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Help release beetles to combat invasive air potatoes

July 8, 2014

By Debbie Manis, Orlando Sentinel



July 08--Volunteers are invited to assist with the release of leaf-feeding beetles at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Palm Island Park, 411 S. Tremain St., Mount Dora.

The Lake County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area is hosting the event, which will help rid the environment of the air potato -- an invasive vine that inhibits the growth of other plants.

The beetles don't damage other plants. It is a host-specific feeder, meaning it does not eat other plants, even those that are closely related.

Activities and games for children will be provided following the release.

Participants are encouraged to wear appropriate footwear and gloves, and bring a hat and sunscreen.

Registration isn't required.

For more information, call Brooke Moffis, a residential horticulture agent, at 352-343-4101 or email burnb48ufl.edu.

Lawn concert

The Wholetones, a four-member band that plays acoustic instruments featuring a mix of bluegrass, folk, jazz, punk and metal, is the next concert July 19 at Lakeside Inn, 100 N. Alexander St., downtown Mount Dora. The performance is part of the free lawn concert series beginning at 7:30 p.m.

"Street Palooza" also will take place from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The street party at Lakeside Inn will feature family fun including arts, crafts, food and more.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Upcoming concerts include Tef London on Aug. 16 and Bohemian Swing on Sept. 20.

Details: 352-383-4101.

Candidate forum

The Lake Federated Republican Women's Club and North Lake Tea Party will host a free candidate forum for Lake County School Board from 7 to 9 p.m.July 16 at Tavares Civic Center, 100 E. Caroline St.,

The following candidates plan on attending: District 1 -- incumbent Bill Mathias, and John Ardizone; District 3 -- incumbent Tod Howard, and Jamie Hanja and Marc Dodd; and District 5 -- Nancy Muenzmay, Stephanie Luke and Peter Tarby.

Kids can tee off

Celebration Golf Management is offering its fourth annual Summer Kids Play Free program at nine of its golf courses in Central Florida including Kings Ridge and The Legends, both in Clermont, and Redtail in Sorrento.

Children ages 5 to 16, who are accompanied by a paying adult can play for free through Oct. 4.

STEM-based programs for girls

STEMchicks Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides programs designed for girls ages 9 to 12 to empower them to succeed in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

STEMchicks is offering a variety of STEM-based programs from chemistry to forensics to energy conservation on various Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon in the Green Room at the Mount Dora Community Building, 520 N. Baker St.

The sessions allow girls to participate in fun, hands-on STEM activities, games and other confidence-boosting experiences. The classes are facilitated by teachers.

Upcoming events include the following:

--July 26, explore wet and dry ice, learn about arctic animals and make a cool treat.

--Aug. 9, put your detective skills to the test by conducting DNA and fingerprint tests, analyzing hair samples and more.

--Sept. 13, work as an engineer as you create machines needed for space exploration, examine the relative sizes of objects in the solar system and explore spectroscopy.

A snack will be provided during each session. A $10 donation is suggested for each program.

Space is limited. To register or more information, visit stemchicks.org or call 407-476-4493.

Commemorative legacy walkway

The Tri-City Branch NAACP is raising money to refurbish its building at 1107 Beecher St. in Leesburg.

The headquarters and meeting place was built in 1978 in the Carver Heights neighborhood. The building has been unusable for about two years.

People may contribute to the fund by purchasing a brick or bench to create a commemorative legacy walkway at the building site.

A 4-by-8-inch brick is $100, an 8-by-8-inch brick is $250 and a 12-by-12-inch brick is $500, which includes three lines of text (18 characters per line including letters, spaces, numbers and punctuation).

A stone bench is $1,000, which includes five lines of text (35 characters per line).

To place an order, include brick size or bench, inscription, name and phone number and mail to Tri-City Branch NAACP, 1107 Beecher St., Leesburg, FL 34748. Make checks payable to NAACP Tri-City Branch.

The deadline is July 17.

For more information, call Louis Ward, 352-552-7540, or Bettye Stevens Coney, 352-787-5667.

dmanis@tribune.com

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