The Central Florida Zoo swings open creaking gates to intrepid adults for a spooky evening of dancing, dining, and revelry. Ghouls and guests over 21 years of age can swill $1 beer and $2 wine and mixed drinks while nibbling on a selection of bizarre foods. Participants don disguises to compete in the costume contest, challenge partners to a selection of carnival games, or scream soprano arias on haunted train rides. Live bands and Venue 13 DJ Paul Vaine send music echoing through the zoo, to which guests jig at a zombie ball. Guests recall their fright night with a skull mug and skeleton-hand shot glass to take home as well as with a picture from the photo booth that captures both grins and ghosts giving bunny ears.
Healing Solutions Acupuncture follows the lead of Cherie Menzel A.P., who suffered for years with chronic migraines until discovering the power of natural medicine. Today, as a licensed acupuncture physician, Cherie falls back on holistic techniques to promote overall wellness in the bodies, minds, and spirits of her patients. She does so through acupuncture, specifically, but also through other all-natural methods, including herbal therapies, nutritional counseling, and traditional Chinese medicine.
Stella Tagliavore founded Art Studio of Lake Mary as a place where young students could gain confidence and independence by tapping into their own creativity. Harnessing her 20 years of experience as an educator, Stella wields a hands-on approach with each of her pupils, helping them to develop pertinent artistic and problem-solving skills. Stella's students revel in a variety of programs, ranging from weekly art classes to summer art camps. Birthday parties in the 2,000-square-foot space allow kids to create ceramic magna opera, invent heroic characters in comic strips, or design a new wardrobe for their pet goldfish in sewing sessions.
Packing the Deland Artisan Inn on the last Saturday of every month, Red Dog Comedy puts national and local comedians in front of the mike for a night of laughter and libations. Past shows have featured Vishaun Roberts, Matthew Lalanne, and TV-veteran Dean Napolitano, who many may recognize from his roles on Passions and The Shield.
Four times a week, the Sanford Orlando Kennel Club unleashes its greyhound dogs for live, competitive contests with up to 16 races per day. Spectators can nosh trackside on savory American fare or wander the grandstand or clubhouse between heats while gazing at the tidy midfield and lush foliage framing the track. A full card of simulcast racing compliments the live action. On monitors throughout the club, nationwide greyhound, thoroughbred, and harness races beam in stretch runs and photo finishes. Once a week, amateur poker players assemble at tables overlooking the track, hoping to win a slot at a monthly or regional tournament, or to get the rare opportunity to play cards with a dog.
The Sanford Orlando Kennel Club nurtures their canine athletes long after retirement with the Adopt a Greyhound program. The initiative places dogs into loving homes with the help of four area adoption agencies, who also find school-bus-driver vacancies for retired stock-car drivers.
Youth explore the treetops and lush foliage on a two-part kids' aerial adventure course at Zoom Air, soaking in a bird's-eye view of the Central Florida Zoo's forest region seated in the blackwater-river floodplain swamp. Parents must accompany their offspring, shedding tears of pride as they watch them embark on the course, which is designed for kids at least 4 years old and interwoven among the Central Florida Zoo's natural landscape, giving kids an aerial view of the area's natural exotic inhabitants. In the first section of the course, saplings learn to navigate the skies, donning a secure harness before they are elevated 4 feet from the ground, where they test their agility and bladder control.
Stricken by a futuristic virus, hordes of shambling undead tear after runners racing through obstacles in a gambit to save themselves from a fate worse than death. Without notice, a runner is caught by one of the monsters, and before he can fight back, it's too late—his flag has been pulled from his waist. Zombie Insanity challenges racers to search villages for clues that can lead to a cure and survive an undead apocalypse by outrunning costumed actors. Teams or individuals dart through the course to collect flags and make their way toward The Sanctuary, the race's sole safe haven. "Bitten" racers must join the ranks of the zombie menace but can be saved if their teammates have gathered the right flags and clues. Once they reach The Sanctuary, racers celebrate at Zombie Fest, where they enjoy snacks and drinks and regale friends with stories of close calls and theories about the zombies' race-training regimens.