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Free treats for Friday 13th

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The Maitland Public Library will host children’s summer reading featuring “Mad Science: Fire & Ice” from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, July 12. “Intro to Wax Jewelry with artist Ruth Schorer” will be at 7 p.m. To register, call 407-647-7700.

Enzian’s popcorn flicks in Central Park is featuring “The Great Muppet Caper” from 8-10 p.m. on Thursday, July 12. Visit


If you’re planning to “steer” clear of black cats and sidewalk cracks on Friday the 13th, why not change your luck by dressing as a cow instead? On Friday, July 13, Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide will celebrate its annual Cow Appreciation Day event by offering a free meal to any customer who visits one of the chain’s restaurants fully dressed as a cow.

On Friday, July 13, it could be patrons’ lucky day at Pollo Tropical. For a limited time only, Pollo Tropical is giving away free samples of Cheezy Yuca Bites from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Customers just have to say "Ahhhhhh for Cheezy Yuca Bites" to the cashier in order to receive their free sample.

The Breakthrough Theatre's summer camp students will perform a musical revue on the following dates: Friday, July 13, and Saturday, July 14, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, July 15, at 3 p.m. The revue features songs from “Annie,” “Peter Pan,” “The Boy From Oz,” “Oliver” and many more. The Breakthrough Theatre is located at 419A W. Fairbanks Ave. All performances are $10. Reservations can be made by calling 407-920-4034.


The Enzian presents “Children of Paradise,” a love story directed by Marcel Carne at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, at Enzian, 1300 S. Orlando Ave. General admission is $8, Enzian members pay $5. Purchase tickets at Enzian’s box office or at


The Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) invites families to attend the 6th Annual Target Family Theatre Festival in Loch Haven Park from July 20 to Aug. 5. The festival features performances by Grammy-nominated Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could, Mr. Richard and the Pound Hounds, Pirate School!, Nels Ross, Katie Couric’s “The Brand New Kid,” magician Tony Brent, Davey Rocker’s Barnyard Jam, and the Youth Academy production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “State Fair.” All of the shows are free, with the exception of “State Fair” ($15) and “The Brand New Kid” ($10). Visit or call 407-896-7365.


Come celebrate family fun days at the Maitland Art Center on select dates. On July 21, make a family tree at the A&H’s Maitland Historical Museum. On Aug. 18, learn about calling cards, the social network of the past, at the A&H’s Waterhouse Residence Museum. On Sept. 15, make sound waves and string telephones at the A&H’s Telephone Museum. For more information, call 407-539-2181 or visit


Enzian’s annual KidFest Summer Movies series offers free weekday screenings and $5 presentations on weekends. The “sun”sational schedule, sponsored by Walt Disney World, kicks off Sunday, July 22, and continues through Sunday, Aug. 5. For more information, visit


Create your own movie at KidFest Young Filmmakers’ summer camp! This two-week summer camp, July 23–27 and July 30–Aug. 3, is located at Enzian Theater and open to children entering grades 5-8. No previous experience is required. Participants will learn about the history of filmmaking, and dive into the production of an independent film. The graduation ceremony and world premiere will be at 11 a.m on Sunday, Aug. 5. Visit to register.

The 55-year-old Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras has openings for their annual summer day camp, Stringmania, a two-week program for string players ages 7 to 15 who are playing at a Suzuki book 2 level or higher. The program will be July 23 to Aug. 3 at the College Park Baptist Church, 1914 Edgewater Drive. For more information, visit


The Art & History Museums – Maitland (A&H) presents Artists’ Critique & Conversation on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. beginning Tuesday, July 24, in the A&H’s Germaine Marvel Building, 210 W. Packwood Ave. Artist, arts writer and instructor Josh Garrick will lead the critiques. Joining Garrick as guest panelists on July 24 are Trent Tomengo and Bryce Hammond. Visit


The Art & History Museums – Maitland and the Cornell Fine Arts Museum on the Rollins College campus take part in the Blue Star Museums program, in which active duty military and their families can enjoy free museum admission at more than 1,500 museums nationwide from Memorial Day until Labor Day. The complete list of participating museums is available at

At 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday, the Maitland Public Library hosts preschool story and craft time. At 10:30 a.m. each Thursday, it hosts baby time stories and activities. At 4 p.m. each Thursday, it hosts Reading Buddies for kindergarten through fifth grade. Call 407-647-7700.

There is still time to register for Winter Park Day Nursery’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) program that will begin on Aug. 20. The VPK program is free to all children who will be age 4 before Sept. 1. VPK sessions will run half days from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. Call 407-647-0505 or visit

If you're a college student home in Orlando for the summer and looking for a place to work out, go to the JCC for the entire summer for just $49. Just go to either one of our campuses in Maitland or southwest Orlando and show your college ID to sign up. For more information, call 407-645-5933.

Art & History Museums – Maitland (A&H)’s free admission for Maitland residents has been extended through Sept. 30. For more information, call 407-539-2181 or visit

The Art and History Museums – Maitland offers artistic classes for adults and children this summer. Call 407-539-2181 or visit

The Winter Park Farmers Market is held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday at the old train depot, 200 W. New England Ave. Visit

The Maitland Farmers Market is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday at Lake Lily Park. Food Truck Café is 6-9 p.m. every Wednesday at Lake Lily Park. Visit or call 407-539-6268.


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