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Pro Hockey Comes to Amway Center

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The ECHL, a mid-level professional ice hockey league announced last Tuesday, November 8  that the Board of Governors has unanimously approved the Expansion Membership application of Orlando for admission to the ECHL.

Orlando’s hockey team games will begin in October 2012 when the Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League will celebrate its 25th season, making it the third-longest tenured professional hockey league behind only the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League.

“I am excited that the City of Orlando will once again be home to professional hockey,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “The new Amway Center was designed with the goal of adding a hockey team and features amenities specific to hockey. We look forward to showcasing the new state-of-the-art Amway Center to hockey fans here in Central Florida and giving them an experience they will never forget.”

The team is now accepting deposits for season tickets for the 2012-2013 season. For more information, visit their website, like them on Facebook at Orlando Pro Hockey and follow them on Twitter at OrlandoHockey.
Today, Mayor Dyer joined the new team  at Amway Center to announce their official name, the Orlando Solar Bears. The team’s 2012-2013 season will have 36 home games with the possibility of additional playoff games.

This means more regularly scheduled activity at the Amway Center and increased foot traffic for our Downtown businesses.

The Downtown Development Board welcomes the Orlando Solar Bears to Amway Center and Downtown Orlando!


Home for the Holidays- Orlando Philharmonic

Saturday, November 26 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will be having their Home for the Holidays concert at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 West Livingston Street. Tickets are $14.75, $29, $29, $52, and $70 and can be ordered through the Orlando Philharmonic Box Office at407.770.0071

*A Family-Four Pack is also available, which includes half-price tickets for orders of four or more tickets ordered before November 18.

For more information, please contact the Orlando Philharmonic Box Office at407.770.0071

Holiday Lights

Join Mayor Buddy Dyer on Friday, December 2 at 4:00 p.m. at Lake Eola Park as Holiday Lights Orlando presents Trinity Downtown’s The Gift Christmas festival and an outdoor viewing of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey. This is a free event and is open to the public.

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Buy Local Orlando App Coming Soon

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Looking for great deals in Orlando? Other programs offer discounts, but Buy Local Orlando is different. Buy Local Orlando connects consumers with our City’s businesses to promote a thriving, economically viable, close-knit community. Unlike other discount services, all Buy Local Orlando vendors are certified City of Orlando businesses and receive 100% of revenue generated from sales through the program – so you can rest assured that the money you spend with them directly contributes to our local economy.

In an effort to further enhance the user experience, the new Buy Local Orlando mobile application will feature alerts and geolocation features to make it easier than ever to search for participating businesses and take advantage of special offers and discounts.

For more information and to register to receive email notifications regarding the launch, visit the new and today!

Black Friday in Downtown Orlando

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Shake things up this Black Friday and head Downtown for some stellar specials. From gift cards to some of your favorite restaurants to theater tickets, there is sure to be something for everyone on your list. Check out what a few of our Downtown merchants will be offering:

33 West Church Street
Three-for-one drinks  4-7:30 p.m.

Big Belly, Chillers and Latitudes
33 West Church Street
Two-for-one drinks 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
Chilly Spoons Frozen Yogurt Bar
12 North Summerlin Avenue
Text the word “ChillySpoons” to 407.900.YUM1 to join the Chilly Spoons text messaging service and to receive Black Friday discounts.

42 West Central Boulevard
Happy hour 4-7:30 p.m. and two-for-one drinks 11 p.m.-1 a.m.
Ibi AVEDA Concept Salon
Get 20% off all services and AVEDA products on Black Friday. Appointments required.
Mad Cow Theatre
105 South Magnolia Avenue
Tickets to any of this season’s remaining shows are only $15 on Black Friday.
Mochi Frozen Yogurt
145 South Orange Avenue
Buy two for the price of one on Mochi’s new coffee and hot beverage line.

Mother Falcon
817 East Washington Street
Get $10 T-shirts and $25 Saucony tennis shoes. See store for detailSouth

Nube Nove Salon
717 East Washington Street
Get 20% off everything in the salon on Black Friday. Excludes extensions.
Pine 22
22 East Pine Street
Buy a $25 gift card, get a free $5 gift card on Black Friday. Also, kids eat free Black Friday through Sunday, Nov. 27.
Urban Flats
183 South Orange Avenue
Buy a $25 gift card, get a free $5 gift card on Black Friday. Also, holiday parties of five or more get a free bottle of red or white wine. While supplies last.

Church Street Car Shows

The first Saturday of each month the Church Street District has a Classic to Customs car show. The car show is from noon to 5:00 p.m. on Church Street beginning from Orange Avenue toward the Amway Center. Admission for this event is free.

On Saturday, December 3 the VOLKSMANIAKS Car Club and Church Street District will be sponsoring a Toy Drive to benefit children at the Parramore Kidz Zone.

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