WHAT’S HAP­PEN­ING

Orlando Sentinel (Sunday) - - ORANGE EX­TRA -

What’s Up Down­town for the Hol­i­days: Fea­tur­ing per­for­mances from the Rus­sian Bal­let Or­lando, Mad Cow Theatre, Dr. Phillips Cen­ter Premier Per­for­mance Ensem­ble Docs & Del­las, Howard Mid­dle School Jazz Band and Howard Mid­dle School Show Choir. 11:45 a.m. -1:15 p.m. Nov. 29, Walt Dis­ney Am­phithe­ater at Lake Eola Park, 101 N. Ros­alind Ave., Or­lando, free, 407-246-2121.

Tree Light­ing Cel­e­bra­tion: The City of Or­lando event will fea­ture the of­fi­cial light­ing of the city’s 72-foot Christ­mas tree fea­tur­ing 88,000 an­i­mated lights that will per­form nightly in a syn­chro­nized light show. The event also in­cludes live en­ter­tain­ment and hol­i­day mu­sic. 5 p.m. Nov. 30, Walt Dis­ney Am­phithe­ater at Lake Eola Park, 101 N. Ros­alind Ave., Or­lando, free, 407-246-2121.

Hol­i­day Con­cert: The Florida Sym­phony Youth Orches­tra will per­form live. At­ten­dees are en­cour­aged to bring a new, un­wrapped toy to sup­port the Sal­va­tion Army’s An­gel Tree pro­gram, which helps more than 3,500 un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren re­ceive new toys each hol­i­day sea­son. 5 p.m. Dec. 1, Walt Dis­ney Am­phithe­ater at Lake Eola Park, 101 N. Ros­alind Ave., Or­lando, free, 407-246-2121.

Christ­mas An­gel Break­fast: Free event for chil­dren and their fam­i­lies (5th grade and younger). Have break­fast, make a craft, meet an an­gel and hear the Christ­mas story. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 1, Pine Cas­tle United Methodist Church, 731 Fair­lane Ave., Or­lando, 407-438-2700.

A Merry Win­ter Gar­den Light Show: An­i­mated light show pro­jected onto the front façade of Win­ter Gar­den City Hall. 6-9 p.m. Dec. 1, 7, 8, 15, 22, Win­ter Gar­den City Hall, 300 W. Plant St., Win­ter Gar­den, free, 407-656-4111.

Hol­i­day Harp Ensem­ble Con­cert: The Cen­tral Florida Chap­ter of the Amer­i­can Harp So­ci­ety will present its an­nual hol­i­day con­cert fea­tur­ing more than 20 harps. The con­cert will fea­ture Christ­mas mu­sic and the harps will be joined by a hand bell choir and other in­stru­men­tal­ists. A re­cep­tion with light re­fresh­ments will be held af­ter the con­cert. 3 p.m. Dec. 2, Church on the Drive, 1914 Edge­wa­ter Drive, Or­lando, free, do­na­tions ac­cepted, 407-905-2501.

Hol­i­day Pops con­cert: The Or­lando Phil­har­monic Orches­tra will play hol­i­day fa­vorites. Bring a blan­ket and a pic­nic. 4 p.m. Dec. 2, Cen­tral Park, Park Av­enue, Win­ter Park, free, 407-599-3463.

‘Christ­mas at the Casa’ hol­i­day open house: Santa Claus will be on hand to greet ev­ery­one, the house will be dec­o­rated for the sea­son and car­ol­ers by Win­ter Park High School Belle Chan­son will lead at­ten­dees in hol­i­day fa­vorites. 4-8 p.m. Dec. 5, Casa Feliz, 656 N. Park Ave., Win­ter Park, free, 407-628-8196.

Christ­mas in the Park: The Morse Mu­seum of Amer­i­can Art will light Cen­tral Park with cen­tury-old Tif­fany win­dows from its renowned col­lec­tion at the 40th an­nual Christ­mas in the Park. The leaded-glass win­dows set the stage for a per­for­mance of sea­sonal fa­vorites by the Bach Fes­ti­val Choir. 6:15-8:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Cen­tral Park, Park Av­enue, Win­ter Park, free, 407-645-5311.

Christ­mas with the Basil­ica Choir hol­i­day con­cert: The Basil­ica Choir will present a wide va­ri­ety of sa­cred and sec­u­lar Ad­vent and Christ­mas mu­sic. An au­di­ence sing-a-long of Christ­mas car­ols will round out the evening. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, The Basil­ica of the Na­tional Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Uni­verse, 8300 Vineland Ave., Or­lando, $25, free for ages 11 or younger, 407-239-6600.

Hol­i­day Cel­e­bra­tion and Amaryl­lis Fes­ti­val: There will be photo op­por­tu­ni­ties with Santa and Mrs. Claus (10 a.m.-2 p.m.), live mu­sic, na­ture-themed ven­dors, food, gift shop, silent auc­tion, eco ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren and amaryl­lis bulbs and other plants for sale. Guests are in­vited to bring toys and non­per­ish­able food items for lo­cal char­i­ties. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 8, Nehrling Gar­dens, 2267 Hem­pel Ave., Gotha, free, do­na­tions ac­cepted, 407-445-9977.

Old-Fash­ioned Hayride with Santa: A hayride through Down­town Win­ter Gar­den. Reser­va­tions re­quired. 6-9 p.m. (de­part­ing ev­ery 30 min­utes) Dec. 8, Win­ter Gar­den Down­town Pav­il­ion, 104 S. Lake­view Ave., Win­ter Gar­den, free, 407-656-4111.

Chanukah on the Park: Pre­sented by Chabad of Greater Or­lando, the evening will in­clude singing per­for­mances, live mu­sic, dancers, face painting, jug­glers, food and grand meno­rah light­ing. 4:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Cen­tral Park, Park Av­enue, Win­ter Park, free, 407-529-5966.

Live Na­tiv­ity: Fea­tur­ing nine scenes de­pict­ing events of Je­sus’ birth. 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Epis­co­pal Church of the Good Shep­herd, 331 Lake Ave., Mait­land, free, 407-644-5350.

Vi­olec­tric Hol­i­day Show: At­ten­dees are en­cour­aged to bring their pets and any­one who brings a pet sup­ply or makes a dona­tion for Pet Al­liance will re­ceive a pet photo op­por­tu­nity with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 7 p.m. Dec. 14, Walt Dis­ney Am­phithe­ater at Lake Eola Park, 101 N. Ros­alind Ave., Or­lando, free, 407-246-2121.

Win­ter Park Christ­mas Boat Pa­rade and Wa­ter Ski Show: Spon­sored by the Win­ter Park Ro­tary Club to raise aware­ness and funds for food for home­less fam­i­lies and kids at Win­ter Park High School and Kil­lar­ney El­e­men­tary. The wa­ter ski show will be­gin at 3 p.m. on Lake Vir­ginia and the pa­rade of hol­i­day dec­o­rated boats will be­gin at 6 p.m. with pub­lic view­ing ar­eas on the Rollins Cam­pus on the lake side of the Cor­nell Mu­seum. The ski show view­ing area will be at the ski ramp on the south side of the cam­pus. Food and bev­er­ages will be served start­ing at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Rollins Col­lege at Lake Vir­ginia, 1000 Holt Ave., Win­ter Park, free, 407-256-6369.

Merry Tuba Christ­mas: Tuba, eu­pho­nium, sousa­phone and bari­tone play­ers of all ages are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate. Reg­is­tra­tion be­gins at 9 a.m. with re­hearsal from 10-11:30 a.m. Reg­is­tra­tion fee is $10. 1 p.m. Dec. 22, Cen­tral Park Stage, 251 S. Park Ave., Win­ter Park, spec­ta­tor ad­mis­sion is free, 407-599-3463.

The Nutcracker: Per­formed by the Rus­sian Bal­let Or­lando. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22, Walt Dis­ney Am­phithe­ater at Lake Eola Park, 101 N. Ros­alind Ave., Or­lando, free, 407-246-2121.

Braille cal­en­dars: The Braille As­so­ci­a­tion of Mid-Florida of­fers 2019 cal­en­dars em­bossed in Braille. The cal­en­dar high­lights hol­i­days and in­cludes em­bossed il­lus­tra­tions with a unique theme. For those send­ing one as a gift, their name and a short per­sonal note writ­ten by them will be em­bossed in Braille and sent with the cal­en­dar. The cal­en­dars cost $10 and can be mailed to any ad­dress in the United States. To or­der, call 407-831-1364.

Kids & Fam­ily

Movies at Leu Gar­dens:

Model rail­road open house: The Or­lando So­ci­ety of Model Rail­road­ers will have an open house. See a fully op­er­a­tional model rail­road that in­cludes eight scale miles of main­line track, de­tailed scenery in­clud­ing both ur­ban and ru­ral scenes and many di­verse in­dus­tries with associated rail­road fa­cil­i­ties. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 9, Or­lando So­ci­ety of Model Rail­road­ers, 7208 Aloma Ave., Win­ter Park, free, 407-810-3306.

Rib­bit the Ex­hibit II: Fea­tur­ing 26 whim­si­cal cop­per frog sculp­tures lo­cated in 18 dis­plays through­out the 50-acre gar­dens. Each sculp­ture is made from flat sheets of cop­per that are cut, ham­mered and folded in three di­men­sional images. J.A. Cobb uses a process which strength­ens and seals each sculp­ture to last for gen­er­a­tions. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Jan. 31, Harry P. Leu Gar­dens. 1920 N. For­est Ave., Or­lando, $10 for adults, $5 for ages 4-17, free for ages 3 or younger, 407-246-2620.

Re­cre­ation

Line dance: Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the Elks/Does Char­ity Fund. 6-8 p.m. Thurs­days, Elks Lodge #1079, 12 N. Prim­rose Drive, Or­lando, $5, 407-247-9704.

Bingo: Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the Bahia Shrine Cen­ter Apopka. Doors open at 5 p.m. Early bird games start at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Bahia Shrine Cen­ter 3101 E. Se­moran Blvd., Apopka, 407-660-8811.

Ball­room dance class: Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the Elks Char­ity Fund. 6 p.m. in­ter­me­di­ate/ad­vanced, 7 p.m. be­gin­ner Tuesdays, Elks Lodge #1079, 12 N. Prim­rose Drive, Or­lando, $10, 407-227-4883.

Bingo: Early Bird be­gins at 5:45 p.m. Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the Elks Char­ity Fund. 6:45 p.m. Mon­days, Elks Lodge #1079, 12 N. Prim­rose Drive, Or­lando, $15-$25, 407-894-1079.

Be­gin­ning race walk­ing: Orange County Parks and Re­cre­ation Divi­sion is of­fer­ing a be­gin­ning race walk­ing pro­gram for ages 12 or older. Ad­vance reg­is­tra­tion re­quired. 8:05-9 a.m. Sun­days; 5-5:55 p.m. Mon­days, Mag­no­lia Park, 2929 Bin­ion Road, Apopka, free, 407-886-4231.

Bingo: Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit church char­i­ties. Doors open 5:30 p.m. Early bird 6:15 p.m. Mon­days, In­car­na­tion Catholic Church, 1515 Edge­wa­ter Drive, Or­lando, $8-$12, 407-425-1355.

Se­nior

Downsizing Made Easy: Learn to sim­plify your life by downsizing. Pre­sented by Paul Hen­der­son, se­nior cer­ti­fied hous­ing pro­fes­sional. Reser­va­tions re­quired. 9:30 a.m. Dec. 5, Win­ter Park Pub­lic Li­brary, 460 E. New Eng­land Ave., Win­ter Park, free, 407-476-1808.

The Smarter Se­nior Se­ries: Learn what you need to know about fi­nances. Pre­sented by Mike Fla­haven, a lo­cal cer­ti­fied se­nior hous­ing pro­fes­sional. Light re­fresh­ments served. Reser­va­tions re­quired. 10:30 a.m. Dec. 5, West Oaks branch of the Orange County Li­brary Sys­tem, 1821 E. Sil­ver Star Road, Ocoee, free, 407-340-5291.

How to Pay for Long-Term Care: Med­ic­aid & VA Ben­e­fits sem­i­nar: Board Cer­ti­fied El­der Law At­tor­ney Heather Kir­son will dis­cuss es­tate plan­ning, ad­vance di­rec­tives, nurs­ing home as­set pro­tec­tion, Med­ic­aid and veter­ans ben­e­fits. Reser­va­tions re­quested. 10 a.m. Dec. 11, Marks Street Se­nior Re­cre­ation Com­plex, 99 E. Marks St., Or­lando, free, 407-422-3017.

Se­nior Sur­vival sem­i­nar: Board Cer­ti­fied El­der Law At­tor­ney Kath­leen Flam­mia will dis­cuss Med­ic­aid and vet­eran ben­e­fits, as­set pro­tec­tion and es­tate plan­ning. Reser­va­tions re­quested. 6 p.m. Dec. 12, Win­ter Park Pub­lic Li­brary, 460 E. New Eng­land Ave., Win­ter Park, free, 407-478-8700.

Card games: Play a va­ri­ety of games. 1-4 p.m. Mon­days and Wednesdays, Gold­en­rod Civic Club, 4763 Pal­metto Ave., Win­ter Park, free, 407-657-6862.

Se­nior Stretch: A weekly, yoga-based stretch class for par­tic­i­pants age 65 or older fea­tur­ing a va­ri­ety of phys­i­cal move­ments to in­crease flex­i­bil­ity, balance and strength. These ex­er­cises are de­signed to im­prove day to day func­tion for se­niors. 10 a.m. Thurs­days, Florida Hos­pi­tal Health Vil­lage Fit­ness Cen­ter, 2520 N. Orange Ave., Suite 101, Or­lando, $5, 407-303-2552.

Com­puter classes for se­niors: The Se­niors Now Com­puter Learn­ing Cen­ter of­fers com­puter cour­ses de­signed for se­niors and taught by se­niors but any age is wel­come. Ap­ple work­shops are avail­able for help on any Ap­ple prod­uct such as iPads, iPhones or Ap­ple com­put­ers (even the Ap­ple watch). Win­dows work­shops are avail­able for help on any Win­dows prod­uct. No prior com­puter ex­pe­ri­ence is nec­es­sary for the In­tro­duc­tion to Com­put­ers course which is nine hours over three weeks and cov­ers ba­sic email and the In­ter­net us­ing Win­dows 10. Ad­vanced classes are avail­able for email, the In­ter­net, buy­ing and sell­ing on eBay, com­puter ge­neal­ogy, word pro­cess­ing, dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy and spread­sheets. Times and fees vary de­pend­ing on classes and week. Cour­ses are taught at Marks Street Se­nior Re­cre­ation Com­plex, 99 E. Marks St., Or­lando, 407-318-3256.

Se­nior life­style guide: The Se­nior Re­source Al­liance (Area Agency on Aging of Cen­tral Florida) and the 50PlusFYI Re­source Net­work have pub­lished an in­for­ma­tion book­let called the 50PlusFYI Life­style & Re­source Guide. It is avail­able for free at pub­lic li­braries and se­nior cen­ters in Orange, Semi­nole and Osce­ola coun­ties. In­for­ma­tion in­cludes help lines, hot­lines, spe­cial in­ter­est groups, leg­isla­tive ac­tiv­ity, con­sumer pro­tec­tion trends and com­mu­nity events. De­tails: 407-265-0534 or 50plusFYI.org.

Driver safety pro­gram: The AARP Driver Safety Pro­gram’s Smart Driver Course helps par­tic­i­pants re­fine driv­ing skills and de­velop safe driv­ing habits. Upon com­ple­tion of the course, Florida driv­ers 50 or older may be el­i­gi­ble for ve­hi­cle in­sur­ance dis­counts. Ad­vance reg­is­tra­tion re­quired. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec. 8, Beardall Se­nior Cen­ter, 800 S. De­laney Ave., Or­lando, $15 for AARP mem­bers, $20 for non­mem­bers, 407-246-4440.

Driver safety pro­gram: The AARP Driver Safety Pro­gram’s Smart Driver Course helps par­tic­i­pants re­fine driv­ing skills and de­velop safe driv­ing habits. Upon com­ple­tion of the course, Florida driv­ers 50 or older may be el­i­gi­ble for ve­hi­cle in­sur­ance dis­counts. Ad­vance reg­is­tra­tion re­quired. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Marks Street Se­nior Re­cre­ation Com­plex, 99 E. Marks St., Or­lando, $15 for AARP mem­bers, $20 for non­mem­bers, 407-977-3825.

Driver safety pro­gram: The AARP Driver Safety Pro­gram’s Smart Driver Course helps par­tic­i­pants re­fine driv­ing skills and de­velop safe driv­ing habits. Upon com­ple­tion of the course, Florida driv­ers 50 or older may be el­i­gi­ble for ve­hi­cle in­sur­ance dis­counts. Ad­vance reg­is­tra­tion re­quired. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Jan. 17, Feb. 21, March 21, Cal­vary As­sem­bly Church, 1199 Clay St., Win­ter Park, $15 for AARP mem­bers, $20 for non­mem­bers, 407-977-3825.

AARP Smart Driver Ve­hi­cle Tech­nol­ogy Work­shop: Learn how to use the tech­nol­ogy to keep you safe and driv­ing en­joy­able. Un­der­stand your car’s new gad­gets, such as back up cam­eras, drowsy driver alert, blind spot and for­ward col­li­sion warn­ings, au­to­matic park­ing and emer­gency re­sponse sys­tems, lane de­par­ture warn­ing and smart head­lights. Re­ceive a ve­hi­cle Tech­nol­ogy Check­list to use when shop­ping for a new car or for fea­tures that may al­ready be in your car. Ad­vance reg­is­tra­tion re­quired. 10-11:30 a.m. March 25, Cal­vary As­sem­bly Church, 1199 Clay St., Win­ter Park, $5, 877-805-4115.

Driver safety pro­gram: The AARP Driver Safety Pro­gram’s Smart Driver Course helps par­tic­i­pants re­fine driv­ing skills and de­velop safe driv­ing habits. Upon com­ple­tion of the course, Florida driv­ers 50 or older may be el­i­gi­ble for ve­hi­cle in­sur­ance dis­counts. Ad­vance reg­is­tra­tion re­quired. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Feb. 13, Mait­land Se­nior Cen­ter, 345 S. Mait­land Ave., Mait­land, $15 for AARP mem­bers, $20 for non­mem­bers, 407-539-6251.

Driver safety pro­gram: The AARP Driver Safety Pro­gram’s Smart Driver Course helps par­tic­i­pants re­fine driv­ing skills and de­velop safe driv­ing habits. Upon com­ple­tion of the course, Florida driv­ers 50 or older may be el­i­gi­ble for ve­hi­cle in­sur­ance dis­counts. Ad­vance reg­is­tra­tion re­quired. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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