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At “Bats: Myths and Mysteries,” the new exhibit at the Orlando Science Center, visitors see 30 of the flying creatures of the night (safely enclosed).

Guests may try a pair of giant bat ears to experience the sensitivity of bat hearing, and search for replica bats concealed in a variety of habitats.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

The Orlando Philharmonic’s top-selling show is back! Cirque meets symphony in this all-new show featuring classical music brought to life by world-class cirque performers.

Acrobats, contortionists, jugglers and strongmen perform amazing feats, and aerialists soar overhead as the orchestra below provides suspenseful music.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

The only nighttime Art Festival in Florida, the 38th Maitland Rotary’s Art Under the Stars is a magical experience for artists and patrons alike.

With continuous live entertainment on two stages sponsored by Performing Arts Maitland, the art show and sale will take place this weekend surrounding Lake Lily in Maitland.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

The Orlando Museum of Art will open a dual exhibit with titles “David Rathman: Stand by Your Accidents” and “Lama Peterson: Suburbia Sublime” on Sept. 27.

David Rathman explores icons of masculinity – from the American West to football with protagonists caught in moments of introspection and/or defeat.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

Take your family (and your taste-buds) on an adventure of food and wines at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival from Sept. 19 to Nov. 10.

Each fall, Disney’s EPCOT offers the flavors of 30 global marketplaces along with cooking demos, tastings, wine-pairings, and decadent desserts.

Restaurant review: Café 906

Formerly in Winter Park, locally owned cafe reopens in Baldwin Park.

Step into Café 906 in its new home, comfortably situated among the other restaurants in Baldwin Park’s “restaurant row,” and you step into France.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

In this not-to-be-missed event, Orlando’s Shakespeare Theater takes on one of the greatest Broadway blockbusters of all time as they open their season with “Les Miserables.”

Since their “flash-mob” performance at Millenia Mall was picked up by national TV, the video has gone viral and the box office has exploded – meaning you need to call and get your tickets.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

Foodie alert! Do not miss this! More than 75 restaurants are serving up big savings this September during Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month.

With the greatest number of restaurants in the program’s nine-year history, this is your chance to have a magical meal at the restaurant you’ve been hungry for.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

More than 75 restaurants are serving up savings this September during Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month.

With the greatest number of restaurants in the program’s nine-year history, this year’s event includes more dates thanks to the addition of the special preview week, which began on Aug. 25.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

Art & History Museums – Maitland gives voice to the Hispanic community in its new exhibit “Lengua Materna” opening Aug. 22 at A&H’s Maitland Art Center.

Translated as “mother tongue,” the exhibit presents universal ideas through the unique vision of Hispanic culture with artists representing diverse communities in a variety of media.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

In 2011 Orlando launched Orlando Cares, bringing volunteers to help young people improve their academic success.

Through six programs, volunteers have helped more than 6,000 children.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

Orlando’s original art party is the award-winning 1st Thursdays presented by the Orlando Museum of Art’s volunteer group.

Beginning at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, OMA showcases new artwork (for sale), live music and tastings from area restaurants.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

I can only report this phenomenon one time in our lifetime, so here goes:August of 2014 – has five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays. Curious, you say? Yes, indeed.

This happens only once every 823 years, and aren’t we lucky it’s a month in which many of us take a vacation. Party on, dude!

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

Good news: In recent research, USA Today’s Tripology found that Orlando was the top destination for family vacationers.

The award recognizes affordable family destinations that travellers are most interested in – one more reason to take pride in our hometown!

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

Director Ken Howard takes on this re-envisioning of Michael Wanzie’s wildly successful comedy with a cast of Central Florida’s favorite actresses.

Comic references to a community within walking distance of the theater make for some very funny art-imitating-life moments.

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