Apopka Art and Foliage FestivalBus Tours:Saturday, April 23rd10:30 am Vital Earth12:15 pm Long and Scott Farms2:15 pm AgriStart3:30 pm Apopka’s K-9 UnitSunday, April 24th1:00 pm University of Florida Research and Education Center2:30 pm The GreenhouseDo you enjoy seedless watermelons? If so, thank a UF research scientist. Do you appreciate new plant varieties to showcase in your landscape or home environment? If so, thank a UF research scientist. Do you value efforts to minimize chemical usage in controlling pests when it comes to agricultural practices? Then, thank a UF research scientist. Join us for a walking tour of the facility. Do not miss this rare opportunity to learn from the experts. Do you want to learn more about what UF is doing in your own backyard? Then join Dr. Joseph Albano, Center Director of MREC and Diane Mealo, MREC Academic Support Services Coordinator, for a tour of the 200 acre property.For additional information about the MREC facility or the UF/IFAS, visit http://ifas.ufl.edu and http://mrec.ifas.ufl.eduTHE GREENHO2USEThe GreenH2Ouse (greenhouse) is a 2200 square foot hydroponic farm located in Apopka, Florida. It is operated by Katherine Grandey who provides some of the finest lettuces, specialty leafy greens, and herbs. She caters largely to restaurants such as Emeril’s Orlando, Emeril’s Tchoup-Chop, Blue Zoo at the Dolphine Hotel, Norman’s at the Ritz Carlton, The Table Orlando, and Pharmacy. The hydroponic farm allows the plants to be grown without the use of chemicals or pesticides.Have you ever seen Bibb lettuce too pretty to eat? Come visit The GreenH2Ouse and marvel at the beautiful lettuces and herbs.The Greenho2useIf you are unable to visit The GreenH2Ouse, stop by the Living Towers Booth in the Foliage Area. Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSApopka Art and Foliage FestivalBus Tours Previous articleZika Virus Causes Birth Defects, CDC SaysNext articleApopka High School Students Review Lake Brantley’s Bye Bye Birdie Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Typically when you go to a festival, you stay there. But this year’s Apopka Art and Foliage Festival will provide an alternative to staying on site – bus tours. The Apopka art and foliage community will open its doors to visitors from the festival on Saturday and Sunday. Worms, farms, plants, dogs, research, education and a greenhouse highlight the tours. The GFWC Apopka Woman’s Club, which organizes the annual Apopka Art and Foliage Festival, wishes to thank each organization for supporting the 55th Annual Art and Foliage Festival and to Florida Hospital for providing the bus and driver for both days of the festival.The dates, times, and destinations for each tour are listed below. The tickets are $5 a person which includes a bottle of cold water. The Bus Tour Booth is located on the First Street side of KitLong & Scott FarmsLand Nelson Park. Look for the colorful balloons.OUR VITAL EARTHFuture Farmers of America sit up and take notice. The “Wonder Worm”, the Earth’s unsung hero, is in the area! Do you keep a compost pile in your backyard? Why not add your own worm farm?With environmental concerns and the mounting cost of organic waste and landfills, worm farms can provide the solution. In fact, Australia has reduced their garbage and landfill problem by 65% with the use of worm farms. The worms eat the garbage and then recycle the waste into castings which can be used as plant and soil enhancements. The castings are 100% pure organic! The castings are richer in plant nutrients than the soil; have about three times more calcium and several times more nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.Ask “Bernie” about the Worm Café and the Worm Tea.LONG AND SCOTT FARMSIn 1963, Frank Scott, Jr. came to Florida from Virginia, rented 100 acres of land and started Long & Scott Farms. Currently, the farm is operated by the fourth generation Scott family. Come out and enjoy a hayride tour of the only farm left still growing the famous Zellwood Sweet Corn. You will be able to check out Scott’s Country Market and Scott’s Country Café. Hear about their annual fall corn maze and get the scoop on their Scott’s Zellwood Sweet Corn Jamboree coming this May. Bag lunches can be ordered when you sign up for the tour, to eat on your tour or in the café. If you are unable to visit the farm, Long & Scott has a Booth in the foliage area of the Art and Foliage Festival for you to purchase fresh picked corn, tomatoes, etc.AGRISTARTSince our humble beginnings in 1984, our family mission has been for AgriStarts to be the world’s leading and most reliable supplier of plant tissue culture starter plants and services. That is what we strive for every day. We are partners with the Orange County School System in their Transition Program. These are young individuals that have some mental and/or physical disabilities but have the potential to be integrated into some type of productive work situation.AgriStarts, Inc. works with the Universities of Florida and Georgia on their hybrid blueberries for field production and to growers who grow them for retail. We work with the University of Maryland and North Carolina State with their patented raspberries. Possibly the most exciting thing is we produce thorn less blackberries which are new hybrids out of the University of Arkansas.Another area that is growing in popularity is growing native plants. We work with a number of the most notable native plant experts in the state.Check out our website www.agristarts.com.APOPKA’S K-9 UNITAttention all dog lovers – Come visit the Leroy F. Gilliam Training Center and watch the Apopka K-9 unit go through their maneuvers. The dogs are German Malinois which are trained for patrol and narcotics. They receive 6 months of training by FDLE certified trainers and receive yearly evaluations to ensure they are at the top of their game. This is one of “Apopka’s Finest” units.Apopka’s K-9 UnitUNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CENTERApopka is fortunate to have a valuable neighbor like the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (MREC), which is part of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS).MREC is home to the grapevine genetics and plant pathology research laboratories, and the site of an historic grape research program that began at the university in 1891. You will hear an update on current research activities in foliage plant production, cut foliage production, landscape ornamental production, entomology (insects) and integrated pest management. In addition, current projects include citrus nursery production and specialty crops (Hops and the microbrewery movement). You will also find out about educational opportunities for personal and professional development. 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News September 21, 2017 – Updated on October 2, 2017 Journalist still held in Spain under Turkish request to Interpol Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia TurkeyEurope – Central AsiaSpain Condemning abusesInternational bodies Judicial harassmentExiled mediaImprisonedFreedom of expression Update: Hamza Yalçin, a Swedish journalist of Turkish origin, was released by the Spanish authorities on 28 September after being held for nearly two months. A Spanish government spokesperson announced the next day that Yalçin would not be extradited to Turkey because he obtained refugee status in Sweden. “We welcome the Spanish government’s decision, which shows respect for international law,” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said. “Hamza Yalçin’s release sends the Turkish government a clear message that Interpol should not be used for the political purpose of pursuing journalists who have fled abroad.”21.09.17 – Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its appeal to the Spanish authorities not to extradite Hamza Yalçin to Turkey. A Swedish journalist of Turkish origin, Yalçin will complete his 50th day in detention in Spain tomorrow. RSF also urges Interpol to be more wary of abusive international arrest requests from Turkey and other repressive countries.RSF has often criticized Interpol’s manipulation by repressive regimes, which are quick to issue “red notices” for the arrest of critics living in exile. Yalçin’s example shows that this practice now poses a threat to the many Turkish journalists who have fled their country.No right to due process in TurkeyArrested at Barcelona airport on 3 August on the basis of a Turkish request to Interpol, Yalçin was transferred to Can Brians prison the next day pending receipt by the Spanish judicial authorities of a formal extradition request, and then Spain’s decision on this request.If extradited to Turkey, Yalçin would face a sentence of up to 22 and a half years in prison on charges of belonging to the terrorist group THKP-C and of “insulting” the Turkish president in his magazine, Odak. The well-known Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón announced that he would defend Yalçin for no charge.After participating in revolutionary movements in Turkey in the 1970s, for which he spent six months in prison before escaping in 1979, Yalçin was granted political asylum in Sweden and went on to obtain Swedish citizenship in 2005.As soon as Yalçin was arrested in Spain, RSF voiced its opposition to his extradition to Turkey, where journalists are not guaranteed the right to a fair trial. With more than 100 journalists currently detained, most of them on terrorism charges, Turkey is now the world’s biggest prison for media personnel.Most of the detained journalists are still awaiting trial. Many of them have languished in prison for nearly a year while their requests for release pending trial are systematically rejected without receiving serious consideration.“Under international accords, a person should not be extradited to a country where they face the possibility of an unfair trial, torture or the death penalty,” said Macu de la Cruz, RSF Spain’s acting president. “And if a judge nonetheless ordered Hamza Yalçin’s extradition to Turkey, it would be the Spanish government’s duty to block it.”Urgent need to pursue Interpol reformsThe number of “red notices” – arrest warrants transmitted by Interpol – has grown almost five-fold in the past decade, from 2,804 in 2006 to 12,878 in 2016, and repressive regimes have contributed to the rise. RSF and other human rights NGOs have for years been denouncing the surge in politically-motivated red notices targeting dissidents in exile.The criticism from civil society groups finally received some attention. Interpol began reinforcing its appeal mechanism in 2015 but much remains to be done, both as regards putting the reforms into practice and providing better filtering of requests from repressive states.In a resolution in April 2017, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe called on Interpol “to continue improving its Red Notice procedure in order to prevent and redress abuses even more effectively.”“Dozens of Turkish journalists have had to flee abroad since the coup attempt in Turkey in July 2016,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “But like other exile journalists all over the world, they are now threatened by political manipulation of Interpol. The reforms begun by Interpol must now be completed as a matter of urgency so that it is better able to guard against abusive requests from Turkey and other repressive states.”Turkey is ranked 155th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says June 7, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News TurkeyEurope – Central AsiaSpain Condemning abusesInternational bodies Judicial harassmentExiled mediaImprisonedFreedom of expression Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says to go further Organisation June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan RSF_en News Receive email alerts June 4, 2021 Find out more
The Southern Belles energetic blend of southern-style psychedelic rock and roll has earned them fans from coast to coast, with the quartet —composed of Adrian Ciucci (guitar/vocals), Tommy Booker (keys/vocals), Aaron Zarrow (drums/vocals) and Mikey Sellemi — regularly hitting the road and bringing their high-octane performances to eager audiences across the country. On August 5th, The Southern Belles will independently release their third studio album dubbed In The Middle Of The Night. Ahead of In The Middle Of The Night’s release, The Southern Belles have just announced the dates for their summer tour.The Southern Belle’s summer tour kicks off this weekend, with dates in Charleston, West Virginia, at Live on The Levee on Friday and Greenville, North Carolina’s Crossbones Tavern on Saturday. From there, the group meanders north with a performance at The 8X10 in Baltimore on July 12th, before heading south for a date in Berryville, Virginia’s Pasture Palooza. A week later on July 21st and 22nd, The Southern Belles will hit Wilmington, North Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia, respectively. A three-night run across Florida falls across the last weekend in July as the group gears up to close out their tour. With dates across Charleston, South Carolina; Ashville, North Carolina; and Blacksburg, Virginia, the tour comes to a head on Saturday, August 5th, with a performance at Richmond, Virginia’s Broadberry, which will also serve as the album release party for In The Middle Of The Night.It’s clear that both fans and musicians alike are excited about this latest studio effort, meaning that the group will be in proper form as they move through the tour. As guitarist Adrian Ciucci noted about the album, “This is by far some of the best music we’ve ever recorded. Our style has developed, our song writing has grown tremendously, we sound better and stronger than we have on other records. And I really think the whole thing is just a great story, I hope everyone digs it.”You can check out the full dates for the tour on the poster below, which features artwork from Leslie Herman. You can also head over The Southern Belle’s website to check out the dates and pre-order their latest studio effort before it is released to the public on August 5th.The Southern Belles Upcoming 2017 Tour DatesFriday 6/30 – Charleston WV – Live on The LeveeSaturday 7/1 – Greenville NC – Crossbones TavernWednesday 7/12 – Baltimore MD – The 8×10Friday 7/14 -Berryville VA – Pasture PaloozaFriday 7/21 – Wilmington NC – The WhiskeySaturday 7/22 – Savannah GA – Barrelhouse SouthFriday 7/28 Sanford, FL – West End Trading Co.Saturday 7/29- Dunedin FL – Dunedin BrewerySunday 7/30 -Jupiter FL – Guanabana’sWednesday 8/2 – Charleston SC – Charleston Pour HouseThursday 8/3 -Asheville NC – One SpotFriday 8/4 – Blacksburg VA – Steppin’ Out FestSaturday 8/5 – Richmond VA – Broadberry (album release show)Saturday 8/12 – Capon Bridge WV – La La Land