Veterans Day Celebration

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NOV. 5

Come enjoy the annual quilt show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Good Samaritan Society, located at 4250 Village Drive in Kissimmee. Live music will fill the air as you enjoy viewing beautifully crafted heirloom quilts and other works of “heart” on Heritage Creekside’s main street. To learn more or to RSVP, call 407-933-1999.

The Orange County Retired Educators Association invites anyone who has worked in education to a program on identity theft, which will be presented by CFE Federal Credit Union on Nov. 5. The meeting will start at 10 a.m. at the College Park United Methodist Church, located at 644 W. Princeton St. in Orlando. Call 407-677-0446 for more information.

NOV. 6

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd will hold a rummage sale on Friday, Nov. 6, and Saturday, Nov. 7, at 8 a.m. at 331 Lake Ave. in Maitland. Visitors can expect to find collectables, jewelry, antiques, linens, toys, furniture, clothing, holiday decorations and much more! For more information, call 407-644-5350 or visit

On Friday, Nov. 6, at 10 a.m., the city of Winter Park will present its fifth annual Veterans Day Celebration “Honoring Winter Park Heroes.” This event will be held in honor of all of the veterans of Winter Park at the Winter Park Community Center Ruby Ball Amphitheatre located at 721 W. New England Ave. The program will include remarks by guest speaker Col. Lance A. Kildron, commander of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 159, and professor of aerospace studies at the University of Central Florida. The city calls all veterans that have served in any military campaign or military branch in honor of our nation’s freedom. This event pays tribute to their dedicated service to our country and the community is invited to join us in honoring these distinguished men and women.
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., the VFW Post 2093 Community Band will be entertaining guests as they visit with organizations and services that offer resources specifically for veteran needs. At 10 a.m., the official program will begin with musical tributes, anecdotal speakers including Col. Kildron, and recognition of veterans according to the various military branches served.
For more information, please call 407-599-3428.

Date Nights at Leu Gardens will be showing 1944’s “Double Indemnity” on Nov. 6 outdoors in the gardens. Doors open at 6 p.m. with participants invited to stroll the 50-acre gardens before the movie starts at 7:30 p.m. You can pack a dinner basket with your blanket or chairs or purchase grilled items, popcorn and drinks at the event, where alcohol is permitted. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children (K-12th grade) and free for Leu Garden members, weather permitting. Leu Gardens is located at 1920 N. Forest Ave. in Orlando. For more information, call 407-246-2620 or visit

NOV. 7

The city’s Parks & Recreation Department is pleased to present Chalk the Walk in Central Park to be held Saturday, Nov. 7, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is similar to a street-painting festival, but unique in that the sidewalks of beautiful Central Park will become the canvas on which artists create their magnificent works of chalk art. The event is open to spectators all day. Prizes for the show totaling $2,500 will be presented to winners from adult, high school and middle school categories. Winners will be announced from the main stage in Central Park at 5 p.m. Event participation and chalk are free and open to the public. However, space is limited and requires application in advance for all categories via email at [email protected].
For more information regarding Chalk the Walk, please call 407-599-3436.

Party like it’s 100,099 B.C. at Orlando Science Center’s ninth annual Neanderthal Ball benefiting the Orlando Science Center on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. The event is part of the center’s year-long 60th anniversary celebration. Mayors Jewelers will present “Champagne on the Rocks” at the ball, which gives attendees the chance to win a diamond necklace by purchasing a glass of champagne. Tickets are $150 for the general public and $100 for Orlando Science Center Members. Sponsorships are still available, offering opportunities for blocks of tickets to the event and recognition onsite. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 407-514-2000.

NOV. 8

If you’ve grown tired of the same old places for Sunday brunch, you won’t want to miss A Taste in the Park at the Maitland Civic Center-Venue on the Lake on Sunday, Nov. 8, from noon to 3 p.m. Your family can have it all at the Taste, where guests can fill their plates with delicious offerings from dozens of Orlando’s best dining spots, with food prepared locally and made fresh. Sample artisanal fare with Heather McPherson, book author and food editor of the Orlando Sentinel, and Katie Farmand, author and editor of Edibles Orlando. Have your cake and decorate it too, with cake artist extraordinaire, Yael Miller. Orlando City Soccer and The Pinball Lounge will provide kicks for kids, as well as the young at heart. Have it all, while having a ball at A Taste in the Park, a special tasting event and multi-generational festival with live entertainment. Eat, drink, and be charitable, with all proceeds benefiting seniors in elder care. Buy tickets now and register at To become a sponsor, participating restaurant or vendor, visit or call 407-678-9363.

Maitland residents and veterans are welcome to come witness a tribute to U.S. veterans everywhere on Sunday, Nov. 8, at Orangewood Church, located at 1300 W. Maitland Blvd. in Maitland. The event will include a performance by the Maitland Military Band. Free registration starts at 3 p.m. and the patriotic program starts at 4 p.m. Bring the whole family! For more information, call 407-647-2111.

NOV. 11

The Winter Park High School Wind Ensemble joins bands from Maitland and Glenridge middle schools for the Fall Festival of Bands Concert on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Jazz bands from the same schools will perform on Nov. 19 in the Winter Park Night of Jazz Concert. On Dec. 10, all of Winter Park High School’s bands will perform in the Winter Band Concert. The fall concert starts at 7:30 p.m. in Ann Derflinger Auditorium at Winter Park High School, located at 2100 Summerfield Road in Winter Park. Admission is free for all performances.

NOV. 12

“Charlotte’s Web” will be shown for free on Thursday, Nov. 12, in Central Park as part of Popcorn Flicks in the Park, presented by the Winter Park CRA and produced by the Enzian Theater. The movie will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket, a picnic or snacks and friends and family. Free popcorn will be provided. For more information, call 407-629-0054.

NOV. 14

The 42st annual Great Day in the Country Arts & Crafts Festival is produced by the GFWC Oviedo Woman's Club, which was founded in 1906. Over the last decade the club has raised over $600,000 to promote the arts and to fund scholarships, community organizations, charities and projects. Last year they awarded over $80,000 from Great Day in the Country. Local schools received $16,000 for unfunded programs; $45,000 in grants was awarded to organizations who help women, families, children and senior citizens; and $18,000 in scholarships was awarded to graduating boys and girls from the local high schools as well as women returning to school. The festival, which is free to attendees, is on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Historic Lawton House and Lawton Elementary School in Oviedo, located at 200 W. Broadway St. For more information, visit

The sixth annual Pumpkin Run 5K will take place on Nov. 14 at 7:30 a.m. at Mead Garden, located at 1500 S. Denning Drive in Winter Park. Saint Margaret Mary Catholic Church, St. Stephen Catholic Community and other friends of Haiti will sponsor the fundraiser, which benefits mission projects in Haiti. Participants can register online at, or on site the day of the race starting at 6:30 a.m. There will also be an after-race celebration with local sponsors and vendors. Entrance fees are $30 for adults, $20 for students and free for kids 9 and under with a registered adult. Prices rise to $35 after Nov. 9. Awards will be given to the top male and female runners and competitive walkers, along with the top three finishers in each age division. Children who want to participate in the timed race should register in the 10 to 14 age group. For more information, call Jay Sujansky at 407-421-2151.


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