Winter Park mayoral candidates Ken Bradley and Nancy Miles will debate on the following dates: 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Winter Park Public Library; 7:45 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce; and at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at Winter Park Towers.
On 7 p.m. Jan. 12, the Central Florida Anthropological Society meeting will feature a presentation by Dr. Nancy Marie White, professor of Anthropology at the University of South Florida. This presentation, “Adventures in Northwest Florida Archaeology”, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kevin Gidusko at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 321-948-3994.
“Winter Park Sip & Stroll” is 5 - 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, in downtown Winter Park. Enjoy wine and appetizer pairings at your favorite shops and restaurants on this unique walk through downtown Winter Park. Only 300 tickets are available, and each ticket costs $30 in advance. Visit winterpark.org
Art & History Museums – Maitland’s Culture & Cocktails is Friday, Jan. 13, from 6 to 9 p.m., both inside and outside of the A&H’s Germaine Marvel Building. Internationally renowned artist Doug Rhodehamel presents his newest immersive installation experience, BLUMP, complete with music to set the tone of the event.
At 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 13, University Club of Winter Park presents Soprano Daniela D’Ingiullo, who specializes in Italian Romanza opera of the late 19th and 20th centuries. She is also trained in German lieder. Her program will feature the works of Bellini, Puccini, and F. P. Tosti. Ms. D’Ingiullo has appeared as a soloist in various theaters and music fests in Europe and Mexico. Stetson University’s Holly Small, who is no stranger to the University Club, will accompany her. Both artists are pleased to present a program with original composer piano accompaniment. For tickets non-members cost $20, and must prepay by MC/Visa by Monday, Jan. 9; however, members’ tickets cost $15 (call the reservation line) by noon, Wednesday, Jan. 11. You won’t want to miss this one! For more information, call 407-644-6149 or visit http://www.universityclubwinterpark.org/
The Maitland Chamber of Commerce will open its doors to the public on Friday Jan. 13, with a new exhibition that marks the beginning of a new chapter and tradition in the history of the local arts. “Nature: Timeless Source of Inspiration” is opening at 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Jan.13 at 110 N. Maitland Ave. The second Friday of every month local residents will have the opportunity to meet the artists, enjoy live music and performances, while experiencing art and culture at the Chamber. For more information, contact email@example.com
Maitland Curator Richard Colvin will conduct a gallery walk of the exhibition “Borders of Paradise: The New World in the Eyes of Explorers” at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, in the Maitland Historical Museum, 221 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland.
Winter Park is proud to present the 10th annual Unity Heritage Festival on Sunday, Jan. 15, and Monday, Jan. 16. The festival begins on Sunday, Jan. 15, in Shady Park in Hannibal Square located at the intersection of Pennsylvania and New England avenues, from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The heritage festival continues in Shady Park on Monday, Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Join Mayor Ken Bradley and Winter Park city officials at 10 a.m. for a special Martin Luther King, Jr., symbolic program, including the Feature Family Presentation.
The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida has launched a new project to provide adults with an opportunity to share ideas in an informal environment. Beginning in January, community members are invited to participate in a bi-monthly book club focused on literature related to the Center’s mission. The first meeting of the group is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15. All book club meetings will be held in the library of the Holocaust Center, 851 N. Maitland Ave. in Maitland. There is no cost to participate in the book club, but RSVPs to the Holocaust Center are appreciated. Contact us at 407-628-0555 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On Jan 15, the Maitland Civic Center will be the host of the Maitland Coin and Currency Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show is free to the public and free door prizes will be given out to children and adults. Thirty coin and currency dealers will be buying, selling and trading a wide variety of coins, currency and stamps. Many dealers will offer free appraisals. More information about the show can be found at www.maitlandcoinshow.com or by calling 407-730-3116.
Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens presents “Artful Strings: Four Centuries of Harp Making” Jan. 17 through April 15. It provides visitors with behind-the-scene access into the International Harp Museum’s collection of rare and visually striking harps from antique to contemporary pieces. The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens, located at 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park, is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 – 4 p.m. For more information, call 407-647-6294 or visit www.polasek.org
“Florida Redistricting: Fair or Not?” part of the Great Lecture Series, is discussing the fifth and sixth amendment to the Florida constitution. In 2010, Florida citizens passed Amendments 5 and 6 to the Florida Constitution, which mandate fairness standards in drawing legislative and congressional district lines. By law, redistricting occurs every 10 years. Join the University Club of Winter Park at 7 p.m. on Jan. 17, as Florida League of Women Voters President Deirdre Macnab discusses the background and implications of the new laws. This event is free, though donations are accepted. For more information visit http://www.universityclubwinterpark.org/ or call 407-644-6149.
“Creative Floral Design” is at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the Winter Park Garden Club, 1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park. Margaret Kilpatrick, who is a master flower show judge and instructor, performs the general meeting and demonstration. This demonstration is free. For more information call 407-644-5770.
“Mayor & City Commission Luncheon” presented by Waste Pro is at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Winter Park Community Center, 721 W. New England Ave., Winter Park. Don't miss the annual State of the City Address. Tickets cost $35 for members, $40 for non-members, and $275 for Corporate Table for 8. Reserve your seat or corporate table today!
“Trivia 4 U”: Mark your calendars for exciting trivial pursuit games on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at University Club of Winter Park. Bring your friends and form your own team of 4 or 5 players or join other teams who are eager for new players. Your hosts, Charles Kulmann or Mike Anderson, bring new topical questions to each event, plus occasional surprises for the winners! Wines and snacks are provided, and it’s free. If you have any questions, please call 407-644-6149 or email http://www.universityclubwinterpark.org/
American Association of Individual Investors, Central Florida Chapter, will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave. (at Webster Ave.) in Winter Park. Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m. and the speaker begins at 7 p.m. Pre-registered price is $5 for AAII members, $7 for non-members or $10 at the door for everyone. For more information visit www.aaii.com or call 407-644-1607.
Association for Corporate Growth, Orlando Chapter presents "Insights on the Business and Political Transformation of Orlando" with expert panelists Jim Brown, Charlie Gray, Jim Hewitt and moderator Jacob Stuart on Wednesday, Jan. 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Citrus Club, 255 S. Orange Ave. #1800 Orlando. This costs $40 for ACG members; $65 for non-members. Online registration at www.ACG.org/Orlando is open through Monday, Jan. 16.
Anthony Cortese, president of Second Nature — a nonprofit organization with a mission to develop the national capacity to make healthy, just and sustainable action more prominent in higher education — will be coming to Rollins College on Jan. 18. He is speaking with students at 2 p.m. and giving a presentation on "Transforming Higher Education for a Sustainable Society" at 7 p.m.
The Maitland Fire Station’s dedication ceremony is 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, on Packwood Avenue between Maitland Avenue and Independence Lane. For more information and a gallery of construction progress photographs, visit itsmymaitland.com
“Florida’s Medicaid Waiver and Long-Term Care” webinar is Thursday, Jan. 19, from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Space is limited, so reserve your Webinar seat now at:
Please join us for a webinar on Florida's Medicaid program and changes that lie ahead for long-term care providers and beneficiaries. The Jessie Ball duPont Fund and the Winter Park Health Foundation will be releasing a new policy brief from researchers at the Georgetown Health Policy Institute. The issue brief will be made available on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 9:30 a.m. It can be found at http://hpi.georgetown.edu/floridamedicaid, http://www.dupontfund.org and http://www.wphf.org/
“Endangered Snail Kites by Zach Welch” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19. The program is free. No reservations are necessary. Located at Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. For more information call 407-637-2525 or visit www.orangeaudubonfl.org.
The Winter Park Farmers’ Market is every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located at the old train depot, 200 W. New England Ave. Visit CityofWinterPark.org
The Maitland Farmers’ Market is every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Located at Lake Lily Park. Visit ItsMyMaitland.com or call 407-539-6268.
Food Truck Café is every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lake Lily Park in Maitland.
The Winter Park Food Truck Stop is located at 1127 N. Orlando Ave. in Winter Park, and is open for food trucks 24/7. Follow the site on Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/FoodTruckStop
“Music at the Casa” is a free weekly Sunday open house featuring live performances and tours of the historic Casa Feliz, 656 N. Park Ave. Visit CasaFeliz.us or call 407-628-8200 ext. 3.
Art & History Museums - Maitland’s Culture and Cocktails takes place the second Friday of every month until April, both inside and outside of the Maitland Art Center’s Germaine Marvel Building, 210 W. Packwood Ave. Guests are sure to enjoy this evening of art, music, poetry, food and fun. For more information, phone 407-539-2181 or visit ArtandHistory.org
6-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, featuring artist Doug Rhodehamel
6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, featuring artists Cherie Dacko, Cake Marques and Tracy Burke
6-9 p.m. Friday, April 13, featuring artist Andrew Spear
The Art & History Museums – Maitland invites you to come and explore as it presents “Borders of Paradise: The New World in the Eyes of Explorers” through Feb. 26 at the Maitland Historical Museum, 221 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland. Call 407-539-2181 or visit www.ArtandHistory.org
Friday Nights at the Morse features free admission to the Morse Museum on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. through April 27. Occasional programs include live music, art demonstrations, curator tours and family tours. Visit MorseMuseum.org for details.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays in January at Morse Museum there are Curator Tours of the New Tiffany Wing from 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Space is limited and there are no advance reservations. Curator Tours are available on a first-come first-served basis and are free with the price of admission.
The 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Florida Vocal Competition is Saturday, 10:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Trinity Preparatory School Auditorium, 5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park. For information contact 407-922-4688 or Swantje1@hotmail.com
The Seasons 52 Park Avenue 5.2k presented by Florida Hospital as the 5th race of the Track Shack Running Series. Saturday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 a.m. is the 5.2k (3.2 miles). Then, at 8:45 a.m. is the Healthy 100 Kids' Run. The Awards Presentation is at 9 a.m. Please plan to arrive 45 minutes to one hour early due to traffic. Stage at Central Park, Winter Park, at the corner of Garfield Ave and Park Avenue. Visit http://www.trackshack.com/events/individual/parkave/parkave.shtml
Experience the "coolest" event of the year at Aquatica on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Polar Plunge, presented by Florida Professional Firefighters. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the opening ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Those who raise or donate a minimum $100 may come to Aquatica and take the Plunge. For full details and to register, visit www.specialolympicsflorida.org/polarplunge
The Art & History Museums – Maitland adult and children classes begin on Monday Jan. 23. Participants can choose from an array of creative classes that range from basic to advanced drawing, stained glass, jewelry making, painting, pottery, printmaking, gyotaku, etching, and more! Visit www.ArtandHistory.org. You can also register by phone at 407-539-2181 extension 265, or in person at the Art and History Museums – Maitland, at 231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday – Friday, and between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The Maitland Public Library has bedtime stories for all ages at 6 p.m. every Monday. Preschool story time is 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday. Infant and toddler story time is at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday. Reading buddies is Thursdays at 4 p.m. Call 407-647-7700 for more information.
The Crosby Observatory atop the Orlando Science Center is open for seasonal sky-watching every first and third Saturday from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. until Feb. 18. Admission includes a live planetarium show. Tickets are $10. Call 407-514-2000 or visit www.osc.org
Kids of all ages will love Touch-A-Truck, a unique, interactive community event held in a festival-type atmosphere where children can climb on, learn about, and explore various trucks, as well as meet the people who use these vehicles. Hosted by Maitland Community Preschool at Orangewood Presbyterian Church, Touch-A-Truck is pure fun for the whole family! Touch-A-Truck is Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 1300 W. Maitland Blvd. Maitland, FL 32751. Admission is $5 (Family max. $20). Visit www.orangewood.org/touchatruck.