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28 x September 21 - October 5, 2017 x 2018 We want to know your Southwest Orlando favorites!* • Best Family Restaurant _____________________________ • Best Fine Dining Restaurant ________________________ • Best Fast Food/Casual Restaurant __________________ • Best Italian Restaurant _____________________________ • Best Mexican Restaurant ___________________________ • Best Sushi __________________________________________ • Best Pizza __________________________________________ • Best Steak __________________________________________ • Best Seafood _______________________________________ • Best Sports Bar _____________________________________ • Best Wine Shop/Bar/Happy Hour __________________ • Best Fitness Facility _________________________________ • Best Day Spa _______________________________________ • Best Salon/Barber Shop ____________________________ • Best Church _________________________________________ • Best Local Resort ___________________________________ • Best Wedding Venue _______________________________ • Best Child’s Birthday Venue ________________________ • Best Private School __________________________________ • Best Real Estate Agent ______________________________ • Best Insurance Agent _______________________________ • Best Attorney _______________________________________ • Best Dentist _________________________________________ • Best Physician ______________________________________ • Best Veterinarian ___________________________________ To vote, visit and complete this ballot online. The deadline is Oct. 27 Winners will be announced in the Jan. 4, 2018, issue. *Only one entry per Southwest resident allowed. *At least 50 percent of the ballot must be completed. COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD n Charities/Fundraisers Sept. 23 — Beads For Beats 5K Dr. Phillips Community Park, 8249 Buenavista Woods Blvd., Orlando, hosts the annual Beads for Beats 5K. All ages are welcome to register. Time: 8 a.m. The goal is to raise $10,000 to support B4B, which helps terminally and chronically ill children and their families. Pets are allowed in the park but not in the 5K event area or route. For more information, call 407-394-6567 or visit Sept. 30 — 2017 Hats & Heroes Masquerade Ball Waldorf Astoria Orlando, 14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando, hosts the 2017 Hats & Heroes Masquerade Ball, including cocktail receptions, silent and live auctions, a raffle for diamond earrings, dinner, Terry Barber and his orchestra performing the music of Phantom of the Opera, dancing to the music of Michael Andrew & Swingerhead, and a DJ After Party. Special hotel packages for overnight stays are also available. Time: 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Cost: $350, with proceeds benefiting the Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center at Florida Hospital for Children. Sponsorships are available. For more information, visit Oct. 7 — Happy Days Soiree Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, 14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando, hosts the Dave’s House Happy Days Soiree, including a Community Block Party Mixer, with chef-created treats and drinks, live music by Yesterday’s Future, interactive fun and great conversation. Other activities include dinner, resident stories, entertainment and a live auction. Time: 6 p.m. Cost: $175, with proceeds benefiting Dave’s House, which provides permanent support housing for people with serious mental illness. Sponsorships are available. For more information, visit Oct. 14 — Tales & Tails Gala Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando, hosts the 21st annual Tales & Tails Gala, an evening of celebration and storytelling to honor the unique connection between canines and their companions, including Southern cuisine, complimentary beer and wine, canine demonstrations, entertainment and more. Time: 6-10 p.m. Cost: $250, with proceeds benefiting Canine Companions for Independence. Sponsorships are available. For more information, call 407- 522-3300 or visit Oct. 18 — Purple Door Luncheon Rosen Centre, 9840 International Drive, Orlando, hosts the 2017 Signature Purple Door Luncheon, honoring Champions of Courage. Time: 11 a.m.-noon for registration, noon-1 p.m. for luncheon. Cost: $40, with proceeds benefiting Harbor House of Central Florida. For more information, visit Nov. 4 — Dream Village Gala Omni Resorts ChampionsGate Orlando, 1500 Masters Blvd., ChampionsGate, hosts the eighth annual Sunshine Foundation Dream Village Gala, including cocktails, dinner and dessert, live and silent auctions, entertainment, dancing, a raffle and more. Black tie is optional. Time: 6 p.m. Cost: $150, with proceeds benefiting the Sunshine Foundation. Sponsorships are available. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Nov. 4 — Imagine Gala compiled by Lisa Sagers Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, 5601 Universal Blvd., Orlando, hosts the Central Florida chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s 11th annual Imagine Gala, honoring the family of Charles and Rebecca Veigle Jr. and including a cocktail hour, seated dinner, live and silent auctions, entertainment and a special Fund A Cure segment. Time: 6 p.m. Cost: $250, with proceeds supporting the next milestone in diabetes research. Sponsorships are available. For more information, call 407-774-2166 or visit Nov. 11 — Challenge For Hope 5K Give Kids The World Village, 210 S. Bass Road, Kissimmee, hosts the ninth annual Challenge for Hope Walk, Run, Roll or Stroll 5K, formerly known as the Gingerbread Run. All participants receive a limited edition medal, goodie bag, snacks, refreshments and access to finish line pictures with free download. Costumes are welcome. Parking is at Plaza Del Sol, formerly the Osceola Square Mall. Time: Race day packet pickup opens at 6 a.m. and ends at 7 a.m. Cost: $40 through Oct. 15, $45 from Oct. 16-Nov. 11, and $50 on race day unless sold out. The cost for juniors 3-12 is $20 with a paid adult. Virtual challengers are $35. Teams are also welcome, and sponsorships are available. For more information, email Roy at

n Children’s/Teens Program Sept. 30 — WhizKids: 3D Design For Printing Minecraft Characters The Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St., Winter Garden, hosts WhizKids: 3D Design for Printing Minecraft Characters, a class for children 9-12. Time: 3:30 p.m. For more information or to register, call 407-835-7323. n Events/Performances Through Oct. 8 — Man Of La Mancha Performances Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF’s Margeson Theater, 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando, presents performances of Man of La Mancha, starring Broadway veteran Davis Gaines as Don Quixote. Showtimes vary. Cost: $18-$65. For more information, call 407-447-1700, ext. 1; or visit Through Oct. 22 — Disney’s Newsies The Musical Performances Orlando Repertory Theatre in Partnership With UCF, 1001 E. Princeton St., Orlando, presents performances of Disney’s Newsies The Musical. Cost: Ticket prices start at $15. For more information, call 407-896- 7365 or visit Through Jan. 13, 2018 — Art Exhibition Crealdé School of Art, in partnership with the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, presents The Lake: A Documentary Exploring the Land and People of Lake Apopka, in its two galleries — 600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park; and Hannibal Square Heritage Center, 642 W. New England Ave., Winter Park. After more than a year of planning, two artist teams set out to capture the contemporary view of the land and people of the diverse and distinctive Lake Apopka community. For more information, call 407-671-1886. Oct. 7 — Garden Tour The UF/IFAS Seminole County Master Gardeners presents its Garden Tour, a self-guided tour that takes place at private gardens throughout the county, where Master Gardeners are available to offer information. Preregistration is required. Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Proceeds are used to fund educational garden projects in Seminole County. To purchase tickets, visit For more information, call 407-665-5558 or email Oct. 14 — Come Out With Pride Festival Downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola Park hosts the 13th annual Come Out With Pride Festival, including a parade, live entertainment and more than 100 vendors. This year’s theme is #KeepDancingOrlando. Time: noon-10 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit Oct. 22 — Ave Maria: A Celebration Of Our Lady The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, 8300 Vineland Ave., Orlando, presents a performance of Ave Maria: A Celebration of Our Lady by the Basilica Choir and Orchestra. Time: 3 p.m. Cost: $25; free for children 12-younger. For more information, call 407-239-6600 or visit Oct. 27 & 28 — Food & Wine Classic The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hosts its eighth Food & Wine Classic, including unlimited tastings at more than 50 stations that feature culinary selections from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants and wines from more than 30 wineries, live entertainment, overnight and multiple-night package options, and more. Upgraded ticket options allow guests access to a beer garden, featuring a wide selection of craft beers and Oktoberfest-inspired cuisine. Cost: Advanced-purchase event-only tickets are $115 each. Upgraded tickets are $140. For more information, call 800-227-1500 or visit Oct. 27-29 — Swan Lake Performances Orlando Ballet presents performances of Swan Lake, with live music by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, at the Walt Disney Theater, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. Time: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Ticket prices start at $19. For more information, call 844-513-2014 or visit Nov. 11 — Access-Life Expo Bill Breeze Park on Starke Lake, 1 S. Lakeshore Drive, Ocoee, hosts the Access- Life Expo, a free event for individuals/families living with any disability. All ages are welcome. Activities include boating, fishing, animals, games, food crafts, exhibitors and archery. Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration is required at For more information, call 352-455-9926. Nov. 26 — Handel’s Messiah Performance Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston St., Orlando, hosts the 45th annual x September 21 - October 5, 2017 x 29 performance of Handel’s Messiah, performed by the Messiah Choral Society and led by John Sinclair. Time: 3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit n Miscellaneous Through Oct. 2 — Call For Artists All local and national fine artists and fine crafters are invited to submit applications with digital samples of your artwork via for the 11th annual Downtown Clermont Art Festival — DCAF 2017. The Nov. 4 and Nov. 5 juried fine art show is themed “Champions for the Arts.” Only 50 well-qualified artists will be accepted to compete for cash awards and ribbon recognition categories. The application deadline is Oct. 2, 2017. For complete details, call 352-989-5399 or visit Through Nov. 1 — Plein Air Artists Needed The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park, hosts the 10th annual Winter Park Paint Out from April 22-28, 2018, and is seeking 25 professionally acclaimed plein air artists to participate in the juried event. Applicants must be 18-older. • Professional and Friendly Atmosphere • We Specialize in All Aspects of Dentistry • Most Insurances Accepted and Care Credit Available • New Patients and Emergencies Welcome To apply, download an application from and return via email to The deadline is Nov. 1, 2017. For more information, visit or Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21 & 28 — Farmers Markets Winter Garden Farmers Market, voted No. 1 in America, takes place at 104 S. Lakeview Ave., Winter Garden. The market has more than 150 vendors, and there is a new parking garage next to the event. Time: Saturdays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 28 & Oct. 26 — Food Truck Takeovers MetroWest Food Truck Takeover takes place in Veranda Park near 2121 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando. Time: the fourth Thursday of each month from 6-9 p.m. For more information, visit Oct. 7 — Food Truck Night Summerport Village Food Truck Night, a family-friendly event that features a variety of food trucks, local vendors, live music and children’s activities, takes place at 13790 Bridgewater Crossing Blvd., CONTINUED ON PAGE 30 Call Today for More Information and to Schedule Your Appointment! 407-522-7989 133 Terra Mango Loop, Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32835 11183 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Suite E, Orlando, FL 32837