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July 5, 2008

By Anita Hardin, The Orlando Sentinel, Fla.

Jul. 5–A “World Cultural Exploration” series hosted by the Lake County 4-H program will continue with a presentation about the Peace Corps from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the Lake County Agricultural Center, 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares.

The event, geared toward participants ages 8 to 18, kicked off July 1 with a presentation on Africa. The event included a speaker, who is a native of the continent, a display of artifacts and samplings of common dishes found in Africa, including Suya, beef barbecued on a stick with a blend of spices, and Chin Chin, a fried doughnutlike pastry popular in Nigeria and West Africa.

“Learning about world cultures is something I’m interested in, and I think a lot of our local children are interested in it as well,” said Christopher Catanzaro, 4-H agent with the Lake County Extension Office.

A world traveler and former Peace Corps volunteer for 27 months in Panama, Catanzaro is helping local children take this cultural journey through several countries by means of a Youth in Action grant from Cumberland Farms. The grant helps defray costs for food, handouts, decorations and books raffled at each event.

The World Cultural Exploration, which is coordinated in cooperation with VolunteerLAKE, consists of music, food, speakers and dress relevant to a featured country. Additional programs in the free series are:

*Wednesday: Asia

*Friday: The Mediterranean

Details: 352-343-4101 or visit lake.ifas.ufl.edu/4-h/index.htm. Mount Dora Parks and Recreation will offer lawn-bowling classes for ages 18 and older starting Tuesday at the Mount Dora Lawn Bowling clubhouse, 125 Edgerton Court at the south end of Donnelly Street.

Classes will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday through July 31.

Wear flat-soled shoes and bring a hand towel; everything else will be furnished.

Cost is $40 for all eight classes. To register, call Mount Dora Parks and Recreation at 352-735-7183 or stop by the office, 900 N. Donnelly St.

Tavares library events

Here’s the lineup of activities offered this month as part of the Tavares Public Library’s summer program. These events are at the Tavares Civic Center, 100 E. Caroline St.

*July 10 at 3:30 p.m., Matthew James’ Magic Show with magic, audience interaction and comedy.

*July 17 at 3:30 p.m., story time featuring Jacamo & The Dragon presented by Bonnie Blair.

*July 24 at 3 p.m., Nani’s Polynesian Adventure with Tori the spider monkey.

*July 31 at 3:30 p.m., John Storms’ World of Reptiles show.

Each Wednesday at 3 p.m., family-oriented movies are shown at the library, 314 N. New Hampshire Ave. Snacks are provided. For movie titles, call 352-742-6473.

Eustis coed softball

Eustis Recreation Department will sponsor a coed softball program. A preseason meeting is planned for 6 p.m. July 15 at the recreation complex, 2214 W. Bates Ave.

The fee is $275 per team for a 10-game season, with games starting July 22 and held Tuesday nights at the complex. Details: 352-357-8510.

Sumter library programs

Here’s the schedule for summer reading programs at the following Sumter County libraries:

*Bushnell Public Library, 402 N. Florida St., 11 a.m. each Wednesday through July 30. Details: 352-793-8274.

*Coleman Public Library, 712 E. Central Ave., 1 p.m. each Tuesday through July 29. Details: 352-748-4598.

*E.C. Rowell Public Library, 85 E. Central Ave., Webster, 10:30 a.m. each Saturday through Aug. 2. Details: 352-568-1600.

*Library on Wheels at Center Hill Community Center, 74 S. Virginia Ave., 2:30 p.m. each Thursday through July 31. Details: 352-568-3456.

*Panasoffkee Community Library, 1500 County Road 459, Lake Panasoffkee, 10:30 a.m. each Thursday through July 31. Details: 352-793-8608.

*Villages Public Library, 325 Belvedere Blvd., The Villages, 3 p.m. each Wednesday through July 9. Details: 352-259-5739.

*Wildwood Public Library, 310 S. Palmer Drive, 10:30 a.m. each Thursday through July 24. Details: 352-748-1158.

Programs are for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Younger siblings may attend with a parent or caregiver. Call the libraries listed for program topics and summer events.

Safe-boating course

The Harris Chain Sail & Power Squadron will have a Boat Smart safety course at 9 a.m. July 12 at the Leesburg Cultural Arts Center at Venetian Gardens off Dixie Avenue. To attend, call Maria Simon at 352-702-0031 or e-mail Msimon@harrischain.org.

Squadron members also will partner with Sea-Tow Lakes Division to offer free vessel inspections from noon to 3 p.m. July 13 at the Venetian Gardens boat ramp.

Sea-Tow will give a free 60-day towing membership with each vessel inspected. The inspection covers Coast Guard and state requirements for safety equipment.

Mail community news to the Orlando Sentinel, 1898 E. Burleigh Blvd., Tavares, FL 32778-4366, fax 352-742-5938 or e-mail ahardin@orlandosentinel.com.

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