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SEMINOLEVOICE.COM GET CULTURED THIS WEEKEND CULTURE, 6 The school that rocks Kids learn the art of being superstars at this local business. INTERESTS, 4 Lions look to avenge 2012 loss. ATHLETICS, 5 Youd be surprised how many people one good deed can affect. STETSONS CORNER, 7 CALENDAR .................... 2 INTERESTS .................... 4 ATHLETICS .................... 5 CULTURE ..................... 6 VOICES ....................... 7 CLASSIFIEDS ................... 8 MARK YOUR CALENDAR Its chili, pie, beer and entertainment for all at the American Cancer Society chili cookoff (and chicken poop lotto!) hosted to help locals battling cancer in Geneva. MORE IN CALENDAR, PAGE 2 USPS 00-093 Publisher statement on page 2. In home delivery by Friday, Feb. 28 Since 2008, the rate of parents choosing to not vaccinate their children for non-medical reasons in Orange and Seminole Coun ties has been creeping up. Thats caused some alarm in the medi cal community about rare and dangerous diseases making a comeback. In Florida, parents must obtain a medical exemption from their doctor, most of the time because of an allergic, life-threatening re action to the vaccine, or they can ask for a religious exemption. A 2012 study that examined the vaccine exemption poli cies across the country, led by Saad Omer, a professor of public health at Emory University, de termined that Florida is a dif from the government-mandated vaccines to attend school for medical reasons. But in Florida, bills in the past few years have been introduced and passed that make it easier for parents to opt out of vaccinating children. Religious exemptions among the easiest ways for par ents to opt out of vaccinations have continually increased from nearly zero of those exempt in 1997 to 3 percent of Seminole County kindergarteners, the highest yet. Obtaining an exemption isnt emption at the health depart ment based upon their religion, the health department will give it to them. While employees give parents information showing the vaccines, most already have their minds made up, said Bertie Barber, immunizations program manager for the Seminole Coun ty Health Department. That non-medical exemption leaves children and the public at risk of contracting completely avoidable, life-threatening dis eases, said Dr. Julee Waldrop, a clinical associate professor at UCF. Generally the reason that I hear is that they just dont be lieve that their child needs it, that these diseases are not common, and that if everyone else is get ting vaccinated that theyll be protected and the side effects are The rate of parents claiming that enough children are already vaccinated has historical merit. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention reported that the percentage of vaccinated seventhgraders has increased more than 30 percentage points since 1997 and both have a vaccination rate of more than 90 percent, though kindergartener vaccination levels have dipped lower since 2008. But the reaction of parents to The price of saying no BRITTNI LARSON The Voice PHOTO COURTESY OF ISTOCK Kids who arent vaccinated can become infected by people visiting from other areas, raising the chance of resurgences. Please see VACCINATION on page 3 With more parents not vaccinating, diseases return An ongoing synthetic drug investigation presses on as Semi nole County law enforcement of tentially life-threatening fad. Seminole County Sheriffs Of locations throughout the county last month for possession and sale of synthetic drugs and imita tions of illegal drugs. Search warrants were execut State Road 436, a Citgo location in Altamonte Springs, Chuluota Grocery on East Seventh Street, and The Beer and Tobacco Outlet in Winter Springs. Police seized 795 packages of synthetic drugs and more than 500 items of drug paraphernalia. Cannaday said. We want to get the message out that stores should not be selling these prod ucts, that they are subject to arrest An undercover in vestigation followed by a purchase and test ing of the drugs led to the arrests of Maurice Markovitz from Cas rick Pagan-Cordova, Faramarz Arfaee and Iradj Mohamadzadeh Maged Youssef and Dib Diab from the Chuluo ta Grocery and Lydia Colon-Lopez, Angel Cabrera and Nereida Pagan from The To bacco and Beer Outlet in Winter Springs. The push to rid the county of synthetic drugs began in November 2012 when Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi issued an emergency alert that banned 22 substances TIM FREED The Voice County kicks synthetic drugs Please see DRUGS on page 3 PHOTO COURTESY OF SEMINOLE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE Four police raids in the last month netted nearly 800 packages of synthetic drugs. Seminole cops continue search for synthetic drugs


Page 2 | Feb 28 2014 | Seminole Voice Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 Volume 24, Issue 9 PHONE: 407-563-7000 FAX: 407-563-7099 SEMINOLEVOICE.COM Orlando, FL 32835-5705 PUBLISHER Tracy Craft 407.515.2605 MANAGING EDITOR Isaac Babcock 407.563.7023 ASSOCIATE EDITOR Sarah Wilson 407.563.7026 DESIGNER Tom Miller 407.563.7032 STAFF WRITERS Brittni Larson Megan Stokes Tim Freed Allison Olcsvay Kristy Vickery COLUMNISTS Janet Foley Sandi Vidal Tom Carey Karen Phillips Josh Garrick ADVERTISING SALES Linda Stern 407.376.2434 LEGAL NOTICE ADVERTISING Ashley McBride 407.286.0807 SUBSCRIPTIONS/CIRCULATION Luana Baez 407.563.7013 MEMBER OF: Florida Press Association Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce TURNSTILE MEDIA GROUP CHAIRMAN Rance Crain PRESIDENT/CEO Francis X. Farrell VICE PRESIDENTS Patti Green & Jeff Babineau USPS #008-093 Periodicals postage is paid at Oviedo, Fla. 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McDonald OPTOMETRIC PHYSICIAN Oviedo VISION Center Fashion Frames Custom Contact Fittings Eye Exams for All Ages Designer & Rx Sunglasses Treatment of Glaucoma Treatment of Red Eyes In-House Optical Lab Surgery Co-Management Calendar Notes MARCH 1 The Krewe of Leaders annual Gala Ball beneting the Krewe of Leaders scholar ship fund runs from 6:30 to 11 p.m. on March 1 at St. Albans Cathedral, Grundoff Hall in Oviedo. Its a black tie affair you wont want to miss. Tickets are available at MARCH 4 Are you a young executive younger than 40? Are you currently looking for new net working opportunities? Its a networking and mingling event with young C-level executives at Spill Wine and Beer! Its from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on March 4 at 1196 Tree Swallow Drive, Suite 1314, in Winter Springs. Visit for more information and to register. The Krewe of Leaders Fat Tuesday Celebration and Royal Court presenta tion is from 5:50 to 8:30 p.m. on March 4 at Twin Rivers Golf Club in Oviedo. Its free for members, and non-members can dine for just $15. Visit kreweoeaders. com for tickets. MARCH 6 Join the Oviedo-Winter Springs Re gional Chamber of Commerce at its luncheon featuring UCF athletics Emcee John Evans. Food is by John and Shir leys catering from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 6 at the Oviedo Mall Commu nity Room. Visit for more info. Future civic leaders Eleven local students were recently honored by the Sallie Harrison chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution for their essays submitted to the groups annual essay contest and their contributions to soci ety. Andrew Fenning from Jackson Heights Middle School won the DAR American History Essay Contest. Hes pictured with Sallie Harrison member Angela Kilmer. Adrianna Skipper from Seminole High School was the overall winner in the category of good citizen. Shes pictured with committee co-chairs Judy Dwyer and Nancy Irish. Other winners of the DAR Good Citizens Award are: Marcos Arroyo of Hagerty High School; Sabrina Baeta of Lake Mary High; Patrick Martin of Lake Mary Prep; Kathryn Fosburgh of Crooms Academy; Elaine Kilmer of Oviedo High; Danielle Noonan of Lake Brantley High; Nicole Roy of The Geneva School; Kelsy Manko of Lyman High; and John Ber bano of Lake Howell High. MARCH 1 The American Cancer Society Relay for Life All Around Geneva Teams fth annual Chili Cook-Off all starts at noon on Saturday, March 1, at the Jolly Gator Fish Camp, located at 4650 E. State Road 46 in Geneva. The event features a chili cook-off, pie contest, live music, vendor booths, chicken poop lotto, rafes and plenty of fun for the kids. Entry for the chili cook-off and/or pie contest costs $5. Ribbons will be awarded for rst, second and third places, along with cash prizes for rst and second places. All are wel come to enter a pot of chili (Crock Pots preferred), a pie or just come enjoy the festivities for a great cause! For registra tion forms and more information about the event and being a sponsor, call Mary at 407-402-3993 or email mconsolato@ MARCH 8 Its time to taste what Oviedo has to of fer at the 20th annual Taste of Oviedo event. Its lled with food vendors, local businesses, live entertainment and fun for the kids. Come out and enjoy a tast ing buffet at the Citrus and Celery CookOff, or compete in the rst ever Chicken Chomp Competition for fun and prizes. Its from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 8 at the Oviedo Mall, followed by reworks. Live entertainment will feature (in order of appearance): the 17-70 Band, The Dealers, The Barley Wine Band, Marlee Shaw Piercy, Patience Ferguson, Bailey Callahan, Alexa Neilen, Zumba, Linda McKenzie, The 13th Floor Band, and the School of Rock. MARCH 9 Food Truck Crazy is back at the Oviedo Mall from 4 to 8 p.m. on March 9 at the Oviedo Mall. Come out and enjoy the top food trucks from around the area. Visit for more informa tion. FAMILY CALENDAR ARCHIVE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE The Krewe of Leaders will have a Fat Tuesday party and gala ball March 1 and 4. PHOTO COURTESY OF SALLIE HARRISON CHAPTER The winners of the 2014 NSDAR awards.


Seminole Voice | Feb. 28, 2014 | Page 3 THIS WEEK THIS WEEK IN WORLD HISTORY MARCH 3, 1931 national anthem of the USA. In 1814, Francis Scott Key composed the lyrics after witnessing the massive overnight British bombardment of Fort McHenry, MD. as synthetic drugs. The Seminole more than 400 local businesses throughout the county of the ille gal substances, warning them not to carry them in their stores. Tips from local residents led to the undercover police work at the four Seminole County locations. stores a type of marijuana imi tation. The synthetic marijuana often comes from China, said Lt. Tracy Fortenberry, whos head ing the investigation. A common root is chopped into tiny bits and sprayed down with any number of unknown chemicals. The substances unpredict makes it extremely dangerous, Fortenberry said. One batch of synthetic marijuana may contain far more or less toxins than an other, creating a dangerous op portunity for someone to under estimate the drugs effects. Fortenberry said hes heard of numerous cases where synthetic drugs have led to seizures, but that may be just one of the po tential side effects. Intense hallu cinations, psychotic episodes and suicidal thoughts have also been attributed to synthetic drugs, ac cording to the American Associa tion of Poison Control Centers. The year 2012 saw 5,320 calls received by U.S. poisons cen ters regarding exposure to syn thetic drugs, the AAPCC re ports. You get some of these warehouses or we call them labs that they make this stuff in and all theyre doing is laying this plant down and theyre spraying it with a bug sprayer with whatever chemicals You dont know whats in that package. They could be spraying Whats really inside the syn thats getting harder and harder to answer, Fortenberry said. New varieties and strains of the syn thetic marijuana continue to pop up almost on a weekly basis an effort by the manufacturers to skirt around any illegal chemicals, he said. Not only are the different brands of synthetic marijuana unsafe, theyre marketed toward children, said Heather Smith, deputy director for public affairs packaging depicting cartoon char acters like Scooby-Doo make kids at convenience stores a primary target. We want parents to be aware that these substances can be ac Were going to continue to en sure that any stores that are car rying this are stopped from doing Anyone in possession of these drugs can dispose of them at the drop-off boxes located outside each citys police department building, Smith said. The Seminole County Sheriffs ing another Casselberry location, Fortenberry said. DRUGS | Synthetic drugs seemingly marketed to children VACCINATION | Refusing may backfire C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE Oviedo ER is located at 8300 Red Bug Lake Road in Oviedo between S.R. 417 and S.R. 426 with easy access from W. Broadway Street. For all your familys emergencies big and small Central Florida Regional Hospital brings ef cient, high-quality emergency care to the Oviedo community with the opening of our Oviedo ER. The 11,000-square-foot freestanding ER features: Adult and pediatric emergency care Physicians specializing in Emergency Medicine on-site 24/7 35 full-time employees including nurses certi ed in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support 12 private patient care beds Dedicated trauma room Diagnostic imaging including CT scan, ultrasound and X-ray Laboratory servicesCaring for Oviedo EMERGENCY EXP ER TS Now Open 24/7! Tom Carey SundewGardens@gmail.comEvery home should have a garden Experience homegrown gardening: opt out because most children are Waldrop said, when many parents then choose to opt out in a short period of time. The problem occurs when in a given population the percentage of people who choose not to be is lost, meaning that the popula tion that is vaccinated is large enough to stop a disease from spreading, protecting those who arent vaccinated. There havent been any outbreaks in Central Florida because of this, but if the trend continues to grow and more parents choose not to vaccinate sibility, Barber said. If the trend contin ues, though, what were going to dis cover is were going to be gin to see re surgences of some of those childhood diseases, and thats because it isnt eradicated everywhere else in the world and Florida especially is a said. Until we see some detri mental impacts, I dont think that people are really going to under stand the importance of having So infants who arent old enough to be vaccinated, children who havent had all their vacci nations yet, and those medically compromised are put in danger. In some states, the impact has al ready been seen. California saw an outbreak in 2010 of pertussis that affected 9,000 people and killed 10 infants. Its a high price to pay for your philosophies, Barber said. But cases like the one in Cali fornia could raise awareness and cause laws to get tougher against vaccine exemptions, Waldrop said. I think its possible that it might become harder because there has been an increase in the number of outbreaks, and so the more people that are actually harmed because of lack of immu nizing, the more likely it is that will make laws to protect the pub There are also new medical ad vancements to consider, which could add even more vaccines for students to com plete before start ing school. nurse for Seminole County Public Schools. Because right now there are still a lot of vaccines that are PHOTO COURTESY OF SEMINOLE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE Drug packages with cartoons on them may lure kids. C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE If the trend continues, though, were going to begin to see resurgences of some of those childhood diseases. For more informa tion about vaccines and Florida school requirements, visit vention-safety-andwellness/immuniza tion or call your local health department.


Page 4 | Feb 28 2014 | Seminole Voice IN T ERES T S THIS WEEK IN HUMAN HISTORY MARCH 6, 1475 Michelangelo Buonarroti, the greatest of the Italian Renaissance artists, is born in Caprese. His most impor at parents and friends as they nervously walk on stage, some of them for the very Above them, portraits of rock and blues Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix seem to look on, as lovingly as the proud parents in the crowd. and suddenly the drummer is counting The band members settle into the rhythm ting loose relaxed smiles and showing their excitement of performing on stage. The students at Oviedos School of Rock have been working toward this very per formance for the past three months. They met with their instructor once a week for 45-minute private lessons and they spent two-and-a-half hours a week practicing to gether as a performance band. This season they performed the classic to the delight of the dads in the audience who could be seen singing along on many of the tunes. It took me a while to get comfortable Hagerman. I really like the feedback I get When I perform, I feel really nervous, excited, happy and tion of performing on the big stage with everyone counting on you is what helps the students stay mo tivated to learn, School of Rock director Wes Sim mons said. At the school, working musi cians teach a mix of classic rock, blues, funk, reggae and R&B to stu dents, ages 7 to 18. A lot of re search goes into Simmons said. We try to go back to the bands that started it all his Our perfor mance-based ap proach provides It gives them incentive to learn and prac tice because they are committed to their Some kids, like 11-yearold guitarist Hunter Heu sel, seem born to be on the stage. he said. When we found out all the school had to of Hunters mom, Dayna Heusel said. Other students like Athena needed a little push from mom and dad to get on stage before they realized how much they liked it. Athena was shy and mom Victoria Hagerman. We had to push her a little to get her up there, but we felt it would be a good experi 15-year-old Athena is an honor student at Lake Howell High School who dreams of becoming a physicist one day. Athenas only problem is she studies too much, her mom said jokingly. dence and shes made a lot of friends from Its made me open up more, become before going on stage and rocking out her nal performance for family and friends, but instead of taking the stage at school performance step into the spotlight at BB Those who really excel are offered an au dition for the School of Rock All-Star per formance groups. Those who are accepted do regional tours, sometimes performing during Vans Warped Tour or even Lolla palooza. Simmons said is that they are meeting other like-minded kids, learning together and from each other and gaining not only a Its not too late to sign up for next season said Simmons, We still have parts for our performances of Jimi Hendrix and Queen this spring and not just for guitar, we also na Heusel. [Hunter] has learned more here in two months than he learned in the last ALLISON OLCSVAY The Voice The school that rocks the stage OPENS NATIONWIDE MARCH 7WWW.MRPEABODYANDSHERMAN.COM INVITE YOU AND A GUEST TO AN ADVANCE SCREENINGTO DOWNLOAD YOUR PASS FOR TWO, GO TO WWW.GOFOBO. COM/RSVP & ENTER RSVP CODE: WPMOPTAUSupplies are limited! Passes received through this promotion do not guarantee you a seat at the theatre. Seating is on a rst come, rst served basis, except for members of the reviewing press. Theatre is overbooked to ensure a full house. 20TH Century Fox and their af liates accept no responsibility or liability in connection with any loss or accident incurred in connection with use of a prize. Tickets cannot be exchanged, transferred or redeemed for cash, in whole or in part. Not responsible for lost, delayed or misdirected entries. No purchase necessary. Participating sponsors, their employees & family members and their agencies are not eligible PHOTOS BY ALLISON OLCSVAY THE VOICE Kids learn to rock a stage with the School of Rock program that teaches kids to play instruments, then puts them in real rock and roll shows to get experience in front of live audiences, starting with family and friends.


Seminole Voice | Feb. 28, 2014 | Page 5 AT HLE T I C S THIS WEEK IN SPORTS HISTORY MARCH 2, 1962 Wilt Chamberlain set the NBA single-game scoring record by tallying 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a 169-147 victory over the New York Knicks. He remains the only NBA player to ever do so. The Oviedo Lions were charg ing toward a state championship bid at press time Thursday night, after busting their way into the time since 2012. That year in the heartbreaker to Oak Ridge. Crestview 76-48 to make it to the from R.J. June and Matt Milon to pace the team. They faced a Boyd Thursday, which was fresh off a 65-42 blowout of Nova. With a win, the Lions will be into the state championship game, March 1, at the Lakeland Center. UCF basketball ketball team is narrowly staying above the bottom rung of the 10-team American Athletic Conference ladder after dropping two more conference games in the last week. And with a showdown against Rutgers at press time, they could make it three. 10-15 overall and 2-12 in the conference after dropping their home game against No. 11 Cincinnati (24-4, 13-2) by a 77-49 blowout, then a road game to Houston (13-14, 5-9) in an 88-84 heartbreaker. As has been the case all season, shoot ing percentage told the tale of the two games, 29.6 percent of their shots against Cincinnati, picking up more sec ond chance shots, and then miss ing them again. We had a number of shots after the game, blam shots followed by easy scores for the Bearcats as a big factor in the blowout. Isaiah Sykes did everything he could to carry the team, coming up with 13 points, 10 rebounds and seven turnovers in the game, while none of his other teammates hit double digit scoring. In their near-miss against percentage skyrocketed to 47.7 percent, they out-rebounded the Cougars by 12, but then they al lowed Houston to nail 58 per cent of their shots providing more than the winning margin in the game. Sykes again paced the team, nearing triple-double terri tory with 19 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, but even with four wasnt enough to get things done. Following their Wednesday showdown against Rutgers at the road for Dallas to play No. 23 SMU (22-6, 11-4), which handed them a 58-46 loss on Jan. 18. ISAAC BABCOCK The Voice Lions take shot at championship LOCAL NEWS. BIG IMPACT. DONT LOSE YOUR VOICE! SUBSCRIBE TODAY Visit or call 407.563.7013 to order today! Get 1 year (52 issues)for only $15. &VEGETABLES FRESH FRUIT W Brian Thomas Produce 110 Geneva Drive, Old Downtown Oviedo(Across From Ace Hardware) VINE RIPE TOMATOES ARCHIVE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE R.J. June, pictured in this archive photo, has led the Lions, along with teammate Matt Milon, as they take a second shot at the state championships in three years. The Lions lost in the state semis in 2012. PHOTOS BY ALEX BABCOCK THE VOICE Pet Rescue by Judys Cheryl Zambrano, above, plays with Jazz, a labradoodle, at an adoption event at the University of Central Florida on Feb. 19. Pet Rescue


Page 6 | Feb 28 2014 | Seminole Voice Now through March 23 Orlando Shakespeare presents Steve Yockeys Pluto Participating in National New Play Net works 35th season of Rolling World Pre mieres, the Orlando Shakespeare Theater March 23. In the play, single mother Elizabeth Miller is having a bad day. A tree has crashed through her ceiling, the fridge is not functioning, and mother and son choose today to confront each other across the breakfast table, turning this dys functional family into dark comedy. For Photo by Landon St. Gordon featuring Suzanne ODonnell, Heather Leonardi, & Chris Metz March (the whole month) A&H Museums Maitland presents Art31 The Art & History Museums Maitland invites us to 31 days of artistic experimen tation throughout the month of March focusing on the legacy of the Research Studio. Highlights include wrapping the Maitland Art Center, an Art Car creation with Andrew Spear, workshops, perfor exhibitions, artists talks and the culminat programs take place at 231 W. Packwood Ave. in Maitland where Art31 opens on March 1. Visit or call 407-5392181. March 1 Appetite for the Arches chefs showcase their creativity for a great cause at Ronald McDonald House Chari ties of Central Floridas Appetite for the Arches fundraising event. At this event, celebrated chefs from more than a dozen restaurants will use McDonalds ingre dients to create palate-pleasing dishes for guests to sample. In addition to food, guests will enjoy drinks, live music, a silent and a live auction. Ronald McDon ald House provides a home and care to families with children receiving treatment at local hospitals in Orlando. Visit ronald March 1 Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer hosts eighth annual Blues B-Q all on tap as Mayor Buddy Dyer invites residents and visitors to the eighth annual Blues B-Q in downtown Orlando. This free Blues festival features national and local (available for purchase). The event features Blues Hall of Fame singer Denise LaSalle and the Miami-based Lee Boys, a funk and from Bubbalous, Serenas, the Cave Inn, and Smokey Jays on the corner of Garland Avenue and Central Boulevard beginning at 4 p.m. Visit March 2 Spring welcome: Maslenitsa Day at the Polasek The Polasek Museum will offer free ad mission on Maslenitsa Day (Pancake Day) in conjunction with the exhibit The Holy pancakes, activities, art and icons for a holiday that owes its existence to the tradi tion of pancakes (or blini), which repre sents new birth and the coming spring. We are invited to decorate our blini with Russian toppings and then eat our artwork. Russian dances will be offered, along with a presentation by Dr. Alexander Boguslawski. Event begins at 1 p.m. Visit or call 407-647-6294. March 6 Books and Cooks to benet the Winter Park Public Library The Alfond Inn is the setting for an evening of celebrity chefs signing their books to support the Winter Park Public Library. Featuring John Rivers of 4 Rivers, Brandon McGlamery of Prato and Luma on Park, Norman Van Aken of Normans, Richard Gonzmart of Columbia Restaurants, and Hollis Wilder of Sweet! By Holly. The $25 ticket includes the authors panel, a bourbon cocktail (recipe by John Rivers), and gourmet snacks by Luma and Sweet! By Holly. Contact P. Corkum at or call 407-623-3277. March 7 to 29 Sisters of Swing The Story of the Andrews Sisters The Winter Park Playhouse excels with musicals that follow the lives of famous performers, so we may look forward to the Central Florida Premiere of Sisters of Maxene, and LaVerne Andrews, from their early days on the road through their rise as recording stars famous for entertaining American GIs during World War II. The score features more than 20 hit songs in by visiting or by calling 407-645-0145. March 7 to April 18 Legendary abstract painter Harold Garde at Jai Gallery Artist Harold Garde, a legend of the American abstract expressionist move ment, recently celebrated his 90th birthday having added a work to the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, as the subject ing his work celebrated in a retrospective exhibit at the Museum of Florida Art. Now Jai Gallery will exhibit the bold and vivid creations of this legendary artist in an ex hibit opening March 7 at 7 p.m. Jai Gallery is at 47 E. Robinson St. in Orlando. The opening is free to the public with an RSVP to 407-921-0693. March 8 Music of the Ballet with the Orlando Philharmonic and Tchaikovsky are often familiar to contemporary audiences thanks to the music they wrote for ballets. Those com posers will be joined by Falla and Weber on March 8 at 8 p.m. at the Bob Carr PAC when dancers from Orlando Ballet will perform to several of the greatest orches tral ballet scores of all time with the music performed live by the Orlando Philhar evening of multiple talents on the stage of the Bob Carr. Visit or call 407-770-0071. March 8 Mennello Museum Walk & Talk with Curator Valerie Ann Leeds The Mennello Museum is turning over the year 2014 to experience the art of the American southwest in its on-going at 2 p.m. Dr. Valerie Ann Leeds, a New York City-based curator, writer, editor and art historian, will lead a walk and talk through the exhibit. Ms. Leeds will share her insights into the artists and the time period that made Santa Fe into the art col ony that is so much a part of our American art history. Visit or call 407-246-4278. March 9 Be a part of Florida history With a spectacular view of the Capitol Dome, the Florida House is the only state embassy in Washington, D.C. Since 1973, the beautifully restored 1891 Victorian Florida House has welcomed visiting Floridians, students and dignitaries to the nations capital. The annual fundraiser for Florida House will take place March 9 in a private home in Orlando with a lakefront view, cocktails on the dock, locally grown and harvested foods, a silent auction and more. We can be part of Florida history as 407-222-5535 or email her at gwirtzreal@ Josh Garrick Culture for your calendar SISTERS OF SWING MUSIC OF BALLET


Seminole Voice | Feb. 28, 2014 | Page 7 VOI C ES THIS WEEK IN POLITICAL HISTORY MARCH 1, 1961 President John F. Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps as a new agency within the Department of State, which would send trained American men and women to foreign nations to assist in development efforts. It looks like spring is right around the corner. The weather in the rest of the country may be a bit wintery but in Central Florida the Tabebuia trees, Azaleas and Indian Hawthorne bushes are in bloom. The sight is glorious and the citrusy smell from the Hawthorne is a reminder that Orange Blossoms will soon appear. In Central Florida, spring is the time when we gather to of the year, Taste of Oviedo! Weve put in our order for a fantastic day with sunshine, a bit of a breeze and nice warm weather. This year Taste is 20 years stroll down the tent bedecked Alexandria Boulevard show ing Oviedos best. Today it has become a full-scale, well-organized af fair that sprawls across more lot at the Oviedo Mall. Taste continues its tradition of promoting Oviedo business es, talented locals and city traditions. If youve never at tended this event, its a must, and admission is free! On Saturday, March 8, the event starts at 11 a.m. It kicks off with a day full of food, drink, arts & crafts, live entertainment for all to enjoy, and a car show to keep the enthusiasts interested. One of the highlights will be the huge kids area with crafts and amusements for young sters of all ages. For adventurous cooks of every level, the Citrus & Celery Cook-Off provides a showcase for their talents as long as their talents include adding citrus or celery or both to their creations. We expect some amazing dishes to taste and enjoy while the hard part will be deciding which masterpieces are the best! The event concludes display, at or near closing time, at 7 p.m. We do hope you can join us outside in the sunshine to mingle with the best Oviedo has to offer! Stop by one of the city tents and say hi! Sandi Vidal is the executive director for Christian HELP and the Central Florida Employment Council, with more than 10 years of recruiting and human resources experience. For questions, please call 407-834-4022 ( fax 407-260-2949) or mail Ask Sandi C/O Christian HELP, 450 Seminola Blvd., Casselberry, FL 32707. TALK T O SANDI > EMPLOYMENT Ask Sandi Chain reaction of better angels When you are out in public, do you bristle at do you notice their acts store. Watch the interac tion of drivers and pedes trians entering and exiting the store. Some drivers take the time to let pedestrians cross, and some pedestrians fully look both ways before they enter the crosswalk area. Sometimes both parties are so focused on their own agendas they dont notice the others movements. Then inside the store, some speed demons never slow down rounding an aisle with their carts or notice that a fellow shopper may need help grabbing something off a high shelf. At checkout you may encounter a person with a full cart who lets you and your handful of items go ahead, or someone who cuts you off to get to the Last year there was an insurance commercial that showed a series of vi gnettes featuring everyday the course of their day to help someone in need. The interesting twist to this message was that it showed the effect these good deeds had on people in the vicinity who happened to witness the kindnesses. This positive original recipients and also motivated the witnesses to be helpful. Strangers, who moments before had barely acknowledged each other, now became connected through random acts of kindness. Thank you to good Samaritans A few days ago, I person ally experienced generosity by three complete strangers all in one afternoon. First, I was in line for coffee with about 18 other people and the young man in front of me bought my coffee. Granted he was using a credit card, but at some moment he had the choice whether or not to include a complete stranger. Later that afternoon I had just left work and was waiting for sitting in the left lane instead of the right. Then I realized a gentleman in the right lane was motioning to me. He pointed and called out, You left into a nearby lot, got out right rear of my car. Had I been driving in the right lane probably no one would have a young man in a huge black pickup truck slowed up and rolled down his window. asked. In the blink of a mo ment he pulled around and set to work changing my tire. On this drizzly Friday evening he was on his way to pick up his little boy from daycare but stopped to help me, pointed out the nail in my tire and even suggested a nearby tire store. I dont know if anyone else wit nessed these good deeds but I hope that by sharing them, you too will be inspired as I was to pass these kindnesses on. Thanks again to these three lovely gentlemen. P.S. Sunday, March 9, is Good Deeds Day across the planet. See www.gdd. for more infor mation. Events helping others Usher in March on Sat urday, March 1, at the Jolly Gator Fish Camp from noon to 5 p.m. by enjoying fun All Around Geneva Team for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. In addition to the delicious chili options, which are the centerpiece, there is also a pie contest with prizes, live music, a kids bounce house, vendor booths, hotdogs, great opportunity to donate to and/or be a sponsor of this worthy cause that helps our community help those Contact Mary Consolato at 407-402-3993 or mconso for more information and to register. Contagious good deeds Stetsons Corner By Karen McEnany-Phillips I had the opportunity to sit in the car the other day with Dani Johnson (, an in ternationally renowned speaker, author and busi ness trainer. She is incredibly passionate and fun to listen to, and her messages really hit home. I want ed to share one of them with you, and I will share more in the next few weeks. We talked about how at the turn of the century many people were self-employed, and today we are a country of people who work for someone else. We go to work for someone who tells us what time we have to be there, what time we can go home, when we can have lunch and for how long, and She shared that if we are going to work for some one else and be successful, we need to think like ity that we are going to help the company we work for grow, and help our boss succeed. With that, in turn, we can succeed. I often hear the words, I dont want to do such and such. I hate my job, I hate my boss, I cant wait that mentality, they are sabotaging both the compa ny and themselves. When you think about your job from the perspective of an owner and what it takes to make the business a success, the business is more likely to succeed. She gave an example of a sign company. If the receptionist were to share what she does with others by saying that she worked for a company that makes the best signs ever and if you know of anyone who need signs, you should give them a call rather than saying, I am just a recep Employers are just as guilty about not getting to know their employees and their needs. If people know what they do on the weekends and if they have kids. Relationships bring loyalty and loyalty can bring business. Dani also said, that bad em true. It is so important to have the right people in the right place, or as Jim Collins says in his book, So really, the shift in mindset needs to happen both from the employee and the employer stand point. We need to create win-wins and get away from the mindset of what is in it for me. Employee entrepreneurs Come and get a Taste of Oviedo Mayor Dominic Persampiere OVIEDO CITY TALK Young Voices We would from Young love to hear your Call 407-563-7023 or email to have The Voice visit your class or group. Voices! Kids at the ninth annual Law Enforcement Cops N Cars Car Show for Kids said what they like about cars and the car show. I love exotic cars like the Lamborghini but also old cars like the Chevy Chevelle that was in Fast & Furious. I love its style and struc ture. My first car might be my Dads Audi, like the one in Iron Man. Bakari B. 12 years old I like the engines because they are loud and I really like how they drive fast. Green and pink are the best car colors. When I am older I will like to drive. I have monster trucks on my shirt! Alfred M. 4 years old We saw all the police cars with flashing lights. I like the new cars, but also the old ones like the Chevy Camaro from the Transformers mov ies! If I could drive, Id choose a Ford Mustang convertible, maybe in blue. Taylor J. 10 years old I like seeing all the eras of cars like the old Camaro from 1969 and the new one from 2014 something for all the generations. Our first black Camaro is being judged in this show. Id like to drive a Camaro! Jean G. 11 years old We are enjoying walking around the car show. I like the old cars, and how the old Fords look. But I also like the sporty cars like the new Fords, Hondas and Chevys. I look forward to driving someday. Billy B. 9 years old


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