The Grief and Loss Support Group, every Friday from 2-3:30 p.m., is free and open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. Group meetings are held at Starlight Ranch Community Front Clubhouse, 6000 Pershing Ave., Orlando. Call Claudia Swonger at 407-206-2273.
The Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park will present the musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and the Paula Vogel comedy “The Oldest Profession” through July 3. Visit BreakthroughTheatre.com or call 407-920-4034.
Emily Heinzel, a local artist specializing in tropical drawings on wood, is having a one-person show, “Tropical Fireworks,” at Corners Custom Framing & Gallery, 1909 Aloma Ave., Winter Park, during the month of June. The reception is from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, June 30. Wear a Hawaiian or beach outfit and enjoy catered food and drinks. Visit heinzelstudios.com
The Winter Park Police Department, in cooperation with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, will conduct a DUI Safety Checkpoint/Saturation Patrol operation from 9 p.m. July 1 to 4 a.m. July 2. The operation will be centered on the B.A.T. Mobile, which will be located at the Federal Trust Bank, 1500 Lee Road, Winter Park.
The Winter Park Farmers’ Market is held at the old train depot, located at 200 W. New England Ave., every Saturday morning from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit cityofwinterpark.org
WinterParkLostPets.com answers a need in the community to help reunite lost and found pets with their owners. Meet the founders of the organization and learn how you can help lost pets in the community at Whole Foods Winter Park, 1989 Aloma Ave., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 2.
Orlando-area vegetarians and animal advocates will celebrate the Fourth of July holiday at the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida’s 12th annual Independence for the Animals potluck picnic at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 2 at Mead Garden, 1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park. Cost is $3; bring a vegan dish to share. RSVP to [email protected] or 407-968-2400.
Whole Foods Winter Park presents the Third Annual Chili Cook-Off to celebrate Independence Day. From 2-4 p.m. July 2, sample and vote for your favorite chili, and enter to win a Whole Foods Market gift card.
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, 445 Park Ave. N., presents a free Independence Day Weekend Open House from July 2-4. Call 407-645-5311 or visit morsemuseum.org for details.
The Maitland Farmers’ Market is every Sunday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Lake Lily. Visit itsmymatiland.com for a list of vendors or call 407-539-6268.
Red Hot & Boom is an Independence Day celebration with free, family-friendly entertainment and the largest fireworks display in Central Florida. Come to Cranes Roost Park at Uptown Altamonte, at the intersection of Interstate 4 and State Road 436 from 4-11 p.m. July 3. The fireworks show starts at 9:30 p.m., weather permitting. Visit xl1067.com/pages/redhotboom.html
There will be no garbage or recycling collection service in unincorporated Orange County on Monday, July 4. If Monday is your garbage collection day, garbage will be collected on the following Thursday. If Monday is your recycling collection day, recycling will be collected on the next Monday.
Come Join the July 4th Watermelon 5k Run, starting at 7:30 a.m. July 4. The 5K (3.1 miles) run/walk will begin at Mead Garden, 1300 S. Denning Drive. In addition to the run, there will be a watermelon-eating competition at 8:30 a.m. Visit www.trackshack.com or call 407-896-1160.
Winter Park will present their 16th annual Olde Fashioned 4th of July Celebration on Monday, July 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Central Park. Mayor Ken Bradley will lead a special presentation at 11 a.m. Children’s activities will include the bicycle parade at 9 a.m. from City Hall to Central Park, as well as games and inflatables.
The Winter Park Historical Museum, located in the farmers’ market at 200 W. New England Ave., will be open free to all visitors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 4. Visit winterparkhistory.org
The city of Orlando is hosting Fireworks at the Fountain on Monday, July 4 at Lake Eola Park,195 N. Rosalind Ave. in downtown Orlando. Festivities begin at 4 p.m., and the finale of fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. Visit cityoforlando.net
The Tarflower Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, at Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. Call 407-647-5233.
Food Truck Café is every Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. at Lake Lily Park in Maitland. Check the city’s Facebook page or TheDailyCity.com for more information.
Wednesday Night Pitcher Show presents “Scream” at 8:30 p.m. July 6. Grab a beer and some munchies at Eden Bar and enjoy a free outdoor movie on the lawn at Enzian. There is a special evening happy hour from 7-11 p.m.
Trivia 4 U is on the first and third Wednesday of each month (July 6 and 20) from 7-8:30 p.m. at the University Club of Winter Park. Form your own team of four or five players or join other teams who are eager for new players. Wines and snacks are provided. Call 407-810-3611 or email [email protected] and visit UniversityClubWinterPark.org
The new Little Linksters Tour series kicks off next month. The events are open to children 3-8 years old, regardless of golfing ability in what is a very non-competitive introductory tour series. The tour begins on July 23 at Orange County Nationals “Tooth” course. Visit littlelinksters.com or call 321-278-1612.
On select Tuesdays at the Morse Museum (July 5, 12, 19, and 26; and Aug. 2), families can enjoy a guided museum tour and take-home activity. On four Fridays (July 8 and 22; and Aug. 5) participants will see a short film, visit the Tiffany exhibits, and produce art. Reservations are required. Call 407-645-5311, extension 136.
Orlando high school teens are invited to share their ideas about how to change the way the world looks at the issue of obesity through the Teen Video Essay Contest sponsored by The Obesity Society. The deadline to enter is July 15. Visit TeensChangingLives.com
Art & History Museums – Maitland and the Maitland Art Center have started up summer classes in a variety of mediums for children, teens and adults. Children and teen programs are offered in two-week sessions: July 11-22 or July 25-Aug. 5. To register, contact Kasey Jones at 407-539-2181 extension 254 or [email protected]
Orlando Shakespeare Theater is beginning its Theater for Young Audiences series with an adaptation of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St., from July 7 through Aug. 7. Visit orlandoshakes.org or call 407-447-1700.
Join Andrew from Autism Speaks from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, July 9 at Whole Foods Winter Park, 1989 Aloma Ave., for “Autism and a Gluten-Free Diet,” a free discussion of the benefits of a Gluten-free and Casein-free diet for those coping with Autism. Children are welcome. A store tour and sampling will be provided.
Parents Morning Out is 8:30-10 a.m. July 21 (every third Thursday) at the front of the Whole Foods Winter Park store to enjoy a complimentary cup of Allegro coffee, breakfast pastry and a free five-minute massage, compliments of Take 5 Massage.
The Maitland Public Library, 501 S. Maitland Ave., has story times for toddlers and preschoolers 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 is at 4 p.m. every Thursday. Call 407-647-7700.