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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.

The Center For Great Apes'— Wauchula
The Center for Great Apes' provides a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees that have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or from the exotic pet trade. This educational walking tour is about ¼ mile and is on shell-rock paths with limited sitting spaces. This is a great opportunity, as it is not open to the public. Lunch will be Dutch treat at a local restaurant.

Date: Thursday, October 18
Time: 8:30 am– 4:30 pm
Fee: $36 City Resident / $40 Nonresident

The Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill And Eco Boat Trip—De Leon Springs
The Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill and Griddle House is a unique restaurant located inside De Leon State Park. Each table is equipped with a griddle where you can cook your own pancakes or order off the menu. We will also enjoy the preserved Eco-System of the St. John’s River via the M/V Acurea. Meal is Dutch treat.

Date: Thursday, November 8
Time: 8:30 am – 4 pm
Fee: $27 City Resident / $31 Nonresident

Fort Christmas Historical Park-Fort Christmas
The Fort Christmas Cracker Christmas includes craft fair, pioneer demonstrations, Civil War artifact displays, antique cars, engines, tractors plus plenty of delicious food. For your Dutch treat lunch enjoy the delicious Southern festival foods including pull-pork sandwiches, gator tail, boiled peanuts, swamp cabbage and a wide variety of scrumptious baked goods.

Date: Sunday, December 2
Time: 9 am – 4:30 pm
Fee: $11 City Resident / $15 Nonresident

The Winter Garden Parks & Recreation presents lunch and a matinee at the Garden Theatre. 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.
Drop everything for GYPSY – featuring a legendary, award-winning score that includes “Let Me Entertain You,” “You Gotta Get a Gimmick,” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.”
Date: Sunday, September 9
Fee: $27 City Resident / $29 Nonresident

The Birds
Inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s short story, the basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary film, this suspenseful adaptation is compelling, edge-of-your seat drama.
Date: Sunday, October 21
Fee: $23 City Resident / $25 Nonresident

A Christmas Story
Based on the humorous writings of Jean Shepherd and the motion picture of the same name, you’ll want to make this wonderful, nostalgic bit of Americana part of your family’s holiday celebration.
Date: Sunday, December 16
Fee: $27 City Resident / $29 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.

Date: Monday, Oct 22 & Tuesday, Oct 23, 5 – 8 pm both days
Monday, Nov 26 & Tuesday, Nov 27, 9 am – 12 pm both days
Fee: $15 AARP Members / $20 Non-AARP Members

Smart Driver Tek Workshop
Learn how new high-tech features in today’s cars can help make driving safer and easier. You will learn how the benefits of these technologies may enhance your driving safety and extend your safe driving years. You will receive a technology checklist and learn to identify the safety technologies that best suit your needs. Space is limited, so register now for this course by calling 1-877-805-4115 to pay the $5 fee.

Date: Monday, October 29
Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Fee: $5

Adventures In Craftdom
Learn how to knot and braid silk ribbon into a beautiful, light accessory and finish it off with a button clasp. The silk ribbon is made by women in India who take the remnants from machine made sari. They then dye the silk and rip it into ribbons finally sewing and knotting the ribbon into long strands. Registration required as availability is limited.

Date: Tuesday, October 9
Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Fee: $10 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, October 12
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
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. Registration must be completed by the Tuesday before each class.

Date: 4th Thursday of each month (No class in November)
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 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!

Craft Affair
Arts & crafts lovers will enjoy shopping for unique and one-of-a-kind items made exclusively by our 50+ creative friends. Although our vendors are 50 or older, every one of all ages is invited to shop the fair for unique hand-crafted items. If you are interested in being a craft vendor at this event and you are 50+, call 407-656-4155. Click here for vendor application form.

Date: Saturday, November 17
Time: 10 am – 2 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: 12:30 – 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
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
September 25: – "An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure" - Immunizations by Brooke Thermidor, D.O. of VIP Care in Winter Garden
October 30: – "My Time with a Mini" - Meet Shelton!! Take a peek inside to the life of a Miniature Therapy Horse and how they transform and touch the human heart! By Susan Nastasi from SOUL Haven Ranch, Winter Garden
November 27: – “Eat Healthy, Be Active” by Sherry Lahman from UF/IFAS Extension’s Family Nutrition Program
December 25: – Closed for Christmas
Time: 12 – 1 pm
Fee: Free!

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 and Wednesdays
Time: Tuesday Level 1: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Tuesday Level 2: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Wednesdays Level 3: 9:30 am – 12 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
Come and meet our Fleet Division Manager, Michael Caines. The goal of this presentation is to introduce you to the concept of basic car care. Some of the topics that will be covered are: checking and maintaining fluids, how to replace wiper blades, tire safety, which warning lights are crucial, how to jump start a car, how do I know who to trust to work on my car, etc. Registration is required to attend this workshop. The fee includes a lite lunch.

Date: Friday, November 2
Time: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Fee: $5 per person

Mah Jongg
Mah Jongg is a game that originated in China. Join in on this game of skill, strategy, 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: Tuesday, September 18 – November 13 (No Class October 23)
Time: 1:30 – 3:30 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 except for November 16
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 of each month
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 8-week league. Teams will choose their weekly bowling time and partner at the first meeting and pay their fee for the 8-week session.

Date: Start-up meeting Friday, September 14
Teams bowl September 17-November 9
Time: 1:30 pm for start-up meeting
Fee: $1 per person, per week (8-week session)

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