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Law enforcement officers will increase traffic enforcement through Sunday, Nov. 25. The around-the-clock focus will be toward seatbelt enforcement.
Start Thanksgiving on the right foot and trot down to Lake Eola for the 23rd Annual Turkey Trot 5K on Thursday, Nov. 22. Costumes are encouraged and there will be awards for the best turkey call and best costume. Proceeds from the trot will benefit Seniors First, which provides Meals on Wheels and other programs for seniors. For more information, please visit TurkeyTrotOrlando.com
The Art & History Museums – Maitland (A&H) will start the holiday celebration with the Waterhouse family at the annual exhibition Holidays at the Waterhouse, beginning on Friday, Nov. 23, and continuing through Jan. 13. The exhibition will be at the historic Waterhouse Residence Museum, 820 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland. Museum hours are from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors ages 55 and older, and children 4 to 18. A&H members and children 3 and younger are free. For additional information, please call 407-539-2181 or visit ArtandHistory.org
Small Business Saturday is Saturday, Nov. 24. For more information on the day, sponsored by American Express, and resources available to get businesses involved, visit ShopSmall.com. For a list of participants registered with the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce to participate, visit ExperienceParkAvenue.com. And to learn more about local businesses in College Park, visit CollegeParkPartnership.com
Winter Park Food Truck Fiesta will be on Saturday, Nov. 24, from noon to 5 p.m. at Fleet Peeples Park, 2000 S. Lakemont Ave., Winter Park. Special guest is Chef Michael’s Dog Food Truck. The first 100 people to visit the Food Truck for Dogs will also receive a complimentary meal for themselves (up to $10) to use at their favorite participating food trucks.
A special Holiday Pops concert performed by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will take place on Sunday, Nov. 25, at 4 p.m., in beautiful Central Park. Bring a blanket and a picnic for a concert program of holiday favorites that will be sure to put everyone in the spirit of the season. Guest conductor Albert George Schram will lead the Philharmonic while guest soloists Tiffany Colburn and Connie Brink perform. This free concert is made possible by the Charlotte Julia Hollander Trust. For more information, please call 407-770-0071.
Mayflower Residents Evening Social Hour will be Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. This is an opportunity for the residents of the Mayflower of Winter Park Assisted Living to learn more about the Cornerstone Hospice Foundation, about the need for a local hospice house and opportunities to leave their “legacy.”
Scholarship Shopping Benefit will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Ten Thousand Villages, 346 N. Park Ave., Winter Park.
The Tip-Off Classic Invitational high school basketball tournament will be held at the Winter Park High School Gymnasium, 2100 Summerfield Road, Winter Park. The tournament will start on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. with the final game being played on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 8:30 p.m. High schools that have earned an invitation to participate this year are Boone, Oak Ridge, Wekiva, Lake Brantley, Lake Howell, Orlando Christian Prep, West Orange and Winter Park. Admission into the tournament is $5 or two cans of food.
Tree Dreams, featuring the photography of Diane Gillet Boswell is the newest “Art in Chambers” exhibition produced by the City of Winter Park Public Art Advisory Board. The collective effect of Winter Park’s iconic tree canopy inspires this body of work. The exhibition is open for public viewing from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, in City Hall Commission Chambers located at 401 S. Park Ave., and will remain on display through February 2013. The adjacent Chapman Room will feature Boswell’s exhibition “Trees Reimagined,” a glimpse from a larger body of work in development about Winter Park trees. There will be an artist reception Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Trinity Preparatory School will be performing the musical theater production “Pippin.” Show times are Thursday, Nov. 29, at 4:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2:30 p.m. All tickets are $5. Trinity Prep is located at 5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park. For more information, visit TrinityPrep.org or call 407-671-4140.
On Thursday, Nov. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College will host the non-profit organization i.F.r.o.g.s. (Indigenous Forest Research Organization for Global Sustainability) as they welcome the public to a beautiful charity event on the shores of Lake Virginia. “Wine and Cheese for Conservation” will raise funds for travel and supplies as an all-volunteer team of international scientists gear up for a humanitarian and conservation expedition to Madagascar in February. A lecture delivered by expedition leader Dr. Valerie C. Clark, and Rollins alumnus Clayton Ferrara will begin at 7 p.m. The event also includes a 50/50 raffle and silent auction featuring fossils, artifacts and adventures. Reservations are required by no later than 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 22. To reserve, call 772-486-8280 or email [email protected]. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $50 for VIP.
The Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Winter Park will be Friday, Nov. 30, at 5:15 p.m. in Central Park. Kick off the holidays in historic downtown Winter Park where Park Avenue is transformed into a winter wonderland. There will be performances by children’s choirs and children’s activities. Bring the entire family for a night of holiday cheer at this free event. For more information, call 407-644-8281.
Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season by touring festive holiday home designs in local neighborhoods including Baldwin Park and Winter Park. Explore traditional and modern ways homes are being decorated in our community and walk away with some ideas for your holiday décor. Tickets are $30 at the door of the first home toured, and showings are Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2, from noon to 5 p.m. Visit frontiercivitanclub.org/Tour_of_Homes.html
On Saturday, Dec. 1, Park Avenue comes to life at 9 a.m. with the 60th annual Winter Park “Ye Olde Hometown” Christmas Parade, hosted by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and presented by Bright House Networks. This family-friendly occasion showcases holiday-themed floats, Santa Claus and well-known local figures as they make their way down the avenue. For more information, please call 407-644-8281.
Before and after the Christmas parade, Saturday, Dec. 1, Leadership Winter Park Class 23 will host the 14th annual Leadership Winter Park Pancake Breakfast, presented by Fannie Hillman & Associates and Vanson Constructors, at the Central Park main stage from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Enjoy hot pancakes, sausage and beverages for just $6 per adult and $4 per child, with proceeds benefiting Winter Park area elementary schools. For more information, please call 407-644-8281.
The city of Maitland invites you to spend a spectacular evening in beautiful Lake Lily Park to usher in the holiday season at the annual Season of Light event at 5 p.m. on Dec. 1.
BRIO Tuscan Grille in Winter Park Village will have Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $11.95 for adults and $5.95 for children, proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots.
The Orlando Poetry Troupe, will have a presentation of their poetry at the Winter Park Public Library on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. For more information, please email [email protected]
Surviving the Holidays, a program for those dealing with grief during the holidays will be at St. John Lutheran Church on Dec. 2 from noon to 2 p.m. For more information, please contact [email protected] or 407-644-1783
The Ear, Nose, Throat and Plastic Surgery Associates in Winter Park will be holding a three-day screening for residents to see if they suffer hearing loss. Free appointments are available from Monday, Dec. 3, through Wednesday, Dec. 5, by calling 407-644-4883. Each appointment will have a complimentary consultation and listening demonstration with a registered audiologist and a 20-day risk-free trial of an Intiga Hearing Device. The office is located at 133 Benmore Drive, Winter Park.
The Orange County Retired Educators Association will meet Thursday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m., at College Park United Methodist Church, 644 W. Princeton St., Orlando, for a music program by the Silver Chimers & Nineties Club Recognition. For more information, please visitocrea-fl.org or call 407-677-0446.
Members of the Jewish Pavilion are invited to attend “JP Connections,” a luncheon for women slated for Thursday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. at Heathrow Country Club in Lake Mary. For only $25, participants will enjoy a gourmet meal and informal modeling from Wearable Art. The event will also include a mini-holiday bazaar. To receive an invitation or learn more, call 407-678-9363 or e-mail Nancy Ludin at [email protected]
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art continues its holiday tradition with the 34th annual Christmas in the Park Celebration Thursday, Dec. 6. Central Park creates the beautiful backdrop for the lighting of eight turn-of-the-century Tiffany windows as the Bach Festival Choir performs in concert on the main stage. The two-hour program begins at 6:15 p.m. For more information, please call 407-645-5311.
To complement the annual “Christmas in the Park Celebration,” Friends of Casa Feliz will present Christmas at the Casa, sponsored by Commerce National Bank and Trust, on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Casa Feliz located at 656 N. Park Ave. Santa Claus will be on hand to greet everyone, the house will be decorated for the season, and costumed carolers will lead attendees in holiday favorites. For more information, please call 407-628-8200.
On Friday, Dec. 7, Winter Park’s Hannibal Square Merchants Association will present “Hannibal Square Holiday,” a food and wine celebration benefiting the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Hannibal Square merchants and area restaurants will provide food and wine from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on New England Avenue, between Virginia and Pennsylvania Avenues in Winter Park. Musicians from the Orlando Philharmonic will provide seasonal music. Tickets are $25 in advance, or $30 on the day of the event. Children younger than 12 are free. Groups of 10 tickets are available for $20 each. Tickets may be purchased online at HannibalSquare.com/HolidayEvent or at participating locations on New England Avenue. In the spirit of the season, attendees are also encouraged to bring toys for donation to Winter Park families in need.
Baldwin Park’s First Friday event for December will be on Dec. 7 from 6 to 10 p.m. in the heart of Baldwin Park, along New Broad Street in the Village Center. First Friday offers music, drink specials, free samples, interactive activities and much more. For more information, please visit Facebook.com/BaldwinParkFirstFridayFestival
The Baldwin Park Festival of Lights will be 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Festivities will kick off with a Holiday Parade beginning at 6 p.m. along New Broad Street, and will culminate with a fun-filled community festival in the Village Center. Find us on Facebook to learn more: www.facebook.com/BaldwinParkFestivalOfLights
“It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)” will be shown at Enzian Theater on Saturday, Dec. 8, at noon. This Frank Capra wintertime comedy/drama stars James Stewart and was nominated for five Academy Awards® including Best Actor, Best Director and Best Picture. The epitome of movie sentiment and a transcendent experience, “It’s a Wonderful Life” tells the story of an angel helping a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. Tickets are $8 for general admission, $5 for Enzian members. Tickets can be purchased at Enzian’s box office or at Enzian.org.
On Saturday, Dec. 8, the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens will become the official judging and viewing site for the 9th annual Winter Park Boat Parade & Festival of Lights including a water ski show on Lake Virginia near Rollins College. This free event will begin at dusk and parking fees will apply. For more information, please call 407-647-6294.
Chabad of Greater Orlando will present Chanukah in the Park Sunday, Dec. 9, at 5 p.m., in Central Park. The evening will include singing performances, live music, dancers, face painting, jugglers and food. For more information, please call 407-644-2500.
The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center in Maitland has announced two special community presentations featuring John Halligan, a renowned speaker on bullying, cyberbullying and teen suicide. He will be speaking on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Annunciation Catholic Academy, 593 Jamestown Blvd. Altamonte Springs, and Wednesday, Dec. 12, at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church 526 N. Park Ave. Winter Park. Both sessions are scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m., and no admission is charged. During his program, Halligan will discuss some of the most effective ways family and friends can intervene when a child is displaying signs of stress due to bullying. He also will provide a number of Internet safety tips that can help parents understand the dynamics of cyberbullying and harassment through social media. These events are part of the Holocaust Center’s UpStanders: Stand Up To Bullying initiative.
The city’s 125th anniversary will be celebrated at the Winter Park Historical Association’s Holiday Open House on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Winter Park Country Club.
Newcomers of Central Florida’s Dec. 13 holiday luncheon will include seasonal musical entertainment by the Hot Cocoa singers at Maison & Jardin, 430 S. Wymore Road, Altamonte Springs. Advance reservations are required and tickets are $23. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. For more information, please visit newcomersCFL.org or contact [email protected] or 407-366-9084
The Winter Park High School Band will host its Winter Band Concert in the Anne Derflinger Auditorium on Thursday, Dec. 13. For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/Wnr9wt
Embers Place in Baldwin Park will host a children’s book signing and launch party for April Ready’s new book “Up and away on my first flight” on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 1 p.m. “Up and away on my first flight” is about a baby bear’s first anticipated trip to see her grandparents for the holidays. But when the plane takes off, she is in for more than expected. There will be games, music and Christmas treats. Also, there will be a personal book signing by the author. For more information, please visit cubventures.com
Enjoy the rich sounds of Christmas as tuba, euphonium, sousaphone and baritone players of all ages gather to perform a concert from the main stage in Central Park beginning at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15. Winter Park’s 17th annual Merry Tuba Christmas has become a must-see on the holiday list of things to do. Registration for musicians begins at 9:30 a.m., with rehearsal running from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, please call 407-599-3463.
There will be a 5K Run/Walk fundraiser for children and adults with arthritis on Saturday, Dec. 15, around Lake Baldwin in Baldwin Park. For more information, please contact the Florida Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation at 407-208-1766.
“A Holiday Concert from the Heart” presented by The Maitland Symphony Orchestra will be Sunday, Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Maitland, 341 N. Orlando Ave. Maitland. Plan to come early, bring your children, and enjoy this free holiday concert sponsored by the Performing Arts of Maitland.
The Maitland Historical Museum will highlight its Telephone Collection from Dec. 20 until Aug. 4.
“A Christmas Story” will be shown in Baldwin Park’s Village Green on Friday, Dec. 21, as part of Movies in the Park. Family activities will begin at 6 p.m. Visit the Baldwin Park Movies in the Park Facebook page for more details.
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art will hold a free Holiday Weekend Open House Saturday, Dec. 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, please call 407-645-5311.
North Park Baptist Church will have a special candlelight service to celebrate Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 23 at 6 p.m.
To wrap up the holiday season with a bright red bow on top, the city of Winter Park will proudly host the sixth annual Russell Athletic Bowl Parade of Bands Friday, Dec. 28, at 11 a.m. As a prelude to the Russell Athletic Bowl game on Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. at the Florida Citrus Bowl, school bands from the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big East championship teams will march through downtown Winter Park and perform a “Bandastic Game Day Preview” in Central Park. For more information, please call 407-599-3463.
The Winter Park Farmers Market is held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday. It is located at the old train depot, at 200 W. New England Ave. For information visit CityofWinterPark.org
The Maitland Farmers Market is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday. It is located at Lake Lily Park. For more information visit ItsMyMaitland.com or call 407-539-6268.
Food Truck Café is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Wednesday at Lake Lily Park in Maitland.
The Winter Park Food Truck Stop is located at 1127 N. Orlando Ave. and is open for food trucks 24/7. Follow the site on Facebook at facebook.com/WPFoodTruckStop
The Winter Park Food Truck Fiesta – Winter Park Style is at Fleet Peeples Park located at 2000 S. Lakemont Ave. every fourth Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food Truck Crazy, promoters of Food Truck Wars and other food truck events, will feature 10 of Central Florida’s finest gourmet food trucks with cuisine choices ranging from Thai to veggie to desserts, and everything in between. There will also be light music provided and children’s activities such as face painting and balloonists. Proceeds will benefit local Winter Park charities. For more information, please call 407-296-5882.
mi Tomatina, 433 W. New England Ave., Winter Park, will host Happy To Give Back Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. every Monday. Join mi Tomatina, a tapas and paella bar in Hannibal Square, as it hosts a charitable happy hour featuring Spanish music, Spanish appetizers (pinchos) and themed sangria samplings. Twenty percent of the proceeds benefit the Community Food & Outreach Center. The cost is $15. To reserve a spot email nori@mitomatina
The city of Winter Park’s Art on the Green 2012 will feature the unique and creative works of eight noted sculptors on display during park hours through March 1. Exhibition catalogs are available at City Hall and the Winter Park Welcome Center. Visit cityofwinterpark.org and click on the Art on the Green logo for more information.
The Hannibal Square Heritage Center presents ”Keeping Haiti In Our Hearts: Interpreting Heritage In The Diaspora” through Saturday, Dec. 29. The heritage center is located at 642 New England Ave., Winter Park and is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, from noon to 5 p.m. on Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. There is no charge for admission. For more information visit HannibalSquareHeritageCenter.org or call 407-539-2680.
The Military Retired Officers Wives Club of Central Florida will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month through May at the Elks Club, 12 N. Primrose Drive, Orlando. Active duty wives are also welcome to attend. For information contact Marty Harrison at 407-886-1922 or Ellen Paul at 407-696-4809.
Central Florida 2012-2013 Ice Hockey Club Home Schedule
Nov. 30 vs. South Florida @ 10:15 p.m.
Feb. 1 vs. Alabama @ 10:15 p.m.
Feb. 2 vs. Alabama @ 4 p.m.
Feb. 8 vs. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical @ 10:15 p.m.
All home games are at RDV Ice Den in Maitland. Entrance is free for UCF Students with ID; general admission is $5. Games on Nov. 16, Nov. 17 and Nov. 18 are for UCF Thanksgiving Showcase at Space Coast IcePlex. For more information, visit centralfloridahockey.com
“Arborescences,” a site-specific installation with paintings and drawings by Rick Jones, will be held at Stardust Video and Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road, from Thursday, Nov. 8, until Thursday, Nov. 29.
The Winter Park Playhouse continues its 10th Anniversary Series of professional musical theatre with the world premiere of “Steppin’ Out With Irving Berlin,” Nov. 29 through Dec. 15. Performances will be Thursdays, Nov. 29 and Dec. 13 at 2 p.m.; Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sundays Dec. 2 and 9 at 2 p.m.; and Wacky Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. This world premier tells the life story of the well-loved American composer, Irving Berlin, through unforgettable music, narrative and dance. For more information call 407-645-0145 or visit WinterParkPlayhouse.org. The Winter Park Playhouse is located at 711 Orange Ave.
The Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park will present its annual Best of Broadway musical revue until Monday, Nov. 26. On Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays the show will be at 8 p.m. and at 3 p.m. on Sundays. This year’s revue features songs that opened on Broadway from 1985-1989. The theatre is located at 419A W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park. Reservations can be made by calling 407-920-4034
The Winter in the Park holiday ice skating rink returns to Winter Park’s Central Park West Meadow from Friday, Nov. 16, through Sunday, Jan. 6. The West Meadow is located in downtown Winter Park at the corner of Morse Boulevard and New York Avenue. Snow angels are invited to skate all day for only $10 per skater (skate rental included). For more information, please call 407-599-3203 or visit CityofWinterPark.org/WITP