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The Year of Months

Central Florida Events

Here are some events going on in the Orlando area that might interest some of my readers. For obvious reasons, I prefer free or very cheap events so that's what's going to go up here. Also, for events in the Orlando Arts District checkout Orlando Slice. If you're looking for something to do tonight or tomorrow, I recommend the Orlando Sentinel's Events page.

There are farmer's markets every Sunday in both Celebration and Lake Eola in downtown Orlando. They have vegetables, bakers, pasta, etc and other kinds of vendors along with food.

Hydroponic & Organic Gardening
Date: Saturday September 11
Time: 12 PM - 1 PM
Place: Washington Park Branch of OCLS
Summary: Grow your plants soil-free! Associates from Urban Sunshine will give tips on organic and hydroponic gardening to get you the best results for your gardening desires. For more information on Urban Sunshine visit

Cocktails and Cosmos
Date: Saturday September 11
Time: 6 PM - 10 PM
Place: Orlando Science Center
Cost: $13, Free for OSC members
Summary: Orlando Science Center cordially invites you to Downtown Orlando’s most scientifically unique and socially inclined experience. The social scene will be set by a Happy Hour filled with a variety of food and drink specials, followed by an evening of live music, art, and film.

Date: Friday September 17
Time: 7 PM
Place: Orange County Regional History Center
Cost: $5 for non-members
Summary:   Good old-fashioned fun with an array of classic board and video games throughout the museum! Now you can play more games including Parcheesi, Simon, Pictionary, and Chinese Checkers, plus favorites such as Clue, Battleship, Candy Land, Scrabble, Mystery Date, Twister, video games, and many more.

Free nostalgic treats, $1-$2 pizza, and cash bar.

Members free, non-members $5 cash at door.

Ages 18 and up.

Retro attire encouraged.

Special thanks to Sunny 105.9 FM, iPlay Amusements, and Flippers Pizzeria.

Doggie Days
Date: Saturday September 18
Time: 2 PM - 330 PM
Place: Orlando Public Library (downtown)
Cost: free
Summary: Orlando Dog Trainers Club members return for another “doggie day” at the Library. Learn about the importance of proper training, positive reinforcement, ownership responsibilities, pet tricks and dog safety. Some furry friends will take the stage for an obedience demonstration and to show you some cool tricks.

Date: Saturday September 18
Time: 10 AM - 4PM
Place: Orange County Convention Center
Cost: Admission is free, OCCC charges for parking
Summary:   he Orlando Children’s Expo, presented by Winn-Dixie & Winn-Dixie Baby Club, will provide you with many show specials and discounts, as well as a ton of FREE products and samples from local and national companies. Come spend the day with us and check out all of the
Learn together … Play together … Grow together at the Children’s Expo in Orlando!
•       For the Adults – short informative seminars, demonstrations, lots of exhibits, contests and special areas for mom and dad.
•       For the Kids – magic shows, costumed character visits, book readings by local TV news personalities, bounce house, gaming station, face painting, balloon art, activities and contests!
•       For Safety’s Sake – FREE child safety ID cards, child water safety information, CPR demonstration, personal car seat check station, child bicycle helmet fitting that includes a FREE bicycle helmet (while
supplies last).
The local elementary school with the highest attendance at the event will win a $5,000 gift card from Winn-Dixie that can be used for school supplies!
Pre-register NOW at to receive 50% the Orange County Convention Center parking fee.
Orange County Convention Center - West Concourse
9800 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819
Contact: or 407-889-8902

Kendo, A Martial Art
Date: Saturday September 25
Time: 11 AM
Place: Southwest branch (Dr. Phillips) of the OCLS
Cost: Free
Summary: Kendo, which means “The Way of the Sword”, is the Japanese martial art of fencing. Witness a dramatic demonstration by the Orlando Kendo Club. Learn more about them at

Date: Saturday September 25
Time: 9 AM - 3 PM
Cost: Free
Summary: Come join Bill Frederick Park @ Turkey Lake celebrate the first annual National Public Lands Day on Saturday September 25th from 9am - 3pm. National Public Lands Day (NPLD) 2010 celebrates service and recreation on public lands while educating volunteers about one of the City of Orlando's most unique parks - Bill Frederick Park @ Turkey Lake. NPLD engages a diverse audience of adult and youth volunteers across the country in one day to get outdoors and improve their lands, whether at the grandest national park or at an urban park in their neighborhood. The event also encourages volunteers to explore and enjoy America's natural wonders through outdoor recreation while inspiring a new generation of volunteers committed to service on public lands. The public can fish, enjoy bird watching, try a game of disc golf, learn about kayaking, enjoy our farm animals, or get healthy by walking one of the park's trails along the beautiful lakefront. In addition, we hope to excite everyone about volunteer opportunities at the park. The admission is free for the day for all to enjoy. Come be a part of this special day with your family. Bill Frederick Park is located at 3401 S HIawassee Road in metro west. Please visist our website to find out about all that the park offers

Date: Saturday October 2
Time: 5:30 PM - 9 PM
Place: Lake Eola Downtown Orlando
Cost: none
Summary: Festival in the park with food, drinks, music, activities - benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Date: Saturday October 2
Time: 10 AM - 5 PM
Place: Orange County Regional History Center
Cost: Outside events are free, museum admission is $7
Join us in celebrating the Orange County Regional History Center’s 10th anniversary in the historic 1927 courthouse in downtown Orlando. Enjoy festive activities, surprises, and refreshments in Heritage Square in front of the History Center from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and visit the museum and the Against All Odds: The Art of the Highwaymen special anniversary exhibit.

Heritage Square activities free and open to the public. 2000 opening day museum admission prices are in effect 10 a.m.-5 p.m.:  $7 for adults, $6.50 seniors (60+), students, and military with I.D., $3.50 for children ages 5-12, Historical Society Members and children ages 4 and under are free.

Date: Saturday, October 9
Time: 9 AM - 5 PM
Place: Silver Springs Nature Park, Ocala
Cost: $15 plus tax and $7 parking
Summary:   Join us for Celtic, Scottish, and Irish sounds and events. Celebrate the traditions and culture of your family and ancestors. Enjoy great food.  Listen to the pipers and other great Celtic entertainment. Find your clan, country or regional roots. Let the experience take you home!

Tickets for this years Ocala Scottish Highland Games & Celtic Festival will be $15 plus tax at the gate, $5 plus tax for children 12 and under. Parking is $7.00.

On stage will be the oh so graceful Irish and Scottish Dancers. Some of the events planned are pipe bands, Scottish entertainers, and the Highland athletics. Come see some of the best Highland Athletes in North America as they battle it out for all the bragging rights.

Living in Ancient Rome
Date: Saturday October 16
Time: 11:30 AM
Place: Orlando Public Library (downtown)
Cost: Free
Summary: Explore the cultural footprint left by the greatest civilization the world has ever known, the Roman Empire. Learn about the religious traditions, engineering marvels, military innovations and entertainment spectacles of the time. Each program will conclude with a brief tour of the library for a glimpse at real Roman artifacts.

Roman Empire: Military, Technology & Religion
Date: Saturday October 23
Time: 11:30 AM

Place: Orlando Public Library (downtown)
Cost: Free
Summary: Explore the cultural footprint left by the greatest civilization the world has ever known, the Roman Empire. Learn about the religious traditions, engineering marvels, military innovations and entertainment spectacles of the time. Each program will conclude with a brief tour of the library for a glimpse at real Roman artifacts.

Date: Saturday October 23
Place: Leu Gardens
Time: 7 PM - 9 PM
Cost: $17 advance, $20 day of
Summary: Enjoy live blues and jazz under a starry sky inside Leu Gardens’ 50-acre botanic oasis located in the heart of Central Florida featuring the velvety sounds of the Nightly Blues Band, soulful voice of Selwyn Birchwood and Don Soledad Group.  Each band will feature favorite songs as well as originals. Pack a dinner picnic basket full of your favorite foods/drinks and bring chairs or blanket for this outdoor event.  Vendors selling coffee and pastry.  Advance Tickets on sale Monday, October 11, 2010.

Festival of Reading
Date: Saturday October 23
Time: 10 AM - 4 PM
Place: University of South Florida St Petersburg
Cost: ??
Summary: There is no summary or schedule on their website, but a list of authors is up.

Date: October 22 - 24
Place: Old Town, Kissimmee
Cost: ??
Some of the best trained, most physically fit athletes in the world are coming to Kissimmee.  They aren’t football players, hoopsters, marathoners or even triathletes; they are men and women who safeguard and preserve our lives and property every day. They are our firefighters.
Individuals and teams from Florida and beyond will compete in the National Scott Firefighter Challenge, October 22-24 at the Old Town Shopping, Dining and Entertainment Attraction, located at 5770 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway.
The Kissimmee Convention & Visitors Bureau and Osceola County Fire & Rescue combined with Old Town hosted the 2009 + 2010 Regional Challenge with more than 150 competitors. The National Challenge promises to be even more exciting, as this is the last opportunity for competitors to qualify for the World Challenge.
First held in 1991, the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge tests firefighters’ fitness levels and agility.   Racing the clock and each other, firefighters challenge an obstacle course set up for five tasks:Tower Climb/Hose Carry, Hose Hoist, Forcible Entry, Hose Advance and Victim Rescue.
Many will try but only the strongest, fastest and most determine will complete the course in less than 2 minutes. The best individual and team performances at the Kissimmee Challenge will qualify for the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge – World Challenge.
Competition details and registration go to

Date: Saturday November 6
Time: 6 PM - 8 PM
Place: Bok Tower Gardens
Cost: $10?
Summary: A highlight of the fall cultural calendar, the award-winning Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the Singing Tower carillon present an evening of pops and light classics. Bring your family and a picnic to enjoy the outdoor concert on the Great Lawn as the sun sets atop Iron Mountain, one of peninsular Florida’s highest points.

Date: November 5, 6, 7
Time: 9 AM - 5 PM
Place: Tavares FL
Cost: $15 Adults, $7 children
Summary: The 9th annual Lady of the Lake Renaissance Faire offers its visitors the opportunity to step back in time to a magical, enchanting fantasyland that has been created to represent an authentic European village.
The Faire features over 100 performers – including jugglers, knights in armor, jousting, fire-eaters, pirates, dancers, villagers, historical characters and a variety of musicians. Over 60 artisans fill the village, working in mediums such as pottery, leather work, blacksmithing, sculpture, candle making, just to name a few. The crafts and entertainment combine with thematic games and foods to create a glimpse of marketplace celebrations and life in the 16th century.

ArtWorks: Eau Gallie Fine Arts Festival
Dates: November 20 & 21 2010
Place: Highland Ave area of Eau Gallie District, Melbourne FL
Cost: ??
Summary: Art show and I hear they're doing "Meet the Authors" sessions. More details should become available on their website.

Amelia Island Book Festival
Dates: February 18-19, 2011
Place: Amelia Island, FL
Cost: ??
Summary: The Amelia Island Book Festival is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting literacy and celebrating the love of books. The Festival itself takes place in February of each year on beautiful Amelia Island, Florida, and offers writer's workshops, reader's workshops, presentations by noted authors and varied events featuring fiction and non-fiction authors for adults and children. They should have more info on their website as the date approaches

Southwest Florida Reading Festival
Date: Saturday March 20
Time: 10 AM - 4 PM
Place: Harborside Event Center & Centennial Park. Fort Myers, FL
Summary: The area’s premiere literary event! This free annual festival incites a passion for reading. The public’s interest in leisure reading is renewed as the festival authors are announced. People hear an author speak at the festival and are inspired to borrow or buy the book – maybe even to write one of their own!