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MARCH 22

On Friday, March 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. UCF’s Public History Center is hosting an African American Culture Festival. The day-long festival will include hands on activities for every age level. Kids can play a balafon and a kashaka, and learn about batik and adinkra. The cost is $13 for kids and $7 for adults. For more information or a registration form, call Ashley Wilt at 407-936-1679 or email publichistorycenter@ucf.edu

Looking for something fun for your kids to do over spring break? If so, then look no further. The city of Casselberry has planned a fun-filled Spring Break Kid’s Camp and Art Academy to keep even the busiest of kid’s entertained for days. The Spring Break Kid’s Camp is open Friday, March 22, to Friday, March 29, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Wirz Park, 806 Mark David Blvd. in Casselberry. Cost is $20 per day for Casselberry residents and $25 per day for non-residents. Register online at casselberry.org or call 407-262-7700, ext. 1576.

On the fourth Friday of each month (March 22) multiple venues in Sanford’s downtown historic district showcase local talent along with opportunities to meet visiting artists for the Sanford Art Walk. The event is free and runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Visit sanfordartwalk.com

The Knights & Damsels Dance Company will perform its Spring Showing Friday, March 22, at 8 p.m. in the Pegasus Ballroom located in UCF’s student union. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Visit cah.ucf.edu/events.php

The SSC Planetarium presents “Who’s Who? Women in Astronomy” from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on March 22. The show features the study of stellar spectra, the science of measuring the luminosity of stars, and the modern cataloging of the night sky all of which were pioneered by female astronomers. "Who's Who? Women in Astronomy" explores the contributions and discoveries of Caroline Herschel, Dorrit Hoffleit, Antonia Maury and Henrietta Swan Leavitt. For more information and a full schedule of events, please visit seminolestate.edu/planet, or call 407-708-2360.

MARCH 23

Food Truck Wars will be at the Oviedo Mall, 1700 Oviedo Marketplace Blvd., on Saturday, March 23, from noon to 6 p.m. There is no entry fee, however, there is a charge for the food at each truck. Please visit foodtruckwars.com for more information, or email info@foodtruckwars.com

Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is Kid’s Fun Day at the Lake Mary Historical Museum. Kids can create Easter cards and crafts for only $2. Reservations are needed. Call 407-585-1481 or email info@lakemaryhistory.org

The second annual English Symposium: Consuming Objects conference will be held Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in UCF’s Colbourn Hall Graduate Student Center, Suite 146. The event is free and open to the public. Visit cah.ucf.edu/events.php

Saturday, March 23, is the Annual Founders Day at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E. Main St. in Geneva, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Founders Day is an exciting event for the entire family, and a great way to spend your Saturday in the country while experiencing local history with a modern spin. Activities include music, a 50/50 drawing, youth and adult performances, barbecue, baked goods, and local produce, honey, etc. Bring a pie for the Pie Baking Contest. Call 407-792-0758 or email RuralHeritageCenter@gmail.com for more information.

On Saturday, March 23, there is an Owl Class at the Ed Yarborough Nature Center on County Road 426 in Geneva from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost will be $5 per person. Join the Seminole County Natural Lands Program to learn about owls, the silent hunters of the night! Dissect your own owl pellet and hike to listen for owls. The event is open to ages 7 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required by calling 407-349-0959.

MARCH 25

The Artistic Hand is featuring new classes for adults starting the week of March 25 in Silver Clay, Glass & Tile Mosaics.

MARCH 26

Seminole State College of Florida’s Tuesday Voices, an open-mic poetry reading series, continues its season on Tuesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus Multipurpose Room (building C). This event is free and open to the public, and everyone in attendance is invited to read an original poem or a favorite poem by another author. Refreshments will be served. Tuesday Voices is sponsored by the Seminole State College English Department and the Gwendolyn Brooks Writers Association of Florida Inc. For more information, please contact Webb C. Harris Jr. at 407-708-2691 or by email at harrisw@seminolestate.edu

MARCH 27

A Shrinky Dinks craft program for middle-school and high-school students will help teens turn their favorite super hero into a charm for key chains, jewelry and more. The class is free, but registration is required. Event begins on Wednesday, March 27, at 3 p.m. at the Central Branch Library, 215 N. Oxford Road in Casselberry. For more information, and to register, call 407-665-1500.

The UCF Health Services Administration Alumni Chapter is hosting the ninth annual State of Health Care in Central Florida Symposium on Wednesday, March 27, from 5:50 to 8 p.m. at the UCF Fairwinds Alumni Center. This year’s event will concentrate on the changing needs of hospitals and practices due to new health care regulations resulting from the Affordable Care Act. This free event is open to the public, and typically draws more than 300 students, faculty, alumni and local health care professionals. Advance registration is required and guests can register at: ucfknightsnetwork.com/symposium. For more information, please call 407-823-3525 or email healthservices@ucfalumni.com

MARCH 29

Community Education & Resource Affiliation (CERA) is holding its annual Senior Expo at the city of Casselberry Recreation Center on Friday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to noon. Everyone is invited to attend this free event. Come visit the vendors and learn about programs and services available to the senior community. The Casselberry Recreation Center is located at 200 N. Triplet Lake Drive in Casselberry. Door prizes, snacks and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Betty Teagle at bteagle@casselberry.org or 407-262-7700, ext. 1575.

On Friday, March 29, and every last Friday of the month, The Geneva Evergreens hold a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Geneva Baptist Church. The Geneva Evergreens is a ministry for all seniors, 55 years and older. The church supplies the main dish and everyone brings a covered dish. For more information about Evergreen programs and activities, call the Geneva Baptist Church at 407-349-5411.

As part of the National Random Acts of Life Improvement campaign, IKEA, The Life Improvement Store, will be helping people prepare for April showers by giving away free IKEA UPPTÄCKA umbrellas across the country on Friday, March 29. The colorful, lightweight umbrella is an ideal companion to help consumers stay dry during the rainy season. This is the second Random Act of Life Improvement as part of the IKEA Life Improvement Project (thelifeimprovementproject.com). For more information on the local IKEA umbrella giveaway - including location/timing, follow the local IKEA store Twitterhandle @IKEAOrlando

The SSC planetarium’s flagship show, “Central Florida Nights” is a guided, interactive tour of the current night sky. A telescope viewing of the night's best celestial objects occurs after the show, weather permitting. “Central Florida Nights” will be presented from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on March 29. For more information and a full schedule of events, please visit seminolestate.edu/planet, or call 407-708-2360.

MARCH 30

March 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is American Legion Day/Seminole County Centennial Saturday at the Goldenrod Historical Museum! Members of American Legion Memorial Post #112 and Auxiliary will be available to talk to museum visitors. The American Legion began in 1919. It is the nation’s largest wartime veteran’s service organization. Pick up a Centennial Passport during your visit or bring your own to have it stamped. Kid’s History Quest’s are here as well. The Goldenrod Historical Museum is located at 4677 N. Palmetto Ave. in Goldenrod. For more information, email goldenrodhistoricalsociety@gmail.com

On Saturday, March 30, from 8 p.m. to midnight is Michelle Valentine Singles Party at Sweetwater Golf & Country Club. Meet up to 100 of the finest upscale singles in Central Florida aged late 30s to late 50s, in a sophisticated country club atmosphere for mingling, eating, drinking and dancing. Michelle Valentine is a matchmaker that over the past 15 years has created more than 10,000 dates, matches, relationships and marriages. Visit michellevalentine.tv

On Saturday, March 30, the second planning meeting for Geneva’s 4th of July Parade and Festival will be at 8:30 a.m. in the Geneva Community Center. If you have never helped with the parade and festival before, come join us. If you have helped, come on back! Meet more of your Geneva neighbors and have a good time working on a worthwhile cause.

It’s that time of year for the third annual Jr. Ranch Rodeo and Steak Dinner which will be held on Saturday, March 30, at the Yarbrough Ranch, 1355 Snow Hill Road, Geneva. This year we will also be helping celebrate Seminole County’s Centennial. Bring your family and enjoy the fun that starts at 2 p.m. rain or shine. Watch the Jr. Rodeo kids compete in six events. Entrance fee is a can of food for Boys Town and the Russell House of Orlando. There is an optional steak dinner afterwards for $15 for non-SCCA members. You can purchase tickets at seminolecountycattlemen.com/steak-dinner-tickets. If you would like to show further support for the Seminole County Cattlemen go to seminolecountycattlemen.com

ONGOING

In celebration of Seminole County’s 100th Birthday, Historic Seminole is issuing a passport to history! Pick up your passport and visit Historic Seminole spots on Centennial Saturdays. Visit a minimum of six sites and your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win great prizes. Centennial Saturdays end April 13. For general questions about Centennial Saturdays, contact Ashley Wilt at 407-936-1679 or email ashley.wilt@ucf.edu. For more information about Historic Seminole or one of the participating locations, visit historicseminole.org

Farmers Market at Oviedo YMCA is every Wednesday at the Oviedo YMCA, 7900 Red Bug Lake Road, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. or until all the vegetables, fruits and other great items are gone. For more information contact Kim Lett at klett@cfymca.org

Waterford Lakes Town Center is kicking off the new year with great music and fun for the whole family! Family Night on the Patio will take place every Friday night beginning from 7 to 11 p.m. throughout the year near the Friendly Confines. For additional information about the events, please contact Jamie Fraser at 407-737-2866 or via email at jfraser@simon.com

The city of Oviedo hosts a Special Needs Activity Program (SNAP) specifically designed for ages 15 and older who are mentally or physically challenged the first, second and third Wednesday of every month (next program March. 20). Participants must be accompanied by a companion. Enjoy the fun, games, craft time and movies. For more information call Jenette McKinney at 407-971-5591 or email jdmckinney@cityofoviedo.net

The Casselberry Farmers Market will be open every Sunday at Lake Concord Park from noon to 4 p.m. until May 2013. For more information, updates on weekly vendors or to sign-up to be a vendor, visit the Casselberry Farmers Market Facebook page at facebook.com/CasselberryFarmersMarket or email Steve and Bonnie Rich at CasselberryMarket@gmail.com

The Winter Springs Farmers Market is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday on State Road 434 and Tuskawilla Road in the Winter Springs Town Center. Visit WinterSpringsFarmersMarket.com for more information.

Tijuana Flats offers live entertainment on the patio at three neighborhood locations (Winter Springs, Avalon Park and Oviedo) from 7 to 10 p.m on Saturday nights. Join fan favorites John Travis and Amy Pruitt, Wendy Benson, Ennis Pruitt, Patrick O'Brien, and Dan Peterson, and more for classic rock, folk, blues, and top 40 hits.Visit the locations on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Greater Life Assembly of God’s Prayer Ministry opens its Oviedo Healing Room at 119 N. Central Ave. at 7 p.m. on Thursdays. For more information, visit greaterlifechurch.com

R.E.A.D. Book Club instills a passion for reading with a purpose for children in grades fourth through sixth in Oviedo and Winter Springs. Meetings are weekly and cover one book a month. Fundamentals of literature are introduced, including vocabulary, theme, character analysis, comprehension and critical thinking. For more information, please contact Cathy McLarnon at 407-342-0483 or sundance31@bellsouth.net

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10139 hosts meetings every third Monday of the month at 300 Lake Mills Ave. in Chuluota. There is a ladies’ auxiliary meeting at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of the month and a men’s auxiliary meeting at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of the month. Other events include: breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon every Sunday, bingo from 2 to 5 p.m. every Sunday and dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. every other Friday. For more information, call 407-359-5020.

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