What events are taking place this weekend?
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.
WINDERMERE EASTER EGG HUNT
10 a.m. Saturday, March 31, behind Windermere Town Hall, 520 Main St. The Windermere Police Department is hosting its annual family Easter celebration. Join the Easter Bunny, Mayor Gary Bruhn and Police Chief Dave Ogden for a parade to Town Square, after which the egg hunt will begin. The town will provide drinks for children. Anyone wanting to take cookies or snacks should call Da'Shanta Prevost at (407) 876-2563, Ext. 5321.
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.
OPEN FORUM DNA RESEARCH
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. Received your DNA test results and don’t know what to do next? Spend an evening analyzing your own DNA test results. A genealogy specialist will be available to help guide you through roadblocks and assist with answering questions as you conduct your own DNA analysis. Bring your own laptop or mobile device to access your results online. (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.
FRIDAY, APRIL 6
6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 6, at Windermere High School, 5523 Winter Garden Vineland Road, Windermere. Games and activities provided by Windermere High clubs, sports and organizations. There will be food trucks and an inflatable obstacle course, too.
FRIDAYS ON THE PLAZA7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 6, at the gazebo on Plant Street in downtown Winter Garden. Enjoy the pop and acoustic sounds of Bob & Patty Tatum. (407) 656-4111.
“REALLY PATHETIC & TOTALLY AWKWARD”
7 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 6, at the Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. Be the first to see this new comedy/drama. Tickets are $10 and available at TotallyAwkwardMovie.com; they will not be available the night of the event. There will be a Q&A with the cast and crew after the screening. [email protected].
PETER RABBIT'S GARDEN PARTY
10:30 a.m. Friday, April 6, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Peter Rabbit loves Mr. McGregor’s garden, and children ages 3 to 5 will too at this garden party that includes stories and crafts. Seating is limited. Registration recommended at (407) 835-7323.