Halloween Pet Costume Contest

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OCT. 27

The sixth annual Crystal Ball Corporate Cocktail benefiting the Central & Northeastern Florida Chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Winter Park Civic Center, located at 1050 W. Morse Blvd. in Winter Park. The event will include live entertainment, appetizers by Fleming’s, open bar, silent auction, raffle and networking opportunities while helping save lives. Visit to purchase tickets or make a donation. For more information and to learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Layne Kauffman at 646-477-5608 or [email protected]

The Winter Park Breakfast Rotary Club will be hosting a social from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, at TAPS in the Winter Park Village, located at 480 N. Orlando Ave. in Winter Park. The event will include door prizes, lite bites and a cash bar. Proceeds benefit Rotary’s worldwide fight against Polio. For more information, call Nancy Little at 813-857-1721.

OCT. 28

The Mall at Millenia is hosting an outdoor concert featuring live music by Violectric and DJ Juel from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28 at the mall’s main entrance. Admission is free, but concertgoers can sample food and drinks for a $15 donation. All proceeds will benefit the Florida Hospital Breast Cancer Care Fund. Concertgoers can donate via

The Winter Park History Museum will present “Florida Heroes of World War II” featuring Thomas Tart on Friday, Oct. 28, at noon in the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, located at 151 W. Lyman Ave. The event is part of the museum’s Speaker Series. Admission is free. Bringing lunch is encouraged. Drinks and dessert will be provided. For reservations, call 407-647-2330 or email [email protected]

Ten Thousand Villages on Park Avenue is marking its 10th anniversary with an international-themed evening of food, music and live entertainment on Friday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. There will be Asian-themed food and entertainment at Ten Thousand Villages, a Latin American fiesta in the Hidden Garden courtyard at Ancient Olive and a Kenyan village at the First United Methodist Church of Winter Park. There will be a silent auction and raffles at each stop. Tickets are $40. For information and tickets, visit

The Art & History Museums – Maitland will kick off the season with a preview of “John Petrey & Derek Gores: Marking 40 Years of the Rotary Art Festival” during Culture Pop! on Oct. 28. Guests can browse the new art exhibit and meet Petrey and Gores during the opening night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Visit for more information.

OCT. 29

Come out to the Goldenrod Festival and Parade on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Goldenrod Station, located at 4755 N. Palmetto Ave. It all starts with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m., followed by a pumpkin decorating contest, a parade down Aloma Avenue, and a cookout. For more information, call 407-677-5980.

Join in on not-so-scary Halloween fun during Rollins College’s 17th annual Halloween Howl on Oct. 29 from 2 to 5 p.m. This free, family-fun event will include crafts, a costume contest and carnival games as well as an opportunity for children to trick or treat through residence halls and tour haunted houses created at Rollins. For additional details, call 407-646-2203.

Children in costume are invited to trick-or-treat at participating stores along Park Avenue in downtown Winter Park on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, contact the Park Avenue Merchants Association at 407-644-8281.

The 2016 Halloween Bash at the Winter Park Village runs from 5 to 8 p.m. on both Oct. 29 and 30 at the fountain. There will be a costume contest for children 12 and under, along with a DJ, a photo booth with a green screen, face painters, balloon artists and magicians. For more information, visit

Lace up your skates for a night of Halloween-themed fun during Spooky Skate at the RDV Sportsplex Ice Den, 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd. in Orlando, on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 2 to 4:45 p.m. The event will feature trick-or-treating and a costume contest and is $11.25 per skater, which includes skate rental and tax. For additional information, visit

On Saturday, Oct. 29, bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic dinner to the outdoor amphitheater at Mead Botanical Garden to enjoy the Performing Arts of Maitland’s premiere event, “Masterpiece Moments at Mead,” a joint community outreach with Mead Botanical Garden. Now in its’ fourth year, this free concert offers a unique opportunity for families, performers, and music enthusiasts to experience music of many styles in a beautiful outdoor setting. Masterpiece Moments at Mead showcases the historic and beautiful Mead Garden: a serene setting with a grassy lawn to spread out blankets, enjoy a picnic and the thrill of being entertained by both the Baroque Chamber Orchestra, directed by Dr. Alvaro Gomez at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Maitland Symphony Orchestra, directed by Eric Mendez and Dale Burket at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Rotary Club of Winter Park and Lykes Insurance. Call 321-303-1404 for more information. 

The Vintage Bazaar runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Maitland Civic Center – Venue on the Lake, located at 641S. Maitland Ave. The event will host more than 40 vendors with antique treasures for sale.

OCT. 30

On Sunday, Oct. 30, it's time for the 17th annual Pet Costume Contest hosted by The Doggie Door and sponsored by The New Barker. Medium/large dogs compete at 10:30 a.m., and tiny/small dogs have their time to shine at noon. Trick or treating for dogs along Park Avenue begins at noon. The event will be held in the north end of Central Park near the bandstand. Your dogs can win prizes in many categories during this fun-filled day for the whole family! Proceeds benefit The Sebastian Haul Fund, helping local greyhound groups transport rescued greyhounds to their forever homes. 

Come dance for a cause at Zumbafest on Sunday, Oct. 30 from 1-3 p.m. at the RDV Sportsplex in Maitland. The event benefits the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Non-members are welcome with a donation of non-perishable food items. Costumes optional.

OCT. 31

The Parks & Recreation Department of the city of Winter Park will present the sixth annual Pumpkins & Munchkins in Shady Park on Monday, Oct. 31, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. adjacent to the Winter Park Community Center at 721 W. New England Ave. Munchkins of all ages are invited to attend this free family-friendly event. Fun-filled activities will include games, bounce houses, a costume contest, Trick-or-Treat Trail and safe Halloween fun for everyone. If inclement weather tries to dampen the evening, the event will have to be cancelled. For more information regarding Pumpkins & Munchkins in Shady Park, please call 407-599-3275.

NOV. 1

Dr. Helen Von Dolteren-Fournier and Dr. Hank Fishkind will discuss the election’s impact on the financial future in “Financial Planning in an Election Year” on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at 90.7 WMFE Studios at 11510 E. Colonial Drive. The two will weigh in on the potential economic impacts of an election year and how to fine-tune your planning process. The 50-minute discussion will be followed by a Q-and-A period. Admission is free. For reservations, visit

As the premier fall fashion event, Harriett’s Fashion on the Avenue transforms downtown Winter Park into a fashionista’s paradise complete with trunk shows, designer meet-and-greets, exclusive sales and parties hosted by the merchants of Park Avenue. From Tuesday, Nov. 1, through Saturday, Nov. 5, 21 participating stores will host more than 50 in-store trunk shows, styling events and special sales. This is your chance to interact with some your favorite designers, products and services. For more information, visit

NOV. 3

The Orange County Retired Educators Association will meet for an “Orlando Strong” program on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 10 a.m. at College Park United Methodist Church on 644 W. Princeton St. Anyone who has worked in education is welcome to join. For more information, call 407-677-0446.

NOV. 4

The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center will hold its 23rd annual Caregiver Education Conference titled “Aging Well – Lessons From the Blue Zones” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, at the Community United Methodist Church, located at 4921 S. U.S. Highway 17-92 in Casselberry. Cost per person is $25, which includes a light breakfast and lunch. For more information, call 407-843-1910.

The 10th annual Peacock Ball presented by the Winter Park History Museum runs from 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, at the Alfond Inn Courtyard lawn, located at 300 E. New England Ave. The event salutes those who lived in Winter Park during World War II and those who served our country. The event will feature live music from the Orlando Big Band. The cost is $200 and all proceeds benefit the Winter Park History Museum. For more information, call 407-647-2330.

NOV. 5

Never Stand Alone, a non-profit that promotes awareness of college individuals affected by sexual violence, will host a We’re Better Together free workout event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Blue Jacket Park, located at 2501 General Reese Ave. in Orlando. For more information, visit

The Maitland Area Chamber of Commerce will present a holiday craft fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Asbury Methodist Church parking lot, located at 220 W. Horatio Ave. in Maitland. For more information, call 407-644-0741 or visit

Park Avenue will host the Fashion on the Avenue grand finale, “Fashion Night Out,” on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 5 to 9 p.m. Customers can visit their favorite stores for an interactive fashion experience, with drinks and snacks. The event is $25. For more information, call Ashley Fraebel at 407-644-8281 or visit

Mead Botanical Garden its hosting its third annual “Growvember” Fall Plant Sale on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s plant sale will emphasize fall gardening, edibles, backyard gardening, education, children’s activities and holiday plants. Admission is free. For more information, call 407-599-2800.

Winter Park’s Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to present “Chalk the Walk” in Central Park on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artists will decorate the sidewalks of Central Park with art. $2,500 in prizes will be given 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. Participation is free, but space is limited. For registration and more information, email [email protected].

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.


Healthy Central Florida, Florida Hospital and the Winter Park Health Foundation are sponsoring a way to help Central Floridians stay fit. The Walk90 Challenge started Oct. 1 and encourages locals to walk at least 7,000 steps a day for 90 days and monitor their progress through a free online tool that can sync with most fitness tracking devices. Prizes will be given to individuals and groups from businesses, schools and faith groups. To sign up, visit

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 centuryMatisse 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. Chair Fitness classes are every Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Medicare Sales Seminars will take place on Oct. 28 and 29 at 10 a.m. For more information, call 407-441-2020.


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