Community Notes for Feb. 27, 2022


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Community Notes for Feb. 27, 2022

Lake County libraries events The Lake County library system has the following

Lake County libraries events

The Lake County library system has the following upcoming events:

? The J Street Jazz Combo, featuring brothers Alex and Jai Price, will perform in concert from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Monday (Feb. 28) at the Tavares Public Library, 314 N. New Hampshire Ave. The concert will feature the sounds of New Orleans and Mardi Gras, and is free.

Details: 352-742-6204.

? Historian Tom Wilcox, a staff member of the Leesburg Public Library, will present a program on the 90th anniversary of the kidnapping of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh's 20-month-old son from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday (March 2) in meeting Room A&B of the library, 100 E. Main St.

The "Charles Lindbergh," program will feature the people and events surrounding the kidnapping and death of Charles Jr, including facts and speculation from the original FBI files and media from that time. The program is free, but registration is required.

Details: go to, click on Programs and Events, scroll to Event Calendar, and then go to date and click on the program or call 352-728-9790.

? The East Lake County Library, 31340 County Road 437, Sorrento, will host a "Bookish Birdhouse," craft for adults from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday (March 3). Crafters will get to decorate an unfinished wooden birdhouse with pages from a favorite children's book. All supplies will be provided, including a selection of kids’ books, but participants are welcome to bring their own books.

Registration is required either in person or by calling 352-383-9980.

? The W.T. Bland Public Library will host author Jana Milbocker, who’ll share highlights of her book "The Garden Tourist's Florida," at 4 p.m. Saturday (March 5). Copies of the book will be given away as door prizes. The public is welcome to attend the free event; registration is not required.

The library, 1995 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora can be reached at 352-735-7180.

? The Cooper Memorial Library will host singer Dave DeLuca in a "Perfectly Frank…The Music of Frank Sinatra," concert at from 5:30 to 6 p.m. March 7 at the library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Dr., Clermont. The event is free.

Details: 352-536-2275.

Opening reception for Whiskey Painters exhibit

The Lake County Museum of Art, 213 W. Ruby St., will host an, "Exit through the Gift Shop" opening reception for its Whiskey Painters of America exhibit from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday (March 4), with a "Speakeasy," style event on its rooftop.

The exhibit, featuring the works of professional watercolor artists in miniature form no larger than 4×5 inches, will run through April 2. Admission is $15 to $25 and includes drinks and snacks on the rooftop.

Details: 352-483-2900 or email [email protected].

Cleanup Eustis

CleanUp Eustis will have its next group event beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday (March 5) at the Ferran Park Bandshell, 250 Ferran Park Dr, Eustis. Volunteers are needed to help clean up the park and along the shoreline of Lake Eustis. Supplies will be provided. High school students who help out can earn Bright Future scholarship hours.

Annual East Lake Heritage Festival

The East Lake Historical Society will sponsor its 8th Annual East Lake Heritage Festival from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday (March 5) at the East Lake County Library, 31340 County Road 437, Sorrento featuring bands, storytellers, Veterans Wall, children's crafts, auctions, slide presentation, games, church groups, food. Passive K9, crafters, a sweet shop, and more. The opening ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. with the Mount Dora High School ROTC. Admission is free.

Those interested in participating can contact Maggie at 352-383-3403 or [email protected].

Sisters of Suffrage celebrates anniversary

Sisters of Suffrage, an ad hoc group of organizations in and around The Villages will celebrate the anniversary of women winning the right to vote through the passage of the 19th Amendment during a "Standing on Their Shoulders: From Vote to Voice," beginning at 11 a.m. March 8 at Lake Sumter Landing in The Villages.

The International Women's Day event is open to the public and will include songs, history, and vision as participants celebrate the past, present, and future of the right to vote. Attendees are encouraged to wear the suffragist colors of white, yellow, and purple.

Details: [email protected].

Lake County Fair Seeks Entrants for Art Barn

The Lake County Fair Association is seeking Creative Living entries for the 101st Lake County Fair April 7-16 from citizen bakers, crafters, artists and Green Thumbs for exhibition in the Art Barn. Residents of all ages are welcome to enter their creations in Fine Arts, Food Arts and Sciences, Confectionary Arts, Home and Hobby and Horticulture. Registration/entry is due by March 11.

Details:, 352-551-7407 or [email protected].

Applications for American Rescue Plan grants sought

The City of Leesburg is now accepting applications for American Rescue Plan Civic Funding grants for Leesburg-based not-for-profit organizations who can demonstrate financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Priority will be given to those organizations that have not previously received COVID relief funding and organizations that have received COVID relief funding from the City of Leesburg are not eligible.

Applications are due by March 31, with City Commission review scheduled for April 11.

Funds will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis and will end when the allocation is fully disbursed.

Details and application:

Rookie Teacher of the Year, school-related employee finalists announced

Two elementary school teachers and one high school teacher – all with three years’ experience were recently announced as finalists for Lake County Public Schools Rookie of the Year.

The finalists are William "Lee" Fouraker, a television production teacher at East Ridge High, Alexa DeJarlais, a kindergarten teacher at Fruitland Park Elementary, and Tori Grable, a fifth grade teacher at Seminole Springs Elementary

Additionally, three District employees who provide essential support to ensure schools run smoothly — Serita Morgan, a family school liaison for Beverly Shores Elementary, Shaun Smith, the head custodian at Eustis Middle, and Susan Johnson, a first-grade teaching assistant at Fruitland Park Elementary School were tapped as the Lake County School Related Employee of the Year finalists.

The Rookie Teacher of the Year and School-Related Employee of the Year finalists were notified Feb. 17 by Superintendent Diane Kornegay, school board member Mollie Cunningham, and a caravan of representatives from the district.

The entourage visited each of the finalists’ schools to announce their recognition and to celebrate with their principals and other school staff.

The 2023 Rookie Teacher of the Year and the 2022 School-Related Employee of the Year will be announced during a March 9 reception at the Venetian Center in Leesburg.

Final day of GeorgeFest in Eustis

Today is the final day of the 120th Annual GeorgeFest in downtown Eustis and at Ferran Park. This year's theme is "Let the Good Times Roll." The three-day festival, the nation's second-longest-running celebration of George Washington's birthday behind Laredo, Texas, features a carnival, live music, food and more. For details or the schedule of events, go to

Certify your backyard to help wildlife

The W.T. Bland Public Library, 1995 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora, will host a program on "How to Certify your Backyard" at 2 p.m. today. Participants will learn tips on creating a wildlife-friendly garden that can be recognized as a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. Door prizes will be included. The program is free and open to the public and registration is not required.

Details: 352-735-7180.

LC Swing Big Band concert in Leesburg

The LC Swing Big Band will perform their annual winter concert at 6 p.m. tonight at Graceway Presbyterian Church, 10200 Morningside Drive, Leesburg.

The concert will feature music from various popular movies including "Gonna Fly Now," "Westside Story Suite" and the premiere performance of a composition commissioned by Jim Beyer for LC Swing Big Band titled "Shaken, Not Stirred." This special arrangement is based on the various themes from the most popular James Bond movies and will be accompanied by visuals.

There will also be music from a popular Disney movie and beautiful ballads and Basie swing arranged by Sammy Nestico. Ali Dickson will be the featured vocalist. The concert will be under the direction of Larry Lutte.

Admission is free, but a freewill donation will be taken. Details, 352-360-9168.

Citywide yard sale in Umatilla

The Umatilla Public Library will have its 21st Annual citywide Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, featuring residential sales throughout the city as well as spaces for rent on the library grounds, 412 Hatfield Drive.

Maps will be available for a donation at the library prior to the sale. Any residents who would like to have their yard sale appear on the map can donate $7 to the Umatilla Public Library and receive a one-day yard sale permit. Spaces for rent at the library will be $12 plus tax. The Friends of the Library will host their annual used book sale inside the library during the yard-sale event.

All proceeds benefit the Umatilla Public Library. Details, 352-669-3284.

Community discussion on civil discourse

The League of Women Voters of The Villages/Tri-County will host a community discussion on civil discourse, "Uprooting Prejudice: Conversations for Change," from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Wildwood Community Center, 6500 Powell Road.

Author Ann Patton will lead a "When Hate Roamed Free" presentation with lessons drawn from her book, "Unmasked," while Stephen Poynor, education curator of Florida's Holocaust Memorial and Resource Center will present tangible actions, "Conversations for Change," central to the current exhibition at the center.

The program will be moderated by Lou Sasmor of the Civil Discourse Club of The Villages and is free and open to the public.

Registration is due by Friday; go to

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Events in nearby counties

Estate Planning Live Webinar: Attorney Kathleen Flammia and Attorney Stacey Schwartz discuss asset protection, planning for long term care and essential Estate Planning documents. Viewing instructions will be provided upon RSVP. 2 p.m. March 1, 6 p.m. March 23, free, 407-478-8700.

Philosophy Discussion Group: The group meets to discuss various topics. Bring topics and questions. 10 a.m. March 1, University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. To attend this event, email your full name to [email protected] expressing your interest. Free.

Orange County Retired Educators Association: Masks are required for this face-to-face meeting and no food or drinks are allowed. Mike Walsh, vice president and chief programs officer of Lighthouse Central Florida will discuss the services Lighthouse provides for those with vision loss. Anyone who has worked in education is invited. 10:30 a.m. March 3, College Park United Methodist Church 644 W. Princeton St., Orlando, free, or 407-843-6909.

"Learn About Selling a Home for Seniors" senior program: Join a panel discussion about what is required when selling your home and what selling "As Is" really means. Presented by Paul and Lyn Henderson, Certified Senior Housing Professionals. Reservations required. 9:30-11 a.m. March 3, Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, 151 W. Lyman Ave., Winter Park, free, 407-476-1808.

Opera Appreciation: Presented by the University Club of Winter Park. Aida by Giuseppe Verdi. 6:30 p.m. March 3. To attend this event, email your full name to [email protected] expressing your interest. Free.

Garden Festival and Plant Sale: This free event includes nursery and garden art vendors, expert speakers on all things gardening, a gnome scavenger hunt and Kid's Zone, as well as having our Master Gardener Volunteers available to diagnose your plant issues. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 5, UF/IFAS Extension Orange County, 6021 S. Conway Road, Orlando, 407-254-9200.

It's Just Yoga Health and Fitness Festival: The eighth annual event features a Marketplace where attendees of all skill levels can interact, sample and explore the latest trends in health, wellness and fitness. All classes are donation based and benefit New Hope for Kids. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 6, Lake Eola Park, Robinson Street and Eola Drive, Orlando, free, 407-619-0651.

Windermere PetFest: A celebration of pets, the event will feature a lure/agility course for big and small dogs, doggie games, First in Fur contests and awards, food trucks, rescue groups, vendors and a Kids Zone, including a Mini Vet station and interactive activities with the Orange County Library. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 5, Windermere Town Hall Square, 520 Main St., Windermere, free.

Walk: The Mid-Florida Milers Walking Club, a member of the American Volkssport Association, is sponsoring a walk through the downtown Orlando area. Two distances available – 10K (6.2 miles) or 5K (3.1 miles). Start between 8:30-9:15 a.m. March 5, Beardall Senior Center, 800 S. Delaney Ave., Orlando, $3 per person, free for walkers ages 12 or younger who do not want credit, 407-706-3034.

St. Patrick's Day Parade: The 43rd annual St. Patrick's Day parade will include more than 60 participating units in a route from Webster Avenue, south down Park Avenue to Lyman Avenue. After the parade, the celebration continues with Irish music and step-dancing at the main stage in Central Park with with performances by professional Irish dancer Sarah Costello, Tir Na Greine School of Irish Dance, Watters School of Irish Dancing, Finnegan Academy of Irish Dance and Michael Daly, Tenor. 2 p.m. March 6, Downtown Winter Park, Park Avenue, Winter Park, free, 386-785-6965.

Orlando Area Historical Rose Society: Jolene Adams, NW Regional Director American Rose Society, will give a presentation on the Rambler Rose. 2:30 p.m. March 6, Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando, free, 407-497-1639.

Pine Castle Woman's Club: Joy Wallace Dickinson, editor, Florida Flashback, Orlando Sentinel and Club honorary member, will present "Women Making History in Central Florida" in recognition of Women's History Month, observed annually in March since 1987. Club members will be bringing monetary donations for The Russell Home for Atypical Children, one of their mission support organizations. Face masks recommended and social distancing will be observed. 10 a.m.-noon March 9, Pine Castle Woman's Club, 5901 S. Orange Ave., Orlando, free, 407-494-9118 or email [email protected].

Central Florida Koi and Goldfish Show: The annual judged koi show will feature entries from across the country, vendors of koi, goldfish, pond supplies, aquatic plants and garden art. There will also be a goldfish show with certified judging. Seminar presentations on koi, goldfish and ponds will be conducted all day March 12 ($10 for the day). Sponsored by Orlando Area Koi & Pond Club, ZNA Southern Koi Association and the koi clubs of Florida East Coast, Rainbow River and Gainesville. 1-5 p.m. March 11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 12, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 13, Avanti Palms Resort, 6515 International Drive, Orlando, admission is free,, 407-419-8517.

Classic Car Show at the Apopka Fair: See classic cars from the 1920s-1970s on display. Sponsored by Rotary Club of Apopka and City of Apopka. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 12, Kit Land Nelson Park, 35 S. Park Ave., Apopka, admission is free, parking is $5, 407-509-6742.

Sunday in the Park: Presented by the College Park Neighborhood Association. The event will feature live performers and local vendors. A Kids Zone will be available for a $15 wristband fee; new and current CPNA members receive two free wristbands with proof of membership. New memberships can be purchased at the event. 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. March 13, Dartmouth Park, 822 Dartmouth St., Orlando, admission is free,

Walk: The Mid-Florida Milers Walking Club, a member of the American Volkssport Association, is sponsoring a walk in Orlando along International Drive. Two distances available – 10K (6.2 miles) or 6K (3.7 miles). Start between 8:30-9:15 a.m. March 19, Comfort Suites, 7495 Canada Ave., Orlando, $3 per person, free for walkers ages 12 or younger who do not want credit, 407-375-2387.

Art in Bloom: Festival of Fine Arts and Flowers: Presented by the Council of 101, this annual fundraiser advances the many educational programs and exhibits of the Museum. The event will feature special events, art auction, curated antiques and an outdoor farmers market and daily entertainment. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mach 25-27, Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando, $12-$20, 407-896-4231, Ext. 254.

Duplicate Bridge: Intermediate bridge classes are being offered followed by an ACBL sanctioned game. 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. Sundays, Orlando Metropolitan Bridge Center, 756 Bennett Road, Orlando, $15 includes pizza, lesson, and game, 407-895-1943 or email [email protected].

Central Florida Fruit Society: Learn about growing and enjoying fruit in Central Florida. Discover new species and varieties of ambrosial fruits from around the world and grown locally. 6:30-8:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month, Harry P. Leu Gardens 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando, free, [email protected].

Central Florida Stamp Club: Meetings include auctions and informative lectures. 6 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month, Marks Street Senior Recreation Complex, 99 E. Marks St., Orlando, free, 407-889-0528.

‘FashionAbility’ American Sewing Guild, Orlando Chapter: A group dedicated specifically to the art and skill of garment sewing. All levels welcome. 10:30 a.m.-noon the fourth Thursday of the months of October, January, April, and July, The Sewing Studio, 9605 U.S. Highway 17-92, Maitland, first two visits are free, then ASG membership is required, 407-697-0882.

TOPS Club Inc. (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly): 7 p.m. Thursdays, Delaney Street Baptist Church, 1919 Delaney Ave., Orlando, first visit is free, 407-898-6215.

Griefshare: Open to anyone (adults) who has experienced the death of a family member or friend. 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Calvary Orlando, 1199 Clay St., Winter Park, $20 for materials, 407-644-1199 to register.

Tai Chi for Health: Featuring simple Tai Chi forms and qi gong (energy work). Indoors or out, depending on community COVID status. Vaccinated may practice mask-free; unvaccinated must wear masks. 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 1st Unitarian Church of Orlando, 1901 E. Robinson St., Orlando, $5 facility fee donation requested but not required, 407-701-3357.

Male Alzheimer's caregivers group: The Men's Breakfast Club is an informal and unstructured gathering of male caregivers. Sponsored by the Alzheimer's & Dementia Resource Center. 10 a.m. the first Thursday of the month, Denny's Restaurant, 2684 Lee Road, Winter Park, free, buy your own food, or 407-436-7750.

United States Submarine Veterans, Central Florida Chapter: Open to all Navy personnel and veterans who are qualified in submarines. Guests are welcome at meetings. Meetings for now are held both in person or Zoom. 7 p.m. the fourth Thursday of every month, Casselberry Veterans Club, 200 Concord Drive, Casselberry, 407-920-9347 or email [email protected].

PASOS (Parents and Spouses of Suicide) Grief Support Group: A program of the nonprofit First Nature Foundation, offers a virtual Zoom meeting twice monthly (for safety during the pandemic), the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The group is facilitated and supported by a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with grief counseling experience. If you are interested in participating as a parent or spouse of suicide, email [email protected]. There is no charge to join. Donations are not required but are welcome.

Italian American Social Club of Central Florida: All nationalities are welcome. Dinner dances, with live bands, 6-10 p.m. every second and fourth Saturday ($40 for members, $45 for guests, includes open bar); Italian American Social Club of Central Florida, 5900 Hibiscus Road, Orlando, 407-273-2830.

Bingo: Social distancing observed. Masks are required. Proceeds benefit the Bahia Shrine Center Apopka. Doors open at 5 p.m. Early bird games start at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Bahia Shrine Center 3101 E. Semoran Blvd., Apopka, 407-660-8811.

Young Adult Grief Group: Presented by New Hope for Kids. This safe virtual setting is designed to provide young adults, ages 19-25, with an environment where they will be supported by peers and given the opportunity to participate in conversations to help them heal and adjust to their new normal. Group meets 7:30-9 p.m. every other Wednesday. Registration is required to attend. Call Dana Duffie, 407-331-3059, Ext. 10.

Terranaut Corps: A meeting of the nonprofit Order of the Skywatcher Clan's caving group, which takes monthly trips to the tribe's cave near Belleview to explore, dig out and map. Training is provided, if needed. Also potluck lunch, socializing, fossil hunting and camping. Advance registration required. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. the first Saturday of the month, a private residence, 3415 Silverwood Drive, Orlando, free, 407-293-1739.

35th Annual Lake Mary-Heathrow Festival of the Arts: Juried artists, crafters, student art displays, food trucks, and a host of entertainment. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 6, Colonial Towne Park, 950 Market Promenade Ave., Lake Mary, admission is free, parking $5 donation, 407-321-3576.

"High Heels, High Tea" Spring Fashion Show: The Heathrow Women's Club event will include a runway show highlighting spring fashions from Walk on Water and Label Hoarder, a luncheon and beverages, silent auction items, raffle tickets, a photo opportunity and the "Over the Top" hat contest. All proceeds benefit The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, West Sanford Branch; The Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools; SafeHouse of Seminole; and Seminole County Friends of Abused Children. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. March 6, Heathrow Country Club, 1200 Bridgewater Drive, Heathrow, $75. Reservations required. Email [email protected].

Dynamic Women Of Central Florida Spokes Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. March 9, Heathrow Country Club, 1200 Bridgewater Drive, Lake Mary, $26 includes lunch, 407-474-7460 or email [email protected].

Fashion Show and Luncheon: The theme is "Caribbean Vacation." There will be a 50/50 drawing, basket raffle, silent auction and door prizes. Fashions provided by Sophie & Trey Boutique. Sponsored by All Souls Catholic Church Council of Catholic Women. Proceeds to benefit local charities. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 11:30 a.m. March 12, The Westin Lake Mary, Orlando North, 2974 International Pkwy, Lake Mary, $40, 407-692-7538.

Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 400: The Chapter will host its first St. Patrick's Day breakfast meeting. Chapter members and combat wounded veterans are welcome along with guests. Green attire welcome in addition to the traditional purple worn by members and guests. 9 a.m. March 17, Town House Restaurant, 139 N. Central Ave., Oviedo, buy your own food, 407-376-4560.

Friends of the Poor Walk/Run: Sponsored by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul at All Souls Catholic Church in Sanford. There is no admission charge but contributions are greatly appreciated. All proceeds will benefit those in need with emergency funds and food from their pantry. There will be breakfast refreshments, DJ music, goodie bags, door prizes and a raffle. 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. walk March 19, Fort Mellon Park, East First Street, Sanford, free, 407-375-6580.

4th Annual "Hot Rods for Heroes" Car, Truck and Bike Show: A family-style event featuring classic and modern cars, trucks and motorcycles on display. All wheels are welcome. Vehicle registration is $25 and ends March 16. Proceeds benefit Honor Flight Central Florida. Compliance with all posted signage for COVID mitigation will be required for the health and safety of all. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. March 19, Oviedo Mall, 1700 Oviedo Mall Blvd., Oviedo, spectator admission is free, 407-758-6394 or email [email protected].

Uptown Art Expo: Featuring more than 140 artists with displays of glass, jewelry, mosaics, paintings, photography, pottery, sculpture and more all available for purchase. The event also features chalk street artists, live music performances, international street cuisine and old-fashioned festival food. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. March 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 27, Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs, free, 407-571-8180.

Taste of Oviedo: Includes dishes from Oviedo restaurants and eateries, live music and children's activities. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 26, Oviedo Mall, 1700 Oviedo Mall Blvd., Oviedo, admission is free, 407-977-2400.

Zumba: No experience is necessary and all fitness levels are welcome. 9:15-10:15 a.m. Saturdays, Oviedo Gym & Aquatics Facility, 148 Oviedo Blvd., Oviedo, first class free, then $5 per class, 407-971-5565.

Bingo: Hosted by Winter Springs VFW Auxiliary. All proceeds benefit veterans and families. Doors open at 10 a.m. Early bird 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Winter Springs VFW, 420 N. Edgemon Ave., Winter Springs, $10-$20 packets, 407-327-3151.

Alzheimer's and dementia support group (in person): A monthly in-person support group for caregivers of those with Alzheimer's and dementia related illnesses. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month, Oakmonte Village's Cordova Assisted Living building, 1001 Royal Gardens Circle, Lake Mary, free, 407-444-0122 or email [email protected].

Vintage Tennis: Round robin matches for men and women 60 or older. 10 a.m.-noon Fridays through April, Sanlando Park, 401 W. Highland St., Altamonte Springs, $5, 407-862-1273.

GriefShare: A grief support program for adults who have lost a loved one by death. 1 p.m. Wednesdays, St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 2021 W. State Road 426, Oviedo, free. To register, call 407-365-3408 or email [email protected].

Bingo: Proceeds benefit local charities through The Woman's Club of Casselberry. Reservations required. 2 p.m. the second and fourth Sunday of the month, The Woman's Club of Casselberry, 251 Overbrook Drive, Casselberry, $5 for 10 games plus two optional bonus games, 407-629-4158.

Bunco: Proceeds benefit local charities through The Woman's Club of Casselberry. If possible bring your own dice and pencil, beginners welcome. Reservations requested. 2 p.m. the third Sunday of the month, The Woman's Club of Casselberry, 251 Overbrook Drive, Casselberry, $5, 407-353-6892.

Leo Miller Senior Softball: Open to ages 60 or older. 9:30 a.m. Mondays (pickup games) and Wednesdays (league games), Seminole County Softball Complex, 2200 North St., Altamonte Springs, $3, 407-600-3564.

Senior Softball: For seniors ages 50 and older. Players should arrive at 8 a.m. for batting practice, 9:15 a.m. game time Saturdays, Red Bug Lake Park, 3600 Red Bug Lake Road, Casselberry, $3, 407-779-6980.

Okinawan Karate-Do: Outdoors with social distancing. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, Hope Lutheran Church, 2600 N. Dean Road, Orlando, $40 per month, 407-484-5124.

Alzheimer's disease virtual support groups: Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the Alzheimer's & Dementia Resource Center has moved all facilitated support groups to the Zoom platform until further notice. Call 407 436-7750 or email [email protected] for registration and login instructions.

Pancake breakfast: All-you-can-eat pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, orange juice and coffee. Proceeds to benefit DeBary Volunteer Fireman's Association. 7:30-11 a.m. today, Florence K. Little Town Hall, 12 Columba Road, DeBary, donation, 386-216-5461.

Book Sale: Hosted by the Friends of the New Smyrna Beach Library. All proceeds go toward adult and children's programming at the library. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. March 4-5, New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach, free, 386-424-2910.

Youth Celebration of the Arts 2022: Visual and performing arts of public and private schools, business booths, food and crafts for children. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. March 5, Gateway Center for the Arts, 880 N. U.S. Highway 17-92, DeBary, free, 386-668-5553.

Backyard plant sale: Proceeds from the Friends of Deltona Library's plant sale will benefit programs at the Deltona Regional Library. The Florida-friendly plants, raised by library volunteers, will be sold for $3-$5 in one gallon pots. The selection includes eastern red cedar, porter weed, angle trumpet, red firespike, orchid tree, Cuban oregano, beauty berry, yellow four o’clock, reed stem orchid, night blooming cactus, snake plant, Cuban buttercup, candlestick cassia, liriope, rain lilies, agapanthus. Payment may be made with cash or check. 9 a.m.-noon March 5, private residence, 1984 W. Chapel Drive, Deltona, free, 386-218-4087.

Outdoor concert: The Tree Frogs, featuring Tom Lee and Mike Chiello, will play classic tunes from the ’60s and ’70s. Sponsored by the Oak Hill Public Library. Bring a blanket or a chair. 3 p.m. March 6, K.T. Chung Park, 126 E. Halifax Ave., Oak Hill, free, 386-345-5510.

Become a Climate Smart Floridian: Residents can learn how they can reduce their environmental impacts during a free, six-part series of programs. Topics include climate change and how it relates to water resources, green building, home energy, renewable energy, yards, food, water, transportation and consumption with a special focus on issues that impact Volusia County. The series is sponsored by Lyonia Environmental Center, Green Volusia and the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension. Virtual programs will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, March 9-30. The group will meet for in-person field trips from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on March 26 and April 2. Advance registration required. Contact Lisa Necrason at [email protected] or 386-789-5927, Ext. #12099.

Taste of Volusia event highlights local agriculture: The event provides an opportunity for people to meet local farmers and ranchers and enjoy the foods and products they produce in a fun environment. Guests will eat their way around the room. There will be live music and a cash bar. Volusia County Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Leadership Program is hosting the event. 6-9 p.m. March 10, Tommy Lawrence Arena at the Volusia County Fairgrounds, 3150 E. New York Ave., DeLand, $35, 386-734-1612.

Community Resource Event: Locals can learn how to access social services during a free Strive to Thrive/Partnering for Prosperity event. Numerous agencies will be on site to provide information about their services and explain how to apply for them. Participating agencies include the Spring Hill Resource Center, Florida Department of Children and Families, CareerSource Flagler Volusia, Neighborhood Center, Early Learning Coalition, and Florida Department of Health in Volusia County. Additionally, Volusia County staff will provide information about community assistance, library services, animal services, Votran, parks and recreation, and the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 10, Dr. Joyce M. Cusack Resource Center, 489 Mathis St., DeLand, free, 386-254-4675, Ext. 14136.

Strawberry Festival: The annual event will feature vendors, strawberries, strawberry jam, themed basket drawings and arts and crafts. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 19, St. Jude's Episcopal Church, 815 E. Graves Ave., Orange City, free, 386-775-6200,

Outdoor concert: Still Cookin’ the Band will perform oldies and country music. Sponsored by the Oak Hill Public Library. Bring a blanket or a chair. 3 p.m. April 3, K.T. Chung Park, 126 E. Halifax Ave., Oak Hill, free, 386-345-5510.

26th annual St. Johns River Cleanup: 8-11 a.m. April 23. Boaters, scouts, civic organizations, environmental groups, businesses and individual volunteers are encouraged to help clean up the St. Johns River by removing trash and debris. Participants should bring water and wear sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen, work gloves and comfortable clothing. They may also bring rakes, shovels, trash grabbers, and canoes or boats. All pre-registered participants will receive a beach towel. Registration opens March 1 and ends April 18. The cleanup sites are:

—Ninemile Point Park, at the west end of Ninemile Point Road, Pierson.

—Lake Beresford Park, 2100 Fatio Road, DeLand.

—DeLeon Springs State Park, 601 Burts Park Road, DeLeon Springs.

—Ed Stone Park, 2990 W. State Road 44, DeLand.

—French Avenue boat launch/Starks Landing, where French Avenue meets the St. Johns River, Orange City.

—Lake Monroe Park, 975 S. U.S. Highway 17-92, DeBary.

—Lemon Bluff boat ramp, 907 Lemon Bluff Road, Osteen.

—Shell Harbor Park, 1800 Shell Harbor Road, Pierson.

—C.S. Lee Park, 4600 E. State Road 46, Geneva in Seminole County.

Details and registration: 386-736-5927, Ext. 12729.

Explore Nature at the LEC: Discover Volusia County's native plants and wildlife during free indoor programs and outdoor hikes at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. The 360-acre preserve adjacent to the LEC and Deltona Regional Library is home to a variety of wildlife, including Florida scrub jays and gopher tortoises, which are drawn to the low vegetation and sandy ridges of the scrub habitat. LEC staff has established public program procedures based on current guidelines. These procedures are subject to change based on guidance at the local, state and federal levels. Programs may be modified at any time as needed. Staff will offer the following programs –

—Tiny trekkers, 10-11 a.m. March 5. Children ages 2-5 will take a short hike, make a take-home craft, and listen to the book "Plant the Tiny Seed."

—All about owls, 2-3 p.m. March 5. Learn about commonly seen owl species in Volusia County and how to recognize them by sight and sound. Education staff will cover basic owl anatomy, feather design, diet and owls’ role in nature. Staff will dissect an owl pellet and identify the contents found. This program will be presented in the LEC classroom. A link will be provided to online participants.

—Lyonia hike and tour, 10-11:30 a.m. March 6. Experience Florida's unique scrub habitat on a guided hike in Lyonia Preserve. Learn about the animals and plants that call this desert-like environment home. Following the hike, the group will tour Lyonia Environmental Center's exhibit gallery to learn about the important role scrub habitat plays in recharging the Floridan Aquifer.

—Let's "Bee" Appreciative, 2-3 p.m. March 6. Learn about Florida's native bees and their important role as pollinators for gardens and the food supply. Staff will guide participants as they make their own bee houses. The cost is $4 per bee house; all materials will be provided. This program will be presented in the classroom and virtually. A link will be provided to online participants; they may pick up materials at the LEC before the program.

—Berries for birds, 10-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. March 10. Join Steve Kintner, vice president of the West Volusia Audubon Society, in the LEC pollinator garden as he discusses types of berry producing plants that do well in Volusia County. Participants will receive a free native plant for attending this in-person program.

—Lucky leprechaun hike, 10-11 a.m. March 12. Join staff on a guided hike in Lyonia Preserve to learn about scrub habitat and see how many lucky leprechauns you can find hidden along the trail. If you wear green, your name will be entered into a prize drawing.

—In search of nature in Central Florida, 2-3 p.m. March 12. In this classroom presentation, Master Naturalist and author Roger Fulton will discuss places you may never have heard of, even though some are in your own backyard. Learn about the Sherman's fox squirrel, the Florida scrub jay, a coastal strand area with unique plant life, and a host of other great places to enjoy nature.

—"Spring ahead into nature" hike, 10-11 a.m. March 13. Kick off daylight saving time with a guided hike into Lyonia Preserve. Explore what changes spring has in store for the plants and animals.

—Bountiful butterflies, 2-3 p.m. March 13. Staff will discuss these important pollinators and their vital role in the ecosystem. Afterward, participants will be entered into a drawing for a free milkweed plant, which has been donated by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center. An online link will be provided for those who participate virtually.

—"Springtime in the scrub" hike, 10-11:30 a.m. March 19. Look for signs of spring during this guided hike through Lyonia Preserve. This hike will include a visit to the two ephemeral wetlands in the preserve. Be prepared to hike on two miles of unpaved, sugar sand trails.

—’The Secret Life of Birds’: 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19. Watch this BBC natural history film in the LEC classroom. Wildlife expert Iolo Williams investigates how and why birds communicate, their breeding and nesting behavior, and the survival challenges birds encounter. He also discusses how they are able to fly, the intricate design of their beaks, and how their color and camouflage enable them to live in many different habitats. Participants may bring snacks and nonalcoholic beverages.

—Alligators, 2-3 p.m. March 20. The American alligator is Florida's state reptile. Join LEC staff in the Discovery Room to learn more about this reptilian species and the important role they play in Florida's ecosystem. This program is recommended for all ages.

—Manatees, 3-4 p.m. March 23. Celebrate Manatee Awareness Day by learning about these amazing herbivores and how Floridians can help them survive. Staff will share information on various species found around the world and showcase replicas of manatee rib and flipper bones. Participants will be entered into a drawing to win a signed artist's manatee sketch.

—Fertilize like a Floridian, 2-3 p.m. March 24. Christie Miller, Be Floridian Now and volunteer coordinator for the county's Environmental Management Division, will explain how to protect local waterways and wildlife while still having a beautiful yard. Other lawn alternatives that require little or no fertilizer will also be covered. An online link will be provided for those who participate virtually.

—Lionfish, 2-3 p.m. March 26. Learn how divers are combating this invasive species and how the rest of us can help without even getting into the water. An online link will be provided for those who participate virtually.

—Snakes, turtles and lizards, 2-3 p.m. March 27. Florida is home to a diverse collection of reptile species. LEC staff will share some interesting facts and introduce participants to resident reptile ambassadors in the classroom.

—Scrub strolls, 9-10 a.m. every Friday through March. Volunteers will lead these exploratory hikes through Lyonia Preserve.

Reservations are required; call 386-789-7207, Ext. #21028.

Eldercare Volunteers Needed: The Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program relies on state-certified professional volunteers to advocate for the health, safety, welfare and rights of individuals residing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. At the request of residents, ombudsmen work with residents, family members, administrators and other to resolve complaints of residents. For more information, call 888-831-0404 or email [email protected].

Volusia County Guardian ad Litem Program needs volunteers: Volunteers advocate for children who have been removed from their home from either abuse, abandonment or neglect. Volunteers must be 21 and consent to background check. All training provided. You can make the difference in the life of a child by volunteering approximately 10 hours per month. Visit or call 386-589-6825.

Volusia County Animal Services seeking volunteers: Animal Services is seeking volunteers to assist with a variety of functions – everything from lending a hand in the animal clinic and at public events to helping at pet shelters during declared emergencies. In addition to the animal clinic, disaster shelter and pet foster care, Animal Services is also seeking volunteers to help with administrative services as well as the return to field program for community cats. Duties run the gamut – anything from wrapping and cleaning surgical instruments, data entry and assisting with paperwork and traffic flow at pet microchip events to hugging puppies and kittens to help them recover after surgery. While experience with animals is a plus, Animal Services provides training to all volunteers. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, call Animal Services at 386-248-1790.

Al-Anon Family Groups: A 12-step program offering experience, strength and hope for family members and friends of those affected by the disease of alcoholism. Virtual support meetings are available. Details – or 407-896-4929.

Euchre: Players needed. Noon Tuesdays, 1 p.m. Sundays, American Legion Post 10, 205 Lakeview Drive, Kissimmee, $5, 863-326-0727.

Kissimmee Bike to Work Day: Riders will enjoy a slow-paced 3.6-mile route on March 4, starting at Ruby Plaza, 201 Lakeshore Blvd., Kissimmee. Participants are asked to check in at 7 a.m. and the bike ride begins at 7:30 a.m. Bicycle helmets are required and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the event. Event sponsors include the City of Kissimmee, Osceola County, MetroPlan Orlando, Bike/Walk Central Florida, and reThink Your Commute. Registration is available at or by calling 866-610-7433.

Invasive Plant Hike at Lake Lizzie North Loop: Presented by the Pine Lily Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. Familiarity with the I-Naturalist app is recommended. Dress appropriately and bring water. 9-11:30 a.m. March 5, 6810 Midland Drive, St. Cloud, free. For more information and to register, visit

Dine with the Departed: The Osceola County Historical Society event will include a catered dinner, silent and live auctions, and guided lantern tours of the historic cemetery to learn about some of Osceola County's past citizens, their lives and the various contributions they made to the county. Proceeds will benefit OCHS educational programs and efforts to preserve some of Osceola County's oldest structures and artifacts. Reservations required. 6-9 p.m. March 5, Rose Hill Cemetery, 1615 Old Boggy Creek Road, Kissimmee, $100, 407-396-8644.

Super Retro-Con Convention: Featuring the display and sale of 1980s and 90s vintage toys, comics, art, music, cars, celebrity guests, and famous franchises. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 6, Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee, $20.

March for Meals 5K Run/Walk: Sponsored by the Osceola Council on Aging, the event will include a 5K (3.1 mile) run and walk, kid's run and silent auction. March for Meals is a national campaign to call attention to the problem of senior hunger in America during March – National Nutrition Month. All proceeds will be used to feed seniors through local Meals on Wheels and senior dining programs. 7 a.m. March 12, Kissimmee Lakeview Park, 201 Lakeview Drive, Kissimmee, $15-$35, 407-847-2144.

Music Review: The Woman's Club of St Cloud and the Heritage Museum of St. Cloud are hosting an "Unforgettable Music Review" by Deuces Wild featuring an afternoon of songs of the 50's, 60's, 70's, and 80's. Proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund. 2-4 p.m. March 20, St. Cloud Community Center, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud, $20, [email protected].

Spring Plants and Baked Goods: Sponsored by the Narcoossee Area Chapter of the Osceola County Historical Society. Featuring colorful plants, baked goods, Narcoossee logo items and local vendors booths. All proceeds will go toward the restoration of the circa 1886 Narcoossee Schoolhouse. 8 a.m.-noon April 23, Historic Narcoossee Schoolhouse, 5026 Yukon St., Narcoossee, admission is free, [email protected].

Classic Country Music and Open Mike: Players and singers welcome. 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Osceola County Council On Aging, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee, free, donations welcome, 407-908-6735.

Discover Pioneer Village: Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek tells the story of Osceola County's early settlers through a collection of buildings dating from the late 1800s to 1920s. The village is open for self-guided tours from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for youth ages 4-12. Group visits and educational field trips are welcome and can be scheduled by calling 407-396-8644, Ext. 2. The village is located at 2491 Babb Road and the website for more information is

Joseph Rassel of the Sentinel staff compiled this report. To submit an item, email [email protected].

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