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Free Tai Chi class at the Cooper Library

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Transform stress into vitality, energy into power, and knowledge into wisdom with Tai Chi.  It's a healthy alternative for people looking for a type of exercise that is quick, low impact, and safe enough for all age groups to practice.  As a health practice, it has numerous benefits that have been documented in medical studies worldwide.  Class is Friday, February 18, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Cooper Memorial Library, room 108.  Call Wendell to sign up yourself and a friend for the free class at (407) 924-9695.

 

Park Rangers to Conduct Monthly Bird, Butterfly Survey at PEAR Park

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altLEESBURG— Park Rangers with the Lake County Parks & Trails Division will conduct a monthly bird and butterfly survey on Friday, February 18th from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (PEAR Park), located at 4800 University Ave., Leesburg.

Experienced and novice bird-watchers, are encouraged to help Lake County park rangers survey the park for wintering birds Sedge Wren, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Hermit Thrush while enjoying the beauty of Lake County’s largest park.

Birders must be able to identify most common birds by sight or sound and have their own binoculars and field guides. Volunteers participating in the butterfly survey should be able to identify most common species. The activity will include hiking about 2 miles on trails.

PEAR Park is the largest County park at 318 acres, and is divided into two distinct areas. The “Gateway,” or front 50 acres, is being developed into an active recreation area. The remaining 268 acres is a preserve dedicated to the area’s historic ecosystem including areas for the threatened Florida Scrub-Jay and declining Northern Bobwhite “Quail” and Eastern Meadowlark. The 268 acres also holds a community garden, native butterfly garden, xeric garden, nature center, two scenic pavilions and access to hiking and nature trails.

All survey-takers are encouraged to bring water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and hiking shoes. Reservations are encouraged, but not required.

For more information or reservations, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at (352) 253-4950, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks.

 

Harlem Ambassadors are Coming

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altThe Mount Dora Lions Club and Mount Dora Community Trust are presenting an evening of family fun with the Harlem Ambassadors. The basketball game will be the Harlem Ambassadors vs. Mid FL Playmakers on Friday, February 18th at 7 p.m. in the Lake-Sumter Community College gym on the Leesburg campus. Tickets are $14 each or 10 for $100. For more information or to purchase tickets call New Vision at 352-435-5040.

 

5th Annual Arts in the Air

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Parks & Trails Staff to Host Educational Walk through Native Landscaping at North Lake Community Park

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UMATILLA — The Lake County Parks & Trails Division will lead an interpretive walk featuring various native flora on Wednesday, February 16th from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at North Lake Community Park, located at 40730 Roger Giles Road, Umatilla.

Wendy Poag, Naturalist/Land Steward and Dwayne Henry, Landscape Architect with the Parks & Trails Division, will guide participants through the native landscaping to learn about early blooming wildflowers and native plants, as well as to help identify other natural features of the park. The walk will be at an easy pace over even terrain, and is geared towards an average-to-sedentary level of fitness.

North Lake Community Park is the largest recreational complex managed by the Parks & Trails Division. The park opened in May 2009 and features many amenities, including an expansive playground area, four picnic pavilions, two restroom facilities, two basketball courts, six tennis courts, four sand volleyball courts, two baseball fields, two softball fields, two soccer fields, three multi-use fields, concession stands, 1.4-mile perimeter trail loop and .75-mile nature trail.

Participants are encouraged to bring water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and hiking shoes. Reservations are encouraged, but not required.

For more information or reservations, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at (352) 253-4950, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks.

 
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