A New Year, New Goal

January 1, 2020

Modern smartphones and tablets are great tools to stay on top of news, stay in touch with family and friends, meet dating and marriage partners, and direct you when you are lost, but there are also downsides. Yes, there are ways your smartphone is making your life worse. The use of smartphones can contribute to sleep issues, can have a negative effect on our relationships and limit peoples ability to communicate face to face. So if you notice that the tiny little screen is beginning to overtake your life, maybe it's time to resolve to put down your device and enjoy the company (or newspaper) in front of you.

Here are some helpful suggestions to reduce your smartphone use and start living life outside your screen:


This can be a valuable resource when limiting your screen time. Especially in settings when you are in the company of others, avoid the urge to checking your phone by turning off its notifications. Many smartphones include options to choose a designated time of day to automatically enter this mode. Especially, consider using it during dinners or family game night to enjoy the wholesome company of your closest loved ones.


Do you often find yourself blindly picking up your phone to browse your favorite social media site? You may be unaware that it can have a negative influence on your health and wellness. According to a recent medical study, Facebook users who avoided the site for just a week showed higher levels of life satisfaction and improved emotional life.

While social media outlets provide great access to current events and achievements of your closest friends and family, overuse can cause a type of envy 407-850-0121 that affects the relationships with your physical companions.


If you have children who utilize smart devices, show them the importance of limiting their screen time. Especially for younger kids, managing their access is crucial to instill your expectations as they age. Take advantage of parental-control settings to limit the programs they use and the timeframe in which it is allowed.

It may be more difficult to limit screen time in older children, especially if their friends are also online. Be vocal about your expectations on how often they use their device and the content they view.

Have a serious conversation about cyberbullying and how to report it if they become victims. According to the National Crime Prevention Council, nearly 43 percent of kids have been bullied online and one in four has had it happen more than once.

So as you set your New Year's Resolutions try limiting your smartphone use and see for yourself the positive changes it can bring to your life.

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Community Events

Central Florida's Ultimate Winter Wonderland - Light Up UCF

November 22, 2019

Light Up UCF will open Friday, November 22 and run through Sunday, January 5. This year’s festival offers 45 nights of ice skating, a world-class choreographed light show with NEW music, free holiday movies, live entertainment, rides like the Ferris Wheel and Light Up Express kids train, and new this year, a Carousel!

Nature of the Game at Leu Gardens

January 1, 2020

A new fun and interactive exhibit is here at Leu Gardens from now thru April 5, 2020. This incredible exhibit is taking some of our favorite childhood games to an all new level. Nature of the Game was created in collaboration with Reiman Gardens and Iowa State University Architecture lecturer and artist, Reinaldo Correa, and his interdisciplinary team of design and engineering students. This amazing hands-on experience takes childhood games and turning them into fun discoveries about the wonders of nature. All ages will have a "ball" playing! Are you game? Admission to Nature of the Game exhibit is included with daytime garden admission: $10 adult, $5 child (ages 4- 17 years) and free admission for Leu Members.

Story Time at Leu Gardens

January 6, 2020

10:00 am - 11:00 am. Story Time at Leu Gardens is a fun approach illustrating to young children the benefits of reading through songs, rhymes and books. Story tellers from Orange County Library System share a variety of ways to engage your child into playful reading. Story Time is for families with infants to 5 years of age. It is held the first Monday of each month and is free! The event runs from 10:00 am ‐ 11:00 am with three age appropriate sessions.

Story time age sessions:

  • 10:00 ‐ 10:15 am: Infants to 18 months
  • 10:20 – 10:35 am Toddlers (5 minute break)
  • 10:40 – 11:00 am Preschoolers

Harry P. Leu Gardens is located at 1920 N. Forest Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32803. For more information please contact Leu Gardens at 407.246.2620 or visit leugardens.org.

Pine Castle Woman's Club

January 8, 2020

Join us from 10am to noon at 5901 S. Orange Ave., Orlando. Our speaker will be Mediation Attorney Brenda J. Newman who represents both plaintiffs and defendants in litigation matters. All are welcome. For further information, call 561- 271-1700.

GFWC Orlando Juniors Meeting

January 16, 2020

GFWC Orlando Juniors is seeking new members! Come out to our January meeting to find out how you can make a difference in your community while having fun! Our next meeting is our art meeting. It will be held at the Women’s Club of Pine Castle located at 5901 S Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32809. For more information, please email Samantha Covell, President, at Samantha.Covell@yahoo.com

5th Annual Pine Castle Chili Cook Off

January 18, 2020

Plans are well underway for the 5th Annual Pine Castle Chili Cook Off. This fun event will again be held at one of Belle Isle’s favorite restaurants, Fish on Fire, 7937 Daetwyler Drive, on Saturday, January 18, from 11 am to 2 pm. Jeremy Weinsier, who started the cook-off in 2015, will again be the Chairman and we look forward to seeing lots of familiar faces and “chili newbies." Come out enjoy over 15 great chilis and vote for your favorite. Or, with a donation of $35 you can be one of our great “Chili Cooks.” Trophies will be presented for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place as well as “People’s Choice.” Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children under 12, and free for under 5.

Conway Market's Health and Fitness Fair

January 19, 2020

11am to 3pm. Held at Barber park at 3701 Gatlin Avenue. The market include a Health and Fitness Fair

21st Annual Lake Conway Woods/Shenandoah 5K Fun Walk/Run

January 25, 2020

8:00 AM Please come out and join us for the Walk/Run on January 25, 2020. This event is a fund raiser for local charities, as well as a great neighbor meeting neighbor occasion. Last year we donated over $2,500.00 to the Russell Home in Orlando. This year we plan to make all donations again to the Russell Home. Registration info - Please contact Shawn Smith via e-mail at deedledaddy@aol.com, or via cell at 407- 758-4623 (call or text)

Date Night at Lue Gardens Outdoor Movies

February 7, 2020

Friday, February 7, 2020 - 7:30 pm Experience movies outdoors in Orlando’s most beautiful garden! Leu Gardens offers an amazing and unique setting to watch a feature film. December's feature presentations is Mission Impossible - Fallout. Movie goers may bring dinner picnics including alcohol and seating (chairs or blanket) then sit back and enjoy an outdoor movie. Best of all, Leu Gardens opens early at 6:00 pm on all movie nights so movie goers can stroll the 50‐acre gardens before the movie. Grilled items, popcorn and drinks are available for purchase. Garden admission: $6 adult, $3 child (ages 4 – 17 years) and free admission for Leu Garden Members.

2nd Annual Black History Month Celebration

February 16, 2020

Join us at 1:30 at the Pine Castle Woman's Club, 5901 S. Orange Ave, Orlando. This evening will feature Dr. Alzo Reddick and the Faithful Few Gospel Singers. All are welcome. For further information call 561-271-1700.