Nov. 11 — Challenge For Hope 5K

Give Kids The World Village, 210 S. Bass Road, Kissimmee, hosts the ninth annual Challenge for Hope Walk, Run, Roll or Stroll 5K, formerly known as the Gingerbread Run. All participants receive a limited edition medal, goodie bag, snacks, refreshments and access to finish line pictures with free download. Costumes are welcome. Parking is at Plaza Del Sol, formerly the Osceola Square Mall. Time: Race day packet pickup opens at 6 a.m. and ends at 7 a.m. Cost: $40 through Oct. 15, $45 from Oct. 16-Nov. 11, and $50 on race day unless sold out. The cost for juniors 3-12 is $20 with a paid adult. Virtual challengers are $35. Teams are also welcome, and sponsorships are available. For more information, email Roy at

compiled by Lisa Sagers


Oct. 21 — Fundraising Quilt Auction

The Maitland Civic Center, 641 S. Maitland Ave., Maitland, hosts the Florida Cabin Fever Quilt Auction, including appetizers and desserts, raffle baskets and live and silent auctions of quilts and other items. Time: 6 p.m. Cost: $8 in advance; $10 at the door, with proceeds co-benefiting Beta House for teenage mothers, Florida Hospital’s Neonatal Unit and Cancer Treatment Center for Women. For more information, call 407-702-9144 or email

Oct. 22 — A Taste For Giving

Full Sail Live, 141 University Park Drive, Winter Park, hosts A Taste for Giving, an evening of food, one-of-a-kind entertainment, unique prize opportunities, celebrity appearances and more. The event features chef Isabella Morgia Di Vicari of The Meatball Shoppe selecting ingredients inspired by items found in the Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry and transforming them into a culinary delight. Time: 4-7 p.m. Cost: $150, with proceeds supporting JFS Orlando programs. For more information, call 407-644-7593, email or visit

Nov. 3 & 4 — Fiesta Performances

Central Florida Community Arts presents Fiesta, a live concert experience performed by the 150-member CFCArts Symphony Orchestra, featuring Mariachi Cobre, at Calvary Orlando, 1199 Clay St., Winter Park. Guests may come early to eat authentic Mexican cuisine from an outdoor food truck that begins serving at 6:30 p.m. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door, and $25 for priority tickets. Donations raised during the event benefit the citizens in Puerto Rico who were affected by Hurricane Maria. For more information, call 407-937-1800, ext. 710; or visit

Nov. 4 — Gift Of Life Gala

The Heaven Event Center, 8240 Exchange Drive, Orlando, hosts The Gift of Life’s fourth annual Black Tie Gala, themed “Dancing for Preemies” and including live entertainment, dinner, dancing, an auction, children’s events and more. A cash bar is available. Time: 5-11 p.m. Cost: $45, adults; $25, children, with proceeds benefiting NICU support services. Ticket sales end Oct. 30. For more information, visit

Nov. 4 — Walk/Run For The Poor 5K

The Carter Center Pavilion at Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake, 3401 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando, hosts St. Vincent de Paul Society’s third annual Walk/Run for the Poor 5K, including food and goodie bags for all participants and a raffle. Registration is available online through Oct. 31 by visiting and searching “Holy Family.” Time: 8 a.m. for registration, 9 a.m. for walk/run. Cost: $25, with proceeds benefiting local people in need through the programs and food pantry at Holy Family Catholic Church. For more information, call 407-234-2010 or email

Nov. 4 — Dream Village Gala

Omni Resorts ChampionsGate Orlando, 1500 Masters Blvd., ChampionsGate, hosts the eighth annual Sunshine Foundation Dream Village Gala, including cocktails, dinner and dessert, live and silent auctions, entertainment, dancing, a raffle and more. Black tie is optional. Time: 6 p.m. Cost: $150, with proceeds benefiting the Sunshine Foundation. Sponsorships are available. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Nov. 4 — Imagine Gala

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, 5601 Universal Blvd., Orlando, hosts the Central Florida chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s 11th annual Imagine Gala, honoring the family of Charles and Rebecca Veigle Jr. and including a cocktail hour, seated dinner, live and silent auctions, entertainment and a special Fund A Cure segment. Time: 6 p.m. Cost: $250, with proceeds supporting the next milestone in diabetes research. Sponsorships are available. For more information, call 407-774-2166 or visit

Nov. 11 — Dance, Dream & Inspire Dance Competition

Disney’s Contemporary Resort, 4600 N. World Drive, Lake Buena Vista, hosts Community Based Care of Central Florida’s sixth annual Dance, Dream & Inspire Ballroom Dance Competition, during which local “celebrities” pair up with professional ballroom dance instructors to perform in a competition for the winning title. Dancers also compete for the Most Popular Couple by encouraging their supporters to vote for them online in the weeks leading up to the competition. Time: 6:30 p.m. for registration and reception; 8 p.m. for the show. Cost: $150, with proceeds benefiting local children in foster care. For more information, call Debbie Leon, 321-441-2322, email or visit

Children’s/Teens  Programs

Oct. 19 & 31 — Library Programs

The West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee, hosts the following children’s programs: Itsy Bitsy Spiders for ages 2-4 on Oct. 19 at 2 p.m.; and The Boo Bash for ages 3-12 on Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. Attendees wear their Halloween costumes and enjoy a ghoulish time with creepy crafts, spooky stories and more. For more information or to register, call 407-835-7323 or visit

Oct. 21 & 31 — Library Programs

The Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St., Winter Garden, hosts the following children’s programs: The Boo Bash for ages 3-12 on Oct. 21 at 2:30 p.m. Attendees wear their Halloween costumes and enjoy a ghoulish time with creepy crafts, spooky stories and more; and Itsy Bitsy Spiders for ages 2-4 on Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m. For more information or to register, call 407-835-7323 or visit

Oct. 31 — Library Program

The Windermere Library, 530 Main St., Windermere, hosts Itsy Bitsy Spiders for ages 2-4. Time: 10:30 a.m. For more information or to register, call 407-835-7323 or visit


Oct. 25 — Presentation On Children’s Health

Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando, hosts Sam Kass, former White House chef and national nutrition adviser, for a presentation on children’s health. Kass will talk about how health food can be used to treat and prevent disease, how it increases school performance in children, and how it can be an economic driver in communities. Time: 5:30 p.m. for registration; 6:30 p.m. for presentation. Admission is free, but reservations are required. For more information and to RSVP, call 407-303-9239 or visit

Oct. 25 — Library Program

The Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St., Winter Garden, hosts Halloween Rocks, during which attendees paint, decorate and add some spooky cheer to the community. Time: 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 407-835-7323 or visit

Oct. 29 — Military Speaker Appearance

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts military speaker and former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald, who will talk about the issues facing the country’s veterans and their families. Light refreshments and fellowship will include a time for questions. The event is sponsored by St. Luke’s Military Friends and Support Cluster Group. Time: 1-3 p.m. For more information, email; to RSVP, visit

Nov. 2 — Caring For Caregivers Summit

Winter Park Community Center, 721 W. New England Ave., Winter Park, hosts the Caring for Caregivers Summit, including presentations by experts in senior health with topics such as navigating the health care system, avoiding caregiver burnout and wellness tips for staying healthy while caregiving. A complimentary lunch is provided, and registration is required. Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information or to register, call 407-303-1700.

Nov. 4 — Family History Conference

Olympia High School, 4301 Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts the 21st annual Family History Conference, featuring Crista Cowan, corporate genealogist at, and including speakers from across the U.S. and more than 50 classes in five sessions on a wide variety of topics relating to family history. Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $35, includes keynote address, five classes and a notebook that contains a handout for all 50+ classes. For more information and to register, visit


Through Oct. 29 — The Odd Couple Performances

Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden, presents performances of The Odd Couple. Showtimes and ticket prices vary. For more information, call 407-877-4736 or visit

Through Nov. 19 — The Hound Of The Baskervilles Performances

The Goldman Theater at Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF, 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando, hosts performances of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Showtimes vary. Cost: $25-$50. For more information, call 407-447-1700, ext. 1; or visit

Through Jan. 13, 2018 — Art Exhibition

Crealdé School of Art, in partnership with the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, presents The Lake: A Documentary Exploring the Land and People of Lake Apopka, in its two galleries — 600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park; and Hannibal Square Heritage Center, 642 W. New England Ave., Winter Park. After more than a year of planning, two artist teams set out to capture the contemporary view of the land and people of the diverse and distinctive Lake Apopka community. For more information, call 407-671-1886.

Oct. 20 — School Fall Festival

Bridgewater Middle School, 5600 Tiny Road, Winter Garden, hosts the Bridgewater Fall Festival, a Harry Potter-themed event that includes The Climb Challenge, The Corn Maze, Gringotts Bank Money Machine, Quidditch, Every Flavor Jelly Bean Contest, carnival games, food trucks and more. Musical entertainment is provided by BMS’s music programs. Time: 5-8 p.m. Cost: Admission is free; $20 for a wristband at the door for attractions. For more information, call 407-905-3710.

Oct. 22 — Ave Maria: A Celebration Of Our Lady

The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, 8300 Vineland Ave., Orlando, presents a performance of Ave Maria: A Celebration of Our Lady by the Basilica Choir and Orchestra. Time: 3 p.m. Cost: $25; free for children 12-younger. For more information, call 407-239-6600 or visit

Oct. 23-Nov. 19 — Polkadots Performances

Orlando Repertory Theatre in Partnership With UCF, 1001 E. Princeton St., Orlando, presents performances of Polkadots: the Cool Kids Musical. Showtimes vary, and ticket prices start at $15. For more information, call 407-896-7365 or visit

Oct. 27 — Dick Pope Legacy Awards Luncheon

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar at Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Drive, Orlando, hosts the fifth anniversary of the Dick Pope Legacy Awards Luncheon, during which Mayor Buddy Dyer and Robert Earl will be honored. A cash bar is available. Time: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Cost: $57.37 through Oct. 20; $77.97 from Oct. 20-27. For more information, visit

Oct. 27 & 28 — Food & Wine Classic

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hosts its eighth Food & Wine Classic, including unlimited tastings at more than 50 stations that feature culinary selections from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants and wines from more than 30 wineries, live entertainment, overnight and multiple-night package options, and more. Upgraded ticket options allow guests access to a beer garden, featuring a wide selection of craft beers and Oktoberfest-inspired cuisine. Cost: Advanced-purchase event-only tickets are $115 each. Upgraded tickets are $140. For more information, call 800-227-1500 or visit

Oct. 27, 28 & 29 — Swan Lake Performances

Orlando Ballet presents performances of Swan Lake, with live music by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, at the Walt Disney Theater, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. Time: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Ticket prices start at $19. For more information, call 844-513-2014 or visit

Nov. 3 & 4 — Ocoee Founders Day Festival

Downtown Ocoee hosts its annual Ocoee Founders Day Festival, a family-friendly, free two-day concert that features Tony Jackson, Spayed Koolie, Colt Ford and Chris Janson on Friday from 5:30-10 p.m.; and Shenandoah, Love and Theft, Craig Campbell and Dwight Yoakam from 3-10 p.m. on Saturday. Other Saturday festivities include a fireworks show; fishing, corn hole and poker tournaments; a classic car show; arts-and-crafts vendors; a 5K and kids fun run; church tours; and more. For more information, email or visit

Nov. 4 — Viva Alfa Romeo Car Show

Market Street in Downtown Celebration hosts the Viva Alfa Romeo Car Show, including classic cars from around Florida. Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit

Nov. 4 — Food & Wine Festival

The Phillips Crossing Shopping Center, 8003 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando, hosts Dr. Phillips Chamber of Commerce’s Food & Wine Festival of Dr. Phillips. Vendor space and sponsorship opportunities are available. Time: 1-4 p.m. Cost: $30 in advance, $40 at the door. Children are free with a paying adult, and proceeds benefit scholarship programs. For more information, call 407-749-0333, email or visit

Nov. 4 & 5 — Downtown Clermont Arts Festival

The 11th annual “Champions for the Arts” Downtown Clermont Arts Festival, including fine artists and fine crafters competing for $3,000 in cash awards, a kids zone, sidewalk chalk art contest, food vendors, street music and entertainment, and a communitywide farmers market (Sunday). For more information, email or call 352-547-4640.

Nov. 11 — Access-Life Expo

Bill Breeze Park on Starke Lake, 1 S. Lakeshore Drive, Ocoee, hosts the Access-Life Expo, a free event for individuals/families living with any disability. All ages are welcome. Activities include boating, fishing, animals, games, food crafts, exhibitors and archery. Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration is required at For more information, call 352-455-9926.

Nov. 11 — Winter Garden Music Fest 2017

Plant Street in downtown Winter Garden hosts the Winter Garden Music Fest 2017, a one-day, family-friendly, outdoor music festival that features the best in local talent, food and craft beer. Time: noon-11 p.m. For more information, call 407-656-4111 or visit

Nov. 26 — Handel’s Messiah Performance

Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston St., Orlando, hosts the 45th annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, performed by the Messiah Choral Society and led by John Sinclair. Time: 3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Dec. 8, 2017; Jan. 6, Feb. 11, March 11 & April 15, 2018 — Concert Series

As part of Celebration Foundation’s 2017-18 Concert Series, Community Presbyterian Church, 511 Celebration Ave., Celebration, hosts the following performances: Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m., the Traditional Holiday Brass Concert, performed by The Brass Band of Central Florida; Jan. 6 at 7:30 p.m., An Evening With Branford Marsalis Quartet; Feb. 11 at 5 p.m., Florida’s Finest Youth Orchestra; March 11 at 5 p.m., Colorado’s Next Great Bluegrass Band; and April 15 at 5 p.m., Mozart & Dvorak, performed by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Cost: $25-$45 per concert. A series ticket is available for $135. Tickets are available at the door if they are not sold out. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 407-566-1234 or visit

Halloween Happenings/Autumn Activities

Through Oct. 28 — Pumpkin Patch

St Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts its annual pumpkin patch, including a variety of pumpkins, winter squashes and gourds. Time: weekdays from 3-8 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. The patch opens at noon on Oct. 16 and Oct. 27. Cost: Prices range from $1-$30, depending on the pumpkin. Proceeds support St. Luke’s Youth Ministries mission trips, camps and retreats. For more information, call 407-876-4991, ext. 238; or email

Oct. 20, 21, 27 & 28 — Haunted House Event

The city of Ocoee invites the public to its 10th annual Haunted House event, at 951 Ocoee Apopka Road, Ocoee. There is also a Haunted Walk that takes revelers along a path filled with spooky sights and sounds. There are not-so-scary activities for younger children, including a bounce house, hayrides, prizes, candy and refreshments. Attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items  that will be donated to the West Orange Christian Service Center. Time: Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and close at 11 p.m. Cost: $5 for the haunted house; $5 for the haunted walk. For more information, call 407-905-3180 or visit

Oct. 21 — Trunks, Treats & More

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts Trunks, Treats & More, a family-friendly event that includes trunk-or-treating, food, a children’s costume contest, entertainment and more. Attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items from a specific donation list that can be found online at to help feed those working on Florida farms, as well as their families. Time: 5-7 p.m. Admission is free; however, donations are accepted. For more information or to RSVP, call 407-876-4991, ext. 216; or email

Oct. 21 — Fear At Tier Party

Tier Night Club, 20 E. Central Blvd., Orlando, hosts the 2017 Costumes for a Cause — Fear at Tier party, sponsored by Guys With Ties Philanthropy and including a costume contest. Age requirement is 21-older. Time: 9 p.m.-late. Cost: $30 at the door, with proceeds co-benefiting The Gift of Swimming and Wow Legacy Group. For more information, visit

Oct. 26, 27, 28 & 29 — Southwest Fall Fest

Holy Family Catholic Church, 5125 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts HFCS’s annual Southwest Fall Festival, including rides, games, a food court, beer garden, entertainment, bingo and more. Time: Thursday from 6-10 p.m., Friday from 6 p.m.-midnight, Saturday from 2 p.m.-midnight, and Sunday from 1-6 p.m. Admission is free. For more information or to purchase an unlimited ride wristband, visit

Oct. 28 — Harvest Festival

Montrose Street in downtown Clermont hosts the third annual Clermont Harvest Festival, including more than 120 vendors, music, pumpkin decorating, old-fashioned carnival games, hayrides and a petting farm. Additional activities include a pop-up escape room and train rides. Costumes are encouraged, and at 5:30 p.m., there is a costume parade down Montrose Street to First United Methodist Church’s Trunk or Treat. At 7 p.m., Sommer Sports hosts its annual Nightmare on Clermont Trails 5K, starting at the Historic Village. For more information, call 352-247-4640 or email

Oct. 29 — Creepy Crawl 5K & Vampire Mile

Lake Baldwin at Baldwin Park, 4990 New Broad St., Orlando, hosts the annual Orlando Creepy Crawl 5K and Vampire Mile. Costumes are welcome, and wicked awards are presented to the top team and individual fundraisers, most spirited team, best Halloween costumes, and top male and female runners in various age groups. The 5K is officially timed. Time: 7 a.m. for check-in and registration. 8:05 a.m. for the walk and 5K. Cost: $30, with proceeds supporting programs for Florida’s bleeding disorders community. For more information or to register, visit


Through Nov. 1 — Plein Air Artists Needed

The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park, hosts the 10th annual Winter Park Paint Out from April 22-28, 2018, and is seeking 25 professionally acclaimed plein air artists to participate in the juried event. Applicants must be 18-older. To apply, download an application from and return via email to The deadline is Nov. 1, 2017. For more information, visit or

Oct. 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18 & 25 — Farmers Markets

Winter Garden Farmers Market, voted No. 1 in America, takes place at 104 S. Lakeview Ave., Winter Garden. The market has more than 150 vendors, and there is a new parking garage next to the event. Time: Saturdays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Oct. 26 — Food Truck Takeover

The MetroWest Food Truck Takeover takes place in Veranda Park near 2121 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando. Time: the fourth Thursday of each month from 6-9 p.m. For more information, visit

Nov. 4 — Food Truck Night

Summerport Village Food Truck Night, a family-friendly event that features a variety of food trucks, local vendors, live music and children’s activities, takes place at 13790 Bridgewater Crossing Blvd., Windermere. Time: the first Saturday of every month from 5:30-9 p.m.

Nov. 12 — Open House

The First Academy, 2667 Bruton Blvd., Orlando, hosts an open house. Time: 2-4 p.m. For more information, call 407-206-8602 or visit


Oct. 18 & 25 — Toastmasters Meetings

The Florida Turnpike Headquarters Building No. 5315 in the Turkey Lake Service Area on Florida’s Turnpike at Mile Marker 263, hosts Turnpike Toastmasters meetings. Guests must check in at the reception desk for meeting access. Time: Wednesdays from noon-1 p.m. For more information, visit

Oct. 24 & 31 — Toastmasters Meetings

The Seventh-day Adventist Church Hall, 4100 McKinnon Road, Windermere, hosts Windermere Toastmasters Club No. 4662754 meetings. Attendees learn to develop their oral communication and leadership skills in a supportive and positive learning environment. Time: Tuesdays at 7 p.m. For more information, visit

Nov. 1 — Orlando Story Club Meeting

The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive, Orlando, hosts a meeting of the Orlando Story Club, during which anyone who wishes to tell a personal story has a chance to put their name in a hat. Selected individuals showcase their storytelling for the enrichment of the local community. Time: first Wednesday of every other month from 7-9:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost: $5 at the door with an optional donation for different Orlando philanthropic organizations. For more information, visit or

Nov. 2 — Retired Educators Meeting

The Orange County Retired Educators Association meets at College Park United Methodist Church, 644 W. Princeton St., Orlando. The program will be “Healthy Eating for Vitality,” featuring nutritional specialist Rob Graham, and anyone who has worked in education is invited. Time: 10 a.m. For more information, call 407-677-0446 or visit

Support Groups

Nov. 14 — Support Group Meeting For Caregivers

The  Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center sponsors a free support group meeting for caregivers in the Suite 281 Conference Room (next to the south elevators on the second floor) at Health Central Hospital, 10000 W. Colonial Drive, Ocoee. Time: second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. For more information, call 407-843-1910 or visit

Nov. 20 — Stroke Support Group Meeting

The Winter Park Civic Center, 1050 W. Morse Blvd., Winter Park, hosts a free meeting of the BCenter’s Stroke Support & Social Group. A deli-style lunch is provided. Reservations via email are requested to Time: third Monday of each month from 12:30-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 888-942-9355.

Volunteer Opportunities

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 or visit To register online, visit

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

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

The Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, which advocates for quality long-term care, seeks volunteers. Training is provided. For more information, call 888-831-0404 or visit ♥

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 💓