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3-D Chalk Drawing for Kids
Jul 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us the Minneola Schoolhouse Library for a very special Summer Reading Event. As part of this year’s theme “A Universe of Stories”, the library will be hosting two FREE chalk-drawing workshops for kids, Thursday, June 27th and Thursday, July 18th, at 11 a.m. in the library’s courtyard at 100 S. Main Avenue in Minneola.
The workshops will be taught by 3-D chalk artist Beth Pittman. In keeping with the “Universe of Stories” theme, Beth will teach participants to draw 3-D chalk aliens on June 27th and 3-D spaceships on July 11th. All ages and skill levels are welcome, and supplies will be provided.
Beth Pittman is a local chalk artist who loves to decorate common spaces with fun, quirky drawings that bring delight to all ages. She is the winner of the 2018 Palatka Chalk Festival and is passionate about encouraging creativity in kids. You can see her chalk art and other whimsical works on Instagram @sidewalk_scribbles.
This program is FREE for all ages thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Minneola Schoolhouse Library. The library is located at 100 South Main Avenue in Minneola, Florida. For more information email or call Josie Dix at the library at (352) 432-3921 Ext 380.

Firefighters at Story Time
Jul 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Take a break from the summer heat and join Minneola Fire Chief, Jan Otero and the Minneola Firefighters for a fun and informative story time on Friday, July 19 at 11 a.m. at the Minneola City Hall Gym at 800 US-Hwy 27.
Kids of all ages and their caregivers will enjoy a firefighter-themed story time, learn about fire safety and have the chance to explore the city’s big red fire engine. However if an emergency call is received the truck will have to leave.
The Minneola Schoolhouse Library is located at 100 South Main Avenue. For more information email or call the library at (352) 432-3921 Ext 380.

Samba @ Kehlor Building
Jul 19 @ 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Samba, every Tuesday from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Contact Celeste Cook, 352.243.7150. Kehlor Building, 466 W. Minneola Avenue, Clermont

Friday Night Naturalist
Jul 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

There is more to wildlife at the Trout Lake Nature Center (TLNC) than the casual observer may see. Thanks to some dedicated volunteers, we have been able to document and track the presence of many native species as they go about their business at TLNC. Our Wildlife Report will be the topic of the monthly Friday Night Naturalist program held on Friday, July 19 at 6 PM at TLNC.
Birding experts Bob Wexler, TLNC Board member, and Mary Wexler have led bird walks, counts and sunrise/sunset birding events for over 15 years. The Wexlers will give us updates on the birds found at and visiting TLNC.
Volunteers installed wildlife cameras along our trails and boardwalk. These camera are activated by motion and at night by infrared heat. What the cameras see when no one is around is enlightening. Eileen Tramontana, TLNC Executive Director will present the latest camera captures and what has occurred since habitat improvements were made. Our live Education Ambassador Gopher tortoise and snakes will be on hand for close-up encounters.
The Trout Lake Nature Center is located at 520 East CR 44, Eustis. Friday Night Naturalist programs are held monthly on the third Friday. These programs are free to attend but a $5 donation is suggested to support this independent non-profit’s future programs. For more information on the program, call 352-357-7536 or email

Breakfast at American Legion
Jul 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

The Post is open on Saturdays; come by for a bite of food with cold drinks, great music, and a good time.
The Post invites past and present Military members to come to any of our events. The next monthly meeting will be July 8, 2019, at 6PM.
Breakfast dates for July are Sundays, July 7th and 21st, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. For a donation of $6, you can order eggs (fixed your way), pancakes, sausage, potatoes and gravy/grits, coffee, OJ and toast.
All functions are located at 307 American Legion Way, Mascotte, FL. For any additional information on any of the Legion’s activities, contact Don Grieb, 352-874-2623.

Breakfast at American Legion
Jul 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Public Events: Come join us Saturdays for a bite to eat and a cold drink. See what is happening at the American Legion Post.
Also, the Post will be open for breakfast, Sunday, July 21, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. For a donation of $6, you can order eggs (fixed your way), pancakes, sausage, potatoes and gravy/grits, coffee, OJ and toast.
Looking for new members: the eligibility has changed through a Bill passed in the Congress:
If you are currently on active duty, serving the United States honorably, anywhere in the world, or a veteran having served honorably at any time, The Legion invites you to become a member of The American Legion.
All functions are located at 307 American Legion Way, Mascotte, FL. For any additional information on any of the Legion’s activities, contact Don Grieb, 352-874-2623.

Opera at the Library
Jul 22 @ 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm

The Friends of the Cooper Memorial Library will host a showing of Gaetano Donizetti’s delightful opera La Fille Du Régiment (Daughter of the Regiment) on Monday, July 22, 2019 at 1:45 p.m. in room 108 B.
La Fille Du Regiment is an opéra comique (comical opera) in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti, set to a French libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-François Bayard. It was first performed on 11 February 1840 by the Paris Opéra-Comique at the Salle de la Bourse.
The opera was written by Donizetti while he was living in Paris between 1838 and 1840 preparing a revised version of his then-unperformed Italian opera, Poliuto, as Les Martyrs (The Martyrs) for the Paris Opéra. Since Martyrs was delayed, the composer had time to write the music for La Fille Du Regiment, his first opera set to a French text, as well as to stage the French version of Lucia di Lammermoor (The Bride of Lammermoor) as Lucie de Lammermoor.
La Fille Du Régiment quickly became a popular success partly because of the famous aria “Ah! mes amis, quel jour de fête! (Ah! my friends, what a day of celebration!)”, which requires of the tenor no fewer than eight high Cs – a frequently sung ninth is not written.
This is a free program and light refreshments will be provided during the intermission for our guests.
For more information about Opera @ the Library programs and our other special events, please visit our web presence at or contact Dennis Smolarek at 352-536-2275 x2623 and email at
The Cooper Memorial Library is located at 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive, Clermont, FL 34711.

Clermont Toastmasters
Jul 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Curious about Toastmasters? Attending a meeting is a great opportunity to learn what it’s all about. Our club provides a safe, supportive and positive learning environment in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth. Come see why we enjoy spending Monday nights at Clermont Toastmasters. It’s not only educational but it is also FUN! Clermont Toastmasters is an award-winning club which meets every Monday night at 7:00pm at the Community Foundation of South Lake, 2150 Oakley Seaver Drive in Clermont.

Moon Landing Show
Jul 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

You’re invited on an exhilarating, once-in-a-lifetime journey through time and space. Revisit the spectacular history of the moon landing with “Shoot for the Moon,” a 50th anniversary salute to a historic American achievement hosted by Emmy- and Peabody-award-winning producer and interviewer Charlie Grinker. The adventure begins at 2 p.m. July 24 at the Clermont Performing Arts Center’s Black Box Theater, 3700 S. U.S. Highway 27. Music will be provided by Jay Rubin and Jazz-4-Ever Dance Band with America’s all-time favorite moon songs.
Grinker will entertain and inform the audience as he discusses the history of space and the Apollo missions, honoring the first moon landing and the incredible efforts it took to get there.
The show takes off with “A Trip to the Moon,” the 1902 motion picture classic and the first movie to become an international hit. Enjoy highlights from Grinker’s collection of rare videos. The film was created by the legendary George Melies, who produced it, wrote it and starred as the commander of the 1902 spacecraft. Here’s how Melies envisioned the journey beginning with a huge rocket that fires a well-equipped craft into space, travels to the moon, lands safely on the lunar surface, has a run-in with moon warriors and returns to a joyous celebration on planet Earth.
Remarkable 1920s motion pictures of rocket testing in Massachusetts and New Mexico move us forward on our journey to the moon. They were filmed by Esther Goddard, the wife of Robert Goddard, America’s Father of Space. With her wind-up camera she captured her husband’s work from the 1920s through World War II, including the lift-off of history’s first liquid-fueled rocket in 1926, the direct descendant of the rocket that sent Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon in July 1969. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland honors Professor Goddard.
“Shoot for the Moon” then brings us together with our first astronauts, known as The Mercury Jazz-4-Ever BandSeven, including John Glenn, who in 1962 became the first American to orbit the Earth in space. In 1998, Glenn again made history, this time as a crew member of the space shuttle Discovery. We’ll be aboard to see and hear from him at age 77, as he becomes the oldest person ever to travel in space.
The climax of “Shoot for the Moon” begins at breakfast with Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins. We witness their historic journey into human history as they share their thoughts while walking on the lunar surface. Grinker also asks some of our favorite Americans to share their memories of that unforgettable day. They remember it well – Tom Brokaw, Betty Ford, Oprah Winfrey, Mickey Mantle, Maya Angelou and Neil Simon. It was a once-in-a-lifetime event for everyone.
Come get your front row seat. It’s sure to be out of this world. Buy your tickets for “Shoot for the Moon” today at The box office is open 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, as well as two hours before showtime. Questions? Call 352-394-4800.

Book Sale at Cooper Library
Jul 26 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

It’s time for the Friends of Cooper Memorial Library’s summer book sale. Individual books will be available July 26th & 27th beginning at 9 am. In addition to individual items, books by the box will be available July 29th and 30th. Books will cover a multitude of topics including history, crafts, sci-fi/fantasy, romance, mystery/thriller, westerns and more. While shopping for books, check out the puzzles, DVDs, CDs, audio books and vinyl records also available for purchase. Suggested donations range from 25 cents to $2.00 per item with select books slightly higher.
Several local businesses and restaurants have donated gift cards and a gift basket for this sale’s drawings. Tickets will be available for purchase throughout the four-day book sale. In addition, a representative from Collette Tours will be on hand July 26 and 27 with details of the March 2020 collaborative trip to Panama.
Cooper Memorial Library is an integral part of our community providing numerous programs for children and adults. Proceeds from this sale will help ensure resources will be available for programs that have been underfunded, or are at risk of being underfunded, as well as help with the development and implementation of new programs.
Mark your calendar for the summer sale:
July 26 & 27 from 9 AM to 1 PM, July 29 from 9AM to 5 PM & July 30 from 9 AM to noon. Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive, Clermont, FL.