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A whale of a gala by Opera Orlando

The Opera’s first gala was on March 19

A strong opera company is a mainstay of the cultural life in many a city, and by its very presence can lend muscle to all other cultural affairs.

Chris Jepson: ‘You mean this hour?’

I recently spent six sorrowful hours in a hospital emergency room tending to someone I care deeply for who had come in harm’s way.

I stood in a corner, book in hand, quietly observing the intake staff expeditiously dealing with the pain and misery of those who, no doubt, wished to be anywhere but a hospital.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

The much-loved Jerry Herman’s hit Broadway shows will sing and dance their way onto the Winter Park Playhouse stage with “Showtune!"

Recipient of the 2009 Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the theater, Jerry Herman wrote the hit Broadway musicals “Hello Dolly!,” “Mame,” “La Cage aux Folles,” “Mack and Mabel,” and more.

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Easter Lice Egg Hunt?

Stopping lice

This year there is a new type of "egg hunt" you'll want your family participating in: a hunt for lice and lice eggs.


Emmy award winner Amy Schumer brings her comedy tour to the CFE Arena on May 16.

Louis Roney: As I was saying…

Put two people together and soon you’ll have a conversation.

Put three people together and maybe you’ll have a discussion — even an argument!

Chris Jepson: Nurturing one’s mind, body and soul

I’ve done two “positive” things in the past couple of months for my mind and body.

What I’ve done for my mind is join a club. I know. I know. I confess it is not in “my nature” to join anything.

How to prevent that burning sensation

That burning sensation with the acid in the throat are common signs of acid reflux, also called heartburn or indigestion.

Since you know your heart is under your hand when you pledge allegiance, you know heartburn does not affect the heart but gets you over to the right, toward the middle, in the esophagus.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

The much-loved Jerry Herman’s hit Broadway shows will sing and dance their way onto the Winter Park Playhouse stage with “Showtune!"

Michael Edwards will direct, Roy Alan will choreograph and Chris Leavy will music direct.

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UCF experiment goes to space station

Knights built experiment

A NASA experiment that was built at UCF will be on board a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket when it blasts off toward the International Space Station on March 22.

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Christina Rordam: Is owning more affordable than renting in 2016 Orlando?

Ultimately if you are ready to buy based on your family life and work situations then the best course of action is to do so.

Rents are on the rise, and it’s cheaper to own than rent in Central Florida.

Louis Roney: Just asking

Debates are built on two opposing sides of the same question.

You pick the side that represents your point of view and use it to reinforce your strongly held prejudices. How often do arguments change opinions? Hardly ever!

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Climate, El Niño and adding solar roofs

The hottest year on record?

The year 2015 was the hottest year on record for our planet. The temperature rise blew through the record increase of 2014 to set a new level of heat.

Chris Jepson: America’s political pornography

The current Republican presidential primary race may be the most degrading national political contest since 1800.

The ultimate Republican example of pornographic politics is their relentless use of the dog whistle of racism.

Real Estate Briefs

Firm negotiates lease agreement

Hold-Thyssen Inc. recently negotiated a three-year expansion and renewal lease agreement for 1,199 rentable square feet in the New England building at 230 S. New York Ave.

Quick and easy recipes to satify your sweet tooth

Banana cream pie and chewy peanut butter cookies

Enjoy these recipes for a custard-filled banana cream pie, and chewy peanut butter cookies.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

Here is a clever way to donate to five charities while eating one spectacular dinner.

We are all invited to enjoy the offerings of five of the finest chefs in Florida at the annual 5C Charity Event to be held at The Alfond Inn on March 13.

Ways to encourage kids to love reading and writing

Reading and writing go hand in hand

As your school-age children develop their reading skills, the world of creative writing usually opens up to them simultaneously.

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Taste of Oviedo this weekend!

Food event returns

Taste of Oviedo has over 30 food vendors participating, and has added a larger seating area geared towards our local Oviedo restaurants.

VA budget numbers just don't add up

Do the math yourself

The Department of Veterans Affairs' proposed budget for 2017 is $182 billion.

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