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Fall in Florida is usually not as

chilly and colorful as northern states.

We aren’t quite ready for puffy coats

or fuzzy boots, but the slightly cooler

temps are still a relief to the scorching

heat of summer, and they bring an

opportunity to better enjoy the outdoor

beauty that Florida has to offer.

Central Florida is blessed with

many options for hiking. Local

trails offer something for everyone,

whether you want to spend

an hour or a day exploring.

Below are some tips on making

your hiking experience as enjoyable

and safe as possible.

• Start in the morning.

Although the temperatures are a

tad cooler these days, the heat

can still get intense by midafternoon.

Beginning your hike early

in the morning ensures that the

weather is more conducive to

physical activity and reduces the

likelihood of overheating, especially

if you are new to hiking.

• Stay hydrated. Even if it

doesn’t feel like you are expending

a lot of energy, it’s still

very important to stay hydrated.

Some trails may be longer

than you anticipate or the temperature

could change quickly.

Always have a bottle of water

with you. An even better option is

a hydration pack that holds at least

two liters of water. You carry it like a

backpack and have hands-free access

to water throughout your entire


• Have the proper gear. Hiking

is more than just going for a walk.

The terrain can be anything from

pavement to sandy hills to paths

The state of Florida boasts more than 5,000 miles

of various trails to explore.

HOW TO ...

Go Hiking in Florida

Safely Enjoy Local Trails

covered in roots. It’s important to

be prepared for anything you might

encounter. Shoes should be either

sneakers designed for walking if the

path is paved or hiking boots for

more unstable terrain. Long pants

may not sound comfortable when

it’s still warm out, but lightweight,

breathable pants are cool enough to

wear in the heat and will also protect

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your legs from the elements. You

should always wear sunscreen to

protect against the sun and reapply

as needed during your hike. A hat is

also recommended. Insects like mosquitoes,

ticks and other bugs are still

out and about. Before you start your

hike, make sure you apply bug spray.

When your hike is done, check your

body and clothes for ticks. Closely

inspect any areas where clothing is

tight, like waistbands and armpits.

No matter where you plan to hike,

review the area carefully beforehand

and know your route. Many

trails have a downloadable map or

signage that shows where each trail

leads. Even in small hiking areas, it’s

possible to get lost or be out longer

than you expect. It’s always a good

idea to bring a friend or partner to

enjoy the hike with you. Cell phone

service may not be accessible in

some areas, and if an accident occurs,

the buddy system will ensure

someone can get help if needed.

Even when you take all the recommended

precautions, accidents can

happen, and it’s important to be

prepared for anything from a scrape

to a sprained ankle. Always carry a

first aid kit that contains Band-Aids

of various sizes, tweezers, antiseptic

cream, bandages and a small pair

of scissors. Either assemble a kit

yourself, or one can be bought as a

prepackaged kit.

An activity that can be enjoyed by

anyone at any age, hiking is a cardio

exercise that helps reduce your

risk of heart disease, stroke, high

blood pressure and more. It builds

muscle mass, boosts mental health,

helps manage weight loss, and is

less strenuous on joints than running

or other high-impact workouts.

To take advantage of Southwest

Orlando’s nearby parks and wilderness

areas, search for nearby hiking

trails at floridastateparks.org. ª

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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Q Skal Orlando celebrates 50


Skal Orlando — part of Skal

International, the only international

organization that brings together

all branches of travel, tourism and

hospitality — is ranked as the second

largest Skal Club in the U.S.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this

year, Skal Orlando has more than

120 Central Florida members who

are executives and leaders with

hotels, attractions, sports and entertainment

venues, restaurant companies,

travel companies and more.

The organization meets monthly for

networking, business meetings and

dinners with speakers from the local

travel, tourism and hospitality


“For as many years as Walt Disney

World has been here, Skal Orlando

has been networking, doing business

and serving communities locally

and internationally ...” said Steve

Vinciguerra, a MetroWest resident

and president of Skal Orlando.

Skal Orlando has supported the

Perry Pavilion at Dr. P. Phillips

Hospital for five years, raising

more than $50,000 through a golf

tournament and member companies

donating supplies for guest rooms,

bathrooms and the kitchen and laundry

areas. The club has also collected

thousands of toys in an annual

holiday toy drive to benefit the Perry

Pavilion, Toys for Tots and Coalition

for the Homeless, and it has donated

a substantial amount of money to The

Joe Neary Memorial Foundation,

supporting three orphanages in Sri



For more information, visit

www.skalorlando.com or email

membership development officer

Barbara Kenney at


Q Varkey organization

donates food packages

Ann Varkey, a resident of

Phillips Landing, continues her extensive

charitable efforts through her

organization, the Varkey Charity

Foundation. She recently donated

nonperishable food packages to

packages to the disabled and those

in need at an event held at the Dr. P.

Phillips YMCA. For more information

or to keep updated with Varkey’s

mission and charitable events, visit


Q Harbor House programs set

up for success

During the Signature Purple Door

Luncheon, which occurred last

month during Domestic Violence

Awareness Month, representatives

of Harbor House of Central

Florida, Orange County’s only

state-certified domestic violence organization,

announced in front of

nearly 700 guests that 99.9816% of

those helped through the organization

survive an abusive relationship.

compiled by Lauren Salinero

During the event, the nonprofit

also recognized six Champions of

Courage. Among those honored

was Southwest resident and Orange

County Mayor Jerry Demings,

who was named the Champion of

Advocacy. He was honored for helping

survivors early in his career as a

beat cop all the way to reinstating the

Orange County Domestic Violence

Commission as mayor.

Harbor House is more than the 24-

hour confidential crisis hotline and

temporary emergency shelter. It also

works closely with law enforcement,

the state attorney’s office, and the

clerk of courts, as well as provides

various key programs.

Harbor House has attorneys who

work with and represent survivors on

injunctions for protection hearings. Its

Courage Closet has distributed more

than 1,500 food bags, thousands of

diapers and hundreds of car seats

ad strollers to survivors. The Paws for

Peace Kennel on its main campus enables

survivors to bring their animal

family members, thus removing a barrier

to someone leaving an abusive


Harbor House expanded its focus

on youth to include a Children’s

Services Program, which strives to

create an environment that fosters

Phillips Landing resident Ann Varkey’s charitable organization — Varkey Charity Foundation — donates nonperishable food

packages to those in need.

During its Signatures Purple Door Luncheon, Harbor

House of Central Florida officials release the fact

that 99.9816% of those the organization helps survive an

abusive relationship.

the whole child and builds strong

families. It also works with families

to rebuild the parent/child bond that

might have been damaged

during time with the abuser.

Harbor House’s Primary

Prevention Program engages

teens in high schools and

after-school programs by

educating them with positive,

non-violent messages

about healthy relationships.

And, the organization was

the first to bring Camp

Hope to Florida, which is

the first evidence-based

camping and mentoring

program in the United

States to focus on children

and teens exposed to domestic


For more information,

visit harborhousefl.com.

Q Oakland receives Local

Support Grant

The town of Oakland was

awarded a $300,000 Florida

House of Representatives Local

Support Grant for its water-system

bypass project. The grant, sponsored

by Southwest resident and

Rep. Geraldine Thompson,

would pay for approximately onehalf

of the estimated construction


The water system serving

Oakland is bisected by Florida’s

Turnpike and currently has only one

connection to the west side of town,

with a second connection eliminated

by the Turnpike widening. This

project would extend an additional

water main from the north side of

State Road 50 south underneath

the Turnpike to Johns Landing,

where it will connect to an existing

water main. All easements and

rights of way have been acquired

for the project. Drinking water quality

will be enhanced by having a

loop in the water system. Should a

water main break occur, this project

will offset the occurrences of complaints

associated with loss of water

or potential water quality issues.

“The construction of this pipeline

will provide for increased watersystem

reliability on the west side

of the Turnpike/SR 50 interchange,”

said Mike Parker, public works

director. “In addition, it will provide

assurance of water quality, water

quantity and fire protection for our

citizens in the event that interruption

of the other waterline takes place.”

The project is expected to be completed

by summer 2023.


West Orange Chamber of

Commerce representatives announced

the addition of Amy

Cervantes as the new membership

sales manager. Cervantes was

born and raised in Brooklyn, New

York, and she holds a bachelor’s

degree in education from Oneonta

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West Orange Chamber of

Commerce hires Amy Cervantes as

membership sales manager.

State University. She is the mother of

three boys and comes from a chamber

member family-owned business.

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.

Representatives of Orlando

Health announced the heath care

system acquired PRISA Group’s and

Triple-S Management’s participation

in Sabanera Health Dorado

in Puerto Rico. As part of the transaction,

Orlando Health is joining

forces with Doctors’ Center Hospital

to create Doctors’ Center Hospital

— Orlando Health Dorado. The

new brand replaces Sabanera

Health Dorado, the former name of

Puerto Rico’s most advanced acute

care hospital. Orlando Health and

Doctors’ Center Hospital also forged

an agreement to team up on four

additional hospitals on the island:

Doctors’ Center Hospital San Juan,

Doctors’ Center Hospital Bayamón,

Doctors’ Center Hospital Manatí,

and Doctors’ Center Hospital San

Fernando De La Carolina. ª

Meet The Goodless Dermatology Team!

Same day appointments available

Same day appointments available

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With Thanksgiving and Black

Friday next week, Southwest

Orlando residents are gearing up

their searches for amazing holiday

gifts for the people on their

lists. Southwest Orlando Bulletin’s

Holiday Gift Guide provides a

comprehensive listing of various local

offers and gift ideas — from

always-handy gift cards to opportunities

for fun activities and more

— that are sure to please everyone

this holiday season.

are perfect for finding gifts, and

the expansive outdoor dining patios

are ideal for enjoying local

cuisine. For more information, visit




Hemisphere Restaurant, located

on the ninth floor of the Hyatt

Regency Orlando Airport at 9300

Jeff Fuqua Blvd. in Orlando, presents

its Winter Wine Dinner, featuring

a variety of BV Wines, on Dec.

9. The reception begins at 7 p.m.,

and dinner is served at 7:30 p.m.

The restaurant also offers private dining

for up to 24 people and availability

for holiday dining or special

events. Restaurant buyouts are also

available. For more information or

to make a reservation, call Arlene

at 407-825-1315 or email arlene.

diel@hyatt.com. Valet parking is


Massage Envy

Dr. Phillips

Give the gift of total relaxation

to loved ones near and far. Plus,

treat yourself to self-care this holiday

season with a free $20 promotional

card when you purchase

$100 in gift cards or a $40 promotional

card when you purchase



Winter Garden

Kick off the holiday shopping season

at the daylong Downtown

Winter Garden Small Business

Saturday Sidewalk Sale on

Nov. 26. Enjoy the festive charm

of historic downtown while keeping

spending dollars local to make

your community stronger. The

unique shops in historic downtown

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$150 in gift cards. Massage

Envy Dr. Phillips offers customized

massages, facials and

stretch services. Located in Suite

100 at 8081 Turkey Lake Road

in Orlando, Massage Envy Dr.

Phillips is open Monday through

Friday from 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday

from 8 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday

from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. To learn

more about the holiday promotions,

call 407-354-3689.

Naples Soap Co.

Whether you are vacationing in

the area or a year-round resident,

you’re sure to enjoy Naples Soap

Co., a fun, coastal-inspired, upscale

retail experience where you can see,

feel and smell the company’s highquality

skin and hair care products.

With a passion for health, wellness

and natural ingredients, you’ll find

an amazing selection of holiday gift

sets, stocking stuffers and hostess

gifts. Naples Soap Co. is located

at the Promenade at Sunset Walk

in Kissimmee, 3231 Margarita

Blvd., Unit J180. Operating hours

are Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-

10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday

from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. For more information,

call 407-369-6114 or visit


Holinights celebrations, featuring

Santa Claus, mischievous elves, towering

toy soldiers, the debut of a

45-foot-tall animated holiday tree,

holiday craft markets, live bands,

DJs, car shows on Saturday nights,

and more. In addition, there are

more than two dozen unique restaurants

and shops. Holinights & Tree

Lighting take place on select nights

from Nov. 25-Dec. 24. Admission


Promenade —

Sunset Walk

Join Promenade — Sunset

Walk, located at 3251 Margaritaville

Blvd. in Kissimmee, for its

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and parking are free. For more information,

visit sunsetwalk.com.

long. Visit Royal Landscape at 2204

Hempel Ave. in Gotha to handpick

the right gift to express your love

or appreciation. Operating hours

are Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-4

p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m.-

noon. For more information, call


Royal Landscape


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

School of Rock

This holiday season, give the gift

that keeps on giving — the gift of

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purchase a gift certificate that can

be redeemed for music lessons for

someone you love. No one has ever

complained about receiving a guitar,

keyboard or drum set as a gift.

School of Rock, the ultimate music

school for both kids and adults, is located

in Suite 140 at 6700 Conroy-

Windermere Road in Orlando. For

more information, call 407-710-9100

or visit schoolofrock.com/locations/


Treadwell Farms

Treadwell Farms, a Florida

family hemp company, creates and

curates natural, healthful and helpful

small-batch, hemp products that

are trusted and tested with people

in mind. Take care of yourself this

holiday season with a daily routine

that includes locally grown CBD

products like Treadwell’s Citrus

Spice tincture, featuring organic

MCT oil, sunflower lecithin, orange,

cinnamon, turmeric and ginger.

Or, for those needing more rest,

try the Evening Blend CBD tincture.

Treadwell Farms also offers

CBD salves and lotions such as its

Warming Blend Salve and Relief

Hydro Lotion that help alleviate inflammation

in joints and muscles.

For more information, call 352-771-

2318 or visit treadwellfarms.com. ª

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Color in Your

Outdoor Space

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Not all great things come in big

packages, and home upgrades

are an example of the truth in this

wisdom. Unexpected, smaller

spaces may not get the same attention

as high-traffic areas like

kitchens, bathrooms and living

areas, but their impact can be

just as powerful.

Get inspired to make improvements

to the lesser-used areas of

your home with these tips from

the home decorating experts at

Wellborn Cabinet Inc.


It’s the impression that welcomes

guests into your home, so

even if the space is small, your

entryway warrants some tender,

loving care. Focus on making it

open and inviting by removing

any unnecessary furnishings.

Some functional storage like a bench

with integrated coat hooks can serve

a practical purpose, and, if you have

the space, some built-in cabinetry

with an eye-catching countertop can

incorporate stylish storage.

Laundry Room

Getting motivated to do chores like

laundry is easy when you have a

beautiful setting for getting to work.

Introducing pops of color in nontraditional

places like the cabinetry adds

Unexpected Spaces

Transform small, unused areas into functional spaces to make a big impact.

a high-end elegance. Water-inspired

and earthy hues like Midtown

Matte Tidewater or Arcadia Chiffon

Cypress are perfect for the laundry

space. Both are options in Wellborn

Cabinet Inc.’s Aspire Series, which

features concealed hinges with selfclose

functionality and matching interiors

for a high-class look, even when

the doors are open for business.


A cluttered closet may not be the

first thing a guest notices, but it’s a

space you visit daily. Improving the

organizational features can streamline

your morning routine and put

you in a more positive frame of mind

to start each day. There’s no right or

wrong when it comes to closet design,

but using cabinetry in place of

open shelving and rods lends a more

luxurious feel. Plan for adequate

hanging and closed storage, and,

if space allows, be sure to plan for

shoes and accessories since these

items can easily contribute to a closet’s



If you fear you don’t have room

for a minibar, you may be surprised.

Reimagining a larder cabinet — like

the ones Wellborn Cabinet Inc. offers

in 30-, 33-, 36- and 42-inch

We see things

through your eyes.

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Branch Leader

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Orlando, FL 32819


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widths — can create an instant bar

out of just about any wall space

where you can fit a cabinet. Install

it as a coffee bar or traditional bar,

or add an optional appliance pullout

shelf for more versatility.


Guests may not find themselves in

your pantry very often, but you likely

use this space every day. Transform

your pantry for heightened utility in

simple ways like using clear plastic

bins for small boxed foods or stylish

wicker baskets to hide away snacks.

For a more permanent solution, take

advantage of unused space on the

back of the pantry door with thin

shelves for items like seasoning packets

and smaller canned goods.

Guest Bathroom

Swapping out a tired vanity and

countertop is a relatively affordable

upgrade that can completely change

the style of a secondary bathroom.

Be sure to also update the fixtures for

a more contemporary look, and, if

the budget allows, replace the flooring.

Finish the project with a fresh

coat of paint in a light, airy shade,

and add new textiles and a few decorative

touches to complete the job.

Find more ideas for updating unexpected

spaces in your home at


Hideaway Storage Spaces

One feature that enhances virtually

any space is more storage. Having

convenient places to tuck away all

your stuff makes rooms feel more

open and inviting. Hidden storage

solutions are often better because

you can enjoy the functionality they

add to the space without interrupting

your design aesthetic.

Here are some clever ideas for

keeping necessary items tucked out

of sight but within easy reach:

• Built-in step stool. If you love the

look of tall cabinets but struggle to

reach the top shelves, a practical

addition is a hidden step ladder in

a pullout caddy. Specially designed

ladders that fold down extra narrow

and feature nonslip rubber treads

make this a handy addition you’ll

reach for again and again.

• Paper towel pullout. Keep paper

towels hidden but close by hiding

them in a pullout cabinet such as

Wellborn Cabinet Inc.’s 12-inch-wide

model, which features a built-in paper

towel holder and bottom shelf

ideal for organizing cleaning products.

There’s also a space behind the

paper towels that’s perfect for storing

sponges and other kitchen supplies.

• Drawer dividers. While you can

find many after-market options to organize

the insides of your drawers

and cabinets, choosing organizers

designed to work seamlessly with

your cabinetry creates a more polished

look (and saves the headaches

of measuring and guesstimating the

fit). Tray dividers are useful for sorting

cookie sheets and baking pans,

while you can find dividers in a variety

of heights to match drawers below

the oven or where you store your

cutlery. Another option that serves a

similar purpose is pegs, which keep

fragile items from shifting when

drawers are opened or closed.

Source: Wellborn Cabinet Inc.

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31st annual holiday

short-story contest.

Winners will be published in

the Dec. 15 issue. Email

original short stories (max: 600

words) with the author's

name, age, neighborhood and

phone number to:


Deadline: November 23, 2022

Cash Prizes

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As temperatures drop and seasons

turn, that doesn’t mean you

have to give up on the vivid blooms

you love in your yard. Strategically

adding seasonal plants that can

withstand cooler weather is a great

way to bring color and dimension

to outdoor spaces, enhancing

your curb appeal into the autumn


To educate and inspire, the plant

and gardening experts at Ball

Horticultural Co. share simple tips,

top trends and standout plants that

are ideal for fall:

Pollinator Plants

in Traditional Autumn Hues

There’s no easier way to add autumn

atmosphere to your entryway,

walkways and flower boxes than

with the warm hues of rich yellows

and sunny oranges. Blooms in

these colors convey happiness and

warmth, making them beautifully

eye-catching. Some plants in these

tones are especially attractive to

bees and butterflies, helping create

pollinator-friendly spaces.

Enjoying Living Color

in Your Outdoor Space

For example, award-winning

Echinacea Artisan yellow ombre

is a native-type prairie plant that

attracts songbirds, bees and butterflies

throughout fall and into

winter. It’s drought-tolerant and



home for

fall with

plants and

flowers in



low-maintenance, making it a nobrainer

for colorful autumn gardens.

Another great option as the weather

cools is Achillea millefolium Milly

Rock yellow terra cotta. This perennial

has a breathtaking golden-orange

color that is perfect for fall because

it is frost tolerant, plus it attracts pollinators

while resisting hungry rabbits

and deer.

Moody Blues Are Trending for Fall

While yellow and orange are

quintessential fall colors, you can

add an on-trend element to your

outdoor space with spreading pansy

Cool Wave blue. The stunning,

dark, moody blue hue plays nicely

when combined with a jewel-toned

autumn palette. It is also a standout

choice by itself, reflecting the cooler

weather, crisp air and clear night

skies associated with the fall months.

The vibrant shade of solid blue is

beautiful in planters and hanging

baskets as well as in landscaping

and window boxes. This sun-loving

variety is a spreading pansy, meaning

it can serve as great ground cover,

as well. You can enjoy this pansy

in fall, and with superior overwintering

hardiness, it’s the earliest pansy

to return in the spring.

Create Dimension

Through Floral Shapes

Color is one important aspect of

landscape design, but to really elevate

your outdoor appeal, consider

dimension, as well. Creating variables

in plants through shape and

texture adds visual interest, bringing

new depth to a space. To create this,

mix florals with greenery, and don’t

be afraid of nontraditional flower


The perfect example is celosia,

which features blooms in unique

shapes such as plumes, spikes or

wavy crests. You can create any outdoor

aesthetic you desire with varieties

available in yellow, orange, red

and dark purple. Each adds texture

and dimension, pairing well with

mums and other popular autumn


Whether it’s containers, window

boxes or several strategic places in

your landscaping, you can update

your home for the fall season and

boost your curb appeal with fall

flowers. A dash of color and texture

will help your home be a standout on

the block.

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Prepping windows for cold, gusty

weather is essential no matter your

home’s age, but what exactly needs

to be done? Read on for the ultimate

breakdown of how to seal windows

and protect your home from winter


• Test for air leaks. Any style of

window could have small air leaks

that allow drafts and moisture to enter

without your knowledge. Check

your windows’ seals by lighting a

match or candle and seeing if the

smoke is affected by a breeze. The

smoke trail can help pinpoint any

small cracks you should address

while weatherizing.

• Fill the seals. Reinforcing the

seal around the entire window

frame will ensure it’s ready for cold

weather. Using a product such as

Duck brand Foam Weatherstrip

Seals will help form a solid barrier

around window edges, thanks to

self-adhesive foam strips that block

drafts. This can help lower utility

costs by stopping leaks. Updating

these seals every few years helps

keep the window frame in the best

Window Weatherization 101

Keep cold winds out of your home by updating window seals.

possible shape and maintains protection

from winter winds.

• Restore with paint. Updating

your window with a fresh coat of

primer and either paint or stain

helps keep it in great condition for

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a change in season. Not only will

it provide a new look, but paint or

stain also creates a tight seal around

the wood framework and acts as an

additional barrier for pinhole cracks

or air leaks.

• Insulate the frame. Winter

weather can be brutal in certain regions.

Rolled window insulation kits

are crystal clear and create an additional

cold-air barrier for when you

need extra protection on top of foam

seals. The window kit film comes

in an easy-to-use roll of shrink film,

which means no measuring is needed,

and excess film can be cut once

applied. Once secured to indoor

window frames, the film provides

an airtight seal that can be removed

once warmer weather arrives.

• Add thermal protection. After preparing

your window for the approaching

winter winds, swap out your

everyday curtains for thicker, thermal

fabric window treatments. These insulating

curtains typically have two or

three layers of thick fabric, combined

with a layer of acrylic foam, to prevent

air infiltration and cold.

Precautionary steps to seal in warm

air and keep out potential drafts will

help reduce energy costs this winter

— and help protect the longevity

(and comfort) of your home.

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Orlando Watersports Complex

completed the first phase of a

planned, multimillion dollar expansion

and renovation. Some of the

additions include a new aquapark,

a new beach feature, an improved

layout for OWC’s “get up guarantee”

beginner training, and a rebuilt

and optimized standard cable. The

new aquapark, which includes more

than 30 features, is now strategically

placed right in front of the beach

for easier access while also having

the ability to serve as a viewing

area. OWC also added a new boathouse

by the beach that contains a

new 2023 Nautique G23 and Ski

Nautique, both of which are available

to rent out for tubing, wake surfing

and wakeboarding sessions.


compiled by Lauren Salinero

eighth straight victory to secure the

3A Region 2 Championship. Three

of its players placed in the top 10:

Cameron Baez, with a score of 69

(-3); Ken Anderson, with a score

of 70 (-2); and Carson Baez, with

West Orange High School’s

varsity football team won a close

game against Dr. Phillips High

School to retain the Ol’ Orange

Crate. The rivalry between the two

schools dates back to 1987, with

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

the crate being passed to the winning

team since 1988. The Warriors

took home this year's crate with a

19-17 win.

Windermere High School’s

varsity men’s golf team scored its

a score of 71 (-1). Congratulations,


The Harlem Globetrotters 2023

World Tour presented by Jersey

Mike’s Subs is coming to Addition

Financial Arena. The Globetrotter

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

stars are bringing out their amazing

basketball skills, outrageous

athleticism and a nonstop laugh-outloud

good time. The Globetrotters

will go head-to-head against the

Washington Generals, who will stop

at nothing to try and defeat them.

As the Harlem Globetrotters near

their 100th anniversary, they have

contributed to the growth of basketball

at an immeasurable magnitude

across the world.

For more information, visit


Windermere High School

graduate attending the University of

Florida; and Victoria LiWang, a

Windermere High School graduate

attending the University of Florida.

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Jackson Brune (42nd place),

and Mason Paulsberg (46th


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. Sports information

is welcome and may be mailed to P.O. Box

851, Windermere, FL 34786; or emailed to

Lauren@kearneypublishing.com. ª

Amway Center, home to the

Orlando Magic, was named

amongst the best away-day experiences

for supporters of visiting NBA

teams by Online Betting Guide USA

(OLBG). Sporting experts at OLBG

ranked factors such as average ticket

prices, the cost of beer, stadium capacity,

Google reviews and parking

rates. Amway Center was ranked

fourth among other NBA team homes.

Ocoee Tennis Academy celebrated

its 30th anniversary at

Tiger Minor Park. During the event,

four players were honored as

MVPs: Grady Smith, an Ocoee

High School graduate attending

Valencia College; Michelle

Waters, an Ocoee High School

graduate attending Valencia

College, Rebecca LiWang, a

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

For the first time in the school’s

history, the Horizon High School

men’s cross country team won

the District 3-3A Championship.

Seniors Connor Parrish (fifth

place) and Dylan Royal (15th

place) led the Hawks’ victory with

finishes in the top 15. They were

followed by Girmay Buck (20th

place), Brendan Ketelsen (27th

place), Jacob Finch (40th place),

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

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

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School News


The faculty and staff of Panther Lake Elementary School

congratulate students in each class who were selected by

their teachers for either the Principal’s Academic Excellence

Award or the GRIT Award for September.

n Charity/Fundraiser

Dec. 10 — Beverlye Colson-Neal

Scholarship Fundraiser

Jessie Brock Community Center, 310 N. Dillard St.,

Winter Garden, hosts the first Beverlye Colson-Neal

Scholarships Fundraiser, an evening of dinner and dancing

presented by the National Congress of Black Women

Orlando. No ticket sales at the door. Time: 6 p.m. Cost:

$35. For more information, call 321-229-7688, email

ncbworlando@gmail.com or visit tinyurl.com/bdepb36k.

n Event/Performance

Nov. 27 — Hola @ The Park

Icon Park Orlando, 8375 International Drive, Orlando, hosts

Hola @ The Park, presented by Orlando Health and highlighting

Hispanic culture by promoting local artists and Latin food.

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

visit www.hispanicchamberorlando.com or holaatthepark.com.

n Holiday Happenings

Through Dec. 16 — Holiday Food Drive

The Hope for More Foundation sponsors the 2022 Anti-

Hunger Holiday Food Drive and Fundraiser to help families in

need of emergency assistance in efforts to alleviate food insecurity

in the Central Florida community. For donations, dropoff

locations and to view an Amazon wish list of items, visit

www.kendricklawgroup.com/anti-hunger. For more information

about Hope Helps Food Pantry, visit www.hopehelps.org.


compiled by Lisa Sagers

Through Jan. 1, 2023 — Night Of A

Million Lights

Island H2O Water Park, 3230 Inspiration Drive,

Kissimmee, hosts Night of a Million Lights, including family

activities, live entertainment, festive food and beverages

available for purchase, DJ Jack Frost’s Ice Block Party, a

life-sized snow globe, winter wonderland with millions of

lights, and more. Time: 6-10 p.m. or 6-11 p.m. nightly.

Ticket prices start at $30 for adults and $15 for kids 3-17,

with proceeds benefiting Give Kids The World Village.

Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or

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

Nov. 25, 2022-Jan. 1, 2023 — Dazzling


Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando,

presents the third annual Dazzling Lights, a familyfriendly

event that gives guests the opportunity to

embark on a three-quarter-mile, interactive holiday

experience. Activities include a million lights, meetand-greet

characters in the Ice Castle, a yeti play

area for children, 40-foot-diameter snow dome with

swirling snow, and more. This year, guests choose

their own adventure. Timed entry takes place from

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

access to an outdoor lounge, $25 for adults, $22 for

children 3-13. On-site parking is available for a small

fee. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit


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Dec. 1 — Holiday Tree Lighting

Icon Park Orlando in the I-Drive District hosts the annual

Holiday Tree Lighting event, including the lighting of the

official 50-foot holiday tree, special performances, singing

and dancing, The Santa Workshop Experience, and more.

Time: 6 p.m. The Santa Workshop Experience is purchased

separately and includes a free ticket to ride The Wheel

and carousel on the Promenade. Advance registrations

are required. For more information, visit idrivedistrict.com.

Dec. 2 & 3 — A Big Band Christmas


Lake Buena Vista High School, 11305 Daryl Carter

Parkway, Orlando, hosts Central Florida Community Arts’

performances of A Big Band Christmas. Time: Friday at

8 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m. Cost: $15 premium general

admission, $10 general admission, free for lap-held

children 3-younger. For more information or to purchase

tickets, visit cfcarts.com/bbxmas.

Dec. 2, 3 & 4 — Rudolph The Red-Nosed

Reindeer Jr. Performances

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church’s Youth Theatre presents

performances of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Jr. in the

theater at the church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road,

Orlando. Time: Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday

at 3 p.m. Cost: $10. For more information or to purchase

tickets, visit www.st.lukes.org/rudolph.

Dec. 3 — Santa’s Lane

Oakland Town Center, 230 N. Tubb St., Oakland, hosts

Santa’s Lane, presented by Duke Energy and including an

alpine slide, snow flurries, food trucks, music, a photo-op

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

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

Dec. 9 — Christmas With The Basilica


The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of

the Universe, 8300 Vineland Ave., Orlando, presents

Christmas With the Basilica Choir, an annual tradition

of Advent and Christmas music with a popular audience

sing-a-long to favorite holiday tunes. Arrive early for the

best seats. Time: 7:30 p.m. For more information, call

407-239-6600 or visit maryqueenoftheuniverse.org.

Dec. 10 — Holiday Amaryllis Festival

Nehrling Gardens, a Florida Heritage Landmark, 2267

Hempel Ave., Gotha, hosts the 11th annual Holiday

Amaryllis Festival, a free nature-themed community event.

Activities include rare amaryllis bulbs for sale, nature-themed

vendors, food, music and crafts for children. Time: 9 a.m.-

3 p.m. For more information, call 407-445-9977, email

info@nehrlinggardens.org or visit www.nehrlinggardens.org.

Dec. 10 — Jolly Jamboree

The Withers-Maguire House, 16 E. Oakland Ave. in

downtown Ocoee, hosts the Jolly Jamboree, including

the lighting of the holiday tree. Time: 5-9 p.m. Admission

is free. For more information, call 407-905-3180 or visit



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Dec. 10 & 11 — I’ll Be Home For

Christmas Performances

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

Vineland Road, Orlando, presents performances of I’ll

Be Home for Christmas. Time: Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Cost: $12 for

adults, $6 for children under 12. For more information,

visit www.st.lukes.org/christmasconcert.

Dec. 11 — MetroWest WinterFest

MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 S. Hiawassee Road,

Orlando, hosts the ninth annual MetroWest WinterFest,

presented by Orlando Health and including free photos

with Santa and Mrs. Claus; a 16-ton snow slide and

play area; holiday-themed performances by MetroWest

and Westpointe elementary schools; a merry-go-round,

bungee bouncer and ballistic swing carnival ride; face

painters; horse and carriage rides; a food truck zone;

vendors and more. Pets and coolers are not allowed.

Time: 3-7 p.m. Admission is free. The event benefits

Edgewood Children’s Ranch. For more information, visit


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


Nov. 22 & 29 — Virtual Toastmasters


Windermere Toastmasters Club No. 4662754 holds Zoom

meetings. Attendees learn to develop their oral communication

and leadership skills in a supportive and positive learning

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

information or to request online Zoom meeting details, visit

www.4662754.toastmastersclubs.org and click “Contact Us.”

Nov. 23 & 30 — Virtual Toastmasters


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.

Dec. 1 — Retired Educators Meeting

The Orange County Retired Educators Association meets

at Church on the Drive, 1914 Edgewater Drive, Orlando.

The meeting’s program is musical presentations by Timber

Creek High School’s chorus and Edgewater High School’s

ensemble. Anyone who has worked in education is invited.

Masks are optional, and refreshments are provided. Time:

10 a.m. for social time, 10:30 a.m. for the program. For

more information, call 407-843-6909.

Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 — 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


Dec. 8 & 22 — Thursday Networking

Group Meetings

West Orange Chamber of Commerce’s Thursday

Networking Group meets at the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA

Family Center, 7000 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando. Time:

second and fourth Thursday of each month from 8:30-

9:30 a.m. For more information, email Jim Zeitschel,


n Volunteer


Ongoing — Virtual Volunteers Needed

RSVP seeks volunteers to help make masks for Cornerstone

Hospice & Palliative Care. For more information or if

interested, call Tyler VanBuren, 630-335-3084; or email


Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

The Foster Grandparent Program seeks limited-income

volunteers 55-older to join in helping children in schools

all around Central Florida. For more information, call 407-

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

Ongoing — Pet Foster Homes Needed

As part of its Pet Peace of Mind program, Cornerstone

Hospice seeks foster homes for pets left behind after their

owners pass away. For more information or to receive an

application to foster, email ppom@cshospice.org. For more

information about hospice volunteer opportunities, call

Sharon Smith, 404-290-1583; or email ssmith@vcifl.org.

Ongoing — Volunteers/Docents Needed

Oakland Nature Preserve, 747 Machete Trail, Oakland,

seeks adults interested in learning about the history,

wildlife, plants and restoration efforts at ONP to volunteer

at the preserve to greet visitors, help answer

questions and lead a tour from time to time. Workdays

are Mondays and/or Saturdays. For more information,

email outreach@oaklandnaturepreserve.org or visit

www.oaklandnaturepreserve.org/guide. To register

online, visit oaklandnaturepreserve.org.

Ongoing — Volunteer Veterans Needed

Cornerstone Hospice seeks volunteers who are veterans of

America’s armed forces to honor patients who are veterans

by visiting them in their homes, a facility or a hospital.

Cornerstone Hospice is a four-star level member of the

We Honor Veterans program, a national initiative to provide

veterans in hospice care with specialized services.

All volunteers must participate in mandatory training that

includes an overview of what is hospice care and how

volunteers play an important role in caring for patients. For

more information, call Olivia Davidson, 407-206-5060;

or email odavidso@cshospice.org.

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

The Mustard Seed of Central Florida, 12 Mustard Seed

Lane, Orlando, seeks volunteers who can help with donation

sorting, mattress recycling, warehouse maintenance,

administrative work, special events or general maintenance.

For more information, call 407-875-2040, ext.

110; or email jessi@mustardseedfla.org.

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

The town of Oakland seeks volunteers to assist in

various fun and fulfilling roles at The Healthy West

Orange Arts and Heritage Center. Applicants must

consent to a criminal background check. For more

information, call Pamela Stewart, 407-656-1117, ext.

2112; email arts&heritage@oaklandfl.gov; or visit


Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

My Brother’s Keeper seeks volunteers — especially adult

men (18-older) of color — who can serve as positive role

models and mentor boys and young men of color. For

more information, email Grace, gdearden@vcifl.org, at

Volunteers for Community Impact.

Contributions to Community Bulletin Board are welcome. Please

send information six weeks before the event to P.O. Box 851,

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

email Lisa@kearneypublishing.com. ª





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