- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Young people ages 5 to 18 and their parents or guardians are invited to come and check out what the 4-H Club offers at 1 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St.

Participants can spend the afternoon discovering some of the native animals that live in Florida, along with some other critters that don’t live here. Also learn about water pollution, how to test for it, and what can be done to help conserve water here in Lake County.

The youth organization engages in hands-on learning activities in the areas of science, healthy living, and food security. Various programs are offered including gardening, public speaking, crafting, animals and more.

Members also can attend events at the state, national and international level.

The free event is open to the public. For more information, call the library at 352-787-9790.

For more information on 4-H, call the Lake County Extension Office at 352-343-4101 or email Lake County 4-H agent Rachel Slocomb at [email protected]

Amplified phones

Free amplified telephones will be available to qualified permanent Florida residents with hearing loss from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 12 at HearUSA in the Brownwood Town Center, 3618 Kiessel Road, The Villages. Appointments are required by calling 352-561-2017.

The phones will be available from the Deaf and Hearing Services of Lake & Sumter Counties Inc., one of numerous regional distribution centers for Florida Telecommunications Relay Inc., the statewide nonprofit that administers the specialized phone program. There is a limit of one phone per customer.

Current FTRI clients whose phone isn’t working properly or whose hearing has changed, should call Deaf and Hearing Services at 352-323-0757.

Mote-Morris House

The historic Mote-Morris House, 1195 W. Magnolia St., Leesburg, will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 8 for regular free tours. The Queen Anne-style house was built in 1892.

Triangle Boat Club

Triangle Boat Club’s social meeting is Aug. 5 at the home of Tom and Judi McCarroll in Eustis. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by a potluck dinner at 6:30.

The club will have a day cruise to Silver Springs on Aug. 12. Kayakers will meet at the Silver Springs kayak and canoe ramp at 9 a.m. Boaters will meet at the Ocklawaha River by State Road 40. The group will rendezvous and have lunch at the mouth of Silver Springs River.

The lunch bunch will have a sunset cruise on Lake Harris on Aug. 19. Boaters should meet at the clubhouse at 5:30 p.m. for a light picnic followed by the cruise.

The “Last Friday Social” is Aug. 28 at the clubhouse. A social begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30. Cost is $10 a person. Members and guests must preregister by calling 352-533-8398.

Guests are welcome to the events.

For club membership or clubhouse rental, call 352-533-8398 or visit triangleboatclub.com.

Eye Opener Tour

New Vision for Independence, a nonprofit that provides assistance and training for blind and visually impaired people in Lake and Sumter counties, will offer Eye Opener Tour on Aug. 11.

The free event is a 45-minute experiential tour of the services that help people of all ages overcome vision loss. Tours are offered at noon the second Tuesday of every month at its office, in Lake Hall Room 104, 9501 U.S. Highway 441 (Lake-Sumter State College), Leesburg.

Light refreshments will be served.

To schedule a tour go to newvisionfl.org/eyeopener.

Donate for hospice

The Hospice Hope Chest, a nonprofit resale shop at 315 N. Donnelly St. in Mount Dora, is operated by Women for Hospice, a fundraising organization for Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care.

The store is closed on Mondays. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The shop will be opened on Mondays beginning Sept. 14.

All proceeds from the store go to patient care at Cornerstone Hospice in Lake and Sumter counties.

Donations can be dropped off at the store during business hours. All donations are tax-deductible and pickup service for large items can be arranged by calling 352-383-5171.

Summer hours

Trout Lake Nature Center, 520 E. County Road 44 Bypass in Eustis, summer hours are 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Saturday and from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays until October.

If the gate is open during closed hours, visitors are welcome to visit the museum and walk the trails.

For more information, call 352-357-7536.

[email protected]

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