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Events Extravaganza

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we now welcome you to the section of this guide that’s created especially for people with multiple personalities. No, we don’t mean those with creepy Poltergeist-possessed voice transitions or rapid eye-twitches. We’re talking about a group of individuals who can’t be pigeonholed as any one type – the film buff, the sports fanatic, a lover of the arts – because they enjoy a bevy of different activities, atmospheres and personalities. In the next few pages, you’ll find a hodgepodge of special events that should appeal to multiple sides of your multifaceted personality. But since we find it fun to stereotype, we’ll lead you in the right direction by pointing out some of our favorite events going on this season.

Always wanted to let your inner geek out? Head to the Fossil Fair(Oct. 8-9) or the highly anticipated grand opening of Legoland (Oct. 15).

Are you a foodie looking to gorge on delish seasonal eats? Try Epcot’s International Food & Wine Fest (Sept. 30-Nov. 13), the Central Florida Veg Fest (Oct. 22) or Slow Food Orlando’s Eat Local Week (Nov. 11-18).

We know what some of you are thinking: It’s fall, and that means Halloween is right around the corner. Not to worry, we have plenty to keep the gore junkies frightfully amused, including Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights (through Oct. 31) and Enzian Theater’s Haunted Swamp (Oct. 14-31).

Bookworms need to check out the literary section for Urban ReThink’s There Will Be Words (ongoing monthly) prose reading series, book signings and spoken-word open mics at places like Will’s Pub and Dandelion Communitea Café.

We’re especially excited to bring you a brand-new section for our LGBT friends, with Come Out With Pride events (Oct. 6-8) and a Vegas-themed Bear Bust (Oct. 13-16). And wait! There’s more. We even offer something for the little ones, with a listing of family-friendly events, including string-puppet shows, arts and crafts workshops and prime trick-or-treating spots.

With all of these options, we hope you’re not too overwhelmed. Just remember that with so many different types of events going on this fall, you’ll be able to do, well, basically whatever the hell you choose. It’s a liberating feeling, wouldn’t you say? – Aimee Shea


Science Fiction Discussion Group Weekly event explores TV, books, movies, comics and more. 8-10 pm Thursday; Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar, 444 N. Bumby Ave.; free; 407-893-4994.

Through Oct. 29

Howl-O-Scream Vampire and zombie-themed scare houses and live shows. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday; Busch Gardens, 3000 E. Busch Blvd., Tampa Bay; $77.99; 888-800-5447; seaworldparks.com.

Saturday Bird Walks With the Orange Audubon Society. 8 am Saturday; Mead Garden, 1500 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park; free; 407-257-7361.

Through Oct. 31

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