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500-plus exhibits offer ideas at home show

The Orlando Home Show, scheduled for Sept. 23-25 in Hall B South at the Orange County Convention Center, has lined up a number of celebrities for special appearances this year. They include Michael Payne, host and interior designer of Home and Garden Television's Designing for the Sexes; Peter Walsh from The Learning Channel's Clean Sweep; woodworking expert Carol Reed, known as "The Router Lady"; and Home Decorating for Dummies co-authors Katharine McMillan and Patricia Hart McMillan.

The Orlando Home Show, with more than 500 exhibits, is the area's largest consumer showcase of new products and services for home remodeling and interior decor. Tickets are available at the door and are $9 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12, and $5 on Friday for adults 60 and older. Attendees can also receive $2 off by bringing a new or gently used book to the ticket window.

New this year is a special $5-after-5 p.m. promotion on Friday and Saturday night. Parking is an additional $5 with a Florida drivers license. Tickets can be purchased online at orlandohomeshow.com.

Disney Magic returns

The Disney Magic is back in Port Canaveral after spending the summer voyaging to the Mexican Riviera from Southern California. In honor of the 50th anniversary of Disneyland, the Magic had headed west. The ship made a dozen voyages from the Port of Los Angeles as well as two trips through the Panama Canal. Next month the ship is due at the Norshipco shipyard in Norfolk, Va., for two weeks in dry dock. While there, it will have a little work done, including an expansion of its Vista Spa and Salon and a transformation of three conference rooms into a new area for children called Ocean Quest.

SeaWorld pitches in

To encourage conservation among its 5,000 employees, SeaWorld Orlando and Discovery Cove have launched a 30-day campaign to reward employees for car pooling, bus riding and bicycling to work. The payoffs: prime parking spots, free lunch every day, and weekly drawings for prizes such as Discovery Cove dolphin interactions, catered dinner parties at home, and SeaWorld tickets.

To make the efforts easy for employees, the parks are offering help in arranging car pools and adapting work schedules to be flexible for car poolers and bus riders. The company also is working with Lynx to coordinate pre-tax purchases of monthly bus passes. In some cases, and where possible, the company is offering flexible work schedules for employees to cut down on driving days.

20% gain in Melbourne

Traffic at Melbourne International Airport grew about 20 percent in August, as more than 6,800 additional passengers used the airport compared with a year ago. Airport officials attributed the growth to the success of new Delta Connection nonstop service to New York and Washington, D.C. "We're heading into what has historically been our slow season with traffic running about 20 percent higher than last year," Richard Ennis, airport director, said in a written statement. "With the kind of support we've been getting from the community, I think we've got a very good chance of adding even more nonstop service." A total of 38,380 passengers traveled through the airport in August.

Jerry W. Jackson can be reached at jwjackson@orlandosentinel.com or 407-420-5721.

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