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Every Friday afternoon, Mark Baratelli, publisher of  The Daily City, shares his picks for can’t-miss weekend events in Central Florida.
Spotlight

Spotlight: In the Heights, Library Book Sale, Nick Cannon, and Central FL Zoo


The musical “In the Heights” tells the story of a vibrant community of friends and family in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood. It’s a community on the brink of change, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. The musical “In the Heights,” plays Saturday at 7:30 at Orlando Shakes. For tickets go to orlandoshakes.org. The Orange County Library System’s annual Fall Book Sale is back and takes place on the third floor of the Orlando Public Library in downtown Orlando and features a great selection of already discounted fiction and non-fiction, recorded books, DVDs, CDs and more will be available for half price. The Fall Book Sale is …
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Spotlight

Spotlight: Comedy Fest, One Day University, Tater Tots, Zoo, and Donuts


Enjoy Improv and Sketch comedy performed by groups from Chicago, Washington, Atlanta, Miami and more during the Shenanigans Comedy Festival Saturday starting at 5 and running through the night at the Park Inn by Radisson Resort & Conference Center. Go to Orlandocomedyfestival.com. One Day University brings stars of the academic world to cities across the country to give their most thought-provoking talks. Attendees experience award-winning speakers and countless fascinating ideas all in one day. One Day University Saturday starting at 9:30 at Orlando Museum of Art. Win gift cards and beer during the Kiwi’s Pub Tater Tot eating contest Saturday 2:30 to 6 at Kiwi’s Pub and Grill in Altamonte Springs. Enjoy a guided nighttime flashlight tour of a real …
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Feeding a giraffe at the Central Florida Zoo. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE
Intersection

Intersection: SeaWorld, The Zoo & The Animal Shelter


90.7’s Amy Green and the Orlando Sentinel’s Dewayne Bevil explain what the end of captive killer whale breeding means for the future of the company. Central Florida Zoo education director Stephanie Williams talks about zoos and conservation. And Dianne Summers with Orange County Animal Services explains how the award-winning shelter works to find new homes for dogs and cats.
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Archives

Ira Glass, Caribbean Heritage, Zoo At Night & Charity Events


30 sports team’s mascots from across the country compete against each other in Gladiator-like games with all the proceeds benefiting New Hope For Kids!  The Mascot Games, Friday and Saturday at the Amway Center Ira Glass,NPR God and host/creator of This American Life is in Orlando for a public talk Saturday at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando. Are you down for cultural performances, food, music and an authentic African pre-wedding celebration called a kwe kwe? If so then okay, kay! The Caribbean American Heritage Month Festival is Saturday starting at noon at Lake Eola Park. What happens in a zoo after dark? A nocturnal adventure, a guided flashlight tour, the sights, sounds and smells of the zoo at night await guests at …
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