Find out what events are taking place this week and weekend in West Orange County.
THURSDAY, MAY 17
PALM LAKE ELEMENTARY SENIOR RECEPTION
3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Palm Lake Elementary School, 8000 Pin Oak Drive, Orlando. High school seniors who attended PLES are invited to celebrate their graduation with their classmates and former teachers. (407) 354-2610.
A CONVERSATION ABOUT EDUCATION
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Tildenville Elementary School, 1221 Brick Road, Winter Garden. Orange County School Board chair candidates Matthew Fitzpatrick, Robert Allen Prater and Nancy Robbinson, plus District 7 School Board candidate Eric Schwalbach, will speak during the Orange County Council of PTA/PTSA program. (407) 877-7074.
THE PAPERLESS GENEALOGIST
11 a.m. Thursday, May 17, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. Feeling bogged down with too much paper from years of genealogical research? Explore options for going paperless and see how digital versions can actually enhance the research experience. (407) 835-7323.
FRIDAY, MAY 18
MAGIC AND MAYHEM AT THE GROVE
6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Windermere’s The Grove, 4750-4757 The Grove Drive. Have fun at Magic and Mayhem, an interactive family-oriented comedy and variety show featuring ChaiChing the bunny. After the show, Keith Tusing with Big Idea Balloons will offer balloon creations. Take a lawn chair or blanket. TheGrove.com.
GENTLE YOGA CLASS
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Fridays in the gymnasium at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando. Classes are $2; drop-ins welcome. Gentle yoga is slower-paced, designed for all bodies and suitable for people with medical issues or chronic conditions. Visit st.lukes.org/sports, email [email protected] or call (407) 876-4991, Ext. 290, for details.
INTRODUCTION TO THE SEWING MACHINE
11 a.m. Friday, May 18, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road., Ocoee. Have you ever wanted to make your own custom clothes, home decor, costumes or accessories? Learn about sewing safety, basic sewing machine skills and stitching seams in this basic class. (407) 835-7323.
SATURDAY, MAY 19
9TH ANNUAL OPD COMMUNITY PICNIC
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Freedom Park, 351 Thornebrooke Drive, Ocoee. The Ocoee Police Department is hosting this ninth annual event with free food, drinks, games and activities. Various prizes, including a 32-inch flat-screen television, will be raffled off. There will be bounce houses, Ocoee fire truck engines and face-painting. (407) 554-7204 or [email protected].
WHIZKIDS: 3D DESIGN MINECRAFT CHARACTERS
1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. Children who love playing Minecraft will love this class. They will learn to design and draw their very own Minecraft character using 3D modeling software. Seating is limited. Registration recommended at (407) 835-7323.
SUNDAY, MAY 20
GARDEN TO TABLE FUNDRAISER
2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at the Winter Garden Community Garden, 455 Ninth St., Winter Garden. Help the garden board and Grow Orlando celebrate a new program, FarmRaiser, which hires east Winter Garden youth to tend to the garden, growing fresh produce for low-income residents. Sample products from the garden in gourmet dishes prepared by Natez Catering, bid on auction items and learn more about the program. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children 2 to 12 and free for children younger than 2. For tickets, bit.ly/2jsFgRT.
MONDAY, MAY 21
LAKE WHITNEY ELEMENTARY SENIOR RECEPTION
3:30 to 4:40 p.m. Monday, May 21, at the Lake Whitney Elementary media center, 1351 Windermere Road, Winter Garden. All 2010-11 Dolphins and their parents are invited to catch up with old friends and teachers and enjoy old photographs. (407) 877-8888.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 23
CHAMBER MAYORAL UPDATE LUNCHEON
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at Tanner Hall, 29 W. Garden Ave., Winter Garden. The West Orange Chamber of Commerce offers the opportunity for residents to get to know local leaders from Orange County, the cities of Ocoee and Winter Garden and the towns of Oakland and Windermere. Cost is $41 per person and $328 for tables of eight for Chamber members; and $51 or $408 for others. All tickets must be paid in advance. One dollar from each ticket sold will be contributed to the West Orange Foundation. For tickets, call (407) 656-1304.
“HUNCHBACK” SHOW ADDED
8 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at the Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. Due to the show’s popularity, another evening performance of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” has been added. Tickets can be purchased at (407) 877-4736 or gardentheatre.org. Various other show times remain through May 27.
THURSDAY, MAY 24
TRANSITIONING TO KINDERGARTEN
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Kid’s Community College, 1475 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. This toolkit course will provide resources and materials to help parents prepare preschoolers for kindergarten. (407) 982-2421.
SATURDAY, JUNE 2
SECOND CHANCE PROM
7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at The Breakroom, 13105 W. Colonial Drive, Winter Garden. The theme of the 21-and-older party is “A Night in Paris.” Guests can bring their own libations. Tickets are $25 each or $40 per couple and includes dinner, dancing and a prom photo. For tickets, email mind[email protected].
SATURDAY, JUNE 9
ONP GOPHER TORTOISE RUN
7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 3, at the Oakland Nature Preserve, 747 Machete Trail, Oakland. Take part in a three-miler through the preserve or a three-mile virtual race — all to support ONP. Each registered on-site racer will receive a T-shirt, Gopher Tortoise Run carved wooden medallion and a clip-on Hydro Pouch. Virtual participants will receive a medallion. There is no race-day registration. Oaklandnaturepreserve.org/gopher-tortoise-run/.
WINDERMERE ROTARY CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT
8 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at the MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando. All proceeds go to the USO and other local veterans projects. Single-player entry fee is $125; foursomes are $450. Information and registration at windermererotary.org or (407) 421-0548.
BOOK CLUB FOR ART LOVERS
Noon Saturday, June 9, at the SoBo Art Gallery, 127 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. Hosted by the Winter Garden Art Association, this month’s book discussion is “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” by Tracy Chevalier. Participants will discuss the work of Johannes Vermeer and explore life during the Dutch Baroque period. Tickets are $10 for WGAA members, $15 for others. Call (407) 347-7996 or email [email protected].
THURSDAY, JUNE 14
SELECTING, PLANTING AND PRUNING TREES AND SHRUBS
6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at the Jessie Brock Community Center, 310 N. Dillard St., Winter Garden. Learn when it’s the best time to plant trees and shrubs and how to get them established in the landscape. Learn how to prune and what tools to use. Cost is $5 per household. Preregister at gardenflorida.eventbrite.com. Call (407) 254-9200 for information.
SATURDAY, JUNE 16
CRUZ N CAR SHOW
4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 16, along Plant Street in downtown Winter Garden. Check out vintage cars and trucks, or enter your own for a chance to win prizes. (407) 656-4111.