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Nerd Nite

Second Thursday of every month, various locations,

We're sure you've heard of pechakucha, that networking trend where people get together to watch short slideshow presentations on pretty much any topic people care to discuss. Well, Nerd Nite is sort of an offshoot of that – presenters get 15 minutes to talk about whatever thought-provoking issue they'd like, and then conduct a short Q&A session with the audience. The event usually takes place in a venue with drinks. Chat up your fellow nerds after the talk.

Orlando City Soccer Club Tailgating

Check game schedule for details, Orlando Citrus Bowl, 1610 W. Church St.,

Join the Orlando City Soccer Club's official supporter group, the Ruckus, at one of their tailgating events. There will be food, chants, drinking and drumming. Tailgate events are open to all, and they take place before every home game.

Orlando City Soccer Club Watch Parties at Harry Buffalo

Orlando City Soccer Club game nights, Harry Buffalo, 129 W. Church St., 407-422-6656,

A little less intense (but no less crowded) than the tailgates, the watch parties at OCSC's official bar are full of chicks and dudes who bleed purple.

The Daily City Food Truck Bazaar

Various locations in Central Florida, schedule available at

Check the Daily City's website for the schedule, but you can count on a gathering of more than 20 food trucks most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, where you can bond over mutual love of mobile meals.

East End Market Classes

East End Market, 3201 Corrine Drive, 321-236-3316,

What could possibly solidify a friendship better than a shared love of good food, local beer or cold-brew coffee? East End Market's classes and lectures bring together similar interests.

Wine & Beer Classes at Total Wine

Colonialtown and Millenia locations,

For a couple of bucks you can learn about beer, wine and spirits – bolster your courage to tell that girl her shoes are super-cute. Maybe coffee sometime?

There Will Be Words

Second Tuesday of each month, 7-8 p.m., Gallery at Avalon Island, 39 S. Magnolia Ave.,

For the literary set, this live reading series features local writers performing their poetry, short fiction and nonfiction at the Gallery at Avalon Island.

Cocktail Classes at the Courtesy Bar

First and third Saturdays of each month, 5:45 p.m., The Courtesy Bar, 114 N. Orange Ave., 407-450-2041,

Shake things up in a cocktail shaker and in your social life twice a month for $55, which covers materials for three full-sized DIY cocktails. (21 and up only.)

1st Thursdays at OMA

First Thursday of each month, 6-9 p.m., Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave., 407-896-4231,

There's a new theme each month for this mix-and-mingle event at Orlando Museum of Art, featuring local artists, cash bars, live music and food from local nosheries.

The Hive

Meetings and venues announced on Facebook,

This monthly event focuses on finding local, sustainable solutions to challenges facing the world. Every month, the talk revolves around one of the so-called "five pillars" of sustainability: food, water, waste, energy and ecology. Are you a change-the-world type? Then you'll probably dig the Hive.

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