The Eleventh (Every So Often) Grandma Party Bazaar Takes Place at Stardust Video and Coffee on December 15, 2013
We’re headed into the home stretch of the Holiday shopping season, but there’s one more shopping event happening this month – the Elventh Grandma Party Bazaar at Stardust Video and Coffee on Sunday, December 15.
This event runs from 10am to 7pm, and features local crafts, arts, food, and more.
There will also be live music from the likes of ButterQueen, The Haroux, Sloppy Mistress, Meowzer, Join Hands, Mojave Wilde, and Pop//Nazi.
The event takes place at Stardust Video and Coffee (1842 E. Winter Park Rd), and is free to attend.
The weekend of December 14 and 15, 2012, Lakeridge Winery will be holding their annual Wine and Chocolate Festival.
In addition to celebrating the pairing of wine with chocolate, the weekend will groove to the sounds of live music on the outdoor stage. The Ladyz & The Boyz, Bobby Blackmon, and BlueStone will perform on Saturday; Baby Blues & The No Attitude Band, and The Robert Harris Group will perform on Sunday.
There will be food and drink (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) for purchase, as well as local artists and crafters with wares for sale. You can also do a complimentary vineyard tour.
Event hours are 10am-5pm on Saturday, and 11am-5pm on Sunday. A $2.00 donation per person will be accepted at the gate to help benefit the American Heart Association.
Lakeridge Winery is located at 19239 US 27 North in Clermont, FL. Phone is 800-768-9463.
Nerd Nite Orlando is an evening of entertaining yet thought-provoking talks across many disciplines – all while the audience drinks along in a casual bar atmosphere.
This edition will feature presentations on Google Glass by my friend Jen Vargas, Ayahuasca (a hallucinogenic brew of shrubs and vines) by Eddie Selover, and Cold War era Corona spy satellites by Philip Chien.
The event takes place at Stardust Video and Coffee (1842 E. Winter Park Rd), from 7-9pm, and is free to attend.
Make any room in your house a TV room with Bright House Networks TV for your computer, iPad, iPhone, and most Android devices.
Bright House Networks TV (BHTV) is a free app and website that allows users to view live HD programming anywhere in the house, even where there isn’t a TV.
BHTV can also be used to schedule a recording on your Bright House Networks DVR.
It’s super easy to use BHTV. All you need is a free My Services account from Bright House, which you can get online. If you pay your bill through the website, you already have one.
Then you download the app from either the Apple App store or Google Play for the Android version. Open the app, sign in with your My Services login, and you can be watching live TV in a matter of minutes.
You can also watch via your computer at http://bhtv.brighthouse.com.
There are currently about 250 channels available via BHTV, including broadcast networks like ABC, popular cable channels like AMC and USA, and even premium channels like HBO and Showtime, if you are a subscriber.
BHTV works within the range of your home’s wireless network, so you can now watch TV in any room. I watch BHTV on my Android phone when I’m doing the laundry. I also use it to watch the morning news while I’m getting ready.
As a Bright House customer, this app is a free service that I love, and I think you will, too. Give it a try.
Bright House Networks TV – Make Any Room a TV Room!
This week we were invited to enjoy Amirah’s Wish, the Arabian Nights Holiday show. This is the ninth year of the production, and it tells the tale of how Khadri the genie and Santa Claus work to distract Princess Amirah with gifts and good cheer when Prince Raswan is called away.
The show includes the regular trick riding and beautiful horses, but adds Holiday elements like sugar plum fairies and gingerbread people, as well as decorations throughout the arena. It also includes a full dinner, with beverages and dessert.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Celebrates International Space Station 15th Anniversary December 10, 2013
In celebration of the 15th anniversary of the International Space Station (ISS), Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is hosting crew members of the first space shuttle mission to construct the ISS on Tuesday, December 10.
On Dec. 10, 1998, the six-member crew aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour became the first people to enter the newly created International Space Station after transporting the American connecting node, Unity, and connecting it with the Russian module, Zarya.
The anniversary celebration at the Visitor Complex includes photo opportunities for the public with the astronauts at Space Shuttle Atlantis from 10-11am. A panel discussion and Q & A with the astronaut crew takes place at 12:30pm at the Astronaut Encounter Theater. Seating is provided on a first come, first serve basis.
Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Through December 29, 2013
Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents the holiday cheer of Joe Landry’s It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play through December 29 at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Loch Haven Park.
Prior to the performance, theater-goers will take part in a holiday singalong amongst busy telegram boys, popcorn girls, and 1940′s paparazzi.
Tickets are $17-$40, and may be purchased by calling the Box Office at (407) 447-1700 or online at orlandoshakes.org. Senior matinees are December 11 and 18, with tickets for $17. Shows are at 7:30pm Wednesday through Saturday, and 2pm on Sundays.
Michael Andrew & Swingerhead Atomic Big Band (an 18-piece group) will hold a Holiday concert in Apopka on Friday, December 13, 2013.
The event will feature plenty of big band, jazz, and swing Holiday classics. There will also be a Holiday gift market, a Gingerbread House competition, and even on-site child care
Tickets are $10 and are available online, by phone at 877-725-8849, or in person at Apopka Utility Billing, City Hall, Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce, Apopka Chief & Planter, or at Old Florida National Bank Apopka Branch. Children 5 and under are free.
The event will take place at the Apopka Amphitheater at 3710 Jason Dwelley Pkwy, in Apopka.
The 7th annual Sparkle Artisan Market will take place on December 8th, from 11am – 5pm in the parking lot outside of Dandelion Communitea Cafe.
The event will feature over 30 local artists, crafters, jewelry makers and hand-made vendors with wares for sale.
There will also be dance and music performances throughout the day, as well as an art table for kids. Beverages and drinks will be for sale inside the cafe.
The event is free to attend.
Dandelion Communitea Cafe is located at 618 Thornton Ave in Orlando.
Universal Orlando’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort is scheduled to open in Spring 2014 and it is offering special preview rates up to 47% off for stays from March 31 – June 14, 2014.
The family suites are the ones available for this deal, and they sleep up to six. They feature a kitchenette with microwave, mini-refrigerator and sink. The hotel will also have standard guest rooms, but those will not be available until Summer 2014.
Rates start at $104 per night for a seven-night stay to $134 per night for a three-night stay. This preview offer is available for booking until January 31, 2014.
Cabana Bay Beach Resort is inspired by the iconic beach resorts of the 1950′s and 1960′s. It has a retro feel to it, and amenities include a 10-lane bowling alley, two massive pools with sand beaches, a lazy river, waterslide and more.
The hotel’s location is within walking distance of both Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. Hotel guests will also enjoy Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the theme park opens.
To learn more or to make a reservation, call 888-273-1311 or visit universalorlando.com.
Holidays in Space returns to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex through January 5, 2014.
Adorned with holiday decorations, the Visitor Complex will welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus daily through December 24. Each day, the first 200 children to visit Santa will receive a voucher for a free gift. In addition, Kodak representatives will be on hand to snap the perfect family photo, sitting with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and provide prints for sale.
New this year is the exhibit, “Through the Toy Box: An Out-of-this-World Collection,” which represents mankind’s fascination with space over the last 100 years in the form of toys.
And the decorations include a towering 42’ International Space Station-themed holiday tree located in the Rocket Garden, decorated with 5,000 LED and 32 strobe lights, 600 miniature international flags and 5,000 ornaments, topped with an LED star.
“Holidays in Space” is included in admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Souvenir photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus are available at an additional charge.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call 877-313-2610 and visit KennedySpaceCenter.com.