On Thursday, Dec. 9, the Winter Park Public Library will celebrate its 125th birthday by inviting the public to the library to enjoy a slice of free birthday cake and to sign our birthday book from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room, 460 E. New England Ave. Visit www.wppl.org
The Thursday, Dec. 9 Central Florida Anthropological Society meeting features Zach Zacharias, senior curator of education at the Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences. Some of the forts he will be discussing are Forts Christmas, Matanzas, Caroline and Dade. The free meeting is at 7 p.m. at Leu Gardens,1920 N. Forest Ave. For more information, contact 321-948-3994.
The Morse Museum is hosting an art demonstration with wheel-thrown pottery by Sue Neumeyer from 6-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10 at the Hugh F. and Jeannette G. McKean Pavilion, 161 W. Canton Ave.
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Oviedo is presenting “From Everywhere to Bethlehem,” an outdoor walk-through of the Christmas story from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10-12. For more information, call 407-365-3408 or visit www.stlukes-oviedo.org
Fresh Med Spas, 1331 N. Mills Ave., is hosting their annual SPA-rty from 4-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10. Guests are asked to bring three “skin-friendly” canned food goods to donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Visit www.freshmedspas.com for more information.
Maitland Symphony Orchestra presents “Dance, Love, Be Merry” at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12 at The First Presbyterian Church of Maitland. There will also be an open-to-the-public dress rehearsal at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. For more information, call Laurie Rodriguez at 407-325-4941.
The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park presents its annual Christmas program, A Classic Christmas, featuring the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Knowles Memorial Chapel, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave, Winter Park. Tickets range from $20 to $50. Call the Box Office at 407-646-2182 or visit www.BachFestivalFlorida.org
Icebar Orlando will host its second annual Cell Phones for Soldiers Holiday Party at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. Turn your old cell phone into a calling card for a soldier far from home and get free admission to both the Fire Lounge, your cape and gloves for the Icebar expedition, and fun, food, entertainment and music all night long. Visit www.icebarorlando.com for more information or call 407-426-7555.
The Winter Park Florida Blue center in the Winter Park Village invites local residents to its monthly Health Fair on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair offers free health screenings including cholesterol and glucose tests, blood pressure measurements and more (a $95 value); free expert one-on-one consultations; free relaxing massages; and opportunities to win prizes. For more information, visit www.floridablue.com
The Hemophilia Foundation of Greater Florida is hosting their Fourth Annual Holiday Walk for Bleeding Disorders in Orlando on Saturday, Dec. 11. The walk will be held at Lake Eola Park. Registration will be at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. Visit hemophiliaflorida.org.
On Saturday, Dec. 11, the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens will become the official judging and viewing site for the annual Winter Park Boat Parade & Festival of Lights. This free event will begin at dusk and parking fees will apply. For more information, please call 407-647-6294.
At 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 15 is the University Club of Winter Park’s Classical Music presentation by noted Central Florida oboist Aaron Hilbun. Dr. Hilbun is a distinguished soloist, chamber musician and orchestra player on four continents. The Club is on the corner of Webster and Park avenues in Winter Park.
American Association of Individual Investors, Central Florida Chapter, will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15 at the University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave. Pre-registered price is $5 for AAII members or $7 for non-members or $10 at the door for everyone. For more information, visit www.aaii.com or call 407-644-1607.
At 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, the Orange Audubon Society will host the free program “Members Favorite Wildlife Viewing Spots” at Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. Call 407-637-2525 or visit www.orangeaudubonfl.org
The University Club of Winter Park will host a free film night featuring Oscar-winning drama “Amadeus” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16. This film is a portrait of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Call 407-644-6149 or visit www.universityclubwinterpark.org for more information.
On Friday, Dec. 17 at 10:30 a.m., the Orlando Garden Club will host “The Slaby Family Musical”, part of the Orlando Youth Symphony Orchestra. Mother Maria and her four children, ages 6-13, will sing Christmas music. Admission is $2. The club is at 710 E. Rollins St. in Orlando. Call 407-645-4381 or e-mail [email protected]
The Maitland Art and History Association’s annual exhibit “Holidays at the Waterhouse” is open at the Waterhouse Museum and “Holiday Traditions” is open at the Maitland Historical Museum through Sunday, Jan. 9.
Santa is visiting Brio Tuscan Grille in Winter Park for breakfast from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 to hear Christmas wishes. Brio has planned a morning full of fun and holiday cheer for guests with a coloring contest, a goodie bag for each child and the chance to win an iPod. Brio is also a drop-off location for Toys for Tots.
Enzian will host a children’s Christmas event featuring an afternoon of crafts, cookies and the fun family movie “Letters to Santa: Cookies and a Movie” from noon-2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12. For more information, visit Enzian.org
Winter Park is preparing to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus to the city on the evenings of Dec. 13-20. Here’s the big guy’s estimated schedule:
-Monday, Dec. 13: 6:30 p.m. Shady Park, 6:45 p.m. Israel Simpson Court, 7:30 p.m. Winter Park Country Club
-Tuesday, Dec. 14: 6:30 p.m. Lake Knowles, east side, 7:30 p.m. Phelps Park
-Wednesday, Dec. 15: 6:15 p.m. Brookshire Elementary, 7:15 p.m. Lakemont Fire Station #62, 8 p.m. Genius and Mizell avenues.
-Thursday, Dec. 16: 6:30 p.m. Briarwood Drive, 7:30 p.m. Blueridge and Virginia avenues, 8 p.m. Chelton Circle.
-Monday, Dec. 20: 6:30 p.m. DePugh Nursing Center and 7:30 p.m. Margaret Square.
As part of the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center’s Stand Up to Bullying campaign, it will be hosting John Halligan, whose 13-year-old son, Ryan, committed suicide after years of being bullied. Ryan Halligan’s story will be shared in 10 schools and at these community venues at 7 p.m.: Wednesday, Dec. 15 at Saints Peter and Paul in Winter Park and Dec. 16 at Lake Highland Prep Middle School.
Children’s programming continues in the Maitland Public Library, 501 S. Maitland Ave. Call 407-647-7700 for information.
-Story times for toddlers and preschoolers are every Monday night at 6 p.m. and Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m.
-Baby time is every Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m.
-Reading Buddies, a program to help reluctant readers, is every Thursday at 4 p.m.
-Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. is Culture Club – Music, stories, food and crafts from Scandinavia.
-Saturday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. is Second Saturday – Winter Wonderland, which includes crafts, stories, games and real snow. There will also be a special appearance by Santa Claus.
-Saturday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. is Nightmare before Christmas, a presentation based on the hit movie.