Popcorn Flicks in Central Park

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Watch a free outdoor screening of “Muscle Beach Party” at this month’s Popcorn Flick in the Park, starting at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, in Winter Park’s Central Park. Bring a blanket, picnic, snacks, friends or the whole family. There’s free popcorn available for everyone. For more information about Popcorn Flicks in the Park, visit


The 21st annual Mascot Games features mascots from sports teams across the country competing in a variety of games. Fans of all ages will enjoy thrilling and pulse-pounding competition as mascots from MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL and NCAA battle through gladiator-themed games to determine the true champions of the mascot world. The two-day event starts at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, July 25, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, at the Amway Center. Participating mascots include Stuff from the Orlando Magic, Albert and Alberta from the University of Florida, Burnie from the Miami Heat and fan favorite Lil Red from the University of Nebraska. All proceeds from the Mascot Games benefit New Hope for Kids, which provides support to children and families grieving the death of a loved one, and grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Central Florida. For more information, visit

The first annual Karaoke for the Kritters will be held Monday, July 25, at 7 p.m. at Vespr Craft Coffee & Allures on Alafaya Trail. It will be a fun night of karaoke to benefit Franklin's Friends, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote animal welfare and support animal charities in Central Florida. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. To buy tickets visit For more information, please contact Monisha Seth at 260-693-PETS or [email protected]


Learn how to reap your own harvest at “Using Food from the Garden: Storage and Preservation” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, in the Winter Park Community Center. This event is part of Winter Park’s free Sustainability Program Workshop Series. Spots must be reserved. For more information, please call 407-599-3364 or email [email protected]

Bring the whole family and watch “James and the Giant Peach” at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, at the Enzian Theater. This film is part of the KidFest Summer Film Series, which plays for free on weekdays and $5 on weekends. For more information, visit


Join the Orlando JCC for Summer Sundays: Israel Rocks from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

on Sunday, July 27, at the Maitland campus. Lunch, music, and themed swim games will be provided for family and friends. RSVPs requested by Wednesday each week. For more information, visit


Maitland's Summer Youth Tennis Camp is now in full swing at Maitland Community Park and runs Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon now until Aug. 14. Head teaching pro Donnie McGinnis will teach the camp, with levels available for beginner and intermediate players. Bring a racquet, water, a towel and sun block. The cost is $110 for Maitland residents and $120 for non-residents. Registration is available at Maitland Community Park, or by calling 407-539-0042.

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]

The REP (Orlando Repertory Theatre) Youth Academy will be offering more than 80 summer camps from now through Aug. 15. The camps will be held at three locations, including the theater's three-stage facility in Orlando's Loch Haven Park, as well as Celebration K-8 School in downtown Celebration and the University of Central Florida in east Orlando. The camps and productions are designed to foster self-confidence, creative thinking and problem-solving skills through the medium of the performing arts. For a full listing of the camps, visit

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.

In partnership with the Orlando Chapter of USA Dance, the Alzheimer's Association Central and North Florida Chapter is bringing a free ballroom dance program to the community. "Ballroom for the Brain" runs from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays through July 26 at the Crosby YMCA in Winter Park. Trained dance instructors from USA Dance will teach swing, rumba, merengue and the waltz to early- and middle- stage individuals and their care partners. RSVP is required. For more information or to register, call 1-800-272-3900.

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.

Explore the rich and multicultural history behind the art of puppetry at the collaborative exhibition by The Polasek Museum and MicheLee Puppets. The exhibit runs through Aug. 24 at the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens. Call 407-647-6294 for times and visit 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.


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