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The Florence Festival of Books, which opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 27, has added a special event on Friday, September 26. Best-selling author Teresa Rhyne will appear in the theater at 7 p.m. Teresa will have a meet and greet and book signing open to the public at 6 p.m. in the lobby. Tickets for the event are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Proceeds from the ticket sales will be divided between the Florence Area Humane Society and Florence Relay for Life.
Teresa describes herself as a lawyer, writer, dog lover and breast cancer survivor (though definitely not in that order). She loves wine, books, coffee and dogs (still not in order) and loathes exercise, Christmas, and chocolate (probably in that order).
Teresa travels internationally for keynote speeches and other presentations wherever an inspirational, humorous, cancer-surviving, dog-loving, pessimist-turned-reluctant-optimist, motivational speaker may be needed.
The 4th Annual Florence Festival of Books is a book fair for both authors and publishers. It opens Saturday, September 27, at 10 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m. Admission is free.
At a book fair individual authors offer their books for sale. And since the Florence event also includes publishers, each publisher will show the books they have published and try to sign up new authors.
The biggest winners are the people who attend—anyone who loves books and reading. Upon entering, all attendees will receive a tote bag to carry their book purchases. Browse among 50-plus authors as well as several publishers. What a treat to look at book after book of all different genres, actually meet the person who wrote each book, talk to them, buy a book, and have the author sign it on the spot. Some of these authors will be first timers and others will have numerous books for sale.
Anyone who has a book to publish, this is your big chance! It’s a great opportunity to check out more than one publisher.
Authors and publishers who wish to participate in this year's event may download an application by clicking on the attachment below. The deadline for submitting applications is September 5, 2014, unless the limit of 60 tables is reached before that date.
For more information, contact the Florence Events Center at 541-997-1994 or toll free at 888-968-4086, Monday through Friday. Email inquires may be addressed to Judy Fleagle at judyfleagle [at] gmail [dot] com or Connie Bradley at conlonb [at] oregonfast [dot] net .
The popular Taste of Home Cooking School returns to Florence with cooking demonstrations, samples, prizes and more.
A four-year tradition that began at the Florence Elks Lodge continues this year with the Oktoberfest coming to the Florence Events Center, on Saturday, October 4.
Starting with a pancake breakfast served up by the Florence Kiwanis Club, followed by wiener dog races and wrapping up with an afternoon of authentic German food, bier and music, it is sure to hold something for everyone who attends.
This year, several community non-profit groups will be providing the German-themed food fair, including Boys & Girls Club of Western Lane County, Florence Regional Arts Alliance, Florence Food Share, Friends of the FEC and more. Authentic German music will be played throughout the entire event performed by a variety of local and regional artists. And of course, there’s the German beer!
For extra entertainment ‘puppy-mutual’ betting is being added to the wiener dog races, as well as other activities to entertain the whole family.
“So dig out your lederhosen, grab a mug, meet old friends you’ve never seen before and join us! “Gemutlichkeit!” says Chamber of Commerce Director Cal Applebee.
Hear the high school musicians perform in their first concert of the year.