Around Town Lake Edition June 2016

Horse Capital of the World. In the 1940s, horse breeding farms began popping up all throughout Marion County. Today, there are more than 70,000 acres of thoroughbred breeding and training farms around Ocala. The area has bred everything from world-champion show jumpers to Triple Crown winners (Affirmed, who won the Triple Crown in 1978 was bred and raised in Marion County).

Thursdays. The Beat Goes On. Hear the best of rock ‘n roll music on the dance floor and enjoy food, beer, wine, and soft drinks available for purchase. $7. 7 – 9 p.m. Olympia Banquets and Events, 2728 West Old Highway 441, Mount Dora, 32757. Call (352) 729 – 2939 or visit

7 Learn about SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders). Shine provides free, unbiased, confidential, one-on-one counseling and education on Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance questions. 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Library, 100 E. Main St., Leesburg, 34748. Call (352) 728-9790.

7 Severe Weather Awareness Event offered by Lake County Emergency Management. Education about what to do in severe weather can save lives. Learn how to handle a hurricane or a severe thunderstorm at this free presentation. Five weather radios will be given away free. 2 – 4 p.m. Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. For more information about the event, please call (352) 728-9790.

10 Splash Pad Grand Opening & Summer kick off concert. Splash Pad will have inflatable water slides, food trucks, music, and free ice cream (while supplies last). 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. Summer kick off concert includes music by The Caribbean Chillers (For VIP ticket info, call the Lake Eustis Chamber of Commerce at (352)357-3434) To learn more, visit or call (352) 483-5491.

11 Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival. Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the Caribbean islands with food, cook-off competitions, dominoes, craft vendors, and live music from around the Caribbean: Reggae, Latin, Soca, Calypso & more. $10 for adults. 12 – 9 p.m. Clermont Waterfront Park, 1003rd St., Clermont, 34711. To learn more, call (407) 312-3909 or check out the festival’s website:

12 Mount Dora Flow Arts Spin Jam. See hoopers, jugglers, poi spinners, aerialists and more come together and jam. Free. Gilbert Park, Mt. Dora, 32757. Call (321) 236-0991.

17 Ipad Class: Basics. If you’re a beginner iPad user or you’re considering purchasing one, join this free iPad class. Learn the homescreen, Safari browser, Apple Maps, photos and more. Class iPads provided or you can bring your own. Pre-registration suggested: call (352) 429-5840. Held at Marion Baysinger Memorial Library, 756 W. Broad St. Groveland, 34736.

18 Book Sale hosted by Friends of the Library. Monthly book sales in the library lobby, hosted by the Friends of Cagan Crossings Community Library. 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Library address is: 16729 Cagan Oaks, Clermont, 34714. Call (352) 243-1840 or visit

19 Bake Sale for Charity. Stop in and pick up a few cupcakes to benefit the charity of the month. Seeking a few great members. Contact us to see if you qualify. 1 – 7 p.m. Times subject to change; call (352) 323-8750 to verify. AMVETS Post 2006, 500 N. Canal St., Leesburg, 34748. Learn more at

July 4Independence Day Celebration, Venetian Gardens. Join us for a fun-filled evening with live entertainment, traditional 4th of July food, kids’ games, free baseball, and Lake County’s most spectacular choreographed fireworks. Free. 6 p.m. at Venetian Gardens, Leesburg, 34748. To learn more, call (352) 365-0053.

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