Your weekend's best bets

Check out some of the best events taking place this weekend in our area.

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If you don’t already have plans for this weekend, check out these best bets in West Orange County:



6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at the Winter Garden Pavilion, 104 S. Lakeview Ave. The evening under the stars is the annual fundraising gala of the Winter Garden Art Association. It includes cocktails, auctions, dinner and music by Nova Era. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at Sponsorship packages are available. Attire is black tie or creative costume. (407) 347-7996.



8 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16, at Dragonfly Studio 129, 129 W. McKey St., Ocoee. Enjoy a double feature this Valentine’s weekend with “The Love Show” improvised show on Friday and the world premiere of “Gaggle Reflex” on Saturday. Tickets are $10 at or $15 at the door.




11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Freedom Park, 351 Thornebrooke Drive, Ocoee. First responders, their staffs and their families are invited to the event, hosted by 103.1 The Wolf radio and Bud 94.1 radio. The picnic features free barbecue and food from local restaurants, beer, live music and family fun. For information, go to or, keyword “blue.”



6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Windermere Town Hall, 520 Main St., Windermere. The Rotary Club of Windermere’s annual fundraiser includes cocktails and cash bar, dinner of surf-and-turf and wine, a live comedy show and a dessert and coffee bar. Tickets are $100 and can be ordered at (407) 877-6110.



10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Oakland Nature Preserve, 747 Machete Trail, Oakland. The event will include guided tours, a Legos brick build, crafts, animal interactions, exhibits, presentations and more. Admission is free. A portion of donations will go toward scholarships for education programs. (407) 905-0054.




Amy Quesinberry

Community Editor Amy Quesinberry was born at the old West Orange Memorial Hospital and raised in Winter Garden. Aside from earning her journalism degree from the University of Georgia, she hasn’t strayed too far from her hometown and her three-mile bubble. She grew up reading The Winter Garden Times and knew in the eighth grade she wanted to write for her community newspaper. She has been part of the writing and editing team since 1990.

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