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H O M E A U T O B U S I N E S S L I F E

SOUTHWEST SPOTLIGHT ................................................................... 5

An Island in Need

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT ....................................................................... 9

Live From Southwest Orlando ... It's Stockworth Realty Group! / Stockworth Realty Group

PROMOTIONAL FEATURE ................................................................. 10

A Message of Grace / Orlando Repertory Theatre

IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ............................................................. 11

2017 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE ............................................................. 18

SCHOOL NEWS ............................................................................. 29

SOUTHWEST SPORTS ...................................................................... 36

COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD ....................................................... 42

SOUTHWEST SERVICE DIRECTORY ................................................... 50

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SPOTLIGHT

An Island in Need

Southwest Residents Assist With Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico

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After Hurricane Maria, Civil Air Patrol 1st Lt. Brian Collins of Dr. Phillips deploys to

Puerto Rico for 10 days to assist with relief efforts.

Walking up the gangplank from

a commercial aircraft to an airport

terminal is typically an exciting time.

People are scurrying to get to their

bags and meet loved ones. A new

crowd awaits at the terminal, ready

to depart as soon as the next flight

is ready. Messages are constantly

announced over the intercom. The

noise and atmosphere is typically

that of anticipation, determination

and sometimes impatience. Not this

time.

Dr. Phillips resident and Civil Air

Patrol 1st Lt. Brian Collins departed

the aircraft in San Juan, Puerto Rico,

in mid-October to almost total darkness.

Passengers brought out flashlights

and cameras to light their way

through the power-deprived airport,

eyes carefully trained to the floor to

avoid pools of water still stagnant in

some areas. A musty smell pervaded

the terminal, the air hot and thick

without the relief of air conditioning.

It was at that point the seriousness of

the situation dawned on Collins and

his team.

A member of Civil Air Patrol

Emergency Services, Collins is qualified

as a mission scanner, mission

observer and aerial photographer.

He was deployed to Puerto Rico

for 10 days after the devastation

of Hurricane Maria, along with 15

other volunteer members. Several

other CAP members in the states also

supported the mission as part of a

virtual team.

“In Puerto Rico, our mission was

to document and photograph the

entire island from the air, so my

work was focused on that,” Collins

said. “I spent most of my deployment

in a Cessna behind the pilot

shooting photos of any requested

areas or targets that our crew was

assigned.

“We were the fifth group from

CAP to be deployed to Puerto Rico

— Team 5, which was comprised

mostly of members from the Florida

Wing. Virtually all of us were senior

members, but we did bring one

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cadet with us who is highly trained in

communications.

“We were also supplemented on

the island by members of Puerto

Rico’s Wing. I need to give special

props to them. Over the 10 days

we were there, they worked handin-hand

with us and were phenomenal.

Virtually all of them, whether

senior members or cadets, were still

dealing with very challenging situations

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etc. But they showed up every day,

working hard and not complaining.

It was really inspirational to see them

doing that.

“Obviously, we all heard of the

devastation down there prior to

being deployed, but until you actually

see it for yourself, it’s tough to

fathom the scope. As an aerial photographer,

I had the chance to see

pretty much the entire island from the

air, and it was pretty sobering flying

over village after village and just

looking down into people’s houses

because the roofs had been blown

off, if their house even survived the

hurricane.”

Collins described his time in

Puerto Rico as “along the lines of a

true, albeit short-term, military deployment.”

He and his team were

housed on a merchant marine ship.

They rose early in the morning to

catch a van to their mission base,

which was set up in a large public

health clinic. They had only sporadic

electricity, which was supplied

by a generator, and most of the

plumbing was nonfunctional. Then

came the challenging flights around

the island to photograph their specified

targets.

“Because the terrain in Puerto Rico

is very mountainous, there were a

lot of updrafts and down drafts that

created for some bumpy flying,” he

said. “I don’t think anyone actually

got sick, but we pretty much all felt

queasy by the end of the day.

As an

aerial

photographer,

Civil Air Patrol

1st Lt. Brian

Collins

photographs

the

devastation

in the wake

of Hurricane

Maria on

the island of

Puerto Rico.

“Another challenge was the fact

that there were so many other military

and relief aircraft and helicopters

flying about the island. It was

pretty cool seeing lots of Blackhawks

and Osprey aircraft, among other

things, but you always had to be

very diligent and aware when you

were flying.

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it is far from over and is going to be

going on for a long, long time. You

hear a lot on the news about the

good and the bad that is occurring,

but in my opinion, I think the territory

and those responding are doing

the best that they can. This is a disaster

of unprecedented scale in many

ways.

“Being on the island definitely

gave me a different perspective of

what was going on with the relief

effort and the challenges of executing

such a massive undertaking.

I met people from FEMA, the U.S.

Public Health Service, NASA, botanists,

the New York Department of

Sanitation, Boston and New York

police officers, and even the IRS.

Even with all of these people responding,

the challenges are immense:

having a structure for all of

these agencies and individuals to

work within, building communication

channels, establishing relationships

with the people and agencies

in Puerto Rico, and so forth. Making

things even more complicated is

the fact that the island has its own

culture and political framework, requiring

both sides to adapt to this

new reality.

“Perhaps the most difficult part,

though, was the fact that so many

Puerto Ricans were still trying to cope

with the destruction and effects of the

hurricane. Many live in very remote

areas that are incredibly challenging

to get to because of the rugged terrain,

not to mention the washed-out

bridges, roadways and levies.

“The entire trip was filled with incredible

moments for all of us. Many

of my fellow team members have similar

stories about being approached

by locals who were extremely grateful

that we were there to help them;

that happened to me more than once.

That always made me feel good, because

one thing I tried very hard to

do was to show respect to the people

who were down there and dealing

with so much suffering.

“I’m very proud of the response

that our community alone has contributed

— I know a lot of people

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spent lots of time at the convention

center, for example, helping to assemble

almost 4.5 million boxed

meals. As grueling and challenging

as my deployment was, I was honored

to be able to go down there

and do my part, and I would do it

again in a heartbeat.”

Windermere resident Janira

Rivera, a nurse with Fresenius

Medical Care North America, also

felt compelled to travel to Puerto

Rico. Originally from Puerto Rico,

Rivera’s family still lives on the island.

Volunteering to help with relief

efforts, she was also able to

visit her mother, whom she had difficultly

connecting with after the hurricane.

She felt lucky to be with a

company like FMCNA, which was

heavily engaged with the disaster

relief efforts.

Rivera recalled going to Puerto

Rico with team Fresenius “an amazing

experience.” She also commented

that there was still much work to

be done, as most of the island was

still without power and water, and

grocery stores were limited.

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Air Force auxiliary, operates

a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs

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Rob Rahter, a multimillion dollar

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his TV background to the forefront

to help sell homes. A former broadcast

news producer with WKMG-TV,

Rahter is part of the Stockworth team

that uses live TV and video produced

at their private studio in Southwest

Orlando. Stockworth Studios is a fully

functioning facility equipped with

the latest technology to create live

Facebook programming, YouTube videos

and professional virtual property

tours. Research says homes marketed

with video get many more views online

than homes without. Rahter believes

this exposure gives them a tremendous

advantage over other brokers, and no

one else is doing video to this extent.

The Stockworth team is no stranger to

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with a full-time support staff, including

licensed assistants, an in-house market

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the results speak for themselves. This

year, Rob Rahter and his team are expected

to sell about $130 million in

residential real estate. Rahter boasts

many accomplishments, including being

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Realtors,” a member of the Gold Level

for Orlando Realtors’ Top Producer

Club since its inception, a member of

the Million Dollar Guild, a designated

Certified Luxury Home Marketing

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peers. He is head of a successful group

of local Realtors who meet monthly for

networking, education and market

analysis. He also serves as a committee

member for the Orlando Regional

Realtor Association. However, Rahter

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x A Message of Grace

Orlando REP Presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical

It had the makings of a perfect

Christmas pageant, until the

Herdman children showed up and

changed everything ... for the better.

Orlando Repertory Theatre

in partnership with UCF brings the

Orlando community the spirit of

Christmas with its production of

Barbara Robinson’s 1972 fictional

classic, The Best Christmas Pageant

Ever: The Musical. Originally not a

musical, the play was adapted into a

musical in 2016 and was playing at

a family theater in Charlotte, North

Carolina, when Orlando REP’s artistic

director, Jeffrey Revels,

learned of the musical version.

“Besides this being one of my favorite

childhood stories that I read

every year, starting when my secondgrade

teacher read it to my class,

what I really love about it and [why

I] chose it for this season, is that it is

a story of two very different groups

of people becoming better together,”

said Revels, who is also the director

of the production.

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The musical consists of a small

town’s annual Christmas pageant

that goes wrong when the Herdman

children, the town bullies, decide to

audition for the local Christmas pageant

and are cast in coveted roles

due to a new director. High jinks

ensue, including a fire in the church,

but what also emerges are acceptance,

creativity and learning the

true meaning of Christmas.

“That is really the heart of the

story’s message: it’s about listening

and learning from each other and

how we have a value to add,” Revels

said.

Twenty-five actors make up the

large cast, which includes 18 youth

actors representing the musical’s

children, as they embody characters

who make you laugh, cry and think

about the meaning of Christmas and

accepting others who are different.

“It’s such an ensemble cast, and

with the way the story is structured,

it is about how these groups

are coming together to make this

play, instead of the story revolving

around one character,” said Ashley

Willsey, Orlando REP’s marketing

director.

Even the characters’ names are

symbolic of the message of acceptance

and appreciation for others’

differences, as one character is

named Grace, while

the child characters

of focus are called

the Herdmans.

“They are children

that have to be herded

like sheep, and it

takes someone with

grace to help them

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follow the same path,” Revels said.

“It’s a story that operates on so many

levels.”

A Character for Everyone

As Revels grew up cherishing

the original childhood classic, the

hope is that new and older generations

will enjoy The Best Christmas

Pageant Ever: The Musical and fall in

love with the menagerie of beloved

characters that all have a message.

“Both children and adults will get

very different messages out of the

play,” Revels said. “We’re sharing

the same story, but we are looking at

it from different lenses.

“I think children will respond to

physical comedy, humor and the

music, but they will also understand

the story of being

changed and how

listening to each

other is our best solution

for anything

good to happen. I

think the adults will

look at it and get

messages that it’s

OK [as adults] to

surrender your assumptions

to give

children a little

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create something on their own that is

artistic, new and beautiful.”

“It’s a show that will speak to kids

and adults alike, because so many

adults have grown up knowing the

story, but it speaks across multiple

generations,” Willsey said. “Families

can come together and see themselves

represented in characters

onstage.”

Orlando REP’s season has been

concentrated on theatrically presenting

the message of young people

as they have a voice and platform

to show to the world, and The Best

Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical

seems to line up with this same goal.

“You get a sense of the whole

town here and the characters going

through and coming out of the

struggle together. It’s the Christmas

story being told, showing grace to

the world and to your fellow man,”

Revels said. “Showing grace is truly

the message of the show, and when

we show grace to others, we are

more accepting of others.”

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever:

The Musical continues its run through

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n Bay Vista Estates

Bay Vista Estates resident Ethan

Thompson is playing the role

of Elmer Hopkins in Orlando

Repertory Theatre in partnership

with UCF’s production of The

Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The

Musical. The 11-year-old fifth-grader

at St. John Vianney Catholic School

began acting at a very young age.

He appeared in the short film This

Man’s Life and commercials for many

local attractions, ESPN and the Disney

Channel. He had a feature-film debut

earlier this year as Jimmy in My Little

Baby, but it was Disney’s Newsies

the Musical that sparked his interest

in theater and led to his Orlando REP

debut. Ethan is grateful to God for

this opportunity and thanks his parents

and brother, Julian, for their

love and support. The Best Christmas

Pageant Ever: The Musical is playing

at Orlando REP through Dec. 30.

n Dr. Phillips

Ethan

Thompson of

Bay Vista Estates

makes his

Orlando REP

debut as Elmer

Hopkins in The

Best Christmas

Pageant Ever:

The Musical.

Suzette Farquharson-Morgan,

president of FarMor Entertainment and

a resident of Dr. Phillips, sponsored

the ninth annual Oh Give Thanks: It Is

Well dinner show at the Rotary Club

of West Orlando. The lineup for

the evening included vocalist Stacy

Wilson, poet Patricia Robinson,

author and spoken word artist Angela

McRae, Dr. Phillips High School

senior Trenten Carson, and the

group Hephzibah. As a recipient of the

Rotary Club Scholarship 25 years ago

from West Orange High School,

Suzette is honored that her nonprofit

community organization continues to

serve as a beacon of light throughout

Central Florida.

n Keene’s Pointe

by Amy Mitchell

Sixteen candles shone brightly

on a stunning six-tier butterfly cake

for Keene’s Pointe resident Yasmin

Clapham, as she celebrated her

birthday at Hyatt Regency Grand

Cypress. The private ceremony boasted

120 guests — the maximum capacity

of the venue — and was hosted by

the birthday girl’s parents, William

and Thaisa Clapham.

“It was part of the special Sweet 16

tradition that honors the most influential

people in Yasmin’s life,” Thaisa said.

In addition to her mom and dad,

Yasmin’s list of important people included

her brother, Tristan; nanny,

Nana Angela; and grandmother,

Regina Pereira, along with some

best friends — Carol Braga,

Amanda Freeman, Nicole Gegg,

Teresa Leone, Raphaella Nunes

and Nina Urban — who were

chosen to be in Yasmin’s court.

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compiled by Lauren Salinero

The cake, made by Angelica

Hubner, wasn’t the only thing adorned

in a butterfly theme. Servers had on

pink butterfly bow ties, and there was

a butterfly-papered wish tree, pink

flowers with delicate silver butterflies

on top, a special pink drink called the

“Butterfly Kiss” with a laser-cut butterfly,

and a butterfly with Yasmin’s name

on its wings to signify her blossoming.

“The butterfly was chosen to symbolize

transformation and this rite of

passage,” Thaisa said. “Attention to

details were in each corner.”

The guests wore white for purity

while the birthday girl was the only

one dressed in nude for her first dress

and pink for her second dress, making

her easy to spot.

Yasmin, accompanied by Tristan,

made a grand entrance and was

greeted with indoor fireworks and

confetti. Everyone oohed and aahed

at this big moment, followed by

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bubbles at the happy birthday time

and a girls court dance — performed

by Yasmin's honorary guests and

choreographed by DGBEK Studios.

Everything was exquisite. The elegance

of resort’s restaurant, with its

rows of crystal chandeliers and the

inviting outdoors, also contributed to

the grandiose event. The fancy venue

boasted an open bar for the adults

and a buffet served for everyone’s

tastes.

“It was an unforgettable evening,”

said Keene’s Pointe resident Stella

Freeman.

Other Keene’s Pointe residents,

who were lucky enough to celebrate

with the Claphams, included

Leticia Braga, Daniela Campos,

Patricia Cardoso, Ira Frota,

Karla Gegg, Tania Mitropoulos,

Paula Pinto, Debora Sinelli and

Ana Teixeira. The party favors

came in a beautiful silver box that contained

a butterfly rhinestone hairpiece

for the ladies. At the end of the night,

Yasmin’s friends surprised her with a

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special birthday video prepared by

her best friend, Carol Braga.

Yasmin, may the 16th year of your life

bring you the courage to soar as high

as a butterfly and to spread your wings.

May you also have the strength to

accomplish anything. Happy Sweet 16!

n Ocoee

The city of Ocoee saluted veterans

during its annual Veterans Day

Ceremony held at Bill Breeze Park. The

event honored veterans for their patriotism,

love of country and commitment

to service and sacrifice. Ocoee resident

Norb Weller was the keynote

speaker. He served in the U.S. Army

from Jan. 25, 1967, to Dec. 9, 1969.

After being honorably discharged as a

first lieutenant, he served in the Army

Reserves from Dec. 10, 1969, to Jan.

24, 1973. In 1968, Norb served a oneyear

tour of duty in the Vietnam War.

He received several awards, including

the Combat Infantryman Badge,

Gallantry Cross with Bronze Star,

Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation,

and the Vietnam Service Medal with

four Bronze Stars. The Veterans Day

Ceremony also included singing, music

and flag presentations by the Ocoee

Fire Department Honor Guard. Chloe

Rogenus, a senior at Ocoee High

School, sang the National Anthem,

and the Ocoee Middle School

band played Marches of the Armed

Forces and An American Hymn.

n Turnburry

The community of Turnburry hosted

a potluck block party for residents.

Beautiful weather, a great turnout,

delicious food and good fellowship

helped to make the neighbors’ time

together a huge success, and the

event was a great way to meet new

residents. There were also games for

the children and door prizes for the

winners. Small flags were given to everyone

as a present for Veterans Day.

The residents extend a special thankyou

to resident Paul McGarigal for

hosting the event in his yard.

n Windermere

Ronald

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St. Luke’s United Methodist

Church held its Trunks, Treats

and More, during which between

800 to 1,000 children came out to

decorate trunks and collect candy.

The family-friendly event included

food, entertainment, a costume

contest for kids, carnival-style and

blowup games, a mechanical bull

and more. Trunk-or-treaters were

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St. Luke’s United Methodist Church’s Trunks, Treats and More.

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also encouraged to bring canned

goods to help Florida families have

a happy Thanksgiving.

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Girl Scout Brownie troops 4573

and 816 received an opportunity

to learn about philanthropy from

Dr. Phillips Charities, earning

the Philanthropy Badge for each

girl. The group was given an informative

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Wendy Oliver, director of grants;

learned about the organization’s

philanthropic presence in the

Central Florida community; and

were inspired to give back to the

community.

Messages will be published in the Feb. 1, 2018, issue.

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Art Brown

(center) of the

Rotary Club

of Dr. Phillips

moderates

the Fire Side

chat for new

members with

Tim Lambert

and Jackie

Buzzotto.

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2017

HOLIDAY

GIFT GUIDE

It’s December, and the race is

on for Southwest residents to find

amazing holiday gifts for the

people on their lists. Southwest

Orlando Bulletin’s Holiday Gift

Guide provides a comprehensive

listing of various local businesses,

as well as gift ideas — from

always-handy gift cards to beauty

and fashion finds and more —

that are sure to please everyone

this holiday season.

Axiom Bank

Give the gift of financial security.

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of financial stress, so why not build

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located in your local Walmart

Supercenter, call 800-584-0015 or

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conditions apply.)

Buena Vista

Family Dentistry

Give the gift that will make everyone

smile! Stop by Buena Vista Family

Dentistry to get gift certificates for

everyone on your list. The staff offers a

wide range of teeth-whitening options,

as well as restorative and preventative

services, in a warm, comfortable setting.

Gift certificates can be applied

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by the office at 11444 S. Apopka-

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Ca Va Chic

Boutique

Gifting with style has never been

easier. Ca Va Chic Boutique, located

at 4757 The Grove Drive in

Windermere, is the place to go for an

assortment of fashion-trending clothing

and accessories for your favorite

fashionistas. Items are handpicked

in Atlanta by Southwest resident

Marie-Christine and her daughter,

Aly, so Ca Va Chic Boutique has

something unique for everyone. Stop

by and check out the great selection

of apparel or pick up a gift card

today! Holiday hours are Monday-

Saturday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. For

more information, call 407-217-7607

or visit www.cavachic.com.

Drafts Sports

Bar & Grill

Give the gift of family fun at

Drafts Sports Bar & Grill, located

at Westgate Lakes Resort &

Spa. From an array of delicious food

and drink options to a state-of-the-art

game room with six lanes of bowling,

Drafts offers something for everyone.

Check out the private party

room for your holiday celebration.

Drafts is open daily and located at

9500 Turkey Lake Road in Orlando.

For more information, call 407-352-

9293 or visit draftssports.com.

Endocrine

Associates of

Florida Ocoee

José Mandry, M.D., and the

staff of Endocrine Associates

of Florida Ocoee can work with

your busy holiday schedule to get

you into the office before the end

of the year to avoid the new year

copay blues! Also, you may qualify

for a clinical trial and receive benefits

such as study medicines, supplies,

compensation and expert

advice to manage your disease.

Endocrine Associates is located

at 1510 Citrus Medical Court in

Ocoee. If you want to help others

and yourself by learning about these

exciting opportunities, call 407-480-

4830. For more information, visit

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The First Academy

The First Academy is a Christcentered,

college preparatory school,

serving students in preschool through

grade 12. Families love TFA for its

safe environment, world-class teaching

and learning, and life-changing

spiritual formation. TFA boasts a 100

percent college-acceptance rate, as

well as award-winning technology,

arts and athletic programs. There is

no better gift than the TFA school

family experience. Schedule your

personal tour today! For more information,

call 407-206-8602 or visit

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Gentle Touch

MediSpa &

Wellness

of facials and skin therapies like

chemical peels and microdermabrasions.

Whatever your beauty needs

are this holiday season, Gentle

Touch has a solution that will have

you feeling beautiful and vibrant.

Gift cards are available. For more information,

call 407-877-7003 or visit

www.gentletouchmedispa.

I-Drive

Resort Area

Looking for that special something

to gift this year? Whether you are

seeking to splurge or for a bargain,

more than 500 shops and outlets

make I-Drive a shopping lover’s

dream! Happy shopping and happy

holidays! For more information, visit

internationaldriveorlando.com.

Ipanema

Brows & Waxing

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other offer. Fees could reduce earnings. Contact an Axiom Bank Banker for further information about applicable

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These accounts require a minimum opening deposit of $100,000. Federal regulations impose transaction

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applicable fees and terms.

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Go beautifully bare with Gentle

Touch MediSpa & Wellness’ laser

hair removal or zap vexing veins

with its laser vein removal. Banish

crow’s-feet and expression lines with

wrinkle-relaxing wonders or freshen

up with its selection of eager-toplease

dermal fillers. Beam your way

to beautiful skin with IPL photofacials

and laser skin resurfacing, or indulge

in Gentle Touch’s extensive menu

Ipanema Brows & Waxing,

located in Suite 114 at 6735 Conroy-

Windermere Road in Orlando, is the

place to go for the best brows and

waxing in town! Its staff is specialized

in eyebrows perfectly handmade,

as well as face and body

waxing, threading and facials. A


microblading artist is also available

to evaluate and enhance

clients’ brows. For more information,

visit 407-270-9102 or visit

www.ipanemabrowsandwaxing.com.

Light Up UCF

Winter Whirl. Located at 12777

Gemini Blvd. N. in Orlando, Light

Up UCF is open Monday-Thursday

from 5-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday

from noon-midnight, and Sunday

from noon-10 p.m. For more information,

call 407-823-3070 or visit

www.lightupucf.com.

Molly Maid

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clean the home. Whether it is a

one-time or regular service, Molly

Maid will design a custom cleaning

plan with a free in-home estimate.

The gift of time is always

the perfect present. Gift certificates

are available. For more information,

call 407-877-0184 or visit

www.mollymaid.com.

Nannette’s

Ballroom Dance

Inc. has the perfect gift to sweep

your loved one off his or her feet.

To purchase a gift certificate today,

dance on over to Nannette’s website

at www.nannettesballroomdance.

com, or for more information, call

386-532-2624.

Orange City

Racing & Card

Club

At Light Up UCF, there is fun for

all ages. Running through Dec. 31,

this year’s festival offers 45 nights

of ice-skating, a world-class choreographed

light show with new

music, free holiday movies, live

entertainment, rides like a Ferris

wheel, Light Up Express kids train,

The Arctic Glide Ice Slide, and the

Molly Maid, located at 1101

S. Park Ave. in Winter Garden, is

a residential home-cleaning service.

Molly Maid sends a team of

two trained, insured and bonded

home-service professionals to

Give the gift of fun this season!

Offering fun group classes at five

convenient locations, Nannette’s

The Orange City Racing &

Card Club is “Orlando’s Closest

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Poker Room,” featuring exciting

cash-game poker action, Vegasstyle

poker games, comfortable seating,

tableside food and beverage

service. The new Jake’s 29° Sports

Bar and Grill boasts an innovative

pub-style menu; seven 75-inch

TVs; 40-plus huge high-definition

TVs; a 52-foot sports ticker; and

29-degree domestic, craft and local

draft beers. For more information,

call 386-252-6484 or visit

www.orangecitypoker.com.

Orange

County Library

System

Looking for gifts for your bookish

friends? Make a stop at the

Orlando Public Library this

shopping season and visit “Gifts

and Greetings” located on the

first floor. The store, operated by

Friends of the Orange County

©Amanda Murphy/courtesy of Orange County Library System

Library System, carries a selection

of book- and library-themed socks,

scarves, jewelry, stationery and

more. Best of all, proceeds from

sales in the store stay in your community

— the store’s sales help support

library events and programs

not otherwise covered by the library’s

budget. Gifts and Greetings

is located on the first floor of the

Orlando Public Library at 101 E.

Central Blvd. Operating hours are

Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-2

p.m. and from 4-7 p.m., Friday from

11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday from 10

a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday from 1:30-

4:30 p.m. For more information, call

407-835-7323.

Orlando

Premier Music

Instruction

Orlando Premier Music

Instruction is the place to find the

highest-quality local music classes

for piano, adult guitar, dance, drama

and musical theater, and more with

its professional and friendly music

teachers, flexible class schedules that

suit your style, ability and more! The

staff at OPMI is happy to say they

have the perfect gift idea — sign up

for one of their monthly classes and

receive the first class free. In addition,

mention this article and get the first

class free! For more information, call

or text 407-963-5529 or 310-623-

2885, email opmi@opmi-lessons.com

or visit www.orlando-premier-musicinstruction.com.

Orlando

Repertory

Theatre

©Matt Cairns

This holiday season, Orlando

Repertory Theatre presents a

classic story that is sure to delight the

entire family — The Best Christmas

Pageant Ever: The Musical. Beware

The Herdmans: the worst kids in the

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history of the world! When they crash

Sunday school and demand parts

in the Christmas pageant, the whole

town panics. In this buoyant, new

musical adaptation of the funny and

touching holiday classic, will it be a

silent night? Not a chance. But sometimes,

a little joyful noise is just right

for Christmas. Ticket prices start at $15

and can be purchased by calling 407-

896-7365 or visiting orlandorep.com.

Performances take place through

Dec. 30, on Saturdays and Sundays

at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., at Orlando

Repertory Theatre, located at 1001 E.

Princeton St. in Orlando.

Parbhu

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Plastic Surgery

event, Iced Out, will be held Dec. 15

from 6-8 p.m. at Rosen Plaza. The

area’s top chefs will fire up the power

saws as they face off in a spectacular

ice sculpture competition. The

event is free and open to the public,

with festive treats and cocktails

available for purchase. Rosen Plaza

is located at 9700 International

Drive in Orlando. For more information,

call 407-996-9700 or visit

rosenplaza.com.

Rosen

Shingle Creek

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It’s that special time of year, where you’ll find plenty

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Feast upon an abundance of holiday favorites and

see a visitor from the North Pole.

Looking for a convenient onestop

for eye care and aesthetics

this holiday season? Set your sights

on Parbhu Oculofacial Plastic

Surgery, and look no further. Dr.

Parbhu is taking eye care and aesthetics

to a new level by offering services

such as eyelid surgery, brow

surgery, orbital disease treatment

and lacrimal surgery, while also

providing a multitude of aesthetic

services, including Botox Cosmetic,

Kybella, dermal fillers and more.

Dr. Parbhu offers great seasonal

specials and affordable rates. Pick

up the perfect gift for yourself or

your loved ones. For more information,

call 407-901-9695 or visit

www.parbhumd.com.

Rosen Plaza

The ice chips are going to fly!

Orlando’s coolest family holiday

The card that gets you in everywhere

you’d want to be for the

best Orlando staycation — it’s all

under one roof at the AAA Four

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Purchase its gift card to enjoy deluxe

accommodations, impeccable

dining, luxurious spa treatments,

challenging golf, poolside lounging

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Gift cards may be purchased at

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For more information about

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Adults: $49

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Children 6-12: $19.95 (Ages 5 & under free)

Tax and gratuity not included.

FOR RESERVATIONS, PLEASE CALL (407) 239-1999

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Royal

Landscape Nursery

more information, call 407-296-3042

or visit royallandscapenursery.com.

The Spa

at Rosen Centre

tropical escape. For more information,

call 407-996-1248 or visit

rosencentre.com.

Southwest

Orlando Eye

Care

myopia control and specialty contact

lenses. Dr. Ben Konynenbelt

is a board-certified pediatric optometric

physician who specializes in

binocular vision and vision therapy.

Southwest Orlando Eye Care has

a boutique optical and carries several

designer frames and sunglasses.

Gift certificates are available. Give

the gift of Maui Jim sunglasses this

season! For more information, visit

southwestorlandoeyecare.com.

Spa Blue

Celebrate the season with a gift

that keeps on growing from Royal

Landscape Nursery. Flora and

fauna make great gifts for family members

and friends. Give them something

they can enjoy over and over,

whether they are project planning

or just enjoy being with the flowers.

Royal Landscape Nursery offers the

best in landscaping and gardening

needs with gift certificates that fit all

amounts and any project size. Give

the gift that keeps on growing! For

Purchase a The Spa at Rosen

Centre gift card for $100 and get

a $25 spa gift card free! Enjoy a

relaxing day with rejuvenating facials

and luxurious massages for

the ultimate pampering experience.

Included for any spa guest, relax

poolside at Rosen Centre and use

the spa facilities for the entire day

to turn your spa experience into a

Southwest Orlando Eye

Care, 7009 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Suite

110, in Orlando, 407-271-8931, offers

comprehensive eye care to the

Dr. Phillips community and Southwest

Orlando. Dr. John Nowell is a

board-certified optometric physician

who specializes in keratoconus,

Spa Blue is Orlando’s premier

medical spa under the direction of

Janet Beres, a board-certified

physician assistant and master cosmetics

injector. Through the end of

December, anyone who purchases a

$100 gift card receives $25 Spa Blue

Cash. Give your loved one what they

really want this holiday! PRP Vampire

Facials for skin rejuvenation and PRP

Hair Restoration services are also offered.

Spa Blue is located in Suite

423 at 6735 Conroy-Windermere

Road in Orlando. For more information,

call 407-772-2583 or visit

spablue.com. Be beautiful, be you!

Sweet,

Sassy & Southern

Sweet, Sassy & Southern

is an upscale boutique that offers

trendy women’s apparel, jewelry

and fashion accessories. It also carries

a wide variety of unique gifts and

home décor and offers monogramming

services. It’s a one-stop shop

for many of the holiday gifts on your

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that the first physical feature that

94 percent of people notice when

meeting someone is their smile.

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health, yet many people choose

instead to be reactive, scheduling

an appointment only when something

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many of the top risk factors relating

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why preventative care is so important

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spa packages for everyone’s special

someone. Seasonal packages

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n Bay Meadows

Elementary

During Teach-In Day at Bay

Meadows Elementary, Julie

Gifford’s first-grade class listened to

classroom parents talk about academics,

careers and the future. Among the

parents who spoke about their chosen

careers were Jenny Nguyen,

pharmacist at Millennium Specialty

Pharmacy; Sophia Ansari, CEO

of CiCi’s Pizza; and Dr. Crissy

Addonizio, a veterinarian at Orlando

Equine Veterinary Care Inc.

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SCHOOL NEWS

compiled by Lauren Salinero

n SunRidge Elementary

Sterling Pointe resident and state

Rep. Robert “Bobby” Olszewski

visited Allisha Douglas’ fourth-grade

class at SunRidge Elementary in Winter

Garden. While there, he shared insights

with the children about state government

and how a bill becomes a law.

Dr. Crissy Addonizio of Orlando

Equine Veterinary Care visits Bay Meadows

Elementary on Teach-In Day to discuss her

job as a veterinarian.

Representatives of the Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips

and Dr. Phillips YMCA’s Swim Safety Program, pictured with

Josh the Otter, visit Palm Lake Elementary on Teach-In Day.

Rep. Robert “Bobby” Olszewski (back, fourth from left) of Sterling

Pointe speaks to fourth-graders at SunRidge Elementary.

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n Westbrooke

Elementary

Westbrooke Elementary held

its largest-ever Teach-In Day this

year. Parents and community members

who work in a variety of industries

came out to share their

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professions. Businesses such as

Publix Supermarkets and First Watch

provided food donations for the

event. Guest speakers included

military personnel, first responders,

medical professionals, pilots,

entertainment and tourism experts,

and others.

Westbrooke Elementary celebrates 10

years of educating young minds.

The 2017-18 academic year

marks a decade of excellence for

Westbrooke Elementary, which

opened in 2008. The school celebrated

its 10th anniversary with a

special photo collage in the shape

of the number 10, a photo op of students

spelling out PR10E (pride), and

more. Congratulations to Westbrooke

Elementary and happy birthday!

Parents and community members participate in Teach-In Day at Westbrooke Elementary.

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Featuring the original

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AUDITIONS

DEC. 16TH & 17TH

Casting Teens

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And other special

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cast members.

Right Here in

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presents

A Very Broadway Christmas

Join the Theatre South

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performers as we

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holidays with

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and Old-

Fashioned

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Cheer

Visit our Gift

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n Dr. Phillips High

The Art with Heart Club is a new

community service club at Dr. Phillips

High. It was founded by Jaden

Asuncion, an 11th-grader in the

Visual Arts magnet program, and

members are primarily Visual Arts

magnet students in grades nine-12.

It is sponsored by performing arts

(L. to r.) Riley Draper, Araya Keyes, Jaden Asuncion, Victoria Hernandez,

Estefania Daza and Karina Hornberger of Dr. Phillips High’s Art with Heart Club display

the finalized Windermere Christmas Mural. Not pictured: Suzie Cooper and Chloe Miller.

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magnet instructor Vanessa Brown.

The goal of the club is to create art to

brighten the environment of individuals

and communities. Projects include

original greeting cards for military

personnel, as well as the sick and

elderly. Most recently, members completed

the Windermere Christmas

Mural. The mural project has become

an annual tradition and is sponsored

by Vintage Realty, a local business.

n Et Al

Holy Family Catholic School

students and staff participated in the

church’s annual Southwest Fall Fest,

an event that has been part of the

community’s fall tradition for more

than 20 years. The four-day carnival

and entertainment extravaganza

raised thousands of dollars for Holy

Family Catholic Church. Youngsters

and adults of all ages enjoyed carnival

rides, midway games and a

large food court with dozens of

choices. One highlight was the annual

Raising the Dough drawing for

more than $75,000 in prizes. The

raffle, put on by HFCS, is one of

the school’s two main fundraisers.

Along with $1,000, $2,500 and

$7,500 winners, the Sepulveda

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Holy Family Catholic School students participate in an evening of carnival games and entertainment during the annual Southwest Fall Fest.

family walked away with a check

for $50,000. The money raised

for the school goes toward hiring

the best teachers and securing the

best curriculum for the nearly 700

students who attend HFCS.

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Renowned Central Florida hotelier,

philanthropist and Southwest

resident Harris Rosen partnered

with Rollins College to offer three

full college scholarships to Tangelo

Park and Parramore students.

He is expanding on the successful

model he created to help students

from Orlando’s traditionally underserved

Tangelo Park and Parramore

neighborhoods attain their dreams

of achieving a debt-free college

education. The Rollins partnership

provides that three students annually

combined from the two neighborhoods

will receive full scholarships

to attend Rollins College. The

first recipients of the program

will enroll at Rollins in the fall

of 2018.

Christ The King Lutheran

PreSchool’s VPK classroom was

Robert Massato of Christ The

King Lutheran PreSchool portrays a

pharmacist during the VPK classroom’s

transformation into a Publix Supermarket.

transformed into a Publix Supermarket.

Some of the children shopped on

their own, buying groceries within

their budgets, while others worked

different Publix stations.

All of the classics, none of the work.

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Kyle Hilgendorf makes and wraps

sandwiches as a deli counter worker during

Christ The King Lutheran PreSchool’s

Publix Supermarket role playing.

Hudson Raketich shops at the makebelieve

Publix Supermarket in the VPK

classroom at Christ The King Lutheran

PreSchool.

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dependable available, we do rely on others for the source of our news. Therefore, the Southwest

Orlando Bulletin and Cornerstone Publishing & Multi-Media LLC cannot be held responsible for

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The Diamond Resorts Invitational,

benefiting Florida Hospital for

Children, an event recognized as

the most unique in golf, will feature

five top LPGA players competing

alongside 28 PGA Tour Champions

legends and 48 entertainment and

sports celebrities from Jan. 12-14,

2018.

Held at Tranquilo Golf Club at

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at

Walt Disney World, the tournament

will be nationally televised

on the Golf Channel all three days.

It is the first PGA Tour Champions

Challenge Season event of the

2018 calendar year and has

raised more than $2.3 million

for Florida Hospital for Children

since 2013.

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SOUTHWEST SPORTS

compiled by Lauren Salinero

Olympia High School’s baseball

team hosted its annual golf

tournament at Hawk’s Landing Golf

West Orange High School’s

swimming and diving teams

competed against eight other local

high schools for the Swim

The West Orange High School girls swimming and diving team wins the Swim Metro Conference Championship.

Metro Conference Championship.

Congratulations to the girls team

for winning first place and the boys

team for taking second.

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Course. The fundraising event provided

a fun day of 18 holes and

included lunch. Proceeds from the

tournament will help improve the

baseball program’s facilities and

other needs.

The SunRidge Middle School girls soccer team, led by coach

Rachel Ridgeway, places second in the Orange County Public

Schools Middle School Soccer Championships.

SunRidge

Middle School’s

boys soccer team,

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Several student-athletes at The

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will play basketball for Rollins

College. Congratulations to all of

these seniors!

Southwest

residents and

members of

the Lake

Cane Tennis

Ninjas team of

Shadow Bay

Park prepare for

their inaugural

victory at the

National Tennis

Campus.

Jazz Blue Select team members (front, l. to r.) Collin Anthony, Brayden Badua,

Preston Jones, Corey Shepard, Dylan Hodak, Djems Narcisse, (back, l. to r.) coach

Larry Proventud, Jacob Proventud, Jojo Proventud and Luke Lakes win the Florida

Basketball & Volleyball Association 13U boys basketball championship for the fall league

in overtime, 68-63. Not pictured: head coach Larry Hutter.

The First Academy, located at

2667 Bruton Blvd. in Orlando, will

host The City Beautiful Invitational

Basketball Tournament from Dec.

27-30.

The inaugural event will take place

in TFA’s new state-of-the-art Cramer

Family Field House and feature 16

teams from across Central Florida,

the state and the country. Tip-off

is at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, and

the championship game will be

played Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. General

admission is $5 per day or $15

for a four-day ticket. Volunteer

opportunities, sponsorships and halftime

performances are available.

For more information, visit www.

thefirstacademy.org/blog/inauguralbasketball-tournament-to-take-overtfa-orlando.

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COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD

compiled by Lisa Sagers

n Charities/Fundraisers

Dec. 9 — Fundraising Golf Tournament

The Hawk’s Landing Golf Course at

Marriott World Center, 8701 World

Center Drive, Orlando, hosts the annual

golf tournament for Olympia High School’s

baseball team. Lunch is provided. Time: 1

p.m. Cost: $100 for a single-player spot.

Sponsorships are available. Proceeds help

to improve OHS’s baseball facilities and

other needs. For more information, email

olympiatitansbaseball@gmail.com.

Dec. 16 — AutoNation Cure Bowl

Camping World Stadium, 1 Citrus Bowl

Place, Orlando, hosts the AutoNation Cure

Bowl, an NCAA college football game that

raises awareness of breast cancer. Time: 2:30

p.m. Cost: $25, with proceeds benefiting the

Breast Cancer Research Foundation, whose

mission is committed to exclusively funding

cancer research. For more information, visit

curebowl.com/the-game.

n Classes/Programs

Dec. 13 — Stress-Buster Coloring

The Southwest Library at Dr. Phillips,

7255 Della Drive, Orlando, hosts Stress

Buster Coloring for adults 18-older. All

supplies are provided or attendees may

bring their favorite coloring tools and a

beverage, too. Time: 10:15 a.m. For

more information, call 407-835-7323.

n Events/Performances

Through Dec. 23 — Annie Performances

The Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St.,

Winter Garden, presents performances of

Annie. Time: Thursdays and Fridays at 8

p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.,

and Sundays at 2 p.m. Cost: $34, $30

for students/senior citizens. Call for special

discounts. For more information, call

407-877-4736 or visit gardentheatre.org.

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.

Dec. 8, 9 & 10 — Legally Blonde Jr.

Performances

Theatre South Playhouse in The

Marketplace at Dr. Phillips, 7601 Della

Drive, Suite 15, Orlando, presents performances

of Legally Blonde Jr. Time:

Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Cost: $12-$30. To purchase tickets, visit

tsplayhouse.ticketbud.com.

Jan. 20, 2018 — Camellia Show

The Winter Park Garden Clubhouse in

Mead Botanical Garden, 1300 S. Denning

Drive, Winter Park, hosts the 72nd annual

Camellia Show, including assorted varieties

of camellia plants for sale, a camellia

plant raffle, a Camellia 101 class from

10-11 a.m. (RSVP to presidentcscf@gmail.

com), self-guided tours and more. Time:

10 a.m.-4 p.m.; however, camellia blooms

are not viewable until 1 p.m. Admission

and parking are free. Anyone who has

camellias growing in their yard can enter

a bloom or blooms for a competition that

takes place between 7-10 a.m. Cash

prizes are awarded. For more information,

visit www.camelliacfl.com.

n Holiday Happenings

Through Dec. 29 — Holiday Friday Nights

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of

American Art, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter

Park, hosts Holiday Friday Nights, including

free admission from 4-8 p.m. and live

music from 5-8 p.m. Programming also

includes family tours, curator tours and

an art demonstration on selected dates.

For more information, call 407-645-5311

or visit www.morsemuseum.org.

Through Dec. 30 — The Best

Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical

Performances

Orlando Repertory Theatre, 1001 E.

Princeton St., Orlando, presents performances

of The Best Christmas Pageant

Ever: The Musical, Time: Saturdays and

Sundays at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Cost:

$25, adults; $18, students, seniors (55-

older) and military personnel; and $15

for youth 3-17. For more information, call

407-896-7365 or visit orlandorep.com.

Through Dec. 30 — It’s A Wonderful

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A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.

Showtimes vary, and ticket prices are

$13-$50. For more information, call

407-447-1700, ext. 1; or visit www.

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Through Dec. 31 — Christmas

Programs/Services

Lifebridge Church, 12120 Chase Road,

Windermere, hosts the Upside Down

Christmas Series during the month of

December. The Dec. 10 morning services

at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. feature The Liberty

Voices. The King and Me, a children’s

Christmas musical, is performed Dec. 10

at 6 p.m. There are no morning services

Dec. 24, instead they will be held at 4

p.m. and 5:30 p.m. There is also a New

Year’s Eve service at 10 a.m. For more

information, call 407-505-4888 or visit

www.lifebridgechurch.org.

Through Dec. 31 — Light Up UCF

CFE Arena and the University of Central

Florida host the 10th annual Light Up

UCF, an annual holiday festival that

includes 45 nights of ice-skating, a worldclass

choreographed light show with new

music, free holiday movies, live entertainment,

rides, a Light Up Express kids train,

photos with Santa and more. The Holiday

Market Under the Stars takes place Dec.

16. Times, dates and costs vary. For more

information, visit www.lightupucf.com.

Through Dec. 31 — Now Snowing

Celebration Town Center hosts the 19th

annual Now Snowing event, including

ice-skating, community performances

by some of the area’s top young talent,

horse-drawn carriage rides, train rides,

photos with Santa and special concerts.

Snow falls at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and

9 p.m. For more information, visit www.

celebrationtowncenter.com.

Through Jan. 1, 2018 — Holiday

Fountain Show

Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs

hosts the annual Holiday Fountain Show

at the Plaza fountain, featuring special

shows with dancing water and dazzling

lights choreographed to classic holiday

tunes. Time: 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and

9 p.m. For more information, visit www.

uptownaltamonte.com

Through Jan. 6, 2018 — Holiday

Celebration

Universal Orlando Resort celebrates the

holidays with the following festivities:

Christmas in The Wizarding World of

Harry Potter, including uniquely themed

Christmas decorations, garlands and

lights; holiday-themed food; and holiday

performances by the Frog Choir and

Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees;

and more. In addition, there’s a Universal

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Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s,

Mannheim Steamroller performances on

select dates, Grinchmas at Universal’s

Islands of Adventure, and much more.

Times vary. Access to the theme park’s holiday

festivities is included with admission

to the parks. For more information, visit

www.universalorlando.com/holidays.

Through Jan. 7, 2018 — The Polar

Express 4-D Experience

Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites &

Waterpark, 14500 Continental Gateway,

Orlando, hosts The Polar Express 4-D

Experience, showing nightly through Jan.

7, 2018. Time: 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m.,

and 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at

the resort’s box office. For more information,

call 407-387-1808 or visit www.

hisuitesorlando.com.

Through Jan. 7, 2018 — Winter In The

Park

The Central Park West Meadow, 150 N.

New York Ave., Winter Park, hosts Winter

in the Park, the city’s annual holiday

ice-skating rink, holiday music, games,

special guests and more. Time: Monday-

Thursday from 3-9 p.m., Friday from 3-10

p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.,

and Sunday from noon-8 p.m. Cost: $13

to skate all day. Skate rental is included.

For more information, call 407-599-3203

or visit cityofwinterpark.org/witp.

Dec. 7 — Christmas In The Park

Central Park in downtown Winter Park

hosts Christmas in the Park, the 39th

annual exhibition of century-old Tiffany

windows and a free outdoor concert of

holiday favorites by the Bach Festival

Society Choir, Youth Choir and Brass

Ensemble. Time: 6:15-8 p.m.

Dec. 7, 8 & 9 — Once Upon A

December

Central Florida Community Arts performs

Once Upon a December, an all-new

holiday experience performed by the

CFCArts Community Choir and Symphony

Orchestra at Northland Church, 530 Dog

Track Road, Longwood. Time: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door,

$25 for priority tickets, and $50 for

premium seating. Children 3-younger

are free. For more information, call 407-

937-1800, ext. 710; or visit cfcarts.com/

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Dec. 9 — MetroWest WinterFest

MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 S.

Hiawassee Road, Orlando, hosts Shrek

the Halls, MetroWest WinterFest 2017,

including appearances by Shrek and

Fiona, Santa and Mrs. Claus, donkey

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Pointe Productions and more. Attendees

are encouraged to bring blankets to sit

on for the viewing of the movie Shrek

the Halls. Time: 4-8 p.m. Admission is

free, and proceeds benefit Edgewood

Children’s Ranch. For more information,

visit www.metrowestcommunity.com.

Dec. 9 — Holiday Amaryllis Festival

Nehrling Gardens, 2267 Hempel Ave.,

Gotha, hosts the sixth annual Nehrling

Gardens Holiday Amaryllis Festival, a

nature-themed, free community event that

includes a variety of amaryllis bulbs for

sale, photo opportunities with Santa and

Mrs. Claus, live music, nature-themed

vendors, food, a gift shop, silent auction

and eco-activities for children. There is

also a focus on “Be the Gift,” as the event

collects toys and food for local charities.

Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information, call 407-445-

9977, email info@nehrlinggardens.org

or visit www.nehrlinggardens.org.

Dec. 9 & 10 — Through A Child’s Eyes

Concerts

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851

S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando,

hosts Through a Child’s Eyes, traditional

music Christmas concerts performed by

the St. Luke’s Sanctuary Choir, St. Luke’s

Children’s Choir, an orchestra, full bell

choir and St. Luke’s dance ensemble.

Time: Saturday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.,

and Sunday at 5 p.m. Cost: $10, adults;

$5, children under 12; free for children

under 3 if they will sit on a parent’s lap.

For more information, visit www.st.lukes.

org/christmasconcert.

Dec. 15 — A Very Broadway Christmas

Performance

Theatre South Playhouse in The

Marketplace at Dr. Phillips, 7601 Della

Drive, Suite 15, Orlando, presents A

Very Broadway Christmas, a holiday celebration

that includes song, dance and

old-fashioned cheer. Time: 7 p.m. Cost:

Ticket prices start at $8. To purchase

tickets, visit tsplayhouse.ticketbud.com.

Dec. 15-23 — It Was A Very Good

Yule Performances

Club Moo at Mad Cow Theatre, 54

W. Church St., Second Floor, Orlando,

presents performances of It Was a Very

Good Yule. Showtimes vary. Cost: $12-

$22. For more information, call 407-297-

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p.m. Cost: $25-$75; $10 for students

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Dec. 16, 17, 23 & 24 — Visits With

Santa & Mrs. Claus

Beverly Hills Jewelry Watch and Loan,

12348 W. Colonial Drive, Winter

Garden, hosts visits with Santa and

Mrs. Claus, including photo opportunities

(well-behaved pets included) and light

refreshments. Time: 1-3 p.m. Admission is

free. For more information, call 407-877-

5626 or visit www.facebook.com/bhjwl.

Dec. 16, 22 & 29 — Holiday Library

Programs For Children/Teens

The Southwest Library at Dr. Phillips,

7255 Della Drive, Orlando, hosts the

following holiday-themed programs for

children: Kids Create: Holiday Crafts

for ages 3-12 on Dec. 16 at 10:30

a.m., Cookie Decorating for ages 6-18

on Dec. 22 at 10:30 a.m., and Noon

Year’s Celebration for ages 3-12 on Dec.

29 at 11:15 a.m. Seating is limited for

all programs, so registration is recommended.

For more information, call 407-

835-7323.

Dec. 16 & 23 — North Pole Santa

Feasts

Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites &

Waterpark, 14500 Continental Gateway,

Orlando, hosts the North Pole Santa

Feast, including holiday dinner and dessert

favorites, a decorate-a-cookie station,

the reading of two classic holiday stories,

meet-and-greet and photo ops with Santa,

and more. Time: 6 p.m. for dinner; 6:30

p.m. for the show. Cost: $24.95, adults;

$19.95, children under 12. There is also

an unlimited beer and wine package for

adults. To make a reservation, call 407-387-

1808 or visit the resort’s box office across

from the Celebration Theater. For more

information, call 407-387-1808 or visit

www.hisuitesorlando.com.

Dec. 16, 23, 26, 27, 28 & 29 — Elfs!

Comedy Shows

Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites

& Waterpark, 14500 Continental

Gateway, Orlando, presents performances

of Elfs!, during which Santa leaves

the workshop unattended and the elves

are left in charge. The 60-minute holiday

comedy is filled with laughs, holiday

cheer and thrilling acts. Time: 9 p.m. but

doors open at 8:30 p.m. Cost: $15.95

for ages 12-older, $12.95 for children

under 12. To make a reservation, call

407-387-1808 or visit the resort’s box

office across from the Celebration Theater

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For more information, call 407-387-1808

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Dec. 17 — If Not Now ... When?

Concert

Orlando Repertory Theatre, 1001

Princeton St., Orlando, hosts Central

Florida Sounds of Freedom Band and

Color Guard’s performance of If Not

Now ... When? The holiday-themed

concert includes a varied range of music

paired with visual presentation. Time: 3

p.m. Cost: $15. For more information,

visit www.cfsof.com.

Dec. 24 — Christmas Eve Open House

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum

of American Art, 445 N. Park Ave.,

Winter Park, hosts a free Christmas Eve

Open House, featuring live music by the

Raintree Chamber Players. Time: 1-4 p.m.

Admission is free. In addition, all visitors

receive free admission on Fridays from 4-8

p.m. For more information, call 407-645-

5311 or visit www.morsemuseum.org.

Dec. 25 — Christmas Brunch

Nine 18 at the Villas of Grand Cypress, 1

N. Jacaranda, Orlando, hosts a Christmas

Brunch, including an abundance of holiday

favorites and a visitor from the North

Pole. Reservations are required. Time:

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $49-$60, adults;

$19.95, children 6-12; free for children

5-younger. For more information, call

407-239-1999 or visit grandcypress.com.

Dec. 25 — Christmas Buffet

Rosen Centre, 9840 International Drive,

Orlando, hosts a Christmas buffet, including

complimentary champagne and

mimosas. Reservations are recommended.

Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $45.95

for adults, $17.95 for children 4-12, free

for children 3-younger. Valet parking is

complimentary. For more information,

call 407-996-2408 or visit rosencentre.

com/holidays.

Dec. 25 — Christmas Buffet

Rosen Plaza, 9700 International Drive,

Orlando, hosts a Christmas buffet,

including complimentary wine with the

meal. Reservations are recommended.

Time: noon-5 p.m. Cost: $45.95,

adult walk-ins; $42.95, adults with

advance prepaid reservations; $18.95

for children 4-12; free for children

3-younger. Parking is free. For more

information, call 407-996-0256 or visit

rosenplaza.com/holidays.

Dec. 25 — Christmas Buffet

Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal

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and champagne. Reservations are

required. Time: 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

Cost: $68.95. Valet parking is complimentary,

and there is a 25 percent

discount for Florida residents. For more

information, call 407-996-3663 or visit

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Dec. 31 — New Year’s Eve Splash Bash

Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites &

Waterpark, 14500 Continental Gateway,

Orlando, hosts the New Year’s Eve Splash

Bash, including waterslides, Dive Inn

Movie, party favors, a disc jockey and

a midnight toast with champagne and

children’s punch. Children 13-younger

must be accompanied by an adult. Time:

6 p.m.-midnight. Cost: $25 per person.

For more information, call 407-387-1808

or visit www.hisuitesorlando.com.

n Miscellaneous

Through Jan. 24, 2018 — Call For

Female Artists

Professional female artists are invited to

submit their work for Women in the Arts’

Celebrating the Genius of Women arts

competition. Selected art is featured in the

annual Celebrating the Genius of Women

exhibition at Orlando Public Library in

March and April 2018. Finalists are eligible

for up to $2,000 in cash prizes and

gallery representation. Entry deadline is

Jan. 24, 2018. For more information or

to enter, visit www.womeninthearts.org/

art-competition.

Dec. 13 — Community Meeting

The public is invited to a community meeting

in the Media Center at Bridgewater

Middle School, 5600 Tiny Road, Winter

Garden. The meeting is about the widening

of Reams Road from Summerlake Park

Boulevard to Taborfield Avenue, a distance

of approximately 3.1 miles. After

receiving feedback from the community,

a preferred alternative is being advanced

and refined. Time: 6 p.m. For more information,

visit www.reamsroadstudy.com.

Dec. 13, 20 & 27 — Dances For

Seniors

The Belles and Beaus Dance Club sponsors

a dance for seniors at the Marks

Street Recreation Complex, 99 E. Marks

St., Orlando. Music is provided by Soft

Touch, and singles and couples are welcome.

Refreshments are available. Time:

Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. (A special

Christmas dance takes place Dec. 20.)

Cost: $5 per person. Men attending the

dances for the first time are free. For more

information, call 407-644-4200.

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Dec. 16 & 17 — Hairspray Jr.

Auditions

Theatre South Playhouse in The Marketplace

at Dr. Phillips, 7601 Della Drive, Suite 15,

Orlando, holds auditions for performers in

grades sixth-12th for Hairspray Jr. Time:

Saturday from noon-3 p.m. and Sunday

from 10 a.m.-noon. To reserve a spot, visit

theatresouthplayhouse.org.

n Networking/Clubs

Dec. 14 — West Orange Women

Luncheon

Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant at

Pointe Orlando, 9101 International

Drive, Orlando, hosts a luncheon for the

West Orange Women, including music

for listening and dancing. Reservations

are required. Time: 11 a.m. Cost: $25.

For more information call Dottie Ansel at

407-325-6909 between 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

or email dotansel@aol.com.

Dec. 19 — Southwest Book Club

Meeting

The Southwest Library at Dr. Phillips,

7255 Della Drive, Orlando, hosts a

meeting of the Southwest Book Club.

This month’s gathering includes a meetand-greet

with author Selina Siak Chin

Yoke, who will discuss her Malayan historical

fiction series. Anyone 18-older is

welcome to attend. Time: 7 p.m. For more

information, call 407-835-7323.

n Support Groups

Dec. 12 — Support Group Meeting For

Caregivers

The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource

Center sponsors a free support group

meeting for caregivers in the Suite 281

Conference Room (next to the south

elevators on the second floor) at Health

Central Hospital, 10000 W. Colonial

Drive, Ocoee. Time: second Tuesday of

each month at 6 p.m. For more information,

call 407-843-1910 or visit

www.adrccares.org.

Dec. 14 — Cancer Support Group

Meeting

The Attic of Building C (Second Floor) at

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851

S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando,

hosts a cancer support group for cancer

fighters, survivors, caregivers and

spouses/partners affected by cancer.

Meetings include a time of sharing, spiritual

and emotional support, and a different

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challenges associated with cancer. The

Dec. 14 meeting includes a holiday potluck,

as programming is discussed for

2018. Time: 6:30-8 p.m. For more information

or to RSVP, call 407-876-4991,

ext. 262; or email care@st.lukes.org.

Dec. 18 — Stroke Support Group

Meeting

The Winter Park Civic Center, 1050 W.

Morse Blvd., Winter Park, hosts a free

meeting of the BCenter’s Stroke Support &

Social Group. A deli-style lunch is provided.

Reservations via email are requested to

valerie@bcenter.com. Time: third Monday

of each month from 12:30-2:30 p.m. For

more information, call 888-942-9355.

Dec. 19 — Better Breathers Club

Meeting

Classroom C on the second floor of

Orlando Health Heart Institute, 1222 S.

Orange Ave., Orlando, hosts an Orlando

Better Breathers Club meeting, a group

that supports patients and their loved

ones/caregivers. The club aims to provide

patient-centered, community-based

educational opportunities to those suffering

from chronic lung disease such as

asthma and COPD. Time: third Tuesday

of every month from 1-2 p.m. For more

information, call Diane Ruiz, 321-841-

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Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

Relay For Life of Dr. Phillips seeks forwardthinking,

creative and dedicated individuals

from the Dr. Phillips, International

Drive, MetroWest and Millennia communities

to bring Relay For Life of Dr. Phillips to

the next level of success as part of its Event

Leadership Team. The event will be held

in spring 2018. Experience working in a

team environment is a must. The American

Cancer Society provides training through

webinars, round tables and support from a

community representative. For more information,

email Fernando Carrasquillo at

fernando.carrasquillo@cancer.org.

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

The Winter Garden Heritage Foundation

History Center, 21 E. Plant St., Winter

Garden, seeks friendly, responsible volunteers

to staff the welcome center by

greeting guests and answering questions.

Weekday hours are available from 11

a.m.-2 p.m. and/or 2-5 p.m. For more

information, call Jim or Lynne, 407-656-

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