Although not within the Oak Crest community, these local news items from the City of Orlando and Orange County should be of interest to our residents.
The City of Orlando recruits, places and recognizes citizen and employee volunteers who assist in various City department projects and at special events.
Apply for unique and rewarding volunteer opportunities in your community. What does volunteering in our youth programs look like? Here are some examples:
Complete the Volunteer Interest Form (*) to be matched with volunteer opportunities in Orlando.
The City of Orlando, OUC and the Florida Forest Service are offering Orlando residents up to two FREE trees for their household as a part of Mayor Buddy Dyer’s One Person, One Tree initiative.
Trees aren’t only good for our environment and our health, they also add value to your property and generate energy savings for your home. In fact, just three to four mature shade trees located strategically around your house can cut your summer cooling costs up to 30 percent.
Trees may be ordered online (*) for residential property within city limits, for the City's rights of way, or for neighborhoods.
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...
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...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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.
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.
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...
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(*)
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 occonservewater.net
Monday thru Friday, 8am to 5 pm
Orange County Extension
Tuesdays, 9am to 12pm
Wednesdays, 3 to 5pm
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 Emily.Hanna@ocfl.net.