Finally, a convention to honor herpes. Yup, big ones, slimy ones, the horned variety and those with scales. The great thing about herpes is that anyone can get 'em–black, white, Muslim, Jew, Tea Bagger. Even Carly Fiorina. No one's immune. In fact, at this second annual celebration, the aim is to increase awareness, understanding and appreciation of this much-maligned group. Specialist Dr. Peter Prichard will be present answer pressing questions, along with live music, “hands-on” activities, educational organizations, crafts, experts and artists. Uh… wait a minute… Uh-oh… On second glance at the press release, this event is to honor herpetology, not herpes, at Reptile and Amphibian Appreciation Day . We're talking lizards, tortoises, skinks, reticulated pythons, crocodilians, toads, turtles (turns out, Pritchard is a turtle expert). So come out of your shell, and kiss a snake.

Sun., Oct. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2010

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