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118TH YEAR 50 CENTS FEBRUARY 1, 2014 We ekend We ather Pa rtly Cl ou dy 84/65F Kissimmee private school to add first Methodist middle program in Osceola County The First United Methodist School in Kissimmee will expand to include Osceola Countys first Methodist middle school, beginning with the 2014-15 school year. See page A-2 Index Local r f n n tb fr b bnb rr r f t r Schools Now t hat a medical marijuana initiative made it to the November ballot, will you vote to approve it? Yes, I will. No, Will not. Im not sure yet. No opinion. Vote at www.around osceola.comOsceola schools safe, district official says Tom Phelps, deputy superintendent of the Osceola County School District, had this message to the School Board at its meeting last week: Osceolas schools are safe. However. in a measure that can be considered proactive, board members discussed additional measures that could be taken to ensure weapons are not permitted on any school a campus. The dis See page A-2WWW.AROUNDOSCEOLA.COM Serving Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Poinciana, Harmony, Narcoossee, BVL Saturday Edition For the latest activities, events and classes see ...Page B-4 Community The annual Dark Sky festival will be in Harmony Feb. 28 and March 1.Page B-1Arts St. Cloud lifters win OBC titlePage A-6Sports By Ken Jackson Staff W riter Editor note: This is the second story in a recurring series that takes an in-depth look at the Osceola Countys homeless issue. Last week, county leaders identified the root causes of the countys unique problem. They also shared some ways to solve or help combat them, which will be looked at in this story. At the Jan. 22 State of Homelessness in Osceola County summit held at Florida Hospital Celebration Health, experts and industry officials who battle homelessness every day delivered sobering news: the nations top tourism destination also is the top homeless destination, as 1 in 100 homeless children in America live in Osceola County. The problem is multi-faceted, and each one is difficult to work with. It involves a lot of families, many live in hotels ill-equipped for their long-term needs, who desperately want to get out of the situation. But they usually require some government assistance, of which there isnt enough locally. According to some of the experts who spoke at the summit, while homelessness cant likely be completely eliminated, Osceola Countys challenges can be addressed to make a significant impact. Yes, it will cost money, but federal funds are available, and philanthropic efforts can help to fill in what the government cant, but everything must be done in a coordinated manner.Rapid RehousingCurrently, Osceola County has the capability to assist 163 homeless families in getting out of a temporary homeless situation, like moving in with family members or living in hotels, and back into their own housing every year. The $420,000 for this Rapid Rehousing effort comes mostly from Housing and Urban Development funds and local Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). The assistance often comes in helping pay for deposits, first and last months rent and past due utility bills or deposits. But more must be done, said Andrae Bailey, CEO of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, because there are an estimated 1,700 homeless families in the county. This isnt even paying the interest on the principal, he said. Local leaders seek homelessness remedies Spotlight on homelessnessNews-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanCommunity and business leaders, elected officials and experts on housing were in attendance Jan. 22 for a presentation concerning homelessness in Osceola County. Discussion focused on studying the number of homeless persons in the county. They also talked about the reasons why they became homeless and evaluated the methods and costs associated with finding them permanent homes. See Homeless, page A-3 By Ken Jackson Staff W riter Osceola County School District Superintendent Melba Luciano said Wednesday its her intent that Osceola County will outperform all other districts in the state of Florida during the Osceola County School Districts State of Education address at Osceola School for Performing Arts. Luciano, giving her second address as district chief during the event said, It wont happen overnight, but if we believe and if we work hard, it will happen. The superintendent highlighted goals in five critical areas of analysis: Student achievement the district looks to increase the number of A grade schools from 13 to 19, and have all schools achieve a C or higher. Technology through the districts Bring Your Own Device initiative, use t echnology to increase student achievement, communication and overall productivity. Profession development use it to enhance student achievement and employees professional growth. Safe and positive environments students, parents, staff and the community deserve safety and positivity on all campuses.Superintendent: Osceola will outperform other districts News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanOsceola School Superintendant Melba Luciano delivered an upbeat and aggressive presentation on ways district staff is looking to better the tested performance of students in Osceola County during the annual State of Education address Jan. 29 at the Osceola County School for the Arts. See District, page A-3 By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff W riter Carlos and Lola Gonzalez were two of many to walk away from the Buenaventura Lakes Library Wednesday night with health insurance for the first time. It was possible through the Affordable Care Act Enrollment Fair, organized by Rep. Ricardo Rangel, D-Kissimmee. The fair, held for two hours, gathered the Orlando Enrollment Center and Osceola County residents with Rangel to go over the Affordable Care Act with residents and help them either enroll or navigate through healthcare. gov. About a dozen residents like the Gonzalezs attended, each with questions about the Affordable Care Act Marketplace or eager to enroll. Without insurance, its hard. Its difficult to go to a doctor because its expensive. If we have a headache or illness, its a bill we have to pay, Carlos said. For the family of five, it was the change of insurers now accepting pre-existin g conditions that made them Health insurance enrollment fair helps county residents News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanKissimmee resident Patricia Gutierrez was one of several dozen people in attendance at the BVL Library Jan. 29 to explore and learn about signing up for healthcare through the Affordable Care Act, with the help of complimentary site navigators. See Insurance, page A-3
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The discussion came up near the end of last weeks meeting, when Board Member Tom Long mentioned a recent story of a student in New Mexico who managed to get a shotgun into a By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff W riter The First United Methodist School in Kissimmee will expand to include Osceola Countys first Methodist middle school, beginning the 2014-15 school year. From research to School Board approval, the entire process took eight months, and it began with the introduction of the Rev. Richelle Wagner Sampl as the schools new director. A middle school was the first and largest request she heard from parents. So, she decided to make a middle school the main focus for the parents and staff of First United Methodist. If were going to start a (middle) school, its not going to be, Well, well start sixth grade and see what happens. Were going to start a middle school and were going to commit to it, Sampl said. This isnt the first time the private school attempted to expand further than fifth grade. First United Methodist started a sixth grade class several years ago, according to Sampl, but the class had only initial success before it was dropped a few years later. This year, however, Sampl didnt want this project to only include staff. She began by passing around a list for parents to sign with their contact information if they would commit to keep their child in the school if it expanded into middle school grades. When signatures of parents with children in as early as pre-kindergarten were returned to her, Sampl was convinced that expansion would be the way to go. Working with Sampl, parents formed a middle school development team and began conducting research and collecting logistics for how these three additional grades would fit into the private school. They presented their completed 15-page document to the Osceola County School Board in December, and it was approved. With the teams first official meeting in February, Sampl will meet with Florida Department of Education and Deputy Superintendent Tom Phelps to discuss details on the curriculum for their middle school program. Sampl also wants to add smaller extracurricular and academic programs to the middle school program. The programs would include a high school equivalency program for eighth graders, a technology club and expanded intramural sports with direct connections for students to try out and play for teams of other public middle schools in the county. The middle school expansion comes at the same time that First United Methodist also is enlarging its facility space. Currently, pre-kindergarten and lower elementary school grades occupy the main school building, while infant day care and higher elementary school grades occupy the modulars across the street. With its new plan, prekindergarten and the higher elementary school grades will be switched, giving the school extra classroom space for the new middle school grades. The middle school will be using space in the schools administrative building, as well. We have to be creative because we dont have a building. Thats our real long-term goal. To actually build a building. Until that happens, we have to make use with the space that we have. So, with the change of upper grades and preschool, we actually gain a classroom, which is helpful, Sampl said. With the combination of current students interested and the possibility of new students enrolling, Sampl is expecting 15 students or more for the first sixth grade class, expanding the program to seventh and eighth grade as it progresses. There will be an open house for the new middle school program at First United Methodist Feb. 6. Closed enrollment for students currently enrolled in the school will start on Feb. 7 and last until the 24, followed by open enrollment beginning Feb. 25.Kissimmee private school to add first Methodist middle school in Osceola CountyOsceola schools safe, district official says See District, page A-5
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One of their s ons has autism, which made it difficult to get health insurance before. In President Barack Obamas recent State of the Union address, it was reported that 9 million people have accessed healthcare.gov nationwide. Since Jan. 19, 3 million people have enrolled through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace, according to Stephanie Owens of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In Florida, 155,000 people have enrolled through the marketplace. So, when you come to an event like this one in the library, and you have the licensed navigators and assistors who can sit down with the family and actually talk through the different kinds of options, sometimes families are ready to make the decision. Other times, they want to take the information back home and think about it, Owens said. Rangel o rganized t he f air to give residents in Osceola County an opportunity to get more information about the Affordable Care Act. As health care is one of his top priorities, he considered it important that residents find out the best plans for them as well as get a better understanding of what the entire plan entails in terms of coverage. Believe it or not, a lot of people are not informed of the information thats out there. So, its important for leaders like us to come out and let the public know. I mean, thats why we got elected. To let the community know that this is what we have, feel free to sign up and get them involved as much as possible, Rangel said. This will be his only fair before the March 31 deadline. But, help still can be found through healthcare.gov and their helpline at 1-800-3182596 as well as by looking up local healthcare.gov navigators. What the county is doing now is helping people do what theyre trying to do anyway. More money is available in private and federal dollars to improve on this. But Osceola County must work collectively with regional partners. A multi-group study released at the summit showed that to best combat short-term homelessness, new money committed to the problem must be used for short-term shelter for families with children, and to set up a system of care and access to 1,500 units of affordable rental housing for homeless families. The Victory Village project, which took a 55-unit U.S. Highway 192 hotel and used federal grants to turn it into 26 units of rent-controlled housing right along a bus line, is t he starting point in a series of strategic responses to the revitalization of the all-important tourism sector. But when that comes up, many residents and businesses have the human-nature NIMBY reaction (Not in My Back Yard). But County Commissioner Michael Harford, whose district 1 includes most of the West U.S. Highway 192 corridor, said the time for that passed long ago.Funding Shelter or Jail CellsAccording to the study, 333 Osceola County Jail inmates called themselves transient or homeless. They have accounted for 2,840 bookings, or 8.5 each, over a nine-year period, and jailing those inmates cost the county more than $9.4 million, or roughly $28,300 per inmate. Thirty-seven of those inmates accounted for 44 percent of all their bookings. Currently, there are 26 permanently supportive housing units in Osceola County, but 500 are needed. At a cost of $9,600 per unit including costs for case management (that could be offset by client contribution), the county could have shelter for these chronic inmates at an annual cost of $4.5 million.The Hotel ProblemAccording to the study, 25 percent of Osceola Countys homeless are living in low-cost hotels. Thats five times the national average, and theyre spending an average of $200 per week, and dont pay for utilities, phone or cable. But, most of these rooms do not have adequate kitchens, forcing families to buy expensive r eady-to-eat meals or eat at restaurants. And, if the family cant find that $200 and stops paying, hotel operators have little recourse. Enforcement of Florida Statute 509 that says, in short, that owners can have r oom r enters r emoved as trespassers for not paying is a sticking point for some members of the U.S. 192 Hotel/ Motel Association. If the renter e stablishes the hotel as a permanent address by getting a drivers license or registering children for school there, owners are being forced to file eviction lawsuits which can take up to 8-10 weeks and $1,500 per case. Peggy Choudhry, a hotelier and president of their association, said a lawsuit is currently in the works against local law enforcement on this issue, but did not give details of the ongoing litigation. Mark Waltrip, chief operating officer of Westgate Resorts, said code enforcement of hotels is key to helping ease this problem, but tourist tax dollars, paid on each hotel room, also must be invested wisely in the tourism market. Bed taxes went to expand the Gaylord Palms, he said. How did that help who pays the bed taxes?Philanthropic Efforts Are NeededMark Brewer, president of the Community Foundation of Central Florida, oversees a group with the mission is to build community by building philanthropy. He said the challenge ahead to help solve Osceola Countys homeless problem cant be delegated. Its time for philanthropic sources in Osceola County to consider this a problem, he said at the Jan. 22 summit. There are 300 nonprofits in the Orlando area focused on homelessness, but investors must be able to find out what theyre looking for. Its not so much about money, its about engagement. And as bad as Osceola Countys problem has gotten, Brewer said a collective impact among those groups that combines a common agenda, mutually-focused activities, continuous communication and the strong backbone of a leader or organization is necessary. The biggest nonprofits should take the lead. Nobody wants to lead if they dont have the capability, he said. Harford agreed that help beyond what government can provide is going to be needed in this case as long as those in need are willing to seek and accept the help. This is an ongoing battle on a number of fronts, he said. We dont have the resources ourselves. People are looking for pathways to hand-ups, not hand-outs. Many of them are professionals who have lost their jobs due to this economy who are unable to find what they need, from family or anyone else.HomelessContinued from Page A-1 InsuranceContinued from Page A-1 Contact Ken Jackson at 321-402-0435 or by email at kjackson@osceolanews gazette.com.
Page A4, The H omelessness Summit, with partners that included The Regional Commission on Homelessness, Osceola County and Community Vision, took place Jan. 22. It was generously sponsored by Walt Disney World Company and Florida Hospital at the Nicholson Center and attended by 325 local and regional leaders. It was a complete success from an attendance and awareness point of view. The summit also put an uncomfortable spotlight on a myriad of issues social service agencies and local governments have been struggling with for quite some time. The difference now is with a brightening economy, business, faith, civic community, hospitality industry and others are finding a seat at the table to jointly produce results. With this increased focus on homelessness, people naturally want to alleviate the suffering and eliminate this blight on our reputation as a compassionate, caring community. There was one thing made very clear during the recent Impact Homelessness Summit. We do not presently have adequate resources to make this problem go away instantaneously. If you dont have the money to solve the problem, action without proper planning can be very costly. Many in the summit audience were hit hard with appalling facts. One out of every 100 homeless kids in America lives in Osceola County. One out of every three chronically homeless men served our country in the Armed Forces with the remaining vast majority needing mental health support. Some say we have no homeless shelters in Osceola County when in actuality we do. There are a number of hotels along the West U.S. Highway 192 corridor. They have sheltered many families from the reality of sleeping in their cars or the woods. It was a perfect storm, vacant rooms and desperate families; a new business model was born. The problem is our kids are sometimes living next door to pedophiles, drug dealers and criminals and 77.5 percent of families living in motels have three or more children. Their existence consists of two double beds and a hot plate. Each story unique but with one thing in common; it was supposed to be temporary. Yet far too many, 39 percent have been living that way for more than a year. An event like the summit is a powerful tool in bringing the complexities to light. Families come to Florida after a job loss (or some other crisis) that may have happened somewhere else in the country. According to a University of Central Florida, 74 percent of those families living in hotels are not from Florida. They are lured here by the warm weather and hopes of a job. They may have even visited the attractions and Central Florida represents a place where the family enjoyed being together happier times. They arrive financially unprepared with no family support and minimum wage jobs their only option in most cases. Quickly they fall into a trap. Mom and dad (84 percent) cant get the dollars together needed for a security deposit, utility deposit and all the other moving costs. While we lament this horrible situation in our community, many of these families may have received support and help from any number of agencies working hard to make a difference. We all recognize it is like sticking your finger in the dike with far too few helped to become a sustainable member of society. It is predicted 1,700 families are homeless, by definition, in our community at any given time; 65 families living on the street. Currently, Osceola County has the funding necessary to help a fraction of that number. Our homelessness numbers have been underreported for years affecting funding formulas that need drastic readjusting. Sadly, the newly vacated hotel room rapidly fills up with yet another family in need. There has been a 54 percent increase in family homelessness annually and studies show the longer a family finds themselves homeless the success rate of finding another way of life, on their own, decreases. And the situation is problematic. If Osceola County code enforcement decides one day to enforce code restrictions in our tourism corridor, hundreds of families will be on the streets (many with babies), 4,000-plus school-age kids. Local officials have to tread lightly or face a tsunami of need. The likes we have never seen flood into our already beleaguered local social service system. The summit crowd received an education in the differences with each touching a segment of the homeless population or those precariously housed. But key decisions, such as where, what, and how much are all areas that need answers and proper planning. Interventions along the corridor have to mesh with redevelopment effort goals and long-term strategies as well. A master plan to revitalize the entire corridor is in the works. As referenced earlier, the community has been grappling with this for a long time. Agencies, with, reduced resources themselves, had to address other basic human needs that included food, and clothing along with shelter. We all acknowledge homelessness is bad for tourism, business, education, community reputation, public safety, etc. With the economy now brightening, and a spotlight shining just as brightly on the issue, I believe the community is hungry for solutions. Economic development efforts, involving local governments, are a critical piece as well. This same study reveals 12 of our 18 employment categories pay less than $10 hourly. No one is shying away from regional opportunities, national best practice ideas and investment in affordable housing options that might present themselves. However, a comprehensive plan is needed to take the thorough assessment unveiled at the summit and develop realistic goals, strategies, plans and timelines to turn things around. We all can rally around a vision where families prosper in housing that meet their needs children have a quiet place to study, chronically homeless are afforded the substance and mental health services they need and those who want to return to a home, where a support system exists, (out of state) are sent back where they belong. Each requires a different level of effective planning, organization, resources and sustainability forecasting. This situation did not happen overnight and we will not solve it overnight. Community Vision in partnership with Osceola County and the Central Florida Region Commission on Homelessness will be spending the next 9-12 months working with the community, at all levels, to structure an actionable game plan. That is what Community Vision does best. Our mission over the last 18 years has been to bring people and resources together to achieve the communitys vision. Almost 150 people, in attendance at the summit, volunteered to be part of the solution. The old adage haste makes waste applies here or we could potentially hurt the people we are all trying so hard to help. Direct services and positive interventions, offered by our heroic nonprofit and faith-based partners, will be still taking place without interruption during the strategic planning process. Only through working together we will be poised to make the most of new assets and opportunities for the long-term. And no community collaborates better than Osceola County. For additional information on the Osceola homeless study and Summit presentations visit www.impacthomelessness.org Donna Sines in the executive director of Community Vision. Its almost that time of year when the Girl Scouts will be offering their sugary treats for sale around the nation. If ever there was a good reason to support the intake of empty calories, it is for the Girl Scouts program, which has given young females sound guidance and counsel since 1912. To kick off the 2014 Girl Scouts cookie season, the organization is holding the Girl Scouts Cookie Green Carpet premier in New York City next weekend. It is easy to take for granted the good work done by Girl Scouts volunteers, and their counterparts with the Boy Scouts. At a time when many children and their families struggle because of challenging economic conditions, the Girl Scouts program offers opportunities for young females to engage in supervised social activities, and to learn good health and academic habits. Girl Scouts also contribute to their communities through a variety of volunteer endeavors that teach the girls the benefits of community service. In Girl Scouts, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Through a myriad of enriching experiences, such as extraordinary field trips, sports skill-building clinics, community service projects, cultural exchanges, and environmental stewardships, girls grow courageous and strong. Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills and cooperation with others. More than 59 million American women enjoyed Girl Scouting during their childhood and that number continues to grow as Girl Scouts of the U.S. continues to inspire, challenge and empower girls everywhere. Every time you buy a box of cookies, you help girls learn five essential skills goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics and support them in reaching important goals to better themselves and their communities. So, there is good reason to buy a box or two of the Girl Scouts cookies when they go on sale Feb. 7. As a bonus, this year the organization is offering a new flavor Cranberry Cookie Crisp. For booth locations, visit www.citrus-gs.org. Submit letters to the editor to Osceola News-Gazette, 108 Church St., Kissimmee, FL 34741. If you wish to fax your letter to the newspaper, the number is 407-846-8516. Email letters to news@ osceolanewsgazette.com. No more than one letter per writer will be published each month. An individual will be allowed to submit one letter of rebuttal if he or an organization he represents is the subject of a letter to the editor. All letters include the name, address and daytime phone number of the writer for verification purposes. The News-Gazette will not publish the writers phone number. Letters to t he editor are published on Thursdays and Saturdays. They also may be published in other Florida Sun Publications, including on the News-Gazette website. If you have any questions about letters to the editor or the Opinion page, contact Editor Brian McBride at 321-402-0436. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our view Got a gripe? As condolence for the Arctic cold that has walloped the Midwest this winter, a friend who lives in a warmer place recently sent me a quote purportedly from the late great French philosopher Albert Camus. In the midst of winter, said Monsieur Camus, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. Thats a lovely sentiment, but who needs Albert Camus? Right here in Chicago, we have our very own philosopher of winter. I discovered this brilliant but heretofore unknown thinker just last week when a tattered chapbook was unearthed from a giant pothole on Lake Shore Drive by a road repair crew. The author of this small book t itled A Chaque Saison, Une Raison (To Every Season, A Reason) was a Monsieur Vachement Froid. Though Id never heard of Monsieur Froid, upon investigation, I discovered that he was a recent graduate of Paris prestigious LEcole de Metaphysique et Croissants when he visited Chicago in the winter of 1894. By all accounts, Froid (pronounced: Fwa) mysteriously disappeared during that trip, but today in this space an exclusive that you will find nowhere else in the media -we are excited to share the winter wisdom he left behind. Subtitled Pensees sur LHiver a Chicago ( Thoughts on Winter in Chicago), his original writing may be difficult for some readers, so Ive annotated and translated it. 1. When life hands you snowstorms, make snow cones. By this, Monsieur Froid is suggesting that our winter happiness is in our hands. With imagination, we can use the materials were given to fashion something useful and fun. 2. When the wind howls, listen for the music. Here, Monsieur Froid insists that there is beauty even in the worst of times. Its up to us to find it. 3. When you cannot find the music in the wind, get some good earmuffs. Contrary to the common notion of French philosophers as pretentious, impractical fops, this aphorism shows that Monsieur Froid was no such thing. He understood that, from time to time, the only way to deal with reality is to hide from it. Unfortunately, the page on which this aphorism appears is torn, but in a scribbled aside, he appears to also advocate the consumption of red wine. 4. Unless we fall, we cannot know the joy of getting up. Clearly written from the perspective of a young man oblivious to the perils of breaking bones on icy sidewalks, this passage does, however, convey the truth that falling is a part of life. 5. If God had not intended for pipes to freeze, she would not have invented hair dryers. This aphorism, one of his more cryptic, might suggest to skeptics that Monsieur Froids chapbook was not written in the 19th century. However, I have used hair dryers in this translation in the hopes of updating his original sentiment, which involved an archaic word unfamiliar to me. 6. However cold you are, someone else is colder. Mary S chmich is a P ulitze r Prize-winning columnist for the Chicago Tribune. Contact her at email@example.com. You can follow her on twitter.com/ maryschmich or contact her on facebook.com/maryschmich. Their view OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE(USPS Number 513540) (ISSN 1060-1244) Published each Thursday and Saturday for $52 per year, by Sun Publications of Florida, a division of Lakeway Publishers of Florida, Inc. All rights reserved. Periodicals postage paid at Kissimmee, FL. Postmaster: Send address changes to: News-Gazette, 108 Church St., Kissimmee, FL 34741. Call 407-846-7600. Fax 407-846-8516. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Osceola News-Gazette is on the World Wide Web at: www. aroundosceola.com.Year 118 No. 10 Publisher MATT PLOCHA Editor BRIAN McBRIDE Advertising Sales Manager JERRY TURNER Sports Editor RICK PEDONE Lifestyles Editor PETER COVINO Chief Photographer ANDREW SULLIVAN Circulation Manager KATHY BECKHAM Production Manager STEVE KRAUS Art Director JERRY TESTAHelp the Girl Scouts by grabbing a box of the sugary treats Donna Sines Community Vision OPINIONOPINIONSun Publications of Florida cannot be held responsible for advertising claims. 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I believe our campuses are safe, but we can always improve security, Phelps said. Long and fellow Board Member Jay Wheeler talked about actively using metal detectors on random school days, calling them added tools in the bag to increase safety. Wheeler even advocated using the walk-through metal detectors randomly at campuses, although Phelps said running an entire campus through one probably isnt feasible, and added training also would be involved. But Wheeler said the hassle would be occasionally worth it in the name of safety. If we used them randomly at different schools, yes it would be intrusive, but for just one day a year, he said. We cant ever be too safe.SchoolsContinued from Page A-1 Financial resources ensure that the districts $790 million budget (87 percent going to school instruction and support) is being allocated as efficiently as possible to assure student success in a way to maintain its long-term financial health. Luciano said that, like anything else, when the bell rings at the end of the day, its all about money. But she reported good news: No programs have been cut, in fact, STEM education (science, technology, engineering, math) has expanded, a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University and EA Sports to develop a software development program is in the works and plans are moving ahead to set up TECO (Technical Education Center Osceola) campuses in St. Cloud and Poinciana. We do a lot with what weve got, Luciano said. We cant do all this alone, it costs money. But whenever we share what our needs are, our partners ask me, Where can we help? She also enlisted the help of students, from elementary to high school, to talk about the good things teachers do to keep them engaged. Weve found out kids want teachers who care and wont let them fail, who engage their learning and thinking and have fun while learning, Luciano said, noting that the students believe there are many ways to get to an answer, even in a rigorous subject like math, so that train of thought should be cultivated. We want our children to be critical thinkers and problem solvers. So weve starting looking at that as early as kindergarten. While Osceola County is ahead of the state average in writing skills assessments, it is slightly behind in math and science. Last year, the district brought in consultants to help map out strategies, and school officials saw assessment scores increase from August to November. Fifth-graders take the science tests, Luciano said. Were working to push third and fourth-grade teachers to prepare them better. These studies also have helped district officials identify student behaviors, like absences in elementary school and low amounts of credits among high-school juniors, that help spot students who are at risk of dropping out. All that helped raise Osceola Countys graduation rate from 77.5 percent in 2012 to 78.06 percent in 2013, ahead of Floridas 75.6 percent rate in 2013. And thats counting all schools, public, charter and alternative schools, Luciano said. But, more graduates dont exactly translate into more college freshmen. Kathleen Plinske, president of Valencia Colleges Osceola and Lake Nona campuses, shared Wednesday that only 41 percent of the countys grads go on to college, behind the state average of 52 percent and the rates of all neighboring counties. But, she said the college, along with its partners, have worked to make postsecondary education a reality for students, even if it isnt at Valencia. Were excited abou t growth you cant see, Plinske said. Dual enrollment classes, which high-schoolers can take for college credit, is helping, although the state has mandated school districts must help colleges with the cost of those classes. Plinske said Valencia is reinvesting those funds into academic coaches and scholarships for incoming students needing developmental work in reading, writing and math. The school also received a $10,000 grant from the Florida College System Foundation in order to work with high school English teachers to make sure graduates are truly ready for the writing demands of college. The county has provided funding for additional Lynx bus service between Valencia, Buenaventura Lakes and north Kissimmee. With the states help, the construction of a Valencia campus in Poinciana is well on its way. Valencia has partnered with UCF to put a regional campus at the Osceola location, meaning students can earn a bachelors degree without ever leaving the county. When t his communit y comes together to reach a goal theres nothing that can stop it, Plinske said.DistrictContinued from Page A-1
Page A6, Region 5A-3 soccer Follow us on Twitte r OHS blanked by Cobras By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Given the number of close games Osceola won to reach Thursdays 5A-3 regional soccer quarterfinal, it came as no surprise when the Kowboys battled Fort Pierce Central to a scoreless draw through 80 minutes of regulation play and 20 minutes of double overtime. But, the penalty kick phase of the game proved the Kowboys downfall as the Cobras hit all four of their kicks to win the game, 1-0 (4-2), on a damp, chilly night at Kowboys field. Osceola, 13-8-1, had opportunities to score early in the game, taking the first four shots, and it had the best chance to score in regulation when Carter Richards chipped a crossing pass from Adalraziel Santos off the crossbar 28 minutes into the first half. We had a lot of chances, we had good chances all night. We just didnt finish, Kowboys Coach Tom Bell said. Kowboys goalkeeper Jonatan Cruz made a pair of diving saves late in regulation and again in the second overtime to keep the Kowboys in the game. Jonatan, he can play in college if he wants to. He has a 3.5 GPA, Bell said. Bell said Osceolas offensive discipline broke down in the second half. After about the first 20 minutes, we stopped doing the 1-2s, and we didnt have any overlaps. Were young, and I think we got impatient. We were settling for long balls, Bell said. John Bohorquez scored the first penalty kick for Osceola, but the Kowboys missed their next kick before Angello Rennella c onnected to pull OHS close at 3-2, but when the Cobras scored on their fourth try moments later, the game ended. Cobras goalie Curtis Giebler said he felt confident as the penalty kicks began. I usually look at what foot they kick with, he said. I dont know, its not a science. Its more of a feeling of what you think they are going to do. Giebler said the Kowboys were one of the strongest teams the Cobras, 7-97, have played. Yeah, they are right there with the best teams weve seen, he said. Bell is sorry it is over. This team is a coachs dream. Coaches would love to have 11 or 12 kids who just want to play, who will give everything they have to be on the field, and I have 15 of them, Bell said. This is probably the hardest loss Ive ever had because I love this team. All they want to do is to be on the field and to get better. They perform great on the field and in the classroom. Bell told his team to be proud after the game. Well always be a team, he said. Weve got no regrets. We played hard, sometimes it just doesnt work out your way. Correction: Harmony won the Orange Belt Conference boys soccer championship. A statement in Thursdays News-Gazette was incorrect. As were doing this Super Bowl thing for the 48 th time now, it long ago became apparent that Super Bowls are about much more than football. The Super Bowl is an event, a holiday, that employs football as the excuse. So, if the Super Bowl isnt about football, then what is it about? Gambling? Sure. Commercials? Yeah, can you believe it? But, above all else, the Super Bowl is about the food. Whats a Super Bowl soiree without good eats? In the five decades that they have played the game, our culinary tastes have evolved from the basic frat house fare (such as your chips, dips, wings and pizza) to semi-gourmet fare. For example, whats a well-set Super Bowl party table without a hearty dish of Winter Sausage Giambotta? Why, you ask, should we serve Winter Sausage Giambotta? Because have you seen where they are playing this football game? In New Jersey, home of The Sopranos. So, youve got to have a little Italiano on the table, right? I mean, in addition to the 26 pizzas. Thats not working for you? Heres a showstopper: crme of turnip soup! Really? Crme of turnip soup? Sure, because on Monday, you will be the only one in the office saying, Yeah, that officials call was so bad that I almost choked on my crme of turnip soup. Now, do you honestly think that anyone else on the planet will be able to make that same comment? All right, its time to get serious. Wings, there must be wings at a Super Bowl grubfest. So, here they are: Asianstyle glazed wings with grated lime zest and dried ginger. That might not synch well with the Pabst Blue Ribbon, but its got to be better than the turnip soup. How about a couple of dishes representative of the games participants, Seattle and Denver? The appetizer hails from the Great Northwest: Salmon Carpaccio. (Still working that Italian angle for the Jersey boys). What is it? Well, its raw. And, representing Denver: Moose chili. We know there arent many moose roaming around Denver, so feel free to substitute elk, or maybe mountain goat. You must be wondering where would a nouveau cousine illiterate like me come up with these eclectic dishes? Well, I was cruising the News-Gazettes Whats Cookin microsite, available at food.aroundosceola.com and I got a little silly. Dont worry. There are plenty of good recipes there that require neither turnips nor moose meat. For the last time this season, here is the Mighty News-Gazettes Divine 9: No. 1: The Broncos. No. 2: The Seahawks. No. 3: Moose. No. 4: Peyton. No. 5: Marshawn. No. 6: The Broncos offense. No. 7: The Seahawks defense. No. 8: The Sopranos. No. 9: The Big Apple. The picks: Seattle vs. Denver (-2): I would be looking brilliant if would have stuck to my original preseason pick, Denver over Seattle, two weeks ago before the championship games. But, displaying uncommon cowardice, I picked against both Denver and Seattle. I should follow my gut instincts no farther than the dinner table. Denver by 6 in a Back to the Original Pick special. Brian Big Man McBrides Super Sniffer Upset Special: Seattle by 4. Ken Young Jackson says: While the Asian-style glazed wings at food. aroundosceola.com do sound good, Ill be working over a hot grill doing up meatloaf hamburger patties and prosciutto-stuffed pork loins for my guests. The wife is concocting a cheese-dip appetizer, so Monday will probably be more about breaking down the leftovers than the commercials. Oh, the game? Peyton Manning, baby! He doesnt give Mother Nature the satisfaction of being cold. Broncos by 7, and farewell, football season. See you in August. Food is what makes Super Bowl Rick PedoneSports Editor Picks of the Weak Osceolas John Bohorquez (2) dribbles the ball downfield against Fort Pierce Central Thursday during their regional quarterfinal at Kowboys field. Central won on penalty kicks, 1-0.News-Gazette Photo/ndrew Sullivan Scoreless contest decided by PKs Storm wrestling coach is removed Lady Dogs lift champs again St. Clouds 119-pound Orange Belt Conference champion, Leeah Schroeder, drives the barbell up during the bench press competition Wednesday at the St. Cloud gym. Schroeder is one of six Lady Bulldogs who qualified for next Saturdays state meet. St. Cloud won the OBC team championship.News-Gazette Photo/Donald Lamb By Rick Pedone Sports Editor St. Cloud easily defended its Orange Belt Conference girls weightlifting championship Wednesday at the Bulldog gym. St. Cloud (78) outscored Harmony (53), Poinciana (34), Osceola (30), Celebration (16), Gateway (9) and Liberty (0). St. Cloud won five individual championships: Melissa Cuervo (250 pounds total) at 110 pounds, Leeah Schroeder (275) at 119, D aniela Rincon (315) at 139, Mackenzie Woodard (320) at 154 Haley Weber (325) at 199. Harmony and Poinciana each had two individual champions. Harmonys Haley Middleton (265) won at 169, and Sarah Young (275) took the 183-pound title. Poinciana won at 129 pounds with Shana Nelson (295) and at unlimited with Michelle Chalas (340). Celebrations Diana Gatlin (255) won at 101 pounds. Im so proud of the girls. They lifted great all the way up and down the lineup. We had 18 girls score, and thats the kind of depth you need to win a conference championship, St. Cloud Coach Lonnie Beckel said. Placing for St. Cloud were Destiny Lachendro (101), Crystal Burton (101), Tetyona Sobko (110), See Lifters, page A-7 By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Celebration High Wrestling Coach Vic Lorenzano has been removed from his coaching duties pending the conclusion of an investigation by the School District of Osceola County. School District Spokesperson Dana Shafer said Lorenzano was removed for alleged failure to properly document and report student-athlete information. Shafter said the weeklong investigation is nearly finished. Theres nothing more we can say because the investigation is ongoing, Shafer said Thursday. Shafer said the decision to relieve Lorenzano of his coaching job was a joint decision between Principal Mytron Lisby and the school district. Lorenzano maintains his position as the schools drivers education instructor. Assistant coach Brian Keating is now coaching the wrestlers. Lorenzano said Thursday that he could not comment about the investigation on the advice of his union representative. Lorenzano is one of the most accomplished high school wrestling coaches in Florida. He was inducted into the Florida Chapter of the Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2007, and he won the 2002 Class 3A state championship at St. Cloud.
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St. Cloud will send a cont ingent of six w eightlifters including 119-pound Section 7 champion Leeah Schroeder, to the state meet Feb. 8 at the Kissimmee Civic Center. The top three in each sectional weight class advanced. Schroeder had a total lift of 270 pounds to win the sectional at Timber Creek High. Four Lady Bulldogs were runners up, including Cuervo, who tied for first place (255) at 110 pounds but finished second by two-tenths of a pound in body weight. Also finishing second at the sectional for the Bulldogs were Rincon (310) at 139; Woodard (305) at 154 and Weber (330) at 199. St. Clouds Jackson (275) was third at 129 pounds. We had a great sectional, getting six girls out to states, Beckel said. Our girls lifted great. I think we have a good chance to see three or four place at the state meet. Weikiva (44) was the sectional champion, followed by the Bulldogs (32) and Timber Creek (29). Two more county lifters will compete at the state meet. Celebrations Gatlin, who lifted for St. Cloud at last years state meet, returns at 101 pounds after placing third (235) at the sectional. Poincianas Nelson (295) was third at 139 pounds.Orange Belt Conference 154-pound champion Mackenzie Woodard of St. Cloud prepares to complete her clean and jerk lift Wednesday at the St. Cloud gym.News-Gazette Photo/Donald Lamb By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The final wave of high school winter season district tournaments begins today and Tuesday. Local wrestlers compete today at three district tournaments at St. Cloud, New Smyrna Beach and Frostproof. Tuesday, district basketball tournaments involving county teams begin at St. Cloud, Poinciana, Winter Haven and Lakeland. The wrestlers take the mat for the 3A-5 tournament at St. Cloud at 12:30 p.m. today. Osceola is the overwhelming favorite in a field that includes Gateway, Celebration, Ridge Community, Haines City, Viera and the host Bulldogs. The top four wrestlers in each weight class will advance to next weeks regional meet at Osceola High. Harmony and Liberty travel to New Smyrna Beach for the 2A-6 tournament, where Harmony and Lake Nona are favorites to win the team championship. Poinciana goes to the A-9 tournament at Frostproof. The boys basketball tournaments should be competitive. Osceola, 16-7, is the topseed and has a bye at the 7A-5 tournament at St. Cloud. In Tuesdays quarterfinal round No. 4 Liberty plays No. 5 Lake Nona at 4:30 p.m.; No. 3 Celebration takes on No. 6 Harmony at 6 p.m. and No. 2 Gateway meets No. 7 St. Cloud at 7:30. The Liberty-Lake Nona winner plays OHS Friday at 7 p.m. The other winners play at 5 p.m., with the title game set for 7 p.m. Feb. 8. Poinciana, No. 3 at the 6A-8 tournament, will host No. 6 Lake Gibson Tuesday at 7 p.m. The winner advances to face district host Winter Haven Friday at 7 p.m. New Dimensions plays at the 3A-8 tournament at Winter Haven All-Saints, and City of Life Academy plays at the 2A-6 tournament. The Warriors, 11-8, beat Harmony, 57-55, Wednesday as Sam Camargo scored 19 and Carlos Morales added 12. Andrew Weathers scored 32 for Harmony. City of Life will host Walker Monday at 6 p.m. District events start in wrestling Dogs stun Lions at hoops district; Harmony rolls By Ken Jackson Staff W riter Itll be a pair of familiar foes Harmony and St. Cloud playing for the District 7A-5 girls basketball championship tonight at 7 at Lake Nona. The Longhorns were expected to appear in the finals, and they dropped Osceola, 55-45, behind a balanced effort in Thursdays semifinal. But it was the Bulldogs, who had lost to Lake Nona twice in the regular season, who came up big defensively in the fourth quarter to beat the host Lions, 42-39. St. Cloud got two big buckets and free throws from Kierra Crane in the final 73 seconds to punch a regional playoff ticket for the second straight year. Harmony, making its fourth straight regional appearance, will be playing for its third consecutive district title tonight. Using what Coach Chad Ansbaugh called smoke and mirrors plays, the Bulldogs (21-6) stayed with the taller Lions, leading by one entering the fourth quarter. St. Cloud held a 36-34 lead with less than three minutes left when Lake Nona completed a threepoint play and hit a layup on consecutive possessions to take a 39-36 lead. Then Crane, who scored a game-high 18 points, went to work, scoring twice to give St. Cloud a 40-39 lead. There wasnt a fourthquarter possession we didnt fight, he said. We had a good practice Wednesday and worked on situations, and the girls worked them in the game. Lake Nonas a heck of a team, and I told our girls they had plans for Saturday, and now theyll be watching us play. The other semifinal had considerably less drama, as Harmony hit shot after big shot and led 22-13 at the half. The Longhorns stretched the lead to 16, 43-27, but the Kowgirls (16-9) used a fullcourt press and the outside shooting of Gabby Goeins to quickly chip the lead down to seven. The senior, who scored 16 of her game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter, hit three 3-pointers within two minutes to pull OHS to 43-36. It took Harmony four minutes to get a fourth-quarter field goal, but it finally closed it out. It wasnt a perfect or pretty game, but we survived. Weve got four girls getting ice now, HHS Coach Strauch said after the game. We always get Osceolas best shot, and well get that from St. Cloud. Rebekah Fiztpatrick led Harmony with 15 points and seven rebounds. Stephanie Baur added 12, Abby Fitzpatrick added 10. OHS senior Montana Bass scored 13. Shabreka Lamar added 10. Coach Barner Cooks said his team fought as hard as it could. We came into the year with three kids with varsity experience, the rest of these came right up from JV last year, he said. Its tough for our seniors, I know, but I like where our program is. Tonights winner will host the 7A-6 runner up in Thursdays regional quarterfinal. City of Life plays for the district title first time since 2009 against top-seeded Walker Memorial today at 7 p.m. at Lakeland Victory Christian. The Lady Warriors, 11-8, beat Victory Christian in the semifinals Tuesday. Coach Rob Gorski believed his team would win: We had to have total confidence and poise. What a season for my girls. Playing stellar defense, the Lady Warriors led 21-11 at half, outscoring the Storm 17-7 in the second quarter.
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With six Academy Award nominations (and still a month to go before award time) there is still time to see Dallas Buyers Club on the big screen. But the multi-award winning film (Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto have both already won, respectively, best actor and supporting actor nods at the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards) is coming to DVD/Blu-ray Tuesday (Universal Studios Home Enteratianment) as well. Dallas Buyers Club may just be worth both that Blu-ray purchase as well as a visit to a local movie theater. McConnaughey gives the performance of his acting life as Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof (based on his real-life story), a redneck, womanizing cowboy, who, seemingly unthinkably, contracts AIDs in the 1980s. He is given 30 days to live and gets little support as his drinking buddies all take cover out of ignorance and fear of get ting the disease. When he cant get the help he needs at a Dallas hospital, Woodroof takes matters into his own hands and first travels to Mexico (and eventually around the world) in search of drugs not approved by the FDA. Soon he is opening what amounts to his own clinic, sell ing drugs to others who are as desparate as he is, trying to find a way to survive. Both McConnaughey and Leto (who plays his cross-dressing, gay friend and business as sociate) underwent some drastic appearance changes for their roles, each losing a multitude of weight. The film also stars Jennifer Garner and Steve Zahn. Bonus features in the Bluray combo pack include an Ultraviolet digital copy of the film as well as deleted scenes and A Look Inside Dallas Buy ers Club feature. Arthur Penn created one of the legendary films of the 1960s with Bonnie and Clyde. The film, along with the performances of Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman and Estelle Parsons is pure .scar Bonnie and Clyde mini-series also debuts on DVD this week Peter CovinoFilm Critic Section B Check out aroundosceola.com February 1, 2014 Story, acting drives Dallas Buyers club KISSIMMEE 5K Kissimmee Main Street celebrates Valen tines Day with the sixth annual Kissimmee 5K, Saturday, Feb. 1 at 7:30 a.m. This event will promote heart health with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the American Heart Asso ciation. Starting at Toho Square, participants will take part in a serene lake shore run as the early morning sun rises over Lake Tohopeka liga. They will take in some of Kissimmees beautiful historic homes and find shopping and dining venues as they run through the historic downtown. All racers will receive a t-shirt as part of the race day package. Participants can register online at www.kissimmee5k.com for $27 per person. There are different age levels and rates as well as more information about the race online. At registration, participants will be able to honor a survivor or recognize a family member who has suffered from a heartrelated incident. Heart-shaped stickers will be sold on the day of the race at $2 a sticker. Racers can also enjoy music and visit some local businesses booths at Toho Square before and after the race. COUNTY FAIR KISSIMMEE The 70th Annual Osceola Coun ty Fair returns Feb. 14 23. The Childrens Pet Show also will return for an afternoon of ador able pets, even cuter kids, fun, laughs, ribbons and the coveted Best of Show trophy. Children from both rural and urban backgrounds come together to showcase their pets to the specta tors and judges. Each contestant is given the opportunity to walk or carry their pet around the show ring. Judges ask basic questions about their pet. Categories include; Best Cat, Best Dog, Best Livestock, Ugliest Pet, Most Unusual Pet, Best Performing Pet, Best Costumed Pet. Ribbons will be awarded in each category. A Rosette trophy will be awarded for Best in Show. The event is free to enter. Forms are available at the KVLS Fair Office located at Osceola Heritage Park, 1911 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee. JEALOUSY ORLANDO The Valencia College Theater will present the winner of the 23rd annual Florida Playwrights Competition, Ricardo Solt ero Browns Jealousy from Feb. 5-9, at Valencia Colleges East Campus. Jealousy is a bitingly vicious, yet hilarious, tragicomedy revolving around three individuals Celia, Al and Gunnar who are trapped in a room of uncertainty, betrayal, love, desire, truth and lies. Written by Brown, a Valencia graduate, the play will be directed by John DiDonna, with stage design by Kristen Abel and Aaron Babcock. Evening performances will be held Feb. 5-8 at 7:30 p.m. On Feb. 8 and 9, matinee performances will be held at 2 p.m. During the run, the cast will perform two special perfor mances. The Feb. 8 afternoon matinee will be an experimental all-female cast, while the Feb. 8 evening performance will feature signlanguage interpretation for deaf or hearingimpaired patrons. Question-and-answer sessions with the play wright, director and cast will occur after the Feb. 7 evening performance and the Feb. 8 afternoon matinee. Please note: The play contains adult subject matter, language and situations. All performances will be held in the Black Box Theater on Valencias East Campus, 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail, in Orlando. General admission tickets are $12; tickets are $10 for Valencia College staff, senior citizens and stu dents. BOK TOWER ANNIVESARY LAKE WALES Bok Tower Gardens commemorates its 85th anniversary with free admission and a special Dedication Day ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 1. See Movie, page B-2 Universal Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto have both won Golden Globe Awards and are nominat ed for Academy Awards as well for their perfor mances in Dallas Buyers Club. By Peter Covino A&E Editor In search of that starry, starry night? Star-gazers should get more than an eyeful at the annual Dark Sky Festival in Harmony later this month. This is the 18th annual Dark Sky event at Harmony, a festival that was created to expose to the general public the marvels of astronomy and the importance of protecting dark skies not just for astronomy purposes, but also for the values that darkness provides to area wildlife. This years event will be held over two days, Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1, and as always, parking and admission is free. The festival takes place in and around Harmony Square. The 11th Annual Dark Sky Festival is scheduled from 5 to 10 p.m., both days. The event features exhibits, stuff for kids to do as well as a large selection telescopes for sky viewing, set up by various area star-gazing groups. Dark Sky Festival returns to Harmony with star-gazing and stellar exhibitsPutting on Your DVDs Valencia presents annual Brazil film fest See Skies, page B-2Valencia College will hold its 7th Brazilian Film Festival from Feb. 13 through Feb. 21, with free showings of six Brazilian films. The week-long film festival is one of only two Brazilian film festivals in Florida. Admission to the film series is free and open to the public. All films will be shown in Portuguese with English subtitles. The films will be shown on Va lencias West Campus, located at 1800 S. Kirkman Road, Orlando, and at Valencias Osceola Campus, located at 1800 Denn John Lane in Kissimmee. Launched in 2008 by Valencia Professor Richard Sansone, who teaches Portuguese and English as a Second Language, the film festi val is presented in partnership with the Central Florida Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce and the University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies. The films in the series were se lected by Sansone and renowned Brazilian filmmaker Elisa Tolo melli, who will moderate each film and hold a question-and-answer with audience members following each film. For more details, including film trailers, visit http://valenciacollege. edu/brazilianfilmfestival For more information, call 407582-1383.. Here is a partial listing of films. Feb. 13 at 7 p.m., Valencia Col lege, West Campus, Building 3, Room 111 Colegas (Buddies) Cinematic stars rarely portray Festival showcases lms in Orlando and KissimmeeIts almost time to watch the skies See Brazil, page B-2 Colegas (Buddies) is one of the featured films at the Brazilian Film Festival, held Feb. 13-21 at Valencia College campuses. For the first time ever, Gala of the Royal Horses comes to North America and begins its tour at the Silver Spurs Arena on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The worldrenowned Royal Horses of Europe are some of the most celebrated in history, favored for centuries by royalty, eques trian riders and bullfighters and this performance celebrates the tradition. Tickets are on sale now through Tick etmaster 800-745-3000, ticketmaster. com and the Silver Spurs Arena Box Office. Ticket prices are $55 (VIP), $45, $35 and $25. Children 12 and under & seniors 60 and over receive a $5 dis count on the $35 and $25 tickets. For Group Discounts call: 321-697-3321. Central Floridians can see what they have been missing in the skies above at the 18th annual Dark Sky Festival held in Harmony. The two-day event, Feb. 28 and March 1, features guest lecturers, sky-related exhibits and lots of telescopes for celestial viewing. Admission is free. Fo llow us on Tw itter www.twitter.co m/ICMovies
Page B2, MovieContinued from page B-1 celluloid magic. But if you are looking for an other take on the famous couple, the two-disc Bonnie and Clyde DVD, from the original History/ Lifetime/A&E mini-series is certainly worth a look. Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger wont ever replace Beatty and Dunaway in the title roles, but the pair do a pretty good recreating one of the most infamous crime duos in history. Both films are the product of Hollywood for sure, but this new er version does try to create its own legend. Bonnie and Clyde were more in-line with the antiheroes of the 1960s in Penns film. Here, they are more like common criminals. The extra time of the mini-se ries also provides a lot more time for the backstory of the legend, real and/or fictionalized. For Bonnie & Clyde fans, the DVD and Blu-ray include bonus features including: Iconography: The Story of Bonnie & Clyde. Becoming Bonnie and Becoming Clyde. One of the best new action thrillers on Blu-ray and DVD doesnt star The Rock or Sylves ter Stallone. Surprisingly, The Prey, an almost non-stop roller coaster of an action film, was made in France. Albert Dupontel stars as a man doing time behind bars, who escapes for the very best reason: a deranged killer may be after his wife and little girl. This is edge-of-your-seat stuff, with a decidedly French twist. Running time: 105 minutes, plus extras Rated R 205.1 Dolby Digital for DVD/DTS-HD Master Audio for Blu-ray Extras: Interview with direc tor Eric Valette, making-of featurette, trailer. The Prey is available from Cohen Media Group, a rela tively new film producer and distributor. Formed in 2008 by Charles S. Cohen, an executive producer of multiple Academy Award nominee Frozen River. Current and upcoming CMG releases in clude Lorraine Levys The Other Son (winner of the Grand Prize and Best Director prize at the 2012 Tokyo International Film Festival) and French director Francois Ozons thriller In The House (San Sebastian Film Festivals winner of the Golden Shell and Best Screenplay award. Last weeks DVD column included the revamping of the hor ror classic Carrie. This week, we have Dark Touch, a similar film that is ac tually more horrifiying. From IFC Films, Dark Touch is a violent film that traces the story of an 11-year-old girl found at the center of mysterious and bloody massacre at her isolated country house. Both her parents and younger brother are dead. When Neve is taken to live with friends of the family, the evil force follows her and more bloodshed soon occurs. Part-Carrie, part-Village of the Damned, the reality at its center is the effects of child abuse. Dark Touch is an IFC Mid night theatrical release and it was an official selection at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. Gotta love those cowboys. No, not the ones in Dallas who will be watching the Super Bowl this weekend instead of playing, but those great movie cowboys of old. The Warner Archive Collec tion is quickly going through the multitudes of cowboy flicks released by Monagram through the years and the latest release is Monogram Cowboy Collection Volume Seven (1945-52). Unless you are an avid col lector of cowboy films, prob ably one or two of these col lections should suffice, since, after awhile, they do all sort of run together. But I have to admit I am a fan of the genre, even if all the cow boys and villains start to look the same after a few films. Volume Seven features three cowboys in a 9-movie/3-disc collection. Cowboy stars on the set are two-fisted Johnny Mack Brown, cowboy crooner Jimmy Wakely and lash master Whip Wilson. Heres are some of the films: Trigger Fingers ( 1946) Johnny Mack answers the call when blacksmith Ray Hattons boys trigger finger gets him framed for murder. Co-starring cowboy queen Jennifer Holt. Whistling Hills (1951 ) Johnny Mack pairs up with Jimmy Ellison to solve the mys tery of a spectral series of stage coach robberies. With Noel Neill. Man from the Black Hill (1952) In this go-round Johnny and Jimmy face off against a Wild West take on Martin Guerre, as Jimmy discovers a stranger has been posing as his long lost self. Saddle Serenade (1945) Jimmy Wakely leads of trio of white hats with Lee Lasses White and John James, as rancher take on a gang of deadly jewel thieves from the dreaded East. Across the Rio Grande (1949) Jimmy Wakely and Dub Cannonball Taylor intercede for a pair of siblings (Reno Browne and Riley Hill) whose Pa was killed thanks to a smug gling ring. Gunslingers (1950) In this oater outing, Whip and Andy ride to rescue of a group of ranchers facing a larcenous land-grab from the villainous Ace Larrabee (Douglas Kenne dy). With Sarah Padden. Arizona Territory (1950) Whip goes undercover to bust a band of counterfeiters for US Marshall pal Andy Clyde. Lawless Cowboys (1951 ) This entry updates the action to the then-con temporary 1950s West and sees ex-Texas Ranger Whip taking on a rodeo gambling ring, aided by rodeo rider Jim Bannon and crusading news paperman Fuzzy Knight. All DVDs in the Warner col lection are available to order on line only at www.warnerarchive. com. The current lineup of speakers includes: Former NASA astronaut Dr. Story Musgrave (Saturday Night). Katherine Nagy, head of Astronomy Education for the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum (Friday Night). To Be Announced speak er from NASA. Derek Demeter, director of the Seminole State College Planetarium. Beverly Rother, repre senting Virgin Galactic space travel Featured exhibitors include: NASA, Earthrise Space, Orlando FamiLAB, Orlando Mini Makers Faire, Hobby town USA, Orlando Science Center and Toms Rocket Gear (Saturday Only). Star Party Things get even more seri ous for the avid star-gazer at the Winter Star in the Florida Keys, also coming up in Feb ruary. As many as 600 amateur and professional astronomers from around the world will gather in the Lower Florida Keys Sunday through Sun day, Feb. 23, through March 2, attracted by the chance for 180-degree viewing of the Southern Cross and other constellations during the 30th annual Winter Star Party. The events primary draw for astronomers is the large number of southern constella tions, comets, stars and other celestial objects that are vis ible from the Florida Keys -virtually the only place in the continental United States where they can be seen. The Keys southern location and relative absence of large-scale artificial lighting at night pro vide optimal viewing conditions. The event will take place at Camp Wesumkee, a Girl Scout camp at mile marker 34.5 off U.S. Highway 1 on Scout Key, formerly known as West Summerland Key. As well as nightly star gazing opportunities, Winter Star Party participants can attend lectures and presen tations by nationally recog nized astronomers and guest speakers. Highlights are include a presentation by Dr. Valerie Neal, curator of the Smithso nian Institutes artifact collections from the space shuttle era and International Space Station including the orbiter Discovery. Her professional accomplishments also include writing, editing and managing some 25 NASA publications and working on the mission management support team for four space shuttle mission Other scheduled pre senters include carbon star expert Bob Pitt and star party founder Tippy DAuria, a renowned planetary astrono mer and astro-photographer Attendees also can shop for astronomy equipment from on-site vendors, participate in photo contests, compete for prizes and exchange information with fellow afi cionados. Special camp activities are arranged for young astronomers. Hosted by Miamis South ern Cross Astronomical Soci ety, the Winter Star Party is open to the public as well as to SCAS members. Registration is required before the event and tickets are not available at the gate. To register and for more information go to www.scas. org/winterstarparty.htmSkiesContinued from page B-1 BrazilContinued from page B-1 as much charisma nor evoke as much sympathy as the Down syndrome heroes do in Colegas, an adventure-comedy road movie that shines a poetic light on the simple things in life. ence along for a fantas tic ride. The film will be shown in Portuguese with English sub titles. Appropriate for audiences ages 10 and older. Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m., Valen cia College, Osceola Campus, Building 1, Auditorium Coco (Coconuts) This five-minute short feature from documentary director Lu ciano Mota Reis Filho captures the traditions surrounding coco nut production in his adopted community of Camaratuba. The short film celebrates the Feb. 17 at 7 p.m., Valencia College Osceola Campus, Build ing 1, Auditorium Xingu Based on the true adven tures of three Villas-Bas broth ers who joined a 1940s expe dition aimed at taming Brazils Amazon, this film poignantly depicts the ethical dilemmas faced in developing Brazils infrastructure, too often at the expense of its first inhabitants. The brothers: Orlando, 27, Cladio, 25, and Leonardo, 23, engage in an incredible saga, navigating more than 1,000 miles of rivers, opening 19 airfields, creating 43 towns and making contact with Indian tribes, some of whom have had no contact with the outside world. The film won the Jury Award for Best Cinematogra phy at the 2012 Prmio Con tigo Cinema in Rio de Janeiro. 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Also coming up soon is the Orlando Museum Antiques Vintage and Garden Show, featuring both antique deal ers from across the United States, plus a lots of stuff of interest to gardeners. That show runs Feb. 14-16 at the museum in Orlando. But you can get a head start on gardening ideas (and you need to when you live in Central Florida) with the large list of upcoming gardening shows. Mostly all of the show, tours and more listed here come from the pages of Florida Gardening magzine, a great source for Florida growers featuring lots of how-to tips on fruits, vegetables, flowering trees and a whole lot more. The magazine publishes six times a year. For subscription information e-mail email@example.com or online at www.floridagardening.com.Feb. 1Today is First Saturday in the Gardens, Discovery Gardens in Tavares. Admission is free, educational programs, $5. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gardens are located at 1951Woodlea Rd. 352-343-4101. Eco-Nomic Living Expo, Orlando, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event features learning about sustainable practices in gardening, nutrition and personal finance. Plants and other items also for sale. At 6021 S. Conway Rd. 407-254-9214.Feb. 1-2Gardenfest comes to Riv erside Park in Vero Beach. The event features orchids, natives, roses, ferns, herbs, palms, bamboo, pottery, garden art and more. Bring a wagon. The park is located at 3250 Riverside Park Dr. 772-567-4602. Venice Area Orchid Society Show and Sale at the Venice Community Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 326 S. Nokomis Ave.Feb. 8The Seed Swap is at Leu Gardens, Orlando. Trade or donate your extra seeds. Participants receive free admis sion to the gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave. 9 a.m. to noon.Feb. 14-15Titusville Garden Club Plant Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features Florida-grown azaleas, camellias, lantana, natives and more. At 5275 Sisson Rd. 321-543-3696.Feb. 15The Sarasota Succulent Society Presidents Day Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Large selection for sale and a speaker at 11 a.m. Its at 1310 38th St. 941-924-2703.Feb. 15The Florida West Coast Orchid Society Sale will held from 9 a.m. to noon in Semi nole. The sale offers a large variety and good prices at Seminole United Methodist Church, 5400 Seminole Blvd. 813-918-4546.Feb. 21-22The Garden Club of St. Petersburg will hold a flea market, plant and garden sale starting at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 500 Sunset Dr. 727-381-8920.Feb. 21-23The Florida Ground Soci ety Show comes to the Azan Shrine Center, Melbourne, 1591 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. The show features gourd art, crafts, demos, auctions and food. Admission is free. Feb. 22-23The Plant and Garden Festival will be held at Selby Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show feautures orchids, bromeliads, succulents, aquatics, natives edibles, expert advice, bonsai, garden art, tools, music and food. 941-366-5731, Ext. 270.Feb. 27-March 3Ringling in Bloom, cel ebrate the fine arts and flowers in Ringling Galleries, Sarasota. There are vari ous tours and talks including Growing Roses in Florida and the Bayfront Gardens Tour. at the Ringling Muse um of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd. 941-359-5700.March 1The Botanical Fest Plant & Garden Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Florida Institue of Technology, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne (Corner of Babock and University). The show features exotics, palms, accessories and tours. 321-674-6152.March 1-2Florida Azalea Festival in historic downtown Palatka & Memorial Park. March 7-8The Venice Area Garden Clubs Home Tour is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It also includes the garden shop and plant sale. Tickets are $20. More information at http://vageflorida.org.March 8Spring Obsession in Lake land, a celebration of gar dens, art and music in Munn Park, corner of Main St. and Kentucky Ave. 863-6179590.March 8-9Marion County Master Gardener Spring Festival fea turing plants, decor, accessso ries, seminars, kids activities and more at the extension office, 2232 NE Jacksonville Rd., Ocala. 352-671-8400.March 15An orchid auction will be held at the West Coast Orchid Society in Seminole. The preview is at 9 a.m. and bidding starts at 10 a.m. It will be held at Seminole United Methodist Church, 5400 Seminole Blvd. 727742-0461.March 15The Sarasota Garden Club Tour features 5 private coastal gardens. $30 advance, $35 dau of tour. 941-955-0875.March 15Sumter County Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale features outdoor structures, vertical and hydroponic gardens, bonsai and more. Admission $1. Free park ing. Wildwood Community Center, 6500 Powell Rd., 352-793-2728.March 15-16The Spring Plant Sale will be held at Leu Gardens featuring bromeliads, butterfly plants, bamboo, citrus, ferns, fruit and olive trees, ginger, herbs, orchids, paw paws, roses, trees, vines and more. Free admission. Bring a wagon. Its at 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. 407246-3622.March 18-19Native Plants in the Garden will be held in Stuart from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission at Tropical Ranch Botanical Gardens, 1905 SW Ranch Trail. 772-283-5565.March 19-23American Begonia Society Convention will hold tours, a plant sale, speakers and a judge show at the Tampa Marriott Westshore. 561865-9211.March 22Tampa Orchid Club will hold an orchid auction at the USF Bontanical Gardens, 12210 USF Pine Dr., from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 813974-2329.March 22The Herb Faire will be hosted by the Seaside Herb Society in Ormond Beach. The faire will feature herbs, baked goods, soaps, season ings and more. It is at the Riverbridge Meeting House, 1 N. Beach St from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. www.seasideherb society.com.March 22-23The Spring Garden Fes tival comes to the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville and features plants, garden displays and accessories, arts and crafts, educational exhibits, butterflies and more. Admission to the event, held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, is $8 for adults. Free parking. The gardens are located at 4700 SW 58th St. Dr. 352 372-4981. With any event, it is advisable to call first to see if weather or other unforseen circumstance causes cancelation or a date change. Ringling Museum Ringling in Bloom, at the Ringling Museum of Art, celebrates the fine arts and flow ers, Feb. 27-March 3. Ringling in Bloom features various tours, such as the Bayside Gardens tour and talks, throughout the event.The planting schedule heats up with lots of shows and festivals
Page B4, Whats new?Girl Scout Cookie timeThe Girl Scouts are back with favorite cookies again including the new Cranberry Citrus Crisp cookie this year. Cookie booth sales start Feb. 7 and continue through March 2. You can find Girl Scout cookies at various locations each Friday from 4-8 p.m. and the hours vary by loca tion Saturday and Sunday. For booth locations visit www.citrus-gs.org. Pet-PaloozaOn Saturday, April 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mullinax Ford in Kis simmee, 1810 E. U.S. 192, will host Pet-Palooza, an onsite pet adoption of pups and kittens. The event will raise money for Save A Life Pet Rescue. There will be complimentary food and refreshments, goodies bags and a gift basket give away. For every guest that attends Mullinax will donate $10 up to $500 to Save A Life Pet Rescue. Also joining in sup port of Save A Life Pet Rescue will be Professional dog trainer Heather Szasz from Think Alpha Dog and Woofgang Bakery will be bringing their delicious treats.Black History MonthThe Osceola County Historical Society has partnered with other community organizations to celebrate Black History Month this February. The Historical Society has worked hand-in-hand with Jamie Paul of the City of Kissimmee to organize an exhibit that explores some of Osceola Countys most famous African Americans. The exhibit, Black History of Osceola County, will be on display at the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum for the entire month of February. Along with the exhibit, the Historical Society will host an event, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Comes to Life, presented by Ersula KnoxOdom. Ms. Odom, a noted author and performer, will be portraying Dr. Bethune and sharing stories about Bethunes extraordinary life. Both the museum and presentation are free. The presentation will take place on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. at the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum, 4155 W. Vine Street. Singing Audition Who will be the 2014 Central Floridas Next Big Star? This gala fundraiser will showcase local singing talent and benefit The Childrens Advocacy Center Osceola., which helps Osceola County child victims of neglect and abuse. Auditions will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, 8:30 11:30 a.m., at Osceola YMCA, Teen Room, 2117 W. Mabbette St., Kissimmee. Vocalists must be at least 16 years of age and audition without musical accompaniment. To reserve your audition spot email sandyg@ sandygeroux.com or call 407-8561188. For more information visit: www.osceolakids.comBoy Scouts spaghettiThe Boy Scouts of Troop 192 will hold a spaghetti dinner, featuring all you can eat spaghetti, salad bar, garlic bread and drink on Feb. 8 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in St. Cloud, 1001 Tenth St. Chinese New YearThe Saint Cloud Tai Chi Club presents its 4th annual Traditional Chinese New Year Celebration, Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Saint Cloud Community Center. This years event commemorates The Year of the Horse and will be held from 1-5 p.m. The center is located at 3101 17th St., St. Cloud. There is a $5 donation at the door. For more information or to volunteer, contact: Madame Wu. Phone: 407 738-7001 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. St. Cloud Soccer Club St. Cloud Soccer Club will be holding registration for ages 5 and up for the 2014 spring soccer season. Registration date is Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be held at Stephanie Rothstein Park located at 2701 Missouri Avenue, Saint Cloud. Online registration will be open through Feb. 8. For registra tion information visit the website at www.stcloudsoccer.com, or call the hotline at 321-766-871Scout mulch fundraiserKissimmee Boy Scout Troop 826 will hold a bark mulch fundraiser. The home delivery day for the mulch will be Saturday, March 8, with a back-up date of Saturday, March 15, in case of inclement weather. The last day to place orders is Feb. 28. Cypress, pine bark or red mulch will be available in units of nine bags, which is equal to a cubic yard (27 cubic feet), at a cost of $49 per unit (includes delivery), with a $10 discount for additional units. One bag, which contains 3 cubic feet of mulch, will cover 12 square feet to a depth of 3 inches. BSA Troop 826s bags of mulch are 50 percent larger than those at the big box stores. Residents can order mulch either by the Internet at www. troop826hogs.com or by U.S. mail using an order form that will be distributed in select neighborhoods. If ordering by mail, payment must accompany the order form; make checks payable to BSA Troop 826 and send to Mulch Fundraiser, 3381 Buckingham Way, St. Cloud, FL 34772. Call 407-953-9195 for assistance in ordering or if you need more than 10 units of mulch. Mulch spreading at your home or business on a separate date will be available by request at a negotiated price. Free delivery will be in the Kissimmee and St. Cloud areas as well as in neighborhoods near the Orange-Osceola County line.Friends of St. Cloud LibraryThe Friends of the St. Cloud Veterans Memorial Library meet on the third Thursday of each month from 11 a.m. until noon in a meet ing room on the upper level of the library. The meeting follows the Book Club Group Meeting which starts at 10 a.m. The Friends main purpose is to promote the library. If you are interested, come to the Friends meeting and the Book Club.Osceola Law RideLed by Florida law enforcement officers, the law ride will take place Saturday, Feb. 1, starting and ending at HarleyDavidson South, 7786 U.S. Highway 192. Entry fee includes lunch enamel pin and entertainment. Riders are $20, passengers are $10. All proceeds benefit families of Osceola law enforcement lost or injured in the line of duty. Register for the event at Harley Davidson. Spring Fashion ShowThe Council of Catholic Women will hold its annual fashion show Feb. 15 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 700 Brown Chapel Road, St. Cloud. Tickets are $15 and it includes refreshments. Participating vendors include BlissOlogy, La Bell Cosmetics, Cary Girl Designs by K, Miche Handbags, Orange Blossom Boutique, Chicos Jennifer Brantley Designs, Florida Technical College and Origami Owl Jewelry. Fashion show time is 1 p.m. Doors open at noon. Tickets are available online at www.stacatholic.org/ccw and at the church Feb. 1 and 8 after masses.Lets Dance Ballroom ClubThe Lets Dance Ballroom Club meets every Wednesday at the St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th Street, St. Cloud. Class starts promptly at 7 p.m. A beginners class will be from 7 to 8 p.m., fol lowed by an advance class from 8 to 9 p.m. Cost is $12 for the month. Please come early to register. For additional information, call Sheila Lauer at 407-738-7546. St. Cloud Garden ClubSt. Cloud Garden Club meets the second Saturday of each month at 11.30 a.m., October through May, at the St. Cloud Commu nity Center on 3101 17th St., St. Cloud B Hall. Members asked to bring a covered dish for buffet style lunch and a donation for the Food Pantry. The Feb. 8 meeting speaker will be Tom Mac Cubbin, the urban horticulturist emeritus with the University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service. All are wel come. Questions can be referred to Jeanette Coleman 407-957-1955.History volunteers neededThe Osceola County Historical Society is looking for volunteers to greet and give tours to guests at the Pioneer Village. Join the society in educating the community and visitors to what life was like in Osceola County during the late 1800s. If you have some spare time, consider being a volunteer in any number roles with the organization, from greeters and tour guides, to office help or grounds keepers, theres a role that is a perfect fit for you. Training will be provided for all roles. To explore the possibilities, call vol unteer coordinator Kristi Prescott at 407-396-8644 Ex1 or e-mail ques tions to email@example.com. Be sure to check out the website at www.osceolahistory.org.Youth Purity ProjectThe Calvary Assembly of God Church invites youth and young adults of to come celebrate and be a part of the Youth Purity Proj ect ceremony on Sunday Feb. 2 at 10:30 a.m. The church is located 711 N. Thacker Ave., Kissimmee. The event invites youth and young adults to take a stand and make a public declaration for sexual purity. To participate in the ceremony or for more information regarding this event email YouthPurity@yahoo. com or call 407-952-8770. Its free but you must RSVP by Jan. 28.Valentines DanceA Valentines Day Dance spon sored by Belles and Beaus Dance Club will be held Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Marks St. Recreation Complex, 99 E. Marks St., Orlando. Join in for an evening of fun and dancing to Latin, ballroom and line music by the Soft Touch. Singles and couples are wel come. Refreshments provided. Cost: $5.pp. Details: 407-277-7008.Womans Club of St. Cloud (WCSC)The next meeting for the WCSC will be on Wednesday Feb. 19, at 1:30 p.m. WCSC is a social and civic organization empower ing women to improve their com munity, support public education and provide annual scholarship assistance for St. Cloud graduates. Monthly meetings occur on the 3rd Wednesday, September through May, at 1:30 P.M. The Clubhouse is located at 1012 Massachusetts Ave. For more information regarding the club contact club President, Jean Witherington at 407-9574347 or firstname.lastname@example.org.OSCAR ToastmastersThe OSCAR Toastmaster Club meets weekly at the Osceola Coun ty Realtors Association. Everyone is invited to sharpen their speak ing skills at the meetings. Meet ings are held Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at 1405 Shady Lane. You do not have to be a Realtor to take part. For more information con tact Betty Dobbie at 407-846-4500 or email email@example.com. Silver Spurs 2014 The Silver Spurs Riding Club announces 2014 event dates for three PRCA rodeos and one bull rid ing event to take place at the Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park. Bucking into action first, will be the 3rd Annual Monster Bulls, Sat urday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 pm. The following weekend, Feb. 21-23, will be the 132nd PRCA Silver Spurs Rodeo, Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2. On June 6-7 will be the 133rd PRCA Silver Spurs Rodeo, both performances at 7:30 pm. Returning for the second year will be the PRCA Wrangler Champi ons Challenge October 2014. The Monster Bulls is a bull riding event only. Riders will compete for big money as they try to stay atop a 2 ton bull for eight seconds. The PRCA Silver Spurs Rodeo of Champions will have hundreds of top rodeo professionals competing in traditional rodeo events such as; bull riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, and barrel racing. The Wrangler Champions Chal lenge is a televised event, touring with the top champions of the PRCA. This event gives you the experience of the National Finals Rodeo, it is the best of the best competing for big money purses. For tickets call 407 67RODEO or visit www.silverspursrodeo.com To build a partnership with the Silver Spurs Rodeo, contact Wendi Jeannin of B&B Promotions at 321624-1606. The Silver Spurs Riding Club, a non-profit organization, is a volun teer based Osceola CoFirst Friday BingoFirst Friday Bingo will be held Friday, Feb. 7, (and each First Friday of the Month) at Mount Sinai Ministries (Zoe Caf), 2955 Vineland Road, Kissimmee at 8 p.m. Cost is 1 card, $3; 4 cards, $10; 10 cards, $20. Win gift cards for favorite stores, restaurants and entertainment. GriefShare RecoveryThe GriefShare recovery and support group meets at First Baptist Church of St. Cloud, 1717 13th St., on Thursday nights from 7-8:30 p.m. A second location for meetings is the Village Church at Good Samar itan Village, 1441 Hoeger Circle, Kissimmee, Friday mornings from 10-11:30 a.m. GriefShare features nationally rec ognized experts on grief and recov ery topics. Seminar sessions include The Journey of Grief, When Your Spouse Dies, Your Family and Grief, Why? and Stuck in Grief. Following the presentation, all those present may share their experiences, their questions, and their reactions to grief. It is a safe place for all. This 13-week session is open to people of all faiths who have suffered the loss of a loved one. For more information, contact Nancy Boss at 407-873-1067 or email bossdn1@ yahoo.com.Volunteer opportunityThe AARP Tax-Aide program provides free tax preparation to 2.6 million taxpayers per year. Most of these taxpayers are seniors. AARP provides extensive training, software and hardware. If you are interested in volunteering, contact sam_gar firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the AARP Tax-Aide website for more information.Golden WeddingWere you married in 1964? Wed love to celebrate your 50th wedding anniversary with you. The Golden Wedding Anniversary program will be followed by a buffet. Bring a dish to share. After the buffet, there will be dancing to the music of the Osceola Community Orchestra. The Golden Wedding Anniversa ry Celebration is at 7 p.m., Feb. 11 at the St. Cloud Community Center, 3101 17th St. Friends and family are welcome. For more information contact John Dutt at 407-744-1700.Caribbean and Floridian AssociationThe Caribbean and Floridian Association holds its regular gen eral monthly meetings every fourth Saturday of the month at 6 p.m. Meetings are held at Solid Rock Youth and Educational Center located at 1904 N. Michigan Ave, Kissimmee. All are welcome to attend. For more information call CAFA at 407-953-5544.Osceola County Camera ClubThe Osceola County Camera Club invites anyone interested in taking photographs and having a good time to attend the clubs twicemonthly meetings. The club will meet on the sec ond and fourth Wednesday of each month at the Osceola Center for the Arts in the Edward Moore Studio at 7 p.m. For more informa tion, visit www.osceola countycameraclub.com or the clubs Facebook page at http://bit.ly/ ackyi7.DAV 148The DAV Service officer is on site every Tuesday at noon until 4 p.m. Home Run Derby The Osceola County Camera Club invites all camera enthusiasts to its twice-monthly meetings held at the Osceola Center for the Arts. The club meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.osceola countycameraclub.com or the clubs Facebook page at http:// bit.ly/Camera Club COMMUNITYCOMMUNITYSee additional Community Events/News at www.aroundosceola.com COMMUNITYCOMMUNITY See additional Community Events/News at www.aroundosceola.com Representative Ricardo Rangel and the Florida Victory Outreach Center and constituents of Florida House District 43 held the charity Home Run Derby and Local Officials & Celebrity Softball Game at Osceola High School last Satur day. The event benefited the baseball programs at Osceola and Gateway high schools. Elected and community leaders played softball against the All American Womens Sports Association (AAWSA) Softball team. See Community, page B-5 Whats happening?
Saturday, February 1, 2014 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B5 013014.TNG PENTECOSTAL CHURCHRev. P. Sewell, Pastor GRACE APOSTOLIC CHURCH OF JESUSA Church where Worship, Praise and Prayer is a liberty. ALL ARE WELCOMED. Worship Services: Sunday School...10:00am Morning Worship...11:15am Wednesday Bible Study...6:00pm 4501 Reaves Rd. Kissimmee, FL 34746 321-402-6684 OR 407-933-1794 Sunday Worship: 8:15am & 11:00am Traditional 9:40am Contemporary FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCHKissimmee 101 West Dakin Ave., Kissimmee, www.kissimmeefumc.orgOpen hearts. Open minds. Open doors.The people of The United Methodist Church Lock Haven Baptist Church14246 Boggy Creek Road Orlando, FL 32824 (407) 851-5420 LANE STOCKTON, PAs S TOR SCHEDULE OF SERVICEsS Sunday School . ..................................... 10:00 am Morning Service . ................................... 11:00 am Evening Service . ..................................... 6:30 pm Wednesday Service . ............................... 7:00 pmwww.lockhavenbaptist.org KISSIMMEE CONGREGATION FORMINGSunday Worship: 10:00am For more information Call 407-591-0251www.redeemerkissimmee.org He will be there to help with your military benefits needs. The DAV welcome all veter ans and their families. We will honor all military membership cards, VFW, DAV, etc., and active duty identification cards. All day, every Wednesday is Ladies Night. Special drink prices for the ladies. The DAV will have bingo cards three for $20 or $10 each. Barnyard Meat Bingo is every first and third Saturday of every month starting at noon. Every Friday is Red Shirt Friday but if you come in wearing a red shirt showing your support for our military troops serving over seas, youll get the special $1 long neck beer on the sec ond and fourth Friday of each month. We are located at 21 E. Keen St., Kissimmee, 4078464141.DivorceCare programPoinciana Christian Church, 3181 Pleasant Hill Road, Kis simmee, will host a 13-week DivorceCare program through April 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 407-870-9700.Elvis tributePeter Alden and Steven Gillis will perform tributes to Elvis from 7 to 10 p.m. Tues day, Jan. 28, at the American Legion Post 10, 200 Lake shore Drive, Kissimmee. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10 per person. Food may be purchased from the kitchen. For more information, call Shirley at 407-922-4502 or 407-847-3012.AARP Smart Driver ClassA Smart Driver Class will be Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Osceola Coun ty Council on Aging, 700 Generation Point, Kissim mee. AARP offers a Driver Safety Course smart-driver designed to help all drivers behind the wheel. Insurance providers could offer a reduc tion in premiums for Florida drivers 55 and older who suc cessfully complete this course. A certificate of completion will be provided and a $20 nonmembers payable on the day of the class. AARP members can get in for just $15. For more information, call 1-888-227-7669. Heritage MuseumThe St. Cloud Heritage Museum, 1012 Massachusetts Ave., hosts a historical scaven ger hunt every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for school are children to young adults; discover, learn, and have fun during this special journey to the past. The museum is open to the public for learning about St. Cloud history as well as mili tary memorabilia. Every Friday, historian Roger Heiple, brings history to life for visi tors. Museum hours are: Thurs day Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call Jean Witherington at 407957-4347, or email jowgen@ embarqmail.com. Looking for scholarships and/or sponsors Eighth-graders at Kissim mee Middle School will be traveling to Washington D.C. in May 2014. They are in need of local business owners and community members that might be interested in provid ing sponsorship or scholarship money to help lower the cost of the trip. Contact Karen Hernandez for more details at 407-870-0857, Ext. 09229American Legion Post 10The American Legion Post 10 Kissimmee, 200 Lake Shore Blvd. will hold the fol lowing events: Sundays from noon until closing are game days, free pool, bowling, and ping-pong. On Mondays free Texas Hold-Em will begin at 5 p.m., the public is invited. On Tuesdays karaoke will run from noon until 4 p.m., the public is welcome; Euchre also will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. and also is open to the public. Wednesdays are Barn Yard Bingo every first and third Wednesday. Thursdays are Barn Yard Bingo every second and fourth Thursdays. On Fridays, a seafood din ner will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. followed by entertain ment by a live band and danc ing from 7 to 11 p.m., the public is invited. On Saturdays, dinner will be served from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. followed by entertain ment by a live band and danc ing, the public is invited. The American Legion Post 10 has a large hall available for rent for special occasions. Anyone interested may con tact Judy. For more information, call 407-847-4193.Xi Lambda NuXi Lambda Nu, a local chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, is hosting its fifth Annual Jazz Up Your January Event with A Salute to America, featur ing Starlites, a local perform ing trio. In addition, the local Civic Air Patrol will be participat ing in a Presentation of Col ors. The event will be Jan. 25 at the Osceola County Council On Aging at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $15 per per son which includes luncheon, entertainment and door priz es. There also will be a sepa rate gift basket raffle. This event is held each year to raise funds for local charities and this years beneficiary will be The Wounded Warrior Project. For more information, call Marianne Davitt at 407-8477912.Celiac/Crohns support groupThe Celiac/Crohns sup port group meets the second Wednesday of every month at Pro Health Family Physicians, 3100 17th Street, St. Cloud, from 6 to 9 p.m. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call Barb Thomas at 407-9085607 or email, bthomas@ embargmail.com.Social Dance/ Country DanceMonday nights from 7 to 10 p.m. are Social Dance nights at the St. Cloud Senior Center in Hall A; live bands every Mon day, all year long. These dances are subject to hall maintenance scheduling. A donation of $4 per person is requested. Saturday nights from 7 to 10 p.m. are Country Dance nights at the St. Cloud Senior Center in Hall A; live bands on Fridays, November through April. On these months, a donation of $4 per person is requested. On other months, music will be pro vided by a DJ and admission is free. All ages are welcome. For more information regard ing the social dance, call John McMahon at, 407-951-9700.Line DanceThe Smith N Western Advanced Line Dance Club meets at the St. Cloud Senior Center on Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. in Hall A. There will be lessons and open dance; a basic knowledge of line dance steps is required. All ages are welcome. A donation of $2 per person is requested. For more information, call Gail Smith at 407-408-5039.Fun Seekers Travel ClubThe Fun Seekers Travel Club meets the second Mon day of every month at the Elks Lodge on Kings High way in Kissimmee. The meet ing will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Day trips, overnights and cruises will be discussed. For more information on trips or about the club, call 407-846-0088 or email email@example.com. Visit the website grouptravelspecialistskiss.comAhoy Travel ClubThe Ahoy Carefree Travel Club meetings will be at 12:30 p.m. on the first and third Mon days at the Kissimmee Knights of Columbus, 2000 Neptune Road, Kissimmee. Lunch is available. No mem bership fee is required. Travel includes day bus trips, over nights, cruises and international travel. For additional information, call Donna, liaison officer, at 407-569-2118 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Historical Society needs volunteersThe Osceola County Historical Society is looking for volun teers to greet and give tours to guests at the Pioneer Village. Join the village in educating the community and visitors to what life was like in Osceola County during the late 1800s. If you can spare one to three hours per week, consider being a vol unteer in any number roles with our organization, from greeters and tour guides, to office help or grounds keepers, theres a role that is a perfect fit for you. Training will be provided for all roles. To explore the possibilities, call volunteer coordinator Terry Hooker at 407-396-8644, Ext. 7, or email questions to terryh@ osceolahistory.org. Be sure to check out our website at osceo lahistory.org. Greyhound adoptionsThe public is invited to come every third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pet Supermar ket, 2924 13th St., St. Cloud, 407-498-0929, located one mile east of Walmart, to meet retired racing greyhounds ready for adoption. These are mature, adult dogs and they transition very easily into homes. Most get along great with other dogs and children and many are cat friendly, as well. Get to know the dogs and speak with local greyhound owners. For more information, call Gods Greyts Greyhound Group at 407-578-7496 or go to www. godsgreyts.com. The St. Cloud Line Dance Club The St. Cloud Line Dance Club, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud, meets: Monday, novice (2-2:30 p.m.); beginner 2:30-3 p.m.); intermediate (3-5 p.m.). Thursday, novice (5:306 p.m.); beginner (6-7 p.m.); intermediate (7-9 p.m.). Its a $1 donation for the day. Call Glenda Brown at 407-744-3892 for more information.Heel and Toe Square Dance ClubHeel & Toe Square Dance Club meets at the Senior Cen ter Annex, 702 Indiana Ave., in St. Cloud, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., every Monday. No expe rience is necessary; beginners receive lessons at the start of the evening. The minimum age for dancing is 10 years old. Come as an individual, couple, or a family. Everyone is welcome. The cost is $5 per person per lesson. For more information call Ellen Bell or Paul Kurek at 407931-1688.Access FloridaNew Horizon Family Center, 2958 Pleasant Hill Road Kis simmee, has programs on food assistance, temporary cash assis tance, and Medicaid to help in purchasing food, paying home expenses, and paying for medi cal services. Assistance is avail able Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or call to make an appointment. For more information call, 407-201-7906.Greater Osceola Fitness & Running (GOFAR)Walkers and runners are welcome to participate in GOFAR on Tuesdays start ing at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Cloud Lakefront Marina, Wednesdays starting at 6:30 p.m. at Vintage Vino, Kissim mee, and Thursdays starting at 6:30 p.m. at the corner of 10th Street and New York, St. Cloud.Kissimmee LionsThe Kissimmee Lions Club meets the first and third Mon day of each month at the club house, 3050 Lions Court, just off Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m., fol lowed by the meeting at 7 p.m. Men and women 18 and older are invited to visit the club. Used glasses and hearing aids will be collected. For more information, call Phyllis Brannaman at 407847-2744. GriefShare groupThe GriefShare recovery and support group meets at First Baptist Church of St. Cloud, 1717 13th St., on Thursday nights from 7 to 8:30 p.m. A second loca tion for meetings is the Village Church at Good Samaritan Vil lage, 1441 Hoeger Circle, Kis simmee, Friday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. GriefShare features nation ally recognized experts on grief and recovery topics. Seminar sessions include The Jour ney of Grief, When Your Spouse Dies, Your Fam ily and Grief, Why? and Stuck in Grief. Following the presentation, all those present may share their experiences, their questions, and their reac tions to grief. It is a safe place for all. This 13-week session is open to people of all faiths who have suffered the loss of a loved one. For more informa tion, contact Nancy Boss at 407-873-1067 or email boss email@example.com.Goodwill seeks volunteers Goodwill Industries of Central Florida is calling for volunteers at its retail stores, warehouse and administra tive offices. The hours are flexible and positions are suitable for vol unteers of all skill levels, includ ing students (must be 16 or older), retirees or anyone who wants to give back and support Goodwills mission of helping people with barriers to employ ment find jobs. To apply, visit www.good willcfl.org volunteering opportunities are listed under the Donate tab. For any addi tional questions, or to arrange volunteer groups, contact Dar lene Kaiser at 407-235-1536 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Heritage MuseumThe St. Cloud Heritage Museum hosts a historical scavenger hunt every Saturday from 11 a.m. 3 p.m. for CommunityContinued from Page B-4 See Community, page B-6
Page B6, school age children to adults. Discover, learn and have fun during this very special journey to the past. The museum is open to the public for learning about St Cloud history as well as military memorabilia. For museum information, con tact Jean Witherington at 407-957-4347 or jow email@example.com. Museum hours are Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1012 Mas sachusetts Ave., St. CloudKarate schoolHumble Dragons Karate School teaches the art of karate Okinawan origin (Oki nawan Kempo) Mondays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Robert Guevara Com munity Center, 501 Florida Parkway, Kissimmee. For more information, call 321246-4174.BVL Crime WatchThe BVL Neighborhood Watch Coalition invites citi zens to be the extra eyes and ears in your neighborhood. You can join your neighbors and help take a bite out of crime the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Robert Guevara Community Center, 501 Florida Parkway, Kissimmee. For more information, call 407-201-6333. Eagles bingoThe Eagles 4048 group plays bingo at 4 p.m. every Sunday and 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Its at the Eagles building, 15 W. Darlington Ave., Kis simmee, near the Kissim mee Police Department station. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 407-846-4990. Visit www.celebra tionhealth.com for more information.Church offeringCome enjoy a free meal at 6 p.m., a short service at 7 p.m., and a giveaway of groceries following the end of service every Wednesday at the Altar St. Cloud Vineyard Church at 1215 Old Hickory Tree, St. Cloud.EuchreEuchre is played every Tues day at the American Legion post 10 on Lake shore Drive at 1 p.m.. A beginners lesson is at 12:20 p.m. Everyone is invited.Osceola Friends of the LibraryThe Osceola Friends of the Library Board of Directors meets the second Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Hart Memorial Branch Library. Membership is open for active or supportive sta tus. For more information, contact the Friends of the Library, P.O. Box 702087, St. Cloud, FL, 34770-2087. Line dance The Smith N Western Advanced Line Dance Club meets at the St. Cloud Senior Center Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. in Hall A. There are lessons and open dance. Basic knowledge of line dance steps is required. All ages are welcome. A donation of $2 per person is requested. For more information, call Gail Smith at 407-408-5039.BingoBingo is held every Wednes day in the VFW Post 3227 hall. Early bird games begin at 6:30 p.m. with regular bingo starting at 7 p.m. Call the post at 407-892-6761 for membership eligibility informa tion and upcoming events.Kissimmee Writers GroupThe Kissimmee Writers Group is looking for fic tion writers and authors of all genres. Attendance is free and open to everyone, from aspiring writer to published author. The group motto is Writers Helping Writers, and member benefits include edu cation, critique, networking, and support. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at the Hart Memorial Library in downtown Kissimmee, 211 E. Dakin Ave., Kissimmee. For more information, email Randy Austin at firstname.lastname@example.org.Central Florida Cash Flow ClubThe Central Florida Cash Flow Club meets the first Sat urday of every month at noon at Nikkis corner caf 3277 S. John Young Parkway Kissim mee, 407-910-4228. Learn the secrets of becom ing rich by having fun and play ing Robert Kiyosakis popular board game Cash Flow 101. The game teaches the basics of fundamental investing, how to take control of personal finances and how to invest with greater confidence in real estate and other businesses. The Cashflow board game is recommended for adults and children age 10 and older. Contact Brad Lee at 407-2018088 for more information.St. Cloud Senior Center weekly eventsMonday Night : There is a social dance from 7 to 10 p.m. in Hall A. There is a live band on Mondays, but is subjected to hall maintenance schedules. A donation of $4 per person is requested. For more information, call John McMahon at 407-951-9700. Saturday night: There is a country-style dance from 7 to 10 p.m. in Hall A. There are live bands from November through April. A donation of $4 per person is requested. During the other months the music will be by a DJ and admission is free. All ages are welcome. For more information, call John Dutt at 407-957-2295. St. Cloud Senior Center eventsThe following events are hosted weekly by the St. Cloud Senior Center. On Monday nights a Social Dance is held in Hall A from 7 to 10 p.m. Live bands are present all Mon days, all year. A donation of $ per person is requested. For more information call John McMahon at, 407951-9700. On Saturday nights a Country Dance is held in Hall A from 7 to 10 p.m. Live bands are present November thru April. A donation of $4 per person is requested. In other months music will be provided by a DJ and admis sion to the dance is free. All ages are welcome to Line dance and Social dance to a variety of music. For more information call John Dutt at, 407-957-2295. On Fridays The Smith N Western Advanced Line Dance Club meets at the St. Cloud Senior Center in Hall A from 6 to 9 p.m. for les sons and open dance. Basic CommunityContinued from Page B-5 See Community, page B-7 Are Your Affairs In Order? Since 2002, Porta Coeli has provided respectful service and options for families to create a meaningful service at an affordable cost. 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Place wing pieces skin side up onto foil and bake about 40 minutes. These should be made shortly before serving. Remove from pan and place on platter with sauce. Cover some of the wings with each sauce and leave some for those who want to dip or to eat plain. Sauce can be made a day in advance and heated in microwave before serving.. For Coffee and Bourbon Sauce Instructions: 1. Bring water to a boil and dissolve instant coffee. 2. Stir in barbecue sauce, brown sugar, and bourbon, heating over medium heat until it forms bubbles. Stir and cook over low heat until well blended, about 5 minutes. Add butter and serve.Chicken Wings W/Coffee Bourbon SauceGo to aroundosceola.com and visit the Whats Cookin page or scan the QR code for this and many more recipies! O SCEOLA O SCEOLA Chicken Wings ObituariesFor daily obituaries and services please visit our Website: www.aroundosceola.comDEAN Walter (Tom) Dean, Jr., left us peacefully 12/20/2013 in White County Memorial CCU, (Searcy, AR). He left his wife Claudia and pets, a daughter Debra LaBergus, three sisters Reatha Walker, Juanits Snyder and Patricia Williams all of FL. He was with Osceola County Courthouse as a security SMITH Mrs. Grace Elgin Schatzman Smith, 80, of Kissimmee, FL passed away on January 28, 2014 at her home. Grace was a native Florid ian, born in St. Cloud, FL in 1933. She was the daughter of the late Milton G. and Marguerite R. Schatzman. Grace is survived by her three children: Malinda (Dan) Red Cloud of Adkins, TX, Kare n (Tracy) of Cypress, TX and Jay N. (Lori) of St. Cloud, FL. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Wyatt Clayton and Olivia Clayton of Cypress, TX, Rachel Johnson (Nate) of Minneapolis, MN, Bethany Faircloth (Justin) of Rapid City, SD, Russell Jeffcoat (Jessica) of St. Cloud, FL, Stephanie Jeffcoat, Kevin Jeffcoat, and Corbin Smith all of St. Cloud, FL. She is also survived by two greatgrandchildren Charlie Paul Faircloth of Rapid City, SD and Blakely Paige Jeffcoat of St. Cloud, FL. She is survived by her sister, Peggy ORiley of Orlando, FL. Grace was a dedicated Osceola County educator. She taught Music at Central Avenue Elementary for thirty years. A memorial service will be held on January 31, 2014 at Heartcry Chapel in Kissimmee, FL at 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family has asked for donations to be made to Co rn erstone Hospice 2445 Lane Park Rd., Tavares, FL 32778 or the Heartcry Church Music Ministry. Arrangements entrusted to Osceola Memory Garden s Funeral Home, Kissimmee. 407-847-2494 www.OsceolaMemGds.Com WOLEK Janet K. Wo lek, 59, formerly of Onondaga Hill, passed away at home on Friday, January 10, in Kissimmee, FL, surrounded by her loving family. She retired from her position as manager in the Creative Cosmetology Department at Walt Disney Wo rld in 2010, where she had worked 21 years. She held every position in the hair and makeup department, including designe r. Her work gained her many awards, including the 2005 Daytime Emmy for the Disney Christmas Parade. She was most proud of receiving the Presidential Award for Service from President Obama for her community service. In her retirement, she was an active volunteer for Better Breathers Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Celebration Hospital.She was also part owner of Lois' Beauty Shop in Onondaga Hill. Surviving are her loving husband, Ronald; a son, Ronald Harold; a daughte r, Janelle Helen; her mothe r, Lois Killmore, and brothe r, Neil ( Vi rg inia), of Onondaga Hill; and three nephews. Services will be held on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. at Des Cummings Sr. Memorial Chapel in Kissimmee. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Pulmonary Rehab Center of Celebration Hospital through the Florida Hospital Foundation at: www.myfhfoundation.com/ janet_killmore_wolek Condolence may be sent to Ron Sr., email@example.com officer, where he retired due to medical reasons. He moved to AR in 2009 were his wife and her family took care of him. He fought a very long and painful time, but he kept his wonderful spirit to fight for life. We will have a Celebration of Life A pril 5th at 2:00 p.m. at the home of Patrici a W illiams.
Saturday, February 1, 2014 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B7 knowledge of line dance steps is required. All ages are welcome. A donation of $2 per person is requested. For more information call Gail Smith at, 407-408-5039. Celebrate RecoveryCome celebrate recovery at the Celebrate Recovery Program, dealing with lifes hurts, habits and hang-ups, at Cornerstone Family Church, 2925 Canoe Creek Road, St. Cloud, every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. Celebrate Recovery is a Christcentered 12-step recovery program based on the eight principles found in Matthew 5. Celebrate Recovery offers a person the opportunity to participate in a group fellow ship where love and hope combine with Gods purpose to mend out lives. Cornerstone Family Kitchen serves a free meal from 6 to 8 p.m. for struggling families in the community and Celebrate Recovery participants. SC soccer teams seek playersThe St. Cloud Soccer Club seeks players for its U15 and U16 boys teams. To schedule a tryout, con tact Brian Cecil at saint firstname.lastname@example.org.American Legion Post 80 eventsThe American Legion of St. Cloud Post 80, 1019 Pennsylvania Ave., will have the following events. On Mondays, bingo will be at 6 p.m. in the smoke-free Civic Hall. On Tuesdays, the dart tournament will start at 7:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, dinner specials run from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays are free pool. Dinner specials run from 5 to 8 p.m., $1 drafts are available, and Trivia Game Night begins at 8 p.m. Fridays are free shuffle board from 3 to 7 p.m., grill menu weekly, prime rib dinners on the first and third weeks, and N.Y. strip steak on the second and fourth weeks. Saturdays are road kill bingo on the first and third weeks and N.Y. strip steak on the second and fourth weeks. On Sundays breakfast will run from 8 to 11 a.m. and bar bingo will run from 2 to 4 p.m. Post 80 is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are a veteran, or the spouse, son or daughter of a veteran, we invite you to speak with us regarding membership in the American Legion, Auxiliary, Riders, or Sons of the American Legion. Serving veterans is out only goal. For more information, call the post at 407-892-8808 or Mike Turco at 352-527-1261.Music, dancing eventThere will be live classic country music and some 1950s rock and roll, dancing and some line dancing Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Osceola County Council on Aging, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. There is no admittance fee but there will be 50/50 tickets sold to help support the effort. Bring a covered dish or snack to be part of the meals at break time. For more information, call 407-892-3335. New York Artist ShopNo cost creative writing classes/meetings with a focus on poetry will be led by local poet George Bishop at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday nights. If you are a poet, have written poetry in the past, or just enjoy the messages poetry and poetry alone can suggest to us, then this class is for you. For more information call Denise at 407-957-1583. Osceola Stamp ClubThe Osceola Stamp Club meets the first and third Wednesday of the month from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Barney E. Veal Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. Come trade, sell and meet other stamp collectors. New members are welcome and needed to keep the club going. For more information, call Charles Frazer at 407-201-4192.Historical SocietyThe Narcoossee Area Chapter of the Osceola County Historical Society meets every first Monday of the month starting at 6 p.m. in the Narcoossee Community Center, 5354 Rambling Road, Narco ossee. The first project is to protect and restore the 1886 Narcoossee Schoolhouse. For more information call 407595-6727 or contact lisaliu@ embarqmail.com .GriefshareGriefShare support and recovery group meets at First Baptist Church of Kissimmee, 1700 N. John Young Parkway, Kissimmee. GriefShare meets every Wednesday from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. for 13 weeks. Each session is selfcontained, so you may begin at any time during the 13-week cycle. Childcare is available. Adults 18 years and over are better served in this group. GriefShare is a grief recovery support group where you can find help and healing for the hurt of losing a loved one through death. This group of friendly, caring people will walk along side of you through one of lifes most difficult experiences. GriefShare features a video series with nationally recognized experts on grief and recovery topics. For more information, call 407-847-3138, or e-mail email@example.com.Bible study groupUniversal Circle Of Light Learning Center, 4275 Neptune Road, St. Cloud, has a group that meets every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. According to a center press release, it believes that it is Gods will that every individual should live a healthy, happy and prosperous life and it teaches how to achieve such a life. For more information, contact Rev. Lottie Clodfelter at 407-729-0798 or Patricia Lewis at 407-729-3330.German American ClubThe Osceola German Club meets the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the CommunityContinued from Page B-6 See Community, page B-8 051613.CELE Donations Needed! Hope for Humanity (501c3 charity) FREE Pick Up 407-507-3947Come visit us at Your donations feed & clothe people locally. 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Page B8, Elks Club on Kings Highway in Kissimmee. Anyone interested in German culture and meeting new friends is welcome to join the group. For more informa tion, call Kay at 407-931-1645.American Legion Post 10The American Legion Post, Kissimmee, FL will hold the following events: Tuesdays, Karaoke from noon to 4 p.m., food served. Friday, Bingo at 5:30 p.m. and a Seafood dinner from 5:30 to 7:30. Saturdays, Full course dinner served every Saturday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Music by local bands and dancing from 7 to 11 p.m. Sunday, Bingo from 3 to 7 p.m. Nominations for officers during General Meetings, Feb., March, and April. Elections will be held on May 4, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information call 407-847-4193.The Spirit of Gun Club of Central FloridaThe Spirit of Gun Club of Central Florida meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Royal St. Cloud Golf Links, 5310 Michigan Ave, in St. Cloud. For more information or to RSVP, call Jed Suhl at 407908-0568 or email to jedsuhl@ yahoo.com.Osceola Community OrchestraThe Osceola Community Orchestra welcomes orchestra musicians high school age and older to our Monday evening rehearsals at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center. DARThe Joshua Stevens Chap ter of the Daughters of the American Revolution meetings are held the second Saturday of each month. The group welcomes visi tors. Anyone interested in learning more about DAR or need help in searching for possible family members who fought in the war, contact Lori at 407-694-5277 or Carole at 407-846-1992 for more information.Tai chi and qigong (Chinese yoga)Tai Chi and qigong (Chi nese yoga) classes being offered by Madame Wu Tues days from 1 to 2 p.m. at the St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud. All classes taught by donation. For more information, call Madame Wu at 407738-7001. Elmers Meal KitchenElmers Meal Kitchen Min istry is a 501c3 approved nonprofit ministry serving free hot meals to the needy and homeless in the community of St. Cloud. A combined total of 33 local community churches, ministry groups, businesses and restaurants have been voluntarily serving for over 12 years. Contact your church leader or current group serving you if you would like to participate in serving meals. If your church cannot serve, get it involved by making love offerings and memorial donations to help purchase food items needed. Elmers Meal Kitchen Director Carol Broski can be reached at 407-957-9839. St. Cloud Horseshoe ClubThe St. Cloud Horseshoe Club invites everyone to join the group. The horseshoe pits are located between the St. Cloud Civic Center and the St. Cloud Senior Center on 17th Street. The tournament schedule is Feb. 8, March 8 and April 5. Members of the National Horseshore Pitchers Association (NHPA) and of the Florida State Horseshoe Pitchers Asso ciation (FLSHPA) can qualify to pitch at the tournaments. Tournament director Vickie Marteney may be contacted at 321-297-1802. More information is avail able at the NHPA website. The clubs practice sessions contacts are: John Grayson at 407-873-8240 and Tom Gowan at 321-443-6871. The N.E., N.Y. N.J. ClubThe New England, New York, and New Jersey club meet the third Tuesday of each month at the senior center, hall B, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud, (through April). Bring a pot luck dish and utensils. For more information, call 407957-3952.Sons of Italy 2523 The Osceola County Order Sons of Italy in America Lodge 2523 meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Kissimmee Bay Golf and Country Club. The lodge welcomes all men and women of Italian heritage (or spouse that is Italian) to join. It holds events throughout the year for charities and high school scholarships. For more information, contact lodge president Ger trude Dorries at 321-2866787 for more information. Order of Confederate RoseThe Frances Kirby Smith 22 Chapter, Order of Confeder ate Rose is an independent support group to the Sons of Confederate Veterans and local camps thereof. It is nonprofit, nonracial, nonpolitical and nonsectarian. Confederate ancestry is not required for membership. It assists SCV with its historical, educational, benevolent and social functions. Special emphasis is placed on the preservation of Confederate symbols. The meetings are held the third Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Vet erans Memorial Library, Barbara Thornton Room, in St. Cloud. For more informa tion, email firstname.lastname@example.org Celebrate Recovery at First Christian Church of KissimmeeCelebrate Recovery meets every Friday at 6:30 p.m. at First Christian Church, 415 N. Main St., Kissimmee. 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