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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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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.

Grand Oaks Museum/Carriage Ride—Weirsdale
The Grand Oaks Carriage Museum is home to one of the world’s largest private collections of carriages and equine artifacts. Step back in time and enjoy the elegance and pageantry of over 160 European and American Carriages, including the elaborate 1850 Armbruster Dress Chariot once owned by Emperor of Austria Franz Joseph, and his wife, Elisabeth. You will explore the beautiful property while enjoying a horse-drawn carriage ride. A lite lunch is included in the activity fee and your choice should be selected at the time of registration.

Date:   Tuesday, January 23
Time:   8:45 am – 4:00 pm
Fee:     $53 City Resident / $57 Nonresident

Giraffe Ranch Farm—Dade City
Have you ever fed a giraffe? At Giraffe Ranch learn about exotic animals from around the world. An expert will guide us through grassland and around huge live oaks in a specially designed 4-wheel drive vehicle to meet the animals. Afterwards we will have a Dutch treat lunch.

Date:   Thursday, February 1
Time:   9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Fee:     $56 City Resident / $60 Nonresident

The Florida Strawberry Festival – Plant City
Crafts, booths, rides, vendors and great food! Enjoy the famous Florida Strawberry Shortcake! Lunch is on your own at the festival. Trip cost includes transportation and festival admission.

Date:   Tuesday, March 6
Time:    8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Fee:     $19 City Resident / $23 Nonresident

Lipizzan Stallions of Austria—Myakka City
The Royal Lipizzans are unquestionably the rarest, most aristocratic breed of horses in the world. We will watch them in training after we have enjoyed a Dutch treat lunch at Yoder's Restaurant & Amish Village. Fee includes transportation and admission.

Date:   Thursday, April 5
Time:   9:30 am – 7:30 pm
Fee:     $18 City Resident / $22 Nonresident

The Winter Garden Parks & Recreation presents lunch and a matinee at the 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 Lieutenant of Inishmore
The Lieutenant of Inishmore is a feared Irish terrorist who has no qualms of torturing, mutilating and murdering his enemies. The one life he does value is that of his beloved black cat, Wee Thomas. After Wee Thomas is found with a crushed skull, a heartbroken Mad Padraic becomes hell-bent on finding the person responsible and the vividly gruesome violence and carnage that ensues makes for an extremely dark, yet hilarious comedy that explores the absurdity of political violence.
Date:   Sunday, February 11
Fee:     $23 City Resident / $25 Nonresident

A Tennessee Walk
Dark secrets abound in the hills of Tennessee in this Southern Gothic tale. It’s 1916, and a circus elephant named Mary is sentenced to die in a horrible way after killing a man during a parade in Kingsport. Mary’s execution, demanded by the hysterical public, becomes a media event. At the same time, Bobbie Coleman, a young girl of twelve, is experiencing her own horror as tragedy besets her closest friend, Willa Fay. Fast forward eighty years, when a freelance journalist attempts to break Bobbie’s silence and at long last find the out the truth of that fateful time. True-life stories and fictional storytelling are weaved together for an unforgettable tale.
Date:   Sunday, March 25
Fee:     $23 City Resident / $25 Nonresident

Best of Broadway—an Orlando Ballet in Winter Garden
Orlando Ballet’s Best of Broadway is a glittering spectacle which highlights the greatest hits from some of the biggest Broadway shows including the classics from the golden era and today’s popular favorites.
Date:   Sunday, April 15
Fee:     $27 City Resident / $29 Nonresident

The Hunchback of Notre Dame
In this epic musical based on the Victor Hugo novel, Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame longs to escape his captivity by the Archdeacon Frollo and partake in the Feast of Fools in 15th-century Paris. Initially enthralled by the revelry, he is treated cruelly by the boisterous crowd until a beautiful and sympathetic gypsy named Esmeralda comes to his rescue. Quasimodo is captivated by her free spirit, as is the Archdeacon and the handsome Captain Phoebus. Frollo’s mission to cleanse Paris of lechery and foreigners – including the gypsies – conflicts with his desire, and, in the end, Quasimodo must make the choice to leave his sanctuary of stone and become a hero to the one he loves.
Date:   Sunday, May 6
Fee:     $27 City Resident / $29 Nonresident


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 12 & Tuesday, February 13 from 9 am – 12 pm both
             days or Monday, April 16 & Tuesday, April 17 from 5 pm – 8 pm
             both days
Fee:      $15 AARP Members / $20 Non-AARP Members

Adventures in Craftdom
Learn the basics on how to make your own beautiful necklace, and do it with your friends. It is fun and easy. Registration required as availability is limited.

Date:    February 20
Time:    10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Fee:      $3 fee to be paid day of class

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, March 16
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:   1:30 – 4 pm (note time change)
Fee:     $3 per person

In this make and take card making class you will 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. Registration must be completed by the Tuesday before each class.

Date:   Fourth Thursday of each month
Time:   10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Fee:     $3/one card or $5/two cards—fee to be paid day of each class

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! First-timers must bring a partner.

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

Games, Cards & More
Enjoy an afternoon with friends who are playing Mexican Train Dominoes, Hand and Foot, Liverpool Rummy, Euchre, Rummikub and more! Or bring your favorite board or card game and teach others how to play. Participants are encouraged to bring a snack to share.

Date:   2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Wednesday each month*
Time:   1:30 – 4:30 pm (note time change)
Fee:     Free!
*February 14 will meet at Tanner Hall

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 30: – Getting to Know Your Library by Natalie Houston, Branch Manager, Winter Garden Library
  • February 27: – The Who, What, When and Why of the SOBO Gallery by Mary Keating, Vice Chair of the Winter Garden Art Association
  • March 27: – Time is Brain! Stroke Awareness and Prevention by Lauren Ulmer RN-BSN
  • April 24: – Life Signs and Symbols by Sande Foster Berkowitz

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+. Level 3 must know basic line dance steps before enrolling.

Date:   Tuesdays
Time:   Level 1: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
New routine introduced 1st Tuesday of the month
Time:   Level 2: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Date:   Wednesdays
Time:   Level 3: 9:30 am – 12:00 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
Hearing & Your Overall Health: Listen to your ears, they may be telling you something. Learn about recent research on the link between hearing loss and other health disorders including diabetes, cardiovascular disease & dementia. Presented by Kristen Weinbaum, Precision Hearing.

Date:   Friday, February 9
Time:   11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Fee:     Free!

Mah Jongg
Mah Jongg 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:   1:30 pm
Fee:     Free!

A Matter of Balance
This eight-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. A complimentary snack will be provided.

Date:   Thursdays, January 18 – March 8
Time:   10 am– 12 pm
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 Nonresident

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". Beginners are welcomed.

Date:   Wednesdays
Time:   10 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 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 19
Teams bowl January 22-April 13
Time:   1:30 pm for start-up meeting
Fee:     $1 per person, per week (12-week session)

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