The Art & History Museums—Maitland (A&H), located at 231 Packwood Ave. W., will open a new exhibition, Participation: Class of 2011 and 2012, Thursday, March 21. Participation is a popular annual fundraising event held at the A&H each spring. The exhibition, which continues through May 19, is held in Galleries 1-3 of the A&H’s Main Galleries. Call 407-539-2181 for more information on the exhibition.
On Thursday, March 21, at 2 p.m., Winter Park Care & Rehabilitation Center, located at 2970 Scarlet Road, will host a gathering of at least six leaders of different world faith traditions including, Buddhism, Afro-Caribbean faith, and Islam among others. Each leader will address major misconceptions about their tradition, followed by time for questions. The symposium will be moderated by the Rev. James Coffin, the Executive Director of the Interfaith Council of Central Florida. Following the presentation, Samaritan Care Hospice will provide food to guests. Call 407-671-8030 for more information on this event.
Art Off the Wall from Pam Loudon will be Thursday, March 21, from 6-9 p.m. at the Audubon Park Garden District, located at 1807 B E. Winter Park Road.
The Orange Audubon Society will feature The Trouble with Turtles: Protecting Sea Turtles at Canaveral National Seashore by John Stiner, resource management specialist at Canaveral National Seashore, Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m. at Leu Gardens, located at 1920 N. Forest Ave. in Orlando. Almost 6,000 sea turtle nests were deposited last year at Canaveral National Seashore, which harbors 24 miles of undeveloped beach, the longest such stretch on the east coast of Florida. The 40,000-acre Mosquito Lagoon, situated behind the barrier island, serves as an important nursery site for juvenile sea turtles. Stiner will present some of the issues, challenges, and rewards of managing this special resource. Attendees will learn how to become involved “up close and personal” in protecting sea turtles at the Seashore. Visit orangeaudubonfl.org or call 407-886-2925 for more information on this event.
A new Floyd's barber shop is hosting a grand opening at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 21 at 842 N. Mills Ave on the corner of Mark Street. Haircuts will be half off for the first month (the price, not the hair).
Art, fun and food trucks will be available at the Gallery at Carey Hand Cox-Parker Funeral Home, located at 1350 W. Fairbanks Ave. in Winter Park, Friday, March 22, from 5-8 p.m. The gallery is having a fun, casual closing reception for the first art show at the new 1350 West Gallery. Art purchases will benefit Hospice of the Comforter Foundation. Call 407-647-1942 for more information on this event.
The fifth annual Bike from Park to Park event on Friday, March 22, will begin from the Central Park West Meadow, located at 150 N. New York Ave., at 8 a.m. and wind its way through Winter Park’s famed parks in an organized, chaperoned two-wheeled trip. The ride will end with fun at Central Park’s West Meadow. Visit cityofwinterpark.org for more information on this event.
To celebrate UCF’s 50th anniversary, the Knights & Damsels Dance Company will perform its Spring Showing Friday, March 22, at 8 p.m. in the Pegasus Ballroom, which is located in the Student Union. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
The Small Business Education Series presented by CenturyLink, which will be Friday, March 22, from 8:15-9:30 a.m. at the Winter Park Welcome Center, located at 151 W. Lyman Ave., will feature Thriving Interactive’s Kyle Taylor. Taylor will discuss the importance of localized Internet search marketing at the first of our new educational series aimed at small business owners. Registration will be at 8 a.m. The event is free for members and $10 for non-members. Call 407-644-8281 for more information on this event.
The Central Florida Home & Garden Show will take place from Friday, March 22, to Sunday, March 24, at the Orange County Convention Center’s South Hall B in the Center’s North/Sound building on Universal. Attendees can Find innovative products, new ideas, practical advice and great deals in remodeling, home improvement and gardening with hundreds of experts all under one roof.
The show will be from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. The cost is $10 for adults 13 and older, $5 for children ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. Seniors 60 and older will pay $5 at the box office. Adults 13 and older can save $3 online at OrlandoHomeShow.com. Visit centralfloridahomeandgardenshow.com for more information.
Valencia College will hold its annual Spring Dance Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23, at the Performing Arts Center on Valencia College’s East Campus, located at 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail in Orlando. The annual dance concert is a partnership between Valencia and Rollins College, which dates back to 1991. The concert features student, faculty and guest artist dancers from Rollins and Valencia. For more ticket information or to purchase tickets, go to www.valenciacollege.edu/arts or call the box office at 407-582-2900.
City of Maitland’s “Movie in the Park” will feature “Ice Age 4: Continental Drift” Saturday, March 23, at 8 p.m. at Quinn Strong Park, located at 345 South Maitland Ave. Attendees can bring their own blankets and chairs. Food is available on site for purchase. Visit itsmymaitland.com for more information on this event.
The fitness enthusiasts at Zimmerman, Kiser & Sutcliffe, P.A., invite you to celebrate 36 years of running right where it all began: Park Avenue in Winter Park. The Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe Winter Park Road Race will begin Saturday, March 23, at 7 a.m. at 251 Park Ave. S. The event will begin with a 2-mile run at 7 a.m., followed by a 10K at 7:30 a.m., the 2-mile Awards at 8:15 a.m., and the 10K Awards at 9 a.m. A Healthy Kids’ Run will also take place at 9:15 a.m., followed by the Track Shack Running Series Awards Ceremony at 10 a.m. This is the Grand Finale of the Track Shack Running Series. Proceeds will benefit the Meridian Club of Winter Park Scholarship Fund, which has served the City of Winter Park and surrounding region for 35 years. Call 407-896-1160 or visit trackshack.com for more information on this event.
The Baldwin Park Resident Easter Egg Hunt will take place Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m.-noon at Corrine Commons, which is in front of Grace Hopper Hall, which is off Kenan Lane in Orlando.
Gallery Talk with Virginia Mecklenburg will be Saturday, March 23, at 2 p.m. at the Mennello Museum, located at 900 E. Princeton St in Orlando. Mecklenburg, chief curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, has organized more than 25 exhibitions, including the current African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond exhibit. Included with an admission fee, the event will be free to members. Visit mennellomuseum.com for more information on this event.
As part of UCF’s 50th anniversary celebration, the 2nd annual English Symposium: Consuming Objects conference will be held Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Colbourn Hall’s Graduate Student Center, Suite 146. The event is free and open to the public. Visit cah.ucf.edu for more information on this event.
Meet Ashley Eckstein—hometown hero, voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars®: The Clone Wars™ and founder of the popular female sci-fi merchandise line, Her Universe™—at Orlando Science Center, located at 777 E. Princeton St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, as part of the final days of the blockbuster exhibit Star Wars®: Where Science Meets Imagination. Eckstein will participate in question-and-answer panels, autograph sessions and photo ops throughout the day. These activities are included with admission. Call 407-514-2000 or visit osc.org for more information on the event and Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination.
The Orange Audubon Society’s March field trip will be Saturday, March 23, to Viera Wetlands and Click Ponds in Melbourne. Wading birds, different duck species and raptors can be found in Viera. Be prepared for possible hiking in the wetlands, and bring binoculars, spotting scopes, field guides and sunscreen. In addition, bring lunch, snacks and drinks. Attendees will meet at the rear parking lot of the Burger King at Highway 50 and Alafaya Trail in East Orange County to carpool. The group will then leave at 7:30 a.m. Call Lori Mathis at 407-579-3795 for more information on the field trip.
Complimentary Easter Bunny Day at Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park, located at 300 S. Park Ave., will be Sunday, March 24, from noon-4 p.m. Those who attend can have their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny and enjoy holiday-inspired chocolates and ready-to-buy and customizable baskets. In addition, those with an extra sweet tooth can enjoy a 26-inch tall chocolate bunny, available in milk, dark and white chocolate. For guests’ convenience, photos taken with the Easter Bunny will be uploaded to Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park’s Facebook page. Call 407-644-3200 for more information on this event.
The Art & History Museums – Maitland (A&H) will hold its next Artist Critique & Conversation, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at the A&H’s Germaine Marvel Building, located at 210 W. Packwood Ave. Designed for artists of every medium and skill level, the program is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Each Critique is led by artist, arts writer and instructor Josh Garrick. Joining Garrick as guest panelists on March 26 are popular artists, Thomas Thorspecken and Camilo Velasquez. After the critiques, artists and guests can engage in social time and peer review. A bar is available with beer, wine, water and soft drinks. Interested artists can sign up in advance for one of the nine slots online at artandhistory.org
The Maitland Chamber of Commerce, located at 110 N. Maitland Ave., presents Coffee Time at the Chamber Tuesday, March 26, from 8-9 a.m. Call 407-644-0741 for more information on this event.
The Maitland Chamber of Commerce presents Business After Hours Tuesday, March 26, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott, located at 1750 Pembrook Drive in Orlando. Call 407-644-0741 for more information on this event.
The UCF Health Services Administration Alumni Chapter is hosting the 9th annual State of Health Care in Central Florida Symposium Wednesday, March 27, from 5:50-8:00 p.m. at the UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center. This year’s event will concentrate on the changing needs of hospitals and practices, due to new health care regulations resulting from the Affordable Care Act. Advance registration is required, and guests can register at: www.ucfknightsnetwork.com/symposium. For more information, call 407-823-3525 or email [email protected]
The Maitland Chamber of Commerce offers Wednesday, Women and Wisdom on Wednesday, March 27, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Maitland Chamber, located at 110 N. Maitland Ave. Call 407-644-0741 for more information on this event.
Popcorn Flicks in Central Park, held at 251 S. Park Ave., features the classic war film “The Dirty Dozen” Thursday, March 28, at 8 p.m. at the Central Park Main Stage in Winter Park. Call 407-629-0054 for more information on this event.
Kate Zaloumes, with pianist Christopher Leavy, returns to the Winter Park Playhouse Spotlight Cabaret Series with her cabaret, “Hit Me With A Hot Note ” Wednesday, March 27, and Thursday, March 28, at 7:30 pm at The Winter Park Playhouse, located at 711 Orange Ave., Suite C. Tickets cost $20 and include a drink from the bar. When sold out, standing room tickets are then $10, and no drink is included. “Hit Me With A Hot Note” will feature a compilation of songs from jazz standards to Broadway. Advance reservations are strongly recommended, as seating is limited to 50. Call the box office at 407-645-0145 or visit www.winterparkplayhouse.org for more information on this event.
Artist Doug Rhodehamel will present The Live Creation of Doug Rhodehamel’s 50,000th Paper Bag Mushroom Thursday, March 28, from 7-11 p.m. at The Venue, located at 511 Virginia Drive in Orlando. Call 407-412-6895 for more information on this event.
Creative Sanford presents “The Lord’s Supper,” Good Friday, March 29, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, March 30, at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at The Princess Theatre, located at 115 W. First St. in Sanford. Reserved seating will cost $5 prior to the show. An open seating love donation will cost $5 at the door. Seating is limited, so call 407-314-6750 for ticket information.
Easter Weekend Open House at the Morse Museum, located at 445 N. Park Ave. in Winter Park, will be Friday, March 29, from 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, March 30, from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, March 31, from 1-4 p.m. The open house is free. Call 407-645-5311 for more information on this event.
The 59th annual Winter Park Easter Egg Hunt starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 30, in the Central Park West Meadow in downtown Winter Park. The event draws hundreds of kids every year for a traditional egg hunt in the grass. Visit cityofwinterpark.org or call 407-599-3463 for more information on this event.
The Central Florida Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society will present its annual Hibiscus Show Saturday, March 30, in the building at the rear of Mead Gardens in Winter Park. The community will have the chance to see the entered blooms, some available from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and the top winning blooms from 1-3 p.m. Call 407-877-3495 or email [email protected] for more information.
The Orlando Philharmonic presents “Cirque de la Symphonie,”which features cirque performers from around the globe, Saturday, March 30, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, located at 401 W. Livingston St. in downtown Orlando. Tickets prices range from $17 to $71, and are available by calling 407-770-0071 or visiting OrlandoPhil.org
The Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park, located at 421 W. Fairbanks Ave., will present the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical, "Jesus Christ Superstar", from Monday, March 25-April 15, 2013. Jesus Christ Superstar is a rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Tim Rice. The musical, which started as a rock opera concept recording before its first staging on Broadway in 1971, is based very loosely on the Gospels' accounts of the last week of Jesus' life, beginning with the preparation for the arrival of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem and ending with the crucifixion. It highlights political and interpersonal struggles between Judas Iscariot and Jesus. Call 407-920-4034 for reservations.
Here are a couple weekly events happening at the Maitland Public Library, located at 501 S. Maitland Ave.
Preschool Stories are every Tuesday from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
The Scenic Maitland Walk takes place every Thursday at 6:30 a.m. Baby Time is every Thursday from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Here is a list of events happening throughout March at the Maitland Public Library, located at 501 S. Maitland Ave.
Saturday, March 23
On Saturday, March 23, there will be an Elaine Person writing workshop for Youth from noon-2 p.m.; registration is required.
Sunday, March 24
PAM creative writing will take place Sunday, March 24, from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 26
Books to Die For “Eleven on Top” by Janet Evanovich will be Tuesday, March 26, from 7-8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 27
Contemporary Authors: Freudenberger’s “Newlyweds” will be Wednesday, March 27, from 1:30-3 p.m.
Saturday, March 30
You are not Alone Travel (families) will be Saturday, March 30, from noon-2 p.m.
Sunday, March 31
The library will be closed Sunday, March 31, in observance of the Easter holiday.
The library has also brought back LEGOS Engineers, which will be from 4-5 p.m. every Monday from March 4-August 5. There will be first level and second level classes for grades 3 and up.
Brio Tuscan Grille, located at 480 N. Orlando Ave. in Winter Park, will host Wine on Wednesdays through April 10 from 6-8 p.m. to raise money for New Hope for Kids’ programs. This weekly event provides select wines for guests in return for their $8 donation per glass, and all proceeds benefit New Hope for Kids. Call 407-622-5611 for more information on this weekly event.
Through April 16 AARP will be offering free tax assistance Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon-4 p.m. at the Maitland Senior Center, located at 345 S. Maitland Ave. Assistance is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and the last person will be helped at 3:30 p.m. Individuals should bring all appropriate tax information with them. Call the Senior Center Office at 407-539-6251 for more information.
“Sewn Together: Photographic Quilts Reflecting the Historic Family Ties of Eatonville, Maitland and Winter Park” will be on exhibit through Saturday, April 13, at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center, a program of Crealdé School of Art that is located at 642 W. New England Ave. in Winter Park. All events are free and open to the public. The center is open Tuesday through Thursday from noon-4 p.m., Friday from noon-5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call the Hannibal Square Heritage Center at 407-539-2680 or visit www.hannibalsquareheritagecenter.org for more information.