The Makers Of CIROC Ultra Premium Vodka And Sean “Diddy” Combs Extend Summer With New CIROC PINEAPPLE Infused Vodka

CIROC Ultra Premium Vodka La Pina CocktailUltra Premium Vodka hits the Runways of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
Sean “Diddy” Combs and the makers of CIROC® Ultra Premium Vodka today announce the newest addition to its flavor portfolio – CIROC® PINEAPPLE infused vodka. The liquid that boasts a rich pineapple flavor with a touch of vanilla and a tropical finish joins CIROC AMARETTO, CIROC PEACH, CIROC RED BERRY and CIROC COCONUT, expanding the top-selling ultra-premium infused vodka line. Continue reading

Fashion Designers Tommy Hilfiger and Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger to Honor 2014 CancerForward Forward Movers at Saks Fifth Avenue Key To The Cure Kickoff

Saks Fifth Avenue and PaperCity Magazine will present Houston’s 16(th) Annual Saks Fifth Avenue Key To The Cure Kickoff from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Saks Fifth Avenue, Houston Galleria. Chaired by Kristy and Chris Bradshaw, the event is one of the fall season’s most anticipated social happenings, and will benefit CancerForward: The Foundation For Cancer Survivors for the fifth consecutive year. Tickets are $50 per person in advance or $100 per person the night of the event.
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Orange County Animal Services Sees Payoff from Multiple Initiatives, Announces Record High Adoption Month

puppiesOrange County Animal Services has reached record high adoption numbers for each of the past three months. The shelter initially hit a record high adoption month in June with 569 pets adopted. The success continued in July with 646 adoptions and through August with 693 adoptions. Last month, 364 dogs, 322 cats and seven smaller pets— including rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets— left the shelter with new “forever families” resulting in a total of 693 adoptions. This is the highest number of adoptions in the shelter’s history and tops August 2013 by 63 percent. Continue reading

Maker Faire Orlando Celebrates Innovation, Invention and DIY Spirit in Central Florida

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Part-Science Fair, Part-County Fair and Part-Something Entirely New

Sept. 13–14, 2014
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The ultimate form of show and tell, Orlando Science Center hosts the third annual Maker Faire Orlando (formerly Orlando Mini Maker Faire) on Sept. 13–14, 2014. This community-based learning event aims to inspire the public through do-it-yourself science, technology and art; hands-on workshops; panels; and more. This year’s event is bigger than ever before with more Makers, crazier creations and not one but two whole days to experience it! Maker Faire Orlando takes place on every floor of the Science Center as well as outside in Loch Haven Park.

The 2014 event features more than 200 one-of-a- kind projects from local Makers. Makers are DIY-enthusiasts who demonstrate their creativity and knowledge through personal creations. Makers come from all ages and backgrounds, ranging from techies to crafters to scientists to garage tinkerers. Each shares a common passion for innovation and creativity, as well as an educational spirit to inspire and encourage new Makers.

At Maker Faire Orlando, see creations like the Big Susan Autonomous Unmanned Ground Vehicle — try saying that five times fast! Built out of pet fence receiver collars, an Arduino board and a couple electric motors, it can be tasked to walk the dog, mow the lawn, take the garbage to the street and anything else you can think of. Keeping with the vehicle theme, the Power Racing Series returns to the event and features individuals driving modified Power Wheels kiddie cars. And one of last year’s favorites returns with guests jumping in the Human Powered Snow Cone Machine to make your own icy treat via a person-sized hamster wheel!

There’s art-a-plenty at the event including “Sculpturings” — half-small sculpture, half-art jewelry by Rebecca Rose. And if you’ve observed the painted fence panels alongside the Seminole Wekiva Trail, the master himself Jeff Sonksen will exhibit his work and invite guests to contribute to his ever-growing mural. And Justin Peterson, famous among Orlandoans for his murals in many Tijuana Flats locations, will showcase his illustrations and graphic novel series “Very Near Mint.”

There is plenty to see but also plenty to do with our workshop series. Learn how to “upcycle” and make crafts out of unwanted magazines with Indie Craft Exchange; engage in hands-on 3-D printer, Arduino and electromagnet demos with the Orange County Library System; discover how to create your own music box with the Musical Box Society International; and more! We’ve also added additional space to learn how to solder, a highly popular skill among Makers.

The first Maker Faire, organized by the editors of MAKE magazine, started in 2006 in San Mateo, Calif. Branching off from the flagship Faires in the Bay Area and New York City are community-driven Mini Maker Faires and “featured” Maker Faires, the latter of which Orlando attained status in 2014. Orlando shares this distinction with cities like Tokyo, Atlanta, Rome and Detroit. Each of the past two years’ events featured more than 100 exhibits from local Makers and groups, and attracted more than 2,500 guests. Maker Faire Orlando expects to showcase more than 200 projects and draw more than 5,000 guests.

“We tend to be defined sometimes today just as consumers, but I believe all of us are Makers and all of us like to view ourselves as creative and productive,” said Dale Dougherty, publisher of MAKE magazine and grandfather to Maker Faires worldwide. “The Maker Faire is an invitation to anyone who sees themselves as a Maker.”

Maker Faire Orlando is an ongoing collaboration between The Maker Effect Foundation and Orlando Science Center as well as members of the local Maker community, most notably FamiLAB. The Science Center is pleased to host the event as it aligns perfectly with the organization’s mission to inspire science learning for life.

“This event represents everything we do best, which is engage the community about science in a hands-on, passionate and innovative way,” said JoAnn Newman, president and CEO of Orlando Science Center.

Experience Maker Faire Orlando with admission to Orlando Science Center which is $19 for adults and $13 for youth (ages 3 – 11). Advanced tickets can be purchased at at a reduced cost. Tickets include access to all of the Maker exhibits and panels as well as all four floors of exhibits, giant-screen educational films, and live programming. Some workshops may require nominal fees. Admission is free for Science Center members.

Parking is available in the parking garage located directly across the street from the Science Center for $5 per vehicle. Free, overflow parking is available at each of the following locations: Florida Urology Associates/Orlando Cancer Institute, 1812 N. Mills Ave., Orlando, 32803; Magruder Eye Institute, 1911 N. Mills Ave., Orlando, 32803; and McCree General Contractors and Architects (two addresses), 500 E. Princeton St., Orlando, 32803 and 2100 Alden Rd., Orlando, 32803; curbside on both sides of N. Mills Avenue alongside Loch Haven Park. Guests can also park on the upper levels of the Florida Hospital Parking Garage on Alden Road for $5 per vehicle (cash only).

For more information, please call 407.514.2000 or visit and

Download hi-res photos from last year’s event at the following Dropbox link:

Follow along on social media with the hashtag #OrlandoMaker.

Maker Faire Orlando is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.


Make: magazine; Starwood Vacation Ownership; DAVE School; OCPS Tech Centers; Delta Maker; Florida Motion & Control; ROBLOX; The Boxtrolls; Monkey Wrench Manufacturing; SunDance Marketing Solutions; Skycraft Parts & Surplus, Inc.; Player 1 Video Game Bar; Justin Peterson; SteamLabs Incorporated.


The Maker Effect Foundation; FamiLAB; Factur; The Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity at the Orange County Library System; Art & History Museums – Maitland; Crealdé School of Art.

Orlando Magic’s Tobias Harris Makes $50K Donation to Orange County Public Schools for Education

Traveling from Parramore to Winter Garden on Friday, Jennifer Porter-Smith didn’t dare close her eyes or take her hands off the steering wheel of her vehicle, but she was deep in prayer throughout the drive.

Porter-Smith, the executive director of the Nap Ford Community School, knew what came later in the day would have a profound impact on her school’s ability to shape the lives of so many children in need of assistance. She had tears welling up in her eyes when Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris announced on Friday that Nap Ford Community School would be the recipient of a $20,000 grant. The contribution was made possible through a $50,000 donation that Harris was awarded as part of the Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award that he received last spring for his off-the-court efforts.

The gravity of Harris’ generous actions was seen as the tears streamed down the cheeks of an emotional Porter-Smith.

“Driving over, I was saying a prayer and I said, ‘Lord, you know what we need. We really need $20,000.’ I told myself that the likelihood was not there, but if I didn’t ask for it He can’t give it to us. So I was asking,” Porter-Smith said. “We’re a small school in Parramore trying to do the work that’s needed for these children. I didn’t think we’d get anything near $20,000 and I was just so grateful to Tobias and the Magic.”

In addition to the $20,000 awarded to Nap Ford Community School, Harris also rewarded the Foundation for Orange County Public Schools with a $25,000 check and $5,000 to Howard Middle School. The presentation was made at Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge following the 15th Annual Fore Our Schools Golf Tournament, an event which featured 250 golfers and raised $175,000 to assist the schools in improving educational programs for students.

Harris, who has been one of the Magic’s most community-minded players since coming to Orlando more than 18 months ago, said that the opportunity to have a direct impact on the lives of thousands of school children was humbling to him. The Orange County Public School System is the 10th largest in the nation, providing instruction to 187,000 students with nearly 13,000 teachers in 184 schools. Harris was happy to be able to contribute to the success of those students.

“To be able to impact different kids’ lives and work with the organizations in the schools that we’ve been able to build relationships with, that’s the biggest thing to me,” Harris said. “It’s special to donate the money and seeing tears on (Porter-Smith’s) face. That lets me know deep-down inside that the money is going to the right cause. That’s for the kids and I appreciate this opportunity quite a lot.’’

Harris’ donation was made possible through the 2013-14 Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment award, which he won last spring after conducting a variety of community events designed to aid needy families and underserved children. Each year the DeVos family honors a player who has dedicated his efforts off the court for the purpose of enhancing others’ lives. With the award comes a $50,000 grant for the player to donate to the charity of his choice.

Harris and the Magic open training camp on Sept. 30 at the Amway Center. Orlando added five veterans (Channing Frye, Ben Gordon, Evan Fournier, Luke Ridnour and Willie Green) and three rookies (Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton and Devyn Marble) to a strong foundation (Victor Oladipo, Nikola Vucevic, Kyle O’Quinn, Maurice Harkless, Andrew Nicholson and Harris) in the offseason. Many of those players are already in Orlando and going through voluntary basketball, weight-lifting, track and boxing drills on a daily basis to build chemistry for the season ahead.

“The seriousness is that we’ve got to play together,” Harris said. “We made some great moves this offseason and we know that with the guys that we have in here we have to play together as a team. We have to play team defense and have the mindset that we need to go out and win.”

Magic GM Rob Hennigan and Vice President/Assistant GM Scott Perry attended the function on Friday to show their support for Harris’ willingness to be a leader in the Orlando community with his charitable work. Harris said that making a difference in the community isn’t just lip service with the Magic; the organization makes it a point to give back in whatever ways it can and specially target those the most in need.

“When I came to the Orlando Magic and saw work that they did in the community, I wanted to ripple off that and make a difference too,” Harris said. “It’s not just about what we do on the court or statistics or wins and losses; it’s about the kids. What we do with the Magic, it’s not just for a picture or an Instagram post; it’s about helping kids’ lives and having them tell their parents that an NBA player told him something that will stick with them. It’s all about the impact that we can make with these kids’ lives.’’

Orlando Magic’s Tobias Harris Makes $50K Donation to

Orange County Public Schools for Education

By John Denton

Porter-Smith said the difference that Harris will make in the lives of the children at Nap Ford Community School is immeasurable. She said the grant money given by the Magic will allow her school to conduct much-needed programs that were otherwise cut because of budget concerns. That, she said, is one way that Harris and the Magic will have a direct impact on bettering the opportunities for students.

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AT&T Breaks iPhone Sales Record

“It was a terrific day for our customers and us.  This is our biggest iPhone, pre-order launch day ever,” said Glenn Lurie, president and CEO of AT&T Mobility. “When you combine our best-pricing, the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network(1), and a service experience that leads the industry, iPhone customers who choose AT&T win.”

(1)Reliability based on nationwide carriers’ 4G LTE. 4G LTE not available everywhere.