COMMUNITY CALENDAR

compiled by Lisa Sagers


SPOTLIGHT


Nehrling Gardens in Gotha hosts its fourth annual Corks, Caladiums & Canvases fundraising event on April 30.


April 30 — Corks, Caladiums & Canvases

Nehrling Gardens, 2267 Hempel Ave., Gotha, hosts its fourth annual Corks, Caladiums & Canvases, a fundraising event that includes strolls through the historic gardens, live music, a silent auction, wine and food samples, and artists at work. Time: 4-7 p.m. Cost: $55 in advance, $65 at the door. For more information, call 407-455-9977, email info@nehrlinggardens.org or visit www.nehrlinggardens.org.


Charities/Fundraisers

April 26 — Argentinian Wine-Tasting Event

Texas de Brazil Churrascaria, 5259 International Drive, Orlando, hosts a  Bodegas Salentein wine-tasting event to benefit the American Red Cross Service to Armed Forces. Throughout the past six years, the Texas de Brazil restaurant has raised nearly $145,000 for the nonprofit organization. Time: 6:30 p.m. Cost: $35. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit bit.ly/2kolhjv.

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.

May 1 — One Celebrity Golf Classic

The Golden Bear Club at Keene’s Pointe, 6300 Jack Nicklaus Parkway, Windermere, hosts the Give Kids The World Hope in One Celebrity Golf Classic, presented by Holiday Inn Club Vacations, when participants play 18 holes of golf with professionals/celebrities to raise funds for GKTW. Time: 7:30 a.m. for registration. For more information, email royc@gktw.org or visit www.hopeinonegolf.org.

May 10 — The J Ball

Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando, hosts The J Ball, including heavy hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, live entertainment and a silent auction. Cathy Cotter will be honored with the Harriet Weiss JCC Legacy Award. Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Cost: $95, with proceeds benefiting The Roth Family JCC. (Tickets are $75 for JCC preschool, J University and Jewish Academy parents and seniors.) For more information, call Keith, 407-621-4042; or visit orlandojcc.org.

May 12 — Hearts Of Gold Concert

Hard Rock Live, 6050 Universal Blvd., Orlando, hosts Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida’s annual Hearts of Gold concert event, presented by Reed Nissan. Activities include complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. Time: 6 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.centralfloridahomeless.org/events/hearts-gold-concert/.

May 20 — Orlando NF Walk

Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake, 3401 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando, hosts the fourth annual Orlando NF Walk to raise awareness and funds for neurofibromatosis (NF) research NF is an under-recognized genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body. Activities include food, face painting, live music, costumed superheroes and fun. The public is welcome, and registration is required. On-leash dogs are welcome, too. Time: 9 a.m. for check-in, 10 a.m. for walk. For more information, visit www.nfwalk.org/orlando.

May 21 — Donations Needed

Southwest resident and Realtor John Scolaro seeks donations for his Team in Training, participating in the Gran Fondo New York 100-mile cycling event. Proceeds benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In addition, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza will donate 20 percent of tracked dine-in and takeout sales every Tuesday in May. (Tell your server you are supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.) Café de Paris is donating $1 for every bag of coffee or box of K-Cups purchased online or at the restaurant. For more information, visit pages.teamintraining.org/ncfl/granfndny17/jscolaro.


Children’s/Teen Programs

May 6 — Art Class Registration Opens

Women in the Arts at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 801 Hastings St., Orlando, sponsors free summer art classes for youth in grades pre-K-12. Classes take place Saturdays from 2-4 p.m. in June-July. Space is limited. Registration opens May 6 at 11 a.m. at www.womeninthearts.org/csa-art-classes and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. To become a sponsor, donate or volunteer, call Maria, 407-491-3884. For more information, visit www.womeninthearts.org/csa-art-classes.

May 29-June 29 — Teen Volunteers Needed

The Orlando Public Library seeks Teen Library Corps volunteers between the ages of 13-18. Participants volunteer twice per week for three-hour shifts. Must be dependable, punctual, willing to complete assigned projects/tasks, and a team player. For more information, email youthservices@ocls.info or visit teens.ocls.info/volunteer.

June 3-Aug. 5 — Summer Reading Program

Orange County parents can register their children in fun, educational camps, classes and events at 16 library locations across Orange County as part of the Orange County Library System’s Summer Reading Program. Except for a handful of camps that require a small materials fee, all the library’s Summer Reading Program events are free to OCLS cardholders. For more information, visit at_ocls.info/srp.


Classes/Programs

Ongoing — Health & Wellness Program

The public is invited to learn about a simple change that is a necessary foundation in supporting health, reducing health risks, increasing energy and empowering the immune system. Time: Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m. For more information, including the Orlando location, call 407-325-6174.


Events/Performances

Through May 5 — Art In The Chambers Exhibit

The Commission Chambers at the Orange County Administration Center, 201 S. Rosalind Ave., Orlando, hosts Art in the Chambers, an exhibit that features new works in a variety of media by the art faculty of Valencia College. For more information, call 407-836-4450 or visit ocfl.net/arts.

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.

April 23-29 — Winter Park Paint Out

The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens hosts the ninth annual Winter Park Paint Out, during which the museum, sculpture gardens and gallery are open and free to the public. Twenty-five professionally acclaimed plein air artists paint at the Polasek and locations nearby with art lovers invited to watch the artists work, view their recently completed paintings in the gallery, and attend free painting demonstrations. Artwork is available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds going to support the museum. This year, each painting demonstration begins with a poem read by a local poet, courtesy of the Kerouac Project of Orlando. For more information, visit winterparkpaintout.org.

April 28 & 29 — Seussical The Musical Performances

Central Florida Community Arts’ High School Musical Theatre Company performs Seussical the Musical at College Park United Methodist Church, 644 W. Princeton St., Orlando. Time: Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Cost: $10, free for children 12-younger. For more information, call 407-937-1800, ext. 710; email boxoffice@cfcommunityarts.com; or visit cfcommunityarts.com.

May 5 & 6 — A Night On Broadway Performances

Holy Family Catholic School’s Genesian Players present performances called A Night on Broadway, including a special tribute to the late Nancy Sell-Dane, art teacher and musical art director, who passed away the day after Christmas. The show features song and dance numbers from dozens of shows students performed during the past two decades. Cost: $7. Time: 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.hfcschool.com.

May 5, 6 & 7 — Orlando Ballet Performances

As part of Orlando Ballet: Masterworks, the Walt Disney Theater at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts hosts performances of Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story. Time: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Ticket prices start at $35. For more information, call 844-513-2014, email boxoffice@drphillipscenter.org or visit drphillipscenter.org.

May 7 — MetroWest MusicFest

MetroWest Golf Club, Orlando, hosts the 2017 MetroWest MusicFest, a free event that features multigenre bands and musical talent. Time: 3-8 p.m. For more information or to register to become an exhibitor, call 407-601-5995 or email mwma.admin@cfl.rr.com.


Holy Family Catholic School hosts two performances of the Genesian PlayersA Night on Broadway, including a special tribute to the late Nancy SellDane (center), HFCS’s art teacher and musical art director, on May 5 and May 6.


May 5 & 6 — A Night On Broadway Performances

Holy Family Catholic School’s Genesian Players present performances called A Night on Broadway, including a special tribute to the late Nancy Sell-Dane, art teacher and musical art director, who passed away the day after Christmas. The show features song and dance numbers from dozens of shows students performed during the past two decades. Cost: $7. Time: 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.hfcschool.com.

May 7 — MetroWest MusicFest

MetroWest Golf Club, Orlando, hosts the 2017 MetroWest MusicFest, a free event that features multigenre bands and musical talent. Time: 3-8 p.m. For more information or to register to become an exhibitor, call 407-601-5995 or email mwma.admin@cfl.rr.com.

May 13 & 14 — Spring Concerts

The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando, hosts the Orlando Gay Chorus’ performances of Happy Gays Are Here Again, OGC’s annual spring concerts. Time: Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door, $10 for students. Early seating is an additional $5 per ticket. For more information, call 407-841-7464 or visit www.orlandogaychorus.org.


Miscellaneous

Through June 1 — New Musical Discovery Submission Deadline

Florida Theatrical Association is accepting entries for the second annual New Musical Discovery Series, a showcase for new musicals to be presented Sept. 8-10, at The Mezz and The Abbey in downtown Orlando. Two works will receive a staged reading, and one additional work will have a workshop presented, featuring local directors and talent. Entries must include a full script, as well as basic recordings of at least six songs from the musical. For more information, visit www.floridatheatrical.org.

May 6 — Farmers Markets

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

May 9 — Acting Auditions

The Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden, holds acting auditions for the first three shows of its 2017-18 theatrical season: Jesus Christ Superstar, The Odd Couple and Annie. All roles are paid, and a diverse range of ethnicity in actors is sought. For more information, to upload a photo and résumé, and to schedule an appointment, visit gardentheatre.org/audition.

May 9 — Acting Auditions

The Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden, holds acting auditions for the first three shows of its 2017-18 theatrical season: Jesus Christ Superstar, The Odd Couple and Annie. All roles are paid, and a diverse range of ethnicity in actors is sought. For more information, to upload a photo and résumé, and to schedule an appointment, visit gardentheatre.org/audition.

May 10, 17, 24 & 31 — 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, call 407-219-4518 or visit www.meetup.com/orlando-american-mah-jongg-players.


Networking/Clubs

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. 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 each year. 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-orlando.

May 4 — Retired Educators Meeting & Luncheon

The Orange County Retired Educators Association meets at College Park United Methodist Church, 644 W. Princeton St., Orlando, for its spring luncheon. Anyone who has worked in education is invited. Reservations are required. Time: noon. Cost: $14. For more information, call 407-644-7092.

May 18 — Florida Native Plant Society Meeting

The Pine Lily chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society meets in the Kissimmee Utility Authority Building Board Room, 1701 W. Carroll St., Kissimmee. Activities include a presentation about 10 native plants of the month, a guest speaker and native gardening tips. Time: the fourth Thursday of every month at 6-6:30 p.m. for socializing and refreshments; 6:30-8:30 p.m. for meeting. For more information, call 321-388-4781, email pinelilyfnps@aol.com or visit www.fnps.org.


Support Groups

May 9 — 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.

May 15 — 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 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. 💓