Happy Hour for Hunger
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and partners, including county and municipal government agencies, are holding a public meeting Thursday, Nov.13, in Orlando to provide information on how to coexist with coyotes. Experts will be available to address questions and concerns regarding coyotes in eastern Orange County. The meeting is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the first-floor Commission Chambers of the Orange County Administration Building. The address is 201 S. Rosalind Ave. in Orlando. Information on coyotes can be found at MyFWC.com. For more information, contact Lenny Salberg at 352-427-6728 or email [email protected].
Presented by Winter Park CRA and produced by Enzian Theater, Popcorn Flicks features classic films for the whole family. "The Magnificent Seven" will show in Central Park on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., weather permitting. You’re encouraged to bring a blanket, a picnic or snacks, and some family and friends and join in! Free popcorn is available for everyone. For more information, call 407-629-0054.
In an effort to fight hunger this holiday season, the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Winter Park Village to host Happy Hour for Hunger on Thursday, Nov. 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Village. This fall-themed event will include drinks and appetizers provided by Winter Park Village restaurants, plus live entertainment and a photo booth. All ticket proceeds will benefit “Feed the Need,” Winter Park’s community-wide initiative to raise funds for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Tickets are available through the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce at winterpark.org and at the Winter Park Welcome Center for $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
This holiday season the city of Winter Park will host its sixth annual Winter in the Park Holiday Ice Skating Rink in Central Park from Nov. 14 to Jan. 11. There’s a little bit of winter inside the tent – no matter the temperature outside. Join the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and Park Avenue Merchants Association as they spread holiday cheer to skaters and spectators starting this Friday. Visit winterpark.org or call 407-644-8281.
The Winter Park Concours d’ Elegance – now in its 13th year – is a full weekend of activities from Nov. 14 to 16 including a Friday evening AeroPort Reception, a Saturday Tour d’ Elegance, and a Sunday Concours on the fairways of the Winter Park Country Club. Sunday’s Concours will display more than 160 of the world’s finest automobiles arranged by make and model, chronologically and by private collection for viewing interest. Ticket information is available at WinterParkConcours.com
The International Community School is hosting their second annual Bizarre Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in their gymnasium. The Bizarre Bazaar is a marketplace filled with items crafted by local artisans, as well as merchandise provided by local businesses. You can spend your time walking through the gymnasium and enjoy browsing more than 70 high quality vendors. An entry fee of $5 for entrance to the event will be taken at the door or you can buy your tickets in advance. Food and drinks will be available. For more information, visit icsbazaar.com
In honor of Florida Bookstore Day, author Lynn Waddell will be appearing at Bookmark It, located at 3201 Corrine Drive, Suite No. 201 in Orlando, on Nov. 15. She will present and sign copies of her book, "Fringe Florida," from 2 to 4 p.m., so come and learn about the weird side of Florida! This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the book, visit the UPF webpage at http://bit.ly/15ufYWl
More than 40 independent and used bookstores throughout Florida will participate in the first annual Florida Bookstore Day on Saturday, Nov. 15. This inaugural daylong event will celebrate authors and small presses in the Sunshine State, in addition to indie bookshops. Local stores participating include Bookmark It, Writer's Block, and Park Avenue CDs & Books. For a complete list of participating bookstores, visit wordierthanthou.com/bookstoreday. Regular updates about Florida Bookstore Day can be found here: www.facebook.com/FloridaBookstoreDay.
“S.A.F.E.” (Self-defense Awareness and Familiarization Exchange) is a free unparalleled two-hour educational awareness, crime-victim prevention program designed by the National Self-Defense Institute. This program encompasses strategies, techniques, options and prevention methods – that provide teenaged and adult women with information that may reduce their risk of exposure to violence, while introducing them to the basic physical aspects of self-defense. The next class will be held at the Winter Park Police Department on Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to noon. Register for classes online today at cityofwinterpark.org. For information, contact Officer Lina Strube at 407-599-3664.
Register, raise funds, and run or walk – that’s all it takes to be a hero in the eyes of a person facing lung cancer. Join hundreds of community members as they gather for a day of impact at the fourth annual Orlando Free to Breathe Run/Walk beginning at 7 a.m. on Nov. 15 at Moss Park. The inspirational event will feature a 5K run/walk and a one-mile walk for all fitness levels, with awards for top fundraisers and finishers. All proceeds from the event support Free to Breathe, a nonprofit lung cancer research and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring surviving lung cancer is the expectation, not the exception. Visit freetobreathe.org
On Wednesday, Nov. 19, the Winter Park Garden Club will host a Floral Design Workshop at Mead Gardens. The workshop is offered to teach aspiring floral arrangers the principles of floral design and to prepare them for competition in flower shows, and runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 407-644-5770 for more information.
Orlando-area vegetarians and meat-eaters alike will celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday at the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida's annual vegan Thanksgiving dinner potluck, to be held at Mead Gardens on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m. The cost is $5 with a vegan dish to share with six to 10 people, and $15 without a dish. Please RSVP to 407-968-2400.
The Winter Park Harvest Festival is a celebration of local farmers, gardeners, chefs and artisans. Enjoy a producer-focused farmers market, demonstrations and workshops, a kids activity corner, and lots of tasty treats all to some foot-stomping tunes at the fifth annual event on Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Festival takes place in the West Meadow of Winter Park’s Central Park near the Winter Park Post Office. Visit alocalfolkus.com/WPHF or call 407-702-3473 for more information.
Come out to the Food Truck Fiesta for live music and great food on Saturday, Nov. 22, from noon to 5 p.m. at Lake Baldwin Park. This fun, pet-friendly, family event occurs every fourth Saturday of the month. For more information please call 407-296-5882 or email at [email protected]
Liz’s Fashion Xperience and Bebe’s Baby Boutique off Park Avenue in Winter Park are hosting a Holiday Brunch and Fashion Show benefitting Children’s Home Society of Florida on Saturday, Nov. 22, starting at 10:30 a.m. Attendees will enjoy a wonderful brunch buffet at Park Plaza Gardens on Park Avenue along with holiday carolers, a mother-and-child fashion show featuring festive and fun holiday attire for the family, and a visit from Santa himself. Tickets are on sale at eventbrite.com (search “Holiday Brunch and Fashion Show”) or purchase tickets at Liz’s and Bebe’s in Winter Park. Tickets are $40 each and VIP tables are available for six guests at $300. Please call 407-628-1680 for additional information.