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How You Can Support Our Community.
Helping our fellow neighbors during the holiday season is one way to connect with those in need in our community. Like most things this year, our involvement will look a little different, but it is more important than ever. We have gathered information from a few organizations and will continue to share updates as we learn more.

Pathlight Home
Pathlight Seasons Program provides holiday meals and gifts to the community as part of their mission to change the lives of our formerly homeless residents. They are continuously monitoring and updating their safety precautions as they prepare for the holiday season. There are still plenty of ways to get involved, whether through the holiday meal delivery or by hosting a gift drive. Gifts can also be purchased through Pathlight Home's Amazon Smile list.

Toys for Tots 
Toys for Tots Orange County has begun distributing collection boxes. Organizations can submit a form to become a collection location. All toys must be delivered to Toys for Tots by December 11, 2020 to ensure timely delivery.

United Way of Central Florida
The United Way of Central Florida Thanksgiving Project is a community-wide food drive providing a full holiday meal to those in need in Central Florida. This is a family-friendly volunteer opportunity where everyone can make a difference our community. Volunteer days and times are available November 16 - 21 and include packing and distributing of meals.

From Ballet Shoes to Trick-or-Treat.
Here are a few upcoming events around Downtown Orlando we hope you will enjoy.

Come Out With Pride: Pride in the Streets
15+ Mile Route | October 10, 2020 | 12:00 PM
With many many miles of parade route this year, everyone will have plenty of space to remain socially distant while still have a great view. The caravan will begin around noon at the Parliament House and wind through Downtown Orlando and surrounding areas. Be sure to check the route map for the best spot for your to catch this year's Pride in the Streets.

Orlando Come Out With Pride: Pride in the House Virtual Extravaganza
Facebook and YouTube  | October 10, 2020 | 5:00 PM
The day continues with Pride in the House Virtual Extravaganza. Kicking off the evening, Kids Fringe Virtual Rainbow Ranch which will feature drag queen storytime, music, dancing, arts and crafts, and 5:00 PM. at 6:30 PM Axel Andrews will get the pre-party started with performances from local drag queens, singers, dancers, community shout outs and a special performance from Orlando Gay Chorus. The main event starts at 8:00 PM with fun interviews,  performances by favorite local artists, special guest stars singer/songwriter Robin S., and Detox and Roxxxy Andrews from RuPaul’s Drag Race!

11th Annual Dia de los Muertos & Monster Event, Artist Opening Reception and Outdoor Dining Experience
CityArts Opening Reception | October 15, 2020 | 5:00 PM until 10:30 PM
Dia de los Muertos & Monster Event is a themed exhibition at CityArts Orlando and an outdoor experience with live performances, vendors, and more! Now in its 11th year, the Día de los Muertos & Monster Art Exhibitions will showcase Day of the Dead and Halloween-inspired art created by regional, national, and international artists. This unique art exhibition will be paired with an outdoor experience on opening night that will feature food, drinks, entertainment and spooky art vendors. Register for a specific time to enter or select the outdoor dining option featuring Tamale Co. Mexican Street Food.

Orlando Ballet
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts | October 22 through 25 | Tickets on Sale
Follow the story of Princess Aurora, the evil Carabosse, and charming Prince Désiré in the world premiere of artistic director Robert Hill’s The Sleeping Beauty. The captivating fairytale will feature some of classical ballet’s most challenging yet enchanting choreography. Note: A family-friendly condensed version of the performance is also offered.

Monster Mask-arade
Discover Downtown | Friday, October 30 | 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM | Saturday, October 31, 2020 | 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Join Discover Downtown for socially distant sweet treats, a costume contest, Halloween themed bingo, arts and crafts, and photobooth. This family friendly event is a fun, safe way to celebrate Halloween Downtown. Psst! Wear a costume while you shop for a 15% off regularly priced merchandise at the Discover Downtown retail store.

Round of Applause.
Sharing news about fellow DOP members is one of the things we enjoy most. If you have something you would like the DOP family to know, please drop us a note.

The new Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida, being designed by HuntonBrady Architects, recently announced a partnership with USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education. This is the first time the Foundation has collaborated with a Holocaust museum in this capacity. "For the first time, the eyewitness accounts of the survivors will form the beating heart of a museum dedicated to sharing their stories," Dr. Stephen Smith, FinciViterbi Executive Director and UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education.

TLC Engineering
TLC Engineering's corporate headquarters was just awarded UCGBC Silver LEED Certification! Renovation enhancements such as LED lighting, water-use reduction, and superior indoor air and environmental quality were part of the sustainable design. And the good news doesn't stop there, TLC Engineering also has a new Orlando Structural Director. Congrats to Derick Thompson on his promotion!

Florida Citrus Sports
Florida Citrus Sports CEO, Steve Hogan, was recently named one of Florida's most influential executives by Florida Trend Media Company Magazine's Florida 500.

RECAP: This is Downtown.
First Session of This is Downtown in the Books.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for yesterday's webinar with Dr. Sean Snaith. In case you missed it, don't worry, we just happened to have recorded it. Special thanks to Dr. Sean Snaith, Director of University of Central Florida Institute of Economic Competitiveness, for sharing his insights. We are grateful to UCF for partnering with us on this new series, including Maritza Martinez-Guerrero, Associate Vice President, Government & Community Relations, Director of Community Relations & Economic Development and her team.

Keep your eyes open for the recording and information on the next session of This is Downtown!


Josh here, with a few pods, reads and tunes to finish off your week. I hope you enjoy!

Money Talks from Economist Radio
Money Talks: GiAnt of finance
"Ant Group, the world’s biggest fintech platform, is preparing for a record-busting IPO. Is it a glimpse of the future of finance? Suzanne Clark, president of the US Chamber of Commerce, tells us how she thinks the elections will reshape America Inc. And, another Bond-film cliffhanger: can cinemas survive until the latest one shows up?"

Power Player: Why James Baker Is The Man Who Ran Washington
""I think that [Baker] has this ability to engage with people across many different a way, coming from this very patrician background gave him a kind of self-confidence others don't have, coming into Washington," co-author Susan Glasser says"

The Indicator from Planet Money
Where's Everyone Moving To?
Remember all the predictions about the pandemic pushing people to quit big, expensive cities? Six months in, the data is providing some clues about which cities Americans are leaving, and where they're moving to. An update on the "urban exodus."

Quick Reads.  
Airbnb Launches City Portal: A First-of-its-Kind Resource for Governments

Business Insider
A psychologist explains why people cling to conspiracy theories during uncertain times.

Scarecrow – Beck
Voodoo Child (Slight Return) – Jimi Hendrix
Midnight City – M83
Dracula's Wedding – OutKast, Kelis
Creeping Death – Metallica
Monster – Lady Gaga
Living Dead Girl – Rob Zombie
Disturbia – Rihanna 

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