THURSDAY

 


LEARN ABOUT FLORIDA: At 2 p.m. at North Lake Presbyterian Church, 975 Rolling Acres Road in Lady Lake. Admission with a free-will donation. Hosted by the Lady Lake Historical Society and the Florida Humanities Council. To register call 352-259-4359 or see ladylakemuseum.org or email ladylakemuseum@gmail.com.
LAKE COUNTY FARMERS AND FLEA MARKET: From 8 a.m. to noon 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.
A ROAD BACK IN TIME: From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dade Battlefield Historic Park, 7200 County Road 603 in Bushnell. Florida’s 1800s history comes to life through demonstrations, reenactors and hands-on activities. Event is free for all school groups. Register at 352-793-4781.
GAMING NIGHT: From 5 to 7 p.m. at the Eustis Memorial Library, 120 North Center St. Elementary Gaming (first to fifth grade from 5 to 6 p.m., teen gaming (sixth to 12th grade) from 6 to 7 p.m. Call 357-0896 or 357-5686.
READER OF THE PACK: From 4 to 5 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. Free. All ages are invited to join the PAWS Therapy Dogs. Children can read a book to and pet these trained therapy dogs. Reading skills are strengthened and reading confidence built during literacy time spent with these wonderful dogs. Call Melissa Curry at 352-728-9790 or email melissa.curry@leesburgflorida.gov.

 

FRIDAY


FRIDAY FISH FRY: From 5 to 7 p.m. at AMVETS Post 2006, 500 N. Canal St. in Leesburg. Non-members are required to sign in with a sponsor. For Red Friday awareness, wear red every Friday to honor those deployed. Call Post Commander or Vice at 352-323-8750, email veteransInfoandEvents@gmail.com or go to www.amvets2006.com.
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.
CAMPFIRE MUSIC JAM: From 7 to 9 p.m. at Dade Battlefield Historic Park, 7200 County Road 603 in Bushnell. Bring a chair, flashlight and instrument (optional). Cost is $3 per vehicle or annual park pass. Call 352-793-4781.
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: Doors open at 6 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church and School, 2727 S. Grove St. in Eustis. Free. With hot dogs, chips, veggies, cookies and drinks. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 352-589-5433.
STREET PARTY: From 6 to 10 p.m. the first Friday of the month in downtown Eustis. Featuring music, food and friends. Accepting applications for vendors. Go to www.eustis.org or call 352-483-5491.

 

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY

 


MOUNT DORA BICYCLE FESTIVAL: Events from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8 and from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9 in downtown Mount Dora. Florida’s oldest and largest bicycling event, with more than 1,300 cyclists. Featuring rides of varying lengths and skill levels. Go to www.mountdorabicyclefestival.com.
ANTIQUE BICYCLES: From 1 to 4 p.m. at the Mount Dora History Museum, 450 Royellou Lane. Antique bicycles will be on display. Bicycle festival participants with an arm band will receive free admission. Other guests pay $2 for adults and $1 for students. Go to www.mountdorahistoricalsociety.org.

SATURDAY


PET ADOPTION EVENT: From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lake County Sheriff's Office Animal Services, 28123 County Road 561 in Tavares. Waived pet adoption fees. A carnival for the whole family, featuring free food, games and face painting. Call Whitney Boylston at 352-340-3803 or email hello@LEASHinc.org.
CRAFT FAIR AND BOOK SALE:  From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Umatilla Public Library, 412 Hatfield Drive. Free. Call Laurel Gainer at 352-669-3284 or email lgainer@mylakelibrary.org.
PUMPKIN PATCH: From 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 22 at Santa's Christmas Tree Forest, 35317 Huff Road in Eustis. Pumpkin patch, zip line, horse and pony rides, bounce pillow, mazes, petting zoo and hayrides. Call Jodi Utsman at 352-357-9863, email joditheelf@gmail.com go to www.santaschristmastreeforest.com.
LEADER OF THE LAKE: From 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Clermont Boathouse, 1050 Victory Way. Free. High school teams compete in a crew rowing race on Lake Minneola. Call Gina Espinel at 847-863-0771 or email Regatta@rowlcra.org.
INDIE AUTHOR DAY: At 11:30 a.m. at the W. T. Bland Public Library, 1995 N. Donnelly St. in Mount Dora. Offering a panel discussion by three local authors. Free. Call 352-735-7180, option 5.
FALL FESTIVAL: From 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Oxford Community Building, 4027 County Road 106. The festival will feature a BBQ pork or chicken dinner with green beans, coleslaw, dessert and tea for an $8 donation. Presented by the Pine Level Cemetery Association. Call 461-4600 or 233-8875.
CHOIR ANNIVERSARY: At 6 p.m. at New Jacob's Chapel M.B. Church, 410 Highway 50 in Clermont.
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.
K9 TRAINING ACADEMY: At 9:30 a.m. every Saturday through Oct. 15 at Pet Lodge & Spa, 10837 U.S. Highway 441 in Leesburg. Cost is $90. Register at 352-343-4697.
ELCC PUMPKIN PATCH: From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 29 at the East Lake County Library, 31340 County Road 437 in Sorrento. All proceeds from this event support participating local nonprofit organizations. Call 352-383-8801.
SCOTT'S MAZE ADVENTURE: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday through Dec. 10 at Scott's Country Market at Long and Scott Farms, 26216 County Road 448A in Mount Dora. Last ticket sold at 3 p.m. Cost is $12, kids under 3 are free. Featuring a six-acre corn maze, 60-foot slide, jumping pillow, rope maze, zip line, picnic area, food vendors, hay rides and farm tours. Go to www.longandscottfarms.com.
SCORE WORKSHOP: From 10 a.m. to noon at the South Lake Chamber of Commerce, 620 W. Montrose St. in Clermont. $20. Learn proven techniques to acquire your customers as well as keep them for the long term. Call Barry Black, education director, at 352-399-0050 or email midflorida@scorevolunteer.org.
DAR MEETING: From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Edwards Episcopal Church, 460 Grandview St. in Mount Dora. Free. Lara (Garand) Marriot is giving the program on the Florida Juniors. Prospective members always welcome. Call June Perry at 352-589-5855 or email spooker15@aol.com.
COMMUNITY APPRECIATION NIGHT: At 5 p.m. at Towne Square, 501 W. Main St. With rising country star Caroline Kole and an outdoor showing of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” food trucks, vendors, adult beverages and family-oriented events. Go to www.CAN.LeesburgPartnership.com.
HUGE CHARITY YARD SALE: At 8 a.m. at the House of Hope, 4738 NE 49th Blvd. in Wildwood. Presented by Hope Lutheran Church. All types of furniture, household items, tools, shelving units, office furniture, Christmas accessories, books and appliances. Go to hope2all.org or call 352-750-2321.
ROCKTOBERFEST: From 4 p.m. to midnight at the Tavares Waterfront Entertainment District. Proceeds will benefit the Tavares High School Band. Live music by Blue Stone Circle and Hypersona. Beer garden, German food, photo booth and tricked-out Jeeps. Free. Go to www.tavares.org.
QUARTERLY BIRD AND BUTTERFLY SURVEY: From 7:30 to 11 a.m. at Ferndale Preserve, 19220 County Road 455. Volunteers wanted to assist in surveying the population of birds and butterflies on the property. Experience is a plus, but not required. Must bring binoculars. Field guide, water, snack, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent are also suggested. To register, call Gallus Quigley at 352-242-4950 or email parksandtrails@lakecountyfl.gov.
BEACON COLLEGE 5K: At 7 a.m. at Venetian Gardens, 109 E. Dixie Ave. in Leesburg. $30. Benefits scholarship programs at Beacon College. To register, call Steven McDaniels at 352-552-3181 or email beacon5k@beaconcollege.edu. Go to www.run4acause.org/navigators5k.
NOCTURNAL MIGRATION: From 6 to 9 p.m. at the Green Mountain Scenic Overlook and Trailhead, 20700 County Road 455 in Minneola. Free. Expert local birder Gallus Quigley will talk about bird migration and specifically about birds migrating at night. Bring insect repellant. Call Quigley at 352-253-4950 or email parksandtrails@lakecountyfl.gov.
FOOD TRUCK-N-FLICK NIGHT: From 5 to 10 p.m. the second Saturday of the month at Towne Square, 510 W. Main St. in Leesburg. With food trucks, live music and a movie. Call 352-255-2232.

SATURDAY and SUNDAY


VINTAGE CAR SHOW: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9 at Lakeridge Winery, 19239 N. U.S. Highway 27 Clermont. Open to all cars prior to 1979. Advance registration is $3, day of event is $5. With vendors, live music and wine. Go to www.lakeridgewinery.com.
LAKE COUNTY FOLK FESTIVAL: From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Ferran Park in downtown Eustis. Free. With musicians, crafters, artists and food vendors. Go to http://lakecountyfolkfest.org.

SUNDAY


PUMPKIN PATCH: From 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every Sunday through Oct. 23 at Santa's Christmas Tree Forest, 35317 Huff Road in Eustis. Pumpkin patch, zip line, horse and pony rides, bounce pillow, mazes, petting zoo and hayrides. Call Jodi Utsman at 352-357-9863, email joditheelf@gmail.com go to www.santaschristmastreeforest.com.
FALL MARKET DAY: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tractor Supply, 1706 North Citrus Blvd. in Leesburg. Fall Market Day will feature local artisans, crafters and farmers selling their unique wares and produce. Call 352-787-7333.
DIVORCE CARE GROUP: From 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Sunday Through Dec. 18 at Oxford Assembly of God, 12114 N. U.S. Highway 301. $20 charge for book costs. Nursery is provided. Call 352-748-6124.
GOD CONNECTS SERIES: At 11:30 a.m. every Sunday through Dec. 4 at in the Fellowship Hall at Faith Lutheran Church and School, 2727 S Grove St. in Eustis. Light refreshments will be provided and babysitting will be available. Call 352-589-5433.
MOUNT DORA VILLAGE MARKET: From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday At Evans Park on Donnelly Street at Lake Dora. Superb quality local produce, eclectic food, handmade crafts and ample parking. Go to www.mountdoramarket.com.
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 Leion Post 347 Hall, 699 County Road 466 in Lady Lake. BYOB. Snacks and finger foods provided. $10. Everyone welcome. Call 352-229-1536.
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: From 3 to 5 p.m. at First Presbyterian Eustis, 117 S. Center St. GriefShare meets every Sunday to help people face challenges and move toward rebuilding their lives. Go to www.fpceustis.com.
SCOTT'S MAZE ADVENTURE: From 1 to 5 p.m. every Sunday through Dec. 11 at Scott's Country Market at Long and Scott Farms, 26216 County Road 448A in Mount Dora. Last ticket sold at 3 p.m. Cost is $12, kids under 3 are free. Featuring a six-acre corn maze, 60-foot slide, jumping pillow, rope maze, zip line, picnic area, food vendors, hay rides and farm tours. Go to www.longandscottfarms.com.
KNOT TYING FOR KIDS: From 9 to 11 a.m. at the Lake May Reserve, 36300 County Road 44A in Eustis. Free. Eagle Scout John Cohoon will teach kids to tie more than their shoes at this fun and informative class. Call John Cohoon at 352-630-7770 or email jcohoon@lakecountyfl.gov.
MOUNT DORA FLOW ARTS SPIN JAM: From 4 to 9 p.m. at Gilbert Park, 310 S Tremain St. Free. Meets the second Sunday of each month, poi spinners, hoopers, jugglers, aerialists, yogis come together in downtown. This event is open to anyone. Call 321-236-0991.

MONDAY


RAILWAY EMPLOYEES MEETING: At 11 a.m. the second Monday of the month at Golden Corral, 3950 Wedgewood Lane in The Villages. Lunch is $11.25 and includes meal, drink, tax and gratuity. For the National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees, Unit 66. Call 352-748-7009.
AREA 13 FAMILY CARE COUNCIL: From 10 a.m. to noon at the Wildwood Agency for Persons with Disabilities, 901 Industrial Drive, Suite 100. All persons interested in issues of those with developmental disabilities and their families are encouraged to attend. Call 352-753-1163 or email cbettykay@aol.com.
CARE PACKAGES FOR TROOPS: From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every Monday at AMVETS Post 2006, 500 N. Canal St. in Leesburg. Drop off and label "care package for our troops." Call 352-430-4355 or email veteransinfoandevents@gmail.com.
TOASTMASTERS MEETING: From 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Monday at FaithPoint Church, 290 Citrus Tower Blvd., Suite 200 in Clermont. Call 352-234-6495.
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.
FLORIDA MASTER NATURALIST PROGRAM: From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Monday through Oct. 24 at the Trout Lake Nature Center, 520 E. County Road 44 in Eustis. Registration includes course manuals, classroom instruction, field trips, videos, an FMNP patch and pin, an FMNP certificate and a listing in the FMNP student database. Students who complete all three modules become Florida Master Naturalists and receive a plaque, FMNP pin and a listing in the Honor Roll database. Each module costs $230 with a portion of the registration fee going to support TLNC. To register, go to www.troutlakenaturecenter.com or call 352-357-7536.
BENEFITS OF DANCE FOR PARKINSON'S DISEASE: At 2 p.m. in the Garden of Life Fellowship Hall at Waterman Village, 445 Waterman Ave. in Mount Dora. Call Debbie Garay at 352-383-0051, ext. 313.
WILDFLOWER AND BUTTERFLY WALK: From 9 to 11 a.m. at Dade Battlefield Historic Park, 7200 County Road 603 in Bushnell. Ranger-guided walk on the park grounds to see butterflies and fall flowers after the summer rains. Cost is $3 per vehicle or annual park pass. Call 352-793-4781.
REAL WOMEN OF JESUS: From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at theCross Mount Dora, 18800 U.S. Highway 441. Childcare is available from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
REAL MEN OF JESUS: From 6 to 9 p.m. at theCross Mount Dora, 18800 U.S. Highway 441. This group typically meets on the second Monday each month and will also be doing service projects throughout the year. Email jgranger@ridgeoutdoors.com.

TUESDAY


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.
PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS: From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday at the Leesburg Public Library, 100 East Main St. Free class for beginners. Call Tim Hocker at 352-728-7289x800 or email tim.hocker@leesburgflorida.gov.
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: From 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. every Tuesday through Oct. 18 at the Eustis Memorial Library, 120 North Center St. Children learn to listen, interact, socialize and make crafts. Ages 2 1/2 years to 5 years. No registration required. Call 357-0896 or 357-5686.
TODDLER TIME: From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday through Oct. 18 at the Eustis Memorial Library, 120 North Center St. Lap-sit story time is constructed to support a baby’s development. Ages 9 months to 2 1/2 years. No registration required. Call 357-0896 or 357-5686.
MEDICARE OPTIONS — BE PREPARED: At 2 p.m. at the Leesburg Public Library, 100 East Main St. Get the facts from trained Medicare Specialist, Betty Cunningham. Email josephine.dix@leesburgflorida.gov or call 352-728-9790.
OKLAWAHA VALLEY AUDUBON SOCIETY MEETING: Refreshments at 2:30 p.m., with meeting at 3 p.m. at Trout Lake Nature Center, 520 East County Road 44 in Eustis. Public is invited. Contact Russ Melling at 352-223-7381 or russmelling@ymail.com.
SAC/PTO MEETING: At 4 p.m. in the Media Center at Rimes Early Learning and Literacy Center, 3101 Schoolview St. in Leesburg. The School Advisory Committee will meet in the same area at 4:30 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Call 352-787-5757.

WEDNESDAY


BUSINESS AT BREAKFAST: From 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Lake Receptions, 4425 North Highway 19A Mount Dora. Sponsored by Florida Hospital Waterman. Guest speaker is David Ottai, president and CEO at the hospital. Cost is $10 before Aug. 8, $15 after. Purchase tickets at www.MountDora.com.
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.
BIBLE STUDY: From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday through Oct. 26 at Fairway Christian Church, 251 Avenida Los Angelos in The Villages. Mark Fessler will lead a four-week study on 2 Thessalonians. All welcome. Call 352-259-9305 or go to www.fairwaycc.org.
BIBLE STUDY: From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday through Dec. 21 at Fairway Christian Church, 251 Avenida Los Angelos in The Villages. John Penn will lead a study entitled “The Big Picture of Scripture,” a 12-week overview of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. All welcome. Call 352-259-9305 or go to www.fairwaycc.org.
READING PAWS: From 4 to 5 p.m. at the Eustis Memorial Library, 120 North Center St. Each child gets 15 minutes to read their favorite book to a specially-trained Reading Paws dog. Parental consent required prior to the program to participate. Call 357-0896 or 357-5686.
THE VILLAGES ENVIRONMENTAL DISCUSSION GROUP: From 12:45 to 2:45 p.m. at the Belvedere Library, 325 Belvedere Blvd. in The Villages. The free program is open to all Florida residents. RSVP to resourcewisdom@gmail.com.
NORTH LAKE COIN AND CURRENCY CLUB: Meeting from 6 to 9 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at the Wildwood Community Center, 6500 Powell Road. Guests are always welcome. Contact Larry Quitter at northlkccc@yahoo.com or 352-617-0711.

THURSDAY, OCT. 13


BATS IN MY BACKYARD: At 6 p.m. at the Leesburg Public Library is, 100 East Main St. Presented by the Florida Bat Conservancy. Meet live bats, learn about our local species and hear common myths and misconceptions about bats debunked. Call 352-728-9790 or email josephine.dix@leesburgflorida.gov.
MEET THE AUTHOR: From 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive in Clermont. Mary L. Pan, a Clermont resident, will talk about her book "Lily's Garden," a life journal of her mother. Call Dotty Dill at 352-242-9805 or email ddill@cfl.rr.com.
PINK OUT 5K RUN/WALK: At 6 p.m. at Wooton Park, 100 E Ruby St. in Tavares. Proceeds help promote breast cancer awareness, diagnosis and treatment. Hosted by Florida Hospital Waterman. Register at www.fhwaterman.com.
NIGHTMARE ON N. CENTER STREET: From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Eustis Memorial Library, 120 North Center St. Play games and munch on sweet treats before watching “The Nightmare before Christmas” and “Corpse Bride” (both rated PG). Call 357-0896 or 357-5686.
12TH ANNUAL FISH FRY: From 5 to 8 p.m. at the Eustis Community Building, 601 Northshore Drive. Tickets are $25 for adults (includes two drink tickets for beer or wine) and $10 for children 12 and under. Benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties NE Lake Unit.
PASTFINDERS GENEALOGY HELP SESSION: From 5 to 7 p.m. at Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive in Clermont. Free. Call Dotty Dill at 352-242-9805 or email ddill@cfl.rr.com.
COLOR ME CALM: From 10 to 11 a.m. every second Thursday of the month at the Minneola Schoolhouse Library, 100 S. Main Ave. Color and drink tea with calming background music and lavender oil diffused into the air. All supplies are provided. Call Diane Merchant at 352-432-3921 or email dmerchant@minneola.us.
WHITE CANE SAFETY DAY: At 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Beacon College's Burbank Hall, 118 E. Main St. in Leesburg. Free. Participants will have an opportunity to acquire first-hand knowledge of the abilities of persons who are blind or visually impaired. RSVP by Oct. 6 at newvisionfl.org/whitecane, sgerig@newvisionfl.org or 352-435-5040.

FRIDAY, OCT. 14


PUMPKIN PATCH: From 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Friday through Oct. 21 at Santa's Christmas Tree Forest, 35317 Huff Road in Eustis. Pumpkin patch, zip line, horse and pony rides, bounce pillow, mazes, petting zoo and hayrides. Call Jodi Utsman at 352-357-9863, email joditheelf@gmail.com go to www.santaschristmastreeforest.com.
GAME NIGHT: At 6:30 p.m. in Classroom C-D at Fairway Christian Church, 251 Avenida Los Angelos in The Villages. Bring your favorite game and snacks, and come learn a new game. Call 352-259-9305.
3RD ANNUAL LADIES LEGACY LUNCHEON: From 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Lake Receptions, 4425 N Highway 19A in Mount Dora. $30. Silent Auction, photos and door prizes available. Proceeds support Florida Hospital Waterman Emergency Department enhancements. Call Joan Ordazzo at 352-253-3270 or email joan.ordazzo@ahss.org.

FRIDAY, OCT. 14 TO SUNDAY, OCT. 16


5TH ANNUAL WINGS AND WILDFLOWERS FESTIVAL: Various daily activities at Venetian Gardens, 201 E. Dixie Ave. in Leesburg. Featuring field trips to birding hotspots and wildflower sanctuaries. Go to www.wingsandwildflowers.com.

SATURDAY, OCT. 15


5K FUN RUN: At 7 a.m. at Waterfront Park in Clermont. Cost is $15-$25. Call Laura Henry at 407-325-5054 or email support@gccf.us.
LAKE CARES CHILI COOK OFF: From 4 to 8 p.m. at Elizabeth Evans Park at the end of Donnelly Avenue in Mount Dora. Cost is $5, with up to 20 vendors. Categories are meat, meatless, people’s choice and best-decorated tent. Entertainment by Homer Stiles. Call 352-383- 0100 or go to www.LakeCares.org.
FALL FLOWER FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER: From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Deaf and Hearing Services of Lake and Sumter Counties, 220 S. 9th St. in Leesburg. Free. Call Mariah Delgado at 352-323-0757 or email mdelgado.dhs@gmail.com.
BLESSING OF ANIMALS AND PETTING ZOO: Registration is at 8:30 a.m., with blessing at 10 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 250 Avenida Los Angelos in The Villages. Bring pets on a leash or in a carrier. Free event. Donations of pet food, blankets and towels to be given to the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County. Go to hope2all.org or call 352-750-2321.
CLERMONT MUSIC FESTIVAL: From noon to 10 p.m. at Waterfront Park on Palm Street in Clermont. Free. Outdoor music festival to benefit the Greater Clermont Cancer Foundation. With four stages, vendors, crafts, food and a kids zone. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Call Marie Howd at 407-538-3461 or email clermontmusicfest@hotmail.com.
RUN, FOREST, RUN 5K RUN/WALK: At 9 a.m. at Cadwell Park on Cassady Street in Umatilla. $60 per two-person team by Sept. 30, $75 after. Obstacle course along the route. Food, DJ and vendors. Benefits Boy Scout Troop 721 and the Umatilla Boys & Girls Club. Call 352-636-4893 or go to www.umatillachamber.org.
SWAMP SISTAS SONGWRITING CIRCLE: Sparking wine reception at 6:30 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. at the Modernism Museum Mount Dora, 145 East 4th Ave. With local musician Beth McKee. Tickets are $25 for non-members and $20 for 3MD members. Go to www.modernismmuseum.org/events or call 352-385-0034.
32ND ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL: From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Kenny Dixon Sports Complex, 824 W. Noble Avenue in Bushnell. Parade on Main Street at 10 a.m. Opening ceremonies at 11:30 a.m. at the complex. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Crafts, games, food, music and fun. Call 352-569-2441 or email rmark@cityofbushnellfl.com.
ANIMAL LEAGUE'S PUTTIN' FORE PAWS: Check-in and breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. at Green Valley Country Club, 14601 Green Valley Blvd. in Clermont. Prizes for closest-to-the-pin and longest drive as well as raffles, and a 50/50 contest.
VETERANS MEETING: The Korean War & Service Veterans Chapter 169 meets at 2 p.m. the third Saturday of the month in the Silver Oaks Room at Saddlebrook Recreation Center, 3010 Saddlebrook Lane in The Villages. All Veterans who served in Korea are urged to attend. Call 352-748-7009.

SUNDAY, OCT. 16


BIBLE STUDY AND FELLOWSHIP: Mercy Church is a new ministry in the Mt. Dora area currently offering Bible study and fellowship every first and third Sunday of the month at 10 a.m. at the home of Pastor Joe Tassell. Go to www.mercychurchfl.org.
ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: AT 9 AND 11 A.M. at First Presbyterian Church of Mount Dora, 222 West 6th Ave. 30th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Thomas J. Biery’s. Call 352-383-4089 or go to www.fpcmtdora.org.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FUNDRAISER: From 2 to 7 p.m. at St. Patrick's Church, 6803 Old Highway 441 in Mount Dora. Funds will go to the Special Olympics, St. Luke's free medical clinic, St. Vincent De Paul's food bank and Camp Boggy Creek.
INCREDIBLE EDIBLES: From 6 to 8 p.m. at Dade Battlefield Historic Park, 7200 County Road 603 in Bushnell. Wild game and plants will become the meal of the evening. Bring a place setting. Cost is $3 per vehicle or annual park pass, plus $5 per person. Kids 12 and under free. Call 352-793-4781.
BAKE SALE FOR CHARITY: From 1 to 7 p.m. at AMVETS Post 2006, 500 N. Canal St. in Leesburg. Every third Sunday of the month. Check time before heading over. Call 352-323-8750, email veteransinfoandevents@gmail.com or go to www.amvets2006.com.