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Photo by: Isaac Babcock - The 32nd Annual Goldenrod Festival and Parade was held Saturday, Oct. 23.
Photo by: Isaac Babcock - The 32nd Annual Goldenrod Festival and Parade was held Saturday, Oct. 23.
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Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando will participate in the “Faces of Hunger” program, sponsored by the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando on Nov. 3. Eric Geboff, JFS Executive Director will represent JFS on the panel. “Faces of Hunger” will address the growing and invisible problem of hunger in Central Florida and ways by which community members can help alleviate the problem. The program will be held at Congregation Ohev Shalom, 613 Concourse Parkway S. in Maitland at 7 p.m. For more information visit

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF announces its lineup of new play readings, special events and panel discussions for PlayFest. The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays, running Nov. 3-6 at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St. For an in-depth look at the PlayFest Readings and Special Events visit

Join Chef Tracy as he teaches you how to spice up your evening meals with new techniques and quick tips of cooking a full-course meal at JFS Women’s Forum “Spice Up Your Culinary Skills”. Cook in a state-of-the-art kitchen using high quality, fresh ingredients, and enjoy the “fruits of your labor” after preparing the food! A Tuscan style three-course dinner will include orzo salad, oven baked tilapia and fresh berries with a limoncello sauce. The cost is $25 and it will be held at 617 Mercy Drive on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 6:30 p.m. Register online at, email [email protected] or call 407-644-7593.

The Orange County Retired Educators Association will meet Thursday, Nov. 3, at 10 a.m. at College Park United Methodist Church, 644 W. Princeton St. Alison Issen will present a program on the Hospice of the Comforter. Visit or call 407-677-0446. Anyone who has worked in education is invited to join.


The groundbreaking ceremony of the Alfond Inn at Rollins College is Friday, Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. The ceremony will take place at the southeast corner of South Interlachen and East New England avenues.

Friday Nights at the Morse kicks off Nov. 4 with free admission 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.

The Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park presents, "Nobody Likes You When You're 23", a cabaret performed by Ariana Morales and Krystal Gillette to celebrate their 23rd birthday. There will be two performances on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. All tickets are $10. For reservations, call 407-920-4034.

The Winter Park Institute at Rollins College welcomes author and historian David McCullough for a presentation on “History and the Love of Learning” on Friday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Visit or call 407-691-1995.


The 33rd Annual Goldenrod Festival & Parade is Saturday, Nov. 5. The festivities will begin at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast hosted by the Winter Park Elks Lodge, Post 1830. This free breakfast is open to everyone and is complete with pancakes, sausage, coffee and orange juice. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. eastbound down Aloma Avenue. We are proud to have Mayor Teresa Jacobs as our Grand Marshal. Lake Howell High School Band and the Rosie O'Grady's Highlanders will be playing and the Shriners will bring up the end of the parade. Following the parade at the Goldenrod Station, local residents are welcome to attend the United Legacy BBQ and Children’s Corner. Hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and drinks will be sold for a donation of $5. Those who come can enjoy bounce houses, carnival games, face painting, clowns, a troubador, coloring contests, popcorn, sno-cones, and cotton candy for free for the entire family. There will be a 50/50 raffle at the Station and the Goldenrod Museum will be open for free tours.

Rollins Football vs. Clemson Club is Saturday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. at Memorial Stadium at Bishop Moore Catholic High School. Visit the Rollins Football Club on Facebook for details.

The first Clean the World Gala will feature an array of live entertainment, food and an unforgettable night of international dance and music along with luxurious silent and live auction items. The night will be a celebration of remarkable achievement for this social enterprise centered on soap recycling and its more than 1,000 hospitality industry partners worldwide. The gala will be held at The Peabody Orlando, 9801 International Drive, on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 6:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Individual tickets are available for $150. Visit

Festival Under the Trees Arts & Crafts Show is Nov. 5 from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 251 E. Lake Brantley Dr. Visit


The Woman’s Club of Winter Park’s Fall Antiques Show and Sale is Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 419 S. Interlachen Ave. in Winter Park.

The Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida hosts a

Kristallnacht Community Remembrance Event on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center. This year's presentation will include a special screening of “Sharing the Spotlight”, a new film about a family confronting the personal reality of the Holocaust. Local author Greg Dawson shared his mother’s story of survival in his book, “Hiding in the Spotlight”. The documentary focuses on how investigating her story has changed the lives of Greg, his wife, Candy, and their daughter, Aimee.

The Central Florida Watercolor Society will hold its next monthly meeting on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 1:30 p.m. at the Maitland Art Center, Marvel Building, 231 Packwood Ave. A short business meeting will be followed with a demonstration by nationally known watercolorist Susan Webb Tregay, a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. The demonstration is open to the public, but there will be a $10 fee for non-members to attend, due to limited space availability. Visit

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Winter Park Concours d’Elegance will take place on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 310 Park Ave. The event will feature high-end classic automobiles, as well as the very best of exotic autos. Visit

“Gardening challenges” by gardener extraordinaire Tom MacCubbin is the subject of the Orlando Area Historical Rose Society's meeting on Sunday, Nov. 6 at Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave. Discover ways to make your landscape more enjoyable.


Learn how to line dance on Monday, Nov 7 at 7 p.m. at the University Club of Winter Park. Cost is $5 to the instructor. Call 407-644-6149 or visit

Winter Park Executive Women hosts “Lead Yourself First In Order to Lead Others” featuring certified speaking professional and CEO of Contagious Companies Monica Wofford. The event will be at the Winter Park Welcome Center on Monday, Nov. 7, at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $20 WPCC members, $25 for non-members. RSVP by Nov. 4. Call 407-644-8281 or visit


Qualifying for Winter Park mayor closes Tuesday, Nov. 8, at noon. For more election information, call the City Clerk at 407-599-3277, visit and click on the election button or visit

Join us for a Diabetes Awareness and Prevention event that includes free pH testing, blood glucose testing, blood pressure testing and more on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. at the StillWaters Healing Center, 260 Lookout Place Suite 209 in Maitland. Call 407-772-9243.


Central Florida Landscaping has an event at 10 a.m. Nov. 9 at the Winter Park Garden Club, 1300 South Denning Drive. The speakers will be Kristin and Steven Pategas, owners of Hortus Oasis of Orlando and authors of the award-winning book “Southern Coastal Home Landscaping”. Their book will be for sale after the program. Call 407-644-5770.

NOV. 10

Join Whole Foods Winter Park for a celebration of sampling as each of the departments showcases Thanksgiving products and recipes on Nov. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. Make sure to stop by the holiday table to place your Thanksgiving order. Help us choose the winning department; vote for your favorite sample and enter-to-win a Whole Foods Market gift card.

On Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at Harry P. Leu Gardens, James "Zach" Zacharias, senior curator of education and curator of history with the Museum of Arts and Science in Daytona Beach, will discuss the Spanish-American War as it relates to the historical events in the major cities and towns in Florida. For more information contact Kevin Gidusko at [email protected] or 321-948-3994.

Broadway veterans Brian & Melissa Minyard with pianist Chris Leavy will perform Broadway hits and well-loved standards in the popular Winter Park Playhouse Spotlight Cabaret Series Thursday, Nov.10, and Friday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include a drink from the bar. Students 25 and younger and industry professionals are $15. For tickets, call 407-645-0145 or visit

The Signature Chefs Auction benefiting March of Dimes will be Thursday, Nov. 10, at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort at 6 p.m. The event will have 15 of the finest chefs, caterers and/or local celebrity chefs who will present their signature dishes in a tasting size during a reception, as well as donate a unique package to be sold during the live auction.

After enjoying an entertaining reception, guests are invited to bid on a variety of packages during a live auction. Auction packages may include fine dining, hotel/resort stays, weekend getaways, spa vacations and much more. Contact Heidi Richmond [email protected] or 407-599-5077 ext. 33 or visit

CoffeeTalk featuring Commissioner Tom McMacken is Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Winter Park Welcome Center.


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.

“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.

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

The Florida Artist Group Exhibition runs through Nov. 6 in the Maitland Art Center Gallery, 231 W. Packwood Ave. and in the Germaine Marvel Building at 210 W. Packwood Ave. (across the street from the Center). Gallery hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors (55 & older) and children (4-18 years). A&H members and children (3 & under) are free.

Winter Park Fire-Rescue Department is offering seasonal flu shots at “Flu Shot Fridays” through November, from 8 a.m. to noon at Station 62, 300 S. Lakemont Ave., and Saturday, Nov. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Winter Park Farmers’ Market, 200 W. New England Ave. Call 407-599-3613.


Popcorn Flicks in Central Park featuring “National Velvet” is 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in Central Park in downtown Winter Park. It’s presented by Winter Park and Enzian Theater to coincide with Orange County’s annual “Week of the Family.” Rain date will be Nov. 17. Contact 407-629-0054 or visit

Movie in the Park featuring “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” is 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Quinn Strong Park in Maitland. Bring your blankets and chairs and the city will bring you the stars. Visit for more information.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is launching a campaign to combat hunger in all the cities where it has Believe It or Not! Odditoriums. Ripley’s Gimme Five Food Drive will take place from Sunday, Nov. 6, through Thursday, Nov. 10. Guests who bring a donation of five non-perishable food items can get a ticket to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium for just $5 (regular adult ticket price is $19.99). All the food collected will go to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

Orlando Fashion Square welcomes back Santa Claus for visits and pictures with children this holiday season starting at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11. Santa photos will be taken daily through Dec. 24.

Also, Fido and Fluffy can sit with St. Nick on Pet Nights, from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays from Nov. 14 through Dec. 19.

The historic Annie Russell Theatre, which is celebrating its 79th Season, presents “Little Shop of Horrors” from Nov. 11 - 19 with both evening and matinee performance times. Cost is $20, $10 for students with ID. Call 407-646-2145 or visit

Winter Park Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony is Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Winter Park Community Center. Cocktail hour begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner, catered by Johnny Rouse's JR's BBQ, and the induction ceremony. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Movie in the Park featuring “Tangled” is 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Quinn Strong Park in Maitland. Bring your blankets and chairs and the city will bring you the stars. Visit for more information.

The Maitland Public Library has bedtime stories for all ages at 6 p.m. every Monday. Preschool story time is 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday. Infant and toddler story time is at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday. Call 407-647-7700 for more information.

The Young Composers Challenge Composium, the premier U.S. national composition event, will take place on Sunday, Nov. 13 from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre in downtown Orlando. Winning contestants, ages 13 to 18, representing states from coast to coast, will have their compositions performed for the first time on stage by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. For more information, visit

Trinity Preparatory School will hold open house on Wednesday, Nov. 30, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at 5700 Trinity Prep Lane. RSVP at or call 321-282-2515.

Kids, ages 6 – 12, are invited to join us as we create green decorations for the holiday season at Whole Foods Winter Park on Dec. 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. We will be using recycled and reusable materials. Online registration required.

Block Party: Holiday Favorites at Whole Foods Winter Park is Dec. 8 from 5 – 7 p.m. Join us for a celebration of sampling as each of our departments features their holiday favorites. No pre-registration required. Help us choose the winning department, vote for your favorite sample and enter to win a Whole Foods Market gift card!