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Family will rock with Kissimmee vacation, A-5 School District honors student athletes Ready to roar at Disney with Harambe NightsPage A-6 Index:Page A4 ...................................... Editorial Page A6 ........................................... Sports Page B4 ................................Community Page C1 .....................................Classied Page C3 ...........................................Legals Page B7 ................................... Obituariese horrible waste of war See War, page A-3e second installment of a three part series written by famous war correspondent Ernie Pyle aer the invasion of Normandy during WWII. Serving Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Celebration, Poinciana, Harmony, Narcoossee, BVL Page B-1 By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff WriterAer decades of hard work and evaluation by the entire department, the Insurance Services Organization has recognized the Kissimmee Fire Department as a Class 1 Fire Department, the highest rating given to local re departments across the country. Scored on the components of dispatch, re and water, the re department is now the 10th in the state and 60th in the nation to receive this rating by the Insurance Services Organization (ISO). David Kilbury, chief of the Kissimmee Fire Department, said that it wasnt just the eorts of the agency that pushed Kissimmees rating from a two to a one, but also the eorts of the Kissimmee Police Dispatch Center, whose recent accreditation boosted the departments overall score. Some departments struggle in stang, some struggle in the record keeping and testing, and some struggle in not meeting the training requirements. And so this has been a long journey to get to class 1. I am truly honored to be the re chief of a Class one re department. It began many, many years ago with previous chiefs and employees and training to get us to the milestone that we reached here with this rating, said Kilbury.KFD achieves top insurance safety rating By Ken Jackson Staff WriterNeed a reason and the motivation to push your body to its physical limits? Want to help some great causes in the process? e St. Cloud Police Department is waiting for you, and it hopes you are wearing old shoes. e second edition of the Robo Mud Run will be June 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. e fundraiser, hosted by SCPD and the city of St. Cloud, consists of a threeto ve-mile course, based on ability, fraught with obstacles that make the Robo Mud Run unlike the average hike through the park. Among the 80 obstacles are a 200-yard mud pit, a two-story mud slide, a swamp crawl, a tire gauntlet, a 400-yard swim and the ever-popular four-story mega slide. ere also is a kids obstacle course for those under 12 years of age. An aer-party includes food, drinks, music and awards. Last year, the event was held to support St. Cloud Police Sgt. Boyd Graham in his ght against advanced liver cancer, and raised $35,000 that went directly toward the familys medical costs. is year, part of the proceeds will go to another one of SCPDs own, Misael MJ Cortez, who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkins lymphoma cancer and has been receiving treatment at Nemours Childrens Hospital in Lake Nona. He is the son of SCPD 911 call center Service Manager Mike Cortez. Were a brotherhood here, we do what we can to rally around our own, said SCPD Community Outreach Director Sgt. Denise Roberts, who has felt that rallying spirit herself since being diagnosed with Stage 2B breast cancer in October. Now back at work aer taking some leave to ght the disease, she still got a little emotional last week talking about the events the community put on to help her and her family out. I was pronounced t for duty while this was going on. is has been hard on me, and as a department we dont want anyone or their families to go through that, she said. e St. Cloud Citizens Foundation account to benet Special Olympics Florida and the St. Cloud Community Food Pantry are also beneciaries this year. Police department volunteers have given their time to design and lay out the course, which will feature new obstacles that an event yer calls exciting, though runners might not feel that way about ones coming late in the course. SCPD staers and other hearty souls such as Osceola Sheri Bob Hansell, participated last week in a dry run of the course, when it wasnt yet at its highest, wettest or muddiest. Cost for the event is $65 for the general public and $49 for government employees. Children under 12 can run the kids course for $25. For a limited time, those who book online can save $10 by using the promotional code ROBO4MJ. Event details are available online at www.robomudrun. com, and online registration is available at robomudrun2014. eventbrite.com.Local fundraiser can get a little dirty News-Gazette Photos/Andrew SullivanAbove, St. Cloud Deputy Police Chief Vinny Shepard, right, and Ofcer Corey Targia were some of the rst to get down and dirty during a preview of the Robo Mud Run, an extreme 5K event that pits participants against an onslaught of obstacles. Below, Sheena McCaskill and Mindy Spinuzza leave the boys in their dust as they pair up to trek down a large gravel pile along the course. News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanFrom left, reghter/paramedic Ryan Appleman, engineer Kirk Rickett, Lt. Randy Madison, reghter/paramedic Dane Farmer and EMT Patrick Hardy are just some of the crew that mans Kissimmees station 11 on Clyde Avenue. The department recently achieved a class 1 insurance safety rating. Insurance, page A-3 By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff WriterSeventy years aer landing his cra carrying men and gasoline on the shore of Normandy, World War II veteran Daniel Jarczynski joins his fellow servicemen on the same site this weekend, thanks to the support of St. Cloud. Jarczynski, 88, started writing letters to the federal government back in December, asking for a way to join in the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Five letters later, and with no reply, his story was passed to St. Cloud City Council Member Je Rineheart, who, by midMay, gathered enough people and funds to y Jarczynski and his son to the anniversary. It was the easiest money I ever found to raise, said Rineheart. Immediately aer hearing the story, Rineheart agreed to donate some money and passed the news to city sta. Within weeks, contributions by Dave Askew from Askew Jewelers, City Manager omas Hurt, St. Cloud Lobbyist William Barrett and Jana Wood, the city had gathered enough money to pay for Jarczynskis transportation, room and board. During a May City Council meeting, more money was donated aer Jarsczynski spoke, giving him a free trip. Raised in Toledo, Ohio, Jarsczynski quit high school his senior year to join the Navy and ght in World War II. He was a part of the D-Day invasion as a captain of a 50-foot landing cra. He returned to Toledo to get his honorary high school diploma and worked in the area until moving to Volusia County and nally St. Cloud. He is one of three men remaining from his group of six high school friends that joined and survived the war, and he considers himself one of the lucky ones. Im no hero. I got two silver stars, but Im not a hero. e heroes are the people under those white crosses, said Jarsczynski. His son, David Jarczynski, didnt know how much his dad was involved in the war until his father shared his story. When he was growing up, he knew his dad fought in World War II and was there during D-Day, but it was the rst time he knew in detail what his dad went through. Jarczynski wanted to take David to the anniversary with him to show what he really went through in that war. When the story came out, St. Cloud community funds Normandy trip for local WWII vet News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanWWII Army veteran Daniel Jarczynski, left, is commended for his service by St. Cloud Police Detective Gary Neal, Ofcer Mark Harper and Deputy Chief Vinny Shepard as they prepared to escort him and his son to Orlando International Airport for a ight to Normandy, France.See Vet, page A-5
Page A2, Photo/B&B Promotions News-Gazette photo/Andrew Sullivan News-Gazette photo/Andrew SullivanA time-honored celebration of Osceola Countys rodeo heritage, the Miss Silver Spurs pageant returned to the Silver Spurs Arena Thursday night. The 2014 iteration, rescheduled to coincide with the June rodeo instead of the usual February rodeo, drew improved numbers of entries, so many that this years pageant was divided into three categories. Young ladies competed in Miss Silver Spurs, Junior Miss Silver Spurs and Little Miss Silver Spurs categories by age. At left, the nights winners were, from left, Little Miss winner Brighten Mick, Miss Silver Spurs Whitney Hopkins and Jr. Miss winner Kassidy Cabot. Below left, contestants strut their stuff onstage during a choreographed dance number. Below right, 2013 Miss Silver Spurs winner Tihler Browning and Little Miss winner Haylee Marie Crosby start off the pageant with some synchronized horse riding.Miss Silver Spurs 2014 News-Gazette photo/Andrew Sullivan News-Gazette photo/Andrew Sullivan News-Gazette photo/Andrew SullivanAt left, St. Cloud performing artist Beth Vandal performed an acoustic set on stage featuring cover songs and original music from her upcoming album. Above, contestant Baily Simpson takes time to primp before the pageant. Below, the event judges prepare to score the contestants during their performances.
Saturday, June 7, 2014 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A3 Osceola, Polk & Orange Counties(407) 600-0013060714.SNG Prepare yourself and your family for this years hurricane and storm season with the Kissimmee Utility Authority2014 Osceola Hurricane HandbookLook for it in the June 12th Edition of the Osceola News-Gazette Copies are also available beginning June 10th in the Customer Service Center lobby of Kissimmee Utility Authority Now is the Time to PREPARE! 060714.SNG License CACO50377 25 E. 13th Street, St. Cloud, FL 34769 407-892-7317 YOUR HOMETOWN HEATING, COOLING, & ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR SINCE 1980 FOLSOM SERVICES INCWith over 32 years Experience and Osceola Countys Oldest Carrier Dealer FREE UV lightwith the Purchase of a New AC system. $300 ValueNot valid with any other offer. Must present ad. Exp. 6/30/14. FOLSOM SERVICES INC 060714.SNG Editors note: is is the second installment of war correspondent Ernie Pyles account of Normandy aer the invasion during World War II. Normandy Beachhead, June 16, 1944 I took a walk along the historic coast of Normandy in the country of France. It was a lovely day for strolling along the seashore. Men were sleeping on the sand, some of them sleeping forever. Men were oating in the water, but they didnt know they were in the water, for they were dead. e water was full of squishy little jellysh about the size of your hand. Millions of them. In the center each of them had a green design exactly like a four-leaf clover. e good-luck emblem. Sure. Hell yes. I walked for a mile and a half along the waters edge of our many-miled invasion beach. You wanted to walk slowly, for the detail on that beach was innite. e wreckage was vast and startling. e awful waste and destruction of war, even aside from the loss of human life, has always been one of its outstanding features to those who are in it. Anything and everything is expendable. And we did expend on our beachhead in Normandy during those rst few hours. For a mile out from the beach there were scores of tanks and trucks and boats that you could no longer see, for they were at the bottom of the water swamped by overloading, or hit by shells, or sunk by mines. Most of their crews were lost. You could see trucks tipped half over and swamped. You could see partly sunken barges, and the angled-up corners of jeeps, and small landing cra half submerged. And at low tide you could still see those vicious six-pronged iron snares that helped snag and wreck them. On the beach itself, high and dry, were all kinds of wrecked vehicles. ere were tanks that had only just made the beach before being knocked out. ere were jeeps that had been burned to a dull gray. ere were big derricks on caterpillar treads that didnt quite make it. ere were half-tracks carrying oce equipment that had been made into a shambles by a single shell hit, their interiors still holding their useless equipage of smashed typewriters, telephones, oce les. ere were LCTs turned completely upside down, and lying on their backs, and how they got that way I dont know. ere were boats stacked on top of each other, their sides caved in, their suspension doors knocked o. In this shoreline museum of carnage there were abandoned rolls of barbed wire and smashed bulldozers and big stacks of thrown-away lifebelts and piles of shells still waiting to be moved. In the water oated empty life ras and soldiers packs and ration boxes, and mysterious oranges. On the beach lay snarled rolls of telephone wire and big rolls of steel matting and stacks of broken, rusting ries. On the beach lay, expended, sucient men and mechanism for a small war. ey were gone forever now. And yet we could aord it. We could aord it because we were on, we had our toehold, and behind us there were such enormous replacements for this wreckage on the beach that you could hardly conceive of their sum total. Men and equipment were owing from England in such a gigantic stream that it made the waste on the beachhead seem like nothing at all, really nothing at all. A few hundred yards back on the beach is a high blu. Up there we had a tent hospital, and a barbed-wire enclosure for prisoners of war. From up there you could see far up and down the beach, in a spectacular crows-nest view, and far out to sea. And standing out there on the water beyond all this wreckage was the greatest armada man has ever seen. You simply could not believe the gigantic collection of ships that lay out there waiting to unload. Looking from the blu, it lay thick and clear to the far horizon of the sea and beyond, and it spread out to the sides and was miles wide. Its utter enormity would move the hardest man. As I stood up there I noticed a group of freshly taken German prisoners standing nearby. ey had not yet been put in the prison cage. ey were just standing there, a couple of doughboys leisurely guarding them with tommy guns. e prisoners too were looking out to sea the same bit of sea that for months and years had been so safely empty before their gaze. Now they stood staring almost as if in a trance. ey didnt say a word to each other. ey didnt need to. e expression on their faces was something forever unforgettable. In it was the nal horried acceptance of their doom. If only all Germans could have had the rich experience of standing on the blu and looking out across the water and seeing what their compatriots saw. e horrible waste of war While the rating is a direct reection of the re department, the rest of the city also gets to share a piece of the departments new title. e rating will drop re insurance premiums for businesses and residents within Kissimmee city limits, with a bigger drop for businesses. Kilbury said that this new rating even makes the city available to bigger companies that only operate in areas with an ISO rating of a 1 or 2. Within the re department, this rating also is based on their training, public education, stang, response and testing for equipment. Since a Charleston, S.C. furniture store re killed nine reghters in 2007, the ISO changed the way it conducts its evaluation, only giving Kilbury and his department around two weeks to prepare. In that limited amount of time, Kilbury focused on the departments eciency, moving the departments two new re engines and tower truck to stations whose area needed it the most. Switching the new tower truck from Station 13 with one of the new re engines in Station 11 put the tower truck closer to downtown Kissimmee, where the tower truck would be needed with the high-rise buildings in the area. e majority of our higher structures that go vertical were in this district. So, that was one of the reasons we moved this truck down here. If we moved it or le it at Station 13, it would have been beyond its travel distance to get the max amount of points. So, those are some of the things we did internally that really didnt cost money to implement. It was just getting creative to get the best response model to the citizens and the community with the resources we had, said Kilbury. Condensing Kissimmee from a split class to a single class rating also helped their score. For years, rural areas within Kissimmee city limits had to be rated dierently, since these areas didnt have the same direct access to water sources as more urbanized areas of the city. As the city has developed, especially with Tapestry, a residential area currently under construction, the ISO will no longer have to make that distinction. is gives the re department an equal area for ISO inspections. Since receiving this rating, Kilbury says that the next possible goal for the department is to get its own accreditation through the Public Safety Excellence Organization. Unlike ISO, this accreditation is through peer review and inspection, along with self-evaluation. InsuranceContinued from Page A-1
Page A4, President Barack Obama recently agreed to the release of ve Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay prison in exchange for an alleged U.S. military deserter. Its great trade for the soldier, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who will be reunited with his loved ones back in America. Nonetheless, its a bad precedent for America. Obama said he expressed his personal gratitude to Qatar for having negotiated the Bergdahl swap. What could possibly be in this deal for Qatar? In June 2013, Qatar hosted talks between the U.S. and a Taliban delegation that also represented the Haqqani network, which was holding Bergdahl in Afghanistan. e U.S. State Department declared the Haqqani network a terrorist organization in September 2012, but the terror group was nonetheless present at the table. e leader of the Haqqani network, Jalaluddin Haqqani, was an Afghan guerrilla commander who made his name ghting against the Soviets in Afghanistan in the late 1980s as part of Operation Magistral a victory for the Soviet army that came not long aer the CIAs own covert war against the pro-communist Afghan government had ended. Today, a similar dynamic is emerging. Qatar has been marginalized by the Saudis in the Gulf Cooperation Council due to its funding of asymmetric warfare against the pro-Russian Syrian government. As with Afghanistan of the 1980s, the U.S. wasnt interested in backing terrorists or their sponsors, per se, but was interested in what it could accomplish against the Russian sphere. Today, the U.S. and Russia have competing interests in Syria and Ukraine, to the point of intervention -with the U.S. demonstrating an increased preference for covert and proxy forces. It would be easier to dismiss these parallels if the Cold War wasnt reigniting right before our eyes. However, for those trying to keep tabs on this updated version of the Cold War, the Bergdahl case makes it clear that some traditional warfare parameters have been updated: Since when are deserters considered captives? Its one thing to rescue a prisoner of war held captive by the enemy. Its quite another to redene a POW as someone who decided to abandon their post whatever reason, and thats what Bergdahl is being accused of by various servicemen. If Bergdahl did indeed desert his unit, it was a strange choice, but his choice nonetheless. Some are claiming that the search for Bergdahl resulted in the deaths of two or more soldiers. ere needs to be a clear and unforgiving distinction between captive and Taliban groupie. Just because someone runs away to live in a McDonalds playland foam pit and eat Big Macs all day doesnt mean that hes a prisoner of Ronald McDonald. Since when does a prisoner of war swap mean releasing unlawful enemy combatants? e Obama administration sounds as if its trying to turn the swap of Bergdahl for ve Gitmo terror suspects into the equivalent of a POW exchange. Traditionally, POWs are recognizable belligerents identiable by uniforms, ags national emblems or insignia. Classied Pentagon documents obtained through WikiLeaks indicate that the ve Gitmo prisoners involved in this exchange possessed none of the above upon capture; just a multitude of connections to the Taliban, al-Qaeda, the Haqqani network or a combination thereof. With warfare evolving from state-vs.-state belligerence to ideological warfare in the post-9/11 era, some feel that international law should be updated to oer the same protections to those who cant be bothered to nd a logo and some embroidered patches to wear. It used to be that under the Peace of Westphalia treaties, such unlawful combatants were liquidated on the battleeld. More recently, if unlawful combatants were suspected of possessing intelligence that could help prevent future attacks, they were shipped o to Syria or Jordan (for questioning), or to Egypt (for questioning followed by a magical disappearing act). e middle ground was capturing terror suspects alive and shipping them to Guantanamo Bay, where they would be held until someone came up with a solution that appeased everyone on the planet. at never happened, nor was it ever going to. Eventually, the detainees would have to be released or killed. Apparently, that now means retroactively dressing them up as legitimate prisoners of war to suit the agenda of the moment. And that agenda appears to be for history to more or less repeat itself by reverting back to the geopolitics of the 1980s. Rachel Marsden is a columnist, political strategist and former Fox News host based in Paris. She appears frequently on TV and in publications in the U.S. and abroad. Her website can be found at http://www. rachelmarsden.com.) Attendees at Liberty Highs graduation ceremony saw an inspiring and heartwarming display at the Silver Spurs Arena. Not only was it time to congratulate over 400 graduates in front of thousands of cheering, smiling friends and family, but also to honor a World War II veteran with a special presentation. Charles Frederick Waters, Jr., 88, originally of Marthas Vineyard, Mass. and now living in Poinciana, nally was awarded his high school diploma from Edgartown High School aer 71 years. e event was orchestrated through Cathy Haynes, a supporter of numerous veteran and military organizations in Central Florida, and the Liberty High School administration. It was well-deserved gesture for a man who risked his life for our country. Showing a World War II veteran that he was respected and appreciated and that his service to the country did not go unnoticed was important. e hundreds of graduates at the ceremony learned in dramatic fashion about the sacrices that millions of men and women of Waters generation made for the nation. Waters enlisted in the U.S. Navy during his senior year and was called to duty before the graduation ceremony in 1943. e plan was for his mother to receive his diploma in his absence, but for unknown reasons it didnt happen. His tours of duty across multiple military branches would keep him busy over his nearly 25-year armed forces career. He spent four years with the Navy, serving in the Atlantic and Pacic, and then he switched to the Coast Guard and served eight years in the Atlantic, working from Bermuda to Iceland. He later enlisted in the Air Force and spent four years as a radio crew chief and then served with the U.S. Army in a mobile communication unit in West Germany. Unfortunately, he was involved in a military vehicle accident that crushed his leg and led to his medical discharge in 1967. Edgartown has since been blended into Marthas Vineyard Regional High School, making it dicult to track down Waters diploma, but Haynes rose to the challenge and located Waters living near one of his seven children, Violet, who lives in the Poinciana area. Fast forward to May 29, when Liberty High School Principal Robert Studly and his administration named Waters an honorary graduate of Liberty High. It was a nice touch on top an already stirring ceremony. What was even more touching was that the diploma was a surprise for Waters. He was told he was invited to the ceremony as a representative of World War II veterans, so he had no idea of what was coming. Congratulations for receiving your diploma Mr. Waters. And to you and to all the other veterans who have proudly served, we say, ank you. 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Pub lisher will not be liable for any errors in advertising to a greater extent than the cost of the space occupied by the error, and accepts responsibility only for an error in the Bergdahl swap a retro moment in the new Cold War eir view Rachel MarsdenTribune Media www.aroundosceola.comGo to: O PINION O PINION OPINIONOPINION Year 118 No. 47 PublisherMATT PLOCHAEditorBRIAN McBRIDEAdvertising Sales managerJERRY TURNERSports EditorRICK PEDONELifestyles EditorPETER COVINOChief PhotographerANDREW SULLIVANCirculation ManagerKATHY BECKHAMProduction ManagerSTEVE KRAUSArt DirectorJERRY TESTA It is irreversible now. And theres a word that should get everybodys attention. Last month, two groups of scientists, publishing separately in the journals Science and Geophysical Research Letters, issued reports that came to alarmingly similar conclusions: e melting of the West Antarctic ice sheet has reached a point of no return. If greenhouse gases stopped spewing forth tomorrow, wed still face the grim prospect of steadily rising seas from this unstoppable melt. So it would be a good idea to save what ice we still can. Or else condemn our grandchildren to vie for beachfront property in St. Louis on a planet of shrinking land, diminishing resources, and growing population. is week, thankfully, the Obama administration once noteworthy chiey for its disinterested torpor where climate change is concerned -proposed politically risky new Environmental Protection Agency standards requiring deep cuts in carbon pollution levels at U.S. power plants by 2030. And the opposition party? eir attitude is summed up by the headline of a recent story on Politico: Republicans on climate science: Dont ask us. Writer Darren Goode reports that the GOP has adopted a new global warming talking point. Which is that they are not equipped to talk about it. As in Speaker John Boehner telling reporters, Listen, Im not qualied to debate the science over climate change. And Florida Gov. Rick Scott demurring that, I am not a scientist. And a spokeswoman for the billionaire Koch brothers, the deep pockets of the right wing, saying, We are not experts on climate change. e gutlessness, disingenuousness and sheer cynicism of this new tack are dicult to overstate. For the record, most of us are not experts on climate science. But most of us have the good sense to listen to those who are. e right, however, prefers to pretend there is some sort of debate in the scientic community over whether human activity is raising the temperature of our one and only planet. ere isnt. Indeed, that nding is accepted by 97 percent of climate scientists. is, according to the American Association for the Advancement of Science that, with 121,000 members, is the worlds largest general science group. So the GOPs debate is three scientists out of a hundred. Heck, you could probably nd three scientists out of a hundred who think smoking is good for you. Our planet is at a point of crisis. e ice is melting, the sea levels are rising, the oceans are acidifying, drought patterns are changing, precipitation is increasing, extreme weather is growing ever more common. Yet for Boehner, the salient issue is that every proposal that has come out of this administration to deal with climate change involves hurting our economy and killing American jobs. Not to be glib about unemployment and recession, but if asked to choose between dinging the U.S. economy and killing the planet on which that economy depends -assuming that were even a real choice -its hard to imagine most of us would prioritize the former. And if the Democrats ideas are so bad, ne. Where are the Republican proposals? As was the case with health care, why are they once again late in their discovery of a critical problem and bere of serious solutions therefor? Here is an idea. e two parties should work together as if they were composed of adults to nd a way to save our planet. Instead, the GOP is buck passing with an eye on the midterms. Ninety-seven percent of experts say we dont have time for these shenanigans, yet Boehner and company pretend theres still some kind of debate going on. Ninety-seven percent. Maybe the GOP isnt good at science, but surely they understand basic math. Leonard Pitts is a columnist for e Miami Herald, 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, Fla., 33132. Readers may contact him via email at lpitts@ miamiherald.com.While our planet melts, GOP pleads ignorance Leonard PittsTribune Media Want to submit a community event? Submissions for community events must either be printed or typed on a full sheet of paper and mailed or delivered to the News-Gazette office, 108 Chruch St. Kissimmee, faxed to 407-846-8516 or sent by email to pcovino@ osceolanewsgazette.com. Handwritten listings on scraps of paper will not be accepted. 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Saturday, June 7, 2014 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A5 By Ken Jackson Staff WriterBrandy White-Johnson hails from Nashville, Tenn. a city big on its country music roots. She isnt a rock star, but when she and her six-person entourage of family and friends arrived in Kissimmee on Wednesday, they sure felt like it. Brandy, her husband, Fred, sons, Ian and Asa and two family friends were greeted by nearly two dozen sponsors and well-wishers in the Reunion community to start the six-day, ve-night Osceola vacation White-Johnson won in Experience Kissimmees (EK) Rock Your Vacation Instagram video contest. Experience Kissimmee launched the contest as part of its online brand awareness marketing campaign in order to reach potential travelers nationwide. EKs promotion team hosted four Twitter events to further promote the campaign, and said its #RockYourVacation hashtag had 108 million timeline appearances and trended nationally on Feb. 3. Rock Your Vacation ads were placed in top performing web sites from Jan. 20 through April 20, and fans were encouraged to show how they would rock a Kissimmee vacation and post the video to Instagram. e entries were narrowed down to the top 25 seminalists, from which a nalist group of eight went head-to-head in a bracket-style online vote to choose the grand-prize winner. I literally learned Instagram on the y to promote our video and get people to vote for us, White-Johnson said. e prize included ve nights in a Reunion rental home provided by All Star Vacation Homes. e home, which rents for about $100 per person per night in the peak season, can host 22 people in its nine bedrooms and six bathrooms. e WhiteJohnson children like the secondoor amenities the best: Pixarthemed bedrooms with bunk beds, and game room with air hockey and basketball shooting game and 13-seat home theater with super-cushy seats. I might sneak out of the bedroom at night and go sleep in the theater, 11-year-old Ian said. Aer picking the Johnsons up from Orlando International Airport in a limousine and delivering them to their red carpet-style welcome, Experience Kissimmee laid out their packed itinerary for the week. It included trips to SeaWorld, Medieval Times, Wild Florida and Gatorland. Ian said he was looking forward most to SeaWorld, and Asa had read up on the zip line at Gatorland and couldnt wait for that. White-Johnson just wanted to take it all in. e boys starred in the winning video entry they showed up Wed nesday wearing the We Will Rock You shirts they wore in the video using the tune from the Queen classic and taking a few liberties with the lyrics, with the help of Brandy and her friend. The boys are big Queen fans, but how do two kids born long after the band broke up become enamored with the late 1970s anthem? Ian put it succinctly. I chalk that up to having awesome parents, he said. Experience Kissimmee Executive Director Tracy Ward served as a host for Wednesdays party, said his agency wanted to show that the market oers more than modestly-priced hotel and other lodging options. Were trying to include a more integrated approach to marketing Kissimmee, he said. We want to show the area is available at dierent price points, and that we can cater to a more auent market. To view the Johnsons video, go to http://instagram.com/p/ lns-urGjhN/#.Family will rock with Kissimmee vacation Photo/Experience KissimmeeFred and Brandy Johnson and sons, Ian and Asa, center, were winners of Experience Kissimmees Rock Your Vacation Contest. he actually told everybody in our family about what he had actually had gone through, we didnt really know anything. We just knew that he was over there, and actually what he had gone through and how close he came to dying. A couple times, while he was there, he could have easily not ever have come home, and I was just really oored by the whole story, said David. Along with contributions from the community, the St. Cloud Police Department also gave him an ocial escort to the Orlando International Airport Wednesday morning, working with law enforcement departments in other jurisdictions to organize a clear path through trac all the way to the airport terminal. Its amazing what you can do when you get a bunch of people together, and theres rallying, said Askew. In a span of ten minutes its just, Yeah, youre going. It just makes you feel good.VetContinued from Page A-1 News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanThe St. Cloud Police Department escorts WWII Army veteran Daniel Jarczynski to the Orlando International Airport for his trip to Normandy. OSCEOLA OSCEOLA A Brand New Interactive Original Food Content & Cooking Site. Weve added an exciting new Lifestyles feature for our readers! 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Page A6, Winners announced By Rick Pedone Sports EditorOsceola Countys leading coaches and athletes were recognized at the annual School District of Osceola County athletics awards banquet at Osceola Heritage Park recently. Osceola Kowboys Baseball Coach Scott Birchler, who led the Kowboys to the Class 7A state tournament at Fort Myers, was selected as the Dean Cherry Memorial Award Winner as Osceola Countys Coach of the Year. He was presented his Coach of the Year award by St. Cloud weightlifting coach Cory Aun, the 2013 recipient. e school districts male and female athletes of the year are familiar: Osceola High wrestler Fox Baldwin and Harmony High soball player Aleshia Lele Ocasio were selected for the second year in a row. e event, orchestrated and hosted by the School Districts Coordinator of Activities and Athletics, Ryan Adams, celebrated the accomplishments of the countys athletes and coaches during the 2013-14 school year. We had some amazing performances by individuals and teams in our county this year, Adams said. He cited state tournament appearances by Birchlers Kowboys and three Harmony girls teams: soball, ag football and basketball. Adams also noted performances by Osceola Highs nal four football team and state runner-up wrestling team, Libertys gold-medal winning 4x100 relay track team and state championship performances by wrestlers Ben Cruz of OHS, Sawyer Root of Harmony and Baldwin, a four-time state champion. It truly was a remarkable year. We would have liked to add a couple more state By Rick Pedone Sports EditorOsceola County rodeo fans have one more chance to watch the 133rd Silver Spurs Rodeo today beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Silver Spurs Arena. e summer rodeo had its rst performance Friday. e featured events are bareback and saddle bronc riding, bull riding, calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing. Admission is $15, but children ages 10-under are admitted at no charge. Students with good grades two As or Os receive free refreshments. ere also will be a calf scramble before the intermission of the rodeo performance where kids ages 6-10 are invited to participate. e Silver Spurs Rodeo will honor members of the U.S. armed services during the grand entry of the rodeo through the Horses for Heroes Drill Team Local competitors will include Southeastern Circuit steer wrestling leader Kamry Dymmek of Kissimmee, a former Silver Spurs Rodeo champion. Competitors at the Silver Spurs Rodeo can accumulate points toward qualifying for the Ram Circuit National Rodeo Finals, which moves from Oklahoma City to Kissimmee next March. e Ram Nationals brings the top cowboys and cowgirls from 12 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuits together. e Silver Spurs Winter Rodeo will return in February. Go to: www.aroundosceola.com Remember back to the rst sh you ever caught? Most likely you were at a pond or a lake and had your Zebco push button reel. You might have been shing with a worm or a piece of bread under a bobber and that rst sh was most likely a sunsh or bluegill. I bring this up for a couple of reasons. First, its June and you probably dont need me to remind you that temperatures and humidity are on the rise and sometimes it is just tough to talk yourself to get out on the water and go shing. Enter the pansh. If you have the urge to go shing, nothing is easier than plopping a lawn chair out on the bank of your favorite lake or pond early in the morning or late aernoon and attempting to catch this noble little sh. Whether you hook up with a bluegill, rock bass, sunsh, bream, stumpknockers or warmouths, the action should be fast and furious. And this is the time of year when you will nd them bedding in shallow water close to the bank. My preference is to sh with a 5-foot ultra-light spinning rod and two pound test line, a small balsa oat, a single split shot and small hook. Earthworms are a favorite bait of many and grass shrimp work well, but I prefer using crickets for bait. ere is something about the sound of crickets chirping that I nd relaxing. Basically you just need to determine how deep the water is where the sh are bedding and slip the bobber up about half that distance from the hook. Even if the sh are not hungry, they will oen strike anything that dris over their beds. If you really want to have some fun, try catching these sh on a y rod with a little popping bug. Although these sh do not get large, they are a lot of fun on light tackle and pound for poundor ounce for ounceput up a terric ght on ultra-light spinning gear. As far as table fare, these sh are excellent eating. A lot of old timers just gut and scale them, dip them in our and fry them whole, but I prefer to let them. A word of caution though, If you catch a mess of them and want to let them, an electric knife is your best bet. ese small boneless lets, when dipped in our and cracker meal and ash fried in peanut oil, are delicious. Fishing for bluegills and sunsh are also an excellent way to get children interested in shing. When I ask youngsters if they like to sh, the number one reason I hear when they say no is that it is boring and they never catch anything. e future of our sport depends on us getting the next generation involved in shing and there is no better way to get a young boy or girl hooked on shing then taking them somewhere that they actually catch sh. Short strikes: Our friends at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission remind us that it is turtle nesting season along Floridas beaches. Whether shing or enjoying a day on the beach, please be aware that sea turtles may be nesting in the area and please follow these simple guidelines: Refrain from re and reworks and keep the beach clear. Do not litter or leave behind beach equipment. Demolish sandcastles and ll in holes. Consider cleaning up litter spotted around you. Respect zones around nests and on the dunes. Keep back to avoid accidentally stepping on eggs; DO NOT disturb females while they nest. Feel free to observe from a safe distance without making excessive noise. Report sightings to 1-800-404-FWCC. Workers and volunteers can mark o the area to help prevent inadvertent damage. If you spot a stranded or trapped female turtle, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-800-404-FWCC. You can contact me at underthebobber.com. As always, tight lines and good shing! J. Daniel PearsonUnder the Bobber Kids love to catch pansh UNDER THE BOBBER Above, the Osceola School Districts Female Athlete of the Year, Harmony pitcher Lele Ocasio, holds her trophy with her father, Anthony Ocasio, displays her photo plaque at the awards banquet at the Silver Spurs Arena. Below, Osceola High Softball Coach George Coffey was the featured speaker.News-Gazette Photos/Rick PedoneBaldwin, Ocasio honored againSilver Spurs Rodeo wraps up The Baldwin family, from left Pete Sr., Diana and Pete Jr., hold the awards of Osceola high wrestler Fox Baldwin, named the Osceola School Districts Athlete of the Year at the sports awards banquet. Fox Baldwin was competing overseas for Team USA and was unable to News-Gazette Photo/Rick Pedone School District Athletic Awards See Awards, page A-7 Panshing is a great way to introduce kids to the sport of shing.Photo/Special to the News-Gazette
Saturday, June 7, 2014 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A7 Ryan Adams, Osceola School District Activities and Athletics Coordinator, congratulates Osceola High Ath letic Director Jim Bird after Bird was named the School Districts Athletic Director of the Year.Photo/Special to the News-Gazette championships to the six that already have been won in this county, but it still was a remarkable achievement by our coaches and athletes, Adams said. Harmony High won big trophies for winning both the athletics/GPA championship and the all-sports championship. Harmony athletes posted an average GPA of 3.31, best in the county and good enough to place seventh overall among all Class 7A programs. It was the schools fourth straight academics championship and third consecutive all-sports title. Adams also lauded the academic performance of all of the countys high school athletes, who had a cumulative GPA of 3.122. Birchler was named the Coach of the Year from an impressive list of candidates that included Gateway swimming coach Vonnie Kochensparger, St. Cloud cross country and track coach Kevin Harkema, Celebration girls track coach Corey Green, Liberty boys basketball coach Bob Lauster, New Dimensions track and cross country Coach John Timmerman, Poinciana football coach Je Mathis and Harmony girls basketball and ag football Coach Paul Strauch. Strauch and Timmerman were nominated for the second year in a row. It certainly is an honor, and its especially meaningful because it comes from your peers, Birchler said. ere were some very impressive people nominated this year and Im fortunate to be selected when you consider all that they have accomplished. Ocasio, who recently signed a soball scholarship to the University of Florida, will be remembered as one of the greatest athletes ever to compete in Osceola County. She posted a 0.60 ERA this season and won 23 games to help Harmonys soball team reach the state tournament for the third time in four years. She allowed only one earned run in the postseason. Its amazing to win it again, she said. ere are a lot of great athletes here, so to be selected two times, that makes it special. Baldwin could not attend the banquet because he was returning from an international competition in Turkey with the U.S. Olympics junior team. Baldwin placed h at the international tournament, one of three U.S. wrestlers to earn medals. His award was accepted by his parents, Pete and Diana Baldwin, and his brother, Pete Baldwin Jr., a two-time state wrestling champion for OHS. Osceolas Jim Bird was named the Athletic Director of the Year. In his seventh year, Bird not only supervised one of Central Floridas best athletic programs, but as the wrestling coach his team has won one state championship and has been the staterunner-up four times over the past seven seasons. His wrestling teams in 2010 and 2013 were the best academically in Class 3A, and the team was second this year, although he thinks his team should be the champion gain. Im not too sure about that. Viera won it, but Im not too sure. I need to check into that, he said, smiling. Osceola High softball coach George Coffey, the Coach of the Year for 1997, was the guest speaker. e winners were selected by a vote of School District administrators, athletic directors and media members.AwardsContinued from Page A-6 060714.SNG Cash inon the unrivaled reach in the Osceola News-Gazette in print or online.To place an ad, call 407-846-7600en or log on to adsinthesun.comCall our Classified Advertising Reps for a FREE quote.CLASSIFIEDS Restore your Smile with the gentle touch of a lady dentist.407-957-5344www.dentistorlando.com NEW Patients & Emergencies Welcomed! EVeENING APPOINTMeENTS AND FINaANCING AVaAILaABLeE 060714.SNG Lizette M. Morad, D.M.D.Dr. Lizette M. Morad really cares! COSMETIc C AND FAMILY DDENTISTRY VISIT US AT OUR NEW LOCATION! 407-847-0339 Established in 1978 4411 Tami Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34746 CFC044170 060714.SNG New Construction Commercial & ResidentialSewer Video Camera Repair Repipe Remodels Backflow Testing 060714.SNG Se habla Espaol Dr. Javaid is Board Certied in Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology and Internal Medicine 1136 Cypress Glen Circle Kissimmee, FL 34741(Across From The Loop) Poinciana, FL 34759Aamir Javaid, M.D.Tel: 407-572-8900 Fax: 407-203-7733 060714.SNG AroundOsceola.com
Page A8, Sports briefs Kowboys baseball clinice Osceola High Baseball Clinic is June 9-13 (ages 9-12) and June 16-20 (13-over) at Kowboys eld. e rst session concentrates on Little League and travel ball skills; the second session is designed to prepare players for high school competition. e clinic is instructed by OHS baseball coach Scott Birchler, Osceola Countys Coach of the Year for 2014, and his baseball sta and former players. Campers will be instructed on batting, elding and pitching skills and will be evaluated by the coaching sta. For information, or to register, email Birchler at email@example.com..us or call 407-432-5539.OHS full contact football campe Osceola High Full Contact Football Camp for children ages 9-14 is July 2426 at the high school. e camp runs from 6 to 8 p.m. July 24-25, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 26 (snack and lunch provided). e fee is $60 for Kissimmee Youth Football League players and $85 for others before June 15. the fee is $85 for members and $100 non members from June 16 to July 13. Registration is from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and ursdays at the KYFL practice eld at 320 N. Beaumont Ave. in Kissimmee. Volleyball campSt. Cloud High Coach Ettie Singleton will hold a volleyball camp at Denn John Middle School June 9-12 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Children ages 8-16 are eligible. e fee is $75. For more information, call 407-518-2504. To register, visit webtrac.kissimmee.org.Bulldog baseball campe St. Cloud Bulldog Baseball Camp 2014 will be June 16-20 from 9 a.m. to noon at Chisholm Field. e camp is for players ages 9 to incoming high school freshmen. e fee is $100. Players should prov ide their water and baseball equipment. e coaching sta includes St. Cloud Coach Travis Johnson, former Bulldog Coach Rob Hammond, St. Cloud JV Coach Shane Muller, College coach David Kellerbert and Chicago Cubs outeld instructor Jose Dura. For more information, contact Johnson at johnsont@ osceola.k12..us.Top Gun Campe Top Gun Basketball Camp at St. Cloud High is June 9-13 from 8 a.m. to noon. Children in grades 4-12 may participate. e fee is $80 and includes a reversible jersey. e Top Gun Camp is the oldest ongoing youth basketball camp in Osceola County. Started by St. Cloud Coach Tim McMullen 30 years ago, the camp stresses shooting techniques. Osceola Countys all-time scoring leaders, Tim Gatz (St. Cloud) and Dana Smith (St. Cloud) are camp graduates, as are many other scoring leaders from local high schools. Registration is available at the door. To register in advance, contact Chad Ansbaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org..us.OHS Summer Volleyball CampOsceola High Coach Carrie Palmi and her sta of current and past players (including those with collegiate playing experience) will hold the annual Osceola Summer Volleyball Camp June 30 through July 2 at the OHS gym.e camp, for boys and girls ages 6 and up, runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. e fee before Monday is $90, $110 aer. Each camper receives a free T-shirt and will learn fundamentals of the game including hitting, defense, blocking, serving, setting, passing and game situations. Camp ends with a fun and competitive tournament. Space is limited. E-mail Osceolavolleyball@ aol.com for a registration yer or call 321-663-3645. Tough Muddere Tough Mudder adventure challenge comes to Osceola County for the rst time Nov. 8-9 at Trophykart Ranch on Poinciana Boulevard. Participants have until Nov. 7 to register, but early bird discounts are in eect through Oct. 9. Tough Mudder endurance challenge tests participants toughness, tness, strength, stamina, mental grit and teamwork over a 10to 12mile course. Tough Mudder will host more than 60 events in countries worldwide this year. For more information about Tough Mudder visit ToughMudder.com.YMCA summer basketballe Osceola County YMCA is holding registration for youth basketball for children in grades PreK through 12. e season begins Monday. e fee is $60 for members; $110 for non-members. Volunteer coaches are needed. For more information, email email@example.com or call 407-847-7413, ext. 224. Magic dra partye Orlando Magic will host a 2014 NBA Dra Watch Party at the Amway Center on ursday, June 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. e event is free and open to the public. 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www.aroundosceola.com www.aroundosceola.com Go to: Go to: June 7, 2014 Little Miss ORLANDO Orlandos famed gay club, e Parliament House will do its take on Little Miss beauty pageants, with its satirical comedy show, Little Miss Parliament House, June 7, at the clubs Footlight eatre. e show is described as an over-the-top spoof of TVs Toddlers & Tiaras. Tickets are $12 and $15 in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets are available online at www. littlemissparliamenthouse.com.DISNEY ON ICE FROZEN ORLANDO e 34th Disney On Ice spectacular will bring the Academy Award-winning and number one animated feature lm of all time, Disneys Frozen, to life. Disney On Ice presents Frozen in Orlando, from Sept 5-7, for seven performances at the Amway Center; tickets go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. e Academy Award winning tale will be told live for the rst time in this production, capturing the dynamic between two royal sisters, Anna and Elsa. Anna, a girl with an extraordinary heart, embarks on an epic journey to nd her sister, the magical Elsa, who is determined to remain secluded as she nally feels free to test the limits of her powers. Audiences will get to sing along with such musical masterpieces as Let it Go, Do You Want to Build a Snowman? and Fixer Upper.Bluegrass JamKISSIMMEE e Bluegrass Jam at the Osceola County Historical Society Welcome Center and History Museum will continue through the summer. For the summer months the free monthly jam, held the rst Sunday of every month. e next one is July 6 and will be held indoors at the center. Bring your own chairs. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Musicians interested in joining in, and for more information contact Ken Leiner at 407-256-9957. HARVEST FESTIVAL CLERMONT Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards will host the 24th Annual Harvest Festival on June 20, 21 and 22. is three-day outdoor event will feature live music, grape stomping, an arts & cra show, and award-winning Lakeridge Wines. e event will be Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A $2 donation will be accepted at the gate to benet the Cornerstone Hospice Foundation and parking is free for all guests.Bluegrass Series WINTER GARDENe Garden eatre will host its rst-ever Bluegrass Concert Series, running from June 14 through Aug. 3 at the Garden eatre (160 West Plant St.).e Bluegrass Concert Series is headlined by one of the biggest Bluegrass bands today, Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out. e series also features some of the most well-known nationally touring and local Bluegrass acts, from the mellow, enchanting sounds of e Roys, to the hilarity and energy of the Sweeney Family Band. For only $65, the Bluegrass Pass lets audience members catch every pluck and strum all series long. e pass is valid for one person to attend one concert to each band. Tickets range from $15 to $25, and may be purchased at gardentheatre.org/concerts or at the Box Oce at 407877-GRDN (4736). GO SKATEBOARDING DAY KISSIMMEE e city will recognize international Go Skateboarding Day on Saturday, June 21 by hosting an action sports festival at Mark Durbin Community Park at Lakeside from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. e event will include fun activities for the whole family to enjoy including skateboard, bmx bike and in-line skating demonstrations, best trick competitions and races. e Mark Durbin Community Park at Lakeside is located at 2253 Lakeside Drive, Kissimmee. e city is seeking participants for the competitions as well as vendors and entertainers. Any interested parties should contact Robin Hinson as soon as possible by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 407-518-2561.Home and Garden ORLANDO e Orlando Spring Home and Garden Show comes to the CFE Arena this weekend with the latest in home improvement and decorating ideas, including gardening tips, cooking demonstrations with Chef Emily Ellyn and more. Chef Emily Ellyn, best known for appearance on Food Network Star, is part of the Retro Rad food movement, including Crock Pots and pressure cookers. e event will be held both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available for purchase at the UCF arena box oce. Submitted photoThe 133rd annual Silver Spurs Rodeo is at the Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park tonight at 7:30 p.m. The rodeo features several traditional rodeo performances including bull riding, bareback and saddle bronc riding, team roping and steer wrestling. Adults are $15, children under 10 admitted free. Other events at the rodeo include the Quadrille, a square dance on horseback performed by the youth of the Silver Spurs Riding Club. Military are admit ted free with ID at the Silver Spurs Box Ofce. For more information call 407-67-RODEO or www.SilverSpursRodeo.comReady to roar at Disney By Peter Covino A&E Editore good news for Disney fans is that an all-new dinner and stage spectacle tribute for the 20th anniversary of the Lion King, comes to Animal Kingdom for the rst time Saturday night (June 7). e bad news: opening night is already sold out. Harambe Nights is a new foray for Walt Disney World. It is music and dinner on a large scale, and brings nighttime entertainment to Animal Kingdom for the rst time. Media were invited to a sneak preview, you might even call it an undressed rehearsal earlier this week for a look at some of the musical numbers. e mini-performance was actually set in a rehearsal hall and not in its actual setting a new stage theater at Animal Kingdom. But with just a little imagination, it was pretty easy to see that this is theater at an unprecedented level, even for Disney World. is is the rst special event for Animal Kingdom and the rst night-time event ever for the theme park, said show director Marsha Jackson Randolph. We have put our heart and soul into this theatrical experience, she said. While e Lion King has become very familiar to fans from the box oce hit and stage productions, the Harambe Nights version will be dierent. It began as an incredible lm, Randolph said, changing so many lives. But e Lion King has never been told like this before, she said. e show is being told from the point of view of Harambe Village via a choir, dance ensemble, narrators and orchestra. Even those famous characters from e Lion King, will be portrayed by village residents. e narrators, there are two for each show, includes a celebrity narrator. e opening night narrator is actress Viola Davis, but each Saturday night a dierent celebrity narrator will be part of the Lion king story including David Alan Grier, Alfre Woodard, Avery Brooks and others. e cast, was assembled via an open casting call for dancers and singers, and they come from all over, she said. is really challenges a company, Randolph said, to make it new. To make it fresh. And we have met that challenge. e show features a combined total of dancers, singers, orchestra and narrators of about 50 people. e 55-minute stage show begins with a pre-reception of African-inspired appetizers, paired with African wines and beer. All guests receive a nicely packaged treat to eat during the show, Lion Chow, a snack featuring a salty-sweet combination of dried fruits, ginger, pecans, chips and more. e show is presented at the new Harambe eater, which is now also home to Festival of the Lion King, presented daily at the Animal Kingdom. Harambe Nights debuts at Animal KingdomPhoto/Disney WorldHarambe Nights is the rst special event night time attraction at Disneys Animal Kingdom. It will be held Saturdays through early August. By Peter Covino A&E EditorIt is time to leave the kids at home as the Orlando Science Center is strictly for adults at Science Night Live tonight. e center, usually a haven for the younger set, will be a night of rock n roll music, adult beverages, the return of the laser light shows and more. It will be a pretty busy night highlighted by two performances by TWITCHY, a rock band led by the faculty of the Florida Institute of Technology, including President Anthony Catanese and former NASA astronaut Captain Winston Scott. TWITCHY is an acronym for the names of its original faculty players. ese professors-turned-performers will play sets at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. followed by questionand-answer sessions. If it is a clear night, you view stars and planets from the Crosby Observatory. e 10inch refractor telescope is the largest of its kind in the state available to the public. You can view the moons of other planets and deep sky objects such as galaxies, nebulas and more. In addition, enjoy an unobstructed view of the downtown Orlando skyline from the sixth-oor terrace. e return of laser light shows in the Dr. Phillips CineDome features e Beatles. Light and sound will merge for a rock n roll experience backed by 28,000 watts of stereo sound and laser eects. Show times for the light shows are 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. You can get physical at Sportsology, a new traveling exhibit exploring the science of sports. Composed of a series of hands-on challenges, Sportsology allows visitors to test their athletic abilities while learning how their bodies work. Discover the speed and physics of your fast ball, whether you can jump as high as a pro basketball player and even your reaction time. You can even learn the fundamentals of soldering how to preheat and tin your iron, make a good solder joint and desolder cleanly in Dr. Dares Laboratory. And you can get competitive with some bar-style science trivia or test your science knowledge in the categories of everyday elements, famous scientists and sports to win prizes. Science is fun and for adults only See Lion, page B-2Non-Stop is just that for action and excitementAirport, that Oscar-winning Best Picture from 1970, about a bomb on a plane, practically seems quaint along side big budget digitallled thrillers like Non-Stop even if the plot is pretty much the same. Old rough and ready Liam Neeson, who has become this centurys middle-aged Timex watch (he can take a licking and keep on ticking) is a U.S. Marshal who chooses a very bad time to y in this Blu-ray/ DVD being released Tuesday from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Neeson is Bill Marks, a marshal who looks like he has been on one too many benders, but of course, he is just the man you want on a plane if it is being hijacked. is is very familiar territory. ere is a bomb. It is on a plane. And just about everyone on the plane, which is ying over the Atlantic, is a suspect. But the tension is about as high as the plane, as our hero at rst tries to convince everyone they are in peril, but then all the evidence points toward him, because of the carefully calculated plan of the real culprit. (One passenger on the plane will be killed every 20 minutes unless $150 million is put in an oshore account). You can easily exchange Neeson for Bruce Willis and make this another Die Hard movie on a plane, as Marshal Marks has to battle just about everyone because they think he is the bad guy. Fortunately, he has passenger Julianne Moore on his side as well as a ight attendant played by Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey). You will also see 2013 Academy Award winner Lupita Nyongo (12 Years a Slave) in a small role as another ight attendant. eres hardly a dull moment in Non-Stop, as the movie title suggests, especially those nal 20 minutes or so, as the marshal (almost) single-handedly saves the plane and does everything but land the plane himself. Available in Blu-ray and DVD, See Film, page B-3 Peter CovinoFilm CriticPhoto/Orlando Science CenterAdults can act like mad scientists or just take in a retro laser light show and drink adult beverages at the Orlando Science Center adult night, tonight. Photo/UniversalLiam Neeson is back in one his now familiar ghting, tough-guy roles in the plane hijack lm, Non-Stop, on Blu-ray/DVD Tuesday. Orlando Science Center is adults only tonight PUTTING ON YOUR DVDS
Page B2, Aer the show, it is time for a dinner, a street festival in Harambe at Animal Kingdom, with dancing, music and food. And it is a feast. Media sampled the buet-style menu as well as the mini-version of the show. Disney Chef Robert Gilbert said much of want diners will nd will be familiar to those who frequent Boma and Jiko e Cooking Place, the two restaurants at Animal Kingdom Lodge. e chef said it took four tastings before the menu really took hold. And there might be more tweaking as the event continues to see what guests really like. e street-side tables will cover four dierent areas fresh cooked breads, salads and more; surf and turf; slow-cook action stations and sweets. e four areas cover a lot of taste-sensations including butter chicken thighs, seared lamb chops with tamarind pomegranate sauce; forktender peri barbecued pork; line-and caught corvina let with groan curry sauce. ere is a large variety of vegetable dishes as well featuring items such as roasted pepper hummus, vegetarian eggplant tikka masala curry over goat cheese; watermelon, cucumber and fennel salad and mango, radish, lime and mustard seed salad. Desserts include rice pudding with dried fruit compote and pistachio gremolata; chai cream with zebra stripes apple slices with caramel sauce; ripe melon with minted yogurt dip and ice cream bars. Harambe Nights is a bit pricey: $119 plus tax for adults ($79 for ages 3-9). But with the festival event only offered one night a week and it is scheduled to end Aug. 9, demand will most likely be high. Parking at Animal Kingdom is included in the ticket price. e evening runs from 7 to 10:30 p.m. To reserve tickets go to Disneyworld.com/ Hara mbeNights or call 407939-1319.Downtown Disneye major expansion plans and chang es are continuing at Downtown Disney. Two new Starbucks locations a storefront at Downtown Disney West Side and a kiosk near World of Disney at Downtown Disney Marketplace will arrive this summer. e West Side agship Starbucks, will include a covered patio overlooking the waterfront and a replace, as well as the new Clover Bar, featuring special reserve coees brewed to order. A high-tech screen behind the Clover Bar will show images from coee regions around the globe, and a new Human Connection Wall will include large touch-screen monitors that allow guests to use their nger to draw images. Also coming soon is the Marketplace Co-Op which will serve as a testing space for new Disney retail concepts, shops and products with six boutiques under one roof. e boutiques include: Beautifully Disney A beauty destination for women featuring make-up, fragrance and beauty accessories. Cherry Tree Lane Accessories for the sophisticated woman with a passion for scarves, shoes, bags and jewelry; D-Tech on Demand A place to personalize and customize your own electronic accessories. e Trophy Room Vintageinspired, lifestyle sports apparel and collectibles. Disney Centerpiece Home products oering a splash of Disney in room furnishings, textiles and everyday ware. Zoey and Pickles A girls destination with the latest trends. Just in time for World Cup, United World of Soccer is now open at Downtown Disney West Side. e shop oers favorite team jerseys, sports gear, cleats, World Cup apparel and accessories. e Happy Hound at Downtown Disney Marketplace oers custom accessories and dog tags, toys and more for four-legged friends. Food Truck Park, opening later this summer, will serve as a permanent home to the four Disney Food Trucks and will be situated between Bongos Cuban Caf and the new Starbucks at Downtown Disney West Side.More Disney fun You can take your favorite Disney movies with you, event to the theme parks. Disney has just launched a new, free app, Pixar Summer Movies To Go. e application, Disney Movies Anywhere, is free and that lets you stream and download Disney, Pixar and Marvel lms anywhere. Beginning this week, log on for new Pixar surprises coming each week throughout 13 weeks of summer. With Pixar Summer Movies To Go, a different favorite film will be available each week and you can unlock exclusive bonus content like special filmmaker introductions, film trivia and more Pixar surprises. Additionally, in the Discover section of the Disney Movies Anywhere app youll find Countdown to Pixars Ultimate MovieMaking Secrets. Rev up your digital movie collection starting with Cars on this week. Check in each week to nd out what movie is featured, and youll soon be whizzing through outer space with oating on the breeze with Up trying to catch your toys in action while watching Toy Story, and catching the East Australian Current with Dory in Finding Nemo. Download the Disney Movies Anywhere app on your iPhone or iPad and gear up for Pixar Summer Movies To Go to get summer started right. And for a limited time, when you download Disney Movies Anywhere and link your iTunes account, youll get e Incredibles for free. Find out more about buying, watching, and collecting your favorite Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies anywhere and download the App at http:// di.sn/sX8. View the Pixar Summer Movies to Go Travel Montage: http://youtu.be/ FNVAWitXD4A.Busch GardensAnimal Kingdom is a relative newcomer when it comes to the sights and sounds of Africa as a theme park. Busch Gardens, which actually started out as primarily gardens and beer when it opened way back when, is one of the best places in the world to go for thrill rides, as well as the animals of the Dark Continent. Busch Gardens Tampa is celebrating its Pass and Fun Card Members with Sidewalk Safari Nights, a two-weekend member appreciation event on Fridays and Saturdays, June 13-14 and 20-21. In addition to nearly 300 acres of attractions, pass members will get to explore Busch Gardens in a way that most guests never get to experience. Sidewalk Safari Nights for Pass and Fun Card Members will be held from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. both weekends. Members will be able to ride their favorite coasters at night and get an up-close look at some of the parks animal ambassadors. Members will also get a special look inside two of the parks most popular shows, Iceploration and Burn the Floor: Untapped. Plus, attendees will have the chance to learn some ery dance moves from the cast of Burn the Floor: Untapped. Members will also meet the stars of Busch Gardens hit TV series e Wildlife Docs at the parks state-of-the-art Animal Care Center, among other activities each event night. To get the latest details, visit the buschgardenstampa.com. Its never too late to get an annual pass and take advantage of the special weekends. Annual passes, which include unlimited admission throughout the year, free parking and no blackout dates, start at $13 per month with EZpay. For more information, visit buschgardenstampa.com, or call 1-888-800-5447. You can be among the rst to know about new events, special deals and future announcements by following the parks blog at BuschGardensTampaBlog. com. You can also like the Busch Gardens Facebook page, and follow @buschgardens on Twitter and on Pinterest. RoarContinued from Page B-1 Photos/Disney WorldHarambe Nights features a feast of food in a street setting (above). The festival also features live music and Harambe Village characters and dancers. (below) Photo/Busch GardensYou can ride you favorite roller coasters late into the night and get a special inside look at some of Busch Gardens most famous attractions as part of Sidewalk Safari Nights, a two-weekend event for pass and Fun Card members. 051613.CELE Donations Needed! Hope for Humanity (501c3 charity) FREE Pick Up 407-507-3947 Your donations feed & clothe people locally. Your proceeds also help support Give Kids the World and the Rock Church Youth Ministry. www.hopeforhumanityusa.org Open 7 Days A Week Food Pantry Open Wed 9 AM 3 PM (Near mile marker 10 1/2 mile east of Old Town)HOPE THRIFT COMING EVENTS Florida Theres Always Something Going on in Whoever eats My esh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6: 54FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYFRI. JUNE 13, 5 P.M. 9:30 P.M. 060714.SNG 060714.SNG 060714.SNG CALLING ALL SINGERS!The Center Singers at The Osceola Center of the Arts invite all singers (18 and over) to join us for our rehearsals starting June 10th in preparation for our Broadway performances in early September. The Center Singers, directed by Mr. Scott Weyrauch, are a community choir that have been performing since 2007 at the Osceola Center for the Arts and in venues throughout Central Florida. Rehearsals continue each Tuesday from 7:00PM-8:30PM at The Center.Come Lets Sing! Sing! Sing!Edward A. Moore Studio Theatre located at the Osceola Center for the Arts 2411 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34744*A participation fee is required For more information please call 407-846-6257
Saturday, June 7, 2014 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B3 the combo pack includes the Blu-ray as well as DVD and an UltraViolet copy for watching the lm on your favorite device including phones and tablets. Bonus features exclusive to the Blu-ray pack include NonStop Action, a look at who the action scenes were shot with director Jaume ColletSerra, stunt co-ordinator Mark Vanselow, producer Joel Silver and star Neeson. Available for both the Bluray and DVD is the bonus feature Suspense at 40,000 Feet, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the lm with Neeson, Julianne Moore, director Collet-Serra and producer Silver. ere has never been a movie musical quite like Pennies from Heaven (1981) and most likely, never will be one like it ever again. e happy movie musical was pretty much dead by the time this amazing lm, directed by Herbert Ross arrived on the scene. Movie-goers, who loved seeing Steve Martin in e Jerk, his mega-hit debut just a few months earlier, must have thought this was some kind of crazy practical joke, more in line with what funny man Andy Kaufman would throw at an unsuspecting public. Was that really Martin up there on the big screen, tap-dancing in an elaborate production number, while lip-syncing to an old Bing Crosby song? Yes, it certainly is. As moviemusicals go, they dont get any darker than this tribute to the grand movie musicals of the 1930s and the Great Depression as well. Just released into the Warner Archive Collection ($14.95), it is the story of Chicago sheetmusic salesman Arthur Parker (Martin), who like everyone else is struggling through the depression. His business is failing, and so is his marriage ( Jessica Harper plays his wife). While there is lots of dialogue in Pennies from Heaven, the characters, notably Martin and co-star Bernadette Peters, express themselves much better in song. And the songs, while cheery, still express those downtrodden times of the Great Depression. When Arthur rst sees, Eileen (Peters) in a music shop, he feels instant love and expresses it through a lip-synched version of Bing Crosbys Did You Ever See a Dream Walking? Some of the songs are just big-time, unbelievable showstoppers. You will positively, never forget, Christopher Walken (he plays a sleazy pimp-type, who leads shy heroine Eileen into a life of prostitution) doing a bravura dance number, while lipsyncing Cole Porters Lets Misbehave. e incredible dance/musical numbers are climaxed by a scene with Peters and Martin in a movie theater watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in Follow the Fleet. e pair are soon up on stage, in formal wear, dancing and following the steps of Astaire and Rogers, then are part of the production number itself. It is a stunner, as is all of this incredible, oen misunderstood, lm. Director Ross even staged some paintings from the era, including Edward Hoppers famous diner painting, Nighthawks, as a set piece. And the whole thing is magically lmed by Gordon Willis (e Godfather I, II and III, Annie Hall, All the Presidents Men). Willis died this week at the age of 82. To order Pennies from Heaven, go to Warnerarchivecollection.com. You might also want to chcck out the original source for the lm, also available on ShopWarner.com, the original BBC series the lm is based on, also titled Pennies from Heaven. e nostalgia is much more traditional in director Robert Mulligans World War II coming of age story, e Summer of (1971), also available from the Warner online archive. Mostly remembered for that theme song by Michel Legrand, it is the mostly gentle tale of three boys spending one memorable summer vacation on Nantucket Island. Young teens Hermie (Gary Grimes), Oscy (Jerry Houser) and Benjie (Oliver Conant) can usually be found on the beach talking about girls (well Hermie and Oscy, Benjie is not quite as mature). It is a typical summer until Hermie sees her. Dorothy (Jennifer ONeill) is a young woman, married to a military man who has gone o to ght in the war. Hermie is immediately wowed and they become friends. e boys still do other things throughout the summer, including dating, but Dorothy is always on Hermies mind. is was a box oce smash when it was released (it returned a loy, for the 1970s, $32 million on a budget of just $1 million. It seems a bit dated now, but dated never really goes out of style in nostalgic lms such as this one. UpcomingIt hardly seems possible that it has been 15 years since e Sopranos debuted on HBO, and quite possibly changed the landscape of television drama forever. So what could be news about e Sopranos, several years aer the nal episode and the untimely death of series star James Gandolni? Just one hyphenated word: Blu-ray. is fall, all 86 episodes, the complete Sopranos collection, comes to Blu-ray. is should be some set for fans of the show, even if you already own the series on DVD. e 28-disc set ( e Sopranos: e Complete Series Blu-ray will have a retail price of $279.98) will also include several bonus materials that will make it a must-have for those of us who never can get enough of e Sopranos. e set also comes out Nov. 4, making it an easy choice as that special present come holiday time. Among the bonuses: a digital HD copy of every episode. New material includes the feature Dening a Television Landmark, a 45-minute feature with all-new interviews with cast, crew, celebrities and lmmakers, including series creator David Chase and Tony Soprano himself, Gandolni. Additional bonus material includes lost scenes, two round table dinners with cast and crew, 25 audio commentaries and more e drama series e Sopranos stars threetime Emmy winners James Gandolni as Tony Soprano and Edie Falco as Tonys wife Carmela, plus Lorraine Bracco as therapist Dr. Jennifer Mel, Emmy winner Michael Imperioli as Tonys nephew Christopher Moltisanti and Dominic Chianese as Uncle Junior. Other series regulars include Robert Iler as Anthony Soprano, Jr., Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Meadow Soprano, Tony Sirico as Paulie Walnuts, Steven Van Zandt as Silvio Dante, Aida Turturro as Tonys sister Janice, Steven R. Schirripa as Bobby Bacala Baccalieri, John Ventimiglia as Artie Bucco, Vincent Curatola as Johnny Sack, Frank Vincent as Phil Leotardo and Ray Abruzzo as Little Carmine. Photo/MGMSteve Martin is much more than a member of the chorus line in the dark musical, Pennies from Heaven, now available on DVD. FilmContinued from Page A-1 By Peter Covino A&E Editor Harry Potter fans will apparently eat a whole lot better at Universal Orlando then Harry Potter ever did in the books and on the big screen. e resort has just revealed the latest on all the new food and drink options that will be available in e Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley, opening this summer at the theme park. From traditional British favorites like Bangers and Mash to ice-cream with unique avors such as Chocolate Chili and Sticky Toee Pudding, eating should be a whole lot of fun at Universal. According to Universal ocals, the culinary team at the resort has been working months getting all the details right to make for an authentic experience for Diagon Alley. It isnt easy creating a food experience from works of ction, but the chefs have studying the books and lms; gathering inspiration from British pubs; developing authentic recipes with imported ingredients from England; and holding countless tastings. e end result is new restaurants and menus, inspired by Harry Potter. For example, guests can stop inside the Leaky Cauldron, the popular wizarding pub and inn and nd traditional British dishes such as Bangers and Mash (traditional roasted sausages with creamy mashed potatoes), Fishermans Pie (salmon, shrimp and cod baked together under a potato crust), Toad in the Hole (traditional sausage baked into a Yorkshire pudding and served with onion gravy), Fish and Chips, and the Ploughmans a feast of English cheese, crusty bread, cornichon pickles, apple beet salad, Branston pickle and a Scotch egg). Guests can also sip on new draught beers created exclusively for the land Wizards Brew and Dragon Scale and enjoy popular drinks, like Pumpkin Juice and Butterbeer, as well as new beverages like Fishy Green Ale and Tongue Tying Lemon Squash. Further down Diagon Alley is Florean Fortescues IceCream Parlour, the same icecream shop where Hagrid bought Harry a chocolate and raspberry ice-cream with chopped nuts in Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone. e show will feature more than 20 unique ice-cream avors including Earl Grey and Lavender, Sticky Toee Pudding, Chocolate Chili, Clotted Cream, Salted Caramel Blondie, Apple Crumble, Strawberry and Peanut-Butter, Orange Marmalade and even a so-serve ice-cream avor of Butterbeer. Also available will be a variety of fresh pastries, scones, tarts and sweet cakes. In Horizont Alley, are elixirs from Eternelles Elixir of Refreshment. e available elixir selection at this cart includes Draught of Peace, Babbling Beverage, Elixir to Induce Euphoria and Fire Protection Potion. By adding these magical elixirs to Gillywater, guests will see their drink transform before their eyes and experience delightful avor surprises. For more information about e Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the new food and drink oerings found in Diagon Alley, check out the Universal Orlando Blog http:// blog.universalorlando.com.How to eat like Harry Potter this summer Photo/Universal OrlandoIt should be a nice food assortment at the Diagon Alley, when the Harry Potter attraction opens this summer at Universal Orlando. Culintary teams were inspired by the lms and books as well as authentic England pub grub. CONTINUE YOUR EDUcCATION TODAY AT AADULT LLEARNING CENTER OOScCEOLA. WELL HELP YOU DIScCOVER YOUR PATH TO SUccCCESS AND A BRIGHTER FUTURE! Enroll now for summer classes at ALCO! Adult Basic Education, GED, and ESOL (English) classes are available at the Main campus location. For more information, visit the Admissions section of our website at alco.osceola.k12..us. New Locations, New Opportunities! Starting in August, ALCO will be joining TECO at new campuses in St. Cloud and the Poinciana area. Registration for Fall classes at all campus locations begins on July 1. 060714.SNG 060714.SNG 060714.SNG Music Lessons $18 Per WeekW e can prepare your child to attend a scho ol for the arts. 117 E. Broadway Ave, Kissimmee, FL 34741(407) email@example.com
Page B4, Bluegrass jame Bluegrass Jam at the Osceola County Historical Society Welcome Center and History Museum will continue through the summer. For the summer months the free monthly jam, held the rst Sunday of every month, will be held indoors at the center. Bring your own chairs. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Musicians interested in joining in and for more information, contact Ken Leiner at 407-256-9957. Largest swim lessone city of Kissimmee will participate in the Worlds Largest Swimming Lesson, Friday, June 20 at the Bob Makinson Aquatic Center. Last year more than 300 swimmers participated in Kissimmee as part of the worldwide event. e record attempt will take place at 11 a.m. Participants should arrive at 10 a.m. to register. e free event will include a simultaneous swimming lesson, mermaid encounter, music, vendors and more. To participate or get more information call call 407870-7665.Band car washe St. Cloud High School Marching band will hold a car wash at Firehouse Subs in St. Cloud, June 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. e band will also have spirit night at Fire House Subs, June 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. e band is raising money to buy a new equipment truck. Outreach grand openingCity of Life Church in Kissimmee, will have a grand opening for the new outreach center, City of Hope, today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. e community is welcome to come preview all services that they will be oering. e center hopes to ll a need in Osceola and surrounding counties with assistance in specic areas. ose in need can stop in to receive free food supplies and speak with a social worker to apply for emergency assistance about food stamps, housing and electricity. e center will be open Monday through ursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. City of Hope is located at 2807 E. U.S. Highway 192. For more information contact Debbi Haughton at 407-8479397 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Narcoosee school fundraiserere will be a fundraiser barbecue for the Historic Narcoossee Schoolhouse, Saturday, 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the schoolhouse, 5026 Yukon Street, Narcoossee (near the intersection of Narcoossee Road and Jones Road by the ashing light). Cost is $8 per meal for a pulled pork sandwich and sides. All proceeds go to restoration of the circa 1886 Narcoossee Schoolhouse. Tickets may be purchassed on site or in advance. Contact Tracy Paul at 407-791-5738 or email the Narcoossee Area Chapter of the Osceola County Historical Society at email@example.com. Valencia tuition increaseValencia College trustees approved a modest tuition increase of $4 per credit hour for next fall, bringing the total cost per credit hour for Florida residents to $103.06. e increase amounts to $32 more a semester for the average student. Total tuition and fees for a full-time student will be less than $2,500 per year. Even with the increase, Valencias tuition remains lower than every state college and university in Central Florida and the fourth least expensive in the state. Valencia has worked hard to keep costs low for students. e college does not charge students for parking permits or tutoring, and has implemented discounts on textbooks purchased through the college bookstore. To help oset the tuition increase and provide an incentive to high school graduates to continue their educations, the college will oer free tuition for one class this fall to 2014 Orange or Osceola county public high school graduates. Students must apply and register for the class by July 3, 2014, to qualify: http://valenciacollege.edu/ freshmanfreebie. First serviceFaith International Baptist Church, 7769 W. U.S. Highway 192, are now holding services Sundays, at Maingate Lakeside Resort. Services are at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. ere is more information at the www.faithinorlando. com. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org.July 4 vendors needede St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce is looking for vendors of all types for the upcoming holiday event at St. Clouds lakefront, July 3-4. Arts and craers, food and beverage, political candidates, business vendors and nonprot groups are all welcome for the event which includes a Margaritaville Party July 3 and more party and fun for July 4, ending with reworks. e event is expected to attract more than 30,000 over the two days. ere are several other sponsorship opportunities available including beer tent sponsor, band sponsors, T-shirt sponsors and more. Contact the St. Cloud Osceola Chamber of Commerce for more information at 407892-3671 or stop the chamber during business hours to pick up a registration form. Kissimmee library eventse downtown Kissimmee library has the following June events. June 18 at 3 p.m. Summer Reading Club and the Osceola Center for the Arts presents a Magical Day! An exciting musical revue highlighting songs from our favorite mouse. Written by the award -winning Centertainers, a traveling performance troupe. June 25 at 3 p.m. Summer Reading Club and the Osceola Center for the Arts Childrens eatre presents a special visit from Dr. Seuss friends. Watch these beloved characters come to life as they read, dance, and sing, reminding us all that Dr. Seuss teaches us we can do anything. For information call 407-7428924.Tai Chi classes Tai Chi classes are now open for new students in Hunters Creek and St. Cloud. Tai Chi is a gentle exercise recommended by many doctors to improve balance, range of motion and agility. It is calming, yet energizing; easy to do, but profound in its eects. Mondays: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m., South Orange Wellness Center, 4170 Town Center Blvd., Suite 101, Hunters Creek (free) and Tuesdays: 1-2 p.m., St. Cloud Community Center, 3101 17thStreet, St. Cloud (donations accepted). For more information call 407-738-7001. Young authorKissimmee resident Samantha Coville is 16 years old and has published her rst book, Blood Oath. You can nd out more at her website http:// samanthacoville.com/. Her book is available in both paper back and ebook on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords. Samantha took on a challenge to write a book during National Novel Writing Month last November and then she took it all the way to publication. Harmony cafDon Hall, founder and executive director of Transition Sarasota, one of a number of locally based, but united eorts in the U.S. and internationally that are developing simple, community scale projects that are contributing to meeting the challenges that a shi in energy sources and climate conditions are presenting, is the guest speak at Conservation Caf, June 30 at Harmony Banquet Hall. Hall will explain the grassroots movement that is helping to nd new ways of sharing resources and coming up with new ideas. It starts at 6:30 p.m. ere is more information at http://www.harmonyfl.com/ Central-Florida-Community/ sust ainability .Aviation open houseSunState Aviation, at Kissimmee Gateway Airport, is hosting an open house on Saturday, June 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Starting with one airplane and 500 square feet of rented space, SunState Aviation is now home to a 16,000 square-foot state of the art training center and a large eet of quality training aircra. Students interested in aviation opportunities as well as the general public are welcome to the open house and invited to explore this award-winning facility. ere will be food, displays and opportunities for an introductory lesson at signicantly reduced cost. SunState Aviation is at 3008 Patrick Street. For more information, contact the Kissimmee Gateway Airport at 407-518-2505 or visit www. SunStateAviation.com.Memory disorder clinic e East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic will conduct a free presentation on Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), discussing the condition, how it is diagnosed and the impact of MCI on daily life. All are welcome to attend this free class to learn more about MCI in addition to treatment strategies and available resources for caregivers and families. e clinic is at the Osceola Council on Aging, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee, June 13 at 10:30 a.m. e monthly Alzheimer and Dementia family caregiver support group will immediately follow the clinic. e support group is free and open to all. For more information, call 3214347614.Writers groupe St. Cloud Writers Group will host Steven James, author of the Patrick James thrillers. He will be chatting with the group from Tennessee about his newest book, Story Trumps Structure. It is a must have book for aspiring writers, where he demonstrates how one can write a great story and break all of the writing rules. e group meets Monday at the Veterans Memorial Library at 7 p.m. For more information on James book go to http://www. storytrumpsstructure.com.Ladies needed for gamesLadies are needed to ll in some empty spots for bridge and canasta games at the Kissimmee Womens Club, 1616 W. Oak St. in Kissimmee. For more information, call Vera Bass at 407-846-3787. Quit smoking classIf youre ready to quit tobacco, we are ready to help with a six-session program. ere is no charge to enroll or for materials. is is a sixweek program that meets at St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Suite E. e program provides free nicotine patches, while supplies last. e groups led by professionals. It covers all forms of tobacco. Free quit smoking now workbook also is included. For more information about attending this class or to register, call 877252-6094. Classes begin Tuesday and continue through July 15 at 5:30 p.m. Rock and Gem showe Central Florida Mineral and Gem Society, a not-forprot educational organization, will host a show with vendors oering beads, minerals, gemstones, custom jewelry, fossils, artifacts, metaphysical stones and more, Sept. 5-7 at the Florida National Guard Armory in Orlando. ere also will be a silent auction and door prizes. Demonstration of faceting stones, cabochons, wire wrapping and chain maille also are part of the weekend. Admission is $5 adults, $2 students.Call for artistse Harmony Music and Arts Festival is seeking artists for the upcoming event. Artists may submit in various categories including ne art 2-D and 3-D, photography, jewelry and ne cra. e show features $5,000 in prizes. For rules, fees and more information on submitting art go to http:// harmonyfl.com/Amenities/ music-arts-festival. Submission deadline is Aug. 25. For more information, contact festival director Nick Deacon, at 407-891-2606. e festival will be held Sept. 27-28.League looking for Marinese Marine Corps League Detachment No. 1092 is requesting Marines join the group. e league does a variety of things including sending care boxes overseas, memorials, parades, color guard, Toys for Tots drives and also has scholarship programs. e group meets the fourth ursday of the month at the VFW in St. Cloud. ere also is a breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. every second Saturday of the month. For more information, call Jim Underwood at 863496-1107 or the VFW at 407892-6761.Christmas in July ea marketVeterans of Foreign Wars Post 3227, 915 New York Ave., St. Cloud will be hosting a Christmas in July ea market, cra and rummage sale on Saturday, July 12, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. e event will be held in the post hall rain or shine with A/C, restroom facilities, and snack bar. Table rental is available for $10 per table, spaces are limited. Stop by the post to reserve a table.Real estate meeting Good Samaritan Community Center will host a free real estate meeting featuring current trends for todays sellers. Gain insights from local real estate industry leaders to assist in selling your home. Light refreshments served. e event is ursday, June 12, from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Space is limited, call 407933-1999 to RSVP. e center is at 4197 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Kissimmee.Smart Driver Class KissimmeeA Smart Driver Class will be held on Tuesday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Osceola Council on Aging, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. AARP, oers a Smart Driver course designed to help all drivers be safer while behind the wheel. Insurance providers may also oer a reduction in premiums for Florida drivers 55 and older who successfully complete the course. A certicate of completion will be provided at the conclusion of the class. e course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members payable on the day of the class. Call 1-888227-7669 to register.Spirit of Gun Clube 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. For more information, call Jed Suhl at 407-908-0568 or email email@example.com.Smart Drivers Class A Smart Driver Class will be held on two consecutive Wednesdays, July 16 and July 23 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Osceola Health Care and Rehab Center, 4201 Nolte Road, St. Cloud. Insurance providers may also offer a reduction in premiums for Florida Drivers 55 and older who successfully complete this course. A certificate of completion will be provided at the conclusion of the class. e course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers payable on the day of the class. Call 1-888-227-7669 to register.Domino Clube Triple Flava Domino Club, a nonprot social club in the Poinciana area, meets Tuesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at 4683 Old Pleasant Hill Road, Poinciana. For more information, call 407-230-9631 or on the web at www.tripleava.com.Belles and Beaus Dance ClubThe Belles and Beaus Dance Club meets every Wednesday night from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Marks Street Recreation Complex, 99 E. Marks Street, Orlando. Join in for an evening of fun and dancing to ballroom, line and Latin music by the Soft Touch band. Singles and couples are welcome. Refreshments are provided. Cost: $5 per person. Details: 407-277-7008. bellesandbeausdance.com.Reunion/ graduatione 25th anniversary reunion and graduation event for Community Visions Leadership Osceola Class will be June 13. Alumni are encouraged to contact Sue Ring at sring@ communityvision.org for more information. Hebrew studyA Hebrew study group on Pentecost (Shavuot) will be held at Hart Memorial Library in downtown Kissimmee on the third Saturday of each month at 11:30 a.m. It will be held on the second oor in the Roseada room. For information, call Phyllis at 412-537-8960 or Paul or 352-470-2995.Lets Dance Clube Lets Dance Ballroom Club meets every Wednesday at the St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th Street, St. Cloud. rough June 18, will be hustle plus. Learn how to incorporate dance steps from one dance to another. Cost for the six weeks of lessons is $18. Class will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Come early to register on the rst night of class. For additional information, call Sheila Lauer at 407-7387546. Volunteers neededVolunteers are needed to become part of the AARP Driver Safety Smart Driver Program. This program helps millions of drivers age 50 and older be safe drivers. If you have access to a computer, enjoy meeting people and are ready to make a dierence in your community, contact Joe at 407-593-1957 for more on the program. Training provided and all volunteers are reimbursed for approved out-of-pocket expenses related to program activities such as mileage, postage, and necessary supplies.Hospice helpersVITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Central Florida needs volunteers in the area who can befriend terminally ill patients, provide relief for weary caregivers, accompany their pet on Paw Pals visits, visit with veterans, provide art and music therapy, make bereavement calls, sew Memory Bears or garment bags, knit/crochet afghans, make cras, help repair medical equipment, or help with administrative work. Call 407-691-4541 or email central. oridavolunteers@vitas. com if you would like more information. See Events, page B-5 COMMUNITYCOMMUNITY C OMMUNITY C OMMUNITY www.aroundosceola.comGo to: www.aroundosceola.comGo to: Poinciana Veterans Submitted photo The Poinciana Veterans Club recently presented a plaque to the employees of Dennys Restaurant in Poinciana for its help and support of area veterans. Shown in photo, left to right, are front row, Commander Charlie Waters, Vice Commander POW Elpidio Lin-Justiniano, manager Thomas Long; back row, Therese Cobb and Kamy Dillar.
Saturday, June 7, 2014 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B5 Medicare enrollmentere will be free SHINE counseling dates, Florida Department of Elder Aairs, for medicare enrollment, at various locations in Osceola County. Barney Veal All Generation Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee, from 10 a.m. to noon, rst and third Tuesday of the month. 407-846-8532.; Hart Memorial Central Library, room 104, 211 E. Dakin Ave., Kissimmee, January through July, second Wednesday of the month, 10 a.m. to noon; and St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud, second and fourth Tuesday of the month. 407957-7392.Elvis, oldies, musicRelive the golden age of music with original oldies and Elvis music. ere will be a special appearance by Lil Jeremy and the Rock and Rollers. Its at the Ramada Gateway Hotel. 7470 W. U.S. Highway 192, Kissimmee June 14. Doors open at 3:30 p.m., the music starts at 4 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults; children 6-12 are $4. Proceeds to benet various charities. For more information, contact Nancy at 407-962-0263,email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.epcontinentals.com. Spiritual Festivale New Vision Spiritualist Center will host a communitywide spiritual festival, Saturday, June 14. It will be held at the Ormazd Grotto Building at 1700 Edgewater Dr., Orlando. e event is open to all and is a fundraiser for the church and its charities. e festival will oer mystical and psychic arts, from aura photography to tarot readings. Psychics will be available. Tickets are available at the door. e festival is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 407826-0807 or visit the website spiritualistchurch.com.Hospice Care volunteersVITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Central Florida needs volunteers in your area who can befriend terminally ill patients, provide relief for weary caregivers, accompany their pet on Paw Pals visits, visit with veterans, provide art and music therapy, make bereavement calls, sew Memory Bears or garment bags, knit/crochet afghans, make cras, help repair medical equipment, or help with administrative work. Call 407-691-4541 or e-mail central.floridavolunteers@ vitas.com if you would like to nd out more information. Billy T. ate Lions Club is now requesting anyone who has photos of a past president of the club for its Lest We Forget album and records to contact Phyllis Brannaman at 407-847-2744.Bowling funDo you like fun? Time Out For Fun is forming an adult mixed summer bowling league, at Orange Bowl on 1221 E. Vine St. Kissimmee. e group will bowl from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every ursday morning. Come join us for fun and friendly competition. Contact Ray or Linda at Orange Bowl, 407-847-2866, or orangebowllanes.com, for more information. Poinciana Friends of the Librarye Poinciana Friends meet on the third Tuesday each month at 11 a.m. at the Poinciana Branch Library. New members are always welcome. Membership is open for active or supportive status. e group can be reached at Friends of the Library, P.O. Box 702087, St. Cloud, Fl. 34770-2087.SCUBA Club Sociale SCUBA Club Social meets at Broadway Pizza Bar, 403 Broadway in downtown Kissimmee at 6:30 p.m., every second Monday of the month. Bring your stories, dive wish list and appetite and enjoy the company of fellow divers. No fees, dues or membership. Call Ron or Mike at 407-4835941 for more information. DAV #148e DAV Service ocer is here every Tuesday at noon until 4 p.m. He is here to help with your military benets needs. e DAV welcome all veterans and their families and honor all military membership cards, VFW, DAV etc., and active duty ID cards. All day, every Wednesday is Ladies Night with special drink prices for the ladies. Barnyard Meat Bingo is every 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month starting at noon. Bingo cards are $10 each or 3 for $20. Every Friday is Red Shirt Friday but if you come in wearing a red shirt showing your support for our military troops serving overseas, youll get the special drink prices on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month. e DAV is at 21 E. Keen St., Kissimmee, phone 407-8464141.VFW KissimmeeVFW Post 4225 is at 504 S. Randolph Ave., Kissimmee. e Ladies Auxiliary meet at 7 p.m. the rst Wednesday of each month. e Mens Auxiliary meet at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. Events include Meat Bingo 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday each month. Dinners are served 5-7 p.m. each Saturday, followed by karaoke. Call 407-847-7855 for scheduled events.Narcoossee Historical Society meetinge Narcoossee Area Chapter of the Osceola County Historical Society has a new time for its meetings. ey will now be at 5:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at the Narcoossee Community Center 5354 Rambling Road, Narcoossee. For more info see www. narcoosseehistory.org, email email@example.com or call 407-595-6727Food banke Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is now sponsoring an Aer school Meals Program at Iglesia Principe De Paz, 2204 W. Columbia Ave., Kissimmee. e program will bring nutritious meals and snacks to children in aer school programs. Snacks and meals will be available at no charge. Healing TouchHis Healing Touch cancer support/encouragement group meets the rst Wednesday of every month at 5:15 p.m. at First Baptist Church Kissimmee, Building C.Osceola Stamp Clube Osceola Stamp Club meets the rst 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. If anyone has any stamps they would like to donate to the club, they will be gratefully accepted. For more information, call Charles Frazer at 407-705-3593.Calling all gardenersAttention all backyard gardeners, community gardeners, school kids who garden, gardens at nursing homes and businesses that have gardens. Osceola County Grown wants to ood its website with pictures and stories of the countys gardeners/growers. Email one of your best photos and thoughts about gardening in Osceola County (one photo/ and not more than 50 words) to info@osceolacountygrown. com. Put Gardening in the subject box. ey will be showcased at the annual Farm to Fork event this year in May. New for moms, moms-to-beOsceola County Birth Network is a group of birth professionals whose goal is to promote awareness about maternity care and birth services in central Florida. It formed as a group in 2013 and have evolved into a branch of Birth Network National (www.BirthNetworkNational. org) which is a nonprot organization and is the newest of only three chapters in the entire state of Florida. Osceola Birth Network has monthly community meetings on the fourth Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the public library in St. Cloud. e meetings include various workshops for moms, momsto-be and their families. It oers childbirth classes, breastfeeding support, doula services, support for teen moms and referrals to community resources for families. Check out its Facebook page which is Osceola County Birth Network and for further information, contact our president, Erin Greene-Rettig at Irish4ever3@ Juno.com or 321-247-8477 (321 BIRTH 77).Friends of St. Cloud Librarye Friends of the St. Cloud Veterans Memorial Library meet on the third ursday of each month from 11 a.m. until noon in a meeting room on the upper level of the library. e meeting follows the Book Club Group Meeting which starts at 10 a.m. e Friends main purpose is to promote the library. If you are interested, come to the Friends meeting and the Book Club.Hospice Volunteers NeededVITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Central Florida needs volunteers in the area who can befriend terminally ill patients, provide relief for weary caregivers, accompany their pet on Paw Pals visits, visit with veterans, provide art and music therapy, make bereavement calls, sew Memory Bears or garment bags, knit/crochet afghans, make crafts, help repair medical equipment, or help with administrative work. Call 407-691-4541 or e-mail central.floridavolunteers@ vitas.com if you would like to find out more information.Celebrate RecoveryCome celebrate recovery. Celebrate Recovery is a Christcent ered 12 step program based on Biblical principles with the purpose of letting God restore our mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health with His healing power. rough Celebrate Recoverys 12 steps, which uses scriptures from the Bible along with the 8 Celebrate Recovery principles, individuals can begin healing and gain freedom from hurts, habits and hang-ups (including self-esteem issues, divorce, grief, co-dependency, depression, alcohol addictions, sex addiction, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, people who have been sexually abused and everyday life struggles etc.). Celebrate Recovery meetings take place every Friday night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at First Christian Church of Kissimmee, 415 N Main St. For more information call 407847-2543 or visit the Ministries tab at www.fcckissimmee.org .Boggy Creek Special OlympicsBoggy Creek Elementary School in Kissimmee is the rst program to house the Young Athletes Program for Special Olympics. e Young Athletes Program (YAP) is an innovative sports play program for children ages 2-7 with intellectual and developmental disabilities (and their peers). It teaches the fundamentals of sports before becoming an athlete in Special Olympics. is is a free program and is geared to the Sunshine State Standards. For more information or to start a program in your school or community, contact YAP Coordinator Aspacia Lindstrom at 407-760-3349 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Volunteer child advocates neededInterested in helping a child? Volunteers are needed to be advocates for children in foster care. For more information, contact Linder Snider, volunteer program coord inator at 407742-6656 or linder.snider@gal. .gov.Self-defense classesSelf-defense classes, offered by Grand Master Harry Hamzy will be held each Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit St. Judes Childrens Hospital and MADD. For information call 407-8708477. Senior Exercise Class Would you like to begin a regular exercise class in St. Cloud and meet new friends? e group meets three days a week at the St. Cloud Senior Center located at 702 Indiana Ave., from 8 to 9 a.m. We exercise all parts of the body and for those who are not as mobile as others some of the exercises can be done sitting. Mats are provided for oor exercises, but you are requested to bring a towel. Call Seniorcize Club President Jane Grimm at 407-892-5775 for additional information.Line DanceThe Smith N Western Advanced Line Dance Club meets at the St. Cloud Senior Center on Fridays 6 9 p.m. in Hall A. Lessons & Open Dance. Basic knowledge of line dance steps is required. All ages welcome. A donation of $2 per person is requested. For information call Gail Smith 407-408-5039.Opportunity Center Board Memberse Opportunity Center (Osceola ARC) is looking for board members. If you have a heart for persons with disabilities and want to serve the community, the center has a volunteer opportunity for you. e board meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:15 p.m. at e Opportunity Center on 310 North Clyde Avenue, Kissimmee. For more information, call Sherry Cain at 407847-6016, Ext. 5060.Volunteer opportunitye 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, soware and hardware. If you are interested in volunteering, contact sam_garwood@umit. maine.edu or go to the AARP Tax-Aide website for more information.History volunteers needede Osceola County Historical So ciety 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 oce help or grounds keepers, theres a role that is a perfect t for you. Training will be provided for all roles. To explore the possibilities, call volunteer coordinator Kristi Prescott at 407-396-8644, Ext. 1 or email questions to email@example.com. Be sure to check out the website at www.osceolahistory.org.OSCAR Toastmasterse OSCAR Toastmaster Club meets weekly at the Osceola County Realtors Association. Everyone is invited to sharpen their speaking skills at the meetings. Meetings 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 contact Betty Dobbie at 407-846-4500 or email bdobbie@integrity. com.Caribbean and Floridian Associatione Caribbean and Floridian Association holds its regular general 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.GriefShare Recoverye GriefShare recovery and support group meets at First Baptist Church of St. Cloud, 1717 13th St., on ursday nights from 7-8:30 p.m. A second location for meetings is the Village Church at Good Samaritan Village, 1441 Hoeger Circle, Kissimmee, Friday mornings from 10-11:30 a.m. GriefShare features nationally recognized experts on grief and recovery topics. Seminar sessions include e 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. is 13-week session is open to people of all faiths who have See Events, page B-7EventsContinued from Page B-4 YES! 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Page B6, ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 Focus your energies in a positive way, Aries. You can accomplish anything you set your mind to, and now is the time to put your attitude to work. TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, you are ready for something or someone new. Right now is a good time to reach out and connect with a new passion. Things will get more interesting rather quickly. GEMINI May 22/Jun 21 You need to focus and get back to work this week, Gemini. Things have slipped out of your ngers, and it could take a little while before you get back on a schedule. CANCER Jun 22/Jul 22 Shop around for the best deals before making a big purchase, Cancer. A little extra work can lead to substantial savings. There are deals to be had, so be patient. LEO Jul 23/Aug 23 Expect to reach a milestone in your life, Leo. This may have something to do with your family or career. Either way, the praise you will receive is warranted. VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22 Sometimes it can be easy for you to get xated on a certain way of doing things, Virgo. There are really many different paths to the same outcome when you are open to ideas. LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, do not panic when a glitch arises in your plans. Just approach the situation from a different angle, and you will nd a solution in no time. SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22 Try not to push yourself too hard this week, Scorpio. This is a good time to maintain a low prole. Drawing too much attention to yourself might rufe the wrong feathers this week.SAGITTARIUS Nov 23/Dec 21Sagittarius, something will bring a smile to your face early in the week, and theres pretty much nothing that can put you in a bad mood. This is an ideal time to get things accomplished. CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20 You are never one to walk away from a challenge, Capricorn. This week you will be presented with a big obstacle, and you will have to step up to tackle the hard stuff. AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18 Keep your eyes open and you just may stumble on something new and fascinating this week, Aquarius. This is a good time to explore new ideas and apply them to your daily life. PISCES Feb 19/Mar 20 Someone gets bent out of shape over something that seems laughable to you, Pisces. You may need to adjust your view. FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS JUNE 8 Joan Rivers, Comic (81) JUNE 9 Natalie Portman, Actress (33) JUNE 10 Leelee Sobieski, Actress (31) JUNE 11 Peter Dinklage, Actor (45) JUNE 12 Chris Young, Singer (29) JUNE 13 Tanner Foust, Race Car Driver (41) JUNE 14 Lucy Hale, Actress (25) CROSSWORD Across 1 Auto club offering 4 Gregory Peck role 8 Foster on a screen 13 Stretches of history 15 He actually played the lyre 16 Amherst sch. 17 Two-time NBA MVP Steve 18 Component of ocean H2O 19 Lawn game using lobbed missiles 20 Buff ancient ruler? 23 Attorney general before Thornburgh 24 Yanks foe 25 Dudes 28 Own a few James Brown albums? 33 Fez, e.g. 36 Bankruptcy factor 37 Polynesian island nation 38 Break __! 40 Fare named for its shape 43 Fabric quantity 44 Mother of three French kings 46 Shiny fabric 48 Arctic coast explorer 49 Leaps over an oily mud puddle 53 DSL users need 54 Maos successor 55 Sticky-footed lizard 59 Beef baloney? 64 Botanists category 66 Dweeb 67 Size measure 68 Competitors dream 69 A bit off the ground, up 70 Sound like an ass 71 Bobbin 72 Ketel One competitor 73 NFL stats Down 1 Common break hr. 2 Speak 3 Refuse 4 Pitch Perfect co-star Kendrick 5 Summer phenomenon 6 Curved support 7 Short jacket 8 Concession stand candy 9 Easternmost Arabian Peninsula country 10 Dr. Strangelove feature 11 Adherents sufx 12 Start to stop? 14 With 52-Down, grilled fare 21 Take control 22 Bottom line? 26 __ Gay 27 Ray in the ocean 29 Boxers attendant 30 Fall back 31 Its a wrap 32 Terrif! 33 Pilgrim to Mecca 34 Diamond clan 35 Trophy case memento 39 Econ. measure 41 Bug 42 Earthbound bird 45 Crewman for 4-Across 47 Tech sch. grad 50 Slow boat 51 Hangs around the house? 52 See 14-Down 56 Pungent Thai dish 57 Play with, as clay 58 Gives the go-ahead 60 First name in folk 61 Cause wrinkles, in a way 62 Joel of Wicked 63 Water whirled 64 Some mil. bases 65 Edge Animal Crackers by Fred WagnerBroom Hilda by Russel Myers AroundOsceola.com
Saturday, June 7, 2014 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B7 suered the loss of a loved one. For more information, contact Nancy Boss at 407-873-1067 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.BVL Crime Watche BVL Neighborhood Watch Coalition invites citizens 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. Church oering Come 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.Narcoossee Area American Legion Post 10The American Legion Post 10 Kissimmee, 200 Lake Shore Blvd. will hold the following events: Sundays from noon until closing are game days, free pool, bowling, and ping-pong. On Mondays free Texas HoldEm 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 rst and third Wednesday. ursdays are Barn Yard Bingo every second and fourth ursdays. On Fridays, a seafood dinner will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. followed by entertainment by a live band and dancing 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 entertainment by a live band and dancing, the public is invited. e American Legion Post 10 has a large hall available for rent for special occasions. Anyone interested may contact Judy. For more information, call 407847-4193.Fitness & Running (GOFAR)Walkers and runners are welcome to participate in GOFAR on Tuesdays starting at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Cloud Lakefront Marina, Wednesdays starting at 6:30 p.m. at Vintage Vino, Kissimmee, and ursdays 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 Monday of each month at the clubhouse, 3050 Lions Court, just off Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m., followed 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.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 Monday, 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 provided by a DJ and admission is free. All ages are welcome. For more information regarding the social dance, call John McMahon at, 407951-9700.EuchreEuchre is played every Tuesday 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. Fitness & Running (GOFAR) Walkers and runners are welcome to participate in GOFAR on Tuesdays starting at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Cloud Lakefront Marina, Wednesdays starting at 6:30 p.m. at Vintage Vino, Kissimmee, and ursdays starting at 6:30 p.m. at the corner of 10th Street and New York, St. Cloud.Fun Seekers Travel Clube Fun Seekers Travel Club meets the second Monday of every month at the Elks Lodge on Kings Highway in Kissimmee. e meeting 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 407846-0088 or email gtskiss@ aol.com. Visit the website grouptravelspecialistskiss.com German American Club e Osceola German Club meets the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Elks Club on Kings Highway in Kissimmee. Anyone interested in German culture and meeting new friends is welcome to join the group. For more information, call Kay at 407-931-1645. Heritage Museume St. Cloud Heritage Museum hosts a historical scavenger hunt every Saturday from 11 a.m. 3 p.m. for school age children to adults. Discover, learn and have fun during this very special journey to the past. e museum is open to the public for learning about St Cloud history as well as military memorabilia. For museum information, contact Jean Witherington at 407-957-4347 or jow email@example.com. Museum hours are ursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1012 Massachusetts Ave., St. Cloude St. Cloud Line Dance Club e 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.). ursday, novice (5:30-6 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.Ahoy Travel Clube Ahoy Carefree Travel Club meetings will be at 12:30 p.m. on the rst and third Mondays at the Kissimmee Knights of Columbus, 2000 Neptune Road, Kissimmee. Lunch is available. No membership fee is required. Travel includes day bus trips, overnights, cruises and international travel. For additional information, call Donna, liaison ocer, at 407569-2118 or email dparkins8@ gmail.com.Greyhound adoptionse public is invited to come every third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pet Supermarket, 2924 13th St., St. Cloud, 407-4980929, located one mile east of Walmart, to meet retired racing greyhounds ready for adoption. ese 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. Line dance e Smith N Western Advanced Line Dance Club meets at the St. Cloud Senior Cent er Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. in Hall A. ere 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.Goodwill seeks volunteersGoodwill Industries of Central Florida is calling for volunteers at its retail stores, warehouse and administrative offices. e hours are exible and positions are suitable for volunteers of all skill levels, including students (must be 16 or older), retirees or anyone who wants to give back and support Goodwills mission of helping people with barriers to employment nd jobs. To apply, visit www. goodwillc.org volunteering opportunities are listed under the Donate tab. For any additional questions, or to arrange volunteer groups, contact Darlene Kaiser at 407-235-1536 or dkaiser@ goodwillc.org. Elmers Meal KitchenElmers Meal Kitchen Ministry is a 501c3 approved nonprot 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 oerings and memorial donations to help purchase food items needed. Elmers Meal Kitchen Director Carol Broski can be reached at 407-957-9839.Hospice oers bereavement groupsNonprot Cornerstone Hospice has announced three bereavement support groups in Osceola County for people who have experienced the recent loss of a loved one. e groups are completely free and the only requirement is to call ahead of time to pre-register. ey are: Mondays, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., at Go od Samaritan Village, Clubhouse Board Room, 4250 Village Dr., Kissimmee. Tuesdays, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Osceola Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 1717 Old Boggy Creek Road, Kissimmee. e rst ursday of the month (Spanish speaking support group) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Porta Coeli Funeral Home, 2801 E. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee 34743 Call Claudia Swonger to preregister for any of these three groups at 407-206-2273. Kissimmee Writers Groupe Kissimmee Writers Group is looking for ction writers and authors of all genres. Attendance is free and open to everyone, from aspiring writer to published author. e gr oup motto is Writers Helping Writers, and member benets include education, critique, networking, and suppor t. Meetings are held on the second ursday 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 enviro@ gmail.com.Eagles bingoe 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., Kissimmee, near the Kissimmee Police Department station. Everyone is welcome. For m ore information, call 407-8464990. Visit www.celebrationhealth. com for more information.e Ohio, KY and Michigan Club e Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan Club will meet at 12:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month through April at the St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th St., Hall B. Bring a potluck dish and utensils. For more information, call Larry Kinney at 407-891-7396. Sons of Italy 2523 e 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. e 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 Gertrude Dorries at 321-286-6787 for more information.Elmers Meal KitchenElmers Meal Kitchen Ministry is a 501c3 approved nonprot 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 oerings and memorial donations to help purchase food items needed. Elmers Meal Kitchen Director Carol Broski can be reached at 407-957-9839.e Spirit of Lodge 221 F&A.M. meetingSt. Cloud Lodge 221 F&A.M. holds stated communications on the second and fourth ursdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. in the Masonic Lodge, 901 Oregon Ave., St. Cloud. Contact Jim Rouse, secretary, at 407-892-4412 or email yeggp@ aol.com. BingoBingo is held every Wednesday 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 See Events, page B-3 Events Continued from Page B-5 ObituariesFor daily obituaries and services please visit our Website: www.aroundosceola.comCHURCH Ma ri an E. Ch ur ch, 87, a St Cl ou d re sident, passed away Ma y 28, 2014 at Vi tas Ho spice in Wi nt er Pa rk Flor ida. She was bo rn Se pt ember 8, 1926. Su rv iving at their home in St Cl ou d, Flor ida, is her hu sband, Pa ul Ch ur ch. She at tend ed St Cl ou d Presbyte ri an Ch ur ch. Su rv ivors incl ude on e so n, Da niel Ch ur ch; th re e gr andchi ldre n and th re e gr ea t gr andchi ldre n. Vi ewin g and funeral se rv ice will ta ke place at R. Cu nningham Fu neral Ho me and Crem at or y, In c., 2429 Wi lmingto n Road, Ne w Ca st le, PA 16105. Online co ndolences of fere d at : cunninghamf h.co m ROBE RSON, JOYANNAJo y Anna Robers on 96, of St Cl ou d passed away Th ursd ay Ju ne 5, 2014. Bo rn in Ab erdeen, So ut h Dako ta She mo ve d to Os ceol a Co un ty fr om ther e in 1921. Fo r ma ny ye ars she was a coow ner wi th her la te hu sban d Roscoe of Roberso n's Drug Stor e on Br oa dw ay in do wn town Kissimm ee an d was Protes ta nt She was a memb er of The Order of The Ea ster n St ar Rebekah Lod ge bo th in Kissimm ee an d Kissimm ee Elks Lod ge El ketts. Su rv iv ed by so n, Jo hn R. (K at hy ) Robers on St Cl ou d; 5 gr andchi ldre n and 8 gr ea t gr andchi ldre n. Graveside funeral se rv ices in Rose Hi ll Ce mete ry will be held 11:00 a.m. Tu esda y, Ju ne 10th, 2014 wi th the Re verend My ro n Sartin, o ffici at ing. Vi si ta ti on for frien ds will be 6:00 p. m. to 8:00 p. m. Mo nd ay Ju ne 9th, 2014 at Co nrad & Th om ps on Fu neral Ho me RO CC I Ma ry Ellen Ha rd y Rocci passed away on Ju ne 3rd 2014. Ma ry Ellen was bo rn Ap ril 23rd 1927 in Li tt le Cr eek, Dela wa re She is a Real La dy and th e most gracio us, co mp assion at e, gi vi ng pe rs on on e co uld ev er ha ve the pl ea sure of kn ow ing. She touche d ever yone s He ar t. She is pr eceded in de at h by her siblings Ke nneth, Ed wa rd Jo hn, Ka ther yn, and Ja ne Ma ry is su rv iv ed by her hu sban d Ni cholas Rocci Sr ., of 55 ye ars; so n Ni cholas Rocci Jr .; da ug ht ers Is idora Th om ps on and Be tt y Mc Knig ht ; as we ll as 4 half siblings and clos e Fa mily and Fr iends Her family will re ceive frien ds and family at Gr is so m Fu neral Ho me on Ju ne 8th, 2014 du ri ng the hours of 1:003:00 p.m. Inte rmen t will be held at O dd Fe ll ow s Ce mete ry 35 Risi ng Su n Rd.; Ca mden-W yomin g, Dela wa re on Ju ne 16th, 2014. In L ieu of Flow ers, in hono r of Ma ry Ellen, do na ti on s wo uld be most appr ecia te d and to go to the Eliz ab eth W. Mu rp he y Sc ho ol In c., loca te d at 42 Kings Hw y. Ea st in Do ve r, Dela wa re 19901. Arrangemen ts for Ma ry ha ve been en trus te d to the ca re of Gr is so m Fu neral Ho me Gr is so mFH.c om (407) 847-3131 The Robers on family is being ca re d for by Co nrad an d Th om ps on Fu neral Ho me 511 Emmett St re et, Kissim mee, FL. 34741. 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. 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Page B8, OSCEOLA OSCEOLA Visit AroundOsceola.com and check out the Whats Cookin page for fantastic recipes that you and your family will enjoy. Watch on-line videos that guide you through each step of the cooking process. Its entertaining and informative. Whats On The Side? Whats For Dessert? Weve added an exciting new Lifestyles feature for our readers! With over 700 professionally lmed HD videos with new ones added weekly, and over 3,000 text recipes for download. Each video recipe is accompanied by a list of ingredients and step by step instructions. Visit www.aroundosceola.com In the Lifestyles section. To Place Your Ad Here Call 407-846-7600 A slow cooker is a busy persons most useful appliance, especially around the holidays. Many meals can be cooked while you are at work, while you are out and doing something fun with the family and friends or even while you get a good nights rest. Here are a few tips to remember as you begin using your slow cooker: Season meats and vegetables well with salt, pepper and fresh herbs. Use aromatic vegetables liberally. Carrots, onions, celery, and garlic will give soups and stews a good base avor. e liquids you choose to braise with will also impart avor, so pick rich stocks, wine and even brandy. Tomato paste and dried fruits will give a real boost to any dish. Searing the meat rst is usually ideal. A browned outer crust on the roast will also make for a tastier nished sauce. Additionally, it is best to deglaze the pan in which the meat was seared; scraping up the browned, leovers and adding these to the cooker makes for a nice extra touch of richness. is recipe can be changed based on season and on what you have available. It is easy to prepare and the generous leovers can be turned into a batch of chili or can also become a quick meat sauce for pasta. With this one dish, you can prepare three delicious homestyle dinners for the week.Slow Cooker Pot Roast Ingredients3 medium onions, quartered, root intact 2 pounds carrots, 1-inch chunks 6 cloves garlic, smashed 2 cans whole tomatoes 3 tablespoons tomato paste Handful dried prunes 2-3 fresh thyme sprigs, tied together in a bundle (2) 3 pound beef chuck roasts, tied together 2 tablespoons olive oil Salt and Pepper to taste 1 cup dry red wine 1 cup vegetable broth cup brandy, optionalInstructions1. Place the onions, carrots, smashed garlic cloves, tomatoes, tomato paste, prunes and thyme into slow cooker liner. 2. Salt and pepper all sides of the tied roast well, then rub it all over with olive oil. 3. Heat a large skillet and sear the roast on all sides to form an outer browned crust. 4. Once seared all over, place the meat in slow cooker liner on top of vegetables. Place the liner into the metal housing of your slow cooker. 5. Mix together the wine, vegetable broth and brandy in a small bowl. Pour this into the saute pan set over medium heat and stir to deglaze the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Once the pan is deglazed, pour the liquid from the pan over all the ingredients in the slow cooker. Cover, set to low, and cook for about 10 hours, or until fork tender. 6. When the meat is done, remove it from the pot. Set the roast on a cutting board, remove the string and tent the meat with foil to keep it warm. 7. Remove the bundle of thyme from the liquid in the slow cooker. Remove the carrots from the pot. Serve half and reserve the other half for a later use. 8. Pour the liquid into a saucepan and set this over medium high heat. Bring to a simmer and allow the liquid to reduce by half. When reduced, remove the pan from the heat. Aer a couple of minutes, use a stick blender right in the saucepan and blend everything together to make the pot roast gravy. 9. Serve slices of the meat with the carrots and gravy. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley, if desired.Chocolate Turtle with CoconutIngredientsSalad: 3 celery stalks 2 scallions 1 apple Handful of toasted walnuts, chopped Handful dried cranberries Citrus Vinaigrette Dressing: 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon cider vinegar tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon orange juice 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon sugar Sea salt and black pepper to tasteInstructions1. Wash and trim celery stalks. Cut length-wise and then chop into half inch slices. 2. Trim most of stems and root o of scallions, then chop diagonally into thin strips. 3. Half and quarter the apple, then cut into cubes. 4. Add celery, scallions, and apple to a bowl. 4. In a separate bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients for the citrus vinaigrette dressing. 5. Pour the citrus dressing over the salad and toss all ingredients together until the celery, scallions and apples are thorough ly coated. 6. Add in toasted walnuts and dried cran -berries, toss together until evenly coated.Waldorf SaladIngredients2 tablespoons chocolate 2 tablespoons caramel cup mixed nuts 1 teaspoons shredded coconutInstructions1. Melt chocolate in the microwave for 15 seconds at a time or until so. Pour melted chocolate into small circles on parchment paper. 2. Drop mixed nuts into chocolate. Allow chocolate to spread. 3. Pour on more melted chocolate and add more mixed nuts. 4. Let cool. 5. Roll caramel into a ball and stretch out. Make sure the caramel is thinner around the edges. 6. Press the caramel on top of nuts and chocolate. 7. Drizzle more melted chocolate on top. 8. Sprinkle with shredded coconut.
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