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Parade of Bands

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Photo by: Isaac Babcock - Champs Sports Parade
Photo by: Isaac Babcock - Champs Sports Parade
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DEC. 29

To wrap up the holiday season with a bright red bow on top, the city of Winter Park will proudly host the fifth annual Champs Sports Bowl Parade of Bands on Thursday, Dec. 29, at 11 a.m. As a prelude to the Champs Sports Bowl game on Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. at the Florida Citrus Bowl, school bands will march through downtown Winter Park and perform in Central Park. Call 407-599-3463.

Pat Brooks will be exhibiting her paintings at the University Club, Park Avenue, Winter Park, from Thursday, Dec. 29, thru Jan. 24. Email [email protected].

DEC. 31

The Sunglass Soiree in support of Greater Orlando Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Visit

JAN. 5

The Orange County Retired Educators Association will meet Thursday, Jan. 5 at 10 a.m., at College Park United Methodist Church, 644 W. Princeton St., Orlando. Mary Mulcahy will present a program on Wills, Living Wills & Trusts. Visit our website at or call 407-677-0446. Anyone who has worked in education is invited to join.

Bring a blanket to set out and enjoy the afternoon of food truck cuisine at Audubon Park Elementary School’s first food truck event from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at Audubon Park Elementary. Trucks that will be there are the Yum Yum Cupcake Truck, Chris and Stew’s Brisket Bus, Treehouse Truck, Gastro-Truck, The Crepe Company, Korean BBQ Taco Box, The Crooked Spoon Food Truck, Sunset Ice, Winter Park Fish Company and a sushi truck. All proceeds will benefit Audubon Park Elementary School. For more information, please contact Jamie Weiss at [email protected]


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

The Maitland Farmers’ Market is every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lake Lily Park. Visit or call 407-539-6268.

Food Truck Café is every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lake Lily Park in Maitland.

The Winter Park Food Truck Stop is located at 1127 N. Orlando Ave. in Winter Park, and is open for food trucks 24/7. Follow the site on Facebook at

“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 or call 407-628-8200 ext. 3.

Art & History Museums – Maitland’s Culture and Cocktails takes place the second Friday of every month until April both inside and outside of the Maitland Art Center’s Germaine Marvel Building, 210 W. Packwood Ave. Guests are sure to enjoy this evening of art, music, poetry, food and fun.

Schedule includes:

Friday, Jan. 13, 6-9 p.m., featuring artist Doug Rhodehamel

Friday, Feb. 10, 6-9 p.m., featuring artists Cherie Dacko, Cake Marques and Tracy Burke

Friday, March 9, 6-9 p.m., featuring artist Adrian Gonzalez

Friday, April 13, 6-9 p.m., featuring artist Andrew Spear

For more information, phone 407-539-2181 or visit

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.

What was Maitland, Florida like before European contact? The Art & History Museums – Maitland invites you to come and explore as it presents “Borders of Paradise: The New World in the Eyes of Explorers” through Feb. 26 at the Maitland Historical Museum, 221 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland. For more information, call 407-539-2181 or visit

Friday Nights at the Morse features free admission to the Morse Museum on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. through April 27. Occasional programs include live music, art demonstrations, curator tours and family tours. Visit for details.

“Mid-Century: A Photographic View of Three African-American Communities in Florida” is at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center through Dec. 30. Visit