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Thank you, Maitland, for your participation in the Mayors' Sole Challenge

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  • | 12:46 p.m. November 5, 2014
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Thank you, Maitland, for joining us early on a chilly Saturday morning for a scenic 1.3-mile walk for the third annual Mayors’ Sole Challenge. Walkers enjoyed breakfast of fruit, granola bars and bagels and coffee donated by our local Einstein Bagels. They also enjoyed fresh fruit smoothies powered by Healthy Central Florida’s blender bikes. Children enjoyed face painting, obstacle courses, and a rock-climbing tower. The brief program included remarks from Maitland Mayor Howard A. Schieferdecker, Mayor Bruce B. Mount of Eatonville, and Mayor Ken Bradley of Winter Park. Additionally, Bo Outlaw of the Orlando Magic and a great DJ had the crowd dancing and dance-walking their way around Maitland and Lake Lily.

The Mayors’ Sole Challenge is organized and presented annually by Healthy Central Florida. This is the first year it was hosted in Maitland and by all accounts it was a great success. Jill Hamilton Buss, executive director of Healthy Central Florida, said, “The city of Maitland did a great job supporting this event and bringing out the most walkers – 181 in all! That was more than any other city. However, the winner of the $2,500 prize for parks, health, and wellness programs is determined by a ‘percentage of town participation.’ So, Eatonville, the smallest of the three communities, won for the third year in a row by bringing out nearly six percent of their total residents to walk, including 96-year-old Ms. Dinkins.”

Healthy Central Florida is a community-based initiative created and supported by Florida Hospital and the Winter Park Health Foundation. HCF helps local communities embrace policies and programs that seek to create and encourage a culture of health and wellness.

Maitland Salutes Its Veterans

Members from the Maitland community invite veterans, servicepersons, their family, and guests to a Veterans Day celebration on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 3:30 p.m. at the Maitland Civic Center at 641 S. Maitland Ave. A formal program begins at 4 p.m.

The program will feature a military-style colors ceremony, performances from the Maitland Military Band and a guest speaker. A reception follows the program with all-American fare such as hamburgers, hot dogs, cake, and ice cream.

Pre-registration is encouraged. Register by calling 407-647-2111 or logging on to Alternatively, registration begins at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9.

November Friday Flicks at the Maitland Senior Center

The Maitland Senior Center serves seniors 55 and older with classes, activities, and free movies on Fridays. Sign up for a Friday movie by calling 407-539-6251.

Nov. 7 at 1 p.m. – “Bears” (G): 78 minutes

Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. – “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (PG-13): 135 minutes

Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. – “Blended” (PG-13): 117 minutes

There will be no movie on Nov. 28. The Senior Center will be closed Nov. 27 and 28 for Thanksgiving.

For more information about programming at the Maitland Senior Center, please visit

Save the date for Season of Light

The city of Maitland Leisure Services will present Season of Light on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m. The fireworks finale is scheduled for 7 p.m. Join us for this Maitland holiday tradition.

Don’t forget. . .

The Maitland Farmers Market is Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lake Lily Park. Check for a list of over 30 vendors and market updates.


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