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Spotlight: Responsible Dog Ownership, Poetry, Cooking and Film


A free presentation called “Responsible Dog Ownership” will educate first-time dog owners about the basics of dog ownership and will help current owners enhance their relationships with their pets. This event is for pet owners but pets may not attend. The Responsible Dog Ownership presentation takes place Saturday at 11 at the downtown branch of the Orlando Public Library. Two intellectual engineers accidentally build a time machine in a film called “Primer.” The film is being shown this weekend preceded by a presentation about the science behind the movie from physics professor Dr. Joshua Colwell. The movie and presentation takes place Saturday at 11 at Enzian Theatre. A poetry competition with 16 poets and one champion is taking place Saturday …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

The Global Peace Film Festival


Watching movies doesn’t have to be an idle pastime. In fact, the organizers of the Global Peace Film Festival want it to be a revolutionary one. This annual festival of short films, features and documentaries hopes to inspire audiences to action, using movies as a catalyst for change. And in this, its 15th year, it feels like peaceful change is needed more than ever. Festival founder Nina Streich admits that 2017’s environmental devastation, global social inequality, and divisive politics are scary. But she’s counting on that atmosphere of heightened urgency to motivate her audience rather than turning them off. Streich says, “What’s exciting about the festival is at the end of a film, when people are kind of leaning forward …
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Spotlight: Naguará K’arepas


Are you an arepas fan? If so, you’re going to want to get over to the intersection of Curry Ford Road and Chickasaw Trail and try Naguara K’arepas. If you’re not an arepas fan, you should also go here; you’ll soon be a fan. If you’re not sure whether you’re a fan or not, it might be that you just aren’t familiar with them. Arepas are essentially little round corn cakes made with masarepa, a ground cornmeal. Think of a fatter type of tortilla or a South American version of a pita. Like those devices, arepas can be stuffed sandwich-like with any variety of good fillings. They’re especially popular in Colombia and Venezuela, where they’re part of the daily diet. …
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The Daily City

Spotlight: OMART, The Lake, Jazz and Film Fest


An international group of 18 artists are featured in an exhibition exploring the impact of the vast scale of commerce and immigration worldwide on contemporary life. Very topical! The show Baggage Claims runs all weekend at Orlando Museum of Art. The newest collaboration between Crealdé School of Art and the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation offers a contemporary and historic window into the culture and landscape of Central Florida’s Lake Apopka during an exhibition called “The Lake: A Documentary Exploring the Land and People of Lake Apopka.” The show runs all weekend at Crealdé School of Art. Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra is performing a show called The Vocal Jazz Summit with some of Orlando’s best jazz and R&B vocalists tonight …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

A private company wants to charge this neighborhood more for their water, even though some residents refuse to drink it


Pam DiMarzio’s three boys know the drill – when mommy sticks strips of blue painter’s tape over the bathroom faucets, the kitchen sink, the fridge and the shower, it means one thing: Don’t touch the water. DiMarzio and other residents have been fighting for years now against Pluris Wedgefield Inc., a private, Dallas-based company that has provided water to the neighborhood since 2009. Neighbors say the water can be cloudy and reeks of chlorine, and some, like DiMarzio and her three children, will only drink bottled water. After scores of complaints, some local residents were infuriated after learning the private company is actually trying to charge them more for water they won’t drink – Pluris filed documents with the Florida …
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Spotlight: Laurel Latin


There’s something about the name Laurel Latin Cuisine that I find quite forgettable. And that’s not good for a restaurant that’s hidden off the main thoroughfare, tucked in the back of a building on Park Avenue. So when I arranged to meet a friend for lunch in Winter Park, I said, “Let’s go to that new restaurant.” “Fine,” she said, “what’s the name?” “I can’t remember,” I responded, “but it’s where Paris-Bistro used to be.” “Paris Bistro is gone?” She was shocked, even though she works just a few blocks away. That might help to explain why Paris-Bistro is gone. Now that I’ve eaten there, I think I’ll have an easier time remembering Laurel Latin Cuisine. The menu is an …
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Spotlight: Seven Things to do in your House


Here are 7 things to do in your house inspired by the website lifelovebeauty.com. Write your holiday cards. You need a pen, those cards you bought December 26th last year for 80% off and a list of people who like you. Let’s be honest, if the list is long you’re probably fake and if it’s short you’re most likely horrible. Exchange full-body massages with your significant other… or pets. Play hide and go seek inside. Depending on the layout of your house, it may be too easy to find your opponents, so you might want to make up new rules. Like not hiding or seeking. Rearrange your house. Take two chairs away from the dining room table and see how …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Florida’s opioid crisis is about to get deadlier. Orange County officials plan to fight back


In 2012, Stephanie Muzzy was driving around Orlando looking for the worst neighborhood she could find in search of prescription pills. She didn’t find pills, but the batch of heroin she tried from Lake Downey trailer park plummeted her into the depths of addiction and landed her in the Orange County jail. As the months turned into years, Muzzy was in and out of rehabs in Florida and Nevada, gaining and losing jobs, apartments, cars, cats and boyfriends along the way. Overdose after overdose, Muzzy was able to recover and is currently now on her way to getting better – but the same can’t be said for more than 2,664 Floridians who overdosed on opioids and never woke up during …
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