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Enjoy wine tasting at the Winter Park Sip & Stroll from 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22. Tickets are $30. Call 407-644-8281 or visit

Kevin Kelly and Kate O’Neal, with pianist Chris Leavy, will appear in the Winter Park Playhouse Spotlight Cabaret Series “Cocktails For Two,” Thursday, Sept. 22, and Friday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. Call 407-645-0145 or visit

The city of Orlando has received an application that may lead to the demolition of Building 310, the seven-story, brick, Navy barracks building at 4500 Lower Park Road. The applicant has specifically requested that the city designate the property "attached residential". The Baldwin Park Town Design Review Committee is scheduled to consider the proposed amendment on Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. in the agenda conference room on the second floor of city hall.


The Art & History Museums — Maitland (A & H) proudly presents the Florida Artist Group Exhibition, beginning on Sept. 23 and continuing until Nov. 6. The exhibition features numerous works, and is held in the Maitland Art Center Gallery, 231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland and in the Germaine Marvel Building, located 210 W. Packwood Ave. (across the street from the Center). Gallery hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is 3 for adults; $2 for Seniors (55 & older) and for Children (4-18 years). A & H Members and Children (3 & under) are free. The public is invited to the Opening Reception, held on Friday, Sept. 23, from 6-8 p.m. in both galleries. The reception is free to A & H Members; the cost for Not-Yet-Members is $5.

“Stay Healthy, Active & Avoid a Fall” will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 at Asbury United Methodist Church, 220 W. Horatio Ave. in Maitland. RSVP to Doug Davis, [email protected] or 407-924-4576, by Friday, Sept. 16.

The city will celebrate the completion of the new Winter Park Community Center, located at 721 W. New England Ave., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, Sept. 23, at 10 a.m. The 38,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will be open to the public for an interactive open house on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. As part of the city’s sustainability initiative, the center was specifically designed to be more energy efficient, conserve water and improve indoor air quality for visitors and guests, making it the city’s first “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” (LEED) certified green building.

A Just Between Friends back-to-school consignment event will be held Friday, Sept. 23 from 1:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Maitland Civic Center, 641 S. Maitland Ave.

The “Sweetest Swing in Baseball”, a dark comedy about how far a woman will go to find her muse, will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 through Saturday Sept. 24 at the Annie Russell Theatre, 1000 Holt Ave. Visit

On Friday, Sept. 23, the Goldenrod Chamber will host the first ever Vegas Style Casino night at the Goldenrod station from 6-9 p.m. Casino Party Planners of Florida will be setting up a Texas Hold E'm table, two black jack tables, a roulette table and three slot machines for all to play. Your business can be a table sponsor for $200, which includes tickets for four players, $20 in bar tickets, and your company’s name and logo on the tables. The cost for a buy in is $25 at the door with a reduced price for an additional buy in. If you don't want to gamble, join us for drinks and snacks for $10 at the door. Light appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be open. Advance tickets are on sale now at the Chamber offices. For more information, contact Darlene at 407-677-5980.

“How Charlie Changed My Life” by Alex Carroll and Larry Stallings will be showing on Friday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. at Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park, 419A W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park. Tickets are $8. For reservations call 407-920-4034.


Tom Maccubbin hosts “Jump Starting the Vegetable Garden: What to plant in late summer and fall” from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Maitland Community Park meeting room. It’s free. RSVP to 407-539-0042.

“OB3: Orlando Bourbon, Beer N’ Bites” is from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at Corrine Commons, benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. Sample 30+ bourbons, 30+ beers, plus enjoy food, vendors and live music. Visit

Oktoberfest Beer Garden will be Saturday, Sept. 24, from 6-9 p.m. at Whole Foods Winter Park. It costs $10 per person and proceeds benefit the School Garden Grant Project. Online registration and payment is available.

The Crealdé Benefit Auction – “Celebrate Your Creativity” — is on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Home Builder’s Association, 544 Mayo Ave., Maitland. At 6:30 p.m. Please join Bright House Networks and us for an “art-full” evening including silent and live auctions, with selections from award-winning artists such as Donna Dowless, Berto Ortega, Robert Lerner, and Martin Cushman, travel experiences, unique gifts and an adventure package. The event also features blues musician Bobby Blackmon. Individual tickets are now on sale for $50. Raffle tickets are $20 each or 8 for $100. Call 407-671-1886.

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra proudly opens its 2011-2012 super series concert season with a program featuring some of the most beautiful melodies in the world. “Puccini e Verdi” takes place on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 8:30 p.m. at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St. Call 407-770-0071, or visit for tickets.


The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida is proud to partner with the Global Peace Film Festival to bring two award-winning Holocaust documentaries to Central Florida in September. The Holocaust Center will screen “Forgotten Transports To Estonia" at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, and “Forgotten Transports to Poland” at 2 p.m. They will be shown at the Holocaust Center, 851 N. Maitland Ave. The public is welcome to attend free of charge. Visit or call 407-628-0555

The second annual 2011 Orlando Improv Festival is Sunday Sept. 25 through Tuesday, Sept. 27 at Winter Park Playhouse, 711-C Orange Ave. Teams from Canada, Chicago, Washington, Missouri, Atlanta and all across Florida are being brought together in Orlando for three nights of hilarious comedy improv in a 120-seat theatre with full bar. Visit


“Darker Shades of Red: Soviet Propaganda from the Cold War” will open on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the Albin Polasek Museum. The pieces on exhibit are drawn from the private collection of Gary Hollingsworth, an Orlando-based art restorer who traveled extensively in the former Soviet Union. Call 407-647-6294 or visit

Learn tips and techniques of couponing from Mary Edwards, owner of Couponers United on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 11 a.m. at JCC Maitland Senior Lounge. Save money and make shopping fun again. Price is $3 per person. Register online using barcode 8544 or pay at the door.


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 Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lake Lily Park in Maitland.

Orange Audubon Society sponsors Saturday Bird Walks at Mead Botanical Garden now through Oct. 29. The walks begin at 8 a.m. Call Dick Smith at 407-257-7361.

“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 at 7 p.m. at the University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave. Call 407-644-6149.


Breakaway Bicycle’s Family Night will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. at 141 Lincoln Ave., Winter Park. The ride will start with a quick lesson in bicycle safety then participants will cruise the streets of Winter Park, possibly stopping at a local park for an impromptu game of soccer or kickball, or maybe just to swing on the swings. The event will end with an ice cream cone in Central Park. Contact 407-622-2453 or visit

Join Bash for Books at Winter Park Civic Center on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 7-10 p.m. as it celebrates James Bond and raises funds for the services and programs of the Winter Park Public Library. Tickets are on sale at Get updates about auction items, food, entertainment and more by “liking” Bash for Books at

Bring the whole family and enjoy carnival games, giant inflatables, rides, music, face painting, contests, food and more at Orangewood Christian School’s annual community family fun day, Friday, Sept. 30, from 3-8 p.m. at 1300 W. Maitland Blvd. For details, call 407-339-0223 or visit

The Test the Waters Fishing Tournament is Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8-11 a.m., at Lake Island Park located at 455 S. Denning Drive. Children of all ages are invited to participate. Bait, fishing poles and snacks will be provided. The city’s Parks & Recreation Department also guarantees that everyone will take home a fish. For more information call 407-599-3203. For city of Winter Park events visit

The Juilliard School will offer a special presentation for prospective students and families in Central Florida, “Juilliard in Orlando.” Representatives from dance, drama and music admissions will offer a program about applying and auditioning for Juilliard, followed by a question and answer session, on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 6-8 p.m. at Edgewater High School, 3100 Edgewater Drive, Orlando. Pre-registration is available on the website,

4Rivers Smokehouse, 2103 W. Fairbanks Ave., has kicked off its giveback program for football season. Each school has a sandwich — Edgewater High has the “Screaming Eagle” and Winter Park High has the “Wildcat.” 4R will donate 10 percent of these sales through Oct. 31.

The Maitland Public Library, 501 S. Maitland Ave., 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.

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