COMMUNITY CALENDAR

compiled by Lisa Sagers


SPOTLIGHT


Oakland Nature Preserve sponsors a two- to three-hour nature kayak and cleanup tour March 25 on Lake Apopka.


Charities/Fundraisers

March 31 — Bacchus Bash

Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets, 8200 Vineland Ave., Orlando, hosts the 2017 Bacchus Bash, including live entertainment, food and drinks, silent auction, a raffle and shopping. Time: 5-10 p.m. Proceeds benefit hospitality education through the CFHLA Foundation. For more information, visit www.bacchusbashorlando.com.

March 31 — Gift Of Swimming Poolside Social

SouthWest Aquatics, 205 Windermere Road, Winter Garden, hosts the Gift of Swimming Poolside Social, including dinner, red and white wine, beer, bingo, a raffle and silent auction. Activities are poolside; no swimming. Adults only please. Time: 6-9 p.m. Cost: $30, includes two drink tickets and one raffle ticket. Must be purchased by March 29. For more information, visit poolsidesocial2017.eventbrite.com.

April 1 — Windermere Run Among The Lakes

The 16th annual Windermere Run Among the Lakes begins at Windermere Town Hall, 614 Main St., Windermere, and winds along sand roads with lake views. This year’s local artist is Kim Minichiello. Time: 7:30 a.m. for the 10K run, 7:45 a.m. for the 5K run/walk, and 9:15 a.m. for the kids run. Cost: $10-$40, with proceeds benefiting Windermere Parks and Recreation. For more information, visit sommersports.com/events/runs/windermere-5k-run-among-the-lakes.

April 2 — Taste At I-Drive 360

Taste at I-Drive 360, including food, drinks and festivities, takes place at 8375 International Drive, Orlando. Time: 2-5 p.m. Cost: $45, with proceeds benefiting Florida Hospital Cancer Institute. Parking is complimentary. For more information, visit tasteatidrive360.com.

April 2 — Classic Car & Cycle Show

Sons of the American Legion, an 81-year strong veterans charity, sponsors its second annual Classic Car & Cycle Show, a family- and pet-friendly event that includes food, beer tents, a disc jockey, 50/50 raffles and vendors, at American Legion Memorial Post 19, 5320 Alloway St., Orlando. Time: 11 a.m. (Show participants arrive between 9:30-10:30 a.m.) This year’s proceeds benefit Folds of Honor. For more information, call 407-860-0301.

April 7 — Chairs 4 Charity Gala

Sheraton Orlando North Hotel, 600 N. Lake Destiny Road, Maitland, hosts Chairs 4 Charity, The Mustard Seed of Central Florida’s annual fundraising gala, during which eight local artists turn upcycled furniture into masterpieces. Festivities include food stations, live music, a cash bar, silent auction and mingling with artists. Dress is business casual. Time: 6-10 p.m. Cost: $50. For more information, call 407-875-2040, email teaonca@mustardseedfla.org or visit mustardseedfla.org.

April 15 — AIDS Walk Orlando: Twilight

Downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola Park hosts Hope & Help’s AIDS Walk Orlando: Twilight, including bounce houses for children, face painting, an art show, food trucks and live musical entertainment. Time: 4 p.m. for registration and festivities; 5 p.m. for walk. Cost: $25 per walker or $50 per team of two or more, with proceeds supporting Hope & Help’s mission of inspiring, equipping and mobilizing people to take action against HIV/AIDS. Orlando boasts the sixth highest HIV/AIDS transmission rate in the nation, and the state is ranked No. 1 in new HIV and AIDS cases. For more information, visit www.aidswalkorlando.org.

April 22 — Dream Big 5K

SeaWorld Orlando, 7007 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, hosts the seventh annual Dawn Brancheau Foundation Dream Big 5K, a 3.1-mile scenic journey and 1-mile family fun walk through SeaWorld. Strollers and baby joggers are welcome. Time: 6 a.m. for on-site registration and packet pickup, 7:15 a.m. for warmup/welcoming remarks, 7:30 a.m. for race, 8:15 a.m. for awards and closing remarks, and 8:45 a.m. for community service projects at the Sea Harbor Pavilion. Volunteers assemble personal care bags for homeless families serviced by Matthew’s Hope and doggie treat bags for several animal organizations. Cost: $25, adults, includes event T-shirt; $10, youth 17-younger, includes event T-shirt. To register, visit dreambig5k2017.kintera.org. For more information, email dawnsfoundation@gmail.com.

April 22 — Wine Women & Shoes

The Tuscany Ballroom at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, 4012 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando, hosts the seventh annual Wine Women & Shoes, an afternoon of shopping that includes food, wine tastings, a fashion show, silent and live auctions, and the signature Key to the Closet raffle. Time: 2-6 p.m. Cost: $125, with ticket proceeds benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. For more information, email Maureen at mmikel@feedhopenow.org or visit www.winewomenandshoes.com/orlando.

April 22 — Paws For Peace Walk

Blue Jacket Park in Baldwin Park, 2501 General Rees Ave., Orlando, hosts the seventh annual Paws for Peace Walk, to raise funds to operate the Paws for Peace Kennel. The kennel allows survivors seeking shelter from their abusers to bring their pets with them. Time: 8-9 a.m. for registration, 9 a.m.-noon for the walk. Cost: $20 general donation (includes a free T-shirt and doggie bandana). Children 12-younger are free. To register, visit pawswalk2017.kintera.org.

April 30 — High Tea & Hats

The Ballroom at Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Drive, Orlando, hosts the 10th annual Seniors First High Tea & Hats, including a luncheon with traditional tea time fare, silent and chance auctions, a “stylish hat” parade, and contest. There is also an “Itsy Bitsy” hat parade just for children. Time: 2-5 p.m. Cost: $65 for adults, $40 for children 12-younger, with proceeds benefiting Meals On Wheels and other programs that help seniors live independently. For more information and to RSVP, call 407-615-8979 or visit highteaandhats.com.


Classes/Programs

March 20 & 27 — Library Programs

The Southwest Library at Dr. Phillips, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando, hosts the following programs for children: Healthy Herb for ages 6-12 on March 20 at 3 p.m. Participants sing, dance and partake in fitness fun. Seating is limited so registration is recommended; Spring Showers for ages 2-5 on March 20 at 10:30 a.m. Attendees use hands-on activities to explore sunshine, rain and flowers, so they should “dress for a mess”; and Artsy Toddler for ages 1-3 on March 27 at 10:30 a.m. Attendees enjoy stories, songs and exploring age-appropriate art experiences. For more information, call 407-835-7323.

March 21 & 28 — Inside The Courts Program

The Orange County Courthouse Jury Assembly Room, 425 N. Orange Ave., First Floor, Suite 180, Orlando, hosts Inside the Courts, a four-night program that teaches the processes and roles of the courts. Seating is limited, so preregistration is required. Time: Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. To register, call 407-836-0517 or visit www.ninthcircuit.org by March 7.

March 23 & 27 — Library Programs

Windermere Library, 530 Main St., Windermere, hosts the following programs for children: Make It & Take It for ages 6-12 on March 23 at 4 p.m. Participants explore painting, patterns and papier-mâché; and Tape Town for ages 2-4 on March 27 at 10:30 a.m. Attendees zoom around the story room as they explore, learn and play. For more information, call 407-835-7323.

March 26 — U.S. Air Force Program

An Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps and Air Force Academy scholarship opportunities program takes place in Classroom Building !!, near the Gemini Boulevard North campus entrance, of the University of Central Florida, 4000 Central Florida Blvd., Orlando. Time: 1-4 p.m. For more information, call 407-432-8504 or email todd.freece@gmail.com.

March 29 — Google Applications Class

The Training Room at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St., Winter Garden, hosts Google Applications, a class for adults that teaches about Google’s most popular applications such as Google Earth, Google SketchUp and Google Docs. Preregistration is requested. Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information, call 407-835-7323.

March 29 — Storytime For Grown-Ups

The Southwest Library at Dr. Phillips, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando, hosts Storytime for Grown-Ups (age 18-older). Time: 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 407-835-7323.

April 3 — Sailing Lessons Begin

Instructors of the Central Florida Community Sailing Program, a nonprofit organization, offer sailing lessons. Classes meet twice per week for three weeks at the following locations and times: Mondays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Fashion Square Mall, and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on the waters of Lake Baldwin. Cost: $145, includes book. For more information and to register, call 407-645-1892 or email potterp810@gmail.com.


Events/Performances

Through March 24 & 26 — Theatrical Performances

The Margeson Theater, 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando, hosts Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF’s performances of Love’s Labour’s Lost through March 24 in repertory with The Great Gatsby through March 26. Showtimes and ticket prices vary. For more information, call 407-447-1700, ext. 1; or visit www.orlandoshakes.org.

Through May 13 — Seven Seas Food Festival

SeaWorld Orlando, 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando, hosts the Seven Seas Food Festival, including live performances by world-renowned entertainers, more than 60 unique food items, and more than 55 local and international craft beers. Time: Saturdays through May 13. Advanced reserved seats are available at seaworldorlando.com/sevenseas.

March 18 — The Jeff Rupert Group In Concert

As part of the Celebration Foundation Concert Series, The Jeff Rupert Group performs at Community Presbyterian Church, 511 Celebration Ave., Kissimmee. Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Cost: $25. For more information, visit thecelebrationfoundation.org.

April 7 — Tenebrae: A Holy Week Service of Darkness Performance

Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, 8300 Vineland Ave., Orlando, hosts Tenebrae: A Holy Week Service of Darkness, performed a cappella by the Basilica Choir. All are welcome. Time: 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 407-239-6600 or visit maryqueenoftheuniverse.org.

March 25 — Kayak Tour

Oakland Nature Preserve sponsors a two- to three-hour nature kayak tour on Lake Apopka with ONP President Jim Peterson. Participants meet at the Tubb Street dock in Oakland and paddle to Winter Garden’s Newton Park to collect garbage before returning to Oakland. Time: 8:30 a.m. Register online at oaklandnaturepreserve.org. For more information, call 407-905-0054 or email information@oaklandnaturepreserve.org.

March 30 — Best Fest

The shoreline of Starke Lake, 150 N. Lakeshore Drive, Ocoee, hosts West Orange Chamber of Commerce’s 15th annual Best Fest “The Taste of West Orange,” a large food-tasting and business expo. Time: 5-8:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit wochamber.com.


Miscellaneous

Ongoing — Crafters Needed

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, seeks women who love to craft. Supplies are provided, and experience is not necessary. Finished products are donated to the church’s annual bazaar in November. Participants should bring their lunches and meet in the St. Luke’s Fellowship Hall. The annual bazaar’s proceeds benefit charities and the church’s missions. Time: Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. For more information, call Karen Brown, 407-876-5532.

Ongoing — Talako Indian Dancers Needed

The Talako Indian Dancers welcome new youth members ages 9-16, who value American Indian culture and would like to learn Indian dancing, to join this 30-year nonprofit performing group in which parents also fill important roles. Membership is free. For more information, call Bill or Sallie Prentiss, 407-352-1163; or visit www.talakoindiandancers.com on the Web.

Ongoing — Crafters Needed

West Oaks Mall, 9401 W. Colonial Drive, Ocoee, hosts women who love to craft. Supplies are provided, and experience is not necessary. Finished products are donated to the St. Luke United Methodist Church’s annual bazaar in November. Participants should bring their lunches. The annual bazaar’s proceeds benefit charities and the church’s missions. Time: Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. For more information, call Karen Brown, 407-876-5532

Ongoing — Outdoor-Cat Homes Needed

Care Feline TNR urgently seeks coyote- and predator-free homes, including businesses, for outdoor cats that are being removed from Dr. Phillips High School. The cats have been processed, meaning they have been spayed/neutered, received current vaccinations, had their ears notched, etc. Owners provide food, shelter and safety for the cats; and the cats provide rodent and pest control, as well as unconditional love. TNR brings the cats to the owners, sets up temporary cages for the felines to adjust, and monitors the transition. For more information, call 407-876-2116 or 407-352-6437; or email jsnevins@earthlink.net or rosemary@mcpup.com.

Ongoing — Female Singers Invitation

Vocalists are needed for the Sunshine Singers women’s chorus that entertains at local nursing homes, senior residences, civic organizations and service clubs. Practices are held Mondays at 9:30 a.m. at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando. For more information, call Mary Ellen Boice, 407-299-5244.

Ongoing — Female Singers Invitation

Vocalists are needed for the Sound of Sunshine Chorus, a nonprofit musical teaching group. Open, free rehearsals are held Thursdays from 7-10 p.m. at Reeves United Methodist Church, 1100 N. Ferncreek Ave., Orlando. For more information, visit www.soschorus.com on the web.

March 18 & 25 — Farmers Markets

Winter Garden Farmers Market — voted No. 1 in America by American Farmland Trust in Washington, DC — takes place at 104 S. Lakeview Ave., Winter Garden. The market has more than 150 vendors, and there is a free parking garage next to the event. Time: Saturdays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

March 29 — Job Fair

Central Florida Fair Expo Park, 4603 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, hosts the Central Florida CFEC Job Fair, including more than 80-90 companies offering thousands of career openings in various industries. Job applicants should dress professionally and bring résumés. No children, please. Parking and admission are free. Time: noon-4 p.m. To register as a job seeker, visit www.cfec.org/job-fairs. For more information, call Christian, 407-834-4022.

April 1 — Food Truck Night

Summerport Village Food Truck Night, a family-friendly event that features a variety of food trucks, local vendors, live music and children’s activities, takes place at 13790 Bridgewater Crossing Blvd., Windermere. Time: the first Saturday of every month from 5:30-9 p.m.

April 22 — Fern Creek @ 70 Celebration

Fern Creek Elementary School, 1121 N. Fern Creek Ave., Orlando, celebrates 70 years of success and would like to include past and present faculty members, teachers, students and families. The planning committee seeks memorabilia, both big and small, spanning the past 70 years. An open house will be held at the elementary school from 3-5 p.m., followed by an adult-only celebration directly across the street at Colonialtown Neighborhood Center from 5-7 p.m. In addition, people who wish to write a short paragraph about their experience at FCES will have their writing displayed at the event. Please spread the word. For more information, call Holly, 407-222-4761; or email holly.vanture@ocps.net.

Ongoing — Running Club For Women

Moms Run This Town, a women’s running club with more than 10,000 members nationwide, invites local women to get together to run/walk/jog and socialize. All skill levels (from beginning walkers to experienced marathoners) are welcome, and an encouraging and informative online support community is provided. To join the Orlando chapter, visit www.facebook.com/groups/centralflorida.mrtt on the web. For more information, email mrttcentralfl@gmail.com or visit www.momsrunthistown.com/centralfl.

Ongoing — Running Club for Women

Moms Run This Town, a women’s running club with more than 10,000 members nationwide, invites local women to get together to run/walk/jog and socialize. All skill levels (from beginning walkers to experienced marathoners) are welcome, and an encouraging and informative online support community is provided. To join the Orlando chapter, visit www.facebook.com/groups/centralflorida.mrtt on the web. For more information, email mrttcentralfl@gmail.com or visit www.momsrunthistown.com/centralfl.

Ongoing — Members Needed

The West Orange Women seeks women of all ages to join its social group where they “build friendships while helping others.” The 200-plus members enjoy more than 25 fun activities. For more information, visit www.westorangewomen.com.

Ongoing — Members Needed

The Baby Boomer Bunch of Southwest Orlando seeks members for its social group, which consists of men and women, single and married, born between 1946-64. Activities include dining out and more. For more information or to sign up, visit www.meetup.com/baby-boomer-bunch-west-orlandob.

Through April 18 — Income Tax Assistance Offered

Tax-Aide volunteers, trained and certified by the IRS, provide free income tax assistance at numerous sites through the Orange and Seminole counties area. Individuals seeking assistance should bring pertinent tax documents such as a copy of last year’s income-tax return; forms showing income earned, pensions and Social Security; 1099 forms, health insurance coverage info; a photo ID and Social Security cards for all those listed on the return. Free electronic filing is available at all sites. For more information, call 407-647-5233 or 888-227-7669, or visit www.aarp.org/taxaide.

March 22 — Mah-Jongg Players Needed

Experienced American mah-jongg players are needed for weekly play at Westerly’s Restaurant in MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando. Participants should bring their current national mah-jongg cards, mah-jongg sets and $4 in change to play. Time: Wednesdays at 11:45 a.m. For more information or to sign up, visit www.meetup.com/Orlando-American-Mah-Jongg-Players.

March 28 — Book Club Meetings

The Southwest Library at Dr. Phillips, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando, hosts meetings of the Southwest Book Club. February’s selection is The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant, and March’s selection is When We Meet Again by Kristin Harmel. Time: 7-8:45 p.m. For more information, call 407-835-7323.

April 6 — Retired Educators Meeting

The Orange County Retired Educators Association meets at College Park United Methodist Church, 644 W. Princeton St., Orlando, to celebrate National Volunteer Month. Anyone who has worked in education is invited. Time: 10 a.m. For more information, call 407-677-0446.


Support Groups

March 20 — Stroke Support Group Meeting

The Winter Park Civic Center, 1050 W. Morse Blvd., Winter Park, hosts a free meeting of the BCenter’s Stroke Support & Social Group. A deli-style lunch is provided. Reservations via email are requested to valerie@bcenter.com. Time: third Monday of each month from 12:30-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 888-942-9355.

April 11 — Support Group Meeting For Caregivers

The  Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center sponsors a free support group meeting for caregivers in the Suite 281 Conference Room (next to the south elevators on the second floor) at Health Central Hospital, 10000 W. Colonial Drive, Ocoee. Time: second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. For more information, call 407-843-1910 or visit www.adrccares.org.

April 17 — Stroke Support Group Meeting

The Winter Park Civic Center, 1050 W. Morse Blvd., Winter Park, hosts a free meeting of the BCenter’s Stroke Support & Social Group. A deli-style lunch is provided. Reservations via email are requested to valerie@bcenter.com. Time: third Monday of each month from 12:30-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 888-942-9355.


Volunteer Opportunities

Ongoing — Volunteers/Docents Needed

Oakland Nature Preserve, 747 Machete Trail, Oakland, seeks adults interested in learning about the history, wildlife, plants and restoration efforts at ONP to volunteer at the preserve to greet visitors, help answer questions and lead a tour from time to time. Workdays are held Mondays and/or Saturdays. For more information, email outreach@oaklandnaturepreserve.org or visit www.oaklandnaturepreserve.org/guide. To register online, visit oaklandnaturepreserve.org.

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

The Mustard Seed of Central Florida, 12 Mustard Seed Lane, Orlando, seeks volunteers who can help with donation sorting, mattress recycling, warehouse maintenance, administrative work, special events or general maintenance. For more information, call 407-875-2040, ext. 110; or email jessi@mustardseedfla.org.

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

The Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, which advocates for quality long-term care, seeks volunteers. Training is provided. For more information, call 888-831-0404 or visit ombudsman.myflorida.com.

Contributions to Community Bulletin Board are welcome. Please send information six weeks before the event to P.O. Box 851, Windermere, FL  34786; or email Lisa@kearneypublishing.com. 💓