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DOWNTOWN BUSINESS NEWSAdventHealth Making an Impact During Week of CaringLast week, AdventHealth teamed up with over 70 community partners to make an impact during Week of Caring. Their team consisted of 1,220 volunteers who contributed nearly 2,500 hours of service to 76 community partners. Their work included serving and packing meals, installing community gardens, assisting at a mobile shower/laundry trailer for the unsheltered, and much more. Read the full article and learn how to get involved today!

Light Up Your Holiday Season at Luminary Green!From now through January 3, 2024, the Orlando sculpture at Luminary Green will come alive every evening with a spectacular 20-minute light show that adds a festive twist to the holiday season. The park is also illuminated with captivating holiday activations, featuring the mesmerizing art installation, Loop, and a dazzling holiday light show segment. Loop is a railway handcar that brings images with music to life when activators make the cylinder spin.While you're at Luminary Green, be sure to stop at The Monroe to take advantage of their holiday gift card deal before it ends on December 22nd. Buy one $100 gift card and get an extra $20 free! The gift cards are good for any Good Salt restaurant. Click here to purchase yours online!Interstruct's Vision for Parramore ParkInterstruct released their new vision for Parramore Park, which transforms a fenced retention pond into an active-use pocket park on W. Church St., between S. Lee and S. Parramore Avenues. Their design for a private/public initiative with the City of Orlando and other downtown Orlando and Parramore stakeholders literally builds a bridge over this retention pond, connecting two sides of a neighborhood. Parramore Park can become a place for people to gather for entertainment, relax, and even refresh the Parramore Farmers Market, bringing fresh produce into the core of a food desert. Click here to see their vision and learn more.Job Fair at The Block!Looking for a fun new job in downtown Orlando? The Block has you covered! Come to their job fair on Saturday, December 2nd from 2-8pm at The Social. Bartenders, barbacks, servers, bussers, detail cleaners, painters, and more are needed! No appointment necessary, just bring your photo ID, social security card, and a resume. Learn more here.

DTO EVENTS2023 Tree Lighting Celebration at Lake EolaOrlando Mayor Buddy Dyer invites you to ring in the holiday season and help countdown to the lighting of the City of Orlando’s Christmas tree at Lake Eola Park’s Washington Plaza on Friday, December 1st, from 5-9pm. The event will include holiday performances at the Walt Disney Amphitheater, food trucks and a holiday market on International Plaza within Lake Eola Park. The downtown Merry Market will also return to Lake Eola, available each weekend through December 23rd. Enjoy snowfall in Florida, shop local from over 30 vendors and be sure to stop by for a visit with Santa! See the full agenda here.


OUC Orlando Half MarathonDon't miss the OUC Orlando Half Marathon this Saturday, December 2nd at 7:15am! One of the top road races in the Southeast, the OUC Orlando Half Marathon winds through scenic Downtown Orlando and finishes at beautiful Lake Eola. Join over 4,000 runners for this Orlando tradition and enjoy live music along the course, local beer and a lakeside party. Learn more and register here!8th Annual Light Up SoDoLight Up SoDo 2023 is back to SoDo District on Sunday, December 3rd, from 2-6pm! This event is family and pet-friendly—so grab the kids and your furry friends and head on down for an afternoon full of holiday fun! Get ready to experience Santa and Mrs. Claus, a maker’s market, food trucks, appearances from local SoDo businesses, the Bubble Bus, bounce houses, face painting, stilt walkers, beer and wine garden, live performances and much more! A $5 individual donation or $10 per family is recommended to enjoy the day‘s events and to support your non-profit SoDo Main Street District. Click here to get your tickets!

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