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Celery Stalks

Janet Foley

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Big events are coming up in our community. Get your calendars handy so that you will not miss out on the happenings. I wish I could say “get out your winter clothes, as we are due for a cold front and that would make all of us feel in the spirit of fall.” Guess we will wait a while longer. Don’t forget now is the time to get your Halloween costume. Halloween activities are big this year — lots of parties, and I love to see the little ones in their costumes when they come to my door. Can’t wait!

We will start with some upcoming events: Backstreet Pizza is hosting its first Family Fun Day on Sunday, Oct. 23, with a kick-off at 3 p.m. The pizza shop is located 1949 W. County Road 419 in Oviedo. There will be face painting, games, treats and pizza tossing and champion Ryan LaRosa will be there. All children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.

The Pumpkin Patch sponsored by the youth group of the First United Methodist Church of Oviedo will stay open until Monday, Oct. 31. Best get that “great” pumpkin now. The patch is located under a white tent on Red Bug Lake Road next the Centra Care and across from Lowe’s. Students will be selling all sizes of pumpkins, gourds and fall decorations and along with carving decorations and accessories. Proceeds will benefit summer youth mission trips. Story time is available for preschool students by contacting OrlandoBet@aol.com or 407365-3255

Just around the corner is the 38th annual Great Day in the Country arts and crafts festival on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. located 200 W. Broadway and the corner of Lake Jessup in downtown Oviedo. The annual festival is presented by the Oviedo Woman’s Club, and proceeds from the event go to scholarships and community projects. We will have something for all — entertainment, children’s area, food, drinks, student arts and plenty of crafters. Do come early as parking can be at a premium. I think it may be the biggest show in town as the event draws anywhere from 55,000-60,000 citizens. See you there!

Seems to me that Saturday, Nov. 12, is very popular, as the Oviedo Garden Club fall plant sale will be held 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. This is a very popular spot for purchasing that special plant.

The members of the Oviedo Garden Club are diligently planning for their semi-annual plant sale that will be held on the corner of Broadway Street and Aulin Avenue, short walk from the annual Great Day in the County event located at the Lawton House and Lawton Elementary School grounds. The plant sale has been a tradition of the club or decades. Club members grow many of the plants in their own back yards, tenderly care for them for months and put them into pots ready for transplanting into neighborhood yard. Many of the clubs thirty members are available to readily share their plant knowledge and experience with purchasers. The plants area reasonable priced and proceeds are given to local groups such as Florida Trail, the Ed Yarborough Nature Center and the Seminole County Natural Program as well as gardening books for a the local library and other environmental related projects. If you need more information, please call Pat at 407-923-2127

The very popular Food Truck Crazy has really been a great success at the Oviedo Mall on Sunday afternoons and early evenings, please mark your calendar events for the already scheduled event at the mall on Nov. 13 and Dec. 11 and other additional trucks will be on board. The Food Truck Crazy and Oviedo Mall management have made the commitment to support the community further promoting local non-profit organizations as part of their monthly event and help bring some much support and relief ust in time for the Holidays. Food Truck Crazy can be reached at 407-296-5882 or their website at Info@FoodTruckCrazy.com.

Quip: Had to laugh the other day at our Oviedo Woman’s Club meeting. There was a sheet to sign up to walk at the different malls (Florida Mall, Seminole Towne Center and our Oviedo Mall). My friends and I love walking in the mall and looking at the changes. Most of our ladies have been walking since the mall was opened in late 1999. We always invite other gals to come join us. We pop in around 8:30 a.m. where Bed, Bath & Beyond store use to be.

A thought: Some people march to a different drummer — and some people polka.

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