What's happening this week and weekend in West Orange County?
THURSDAY, AUG. 23
6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Woman’s Club of Ocoee, 4 N. Lakewood Drive, Ocoee. Join members for food, fun and prizes, plus a 50/50 raffle and more. Proceeds benefit the club’s projects. Cost is $10. To reserve a seat, call Mary at (407) 656-4813.
CORK & CANVAS AT THE PRESERVE
6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Oakland Nature Preserve, 747 Machete Trail. Enjoy a special evening at the preserve with wine and snacks while creating beautiful art. Instructors will guide attendees to create their own masterpiece while learning about the preserve’s plants and animals. Supplies will be provided. Must be 21 or older to attend. Space is limited. Register at oaklandnaturepreserve.org/cork-canvas/. Cost is $30 for ONP members, $35 for others. (407) 905-0084.
2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at the West Oaks Library, 1721 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. Welcome to the neighborhood of make-believe. Learn practical skills with stories and interactive activities. Inspired by PBS Kids’ “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” series. Recommended for toddlers and preschoolers. (407) 835-7323.
FRIDAY, AUG. 24
JAZZ IN THE TOWN CENTER
5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, in the Oakland Meeting Hall, 221 N. Arrington St., Oakland. Enjoy a relaxing evening featuring live smooth jazz with eats and drinks from Melts on Main Street. Presented by HapCo Music Foundation. (407) 656-1117.
PUPS, PINTS & PEEPS
5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at Crooked Can Barrel Room, 426 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. Grab your pup, call your peeps and get ready for a “puppy hour” like no other. Who wouldn’t enjoy a Happy Hour amongst their four-legged friends? (407) 456-7144.
FAMILY FOOD TRUCK NIGHT
5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, in front of Windermere Town Hall, 520 Main St. Join the Town of Windermere Downtown Business Committee for its fourth-Friday food truck event. Trucks are open for business from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Take a chair or blanket for comfort. For a list of the trucks, go to the Official Food Truck Event page on Facebook.
SATURDAY, AUG. 25
#FELTSTRONG SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER
First game is at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Braddock Park, 13460 Lake Butler Blvd., Winter Garden. Proceeds from the double-elimination competition will be given to the parents of Tyler Felt, who died from injuries sustained in an automobile crash. Register by emailing [email protected]. Cost is $225 per team. For questions, call or text Jim Klick at (407) 462-3921, Allan Campos at (352) 978-5467 or Margie Rivera at (407) 202-2362.
ART LOVERS’ BOOK CLUB
Noon Saturday, Aug. 25, at the SoBo Gallery, 127 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. The discussion is hosted by the Winter Garden Art Association and is based on “Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (In That Order),” by Bridget Quinn. Central Florida art historian, lecturer, artist and writer Adrienne H. Lee is the presenter. Tickets are $10 for WGAA members, $15 for others. For information, call (407) 347-7996 or email [email protected]. To register, visit wgart.org/events/summer-book-club-broad-strokes/.
MAKING FUN AND HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCHES WITH KIDS
11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. Engage with children by teaching them to make their own healthy school lunches. Yamira Lee Johnson, head chef and founder of Breaking Bread with Mira and certified holistic life coach, will demonstrate how to make delicious recipes that are kid-friendly. Learn to make simple lunches in this hands-on demo. Space is limited. Registration required at ocls.info or by calling (407) 835-7323.
CUISINECORNER JUNIOR: POP’T CANVAS
2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. Celebrate all that is special about the Pop-Tart. Add your own twist as you use your imagination to make a blank canvas pop. Recommended for upper elementary, tweens and teens. (407) 835-7323.
TUESDAY, AUG. 28
LITTLE CHEF: MICKEY WAFFLES
10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the Windermere Library, 530 Main St. Have a ‘‘character breakfast’’ with a classic Mickey waffle. Slice, spread and sprinkle delicious toppings for a magical treat. Bring your little one to learn cooking skills such as kitchen safety, layering, measuring, smearing, tasting and presentation as you interact with a delicious recipe. This class is a “Mommy or Daddy and me” event. Recommended for preschoolers. Register at (407) 835-7323.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 29
LOCATING IMMIGRATION RECORDS ONLINE
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. Immigration records are a rich source of information for the family historian. Learn more about your family’s history by using passenger lists, passports, alien registration cards and naturalization records. A brief overview of the laws that caused the creation of these records will also be presented. (407) 835-7323.
THURSDAY, AUG. 30
CHAMBER AFTER HOURS CORPORATE TAILGATING
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Observer Media Group, 661 Garden Commerce Parkway, Suite 180, Winter Garden. Join the West Orange Times & Observer and Windermere Observer for this West Orange Chamber of Commerce After Hours event, which will include networking, tailgating, food, drinks, games and music. Awards will be given to the attendees with the most corporate spirit. (407) 656-1304 or (407) 656-2121.
RESEARCHING FAMILY HISTORY ONLINE
11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. Learn how to best utilize the internet for family history research. Discover what is and isn’t online. Become familiar with the leading genealogy websites as well as some lesser-known gems. Discover how to search and locate websites that relate to your family history research. (407) 835-7323.
FRIDAY, AUG. 31
OPEN LAB: ASK A TECH
10:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. Are you stuck on a software-related project or simply need constructive ideas to get you started? A technology trainer will be available in this open lab. Seating is limited. Registration recommended at (407) 835-7323.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 4
WINDERMERE TOASTMASTERS OPEN HOUSE
7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, at the Windermere Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4100 McKinnon Road, Windermere. Guest speaker Robert Fischer, immediate past district director, will discuss “Let Me Be Me, I’ll Let You Be You.” See how the club helps members learn communication and leadership skills. For questions, call President Marcia Buzzella at [email protected].
CUISINE CORNER JUNIOR: MAC & CHEESE
5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. Macaroni cheese, everybody freeze! Learn how to make a classic mac-and-cheese recipe, and add your own flavor for a delicious treat. Recommended for upper elementary, tweens and teens. (407) 835-7323.
TAI CHI FOR HEALTH
11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Introduce yourself to Tai Chi principles of movement with Jon Malone, master instructor. Tai Chi promotes a healthy body, strong heart and sharp mind. No prior experience needed. Wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes, no sandals please. Ages 15 and up. Registration required at (407) 835-7323.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 6
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
10 a.m. to noon or 6:30 to 8 p.m. beginning Thursday, Sept. 6, and running through Dec. 6 in the Building C special-events dining room at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando. All faiths welcome. If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, friend or co-worker, journey through your grief toward healing and hope for the future. Weekly GriefShare meetings through Dec. 6 include videos featuring leading grief recovery experts, small-group discussion/support and a workbook to reinforce weekly session topics. Register online at st.lukes.org/care/#grief. Email [email protected] or call (407) 876-4991, Ext. 262, for more information.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 6
THE GREATEST GRANDPARENTS
2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. It’s time to celebrate awesome grandparents. Recommended for toddlers and preschoolers. (407) 835-7323.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 8
GOAL-GETTER MEET-UP AND ACTION PLAN WORKSHOP
2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Remember all those goals you set for yourself back in January? How has that worked out? Join Sara Brown, Success & Beyond life coach, with other goal-getters for this motivational workshop designed to help you create an intentional action plan and strategy for success. Space is limited. Registration required at ocls.info or (407) 835-7323.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 9
3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. Practice yoga to strengthen muscles, improve bone density, increase cardiovascular health and reduce stress. All levels and body types are welcome. Take comfy clothes, water and an open mind. Yoga mats will be provided. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. (407) 835-7323.
MONDAY, SEPT. 10
SOUTHWEST HOMESCHOOL CLUB: PAUL KLEE ARTIST STUDY
1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Make an art piece in the style of Paul Klee using basic shapes. Recommended for upper elementary. (407) 835-7323.