Join the fun Oct. 31 for the City of Tavares annual Monster Splash Seaplane Fly-In. Whether you’re a pilot, aviation enthusiast or simply curious about amphibious aircraft, the event will have something for you. Seaplanes fly in from all over Central Florida to participate in flying competit…

The W.T. Bland Public Library in Mount Dora is putting out a call to artists to submit their work for a holiday-themed display in its 40-foot lobby gallery through the month of December. The deadline to submit work is Nov. 6.

Lake County began accepting applications on Oct. 26 for Phase 2 of the Lake County Resident Assistance Program. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 30 at 11 p.m. The program is funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and will assist residents who have b…

Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Bailey, a decorated combat Marine who monitored the USMC's response to the Global War on Terrorism as the Corps' Director of Plans, Policies and Operations, is the Guest of Honor for Lake Couny VetFest, according to Keith Totten, one of the event organizers.

Athena is a lovable 4 year old female Terrier mix. She is very friendly and super sweet with people and other dogs. She tested positive for heartworm and will be undergoing treatment through our shelter.

It all started about a year ago, when a 1964 Cessna 150 D was donated to the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 534 in Leesburg. Some people thought that the plane had come to the end of its useful life, but others looked at it and said, “This can be rebuilt, but it will cost a lot.”

Last week, 59-year-old Johnnie Coley graduated from the Lake County Library System’s adult literacy program after spending four years working with her tutor, Lisa Dunlin, a volunteer in the adult learning program at W.T. Bland Public Library.

Growing mental health concerns tied to pandemic prompted Mental Illness and Kindness Endowment (MIKE) to partner with Deas Consulting to help Lake County residents who have an immediate need for mental health counseling but don’t have the financial resources.

The first recorded manatee in Lake County visited the Harris Chain of Lakes in 2015. The female manatee was named Leesburg and became a familiar face in many areas around Lake Harris. In the summer of 2017, she gave birth to her first calf, a male the community named Sunset. Researchers trac…

The 16th annual Fish Fry benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida is Oct. 22, 5–8 p.m. at Sunsational Farms, 40541 Roger Giles Rd. in Umatilla. Tickets are available at Insight Credit Union in Eustis, United Southern Bank in Eustis and Umatilla, and NE Lake Boys & Girls Clubs…

One of the first festivals to reschedule amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the 43rd Annual Leesburg will be held Oct. 24–25 in downtown Leesburg. The free festival, presented by The Leesburg Center for the Arts, will showcase approximately 60 artists from throughout Central Florida and the Southea…

The Mount Dora Police Department invites members of the city to attend three Coffee and Conversation events for an opportunity to speak with Interim Police Chief Brett Meade and members of the command staff. Attendees can share concerns, speak about their communities and offer what they woul…

The Leesburg Boo Bash on Towne Square in downtown Leesburg will go as planned Oct. 31, 9 a.m. to noon. The annual free event is a great place for families with children up to 12 years of age to participate in pumpkin painting, safe trick-or-treating, costume parade and contest. Details and p…

Oct. 24, Villagers for Veterans is hosting a special USO Tribute Day featuring music, family activities, a military car show and a candy drop, as well as hay, tractor and train rides.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lake County is hosting a Social Justice Online Lecture Series to explore the major social justice issues facing Lake County.  At its next session on Oct. 25, Lauren Ritchie, former Orlando Sentinel columnist, will address the topic of, “How Do We Ke…

Families interested in seeing a yard filled with Halloween decorations will want to drive by the Robertson residence, at 113 N. Lakeshore Blvd. in Howey-in-the-Hills, where the owners spent weeks getting their spooky display ready for viewing. Their neighbor Chuck Tocco, a professional photo…

There’s a new face to greet you at Wild Birds Unlimited! Dave and Judy Knizner, owners, invite you to come in and meet Sue, our newest employee. She recently relocated to our area from California and loves feeding the birds. They also welcome back Kim, who was away from the store for a few m…

Lady Lake Chamber of Commerce is hosting a community drive-through Halloween event Oct. 24 in the parking lot of the Lady Lake Library, 4–6 p.m. The event gives kids a great opportunity to put on costumes and receive trick-or-treat bags. Candy is available for children ages 12 and under, and…

Oct. 25, the Cassia Community Club in Eustis will be hosting Cassia Day. The community is invited to attend between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. and enjoy a free, fun, family day at the community club.

Izzy is the most adorable 2 year old Terrier mix you’ll ever meet! She currently weighs 43lbs and is pure love! Izzy gets the cutest happy feet when she is excited. She does great with dogs and kids (can be cat tested if needed). Izzy is ready to meet you at our shelter!

Founder’s Day in Mount Dora returns Oct. 24, 3–7 p.m., with live music by the Mount Dora Jazz Band and vendors in Gilbert Park and a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at Cauley Lott Park.

Oct. 30–Nov. 1, the second annual Vet Fest Lake County will feature a gala benefit dinner, a motorcycle escort of the War on Terrorism Memorial Wall on Oct. 31, bed races, live music, vendors, a parade and more. Lt. General Ronald L Bailey (USMC) will be a special guest at the Oct. 30 dinner…

Nonprofit organizations have taken a hit, as many other organizations and individuals have, as the pandemic wears on. But efforts are being made to help them weather the storm. One example is a $60,000 grant the Mount Dora Community Trust, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing fina…

The School Advisory Council (SAC) of Mount Dora Middle School will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 20. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Zoom. Following this meeting, the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. There will be a link po…

Over 41,500 pounds of food are set to be distributed to students and community members in a drive-through event Oct. 16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Lake-Sumter State College. LSSC students and members of the community can receive a 30-plus pound box of pantry staples, fresh dairy, meat and produce…

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Raymond “Ray” Ordell Halverson (1934-2020) went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 22, 2020 at the age of 85 after a short but rough battle with cancer. The funeral service will be held at Trinity Evangelical Free Church, 890 Abrams Road, Eustis, Florida at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28. It will al…