- July 3, 2018
THURSDAY, JULY 6
HISTORY OF WINTER GARDEN
1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 6, at Heller Hall in the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, 21 E. Plant St., Winter Garden. Hear about the unique history of Winter Garden and West Orange County in this program presented by Jim Crescitelli. No charge; refreshments will be provided. (407) 656-3244.
COOKIES & MILK WITH A COP
4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 6, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. Children can meet Ocoee Police Department officers and enjoy storytime and a snack together. (407) 835-7323.
FRIDAY, JULY 7
SING AND DANCE WITH ALINA CELESTE
10:30 a.m. Friday, July 7, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Internationally touring family musician and teaching artist Alina Celeste combines classic folk songs with simple and melodic original tunes. Ages 3 to 12. Seating is limited; registration recommended at (407) 835-7323.
SATURDAY, JULY 8
BUTTERFLIES AND HUMMINGBIRDS
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at Nehrling Gardens, 2267 Hempel Ave., Gotha. This open day in the gardens will feature classes focused on gardening to attract butterflies and hummingbirds, led by native plant expert Alan Shapiro, as well as a plant sale of wild sage, native lantana, firespike and more. Classes are at 10 a.m. and noon; the plant sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit nehrlinggardens.org/event/.
GOLDEN POND BENEFIT SALE
10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 8, at Golden Pond Communities, 402 Lakeview Road, Winter Garden. The sale will feature artwork, and proceeds will go to the Alzheimer’s Association. (407) 654-7217.
PAINTING FOR THE SOUL
2 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Jeffrey Plettinck, 3D artist, modeler, designer and painter, will lead you through a meditative painting experience. Focus on relaxing and clearing a path to creativity. Painting materials will be provided. Ages 18 and up. Suggested donation fee $15. Space is limited. Registration required at ocls.info or call (407) 835-7323.
10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 8, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St.; and 3 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. Color and construct paper houses and buildings and help create a community in the library by displaying your artwork for everyone to admire. All supplies will be provided. (407) 835-7323.
SUNDAY, JULY 9
3 p.m. Sunday, July 9, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. All levels and body types are welcome. Take comfy clothes, water and an open mind; yoga mats will be provided. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. (407) 835-7323.
MONDAY, JULY 10
11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday, July 10, at Crooked Can, 426 W. Plant St, Winter Garden. Ten percent of the proceeds from drink sales will be donated. A basket will also be set out to collect gift cards for groceries and gas. (407) 395-9520.
RAILWAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
7 p.m. Monday, July 10, at the Central Florida Railroad Museum, 101 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. The Central Florida Railway Historical Society presents Neil Bagaus, who will discuss “Starting Up The Hoosier State Amtrak Train.” Free. (407) 656-0559.
BUILDING BOREDOM BUSTERS
3 p.m. Monday, July 10, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Beat summer doldrums by building fun boredom busters. Ages 6 to 12. Seating is limited; registration recommended. (407) 835-7323.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 12
RIBBON CUTTING: SYDNEY’S READING AND LEARNING CENTER
4 to 8 p.m. (ribbon cutting at 5 p.m.) at Sydney’s Reading and Learning Center, near JCPenney at the West Oaks Mall, 9401 W. Colonial Drive, Ocoee. This is a grand reopening of the not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping children read. Refreshments will be served. Guests are asked to take a new or used children’s book to be given to children who read to the therapy dogs in the reading center. RSVP at (407) 247-8595.
DOWNSIZING FOR SENIORS
10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 12, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. In this informative seminar, moving and real estate experts will guide you through the downsizing process as you prepare to unclutter and liquidate your possessions. Part of the Smarter Senior Seminar Series sponsored by Mike Flahaven, certified senior housing professional with Keller Williams Realty. Light refreshments will be served. Registration required. Contact Mike Flahaven at (407) 340-5291 or yourfloridahaven.com.
THURSDAY, JULY 13
WEST ORANGE REPUBLICAN WOMEN
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 13, at West Orange Country Club, 3300 West Orange Country Club Drive, Winter Garden. Candidates in the District 4 special election will debate: Dr. Usha Jain, John Newstreet, Bobby Olszewski and Bruno Portigliatt. Lunch is $20. RSVP to [email protected] or (407) 230-5968.
BASICS OF VEGETABLE GARDENING
6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 13, at the Jessie Brock Community Center, 310 N. Dillard St., Winter Garden. Learn the basics of Florida vegetable gardening, including soil preparation, fertilizing, pests from the UF/IFAS Extension Orange County. Free. Register at gardenflorida.eventbrite.com.
COOKIES & MILK WITH A COP
4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 13, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. Children can meet Ocoee Police Department officers and enjoy storytime and a snack together. (407) 835-7323.
BUILD A BETTER GALAXY
6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 13, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. Discover the worlds beyond our own with a “Guardians of the Galaxy”-themed event. Enjoy out-of-this-world trivia, games and activities. (407) 835-7323.
SATURDAY, JULY 15
COOKIES & MILK WITH A COP
10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 15, at the Winter Garde Library, 805 E. Plant St. Children can meet local police officers for cookies and milk and interact with them in a fun and informative environment. Sponsored in part by the Winter Garden and Orlando police department and Oerther McDonald’s. Ages 6 to 12. (407) 835-7323.
SATURDAY NIGHT OUT
5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at the Rosen JCC, 11184 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando. Parents can enjoy a night out while the center’s youth and early childhood staff watch children ages 18 months to 13 years, engage in activities and feed them dinner. Cost is $35 for the first child, $25 for the second and free for the third. Register at (407) 387-5330 or rosenjcc.org/sno.
JAMES THE UNBELIEVABLE
11 a.m. Saturday, July 15, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. James Songster and his team from “Magic and Mayhem Productions” present the high-energy, interactive “Choose your Own Adventure” workshops that combine storytelling, magic and impromptu comedy and feature a special appearance from the famous “ChaChing The Amazing Bunny.” MagicAndMayhemProductions.com or (407) 222-4412.
SUNDAY, JULY 16
SOUTHERN LADIES BAZAAR
1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 16, at the Winter Garden Elks Lodge, 700 S. Ninth St., Winter Garden. Sponsored by the Elks Ladies Auxiliary. Vendors will be selling jewelry, candles, clothes, soaps, makeup and more. Admission is $5 and includes one beverage, hors d’oeuvres and a sandwich. (407) 656-2165.
MONDAY, JULY 17
2 p.m. Monday, July 17, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Bits 'N Pieces Puppet Theatre brings this classic fairytale to life. Ages 6 to 12. Seating is limited; registration is recommended at (407) 835-7323.