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Recreation Department

310 North Dillard St.
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Phone: 407.656.4155
Fax: 407.656.6504

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Jackie Mathis, Recreation Supervisor
Phone: 407.656.4111 ext. 5435

Eric Fischer, Recreation Supervisor
Phone: 407.656.4111 ext. 5434

Sebrenia Brown-Jones, Recreation Specialist
Phone: 407.656.4111 ext. 5438

Matt Bennett, Recreation Specialist
Phone: 407.656.4111 ext. 4301

Ramona Miles, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 407.656.4111 ext. 5436

Carol Lippold, Senior Citizen Program Specialist
Phone: 407.656.4111 ext. 5439

Kamilla Udit, Facility Coordinator
Phone: 407.656.4111 ext. 5441


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Active 50 + Day Trips
Transportation in accordance to ADA regulation is available upon request. In order to provide accommodations please have your request ready upon registration, 10 business days prior to scheduled trip date. Trip Fees are subject to change dependent upon venue and number of participants. All registrations are final one full week prior to the trip.

Disney Springs – Orlando
Spend a day at the newly renovated Disney Springs. A bus will take you there and drop you off so you can discover an eclectic mix of unique shops, one-of-a-kind restaurants and lively entertainment located in four areas: West Side, The Landing, The Marketplace and Town Center. A bus will pick you up at the end of your fun-filled day. You will not have to worry about traffic, driving, or where you parked your car. Fee includes transportation only.
Date:   Friday, January 13
Time:   9:30 am – 4 pm
Fee:    $8 City Resident / $10 Nonresident

Erica's Tea Room & Gifts — Clermont
Spend an afternoon with your friends for an enjoyable "Afternoon Tea" at Erica's Tearoom, which is a family owned and operated business in downtown Clermont. After your tea enjoy browsing around their shop for teas, teapots and other related gift items. Fee includes transportation and lunch.
Date:   Thursday, January 19
Time:   11:30 am – 3 pm
Fee:    $31 City Resident / $33 Nonresident

Shine and Dine – Winter Garden
The Winter Garden Parks & Recreation presents lunch and a matinee at the Historic Garden Theater. Come join us for this fun filled afternoon with friends. Meet at the fountain/gazebo on Plant Street at 11:45 am. Group lunch is Dutch treat at 12 pm, at a local restaurant, with the performance immediately following at 2 pm. Program cost includes theater ticket only. No transportation is available.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
In this riotous ride, complete with audience participation, six young people in the throes of puberty candidly disclose hilarious and touching stories from their home life. Played by adults, the "tweens" spell their way through a series of challenging and off-the-wall words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. At least the losers get a juice box.
Date:   Sunday, February 12
Fee:    $26 City Resident / $28 Nonresident

Destiny of Desire
This modern comedy brings music, high drama and burning passion to the stage. One stormy night in Bellarica, Mexico, two baby girls are born—one into privilege and the other into poverty. A former beauty queen with an insatiable lust for power swaps the babies and the stage is set for two outrageous misfortunes to grow into one remarkable destiny.
Date:   Sunday, March 19
Fee:    $26 City Resident / $28 Nonresident

Into the Woods
Follow a baker and his wife as they journey into the woods striving to lift a witch's curse. Along the way they encounter other fairy-tale characters, each of whom possesses something necessary to reverse the curse. This play explores the consequences of wishes and the responsibility that comes with getting what you want.
Date:   Sunday, May 21
Fee:    $26 City Resident / $28 Nonresident

Daytona International Speedway Tour - Daytona Beach
Climb aboard an open-air tram and be transported into the "World Center of Racing." Experience the 31-degree high banks for yourself as the tram coasts along turns 3 and 4, where you'll find yourself walking in the footsteps of legends as you climb atop the podium in Victory Lane. End your tour by standing next to the car of last year's DAYTONA 500 champion and visiting the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. Fee includes transportation and tour. Lunch is Dutch treat.
Date:   Thursday, February 16
Time:   8:30 am – 5 pm
Fee:    $30 City Resident / $34 Nonresident

The Great Gatsby - Orlando Shakespeare Theater
When young Nick Carraway is befriended by his mysterious neighbor Jay Gatsby, he is drawn into his glitzy world of lavish parties and secret speakeasies. But as Gatsby's elusive past is uncovered and his intentions revealed, Nick finds himself a pawn in a love triangle so scandalous, it threatens to destroy all those around him. This American classic is a poignant examination of prohibition America, exploring the notions of love, morality, identity, and the corruption of the American Dream.
Date:   Tuesday, March 21
Time:   11 am– 5:30 pm
Fee:    $30 City Resident / $32 Nonresident

Tarpon Springs
The historic waterfront town of Tarpon Springs has a way of transporting you thousands of miles away to a coastal village in Greece. Dodecanese Boulevard, also known as the sponge Docks, follows the riverfront and is lined with a wide variety of restaurants and eclectic shops offering everything from souvenirs, home goods, natural sponges, clothing, jewelry and olive oil soap. You will have lunch in the authentic Greek Hellas Restaurant and Bakery. Fees include transportation and lunch.
Date:   Tuesday, April 11
Time:   8:30 am – 6 pm
Fee:    $30 City Resident / $34 Nonresident


Active 50 + Programs
All Active 50+ programs are held at the Jessie Brock Community Center, 310 North Dillard Street, unless otherwise noted.

AARP Smart Driver Course
Insurance reduction and driver refresher course! Up to 10% discount after completion of course depending on your insurance provider. Advanced registration required as classes could be cancelled due to low enrollment.

Dates:   Monday, February 6 & Tuesday, February 7 from 9 am – 12 pm both days or
              Monday, April 24 & Tuesday, April 25 from 5 – 8 pm both days
Fee:      $15 AARP Members / $20 Non-AARP Members

Adventures in Craftdom
Take this card making class to create one or two beautiful greeting cards each month. There will be cards designed for you—but you are welcome to add your own twist when you want to. There is nothing like receiving a handmade card that is a gift in its own right.

Date:  Last Thursday of each month
Time:  10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Fee:    $3 fee to be paid day of each class

Bicycling with Friends
Are you one of the baby boomers that would like to ride your bike for fun and fitness but have no one to ride with? Come and ride with others along the West Orange Bike Path that goes right through Winter Garden. It makes for a safer and more enjoyable bike ride. Riders will be leaving from the Jessie Brock Community Center. Shoes and helmets are required.

*Please note that this is a self-guided activity, all involved participate at their own risk.
Date:  Thursdays
Time:  1 pm
Fee:    Free!

Birthday Celebrations
It’s time to party!  If anyone deserves a birthday party, it's a senior citizen who has lived a rich, full life. Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy the celebration.  It does not have to be your birth month to attend.

Date: Friday, April 21
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Fee: Free!

A fun and entertaining dice game for all to play! No skill required! Participants are encouraged to bring a snack to share.

Date: 4th Monday and 1st Wednesday of each month
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Fee: $3 per person

CarFit is an AARP educational program that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles "fit" them. A proper fit in one's car can greatly increase not only the driver's safety but also the safety of others.

Date:   Thursday, April 27
Time:   10 – 1 pm
Fee:     Free!

Chair Yoga
Start experiencing the many benefits of yoga.  This instructor led chair yoga exercise video is safe and gentle and includes low impact stretching, strengthening and breathing routines.

Date Mondays
Time: 9 – 10 am
Fee:  Free!

Get moving in this recreational, self-guided chair exercise class! Participants are encouraged to use light hand weights to build strength. Use of weights is not required and is at your own risk.

Date: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time: 9 – 10 am
Fee: Free!

Color Me Happy!
Think you're too old to color… think again! Seniors coloring is all the rage and it's a great, fun way to combat stress, promote mindfulness, allow creativity and activate different areas of the brain. Join us to experience this relaxing pastime in the company of your peers. Anyone can do it, you don't need experience so don't worry if you've never done it before, but be ready to color away and lift your mood! Bring your favorite coloring book or pages and colored pencils, or use the supplies we have available.

Date: 1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month
Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Fee: Free!

Duplicate Bridge
Join our Bridge Club for an afternoon full of fun and cards!

Date: Thursdays
Time: 1 – 4:30 pm
Fee: $3 per person
Place:   Tanner Hall, 29 West Garden Avenue

Games, Cards & More
Bring your favorite board or card game, learn new games and enjoy an afternoon with friends. Mexican Train Dominoes, Hand and Foot, Liverpool Rummy, other various card games, Rummikub, and more! Participants are encouraged to bring a snack to share.

Date: 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Wednesday each month
Time: 1 – 4:30 pm
Fee: Free!

The Ink and Quill Writing Group
Enjoy writing? Regardless of your ambitions or goals you will find stimulating fellowship and writing encouragement. Learn different styles of writing and share ideas to develop plots, characters and scenes to bring stories to life.

Date: 1st & 3rd Monday of each month
Time: 2 - 4 pm
Fee: Free!

I Want to Know...
This activity will address different topics that may be of interest to you. Register for one or all the presentations below and walk away with a new idea, a new thought and/or just a reminder of something you once knew and wanted to know more about. Bring a brown bag lunch if you wish.
Date:   Last Tuesday of each month
Time:   12 – 1 pm
Fee:     Free!

January 31 – Essential Oils by Jessica Collins, owner of Wildflower Beauty by Jessica located at 100 W. Plant Street in Winter Garden.
February 28 – Halotherapy or Salt Therapy by Robin Mentges from The Salt Scene in Windermere
March 28 – Lymphedema and the Lymphatic System by Dawn Brinkman, Health Central Hospital
April 25 – Wills and Estates and or Elderlaw

Line Dancing
It is a dance that is choreographed with sequences of steps that are repeated and a group of people dance in one or more lines, all facing the same direction and performing the steps at the same time. Good exercise and great fun. Music pace is modified for the Active 50+.

Date:   Tuesdays
Time:   Level 1 – 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Time:   Level 2 – 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Fee:     $2 City resident / $3 Nonresident

Literary Ladies Book Club
Join friends to read the top 10 and the classics.

Date: 2nd Saturday of each month
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Fee: Free!

Lunch and Learn
Are you feeling more forgetful? Are you having a hard time recalling recent events? You may be interested in hearing about Compass Research and what they have to offer. The fee includes a lite lunch.

Date:   Friday, March 10
Time:   11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Fee:     $5 per person

Mahjong is a game that originated in China. Join in on this game of skill, strategy, and calculation and make new friends. Have never played before, but have wanted to learn, an experienced player will teach you the basics on how to play.

Date: Tuesdays
Time: 1:00 pm
Fee: Free!

Making Strides Walking Group
Stretch out those muscles and get moving! Bring a friend and enjoy company as you exercise your way around Winter Garden. This is a great way to meet friends, socialize and get a healthy work out!
*Please note that this is a self-guided activity, all involved participate at their own risk.

Date:   Mondays
Time:   1:00 pm
Fee:     Free!

A Matter Balance
This 8 week Matter of Balance class is a nationally recognized program that emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. Empowering the participant to view falls as controllable, learn exercises specifically designed to help prevent falls and learning small changes one can make which will increase our confidence in the future. Advanced registration is required and space is limited.

Date: Tuesdays, January 17 – March 7
Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30
Fee: Free!

My Critic’s Choice
Travel each month to a new restaurant for a casual lunch and critique the overall dining experience. Trip cost includes transportation only. Lunch is Dutch treat. Advanced registration required.

Date: Last Friday of each month
Time: 10:30 am
Fee: $8 City Resident / $10 Non-Resident

Sit, Stitch ‘n Give
Does life have you all tied up in knots? Join us for a chance to unwind. Come chat, knit, crochet, embroider, etc., and laugh with those who understand your desire to take a long piece of thread fiber and create a beloved "work of heart".

Date: Wednesdays
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fee: Free!

Travel with Us
Our community has been around the world and back. Each month someone from the Active 50+ group will share photos and interesting facts from their excursions. Come and travel with us around the world!

Date: 3rd Monday
Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Fee: Free!

West Orange Page Turners Book Club
Bring a friend and discover current and classic authors. New members and titles are always welcome.

Date: 2nd Monday of each month
Time: 2 – 5 pm
Fee: Free!

Wii Bowling League
Do you still have a passion for bowling but do not have the time, energy or strength to make it to the lanes? Teams of two are forming now for a new Wii bowling 12-week league. Teams will choose their weekly bowling time and partner at the first meeting and pay their fee for the 12-week session.

Date: Start-up meeting Friday, January 13
Teams bowl January 17-April 10
Time: 1:30 pm for start-up meeting
Fee: $1 per person, per week (12-week session)

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