First Friday Festival

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Photo by: Rebecca Males - Baldwin Park's First Friday Festival & Art Stroll will be 6-10 p.m. on Friday, July 6.
Photo by: Rebecca Males - Baldwin Park's First Friday Festival & Art Stroll will be 6-10 p.m. on Friday, July 6.
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The "Tow to Go" program safely removes impaired drivers from the roads during holiday weekends. This program is free and open to both AAA members and non-members and is 100 percent confidential. Call 1-800-AAA-HELP for assistance and a AAA tow truck will take the vehicle and driver home safely. “Tow to Go” is available from July 4-7.


The Winter Park Police Department and the Victim Service Center of Central Florida will host free women’s safety awareness classes for interested women that have a tie to the city of Winter Park. The classes will be offered Thursday, July 5, and Thursday, July 12, from 6-8 p.m. at the WPPD, 500 N. Virginia Ave. Ages 14 and older are welcome. The class is limited to the first 25 women who sign up. Call Officer Kaitlin Gonzalez at 321-303-5884 or [email protected]


Baldwin Park’s First Friday Festival & Art Stroll will be 6-10 p.m. on Friday, July 6, along New Broad Street in the Village Center. Presented by the Baldwin Park Merchants Association and The Arts Hub Florida, this family-friendly event is free. This event will feature local businesses and some of the region’s emerging and accomplished local artists of all mediums from the Central Florida community creating their works live with original art for sale. There will also be live music.


Saturday, July 7 is National Macaroni Day! mi Tomatina, a paella & tapas bar, is celebrating with a buy-one-get-one-free special on its Spanish Style Mac & Cheese, featuring Manchego cheese, for $8.50!

Orlando-area vegetarians and animal advocates will celebrate the Fourth of July holiday at the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida's 13th annual "Independence for the Animals" potluck picnic. The event is at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, at Mead Garden, 1300 S. Denning Drive. The cost is a $3 donation and we ask that you bring a vegan dish to share. Attendees are asked to RSVP to [email protected] or 407-968-2400.


An afternoon of English music starring Theresa Leigh and Danielle Kristen Smith accompanied by Ms. Kathy Slage will be held at the Winter Park Presbyterian Church, 400 S. Lakemont Ave., at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 8. Visit

Music at the Casa is a free open house from noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays, featuring live performances and tours of the historic Casa Feliz, 656 N. Park Ave. Upcoming performances are July 8 with Shannon Caine, July 15 featuring Christine MacPhail Solo Harp, July 22 with The Olde Noyse Chamber Music and July 29 featuring Catherine Way Solo Harp. Visit or call 407-628-8200, ext. 3.


Come to a presentation of “Basic Irrigation and Landscape Principles” from 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, at the Winter Park Welcome Center.


Winter Park Chamber of Commerce’s Good Morning Winter Park presented by Florida Blue will be at 7:45 a.m. on Friday, July 13, at the Winter Park Welcome Center, 151 W. Lyman Ave. Join us as we welcome Greg Hovey, the new executive director/administrator at The Gardens at DePugh, and learn about the sensory gardens at downtown Winter Park's skilled nursing facility. The event is free and includes a complimentary continental breakfast

The A&H Associates, volunteer corps of the Art & History Museums – Maitland (A&H), in partnership with Performing Arts of Maitland, continue their Summer Concert Series with a program featuring Evan Taylor Jones at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 13, in the A&H’s Main Garden, 231 W. Packwood Ave. The A&H’s Main Galleries will be open for guests to enjoy the exhibition, “A Day in the Life of the Research Studio,” and shop at the museum store. July’s concert features Evan Taylor Jones, a soul artist, singer and songwriter from Inglewood, Calif., who lives in Orlando. Admission to the Summer Concert Series is $3. A&H members receive free admission. Visit or call 407-539-2181.


Come to the Gun Show at the Maitland Civic Center July 14-15. Express concealed weapons permit classes will be held three times daily. There will be a huge selection of new, used and antique firearms, handcrafted knives, stun guns, survival and emergency prep gear and more. It’s $7 for adults at the door, kids under 14 free. For more information, visit


You don’t have to be a doctor or a superhero to save a life. Our biggest heroes don’t wear capes or fly through the air. Why? Because they are you! Every two seconds you are needed to give life-saving blood. Please come be a hero from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, July 16, at the Horatio Avenue/ U.S. Highway 17-92 intersection. Look for the Big Red Bus in the Bolick Clinic parking lot.


Enzian presents a special, one-time engagement of “Music From the Big House” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17, featuring a live Q&A and concert from musician Rita Chiarelli, widely known as Canada’s “Queen of the Blues.” For more information, visit


There will be a SAFE — Self-defense And Familiarization Exchange — class at the Maitland Community Park on Wednesday, July 18, from 6-8 p.m. for women 18 years and older. Limit 12 women for the class. Call 407-539-0042 to sign up.

All new Winter Park Chamber of Commerce members or new staff members of existing members are invited to attend our monthly member orientation. This is a great way to connect with fellow members and Chamber staff, and learn more about the organization. The next orientation is at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, at the Winter Park Welcome Center.


Come to Coffee Talk featuring City Manager Randy Knight from 8-9 a.m. on Thursday, July 19, at the Winter Park Welcome Center.

Come to the 29th Annual Beat-the-Heat 5k Road Race on Thursday, July 19, from 7-9 p.m. at Roth JCC, 851 N. Maitland Ave. All proceeds will benefit the Marvin Friedman Children’s Scholarship Fund. Awards will be given to top performers. There will also be a free kids race for children 6 and younger, as well as a free pool party with pizza and beverages for all participants. The cost is $20 or $25 the day of the race. Contact Eli Bercovici at 407-645-5933, ext. 259, or [email protected]


Winter Park Political Mingle presented by Bright House Networks will be from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, July 23, at the Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center, 1050 W. Morse Blvd. Meet the candidates running for fall's hottest races and enjoy dinner, drinks and networking. The cost is $25 in advance, $30 at the door and $225 for 10 tickets.


Come to the “Health Series #27 Peripheral Neuropathy, New Solutions” workshop at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, at Maitland Public Library, 501 S. Maitland Ave. The event is free.


The Annual Rummage Sale at Saint Margaret Mary, 526 N. Park Ave., will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 27, and Saturday, July 28. All proceeds benefit St. Michael’s Parish in Jacmel, Haiti. Call 407-671-4798 for more information.


The Winter Park Farmers Market is held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday. It is located at the old train depot, at 200 W. New England Ave. Visit

The Maitland Farmers Market is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday. It is located at Lake Lily Park. For more information, visit or call 407-539-6268.

Food Truck Café is from 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday at Lake Lily Park in Maitland.

The Winter Park Food Truck Stop is located at 1127 N. Orlando Ave. and is open for food trucks 24/7. Follow the site on Facebook at

The second Friday of every month, local residents will have the opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy live music and performances while experiencing art and culture at the Maitland Chamber of Commerce. Contact [email protected]

RNR Registered Nurses Retired meets the third Wednesday of the month at Denny’s at 440 S. Semoran Blvd. for charitable works, educational offerings, fellowship and support. Call 407-281-1527.

Monday mornings at 11 a.m. at the Winter Park Community Center, there’s a 50-minute Deep Stretch Yoga class that is great for beginners, and anyone who wants to get an intensive stretch after a long run or bike ride. Classes are drop-in and cost $8. Contact the yoga instructor at 407-276-3478 or the Winter Park Community Center at 407-599-3275 for additional details. The Winter Park Community Center is located at 721 W. New England Ave.

The Central Florida Watercolor Society will exhibit members’ works in “Watercolor Impressions” through July 15 at the Garden House Gallery in Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Visit

On the first Wednesday of each month, the SOS (Survivors of Suicide) support group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Hospice, 8009 S. Orange Ave. Call Claudia Swonger to register at 407-206-2273.

The Winter Park Playhouse dives into the summer by bringing back the off-Broadway musical, “SUDS: The Rocking 60’s Musical Soap Opera” from July 12-21. Performances are (preview) Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday July 15 at 2 p.m.; Thursdays, July 12 and July 19, at 2 p.m.; and “Wacky” Wednesday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $38 for evening shows and $35 for seniors, $28 for matinees, $20 for industry professionals and students younger than 25, $15 for the Thursday preview and $28 on “Wacky” Wednesday (an evening show for a matinee price). Call 407-645-0145 or visit

The Art & History Museums – Maitland (A&H) has a new permanent exhibit, “Maitland’s Legacies: Creativity and Innovation” in the A&H’s Maitland Historical Museum, 221 W. Packwood Ave. The Art & History Museums – Maitland exhibit, “A Day in the Life of the Research Studio,” is at the A&H’s Maitland Art Center Galleries through Sept. 19. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults, and $2 for seniors (55 and older) and for children (4-18 years). A&H members and children younger than 3 are free.

The Art & History Museums – Maitland (A&H) presents Artists’ Critique & Conversation on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the A&H’s Germaine Marvel Building, 210 W. Packwood Ave. Artist, arts writer and instructor Josh Garrick will lead the critiques. Visit

Visit for more details. Send submissions to [email protected]


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