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Although not within the Vista Lakes community, these local news items from the City of Orlando and Orange County should be of interest to our residents.

Jazz and Blues Concert

Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Stroll from band to band or hang out in your favorite area of the gardens. Pack a dinner picnic of your favorite foods and bring seating, alcohol is permitted.

Bands: Betty Fox (blues), Robert Harris Group (jazz) and the Daniel Heitz Band (blues)

Advance Tickets on sale Wednesday, September 26, 2018 for $15 per person (Leu Gardens Member $10 per person).

Parking is free and available at Leu Gardens all day until full. Free offsite parking is available at Blue Jacket Park, 2501 General Rees Ave, Orlando, FL 32802, with shuttles running from 6:00 pm until 10:30 pm. Read more...

Enchanted Fairy Doors

June 30 - September 23

It’s the great fairy migration happening at beautiful Leu Gardens this summer! Explore the 50-acre gardens to find where the fairies live.

This whimsical exhibit will feature fifteen one-of-a-kind fairy doors which will inspire your child’s imaginative world of mythical forests and secret gardens. All you have to do is find these beautiful doors and let your child’s creativity do the rest.

Admission to the Enchanted Fairy Doors Exhibit is included in the daytime garden admission: $10 adult, $5 child (ages 4 – 17 years). Leu Gardens’ Members and all children 3 years of age and younger receive free admission. Read more...

Movieola - Movies at Lake Eola

Lake Eola Park’s free outdoor movie series for 2018 is winding down, but there is still One movie night planned.


Bring blankets, chairs, snacks and the whole family to enjoy this year’s selections. Leashed pets are welcome. Be sure to arrive early to secure a spot and enjoy some of the pre-movie activities. Food will be available for purchase. The event begins at 6 p.m., and the movie will begin around 8:15 p.m. For questions, please call 407.246.4484. Read more...

Do You Know What You Can Recycle?

With the new Orlando Collects tool, you can find out how to properly recycle or dispose items, get reminders about your collection days and schedule large-item pickups. Read more...

Community Connections Workshops

Orange County hosts FREE Community Connections Workshops(*), usually held on the 2nd Saturday of every month. They are designed to help residents make the most of their neighborhoods.

Saturday, October 6 ~ 9:30am to 11:30pm

Fall In Love With Your Neighborhood
101 Beardall Senior Center, 800 South Delaney Avenue, Orlando, 32801

Effective neighborhood leaders are individuals who have the ability to inspire confidence and support among members and neighbors. Learn some of the key attributes, skills and knowledge you may need to enhance your leadership skills and effectiveness.

Community Connections Workshops are FREE! Parking is FREE in the surface lots in front of and behind Beardall Senior Center. Complimentary refreshments courtesy of the City of Orlando. Read more...

Historic Preservation Board Calendar

Historic Preservation Board Calendar

Have you ever been inspired to stop and take a photo while walking around the city?

The Historic Preservation Board is seeking photographs of our historic streetscapes and landscapes for the popular Historic Preservation Board Calendar for 2019. We hope you take advantage of this great opportunity and join in on our celebration of Orlando’s history. Learn more...

911 - Call If You Can, Text If You Can't

Call If You Can, Text If You Can't

The Orlando Fire Department and Orlando Police Department can now accept text messages to 911.

Calling 911 is still the most efficient way for emergency dispatchers to retrieve and deliver life-saving information. As a voice on the other line can help the caller remain calm and give life saving-instructions. Text-to-911 is helpful for those who are unable to speak or hear or have difficulty speaking and hearing.

There are specific guidelines needed to follow to utilize the text-to-911 service. Learn more...

Free Backyard Composter

Free Backyard Composter

Did you know that 24-percent of the municipal solid waste stream is food and yard waste? A great way to reduce your landfill contribution and reduce landfill odors is home composting. It also creates your own nutrient rich soil.

The City of Orlando is offering FREE home composters and workshops to residents of the City of Orlando through Mayor Buddy Dyer’s Green Works initiative.

Request your free composter (*)

Community Gardens

Community Gardens

Community gardens are spaces for neighbors to come together and grow wholesome and healthy food for their families. They are places for new gardeners to get their hands dirty, and for seasoned gardeners to pass their knowledge on to newcomers.

Community gardens provide a wonderful opportunity for children to learn about how food is grown and to garner an appreciation for where their food comes from. Each garden is self-managed, holds their own waiting lists and bylaws, and organizes community events around the garden.

View a Map of City of Orlando Community Gardens (*)

Annual Drinking Water Report

Annual Drinking Water Report

Beneath Orange County lies a freshwater reservoir known as the Floridan Aquifer. It is primarily fed through rainwater filtered through hundreds of feet of sand and rock in a natural filtering process.

Because of its high quality, the groundwater we use needs little or no treatment other than disinfection and aeration. Read more...

Lake Nona Farmers Fresh Market

Lake Nona Farmers Fresh Market

from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Valencia College, 12350 Narcoossee Rd, Orlando.
Orlando, FL 32832.

They are open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine.

All profits go directly to helping wildlife. For more information please visit their facebook page(*)

FREE Trees!

Free Trees!

Free trees are available through the City of Orlando as a part of its One Person, One Tree program which is targeting a 40% increase in Orlando's tree canopy by 2040.

Trees may be ordered online for residential property within city limits, for the City's rights of way, or for neighborhoods. For more information go to (*).

FREE Irrigation Audits

FREE Irrigation Audit

The Orange County Utilities Water Division has a FREE service to help customers make their irrigation system more efficient.  

The audit includes a complete evaluation by a certified irrigation professional contracted by Orange County Utilities who will check all sprinkler zones to ensure there are no leaks and water is not being misdirected onto paved surfaces.  

For more information and to find out if you are eligible for an irrigation audit, please contact the Orange County Utilities Water Division at 407-254-9850 (select option 1, then option 2) or visit

Plant Clinics for Residents

Plant Clinics

Monday thru Friday, 8am to 5 pm
Orange County Extension
Education Center

Tuesdays, 9am to 12pm
MREC, Apopka

Wednesdays, 3 to 5pm
Leu Gardens

Crime Prevention Grants

Neighborhood Watch News

Do you have a crime prevention project and need funding? If so, the Neighborhood Pride Crime Prevention & Safety Grants are still available.  These grants assist Orange County residents' efforts to reduce crime and increase safety by providing funding for community driven projects.  If your organization is interested, please contact Emily Hanna at 407-836-7371 or by email at

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