Find out what's happening in West Orange County this week.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 14
WINDERMERE GARDEN CLUB
9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at Windermere Town Hall, 520 Main St. “The Plant Doctor,” Tom MacCubbin, a horticulturist, author, radio host and former extension agent. He takes garden samples and suggestions, fun prize questions and gardening tips. Peggy (407) 876-4239.
CITRUS HISTORY EXHIBIT
6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, 21 E. Plant St. Citrus industry historian Brenda Eubanks Burnette and the reigning Miss Florida Citrus will present. Custom citrus desserts and cocktails will be served. Cost is $12 for WGHF members, $15 for others. Call (407) 656-3244 for reservations and tickets.
LITTLE CHEF: RAINBOW FRUIT PIZZA
2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. You’re never too young to start cooking. Bring your little one to learn about kitchen safety, pouring, measuring, smearing, tasting and presentation skills as you interact with hands-on recipes. This class is a “Mommy or Daddy and me” event. Ages 3 to 5. Space is limited. Registration required at (407) 835-7323.
KARAOKE CLASH AFTER HOURS
5:45 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at Universal CityWalk, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando. The West Orange Chamber of commerce is presenting its annual Karaoke Clash at its next Business After Hours, and local government officials will be vying for the win. Tickets are $26 for Chamber members, $41 for others, and include valet parking, food, drinks and live entertainment. One dollar from each ticket will go to the West Orange Foundation. Tickets available at wochamber.com.
WEST ORANGE REPUBLICAN WOMEN FEDERATED
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at the West Orange Country Club, 3300 West Orange Country Club Drive, Winter Garden. Buffet served at noon, followed by a guest speaker. For information, [email protected].
INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. Learn the art of composing and framing your shot. Experiment with the ISO, shutter speed and aperture settings on a simulated DSLR camera. Use free online tools to post-process your pictures and make them pop. (407) 835-7323.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 15
OCOEE ROCKS AT FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY
6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at Bill Breeze Park, 125 N. Lakeshore Drive, Ocoee. The Winter Garden/Ocoee Rocks Facebook group is part of a nationwide trend where people paint designs on rocks and hide them in public places. In addition to “rocking out,” attendees can grab a bite to eat, tour the historic Withers-Maguire House and watch a movie under the stars. The film “Beauty and the Beast” will play at 8:30 p.m. Ocoee Parks and Recreation, (407) 905-3180.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 16
CRUZ N CAR SHOW
4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, in downtown Winter Garden. Check out the dozens of classic cars that will line West Plant Street. Radio station WJBJ's Cruisin' with the Classics will broadcast from the car show. A backpack and school supply drive will be held, and guests who take items can receive a free Cruz N Car Show anniversary T-shirt, while they last. (407) 656-4111.
MID-FLORIDA MILERS WALKING CLUB
Register and start walking anytime between 8:30 and 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Kirk Community Center, 17436 Division St., Montverde. Two distances are available: 10K or 5K. The walk will go through residential areas and pass Montverde Academy. Take water. After the walk, a pork barbecue lunch is available for $5. Walk is free for non-credit walkers. RSVP to lunch by calling (407) 695-9181. For walk information, midfloridamilers.org.
TOTALLY AWESOME ’80s NIGHT
6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at the West Orange Country Club, 3300 West Orange Country Club Drive, Winter Garden. Hosted by the Windermere High School Wolverine Legacy Fund. Ticket includes full buffet dinner, two drink tickets, auctions and dancing to music by ’80s cover band Switch. Cocktail attire or 1980s style dress. Cost is $75 person. Tickets will not be sold after Sept. 8 or at the door. Purchase tickets at [email protected], [email protected] or (407) 913-6776.
COOKIES & MILK WITH A COP
10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. Take the children to meet local police officers for cookies and milk. This is a great time to interact with officers in a fun and informative environment. Sponsored in part by the Winter Garden, Apopka and Orlando police departments and McDonald's. Ages 6 to 12. (407) 835-7323.
2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Winter Garden Libraryd, 805 E. Plant St. With markers as your medium, there is a spectacular artist waiting to create. Explore the awesome world of Sharpie art. Ages 8 to 18. (407) 835-7323.
MAD SCIENCE LIVE: UP, UP AND AWAY!
11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. Learn the principles of air and pressure. Hot air balloons, vortex generators that will send flying smoke rings over your heads, floating balls, giant wind bags and even a hovercraft will help you understand the power of air! Ages 6 to 12. (407) 835-7323.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 17
FLORIDA HOSPITAL WINTER GARDEN RUMMAGE SALE
2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Jessie Brock Community Center, 310 N. Dillard St., Winter Garden. The staff of Florida Hospital Winter Garden is holding the sale, with proceeds to benefit the American Heart Association's 2017 Heart Walk. (407) 614-0500.
3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. Strengthen muscles, improve bone density, increase cardiovascular health and reduce stress. All levels and body types are welcome. Take comfortable clothes and water. Yoga mats will be provided. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. (407) 835-7323.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 19
SOUTHWEST BOOK CLUB
7 p.m. at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. This month's author is master historian David McCullough, a winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and other awards whose biographies and histories bring past events to life. Anyone age 18 or older can attend. The book club meets monthly. No registration needed. (407) 835-7323.
5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. With markers as your medium, there is an artist waiting to create. Explore the awesome world of Sharpie art. Ages 8 to 18. (407) 835-7323.
LEGO ONE SCOOP
6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. Create greatness with one single scoop. The challenge is on, so let’s see what you can build. Bricks for play will be provided but cannot be taken home. Ages 6 to 12. (407) 835-7323.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 20
DNA + PAPER TRAIL = CASE SOLVED
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. Autosomal DNA is a common type of genetic testing that many TV commercials advertise, but it cannot stand alone and must be part of a traditional genealogy research in order to solve many brick-wall problems. Learn how autosomal DNA (atDNA) testing, combined with extensive paper research, revealed the birth parents of an African-American woman who was adopted in Pennsylvania in the 1920s. (407) 835-7323.
3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. The Moogician will butter his way into our hearts as he performs one cheesy trick after the other and milks it for everything he can, all the while educating with fun facts and trivia that are udderly entertaining and absolutely bovine. Ages 6 to 12. Seating is limited. Registration recommended at (407) 835-7323.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 21
WEST ORANGE WOMEN
11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at Roy's Restaurant, 7760 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando. There will be a set menu consisting of either mahi-mahi or braised short ribs plus sides and beverages. Cost is $28. Call or email Dottie Ansel at (407) 258-8155 or [email protected] or call (407) 258-8155.
10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at Collison Carey Hand Funeral Home, 1138 E. Plant St. Every third Thursday, spend time with other widows and share stories about loved ones. Ask questions about cleaning out one's closet, who to call to hang a ceiling fan or if you have car trouble. Occasionally, a short video on coping is shown. Light snacks are available. Meet-up is free. (407) 877-6700.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 22
ROTARY CHARITY POKER TOURNAMENT
6 p.m. registration and training session, 7 p.m. event Friday, Sept. 22, at Co-op Ballroom in the Garden Building, 146 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. Presented by the Rotary Club of Winter Garden in conjunction with Big Stacks Poker League, the event will benefit the West Orange Scholarship Fund and local charities. Prizes include $1,000, $500 and $250 Visa gift cards, golf foursomes and gift certificates. Cost is $50 pre-registration and $60 at the door. Register at (407) 877-9400 or j[email protected].
SATURDAY, SEPT. 23
BEADS FOR BEATS 5K
8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Dr. P. Phillips Community Park, 8249 Buenavista Woods Blvd., Orlando. This EnduRUNce Walk/Run will support chronically ill children and their families. Cost is $15 to $25. beads4beats.org or call (321) 663-5916.
BAD PANTS BASH GALA
6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando. For this black-tie dinner and event, attendees are asked to wear the loudest, craziest, ugliest and baddest pants they can find. The evening includes cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, a martini bar and wine tasting, plated dinner, live music and dancing and silent and live auctions. Event supports the Sunshine Kids Foundation. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased at sskorlando.com. For information, call (407) 876-2090.
TIA LOLA'S LIBRARY
2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by enjoying fun stories and crafts with a Dominican twist. Ages 6 to 12. (407) 835-7323.
MONDAY, SEPT. 25
10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 25, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Little ones can enjoy carnival games and a festive themed story. Ages 18 months to 3 years. (407) 835-7323.
CAREERSOURCE CENTRAL FLORIDA
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. Spend time with the experts from CareerSource Central Florida to explore the services they provide and get connected to employment opportunities using career counseling, skill development, workshops and more. (407) 835-7323.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 26
SMARTER SENIOR SERIES: FINANCIAL WELL-BEING
10:30 a.m. at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. In this informative seminar, financial experts will discuss topics such as Medicare/Medicaid, veteran’s benefits, long-term care, wills/trusts/estate planning and annuities. Learn how you can improve your financial strategy. Part of the Smarter Senior Seminar Series sponsored by Mike Flahaven, certified senior housing professional. Light refreshments will be served. Registration required at (407) 340-5291 or yourfloridahaven.com.