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Law enforcement officers will increase traffic enforcement through Sunday, Nov. 25. The around-the-clock focus will be toward seatbelt enforcement.
The Winter Park Playhouse Spotlight Cabaret Series will present Shawn Kilgore in “Optimistic Voices” on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include a drink from the bar. Upon selling out, standing room tickets are $10. No drink included. Seating is limited to 54, so advance reservations are strongly recommended. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at 407-645-0145 and visit the theatre’s website WinterParkPlayhouse.org for more information.
Coffee Talk with Commissioner Tom McMacken is 8 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Winter Park Welcome Center.
Sip & Stroll on Park Avenue is Thursday, Nov. 15, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Park Avenue. Enjoy an evening in downtown Winter Park and stroll to your favorite Park Avenue area shops and restaurants on this unique wine walk. Check out what’s in store this holiday season — and save — while enjoying food and drink samples from more than 20 participating merchants. Visit WinterPark.org
The Winter Park Institute will host civil rights activist Martin Luther King III at “Continuing the Legacy: The Civil Rights Struggles of the 21st Century.” King is the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. He will call attention to global injustices and the steps needed to make equality for all a reality. King has dedicated himself to implementing nonviolence and peace to rid the world of social, political and economic injustices. He will speak at 12:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Rollins College Knowles Memorial Chapel. Both events are free and open to the public. Free parking available in the SunTrust parking garage. For more information, visit WinterParkInstitute.org
The Orange Audubon Society will host Karen DeVos in “The Life and Times of Marjorie Rawlings: A One-Woman Show” on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. The program is free and no reservations are needed. The program will be at Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. For more information, visit OrangeAudubonFL.org or call 407-637-2525.
The Winter in the Park holiday ice skating rink returns to Winter Park’s Central Park West Meadow from Friday, Nov. 16, through Sunday, Jan. 6. The West Meadow is located in downtown Winter Park at the corner of Morse Boulevard and New York Avenue. Snow angels are invited to skate all day for only $10 per skater (skate rental included). For more information, please call 407-599-3203 or visit CityofWinterPark.org/WITP
The Art & History Museums – Maitland (A&H) presents Date Night at the A&H, held on Friday, Nov. 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening of art and culture at the A&H. Explore the exhibitions “The Power of Two” and “Spatial Relationships: Selected Works from the Permanent Collection,” and visit with an artist couple from “The Power of Two,” who will share insights into their works. Also enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar as you stroll through the Main Garden and Courtyard, a beautiful and romantic place to enjoy the evening with your special someone. Couples can also have their portrait taken by Adrienne Rundell of Clearly in Focus Photography. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors/students and A&H Members receive free admission. Attendees must be at least 21 years old. For more information, call 407-539-2181 or visit ArtandHistory.org. (Photo courtesy of Shipra Panosian Photography)
Charyli boutique is having its one-year anniversary on Friday, Nov. 16, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The store is located at 400 S. Park Ave. Winter Park. For more information call 407-455-1983.
The third annual Winter Park Harvest Festival is Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A local producer-only market in Central Park’s West Meadow will offer attendees the chance to gather up all the ingredients to create a completely local Thanksgiving meal. There will be a Chipotle kids corner, live folk music, cooking demonstrations, health and homesteading seminars, and do-it-yourself gardening sessions. A food court will offer a variety of fresh flavors from food trucks to popsicle stands, and an adjacent beer garden will provide locally brewed options. Visit WPHarvest.com or Facebook.com/WPHarvest
The Greater Orlando Actors Theatre in association with the Bay Street Players will present “God of Carnage,” Yasmina Reza’s tale of parents behaving badly, on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. and “Round Third,” Richard Dresser’s comedy about mismatched little league coaches, on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. Both shows will be at the Mandel Theatre in the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, 812 E. Rollins St. Tickets are $15. For tickets or more information, please contact the GOAT box office at 407-872-8451 or visit goatgroup.org
The final day of the 2012 Operation Gratitude Orlando Halloween Candy Collection will be Saturday, Nov. 17, at Andrew Weinstock’s home at 1284 Preserve Point Drive, Winter Park. Help to box, weigh and prepare for shipping the thousands of pounds of donated candy, letters, cards and pictures. The candy will then be shipped to Operation Gratitude's headquarters located in Van Nuys, Calif. There, it will be put into individual care packages for our soldiers serving in remote areas overseas. The organizing will begin at 10 a.m., for more information, please call 407-454-0878.
The Ravenous Pig will host a food drive for the Second Harvest Food Bank from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. Guests donating non-perishable food items will receive a complimentary pint of beer from the draught selection, a glass of The Ravenous Pig “Inox” Chardonnay or a glass of Boomtown Cabernet.
Cask & Larder will host a food drive for the Second Harvest Food Bank from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18. Guests making a non-perishable food donation will receive a complimentary glass of C&L Public House White wine or C&L Public House Red wine or a pint of house-brewed beer.
Homegrown Local Food Cooperative will celebrate its five-year anniversary from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18. The co-op will host many of its producers in the parking lot of the storefront at 2310 N. Orange Ave. For more information, please visit HomeGrownCoop.org
The Animal Rights Foundation of Florida’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner Potluck will be held on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. at Mead Gardens. Both vegetarians and meat-eaters are invited to the vegan celebration. The cost is $5 with a dish to share or $10 without.
Start Thanksgiving out on the right foot and trot down to Lake Eola for the 23rd Annual Turkey Trot 5K on Nov. 22. Costumes are encouraged and there will be awards for the best turkey call and best costume. Proceeds from the trot will benefit Seniors First, which provides Meals on Wheels and other programs for seniors. For more information, please visit TurkeyTrotOrlando.com
The Art & History Museums – Maitland (A&H) will start the holiday celebration with the Waterhouse family at the annual exhibition Holidays at the Waterhouse, beginning on Friday, Nov. 23, and continuing through Jan. 13. The exhibition will be at the historic Waterhouse Residence Museum, 820 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland. Museum hours are from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors ages 55 and older, and children 4 to 18. A&H members and children 3 and younger are free. For additional information, please call 407-539-2181 or visit ArtandHistory.org
Winter Park Food Truck Fiesta will be on Saturday, Nov. 24, from noon to 5 p.m. at Fleet Peeples Park, 2000 S. Lakemont Ave., Winter Park. Special guest is Chef Michael’s Dog Food Truck. The first 100 people to visit the Food Truck for Dogs will also receive a complimentary meal for themselves (up to $10) to use at their favorite participating food trucks.
A special Holiday Pops concert performed by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will take place on Sunday, Nov. 25, at 4 p.m., in beautiful Central Park. Bring a blanket and a picnic for a concert program of holiday favorites that will be sure to put everyone in the spirit of the season. Guest conductor Albert George Schram will lead the Philharmonic while guest soloists Tiffany Colburn and Connie Brink perform. This free concert is made possible by the Charlotte Julia Hollander Trust. For more information, please call 407-770-0071.
Mayflower Residents Evening Social Hour will be Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. This is an opportunity for the residents of Mayflower of Winter Park Assisted Living to learn more about the Cornerstone Hospice Foundation, about the need for a local hospice house and opportunities to leave their “legacy.”
Scholarship Shopping Benefit will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Ten Thousand Villages, 346 N. Park Ave., Winter Park.
The Tip-Off Classic Invitational high school basketball tournament will be held at the Winter Park High School Gymnasium, 2100 Summerfield Road, Winter Park. The tournament will start on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. with the final game being played on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 8:30 p.m. High schools that have earned an invitation to participate this year are Boone, Oak Ridge, Wekiva, Lake Brantley, Lake Howell, Orlando Christian Prep, West Orange and Winter Park. Admission into the tournament is $5 or two cans of food.
Trinity Preparatory School will be performing the musical theater production “Pippin.” Show times are Thursday, Nov. 29, at 4:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2:30 p.m. All tickets are $5. Trinity Prep is located at 5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park. For more information, visit TrinityPrep.org or call 407-671-4140.
On Thursday, Nov. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College will host the non-profit organization i.F.r.o.g.s. (Indigenous Forest Research Organization for Global Sustainability) as they welcome the public to a beautiful charity event on the shores of Lake Virginia. “Wine and Cheese for Conservation” will raise funds for travel and supplies as an all-volunteer team of international scientists gear up for a humanitarian and conservation expedition to Madagascar in February. A lecture delivered by expedition leader Dr. Valerie C. Clark, and Rollins alumnus Clayton Ferrara will begin at 7 p.m. The event also includes a 50/50 raffle and silent auction featuring fossils, artifacts and adventures. Reservations are required by no later than 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 22. To reserve, call 772-486-8280 or email Ferrara.iFrogs@gmail.com. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $50 for VIP.
The Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Winter Park will be Friday, Nov. 30, at 5:15 p.m. in Central Park. Kick off the holidays in historic downtown Winter Park where Park Avenue is transformed into a winter wonderland. There will be performances by children’s choirs and children’s activities. Bring the entire family for a night of holiday cheer at this free event. For more information, call 407-644-8281.
“Elf” will be featured on Friday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. for Winter Park’s Popcorn Flicks in Central Park. For more information, please call 407-629-0054.
The Winter Park Farmers Market is held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday. It is located at the old train depot, at 200 W. New England Ave. For information visit CityofWinterPark.org
The Maitland Farmers Market is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday. It is located at Lake Lily Park. For more information visit ItsMyMaitland.com or call 407-539-6268.
Food Truck Café is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Wednesday at Lake Lily Park in Maitland.
The Winter Park Food Truck Stop is located at 1127 N. Orlando Ave. and is open for food trucks 24/7. Follow the site on Facebook at facebook.com/WPFoodTruckStop
The Winter Park Food Truck Fiesta – Winter Park Style is at Fleet Peeples Park located at 2000 S. Lakemont Ave. every fourth Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food Truck Crazy, promoters of Food Truck Wars and other food truck events, will feature 10 of Central Florida’s finest gourmet food trucks with cuisine choices ranging from Thai to veggie to desserts, and everything in between. There will also be light music provided and children’s activities such as face painting and balloonists. Proceeds will benefit local Winter Park charities. For more information, please call 407-296-5882.
mi Tomatina, 433 W. New England Ave., Winter Park, will host Happy To Give Back Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. every Monday. Join mi Tomatina, a tapas and paella bar in Hannibal Square, as it hosts a charitable happy hour featuring Spanish music, Spanish appetizers (pinchos) and themed sangria samplings. Twenty percent of the proceeds benefit the Community Food & Outreach Center. The cost is $15. To reserve a spot email nori@mitomatina
The 41st Annual Florida Watercolor Society Exhibition will be held at the Mennello Museum of Art through Nov. 25. The display will feature 100 of the best paintings by Florida’s top watercolor artists. The Mennello Museum is located at 900 E. Princeton St. Orlando. Details about conference registration can be found at the FWS website, floridawatercolorsociety.org
The city of Winter Park’s Art on the Green 2012 will feature the unique and creative works of eight noted sculptors on display during park hours through March 1. Exhibition catalogs are available at City Hall and the Winter Park Welcome Center. Visit cityofwinterpark.org and click on the Art on the Green logo for more information.
The Hannibal Square Heritage Center presents ”Keeping Haiti In Our Hearts: Interpreting Heritage In The Diaspora” through Saturday, Dec. 29. The heritage center is located at 642 New England Ave., Winter Park and is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, from noon to 5 p.m. on Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. There is no charge for admission. For more information visit HannibalSquareHeritageCenter.org or call 407-539-2680.
The Military Retired Officers Wives Club of Central Florida will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month through May at the Elks Club, 12 N. Primrose Drive, Orlando. Active duty wives are also welcome to attend. For information contact Marty Harrison at 407-886-1922 or Ellen Paul at 407-696-4809.
Central Florida 2012-2013 Ice Hockey Club Home Schedule
Nov. 16 vs. Georgia (Rockledge, FL) @ 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 17 vs. Alabama (Rockledge, FL) @ 5:45 p.m.
Nov. 18 vs. Miami (Rockledge, FL) @ 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 30 vs. South Florida @ 10:15 p.m.
Feb. 1 vs. Alabama @ 10:15 p.m.
Feb. 2 vs. Alabama @ 4 p.m.
Feb. 8 vs. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical @ 10:15 p.m.
All home games are at RDV Ice Den in Maitland. Entrance is free for UCF Students with ID; general admission is $5. Games on Nov. 16, Nov. 17 and Nov. 18 are for UCF Thanksgiving Showcase at Space Coast IcePlex. For more information, visit centralfloridahockey.com
“Arborescences,” a site-specific installation with paintings and drawings by Rick Jones, will be held at Stardust Video and Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road, from Thursday, Nov. 8, until Thursday, Nov. 29.
The Winter Park Playhouse continues its 10th Anniversary Series of professional musical theatre with the world premiere of “Steppin’ Out With Irving Berlin,” Nov. 9 through 18 and Nov. 29 through Dec. 15. Performances will be Thursdays, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 15, 29 and Dec. 13 at 2 p.m.; Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sundays Nov. 11 and Dec. 2 and 9 at 2 p.m.; and Wacky Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. This world premier tells the life story of the well-loved American composer, Irving Berlin, through unforgettable music, narrative and dance. For more information call 407-645-0145 or visit WinterParkPlayhouse.org. The Winter Park Playhouse is located at 711 Orange Ave.
The Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park will present its annual Best of Broadway musical revue from Friday, Nov. 9, until Monday, Nov. 26. On Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays the show will be at 8 p.m. and at 3 p.m. on Sundays. This year’s revue features songs that opened on Broadway from 1985-1989. The theatre is located at 419A W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park. Reservations can be made by calling 407-920-4034