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. 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 at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18. It can be found at tinyurl.com/Florida-Medicaid. Space is limited, so reserve your webinar seat now at:
“Endangered Snail Kites by Zach Welch” at 7 p.m. is Thursday, Jan. 19. The program is free. No reservations are necessary. It is located at Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. For more information, call 407-637-2525 or visit orangeaudubonfl.org
There will be a presentation on the history of Maitland’s Central Parks at the Maitland Public Library on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. Resident Pushpa Seth has made discoveries about the history of the block of land familiarly known as the Municipal Complex that may affect its future use and the vision for Maitland's downtown redevelopment. Register as soon as possible by calling 407-647-7700 to ensure a seat.
Self-taught and nationally recognized African-American artist “Missionary” Mary Proctor will speak at the opening reception for an exhibit of her highly distinctive work. The exhibit will be open from Friday, Jan. 20, through Saturday, April 21, and will be hosted at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center in Winter Park. Proctor will speak at the opening reception, scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 20, at the center. The exhibit will showcase work from Proctor’s personal collection in Tallahassee, as well as the permanent collection from the Mennello Museum of American Art. The exhibit will culminate with the third Annual Hannibal Square Heritage Center Folk Art and Traditional Craft Festival on Saturday, April 21.
The Winter Park Playhouse proudly presents the professional Central Florida premiere of the hit off-Broadway musical comedy “I Love You Because – A Modern-Day Musical Love Story,” running Jan. 20-Feb. 11. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, at 2 p.m. select Sundays (Jan. 29 and Feb. 5) and at 2 p.m.Thursday (2/9). Tickets are $38 evening / $35 senior evening / $28 matinees / $20 industry professionals and students 25 & younger.
The Breakthrough Theatre will present the Mark Medoff play, “Children of a Lesser God,” from Jan. 20 – Feb. 5. It is a love story about a speech teacher who falls for a beautiful yet distant deaf girl in a small New England school for the deaf, and the obstacles that they face due to their differences. Show times are Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m., and also Thursday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m.
The EGAD! Art lab will be hosting an Art Exhibition titled “No Stone Unturned,” which is an exhibit of photography by Observer culture columnist Josh Garrick. The reception will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20 and the exhibit will be open from Jan. 20 to Feb.12. It is located at 1405 Highland Ave. in Melbourne.
The First Congregational Church of Winter Park will be holding a Rummage Sale from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21. It is located at 225 S. Interlachen Ave. in Winter Park, on the corner of New England and Interlachen Avenue.
On Saturday, Jan. 21, the Maitland Woman's Club will be holding its winter Antiques and Collectibles Sale at the Maitland Civic Center. This is a fundraiser for local organizations and charities. The hours are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be for sale. There is no admittance and parking is free. For more info and vendor tables available, call Linda at 407-830-6373.
Early voting is scheduled to begin in Orange County on Saturday, Jan 21. Ten centers are available to eligible voters through Saturday, Jan. 28 including:
Winter Park Library, 460 E. New England Ave., Winter Park (10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day) Visit www.orangecountyvotes.com for more information.
Camellia Society of Central Florida’s (CSCF) 66th Annual Camellia Show and Festival will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mead Botanical Garden at 1500 S. Denning Drive in Winter Park. Sanctioned by the American Camellia Society, the CSCF show and festival is Florida’s largest camellia show. For more information call 407-886-7917 or visit camelliacfl.com
The Orange Audubon Society will take a field trip to the Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area and nearby Overstreet Road on Saturday, Jan. 21. Meet to carpool at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the now-closed Albertson’s at the corner of South Orange Avenue and Michigan Street. A Publix and an Office Depot are also in this shopping center. For more information, contact Bob Sanders at 407-454-0542.
Did you know the A&H has its own working foundry? It is located on the A&H's Maitland Art Center campus and is the place where many bronze masterworks have been created. We invite you to come and see bronze casting in action at a bronze pour on Saturday, Jan 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The pour is free and open to the public.
The band 20 Shades will have a performance at 8 p.m. on Jan. 21 at The Haven. It is located at 6700 Aloma Ave. in Winter Park. The band will be performing songs from their new album, “Birth.”
At 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, the Winter Park Institute at Rollins College will host an event with guest speaker Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison — a psychiatry professor, author of “An Unquiet Mind,” and recipient of numerous national and international scientific awards. Dr. Jamison will describe her struggle since adolescence with manic-depressive illness and will recount how it has shaped her life. The event is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required. Parking is available in the SunTrust parking garage on Lyman Avenue. For more information, visit rollins.edu/wpi
2012 Florida Film Festival launches a new contest. Buy your 2012 Florida Film Festival ticket packages and passes now and you may find yourself in possession of a coveted Golden Ticket! How to enter: Every other Tuesday starting Jan. 24, a winner will be drawn at random from the names of all persons who have purchased Festival ticket packages or passes. So the sooner you enter – the better your chances of winning! Golden Ticket winners have the option of choosing between three uniquely-Enzian VIP Experiences. www.floridafilmfestival.com
“Fun with Flowers” will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the Winter Park Garden Club, located at 1300 S.Denning Drive in Winter Park. "Making a floral arrangement for your home, Happy New Year," will be held on this day. The cost to attend is $20. Please pay by Jan. 20. For more information, call 407-644-5770.
In a series of Morse Museum lectures that begin in January, three of today’s most noted American scholars in the fields of architecture and decorative arts will provide their insights into the splendor and mystery of Laurelton Hall, the most personal project of Tiffany’s career. The speakers include Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen on Jan. 25, art historian Martin Eidelberg on Feb. 22, and architectural historian Richard Guy Wilson on March 28. Admission is free. The lectures are being held on select Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. in the Jeannette G. and Hugh F. McKean Pavilion, 161 W. Canton Ave., just behind the museum.
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. For more information, visit CityofWinterPark.org
The Maitland Farmers’ Market is every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Located at Lake Lily Park. For more information, 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. For more information, 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, located at 210 W. Packwood Ave. Guests are sure to enjoy this evening of art, music, poetry, food and fun. For more information, call 407-539-2181 or visit ArtandHistory.org. The schedule includes artists Cherie Dacko, Cake Marques and Tracy Burke, performing 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, as well as artist Andrew Spear, performing 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 13.
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 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 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 Maitland Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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 bimonthly book club focused on literature related to the Center’s mission. All book club meetings will be held in the library of the Holocaust Center, located at 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 email@example.com
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 polasek.org
Maitland presents the Children’s Art & History Festival on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the A&H’s Maitland Art Center, located at 231 W. Packwood Ave. Only 60 tickets are available. Thirty are available through the ArtsFest lottery. Visit www.ArtsFestFl.com through Jan. 21 and click on the Ticket Lottery button.
The 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Florida Vocal Competition is 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Trinity Preparatory School Auditorium, located at 5700 Trinity Prep Lane in Winter Park. Call 407-922-4688 or Swantje1@hotmail.com
The Seasons 52 Park Avenue 5.2k is at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, (3.2 miles). Then, at 8:45 a.m. is the Healthy 100 Kids' Run. Stage at Central Park, Winter Park, at the corner of Garfield Ave and Park Avenue. Visit tinyurl.com/seasons5k
The Art & History Museums – Maitland adult and children classes begin on Monday Jan. 23. Visit www.ArtandHistory.org
Maitland Public Library events:
Reading Buddies, a reading enhancement program, will happen at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, with fun activities for k-2 graders.
Maitland’s Central Parks: Our Cultural Heritage, a presentation on the history of Maitland’s Central Parks, will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19. Register by calling 407-647-7000.
There will be blood pressure checks by the Maitland Fire & Rescue at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 20. An LCC Social Networking Lab, will happen at 10 a.m. Please register to attend.
LCC: How to Create Poetry workshop, Part 1 will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21. Please register to attend.
There will be an LCC Literature Science Fiction presentation on Anime from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23. Please register to attend.
There will be an LCC Social Networking event for seniors at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Learn how to use Skype. Please register to attend.
Books to Die For! Mystery Book Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24. The title selected for January is “Sarah’s Key” by De Rosnay.
What you need to know about Medicare presentation will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Please register to attend.
A Contemporary Author Book Discussion Group will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 25. at 1:30 p.m. The title selected for January is “Paris Wife” by McLain.
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 4 p.m. on Thursdays. Call 407-647-7700 for more information.
The Crosby Observatory atop the Orlando Science Center is open for seasonal sky-watching from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. every first and third Saturday 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 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 1300 W. Maitland Blvd. in Maitland. Admission is $5 (Family max. $20). Visit www.orangewood.org/touchatruck