A free outdoor viewing of "Toy Story"

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AUG. 28

Bring the whole family and blanket for a free outdoor viewing of “Toy Story” at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28 in Winter Park’s Central Park. For more information, visit


The first film to take viewers inside the world’s most powerful financial institution, “Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve,” will be shown by 3P Business Consulting during a networking event on Sept. 3 beginning at 5:30 p.m. An hour of networking starts at Mitchell’s Fish Market in the Winter Park Village at 5:30 p.m. Then a showing of the film and a Q&A economics professor Dr. Beni Balak will follow beginning at 7 p.m. both at the Bush Auditorium at Rollins College. Tickets are $11 and can be purchase on the day of the event, or at

“Right plant right place” is the overriding principle in a Florida landscaping, including the shoreline. A presentation on Sept. 3 in the Maitland Community Park Meeting Room will guide you in making the best decisions when managing your shoreline landscape by providing information to assist with the maintenance, restoration and plant selection for your lakeshore. The free class will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and is hosted by Kelly Greer of the Orange County Extension Education Center. Sign up by calling 407-539-0042.


As part of several events timed for September to support National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Central Florida-based charity Kids Beating Cancer calls on national talents and all-kid choir to produce a benefit song, called “My Own Hero” (#MyOwnHero). Proceeds from download of the song will go to support Kids Beating Cancer’s mission and programs to provide resources and support for children with cancer and related life threatening diseases. A premiere for the music video will be held at the Enzian Theater in Maitland on Sept. 4 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The first annual Winter Park High School Spirit Night will be held Thursday, Sept. 4, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Gator’s Dockside in Baldwin Park. Sponsored by the WPHS Foundation, Gator’s Dockside will give a portion of proceeds to the WPHS Foundation. A Jeremiah’s food truck will also be on the premises and donating a portion of the proceeds to WPHS Foundation.

If you have a latté beans to grind or you simply want to espresso your thoughts, CoffeeTalk may be the cup for you. The popular Coffee Talk series gives the community an opportunity to sit down and talk with the Winter Park mayor, city manager and city commissioners for free over a cup of coffee provided by Palmano’s Cafe, Coffee & Wine Bar. CoffeeTalk provides a more informal setting to share ideas, concerns and thoughts with members of the City Commission. CoffeeTalk with Commissioner Sarah Sprinkel will be Thursday, Sept. 4, from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Winter Park Welcome Center. Call 407-599-3428 for more information.


The Art & History Museums – Maitland proudly presents Ladies’ Art Lounge, a program that focuses on friendships and creativity, with a lot of fun thrown in the mix. Ladies’ Art Lounge is designed for women who want an evening out with friends where they can talk, have a glass of wine, and learn something new in a casual and fun atmosphere. The program is held on the first Friday of every month (next event Sept. 5) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The night’s theme is Urban Plaster with Marla E, where participants can learn painting techniques using urban plaster as a substrate. Bring a photo to work from; a vacation shot, a family pet, a favorite piece of art you wish to recreate, or even a selfie! Register at

September’s First Friday Festival will be 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5, along New Broad Street. First Friday is a monthly event where patrons can shop, stroll and sip their way through Baldwin Park's Village Center. With live music, free samples, food and drink specials (plus much more), there's something for everyone at First Fridays! The festival also features local artists, many Central Florida based small businesses, and non-profit organizations with products and services ranging from health and fitness to beauty and fashion, as well as community service opportunities. This free monthly event is open to the public and is both family and pet friendly. For more information on the First Friday series, please visit

Enjoy an outdoor movie showing of “Stuck in Love” (rated R) in beautiful Leu Gardens on Sept. 5. Blanket/chairs are recommended. You may bring a dinner picnic basket. Alcohol is permitted. Garden Admission is $6 adult and $3 child; Leu Members receive free admission. The gardens open at 6 p.m. and the movie starts at 8 p.m. Leu Gardens closes at the end of the movie. Curbie's Sidewalk Cafe will be selling great food and Peak Season Pops will be selling delicious popsicles and popcorn.


Contemporary dance company Dawn Branch Works presents Variations, a benefit concert featuring special guests and a special sneak peek of new contemporary works. Proceeds from this event will provide startup costs for this up-and-coming professional company in residency at The Center for Contemporary Dance located at 3580 Aloma Avenue, #7, in Winter Park. A silent auction and wine reception are included in the concert admission. Shows are at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7. Tickets are $20 in advance, and $24 at the door. Call 407 695-8366 or visit


The Orlando Area Historical Rose Society will meet on Sunday, Sept. 7, at Harry P. Leu Gardens; 1920 North Forest Ave. Doors open at 2 p.m., and the program starts at 2:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free guest speakers this month will be Colette and Jerry Cadwell who will give a Power Point presentation about rose gardens in California. For more information call OAHRS at 407-497-1639 or Leu Gardens at 407-246-2020.


The Polasek Museum is pleased to present a joint exhibition by botanical artists Carolyn Cohen and Redenta Soprano. Early scientific illustrators strove to realistically document plant species. Drawing from this tradition and a lifetime of field observation, Cohen and Soprano’s art is based upon those principles, each with a singularly contemporary approach. From the works of both artists in this exhibit, you too will observe your surroundings with new eyes and begin to see patterns and symmetries emerging from the seemingly chaotic natural world. Programming will include lectures and workshops taught by the artists. For more information on this exhibit, which runs Sept. 2 through Nov. 23, please email at [email protected].

Learn self-defense forms and get healthy at Tae Kwon Do classes at the Maitland Civic Center. Sessions run from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays under the instruction of world champion Grand Master Harms. Cost is $60 per month. For more information, call 407-461-5932 or email [email protected]

Come out to the Crosby YMCA in Winter Park every Thursday at 6 p.m. for exercise and advice at its Walk with a Doc program. Residents can get their health questions answered by Florida Hospital physicians and take a 30-minute walk to receive a prize. Contact the Crosby YMCA at 407-644-3606 or visit for more information.

Best Paw Forward offers small group classes for dog obedience and behavior problem solving. The classes will be held at the Maitland Civic Center from 7 to 9 p.m. every Monday. There are classes for pups 8-18 weeks old, a basic manners program for older pups and adult dogs, and intermediate and advanced obedience classes. Email [email protected] or call 407-321-1006 for more information.

Join dance instructor Michael Barbieri at his Salsa Heat Dance Studio to learn salsa dancing. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Maitland Civic Center. Cost is $10 per class, $79 for 10 classes, and $159 for 25 classes. Visit or call 407-275-0943 for more information.