THURSDAY, NOV. 16
CHAMBER BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in the atrium lobby of Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, 9400 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando. Chamber member cost is $5 in advance and $10 at the door; non-member rate is $25. Join business professionals in this joint reception for the West Orange and Hispanic-Metro Orlando chambers of commerce. (407) 656-1304.
3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Windermere Library, 530 Main St. Have a good night and sweet dreams always by creating your very own dreamcatcher. Stick around to learn where they came from and what your dreams may really mean. Ages 8 to 18. (407) 835-7323.
SATURDAY, NOV. 18
OCOEEL LIONS CLUB TURKEY SHOOT
8 a.m. sign-ups begin Saturday, Nov. 18, at the open field at Story Road and West Geneva Street. Cost is $3.50 per round. The event will include a concession stand and 50/50 shotgun raffle. Ocoeelionsclub.org.
OAKLAND NATURE PRESERVE FUNDRAISER
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Bulk Nation Clermont, 2379 S. Highway 27, Clermont. Twenty percent of purchases will be given to the Oakland Nature Preserve. To obtain a flier, contact Jennifer Hunt at (407) 905-0054.
CHALLENGE 22 5K SILKIES RUCK WALK
7:30 a.m. registration and sign-in, 9 a.m. hike Saturday, Nov. 18, begins at Hugh T. Gregory American Legion Post 63, 271 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. A noon lunch, activities and music will follow the walk. Proceeds benefit Project: VetRelief, an organization that offers assistance to military veterans with PTSD and depression. For registration and information, call (407) 656-6361 or visit the American Legion Post 63 WG Facebook page.
ORLANDO/DR. PHILLIPS YMCA 5/10K WALK
8:30 to 10 a.m. registration Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA, 7000 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando. Join the Mid-Florida Milers Walking Club for either a 5K or 10K trail. The walk route will go into residential areas north of the YMCA and past Bay Hill Club. The trail accommodates strollers and wheelchairs. Pets are allowed on a leash. Always carry water. The event is free for non-credit walkers; those maintaining record books pay $3. midfloridamilers.org.
2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. Everyone is welcome to paint rocks with messages of thanks and gratitude. Then go out and hide your rocks in the community. Registration requested at (407) 835-7323.
MONDAY, NOV. 20
BLOOM & GROW'S STEPPIN' OUT
4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, at Tanner Hall, 29 W. Garden Ave., Winter Garden. The Bloom & Grow Garden Society is hosting an afternoon of shopping from various vendors. Complimentary wine and snacks will be available. A fashion show will start at 5:30. Cost is $15. Checks can be mailed to Bloom & Grow, 1000 W. Plant St., Winter Garden, FL 34787. The event is a fundraiser for horticulture scholarships, the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, Nehrling Society, Home At Last and Oakland Nature Preserve. Bloomandgrowgardensociety.org or (407) 656-4796.
GOBBLE GOBBLE WIBBLE WOBBLE
10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 20, at the Windermere Library, 530 Main St. Preschoolers, trot into the library for a turkey feast, stories and turkey activities and crafts. Ages 3 to 5. (407) 835-7323.
2:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. Float down the river with Acorn, Cootie and the other Floridingers (native Florida hybrid creations) and enjoy an interactive 3D reading of “Floridingers Go to Swamp Fest.” Ages 6 to 12. (407) 835-7323.
TUESDAY, NOV. 21
2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. Take the whole family to the library to celebrate National Game and Puzzle Week. Ages 6 to 12. (407) 835-7323.
SOUTHWEST BOOK CLUB
7 to 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Join in the discussion of this month’s selection, “Fates and Furies,” by Lauren Groff. At the core of this rich, expansive, layered novel, Groff presents the story of one marriage over the course of 24 years. (407) 835-7323.
PILATES FOR ADULTS
2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, at the West Oaks Library, 1721 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. Exercise your way to fitness in this introduction to Pilates. Learn simple moves that will work muscles, help alignment and encourage flexibility. Comfortable exercise or loose-fitting clothing required, yoga mats encouraged. Registration recommended at ocls.info/nextchapter or call (407) 835-7323.
FRIDAY, NOV. 24
BUILD A GAME BOARD
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, at The Art Room, 709 Main St., Windermere. While parents are Black Friday shopping, children can make wooden holiday game boards. $80 includes supplies and lunch. Reservations can be made at (407) 909-1869. artroomorlando.com.
SATURDAY, NOV. 25
OHANA MEANS FAMILY FILM FEST
2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at the Windermere Library, 530 Main St. Enjoy a kid-friendly film fest that celebrates families of all shapes and sizes. All ages welcome. (407) 835-7323.
TUESDAY, NOV. 28
MEET THE ARTIST: JJ DENNIS
7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Meet artist JJ Dennis as she discusses her exhibit, The Color of Magic: The Art of JJ Dennis. Dennis is a local freelance writer and artist specializing in altered books, mixed media art and digital photography/manipulation. visit theparlourobscura.etsy.com for more on her work. Light refreshments will be served. (407) 835-7323.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 29
A TRIP BACK IN TIME
10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the Windermere Library, 530 Main St. Grab your time travel gear and get ready to set off for different historical periods through stories, activities and crafts. Ages 3 to 5. (407) 835-7323.
SMASH IT, CRASH IT, LAUNCH IT
3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. Smashing and launching stuff is fun, and you can learn about science at the same time. Discover the laws of physics through various hands-on, mind-blowing, eye-popping experiments. Ages 8 to 12. (407) 835-7323.
THURSDAY, NOV. 30
WRITING WORKSHOP WITH JAMES PONTI
4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. Calling aspiring writers, ages 9 to 14. Edgar Award-winning writer James Ponti presents a writing workshop for children and teens with interactive writing exercises and writing tips. Registration required at ocls.info/sunshineseries.