See what events are taking place in West Orange County this week and this weekend.
THURSDAY, MAY 3
TAI CHI UNDER THE TREES
8 a.m. Thursday, May 3, at the Oakland Nature Preserve, 747 Machete Trail, Oakland. Improve joint health, increase energy and concentration and reduce stress and general overall wellness. No experience needed; no special clothing required. For information or to register, oaklandnaturepreserve.org/tai-chi.
FRIDAY, MAY 4
“MARY POPPINS JR.”
7:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at Ocoee Middle School, 300 S. Bluford Ave., Ocoee. Students at Acting Up Theater Academy will be performing this version of “Mary Poppins.” [email protected].
INTRODUCTION TO THE SEWING MACHINE
11 a.m. Friday, May 4, 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 5
OCOEE POOL OPENING
11:15 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Ocoee Parks and Recreation Department’s Family Aquatic Facility at the Jim Beech Recreation Center, 1820 A.D. Mims Road. The pool features a safe, zero-depth entry and a maximum depth of four feet. Admission is $1.50 for adults and $1 for children and seniors. For pool hours, visit ocoee.org/608/Family-Aquatic-Center or call (407) 905-3180.
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.
FUZZY THERAPY MINIATURE HORSES DERBY DAY
Noon to 2 p.m. at Tack Boutique, 21 S. Main St., Winter Garden. Join Fuzzy Therapy Miniature Horses for its second annual Derby Day event, which includes raffles, a chance to make a derby hat and visits with the minis. (407) 654-0510.
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.
CORNERSTONE HOSPICE VOLUNTEER TRAINING
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Cornerstone Hospice, 5655 S. Orange Ave., Orlando. Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care is training volunteers for opportunities in Orange County, including Dr. Phillips. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. To register for training, call (888) 728-6234 or email [email protected] and reference the Orange County training.
SUNDAY, MAY 6
STRESS LESS AMERICA
4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. Stress bearing you down? Join Dr. Paolo Wong, a local health and wellness expert, and learn how to manage stress effectively. Light refreshments provided. (407) 835-7323.
MONDAY, MAY 7
50+ EXERCISE CLASS
10 to 11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in the gymnasium at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando. Al Aki will teach the class. Cost is $2 per class; drop-ins are welcome. Visit st.lukes.org/sports, email [email protected] or call (407) 876-4991, Ext. 290, for details.
TUESDAY, MAY 8
WORWF SATELLITE MEETING
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at the Meadow Ridge Clubhouse, 379 Douglas Edward Drive, Ocoee. Guest speaker is Bonita Scase, regional field director of RPOF. RSVP and get gate code by calling Rebecca Mellen at (407) 230-5968 or emailing [email protected].
WEDNESDAY, MAY 9
KEENE’S CROSSING ELEMENTARY SENIOR RECEPTION
2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, in the Keene’s Crossing Elementary media center, 5240 Keenes Pheasant Drive, Windermere. West Orange High School seniors who attended Keene’s Crossing are invited to an alumni luncheon. RSVP to Donna Lyle at (407) 654-1351 or [email protected]ocps.net by Friday, May 4.
WINDERMERE ELEMENTARY SENIOR RECEPTION
3 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, in the Windermere Elementary School media center, 11125 Park Ave., Windermere. Graduating seniors who attended WES are invited to catch up with elementary classmates, visit with former teachers, view old photos and enjoy refreshments. RSVP at (407) 876-7520, Ext. 2221.
COFFEE WITH A COP
9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Breakfast Club of Ocoee, 267 West Road, Ocoee. Join neighbors and Ocoee police officers for coffee and conversation. There is no agenda or speech; just a chance to ask questions and voice concerns. Officer P. Scott-Marsh, (407) 905-3160, Ext. 3024, or [email protected].
THURSDAY, MAY 10
NIGHT ON DILLARD STREET DRAGON EXPERIENCE
6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Dillard Street Elementary School, 311 N. Dillard St., Winter Garden. This community night will showcase all the programs that DSES has to offer and includes food trucks and fun activities. (407) 877-5000.
WEST ORANGE REPUBLICAN WOMEN MEETING
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at the West Orange Country Club, 3300 West Orange Country Club Drive, Winter Garden. Cost is $20 and includes lunch. Email [email protected] for information. RSVP to [email protected] or (407) 230-5968. Worwf.com.
MOTHER’S DAY TEA
4 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at the Windermere Library, 530 Main St., Windermere. Enjoy a fun afternoon celebrating mothers with tea, snacks and a craft. Ages 6 to 12. (407) 538-3124.
FRIDAY, MAY 11
13th ANNUAL SOUTHWEST AUTHOR SERIES
6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. The author series is presented in partnership with The Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips. Author Anne Perry has written 75 books, exploring the lives of people from various eras and backgrounds. In this lecture, Perry discusses the value, power and universality of storytelling as an art and how to tell enduring tales. Visit prhspeakers.com. Book sale and signing to follow the lecture. The event is free, and light refreshments will be served. Doors open at 6 p.m. Seating is limited. Registration recommended at (407) 835-7323.
SATURDAY, MAY 12
NIGHT AT THE PRESERVE
6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Oakland Nature Preserve, 747 Machete Trail, Oakland. The elegant evening at the preserve includes gourmet food, music, chance drawings and a sunset toast. Tickets are $50 and are available at Oaklandnaturepreserve.org/natp.
TRANSITIONING TO KINDERGARTEN
9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, 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.
MONDAY, MAY 14
CENTRAL FLORIDA RAILWAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING
7 p.m. Monday, May 14, at the Central Florida Railroad Museum, 101 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. Phil Piet will present “A Day in the Life of a Steam Locomotive on the Grand Canyon Railway.” Free. (407) 656-0559.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.