The Sunshine Foundation Dream Village will be the beneficiary of the upcoming Miss Sunshine Foundation Pageant.
DAVENPORT – It’s a pageant, yes, and for young girls – but it’s not necessarily intended to be a highly competitive one.
“This is a pageant not focused on beauty and talent,” said Wanda Curtis. “It is encouraging all girls to participate — and have fun.”
It started last year, and shows every sign of growing – even more than doubling – its participation rate this year.
“We hope so,” Curtis said. “We do hope they will continue this every year, and grow it as time goes on. Last year we had 10 participants, and this year I know they already have 20 girls signed up.” Continue reading
Poinciana’s Vance Harmon Park will serve as the host site for the first ever Back to School Beach Bash. (Photo by Michael Freeman).
POINCIANA – It’s not every day, Jeanette Coughenour said, when a community rolls out something special: a gigantic sand box.
“We’ll have a big old sand box,” said Coughenour. “We’re creating a gigantic sand box in the park.”
That park is Vance Harmon Park off Cypress Parkway in Poinciana, and if it all sounds like, well, something best suited for kids, that’s exactly the idea that the Association of Poinciana Villages had when it first envisioned the creation of a massive sand box.
“The kids will be playing in it, and there will be water balloons to throw around,” said Coughenour, the manager of the APV, which is the homeowners association for the 10 villages in Poinciana. “We’ve coined it the Back to School Beach Bash, because it is the final Saturday before the kids go back to school.” Continue reading
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and City Commissioner Patty Sheehan install a new bird feeder box at Lake Eola Park. (Photo by Michael Freeman).
ORLANDO – As Mayor Buddy Dyer used a shovel to dump cement into a small hole in the grass at Lake Eola Park, someone jokingly asked if he was putting up a sign.
The mayor laughed and added, “Politicians have put up signs before.”
But while 2012 is clearly a major election year, with a presidential campaign at the top of the ticket and in one of the nation’s most competitive swing states, for Dyer and City Commissioner Patty Sheehan, election time is long over.
Both Dyer and Sheehan ran for re-election last April, and won landslide victories in the City Beautiful’s municipal elections. Today they had a very different mission: to inspire visitors to Lake Eola Park to take a moment to check out the lake itself, and the swans, geese and ducks that call it home – and to feed them, albeit safely.
Dyer and Sheehan, Orlando’s District 4 commissioner, joined staff from the city’s Parks Department this morning to install three new swan feeders at Lake Eola Park. The mayor inserted the feeder stands into pre-dug holes, then poured concrete around the stands to hold them securely in place. Continue reading