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Orange County Public Schools to open five new campuses in August

Orange County Public Schools has announced plans to open five new schools in August. Hamlin Elementary School, Hamlin Middle School, and Panther Lake Elementary will open in Winter Garden, Kelly Park K-8 School will open in Apopka, and Stonewyck Elementary will open in Orlando.  The names were proposed by families who live in the new districts. The new schools are being added to ease overcrowding at neighboring campuses, some of which are currently over capacity by hundreds of students. With the addition of the five new facilities, there will be 210 Orange County Public Schools campuses in the district.
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Every Friday afternoon, Mark Baratelli, publisher of  The Daily City, shares his picks for can’t-miss weekend events in Central Florida.
The Daily City

Spotlight: Little Merman, Spring Fever in the Garden, Spring Porch Sale, and OMART

A 1950’s horror film meets a classic cartoon fairy tale in a totally new theatrical experience inside a bar that has a hot tub as a  performance space. A group of scientists travel the Amazon in search of the legendary ‘Gill-Man’, and come face to face with Ethyl the Merman and his friends from “under the lagoon.” The new theatre experience The Little Merman from the Black Lagoon will be performed Sunday at 1 at Stonewall Bar right next door to the soccer stadium building thing. The 19th annual Spring Fever in the Garden will feature live entertainment, food vendors, a kid’s zone and thousands of plants and flowers for sale. Spring Fever in the Garden is Saturday 9 to …
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Image: Grace Kelly and Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief (1955)

Spotlight: Model Trains, Movies and Pop Up Shops

See a convention center full of the latest model trains, accessories, collectibles and more when Orlando gets a visit from the National Model Train Show Saturday and Sunday at Orlando Convention Center. For info go to nationaltrainshow.org. Set in 1995, a teenager in Manhattan discovers her father is having a 1995 affair in 1995. The film “Landline” is playing all weekend at Enzian Theater, recently named by some national magazine (don’t ask me which one because I don’t read magazines because I am a millennial) as the coolest theater in Florida. For tickets and info go to enzian.org. Local entrepreneurs and creatives show off their wares in a friendly apartment lobby environment at Sip & Shop Pop Up …
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Fireworks at the Fountain, Lake Eola

Independence Day Events

Saturday, July 2 Deland is hosting their second annual Firecracker festival with fireworks, food trucks and live music. Deland’s event happens Saturday 5:00 to 9:30 at Earl Brown Park. The giant planned neighborhood appropriately named Independence in Winter Garden is hosting a large fireworks show with music, food trucks and kids activities Saturday 6 to 9 at 14804 Avenue of the Grove. Sunday, July 3 Red, Hot & Boom is Cranes Roost annual event with fireworks, food, drinks and tons of traffic at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs. The event runs 4 to 11 Sunday with the fireworks starting at 9:30. Monday, July 4 Kissimmee has a huge annual July 4th event with fireworks show, live music, kids activities and 20 …
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Photo by Bernard Wilchusky: Sunny Gay and Terry Farley in “She Loves Me”

Celtic Fest, Theatre and Art

A St. Patrick’s Day celebration featuring a beer garden, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, musical entertainment, highland games and more continues this evening and Saturday. The St Patrick’s Day Celtic Festival takes place at 426 W. Plant Street in Winter Garden at Crooked Can Brewery. Amalia and Georg respond to a “lonely hearts” ad in the newspaper in hopes of finding their soulmates in the musical She Loves Me taking place this weekend at UCF. But you know the real reason to go see the show? Terry Farley. He’s the male lead and he is hot. Tickets are cheap and there are shows tonight, Saturday and Sunday. For more info go to UCF.edu Three days of arts, artists in …
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