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Two-day cultural event celebrates African-American heritage

January 22, 2014

By Debbie Manis, Orlando Sentinel

Jan. 22 --The 10th annual Tavares African-American Heritage Festival will kick off with a free performance by the Center for Contemporary Dance at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 at Liberty Christian Preparatory School , 2451 Dora Ave. , Tavares. The center's Moore Dance Project will present "Reflections -- the Soul of Motown Meets the Spirit of Contemporary Dance." The African-American professional ensemble will dance to songs made famous by Marvin Gaye , Stevie Wonder , Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding . The free performance also will feature The Community Choir at 6 p.m. Festivities continue at 10 a.m. Feb. 1 with a parade down Main Street . Opening ceremonies will follow at 11 a.m. in Wooton Park , 100 E. Ruby St. The free family-oriented event will run until 4 p.m. featuring gospel choirs, praise dancers, arts and crafts, exhibits, health screenings, food vendors and more. For more information to participate as a vendor or performer, call Pastor Mike Watkins at 352-406-9608 or Sheila Short at 352-742-3063. Michigan Day The 67th annual Michigan Day potluck luncheon is Feb. 4 at the Eustis Community Center , 601 Northshore Drive . Doors open at 11 a.m. ; lunch is at noon. There is a $3 donation per person. Bring a covered dish to share. Chicken, coffee and water will be provided. There will be door prizes. Former and current residents of Michigan are welcome. Details: Chet Sedke, 352-343-1046 or Clarence Miller , 517-281-9766. Ben Franklin Rich Davis , an expert on Ben Franklin , will portray him at 4 p.m. Jan. 29 at W.T. Bland Public Library , 1995 N. Donnelly St. , Mount Dora . All ages are welcome at the free program, called " Ben Franklin : Bigger than His Legend." Participants will learn about Franklin's life through Davis' role playing. The multitalented Franklin, among the signers of the Declaration of Independence, was an inventor, a writer and a statesman, among other careers during his 84-year lifetime. He died in 1790. Davis has portrayed Franklin for the past 20 years. Details: 352-735-7180, Option 5. Single moms Dads for Boys International , a nonprofit Christian program, will sponsor a free barbecue lunch for single moms and their children from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 14030 Lake Yale Road , Umatilla. Lakefront activities (weather permitted) -- boating, swimming, tubing, hiking, BB gun target shooting, games and campfire -- will be provided for kids while mothers meet inside for a support group. Dads for Boys focuses on mentoring boys ages 8 to 17 who are from single-mother homes. Directions: From State Road 19 north in Umatilla, take County Road 450 west, go 3 1/2 miles, take a sharp left onto Lake Yale Road and go a half-mile to the Dads for Boys ranch entrance on the right. To register or more information, call 352-669- 5321 or email jjgotmail@gmail.com . iPad training The Minneola Schoolhouse Library , 100 S. Main Ave. , will present "Discover Your iPad." The two-part session will meet at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 29 and Feb. 5 . Participants may bring their own iPad or borrow one from the library. Jennifer Moton will be the instructor. To sign up, call 352-432-3921. Japanese cuisine, culture Brookdale Senior Living's Sterling House , an assisted-living facility at 700 S. Lake St. , Leesburg, will celebrate the cuisine and culture of Japan at 2 p.m. Jan. 30 . The free event is part of its "Brookdale Celebrates" international cuisine series. Tampa Taiko, a professional drumming ensemble, will present a musical program showcasing the rhythms and sounds of Japan , with a performance on drums and Japanese flute. The show includes educational information about the music and instruments and audience participation segment. There also will be a sushi-rolling demonstration, hibachi-grilled appetizers, green tea and a display of Japanese items. The public is welcome. Seating is limited. To make a reservation, call 352-728-6666. Duplicate bridge Lake County Duplicate Bridge Club is offering new evening open games at 6 p.m. every Tuesday. The club welcomes new players of all levels. First timers play for free. The club plays bridge at 9:15 a.m. Mondays (novice), 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays (nonlife masters), 1:15 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays Thursdays and Fridays (open games) at 510 W. Key Ave. , Eustis. For more information, call 352-589-9589 or visit lakeduplicate.com . dmanis@tribune.com ___ (c)2014 The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.) Visit The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.) at www.OrlandoSentinel.com Distributed by MCT Information Services


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