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John Rivers delivers keynote talk

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John Rivers of Four Rivers Smokehouse delivers the keynote talk at the Christian Chamber Business-Building Lunch.
John Rivers of Four Rivers Smokehouse delivers the keynote talk at the Christian Chamber Business-Building Lunch.
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The Goldenrod Historical Society will host an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6 at the Goldenrod Station. The cost for dinner is $10 and a portion of the proceeds will go to the HOPE Foundation. RSVP by calling 407-677-5980.

21st Century Insurance and Financial Services is hiring 50 sales and service representatives for its Lake Mary call center location. Learn more at an open house job fair from 2-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6 at 640 Century Point in Lake Mary. Candidates also can apply by visiting and clicking on “Corporate Careers”.

“Square Foot Gardening” with Ed Thralls from the Orange County Extension Office will be held at the Maitland Public Library on Thursday, Jan. 6 at 6 p.m. Please register by calling 407-647-7700.

The Orange County Retired Educators Association will meet Thursday, Jan. 6 at 10 a.m. at College Park United Methodist Church, 644 W. Princeton St. The program is “Laughter is the Answer” by Linda Hayes from the Winter Park Library. Visit or call 407-677-0446.

The Maitland Public Library will be celebrating Zora Neale Hurston’s birthday on Friday, Jan. 7. Stop by to watch documentaries and get a piece of cake.

The Winter Park YMCA's new spin room is scheduled to open on Friday, Jan. 7 with a Spin Social. Then there is a spin-a-thon on Saturday, Jan. 8. They will be spinning all day long! The four new family changing rooms, part of the renovation, will also open soon. Visit for more information.

The Ivanhoe Village Main Street & the Arts Hub Florida present The Art Stroll of Ivanhoe Village from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7 on Orange Avenue, between Princeton and New Hampshire avenues.

The Maitland Art Center will host a free open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8 at 231 W. Packwood Ave. This is a wonderful opportunity to visit the classes, meet the instructors and observe live art demonstrations.

Vocalist and comedian Heather Alexander performs her first solo cabaret, “I Was Born to Entertain”, as part of the popular Winter Park Playhouse Spotlight Cabaret Series Friday, Jan. 7, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 8, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Call 407-645-0145 or visit

Beginning Jan. 8, A Comic Shop will host an art jam for local artists on the second Saturday of every month from 2-6 p.m. Visit The store is at 114 S. Semoran Blvd. in Winter Park.

Orlando Area Historical Rose Society meets at The Garden House at Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N Forest Ave., Orlando at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9. The program will be on “Pruning & Grooming Your Roses”. Call 407-629-1956.

“Enhancing Lives through Hospice Care” will be the topic for the upcoming Jewish Pavilion Volunteer Training Workshop at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 at the VITAS Hospice headquarters, 2201 Lucien Drive Ste. 100, Maitland. It’s free. To RSVP, e-mail [email protected] or call 407-678-9363.

The University Club of Winter Park is offering Ballroom Dancing Lessons Jan. 10 and every Monday night at 7 p.m. for a $5 donation. Please call 407 644-6149 for more information.

Winter Park Executive Women will meet Monday, Jan. 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the Winter Park Welcome Center/Chamber of Commerce, 151 W. Lyman Ave. The topic is “Fulfill your life, then your plate.” Visit to register.

International Association of Administrative Professionals’ Winter Park Chapter is proud to have Deborah L. Bridge, Chapter Treasurer, who is going to present “IAAP Web Community Tips”

Tuesday, Jan. 11 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gallery of Interlachen, 5510 Lake Howell Road, Winter Park. For reservations, e-mail [email protected] by Jan. 7.

At noon Tuesday, Jan. 11 is the annual Mayor/Commissioner Luncheon at the Winter Park Civic Center. Mayor Ken Bradley will deliver his State of the City Address and all members of the City Commission will participate in a panel discussion. For tickets, call 407-644-8281 or visit

“Garden Challenges — What Every Gardener Must Know” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11 at the Winter Park Garden Club, 1300 S. Denning Dr. The speaker will be Tom MacCubbin, the Orlando Sentinel “Plant Doctor”. It’s free. Call 407-644-5770.

The Goldenrod Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is Tuesday, Jan. 11 at the Goldenrod Station from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please visit to RSVP.

There will be an opening reception on Tuesday, Jan. 11, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the newest “Art in Chambers” exhibition featuring the artwork of Dana Hargrove in the Winter Park City Commission Chambers.

At 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, the Maitland Public Library will host memory games & Wii gaming programs.

The Winter Park Historical Association presents its January Noontime Speaker Program, “An Insider’s View of The Lakes and Canals of Winter Park” by Steve and Gayle Rajtar at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12 in the Chamber of Commerce, 151 W. Lyman Ave. It’s free. Call 407-647-2330 to RSVP.

Beginning on Jan. 12, the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center will be hosting the exhibit “Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Book Burning” at the Center, 851 N Maitland Ave. Visit or call 407-628-0555.

John Rivers of Four Rivers Smokehouse delivers the keynote talk at the Christian Chamber Business-Building Lunch on Thursday, Jan. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Faith Hall, First Baptist Orlando, 3000 S. John Young Parkway. Call 407-210-3947 for tickets.

The Central Florida Anthropological Society will host Dr. Asa Randall on Thursday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. at Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., for “7,000 Years of Mound Construction along the St. Johns River”. It’s free. Call 321-948-3994.

Visit the 34th Annual Scottish Highland Games on Jan. 15-16 at Central Winds Park in Winter Springs. Event hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit or call 407-426-7268.

Culture and Cocktails: An Art and Music Affair will held from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, and the second Friday of every month through April, at the Maitland Art Center, 231 W. Packwood Ave. Entrance is $5 and includes one drink. Tickets are available at

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Through Friday, Jan. 7, State Rep. Bryan Nelson is accepting applications from the northwest Orange County community for outstanding students ages 15-18 years old who would like to be a part of the Florida Legislature’s Messengers Program for one week during the 2011 Legislative Session in Tallahassee. Interested students should call 407-884-2023.

Bank of America Charitable Foundation is issuing a call for applications for the Student Leaders program part of the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative. Orlando area high school juniors and seniors with a commitment to community service are invited to apply for this award. Five local winners will receive a paid eight-week summer internship at a community-based organization and will travel to Washington, D.C., for an all-expense paid weeklong leadership summit. Applications are due by Wednesday, Jan. 12 and can be submitted at

The Maitland Art and History Association will offer a variety of classes and history programs beginning the week of Monday, Jan. 17. These courses and programs are designed for students of all ages and skill levels; art classes include drawing, painting, pastels, pottery, sculpture, jewelry making and creative writing while the history programs reinforce and preserve classic Victorian customs. A complete listing is available at

The Bach Festival Youth Choir will hold auditions for new members between the ages of 9 and 16 beginning Jan. 17. Rehearsals are held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. every Monday at Lake Highland Preparatory School in downtown Orlando. Tuition is $165 for the spring semester and there is a $25 one-time audition fee. Contact Bach Festival Youth Choir conductor Devon Kincaid to schedule an audition for your student. E-mail [email protected] or call 407-206-1900 extension 3312.

The Maitland Art and History Association will open the 2011 exhibition season in its “We Make History” Community Gallery from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22 titled “Be Prepared: Boy Scouts of America” at the Maitland Historical Museum, 221 W. Packwood Ave. It continues through April 10.

A free Saturday night out for Maitland JCC members will be held from 6:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22. Bring your children to enjoy winter activities such as making an indoor snowman, decorating gingerbread cookies and enjoying hot chocolate.

Friendly tip for Maitland JCC members — Be careful of the new red light cameras at the JCC entrance! Come to a complete stop with your front tires before the cross bar, even when making a right turn on red.


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