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Toddler Time
Dec 12 @ 4:30 am – 5:30 am

Tuesday, December 12th, 9:30-10AM
Filled with laughs, songs & stories, this lap-sit story time is purposefully constructed to support your growing baby’s development! It’s also a great time to bond with your little one. Ages 9 months to 2 ½ years. No registration required. Story times will be on a holiday break from December 19th – Jan. 2nd, resuming as normal on January 9th.
The Eustis Memorial Library is located at 120 N. Center Street. For more information about this and all of our children and teen programs, please call Ms. Lauren at 357-0896 or 357-5686.

Republican Women’s Club
Dec 13 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am

The Lake Federated Republican Women’s Club will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, December 13 , 2017 from 12:00 – 1:00 at the Tavares Civic Center, 100 E. Caroline Street. Cost for lunch is $15.00. Please call 352-459-8862 by December 8 for reservations. Wear your ugliest holiday sweater.

Christian Women’s Connection
Dec 14 @ 6:00 am – 7:00 am

The next Christian Women’s Connection Luncheon will be Thursday, December 14, 11:00AM at Tavares Civic/Community Center, 100 E. Caroline Street, Tavares. $16.00 for buffet w/chicken piccata & pork loin. Guest speaker will be Linda Moore. Call Mary @ 352-253-0561 for reservations by December 8th.

Santa Claus at the Library
Dec 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Stories, Crafts, Photos, and Fun for Kids of All Ages
The City of Tavares Public Library welcomes Santa to a special evening story time in the Youth Room on December 14th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Santa Claus is taking time out from his very busy schedule to visit, read stories and listen to Christmas wishes. Come dressed in your holiday best and have your picture taken before Santa returns to his workshop to finish his Christmas Eve preparations.
All registered children will be able to make a fun holiday craft to take home and Christmas themed refreshments will be served.
The program is free for all children and their adults but registration is required. Parents, caregivers and guardians may sign up in person in the Youth Room or call Miss Valerie at (352) 742-6473. Children must be accompanied at the event by an adult age 18 or older to attend.
The City of Tavares Public Library is located at 314 N. New Hampshire Ave. For more information, call the City of Tavares Public Library Youth Department.

Holiday Concert at the Community Building in Mount Dora
Dec 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Lake Concert Band under the direction of John Landers offers a free holiday concert December 14, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Donations will be taken at the door and all proceeds from those donations will be given to the Lake Cares Pantry. The Pantry provides food and other necessary items directly to the people who need assistance in Lake County.

Angel Flight Golf Tournament
Dec 16 @ 2:30 am – 8:00 am

Golfers are invited to tee off and help raise money so adults and children can get to far-from-home medical care.
The Angel Flight Southeast 21st Annual Golf Tournament is one of the Leesburg-based charity’s largest fundraisers and is scheduled for Saturday, December 16, 7:30 a.m., at Arlington Ridge Golf Club, 4463 Arlington Ridge Boulevard, in Leesburg.
Sponsored by the Harper Family Charitable Foundation, the Angel Flight Southeast golf tournament includes a round of golf, a chance to participate in the helicopter ball drop, sponsored by HeliTeam, and to fire a golf ball “bazooka.” Just Jets is sponsoring a chance for four lucky golfers to shoot for a $1 million prize. Participants can also bid on fabulous items in the silent auction.
Foursomes start at $280 and sponsorships are available. This year, Premium Foursomes will receive gift apparel from FootJoy in addition to a VIP player as their 5th player. Early registrants can qualify to have a professional athlete play with their team. Individual golfers are also invited to participate. Breakfast and lunch is included with the event.
Angel Flight Southeast provides free air transportation to patients who need to get to specialized medical care. Passengers can fly as many times as needed at no cost. A network of more than 650 volunteer pilots donate their time, fuel and airplanes to transport passengers. The charity raises money to cover additional costs associated with the flights. In 2016, Angel Flight Southeast provided approximately 3,000 missions.
For information and to register for the Angel Flight Southeast 21st Annual Golf Tournament, visit or call (352) 326-0761.

Free Community Christmas Concert
Dec 16 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join us for the 6th Annual Free Community Christmas Concert: “HE IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON” Saturday, December 16 at 5 pm at the Umatilla Seventh-day Adventist Church.
In a world full of confusion and sadness, come apart and let us rejoice together “For unto you is born this day… a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”
Be blessed by enthusiastic children and inspiring adult choirs, powerful orchestra pieces, exotic musical instruments from different lands, and gifted vocalists as they celebrate the hope we share in Jesus Christ through music and song. Be fascinated by the unique sounds of Filipino instruments, the banduria and octavina, played by an orchestra attired in their traditional Filipino dress. Enjoy the very unique sounds of the flugelhorn, the saw, and theremin (a Russian electronic musical instrument played without physical contact).
“HE IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON” will be held Saturday, December 16 at 5 pm at the Umatilla Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1400 N. Central Ave, Umatilla, FL (SR 19).
Enjoy light refreshments of soup, sandwiches, and dessert after the program.
If you’re not able to physically join us or would like to share with family or friends afar, join us online at; click “Watch Live.”
For more information: 352-617-4636.

Lights in the Woods Event
Dec 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Trout Lake Nature Center will hold its annual fundraising holiday event “Lights In The woods” on Sunday, December 17 from 6-8 p.m. at 520 CR 44 in Eustis. This is an opportunity for all to enjoy the nature center in the evening decorated with lights as well as a walk down a lighted trail to the lake.
Admission is $5 per car and holiday treats and punch will be served. The Eustis High School Jazz Band will perform and we will be roasting marshmallows over a bonfire. Weather permitting, there will be stargazing with an expert on the dock. Beer and wine will be available for $3. All proceeds go to benefit Trout Lake Nature Center and its programs.
Trout Lake Nature Center, a 230-acre preserve in Eustis, is a private, non-profit corporation established in 1988. TLNC’s mission is to conserve and protect the natural environment and educate the public about its importance. For further information, visit us at or call 352-357-7536.

Christmas Celebrations
Dec 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The community is invited to attend Sing Joy to All the World, a Christmas Celebration, at 7:00 pm on Sunday, December 17 at the First Presbyterian Church of Mount Dora. The musical will be presented by the chancel choir and chamber orchestra in the church sanctuary, downtown at Sixth Avenue and Alexander Street. The presentation is free of charge, but a free will offering will be taken to defray expenses.
Come and celebrate the birth of Jesus on Sunday, December 24th at an informal morning service in the Fellowship Hall at 10:00 am and a traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service in the sanctuary at 7:00 p.m.
For more information, call the church office at 352-383-4089 or visit our Facebook page or website at

Authors in the Park
Dec 23 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Authors in the Park is back at the Donnelly Park Building in beautiful downtown Mount Dora for the Sixth Annual Christmas Book-tacular on Saturday, December 23rd, 2017, 530 N. Donnelly St, Mount Dora. Eight great local and independent authors are participating in the popular annual event, made special by the spectacular holiday light display surrounding the park.
Mark Miller, president of MillerWords publishing, helped create Authors in the Park (or AIP) originally in 2012. The event has been a holiday constant in North Lake County since then, with a focus on celebrating local authors. The event series promotes the authors and gives them an opportunity to sell books that might not otherwise make it to store shelves.
“We want to underline the importance of literacy and the participants are encouraged to discuss tips and techniques for aspiring authors,” said Miller. “These are not typically NY Times best-sellers at AIP, but people right out of our community with a story to tell.”
The book signing event will be open to the public and free to attend from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Donnelly Park Building right in the middle of historic downtown Mount Dora. There will be a raffle drawing of multiple gift baskets. Guests will receive one entry with every $10 they spend with any participating author.
“Mount Dora is an art lover’s town and the holiday atmosphere is electric,” added Miller, pun intended.