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Maker Faire, Run, Mac & Cheese and Pub Anniversary


Over 250 exhibits, workshops, demonstrations by and for people who make anything is coming up at the 4th annual Maker Faire Orlando at the Orlando Science Center Saturday 10 to 7 and Sunday 10 to 5. And no one has to make their lunch: The Daily City’s food trucks will be there making the makers a homemade lunch. 1,600 runners are all preparing for the Track Shack Rock and Run Saturday at 7:30 in Casselberry’s Secret Lake Park. The 5k run will have high energy live music being played along the flat course. Afterwards, there’s a beer garden, prizes and awards, snacks, vendors and more. Go to casselberry.org for more details. A mac-n-cheese cooking competition between local professional chefs and …
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Amendment Battle Over Solar Power


Every election season, a funny thing happens – people come out of the woodwork to get constitutional amendments on the ballot to address issues the Legislature hasn’t touched – last year, voters overwhelmingly approved, for instance, a measure to dedicate a certain amount of funding to land and water conservation measures. The argument is that, since the state Legislature isn’t getting the work done, advocates need to take critical causes straight to the people and enshrine them in the state Constitution. It’s a tactic that doesn’t sit well with everyone, since the Constitution isn’t the place for common law making. This year’s amendment battle is over solar power. Advocates want to give businesses the power to generate up to generate …
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Local Wine, Music and Paint Party


The only winery allowed to display the Florida Department of Citrus’ official mark of superior quality is the Florida Orange Grove Winery and you can suck their grapes at the Orange County Regional History Center during a citrus wine tasting Saturday 5 to 7. The cost is not five dollars and not 7 dollars, but somewhere in between. A showcase for Orlando bands Felicity, Lawless Hearts, On the Avenue, the Adolescent Theory, Arakara, Dyne Side and Eyes Alive is this Saturday at 6 at the soon to be demolished “The Venue” on Virginia Drive. The promoters say this is their first time hosting their own show and “promote a healthier Florida music scene”. Saturday night at the Enzian, you can …
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Nicolas Horvath Performs 10 Hours of Philip Glass


When composer Philip Glass was 15 and working as the classical buyer in the family record store, he ordered four copies of the complete Schoenberg string quartets, to his father’s dismay. But rather than send them back, he shelved them. It took seven years to sell all four sets, but Glass learned his father’s lesson: “I can sell anything if I have enough time.” That same expansive sense of time can be found in pianist Nicolas Horvath’s approach to Philip Glass’s music. Starting at noon on Sunday, September 6, Horvath will perform Glass Worlds, an epic solo recital consisting of every note Glass has written for the piano – as well as homages to Glass from more than a dozen …
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Snap! Orlando, Toy & Comics and Harry Potter


Snap! Orlando brings a little LA, a little Miami and a LOT of French accent to Orlando at all their swanky events. Somehow this gaggle of sophisticates seem always connected to what’s new, now and not cheap. At their next event, a day long print shopping opportunity, guests can select from tons of prints by local artists like Thomas Thorspecken, Nathan Selikoff, and Chris Tobar Rodriguez. The print sale is Saturday 11 to 4 at Snap Space on East Colonial Drive in Mills50. Toys, Comics, Costume Contest, Face Painting, Raffles and Special Guests John Beatty from Secret Wars and Billy Tucci, the creator of Shi and Sgt. Rock, are all part of The Infinity Toy and Comic Con Saturday 10 …
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Orlando Comedy Scene


A funny thing’s happening in Orlando. In the tourist entertainment capital of the world, there are plenty of big-name comics playing to large audiences, and there are comedy open mics every night of the week for beginners. But there hasn’t been much of a home-grown stand-up scene – until recently. Unlike acknowledged comedy hubs like Austin or Chicago, it’s tough here for rising comics to find a place where they can polish their skills. So a few locals have launched a new wave of curated showcases. Matt Gersting books one twice a month at the Bull & Bush. He says, “It’s a huge leap from doing five minutes at an open mic, to 20, in front of people from out …
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Volleyball War, Big Bang Bazaar And Freestyle Motocross


Knee-deep in a pit of filthy, disgusting, putrid, stank, vile mud, swamp-stained, splatter-faced muck-covered volleyball players compete in the annual volleyball war to benefit the March of Dimes Saturday at 7am at 5201 Lee Vista Blvd. Also if you like a room full of crafty nerdy goodness, go to Big Bang Bazaar Saturday at the Central Florida Fairgrounds 11am-6pm. Also on Saturday, roll by Park Ave CDs for a free kid-size ice cream from Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream with a purchase of fifteen bucks or more from the classic record store. Sunday there’s a block party with gear giveaways, football games, dunk tanks, and corn hole all while everyone is drinking freestyle motocross racers are doing back-flips overhead. YES! Admission …
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08/18 Orange County Animal Services Advisory Board Meeting
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Animal Welfare Advocates And Orange County Animal Services


On July 23, law enforcement officers responded to a call about some dogs living in a yard in Winter Garden – all pit bulls, the dogs were chained to trees and kept in homemade pens and coops. According to affidavits and reports filed with the Orange County Clerk’s office, animal control officers and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department visited the property and found dogs with both fresh and healed wounds, a dog with a bloody mouth and dogs with scarring on their bodies. Some of the dogs did not have food or water. Some had stale bread in their cages. Animal control officers found one dog to be suffering from infected wounds to his head and face that were so …
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Nerdy Speed Dating, Anime Fest , Margarita’s and Drawing


Nerd Nite cities from across the world have hosted Nerdy Speed Dating for a decade with many successful relationships, engagements, and marriages to boast about. Worst case scenario, you make a friend. Each date is 3 minutes and is LGBT friendly. The fun takes place Saturday at 6:30 at the Geek Easy. Three hours of unlimited tequila sampling from their 20-drink buffet and live music await the booze-hungry at Margarita Fest Saturday 5 to 8 at Wall Street Plaza. Guests from Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, other anime, musical guests from Japan, and an interactive convention experience that involves games, interactive theatre and more called Tales of Orlandia: Curse of the White Witch awaits the anime-hungry at the Orlando Anime Fest starting tonight …
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Brevard Achievement Center – Teriyaki Madness


In June, Governor Rick Scott cut $461 million from the state budget. Programs for the disabled were among the many items on the chopping block. Like a lot of nonprofits, the Brevard Achievement Center knew they were going to have to get creative to survive. The Rockledge-based agency has provided job training and other life-skills support to disabled adults since 1968, and they’ve seen federal and state money gradually decline. Spokeswoman Rosalind Weiss says that although 80 percent of their funding still comes from state and federal contracts, “It was time to not rely on the government as much. Our board decided they wanted to look at the commercial sector.” They chose a somewhat unusual path to financial security – …
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