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The Orlando Science Center, in partnership with the Zebra Coalition, has been awarded a $75,000 grant for an initiative that inspires students, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ+), to pursue STEM careers.

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The Orlando Chapter of USA Dance, a nonprofit, community-based educational and performing arts organization, will host a fundraiser for Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

On Oct. 14, the Orlando Chapter of USA Dance will host its monthly ballroom dance with the net proceeds going to Puerto Rico and the ongoing relief efforts on the island.  This month’s theme is a “Masquerade Ball.” Costumes are encouraged. 


Beer and books? That’s one way to make the library even cooler.

This Friday, Orlando Public Library will host Booktoberfest, the annual fundraiser that supports the Friends of the Orange County Library System, the volunteer organization that supports the projects that aren’t covered by the library’s budget.


The One Orlando Alliance, a nonprofit organization that brings together more 30 LGBTQ+ organizations, will host a vigil tonight to express support for the those affected by shooting in Las Vegas.

The vigil will take place at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Seneff Arts Plaza starting at 6 p.m.


Nonprofit consultant Rob Panepinto wants to be the next Orange County Mayor.

Panepinto, who is president of the Winter Park consulting firm Florentine Strategies and CEO of Entrepreneurs in Action, told the Orlando Sentinel he is running to take the place of current Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. The 50-year-old Republican sits on several nonprofit boards in Central Florida, including the Orlando Economic Partnership and Central Florida Foundation.

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