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Grandparent of the Year

Orange County: GRANDParent of the Year Award – Nominate Now!

If you know of a special grandparent who resides in the greater Orlando area (Orange County), please consider nominating them for Orange County: Grandparent of the Year. Click below to go directly to the nomination page that provides more information.


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Winners of the 2015 Orange County: Grandparent of the Year – Milford and Eva Lankford


The Orange County Week of the Family Theme for 2016 is FAMILY:  A TEAM EFFORT!

A home where parents and children spend time together is a home where there will be love and strong family relationships. The relationship that really matters takes time to build. Happiness comes not only from what you do, but from what you do together. Strong families are created when they make time to be together.




Our hope is that Orange County families will recognize how important it is to make time for each other to build those family relationships and to become a stronger family for it.Strong families play a vital role in the stability of nations and indeed, the world. Strong families will heal America.


– Orange County Week of the Family Committee












List of Events for Week of the Family

Saturday, November 7, 2015 – Unite with some Fun!

Brighthouse and Orange County Parks and Recreation, present:
Orange County Week of the Mayor’s Family Family Fun Day 10am-2pm
Blanchard Park, 2451 N Dead Rd, Orlando FL
FREE Rides, Games, Entertainment, Weird Science by OSC, Crafts by Disney, Bright House TV Lounge, Family Fun, Train, Information Booths and more.
Food trucks will be on site. CLICK FOR MAP

Fall Fiesta in the Park
Lake Eola Park FREE
This 45th annual event is one of the largest arts and crafts fairs in the state with more than 600 juried artisans in all media, including jewelry, photography, clothing and ceramics.  Live entertainment!  Family and pet friendly. There will be more than 50 food booths and trucks.

Scouting for Food – Empty Bag Deliveries
Local scouts will be distributing bags and asking for you to fill them up for pickup at the end of the week to help Orange County families.

19th Annual Central Florida Family History Conference KIDS FREE 9am-4:00pm
Olympia High School, 4301 S Apopka Vineland Rd, Orlando
World-Class Expert Faculty! One of the largest Family History Conferences in the East, with 45 classes and experts from all over the country to help you find your family’s history.  For more information and to register: www.familyhistoryconference.org

Sunday, November 8, 2015

For all Amazing Free Orange County Library Events

Fall Fiesta in the Park continues

FREE Movie Night at AMC West Oaks 14
West Oaks Mall, 9401 W Colonial Dr, Ocoee, FL 34761
FREE Movie “Home”
5:00 p.m.

Monday, November 9, 2015

The Orange County Library locations throughout the county are the place to read together and learn new things as a family at the many programs offered during the week.

FREE Movie Night at AMC West Oaks 14
West Oaks Mall, 9401 W Colonial Dr, Ocoee, FL 34761
FREE Movie “Cokeville Miracle”.
7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Make one mealtime Family Table Time download all the materials HERE.

Explore your Local Park and Trails with your Family
For more information, CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Lakers v. Magic Game
7:00pm Amway Center
50% DISCOUNT! Must purchase through this LINK.
See this FLIER for all the information.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Naturalization Ceremony at Orlando Public Library
101 E. Central Blvd., Orlando

FREE Popcorn Flicks in the Park 7pm Winter Park Downtown Central Park, 251 S Park Avenue
Presented by Winter Park CRA and produced by Enzian Theater. The classic film, ‘Charlotte’s Web,’ will be shown. Bring a blanket, a picnic or snacks, and your family! FREE popcorn for everyone. For More Info: 407-629-0054 or CLICK HERE

Friday, November 13, 2015

Ocoee Founders Day Festival 5pm-10pm
Bill Breeze Park, 125 N Lakeshore Dr, Ocoee
For More Info: See Saturday’s listing, call 407-905-3180 or CLICK HERE

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Orange County Public School’s with cooperation with the Interfaith Council of Central Florida present a special Parent Academy, “Strong Families Build Strong Communitites:  Week of the Family 2015

West Orange High School, 1625 South beulah Road, Winter Garden, FL MAP
8:00am – 1:00pm. FREE parenting and family themed classes.  For more information and registration, CLICK HERE.

Ocoee Founders Day Festival Continues

7:30am Chick-fil-A 5K and FREE Kids Run benefiting Ocoee Lions Club.
The Chick-fil-A 5k, certified course, starts and finishes near the intersection of McKey Street and Bluford Avenue.  For race information CLICK HERE.

FREE Family Fishing Tournament at Stark Lake The City of Ocoee and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will be teaming up once again to host a family fishing event as part of the Founder’s Day activities. The event will run at the Ocoee Lakefront from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturday. Everything about the event is FREE and no preregistration is necessary. For tournament information, CLICK HERE.

9:30pm FREE Fireworks Show For More Info: CLICK HERE

Scouting for Food
Leave your family’s food donation on your doorstep for 8am pickup.

2015 Veterans Day Parade
11:00am-1:00pm Downtown Orlando
For More Info:  CLICK HERE

Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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