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Author and Orlando Sentinel columnist Greg Dawson will discuss his inspiring new book on Thursday, Sept. 16.

Author and Orlando Sentinel columnist Greg Dawson will discuss his inspiring new book on Thursday, Sept. 16.

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The University Club of Winter Park will be showing “LaScala” for this month’s “Second Thursday for Opera Lovers” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept 9. For more information, call 407-644-6149 or visit www.universityclubwinterpark.org

The Central Florida Anthropological Society’s free, monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9 in Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., will feature the presentation “Archaeology and Iconography: The Emergence of the Maya Tlaloc” by Amanda Groff, M.A., anthropology instructor at University of Central Florida.

The Woman’s Club of Winter Park will host its Annual Membership Tea at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9 where attendees can learn about club activities. For more information, call 407-644-2237 or visit www.womansclubofwinterpark.com

The Maitland Woman’s Club, now serving their community for 62 consecutive years, will once again host their Antiques, Collectibles, Art, Crafts and More sale to benefit local charities from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Maitland Civic Center, 641 S. Maitland Ave. (adjacent to Lake Lily). Food, cold beverages and coffee will also be sold. For more information, contact Linda Zeitler at 407-830-6373.

“Forces of Nature,” a film that takes viewers from the very brink of erupting volcanoes along shuddering fault lines and barreling toward angry funnel clouds, premieres on the giant screen at the Cocktails and Cosmos event from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Orlando Science Center. For more information, visit www.osc.org or call 407-514-2000.

Members of First Congregational Church of Winter Park, 225 S. Interlachen Ave., will mark the start of a new year of education, music and spiritual exploration programs at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 12 for Back to Church Sunday. During this celebration, parents can register children for Sunday School, and the choir will return under the direction of Dr. John Sinclair. For more information, call 407-647-2416.

Meeting room doors at Leu Gardens will open at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12 and starting at 2:30 p.m. will be “Ways to Create a Garden Habitat for Birds” presented by Allan Jahmer of Wild Birds Unlimited. Come find out which birds are frequent visitors to gardens, which species can be encouraged to set up house in your area and which feeders are best for your yard. E-mail Roses4Friends@aol.com for more information.

A free fall floral design program will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14 at the Winter Park Garden Club, 1300 S. Denning Drive. Cheryl Dunning, owner of Special Event Floral, will present “Learn How to Create a Fall Door Spray and Centerpiece.” Call 407-644-5770 for more information.

The Orlando Garden Club, 710 E. Rollins St., is sponsoring the second in a series of six horticulture classes titled “Digging It” with a lecture, demonstration and participation in horticulture on Aroids from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14. Pre-registration for $60 is required for the class series. Registration forms and more information on class topics can be obtained by e-mailing otherclaire@yahoo.com or by calling 407-426-8759.

The Monthly Goldenrod Chamber Luncheon will be held at the Goldenrod Station, 4755 N. Palmetto Ave. at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14. Speaker Eric Shulman will continue his Sadler training on “Break the Rules and Close More Sales.”

The Classical Music Group of Woman’s Club of Winter Park is proud to present acclaimed pianist Anne McLean, former professor at Stetson University’s School of Music, at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15. For more information, call 407-644-2237 or visit www.womansclubofwinterpark.com

Author and Orlando Sentinel columnist Greg Dawson will discuss his inspiring new book, “Hiding in the Spotlight”, at the Newcomers of Central Florida’s luncheon at the Hilton Altamonte Springs at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16. The book tells the true story of how Greg’s mother and her sister avoided capture during World War II by posing as piano-playing entertainers for the unsuspecting Nazis. Luncheon tickets are $23. Call 407-359-1497 or e-mail Parrish407@bellsouth.net to make a reservation.

The Orange Audubon Society is presenting “Rehabilitating Birds of Prey” by Paula Ashby and Carol McCorkle of the Avian Reconditioning Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16 in Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave. For more information call 407-637-2525 or visit www.orangeaudubonfl.org.

The Winter Park Institute opens its third season at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19 with An Animated Magazine Recreation, featuring Billy Collins, senior distinguished fellow of Winter Park Institute, and former U.S. Poet Laureate Terry Teachout, the Wall Street Journal drama and cultural critic. It’s held at the Mary Jean Plaza at Rollins College. All WPI events are free and open to the public. Visit winterparkinstitute.org for more details.

Piano Concert Series of the Florida International Piano Competition presents classical pianist Santiago Rodriguez at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19 at the Lowndes Shakespeare Theater, 812 E. Rollins St. Tickets range from $10-$30. Call 407-645-2525 or visit www.FloridaPiano.org.

“Iridology: Your Eyes Reveal Your Health” will be held from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19 at the Yoga Shala, 927 Pennsylvania Ave. in Winter park. It is free. Iridology is an analysis of the color and structure of the eye used to determine levels of health of all organs, systems and tissues of the body. The eyes also reveal what traits have been inherited. To RSVP, call Samadhi Keever at 407-252-1397.

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band, as they open the fall season for the Central Florida Jazz Society from 3-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19. The Central Florida Jazz Society concerts are held at The Plaza Theatre, 425 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando. Tickets are $13 for members and $20 for nonmembers. College students are $3 and those high school age or younger are free. Tickets are available in the lobby, at the box office and online at ThePlazaTheatre.com

Family Calendar

The grand opening of Little People’s Theatre Co. is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at 1425 Tuskawilla Road #145 in Winter Springs. The fall weekend shows will begin with “Red Riding Hood and the Monkey-Flower Wolf” at 1:30 p.m. and “Hansel and Gretel and the Wicked Witch of Candyville” at 3 p.m. and will continue through Sunday, Nov. 21. Six additional children’s plays will run during the remainder of the school year such as “Wilbur the Christmas Mouse” and “Pinocchio’s Christmas Journey” from Saturday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Jan. 9. Visit Home.earthlink.net/~anon709/littlepeoplestheatrecompany for more information

Bring the whole family and enjoy carnival games, giant inflatables, music, contests, food and more at Orangewood Christian School’s second annual Community Family Fun Day from 3-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, at 1300 W. Maitland Blvd. This event features a bungee run, rock climb wall, slide, mini golf course, quarterback toss and a Velcro wall! Admission and parking are free and game and concession tickets are sold separately. For details, call 407- 339-0223 or visit www.orangewoodchristian.org

Young artists grab your crayons, camera, paintbrush or other materials and create a two-dimensional piece of art that shows how fair trade helps the world for an art competition sponsored by Ten Thousand Villages of Winter Park. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: elementary, middle and high school categories. Winning entries will be displayed at the store through November and first-place winners will be showcased nationwide through the Ten Thousand Villages network. Submissions are due by Oct. 16. For more information or a submission packet, contact Dena Wild at FairTradeTTV@gmail.com

University of Central Florida students joined more than 80,000 Americans who have pledged not to text and drive through Allstate’s “X the TXT” campaign by adding their thumbprints to a pledge banner as a symbol of their promise not to text and drive. The event, hosted by the Scott Rose Allstate agency, was held in the Student Union during UCF’s 2010 Welcome Expo for new students. To take the pledge, visit www.facebook.com/thumbsuppledge

Children’s programming continues in the Maitland Public Library, 501 S. Maitland Ave. Call 507-647-7700 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

-1-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11: Reading Paws – young readers can read to specially trained service dogs.

-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11: Second Saturday program for children, all ages.