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Magical Dining is truly magical. Beginning Aug. 24 and running through Sept. 30, we get to select from 76 participating restaurants to enjoy three-course dinners for $33.

Visit Orlando has lined up more fine dining restaurants than ever before, and there is no better time for foodies to enjoy Orlando.

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There’s one week left to experience the best tap-dancing-theater in Florida – the Winter Park Playhouse – present “Dames At Sea."

There’s one week left to experience the best tap-dancing-theater in Florida – the Winter Park Playhouse – presenting “Dames At Sea” in a production that perfectly recalls the Busby Berkeley and Ruby Keeler movies of the ’30s.

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Based on the classic 1989 film, the Florida premiere of “Heathers the Musical” will be presented at the Dr. Phillips Center from Aug. 13 to 23.

Social media sensation Thomas Sanders plays J.D., and the role of Veronica will be played by Nicole Visco.

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Joshua Vickery’s remarkable CFCArts will present the beautiful Brahms Requiem with a full chamber orchestra on Aug. 6 and 7 at the First Presbyterian Church of Maitland.

This German requiem focuses on the living, beginning with the text "Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted."

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Our fantastic Orlando Shakespeare Theater invites the entire community – all ages – to a free open house to celebrate its 27th season.

Those Shakespeareans know how to throw a party, and this is guaranteed fun for the entire family.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

It’s the best tap-dancing theater in Florida, so it’s no surprise that the Winter Park Playhouse will present “Dames At Sea” as their first production of the 2015-2016 season.

Set in New York City, this quintessential American musical features the hottest tap dancing this side of 42nd Street.

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This week’s grand opening of the new Smoothie King in Winter Park is also be a fundraiser for the local Crosby YMCA.

On July 16 all smoothie sales up to $1,500 will go to the YMCA. In addition, on July 17, Smoothie King will give away free T-shirts to the first 100 guests.

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A special performance by CFCArts’ professional vocal ensemble, Legacy, will be an added highlight at this week's Good Morning Winter Park.

At Good Morning Winter Park this week, Joshua Vickery, founder and executive director of Central Florida Community Arts, talks about how the hundreds of CFCArts volunteers bring the arts to Central Florida and beyond.

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Your full guide to celebrating the Fourth in Central Florida.

Grab your friends, neighbors and kids to celebrate Independence Day – Baldwin Park style a day early on July 3.

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Plan your Fourth of July in Central Florida

Where to spend your holiday

Tips to where to spend your Fourth of July in Central Florida and beyond.

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Orlando Repertory Theatre will present a one-night-only concert starring Ashley Brown, Broadway’s original Mary Poppins!

The concert is set for June 27 at 7 p.m. Ms. Brown originated the title role in “Mary Poppins” on Broadway.

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Restaurant review: Carmel Kitchen

Mo-Med flavors in Winter Park

In my recent visit to Carmel Kitchen, I was anxious to experience an array of tastes considering all they had to inspire them – and I came away inspired.

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The Central Florida Zoo chooses the longest day of the year to celebrate the world's tallest animal, and they call it World Giraffe Day.

By visiting the zoo on Giraffe Day you help support giraffe conservation efforts to secure the future of this remarkable animal.

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In “Colors,” the CFCArts Symphony Orchestra will present symphonic masterpieces in an immersive concert that embraces special lighting, projection, and visual art.

Bringing both familiar and unexpected music to life before our eyes (and ears), this creative, collaborative, and colorful concert will be performed at Calvary Assembly in Winter Park.

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The Maitland Symphony Orchestra will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a free concert program of favorite selections from concerts of the past 10 years.

The free concert will be presented on June 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of Maitland Presbyterian Church.

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One of the greatest musicals in theater history, Cole Porter’s musical comedy “Anything Goes” will sail into the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando.

Filled with musical theatre’s greatest hits, including “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “You’re the Top,” and “Anything Goes,” this winner of three 2011 Tony Awards comes with our highest recommendation.

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The often wacky, sometimes weird, and always wonderful festival of plays and musicals called Fringe will present 100 performance groups in Fringe 2015.

The Orlando International Fringe Festival’s philosophy is to be 100-percent uncensored, 100-percent non-juried, and 100-percent accessible.

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It’s a tale as old as time. Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to the Dr. Phillips Center.

Let the whole family experience the enchantment. “Beauty and the Beast” is appropriate for all ages.

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The National Association of Letter Carriers will head-up the nation’s largest single-day food drive on May 9.

Called Stamp Out Hunger, this drive is held as school programs close for summer, leaving millions of children to find alternative sources of food.

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My favorite Tex/Mex restaurant, Cocina 214, will host the third annual Running of the Chihuahuas on May 3 starting at 10 a.m.

Hey, “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere” as this fundraiser for Winter Park Lost Pets and A Cause 4 Paws Rescue offers a (hilarious) race as well as music, food and drink specials.

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Come see fine art in Sanford!

Historic Sanford invites us to an art festival and art experience as 125 nationally accredited fine artists and craftsmen line the city’s historic brick streets.

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Frank Loesser’s Tony Award-winning musical “Guys and Dolls” introduces audiences to the most gentlemanly mobsters you’ll ever meet.

This all-American musical will be performed by talented students at the jewel-box Annie Russell Theater at Rollins College from April 17 to 25.

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Ya gotta love this! It’s a day full of sweets (and more) to benefit the children and families who depend on Ronald McDonald House.

Now in its fifth year at the Winter Park Civic Center, bring the whole family to an old-fashioned ice cream social.

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Based on the children’s classic by Roald Dahl, a young orphan named James runs away from his conniving aunts only to find himself in the center of a giant peach?!

Surrounded by human-sized insects, James is joined by a wise Grasshopper and a pessimistic Earthworm on his wild adventure.

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In two appearances at Rollins College, Roger McGuinn will give a free public lecture and a Q&A session.

McGuinn, leader of the influential ’60s group The Byrds, combined the genres of folk and rock with Gene Clark and David Crosby and founded The Byrds in 1964.

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Restaurant review: Jack's Steakhouse

Jack's new menu shines

Jack’s Steakhouse is a staple in Baldwin Park. It’s been here pretty much since Baldwin Park became Baldwin Park. But if you haven’t eaten there within the past five months, you’re missing out on the re-birth of a restaurant.

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Be there or be square, dude. Bring your steady to the Fab and Funky Dance Party this Friday at the Maitland Civic Center.

Gary Blalock and the Maitland Stage Band will open for Ricky Sylvia and The Buzzcatz on March 20 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Venue On The Lake.

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We may all mix pride with romance as the Winter Park High School Drama Department invites us to the French romantic classic, “The Three Musketeers.”

Running March 12 to 14 at 7 p.m. at the Winter Park Campus Auditorium, tickets are $10 at the door.

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Known as the Ansel Adams of the Everglades, the photography of Clyde Butcher will be celebrated with an opening at A&H’s Maitland Art Center on March 6.

Butcher has been honored by the state of Florida with the Artist Hall of Fame Award. The exhibit will run through May 17.

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The Dr. Phillips Center launches a two-year partnership with Florida Blue Foundation with their first outdoor concert featuring Tiempo Libre.

Free and open to the public, this concert is part of the Center’s stated mission – “Arts for every life.”

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Restaurant review: Hamilton's Kitchen

New chef expands offerings

In May 2014, The Alfond welcomed Marc Kusche as its new executive chef. Since then he's lowered prices and increased menu offerings.

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Celebrating the 80th annual Bach Festival, the Knowles Chapel at Rollins College will be the home of Concertos by Candlelight this weekend.

The program of signature works will include Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E featuring the renowned violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.

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Forget the box of chocolates – Harry Connick Jr. is bringing his N’awlins love to the Dr. Phillips Center on Valentine’s Day.

With more awards than he can count for his musical performances, and for his acting in movies, on TV and Broadway, Harry Connick Jr. is all about performing.

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Decorators, brides, wedding planners, hostesses and art collectors will be thrilled with a visit to the Holy Trinity Conference Center in Maitland for Tables Extraordinaire.

This inspiring four-day “fun-raiser” offers tours of 30 lavishly decorated theme tables and homemade Greek cuisine reminiscent of a trip to the Greek isles.

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They delivered the papers, until they made headlines … direct from Broadway comes “Newsies,” the smash-hit Disney musical.

Based on true events, “Newsies” tells the story of a band of underdogs who become heroes by standing up for what’s right.

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In this gripping drama, a family is caught up in a tug of war between justice and racism.

In this drama, told through the eyes of the 6-year-old daughter of small-town lawyer Atticus Finch, the family is caught up in a tug of war between justice and racism.

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Restaurant review: Scratch

Small space, big taste

Scratch’s humble storefront in no way prepares you for the charm you experience from the moment you step inside. But really it’s all about the food, and the food is wonderful.

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In a celebration of the enduring relevance of past cultures and ideas, Art for All Spaces invites the public to the opening of “Reviving the Ancients” on Jan. 15.

eaturing the work of 24 artists, the works explore ways in which the human race has addressed questions of existence through image-making.

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The Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum will host an art exhibit in all mediums to celebrate Winter Park's historic architecture and to recognize the importance of historic preservation.

“Evoking a sense of Winter Park’s historic architecture,” the artworks will be displayed from Jan. 10 to 18.

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The next exhibit at the Maitland Art Center tests that premise by pairing founder André Smith with the most prolific surrealist of the 20th century – Salvador Dalí.

Pushing the boundaries of the mysterious and irrational, we may visit the exhibit through Feb. 22.

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There's still plenty of time to see these great holiday performances that you won't want to miss.

These are all highly recommended, and in most cases we still have about two weeks to take in the performances.

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CFCArts Community Choir and Orchestra will transport us back to the 1930s and 1940s when the music of Christmas combined with the big band sound.

Follow the hero and his family as he makes his way home for the holidays and experience the music with a 280-voice choir and 55-piece big band orchestra.

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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.

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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.

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Florida’s most progressive farmers, gardeners, artisans, and non-profits will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Winter Park Harvest Festival in Central Park’s West Meadow on Nov. 22.

Taking place in the week before Thanksgiving, the Festival offers a farmers market, cooking demonstrations, kid-friendly activities and live music.

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The Winter Park Concours d’ Elegance – now in its 13th year – is a full weekend of activities.

Sunday’s Concours will display more than 160 of the world’s finest automobiles arranged by make and model, chronologically and by private collection for viewing interest.

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It’s been 20 years in the making, and now – from noon to 6 p.m. on Nov. 8 — the public is invited to take self-guided tours through Orlando’s brand new Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center.

The tours will include special photo-ops and the opportunity to purchase tickets for upcoming shows and events.

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It’s time to go hunting for your new Caveman Couture and step out in Paleolithic style as the Orlando Science Center welcomes you to the seventh annual Neanderthal Ball.

The Ball is also the wackiest (and most fun) Gala of the season, and while it may be held in a Museum, there is nothing stuffy about the coolest event this side of the Ice Age!

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Restaurant review: RA Sushi

RA Sushi does it all right – décor, food, service and welcoming atmosphere.

Most important is the taste, quality and originality of everything from signature bar drinks to appetizers that had me doing my “happy food dance,” to generous-portion sushi rolls that bring the idea of fusion to a whole new level.

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Dust off those fancy Western boots and get-on-down to Winter Park's West Meadow on Oct. 25 for the fourth annual Cows ‘n Cabs to benefit the Community Food & Outreach Center.

You can guess about the cows; the cabs are cabernets.