The Art & History Museums – Maitland offers Ladies’ Art Lounge on the first Friday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. On Sept. 4, come out for Chinese Brush Painting with Teresa Chin. Learn how to use Chinese brushes and ink to create beautiful paintings on rice paper. Admission is $20 for A&H members and $25 for non-members. A cash wine bar is available. Outside alcohol is not permitted. Pre-registration is required. Register at artandhistory.org
The Woman’s Club of Winter Park will hold its Rummage Sale with all funds to be used for charitable giving. Donations for the sale will be accepted Aug. 31 through Sept. 4, between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The sale will take place on Sept. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Woman’s Club of Winter Park. Call 407-644-2237 for more information.
Maitland Community Park will offer a free class, Fall Colors with Annuals and Perennials on Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the community meeting room. Jennifer Pelham of the Orange County Extension Office hosts the class. Register by calling the park office at 407-539-0042. Visit itsmymaitland.com for more information.
Join Dress for Success of Greater Orlando on Sept. 9 for its open house. The group welcomes all existing referral partners and any community service agency to tour the facility and learn how they can help you enhance the lives of the women they serve. Stop by the Dress for Success of Greater Orlando Boutique, located at 901 Webster Ave. #43 in Winter Park, between noon and 7 p.m. to see the boutique, enjoy refreshments, meet the staff and learn more about their services. Admission is free. Visit dressforsuccess.org/orlando
Watch a movie under the stars in Winter Park’s Central Park as Popcorn Flicks continues with a screening of “Strangers on a Train” at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10. This film series features classic films for the whole family. You are encouraged to bring a blanket, a picnic or snacks, and some family and friends and join in! Free popcorn is available for everyone. For more information, call 407-629-0054.
Winter Park Sip, Shop & Stroll event returns to Park Avenue on Sept. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. This evening on the town features wine, hors d’oeuvres and a preview of the latest fashions, gift ideas and seasonal menu items at 30 local merchants. Visit winterpark.org for tickets.
The Winter Park Playhouse will be showing the off-Broadway hit, “The Marvelous Wonderettes” from Sept. 11 to Oct. 10. Featuring popular songs from the 1950s and ’60s, this musical comedy, created by Roger Bean, is set at Springfield High’s Senior Prom in 1958, where you meet four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts. Take a musical trip down memory lane with hits such as “Lollipop,” “It’s My Party,” “Dream Lover,” “You Don’t Own Me” and many more! The preview performance is Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Thursday and Saturday matinees are at 2 p.m. and select Wednesday, Friday and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Visit winterparkplayhouse.org to purchase tickets.
On Sept. 15, the University of Central Florida’s College of Graduate Studies will host its annual Grad Fair from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Pegasus Ballroom at the Student Union. The fair will offer information on UCF’s nearly 200 graduate programs, including master’s, doctoral, and specialist, and certificate programs. More than 1,200 people attended the fair last year, and there are nearly 8,000 graduate students currently enrolled at UCF. The fair is free and attendees can dress casually. Parking is available in any university lot or garage for $5. For more information, visit graduate.ucf.edu/GradFair or email [email protected]
Rollins Winter Park Institute, a center for intellectual engagement that brings world-renowned speakers to Central Florida, recently announced its first speaker for the 2015-16 academic year, 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee. Gbowee, founder and current president of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, will address “Leading Change Through Activism: The Liberian Women’s Experience” on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the Alfond Sports Center. All Rollins Winter Park Institute events are free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Parking is available in the SunTrust parking garage at 166 E. Lyman Ave. For more information, visit winterparkinstitute.org, call 407-691-1995 or email [email protected].
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and the National Center for Simulation will host the Florida Simulation Summit on Wednesday, Sept. 16, in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center. The Summit will highlight the state’s multi-billion dollar simulation industry and help identify opportunities for businesses to commercialize simulation! The Summit is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets, call 407-384-6111.
A free self-defense class hosted by the city of Maitland Leisure Services Department in conjunction with the Maitland Police Department will be offered at Maitland Community Park on Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. The class is for women only, ages 18 and up. Class size is limited to the first 12 who sign up. Call 407-539-0042 for more information and to register.
The Winter Park Garden Club and the League of Women Voters of Orange County are co-sponsoring a moderated discussion about the pros and cons of fracking in Florida at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Winter Park Garden Club, located at 1300 S. Denning Drive. Chuck O’Neil, first vice president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, will moderate a discussion between David Mica, executive director of the Florida Petroleum Council, and Jennifer Hecker, director of Natural Resource Policy of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 407-644-5770 or visit winterparkgardenclub.com
The Central Florida Anthropological Society will host a lecture by Dr. Ashley Kistler on “The Aj Pop B’atz Project: Maya Resurgence and Historical Identity in the Guatemalan Highlands.” The event will take place at Winter Park Towers, located at 1111 Lakemont Ave. on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Contact Kevin Gidsusko at 321-948-3994, or email [email protected] for more information.
Livingston Taylor, brother of James Taylor, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, in the historic sanctuary of First Congregational Church of Winter Park, located at 225 S. Interlachen Ave. Livingston will perform some of James Taylor’s music as well as popular songs he has written himself. The event will open with folk singer Shawn Garvey, who serves as the senior minister at First Congregational Church of Winter Park. You’re invited to come out and join in for this an amazing night of music in this historic church. Tickets are available for $35 at the door or in advance online. For more information, call 407-647-2416.
Community Based Care of Central Florida will host its fourth annual Dance, Dream & Inspire ballroom dance and fundraising competition to benefit local children in foster care. The dance will take place Sept. 19 at Hard Rock Live. VIP pre-party starts at 6:30 p.m. with the main event starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $26.45 for the show and $125 for VIP access. Purchase tickets at DanceDreamInspire.com. Contact Debbie Leon at 321-441-2322 for more information.
The Winter Park Sunday Running Group has been a source of pleasant running experiences and friendships for hundreds of runners over 40 years. Join them every Sunday at 7 a.m. starting along Park Avenue at Welbourne Avenue. They encourage and welcome runners of all ages and speeds to join them on the course, which offers exceptional scenery throughout Winter Park. The most popular distances range from 5 to 10 miles, but the course easily accommodates shorter loops of 3 or 4 miles. Visit orlandorunnersclub.org
Make a difference by donating to a food pantry near you during September, also known as Hunger Action Month! There are over 600,000 people who struggle with hunger in Central Florida. All through the month of September, Catholic Charities of Central Florida is raising awareness about what you can do to help! Visit cflcc.org/alleviate-hunger for Catholic Charities of Central Florida pantry locations and a list of most needed food items.