See what's happening in West Orange County this week.
THURSDAY, JAN. 11
LIGHT UP THE NIGHT 5K
6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, beginning at the Independence clock tower, 14213 Pleach St., Winter Garden. Join the Windermere High School cross country team in its inaugural 5K fundraiser. First 500 participants receive a limited-edition glow-in-the-dark T-shirt, glow bracelet and necklace. Food trucks will be set up at the finish line. Race entry starts at $30, and packet pickup will be available on race day starting at 4 p.m. Funds raised will help the boys and girls teams in their 2018 season. Register via school pay at Windermere High and Bridgewater Middle schools or at localraces.com/whscrosscountryteam/light-up-the-night-5k.
FRIDAY, JAN. 12
FRIDAYS ON THE PLAZA
7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at the gazebo on Plant Street in downtown Winter Garden. Enjoy acoustic music by Layla Brisbois. (407) 656-4111.
SATURDAY, JAN. 13
10TH ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION
12:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Orlando Magic Gym, 309 S. West Crown Point Road, Winter Garden. A community parade will kick off at East Bay Street and end at the gym. The festival, sponsored by the city of Winter Garden and Orange County Parks & Recreation, will feature live entertainment, vendors and children's activities. (407) 656-4155.
SANDY SHUGART IN CONCERT
8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. Sandy Shugart, the multi-talented president of Valencia College, returns with his tight-knit group of musicians to create a warm blend of folk-influenced, acoustic coffeehouse-style sounds. Tickets are $25 ($15 with Valencia College ID) and can be purchased by calling the theater box office at (407) 877-4736 or online at gardentheatre.org.
WEIRD, WACKY AND WILD
10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. Ordinary? Not these animals. Encounter some of the world’s most unusual creatures like the naked mole rat through stories, activities and more. Ages 6 to 12. (407) 835-7323.
CRAFT CLUB FOR ADULTS: PAPER BEAD JEWELRY
2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. Make beautiful handcrafted jewelry using paper beads. (407) 835-7323.
MONDAY, JAN. 15
12TH ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. UNITY PARADE AND CELEBRATION
10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at West Oaks Mall, 9401 W. Colonial Drive, Ocoee. The event begins with a parade, hosted by the city of Ocoee's Human Relations Diversity Board and carrying out the theme “The Dream Starts With Me,” which starts at Citrus Elementary School, 87 N. Clarke Road, and ending in the mall parking lot. Festivities begin at 11 in the mall food court. Ronald Blocker, former Orange County Public Schools superintendent, will be the guest speaker. There will be performances by Innovation Montessori Ocoee band and chorus, as well as gospel singer Sherri Gladney. (407) 905-3100 or ocoee.org.
THURSDAY, JAN. 18
DISCOVER U.S. CENSUS RECORDS
11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. The United States Federal Census has been conducted every 10 years beginning in 1790. Learn what information is contained in each of the censuses and discover how to use all of the various bits of information from the census as clues to further your research. (407) 835-7323.
6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. Love to make lists, use colorful pens, scrapbook and stay organized? Then Bullet Journaling is for you. Learn how to create your own customized bullet journal at this fun and creative program. (407) 835-7323.
FRIDAY, JAN. 19
FRIDAYS ON THE PLAZA
7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at the gazebo on Plant Street in downtown Winter Garden. Enjoy Tree Frogs and classic hit songs from the ’60s and ’70s. (407) 656-4111.
SATURDAY, JAN. 20
CRUZ N CAR SHOW
4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, 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.
CULINARY BASICS & MARKET TOUR CLINIC
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Winter Garden Masonic Lodge, 230 W. Bay St. The Kids Cooking Connection, in Windermere, is hosting the clinic for children ages 7 and older. Class begins by walking the Winter Garden Farmers Market. Chefs will learn how to select the best produce and learn kitchen safety with a focus on knife and chopping skills on their produce. Participants will create a dish and receive a chef knife. $100. (321) 677-2991.
TISSUE PAPER MONET
2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Windermere Library, 530 Main St. Learn about famous artist Claude Monet and make a tissue paper painting to take home. Ages 6 to 12. (407) 835-7323.
2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. Spread happiness by painting a rock and adding a positive message on the back. You can keep your rock or share it by hiding it for someone else to find. Ages 11 to 18. (407) 835-7323.
SUNDAY, JAN. 21
MUSIC AND TESTIMONY BY ADAM'S ROAD
6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at First Baptist Church Winter Garden, 125 E. Plant St. The Christian band Adam's Road is presenting an evening of music and testimony, and free CDs and other materials will be given to attendees. Hear the members's testimonies and listen to Gospel-centered music. Information on the Adam's Road page on Facebook.
MONDAY, JAN. 22
Ongoing exhibit through Monday, Jan. 22, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. The Winter Garden Heritage Museum has created this display that pays homage to the citrus industry and the art of citrus advertising. Copywriters paid close attention to scientific advances in agriculture and were quick to market trends for consumers to follow. This exhibit features many of the ingenious ads that span a century. (407) 656-3244.
TUESDAY, JAN. 23
CUISINE CORNER: TRANQUIL MOMENTS
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. Celebrate Hot Tea Month with a cup of stress-relief tea. Karon Cannon of Tea Craze shares tips on blending teas to get the perfect cup, and each participant will blend his or her own tea to take home. Enjoy a sampling of Karon’s stress relief tea called Tranquil Moments. Registration required at (407) 835-7323.
SOUTHWEST BOOK CLUB
7 to 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Join the club to discuss this month’s selection, “The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss,” by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt. A charming and intimate collection of correspondence between the CNN journalist and his celebrated mother, Gloria Vanderbilt. Both a son’s love letter to his mother in her final years and an unconventional mother’s life lessons for her grown son. (407) 835-7323.
CUISINE CORNER JUNIOR: HOLY GUACAMOLE!
5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. Learn to prepare this classic dip that’s both easy to whip up and delicious. Ages 8 to 18. Space is limited. Registration required at (407) 835-7323.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 24
GENEALOGICAL EVIDENCE ANALYSIS
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. Discover how to analyze genealogical records and evidence, learn the difference between an original record, a derivative record and an authored work and learn to classify information items as primary, secondary or undetermined. In addition, learn to develop a solid research question and how to determine if each piece of information item provides direct, indirect or negative evidence. (407) 835-7323.
THURSDAY, JAN. 25
CURBING YOUR DOG'S UNWANTED BEHAVIOR
6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Windermere Library, 530 Main St. Does your pet have a problem with jumping, barking, counter surfing, puppy nipping, potty training or leash pulling? Todd Campbell, owner and operator of South Orlando Dog Training, will share practical solutions to common canine issues. Get advice on how physically or verbally punishing these common issues can actually make them worse. These tips and tricks are scientifically based techniques that use no force, pain or fear. Pets are not permitted to attend. (407) 835-7323.
SATURDAY, JAN. 27
CORNERSTONE HOSPICE TRAINING
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care, 5655 Orange Ave., Orlando. Volunteers can offer support, companionship and practical, compassionate help to patients and their caregivers. Training is free, and lunch and refreshments will be provided, but interested volunteers must pre-register. Kayla Lopes, (407) 514-8205 or [email protected].
FAMILY HEALTH & WELLNESS FAIR
1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. Families are invited to this day of health and wellness. Discover some health tips and nutritional information and how to start a new workout routine. (407) 835-7323.
SUNDAY, JAN. 28
JCCF CHARITY GOLF CART POKER RUN
Register between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at Newton Park, 31 W. Garden Ave., Winter Garden. Attendees will visit downtown Winter Garden merchants to receive their playing cards. Drawings for raffles and awarding of prizes will be from 4 to 5 p.m. at the downtown Winter Garden pavilion, 104 S. Lakeview Ave. The event benefits the Jimmy Crabtree Cancer Fund and its mission to assist local residents with cancer. [email protected].
MONDAY, JAN. 29
PAINT LIKE POLLOCK
6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St.
Learn about the fascinating life of Jackson Pollock and create your own art inspired by his works. Ages 18 and up. Registration required at (407) 835-7323.
TUESDAY, JAN. 30
JULIE’S MISSION AUTHOR’S LUNCHEON
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, at Windermere Town Hall, 520 Main St. Kristin Harmel, local novelist and author of “The Sweetness of Forgetting,” will speak about her book and sign copies afterward. The event includes an auction and raffle. The 501c3 charity provides for critically ill infants and their families and was started by Patty Goonen and Dee Brantley. Ticket donations are $30 and are available at [email protected].