Toy Drive Kick Off

Welcome, November!

With the cooler weather knocking on our door and the holidays just around the corner, we have much to be thankful for this month.

We reached an important milestone at the end of last month with the expiration of the executive order for coronavirus in our County. Thankfully, the case numbers have steadily declined, and we saw the 14-day rolling positivity rate reach at or below 5 percent for an extended period of time. This was wonderful news for everyone.

Another thing to be thankful for is the return of international travel with airlines able to resume flights to select international markets this month. Our local tourist attractions are decorated for the holidays and ready to welcome visitors from far and wide with many fun and exciting offerings.

I’m also thankful this month to kick-off the annual Orange County Mayor’s Toy Drive on November 15. This toy collection is important to our community, as it helps local residents have a brighter holiday thanks to the kindness and thoughtfulness of other residents. Learn more about the Toy Drive in this newsletter.

And finally, I want to wish you all a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Whether you’re staying home and exploring our beautiful county or traveling to see family elsewhere, I wish you the very best for a Happy Thanksgiving!

November 4, 2021

Join Mayor Demings to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights! The virtual event is in collaboration with the India Center at UCF, the Asian Cultural Association, FusionFest and the Orange County Asian Committee.
November 5 & 6, 2021

Orange County Parks and Recreation will celebrate the fall season with its Movies in the Park programming. Toy Story 4 will show on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at Independence Park and on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. at Capehart Park.
November 11, 2021

Orange County Mayor Veterans Advisory Council and Orange County Government will host a virtual flag-raising ceremony to honor veterans and active services members in Orange County and across the nation.
November 13, 2021

The annual Orlando Veterans Day Parade will honor the courageous service members of the armed forces. This year marks the 22nd year of the parade in downtown Orlando.
November 15, 2021

Since its first event in 2011, the Orange County Mayor’s Toy Drive has distributed more than 45,000 toys to children and families in need during the holiday season. The 2021 Toy Drive will kick off on Monday, November 15, 2021. Learn ways to donate by visiting
FusionFest - It's Diversitastic! - Satisfy your curiosity about the world
FusionFest’s free, two-day, family-friendly festival is back at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on November 27 and 28, 2021!

The festival draws people from more than 110 different cultures to experience food, music, dance, fashion, visual arts, spoken word, games and interactive activities. The Opening Spectacle, a new must-see show created to honor the rich diversity in Central Florida with brass fanfare, music, dance and special appearances by local leaders, will kick off the festivities on both days. To learn more visit
Orange County Government’s Health Services Department continues to provide community COVID-19 services at Barnett Park.

Vaccines: Free, drive-thru COVID-19 vaccinations are available 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Vaccine availability for initial series of shots, as well as boosters, includes Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. A vaccination record card/form is required for individuals receiving second doses or booster shots.

For more vaccine information, visit

Testing: Free, drive-thru COVID-19 testing is available 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Residents interested in receiving a COVID-19 test are recommended to arrive early to Orange County’s free drive-thru testing sites, as sites may close early due to reaching its daily capacity or severe afternoon weather.

For more testing information, visit
Orange County 2021 Redistricting - Draw the Line for Fair and Equal Representation
Help us draw the line for fair and equal representation! There is still time to participate in Orange County Government’s redistricting process. Residents are encouraged to attend an in-person meeting or watch from home on Facebook or OrangeTV. Upcoming meetings:

Residents can draw their own district maps, submit virtual public comments and learn more about redistricting by visiting
2021 Digital Counties Survey
Kudos to Orange County Government!

The Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) recently announced the winners of the Digital Counties Survey 2021. The survey, conducted by CDG in partnership with NACo, identifies the best technology practices among U.S. counties, and Orange County has been ranked 4th in the entire nation in the 1,000,000 or More Population Category.
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