Help U.S. veterans find new homes by attending the Cocktails for a Cause fundraiser to benefit Heroes' Commons at Jefferson Park from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21, at the University Club of Orlando, located at 150 E. Central Blvd. in Orlando. The cost to attend is a $50 donation. The event will include a cocktail reception and a silent auction. The Heroes' Commons at Jefferson Park housing village will offer flexible floor plans designed to accommodate veterans and their families as the homeowners, including those with physical challenges. For more information and to register, visit floridarealestatefoundation.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-513-7277.
Come out to the Food Truck Fiesta a Lake Baldwin Park on Saturday, Aug. 23, from noon to 5 p.m. for live music and great food. This fun, pet-friendly, family event occurs every fourth Saturday of the month. For more information, please call 407-296-5882 or email email@example.com
Enjoy a live broadcast of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Enzian Theater. Hailed by The Times as “a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle,” and winner of seven Olivier Awards in 2013, including Best New Play, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”is based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott. For more information, visit enzian.org
Get your child excited about going back to school from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 23 at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey’s Back To School Bird Bash. The Center is located at 1101 Audubon Way, Maitland. Win school supplies with games and activities focused on the center’s majestic birds. Call 407-644-0190 for more information.
At noon on Aug. 24, see “Babe” at the Enzian Theater as part of the Peanut Butter Matinee Family Film Series that usually occurs on the fourth Sunday of every month. It is always family friendly and only $5. A special kid’s menu will be offered. For more information, visit enzian.org
On Aug. 25 from 11 a.m. to noon, Harmony Yoga Studio will teach a donation-based yoga class on Enzian’s lawn. To participate, just bring your mat and a donation of your choice. A portion of the proceeds will support Enzian’s mission to entertain, inspire, educate, and connect the community through film.
On Wednesday, Aug. 27, and Thursday, Aug. 28, at 7:30 p.m., Todd Allen Long will perform in The Winter Park Playhouse Spotlight Cabaret series with his new solo cabaret “How Did I Get Here?” Long will be accompanied by Playhouse musical director Christopher Leavy on piano. For more information, visit winterparkplayhouse.org
On Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., come discuss “The Kitchen House” by Kathleen Grissom at the Maitland Public Library, as part of the Contemporary Authors Series. Visit maitlandpubliclibrary.org for more information.
Bring the whole family and a blanket for a free outdoor viewing of “Toy Story” on Thursday, Aug. 28, at 8 p.m. in Winter Park’s Central Park. For more information, visit enzian.org
Learn self-defense forms and get healthy at Tae Kwon Do classes at the Maitland Civic Center. Sessions run from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays under the instruction of world champion Grand Master Harms. Cost is $60 per month. For more information, call 407-461-5932 or email MasterHarms@hotmail.com
Come out to the Crosby YMCA in Winter Park every Thursday at 6 p.m. for exercise and advice at its Walk with a Doc program. Residents can get their health questions answered by Florida Hospital physicians and take a 30-minute walk to receive a prize. Contact the Crosby YMCA at 407-644-3606 or visit HealthyCentralFlorida.org for more information.
Best Paw Forward offers small group classes for dog obedience and behavior problem solving. The classes will be held at the Maitland Civic Center from 7 to 9 p.m. every Monday. There are classes for pups 8-18 weeks old, a basic manners program for older pups and adult dogs, and intermediate and advanced obedience classes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 407-321-1006 for more information.
Explore the rich and multicultural history behind the art of puppetry at the collaborative exhibition by The Polasek Museum and MicheLee Puppets. The exhibit runs through Aug. 24 at the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens. Call 407-647-6294 for times and visit polasek.org for more information.
Join dance instructor Michael Barbieri at his Salsa Heat Dance Studio to learn salsa dancing. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Maitland Civic Center. Cost is $10 per class, $79 for 10 classes, and $159 for 25 classes. Visit salsaorlando.com or call 407-275-0943 for more information.