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Coronavirus Makes Orlando library suspends home delivery

Orlando Library Suspends Home Delivery

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Today we learned the following and wanted you to know right away, especially if you a bibliophile like we are!

LIBRARY SUSPENDS HOME DELIVERY
The library suspended home delivery service after Thursday afternoon, March 26. As a result, some requested materials were not processed for delivery. We apologize for the inconvenience.

While the library regrets having to make this difficult decision, we must do our part in following Orange County, Florida Government’s directive to halt all non-essential services and to protect the health and well-being of our staff.

If you have a question about the status of an item you placed on hold, the best indicator is that if it has been checked out to you, it is in route to be delivered. If the item has not been checked out to you, delivery for that item has been suspended.

At this time, you can continue placing new requests online and once the library resumes normal business, the new and suspended requests will be processed and delivered.

During this time, our call center is closed. If you need any assistance, please Any person requiring special accommodations to participate in any class or program due to a disability may arrange for accommodations by contacting the location at which the event is held at least seven days prior to the event.

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone at 407-835-7323 or by writing to: 101 E. Central Blvd. Orlando, FL 32801.

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St. Patricks Day How Did Corned Beef and Cabbage Become the Meal of the Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Why do Irish Americans love corned beef and cabbage so much? Here’s the story behind the traditional recipe.

Growing up Irish in America meant two things. Attending mass was done on both St. Patrick’s Day itself and the Sunday before the holiday. When St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated on a Monday, you still went to mass on Sunday.

The other was eating a traditional meal with family.

Visit Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day just 10 years ago and you’d see few places or families eating corned beef. Traditional meals for the holiday are usually a dish of bacon or ham with potatoes or Irish Stew with vegetables and homemade soda bread.

Corned Beef Meets St. Patrick’s Day

How did corned beef and cabbage become the meal associated with St. Patrick’s Day?

Answering that require a trip back in time to early 1900’s New York City.

During the time of the Irish immigration to the U.S., the first generation of Irish-Americans were in search of the comforting tastes of their homeland. Irish immigrants were too poor to afford the high price of pork and bacon products.

Instead, they turned to the cheapest cut of meat available: beef brisket. Given that New York City was a melting pot for immigrants from around the world, rather than boil the beef, the Irish adopted cooking methods from other cultures.

Brining was a technique of the Eastern Europeans, which is a way of salt-curing meat. And the corn? Well, “corned” has nothing to do with corn but instead refers to the corn-sized salt crystals used during the brining process.

Corned beef is sometimes referred to as “pickled beef,” as you are quite literally pickling brisket with this particular brining process. The corned beef was paired with cabbage, as it was one of the cheapest vegetables available to the Irish immigrants.

A recipe for ‘Corned Beef and Cabbage’ from IrishCentral.com

New York City corned beef and cabbage recipe

Ingredients:

One 3-pound corned beef brisket (uncooked), in brine
16 cups cold water
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons black peppercorns
4 whole allspice berries
2 whole cloves
½ large head green cabbage (about 2 pounds), cut into 8 thick wedges
8 small new potatoes (about 1¼ pounds), halved
Freshly ground black pepper

Method:

Preheat the oven to 300°F.

Place the corned beef in a colander in the sink and rinse well under cold running water.

Place the corned beef in a large Dutch oven with a tight-fitting lid; add the water, bay leaves, peppercorns, allspice, and cloves. Bring to a boil, uncovered, and skim off any scum that rises to the surface. Cover and transfer pan to the oven, and braise until very tender, about 3 hours and 45 minutes.

Transfer the corned beef to a cutting board and cover tightly with foil to keep warm. Add the cabbage and potatoes to the cooking liquid and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the vegetables are tender about 20 minutes.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cabbage to a large platter. Slice the corned beef across the grain of the meat into thin slices. Lay the slices over the cabbage and surround it with the potatoes. Ladle some of the hot cooking liquid over the corned beef and season with pepper. Serve immediately with mustard or horseradish sauce.

An Irish Blessing:

May your troubles be less and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door

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Celebrate 2020 in Orlando at These Events!

It’s hard to believe the new year is almost year. It’s even harder to believe we are going into a new decade! We certainly are the history-makers of this century so let’s celebrate! Orlando has so many events to ring in the momentous new year in style.

We’ve put together a list of some of the best we’ve found.

Orlando New Year’s Eve Festivities

The Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve 2020 @ EVE Orlando Downtown

December 31, 2019, 9:00 PM – January 1, 2020, 2:30 AM

EVE Orlando
110 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL

From Eventbrite.com: IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN TO DUST OFF YOUR DANCING SHOES FOR THE GREAT GATSBY NYE 2020 AT EVE ORLANDO! Put on your fanciest suits and your glitziest gowns for a night of cocktails, dancing and…

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Light Up I-Drive: New Years Eve Edition at ICON Park

December 31, 2019, 7 PM – January 1, 2020, 2 AM

ICON Park™
8375 International Dr, Orlando, FL

From Eventbrite.com: Orlando’s can’t-miss New Year’s Eve Party. Free park entry, live entertainment, incredible attractions, and VIP package offerings. Read more Read less About this Event The countdown to 2020 will…

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One80 Skytop Lounge NYE Party 2020 | Roaring 20’s | Downtown Orlando Firework 

December 31, 2019, 9 PM – January 1, 2020, 2 AM

One80 Skytop Lounge
400 W Church St, Orlando, FL

From Eventbrite.com: “Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald Time to trade in the City Beautiful for a night in the past! Relive the excitement and flair from the Roaring 20’s and Ring in…

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New Year’s Eve Party on the Piazza 2019 in Orlando

Tuesday, December 31, 8:30 PM

Orlando, FL

From Eventful.com: New Year’s Eve Party on the Piazza 2019 NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY ON THE PIAZZA Join us for a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration on the outdoor piazza at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal…

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Orlando New Year’s Eve Celebrations

New Year’s Eve at Old Town

More Info Directions December 31 st, 7 PM – Jan 1, 2020, 7 PM

OLD TOWN KISSIMMEE
5770 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL

From 407area.com: Ring in the new year at Old Town.

The day long festivities for all ages include live music, entertainment, a car show, and activities. View more


Swing in the New Year at Topgolf

Dec 31, 2019, 9 PM – Jan 1, 2020, 9 PM

Topgolf
9295 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL

From Mycentralfloridafamily.com: Topgolf is celebrating the arrival of 2020 by throwing one of our biggest parties of the year. Enjoy live entertainment, a chef-inspired menu and an unforgettable midnight celebration. Upgrade to…View moreInformation and

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New Year’s Eve Street Party at Sunset Walk

Dec 31, 2019, 7 PM – Jan 1, 2020, 7 PM

Sunset Walk at Margaritaville Resort Orlando
3251 Margaritaville Blvd, Kissimmee, FL

From Mycentralfloridafamily.com: Sunset Walk, Central Florida’s newest hotspot for dining and entertainment is celebrating New Year\’s Eve with a FREE CONCERT starring the Wailers. Bob Marley & the Wailers are an internationally…

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Lake Mary New Years Eve Block Party 2020


Dec 31, 2019, 8 PM – Jan 1, 2020, 8 PM

Liam Fitzpatrick’s Irish Restaurant
Market Promenade Ave, Lake Mary, FL

From Americanhappyhour.com: The Lake Mary New Years Eve Block Party has become the place to be in North Orlando for New Years Eve! 2020 Lake Mary New Years Eve Block party is bigger and better then ever. Including 3 venues…

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Welcome Orlando's 2019 Holiday Season

Welcome Orlando’s 2019 Holiday Season with These Festive Events

Festival of Trees at the Orlando Museum of Art “Merry and Bright” Holiday Celebration

Sat, Nov 23, 10 AM – 5 PM

Orlando Museum of Art
2416 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL

From Orlandosentinel.com:  Celebrate the season of “Merry and Bright” with Festival of Trees at the Orlando Museum of Art. For the 33rd year the Festival of Trees, put on by Council of 101, will be benefiting the Orlando…View more

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Light Up UCF

Sat, Nov 23, 12:00 – 11:59 PM

TomorrowAddition Arena
12777 Gemini Blvd N, Orlando, FL

From Mycentralfloridafamily.com: Get swept up in holiday cheer at Addition Financial Arena (formerly CFE Arena) and the University of Central Florida with the annual holiday festival, Light Up UCF. Produced by UCF Convocation…View more

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Dinos in Lights Begins

Sat, Nov 23, 11 AM – 4 PM

Orlando Science Center
777 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL

From Osc.org: Add some sparkle to the holiday season and see some of your favorite creatures from the Cretaceous in a whole new light with the festive Dinos In Lights show at Orlando Science Center! Join STAN…View more

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Vintage Holiday Market

Sun, Nov 24, 2 PM

100 S Eola Dr, Orlando, FL

From Abbeyorlando.com: Please save the date Vintage Holiday Market at The Abbey, a fun day of local vendors for your shopping pleasure, food trucks, and lovely libations! Vendor Application…View more

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Disney Junior Holiday Party

Sun, Nov 24, 3:00 – 11:59 PMIn

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
445 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL

From Drphillipscenter.org: A dazzling musical wonderland where children and their families can sing and dance along to their favorite Disney Junior songs plus holiday classics with their favorite Disney friends, including…View more

Information and Tickets

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Santa Photo Experience at The Mall at Millenia

Sun, Nov 24, 11 AM – 7 PMIn

The Mall at Millenia
4200 Conroy Rd, Orlando, FL

From Aarp.org: Visit with the same Santa you have known and loved for more than 10 years.For specific details call our Concierge Desk 407-363-3555.Meet Santa at HollyvilleView more

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Sensory Friendly Santa Experience

Sun, Nov 24, 9 – 11 AM

Orlando, FL

From Mommypoppins.com:  Special needs families can visit with Santa in a private setting for a more personal interaction before the mall opens to the public. There will also be special activities and entertainment…View more

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Orlando REPs Holiday Family Celebration

Sun, Nov 24, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Orlando Repertory Theatre

Sun, Nov 24, 3:30 – 5:00 PMIn

Orlando Repertory Theatre
1001 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL
From Mycentralfloridafamily.com: Orlando REP’s 7th Annual Holiday Celebration Join us for Orlando REP’s 7th Annual Holiday Celebration. Enjoy holiday treats, an exclusive multi-item chance drawing, photos with Santa, and a…View more

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