The SpaceX Falcon 9 will carry the Dragon capsule to deliver cargo to the International Space Station (ISS). This is the fifth resupply mission by SpaceX for NASA, bringing food and supplies, including new science experiments and technology research, to the crew aboard the ISS.
Launch viewing is available at the LC-39 Observation Gantry, located within the secured areas of Kennedy Space Center and just over three miles away from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, where the Falcon 9 will launch from Space Launch Complex 40.
Out and About: F-4 Phantom II Dedication at Colonel Joe Kittinger Park in Orlando on December 14, 2014
On Sunday December 14th, Colonel Joe Kittinger (USAF Retired) held a dedication ceremony for an F-4 Phantom II fighter jet at the park named for him in Orlando at the Orlando Executive Airport.
The F-4 is the same aircraft Colonel Kittinger flew in many missions as an Air Force pilot and is the plane he was shot down in over Vietnam. Kittinger was a POW in the prison camp known as the “Hanoi Hilton” and nowadays at the age of 86 still stays actively involved in the Orlando community.
As if the scrumptious BBQ and other food offerings weren’t enough reason to visit American Q at the b resort & spa, this month they are offering a new holiday themed drinks and dessert.
Fresh from the bar, guests can enjoy the American Q Holiday Toddy. This coffee drink is made with Zaya Gran Reserva Rum, smoked eggnog foam, shaved chocolate, and a dust of fresh grated nutmeg. Also from the bar is the Bourbon and Bacon Hot Cocoa, which is garnished with American Q’s heavenly Swine Candy.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents CIRCUS XTREME at Amway Center January 8-11, 2015 – With Discount Code!
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey returns to Orlando with their newest show, CIRCUS XTREME, for seven shows at the Amway Center from January 8 through 11, 2015.
In Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents CIRCUS XTREME, Ringmaster Andre McClain guides audiences on a quest around the world with the help of hilarious adventure seekers, Alex and Irina Emelin.
This newest show goes to the “X”-treme with X Game style stunts and eXotic animals, like camels, along with Xtra-ordinary circus artists and acrobats.
The party starts an hour before the show at the All Access Pre-show, which is free with your ticket purchase. You and your family can meet the international cast of performers and get up close to the menagerie of animals. Try on custom costumes, learn circus skills – like juggling – from the famous Ringling Bros. Clown Alley and even have the opportunity to win a one-of-a-kind masterpiece created by one of the Ringling Bros. painting pachyderms.
One of the best parts of the Christmas season is checking out all the homes decorated in lights for the season. One of Orlando’s best is Christmas In The Shire in south Orlando.
Andrew Albertson, the owner/creator, starts working on decorating in October, and this year’s display includes tens of thousands of lights, along with almost 100 trees inside and out. New themed trees this year include a Wizard of Oz rainbow tree and a New Year’s Eve tree.
Earlier this year, Bananas A Modern American Diner on Mills Ave closed to make way for Mills Brewpub. The popular drag queen entertainment at Bananas was then shuttled off to Funky Monkey Bistro and Bar on International Drive, owned by the same people.
Well, that didn’t last long.
Word comes this week that Mills Brewpub has closed to make way for the Divas Dinner Theatre, which opens today at 924 N. Mills Ave.
This year’s celebration takes place on Saturday, December 13, from 3pm to 8pm at their new location at 10525 Clapp Simms Duda Rd over by Lake Nona.
While there, you can enjoy the weekly farmer’s market, decorations, lights, a kids only holiday marketplace, as well as food and drink. The family can take photos with Santa from 4-6pm, and there’s even a raffle to win prizes.
All this and you can tour the facilities and meet all of the animals they are taking care of. A $5 donation per person is suggested for the tour, which helps Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge keep saving animals.
For more information, visit btnwildlife.org.
The Vampire Diaries is one of the hottest shows on the CW network, and this weekend, you can meet some of the stars at The Vampire Diaries Official Convention.
The fan convention takes place December 12-14 at The Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, and features panels with the stars, autograph sessions and photo ops. There is also a vendor area to stock up on memorabilia.
Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS to Host Rock & Brews Oviedo Grand Opening For Charity January 6, 2015
KISS front men Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have announced they will host the grand opening of their Rock & Brews Oviedo restaurant on January 6, with proceeds going to charity.
The grand opening festivities will consist of a midday luncheon for more than 100 wounded warriors, veterans and active duty military personnel, as well as a public meet & greet event with Simmons & Stanley from 2-4pm.
Tickets to the meet & greet are $200 per person and include two adult beverages per person or unlimited soft drinks, a sampling of Rock & Brews cuisine, and a photo opportunity with Stanley and Simmons. A percentage of proceeds, not less than $10,000, will benefit the Orlando VA Medical Center’s new Fisher House in Lake Nona.
It was girl’s night out at the first show of Marvel Universe LIVE! at the Amway Center on Friday, December 5. Myself, my roommate, our family writer Carol, and her daughter – all Marvel fans – were there to check out this new arena touring show based on the characters and storylines of Marvel’s greatest heroes and villains.
If you one of the millions thrilled with the successful launch of the Orion Spacecraft at Kennedy Space Center this morning, then you’ll want to visit the Orlando Science Center this weekend.
On December 6 and 7, the OSC will host some key players in the Orion test launch, for you to meet.
On Saturday, guests can meet Lockheed Martin’s Joe Mayer and Adam Ayala from 1pm to 1:30pm. Mayer is the director of government relations for Lockheed Martin and has supported the Orion program for the past seven years. Ayala is an engineer for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company at the Kennedy Space Center, and works in the Neil Armstrong Operations & Checkout building where the Orion spacecraft was assembled.
My husband and I were recently invited to American Gymkhana for dinner, and we were eager to try this new restaurant out. We discovered this is an upscale place, perfect for a date night. Our children eat Indian food all the time, but I would think twice before taking them here, as the atmosphere is better for adults. The faire is modern Indian from the colonial India era. For this evening, my husband, Kirk, and I went as a date – no kids. Yay us!
We ordered two appetizers: the Tandoori Portobello, Broccoli & Onion skewer, and the Malpe Shrimp (seasoned with fennel butter-pepper and garlic-cilantro-curry leaf pesto). Both were very good. The skewer was more spicy than I normally order (yes, I’m a wimp), but my hubby thought it was great.
Star Wars Weekends are one of the most popular annual events at Walt Disney World, and the dates for 2015 have finally been announced.
There will be five Star Wars Weekends, which will be held every weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) from May 15-June 14, 2015:
- Weekend I: May 15-17, 2015
- Weekend II: May 22-24, 2015
- Weekend III: May 29-31, 2015
- Weekend IV: June 5-7, 2015
- Weekend V: June 12-14, 2015
This rate is valid for all ages (kids 2 and under are free) through December 31, 2014. The discounted price saves $15 off the adult admission rates.
Florida residents will also be allowed to apply the cost of their admission towards the purchase of an annual pass with extended benefits that include 30% admission discounts for accompanying guests, 50% off the Adventure Hour, 20% off Rookie Wrestling Experience & in-park photography stations, 20% off Gift Shop purchases and 10% off food & beverages within the park.
For more information, visit gatorland.com.