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Maitland's upcoming events!

The city of Maitland will be rockin' all year with exciting events and programs. Just around the corner are a few of our most popular put on by our incredibly talented Leisure Services Department.

Movie in the Park

I hope you have a chance this year to take in one of our Movies in the Park, located at Quinn Strong Park behind the Maitland Senior Center. Let me just try to describe this experience — a 40-foot-by-40-foot movie screen is brought in to enhance your outdoor movie experience. Just like those old drive-in theaters used to be, but this time you're not climbing into the trunk to save a few dollars with your high school friends. This is a very laid back experience and fun for the whole family. Not only is there a movie to watch, but we bring in a great food vendor to sell popcorn, hot dogs and other treats for your evening snacks.

There is nothing sweeter than sitting back under the stars with your family and great friends in a clean environment, with great food and a great movie! You bring your family, and we'll bring the stars!

The city of Maitland's Leisure Services presents "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs!" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 13. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy Maitland's Movie in the Park!

Don't miss our second feature film at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 17, "Night at the Museum Part 2."

Movie in the Park 8 p.m. May 8 - Movie TDB

Men's basketball

Maitland Leisure Services is gearing up for its busy season, and we're proud to announce that Men's Basketball is back! We're using Maitland Middle School's gym, and we're kicking off our 3-man and 5-man teams. Registration is coming to an end, so I encourage you to call Darrell Jessee, our Athletic Sports coordinator, at 407-539-2830 to get information and register today!

Farmers' Market

Since moving to Lake Lily last year, our Farmers' Market has become one of the area's most recognizable markets! With such a gorgeous backdrop, it's a perfect Sunday family activity. If you haven't had the chance to come out, join us every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and visit the plethora of vendors selling everything from fresh bread to fresh seafood to fresh veggies! If you have come down to see us, make sure you keep coming back because we're adding new vendors every week!

Performing Arts of Maitland offers a unique experience as you stroll around the lake and make your purchases. Each week, they provide exceptional musicians and talented artists to make your market trip an unforgettable experience.

Party in the Park — celebrating 125 years!

Come join us on July 17 at the annual "Party in the Park," celebrating 125 years of Maitland's past and future. The fun begins at 3 p.m. down Maitland Avenue with the wildest parade any town could put together. Parade highlights will be the Model A Club, jugglers, clowns and The Outoons Marching Band — and that's just a bit of the many surprises we have in store. Just as the parade ends, more fun begins at Lake Lily Park…

Party in the Park festival will be showcasing many of our partners such as the Maitland Historical Society, Maitland Art Center, Performing Arts of Maitland, Maitland Public Library and many local businesses.

In addition to all other festivities, PJ the Clown will once again bring his balloon artistry to life, creating wonders and delights for youngsters. Our face painters can turn any frown upside down, all with the deft brush of their magical face paints.

Carnival games will challenge your skills with games of luck — for prizes! Summer eats and treats such as hotdogs, popcorn, cotton candy and more will be available for purchase.

Capping off this festive event, we are proud to present Maitland's fireworks show.

If you wish to become a sponsor for a Movie in the Park or Party in the Park please contact Mari Smith at 407-539-6268 or e-mail msmith@itsmymaitland.com

Keep moving forward Maitland!

—Special thanks to Kristine Neal and Mari Smith with Maitland's Leisure Services Department for their contributions to this week's City Talk.