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The heartbeat of the community


February 4 — 17, 2021 | Since 1986

West Family

Law Group

Richard West of Bay Hill and the rest of the team

at West Family Law Group are committed to a

problem-solving approach to family law.


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IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ............................................................... 4

LIVING WELL ..................................................................................... 7

Reduce Your Recovery Time After a Tough Workout

Resolve to Achieve Healthy Sleep in 2021

Can You Recognize Signs of Stroke?

Achieving a New Food-Itude

CUPID'S CORNER ............................................................................12

PROMOTIONAL FEATURE ................................................................. 13

West Family Law Group

SCHOOL NEWS SEEN .................................................................... 14

Holy Family Catholic School's Season of Giving

SCHOOL NEWS SEEN .................................................................... 15

Holy Family Catholic School Performs The Tableau

SOUTHWEST SPORTS SEEN ............................................................. 16

Dr. Phillips Little League's Spring Clinic Day

COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD ....................................................... 17


SOUTHWEST SERVICE DIRECTORY ................................................... 18


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n Celebration


Zanti of


is Island

Village’s new

home sales


Celebration resident Jennifer

Zanti was chosen to serve as

the new home sales counselor for

Island Village, the newest village

in the award-winning Celebration

community built by Mattamy Homes.

Jennifer, who has 18 years of real

estate experience, received numerous

2020 awards from the Greater

Orlando Homebuilders Association,

including salesperson of the year,

top producing salesperson and

Platinum Club membership.

n Oakland


As part of an ongoing initiative

to reinvigorate Speer Park in

Oakland — which includes new

playgrounds and a pavilion — work

was done last month to replace the

tennis court and construct a new

pickleball court. A magnolia tree

and waterline were relocated to accommodate

the new sport courts. In

2019, Oakland hosted public meetings

asking the community which

amenities they would like to see

at Speer Park. With the input, the

Speer Park Master Plan was developed

in 2020 and presented to the

commission for approval. The master

plan also authorized replacement

of the playground equipment and

established time frames for various

improvements. The commission also

voted to approve purchasing new

playground equipment from Game

Time, which will be installed at Speer

Park during fiscal year 2021 and

budgeted from existing Recreation

Impact Fees, combined with a playground

grant of more than $29,000.

n Ocoee

compiled by Lauren Salinero

Terrance Tyree of Ocoee receives a

certificate of gratitude from Family Physicians

Group for his service in the U.S. Army.

Family Physicians Group recently

honored its patients and staff members

who served in the military.

Ocoee resident and U.S. Army veteran

Terrance Tyree received a

certificate of gratitude from the company

in thanks for his service to the


n Windermere

Windermere resident and District

44 Rep. Geraldine Thompson

was appointed to five committees

and subcommittees by Florida House

Speaker Chris Sprowls for the

2021 session. She serves on the

Pandemics & Public Emergencies

Committee, Public Integrity & Elections

Committee, Civil Justice & Property

Rights Subcommittee, Post-Secondary

Education & Lifelong Learning

Subcommittee, and Higher Education

Appropriations Subcommittee.

n Winter Garden

West Orange Chamber of

Commerce representatives held

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photo courtesy of WOCC

West Orange Chamber of Commerce ambassadors celebrate the ribbon-cutting of

The Dance Collective in Winter Garden.

a ribbon-cutting for The Dance

Collective in Winter Garden.

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 wochamber.com.

Winter Garden resident Claire

Quinn of Miami University’s Project

Dragonfly published an original

article titled Restoring Estuaries by

Eating Oysters on Restore America’s

Estuaries’ blog site from Restore

America’s Estuaries. RAE is dedicated

to the protection and restoration

of bays and estuaries as essential

resources for the nation. In the article,

Claire examines oyster eating,

oyster shell recycling and estuarine

restoration. She is a current Miami

University master’s student through

Project Dragonfly’s Global Field

Program. As a student in GFP, Claire

traveled to Baja and the Galapagos

while also conducting projects

that have made a difference in the

Winter Garden area. She is also an

education coordinator at Disney’s

Animal Kingdom.

n Et Al

Michael J. Tortorella, MD

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Board Certified


Family Planning

Menstrual Disorders


Second Opinion for Surgery

Officials at CliftonLarsonAllen LLP,

a wealth advisory, outsourcing, audit,

tax and consulting services organization,

announced the promotions

of several of their members. CLA

believes in supporting its people

in building careers that match their

personal and professional aspirations.

Among those promoted were

Ocoee resident Michael Watson,

who is now a senior in higher education,

and Winter Garden resident

Janelle Gamboa, a member of

the BizOps staff.

Celebration resident Abigail

Feldman-Oleary and Southwest

Orlando resident Courtney Schwerer

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were initiated into the Honor Society

of Phi Kappa Phi at the University

of Florida. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s

oldest, most-selective collegiate

honor society for all academic


West Orange Republican

Women instilled its 2021-22

board. Teresa Snipes of Winter

Garden will serve as president,

Cree Haag of Ocoee is first vice

president, Michele Nunnelly of

Windermere is second vice president,

Nancy Borkes of Southwest

Rotary Club

of Dr. Phillips

President Mary

Ellen Kerber

(right) welcomes

guest speakers

Adam Harnett

and Chantel

Alacar from

Circles — an


that’s part of St.

Luke’s United


Church that

helps people


poverty — to a

recent meeting.

(L. to r.) Winter Garden resident Teresa Snipes, president; Ocoee resident Cree

Haag, first vice president; Windermere resident Michele Nunnelly, second vice president;

Southwest Orlando resident Nancy Borkes, secretary; and Winter Garden resident Brenda

Knowles, treasurer, are appointed to West Orange Republican Women’s 2021-22 board.

Orlando is secretary, and Brenda

Knowles of Winter Garden is

treasurer. WORW, Federated, will

meet Feb. 18 and March 18 at

Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club

& Lodge.

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Living Well

Southwest OrlanDo

Volume 1, Issue 11 — February 2021

Reduce YouR RecoveRY Time

AfTeR A Tough WoRkouT

Resolve To Achieve heAlThY

sleep in 2021

cAn You Recognize signs

of sTRoke?

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2 | February 2021 | Living Well

More Americans are investing their

time and energy in the pursuit of fitness

these days, with the percentage of people

belonging to gyms and health clubs

nearly doubling from 2000-17, according

to Statista. Beyond casual workouts,

participation in extreme sports

and endurance events has grown exponentially

in the past 25 years. Whether

you’ve recently started exercising, are

ramping up your efforts, or have always

been an avid sports enthusiast,

you’ve probably dealt with soreness

and fatigue after a tough workout.

While rest days are critical for athletes

and exercisers of all levels, no one

wants to be sidelined for too long and

lose their momentum. To turbocharge

your recovery process and get back

into the game faster, consider these


• Complete a dynamic warmup.

Before physical activity, perform a

dynamic warmup to wake up muscles

and get oxygen and blood flowing.

Take your body through its full range

of motion with effective moves, including

high knees, butt kicks, forward and

sideway leg swings, and shoulder rolls.

Reduce Your Recovery

Time After a Tough Workout

• Consider CBD. With a similar

molecular structure to the naturally

occurring endocannabinoids produced

by the human body, according

to research, cannabidiol (CBD) sports

supplements can assist with your preparation,

performance and recovery.

Check out the hemp-derived, custom-formulated

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an Icelandic strongman, deadlift world

record-holder, and Game of Thrones

actor; rock climbers Adam Ondra

and Tommy Caldwell; CrossFit athletes

Sara Sigmundsdóttir and Pat

Vellner; and Jay Glazer, football insider

and MMA trainer.

“There is a big difference between

just taking the day off and consciously

recovering,” said Sonny Mottahed,

founder and CEO of Champions +

Legends. “Better recovery means you

can train harder next time.”

(To learn more, visit championsandlegends.


• Know your limits. While strength

and endurance gains can only happen

if you push your limits, it’s important

to remember that improving athletic

performance is a gradual process. Be

mindful of your current strength, endurance

and flexibility, and learn to

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When you workout

hard, recovery is just as

essential as exercise.

distinguish between normal soreness

and discomfort and pain that could be

a sign it’s time to slow down or take a


• Cross-train. The same type of exercise

day in and day out can make

you more susceptible to physical and

mental burnout. Cross-training will not

only give you an edge in your main

sport, it can also help you recover


• Foam roll. You don’t need a big

budget or much time to receive the

positive benefits of a deep-tissue massage.

Give yourself the spa treatment

at home. Post workout, foam roll to

reduce tension of large muscle groups

and targeted areas. The harder the

foam roller’s density, the deeper into

muscle tissue you can go. You may

find it helpful to have multiple rollers to

choose from, depending on the muscle

area and your level of soreness that


• Refuel rapidly. Good nutrition is

essential for swift recovery. Be sure to

refuel quickly after tough workouts to

aid muscle repair.

You only have one body, so treat it

well. Seek out the tools and knowledge

you need to fully recover faster.

(StatePoint) ª

According to a recent survey by

the American Academy of Sleep

Medicine (AASM), 85% of U.S.

adults do not get the recommended

seven hours or more of sleep every

night. After a challenging

and stressful year,

the new year provides

Americans with an opportunity

to refocus on

the importance of making

healthy sleep a


“Our survey findings

show a worrying trend

of national sleep deprivation,”

said AASM

President Dr. Kannan

Ramar, a sleep medi cine

physician. “Insufficient

sleep contributes to the

risk for several of today’s

public health epidemics,

including cardiovascular

disease, diabetes and

obesity. As such, it is

critical that we incorporate

healthy sleep habits

and routines into our

daily lives to be our best

in 2021.”

Why Should You Make

Healthy Sleep a Priority?

AASM recommends adults sleep

at least seven hours each night to

promote optimal health and wellbeing.

In the same survey, slightly

more than one-third (34%) of

Americans said they sleep for seven

or more hours only two nights

— or fewer — each week, in line

with findings from the Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention

(CDC). Regularly sleeping less than

seven hours per day is associated

with an increased risk of developing

chronic conditions such as obesity,

diabetes, high blood pressure,

heart disease, stroke and frequent

mental distress. Resolve to make

365 days of healthy sleep your

goal for 2021 by keeping in mind

these extensive benefits:

• Sleep makes you healthier.

Without good sleep, both mental

and physical health suffer greatly,

putting Americans at an increased

risk of chronic disease.

A healthy sleep pattern is 7-plus hours per night.

Resolve to Achieve

Healthy Sleep in 2021

• Sleep makes you happier. Sleep

has a positive effect on mood and

overall sense of well-being and can

improve relationships with others.

• Sleep makes you smarter.

Getting the right amount of sleep is

conducive to learning, memory recall,

creativity and cognitive function.

What Inhibits Us From

Achieving the Recommended Sleep?

Despite evidence showing the importance

of adequate sleep, it often

can take a back seat to other behaviors

we find important. According

to AASM’s July 2020 survey, a vast

majority (68%) of U.S. adults lose

sleep due to drinking alcohol past

bedtime. Americans also report staying

up past their bedtimes to bingewatch

a TV show or stream a video

series (88%), read a book (66%),

watch a sporting event (58%), or

play video games (50%).

How Has the

Pandemic Impacted Sleep?

With a change in daily routines,

the COVID-19 pandemic is also

disrupting sleep for Americans.

According to the AASM survey, 1

in 5 Americans (22%) are sleeping

worse due to the pandemic

and 19% are getting less nightly


“Despite the fact that many

Americans are no longer commuting

to and from work, it is paramount to

establish and maintain morning and

bedtime rituals, such as getting up

and going to bed at regular times

to achieve adequate sleep,” Ramar


Living Well | February 2021 | 3

Tips to Achieve Healthy Sleep

• Obtain adequate sleep. Set

a bedtime that allows you to get

enough sleep, so you wake up feeling

refreshed and alert. Identify an

appropriate bedtime for your age

and lifestyle using the AASM bedtime


• Establish a bedtime and waketime

routine. Consider developing a

nightly routine that evokes calm and

relaxation, which may include reading,

journaling or meditating. Even

for those working remotely, allow

ample time to awake, reflect and

prepare for the day ahead.

• Ensure the bedroom is a space

for sleep. Limit noise and distractions

by making your bedroom quiet, dark

and a little bit cool — and only use

the bed for sleeping, not watching

TV or reading.

• Set boundaries for blue light exposure.

Consider setting a technology

curfew by turning off your TV and

other electronic devices 30 minutes

to an hour before bedtime. Silence

your notifications and charge your

devices away from your bed, so you

are not tempted to look at social media

or news alerts.

• Limit alcohol, caffeine and large

meals before bed. Avoid consuming

caffeine after lunch and avoid alcohol

near bedtime, as both can disrupt

sleep. If hungry after dinner, keep

snacks small, sugar-free and easily

digestible so as to not disrupt sleep.

For more information about

AASM’s survey, visit aasm.org/about/

newsroom. For more information about

the importance of healthy sleep, visit


(BPT) ª

4 | February 2021 | Living Well

Can You

Recognize Signs of Stroke?

Many people are avoiding in-person

doctor’s visits to limit potential exposure

to coronavirus — or are simply ignoring

health concerns altogether. However,

when it comes to medical emergencies,

such as stroke, immediate medical attention

is critical.

The fifth leading cause of death in the

U.S., stroke occurs every 40 seconds,

and it can happen to anyone of any age

at any time. When 59-year-old Paul

“David” Dyches had a stroke on the

job this past August, he quickly realized

something was very wrong.

“I never experienced a feeling like this

before, and I knew we had to do something

right away,” said Dyches, who was

experiencing classic stroke symptoms of

weakness in his arms and legs.

Upon his arrival at the hospital, he

was evaluated via teleneurology by experts

more than 150 miles away. After

doctors confirmed he was experiencing

a stroke, they delivered treatment immediately,

and he was able to be discharged

the following day.

While in some cases quick action can

help with recovery, statistics suggest that

many Americans may be avoiding hospitals

when they need them most due to

anxieties surrounding the coronavirus

pandemic. A recent study published in

JAMA Internal Medicine showed that

emergency room visits to five major

health care systems decreased by more

than 40% as COVID-19 cases spiked.

As patients like Dyches are learning

firsthand, hospitals have a range of protocols

in place to help keep patients and

staff safe from coronavirus infection.

“The hospital staff set me at ease right

away,” Dyches said.

Beyond pandemic fears, one age-old

barrier to seeking timely medical attention

for stroke is simply awareness of

signs and symptoms. While Dyches can

credit himself with recognizing a classic

symptom — arm and leg weakness —

and reacting rapidly, only 1 in 5 U.S.

adults are able to recognize 10 signs

and symptoms of stroke, according to a

nationwide survey. What’s more, nearly

70% of the survey respondents say

they’re knowledgeable about stroke, yet

Knowing the signs of stroke can save

your or someone else’s life.

62% falsely believe that signs of stroke

come on slowly over a day or two, when

in fact symptoms of stroke can come on


Experts say that immediate medical

attention, which is vital, relies on everyone

learning and being able to recognize

the BE FAST signs and symptoms of

a stroke in themselves and others and

calling 911 immediately. BE FAST stands

for Balance, Eyes, Face, Arm, Speech

and Time and refers to the following

signs of stroke:

• Balance: Sudden loss of balance.

• Eyes: Loss of vision in one or both


• Face: Face looks uneven or droopy.

• Arm: Arm or leg is weak or hanging


• Speech: Slurred speech, trouble

speaking or seems confused.

• Time: Immediately call 911.

For more shareable information and

resources, visit strokeawareness.com,

developed by Genentech Inc., a member

of the Roche Group.

“I am a testament to the fact that

emergencies like stroke don’t stop for a

global health pandemic,” Dyches said.

“Anyone who experiences stroke symptoms

should call 911 and get themselves

to an ER as quickly as possible.”

(StatePoint) ª

The new year is a fresh start for

us all. And to kick the year off right,

many families have committed themselves

to eating better. So, why not

set yourself up for success by making

a few small changes that will help

make that healthy resolution more


Here are a few simple ideas and

easy steps that can help:

Make a Weekly Plan

You don’t need to micromanage

yourself to create a weekly menu

that’s easy to stick to. Choose one

day each week to pick out your

meals, and on that same day, make

a list of the items you’ll need to pick

up at the store. Use a note-taking

app for your grocery lists that you

can update as needed.

As you’re searching for mealplanning

inspiration, check that your

meals are balanced and include:

• Quality proteins. Seafood is often

a healthier substitute for meats.

You can rotate between fresh,

canned and frozen options.

• A variety of colorful veggies.

Achieving a New Food-Itude

Seafood, a high-quality protein, is a healthier substitute for


• Whole grains as opposed to refined


When choosing your meals in advance,

keep convenience in mind. Is

it easy to make? Does it require a

lot of prep work? Is it something the

whole family will eat?

Favor Your Freezer

Frozen foods can

shave off a lot of time

from your dinner prep.

When shopping, look

for lean protein like

SeaPak Coconut Cod

to stock your freezer,

then you’ll be set for the

week ahead.

Frozen seafood is

high in protein and low

in calories. Try pairing

it with coconut rice,

zoodles or couscous.

Garnish with tropical

flavors like mango salsa

or lime for a delicious

workday meal, or add sauteed spinach

and veggies for a quick dinner.

Prioritize the Protein

Reach for healthy protein options

at every meal. Challenge yourself to

try something new and change up

Living Well | February 2021 | 5

your routine. For example, fish and

shrimp are easy swaps for ground

beef or chicken when making pizza

or tacos, raw nuts or edamame are

perfect for when you’re craving a

crunchy snack, and lentil or chickpea

pasta is a great alternative to

traditional pasta options.

Prep Your Pantry

Do a quick pantry inventory.

Choose your favorite shelf-stable

foods and arrange them front and

center, so they’re top-of-mind while

meal planning. Donate all items that

are not out-of-date but that you don’t

expect to use anytime soon.

After it’s organized, refer back to

your cupboard for meal inspiration.

Rice is an excellent complement to

your protein, and veggies will brighten

up any meal.

Set yourself up for success this year

by making sure you have healthy,

convenient foods in your pantry,

fridge and freezer. A little planning

makes it that much easier to stick to

your goal.

(BPT) ª

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Cupid's Corner

February brings the season of

love, with Valentine’s Day just

around the corner. Hands are held,

flowers are delivered and chocolate

is consumed by the pound.

This year, make your valentine feel

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West Family Law Group

Cutting-Edge, Problem-Solving Family Law

Rarely do divorce cases end where

emotional and financial struggles

have not been felt by every member

of the family, especially the children.

The attorneys at West Family

Law Group in Dr. Phillips believe

divorce cases can be handled where

families are not “ending” but instead

are being restructured successfully.

This philosophy, the law firm and

its founder, Richard West of Bay

Hill, have led to the practice being

ranked among the best law firms in

America in 2020 by U.S. News and

World Report, as well as West being

recognized by Best Lawyers in

America since 2006 and named

Orlando Family Lawyer of the Year

four times.

“What is different is the mindset

we bring to family law representation;

it’s a problem-solving approach,

which we don’t often see,” West

said. “I tell clients your family is not

ending; it’s just changing the way it


Located across from the Dr. P.

Phillips YMCA Family Center, West

Family Law Group’s mission is to ensure

a client’s divorce case is handled

professionally and successfully

without costing the family an emotional

or financial fortune.

Leaders and Educators

West, who began practicing family

law in Orlando in 1986, was one

of the founding attorneys who established

The Colllaborative Family

Law Group of Central Florida.

Collaborative law is a relatively new

process where the decisions for a

divorcing couple’s future are made

by the couple and not by lawyers or


“The problem with litigating a divorce

is you are turning control of

your future, your children’s futures

and your family’s finances over

to a stranger — the judge — and

that’s just not where people should

be,” West said. “I do everything

I possibly can to keep my clients

out of the courtroom, because it is

expensive, both emotionally and


This mindset is one reason West

Family Law Group was named a

top-tier law firm by U.S. News and

World Report. In addition, West was

named a diplomate of the American

College of Family Trial Lawyers (1 of

only 100 lawyers in the country to

have this honor) and to the advisory

board of the American Academy of

Certified Financial Litigators.

West Family Law Group used

Zoom communication for the past

few years, even before COVID-19

made virtual communication mandatory,

as an opportunity for clients to

remain comfortably at home while


handling mediations and collaborative

law meetings. Besides offering

the recognized services in family

law, West also has extensive experience

in cryptocurrency, business

valuation and highly compensated

executive income issues.

The Client’s Future

West Family Law Group continues

to work each day to provide the best

solutions for a family to navigate

divorce and the future.

“I utilize a team approach, because

complex divorce cases require

more than just an attorney,”

West said, mentioning he has represented

many professional athletes,

entertainers and politicians with

their family law matters. “I work

with a team of psychologists; forensic

accountants; real estate experts

and my attorneys, paralegals and

staff. Complex and high net worth

divorces are what we do.”

West explained the firm’s philosophy

of keeping the children’s welfare

first (if there are any); trying to avoid

the courtroom, if possible; and developing

a problem-solving approach

— which will achieve clients’ goals

and visions for the future. This indepth

time with clients is why West

Family Law Group does not offer

free consultations.

“Consultations are one of the most

valuable two or three hours a client

will spend with me, because I can

evaluate the case and tell them where

they can expect to end up and provide

tools they can use to resolve issues

with their spouse without the need for

expensive litigation,” he said.

For more information about West Family Law

Group, visit www.westfamilylawgroup.com. ª

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School News


Holy Family Catholic School students are involved

in various outreach programs year-round. One project

was to collect new sneakers for kids attending its

sister diocese in the Dominican Republic. With the

support of families, the Lions donated more than 100

pairs of new sneakers to those children. Another outreach

program was the collection of new socks and

underwear. Pre-K-3 and sixth graders teamed up

with West Orange Christian Service Center to

provide new socks and underwear for children of all

ages. A huge thank-you is extended to all the teachers,

staff members, students, parents and friends who

made these donations possible.

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School News


Students at Holy Family Catholic School celebrated

the recent holiday season with a performance of

The Tableau, a reenactment of a living Nativity. The

coronavirus pandemic affected how audience

members viewed the performance — videos were

shared with parents instead of a live audience — but

all the children still participated with their classes.

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Southwest Sports


Dr. Phillips Little League recently held its annual

Spring Clinic Day. The high turnout and perfect

weather were positive signs for the upcoming spring

season, which begins Feb. 27.

n Charities/Fundraisers

Feb. 12 — Over The Edge Fundraiser

Hyatt Regency Orlando, 9801 International

Drive, Orlando, hosts Over the Edge,

during which registered participants can

experience the thrill of rappelling 428

feet down the side of a 32-story resort.

Rappellers must raise $1,000 by Feb.

10, and proceeds benefit Give Kids The

World. A nonrefundable $50 registration

fee counts toward the fundraising minimum.

For more information, visit give.gktw.org/


Feb. 20 — We Have Heart Virtual Walk

Heather Frazee and Denise Sullivan of

Fannie Hillman & Assoc. co-sponsor We

Have Heart, a virtual walk benefiting the

American Heart Association. Participants

receive an entry into a raffle to win a $50

Publix gift card. For more information, email


March 6 — More Than Pink Virtual Walk

Susan G. Komen Florida sponsors the annual

More Than Pink Walk, a virtual event that features

an opening ceremony, recognition for the

survivors and thrivers who have faced a breast

cancer diagnosis, and important updates in the

fight against the disease before participants


are encouraged to walk where they are. Time:

9 a.m. To volunteer or become a co-sponsor,

call 407-392-2061; to register or raise funds,

visit komenflorida.org/orlandowalk; and for

more information, visit www.facebook.com/


n Class/Program

Feb. 11, 18 & 25 — Men’s Online Book


St. Luke’s United Methodist Church hosts

a men’s online study on the book Love

Matters More. Time: Thursdays from 7:45-

9 a.m. via Zoom. For more information

or to register, visit u.st.lukes.org/default.


n Events/Performances

Through Feb. 14 — Art Exhibition

The Orange County Regional History

Center, 65 E. Central Blvd., Orlando, presents

Yesterday, This Was Home: The Ocoee

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compiled by Lisa Sagers

Massacre of 1920, an art exhibition that

examines the largest incident of voting-day

violence in U.S. history. For more information,

visit www.thehistorycenter.org.

Through Feb. 20 — Art Exhibition

Jeanine Taylor Folk Art, 211 E. 1st St.,

Sanford, hosts Gratitude — New Art by

Theresa Disney, an art exhibition. Masks are

required. Admission is free. For more information,

call 407-323-2774 or visit jtfolkart.com.

Through Feb. 21 — Songs For A New

World Theatrical Performances

Central Florida Community Arts presents

Songs for a New World performances

at the CFCArts Black Box Theatre, 250

SW Ivanhoe Blvd., Orlando. Ticket prices

start at $18, and showtimes vary. For more

information, visit cfcarts.com.

Through March 31 — Art Exhibition

Winter Garden City Hall, 300 W. Plant St.,

Winter Garden, hosts Despite the Obstacles:

Educating African American Youth Before

School Integration, an exhibition created by

the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation.

For more information, call 407- 656-3244

or visit wghf.org.

Through May 9 — Art Exhibition

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins

College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park,

hosts Rania Matar: On Either Side of the

Window, Portraits During COVID-19, an art

exhibition that brings together photographs

that capture individuals and families during

quarantine. For more information, call 407-

646-2526 or visit www.rollins.edu/cfam.

n Miscellaneous

Feb. 16 & March 2 — Food For Thought

Virtual Tours

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central

Florida hosts Food for Thought virtual tours

of the organization’s warehouse to raise

awareness about the ongoing elevated need

for assistance. Via Zoom, attendees see how

the food bank is able to distribute enough

food for 300,000 meals each day and

learn about different programs throughout

Central Florida. Time: 10-11 a.m. It is free

to watch; however, registration is required.



Submit your purrr-fect pet photos for Southwest Orlando Bulletin’s 20th

annual pet photo album! Southwest Orlando's picture-perfect pets will

be featured in our March 18 issue.

All photos must be received by Feb. 24. Email photos to

Lauren@kearneypublishing.com or upload online

at www.southwestorlandobulletin.com.

All photos must be at least 200 KB in size.

Please include name, pet’s name, address, neighborhood and phone

number on entry. For more information, call 407-351-1573, option 4.

* Must be a Southwest resident to participate.

Dogs • Cats • Birds • Reptiles • Rabbits • Fish • Rodents • Horses • Etc.

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n Networking/Clubs

Ongoing — Members Wanted

The West Orange Women seeks women of all

ages to join its group for fun, friendship and

philanthropy. Annual dues are $20. For more

information, call Mary Borgan, 407-929-

3030; or visit www.westorangewomen.com.

Feb. 9, 16 & 23 — Virtual Toastmasters


Windermere Toastmasters Club No.

4662754 holds Zoom meetings. Attendees

learn to develop their oral communication

and leadership skills in a supportive and positive

learning environment. Time: Tuesdays

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

to request online Zoom meeting details,

visit www.4662754.toastmastersclubs.org

and click “Contact Us.”

Feb. 10, 17 & 24 — Virtual

Toastmasters Meetings

The Turnpike Toastmasters Club holds

Zoom meetings. Time: Wednesdays from

noon-1 p.m. For more information or to

register for a virtual meeting, visit 2362.

toastmastersclubs.org and click “Contact

Us” at least one day before the event.

Feb. 11, 18 & 25 — Virtual

Toastmasters Meetings

The Vista Toastmasters Club holds

Zoom meetings. Time: Thursdays from

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

vistatoastmasters.zoom@gmail.com or visit


Feb. 18 & March 18 — Republican

Women Federated Meetings

The West Orange Republican Women,

Federated, featuring a guest speaker,

meets at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club

& Lodge, 9000 Bay Hill Blvd., Orlando.

(Reservations are required by Feb. 13 for

the Feb. 18 meeting.) Time: 11 a.m. Cost:

$35, cash or check only. For more information,

email worw.federated@gmail.com.

n Support Groups

Feb. 4 & 24 — GriefShare Support Group

Meetings Begin

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

holds online 13-week grief support

group meetings, during which participants

learn to journey through their

grief toward healing and hope for the

future. The first one begins Feb. 4 from

6:30-8:30 p.m. A second daytime class

starts Feb. 24 from 10 a.m.-noon. To

register for either group, visit st.lukes.

org/care/#grief. For more information,

call 407-876-4991, ext. 262; or email


Feb. 9 — Virtual Support Group Meeting

For Caregivers

The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource

Center sponsors a free support group

meeting for caregivers in the Suite 281

Conference Room (next to the south

elevators on the second floor) at Health

Central Hospital, 10000 W. Colonial

Drive, Ocoee. Time: second Tuesday of

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

call 407-843-1910 or visit www.


Feb. 9 & 23 — Mental Health Support

Group Meetings

Building C 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.

Individuals meet in Room C-206, and

families meet in the Founder’s Hall.

The 90-minute meeting is peer-led and

helps 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


n Volunteers Needed

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

My Brother’s Keeper seeks volunteers —

especially adult men (18-older) of color

— who can serve as positive role models

and mentor boys and young men of

color. For more information, email Grace,

gdearden@vcifl.org, at Volunteers for

Community Impact.

Contributions to Community Bulletin Board are

welcome. Please send information six weeks

before the event to P.O. Box 851, Windermere,

FL 34787; call 407-351-1573, option 5; or email

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