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Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs will present her personal story and discuss her experiences as a woman in government at the Newcomers of Central Florida's Oct. 20 luncheon meeting. The event will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs, 350 S. Northlake Blvd. Members, non-members and guests are welcome. Tickets are $23. Advance reservations are required. For more information, contact VP-Membership Tina Parrish at 407-359-1497, email [email protected], or visit NewcomersCFL.org
CoffeeTalk featuring Commissioner Carolyn Cooper is Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Winter Park Welcome Center. Call 407-599-3438.
The Goldenrod Historical Society cordially invites members of the Goldenrod Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Orange County East/Winter Park and a guest to attend the "Sustaining Trustee Soiree" on Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Goldenrod Station, 4755 N. Palmetto Ave. from 5-7 p.m. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served. The Goldenrod Museum will be open for free tours. There is no cost to attend. For reservations contact the Goldenrod Historical Society at 407-677-5980.
Orange Audubon Society’s October Field Trip to the Mead Botanical Gardens is Saturday, Oct. 22. They will meet at 7:45 a.m. near the restrooms and leave at 8 a.m for the 2-3 hour tour. Grab your binoculars, drinks and snacks for this great birding field trip. If you have questions, call Lori Mathis at 407-579-3795 or [email protected]
The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park opens its 2011–2012 season with the sounds of Verdi’s “Requiem” featuring the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra as well as soprano Paula Delligatti, mezzo-soprano Margaret Lattimore, tenor Robert Breault and bass Richard Lugo. It will be held at the Knowles Memorial Chapel, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave, on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 23, at 3 p.m. Performance tickets range from $20 to $50. Call 407-646-2182 or visit BachFestivalFlorida.org
Cows N Cabs, a fundraiser to benefit three nonprofits that are assisting Central Florida families in need, will be Oct. 22 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Central Park West Meadow in downtown Winter Park. This western-themed event will feature a wide variety of great wine and craft beer, paired with a full culinary experience brought to you by many local top chefs. Cost is $110 general and $140 for VIP. Visit CowsNCabs.com
College Park JazzFest 2011 is Saturday, Oct. 22. Gates open at 5 p.m. A $5 donation from every adult is required for admission, with 40 percent of the donation going to charitable and community organizations such as I-Dignity and Monarch Learning Academy. Visit CollegeParkPartnership.com
Candy's Cats, a not-for-profit, no-kill cat rescue will be having a “Wheelin' Dealin' Kittens” event on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Maitland Civic Center. The event will have food, wine tastings, raffle and silent auction items and casino games. For more information, visit CandysCats.org
Get away for a great cause at the third annual Island Hop for Special Olympics Florida on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Gaylord Palms. Experience island cultures from around the world at this not-to-be missed party, presented by Travelocity. The evening features regional cuisine, cocktails, live entertainment, casino gaming and more. Get cool deals on hot trips: the Island Hop’s main attraction is the chance to get unbelievable deals on amazing vacation packages to destinations around the globe, all while helping a great cause. Tickets are $100 per person and all proceeds benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Florida. Island attire is encouraged. To register, preview the vacation packages, or for more information, visit TheIslandHop.org
“Subprime” screens at Orlando Film Festival on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 3:30 p.m. at The Plaza Cinema Café, downtown Orlando,155 S. Orange Ave. Cost is $5 for a day pass. Reserve your seat at OrlandoFilmFest.com
Free bagel breakfast, live entertainment, giveaways and prizes will be enjoyed at the Jewish Pavilion’s Party in the Park on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 9:30 a.m. at Crane’s Roost Park in Altamonte Springs. The festivities will include activities for children such as face painting and clowns, a health fair with health screenings and flu shots, 100 vendors, a walk around the park, T-shirt sales and more. Proceeds benefit the Jewish Pavilion. For more information, visit JewishPavilion.org
The Wine Room on Park Avenue will be hosting a wine-tasting event featuring more than 50 exquisite, hand-selected wines, complimented with hors d’oeuvres and artisan cheeses. Each wine will be offered at very special prices valid only for this event. The event will be held on Oct. 23 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are limited. Visit TheWineRoomOnline.com or call 407-696-9463.
Maitland Area Chamber of Commerce’s 14th Annual Taste of Maitland on Monday, Oct. 24, presents numerous restaurant booths around Lake Lily for a whirlwind tour of Maitland’s best in food and beverages. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit MaitlandChamber.com
The Maitland Lake Lily food truck event has moved to Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m. More parking is available at the Civic Center on Wednesday nights to accommodate the growing event.
Natalie Cordone, with pianist Chris Leavy, will return to the popular Winter Park Playhouse Spotlight Cabaret Series in her cabaret “I’m Not Here to Take Naps; Tales of a Preschool Perfectionist”, on Wednesday, Oct. 26, and Thursday, Oct. 27, both at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include a drink from the bar. Students 25 and younger and industry professionals are $15. Seating is limited. Call 407-645-0145 or visit WinterParkPlayhouse.org
4Rivers Smokehouse in Winter Park celebrates its second birthday by offering free food and live entertainment on Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Guests can enjoy pork sliders compliments of a whole roasted pig and homemade ice cream straight from the test kitchen of the anticipated Sweet Shop set to launch in the new Longwood location this November. Back by popular demand, the celebration will also include the “you name it, we fry it” station and live entertainment provided by guitarist Matt Shenk.
JFS will hold a community meeting called “Get Caught Caring” on Oct. 26 at 11:30 a.m. at its office on 2100 Lee Road in Winter Park. The goal of the meeting is to gather community leaders and volunteers to collaborate in a community-wide toy and food drive. Neighborhood schools, scouts, religious organizations, rotaries, clubs and individuals are invited to get involved with the “Get Caught Caring” campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to provide all families with a holiday meal and the ability to have gifts for their children. Register at [email protected] or phone 407-644-7593 extension 227.
Join the Winter Park Farmer’s Market for “Bubbles & BBQ” on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. This dinner affair will be a good old-fashioned barbecue with a nod to the upscale. Tickets are $20. Visit Winterpark.org
The Winter Park Farmers’ Market is every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the old train depot, 200 W. New England Ave. Visit cityofwinterpark.org
The Maitland Farmers’ Market is every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lake Lily Park. Visit itsmymatiland.com or call 407-539-6268.
NEW DATE: Food Truck Café is every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lake Lily Park in Maitland.
Orange Audubon Society sponsors Saturday Bird Walks at Mead Botanical Garden through Oct. 29. The walks begin at 8 a.m. Call Dick Smith at 407-257-7361.
“Music at the Casa” is a free weekly Sunday open house featuring live performances and tours of the historic Casa Feliz, 656 N. Park Ave. Visit CasaFeliz.us or call 407-628-8200 ext. 3.
“Mid-Century: A Photographic View of Three African-American Communities in Florida” is at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center through Dec. 30. Visit HannibalSquareHeritageCenter.org
Ballroom Dancing Lessons are every Monday night except the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave. Line Dance Instruction is held on the first Monday. It’s $5 per lesson. Call 407-644-6149.
The Florida Artist Group Exhibition runs through Nov. 6 in the Maitland Art Center Gallery, 231 W. Packwood Ave. and in the Germaine Marvel Building at 210 W. Packwood Ave. (across the street from the Center). Gallery hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors (55 & older) and children (4-18 years). A&H members and children (3 & under) are free.
“Darker Shades of Red: Soviet Propaganda from the Cold War” will be on exhibition at the Albin Polasek Museum through Jan. 8. The pieces on exhibit are drawn from the private collection of Gary Hollingsworth, an Orlando-based art restorer who traveled extensively in the former Soviet Union. Call 407-647-6294 or visit www.polasek.org
Winter Park Fire-Rescue Department is offering seasonal flu shots at “Flu Shot Fridays” through November, from 8 a.m. to noon at Station 62, 300 S. Lakemont Ave., and Saturday, Oct. 29, and Saturday, Nov. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Winter Park Farmers’ Market, 200 W. New England Ave. Call 407-599-3613.
Throughout the month of October at participating Panera Bread bakery-cafes, $1 from any baker’s dozen of bagels sold will be donated to MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando.
The hit off-broadway musical comedy “Ruthless! The Musical” camps its way into the Winter Park Playhouse, 711 Orange Ave., through Oct. 29. Performances are Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., select Sundays (Oct. 23) at 2 p.m. and Thursday (Oct. 27) at 2 p.m. Tickets are $38 Evening / $35 Senior Evening / $28 Matinees / $20 Industry Professionals and Students 25 and under. Visit WinterParkPlayhouse.org
The Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park, 419A W. Fairbanks Ave., will present the Jane Anderson play, "Looking For Normal", through Oct. 23. When Roy and Irma go to their pastor for marriage counseling, Roy confesses that he's a woman trapped in a man's body and would like to have a sex change. Show times are Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 3 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 20, at 8 p.m. Call 407-920-4034.
Florida Hospital and Florida Radiology Imaging (FRi) is offering digital screening mammograms for $35 at 10 convenient Florida Hospital or FRi locations around Central Florida until Oct. 31. Mammograms can be scheduled by calling 407-303-7500.
Periodic road closures will occur at Temple Drive between Palmer Avenue and Howell Branch Road through February because of power line undergrounding. Visit CityOfWinterPark.org for more details.
St. Mary Magdalen Church, 861 Maitland Ave., presents CommunityFest 2011, “Come On And Safari With Us!” on Oct. 21-23. The opening parade is 6 p.m. Friday night. Visit StMaryMagdalen.org
The Lake Forrest Prep community garage sale benefiting the fifth- and sixth-grade fieldtrips is Saturday, Oct. 22, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 866 Lake Howell Road in Maitland. Call 407-331-5144.
The Florida Water Festival, presented by the Florida Water Environment Association, will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, at Harbor Park in Baldwin Park.
The German-American Society’s Annual Oktoberfest celebration is 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 22, at 381 Orange Lane in Casselberry. Admission is $5 and children 12 and younger are free. Call 407-834-0574.
Maitland presents the second session of fall children’s art classes, beginning on Monday, Oct. 24. To register call 407-539-2181 or visit ArtAndHistory.org
The Junior League of Greater Orlando’s fourth annual Harvest Hustle 5K run/walk is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the intersection of New Broad and Jake streets in Baldwin Park. An after-party and costume contest will follow. Cost is $30 on race day. Visit JLGO.org or Run4Acause.org/JLGO
Popcorn Flicks in Central Park featuring “National Velvet” is 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in Central Park in downtown Winter Park. It’s presented by Winter Park and Enzian Theater to coincide with Orange County’s annual “Week of the Family.” There will be free popcorn for everyone. Rain date will be Nov. 17. Contact 407-629-0054 or visit Enzian.org
Movie in the Park featuring “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” is 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Quinn Strong Park in Maitland. Bring your blankets and chairs and the city will bring you the stars. Visit ItsmyMaitland.com for more information.
The Maitland Public Library has bedtime stories for all ages at 6 p.m. every Monday. Preschool story time is 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday. Infant and toddler story time is at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday.
Other Library events this week include “Learn how honey can help your allergies” on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 6:30 p.m., Free Blood Pressure Checks by the Maitland Fire & Rescue Friday, Oct. 21, at 10 a.m., LCC Social Networking series for the Older adult: “ Learn about Facebook” on Friday, Oct. 21, at 10 a.m., and LCC Literature series: “Monsters in Literature” on Monday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. Call 407-647-7700 for more information.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is launching a campaign to combat hunger in all the cities where it has Believe It or Not! Odditoriums. Ripley’s Gimme Five Food Drive will take place from Sunday, November 6 through Thursday, November 10. Here’s how it works: guests who bring a donation of five non-perishable food items can get a ticket to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium for just $5 (regular adult ticket price is $19.99). All the food collected will go to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
Movie in the Park featuring “Tangled” is 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Quinn Strong Park in Maitland. Bring your blankets and chairs and the city will bring you the stars. Visit ItsmyMaitland.com for more information.
Trinity Preparatory School will hold an open house on Wednesday, Nov. 30, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at 5700 Trinity Prep Lane. RSVP at TrinityPrep.org/Join-us or call 321-282-2515
4Rivers Smokehouse, 2103 W. Fairbanks Ave., has kicked off its giveback program for football season. Each school has a sandwich — Edgewater High has the “Screaming Eagle” and Winter Park High has the “Wildcat.” 4R will donate 10 percent of these sales through Oct. 31.
Maitland youth basketball pre-season practice starts in early November with games beginning in December. Boys and girls of all levels are welcome. Coaches are needed. Limited scholarships are available. Call 407-539-2830.
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