Early voting for the November 8 General Election will begin Monday, October 24, and will continue through Sunday, November 6. In Apopka, the early-voting site is the Apopka Community Center/VFW, where it has been for several election cycles.
Two men who pleaded guilty to cocaine charges in Northwest Orange County will be sentenced in November. The two were arrested by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
Briefly: The Apopka Police Department will hold Coffee with a Cop. Chief Mike McKinley and other officers from the police department will be available to talk to the public at the restaurant during the event. The First Baptist Church of Apopka will serve a free, fully home-cooked meal, for those who might not otherwise have a meal. Those wishing to participate in the annual Apopka Christmas Parade should contact Steve Deviese, parade chairman, to receive an application. State Representative Jennifer Sullivan’s staff will hold office hours at Apopka City Hall.
Applications are now available for artists and crafters who wish to enter the 56th annual Apopka Art and Foliage Festival.
It was announced on Tuesday, October 11, that Juan Rodriguez of Apopka recently won first place in drawing in the Hand-picked Favorites Student Show at McMurry University’s Gypsy Ted Gallery, McMurry University.
Hope CommUnity Center is hosting the grand opening of its second campus. Snacks and entertainment will be provided. Hope CommUnity Center is focused on helping regional immigrant and working poor communities.
Apopka’s Hometown Halloween in the Park will be at Kit Land Nelson Park. The popular annual event will feature trick-or-treating, games, a bounce house, face painting and a family-friendly Halloween movie.
The Debbie Turner Cancer Care and Resource Center will hold its annual Community Health Fair at the First United Methodist Church of Apopka. Various health screenings and wellness services will be offered.
North Orange Branch Library and CareerSource Central Florida have partnered together to provide an event that will celebrate local veterans “Vets! Our Heroes!” All ages are welcome.
The Apopka Memorial High School Class of 1961 will be having its 55th class reunion. In addition to the event, the Class of 1961 will be hosting a multi-class (1958-1962) get-together.
Grace Pointe Church will have its annual Fall Festival, a free non-scary family event for the community. The Fall Festival will have non-scary activities such as a non-scary costume contest for all ages with prizes for best group, and best of each age group. And other non-scary offerings.
First Baptist Sweetwater will have a Trunk or Treat at the church. This is a free event for families. Children may also wear their favorite costume.
The Fifth Sunday Evening Gospel Sing will be held at First Baptist Church of Tangerine. Musical guests will include Bill Bradshaw, Randy Powell, Alan Brandel, and the Lovetts.
The bazaar ladies are ready to haul the Christmas trees to the fellowship hall of the First United Methodist Church for their annual Christmas Bazaar. This year’s theme is “Christmas Around The World.” Bazaar attendees will find Christmas ornaments, scarves, blankets, tree skirts, jewelry, blue jean aprons, Santa’s shotgun shell wreaths, table arrangements, soups, homemade jellies, and desserts to fit all their Christmas needs.
It’s that time of year again when non-profit organizations are asking surrounding communities to think about the less fortunate and contribute resources, time and money. Loaves & Fishes, a faith-based food pantry and social-services organization, is no exception. The organization just started up various holiday drives to assist families in need, including a turkey pledge, monetary contributions for a new van, Christmas toy donations, “angel trees” under which people can leave wrapped presents, and gifts of chocolate packages.
Eighth grader leads stuffed toy drive for fire and police
By Teresa Sargeant, Apopka Chief Staff
The Miss Apopka Pageant is seeking contestants, women ages between 17-24, to compete in the Miss Apopka Scholarship Pageant. The winner of the pageant will go on to represent the city of Apopka in the 2017 Miss Florida Pageant next June.
Both Personal Mini Storage locations are conducting a coat-and-blanket drive throughout October for donation to Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. Coats, jackets or blankets in clean, gently used condition for men, women and/or children are acceptable.