Fun for the Fourth and beyond

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Photo by: Isaac Babcock - Conductor John Sinclair leads the Bach Festival Orchestra at Rollins College Dec. 11.
Photo by: Isaac Babcock - Conductor John Sinclair leads the Bach Festival Orchestra at Rollins College Dec. 11.
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Fourth of July Calendar


Come out to Baldwin Park’s Independence Day Bash from 6-9:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 1, in the Village Center. Join your neighbors and friends for arts and crafts and food vendors, and musical entertainment by Room 2 and the Orlando School of Music. Get glow sticks for the kids at the Rotary Club of Baldwin Park’s booth and then enjoy fireworks over Lake Baldwin at 9 p.m. Baldwin Park resident and WESH 2 meteorologist Jason Brewer will be the master of ceremonies.


Come celebrate the city of Altamonte Springs’ 17th annual Independence Day at Red Hot & Boom. The event will be 4-11 p.m. at Cranes Roost Park on Tuesday, July 3. The event features live entertainment brought to you by XL106.7 Radio, children's activities, vendor booths, food, drink and a 25-minute fireworks display. Fireworks will begin at about 9:30 p.m.


Come to the 21st annual Hunter Vision July 4th Watermelon 5k Run/Walk at Mead Garden, 1300 S. Denning Drive, at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4. Funds raised from the event will support the Track Shack Foundation. In addition to the run, there will be a watermelon-eating competition at 8:30 a.m. For more information, visit

The city of Winter Park will present its annual Olde Fashioned 4th of July Celebration at Central Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in downtown Winter Park on Wednesday, July 4. The celebration will feature live patriotic music, horse-drawn wagon rides and more. Children’s activities will include the annual bicycle parade at 9 a.m. from City Hall to Central Park. Call 407-599-3463 for more information.

(pic) The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art will present its Independence Day Open House on July 4. The museum, which is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of work by American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany, will provide free admission to its galleries from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pictured is Edward Lamson Henry’s 1864 oil painting “9:45 A.M. Accommodation,” which is newly displayed in the Morse Museum’s updated gallery of American paintings. Visit

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.


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 Saturday, July 7, at 2 p.m. 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.



RMayFlowers Productions in association with Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park present "Stop Kiss" by Diana Son. "Stop Kiss" is a drama revolving around the question, “What do you want?” Showtimes are scheduled for Friday, June 29, at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 30, at 8 p.m., Sunday, July 1, at 3 p.m. and Monday, July 2, at 8 p.m. The Breakthrough Theatre is located at 419A W. Fairbanks Ave. Reservations can be made at 407-920-4034.


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 1 with Alborea Dances Flamenco, 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.


Subscriptions to the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park’s 2012–2013 season go on sale Monday, July 2. Single tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 13. For more information, visit


Ballroom dance lessons for beginners and intermediates will be given for eight weeks every Tuesday beginning on July 3. Classes are at Winter Park Farmers Market, 200 W. New England Ave., from 7-8:30 p.m. and 8:45-9:45 p.m. The cost is $80 per person. Please arrive 30 minutes early to the first class in order to register. Visit or call 407-599-3364.

The Tarflower Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will meet on Tuesday, July 3, at 7 p.m. at Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave. Dr. Pat Ashton, botanist from the Ashton Biological Preserve, will present an outstanding program called "Humans and Gopher Tortoises can Forage Together." The meeting is free. Come early and enjoy refreshments and visiting with other native plant enthusiasts.


There will be no yard waste or recycling collection service in unincorporated Orange County on Wednesday, July 4. If Wednesday is your yard waste and/or recycling collection day, it will be collected on the next Wednesday.


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.


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


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.


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. 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 from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, 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. on 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 from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, 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 age 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 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 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Garden House Gallery in Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave. 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 summer by bringing back the off-Broadway musical, “SUDS: The Rocking 60’s Musical Soap Opera” from June 21-July 1 and July 12-21. Performances are (preview) Thursday, June 21, at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, July 1 and July 15, at 2 p.m.; Thursdays, June 28, 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, $2 for seniors (55 and older) and 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

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