June 27, 2008

World Cultural Exploration on Tap

By Anita Hardin, The Orlando Sentinel, Fla.

Jun. 27--Those 8 to 18 are invited from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday to the auditorium of the Lake County Agricultural Center at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares for the introductory day of World Cultural Exploration. Additional programs will be presented from 10 a.m. to noon July 3, 7, 9 and 11.

"The World Cultural Exploration will provide students with a unique and valuable learning experience," said Christopher Catanzaro, 4-H agent with the Lake County Extension Office.

"In addition, each day will present a different experience for the participants. Students can attend each day or only choose those that spark their interest."

The event will consist of music, food, speakers and dress relevant to a featured country or continent, or in the case of July 7, the Peace Corps.

During the five-day event, youths will be exposed to the customs and traditions of:

*Tuesday -- Africa

*Thursday -- Germany

*July 7 -- Peace Corps

*July 9 -- Asia

*July 11 -- Greece

Admission is free. To register and for information, call 352-343-4101 or visit lake.ifas.ufl .edu/4-h/index.htm.

YMCA soccer camps

The Golden Triangle YMCA will offer soccer camps from 9 a.m. to noon or 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through July 4; and July 28 through Aug. 1. The weekly fee is $75 for members; $105 for nonmembers but current YMCA soccer participants; and $130 for non-YMCA participants.

Programs are for those age 5 to 17.

To register call 352-343-1144 or visit the YMCA, 1465 David Walker Drive, Tavares.

Hunting-permit talk

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will host a workshop concerning the Ocklawaha Prairie Public Small Game Hunting Area and changes made to permitting regulations during the 2007-08 hunting season.

The public is invited to attend and offer input from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the FWC's Northeast Region Office, 1239 S.W. 10th St., Ocala.

Specifically, the FWC wants input on the hunting-permit process for the area. The FWC states that it strives to allocate fair hunting opportunities, and public input is important to achieving this goal.

Anyone requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop should call the Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator at 850-488-6411 at least five days before the meeting. People who are hearing- or speech-impaired should call the Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or 1-800-955-8770 (voice).

Details: Jen Williams at 352-732-1225 or e-mail jen.wil [email protected]

Groveland Museum

The Groveland Historical Museum, 243 S. Lake Ave., will feature the surviving members of Groveland High School's Class of 1934 reminiscing about the early days of the former high school during a round-table discussion from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Vera Sloan Boyett, Mac Kuharske and B.J. Merritt will be available to answer questions about the school's history, including such highlights as state swimming and diving championships at Lake Audrey, a girl's basketball team whose members were Southeast U.S. champs and the building of the school, which is now Gray Middle School.

Boyett is a direct descendant of Daniel Sloan, the first white settler of Taylorville, which changed its name to Groveland.

Kuharske's father built some of the more significant buildings in town, some of which still stand.

Merritt can recite poems and songs that students memorized during assemblies back in the 1930s.

The discussion and tour of the museum are free. Details: 352-429-4521.

Christian writer's group

Do you have a desire to write inspirational stories? Is your specialty devotions, Christian romance or nonfiction? Are you a new writer who wants an environment that offers support, encouragement, market information and tips toward publication? Are you a seasoned writer who loves to share and cheer on beginners?

The Clermont Christian Writers Group will meet on the last Monday of the month starting this month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Cooper Memorial Library in Clermont. The group shares writing goals. For details, [email protected]

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