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In light of the horrific attack at Pulse nightclub, Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen will present a special live benefit AC2 show at the Dr. Phillips Center.

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Wonderfully current – Disney donates $1 million to OneOrlando Fund

The OneOrlando Fund, announced by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer as a fund to support victims of the Pulse nightclub tragedy, has received a major gift in the form of a $1 million donation from Disney, the area’s most influential business and largest employer. In addition, many of the 74,000 cast members who call Orlando home, are volunteering to coordinate blood donations and to provide temporary housing for the families and friends of the victims. The thanks of every citizen of Central Florida goes to the Walt Disney Company along with the reminder that we may donate online at

Tonight – June 30 – Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen to benefit OneOrlando Fund

In light of the horrific attack at Pulse nightclub, Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen will present a special live benefit AC2 show at the Dr. Phillips Center with 100 percent of proceeds raised to benefit the OneOrlando Fund ( AC2 is an unpredictable night of laughs and conversation with the multi-Emmy Award winning personalities, Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen ( both donating their services for the one-night-only benefit. Created by Mayor Buddy Dyer, the OneOrlando Fund will respond to the needs of the Orlando community, now and in the future. Call 844-513-2014 or visit #OrlandoUnited

Tonight – June 30 – Justin Bieber at the Amway Center

With back-to-back worldwide hit singles and his new album “Purpose” hitting an all-time high, Justin Bieber is in the middle of a 58-date concert tour, which concludes on July 18 at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. His hit “What Do You Mean?” hit No. 1 on iTunes within 5 minutes of its release, and reached No. 1 on iTunes in more than 90 countries. At 7:30 p.m. tonight, Bieber will take the stage at the Amway Center. Visit

Open now – Mayor Dyer opens assistance center for Pulse families

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and the city of Orlando, in partnership with federal, state, local and community agencies has opened the Orlando United Assistance Center to address the immediate needs of those families directly affected by the Pulse tragedy. Services include: air travel, child services, consulate services, counseling, crime victim services, funeral services, health care assistance, identification documents, language translation, legal aid, lodging, and senior services. Visit or call 407-500-HOPE.

Now to July 11 – ‘The Brothers Size’ at Mad Cow Theatre

The Chicago Tribune calls “The Brothers Size,” "The greatest piece of writing by an American playwright under 30 in a generation or more." Set in Louisiana, big brother Ogun is hard working and independent while younger brother Oshoosi is just out of prison and aimless. Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney crafts symbolism and ritual into a tough/tender drama about the unbreakable bond between brothers and family. Call 407-297-8788, ext. 1, or visit

Now to Aug. 21 – Winter Park Playhouse presents musical ‘I Love My Wife’

The Tony award-winning Broadway musical “I Love My Wife” is set in New Jersey during the 1970s ‘sexual revolution’ with the comedy revolving around two suburban couples attempting to spice up their sex lives but not quite moving beyond the picket fence. The top-notch cast of singer-actors includes Heather Alexander, Natalie Cordone, Michael Colavolpe and Shawn Kilgore with comedy veteran Michael Edwards directing. The show is recommended for mature audiences. Call 407-645-0145 or visit

July 1 to 18 – Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park presents ‘Urinetown the Musical’

This oddly named musical won three Tony Awards, three Outer Critic's Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, and two Obie Awards, so yes, it’s the real-deal. It’s also a comic satire of the legal system, social irresponsibility, corporate mismanagement, governmental interference, and musical theatre itself. Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, “Urinetown” is said to have catapulted the American musical comedy into the 21st century with its wicked comedy and incisive honesty. Directed by Jamaal Solomon and music directed and choreographed by Angelyn Rhode, call 407-920-4034 or visit

July 2 to 4 – Key lime pie to flavor Key West Festival

While tiny Key limes have flavored Florida cuisine since the 1800s, contemporary lime lovers can celebrate the indigenous fruit and the dessert it inspired – the signature Key lime pie – during the Key Lime Festival set for July 2 to 4. Highlights of the weekend include a Key lime pie-eating contest, culinary tasting stroll, and samplings of Key lime rum, beer and cocktails. Events kick off with a tour of the Key West First Legal Rum Distillery at 105 Simonton St. in Key West. Reservations are required. Call 305-741-7443 or visit

July 4 –21st annual Olde Fashioned 4th of July Celebration in Winter Park

It’s all free as Winter Park celebrates its 21st annual Olde Fashioned 4th of July from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Central Park. Mayor Steve Leary will lead a naturalization ceremony for 20 new citizens; the Morse Museum invites friends and neighbors with its annual free open house from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and the Winter Park History Museum, at 200 W. New England Ave. (the Farmers Market building), offers free admission from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are all invited to join in the patriotic spirit and gather with family and friends to enjoy this free Winter Park tradition. Call 407-645-5311 or visit

July 4 – Fireworks (and more) at the Fountain in downtown Orlando

It’s perfect timing for some beautiful fireworks, and on Monday, July 4, you and your family are invited to join thousands of Central Florida residents and visitors as we gather around Lake Eola for the 39th annual Fireworks at the Fountain. Festivities, and the ‘reservation’ of space, begin at 4 p.m. with activities for children, music, and food and beverages available for purchase. The highlight of the evening is that much-anticipated and spectacular fireworks display at 9 p.m. Should you not be able to make it to the event, News 6 will present it live.

July 6 – Robin Cowie’s Orlando Story Club at The Abbey

Orlando Story Club is in a new home giving anyone who wishes to tell a personal story a chance to be selected at random for the opportunity to tell his or her story. Story Club is held on the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. with judges awarding prizes for first, second and third place winners. July’s theme is “Triumph” and the benefiting charity is the Zebra Coalition, a network of providers, government agencies, and schools that assist LGBT young people facing homelessness, and physical, sexual and drug abuse. Admission is $5. All proceeds raised support Orlando philanthropies. The Abbey is at 100 S. Eola Drive in Orlando. Visit

July 7 – Rock on at First Thursday at OMArt

Orlando’s original date-related art party is always on the first Thursday of the month at the Orlando Museum of Art. On July 7, artists will visually display their love for rock music and those who perform in a show including portraits, symbolic art, sculpture, digital art and more. May the “Age of Aquarius” inspire your life’s true liberation at the Orlando Museum of Art on July 7 beginning at 6 p.m. Call 407-896-4231 or visit

July 8 – PechaKucha night – twice in one night at Dr. Phillips Center

An entertainment/education event held several times a year in Orlando, PechaKucha night features an hour of PowerPoint presentations on a variety of topics. Japanese for ‘chitchat,’ PechaKucha’s format is 20 images x 20 seconds. It makes the presentations concise and keeps things moving. Speakers may present on any subject, from the personal to the public. Since its debut 12 years ago in Japan, the events may be seen in more than 800 cities around the world with audiences in the thousands. There will be two events at the Dr. Phillips Center on July 8 at 6 and 9 p.m.

July 9 and 10 – Encore! Cast Performing Arts presents ‘Ragtime’ the musical

Encore! Cast Performing Arts is a non-profit, all-volunteer, 300-member organization dedicated to providing Disney cast members an outlet for expression in the performing arts as well as supporting Central Florida charities. Their next performance, “Ragtime,” is set in turn-of-the-century New York. Weaving together the stories of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring Harlem musician, they confront the timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, hope and despair, and what it means to be an American. The performances at 7:30 p.m. each night will benefit USO Central Florida. Call 844-513-2014 or visit


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