A Lifetime Dedicated to Education

June 1, 2021

Conway Methodist Preschool, celebrated the retirement of Sharon Fisher (pictured above) with a surprise drive-by on Thursday, May 13. Sharon has been a teacher at Conway Methodist Preschool for a total of 21 years, in two separate time spans, and most recently taught VPK. She has been in education for 45 years! She even taught several second generation children.

She began her teaching career in Indiana before moving to Florida with her late husband, Russell. When earning her Florida teaching credentials, she and her daughter took their credentialing tests at the same time in 2000. While employed by Orange County Public Schools, she worked at McCoy and Durrance Elementary and at the Educational Leadership Center with the SAFE program.According to her daughter, Mary Beth Gray, her favorite ages to teach were preschool and 1st grade.

We will miss Mrs. Fisher greatly at Conway Methodist Preschool. We all aspire to be "Energizer Bunnies" like Sharon as we teach beyond the usual retirement age!

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Community Events

The Enchanted Fairy Doors are back at Leu Gardens

June 5, 2021

The Enchancted Fairy Door exhibit returns June 5 and will remaing until September 5, 2021! This amazing exhibit has become a Central Florida tradition. This exhibit features twenty, one-of-a-kind, whimsical fairy doors which will inspire your child’s imaginative world of enchanted forests, secret gardens and the magic of fairies. Each door is created by a very special fairy and all you have to do is find these beautiful doors located throughout the 50-acre gardens. A map of the fairy doors and a narrative of each fairy will be given out to every guests visiting the gardens.

Daytime garden admission: $10 adult, $5 child (ages 4 – 17 years) which includes the Enchanted Fairy Doors. Leu Gardens’ Members and all children 3 years of age and under receive free admission. Free admission the First Monday of each month. Leu Gardens is located at 1920 North Forest Avenue. Visit leugardens.org or call 407.246.2620 for more information.

Hearts Against Hunger 5k

June 5, 2021

8:00 AM Help feed struggling families and children by joining Hearts Against Hunger 5K! Whether running/walking through the beautiful streets of Belle Isle at the in-person official 5K course OR participating in the Virtual 5K, you’ll have fun and know you are helping supply weekly grocery boxes to those in need in our community! All ages and ability levels welcomed. Go solo or bring friends and complete the race at your own pace – whether as a first-time runner or half marathon master! Hearts Against Hunger Virtual 5k can be complete. Visit Servantsheartministry.org/5k for more information.

Pine Castle Woman's Club presents the 3rd Annual Black History Celebration

June 13, 2021

Normally held the third weekend of February, this year’s event will take place on Sunday, June 13th at 1:30 p.m. in conjunction with the annual June 19th observance of Juneteenth, a state holiday. Join us for an informative and entertaining program at the Pine Castle Woman’s Club, 5901 S. Orange Ave., Orlando. Featured speaker will be retired judge, Belvin Perry, Jr., Esq. Judge Perry served 25 years on the bench and nine terms as Chief Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit. To assist in planning, an RSVP would be greatly appreciated. Please call 407 859-3064 (h) or 321 663-5612 (text). The event is free, and face masks are required. Light pre-packaged refreshments will be available.

POPS IN THE PARK

June 20, 2021

We have the perfect way to honor and celebrate Dads! Come on out to our "fantabulous" Father's Day celebration "POPS in the PARK" at 10 am in Wadeview Park on June 20th. "Fathers, Fun, & Free Food." Enjoy live music, an encouraging message, fun and games, free ice pops, and lots of food. Bring a lawn chair and we'll do the rest (food and drinks will be provided.) Come celebrate dads at this free, community event sponsored by Delaney Street Baptist Church.

4-H Summer Camps

June 28, 2021

This summer, Orange County 4-H will be offering two different in person day camps; 4-H S.T.E.M. Camp (June 28-July 2, 2021) and 4-H Healthy Kids Camp (July 12-16, 2021). Both camps are open to twenty (20) youth ages 8-12, and involve four hours of interactive, fun, hands on activities/programs led by UF/IFAS faculty and others that are experts in the topics being taught. To reserve your spot, please visit oc4hsummercamps.eventbrite.com. If you have questions, please email orange4h@ifas.ufl.edu