Interested in learning more about history, art, current issues, how-to-do projects? There are many venues in Central Florida where you can expand your knowledge, enjoy yourself and not make a dent in the budget.
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Each year the Morse Museum presents a free lecture series that deals with timely art historical subjects. Programs take place on Wednesdays in the McKean Pavilion, 161 West Canton Ave. (just behind the museum), and are followed by a reception. Check the website under programs and events for details.
In keeping with its mission to use the history and lessons of the holocaust in order to build a more just and caring community, the center offers an ongoing series of free commemorative programs and films about the holocaust and its survivors. Topics and dates for these programs can be found at the website.
Looking to make some repairs or updates around the house? Questions about when to plant or what to plant? The Home Depot has ongoing workshops that deal with household repairs and updates, and landscaping issues. Check the website for listings of workshops at stores in your area.
Expand your horizons. The University of Central Florida has a variety of free lectures, concerts and events that are open to the public. Check the public event website weekly to find something that might be of interest.
The UCF College of Arts & Humanities offers many free concerts, master classes, and a Guest Artist series. Most are located on campus, but many are in located in venues throughout the Central Florida area. Check the Arts & Humanities event schedule for specific information about dates and locations.
Check the History Center's Calendar of Events to find occasional free events like the Brown Bag Lunch & Learn series, the History Book Club and other seasonal events.
Brush up on your Italian during an hour long conversation class. Get to know the Constitution or pick up some financial advice on managing your portfolio. At the Winter Park Library, you never know what will be on the current month's calendar. Most classes offered are free of charge.
Want to prepare for a citizenship test, learn how to set up a webpage, learn how to buy and sell on e-bay, prepare a nutritious meal or go to a folk/rock concert? These are examples of the typical offerings at the libraries within the Orange County Public Library System. For a wealth of free classes, lectures, and programs, it's worth your time to check out the upcoming classes and programs for all ages that are available at no cost to Orange County district resident cardholders, Fee cardholders, and Orange County Property Owner cardholders. A small fee ( in most cases $10) is charged to nonresidents.
Would you like to learn more about the birds, bees, bears and other forms of wildlife in Central Florida? All meetings of the Orange Audubon Society are free and open to the public. Held on the third Thursday evening of each month in the Camellia Room at Leu Gardens, each meeting includes a 45 minute educational program on topics of local interest.
The public is invited to the monthly meetings of the Kissimmee Valley Audubon Society, which are held at the Kissimmee Utility Authority Building. Each month there is a presentation on a variety of topics dealing with the flora, fauna and environment of Central Florida. Check website for more specifics.