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Annie Russell Theatre will present Beth Henley’s comedy “The Miss Firecracker Contest” beginning Friday, Sept. 21.

Annie Russell Theatre will present Beth Henley’s comedy “The Miss Firecracker Contest” beginning Friday, Sept. 21.

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McDonald’s restaurants from Maine to Miami will be giving away free small coffees through Saturday, Sept. 29, National Coffee Day.

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The Winter Park Sip & Stroll is on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

SEPT. 27

The 80th Season of the Annie Russell Theatre opened last week with Beth Henley’s comedy “The Miss Firecracker Contest.” Young Carnelle has her heart set on winning the coveted Miss Firecracker crown, and she’ll do any amount of baton twirling to get it. Performances will continue with 8 p.m. performances Thursday, Sept. 27, through Friday, Sept. 28; and a 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. performance on Saturday, Sept. 29. For more information call 407-646-2253 or email AnnieBoxOffice@rollins.edu

The Winter Park Sip & Stroll on Thursday, Sept. 27, will celebrate the 125 anniversary of Winter Park’s incorporation. It is hosted by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and the Park Avenue Merchant Association and will take place from 5 to 8:30 p.m. with check in at Central Park, corner of Morse Boulevard. The price is $25 per person in advance. For more information visit WinterPark.org

Commissioner Sarah Sprinkel will have CoffeeTalk at the Winter Park Welcome Center from 8 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27.

Kenneth Murrah will present “Notable Structures in Winter Park” at the Winter Park Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27.

SEPT. 28

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The Art & History Museums – Maitland (A&H) opens two exhibits on Friday, Sept. 28.

The Art & History Museums – Maitland (A&H) opens two exhibits, The Power of Two and Spatial Relationships, on Friday, Sept. 28, in the A&H’s Main Galleries, 231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland. A reception is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 28.

Poets will have the opportunity to present their work Friday, Sept. 28, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at The Maitland Public Library Open Mic Night Coffeehouse. The theme for the evening is the “People from my Neighborhood.” Coffee and snacks will be provided. Elaine Person, local poet teaches Sunday afternoon classes at the Library on a regular basis, and members of her class will be presenting their work on Friday evening. All are welcome to attend this fascinating presentation of poetry read by the authors themselves. For more information call 407-647-7700.

“Bottle Wars” is a series of wine tastings held 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 eight to 10 well-matched wines for just $25 and Fleming's professionally trained wine managers will guide guests through the experience. 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

Central Florida 2012-2013 Ice Hockey Club Home Schedule

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

SEPT. 29

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 Goldenrod Historical Museum will be participating in Smithsonian Museum Day Live on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SEPT. 30

Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church will have a Suitable Airs concert at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30. The concert is free and open to the public. Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church is located at 412 E. Kennedy Blvd., Eatonville.

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mi Tomatina's Happy To Give Back Monday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24.

OCT. 1

mi Tomatina, 433 W. New England Ave., Winter Park, will host Happy To Give Back Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1. 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

OCT. 2

The Tarflower Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. Rick Bard, consulting limnologist, will discuss “Native Aquatic Plants Improve Water Quality in Lakes and Other Freshwater Systems.” The meeting is free and open to the public. Come early and enjoy refreshments and visiting with other native plant enthusiasts.

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“Life in the Fast Lane: The Art of David Delong” opens Oct. 2 at the Albin Polasek Museum.

The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens will feature “Life in the Fast Lane: The Art of David Delong” from Tuesday, Oct. 2, through April 14. The exhibition focuses on Delong’s belief that motorcycles provide the perfect metaphor for life and art. The original works on display will focus on the culture of motorcycle racing and will include oil painting, pen and ink drawings, and etchings from the late 1950s to 2001.

“Mindfulness, Life Satisfaction & Inner Peace,” a five-week meditation series, will be held at the Polasek Gardens from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday in October. The classes will be led by Teri Reuter, and will take place regardless of weather. The price for the general public is $50 for the entire series, or $10 per session. Polasek Museum members will pay $40 for the entire series, or $10 per session. To register visit Polasek.org or call 407-647-6294

OCT. 3

Please join SHINE for a Medicare Birthday Party at One Senior Place, 715 Douglas Ave. in Altamonte Springs, at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3. There will be a presentation about Medicare and its options. Cake and refreshments will be provided. To reserve a spot call 407-514-1823 or email diana.chin@sraflorida.org

The Friends of Casa Feliz will have author and architectural historian Susan Sully as an October Parlor Series speaker. On Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 5:30 p.m., and on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 10:30 a.m., Sully will present “Casa Florida: the Romance of Spanish Design” at the Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum in Winter Park. Refreshments will be served at both events: sangria and light tapas on Oct. 3, and tea and Latin pastries on Oct. 4. Reservations for both seatings are available by calling Casa Feliz at 407-628-8200, extension 1. Tickets are $15 each.

OCT. 4

The Bach Festival Society will have its third annual season-preview event, “Fête at Feliz: An Evening of Merriment to Benefit the Bach Festival Society,” from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Casa Feliz Historical Home Museum, 656 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. This exciting event will feature a special preview of upcoming works with Artistic Director and Conductor Dr. John V. Sinclair and music performed by members of the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra. Tickets will be $40 each or $70 for two. For more information, call 407-646-2182 or visit BachFestivalFlorida.org

The Winter Park Welcome Center will have the opening reception for Winter Park and Rollins College’s “125 Years of Memories” from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4. Presented by Rollins College; view 125 years of the city’s history through the photographic eye of our earliest cameras while enjoying refreshments, beverages and live music.

The Orange County Retired Educators Association will meet Thursday, Oct. 4, at 10 a.m. at College Park United Methodist Church, 644 W. Princeton St., Orlando. Meet some of the candidates for the upcoming Orange County elections. Anyone who has worked in education is invited to join. For more information visit ocrea-fl.org or call 407-677-0446.

Florida Hospital HospiceCare is continuing to grow in Orange & Osceola counties and needs volunteers to provide support in the care of patients and their families. Anybody with free time and looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity is invited to attend the “Hospice 101” prospective volunteer orientation on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Florida Hospital East Orlando. For more information or to reserve a seat, call Raeanne Cade at 407-513-5980.

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The Maitland Rotary Art Festival will be held around the shores of Lake Lily in Maitland on Friday, Oct. 5, from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

OCT. 5

The 36th Annual Maitland Rotary Art Festival will be held around the shores of Lake Lily in Maitland on Friday, Oct. 5, from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year will once again feature expanded evening hours. Admission is free, with proceeds from the sale of food, parking and festival posters to benefit local charities. Visit MaitlandRotaryArtFestival.com

Date night at Leu Gardens will feature “The Vow” on Friday, Oct. 5. Admission is free for Leu members, $5 plus tax for adults and $2 plus tax for children. The Gardens open at 6 p.m. and the movie will begin at 8:30 p.m., weather permitting.

“Return of Frankenshow” will be held at Stardust Video and Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road, from 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5. The free show, presented by Doug Rhodehamel, features works of art created with the same technique used by Dr. Frankenstein, parts and pieces bolted or stitched together to form a single horrible unit.

The Baldwin Park Merchants Association will host its next First Friday Charity Festival & Art Stroll on Friday, Oct. 5, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. along New Broad Street in Baldwin Park.

Over 40 local artists of all genres will display their works of art while guests shop, stroll and sip through the heart of downtown Baldwin Park. Just in time for Halloween, the October Art Stroll will showcase the works of Vaughn Belak, an artist with a passion for remaking well-known to obscure monsters and creatures of the night. Vaughn’s sui generis technique creates a realistic interpretation of human emotions – from sorrow to loneliness, heartbreak to innocence – making his monsters virtually come to life.

OCT. 6

There will be a CPR/AED certification class by CPR Associates at Winter Park Presbyterian Church from 8:45 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 6. Registration is required by Monday, Oct. 1, and there is a $17.50 charge per person. There will be a mid-morning break with drinks and snacks provided. To register, call 407-647-1467 extension 101.

Luna Fest, the fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness of women’s issues, women filmmakers and bringing women together in their communities, will take place at the Enzian Theater at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and WIFT-FL. Get tickets at LunaFest.org/WinterPark

OCT. 7

The Central Florida Watercolor Society will hold its next monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Maitland Art Center, Marvel Building, 231 Packwood Ave. A short business meeting will be followed with a demonstration by nationally known watercolorist Tom Jones, who is also a Central Florida resident. The demonstration is open to the public, but there will be a $10 fee for non-members due to limited space.

OCT. 8

The city of Winter Park will have a Fall Cleanup in October in addition to the annual Spring Cleanup is pleased to announce that in addition to the annual Spring Cleanup. This large-item pickup service will provide a ‘bonus’ day on which Waste Pro®, the city’s solid waste service provider, will pick up old furniture, broken appliances and other bulky items. To take advantage of this convenient service, residents must place their items curbside after 5 p.m. on the evening before their second scheduled garbage and trash pickup day on their designated cleanup week. For those north of the Fairbanks and Aloma avenues corridor, the bonus pick-up will be the week of Oct. 8. For residents south of the Fairbanks and Aloma avenues corridor, the bonus pick-up will be the week of Oct. 15. Please Note: Hazardous waste, electronics and yard waste are not included in the Fall Cleanup. For more information please call 407-774-0800.

OCT. 9

The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 6 General Election is Tuesday, Oct. 9, which is 29 days prior to the election. Orange County citizens 18 and older that are not currently registered to vote must complete a voter registration application by Oct. 9 in order to vote. Voters who are unsure of their registration status or who are registered in another Florida county but now reside in Orange County should call 407-836-2070.

OCT. 10

The Winter Park Garden Club will have Floral Arrangement Demonstration in Pink on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m. Tom Bendetti and Bobby Belanger, the owners of Flower No. 5 in Orlando, will demonstrate how to make a flower arrangement in pink. The event is free, and the Winter Park Garden Club is located at 1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park. For more information, call 407-644-5770.

OCT. 11

The Southern Women’s Show will return to Orlando Thursday, Oct. 11, through Sunday, Oct. 14. The Southern Women’s Show celebrates its 22nd year featuring shopping, runway shows, cooking and health demonstrations, and a museum quality display that offers a glimpse into the life of Diana, the beloved People’s Princess, highlighting some of her most famous gowns.

The show will be open on Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults at the door or $8 in advance online; $5 for kids ages 6 through 12; and free with a paying adult for kids six and under. Tickets to the People’s Princess display are an extra $5. For more information or to order tickets call 1-800-849-0248 or visit SouthernWomensShow.com

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. 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. Reservations are recommended, but the event is free of charge. The series will be held at the Holocaust Center at 851 N. Maitland Ave. from 7 to 8:30 p.m. A half hour of each discussion will be allotted to audience questions. To reserve a spot, contact 407-628-0555 or info@holocaustedu.org

OCT. 12

Orlando Mini will host Shaken & Stirred a benefit for New Hope for Kids on Friday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. The event will be a casino-style fundraiser and will feature offerings from area restaurants and bars. Tickets are $50 per person. Orlando Mini is located at 350 S. Lake Destiny Road Orlando.

There will be a 125th Anniversary Prayer Breakfast & Service at the First Congregational Church of Winter Park from 8 to 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 12. The prayer service following the breakfast is free to the public, but tickets for the breakfast must be purchased by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9. Tickets can be purchased by calling 407-647-2416 or emailing msearl@fccwp.org

At 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, there will be a celebration of the 1887 Ergood Hall Incorporation Meeting at what is now Penzeys Spices. City commissioners will lead the community in a celebration of the historic meeting 125 years ago. Enjoy a slice of the city’s 125th birthday cake compliments of The Flour Shop. Penzeys Spices is located at 102 N. Park Ave., corner of Morse Boulevard and Park. The celebration is free to the public. For more information, please call 407-599-3428.

Winter Park Historical Association’s Peacock Ball presented by Rollins College will be held from 5:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12. The Peacock Ball will honor the city’s 125th Anniversary and will be held in Central Park West Meadow. Tickets can be purchased by calling 407-647-2330 or by visiting WPHistory.org

OCT. 13

The 39th annual Winter Park Autumn Art Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, starting at 11 a.m. The Art Festival is presented by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce; co-sponsored by the city of Winter Park and Crealdé School of Art. Festivities will include singing Happy Birthday to the city and the city’s 125th birthday cake compliments of The Flour Shop. The festival will be in Central Park and is free to the public. Visit WinterPark.org or call 407-644-8281.

The Art & History Museums – Maitland (A&H) will have Evening in the Grove, an Orange & White (& Blue) Gala, held on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Sheraton Orlando North Hotel in Maitland. Evening in the Grove has been lauded as one of Central Florida’s best fundraising events for its unique historical theme and entertainment, combined with an exciting auction, friends and fun. Each year, the A&H honors an individual, family or business that has made a significant, positive impact on Central Florida history. Our 2012 honoree is the Orlando Magic. Tickets to Evening in the Grove are on sale for $70 for A&H members and $75 for non-members. Corporate tables of 10 are available for $1,000 each. Sponsorship opportunities range from $1500 to $10,000, each with numerous benefits and marketing opportunities, including tickets to the private VIP reception with representatives from the Orlando Magic. For tickets and sponsorship information, call Devin Dominguez at 407-539-2181 extension 262 or visit ArtandHistory.org

OCT. 14

Join Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando for its 11th annual Evening of Valor banquet fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14. This year’s theme focuses on the Gift of Giving and will celebrate all those gracious contributors who have provided for the organization’s counseling services, in-school support groups, emergency services and food pantries. JFS will honor its Corporate Partner for 2012 and present its 12th Annual George Wolly Leadership Award to valued community philanthropists. Guests will enjoy a three-course meal along with a large-scale silent auction and raffles, including the infamous Dining Around Town initiative, in which guests can purchase tickets for a chance to dine at 13 of Central Florida’s most popular restaurants. One lucky winner will receive $1,300 worth of restaurant gift cards. The banquet will be held at Westin Lake Mary, 2974 International Parkway, Lake Mary. Tickets include dinner and a complimentary drink, and are $175 each. Sponsorship opportunities are available starting at $500. For more information or to purchase tickets visit JFSOrlando.org or call 407-644-7593.

Harriett’s Park Avenue Fashion Week will bring the experience of high fashion to Winter Park from Sunday, Oct. 14, to 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 visit ParkAvenueFashionWeek.com

OCT. 15

It’s the perfect time of year for a stroll around Lake Lily as 40 local restaurants present their finest culinary delights at the Taste of Maitland 2012 on Oct. 15. Advance tickets are $20 and day of tickets are $25 at Lake Lily Park. New this year friends and family may buy a table package that includes a linen covered table with eight chairs that not only provides all of the samplings, but is also close to the live entertainment. Table packages are $299. For more information call 407-644-0741 or visit MaitlandChamber.com

ONGOING

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.

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 from Sept. 1 to 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.

The Winter Park Playhouse continues its 10th Anniversary Series of professional musical theatre with the hit Off-Broadway Musical “Pete ‘n’ Keely” 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

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.

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