No Fees Today at All National and State Parks in Florida

The National Park Service is waiving fees for everyone today (November 11) to enjoy the parks for FREE.

In Florida it includes the Central Florida parks of Canaveral National Seashore (Titusville) and Castillo de San Marcos National Monument (St. Augustine).

The state of Florida is also getting in on this act by waiving all fees for today only.

This includes area parks like Blue Spring, De Leon Springs, Lake Kissimmee and Wekiwa Springs. The Florida State Parks website has a full listing of all state parks, along with maps.

So grab your family or a group of friends and enjoy a day outside, for free.

Labor Day Weekend Instores at Park Ave CDs

I love shopping at Park Ave CDs, and part of what makes the store so fun is they bring in musicians to perform from time to time.

Well, this weekend, they wrangled three bands to play for the customers at their main location.

Tegan + Sara

Friday, September 3, check out Pennsylvania trio Good Old War at 4pm. I really like their folk rock melodies and the vocal harmonies. They’re playing the House of Blues later in the evening, but you can see them for free at Park Ave CDs.

Saturday, September 4, see Central Florida’s own Anberlin. The band will be celebrating the release of “Dark is the Way, Light is a Place” with a special acoustic performance and autograph signing. Pre-buy the new album and not only will you get priority entrance for the instore, but you’ll also get a copy of the limited edition CD/vinyl. It all starts at 3pm.

Sunday, September 5, enjoy an acoustic instore performance from the legendary Tegan + Sara. The store is expected to be at capacity for this one and all the wristbands have been given out. But if you’re really set on seeing this, there will be a standby line in case there is still room inside. There is no guarantee you’ll get in without a wristband, but it’s worth a try. Showtime is at 2:30pm. The duo will be playing the UCF Arena later in the evening if you can’t make the instore.

Park Ave CDs main store is at 2916 Corrine Dr and you can reach them by phone at 407-447-7275. They also have a store at UCF.

September’s Free Cooking Classes at Williams-Sonoma

Williams-Sonoma is one of my roommate’s favorite stores in Orlando. From the latest culinary tools to the specialty food items, many foodies love this store.

But did you know they offer free cooking classes?

Learn the latest techniques and some new recipes (almost) every week with instore demonstrations.

For September Williams-Sonoma is offering the following classes:

  • Sept. 12 – How to Cook Risotto
  • Sept. 19 – Indoor Grilling
  • Sept. 26 – Fall Baking

Classes fill up fast, so it’s best to call to reserve a spot.

There are three Williams-Sonoma locations in Orlando:

  • Mall at Millenia (4200 Conroy Rd; 407-354-3244)
  • Florida Mall (8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail; 407-251-8589)
  • Winter Park (142 Park Ave; 407-628-5900)

[Image courtesy Williams-Sonoma]

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