What's happening in West Orange County this week and this weekend? Find out here!
THURSDAY, AUG. 9
WEST ORANGE REPUBLICAN WOMEN FEDERATED MEETING
11:30 a.m. meeting, noon buffet lunch at the West Orange Country Club, 3300 West Orange Country Club Drive, Winter Garden. Guest speakers will be Republican candidates. Lunch is $20. RSVP to Rebecca Mellen, (407) 230-5968 or [email protected].
CUISINE CORNER JUNIOR: POP’T CANVAS
5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Windermere Library, 530 Main St. Celebrate all that is special about Pop-Tart: the filling, frosting and sprinkles that dazzle our taste buds. Add your own twist as you use your imagination to make a blank canvas pop. Recommended for upper elementary, ’tweens and teens. (407) 835-7323.
11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee.
Learn to plan, create and format a professional resume using built-in templates in Microsoft Word and library resources. This class is part of the Job Seekers course track. (407) 835-7323.
FRIDAY, AUG. 10
WINE GLASS PAINTING WORKSHOP
6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at Driftwood Market, 46 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. Personalize a wine glass with friends. Mindy Hungerford will teach which paints to use and skills that can help participants create their glass. Complimentary wine included. Cost is $25. Register at driftwoodmarket.net.
SATURDAY, AUG. 11
BACK-TO-SCHOOL BIKE SAFETY RODEO
9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Keene’s Crossing Elementary School, 5240 Keenes Pheasant Drive, Windermere. The free event will include bicycle helmet fittings and safety inspections plus a half-mile bike course set up. Students are being encouraged to ride their bikes to the event. KCE students who arrive without a helmet will be given one. (407) 654-1351
WALK A MILE WITH A CHILD HEALTH FAIR
7:30 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. warm-up exercises and walk, 9 a.m. to noon health festival at Grace Bible Church, 801 Dorscher Road, Orlando. Hosted by the National Medical Association and the Central Florida Medical Society, the event includes health screenings, exhibits demonstrations, health and wellness talks, refreshments and more. Free. Orine Newton, (407) 810-1241 or Yolanda Fleming at (800) NMA-0554.
BUG BACK 2 SCHOOL CELEBRATION
9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at La Iglesia Cristiana Sendero de Luz, 325 Ocoee Apopka Road, Ocoee. Festival includes a backpack and school supply giveaway (children must register and be present), snacks, bounce houses, children’s haircuts, live music and a Volkswagen car show. Wanda Hernandez, (407) 393-0734.
MONDAY, AUG. 13
CENTRAL FLORIDA RAILWAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING
7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at the Central Florida Railroad Museum, 101 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. Richard Cronin will present “First Planned Railroad in Orange County.” Free. (407) 656-0559.
CHOOSING A PUBLISHING PATH
7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Changes and new opportunities in the publishing industry have made it an exciting time to be an author — but have also made it one of the most confusing. Hybrid author Sarah Nicolas, aka Aria Kane, will present the different publishing paths available and openly discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each. (407) 835-7323
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 15
SUMMER COOKING: GLUTEN-FREE ALTERNATIVES
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, in the Gleason Room at Health Central Hospital, 10000 W. Colonial Drive, Ocoee. Explore healthy foods, packaged items and recipes, all free from gluten. Free. Seated is limited. To register, email [email protected] or call (321) 841-5056.
THURSDAY, AUG. 1
AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER SUPPORT GROUP MEETING
6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, in Building C, Room 204/206, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando. This support group is designed for parents of children/teens on the Autism Spectrum Disorder. Share challenges, ideas, concerns, success stories and fellowship. A trained facilitator from UCF CARD offers a brief topical lesson each month. Email [email protected] or call (407) 876-4991, Ext. 262, to register to attend.
CANCER SUPPORT GROUP MEETING
6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando. All faiths welcome. This support group is open to newly diagnosed cancer fighters, survivors, caregivers and spouses/partners. Meetings include a time of sharing, spiritual and emotional support. Email [email protected] or call (407) 876-4991, Ext. 262, to register to attend.
FRIDAY, AUG. 17
WEST ORANGE BABY RUTH LEAGUE FALL FLING
6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at 560 Flewelling Ave., Ocoee. This will be an evening of family fun and a chance to register for fall baseball. Event includes kickball and Wiffle ball, corn hole and food and beverages for purchase. Westorangebaberuth.org.
HAUNTED HOUSE AUDITIONS
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17; Saturday, Aug. 18; and Sunday, Aug. 19, at the Winter Garden Masonic Lodge, 230 W. Bay St. Panic on Plant Street Haunted House is looking for high-energy adults and teen volunteers to join the Scream Team. For information, go to Mimi’s Community Theater’s Facebook page.
SATURDAY, AUG. 18
7TH ANNUAL JCCF FAMILY FUN BOWL
1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Winter Garden Bowl, 715 S. Dillard St. Sign in at 12:30 p.m. Price is $20 per bowler and includes shoe rental. There will be family-appropriate prizes and raffles, as well. (407) 656-6974.
ART DEMO WITH LAUREN WESTBROOKS
2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. Artist Lauren Westbrook, known for her affirmation art, will be demonstrating her process and techniques for creating art pieces that offer encouragement and inspiration for those in need. (407) 835-7323.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 22
SINGLE & PARENTING SUPPORT GROUP
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Aug. 22 in Building C, Room 201/203 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando. Childcare and youth programming available with prior reservation. Weekly meetings through Nov. 28 include practical topics addressing the many challenges facing single parents. Register online at st.lukes.org/care. Email [email protected] or call (407) 876-4991, Ext. 262, for more information.
COOKING OUTSIDE: TURN YOUR PATIO INTO A GOURMET RESTAURANT
6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. Join Chef Warren Caterson as he shares tips and hints to elevate your grilling skills. Whether it’s steaks, chicken, veggies or dessert, learn the secrets of the great grilling masters. This live demo will feature grilled shrimp from his first cookbook, “Table for Two.” Book sale and signing to follow event. chefwarrencaterson.com. (407) 835-7323.
THURSDAY, AUG. 23
2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at the West Oaks Library, 1721 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. Welcome to the neighborhood of make-believe. Learn practical skills with stories and interactive activities. Inspired by PBS Kids’ “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” series. Recommended for toddlers and preschoolers. (407) 835-7323.
FRIDAY, AUG. 24
JAZZ IN THE TOWN CENTER
5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, in the Oakland Meeting Hall, 221 N. Arrington St., Oakland. Enjoy a relaxing evening featuring live smooth jazz with eats and drinks from Melts on Main Street. Presented by HapCo Music Foundation. (407) 656-1117.
FAMILY FOOD TRUCK NIGHT
5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, in front of Windermere Town Hall, 520 Main St. Join the Town of Windermere Downtown Business Committee for its fourth-Friday food truck event. Trucks are open for business from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Take a chair or blanket for comfort. For a list of the trucks, go to the Official Food Truck Event page on Facebook.
SATURDAY, AUG. 25
ART LOVERS’ BOOK CLUB
Noon Saturday, Aug. 25, at the SoBo Gallery, 127 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. The discussion is hosted by the Winter Garden Art Association and is based on “Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (In That Order),” by Bridget Quinn. Central Florida art historian, lecturer, artist and writer Adrienne H. Lee is the presenter. Tickets are $10 for WGAA members, $15 for others. For information, call (407) 347-7996 or email [email protected]. To register, visit wgart.org/events/summer-book-club-broad-strokes/.