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November 15 — December 5, 2018 | Since 1986


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A traditional Thanksgiving dinner

with a turkey and all the trimmings

takes hours of time and effort to prepare.

Why not change things up this

year by offering a sumptuous plantbased

feast for family and friends?

These vegetarian options offer health

benefits, bold flavors and faster preparation,

meaning more time with the

people you love. If you are afraid of

disappointing meat-loving friends,

keep everyone happy with a precooked

turkey breast or spiral ham

that can be offered as a simple side

dish with minimal preparation.

Start things off right by welcoming

guests with festive appetizers like

crostini with persimmons and Brie,

spiced mixed nuts or a colorful crudité

platter with radishes, baby carrots,

asparagus spears and an herbed yogurt


Wild rice, quinoa, grains, lentils,

stuffing or potatoes can all be incorporated

into satisfying meatless

main dishes. Stuff acorn squash with

quinoa; make shepherd’s pie with

roasted vegetables, lentils and white

beans topped with mashed potatoes;

or serve traditional stuffing fortified

with quinoa, hazelnuts and cranberries.

Pumpkin ravioli, sweet potato

gnocchi or risotto with roasted squash

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Plant-Based Thanksgiving

Put Meatless Mains & Savory Soups on Your Holiday Table This Year

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Infuse your Thanksgiving meal with fall vegetables, and

enjoy a plant-based feast.


by Kirsten Harrington

celebrate the flavors of

fall and offer a tasty alternative

to turkey.

Soup can be served

as an elegant starter to a

multicourse feast or take

center stage as the main

course surrounded by

salads and freshly baked

bread. Try roasting parsnips,

carrots, sweet potatoes,

acorns or butternut

squash or pumpkin; and

puree with vegetable

broth for creamy-tasting


Think beyond green

bean casserole and candied yams,

and find favorite new vegetable dishes

this year. Rely on roasting to bring out

rich deep flavors in root vegetables

like squash, potatoes and beets. Fire

up the wok for Asian-inspired bok

choy, sugar snap peas, eggplant, shiitake

mushrooms or colorful rainbow

chard. Include a salad accented with

pomegranate seeds, dried cranberries

or mandarin orange segments.

Setting aside a traditional menu offers

freedom to experiment with herbs

and spices. Fresh thyme, rosemary,

sage, parsley and tarragon add a layer

of flavors to plant-based casseroles,

green vegetables and salads. Root vegetables,

soups, beverages and desserts

shine when infused with ginger, cinnamon,

cardamom, aniseed, allspice and


Pumpkin Pot Pie


(For the Filling)

1 small sugar pumpkin

3 large carrots

2 celery stalks


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1 small white onion

1/2 teaspoon each ground rosemary

and sage

1 bunch kale, chopped with stems

removed — about 8 cups

1/2 cup vegetable broth

1 can cannellini beans

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

Salt and pepper

Pinch of red pepper

Olive oil for sautéing

1 can cream of celery soup

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1 prepared pie crust


Wash, peel and chop sugar pumpkin

into 3/4-inch cubes. Roast at 350 degrees

for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Saute

the carrots, celery and onions in olive oil

on medium with garlic, sage, rosemary

and a little salt and pepper. Add the kale

and vegetable broth, and let it wilt on low

heat. Stir in the white beans and cream

of celery soup. Pour filling into a pie dish

or oven-safe casserole. Place pie crust on

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top of filling, and crimp edges. Bake at

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between 35 to 45 minutes.

Green Beans

With Fennel & Tarragon


1 pound green beans, ends trimmed

Salt and pepper

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced

1/3 cup fennel fronds

1/2 cup roasted almonds, chopped

2 tablespoons fresh, chopped tarragon


Place beans in a large pot, cover with

water and bring to a boil. Cook 2-3 minutes

until tender. Drain and run under

cool water. Drain again. Whisk together

oil, lemon juice and garlic, and season

with salt and pepper. Toss beans, fennel,

fennel fronds, almonds and tarragon

together with the dressing immediately

before serving.


& Brie Crostini


1/2 baguette, thinly sliced at a slight

diagonal (16 slices)

2 Fuyu persimmons, peeled, halved

and thinly sliced crosswise (16 slices)

8 ounces Brie, thinly sliced

2 teaspoons light brown sugar

Fresh ground pepper


Preheat oven to 375 degrees with racks

in top and middle positions. Place baguette

slices on rimmed baking sheet, and

toast on middle rack until dry and lightly

golden, 8-10 minutes. Preheat broiler. Top

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slice persimmon and a sprinkle of sugar.

Broil on top rack until sugar melts and

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What is probate? Apparently, it

is not foremost in the minds of more

than 50% of parents who have saved

throughout their lifetime and acquired

such simple assets as a house, a car,

and a bank account. For others, assets

may also include insurance benefits, investments and retirement benefits. Will

their children acquire these assets upon their parents’ deaths? Yes, for the

fortunate ones who can afford a probate attorney. Those with insufficient funds

may discover that what should be theirs, ends up in control of banks or investment

institutions resulting from home foreclosures, automobile repossessions, and

bank accounts transferred to the state’s unclaimed property. Why?

Due to daily financial and family struggles, parents are often too preoccupied

to think about the future. Disregard for the future will impact the lives of their

adult or young children when parents die. You have worked all your lives, but if

you suddenly die, your children could face the unexpected and expensive cost for

probate attorneys and court fees to legally retrieve their parents’ assets.

In the U.S., greater than 50% of all parents fail to do estate planning

and their assets end up in probate. Unfortunately, 25% of all children cannot

afford the high cost for probate after their parents die because they may not

have yet attained the financial achievement in their own lives thus the parents’

assets are lost. Estate planning for the living is much less expensive than the cost

to probate your estate at death. PARENTS WAKE UP!

Parenting doesn’t stop at giving your children everything you believe they

need while living at home. Parenting continues long after you have passed.

Parents Wake Up

by: Kristen M. Jackson / Attorney

Children never forget your love, guidance and support you provide during

their childhood and will talk about their memories of you forever. They

will talk about you beyond the grave and how you provided them their own

roadmap to raising their own children, your grandchildren.

You imagined your son would one day attend college and become an

architect or computer engineer, but he now lives under a bridge on drugs

with post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from the horrors of war. You

imagined your daughter would one day be married and financially stable but

now survives on welfare with 3 small children all from different dead-beat

fathers. Every parent imagines their children having financially successful

lives and many do, but too often they have not yet achieved financial success

and are living on a shoe string budget at the time of their parents’ deaths.

None of the children discussed above will be able to pay for the high cost for

probate attorneys and court fees.

Lavish lifestyles, fancy cars, designer clothes, expensive vacations, private

schools are all fun stuff while your children are growing up, and if there is

anything left at your death such the family home and $500 in the bank, who

is going to pay for the cost to probate?

What is the cost of estate planning? It is typically far, far less expensive

than the cost to probate assets at death. Estate planning is your responsibility

not that of your children. If your child is more financially able than you then,

why not ask for their help?

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With Thanksgiving and Black Friday

just around the corner, Southwest

Orlando residents are gearing up their

searches for amazing holiday gifts for

the people on their lists. Southwest

Orlando Bulletin’s Holiday Gift Guide

provides a comprehensive listing of various

local stores, as well as gift ideas

— from always-handy gift cards to opportunities

for better health and more

— that are sure to please everyone this

holiday season.

Arthur Murray

Want more fun? A way to stay fit

and trim without having to go to a

sweaty gym? Learning to dance is a

perfect way to amp up the fun factor

in your life and get your sweat

on in the most glamorous way possible.

It’s also a beautiful opportunity

for couples to connect and

perfect for singles to socialize in a

fun, friendly environment. Arthur

Murray Dance Centers’ classes are

a gift to yourself or someone else

that will last a lifetime. For more information,

call 407-290-5441 or visit


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

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Palms Resort

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range of teeth-whitening options,

as well as restorative and preventative

services in a warm, comfortable

setting. Gift certificates can

be applied toward any service the

receiver wants or needs. Call 407-

930-0060; stop by the office at

11444 S. Apopka-Vineland Road,

Suite 101, in Orlando; or visit


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, worldclass

teaching and learning, and

life-changing spiritual formation.

TFA boasts a 100 percent collegeacceptance

rate, as well as awardwinning

technology, arts and

athletic programs. There is no better

gift than the TFA school family

experience. Schedule your personal

tour today and attend the Jan.

27, 2019, open house! For more

information, call 407-206-8602

or visit www.thefirstacademy.org/


Featuring more than 2 million twinkling

lights and acres of lavish decorations,

Christmas at Gaylord

Palms is an extraordinary holiday

spectacle you and your family must

see to believe. From Nov. 16, 2018,

through Jan. 6, 2019, enjoy heartwarming

visits with Santa, snow

tubing on real snow, the Cirque

Dreams Unwrapped Live Stage

Show, the Dreams of Christmas

Light Show, the signature 9-degree


Laminate Flooring

Give a gift that lasts for years.

Integrity Laminate Flooring

makes shopping for flooring easy

by offering fully installed pricing.

The company offers name-brand,


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high-quality laminate, carpet and

waterproof flooring at very affordable

prices. It also has an A+ rating

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Laminate Flooring’s prices, every day

is Black Friday! For more information

or a free in-home estimate, call 407-

614-5027 or 407-790-4819; or visit



Brows & Waxing

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.


include well-woman exams and screenings,

office-based and minimally invasive

surgeries, as well as obstetrical care

and in-office ultrasounds. Dr. Lambert

offers vaginal rejuvenation laser treatment

using the Juliet laser. Holiday gift

certificates and specials are now available.

Schedule a free laser consultation

now by calling 407-363-2000.

Massage Envy Spa

Keep your loved ones relaxed and

feeling great this holiday season with

a gift from Massage Envy Spa in

Dr. Phillips. Whether it’s a relaxing

Swedish massage, signature facial or a

stretch session, Massage Envy Spa has

something for everyone on your holiday

list. Pick up the perfect gift today

at 8081 Turkey Lake Road, Suite 100,

Orlando. For more information, call


MD Construction

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Offer Complete Primary Care Services:

• Annual Physicals

• Immunizations

• Work/School/Travel Exams

• Minor Ambulatory Procedures

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• Gynecology/Women’s health

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• Annual Pap Smears

• Breast Exams

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Lori Lambert, M.D.

Lori Lambert, M.D., is a boardcertified

OB-GYN physician. Her office

is conveniently located on Dr. Phillips

Boulevard across from the Dr. P. Phillips

YMCA Family Center. Her services

This holiday season, give the gift that

can be enjoyed year-round with help

from MD Construction. Help the person

you love create everlasting family

memories in a new screen enclosure. A

screen enclosure is the perfect place to

host Thanksgiving meals, holiday parties,

birthday parties and any other family

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Florida bugs. Contact MD Construction

today for a free estimate. For more information,

call 321-663-5203 or visit


Orange City

Racing & Card Club

The Orange City Racing &

Card Club is “Orlando’s Closest

Poker Room,” featuring exciting

cash-game poker action, Vegas-style

poker games, comfortable seating,

tableside food and beverage service.

The 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



Ballet School

Orlando Ballet School offers

dance options for all ages and abilities

through the ABT National Training

Curriculum. OBS has two convenient

Central Florida locations — the Central

Campus located in downtown Orlando

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and the South Campus located in the

Dr. Phillips area. Give a loved one

the gift of dance this holiday season.

Register online at orlandoballet.org.

For more information, call 407-418-

9818 (Central Campus) or 407-352-

9733 (South Campus).

Orlando Premier

Music Instruction

Orlando Premier Music

Instruction is your place to find

the highest quality Orlando music

classes for piano, guitar, drum, musical

theater and more. The company

offers professional, friendly music

teachers and flexible class schedules

that suit your style, ability and more.

OPMI’s staff is happy to say that they

have the perfect gift idea: sign up

for one of their monthly classes and

receive the first class free. (Mention

this write-up and get the first class

free.) For more information, email

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Repertory Theatre

Imagine giving a single gift that offers

months of memories and experiences.

This holiday season, Orlando REP

offers you a unique gift option. Share

your love of the performing arts with

your family by purchasing a Spring

Season Package. Your gift includes

tickets to Ella Enchanted the Musical,

Beat Bugs: A Musical Adventure, and

Seussical the Musical! Make memories

that last a lifetime. Call Orlando

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Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Parents!

While implementing similar sensory and conceptual

approaches as other programs of the same nature,

MUSICFIRST takes things a step further to culminate a

deeper understanding of music concepts, terminology,

and the science and theory structured around each activity

with a extraordinarily creative hands-on experience.

The best part is, WE come to YOU! We have classes in

communities across the Greater Orlando, Kissimmee,

and Winter Garden areas.

Each 6-week MUSICFIRST Session consists of

musical activities that target

• Vocal and Language Development

• Fine and Gross Motor Skills

• Cognitive Development

• Social/Emotional Development

• Musical Development

At Orlando Premier Music Instruction

We believe in the value and importance of a wellrounded

music education. Studies have shown that

children that are exposed to these musical concepts

before they reach kindergarten perform at a higher

academic level and are far more successful in more

formalized music studies.


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Sally Seeley

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Admin Assistant



• 6 Classes; 45 Minutes Each

• Parent Packet

• Take-Home Song/Lesson Sheets

• All In-Class Materials/Instruments

• 1 FREE Make-Up Class Option

• MIMOSAS for the MOMS!!


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Repertory Theatre at 407-896-7365 or

visit orlandorep.com.

Oculofacial offers gift certificates and

free skin consultations, and can help

you customize a gift as well. For more

information, call 407-401-9695 or visit


Parbhu Oculofacial

Plastic Surgery

A great gift to give is the gift of

great skin! The experts at Parbhu

Oculofacial Plastic Surgery believe

that the eyes and face are important

features, and they want you to put your

best “face” forward! The practice offers

aesthetician services, as well as surgical

and nonsurgical treatment options,

to help you achieve this goal. Parbhu


Dental Center

This Christmas, why not treat

yourself to a brand-new smile at

Simmonds Dental Center? They

offer many options like Philips Zoom

whitening with custom bleaching trays

that can take your smile to the next

level! However, if you really want to

transform for 2019, Simmonds Dental

Center offers veneers that can give

Brazilian waxing .................................. $60 $30

FUll legs & bikini Line & underarms .... $112 $56

Microneedling ..................................... $120 $60

Facials .................................................. $80 $40

Microblading (first time) .......................$275.00

Microblading (returning customer) ...... $125.00

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instalments (U$200.00 and U$ 75.00)

*** A deposit is required for Microblading and Facials appointments

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Fall Into Savings

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you that celebrity look; or if you have

a missing tooth, they do implants. Call

them today at 321-558-7635 or stop

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Spa Blue

Spa Blue is Orlando’s premier medical

spa and under the direction of Janet

Beres, a board-certified physician assistant

and master cosmetics injector

with 18 years of experience. Through

the end of December 2018, anyone who

purchases two syringes of any Juvéderm

product receives 15 units of Botox

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Suite 423 at 6735 Conroy-Windermere

Road in Orlando. For more information,

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Medical Center

With the holidays just around the

corner, one of the best — and mostforgotten

gifts — is the gift of good

health. Niral Patel, M.D., and the

staff at Windermere Medical

Center believe preventative wellness

is a vital tool for managing health, yet

many people choose instead to be

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Sat., December 1, 2018

1:00 p.m.

The parade will start at the

intersection of Maguire Road

and Enterprise Street, and

end at Bill Breeze Park.

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only when something “doesn’t feel

right.” The fact is, many of the top risk

factors relating to illness are preventable,

and that’s why preventative care

is so important for the continued health

of your family and loved ones. For

more information or to make an appointment,

call 407-876-2273 or visit


The Winter

Park Playhouse

Put the “festive” in the holidays by

seeing the perfect Christmas show for

everyone in the family, including your

visiting guests! Winter Wonderettes,

showing at The Winter Park

Playhouse, is a whimsical, musical

comedy about a four-girl singing

group entertaining at the annual

Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party.

When Santa goes missing, they use

their charm, talent and creative ingenuity

to save the day. Performances

run from Nov. 17-Dec. 17, and ticket

prices start at $15 and can be purchased

by calling 407-645-0145

or online at winterparkplayhouse.

org. The Winter Park Playhouse is located

at 711 Orange Ave. in Winter

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Holiday traditions are created in Mount Dora with the wonder of over two million

lights on display in the city. Bring the family to any of our events that are free and

open to the public. See the lights, grab a meal and do some holiday shopping in

stores so unique, you won’t find them anywhere else in the state.

Saturday - November 24 - Light Up Mount Dora - Donnelly Park, Downtown Mount Dora - 4:30 p.m.

Enjoy live dancing and entertainment on the main stage with a countdown to light up the entire area with Christmas

Lights. Enjoy a stroll down to the shops and see Santa at the Christmas Tree in Sunset Park.

Friday, November 30 - Christmas Walk - Downtown Mount Dora - 5 p.m.

Come out for a stroll to tour vendors, see Santa and visit our many shops and restaurants while enjoying holiday festivities,

including visits from the Mount Dora School of Ballet Nutcracker performers, snow in the streets and music.

Saturday, December 1 - Annual Christmas Parade - Donnelly Street - 10 a.m.

Get there early to claim your spot on the side of the road to watch one of Central Florida’s fastest-growing holiday parades!

Floats, bands, horseback riders, performers and Santa’s Sleigh with Mr. and Mrs. Claus!

Saturday, December 8 - Snow in the Park - Donnelly Park - 5 p.m.

This is a family-friendly event! Bring the kids out for sledding downhill in the park! We’ll have snow, ice, bounce houses

and more!

New Year’s Eve Celebration - Sunset Park - 4th Avenue - 9 p.m. to Midnight

Ring in the New Year with a free celebration in downtown Mount Dora. Drinks, food, live music and at midnight, there

will be a fireworks show!

n MetroWest

MetroWest Master Association

hosted more than 30 Realtors at its

sixth annual Pick of the Patch Realtor

Tour. The event provides the opportunity

to share information about

MetroWest’s newest businesses,

public safety initiatives, residential

opportunities and all its exciting

community developments with area

real estate agents. Participants gathered

at MetroWest Golf Club for

breakfast and presentations by Julie

Sanchez, MWMA general manager,

which was followed by a bus

tour with stops at various MetroWest


n Windermere

Haiden Berube of Windermere

was accepted for enrollment in

the fall 2018 quarter in the Doctor

of Chiropractic program at the

Palmer College of Chiropractic Port

Orange campus. Palmer College

of Chiropractic is the founding college

of the chiropractic profession.

More than 2,100 students attend

the Palmer College campuses, and

its nearly 30,000 practicing alumni

comprise almost one-half of the doctors

of chiropractic in the U.S.

n Winter Garden

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compiled by Lauren Salinero

Sonata West in Winter Garden celebrated

Halloween with its residents

and visitors with a pumpkin-decorating

station set up by Cornerstone

Hospice. The independent living

and assisted living community also

honored resident veterans and their

Residents and

visitors of Sonata

West in Winter

Garden decorate

pumpkins at a

station set up

by Cornerstone


spouses with a Cornerstone Salutes

ceremony. Each veteran received a

certificate, special pin and a salute

to thank them for their service.

n Et Al

Opening up the conversation

of true beauty and acceptance,

Southwest resident Eudene Harry,

M.D., wrote her latest book, Be

Iconic: Healthy and Sexy at Any

Age. In it, she discusses how diminished

self-worth and self-confidence

show up in a variety of ways — carrying

extra weight, sleepless nights,

chronic illness and lack of joy. Dr.

Harry offers readers an all-encompassing

guide to their health. She

celebrated the release of her book

in October at Roy’s on Restaurant


The Rotary Club of Lake

Buena Vista hosted Deerfield


27th annual holiday short-story contest.

Winners will be published in the

Dec. 20 issue. Send original short

stories (max: 600 words) with the

author's name, age, neighborhood and

phone number to:

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Beach resident Joao Rezende for

a makeup visit with his friend and

member, Antonio Pedroso. At

a separate meeting, club President

Greg Gorski also welcomed

prospective new members Nicole

Belue and Melissa Izurieta.

Nicole and Melissa work together

at the new SpringHill Suites &

TownePlace Suites by Marriott.

Nicole is the director of sales, and

Melissa is the sales manager.

Rotary Club of Lake Buena Vista President Greg Gorski (center) welcomes

prospective members Nicole Belue (left) and Melissa Izurieta.

Shepherd’s Hope held its Famous

Faces Masquerade Ball with the

theme “Night on Broadway.”

Attendees dressed up as their favorite

characters from past and

present plays and musicals. Among

them were Southwest residents Dr.

David and Donna Boyer, Matt

and Cindy Contino, Rob and

Michelle Kantor, Raphel Moya

and Tatiana Suniaga. Shepherd’s

Hope is a faith-based nonprofit that

provides free primary care and specialty

care medical services to uninsured

men, women and children

(L. to r.) Rotary Club of Lake Buena Vista President

Greg Gorski, Joao Rezende and Antonio Pedroso attend

a club meeting.

Southwest residents

(l. to r.) Raphel

Moya, Tatiana

Suniaga, Rob and

Michelle Kantor,

Donna and Dr.

David Boyer, and

Cindy and Matt

Contino attend

Shepherd’s Hope’s

“Night on Broadway”

Famous Faces

Masquerade Ball.

from five free-standing health centers

in Orange and Seminole counties.

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Southwest residents and longtime friends enjoy the fourth annual Oktoberfest at Crooked Can Brewing Co. in Winter Garden.

Southwest resident Tiffany Moore Russell, Orange

County Clerk of Courts, is welcomed to a Rotary meeting by

Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips President Colin Galloway.

The best medicine in the world is

time with friends. When Crooked Can

Brewing Co. in historic

Winter Garden held

its annual Oktoberfest

event, it was a perfect venue for

longtime friends and Southwest

residents Wendy and Kevin

Edwards, Lona Fonville-Maali,

Base Maali, Kathy and Manny

Matos, Nikki and Tony Rappa,

and Devora Agurre Rodriguez

to mingle.

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Thanksgiving weekend always

marks the start of Christmas shopping,

but this year, the Southwest

Orlando community will combine

shopping and local art into one

memorable shopping event.

The first annual Holiday Makers

Market will be held at The Pines

in Windermere on Nov. 25 from

11 a.m.-5 p.m. The event features

several local artists, who make everything

from pottery to jewelry,

as well as make-and-take art demonstrations

by some of the artists,

food trucks, local craft beer and live


Happening on one of the biggest

shopping weekends in the country

will hopefully not only bring in

people looking for Christmas gifts,

but inspire a stronger appreciation

for the talent within the Southwest


“I don’t know if people realize

how much talent we have here in

Central Florida, as far as artists and

makers, so I want to get the word

out about it,” said Maria Murphy,

director of Holiday Makers Market.


“It is nice to see an idea that

people love and support in the


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Artists of All Ages

Market attendees will experience

a wide range of artwork at the

Holiday Makers Market, from pottery

to paintings to soap makers to

natural makeup products. The event,

which offers free admission, was first

formed around Maria’s dinner table,

as she is a pottery artist and her husband

is a master craftsman.

“We were sitting around the dinner

table with friends, who are also artists,

and we were talking about different

ways they could get their brand out to

the public,” she said. “One thing led

to another, and this is how the Holiday

Makers Market was born.”

Maria visited art groups on

Facebook and encouraged them to

visit the event’s website to sign up for

the event. This led to a “whole gamut

of different artisans” offering several

mediums of local art for the art expo.

The public will have the chance

to speak with the artists themselves,

with some artists participating in

make-and-take demonstrations, so

the public can take home their own

created art pieces.

“I enjoy opportunities where you

can get your hands dirty [with art],

so any type of demonstration is always

fun,” Maria said. “I think part

of the attraction for the market will

be that the public will actually get to

meet the artists and talk to them. It

connects you more to the art.”

Another feature of the Holiday

Makers Market is the Young Makers

program that allows artists under age

18 the opportunity to reveal their artistic

talents to the public, some even

for the first time.

“The Young Makers program is

something I really wanted to do to get

our younger generation involved and

to preserve some heritage art that is

happening,” Maria said. “We have

seven attending, and I think it will be

good for other children to see the opportunity

that, if they are interested in

art in some way, there is a potential

for them to earn a living doing it.”

Excited Artists

Maria is not the only one excited

about the upcoming Holiday Makers

Market. This sentiment is also felt by

many of the event’s participating artists,

as they look forward to seeing

what others bring for art and interacting

with the public.

Illustrator Brandi Monard will be

showcasing her own form of concept

art, Brandelane, which is retro illustrations

of theme park entertainment

on paper goods like gift wrap and

greeting cards and even tote bags.

“The market will be filled with

unique, local artists, and I’m excited

to be part of them, as well,” she said.

“I feel meeting the artist of the piece

makes it more personable [for the

customer], and you create a connection

with the artist.”

Jewelry maker Deborah Fallon

found the posting on Facebook for

market vendors and decided to take

part with her sterling silver jewelry.

“I think it should be well-received,

with it being around the holiday

shopping weekend,” she said. “I

think Sunday is a good shopping

day this side of town and a great


So, change up your Thanksgiving

weekend shopping this year by investing

in local artists and taking

home original artwork that will be

treasured for years!

For more information, visit www.holidaymakersmarket.com. ª


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submitted by Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association

The Central Florida Hotel &

Lodging Association Foundation,

the charitable arm of CFHLA, offers

contributions to advance tourism

initiatives, youth-related causes and

community advocacy. To date, in

2018, the foundation has awarded

$225,579 in charitable contributions,

scholarships and school grants

in Central Florida.

Monies earned from CFHLA Gives

online auctions have provided scholarships

for 47 hospitality students and

multiple grants for schools, including

the University of Central Florida Rosen

College of Hospitality Management,

Orange County Public Schools,

Valencia College and Orange

Technical College, for expansion of

their hospitality programs. Additional

scholarships were awarded to family

members of local hospitality employees

at the Golden Pineapple Awards


Community charitable contributions

in 2018 included Boy Scouts of

America’s Central Florida Council,

Lift Orlando, Orlando Magic Youth

Foundation, and Shepherd’s Hope.

Additionally, a $5,000 grant was


Florida Hotel

& Lodging


President Rich


(left) presents

a charitable

contribution to

Lift Orlando

CEO Eddy


(center) and Lift

Orlando board

member Bill


awarded to Osceola Arts for summer

camp scholarships for CFHLA

lodging member employees. The

CFHLA Foundation is proud to

give back to the Central Florida

community. ª






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n Winter Garden Farmers

Market is No. 1

Officials of American Farmland

Trust, the organization behind the

national movement “No Farms

No Food,” announced the 2018

People’s Choice Award went to

the Winter Garden Farmers

Market. Markets around the country

that have made a significant impact

on their communities competed

in the 10th annual event, a summerlong

effort to promote the importance

of family farms and farmers

markets. Markets were evaluated

in four categories: focus on farmers,

healthy food for all, pillar of the

community, and champion for the


For more information, visit markets.

farmland.org or www.wintergarden


n New police chief for Orlando

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer

announced the appointment of

Orlando Rolon, a 25-year police


department veteran, as the next police

chief of the city of Orlando.

Rolon will serve as the 39th police

chief and will succeed current OPD

Chief John Mina, who is retiring

after nearly 28 years of service.

A 41-year resident of Orlando

who was born in Puerto Rico, Rolon

will oversee the day-to-day operations

of the department and serve as

chief counsel to the mayor in matters

of public safety. During his 25-year

tenure with OPD, he has worked or

supervised in all four department bureaus

and nine of the department’s

11 divisions.

n HFUW offers program for


The Women United Meredith E.

Level Fellows Program at Heart of

Florida United Way is a five-year program

for rising female professionals

compiled by Lauren Salinero

who are passionate about improving

the community. Fellows who are

selected gain in-depth knowledge

about the Central Florida community,

especially the challenges faced

in the areas of education, health,

financial stability and basic needs.

The program provides opportunities

for volunteering, networking and

leadership development with other

like-minded women that choose to

make Central Florida a better place

for all.

For more information about the

program or to apply, visit www.hfuw.


n Adopt a fire station for the


With the help of the Neighborhood

Preservation & Revitalization Division,

Orange County Fire Rescue

is once again participating in the

Orange County Mayor’s Adopt

a Fire Station for the holidays.

The goal is to have all 21 Orange

County Fire Rescue stations, as well

as the 911 Dispatch Center and

headquarters, adopted by families

and/or local organizations and


While most firefighters celebrate

the holidays with their families and

loved ones, many spend the holiday

season on call at the fire station.

In an effort to make the holidays

special for them, the Adopt a Fire

Station program began in 2012 so

neighborhood groups, businesses,

families and nonprofits could recognize

and give back to their local fire


Registration is open and runs

through Dec. 15, and the campaign

will run through Jan. 1,

2019. For more information, visit


or contact Tiana Davis of the

Orange County Neighborhood

Preservation and Revitalization

Division at 407-836-5531 or tiana.


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in Orlando 2015,

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n The Gift of Swimming’s

annual 5K

Spies Pool, FSPA Central Florida

Chapter, Swimming Pool Education

and Safety Foundation, Odyssey

Manufacturing and the National

Swimming Pool Foundation donated

$7,750 to support The Gift of

Swimming’s 11th annual 5K Run for

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the Gift. The run took place Nov. 10

with 100 percent of donations going

directly toward services for at-risk children

in need of basic swim survival


For more information, email


students and their families. The school

is now enrolling. The next open houses

will take place Jan. 27, 2019, and

March 3, 2019. The events will run

from 2-4 p.m. each day. For more information,

call 407-206-8602 or visit



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Center — Health Central

Hospital is treating cancer patients

with new, cutting-edge, MRI-guided

radiotherapy. The cancer-fighting

technology is called MRIdian and allows

oncologists to see treatment areas

in real-time while targeting them

with precise radiation therapy. The

facility is one of nine in the country

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West Orange Chamber of Commerce members celebrate the first anniversary of Innovation Montessori in Ocoee.

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West Orange Chamber of

Commerce representatives held

a one-year anniversary celebration

for Innovation Montessori in

Ocoee. WOCC builds partnerships,

strong businesses and commitment

to the community by serving

as the leading business advocate in

Central Florida, facilitating opportunity

to nearly 1,000 member businesses.

For more information about

WOCC, call 407-656-1304 or visit


Orlando Ballet held a groundbreaking

ceremony for Harriett’s

Orlando Ballet Centre. The new

building will be a world-class facility

that will reunite the company,

school and offices under one roof.

It also will allow Orlando Ballet to

better prepare high-quality performances

for the Dr. Phillips Center

for the Performing Arts’ stage, expand

class offerings and community

outreach, and operate more costefficiently.

For more information, visit


The Winter Park Playhouse is offering

a three-show subscription starting

at $99. Its newest production is Winter

Wonderettes, running from Nov. 16 to

Dec. 16. It features ’60s versions of holiday

classics, such as Jingle Bell Rock,

Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town, Winter

Wonderland and more. Gift certificates

are also available in any amount. For

more information, call 407-645-0145 or

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Southwest Social


Halloween brings out the ghosts and ghouls,

witches and vampires, and clowns and

costumes as varied as one’s imagination.

Southwest residents embraced the recent

holiday by dressing up to brave the night for

tricks or treats.

▲ Adam (back, left), Lauren and Zachary Bocken of

Brookestone in Ocoee dress up as Game of Thrones

characters for trick-or-treating fun.

▲ Employees of Cavallo Hair Designs in MetroWest

continue the tradition of dressing up for Halloween.

▲ The McClung family — ( front, l. to r.) Colin,

Owen, Nora, (back, l. to r.) Steve and Jaime — of

Brookestone in Ocoee celebrates Halloween.

▲ The staff at the office of Lori Lambert, M.D., — (front) Jessica

Clavijo-Arango, (back, l. to r.) Inez Blanco, Gita Lackpaul, Crystal Bruning,

Linda Reihl, Dr. Lori Lambert, Christine Fortunato-Diaz, Stacey Lawton and

Heather Welch — embrace a different type of doctor, Dr. Seuss, on Halloween.

▲ Dylan (left) and Austin Edwards of Winter

Garden are ready to trick-or-treat.

▲ Southwest-area residents gather in Lake Cane Hills to

bring out the scary, funny and unusual for Halloween.

▲ The Axtell family — (l. to r.) Lincoln, Harper, Addison, Winston,

Brooke and Jonathan — of Brookestone in Ocoee celebrates Halloween.

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The Orlando Sports Commission

sponsored a ladies-only morning of

football, fashion and fun to co-benefit

the Orlando Sports Foundation

and the Breast Cancer Research

Foundation. The event, called the

Women’s Football Academy, was

held at Bloomingdale’s at The Mall

at Millenia.

During the breakfast, Dr. Annette

Khaled, head of the division of


cancer research and a professor

at the University of Central Florida

College of Medicine, and Vanessa

Echols, WFTV news anchor, shared

the latest research and their personal

journeys with breast cancer.

compiled by Lauren Salinero

Bloomingdale’s provided the fashion

show, featuring tailgate fashions;

and guests participated in a raffle,

catered breakfast and more.

in the hopes that all children with

apraxia may have access to the support

they need to find their voices. For

more information, visit community.


Bloomingdale’s provides a tailgate fashion show for ladies attending the Women’s

Football Academy.

The 2018 Orlando Walk for

Apraxia to benefit children with

apraxia of speech will be held Nov.

17 at Dr. Phillips Community

Park. Registration begins at 9 a.m.,

and the walk begins at 10 a.m.

Childhood apraxia of speech is a

challenging and complicated neurological

speech disorder. This littleknown

disorder makes it difficult or

impossible for children to accurately

produce sounds, syllables and/or

words despite having a good understanding

of language.

The Walk for Apraxia is held

across the country as a means to

heighten awareness and funding

Gary Bassing, Orlando Magic

Windermere resident and Orlando

Magic player Jerian Grant signs a

basketball at the Magic’s first internal

autograph session.

Orlando Magic players and

coaches signed items during the

team’s first internal autograph session.

Each season, the entire Magic

team autographs more than 1,000

items for schools, nonprofit organizations

and other charitable


The items signed included photos,

basketballs, jerseys, shoes and a variety

of Magic paraphernalia. The

value of the exclusive autographed

items is approximately $100,000.

The items are distributed into the

community during the season to

assist charitable endeavors.

As the fall sports season started

wrapping up, the following Dr.

Phillips High School sports

teams competed in their district


• Women’s bowling placed seventh

among 13 competing teams,

finishing its season with a 10-5


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• For the first time since 2009,

the men’s cross country team

can call itself district champions,

as all five runners placed in the

top 15. The women’s cross country

team came in fourth at its district


• The men’s swimming team

took its first district championship

since 2014, and the DPHS women’s

swimming team placed third in a

field of 14 teams.

• The DPHS football team won

its 11th straight district championship

in its game against Olympia High


• The women’s volleyball team

met Olympia High in its district

championship as well, beating them

in a 25-20, 25-19, and 25-12 sweep.

• The men’s golf team won its district

championship with a team score

of 298. The women’s golf team came

in fourth among seven teams.


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Victoria Karen, Tara Marvin, Patricia Wubker, Natasha Holland, Natalia Bonavia, Leslie Hartog and

Nicole Prihoda of the Windermere-based United States Tennis Association Florida team place fourth at the 2018

National Tennis League Championship.

Zackary Bocken of Brookstone watches his father, Adam

Bocken, play baseball for the Reds of the Central Florida Men’s

Senior Baseball League.

The ladies of the Windermere-based United

States Tennis Association Florida team returned

from the 2018 National Tennis League

Championship in Mobile, Alabama, with a fourthplace

victory. More than 1,700 teams competed

in the event. The women were led by coach Yari

Gaeta of West Orange Country Club.

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Media LLC cannot be held responsible for the validity of the

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n Charities/Fundraisers

Through Dec. 31 — Pet Rescue Project

Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is partnering with

Reed Nissan and Reed Nissan Clermont to stage

the Reed Nissan Pet Rescue Project 90-Day Adopt-a-

Thon. Reed Nissan is holding in-person, in-pet adoption

events at the Orlando and Clermont locations,

during which fees are waived for animals adopted

at the dealerships and at both Pet Alliance shelter

locations during that time. For more information, visit


Jan. 26, 2019 — Faine House 5K

Downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola Park hosts the

Faine House 5K, a run/walk, plus a 1-mile stroll.

Participants receive medals and T-shirts while supplies

last, and prizes are awarded to the top male

and female runners in each age group. A post-event

party — that includes two drink tickets — takes place

at Lake Eola Park’s International Plaza. Time: 8 a.m.

Cost: $30 by Dec. 31, 2018; $35 after Dec. 31,

2018; or $40 on race day, with proceeds benefiting

The Faine House, a facility for young adults exiting

foster care and those on the verge of homelessness.

For more information, visit www.fainehouse5k.org.

n Classes/Programs

Through Dec. 20 — Life Info For Elders

The Albertson Room at the Orlando Public Library,

101 E. Central Blvd., Orlando, hosts Third Thursday

Seminars, life information for elders. Topics include

“Art of Meditation,” “Paying for Long-Term Care,”

“Researching and Evaluating Agencies and

Facilities,” “Understanding Probiotics,” “Blue Zone

Tips to Staying Healthy,” and “Essential Smart

Phone Apps for Elders.” A complimentary lunch is

provided for the first 70 who register. Time: 12:10-

12:50 p.m. For more information, call 407-836-

7446 or email officeonaging@ocfl.net.

Dec. 6, 2018 & Jan. 17, Feb. 7, March

14, April 18 & May 16, 2019 —

Cataract Lunch & Learn Events

Orlando Eye Institute at The Grove, 4750 The

Grove Drive, Suite 230, Windermere, hosts

Cataract Lunch & Learn events. Seating is limited

to 20 people, so reservations are required.

Time: noon-1 p.m. For more information, visit


n Events/Performances

Through Dec. 28— Art Exhibition

The Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education

Center of Florida, 851 N. Maitland Ave.,

Maitland, hosts Heroes of Warsaw, a temporary

exhibit using the illustrations of Bill Farnsworth.

The images highlight the courage and bravery

of Irena Sendler and Janusz Korczak. Time:

Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday from

9 a.m.-1 p.m., and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. For

more information, call 407-628-0555 or visit


Nov. 24 & 25 — FusionFest

Downtown Orlando hosts FusionFest, a two-day celebration

of cultural inclusion that includes multiple

stages, a food court, marketplace and other interactive

activities along Orange Avenue at Orlando

City Hall Commons. Time: noon-sunset. Admission

is free; food, drinks and marketplace items are

for sale. For more information, visit fusionfest.org.

Dec. 16, 17 & 18 — Freaky Friday The

Musical Performances

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

Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts the Youth Theatre at

St. Luke’s performances of Freaky Friday The Musical.

Time: Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday

at 2:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase

tickets, visit www.st.lukes.org/event/freaky-friday.

n Holiday Happenings

Through Dec. 30 — Elf The Musical


Orlando Repertory Theater in Partnership With

UCF, 1001 E. Princeton St., Orlando, presents

performances of Elf The Musical. Showtimes vary,

and ticket prices start at $15. For more information,

call 407-896-7365 or visit orlandorep.com.

Nov. 16, 2018-Jan. 1, 2019 — Light


The CFE Arena and the University of Central Florida

co-sponsor Light Up UCF, including 47 nights of

ice-skating, a world-class choreographed light

show with new music, free holiday movies, live

entertainment, rides, an ice slide, a Light Up

Express kids train, and more. There is an “Under

The Stars” Holiday Market on Dec. 15 and Dec.

21, during which guests can see the crafts of local

artisans and shop as well. Vendors can apply for

space at www.ucfholidaymarket.com. Tickets for

ice-skating, rides and photos with Santa can be

purchased at the CFE Arena Box Office, through

Ticketmaster or by calling 800-745-3000. For more

information, visit www.lightupucf.com.

Nov. 23-Dec. 28 — Holiday Events At

The Morse Museum

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American

Art, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, offers visitors

free admission on six consecutive Friday evenings

during the holidays. Visitors can enjoy not only

free admission from 4-8 p.m. but live music from

5-8 p.m. In addition, at 7 p.m. on Nov. 30, Dec.

7 and Dec. 14, the Morse offers evening tours of

the exhibition Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall.

Admission to the museum is also free Dec. 22 and

Dec. 23 for the museum’s traditional open house.

For more information, call 407-645-5311 or visit



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Nov. 24, Nov. 30, Dec. 1, Dec. 8 & Dec.

31 — Holiday Traditions In Mount Dora

The city of Mount Dora in Lake County sponsors the

following free holiday events: Nov. 24 at 4:30 p.m.,

Light Up Mount Dora, including live dancing and entertainment

on the main stage with a countdown to light

up the entire area with more than 2 million Christmas

lights. Santa appears at the Christmas tree in Sunset

Park; Nov. 30 at 5 p.m., the Christmas Walk, that

includes a stroll to tour vendors, see Santa and visit

many shops and restaurants while enjoying holiday

festivities like snow in the streets, music and more;

Dec. 1 at 10 a.m., the annual Christmas Parade;

Dec. 8 at 5 p.m., Snow in the Park, a family-friendly

event that includes sledding downhill in the park,

bounce houses and more; and Dec. 31, from 9 p.m.-

midnight, a New Year’s Eve Celebration, with drinks,

food, live music and fireworks at midnight.

Nov. 25 — Handel’s Messiah


Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston St., Orlando,

hosts the 46th annual performance of Handel’s

Messiah, featuring the Messiah Choral Society, led

by John Sinclair. Time: 3 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information, visit messiahchoralsociety.org.

Dec. 1 — Songs Of The Season Concert

The Seneff Arts Plaza at Dr. Phillips Center for the

Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando,

hosts the second annual Songs of the Season, a

free outdoor holiday concert. Picnics are welcome,

but alcohol is prohibited. (In the event of inclement

weather, the concert is Dec. 2 at the same time.)

Time: 7 p.m. Tickets are not required. For more

information, visit www.drphillipscenter.org/events/


Dec. 1 & 2 — Holiday Home Tour

The Celebration Foundation presents the 20th annual

Holiday Home Tour, a self-guided tour that takes visitors

on a journey through more than a dozen of the

town’s decorated homes. Visitors can enter homes to

see beautiful decorations and custom New Urbanism

architecture by The Walt Disney Co. Time: Saturday

from 3-9 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Cost: $20,

with proceeds benefiting the many programs and

initiatives the foundation offers Osceola County. For

more information or to purchase tickets, call 407-

566-1234 or visit celebrationfoundation.org.

Dec. 7 — Holiday Movie At Leu


Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.,

Orlando, hosts a movie night at the floral

clock on a 32-foot screen, weather permitting.

December’s movie is Christmas Vacation, and

moviegoers may bring dinner picnics, including

alcohol, and chairs/blankets. Leu Gardens opens

at 6 p.m. on movie nights, so guests can stroll

the 50-acre garden before showtime. Grilled

items, popcorn and drinks are available for

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Dec. 7 — Holiday Concert

Community Presbyterian Church, 511 Celebration

Ave., Celebration, hosts Celebration Foundation’s

Brass Band Holiday Concert. Time: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $25, with proceeds benefiting the programs

and initiatives the foundation offers Osceola

County. For more information, call 407-566-1234.

Dec. 7, 15 & 21 — Holiday Movies At

Lake Eola

The Walt Disney Ampitheater in downtown

Orlando’s Lake Eola Park hosts the showing of

holiday movies: Polar Express, an animated film

based on the children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg,

on Dec. 7; The Santa Claus, starring Tim Allen,

on Dec. 15; and National Lampoon’s Christmas

Vacation, starring Chevy Chase, on Dec. 21. Time:

7 p.m. For more information, visit cityoforlando.net.

Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22 — Dance

Showcases & The Nutcracker Ballet


Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando,

hosts dance showcases by the School of Dance Arts

of Sanford and performances of The Nutcracker Ballet

by Elizabeth Parsons School of Dance students. Time:

Select Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Admission is free. For more information, call 407-

996-9939, email aleniz@rosenshinglecreek.com or

visit rosenshinglecreek.com/holiday.

Dec. 8 — Orlando Christmas Parade

The Rotary Club of Orlando hosts its inaugural

Christmas parade, complete with floats, pedestrian

groups and vehicle fleets. Time: 4 p.m. For more

information, visit cityoforlando.net.

Dec. 8 — WinterFest 2018

MetroWest Master Association sponsors MetroWest’s

seventh annual WinterFest, a free family-friendly

event that includes an outdoor showing of the movie

Happy Feet; visits and free photos with Santa and

Mrs. Claus, a snow glide, snow globe, face painters,

an ice-skating rink, food truck vendors and

holiday-themed dance performances, at MetroWest

Golf Club, 2100 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando.

Pets and coolers are not allowed. Proceeds benefit

Edgewood Children’s Ranch, a nonprofit, residential

program for boys and girls 6-17, so they can

address and overcome behavioral issues in a positive,

safe environment. For more information, visit


Dec. 8 — Holiday Amaryllis Festival

The historic Nehrling Gardens, 2267 Hempel Ave.,

Gotha, hosts the Holiday Amaryllis Festival, including

amaryllis bulbs and plants for sale, live music,

nature-themed vendors, food, a gift shop, silent auction,

eco-activities for children and a visit from Santa

and Mrs. Claus from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for family photos.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a new toy or

a nonperishable food item for a local charity. Those

who do receive a ticket for a prize drawing. 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.

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Dec. 8 & 9 — This Is Christmas


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

Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts This Is Christmas, St.

Luke’s traditional, annual Christmas concert, featuring

the full choir and orchestra, along with the children’s

choir, bells, dancers and beautiful scenery. Concertgoers

select their seats at the time of purchase. Time: Saturday

at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $10, adults; $5 children younger than 12; free

for children younger than 3 if they will sit in a parent’s

lap. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit


Dec. 8, 15 & 22 — Winter Wonderland

Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando,

hosts Winter Wonderland at Rosen Shingle Creek,

including festive fun for all ages. Activities include

rides on the Shingle Creek Express, face painting,

meet and greets with the Shingle Creek elves, a

photo booth, karaoke, a special chocolate display in

the decorated lobby, and dance showcases and performances

of The Nutcracker Ballet from 6:30-7:15

p.m. Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m. The cost is free when dining

at the hotel. For more information, call 407-996-

9939, email aleniz@rosenshinglecreek.com or visit


Dec. 14 — Holiday Movie On The Lawn

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

Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts a free Movie on the

Lawn, with a viewing of The Santa Clause. The evening

starts with attendees making free, handmade

Christmas ornaments and eating their pre-ordered

dinners. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring their

own low-back chairs, pillows or inflatable couches.

Time: 5:30 p.m. for crafting; 6:30 p.m. for a singalong,

and 7 p.m. for showtime. Cost: Pre-ordered

dinners, which include hot dogs, chips, a cookie and

drink, are $10 per family (up to six people); $20 for

families of 7-12; and $30 for families of 13-more. To

RSVP/order dinner, visit st.lukes.org/movienight. For

more information, call 407-876-4991.

Dec. 14 — Violectric Holiday Show

The Walt Disney Amphitheater at downtown Orlando’s

Lake Eola Park hosts the sixth annual Violectric Holiday

Show, featuring violectric rock/holiday mashups performed

on electrified strings. Attendees are encouraged

to bring their pets, and anyone who brings a pet

supply or makes a donation to Pet Alliance of Greater

Orlando receives a pet photo opportunity with Santa

and Mrs. Claus. Pet Alliance’s Wish List can be viewed

online at petallianceorlando.org/ways-give/wish-list.

Time: 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information,

visit www.violectric.net.

Dec. 15 — The Nutcracker Tea

The fifth-floor Kessler Tier of Dr. Phillips Center for the

Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando,

hosts Orlando Ballet’s The Nutcracker Tea, including

an assortment of sweet and savory holiday treats, photo

opps with dancers and characters from The Nutcracker,

and the opportunity to purchase “secret treats.” Time:

12:30 p.m., after the 11 a.m. family show; or 1:30

p.m., before the 3 p.m. matinee. Cost: $75, adults;

$50, children, with proceeds benefiting the Orlando

Ballet School. Event tickets do not include the cost of the

performance of The Nutcracker. For more information,


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visit www.drphillipscenter.org or orlandoballet.org/


Dec. 16 — Theatrical Sunday Funday

Orlando Shakes, 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando, hosts a

Sunday Funday Party, a themed pre-show that includes

light bites and a complimentary signature cocktail in

the theater’s private scene shop, followed by a matinee

performance of A Christmas Carol. Time: noon, 2

p.m. for showtime. Cost: $40. For more information,

call 407-447-1700, ext. 1; or visit orlandoshakes.org.

Dec. 22 — The Nutcracker Performance

The Walt Disney Ampitheater at downtown Orlando’s

Lake Eola Park hosts the Russian Ballet Orlando’s performance

of The Nutcracker. Time: 7:30 p.m. Admission

is free. For more information, visit cityoforlando.net.

n Miscellaneous

Jan. 28, 2019 — Open House

Holy Family Catholic School, 5129 S. Apopka-Vineland

Road, Orlando, hosts an open house. For more information,

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

n Networking/Clubs

Nov. 27 — 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 selection is Anatomy of

a Miracle by Jonathan Miles. Anyone 18-older is

welcome. Time: 7-8:45 p.m. For more information,

call 407-835-7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.

Dec. 6 — Retired Educators Meeting

The Orange County Retired Educators Association

meets at the College Park United Methodist Church,

644 W. Princeton St., Orlando. Attendees can

enjoy a seasonal winter program, and anyone who

has worked in education is invited to join. Time:

10 a.m. For more information, call 407-366-8982

or visit www.ocrea-fl.org.

Dec. 12 — Orlando Story Club Meeting

The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive, Orlando, hosts a

meeting of the Orlando Story Club, during which

anyone who wishes to tell a personal story has

a chance to put his/her name in a hat. Selected

individuals showcase their storytelling for the enrichment

of the local community. Time: quarterly from

7-9 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $5 at the

door with an optional donation for different Orlando

philanthropic organizations. For more information,

visit www.orlandostoryclub.com, www.orlandoslice.

com or www.facebook.com/orlandostoryclub.

n Support Groups

Nov. 27 & Dec. 11 — Mental Health

Support Group Meetings

Room 201 in Building B at St. Luke’s United Methodist

Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts

free individual and family support group meetings for

individuals affected by mental illness. The 90-minute

meetings are peer-led and help participants connect with

each other, learn from each other’s experiences, share

coping strategies and offer each other encouragement

and understanding. Time: the second and fourth Tuesday

of each month at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call

407-253-1900, email information@namigo.org or visit


Dec. 11 — 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.

n Volunteer Opportunities

Ongoing — Volunteers/Docents


Oakland Nature Preserve, 747 Machete Trail,

Oakland, seeks adults interested in learning about

the history, wildlife, plants and restoration efforts at

ONP to volunteer at the preserve to greet visitors, help

answer questions and lead a tour from time to time.

Workdays are Mondays and/or Saturdays. For more

information, email outreach@oaklandnaturepreserve.

org or visit www.oaklandnaturepreserve.org/guide.

To register online, visit oaklandnaturepreserve.org.

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

The Mustard Seed of Central Florida, 12 Mustard Seed

Lane, Orlando, seeks volunteers who can help with

donation sorting, mattress recycling, warehouse maintenance,

administrative work, special events or general

maintenance. For more information, call 407-875-

2040, ext. 110; or email jessi@mustardseedfla.org.

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

The Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program,

which advocates for quality long-term care, seeks volunteers.

Training is provided. For more information,

call 888-831-0404 or visit ombudsman.myflorida.com.

Jan. 7, 2019 — Tax-Aide Volunteers


Volunteers are needed to help prepare tax returns

and assist with filing requirements for AARP’s Tax-Aide

Program. Client facilitators greet the older taxpayers

and assist them in organizing their tax documents.

Individuals with an aptitude for tax preparation, experience

in filing personal returns, good communication

and computer skills are urged to sign up. AARP membership

is not required. An orientation is held in December,

and training of volunteer counselors in the Orlando area

begins around Jan. 7, 2019. For more information or

to register, call Jackie Sward, 407-647-5233; or visit


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