The exhibit “Life? or Theater?”, now at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Maitland, 851 N Maitland Ave., provides a provocative view of artist Charlotte Salomon’s brief existence. It is on display now through Dec. 27. For more information, visit www.holocaustedu.org.
Dorothy Mays from Olin Library, Rollins College, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 about the challenges and the history of Gatorland, as well as, other mid-tier tourist attractions that have struggled to survive in the modern era. It will be on UCF Library Main Campus, Room 223. This program is free. For more information, call 407-823-5982 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Winter Park Florida Blue Center and H&R Block tax professionals is hosting a free seminar from 3-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 to help employers understand and take advantage of a new federal tax credit created by health care reform law. To register, small business owners should visit www.FloridaBlueTaxCredit.com
The traditional day of Czech Independence will be celebrated with free admission to the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28. For more information, call 407-647-6294 or visit www.polasek.org
Make a Stand USA will be hosting an extraordinary event five days before the Nov. 2 elections. This is a statewide event, and citizens of all ages and denominations are invited to enjoy a night of live music, guest speakers and passionate patriotism from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 at Cranes Roost at Uptown Altamonte. For more information, visit www.makeastandusa.com
The first Christian Chamber Fall Festival at Wet ‘n Wild from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 is open to both chamber members and non-members with an all-you-can-eat hamburger and hotdog cookout, reserved covered area with special activities for families and kids of all ages and more. For more information, call 407-484-3899.
The Orange Audubon Society is hosting their last Beginner’s Bird ID Class from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. To reserve a space, please contact Teresa Williams at email@example.com or 407-644-0796.
JCC of Greater Orlando 39ers present Allan Lieberman, guitar player and singer of Jewish folk music and Jewish tales, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 at the Maitland JCC, 851 N Maitland Ave. The cost is $5 per person in advance for JCC members, $7 per person for nonmembers and at the door. For more information, call Emily Newman at 407-645-5933 x244 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Winter Park Presbyterian Church, 415 S Lakemont Ave., will celebrate the Kirkin of the Tartans at their 11 a.m. service on Sunday, Oct. 31. You are invited to worship with us and witness this special service, which blesses the Tartans and respective families of the Scottish traditions and the Presbyterian Church, which had its beginnings in Scotland at the time of the Reformation.
Winter Park Executive Women meet at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 1 at the Winter Park Welcome Center/Chamber of Commerce, 151 W. Lyman Ave. Sabrina Collins of BankFIRST will share “Understanding & Comparing Merchant Services.” RSVP by Thursday, Oct. 28 at WinterPark.org. It’s $20 for members and $25 for non-members.
MetroPlan Orlando is seeking public input on a proposed amendment to Central Florida’s 2030 Long Range Transportation Plan and five-year Transportation Improvement Program. The proposed amendment would incorporate the first element of Florida’s planned high-speed rail system. The public hearing is at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1 at 315 E. Robinson St., Ste 355, Orlando. For more information, call 407-481-5672.
Interfaith Dialogue: “Islamaphobia: Is it Real?” will be held from 1-2:25 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1 at the Valencia Community College, East Campus. As part of Islam Awareness Week at Valencia Community College, the Rev. Bryan Fulwider, senior minister of First Congregational Church of Winter Park, will be speaking along with Muslim friends on the topic of Islamic intolerance.
Clean the World hosts its first charity golf tournament at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1 to promote a hygiene revolution through the recycling and distribution of hotel soaps and amenities. It’s at the Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes in Longwood. Visit cleantheworld.org for more information.
The Friends of Casa Feliz are pleased to announce that Bernie Martin will be the featured artist in the Fifth Annual Art at the Casa, scheduled for Nov. 3- 10. Looking at Bernie Martin’s paintings, one might surmise they were viewing the works of a 19th century impressionist. Groups interested in a formal, guided tour of Casa Feliz during the art show should contact Betsy Owens at email@example.com.
The Tarflower Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2 at Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave. Deborah Green, environmental science instructor, will present slides and anecdotes from her new book, “A Naturalist’s Guide to Central Florida”, profiling some of the special places within a two-hour drive from Orlando. The public is cordially invited to this free program. Come early, enjoy the refreshments, and visit with other native plant enthusiasts.
The Founder’s Day procession kicks off Rollins’ 125th anniversary celebration Thursday, Nov. 4 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Winter Park City Hall, 401 S. Park Ave. in Winter Park. The procession will head south on Park Avenue and end at Alfond Sports Center in Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park.
Samaritan Care Hospice of Florida (serving Orange and Osceola counties) will host a free “Volunteer Casting Call for Care” in November to meet with individuals within the community who might be interested in volunteering with the hospice and palliative care provider. They will be offered at Samaritan’s offices at 1300 N. Semoran Blvd., Suite 210, on Thursday, Nov. 4 from 5-7 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; and, Saturday, Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. - noon. For more information, contact Diane Klebanow at 407-514-1327 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Orange County Retired Educators Association will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 4 at College Park United Methodist Church, 644 W. Princeton St., Orlando. There will be a program by Tom MacCubbin on “Getting Ready for Winter in the Garden.” Visit our website at ocrea-fl.org or call 407-677-0446. Anyone who has worked in education is invited to join.
On Thursday, Nov. 4, Josh Garrick, writer, photographer, fine art curator and consultant to the Rose Room Gallery will exhibit “No Stone Unturned, a Photographic Celebration of Ancient Greece” at the Peabody Auditorium, 600 Auditorium Blvd., Daytona Beach, through Jan. 11. An Art Talk by Garrick is from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18. The box office may be reached at 386-671-3462.
Beginning Friday, Nov. 5, The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art will once again extend Friday night hours to 8 p.m. and offer free admission for all from 4-8 p.m.
During Friday Nights at the Morse, visitors are invited to enjoy complimentary admission to the galleries every Friday night from November through April with occasional live music, art demonstrations and family tours planned throughout the season. For more information about exhibitions, events and programs, please visit www.morsemuseum.org.
UCP of Central Florida will celebrate 55 years of creating lasting memories in the community with its annual The Faces Behind the Miracles Fundraising Breakfast on Friday, Nov. 5 from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Orlando. RSVP online at ucpcfl.org/faces or call 407-852-3308.
Winter Park High School class of 1985 is celebrating their 25-year class reunion on Nov. 5-6. Please contact Lucy Morse Roberts at email@example.com.
On Friday night, Nov. 5, don your wildest floral shirt or breeziest tropical attire and head to the Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs Hotel. It’s the VIP Florribean Reception and Silent Auction to benefit Save the Manatee Club, part of the 21st Annual Crystal Reel Awards Gala that weekend, presented by the Florida Motion Picture and Television Association-Metro Orlando Chapter (FMPTA). Reception and Silent Auction festivities start at 7:30 p.m. in the Royal Palms Ballroom of the hotel. Admission is $15. Visit www.savethemanatee.org/crystal_reel_event_tix_info.pdf.
Join the Orlando Science Center as they celebrate Halloween with Lil’ Frankenstein’s Monster Bash from 10 a.m. - noon on Saturday, Oct. 30. It’s part of a series geared to engage your preschoolers (ages 3-5) in Halloween activities while still learning through science. Each participant will bring home a certificate, craft and memories. The workshop will also include a snack, exhibit hall and a story. The Orlando Science Center is at 777 E. Princeton St. It is $25 per parent and child, and $5 per additional person. To register, call 407-514-2112 or visit www.osc.org.
The YMCA is hosting the seventh annual Family Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 at Cady Way Pool, 2525 Cady Way. The festival will be filled with YMCA healthy living and child development activities for the entire family to enjoy, including old-fashioned hayrides, a pumpkin patch, inflatable bounce houses and more. For more information, call 407-644-1509 or visit www.centralfloridaymca.org.
The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, in partnership with the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, invites high school students to compete in the 18th Annual Young Artist Competition on Saturday, Nov. 20. Prizes are awarded in both the preliminary and finalist rounds for a total of $5,000, one of the largest combined prize winnings in the state. Visit www.BachFestivalFlorida.org/outreach to download an Application Form. Completed applications must be received by Wednesday, Nov. 3.
The Outer Toons, the world’s only Cartoon Band & Educational experience located in Orlando, will be performing at Princeton Elementary School at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5. The performance has an emphasis on musical education in the school system. For more information, visit www.outertoons.com.
Children’s programming continues in the Maitland Public Library, 501 S. Maitland Ave. Call 407-647-7700 for information.
-6 p.m. Mondays: Bedtime Stories
-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays: Preschoolers Story Time and Crafts
-10:30 a.m. Thursdays: Babies Stories
-10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29: Dracula Movie Marathon
-3-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30: Phantom of the Opera Show and Youth Masquerade Ball — come in costume!
Families are invited to the Red-Nosed Reindeer Romp, a magical evening at the Orlando Museum of Art, from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17. Admission to the event is $12, for all ages, (children younger than 3 are free), and tickets may be purchased in advance at the OMA or by calling 407-896-4231 x 254. For more information, visit www.councilof101.net.