Ducks on the loose

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Photo by: Isaac Babcock - Winter Park hosts its annual Duck Derby at Mead Garden, which will get a face-lift.
Photo by: Isaac Babcock - Winter Park hosts its annual Duck Derby at Mead Garden, which will get a face-lift.
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Tax-Aide volunteers will provide free income tax assistance at the Winter Park Library, 460 E. New England Ave., from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, through April 14. Visit or call 1-800-227-7669.


The city of Winter Park will host a Recreational Programs Public Forum from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Winter Park Farmers’ Market, 200 W. New England Ave. Visit

Business After Hours is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at City National Bank, 976 Orange Ave. $5 for members, $15 for non-members.

The Film Club is presenting “Divorce - Italian Style” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at the University Club of Winter Park. Contact 407-644-6149 or visit

The Orange Audubon Society is presenting “Landscaping for Wildlife” by Bob Stamps at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave. Contact 407-637-2525 or visit


The North Central Orange County Economic & Jobs Summit is hosted by Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs on Friday, Feb. 18, at the Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center of Winter Park, 1050 W. Morse Blvd. The Summit is from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To RSVP visit


The House of Hope Run Around the Pines 5K is at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Showalter Field, 2525 Cady Way. Visit or call 407-896-1160.

The Great Duck Derby is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at Mead Garden, 1300 S. Denning Drive. Contact [email protected] or 407-599-2800 or visit

The WPGC Plant Sale is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Winter Park Garden Club, 1300 S. Denning Drive. Call 407-644-5770.

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art opens a new $5 million wing on Saturday, Feb. 19. The Morse will offer free admission through March 20.

Holocaust survivor Frieda Jaffe will make an appearance at the Orlando Repertory Theatre’s production of “Anne Frank and Me” after the 11 a.m. performance on Saturday, Feb. 19. Call 407-897-7365 extension 1 or visit

The American Heart Association’s Heart Ball is from 6-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at Loews Royal Pacific Resort, 6300 Hollywood Way near Universal Studios. Call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit

The Center for Contemporary Dance will present Moore Dance Project’s regional tour of Sacred Slave Stories, a contemporary ballet, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, at the Winter Park Playhouse. Call 407-645-0145 or visit


The Bach Festival Society’s 76th Annual Bach Festival continues with Rebecca Owens’ organ recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, in the Knowles Memorial Chapel. Tickets are $25. Call 407-646-2182 or visit

The Orlando NEDA Walk is at 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, at Lake Eola. Gather at the Walt Disney Amphitheater. Visit

Orlando Idol 2011 is at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, at Trinity Prep. Tickets are $10. Visit or call 407-718-4365.


The University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave., offers ballroom dancing lessons at 7 p.m. every Monday. Contact 407-644-6149.


The One Answer to the Illegal Immigration Problem, Great Lecture series is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the University Club of Winter Park. Contact 407-644-6149 or visit

The Economic Update Breakfast is at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center, 1050 W. Morse Blvd. RSVP by Feb. 18. Tickets are $25 in advance for Chamber members, $30 at the door and $30 for non-members.

For more details on these events, visit

Family Calendar

The Orange County Health Department is observing Preteen Vaccine Week, Feb. 13-19, to raise awareness of the importance of immunizations for 11- and 12-year-olds. The goal is to motivate parents to get their preteens caught up on missed childhood vaccines. Vaccines are available for free at the Orange County Health Department’s Central Health Center, 832 W. Central Blvd., Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on a first-come, first-serve walk-in basis. Visit and click on the “Preteen Vaccine Week” article near the bottom.

The Just Between Friends consignment store is hosting its spring sale from Feb. 18-20 at the Maitland Civic Center, 641 S. Maitland Ave. Admission is $2 on Friday and free Saturday and Sunday. Visit

The Great Duck Derby will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at Mead Garden. Call 407-599-2800 or visit

The 2011 Spring Little League season will kick off with a parade followed by an event at the Maitland Baseball Complex at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19.

Camp Carnival Kickoff will be held from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, at Roth JCC, 851 N. Maitland Ave. Admission is free. Contact Julie Varkonyi at 407-645-5933 or [email protected]

A free Young Composers Challenge workshop is being held at the UCF Center for Emerging Media on Saturday, March 5, for young musicians between the ages of 13 to 18. Visit

The fourth annual Kids in the Kitchen Fit ‘n Fun Fest, presented by the Junior League of Greater Orlando, is from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at South Central Park. Visit or call 407-422-5918.

The Food for Thought Gala to benefit Glenridge Middle School is Friday, March 11. Music, silent auction and wine tasting start at 7 p.m. at the Orlando Science Center. For tickets, call 407-623-1415 extension 2328.

Maitland presents Movie in the Park at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 12, featuring “Shrek Forever After” at Quinn Strong Park.

Join the JCC for an Open House of Orlando’s best pre-school, as rated by Nickelodeon, from noon-2 p.m. Friday, April 8, at the Roth Jewish Community Center, 851 N. Maitland Ave. RSVPs required at for the 1-hour tour.

Children’s programming continues at the Maitland Public Library, 501 S. Maitland Ave. Story times for toddlers and preschoolers are at 6 p.m. every Monday and 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday. Baby story time is at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday. Reading Buddies, a program to help reluctant readers, is at 4 p.m. every Thursday. Call 407-647-7700.


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