Find out what's happening this week in West Orange County.
THURSDAY, APRIL 12
ANNUALS AND PERENNIALS FOR CENTRAL FLORIDA
6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Jessie Brock Community Center, 310 N. Dillard St., Winter Garden. Join Ed Thralls, residential horticulture and master coordinator for the Orange County Master Gardener Program, as he provides expertise in general education classes on urban horticulture. Cost is $5 per family. Advanced registration is required by calling (407) 254-9200.
FRIENDS OF LAKE APOPKA MEET-AND-GREET
5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, 21 E. Plant St., Winter Garden. Learn about the creation of “The Lake: A Documentary Exploring the Land and People of Lake Apopka,” a photography and painting exhibit through April 25 in Winter Garden. (407) 656-3244.
WEST ORANGE REPUBLICAN WOMEN FEDERATED GENERAL MEETING
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the West Orange Country Club, 3300 West Orange Country Club Drive, Winter Garden. Guest speakers are Betty Turner, administrator at the Russell Home for Atypical Children, and Bobby Olszewski, District 44 House representative. Buffet lunch is $20. RSVP to [email protected] or (407) 230-5968.
ART HISTORY TRENDING
6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 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, APRIL 13
“PETER AND THE STARCATCHER”
7 p.m. Friday, April 13, Saturday, April 14, Thursday, April 19, Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15, Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 22, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando. This prequel to “Peter Pan” is full of comedy and is based on the 2004 children’s novel written by humorist Dave Barry and suspense writer Ridley Pearson. Tickets are $15 to $20 and can be purchased at st.lukes.org/starcatcher. To reserve group tickets, call (407) 876-4991, Ext. 223.
FRIDAYS ON THE PLAZA
7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 13, at the gazebo on Plant Street in downtown Winter Garden. Enjoy folk music by Crenshaw. (407) 656-4111.
ORLANDO BALLET’S “BEST OF BROADWAY”
8 p.m. Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14; and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at the Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. This glittering spectacle honors Harriett Lake and highlights the greatest hits from some of the biggest Broadway shows. Tickets are $34 ($30 for students and seniors). Gardentheatre.org/more.
SATURDAY, APRIL 14
BLUE HIKE: GOURDNECK SPRINGS
8 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 14, with the Oakland Nature Preserve, 747 Machete Trail, Oakland. Join ONP President Jim Peterson for a guided paddle tour of Gourdneck Springs on Lake Apopka. Bring sunscreen, eyewear, hat, water and other outdoor essentials. Call (407) 905-0054 for launch point, to register and to reserve a kayak.
WINDERMERE 5K/10K RUN AMONG THE LAKES
7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 14, at Windermere Town Hall, 520 Main St. Experience this beautiful and unique 5K run/walk and 10K run that travels the dirt roads of Windermere under a canopy of century old oaks and along several lakes. This is a family-friendly event benefiting Windermere Parks and Recreation. (407) 876-2563, Ext. 5321.
SATURDAY, APRIL 14
AMERICAN WARRIORS FOR AUTISM RACES
8:30 a.m., with kickoff at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 14, at Tiger Minor Park, 401 Geneva St., Ocoee. In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, the Ocoee Police Department is partnering with Autism Law Enforcement Response Training and The Princeton House Charter School for relay and obstacle-course races. The event will include participation from police officers and firefighters from several local agencies in Central Florida, partnering with persons with autism, to complete the races. Includes a silent auction. Cost is $25 for adults, $10 for children 12 and younger. Register at runsignup.com/Race/FL/Ocoee/1stAnnualAmericanWarriorsForAutism. (407) 905-3160.
MONDAY, APRIL 16
EARTH DAY, HOORAY!
10:30 a.m. Monday, April 16, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Celebrate Earth Day with nature-friendly stories, crafts and activities. Ages 2-4. (407) 835-7323.
SMARTER SENIOR SERIES: DOWNSIZING
6:30 p.m. Monday, April 16, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. This workshop will provide information especially for adult children who are helping their aging parents with the difficult process of downsizing. Part of the Smarter Senior Seminar Series presented by Mike Flahaven, certified senior hours professional. Registration or RSVP required at yourfloridahaven.com or by calling (407) 340-5291 or (407) 835-7323.
THURSDAY, APRIL 19
WINTER GARDEN WINE WALK
6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 19, beginning at the farmer’s market pavilion, 104 S. Lakeview Ave., in downtown Winter Garden. Enjoy wine, food, music and shopping at the annual wine walk hosted by the Garden Choir. Tickets are $10 to $30 and available at wintergardenwinewalk.com.
ART HISTORY TRENDING
6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, 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 self-portraits and the selfie culture. Register at wgart.org/events/lecture-arthistorytrending. Information at (407) 347-7996.
FRIDAY, APRIL 20
HAND IN HAND WITH OPD
5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Family Dollar Store, 1403 Wurst Road, Ocoee. As part of the Building Community Partnerships program, the Ocoee Police Department is holding meet-and-greets to give residents a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the officers. (407) 554-7197 or [email protected].
“THE GREATEST SHOWMAN”
6:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, at The Grove, 4750-4757 The Grove Drive, Orlando, near Windermere. Enjoy a pre-show featuring the Menestrelli Dog Circus before a family-friendly musical film inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum at 7:45. Take snacks, lawn chairs and blankets. Thegroveorlando.com.
FRIDAYS ON THE PLAZA
7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 20, at the gazebo on Plant Street in downtown Winter Garden. Enjoy Jade Frances and her pop and acoustic music. (407) 656-4111.
SATURDAY, APRIL 21
CRUZ N CAR SHOW
4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21, along Plant Street in downtown Winter Garden. Check out vintage cars and trucks, or enter your own for a chance to win prizes. (407) 656-4111.