1. 10th Annual Hannibal Square Heritage Center Folk & Urban Art Festival
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27, Hannibal Square Heritage Center, 642 W. New England Ave., Winter Park. The festival celebrates Central Florida’s diverse culture through artwork, educational entertainment and music, featuring the works of more than 25 folk and educational artisans. Previous performers included Shule Adetunde Homeschool Cooperative, dancers from the African Kulcha School, blind vocal performer Daniel Miles, the Guerilla Dancer storyteller, drumming by Mexican folklorist David Penaflor, the Porchdogs Cajun and Zydeco Band, a traditional African-American fraternity step show by Iota Gamma Fraternity brothers, and Orisirisi African Folklore. Demonstrations included Oxx the Beekeeper, wheel-throwing by a Crealdé ceramicist, and Pretty on Purpose, which uses STEM techniques to teach participants how to make beauty products. A Puerto Rican Vejigante maskmaking children’s workshop led by Marillia Carrasquillo culminates in a public parade and showcase. Open house features the work by Crealdé’s senior outreach program participants. A soul food truck offers refreshments and admission is free. For more information, call (407) 671-1886.
2. Big Orange Games
8:45 a.m. registration, 9:15 opening ceremonies at Ocoee High School, 1925 Ocoee Crown Point Parkway. Join the Ocoee Parks and Recreation Department for the annual track-and-field invitational for physically challenged individuals. Spectators welcome. For a registration form, (407) 905-3180.
3. HAPCO Wine and Dine for the Arts
5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Oakland Town Center, 221 N. Arrington St. Hosted by HAPCO Music Foundation, the event is a fundraiser for local arts-in-the-classroom programs. Guests can enjoy music, unlimited wine and food by Chef Anthony Fothergill. Tickets are $50 to $75 and are available at Eventbrite.com.
4. Nehrling Gardens Corks, Caladiums and Canvases
5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Nehrling Gardens, 2267 Hempel Ave., Gotha. Stroll through the gardens at sunset while sampling wines & food from regions of the world where the plants of Nehrling Gardens originated. View artists at work with original art for purchase at the auction. There will be live music, a silent auction and a gift shop to purchase caladium plants. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door, for guests 21 and older. (407) 445-9977, [email protected].
5. 27th Annual Jeannette Genius McKean Memorial 5K
7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Ward Park Soccer Fields, 250 Perth Lane, Winter Park. Presented by the Center for Health & Wellbeing, this run/walk is a unique point to point event with the last mile along the tree-canopied, dirt road of Genius Drive. This privately owned glimpse of old Florida is only open to the public once a year specifically for this event. All finishers receive a young tree to plant. Event capacity is set at 1,800. Cost is $30 to $38. For more information, call (407) 898-2425.
As a child, Editor and Publisher Michael Eng collected front pages of the Kansas City Star during Operation Desert Storm, so it was a foregone conclusion that he would pursue a career in journalism. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Missouri — Columbia School of Journalism. When he’s not working, you can find him spending time with his wife and three children, or playing drums around town. He’s also a sucker for dad jokes.