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Spotlight: TedXOrlando, Folk and Urban Art Fest, Orlando Book Fest and LEGO build

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Image: Orlando Book Fest Speaker Author S. Jae-Jones, sjaejones.com

What does the future of education look like? Where does education and innovation intersect? Enjoy a panel talk by thought leaders from Embry-Riddle , Full Sail, Rollins, Seminole State, UCF and Valencia College at TEDxOrlando Education Salon Saturday 1:00pm-2:30pm at Boone High School.

Enjoy African drumming and storytelling, Cajun and Zydeco music, pottery demonstrations, kids mask making workshops and several soul food vendors during the 9th Annual Folk and Urban Art Festival Saturday 10am-4pm at Hannibal Square Heritage Center.

Enjoy a day-long celebration of book panels, writing workshops, book signings, and more from bestselling authors from all over the country. The Orlando Book Festival is free and open to the public Saturday 10am-5pm at the Downtown branch of the Orlando Public Library.

Kids 7 to 13 will build, test, modify and re-test a carnival ride model made with LEGO® bricks, discover how gears, pendulums, and cams work and learn the importance of safe, stable design for carnival rides during the LEGO Carnival Ride Build Saturday 1:30-3:30pm at Leu Gardens.

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Learn where to find quality watercolor supplies, learn watercolor techniques and nifty tips and tricks during a Watercolor Floral Workshop perfect for beginners or aspiring artists during a Watercolor Floral Workshop Saturday 2-4pm at Paper Goat Post.

Volunteer to do someone else’s laundry at a laundromat during Laundromat Takeover! Volunteers will donate change, detergent and a helping hand at one of two two laundromats selected by Connect Orlando, a religious thing for young adults, Sunday starting at noon.

Enjoy healthy living and eco-friendly exhibitors, speakers, and presentations; non-profits; fun and games for kids; dog and cat adoptions; restaurant booths; environmental and humane education; artist and craft corners; and live music and entertainment during Central Florida Earth Day Saturday 10am-6pm at Lake Eola Park.

This party sounds like it traveled from New York City and plopped in Orlando. Secret Garden Exhibition is 19 visual artists’ and 16 instalation artists work on display, 7 live muralists, a light installation, 10 clothing designers, live music and a vegan food seller. Secret Garden Exhibition is Saturday 8:00pm-1:30am at the Henao Contemporary Center.

Tour 8 private gardens in the Lake Davis neighborhood during the neighborhood’s Private Gardens of Historic Orlando Tour. This is a self guided tour open to the public put on by the Lake Davis Greenwood Neighborhood Association. Buy tickets at 903 Mills Market at the intersection of Mills and Gore. The tour starts Sunday at 12pm noon at 903 Mills Market

Get fresh, organic fruits and vegetables at a farmers market on a real live farm! Enjoy food, pony rides for the kids, vendors selling local products and… an archery course. The Zion Farmers Market is Saturday starting at 9am to 2pm at the Zion Farms in Apopka.

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