You can tell that summer is over and people are ready to get busy with many activities scheduled in Baldwin Park in September. The Baldwin Park Merchants Association will host its next First Friday Charity Festival & Art Stroll on Sept. 7 along New Broad Street from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Arts Hub Florida and Baldwin Park merchants are sponsors of the First Friday series that offers live music, drink specials, free samples, interactive activities and much more. The monthly event is free to the public and is both family- and pet-friendly.
The September Art Stroll will showcase the works of Doug Powell, an artist since childhood who creates iconic mosaics made of everything from puzzle pieces to computer chips. Many of his creations take well over 150 hours to complete and have been displayed nationwide in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museums. The September First Friday event will feature the Bags of Hope Kids Club, a program that delivers weekly food care packages and books to help children fight hunger and stay focused in school. Items such as packaged fruit snacks, crackers, beans, canned fruit, peanut butter, Ramen noodles, family-size macaroni and cheese, beans and one-pound bags of rice, as well as canned tuna, chicken and roast beef can be dropped off through Sept. 14 at In Style Hair (receive a $5 gift card for donating), Thrive Family Health (receive a free health screening for donating when you donate $25 worth of food), and Caddy Shanks (receive 10 percent off your bar tab the day you donate.)
As most know, Baldwin Park is rich in military history. Take part in the First Annual 9/11 Tribute Event in Baldwin Park honoring our fallen soldiers and civilians and the heroes in the U.S. Navy on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Paddy Murphy’s in the Village Center. Celebrate and honor the U.S. Navy and Navy SEALs in a unique event that takes place on the former grounds of The Navy Recruit Training Center (RTC Orlando), now known as Baldwin Park. The mission is to bring the Lone Sailor Navy Memorial, which represents core values of honor, courage and commitment to Blue Jacket Park, the site of the former RTC “Grinder” and USS Blue Jacket. With your admission you will enjoy festivities such as military displays, karaoke, a dunk tank, games and activities for children, volleyball and corn hole tournaments, Top Gun Trivia, door prizes and more! Representatives and Color Guard from Boone High School and Winter Park High School NJROTC Cadets will be on hand. Admission is $12 at the door. Please visit GamePlanMedia.info for more information.
Charity Golf Tournament
The Audubon Park Elementary School Charity Golf Tournament is Monday, Sept. 17, at Grand Cypress Golf Club. To register go to foundationforocps.org/p/20/donate and choose Audubon Park Charity Golf Tournament. The event is sponsored by the Audubon Dad’s Committee, and all funds go to help with classroom needs. On Friday, Sept. 28, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. is the Annual Silent Auction. Imagine an evening filled with food, fun, friends and, of course, an incredible silent and live auction! For more information on a kid-free night with creative packages, parties and once-in-a-lifetime items, please contact Whitney Langholz, Audubon Park Elementary PTA, at 321-438-7954.
Participate in the parade
Mark your calendars now for the Annual Festival of Lights Parade on Saturday, Dec. 8. If you are interested in participating in the parade, please contact Boom Marketing & Events at [email protected] to reserve your spot!