Your weekend's best bets

There are so many activities taking place this weekend! Here is a sampling.

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9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 15, and Saturday, March 16, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at Winter Park’s Central Park along Park Avenue. The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nation’s most prestigious outdoor art festivals. Each year, more than 350,000 visitors enjoy the show. Expect to see dazzling sculpture and glass for the big pocketbook as well as smaller works to please just about anyone. Enjoy Friday night’s jazz concert, children’s workshop village and school art exhibits, and great food and sidewalk cafes.  Come out for this annual tradition in Winter Park. Be sure to leave your dogs at home when you visit the festival; they are not allowed to enter the event. For more information, visit



4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 15, and continuing Fridays through April 12, at Resurrection Catholic Church, 1211 Winter Garden-Vineland Road, Winter Garden. Dinner includes baked and fried fish, potato, cole slaw, hush puppies, vegetables, drinks and dessert. Cost is $9 for adults, $5 for children 5-12. Credit cards are accepted. Meals are available to go. (407) 656-3113.



4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 16, in downtown Windermere. There will be live music, food trucks, bounce houses, adult games, silent auction items and green beer and Guinness. The event is sponsored by the Windermere Police Department Foundation Inc. and honors the late Officer Robert German.



8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at Lake Knowles at the intersection of Knowles Circle and Elm Avenue. Keep Winter Park Beautiful and the city’s lakes division will be hosting an invasive species snail removal in Lake Knowles. Meet for supplies at the southeast side of the lake and arrive wearing closed-toe shoes and be prepared to wade in knee-deep water. The cleanup is for anyone ages 12 years old and older. Minors will need a liability waiver filled out by parent/guardian prior to participating in the cleanup. Gloves, buckets/bags and litter grabbers will be provided, as well as snack bars and water. Take your own reusable bottle. To request the waiver or if you have questions, contact [email protected].



3 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, 8300 Vineland Ave., Orlando. Join the Basilica Choir and the Emerald String Quartet for an afternoon of traditional sacred and secular Irish favorites and new music with a Celtic flair. Excerpts from “Riverdance” will be performed.  An audience sing-a-long of Irish favorites will round out the afternoon. Admission is $25 for adults; under 12 are free. (407) 239-6600, Ext. 317, or [email protected].




Amy Quesinberry

Community Editor Amy Quesinberry was born at the old West Orange Memorial Hospital and raised in Winter Garden. Aside from earning her journalism degree from the University of Georgia, she hasn’t strayed too far from her hometown and her three-mile bubble. She grew up reading The Winter Garden Times and knew in the eighth grade she wanted to write for her community newspaper. She has been part of the writing and editing team since 1990.

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