The Lady Track Shack 5K
Join the Gladdening Light for three days of art, music and inspired conversation at the annual symposium in Central Florida at 9 a.m. from Thursday, Jan. 29, to Sunday, Feb. 1. Keynote speaker Barbara Brown Taylor will flank artists Tobi Kahn and musicians Owen and Moley Ó Súilleabháin at All Saints Episcopal Church, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College and Casa Feliz. Tickets start at $25 and go up to $229. For more information, call 800-835-7212 or visit gladdeninglight.org
Come join the run on Jan. 31 in The Lady Track Shack 5K, a one-of-a-kind women’s only event set in the beautiful and lush surroundings of Mead Garden in Winter Park. For over 30 years, community leaders, mothers and daughters, sisters and friends have been taking part in this event to celebrate women’s health and fitness. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. For more information, call 407-898-1313 or visit trackshack.com
The Orlando Area Historical Rose Society will meet on Sunday, Feb. 1, in Harry P. Leu Gardens to present “Basics of Rose Growing in Central Florida” by Tom Burke, consulting rosarian. It will cover various aspects of roses and there will be a question and answer period following the presentation. The event and parking are free. Doors open at 2 p.m. and the program starts a 2:30 p.m. For more information, call 407-497-1639.
Come to Market to Park on the first Tuesday and first Thursday of each month for fresh produce to bring home. The event will be held on Shady Park in Hannibal Square. On the first Tuesday, Feb. 3, it is open during lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., so residents and working families can pick up fresh produce during their lunch break. On the first Thursday, Feb. 5, it is open from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Market to Park program was started with a grant from Healthy Central Florida with the intent to increase access to fresh vegetables in our community.
Join the city of Maitland as they offer a free class in helping create an edible landscape. Jennifer Pelham of the Orange County Extension Office will be giving the class. The event will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Maitland Community Park Meeting Room. For more information, call 407-539-0042.
Sip wine and stroll downtown Winter Park in an evening of wine and hors d’oeuvres with the first Winter Park Sip, Shop & Stroll of 2015 on Thursday, Feb. 5. The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and Park Avenue Merchants Association are hosting this seasonal event. It will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is $25 and includes a wine glass and passport at registration. For more information and reservations, call 407-644-8281 or visit experienceparkavenue.com
The city of Winter Park will present tutorials on how to save money on your next utility bill and qualify for possible free home upgrades in energy efficiency workshops! The event is free to attend and will be held in the Winter Park Community Center from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 5. For more information and to register, visit cityofwinterpark.org or register by phone at 407-599-3364.
Winter Park Chamber of Commerce’s annual Membership Awards Celebration presented by Century Link and HUB International Florida Kuykendall Gardner will be hosted on Friday, Feb. 6. The evening is a tribute to members and volunteers who make the organization and community so remarkable. The event will be held at The Alfond Inn and begin at 6 p.m. Reservations are required by Friday, Jan. 30. For additional information such as ticket prices or to reserve a seat, call 407-644-8281 or visit winterpark.org
Come experience a paranormal tour of the Art & History Museums – Maitland’s Maitland Art Center on Feb. 7 with American Ghost Adventures. Attendees will investigate paranormal activity and claims that Andre Smith still lurks on the campus during this two-hour tour. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $36 for members, $40 for non-members, and can be purchased at artandhistory.org
Come feel the love at The Sweetest Sounds: A Valentine Concert in Central Park from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8. The Park Avenue Merchants Association is hosting this free event where attendees will be able to enjoy an afternoon of music and romance. Members of the Bach Festival Choir will join Michael Andrew and Swingerhead for a first-of-its-kind performance in honor of the 80th annual Bach Festival. For additional information, visit experienceparkavenue.com or call 407-644-8281.
The Winter Park Bridal Stroll invites Central Florida brides and grooms to its fifth unique bridal showcase experience on Feb. 8. There will be three central locations in The Alfond Inn, Woman’s Club of Winter Park and 310 Park South Restaurant. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit winterparkbridalstroll.com
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art will open its new exhibition on Tuesday, Feb. 10: a collection donated by Los Angeles lawyer and collector Harry C. Sigman. The exhibit features an etched glass vase from 1900 by Emile Gallé, among many other works. The museum hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday; 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday; and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 407-645-5311 or visit morsemuseum.org
Mr. Grey and BRIO at Winter Park Village will see you on Feb. 12 at BRIO’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” cocktail party and private movie screening. The upcoming film will be shown at an exclusive, private pre-opening, only for guests of BRIO Tuscan Grille. Brio will be “raising the ordinary to extraordinary” at the soirée, where guests will indulge in sensuous libations and small bites featured in the movie. For more information, visit shopwinterparkvillage.net or make your reservations by calling 407-622-5611. Space is limited.
Taste craft cocktails, enjoy music and art, and snack on special picnic foods from the East End Market at the debut Indie-Folkfest in the Sculpture Gardens of the Mennello Museum of American Art. The Museum offers a Valentine’s twist to the traditional Orlando Folk Festival with this afternoon and evening of fun on Feb. 14, from 2 to 7 p.m. For more information about this free event, visit orlandofolkfestival.wordpress.com
Come out to the American Association of Individual Investors’ meeting on Feb. 18 to hear speaker Rick Ferri, CFA, on “A Case for Index Fund Portfolios.” The event will be at the University Club of Winter Park and check-in begins at 6:30 p.m. Pre-registered tickets are $5 for AAII members and $7 for non-members, and $10 at the door for everyone. For more information, visit aaii.com or call 407-644-1607.
Come out to the city of Maitland’s Farmers Market at Lake Lily Park every Sunday! Enjoy live music, food, soaps and more goods sold by local vendors. The event is held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and parking is free. For more information, visit itsmymaitland.com or call 407-539-6282.