Friday, February 7, 2020

Weekend Top 6 Picks for February 8 and 9, 2020

Saturday February 8, 2020 
10am to 4pm Free. Paws In The Park. Lake Eola Park, 512 E Washington St, Orlando, FL 32801.
Join the Beloved Organization’s Fun-filled Festival and Fundraiser Featuring Adoptable Pets, Doggy Sports, a PAWrade Costume Contest, Food Trucks, Beer Garden, Pet-Friendly Vendors and Much More.
Following their biggest fundraising year to date raising over $2 million to support the dogs and cats of Central Florida, Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando invites all pet lovers to join together at Orlando’s largest pet festival and parade “Paws in the Park” returning to beautiful Lake Eola Park on Saturday, February 8 from 10am-4pm.  Paws in the Park supports the mission of Pet Alliance,  the region’s oldest and largest animal welfare agency, to educate, shelter, place and heal pets and their families with compassionate, responsible care, and the hugely popular event provides aid for the more than 6,000 homeless pets who will be cared for at Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando’s shelters and clinics this year.
 Kicking off at 10am is the pet parade around Lake Eola, followed by this year’s new PAWrade costume contest with celebrity judges and cash prizes (Themes: Superheroes, Favorite Food, Binge-Worthy TV Shows).  Participants and their furry family members can register and fund raise online and invite their friends and family to join them for the special walk, costume contest and festivities.  Then, all attendees and their fur pals will enjoy a full day of both “human” and “canine” activities, food and fun, including the famous dock diving for dogs and lure courses, beer garden, a variety food trucks and shopping, pet products and more, plus plenty of pet adoption opportunities.  Pet Alliance’s mobile vet unit will also be on site and providing free vaccines. 
 “Pet Alliance is thrilled to have adopted out 6,601 dogs and cats, rescued 1,453 pets from shelters that would have euthanized them and fostered 1,749 puppies and kittens last year,” says Special Events Manager Caryn Freas.  “We are extremely grateful for the overwhelming support, and we are excited to see our animal loving community back out at Lake Eola Park for Paws in the Park and to kick start what we hope is another phenomenal year of fundraising for our much-loved and deserving furry friends.”
 For more information on Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando and Paws in the Park, to register for the walk and make a donation, visit and
Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando was founded in 1937 as the Orlando Humane Society.  Since then, the organization has worked hard to provide positive and safe outcomes for pets.  Today, Pet Alliance has a dedicated focus on the welfare and well-being of dogs and cats in Orange, Seminole and Osceola Counties.  As the “go to” experts in Greater Orlando, they do good things for dogs and cats and the people who love them.  Their goal is to provide compassionate and knowledgeable services for pets and to be leaders in innovative animal care and veterinary medicine.  Nearly 7,000 surrendered pets and homeless animals turn to the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando for caring, compassion and hope through their shelters each year.  Pet Alliance provides food, medical care and shelter for dogs and cats until they find their new homes.  In addition to providing housing and care, Pet Alliance works to develop progressive and innovative programs that help keep pets and people together.  Pet Alliance also provides low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and animal wellness through their public veterinary clinics.  Their shelter programs are supported entirely by donations from the community they serve.  Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando has two pet adoption centers (Orlando and Sanford) and three veterinary clinics (Orlando, Sanford and Alafaya).  For more information, visit

6:30pm to 9pm $65. Taste of Arts-Arts Gala. Mercedes-Benz of North Orlando, 1100 Rinehart Rd, Sanford, FL 32771.   
This premiere event celebrates the arts by showcasing the visual, performing, and culinary arts. We partner with various businesses and artists from Seminole County including local restaurants, Seminole State College, local visual artists, and local performing artists to put on an evening to remember and raise money to support the arts in Seminole county!
Event Features
A spectacular gala event celebrating the arts featuring:
Food and Wine Tastings​
Silent Auction
Visual Arts Gallery
Live Music
Performance Artists
Photo Booth
and much more!

10:30pm to 12:30am Order drinks and food.  Son Flamenco. Ceviche Tapas Orlando, 125 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32801. Hot blooded Flamenco Dancing set to acoustic guitar.

Sunday February 9, 2020
11am to 12:30pm Free. 9th Annual Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival. 728 North Thornton Ave Orlando Fl. This annual event, held in Orlando's Mills 50 district near downtown, celebrates the Lunar Year with Japanese Taiko, acrobatic performances, cultural dances, cuisine, martial arts demonstrations and a lively Dragon Parade. Join us as we celebrate the Lunar New Year 2020, "Year of the Rat," with Dragon and Lion Dance, and a parade from all your favorite local organizations. Fun for the entire family!

1pm to 6pm Free. Vintage Valentine Market in Audubon Park. Park Ave CDs 2916 Corrine Dr, Orlando, Florida 32803. Celebrating it's 8th year, Orlando's largest outdoor Vintage Market is back with 30+ Vintage Vendors selling clothing, vinyl records, furniture, jewelry, curiosities and knickknacks and so much more! The market is hosted from 1pm-6pm in the parking lot in front of The Lovely Boutique Market, Dear Prudence & Park Ave CDs. Food trucks will be available for your noshing needs and Redlight Redlight will be open with craft beer!

2pm to 4pm $5 Film Slam. Enzian Theater, South Orlando Avenue, Maitland, FL. FilmSlam will usually be held on the second Sunday of each month at the Enzian. Experimental Films, Puppet Films, Art Films, Bartenders throwing bottles, Gangsters, a Music Video....this has to be the most amazingly eclectic line we've had for all of 2012. Q&A with the filmmakers to follow screening. 

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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