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Do you have plans for the weekend yet? Check out these events!

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7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at Mead Botanical Garden, 1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park. Riders of any age, experience or ability level are welcome to join a 28-mile regional bike ride on trails and bike-friendly, comfortable roads through five cities: Winter Park, Orlando, Casselberry, Maitland and Eatonville. The goal is to show some comfortable places to ride bikes. You can start your Bike 5 Cities ride at any of our five cities and follow the marked course on your own. You can check in at any of the five cities between 7:30 and 10 a.m. to pick up registration materials and your T-shirt. The group ride will consist of about 200 cyclists. The group will take off from Mead Botanical Garden in Winter Park around 8 a.m. There’s a minimum $15 donation. For more information, call (407) 636-5606.



5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at The Pines of Windermere, 3409 Maguire Road, Windermere. The Kentucky Derby-themed party is hosted by the West Orange Junior Service League and includes food and drinks, casino gaming tables, horse racing, a hat contest and silent auction. Tickets are $100 and available at



Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the Crooked Can Brewing Company, 426 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. Chihuahuas will line up to Run for the Rescues at this event, which supports A Cause 4 Paws Rescue. Tickets are $10. Preregister your pet at Tickets are $10.



3:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at University Club of Winter Park, 841 North Park Ave., Winter Park. Come out to a Kentucky Derby viewing experience Winter Park style happening on Park Avenue. Every ticket includes four plus hours of drinks, food, live music, dancing and fun. Cost is $69 to $100. For more information, call (407) 896-7356.



11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Winter Garden Elks Lodge, 700 N. Ninth St., Winter Garden. Matthew's Hope is hosting a public town-hall discussion on homelessness in our community. Hear some do's and don'ts, learn about the growing problem and discover what role the public can play in making a difference. RSVP to (407) 905-9500 or [email protected].




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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