The following are some events that you might be interested in checking out if you’re in the area, or putting in your tickler file for next year:

November 25-27, 2005
ChamBanaCon 35
Billed as the “singing, eating, reading, so you can relax convention,” ChamBanaCon is held in Springfiled, Ill., each year. This year, guests of honor will include author Timothy Zahn, fans Frank and Millie Kalisz, and toastmaster PJ Beese.

Activities includes author readings, gaming and world building, an art show, a filk room, and more. Registration is $35 until Nov. 15, then $40 at the door.

For more information: http://chambanacon.org/

December 7-12, 2005
Goldeneye Film Festival & Retreat
More that 350 reels of feature films, documentaries and shorts form around the globe will be showcased at the second annual Goldeneye Film Festival & Retreat held at James Bond’s birthplace. Goldeneye, in Oracabessa Bay, Jamaica, where Ian Fleming wrote all 13 James Bond novels, is now an Island Outpost resort.

David Koh, head of Acquisitions and Productions for Palm Pictures, and Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records, Island Pictures, Palm Pictures and Island Outpost, announced the dates for this year’s festival at Cannes Film Festival.

“The event will feature a conference, retreat, film festival, live music and tours to key spots,” promise Koh and Blackwell. “In short, it’s your quickest way to experience the best of Jamaica and the Caribbean.”

The line-up includes retrospectives about surfing, French noir and Bob Marley (whom Blackwell helped launch). Screenings also explore the history of Hong Kong cinema, James Bond movies, westerns, midnight specials and Jamaican films.

For more information: http://www.islandoutpost.com/lifestyle/

December 9-11
Philcon 2005
David Weber, science fiction writer and author of the Honor Harrinton series, will be the principal speaker at this year’s Philcon, in the City of Brotherly Love. Artist David Mattingly will also be there.

Activities will include a masquerade, film room, anime room, art show, gaming room and more. This year, it will be at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.

For more information: http://philcon.org/2005/