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Antiques, Beer, Candy Shop and Food Fest


Hundreds of people selling antiques and collectables will be in Mt Dora, the land of antiques and collectables, Saturday and Sunday at Renninger’s Antique and Collectors Extravaganza. Technically they’re there right now and the best day to go is today and, well, those in the know already have their assistants scouring the place for the best stuff but of course you all can go there Saturday and Sunday and see what I didn’t buy… I mean what’s left… I mean the cornucopia of antiques and collectables for your pleasure. The Tom and Dan podcast has become huge in the past couple years and Saturday you can drink beer with them in Sanford at the Bad at Business Beer Fest. There …
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Gov. Rick Scott- Syrian Refugees


This week,  Gov. Rick Scott  joined the governors of more than 20 other states in telling Congress that, in the wake of terror attacks on Paris, the United States should refuse to allow any more Syrian refugees to enter the country. According to Scott and his like-minded Govs, the fact that one of the terrorists who assailed Paris on Nov. 13 made his way into Europe by posing as a Syrian refugee is grounds to determine that any refugee from Syria is a potential threat. They’ve asked Congress to take “immediate and aggressive” action to stop the refugees from coming here. Florida, for the record, is supposed to receive about 425 families. States can’t legally refuse refugees access – once …
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Holiday Craft Show , Word Press CAMP and Art Under the Stars


Meemaw’s knitting’ circle might be long gone, but there’s new meemas in Kissimmee making jewelry, wreaths, ornaments, fabric crafts and home decorations at the Annual Holiday Craft Show Saturday 11 to 6 and Sunday 12 to 4 at the Osceola Center for the Arts. Go to Osceolaarts.org for more information. Meemaw’s blog starting to look weary and sad? Get meemaw on to WordPress during the annual Word CAMP Orlando, a 3 day learning experience about all things WordPress. It’s Saturday and Sunday 8 to 5 at Church Street Exchange. It’s not free so bring money. For more information go to orlando.wordcamp.org. More than 130 artists, food, wine, beer, entertainment and meemaw thoroughly entertained is what you’ll experience if you bring meemaw …
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Art and Copyright Use


In recent weeks Orlando has seen a rash of art thefts. No, cat burglars haven’t broken into Orlando Museum of Art to heist their prized Nick Cave Soundsuit. But to the artists whose work is being scooped up without payment, permission or even prior knowledge of the usage, it might feel just as bad. And the important difference is that there’s no insurance on this kind of theft. Whether it’s a national chain selling a T-shirt with a design suspiciously similar to one a local artist has already shown, or a local store lifting an artist’s drawing off his website to use throughout an ad campaign, or a political candidate in a recent election right-clicking a logo that a designer …
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Bike Tour, Fiesta in the Park and Taste of Dr.Phillips


Travel through Orlando on a bike with a gaggle of other people traveling through Orlando on bikes and visit bakery after bakery after bakery eating scones, muffins and well decorated mini pies during the Orlando Bike Tour Bakery Bits bike tour of bakeries! Bikes! Biker bakery tourers will visit Blue Bird Bake Shop, Seven Bites and P is for Pie Bakeshop. Saturday 9 to 12:30. Meet at 2806 Corrine Drive. It’s not free so go buy your ticket before you show up at OrlandoBikeTours.org Over 300 art booths and craft booths selling all kinds of brick-a-brackery, hob-nobbery and scented brooms, food tents selling the finest in fair foodery, the required ubiquitous kids area, all set in a pet friendly environment …
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Orlando Elections Behind Us – Review of Voter Issues


Now that the 2015 Orlando mayoral race is behind us, everybody is ready to get back to the business of running the city. Especially the incumbents, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and city commissioners Patty Sheehan and Sam Ings, all three of whom were re-elected to their seats this week. But nobody should take an electoral win for granted, so before we close the books on this election, let’s review some of the things we heard voters talking about that all of our elected officials should heed as we move into the next year. First, the growth we’ve seen downtown has been impressive, and it’s helped uplift our city’s spirit as well as its profile. But there are still huge swaths …
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Halloween Events


All events take place on October 31st: In Windermere, enjoy a hayride, costume parade, trick or treating, storytelling all at 9:45 in the morning at Town Hall in Windermere. In Casselberry, enjoy trick or treating, music, dancing and food starting at dusk at Secret Lake Park in Casselberry. In Thornton Park, enjoy a costume contest, live music, a DJ, burlesque and a photo booth and people partying in Thornton Park. In downtown Orlando, Aloft Hotel is planning a huge Halloween party and you can ride the elevator home afterwards. It’s called Halloween Hotel and it takes place in downtown Orlando. And as always, Orlando is wonderful.
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Contemporary Classical Music


“Without new music, there is no music.” That simple maxim is the unofficial motto of Orlando’s Accidental Music Festival, and it’s a viewpoint that’s shared by a new tribe of classical music fans. The idea of the classical listener as an elderly gray hair is an outdated one; festivals around the country like Big Ears and Bang on a Can draw mostly young crowds. And they showcase mostly young performers playing works by living composers. Locally, our classical offerings are steadily approaching the vanguard. This month marks the debut of Eric Jacobsen, the Orlando Philharmonic’s new music director, just 33 years old, and his first official concert included a piece by composer Gabriel Kahane, himself just 34. In 2012, the …
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Veg Fest, Taptoberfest and Helping the Homeless


Healthy living and eco-friendly exhibitors, speakers, and presentations; non-profits; fun and games for kids; dog and cat adoptions; restaurant booths; food preparation demonstrations, and live music and entertainment can all be found at the Central Florida Veg Fest Saturday 10 to 6 at Orlando Festival Park at 2911 East Robinson Street in Orlando. Admission is free but parking is not. Go to cfvegfest.org for more info. Beer, contests, corn hole and live music can all be found a Taptoberfest Saturday noon to 2 at Brass Tap in Mills Park. Trick-or-treat in a safe, fun environment in which Local businesses and organizations will be handing out candy to little ghouls at Ghouls Night Out Saturday 5 to 8 in Downtown Winter …
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Orlando Elections


If you aren’t aware that there’s about to be a city election in on Nov. 3, you can hardly be blamed. The election wasn’t supposed to even happen this year – it was originally scheduled for April 5, 2016, three weeks after Florida’s March 2016 presidential primary election. Earlier this year, though, Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles sounded the alarm – what if it was too confusing for voters to have two elections so close to one another? What if they didn’t show up at the polls? He urged the city to schedule its election to happen on primary day, or reschedule for a later date in 2016. Instead, the Orlando City Council voted in May to move its …
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