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Dec 30

Around Town: Highlights in the Community December 2022

Posted on December 30, 2022 at 9:11 AM by Stacy VanCamp

City of Apopka Highlights for December 2022

Apopka Fire Department's Swearing In Ceremony

The Apopka Fire Department held a Swearing In Ceremony for its recent new hires.  Welcome to the team!

Apopka Fire Department's newest hires take a photo with the Fire Chief, Commissioners and Mayor

Clydesdale Horses in Apopka

The Clydesdales traveled to Kit Land Nelson Park to honor the memory of fallen Firefighter Austin Duran as part of the holiday events at the park.

Clydesdales hitched to a red wagon ready for the parade at Kit Land Nelson Park

Tree Lighting Ceremony

The City of Apopka kicked off the holiday season with the annual tree lighting ceremony at Kit Land Nelson Park.

Lighting of the Christmas Tree at Kit Land Nelson Park with Mayor and Commissioners

Apopka Arts in the Park Festival

Residents were treated to music by local students as they enjoyed food and craft vendors at the Apopka Arts in the Park Festival at the Apopka Amphitheater.

Students on stage at the Apopka Amphitheater singing at Arts in the Park Festival

Jingle Mingle Tree Festival

The City, in partnership with the Epilepsy Association of Central Florida, hosted the Jingle Mingle Tree Festival at Camp Wewa. Proceeds will help provide scholarships for children with epilepsy to attend summer camp. Special thank you to the Apopka High School Chorus for singing songs of the season at the event!

Decorated Christmas Trees on Display at the Jingle Mingle Tree Festival

Carolers at City Hall

Thank you to Christian Learning Academy for stopping by City Hall to bring Christmas cheer to employees and visitors alike.  

Students sing carols in City Hall for employees and visitors

Shop with a Cop

The Apopka Police Department (APD) held their annual Shop with a Cop event to help families in need by providing Christmas toys for the holiday. Thank you to APD for making the holidays brighter for local families!  

City Commissioners, Mayor, Police Chief, Police Officers, children, volunteers pose for event

Apopka Police Department's Swearing In Ceremony

The Apopka Police Department held a swearing in ceremony for their newest officer. Welcome aboard Officer Christian Cruz!

Photo of new police officer, his family, commissioners, Mayor, police chief, & deputy police chief

Wekiva High School Culinary Program

The students in Wekiva High School's Culinary Program catered the City's Employee Holiday Luncheon and did a fantastic job! Thank you, Chef Bates, for all that you do teaching today's students to become tomorrow's culinary professionals.

Photo of the students & Chef in front of the serving stations with the Mayor at the holiday luncheon

Apopka Christmas Parade

Thank you to the Foliage Sertoma Club of Apopka for organizing another great Christmas Parade! Photo Courtesy of Orange County Florida Government.

Mayor, Mrs. Nelson and their grandchildren riding in the Apopka Christmas Parade.

Holiday Pops Concert 

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra held their annual Holiday Pops Concert at the Amphitheater. It was quite a crowd on a beautiful night listening to the orchestra bring holiday classics to life. Special thank you to our Recreation Department staff for your hard work making all of the holiday events so successful!

View of the crowd watching the concert on stage

Nutcracker Christmas at the Museum of Apopkans

The Apopka Historical Society hosted their 2nd Annual Nutcracker Christmas at the museum. A festive, family event enjoyed by all!

Commissioners Nesta and Velazquez as well as the Mayor and ballet dancers at the event.

City Employee Holiday Donation Drive

Thank you to all the City employees that donated to a local school's toy drive. Our employees make a difference in our community and we appreciate everything they do to make Apopka a better place!

Mayor Nelson, Principal James, and faculty member pose with toy donations at the school

Wreaths Across America Ceremony

The Veterans of Foreign War Post 10147 and the City of Apopka hosted the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony to honor veterans by placing wreaths on their graves at Edgewood Greenwood Cemetery. 

Speakers addressing the audience at the Veterans Memorial at Edgewood Greenwood Cemetery

Brandon Meriweather 31 Ways Foundation

Thank you to the Brandon Meriweather 31 Ways Foundation for providing toys at their annual Christmas in the Park event.

Mayor and Brandon Meriweather at the toy drive event in the park

Foliage Sertoma Christmas Parade Winners

The Foliage Sertoma Club awarded trophies to the winners of the 2022 Apopka Christmas Parade.

Apopka Christmas Parade Winners with the Mayor and Commissioners at a Council meeting

Apopka Pop Warner 14U National Championship

Congratulations to the Apopka Pop Warner 14U National Champions! Great job everyone!

Apopka Pop Warner Football Team with Mayor and Commissioners at Council meeting

Apopka High School Boys Bowling State Championship

Congratulations to the Boys Bowling Team at Apopka High School for winning the state championship!  Way to go team!

Apopka High School Boys Bowling Team with the Mayor and Commissioners at Council meeting

Apopka High School Football Team

In addition, the City would like to congratulate the Apopka High School Football team for competing in the state championship.  Even though they did not win, the team played an excellent game and we are very proud of their efforts!

Mayor and mascots at Apopka High School Football State Championship Game

Apopka Police Department's Second Swearing In Ceremony

The Apopka Police Department held a second Swearing In Ceremony in December for three new officers: Officers Rafael Esparza, Erik Rohmeyer, and Patricia Arroyo. Welcome to Apopka!

Mayor and Commissioners pose with 3 new officers at the swearing in ceremony

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