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February brings the season<br />

of love, with Valentine’s Day just<br />

around the corner. Hands are<br />

held, flowers are delivered and<br />

chocolate is consumed by the<br />

pound. This year, make your valentine<br />

feel extra-special with one<br />

(or more) of these fabulous gift<br />

ideas. Whether it is a relaxing<br />

massage, a garden addition or a<br />

relaxing treat, Cupid’s Corner has<br />

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the flowers, and give your sweetheart<br />

a luxurious gift that lasts. Visit the gift<br />

experts at Naples Soap Co. in downtown<br />

Mount Dora or in Kissimmee at<br />

the Promenade at Sunset Walk, 3231<br />

Margarita Blvd., Unit J180. For more<br />

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when you purchase $100 in gift cards<br />

in location. Encourage someone special<br />

to put themselves first with a relaxing<br />

massage, facial or stretch. Make<br />

it a gift for two with the re-opening of<br />

Massage Envy’s Couples Room. Visit<br />

them in Suite 100 at 8081 Turkey<br />

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Naples Soap Co.<br />

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gifts for you. From pure paradise body<br />

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extra-special this year from Royal<br />

Landscape Nursery. Think outside<br />

of the chocolate box and give<br />

a fruit tree, palm tree or gift card<br />

to your loved ones for Valentine’s<br />

Day. Royal Landscape Nursery<br />

is located at 2204 Hempel Ave<br />

in Gotha. For more information,<br />

call 407-296-3042 or visit<br />

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Jacob Spafford of Windermere<br />

was named to the 2022<br />

New England Small College Athletic<br />

Conference (NESCAC) fall all-academic<br />

team for football. The recognition<br />

honors sophomores, juniors<br />

and seniors who have maintained a<br />

cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher.<br />

Currently a sophomore in college,<br />

Spafford graduated from Lake<br />

Highland Preparatory School.<br />

tykes/flag football level. The game<br />

will be followed by the Juniors championship<br />

game with the Grand Ave<br />

Saints battling the Avalon Ravens.<br />

The Seniors will be next up with the<br />

Rosemont Eagles facing off against<br />

the Avalon Ravens for their division’s<br />

championship in the afternoon. The<br />

The Sunridge Middle School Lady Eagles volleyball team wins its district<br />

championship game.<br />

Exploria Stadium will host the city<br />

of Orlando 2022 Youth Football<br />

Championship games Nov. 20. Five<br />

championship games will be played<br />

at all youth levels throughout the<br />

entire day. This will be the first time<br />

Exploria Stadium hosts the annual<br />

event, which includes players age 5<br />

through those in ninth grade.<br />

The first championship game kicks<br />

off at 10 a.m. with the Grand Ave<br />

Saints taking on the Smith 49ers at the<br />


Mighty Mites championship game<br />

will follow that and is set for a showdown<br />

between the Grand Ave Saints<br />

and the Ivey Lane Jaguars. The day<br />

will be wrapped up with the Pee Wee<br />

championship taking place, with<br />

those teams still to be determined.<br />

The eighth annual SheBelieves<br />

Cup, presented by Visa, kicks off<br />

at the Exploria Stadium on Feb.<br />

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compiled by Lauren Salinero<br />

4 p.m., followed by the U.S. and<br />

Canada at 7 p.m. The tournament<br />

will run from Feb. 16-22, with the<br />

matches in downtown Orlando serving<br />

as the first of the competition.<br />

The SheBelieves Cup is part of<br />

U.S. Soccer’s SheBelieves initiative<br />

to inspire and empower women and<br />

girls to achieve their goals in sports<br />

and beyond.<br />

All four nations participating in this<br />

year’s tournament are set to take part<br />

in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World<br />

Cup next summer, and all four are<br />

ranked in the top 11 in the world with<br />

the US at No. 1, Canada at No. 6,<br />

Brazil at No. 9, and Japan at No. 11.<br />

For more information, visit<br />

ussoccer.com.<br />

The Emerson College women’s<br />

volleyball team, the Lions, put<br />

up a fight in its season-ending<br />

match against Smith College in the<br />

New England Women’s and Men’s<br />

Athletic Conference Quarterfinals,<br />

ultimately losing the game.<br />

Dr. Phillips resident Caroline<br />

Davis, a communication disorders<br />

major and member of the Class of<br />

2024, was part of that team and<br />

contributed to its notable 2022 season<br />

with an overall record of 18-5<br />

and a NEWMAC record of 7-3. The<br />

Lions reached a regional ranking<br />

of No. 3 during the last week of its<br />

regular season.<br />

The Osceola Council on Aging<br />

Meals on Wheels program will<br />

host the national 2023 March for<br />

Meals campaign gearing up for The<br />

March for Meals 5K Walk & Run,<br />

sponsored by KUA. The event will<br />

take place March 11 at Kissimmee<br />

Lakefront Park, rain or shine, and<br />

will include a 5K run and walk for<br />

individuals and/or corporate and<br />

family teams, the largest and mostspirited<br />

team competition, a free<br />

kids run, and silent auction. Those<br />

who finish receive a medal. Plus,<br />

those who bring nonperishable food<br />

items to help build the food pantry<br />

will be entered into a special prize<br />

drawing.<br />

Registration starts at 6:30 a.m.,<br />

and the run/walk begins at 7:30<br />

a.m. Cost of participation is $30<br />

before March 1, $35 from March<br />

2-10, and $40 the day of the event.<br />

Packet pickup is March 10 from 10<br />

a.m.-4 p.m. at the Kissimmee Civic<br />

Center, located at 201 E. Dakin Ave.<br />

in Kissimmee.<br />

For more information, visit www.<br />

osceolagenerations.org. To register<br />

online through RunSignUp, visit<br />

runsignup.com/race/fl/kissimmee/<br />

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The <strong>Bridal</strong> Planner<br />

Love is in the air, and the wedding season<br />

is closer than you might think. With<br />

the amount of work that goes into planning<br />

a wedding of your dreams, a little<br />

extra help goes a long way. Whether you<br />

are newly engaged or taking your time<br />

getting to the alter, The <strong>Bridal</strong> Planner<br />

answers bridal questions and provides<br />

tips on getting through your wedding<br />

without turning into a “bridezilla.” Also<br />

included are a couple of local vendors<br />

that can make your special day magical.<br />

Simple<br />

Tips for a Better<br />

Wedding Registry<br />

For some couples, the idea of<br />

registering for wedding gifts is an<br />

exciting way to start planning for<br />

the home they’ll be sharing as newlyweds.<br />

For others, the registry is<br />

just one more chore to check off the<br />

wedding to-do list.<br />

Regardless of where you fall on<br />

the love-it-or-hate-it spectrum, most<br />

experts agree a registry is a good<br />

idea, especially for couples who will<br />

be setting up a home together for<br />

the first time. Keep these tips and etiquette<br />

guidelines in mind to get the<br />

most out of your registry.<br />

• Take inventory of what you have<br />

and what you need. For couples who<br />

have lived alone or together, the registry<br />

may be a way to fill in gaps<br />

for necessities neither of you already<br />

have. It’s also a good way to begin<br />

upgrading the less-expensive kitchen<br />

items and furnishings you had as<br />

college students or singles. Make a<br />

list of your needs and wants so you<br />

don’t forget any essentials. If you’re<br />

still in doubt, request a checklist from<br />

the store where you’ll be registering<br />

so you can do some planning.<br />

• Register for things at a wide<br />

range of price points. The whole<br />

purpose of a registry is to make it<br />

easy for your guests to get you things<br />

you’ll like and need. Part of making it<br />

easy is recognizing your guests have<br />


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diverse financial situations. While<br />

it’s customary to gift the bride and<br />

groom, not everyone can afford an<br />

extravagant gift, especially if they’ve<br />

spent money on travel and attire to attend.<br />

While it’s a good idea to offer<br />

modest options, don’t shy away from<br />

bigger ticket items that a small group<br />

might chip in on together.<br />

• Keep access in mind when you<br />

choose where to register. Avoid stores<br />

that are local or regional if you have<br />

many guests who live out of the area.<br />

Also avoid the temptation to choose<br />

online-only options, as some guests<br />

will prefer to see what they’re buying.<br />

Aim for a mix of large national stores<br />

and online retailers.<br />

• Plan to block off at least a few<br />

hours for an in-person registry. It will<br />

take time to get everything set up.<br />

Traveling through the store, debating<br />

options and making your selections<br />

could take longer than expected.<br />

Also be sure to ask how you can add<br />

to or edit your registry after your initial<br />

visit.<br />

• Get your partner involved. There<br />

are bound to be some parts of the registry<br />

your partner may not care about,<br />

but asking for input and making decisions<br />

together lets you both share in<br />

the excitement. Focus on things you’ll<br />

each find useful as you settle into your<br />

new home. For example, the person<br />

who will be responsible for taking out<br />

the trash should get to pick the new<br />

kitchen trash can.<br />

Find more inspiration for planning<br />

your way to wedded bliss at<br />

elivingtoday.com.<br />

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Put More You<br />

Into Your<br />

Wedding Day<br />

A wedding day is filled with symbolic<br />

traditions, from varied religious<br />

customs to the never-ending circle reflected<br />

in the rings and the types of<br />

flowers accentuating the celebration.<br />

Even with all the traditional rituals<br />

to consider, nearly every bride and<br />

groom can find ways to give their special<br />

day some unique touches that reflect<br />

their personality and love.<br />

• Music sets the mood for every<br />

wedding, and it’s an easy place to<br />

put your own spin on the celebration.<br />

Whether you forgo the traditional bridal<br />

march entirely or simply look for an<br />

arrangement that gives an updated<br />

twist to the classic version, let guests<br />

know this isn’t your average wedding<br />

by setting the festivities against a<br />

soundtrack that lets your true character<br />

shine.<br />

• The wedding party is intended to<br />

be a collection of those nearest and<br />

dearest to the bride and groom, who<br />

help ensure the day goes off without<br />

a hitch, and who lead fellow revelers<br />

in celebrating the start of the new<br />

couple’s life together. That being said,<br />

there’s no reason this group must be<br />

limited to women on her side and guys<br />

on his, or even that it’s limited to humans<br />

— a beloved pooch can make<br />

for an adorable ring bearer, after all.<br />

• Photography is an essential element<br />

of your big day, but think beyond<br />

the images you’ll capture throughout<br />

the wedding and reception. Photos<br />

lend a personal touch, no matter what<br />

your color scheme or theme. Integrate<br />

photos of the two of you at various<br />

stages of life, together as a couple and<br />

with loved ones (perhaps even some<br />

you’re honoring in memoriam). You<br />

can display these at a table with the<br />

guest book, as part of the table centerpieces,<br />

or even on the gift table. Or<br />

take things digital and load all your images<br />

into a slideshow set to music.<br />

• Make favors meaningful. Forgo<br />

more common items like bubbles and<br />

chocolate, and instead, send a little of<br />

yourself home with your guests. Maybe<br />

it’s a memento from a place with special<br />

meaning to you both or a bottle<br />

opener shaped like a bicycle to represent<br />

the way you met. Just think about<br />

the moments and things that define you<br />

as a couple and do some searching<br />

online. You’ll probably be surprised by<br />

how quickly the options pile up.<br />

• Serve up a menu that shows guests<br />

more about your life together. Your<br />

loved ones can order basic beef or<br />

chicken anywhere. Instead, give them<br />

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course the same food you enjoyed on<br />

your first date or during another monumental<br />

moment in your courtship. Or,<br />

plan the entire menu around a region<br />

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Weddings are filled with traditions,<br />

but that doesn’t mean you can’t<br />

put your own touches on the day for<br />

a special event filled with memories<br />

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Running around town, securing<br />

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Home & Real Estate<br />

Volume 3, Issue 10 — February 2023<br />

What You<br />

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Starting on a path toward healthy<br />

habits is often easier than maintaining<br />

them long term. This year, you<br />

can avoid a major pitfall of healthy<br />

resolutions and build healthy habits<br />

that stick by working small, positive<br />

steps into your daily life.<br />

In fact, healthy habits are the<br />

first suggested treatment strategy<br />

for people whose blood pressure<br />

and cholesterol levels are creeping<br />

higher than normal, according to an<br />

American Heart Association scientific<br />

statement.<br />

“The current guidelines for managing<br />

high blood pressure and cholesterol<br />

recognize that otherwise<br />

healthy individuals with mildly or<br />

moderately elevated levels of these<br />

cardiovascular risk factors should<br />

actively attempt to reduce these<br />

risks, and increasing physical activity<br />

is a great place to start,” said<br />

Bethany Barone Gibbs, Ph.D.,<br />

chair of the statement writing group<br />

and chair of the department of epidemiology<br />

and biostatistics at West<br />

Virginia University School of Public<br />

Health.<br />

The following six ideas from<br />

American Heart Association’s<br />

Healthy for Good Habit Coach can<br />

help:<br />

Six Ways to<br />

Build Healthy Habits<br />

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Choosing a habit that is rewarding on its own, such as an exercise that you enjoy, makes<br />

the habit more likely to stick.<br />

• Bust common habit-building<br />

myths. You may be surprised to learn<br />

the truth about creating and sticking<br />

to healthy habits. One myth is getting<br />

healthy means doing things you<br />

don’t like. Research shows positive<br />

emotions make habits stick, so set<br />

your intentions on something you<br />

enjoy. Another misconception is big<br />

results require big changes, which<br />

may lead to overly ambitious habits.<br />

However, the simpler the routine is,<br />

the more likely it is to become habit.<br />

• Work with your “brain loops.”<br />

Your brain creates “loops” for habits<br />

made up of three things: a cue, a<br />

routine and a reward. Each time the<br />

loop is repeated, it becomes more<br />

routine and may become automatic.<br />

Knowing this, you can design cues for<br />

developing new, healthy habits such<br />

as setting walking shoes by the bed<br />

to start a walking habit. The routine<br />

is putting on the shoes and walking<br />

around the block, and the reward is<br />

the pleasant sensations and a brighter<br />

mood from a morning stroll.<br />

• Create cues that work for you.<br />

Most successful health habits begin<br />

with a cue. The cue can be external<br />

in your environment or internal<br />

in terms of your mindset. The more<br />

consistent the cue, the more likely it<br />

is to trigger the habit. Hacking your<br />

brain’s reminder system can help you<br />

remember your cue. Some examples<br />

of visual cues are placing a sticky<br />

note where you’ll see it often, keeping<br />

a water bottle on your desk, or<br />

refrigerating fresh veggies at eye<br />

level.<br />

• Build a routine that supports<br />

your goals. Positive and consistent<br />

habits are important to achieving<br />

your personal goals. Small habits<br />

done consistently can add up to big<br />

results. To create a new, healthy habit,<br />

think through the steps that could<br />

lead to your desired outcome. Ask<br />

yourself whether you want to do it,<br />

if it’s easy and if it’s high impact. It’s<br />

important to choose habits that make<br />

a difference and move you closer to<br />

your goals.<br />

For example, if one of your goals<br />

is improving your heart health, a<br />

meaningful habit might be to move<br />

more. Increasing physical activity<br />

can help lower blood pressure and<br />

cholesterol along with many other<br />

health benefits, according to Gibbs.<br />

“Every little bit of activity is better<br />

than none,” she said. “Even small initial<br />

increases of 5-10 minutes a day<br />

can yield health benefits.”<br />

• Use rewards to make habits<br />

stick. Start by choosing a habit you<br />

enjoy that’s rewarding by itself. If<br />

you’re more of a dancer than runner,<br />

increase your physical activity with<br />

an upbeat dance class. You might<br />

also look for a more enjoyable version<br />

of a new habit, such as getting<br />

more fruits and veggies by sipping<br />

on a delicious smoothie.<br />

• Understand resets are part of<br />

the process. New habits are experiments.<br />

If they don’t stick, you haven’t<br />

failed. Instead, you’ve learned what<br />

doesn’t work, which is useful. Get curious<br />

and ask yourself which part of<br />

the habit didn’t work for you. Maybe<br />

the cue was ineffective. Maybe the<br />

steps of the routine were too ambitious,<br />

and you need to split them into<br />

smaller, easier steps. If you realize<br />

you don’t enjoy the habit, stop doing<br />

it and try something else.<br />

Find more inspiration and ideas to<br />

jump-start healthy habits this year at<br />

heart.org/habits.<br />

Source: American Heart Association<br />

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Understanding and improving cholesterol<br />

is important for people of all<br />

ages, including children and teens.<br />

Maintaining healthy cholesterol levels<br />

can help keep your heart<br />

healthy and lower your chances<br />

of getting heart disease or having<br />

a stroke.<br />

High cholesterol usually has<br />

no symptoms. In fact, about<br />

38% of adults in the U.S. are<br />

diagnosed with high cholesterol,<br />

according to representatives of<br />

the American Heart Association.<br />

Understanding what cholesterol<br />

is, the role it plays, when to get<br />

screened, and how to manage it<br />

are important aspects of protecting<br />

your overall health and preventing<br />

a heart attack or stroke.<br />

Understanding Cholesterol<br />

A waxy, fatlike substance created<br />

by the liver and consumed<br />

from meat, poultry and dairy<br />

products, cholesterol isn’t inherently<br />

bad for you. In fact, your<br />

body needs it to build cells and<br />

make vitamins and other hormones.<br />

However, too much cholesterol circulating<br />

in the blood can pose a<br />

problem.<br />

The two types of cholesterol are<br />

low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which<br />

is considered “bad,” and high-density<br />

lipoprotein (HDL), which can be<br />

thought of as “good” cholesterol.<br />

Too much of the “bad” kind, or not<br />

enough of the “good,” increases the<br />

risk of cholesterol slowly building up<br />

in the inner walls of the arteries that<br />

feed the heart and brain.<br />

Cholesterol can join with other<br />

substances to form a thick, hard<br />

deposit on the inside of the arteries<br />

called plaque. This can narrow the<br />

arteries and make them less flexible<br />

— a condition known as atherosclerosis.<br />

If a blood clot forms, it may<br />

be more likely to get stuck in one of<br />

these narrowed arteries, resulting in<br />

a heart attack or stroke.<br />

Understanding Risks<br />

Your body naturally produces all<br />

the LDL it needs. An unhealthy lifestyle<br />

can make your body produce<br />

more LDL than required. Behaviors<br />

that may negatively affect your<br />

What You Need to<br />

Know About Cholesterol<br />

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Getting your cholesterol checked when recommended by your<br />

doctor is essential in monitoring potential health risks.<br />

cholesterol levels include lack of<br />

physical activity, obesity, eating an<br />

unhealthy diet, and smoking or exposure<br />

to tobacco smoke.<br />

In addition to unhealthy habits,<br />

which are the cause of high LDL<br />

cholesterol for most people, some<br />

people inherit genes from their<br />

parents or grandparents — called<br />

familial hypercholesterolemia (FH)<br />

— that cause them to have too much<br />

cholesterol and can lead to premature<br />

atherosclerotic heart disease.<br />

If you have a family history of FH<br />

or problems related to high cholesterol,<br />

it’s important to get your levels<br />

checked.<br />

Getting Cholesterol Checked<br />

Adults age 20 and older should<br />

have their cholesterol and other traditional<br />

risk factors checked every<br />

four to six years as long as their<br />

risk remains low. After age 40, your<br />

health care professional will use an<br />

equation to calculate your 10-year<br />

risk of heart attack or stroke. People<br />

with cardiovascular disease and<br />

those at elevated risk may need their<br />

cholesterol and other risk factors assessed<br />

more often.<br />

Managing Cholesterol<br />

If you have high cholesterol,<br />

understanding<br />

your risk for heart disease<br />

and stroke is one<br />

of the most important<br />

things you can do, along<br />

with taking steps to lower<br />

your cholesterol.<br />

Often, simply changing<br />

certain behaviors<br />

can help bring your<br />

numbers into line.<br />

Eating a heart-healthy<br />

diet that emphasizes<br />

fruits, vegetables, whole<br />

grains, lean or plantbased<br />

protein, fish and<br />

nuts while limiting red<br />

and processed meats,<br />

sodium and sugarsweetened<br />

foods and<br />

beverages is one of the<br />

best ways to lower your cholesterol.<br />

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While grocery shopping, look for<br />

the American Heart Association’s<br />

Heart-Check mark to help identify<br />

foods that can be part of an overall<br />

healthy eating pattern.<br />

Other lifestyle changes include<br />

losing weight, quitting smoking and<br />

becoming more physically active,<br />

as a sedentary lifestyle can lower<br />

HDL. To help lower both cholesterol<br />

and high blood pressure, experts<br />

recommend at least 150 minutes of<br />

moderate-intensity aerobic exercise<br />

a week, such as walking, biking or<br />

swimming.<br />

For some people, lifestyle changes<br />

may prevent or manage unhealthy<br />

cholesterol levels. For others, medication<br />

may also be needed. Work<br />

with your doctor to develop a treatment<br />

plan that’s right for you. If medication<br />

is required, be sure to take it<br />

as prescribed.<br />

Controlling your cholesterol may<br />

be easier than you think. Learn more<br />

about managing your cholesterol at<br />

heart.org/cholesterol.<br />

Source: American Heart Association<br />

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As you age, you may notice that<br />

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However, there are some drawbacks<br />

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• Hydrate from the outside with<br />

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Your body naturally produces less<br />

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Health, the average cellular turnover<br />

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is higher in teens and decreases as<br />

you age. To maintain healthy, supple<br />

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your skin regrow healthy, new cells.<br />

There are many products you can<br />

use to help with cell turnover and regrowth,<br />

but an innovative ingredient<br />

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but it’s commonly used by the U.S.<br />

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board of dermatologists and<br />

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Staying Healthy This Flu Season<br />

December through March is<br />

peak influenza (flu) season. While<br />

common, flu is a potentially serious<br />

and highly contagious respiratory<br />

illness.<br />

This winter, a new American<br />

Lung Association campaign funded<br />

by CSL Seqirus aims to educate<br />

Americans about the flu and steps<br />

they can take to protect themselves<br />

and others from severe flu illness.<br />

Here’s what to know:<br />

• Who is impacted by the flu?<br />

The flu can affect anyone; however,<br />

certain communities are at higher<br />

risk of severe illness and complications,<br />

such as those living with<br />

chronic medical conditions, including<br />

chronic lung disease, heart disease<br />

and/or diabetes. During past<br />

flu seasons, approximately 90% of<br />

flu-related hospitalizations were<br />

among adults with at least one underlying<br />

medical condition. During<br />

the 2021-22 flu season, approximately<br />

30% of hospitalizations<br />

were among adults with chronic<br />

lung disease. People from certain<br />

racial and ethnic minority groups<br />

are also at higher risk for being<br />

hospitalized with the flu compared<br />

to non-Hispanic white adults.<br />

• What will this year’s flu season<br />

look like? Flu activity was relatively<br />

low the past two flu seasons, but it<br />

causes a significant burden every<br />

winter. Seasonal influenza activity<br />

is already elevated and continues<br />

to increase across the country.<br />

Officials of the Centers for Disease<br />

Control and Prevention estimate<br />

that as of early January, there have<br />

been at least 22 million illnesses<br />

and 230,000 hospitalizations.<br />

• How can I protect myself?<br />

While covering your cough, washing<br />

your hands frequently, and<br />

staying home when you’re sick can<br />

help stop the spread of the flu, the<br />

very best way to protect yourself,<br />

your loved ones and your community<br />

is with vaccination. The flu<br />

shot is recommended on an annual<br />

basis for everyone age 6 months<br />

and older. The flu vaccination is especially<br />

important for people with<br />

chronic lung disease and other<br />

chronic health conditions. Speak<br />

with your health care provider to<br />

learn more about influenza and annual<br />

vaccination.<br />

• When should I see a doctor?<br />

If you do get sick, call your doctor<br />

as soon as possible for diagnosis<br />

and treatment — especially<br />

if you’re at high risk for complications.<br />

You should also consult your<br />

doctor if you have complications<br />

like difficulty breathing, chest pains<br />

or a cough persisting for weeks or<br />

months after other symptoms go<br />

away.<br />

Take steps to protect yourself,<br />

your family and your community<br />

from the flu. Practice good health<br />

habits and get your annual vaccination<br />

as early as possible.<br />

To learn more, visit lung.org/<br />

prevent-flu.<br />

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Dr. Hussain is a Mayo Clinic-trained and double<br />

board-certified Medical Doctor specializing in<br />

Regenerative Medicine with the latest technology in<br />

high-quality Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and<br />

image-guided injections for painful conditions such<br />

as arthritis, chronic injuries, as well as hair<br />

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Dr. Hussain has more than 15 years of experience<br />

in evaluation and non-opioid treatment of painful<br />

disorders with joint and spinal injections, under<br />

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for Migraines and other conditions; as well as<br />

performing specialized tests for muscle and nerve<br />

problems (electrodiagnostic studies).<br />

Dr. Hussain is fluent in Spanish.<br />

You should seek a consultation if you have a<br />

condition that causes pain and limits your function<br />

or if you had a recent injury or motor vehicle<br />

accident, even if you are feeling fine. You have 14<br />

days to get medical attention after a motor vehicle<br />

accident or your insurance may deny your claim.

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n Oakland<br />

Oakland Heritage Day, presented<br />

by Orlando Health and in partnership<br />

with Healthy West Orange<br />

and Oakland Nature Preserve,<br />

commemorated the town’s 135th anniversary.<br />

The time-honored festival<br />

was revitalized with fresh, new experiences<br />

tailored for both longtime<br />

and new residents alike. The festival<br />

celebrated Oakland’s small-town<br />

charm, unique history, nature, wellness<br />

and the arts with a family-friendly<br />

day of live music, food trucks, fine<br />

arts and crafts, quality vendors, interactive<br />

kids activities and more.<br />

In honor of its commitment to effective<br />

urban forest management,<br />

Oakland was named a Tree City USA<br />

by the Arbor Day Foundation for the<br />

20th year. In 2022, public works department<br />

staff oversaw the installation<br />

of approximately 500 new trees<br />

of various species, which included<br />

those planted on town-owned<br />


properties, at Oakland Nature<br />

Preserve, and within newly constructed<br />

neighborhoods. Oakland<br />

achieved Tree City USA recognition<br />

by meeting the program’s four requirements:<br />

having a tree board or<br />

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department, having a tree care ordinance,<br />

having an annual community<br />

forestry budget of at least $2 per<br />

capita, and having an Arbor Day<br />

observance and proclamation. The<br />

town exceeded these standards and<br />

Oakland Public Works Department Supervisor Scott Townsend (left) and Jon<br />

Bahamonde of Paradise Landscaping & Irrigation plant a tree donated by the company.<br />

required developers to replace trees<br />

during construction. The benefits<br />

trees provide to urban environments<br />

are endless and include cooler temperatures,<br />

cleaner air, higher property<br />

values and healthier residents.<br />

Oakland has demonstrated a commitment<br />

to doing its part in this effort.<br />

For more information about the program,<br />

visit arborday.org/treecityusa.<br />

n Ocoee<br />

Officials of Graceland University,<br />

located in Lamnoi, Iowa, announced<br />

the college’s fall 2022 graduation<br />

list. Among them was Ocoee resident<br />

La’Stacia Bush, who earned<br />

a Master of Science in nursing (family<br />

nurse practitioner).<br />

West Orange Chamber of<br />

Commerce ambassadors held<br />

a ribbon-cutting for StretchLab in<br />

Ocoee. WOCC builds partnerships,<br />

strong businesses and commitment<br />

to the community by serving as

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ideals. Fewer than 5% of students on<br />

a campus are invited to join each<br />

year.<br />

photo courtesy of WOCC<br />

West Orange Chamber of Commerce ambassadors celebrate the opening of<br />

StretchLab in Ocoee.<br />

the leading business advocate in<br />

Central Florida, facilitating opportunity<br />

to nearly 1,000 member businesses.<br />

For more information about<br />

WOCC, call 407-656-1304 or visit<br />

wochamber.com.<br />

n Et Al<br />

Omicron Delta Kappa, the<br />

National Leadership Honor<br />

Society, recently welcomed 1,085<br />

new initiates from 45 universities.<br />

Among them were University of<br />

Central Florida students Joao de<br />

Mendonca Salim of Winter<br />

Garden and Elizabeth Williams<br />

of Southwest Orlando. Students initiated<br />

into the society must be sophomores,<br />

juniors, seniors or graduate/<br />

professional students in the top 35%<br />

of their class; demonstrate leadership<br />

experience in at least one of the<br />

five pillars; and embrace the ODK<br />

Alan Fickett (right), foundation chair for<br />

the Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips, presents<br />

a Paul Harris award to Dave Lehman.<br />

Mark Ramey, president of the Rotary<br />

Club of Dr. Phillips, welcomes guest<br />

speakers from Dave’s House — Ellen<br />

O’Connor (left), executive director, and Lin<br />

Wilensky, founder.<br />


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n Charities/Fundraisers<br />

Feb. 7 — Orlando Networking Event<br />

Pilars Martini and Loft, 146 W. Plant St., Suite 210,<br />

Winter Garden, hosts the 60th Orlando Networking Event<br />

(O.N.E.) for Base Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation<br />

and Each Other. Attendees must be age 21-older. Time:<br />

5:30-9:30 p.m. Cost: $10 in advance; $15 at the door.<br />

For more information, visit orlandonetworkingevent.com.<br />

Feb. 9 — Walk A Mile In Her Shoes<br />

The 10th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, during which men<br />

and women strap on stilettos (or blingy flip-flops or sneakers if<br />

preferred) and walk down Orange Avenue to show solidarity<br />

with survivors of domestic violence. Time: 5 p.m. for registration<br />

and various activities; the event formally kicks off on the<br />

steps of the Orange County Courthouse at 6 p.m. Cost: $35<br />

to receive an event T-shirt; $25 without receiving a T-shirt, with<br />

proceeds benefiting Harbor House of Central Florida. For<br />

more information or to register, visit www.classy.org/event/<br />

walk-a-mile-in-her-shoes-2023/e457201.<br />

Feb. 11 — Paws In The Park<br />

Downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola Park hosts Pet Alliance of<br />

Greater Orlando’s 29th annual Paws in the Park pet festival,<br />

including a pet costume contest with celebrity judges and<br />

cash prizes at 10 a.m. (Themes are “Stars of Film & TV,”<br />

“Favorite Food,” and “Dogs With Jobs.”) Other activities,<br />

which take place until 4 p.m., include dock diving for dogs,<br />

lure courses, a beer garden, a variety of food trucks and shopping,<br />

pet products and more, plus pet adoption opportunities.<br />

Pet Alliance’s mobile vet unit also is on-site and provides free<br />

vaccines. For more information, visit www.pawsinthepark.org.<br />

Feb. 11 — Cupid’s Undie Run Orlando<br />

Elixir, 9 W. Washington St., Orlando, kicks off Cupid’s Undie<br />

Run Orlando, the largest pantless party and mile(ish) run in<br />

the nation, which begins with drinking and dancing, followed<br />

by a jog, and ending with an epic dancing party. Time: noon-<br />

4 p.m. Monies raised benefit neurofibromatosis (NF) research<br />

through the Children’s Tumor Foundation and improve lives<br />

for those living with NF, a genetic disorder that causes tumors<br />

to grow on nerves throughout the body. For more information,<br />

to donate or to register for the event, visit my.cupids.org/<br />

event/2023-cupids-undie-run-orlando/e390994.<br />

Feb. 11 — Indigo Bluegrass BBQ<br />

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens’ Orianne Center<br />

for Indigo Conservation, hosts the second annual Indigo<br />

Bluegrass BBQ, including live music, an array of barbecue<br />

favorites provided by OakWood Smokehouse & Grill, wine<br />

and beer and a live auction. Parking is only available at<br />

the Cassia Community Center, 29245 Florida Highway<br />

44, Eustis. Time: noon-4 p.m. Cost: $30 per person; $50<br />

for two people, with proceeds benefiting OCIC’s mission to<br />

reestablish the eastern indigo snake, a threatened species<br />

in Florida and surrounding states. OCIC also works to reintroduce<br />

the striped newt. For more information, to purchase<br />

tickets or to bid on auction items, visit www.biddingforgood.<br />

com/auction/auctionhome.action?auctionId=341700125.<br />

Feb. 25 — An Evening With Fabulous<br />

Friends<br />

Mennello Museum of American Art, 900 E. Princeton<br />

St., Orlando, hosts An Evening With Fabulous Friends,<br />

including art, music, dinner, a champagne toast and luxury<br />

auction with featured artist Donna Dowless’ The Colors of<br />

Love. Time: 6-9 p.m. Cost: $275. Sponsorships are available.<br />

For more information or to purchase tickets, email<br />

mennello.museum@cityoforlando.net or visit mennellomu<br />

seum.charityproud.org/eventregistration/Index/10795.<br />

Feb. 26 — Season Gala<br />

The John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E.<br />

Rollins St., Orlando, hosts Orlando Shakes’ 34th Season<br />

Gala, including, food, wine, live entertainment and more.<br />

Cocktail attire is requested. Time: 5 p.m. Cost: $300,<br />

benefiting the theater’s mission to produce bold professional<br />

theater, develop new plays and provide innovative<br />

educational experiences for all ages. For more information,<br />

call 407-447-1700 or visit www.orlandoshakes.org.<br />

March 3 — A Runway For Giving<br />

The Oceana Grand Ballroom at Loews Royal Pacific<br />

Resort, 6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando, hosts Morning<br />

Star Catholic School’s 60th annual fashion show A<br />

Runway for Giving, including a silent auction, passed<br />

hors d’oeuvres and mimosas, a gourmet luncheon, a<br />

program and fashion show. Attire is daytime dressy — a<br />

jacket for the men (tie optional) and a dress or pantsuit for<br />

women. Time: 10:30 a.m. Cost: $250, benefiting MSCS<br />

for special-needs students. For more information, visit one.<br />

bidpal.net/fashionshow2023/welcome.<br />

April 15 — Over The Edge<br />

Hyatt Regency Orlando, 9801 International Drive,<br />

Orlando, hosts Over the Edge, presented by Avalon<br />

Roofing Solutions. Participants rappel down the side of<br />

HRO’s 32-story building to raise funds for Give Kids The<br />

World. Cost: A nonrefundable $50 to register. A fundraising<br />

page is created for each participant, who must<br />

raise a minimum of $1,000 by April 10, 2023. For more<br />

information or to register, visit give.gktw.org/event/overthe-edge-2023/e394243.<br />

n Children’s/Teen<br />

Programs<br />

Ongoing — In-Person Storytimes<br />

Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St., Winter Garden,<br />

hosts the following in-person storytimes for children:<br />

Storybook Fun for preschoolers is Fridays at 10:15 a.m.,<br />

Toddler Time is Fridays at 10:45 a.m., and Tiny Tales for<br />

babies up to 18 months is Fridays at 11:15 a.m. For more<br />

information, call 407-835-7323 or visit www.ocls.info.<br />

n Events/Performances<br />

Through Feb. 28 — Art Exhibition<br />

Crealdé School of Art and the city of Winter Garden<br />

co-present Reflection of Time, an exhibition in honor of<br />

Black History Month, at the Art in Public Places Gallery<br />

at Winter Garden City Hall. For more information, call<br />

407-671-1886 or visit crealde.org.<br />


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Through March 17 — Art & History<br />

Exhibit<br />

In celebration of Black History Month, the town of Oakland<br />

invites the public to Hold Fast to Dreams, a new art and<br />

history exhibition that delves into Oakland’s African<br />

American heritage. Time: Wednesday-Friday from 10<br />

a.m.-3 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month. For more<br />

information, visit www.oaklandfl.gov/artsandheritage or<br />

www.facebook.com/hwoahatoakland.<br />

Feb. 11 — Heritage Music Festival<br />

In celebration of the city’s 120th anniversary, historic<br />

downtown Winter Garden hosts the Winter Garden<br />

Heritage Music Festival, including live music, entertainment,<br />

heritage activities, history walking tours, a kids<br />

zone and more. Time: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission is free;<br />

however, sponsorships are available. For more information,<br />

visit www.cwgdn.com or www.downtownwg.com.<br />

Feb. 18 — Wedding Venue Open House<br />

Paradise Cove, 13245 Lake Bryan Drive, Orlando, hosts<br />

Orlando’s premier wedding venue open house, an evening<br />

of fun, romance and wedding planning. Attendees meet<br />

wedding vendors such as caterers, DJs, florists, photographers<br />

and more. Time: 5-8 p.m. For more information,<br />

call 407-239-6939 or visit paradisecoveorlando.com.<br />

Feb. 18 — Presentation & Book Signing<br />

Winter Garden Heritage Foundation’s Heller Hall, 21<br />

E. Plant St., Winter Garden, hosts Florida: A History<br />

in Pictures, a portrait of the state. After an informative<br />

presentation, books are available for purchase and signing.<br />

Time: 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit wghf.org.<br />

Feb. 18 — MLK Gospel Concert<br />

Steinmetz Hall at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing<br />

Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando, hosts the eighth<br />

annual MLK Gospel Concert, produced and directed by<br />

Grammy Award winner Jeffrey Redding. Time: 7 p.m.<br />

Admission is free; however, attendees are encouraged to<br />

bring nonperishable food donations for Second Harvest<br />

Food Bank of Central Florida. For more events, visit<br />

orlando.gov/events/mlk.<br />

n Miscellaneous<br />

Feb. 14 — Group Wedding Ceremony<br />

Southwest Orlando resident and Orange County Clerk of<br />

Courts Tiffany Moore Russell performs a group wedding<br />

ceremony for up to 30 couples in front of the steps of the<br />

Orange County Courthouse in downtown Orlando. Time:<br />

1 p.m. Cost: $70, which includes the wedding ceremony<br />

fee, a commemorative certificate, wedding photos, a delicious<br />

treat and a special gift. You must obtain your marriage<br />

license first for an additional fee before registering<br />

for the event. For more information or to register, visit<br />

www.myorangeclerk.com.<br />

Feb. 23 — Food Truck Connection<br />

MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 S. Hiawassee Road,<br />

Orlando, hosts the MetroWest Food Truck Connection,<br />

including food, fun and music. Time: fourth Thursday of<br />

every month from 5:30-8:30 p.m. For more information,<br />

visit www.metrowestcommunity.com.<br />

n Networking/Clubs<br />

Ongoing — Members Wanted<br />

The West Orange Women seeks females of all ages<br />

to join its group for fun, friendship and philanthropy.<br />

Annual dues are $25. For more information, email<br />

Alice Bergeson, westorangewomen@gmail.com; or visit<br />

www.westorangewomen.com.<br />

Feb. 7, 14, 21 & 28 — Virtual<br />

Toastmasters Meetings<br />

Windermere Toastmasters Club No. 4662754 holds Zoom<br />

meetings. Attendees learn to develop their oral communication<br />

and leadership skills in a supportive and positive learning<br />

environment. Time: Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. For more<br />

information or to request online Zoom meeting details, visit<br />

www.4662754.toastmastersclubs.org and click “Contact Us.”<br />

Feb. 8, 15 & 22 — Virtual Toastmasters<br />

Meetings<br />

The Turnpike Toastmasters Club holds Zoom meetings.<br />

Time: Wednesdays from noon-1 p.m. For more<br />

information or to register for a virtual meeting, visit<br />

2362.toastmastersclubs.org and click “Contact Us” at<br />

least one day before the event.<br />

Feb. 9, 16 & 23 — Virtual Thursday<br />

Morning Men’s Group<br />

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church hosts a men’s online<br />

group with the Rev. Jad. Time: Thursdays at 7:45 a.m.<br />

via Zoom. For more information or to register, call 407-<br />

876-4991 or visit st.lukes.org/adults.<br />

Feb. 9, 16 & 23 — Virtual Toastmasters<br />

Meetings<br />

The Vista Toastmasters Club holds Zoom meetings.<br />

Time: Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m. For more information,<br />

email vistatoastmasters.zoom@gmail.com or visit<br />

www.vistatoastmasters.org.<br />

n Support Groups<br />

Ongoing — Hope For Hurting Parents<br />

Support Group Meetings<br />

The Parish Life Center at Holy Family Catholic Church, 5125<br />

S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts Hope for Hurting<br />

Parents support group meetings for parents, grandparents,<br />

aunts, uncles, etc., who have children of any age who<br />

struggle with mental health issues, self-harm, eating disorders,<br />

substance abuse, gender confusion, suicidal thoughts<br />

and more. Time: first and third Monday of each month<br />

from 6-8 p.m. For more information, email Beth Denhof,<br />

bethdenhof@msn.com, or call her at 407-399-5872; or email<br />

Kelly Muscaro, kkmuscaro@aol.com, or call her at 407-963-<br />

5277. For more information, including resources and book<br />

recommendations, visit www.hopeforhurtingparents.com.<br />

Feb. 7 & 21 — Virtual Teen Grief<br />

Support Group Meetings<br />

The Cornerstone Hospice Bereavement Team holds virtual teen<br />

grief support group meetings for teens 12-17 struggling with<br />

the loss of a loved one or feeling anxious, upset or confused<br />

because of the pandemic. Groups are free and open to the<br />

public. Registration is required. Time: first and third Tuesday of<br />

each month from 5-6 p.m. For more information or to register,<br />

call 866-742-6655 or visit www.cornerstonehospice.org.<br />


Submit your purrr-fect pet photos for Southwest Orlando Bulletin’s 22nd<br />

annual pet photo album! Southwest Orlando's picture-perfect pets will<br />

be featured in our March 16 issue.<br />

All photos must be received by Feb. 22. Email photos to<br />

Lauren@kearneypublishing.com.<br />

All photos must be at least 200 KB in size.<br />

Please include name, pet’s name, address, neighborhood and phone<br />

number on entry. For more information, call 407-351-1573, option 4,<br />

or email Lauren@kearneypublishing.com.<br />

* Must be a Southwest resident to participate.<br />

Dogs • Cats • Birds • Reptiles • Rabbits • Fish • Rodents • Horses • Etc.

Feb. 14 & March 14 — Virtual Support<br />

Group Meetings For Caregivers<br />

The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center sponsors<br />

a free support group meeting for caregivers in the Suite<br />

281 Conference Room (next to the south elevators on<br />

the second floor) at Health Central Hospital, 10000 W.<br />

Colonial Drive, Ocoee. Time: second Tuesday of each<br />

month at 6 p.m. For more information, call 407-843-1910<br />

or visit www.adrccares.org.<br />

Feb. 15 & March 1 — Virtual Teen Talks<br />

Support Group Meetings<br />

The Cornerstone Hospice Bereavement Team holds virtual<br />

teen talks support group meetings for youth 12-17. Groups<br />

are free and open to the public. Registration is required.<br />

Time: first and third Wednesday of each month from 3:30-<br />

4:30 p.m. For more information or to register, call 866-742-<br />

6655 or visit www.cornerstonehospice.org.<br />

Feb. 28 & March 14 — Mental Health<br />

Support Group Meetings<br />

The second floor of<br />

Building B at St. Luke’s<br />

United Methodist Church,<br />

4851 S. Apopka-Vineland<br />

Road, Orlando, hosts free<br />

connection and family<br />

support group meetings<br />

for individuals affected by<br />

mental illness. The connection<br />

support group meets<br />

in Room B-204, and families<br />

meet in Room B-206.<br />

The 90-minute meeting is<br />

peer-led and helps participants connect with each other,<br />

learn from each other’s experiences, share coping strategies<br />

and offer each other encouragement and understanding.<br />

Time: the second and fourth Tuesday of each month<br />

at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 407-253-1900,<br />

email information@namigo.org or visit www.namigo.org.<br />

n Volunteers Needed<br />

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed<br />

My Brother’s Keeper seeks volunteers — especially adult<br />

men (18-older) of color — who can serve as positive role<br />

models and mentor boys and young men of color. For<br />

more information, email Grace, gdearden@vcifl.org, at<br />

Volunteers for Community Impact.<br />

Contributions to Community Bulletin Board are<br />

welcome. Please send information six weeks<br />

before the event to P.O. Box 851, Windermere,<br />

FL 34787; call 407-351-1573, option 5; or email<br />

Lisa@kearneypublishing.com. ª<br />

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Southwest Social<br />

SEEN<br />

Orlando’s largest pet festival, Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando’s<br />

29th annual Paws in the Park, returns Feb. 11 at downtown<br />

Orlando’s Lake Eola Park. Activities include a pet costume contest<br />

with celebrity judges and cash prizes, and the themes are “Stars of<br />

Film & TV,” “Favorite Food” and “Dogs With Jobs.” Participants and<br />

their furry family members can register online and invite their friends<br />

and family to join them for a special award ceremony, costume<br />

contest and numerous other festivities. The event ends at 4 p.m. For<br />

more information or to register, visit www.petallianceorlando.org or<br />


P.O. Box 851<br />

Windermere, FL 34786<br />


Valentine’s Day<br />




1560 East Buena Vista Drive • Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830<br />


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