N-S: 1. L. and T. Saulino 2. M. Guthrie – B. Shelton 3. J. and R. Jett 4. Y. Peabody – M. Voorhees 5. S. Kmiec – M. Ryan; E-W: 1. B. and R. Blair 2. S. and B. Binkley 3. S. Horovitz – R. Austen 4. J. Thompson – L. Madison 5. S. Jordan – E. Quinn.
+ American Legion, Hugh T. Gregory Post 63
The American Legion, Hugh T. Gregory Post 63, in conjunction with Florida’s Blood Centers, will conduct a blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at the post, 271 W. Plant St., Winter Garden.
Each pint of blood donated is equivalent to three lives saved. All successful donors will receive free movie ticket vouchers. The post will be open with sodas, coffee, tea, water, fruits and pastries available for participants.
To benefit local and national charities, dry chemical fire extinguishers and three--by-five-foot American flags are being sold for $15 each.
The Rotary Club of Winter Garden recently welcomed Outside Sales Executive JonWhite, of Quest Inc., as the guest speaker for its weekly lunch meeting.
Quest is a non-profit organization that helps Central Florida residents with disabilities achieve common daily activities, such as going to school, having a job, living on their own and experiencing summer camp.
The Rotary Club of Winter Garden meets at noon every Tuesday at Tanner Hall, 29 W. Garden Ave., Winter Garden. For more information, visit rotaryclubofwintergarden.org.
+ Windermere Garden Club
The Windermere Garden Club is sponsoring a flower arranging workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at Town Hall, 520 Main St., Windermere.
Flowers, greens, containers and floral supplies will all be provided. Participants should bring their own clippers. No prior experience is needed. The public is welcome to attend.
The cost is $18 per person and space is limited. For more information or to make a reservation, call (407) 909-1461.
+ Windermere Union Church
The Windermere Union Church, United Church of Christ, will hold its annual celebration of Black History Month at 10 a.m. every Sunday in February at the church, 10710 Park Ridge-Gotha Road, Windermere.
During these services, sermons by the Rev. Barton Buchanan will contain black history and accomplishments. Music, under the direction of KevinHarris, will include African-American classic spiritual hymns and gospel music. Several well-known African-American artists from the area will perform, along with the church praise team. All members of the community are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served following the service.
Robinswood Garden Club President Wilma Lentz welcomed members to the club’s recent meeting, hosted by DorisTindall.
At the meeting, CarolynKennedy shared the Moment of Thought, with a reminder to “stop and smell the flowers along the way.”
CookieCoykendall delivered a horticulture report on Mexican petunia, a hardy plant that produces bluish-purple or pink blossoms.
In addition, SaraNicholson presented a program on bonsai, a technique of cultivation that has been refined over many centuries. Bonsai originated in China and then spread to Japan in the sixth century. Until the 1960s, few bonsai enthusiasts could be found in the United States.
Under the direction of DeeStack, Robinswood Garden Club members are working to collect magazines for donation to a nursing home.
The next meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the Pine Hills Community Center, 6408 Jennings Road, Orlando. BetsyTalpalar will present a program on butterflies. Visitors are welcome.
+ W.O. Chamber of Commerce
The West Orange Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Big Orange Awards from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, 4401 Floridian Way, Lake Buena Vista.
The event, presented by Walt Disney World Resorts, with premier sponsor Orlando Health and participating sponsors CenturyLink and Duke Energy, is the chamber’s way of honoring the people and businesses that have facilitated opportunity and contributed to the betterment of the West Orange business community.
Along with an abundance of relationship building opportunities, guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner, appetizers, drinks, complimentary valet parking and a silent auction. The night will conclude with the announcement of the 2014 Business Member(s) of the Year. The finalists are Boost Marketing LLC, Clear Channel Outdoor, The Digital CPA, The Whiddon Group and the West Orange Times & Observer.
The event also will celebrate award-winners Betsy VanderLey, Chairman’s Award; Windermere Mayor GaryBruhn, Sam Hovsepian Award; JimDensmore, Ambassador of the Year; Dr. BarbaraJenkins, Mary Vandeventer ‘The Spirit of West Orange’ Award; DickBatchelor, George Bailey Award; Matthew’s Hope Ministries, Bert Roper Award; RandyJune, Danniel J. Petro ‘The Bright Future of West Orange’ Award; and Jim Densmore, Lifetime Director.
Event tickets are $66 per person for chamber members and $76 for non-members.
The West Orange Women will hold its next meeting and luncheon Thursday, Jan. 15, at Ming Court, 9188 International Drive, Orlando.
The general meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. The group will then hear from speaker AdrienneKatz as she presents her topic, “Women in History.” The cost is $25 per person.
For reservations and more information, contact DotAnsel at (407) 258-8155 or [email protected].
+ W.O. Seniors
The West Orange Seniors will take a Biloxi Casino Tour Tuesday, Feb. 3, through Friday, Feb. 6. The group will depart at 7 a.m. from the Tom Ison Seniors and Veterans Center, 1701 Adair St., Ocoee. The cost is $199 per person.
Bingo is held from 3 to 6:30 p.m. every Sunday and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. every Monday, at the center.
Free arthritis chair exercises, sponsored by Health Central Hospital, take place at 8 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.
Every Tuesday, line-dancing classes are available at 10 a.m., with a minimum $2 donation, and free belly-dancing exercises are offered at 1 p.m.
The seniors play cards from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. They also enjoy dominoes, walking, social activities, coffee and more beginning at 9 a.m. each Wednesday at the center.
Crafts take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays, and chorus practice takes place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays.