Come out to The Grove at Mead Botanical Garden for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for boardwalk construction and wetlands restoration on Thursday, June 16 at 10 a.m. located at 1500 S. Denning Drive in Winter Park. This event is free and open to the public. Mead Botanical Garden Board of Trustees and Winter Park Mayor Steve Leary will be leading the ceremony.
The Goldenrod Historical Society will host “Sundaes on Thursday” honoring fathers in heart at the Goldenrod Station & Museum, located at 4755 N. Palmetto Ave., on Thursday at 7 p.m. For more information, visit goldenrodhistoricalsociety.com or email [email protected]
A special summer reading film program, the Friday Film Series, will begin at the Maitland Public Library at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 17 with “Eat, Pray, Love.” Check the entire summer movie schedule at maitlandpl.org. The program is free, and popcorn and refreshments will be served.
Come out to the 10th annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Educational Symposium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 17, at the Community United Methodist Church, located in 4921 S. U.S. Highway 17-92 in Casselberry. The event will provide information on how to protect elders from crime. There will also be a vendor area staffed by numerous agencies that are on the front line of protecting elders from abuse, exploitation, fraud and identity theft. Everyone is invited to attend – local residents, elders, caregivers, business professionals, elder services professionals and the faith community. For more information, call 407-254-9277.
The 23rd annual Mascot Games, presented by Wawa to benefit New Hope for Kids, will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, at the Amway Center. The event will feature 26 mascots from top-tier professional and collegiate sports including the NBA, NFL, MLB, NCAA, MLS, NHL and Arena Football League competing in a variety of games in a thrilling show. New Hope for Kids’ mission is to support children and families grieving the death of a loved one and to grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Central Florida. General admission tickets start at $12. Tickets can be purchased at mascotgames.org, ticketmaster.com or at the Amway Center Box Office. For more information, call 407-331-3059, ext. 17.
The Winter Park AARP Chapter 1047 will hold a potluck/meeting at noon on Tuesday, June 21, at the Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center, located at 1050 W. Morse Blvd. Please bring a dish to share. For more information, call 407-671-8393.
The city of Maitland Community Redevelopment Agency, CRA, is continuing the process of updating the Downtown Master Plan. The CRA will be hosting a public meeting at the Maitland Civic Center, 641 S. Maitland Ave., on Wednesday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m. The purpose of the event is to review the consultants’ analysis of downtown and to solicit more feedback from the public on the emerging themes of the redevelopment of downtown Maitland. For more information, contact Charles Rudd, CRA manager, at 407-539-1255 or [email protected]
Come enjoy free popcorn and a movie at Popcorn Flicks in the Park featuring "Westworld" on Thursday, June 23 from 8 to 10 p.m. at Central Park in Winter Park. This film series featuring classic films is suitable for the whole family and is presented by Winter Park CRA and produced by Enzian Theater. Blankets, snacks, family and friends are all encouraged. For more information, call 407-629-0054.
The Winter Park Playhouse presents “Sinatra and Friends” featuring the Mark Raisch Trio, Friday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m. for a special one-night-only benefit performance. Known for his remarkable delivery of songs in the style of the original vocal artists, Mark Raisch and his trio will be performing all of the well-loved songs from Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond, Dean Martin and many entertainers of that bygone era. Tickets are $65 with net proceeds benefiting The Winter Park Playhouse, a non-profit organization. Call the Playhouse box office at 407-645-0145 or visit winterparkplayhouse.org
Learn about Florida ecosystems and why planting native plants can beautify landscapes and help our birds, butterflies, and bees by attending the “Native Florida Landscapes” class at the Maitland Public Library from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 25. Admission is free and no registration is required.
A class titled “Legal and Financial Matters” will explore common mistakes in Florida long-term care planning and have an open discussion on the importance of estate planning from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, at Winter Park Memorial Hospital, located at 200 N. Lakemont Ave. For more information, call 407-646-7000.
Come meet USA Today bestselling author Wendy Wax at the Writer’s Block Bookstore, located at 124 Welbourne Ave. in Winter Park, on Wednesday, June 29, at 6 p.m. Wax is known for transporting readers to beautiful seaside locations with her immersive, fun and descriptive stories. For more information, call 407-335-4192.
The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center at 1506 Lake Highland Drive in Orlando offers free caregiver support groups and seminars on how to care for Alzheimer’s patients. They will offer a workshop titled “How to Communicate when Logic Doesn’t Work” from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, July 1, at the Reeves United Methodist Church, located at 1100 N. Ferncreek Ave. in Orlando. For information on events, visit adrccares.org/adrc-events or call 407-843-1910.
The city of Winter Park will present the 21st Annual Olde Fashioned 4th of July Celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, July 4, in Winter Park’s 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. Children’s activities will include the annual bicycle parade at 9 a.m. from City Hall to Central Park, and fun games and inflatables. Free hotdogs, watermelon and water will be available while supplies last. Chips, snacks and sodas will be available for purchase. In addition, the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art will present its Independence Day Open House. The museum will provide free admission to its galleries from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 407-599-3463.
Start your Independence Day the right way with the Watermelon 5K starting along Park Avenue in Winter Park at 7 a.m. on Monday, July 4. Join friends, family and neighbors for a morning celebration featuring ice-cold watermelon and American pride. For more information, call 407-896-1160.
The St. Margaret Mary Annual Rummage Sale runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, and Friday, July 15, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, located at 560 North Park Ave. This rummage sale is like attending hundreds of garage sales or yard sales under one roof. Rain or shine…we are dry, cool and shaded in the air conditioning. All proceeds benefit our brothers and sisters in Haiti.
Enjoy a rejuvenating 45-minute walk with Florida Hospital physicians at the Crosby YMCA every Thursday at 6 p.m. “Walk with a Doc” is a free event. For more information, please call 407-644-2300.