Upcoming events in Lake and Sumter counties

THURSDAY

LAKE COUNTY FARMERS AND FLEA MARKET: From 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Thursday (except holidays) at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 2101 County Road 452 in Eustis. For information, call Cole Scharlau at 352-357-9692.
CRAFTY KIDS: From 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. every Thursday at the Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. Free. Children of all ages are invited to make a craft at the library to take home. Call Penny Richardson at 352-728-9790 or email penny.richardson@leesburgflorida.gov.
OPEN MIC POETRY: At 6 p.m. at Marianne Beck Memorial Library, 112 W. Central Ave in Howey-In-The-Hills. Celebrate poetry by sharing your poetry with others or read some of ours. Call 352-324-0254 to register.

THURSDAY TO SUNDAY

BIKEFEST EVENT: At 9 a.m. at Gator Harley-Davidson, 1745 U.S. Highway 441 in Leesburg. Kickoff party on Thursday. With bike shows and live entertainment. Go to gatorharley.com.
CABARET: At 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday at Historic State Theatre, 109 N. Bay St. in Eustis. Tickets are $ 18 on Thursday and $ 21 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Go to baystreetplayers.org or call 352-357-7777.

FRIDAY

JAZZ TRIO: From 7 to 10 p.m. every Friday at Lakeside Inn, 100 Alexander St. in Mount Dora. Featuring Johny Carlsson on piano, Barry Smith on drums and Larry Jacoby on bass.LAKEFRONT ZUMBA: From 10 to 11 a.m. at Lilly’s on the Lake, 846 W. Osceola St. in Clermont. Free. Go to lillysonthelake.com.
TRIBUTE TO WILLIE NELSON: At 7:30 p.m. at Orange Blossom Opry, 16439 S.E. 138th Terrace in Weirsdale. Go to obopry.com for tickets and information.
PADDLING ADVENTURE: From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lake Norris Conservation Area, 38343 Lake Norris Road in Eustis. Free. Tour of Blackwater Creek, part of the Wekiva Wild and Scenic River system. Call LCWA at 352-324-6141 or email info@lcwa.org.
FOURTH FRIDAY SOCIAL: Social at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Friday of the month at the Triangle Boat Club, 12001 U.S. Highway 441 in Tavares. Guests are welcome. Cost is $ 10. To register, call 352-533-8398.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY

2ND ANNUAL BIKEFEST MUSIC FESTIVAL: At 12 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday at Ferran Park in Eustis. Go to eustis.org.
21ST ANNUAL LEESBURG BIKEFEST: At 9 a.m. in downtown Leesburg. With concerts, vendors, bike shows, contests and venues. Go to leesburgbikefest.com.
THE MOUSETRAP: At 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at Moonlight Players Theatre, 735 W. Minneola Ave. in Clermont. Ticket are $ 18 for adults and $ 15 for children and students. Call 352-319-1116 for reservations.

SATURDAY

NATURE HIKE AND VETERANS PROGRAM: At 9 a.m. at Trout Lake Nature Center, 520 E. County Road 44 in Eustis. Walk and presentation to honor military men and women and their families. Call 352-357-7536 for information.
FOOTBALL AND CHEER SIGN-UPS: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Lake Community Park lower baseball fields, 40730 Roger Giles Road in Umatilla. Go to umatillapopwarner.org.
10TH ANNUAL TASTING GALA: At 6:30 p.m. in Mount Dora High School Cane Café, 700 N. Highland St. Guests will experience display of restaurant designs while enjoying cuisine created and demonstrated by Culinary Arts and Drafting & Design students. Tickets available at the door for $ 15.
FARMERS MARKET: From 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Tractor Supply Company, 1706 North Citrus Blvd. in Leesburg. With homemade and homegrown goods from local farmers and crafters. Call 352-787-7333.
CROCHET CLASS: From noon to 2 p.m. every Saturday at the W.T. Bland Public Library, 1995 N. Donnelly St. in Mount Dora. Bring a size J crochet hook, yarn and scissors. Class projects include a newborn infant’s cap, a star-shaped pot holder and a lady’s hat with ornamentation. Free. Call 352-735-7180, option 5.
LEESBURG SATURDAY MORNING MARKET: From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday at Towne Square, 501 W. Main St. With local farmers, craftsmen, bakers and artists. Call 352-365-0053.
RIDE TO THE GATEWAY: From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Umatilla Blvd. in Umatilla. With live entertainment, food vendors and beer garden. Call 352-669-3511.
MONTHLY BREAKFAST: From 8 to 10:30 a.m. at Wildwood Masonic Lodge, 103 Georgia St. All you can eat eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, toast, pancakes, biscuits and gravy. $ 6 donation. Free to all military, police, fire and EMS in uniform. Call 352-753-2263.
3RD ANNUAL WORLD TAI CHI AND QIGONG DAY: At 9:15 a.m. at Lake Hiawatha Preserve, 450 12th St. in Clermont. With practice, demonstrations and pot-luck picnic. Go to worldtaichiday.org.
FRANKIE VALLI TRIBUTE SHOW: At 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. at Orange Blossom Opry, 16439 S.E. 138th Terrace in Weirsdale. Go to obopry.com for tickets and information.
BUTTERFLY ACADEMY: From 9 to 11 a.m. at Ellis Acres, 25302 County Road 42 in Paisley. Topics on butterfly gardening. Free. Call Wendy Poag at 352-516-7456 or email wpoag@lakecountyfl.gov. for reservations.
QUARTERLY BIRD AND BUTTERFLY SURVEY: From 7:30 to 11 a.m. at PEAR Park-WCA, 4800 University Ave. in Leesburg. Assist in surveying birds and butterflies. Binoculars required. Call Gallus Quigley at 352-253-4950 or email gquigley@lakecountyfl.gov. for reservations.
2ND ANNUAL BENEFIT DANCE: From 2 to 5 p.m. at Summit Greens Club House, 1190 Summit Greens Blvd. in Clermont. Hosted by Summit Greens Women’s Club and Tennis Club for Building Blocks Ministries. For teens and adults with special needs. With dessert and drinks. RSVP to lw@buildingblocksministries.com or 352-536-9264.
BANQUET AND SILENT AUCTION: At 5:30 p.m. at Lake Receptions, 4425 N. Highway 19 A in Mount Dora. With recording artist Laura Story. Benefit for Kaleb Kares, Inc. Go to kalebkares.com to purchase tickets.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

MOUNT DORA BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL: From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Elizabeth Evans Park, 100 N. Donnelly St. Go mtdorablueberryfestival.com.

SUNDAY

FARMERS MARKET: From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday in downtown Clermont. Fresh produce, fresh or frozen fish, eggs, flowers, plants, shrubs, decorative items, live music and a petting zoo.
SUNDAY NITE DANCE: From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Sunday the American Legion Post 347 Hall, 699 County Road 466 in Lady Lake. Cash bar. Snacks and finger food provided. $ 10. Everyone welcome. Call 352-229-1536.
MOUNT DORA VILLAGE MARKET: From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday At Evans Park on Donnelly St. at Lake Dora. Superb quality local produce, eclectic food, handmade crafts and ample parking. Go to www.mountdoramarket.com.
PRESENTATION AND BOOK SIGNING: At 6:30 p.m. at Bay Street Theatre, 109 N. Bay St. in Eustis. With author and photographer Charlene Edwards followed by Lee Weaver’s play “The Box” about a Vietnam War veteran. Call 352-483-2900.

SUNDAY AND MONDAY

AUDITIONS: At 7 p.m. at Tavares Community Theater Company, 1100 N. Saint Clair Abrams Ave. The Game’s Afoot. Go to tavarestheater.org for details.

MONDAY

ADULT COLORING: From 10 to 11 a.m. every Monday at the Eustis Recreation Department, 2214 Bates Ave. A fun way to socialize, de-stress and create a piece of art. All coloring pages and colored pencils are supplied. Free for all seniors. Call 352-357-8510.
LIVE MUSIC AND SONG: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Monday at the Hayseed Restaurant in Webster. Featuring Bristo McGregor Skinner with singing, yodeling, western song and guitar.
TINY EXPLORERS: From 10 to 11 a.m. every Monday at the Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. Bring your toddler to play in educational stations for a hands-on fun-filled adventure in learning and to interact with others the same age. Call Melissa Curry at 352-728-9790 or email melissa.curry@leesburgflorida.gov.
SMOOTH COUNTRY BAND: From 7 to 9 p.m. every Monday at Olympia Banquets & Events, 2728 West Old Highway 441 in Mount Dora. $ 7. Enjoy music and dancing with The Smooth Country Band featuring David Allen Potter, David Peddicord, Vern Brewer, George Hawkins and Stan Chase. Call David Potter at 386-677-3625.
ADULT COLORING AND CRAFTING: From 6 to 7:30 p.m. the first and third Monday of the month at the Leesburg Public Library, 100 East Main St. Library will supply coloring pages, crayons, markers and colored pencils. Call 352-728-9790 or email josephine.dix@leesburgflorida.gov.

TUESDAY

GET YOUR GRILL ON: From 6 to 8 p.m. at UF/IFAS Lake County Extension, 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares. Learn grilling tips, safe grilling techniques and healthy recipes. With samples fresh from the grill. Cost is $ 10. Call 352-343-4101 for information. Registration is required at UFRootsUp.eventbrite.com.
SENIOR CLUB: From 12 to 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday at The Salvation Army, 2605 South St. in Leesburg. With lunch and programs for ages 55 or older. Call 352-365-0079.
EUSTIS SENIOR SOCIAL CLUB: At 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday at in the Garden Room at the Eustis Recreation Department, 2214 Bates Ave. Socialize and be active with friends while enjoying coffee and donuts. With bingo, cards, instructional classes, monthly potlucks and day trips. Call 352-357-8510.
FARMERS MARKET: From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday at Log Cabin Park, 106 S. U.S. Highway 441/27 in Lady Lake. Fresh Produce, home baked goods and crafts. Call 352-537-4197 or email Susan@ladylakechamber.com.
PAINT NITE: From 7 to 9 p.m. at Lilly’s on the Lake, 846 W. Osceola St. in Clermont. Grab a drink, a brush and let the fun begin. Go to lillysonthelake.com for information or RSVP to paintnite.com.
FRIDA KAHLO, A LIFE LESS ORDINARY: At 6:30 p.m. at 1921 by Norman Van Aken, 142 E. 4th Ave. in Mount Dora. Dine and Learn lecture series on one of Mexico’s greatest artists. Cost is $ 30 and includes dinner. Call 352-385–0034.

WEDNESDAY

CHESS CLUB: From 12:30 to 5 p.m. every Wednesday at Jeannies Place, 209 E. Gottsche Ave. in Eustis. Chess set optional. Call 352-357-1587.
WACKY SENIOR WEDNESDAYS: From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Eustis Recreation Department, 2214 Bates Ave. Test your hand or mind at trivia, card games, dice games or puzzles. Free for all seniors. Call 352-357-8510.
TEEN CLUB: From 3:30 to 5 p.m. every Wednesday at the Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. Free events include crafts, interactive games, movies, video games, challenges and party time. Call Tim Hocker at 352-728-9790 or email tim.hocker@leesburgflorida.gov.
BINGO: From 6 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday at AMVETS Post 2006, 500 N. Canal St. in Leesburg. Sign in at the door. Connect with members and see what the post is all about. Call 352-323-8750, and ask for an AMVET officer or auxiliary officer.
CANASTA: At 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Marianne Beck Memorial Library, 112 W. Central Ave. in Howey-in-the-Hills. Call 352-324-0254 to register.
CRAB RACING: From 6 to 9 p.m. at Lilly’s on the Lake, 846 W. Osceola Ave. in Clermont. With prizes. Go to lillysonthelake.com.
ANIME AND MANGA CLUB: From 3:30 to 5 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. Free. Call Tim Hocker at 352-728-9790 or email tim.hocker@leesburgflorida.gov.
CLASSIC CAR SHOW: At 5 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at Hwy 441 Diner, 381 E. Burleigh Blvd. in Tavares. Call 352-508-5494.

THURSDAY, MAY 4

PALM FROND WEAVING CLASS: From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603 in Bushnell. Learn how to weave palmetto/palm fronds to make crafts. Cost is $ 3/vehicle or annual Florida park pass plus $ 5/person, 12 and under free. Call 352-793-4781 for reservations.
READER OF THE PACK: From 4 to 5 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. Free. All ages are invited to pet and read a book to the PAWS Therapy Dogs to strengthen reading skills and build reading confidence. Call Melissa Curry at 352-728-9790 or email melissa.curry@leesburgflorida.gov.
JAPONISM PROGRAM: At 6 p.m. at Modernism Museum Mount Dora, 145 E. 4th Ave. Lecture by art expert Herve Le Guilloux on the impact of Japanese artists on French Impressionism. Free. Call 352-385-0034.

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