City of Orlando Mayor’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission Announces 2017 Commemoration Events

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Mayor’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission are proud to announce a variety of events to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Commission is a volunteer organization, which includes business and community representatives appointed by Mayor Dyer to raise funds and coordinate citywide events that promote the celebration of Dr. King’s legacy of equality, justice, freedom, peace and harmony for all races and cultures in Greater Orlando.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

6:30 p.m. 12th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Forum

Florida A & M University College of Law, 201 Beggs Avenue

Presented by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and FAMU College of Law Black Law Student Association. This event is free.


The forum is a panel discussion focusing on issues of significance to the community and concepts addressed by Dr. King. This year’s theme is “Minorities in Trump’s America: What Now? What Next?”


Friday, January 13, 2017

11:00 a.m. 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Luncheon***

Ballroom at Church Street, 225 South Garland Avenue

Presented by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. There is a cost for this event. 


7:00 p.m. “City of Hope” Concert

Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 535 West Washington Street

Presented by the Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation. This event is free. 


This concert promotes a spirit of community with music and other offerings by artists and performers from across the city.


Saturday, January 14, 2017

10:00 a.m. 33rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade 

Orange Avenue in Downtown Orlando

Presented by Southwest Orlando Jaycees. This event is free. 


This is a community parade to honor the legacy and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and bring the message of unity to all people.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

6:00 p.m. MLK Service: Spread the Dream

The Hope Church, 3032 Monte Carlo Trail

Presented by the African American Council of Christian Clergy. This event is free.


Monday, January 16, 2017

7:45 a.m. 26th Annual Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy Prayer Breakfast

First Baptist Church of Orlando, 3000 South John Young Parkway

Presented by YMCA of Central Florida & Southwest Orlando Jaycees. There is a cost for this event.


9:00 a.m. Great Day of Service – District Events

District 1 – Plant Seedlings for Civil Rights & Clean-up 8:30 a.m.

District 2 – Park of the Americas Service Project

District 3 – Lake Fairview Service Project

District 4 – Cherokee Park Service Project

District 5 – Parramore and Jackson Community Center Service Project

District 6 – Bill Frederick Park Service Project


Presented by City of Orlando District Commissioners, the Mayor’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, Office of Community Affairs and Human Relations, City Parks Division, Green-Up Orlando, Keep Orlando Beautiful & Green Works Orlando. These events are free.


Volunteers will work on projects together to benefit City of Orlando residents. 


Thursday, January 19, 2017

7:00 p.m. A Gospel Concert Celebration

First United Methodist Church of Orlando, 142 East Jackson Street

Presented by Mayor’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission. This event is free.


This gospel concert will honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in songs and performances.


For more information, please call City of Orlando Office of Community Affairs and Human Relations at 407.246.2500 or visit



Participants to Receive Instruction in Coaching, Officiating and Scouting from NFL Executives, Game Officials and Industry Experts

The National Football League will host the first-ever WOMEN’S CAREERS IN FOOTBALL FORUM in conjunction with USA Football’s 2017 Women’s World Football Games during PRO BOWL WEEK in Orlando, Florida. The forum will help educate and prepare women for positions in football operations, including coaching, officiating and scouting, through panel discussions, presentations and on-field clinics and demonstrations.


“We are actively expanding opportunities for women by identifying and developing qualified individuals as part of the NFL’s inclusion efforts,” said NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations TROY VINCENT. “Hosting these events at Pro Bowl provides us the chance to celebrate women who play the game and to assist them by providing knowledge, tools and resources to pursue careers in the sport of professional football.”


As part of the NFL’s celebration of football at all levels during Pro Bowl Week in Orlando, USA Football’s Women’s World Football Games will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Jan. 25-29. The fourth-annual event will bring together more than 250 female tackle football players from around the world for five days of training, skills sessions and 11v11 competitions. For more information or to register for the 2017 Women’s World Football Games, visit


The Women’s Careers in Football Forum will coincide with the 2017 Games and provide the opportunity for participants to learn more about positions in football operations and administration from NFL executives, coaches, game officials and other industry experts. All attendees will be entered into the league’s Diverse Talent Community, an invite-only online recruitment platform that encourages quality, dynamic candidates with diverse backgrounds to join its ranks through a shared talent acquisition database for Human Resources across the NFL and its 32 clubs.


The Women’s Careers in Football Forum furthers the NFL’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Earlier this year the NFL hosted the first-ever NFL Women’s Summit: “In the Huddle to Advance Women in Sport” and the inaugural Women’s Career Development Symposium to engage aspiring executives. At the Women’s Summit in San Francisco, NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL announced the expansion of The Rooney Rule to include interviewing women for all open executive positions at the league office.


For more information about the Women’s Football Career Forum and Pro Bowl Week events, visit







  • The Magic look to follow up on Friday’s 109-90 win over the Los Angeles Lakers against the Memphis Grizzlies Monday night at 7 p.m. in the Amway Center. Following tonight’s matchup, Orlando hosts the Charlotte Hornets onWednesday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. The Magic will then play eight of their next 10 games on the road – a stretch that begins with trips to Indiana and New York, followed by home games against the Atlanta Hawks (Jan. 4 at 7 p.m.) and Houston Rockets (Jan. 6 at 7 p.m.) and concludes with a six-game road trip on the West Coast, Orlando’s longest of the season.

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New Artistic Director Announced forCentral Florida Sounds of Freedom Band and Color Guard

Florida Sounds of Freedom Band and Color Guard, Orlando’s own LGBT+ concert and marching band, is proud to announce the appointment of new artistic director, Chris Green.
Mr. Green brings a wealth of experience and knowledge with him to the task of growing Central Florida Sounds of Freedom Band and Color Guard, both artistically and in membership with over 25 years experience in bands, drum and bugle corps, pageantry and winter guard. Continue reading


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Orlando Magic’s Elfrid Payton Hosts “Elf’s” Toy Workshop Celebration

Payton to host local children and families


WHAT: Orlando Magic Guard Elfrid Payton’s “Elf’s” Toy Workshop Celebration*

Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton will host underserved children and families at his Elf’s Toy Workshop Celebration. The holiday event will feature a sky slam basketball glow party, #SelfieswithElfie photo station, music by 104.5 the beat, food, toy and book giveaways and more.


The families and children have been selected through Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando, Wadeview Community Center and Building Up Champions Program.


Fans were also invited to participate in a toy and book drive. Fans were encouraged to bring unwrapped toys or books to Sky Zone Orlando through Dec. 20.



Saturday, December 24

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. @ Sky Zone Orlando, Artegon Marketplace, 5250 International Dr., Orlando, 32819



ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears will play two Wawa Sunshine Cup Series games this week against their South Division rivals the Florida Everblades. Orlando completes its season-high 10-game road trip when they face the Everblades on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. before heading into the holiday break with a home match on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. Continue reading