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CELEBRATION OF LIFE LUNCHEON
October 3 The 4th annual Celebration of Life breast cancer awareness luncheon and silent auction benefit the Central Florida affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $500-$1,500 sponsorships. Church Street Ballroom. 407-593-7988. komencentralflorida.org

CIRQUE DU CURE GALA
October 25 The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation hosts a black tie event to raise funds to find a cure for diabetes. Patrons at the Cirque du Cure Gala can expect a premier live auction, silent auction and gourmet dinner. 6 p.m. $250. Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando. 407-774-2166. jdrf.org/centralflorida

CLUB CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT
October 6 Benefiting the 31 Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, which serve more than 12,000 youth. 7 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. shotgun start. $400 individual, $1,500 foursome. Walt Disney World Palm and Magnolia Courses. 407-841-6855.

DICK BATCHELOR RUN FOR THE CHILDREN
October 25 Run or walk through Downtown Orlando for the Dick Batchelor Run for the Children. Children in costume participate in the Kids’ Fun Run. Entertainment, refreshments and activities throughout the morning.  Proceeds benefit child abuse prevention and treatment programs at Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families, part of Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. 7-11 a.m. $20 and up. Lake Eola. 321-841-7016. orlandohealthfoundation.com

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL
Through November 9 Entertainment, crafts, culinary demonstrations and nightly Eat to the Beat concerts round out the cultural flavor of this annual event. One-day admission, $71. Discounts and packages available. 407-939-3378. disneyworld.com/food

AN EVENING OF VALOR
October 26 Jewish Family Services’ major fundraising event of the year honors Hope Kramer and Joe Lefkowitz for community leadership. The evening begins with a cocktail reception, silent auction and restaurant raffle ticket sales, followed by dinner and live auction. Proceeds benefit the Pearlman Food Pantry and other programs. 5-8 p.m. $175. Orlando Marriott Lake Mary. 407-644-7593. jfsorlando.org

FASHION WEEK
October 20-25 From cutting-edge fall shows to champagne receptions, fashionistas have their day—six days, actually—at the Mall at Millenia.
The week of in-store promotions, informal modeling and exclusive merchandise culminates in two fashion shows. Friday at 7 p.m. students of the International Academy of Design and Technology show off their winning designs and Saturday at 1 p.m. Millenia retailers put their top fashions on the runway.  Mall hours Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday noon-7 p.m. Free admission. First come, first seated. 407-363-3555. mallatmillenia.com

FAT GUY'S OPEN
October 3 Dennis Salvagio, “The Fat Guy,” hosts a day of golf, raffles and auctions to benefit the children and adults of Threshold, Inc., an organization caring for autistic children and adults for over 30 years. Continental breakfast and buffet lunch served. 7 a.m. $500 per foursome. Eagle Creek Golf Club. 407-671-7060 ext. 102. threshold-center.org

FESTIVALS OF SPEED
October 11-12 Vintage and luxury transportation by land, sea and air is the focus of this two-day showcase. On Saturday, visitors can enjoy food, cocktails and champagne while viewing vintage and modern aircraft as well as luxury autos from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and more, all inside an aircraft hangar. 8-11 p.m. $95 per person’ $150 per couple.  On Sunday, guests can view automobiles, motorcycles and boats on the hotel lawn. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $10; free for children under 12. Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes. 352-385-9450. festivalsofspeed.com

FOSSIL FAIR
October 11-12 Fossils, rocks, gems, minerals, artifacts, supplies, books, children’s dig pit, vendors, and silent auctions are all part of the 17th annual event presented by the nonprofit Florida Fossil Hunters. Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Adults $4, children $1. Central Florida Fairgrounds. 407-699-9274. floridafossilhunters.com

THE GREATEST NIGHT
October 17 The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation honors Orlando’s outstanding up-and-coming professionals.  Event includes silent auction, presentation of honorees, music and awards. 7-11 p.m. $135 individual, $1,000 table of eight. City Arts Factory. 407-339-2928. orlando.cff.org

OKTOBERFEST IN CELEBRATION
October 10-11 Featuring traditional German music on Friday and a “Rocktoberfest” on Saturday, with appearances by The Calling and Robbie Carrico from American Idol, this autumn event also includes hayrides, pumpkin painting, falling leaves hourly, and more. Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Free admission and parking. celebrationtowncenter.com

RACE FOR THE CURE
October 5 The 12th anniversary Susan G. Komen Central Florida Race for the Cure includes a one-mile or five-K Fun Run/Walk, Competitive Five-K Chip Race, Kiddie Dash and Survivor Celebration and Awards Ceremony. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. and the races step off beginning at 7:45 a.m. $15-$35. Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex. komencentralflorida.org

SALUTE TO WOMEN SUMMIT AWARDS
October 14 For the 24th year, local women who are role models in service to their communities are honored at this event that benefits the Sexual Assault Treatment Center of Orange County, the Clothesline Project and Summit Impact Grants and other programs. This year’s honorees are Mary K. Carr, Maureen Kersmarki, Helen Von Dolteren-Fournier and Corine Varn Wilson. 5:30 p.m., cocktail reception and silent auction. 6:30 p.m. dinner and awards presentation. $75 per person, tables of eight beginning at $1,000. Rosen Center Hotel, 9840 International Drive. 407-426-7960.

SCC AUTO SHOW
October 4Seminole Community College’s Automotive Program highlights alternative fuel vehicles in conjunction with National Alternative Vehicle Day Odyssey, sponsored by National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium. The show includes classic and antique cars along with cars of the future. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. 100 Weldon Boulevard, Sanford. 407-708-2274. scc-fl.edu

SWAN ROUNDUP AND SWAN SOIREE
October 18 The annual medical exams and vaccinations of the swans at Lake Eola becomes an occasion for art, music and a celebration of culture to benefit The Lake Eola Swans and The Regal Swan Foundation Inc. The day includes the roundup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a black-tie-optional fundraiser, 7-9:30 p.m. Minimum $50 donation per person. Lake Eola Amphitheater. 407-246-2827. theregalswan.com

A TASTE OF THE SEASON
October 2 The Orlando Opera Company presents its season preview with discussions of upcoming 2008-2009 events. Preview attendees taste Coppola wines and enjoy performances, a brief live auction and informative lectures from director of music Robin Stamper, and a question-and-answer period with the conductor of Il Trovatore, Maestro Anton Coppola. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails served. 6:30-10 p.m. $100. Rocco’s Italian Grill. 407-426-1717. orlandoopera.org

VINO!
October 18 Easter Seals Florida hosts its 9th annual Vino! with food and wine tasting from a variety of local restaurants. Live and silent auctions and live entertainment featuring the Kronics. All proceeds benefit Easter Seals Florida programs in the Central Florida, helping people with disabilities or special needs and their families. 7 p.m. $100 individual, $1,000 table of eight. Church Street Ballroom. 407-629-7881. fl.easterseals.com

WIGGLE WAGGLE WALK
October 11 Enjoy a leisurely stroll around Oval Park at the 8th annual Wiggle Waggle Walk to benefit animal welfare programs and the SPCA of Central Florida. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals promotes responsible human behavior toward animals. Entertainment at the event is for guests and their four-legged family members. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $25-$500. Oval Park, Colonial Center in Heathrow. 407-351-7722. orlandopets.org

WOMEN PLAYING FOR T.I.M.E. TOURNAMENTS
October 27 Women Playing for T.I.M.E. (Technology, Immediate Diagnosis, Mammography and Education) hosts its annual tennis and golf tournaments to benefit breast cancer research at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Orlando. Last year, the organization raised $1 million. Gunshot start 8:30 followed by the luncheon. $35 per player. Lake Nona Golf and Country Club. 321-841-2272. foundation.orlandoregional.org