May 7 — MOPS Invitation
Discovery MOPS — Mothers of Preschoolers — meets at Discovery Church, 4400 S. Orange Ave., Orlando. On-site child care for ages 0-5, with background-checked and trained child care providers, is available. Time: Tuesday from 9-11:30 a.m. through May 2013. Cost: Yearly fee of $35, which includes breakfast, playdates and child care. The first meeting is free, and partial and free scholarships are available. For more information, visit www.discoverychurch.org on the Web.
May 14 — New Members Needed
Femmes de Coeur (Women of Heart) seeks new members. The 501(c)(3) organization raises funds for a variety of Central Florida charities. Time: Meetings are the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, call Jill Rees, 407-423-7243; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit www.femmesdecoeur.org on the Web.
May 16 — New Members Welcome
The West Orange Women welcomes visitors and potential members to its luncheon meetings, held at various locations in the Southwest Orlando area. Reservations are required. Time: the third Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. Cost: $25-$28, includes lunch and an interesting program. For more information, call Dottie, 407-258-8155; or Mary, 407-352-7264; or visit www.westorangewomen.com on the Web.
May 6, 13 & 20 — Meditation Series
Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park, hosts a meditation and stretching class in the Polasek Gardens. Registration is required. Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost: $10, nonmembers; $8, members. For more information, call 407-647-6294, or visit www.polasek.org or www.terireuter.com on the Web.
May 7 — Educational Series
Religion 101, a free adult educational series about understanding the community’s major religious groups, takes place at Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland. This month’s program includes a panel of the presenters throughout the series, and reservations are recommended. Time: 7-8:30 p.m. For more information, call 407-628-0555 or email email@example.com.
May 7, 14, 21 & 28 — 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 Aloise Bergeron, 407-351-1324.
May 8, 15, 22 & 29 — Surgical Weight-Loss Informational Meetings
Keith Kim, M.D., and his team hold free surgical weight-loss informational meetings at Florida Hospital Celebration Health, 400 Celebration Place, Celebration. Time: Wednesdays at 6 p.m. For more information, call 407-303-4425 or visit www.celebrationbariatric.com on the Web.
May 14 & 16 — Caregiver Seminar Series
Counsel for Caregivers sponsors a free seminar series at West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee, and Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd., Orlando. Topics include Why Your Ill Parents Fool Their Doctors and What to Do About It; How to Reduce Out-Of-Pocket Medical Expenses; Lessons of Heartache and Grace: Coping With Chronic Pain or Terminal Illness; Conversations You Should Be Having With Your Doctor and How to Have Them; Elder Safety — Hear From a Variety of Experts, and more. Time: second Tuesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at West Oaks Library; third Thursday of each month at 12:10 p.m. at Orlando Public Library. Online registration is required via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call 407-836-7446.
May 15, 18, 22 & 25 — Library Programs
The Windermere Library, 530 Main St., Windermere, hosts the following free programs: May 15 at 6 p.m., a workshop on karate, jujitsu and other Chinese martial arts. For more information, visit www.bassaikaratedojo.webs.com; May 18 at 2 p.m., Belly-Dance with Ilia. Refreshments are served; May 22 at 6 p.m., the Healing Spices of Asia with certified health coach Shahnaz Nensey. Reservations are required. For more information, call 407-835-7323; and May 25 at 10:30 a.m., the screening of Mulan and a craft for children 6-12.
May 15 — Stitching-Group Gathering
An informal stitching group meets at First Baptist Church Windermere, 300 Main St., FLC Room 108, Windermere. Techniques practiced include cross-stitch, needlepoint, quilting and more. Time: first and third Wednesday of every month from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For more information, call Marjorie, 407-877-1011.
May 20, 23, 27 & 30 — Fencing Classes For Seniors
Orange County Parks and Recreation Division’s Marks Street Senior Recreation Complex, 99 E. Marks St., Orlando, offers fencing classes. Time: Mondays and Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Cost: $7 per session. For more information, call 407-254-1066.
May 20 & 27 — Speech Programs
The Turnpike Toasters hold SpeechCraft meetings, during which members learn leadership and communication skills as part of Toastmasters International, at the City of Ocoee Community Center, 125 N. Lakeshore Drive, Ocoee. Time: Mondays from 5:15-6:30 p.m. Cost: $20. For more information, visit www.turnpiketoasters.org on the Web.
May 21 & 28 — Gym Program
Jim Beech Recreation Center, 1820 A.D. Mims Road, Ocoee, hosts the Autism & Related Disabilities Gym Program Inc., a free program for individuals with disabilities that includes basketball, kickball, swimming, field trips, bowling, a family barbecue, prom party and more. High school students who volunteer earn volunteer service hours. Time: Tuesdays from 6:15-7:15 p.m. For more information, call Jo-Anne Houwers, 407-234-7456; email email@example.com; or visit www.autismgym.org on the Web.
May 30 — Women’s Workshop
Jennifer Magbanua, a licensed marriage and family therapist, holds a free, confidential workshop/group meeting for women seeking more balance and less stress in their lives, in the Conference Room at Holy Family Counseling Center, 5125 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando. Reservations are required. Time: 6:30-8 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, call 407-536-8877.
June 1 — Fundraising Gala
The Peabody Orlando, 9801 International Drive, Orlando, hosts Give Kids The World’s Silver Anniversary Black & White Gala, a black-tie fundraising event that includes dinner, an open bar, dancing, entertainment, a silent auction and more. Time: 6:30 p.m. for cocktails; 7:30 p.m. for dinner and dancing. Cost: $350, with proceeds benefiting GKTW. For more information, visit www.givekidstheworld.com/gala on the Web.
June 2 — Fundraising Event
Femmes de Coeur sponsors its sixth annual Let Us Entertain You, including a fundraising dance challenge, live and silent auctions, a cash bar and more, at The Ballroom at Church Street, 225 S. Garland Ave., Orlando. Time: 4-9 p.m. Cost: $75, with proceeds benefiting four local nursing colleges. For more information, call 407-620-3987, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.femmesdecoeur.org on the Web.
June 14 — Fundraising Art Event
The Mezz in downtown Orlando hosts the fourth annual In the Artist’s Studio, featuring artist Terry Hummel and including a moderated discussion by WKMG’s Lauren Rowe, art exhibition, silent auction, entertainment, and complimentary food and beverages. Time: 6:30-10 p.m. Cost: $35, with proceeds benefiting the Downtown Arts District. For more information, call 407-648-7060 or visit www.artiststudio.eventbrite.com on the Web.
Through May 26 — The Wizard Of Oz Performances
Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden, presents performances of The Wizard of Oz, featuring a cast of more than 50 local children and adults. Time: Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Cost: $29; $25, seniors/students; $12, 12-younger. For more information, call 407-877-4736 or visit www.gardentheatre.org on the Web.
May 2 — Art Museum Event
Orlando Museum of Art Associates, 2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando, hosts Boiler Plate Ball: Steampunk Steps Out, a 1st Thursdays event that includes art, food, drinks and more. Time: 6-9 p.m. Cost: $10, nonmembers; free for OMA members. For more information, call 407-896-4231 or visit www.omart.org/programs/1st-thursdays on the Web.
May 3 — Library Program
Southwest Library at Dr. Phillips, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando, in partnership with The Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips, hosts the eighth annual Author Series, featuring New York Times bestselling author Charles Martin. Time: Doors open at 6 p.m.; program begins at 6:30 p.m. A book sale and signing follow the program. For more information, call 407-835-7312 or visit www.charlesmartinbooks.com on the Web.
May 9 — Dedication Ceremony
Nehrling Gardens, 2267 Hempel Ave., Gotha, holds a dedication ceremony of the Florida Heritage Landmark Marker for Henry Nehrling’s Palm Cottage Gardens. Tours and light refreshments are offered. Time: 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, call 407-445-9977, email email@example.com or visit www.nehrlinggardens.org on the Web.
May 10, 17, 24 & 31 — Farmers Markets
The Windermere Downtown Business Committee holds the Windermere Farmer’s Market at 614 Main St., Windermere, featuring fresh produce and bread, handmade baskets, plants, honey, homemade pasta and more. Time: Fridays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call 407-625-3818 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 17 — Community Event
The city of Ocoee sponsors the Food Truck and Movie in the Park event, including several food trucks from 6-9 p.m. and the outdoor screening of Rise of the Guardians at 8:15 p.m. For more information, call 407-905-3180 or visit www.ocoee.org on the Web.
May 18 — Veterans Event
As part of the nationwide Harley's Heroes tour, Disabled American Veterans and Harley-Davidson Foundation invite veterans who are confused about their benefits and services, and their family members to an event at Stormy Hill Harley-Davidson, 2480 S. U.S. Highway 27, Clermont, where the DAV Mobile Service Office will provide free counseling and claim-filing assistance. Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
May 19 — Family Luau
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church at Windermere, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts a communitywide luau, including an inflatable waterslide and surf simulator for children, music, food and more. Time: 5-8 p.m. Cost: $6 per person or $20 per family. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.st.lukes.org/luau on the Web.
May 4 — Fundraising Performance
Church of the Ascension, 4950 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, invites the public to Broadway and Beyond, live performances that take place the fourth Sunday of every month for four months. Cost: $10, with proceeds benefiting the church’s play area for children. For more information, call 407-876-3480 or visit www.ascension-orlando.org on the Web.
May 4 — Fundraising Event
Central Florida Women’s League invites the public to Derby Gala 2013, a fundraising event that includes cocktails, dinner, a hat contest and races, at the Citrus Club, 255 S. Orange Ave., 18th Floor, Orlando. Time: 6-10 p.m. Cost: $200, (includes parking), with proceeds benefiting the CFWL Foundation. Sponsorships are available. For more information, email email@example.com or visit www.cfwl.org on the Web.
May 5 — Fundraising 5K
Cypress Grove Park, 290 Holden Ave., Orlando, hosts the eighth annual Orlando VisionWalk, a fundraising 5K that includes children’s activities, refreshments, entertainment and more. People are invited to join teams or walk independently, and leashed dogs and strollers are welcome. Time: Registration is at 8 a.m.; the walk begins at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit Foundation Fighting Blindness. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.fightblindness.org/orlandovisionwalk on the Web.
May 11 — Fundraising 5K
Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Drive, Orlando hosts the I-Drive 5K Run at Pointe Orlando, including prizes, a free kids dash at 8:45 a.m., and complimentary parking in the Pointe Orlando garage. Time: The 5K begins at 7:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit the I-Drive YMCA & Aquatic Center’s Learn to Swim Scholarship Fund. For more information and to register, visit www.internationaldriveorlando.com or www.trackshack.com on the Web.
May 17, 18 & 19 — Fundraising Event
Lighthouse Central Florida and philanthropist Susan Johnson co-sponsor Fabulous Fashion with a Focus, a three-day pop-up designer consignment store. Time: Friday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Proceeds benefit babies and children with low vision and blindness being served through the Early Intervention program at LCF. For more information, visit www.lighthousecentralflorida.com on the Web.
May 18 — Fundraising Event
In celebration of the Britt Mansion’s 85th birthday, the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation and White Glove Services LLC co-sponsor An Evening at the Britt Mansion, a Great Gatsby-themed event that includes hors d’oeuvres, drinks, tours and entertainment. The address is 1305 E. Plant St., Winter Garden; and reservations are required. Flapper-era attire is requested. Time: 6-9 p.m. Cost: $50. For more information or to RSVP, call 407-656-3244 or visit brittmansionbirthday.eventbrite.com on the Web.
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