As part of several events timed for September to support National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Central Florida-based charity Kids Beating Cancer called on national talents and an all-kid choir to produce a benefit song, called “My Own Hero” (#MyOwnHero). Proceeds from download of the song 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 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The first annual Winter Park High School Spirit Night will be held Thursday, Sept. 4, from 5 p.m. 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 CoffeeTalk 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 a.m. 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 is 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 artandhistory.org
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, 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 baldwinparkevents.com
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 www.thecenterfordance.org
The Orlando Area Historical Rose Society will meet on Sunday, Sept. 7 at Harry P. Leu Gardens. Doors open at 2 p.m., and the program starts at 2:30 p.m. Guest speakers this month will be Colette and Jerry Cadwell who will give a presentation about rose gardens in California. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call OAHRS at 407-497-1639 or Leu Gardens at 407-246-2020.
Come out to enjoy this month’s Popcorn Flick in the Park, “Napoleon Dynamite,” starting at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Central Park Main Stage in Winter Park. Bring a blanket, a picnic, some family and friends, and enjoy free popcorn. For more information, call 407-629-0054.
An art reception for Chip Weston will be held at the University Club of Winter Park starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14. The event features live music from the Gazebros Band. For more information, call 407-629-2125.
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 through Nov. 23, please email at [email protected]