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Through March 31, the Click-it or Ticket campaign will be in full force in the city of Oviedo and throughout the state. During this time, law enforcement throughout Florida will have zero tolerance for motorists who fail to use their safety belts.

March 25

“Suddenly Seniors the Musical” opening night is on Friday, March 25 at the Plaza Live Theatre, 425 N. Bumby Ave. A champagne toast will take place at 6 p.m., and the performance will follow at 7 p.m. For more information, call 407-258-8080.

The 2011 UCF Opera Scholarship Festival: Solo Recital, Master Class and VIP “Meet the Artist Reception,” featuring Metropolitan Opera Bass-Baritone, Keith Miller, will be held at the Trinity Preparatory School Auditorium, 5700 Trinity Prep Lane in Winter Park. The recital is Friday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. The master class is Saturday, March 26 at noon. The reception, which will be hosted by the Brand family, is on Saturday, March 26 from 3-5:00 p.m. For more information, visit

March 26

Lighthouse Central Florida will host its annual Sight and Sole Doggie Stroll event on March 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs. A new twist on the fundraiser allows dog owners to bring their dogs along for the walk. For more information, visit

The Third Annual Kids House Charity Football Game is on March 26, with the gates opening at 2 p.m. and kick-off at 4 p.m. All the proceeds from the game will benefit the Kids House of Seminole. There will be a competition between Winter Springs Mayor Charles Lacey and Oviedo Mayor Dominic Persampiere. Call 407-971-5720 or e-mail

There will be a free first-time homebuyer workshop hosted by GoldenRule Housing and Community Development Corporation on March 26 in Sanford. Down payment assistance up to $7,500 is available as well as First Time Homebuyer Certificates. Reservations are required. Call 407-878-3759.

Geneva Quilt Documentation Day is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 26 at the Rural Heritage Center on the southeast corner of First and Main Streets. Join your Geneva neighbors and quilting enthusiasts from the Central Florida area for a day of celebrating quilts. There will be free lectures and documentation instructions.


Red Bird Crafts will have a show and sale at the First United Methodist Church in Oviedo this weekend.

Red Bird Mission Crafts will offer a show and sale on Saturday, March 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Oviedo, near Oviedo High School at 263 King St. Lunch will be available. Red Bird gives back 100 percent to the Appalachian communities.

April 2

The city of Winter Springs will be holding a Water Conservation Day celebration at City Hall on Saturday, April 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will host vendors providing information and services related to water conservation. Professionals in their field will speak on topics including rain harvesting and rain barrel construction, water efficient irrigation technology, native and Florida friendly landscaping, and maintaining a healthy Florida lawn. There will be a variety of activities for children and families including hands-on activity stations where kids can learn about our where the water supply comes from and can build an aquifer they can eat. Prize giveaways are limited to Winter Springs residents. Visit

A silent auction will be held on Saturday, April 2 at the Oviedo Bowling Center from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Among the items to be auctioned: Southwest Airline tickets, Orlando Magic tickets, Disney and Universal passes and many more. Help the Oviedo Youth Bowlers raise funds for their trip to nationals in Las Vegas. For more information, contact Mark Quick at 407-797-7749 or Bob Rozanski at 321-279-3097.

April 16

Kids House will be hosting its Fourth Annual Field of Dreams Gala on Saturday, April 16 at The Venue at the University of Central Florida. It is a sports-themed, creative black-tie event. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and transition at 7:30 to the dinner and program. The emcee for this year’s event will be Jim Payne of WESH News Channel 2, our guest auctioneer will be Michael Strahan, defensive end for the New York Giants, and our special entertainment is the 38 Special. Sponsorship opportunities are available, and individual seats are $250. For more information, please contact Director of Development Marcie Dearth at 407-324-3036 or

The Second Annual UCF Book Festival will be held April 16 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the UCF Arena, showcasing 60 renowned authors, exhibitors, free book appraisals, special children’s activities and more. Keynote authors include New York Times bestselling author Maxine Paetro, co-author with James Patterson of the “Women’s Murder Club Series”; Orlando’s own Col. Joe Kittinger; Florida Sen. Bob Graham; and syndicated columnist and author Leonard Pitts Jr. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit or call 407-823-2835.

Family Calendar

Special Population Dances for Teens and Adults is Friday, March 25, from 7-9 p.m. at Riverside Park, 1600 Lockwood Blvd. This dance is for the intellectually disabled teens and adults, accompanied with a companion if needed. The cost is $2 per participant and $1 for a companion. Call 407-902-9424, or e-mail

Family Bingo Night is on Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m. at Riverside Park, 1600 Lockwood Blvd. Have a fun-filled bonding Bingo Night with the Oviedo Recreation and Parks Department. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of each game played. Space is limited. The cost is $2 a card per person with a five-card maximum. Call Jenette McKinney at 407-971-5591 or e-mail

Award-winning storybook plays "Goldilocks" and "The Three Little Pigs" will be presented from Saturday, April 9 to Sunday, April 10 at The Stage, 1425 Tuskawilla Road, #145 in Winter Springs. "Goldilocks" starts at 1:30 p.m. and "The Three Little Pigs" begins at 3 p.m. Visit or e-mail or call 407-685-0092.

Special Population Area Dance Extravaganzas, SPADES, invites all special population teens and adults who physically and/or intellectually disable to come dance the night away on Friday, April 15, from 7-9 p.m. at Riverside Park, 1600 Lockwood Blvd. The theme is Spring Fling. Cost: $2 per participant and $2 per companion or guest. Contact Anne Marie Sargent at 407 902-9424 or e-mail

The Second Annual UCF Book Festival will be held April 16 at the UCF Arena from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event will showcase 60 renowned authors, exhibitors, free book appraisals, special children’s activities and more. Admission and parking are free. Visit or call 407-823-2835.

Israel Independence Day, presented by the Roth JCC, is from 3-8 p.m. on May 15 at Cranes Roost Park, Cranes Roost Boulevard in Altamonte Springs. The event is free, but certain activities have a nominal cost. Contact Julie Varkonyi at 407-645-5933 or e-mail

The last American Red Cross Babysitter’s Course before the summer will be Saturday, May 7 at Riverside Park, 1600 Lockwood Blvd. This course is designed for male and female participants ages 11 to 15 who might be interested in learning the importance of leadership, infant care, accident prevention, and basic CPR and first aid. Cost: Oviedo city residents/$45, non-resident members/$55 and non-residents/$65. Call Jenette McKinney at 407 971-5591 or e-mail