The Winter Park Police Department and the Victim Service Center of Central Florida will host free women’s safety awareness classes for all interested women that have a tie to the city of Winter Park. The classes will be on Thursday, Aug. 2, and Thursday, Aug. 9, from 6-8 p.m. at the police department, located at 500 N. Virginia Ave. The class is for women only, ages 14 and older. You must sign up to attend and the class is limited to the first 25 who sign up. Call Officer Kaitlin Gonzalez at 321-303-5884 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
President Barack Obama will speak at Rollins College at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Harold and Ted Alfond Sports Center, 1000 Holt Ave, Winter Park. Tickets are available to those who had tickets to the canceled event. Traffic congestion can be expected in the downtown area between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. There are no long-term road closures planned.
The First Friday Charity Festival & Arts Stroll is 6-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, along New Broad Street in the Baldwin Park Village Center. First Friday offers live music, drink specials, free samples, interactive activities and much more. This monthly event is free to the public and is both family and pet friendly. The August Art Stroll will showcase artist Rudy Drapiza, and benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Visit Facebook.com/BaldwinParkFirstFridayFestival for more information.
Date night at Leu Gardens featuring “Sherlock Holmes 2” is Friday, Aug. 3. Admission is free for Leu members, $5 plus tax for adults and $2 plus tax for children. Gardens open at 6 p.m. and movie begins at 8:30 p.m., weather permitting. Enjoy an outdoor movie in a beautiful garden.
Early voting for the primary election kicks off Saturday, Aug. 4, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 11. One of the 10 polling centers is the Winter Park Library, 460 E. New England Ave., which is open to Orange County voters from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Bring a photo ID. If a voter has moved since the last election – especially if they’ve crossed county lines – they are encouraged to call (407) 836-VOTE (8683) to update their registration record. Voters have until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, to request an absentee ballot. Visit www.orangecountyvotes.com
From noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 4, Jose Baranenko, the executive chef who helms the kitchen of mi Tomatina, a tapas, paella and wine bar in Hannibal Square, will prep, cook and share samples of traditional Spanish dishes at Williams-Sonoma at 150 S. Park Ave.
Winter Park Public Works Compound will have a household hazardous waste disposal from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 4.
(pic)If you’re about to go through sorority recruitment, visit Charyli, 400 Park Ave. South, Ste. 120, on Aug. 4 from 5-7 p.m. for Charyli Party! They will be featuring their picks for the best rush dresses. All Facebook friends will receive 10 percent off their purchase.
Winter Park executive women are invited to meet Orange County Public Schools’ new superintendent, Dr. Barbara Jenkins, at a back-to-school themed luncheon. In honor of the season, please bring a school supply donation for A Gift for Teaching. The luncheon will be on Monday, Aug. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Winter Park Welcome Center, 151 W. Lyman Ave. The cost is $20 for chamber members and $25 for non-members. RSVP by Aug. 3. For more information, call 407-644-8281 or visit winterpark.org
Join the Winter Park Police Department for an open house in observation of National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 6-8:30 p.m. National Night Out is a campaign to stand up against crime by participating in various activities. The open house will showcase crime prevention methods and recognize active neighborhood and business watch groups in our community. Any business interested in providing refreshments or gift cards to serve as door prizes should contact Lina Strube at 407-599-3664 or LStrube@cityofwinterpark.org
The Tarflower Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will meet at Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. Anne Cox, conservation chairwoman of the Florida Native Plant Society, will discuss "How Native Plant members can participate in public land management reviews." The meeting is free and open to the public. Come early and enjoy refreshments and visiting with other native plant enthusiasts.
Voters have until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8 to request an absentee ballot be mailed to them for the Aug. 14 Primary. After that deadline has passed, the voter will have to either visit the Elections Office in person or send a designee (with written permission) to pick up their absentee ballot, cast their ballot in person at an Early Voting Center (last day is Saturday, Aug. 11) or go to their assigned polling place on Election Day. For more information, call the Elections Office at 407-836-VOTE (8683).
You're invited to an open garden from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at DePugh Community Garden, 450 W. Welbourne Ave. (One block south of Morse Blvd., behind DePugh Nursing Center). Come see how rewarding, fun and healthy it is to grow your own vegetables in a community setting. Light refreshments will be served. Rain date is Aug. 10. Call 407-484-3000 or visit www.ourwholecommunity.org
The Art & History Museums – Maitland (A&H) continues its popular Summer Concerts in the Garden - Art. Music. Food. Architecture., on Friday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. The Dave Capp Project takes the stage for an evening of music and fun in the Main Garden, 231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland. Patrons can also hear literary readings from Maitland Poets & Writers, stop by the A&H’s Main Galleries to view the exhibition “A Day in the Life of the Research Studio,” and shop at the Museum Store. Back by popular demand is Feast Beast Food Truck. A bar is available for those who would like to purchase alcohol. Guests are not permitted to bring in their own alcohol. The Enzian partners with us, bringing delicious hot popcorn for our guests to enjoy. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or a low-backed chair. Admission is $3. For additional information, visit www.ArtandHistory.org or phone 407-539-2181.
Holler Honda is holding a blood drive on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to support Florida’s Blood Centers at 2211 N. Semoran Blvd. All donors will receive a Fandango movie pass as a thank-you gift. They also will be offering child identification cards through Children’s Safety Village from 10 a.m. to noon to help families prepare for emergencies such as hurricane evacuations. For more information, call 407-645-4123 ext. 1043.
Enzian will be showing Director Francis Ford Coppola’s legendary sequel “The Godfather Part II” on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 11 a.m. General admission is $8 and Enzian members pay $5. The Enzian is located at 1300 S. Orlando Ave. Purchase tickets at Enzian’s box office or at Enzian.org
The Young Executives of the Citrus Club, a network of young professionals in Central Florida, will host its fourth annual "Diamonds Are Forever" Casino Night benefit on Saturday, Aug. 11, at The Citrus Club, located on the 18th floor of the BB&T building, 225 S. Orange Ave. The event will feature a Texas Hold 'em and blackjack tournament, along with roulette and craps. All proceeds will benefit the Camaraderie Foundation, a local nonprofit that provides private counseling to military service members and their families. Registration is at 6 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased early for $75 and at the door for $85. Tickets can be purchased online at www.citrusclubdiamonds.com
Full Sail University will be having free Behind the Scenes tours on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 3300 University Blvd. The Full Sail University campus has the feel of a Hollywood studio — complete with a film back lot, recording studios, game studios, art studios, countless labs and creative spaces. Book your spot by calling 1-877-392-5697.
Central Florida Jazz Society’s inaugural fundraising event, aptly called a “Party with a Purpose,” is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at the Elks Lodge #1079, 12 N. Primrose Drive, Orlando. It benefits the CFJS Scholarship Fund and Elks Charities. Celebrate the most successful concert season in CFJS history, plus enjoy a 2012-13 preview. Tickets are $25 per person, or reserve a table for you and seven friends for $175. Admission includes Hors d'oeuvres, one drink ticket, live music and dancing, prizes and surprises! RSVP to Bill Boardman at 407-365-7455.
The primary election is Aug. 14. Visit http://bit.ly/P2nIpY for the list of candidates running in Orange County and more voter information.
Harriett’s Happy Hour on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at Luma on Park, 290 S. Park Ave., is sold out. Visit parkavenuefashionweek.com for other events associated with this year’s Harriett’s Park Avenue Fashion Week.
Winter Park Village is hosting its first annual TOAST! Wine and Spirits Walk on Thursday, Aug. 16, from 6-10 p.m. Sponsored by Audi and LA Fitness, the event will feature restaurants such as Truffles Grill, TAPS Wine and Beer Eatery, Mitchell’s Fish Market, Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, Publix and Menchie’s. For more information, visit www.toastwinterparkvillage.eventbite.com
Newcomers of Central Florida Inc.'s will host a black-and-white themed luncheon and general meeting on Thursday, Aug. 16. Members and guests are encouraged to wear black-and-white attire while gathering at Cafe Murano, 309 Cranes Roost Blvd. To commemorate the event's theme, attendees are invited to bring in their black-and-white baby photos to share with the group. There will also be a contest with black-and-white prizes awarded to the three club members who bring in the oldest newspapers or dated clippings. Luncheon tickets are priced at $23. Advance reservations are required. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact DeDe Fluhr at 407-366-9084 or visit newcomerscfl.org
The Winter Park Welcome Center will host Coffee Talk on Thursday, Aug. 16, from 8-9 a.m. with Vice Mayor Steven Leary.
(pic) Enzian will be featuring “Don Giovanni” (La Scala) on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 11 a.m. Mozart’s ultimate bad boy meets his match in Anna Netrebko, the opera world’s “hottest female star.” General admission is $20 and Enzian members pay $17.50. The Enzian is located at 1300 S. Orlando Ave. Purchase tickets at Enzian’s box office or Enzian.org
Big Bang Bazaar, an indie arts, crafts and vintage bazaar, is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Maitand Civic Center, 641 S. Maitland Ave. There will be a free swag bags to the first 100 attendees. Admission is $5; children 12 and younger are free. Visit www.bigbangbazaar.net
There will be a city blood drive on Monday, Aug. 20, at Winter Park City Hall from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Winter Park City Hall will be having a grand re-opening reception on Monday, Aug. 20, at 2 p.m.
The Sixth Annual Dog Days of Summer Wine and Beer Tasting is 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at The Doggie Door/Unleashed. It’s $25 in advance and $40 the day of the event. For more information, call 407-644-2969 or stop by the stores at 329 N. Park Ave.
Rally Day Kickoff at St. John Lutheran Church in Winter Park, will be held Sunday, Aug. 26, beginning at 10:15 a.m. The event includes: a backpack blessing; noon celebration with food trucks; water slides; and a bouncy house. Church is located at 1600 S. Orlando Ave. Call 407-644-1783.
The Winter Park Farmers Market is held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday. It is located at the old train depot, at 200 W. New England Ave. Visit CityofWinterPark.org
The Maitland Farmers Market is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday. It is located at Lake Lily Park. For more information, visit ItsMyMaitland.com or call 407-539-6268.
Food Truck Café is from 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday at Lake Lily Park in Maitland.
The Winter Park Food Truck Stop is located at 1127 N. Orlando Ave. and is open for food trucks 24/7. Follow the site on Facebook at tinyurl.com/FoodTruckStop
The second Friday of every month, local residents will have the opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy live music and performances while experiencing art and culture at the Maitland Chamber of Commerce. Contact email@example.com
RNR Registered Nurses Retired meets the third Wednesday of the month at Denny’s at 440 S. Semoran Blvd. for charitable works, educational offerings, fellowship and support. Call 407-281-1527.
Monday mornings at 11 a.m. at the Winter Park Community Center, there’s a 50-minute Deep Stretch Yoga class that is great for beginners, and anyone who wants to get an intensive stretch after a long run or bike ride. Classes are drop-in and cost $8. Contact the yoga instructor at 407-276-3478 or the Winter Park Community Center at 407-599-3275 for additional details. The Winter Park Community Center is located at 721 W. New England Ave.
On the first Wednesday of each month, the SOS (Survivors of Suicide) support group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Hospice, 8009 S. Orange Ave. Call Claudia Swonger to register at 407-206-2273.
The Art & History Museums – Maitland (A&H) has a new permanent exhibit, “Maitland’s Legacies: Creativity and Innovation” in the A&H’s Maitland Historical Museum, 221 W. Packwood Ave. The Art & History Museums – Maitland exhibit, “A Day in the Life of the Research Studio,” is at the A&H’s Maitland Art Center Galleries through Sept. 19. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults, and $2 for seniors (55 and older) and for children (4-18 years). A&H members and children younger than 3 are free.