The Halloween Hustle 5K race to end childhood hunger will take place on Thursday, Oct. 24. This Halloween-themed event includes a 5K run/walk, Community-Based Care of Central Florida Kids Fun Run and Halloween party with activities for adults and children from 5 to 10 p.m. in Baldwin Park. From trick-or-treating to Halloween-themed carnival games for the kids to live entertainment, food trucks and beer/wine for the adults, the frightening festivities are fit for all ages. Costumes are strongly encouraged. Visit jlgo.org for more information.
Everest University’s medical assistant and medical administrative faculty and students will raise funds for cancer awareness. Donations will go through the Caring Bridge Organization and benefit local 2-year-old Cannon Wiggins, who is fighting neuroblastoma. It’s from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25 at Everest University, 5421 Diplomat Circle in Orlando. Visit caringbridge.org for more information.
The Goldenrod Area Chamber of Commerce would like to invite all to come out and join us for a very exciting 35th Annual Goldenrod Festival & Parade on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 4755 N. Palmetto Ave. in Winter Park at the Goldenrod Station off of Aloma Avenue and Goldenrod Road. The day will begin at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast sponsored by Matthew Roberts Air Conditioning & Heating. All you can eat pancakes, sausages, coffee and juice for $5 per person! All are welcome to attend. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. down Aloma Avenue from Forsyth Road to Goldenrod Road eastbound. We are very pleased to have the Shriners Parade of Units and many more exciting groups. Following the parade, the United Legacy BBQ Cookout at the Goldenrod Station will feature hamburgers and hotdogs and all the trimmings for a donation of $5 until 2 p.m. There will be a Kids Corner full of bounce houses, carnival games, face painting, crafts, cotton candy, popcorn, snow-cones and more at no charge for the children at the Goldenrod Station following the parade. For more information or for sponsorship opportunities, contact Darlene Dangel, executive director of the Goldenrod Chamber, at 407-677-5980.
Kids Trick-or-Treat on Park Avenue is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. along Park Avenue. Visit Park Avenue merchants and have a good time at this annual tradition. Visit cityofwinterpark.org for more information.
Buy hard-to-find Central Florida native trees, shrubs, grasses and wildflowers on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mead Botanical Garden’s Backyard Biodiversity Day and Native Plant Sale. Enjoy a variety of speakers, hikes, and exhibits to learn how to enhance the beauty, sense of place, and changing seasons of your yard by incorporating native plants. Mead Botanical Gardens is located at 1500 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park. The public is invited to this free event. The event will feature presentations by knowledgeable speakers, including author and filmmaker Bill Belleville, on a variety of topics designed to explore the beauty, health, and diversity of our backyard plants, soils and wildlife. Visit tarflower.fnpschapters.org for more information.
It’s the 14th annual Park Avenue Pet Costume Contest! This year the costume contest will be held on stage at Central Park in a fenced in area, especially for your pets! The event benefits the Sebastian Haul Fund, helping transport greyhounds to new homes. The large pet contest begins at 11 a.m., the small pet contest is at 1 p.m., and pet trick-or-treating is from noon to 3 p.m. For more information, call The Doggie Door at 407-644-2969.
Free bagel breakfast and live entertainment will be enjoyed at the Fall Festival and walk on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 9:30 a.m. at Crane’s Roost Park in Altamonte Springs. The festivities will include activities for children such as face painting, bounce house and clowns. A health fair, vendors, and more will be available for adults. Proceeds benefit the Jewish Pavilion. The Pavilion ensures that our elders in long-term care are visited and enjoy holiday celebrations, intergenerational activities and ice cream socials. Pavilion staff and volunteers visit more than a thousand seniors all over Orlando. For more information visit jewishpavilion.org
The streets will fill with dancing, waving, cheering, candy-throwing revelers at the Winter Park High School Parade and Pep Rally. Come cheer on the Wildcats as they enter their final home game of the season that week. It’s along Park Avenue, starting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, heading south along Central Park.
Pumpkins and Munchkins comes to Shady Park from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Halloween night. Children of all ages are invited to join for games, bounce houses, a costume contest, trick-or-treat trail and lots of fun for the entire family. This free event is located at 721 W. New England Ave. Call 407-599-3275 for more information.
Middle school teens, are you looking for something fun to do on Friday night? Head over to the Roth JCC for a night of spirited singing and engaging fun! We will have a camp-style dinner and there will be plenty of creative activities as we come together for a meaningful Shabbat! Join us! It’s from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, at 851 N. Maitland Ave. in Maitland. Visit orlandojcc.org for more information.