COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Through Dec. 31 — Light Up UCF

CFE Arena and the University of Central Florida host the 10th annual Light Up UCF, an annual holiday festival that includes 45 nights of ice-skating, a world-class choreographed light show with new music, free holiday movies, live entertainment, rides, a Light Up Express kids train, photos with Santa and more. The Holiday Market Under the Stars takes place Dec. 16. Times, dates and costs vary. For more information, visit www.lightupucf.com.

compiled by Lisa Sagers


Charities/Fundraisers

Dec. 9 — Fundraising Golf Tournament

The Hawk’s Landing Golf Course at Marriott World Center, 8701 World Center Drive, Orlando, hosts the annual golf tournament for Olympia High School’s baseball team. Lunch is provided. Time: 1 p.m. Cost: $100 for a single-player spot. Sponsorships are available. Proceeds help to improve OHS’s baseball  facilities and other needs. For more information, email olympiatitansbaseball@gmail.com.

Dec. 16 — AutoNation Cure Bowl

Camping World Stadium, 1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando, hosts the AutoNation Cure Bowl, an NCAA college football game that raises awareness of breast cancer. Time: 2:30 p.m. Cost: $25, with proceeds benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, whose mission is committed to exclusively funding cancer research. For more information, visit curebowl.com/the-game.

Classes/Programs

Ongoing — Computer Lessons For Adults

Orange County Parks & Recreation offers courses through the Computer Basics & More program at the South Econ Community Center, 3800 S. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando. Classes are taught weekdays in English by qualified volunteers to adult users interested in topics such as email, spreadsheets, eBay buying/selling, internet searching and Windows Explorer. Students are encouraged to bring their own devices for direct, hands-on learning. Cost: $5 per three-hour session. For more information, call 407-254-9075 or email computerbasicsandmore1@gmail.com.

Ongoing — Health & Wellness Program

The public is invited to learn about a simple change that is a necessary foundation in supporting health, reducing health risks, increasing energy and empowering the immune system. Time: Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m. For more information, including the Orlando location, call 407-325-6174.

Dec. 8, 15, 22 & 29 — 50+ Yoga Classes

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts 50+ Yoga classes. Participants are encouraged to bring a yoga mat and blocks. Time: Fridays at 9:30 a.m. Cost: $2. For more information, email cathy.infiniteyoga@gmail.com.

Dec. 11, 13, 18, 20 & 27 — 50+ Fitness Aerobics Classes

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts 50+ Fitness Aerobics classes. Exercise mats are provided. Time: Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:45 a.m. Cost: $2. For more information, email fit4ever40f@cfl.rr.com.

Dec. 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 & 28 — Strength For Life 50+ Classes

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts Strength for Life 50+ group strength classes. Participants are encouraged to bring exercise bands and free weights. Exercise mats are provided. Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Cost: $2. For more information, email fit4ever40f@cfl.rr.com.

Dec. 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 & 28 — Cardio/Strength Interval Classes

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts cardio/strength interval classes. Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. Cost: $5 per class or $30 per month. For more information, email Chris Smith at csmith@st.lukes.org.

Dec. 12, 19 & 26 — Stitching-Group Gatherings

The Twisted Stitchers stitching group meets at the Southwest Library at Dr. Phillips, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. All crafters are invited to attend. Time: Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call Alouise Bergeron, 407-351-1324.

Dec. 13 — Stress-Buster Coloring

The Southwest Library at Dr. Phillips, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando, hosts Stress Buster Coloring for adults 18-older. All supplies are provided or attendees may bring their favorite coloring tools and a beverage, too. Time: 10:15 a.m. For more information, call 407-835-7323.

Events/Performances

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.

Through Dec. 23 — Annie Performances

The Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden, presents performances of Annie. Time: Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Cost: $34, $30 for students/senior citizens. Call for special discounts. For more information, call 407-877-4736 or visit gardentheatre.org.

Dec. 8, 9 & 10 — Legally Blonde Jr. Performances

Theatre South Playhouse in The Marketplace at Dr. Phillips, 7601 Della Drive, Suite 15, Orlando, presents performances of Legally Blonde Jr. Time: Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Cost: $12-$30. To purchase tickets, visit tsplayhouse.ticketbud.com.

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 www.thecelebrationfoundation.org.

Jan. 20, 2018 — Camellia Show

The Winter Park Garden Clubhouse in Mead Botanical Garden, 1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park, hosts the 72nd annual Camellia Show, including assorted varieties of camellia plants for sale, a camellia plant raffle, a Camellia 101 class from 10-11 a.m. (RSVP to presidentcscf@gmail.com), self-guided tours and more. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; however, camellia blooms are not viewable until 1 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Anyone who has camellias growing in their yard can enter a bloom or blooms for a competition that takes place between 7-10 a.m. Cash prizes are awarded. For more information, visit www.camelliacfl.com.

Holiday Happenings

Through Dec. 29 — Holiday Friday Nights

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, hosts Holiday Friday Nights, including free admission from 4-8 p.m. and live music from 5-8 p.m. Programming also includes family tours, curator tours and an art demonstration on selected dates. For more information, call 407-645-5311 or visit www.morsemuseum.org.

Through Dec. 30 — The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical Performances

Orlando Repertory Theatre, 1001 E. Princeton St., Orlando, presents performances of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical, Time: Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Cost: $25, adults; $18, students, seniors (55-older) and military personnel; and $15 for youth 3-17. For more information, call 407-896-7365 or visit orlandorep.com.

Through Dec. 30 — It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Performances

The Margeson Theater at Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership With UCF presents performances of It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Showtimes vary, and ticket prices are $13-$50. For more information, call 407-447-1700, ext. 1; or visit www.orlandoshakes.org.

Through Dec. 31 — Christmas Programs/Services

Lifebridge Church, 12120 Chase Road, Windermere, hosts the Upside Down Christmas Series during the month of December. The Dec. 10 morning services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. feature The Liberty Voices. The King and Me, a children’s Christmas musical, is performed Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. There are no morning services Dec. 24, instead they will be held at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. There is also a New Year’s Eve service at 10 a.m. For more information, call 407-505-4888 or visit www.lifebridgechurch.org.

Through Dec. 31 — Now Snowing

Celebration Town Center hosts the 19th annual Now Snowing event, including ice-skating, community performances by some of the area’s top young talent, horse-drawn carriage rides, train rides, photos with Santa and special concerts. Snow falls at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.celebrationtowncenter.com.

Through Jan. 1, 2018 — Holiday Fountain Show

Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs hosts the annual Holiday Fountain Show at the Plaza fountain, featuring special shows with dancing water and dazzling lights choreographed to classic holiday tunes. Time: 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.uptownaltamonte.com.

Through Jan. 6, 2018 — Holiday Celebration

Universal Orlando Resort celebrates the holidays with the following festivities: Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, including uniquely themed Christmas decorations, garlands and lights; holiday-themed food; and holiday performances by the Frog Choir and Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees; and more. In addition, there’s a Universal Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, Mannheim Steamroller performances on select dates, Grinchmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and much more. Times vary. Access to the theme park’s holiday festivities is included with admission to the parks. For more information, visit www.universalorlando.com/holidays.

Through Jan. 7, 2018 — The Polar Express 4-D Experience

Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites & Waterpark, 14500 Continental Gateway, Orlando, hosts The Polar Express 4-D Experience, showing nightly through Jan. 7, 2018. Time: 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m., and 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the resort’s box office. For more information, call 407-387-1808 or visit www.hisuitesorlando.com.

Through Jan. 7, 2018 — Winter In The Park

The Central Park West Meadow, 150 N. New York Ave., Winter Park, hosts Winter in the Park, the city’s annual holiday ice-skating rink, holiday music, games, special guests and more. Time: Monday-Thursday from 3-9 p.m., Friday from 3-10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday from noon-8 p.m. Cost: $13 to skate all day. Skate rental is included. For more information, call 407-599-3203 or visit cityofwinterpark.org/witp.

Dec. 1 — Tree-Lighting Ceremony

Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Drive, Orlando, hosts the I-Drive Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, including performances by The I-Ride Trolley Chords barbershop quartet, Jonathan McFassen, the Dr. Phillips High School dance magnet program, and the Central Florida Community Arts Children’s Choir. Photo opportunities with Santa are available after the ceremony. Time: 6 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 407-248-9590.

Dec. 2 — The Nutcracker Performance

Calvary Assembly Orlando, 1199 Clay St., Winter Park, hosts a performance of The Nutcracker by Russian Ballet Orlando. The Nutcracker is a tale of hope, imagination and excitement as Clara ventures to different places with her Nutcracker Prince by her side. It is a can’t-miss family Christmas tradition. For ticket information, visit www.russianballetorlando.org. For more information, call 407-896-0309.

Dec. 2 — Tree-Lighting Ceremony

The Withers-Maguire House and Lakeshore Center and its grounds, 125 N. Lakeshore Drive, Ocoee, hosts the fifth annual Ocoee Holiday Tree Lighting, including a disc jockey, horse and carriage rides, pony rides, food trucks, photos with Santa, face painting, tours of the historic Withers-Maguire House, and more. Time: 5-8:30 p.m. Admission is free, but there are small fees for some activities. For more information, call 407-905-3180 or visit ocoee.org.

Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17 — Breakfasts With Santa

T-Rex Cafe, 1676 E. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, hosts Breakfast With Santa events, including a meet-and-greet with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, a breakfast buffet, early-bird shopping at World of Disney, Disney’s Days of Christmas, and the T-Rex Dino Store from 9-10 a.m. Reservations are required. Time: 8-10 a.m. Cost: $32, adults; $20.50, children 4-9; free for children 3-younger. For more information, call 407-939-3463.

Dec. 7 — Christmas In The Park

Central Park in downtown Winter Park hosts Christmas in the Park, the 39th annual exhibition of century-old Tiffany windows and a free outdoor concert of holiday favorites by the Bach Festival Society Choir, Youth Choir and Brass Ensemble. Time: 6:15-8 p.m.

Dec. 7, 8 & 9 — Once Upon A December

Central Florida Community Arts performs Once Upon a December, an all-new holiday experience performed by the CFCArts Community Choir and Symphony Orchestra at Northland Church, 530 Dog Track Road, Longwood. Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door, $25 for priority tickets, and $50 for premium seating. Children 3-younger are free. For more information, call 407-937-1800, ext. 710; or visit cfcarts.com/onceuponadecember.

Dec. 9 — MetroWest WinterFest

MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando, hosts Shrek the Halls, MetroWest WinterFest 2017, including appearances by Shrek and Fiona, Santa and Mrs. Claus, donkey rides, an ice-skating rink, a Shrek slide, face painters, performances by Perfect Pointe Productions and more. Time: 4-8 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.metrowestcommunity.com.

Dec. 9 — Holiday Amaryllis Festival

Nehrling Gardens, 2267 Hempel Ave., Gotha, hosts the sixth annual Nehrling Gardens Holiday Amaryllis Festival, a nature-themed, free community event that includes a variety of amaryllis bulbs for sale, photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus, live music, nature-themed vendors, food, a gift shop, silent auction and eco-activities for children. There is also a focus on “Be the Gift,” as the event collects toys and food for local charities. Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 407-445-9977, email info@nehrlinggardens.org or visit www.nehrlinggardens.org.

Dec. 9 & 10 — Through A Child’s Eyes Concerts

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts Through a Child’s Eyes, traditional music Christmas concerts performed by the St. Luke’s Sanctuary Choir, St. Luke’s Children’s Choir, an orchestra, full bell choir and St. Luke’s dance ensemble. Time: Saturday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 5 p.m. Cost: $10, adults; $5, children under 12; free for children under 3 if they will sit on a parent’s lap. For more information, visit www.st.lukes.org/christmasconcert.

Dec. 15 — A Very Broadway Christmas Performance

Theatre South Playhouse in The Marketplace at Dr. Phillips, 7601 Della Drive, Suite 15, Orlando, presents A Very Broadway Christmas, a holiday celebration that includes song, dance and old-fashioned cheer. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: Ticket prices start at $8. To purchase tickets, visit tsplayhouse.ticketbud.com.

Dec. 15-23 — It Was A Very Good Yule Performances

Club Moo at Mad Cow Theatre, 54 W. Church St., Second Floor, Orlando, presents performances of It Was a Very Good Yule. Showtimes vary. Cost: $12-$22. For more information, call 407-297-8788 or visit madcowtheatre.com.

Dec. 16 & 17 — A Classic Christmas Concerts

The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park presents its annual holiday concerts, A Classic Christmas, in four performances in the Knowles Memorial Chapel on the campus of Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park. Time: 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Cost: $25-$75; $10 for students and teachers at the door. For more information, call 407-646-2342 or visit bachfestivalflorida.org.

Dec. 16, 17, 23 & 24 — Visits With Santa & Mrs. Claus

Beverly Hills Jewelry Watch and Loan, 12348 W. Colonial Drive, Winter Garden, hosts visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, including photo opportunities (well-behaved pets included) and light refreshments. Time: 1-3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 407-877-5626 or visit www.facebook.com/bhjwl.

Dec. 16, 22 & 29 — Holiday Library Programs For Children/Teens

The Southwest Library at Dr. Phillips, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando, hosts the following holiday-themed programs for children: Kids Create: Holiday Crafts for ages 3-12 on Dec. 16 at 10:30 a.m., Cookie Decorating for ages 6-18 on Dec. 22 at 10:30 a.m., and Noon Year’s Celebration for ages 3-12 on Dec. 29 at 11:15 a.m. Seating is limited for all programs, so registration is recommended. For more information, call 407-835-7323.

Dec. 16 & 23 — North Pole Santa Feasts

Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites & Waterpark, 14500 Continental Gateway, Orlando, hosts the North Pole Santa Feast, including holiday dinner and dessert favorites, a decorate-a-cookie station, the reading of two classic holiday stories, meet-and-greet and photo ops with Santa, and more. Time: 6 p.m. for dinner; 6:30 p.m. for the show. Cost: $24.95, adults; $19.95, children under 12. There is also an unlimited beer and wine package for adults. To make a reservation, call 407-387-1808 or visit the resort’s box office across from the Celebration Theater. For more information, call 407-387-1808 or visit www.hisuitesorlando.com.

Dec. 16, 23, 26, 27, 28 & 29 — Elfs! Comedy Shows

Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites & Waterpark, 14500 Continental Gateway, Orlando, presents performances of Elfs!, during which Santa leaves the workshop unattended and the elves are left in charge. The 60-minute holiday comedy is filled with laughs, holiday cheer and thrilling acts. Time: 9 p.m. but doors open at 8:30 p.m. Cost: $15.95 for ages 12-older, $12.95 for children under 12. To make a reservation, call 407-387-1808 or visit the resort’s box office across from the Celebration Theater on show dates between 10 a.m.-9 p.m. For more information, call 407-387-1808 or visit www.hisuitesorlando.com.

Dec. 17 — If Not Now … When? Concert

Orlando Repertory Theatre, 1001 Princeton St., Orlando, hosts Central Florida Sounds of Freedom Band and Color Guard’s performance of If Not Now … When? The holiday-themed concert includes a varied range of music paired with visual presentation. Time: 3 p.m. Cost: $15. For more information, visit www.cfsof.com.

Dec. 24 — Christmas Eve Open House

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, hosts a free Christmas Eve Open House, featuring live music by the Raintree Chamber Players. Time: 1-4 p.m. Admission is free. In addition, all visitors receive free admission on Fridays from 4-8 p.m. For more information, call 407-645-5311 or visit www.morsemuseum.org.

Dec. 25 — Christmas Brunch

Nine 18 at the Villas of Grand Cypress, 1 N. Jacaranda, Orlando, hosts a Christmas Brunch, including an abundance of holiday favorites and a visitor from the North Pole. Reservations are required. Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $49-$60, adults; $19.95, children 6-12; free for children 5-younger. For more information, call 407-239-1999 or visit grandcypress.com.

Dec. 25 — Christmas Buffet

Rosen Centre, 9840 International Drive, Orlando, hosts a Christmas buffet, including complimentary champagne and mimosas. Reservations are recommended. Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $45.95 for adults, $17.95 for children 4-12, free for children 3-younger. Valet parking is complimentary. For more information, call 407-996-2408 or visit rosencentre.com/holidays.

Dec. 25 — Christmas Buffet

Rosen Plaza, 9700 International Drive, Orlando, hosts a Christmas buffet, including complimentary wine with the meal. Reservations are recommended. Time: noon-5 p.m. Cost: $45.95, adult walk-ins; $42.95, adults with advance prepaid reservations; $18.95 for children 4-12; free for children 3-younger. Parking is free. For more information, call 407-996-0256 or visit rosenplaza.com/holidays.

Dec. 25 — Christmas Buffet

Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando, hosts a Christmas buffet, including unlimited mimosas and champagne. Reservations are required. Time: 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Cost: $68.95. Valet parking is complimentary, and there is a 25 percent discount for Florida residents. For more information, call 407-996-3663 or visit rosenshinglecreek.com/holidays.

Dec. 31 — New Year’s Eve Splash Bash

Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites & Waterpark, 14500 Continental Gateway, Orlando, hosts the New Year’s Eve Splash Bash, including waterslides, Dive Inn Movie, party favors, a disc jockey and a midnight toast with champagne and children’s punch. Children 13-younger must be accompanied by an adult. Time: 6 p.m.-midnight. Cost: $25 per person. For more information, call 407-387-1808 or visit www.hisuitesorlando.com.

Miscellaneous

Ongoing — Female Singers Invitation

Vocalists are needed for the Sunshine Singers women’s chorus that entertains at local nursing homes, senior residences, civic organizations and service clubs. Practices are held Mondays at 9:30 a.m. at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando. For more information, call Mary Ellen Boice, 407-299-5244.

Ongoing — Female Singers Invitation

Vocalists are needed for the Sound of Sunshine Chorus, a nonprofit musical teaching group. Open, free rehearsals are held Thursdays from 7-10 p.m. at Reeves United Methodist Church, 1100 N. Fern Creek Ave., Orlando. For more information, visit www.soschorus.com.

Through Jan. 24, 2018 — Call For Female Artists

Professional female artists are invited to submit their work for Women in the Arts’ Celebrating the Genius of Women arts competition. Selected art is featured in the annual Celebrating the Genius of Women exhibition at Orlando Public Library in March and April 2018. Finalists are eligible for up to $2,000 in cash prizes and gallery representation. Entry deadline is Jan. 24, 2018. For more information or to enter, visit www.womeninthearts.org/art-competition.

Dec. 2 — 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.

Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 — 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.

Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 — Farmers Markets

The Lakefront Farmers Market in Summerport Village, an eclectic market that features unique offerings from local growers, crafters and artisans, takes place at 13790 Bridgewater Crossing Blvd., Windermere. Time: Sundays from noon-4 p.m. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/summerportvillagemarket/about/.

Dec. 13 — Community Meeting

The public is invited to a community meeting in the Media Center at Bridgewater Middle School, 5600 Tiny Road, Winter Garden. The meeting is about the widening of Reams Road from Summerlake Park Boulevard to Taborfield Avenue, a distance of approximately 3.1 miles. After receiving feedback from the community, a preferred alternative is being advanced and refined. Time: 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.reamsroadstudy.com.

Dec. 13, 20 & 27 — Dances For Seniors

The Belles and Beaus Dance Club sponsors a dance for seniors at the Marks Street Recreation Complex, 99 E. Marks St., Orlando. Music is provided by Soft Touch, and singles and couples are welcome. Refreshments are available. Time: Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. (A special Christmas dance takes place Dec. 20.) Cost: $5 per person. Men attending the dances for the first time are free. For more information, call 407-644-4200.

Dec. 16 & 17 — Hairspray Jr. Auditions

Theatre South Playhouse in The Marketplace at Dr. Phillips, 7601 Della Drive, Suite 15, Orlando, holds auditions for performers in grades sixth-12th for Hairspray Jr. Time: Saturday from noon-3 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-noon. To reserve a spot, visit theatresouthplayhouse.org.

Networking/Clubs

Dec. 7 — Retired Educators Meeting

The Orange County Retired Educators Association meets at College Park United Methodist Church, 644 W. Princeton St., Orlando. Activities include a silent auction and seasonal winter music, and anyone who has worked in education is invited. Time: 10 a.m. For more information, call 407-677-0446 or visit www.ocrea-fl.org.

Dec. 12 — Support Group Meeting For Caregivers

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

Dec. 12, 19 & 26 — 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 www.windermeretoastmasters.org.

Dec. 13 — 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: 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 www.orlandostoryclub.com or www.orlandoslice.com.

Dec. 13, 20 & 27 — 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 2362.toastmastersclubs.org.

Dec. 14 — West Orange Women Luncheon

Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant at Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Drive, Orlando, hosts a luncheon for the West Orange Women, including music for listening and dancing. Reservations are required. Time: 11 a.m. Cost: $25. For more information call Dottie Ansel at 407-325-6909 between 10 a.m.-6 p.m. or email dotansel@aol.com.

Dec. 18 — 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 valerie@bcenter.com. Time: third Monday of each month from 12:30-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 888-942-9355.

Dec. 19 — Southwest Book Club Meeting

The Southwest Library at Dr. Phillips, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando, hosts a meeting of the Southwest Book Club. This month’s gathering includes a meet-and-greet with author Selina Siak Chin Yoke, who will discuss her Malayan historical fiction series. Anyone 18-older is welcome to attend. Time: 7 p.m. For more information, call 407-835-7323.

Support Groups

Dec. 12 — Support Group Meeting For Caregivers

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

Dec. 14 — Cancer Support Group Meeting

The Attic of Building C (Second Floor) at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts a cancer support group for cancer fighters, survivors, caregivers and spouses/partners affected by cancer. Meetings include a time of sharing, spiritual and emotional support, and a different topic each month related to the key challenges associated with cancer. The Dec. 14 meeting includes a holiday potluck, as programming is discussed for 2018. Time: 6:30-8 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, call 407-876-4991, ext. 262; or email care@st.lukes.org.

Dec. 18 — 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 valerie@bcenter.com. Time: third Monday of each month from 12:30-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 888-942-9355.

Dec. 19 — Better Breathers Club Meeting

Classroom C on the second floor of Orlando Health Heart Institute, 1222 S. Orange Ave., Orlando, hosts an Orlando Better Breathers Club meeting, a group that supports patients and their loved ones/caregivers. The club aims to provide patient-centered, community-based educational opportunities to those suffering from chronic lung disease such as asthma and COPD. Time: third Tuesday of every month from 1-2 p.m. For more information, call Diane Ruiz, 321-841-4194.

Volunteer Opportunities

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

Relay For Life of Dr. Phillips seeks forward-thinking, creative and dedicated individuals from the Dr. Phillips, International Drive, MetroWest and Millennia communities to bring Relay For Life of Dr. Phillips to the next level of success as part of its Event Leadership Team. The event will be held in spring 2018. Experience working in a team environment is a must. The American Cancer Society provides training through webinars, round tables and support from a community representative. For more information, email Fernando Carrasquillo at fernando.carrasquillo@cancer.org.

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

Seniors First seeks 50 volunteers to assist in fulfilling the high demand of its Meals on Wheels program, which provides meals and outreach to seniors who are unable to prepare or have meals otherwise provided. There are eight pickup areas in the Greater Orlando area, and the commitment is once per week for approximately 1.5-2 hours on weekday mornings. Volunteers must be 18-older and have a valid driver’s license, insurance and reliable transportation. For more information, email lshumaker@seniorsfirstinc.org or visit seniorsfirstinc.org.

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

The Winter Garden Heritage Foundation History Center, 21 E. Plant St., Winter Garden, seeks friendly, responsible volunteers to staff the welcome center by greeting guests and answering questions. Weekday hours are available from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and/or 2-5 p.m. For more information, call Jim or Lynne, 407-656-3244; or visit wghf.org.

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

Vitas Healthcare of Central Florida seeks hospice volunteers to provide relief for caregivers, offer companionship for patients, run errands and help in small but meaningful ways. Assignments and schedules are made according to the volunteer’s preferences. For more information or to attend an orientation class, call 407-691-4541.

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

Hospice of the Comforter, which cares for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families facing an incurable illness, seeks volunteers with a compassionate heart. For more information, call Jacque King, 407-379-2254; or email jacqueline.king2@flhosp.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 — 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 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 ombudsman.myflorida.com.

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. 💓