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BREWS AROUND THE ZOO
April 4 Attendees can sample a wide variety of beers from around the world. Also on the menu are wines and regional cuisine, plus international music and encounters with animals from around the globe. 6-9 p.m. $30 individual; $10 designated driver; ages 21 and up only. Central Florida Zoo, Sanford. 407-323-4450 ext. 136. centralfloridazoo.org

CENTRAL FLORIDA MARINE CORPS FOUNDATION GOLF EVENT
April 24 Raising money for Central Florida Marines and their families, the 21st annual golf event includes prizes for the longest drives, door prizes and trophys. 1:30 p.m. shotgun start. $90-$100 per player. Orange County National Golf Course, Crooked Cat and Panther Lake. 407-243-3982. centralfloridamarines.org

CHEF CHALLENGE
April 25 Two of Orlando’s finest chefs prepare a six-course dinner in a battle to be crowned Orlando’s Top Chef. The challenge will be judged by local culinary experts and guests along with Master of Ceremonies Dennis Salvagio (The Fat Guy). Benefits Threshold Center for Autism. 7 p.m. $200 per plate. Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. 407-671-7060 ext. 102. chefchallenge.net

DINNER ON THE AVENUE
April 18 Provided with only a table, white linen tableloth and chairs, guests are invited to create their own unique table décor, and set it up for dinner on Winter Park’s Park Avenue. Awards will be presented in categories such as most colorful, most elegant, most original and best TV/movie themed. 6-10 p.m. $100 table for 8. Park Avenue, Winter Park. 407-643-1627. cityofwinterpark.org
 
DOGGIE ART FESTIVAL
April 5 Pet-related artists, vendors and adoption organizations will be present at the sixth annual art festival presented by Bullfish. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission and free parking by the waterfront. Downtown Baldwin Park. 407-644-2969.

ESCAPE TO THE ISLANDS
April 25 The Orlando chapter of the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis hosts an island party complete with island-themed food, cocktails, music, entertainment and décor. Vendors will serve buffet-style food and drinks “street style”; island-inspired chic dress is recommended. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. $40 advance; $50 at the door. Winter Park Farmer’s Market, 200 West New England Avenue, Winter Park. 407-420-1414. thebuonicontifund.com

FIELD OF DREAMS GALA
April 18 Members of Santana, Journey, Steppenwolf, Toto, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Boston will all perform at the 2nd annual Field of Dreams Gala to benefit Kids House of Seminole. WESH-Channel 2 anchor Jim Payne emcees; the event includes a live auction and a seated surf-and-turf dinner. 6:30 p.m. $250 individual; $2,500 table for 10; sponsorships available. University of Central Florida’s Brighthouse Stadium, IOA Plaza North. 407-324-3036. kidshouse.org

FLORIDA HOSPITAL CELEBRITY STROLL
April 5 Famous and familiar faces walk the runway to benefit women and girls with cancer in this event that includes a live and silent auction, seated dinner and entertainment. Semi-formal attire recommended. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tables start at $2,500. Disney’s Contemporary Resort. 407-303-9637. foundation.floridahospital.com
 
FLORIDA HOSPITAL DIABETES FASHION SHOW
April 17 A silent auction, seated luncheon and fashions by Dillard’s are highlights of this fundraiser to help detect, treat and cure diabetes. Business casual dress recommended. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $75. Royal Pacific Resort. 407-303-9637. foundation.floridahospital.com

GOLF TOURNAMENT
April 20 Kiwanis Club of East Orlando presents a charity golf tournament to benefit the United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida. 1-6 p.m. $115 individual player; $450 foursome; sponsorships available. Tuscawilla Country Club, Winter Springs. 407-852-3307. ucpcfl.org

HEARTS OF GOLD
April 24 Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida hosts its annual premier fundraising event at Hard Rock Live. The evening features receptions at Hard Rock’s Art Bar and Lennon Room, a silent auction and a concert by classic rock supergroup REO Speedwagon. 6-10 p.m. Sponsorship levels from $200-$10,000, includes reception; concert-only tickets $37-$52. Hard Rock Live, Universal CityWalk. 407-426-1265. centralfloridahomeless.org
 
AN INFORMANCE WITH ANDREW LANE

April 6 The Philharmonic’s principal pops and resident conductor Andrew Lane celebrates the music of movie maestro John Williams at this black-tie event. 7 p.m. $125 individual. Steve and Kathy Miller residence, Winter Park. 407-896-6700. orlandophil.org

MARCH FOR BABIES
April 25 Join March of Dimes on a six-mile walk through the neighborhoods of Maitland. The walk starts at Lake Lily Park with an opening ceremony. 7 a.m. $25. Lake Lily Park, Maitland. 407-599-5077. marchofdimes.com/florida

ONE NIGHT TO CELEBRATE EXCELLENCE IN TRAUMA CARE
April 19 A multimedia presentation with dramatic lights, sounds and images brings true stories to life, with personal testimonies from trauma survivors and Orlando Health’s Level One Trauma team. Guests enjoy a seated multicourse dinner. 6:15-9:30 p.m. $750 pair; $3,500 table for 8; sponsorships available. The Mall at Millenia, Grand Court. 321-841-5836. orlandohealthfoundation.com/onenight