Before you take a holiday, consider taking a stand this summer.  Join former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, medical professionals, victims and advocates on Saturday, June 29thfrom 11:00 am until noon at the Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 North Mills Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803 at a rally for gun violence research funding.  Gun violence has reached a 40-year high while research funding has been missing in action for more than 20 years.  The U.S. House of Representatives included funding for research in their appropriations bill, the United States Senate now needs to act.  Join this historic coalition of more than ten local, national and international organizations including Giffords’ own Courage to Fight Gun Violence, Doctors for America, Equality Florida, League of Women Voters, American Academy of Pediatrics, Inc., This Is Our Lane, Florida Psychological Association, Florida Academy of Family Physicians, American Medical Student Association and the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence to find out how you can take a stand and make a difference.  Register to attend this free and important rally at

No 4th of July party would be complete without music and fireworks.  You’ll find plenty of both at the MetroWest MusicWORKS Event on Thursday, July 4th.  This free, family-friendly community event will be held at the MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 South Hiawassee Road, Orlando, FL 32835, from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM and includes live music featuring Will Donato & Absolute Queen, a variety of foods, vendors and FIREWORKS  by Pyroshows (the same company who produces Red Hot Boom).  Check out their website at www.metrowestcommunity.comor contact organizers at 407-601-5995 for additional information. Reserve your ticket for this exciting celebration now!

As you prepare to celebrate America’s Independence Day, with family and friends take time out to remember the men and women of the Armed Forces who on a daily basis make protecting and defending our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness priorities.  While we’re barbequing in our own back yards, posting up on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches, or walking the mall in search of the ultimate July 4thbargain, remember and honor those who literally got the party started.


About the Author

Sharon Fletcher Jones is a true Libra, an action-ist, and a budget fashionista.  The Portsmouth, Virginia native is also an employment specialist with Goodwill Industries, a life coach and an associate editor at ONYX Magazine. Stacey’s mom (literally) has got it going on.  Fletcher Jones’ personal mantra is “It’s the dash that counts.”


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