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Watermelon 5k Run/Walk

1432236702-27deXgk7Date, Time & Location

Saturday, July 4th, 2015
6:45 am: Team Challenge Winner Announcement
7:00 am: 5k (3.1 miles)
8:00 am: Watermelon Eating Contest
8:15 am: FREE Kids’ Run
Please arrive 45 min. to an hour early!
Park Avenue in Winter Park, FL
251 Park Avenue South
Winter Park, FL 32789

About this Event
Hunter Vision sees vitality in this community and actively supports many causes. Start your Independence Day the right way with a 5k! Join friends, family and neighbors for a morning celebration featuring ice cold watermelon and American pride.
Military Personnel and family receive a $10 discount and a special bib!

Restrictions- Safety is our first priority!
Bicycles, roller skates, in-line skates, and dogs will be prohibited from the race course. The use of headphones is discouraged.
Stroller Restrictions

• Stroller/jogger operators start behind designated stroller signage.
• Stroller/jogger operators may walk/jog no faster than 15 minute per mile, a safe operating speed. If your speed goes faster than 15 minutes per mile pace, you may be disqualified.
• Stroller/jogger operators must yield the right of way to runners. Stroller/Joggers can tip easily and cannot turn quickly. Please do not weave through packs of runners.

City of Winter Park Olde Fashioned 4th of July Celebration

thumbnail-activities-eventsDate: Saturday, July 4, 2015

Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM





The City of Winter Park will present their annual 20th Anniversary Olde Fashioned 4th of July Celebration!

Wear your red, white and blue, bring a blanket or beach chair, and gather with family and friends to enjoy this Winter Park tradition.

The annual celebration will feature live patriotic music performed by the Bach Festival Brass Band and the Bach Festival Choir, Orlando Cloggers, Rockin’ Roadster Road Show, Clydesdale horse-drawn wagon rides, and much more! Children’s activities will include the annual bicycle parade at 9 a.m. from City Hall to Central Park, and fun games and inflatables. Families and friends are also invited to stroll along Park Avenue and Hannibal Square to shop and dine at the wide selection of boutiques and eateries.

FREE hot dogs, watermelon and water will be available while supplies last. Chips, snacks and sodas will be available for purchase. The city will be providing a free bike valet service as an incentive for alternative modes of transportation in the beautiful downtown area. The bike valet is available from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. behind the main stage in Central Park near Garfield Avenue.

In addition, The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art will present their Independence Day Open House. The museum, which is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of work by American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany, will provide FREE admission to its galleries from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Poolside Picnic Party

poolpage1Enjoy family, fun, and food at the Winter Park Community Center Pool. There will be games, contests, prizes and DRAWINGS for a 10 admission punch pass and annual lap swim pass for the remainder of the season!

Date: Saturday, July 25, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

The Community Center pool features a zero depth entry pool with splash play features and two 25 yard lap lanes. The pool is a seasonal amenity which is open early spring through the end of September. We offer a variety of aquatic programs throughout the summer that include swim lessons, infant rescue swimming, and much more.

For general pool and aquatic program information, please contact 407-643-1650.

Seasons 52 Park Ave. 5.2k Presented by Florida Hospital

Seasons 52 5.2k runGet started on your New Year’s resolution to exercise and a healthy start to the New Year by participating in the 5.2k marathon in beautiful Winter Park on January 24, 2015.  Every 52nd finisher receives a $52 Seasons 52 gift card.  Free kids run.

Date and Time
Saturday, January 24, 2015
7:30 am: 5.2k (3.2 miles)
8:45 am: Healthy 100 Kids’ Run
9:00 am: Awards Presentation
Note: Please plan to arrive 45 minutes to 1 hour early due to road closures and traffic congestion.

Seasons 52 is a fresh grill and wine bar that invites guests to discover a seasonally changing menu and an award winning international wine list in a casually sophisticated ambiance. For more information

Share your excitement about the race, use the hashtag #Seasons52!

Register online at or visit Track Shack, 1104 N. Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

Pancake Breakfast

16th Annual Leadership Winter Park Pancake Breakfast

The Leadership Winter Park Pancake Breakfast has become a holiday tradition.  Come early, enjoy a delicious breakfast and get a great seat for the “Ye Olde Hometown” Christmas Parade (parade begins at 9 a.m.).

Help us turn pancake batter into a stack of dough! Invest in the future of our community by supporting the Winter Park Improvement Foundation in its efforts to develop adult and youth leaders through Leadership Winter Park programs. Participants cultivate essential leadership skills, examine community issues and aid local non-profit agencies in projects that leave a lasting impact on Winter Park.

Proceeds from the Pancake Breakfast will go directly to the Winter Park Improvement Foundation.

Leadership Winter Park will also collect school supply items at the event to benefit local elementary schools.

When & Where
Saturday, December 6, 2014
7 – 10:30 a.m.

Central Park Stage
Corner of Garfield and Park Avenue

Leadership Winter Park offers several unique sponsorship opportunities for organizations interested in supporting the breakfast.  Download information on available packages or contact Megan Lanier at

$6 – Adults
$4 – Children


Christmas Parade

Winter Park "Ye Olde" Hometown Christmas ParadeThe Winter Park Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the annual Winter Park “Ye Olde Hometown” Christmas Parade.  The event has been held on the first Saturday in December for more than 60 years, making it the longest-running holiday parade in Central Florida.

Each year the parade travels down Park Avenue, starting at Cole Avenue and proceeding south to Comstock Avenue.  More than 100 units participate including marching bands, local police and fire departments, scouting groups, local dignitaries and, of course, Santa Claus.

When & Where
62nd annual Winter Park “Ye Olde Hometown” Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 6, 2014
9:00 a.m.

Park Avenue, downtown Winter Park, Florida

Before and during the parade, Leadership Winter Park will host their annual Pancake Breakfast at the Central Park stage from 7:00-10:30 a.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children.  Proceeds benefit Winter Park area elementary schools. Learn more about the Pancake Breakfast here.

Please note, public restrooms are available at Winter Park Welcome Center and Shoppes on Park (near Paris Bistro), in addition to near Central Park Stage.

Letters to Santa
The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, Winter Park Public Library and Winter Park/Maitland Observer will be sponsoring the Letters to Santa Contest again this year.This competition is open to children 13 years of age and younger with residence in the Winter Park, Maitland, College Park, Baldwin Park or Goldenrod area.

Contestants will be asked to write a letter to Santa explaining how they plan to spread holiday cheer this season beginning with “The gift I most want to give is…”

Contest entries are to be no longer than 300 words and are due by November 28, 2014. Entries should be submitted along with the author’s name, age, phone number and mailing address by email, or physical mail, Letters to Santa c/o Winter Park-Maitland Observer, 1500 Park Center Drive, Orlando, FL 32835.

This year’s winning letter will be published in the Winter Park/Maitland Observer and the recognized winner will ride in the Christmas Parade (Dec. 6). Four tickets to the 16th Annual Winter Park Pancake Breakfast (Dec. 6) and four tickets to the Winter in the Park ice skating rink (valid through Jan. 11, 2015) will also be included. Winners will also receive a holiday book and movie package from the Winter Park Public Library.


Deadline for parade entries is Friday, October 10, 2014. Please note, due to the logistics of our parade, we do not accept applications from political organizations or candidates. We also ask that no political collateral, messaging or signage be present in the parade.


For additional information, sponsorship and other inquiries, contact Ashley Fraebel at 407-644-8281

Holiday Tree Lighting

ID-1001305The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce invites you to kick off the holidays at the 25th annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Central Park in downtown Winter Park on Friday December 5th.  Bring the entire family to this free event for an evening of holiday cheer as Park Avenue is transformed into a Winter Wonderland.

Kick off the evening with performances by local children’s choirs. The tree lighting will be broadcast live on WFTV – Channel 9 with anchor Bob Opsahl.  Afterwards families can enjoy refreshments and activities provided by local businesses, plus visits with Santa.

The Tree Lighting event is also a collection site for the local Toys for Tots campaign. In partnership with WFTV 9 Family Connection, attendees are invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the event and help spread holiday cheer to children throughout Central Florida this holiday season. Details on Toys for Tots can be found at Other highlights for the evening include the City of Winter Park’s “Popcorn Flicks,” which will screen the holiday hit movie “Jingle All the Way” free of charge beginning at 7 p.m. near the Central Park stage.

Popcorn Flicks in the Park featuring “Muscle Beach Party”

ID-10021892Thursdya, July 10 join u sin the park for a free feature presentation of Muscle Beach Party. This film series features classic films for the whole family. We encourage you to bring a blanket, a picnic or snacks, and some family and friends and join us! Free popcorn for everyone. Rain date will be July 24.


Watermelon-Hunter iconHere’s what you need to know about the Hunter Vision Watermelon 5k run this coming July 4th.

The 5k run starts at 7am, and the kids run starts at 8:15am. Come to Park Avenue in Winter Park, 251 Park Avenue South Winter Park, FL 32789.

Runners, walkers and fitness enthusiasts of all ages can have summertime fun by participating in the Hunter Vision Watermelon 5k, Friday, July 4 on Park Avenue in Downtown Winter Park. The 3.1-mile run/walk begins at 7:00 a.m. It’s an All-American-style celebration featuring a shady course, entertainment, free kids’ run and the crowd favorite, the Watermelon Eating Contest.  Participants can show support for local military personnel in three ways:

1) Discount entry to active and retired military personnel and their families.

2) Food Drive. Contribute a non-perishable food items for distribution through the Orlando VA

Medical Center’s Veterans in Need Program.

3) Team Challenge competition.  Runners and walkers form teams of any kind: corporate, running club, ROTC, church group, etc. All teams receive recognition and the largest team will have a $500 donation made on their behalf to a local 501© (3) organization that supports military service. All 5k registrants who are active or retired military service personnel and/or military family members will receive special recognition by a unique bib number and will be entered into a prize drawing to win a Military Appreciation Staycation!  Staycation elements include a two night stay at Rosen Centre and a $75 Darden restaurant gift card. The randomly chosen winner will be announced after the race.

HVWKidsTrack Shack created this event in hopes of celebrating a wholesome community in order to raise funds for the Track Shack Foundation which supports local active and retired military personnel and their families. The Track Shack Foundation is a 501 ©(3) organization whose mission is to promote health and fitness with an emphasis on youth athletics.

In order to run in this race you must be a registered runner. Here’s a break down of the race fees.

Entry Fee:
$25 through June 28……$29…..June 29 – July 3
$15 Age 17 & under and age 65 & over
$15 Active, retired military personnel and military family members through July 3.
$35 Race Day at race day at race site

Register at the Track Shack website or call 407.896.1160 for more information.

Crealdé School of Art Summer Camp

ID-10081670Do you have a child who loves art? Why not send them to a summer camp built around the visual arts?

Camps are offered for students ages 4 to 17, who are placed in age-appropriate groups of up to 13 participants. Students explore their creativity in photography, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, painting and drawing. Crealdé School of Art’s Young Artist Program offers over 20 classes a session for children who have completed kindergarten through high school. Hands-on instruction in painting and drawing, ceramics and sculpture, photography, printmaking, and mixed-media is conducted in a non-competitive environment by professional artists using well-equipped art-making studios.

Most classes for younger children are offered on Saturday mornings; teens have more options, meeting after school as well as on the weekend.

Session June 16 – Aug. 9

For a complete list of class and schedules visit the Créalde website.

For easy registration, register online here.