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  • Scott Strong Scholarship applications available
    The Scott Strong Memorial Scholarship Committee is accepting applications for the Scott Strong Scholarship. The $2,000 award may be used for books, fees or tuition at any technical center, college or university.


    Applicants must have a 2.5 or higher GPA, have a track record of community involvement or volunteerism, and plan to graduate from Lake County public school in 2015.


    Submit applications to the Educational Foundation of Lake County at 2045 Pruitt Street Leesburg, FL 34748 by 5 p.m. on March 10.


    Scott Strong served as a Lake County School Board member from 2000 to 2008 and was named Consortium of Florida Education Foundation (CFEF) School Board Member of the Year in 2008 for the state of Florida. He loved his community and worked tirelessly to make Lake County a better place especially in education. Since the fund was established in 2009, 63 students have received over $50,000.

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  • Library launches Bookmark Design Contest
    TAVARES — All students (K-12) and adults in Lake County are invited to enter the Lake County Library System’s 16th annual Bookmark Design Contest. This year’s theme is Dreams and Nightmares, where imaginary worlds and magical creatures are common.
    Each contest entry should contain an element of fantasy. Participants may submit as many entries as they wish.
    Awards will be announced at the annual Authors’ Reception on Friday, March 13, at the W. T. Bland Public Library in Mount Dora. The wining bookmark designs will then be available at all 15 libraries in the Lake County Library System and will be printable from the library system’s web site. Prizes will include gift cards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners provided by sponsor Insight Credit Union.
    Entry forms are available at Completed entry forms can be delivered with your original bookmark design to any LCLS library. They also may be mailed to Linda Goff, Youth Services Coordinator, 2401 Woodlea Road, Tavares FL 32778. Electronic files (300 dpi or greater) may be submitted via email to
    Deadline for submission is February 13, 2015. Complete rules and guidelines are available at

    For additional information on the contest, call Linda Goff, Youth Services Coordinator, at 352-253-6167.
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  • History panel to discuss African American Education in Lake County

    MOUNT DORA — The Lake County Historical Society will host a panel discussion on “African American Education in Lake County from 1886 to 1970.” Vivan Owens, author of the book, The Mount Dorans: African American History Notes of a Florida Town, will moderate the free discussion on Feb. 17 at 6:00 p.m. at the W.T. Bland Library in Mount Dora. The public is invited to attend. 
    Highlights will include the earliest schools for African Americans in Lake County, including the Rosenwald schools built in the 1920s; how teachers led their classes with limited financial resources; pitfalls during early integration attempts, and the closings of African American schools in 1970 as integration began.

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Local Events

  • Eustis street party features school jazz bands

    Live jazz music will be performed center stage at the “Eustis Live!” street party on Friday, Feb. 6, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in historic downtown Eustis. Featured entertainment includes jazz bands from Eustis and Tavares middle schools; Mount Dora, Tavares and Eustis high schools; and the U.S. Navy Band Southeast. For more information, call the city of Eustis at 352-357-7969.

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  • Black Heritage dance performance features American Idol’s David Oliver Willis

    Enjoy a celebration of culture and history at the Black Heritage Festival in Tavares, Feb. 6 and 7.

    At 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, American Idol's David Oliver Willis will perform at the Tavares High School Gymnasium, 603 N. New Hampshire Ave.,  along with The Community Choir of Tavares and The Center for Contemporary Dance.

    The Center for Contemporary Dance will present the Moore Dance Project and Dawn Branch Works in "Heritage," a series of contemporary and cultural dance works inspired by the African-American experience.  Under the artistic direction of award-winning choreographer Dario J. Moore, dancers from the organization's professional companies will present an opening tribute to the 59th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, featuring the music of Roberta Flack, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway and The Voices of East Harlem.  Following the opening performance, the audience will take part in a joyous, dance-from-your-seat African dance component led by Master Teacher Dr. Margo Blake.  The evening will close with breathtaking and uplifting contemporary dance works that inspire the audience to celebrate their heritage, embrace the present and take part in designing the future.

    The Center for Contemporary Dance is an award-wining education, incubation and production center for the dance arts.  Responsible for the emergence of no less than twelve professional contemporary dance companies, the organization has received recognition and awards from United Arts of Central Florida, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Florida Alliance for Arts Education.  To learn more about the organization, visit

    The event is free, open to the public, and suitable for all ages. Refreshments will be provided by the Tavares African-American Heritage organization.

    The festival continues on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Wooton Park, 100 E. Ruby Street, with singing, dancing, gospel choirs, steppers, arts and crafts, food vendors, and historical and cultural exhibits.

    For more information on the events, contact Tavares Community Services, 352-742-6319.

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  • Tuning up for the 5th annual Eustis Jazz Revue
    Enjoy an evening of music and artwork at the Eustis Jazz Revue, a fundraiser that supports arts programs in Eustis schools.

    Tickets go on sale Feb. 1 for the event, which is scheduled for March 27 at The First Baptist Church of Eustis, 3551 East Orange Ave.  Jazz bands from Eustis Middle and Eustis High schools will perform.

    The event will also feature a silent auction of original artwork created by students and a three course meal – salad, entrée and dessert – served by students. The art display will open for viewing at 5 p.m. and the meal will be served at 6 p.m.

    Tickets are $30. All proceeds support student programs. Reserve your ticket by emailing

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  • Ducks invade Lake County Schools
    A giant duck landed at Treadway Elementary today kicking off the No Duck Left Behind Rubber Ducky Race and Carnival. Thousands of rubber duckies will race to the finish line on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Wooton Park in Tavares from 10:00 am-3:00 pm.
    Duck adoptions can be made at 28 participating schools or on-line at The cost is 1 duck for $5 or 3 ducks for $10. The winner of the race will receive a $5000 college scholarship and 8 other lucky winners will receive a $1500 Sylvan Learning Scholarship, IPad mini, IPod, flat screen TV, Wet N Wild tickets, Universal tickets, Beats by DRE or a $100 gift card. School booths with food and games will surround the free moonwalks and obstacle courses. Don’t miss this great family fun day.

    For more information call 352-326-1265 or
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