Enjoy an evening of pizza, live music and drinks on Pizza Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 24, at Venue on the Lake, located at 641 S. Maitland Ave. in Maitland. Pizza will be provided by Shadrach's Fiery Furnace Traveling Pizza Company. The night’s entertainment will feature a performance by the band Cover Girlz presented by Performing Arts of Maitland. For more information, call 407-647-2111 or visit VenueOnTheLake.com
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.
One Senior Place will be hosting a free Living Healthy six-week program every Friday from July 1 to Aug. 5 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at their location at 715 Douglas Ave. in Altamonte Springs. The program helps individuals with chronic conditions learn how to manage and improve their own health, while reducing health-care costs. Workshops will focuses on problems that are common to individuals dealing with any chronic condition, such as pain management, nutrition, exercise, medication use, emotions, and communicating with doctors. Sign-up today to be a part of this six-week Living Healthy workshop! You must register by June 27. For more information, call 407-514-1806 or email [email protected]
Grab your friends, neighbors, kids and dogs and come celebrate at the Baldwin Park Independence Day Bash on July 3. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., there will be a festival in the Village Center and the night will end with a spectacular choreographed fireworks show over Lake Baldwin. The Village Center will come alive with nearly 100 participants and sponsors of all kinds offering shopping, a showcase of artisans and craftsman with works for sale, food trucks, a beer garden, face painting, balloon art, interactive activities and more. The event will feature a main stage near the lake featuring DJ BradmasterJ and live music from Baldwin Park's very own Room2 band. For more information about the event or how to become a sponsor or vendor, go to BaldwinParkEvents.com
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.
Join the Goldenrod Historical Society as they host “Picnic with the Veterans” at 11:30 a.m. at the Goldenrod Station & Museum. For more information, visit goldenrodhistoricalsociety.com or email [email protected]
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 N. Park Ave. This rummage sale is like attending hundreds of garage sales or yard sales under one roof. The event is rain or shine, and hosted in a dry, cool and shaded area in air conditioning. All proceeds benefit the church’s brothers and sisters in Haiti.
Get your walking shoes ready and come join the Mid-Florida Milers Walking Club in Maitland on Saturday, July 16. The walk will start at Maitland Community Park, located at 1400 Mayo Road. Register and start the walk any time between 8:30 and 10 a.m. Participants may choose either a 3-mile or 6-mile trail, and should plan so they can finish by 1 p.m. The walk route goes through Maitland’s residential areas, is shaded, and includes views of scenic lakes. Please bring water. The trails are suitable for strollers, but there might be some difficulty for wheelchairs. Pets are permitted and the walk is free for non-credit walkers; those maintaining record books will pay $3. Participants are welcome to sign up beforehand for a post-walk picnic lunch (small fee required). The walk is sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association and is open to the public. Walkers are given a guide with detailed written instructions and are welcome to walk with a group, a companion, or by themselves. For more information, visit midfloridamilers.org, email [email protected] or call 407-920-3174.
Join the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce as its proudly brings the business community and candidates running for elected office together for an evening of grassroots politics at the 2016 Winter Park Political Mingle and Straw Poll presented by Charter Spectrum. This event will take place on Tuesday, July 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. and will be located at the Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center. Individual tickets will be $25 and a package of 10 tickets can be purchased for $225. The evening will be filled with casual conversations with candidates, mingling with fellow business and community leaders, live entertainment from Central Florida Community Arts, and food and drinks. The highlight of the event is always the straw poll results. Operated by the Orange County Supervisor of Elections office, the informal poll takes the political pulse of attendees on a variety of ballot issues and races that directly affect the Winter Park community.
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.