Jamie spent her entire life volunteering, working with preschool students who had special needs, terminally ill children, and survivors of sexual abuse. Then in 2005, she was diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder (DID). After fruitless searches for support resources, she shifted her focus and humanitarian mindset toward helping people like herself, founding a peer-led support group for DID.
That initial group evolved into An Infinite Mind, an organization dedicated to educating people about dissociative disorders and dispelling the stigmas attached to them. Advocates at An Infinite Mind write articles for journals, work with trauma organizations and public institutions to unearth the realities of living with a dissociative disorder, and speak as both survivors and trained trauma therapists to raise awareness across the country. As part of its expanding efforts to work with trauma survivors on the ground, An Infinite Mind also plans to connect people with therapists and help them find ways to cover the costs of treatment.
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World-renowned and highly regarded, The Princeton Review helps prepare students for getting into college, law school, and grad school through a fleet of exam-prep classes. During the informative sessions—which cover such tests as the SAT, ACT, LSAT, and GRE—handpicked, rigorously trained teachers coach students to relinquish anxiety over upcoming tests. They conduct math reviews, reading sessions, and writing exercises that pair pupils with weighted pens. In addition to leading group classes, the teachers offer in-person and online private-tutoring services, which are customized to each pupil's learning needs.
SAK Comedy Club, a breeding ground for highly pedigreed improv comics such as Wayne Brady, targets funny bones with the unique brand of improvised comedy that's made it an Orlando landmark since 1991. Sak’s skilled rib-ticklers offer a robust schedule of all-ages shows designed to evoke hearty laughter, humanity's only form of exercise prior to the advent of the treadmill. Thursday–Sunday, “Duel of Fools” allows the audience to play judge and jury to jousting comics. Like rodeo clowns settling a boundary dispute, four improv directors clash in a humorous battle royale in the “Gorilla Theatre” show staged on Fridays. On Saturdays, the “Early Show” at 11:30 p.m. allows Sak's masterful mirth-makers to spin longer scenes that give elements such as character and story a chance to frolic and roam free.
The USRA Half Marathon Series spans 25 cities, where locals unite to test their competitive spirit in distance road races suited for runners of all physical endurances. Runners can choose from a half marathon or a 5K. Once they cross the finish line, racers in multiple age categories can snag awards for a job well done, regardless of whether they ran individually, as part of corporate teams, or to fundraise for a sanctioned charity program. Postrace activities also include live entertainment at a finish line party.
With its exposed bricks, arched doorways, and dim lighting, The Wine Room on Park Avenue evokes a medieval monastery. That may be why the sleek, Italian-made Enomatic wine dispenser, which controls bottle temperature and prevents oxidation, looks so much like a Star Trek–era gadget within the pleasantly rustic walls. With the push of a button, the metallic nozzles pour out precise 1-ounce sample-size, half-glass, or full-glass portions. To ensure spouts remain untainted from customer to customer, it cleans itself after every pour.
The Enomatic is one reason The Wine Room earned the title of Orlando's best wine bar from Orlando Magazine. The recently remodeled space now boasts additional seating, a new menu, and a new lineup of machines. Though the technology is impressive, the shop backs up their gadgetry with a staff of actual human wine connoisseurs. These friendly staffers help customers navigate the selection of 156 wines, and offer wine classes throughout the year. They can also recommend bottles to pair with The Wine Room's selection of cheeses, flatbreads, and yachts in need of christening.