February 21, 2014
- City News
On Saturday, March 1, I invite you to head to
Downtown Orlando for the eighth annual Blues
B-Q. The free concert attracts blues fans from
across the state each year.
Next weekend’s Blues B-Q will feature Denise
LaSalle, the “Queen of the Blues,” and The Lee
Boys. Denise LaSalle has been performing since
1967. She has headlined numerous festivals and
was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in
The Lee Boys, a funk and gospel band, draw their
inspiration from artists such as Jimi Hendrix
and Robert Randolph. They are veteran artists
and have performed at many prestigious events,
including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage
Festival, the Chicago Blues Festival and Bonaroo.
Other national and local artists will also
Food is a big part of Blues B-Q and Bubbalou’s
BBQ, Caribbean Sunshine Bakery, Serena’s BBQ,
on-site VIP catering, Cave Inn BBQ and Smokey
Jay’s BBQ will have delicious barbecue available
Blues B-Q will be held on the corner of Garland
Avenue and Central Boulevard from 4-10 p.m. For
more information, visit CityofOrlando.net/BluesBQ.
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Do You Have Questions about the Affordable Care
If you have questions about or
need help enrolling in the Affordable Care Act,
a licensed navigator is available to assist you
at six community centers each Tuesday.
Click here for a list of the community
centers and more information.
Citrus Bowl Stadium
Reconstruction Moving Quickly
of the Citrus Bowl Stadium is moving fast.
Click here to see the progress via the Work
Mayor Buddy Dyer Announces
New Police Chief
February 12, Mayor Buddy Dyer announced the
retirement of Orlando Police Chief Paul Rooney
and appointed John Mina to succeed Rooney and
serve Orlando as the 38th police chief.
Click here to learn more about the
appointment of Chief Mina.
right, Chief John Mina, Chief Paul Rooney.)
Take Heart Orlando
The City of Orlando offers free 30-minute CPR
training sessions to City residents, businesses
Click here to learn more about registering
Electronic Waste Recycling
On Saturday, February 22, bring
your unwanted electronic items to Green Works
Orlando's electronic waste recycling event from
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Orlando Festival Park, on
the corner of Robinson and Primrose. Come out to
items including televisions, computer monitors
and cell phones, and enter a raffle to win a free
Lenovo IdeaPad N580, courtesy of A1 Assets.
Neighborhood and Community Summit
On Saturday, March 1, Mayor Buddy
Dyer will host his ninth annual Neighborhood &
Community Summit at the DoubleTree Hotel by
Hilton at the entrance to Universal Orlando. The
event brings neighborhood and community leaders
together for a day of learning, networking and
Click here for more information and to
Advantages of Registering as an Exhibitor for
the Mayor’s Summit
Does your organization or business want to reach
more than 300 neighborhood and community
leaders? If so, become an exhibitor at the ninth
annual Mayor’s Neighborhood & Community Summit
on Saturday, March 1.
Click here for more details and to register
as an exhibitor.
Connections - Enhancing Neighborhood Safety &
Crime Prevention Grants
Community Connections held its
Enhancing Neighborhood Safety & Crime Prevention
Grants workshop this February where speakers from the Orange County
Sheriff’s office identified some simple ways to
help prevent crime in your home.
Click here for a short recap of the
City Council Update
Click here for an update from the
February 10 City Council meeting.
Did You Know?
A New CityofOrlando.net is
Your new connection to the City of Orlando is
coming soon. The new CityofOrlando.net will
provide easy access to your City government. The
site launches this spring and is user friendly,
features streamlined content and is compatible
with multiple devices, including mobile phones
LYNX Public Service
Would your non-profit organization benefit from
a year of free advertising on a LYNX bus?
Click here to learn more about the LYNX
Public Service Bus.
Guns N’ Hoses
Saturday, March 1, as part of Orlando Solar
Bears First Responder Appreciation Weekend, a
group of Orlando firefighters will take the ice
against a team of police officers at the Amway
Center, prior to a Solar Bears game. To order
tickets and for more information,
Mayor in the
New Year Festival
On February 9,
Mayor Dyer participated in the Third Annual Dragon
Parade and Lunar Festival, an event that
highlights the diversity of the area and
celebrates the Asian culture in our community.
Parramore Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan
kicked off a community meeting on February 11 to
get input from neighborhood residents and
businesses as part of the development of the
City’s Parramore Comprehensive Plan.
Orlando International Airport Announcement
joined Florida Governor Rick Scott on February
17 to make an announcement about the expansion
of Orlando International Airport and the
creation of an Intermodal Terminal Complex.
Orlando Remembered Display Debut
On February 19, Mayor Dyer joined
Orlando Remembered for the debut of a display at
the J.B. Callahan Neighborhood Center honoring
the late Georgia Nell Woodley, who was president
of the Callahan Neighborhood Association for 25
400 South Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801