The Winter Park Public Library’s 125th Anniversary Committee presents Attorney Kenneth Murrah, Winter Park resident and historian, with his perspective on Winter Park past and present with archival photos from his personal collection at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 in the Library Community Room, 460 E. New England Ave. RSVP by calling 407-623-3279.
The new Publix Super Market at Aloma Shopping Center in Winter Park will be unveiled at a grand opening at 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18. The newly constructed store has been expanded by more than 5,000 square feet and includes a liquor store and now one of the most upscale specialty cheese departments in the Publix chain.
Cup O’ Soul in Winter Park is having a book signing of “From Central Florida to College: Essays that Opened Doors” from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18.
The Orange Audubon Society is presenting “Colonial Waterbird Conservation in Florida by Ann Paul” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 at Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave. Call 407-637-2525 or visit www.orangeaudubonfl.org for more information.
The University Club of Winter Park is showing “The Captain’s Paradise” for Film Club at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18. Call 407-644-6149 or visit www.universityclubwinterpark.org/ for more information.
NAIOP Central Florida, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, will host its 13th Annual “Rumble Food and Wine Festival, Charity and UCF Masters Degree Programs Auction” from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 at the Wachovia Building Lobby, 800 N. Magnolia Ave. The event is a unique opportunity to network with the area’s leading commercial real estate professionals. The cost is $45 for NAIOP members, $65 for non-members and $20 for students. For additional information, call the NAIOP office at 407-227-7461.
The holiday season sizzles at the Red Hot and Cool Holiday Stroll from 7-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19 at the Orlando Museum of Art. Admission to the event is $40 per person. For more information, visit www.councilof101.net and www.omart.org.
The Orlando Garden Club, 710 E. Rollins St., presents the program “Thanksgiving through Charity” with guest speaker Betty Turner representing The Russell Home for Atypical Children in South Orlando starting at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19. Bring donations of canned goods and packaged dry goods. The Russell Home is the only private, non-profit facility of its kind for severely handicapped children in Central Florida.
Dr. Mark Trolice of Fertility C.A.R.E. will take the stage on Friday, Nov. 19 at Leu Gardens as Mark Romeo (his stage name in honor of his late father) with the Frank Vardaros Jazz Orchestra, performing the music of Frank Sinatra. Tickets for the fundraiser are $150 per couple or $80 per person. For additional information, contact Preya Shivdat at 321-397-3868 or visit www.FertileDreams.org
The Maitland Fire Department will host “Ode to Station 45”, a fire station closing dinner/reunion at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20. The old station will be demolished next month to make way for a new one. The cost for the event is $5. RSVP to [email protected]
Guests who check in at any Chipotle location using Facebook Places on their smartphone on Saturday, Nov. 20 or Sunday, Nov. 21, will receive a buy-one-get-one entrée.
The 34th annual Longwood Arts and Crafts Festival is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21. There will be thousands of handcrafted items, over 250 vendor booths, great holiday shopping and more. For more information, visit www.cfshp.org or call 407-331-7354.
Winter Park Towers, a not-for-profit active living community, is holding the Winter Park Towers Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20. and will offer a variety of art and craft items to purchase, as well as live entertainment throughout the day, food vendors, boat rides, children’s activities and tours of the Winter Park Towers facility will also be offered. All proceeds from the Fall Festival will benefit the Westminster Retirement Communities Foundation. For more information, e-mail Camri McCormick at [email protected] or call 407-647-4083.
Whaley, a resident of Longwood, will be available to sign copies of his Christian action and adventure novel, “The Masked Saint”, from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 at Infusion Tea, 1600 Edgewater Dr.
College Park Baptist Church, 1914 Edgewater Dr., is hosting “What If,” a new Advent musical drama at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21. For more information call 407-843-0140 or visit www.mycpbc.org
Kick off the holiday season with “The Nutcracker” featuring Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky of America Ballet Theatre. This annual holiday tradition will be held at the Linda Chapin Auditorium in the Orange County Convention Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21. Purchase tickets online at www.centralfloridaballet.com or by calling the Box Office at 407-849-9948.
“Turn on the Light: Plein Air Paintings by Morgan Samuel Price” will open on Thursday, Nov. 23 at the Albin Polasek Museum and will run through Sunday, Jan. 23. For more information about Price, visit her website at www.MorganSamuelPrice.com
There will be no garbage or recycling collection service in unincorporated Orange County on Thursday, Nov. 25. If Thursday is your garbage collection day, garbage will be collected on the following Monday. If Thursday is your recycling collection day, recycling will be collected on the next Thursday. For more information, call the Orange County Utilities Solid Waste Hotline at 407-836-6601.
The city of Winter Park and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra (OPO) invite you to celebrate the spirit of the holiday season at their annual Holiday Pops concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28 in Central Park. The Charlotte Julia Hollander Trust makes this free public concert possible. For more information, contact the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra at 407-896-6700.
The Give the Gift of a Smile Christmas Toy Drive is from 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 29 until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14 at the Christian HELP Foundation, 450 Seminola Blvd. Visit Christianhelp.org for more information.
The University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave., will present for its Great Lecture Series, “National Challenges and our Founding Principles,” by Todd Long, a Civil Law Attorney of Orlando who will present his views on whether our founding principles are being eroded by the media, government and pressure groups at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30.
Ten Thousand Villages, 346 N. Park Ave., is hosting a scholarship shopping benefit from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1.
The Orange County Retired Educators Association will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 at College Park United Methodist Church, 644 W. Princeton St. Edgewater High School Choir and ’90s Club will perform a holiday music program. Visit ocrea-fl.org or call 407-677-0446 for more information.
Celebrate the holiday season with art, music and friends at the The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art’s 32nd annual Christmas in the Park event on at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, in Central Park. Nine illuminated Tiffany windows from the Morse Museum’s collection will cast a cozy glow as the 150-voice Bach Festival Choir, one of America’s premier oratorio ensembles, performs a free outdoor concert of seasonal favorites. For more information, please visit www.morsemuseum.org.
Casa Feliz will be open for “Cookies, Cocoa and Carols,” a community open house following “Windows in the Park” from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2. People are welcome to come see Central Florida’s favorite historic home decorated for Christmas, listen to Dickensian carolers, enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, and even visit with Santa Claus. The event is free of charge, although there is a suggested donation of $3 per person or $10 per family. For more information, please contact Betsy Owens at [email protected].
The festivities continue in Central Park with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Stroll presented by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3. The night will begin with carols from several local ensembles, followed by the award ceremony for the 2010 Holiday Card Competition winners. Central Park will come to life with beautiful bright lights and Santa Claus will make a special appearance. For more information, please call 407-644-8281.
In conjunction with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 3, the city of Winter Park and Enzian Theater will present Popcorn Flicks in Central Park featuring “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” and “The Polar Express.” The animated film “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” will begin at 7 p.m. and precede the new holiday classic “The Polar Express.” For more information, please call 407-629-0054.
More than 20 volunteers from Foresters, the city of Winter Park, Winter Park Pop Warner, organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the local community will join forces to build a new, safe playground at Cady Way Park from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20. Visit cityofwinterpark.org for more information.
The Orlando Science Center wants to put your little ones into the Thanksgiving mood at the Preschool Holiday Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 20. During the workshop, guests will explore the traditions and origins of Thanksgiving and cook up a little fun in the process. Activities include story time, exhibit exploration and seasonal snack time. For more information, visit www.osc.org or call 407-514-2112.
The Jewish Federation is presenting an Israeli Film Night at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 at the Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St. with the featured film “A Matter of Size”, a hilarious and heart-warming Israeli comedy about four overweight guys who learn to love themselves through the Japanese sport of Sumo wrestling. Tickets are $10 per person. To register, visit www.jfgo.org
From now until Tuesday, Nov. 30, Sprite is giving community members the chance to help their local schools win one of two $25,000 playground makeovers or one of 10 runner-up prizes of $5,000 that can be used toward athletic equipment. The community can donate points to their schools by entering the code found on any of their 13 favorite Coca-Cola products at www.mycokerewards.com
The Entitle Direct College Tips Scholarship Contest has officially started and runs through Tuesday, Dec. 7. The Company is encouraging college students and high-school seniors (must be at least 17 years old) to submit their best tip — up to 100 words — for navigating the college admissions process. To view the full contest rules and/or for students to enter, visit www.entitledirect.com/CollegeTips
Children’s programming continues in the Maitland Public Library, 501 S. Maitland Ave. Call 407-647-7700 for information. Storytimes include:
-Toddler/preschooler time every Monday at 6 p.m. and Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
-Baby time every Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
-Reading Buddies every Thursday at 4 p.m.
-A puppet show for all ages will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22.
-Books to Die For Mystery Book Club will discuss this month’s book “What Are You Wearing to Die?” by Patricia Sprinkle at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23.