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Photo by: Isaac Babcock - St. Patrick's Day Parade
Photo by: Isaac Babcock - St. Patrick's Day Parade
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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.

To celebrate its new $5 million wing, the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art will offer free admission through March 20.


The Orange County Retired Educators Association meets Thursday, March 3, at 10 a.m. at College Park United Methodist Church, 644 W. Princeton St. Visit or call 407-677-0446.

Julian Bond presents “Civil Rights Then and Now” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at Rollins College, Keene Hall, Tiedtke Concert Hall. His lecture will provide the history and the continuum of failures and successes as America continues to be challenged with issues of diversity and inclusion.


The seventh annual A Pair to Remember is Easter Seals’ premier event for ladies with a passion for fashion. At 11 a.m. on Friday, March 4, the event will auction off spring’s hottest shoes, all in the name of the non-profit organization that provides services to children and adults with disabilities and adults with Alzheimer’s. Call 407-629-7881 or visit


The Winter Park Florida Blue center invites local residents to explore healthy eating habits during National Nutrition Month at its Spring Health Festival on Saturday, March 5. Welcoming members and non-members from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Winter Park Florida Blue Spring Health Festival is offering attendees free health screenings including cholesterol and glucose tests, blood pressure measurements and more (a $95 value). Visit

Bach Festival Society’s 76th Annual Bach Festival continues with “Concertos by Candlelight: Bach and Vivaldi” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 5 at the Knowles Memorial Chapel. Tickets range from $20-50. Only Tier 4 and General Admission tickets remain. Call the Bach Festival Society at 407-646-2182 or visit


Bach Festival Society’s 76th Annual Bach Festival continues with J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 6 at the Knowles Memorial Chapel. Tickets range from $20-60. Call 407-646-2182 or visit

The city of Winter Park and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee are proud to present the 32nd annual Winter Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 6 in downtown Winter Park. Call 407-694-8228.

The March concert of the Central Florida Jazz Society will be held at the Eastmonte Civic Center in Altamonte Springs at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 6. The concert features Don Scaletta and the 20-piece tribute to Stan Kenton Orchestra. Suggested donations: members $10, non-members: $20, college students (with I.D.) $3, high school students and younger: free. Call Sonja Marchesano at 407-539-2357.


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 Zumba Fitness class with Jenny at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market indoor facility is held Mondays at 7 p.m. The Grand Opening Event to celebrate the launch of the weekly class is from 6-8 p.m. on March 7 and will be catered by Brio Tuscan Grille. A one-hour class costs $10 for drop-ins or $7 if you buy 10 at a time. E-mail [email protected]

Winter Park Executive Women will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 7 at the Winter Park Welcome Center/Chamber of Commerce, 151 W. Lyman Ave. Hear the latest on “Communicating through Social Media for Business” from Cristina Calvet-Harrold, principal at CCH Marketing + Events. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Visit


A cult classic, “Enter the Dragon” will be playing at the Enzian at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8 for $5. Offering some of the hippest and edgiest movies from decades past, Enzian’s Cult Classic lineup brings classic favorites back in 35mm.

CEO Nexus, a firm that works with public and private organizations in serving growing businesses, will co-host a Second Stage Conference at the Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship at the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8. Contact Steve Quello at 407-590-6101.


The Winter Park Garden Club’s free general meeting, Fruits and Vegetables, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 9 at the Winter Park Garden Club, 1300 S. Denning Drive. The speaker will be Robert Bowden, Director of Leu Gardens. Contact 407-644-5770.

The Jewish Pavilion will present the program, “Finding Lear, Finding Ourselves,” featuring the recent film by the same name, at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 9 at Oakmonte Village, 1021 Royal Gardens Circle. The film explores the questions raised by aging as these are related to children’s aging parents. All are welcome and admission is free. RSVP at 407-678-9363.

Wil Torres and Ashleigh Korzack, the founders and owners of Orlando Social Golfer, are holding a kickoff party at Caddy Shanks, 4882 New Broad St., Baldwin Park, from 6-10 p.m. on Wednesday March 9.

“Know the 10 signs [of Alzheimer]: Early Detection Matters”: discover the difference between age-related memory loss and dementia; identify the risks of Alzheimer’s is at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 9 in the Winter Park Public Library Community Room.

The Winter Park Public Library announces its Money Matters Financial Literacy monthly breakfast series from 7:30-9 a.m. Continental breakfast is served at 7:30 a.m., the program begins at 7:45 a.m. in the Library Community Room, 460 E. New England Ave. Reservations are required, and the cost is $9 per person. March 9: Establishing Estate Plans and Trusts. April 13: Changes in Banking, Credit Cards & Mortgage Practices. May 11: Finding Safe Income in Times of Low Interest Rates. June 8: Establishing a Business Banking Account & Managing Business Finances. Call 407-623-3279.


Digging It – Begonias is from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, March 10 at the Winter Park Garden Club, 1300 S. Denning Drive. The speaker will be Dale Sena, of the American Begonia Society of Tampa. Cost is $15. Contact 407-644-5770.

On Thursday, March 10, the Central Florida Anthropological Society meeting will feature Clete Rooney, who is an archaeologist completing his PhD at the University of Florida. He has 16 years of archaeological field experience, supervising field projects in over a dozen states. The title of his talk will be “Kingsley Plantation: New Perspectives on Diaspora and Displacement.” The meeting will be held at Leu Gardens on 1920 N. Forest Ave., from 7-8:30 p.m. Contact 321-948-3994.

Popcorn Flick in Central Park, Park Avenue, features “Harvey” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, for free. Popcorn Flicks in the Park features classic films for the whole family and all attendees receive complimentary popcorn.

Container Gardening classes are Thursday, March 10. All classes will be held rain or shine from 10-11:30 a.m. Polasek’s Landscape Curator, Randy Knight, famous for his spectacular mixed containers, is back by popular demand. This make-and-take activity will lead you through all the steps of designing and creating a really special container that will last through the summer with the right care. Class and materials fee, which includes a 14-inch pot, soil and plants, is members $23, non-members $25. Register at [email protected] or by phone at 407-647-6294.

The 49th annual Morning Star School Auxiliary fashion show, luncheon and silent auction is on Thursday, March 10, at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando at Bonnet Creek. The fashions will be provided by the Stars on the Avenue, featuring Winter Park’s finest retailers who will be presenting the latest spring and summer fashions. All of the proceeds go to benefit Morning Star School, established in 1960 for children who are challenged by Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and other learning disabilities. Call 321-296-7656.

The Winter Park High School drama department presents William Shakespeare’s classic comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for four performances only, March 10-12, at Ann Derflinger Auditorium located on the WPHS campus, 2100 Summerfield Road. As an added bonus, the WPHS drama department is offering free tickets to the Saturday, March 12 matinee at 2 p.m. to any Winter Park senior citizen. Tickets for the Thursday evening, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday matinee, 2 p.m. performances are $7, with student discounts available for $5, with ID. Contact [email protected]

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Family Calendar

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 13-18. 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. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at South Central Park. Visit or call 407-422-5918.

Bank of America’s Museums on Us program offers Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card holders free access to museums this weekend, March 5-6. In Orlando, museums include The Mennello Museum of American Art, Orange County Regional History Center and the Orlando Museum of Art.

The Food for Thought Gala benefiting Glenridge Middle School is Friday, March 11. Music, silent auction and wine tasting start at 7 p.m. at the Orlando Science Center. 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.

KidzArt: Art by kids, for kids, with kids, is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at the Maitland JCC campus. Enjoy a free family concert with Ronnie D., clay station, spectacular live art performance and portfolio creation. Purchase tickets at the door or save by purchasing a Very Important Artist Pass for only $20.

Go Eco Orlando is a one-day, free community event for families to learn about eco-friendly products, services and resources. The event is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at the Fashion Square Mall. Contact 407-896-1132 or visit

Join the JCC for a pre-school Open House from noon-2 p.m. Friday, April 8, at the Roth Jewish Community Center, 851 N. Maitland Ave. RSVP required at

An Ice Cream Social benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 9, at the Winter Park Civic Center, 1050 W. Morse Blvd., for $7 in advance or $10 at the door. Visit and click on “Calendar of Events” under “What’s Happening.”

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.