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COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION ........................................................... 5

From Closet to Checkout: Goodwill Can Change Lives

SCHOOL NEWS ............................................................................... 7

LIVING WELL ................................................................................... 11

Protecting Yourself Against the Flu Helps Fight COVID-19

Got Hemorrhoids?

For Excellent Dermatological Care

2021 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE ............................................................. 16

IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ............................................................. 19

COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD ....................................................... 21

SOUTHWEST SERVICE DIRECTORY ................................................... 22


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From Closet to Checkout:

Goodwill Can Change Lives

by Arnold Sanchez

vice president of retail and donated goods at Goodwill Industries of Central Florida


Dropping off

donations at

Goodwill is fast

and easy.

If you’ve ever dropped off a box

of donations at your local Goodwill,

you might have wondered what happens

to it after you hand it over.

Where will it go? Who will buy it?

How much will it sell for, and where

will that money go? In fact, you

might be surprised to learn just how

far your donation goes.

Step One:

The Drop-Off

After a long day of cleaning out

closets, Meredith brings her box of

donations — lightly used clothes,

some home décor and children’s toys

— to a nearby Goodwill center. It’s a

quick trip. She’s finished in the time it

takes to unload two boxes.

While she may not realize it, her

donation is already making an impact.

Instead of going to a landfill,

the items will be purchased by local

buyers, reducing waste and offsetting

the environmental footprint of

buying new. In Central Florida alone,

Goodwill diverts 16 million pounds

of waste from landfills every year.

Step Two:

Behind the Scenes

Growing up with a learning disability,

Erik was regularly told what

he couldn’t do. Things that were

simple for most people — interviewing

for a job or working five days a

week — were considered impossible

for him.

But, when he was referred to vocational

rehabilitation at Goodwill, he

met a caring team of counselors who

helped him challenge those limits.

Now a donation processor, he enjoys

a flexible workload, accessible

accommodations and the dignity

and independence of a meaningful


When Meredith drops off her donations,

Erik and his team check for

visible damage. Items in good condition

will be sorted, priced and sent

out to local stores. Any items that

can’t be accepted — such as fuel,

batteries and certain electronics —

will be safely disposed of or recycled,

if possible.

Step Three:

In the Store Aisles

A new college student, Layla

wants to add some personality to

her dorm room without breaking her

budget. When she heads to the local

Goodwill to shop for deals, a

colorful throw pillow donated by

Meredith catches her eye. It’s just

what she was looking for.



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As Layla heads to the register, she

can’t help but smile.

Step Four:

After Checkout

It’s been tough for Greg to find

work. He’s applied for multiple jobs

without success — until someone recommends

that he contact Goodwill’s

virtual Job Connection team.

Thanks to Meredith’s donation and

Layla’s purchase, Goodwill is able to

provide free career counseling to any

Central Floridian looking for work.

For Greg, that means partnering with

a trained specialist who can help him

fine-tune his résumé, practice interviewing

and connect with employers

in his field. That support pays off.

After months of searching, he finally

gets the “Yes,” he’s been waiting for.

Dropping off a box at Goodwill

is a quick, convenient stop on

Meredith’s daily commute. For Erik,

Goodwill is a career that allows him

to polish his professional skills and

You never know what you’ll find at your

local Goodwill.

give back to the community. And,

Layla sees it as a chance to find

great deals on everything from stylish

dorm décor to professional outfits

for her next internship to furniture for

a new apartment.

But for neighbors like Greg, those

donations can mean even more —

help, support and a chance at a

brighter future.

To learn more about donating

and how it can make a difference,

visit www.goodwillcfl.org. ª

n Castleview Elementary



principal of


Elementary, is

a finalist for

Orange County

Public Schools’


principal of the


Representatives of Orange County

Public Schools announced the finalists

for the 2021-22 principal of the

year. Making the cut was Castleview

Elementary Principal Julie Helton.

With experience working as an administrator

at the district level and

a principal at the school level, Ms.

Helton has demonstrated academic

success with elementary and secondary

students for nearly 20 years. Not

only has she shown great leadership

with students and parents, but with

her peers as well. She has led a variety

of trainings for principals and

assistant principals while also mentoring

three principals this school year.

In every school she worked in, Ms.

Helton was highly regarded in her

handling of difficult and high-pressure

situations. The winner of principal of

the year will be announced during

the Stellar Awards in February 2022.

n Windermere Elementary

Windermere Elementary third

graders received free cyber safety


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educational materials, including

Garfield’s Cyber Safety Adventures

and Safe Social Media Posting, for

last month’s National Cybersecurity

Awareness Month. A one-day event,

Cyber Safety Day was created by the

nonprofit Center for Cyber Safety and

Education for schools and communities

to join forces and ensure elementary

children in Orlando receive skills

to become responsible digital citizens.

n West Orange High

West Orange High held its Prism

Concert. This concert tradition gathers

all students in the performing arts

program to participate on the same

evening. Performances were done by

the WOHS choir, orchestras, concert

choir, marching band and more.

n Et Al

Actor, entrepreneur and Dr.

Phillips High alumna Ashley

Eckstein, well-known for voicing the

role of Ahsoka Tano in the Star Wars

West Orange

High performing arts

students participate

in the school’s Prism



Nov 30th 2021

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30th annual holiday

short-story contest.

Winners will be published in

the Dec. 16 issue. Email

original short stories (max: 600

words) with the author's

name, age, neighborhood and

phone number to:


Deadline: November 24, 2021

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Elementary and Southwest

Middle with representatives from

Big Lots and On Our Sleeves’ One

Million Classrooms Project. The

back-to-school surprise gifted the

schools with $1,000 in gift cards

for Big Lots and an evidence-infused

social and emotional learning curriculum

the schools can use with

their students throughout the year.

Orange County Public Schools officials

are committed to nurturing

SEL activities and are happy about

Ashley’s commitment to mental

health, especially within adolescents.

Students’ social and emotional wellbeing

are parts of the district’s 2025

Strategic Plan.

During a recent Orange County

Public Schools school board meeting,

Southwest resident and OCPS

Superintendent Barbara Jenkins

announced the names of a few

new administrators. Sean Randle

Bowmer is assistant principal at

Water Spring Elementary, and

Karen Pinckney is assistant principal

at Summerlake Elementary.



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Congratulations to Southwest

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Teacher of the Month Stephen

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“Mr. Wisdom is the gifted teacher

at LWES, and for three years, he has

been an inspiration and guiding light

for my daughter. His class inspires

my fifth grader and, at times, is her

motivation for wanting to bring her

full self to the classroom. He teaches

students to have a growth mindset, to

embrace failure and fall forward, to

not be afraid to try. He teaches kids

that it isn’t just about the grade, but

it is how you solve the problems. He

has taught my daughter, Ava, how

to be a leader. He has taught her

to have faith in herself and to lead,

even when you are unsure of yourself.

When she started to slack off in the

beginning of virtual learning, he was

the first to talk to her about her not living

up to her potential. He reminded

her that being virtual was no excuse

for not being present in the classroom.

She turned herself around, and we

saw the impact across all her classes.

He is funny, wise and engaging. He

teaches the kids how he has learned

through his imperfections and how to

make the most of a situation. He does

this through problem-solving and class

projects, but his lessons transcend the

classroom. He is teaching them life lessons.

My kindergartner was accepted

into Mr. Wisdom’s class, and I already

see an impact on her as well. He is

able to teach at all levels and adjusts

to what each child needs. Our educational

system and society as a whole

could use more Mr. Wisdoms.”

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With students across the country

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as possible. Most health care providers

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early fall.

According to the CDC, early results

show that only about one-half (50%–

55%) of U.S. adults received the flu

vaccine last year. And, the rate of

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from 62% in 2019-20 to 58% in

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studies have even found that individuals

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The benefits of increased immunization

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Around the country, there have been

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• Practice healthy hygiene.

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and wearing a mask when

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muscle aches and sore throat — and

knowing the difference can only be

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to rule out COVID-19, since its

symptoms can often become more


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Dean Goodless, M.D., (back row, center) and the rest of the staff at Goodless

Dermatology strive to provide the best quality care to their patients.

At Goodless Dermatology,

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While November has just begun and Thanksgiving is still a few weeks away,

many Southwest Orlando residents may already feel pressure in their searches

for amazing holiday gifts for everyone on their lists. Though COVID-19 may

have changed many things, it hasn’t changed the giving spirit between friends

and family. Southwest Orlando Bulletin’s annual Holiday Gift Guide provides a

comprehensive listing of various local businesses offering safe shopping as well

as gift ideas — from always-handy gift cards to beauty services to seasonal

activities and more — that are sure to please everyone this holiday season.

American Ballroom

Learning to dance at American

Ballroom, located in Suite 200 at

855 E. Plant St. in Winter Garden,

is a fun and exciting way to learn

a new skill, meet new people and

gain confidence in social situations.

Whether you picture yourself gliding

across the floor to an elegant

waltz or out on the town heating

up the dance floor of a Latin nightclub,

American Ballroom has the

experience to help you achieve

your goals, and dance is a gift you

can use all year! For more information,

call 407-305-3045, email

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Molly Maid

Trees at Orlando Museum of Art.

This event brings the joy of the holidays

through elegant trees, sparkling

holiday vignettes, elaborate gingerbread

houses and more. Visitors

can admire gorgeous trees thoughtfully

put together by Orlando’s

finest designers from Nov. 13-21.

Enjoy specialty ticketed events like

Breakfast with Santa, Reindeer Romp

and more. To purchase tickets, visit


Lori Lambert, M.D.

Relieve the stress of holiday cleaning

by leaving it to the professionals.

Molly Maid, located at 1101

S. Park Ave. in Winter Garden, is

a residential home-cleaning service.

Molly Maid sends a team

of two trained, insured and bonded

home-service professionals to

clean the home. Whether it is a

one-time or regular service, Molly

Maid will design a custom cleaning

plan with a free in-home estimate.

The gift of time is always

the perfect present. Gift certificates

are available. For more information,

call 407-877-0184 or visit



Put your best face forward this

winter, and share the gift of beautiful

skin with a friend or loved one.

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 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 and the O-Shot

and other PRP procedures in the office.

The office carries a full line of

SkinCeuticals professional skin care

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As you approach this holiday

season after going through such a

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beauty. When you see yourself looking

your best, it makes you feel a little

better. At Naturally You Med

Spa, you can give yourself the gift

of a more youthful appearance and

make this holiday season beautiful!

The med spa, located at 12139

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is currently offering new patients a

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at Sunset Walk

Visit Promenade at Sunset

Walk, located at 3251 Margaritaville

Blvd. in Kissimmee, for its Holinights

celebration, featuring Santa Claus,

the Holinight Carolers, mischievous

elves, towering toy soldiers, a holiday

craft market, live DJs and bands,

a car show Saturday evenings,

and more. There are also more than

two dozen unique restaurants and

shops to see. The holiday event takes

place on select nights from Nov. 26-

Dec. 26, and admission and parking

are free. For more information, visit



Landscape Nursery

Royal Landscape Nursery has

a great selection of beautiful plants,

shrubs, trees, palms, citrus and other

great ideas to give that special person

something different this holiday.

Show your loved ones you care and

give them a gift that keeps giving and

growing all year long. Visit Royal

Landscape at 2204 Hempel Ave. in

Gotha to handpick the right gift to

express your love or appreciation.

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Preparatory School

Windermere Preparatory

School is a pre-K-3 through grade

12 college preparatory school.

While academic achievement is its

highest priority, it is complemented

and enriched by a multitude of resources

and extracurricular activities

such as fine and performing arts,

athletics, clubs and community service.

WPS’s students share their love

of giving to the local community in

a magnitude of ways, including

the “Share Your Christmas Food

Drive” with WESH News or the

lower school’s collection of toys and

clothes for the holidays. The goal is

to allow the students to share their

love of giving all year long. For more

information, call 407-905-7737 or

email info@windermereprep.com.


Park Playhouse

Looking to give a gift to someone

who has everything? Try giving the

gift of professional musical theater

at The Winter Park Playhouse!

Gift certificates are available in

any amount, and a three-show series

is only $105. The Winter Park

Playhouse is a professional musical

theater specializing in off-

Broadway musicals, and it boasts

an intimate 123-seat setting with a

gorgeous lobby bar. For more information,

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n Bay Hill

Yasin Hussain of Bay Hill prepares to

“wrangle wild animals” for Halloween.

Bay Hill residents Diana and Aamir

Hussain celebrated Halloween with

their 2-year-old son, Yasin. Yasin’s junior

zookeeper costume was inspired

by his love of animals.

n Dr. Phillips

Roberta Emerson, a Dr. Phillips

resident who has worked as an actor

and director in many theaters


throughout the U.S., was named director

of new play development at

Orlando Shakes as well as visiting lecturer

in the School of Performing Arts

at the University of Central Florida. At

Orlando Shakes, Roberta plans and

helps to curate the annual PlayFest

new play development festival, joins

the senior management team, and

supports the company’s season and

new works initiatives. At UCF, she

teaches two theatrical courses, directs

Lynn Nottage’s Fabulation, or The Re-

Education of Undine, and participates

in department and university committees

and governance, including the

recruitment and advising of students.

n Hidden Springs/Estates

The Hidden Springs/Estates community

in Dr. Phillips congratulates

Alfredo Matias and Lea

Anne Groover for being selected

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Alfredo Matias and Lea Anne Groover win Hidden

Springs/Estates’ Fall 2021 Yard of the Quarter.

as winners of the Fall 2021 Yard of

the Quarter. Each quarter, Hidden

Springs/Estates residents can nominate

a fellow neighbor whose

property stands out as being attractive

and well-maintained. A committee

of volunteers then reviews the

nominations and selects a winner.

Alfredo and Lea Anne purchased

their home in November

2018. The renovation

of the exterior included

replacing the roof with

black shingles, adding

solar panels, repainting

the exterior, replacing

the fence, installing new

landscaping and installing

LED lighting for ambiance

at night.

n Ocoee

Ocoee resident

Penny Smith accepted

the position of

interim director of the

Division of Maternal

and Child Health at the

Florida Department of Health in

Orange County. She is responsible


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Smith of Ocoee

is the Florida


of Health in

Orange County’s

interim director

of the Division

of Maternal and

Child Health.

for providing oversight for the programs

of Healthy Start; Community

Health; Family Planning and

Prenatal Health; Women’s Infant and

Children (WIC); and Bellies, Babies

and Beyond. Penny has more than

33 years of experience in maternal

and child health and has served

the Healthy Start community since

1993. Immediately prior to taking

on this role, she was DOH-Orange’s

Healthy Start program manager,

a position she held since 2004 after

working a multitude of positions

ranging from home visitor to outreach


West Orange Chamber of

Commerce representatives held

a ribbon-butting ceremony for FBC

Roofing of Central Florida 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 wochamber.com.

n Windermere

Rulon Munns, recognizeable

from his TV ads promoting his law

firm Bogin, Munns and Munns, and

his wife, Jacquelin, are one of four

couples in the world who were asked

to spend the next 23 months serving

as United Nations Government

Services missionaries for their

church, The Church of Jesus Christ of

Latter-day Saints. The couple, who

rented out their Windermere home

Jacquelin and Rulon Munns of

Windermere relocate to Switzerland for 23

months to perform humanitarian service.

to live full-time in Switzerland, are

tasked with working with diplomats,

world leaders and other global organizations

committed to providing

photo courtesy of WOCC

West Orange Chamber of Commerce ambassadors celebrate the opening of FBC

Roofing of Central Florida in Ocoee.

relief and peace-promoting agendas

to the worldwide community.

n Winter Garden


Garden resident



serves on Heart

of Florida

United Way’s

board of

directors for a

three-year term.

Heart of Florida United Way representatives

announced the election

of four new community leaders

to its 2021-22 board of directors,

bringing the total number of community

representatives to 39.

Among those named and serving

a three-year term is Winter Garden

resident Karmyn Norwood,

deputy vice president of Sensors

and Global Sustainment and vice

president of Rotary Wing and

Ground Programs for Lockheed

Missiles and Fire Control.



Skinner, a

Winter Garden

resident, joins

the practice of

Dean Mead.

Representatives of Dean Mead,

a business law firm, announced the

addition of attorney and Winter

Garden resident Jillian Skinner.

Jillian practices business litigation

and labor and employment law. She

received her Juris Doctor from the

University of Miami School of Law in

2018. After graduating from there,

she spent a year as a litigation associate

at a global firm before clerking

with the U.S. District Court for

the Middle District of Florida. While

there, Jillian’s experience within the

courts allowed her to get a unique

perspective on the inner workings of

the courtroom, giving her a distinctive

skill set that makes her highly effective

in her representation of clients.

n Et Al

Kudos to the following Southwestarea

residents for their recent


• Valdosta State University summer

graduates included Winter

Garden residents Jannell Carril

with a Master of Education in communication

disorders and Sara-

Madison Elsberry with a Bachelor

of Arts in psychology.

• Su Chang of Winter Garden

graduated from Missouri State

University with a Doctor of Nurse

Anesthesia Practice.

• Patrick Hunter, a Windermere

Preparatory School alumnus

and Windermere resident,

graduated cum laude from Colgate

University with a Bachelor of Arts.

• Tylor Justin of Windermere

earned a Doctor of Chiropractic

from Palmer College of Chiropractic

in Port Orange.

• Arcei Joey Lopez and Scott

Stoiber of Windermere each

earned a Master of Accountancy

from Northern Illinois University.

• Carl Turner of Winter Garden

graduated from Ohio University with

a Master of Business Administration.

• Georgia Institute of Technology

graduates included Winter Garden

resident Maria Espinoza Mata

with a professional master’s in manufacturing

leadership, Windermere

resident Riley Grinnell with

a Bachelor of Science in earth

and atmospheric sciences, and

MetroWest resident Joshua

Thorson with a Master of Science

in computer science.

Although we try to ensure that all information

presented above is the most current, correct and

dependable available, we do rely on others for

the source of our news. Therefore, the Southwest

Orlando Bulletin and Cornerstone Publishing &

Multi-Media LLC cannot be held responsible for the

validity of the information presented here, nor does

mentioning it constitute an endorsement. In Your

Neighborhood news is welcome and may be mailed

to P.O. Box 851, Windermere, FL 34786; or emailed

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n Charities/Fundraisers

Nov. 14 — Food Drive Car & Truck Show

Promenade at Sunset Walk, 3251

Margaritaville Blvd., Kissimmee, hosts

the Second Sunday Car & Truck Show

and Heroez Everywhere Food Drive.

Also, all makes and models of vehicles

are welcome to participate in the

show. Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission

is free; however, a suggested donation

of two nonperishable food items per

person — each driver and spectator

— is suggested. Donated food benefits

One Heart for Women and Children

of Orlando.

Nov. 20 — Harvest Of Hope Garden


Ocoee Lakeshore Center, 125 N.

Lakeshore Drive, Ocoee, hosts Matthew’s

Hope’s Harvest of Hope Garden Party,

including light hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment,

a silent auction, raffles and

more. Scott Maxwell of the Orlando

Sentinel serves as master of ceremonies.

Time: 5:45-9:15 p.m. Cost: Tables of 10

are available for $600. Sponsorships

are also available. For more information

or to RSVP, call 407-905-9500, email


nancy@matthewshopeministries.org or

visit www.matthewshopeministries.org/


n Classes/Programs

Nov. 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

Nov. 19-Dec. 19 — Big Performances

Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St.,

Winter Garden, presents performances

of Big, adapted from the 1988 film.

Showtimes and ticket prices vary. For

more information, call 407-877-4736

or visit gardentheatre.org.

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n Holiday Happenings

Nov. 12-Dec. 18 — Sinatra Christmas My

Way Performances

Winter Park Playhouse, 711 Orange

Ave., Suite C, Winter Park, presents

Sinatra Christmas My Way, a Rat Packstyle

musical of holiday performances

featuring 40 popular hits. Showtimes

and ticket prices vary. Previews take

place Nov. 11 and Nov. 12. For more

information, call 407-645-0145, email

mail@winterparkplayhouse.org or visit


Nov. 13 & 14 — Holiday Marketplace

The Building C Welcome Hall at St.

Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851

S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando,

hosts the United Methodist Women’s 40th

annual Holiday Marketplace. Items for

sale include handmade crafts, goodies

and gifts. The Blessed Treasures gift shop

is also open in the Annex behind Building

C. Time: Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

and Sunday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. For more

information, call 407-876-4991.

Nov. 13-21 — Festival Of Trees

The Council of 101 presents the 35th

anniversary of the Festival of Trees with

the theme “Sparkling Holiday Traditions”

at Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N.

Mills Ave., Orlando. This year’s platinum

sponsor is Orlando Health Orlando

Regional Medical Center. Visitors can

see more than 25 designer-inspired

decorated trees, all available for purchase,

as well as gingerbread houses,

wreaths and more. Activities include a

holiday shopping experience, pop-up

shops and live entertainment, as well as

several special events, including the lighting

of the tree, Breakfast With Santa and

a children’s Reindeer Romp party. Time:

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $20, adults; $12,

senior citizens, military personnel and

first responders with valid IDs; and $8,

children 3-12. For more information or to

purchase tickets, visit councilof101.org.

Nov. 14 — Nutcracker Boutique

Harriet’s Orlando Ballet Centre, 600

N. Lake Formosa Drive, Orlando, hosts


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the annual Nutcracker Boutique, including

The Nutcracker and Orlando Ballet

merchandise that can be purchased

before it goes on sale to the public during

The Nutcracker performances. There

are also performances by OBS students,

kids activities, food trucks and local vendors.

Face masks are mandatory as well

as the completion of a liability waiver.

Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $10 general

admission (limited to two adults); $50 for

VIP Experience that includes a personal

shopper, a glass of champagne, and a

$15 food truck voucher. Proceeds benefit

Orlando Ballet School. For more information,

including parking info, call Stephanie

Propst, 407-418-9821; email spropst@

orlandoballet.org, or visit orlandoballet.


Nov. 19-Jan. 9, 2022 — Dazzling Nights

Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest

Ave., Orlando, hosts Dazzling Lights,

presented by AdventHealth and including

a forest lit with the flickering of hundreds

of handmade Moroccan lanterns,

a 7,000-square-foot light maze, a forest

of neon trees, a 65-foot tunnel of 12-foottall

stars, brand-new entertainment and

food offerings, and more. There is also

a sensory-friendly option with adjusted

lighting and sound. Time: Timed entry

takes place from 5:30-9 p.m. Cost: $22

per person, $25 peak nights. On-site

parking is available for a small fee. For

more information or to purchase tickets,

visit www.dazzlingorlando.com.

Nov. 30-Jan. 3, 2022 — Trees Of The Season

The town of Oakland hosts its firstever

holiday tree decorating contest,

Trees of the Season, at the Healthy

West Orange Arts and Heritage

Center, 126 W. Petris Ave., Oakland.

Visitors have a chance to vote for

their favorite tree through Dec. 16,

and the winner is announced on the

center’s social media page. The event

features several personally decorated

trees full of colorful lights and ornaments

by members of the community

and local businesses. Trees of the

Season is part of this year’s Santa’s

Lane on Dec. 4, which features holiday

lights, a DJ, socially distanced

games and activities, and more.

For more information, call 407-656-

1117 or visit www.oaklandfl.gov/


Dec. 3-5 & 16-18 — The Nutcracker


Orlando Ballet presents its annual performances

of The Nutcracker, a holiday

tradition, at the Dr. Phillips Center for

the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia

Ave., Orlando. Showtimes and ticket

prices vary. For more information,

visit www.drphillipscenter.org/events/


Dec. 11 — Holiday Amaryllis Festival

Historic Nehrling Gardens, 2267

Hempel Ave., Gotha, hosts its Holiday

Amaryllis Festival, a free community

event that includes amaryllis flowers and

bulbs for sale, nature-themed vendors,

eco-activities for children, food and live

music. Attendees are encouraged to

donate a food item or new toy for a

chance to win a raffle prize. Time: 9

a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit


n Miscellaneous

Nov. 14 — Veterans Day Service

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851

S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, holds

a Veterans Day Service to celebrate and

remember those who have served the country

in the armed forces. It is a time of reflection,

testimony and prayer. Time: 4:30

p.m. During the service, a special offering

is collected to benefit Soldiers’ Angels. For

more information, call 407-876-4991 or

visit www.st.lukes.org/worship.

Dec. 23 — MetroWest Food Truck


MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 S.

Hiawassee Road, Orlando, hosts

MetroWest Food Truck Connections,

including food, fun and music. Socialdistancing

guidelines are observed.

Time: the fourth Thursday of every month

from 5:30-9 p.m. For more information,

visit www.metrowestcommunity.com.

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.

Nov. 9, 16, 23 & 30 — Virtual

Toastmasters Meetings

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.”

Nov. 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.

Nov. 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 www.vistatoastmasters.org.

Nov. 11 & Dec. 9 — West Orange

Republican Women Luncheons

The West Orange Republican Women,

Federated holds luncheon meetings with

a guest speaker at Arnold Palmer Bay

Hill Club & Lodge, 9000 Bay Hill Blvd.,

Orlando. Reservations are required.

Time: 11 a.m. Cost: $35, cash or check

only. For more information or to RSVP,

email worw.federated@gmail.com.

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