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A Message from Commissioner Sheehan
When I think of the month of February one of the first things that comes to mind is Valentineís Day, but February is oh so much more. February is an important month because it is also Black History Month (also known as African-American History Month). Black History Month began in the US in 1926, when it was just a week and celebrated at that time during the 2nd week of February. Black History Week was expanded to Black History Month in 1976. Many stories regarding people of color were not included in the recording of some of our history books, so Black History Month helps everyone to gain more knowledge regarding the contributions of African-Americanís throughout history. This month is a time to reflect on the great contributions and the struggles of African-Americanís and other people of color throughout history.
February is the birth month of two of our greatest US Presidents Ė George Washington (2/22) and Abraham Lincoln (2/12). It wasnít until the late 1960ís when Presidentís Day (the 3rd Monday in Feb.) was first established in the US. This one (holi)day combined both of these Presidents birthdays / holidays to one Federal holiday. (This is a Federal Holiday, but City Hall is not closed.) An interesting fact is that to date weíve had four Presidents (George Washing, William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln & Ronald Reagan) whose birthdays all fall within the month of February, but none of their birthdays ever fall directly on Presidentís Day.
February is also just a great month (weather wise) to be thankful that we live in such a warm climate. (Try living in International Falls, MN where the average high is in the low 20ís and the average low is around zero (not counting wind chill!) during the month of February.) So take advantage of the great weather and take advantage of just how much there is to see and do right here in Orlando. (Some of it is even FREE!) Iím not talking about I-Drive or the theme Parks (though both offer lots to see & do), but instead Iím talking about the things you can see and do right here in our own backyard. Try the new Orlando Urban Trail that extends from just beyond Loch Haven Park to past Lake Highland. Another option is the Mennello Museum or Leu Gardens Ė both have a Free Day each month (including a free monthly childrenís Story Time at Leu Gardens. Plus we have so many monthly events that are held in each of our neighborhoods, like Tasty Tuesdayís in the Milk District. There is also a Thornton Park 2nd Thursday Wine and Art Walk and letís not forget that Downtown Orlando has the Farmerís Market every Sunday and of course there is always beautiful Lake Eola Park. Events that are specific to February 2013 are as follows: The Vietnamese Lunar New Year Festival at the Central Florida Fairgrounds on Feb. 1st & 2nd. The Orlando Folk Festival on the grounds of the Mennello Museum on Feb. 8th & 9th. The Orlando Chili Cook-Off at Festival Park on Feb. 8th. Paws in the Park at Lake Eola Park and the Seed Swap at Leu Gardens are both also on Feb. 8th. The Dragon Parade and Lunar New Year Festival in the Mills 50 District on Feb. 9th. The Valentineís Stroll at Leu Gardens on Feb. 14th. The Orlando Wetlands Festival at Ft. Christmas Historical Park on Feb. 15th. The Downtown Food & Wine Festival at Lake Eola on Feb. 22nd & 23rd Ė to name a few. More details on all of these events and more, can be found on the Calendar of Events listed on the District 4 website at: http://www.cityoforlando.net/elected/council/district04/Calendar.htm
If you have any question about this or any other
city related issue, please email me at
Patty.Sheehan@Cityoforlando.net, or call the office at 407-246-2004.
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For this months events, be sure to click on the District 4 Links on this webpage and then select "CALENDAR of EVENTS".
Another helpful link on this webpage is also under District 4 Links and it is titled "ISSUES - (Streets, Sidewalks, Code Enforcement & so Much More!) Report them (online or via telephone)" This will give you info on how to report everything from potholes, to broken sidewalks to Code Enforcement issues.
If you would like to receive the crime updates from our OPD Liaison Police Officer, Karen Long please e-mail her at email@example.com.
If you need assistance with any city-related issue, please feel free to contact me at (407)246-2004, or e-mail at Patty.Sheehan@Cityoforlando.net.