THURSDAY, MAY 10
NIGHT ON DILLARD STREET DRAGON EXPERIENCE
6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Dillard Street Elementary School, 311 N. Dillard St., Winter Garden. This community night will showcase all the programs that DSES has to offer and includes food trucks and fun activities. (407) 877-5000.
WEST ORANGE REPUBLICAN WOMEN MEETING
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at the West Orange Country Club, 3300 West Orange Country Club Drive, Winter Garden. Cost is $20 and includes lunch. Email [email protected] for information. RSVP to [email protected] or (407) 230-5968. Worwf.com.
LANDSCAPE PEST MANAGEMENT
6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at the Jessie Brock Community Center, 310 N. Dillard St., Winter Garden. Weeds, insects, fungus and other pest problems will be covered in this class. Identify the pest before selecting a pesticide. Cost is $5 per household. (407) 254-9200 or gardenflorida.eventbrite.com to register.
MOTHER’S DAY TEA
4 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at the Windermere Library, 530 Main St., Windermere. Enjoy a fun afternoon celebrating mothers with tea, snacks and a craft. Ages 6 to 12. (407) 538-3124.
FRIDAY, MAY 11
13th ANNUAL SOUTHWEST AUTHOR SERIES
6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. The author series is presented in partnership with The Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips. Author Anne Perry has written 75 books, exploring the lives of people from various eras and backgrounds. In this lecture, Perry discusses the value, power and universality of storytelling as an art and how to tell enduring tales. Visit prhspeakers.com. Book sale and signing to follow the lecture. The event is free, and light refreshments will be served. Doors open at 6 p.m. Seating is limited. Registration recommended at (407) 835-7323.
SATURDAY, MAY 12
NIGHT AT THE PRESERVE
6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Oakland Nature Preserve, 747 Machete Trail, Oakland. The elegant evening at the preserve includes gourmet food, music, chance drawings and a sunset toast. Tickets are $50 and are available at Oaklandnaturepreserve.org/natp.
TRANSITIONING TO KINDERGARTEN
9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at Kid’s Community College, 1475 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. This toolkit course will provide resources and materials to help parents prepare preschoolers for kindergarten. (407) 982-2421.
MONDAY, MAY 14
CENTRAL FLORIDA RAILWAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING
7 p.m. Monday, May 14, at the Central Florida Railroad Museum, 101 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. Phil Piet will present “A Day in the Life of a Steam Locomotive on the Grand Canyon Railway.” Free. (407) 656-0559.
PLEIN AIR OUTDOORS
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, May 14, and Tuesday, May 15, at the Winter Garden Art Association’s SoBo Art Gallery, 127 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. Artist Noreen Coup will teach participants how to paint using nature as an inspiration. Cost is $130 for WGAA members, $150 for others. (407) 347-7996
WEDNESDAY, MAY 16
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at the Winter Garden Art Association’s SoBo Art Gallery, 127 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. Learn the art of jewelry making with Keith Stephens and Jan Jowers-Stephens. Cost is $75 for WGAA members, $95 for others, plus a $35 kit cost. (407) 347-7996.
THURSDAY, MAY 17
PALM LAKE ELEMENTARY SENIOR RECEPTION
3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Palm Lake Elementary School, 8000 Pin Oak Drive, Orlando. High school seniors who attended PLES are invited to celebrate their graduation with their classmates and former teachers. (407) 354-2610.
THE PAPERLESS GENEALOGIST
11 a.m. Thursday, May 17, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. Feeling bogged down with too much paper from years of genealogical research? Explore options for going paperless and see how digital versions can actually enhance the research experience. (407) 835-7323.
FRIDAY, MAY 18
MAGIC AND MAYHEM AT THE GROVE
6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Windermere’s The Grove, 4750-4757 The Grove Drive. Have fun at Magic and Mayhem, an interactive family-oriented comedy and variety show featuring ChaiChing the bunny. After the show, Keith Tusing with Big Idea Balloons will offer balloon creations. Take a lawn chair or blanket. TheGrove.com.
INTRODUCTION TO THE SEWING MACHINE
11 a.m. Friday, May 18, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road., Ocoee. Have you ever wanted to make your own custom clothes, home decor, costumes or accessories? Learn about sewing safety, basic sewing machine skills and stitching seams in this basic class. (407) 835-7323.
SATURDAY, MAY 19
9th ANNUAL OPD COMMUNITY PICNIC
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Freedom Park, 351 Thornebrooke Drive, Ocoee. The Ocoee Police Department is hosting this ninth annual event with free food, drinks, games and activities. Various prizes, including a 32-inch flat-screen television, will be raffled off. There will be bounce houses, Ocoee fire truck engines and face-painting. (407) 554-7204 or [email protected].
WHIZKIDS: 3D DESIGN MINECRAFT CHARACTERS
1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. Children who love playing Minecraft will love this class. They will learn to design and draw their very own Minecraft character using 3D modeling software. Seating is limited. Registration recommended at (407) 835-7323.
MONDAY, MAY 21
LAKE WHITNEY ELEMENTARY SENIOR RECEPTION
3:30 to 4:40 p.m. Monday, May 21, at the Lake Whitney Elementary media center, 1351 Windermere Road, Winter Garden. All 2010-11 Dolphins and their parents are invited to catch up with old friends and teachers and enjoy old photographs. (407) 877-8888.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 23
CHAMBER MAYORAL UPDATE LUNCHEON
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at Tanner Hall, 29 W. Garden Ave., Winter Garden. The West Orange Chamber of Commerce offers the opportunity for residents to get to know local leaders from Orange County, the cities of Ocoee and Winter Garden and the towns of Oakland and Windermere. Cost is $41 per person and $328 for tables of eight for Chamber members; and $51 or $408 for others. All tickets must be paid in advance. One dollar from each ticket sold will be contributed to the West Orange Foundation. For tickets, call (407) 656-1304.
THURSDAY, MAY 24
TRANSITIONING TO KINDERGARTEN
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Kid’s Community College, 1475 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. This toolkit course will provide resources and materials to help parents prepare preschoolers for kindergarten. (407) 982-2421.