Find out what events are taking place in West Orange County this week and this weekend.
THURSDAY, APRIL 26
“KISS ME KATE” AT WHS
7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, and Friday, April 27; and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Windermere High School, 5523 Winter Garden Vineland Road. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $15 for premium seats and can be purchased at teachtix.com/whs.
TRANSITIONING TO KINDERGARTEN
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at Kid’s Community College, 1475 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. This tool-kit course will provide resources and materials to help parents prepare preschoolers for kindergarten. (407) 982-2421.
MEET THE POLICE PROGRAM
4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Ocoee Police Department, 646 Ocoee Commerce Parkway. The OPD is inviting residents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as parents or caregivers, to tour the police station and meet with officers. The meetings will allow officers to get to know members of the community who live with autism in order to better serve them during an emergency or other call for service. To arrange a tour of the police station, call (407) 905-3160.
ART HISTORY TRENDING
6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Winter Garden Art Association’s SoBo Art Gallery, 127 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. “Pop Culture, Social Media & Instagram” is this month’s discussion in the series of art historical topics through the lens of today’s social media and pop culture trends, such as memes. Register at wgart.org/events/lecture-arthistorytrending. Information at (407) 347-7996.
6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the GFWC Woman’s Club of Ocoee, 4 N. Lakewood Drive, Ocoee. Join members for food, fun, a raffle and prizes. Proceeds benefit the club’s projects. Tickets are $10. To reserve a seat, contact Mary Black at (407) 656-7115 or [email protected].
FRIDAY, APRIL 27
AMERICAN LEGION 98TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER
6:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, at American Legion Post 63, 271 Plant St., Winter Garden. The post was granted a temporary charter dated April 26, 1920, with 15 charter members. Hugh T. Gregory was chosen for the name of the post, in memory of the Winter Garden resident who was killed in World War I. (407) 656-6361.
FRIDAYS ON THE PLAZA
7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the gazebo on Plant Street in downtown Winter Garden. Enjoy the Good Times Jazz Band. (407) 656-4111.
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.
SATURDAY, APRIL 28
SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS AT DPHS
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Dr. Phillips High School, 6500 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando. DPHS Theatre Troupe 4276 is hosting a fun afternoon of Scottish Highlands. The Disney-Pixar film “Brave” will be shown at 5 p.m. Admission is free. All proceeds from games, concessions and merchandise will benefit the troupe’s summer trip to Scotland. (407) 355-3200.
CORKS, CALADIUMS & CANVASES
5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Nehrling Gardens, 2267 Hempel Ave., Gotha. Stroll historic gardens while sampling wines and foods of the world where the plants and trees originated. View artists at work with original art for purchase and auction. There will be live music, a silent auction and gift shop. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door and are available at nehrlinggardens.org. (407) 455-9977.
4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Winter Garden Elks Lodge, 700 Ninth St., Winter Garden. The all-you-can-eat fish dinner is $10, and all proceeds go to Matthew’s Hope. (407) 656-2165.
DEA NATIONAL DRUG TAKEBACK
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Winter Garden Police Department, 251 W. Plant St. Residents can drop off unwanted or unused prescription drugs so they don’t end up in the wrong hands. (407) 656-3636.
DEA NATIONAL DRUG TAKEBACK
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Windermere Police Department, 620 Main St. Plant St. Residents can drop off unwanted or unused prescription drugs so they don’t end up in the hands of dealers. (407) 876-3757.
OCOEE FIRE DEPARTMENT OPEN HOUSE
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Ocoee Fire Station 25, 563 S. Bluford Ave., Ocoee. Meet the city’s firefighters, enter to win prizes and enjoy guided station tours, music, games and free hot dogs and snacks. Children can enjoy a bounce house, games, toys, free helmets and coloring books. (407) 905-3140.
SPRING DAY TEA
2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Woman’s Club of Ocoee, 4 N. Lakewood Ave., Ocoee. The local GFWC club is hosting the annual spring tea, and women are invited to don their hats and join the party. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling Pattie Smith at (407) 656-7115 or emailing [email protected].
FAMILY FUN DAY
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Horizon West Community Church, 6121 Avalon Road, Winter Garden. Enjoy train rides, inflatables, face-painting and a variety of games. (407) 877-6237.
ONP VOLUNTEER MEETING
1 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Oakland Nature Preserve, 747 Machete Trail, Oakland. ONP is holding an informational meeting regarding volunteer opportunities for youth and adults. Topics will include Leaders in Training for ages 13-17, Eco-Interpreters for ages 15-17, an adult museum docent program, ONP trail guides and restoration volunteers. For information, visit oaklandnaturepreserve.org/volunteer/.
APOPKA ART AND FOLIAGE FESTIVAL
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Kit Land Nelson Park, 35 S. Park Ave., Apopka. Shop an array of foliage direct from wholesale growers, as well as arts and crafts from vendors.
WORLD TAI CHI AND QIGONG DAY
2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Join Sifu Al Aki, who teaches Tai Chi in West Orange County. No prior Tai Chi experience needed. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Chairs provided if needed. Ages 13 and older. Reservation required at ocls.info or (407) 835-7323. Register online at ocls.info or call 407.835.7323.
MONDAY, APRIL 30
10:30 a.m. Monday, April 30, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando.
Toddlers can enjoy a special parachute playtime with rhymes and songs. Ages 18 months through 3 years. Seating is limited; registration recommended at (407) 835-7323.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 2
BOOK LAUNCH: “WINTER GARDEN CHANGE MAKERS”
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at Winter Garden City Hall, 300 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. Join the city of Winter Garden and the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation in celebrating visionary leaders who changed the community. The program is presented by Jerry Chicone Jr. (407) 656-3244.
KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP AT DSES
9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at Dillard Street Elementary School, 311 N. Dillard St., Winter Garden. Parents are invited to bring their upcoming kindergartners in for refreshments and tours of their school. (407) 877-5000.
SATURDAY, MAY 5
RUN FOR THE ROSES
5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at The Pines of Windermere, 3409 Maguire Road, Windermere. Join the West Orange Junior Service League for its biggest fundraiser of the year, the annual Run for the Roses. The evening includes derby-inspired food and drinks, a hat contest, video horse racing, silent auction and a live showing of the Kentucky Derby. Tickets are $100 in advance and $150 the day of the event and can be purchased at eventbrite.com/e/run-for-the-roses-2018-tickets-42546282075.
DERBY DE MAYO CHIHUAHUA RUN
4 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Crooked Can Brewing Company, 426 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. The Weiner Race in October was a hit; can the Chihuahuas top it? Raffle prizes include airline tickets. Proceeds benefit A Cause 4 Paws Rescue. Registration is $10 at Eventbrite or at the door and includes one raffle ticket. (407) 395-9520.
10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Oakland Nature Preserve, 747 Machete Trail, Oakland. Christy LeDuc leads this family-suitable program, teaching attendees about different native insects of Florida. The program starts in the classroom and continues with a guided hike on the preserve so participants can see bugs up close. Take a reusable water bottle and wear closed-toe shoes. Bug nets and containers are provided. Cost is $5 donation for non-members, free for members. Register at oaklandnaturepreserve.org/insect-safari.
64TH ANNUAL BAHIA SHRINE CIRCUS
10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, and Sunday, May 6 at Silver Spurs Arena/Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee. Enjoy six shows of a traditional American three-ring circus by the Royal Hanneford Circus. Proceeds benefit the operations of Bahia Shrine Center in Orlando. Children under 12 attend free with a paying adult. Nonprofit charities can request complimentary admission at bahiashrine.org or by calling (407) 660-8811.