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Need a break from the show floor, but still want to mingle with fellow attendees? The Everything Under the Sun Expo schedule also includes a selection of special events at the convention center and beyond. Watch the website ( and registration materials for more information as it becomes available.

Sustainability tour. In tune with the new solar additions to this annual show, organizers will again offer a sustainability tour of the Orange County Convention Center, with its 1-megawatt solar photovoltaic system. In addition to an extensive recycling program, solar-powered parking meters, low-flow fixtures, and charging stations for electric cars and solar-powered golf carts, the convention center has one of the largest rooftop photovoltaic systems in the region. It is also replacing much of its lighting with LEDs, which use less energy. Mark your calendar for 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20 if you want to come along.

Behind the scenes tour of Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. Details are still being worked out for this tour, but who could resist the chance to get the inside scoop on this 61-acre attraction? Typhoon Lagoon, which opened in 1989, was the most visited water park in the world in 2012, with more than 2.1 million visitors. Tours are tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 20 in the afternoon; stay tuned for more specifics.

Welcome reception and design awards. Connect with colleagues and be inspired at this year’s welcome reception and design awards. Held at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, the event begins at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20.

Industry party. This annual social event will be held Friday, Feb. 21, at the popular Howl at the Moon, a dueling piano bar, not too far from the Convention Center at 8815 International Drive. The party runs from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and tickets are $25.