. Remove from oven, fill with spinach mixture, and return to oven for additional 7 minutes. Transfer to platter and serve warm. Source:

Even More Ideas! Salmon Cakes

Crab cakes are a tasty appetizer option for any party; however, crabs are considered an unlucky ingredient for the New Year. So swap out the shellfish for salmon and serve with a remoulade sauce and a squeeze of lemon. Many cultures consume fish for luck because their scales resemble coins and they swim forward, representing progress.

Lentil Hummus

It’s Italian tradition to prepare lentils as the year begins because their resemblance to Roman coins represents wealth and prosperity. Serve a lucky twist on hummus using cooked, cooled lentils in place of chickpeas.

Baked Brie with Pomegranate

In Turkey and Greece, pomegranates represent life and fertility due to their vibrant color, and their many seeds symbolize prosperity. Party guests will love the balance of a sweet pomegranate, honey and pecan mixture on top of a savory baked brie.

Pulled Pork Crescent Ring

To celebrate the year coming full circle, ringshaped foods are consumed to bring luck for the year ahead. Combine pulled pork, which symbolizes progress because pigs root forward, with barbecue sauce, cheese and red onions then bake the mixture into a crescent roll ring to knock out two lucky traditions in one.

Black Eyed Pea Dip

Another southern staple on New Year’s Day is black eyed peas. Like other beans, they’re thought to look like coins and represent expanding wealth since they expand when they cook. Include a hot, cheesy black eyed pea dip to your party spread or keep it cold by adding black eyed peas to your usual salsa recipe.


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5 Natural Ways to

Keep Your Skin Hydrated

Say goodbye to dull, dry skin this winter with a skincare routine that includes all-natural products. By Natalie Orosco


s the weather gets chillier, common wintertime skin woes will occur. While lotions and creams can help prevent dry, dull and irritated skin, you can keep your skin healthy and hydrated with a few proven, all-natural skincare methods, too.

Coconut Oil

This is a holy-grail product for many all-natural enthusiasts. A truly unique gift from nature, coconut oil deeply hydrates skin and hair, adding a lustrous shine and healthy glow. The trick to avoiding

a slick, oily feel is to mist your skin with water before applying the coconut oil. Rub a dime-sized amount into your skin using short, circular motions. This application method helps the oil penetrate the skin more effectively.


Water hydrates your body from the inside out. Not drinking enough water is one of the leading causes of dull, dry skin. To calculate how much water you need each day, divide your body weight in half then convert it into ounces. For example, a 120-pound woman would need at least 60 ounces, or about eight cups, of water each day. Physically active individuals should drink their full body weight in ounces. This approach can ensure that you meet your daily water quota and reap the countless health benefits that follow.

Shea Butter

A staple in beauty and skincare routines since ancient times, Shea butter is one of the oldest and most effective moisturizers available. The reason behind its hydrating power is its extremely high vitamin A and vitamin F content. Both of these nutrients contribute to younger, healthier and softer skin. Shea butter is ideal for sensitive skin and can even be used to condition dry hair.


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Raw Honey

There are a variety of skincare purposes for raw honey. It’s a soothing ingredient in facial masks, a natural exfoliate and a deep moisturizer for problem areas. Apply a small amount directly into dry hands, feet, elbows or cheeks. Allow it to sit on your skin for 10 minutes then rinse it off and pat dry with a towel. For deeper penetration, apply it to hands or feet and cover with gloves or socks while you sleep. Rinse it off in the morning, and be prepared to be amazed.

Olive Oil

Perhaps best known for its hearthealth benefits, olive oil is also an effective moisturizer. First popularized by ancient Greeks, it’s ideal for severely dry and cracked skin. Olive oil also produces a dewy glow. Apply a small amount of olive oil to your skin right after a warm bath or shower, while your skin is still damp, to produce a dewy glow. All of these natural products are excellent choices for maintaining healthy, hydrated skin during the winter. Try them out to find which one works best for you.

+ SPORTS & Recreation

LPGA’s ‘Party on Tour’ Returns to Orlando this January Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions brings LPGA winners and celebrities to Central Florida.


sorts Tournament of Champions in January 2019. Baseball Hall of Famer John Smoltz will return to defend his 2019 title against fellow pro-sports and entertainment stars, including football Hall of Famers Marcus Allen and Brian Urlacher, hockey All-Star Jeremy Roenick, comedian Larry the Cable Guy and TV personality Ben Higgins, who starred in season 20 of ABC’s “The Bachelor.” The LPGA competitors will play 72 holes with no cut for $1.2 million in official prize money, while the celebrities play for their own $500,000 purse using a modified Stableford format. A group of 10 amateur golfers, who play in the event’s pro-am, will also qualify to play alongside the stars during official tournament rounds. Threesomes may include a combination of LPGA champions and sports or entertainment celebrities, and some with all LPGA players or all celebrities.

Fans can meet their favorite players and celebrities on the course at this annual tournament.


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LPGA champions will play alongside sports and entertainment stars at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions this January.

All four days of play are nationally televised, with Thursday and Friday on Golf Channel, and Saturday and Sunday on NBC. But nothing beats catching the competition live on the course. Fans can purchase several ticket packages, ranging from $30 for a single-day grounds pass to $60 for a 4-day pass. Also available are a limited number of Club 18 packages, which include seats in a skybox on Hole 18, a fully catered lunch, premium open bar and tickets to two private evening events that were previously only open to LPGA players, celebrities and tournament sponsors. These packages are priced at $3,000. There is also a new ticket addon option this year for the Taste & Travel Pass with five- or 10-tab options — priced at $40 and $80 respectively — so fans can eat and drink their way around the course while catching the action. For more information and to buy tickets, visit


ans don’t often get to see LPGA Tour champions such as Lexi Thompson and Brooke Henderson taking selfies on the course or competing alongside sports and entertainment stars like Ray Allen, Mark Mulder and Kevin Millar. But the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions Presented by Insurance Office of America is not your typical golf tournament. The party and the LPGA Tour will kick off Jan. 16-19, 2020, at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando. Balancing serious competition with an entertaining twist, this tournament is a true winners-only event, with only LPGA champions from the 2018 and 2019 seasons qualifying to compete. To date, more than two dozen LPGA players have qualified, including standouts Brittany Lincicome, Brooke Henderson, Lexi Thompson, Michelle Wie, Lydia Ko, Nelly Korda and Eun-Hee Ji, who won the inaugural Diamond Re-


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Find the perfect gift for anyone on your holiday shopping list with these ideas.

Everyone knows someone whose phone is always dead. Give them the gift of battery life this holiday season. These battery-powered charging cases are both pretty to look at and functional because you can charge your phone wherever you go. Casely Battery-Powered Charging Cases, $55,

This edgy Corkcicle exclusive is a collaboration with The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. The collection celebrates some of his most famous masterpieces. The Corkcicle brand also features a selection of canteens, tumblers and stemless products in a variety of colors and sizes that will appeal to anyone on your list. Basquiat Canteen, $49.95 Basquiat Tumbler, $49.95


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Adobe Road Winery’s The Racing Series features a winning team of bold reds for the wine lovers and racing aficionados on your list. This includes special blends called APEX, REDLINE, SHIFT and THE 24. You can purchase by the individual bottle or in a set. The Racing Series Individual Bottles, $35-$76 The Racing Series Box Set, $279

Keep skin and hair hydrated while on the go with this portable humidifier. Its high-frequency technology sends off good vibes and a cool, clean mist — a thoughtful gift for anyone on your list. HeyDewy Portable Humidifier, $39

Give the gift of fashion with these bold, unisex sunglasses that feature a matte black frame, brass temple accents and a smoke lens. Saint Owen products are handcrafted at small-scale factories in Italy and Japan to elevate their style with special accents and meticulous design. Saint Owen Galt Sunglasses, $260


Give the Gift of Wine by the Ounce

Beautiful skin is within reach with the Midnight Dream Collection. It contains a nightly skincare routine that is formulated with antioxidant-rich marula oil. This set includes Midnight Oil™ Cleanser, Facial Serum and Pombomb, which work to improve skin’s radiance while you sleep. LimeLife Midnight Dream Collection, $68 In a new partnership with the PGA of America, Short Par 4 launched a brand new golf subscription box that includes direct access to Ryder Cup and PGA Championship apparel and accessories. Boxes ship every other month and are also available for one-time purchase. PGA of America Subscription Box Membership, $150 per box

Wrap up an amazing experience for the wine enthusiast on your list. The Guado Experience features 1-ounce tastings of each vintage of Antinori Guado al Tasoo from ‘04 to ‘14 alongside cheese and charcuterie. The King’s Experience provides 1-ounce tastings of four distinctly different wines from four of the greatest wineries in the world: Château Margaux, Margaux, France ‘96; Château Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac, France ‘10; Harlan Estate, Napa, California ‘14; and Clos de Tart, Grand Cru, Clos de Tart, France ‘15. The Guado Experience, $249 The King’s Experience, $373.50

Give the Gift of Relaxation

Spoil your loved ones with some time to themselves at a soothing spa. Whether they choose a facial, massage or body treatment, true rest and relaxation awaits. Bella Collina Gift Certificate, price ranges vary,

Give the Gift of Entertainment

Everyone has been talking about the benefits of a Disney Plus membership: access to the Disney vault of classic movies, original shows and a one-stop shop for “Star Wars” and Marvel films. For those who haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, this is an ideal gift. One-Year Membership, $69.99,

Give the Gift of Fun Take a voyage into elegance with chic, exclusive styles of jewelry, handbags, watches and more. High-end European and U.S. brands are available for men and women. Nacré Jewelry, Watches, Handbags, Perfume and Accessories, pricing varies 32

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Icon Park is the perfect place to ride, dine, drink and explore with more than 40 amazing restaurants, funky bars, boutique shops and can’t-miss attractions, all anchored by The Wheel standing 400 feet in the air. Tickets can be purchased in advance for a gift. The Wheel General Admission, $27.99 The Wheel + SEA LIFE or Madame Tussauds, $39.95 The Wheel + SEA LIFE and Madame Tussauds, $49.95

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Keep your family and your personal property protected this holiday season by making sure you have the proper insurance coverage. By Michael Brehne, Law Offices of Michael B. Brehne, P.A


his holiday season, we will be relying on our cars more than ever as we shop for gifts and visit relatives who live far away or in other states. This extra time on the road brings a greater risk to our personal property and sometimes ourselves. Before you hit the road, review your current insurance to ensure your premiums are paid and that you have the coverage you need. For your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, this means having “replacement cost” insurance that will adequately compensate you for the loss of personal property, including those gifts under the tree. Limits should be considered based on an estimation of what it would cost to replace every item in your house. For your vehicle, make sure you have comprehensive insurance to cover damage by vandalism or burglary. This usually carries a deductible, sometimes as low as $250 or as high as $1,000. However, it will protect you should your car be damaged while it’s parked, and your renter’s or homeowner’s policy will most likely cover any items stolen from your car. Mall parking lots are a favorite place for car burglars to shop. While you’re inside spending your hardearning money, they’re outside stealing what you just paid for. Keep your packages out of view and consider

moving your car to another spot after you load packages so a surveilling thief will think you’re leaving for good. Before you head out on a holiday road trip, schedule a quick vehicle service such as an oil change or tire rotation. These services usually come with a free safety inspection, which might uncover a latent issue that could have created a serious dent in your travel plans. If you’re renting a vehicle, check with your insurance company to make sure the rental vehicle will be covered the same as your personal vehicle. If you don’t get confirmation or you’re just unsure, consider purchasing the rental car coverage insurance. It will be far cheaper than repairing or replacing the rental car. In the event of an accident, seek medical attention immediately, even if it’s just an evaluation at a walk-in clinic. Oftentimes injuries aren’t immediately known and symptoms can appear days or weeks after the collision. Make sure to exchange information at the scene or get a police report number and to photograph all vehicles involved as well as the roadway and overall scene of the accident. Taking some extra time to prepare for the holidays in this way will ensure that you’re covered should anything happen at home or on the road this season.

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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Take a journey down memory lane as we explore some of the most soughtafter gifts of the decades. By Lyndsay Fogarty


ou’ve made your holiday wish list and checked it twice. This year, most adult lists likely include Apple watches or anything with smart technology, and kids are still asking for L.O.L. Surprise items or a Nintendo Switch. Holiday wish lists have changed quite a bit through the years. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular holiday gifts of the past several decades and see how they compare.

Groovy Gifts to Give

The ‘70s were a time for entertainment and technology. Holiday buzz centered on up-and-coming products that were fun and made life convenient.

Atari 2600: This system revolutionized the world of gaming and had a good 15-year run. It kept kids of this era occupied with games like Combat, Space Invaders and PacMan. An Atari came complete with the console, two joysticks, two paddle controllers and a game to get you started, making it one of the most exciting gifts to open on Christmas morning.

Choice Items for Under the Tree

The ‘80s were a mixed bag of gifts. Lists included everything from items that made you look cool to the most popular toys (think Rubik’s Cube and Care Bears) of the decade.

VCR: The video cassette recorder was the original way to record TV shows that you couldn’t watch live. While they were first produced 20 years prior, VCRs became popular in the U.S. during the late ‘70s when Sony and JVC created Betamax and VHS tapes respectively, making recording easy and affordable. Polaroid Camera: What better way to document those special moments through the year than with a Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera? The onestep instant camera was the first of its kind. Users simply had to snap a photo and wait about a minute for it to develop on its own. Once unwrapped, the rest of the holiday was likely spent taking photos of family and maybe even that holiday dinner spread.

Swatch Watch: Color and patterns were all the rage in ‘80s fashion, and it was no more apparent than on a Swatch Watch. The fun of these casual time pieces was in their vibrant colors, which could be matched to any outfit. That also meant that you couldn’t have just one. Continued on page 38


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Camcorder: The introduction of the camcorder made video recording mainstream. While the large size of the first few models weren’t ideal, they allowed individuals to record important moments that they could look back on many years later. Camcorders were popular gifts in 1982 because they were released just before the holiday season.

Nintendo 64: This gaming console was one of the must-have gifts of 1996, and it was even named “Machine of the Year” by Time Magazine due to its speed and impressive graphics. If a Nintendo 64 was under the tree, the rest of Christmas Day was likely spent playing with Mario and the gang. Tickle Me Elmo: Who could forget the Tickle Me Elmo craze of 1996? The little red monster laughed and vibrated each time it received a hug. After being featured on Rosie O’Donnell’s talk show, Elmo became the “it” toy of the holiday season, leaving parents scrambling to get their hands on one.

Cabbage Patch Kids: These cute stuffed dolls with the plastic chubby cheeks and yarn hair were the most sought-after toy of the 1983 holiday season. Each one of the dolls was just a little bit different, which increased the appeal to adopt one of these cuties from the cabbage patch.

What Every Kid Wanted in the ‘90s

This decade was all about the fun toys — ones that parents had to line up early and fight massive crowds to get. Little faces lit up on Christmas morning if they were lucky enough to get one of these popular presents.


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Beanie Babies: With so many options to choose from, Beanie Babies made for a perfect stocking stuffer in the ‘90s. From a variety of bears and other animals to specialty selections that could pull in some extra cash for you now, such as the Princess Diana bear from 1997, most kids of this decade were extremely excited if Santa gifted them with new Beanie Babies.


+ SOMEONE You Should Know

The Salvation Army:

Doing the Most Good William and Catherine Booth founded the Salvation Army in the 1800s, and the organization has grown to help individuals in need in communities across the country and around the world. By Christie Fogarty


ed kettles and ringing bells at Christmastime — that’s what comes to mind for most when thinking of the Salvation Army. However, the organization’s mission is so much more. William Booth, who worked in London’s ministry, founded the Salvation Army with his wife, Catherine, in 1865. In the years prior, Booth took his career in the ministry to the streets of London so he could preach directly to the people who needed it most. Since the founders of the church didn’t agree with this approach, the Booths created their own organization called “The Christian Mission” so they could continue to touch the lives of those traditionally left behind. Among those converted by the couple were thieves, prostitutes and drunks. As their lives changed and began to flourish, they became volunteers at the organization and eventually became known as an Army for Christianity. From there, the Salvation Army was officially born. 40

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The Salvation Army’s mission is to meet human needs throughout the year and without discrimination. They provide shelter for the homeless, food for the hungry and assistance to local communities based on the greatest needs of that community. Once they’re able to understand the community’s needs, Salvation Army workers develop and implement programs to serve them. All of this is done based on the original ideals and foundation that the Booths set a century and a half ago. While support is needed throughout the year, it’s especially needed during the holiday season. Many children go without on Christmas because their parents need to decide between paying their bills or putting presents under the tree. The community can help in many ways during this time. During the Red Kettle Campaign, which runs through Dec. 24, bell ringers stand in front of local businesses with a red

kettle and ring a bell as a call for donations. About 33% of the Salvation Army’s yearly donations come from the Red Kettle Campaign. The largest and longest-running fundraiser of its kind, the 2018 campaign raised $142.7 million. There is also the Angel Tree Program, where angels holding wish lists from local children hang from a Christmas tree. Supporters simply choose an angel from the tree, shop for the items listed and drop off the gifts to the local Salvation Army. From there, they’re distributed to the family to place under their tree for Christmas morning. From its humble beginnings with the Booths to present day, the Salvation Army works to better communities across the country. Whether you choose to donate at Christmas or throughout the year, every little bit helps in the organization’s efforts. Source:


2020 Executive Committee The 2020 CFHLA Executive Committee is as follows:

The Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association elected their new Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the 2020 calendar year. The Board of Directors is comprised of 50 lodging executives from the tri-county area.


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Gerald Urquiola Caribe Royale Orlando

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Meeting of the chamber’s new Horizon West Networking Group

A Look Back at 2019 By Stina D’Uva, West Orange Chamber of Commerce


t’s natural, as a new year approaches, to reflect on the speed and passage of the year while assessing accomplishments. The West Orange Chamber is no different in this process. Yet, because we are a membership association, our accomplishments are those facilitated, implemented and achieved by our members. I’m proud to say their list of accomplishments is long, starting with the most basic measure of the success of a business: profitability. Our members, by working together, transacted hundreds, if not thousands, of business transactions resulting in millions of dollars in our community.  These members, representing businesses in numerous industries, were able to interact and transact with one another by developing relationships at chamber Mayor Demings speaking to members about proposed transportation sales tax


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meetings, events,  online, through networking groups, on the golf course and even at social functions. Give a chamber member an opportunity and they will do business with one another.  Our members not only created transactional business with one another, they partnered in many other ways that benefitted even those who are not members of our chamber. •M  embers partnered with elected officials on economic development tours to demonstrate the availability of Class A office space, specifically in Horizon West and Ocoee.

• “ Dining Deals” was developed by our food and beverage members as a special summertime discount program for other members. • Th  e development of a tourism brochure to promote the unexpected and wondrous Orlando’s west side.

• Th  e members of our chamber and political action committee worked with legislators to secure funding for two business court judges to help with the backlog on business cases. •C  hamber ambassadors hosted over 110 ribbon cuttings, anniversaries and more highlighting the strong economy in West Orange. This even includes holiday parades for the children. •M  ember contributions facilitated food for families in need at Thanksgiving, and others funded charitable programs ranging from art lessons for children, to land preservation, to mental health counseling for veterans. •E  ducational and business partners worked together to bring resources to employers to help meet their demand for skilled labor through training programs and hosted OCPS Teach In, too. •M  embers have begun a vetting process to evaluate proposed sales tax for transportation needs, with more to come in 2020. The work of our members to support one another and the greater West Orange community is never ending. Look to 2020 to see even more facilitating of opportunity by our members.


West Orange Chamber members worked together to make their business community and their neighborhoods thrive throughout the year.


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A Year in

Review Central Florida Lifestyle counts down some of 2019’s most memorable moments. By Lyndsay Fogarty

Winning design rendering for the National Pulse Memorial & Museum by Coldefy with RDAI | HHCP.

1. Design team chosen for National Pulse Memorial & Museum

3. New attractions open to much fanfare

Two of the area’s biggest theme parks introduced new, exciting experiences this year. On June 13, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opened with long wait times, reportedly up to 10 hours, at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Then, on Aug. 29, Disney’s Hollywood Studios welcomed guests to the planet of Batuu, where they could build their own lightsaber and even fly the Millenium Falcon.

In March, the onePulse Foundation launched an international design competition for the National Pulse Memorial & Museum, which received 68 submissions from 19 countries. On Oct. 30, a jury comprised of community members, leaders and architects chose Coldefy with RDAI | HHCP because they felt their design best represented community interests, demonstrated design excellence and aligned with onePulse’s core values.

4. Orlando Pride players compete in 2019 FIFA World Cup

2. A  utonomous shuttles introduced in Lake Nona

Over the summer, nine Orlando Pride players represented five countries in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. This included United States representatives, Alex Morgan, Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris, who took home the trophy.

In February, a first-of-its-kind transportation option was announced for Lake Nona through a partnership with mobility solutions provider, Beep. Two autonomous shuttles hit the road on Sept. 18, running daily routes from Lake Nona Town Center to Laureate Park.

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Hurricane Dorian formed on Aug. 24 and quickly took aim at Florida. As Orlando residents cleared stores of supplies, Dorian was projected to go straight through the city as a strong hurricane. While Orlando was spared, the storm battered the Bahamas. Since then, residents have donated supplies, chartered boats and offered support where possible to lend a helping hand.

6. O  n May 3, the City of Orlando opened rideshare hubs with latenight weekend service as part of a six-month pilot program aiming to manage downtown traffic during those hours. 7. O  n June 25, two black-necked male swans were introduced to Lake Eola park with the hope that one would become a companion to Queenie, the lake’s only female black-necked swan, in a Lake Eola love story. 8. In August, Universal Orlando announced plans for its fourth theme park, called Universal’s Epic Universe, which will be built south of Sand Lake Road and the its three sister parks. 9. A  lso in August, the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games Organizing Committee revealed its logo, which was designed by nine Special Olympics athletes. ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will host the games in June 2022. 1 0. In September, Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando launched its Hound Around Town program, which allows residents to take a dog out of the shelter environment for fresh air and a fun outing.




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+ CALENDAR of Events December 1, 7-8, 14-15 Mannheim Steamroller

Show times vary Universal Studios 6000 Universal Blvd. Orlando, FL 32819 Included in regular theme park admission 407.363.8000 The best-selling holiday artist of all time will perform some of their greatest hits live on select nights.

December 1-22 A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas

2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Garden Theatre 160 W. Plant St. Winter Garden, FL 34787 $25-$37 407.877.4736 This spirited version of A Christmas Carol puts the ghostly qualities of Charles Dickens’ classic tale center stage.

December 13-15 Wine & Chocolate

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday Lakeridge Winery 19239 U.S. 27 North Clermont, FL 34715 $10 adults, free for children 12 and under 800.768.9463 This annual festival will feature local chocolatiers, artists, crafters, live music, and winery tours and tastings. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida.

December 14 Celebration Foundation Concert Series

December 14 7th Annual Violectric Holiday Show

6:30 p.m. Lake Eola Park 99 N. Rosalind Ave. Orlando, FL 32801 Free admission This live concert, presented by the City of Orlando Department of Families, Parks and Recreation, will feature traditional holiday songs mashed up with classic rock tunes. Attendees are encouraged to bring their pets, a pet supply or make a donation to Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.

December 14 Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Christmas Eve and Other Stories 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Amway Center 400 W. Church St. Orlando, FL 32801 $46.50-$76.50 407.440.7900 Based on the group’s tripleplatinum album, the story of this rock theater performance is set on Christmas Eve when a young angel is sent to Earth to bring back its best representative of humanity.

December 13-23 The Nutcracker

Show times vary Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts 445 S. Magnolia Ave. Orlando, FL 32801 Tickets start at $24 844.513.2014 As the lights dim and the music soars, let the magical world of Clara’s dreams take you on a journey through sparkling snowflakes, waltzing flowers and dancing sweets.


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3 p.m. Community Presbyterian Church 511 Celebration Ave. Celebration, FL 34747 $25 407.566.1234 Enjoy a performance by the Brass Band of Central Florida in this annual series honors Central Florida music organizations and classic music performances.

December 14-15 Amplifier Building: 5-Watt Edition

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. El Camino School 5066 Edgewater Dr. Orlando, FL 32810 $1,000 407.734.5129 Learn how to build your own custom Tweed Champ Style 5-watt tube amp along with proper soldering techniques, the concepts of sound creation and manipulation, and the technical aspects of the circuits. This class is limited to eight students.

Instructor Lindsay Thibault will help you translate your favorite photograph of a friend or family member into a pop art style painting complete with a witty saying. Class price includes all materials and an adult beverage. Advance registration is recommended.

December 20-23 Santa’s Teddy Bear Tea

11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando 4040 Central Florida Pkwy. Orlando, FL 32837 $65 407.393.4648 This holiday version of the hotel’s traditional tea includes a special gift for children, an ornament craft and a visit from Santa.

December 18 Art Night Out: Pop Art Portraits 6-8:30 p.m. Orlando Museum of Art 2416 N. Mills Ave. Orlando, FL 32803 $27 members, $30 visitors 407.896.4231

December 21 MetroWest Winterfest 2019

4-9 p.m. MetroWest Golf Club 2100 S. Hiawassee Rd. Orlando, FL 32835 407.601.5995 This family friendly event will feature free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, holidaythemed performances by MetroWest Elementary School and Westpointe Elementary School, food trucks, vendors, rides, skating rink, a showing of “Toy Story 4” on a big screen and more. All proceeds will benefit Edgewood Children’s Ranch.

CALENDAR of Events + December 27 Holiday Movies at the Park

December 21 Cure Bowl

2:30 p.m. Exploria Stadium 655 W. Church St. Orlando, FL 32805 Ticket prices vary 407.235.3925 Teams from the American Athletic Conference and Sun Belt Conference will take the field for this annual college bowl game. Proceeds will directly benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

7-9 p.m. Lake Eola Park 195 N. Rosalind Ave. Orlando, FL 32801 Free admission 407.246.2378 Gather the family to enjoy a showing of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” at the Walt Disney Amphitheater in Lake Eola Park.

December 31 Jake’s Beer Dinner - Best of 2019

7 p.m. Loews Royal Pacific Resort 6300 Hollywood Way

Orlando, FL 32819 $85 plus tax 407.503.3200 The evening begins with a reception followed by a fivecourse dinner featuring favorite pairings from all of the 2019 dinners. Then welcome in the New Year with a New Year’s Eve dessert buffet.

December 31 The Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve Party

8 p.m. Enzian 1300 S. Orlando Ave. Maitland, FL 32751 $99 general admission, VIP tickets available 407.629.0054 Ring in the 2020s donned in your best flapper or vintage attire, enjoy a NYE cocktail and swing your way into the new decade. Ticket price includes open bar and light hors d’oeuvres.

AROUND THE CORNER January 5 Florida Wedding Expo

12-5 p.m. Orange County Convention Center 9800 International Dr. Orlando, FL 32819 $12 in advance and $15 day of event for general admission, VIP tickets available 407.571.9990 This event features more than 200 vendor exhibits as well as giveaways that include honeymoons and free wedding services.

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 17-20 Jurassic World Live

Show times vary Amway Center 400 W. Church St. Orlando, FL 32801 Tickets start at $25 407.440.7900 Take a trip to Isla Nublar where the Indominus rex escapes and causes chaos. As attendees join forces with a team of scientists to save Jeanie, an all-new dinosaur, they will meet some of Jurassic World’s most iconic dinosaurs.

January 18 Park Ave 5k Presented by AdventHealth

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 Get a healthy start to the New Year with a race through Winter Park. Event highlights include a finisher medal and t-shirt, access to AdventHealth experts, free AdventHealth for Children Kids’ Run and more.


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Scouting for Food Campaign


1-2. Through an initiative sponsored by AdventHealth, the Central Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America collected 40,157 pounds of food in November for a local network of feeding partners that included Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florid

Y Diversity and Inclusion Matter On Nov. 6, the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA Family Center hosted this third annual event, where a panel of community leaders shared personal and professional stories, explored current social issues and discussed the importance of advancing equity initiatives.



3. T  he panel included Johnny Magic, XL 106.7 radio host; Ybth Bruzual, anchor or Spectrum News 13; Katie Abrahamson-Henderson, head coach of the UCF Knights women’s basketball team; and Dick Batcheler, owner of Dick Batchelor Management Group Inc.





A Taste of Dr. Phillips On Nov. 10, the Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips hosted the 13th annual A Taste of Dr. Phillips at Dellagio Orlando.


4. R  estaurants like Roy’s shared bites of their best dishes. 5. Attendees had the opportunity to taste food, wine and beer from over 25 of Orlando’s best restaurants. 6. R  otary Club of Dr. Phillips members had fun organizing and executing another great event.


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7. On Nov. 16, ICON Park hosted Festival Feria de la Chinita with The Wheel, a 400foot tall observation wheel in the heart of the International Drive, as the backdrop.


Season of


During your holiday break, give your time at these deserving nonprofits.


he holidays are about more than giving and receiving gifts. It’s a time to be thankful for what you have and give back to those in your community who are in need. Some prefer to adopt a family, providing Christmas gifts and ingredients to prepare a holiday meal, while others look for opportunities to serve meals to the homeless. These opportunities tend to fill up quickly as the holidays approach. This year, consider donating your time at these local nonprofits, which have volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

Child Life Program at Nemours Children’s Hospital

Child Life specialists at Nemours work to ensure that life remains as nor-

mal as possible for children in healthcare settings. This is done through effective coping methods such as play, self-expressive activities and ageappropriate medical preparation and education. Volunteers are welcome to participate in these activities alongside the childcare experts to enrich a child’s day in one of the toughest times of their young lives.

Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

Give back to our furry friends by working with the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando to exercise, socialize and provide enrichment for the facility’s dogs and cats or by donating your time at one of the organization’s special events. There are also opportunities for your gift to last throughout the holiday season and beyond by fostering underage puppies and kittens before they are taken to their forever home.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida

Gather a group of family members or friends to provide lunch or dinner for families staying at one of the three Orlando houses. The kitchens at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, AdventHealth for Children or Nemours Chil-


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dren’s Hospital houses vary in size so check the website in advance for needs. Volunteers are responsible for providing the ingredients for a healthy meal, preparing and serving it, and cleaning up.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

There are plenty of ways you can volunteer at Second Harvest, whether you’re looking for individual or group opportunities. From sorting donations in the warehouse to putting together meals for a variety of Head Start programs in the production kitchen (age 16+ only), you can do your part to fight hunger in the community.

Shepherd’s Hope

A more individualized opportunity to give back happens at Shepherd’s Hope, which relies on volunteer physicians, nurses and other licensed health care professionals to provide quality health care for uninsured and underinsured men, women and children in the community. Not a medical professional but want to help? There are also front desk and administrative positions. Volunteer shifts last three to four hours, one day per month.


feel relief before the sleigh touches down #1 ER in Central Florida

The tree is trimmed, the menu is set, you’ve wrapped the last gift and you’re suddenly overcome with pain. You need medical attention fast. Fortunately, we’ve got an ER nearby with the life-saving expertise you trust. We’re home to board-certified emergency physicians, critical care nurses, and stroke and heart-attack experts standing by, 24 hours a day. So, by the time the kids are dreaming of sugar plums and all snug in their beds, you’ll feel relieved, feel better, feel whole.


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Central Florida Lifestyle: Winter Park December 2019  

Central Florida Lifestyle: Winter Park December 2019