Latest Issue: October 2014

Jill's "Awesome" Talk

Jill's "Awesome" Talk

October 07 2014

Conway area resident, Jill Shargaa is being featured as a speaker on TED Talk. TED (Technology, Entertainment,Design) is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan: “Ideas Worth Spreading”. The subject of her talk, “The Awe of Awesome” is a comedy presentation on the overuse of the word “awesome.”

Jill was one of the 26 speakers that were chosen from more than 500 submissions tothe TED@NYC Talent Search that took place on July 8, 2014. The venue was Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in New York City. The 3-hour long show was not open to the public. The audience of 187 people were TED staff, former TED speakers and past TED event attendees. The event was sold-out.

In Jill’s opinion, “the word “awesome” has now replaced words such as “great” and “thank you.” When you use the word “awesome” to describe the most mundane of things, you’re taking away the very power of the word. It’s time to stop using “awesome” and words like “sweat pants” in the same sentence. It’s wrong. And you know it.”

In a recent interview Jill commented about her experience and how exciting it has been.

This is how it went…
Writer: When can I call you to do the interview?
Me: How about next week, like Thursday afternoon?
Writer: Is one o’clock good for you?
Me: Yes, that’s perfect.
Writer: Awesome!
Me: Umm…seriously?
Writer: OH! I just realized what I said! Okay, talk to you next week!
You can view Jill’s Awesome TED Talk on line at

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Community Calendar

Orlando Shakespeare Theater

Oct 01 2014

Ends in 9 days

Check out five items with your library card at any library location, October 1-30, and receive a coupon for one free child’s ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket to The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley playing at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater from October 23 - November 22. In-person check out only. Tickets will not be mailed. Not valid for previous checkouts, books by mail or e-book downloads. Stanley Lambchop is just like everyone else, until he makes a wish to be as flat as a pancake… and his wish comes true! Scour the globe with Flat Stanley in this whirlwind musical travelogue as he becomes the ultimate exchange student and learns that heroes come in all shapes and sizes! For more information visit

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Principles

Oct 21 2014

6-7:30pm This class will go through the 9 principles of Florida- Friendly Landscaping™ step by step to help you learn basic landscape maintenance best management practices. The 9 principles will help to save you money while conserving and protecting our water resources. FREE Register on-line at:

25th Annual Haunting Story Telling

Oct 24 2014

:30 pm to 9:45 pm. Harry P. Leu Gardens presents the 25th annual haunting story telling event in Central Florida. Ghost Stories on creaky garden gates open at 6:00 pm and a ghost host will summon some ghouls to tell you stories of wicked things lurking in the dark and if you believe, keep a watchful eye, there are many things flying by. Goose-bump stories begin at 7:30 pm on the lawn at the Leu House Museum, an 1880’s home which some claim is haunted. Bring a blanket or chairs – this is an outdoor event, weather permitting. Food, drinks and “treats” will be available for purchase. Stories can be frightening for young children. Admission: $10.00 per adult & $5.00 per child (17 years and under) and Leu Members. Children 15 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are purchased the night of the event, so arrive early. For more information, call the Gardens at 407.246.2620 or check the Gardens’ website at

Lakeshore Landscapes

Oct 25 2014

10-11:30am Right plant right place is the overriding principle in a Florida Landscape including the shoreline. This presentation will guide you in making the best decisions for your shoreline landscape and help to protect the waterfront. It will explain the purpose of the band of life surrounding the lake and provide information to assist in planning your lakeside maintenance or restoration. FREE Register on-line at:

American Legion Rummage Sale

Oct 25 2014

8 am - 1 pm  American Legion Auxiliary Unit 286 Rummage Sale’s proceeds will go to veterans, children and community projects.  Multiple households are donating, items include clothes, household items, books, toys and etc. Join us and support our Mission of “Service not Self” in enhancing the lives of veterans, active duty military and their families. 529 E. Fairlane Ave, Orlando, FL 32809 407-859-1460

Conway Farmers Market

Oct 26 2014

1:00 am – 3:00 pm At Barber Park Produce, Bakery items, Plants, Arts & Crafts and Local Businesses.Children’s Bounce House and activities Music from local schools to entertain and food trucks. For more information and details on how you can participate, call Joshua Perry, Site Supervisor at Barber Park 407-254-6860 or Email Jackie Blake at

Halloween Safe Night

Oct 30 2014

6 - 8 pm The American Legion Post 286 Family invite children to a Safe Fun Night. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Games, prizes, costume contest and treats to the first 100 Children. 529 E. Fairlane Ave. Orlando.

1st Annual 5K Run/Walk - Lace up to Buckle Up

Nov 01 2014

8:00am Held in the City of Belle Isle at the corner of Waltham and Randolph. Cornerstone Charter School. Get Signed Up Today!!! The mission of the Foundation is to save lives through raising awareness and educating teens to ALWAYS WEAR YOUR SEATBELT. The Foundation has established educational scholarships for graduating seniors. Since May, 2011 $10,000 in educational scholarships have been awarded. For more information visit or on Facebook @ Always Wear Your Seatbelt Foundation.

Golf Tournament

Nov 08 2014

8 am Hunters Creek Golf Course 8 am Shotgun start 4-person teams – Best Ball Scramble $55.00 per player. Includes door prize, drink & meal tickets. To insure your spot, sign up NOW!!! Sponsorships are available Deadline to sign-up Nov. 3rd, 2014 Information call 407-859-1460

Belle Isle Turns 90 Saturday, November 8

Nov 08 2014

Festivities will begin with a parade, a 90th birthday cake, an arts & crafts sidewalk festival, food trucks, entertainment throughout the day, ending with a movie night beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Cornerstone Academy football field. Updates, vendor applications and parade route can be found on the cities website.

Handel’s Messiah - 42nd Annual Performance

Nov 30 2014

3 pm At the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre. The Messiah Choral Society, conducted by Dr John V. Sinclair with professional soloist and & ochestra. Free Adnission, no tickets needed. You can help feed the hungry during the Holidays by bringing a nonperishable canned/packaged food to the performace to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Visit our website for more information: