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					                                                                                                          For over a quarter century, DeLuca
                                                                                                          Homes has been listening carefully to
                                                                                                          everything homebuyers have to tell us.
                                                                                                          And it’s evident in every home we
                                                                                                          craft... each one designed for living
                                                                                                          and built for life. We invite you to
                                                                                                          discover the DeLuca difference at the
                                                                                                          communities listed below. One look
                                                                                                          and we think you’ll agree. There’s a
                                                                                                          DeLuca home in your future.




 Dr. Phillips area                                                                              Clermont
 Toscana                                                                                        Sawgrass Bay
 • 2 & 3-Bedroom/2-Bath Condominiums                                                            NOW OPEN!
 • Gated community                                                                              • 3, 4 & 5 Bedroom Homes with up to 3,468 sq ft
 • Very convenient to world class shopping, culture, night life & area theme parks              • 20-acre recreation park • Neighborhood clubhouse, pool and fitness center
 • Private balconies with lake views                                                            • Adjacent to new elementary school opening in 2007!
 • Neighborhood pool & fitness room                                                             Single-Family Homes from the $300’s.
 Condominium Lifestyle from the $400’s.                                                         Directions: From I-4, US 192 Exit and go West. Right onto US 27. Go approx 2 miles to
 Directions: I-4 to Sand Lake Rd Exit. Turn west & then right on Turkey Lake Rd. Entrance       Sawgrass Bay on right. Sales Center Open Sun & Mon 12-6, Tues-Sat 10-6.
 1/2 mile on left. Sales Center open Sun & Mon 12-6, Tues-Sat 10-6.
                                                                                                352.536.2667
 407.370.3334
                                                                                                Seminole County
 Southeast Orlando
 Woodland Lakes Preserve                                                                        Bella Vista
 • 3, 4 & 5 Bedroom Single-Family Homes                                                         COMING SOON!
 • Gated community                                                                              • Luxury Estate Homes • Gated community
 • Neighborhood pool, pavilion and tot lot                                                      • Seminole County schools/Lake Brantley High School
 • Homesites adjacent to conservation land or water                                             To register for our VIP Preview List go to delucahomes.com, scroll down to
 • Convenient to shopping, major highways & University of Central Florida                       Coming Soon and click on our Bella Vista link.
 Single-Family Homes from the mid $300’s.                                                       404.869.1171
 Directions: Route 408 East to Alafaya Trail South. Turn right on Curry Ford Rd. Community is
 1/4 mile on right. Models & Sales Center open Sun & Mon 12-6, Tues-Sat 10-6.
 407.384.4530



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new construction single family home developments.

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                                                                                                ABOUT ORLANDO
                                                   State of Florida                                                   6
                                                   Important Phone Numbers                                            9
                                                   Travel Information                                             10-12
                                                   Weather Information                                               12
                                                   Media                                                             16
Publisher: NewMarket Services, Inc.                Vehicle and Voter Information                                     17
                                                   About Orlando                                               7, 13-14
President: Patrick Morgan
                                                      Things to Do                                                19-25
Managing Editor: Rebecca Wallace                      Sports                                                      27-29
Executive Editor: Jason Gerali                        Recreation Bureau                                           29-30
                                                      Public Golf Courses                                            31
Contributing Writer: Amy Tennant
Executive VP Sales & Marketing: Robert Fischer                                                               MOVING
Regional Sales Manager: Beth Hurley                Smooth Transitions                                             32-33
                                                     Choosing a Moving Company                                       32
Art Department: Sprague Design Co.                   Packing Tips                                                 32-33
Graphic Designer: Dean Sprague                       Staying Organized                                               33
                                                     Settling Into Your New Home                                     33
NewMarket On-Line: Total Web Design, Inc.
                                                   What’s All the Talk About?                                        34
IT and Web Development: Larry Bongiovi             Pre-Move Checklist                                             36-37
Research Assistant: Stephanie Cooper, Lora Price
                                                                                 MOVING WITH CHILDREN & PETS
Circulation: Little Drummer Boy Dist., Inc.
                                                   Reinforce the Positives                                        41-42
Phoenix Office:                                      Choosing a School                                            41-42
  1814 East Bell Road, Suite 2113                  Selecting Child Care                                              43
  Phoenix, AZ 85022                                Education                                                      44-46
  Phone: (602) 923-3415                            Relocating Your Pet                                               48
  Fax: (602) 923-0774
                                                                                             FITNESS & HEALTH
  Toll Free: (866) 595-3791
                                                   In the Kitchen                                                    50
Chicago Office:                                    Physical and Mental Well Being                                 51-55
   902 North Ashland                               Volunteering                                                      56
   Chicago, IL 60622
   Phone: (312) 226-6288                                                                                    HOUSING
   Fax: (312) 226-6290                             Making the Right Choice                                        56-57
   Toll Free: (866) 595-3792                       Choosing the Right Home                                           59
                                                   Home Inspection Checklist                                         60
NewMarket currently publishes Information          Homecare Basics for New Homeowners                                64
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                                                   Selecting a Builder                                               72
In preparing this publication, every effort        Selecting a Contractor                                            75
has been made to assure the accuracy of
the information contained herein, but
                                                   Mortgage Information                                           76-78
authenticity cannot be guaranteed. Listings
are subject to omission, error or change                                                  BUSINESS DIRECTORY
without notice.                                    Locator Code Map                                                  81
                                                   Business Directory Index                                          82
All material in this publication is copyright
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        S TAT E O F F L O R I D A
                                            C
                                                              N
                                                                                          With 1,100 miles of beaches, if you were to walk one mile of
s
                                                Columbia                               Florida beach every day, it would take you longer than two-and-a-
                                                                                       half years to get around the whole state. Each area has its own
                                                 SC
                                                            Charleston                 personality and unique coastal strands. Some are relaxing and
                            Atlanta
                                                                                       quiet, places where one could look around and see nothing but
        Birmingham
                                                                                       sand, sea and sea grapes—no high rises. Others, well known for
                                      GA                                               being exceptionally family-friendly, are full of kids. These beaches
            AL
                                                            Atlantic Ocean             may be dotted with rainbow-striped beach umbrellas, sand castles,
                                                                                       surf boards, kites and maybe a pier or a mini-golf course. Each
                 Tallahassee                          Jacksonville                     beach has something setting it apart—one may be in a national
                                                                                       wildlife refuge, one may have emerald green waters while another
                                                         Daytona Beach
                                                                                       has clear blue water, and some have various museums.
                                                 FL
           Gulf of Mexico
                                                                                          Florida’s economy relies heavily on tourism. About 60 million
                                                                                       visitors visit the state every year. Warm weather and hundreds of
                                                  Orlando
                     Tampa/St. Petersburg                         Port St. Lucie       miles of beach attract vacationers from around the world. The Walt
                                                                                       Disney World Resort, a mega-resort consisting of four theme parks,
                                                                     West Palm Beach
                                                                                       more than twenty hotels, water parks, shopping centers, and other
                               Fort Myers/Naples                     Fort Lauderdale
                                                                                       attractions, is an important tourist attraction located in Lake Buena
                                                                     Miami             Vista. Together, Walt Disney World, and other theme park resorts
                                                                                       such as Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld, are an important
                                                                                       driver of the Central Florida economy. Orlando attracts more visitors
                                                                                       than any other amusement park destination in the United States.


F
           lorida is situated mostly on a large peninsula between the
           Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida.               Other major industries include citrus fruit and juice production,
           It extends to the northwest into a panhandle, extending along               banking, and phosphate mining within the Bone Valley region. With
    the northern Gulf of Mexico. It is bordered on the north by the states             the arrival of the space program at Kennedy Space Center in the
    of Georgia and Alabama, and on the west, at the end of the                         1960s, Florida has developed a sizeable aerospace industry.
    panhandle, by Alabama. It is near the countries of the Caribbean,
    particularly the Bahamas and Cuba.
       Florida’s nickname is the “Sunshine State,” but severe weather is
    a common occurrence in the state. Central Florida is known as the
                                                                                                           Fast Facts
    lightning capital of the United States, as it experiences more                                   P O P U L AT I O N :    17,789,864
    lightning strikes than anywhere else in the country. Florida has the
                                                                                                            C A P I TA L :   Tallahassee
    highest average precipitation of any state, in large part because
    afternoon thunderstorms are common in most of the state from late                                        COUNTIES:       67
    spring until early autumn. A fair day may be interrupted with a                                       TIME ZONE:         Eastern Daylight Time
    storm, only to return to regular, gorgeous sunshine. These
                                                                                                       STATE MOTTO:          “In God we trust”
    thunderstorms, caused by collisions between airflow from the Gulf
    of Mexico and airflow from the Atlantic Ocean, pop up in the early                               LARGEST CITIES:         Jacksonville , Miami, Tampa
    afternoon and can bring heavy downpours, high winds, and                                    HOUSING UNITS:               8,009,427
    sometimes tornadoes. Florida leads the United States in tornadoes                             M E D I A N VA L U E :     $105,500
    per square mile, but these tornadoes do not typically reach the
                                                                                                MEDIAN INCOME:               $38,985
    intensity of those in the Midwest and Great Plains. Key West has the
    highest average temperature in the United States.                                           S TAT E S A L E S TA X :     6%




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                                                                        ABOUT ORLANDO



OVERVIEW


                                 T
                                        he city of Orlando is the county seat of Orange County, Florida. According to the
                                        2004 U.S. Census the city had a population of 205,648 (metropolitan area nearly
                                        1.8 million). It is the sixth-largest city in Florida, and its largest inland city. It is also at
                                 the head of the state’s third-largest metropolitan area, behind Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West
                                 Palm Beach and Tampa-St. Petersburg. Additionally, Orlando is home to the second largest
                                 university in Florida, the University of Central Florida.
                                    The city is best known for the tourist attractions in the area, particularly the nearby Walt
                                 Disney World Resort, which is in the Reedy Creek Improvement District. Other area
                                 attractions include Sea World, Universal Orlando Resort and also the World’s Largest
                                 McDonald’s. Despite being far from the main tourist attractions, downtown Orlando has
                                 recently seen much redevelopment, with many more projects currently under construction
                                 or planned. One of the oldest attractions in this area is Gatorland.
                                    To no surprise, a large part of the Orlando area economy is involved in the tourist industry.
                                 Tourism surrounding Orlando is worth billions of dollars to the area’s economy. Over 48
                                 million visitors came to the Orlando region in 2004. The convention industry is also critical
                                 to the region’s economy, due partly to the multitude of attractions available for all age ranges
                                 in the area. The Orange County Convention Center, expanded in 2004 to over two million
                                 square feet of exhibition space, is now the second-largest convention complex in the United
                                 States.
                                    The area’s economy includes other industries besides tourism, such manufacturing.
                                 Lockheed-Martin has a large manufacturing facility for aeronautical crafts and related high
                                 tech research due to Orlando’s proximity to the NASA Kennedy Space Center. Since the
                                 1970s and 1980s the area is also home to many computer software and hardware firms,
                                 such as IBM. Another developing sector is the film, television, and electronic gaming
                                 industries, aided by the presence of Universal Studios, Disney-MGM Studios, Electronic
                                 Arts, Full Sail School, and other entertainment companies and schools. Numerous office
                                 complexes for large corporations have popped up along the Interstate 4 corridor north of
                                 Orlando, especially in Maitland, Lake Mary and Heathrow. The U.S. modeling, simulation,
ORLANDO QUICK FACTS
                                 and training (MS&T) industry is centered around the Orlando region as well, with a
    Zip Code: 32801-32839        particularly strong presence in the UCF Research Park.
                                   The diversifying economy has led to an incredibly low unemployment rate in Greater
      Population: 205,640
                                 Orlando of 3.4% as of September 2005. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, August
        County: Orange           2005) The result is explosive growth that has led to urban sprawl in the surrounding area
       Sales Tax: 6.00%          and skyrocketing housing prices. Housing prices in Greater Orlando went up 34% in one
                                 year, from an average of $182,000 in August 2004 to $245,000 in August 2005. (Source:
       Median Age: 32.5
                                 Orlando Regional Realtor Association)
 Home Median Value: $123,089     Metropolitan Area
 Home Appreciation Rate: 9.23%      In the Orlando area, like most metropolitan areas in Florida, the majority of the population
                                 lives outside the city proper. Orlando is the center of the Orlando-Daytona Beach-
     Home Owned: 55.31%
                                 Melbourne metropolitan area. Nearby suburbs extend into the surrounding counties.
     Cost of Living: 100.1%      Oviedo, in Seminole County, has been listed as one of the fastest growing cities in the
    Median Income: $45,134       United States. Clermont (Lake County) and Poinciana (Osceola) have also seen explosive
                                 growth. Deltona, a city in Volusia County that was only incorporated in 1995, has grown so
   Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
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    N AT I O N A L H E A LT H O R G A N I Z AT I O N P H O N E N U M B E R S


National Health Organization                                            Mental Health
The following numbers may be reached by dialing                         National Alliance for the Mentally Illness (NAMI)          950-6264
1-800 and then the following numbers                      1-800-*…      National Down Syndrome Society                             244-4444
Allergy                                                                 National Mental Health Association Resource Ctr            969-6642
Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AFFA)             727-8462
                                                                        Neurology
Cancer                                                                  National Alzheimer’s Association                           272-3900
American Cancer Society                                   227-2345
                                                                        Christopher Reeve’s Paralysis Foundation                   225-0292
American Institute for Cancer Research.                   843-8114
                                                                        American Parkinson Disease Association                     223-2732
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America                  955-4572
                                                                        Epilepsy Foundation of America.                            332-1000
National Cancer Institute (CIS)                           422-6237
                                                                        United Cerebral Palsy Associations (UCPA)                  872-5827
Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF)                              754-6490
                                                                        Huntington’s Disease Society of America                    345-4372
Children’s Health                                                       Brain Injury Association of America Family Hotline         444-6443
American SIDS Foundation                                  232-7437
                                                                        National Headache Foundation                               843-2256
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF)                          344-4823
                                                                        National Multiple Sclerosis Society                        344-4867
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation                     223-1138
                                                                        National Stroke Association                                787-6537
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Alliance              221-7437
                                                                        Patient Care
National Reye’s Syndrome Foundation, Inc.                 233-7393
                                                                        Medic Alert Foundation U.S.                  863-3425 or 432-5378
Spina Bifida Association of American                      621-3141
                                                                        National Hospice Organization                            658-8898
Infectious Diseases                                                     Shriner’s Hospital Referral Line                         237-5055
AIDS Hotline, CDC National, National STD Hotline      342-AIDS
                                                                        Visiting Nurse Association of America                    426-2547
(Spanish)                                             344-7432
                                                                        Physical Disabilities
(Hearing Impaired)                                    243-7889
                                                                        American Council of the Blind.                             424-8666
Internal Medicine
                                                                        American Speech/Language/Hearing Association               638-8255
American Diabetes Association                         232-3472
                                                                        National Easter Seals Society                              221-6827
American Heart Association                242-8721 or 968-1793
American Kidney Association                           638-8299          Woman’s Health
                                                                        Endometriosis Association.                                    992-3636
American Lung Association                             586-4872
                                                                        Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization.                     221-2141
Arthritis Foundation                                  283-7800
                                                                        *This is a Toll-Free Number!
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Inc.       932-2423          This is only a partial list of national health organizations.
Lupus Foundation of America                           558-0121          Contact the National Health Information Center (NHIC)
National Kidney Foundation                            622-9010          at (800) 336-4797 for a more complete list.
Spondylitis Association of American (SAA)             777-8189

NOTE: This general information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional as it relates to your specific situation.




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Area Codes                                                 Services
321 Brevard County                                         AAA Motor Club Services                          (800)   222-4357
407 Orange County                                          Better Business Bureau                           (407)   621-3300
                                                           Big Brothers/Sisters                             (407)   897-3434
Emergency                                                  Economic Development Commission                  (407)   422-7159
All Emergencies                                    911
                                                           Health and Family Services                       (407)   836-7616
Poison Control                          (407) 841-5222
Runaway Hotline                         (800) 786-2929     Hospice                                          (407)   682-0808
                                                           Humane Society of Orlando                        (407)   351-7722
Financial Services                                         Library Info Line                                (407)   835-7323
Automatic Teller Information                               Southern Medical Association                     (800)   423-4992
ATM Locator                             (800) 248-4286     Time and Weather                                 (407)   475-0700
MasterCrd ATM                           (800) 424-7787     United Way                                       (407)   897-6464
VISA Plus System                        (800) 843-7587
                                                           Shipping & Postal Service
Lost or Stolen Credit Cards
                                                           Airborne Express                                 (800) 247-2676
American Express                        (800)   233-5432
                                                           Federal Express                                  (800) 463-3339
AT&T Universal Card                     (800)   423-4343
                                                           UPS                                              (800) 742-5877
Diners Club                             (800)   234-6377
Discover Card                           (800)   347-2683   Utilities
JCB                                     (800)   736-8111   Orlando Utilities Commission                     (407) 423-9100
MasterCard                              (800)   826-2181   Florida Power Commission                         (407) 629-1010
VISA                                    (800)   336-8472   Peoples Gas                                      (407) 425-4661
Lost or Stolen Travelers Checks                            Communications
American Express                        (800)   221-7282    AT&T long                                       (800)   222-0300
Thomas Cook MasterCard                  (800)   223-7373    Bell South                                      (800)   753-0115
Travelers Check Customer Service        (800)   645-6556    MCI                                             (800)   950-5555
VISA                                    (800)   227-6811    Sprint                                          (800)   877-4646
Government                                                  Western Union                                   (800)   325-6000
City of Orlando Fire                    (407 )246 2604     Visitors Information
Orange County Sheriff                   (407) 836-3721     Orlando Chamber of Commerce                      (407) 425-1234
City of Orlando-Main                    (407 )246-2121     Orlando Visitors Information Center              (407) 363-5800
City of Orlando Solid Waste             (407) 246-2314
City Animal Control                     (407) 282-9600
Orlando/Orange County Dept. of Health   (407) 623-1370
Police                                  (407) 246-2470
State of Florida-Governor               (850) 488-2183
Voter Registration                      (407) 836-2070




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Airports                                                                  Express Jet, www.continental.com                  (800) 523-3272
Orlando International Airport                                             Frontier Airlines, www.frontierairlines.com       (800) 432-1359
One Airport Boulevard                                                     Hawaiian Airlines, www.hawaiianair.com            (800) 367-5320
Orlando, FL 32827-4399                                                    jetBlue Airlines                                  (800) 538-2583
(407) 825-2001, (407) 825-2353                                            Midwest Express                                   (800) 452-2022
   Orlando International Airport is located 9 miles southeast of          National Airlines                                 (888) 757-5387
downtown Orlando. Built on the site of the former McCoy Air Force         Northwest, www.nwa.com                            (800) 225-2525
Base, OIA covers almost 15,000 acres and is the third largest             Skyway Airlines, www.midwestairlines.com          (800) 452-2022
airport in the U.S. More than 80 domestic and international airlines      Skywest/Delta. www.delta.com                      (800) 453-9417
service OIA, and over 29 million passengers pass through the              Southwest Airlines, www.southwest.com             (800) 435-9792
airport yearly. Some of the airlines are America West, American           Spirit Airlines                                   (800) 772-7117
Airlines, ATA, British Airways, Continental Airlines, Delta, Delta
                                                                          SunCountry Airlines, www.suncountry.com           (800) 359-6786
Express, Virgin Atlantic, TWA and Tower Air.
                                                                          TWA                                               (800) 221-2000
Orlando Sanford International Airport                                     United Airlines, www.ual.com                      (800) 864-8331
   Orlando Sanford International Airport is the area’s second most
                                                                          US Airways, www.usairways.com                     (800) 428-4322
popular entry point and accommodates most of the holiday charter
                                                                          Virgin Atlantic, www.virgin-atlantic.com          (800) 862-8621
services arriving in Central Florida. The airport’s convenient location
to Interstate 4 (I-4) makes it a natural transit point to the area’s      Airlines - International
technology corridor and the holiday havens of fabulous weather,           Aer Lingus, www.aerlingus.ie                      (866) 886 8844
attractions, great sporting events and golden beaches.                    Aeroflot, www.aeroflot.aero/eng                   (650) 615-9278
Orlando Executive Airport                                                 Aeromexico, www.AeroMexico.com                    (800) 237-6639
400 Herndon Avenue                                                        Aerolineas Argentina, www.aerolineas.com.ar       (800) 333-0276
Orlando, FL 32803                                                         Air Canada, www.aircanada.ca                      (800) 247-2262
(407) 894-9831
                                                                          Air China, www.china-airlines.com                 (800 )986-1985
   Offering flights for business travelers on a daily basis.
                                                                          Air France, www.airfrance.com                     (800) 237-2747
Daytona Beach International Airport
                                                                          Air India, www.airindia.com
700 Catalina Drive
Daytona Beach, FL 32114                                                   Air Jamaica, www.airjamaica.com                   (800) 523-5585
(904) 248-8030                                                            Air New Zealand, www.airnewzealand.com            (800) 262-1234
   Daytona Beach International Airport is a small airport located         Alitalia, www.alitaliausa.com                     (800) 223-5730
about an hour away from downtown Orlando. It services domestic            Asiana, us.flyasiana.com                          (800) 227-9262
travelers. DIA offers flights from Delta, Continental and Casino          British Airways, www.british-airways.com          (800) 247-9297
Airline. Car rental options include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz    Cathay Pacific Airways, www.cathaypacific.com     (800) 233-2742
and National.                                                             China Airlines, www.china-airlines.com            (800) 227-5118
Melbourne International Airport                                           China Eastern Airlines, www.chinaeastern.co.uk    (800) 200-5118
One Air Terminal Parkway                                                  Egypt Air, www.egyptair.com.eg                    (800) 334-6787
Melbourne, FL 32901-1888                                                  El Al, www.elal.co.il                             (800) 223-6700
(407) 723-6227
                                                                          Eurofly, www.eurofly.it                           (800) 477-6492
   Melbourne International Airport is located about 45 minutes east
                                                                          Eva Airways, www.evaair.com                       (800) 695-1188
of the Orlando metro area. It is the smallest of the area’s
                                                                          Japan Airlines, www.jal.co.jp/en                  (800) 525-3663
international airports. Major airlines servicing MIA are Delta, Spirit,
                                                                          KLM Airlines, www.klm.com                         (800) 374-7747
and ASA airlines. MIA also offers several charter services. Regularly
                                                                          Korean Air, www.koreanair.com                     (800) 438-5000
scheduled flights to Cape Canaveral, Titusville and Cocoa Beach.
                                                                          LACSA, centralamerica.com/cr/lacsa/lacsa          (800) 225-2272
Airlines - Domestic                                                       LOT Polish, www.lot.com                           (800) 223-0593
Airtran Airlines, www.airtran.com                     (800) 247-8726      Lufthansa, www.lufthansa.com                      (800) 645-3880
Alaska Airlines, www.alaskaair.com                    (800) 252-7522      Mexicana, www.mexicana.com                        (800) 531-7821
Aloha Airlines, www.alohaairlines.com                 (800) 367-5250      Philippine Airlines, www.philippineairlines.com   (800) 435-9725
American Airlines, www.aa.com                         (800) 433-7300      Quantas, www.qantas.com                           (800) 227-4500
American Trans Air, www.ata.com                       (800) 435-9282      Singapore Airlines, www.singaporeair.com          (800) 742-3333
Atlantic Southeast, www.flyasa.com                    (800) 282-3424      Skyservice USA, www.skyserviceairlines.com        (877) 485-6060
Comair, www.comair.com                                (800) 221-1212      Swissai, www.swiss.com                            (800) 221-4750
Continental Airlines, www.continental.com             (800) 525-0280      TACA, www.taca.com                                (800) 535-8780
Delta Airlines, www.delta.com                         (800) 221-1212      USA 3000 Y Airlines, www.usa3000.com              (800) 872-3000


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Cruises/Resorts                                                         Stouffer Hotels                                      (800)   468-3571
Disney World Reservations                           (800)   227-1500    Super 8 Motels                                       (800)   800-8000
Holland America Cruises                             (800)   426-0327    TraveLodge Motels                                    (800)   578-7878
Princess Cruises                                    (800)   774-6237    Westin Hotels                                        (800)   228-3000
Royal Caribbean Intl.                               (800)   327-6700
                                                                        Inter-City Transportation
Highways                                                                Amtrak                                                 (800) 872-7245
  Orlando is located at the heart of Florida and transportation from       Service to and from Orlando and surrounding areas. Amtrak
Orlando to other points in Florida is easily accessible. Orlando’s      serves Orlando with four daily trains originating from New York and
average commute time on the primary access routes is 20-25              Miami with stops in downtown Orlando, Winter Park, Sanford and
minutes. Several major highways serving Orlando include:                Kissimmee, as well as with a tri-weekly train originating from Los
                                                                        Angeles. Amtrak also offers its popular Auto Train, which transports
  Interstate 4 - runs north/south through downtown Orlando
                                                                        passengers and their vehicles and features the comfort of bi-level
   Florida’s Turnpike - Florida’s main turnpike connects northern
                                                                        Superliner sleepers, a diner and a lounge. The Auto Train runs daily
Florida (at route 75) and Southern Florida and intersects with almost
                                                                        between Lorton, Va., and Sanford, leaving each town at 4 p.m. and
every other major highway.
                                                                        arriving at the destination at 9 a.m. the next morning.
  SR 528 (BeeLine Expressway) - originates at Interstate 4 just
                                                                        Greyhound Bus                                        (800) 231-2222
outside of Orlando and extends east.
                                                                          Service from City to numerous locations throughout the United
  SR 417 (Greeneway)- running east/west, this route intersects
                                                                        States.
with Florida’s Turnpike, Interstate 4, and 528.
  Major highway networks provide easy access for visitors to reach      Public Transportation
their destination and for traveling in and around the Greater Orlando   LYNX BUS System                                      (407) 841-2279
                                                                        445 West Amelia Street, Suite 800
area. Major highways include Interstate 4, the Florida Turnpike,
                                                                        Orlando, Florida 32801
Highway 528 (Bee Line Expressway), Highway 408 (East-West
                                                                        Fares
Expressway) and Highway 417 (Central Florida Greeneway).
                                                                        Standard Fares - 1.00
Hotels/Motels                                                           Transfer Fee - .10
Best Western                                        (800)   528-1234    65 or older - .25
Budgetel Inns                                       (800)   428-3438    Children (grades 1- 12 with valid school ID) - .25
Clarion Hotels                                      (800)   424-6423    Regular Weekly Pass - 10.00
Comfort Inns                                        (800)   424-6423    Passport (Regular Monthly Pass) - 35.00
Courtyard by Marriott                               (800)   321-2211    AdvantAge Pass (monthly pass for those 65 or older) - 12.00
Days Inn                                            (800)   329-7466    K.I.S Pass (monthly pass for children grades 1-12) - 12.00
Doubletree Hotels                                   (800)   222-8733      The Orlando bus system offers over 50 fixed routes. It serves
Econo Lodges                                        (800)   446-4777    Orange, Seminole and Osceola Counties, an area of approximately
Embassy Suites                                      (800)   362-2779    2,500 square miles with a resident population of more than 1.3
Fairmont Hotels                                     (800)   527-4727    million people. More than 50,000 people travel the Lynx system
Four Seasons                                        (800)   332-3442    each weekday. The Lynx system also offers other transportation
Hilton Hotels                                       (800)   445-8667    services such as door to door van service, commuter van pools and
Holiday Inns                                        (800)   465-4329    shuttles that service various communities. Wheelchair access is
Howard Johnson Motor Lodges                         (800)   654-2000    now available on all Links.
Hyatt Hotels                                        (800)   233-1234    I-Ride Trolleys
La Quinta Motor Inn                                 (800)   531-5900       I-Ride Trolleys are the fun way to get around International Drive.
Loews Hotels                                        (800)   223-6397    Symbolizing its role as a true destination, the International Drive
Marriott Hotels                                     (800)   228-9290    Resort Area offers its guests a certain amenity with all the bells and
Meridien Hotels                                     (800)   543-4390    whistles: the exclusive, convenient, and economical I-RIDE Trolley
Omni International                                  (800)   843-6664    Service. Single fare is just .75. Kids under age 12 ride FREE! Just
Quality Inns                                        (800)   228-5151    hop on board an I-RIDE Trolley. Hours 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. daily.
Radisson Hotels International                       (800)   333-3333
Ramada Inns                                         (800)   228-2828
Red Roof Inns                                       (800)   843-7663                                                           continued on page 12

Ritz Carlton Hotels                                 (800)   241-3333
Sheraton Hotels                                     (800)   325-3535

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Taxi Services                                                         Rental Cars
Star Taxi, Inc                                    (407)   857-9999    Advantage, www.advantage.com                       (800)   777-5500
About Town Limousine                              (407)   695-4952    Alamo, www.alamo.com                               (800)   462-5266
Yellow Cab and Limo                               (407)   445-1788    Avis, www.avis.com                                 (800)   331-1212
City Cab of ORLANDO                               (407)   422-5151    Budget, www.budget.com                             (800)   527-0700
Sharp TaxiCab Co.                                 (407)   850-2007    Dollar, www.dollar.com                             (800)   800-4000
Agency Limousine                                  (407)   351-3101    Enterprise, www.enterprise.com                     (800)   736-8222
                                                                      Hertz, www.hertz.com                               (800)   654-3131
                                                                      National, www.nationalcar.com                      (800)   227-7368
                                                                      Thrifty, www.thrifty.com                           (800)   367-2277




  W E AT H E R


   At the approximate geographic center of the state, the three          One of the area’s biggest attractions is its year-round mild
county Orlando area consists of 2,856 square miles. Orlando is        weather. Mid-Florida’s subtropical climate has long been a strong
situated approximately 150 miles from the Florida/Georgia border to   drawing card for tourists and residents alike. At the heart of the
the north, 50 miles from the Atlantic Coast to the east, 75 miles     “Sunshine State,” the area’s average annual temperature is a
from the Gulf Coast to the west, and 370 miles from the Florida       comfortable 72.4 degrees. Average annual rainfall amounts to over
Keys at the southern tip of the state.                                50 inches per year, keeping Central Florida lush and green
                                                                      throughout the year. Prevailing winds are southerly at nine mph. The
                                                                      average elevation of the region is 127 feet above sea level.


                                        Average Monthly Weather Statistics: Metro Orlando
                     Maximum Temperature             Minimum Temperature            Precipitation(in inches)     Humidity at 1:00 p.m.

January                          70.8                        48.6                            2.30                         56

February                         72.7                        49.7                            3.02                         52

March                            78.0                        55.2                            3.21                         50

April                            83.0                        59.4                            1.80                         46

May                              87.8                        65.9                            3.55                         49

June                             90.5                        71.8                            7.32                         57

July                             91.5                        73.1                            7.25                         58

August                           91.5                        73.4                            6.78                         60

September                        89.7                        72.4                            6.01                         60
October                          84.6                        65.8                            2.42                         56

November                         78.5                        57.5                            2.30                         56

December                         72.9                        51.3                            2.15                         57
Source: NOAA, National Weather Service




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                                                                                                          ABOUT ORLANDO


fast that, between 1990 and 2000, it became the largest city in that        advantageous location, quality work force, reasonable cost of living
county. Cities such as Melbourne and Palm Bay on the Space                  and progressive business environment. Business development is
Coast have also seen tremendous growth.                                     focused on industry sector diversification, meeting local industry
The City Beautiful                                                          needs through education and promoting Orlando as a prime
   What most visitors think of as Orlando actually includes                 location for new enterprise and support resources.
Kissimmee and Lake Buena Vista as well. Orlando is appropriately               Orlando is unique in that it supports services related to
nicknamed “the city beautiful;” the city’s officials have committed         international trade and film and television production. State-of-the-
themselves to preserving Orlando’s public lands and waterways.              art soundstages and unique venues have helped the region to
There are 82 lakes and 4,000 acres of public parks where people             become one of the busiest production centers in the United States.
swim, fish, play tennis, play ball, and have picnics. The metropolitan      The Economic Development Commission works to attract venture
area has 150 professionally designed golf courses. Lake Eola sits in        capital to the region and assist emerging and start-up companies
the center of downtown Orlando. The lake, with its huge, dancing            with information needed for successful development in the area.
water fountain, has become Orlando’s symbol. The park attracts                Recognized by Business Week as one of the fastest growing high
nearly three thousand visitors daily, and it hosts book fairs, craft        tech centers in the country, the Orlando area is experiencing
shows and the annual Shakespeare festival.                                  phenomenal growth with an industry that accounts for major
   When visitors review information on Orlando vacation options,            worldwide economic development. The Florida High Tech Corridor
every member of the family will find a few exciting favorites among         has considerable resources. The Technology Directory profiles
the more than 90 Orlando attractions to include during their visit to       many of these high tech industry suppliers, providing editorial
the world-famous destination. There is truly something for every            content, emerging technologies and descriptions of educational
interest!                                                                   opportunities.
   The city has its own professional orchestra, ballet, and Opera              Complementing this high profile industry is an emerging digital
Company. There are dozens of theaters that perform old favorites            media sector that will serve to broaden the base of this community’s
as well as introduce new dramas. Orlando has a vibrant and active           creative development offerings. Metro Orlando is ideally positioned
visual arts community. The Orlando Museum of Art has collections            to become a top location for technology industry development.
in modern and contemporary American Art, including prints by                   Central Florida Research Park, located adjacent to the University
master artists such as Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns. Orlando                of Central Florida, is recognized as one of the top ten research
hosts the yearly Zora Neal Hurston Festival of Arts and Humanities.         parks in the world. This 1,000 acre corporate community provides
This festival, named after a famous Florida fiction writer, is a four-day   an environment for industry and the university to share training
event that showcases Orlando community’s artistic talent. The               facilities, pursue cooperative research and transfer existing
Festival includes workshops, lectures, street fairs and concerts.           technology to the market place. The exceptional quality of
   Orlando is home to many strong, professional sports teams.               technology research and training at Central Florida colleges and
Florida’s NBA fans stay faithful to Orlando Magic while the race car        universities is increasingly recognized as an extraordinary
fans congregate at The Daytona International Speedway, home to              community asset.
the infamous Daytona 500; a 200 lap NASCAR race that is the                 History of Florida
opening event of the NASCAR Winston Cup season.                                Behind Florida’s modern veneer there’s a rich and varied history.
   Orlando has an educational structure that responds to the needs          St. Augustine is the oldest permanent settlement in North America,
of its business community. The University of Central Florida, located       founded Spain in 1565. Spanish missions in the 16th and 17th
13 miles east of downtown Orlando, is an example of an ongoing              centuries extended west beyond Tallahassee and south to Miami.
cooperative relationship between business and education. Founded            The British had Florida for 20 years, then returned the sprawling
in 1963, UCF now serves more then 25,000 students. Its strongest            colony to Spain at the end of the American Revolution. Americans
programs are engineering, computer science, and business                    under Andrew Jackson took control in the early 1800s.
administration. Rollins College, the oldest recognized private                 The first tourists to explore after statehood in 1845 arrived by
college in Florida which sits just outside Orlando proper, also has a       paddle steamers. Before the Civil War Florida was settled by cotton
solid relationship with the Orlando business community.                     planters, timber harvesters, and cattlemen. In the 1880s railroad
   Centrally located in the state, Orlando is convenient to Florida’s       barons Henry Flagler and Henry Plant forged their lines down the
rich and diverse cultural history and its bounty of beautiful natural       east coast and across to the Gulf, and more tourists followed. Citrus
resources.                                                                  production soared. Florida was the embarkation point for Teddy
Business & Industry                                                         Roosevelt and the Rough Riders in the Spanish-American War.
  While Metro Orlando is renowned for the most famous theme                   In the 20th century, Florida has grown from the South’s most
parks in the world, tourism is just one of many industries that thrive      sparsely populated state to its largest. Florida experienced a real
here. In fact, few other U.S. cities can claim the diversity of industry    estate boom in the 1920’s. Better roads allowed northerners to
found in Central Florida. Corporations are drawn to the area by an          head south to enjoy Florida’s sunshine. Until the Second World War,
                                                                                                                                    continued on page 14

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Orlando remained a small town. The presence of the military during       as a home for Union veterans of the Civil War. Growth proceeded
the war, the development of the space program at Cape Kennedy            slowly at first, but in the 1920s St. Cloud prospered from the Florida
and the boom that followed Disney World in 1971 transformed              land boom
Orlando into a major metropolitan center. The growth brought                St. Cloud’s historic downtown preserves many buildings from the
hundreds of thousands of new residents with diverse cultural             early part of the 20th century. The 1914 Memorial Hall (1101
backgrounds - Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Chinese, Japanese,           Massachusetts) was the Grand Army of the Republic building. The
Indian, Polynesian, African, Scandinavian, eastern European. These       former train depot on the east side of New York Avenue is a 1917
cultures are reflected in festivals, restaurants, specialty shops and    red-brick building in Prairie style. The 1925 Hunter Arms Building
attractions, occasionally in well-defined ethnic neighborhoods.          (1029 New York Ave.; 407-892-5505) is a good example of
Florida is now the most culturally diverse state in the United States.   Mediterranean Revival. Long a hotel, the Hunter Arms has been
   Each part of the state is different. People of many cultures live     restored and now serves meals.
side-by-side, their traditions merging and creating a cultural scene        Florida has preserved much of its history in museums and historic
of incredible energy. Experience the sounds and smells of Latin          districts, large and small, around the state. Much remains of
America on the streets of Miami, the Caribbean in Key West,              Florida’s brick roads, lighthouses and other architectural treasures,
Seminole culture in the Everglades, Greek music in Tarpon Springs,       preserved in museums and historic districts. Much of the early
Asian culinary arts in Orlando, Spanish heritage in St. Augustine and    architecture is preserved in communities along U.S. 92 and U.S. 27.
Pensacola, African-American arts and culture in Eatonville. There        With these are the heritage landscapes - the cane fields, cattle
are Indian sites older than U.S. cities. Colorful neighborhoods filled   ranches, fishing villages, horse farms and orange groves - as well as
with one-of-a-kind shops, markets, and restaurants. Lively festivals     still-unspoiled wilderness. The Osceola County Environmental
every month of the year. Great museums.                                  Study Center (4300 Poinciana Blvd.; 407-870-0551) has many
   The Kissimmee area began to grow in the 1870s when Hamilton           examples of native plants and animals along three nature trails.
Disston purchased four million acres for development. When he            Discover the people, drama and dreams that have carried Florida
died, his plantation was sold to an investment company of the            from Indian Trails to the Space Age.
Grand Army of the Republic to establish the community of St. Cloud




     NEIGHBORHOODS

  The city of Orlando has 115 neighborhoods in the city limits,
some of which are:

Airport North                                   Delaney Park                                     Park Lake Highland
Avalon Park                                     EastWood                                         Richmond Heights
Baldwin Park                                    Lake Davis / Greenwood                           Roosevelt Park
Callahan                                        Lake Eola Heights                                Southwest
Central Business District                       Metro North                                      Stoneybrook
College Park                                    Metrowest                                        Thornton Park
Colonialtown North                              Millenia                                         West Colonial
Colonialtown South                              North Orange                                     Winter Garden
Crescent Park                                   Park Central




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  OFFICIAL VISITOR CENTER


Orlando’s Official Visitor Center                    (407) 363-5872      Directions:
8723 International Drive, Suite 101
                                                                             From I-4 East: From I-4 East take SR-528 East, exit number 28
Orlando, FL 32819
                                                                         Take exit number 1 and merge right (North) onto International Drive.
info@orlandocvb.com
                                                                         The Official Visitor Center is located 1.6 miles ahead on the right
   In a city with so much to offer, where do you start? Orlando’s only
                                                                         side of the road.
Official Visitor Center. can help. The bilingual staff will offer
complete, accurate information from 8 am to 7 pm year-round,
                                                                              From I-4 West: From I-4 West take exit number 29A. At bottom
                                                                         of exit ramp turn left on to Sand Lake Road. Take Sand Lake Road
except for Christmas day. Discount tickets sales: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily
                                                                         to International Drive and turn right (South). The Official Visitor
(closed Dec. 25). Here you can get information on hotels,
                                                                         Center is located 9/10 of a mile ahead on the left side of the road.
attractions and restaurants, purchase discount attraction tickets
and pick up a free Magicard, which offers discounts at area                   From Orlando International Airport: From airport terminal follow
attractions, hotels, restaurants and shops. Maps, directions and         signs to SR-528 WEST (portions toll). Stay on SR-528 for 10.2
guidebooks are also available.                                           miles, take exit number 1. At the bottom of the exit ramp merge
                                                                         right (North) on to International Drive. The Official Visitor Center is
                                                                         located 1.6 miles ahead on the right side of the road.


  MEDIA

FM Stations                                      AM Stations                                     Television Stations
88.3       Z                                     540         WQTM         Sports                 2        NBC
88.2       Christian                             580         WDBO         News/Talk              6        CBS
89.9       WUCF        Jazz                      740         WWNZ         News/Talk              9        ABC
90.7       WMFE        Public Broadcasting       990         WHOO         News/Talk              18       CW
92         WWKA        Country                   1080        WFIV         Country                24       PBS
94.5       WCFB        R&B                       1190        WAJL         News/Talk              27       WRDQ - local
96.5       WHTQ        R&B                       1270        WRLZ         Bilingual Christian    35       FOX
98.9       WMMO        Soft Rock & Roll          1400        WTTR         Freeform/Variety       52       IND
100.3      WDIZ        Rock                      1480        WUNA         News/Talk              56       “i”
100.3      WSHE        Contemporary              1680        WTRJ         News/Talk              65       MyTV
101.3      WJRR        Alternative
103.1      WLOQ        Jazz
104.1      WTKS        Talk
105.9      WOCL        Oldies
106.7      WXXL        Top 40
107.7      WMGF        Adult Contemporary

Newspapers                                                               Orlando Weekly                                      (407) 377-0400
Orlando Business Journal                             (407) 649-8470      100 W. Livingston Street
315 E. Robinson Street                                                   Orlando, FL, 32801
Suite 250                                                                (407) 377-0400
Orlando, FL 32801                                                        www.orlandoweekly.com
www.orlando.bizjournals.com                                                 Published every Thursday, is Central Florida’s alternative source
  Find the latest breaking business news                                 for news, views, arts and entertainment.
Orlando Sentinel                                     (407) 420-5000      The Orlando Times                                   (407) 841-3710
633 N. Orange Avenue                                                     4403 Vineland Road
Orlando FL 32801                                                         Orlando, FL 32811-7362
www.orlandosentinel.com                                                  www.orlandotimes
  Largest daily paper                                                       African-American newspaper, published every Thursday.




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                                                                      V E H I C L E & VOT E R I N F O R M AT I O N


Vehicle Registration                                                      Seat Belts
www.hsmv.state.fl.us                                                         Florida law requires that all passengers in the front seat of a
  New residents may apply for their auto tag or mobile home-              vehicle wear seat belts. Children 6-15 must be belted when either
registration and a Florida title at any one of the County’s auto tag      in the front or rear seat of a vehicle. Children age five and younger
agencies. Call the Auto Tag Information Center at 954-831-4000            must be secured in federally approved child-restraint devices.
before you visit a tag agency to insure that you bring the proper           Children through age three must be secured in separate carrier or
documents.                                                                a vehicle manufacturer’s integrated child safety seat. For children
  Your Florida vehicle title is processed in Tallahassee and will be      age four through five years, a separate carrier, an integrated child
mailed to you by the Florida Division of Motor Vehicles. Be prepared      safety seat or a seat belt may be used.
to submit proof of required Florida insurance, the driver’s license
                                                                          Voter Registration
numbers-of all owners and the color of the vehicle.
                                                                          election.dos.state.fl.us
Driver’s License                                                             To apply to register to vote, you may fill in a PDF application
Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle                            online and print it out, or print the application and write in the
954-497-1570                                                              information. Please use a black ballpoint pen. THE FLORIDA
www.hsmv.state.fl.us                                                      VOTER REGISTRATION APPLICATION REQUIRES AN ORIGINAL
   New state residents who wish to drive in Florida must obtain a         SIGNATURE. If the PDF application is filled in online, it must be
Florida driver’s license within 30 days of moving here. U.S. citizens,    printed out and signed prior to mailing.
take your driver’s license, social security card and birth certificate.
Non-U.S. citizens must have an INS or other document of legal
presence.
  Contact the DMV to find a local office.




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MUCH TO DO   – AS DIVERSE AS THE PEOPLE


                  L
                         ong before the theme parks made Orlando a world-famous destination, the region’s
                         many museums, galleries, historical sites and performing arts venues have provided
                         a rich cultural experience. Orlando’s museums and galleries offer an opportunity to
                  study the works of world-renowned artisans and a glimpse into America’s past through
                  sculptures and paintings depicting the country as only its ancestors would have known it.
                  Take in the beauty of the world’s most comprehensive collection of Louis Tiffany glass at the
                  Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art; view more than 200 labors of love by
                  Czech-American sculptor Albin Polasek at his namesake galleries; marvel at the most
                  extensive collection of American folk art by Earl Cunningham at the Mennello Museum of
                  American Folk Art; or study a collection of African and American art to name just a few of
                  the many diverse collections of Orlando’s museums and galleries. Stroll through Orlando’s
                  history while visiting a flamboyant house that depicts the life and livelihood during the
                  Victorian period at the Historic Waterhouse Residence and Carpentry Shop Museums or
                  take a dynamic, interactive journey through Central Florida’s history dating back 12,000
                  years at the Orange County Regional History Center.
                     For those who love performing arts - Orlando offers a diverse mix. In addition to opera,
                  orchestra and ballet performances, you may interact in a living history setting or enjoy world
                  class theatrical productions.

                  Museums and Galleries
                     Central Florida is home to many wonderful cultural attractions. The area’s museums and
                  galleries include the world’s most comprehensive collection of Tiffany glass, unique
                  sculpture and American folk art just to name a few. In addition, many of the area’s smaller
                  towns, including Sanford, Winter Park and St. Cloud have museums devoted to exhibiting
                  their rich history.
                  Orlando Museum of Art
                  Orlando Loch Haven Park
                  2416 N. Mills Ave.
                  (407) 896-4231
                  www.omart.org
                     The Orlando Museum of Art has collections in modern and contemporary American Art,
                  including prints by master artists such as Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns. The collection
                  also includes contemporary artists (Katherine Bowling and Jane Hammond) Ancient
                  American art, and wide variety of African Art. The Museum offers educational programs for
                  children and adults, a summer arts camp and a lecture series. Admission: $6 for adults, $4
                  for seniors (55+), $4 for students with a valid ID, $4 for groups of 15 or more and $2 for
                  children (4-11). Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday noon-5pm. Closed
                  Mondays and Holidays.
                  Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens
                  www.polasek.org
                  (407) 647-6294
                     Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the work of the Czech-American
                  sculptor is depicted in a studio, two galleries, a chapel and a 3-acre garden. The galleries
                  house 200 of his works with more than 400 pieces dispersed around the world.

                                                                                                  continued on page 20


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The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art                          Fort Christmas Historical Park
www.morsemuseum.org                                                      (407) 568-4149
(407) 645-5311                                                              The park includes a replica of a fort, pioneer homes and exhibits
   This museum is home to the world’s most comprehensive                 on the Seminole Indian wars and Florida pioneers, recapturing the
collection of Louis Tiffany glass, including Tiffany’s 1893 Chapel.      history of the Seminole wars when Florida was a territory.
The museum also features paintings, furniture and other works            Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center
primarily from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.                   www.holocaustedu.org
Cornell Fine Arts Museum                                                 (407) 628-0555
Rollins College                                                             Exhibits illustrate the Jewish communities of Europe before the
www.rollins.edu/cfam                                                     war, Hitler’s rise to power, the concentration camps and the
(407) 646-2526
                                                                         genocide perpetrated by the Nazis. In addition, world-class art or a
   Cornell Fine Arts Museum boasts one of Florida’s largest and          documentary is presented in the exhibit hall throughout the year. A
most distinguished collections, with more than 6,000 works of art        library of 5,000 volumes, an archival collection, speaker’s bureau
ranging in depth from Renaissance to contemporary. The museum            and curated exhibits in Central Florida universities and public
also offers a number of educational programs, including free             libraries are part of the center’s resources. THE JACK KEROUAC
lectures and gallery talks.                                              HOUSE offers a ‘Writer in Residence’ program for aspiring or
Crealde School of Art                                                    established writers who want a quiet place to work. The former
www.crealde.org                                                          residence of Kerouac, writer of On The Road, is located in College
(407) 671-1886
                                                                         Park. (407) 246-1546
   Located just beyond downtown Winter Park, the organization
                                                                         Maitland Art Center
offers more than 70 visual arts classes for children and adults. The     www.maitartctr.org
Alice and William Jenkins Gallery, Community Gallery and Outdoor         (407) 539-2181
Sculpture Garden feature exhibitions by regional, national and
                                                                            Maitland Art Center promotes American art and artists by
international artists. A self-guided walking tour of more than 40
                                                                         providing changing exhibits of contemporary art in its galleries and
outdoor sculpture pieces is also available.
                                                                         instruction by professional artists in its studios. Its unique
Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts                          architecture and attractive grounds offer a stimulating creative
www.zoranealehurston.com
                                                                         atmosphere. The center is listed as a state and national historic site.
(407) 647-3307
                                                                         Maitland Historical Museum and Telephone Museum
   Eatonville, just north of Orlando, is America’s oldest incorporated   www.ourfrontporch.com/osi/mhs
African-American municipality and was home to Zora Neale                 (407) 644-2451
Hurston, the 20th century American writer, folklorist and
                                                                            Maitland Historical Museum and Telephone Museum contains
anthropologist. The town’s historical significance is portrayed
                                                                         artifacts, textiles and historic photographs that tell the story of
through churches, key buildings and the Zora Neale Hurston
                                                                         Maitland. Also on display is a fine collection of telephones and
National Museum of Fine Arts, which rotates exhibits of works by
                                                                         memorabilia.
artists of African descent.
                                                                         The Mennello Museum of American Folk Art
Florida International Museum                                             www.mennellomuseum.com
www.floridamuseum.org                                                    (407) 246-4278
(800) 777-9882, (727) 822-3693
                                                                           The Mennello Museum of American Folk Art, located in Loch
   Located in St. Petersburg, this major international cultural center
                                                                         Haven Park, is one of the few museums in the nation dedicated to
is designed to house grand-scale exhibitions including the largest
                                                                         American folk art. It features the nation’s most extensive permanent
collection of John F. Kennedy memorabilia.
                                                                         collection of Earl Cunningham paintings and also boasts a vast
Flying Tigers Warbird Restoration Museum
                                                                         collection of works by self-taught artists.
www.warbirdmuseum.com
(407) 933-1942                                                           Museum of Fine Arts of St. Petersburg
                                                                         www.fine-arts.org
   This museum specializes in the restoration and display of WWII
                                                                         (727) 896-2667
aircraft. Structures, knowledgeable tour guides and memorabilia
                                                                           On Florida’s West Coast, this fine museum offers the only
highlight the restoration process and major reconstruction projects
                                                                         comprehensive art collection extending from antiquity to the present
that the museum completes annually. Warbird flights are available
                                                                         day. The collection is noted for its French Impressionist and
adjacent to the museum through Warbird Adventures.
                                                                         American paintings, including works by Cezanne, Monet and
                                                                         O’Keeffe, as well as photography and pre-Colombian, African and
                                                                         Asian art.                                           continued on page 23




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Orange County Regional History Center                                   Bach Festival
www.thehistorycenter.org                                                www.bachfestivalflorida.org
(800) 965-2030, (407) 836-8500                                          (407) 646-2182
   Set in downtown Orlando’s historic Orange County Courthouse,            Features the world’s greatest music with a choir of 150 voices
The History Center inspires visitors of all ages to take a dynamic,     and a full orchestra. The Bach Festival Society presents concerts by
interactive journey through Central Florida’s history 12,000 years      internationally famous soloists and ensembles, hosts an annual
ago through today.                                                      classic music festival and introduces children to music.
Orlando City Hall Terrace Gallery                                       Orlando Ballet
(407) 246-4279                                                          www.orlandoballet.org
   Presenting a changing series of exhibitions and accompanying         (407) 426-1739
programs within City Hall, the main purpose of the exhibitions is to       The company changed its name from Southern Ballet Theatre to
educate and provide insight into Florida’s growing cultural diversity   Orlando Ballet in February 2002 and is one of the oldest and most
through artworks created within the state.                              renowned professional dance companies in the Southern United
Orlando Science Center                                                  States. The company’s mission is to set and promote the standards
www.osc.org                                                             of dance not only as an art form, but as a vehicle for bringing culture
(888) 672-4386, (407) 514-2000                                          and artistic education to the community. The company is made up
   The Orlando Science Center offers hundreds of interactive            of an international mix of gifted dancers, whose world-class
activities for all ages in its highly themed permanent exhibits. Peer   performances have garnered outstanding reviews and brought
into a sinkhole, use simple machines to lift a car and observe          ballet to a growing Orlando audience.
prehistoric land and sea creatures. Images surround visitors on the     Orlando Opera
Dr. Phillips eight-story CineDome Screen, the world’s largest domed     www.orlandoopera.org
                                                                        (407) 426-1717
theater and planetarium. Also, view the nighttime sky with the area’s
largest refractor telescope available to the public in the Crosby         Central Florida’s professional opera company for more than 40
Observatory on Friday and Saturday nights.                              years, features performances by some of the world’s most
Salvador Dali Museum                                                    renowned opera superstars, directors and conductors. Orlando
www.daliweb.com                                                         Opera produces three to four live main stage productions each
(727) 823-3767                                                          session.
  Located in St. Petersburg, this museum is an experience into the      The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
surreal – housing the world’s most comprehensive collection of          www.orlandophil.org
                                                                        (407) 896-6700
works by the late Spanish surrealist.
University of Central Florida Art Gallery                                  As a fully professional ensemble, the Orlando Philharmonic
(407) 823-2676                                                          Orchestra engages the talents of more than 80 conservatory-
    The gallery presents temporary exhibitions of contemporary art in   trained musicians from around the globe and is Central Florida’s
all media. It is located in the Visual Art Department on campus.        resident orchestra, appearing in more than 95 performances each
                                                                        season.
Performing Arts                                                         Shakespeare Festival
   For those who love the performing arts - Orlando has great           www.shakespearefest.org
variety! In addition to going to the opera, orchestra and ballet,       (407) 447-1700
Central Floridians and guests can enjoy performances by the                The Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival is Central Florida’s
Festival of Orchestras, Florida Children’s Repertory Theater, local     professional theater featuring Shakespearean plays in two seasons.
productions at nearby colleges and universities and the SunTrust        The outdoor performances are staged at Lake Eola and the
Broadway Series in Orlando. OTIX!, a program sponsored by the           classical productions will now be showcased in the new John and
Central Florida Theatre Alliance, City of Orlando, the                  Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Loch Haven Park.
Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. and            Enzian Theatre
United Arts offers half-price, same-day tickets to many of the shows    www.enzian.org
at the Official Visitor Information Center on International Drive or    (407) 629-1088
downtown in the Church Street Market.                                      Enzian Theatre showcases the best in American independent,
                                                                        foreign and alternative cinema in relaxed surroundings and offers a
                                                                        full menu ranging from pizza and beer to pasta primavera and fine
                                                                        wine. It is also home to the world-renowned Florida Film Festival in
                                                                        June.

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  Architecture                                                             development, Mr. Leu achieved a consistent pattern of success
                                                                           with his Snow on the Mountain, Cleopatra, The Rosa Sasanqua and
  Bradlee-McIntyre House
                                                                           others. Those camellias are Mr. Leu’s legacy to everyone who
  www.insidecentralflorida.com
  (407) 332-0225                                                           comes to the Gardens to enjoy their beauty.
     Built around 1885, the home is the only surviving late-Victorian          Harry P. Leu never wanted to hold any political office, but was
  cottage in Orange and Seminole counties. The exterior of the house       very active behind the scenes and contributed greatly to the growth
  rises to three floors and features an octagonal tower and ‘ginger-       of Orlando. He fought very hard for Rt. 50, the east-west highway.
  bread’ verandah. It typifies the flamboyant houses of the Victorian      He was also responsible for re-routing 17-92 down Mills St. over to
  period featuring a Grand Salon, the ‘Blue Parlor’ and a library.         Orange Blossom Trail to Kissimmee. The Leus donated more than
  Withers-Maguire House and Museum                                         $100,000 to Orlando Junior College, which is now Lake Highland
  (407) 656-2051                                                           Preparatory School. Mr. Leu was also a prime mover in getting what
                                                                           is now Loch Haven Park into the hands of the city. He helped
     The former home of Gen. William T. and Martha Withers and
                                                                           finance and organize the Greater Orlando Chamber of Commerce.
  David, Maggie and Lillian Maguire was built in 1888 in Ocoee and
                                                                           It was also through the efforts of Mr. Leu that the Atlantic Coastline
  was the first home in the area to have concealed wiring. Its features
                                                                           first started overnight train service from Jacksonville to Orlando.
  include a living room with original furnishings, 1910- and 1940-
  styled kitchens, a Community History Museum, a Pioneer Family               In 1961, the Leus decided to deed the house and their beautiful
  Museum and a School History Museum.                                      gardens to the city. Mr. Leu wanted to give something to the city
  Waterhouse Residence                                                     that he loved and where he had earned his fortune. They deeded
  http://www.ourfrontporch.com/osi/mhs                                     the property with the stipulation that it would always remain a
  (407) 644-2451                                                           botanical garden, non-profit and used for the sole purpose of the
    The historic Waterhouse Residence and Carpentry Shop                   enjoyment and education of the people. The city was expressly
  Museums are located in Maitland. Built in 1884, the Waterhouse           forbidden to ever transfer or sell any of the property. The Leus
  Residence and Carpentry Shop have been restored to reflect life          hoped that people would come from all over the world to enjoy the
  and livelihood during the late Victorian period.                         house and gardens.
  Wells’Built Museum of African American History                              Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Christmas day.
  (407) 297-5790                                                           Leu House Museum tours from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Every 30
    The museum is housed in the former Wells’Built Hotel in the            minutes. The Leu House Museum is closed for repairs and
  Parramore District. It features exhibits, artifacts and memorabilia of   inventory in July. Cost of Admission: $4.00 for adults and $1.00 for
  African-American artists and musicians who entertained in                children grades(K-12). Pets are not permitted within the Gardens.
  downtown Orlando.
                                                                           Shopping
  Harry P. Leu House Museum and Gardens
  1920 N. Forest Ave.                                                         Orlando is home to 8 major shopping malls. From themed
  (407) 246-2620                                                           shopping boutiques to outlet malls and everything in between,
      Harry Leu’s home, which began as a Florida farmhouse, has            makes Orlando area a shopper's mecca.
  been meticulously restored and is on the National Register of            Altamonte Mall
                                                                           451 East Altamonte Drive
  Historic Places (Mizell-Leu Historic District). The Leu House,
                                                                           Altamonte Springs, Florida 32701
  illustrates turn-of-the-20th century Florida living.
                                                                           (407) 830-4422
     The Gardens have nearly fifty acres of peaceful grounds that let
                                                                           www.altamontemall.com
  you enjoy “Old Florida” at a leisurely pace. Stroll along meandering
  paths shaded by ancient oaks, forests of camellias and giant                Florida for the best in shopping, entertainment and dining! 160
  camphor trees. The Gardens feature America’s largest Camellia            stores, 15 restaurants, 18 movie screens, one amazing time.
  collection outside of California and the largest formal rose garden in   Belz Festival Bay Mall
  Florida as well as several specialty gardens. The Leus traveled all      5250 International Drive
  over the world and brought back many exotic plants and many              Orlando, FL 32819
  varieties (240) of camellias for their gardens. Because the grounds      www.belz.com
  were so beautiful, they invited the public to drive through and see        Exciting 1,000,000-square-foot retail and entertainment center
  the camellias and azaleas. Mr. Leu had a great interest in flowers       with the finest one-of-a-kind-to-the-Orlando-market retailers!
  and trees and beautifying Orlando. He was known as the “Johnny           Florida Mall
  Appleseed” of Central Florida, because he gave so many beautiful         8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail
  plants away to neighbors and friends. During their many travels, the     Orlando, Florida 32809
  Leus discovered the Sasanqua camellia, which was not supposed            www.simon.com/mall
  to grow well in Florida. However, after 10 years of cultivation and        260 stores in one mall! Very popular with locals and tourist.


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Lake Buena Vista Factory Shops                                      Seminole Towne Center
State Road 535                                                      220 Towne Center Circle
Orlando, FL 32821                                                   Sanford, FL 32771
(407) 238-9301                                                      www.simon.com
www.lbvfs.com                                                          Discover the elegance of shopping at Seminole Towne Center.
   Located just over a mile from Walt Disney World. Your favorite   Delight in visiting your favorite stores, including Burdines, Dillard's,
designers and name brands at incredible savings everyday, a         JCPenney, Parisian and Sears. Find just what you are looking for
delicious food court, and our exciting events make Lake Buena       when you explore the more than 120 specialty shops located
Vista Factory Stores a shopper's paradise.                          throughout the mall.
Osceola Square Mall                                                 The Mall at Millenia
3831 W. Vine St.                                                    4200 Conroy Road
Kissimmee, FL 34741                                                 Orlando, FL 32839
  Over 50 great specialty shops, movie theaters and food court.     (407) 363-3555
Features Beall's, Upton's, Eckert Drugs, Ross Dress for Less,       www.mallatmillenia.com
Morrison's Cafeteria.                                                  Bringing high-end fashion retailing to Orlando. Anchored by new-
                                                                    to-the-market Bloomingdale’s, Nieman-Marcus and Macy’s.




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ACTIVITIES FOR EVERY INTEREST

                  RDV Sports
                     RDV Sports is committed to being the professional sports model of the 21st century. RDV
                  Sports combines sports, wellness, and entertainment into a blend of spectator and
                  participant experience unmatched by any other company in the world. A Rich DeVos family-
                  owned and managed company, RDV Sports is home to the National Basketball
                  Association’s Orlando Magic and the Women’s National Basketball Association’s Orlando
                  Miracle. RDV Sports also owns and operates the RDV Sportsplex, a state-of-the-art, family-
                  oriented facility offering the world’s largest selection of sports, health, and wellness
                  opportunities. Each year, RDV Sports offers more than 100 professional sports
                  entertainment events, helps tens of thousands of people achieve a healthier lifestyle,
                  impacts a hundred thousand lives through community outreach, and distributes $1,000,000
                  back to the Central Florida community by way of 2 team charities.
                  RDV Sportsplex
                  8701 Maitland Summit Blvd.
                  Orlando, FL 32810
                  (407) 916-2442
                     The RDV Sportsplex, a joint venture between RDV Sports, Inc. and Florida Hospital, is a
                  trend-setting destination for sports and wellness. It is a multi-faceted, public/private facility
                  unmatched in the world. With activities and services available to both club members and
                  non-club members, the facility includes: an athletic club, tennis center, ice rinks, cafe and
                  concessions, pro shops, salon & spa, Kids’ Stuff member daycare facility, medical complex,
                  and events and retreats for special events, parties, meetings and more.
                    The RDV Sportsplex also serves as home to the NBA’s Orlando Magic and, the WNBA’s
                  Orlando Miracle. The naming rights to the arena were sold in 2000 to TD Waterhouse at
                  $7.8 million for five years
                     RDV Sportsplex provides comprehensive learning and training for all ages and skill levels.
                  The goal is to serve all levels of performance and ability from novice to the professional
                  athlete — all with access to the same skilled staff. RDV Sportsplex’s commitment extends
                  beyond physical fitness to health and wellness. Reinforcing the athletic club are medical
                  facilities that include pediatrics, corporate and international health, orthopedics, and a
                  women’s center and radiology — with other medical providers to join soon. Providing total
                  care for families and individuals is the most important service.
                     RDV Sportsplex is a premier destination for both personal and professional development.
                  The Events and Retreats department offers unlimited opportunities to fuse mind and body
                  experiences through retreats, corporate meetings, team-building, exercises and more.
                  Situated on 21 acres in Orange County, Florida, the 365,000-square-foot RDV Sportsplex
                  opened in February 1998.
                  Orlando Magic (NBA)
                  Ticket Information: (407) 89-MAGIC
                    A member of the RDV Sports family, the Orlando Magic is an NBA franchise which
                  provides a state-of-the-art experience for fans and players alike. The Magic is dedicated to
                  exemplary service to all customer groups, including employees, fans, season ticket holders,
                  sponsors, and media. The Orlando Magic is widely benchmarked within the sports industry,
                  while being committed to the Central Florida community. The 1989-90 season marked the
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inaugural season of the Magic in the National Basketball                  Minute where they scored two touchdowns with two-point
Association. Since the DeVos family purchased the team in                 conversions and forced a safety to come from behind in the final
September of 1991, the franchise has made six trips to the playoffs,      minute of a game to win. Orlando is tied with Tampa Bay for the
won two Atlantic Division Championships (1995, 1996), captured            longest tenure in a market by a team, and are unique in that they
one Eastern Conference title (1995), and had three 50-win seasons,        are now (2005) in their fifteenth season of playing in the same
including a franchise record 60 victories in 1995-96. In 1999-2000,       venue, the TD Waterhouse Centre (Orlando Arena), or as it’s called
Head Coach Doc Rivers was named the NBA’s Coach of the Year,              on game days: The Jungle due to the hostile environment from the
while General Manager John Gabriel was named the NBA’s                    fans, harsh smoke that fills the arena during the players into, and a
Executive of the Year.                                                    Guns N’ Roses song which “welcomes” other teams followed by
    In 2001-2002, McGrady lead the Magic to a winning record of           their impending death. Orlando is tied with Tampa Bay for the
44-38. In 2002-2003, with the acquisition of Gordon Giricek and           longest tenure in a market by a team, and are unique in that they
Drew Gooden, McGrady once again led the Magic to a 42-40                  are now (2005) in their fifteenth season of playing in the same
record. The Magic finished the 2004 season with a 36-46 record,           venue, the TD Waterhouse Centre (Orlando Arena), or as it’s called
very disappointing after a strong start. Owner Rich DeVos                 on game days: The Jungle due to the hostile environment from the
announced in October 2005 that he was transferring ownership to           fans, harsh smoke that fills the arena during the players into, and a
his children, with the official owner role moving to son-in-law and       Guns N’ Roses song which “welcomes” other teams followed by
team President Bob Vander Weide. On February 15 the Magic                 their impending death.
announced that they have acquired Darko Milicic and Carlos Arroyo         Daytona 500
from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Kelvin Cato and a 2007           Daytona International Speedway                     (386) 254-2700
first-round draft pick.                                                   1801 W. International Speedway Blvd.
                                                                          Daytona Beach, Fla. 32114
Orlando Miracle (WNBA)                                                    Ticket (386) 253-7223
Ticket Information: (407) 916-WNBA                                        www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com
  The Orlando Miracle is a WNBA franchise, managed and                       Daytona International Speedway is home to the infamous
operated by RDV Sports. Orlando was granted a conditional team            Daytona 500; a 200 lap NASCAR race that is the opening event of
on April 22, 1998. The team, under the direction of General               the NASCAR Winston Cup season. The 480-acre Speedway also
Manager/Head Coach Carolyn Peck, qualified for the WNBA                   plays host to a variety of other races, from stock cars to go karts,
Playoffs for the first time in franchise history during the 2000 season   earning it the title “World Center of Racing”. When races are not
and have an overall record of 44-52. On July 16, 2001, Orlando            scheduled, the Speedway grounds are used for car shows,
welcomed the world’s best professional female basketball players          production vehicle testing, and police motorcycle training.
as they hosted the WNBA All-Star Game at the TD Waterhouse
                                                                          The City of Orlando Recreation Bureau                (407) 246-2288
Centre. From its inception in 1999, the Miracle have provided pure        Athletics Office Recreation Bureau
team-oriented professional basketball entertainment played and            649 W. Livingston St.
coached passionately by a collection of world-class talent, including     Orlando, FL 32801
athletes with national, professional and Olympic experience.              www.cityoforlando.net
   Fan-oriented and family friendly, Miracle professional basketball        The City of Orlando offers over 150 programs, classes or
players are role models and symbols of empowerment for women              activities, at our 17 recreation centers. Activities are available for
who are accessible and active in the community. Orlando Miracle           adults, youngsters, pre-schoolers, and seniors.
basketball is committed to delivering current and prospective                Organized athletics programs and leagues for adults and
basketball fans (women, men and children alike) outstanding               youngsters are operated year-round by the City of Orlando,
championship play and excitement at an affordable price in a cool,        including aquatics, soccer, baseball, basketball, football, softball
comfortable environment all summer season long.                           and volleyball. There are fitness rooms and gymnasiums at 8 City of
Orlando Predators                                      (407) 447-733      Orlando Community Centers.
302 S. Graham Ave.
Orlando, FL 32803                                                         Year Round Aquatics Programs
 Ticket Line: (407) 447-7337                                                 Adult Fitness: Swimming is the best exercise for your health.
www.orlandopredators.com                                                  The Adult Fitness self-paced lap swimming program offers you a
    The Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League also play at       refreshing way to exercise year round.
the TD Waterhouse Centre. Since joining the league in 1991, they            Club Swim Team: Year round United States swimming
have become one of the legendary franchises in the young league,          competitive team training. Ages 6 to 18.
having a historic rivalry with the Tampa Bay Storm, two ArenaBowl
                                                                             Family Fun Nights: Presenting an event for the entire family. Held
titles (1998 and 2000), and several historic moments including the
                                                                          Friday nights during the summer months at various City pool
league’s only shutout to date and a procession called the Miracle
                                                                          locations.


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  Family Swim: Open swim time for families only. Children under            Recreational Swim Team: Learn pre-competitive swimming skills
18 must be accompanied by an adult and children 6 and under             by swimming on the Orlando Otters swim team. This program
must be accompanied by an adult in the water.                           includes instructional swim meets, awards, prizes and a free t-shirt.
    H2O-Robics: Water exercise programs for adults of all ages and         Summer in the City Teen Pool Parties: Teens ages 11-14 can
fitness levels. Classes are held during the summer months at the        make some waves at our teen pool parties offered on Saturday
College Park pool.                                                      nights during the summer months of June - August. Call (407) 246-
   Junior Guard: Learn the basic skills of life guarding. Jr. Guards    2649 for dates, times and locations.
will shadow and assist pool guards during operating hours. Our             Swim Lessons: We offer American Red Cross swimming lessons
program also offers field trips and a final Jr. Guard competition.      for adults and youth ages 6 months and up. Morning and evening
   Public Swim: Open swim time for the general public. Children 10      lessons available.
and under must be accompanied by an adult and children 6 and              Synchronized Swimming: Learn the basics of competitive and
under must be accompanied by an adult in the water. City                performance synchronized swimming and perform in the summer
residents are FREE. Non-City resident fees will apply.                  Synchro-Water Show. Youth Baseball Leagues (5 - 14 years old)




                                                                                              R E C R E AT I O N B U R E AU


Special Programs                                                          Dr. Fun’s “WhatDoYouKnowOnTheGo” This mobile education
                                                                        center is designed to bring educational programs and recreational
  L.E.A.D. (Leadership Education Awareness Diversity) Adventure
                                                                        activities to areas where recreational facilities do not already exist.
Program. Offers middle teens (11-14 years old) the opportunity to
                                                                        The bus is fully equipped with two computers, a library, an arts and
participate in camping, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, sailing and many
                                                                        crafts area, athletic equipment and a children’s activity area. For
other adventure activities. Through these activities the kids learn
                                                                        more information or to schedule an appearance of the bus, call
teamwork, problem solving, communications and self-esteem skills.
                                                                        (407) 381-2708.
The trips range from one day to overnight excursions. L.E.A.D.
continues throughout the year on school holidays, weekends and            Exceptional Recreation Program Programs for mentally and/or
during the summer. Call (407) 246-3596 for more information.            physically challenged. All events are held at the Loch Haven Park
                                                                        Neighborhood Center.
   Project J.O.Y. (Joining Older and Younger) A program dedicated
to linking generations through interactive field trips and community    Recreation and Community Sites
projects. Activities include educational opportunities, conducting        The Recreation Bureau operates 17 different centers for
service projects and enjoying meals and performances together -         recreation, senior citizens and community programs throughout the
the possibilities are endless! Call (407) 522-1917 for more             City of Orlando. In addition to these centers, the Bureau
information.                                                            administers several other facilities such as Turkey Lake Park, Lake
   Primetime A before and after school program for middle school        Eola Park, the Orlando Tennis Center and the Orlando Sports
teens held at all five middle schools (Carver, Howard, Robert E. Lee,   Campus.
Stonewall Jackson and Memorial) located within the city limits of       Community & Recreation Centers
Orlando. This partnership between the City of Orlando and Orange
                                                                        Callahan Neighborhood Center
County Public Schools focuses on reducing juvenile crime, keeping
                                                                        Citrus Square Recreation Site
kids away from drugs and violence, improving school attendance
                                                                        Colonialtown Neighborhood Center
and academic performance, providing supervised and structured
                                                                        Dr. James R. Smith Neighborhood Center
activities and encouraging school and community pride. Call (407)
                                                                        Dover Shores Community Center
246-3596 for more information.
                                                                        Downtown Recreation Center
  S.P.A.R.K. (School, Parents, Academics and Recreation for             Engelwood Neighborhood Center
Kids) A program for elementary school students, providing
                                                                        Hankins Park Recreation Site
supervised and structured recreational and educational activities
                                                                        Ivey Lane Recreation Site
before and after school at Dover Shores Elementary School and
                                                                        John H. Jackson Community Center
Dover Shores Community Center. Call (407) 249-6917 for more
                                                                        Langford Park Neighborhood Center
information.
                                                                        Loch Haven Park Neighborhood Center
                                                                        Northwest Community Center
                                                                        Orlando Sports Campus
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Orlando Tennis Center
Reeves Terrace Recreation Site
Wadeview Pool & Community Center

Parks
Lake Eola
Turkey Lake Park

Senior Citizen Centers
Beardall Senior Center
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Conway Golf & Recreation Center
5080 Hoffner Ave.
(407) 859-8565
Cypress Creek Country Club
5353 S. Vineland Rd.
(407) 351-2187
DeBarry Golf & Country Club
**DeBarry
U.S. Hwy 17-92
(407) 668-2061
Eastwood Golf Club
13950 Golfway Blvd.
(407) 281-4653
Faldo Golf Institute By Marriott
5964 Aveninda Vista
(407) 238-7677
The Greens Golf Club
3645 W. Oak Ridge Rd.
(407) 351-5121
Hawks Landing Golf Club
8701 World Center Drive
(407) 238-8660
Hunter’s Creek Golf Course Inc.
Hunter’s Creek Blvd.
(407) 240-4653
Marriott’s Grande Pines Golf Club
6351 Intl. Golf Club Rd.
(407) 239-6909
Meadow Woods Golf Club
13001 Landstar Blvd.
(407) 850-5600
Metrowest Country Club
2100 S. Hiawassee Rd.
(407) 299-1099
Stoneybrook Golf Club
2900 Northampton Ave.
(407) 384-6888
Wedgefield Golf & Country Club
20550 Maxim Pkwy.
(407) 568-2116
Windermere Golf Center
**Windermere
7100 S.R. 535 at Chase Road
(407) 654-0200
Orange County N’tnl Golf Center
**Winter Garden
16301 Phil Ritson Way
(407) 656-2626
Winter Pines Golf Club
**Winter Park
950 S. Ranger Blvd
(407) 671-3172

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                                                                                           SMOOTH TRANSITIONS


Choosing a Moving Company
   Have at least three movers come to your home and give estimates. Be sure to ask
whether the estimates are binding, non-binding or guaranteed not to exceed a certain
amount. Obtain each company’s assigned Motor Carrier number and call the USDOT at
(202) 358-7000 to determine if they are registered and have the proper insurance on file.
Ask your prospective moving company for a copy of the “Your Rights and Responsibilities
When You Move” booklet.
Relocation to Your New Town
   If you’re one of the 40 million Americans planning to move this year, you need a strategy.
Starting early and staying organized is the key to a painless move. In general, follow the pre-
move checklists provided. These lists will help you track the myriad of details needed to
facilitate your move.
   If you are selling your present home and/or buying a new one, refer to the home
inspection checklist, choosing a morgage, and the mortgage glossary. If you are planning
to rent in your new city, read the article on rental tips. And, if you are undecided, we hope
the article entitled “Buying vs. Renting” will help you assess the pros and cons of each.
  Whatever decisions you face based on your particular circumstances, stay positive, calm
and organized. And, don’t forget to make some time just for yourself. It will probably save
you a lot of time in the long run!
Packing Tips
• Sort your belongings. If you don’t use an item, dispose of it.
• Label boxes indicating what they contain and in which room they should be placed.
• Drain gas and oil from power tools so they will not leak; dispose of all volatile or corrosive
  chemicals.
• After cleaning out the refrigerator and/or freezer, place pieces of charcoal in them to
  prevent mildew.
• Pack important records in easily accessible place. Include medical, dental, school,
  insurance, credit card and tax records.
• Use strong, clean containers with lids secured with twine or tape.
• Put no more than 50 pounds in each container.
• Place heavy items towards the bottom of the containers; lighter items on top.
• Protect all finished surfaces from scratching by wrapping them in paper.
• Use plenty of cushioning such as shredded or crumpled paper to protect belongings in
  boxes. Remember that newspaper ink can rub off and stain items packed with it.
• Pack items tightly to avoid shifting during move.
• Fragile items, like china, should be packed in reinforced boxes or in special boxes with
  compartments.
• Individually wrap and cushion electrical appliances.
• Make sure liquids and foodstuffs are placed in carefully sealed containers.Wrap and pack
  kitchenware tightly to prevent damage.


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• Chests and dressers should not be overloaded since glued                 where these boxes go. This way, movers will be directed to the
  furniture joints could collapse.                                         correct rooms if you’re not available to tell them where to put
• Unusually shaped or valuable items should be crated or moved             each box.
  by you and not the movers. Easily crushed items should be              • Make a detailed floor plan for where you want things to go in your
  individually boxed and cushioned.                                        new home. Photocopy it so you can tack up copies in every room
  You should not remove home fixtures such as window treatment             for the movers.
hardware, towel racks and electrical fixtures. Unless your sales         • Take snapshots of wall units and shelves, so you know how
agreement specifically states otherwise, such items are usually            things were arranged on them.
considered legally part of your residence.Let the moving company         Settling Into Your New Home
pack furniture, mirrors and artwork to prevent damage.
                                                                         • Start by making the beds. Bedding tends to be bulky and
Stay Organized                                                             eliminating lots of boxes quickly and easily will be encouraging.
   Here are some basic tips to help make moving less traumatic:
                                                                         • Unpack and organize children’s belonging’s next. Young children
• Pack an “Immediate Box” or an overnight suitcase with the                will quickly become restless without familiar things. Remember to
  necessities you’ll be needing right away. Don’t forget to include        position storage hooks and shelves that children will be using
  medicines and a first aid kit, toilet paper, tissue, and paper           within their reach.
  towels.                                                                • Next, tackle the kitchen. This job will go much faster if each box
• Pack an “Immediate Kitchen” box including trash bags, the                has been specifically labeled as to its contents. Simply labeling
  coffee pot or tea kettle, toaster, plastic silverware, paper plates,     “Kitchen” doesn’t help you prioritize which box to unpack first.
  styrofoam cups and some non-perishable snacks, such as                 • Stay positive. Getting settled into your new home can seem
  crackers, peanut butter, dried fruit. This way, there will be some       overwhelming unless you look at it as a series of small projects.
  instant sustenance while you get organized.
                                                                         • Congratulate yourself! You accomplished a lot today!
• Affix colored labels to the moving boxes according to destination.
  Put the same-color labels or signs on the door of the rooms




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     W H A T ’ S A L L T H E T A L K A B O U T. Y O U P A C K , T H E Y D R I V E M O V I N G ?


Moving Decisions                                                            Save Time and Money
   Are you faced with an upcoming job relocation? With so many                 The “you pack, they drive” moving alternative saves you the
options for moving your household items, it can be a difficult              trouble of driving an unfamiliar vehicle as well as the stress and
decision to determine which service best fits your moving needs.            difficulty during a long-distance drive. Since the estimates provided
Also, with a limited relocation budget from your employer to cover          for this service are based on volume (space) and not weight, you will
your moving costs, finding a service that complements your                  avoid unexpected higher moving costs and hidden fees associated
pocketbook is important as well. While hiring a professional moving         with other full-service moving companies. Unlike a rental truck, the
company may be time-saving, the cost for full-service moving could          normal moving expenses such as fuel, taxes, tolls, and unexpected
be several thousand dollars. A recent trend in the moving industry          costs such as flat tires and engine blowouts are covered by the
is the do-it-yourself moving option. Most people associate do-it-           service provider.
yourself with the truck rental option; however, the “you pack, they         Loading Service Options
drive” moving alternative is becoming increasingly popular.                    The cost savings of using the “you pack, they drive” service
New Moving Alternative                                                      largely result from packing and loading your trailer. Some customers
   With this type of service, you are expected to pack and load your        may not have the physical ability or manpower to pack and load
items in an adequately-sized commercial trailer. You are given up to        their own trailer. This problem is relatively easy to solve—simply
two business days to pack and load your goods. The cost of the              check with one of the packing and loading companies suggested
move is controlled by the customer because this service allows you          by the “you pack, they drive” service provider. You can locate
to pay for only the spaced used in the trailer. Once you have               packing and loading assistance in both your origin and destination
completed the packing and loading process, the trailer is picked up         cities. By combining the “you pack, they drive” service with local
by the local dispatch office. The trailer is then transported by a          loading and unloading assistance, you can save money versus
professional driver to your destination. You will receive an estimated      using a full-service moving company.
arrival time for delivery of your goods and will also have the ability to   The Choice is Yours
track your goods during the transit of your move. Upon arrival at              During your search for the best moving option for your upcoming
your new home, the trailer is delivered at the appointed time and           job relocation, consider the “you pack, they drive” moving option
you will unpack and unload your goods. The local dispatch office            and know that you are in control of every aspect of your move. You
will then come and remove the empty trailer.                                will not only save time and money, you will experience less stress
                                                                            and headache during an already stressful part of your life.




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    PRE-MOVE CHECKLIST


One Month Before                                                            Two Weeks Before

K    Take Inventory. Decide what to keep and what to get rid of.            K   Notify Phone Company: Your new local phone company
                                                                                should be notified of your move no sooner than 30 business
K    Reserve a rental truck or select a moving company. Look for
                                                                                days prior to move, and no later than 5 business days before
     rental trucks and moving companies in local brochures, yellow
                                                                                moving. The service representative will run a quick credit check
     pages, or through your rental agent/ real estate broker.
                                                                                and assign you a new telephone number.
K    Make a moving file for important documents, such as family
                                                                            K   Notify Utilities: The electric and gas service companies should
     medical and dental records, school records, legal documents
                                                                                be contacted at least two weeks before your move. The old
     and titles, banking and financial statements, stock and bond
                                                                                service will need your move out date and you should request
     certificates, tax returns, birth certificates and insurance
                                                                                the return of any deposits at this time. The new service will
     documents. Include all receipts – many expenses are tax
                                                                                need your move in date to determine when service will be
     deductible.
                                                                                turned on or transferred to your name. You can inquire if they
K    Make any car rental, airline or hotel arrangements.                        have a billing plan to balance out of season differences by
                                                                                paying a set amount each month. If moving into an apartment,
K    Gather moving supplies such as boxes, tape, bubble wrap and                check with the property manager to see if service was left on
     paper for wrapping.                                                        before you call the utility companies. Write down the
                                                                                emergency numbers to call in event of a problem or outage.
K    Post Office: A week before you move, you should stop by your
     local post office to fill out a change of address cards.               K   Banks: (checking accounts, investments, etc.): Before you
     Correspondence cards are also available to send to various                 move to your new city, make sure all existing accounts in your
     companies such as credit card companies, magazine                          old bank are closed. Find a new bank to fill your personal
     publishers and any other organizations that should be                      needs and open accounts, order checks and obtain direct
     informed of your move. The mail will be forwarded to your new              deposit forms if applicable.
     home for a full year. After a year, the mail will be returned to the
     sender with your new address stamped on it. You can get an             K   Find a new doctor and dentist and have your family’s medical
     official change form at the local post office or on the Internet at        records transferred to them.
     www.usps.gov/movernet.
                                                                            K   Refill any prescription medications which must be taken
K    Credit Card Companies: Immediately notify all your credit card             regularly and arrange to have those prescriptions transferred to
     companies of your move. Keeping an individual file on each                 your new city.
     one makes this process much easier. We suggest using the
                                                                            K   Arrange to register your children in their new school(s). Contact
     correspondence cards offered at the post office in addition to
                                                                                their current school(s) to have their records forwarded.
     requesting in writing that they send you a letter of confirmation.
     It is also recommended to make a follow up call.

K    Purchase Insurance: If you are moving from out of state and
     are insured by a fairly large company, they will most likely have
     an office in the city you are moving to. If you need to find a new
     company, it is important to get homeowners insurance at least
     one month before the move. Those moving to an apartment
     need to contact the insurance company two weeks before the
     move. If you have large amounts of jewelry and/or furs coats
     it’s important to contact the agency as soon as possible since
     you will be needing additional coverage.

K    Remember to request the return of any security deposits.




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One Week Before                                                         Moving Day

K   Confirm any travel plans or reservations.                           K   Early on moving day, reserve a large place for the moving truck
                                                                            to park. Mark off an area with cones or chairs. If you need to
K   Finish packing and make sure all boxes are clearly labeled.
                                                                            obtain parking permission from your apartment complex
K   Subscribe to the local newspaper and visit the Chamber of               manager or the city, do so in advance.
    Commerce in your new city for additional community
                                                                        K   Before work starts, walk through the house with the movers
    information.
                                                                            and describe the loading order. Show them items you intend to
K   Change of Address Notification: You will need to notify the             transport yourself. You should have these items grouped in an
    Postal Service that you are moving. It is now possible to do so         area prior to the movers arriving. Remain on site to answer the
    without visiting the post office. Go to website listed above. For       movers’ questions and to provide special instructions.
    the fee of $1.00 you may fill out the address change
                                                                        K   Walk through your home and make sure that everything was
    information online and receive an email confirmation. Or you
                                                                            loaded. Make sure you have the keys to your new home.
    may choose to print the form and mail it to your local post
    office. US Postal Service, www.usps.com                             K   Remember that professional movers expect to be paid in full
                                                                            before your goods are unloaded. Check for damage, as items
K   Notify IRS: You will also need to notify the IRS that you have
                                                                            are unloaded and report any problems right away.
    moved. This will ensure you receive your IRS refund and/or any
    other correspondence. To change your address with the IRS,          K   Unless the company’s policy prohibits the acceptance of
    complete a Form 8822 (PDF), Address Change Request. This                gratuities, it is customary to tip each mover. $20 is a good
    is available on the IRS website. IRS, www.irs.gov                       amount; you may want to tip more or less based on the service
                                                                            you received.
One Day Before
                                                                        K   If you are moving yourself and getting help from friends, make
                                                                            sure you create a task list. Be sure to have everything packed
K   Pick up your rental truck or confirm your move with the moving          before your help arrives. It is natural for people to work in pairs,
    company.                                                                but you should consider each person’s physical ability and
K   Make sure you and your movers have the directions to your               health status. Plan to provide beverages and food for your
    new home. Plan your travel so that you will be there to greet           volunteers. Load the truck according to the directions your
    them and unlock your home. Have a backup plan in case one               truck rental agency gave you, and make sure that you
    of you gets delayed.                                                    understand how to operate and drive the rental truck before
                                                                            you leave the agency.
K   Obtain the driver’s cell phone number and give him/her yours
    so you can stay in touch in case one of you is delayed.

K   Ask what form of payment the movers will accept (check,
    money order, certified check, travelers checks) and make
    necessary arrangements.




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                  MOVING WITH CHILDREN & &ETS



REINFORCE THE POSITIVES




                 G
                           et family members focused on and involved in the process of moving. Hold a family
                           meeting to discuss why, where, when and how the family will move. Encourage
                           everyone to ask questions and express feelings. If possible, drive the family to see
                 the new home and take a tour of the new neighborhood schools, shops and parks. Take
                 photos or videotape the new house and neighborhood. Make lists for each older child of
                 things to do to prepare for the move and assign them a special task or two. For example,
                 they can read and inform other family members about the area history, landmarks, special
                 events and amusements. Help children prepare for the move by having them assist with
                 packing. Let them pack a box of special clothes, toys or books they would like readily
                 accessible at their new home. Let each family member help plan how to set up his or her
                 bedroom. Have them help select paint or wallpaper. Let them share ideas how to arrange
                 the furniture. When the move takes place, set up the children’s rooms first.
                 Choosing A School
                    One of the most satisfying experiences a family can have is finding a school that fits its
                 needs. That school will “feel right” because its administrators, teachers, and parents are
                 part of a strong community that shares the family’s educational values. Children are eager
                 to go there because the school program stimulates their curiosity and provides them with
                 outlets for their interests. Parents will be pleased because their involvement in their
                 children’s education will be welcomed and encouraged.
                    In order to find the best school for your child, you should begin by observing your child’s
                 learning habits. Even as preschoolers, children begin to develop different approaches to
                 learning. These inclinations provide strong clues about what kind of school would serve
                 them best. In her book Your Child’s First School, educational consultant Diana Townsend-
                 Butterworth offers these suggestions of things to watch for in determining your child’s
                 orientation to learning:
                 • What does your child enjoy doing?
                 • What excites your child and arouses his or her curiosity?
                 • What seems to be frustrating?
                 • Does your child thrive in a structured environment or seem to prefer one that offers more
                   freedom?
                 • Is your child quiet or rambunctious?
                 • Does he or she prefer to work on projects alone or with other children?
                 • Does he or she have any special interests or abilities?
                   Make a list of answers to these questions as well as taking note of any other
                 characteristics you notice about your child. As you read more about individual schools, and
                 when you visit the ones that interest you, you will be better able to choose a school that
                 suits your child.
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     REINFORCE THE POSITIVES


   For high school, parents often choose a new school for their          Orange County Public Schools
children. This is frequently because their current school goes only      445 West Amelia Street
through eight grade. As you look for a high school, consider your        Orlando, FL 32801
                                                                         (407) 317-3484
child’s learning style as well as his or her interests when deciding
                                                                         www.ocps.k12.fl.us
upon a school. Also keep in mind your own family goals, which may
                                                                            The Orange County public school system is the 12th largest
involve preparing for college, in making this important choice.
                                                                         district out of more than 16,000 in the nation and is the 5th largest
   What about family expectations? In order to provide a good
                                                                         in Florida. To better serve principals and students, the district has
match, a child’s school must also meet a family’s needs. Here again,
                                                                         five regional learning communities. The mission of the district is that
you may want to prepare a list of expectations and use it as a guide
                                                                         each student will acquire the skills, attitudes and knowledge
in the search for the best school for your child:
                                                                         necessary to reach full potential.
• What goal do you have for your child’s long-term education? Is         Enrollment
  college preparation a priority?                                           Under state law, a child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1
• How important to you is parental involvement in school activities?     to enter kindergarten. To enter first grade, a child must be 6 on or
• Do you expect the school to have a role in developing a child’s        before Sept. 1 and must have attended kindergarten. You may go
  character by encouraging respect for adults and peers as well as       to the school your child will attend at any time to register him or her
  others in society, including the disadvantaged?                        for school. If you are new to the area, you are encouraged to
• How important is it to you that you have a strong relationship and     register your child as soon as possible. Previous school records or
  share a philosophy with other parents at the school?                   report cards help schools place students. Each school has a
                                                                         designated attendance area, and the family’s address determines
• How interested are you in providing a home setting that gives
                                                                         which school the student will attend. Contact the Pupil Assignment
  your child time for homework?
                                                                         office at (407) 317-3233 to find your attendance zone.
• How important to you is a before-school and after-school
                                                                         Registration Requirements
  program?
                                                                         • Birth certificate
   Before beginning a search for a school, parents should reflect on
these questions, and their expectations for schools. Parents who         • Immunization records on an HRS 680 form for MMR (mumps,
choose schools wisely are pleased after their children enroll              measles, and rubella), DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus)
because the family and the school work in harmony with a common            and OPU (polio)
set of expectations for the youngsters. Admissions directors at          • Proof of a physical examination within the last year, or one
schools will gladly connect you with parents of current students so        scheduled within 30 days
you can make an informed choice for your child.
                                                                         • Proof of residence, including a homestead exemption card,
   Most schools believe parents should have a strong role in their
                                                                           lease/rental agreement, notarized statement or declaration of
children’s education. Being involved in a child1s education
                                                                           domicile for residents new to Florida
strengthens the whole family and sends a message to children that
education is an important part of their lives. Schools know that the     • Each first grader who attended a private kindergarten also will
way in which parents choose to become active in their children’s           need a letter from that school stating that he/she has successfully
schools varies greatly. They provide many different opportunities for      completed kindergarten.
parental involvement. Most schools have strong parent associations
that organize social events, help coordinate volunteer activitied, and
provide an organizes means of communication between parents
and school.
   Each of these encounters strengthens the life of the schools and
creates a community of committed adults supporting the goals of
the schools and the students. This feeling of community, with adults
and students working together for a common purpose, is one of the
distinguishing strengths of a good schools.




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                                                                                         SELECTING CHILD CARE


   When you’re new to a community, locating a person or program
to provide child care for you is not the easiest of tasks. Due to
expanding demand, just finding an opening can be difficult.
Pinpointing a place that is not too far or too expensive and, most
importantly, a provider whom you trust, may take days or weeks of
persistent phoning and visits.
   When considering child care, there are three main types of care
arrangements: a center-based child care program, a home-based
child care program, and care in the child’s own home. Each of the
different arrangements has unique advantages and disadvantages.
Family Child Care
   Family child care offers a blending of ages. Children, particularly
infants and toddlers who have little experience relating to other
people, are well served by a family child care home. There are only
a few other children and adults with whom to relate. Family child
care is designed to be a less structured program where children
have the flexibility to play, rest and even eat on different schedules.
School-aged children often can stay in their own neighborhoods
and still participate in after-school activities. Each child has the
opportunity to relate to a few other children of different ages-some
younger and some older. A family child care home is required to be
licensed if the person provides care for more than three children,
including her own children under age 12.
Child Care Centers
   In a child-care center, children are grouped by age with activities
planned especially for that age level. Each classroom has diverse
equipment, materials and activities which support a planned
curriculum. Group size and child-to-adult ratios are regulated by the       In addition to the forms of child care, you want to take into
licensing standards issued by the Department of Children and              account the following factors:
Family Services. A variety of staff is employed to supervise the          • Age and personality of your child.
children during the day. Child care centers may serve children from       • Child care needs of all the children in your family.
six weeks to 12 years of age and include part-day pre-school
                                                                          • Location of your workplace, home and child care facility.
programs, such as Montessori and Head Start.
                                                                          • Hours you need child care.
In-Home Care
                                                                          • What you can afford. When you begin your search, start with the
   In-home care is care for children in their own homes by someone
                                                                            telephone. Plan to spend a few minutes with each call. Describe
the parent has employed-perhaps a nanny, housekeeper, live-in
                                                                            your needs and ask about the program, staff, location, other
student or baby-sitter. Your child is cared for in familiar and
                                                                            children in care, and what is included in the cost. Make an
comfortable surroundings: home with familiar toys and playthings.
                                                                            appointment and visit the center, school or home, and plan on
Also, time is saved by not having to take your child anywhere. In-
                                                                            spending at least an hour at each place. Visit once to observe the
home care is often perceived as the most convenient for working
                                                                            children in care and at another time outside of regular structured
parents but is generally the least available and most expensive form
                                                                            hours to spend time with provider or director to speak without
of child care. When you have full-time, in-home care, you pay at
                                                                            interruption.
least minimum wage and all necessary state and federal withholding
and taxes. Salaries start at around $250 per week. Always check             In the final analysis, locating a child care provider with whom you
the references and work histories of candidates for any child care        are confident is well worth the searching. Why? Your child benefits
position.                                                                 greatly from such an arrangement, meeting and interacting with
                                                                          other children and adults. The child learns and grows from
                                                                          experience, often times a major step in establishing independence
                                                                          and becoming his or her “own person.” And you feel more at ease
                                                                          knowing your child is safe and happy.




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  T Y P E S O F H I G H E R E D U C AT I O N


Community Colleges                                                             Nearly 3 million students are believed to be taking online classes
   Community colleges exist for two major purposes. The first is to        at institutions of higher education in the United States this year. That
serve as a bridge from high school to college by providing courses         number has been growing about 25% a year recently. Now, virtually
for transfer toward a bachelor’s degree. Four out of 10 college-           all public higher education institutions, as well as a vast majority of
bound high-school graduates start their college education this way.        private, for-profit institutions, now offer online classes. By contrast,
   The second function of community colleges is to prepare                 only about half of private, nonprofit schools offer them.
students for the job market by offering entry-level career training as        Online schools offer everything from Associate’s degrees to
well as courses for adult students who want to upgrade their skills        Doctoral programs with available emphases in everything from
for the workplace. They often offer programs that are not available        Business Administration to Criminal Justice to Nursing. Some
at four-year schools, like fashion design.                                 programs require students to attend some campus classes or
Liberal Arts Colleges                                                      orientations, but many are delivered completely online.
   Liberal arts colleges offer a broad base of courses in the                Online courses generally require a computer with a broadband
humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Most are private and            connection, but are now a serious option for the busy professional.
focus mainly on undergraduate students. Classes tend to be small           Public vs. Private
and personal attention is available.                                          Public colleges are usually less expensive, particularly for in-state
Online Learning                                                            residents. They get most of their money from the state or local
   Recent years have witnessed the rise of online degree programs,         government. Private colleges rely on tuition, fees, endowments, and
to allow the busy professional a chance to work at their own pace          other private sources. Private colleges are usually smaller and can
from the comfort of their home on the path to getting a degree. The        offer more personalized attention and often more prestige.
costs to students are typically the same as for traditional classes—       Universities
and financial aid is equally available—while the cost to the institution      Generally, a university is bigger than a college and offers more
can be much less.                                                          majors and research facilities. Class size often reflects institutional
   There are online universities ranging from legitimate distance          size and some classes may taught by graduate students.
learning systems to fly-by-night degree-mills. It’s important to           Upper Division
research a particular institution before deciding to enroll in their          Upper-division schools offer the last two years of undergraduate
system. Generally, brick-and-mortar schools that also offer online         study, usually in specialized programs leading to a bachelor’s
classes are the safest, though there are plenty of fully accredited        degree. Students then generally transfer to an upper-division
online universities out there.                                             college after completing an associate degree or after finishing a
                                                                           second year of study at a four-year college.



  D E G R E E S A N D C E RT I F I C AT E S


Certificate or Diploma                                                     Combined Bachelor’s/Graduate Degree (or Joint Degree)
   These non-degree offerings generally lead to employment in an              Complete a bachelor’s degree and a master’s or first-professional
occupational field. For example, to enter fields such as computer          degree in less than the usual amount of time. In most programs,
science or teaching, you may first have to get a certificate or            students apply to the graduate program during their first three years
diploma.                                                                   of undergraduate study, and begin the graduate program in their
Associate Degree                                                           fourth year of college. Successful completion results in awarding of
   You receive an associate of arts (AA) or associate of science (AS)      both bachelor’s and graduate degrees. These are sometimes
degree after completing two years of study similar to the first two        referred to as “4 +1” programs.
years of a four-year college. After earning an AA or an AS, you may        Masters Degree
transfer to a four-year college to complete the requirements for a            These signify more specialized training in a particular field. They
bachelor’s degree. The associate of applied science (AAS) degree is        are competed after the bachelor’s degree, usually over the course
awarded on completion of technological or vocation programs of             of 2 years for the full time student.
study.                                                                     Doctorates
Bachelor’s or Baccalaureate Degree                                           These generally signify some significant research in the field, and
  Complete a four- or five-year, full-time program of study (or its        are an upper level degree.
part-time equivalent) at a college. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) are the most common.



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                                                                                                   PAY I N G F O R S C H O O L


FAFSA                                                   www.fafsa.gov       • Federal Student Loans made to parents: Much higher limit, but
   FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is a form             payments start immediately
that must be filled out annually by university to determine their           • Private Student Loans made to students or parents: Higher limits
eligibility for federal financial aid (including grants, loans, and work-     and no payments until after graduation.
study programs). In addition, most states and schools use
                                                                              Getting Your MBA Part-time
information from the FAFSA to award non-federal aid.
                                                                              Getting your MBA may be imperative to you and your career.
   The FAFSA consists of numerous questions regarding the
                                                                            More than 40% of all graduate students are working adults, so it is
student’s finances, as well as those of his or her family; these are
                                                                            possible to balance the rest of your life with your desire to continue
entered into a formula that determines the Expected Family
                                                                            your education.
Contribution. The amount of the EFC can vary widely, depending on
                                                                               You’ll generally spend three to four hours a week with the
a number of factors; for example, one such factor is whether a
                                                                            instructor in a 3-credit class. It’s generally recommended that you
student has siblings in college at the time.
                                                                            spend about 8 additional hours a week studying and preparing for
  The best place to look for help before you start filling out your
                                                                            the next classroom session, so 12-15 hrs a week total.
FAFSA is at your school’s financial aid office.
                                                                                So where are you going to find an extra 15 hrs a week? It helps
Other Sources
                                                                            to journal how you do spend your time during the week, and then
   FAFSA only scratches the surface of the money available to
                                                                            list priorities. Lower priority items, like watching TV, may take up
students for school. There are many state and private scholarships
                                                                            more time than you realize, and can be shelved so you can continue
out there. The easiest way to find listings of what scholarships that
                                                                            your education.
you may qualify for is by going to a scholarship database online and
doing a search. Some handy sites for this are:                                Re-prioritizing your time is the most crucial step in ensuring you’ll
                                                                            have success on your path to your degree. Make sure you discuss
  Lunch-money.com
                                                                            your goals with your boss, friends, and family, so they know what to
  Finaid.org
                                                                            expect as you add this major commitment to your life.
  Fastweb.com
  Collegeboard.com
  It’s not recommended that you participate in any website that
asks you to pay a fee to search for a scholarship; there are many
wonderful free sites available.
Types of Financial Aid
   Financial aid may be classified into two types based on the
criteria through which the financial aid is awarded: merit-based or
need-based.
Merit-Based
   Merit-scholarships are typically awarded for outstanding
academic achievements, although some merit scholarships can
also be awarded for special talents, leadership potential and other
personal characteristics. Merit scholarships are sometimes
awarded without regard for the financial need of the applicant.
Athletic scholarships are a form of merit aid that takes athletic talent
into account.
Need-Based
  Need-based financial aid is awarded on the basis of the financial
need of the student. The amount of need based aid is generally
based off the criteria on the FAFSA.
Loans
   While included in the term “financial aid” Higher Education Loans
differ from scholarships and grants in that they must be paid back.
They come in several varieties in the United States
• Federal Student Loans made to students directly: No payments
  until after graduation, but amounts are quite limited




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  R E L O C AT I N G YO U R P E T


   Your coffee is finally brewing after what seemed like an endless    can’t be as good as Dr. Morris…and Prince just loved Dr. Morris.
search through the boxes left by the moving company. The disk             Farfetched? Not really. Pets are probably most overlooked when
jockey on the radio reads the weather forecast and you learn that it   it comes to relocating. Most people just expect their pets to wake
is 70 degrees outside with an expected high of 75. Your company        up completely adapted to their new surroundings as if nothing
doesn’t even have to give you a raise to move here.                    changed. Although this is true for many pets, just as many find
   Just as you start thinking that everything is proceeding smoothly   relocating to be traumatic. Furthermore, most people wait until their
and that your new city really does have a lot to offer, you realize    pet is ill before finding a new veterinarian.
Prince, your four-year old Great Dane, isn’t acting right. Now what?     What should you do then for your pet when relocating? Actually
Is he really sick? Homesick? What’s worse is that you don’t know       the place to begin is in your hometown before you move. Speak to
where the closest veterinarian is located and, of course, he or she    your own veterinarian and tell him/her where you are moving and
                                                                                                ask his/her advice. In most cases, this
                                                                                                alone will be sufficient to find out what is
                                                                                                necessary to prepare your pet for transition.
                                                                                                Further, people will be surprised how often
                                                                                                their veterinarian can recommend someone
                                                                                                in the area where they are moving. Whether
                                                                                                or not this person will actually become your
                                                                                                new veterinarian is not as important as the
                                                                                                peace of mind that the recommendation is
                                                                                                from someone you trust.
                                                                                                   Finally, don’t wait until your pet is ill
                                                                                               before looking for a veterinarian. This is an
                                                                                               extremely emotional time and nothing can
                                                                                               be more traumatic than having to find a
                                                                                               veterinarian in the midst of a crisis. It is
                                                                                               obvious, then, that you should find a new
                                                                                               veterinarian before that first crisis occurs so
                                                                                               that when the need arises, you will be
                                                                                               prepared.
                                                                                                  How do you go about finding a new
                                                                                               veterinarian in a new city? The best place to
                                                                                               begin is simply the New Market Services
                                                                                               Information Guide. Location is an important
                                                                                               factor, as many pets don’t travel well and, in
                                                                                               the case of emergency, distance may be a
                                                                                               factor in receiving timely treatment.
                                                                                                   After making a list of local veterinary
                                                                                               clinics, take the time to go visit them. Talk to
                                                                                               the staff. Ask about office hours, fees,
                                                                                               whether appointments are required, and
                                                                                               what services are available. Also, ask if it is
                                                                                               possible to talk to the doctor so that you
                                                                                               can introduce yourself and at least have a
                                                                                               first impression to help you make your
                                                                                               choice.
                                                                                                  Finally, ask your neighbors which
                                                                                               veterinarians they take their pets to and
                                                                                               why. Then, of course, it’s your decision, but
                                                                                               at least you have gathered some
                                                                                               information on which to base your decision.




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