Harry P. Leu Gardens will host the “Artists League of Orange County - 60 Years of Celebration!” gallery until Friday, Nov. 2. On Thursday, Oct. 18, there will be a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, please call 407-246-2620.
The Maitland Public Library will host a Community Open House on Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. to show the community the improvements made to the library over the past year. There will be displays, tours and snacks from Maitland restaurants.
Official Sample Ballots for the Nov. 6 general election will be mailed on Thursday, Oct. 18. Eligible voters in Orange County will be sent a sample ballot with a representation of their actual ballot, a map and driving directions to their polling location. Voters who have moved since the last election should contact the Supervisor of Election’s office immediately at 407-836-8683. Additional information can be found at OrangeCountyVotes.com
The Counsel for Caregivers Seminar Series will present “Keeping up with benefit changes to Medicare and Medicaid,” at the Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd. Orlando, on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 12:10 p.m. To reserve a spot please email email@example.com or call 407-836-7446.
Visit The White Wolf Café, 1829 N. Orange Ave. for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Thursday, Oct. 18, and support the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center. Ten percent of each bill will be donated to the ADRC.
Newcomers of Central Florida will welcome Heather Alexander, co-founder and executive director of the Winter Park Playhouse, Central Florida’s only professional musical theatre, as the featured luncheon speaker on Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Best Western Mt. Vernon Inn, 110 S. Orlando Ave. Tickets are $23 and advance reservations are required. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. For more information, please contact DeDe Fluhr at 407-366-9084, firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting the club's web site at newcomerscfl.org
More than 55 villages exist throughout the U.S., but none are operating in Central Florida. Community interest in the possibility of establishing a local village in the Winter Park/Maitland area is stirring. As a first step, Gail Kohn will discuss the village movement from 3 to 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Maitland Fire Department Station 45. To learn more about the village movement, please visit BeaconHillVillage.org or CapitolHillVillage.org
The Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association will host the 3rd Annual Lawyers for Literacy Spelling Bee on Oct. 18, at the Sheraton Orlando Downtown Hotel, 400 W. Livingston St. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Adult Literacy League. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and includes a buffet, a cash bar and lucky prize drawings. Individual tickets are $100. Sponsorships are available. Guest judges include Thaddeus Seymour, president emeritus of Rollins College. For ticket and sponsorship information, visit adultliteracyleague.org/spellingbee/index.html or call 407-422-1540.
On Thursday, Oct. 18, Peroni will be hosting their third annual Fashion Event at Luma on Park in celebration of Park Avenue Fashion Week. The “Fashion Blackout” will have a variety of live entertainment, including runway shows produced by Fused Fashion. Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Doors open at 10 p.m. For more information, email Events@JaneLayne.com
Fleming’s will host Be a Winemaker for a Night, a hands-on blending experience in partnership with Raymond Vineyards, on Friday, Oct. 19. The night will include learning how to combine varietals into a personalized blend that can be sampled and shared with other wine enthusiasts. The cost is $65 and includes wine activities and food throughout the evening. To reserve, call 407-699-9463.
Orlando Garden Club’s monthly meeting will be Oct. 19 at 10:30 a.m. John Rife, from the Winter Park Harvest Festival, will speak about the importance of growing and buying locally grown produce. He will have some small growing boxes available for purchase; the proceeds will go to support local farming co-ops. The event is free and will be at the Orlando Garden Club, 710 E. Rollins St. For information, visit OrlandoGardenClub.org or call 407-384-6998.
Harriett’s Park Avenue Fashion Week will bring the experience of high fashion to Winter Park through Saturday, Oct. 20. Central Park’s West Meadow is transformed into a fashion paradise featuring a 20,000-square-foot, air-conditioned tent with a full runway and lounge area modeled after New York Fashion Week’s Bryant Park. It will culminate with a Runway Show at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in Central Park’s West Meadow on the corner of East Morse Boulevard and North New York Avenue. For more information, please visit ParkAvenueFashionWeek.com
The American Cancer Society, the largest voluntary health organization in the U.S., and its subsidiary, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Metro Orlando, will host its 14th annual 5K walk on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. To register a team for free, please visit PutOnYourPinkBra.com/OrlandoMetro
International Uilleann Piping Day will be celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 20. It's an opportunity for uilleann (pronounced ill-in) pipers to share their passion for the Irish bagpipes with communities around the world. This year the Florida Irish Pipers will hold a workshop at the Winter Park Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. Included will be a description of the instrument, discussion of the history, demonstrations and an opportunity for the public to play a set of uilleann pipes. The family friendly event is free and will be followed by a traditional Irish music session at Fiddler's Green Irish Pub and Eatery in Winter Park from 3 to 6 p.m.
Artistic Director Dario J. Moore will lead an interactive evening of dance and dialogue at The Center for Contemporary Dance in Winter Park from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21. Returning from a month-long residency with the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Moore will share insights gained in his creative process and debut evolving new solo works developed over the course of the residency. Loosely structured, the evening will allow Moore to guide attendees from dialogues to dance performances to opt-in creative exercises. Attendance is strictly limited to 50 guests; tickets are $25 and may be purchased by visiting TheCenterForDance.org or by calling 407-695-8366.
On Sunday, Oct. 21, the Winter Park Sunday Running Group of the Orlando Runners Club will conduct its annual drive to collect blankets for residents of the Men’s Pavilion at Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. The main collection effort will take place in Winter Park at Park Avenue and Welbourne Avenue starting at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21, prior to the Sunday Running Group’s weekly run starting at 7 a.m. All local runners are invited to join in that run and all people in the community are invited to donate used or new blankets for these homeless men. Those unable to attend the run can email Jack Gallagher at email@example.com to make alternate arrangements.
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art opens its 2012–2013 season in October with two exhibitions that highlight recent acquisitions and another that provides fresh perspective on the glassmaking techniques at Tiffany Studios. One of the most important new additions to the Museum’s collection is Lockwood de Forest’s oil painting “The Wreck,” 1880. “The Wreck” is a recent bequest from the estate of de Forest’s great-granddaughter. This large Orientalist desert scene is the subject of a Morse focus exhibition opening Oct. 23. Also on Oct. 23, the Morse will open an informal installation of other recent acquisitions, which include Blue Magnolia and Zephyr Lily pottery from Roseville and a late 19th-century oil painting attributed to James Henry Beard. For more information visit morsemuseum.org
The League of Women Voters of Orange County and Rollins College Democracy Project will host a lively community forum focused on helpful questions and answers for this year’s Nov. 6 election at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23. The forum is free and open to League members, the public and Rollins students. Speakers and facilitators will guide participants through new changes to the voting process for 2012, address common myths, provide helpful web-based election resources and cover the pros and cons on this year’s 11 constitutional ballot amendments. The forum will be held on the Rollins’ College campus in the campus center. For more information, visit LWVOC.org or call 321-282-7362.
The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center, in partnership with the Wells’Built Museum of African-American History and Culture, will have an Oct. 24 public program on the history of civil rights in Central Florida, with a special focus on Orange County Public School desegregation. Featured speaker will be Rep. Geraldine Thompson, founder of the Wells’Built and a member of Florida’s House of Representatives. The event, free of charge, will be at the Holocaust Center, 851 N. Maitland Ave. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m., and the doors will open one hour prior so visitors can view the exhibit, “The Civil Rights Struggle, African-American GIs, and Germany,” which is on display at the Center through the end of December.
Join FemCity Orlando for its second social of the year Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Balance Orlando, FemFessional member Lu Mueller-Kaul's therapeutic massage and advanced body work studio, 1220 Edgewater Drive in College Park. Massage therapists will be on hand providing chair massages, free Rolfing postural analysis, Thai massage and yoga demonstrations. The evening is complimentary for FemFessionals members; $15 for non-members. To register, visit FemFessionals.com or call 407-758-5324.
The Winter Park Playhouse Spotlight Cabaret Series proudly presents Chris Leavy in “They Don’t Write ‘Em Like That Anymore” on Oct. 24 and 25 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 and include a drink from the bar. 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. For more information, visit WinterParkPlayHouse.org
On Thursday, Oct. 25, the Maitland Senior Center will host its first annual health fair from noon to 3 p.m. Check out new trends and speak with health care professionals, housing specialists, area service providers, Medicare advantage plan providers, home care providers and hearing specialists. The event is free, with free health and hearing screenings. The Maitland Fire Department will also be offering flu shots.
On Thursday, Oct. 25, the Winter Park Public Library will host a star panel of chefs and cookbook authors at “Books and Cooks,” a culinary-themed celebration of literature. Guests will enjoy a lively panel discussion, a book signing, cocktails and access to food trucks provided by The Food Truck Bazaar. This ticketed event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center, 2050 W. Morse Blvd. The $10 ticket includes admission; choice of a glass of wine, beer or a cocktail; and gourmet caramel popcorn from The Ravenous Pig. Tickets are available for purchase at wppl.org
On Thursday, Oct. 25, at 11:30 a.m., the Maitland Chamber will host a luncheon featuring Bill Donegan, Orange County Property Appraiser, sponsored by Trustco Bank. Donegan will discuss how property appraisal can impact businesses and the city’s tax base. For more information or to reserve a spot, email Jlee@Maitlandchamber.com. The price per person is $25. And the event will be held at Sheraton Orlando North, 600 N. Lake Destiny Road.
The 34th Annual Goldenrod Parade & Festival will be on Saturday, Oct. 27. The festival will kick off with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m., the parade at 11 a.m. and end with a cookout and kids corner from noon until 2 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please contact the chamber at 407-677-5980.
The Winter Park Food and Wine Classic’s Cows‘n Cabs is Saturday, Oct. 27, from 7 to 10 p.m. The event will have a food-and-wine walk around with gourmet fare and wine and craft beer tastings from as many as 16 local restaurants. The proceeds will benefit the Coalition for the Homeless and Community Food and Outreach Center. There will also be live entertainment from Funky Blues Messiahs and a series of silent auction items. Cocina 214 will have an after party with music and a Winter Park Food and Wine Classic-inspired bar menu. The event will be at 151 E. Welbourne Ave.
The Winter Park Food Truck Fiesta – Winter Park Style will be at Fleet Peeples Park located at 2000 S. Lakemont Ave. on Saturday, Oct. 27, 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.
The opening program of the 2012 Bach Festival Society Choral Masterworks series presents music by six contemporary composers and celebrates the themes of peace and light in two performances by the renowned Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra. The two performances will take place at Knowles Memorial Chapel at Rollins college, but with the pre-concert talks in the music building at Rollins. The first concert will be Saturday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m. with the pre-concert talk starting at 6:15 p.m. The second concert will be Sunday, Oct. 28, at 3 p.m. with the pre-concert talk starting at 1:45 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $55. For tickets or information visit BachFestivalFlorida.org or call 407-646-2182.
The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens will celebrate Czech Independence Day on Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All visitors to the museum will be admitted free of charge in recognition of the creation of a free and independent Czechoslovakia in 1918. Regularly scheduled docent tours will focus on Albin Polasek’s Czech-influenced works.
Free bagel breakfast, live entertainment, giveaways and prizes will be enjoyed at the Jewish Pavilion’s Party in the Park on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 9:30 a.m. at the Plaza at Crane’s Roost Park in Altamonte Springs. The festivities will include activities for children such as face painting and clowns, a health fair, flu shots, 100 vendors, a walk around the park, T-shirt sales and more. Proceeds benefit the Jewish Pavilion. Visit jewishpavilion.org
Melanne Verveer, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, will be at Rollins College Knowles Memorial Chapel on Monday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. The title of her talk is “The SMART Thing To Do: Advancing Women and Girls around the World.” This is a free event that is open to the public.
RedCarpetMonday will have a business networking event on Monday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Galopin, 358 N. Park Ave. Meet and mingle with fellow business owners, professionals and entrepreneurs while enjoying appetizers, drink and raffle prizes. Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door. For more information or tickets, visit RedCarpetMonday.com and select Orlando.
The Winter Park Garden Club will have a class on line design by Margaret Kirkpatrick, master judge and flower show instructor, at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Materials will not be provided, and the cost is $10. Registration is required by Oct. 29, and can be done by calling 407-644-5770.
The Orange County Retired Educators Association will meet Thursday, Nov. 1, at 10 a.m., at College Park United Methodist Church, 644 W. Princeton St., Orlando, for a program on “Life's a Trip” Tours with Barbara Mills. Visit our website at ocrea-fl.org or call 407-677-0446. Anyone who has worked in education is invited to join.
The 19th Annual Caregiver Conference “Another Part of the Puzzle – Tackling Difficult Challenges Caregivers Encounter” by the Alzheimer and Dementia Resource Center will be Friday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Florida Hospital Church, 2800 N. Orange Ave. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the registration fee is $25 and $10 for an additional family members. For more information email cindi@ADRCCares.org or call 407-843-1910 extension 301.
There will be an antique show and sale on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Woman’s Club of Winter Park, 419 S. Interlachen Ave.
Orlando Garden Club's Annual Holiday Market will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 710 E. Rollins St. Parking and admission are free, and lunch and refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information call 407-299-5412.
The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center will have the premiere of a new Readers Theater piece as part of its annual remembrance of Kristallnacht. On Sunday, Nov. 4, the drama “Witness” will be presented at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of the Jewish Community Center in Maitland. “Witness” tells the story of Kristallnacht, the night of Nov. 9 and 10, 1938, through the eyes and words of characters who were swept up in the chaos of the night.
The Central Florida Watercolor Society will hold its next monthly meeting on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 1:30 p.m. at the Maitland Art Center, Marvel Building, 231 Packwood Ave. A short business meeting will be followed with a demonstration by award-winning watercolorist Don Andrews. The demonstration is open to the public, but there will be a $10 fee for non-members to attend, due to limited space availability. Call 407-415-0594.
Dena Wild, Florida Master Gardener, will lead a presentation on “Herbs for the Holidays” on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. The free presentation will focus on facts, folklore and myths associated with holiday plants. The Orlando Area Historical Rose Society meets at Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave. For information, call 407-647-1219.
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
Oct. 19 vs. Florida Atlantic @ 10:15 p.m.
Oct. 20 vs. Florida Atlantic @ 10:15 p.m.
Oct. 21 vs. Loyola @ 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 26 vs. Florida Gulf Coast @ 10:15 p.m.
Oct. 27 vs. Florida Gulf Coast @ 10:15 p.m.
Nov. 9 vs. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical @ 10:15 p.m.
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 @ 4:00 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
The Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park presents the musical “13,” a grown-up story about growing up by Jason Robert Brown from Friday, Oct. 5, through Monday, Oct. 22. The Breakthrough Theatre is located at 419A W. Fairbanks Ave.
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