The Winter Park Playhouse continues its 10th Anniversary Series of professional musical theatre with the hit Off-Broadway Musical “Pete ‘n’ Keely” Sept. 13 through Oct. 6. The Playhouse is located at 711 Orange Ave., Suite C, Winter Park. For more information, call 407-645-0145 or visit www.winterparkplayhouse.org
Women’s Club of Winter Park will welcome new members at its Membership Tea at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at 419 S. Interlachen Ave. Call 407-644-2237 or visit WomensClubofWinterPark.com to RSVP.
The Interfaith Council of Central Florida and the Holocaust Memorial Resource will be holding an adult education series on understanding the community’s major religious groups. The Religion 101 series will begin Thursday, Sept. 13, with a discussion of Buddhism. Reservations are recommended, but the event is free of charge. Islam will be covered Thursday Oct. 11; Judaism Thursday, Nov. 8; Christianity Tuesday, Dec. 4; Sikhism Tuesday, Jan. 15; Hinduism Tuesday, Feb. 12; Baha’I Tuesday, March 12; Unitarian Universalism Tuesday, Apr. 9. The final session on Tuesday, May 7, will consist of a panel of all of the presenters. The series will be held at the Holocaust Center at 851 N. Maitland Ave. from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Half a hour of each discussion will be allotted to audience questions. To reserve a spot, contact 407-628-0555 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On Thursday, Sept. 13, the Central Florida Anthropological Society Lecture Series will host “Seeing Florida with a Priest: The Growth of Catholicism in East Central Florida at the Beginning of the 20th Century” by Ben DiBiase at Leu Gardens. DiBiase is the outreach education coordinator and archivist for the Florida Historical Society. Leu Gardens is located at 1920 N. Forest Ave. Winter Park.
Florida Opera Theatre presents “Opera in the Park,” a Winter Park opera concert series in the intimate setting of the Winter Park Wedding Chapel, 301 W. New England Ave. Soprano Samantha Barnes Daniel will perform on Friday, Sept. 14, and Soprano Janette Zilioli on Sept. 21, all performances held at 6 p.m. Tickets for the entire series are $50 for Florida Opera Theatre members and $55 for the general public. Single tickets are on sale for $20 each. For more information, visit FLOperaTheatre.org
Art and History Museums – Maitland will conclude its 2012 Summer Concert Series on Friday, Sept. 14, with a lively program featuring Daniel Heitz and the Revelators. The concert will take place at 7 p.m. in the A&H’s Main Garden, 231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland. Admission is $3. A&H members receive free admission. For additional information, visit ArtandHistory.org or call 407-539-2181.
The Hannibal Square Heritage Center will present “Keeping Haiti In Our Hearts: Interpreting Heritage In The Diaspora” from Friday, Sept. 14, until 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.
Dress for Success is having an inventory reduction sale Friday, Sept. 14, and Saturday, Sept. 15, at its boutique located at Winter Park Tech. All proceeds will benefit the organization. Dress for Success is a non-profit program to help disadvantaged women find jobs by providing professional attire, a support network and career development tools. For more information, visit dressforsuccess.org/Orlando
"Bottle Wars" is a series of four unique wine tastings to be held on successive Friday evenings in September at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 933 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park. Guests will taste premium wines from rival regions and wineries around the world in a spirit of friendly competition. Each event will offer 8 to 10 well-matched wines for just $25 and Fleming's professionally trained wine managers will guide guests through the experience. Each date will offer a different competition. Battle of the Hemispheres, will be Friday, Sept. 14, comparing Californian wines with those from South America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa; Old World vs. New World will be Friday, Sept. 21, where European wines from France, Italy, Germany and Spain will be compared against the best from California; Glass Warfare will be Friday, Sept. 28, and will compare premium- and value-priced wines made from similar grapes. For more information, visit FlemingsSteakhouse.com
The SPCA of Central Florida will celebrate 75 years of promoting responsible human behavior toward animals with their Diamond Anniversary Gala at 7 p.m. Sept. 15. This black tie fundraiser will feature gourmet cuisine prepared by Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, fabulous live and silent auctions, and musical entertainment by The Dave Capp Project. Tickets are $200; VIP package $250. Advance purchase required. The gala will be held at Full Sail Live, 141 University Park Drive, Winter Park. For more information or to buy tickets visit spcadiamondgala.com, call 407-248-1758, or email Robin@OrlandoPets.org
The Performing Arts of Maitland is sponsoring an evening of dance and community with a live 17-piece Stage Band at the Maitland Civic Center at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. The event theme and title is ”A Havana Night,” featuring Gary Blalock directing the Maitland Stage Band performing music of Latin origin. Councilman Ivan Valdes will host the evening that will include dance exhibitions from area dance groups. Maitland restaurants Antonio’s, SoNapa Grill, Bucca di Beppo and others have donated dinner gift certificates for auction. There will be a cash bar and food. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Maitland Civic Center or by calling June Flowers 321-303-1404 or Renee Charlan 407-376-3915. Proceeds will help PAM provide an opportunity for community performing artists to perform in a quality environment.
Seed Swap at Leu Gardens is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 15, in the Orchid Room. Bring your extra seeds packaged in small packets and labeled with the botanical name or common name of the plant and exchange for other seeds you need or want. The event is free. Commercial seed packs opened or unopened are allowed. No invasive plant seeds will be allowed in the Swap. If you don’t have seeds to exchange, Leu Gardens will have seeds to share, up to three packs per family while supplies last.
Enzian Theater will show “Tosca” (Royal Opera House) at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. Lust, treachery and heartbreaking passion, “Tosca” has it all, set to one of Puccini’s most-gleaming scores. With bona fide stars Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel heading the cast, the Royal Opera House pulls out all the stops in this decadent production by Jonathan Kent. General admission tickets are $20 or $17.50 for Enzian members. Enzian Theater is located at 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland. For more information or to purchase tickets call 407-629-1088 or visit enzian.org
The Mid-Florida Milers Walking Club will host a walk in Winter Park on Saturday, Sept. 15. The walk will start at Howell Branch Preserve. Participants can register and start the walk any time between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Each walker will be given a guide with detailed instructions and are welcome to walk with a group, a companion or by themselves. There will be a 6-mile trail and a 3-mile trail, and participants should plan to be finished by 1 p.m. The cost for AVA credit is $3, but free for non-credit walkers. Howell Branch Preserve is located at 1205 Howell Branch Road, Winter Park. For more information visit midfloridamilers.org
The Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College is opening ”The Mysterious Content of Softness” on Saturday, Sept. 15. The exhibit will display fiber’s connection to the human body and focus on techniques such as knitting, loom weaving and crochet. The exhibit also brings together 11 national and international artists in various stages of their careers. The Cornell Museum is located on Rollins College’s Winter Park campus at the end of Holt Avenue. For more information visit rollins.edu/cfam
Paddy Murphy’s will hold a U.S. Navy 9/11 Memorial Event on Saturday, Sept. 15, to raise proceeds for the Lone Sailor Navy Memorial to be established in Blue Jacket Park. There will be a 50/50 drawing, games and a showing of the movie “Top Gun” at 9 p.m. Paddy Murphy’s is located at 4982 New Broad St., Orlando, in Baldwin Park.
The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center is hosting its 6th annual fundraiser event on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Winter Park Civic Center. This year it has been renamed the “True Love Ball.” The evening will include a formal dinner, dancing, live music, as well as silent and live auctions featuring grandstand tickets to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Mayor Dyer’s city suite at the Amway Center for an Orlando Solar Bears hockey game, a seven-day Holland America cruise and more. All proceeds benefit ADRC, which provides critical resources and support for the caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients. Pre-registration is required; tickets are $125 for dinner and entertainment. The Civic Center is located at 1050 W. Morse Blvd., Winter Park. To register or inquire about sponsorships, visit adrccares.org/trueloveball or call Cindi Spurgeon at 407-843-1910 extension 301.
The city of Winter Park and the Public Art Advisory Board have brought back Art on the Green, a prestigious exhibition of large-scale sculptures magnificently displayed in Central Park and on the lawn of City Hall in downtown Winter Park. A fun, family-friendly opening event celebration will be held Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon, in front of Winter Park City Hall. Visit cityofwinterpark.org and click on the Art on the Green logo for more information.
The 10th Annual Global Peace Film Festival will celebrate its annual event from Monday, Sept. 17, through Sunday, Sept. 23, in various locations in downtown Orlando and Winter Park. This unique film festival draws together filmmakers and filmgoers from all walks of life into a community of people inspired to take action in their daily lives to leave the world a more peaceful place than they found it. The festival includes 44 films from six continents as well as seven films from local Florida filmmakers. The program begins on Sept. 18 with a screening of “The Zen of Bennett” on The Green at Rollins College at 8:30 p.m. From Wednesday through Sunday, films will be presented in Winter Park at the Sun Trust Auditorium, 330 Winter Park Plaza, at Rollins College and at the Winter Park Library. In downtown Orlando, films will be shown at the Cobb Plaza Cinema Café and the FAMU Law School. Tickets to GPFF screenings are $8 each and are on sale now. Tickets may be purchased online at GlobalPeace.FestivalGenius.com/2012/schedule/week or at each venue during festival hours. Patrons may purchase a Silver Pass for $99 or a Gold Pass for $199 good for admission to all festival screenings and events at peacefilmfest.org
mi Tomatina, 433 W. New England Ave., Winter Park, hosts Happy To Give Back Mondays from 5-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17. 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. It’s $15. RSVP to nori@mitomatina
The Military Retired Officers Wives Club of Central Florida will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, and 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.
The American Association of Individual Investors, Central Florida Chapter, will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the University Club of Winter Park. Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m. and the speaker will start at 7 p.m. Pre-registered price is $5 for AAII members, $7 for non-members and $10 at the door for everyone. The University Club of Winter Park is located at 841 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. For more information visit aaii.com or call 407-644-1607.
The Winter Park Garden Club will hold its general meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19. The speaker will be Randy Knight, horticulturist at Mead Gardens and the horticulturist and landscape curator at the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens. The Winter Park Garden Club is located at 1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park. The meeting is free. For more information call 407-644-5770.
(Pic) Crealdé School of Art will host its 16th Annual Benefit Auction themed “Art Is In Everything” from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Winter Park Community Center located at 721 W. New England Ave. Money raised will support Crealdé’s outreach programs, arts education and heritage preservation efforts, which directly affect more than 100,000 Central Floridians and visitors each year. Tickets can be purchased for $50 by visiting crealde.org or by calling 407-671-1886.
The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida is again participating in the Global Peace Film Festival held in Orlando each year. On Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 6:30 p.m., they will be screening the documentary “Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald.” It will be shown at the Holocaust Center, 851 N. Maitland Ave. in Maitland. Admission and parking are free. A second showing of “Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald” will be offered on Thursday, Sept. 20, 8:30 p.m., at the Winter Park Plaza, 330 Fairbanks Ave. Tickets for that screening are $8.
The Orange Audubon Society will host a presentation by Arthur Morris at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Leu Gardens. “A Bird Photographer’s Story” will recount Morris’ journey to becoming a nature photographer as well as explain his process for capturing images of wildlife. No reservations are necessary and there is no cost. Leu Gardens is located at 1920 N. Forest Ave., Winter Park. For more information call 407-637-2525 or visit OrangeAudubonfl.org
The Maitland Area Chamber of Commerce will host a community luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at Sheraton North Orlando, 600 N. Lake Destiny Drive Maitland. Guest speakers from SunRail and the Florida Department of Transportation will be there to discuss Interstate 4, changes to Maitland Boulevard, the Lynx Flex Bus and the city of Maitland. Reservations are required and the cost is $25. To reserve, contact JLee@MaitlandChamber.com
Nonprofit Cornerstone Hospice will be conducting a two-day volunteer training toward the required certification to become a Hospice Volunteer for anyone who may be able to assist in community and special events, veteran recognition projects, visiting patients, sewing projects, simply keeping a patient company, helping at the office and much more. The training will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, and Friday, Sept. 28, at the Cornerstone Hospice offices, 8009 S. Orange Ave. Please pre-register by calling volunteer specialist Diane Klebanow at 407-206-227.
Central Florida 2012-2013 Ice Hockey Club Home Schedule
Sept. 21 vs. South Carolina @ 10:15 p.m.
Sept. 22 vs. South Carolina @ 4 p.m.
Sept. 28 vs. Ole Miss @ 10:15 p.m.
Sept. 29 vs. Ole Miss @ 4 p.m.
Oct. 5 vs. South Florida @ 10:15 p.m.
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 Orange Audubon Society will have its September Field Trip to Mead Garden at 7:45 Saturday, Sept. 22. Mead Botanical Gardens is located at 1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park. For more information, call Lori Mathis at 407-579-3795 or e-mail email@example.com
The Central Florida Orchid Society will have its annual orchid auction between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Maitland Civic Center. There will be hundreds of orchids and orchid-related items up for bidding as well as hourly raffles. Admission is free. The Maitland Civic Center is located at 641 S. Maitland Ave. For more information, visit cflOrchidSociety.org
The second SPORTYS awards will be presented at Full Sail University from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22. The awards will honor the top area teams, athletes and coaches from high school, collegiate and professional levels, as well as deserving local residents and businesses, from Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties. Tickets are $85 per person or $750 for a corporate package of 10. There are a limited number of tickets available for the general public and can be purchased at CentralFloridaSports.org
Kevin Bonta, author of “The Homeless Project: God’s Diagnostics,” will have a book signing from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at The Garden of Grace, 6562 University Blvd., Winter Park.
The Holocaust Center in Maitland will have a reception to mark the opening of its new exhibit, “The Civil Rights Struggle, African-American GIs, and Germany.” The reception will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23, and will feature Dr. Alzo Reddick, the Director of Special Programs and Defense Transition Services at UCF. Special guests will include two local Tuskegee Airmen, Daniel Keel of Clermont and Richard Hall of Maitland. One of the nearly forgotten stories of the Holocaust is the history of African-American GIs. They were often given mundane work assignments and risky missions, fighting against Hitler’s racism while aware of Jim Crow laws at home. For more information visit holocaustedu.org
The League of Women Voters of Orange County will host a Meet the Author session at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, with Michael Grunwald, the senior national correspondent with Time magazine. Grunwald will discuss his newest book, “The New New Deal,” an account of President Obama’s stimulus bill, and he will be available for book signing after the program. The event will be held at the University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave. The cost is $10 and reservations can be made at 407-505-1664.
The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and Park Avenue Merchant Association invite you to sip, stroll and celebrate 125 years at the Winter Park Sip & Stroll on Sept. 27. This fall, the City of Winter Park will celebrate the 125th anniversary of its incorporation and you can join in the fun! It's 5–8:30 p.m. Check in at Central Park, corner of Morse Blvd. & Park Ave. It's $25 per person in advance. Visit winterpark.org
The Maitland Woman’s Club will hold its Fall Antiques and Collectibles Sale at the Maitland Civic Center from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. Admission and parking are free and lunches will be sold. For more information, contact Linda at 407-830-6373.
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 second Friday of every month, local residents will have the opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy live music and performances while experiencing art and culture at the Maitland Chamber of Commerce. For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
RNR Registered Nurses Retired meets the third Wednesday of every month at Denny’s at 440 S. Semoran Blvd. for charitable works, educational offerings, fellowship and support. For information call 407-281-1527.
Monday mornings at 11 a.m. at the Winter Park Community Center, there’s a 50-minute Deep Stretch Yoga class that is great for beginners, and anyone who wants to get an intensive stretch after a long run or bike ride. Classes are drop-in and cost $8. Contact the yoga instructor at 407-276-3478 or the Winter Park Community Center at 407-599-3275 for additional details. The Winter Park Community Center is located at 721 W. New England Ave.
On the first Wednesday of each month, the Survivors of Suicide support group will meet from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Hospice, 8009 S. Orange Ave. Call Claudia Swonger to register at 407-206-2273.
The Art & History Museums – Maitland exhibit, ”A Day in the Life of the Research Studio,” is at the A&H’s Maitland Art Center Galleries until Sept. 19. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults, and $2 for seniors (55 and older) and for children (4-18 years). Admission is free for A&H members and children younger than 3.
The Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park presents the Joe Landry play ”Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play” through Sept. 17. Spies, murder, love and other trademarks of Alfred Hitchcock come to life in the style of a 1940s radio broadcast of the master of suspense’s earlier films. Show times are 8 p.m. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Call 407-920-4034.
The 41st Annual Florida Watercolor Society Exhibition will be held at the Mennello Museum of Art from Aug. 31 to 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 and the Public Art Advisory Board have brought back Art on the Green, a prestigious exhibition of large-scale sculptures magnificently displayed in Central Park and on the lawn of City Hall in downtown Winter Park. Art on the Green 2012 will feature the unique and creative works of eight noted sculptors on display during park hours from Sept. 1 to March 1. Exhibition catalogs are available at City Hall and the Winter Park Welcome Center. The collection includes a range of sculptures from elaborate bronze pieces to those fashioned from stainless steel and reclaimed materials. On display at Art on the Green 2012 will be Russell Bellamy’s “St. Prego,” Doug Makemson’s “Ain’t Gonna Work on Maggie’s Farm No More,” Allie Pohl’s “Ideal Woman: Caryatid (Fuchsia),” Dale Rogers’ “Think and Be Free,” Carolina Sardi’s “Three Double Nests,” Chris Scala’s “Airbourne,” Barbara Sorensen’s “Muse I” and Bill Woods “Doorways and Roadways.” A fun, family-friendly opening event celebration will be held Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon, in front of Winter Park City Hall. Visit cityofwinterpark.org and click on the Art on the Green logo for more information.
The Polasek Gardens will host five Tai Chi sessions with instructor Bill Burnette. The sessions will be hosted in the sculpture gardens and are open for beginners and those already practiced in Tai Chi. The classes will be every Saturday in September from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. regardless of weather. The prices for the general public are $50 for the entire series or $10 per session, museum members pay $40 for the series or $8 per session. Registration is available online at polasek.org or by calling 407-647-6294.