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East Ridge High Theatre presents ‘Almost, Maine’

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altCLERMONT — The East Ridge High School Theatre Department is presenting the hilarious comedy “Almost, Maine” on Febraury 9th to 11th at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium, located at 13322 Excalibur Road in Clermont.

The play is directed by East Ridge High Teacher Vince Santo. Tickets cost $10 for reserved seats or $8 for general admission. Teachers at Lake County Schools are admitted free. To reserve tickets, e-mail Santo at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

According to almostmaine.com, “Almost, Maine” opened off-Broadway in the winter of 2005-2006. It was widely praised for its smart, funny take on life and love in a small, mythical town in far northern Maine. The play was written by John Cariani and premiered at Portland (Maine) Stage Company in 2004. It went on to become the most successful play in Portland Stage’s 32-year history.


February's ‘Growing Lake Sumter’ Cable Show Schedule

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altTAVARES — The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ (UF/IFAS) Lake and Sumter County Extension Offices announced their February schedule for the bi-monthly cable television show entitled “Growing Lake Sumter”. The show, hosted by Juanita Popenoe and Julie England with the Lake County Extension office, will air on Lake-Sumter Community College-TV, channel 13 (Comcast), channel 199 (Bright House) and channel 4 (Florida Cable).

The first show features Charles Fedunak, an Environmental Horticulture Extension Agent with the Lake County Extension office, who will discuss how to get the most from your vegetable garden, including vertical growing space. The Sumter County Extension office will be on hand to guide viewers on finding ways to go green at the grocery store, with Martha Maddox, a Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, and also tips on Florida Friendly Landscaping™ fertilizer practices with Lloyd Singleton, a Florida Friendly Landscaping Agent.

The show times for the first show are as follows:
•    Monday, Feb. 7 at 7 a.m. and 12, 6 & 11 p.m.
•    Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30, 6:30, & 11:30 p.m.
•    Saturday, Feb. 12 at 12:30 p.m.
•    Sunday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m.

The second show features Megan Brew, livestock agent with the Lake County Extension, who will be talking about animal projects and their importance for youth development. Charles Fedunak will also join the program to discuss turfgrass, along with Lloyd Singleton who will give ideas on using and choosing mulch in a Florida Friendly Landscape ™. 

The show times for the second show are as follows:
•    Monday, Feb. 21 at 7 a.m. and 12, 6 & 11 p.m.
•    Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30, 6:30, & 11:30 p.m.
•    Saturday, Feb. 26 at 12:30 p.m.
•    Sunday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m.

Previously aired shows can be viewed by logging on to the agency’s YouTube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/IFASCDistrict#p/u.

For more information about the Lake County Extension, located at the Lake County Agricultural Center, 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares, call (352) 343-4101 or log on to http://lake.ifas.ufl.edu/.


Free Yoga Class at Cooper Library

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altStretch your body and stretch your life with Yoga at the Library.  Setniwas Vashist has been a Yoga instructor for 15 years and will provide a program on the fundamentals of Yoga and Yoga practices.  Class will be on Saturday, Febraury 5th, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at the Cooper Memorial Library, room 108.  Bring yourself and a friend and please feel free to bring a Yoga mat or towel with you to the class.


Park Rangers to Lead Hiking Tour along Bank of Palatlakaha River

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altLEESBURG —Park Rangers with the Lake County Parks & Trails Division will lead a river trail nature hike on Saturday, February 5th from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (PEAR Park), located at 4800 University Ave., Leesburg.

Park rangers will assist participants in exploring the riparian zone along the Palatlakaha River for various plants, animals and birds.

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 the areas 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.

The hike requires an average fitness level, and some parts of the hike may be on uneven terrain. 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.


Focus on 3-D paintings by Knickerbocker for ArtsFest

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Flying Armadillos – Carl KnickerbockerEustis, FL - Art Escapade, a free United Arts ArtsFest event at Lake Eustis Museum of Art from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, February 5th, showcases the current exhibit of unique, flat, acrylic 3-D paintings by Oviedo self-taught artist Carl Knickerbocker. His “Flying Armadillos & Florida Oddities” exhibit runs through February 20th, at 200 B East Orange Ave.

The third annual Art Escapade day of family fun is an opportunity to meet Knickerbocker and see his art car covered with images of his iconic, magnetic “Gatorman.” Knickerbocker’s short film, “A Dog Goes From Here To There,” may be viewed throughout the event and the exhibit.

Gesa Barto, UCF-CARD director for Lake County, returns for a third Art Escapade exhibit of art in various mediums and writings and music by Central Florida high-functioning autistic/Aspergers Syndrome youngsters. John and Sally Wilson, of Umatilla, at 1 p.m., will sing and play acoustic folk music. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact the Lake Eustis Museum of Art at (352) 483-2900.

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