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Doris Bloodsworth to Speak at Historical Society
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Anyone who has met Doris Bloodsworth knows that she has many amazing talents and interests not the least of which is her love of South Lake County and its history. Doris is an award winning journalist and author. She has published three books, Images of America: Clermont, Images of America: Groveland, and Legendary Locals of Lake County which she co-wrote with her sister, Connie Fleetwood. Doris is currently working with other members of Library Board to update and republish Miriam Johnson’s Gem of the Hills.
As for Doris’ own history, it was 1959 when Everett and Doris Woolum packed up their three daughters and headed to Florida to start a new life. All three have contributed to improving the quality of life in the area as an educator, a mayor, and a journalist & public servant. They are also active members in various organizations including the Groveland Historical Society.
It is Doris’s love of history that lead her to do the research and create a presentation on the first people known to have lived in the Clermont area—the Timucua. Doris will be the featured speaker at the November 12th meeting of the South Lake County Historical Society where she will share information about the discoveries she made about the Timucua, where they lived, how they lived and how they became extinct. The meeting will be held at 7:00PM in the old Train Depot in Clermont’s Historic Village located at 490 West Ave., Clermont. The public is welcome to attend.
The Historic Village is open every Friday from 1:00 to 3:00 PM and every Saturday & Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Interested in touring the Village but cannot make those times? Contact the Village at 352-432-3496 to make arrangements for a private tour. If you are interested in history in general or the history of Lake County in particular, contact the South Lake County Historical Society by going to our website,; by calling our manager, Roxanne Brown, at 352-432-3496 or by attending our membership meetings which are held on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Train Depot in the Historic Village. As stated above, the next meeting will be November 12th. After touring the Village, please like us on Facebook or mention us on Yelp.

Thanksgiving Cooking Program
Nov 14 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The Friends of the Cooper Memorial Library will host Thankful Thanksgivings with Chef Warren Caterson on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in Room 108 (first-floor community room) of the Cooper Memorial Library in Clermont.
Join Chef Warren as he shares dozens of kitchen tips, cooking hints, and humorous anecdotes about the joys and challenges of cooking a Thanksgiving meal without losing your mind. Chef Warren will end the presentation with a cooking demo, preparing a healthy holiday dish that anyone can make at home in less than 15 minutes.
This is a free program and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information about this and other special events, please contact Dennis Smolarek at 352-536-2275 and email at

Lake County Farm Tour
Nov 16 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County is hosting a guided bus tour of Lake County’s farms and agricultural attractions during the 9th Annual Lake County Farm Tour, sponsored by the Farm Bureau of Lake County.
The event is open to the public and will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16. Participants will embark from the Lake County Extension Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares. The Farm Tour costs $45 and includes lunch. Pre-registration is required, and is available at
Participants will learn about local vegetable and turf grass production, agritourism, the nursery industry, horses and advanced research conducted by the University of Florida.
Stops on this year’s Farm Tour include:
• Long and Scott Farms, a commercial vegetable farm and agritourism destination in Mount Dora best known for its corn maze. Details:
• Peri Lee Training LLC, an Arabian horse farm in Sorrento that is home to nationally acclaimed show horses. Details:
• Lake Jem Farms, a turf grass business in Mount Dora that is using cutting edge science to produce sod for Central Florida homes and businesses. Details:
• UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center in Apopka, one of the University of Florida’s Agricultural Research Stations, where scientists are working to improve the efficiency and sustainability of farms. Details:
• AG3, a tissue culture and liner source nursery which grows cloned plants in Eustis. Details:
Closed-toe shoes and long pants are required for safety purposes. For more information, call 352-343-4101.
The mission of the UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County is to develop knowledge in agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge accessible to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. The Extension service provides free consultations, as well as educational programs on a variety of subjects.

Fall Story Times
Nov 16 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Get ready for fabulous fall fun with the Minneola Schoolhouse Library. Story times continue on Friday, October 5 and run every Friday at 11 a.m. through November 16. We will have a half hour of stories, songs and dance, for kids age 0-6, and then caregivers and kids are encouraged to stay for coloring inside or playtime outside.
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
Nov 16 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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

Native Plants in Florida
Nov 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Native plants thrived in Florida for thousands of years without irrigation, fertilizer or pesticides. They even help our birds and butterflies. But how do they actually work in our yards? Native Plants: A Reality Check is an annual round-table discussion by experienced local native gardeners sharing what has and has not been working in their own yards.
Join the Passionflower Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society at 10 AM, November 17th, upstairs, Cooper Memorial Library for this year’s event. The library is just off Hancock Road, about ½ mi. north of Hwy 50. Free and open to the public, older children welcome. We expect to have some native plants on display too! Questions? Email or call Jim 407-952-1026 or Jon 407-448-6195.

Spaghetti Dinner at VFW
Nov 17 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

On Saturday, November 17, 2018, from 4-6 p.m., the Clermont VFW Auxiliary will hold a fundraising meatball and spaghetti dinner open to the public. The menu includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread and dessert, all for a donation of $7 per person. There will be door prizes and poppies on display.
We are located at 855 W. Desoto Street in downtown Clermont (behind the former Clermont Police Station). Follow the stairs to the side bottom door. All proceeds go to helping Veterans.

Sunday Breakfast at American Legion
Nov 18 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

The Groveland-Mascotte American Legion Post #239 bi-monthly Sunday breakfast fund raiser will be Sunday, November 18, 2018, from 9:00-11:00. Each breakfast will consist of pancakes, eggs, sausage, potatoes, OJ and toast for a donation of $6.00. Breakfast is open to all who love a good breakfast to start your day.
The Groveland-Mascotte American Legion Post #239 invites all Military members, past and present, to our regular monthly meeting, Monday, November 12 at 6:00 PM. The Post is also looking for a Commander to lead the Sons of the American Legion and a President for the American Legion Auxiliary. For more information, call Don Grieb, 352-874-2623.

Opera At The Library
Nov 19 @ 1:45 pm – 3:30 pm

The Friends of the Cooper Memorial Library will host Opera @ the Library on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 1:45 p.m. in room 108 B, presenting Giacomo Puccini’s La boheme.
La bohème (The Bohemians) is an opera in four acts, composed by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henri Murger. The world premiere of La bohème was in Turin on 1 February 1896 at the Teatro Regio, conducted by the 28-year-old Arturo Toscanini.
Its U.S. premiere took place the following year, in 1897, in Los Angeles. Since then, La bohème has become part of the standard Italian opera repertory, and is one of the most frequently performed operas worldwide.
This is a free program with English subtitles and we hope to enhance your knowledge and appreciation of this beautiful art form. 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.

Book Signing Event
Nov 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

K.G. Croston, Lake County resident and young adult author is hosting an event on Monday, November 19th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive in Clermont.
Ms. Croston has published two books, both available on Amazon: Mystery at Sleepy Hollow: Ride On, and Mystery at O’Gill’s Vineyard.
Be prepared for an enjoyable evening featuring short readings from each book that will leave you wondering…
Everyone is invited, and you can email to sign up or for more information.
What are you waiting for? Email today to join the fun. Looking forward to seeing you there!