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Sip, Shop, and Savor on Saturdays at the Downtown St. Cloud Farmers Market: Enjoy New Summer Hours!

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License-free Freshwater Fishing This Weekend, June 8 and 9, FWC Says

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IN & AROUND OSCEOLA

LIVE at Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony at Mt. Peace Cemetery

LIVE as Commissioner Booth and St. Cloud Team Up For Swimming Safety

LIVE at the St. Cloud Fire Rescue Meet and Greet

IN & AROUND OSCEOLA

LIVE for the Awarding of Pa’Pikar Latin Grill in Kissimmee with the Downtown Beautification & Innovation Award

LIVE at the Ribbon-Cutting for OUC’s New St. Cloud Operations & Maintenance Center

LIVE for the Osceola County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony

LIVE as Commissioner Grieb and Osceola Community Health Services Announce the Start of Senior Smiles Osceola Denture Program in District 4

LIVE for the Operation Ride SMART Press Conference with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office

ON DEMAND LIVESTREAMS

LIVE with Creative Inspiration

Journey School Founder and CEO

Patty Marquis

April 18th, 2024

LIVE with Huntington Learning Center

April 11th, 2024

LIVE with Jason Wethington from St. Cloud’s Theatre in the Cloud

May 10th, 2024

LIVE with Jennifer Panzella, Director of Education with Osceola Arts

May 2nd, 2024

LIVE with Charlie Draper of Draper

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April 18th, 2024

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Wild Florida Albino Alligators

Wild Florida is one of Central Florida’s must-see gems. Take a look at their unique Albino Alligators! Schedule your next Animal Encounter at Wild Florida. WildFl.com

Positively Osceola, Making a Positive Difference in and Around Osceola County!

Stay informed and inspired with Positively Osceola, your 24/7 go-to news in and around Osceola County! Positively Osceola shares the latest updates on local events, community achievements, and inspiring stories. From heartwarming features to breaking news, PO has you covered. Experience the power of positivity with Positively Osceola!

St. Cloud’s Monthly Park Pop-Up

Meet Sami the Sandhill Crane at St. Cloud’s next Monthly Park Pop-Up on March 2nd at Ted Broda Memorial Park, located at 4499 Michigan Avenue. Enjoy awesome bounce houses, surprise activities, and fantastic giveaways, making the day even more memorable.

Don Schmidt Roofing

Don Schmidt Roofing takes pride in every project by using only the finest materials and craftmanship.

Boating With Brandon

Osceola County Commissioner for District 3 Brandon Arrington is launching a new series that will highlight the natural beauty of Osceola County and the amazing leaders that make a positive difference in our community everyday!

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on Hurricane Preparation: 2024 Florida Tax Free Holiday Runs Through June 14

The 2024 Tax Free Holiday in Florida aims to help residents save money while preparing for the hurricane season by providing tax exemptions on essential items. The current tax-free holiday runs through June 14, 2024, then returns August 24-September 6, 2024. Here’s a breakdown of the items covered and their respective price limits:

$10 or less: Wet dog or cat food if sold individually or the equivalent in a box or case.

$15 or less: Manual can openers, collapsible or travel-sized food or water bowls for pets, cat litter pans, pet waste disposal bags, hamster or rabbit substrate.

$20 or less: Reusable ice, leashes, collars, and muzzles for pets, pet pads.

$25 or less: Cat litter weighing 25 pounds or less.

$40 or less: Portable self-powered light sources, pet beds.

$50 or less: Portable self-powered radios, two-way radios, weather-band radios, gas or diesel fuel tanks, batteries (specific sizes: AA-cell, AAA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt, 9-volt).

$60 or less: Non-electric food storage coolers, portable power banks.

$70 or less: Smoke detectors, smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, carbon monoxide detectors, tarpaulins or other flexible waterproof sheeting, ground anchor systems,

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St. Cloud Showcases New City Hall Additions with Community Open House

On Wednesday, the City of St. Cloud hosted an Open House event, allowing the community to explore the newly renovated City Hall. The event celebrated the completion of extensive renovations across all three floors of the building, aimed at enhancing the quality of service and convenience for residents.

During the Open House, attendees had the opportunity to engage with representatives from various city departments and local government entities, including City Manager Veronica Miller, Fire Marshall Richard Tonks and his team, Osceola County Tax Collector Bruce Vickers, Osceola County Clerk & Comptroller Kelvin Soto and his team, and representatives from Toho Water Authority.Visit SummerBreakSpot.org

Sip, Shop, and Savor on Saturdays at the Downtown

St. Cloud Farmers Market: Enjoy New Summer

Discover the charm and vibrancy of the Downtown St. Cloud Farmers Market, now with new summer hours! Every Saturday, from 9 AM to 1 PM, New York Avenue and 9th Street come alive with a bustling marketplace offering an array of fresh produce, delectable treats, and unique crafts.

At the market, you can start your day with a cup of freshly brewed coffee and a sweet pastry, then explore the stalls brimming with farm-fresh fruits and vegetables. Indulge in handmade crafts and savor savory delights from local vendors.

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with Brandon” Episode 3 Now Streaming, Exploring Osceola’s Natural Splendor and Community Changemakers

The third episode of “Boating with Brandon,” the inspirational 10-part video series hosted by Osceola County Commissioner, Brandon Arrington, is now streaming, delivering another immersive adventure of exploring and featuring Osceola County’s beautiful waterways. The episode is available on Positively Osceola’s social channels, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin, and Youtube. The episode will also be available on Positively Osceola’s audio podcast.

“Boating with Brandon,” not only highlights the rich biodiversity of Osceola County but also profiles the influential change-makers who are shaping its future. In this episode, viewers will experience the thrilling beauty of the Chain of Lakes on the eastern side of Osceola County near St. Cloud, guided by Commissioner Brandon Arrington.

License-free Freshwater Fishing This Weekend,

June 8 and 9, FWC Says

Enjoy Florida's great outdoors! The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invites you to a license-free freshwater fishing weekend on June 8 and 9. This is a perfect opportunity for residents and visitors to fish without a license and experience the state’s beautiful freshwater habitats.

Freshwater fishing is a fun activity for all ages to enjoy and there are many great locations across Florida to explore. Florida residents and visitors of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to try recreational fishing on this special weekend and the FWC has helpful resources for new anglers to get started.

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Blue-Green Algae Discovered at Lake Toho Marina Dock in Osceola County, Department of Health Says

The Florida Department of Health in Osceola County (DOH-Osceola) is cautioning the public of the presence of blue-green algae in Lake Toho – Marina Dock on June 5, 2024. Water sample testing is underway.

Blue-green algae have the potential to produce toxins. Since environmental conditions can change at any time, it is important to exercise caution, even if presence of toxins has not yet been confirmed. DOH-Osceola Cautions About Blue-Green Algae at Lake Toho

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Silver Spurs Rodeo Shines: 153rd Edition Draws Huge Crowds and Showcases Young Talent

The Silver Spurs Rodeo celebrated its 153rd edition on May 31 and June 1 at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee.

Hailed as the largest rodeo east of the Mississippi River, the event drew a large crowd, filling the stands on Friday and selling out the arena on Saturday.

The Silver Spurs Rodeo showcased a thrilling lineup of seven traditional events: bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping, and barrel racing. It also featured women’s breakaway roping, an increasingly popular event in professional rodeo.

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The Danger of Leaving Pets in Cars During Hot Florida Weather Conditions

Florida’s scorching weather poses significant risks for pets, especially when left in hot cars. As temperatures soar above 90 degrees, our furry companions are at risk of overheating. Let’s delve into the dangers and explore safety tips to keep our pets safe during hot times.

Leaving pets in parked cars—even on seemingly warm days—is extremely dangerous. Car interiors can become lethal within an hour. Even when it’s only 72°F outside, a vehicle’s temperature can rise to 116°F. Remember that leaving pets in hot cars is illegal in most states.

Remember, our pets rely on us to keep them safe. Let’s ensure they stay cool and comfortable during Florida’s hot weather!

Florida Python Challenge 2024: Win Prizes for Tackling Invasive Burmese Pythons!

Florida’s Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez has officially opened registration for the highly anticipated 2024 Florida Python Challenge. This unique event invites participants to take action against invasive Burmese pythons, all while competing for a chance to win over $25,000 in prizes.

The 2024 Florida Python Challenge aims to tackle the invasive Burmese python population in the wild. Click below to see the key details:

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Osceola County Property Values Surge: 2024 Estimates Show Strong Growth

In a recent report, Osceola County Property Appraiser Katrina Scarborough released the 2024 estimates of taxable values, providing crucial data for local taxing authorities as they plan next fiscal year’s budgets. These estimates encompass both real and tangible personal property values, as mandated by Florida Statute 200.065(8).

“Osceola County continues to be one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. Residential and Commercial market values throughout Osceola County are very strong and show increases over 2023. The county saw over $2 billion in net new construction,” Property Appraiser Katrina Scarborough shared.

Orlando Health: What Really Happens to Your Brain on Drugs?

We think we know the risks associated with common drugs, but our brains are suffering far more damage than we may realize. Here is what is really happening to your body with short-term and longterm use of these substances. Many states have relaxed laws on medical or recreational marijuana, which means the amount of THC, the component responsible for the high and tendency toward addiction, can vary greatly. Without regulation, this drug isn’t a safe, pure substance.rodeo.

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KUA Releases 2024 Hurricane Preparedness Guide Ahead of June 1 Atlantic Hurricane Season Start

With the start of the 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season beginning on June 1 and running through November 30, Kissimmee Utility Authority has released its 2024 Osceola Hurricane Guide, a free, bilingual, comprehensive preparedness guide offered annually to Osceola County residents.

A partnership between KUA, Osceola County, the cities of Kissimmee and St. Cloud, Toho Water Authority and UF IFAS Extension in Osceola County, the handbook includes information on emergency shelters, evacuation routes, generator safety and power outage restoration as well as helpful telephone numbers, and a disaster supplies checklist.

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Free Swim Lessons for Osceola Kids: Commissioner Booth and St. Cloud Team Up for Swimming Safety

This summer, 150 children in Osceola County will benefit from free swim lessons, thanks to a $10,000 partnership among Osceola County District 5 Commissioner Ricky Booth, the City of St. Cloud, and St. Cloud Main Street. The program, launching during National Water Safety Month, arrives just in time for the summer swimming season in Central Florida, ensuring children are equipped with essential water safety skills.

“Swimming and enjoying our pools and waterways are one of the great things about being a kid in Florida,” Booth said. “We want to make it possible for our kids to be safe while they enjoy the water.”

Meet the Candidates: St. Cloud Greater Osceola Chamber of Commerce’s

Politics in the Barn Comes to OHP

in July

The St. Cloud Greater Osceola County Chamber of Commerce has announced that their Politics in the Barn event will take place at Osceola Heritage Park Event Center in Kissimmee on July 24 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. This event provides a unique opportunity for constituents to meet and greet candidates running in the 2024 election in Osceola County.

Politics in the Barn offers a relaxed, informal setting where attendees can interact with candidates and discuss their platforms. The event will also feature a Straw Poll hosted by the Supervisor of Elections Office, allowing attendees to cast their preliminary votes and gauge the political climate ahead of the official election.

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KUA Earns Diamond Level Reliable Public Power Provider

Designation for Exceptional Safety and Reliability

The Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) has been awarded the prestigious Diamond Level Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)® designation by the American Public Power Association, recognizing their commitment to delivering safe and reliable electricity.

The RP3 designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. Criteria include sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. KUA joins more than 250 public power utilities nationwide that hold the RP3 designation.

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As the educational landscape continues to evolve in and around Osceola County, parents are seeking more than just a conventional schooling experience for their children. They seek environments that foster individual growth, creativity, and a sense of community. Creative Inspiration Journey School (CIJS), a tuition-free Pre-K through 8th grade public charter school located in St. Cloud, has emerged as a beacon of innovative education, offering an unparalleled learning journey for students. Elevate Your Child’s Learning Experience With Pre-K through 8th Grade Creative Inspiration Journey School in St. Cloud

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KUA Introduces Cutting-Edge Surge Protection for Enhanced Home Safety

KUA customers are now eligible to sign up for the utility’s new surge protection program, which can protect large appliances from electric surges.

The surge protection device is installed directly on the customer’s meter and diverts high-energy surges that can enter through electric power lines from coming into the home.

Homeowners insurance or renter’s insurance typically doesn’t cover appliance damage caused by electric surges, but customers now have the option to protect expensive appliances through KUA’s Surge Protection Program. Items covered under the program include appliances such as air conditioning equipment, refrigerators, washers and dryers, dishwashers, microwaves, and electric ranges.

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Ignite Creativity This Summer with Osceola Arts!

This June, while schools take a break, Osceola Arts turns up the heat with its Summer Arts Camps at Valencia College’s Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses, starting Monday, June 3rd, at 9 AM. Dive into a world where visual and performing arts meet, offering diverse camps tailored for the Central Florida community.

Whether you’re into painting, acting, or dancing, there’s a spot just for you!

Designed for kids aged 8-13, these camps provide a unique blend of learning and fun in a top-notch facility that sparks creativity. Each session concludes with a dazzling showcase, where students display their newfound skills. Witness the remarkable transformation and celebrate the achievements of these young talents.

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As the cooler air of winter gives way to the vibrant blossoms of spring, Florida residents know all too well that the sizzling heat of summer is just around the corner. Preparing for the inevitable spike in temperatures means ensuring your air conditioning system is in top-notch condition. Why? Because a well-maintained AC system is not just about comfort; it’s about health, efficiency, and longevity. And when it comes to reliable air conditioning services in Osceola County, there’s one name that stands out: Osceola Air.

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Get Ahead of the Storm: Essential Tips and Resources from KUA

It’s National Hurricane Preparedness Week from May 5 to May 11, and KUA wants to remind you about the importance of preparing for the upcoming hurricane season. Having emergency preparations completed before a hurricane watch or warning is issued is critical.

When a storm alert is announced, take care of last-minute tasks quickly. Make sure emergency supplies like food, water, batteries, pet essentials, and first aid kits are fresh and sufficient. Create a list for any missing items and get them promptly. Fill your car with gas, check the oil and tires, and have evacuation essentials ready.

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Experience the Celebration: Kissimmee's Juneteenth Festival to Bring Community Together June 15

The Kissimmee Juneteenth Festival, a community-wide celebration of freedom brought to you by Experience Kissimmee, returns to Kissimmee Civic Center on Saturday, June 15th, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. This vibrant community block party celebration of Black American culture, featuring live music by JP and the Elements and Coll’e Kharis , positively delicious food, the KUA Kids Power Zone, and a host of craft vendors and exhibitors.

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Osceola County Expands Senior Smiles Mobile Denture Program for Greater Access and Care

Senior citizens in select areas of Osceola County now have even more reasons to smile, thanks to the Senior Smiles program—a county initiative launched in 2023 by District 2 Commissioner Viviana Janer. Senior Smiles provides affordable and accessible denture services through a collaboration between the Osceola County Commission and Osceola Community Health Services, and is now available to qualifying seniors in additional areas of the county.

Senior Smiles Osceola offers comprehensive services, including full dentures, partials, X-rays, and extractions, all carried out on a mobile dental trailer equipped with two exam rooms. This allows the Osceola Community Health Services team to deliver quality dental care directly to seniors ages 55 and older.

Funding for the program has now been expanded through the American Rescue Plan Act to reach even more areas within the county. District 4 Commissioner Cheryl Grieb recently distributed vouchers for free dentures to Hope Partnership in Downtown Kissimmee that will make it possible for 45 qualified seniors to receive no-cost dentures and denture services.

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Addition Financial Credit Union Expands Partnership with Osceola County School District to Launch Student-

Operated Branch at Osceola High School

Addition Financial Credit Union and the School District of Osceola County have announced an expansion of their High School Branch Program partnership, with plans to open a student-run Addition Financial branch at Osceola High School.

Addition Financial’s High School Branch Program is designed to introduce young people to financial literacy and money management skills. The credit union will provide full training to Osceola High School students who are accepted into the program and will prepare them to fully staff and run the credit union branch, to be located on the Osceola High School campus.

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Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital doctor performs first laparoscopic nephrectomy – kidney removal surgery

Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital’s

Dr. Sarat Sabharwal performed the hospital’s first laparoscopic nephrectomy this month, a milestone for patient care.

Nephrectomy, or removal of a kidney, may be necessary when a patient has recurrent kidney infections, irreversible damage, long-term obstruction or tumors that indicate kidney cancer.

Laparoscopic nephrectomy – a minimally invasive approach – uses tiny incisions in the abdomen that result in decreased blood loss, less pain, plus a shorter hospital stay and recovery. Many patients are able to return to full activity within 3-4 weeks after surgery.

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Exploring Osceola County’s Natural Trails and Spaces: A Paradise for Avid Runners, Walkers, and Kayakers

Osceola County is a hidden gem for avid runners, walkers, and kayakers seeking a combination of physical fitness and natural beauty. Although the county is one of the fastest growing regions in Florida, its picturesque landscapes, serene lakes, and wellmaintained trails, offer a haven for those who want to stay active while immersing themselves in nature.

In this article, we will take you on a journey through ten of Osceola County’s finest locations where you can experience invigorating runs and leisurely walks amid breathtaking natural landscapes.

• Shingle Creek Regional Park:

Shingle Creek Regional Park, often referred to as the “Headwaters of the Everglades,” is a paradise for nature enthusiasts and fitness enthusiasts alike. This vast park offers a network of scenic trails suitable for running and walking. The trails wind through lush forests, along the banks of Shingle Creek, and provide opportunities to spot local wildlife. Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll or an intense trail run, Shingle Creek has something for everyone.

• Celebration Lakeside Park:

Celebration, a charming community in Osceola County, and known to many as the ‘Town that Disney built,’ boasts Celebration Lakeside Park, a beautiful destination for runners and walkers. The park features a loop trail around Lake Rianhard, offering picturesque views of the water and surrounding greenery. The flat terrain and wellpaved paths make it an excellent choice for a leisurely walk or a brisk run.

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Positively Osceola Unveils Dynamic Business Support Initiative, ‘Positively Osceola Plus’

In a move set to revolutionize local business growth and community engagement, Positively Osceola, the leading hub for local news, sports, and events in Osceola County, has unveiled an innovative initiative known as ‘Positively Osceola Plus.’

‘Positively Osceola Plus’ is designed to extend a helping hand to businesses, organizations, and individuals in and around Osceola County, fostering their capacity to connect with target audiences and achieve their marketing and promotional aspirations.

Recognized as Osceola County’s foremost source for trusted information, Positively Osceola is leveraging its extensive reach and credibility to provide an enhanced platform for businesses looking to expand their marketing presence and connect meaningfully with their communities.

Positively Osceola Plus offers a comprehensive suite of support services tailored to meet the diverse needs of local enterprises. From strategic marketing guidance and targeted advertising to community outreach initiatives, the program aims to empower businesses and organizations in amplifying their visibility and achieving their goals.

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Orlando Health: Avoid Sunburn with These Tips

Almost all of us have experienced a sunburn at some point in our lives. But getting a sunburn is dangerous because it increases your risk of developing skin cancer — one of the most common types of cancers in the world. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer over the course of their lifetime.

THE STAGES OF SUNBURN

Sunburn is actually a radiation burn caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. When you’ve had too much sun, the skin turns red and painful within a few hours. Sunburn symptoms tend to worsen within 24 to 36 hours, and it can take anywhere from days to weeks, depending on the severity of the burn, to feel better.

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In a move that underscores a steadfast commitment to education and community prosperity, Osceola County has once again cast a unanimous vote in favor of the transformative Osceola Prosper program. During Monday’s County Commission meeting, all five commissioners earmarked an impressive $8.3 million to continue fueling this initiative that has already begun reshaping the educational landscape for local students.

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Law: Which vehicles are more likely to be involved in serious or fatal accidents?

Sadly, serious and fatal accidents take place on a daily basis in Central Florida. These crashes can happen in a number of ways and can be caused by not following traffic laws, inexperience, intoxication, distracted driving, fatigue, and medical issues.

Statistics show that fatal car accidents can often occur based on the type of vehicle. You may think that sports cars are most likely to be in crashes due to their speed and performance. However, according to the NHTSA, it’s the everyday cars, trucks, and SUVs on the roadways that are involved more frequently in serious or even deadly accidents, with sedans and pickup trucks accounting for more than three-quarters of fatal accidents. If you drive out on the roadways, here’s what you need to know about which vehicles have been involved in many of the crashes.

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Orlando Health: 6 Tips to Achieve Work-Life Balance

Intellectually, we understand the benefits of achieving work-life balance. It makes sense to us. The notion of worklife balance, however, is really a myth. It means we operate under the assumption that we can leave work at work or leave home at home. With today’s advances in technology, however, that doesn’t happen.

What we need instead is work-life integration. We need to better integrate our jobs and lives, creating boundaries when necessary. Having those in place allows you to be at home and still manage to do limited amounts of work (or vice versa).

When we are at home and getting text messages and constantly being notified, we sometimes ignore those nudges completely, creating more work for later. On the other hand, sometimes we try to respond when what we really want to do is have a peaceful dinner with our families or spend quality time with our kids.

These few ideas may help you to balance your work and home life a little better.

TURN OFF EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS

Shut your notifications off completely. Check your email periodically by going to the application instead.

We all know people who will send an email whenever they have something on their minds, regardless of whether it’s during regular business hours or in the middle of the night. They create an emergency because that becomes yours. It becomes a task you need to do right now. But if you have appropriate boundaries in place, you can tell them you’ll get back to them at 8:00 am or share that you don’t respond to emails after 6:00 pm. Make that known. Define what works and what does not.

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Heads Up. We’re Here. We know emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere. With 14 ER locations throughout Central Florida, we’re ready to provide expert emergency care if you’re facing one. No matter which one you choose, you’ll find a place where chaos meets calm and uncertainty finds answers. Giving you more reasons to choose well. OrlandoHealth.com/ER

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LEGOLAND’s Summer Brick Party: Family Fun from June 1 to August 11

From June 1 to August 11, LEGOLAND®

Florida Resort is bringing back the Summer Brick Party, a celebration packed with fun activities included with your park admission or select annual passes. Get ready for thrilling shows, favorite characters, and special summer treats across various areas of the park. It’s an exciting way to soak up the sunny season with family and friends, offering everything from live entertainment to tasty food and drinks—all in one place.

Catch the action at the Go Xtreme! stunt show and Brickbeard’s Watersport Stunt Show, where energy and excitement fill the air. These shows are perfect for families looking for fun and laughter, featuring high-energy stunts and spectacular performances. Plus, meet some of LEGOLAND’s coolest characters, like the Shark Suit Guy, who’s always up for a photo and ready to add a splash of fun to your visit.

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SeaWorld’s Viva la Música: Celebrate Latin Culture

Every Weekend from June 1 to June 30

Experience the vibrant color and rich culture of Viva la Música, returning to SeaWorld for five festive weekends from June 1st to June 30th. This family-friendly Latin celebration is included with park admission and features an array of Latin entertainment, from thrilling live music to dynamic dance performances. With the park’s coolest attractions and animal adventures as your backdrop, each Saturday and Sunday will offer something exciting for everyone. Don’t miss out on the sound, spice, and spirit of this special event that captures the essence of Latin culture.

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Tiana’s Bayou Adventure to Open June 28 at Walt Disney World Resort

Get ready to “Drop on in” with Princess Tiana this summer, as Tiana’s Bayou Adventure opens in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort on June 28!

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure invites guests to join beloved characters Princess Tiana, Mama Odie, Louis, and all-new friends on a thrilling adventure, all set against the music and excitement of a New Orleans celebration. This new attraction will feature dozens of Audio-Animatronics figures, a foot-tapping soundtrack, and a celebration where everyone’s welcome. Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is replacing Splash Mountain at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, which closed in January 2023.

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Splash into Cinema: Island H2O’s Dive In Movie Nights from May 31 to July 26

Grab your popcorn and get ready for a summer full of cinematic splashes at Island H2O Water Park! Every Friday from May 31 to July 26, starting at 6 PM, families and friends can gather to watch a series of beloved films on Central Florida’s LARGEST Outdoor Digital Wave Pool Screen. Each movie night is a unique opportunity to enjoy blockbuster hits and family favorites in a vibrant, poolside setting. As a special treat, Season Passholders receive a FREE bag of popcorn at every screening. Don’t forget to check our website for any updates to the movie lineup!

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POSITIVELY DELICIOUS

Refreshing Treats: Watermelon Cupcakes with Lemon Frosting

Delight in the positively delicious and whimsical treat of Florida Watermelon Cupcakes. This unique dessert replaces traditional cupcake batter with fresh, juicy slices of Florida watermelon, creating a refreshing and light base. The watermelon is topped with a rich, creamy layer of cream cheese frosting, enhanced with a zest of lemon for a burst of citrus flavor. This inventive dessert is perfect for summer gatherings, offering a sweet, hydrating bite that’s sure to impress.

Positively Delicious Hearty Harvest: Florida Chicken, Sweet Potato & Kale Salad

Enjoy a nutritious and vibrant meal with Florida Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Kale Salad. This positively delicious dish combines tender grilled chicken, roasted sweet potatoes, and fresh kale, tossed together for a wholesome and satisfying salad. Ideal for a lunch or light dinner, this salad is a delightful way to enjoy Florida’s fresh produce and proteins.

Sunshine in a Bowl: Florida’s Ultimate Tropical Fruit Salad, It’s Positively Delicious

This Florida Tropical Fruit Salad is a positively delicious celebration of Florida’s finest produce. This refreshing blend of colorful fruits is perfectly sweetened with a hint of local orange blossom honey, creating a delightful treat that’s as pleasing to the palate as it is to the eye. Enjoy this luscious salad on a sunny day for a true taste of tropical paradise.

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Experience Positively Delicious Pan-Seared Florida Culotte Steak

This Pan-Seared Florida Culotte Steak is a positively delicious choice for any meat lover, offering a rich and savory experience. This tender cut is expertly seared to achieve a perfect crust, locking in its natural juices and enhancing its robust flavors. Simple yet luxurious, this steak is sure to impress at any dinner table.

Coastal Cravings: Positively Delicious Florida Blue Crab Panini

This Florida Blue Crab Panini is a positively delicious twist on the classic sandwich. Bursting with the fresh, sweet flavors of local blue crab, this panini is grilled to crispy perfection, melding the delicate crab with a melty, creamy cheese. Ideal for a luxurious lunch or a satisfying dinner, it’s a gourmet treat that brings a taste of the Florida coast right to your table.

Positively Delicious Savory Sensations: Florida Chicken, Mushroom & Bacon Melt

Indulge in the positively delicious flavors of a Florida Chicken, Mushroom, and Bacon Melt. This mouthwatering sandwich layers tender chicken, savory mushrooms, and crisp bacon under a blanket of melted cheese, all nestled between toasted bread. Each bite delivers a satisfying crunch and a burst of hearty, rich flavors, making it a perfect choice for a fulfilling meal.

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