The Bach Festival Society is hosting its first-ever special-event fundraiser at Casa Feliz Historical Home Museum, 656 N. Park Ave., from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14. Tickets are $30 for individuals and $50 per couple. Call the Box Office at 407-646-2182 or visit www.BachFestivalFlorida.org to register.
Rollins College’s Winter Park Institute, 1000 Holt Ave., will host former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins, novelist and playwright Roger Rosenblatt and editor-in-chief of Random House Daniel Menaker to discuss how communication has evolved with technology at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14.
The Orange Audubon Society is offering a Beginner’s Bird Identification Class. The course includes a classroom session Saturday, Oct. 16 at Orlando Wetlands Park and two field sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 23 and 30. Visit www.orangeaudubonfl.org for a membership application and prices. For questions about the class, contact Bob Sanders at [email protected] or 407-898-9798.
Menchie’s Winter Park Village will host a grand opening celebration on Saturday, Oct. 16 and Sunday, Oct. 17 that will feature yogurt specials and more. This Winter Park Village location will donate a percentage of its sales from this grand opening weekend to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. For more information, visit www.menchies.com.
In observance of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, the Café Latino of Central Florida in collaboration with various community agencies is hosting the Fifth Annual Despierta Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Dover Shores Community Center, 1400 Gaston Foster Road. For more information, call 407-858-1400 ext. 1146.
On Sunday, Oct. 17, the University Club of Winter Park will hold an Art Reception from 2-4 p.m. for local artist Kat Ebert who creates collages made by various handmade, exotic papers that are applied with an acrylic medium. For more information, call 407-740-4024.
The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra is hosting world-renowned violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg at the 54th Season Opening Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17 at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center. Ticket pricing is $12.50 for students and seniors and $25 for adults. Visit www.fsyo.org or call 407-999-7800 for more information or to purchase tickets.
The Military Retired Officers Wives Club of Central Florida meets Oct. 19 and the third Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., through May, for lunch and mutual interests at the Elks Club, 12 N. Primrose Drive. Active duty wives are also welcome to attend. For information, contact Marty Harrison at 407-886-1922.
Learn why diets don’t work and what does at Toxicity: The Silent Pandemic from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 947 Fern Ave. This free informative presentation will address toxicity, what it is, how one becomes toxic, how to detoxify and how weight and cholesterol can be managed naturally. For more information, call 407-758-6130 or email [email protected] Please RSVP as space is limited.
Bring your questions to the University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave., for the lively debate “Immigration: Let Them In Or Keep Them Out!” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19. Two experts will explore the issue in the current immigration controversy. Call 407-644-6149 or visit www.universityclubwinterpark.org/ for more information.
The Classical Music Group of the University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave., will present the accomplished classical guitarist Jane Rosenbohm on “The Classical Guitar, The Spanish Guitar, and The Contemporary Guitar” at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20.
The Central Florida Chapter of the American Association of Individual Investors, will hold its next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20 at the University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave. For more information and ticket prices, visit www.aaii.com or call 407-644-1607.
Emerging artists Sherri Bunye and Robert Ross show their interpretation of the people, pavements, and skyscrapers of Orlando in “Street Seen,” a new exhibit at City Arts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave., from Oct. 21-Nov. 12. The opening reception from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 is free and open to the public.
Don your diamonds, pearls and trendy blue jeans for Bubbles & Blues, hosted by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, featuring bubbly champagne, blues music by Papa Jack Express and delicious seafood from Winter Park Fish Company from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market, 200 W. New England Ave. For tickets or more information, call 407-644-8281 or visit www.winterpark.org.
Trinity Downtown, 123 E. Livingston St., will host an old-fashioned Oktoberfest Friday, Oct. 22, from 6-11 p.m. featuring a biergarten serving German, domestic and home-brewed beer, and German food. There will be live entertainment by The Brew Band, dancing, and a FunGarten with games and activities for all ages. The Sound of Music will be shown on a big screen at 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.downtownoktoberfest.com or call Lauren Moffi at 407-353-0253.
Enzian is hosting a month-long Halloween celebration featuring the second annual Haunted Swamp: Walk of Terror from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 29-31. Admission is $6 in advance, $8 the day of the event and free for Enzian Film Society members. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit Enzian.org.
The American Legion, Winter Park Memorial Post 112, 4490 N. Goldenrod Road, will host its semi-annual “Giant Arts, Crafts, and Yard Sale” from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. Call Jerry at 407-671-6404 for event and reservation information.
This October, the Orlando Museum of Art is presenting Daddy-O: Picasso Pumpkins, designed for children of all ages to enjoy creative pumpkin decorating, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. Gorey Goblins and more: An Adventure into the Dark Side with Pen and Ink, a workshop inspired by the drawings of Edward Gorey where participants will learn similar techniques to create cards, decorations and more, will be from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. To register or for further information, call 407-896-4231 ext. 262 or visit www.omart.org.
“The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood,” a Monty Python-esque retelling of the classic comedy, will be performed at the Maitland JCC, 851 N. Maitland Ave. at 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays Oct. 16 and 23; at 2 p.m. Sundays Oct. 17 and 24 and at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18 by the JCC’s Center Players Theatre Company. The cost is $12 for JCC members, $15 for nonmembers and $10 for students. Call 407-645-5933 for more information.
Parents are invited every third Thursday of the month from 8:30-10 a.m. to Parents Morning Out at Whole Foods Market, 1989 Aloma Ave., to enjoy a complimentary cup of Allegro coffee, breakfast pastry and a free 5-minute massage, compliments of Take 5 Massage.
The Junior League of Greater Orlando will host its third annual Harvest Hustle 5K run/walk on Saturday, Oct. 23 in Baldwin Park to support the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and to fund League-sponsored community programs focused on ending childhood hunger. A $25 registration fee applies through Friday, Oct. 22, and a $30 fee on race day. For more information on race times and to register, visit www.jlgo.org.
Rock Springs, 400 E. Kelly Park Road, hosts the fourth Annual Cardboard Canoe Regatta beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 with the race at 1 p.m. The deadline to register a team is Friday, Oct. 15 for $20 per team (participants must be 12 years or older). Teams of four will have three hours to design and build a canoe made of only cardboard and duct tape, and promptly at 1 p.m., the teams will then race their cardboard canoes/ships in the Rock Springs River. For information or to register, call Kelly Park at 407-889-4179.
Children’s programming continues in the Maitland Public Library, 501 S. Maitland Ave. Call 407-647-7700 for information.
-6 p.m. Mondays: Bedtime Stories
-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays: Preschoolers Story Time and Crafts
-10:30 a.m. Thursdays: Babies Stories