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A Sprinkling of Love and Humor

Author Captures Readers With Stories Set in Tropical Destinations

by Leona Braun


How does a woman who was

born in the United States, raised in

Germany and schooled in graphic

art become an author and painter

obsessed with Hawaii? Birgitt Van

Wormer, a 25-year Florida resident,

tells her story as if she were writing

a novel.

Currently residing in Windermere

Heights/Hunter Estates, Birgitt

writes “chick-lit”/romance novels. She

describes her self-published books as

always having a happy ending and

containing elaborate descriptions of

beautiful scenery and a sprinkling of

love and humor.

“You have to see the humor in situations,”

Birgitt said.

Fans write to her expressing how

much pleasure they get from reading

her books, which are described as “a

pleasant respite in a busy day” and

“help to relieve stress.”

In order to understand Birgitt’s writing,

it helps to be familiar with her

past. Birgitt’s father escaped Nazi

Germany at the age of 15; settled

in Yonkers, New York; and became

a chef. He had a German pen pal,

Birgitt’s mother, who soon moved to

the U.S. to marry Birgitt’s father. When

the marriage did not work out, Birgitt’s

mother moved back to Germany with

her three young daughters, Birgitt being

the middle one. Interestingly, no

one else in her family ever moved

back to the U.S.

Birgitt remembers feeling humiliated

in school when trying to speak

German with an American accent.

Little did she know that being bilingual

would always keep her employed as

a translator.

After realizing that employment as

a graphic artist did not allow her any

room for personal creativity, Birgitt

went to work for a German film company

and was given an assignment

in Florida in 1995. The assignment

was only meant to last six months, but

Birgitt stayed two years. She became



Hunter Estates

resident and

author Birgitt

Van Wormer

takes readers of

her novels to the

tropical islands of


known as “the Florida lady” to her

German colleagues.

It was then that she met Paul,

a Disney lighting/grip crew member

who soon became a production

manager for live Disney events.

Meanwhile, Birgitt was working on

a German TV production of the Love

Boat series. Paul and Birgitt married,

and, after their two sons were born,

Birgitt became a stay-at-home mom.

Her eldest, Paul Jr., is now a sophomore

at the University of Central

Florida, majoring in jazz studies; and

Alex is a senior at Olympia High


To keep herself sane while Paul traveled

as a producer, Birgitt continued

to translate scripts for her television/

film friends in Germany. That’s when

she realized, “I can do this,” and

began to write Destination Stardom

for PAX TV, which filmed in Hawaii.

Before long, she fell in love with the

beauty of the Hawaiian Islands.

“When you’re determined, you can

achieve anything you want,” Birgitt


Birgitt’s five books include the Hana

Trilogy: A House in Hana, Back in

Hana and Forever Hana, all set on the

island of Maui. A fourth installment,

Christmas in Hana, soon followed.

Her most recent release, Turtle Key,

takes place in the Florida Keys. It’s


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still a romance novel but begins to

address an environmental issue, the

plight of green sea turtles (Honu).

In the sixth book to be published

this summer, Where the Honu Swim,

scientists from the Keys and the

Hawaiian Islands work together to

save the sea turtles. Obviously, this

necessitated many additional trips

for Birgitt to Maui’s Ocean Center for

research. A self-proclaimed introvert,

she is now preparing to take the next

step by embarking on a book tour of

readings and signings.

Birgitt is also part of a group of

three other independent writers within

her community. They share tips on the

business of being a published writer

without having an agent with other aspiring

novelists who are considering

taking this route. Much of the advice

Birgitt offers was personally learned

by trial and error.

“Use professionals to assist you,”

Birgitt said. “It is important to have an

eye-catching book cover. Let an accomplished

artist design it. Also, use

a professional proofreader. It’s nice

that friends and family want to help,

but use a trained eye for editing.”

She also noted that Kindle Direct is

a big help.

“It walks you right through the publishing

process,” Birgitt said.

With such an accomplished writing

career, it can be easy to overlook

the fact that Birgitt is also a painter.

Her works are currently on display at

Dixie Cream Café in Windermere

and the Lake Nona Performance

Center. She paints flowers and is

known as the “orchid lady,” with a

personal collection of more than 100


On the day of her interview for this

article, she learned that one of her

paintings had just sold. That makes

her a professional painter, too.

Birgitt is content to split her time

between writing and painting. But, of

course, travel is also on the list.

“We keep going back to the same

place,” Birgitt said.

So do the readers of Birgitt’s novels,

which can be purchased on

amazon.com. ª

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n Bay Hill


Bay Hill resident and attorney

Richard West of West Family Law

Group lectured on “The Bounds of

Advocacy: Exceeding Professionalism

and Ethical Aspirations Goals in

Family Law Cases” at the Florida

Chapter Association of Family

and Conciliation Courts Annual

Advanced Education Program seminar.

He also spoke at the American

Bar Association Paralegal E-Learning

Academy with a lecture titled

“Becoming the MVP (Most Valuable

Paralegal) in the Family Law Office.”

n Hidden Springs/Estates

Larry and Linn Foreman were

selected as Hidden Springs/Estates’

Spring 2022 Yard of the Quarter

winners. Each quarter, residents

of the subdivision in Dr. Phillips

can nominate a fellow neighbor

whose property stands out as being

attractive and well-maintained.

A committee of volunteers reviews

the nominations and selects a winner.

Larry and Linn have lived in

Hidden Springs since 1998. The

Hidden Springs/Estates residents congratulate neighbors

Linn and Larry Foreman (right) on their yardwork by

voting them the 2022 Yard of the Quarter winner. They are

joined by program sponsor John Scolaro.

yellow-leafed tree in their front yard

is called a tabebuia, also known as

a trumpet tree. Trumpet trees vary in

color from pink, purple, white and

yellow and typically bloom around

February through March for about a

month. They are indigenous to South

Florida but are often seen in Central

Florida. The Yard of the Quarter

program is sponsored by John

Scolaro of Coldwell Banker Realty,

who awarded the Foremans a $50

Ace Hardware gift certificate.

n Hunter’s Creek

compiled by Lauren Salinero

Ruth Ann Kenney of Hunter’s

Creek was named vice president and

partner of Kenney Communications

Inc. Daughter to owner Barbara

Kenney, Ruth Ann worked her way

from receptionist to sales executive

to her new position as vice president

and partner. Together, Barbara

and Ruth Ann make community and

tourism industry involvement a priority.

Philanthropy is important for the

company and every employee. They

believe in a mission of serving charities

that support women, such as

One Heart for Women and Children

and Harbor House of

Central Florida. Kenney

Communications also helps

support an annual toy drive

for the Coalition for the


n Oakland

Oakland Town Commission

seat No. 1 incumbent

Rick Polland

was reelected to office in

the town’s municipal election.

His opponent was

Matthew Bunevich.

When the polls closed,

Rick had received 71.2%

of the vote with 262 votes,

and Matthew had received

28.8% of the vote with 106


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votes. Voter turnout was 13.33%.

Seat No. 4 incumbent Commissioner

Joseph McMullen was reelected

unopposed. Both commissioners

commenced their next four-year

terms at the regularly scheduled commission

meeting. More information

regarding election results and voter

turnout can be found on the Orange

County Supervisor of Election’s website

at www.ocfelections.gov.

Three Oakland police personnel

will be commended for recently

rescuing two residents from a burning

home at 527 W. Gulley Ave.

Lt. Angela Campbell was first

on the scene as flames engulfed

the two-story home. Bystanders informed

her that the residents were

still inside. She saw a woman at the

window trapped as the home filled

with black smoke. Officer Rene

Castro quickly went to the opposite

side of the home with a fire

extinguisher, broke a window and

assisted a female out of the burning

home. Det. Shawn Dozier broke

another window and, along with Lt.

Campbell, physically pulled a male

out of the window to safety. Upon

arrival, Orange County Fire Rescue

Department crews began putting

water on the fire, and the two patients

were transported to Orlando

Health for smoke inhalation.

The three officers were medically

checked on scene and cleared.

n Windermere

Lighthouse Works, an organization

that provides competitive job

opportunities for blind and visually

impaired adults, recently added

Windermere resident Kathy

Nguyen to its board of directors.

Kathy earned her bachelor’s

and master’s degrees in accounting

from the University of Central

Florida and continues to connect to

her alma mater through recruiting

and other professional development

initiatives. She is a certified public

accountant, licensed in Florida and

California. She also serves as cochair

of the KPMG Asian Pacific

Islander Network and, most recently,

as co-chair of the KPMG Network of

Women for the Orlando, Lakehouse,

Capability and Boost Center offices,

striving to highlight the importance

of diversity, equity and inclusion in

the workplace.

n Winter Garden


Nguyen of


joins Lighthouse

Works’ board of


Winter Garden resident and attorney

Jennifer Reed joined the

Orlando office of ShuffieldLowman.

She is an experienced litigation

attorney, focusing her practice in

the areas of intellectual property

and civil litigation. Jennifer works

to help her clients avoid litigation,

which includes serving as a dispute

resolution negotiator. Her trial experience

includes representing clients

in both state and federal courts, including

bench and jury trials and

post-judgment proceedings. Jennifer

received a Rising Star Award from

Super Lawyers 2018-21. She holds

her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude,

from Florida A&M University College

of Law and a Bachelor of Science in

marketing and Bachelor of Arts in

French studies, both cum laude, from

the University of Florida.

Winter Garden bestselling author

James Sheridan published a new

book for women looking for “Mr.

Right.” They say you have to kiss a

few frogs on your way to find Prince

Charming, but Kiss Fewer Frogs: The

Fast Track Secret to Your Fairy Tale

Ending promises a happy alternative




Email entries to Lauren@kearneypublishing.com;

or mail to P.O. Box 851, Windermere, FL 34786.

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

to that dreary prediction with an entertaining

and results-oriented road

map for women of any age. James

is a relationship coach of more than

20 years and author of best-selling

The You Code: Your New Life Map

Hidden in Your Ancient Genes and

other titles. He is an international

speaker on relationships and personality

theory. His daughter inspired

him to write Kiss Fewer Frogs.

n Et Al


author and

Winter Garden

resident James


releases his

latest book,

Kiss Fewer

Frogs: The Fast

Track Secret to

Your Fairy Tale


Commerce monthly Business

After Hours, offering

the opportunity to connect

with local business

leaders, engage with fellow

and new members,

and forge new partnerships.

WOCC offers the

monthly networking events

in most corners of its coverage

area thanks to series

sponsorship Valley

Bank. Valley Bank will

also host the next edition

of Business After Hours

on April 21 at its Hamlin

location in Horizon

West. The WOCC member

cost to attend is $10

in advance/$15 at the

door, and non-members

are $25. To register, click

the “Events” tab online at


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(L. to r.) American Social Bar & Kitchen Service Manager Victor Rosario, Valley Bank Central

Florida Market President Lynetta Tipton Steed, Southwest resident and West Orange Chamber of

Commerce President Stina D’Uva, and American Social Bar & Kitchen Sales and Event Manager Ashley

Germano attend a WOCC Business After Hours event.

American Social Bar & Kitchen

on Sand Lake Road hosted a

West Orange Chamber of

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

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Nurse Practitioners:

Esther Pelissier, ARPN-BC

Irene Gan, PMHNP

Raykha Crag-Chaderton, PMHNP-BC

Rachael Pittala, ARPN-BC


Michael Kellogg, LMHC, ATR-BC

Randie Morillo, LCSW, ACSW

Amy Singleton, LMHC

Brooke Parker, LMHC

Cristal Daniel, LMHC

Rachael Pittala

Esther Pelissier

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Living Well

Southwest OrlanDo

Volume 3, Issue 1 — April 2022

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As your social schedule picks up

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may find yourself with an unexpected

issue: digestive troubles. Problems like

this can have a negative impact on

your overall wellness, so it’s important

to make healthy digestion a priority.

According to ayurveda, the ancient

Indian science of how to live

long and be healthy, the health of

the digestive system is the core of optimum

health. Ayurvedic medicine asserts

the digestive system is based on

the strength and balance of its agni

(fire), which enables the body to absorb,

digest and assimilate food. The

teachings suggest an imbalanced

agni creates undigested residues,

which form toxins that create imbalances

and can lead to disease.

Some of the dietary guidelines for

healthy digestion and strong agni


• Allowing 4 to 6 hours between


• Avoiding eating between meals.

• Avoiding foods with cold, wet

and heavy qualities.


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Keeping hydraded with tea can help promote good digestive health.

• Drinking ginger tea or hot water

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• Starting a meal with pungent

(hot), sour and salty flavors.

• Consuming a small amount of

bitter taste before a meal to increase

the production of hydrochloric acid

in the stomach.

You can take steps to protect and

nurture your digestive health with

these tips:

Add Fiber to Your Diet

Plant-based foods that are high in

fiber fill you up faster, so you’re less

likely to overeat, and they also help

with digestive regularity. Increase

your intake of high-fiber foods like

fruits, vegetables, whole grains,

beans, lentils, nuts and seeds. Take

a gradual approach to avoid upsetting

your digestive tract and bump

up your water intake as you go since

fiber will absorb it and decrease the

likelihood you experience gas or


Stay Hydrated

Keeping your body well-hydrated

is like making sure your car’s engine

is well-lubricated. It keeps all your

moving parts in sync and operating

for top performance. Some fluids

can also help with detoxification,

which can be especially beneficial

when your social calendar is full and

your opportunities to overindulge

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An option like Buddha Teas’ Detox

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Strengthening and soothing herbs

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formula resulting in an effective

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enough black pepper to make

curcumin (the active ingredient in

turmeric) bio-available in hot water,

helping to build healthy agni.

Eat Slower

In today’s busy world, it’s easy to

scarf down a meal in record time.

However, slowing down gives your

body more time to process food.

You’ll give your brain more time to

communicate with your stomach and

be more aware of when you’ve satisfied

your hunger.

Start Exercising

If you need one more reason to

get moving, your digestive health

could be it. Regular physical activity

promotes better digestion.

However, if you jump into a workout

too quickly after eating, you could

actually do the opposite. Eat light

before exercising, then have a protein-rich

balanced meal for recovery


Manage Stress

Too much stress can manifest multiple

physical problems, including

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Lori Lambert, M.D., a

board-certified OB-GYN physician,

encourages you to put

your best face forward this winter

and share the gift of beautiful

skin with a friend or loved

one. Dr. Lambert’s office is conveniently

located in Suite 5 at

7051 Dr. Phillips Blvd., 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, menstrual

disorders and in-office

ultrasounds. Dr. Lambert also

offers vaginal rejuvenation laser

treatment using the Juliet

laser, the O-Shot and other PRP

procedures in the office, which

make great Mother’s Day gifts.

The practice carries a full line of

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Lori Lambert, M.D., provides OB-GYN care as

well as aesthetic treatments.

products. Stop by to see specials on

SkinCeuticals. For more information,

call 407-363-2000. ª

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Summer Kids

C a lendar

It’s never too early to plan for the summer! If you’re seeking kid-friendly

activities to keep your children entertained, active and out of trouble, then

look no further. Southwest Orlando Bulletin’s second 2022 Summer Kids

Calendar provides great ideas to get you started!

five-week summer class program is June 13-July 29. Classes include ballet,

hip-hop, musical theater/jazz, acro, aerial silks, Shining Star combo class,

Twinkle Star combo class, stretch and conditioning, rotations and improvisation,

Wee Hop & Tumble, and Mommy & Me.

DANCE CAMPS at Orlando Ballet School, orlandoballet.org, are

open for registration. Children from ages 18 months-12 learn to explore dance

through rhythm, music and movement. Its young dancers focus on mental,

physical and social skills, and creative expression through dance by participating

in a fun and age-appropriate dance curriculum. Older dancers continue

to focus on the foundations of ballet as well as introductions to other


Footworks Dance Studio offers summer programs for all ages.

DANCE CAMPS at Footworks Dance Studio, 1201 Winter Garden

Vineland Road, Winter Garden, 407-877-2260, www.footworksdancestudio.

com, offer summer programs for all ages. Camps begin June 13, and the

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for age 18

months and







have a

multitude of

activities to

keep them


forms of dance such as jazz, character and musical theater. Observations

are available during the last ballet class of the camp so friends and family

members can see how their young dancers have grown. For more information,

visit orlandoballet.org.

on-campus field trips, lots of specialty camp rooms, swimming, sports, dance,

martial arts, inflatables and more, from June 6-July 29. Choose any weeks

you want! Camp days are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for $290, or extended day is 7:45

a.m.-5:45 p.m. for $360.

LAKE CYPRESS SUMMER CAMP at Windermere Preparatory

School, 6189 Winter Garden Vineland Road, Windermere, 407-905-7737,

opt. 7; camp.windermereprep.com, offers a program where campers choose

their own adventure! Each week boasts a different theme and includes

SUMMER CAMP at The First Academy, 2667 Bruton Blvd., Orlando,

thefirstacademy.org/academics/camp-roar. Camp Roar at The First Academy

is for students age 2-sixth grade and features all-day and part-time camp opportunities

from June 6-July 29 with engaging offerings, including academics,

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Camp Roar at The First Academy offers all-day and part-time camp opportunities.

sports, the arts and other activities. Camp Roar is open to both TFA students

and non-students.

Campers enjoy a variety of outdoor activities at Gan Israel Day Camp.

SUMMER CAMPS at Gan Israel Day Camp, 407-354-3660,

www.ilovegi.com, are camps on 27 beautiful acres that are dedicated to enriching

the lives of children from diverse Jewish backgrounds and affiliations

through stimulating camp experiences. Activities include sports, swimming,

archery, a ropes course, watersports, art and specialty fun shops. Camp Gan

Israel is part of the largest, fastest-growing network of day camps, enjoying

a reputation as a trendsetter in Jewish camping, with innovative ideas and

creative programs. CGI is accredited by the American Camp Association.

Camp sessions are June 26-July 22 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Extended care

is available.


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School gives its

campers hands-on

tennis experience.

SUMMER TENNIS CAMPS at The Tennis Academy at Windermere

Preparatory School and its tri-sport tennis/golf/swim at West Orange

Country Club, 3300 West Orange Country Club Drive, Winter Garden, begin

May 30. The program includes fun, games and activities while keeping cool,

as well as a lifeguard-supervised swimming pool cool-off! The cost is $325

per person for five days from 9 a.m.-noon. Lessons/junior programs continue

throughout the summer with the top on-staff tennis professionals. For more

information or electronic registration, visit www.orlandotennisacademy.com

or email info@orlandotennisacademy.com.

Orange County Library System hosts both virtual and in-person library events, camps

and classes at all its 15 locations this summer.


through the Orange County Library System’s Summer Reading

Program, 407-835-7323, ocls.info. This year’s Summer Reading Program

theme is “Oceans of Possibilities.” Give your kids a chance to explore seven

seas of information and inspiration with events and camps, reading challenges,

prizes and more. Browse what the library has in store on its website. The

Summer Reading Program takes place June 4-July 23. ª


Jr. Summer Dance Camp (Ages 3-5) | 6.6-6.10

Summer Dance Camp (Ages 6-12) | 6.6-6.17



Photo Credit: Zavesco Photography

n Et Al

Children’s Lighthouse held

a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s

Research Hospital. The kids sold

boxes of doughnuts for families to

either enjoy themselves or donate

to first responders, and all proceeds

benefited the hospital. Grayson

Jack of Wintermere Pointe and

Nora Rigwood of Westfield




VPK students —

Grayson Jack

(back, left) of

Wintermere and

Nora Rigwood of

Westfield (front,

second from left)

— deliver boxes of

donated doughnuts

to Southwest

Orlando first


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compiled by Lauren Salinero

in Children’s Lighthouse’s VPK class

sold 40 boxes. They delivered the

donated doughnuts to the Ocoee

Police Department, Orange

County Fire Rescue Department and

Windermere Police Department


The First Academy senior

Matthew Melley and sophomore

Hope Woods performed with the

Florida Music Educators Association

All-State Chorus in Tampa. After several

tests from sight-singing to vocal

quality, the two students scored the

highest in their voice segment for the

entire state of Florida. The pair also

rehearsed and performed with nationally

and internationally renowned choral

directors and other all-state singers.

Representatives of Orange County

Public Schools have announced several

administrative changes. Rachel

Schrimsher is assistant principal of

Hunter’s Creek Middle. Karen

Nielsen is assistant principal of

Thornebrooke Elementary. Also,

after more than 30 years of serving the

needs of OCPS students, Southwest

resident and OCPS Superintendent

Barbara Jenkins announced her

retirement. She will open the 2022-23

school year but will officially retire in

December 2022.

The city of Ocoee’s Human

Relations Diversity Board held its 18th

annual Black History Month Essay

Awards Ceremony. The theme for the

essay competition was “Connecting

Through Diversity in an Isolated

Environment to Support Positive

Mental Health.” Congratulations to

Maxey Elementary fifth grader

Hailey Smith, who beat out 145


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other students to become the overall

winner. She received a $400 Best Buy

gift card. First-place winners received

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winners received $25 gift

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Hope Charter Elementary winners

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Week of the Family Foundation

Inc., a nonprofit that focuses on

families, is holding its 2022 Essay

Contest. This year’s theme is “My

Family Can Help Me Achieve Endless

Possibilities.” Entries have a 1,500

character limit, and the contest is

open to Orange County public, private,

charter and home-schooled

students in grades K-12. Cash prizes

are awarded to first-, second- and

third-place winners in their respective

categories. The deadline to enter

is May 11, 2022, and winners will

be announced in October. The mayor’s

trophy will be awarded to the

school that submits the most entries.

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contest, visit www.weekofthefamily.


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them to make informed decisions in

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n Charities/Fundraisers

April 16 — Fashion And Hope

The Wellvue, 2005 Mizell Ave., Winter Park, hosts

Hope for More Foundation’s Fashion and Hope, a

fashion runway show that features popular Central

Florida boutiques and leading local celebrity models.

Time: 8-11 p.m. Cost: $100, with proceeds benefiting

Make-A-Wish of Central & Northern Florida. VIP

tables are also available. For more information or

to purchase tickets, visit www.fashionandhope.com.

April 23 — Nehrling Gardens Art & Stroll

Nehrling Gardens, 2267 Hempel Ave., Gotha,

hosts Caladiums, Canvases & Coffee — Nehrling

Gardens Art & Stroll — including coffee and morning

cocktails, brunch bites, live music, an online art

auction, interaction with artists and caladium bulbs

for sale. Time: 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $25 in advance,

$35 the day of the event, with proceeds benefiting

Nehrling Gardens. For more information, visit


May 7 — Run For The Roses

The West Orange Junior Service League presents its

12th annual Run for the Roses, sponsored by Gentle

Touch Medi Spa & Wellness and including mint

juleps, Kentucky-inspired cuisine, casino gaming,

a live DJ, silent auction, live showing of the 148th

Kentucky Derby, a complimentary open bar, and Best

Ladies Derby Hat and Best Dressed Man contests,

at the Ocoee Lakeshore Center, 150 N. Lakeshore

Drive. Attendees must be 21-older. Time: 5-10:30

p.m. Cost: $150, with proceeds benefiting several

charities in west Orange County. Sponsorships are

available. For more information or to purchase tickets,

visit bidpal.net/r4r2022 or www.wojsl.com.

May 14-15 — Black And White Weekend

Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Drive,

Orlando, hosts the 12th annual Black and White

Weekend, with numerous festivities that include

networking and socializing, multiple entertainers, a

pool gathering, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, photo

booth, discounts on food and beverages, and more.

Time: Saturday at 8:30 p.m.-Sunday at 2 a.m. Cost:

$49 in advance; $75 at the door, with proceeds benefiting

Base Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation.

Sponsorships are available. For more information,

visit blackandwhiteweekend.com.

n Children’s/Teen Programs

Ongoing — In-Person Storytimes

Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St., Winter

Garden, hosts the following in-person storytimes for

children: Storybook Fun for preschoolers is Fridays

at 10:15 a.m., Toddler Time is Fridays at 10:45

a.m., and Tiny Tales for babies up to 18 months is

Fridays at 11:15 a.m. For more information, call

407-835-7323 or visit www.ocls.info.

April 30 — Art Scavenger Hunt

Kids of all ages are invited to participate in the

Downtown Art Scavenger Hunt to find clues throughout

the businesses of historic downtown Winter

Garden. Check in and pick up a scavenger hunt

form from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the SOBO tent at the

Winter Garden Farmers Market, 104 S. Lakeview

Ave. When done, return the form to the SOBO Art

Gallery, 127 S. Boyd St., by 2 p.m. All answers must

be correct to be eligible for the grand prize. For more

information, visit downtownwg.com.

n Classes/Programs

Through December — Virtual Fitness


AARP Florida sponsors virtual weekly group fitness

classes, including two types of yoga with QWellness

and low-to-moderate dance aerobics with Firebush.

The classes are free to the public, and times vary. For

more information or to register, visit states.aarp.org/


n Easter Activities

April 9 — Celebration Among The Oaks

VanderLey Park, 117 E. Gulley Ave., Oakland,

hosts the Celebration Among the Oaks spring festival,

including a helicopter Easter-egg drop with

10,000 eggs, photos with the Easter Bunny, a petting

zoo, interactive kids activities, live music and

more. Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information,

visit oaklandfl.gov.

April 10, 14, 15 & 17 — Holy Week

Worship Services

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

Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts the following

Holy Week worship services: April 10, Palm

Sunday in the Founder’s Hall and Sanctuary at 9:30

a.m. and 11:30 a.m., respectively; April 14, Holy

Thursday in the Founder’s Hall at 7 p.m.; April 15,

Good Friday in the Sanctuary and Founder’s Hall

at 7:30 p.m.; April 17, Easter Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

and 11 a.m., traditional service in the Sanctuary and

contemporary service in the Founder’s Hall. For more

information, call 407-876-4991.

April 15 & 16 — Easter Events

The city of Ocoee hosts the following Easter events

at the Jim Beech Recreation Center, 1820 A.D. Mims

Road: April 15 from 7-9 p.m., The Glow in the

Dark Egg Hunt, including a glow zone, a game

truck, crafts and fun games. Admission is free, but

registration is required. For more information or to

register, visit twise@ocoee.org. April 16 from 9-11

a.m., Breakfast With the Easter Bunny, including


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Chick-fil-A chicken biscuits, doughnuts, fruit, juice,

coffee and photo-ops. The cost is $7, and registration

is required. For more information or to RSVP, email

twise@ocoee.org. April 16 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.,

the Easter Eggstravaganza. Children should bring

a basket or bag to scoop up thousands of colorful,

candy-filled eggs. There are also games, crafts and

an appearance by the Easter Bunny. Admission is

free, and snacks are available for purchase. For

more information, call 407-905-3180 or visit


April 16 — Easter-Egg Hunt

Nations Church of Orlando holds a free Easteregg

hunt, including games, prizes and giveaways,

bounce houses, cotton candy, snow cones and more,

at Chain of Lakes Middle School, 8700 Conroy-

Windermere Road, Orlando. This event is for all

ages, so bring your own baskets. Time: 2-4 p.m. For

more information, email info@wearenations.church.

April 17 — Easter Brunch

Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive,

Orlando, offers an Easter Brunch, including a breakfast

station, carving station with roast leg of lamb, honey-glazed

salmon, short ribs, a dessert bar (that offers

a no-sugar-added section), and more. Reservations are

strongly suggested and required for parties of six or

greater. Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: Adults, $54.95;

children 4-12, $21.95; children 3-younger are free.

These are prepaid prices. All prices are not inclusive

of tax and a taxable service charge. Guests who do

not prepay and walk-ins are $62.95 per adult, not

inclusive of tax and taxable service charge. For more

information, call 407-996-3969.

n Events/Performances

April 23 — Autism Awareness Car &

Truck Show

Promenade at Sunset Walk, 3251 Margaritaville

Blvd., Kissimmee, hosts the Autism Awareness Car

& Truck Show, including a 50/50 raffle and many

other prize giveaways. All makes and models of

cars are welcome. Time: 4 p.m. Cost: $30, VIP parking;

$20, show car lot parking. Free admission for

spectators, friends and family members. For more

information, visit sunsetwalk.com.

April 28-May 1 — The Great Gatsby


Orlando Ballet presents performances of The Great

Gatsby with live music in the Walt Disney Theater of

the Dr. Phillips Center of the Performing Arts, 445 S.

Magnolia Ave., Orlando. Showtimes and ticket prices

vary. For more information, visit orlandoballet.org.

n Miscellaneous

April 28 — MetroWest Food Truck


MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 S. Hiawassee Road,

Orlando, hosts a MetroWest Food Truck Connection,

including food, fun and music. Social-distancing

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 females 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


April 12, 19 & 26 — 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.”

April 13, 20 & 27 — 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.

April 14, 21 & 28 — Virtual Thursday

Morning Men’s Group

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church hosts a men’s

online group with the Rev. Jad. Time: Thursdays at

7:45 a.m. via Zoom. For more information or to register,

call 407-876-4991 or visit st.lukes.org/adults.

April 14, 21 & 28 — 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.

n Support Groups

April 12 & 26 — 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 www.namigo.org.

April 12 & May 10 — 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.adrccares.org.

April 19 & May 3 — Virtual Teen Grief

Support Group Meetings

The Cornerstone Hospice Bereavement Team holds

virtual teen grief support group meetings for teens

12-17 struggling with the loss of a loved one or feeling

anxious, upset or confused because of the pandemic.

Groups are free and open to the public. Registration is

required. Time: first and third Tuesday of each month

from 5-6 p.m. For more information or to register, call

866-742-6655 or visit www.cornerstonehospice.org.

April 20 & May 4 — Virtual Teen Talks

Support Group Meeting

The Cornerstone Hospice Bereavement Team holds

virtual teen talks support group meetings for youth

12-17. Groups are free and open to the public.

Registration is required. Time: first and third

Wednesday of each month from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

For more information or to register, call 866-742-

6655 or visit www.cornerstonehospice.org.

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.

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