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    Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley With the holiday season comes a slew of events geared toward family fun and timeless traditions, and when you live in Central Florida there is something happening at almost every turn. Fortunately, icFlorida reporter and Power 95.3 personality Estee Martin visited with Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley on Friday morning with the lowdown on what’s happening this weekend. The icFlorida Fun 3: Canine Extravaganza and AKC National Championship Dog Show Canine Extravaganza, the nation’s largest celebration of dogs, returns to Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center with exciting elements for all dog lovers. Held in conjunction with the AKC National Championship Dog Show, highlights include the Diving Dogs competition, a Doggie Boutique mall, and opportunities to interact and play with nearly 150 different breeds in the Meet the Breeds area. Greg Warmoth Reindeer Run Lace up your shoes, polish your antlers and join WFTV 9 Family Connection for the annual Greg Warmoth Reindeer Run, Saturday at SeaWorld. Run or walk the spectacular 3-mile route through SeaWorld while Christmas bells chime and holiday music plays throughout the park. Bring the whole family out for the best Holiday fun run around! Christmas at Gaylord Palms Nobody celebrates the holidays quite like Gaylord Palms, and this year’s Christmas at Gaylord Palms has something for everyone. Highlights include the magical Cirque Dreams Unwrapped live show, Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends, Gingerbread Decorating Corner, Santa’s Snow Throw and Snow Tubing. The main attraction, of course, is ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World, showcasing different cultures and their wintertime festivities. It looks like it’s going to be a great weekend to be out and about. Find out when you might want to wear long sleeves or a jacket in the Weekend Events Weather Forecast by WFTV meteorologist Brian Shields. 3 More Fun Things: Broadway in Orlando presents “The Book of Mormon” A December to Remember in Daytona Beach Latin Fiesta Nights “X-Mas Edition” You can find all sorts of fun happenings throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com.
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You had better break out your boots and winter jacket because there is no way that you are going to let a little chilly weather mess with your weekend plans.  With so many great options for good times, it’s always nice to have guide for advice. icFlorida reporter and Power 95.3 personality Estee Martin visited Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley to go over this weekend’s top picks. The icFlorida Fun 3: Lakeridge Winery’s “Wine & Chocolate” Treat your taste buds to pure decadence as Lakeridge Winery presents its annual holiday festival, Wine and Chocolate, Friday through Sunday in Clermont. Guests will enjoy live music on the outdoor stage and inside the Wine & Cheese bar all weekend. There will also be arts and crafts vendors, 'The Chocolate Wonderland” featuring chocolatiers and their delicious creations and more. Santa Saturday Finale Join WFTV 9 Family Connection for its final Santa Saturday event of 2017, Saturday at WFTV in Orlando. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for the United States Marine Corps Reserve 2017 Toys for Tots Campaign and enjoy free photos with Santa, live entertainment, giveaways, prizes, and a whole bunch of holiday-themed family fun. Harlem Globetrotters “Amazing Feats of Basketball” World Tour Unrivaled family entertainment awaits as the Harlem Globetrotters bring their Amazing Feats of Basketball World Tour to Central Florida, Saturday at Amway Center at noon, and then Ocean Center at 4:00pm. You’ll laugh and cheer as the Globetrotters showcase ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction. Keep the shivering away from your leisure time fun. Get the details on the chilly temperatures in the Weekend Events Forecast from WFTV meteorologist Brian Shields. 3 More Fun Things: 6th Annual MetroWest WinterFest (free) 5th Annual Violectric Holiday Concert (free) Nehrling Gardens Holiday Amaryllis Festival You can find all sorts of holiday-related news and local events at icFlorida’s Holiday Guide.
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley As we welcome the month of December the holiday season comes into focus and many of the events around Central Florida follow suit. icFlorida reporter and Power 95.3 personality Estee Martin stopped by Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley to go through some of this weekend’s best bets for fun and good times. The icFlorida Fun 3: Magic of Lights at Daytona If there is one thing that people go wild for over the holidays, it’s lights. And the more sparkling, twinkling and brilliantly appealing the better. The team at Daytona International Speedway took that notion to heart and turned it up a notch as the World Center of Racing has transformed into a holiday spectacle with the Magic of Lights drive-through holiday lights experience. Winter on the Avenue and Winter Park Christmas Parade Kickoff the holiday season with a flurry of fun, family-friendly activities during Winter on the Avenue, Friday evening in downtown Winter Park. The evening begins with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, and other highlights include a merchant window-decorating contest, movie in the park, live entertainment, ice skating, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus and lots more. Also, be sure to wake up early Saturday for the 65th annual Winter Park Christmas Parade. Santa Saturday at One Daytona  Join WFTV 9 Family Connection for its first Santa Saturday event of 2017 and its first-ever time in Volusia County, Saturday at One Daytona. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for the United States Marine Corps Reserve 2017 Toys for Tots campaign and enjoy free photos with Santa, live entertainment, giveaways, prizes, and a whole bunch of holiday-themed family fun. According to the forecast, we’re due for a beautiful weekend. When making your plans, check the Weekend Events Weather Forecast from WFTV meteorologist Rusty McCranie to find out when you might need a jacket. 3 More Fun Things: Move Night at Leu Gardens featuring National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation OUC Half Marathon and Track Shack Lake Eola 5K Cupcake Challenge: Holiday Edition If you’re looking for holiday fun in Central Florida, check out the Holiday Guide at icFlorida.com.
  • Superstar Izzy needs a new home and she came in to the studio to tell us all about it! This sweet girl is 4 and ½ years old and has plenty of energy to run around the yard to play some serious fetch! Her size makes her a fantastic travel companion too, which is perfect because you are going to want to take her to all of your friend’s homes to show off her multitude of tricks. Clever Izzy has mastered “sit” and “down” and has moved on to higher level tricks like “high five!” If you would like to meet sweet Izzy or any of her other adoptable friends, check out Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando’s website! Remember, she is free to adopt if you tell them you saw her here! Mobile users see video of Izzy here!
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley There just isn’t a better time of year than now to get out and enjoy the bounty of events and entertainment that Central Florida has to offer. icFlorida reporter and Power 95.3 personality Estee Martin stopped by Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley to talk about some of top picks for weekend fun. The icFlorida Fun 3: 10th Annual Light Up UCF Kick off the holidays at CFE Arena and the University of Central Florida with the annual holiday festival, Light Up UCF. Opening Friday, this year’s festival offers 45 nights of ice skating, a world-class choreographed lightshow with new music, free holiday movies, live entertainment, rides such as the Ferris Wheel, Light Up Express kids train, and much more. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with Mickey, Santa and Disney friends at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. It’s a Christmas party like no other, with joyful music, a shimmering Cinderella Castle, live entertainment, dazzling fireworks, a cheery parade, characters in their festive finery and Magic Kingdom Park decked out and more magical for merry-making guests of all ages. 25th Anniversary DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts Enjoy the beautiful fall weather and surround yourself with art and music at the 25th Anniversary DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts, Saturday and Sunday in historic downtown DeLand. More than 150 outstanding artists will exhibit a wide variety of fine art while exciting musical performances entertain throughout both days. There is also a full slate of fun and artsy activities for the children. The weather looks incredibly nice for the weekend, but will you need a sweater or jacket? Before heading out, check the Weekend Events Forecast from WFTV meteorologist Brian Shields. 3 More Fun Things: DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at Lake Lily Park UCF 4 Rivers Smokehouse Parking Lot Party Retro Game Night - 80s Edition at Regional History Center  There are so many fun things happening throughout Central Florida. Find out about them at icFlorida.com.
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley November is hands-down one of the premier months for enjoying outdoor activities in Central Florida, and this weekend is a perfect example of an “our cup runneth over” scenario with so many great events happening. icFlorida reporter and Power 95.3 personality Estee Martin dropped by Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley on Friday morning to talk about the cream of this weekend’s crop of fun. The icFlorida Fun 3: 41st Annual Maitland Rotary Art Festival: Art Under the Stars Enjoy the outdoors and take in the sights and sounds of the 41st Maitland Rotary Art Festival, Friday through Sunday at Lake Lily Park. The unique, Art Under the Stars event is the only nighttime fine art show in Florida, treating festival-goers to subtle live entertainment while sparkling lights in the evening hours create magical experiences for artists and patrons alike. 3rd Annual Orlando Beer Festival Central Florida's thriving craft beer community gets the event it deserves when the third annual Orlando Beer Festival pours on the good times and great tastes, Saturday at Orlando Festival Park. Spend an afternoon sampling craft and premium beers from local breweries and around the world. There's also, wine tasting, games, tasty eats and live music. 41st Annual St. Demetrios Greek Festival Be “Greek for the Weekend” (or at least for a day) and join in the celebration at the 41st Annual St. Demetrios Greek Festival, Thursday through Sunday at St. Demetrios Church in Daytona Beach. This “must-do” family-friendly event includes live Greek music, dancing, Greek beer, wine, ouzo and incredible Greek cuisine, featuring favorites such as Pastitsio, Dolmades, Gyros, Baklava and more. WFTV meteorologist Brian Shields thinks it might be a good idea to take your umbrella with you this weekend. Find out more in the Weekend Events Weather Forecast. 3 More Fun Things: Orlando Veterans Day Parade  31st Annual Festival of Trees A Taste of Dr. Phillips  Keep up with the latest local events and entertainment news at icFlorida.com.
  • Just look at that face! Gorgeous little Kay came into our studio excited to tell the world she’s looking for a family to love her! This black beauty is 4-years-old, but has the energy of a 1-year-old. Ready for any adventure, Kay is the perfect fetch partner or jogging buddy. After the fun, though, all this pretty girl wants to do is love on anyone who will let her. If you are interested in meeting this pup and being smothered in her kisses, head on over to Orange County Animal Services’ website! Mobile users, see video of Kay here.
  • This spotted beauty came by the station today to let us know she is looking to be adopted! Dottie (get it, because the black dots?) is a happy, loving girl who is the perfect adventure buddy. She may be 8-years-old, but she rivals some puppies with the amount of energy she has! As Kathy of Pet Alliance puts it, “I think she could play fetch for hours!” That said, she is just as willing to curl up in your lap and give you kisses as she is to join you on a jog. If you are interested in meeting Dottie or any of her other adoptable friends, head over to Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando’s website! Mobile users see video of Dottie here!
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley As the weather begins to cool down, events and good times in Central Florida begin to multiply with fun things to do at every turn. icFlorida reporter Estee Martin visited Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley to go over some best bets for weekend fun. The icFlorida Fun 3: Maker Faire Orlando Part science fair, part steampunk convention, part craft fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire Orlando is an all-ages gleeful celebration of innovation. Happening Saturday and Sunday at Central Florida Fairgrounds, the two-day event is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. 25th Anniversary Biketobefest Put your knees in the breeze and celebrate one of life's greatest freedoms during the 25th Anniversary Biketoberfest, Thursday through Sunday throughout Daytona Beach. Experience a culture like none other as well as sights, scenes and sounds you won't soon forget when bikers and spectators from all over show up to see and be seen at this one-of-a-kind party event. Celebration’s 11th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration Town Center transforms before your very eyes as the falling leaves of the season drop on Market Street during the Fall Festival known as Oktoberfest. The good times will be rolling, Friday and Saturday, with live music and fun-filled family activities such as hayrides and pumpkin painting. Come relax by the lakeside with family and friends at this one-of-a-kind themed extravaganza. With so much outdoor fun going on, be sure to check the Weekend Events Weather Forecast from WFTV meteorologist Brian Shields before heading out. 3 More Fun Things: ROOTSTOCK Plant & Garden Festival Winter Springs ARToberFEST Thin Man Watts Jazz Festival You can find many more fun things to do throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com.
  • The popular pop singer Ed Sheeran is suffering from a broken arm after he was struck by a car in London, England. “Ive [sic] had a bit of a bicycle accident and I’m currently waiting on some medical advice,” Sheeran explains in an Instagram post. He continues, “(This) may affect some of my upcoming shows. Please stay tuned for further news.” Ed Sheeran is known for many radio hits including “Thinking Out Loud,” “Shape of You,” and “Castle on the Hill.” Mobile user see post here.
  • Laurel Lee

    Laurel Lee is the producer of Orlando's Morning News, Orlando's News at Noon and produces various Ask the Expert shows on the weekend.

    Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, she bleeds black and gold and is a huge Steeler and Penguins fan (though, let's not talk about the Pirates.)

    Lured by the chance to escape ice and the dream of learning sound production, Laurel moved to Orlando to attend college. In 2012, she graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Radio and Television Production and a job at News 96.5.

    Falling into radio was a bit of a happy accident, but she couldn't be more elated about it. A few days on the job and it was love. Laurel has been at News 96.5 since October of 2011.

    When she isn't working the air waves, Laurel loves rocking out at concerts, digging for new music to jam to, and riding her motorcycle.

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  • Officials responded Monday morning after a train derailed over Interstate 5 near Mounts Road in Pierce County, Washington. >> Read more trending news All lanes were blocked on Monday morning.
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden is coming to Orlando next month. Biden will bring his American Promise Tour to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts January 29 for a special one night event. Joe Biden has always believed that when given a chance, ordinary people can do extraordinary things. As a scrappy kid from Scranton who rose to the Office of Vice President, he is no exception. During his 45 years of public service, one of Vice President Biden’s greatest strengths has been his ability to bring people together, even in crisis, even across difficult divides, all the while, respecting everybody at the table. In 2018, Vice President Joe Biden continues his American Promise Tour, a series of conversations that will go beyond the 24-hour news cycle and 140-character arguments to connect friends and neighbors around the topics that matter most. Vice President Biden will reveal the big political moments of his career, the life-altering choices he made, and the key traits that have helped him persevere through challenges. He will share how the loss of his son Beau tested his resolve, and how he is finding new purpose in a time of uncertainty. Tickets to the event start at $68.  VIP packages are available for $128. For more information on the event, or to purchase tickets, click HERE.
  • The man infamously acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin has found himself in the middle of another feud -- this time with rapper Jay-Z. According to The Blast, George Zimmerman threatened to feed Jay-Z to an alligator after a production team harassed his family. The rap star is reportedly producing a documentary on the death of Trayvon Martin. “I know how to handle people who f*** with me, I have since February 2012,” Zimmerman told the publication. February of 2012 is the month of Martin’s death. Zimmerman claims his parents or family members are not being paid for their roles in Jay-Z’s documentary. To make matters even more controversial, the 6-part documentary is being produced by The Weinstein Company. The squabble even prompted a response from Snoop Dogg on Instagram.
  • This is heart-wrenching to watch: a bystander’s dash cam video captures a dog being dragged behind a car for at least two blocks in Hawaii. The dog appears to be tied by a leash to the back of an SUV as it drives down a road in Honolulu. YouTube user Johnny Chang noticed the dog and followed the SUV to try and catch up with the driver. When the vehicle stops, the dog stands up and limps around a little. That’s when the driver gets out slowly.  According to the Daily Mail, the 40-second clip ends with another woman running up to the scene. So far the driver has not been identified. It’s not known if the dog was injured. **WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT** (VIDEO) More stories: Atlanta airport employee slides down crowded escalator to help stranded passengers
  • News 96.5 WDBO adds a second hour of the Brian Kilmeade radio show starting today.  You’ll hear Brian weekdays from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM.  The change comes as Herman Cain scales back his work schedule to produce only one hour of radio programming each day from his Atlanta studio.  Fans of Herman Cain will be glad to know that you’ll still be able to hear him weekdays from 11:00 AM - Noon.  “Brian’s been really popular with our listeners here in Orlando since we debuted one hour of his show four years ago,” says Drew Anderssen, News 96.5 WDBO Brand Manager and Program Director.