The Winter Park Historical Association is extending the “Fine Feathers: How the Peacock Came to Winter Park” exhibit until June 30. The museum, at 200 W. New England Ave., is open Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call Executive Director Susan Skolfield at 407-647-2330 for more information.
All classes for the Warm Season Vegetable Gardening will be from 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10. Polasek gardeners Pam Paisley and Don Cunningham will share their knowledge about warm season gardening. Contact [email protected] or 407-647-6294.
“Digging It” Orchids will be held from 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, Feb. 10, at the Winter Park Garden Club, 1300 S. Denning Drive. The speaker will be Charlie Chapman, owner of Chapman Orchids. Cost is $15. Register by contacting 407-644-5770.
The Jewish Pavilion presents “Mad About Fashion” at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10. RSVP by contacting 407-678-9363 or [email protected]
The Central Florida Anthropological Society welcomes Edward Gonzalez-Tennant with “Violence, Virtual Archaeology, and Digital Storytelling in Rosewood Florida” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave. Contact 321-948-3994.
Winter With the Writers presents Lydia Peelle and Rhonda Pollero on Thursday, Feb. 10.
Events include master classes at 4 p.m. and readings, on-stage interviews and book signings at 8 p.m. Seating is limited. Visit www.rollins.edu/winterwiththewriters or call 407-646-2666.
The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce is hosting a City Commission Candidate Forum at 8:15 a.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at the Winter Park Welcome Center/Chamber of Commerce, 151 W. Lyman Ave. Scott Callahan and Stephen Leary are running for Seat 1 while Bonnie Jackson and Sarah Sprinkel are running for Seat 2. For information call 407-644-8281 or e-mail [email protected]
Miles for Hope’s Moving Towards a Cure Orlando 5K walk will take place on Saturday, Feb. 12, at Harbor Park on Lake Baldwin. Participants can register online at BrainTumorEvents.org/Orlando or the day of the event, starting at 8 a.m. The registration fee is $25 for the 5K or $20 for the one-mile fun run.
The Winter Park Florida Blue center invites local residents to put their best foot forward in the pursuit of wellness during its monthly Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, in the Winter Park Village, 434 N. Orlando Ave. There will be free health screenings, free expert one-on-one consultations, free relaxing massages, and opportunities to win prizes. For more information, please visit FloridaBlue.com
The Orlando Dollhouse Miniatures Festival is 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, at the Orlando Radisson Resort, 2900 Parkway Blvd., Kissimmee. Call 407-396-7000 or visit mollycromwell.com for more information.
Davey Tree Expert Co. will be at the Nehrling Society, 2267 Hempel Ave. in Gotha near Ocoee, on Saturday, Feb. 12, to assist the facility with tree pruning, removal and stump grinding. If you’d like to volunteer, call 407-331-8020.
Seniors First will kick off its annual fundraising effort with “High Tea & Hats” at the Peabody Orlando from 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13. During the event, guests can participate in a “stylish tea hat” contest, judged by local celebrities. Participants can also bid for items in both the silent and chance auctions, and indulge in traditional teatime fare including fresh fruits, tea sandwiches, decadent desserts and exotic teas. Individual tickets are $50. Sponsorships are available. To purchase tickets, please contact Jan Ingrando at 407-581-9366 or [email protected] For more information, visit SeniorsFirstInc.org
The University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave., offers ballroom dancing lessons at 7 p.m. every Monday. Contact 407-644-6149.
The Orlando Regional Realtor Association will be holding a free foreclosure-prevention workshop for homeowners from 6-8:30 Wednesday, Feb. 16, at Timber Creek High School. Speaker Cathy McDaniel, author of “A Road Map To Saving Your Home,” will address questions such as: What happens when I miss a mortgage payment? How does mortgage foreclosure work? What are my alternatives?
Join JFS at noon Wednesday, Feb. 16, for a Women’s Forum titled “Move Your Assets” led by Bethanne Weiss, Founder of Better Butts by Beth & FUNIQ Fitness. The Women’s Forum will be held at JFS, 2100 Lee Road in Winter Park. The cost of the forum is $7 and includes a light lunch catered by Brio. RSVPs are requested by Monday, Feb. 14. Register online at JFSOrlando.org, by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 407-644-7593 extension 227.
“Options for Parent Care” will be the next topic presented at the Jewish Pavilion’s Men’s Meeting group called JPM2 on Wednesday, Feb. 16. A free dairy lunch will be provided, compliments of Savannah Court. The lunch meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Savannah Court, 1301 W. Maitland Blvd. and conclude promptly at 1 p.m. RSVP required. Call Wendy Levine at 407-678-9363 or e-mail [email protected]
At 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 16, The University Club of Winter Park, corner of Webster and Park avenues, will present at its Classical Music Program live violin music by Eri Park and Emily Esposito. Eri studied at the Manhattan School of Music and Emily participated in master classes with world-class pianists Leon Fleischer and Ann Schein. Light refreshments available.
The city of Winter Park will host a Recreational Programs Public Forum from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Winter Park Farmers’ Market located at 200 W. New England Ave. The forum is part of an effort to create a strategic plan for recreational programs in Winter Park, which will be implemented at the new community center currently under construction. For additional information, please visit the city’s official website at CityOfWinterPark.org
The Winter Park Good Government Group presents a City Commission Candidates Forum from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in the Commission Chambers. It will be broadcast live on the Internet. To access the audio, visit CityOfWinterPark.org then click Government, City Commission, Audio Files and then Live Audio. Scott Callahan and Stephen Leary are running for Seat 1 while Bonnie Jackson and Sarah Sprinkel are running for Seat 2. Moderating is Richard Skinner, professor of politics at Rollins College. For more information or if you cannot attend and have a question for the candidates, call 407-644-9039 before 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16.
Business After Hours will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at City National Bank, 976 Orange Ave., Winter Park. Mark your calendar for a fun evening of networking, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments! It costs $5 for members and $15 for non-members.
The Film Club is presenting “Divorce Italian Style” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at the University Club of Winter Park. Admission is free but donations are accepted. Contact 407-644-6149 or visit UniversityClubWinterPark.org
The Orange Audubon Society is presenting “Landscaping for Wildlife” by Bob Stamps at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave. The program is free and no reservation is required. Contact 407-637-2525 or visit OrangeAudubonFl.org
Check out our special Valentine’s Day Calendar on Page 10. For more details on these events, visit WPMObserver.com
Saturday Night Out Willy Wonka will be held at the Maitland JCC from 6:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. There is a sleepover option available for ages 7-12. Enjoy a chocolate tasting party plus a free pizza dinner! Visit OrlandoJCC.org/Calendar
The Dr. Nelson Ying Orange County Science Exposition’s free open house will be held from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, at Rollins’ Alfond Sports Arena. Visit YingExpo.com
Sonny’s Franchise Company will host four Spirit Nights, Feb. 15, March 15, April 19, and May 17, at Sonny’s Bar-B-Q, 3390 University Blvd. in Winter Park for Eastbrook Elementary. Sonny’s will donate 10 percent of all proceeds from 5-9 p.m.
The Just Between Friends consignment store is hosting its spring sale from Feb. 18-20 at the Maitland Civic Center, 641 S. Maitland Ave. Admission is $2 on Friday and free Saturday and Sunday. Visit CentralFlorida.JBFSale.com
The Great Duck Derby will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at Mead Garden. Call 407-599-2800 or visit MeadGarden.org
The 2011 Spring Little League Season will kick off with a parade followed by an event at the Maitland Baseball Complex on Saturday, Feb. 19.
Camp Carnival Kickoff will be held from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, at Roth JCC, 851 N. Maitland Ave. to kick off the 2011 Camp J season! Admission is free. Contact Julie Varkonyi at 407-645-5933 or [email protected]
A free Young Composers Challenge Workshop is being held at the UCF Center for Emerging Media on Saturday, March 5. This is a unique opportunity for young musicians between the ages of 13 to 18 interested in learning how to write music for orchestral instruments. Visit YoungComposersChallenge.org
The fourth annual Junior League of Greater Orlando’s Kids in the Kitchen Fit ‘n Fun Fest will take place on Saturday, March 5, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at South Central Park. Visit jlgo.org or call 407-422-5918.
The Food for Thought Gala, benefiting Glenridge Middle School, is Friday, March 11. Music, silent auction and wine tasting start at 7 p.m. at the Orlando Science Center. For tickets, call 407-623-1415 extension 2328.
Children’s programming continues at the Maitland Public Library, 501 S. Maitland Ave. Story times for toddlers and preschoolers are at 6 p.m. every Monday and 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday. Baby story time is at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday. Reading Buddies, a program to help reluctant readers, is at 4 p.m. every Thursday. Call 407-647-7700.