The Art of Sushi, or that’s entertainment.

Is there an "art" to making sushi? At Kokopelli's Sushi Restaurant in Reno, the chefs are able to put on quite a demonstration of their sushi-making abilities. (Photo by Michael Freeman).

RENO, NEVADA – Aureliano Raygoza held a clump of rice in his hand, then placed it down on a wooden table, on top of seaweed. Behind him, a massive screen just a few feet from a video camera provided a close-up of his hands, so everyone in the room could see exactly what he was doing.
“I call it the Cheviche Roll,” he said. “This is my creation.”
Raygoza was standing just a few inches from his fellow chef, Carlos Cazares, in a place that offered something a bit different: a two-in-one restaurant, offering guests the option of either being seated at Dos Geckos Cantina, billed as “a fiesta of Mexican flavors,” and offering a host of Mexican dishes; or, at the same time, getting seated in a section of the restaurant known as Kokopelli’s Sushi. Continue reading

Orlando artist and craftsman is retired from teaching, but not from his craft.

Freeline Media editor Mike Freeman interviews Tebe Horne, the artist who runs Creative World. (Photo by Dave Raith.)

WINTER PARK – Tebe Horne knows some people are a bit surprised when they first notice the necklaces and jewelry that he designs.
After all, he uses some rather unique material.
“It’s a free-form copper,” he said. “We work in stainless steel, copper and glass. The joy of stainless steel is you don’t have to polish it.”
But he understands that some women will do a double take when they see what the jewlerty is made of.
“It takes a very artistic and creative woman to want to wear my jewelry,” Horne said. “They have to have a certain uniqueness about them.”
Horne is an artist who runs Creative World LCC in Orlando, and as often as he can, Horne gets out into the community to display hhis work – at art shows and exhibits or, as he did on Thursday, at charitable events like the one held at Wearable Art by Scott Laurent, the shop at 340 Park Ave. in Winter Park. That shop was hosting a fund-raising event for the non-profit organization Compassionate Hands and Hearts Breast Cancer Outreach. Continue reading

From John Michael Montgomery to archery and watermelon eating contests, check out Thunder on the Ridge.

Lake Eva Park in downtown Haines City is expecting 40,000 people to turn out for the Thunder on the Ridge celebration on July 4. (Photo by Dave Raith).

HAINES CITY – There will be slice after slice of watermelon available throughout the day on July 4, turning Lake Eva Park into something closely resembling a massive watermelon patch.
The key to all that, Holly Carter said, is discovering which brave souls are prepared to consume the highest number of slices.
“It just goes by the slice,” she said. “It’s whoever eats the most. So it all depends. We’ve got about 30 watermelons coming here that we’ll slice into pieces, and we’ll slice those into smaller pieces for the kids.”
What this is, she added, is another effort by the Haines City Parks and Recreation Department to entertain the crowds expected to turn out at Lake Eva on Independence Day for the annual Thunder on the Ridge celebration.
Watching people consume slice after slice of watermelon is just one element of the fun, said Carter, the event coordinator for Thunder on the Ridge. Continue reading

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