COMMUNITY CALENDAR

June 22 — Walk A Mile In Her Shoes

Harbor House of Central Florida’s fifth annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes, including music, food trucks and vendors, starts at the Orange County Courthouse and ends at Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center. Participants strap on stilettos, slip on slingbacks or prance in pumps for the walk. Sponsorships are available. Time: 5 p.m. for check-in and 6 p.m. for the event. Proceeds benefit Harbor House of Central Florida. For more information or to register, visit wam2017.kintera.org.

Charities/Fundraisers

June 17 — Puttin’ On The Litz

Ports of Call at SeaWorld hosts Puttin’ on the Litz in support of Alex Litz, who sustained a traumatic brain injury in a life-altering automobile accident. The event includes dancing and a live auction. Time: 6 p.m. Cost: $65 in advance, $75 at the door. In addition, to help with the financial burden of Alex’s uninsured expenses, a fundraising campaign in his honor has been established with HelpHopeLive. To purchase tickets for the fundraiser or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit www.helphopelive.org, search “Alex Litz,” then click on the fundraising event. For more information, email puttinonthelitz@gmail.com.

June 23 & 24 — Mascot Games

Amway Center hosts the 24th annual Mascot Games, sponsored by New Hope for Kids and presented by Wawa. Twenty-four of the best and most popular mascots from across North America join Orlando Magic’s Stuff for the annual competition. Time: Friday at 12:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. Cost: Tickets start at $12, with proceeds benefiting New Hope for Kids, which provides support to children and families grieving the death of a loved one and grants wishes to local children with life-threatening illnesses. For more information, visit amwaycenter.com or www.mascotgames.org.

July 22 — Celebrating Independence Gala

Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando, hosts Center for Independent Living’s annual Celebrating Independence Gala, including an orange-carpet entrance, silent auction, complimentary cocktails, dinner and the presenting of this year’s Beverly Chapman Legacy Award to Andy Gardiner. Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Cost: $80, with proceeds benefiting CIL’s mission to create a fully inclusive community in Central Florida and continue helping people impacted by disabilities. For more information, call 407-623-1070, ext. 131; or email bpilcher@cilorlando.org.

Children’s/Teen Programs

Through 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.

Through 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.

June 17 & 21 — Library Programs

Windermere Library, 530 Main St., Windermere, offers the following programs for children: Celebrate Summer With Mix 105.1 on June 17 at 11 a.m. for ages 6-12, and Mr. Tim the Comedy Magician on June 21 at 10:30 a.m. for ages 6-12. For more information, visit www.ocls.info.

June 19 & 26 — Library Programs

Southwest Library at Dr. Phillips, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando, offers the following programs for children: Preschool Dance Party on June 19 at 10:30 a.m. for ages 3-5; and Cuisine Corner Junior — Lemonade Crave on June 26 at 3 p.m. for ages 8-12. For more information, visit www.ocls.info.

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.

Through June 23 — Improve Your English Reading Workshop

Southwest Library at Dr. Phillips, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando, offers the Improve Your English Reading Workshop that helps with conversational skills, vocabulary, pronunciation and comprehension by reading a book. Walk-ins are welcome. Time: Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. For more information, call 407-422-1540 or visit adultliteracyleague.org.

June 16, 23 & 30 — 50+ Yoga Classes

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts 50+ Yoga classes. Participants are encouraged to bring a yoga mat and blocks. Time: Fridays at 9:30 a.m. Cost: $2. For more information, email cathy.infiniteyoga@gmail.com.

June 19, 21, 26 & 28 — 50+ Fitness Aerobics Classes

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts 50+ Fitness Aerobics classes. Exercise mats are provided. Time: Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:45 a.m. Cost: $2. For more information, email fit4ever40f@cfl.rr.com.

June 20, 22, 27 & 29 — Strength For Life 50+ Classes

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts Strength for Life 50+ group strength classes. Participants are encouraged to bring exercise bands and free weights. Exercise mats are provided. Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Cost: $2. For more information, email fit4ever40f@cfl.rr.com.

June 20, 22, 27 & 29 — Cardio/Strength Interval Classes

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts cardio/strength interval classes. Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. Cost: $5 per class or $30 per month. For more information, email Chris Smith at csmith@st.lukes.org.

June 20 & 27 — Stitching-Group Gatherings

The Twisted Stitchers stitching group meets at the Southwest Library at Dr. Phillips, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. All crafters are invited to attend. Time: Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call Alouise Bergeron, 407-351-1324.

Events/Performances

Through July 2 — Animal Crackers Performances

The Harriett Theatre at Mad Cow Theatre, 54 W. Church St. (second floor), Orlando, presents performances of Animal Crackers, a Marx Brothers musical comedy. Time: Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Cost: Ticket prices start at $33. For more information, call 407-297-8788, ext. 1; or visit madcowtheatre.com.

Through Sept. 10 — Art Exhibition

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park, hosts Patrick Martinez: American Memorial, a solo exhibition. Time: Tuesday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 407-646-2526 or visit www.rollins.edu/cfam.

June 15-Aug. 5 — Movie Series

As part of its 2017 Summer Movie Series, Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden, presents the following movies on select evenings in June, July and August: Thursday Vintage Favorites are The Sting on June 15; To Kill a Mockingbird on June 22; The Wizard of Oz on June 29; Citizen Kane on July 6; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly on July 13; Frankenstein on July 20; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers on July 27; and Meet Me in St. Louis on Aug. 3. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: $8. Big Screen Binge Series on Saturdays are Back to the Future trilogy on June 17, A Tribute to Audrey Hepburn Series on June 24, The Godfather trilogy on July 15, Star Trek series on July 22, and The Blondes of Alfred Hitchcock series on Aug. 5. For more information, call 407-877-4736 or visit gardentheatre.org on the Web.

June 16 — Movie In The Park & Food Truck Event

As part of Ocoee’s Movie in the Park & Food Truck events, Bill Breeze Park, 125 N. Lakeshore Drive, hosts a screening of Sing, presented by Illumination. Time: 6-9 p.m. for food trucks; the movie starts at 8:30 p.m. The movie viewing is free, and food truck prices vary. For more information, call 407-905-3180 or visit www.ocoee.org.

June 16 & 17 — American Roadtrip Performances

Calvary Assembly, 1199 Clay St., Winter Park, hosts performances of Central Florida Community Arts’ American Roadtrip, performed by the 155-piece CFCArts Symphony Orchestra. Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $10 for advance general seating, $15 for prime seating, and $25 for priority seating. Children 12-younger are free. Tickets will be available at the door for $15 (general seating) and $25 (priority seating). For more information, call 407-937-1800, ext. 710; or email boxoffice@cfcommunityarts.com.

June 17 — Hot Dogs, Cool Cats Adopt-A-Thon

Orange County Animal Services, 2769 Conroy Road, Orlando, hosts the Hot Dogs, Cool Cats Adopt-a-Thon, during which there are reduced adoption fees for animals, and all adopters receive a special goody bag. Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, call 407-836-3111 or email animalservices@ocfl.net.

June 17 — Grand Opening Event

My Family Orthodontics, 7848 Winter Garden Vineland Road, Suite 100, Windermere, holds a grand opening event, including special pricing offers for treatment, face painting and entertainment for the family. Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call 407-258-3262 or visit www.myfamilyortho.com.

June 24 — Book Launch Celebration

The Albertson Room at Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd., Orlando, hosts a book launch celebration for Kiss Me Kill You by Larissa C. Hardesty. The author will read from the book, answer audience questions and sign books. Books will be available for purchase. Time: 1-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 407-835-7323 or visit www.ocls.info.

June 24 — Fourth Of July Celebration

The Hyatt Regency Atrium at Orlando International Airport hosts the annual Liberty Weekend Orlando Philharmonic Performance. This year’s theme is “From Sea to Shining Sea.” Time: 7:45 p.m. Admission is free, as well as three complimentary hours in the parking garage. (Please do not use SunPass/E-pass). For more information, call 407-825-2055.

July 4 — All American Kids Parade & Breakfast

The Winter Garden Masonic Lodge, 230 Bay St., Winter Garden, hosts the 14th annual All American Kids Parade & Breakfast, including entertainment, fun activities and IDs for children. Time: 8-10 a.m. for breakfast; the parade begins at 10 a.m. (line up at 9:45 a.m.) For more information, call 407-656-3244.

July 4 — Fireworks At The Fountain

Downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola Park hosts the 40th annual Fireworks at the Fountain, including children’s activities, live music, food and beverages available for purchase and a fireworks display. Time: 4-10 p.m. Fireworks are at 9:10 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.cityoforlando.net/fireworks.

Aug. 11 — Donald Fagen & The Nightflyers Performance

Hard Rock Live at Universal CityWalk hosts a performance by Donald Fagen & The Nightflyers. For more information, call 407-351-5483 or visit hardrock.com.

Miscellaneous

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. Fern Creek Ave., Orlando. For more information, visit www.soschorus.com.

Through June 30 — Don Quijote Award Nomination Deadline

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando and Prospera officially opened nominations for the 20th annual Don Quijote Awards. Categories are Hispanic Business of the Year (five years or less), Hispanic Business of the Year (more than five years), Professional of the Year, Excellence and Hispanic Community Champion. (Winners will be announced at the Don Quijote Awards Gala on Dec. 9.) Nominations are accepted through June 30 and must be submitted through the event’s official website at www.donquijoteawards.com.\

June 17, 24 & July 1 — Farmers Markets

Winter Garden Farmers Market — voted No. 1 in America by American Farmland Trust in Washington, D.C. — 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.

June 18 — Father’s Day Picnic Buffet

Harry’s Poolside Bar & Grill at Rosen Centre, 9840 International Drive, Orlando, offers a Father’s Day Picnic Buffet, including one complimentary beer for each paying dad, fresh soups, salads, grilled and smoked entrées, dessert and more. Time: noon-6 p.m. Cost: $29.50, adults; $14.50, children 4-12. For more information, call 407-996-8551 or visit rosencentre.com/fathersday.

June 18, 25 & July 2 — Farmers Markets

The Lakefront Farmers Market in Summerport Village, an eclectic market that features unique offerings from local growers, crafters and artisans, takes place at 13790 Bridgewater Crossing Blvd., Windermere. Time: Sundays from noon-4 p.m. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/summerportvillagemarket/about/.

June 21 & 28 — Dances For Seniors

The Belles and Beaus Dance Club sponsors a dance for seniors at the Marks Street Recreation Complex, 99 E. Marks St., Orlando. Music is provided by Soft Touch, and singles and couples are welcome. Refreshments are available. Time: Wednesdays from 7-9:30 p.m. Cost: $5 per person. Men attending the dances for the first time are free. For more information, call 407-644-4200.

June 22 — Food Truck Takeover

MetroWest Food Truck Takeover takes place in Veranda Park near 2121 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando. Time: the fourth Thursday of each month from 6-9 p.m. For more information, visit metrowestcommunity.com.

June 26 — Drop-In Chess Game

The S.C. Battaglia Memorial Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St., hosts a drop-in chess game for all skill levels. Staff will be available for instruction, as well as chess sets and rule sheets. All ages are welcome. Time: 3-4:30 p.m. For more information, call 407-835-7323. To register, visit calendar.ocls.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp.

July 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.

Networking/Clubs

Ongoing — Mah-Jongg Players Needed For New Group

Experienced American mah-jongg players are needed for a new weekly group. As soon as there are enough members, the group will play at Westerly’s Restaurant in MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando. Time: Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Participants should bring their current national mah-jongg cards, mah-jongg sets and $4 in change to play. For more information and to sign up, call Renee, 407-219-4518.

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.

June 20 & 27 — Toastmasters Meetings

The Seventh-day Adventist Church Hall, 4100 McKinnon Road, Windermere, hosts Windermere Toastmasters Club No. 4662754 meetings. Attendees learn to develop their oral communication and leadership skills in a supportive and positive learning environment. Time: Tuesdays at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.windermeretoastmasters.org.

June 21 & 28 — Toastmasters Meetings

The Florida Turnpike Headquarters Building No. 5315 in the Turkey Lake Service Area on Florida’s Turnpike at Mile Marker 263, hosts Turnpike Toastmasters meetings. Guests must check in at the reception desk for meeting access. Time: Wednesdays from noon-1 p.m. For more information, visit 2362.toastmastersclubs.org.

June 27 — Book Club Meeting

The Southwest Library at Dr. Phillips, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando, hosts a meeting of the Southwest Book Club for age 18-older. This month’s selection is A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler, and July’s selection is Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Time: 7-8:45 p.m. For more information, call 407-835-7323.

July 5 — Orlando Story Club Meeting

The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive, Orlando, hosts a meeting of the Orlando Story Club, during which anyone who wishes to tell a personal story has a chance to put their name in a hat. Selected individuals showcase their storytelling for the enrichment of the local community. Time: first Wednesday of every other month from 7-9:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost: $5 at the door with an optional donation for different Orlando philanthropic organizations. For more information, visit www.orlandostoryclub.com or www.orlandoslice.com.

Support Groups

July 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.

July 13 — Cancer Support Ministry

Building A, Room 201, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts a cancer support ministry for individuals and families affected by cancer. The meeting, led by cancer survivors and caregivers, is open to all cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and loved ones in the community. Time: the second Thursday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, call 407-876-4991, ext. 262; email care@st.lukes.org or visit www.st.lukes.org/care.

July 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.

Volunteers

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

Relay For Life of Dr. Phillips seeks forward-thinking, creative and dedicated individuals from the Dr. Phillips, International Drive, MetroWest and Millennia communities to bring Relay For Life of Dr. Phillips to the next level of success as part of its Event Leadership Team. The event will be held in spring 2018. Experience working in a team environment is a must. The American Cancer Society provides training through webinars, round tables and support from a community representative. For more information, email Fernando Carrasquillo at fernando.carrasquillo@cancer.org.

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

Seniors First seeks 50 volunteers to assist in fulfilling the high demand of its Meals on Wheels program, which provides meals and outreach to seniors who are unable to prepare or have meals otherwise provided. There are eight pickup areas in the Greater Orlando area, and the commitment is once per week for approximately 1.5-2 hours on weekday mornings. Volunteers must be 18-older and have a valid driver license, insurance and reliable transportation. For more information, email lshumaker@seniorsfirstinc.org or visit seniorsfirstinc.org.

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

The Winter Garden Heritage Foundation History Center, 21 E. Plant St., Winter Garden, seeks friendly, responsible volunteers to staff the welcome center by greeting guests and answering questions. Weekday hours are available from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and/or 2-5 p.m. For more information, call Jim or Lynne, 407-656-3244; or visit wghf.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.

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

Vitas Healthcare of Central Florida seeks hospice volunteers to provide relief for caregivers, offer companionship for patients, run errands and help in small but meaningful ways. Assignments and schedules are made according to the volunteer’s preferences. For more information or to attend an orientation class, call 407-691-4541.

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

Hospice of the Comforter, which cares for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families facing an incurable illness, seeks volunteers with a compassionate heart. For more information, call Jacque King, 407-379-2254; or email jacqueline.king2@flhosp.org.

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