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The 2011 Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities will be held on Jan. 22-30 in Eatonville.

The 2011 Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities will be held on Jan. 22-30 in Eatonville.

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Thursday

The Albin Polasek Museum in Winter Park will host “Painting Dappled Light,” a three-day workshop given by Morgan Samuel Price. The workshops will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 20-22. Visit MorganSamuelPrice.com

Dr. Ryan C. W. Hall, M.D, will discuss "The Psychology of Aging" at the Newcomers of Central Florida's luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 20 at the Westin Lake Mary-Orlando North, 2974 International Parkway. Tickets are $23, reservations required. Contact 407-359-1497 or visit NewComersCFL.org

At 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, the Winter with the Writers series at Rollins College features Jim Shepard, who has published six novels and four story collections, including the forthcoming “You Think That’s Bad.” Readings, on-stage interviews and book signings begin at 8 p.m. Visit http://www.rollins.edu/winterwiththewriters or call 407-646-2666.

The Goldenrod Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Business After Hours from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20 at Smokey Bones Restaurant on State Road 436 and Howell Branch Road. Visit GoldenrodChamber.com

Friday

The American Legion Auxiliary Orlando Memorial Unit 19 will be hosting the department president's visit to the Sixth District from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21 at 2101 Lee Road, Orlando. Dinner and show is $6. Contact kathy@derouin.com or 407-733-7753.

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"Be Prepared: Boy Scouts of America" exhibit opens on Jan. 22.

The annual Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Membership Awards Celebration will honor State Rep. Dean Cannon, speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, as Winter Park’s Citizen of the Year. The dinner is at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21 with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 for individuals and $550 for table of eight. Visit WinterPark.org

There will be an opening reception for an instructor/student exhibition and show featuring clay and ceramic art pieces by Cindy McDowell, Rachel Shipley and Wynn Smith from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21 at Scott Laurent Collection, 348 N. Park Ave. in Winter Park.

At 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21, Dr. Bob Rosenberg will provide the program, “Get the Most Out of Life,” a peak performance workshop, at the Maitland Public Library. Registration is a must; contact 407-647-7700.

“Connecting Andre Smith and Zora Neale Hurston: Maitland and Eatonville as Joining Communities” will open at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center with a reception at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21. The exhibit coincides with the Zora! Festival.

Saturday

Florida Hospital presents Seasons 52 Park Avenue 5k at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22 in Central Park. Seasons 52 Fresh Grill and Wine Bar celebrates the enjoyment of living a fit and healthy lifestyle and a new year by sponsoring this race through beautiful Winter Park. Admission is $27 through Friday, Jan. 21 and $30 on the day of the event. Visit TrackShack.com or contact 407-896-1160.

The 2011 Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities will be held on Jan. 22-30 in Eatonville. The 2012 theme is “The Rise of Community: The Town of Eatonville Models 125 Years of Self-Governance.” Visit ZoraFestival.com for a list of events.

Special Olympics Florida and Aquatica are inviting the brave at heart to experience the “coolest” event of the year at Aquatica on Saturday, Jan. 22 at the second annual “Polar Plunge” benefiting Special Olympics Florida. Those who raise or donate a minimum $50 may come to Aquatica and take the Plunge. Minimum age to Plunge is 15. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Opening Ceremony and Plunge at 11 a.m. Those who Plunge get to stay and play at Aquatica all day!

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“Connecting Andre Smith and Zora Neale Hurston: Maitland and Eatonville as Joining Communities" opens Jan. 21.

The Maitland Art and History Association will open the 2011 exhibition season in its “We Make History” Community Gallery on Saturday, Jan. 22, entitled Be Prepared: Boy Scouts of America. The public opening of the exhibition will be from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22 at the Maitland Historical Museum located at 221 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland and continues through April 10.

Join John McGrath of JM Canine Services for a six-week long basic dog training classes at 9:30 a.m. every Saturday beginning Jan. 22 for dogs four months of age and older. Visit JMCanineServices.com or call 407-399-1090.

Golfweek’s Golfest, the nation’s largest outdoor golf lifestyle extravaganza and demo day, will kick off its annual event series Jan. 22-23 at ChampionsGate Golf Club in Orlando. It’s open to the public and will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults; children 16 and younger are free. Tickets can also be purchased online at Golfest.com

Monday

The University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave. offers Ballroom Dancing lessons at 7 p.m. every Monday. $5 donation. Refreshments provided. Contact 407-644-6149.

Tuesday

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25 “Present at the Creation: Three Visits to a Creator’s Workshop—Making an Opera” with Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal drama and cultural critic will be at Tiedtke Concert Hall, R.D. Keene Hall, Rollins College. Visit WinterParkInstitute.org or call 407-691-1995.

Wednesday

The Central Florida Transportation Construction Career Forum will be held from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26 at the Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando. Topics and activities include SunRail, High-Speed Rail, effective resume writing and mock interviewing. Pre-registration is available at ccdfl.com; select ‘Central Florida’. For more

Information, contact Lorie Wilson at 386-943-5346.

“Greg Dawson – From Ukraine to Julliard: A Piano Prodigy’s Holocaust Odyssey” will be at the Bush Science Center Auditorium, Rollins College at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26. Dawson and his mother will discuss and answer questions about “Hiding in the Spotlight,” Dawson’s account of her remarkable story, which also sheds light on the little-known history of the Holocaust in Ukraine. Visit WinterParkInstitute.org or call 407-691-1995.

Winter Park Garden Club Games Day for endowed scholarships at University of Central Florida will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26 at the Winter Park Garden Club, 1300 S. Denning Drive. There will be table games, door prizes and a silent auction. Cost including lunch is $20. Register by Friday, Jan. 21. Call 407-644-5770.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents three classic and beloved masterpieces – William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” and the epic adventure “Beowulf” – in rotating repertory! “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” begins previews on Wednesday, Jan. 26. “Pride and Prejudice” begins previews on Wednesday, Feb. 9. “Beowulf” opens in the Mandell Theater on Feb. 23. All run through March 20. Visit OrlandoShakes.org

Thursday

Planet Beach Baldwin Park will debut the opening of “Repopulating the Planet,” a group exhibit on Thursday, Jan. 27. The exhibit will host a reception from 6-9 p.m. and is free and open to the public, located at 4859 New Broad St. in the Baldwin Park Village Center. Contact Brad Biggs at 407-247-4552 or e-mail theartshubfl@aol.com

Family Calendar

The 2011 Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities will be held Jan. 22-30 in Eatonville. The 2012 theme is “The Rise of Community: The Town of Eatonville Models 125 Years of Self-Governance.” Visit ZoraFestival.com for a list of events.

The Maitland Art and History Association will open the 2011 exhibition season in its “We Make History” Community Gallery from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22 titled “Be Prepared: Boy Scouts of America” at the Maitland Historical Museum, 221 W. Packwood Ave. It continues through April 10.

A free night out for Maitland JCC members will be held from 6:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22. Bring your children to enjoy winter activities such as making an indoor snowman, decorating gingerbread cookies and enjoying hot chocolate.

Come experience a winter wonderland like no other, featuring: skating, sledding, carriage rides, real snow, bounce houses, crafts, silent auction, real penguins, and live entertainment by Mr. Richard! The Winter Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30 at the JCC’s Jack and Lee Rosen Campus, 11184 S. Apopka-Vineland Road. Register online in advance at OrlandoWinterFestival.org and receive five free activity tickets! For more information, contact Brenda Sher at 407-387-5330.

The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra will host its annual Celebration of Music Education Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13 at College Park Baptist Church, 1914 Edgewater Drive. Tickets for the concert range from $8 - $30, with two complimentary tickets available to any music educator in Central Florida. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the FSYO office at 407-999-7800 between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased online at fsyo.org

The Just Between Friends consignment store is hosting its spring sale from Feb. 18-20 at the Maitland Civic Center, 641 S. Maitland Ave. Save on children’s and maternity clothing, furniture, DVDs, toys and more. Admission is $2 on Friday and free Saturday and Sunday. Visit CentralFlorida.JBFSale.com/ to be a consignor or volunteer at the event.

Children’s programming continues in the Maitland Public Library, 501 S. Maitland Ave. Story times for toddlers and preschoolers are at 6 p.m. every Monday and 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday. Baby story time is at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday. Reading Buddies, a program to help reluctant readers, is at 4 p.m. every Thursday. For information, call 407-647-7700.