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Fall in Florida is usually not as<br />

chilly and colorful as northern states.<br />

We aren’t quite ready for puffy coats<br />

or fuzzy boots, but the slightly cooler<br />

temps are still a relief to the scorching<br />

heat of summer, and they bring an<br />

opportunity to better enjoy the outdoor<br />

beauty that Florida has to offer.<br />

Central Florida is blessed with<br />

many options for hiking. Local<br />

trails offer something for everyone,<br />

whether you want to spend<br />

an hour or a day exploring.<br />

Below are some tips on making<br />

your hiking experience as enjoyable<br />

and safe as possible.<br />

• Start in the morning.<br />

Although the temperatures are a<br />

tad cooler these days, the heat<br />

can still get intense by midafternoon.<br />

Beginning your hike early<br />

in the morning ensures that the<br />

weather is more conducive to<br />

physical activity and reduces the<br />

likelihood of overheating, especially<br />

if you are new to hiking.<br />

• Stay hydrated. Even if it<br />

doesn’t feel like you are expending<br />

a lot of energy, it’s still<br />

very important to stay hydrated.<br />

Some trails may be longer<br />

than you anticipate or the temperature<br />

could change quickly.<br />

Always have a bottle of water<br />

with you. An even better option is<br />

a hydration pack that holds at least<br />

two liters of water. You carry it like a<br />

backpack and have hands-free access<br />

to water throughout your entire<br />

hike.<br />

• Have the proper gear. Hiking<br />

is more than just going for a walk.<br />

The terrain can be anything from<br />

pavement to sandy hills to paths<br />

The state of Florida boasts more than 5,000 miles<br />

of various trails to explore.<br />

HOW TO ...<br />

Go Hiking in Florida<br />

Safely Enjoy Local Trails<br />

covered in roots. It’s important to<br />

be prepared for anything you might<br />

encounter. Shoes should be either<br />

sneakers designed for walking if the<br />

path is paved or hiking boots for<br />

more unstable terrain. Long pants<br />

may not sound comfortable when<br />

it’s still warm out, but lightweight,<br />

breathable pants are cool enough to<br />

wear in the heat and will also protect<br />

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your legs from the elements. You<br />

should always wear sunscreen to<br />

protect against the sun and reapply<br />

as needed during your hike. A hat is<br />

also recommended. Insects like mosquitoes,<br />

ticks and other bugs are still<br />

out and about. Before you start your<br />

hike, make sure you apply bug spray.<br />

When your hike is done, check your<br />

body and clothes for ticks. Closely<br />

inspect any areas where clothing is<br />

tight, like waistbands and armpits.<br />

No matter where you plan to hike,<br />

review the area carefully beforehand<br />

and know your route. Many<br />

trails have a downloadable map or<br />

signage that shows where each trail<br />

leads. Even in small hiking areas, it’s<br />

possible to get lost or be out longer<br />

than you expect. It’s always a good<br />

idea to bring a friend or partner to<br />

enjoy the hike with you. Cell phone<br />

service may not be accessible in<br />

some areas, and if an accident occurs,<br />

the buddy system will ensure<br />

someone can get help if needed.<br />

Even when you take all the recommended<br />

precautions, accidents can<br />

happen, and it’s important to be<br />

prepared for anything from a scrape<br />

to a sprained ankle. Always carry a<br />

first aid kit that contains Band-Aids<br />

of various sizes, tweezers, antiseptic<br />

cream, bandages and a small pair<br />

of scissors. Either assemble a kit<br />

yourself, or one can be bought as a<br />

prepackaged kit.<br />

An activity that can be enjoyed by<br />

anyone at any age, hiking is a cardio<br />

exercise that helps reduce your<br />

risk of heart disease, stroke, high<br />

blood pressure and more. It builds<br />

muscle mass, boosts mental health,<br />

helps manage weight loss, and is<br />

less strenuous on joints than running<br />

or other high-impact workouts.<br />

To take advantage of Southwest<br />

Orlando’s nearby parks and wilderness<br />

areas, search for nearby hiking<br />

trails at floridastateparks.org. ª<br />

Nurse Practitioners:<br />

Esther Pelissier, ARPN-BC<br />

Irene Gan, PMHNP<br />

Raykha Crag-Chaderton, PMHNP-BC<br />

Rachael Pittala, ARPN-BC<br />

Therapists:<br />

Michael Kellogg, LMHC, ATR-BC<br />

Randie Morillo, LC<strong>SW</strong>, AC<strong>SW</strong><br />

Amy Singleton, LMHC<br />

Brooke Parker, LMHC<br />

Cristal Daniel, LMHC<br />

Rachael Pittala<br />

Esther Pelissier

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Q Skal Orlando celebrates 50<br />

years<br />

Skal Orlando — part of Skal<br />

International, the only international<br />

organization that brings together<br />

all branches of travel, tourism and<br />

hospitality — is ranked as the second<br />

largest Skal Club in the U.S.<br />

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this<br />

year, Skal Orlando has more than<br />

120 Central Florida members who<br />

are executives and leaders with<br />

hotels, attractions, sports and entertainment<br />

venues, restaurant companies,<br />

travel companies and more.<br />

The organization meets monthly for<br />

networking, business meetings and<br />

dinners with speakers from the local<br />

travel, tourism and hospitality<br />

industry.<br />

“For as many years as Walt Disney<br />

World has been here, Skal Orlando<br />

has been networking, doing business<br />

and serving communities locally<br />

and internationally ...” said Steve<br />

Vinciguerra, a MetroWest resident<br />

and president of Skal Orlando.<br />

Skal Orlando has supported the<br />

Perry Pavilion at Dr. P. Phillips<br />

Hospital for five years, raising<br />

more than $50,000 through a golf<br />

tournament and member companies<br />

donating supplies for guest rooms,<br />

bathrooms and the kitchen and laundry<br />

areas. The club has also collected<br />

thousands of toys in an annual<br />

holiday toy drive to benefit the Perry<br />

Pavilion, Toys for Tots and Coalition<br />

for the Homeless, and it has donated<br />

a substantial amount of money to The<br />

Joe Neary Memorial Foundation,<br />

supporting three orphanages in Sri<br />

Lanka.<br />


For more information, visit<br />

www.skalorlando.com or email<br />

membership development officer<br />

Barbara Kenney at<br />

barbara@kenneycom.com.<br />

Q Varkey organization<br />

donates food packages<br />

Ann Varkey, a resident of<br />

Phillips Landing, continues her extensive<br />

charitable efforts through her<br />

organization, the Varkey Charity<br />

Foundation. She recently donated<br />

nonperishable food packages to<br />

packages to the disabled and those<br />

in need at an event held at the Dr. P.<br />

Phillips YMCA. For more information<br />

or to keep updated with Varkey’s<br />

mission and charitable events, visit<br />

www.varkeycharities.com.<br />

Q Harbor House programs set<br />

up for success<br />

During the Signature Purple Door<br />

Luncheon, which occurred last<br />

month during Domestic Violence<br />

Awareness Month, representatives<br />

of Harbor House of Central<br />

Florida, Orange County’s only<br />

state-certified domestic violence organization,<br />

announced in front of<br />

nearly 700 guests that 99.9816% of<br />

those helped through the organization<br />

survive an abusive relationship.<br />

compiled by Lauren Salinero<br />

During the event, the nonprofit<br />

also recognized six Champions of<br />

Courage. Among those honored<br />

was Southwest resident and Orange<br />

County Mayor Jerry Demings,<br />

who was named the Champion of<br />

Advocacy. He was honored for helping<br />

survivors early in his career as a<br />

beat cop all the way to reinstating the<br />

Orange County Domestic Violence<br />

Commission as mayor.<br />

Harbor House is more than the 24-<br />

hour confidential crisis hotline and<br />

temporary emergency shelter. It also<br />

works closely with law enforcement,<br />

the state attorney’s office, and the<br />

clerk of courts, as well as provides<br />

various key programs.<br />

Harbor House has attorneys who<br />

work with and represent survivors on<br />

injunctions for protection hearings. Its<br />

Courage Closet has distributed more<br />

than 1,500 food bags, thousands of<br />

diapers and hundreds of car seats<br />

ad strollers to survivors. The Paws for<br />

Peace Kennel on its main campus enables<br />

survivors to bring their animal<br />

family members, thus removing a barrier<br />

to someone leaving an abusive<br />

relationship.<br />

Harbor House expanded its focus<br />

on youth to include a Children’s<br />

Services Program, which strives to<br />

create an environment that fosters<br />

Phillips Landing resident Ann Varkey’s charitable organization — Varkey Charity Foundation — donates nonperishable food<br />

packages to those in need.<br />

During its Signatures Purple Door Luncheon, Harbor<br />

House of Central Florida officials release the fact<br />

that 99.9816% of those the organization helps survive an<br />

abusive relationship.<br />

the whole child and builds strong<br />

families. It also works with families<br />

to rebuild the parent/child bond that<br />

might have been damaged<br />

during time with the abuser.<br />

Harbor House’s Primary<br />

Prevention Program engages<br />

teens in high schools and<br />

after-school programs by<br />

educating them with positive,<br />

non-violent messages<br />

about healthy relationships.<br />

And, the organization was<br />

the first to bring Camp<br />

Hope to Florida, which is<br />

the first evidence-based<br />

camping and mentoring<br />

program in the United<br />

States to focus on children<br />

and teens exposed to domestic<br />

violence.<br />

For more information,<br />

visit harborhousefl.com.

Q Oakland receives Local<br />

Support Grant<br />

The town of Oakland was<br />

awarded a $300,000 Florida<br />

House of Representatives Local<br />

Support Grant for its water-system<br />

bypass project. The grant, sponsored<br />

by Southwest resident and<br />

Rep. Geraldine Thompson,<br />

would pay for approximately onehalf<br />

of the estimated construction<br />

costs.<br />

The water system serving<br />

Oakland is bisected by Florida’s<br />

Turnpike and currently has only one<br />

connection to the west side of town,<br />

with a second connection eliminated<br />

by the Turnpike widening. This<br />

project would extend an additional<br />

water main from the north side of<br />

State Road 50 south underneath<br />

the Turnpike to Johns Landing,<br />

where it will connect to an existing<br />

water main. All easements and<br />

rights of way have been acquired<br />

for the project. Drinking water quality<br />

will be enhanced by having a<br />

loop in the water system. Should a<br />

water main break occur, this project<br />

will offset the occurrences of complaints<br />

associated with loss of water<br />

or potential water quality issues.<br />

“The construction of this pipeline<br />

will provide for increased watersystem<br />

reliability on the west side<br />

of the Turnpike/SR 50 interchange,”<br />

said Mike Parker, public works<br />

director. “In addition, it will provide<br />

assurance of water quality, water<br />

quantity and fire protection for our<br />

citizens in the event that interruption<br />

of the other waterline takes place.”<br />

The project is expected to be completed<br />

by summer 2023.<br />


West Orange Chamber of<br />

Commerce representatives announced<br />

the addition of Amy<br />

Cervantes as the new membership<br />

sales manager. Cervantes was<br />

born and raised in Brooklyn, New<br />

York, and she holds a bachelor’s<br />

degree in education from Oneonta<br />

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West Orange Chamber of<br />

Commerce hires Amy Cervantes as<br />

membership sales manager.<br />

State University. She is the mother of<br />

three boys and comes from a chamber<br />

member family-owned business.<br />

WOCC builds partnerships, strong<br />

businesses and commitment to the<br />

community by serving as the leading<br />

business advocate in Central Florida,<br />

facilitating opportunity to nearly<br />

1,000 member businesses. For more<br />

information about WOCC, call 407-<br />

656-1304 or visit wochamber.com.<br />

Representatives of Orlando<br />

Health announced the heath care<br />

system acquired PRISA Group’s and<br />

Triple-S Management’s participation<br />

in Sabanera Health Dorado<br />

in Puerto Rico. As part of the transaction,<br />

Orlando Health is joining<br />

forces with Doctors’ Center Hospital<br />

to create Doctors’ Center Hospital<br />

— Orlando Health Dorado. The<br />

new brand replaces Sabanera<br />

Health Dorado, the former name of<br />

Puerto Rico’s most advanced acute<br />

care hospital. Orlando Health and<br />

Doctors’ Center Hospital also forged<br />

an agreement to team up on four<br />

additional hospitals on the island:<br />

Doctors’ Center Hospital San Juan,<br />

Doctors’ Center Hospital Bayamón,<br />

Doctors’ Center Hospital Manatí,<br />

and Doctors’ Center Hospital San<br />

Fernando De La Carolina. ª<br />

Meet The Goodless Dermatology Team!<br />

Same day appointments available<br />

Same day appointments available

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2022<br />

With Thanksgiving and Black<br />

Friday next week, Southwest<br />

Orlando residents are gearing up<br />

their searches for amazing holiday<br />

gifts for the people on their<br />

lists. Southwest Orlando Bulletin’s<br />

<strong>Holiday</strong> <strong>Gift</strong> <strong>Guide</strong> provides a<br />

comprehensive listing of various local<br />

offers and gift ideas — from<br />

always-handy gift cards to opportunities<br />

for fun activities and more<br />

— that are sure to please everyone<br />

this holiday season.<br />

are perfect for finding gifts, and<br />

the expansive outdoor dining patios<br />

are ideal for enjoying local<br />

cuisine. For more information, visit<br />

www.downtownwg.com.<br />

Hemisphere<br />

Restaurant<br />

Hemisphere Restaurant, located<br />

on the ninth floor of the Hyatt<br />

Regency Orlando Airport at 9300<br />

Jeff Fuqua Blvd. in Orlando, presents<br />

its Winter Wine Dinner, featuring<br />

a variety of BV Wines, on Dec.<br />

9. The reception begins at 7 p.m.,<br />

and dinner is served at 7:30 p.m.<br />

The restaurant also offers private dining<br />

for up to 24 people and availability<br />

for holiday dining or special<br />

events. Restaurant buyouts are also<br />

available. For more information or<br />

to make a reservation, call Arlene<br />

at 407-825-1315 or email arlene.<br />

diel@hyatt.com. Valet parking is<br />

complimentary.<br />

Massage Envy<br />

Dr. Phillips<br />

Give the gift of total relaxation<br />

to loved ones near and far. Plus,<br />

treat yourself to self-care this holiday<br />

season with a free $20 promotional<br />

card when you purchase<br />

$100 in gift cards or a $40 promotional<br />

card when you purchase<br />


Downtown<br />

Winter Garden<br />

Kick off the holiday shopping season<br />

at the daylong Downtown<br />

Winter Garden Small Business<br />

Saturday Sidewalk Sale on<br />

Nov. 26. Enjoy the festive charm<br />

of historic downtown while keeping<br />

spending dollars local to make<br />

your community stronger. The<br />

unique shops in historic downtown

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$150 in gift cards. Massage<br />

Envy Dr. Phillips offers customized<br />

massages, facials and<br />

stretch services. Located in Suite<br />

100 at 8081 Turkey Lake Road<br />

in Orlando, Massage Envy Dr.<br />

Phillips is open Monday through<br />

Friday from 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday<br />

from 8 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday<br />

from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. To learn<br />

more about the holiday promotions,<br />

call 407-354-3689.<br />

Naples Soap Co.<br />

Whether you are vacationing in<br />

the area or a year-round resident,<br />

you’re sure to enjoy Naples Soap<br />

Co., a fun, coastal-inspired, upscale<br />

retail experience where you can see,<br />

feel and smell the company’s highquality<br />

skin and hair care products.<br />

With a passion for health, wellness<br />

and natural ingredients, you’ll find<br />

an amazing selection of holiday gift<br />

sets, stocking stuffers and hostess<br />

gifts. Naples Soap Co. is located<br />

at the Promenade at Sunset Walk<br />

in Kissimmee, 3231 Margarita<br />

Blvd., Unit J180. Operating hours<br />

are Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-<br />

10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday<br />

from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. For more information,<br />

call 407-369-6114 or visit<br />

www.naplessoap.com.<br />

Holinights celebrations, featuring<br />

Santa Claus, mischievous elves, towering<br />

toy soldiers, the debut of a<br />

45-foot-tall animated holiday tree,<br />

holiday craft markets, live bands,<br />

DJs, car shows on Saturday nights,<br />

and more. In addition, there are<br />

more than two dozen unique restaurants<br />

and shops. Holinights & Tree<br />

Lighting take place on select nights<br />

from Nov. 25-Dec. 24. Admission<br />


Promenade —<br />

Sunset Walk<br />

Join Promenade — Sunset<br />

Walk, located at 3251 Margaritaville<br />

Blvd. in Kissimmee, for its<br />

Try our full line of artisinally crafted,<br />

locally grown CBD products.<br />

Saturday,<br />

November 26<br />

ALL DAY!<br />


TREADWELLFARMS.COM | 352.771.2318<br />

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When you shop small, you HELP BIG because a<br />

greater portion of your money spent stays local!<br />


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and parking are free. For more information,<br />

visit sunsetwalk.com.<br />

long. Visit Royal Landscape at 2204<br />

Hempel Ave. in Gotha to handpick<br />

the right gift to express your love<br />

or appreciation. Operating hours<br />

are Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-4<br />

p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m.-<br />

noon. For more information, call<br />

407-296-3042.<br />

Royal Landscape<br />

Nursery<br />

Royal Landscape Nursery<br />

has a great selection of beautiful<br />

plants, shrubs, trees, palms, citrus<br />

and other great ideas to give that<br />

special person something different<br />

this holiday. Show your loved ones<br />

you care and give them a gift that<br />

keeps giving and growing all year<br />

School of Rock<br />

This holiday season, give the gift<br />

that keeps on giving — the gift of<br />

music. Contact School of Rock to<br />


www.footworksdancestudio.com<br />

• Dance With Me<br />

• Twinkle Star<br />

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Movement<br />

• Wee Hop<br />

• Ballet<br />

• Jazz<br />

• Contemporary'<br />

• Hip Hop<br />

• Musical<br />

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• Pointe<br />

• Aerial Silks<br />

• Acro<br />

• Award<br />

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Competition<br />

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purchase a gift certificate that can<br />

be redeemed for music lessons for<br />

someone you love. No one has ever<br />

complained about receiving a guitar,<br />

keyboard or drum set as a gift.<br />

School of Rock, the ultimate music<br />

school for both kids and adults, is located<br />

in Suite 140 at 6700 Conroy-<br />

Windermere Road in Orlando. For<br />

more information, call 407-710-9100<br />

or visit schoolofrock.com/locations/<br />

orlando.<br />

Treadwell Farms<br />

Treadwell Farms, a Florida<br />

family hemp company, creates and<br />

curates natural, healthful and helpful<br />

small-batch, hemp products that<br />

are trusted and tested with people<br />

in mind. Take care of yourself this<br />

holiday season with a daily routine<br />

that includes locally grown CBD<br />

products like Treadwell’s Citrus<br />

Spice tincture, featuring organic<br />

MCT oil, sunflower lecithin, orange,<br />

cinnamon, turmeric and ginger.<br />

Or, for those needing more rest,<br />

try the Evening Blend CBD tincture.<br />

Treadwell Farms also offers<br />

CBD salves and lotions such as its<br />

Warming Blend Salve and Relief<br />

Hydro Lotion that help alleviate inflammation<br />

in joints and muscles.<br />

For more information, call 352-771-<br />

2318 or visit treadwellfarms.com. ª<br />

Your <strong>Holiday</strong> Headquarters<br />

a<br />

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Home & Real Estate<br />

Volume 3, Issue 9 — November 2022<br />

Unexpected<br />

Spaces<br />

Enjoying Living<br />

Color in Your<br />

Outdoor Space<br />

Window Weatherization 101<br />

A Product A Product of the of the<br />

Southwest Orlando Bulletin

2 x November 2022 x Southwest Orlando Home & Real Estate<br />

Not all great things come in big<br />

packages, and home upgrades<br />

are an example of the truth in this<br />

wisdom. Unexpected, smaller<br />

spaces may not get the same attention<br />

as high-traffic areas like<br />

kitchens, bathrooms and living<br />

areas, but their impact can be<br />

just as powerful.<br />

Get inspired to make improvements<br />

to the lesser-used areas of<br />

your home with these tips from<br />

the home decorating experts at<br />

Wellborn Cabinet Inc.<br />

Entryway<br />

It’s the impression that welcomes<br />

guests into your home, so<br />

even if the space is small, your<br />

entryway warrants some tender,<br />

loving care. Focus on making it<br />

open and inviting by removing<br />

any unnecessary furnishings.<br />

Some functional storage like a bench<br />

with integrated coat hooks can serve<br />

a practical purpose, and, if you have<br />

the space, some built-in cabinetry<br />

with an eye-catching countertop can<br />

incorporate stylish storage.<br />

Laundry Room<br />

Getting motivated to do chores like<br />

laundry is easy when you have a<br />

beautiful setting for getting to work.<br />

Introducing pops of color in nontraditional<br />

places like the cabinetry adds<br />

Unexpected Spaces<br />

Transform small, unused areas into functional spaces to make a big impact.<br />

a high-end elegance. Water-inspired<br />

and earthy hues like Midtown<br />

Matte Tidewater or Arcadia Chiffon<br />

Cypress are perfect for the laundry<br />

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Cabinet Inc.’s Aspire Series, which<br />

features concealed hinges with selfclose<br />

functionality and matching interiors<br />

for a high-class look, even when<br />

the doors are open for business.<br />

Closet<br />

A cluttered closet may not be the<br />

first thing a guest notices, but it’s a<br />

space you visit daily. Improving the<br />

organizational features can streamline<br />

your morning routine and put<br />

you in a more positive frame of mind<br />

to start each day. There’s no right or<br />

wrong when it comes to closet design,<br />

but using cabinetry in place of<br />

open shelving and rods lends a more<br />

luxurious feel. Plan for adequate<br />

hanging and closed storage, and,<br />

if space allows, be sure to plan for<br />

shoes and accessories since these<br />

items can easily contribute to a closet’s<br />

disarray.<br />

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widths — can create an instant bar<br />

out of just about any wall space<br />

where you can fit a cabinet. Install<br />

it as a coffee bar or traditional bar,<br />

or add an optional appliance pullout<br />

shelf for more versatility.<br />

Pantry<br />

Guests may not find themselves in<br />

your pantry very often, but you likely<br />

use this space every day. Transform<br />

your pantry for heightened utility in<br />

simple ways like using clear plastic<br />

bins for small boxed foods or stylish<br />

wicker baskets to hide away snacks.<br />

For a more permanent solution, take<br />

advantage of unused space on the<br />

back of the pantry door with thin<br />

shelves for items like seasoning packets<br />

and smaller canned goods.<br />

Guest Bathroom<br />

Swapping out a tired vanity and<br />

countertop is a relatively affordable<br />

upgrade that can completely change<br />

the style of a secondary bathroom.<br />

Be sure to also update the fixtures for<br />

a more contemporary look, and, if<br />

the budget allows, replace the flooring.<br />

Finish the project with a fresh<br />

coat of paint in a light, airy shade,<br />

and add new textiles and a few decorative<br />

touches to complete the job.<br />

Find more ideas for updating unexpected<br />

spaces in your home at<br />

wellborn.com.<br />

Hideaway Storage Spaces<br />

One feature that enhances virtually<br />

any space is more storage. Having<br />

convenient places to tuck away all<br />

your stuff makes rooms feel more<br />

open and inviting. Hidden storage<br />

solutions are often better because<br />

you can enjoy the functionality they<br />

add to the space without interrupting<br />

your design aesthetic.<br />

Here are some clever ideas for<br />

keeping necessary items tucked out<br />

of sight but within easy reach:<br />

• Built-in step stool. If you love the<br />

look of tall cabinets but struggle to<br />

reach the top shelves, a practical<br />

addition is a hidden step ladder in<br />

a pullout caddy. Specially designed<br />

ladders that fold down extra narrow<br />

and feature nonslip rubber treads<br />

make this a handy addition you’ll<br />

reach for again and again.<br />

• Paper towel pullout. Keep paper<br />

towels hidden but close by hiding<br />

them in a pullout cabinet such as<br />

Wellborn Cabinet Inc.’s 12-inch-wide<br />

model, which features a built-in paper<br />

towel holder and bottom shelf<br />

ideal for organizing cleaning products.<br />

There’s also a space behind the<br />

paper towels that’s perfect for storing<br />

sponges and other kitchen supplies.<br />

• Drawer dividers. While you can<br />

find many after-market options to organize<br />

the insides of your drawers<br />

and cabinets, choosing organizers<br />

designed to work seamlessly with<br />

your cabinetry creates a more polished<br />

look (and saves the headaches<br />

of measuring and guesstimating the<br />

fit). Tray dividers are useful for sorting<br />

cookie sheets and baking pans,<br />

while you can find dividers in a variety<br />

of heights to match drawers below<br />

the oven or where you store your<br />

cutlery. Another option that serves a<br />

similar purpose is pegs, which keep<br />

fragile items from shifting when<br />

drawers are opened or closed.<br />

Source: Wellborn Cabinet Inc.<br />

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31st annual holiday<br />

short-story contest.<br />

Winners will be published in<br />

the Dec. 15 issue. Email<br />

original short stories (max: 600<br />

words) with the author's<br />

name, age, neighborhood and<br />

phone number to:<br />

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As temperatures drop and seasons<br />

turn, that doesn’t mean you<br />

have to give up on the vivid blooms<br />

you love in your yard. Strategically<br />

adding seasonal plants that can<br />

withstand cooler weather is a great<br />

way to bring color and dimension<br />

to outdoor spaces, enhancing<br />

your curb appeal into the autumn<br />

months.<br />

To educate and inspire, the plant<br />

and gardening experts at Ball<br />

Horticultural Co. share simple tips,<br />

top trends and standout plants that<br />

are ideal for fall:<br />

Pollinator Plants<br />

in Traditional Autumn Hues<br />

There’s no easier way to add autumn<br />

atmosphere to your entryway,<br />

walkways and flower boxes than<br />

with the warm hues of rich yellows<br />

and sunny oranges. Blooms in<br />

these colors convey happiness and<br />

warmth, making them beautifully<br />

eye-catching. Some plants in these<br />

tones are especially attractive to<br />

bees and butterflies, helping create<br />

pollinator-friendly spaces.<br />

Enjoying Living Color<br />

in Your Outdoor Space<br />

For example, award-winning<br />

Echinacea Artisan yellow ombre<br />

is a native-type prairie plant that<br />

attracts songbirds, bees and butterflies<br />

throughout fall and into<br />

winter. It’s drought-tolerant and<br />

Update<br />

your<br />

home for<br />

fall with<br />

plants and<br />

flowers in<br />

autumnal<br />

colors.<br />

low-maintenance, making it a nobrainer<br />

for colorful autumn gardens.<br />

Another great option as the weather<br />

cools is Achillea millefolium Milly<br />

Rock yellow terra cotta. This perennial<br />

has a breathtaking golden-orange<br />

color that is perfect for fall because<br />

it is frost tolerant, plus it attracts pollinators<br />

while resisting hungry rabbits<br />

and deer.<br />

Moody Blues Are Trending for Fall<br />

While yellow and orange are<br />

quintessential fall colors, you can<br />

add an on-trend element to your<br />

outdoor space with spreading pansy<br />

Cool Wave blue. The stunning,<br />

dark, moody blue hue plays nicely<br />

when combined with a jewel-toned<br />

autumn palette. It is also a standout<br />

choice by itself, reflecting the cooler<br />

weather, crisp air and clear night<br />

skies associated with the fall months.<br />

The vibrant shade of solid blue is<br />

beautiful in planters and hanging<br />

baskets as well as in landscaping<br />

and window boxes. This sun-loving<br />

variety is a spreading pansy, meaning<br />

it can serve as great ground cover,<br />

as well. You can enjoy this pansy<br />

in fall, and with superior overwintering<br />

hardiness, it’s the earliest pansy<br />

to return in the spring.<br />

Create Dimension<br />

Through Floral Shapes<br />

Color is one important aspect of<br />

landscape design, but to really elevate<br />

your outdoor appeal, consider<br />

dimension, as well. Creating variables<br />

in plants through shape and<br />

texture adds visual interest, bringing<br />

new depth to a space. To create this,<br />

mix florals with greenery, and don’t<br />

be afraid of nontraditional flower<br />

shapes.<br />

The perfect example is celosia,<br />

which features blooms in unique<br />

shapes such as plumes, spikes or<br />

wavy crests. You can create any outdoor<br />

aesthetic you desire with varieties<br />

available in yellow, orange, red<br />

and dark purple. Each adds texture<br />

and dimension, pairing well with<br />

mums and other popular autumn<br />

florals.<br />

Whether it’s containers, window<br />

boxes or several strategic places in<br />

your landscaping, you can update<br />

your home for the fall season and<br />

boost your curb appeal with fall<br />

flowers. A dash of color and texture<br />

will help your home be a standout on<br />

the block.<br />

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Prepping windows for cold, gusty<br />

weather is essential no matter your<br />

home’s age, but what exactly needs<br />

to be done? Read on for the ultimate<br />

breakdown of how to seal windows<br />

and protect your home from winter<br />

chill.<br />

• Test for air leaks. Any style of<br />

window could have small air leaks<br />

that allow drafts and moisture to enter<br />

without your knowledge. Check<br />

your windows’ seals by lighting a<br />

match or candle and seeing if the<br />

smoke is affected by a breeze. The<br />

smoke trail can help pinpoint any<br />

small cracks you should address<br />

while weatherizing.<br />

• Fill the seals. Reinforcing the<br />

seal around the entire window<br />

frame will ensure it’s ready for cold<br />

weather. Using a product such as<br />

Duck brand Foam Weatherstrip<br />

Seals will help form a solid barrier<br />

around window edges, thanks to<br />

self-adhesive foam strips that block<br />

drafts. This can help lower utility<br />

costs by stopping leaks. Updating<br />

these seals every few years helps<br />

keep the window frame in the best<br />

Window Weatherization 101<br />

Keep cold winds out of your home by updating window seals.<br />

possible shape and maintains protection<br />

from winter winds.<br />

• Restore with paint. Updating<br />

your window with a fresh coat of<br />

primer and either paint or stain<br />

helps keep it in great condition for<br />

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a change in season. Not only will<br />

it provide a new look, but paint or<br />

stain also creates a tight seal around<br />

the wood framework and acts as an<br />

additional barrier for pinhole cracks<br />

or air leaks.<br />

• Insulate the frame. Winter<br />

weather can be brutal in certain regions.<br />

Rolled window insulation kits<br />

are crystal clear and create an additional<br />

cold-air barrier for when you<br />

need extra protection on top of foam<br />

seals. The window kit film comes<br />

in an easy-to-use roll of shrink film,<br />

which means no measuring is needed,<br />

and excess film can be cut once<br />

applied. Once secured to indoor<br />

window frames, the film provides<br />

an airtight seal that can be removed<br />

once warmer weather arrives.<br />

• Add thermal protection. After preparing<br />

your window for the approaching<br />

winter winds, swap out your<br />

everyday curtains for thicker, thermal<br />

fabric window treatments. These insulating<br />

curtains typically have two or<br />

three layers of thick fabric, combined<br />

with a layer of acrylic foam, to prevent<br />

air infiltration and cold.<br />

Precautionary steps to seal in warm<br />

air and keep out potential drafts will<br />

help reduce energy costs this winter<br />

— and help protect the longevity<br />

(and comfort) of your home.<br />

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Orlando Watersports Complex<br />

completed the first phase of a<br />

planned, multimillion dollar expansion<br />

and renovation. Some of the<br />

additions include a new aquapark,<br />

a new beach feature, an improved<br />

layout for OWC’s “get up guarantee”<br />

beginner training, and a rebuilt<br />

and optimized standard cable. The<br />

new aquapark, which includes more<br />

than 30 features, is now strategically<br />

placed right in front of the beach<br />

for easier access while also having<br />

the ability to serve as a viewing<br />

area. OWC also added a new boathouse<br />

by the beach that contains a<br />

new 2023 Nautique G23 and Ski<br />

Nautique, both of which are available<br />

to rent out for tubing, wake surfing<br />

and wakeboarding sessions.<br />


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eighth straight victory to secure the<br />

3A Region 2 Championship. Three<br />

of its players placed in the top 10:<br />

Cameron Baez, with a score of 69<br />

(-3); Ken Anderson, with a score<br />

of 70 (-2); and Carson Baez, with<br />

West Orange High School’s<br />

varsity football team won a close<br />

game against Dr. Phillips High<br />

School to retain the Ol’ Orange<br />

Crate. The rivalry between the two<br />

schools dates back to 1987, with<br />

The West Orange High School football team wins the Ol’ Orange Crate rivalry game against Dr. Phillips High School.<br />

the crate being passed to the winning<br />

team since 1988. The Warriors<br />

took home this year's crate with a<br />

19-17 win.<br />

Windermere High School’s<br />

varsity men’s golf team scored its<br />

a score of 71 (-1). Congratulations,<br />

Wolverines!<br />

The Harlem Globetrotters 2023<br />

World Tour presented by Jersey<br />

Mike’s Subs is coming to Addition<br />

Financial Arena. The Globetrotter<br />

The men’s golf team at Windermere High School wins its regional championship.

stars are bringing out their amazing<br />

basketball skills, outrageous<br />

athleticism and a nonstop laugh-outloud<br />

good time. The Globetrotters<br />

will go head-to-head against the<br />

Washington Generals, who will stop<br />

at nothing to try and defeat them.<br />

As the Harlem Globetrotters near<br />

their 100th anniversary, they have<br />

contributed to the growth of basketball<br />

at an immeasurable magnitude<br />

across the world.<br />

For more information, visit<br />

www.additionfiarena.com.<br />

Windermere High School<br />

graduate attending the University of<br />

Florida; and Victoria LiWang, a<br />

Windermere High School graduate<br />

attending the University of Florida.<br />

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Jackson Brune (42nd place),<br />

and Mason Paulsberg (46th<br />

place).<br />

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presented above is the most current, correct<br />

and dependable available, we do rely on<br />

others for the source of our news. Therefore, the<br />

Southwest Orlando Bulletin and Cornerstone<br />

Publishing & Multi-Media LLC cannot be held<br />

responsible for the validity of the information<br />

presented here, nor does mentioning it constitute<br />

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Amway Center, home to the<br />

Orlando Magic, was named<br />

amongst the best away-day experiences<br />

for supporters of visiting NBA<br />

teams by Online Betting <strong>Guide</strong> USA<br />

(OLBG). Sporting experts at OLBG<br />

ranked factors such as average ticket<br />

prices, the cost of beer, stadium capacity,<br />

Google reviews and parking<br />

rates. Amway Center was ranked<br />

fourth among other NBA team homes.<br />

Ocoee Tennis Academy celebrated<br />

its 30th anniversary at<br />

Tiger Minor Park. During the event,<br />

four players were honored as<br />

MVPs: Grady Smith, an Ocoee<br />

High School graduate attending<br />

Valencia College; Michelle<br />

Waters, an Ocoee High School<br />

graduate attending Valencia<br />

College, Rebecca LiWang, a<br />

Horizon High School’s men’s cross country team wins the District 3-3A Championship for the first time in the school’s history.<br />

For the first time in the school’s<br />

history, the Horizon High School<br />

men’s cross country team won<br />

the District 3-3A Championship.<br />

Seniors Connor Parrish (fifth<br />

place) and Dylan Royal (15th<br />

place) led the Hawks’ victory with<br />

finishes in the top 15. They were<br />

followed by Girmay Buck (20th<br />

place), Brendan Ketelsen (27th<br />

place), Jacob Finch (40th place),<br />

Ocoee Tennis Academy coach Catfish Vinson (center) congratulates this year’s MVPs,<br />

(l. to r.) Grady Smith, Rebecca LiWang, Victoria LiWang and Michelle Waters.

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School News<br />

SEEN<br />

The faculty and staff of Panther Lake Elementary School<br />

congratulate students in each class who were selected by<br />

their teachers for either the Principal’s Academic Excellence<br />

Award or the GRIT Award for September.

n Charity/Fundraiser<br />

Dec. 10 — Beverlye Colson-Neal<br />

Scholarship Fundraiser<br />

Jessie Brock Community Center, 310 N. Dillard St.,<br />

Winter Garden, hosts the first Beverlye Colson-Neal<br />

Scholarships Fundraiser, an evening of dinner and dancing<br />

presented by the National Congress of Black Women<br />

Orlando. No ticket sales at the door. Time: 6 p.m. Cost:<br />

$35. For more information, call 321-229-7688, email<br />

ncbworlando@gmail.com or visit tinyurl.com/bdepb36k.<br />

n Event/Performance<br />

Nov. 27 — Hola @ The Park<br />

Icon Park Orlando, 8375 International Drive, Orlando, hosts<br />

Hola @ The Park, presented by Orlando Health and highlighting<br />

Hispanic culture by promoting local artists and Latin food.<br />

Time: 1-7 p.m. For more information, call 407-428-5870 or<br />

visit www.hispanicchamberorlando.com or holaatthepark.com.<br />

n <strong>Holiday</strong> Happenings<br />

Through Dec. 16 — <strong>Holiday</strong> Food Drive<br />

The Hope for More Foundation sponsors the 2022 Anti-<br />

Hunger <strong>Holiday</strong> Food Drive and Fundraiser to help families in<br />

need of emergency assistance in efforts to alleviate food insecurity<br />

in the Central Florida community. For donations, dropoff<br />

locations and to view an Amazon wish list of items, visit<br />

www.kendricklawgroup.com/anti-hunger. For more information<br />

about Hope Helps Food Pantry, visit www.hopehelps.org.<br />


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Through Jan. 1, 2023 — Night Of A<br />

Million Lights<br />

Island H2O Water Park, 3230 Inspiration Drive,<br />

Kissimmee, hosts Night of a Million Lights, including family<br />

activities, live entertainment, festive food and beverages<br />

available for purchase, DJ Jack Frost’s Ice Block Party, a<br />

life-sized snow globe, winter wonderland with millions of<br />

lights, and more. Time: 6-10 p.m. or 6-11 p.m. nightly.<br />

Ticket prices start at $30 for adults and $15 for kids 3-17,<br />

with proceeds benefiting Give Kids The World Village.<br />

Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or<br />

guardian. For more information, visit www.gktw.org/lights.<br />

Nov. 25, 2022-Jan. 1, 2023 — Dazzling<br />

Lights<br />

Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando,<br />

presents the third annual Dazzling Lights, a familyfriendly<br />

event that gives guests the opportunity to<br />

embark on a three-quarter-mile, interactive holiday<br />

experience. Activities include a million lights, meetand-greet<br />

characters in the Ice Castle, a yeti play<br />

area for children, 40-foot-diameter snow dome with<br />

swirling snow, and more. This year, guests choose<br />

their own adventure. Timed entry takes place from<br />

5:30-9 p.m. Cost: $55 for premium tickets that include<br />

access to an outdoor lounge, $25 for adults, $22 for<br />

children 3-13. On-site parking is available for a small<br />

fee. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit<br />

www.dazzlingorlando.com.<br />

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Dec. 1 — <strong>Holiday</strong> Tree Lighting<br />

Icon Park Orlando in the I-Drive District hosts the annual<br />

<strong>Holiday</strong> Tree Lighting event, including the lighting of the<br />

official 50-foot holiday tree, special performances, singing<br />

and dancing, The Santa Workshop Experience, and more.<br />

Time: 6 p.m. The Santa Workshop Experience is purchased<br />

separately and includes a free ticket to ride The Wheel<br />

and carousel on the Promenade. Advance registrations<br />

are required. For more information, visit idrivedistrict.com.<br />

Dec. 2 & 3 — A Big Band Christmas<br />

Performances<br />

Lake Buena Vista High School, 11305 Daryl Carter<br />

Parkway, Orlando, hosts Central Florida Community Arts’<br />

performances of A Big Band Christmas. Time: Friday at<br />

8 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m. Cost: $15 premium general<br />

admission, $10 general admission, free for lap-held<br />

children 3-younger. For more information or to purchase<br />

tickets, visit cfcarts.com/bbxmas.<br />

Dec. 2, 3 & 4 — Rudolph The Red-Nosed<br />

Reindeer Jr. Performances<br />

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church’s Youth Theatre presents<br />

performances of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Jr. in the<br />

theater at the church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road,<br />

Orlando. Time: Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday<br />

at 3 p.m. Cost: $10. For more information or to purchase<br />

tickets, visit www.st.lukes.org/rudolph.<br />

Dec. 3 — Santa’s Lane<br />

Oakland Town Center, 230 N. Tubb St., Oakland, hosts<br />

Santa’s Lane, presented by Duke Energy and including an<br />

alpine slide, snow flurries, food trucks, music, a photo-op<br />

with Santa, arts and crafts and more. Time: 3-6 p.m. For more<br />

information, visit oaklandfl.gov/civicalerts.aspx?AID=487.<br />

Dec. 9 — Christmas With The Basilica<br />

Choir<br />

The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of<br />

the Universe, 8300 Vineland Ave., Orlando, presents<br />

Christmas With the Basilica Choir, an annual tradition<br />

of Advent and Christmas music with a popular audience<br />

sing-a-long to favorite holiday tunes. Arrive early for the<br />

best seats. Time: 7:30 p.m. For more information, call<br />

407-239-6600 or visit maryqueenoftheuniverse.org.<br />

Dec. 10 — <strong>Holiday</strong> Amaryllis Festival<br />

Nehrling Gardens, a Florida Heritage Landmark, 2267<br />

Hempel Ave., Gotha, hosts the 11th annual <strong>Holiday</strong><br />

Amaryllis Festival, a free nature-themed community event.<br />

Activities include rare amaryllis bulbs for sale, nature-themed<br />

vendors, food, music and crafts for children. Time: 9 a.m.-<br />

3 p.m. For more information, call 407-445-9977, email<br />

info@nehrlinggardens.org or visit www.nehrlinggardens.org.<br />

Dec. 10 — Jolly Jamboree<br />

The Withers-Maguire House, 16 E. Oakland Ave. in<br />

downtown Ocoee, hosts the Jolly Jamboree, including<br />

the lighting of the holiday tree. Time: 5-9 p.m. Admission<br />

is free. For more information, call 407-905-3180 or visit<br />

ocoee.org.<br />


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Dec. 10 & 11 — I’ll Be Home For<br />

Christmas Performances<br />

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-<br />

Vineland Road, Orlando, presents performances of I’ll<br />

Be Home for Christmas. Time: Saturday at 5:30 p.m.<br />

and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Cost: $12 for<br />

adults, $6 for children under 12. For more information,<br />

visit www.st.lukes.org/christmasconcert.<br />

Dec. 11 — MetroWest WinterFest<br />

MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 S. Hiawassee Road,<br />

Orlando, hosts the ninth annual MetroWest WinterFest,<br />

presented by Orlando Health and including free photos<br />

with Santa and Mrs. Claus; a 16-ton snow slide and<br />

play area; holiday-themed performances by MetroWest<br />

and Westpointe elementary schools; a merry-go-round,<br />

bungee bouncer and ballistic swing carnival ride; face<br />

painters; horse and carriage rides; a food truck zone;<br />

vendors and more. Pets and coolers are not allowed.<br />

Time: 3-7 p.m. Admission is free. The event benefits<br />

Edgewood Children’s Ranch. For more information, visit<br />

www.metrowestcommunity.com.<br />

n Networking/Clubs<br />

Ongoing — Members Wanted<br />

The West Orange Women seeks women of all ages<br />

to join its group for fun, friendship and philanthropy.<br />

Annual dues are $20. For more information,<br />

call Mary Borgan, 407-929-3030; or visit<br />

www.westorangewomen.com.<br />

Nov. 22 & 29 — Virtual Toastmasters<br />

Meetings<br />

Windermere Toastmasters Club No. 4662754 holds Zoom<br />

meetings. Attendees learn to develop their oral communication<br />

and leadership skills in a supportive and positive learning<br />

environment. Time: Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. For more<br />

information or to request online Zoom meeting details, visit<br />

www.4662754.toastmastersclubs.org and click “Contact Us.”<br />

Nov. 23 & 30 — Virtual Toastmasters<br />

Meetings<br />

The Turnpike Toastmasters Club holds Zoom meetings.<br />

Time: Wednesdays from noon-1 p.m. For more<br />

information or to register for a virtual meeting, visit<br />

2362.toastmastersclubs.org and click “Contact Us” at<br />

least one day before the event.<br />

Dec. 1 — Retired Educators Meeting<br />

The Orange County Retired Educators Association meets<br />

at Church on the Drive, 1914 Edgewater Drive, Orlando.<br />

The meeting’s program is musical presentations by Timber<br />

Creek High School’s chorus and Edgewater High School’s<br />

ensemble. Anyone who has worked in education is invited.<br />

Masks are optional, and refreshments are provided. Time:<br />

10 a.m. for social time, 10:30 a.m. for the program. For<br />

more information, call 407-843-6909.<br />

Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 — Virtual<br />

Toastmasters Meetings<br />

The Vista Toastmasters Club holds Zoom meetings.<br />

Time: Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m. For more information,<br />

email vistatoastmasters.zoom@gmail.com or visit<br />

www.vistatoastmasters.org.<br />

Dec. 8 & 22 — Thursday Networking<br />

Group Meetings<br />

West Orange Chamber of Commerce’s Thursday<br />

Networking Group meets at the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA<br />

Family Center, 7000 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando. Time:<br />

second and fourth Thursday of each month from 8:30-<br />

9:30 a.m. For more information, email Jim Zeitschel,<br />

jim.zeitschel@primelending.com.<br />

n Volunteer<br />

Opportunities<br />

Ongoing — Virtual Volunteers Needed<br />

RSVP seeks volunteers to help make masks for Cornerstone<br />

Hospice & Palliative Care. For more information or if<br />

interested, call Tyler VanBuren, 630-335-3084; or email<br />

tvanburen@vcifl.org.<br />

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed<br />

The Foster Grandparent Program seeks limited-income<br />

volunteers 55-older to join in helping children in schools<br />

all around Central Florida. For more information, call 407-<br />

298-4180 or visit volunteersforcommunityimpact.org/wpcontent/uploads/2020/01/FGP-Info-Flyer-1-13-20.pdf.<br />

Ongoing — Pet Foster Homes Needed<br />

As part of its Pet Peace of Mind program, Cornerstone<br />

Hospice seeks foster homes for pets left behind after their<br />

owners pass away. For more information or to receive an<br />

application to foster, email ppom@cshospice.org. For more<br />

information about hospice volunteer opportunities, call<br />

Sharon Smith, 404-290-1583; or email ssmith@vcifl.org.<br />

Ongoing — Volunteers/Docents Needed<br />

Oakland Nature Preserve, 747 Machete Trail, Oakland,<br />

seeks adults interested in learning about the history,<br />

wildlife, plants and restoration efforts at ONP to volunteer<br />

at the preserve to greet visitors, help answer<br />

questions and lead a tour from time to time. Workdays<br />

are Mondays and/or Saturdays. For more information,<br />

email outreach@oaklandnaturepreserve.org or visit<br />

www.oaklandnaturepreserve.org/guide. To register<br />

online, visit oaklandnaturepreserve.org.<br />

Ongoing — Volunteer Veterans Needed<br />

Cornerstone Hospice seeks volunteers who are veterans of<br />

America’s armed forces to honor patients who are veterans<br />

by visiting them in their homes, a facility or a hospital.<br />

Cornerstone Hospice is a four-star level member of the<br />

We Honor Veterans program, a national initiative to provide<br />

veterans in hospice care with specialized services.<br />

All volunteers must participate in mandatory training that<br />

includes an overview of what is hospice care and how<br />

volunteers play an important role in caring for patients. For<br />

more information, call Olivia Davidson, 407-206-5060;<br />

or email odavidso@cshospice.org.<br />

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed<br />

The Mustard Seed of Central Florida, 12 Mustard Seed<br />

Lane, Orlando, seeks volunteers who can help with donation<br />

sorting, mattress recycling, warehouse maintenance,<br />

administrative work, special events or general maintenance.<br />

For more information, call 407-875-2040, ext.<br />

110; or email jessi@mustardseedfla.org.<br />

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed<br />

The town of Oakland seeks volunteers to assist in<br />

various fun and fulfilling roles at The Healthy West<br />

Orange Arts and Heritage Center. Applicants must<br />

consent to a criminal background check. For more<br />

information, call Pamela Stewart, 407-656-1117, ext.<br />

2112; email arts&heritage@oaklandfl.gov; or visit<br />

bit.ly/artsandheritagecenter.<br />

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed<br />

My Brother’s Keeper seeks volunteers — especially adult<br />

men (18-older) of color — who can serve as positive role<br />

models and mentor boys and young men of color. For<br />

more information, email Grace, gdearden@vcifl.org, at<br />

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Contributions to Community Bulletin Board are welcome. Please<br />

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Windermere, FL 34787; call 407-351-1573, option 5; or<br />

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