Hands-on Gardening will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 1 at the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Garden, 633 Osceola Ave. It’s free. Call 407-647-6294 or visit www.polasek.org
“Whose Story Is It?: From Page to Stage” will feature playwright Arlene Hutton at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5 at the Annie Russell Theatre at Rollins College. She will discuss the creative process of evolving text to script as it relates to her latest work, “Letters to Sala”, an adaptation from Ann Kirschner’s book “Sala’s Gift: My Mother’s Holocaust Story”. Visit www.winterparkinstitute.org or call 407-691-1995.
On Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 6:30 p.m., the Florida Writers Association will present “Research Secrets for Successful Writers” by Doris Bloodsworth, Pulitzer nominee reporter, at the University Club of Winter Park. The Club is at the corner of Webster Avenue and Park Place. Contact Rick Feeney at email@example.com for more information.
“A Church Record—Photographs from the Tiffany Studios Ecclesiastical Department” will be on display in January at The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, 445 Park Ave. N. More than 30 photographs will be presented. The cost is $3 for adults, $1 for students and free for children younger than 12. Call 407-645-5311 or visit ww.morsemuseum.org
The Orange County Retired Educators Association will meet Thursday, Jan. 6 at 10 a.m. at College Park United Methodist Church, 644 W. Princeton St, Orlando. The program is "Laughter is the Answer" by Linda Hayes from the Winter Park Library. Visit ocrea-fl.org or call 407-677-0446. Anyone who has worked in education can join.
The Ivanhoe Village Main Street & the Arts Hub Florida present The Art Stroll of Ivanhoe Village from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7. This event will be on Orange Avenue, between Princeton and New Hampshire avenues. It is free and open to the public.
Vocalist and comedian Heather Alexander performs her first solo cabaret, “I Was Born to Entertain”, as part of the popular Winter Park Playhouse Spotlight Cabaret Series Friday, Jan. 7, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 8, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets include one drink from the bar. The Playhouse is 711-C Orange Ave. The cost is $20 and $15. Call 407-645-0145 or visit www.winterparkplayhouse.org
Beginning Jan. 8, A Comic Shop will be hosting a monthly art jam for local artists to come in, meet and work with each other on projects on the second Saturday of every month from 2-6 p.m. Visit www.acomicshop.com. The store is at 114 S. Semoran Blvd. in Winter Park.
New Year’s Eve events:
HARD ROCK LIVE: Hard Rock is celebrating New Year's Eve with Classic Albums Live: Saturday Night Fever and a disco dance party beginning at 10 p.m. Tickets cost $27.50 for floor and $50 for balcony.
(with photo) ENZIAN: Dress to kill: A James Bond New Year’s Party is at the Enzian Theater at 8 p.m. Enjoy a live DJ performing until 2 a.m., Bond-themed drink specials and the Academy Award-winning 1965 classic "Thunderball" playing outdoors at Eden Bar. Tickets are $25. For additional information, visit Enzian.org or call 407-629-1088.
Orlando Brewing: This organic brewery at 1301 Atlanta Ave. offers minimal to no cover charge for live music, snacks, local beer plus a champagne toast at midnight. Call 407-872-1117 for more information.
Universal CityWalk: See Bret Michaels live plus The Temptations and The Four Tops on the main stage, get admission into all clubs and enjoy an unlimited, gourmet buffet. Tickets are $119 advance and $129 after Dec. 27 and available at www.citywalkorlando.com or call 407-224-2690.
Avalon Park: Fireworks will burst over Avalon Lake at midnight in Avalon Park.
Wall Street Plaza: Enjoy eight different bar/restaurants at Wall Street Plaza’s annual Dec. 31 Block Party featuring live music, an outdoor dance floor and a complimentary midnight champagne toast. Different packages include dinner and private party areas. Visit www.wallstplaza.net
IceBar Orlando: Chill out with live entertainment, ice cage dancers, a champagne toast at midnight and a breakfast buffet at 1 a.m. Admission is $75 per person. Party is from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. For more information, visit www.icebarorlando.com
Blue Martini: Shake things up with a Midnight Masquerade Ball at Blue Martini at the Mall at Millenia. Visit www.bluemartinilounge.com