Find out what's happening this week in West Orange County.
FRIDAY, MARCH 23
FRIDAYS ON THE PLAZA
7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 23, at the gazebo on Plant Street in downtown Winter Garden. Enjoy the sounds of the Good Times Jazz Band. (407) 656-4111.
LENTEN FISH FRY
4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 23, in the Parish Hall of Resurrection Catholic Church, 1211 Winter Garden Vineland Road, Winter Garden. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. The menu includes baked or fried cod, french fries, vegetables, cole slaw, hush puppies, drink and dessert. Tickets are $9 for adults, $5 for children. (407) 656-3113.
SATURDAY, MARCH 24
CELEBRATION AMONG THE OAKS
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Town Meeting Hall, 221 N. Arrington St., Oakland. Families can enjoy visits with the Easter Bunny from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., with the Easter egg hunt at noon. The event will include music by the Good Times Jazz Band, free pony rides, a petting zoo and bounce houses. (407) 656-1117.
EVENING AT THE POPS
4:30 p.m. petting zoo, 6:30 p.m. concert Saturday, March 24, at Newton Park, 29 W. Garden Ave., Winter Garden. Sit under the stars and enjoy the Orlando Philharmonic Symphony. This annual event by Lake Apopka supports the Rotary Club of Winter Garden to benefit local charities. Tickets are $10 and are available in advance and at the gate. VIP tickets are available also. Facebook.com/eveningatthepops.
DALI & DUCHAMP
Noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Winter Garden Art Association's SoBo Gallery, 127 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. Marcel Duchamp and Salvador Dali shared the titles of “genius” and “madman” because of their striking and shocking approaches to art. Both artists worked to change how people view and interpret art but went about it in different ways. Session 3 of this lecture series discusses the relationship between Dali and Duchamp, as well as Surrealism and Dadaism and their effects on Modern Art. Tickets are $10 for WGAA members and $15 for others. Reservations and payments can be made by calling (407) 347-7996 or by going online at wgart.org.
TUESDAY, MARCH 27
SOUTHWEST BOOK CLUB
7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Discuss this month's selection, “Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland,” by Dave Barry. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author presents a riotous exploration of the Sunshine State that challenges negative stereotypes and offers insights into Florida's roles as a venue of history and fun. It is a great state, and Dave is going to tell you why. Ages 18 and older. No registration needed. (407) 835-7323.
THURSDAY, MARCH 29
VIETNAM WAR 50TH ANNIVERSARY GATHERING
6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at American Legion Post 63, 271 Plant St., Winter Garden. The get-together is for all U.S. veterans who served between Nov. 1, 1955, to May 1975 and their families. vietnamwar50th.com. (407) 656-6361.
ART HISTORY TRENDING
6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29 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 selfies and food pictures. Register at wgart.org/events/lecture-arthistorytrending. Information at (407) 347-7996.
FRIDAY, MARCH 30
“THE WAY OF THE CROSS”
7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Quest Church, 1450 Citrus Oaks Ave., Gotha. Witness the dramatic retelling of the story of the crucifixion as seen through the eyes of various characters. This year's production introduces new characters and actors. Seating is limited. Admission is free. (407) 293-3696.
FRIDAYS ON THE PLAZA
7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 30, at the gazebo on Plant Street in downtown Winter Garden. Enjoy the Cajun and Zydeco sounds of the Porchdogs. (407) 656-4111.
SATURDAY, MARCH 31
OCOEE KNIGHTS BAND MATTRESS FUNDRAISER
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Ocoee High School, 1925 Ocoee Crown Point Parkway. Name brands such as Simmons Beautyrest will be sold at up to 50% off retail. Every purchase benefits the band’s trip to Chicago to participate in the Thanksgiving Day Parade. (407) 905-3000.
WINTER GARDEN LIONS CLUB EASTER EGG HUNT
10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at Newton Park, 29 W. Garden Ave., Winter Garden. Join the Winter Garden Lions Club for its annual Easter Egg Hunt. Children are divided by age; those who find the golden egg will receive the grand prize for that age group. Winter Garden's police and fire departments will be present, and local churches will have arts and crafts for children. There will be a raffle for an Easter basket. The Lions Club will be collecting used eyeglasses, eyeglass cases and hearing aids. (407) 656-4155.
OCOEE EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA
10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Jim Beech Recreation Center, 1820 A.D. Mims Road. More than 10,000 candy-filled eggs will decorate the lawn as children scurry to collect the treats. Admission is free. Children 12 and younger can also enjoy fun activities from 10 a.m. to noon, including photos with the Easter Bunny, inflatables, face painting and snacks for purchase. Attendees are asked to take a non-perishable food item for the West Orange Christian Service Center. (407) 905-3180; ocoee.org.
INTRO TO SOLAR POWER USING SNAP CIRCUITS
2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. Use Snap Circuits to explore the power of the sun while you build solar-powered alarms and radios and experiment with light levels. Recommended audience: ages 6 to 8. Seating is limited; registration recommended. (407) 835-7323.
MONDAY, APRIL 2
WGHF HELICOPTER GOLF BALL DROP
Noon Monday, April 2, at the West Orange Country Club, 3300 West Orange Country Club Drive, Winter Garden. One thousand numbered golf balls will be dropped from a helicopter hovering over a makeshift hole on the driving range. The first purchased ball in the hole, or closest to the hole, wins $1,000. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20 and are available at the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation. (407) 656-3244.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4
COMEDY MAKS' VARIETY SHOW
3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. There’s something for everyone in this high-energy variety show. Comedy Maks will dazzle you with juggling, magic, plate-spinning and more. Ages 6 to 12. (407) 835-7323.
SMARTER SENIOR SERIES
10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Learn what legal documents you need to have in place as you age. Presenters at this seminar include an elder law attorney who can answer questions about wills, trusts, probate, directives and estate planning. Others will discuss funeral planning and hospice issues. Presented by Mike Flahaven, a certified Senior Hours professional. Registration or RSVP required at yourfloridahaven.com or (407) 340-5291. You may also register at ocls.info or (407) 835-7323.