Veterans Day Celebration

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NOV. 10

Free memory screenings will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center, located at 1506 Lake Highland Drive in Orlando. Call to RSVP 407-843-1910.

NOV. 11

On Nov. 11 the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 183 out of Fern Park will be distributing poppies for Veteran's Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sam's Club at 355 Semoran Blvd. in Fern Park. On Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. they will be distributing poppies outside the Publix at Maitland Place, located at 242 N. Orlando Ave. in Maitland.

The Winter Park Welcome Center will host Good Morning Winter Park, a popular breakfast gathering featuring guest speakers, on Friday, Nov. 11 from 8 to 9:15 a.m. For more information and registration, visit

Tom MacCubbin, an urban horticulturist, garden writer and University of Florida Extension Agent Emeritus, will be at the Winter Park Garden Club in Mead Gardens on Nov. 11 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This free event aims to educate guests on many of Florida’s plants and how to grow and care for them. For more information, call 407-562-6100.

This Veterans Day, Winter Park will host its sixth annual Veterans Day Celebration to honor heroes of the city. The event will be at the Winter Park Community Center Ruby Ball Amphitheatre, 721 W. New England Ave. The official program will begin at 10 a.m. with musical tributes, select speakers and a recognition of veterans. At 12:30 p.m., the Veterans Day celebration will continue at the newly renovated, nine-hole Winter Park Golf Course, 761 Old England Ave. Veterans play for free. Reserve your tee time by Monday, Nov. 7, by calling 407-599-3419. For more information about the celebration, call 407-599-3428.

Enjoy “American Dream Goes On: A Tribute to Veterans,” a moving production by Lake Highland Prep students at 8:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, at the Harriett Coleman Center for the Arts at Lake Highland Preparatory School, located at 901 N. Highland Ave. in Orlando. The students work from the beginning of school to perfect their tribute, and more than 2,000 people attend annually. For many veterans who attend the program, this is an event they look forward to every year. Please arrive on campus 20 minutes early to check-in with security in the Weng Family Gymnasium and set up. Call ahead to reserve a parking space, as parking is very limited on campus during Veterans Day. For more information, call 407-206-1900, ext. 3339.

In honor of Veterans Day, active military and veterans can enjoy free admission to the Orlando Science Center and 50 percent off for their family from Friday, Nov. 11, through Sunday, Nov. 13. The Orlando Science Center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and located at 777 E. Princeton St. Veterans and their families are also eligible for 10 percent off any annual membership. Valid military ID required.

Come enjoy Lake Lily at Art Under the Stars on Friday, Nov. 11, from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. View student and senior art, enjoy live music and picnic with friends. The Smoking Jackets will perform Friday and the Maitland Stage Band will perform Saturday. For more information, visit

NOV. 12

Tickets are now on sale for one of Central Florida's favorite holiday traditions: Festival of Trees, which runs Nov. 12 to 20 at the Orlando Museum of Art, located at 2416 N. Mills Ave. in Orlando. This year marks the 30th year for Festival of Trees, the Council of 101's annual event benefiting the Orlando Museum of Art. Together, the Festival of Trees and the other Council of 101 events have raised more than $6.8 million for the museum's educational programs. This year's theme is The Art of the Holidays. As always, the event features designer-decorated trees, elegant holiday wreaths, elaborate gingerbread houses, holiday vignettes and tabletop displays. Visitors can admire the gorgeous trees and even purchase one to display in their own home. Festival of Trees is also a great place to start the holiday shopping by visiting one of the many boutiques that offer a variety of gifts. Guests can also enjoy food and refreshments in the museum café. Admission to Festival of Trees includes admission to the entire Orlando Museum of Art and its current exhibitions. For more information, visit

The Oviedo Garden Club’s semi-annual plant sale runs from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 12, at Oviedo Methodist Cemetery, located at the corner of West Broadway Street and Aulin Avenue, across from Oviedo High School. The plant sale has been a tradition of the club for decades. Club members grow many of the plants from seeds in their own greenhouses and backyards, tenderly care for them for months, and set them in pots ready for transplanting into neighborhood yards. The sale is unique in that many of the club’s 30 members are available to readily share their plant knowledge and experience. The plants are reasonably priced, and all proceeds from the sale are given back to the community to local groups such as the Lawton Elementary LESA Garden, the Seminole County Schools Environmental Center, and the local library for the purchase of gardening related books. For more information, call 407-542-7434.

Get into the fall spirit with the seventh annual Pumpkin Run on Nov. 12 at the historic Mead Garden, 1500 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park. The 5K run/walk is sponsored by St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church and St. Stephen Catholic Community and will benefit Catholic mission projects in Haiti. The race starts at 7:30 a.m. Race-day registration is $35 for adults and $25 for students, ages 10 to 18. For more price details and information, visit or contact Jay Jay Sujansky at 407-421-2151.

A book sale will be held at the Maitland Public Library, 501 S. Maitland Ave., on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 407-647-7700 for additional details.

NOV. 13

A seminar titled “!n-Joy Your Relationships! – Consciously Deepening Your Connections with Passion and Purpose” will take place on Sunday, Nov. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesdays, Nov. 15, Nov. 22 and Nov. 29, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Federation of Garden Clubs, located at 1400 S. Denning Drive in Winter Park. During this four-part “play-shop,” you will come to understand why relationships can be so challenging, and how to become more mindful and intentional, so you can “In-joy” these experiences more fully, consciously, completely and lovingly. The Nov. 13 seminar is free, but its $10 for each of the following session, or $25 for all if paid in full at the first free session. For more information, call 321-200-0730, email [email protected] or visit

Heritage Day will be celebrated at the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Garden on Nov. 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. The free event will celebrate the artist Albin Polasek and his Czech heritage. There will be a tour of the home and studio, as well as the gardens. Email [email protected] or call 407-647-6294 for more information.

NOV. 14

Rollins CHI (Center for Health Innovation) presents its next event, "Preparing Youth & Young Adults for Lifetime Wellness,” on Monday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Bush Auditorium. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cite that young adults engage in multiple-risk behaviors including inadequate physical activity and poor nutrition. Data indicates that promoting wellness habits early on via physical activity, sports participation, healthy eating, sufficient sleep, and stress management increases optimal development of youth. Facilitating program services that strengthen children, youth and their families can improve health, longevity, safety and quality of life. Gen. Mark Hertling will speak at the event. No reservations or tickets required. For more information, call 407-646-2130 or visit

NOV. 15

The Winter Park AARP Chapter 1047 will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center, located at 1050 Morse Blvd. in Winter Park. Shawn Shaffer of the Winter Park Public Library, will speak on "Our Next Chapter.” For more information, call 407-671-8393.

NOV. 16

Wellness Wednesday on Nov. 16 includes a Diabetes Academy Workshop at 10 a.m., a Brain Health Lunch & Learn at noon, a Lung Cancer Awareness Chat at 1 p.m. and Meet Your Nurse from 1 to 3 p.m. A Smoking Cessation Class from AHEC runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17. Conversations with Care: Pre-Diabetes starts at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 29. The Florida Blue Center at 434 N. Orlando Ave. in Winter Park has multiple days of seminars and classes coming. For more information, call 407-441-2020 or visit

NOV. 17

The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and Park Avenue Merchants Association invite you to come support local businesses as you sip and stroll through Park Avenue on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres while you visit your favorite local shops and restaurants. Event held at participating locations. For more information and registration, visit

NOV. 18

Light Up UCF, one of Orlando's most anticipated holiday attractions, is an affordable, family winter wonderland featuring ice skating, rides, and an all-new light show. Making its annual return to CFE Arena, Light Up UCF opens Friday, Nov. 18, and runs through Saturday, Jan. 7. With their ninth season comes a slew of brand new attractions including an all-new light show with 30,000 more lights, new music and snowier nights. Featuring a combination of visual, aural, and interactive elements that capture the spirit of the season, patrons can expect a memorable ninth season. Tickets for ice skating, rides, and photos with Santa can be purchased at the CFE Arena Box Office. Select tickets are also available for purchase through Ticketmaster at or by calling 1-800-745-3000. More information for all Light Up UCF events can be found at

NOV. 19

Come out to the 40th annual Longwood Arts & Crafts Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20, at the Longwood Historic District, west of the intersection of State Road 434 and County Road 427. Proceeds maintain circa 1885 historic buildings. Parking can be found at the SunRail lot. Call 407-332-0225 for more information.

“Swingin' Live! With the Orlando Big Band” starts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, located at 201 S. Magnolia Ave. in historic Sanford. The event features the vocal talents of Shannon Corcoran, Amy Davenport and Rachel Harmon under the direction of Bennett Harmon. For tickets call 407-321-8111 or online at


Who is Pierre Matisse? Pierre Henri Matisse is the grandson of French painter Henri Matisse, one of the most important artists of the early 20th century. Matisse grew up among some of the most famous artists of the times including Pablo Picasso, Georges Barque, Jean Effel, Salvador Dali, and Marcel Duchamp. Today, Matisse uses his talent and boundless energy to refine an art form known as "cut-outs" that translates different mediums into avant-garde mixed media. Visit an exhibition of his work at the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens through Nov. 27. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.; and closed Mondays.

The Florida Blue Center at 434 N. Orlando Ave. in Winter Park has several ongoing classes. Tai Chi classes are every Monday at 3:30 p.m. Zumba classes are every Wednesday at 6 p.m. For more information, call 407-441-2020.


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