Latest Issue: December 2019

'Tis the Season for Giving

'Tis the Season for Giving

December 01 2019

Twice a year Pat Matteson and her group of volunteers from Blessed Trinity’s Council of Catholic Women gather to pack and send “Care Packages” to combat zone troops. The packages include snacks, such as cookies, popcorn and personal hygiene items, such as wet wipes, toothpaste, toothbrushes to name a few. Deliveries are timed to arrive during the Easter and Thanksgiving/ Christmas holidays. This season Pat and company overwhelmed the Post Office with 142 packages.

2019 marks the tenth year of the the “Care Package Program”. In between her packing/shipping periods, Pat is busy tracking down and coordinating donations from local businesses.

Anyone interested in more information about this program or want if you want to make a donation to this great program, call 407-850-0121.

December 2019

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Community Calendar


Nov 22 2019

Ends in 21 days

Light Up UCF will open Friday, November 22 and run through Sunday, January 5. This year’s festival offers 45 nights of ice skating, a world-class choreographed light show with NEW music, free holiday movies, live entertainment, rides like the Ferris Wheel and Light Up Express kids train, and new this year, a Carousel!

Lake Conway Christmas Boat Parade

Dec 13 2019

Ends in about 8 hours

South Lake This year, Friday, December 13th will kick off the weekend of 3 Lake Conway boat parades. Parade starts at 8:00 PM at the South side of the Nela Bridge and will run clockwise. Save the date! Saturday, December 14th parade starts at 7:30 PM at the Sand Bar (SE Corner of Middle Lake) and will run clockwise around the center lake. The Sunday, December 15th parade starts at 7:00 PM at 'the Point' on (North) Little Lake Conway and will run clockwise.

Palms for Central Florida

Dec 19 2019

6:30 – 8 pm Nothing says “Florida” better than having a palm tree growing in your yard. Choosing the right palm for the landscape is a very important decision. Learn about planting palms correctly, pest management, pruning and more. $5.00 per household. Pre-Registration is required along with the non-refundable class fee. Pre-register at www.

Drive Thru Nativity

Dec 22 2019

Ends in 9 days

Sunday, December 22 - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Monday, December 23 - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Tuesday, December 24 from 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Join us at First Baptist Church of Pine Castle at 1001 Hoffner Avenue for our nativity.

21st Annual Lake Conway Woods/Shenandoah 5K Fun Walk/Run

Jan 25 2020

8:00 AM Please come out and join us for the Walk/Run on January 25, 2020. This event is a fund raiser for local charities, as well as a great neighbor meeting neighbor occasion. Last year we donated over $2,500.00 to the Russell Home in Orlando. This year we plan to make all donations again to the Russell Home. Registration info - Please contact Shawn Smith via e-mail at, or via cell at 407- 758-4623 (call or text)