Quick Bites – Fun Info and Government Updates

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BOAT AND SURF EXPO: Water, water everywhere and plenty of boats to enjoy it all!  Mount Dora Boating Center and Marina held a hometown event that left a big wake.  Monterey Boats offered demo rides, wakesurfing lessons and boat handling workshops at the marina. The Orlando Boat & Surf Expo, showcased the latest in water fun and impressive boats.  If you missed it, don’t worry.  Joe Lewis and family can still hook you up with some wonderful water fun at the marina. Stop by 148 Charles Avenue in Mount Dora. Open 8:00am to 5:00 pm (every day except Tuesday, when they are closed), the Lewis family and staff are happy to introduce novice and expert boaters to the wonders available on the water in Mount Dora.  Here’s a bit of what you missed if you didn’t make it last weekend.

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MOUNT DORA’S FIRST TWILIGHT RUN: This past Thursday evening the City of Mount Dora played host to hundreds of running enthusiasts during Mount Dora’s first Twilight 5K.  Cinco de Mayo celebrants in downtown Mount Dora were treated to the show as runners streamed through town toward the finish line.  Vickie Blate owner of On the Run Fitness and Pilates organized the event.  A running enthusiast and marathon and half-marathon supporter and organizer, Blate has worked diligently over the past few years to increase Mount Dora’s profile with running enthusiasts.  Another wonderful success for Mount Dora!  Congrats to all the runners!

(Photo Courtesy of Ric Feld)
(Photo Courtesy of Ric Feld)
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(Photo Courtesy of Ric Feld)
(Photo Courtesy of Ric Feld)
(Photo Courtesy of Ric Feld)

WOODBLOCK WORKSHOP, BE INSPIRED: Modernism Museum Mount Dora held their second woodblock workshop Saturday, April 30th.  Jennifer Harper, of Harper Printmaking Studio and Gallery led the workshop.  Participants were instructed in the art of woodblock printing, inspired by the museum’s current exhibit of Wharton Eshrick’s works, and were offered the chance to create their own art.  If you missed this class, no worries, you’ll have another opportunity to try your hand at this fascinating process.  Check out the Modernism Museum’s website for updates on the next scheduled workshop at this cultural, educational Mount Dora hotspot.  They will be posting another date for an additional class later this summer.

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ART STROLL AND EXHIBIT OPENING, MAY 13th: Mount Dora Center for the Arts will be featuring “Lost Footprint” a national juried exhibition during the May 13th Downtown Art Stroll from 6:00 to 8:00 that Friday evening.  The exhibit features the works of twenty-four artists – including local artists.  Participating artists in the “Lost Footprint” exhibit focuses on objects and lifestyles we no longer have or are leaving behind.  Participating artists’ works from as far away as San Francisco are included in the exhibit.  The exhibit opens during the second Friday Downtown Art Stroll, but continues through June 22nd. For more information check out the Mount Dora Center for the Arts website.

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FARMERS MARKET SUNDAY: Be sure to latch on to the wonderful offerings of the city’s local farmers market on Sundays in Elizabeth Evans Park.  The Sunday Village Market operates from 9:00am to 2:00 pm, at the end of Donnelly Street.  Enjoy fresh seafood, local produce, eggs, honey, baked goods, art and much more.  Take a stroll through town, pick up a some wonderful offerings from our local growers and enjoy your town.  It’s a great way to start your week!

The colors, the veggies, the yum!
The colors, the veggies, the yum!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS, BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW:  Breaking The Iron Cage Of Poverty.  Be inspired, learn of the common misperceptions often associated with true poverty.  Lake Cares Food Pantry is hosting this special event to introduce guest speaker Dr. Beegle. Her story moves from 28 years of homelessness to achieving a Doctorate. She has been featured in newspapers and television around the nation on CNN and PBS. The event is Thursday, May 19th at Lake Receptions.  Doors open at 5:30pm.  Tickets are $30/ person and include dinner. Please call Lake Cares Food Pantry at (352) 383-0100 and ask for Kathleen for reservations or visit www.LakeCares.org to make your reservations online.

Dr. Donna Beegle
Dr. Donna Beegle

BUTTERFLIES! The W.T. Bland Library will have a special program on Saturday, May 14.  Join them for the Butterfly Release at 10:00 am at the library located at 1995 N. Donnelly Street. Refreshments for adults will be available in the Community Room at 10:30 am.  There will be a butterfly talk – Backyard Butterfly Garden with Kathy Sheets 11:45 am.  Butterfly Release in the Butterfly Garden 12:00 pm.  Children’s crafts & treats will be in the Children’s Program Room.  Butterfly plant sale will be held in the butterfly garden.  Questions about this event? Call (352)735-7180 Opt. 5

Monarch_butterflies_insectsMEDIA ALERT: MOUNT DORA POLICE SEARCH FOR SUSPECT RESPONSIBLE FOR THRIFT STORE ROBBERY BY SUDDEN SNATCHING MOUNT DORA, Fla. (May 6, 2016) – Mount Dora Police Department (MDPD) officers are searching for a white male suspect with blonde hair and prominent tattoos (e.g., APK tattoo on left arm and a tattoo of a large sun on right shoulder) wearing a black tank top who at 1:24PM committed robbery by sudden snatching at the Christian Home and Bible Thrift Store located at2235 W Old Us Highway 441, Mount Dora. One hundred dollars from the cash register was stolen. The suspect left the scene in an early 2000s model red Dodge neon with a spoiler. Officers are still searching for the vehicle and suspect. If you can identify the person in the video or see a red Dodge neon with a spoiler or the suspect pictured please call Mount Dora Police Department at 352-735-7130 or 1-800-423-TIPS

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Melissa DeMarco, Editor (meldemarco@mountdoracitizen.com)