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BEST OF SOUTHWEST 2019 ... PAGE 6

January 10 — 23, 2019 | Since 1986

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

MATTER OF HEALTH ........................................................................... 4

Remix Your Routine / YMCA of Central Florida

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT ....................................................................... 5

Huntington Learning Center

BEST OF SOUTHWEST 2019 .............................................................. 6

NEW YEAR, NEW YOU ..................................................................... 7

SCHOOL NEWS ............................................................................. 10

IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ............................................................. 15

COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD ....................................................... 22

SOUTHWEST SERVICE DIRECTORY ................................................... 26

PRESIDENT & PUBLISHER

Rick V. Martin

January 10, 2019

Vol. XXXIII, No. 5

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Stretching for pain-free movement.

Cardio for a healthier

heart. Weights for stronger

muscles. A well-rounded routine

doesn’t have to be complicated

— plus, it’s more fun!

Variety is the key to well-rounded,

enjoyable exercise — and it

doesn’t have to be complicated!

Remix your routine with the following

three simple tips:

• Stretch for a strong foundation.

Stretching increases range

of motion, relieves tension and

reduces risk of injury. The more

mobile you become, the more effective

your workouts will be.

• Do cardio for a strong

heart. Cardio training not only

increases endurance but also

reduces blood pressure and the

risk of stroke, heart disease and

diabetes.

• Lift weights for strong muscles.

Lifting weights increases

muscle and bone mass, which

becomes especially vital as you

age; boosts metabolism; improves

posture and more.

Want to keep it simple? A

YMCA offers all the ways to get

healthy, all in one place! Tone it

up in a group exercise class like

Les Mills BodyPump, or shake it

out in Zumba. Reduce stress with

yoga or join a pickup game. The

most effective workouts are the

ones you enjoy. At a Y, you can

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BUSINESSSPOTLIGHT

Huntington Learning Center

Meet the Experts Securing Students’ Futures

29

Huntington Learning Center

of Dr. Phillips has provided students

with the skills they need to succeed for

more than 20 years. HLC’s Study Skills

Program caters to students in grades

K-12 and offers subject-tutoring for middle

school, high school and college students.

All instruction is tailored to each

individual and is carried out in a quiet,

distraction-free environment.

HLC has established an exceptional

referral rate from all the schools in the

area and former students, recommending

HLC to their friends and family. It

also offers comprehensive SAT/ACT

programs and individualized FSA support

for students. According to Executive

Director Aziz Kabani, these programs

are extremely popular and yield great

results.

Most of the students HLC works with

are preparing for the SAT or ACT. On

average, HLC’s students see increases in

their SAT scores by about 200-300 or

more points. For the ACT, there is usually

at least a five-point increase. Students

are able to get into universities that they

would not have been able to before,

based on their increased scores.

HLC teaches testing strategies and

familiarizes students with the types of

questions asked. This helps build the

student’s confidence. Self-confidence is

key, especially with timed tests.

Another reason advanced students

may not score as highly as they desire

is because test questions are based on

material they haven’t been exposed to

in a while.

When it comes to the reading and

writing section of the SAT/ACT, many

students struggle with completing the

reading portions of these tests in a timely

manner. The student might be accurate

in the reading section but only finish half

of it in the allotted time, then have to

guess the rest of the answers. They leave

HLC’s program knowing how to pull information

out of what they’re reading

the first time and apply it to the answers.

HLC’s Study Skills Program is designed

to develop essential skills in organization,

time management, research and

note-taking. In addition to mastering

good study habits, the program strives

to strengthen students’ foundations in

reading, writing and math. Alongside

with ISSE, SSAT and FSA components,

Huntington Learning Center is able to

supply students with the tools they need

to meet state standards on standardized

exams.

One-on-one instruction is greatly

valued at HLC. All of its teachers are

required to have a four-year college

degree at a minimum. They know the

material, and they know the tests; and

students are paired with the teacher that

best meets their needs.

Huntington Learning Center is located in Grand

Oaks Village at 5060 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Suite 102,

Orlando. Operating hours are Monday-Thursday from

9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Thank you to the hundreds of Southwest

2019

readers who participated in Best of

Southwest 2019, Southwest Orlando

Bulletin’s 11th annual survey of residents’

favorite restaurants, resorts and more.

Congratulations to this year’s winners:

Best Family Restaurant

1. Chick-fil-A

2. Olive Garden Italian Restaurant

3. Gator’s Dockside

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. McDonald’s

Best Italian Restaurant

1. Olive Garden Italian Restaurant

2. Carraba’s Italian Grill

3. Bravo Cucina Italiana

BestOf

Southwest

Best Mexican Restaurant

1. Chipotle Mexican Grill

2. Agave Azul

3. Tijuana Flats

Best Sushi

1. Seito Sushi

2. Amura

3. Bento Asian Kitchen and Sushi

Best Pizza

1. Papa John’s Pizza

2. Pizza Hut

3. Flippers Pizzeria

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Best Steak

1. Ruth’s Chris Steak House

2. LongHorn Steakhouse

3. Outback Steakhouse

Best Seafood

1. Bonefish Grill

2. Red Lobster

3. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

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. ABC Fine Wine & Spirits

Best Fitness Facility

1. LA Fitness

2. Dr. P. Phillips YMCA

3. Orangetheory Fitness

Best Day Spa

1. Gentle Touch MediSpa &

Wellness

2. The Woodhouse Day Spa

3. The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande

Lakes, Spa

Best Salon/Barbershop

1. Great Clips

2. Hair Cuttery

3. Nick’s Barber Shop

Best Church

1. First Baptist Orlando

2. Holy Family Catholic Church

3. St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

Best Local Resort

1. Walt Disney World

2. Universal Studios

3. Four Seasons Resort Orlando at

Walt Disney World Resort

Best Wedding Location

1. Walt Disney World

2. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

3. The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande

Lakes

Best Venue for a Child’s Birthday

1. Monkey Joe’s

2. Chuck E. Cheese’s

3. Walt Disney World

Best Private School

1. The First Academy

2. Holy Family Catholic School

3. Windermere Preparatory School

Best Real Estate Agent

1. Ron Ziolkowski of Re/Max

Properties S.W. Inc.

2. Bobby Baldor of Exp Realty, The

Baldor Group

3. Re/Max Realty

Best Insurance Agent

1. State Farm Insurance

2. Geico

3. Allstate

Best Attorney

1. Morgan & Morgan

2. Dan Newlin of the Offices of Dan

Newlin

3. Lou Pendas, Esq., of The Pendas

Law Firm

Best Dentist

1. Matthew McKissock, D.M.D.,

of Windermere Dentistry

2. All About Beautiful Smiles

3. Rizzo Dental Group

Best Physician

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

Windermere Medical Center

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

Associates of Orlando

3. Michael Middleton, M.D., of

Middleton Pediatrics

Best Veterinarian

1. Douglas S. Pearce, DVM, of

Animal Clinic of Windermere

2. Sand Lake Animal Clinic

3. Banfield Pet Hospital ª


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From losing weight to looking younger

to feeling fit, there are many reasons people

set goals for the new year. Keeping

resolutions can be a daunting task; however,

Southwest Orlando Bulletin’s annual

New Year, New You section provides

a plethora of advice to help readers

achieve and maintain their goals.

Five Tips for Staying

on Track in the New Year

While many people often wish maintaining

good health was as easy as following an

equation, health doesn’t have a start or end

date. Once the allure of the new year wears

off, it can be easy to let those resolutions go

by the wayside.

When you focus on making small, positive

changes, you can move your health

goals forward throughout the year, no matter

where you are on your health journey.

To help stay on track, consider the following

easy-to-implement ideas from registered

dietitian Annessa Chumbley:

• Write it down. Using a nutrition journal

and keeping a record of everything

you eat and drink can help track progress

and reveal small changes that need to be

made. Alternatively, downloading a fitness

tracking app can help keep you accountable

digitally. With a variety of options

available for most operating systems, there

is almost certain to be one to meet your

needs, whether you’re looking for a companion

app to track progress or something

more in-depth to help guide you through

workouts and meal planning.

• Start your day with protein. A highquality

protein source can set the stage for

sustained energy levels throughout the day.

Having an on-the-go source of protein onhand,

such as Premier Protein’s ready-to-drink

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• Hydrate all day. Hydration is a foundation

of good health. Before bed each night,

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then drink it first thing in the morning

for a daily energy boost. For an easy,

healthy way to add flavor to your water

during the day, consider putting an herbal

tea bag of your choice in it. For example,

Chumbley recommends ginger as a digestion-helper,

mint as a caffeine-free way to

awaken, and chamomile to calm.

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• Make healthy swaps. Looking for alternatives

is an easy way to eat healthier.

Consider swapping out heavier carbs

for vegetables such as grilled Portobello

mushrooms as pizza crust or zucchini

noodles instead of pasta. Swap mayo

for avocado when eating egg, chicken

or tuna salad. You can also use the

sweetness of ripe bananas to decrease

the need for added sugar in recipes like

cookies, muffins and pancakes. For an

additional nutritional boost, consider adding

a scoop of gluten-free protein powder

like Premier Protein’s line of 100% Whey

Powders, which are available in chocolate

or vanilla milkshake flavors and feature

30 grams of protein and 3 to 4 grams

of sugar per scoop, plus no artificial flavors,

colors or sweeteners.

• Get moving. Commit to stepping outside

and taking a daily walk. Whether it’s

1 mile or a walk around the block, you

can burn calories and receive the added

benefits of mental clarity, increased energy

and improved digestion.

“Use these tips as one small thing that

can make a powerful positive impact on

your day,” Chumbley said. “Choose one

of these and do it every day. Keep the

strategy simple, so you’ll be more likely

to stick with it. When implementing these

health tips, think ‘progress’ not ‘perfection.’

If you are progressing, you are

successful.”

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Wake Up Refreshed

Ready, set, go! Just as you would take

off at the starting line of a race, this hectic

pace is how mornings begin for many

men and women.

Instead of waking with dread to face

another frazzled morning, consider these

tips for a healthier way to ease into your

daily rituals. While these activities may require

you to allow extra time, you may be

pleased with the productive results.

• Meditate. A practice that has been

around for thousands of years may still be

one of the best stress busters for hurried

mornings. To start, find a place in your home

that is free of noise and distraction. Practice

sitting still, with eyes closed, and focus only

on your breathing. Using deep, controlled

breaths, try to steer your thoughts away from

negative and stress-inducing thoughts.

• Stretch. While the most healthconscious

person may opt for a morning

sweat-a-thon, working in some stretches

can also be beneficial. When you awake,

think about oft-used muscles and extend

each one for 15 to 30 seconds.

• Activate. Give your brain some fuel

in the morning while also doing something

nice for your mind. For example, journaling

is a gentle way to ease into your morning

and get your brain firing. If you can’t

think of a topic, simply write down a few

affirmations for the day, revisit a pleasant

memory from your past, or scribble down

a goal for the week. Journaling can be

an uplifting way to engage the mind and

express gratitude for the day ahead.

(Family Features)

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If you’re thinking about revamping how

you eat this year, you might want to think

twice about the trendy dairy-free plans

that crop up on your social media feed,

as they could leave you missing out on

nutrients you need.

Three of the most popular and healthpromoting

eating plans of the moment

— the Mediterranean Diet, Dietary

Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH)

Diet, and Flexitarian Diet — all include

dairy milk as an important component,

and according to a study in the Journal

of the American Dietetic Association, it’s

hard to get nutrients you need without it.

New research also suggests that adding

an extra serving of dairy to the

Mediterranean Diet makes it even more

nutritious, boosting amounts of calcium,

vitamin D and potassium without exceeding

recommendations for nutrients to limit

like saturated fat and sodium, according

to a study published in The Journal of the

American College of Nutrition. A second

new study found not only does incorporating

more dairy improve the quality of the

diet, it benefits health, as well, specifically

improving blood pressure and levels of

good cholesterol (HDL) compared to a standard

low-fat diet, according to research in

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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day, these studies built in three to four daily.

The DASH Diet, long known for its positive

effects on heart health, includes three

servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy per

day. Good news for fans of whole milk: it

may be just as effective when it includes

full-fat dairy, too, per recent research in

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Researchers found a DASH diet that included

whole milk and other full-fat dairy

products lowered blood pressure just as

much as the traditional version.

As a high-quality, complete protein,

dairy milk is also an important part of the

Flexitarian Diet, which encourages more

plants and less meat. Many plant-based proteins

are incomplete, which means they don’t

provide some of the building blocks the body

needs. Dairy milk is also an important source

of calcium, as substituting milk with nondairy

calcium sources like fortified soy milk or leafy

greens can lead to gaps in other key nutrients

such as protein, vitamin D, phosphorus,

riboflavin, potassium, magnesium, vitamin A

and vitamin B12, according to a study in the

journal Nutrition Research.

Instead of eating in a way that could

leave you at risk of nutrient deficiencies,

opt for a more balanced approach to the

new year and consider a plan that includes

dairy milk.

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You’ve made the decision to get in

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consider taking before you strap on those

shoes and head toward the finish line.

Here are some tips to help get you

ready for the big race:

• Seek quality sneakers. Feet come in a

variety of widths and sizes, so visit a specialty

running store to find perfect-fitting sneakers.

These may come with a hefty price tag,

but there are no shortcuts for comfort and

support when running long distances.

• Make a schedule. Try to aim for at

least 10 hours of training per week, including

three days where you run and two or

three days of other physical activity like

cycling or strength training. To avoid exhaustion,

be sure to include at least one to

two “rest” days each week, too.

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• Stick with water. Avoid sports drinks

that are loaded with preservatives and

sugars. You can’t go wrong with the hydrating

power of water. As a rule, try to

consume at least 6-8 ounces of water for

every 20 minutes you run. Proper hydration

after a run is also vital.

• Go online. Many websites have training

guides for various skill levels or different

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Protein also plays an important role in a

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n Frangus

Elementary

Orange County Public Schools

held a dedication ceremony for

William Frangus Elementary. The

dedication celebrated the rebuilt

school, which opened August 2018

to replace a 1992 campus that

included core buildings and portable

classrooms. The $23.5 million

project included a single, secured

entrance; naturally lit classrooms;

and the latest classroom technology.

It was the final dedication of

the school year and the first dedication

for Teresa Jacobs, the new

school board chair.

n Palm Lake

Elementary

SCHOOL NEWS

compiled by Lauren Salinero

Westbrooke Elementary’s Grandma’s

Cottage Committee and PTO

provided young Wildcats with

a magical cottage to shop for

Classes at Palm Lake Elementary

donated holiday dinner baskets

to those less fortunate. Each class

donated two Thanksgiving baskets

to families in need at Palm

Palm Lake Elementary students donate holiday dinner baskets to those in need.

Lake and Catalina elementary

schools.

n Westbrooke

Elementary

family, faculty members and friends

for the holidays. The volunteers created

a winter wonderland filled with

all sorts of gift items.

We’d like to send out a big thanks to all our raving

fans for voting us Best Fast Food and Family Restaurant in this

year’s Best of Southwest! It is our pleasure to serve

such a wonderful community, and we are moo-ved

by receiving this prestigious award!

Volunteers with Westbrooke Elementary’s Grandma’s Cottage Committee and PTO

co-organize the annual holiday shopping event for students.

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The Westbrooke Elementary

School Chorus and Orff Ensemble

performed holiday music at Publix

Supermarket. The singers were under

the direction of Lisa Hewitt.

They enjoyed celebrating the

holidays with Publix customers and

staff members. Publix is one of

WES’s Partners in Education.

n Et Al

Orange County Public Schools

officials released the finalists for

the inaugural Stellar Awards. The

new employee-recognition event

will celebrate nominees, finalists

and winners in the categories of

support person of the year, assistant

principal of the year, principal

of the year, and teacher

of the year. Winners for each

category will be announced during

the Stellar Awards on Jan. 24

at Rosen Shingle Creek. Southwestarea

finalists are Maryanne

Bladykas of Palm Lake

Elementary for support person

of the year, and Xhuljeta Gjini

of MetroWest Elementary and

Tamirra Hutchinson of Ocoee

High for assistant principal of the

year.

Students from Westbrooke Elementary’s Chorus and Orff Ensemble perform holiday music at Publix Supermarket.

Holy Family Catholic

School’s Reach Out Committee,

partnering with Catholic Charities,

raised $1,505.81 for Hurricane

Florence victims and headed

a large collection of supplies

for those affected by Hurricane

Michael. The Reach Out

Committee, which was founded

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Cempella, Madison Lester,

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The Holy Family Catholic School Reach Out Committee raises funds to support

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Children at Christ The King

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Starting with a dress-up day for

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Students also performed in a

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Orlando Science School won

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The winning photo was taken with a

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and the slogan of the year:

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n Dr. Phillips

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Dr. Phillips resident Patrick

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and Donna Colona, was awarded

the AMS/Glickman Family

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bachelor’s degree in atmospheric

and oceanic sciences at the

University of Colorado — Boulder.

Twenty three senior undergraduates

were awarded scholarships this

year. They are designed to encourage

outstanding senior undergraduates

to continue pursuing careers in

the atmospheric and related oceanic

and hydrologic sciences. The

scholarships are based on merit and

are awarded to students who have

shown the potential for accomplishment

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Officials at Cardno Inc. named Dr.

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Principals serve as mentors for junior

staff, are regularly present at

industry events, participate in panel

discussions, and publish papers and

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such as utility mapping, archaeology

and geophysical site investigations.

n Gotha

West Orange Chamber of

Commerce representatives held

a ribbon-cutting for a 7-Eleven in

Gotha. 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.

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WOCC, call 407-656-1304 or visit

wochamber.com.

West Orange Chamber of Commerce members celebrate the opening of a 7-Eleven in Gotha.

n MetroWest

MetroWest Master Association,

managed by FirstService Residential,

held its seventh annual WinterFest

in December. More that 5,000

people attended the event held at

the MetroWest Golf Club. The fun

kicked off with Santa and his elves

parachuting in. Proceeds benefited

photo courtesy of WOCC

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 residents and businesses

competed in the MetroWest

WinterFest Charity Challenge by

collecting dry goods, sporting

equipment, gift cards and more for

the ranch. The Summit Apartments

won the challenge and received

a $200 cash prize. As a continuation

of the spirit of giving, MWMA

also presented $5,000 checks to

MetroWest Elementary School

and Westpointe Elementary

School.

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Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips new members Jeff Goldie (second from left) and Tony

DiSanza (second from right) are welcomed to the organization by their respective sponsors,

KJ Nana (far left) and Nina Yon (far right), and congratulated by District Gov. Ron

Janssen.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa

Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective

collegiate honor society for

all academic disciplines, gained

three new Southwest initiates. Kate

Campbell of Winter Garden

was initiated at the University of

Florida, and Windermere residents

Man Dao and Mackenzie

Michaels were initiated at the

University of Florida and Auburn

University, respectively.

Southwest resident and Orange

County Public Schools Superintendent

Barbara Jenkins was named the

2018 Outstanding Superintendent

Communicator by the Sunshine State

School Public Relations Association.

Dr. Jenkins accepted the award in

Tampa during the 73rd annual Joint

Conference of the Florida School

Boards Association. She is only the

sixth superintendent to receive this

honor. She and her district serve more

than 211,000 students with more than

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n Charities/Fundraisers

Jan. 17 — Charity Luncheon & Auction

West Orange Country Club, 3300 W. Orange

Country Club Drive, Winter Garden, hosts

West Orange Women’s charity auction and

luncheon. Reservations are required. Time:

11:30 a.m. Cost: $23. For more information

or to RSVP, call Dottie Ansel between 10 a.m.-6

p.m., 407-258-8155.

Jan. 22 — Author’s Luncheon

Windermere Town Hall, 520 Main St.,

Windermere, hosts the third annual Author’s

Luncheon, featuring Sally Fernandez, author of

Climatized, winner of a Readers’ Favorite Book

Award and soon to be a motion picture. The

author will sell and sign her books after lunch.

Gift baskets and other items are available in a

silent auction and raffle. Time: 11:30 a.m.-2:30

p.m. Cost: $30 lunch donation. Send checks

with name, phone number, email address and

number of tickets to Julie’s Mission Author’s

Luncheon, Patty Goonen, 2910 Marquesas

Court, Windermere, FL 34786. Julie’s Mission

continues to promote healing for countless

critically ill infants and their families by donating

handmade items to Winnie Palmer’s NICU unit

and to other hospitals across the country. For

more information, call 407-234-8471 or email

pattygoonen@gmail.com.

Jan. 26 — 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: $35;

$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.

Feb. 2 — Trash 2 Trends

SeaWorld Orlando’s Ports of Call, 7007 Sea

World Drive, Orlando, hosts the sixth annual

Trash 2 Trends, a fundraiser that brings the fashion

and art of local artists together with the environmental

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in an innovative way. The show features local

designers who create runway looks from items

headed to the landfill. Other activities include a

cocktail hour, after-party, cash bar and silent auction.

Attendees must be 18-older, and cocktail

attire is requested. Time: 7-10 p.m. Cost: $125,

with proceeds going back into the Orlando

community to increase recycling, prevent litter

and beautify neighborhoods, green spaces

and business districts. Parking is free. For more

information, call Jody Buyas, 407-246-2752;

email jody.buyas@cityoforlando.net; or visit

www.cityoforlando.net/trash2trends.

Feb. 21 — A Runway For Giving

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal

Orlando, 6601 Adventure Way, Orlando, hosts

the annual A Runway for Giving Fashion Show,

including lunch and a silent auction. Time: 10

a.m. Cost: $250, with proceeds benefiting

Morning Star Catholic School. Co-sponsorship

packages are available. For more information,

call 407-293--7561, ext. 223; or email

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n Classes/Programs

Jan. 15, 22 & 29 — Stitching-Group

Gatherings

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, call Alouise Bergeron,

407-351-1324.

Jan. 19 — Citizen Planner Academy

Workshop

Orange County Government offers a free

Citizen Planner Academy Workshop called

“Planning Basics,” at the Orange County

Internal Operations Center 1, 450 E. South

St., Orlando. Parking is also complimentary.

Reservations are required, because space is

limited. Time: 9 a.m.-noon. For more information

or to RSVP, call 407-836-2934 or visit

www.ocfl.net/citizenplanneracademy.

n Events/Performances

Through April 14 — Art Exhibition

The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens,

633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park, hosts Lay of

the Land: The Art of Florida’s Cattle Culture,

which features art and objects that represent

the culture of Florida’s 500-year cattle industry.

Time: Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Cost: $10, adults;

$8, seniors and college students with a valid ID;

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children 4-younger. For more information, call

407-647-6294 or visit polasek.org.

Jan. 27 — BCC Concert Chorale

Performances

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

Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts performances

by the Bethune-Cookman University

Concert Chorale during combined worships

in the Sanctuary. Time: 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m.

and 11 a.m. For more information, call 407-

876-4991.

n Miscellaneous

Through Jan. 22 — Artwork

Submission Deadline

Women in the Arts Inc. invites professional

female artists to submit their work

for the 2019 competition, Celebrating the

Genius of Women, at the Orlando Public

Library. Cash awards up to $2,000, inkind

gifts by participating co-sponsors,

and Patron’s Choice Award are presented.

Local finalists receive awards, publicity

and public recognition at the Women in

the Arts Awards event March 23, 2019.

For more information or to enter, visit

www.womeninthearts.org/art-competition.

n Networking/Clubs

Ongoing — Members Wanted

The West Orange Women seeks women of all

ages to join its social group, where they “Build

Friendships While Helping Others.” The group

of 200-plus members enjoys monthly luncheons,

activities and community support. For more

information, call Mary Borgan, 407-929-3030;

or visit www.westorangewomen.com.

Jan. 9, 23 & 30 — Golf Networking

Group Meetings

A group plays nine holes of golf the second,

fourth and fifth (when applicable) Wednesday

of each month. Time: 4:45 p.m. for check-in

and pairings. Cost: $15, includes nine holes

and cart. Location rotates among West Orange

Chamber of Commerce golf courses. To RSVP,

email Bryce Knuth at bryce.knuth@ioausa.com.

For more information, visit wochamber.com.

Jan. 15, 22 & 29 — Tuesday

Networking Group Meetings

Village Inn, 3130 Daniels Road, Winter

Garden, hosts West Orange Chamber of

Commerce’s Tuesday Networking Group. Time:

8-9 a.m. Bonus networking starts at 7:30 a.m.

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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 www.windermeretoastmasters.org.

Jan. 16, 23 & 30 — Toastmasters

Meetings

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.

Jan. 16, 30 & Feb. 6 — Wednesday

Networking Group Meetings

Fairfield Inn & Suites Marriott Orlando,

10971 W. Colonial Drive, Ocoee, hosts West

Orange Chamber of Commerce’s Wednesday

Networking Group. Time: first and third

Wednesday of every month from 8-9 a.m.

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wochamber.com for meeting location. To find

out if there is an opening for your business or

to be added to the wait list, email Pam Birdsong

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n Support Groups

Through April 10 — Single & Parenting

Support Group Meeting

Building C, Room 201/203, at St. Luke’s United

Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland

Road, Orlando, hosts a single and parenting

support group. Weekly meetings include practical

topics addressing the many challenges

facing single parents. Child care and youth

program are available with prior reservation.

Time: Wednesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. For more

information, call 407-876-4991, ext. 262; to

register, visit st.lukes.org/care.

Jan. 13 — GriefShare: Loss Of A

Spouse Support Group Meeting

The Attic in Building C at St. Luke’s United

Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-

Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts GriefShare:

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