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Orlando Weekly Fall Guide

CIVICS: Community events to keep you engaged and informed

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Just because it may lack the hyper-political acceleration of last autumn, the absence of an imminent election this year doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of ways to stay intellectually engaged as the temperatures fall through November. Politics don’t go away when the polling booths close. At worst, they fester into meaningless armchair punditry. At best, though, they spark ideological growth that can proactively move the conversation toward a better tomorrow.

This year, politics and real life commingle as the Affordable Care Act starts rolling out in October, and there are several events geared toward helping you figure out where you stand in that transition. And if you find yourself with some down time that doesn’t come in shades of red and blue (and purple!), sometimes the best thing to do is to funnel your well-meaning energies into the greater good of philanthropy. Below, we’ve gathered some of the season’s best civic-minded engagements worthy of your attention. Learn a little while you live a little.

Sept. 25
Develop You: Interview Skills in Action Workforce Central Florida workshop. 1 pm Wednesday; JobVantage West Orange, 609 N. Powers Drive; free; 407-531-1223; floridajobs.org.

Develop You: Navigating Your Health Insurance Options Workforce Central Florida workshop. 10:30 am Wednesday; JobVantage West Orange, 609 N. Powers Drive; free; 407-531-1223; floridajobs.org.

Healthcare Reform & You Even considering the intended benevolence of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, passed back in 2010, navigating the changing face of the health insurance industry will likely prove to be difficult, especially for those who were previously uninsured. The state of Florida, which last year sued to block the implementation of “Obamacare,” hasn’t made the spread of information any easier. Sunsure Insurance, a local affiliate of Florida Blue (one of the main providers who will be selling plans on the health care exchange marketplace), is offering this free tutorial to ease the process. Attendees will learn about the federal subsidies available to help purchase insurance and the beneficial aspects of health care reform that have already been implemented. Knowledge, especially in this case, is power. 7 pm Wednesday; Southeast Library, 5575 S. Semoran Blvd.; free; 407-282-2011; sunsure.me.

Sept. 26
Taking a Stand Against Bullying Learn about the myths of bullying and how to help. 6:30 pm Thursday; Herndon Library, 4324 E. Colonial Drive; free; victimservicecenter.org.

Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 28
Orange County Republican Executive Committee Monthly Meeting 7 pm Thursday; Marks Street Senior Recreation Complex, 99 E. Marks St.; free; ocrec.org.

Fall Guide 2013
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