Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME, featuring artists who redefine the word “extreme” in everything they do, magnifying traditional elements of the circus and combining them with never-before-seen spectacles, original fast-paced performances and incredibly hilarious moments. The multi-year tour offers extreme thrills, exotic animals and extraordinary performers that add up to the ultimate family entertainment experience. Tickets available now for shows Jan. 12 to 16 in Orlando at the Amway Center. Children age 2 by the date of the show and older will require a ticket. The cost of tickets range from $18 to $85. For more information, visit amwaycenter.com
Popcorn Flicks in the Park continues with a free screening of “The Producers” in Winter Park’s Central Park from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12. Presented by Winter Park CRA and produced by Enzian Theater, this film series features classic films for the whole family. Bring a blanket, a picnic or snacks, and some family and friends and join us. Free popcorn is available for everyone! For more information, call 407-629-0054.
Asbury United Methodist Church will be hosting their annual rummage sale on Jan. 12 to 14 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 220 W. Horatio Ave in Maitland. For more information, email [email protected]
Not your typical exhibition opening, Culture Pop! connects guests with the artists and the art itself. In addition to being among the first to see new exhibitions, guests also enjoy live music, poetry readings, complimentary food and cash bar with fine wines, craft beer and more. Guests get a unique glimpse of the Art & History Museums – Maitland campus after nightfall. This month’s event on Jan. 13 runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Watch the campus come alive with countless activities including a preview the “Meditations, Mapping and Memories” exhibition. Visit artandhistory.org for more information.
Classical pianist and Julliard graduate, Fei-Fei Dong, will perform from 8 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13 at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, located at 1905 Kentucky Ave. She is a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition and a top finalist at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Fei-Fei has performed at Alice Tully Hall in recital as the winner of Juilliard’s 33rd annual William Petschek Recital Award and as a soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra under the baton of Jeffrey Kahane. For more information, call 407-636-9951.
The 40th Central Florida Scottish Highland Games brings food, drink, sport and music to Winter Springs on Jan. 14 and 15. See Celtic strongmen and women attempt to flip the caber, carry massive stones, toss chained iron overhead, all while serenaded by some of the finest bagpipers in the world. It’s all topped off by a massive party and concert Saturday night featuring the long-awaited return of Enter the Haggis, plus Albannach and Off Kilter. It’s all at Winter Springs’ Central Winds Park, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Visit flascot.com for more information and tickets.
Join the University Club of Winter Park from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 841 N. Park Ave. as accomplished Korean opera soprano Kelly Kim sings both opera arias and Broadway hits accompanied by pianist Holly Small. Her music will include Gounod’s “Ah! Je veux vivre” from “Romeo et Juliette,” Rodgers’ “If I Loved You” from “Carousel,” Donizetti’s “Regnava nel Silenzio” from “Lucia di Lammermoor,” Wright and Forrest’s “And This Is My Beloved” from “Kismet,” Webber’s “Think of Me” from “Phantom of the Opera,” Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro” from “Gianni Schicchi,” and Puccini’s “Quando Men Vo” from “La Boheme.” A $5 donation is encouraged. For more information, call 407-620-0975.
Get a healthy start to the New Year by participating in the fourth race of the Track Shack Running Series, the Park Ave. 5K at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, in Winter Park’s Central Park. Celebrate the enjoyment of living a fit and healthy lifestyle by participating in this race through beautiful Winter Park! Cost is $33 to $40. For more information, call 407-896-1160.
New Hope for Kids’ Center for Grieving Children is offering training to become a volunteer grief support group facilitator. The Center for Grieving Children in Maitland provides grief support for children and families who have experienced the death of a loved one. The program helps children, teens and young adults cope with their grief and loss through the sharing of stories and experiences, as well as art, music and recreation. A one-year commitment is requested for volunteers and a pre-interview and tour of the facility is required. The next 25-hour training program will be offered on Jan. 14 and 15. For more information, please visit newhopeforkids.org or contact Gloria Capozzi at [email protected] or by calling 407-331-3059, ext. 15.
The Crealdé School of Art campus comes alive after dark for the sixth annual Night of Fire on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 600 Saint Andrews Blvd. Visit the opening of the Director’s Choice VI exhibition, tour the campus, and enjoy art workshops and demonstrations, including welding, kiln and raku firing, and painting and drawing. After sunset, watch a spectacular light painting photography display over Lake Sterling. There will be hands-on youth workshops from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Live music and workshops for adults will run until 8 p.m. Food from the grill is provided by Millers Hardware of Winter Park and microbrews served from The Hourglass Brewery in Longwood. Admission is free, but there’s a suggested donation of $5 per adult. For more information, call 407-671-1886.
“J Lunch: The Future of The Roth Family JCC” runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando, located at 851 N. Maitland Ave. in Maitland. Join an interactive discussion and hear from new CEO Keith Dvorchik about his hopes, dreams and goals for The Roth Family JCC. This is a great opportunity to both hear from him, as well as provide feedback on the things you love about the JCC and what you’d like to see added. Cost is $25 per person ($20 for JCC members) by Jan. 13. Cost is $30 per person ($25 for JCC members) after Jan. 13 or at the door. For more information, contact Marni Chepenik at 407-621-4056, [email protected] or by visiting orlandojcc.org
Bill Metzger is the head gardener for Matthew’s Hope Ministries, a faith-based outreach ministry serving the needs of the homeless in west Orange County. He will describe how the ministry utilizes horticultural therapy, a time-proven practice, to provide sustenance and hope for its clients at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Winter Park Garden Club, located at 1300 S. Denning Drive in Winter Park. The clients can work on the farm for rewards and housing. The farm has also been selling its produce at local markets and restaurants for income. For more information, call 407-644-5770.
American Association of Individual Investors, Central Florida Chapter, will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave. (at Webster Avenue) in Winter Park. Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m. and the speaker begins at 7 p.m. Pre-registered price is $5 for AAII members or $10 at the door for everyone. For more information, visit aaii.com or call 407-644-1607.
Newcomers of Central Florida Inc. will celebrate the new year with a Jan. 19 luncheon featuring Rev. Shawn Garvey, a John Denver tribute artist who is also a senior minister at the First Congregational Church of Winter Park. A talented guitarist and vocalist, Rev. Garvey entertains audiences with his inspiring renditions of classic John Denver songs. Active in musical theater, choir and band for more than 30 years, Rev. Garvey has also recorded three albums and performed with such legendary entertainers as Livingston Taylor and Steve Weisberg, John Denver's lead guitarist. The Newcomers' luncheon program will be held at Heathrow Country Club, located at 1200 Bridgewater Drive in Heathrow. Tickets are priced at $25. Advance reservations are required. No walk-ins are allowed. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Members, prospective members and guests are welcome. For more information, contact Brenda Jones at 407-366-7751, email [email protected], or visit newcomerscfl.org
If you’re fascinated by jazz, flappers and the ever-captivating love triangle, you might want to check out Beatriz Williams’ newest novel “Wicked City.” The New York Times bestselling author will be promoting her book from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at the First Congregational Church, located at 225 S. Interlachen Ave. Hosted by the Writer’s Block Bookstore, the event is free to the public. For more information, email [email protected]
The Winter Park Playhouse will treat audiences to a fun-loving musical comedy set in the 1960s with “Why Do Fools Fall In Love?” from Jan. 20 through Feb. 18. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. and select Wednesday, Friday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Specially-priced performances include "Third Thursday" on Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. (matinee price for an evening performance) and previews on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m.
Step into an impromptu bachelorette party where best friends dive into the age-old questions about love, marriage, and the dating game. For tickets and more information call the box office 407-645- 0145 or visit winterparkplayhouse.org
Listen to 40 young, classically training singers compete to get the opportunity to sing at the Metropolitan Opera in New York on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions/Vocal Competition, Florida District. This free event welcomes donations, and will be held at Trinity Preparatory School’s Auditorium, 5700 Trinity Prep Lane, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional details, call 407-922-4688 or email [email protected]
One of the country’s top birders is coming to town, and fans of the 2011 film “The Big Year” will not be disappointed. Greg Miller, who was one of the three birders in the movie and was played by Jack Black, will retell his experience about the film as part of the Birdapalooza Birding Festival. The event will start at 4:30 p.m. with a meet and greet followed by a dinner at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the University of Florida Mid-Florida Research and Education Center located at 2725 S. Binion Road. Tickets cost $25 and serve as a donation to Orange Audubon Society’s nature education fund. Those interested must register by Friday, Jan. 17, on the Birding Festival website found on orangeaudubonfl.org or by check. For more information, call 407-637-2525.
Our world today is divided, bifurcated between the zero-sum binaries of win/lose, good and evil, either/or, profane and holy. Franciscan activist Richard Rohr invites us to see beyond these social entrapments toward the beauty of paradox, a hopeful horizon of unitive consciousness where everything belongs, at the Gladdening Light Symposium 2017. He will be joined by Haitian surrealist painter Frantz Zephirin. It will begin with an opening reception Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. and will run through Jan. 29. All events will occur within close proximity to downtown Winter Park and Rollins College. The cost is $330 for the entire weekend, although some lectures are priced separately. The Ó Súil-leabháin brothers will give a free performance Saturday at 8 p.m. in Tiedtke Concert Hall on the Rollins College campus. For a complete schedule of events and registration details, call 407-647-3963 or visit gladdeninglight.org
Come out to “Side by Side: a celebration to pause and honor the gifts of our community” presented by First Congregational Church of Winter Park and Rollins College in partnership with city of Winter Park and Winter Park Chamber of Commerce from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, at Knowles Memorial Chapel, located at 1000 Holt Ave. in Winter Park. Enjoy refreshments outside the chapel near the rose garden at 9:30 a.m.
Nature and photography merge for Winter Park native Leslie Ramey’s exhibit, “Beauty Beneath My Boots.” Ramey’s debut exhibit will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, and will feature a collection of photographs all taken within 30 miles of Ramey’s home. The exhibit is free and will take place at the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, located at 1400 S. Denning Drive. For more information, contact Dawn Murphy at [email protected], or call 407-647-7016.
After 71 years, the camellia flower continues to be celebrated by one of Central Florida’s oldest flower clubs. This year is no different. The Camellia Society of Central Florida is hosting one of Florida’s largest and oldest flower shows on Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Winter Park Garden Club Clubhouse at Mead Botanical Garden located at 1500 S. Denning Drive. The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but camellia blooms will not be viewable until 1 p.m. People will have a chance to buy camellia plants, take tours of the garden and attend classes. To RSVP for a class, email [email protected]
Come out to the Edgewater High School alumni soccer game at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Edgewater High School stadium. Alumni players need to be there by 9:30 a.m. to check in. It is free to watch and $20 to play (proceeds go to EHS soccer program). Players must be Edgewater High alumni (didn't have to play soccer for the school team, open to all alumni and all years). Contact Vance Guthrie at 407-921-6234 or email [email protected]. There will be EHS shirts, hats and more for sale, and an after party at Ollie’s Public House Restaurant afterwards.
Repticon, a recognized leader in hosting reptile and exotic animal expos throughout the United States, is coming back to Orlando with an outstanding mixture of vendors, breeders, and educators on Jan. 28 and 29. This family-oriented, fun-filled event offers guests the opportunity to learn about animals not normally seen in local pet stores. Breeder-vendors are always willing to teach; and, throughout the event, there will be seminars on animal-related topics by experts in the field of herpetology. This event, held at the Central Florida Fairgrounds, offers a unique family outing suitable for all ages and for a very diverse range of enthusiasts. The doors open to the general public at 10 a.m. on Saturday, closing at 5 p.m. On Sunday, the show hours are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. At the door, tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-12, and children under 5 are admitted free. VIP and advance tickets may be purchased at repticon.com/florida/orlando
Olga Kern is recognized as one of her generation’s great pianists, and she’ll be performing at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Tiedtke Concert Hall in Rollins College. With her vivid stage presence, passionately confident musicianship, and extraordinary technique, the striking pianist continues to captivate fans and critics alike. She jump-started her U.S. career with her historic Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the first woman to earn this distinction in more than 30 years. Tickets are between $35 and $55. For more information, call 407-646-2559.
The 13th annual Maj Madness Tournament runs from 9:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando, located at 851 N. Maitland Ave. in Maitland. Join this annual tournament featuring four rounds of play following National Mah Jongg League rules of play, for great prizes! Light breakfast, morning coffee and lunch is included in the tournament entry fee of $36 ($30 for JCC members). Participants are encouraged to bring a Mah Jongg set and/or table cover. Registration starts at 9:15 a.m. and games start at 10 a.m. For more information, contact Julie Levitt at 407-492-9890 or visit orlandojcc.org
Calling all former educators! The Orange County Retired Educators Association is inviting anyone who has worked in education to come watch a musical presentation by the Winter Park High School Men’s Chorus and enjoy a pot luck luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2, at the College Park United Methodist Church located at 644 W. Princeton St. For more information, call 407-677-0446.
Arts for All Day is a new, must-see event for all Central Floridians, with a focus of introducing new communities to local arts and cultural organizations throughout Central Florida. The event was created by United Arts of Central Florida and will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Loch Haven Cultural Park in Orlando. Arts for All Day is a free, family-friendly, taste-of-the-arts style event, taking place in Loch Haven’s multiple theaters and indoor and outdoor exhibit spaces, throughout the Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando Repertory Theatre, Orlando Science Center and Orlando Shakespeare Theater venues.
On Saturday, Feb. 4, the Dommerich Elementary PTA will host their ninth annual Chief’s on the Run 5K and Dommerich Dash. The family-friendly race will begin and end at Dommerich Elementary School, and a safe race route will extend through the Dommerich neighborhood in Maitland. Endurance Sports Timing will be the official timekeepers for the race. All registrants affiliated with an organization or school are encouraged to list the group’s name when registering online. The organization or school with most participants will be awarded $100.
For more information about the race and to register online, visit www.dommerichpta.com/programs/chiefs-on-the-run/
If you’re passionate about orchids, or maybe just curious, “Orchids 101—Their Mystery and Majesty” starts at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at the Winter Park Garden Club, located at 1300 S. Denning Drive in Winter Park. Doug Watson, general manager of Worldwide Orchids, has grown orchids personally and professionally for 30-plus years. He will speak about the beauty of orchids and the many aspects of getting the plant from seed to a gorgeous and exotic flower. Orchid plants will be available for sale. Call 407-644-5770.
Popcorn Flicks in the Park continues with a free screening of “Harold and Maude” in Winter Park’s Central Park from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9. Presented by Winter Park CRA and produced by Enzian Theater, this film series features classic films for the whole family. Bring a blanket, a picnic or snacks, and some family and friends. Free popcorn is available for everyone! For more information, call 407-629-0054.
Single? Married? It’s Complicated? The Run 4 Love 4 Mile is for everyone that has the love of running and walking or may just be discovering it. Bring your loves and experience the euphoria of a healthy lifestyle at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Showalter Field, located at 2525 Cady Way. The event will include a best outfit contest, SoleMate Challenge and more. Cost is $33 to $40. Discounts available for youth and seniors. Kids run free. This event will be benefiting the Track Shack Foundation. For more information, call 407-599-3397.
The Florida Blue Center at 434 N. Orlando Ave. in Winter Park has several ongoing classes. Tai Chi classes are every Monday at 3:30 p.m. Zumba classes are every Wednesday at 6 p.m. For more information, call 407-441-2020.
Come join a six-week horticulture program with lectures, demonstrations, and participation starting in January 2017 at the Orlando Garden Club, located at 710 E. Rollins Street in Orlando. Attend one program or all six! Units two, three, four and six are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $90 for six classes or $20 for individual classes. To sign up or to receive a list of the classes offered, email [email protected]