Get your fresh seasonal produce at the mobile farmers market Thursday, July 2, at Shady Park at Hannibal Square! Market to Park is open on the first Thursday of each month from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. during the evening commute, so working families can easily access fresh vegetables on their way home from work and immediately serve a fresh and healthy dinner. The Market to Park program was started with a grant from Healthy Central Florida with the intent to increase access to fresh vegetables in our community. For more information, call 407-599-3334.
The 2015 Baldwin Park Independence Day Bash will be held on Friday, July 3, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Village Center. The event will begin with a festival that will include an art stroll, interactive children's activities, music, food, and end with a lively fireworks show over Lake Baldwin coordinated with both patriotic and modern music. Open to the public, the Bash last year drew about 15,000 people to the Village Center of Baldwin Park from both within and outside of the community. The event is currently seeking financial sponsors, community partners, and vendors of all kinds to help us make this event a smashing success! Visit baldwinparkevents.com for more information about the event or to download sponsor/vendor opportunities or contact [email protected] for more details.
It’s that time of year again! Red Hot & Boom is back to celebrate Independence Day at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs. This family-friendly event is presented by the city of Altamonte Springs and XL 106.7, and has the reputation for having the best fireworks show in Central Florida. Come rain or shine to rock out to sizzling musical performances and see impressive fireworks. Live entertainment includes performances by Priory, Ryn Weaver, Rachel Platten, Vance Joy, Andy Grammer and Shaggy. Whether you come for fireworks, music, food or fun, the 20th anniversary is sure to light up your night! Red Hot & Boom is Friday, July 3, from 4 to 11 p.m. Visit UptownAltamonte.com or call 407-571-8180 for details.
Celebrate Independence Day at the Hunter Vision Watermelon 5K, hosted by the Track Shack Foundation. The 5K is Saturday, July 4, at 7 a.m. on Park Avenue. Enjoy fun activities including a family run/walk 5K, a free kids run, and a watermelon-eating contest! Registration discounts are available for youth, seniors and military personnel. To register, visit trackshack.com or call 407-896-1160.
The city of Winter Park will present its 20th anniversary Olde Fashioned 4th of July Celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Central Park! Wear your red, white and blue, bring a blanket or beach chair, and gather with family and friends to enjoy this Winter Park tradition. The annual celebration will feature live patriotic music performed by the Bach Festival Brass Band and the Bach Festival Choir, Orlando Cloggers, Rockin’ Roadster Road Show, Clydesdale horse-drawn wagon rides, and much more! Children’s activities will include the annual bicycle parade at 9 a.m. from City Hall to Central Park, and fun games and inflatables. Families and friends are also invited to stroll along Park Avenue and Hannibal Square to shop and dine at the wide selection of boutiques and eateries. Free hot dogs, watermelon and water will be available while supplies last. Chips, snacks and sodas will be available for purchase. The city will be providing a free bike valet service as an incentive for alternative modes of transportation in the beautiful downtown area. The bike valet is available from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. behind the main stage in Central Park near Garfield Avenue. In addition, The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art will present their Independence Day Open House. The museum, which is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of work by American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany, will provide free admission to its galleries from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 407-599-3463.
In conjunction with the city of Winter Park’s 20th annual Olde Fashioned 4th of July Celebration, The Winter Park History Museum, located at 200 W. New England Ave., will be open and providing free admission from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please stop by to see the current exhibition, “Whistle in the Distance: The Trains of Winter Park.” Complimentary old-fashioned lemonade will be served to all visitors. For more information, call 407-647-2330.
Popcorn Flicks returns to Central Park for a showing of “Muscle Beach Party” on Thursday, July 9, at 8 p.m. The event is presented by Winter Park CRA and produced by Enzian Theater. This film series features classic films for the whole family. Bring a blanket, picnic snacks, and your family and friends! Free popcorn is available for everyone. For more information, call 407-629-0054.
Get ready to spend at the Park Avenue Sidewalk Sale! Save 50- to 75- percent off select merchandise while strolling the Avenue on Thursday, July 9, through Sunday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Don’t miss this shopping opportunity! For more information, call 407-644-8281.
Join Joshua Vickery, the founder and executive director of one of Orlando’s largest arts non-profits, Central Florida Community Arts, for Good Morning Winter Park’s breakfast gathering at the Winter Park Welcome Center! Come out Friday, July 10, at 7:45 a.m. to learn how CFCArts uses their mission to bring the arts to the Central Florida community and beyond. Also, enjoy a special performance by CFCArts’ professional vocal ensemble, Legacy! Visit winterpark.org for more information.
Thinking about buying a home but not sure where to start? The Winter Park Community Center is hosting a homebuyer’s education workshop for first time buyers and veterans on Saturday, July 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn about veteran housing eligibility, consumer credit counseling services, down payment assistant requirements and more. For details, call 407-643-9111.
The Winter Park Playhouse features veteran actress and vocal artist Kate O’Neal in the popular Spotlight Cabaret Series on Wednesday, July 15, and Thursday, July 16. O’Neal will premiere her new cabaret, which will feature all genres of music – musical theater, standards, opera, pop and country – including all of the songs she has loved performing and some she has always longed to sing. Kate will be accompanied by the Playhouse Musical Director Christopher Leavy. General admission tickets are $20 plus a one drink minimum. Once sold out, a limited number of “standing room only” tickets are available for $10. Seating is limited, so advance reservations are strongly recommended. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. cabaret. For more information, call 407-645-0145.
Dive into a great movie all while splashing around in the pool! The Winter Park Community Center will be hosting a Dive in Movie night featuring “Finding Nemo” on Saturday, July 17, at 7:30 p.m. A special deal of 50 percent off regular price admission will be offered for non-residents. Call 407-599-3275 for more information.
Families are invited to learn how museums build their collections in two free programs for elementary-school-aged children at the Morse Museum in Winter Park from Tuesday, June 30, through Friday, July 31. Home to the world’s largest collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, the Museum will offer child-friendly tours on Tuesdays and a film series on Fridays. On Tuesday’s tours – June 30, July 7, 14, 21, and 28 – the program includes “supplies needed for an art project inspired by collecting.” Fridays will include a short film, gallery tour, and art activity inspired by collecting on July 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31. Call 407-645-5311, ext. 136, to reserve a place for you and your child.