Calendar: Winter Park Sip & Stroll

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Annie Russell Theatre will present Beth Henley's comedy "The Miss Firecracker Contest" beginning Friday, Sept. 21.
Annie Russell Theatre will present Beth Henley's comedy "The Miss Firecracker Contest" beginning Friday, Sept. 21.
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The 10th Annual Global Peace Film Festival will be held through Sunday, Sept. 23, in various locations in downtown Orlando and Winter Park. The festival includes 44 films from six continents as well as seven films from local Florida filmmakers. From Wednesday, Sept. 19, through Sunday, Sept. 23, films will be presented in Winter Park at the Sun Trust Auditorium, 330 Winter Park Plaza, at Rollins College and at the Winter Park Library. In downtown Orlando, films will be shown at the Cobb Plaza Cinema Café and the FAMU Law School. Tickets to GPFF screenings are $8 each and are on sale now. Tickets may be purchased online at or at each venue during festival hours. Patrons may purchase a Silver Pass for $99 or a Gold Pass for $199 good for admission to all festival screenings and events at

El Potro is running a free buffet lunch contest for their Winter Park and Oviedo locations. For more information visit

SEPT. 20

The Orange Audubon Society will host a presentation by Arthur Morris at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Leu Gardens. “A Bird Photographer’s Story” will recount Morris’ journey to becoming a nature photographer as well as explain his process for capturing images of wildlife. No reservations are necessary and it’s free. Leu Gardens is located at 1920 N. Forest Ave., Winter Park. Call 407-637-2525 or visit

The Maitland Area Chamber of Commerce will host a community luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Sheraton North Orlando, 600 N. Lake Destiny Drive, Maitland. Guest speakers from SunRail and the Florida Department of Transportation will be there to discuss Interstate 4, changes to Maitland Boulevard, the Lynx Flex Bus and the city of Maitland. Reservations are required and the cost is $25. To reserve, contact [email protected]

Lighthouse Central Florida (LCF) will host the first annual Eye-Opener Breakfast on Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1217 Trinity Woods Lane, Maitland. The breakfast will provide guests an opportunity to learn more about the important work done by LCF in the community. LCF is expecting more than 350 guests, including Mayor Patricia Bates, Rep. Bryan Nelson, Commissioner Bob Dallari, and Sen. David Simmons. Guests will enjoy a continental breakfast, accompanied by an educational and inspirational program featuring local people who received the hope and help they needed at Lighthouse Central Florida. For more information visit

SEPT. 21

The 80th Season of the Annie Russell Theatre opens Friday, Sept. 21, with Beth Henley’s comedy “The Miss Firecracker Contest.” Young Carnelle has her heart set on winning the coveted Miss Firecracker crown, and she’ll do any amount of baton twirling to get it. The play will open Friday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m. followed by an opening night reception. Performances will continue with an 8 p.m. performance on Saturday, Sept. 22; a 4 p.m. performance on Sunday, Sept. 23; 8 p.m. performances Wednesday, Sept. 26, through Friday, Sept. 28; and a 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. performance on Saturday, Sept. 29. For more information call 407-646-2253 or email [email protected]

The Florida Opera Theatre will present “Opera in the Park,” an opera concert series in the intimate setting of the Winter Park Wedding Chapel, 301 W. New England Ave. Soprano Janette Zilioli will perform on Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 each. For more information, visit

"Bottle Wars" is a series of four unique wine tastings to be held Friday evenings in September at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 933 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park. Guests will taste premium wines from rival regions and wineries around the world in a spirit of friendly competition. Each event will offer eight to 10 well-matched wines for just $25 and Fleming's professionally trained wine managers will guide guests through the experience. Each date will offer a different competition. Old World vs. New World will be Friday, Sept. 21, where European wines from France, Italy, Germany and Spain will be compared against the best from California. Glass Warfare will be Friday, Sept. 28, and will compare premium- and value-priced wines made from similar grapes. For more information visit

Cornerstone Hospice will be conducting two days of volunteer training for the required certification to become a Hospice Volunteer. The training is open to anyone who is able to assist in community and special events, veteran recognition projects, visiting patients, sewing projects, simply keeping a patient company, helping at the office and much more. The training will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, and Friday, Sept. 28, at the Cornerstone Hospice offices, 8009 S. Orange Ave. Please pre-register by calling volunteer specialist Diane Klebanow at 407-206-227.

Central Florida 2012-2013 Ice Hockey Club Home Schedule

Sept. 21 vs. South Carolina @ 10:15 p.m.

Sept. 22 vs. South Carolina @ 4 p.m.

Sept. 28 vs. Ole Miss @ 10:15 p.m.

Sept. 29 vs. Ole Miss @ 4 p.m.

Oct. 5 vs. South Florida @ 10:15 p.m.

Oct. 19 vs. Florida Atlantic @ 10:15 p.m.

Oct. 20 vs. Florida Atlantic @ 10:15 p.m.

Oct. 21 vs. Loyola @ 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 26 vs. Florida Gulf Coast @ 10:15 p.m.

Oct. 27 vs. Florida Gulf Coast @ 10:15 p.m.

Nov. 9 vs. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical @ 10:15 p.m.

Nov. 16 vs. Georgia (Rockledge, FL) @ 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 17 vs. Alabama (Rockledge, FL) @ 5:45 p.m.

Nov. 18 vs. Miami (Rockledge, FL) @ 12:30 p.m.

Nov. 30 vs. South Florida @ 10:15 p.m.

Feb. 1 vs. Alabama @ 10:15 p.m.

Feb. 2 vs. Alabama @ 4:00 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

SEPT. 22

Winter Park residents will soon be given a chance to experience The Winter Park Food Truck Fiesta – Winter Park Style at Fleet Peeples Park located at 2000 S. Lakemont Ave. The first opportunity will be Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will continue every fourth Saturday of the month at the park.

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.

Crealdé School of Art will host its 16th Annual Benefit Auction “Art Is In Everything” from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Winter Park Community Center located at 721 W. New England Ave. Money raised will support Crealdé’s outreach programs, arts education and heritage preservation efforts, which affect more than 100,000 Central Floridians and visitors each year. Tickets can be purchased for $50 by visiting or by calling 407-671-1886.

The Orange Audubon Society will have its September Field Trip to Mead Garden at 7:45 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Mead Botanical Gardens is located at 1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park. For more information, call Lori Mathis at 407-579-3795 or e-mail [email protected]

The Central Florida Orchid Society will have its annual orchid auction between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Maitland Civic Center. There will be hundreds of orchids and orchid-related items up for bidding as well as hourly raffles. Admission is free. The Maitland Civic Center is located at 641 S. Maitland Ave. For more information, visit

The second SPORTYS awards will be presented at Full Sail University from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22. The awards will honor the top area teams, athletes and coaches from high school, collegiate and professional levels, as well as deserving local residents and businesses, from Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties. Tickets are $85 per person or $750 for a corporate package of 10. There are a limited number of tickets available for the general public and can be purchased at

Kevin Bonta, author of “The Homeless Project: God’s Diagnostics,” will have a book signing from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at The Garden of Grace, 6562 University Blvd., Winter Park.

Eden Bar will host a class ’80s-themed beach party on Saturday, Sept. 22, to support Enzian’s renovation campaign. There will be an open bar for ticket holders from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There will also be a silent auction, raffle prizes, an ’80s trivia contest and an outdoor showing of “Weekend at Bernie’s” at 8 p.m. Visit for ticket information.

SEPT. 23

The Holocaust Center in Maitland will have a reception to mark the opening of its new exhibit, “The Civil Rights Struggle, African-American GIs, and Germany.” The reception will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23, and will feature Dr. Alzo Reddick, the director of Special Programs and Defense Transition Services at UCF. Special guests will include two local Tuskegee Airmen, Daniel Keel of Clermont and Richard Hall of Maitland. One of the nearly forgotten stories of the Holocaust is the history of African-American GIs. They were often given mundane work assignments and risky missions, fighting against Hitler’s racism while aware of Jim Crow laws at home. For more information visit

McDonald’s restaurants from Maine to Miami will be giving away free small coffees from Sunday, Sept. 23, to Saturday, Sept. 29, National Coffee Day.

SEPT. 24

mi Tomatina, 433 W. New England Ave., Winter Park, will host Happy To Give Back Monday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24. 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 League of Women Voters of Orange County will host a Meet the Author session at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, with Michael Grunwald, the senior national correspondent with Time magazine. Grunwald will discuss his newest book, “The New New Deal,” an account of President Obama’s stimulus bill, and will be available for book signing after the program. The event will be held at the University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave. The cost is $10 and reservations can be made at 407-505-1664.

SEPT. 25

Maitland’s Art & History Museum continues its popular Artists’ Critique & Conversation series on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m. in the A&H’s Germaine Marvel Building, 210 W. Packwood Avenue, Maitland. The program is free and the public is encouraged to attend. This month, artist and educator Trent Tomengo takes the helm as guest lead panelist. Joining Tomengo as guest panelists are Jay Spalding and John Scott. Artists Critique & Conversation is held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at the A&H. Interested artists can sign up at

SEPT. 27

Commissioner Sarah Sprinkel will have CoffeeTalk at the Winter Park Welcome Center from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27.

Kenneth Murrah will present “Notable Structures in Winter Park” at the Winter Park Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27.

The Winter Park Sip & Stroll on Thursday, Sept. 27, will celebrate the 125 anniversary of Winter Park’s incorporation. It is hosted by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and the Park Avenue Merchant Association and will take place from 5 to 8:30 p.m. with check in at Central Park, corner of Morse Boulevard and Park Avenue. The price is $25 per person in advance. For more information visit

SEPT. 29

The Maitland Woman’s Club will hold its Fall Antiques and Collectibles Sale at the Maitland Civic Center from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. Admission and parking are free and lunches will be sold. For more information, contact Linda at 407-830-6373.

OCT. 2

The Tarflower Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. Rick Bard, consulting limnologist, will discuss “Native Aquatic Plants Improve Water Quality in Lakes and Other Freshwater Systems.” The meeting is free and open to the public. Come early and enjoy refreshments and visiting with other native plant enthusiasts.

The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens will feature “Life in the Fast Lane: The Art of David Delong” from Tuesday, Oct. 2, through April 14. The exhibition focuses on Delong’s belief that motorcycles provide the perfect metaphor for life and art. The original works on display will focus on the culture of motorcycle racing and will include oil painting, pen and ink drawings, and etchings from the late 1950s to 2001.

“Mindfulness, Life Satisfaction & Inner Peace,” a five-week meditation series, will be held at the Polasek Gardens from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday in October. The classes will be led by Teri Reuter, and will take place regardless of weather. The price for the general public is $50 for the entire series, or $10 per session. Polasek Museum members will pay $40 for the entire series, or $10 per session. To register visit or call 407-647-6294

OCT. 4

The Bach Festival Society will have its third annual season-preview event, “Fête at Feliz: An Evening of Merriment to Benefit the Bach Festival Society,” from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Casa Feliz Historical Home Museum, 656 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. This exciting event will feature a special preview of upcoming works with Artistic Director and Conductor Dr. John V. Sinclair and music performed by members of the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra. Tickets will be $40 each or $70 for two. For more information, either call 407-646-2182 or visit

The Winter Park Welcome Center will have the opening reception for Winter Park and Rollins College’s “125 Years of Memories” from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4.

The Orange County Retired Educators Association will meet Thursday, Oct. 4, at 10 a.m. at College Park United Methodist Church, 644 W. Princeton St., Orlando. Meet some candidates for the upcoming Orange County elections. Anyone who has worked in education is invited to join. For more information visit or call 407-677-0446.

Florida Hospital HospiceCare is continuing to grow in Orange & Osceola counties and needs volunteers to provide support in the care of patients and their families. Anybody with free time and looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity is invited to attend the “Hospice 101” prospective volunteer orientation on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Florida Hospital East Orlando. For more information or to reserve a seat, call Raeanne Cade at 407-513-5980.

OCT. 5

The 36th Annual Maitland Rotary Art Festival will be held 6-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, around the shores of beautiful Lake Lily in Maitland. This year will once again feature expanded evening hours. Admission is free, with proceeds from the sale of food, parking and festival posters to benefit local charities. Visit

There will be a CPR/AED certification class by CPR Associates at Winter Park Presbyterian Church from 8:45 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 6. Registration is required by Monday, Oct. 1, and there is a $17.50 charge per person. There will be a mid-morning break with drinks and snacks provided. To register, call 407-647-1467 ext. 101.

Date night at Leu Gardens will feature “The Vow” on Friday, Oct. 5. Admission is free for Leu members, $5 plus tax for adults and $2 plus tax for children. The Gardens open at 6 p.m. and the movie will begin at 8:30 p.m., weather permitting.

“Return of Frankenshow” will be held at Stardust Video and Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday Oct. 5. The free show, presented by Doug Rhodehamel, features works of art created with the same technique used by Dr. Frankenstein, parts and pieces bolted or stitched together to form a single horrible unit.

OCT. 6

“The Mayors’ Sole Challenge,” a 30-minute fun walk through scenic Winter Park, is Saturday, Oct. 6. Festivities will begin at 8 a.m. at the main stage in Central Park. This friendly community competition between Eatonville, Maitland and Winter Park will bring families, friends, kids and colleagues together for a celebration of community and health. Each city is challenged to see which community has the most sole by turning out the most participants. After the walk is completed, festivities will continue in Central Park with an old-fashioned celebration including food, singing and dancing. Macedonia Missionary Baptist Choir will provide soulful entertainment. Florida Hospital and CentraCare will offer free health screenings. And in addition to pedometers and other prize giveaways, the first 400 walkers will each receive a free T-shirt. The Mayors’ Sole Challenge is presented by Healthy Central Florida, a community-based partnership founded by Florida Hospital and the Winter Park Health Foundation. The event is free to the public, but advanced registration is requested by visiting or calling 407-644-2300, extension 241.

Central Florida Sports Complex will have a grand opening from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. Food, snacks and beverages will be provided. Central Florida Sports Complex is a 12,000-square-foot climate-controlled sports and training facility with indoor volleyball courts, outdoor beach volleyball courts, basketball courts, tennis courts and other amenities. The new complex will also be the training facility and tournament location for the Winter Park Volleyball Club. For more information visit

Luna Fest, the fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness of women’s issues, women filmmakers and bringing women together in their communities, will take place at the Enzian Theater at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and WIFT-FL. Get tickets at


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

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 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

RNR Registered Nurses Retired meets the third Wednesday of every month at Denny’s at 440 S. Semoran Blvd. for charitable works, educational offerings, fellowship and support. For information call 407-281-1527.

Monday mornings at 11 a.m. at the Winter Park Community Center, there’s a 50-minute Deep Stretch Yoga class that is great for beginners, and anyone who wants to get an intensive stretch after a long run or bike ride. Classes are drop-in and cost $8. Contact the yoga instructor at 407-276-3478 or the Winter Park Community Center at 407-599-3275 for additional details. The Winter Park Community Center is located at 721 W. New England Ave.

On the first Wednesday of each month, the Survivors of Suicide support group will meet from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Hospice, 8009 S. Orange Ave. Call Claudia Swonger to register at 407-206-2273.

The 41st Annual Florida Watercolor Society Exhibition will be held at the Mennello Museum of Art through Nov. 25. The display will feature 100 of the best paintings by Florida’s top watercolor artists. The Mennello Museum is located at 900 E. Princeton St. Orlando. Details about conference registration can be found at the FWS website,

The city of Winter Park and the Public Art Advisory Board have brought back Art on the Green, a prestigious exhibition of large-scale sculptures magnificently displayed in Central Park and on the lawn of City Hall in downtown Winter Park. Art on the Green 2012 will feature the unique and creative works of eight noted sculptors on display during park hours from Sept. 1 to March 1. Exhibition catalogs are available at City Hall and the Winter Park Welcome Center. Visit 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 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.

The Winter Park Playhouse continues its 10th Anniversary Series of professional musical theatre with the hit Off-Broadway Musical “Pete ‘n’ Keely” through Oct. 6. The Playhouse is located at 711 Orange Ave., Suite C, Winter Park. For more information, call 407-645-0145 or visit

The Polasek Gardens will host five Tai Chi sessions with instructor Bill Burnette. The sessions will be hosted in the sculpture gardens and are open for beginners and those already practiced in Tai Chi. The classes will be every Saturday in September from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. regardless of weather. The prices for the general public are $50 for the entire series or $10 per session, museum members pay $40 for the series or $8 per session. Registration is available online at or by calling 407-647-6294.

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