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January 4, 2018

Vol. XXXII, No. 5


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Windermere High School’s

varsity competition cheerleading

team placed first in its division at

the Master’s Cheer Classic last

month. The girls also took third place


compiled by Lauren Salinero

overall. As a new team at the school,

which opened this academic year,

the squad is excited and proud of its



High School’s




team earns

first place in its

division at the

Master’s Cheer


Girls on the Run held its biannual

5K last month at the University

of Central Florida, celebrating the

culmination of the fall 2017 season

and the limitless potential of the

girls in the program. It was the first

time GOTR Orlando sponsored its

own 5K fun run, which signifies the

council’s growth and impact since its

inception in 2008.

The fall season included nearly

1,000 girls in third through eighth

grades and more than 200 volunteer

coaches, many of whom teach at the

schools that offer the program. More

than 60 schools in Orange, Lake,

Seminole and Osceola counties offer

the 10-week character development

program that brings girls from different

walks of life together, empowering

and encouraging them to respect

each other and, most importantly,


Join us in congratulating Dr. David Boers

for being voted TOP DENTIST in Windermere 2016 by

Orlando Family Magazine.

espect themselves.

More than 100 marathon officials

from across the country gathered

at Rosen Shingle Creek for the

annual Marathon Security Summit to

share ideas and explore new methods

for safety and security. The goal

of the summit is to implement best

practices by addressing major safety

and security issues through input

from marathon event administrators;

governmental officials; city, state and

federal law enforcement personnel;

city planners; emergency managers;

first responders; health services; and

fire and hazardous materials services.

The event resulted from NCS4

Advisory Board feedback about

current safety and security issues

facing marathon events in the aftermath

of the 2013 Boston Marathon


Westminster Landing resident Maya

Srikantan of Windy Ridge School

is the girls 10 Singles Champion for Lake

Cane Tennis Center’s annual Winter Level

7 Tournament.

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Winter Garden resident

Casey Accola, along with partner

Juan Bianchi, swept both

the doubles and the mixed titles in

the 18s division at the 69th United

States Tennis Association Florida

“Bobby Curtis” Junior State Doubles

Championships. Former “Bobby

Curtis” Florida state doubles winners

include two-time NCAA

champion Danielle Collins, former

Women’s Tennis Association

doubles world No. 1-ranked

and Wimbledon winner Corina

Morariu, and former Association

of Tennis Professionals player

Wayne Odesnik.

As the baseball world held its

annual Winter Meetings in Orlando,

USA Baseball and Major League

Baseball co-hosted a special Fun

At Bat event for young students at

Bay Meadows Elementary

School. Approximately 100 thirdgraders

participated in a series of fun

bat-and-ball activities that focused

on fundamentals and character

development, which was run by

Orange County Public Schools

physical educators.

The effort was part of Fun At

Bat, a program by MLB and USA

Baseball designed to offer introductory,

modified and in-school

bat-and-ball activities for younger

students. Each child also received

a USA Baseball championship

principals book; Fun At Bat T-shirt;

USA Baseball hat, bat and ball

set; and a signed certificate of

achievement to take home.

OCPS adopted the Fun At Bat

program to implement in school

as part of the physical education

curriculum. Approximately

87,000 students in the district

will engage in the program as

part of their in-school physical

education curriculum, which

is the largest participation of

any market in this initial Fun At

Bat year. The program will be

available nationwide to school


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The Orlando Magic organization

unveiled the name and logo for

its NBA 2K League team — Magic

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to grow its business, it ventures

into the ever-growing e-sports landscape,

tapping into an estimated

385 million fans.

Magic Gaming, one of 17 NBA

2K League teams, will begin play

in the league’s inaugural season,

which tips off May 2018. Each of

the 17 teams will draft five players

to participate in their inaugural

season. These five players will play

the game using unique characters.

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place early this year with the draft

in March, followed by the league’s

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tryouts for its high school division

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fee is $99 per player, $49 for

pitcher only; and the registration fee

after Jan. 5 is $129 per player, $79

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School News


Putting the hustle and bustle of the holidays aside, students at

Holy Family Catholic School demonstrated the true

meaning of Christmas this holiday season. Children in pre-K3

through eighth grade had their moments to shine in various

holiday programs performed for their classmates and

families. While some grades sang lighthearted Christmas

classics and were visited by Santa, others reenacted a living,

breathing nativity. The eighth grade’s annual Tableau,

performed by the class of 2018, was as touching as it was

beautiful. This annual tradition allows all who witness it a

moment to sit back and reflect on what the Advent season

really means. The staff at Holy Family Catholic School and

Holy Family Catholic Church hopes everyone had a

wonderful Christmas and wishes a Happy New Year to all!

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n MetroWest

MetroWest Master Association,

managed by FirstService Residential,

welcomed more than 2,500

attendees to the sixth annual

WinterFest. The event, held at

MetroWest Golf Club, benefited

Edgewood Children’s Ranch,

a nonprofit residential program that

helps boys and girls ages 6-17 address

and overcome behavioral issues

in a positive, safe environment.

MetroWest communities and businesses

competed in the MetroWest

WinterFest Charity Challenge by

collecting dry goods, sporting equipment,

gift cards and more for the

ranch. The Alvista MetroWest community

won the Charity Challenge

and will receive a community party

hosted by MWMA. Edgewood

Children’s Ranch also received

a $500 food donation from the

Chick-fil-A located at the corner of

Kirkman and Conroy roads. As the

spirit of giving continued, MWMA

presented $5,000 to MetroWest

Elementary School. The donation


was accepted by MWES Principal

Christine Szymanski.

n Ocoee

compiled by Lauren Salinero

Girl Scout Troop 18 participated

in the Ocoee Christmas Parade. The

girls decorated a golf cart with holiday

decorations that some rode in

while others walked. They threw out

Girl Scout Troop 18 members decorate a golf cart for the Ocoee Christmas Parade.

candy to children watching the event

from the sidelines. They also won

third place in the parade under the

Scouting category.

The city of Ocoee passed an ordinance

allowing for the sale and

service of alcohol on Sundays to

begin at 7 a.m. for restaurants and

lodging properties. Previously, sales

before 11 a.m. were prohibited.

The ordinance that passed was

spearheaded by West Orange

Chamber of Commerce, which

led efforts to bring the city’s ordinances

in line with surrounding

communities. WOCC has been in

regular communication with city

leaders and owners of affected

businesses, leading the way for

passage of these changes. The

amendment to the ordinance mirrors

changes made by Orange County

and surrounding communities, and

prevents current and future Ocoee

businesses from being placed in

an economically disadvantageous

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Michael Kulich, a Turtle Creek

resident and president of the Turtle

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was elected to the board of directors

of the Central Florida chapter of

the Community Association Institute.

The chapter is one of the largest in

the U.S., encompassing more than

7,500 HOAs and condominium associations

in the region. As part of

the board, Michael works to help

promote the community association

model in the region while inspiring

professionalism, effective leadership

and responsible citizenship

among homeowner leaders. This

honor is the latest in a long line of

accolades Michael has earned in

his position. He was also named the

2016 National CAI Board Member

of the Year and has won the Orange

County Monica Harris Spires

Excellence in Leadership Award for

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n Windermere

Michael Attardi of Windermere

will launch his autobiography Jan. 20

at Bella Tuscany Restaurant. Michael

is a recipient of the President’s

Volunteer Service Silver Award, presented

to him by President Obama

in 2016, and the President’s Gold


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Award for logging more than 1,200

charity hours, presented to him by

President Trump in 2017.

“I went into philanthropy to help

raise up my local community,”

Michael said. “When I started my

charity work, I never looked at it

as a personal recognition. It was

never supposed to be about me. It

was about doing the right and decent

things in life for others. It was

about teaching my children that

another life does matter, no matter

what race, creed, color or religion.

My wife, Colleen, and I have taught

our children that life is not easy. With

that said, we have donated our time

and resources to make our community

a little bit better."

n Winter Garden

As a way to give back to the

Orlando community, Winter Garden

resident Frank Campbell, coprincipal

of Campbell + Van Dusen

Design Studio, agreed to partner

with Choices Women’s Clinic to design

its new facility. Frank, along

with his partner Gloria Van

Dusen, was inspired by a visit to

Choices and seeing the images

of mothers with their unexpected

blessings. They went all out to help

the clinic renovate its new facility,

overcome many building obstacles,

and value-engineer the budget to

include quality finishes and furnishings

that create a warm, welcoming

environment for all who enter.

n Et Al

Southwest resident and Orange

County Mayor Teresa Jacobs

and members of the Orange County

Board of County Commissioners

joined residents at several holiday

parades, including those hosted by

the cities of Winter Park, Ocoee

and Winter Garden. The Ocoee

parade, presented by the Ocoee

Lions Club in conjunction with the

city of Ocoee, featured floats and

walkers spreading holiday cheer

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Winter Garden Christmas Parade in

the afternoon. Hundreds of citizens

came out to enjoy the annual parade,

which ran from South Dillard

Street to Winter Garden’s city hall on

West Plant Street. The event included

holiday floats; vintage cars and

performances by children’s groups,

bands and church groups.

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The Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips celebrates the holidays with holiday

songs and a visit from Santa.

Southwest resident and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs (third from left) joins members of Family &

Friends United Inc. at the 65th annual Ye Olde Hometown Christmas Parade in Winter Park.


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West Orange Chamber of

Commerce representatives held an

anniversary celebration for Inspired

Living at Windermere. WOCC

builds partnerships, strong businesses

and commitment to the community

by serving as the leading business

advocate in Central Florida, facilitating

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Thank you to the hundreds of Southwest

readers who participated in Best of

Southwest 2018, Southwest Orlando

Bulletin’s 10th annual survey of residents’

favorite restaurants, resorts and more.

Congratulations to this year’s winners:

Best Family Restaurant

1. Olive Garden Italian Restaurant

2. Chick-fil-A

3. Chili’s Grill & Bar Restaurant

Best Fine Dining Restaurant

1. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

2. Seasons 52

3. Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Best Fast Food/Casual Restaurant

1. Chick-fil-A

2. Chipotle Mexican Grill

3. Panera Bread

Best Italian Restaurant

1. Olive Garden Italian Restaurant

2. Bravo Cucina Italiana

3. Carraba’s Italian Grill

Best Mexican Restaurant

1. Chipotle Mexican Grill

2. Agave Azul

3. Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar

Best Sushi

1. Amura

2. Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi

3. Seito Sushi

Best Pizza

1. Papa John’s Pizza

2. Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza

3. Pizza Hut

Best Steak

1. Ruth’s Chris Steak House

2. Outback Steakhouse

3. LongHorn Steakhouse

Best Seafood

1. Bonefish Grill

2. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

3. Red Lobster

Best Sports Bar

1. Miller’s Ale House

2. Gator’s Dockside

3. Duffy’s Sports Grill

Best Wine Shop/Bar/Happy Hour

1. Tim’s Wine Market

2. Vines Wines & Spirits

3. RusTeak Restaurant & Wine Bar

Best Fitness Facility

1. LA Fitness

2. Dr. P. Phillips YMCA

3. Orangetheory Fitness

Best Day Spa

1. Gentle Touch MediSpa & Wellness


2. The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande

Lakes, Spa

2. The Woodhouse Day Spa

3. Massage Envy

Best Salon/Barbershop

1. Hair Cuttery

2. Great Clips

3. Nick’s Barber Shop

Best Church

1. Holy Family Catholic Church

2. First Baptist Orlando

3. St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

Best Local Resort

1. Walt Disney World

2. Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt

Disney World Resort

3. The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande



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Best Wedding Location

1. Walt Disney World

2. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

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Best Venue for a Child’s Birthday

1. Chuck E. Cheese’s

2. Monkey Joe’s

3. My Gym Children’s Fitness Center

Best Private School

1. The First Academy

2. Holy Family Catholic School

3. Windermere Preparatory School

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1. Ron Ziolkowski of Re/Max

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2. Rob Rahter of Stockworth Realty Group

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Best Insurance Agent

1. State Farm Insurance

2. Sun Insurance Services

3. Geico



Best Attorney

1. Lou Pendas, Esq., of The Pendas

Law Firm

2. Morgan & Morgan

3. Dan Newlin of the Offices of Dan


Best Dentist

1. Rizzo Dental Group

2. Michael P. DiMauro, D.D.S.

3. Matthew McKissock, D.M.D., of

Windermere Dentistry

Best Physician

1. Niral C. Patel, M.D., of Windermere

Medical Center

2. Gary Visser, M.D., of PremierMED

Family & Sports Medicine

3. Greg Gordon, M.D., of Pediatric

Associates of Orlando

Best Veterinarian

1. Douglas S. Pearce, DVM, of

Animal Clinic of Windermere

2. Banfield Pet Hospital

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A Christ-Centered Preschool

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Definitively Christ-Centered Distinctly College-Prep

n Palm Lake Elementary

In celebration of Palm Lake Elementary’s

30th anniversary, the community is

encouraged to be on the lookout for rocks in

the Southwest area that have the engraving


Palm Lake Elementary is celebrating

its 30th anniversary this year. The

“school with a heart” was first established

in 1987 and continues to transform

and educate children. Throughout

the years, countless students and

families’ lives have been positively

impacted by teachers and staff who

strive to teach the whole child.

Administrators and teachers have

come and gone; however, four current

teachers among the original teachers

of Palm Lake Elementary still remain

at the school: Rosanne Monroe,

Karen Seward, Carol Anne

Warren and Linda Wolfe. To help

PLES celebrate its milestone, residents

should be on the lookout for rocks with

the engraving #PLE30Rock. If you find

one, use the hashtag on social media

and share it with your friends.

n Dr. Phillips High

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compiled by Lauren Salinero

Rotary Club of Dr.

Phillips President Steve

Clapp (left) and Dave

Lehman co-present a Paul

Harris Award to Suzanne

Knight, principal of

Dr. Phillips High, for her

outstanding contributions to

the Rotary and community.

n Windermere High

More than 500 elementary, junior

high and high school cheerleaders

and dancers from across the country

represented Varsity Spirit in the 2017

(L. to r.) Trent Doyle,

Naika Delice and Tori

Anderson of Dr. Phillips

High are awarded prizes for

their artwork contributions

to the Rotary Club of

Dr. Phillips’ Taste of Dr.


Thanksgiving Tour held at the Walt

Disney World Resort. Madi Lemons,

Addy Montalvo and Peyton

Recer represented the Windermere

High Wolverine dance team. They

performed with the Varsity Spirit All-

Americans in a one-of-a-kind preparade

performance through Disney’s







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Magic Kingdom on Thanksgiving Day.

The girls believe it is an honor to be

selected as an All-American dancer.

They looked forward to the opportunity

to showcase their talents and proudly

represented the school’s dance team.

Each of them was excited to have

some fun, creating magical memories

of a lifetime, while spending the day

together at the Magic Kingdom and

further bonding as teammates.

n Et Al

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held a “Dress Down Day” on

Veterans Day. They were able to

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disabled veterans.

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Orlando Torah Academy students

had the privilege of hearing

from guest speaker Rabbi Jeff

Chaitoff. He shared his experience

as a chaplain in the U.S. Army

with students in third, fourth and fifth

grades. The rabbi also brought in

photos and relics from his days on

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n Charities/Fundraisers

Jan. 4-20 — Special Olympics Drive

Publix Supermarkets, Proctor & Gamble and Special

Olympics have partnered together for 38 years to

help people with intellectual disabilities achieve

their dreams. From Jan. 4-20, Publix shoppers can

show they are a fan of the Special Olympics by

making donations at the checkout register and, in

turn, receiving a paper torch. Each torch includes

$14 in coupons for select P&G products. For more

information, visit specialolympicsflorida.org/


Jan. 20 — 5K Run/Walk

The University of Central Florida, 4000 Central

Florida Blvd., Orlando, hosts the 5K Run/Walk for

OCPS Homeless Students, an event formed to complete

an Eagle Project. Online registration is required.

Participants are encouraged to bring donated supplies,

including new, unopened packages of socks

and underwear; $15 Publix Supermarkets gift cards;

and new hygiene items. Time: 8:30 a.m. Cost: $25.

For more information or to register, visit www.active.



Jan. 28 — This Is My Brave Show Orlando

The SunTrust Auditorium at Orlando Museum of

Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando, hosts the This Is

My Brave Show Orlando, a production that showcases

the personal stories of local individuals living

successful, full lives despite mental illness. People

share their powerful, personal stories onstage

through original music, poetry and essays. In conjunction

with the show, an art exhibition features

works of local artists who live with a mental health

diagnosis. Time: 1:30-4 p.m. for the art exhibit and

2:30-4 p.m. for the show. Cost: $20-$40, with proceeds

benefiting the National Alliance on Mental

Illness Greater Orlando. For more information, call

407-253-1900 or visit www.namigo.org/brave.

Jan. 30 — Author’s Luncheon

Windermere Town Hall, 520 Main St., Windermere,

hosts the second annual Author’s Luncheon, featuring

Kristen Harmel, international bestselling author;

and including lunch, a silent auction, raffle and book

sale. Time: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Cost: $30, with

proceeds benefiting Julie’s Mission for critically ill

babies. For more information, call Patty Goonen,

407-234-8471; or email pattygoonen@gmail.com.

Feb. 3 — Trash 2 Trends Fashion Show

SeaWorld’s Ports of Call, 7007 Sea World Drive,

Orlando, hosts the fifth annual Trash 2 Trends recycled

fashion show, an event for age 18-older that

brings the fashion and art worlds together with the

environmental community to promote and inspire

sustainability. The fashion show features more than

35 fashion designers and artists who have created

innovative high-end looks made from material that

would otherwise be headed to a landfill or recycling

facility. A panel of judges chooses winners in

five categories. Cocktail attire is requested. Time:

7-10 p.m. Cost: $45-$125, with funds benefiting

Keep Orlando Beautiful, which strives to keep the

city clean through litter prevention, waste reduction,

recycling and beautification efforts. For more

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n Classes/Programs

Ongoing — Computer Lessons For Adults

Orange County Parks & Recreation offers courses

through the Computer Basics & More program

at the South Econ Community Center, 3800 S.

Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando. Classes are taught

weekdays in English by qualified volunteers to adult

users interested in topics such as email, spreadsheets,

eBay buying/selling, internet searching and Windows

Explorer. Students are encouraged to bring their own

devices for direct, hands-on learning. Cost: $5 per

three-hour session. For more information, call 407-254-

9075 or email computerbasicsandmore1@gmail.com.

Ongoing — Health & Wellness Program

The public is invited to learn about a simple change

that is a necessary foundation in supporting health,

reducing health risks, increasing energy and

empowering the immune system. Time: Thursdays

from 7-8:30 p.m. For more information, including

the Orlando location, call 407-325-6174.

Ongoing — BeMoved Classes

The South Campus of Orlando Ballet School, 7988

Via Dellagio Way, Suite 204, Orlando, offers

BeMoved classes, a new teen/adult weekly class.

Time: Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. Cost: $15 per

class. For more information, call 407-418-9830

or email jjadron@orlandoballet.org.

Jan. 5, 12, 19 & 26 — 50+ Yoga Classes

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-

Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts 50+ Yoga classes.

Participants are encouraged to bring a yoga mat and

blocks. Time: Fridays at 9:30 a.m. Cost: $2. For more

information, email cathy.infiniteyoga@gmail.com.

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Jan. 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 & 31 —

50+ Fitness Aerobics Classes

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S.

Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts 50+ Fitness

Aerobics classes. Exercise mats are provided. Time:

Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:45 a.m. Cost: $2.

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Jan. 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 & 30 —

Strength For Life 50+ Classes

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S.

Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts Strength

for Life 50+ group strength classes. Participants

are encouraged to bring exercise bands and

free weights. Exercise mats are provided. Time:

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Cost: $2.

For more information, email fit4ever40f@cfl.rr.com.

Jan. 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 & 30 —

Cardio/Strength Interval Classes

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-

Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts cardio/strength interval

classes. Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m.

Cost: $5 per class or $30 per month. For more information,

email Chris Smith at csmith@st.lukes.org.

Jan. 9, 16, 23 & 30 — Stitching-Group


The Twisted Stitchers stitching group meets at the

Southwest Library at Dr. Phillips, 7255 Della Drive,

Orlando. All crafters are invited to attend. Time:

Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information,

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Jan. 20 — Human Trafficking Symposium

Holy Family Catholic Church, 5125 S. Apopka-

Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts I’m Not for Sale,

its first human trafficking symposium. The event is

designed to bring awareness to youth and adults

age 13-older. Time: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mass is

held at 8:30 a.m. Cost: $7 suggested donation

for individuals; $17 donation for families. Cost

includes lunch. For more information, call 407-

876-2211 or visit www.holyfamilyorlando.com.

March 1 — Classes Begin

Registration is open for National Alliance on

Mental Illness Greater Orlando’s free Family-to-

Family education program, a 12-week course

for family, friends and caregivers with a loved

one age 18-older living with mental illness, while

maintaining their own well-being. The program, in

Southwest Orlando, is taught by peer volunteers

who possess lived experience, and the course

includes information on schizophrenia, bipolar

disorder, major depression and other mental health

conditions. Preregistration is required. For more

information, call 407-253-1900, email information@namigo.org

or visit www.namigo.org.

n Events/Performances

Through Jan. 7 — 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.

Through Jan. 13 — 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.

Jan. 20 — 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


Feb. 9-11 — Romeo & Juliet Ballet


The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445

S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando, hosts performances

of Orlando Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet. Time: Friday

and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

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n Miscellaneous

Ongoing — Female Singers Invitation

Vocalists are needed for the Sunshine Singers

women’s chorus that entertains at local nursing

homes, senior residences, civic organizations

and service clubs. Practices are held Mondays at

9:30 a.m. at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church,

4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando. For

more information, call Mary Ellen Boice, 407-


Ongoing — Female Singers Invitation

Vocalists are needed for the Sound of Sunshine

Chorus, a nonprofit musical teaching group. Open,

free rehearsals are held Thursdays from 7-10 p.m.

at Reeves United Methodist Church, 1100 N. Fern

Creek Ave., Orlando. For more information, visit


Through Jan. 8 — MLK Parade


Registrations are being accepted for Ocoee’s

12th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity

Parade and Celebration through Jan. 8. The

parade begins at Citrus Elementary School, 87

N. Clarke Road, Ocoee, and ends at the parking

lot of West Oaks Mall on Clarke Road. A postparade

celebration is held inside West Oaks Mall

in the food court area. Ronald Blocker, former

Orange County Public Schools superintendent,

is the guest speaker, and there are performances

by the Innovation Montessori Ocoee band and

chorus as well as gospel singer and Ocoee resident

Sherri Gladney. Time: Jan. 15 at 10 a.m.

To download a registration form, visit www.

ocoee.org/documentcenter/view/1990. For

more information, call 407-905-3100 or visit


Through Jan. 24 — Call For Female


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. Finalists

are eligible for up to $2,000 in cash prizes

and gallery representation. Entry deadline is

Jan. 24. For more information or to enter, visit


Jan. 6, 13, 20 & 27 — Farmers Markets

Winter Garden Farmers Market — voted No.

1 in America by American Farmland Trust in

Washington, D.C. — takes place at 104 S.

Lakeview Ave., Winter Garden. The market has

more than 150 vendors, and there is a free parking

garage next to the event. Time: Saturdays from

9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Jan. 7, 14, 21 & 28 — Farmers Markets

The Lakefront Farmers Market in Summerport

Village, an eclectic market that features unique

offerings from local growers, crafters and artisans,

takes place at 13790 Bridgewater Crossing Blvd.,

Windermere. Time: Sundays from noon-4 p.m.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/


Jan. 10, 17, 24 & 31 — Dances For


The Belles and Beaus Dance Club sponsors a

dance for seniors at the Marks Street Recreation

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are welcome. Refreshments are available. Time:

Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. Cost: $5 per person.

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Jan. 29 — Open House

Holy Family Catholic School, 5129 S. Apopka-

Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts an open house.

Time: 8:30-10 a.m. For more information, call

407-876-9344 or visit www.hfcschool.com.

n Networking/Clubs

Jan. 9, 16, 23 & 30 — Toastmasters


The Seventh-day Adventist Church Hall,

4100 McKinnon Road, Windermere, hosts

Windermere Toastmasters Club No. 4662754

meetings. Attendees learn to develop their oral

communication and leadership skills in a supportive

and positive learning environment. Time:

Tuesdays at 7 p.m. For more information, visit


Jan. 10, 17, 24 & 31 — Toastmasters


The Florida Turnpike Headquarters Building

No. 5315 in the Turkey Lake Service Area on

Florida’s Turnpike at Mile Marker 263, hosts

Turnpike Toastmasters meetings. Guests must

check in at the reception desk for meeting access.

Time: Wednesdays from noon-1 p.m. For more

information, visit 2362.toastmastersclubs.org.

n Support Groups

Jan. 9 — Support Group Meeting For


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.

Jan. 13 — Food Addicts In Recovery

Anonymous Meeting

The Roseada Room on the second floor of the Hart

Memorial Library, 211 E. Dakin Ave., Kissimmee,

hosts a Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous meeting

for anyone who suffers from food obsession,

overeating, bulimia or under-eating. The program

is based on the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics

Anonymous. Time: 2-3:30 p.m. The meeting is free

and open to men, women and teens who want to

stop addictive eating. For a list of regular, weekly

meetings in the Greater Orlando area, visit www.


Jan. 15 — Stroke Support Group


The Winter Park Civic Center, 1050 W. Morse

Blvd., Winter Park, hosts a free meeting of the

BCenter’s Stroke Support & Social Group. A delistyle

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.


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Jan. 16 — Better Breathers Club


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, 321-841-4194.

n Volunteers

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


Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

Seniors First seeks 50 volunteers to assist in fulfilling

the high demand of its Meals on Wheels

program, which provides meals and outreach to

seniors who are unable to prepare or have meals

otherwise provided. There are eight pickup areas

in the Greater Orlando area, and the commitment

is once per week for approximately 1.5-2 hours on

weekday mornings. Volunteers must be 18-older

and have a valid driver’s license, insurance and

reliable transportation. For more information,

email lshumaker@seniorsfirstinc.org or visit


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, 407-656-3244; or visit


Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

Vitas Healthcare of Central Florida seeks hospice

volunteers to provide relief for caregivers, offer

companionship for patients, run errands and help

in small but meaningful ways. Assignments and

schedules are made according to the volunteer’s

preferences. For more information or to attend an

orientation class, call 407-691-4541.

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

Hospice of the Comforter, which cares for the

physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients

and their families facing an incurable illness, seeks

volunteers with a compassionate heart. For more

information, call Jacque King, 407-379-2254; or

email jacqueline.king2@flhosp.org.

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