Special Events




AQUA BALL
November 7 Spend the evening with Shamu and friends while enjoying live and silent auctions and an exclusive Shamu Rocks show. The annual event is sponsored by Central Florida YMCA and proceeds benefit the YMCA Aquatic Center. 6 p.m. $125 individual; $200 couples. Sea World. 407-363-1911. centralfloridaymca.org

BERT MARTIN’S CHAMPIONS FOR
CHILDREN 2008
November 8-10 This 17th annual benefit for the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children begins with a Saturday night Patron’s Party and includes a Sunday night pairings party and dinner hosted by Arnold Palmer. After a day of golf at Bay Hill on Sunday, the participants will be joined by professional golfers in a Pro-Am format on Monday. Saturday 6-9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. $3,500 per player package; sponsorships begin at $1,000. Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lodge, 9000 Bay Hill Boulevard. 321-841-8822. orandohealthfoundation.com

CENTRAL FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
November 26-30 Gas-sipping small cars, hybrids and alternative-fuel vehicles are among the 400 cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers at this annual automotive exhibition. The show also includes futuristic concept cars, exotic cars, custom cars and interactive rides. Wednesday-Thursday noon-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. $3-$9. Discounts available online. Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive. autoshoworlando.com

CFWL GOLF TOURNAMENT
November 7 Play golf and help support the Central Florida Women’s League and its goal to help local charities and give deserving high school seniors scholarships for college. A continental breakfast, buffet lunch and awards ceremony will all be held at Panther Lake Course. 7 a.m. registration; 8 a.m. shotgun start. $250 per player. Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge, 16301 Phil Ritson Way, Winter Garden. 321-945-4476. cfwl.org

CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK CLASSIC
November 6-9 Formerly the Disney Golf Classic, this tournament brings together 150 PGA Tour players in a quest for a multimillion-dollar purse. $20 general admission, $30 weekly badge. Magnolia and Palm golf courses at Walt Disney World. 407-824-4321. disneyworldsports.com

CHRIS DIMARCO’S 65 ROSES GOLF CLASSIC
November 24 DiMarco hosts the classic along with a clinic for a day of golf at Heathrow Country Club. All proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $1,500 per foursome. Heathrow Country Club, 1200 Bridgewater Drive, Lake Mary. 407-896-1113. orlando.cff.org

CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE CAR SHOW AND DUPONT REGISTRY RECEPTION
November 1-2 Rare and exotic cars and motorcycles drive through Winter Park on Saturday and then line Park Avenue for open viewing on Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Awards presented 3:30 p.m. Free admission. Park Avenue, Winter Park. In addition, on Saturday evening, exclusive autos, jets, watercraft and more are exhibited at a reception at the Sanford-Orlando airport to benefit the Dr. P. Phillips Orlando Performing Arts Center. Saturday drive through starts at 10:30 a.m., with the airport reception from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $125 per person, $200 per couple. 407-649-9190. winterparkconcours.com

COUNTRY ROUND-UP DINNER AND AUCTION
November 21 Gear up with your best western wear and support the Edgewood Children’s Ranch at its annual Country Round-Up. Live and silent auctions include vacation getaways and holiday gifts. 6:30 p.m. $150 individual; $1,250-1,750 tables for 10. Gaylord Palms Hotel, 6000 West Osceola Parkway. 407-295-2464. edgewood.ranch.org

CREALDÉ SCHOOL OF ART HOLIDAY SALE
November 15-16 Crealdé School of Art hosts its annual holiday sale of fine artwork from artists affiliated with the school. A portion of the proceeds support Crealdé programs. Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. 600 St. Andrews Boulevard, Winter Park. 407-671-1886. crealde.org

CRUISE FOR A CAUSE
November 8 Motorcyclists cruise through Orange, Seminole and Lake counties, stopping at Insight Financial Credit Union locations along the way to draw cards for their poker hands. The final card will be drawn at 480 South Keller Road, where prizes will be awarded, lunch will be provided and a check will be presented to the Russell Home for Atypical Children. Registration 9 a.m. Check presentation 1:30 p.m. $20 per bike, single or double riders. 407-649-8101 or 407-659-2768. insightride.dojiggy.com

DATE NIGHT AT LEU GARDENS
November 7 Harry P. Leu Gardens hosts a night of romantic movies on the largest outdoor screen in Central Florida. Grab a picnic basket and blanket and watch romantic favorites under the stars. 6 p.m. gardens open; 8:30 p.m. movie start. $7 adults, $2 children, free for members. 1920 North Forest Avenue. 407-246-2620. leugardens.org

DUNHILL WINE TASTING
November 14 Enjoy wine, food and entertainment while supporting the Variety Children’s Charity of Orlando and its mission to improve the lives of children throughout Central Florida. 7 p.m. $100 individual; $500 for table of 6; $1,000 for table of 12. The Plaza—Downtown, 189 South Orange Avenue. 407-422-5437. varietycluborlando.org

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD &
WINE FESTIVAL
Through November 9 Entertainment, crafts, culinary demonstrations and nightly Eat to the Beat concerts round out the cultural flavor of this annual event. One-day admission, $71. Discounts and packages available. 407-939-3378. disneyworld.com/food

FALL FIESTA IN THE PARK
November 1-2 More than 600 juried artisans in ceramics, glassware, jewelry, photography, wood and clothing exhibit their works; live entertainment and food vendors also available. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. Lake Eola Park. 407-649-3152.

FAMILY FEST
November 23 Gather your friends and family and head down to the Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando for rides, games, crafts and activities. A Health Fair is a new addition this year, along with the Book Fair. 11 a.m. Free admission. Lake Lily, Maitland. 407-645-5933 ext, 240. orlandojcc.org
FESTIVAL OF THE MASTERS AND
FOLK ART FESTIVAL
November 7-9 Downtown Disney’s West Side art festival features more than 200 award-winning artists. “Where the Art Meets the Soul” is the theme of the weekend’s event at the House of Blues, which showcases local and regional folk artists and their works. Live music, kids’ activities, pin trading, chalk art displays, guided tours and Southern cuisine are also on tap. Friday noon-5:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free admission.
 
GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN
November 1 The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Florida invites everyone to an evening of food, good spirits and shopping. Channel 6 anchor Lauren Rowe hosts the evening while local vendors gather the crowd with gifts and specials. 6-9 p.m. $20. Antigua, 41 West Church Street. 407-339-0024. ocaf.org

GOLDEN GALA XXVIII WEEKEND
November 16-17 Enjoy the gentle stylings of Michael Bublé at this year’s Golden Gala XXVIII. Also part of the weekend is the Florida Hospital Golden Gala Pro-Am Invitational, hosted by PGA Touring Professional and Ryder Cup Captain Paul Azinger. All proceeds benefit programs at Florida Hospital. Golden Gala on Saturday 5:30 p.m. and Pro-Am Sunday 7 a.m. $4,000 and up per table; $1,250 per golf slot. Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and Disney’s Magnolia and Palms Golf Courses, Lake Buena Vista. 407-303-9637. floridahospitalfoundation.org

JAZZFEST
November 8 Local and national jazz acts perform outdoors in College Park. Bring a picnic, blanket or lawn chair; alcoholic beverages permitted for patrons 21 and older. 6 p.m. Free admission. First come, first seated. Edgewater Drive between Smith and Rugby streets. downtowncollegepark.com

LAKE MARY–HEATHROW FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
November 1-2 Entertainment, food and art exhibits are included in this juried event. Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. Colonial Town Park. 407-444-0484. lakemaryheathrowarts.com

MID-FLORIDA BUSINESS HALL OF FAME
November 20 Junior Achievement of Central Florida has celebrated the Mid-Florida Business Hall of Fame for 30 years, honoring business leaders. Join students from Central Florida schools as they emcee, host and induct the honorees into the Hall of Fame. 6-9 p.m. $200 individual; $2,000 table for 10. Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive. 407-898-2121 ext. 18. orlando.ja.org

ORLANDO PUPPET FESTIVAL
November 7-9 The celebration of puppetry presented by Heather Henson, a daughter of Muppeteer Jim Henson, returns to Orlando for the fourth year. Puppet shows, films, workshops and gallery exhibits are variously geared toward adults, children and family audiences. Venues include the Mad Cow Theatre at 105 South Magnolia Avenue; Gallery at Avalon Island, 37 South Magnolia Avenue; and Heritage Park at the Orlando Regional History Center, 65 East Central Boulevard. Titles and show times will be posted at orlandopuppetfestival.com as they become available. Tickets are $5-$25 and can be purchased through the Mad Cow Web site at
madcowtheatre.org.

PARK AVENUE FASHION WEEK
November 8-13 Runway shows, meet-the-designer events and trunk shows, plus after-parties with chances to mingle with models, designers and local VIPs, highlight this annual fashion event. Schedule of events posted at parkavenuefashionweek.com as details are available. $35-$200. Corner of New York Avenue and Morse Boulevard.

PEACOCK BALL
November 21 The Winter Park Historical Association’s annual fundraiser theme is The Grand Ladies of Winter Park, and it honors Rose Bynum, Eleanor Fisher, Eula Jenkins and Peggy Strong. The evening includes cocktails, dinner, live auction and dancing to the Buzzcatz. Black-tie attire; preening of feathers encouraged. 6:30 p.m. $150. Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center, Winter Park. 407-647-0698.

PROMISE TO PROTECT BREAKFAST
November 13 Kids House of Seminole invites guests to the annual breakfast for special entertainment, which includes speakers and videos. 7:30-9 a.m. Free admission. Orlando/Lake Mary Marriot, 1501 International Parkway, Lake Mary. 407-324-3036 ext. 237. kidshouse.org

RETURN TO RESPECT GALA
November 1 Comedian Norm MacDonald will perform for the Safehouse of Seminole’s annual Return to Respect Gala. MacDonald joins the ranks of other celebrity comedians who have helped raise funds for Safehouse of Seminole, which helps to prevent domestic violence. 6:30 p.m. $50 and up. Hard Rock Live, CityWalk, Universal Orlando. 407-547-9411. safehouseofseminole.org

ROAR ‘N’ SOAR
November 8-9 Air show, boat show, car show, slalom race—Fantasy of Flight presents an all-American, friendly-friendly event, including exhibits, races, aerial maneuvers and extreme sports. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $12-$23 per day or $19-$38 for two days, includes admission to Fantasy of Flight. Reduced-price tickets available in advance (limited time) and for active and retired military. 1400 Broadway Boulevard Southeast, Polk City. 863-984-3500. fantasyofflight.com

STARLIGHT BALL
November 22 The annual gala is held at the Ritz Carlton Orlando and includes appetizers, cocktails and a gourmet dinner. Proceeds benefit Catholic Charities of Florida and more than 50 of its programs. 6 p.m. $175. Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. 407-658-1818. cflcc.org

TAILS AND TALES GALA
November 8 Jack Hanna brings some of his furry friends to Orlando once again for this annual event. Sip on a cocktail while mingling with world-famous animals and supporting Canine Companions for Independence. 6 p.m. $250. Ports of Call, Sea World.  407-522-3300. cci.org

TASTE OF DR. PHILLIPS
November 2 Restaurants from Sand Lake’s Restaurant Row provide food and wine samples to benefit Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, The Kid’s Kidney Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital, Dr. Phillips High School Scholarship Fund, Dr. Phillips Library and the Dr. Phillips YMCA, at this Dr. Phillips Rotary Club tasting event, which includes entertainment, door prizes and a silent auction. 2-5 p.m. $50.  CNL Bank parking lot at Dr. Phillips Boulevard and Sand Lake Road. 407-766-2787.
drphillipsrotary.org

TURNER GOLF CLASSIC
November 11 Grand Cypress Golf Club hosts the 11th annual golf tournament to benefit the Orange County Regional History Center. A reception and full buffet dinner follow the tournament. 8:30 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. shotgun start. $1,200 individual; $3,500 foursome. One North Jacaranda. 407-836-8590. thehistorycenter.org
 
TURKEY TROT
November 27 A 5K race, powerwalk and tot trot are all part of the 19th annual Turkey Trot, hosted by Seniors First, to support its organization and programs, including Meals on Wheels. 8 a.m. $15-30. Lake Eola. 407-896-1160. seniorfirstinc.com

UPTOWN ALTAMONTE SPRINGS FESTIVAL
OF THE ARTS
November 22-23 Local and national artists exhibit paintings, sculptures, photographs, glass, ceramics, jewelry and more in this juried show. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. 285 Uptown Boulevard, Altamonte Springs. artfestival.com

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS
November 12-16 A popular, award-winning BBC-TV show comes to life in this theatrical arena show. Wednesday-Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m., Sunday 1 and 5 p.m. $27.50-$65. Amway Arena. 407-839-3900.
dinosaurlive.com
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