Friday, October 27, 2017

Weekend Top 6 Picks for October 28th and 29th.

Saturday October 28, 2017
2 PM to 6 PM - Free. 3rd Annual Owloween. Back To Nature Wildlife Refuge (10525 Clapp Simms Duda Rd., Orlando, Florida 32832) Live Music, Costume Contest (ages 2-10)
Creatures of the Night: Meet owls, bats, opossums, fox and more!
Children’s Activities: Bounce House, Home Depot Building Kits, Trick or Treating and more!
Marketplace: Featuring local vendors and dining options.
Raffle and Bake Sale. All proceeds to benefit Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge

7 PM to 10 PM - $35 10 X 10 Orlando Urban Sketch Workshop.  SKELETONS: Museum Of Osteology (8441 International Dr Suite 250, Orlando, FL 32819) In this final Urban sketch workshop, we will be sketching the inner skeletal structure of animals and humans. Besides the skeletons, kids will be in costume trick or treating. Urban Sketchers is celebrating 10 years by inviting sketchers from around the world to attend ten on location workshops with an Urban Sketching official instructor in your city!
1. Show stories from your city, one drawing at a time
2. Improve your drawing skills
3. Learn how to select, frame and design visual stories on a page
4. Learn how writing and drawing can work together to communicate more to your audience
5. Experience the advantages of group learning and seeing the many paths to success

8 PM to 2 AM - Free. 9th Annual Colonial Town Park “Halloween Block Party”. Liam Fitzpatrick’s Restaurant and Irish Pub (Colonial Town Park, 951 Market Promenade Ave., Suite 1115, Lake Mary, FL)
All guests (21 and up) are invited to drink, dance and dress in their Halloween best as they celebrate with Liam’s and plaza neighbors: Graffiti Junction, Dexter’s of Lake Mary, Duffy’s Sports Grill and F and D Cantina. HOW: Liam’s blockbuster Halloween bash will feature live DJ performances, chilling brews and bites and a killer costume contest awarding a $500 prize for the frightful grand prize winner. Plus, Liam’s block parties support Just Our Soldiers' Helpers Inc. (J.O.S.H.), who will be on site collecting donations. J.O.S.H. uplifts spirits and provides aid to deployed service members from the US Military through preparing and shipping care packages of snacks, food, hygiene products and other necessities to them.
Liam Fitzpatrick’s is carrying on the two-hundred-year-old tradition of great Irish pubs while keeping a strong commitment to the Central Florida community with a hearty mix of Irish food favorites and more, an extensive menu of quality beers and wine refreshers, warm and friendly hospitality, great music and conversation, a stellar weekly entertainment lineup and of course its spectacular annual block parties.

Sunday October 29, 2017
11 AM to 5 PM - $10 per talk. Jewish Book Festival. Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando (851 N Maitland Ave, Maitland, Florida 32751) Learn and laugh with these Jewish authors at the literary event of the year, co-presented by the Writer's Block Bookstore and The Roth Family JCC of Greater Orlando. There will be complimentary babysitting at the JCC for children ages 2-12; advanced registration is required and is done at the time of your ticket purchase.
-- 11:00AM-12:00PM: Behind-the-Scenes with Ronald Balson --
A Harper Lee Award Finalist in Legal Fiction, Balson is the author of Karolina’s Twins, Saving Sophie, and the international bestseller Once We Were Brothers. His new book, The Trust, has private investigator Liam Taggart travel to his uncle’s funeral, only to discover he was murdered.
--1:00-2:30PM: Panel Discussion: All You Need is Laugh --
Jen posted an ad on Craigslist advertising her services as a professional bridesmaid. When she woke up the next morning, it had gone viral. What began as a half-joke suddenly turned into a lifetime of adventure. Hear about her adventures, including her memoir, Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire).
These two best friends live in Los Angeles and founded the comedy YouTube channel "Just Between Us." They have worked together and separately for Buzzfeed, Sourcefed, and Fullscreen. Their new book is I Hate Everyone But You.
-- 4:00-5:00PM: Mishpacha: Wherever You Go, There They Are (Keynote) --
An actress and author, including the New York Times bestseller, I See You Made an Effort. Her latest book, Wherever You Go, There They Are is a hilarious and insightful look at family.
She was the co-host of "Dinner and a Movie" on TBS. Her essays and satire have appeared in more than a dozen national magazines.
In Wherever You Go, There They Are, Annabelle Gurwitch takes inspiration from her own life to examine that most horrible of all human conditions: family. This hilarious and insightful book reminds me why I’m so, so happy that I didn’t have children!” —Bill Maher

Noon to 1 PM - Donation. Yoga. Lake Eola Park near the red gazebo. Bring your own mat.

2 PM to 6 PM - Free, but get a brew or two. Howl at the Moon: Animal Haven Benefit. Orlando Brewing (1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, FL 32806) Yappy Hour with In Harmony With Nature Animal Haven! This 501(c)3 is a sanctuary for wolves, wolfdogs, dogs, cats, parrots, reptiles, and pigs. They work to find forever homes for animals ready for adoption.
- Donate $10 to In Harmony with Nature for Yappy Hour prices on OBC drafts
- Meet and greet adoptable wolfdogs and dogs
- Silent auction
- Dogie costume contest (dress your dog!)
- Mighty Weenie in the house vending Seattle-style hotdogs

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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