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Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

The holiday season really gets going this weekend, with events across Central Florida.

This highly-anticipated free event, presented this year by the Morse Museum and the city of Winter Park, includes love, family, sharing, good cheer, and Christmas music.

A taste of peppermint to celebrate the season

An easy recipe for peppermint bark

Who can resist the sweet layers of dark and white chocolate topped with crunchy peppermint bits?

Wrap up 2014 with a clean financial slate

Make donations to a charity so you get the tax deduction for 2014.

To get a running start on 2015, make time between holiday obligations to take care of financial and household business that needs to be wrapped up before the end of the year.

Community Bulletin

Two places to donate toys

Orange County Parks and Recreation is collecting toys through Dec. 10, and Children’s Home Society of Florida is hosting its annual Holiday Toy Drive through Dec. 15.

Calendar

Christmas in the Park

The city of Winter Park and The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art continue a holiday tradition with the 36th annual Christmas in the Park on Thursday, Dec. 4.

War rages between U.S. government factions

We certainly can expect the GOP House and Senate to do their very best to make Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and Capitol Hill a war zone.

Even though immigration has now been slammed onto the table, the people on both sides have plenty of other cards in their hand.

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Serial bank robber faces 40 years in prison

Hit two banks in a week

An Orlando resident pleaded guilty last week to robbing two banks in the Central Florida area in a span of four days – a charge that could mean decades behind bars.

Winter Park City Talk

Skate off those Thanksgiving pounds

Finished with Thanksgiving dinner and wondering whether to sleep or skate? We say skate!

Louis Roney: Thanks!

I realize that I am thankful for being a lucky person. Once again I give thanks that I did not perish, as thousands did, during my four-year World War II Naval service.

I enjoy a conscious excitement when getting up in the morning. I’m thankful for that fact. At 93, I am indebted to my genes and to temperate living for a strong physical constitution.

Dr. Phillips Center shows off its worth

Center opens with 'Carmina Burana'

On Nov. 22, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts took off it wraps and proved its important worth to a full house, with a blockbuster performance of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana.”

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Peacock fountain funded, getting set for unveiling

Project earns its wings

Winter Park Life Scout John Michael Thomas has finally hit the $50,000 mark to purchase a bronze peacock fountain in memory of a fallen friend.

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Three arrested in connection with Winter Park burglary

Three suspects arrested

Three arrests were made by Winter Park Police last Tuesday following the burglary of a home along Osceola Avenue.

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Winter Park residents oppose proposed assisted living facility

Residents fear monsters in Winter Park

A new development planned to sit just west of Mead Garden along U.S. Highway 17-92 has some Winter Park residents concerned about a large increase in traffic in their neighborhood.

Maitland City Talk

Being thankful

As we pause during this time to be thankful for our blessings, it is important for us to reach out to our neighbors who are not so fortunate.

Chris Jepson: My gawd, a black president

The image of our black president is so at odds with what many white Americans inherently, fundamentally believe is the United States.

It must be clearly acknowledged (and joyously applauded) that America would not be nearly, not nearly the rich experience it is but for the many intellectual, artistic, and entrepreneurial contributions of black America.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

The city of Winter Park invites us to celebrate the holiday season as the Orlando Philharmonic presents its annual Holiday Pops Concert in Winter Park’s Central Park.

The Philharmonic will present a free program of holiday favorites for all ages with audience members encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to re-stock the pantries at Second Harvest Food Bank.

Loving experiential learning

As important as the academic rigor of classes, are the experiential opportunities St. Margaret Mary Catholic School students have in service to others.

Not all students will take part in every activity, but each will have the possibility of learning the importance and joy of serving others.

Education Calendar

Lakemont hosts a skate night

Lakemont Elementary will be hosting its skate night for students from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Semoran Skateway.

Edgewater's soaring season falls with wild final score

Lose after wild last minute play

Two miscues in a row by the Eagles led to a dramatic loss-by-safety in a thriller at Mainland on Friday. Edgewater’s football team fell 30-28, ending their playoff run.

Community Bulletin

Rollins student receives national honor

Rollins College Crummer MBA student Lindsey Nicole Miller 2014 Professional Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women.

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