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Great Duck Derby returns

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FEB. 22

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, located at 445 N. Park Ave. in Winter Park, presents “Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: Seattle’s Forgotten World’s Fair” on Friday, Feb. 22, at noon. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $1 for students, and free for those younger than 12. Call 407-645-5311 or visit for more information on this event.

FEB. 23

The Great Duck Derby is returning to Mead Botanical Garden, located at 1500 S. Denning Drive in Winter Park, on Saturday, Feb. 23. Gates will open at 9:15 a.m. The event will begin in the little amphitheatre at 10 a.m. with the Peabody Hotel Duck March and then conclude at 2 p.m. In addition to duck races, there will be other activities, including hayrides, face painting, a bounce house and much more. To enter the duck races, adopt a little yellow rubber racing duck for $5. Proceeds support the youth educational programming at Mead Garden. Prizes will be awarded to winners and runners-up of the races. Parking and activities, excluding the Duck Races, are free. Food and drinks will be available on site for purchase. Call 407-599-2800 or visit for more information on this event and Mead Garden.

UCF will host a “50 Activities Day” at the Creative School for Children, located in Building 24 at 4000 Central Florida Blvd., from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, to celebrate the university’s 50 years. Fifty activities will be done one at a time throughout the morning, including cooking and science activities, obstacle courses, and arts and crafts. The event is free and open to the public. The Creative School also is seeking volunteers for the event. To volunteer, call 407-823-2726. To learn more about the school, visit


The sixth annual Junior League of Greater Orlando’s Kids in the Kitchen Fit-n-Fun Fest will take place on Saturday, March 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at South Central Park in Winter Park. The free event will feature over 40 exhibitors, free giveaways, music, games, an obstacle course, bounce houses, face painting, healthy snack suggestions and much more. There also will be 25 health related vendors at the event. Call 407-422-5918 or visit for more information on this event.


The city of Winter Park and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee present the 34th annual Winter Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m. in downtown Winter Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring family and friends, and to wear green to the event. Visit for more information on this event.


“The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle” will be playing through Feb. 24 at the Orlando Repertory Theatre. The production is perfect for all ages and will be performed in the style of Disney’s “The Lion King” or Animal Kingdom’s “Finding Nemo: The Musical,” with all of Dr. Dolittle’s animal friends portrayed by live actors with puppets. Visit for more information.

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