THURSDAY, AUG. 17
WINTER GARDEN BOOK CLUB
6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. Take part in a lively discussion about “The People of the Book” by Geraldine Brooks. Ages 18 and up. (407) 835-7323,
SATURDAY, AUG. 19
JCCF FAMILY FUN BOWL
1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Brunswick Wekiva Lanes, 2160 E. Semoran Blvd., Apopka. Teams are invited to participate and raise funds for the Jimmy Crabtree Cancer Fund, which helps families in need. Register at JCCancerFund.org.
TINY HOUSE: GARAGE
2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. Little explorers can learn, grow and play with hands-on activities inspired by using objects in the garage. Ages 2 to 4. (407) 835-7323.
MID-FLORIDA MILERS WALKING CLUB
9 to 9:30 a.m. registration at Urbain 40 Restaurant, Dellagio Plaza, 8000 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando. The guided walks start at 9:30 for the 10K and 10 a.m. for the 6K and go through the shady residential areas of Bay Hill. The club promotes recreational walking, and events are open to the public. Non-credit walkers can participate for free. A 27th-anniversary luncheon and club meeting will follow. For more about the lunch and meeting, call Mike Lanpher at (407) 695-9181.
BBQ 4 THE BLUE
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Bill Breeze Park, 125 N. Lakeshore Drive, Ocoee. Country radio station 103.1 The Wolf is hosting this free family-style picnic for Central Florida law-enforcement officers and first responders and their families. This non-profit event features food from local restaurants, music and fun. To donate or volunteer, visit 1031TheWolfOrlando.com.
MONDAY, AUG. 21
4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, at The Big Easy, 15502 Stoneybrook West Parkway, Winter Garden. Twenty percent of each check, including alcohol, will be donated to Ronnie and Stacie Bradshow as their son battles bone cancer. Live entertainment is planned. (407) 654-3279.
TUESDAY, AUG. 22
MEET THE ARTIST: AL AKI
7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Meet Al Aki, origami expert and Sifu Tai Chi instructor. He will discuss his origami, including a special origami mural created by students at the Community School of the Arts under his instruction. Aki uses origami and Tai Chi to help others achieve a path to meditation and well-being. His exhibit is on display through Sept. 30. Light refreshments will be served. (407) 835-7323.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 23
COFFEE WITH A COP
3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Kona Ice, 129 W. McKey St., Ocoee. The community can visit and have a conversation with an Ocoee police officer in casual environment. (407) 620-9721.
EXPLORING DNA WEBSITES
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. Explore three DNA testing company websites: Ancestry DNA, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andme. Find out what the differences are between the companies and how to navigate each company's website. Briefly explore Gedmatch.com for an overview of the tools it provides to help you analyze your DNA test results. (407) 835-7323.
THURSDAY, AUG. 24
6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, at the Woman’s Club of Ocoee, 4 N. Lakewood Drive. Join club members for food, fun, prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $10. Proceeds benefit the club’s projects. To reserve a seat, contact Teresa at (407) 579-7977 or [email protected].
6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. Join Anna-Marie Walsh of beautyandthebeets.com as she teaches you blogging basics. Attendees should have basic computer and internet skills. (407) 835-7323.
FRIDAY, AUG. 25
RESCHEDULED: 11TH ANNUAL ARTS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, in the Oakland Town Center, 221 N. Arrington St. Hosted by HapCo Music Foundation. Enjoy an evening of musical entertainment by Spayed Koolie, DaCapo Trio, NextGen Jazztet and A Cosmic Gathering Jam. Food trucks, exhibiting artists, local businesses and children’s activities by Luv ’N Motion. Bites for sale from Melts on Main Street. Free. (407) 656-1117.
8TH ANNUAL ORLANDO FALL HOME & GARDEN SHOW
Noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, at the Orange County Convention Center, West Hall E 1&2, 9400 Universal Blvd., Orlando. Exhibits featuring landscape and gardening experts, home-improvement contractors, the latest in products and services and related businesses. Cost is $9 for ages 17 and older, free for attendees under 16, $7 for seniors 65 and older and $7 with a military ID. Parking is $10. (407) 685-1061, occc.net.
SATURDAY, AUG. 26
GIRL SCOUTS RECRUITMENT FAIR
4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at Ascension Church, 4950 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando. Join the Dr. Win community for an afternoon of fun while learning about Girl Scouts. Contact Georgia MacKenzie at [email protected].
SISTERS OF SOUND
6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at East Ridge Middle School, 13201 Excalibur Road, Clermont. The Clermont Chapter of Harmony Inc. will present its annual show and auction with an “Around the World” theme. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students. Sistersofsound.org. The group rehearses at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Community Foundation of South Lake, 2150 Oakley Seaver Drive, Clermont.
THE OCTOPUS'S GARDEN
11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Windermere Library, 530 Main St. Welcome to the wonderful world of the octopus. Travel under the sea and learn how these amazing creatures use unique adaptations to survive. Ages 4 to 8. (407) 835-7323.
MONDAY, AUG. 28
CAREERSOURCE CENTRAL FLORIDA
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. Spend time with experts to explore the services they provide and get connected to employment opportunities using career counseling, skill development, workshops and more. (407) 835-7323.
TUESDAY, AUG. 29
CHARLOTTE AND FRIENDS
5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee.
Celebrate the classic children's novel “Charlotte’s Web,” with stories, games and activities. Be a part of the Zuckerman Farm family with Charlotte, Wilbur, Templeton and all their friends. Ages 6 to 12. (407) 835-7323.
6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. A smell can recall a memory, influence your mood and even affect academic performance. Learn about the power of smell and how smell triggers memories and make your own scented bath and beauty products. Script will include recipe for scented bath bombs using essential oils. Ages 18 and up. (407) 835-7323.
GIRL SCOUTS PARENT NIGHT
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (for grades kindergarten, first, fourth and fifth) and 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. (for grades second, third and sixth through 12th) Thursday, Sept. 7, at Ascension Church, 4950 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando. Join the Dr. Win community for an afternoon of fun while learning about Girl Scouts. Contact Georgia MacKenzie at [email protected].
Contact Amy Quesinberry at [email protected].