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On Thursday, Jan. 27, Planet Beach Baldwin Park, 4859 New Broad St. will debut “Repopulating the Planet.” Contact Brad Biggs at 407-247-4552 and Jason L. Lee at 321-662-9073, or at [email protected]
“5 Course Love” opened at The Winter Park Playhouse last week and runs through Sunday, Feb. 13. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. Tickets are $35 evening / $33 senior evening / $26 matinees / $20 students & industry professionals. For reservations, call The Winter Park Playhouse box office at 407-645-0145 or visit WinterParkPlayhouse.org. The Winter Park Playhouse is located at 711-C Orange Avenue, Winter Park.
The Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities will be held today through Sunday, Jan. 30. Visit ZoraFestival.com
More than a dozen Winter Park-based RLF employees donated their time to build a new gazebo for the residents at Grandma’s House, where adults and children with various disabilities live together in a home-like environment. The gazebo ribbon cutting ceremony is at noon on Friday, Jan. 28 at the center on 830 W. 29th St.
Fresh Med Spas, located at 1331 N. Mills Ave., is kicking off the New Year with their annual “New Year, New You” Spa-rty, an evening of pampering, shopping, exclusive savings and refreshments from 4-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28. Visit FreshMedSpas.com
Go Red For Women Stair Climbing Workout from 8-9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29 at the old Amway Arena, 600 W. Amelia St., Orlando. Join the American Heart Association for a fun and unique workout to benefit the Go Red For Women movement and kick off National Heart Month. For more information contact the American Heart Association at 407-481-6307 or e-mail [email protected]
Valentine's Day Family & Pet Photos will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan 29 at BullFish. Contact 407-894-3474. Photos will also be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30 at The Doggie Door. Contact 407-644-2969. Appointments recommended. Proceeds from $15 sitting fee, which includes one proof, benefits The Sebastian Haul Fund.
Open Arms Ministries is reaching out to the Rosemont community in North West Orange County to provide health screenings and community services. This event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29 at the Rosewood Plaza, behind the 7-Eleven, 3939 Rosewood Way at the intersection of All American Boulevard/ Rosewood Way. For more information, visit OpenArmsMinistriesInc.com
The University of Central Florida’s Film Department will present a Meet-the-Filmmaker movie event featuring the critically acclaimed film, “Night Catches Us,” including director Tanya Hamilton at the Enzian in Maitland. This one-time, special event will take place at noon on Saturday, Jan. 29. Visit Enzian.org
“How to Reconcile Theatre and Documentary” with director Eric Nightengale will be at noon, Saturday Jan. 29 at the Fred Stone Theater, Rollins College. Nightengale will discuss working with living playwrights and documentary-based scripts. That process involves collaboration with the author, the transformation of real people into characters and other inherent issues of this genre. Visit WinterParkInstitute.org or call 407-691-1995.
Join the University Club of Winter Park for Casino Night at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29. Enjoy a blackjack tournament, casino games, silent and live auctions, refreshments and dancing while supporting community and education assistance endeavors. Auction items include Orlando Magic tickets, original artwork, night on the town opportunities, wine baskets, jewelry, catered dinner parties and much more! Tickets are $30. For more information, call 407-644-6149.
At 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, is A Perfect Cup of Tea. A celebration of January being “Hot Tea month,” Bill from Olde Cup & Saucer will be highlighting the history of tea and demonstrating how to make the perfect cup of tea. Samples will be available. Please contact the Maitland Public Library to register, 407-647-7700.
The University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave. offers Ballroom Dancing lessons at 7 p.m. every Monday. Contact 407-644-6149.
The Tarflower Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1 at the Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave. Catherine Bowman, President of the Tarflower Chapter, will present "To Pull or Not To Pull, That is the Question?" a discussion of weeding and eliminating unwanted plants.
Join Team Challenge at the Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon! An information meeting for the Crohns and Colitis Foundation is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1. at Winter Park Bowl America, 1111 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park. For more information, call Lindsey Gardner at 646-875-2079.
Bruce Mozert's playful photography and creative spirit have left a legacy of unique underwater images from the 1950s of “Florida’s Original Tourist Attraction,” Silver Springs. Forty black and white photographs shot through an underwater camera system of Mozert’s own invention will be on display at the Albin Polasek Museum from Feb. 1 to April 17. For more information, visit Polasek.org or call 407-647-6294.
Creating simple Valentine gifts and cards, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, is a workshop where you will make a simple valentine gift and cards to give for Valentine’s Day. Please contact the Maitland Public Library to register, 407-647-7700.
The Orange County Retired Educators Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 3 for a Pot-Luck Luncheon at College Park United Methodist Church, 644 W. Princeton St., Orlando. Program by Beverly Engel from the Alzheimer Association on "Signs of Alzheimer's Disease." Visit our website at ocrea-fl.org or call 407-677-0446.
Winter With the Writers series continues on Thursday, Feb. 3 with David Henry Hwang, the author of “M. Butterfly” (1988 Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Awards, Pulitzer finalist). Events will include master classes at 4 p.m. and readings, on-stage interviews and book signings at 8 p.m. Master classes will be held in the Bush Auditorium and author readings and interviews will be held in the Tiedtke Concert Hall. For more information, visit http://www.Rollins.edu/winterwiththewriters or call 407-646-2666.
Attention all decorating fanatics, brides-to-be, wedding planners and interior design professionals: Join us from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Feb. 3 and 4 and at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 5 at the Holy Trinity Reception and Conference Center in Maitland for the Second Annual Tables Extraordinaire. The final evening, Saturday, Feb. 5, will feature a gala dinner and silent auction in the Agape Ballroom to cap off a marvelous fundraising weekend benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida and Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Admission is $50 per guest for the gala. The entire event is open to the public. For more information, contact Catherine Kassianides at [email protected] or 407-333-3895.
The 2011 Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities will be held Jan. 22-30 in Eatonville. Visit ZoraFestival.com for list of events.
Popcorn Flicks in Central Park featuring “It Happened One Night” starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27. Bring your blanket or chair. Visit Enzian.org or call 407-629-0054.
Help city “break ground” for the new Mead Botanical Garden Nature Center, at the site of the old barn, soon to be the “Nature Barn” from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2. Celebrate the exciting reclamation of green space right in the heart of the garden at 1500 S. Denning Drive. Visit MeadGarden.org or call 407-599-2800.
Popcorn Flicks in Central Park featuring “Love Story” starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10. Bring your blanket or chair. Visit Enzian.org or call 407-629-0054. Rain date is Thursday, Feb. 24.
The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra will host its annual Celebration of Music Education Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13 at College Park Baptist Church, 1914 Edgewater Drive. Tickets range from $8-$30, with two complimentary tickets available to any music educator in Central Florida. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the FSYO office at 407-999-7800 between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. or online at fsyo.org
The Just Between Friends consignment store is hosting its spring sale from Feb. 18-20 at the Maitland Civic Center, 641 S. Maitland Ave. Admission is $2 on Friday and free Saturday and Sunday. Visit CentralFlorida.JBFSale.com/ to be a consignor or volunteer at the event.
The Great Duck Derby will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 at Mead Garden. Admission is free, ducks will be available for $5. Call 407-599-2800 or visit MeadGarden.org for more information.
Children’s programming continues in the Maitland Public Library, 501 S. Maitland Ave. Story times for toddlers and preschoolers are at 6 p.m. every Monday and 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday. Baby story time is at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday. Reading Buddies, a program to help reluctant readers, is at 4 p.m. every Thursday. Call 407-647-7700.
The Food for Thought Gala to benefit Glenridge Middle School is Friday, March 11. Music, silent auction and wine tasting starts at 7 p.m. at the Orlando Science Center. Tickets are available now by calling 407-623-1415 ext 2328. Find them on Facebook, “Food For Thought: GMS.”