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**Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce, 180 E. Main St., Apopka. For more info, call 407-886-1441.
*(OCLS) Orange County Public Library North Orange Branch Address: 1211 E. Semoran Boulevard, Apopka 436 (Semoran) and Thompson Road. www.ocls.info. To reserve a space, call 407-835-7323.

FEBRUARY

REMEMBER - check both ways before taking off. Make sure all children are accounted for as they walk to school.

City of Apopka’s Northwest Recreation Complex, 3200 Jason Dwelley Parkway, Apopka 32712, 407-703-1784. On any given weekend, you can see many, many families in attendance at the complex participating in various organized sport programs, Amenities at the complex include: Soccer Fields, Softball Fields, Baseball Fields, Multi-Purpose Fields, Sand Volleyball Courts, Outdoor Basketball Courts, Tennis Courts, Walking Trail, Amphitheater, Playground, Concession Stands

SATURDAY, JANUARY 31

Fish Fry Fundraiser for Wolf Lake Elementary teacher injured in air boat accident and presently hospitalized, to be held from 2-6 p.m., at the Rock Springs Bar and Grill located at 4939 Rock Springs Road, Apopka. $10 donation includes fish fry basket and a door prize ticket. In addition, there will also be raffles.

AHS Drama Dept. will perform 2 public performances of Craig Sodaro”s “Just Like Us” at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at AHS. This play is about differences and acceptance. This is a class project for the Drama 3 and 4 honors class at AHS.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1

Beginning Racewalking Program: 8:05 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., at the Orange County Parks’ Magnolia Park, 2929 Binion Rd., Apopka. The program is for people age 12 and older, and is free. Pre-registration is required by calling 407-886-4231. For park information, visit www.orangecountyparks.net.

F.U.S.I.O.N. Children’s Club: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., at The First Baptist Church of Apopka. Activities include Bible study, craft time, and singing for ages 5 years through 5th grade. For more information, call First Baptist, 407-886-2628.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2

Beginning Racewalking Program: 5:00 p.m. - 5:55 p.m., at the Orange County Parks’ Magnolia Park, 2929 Binion Rd., Apopka. The program is for people age 12 and older, and is free. Pre-registration is required by calling 407-886-4231. For park information, visit www.orangecountyparks.net.

TOPS Chapter #114: Weigh-in is 6:45 p.m., and the meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. Take Off Pounds Sensibly. TOPS Club, Inc. is a non-profit, noncommercial weight-loss support organization. Meetings are currently held at Radiant Life Church, 3151 Clarcona-Ocoee Rd. For information, please call 407-312-0849, or go to www.tops.org.

Toastmasters: Every Monday, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., in the **Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce building. For more information, call 407-880-9595 or visit www.Apopkatoastmasters.org

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3

Walk and Talk: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., at Magnolia Park. Call 407-886-4231 for more information.

NEW: Chair-Based Fitness Class, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 a.m., at Fran Carlton Center, 11 N Forest Avenue, and sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation and the Senior Resource Alliance of Florida. This class will focus on mobility, balance and range of motion. Call 407-703-1631 for information.

Art Class: 9:00 a.m., at the Fran Carlton Center, 11 N. Forest Ave., Apopka. For more information, call and leave message for Nancy McDonald at 407-703-1631.

Foliage Sertoma Club normally meets the first and the third Tuesday of the month at 11:45 noon, at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in The Back Room, 1410 Rock Springs Rd., Apopka. To reserve space for luncheon, call by the Friday before, or for information, call 407-889-5305. Speaker to be announced.

NEW: Orange County Great Gardener Program, 6 weeks series, Tuesdays: February 3, 10, 17 and 24, March 3 and 10, from 6-9 p.m., $50 per person, register at http://gardenflorida.eventbrite.com. This series will cover topics from plant identification, landscape maintenance, garden pests and diseases, vegetable gardening, fruit trees and more. Books and publications provided to each participant. UF/IFAS Extension Service Orange County, 6021 S. Conway Rd., Orlando 32812. Call 407-254-9200 for info.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4

TOPS Chapter #646. Take Off Pounds Sensibly meeting begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 10:30 a.m. TOPS Club, Inc. is a non-profit, noncommercial weight-loss support organization. Meetings are held at Compass Community Church, 9635 Bear Lake Road, Apopka. Call 407-884-7889 for more information.

Cards & Bridge: 10:00 a.m. for SENIORS. Come and join the fun, or bring in some friends and start your own. Call 407-703-1631 for information.

Crafts & Chatter and Board Games: 10:00 a.m. for SENIORS. This is an informal gathering of senior adults who enjoy playing board games or creating projects. Call 407-703-1631 for information.

Tiny Tales - Rhyme Time for You and Baby: At 10:15 a.m., lasts approximately 15 min. every Wed. For infants birth to 18 months, OCLS North Orange Branch.*

Toddler Time: At 10:45 a.m., every Wed., Especially for children ages 18 to 36 months and lasts approximately 20 minutes. OCLS North Orange Branch.*

Storybook Fun for Your Little One: At 11:15 a.m. every Wed. Recommended for children ages three to five. The programs are free and last approximately 30 minutes. OCLS North Orange Branch.*

Zumba Silver for Seniors, 1:00 p.m. Fran Carlton Center, 11 N Forest Avenue. Free, fun, dance-type class that is slower-paced than traditional Zumba classes . Call 407-703-1741 for information.

City Council, first Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., and third Wednesday, at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 120 E. Main St., Apopka. All meetings open to the public. Subject to change with notice. For info., call City Clerk 407-703-1704. Meeting time for 3rd Wednesday has been CHANGED to 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5

Walking Club: SENIORS 8:00 a.m. City of Apopka. Will meet at Magnolia Park. Call 407-886-4231 for information.

Exercise Class for seniors, 9 p.m., Fran Carlton Center, 11 N Forest Avenue, Apopka. Call 407-703-1784 for info.

Rotary Luncheon Meeting, 12:00 Noon, at the Florida Hospital Apopka, Community Room, 201 N. Park Avenue. Speaker to be announced. Call 407-880-0335 for information.

Karate Class for seniors, 6 p.m., Fran Carlton Center, 11 N Forest Avenue, Apopka. Call 407-703-1784 for info..

Motorcycle Night: 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at Porkie’s BBQ, 256 E. Main St., Apopka. Every Thursday night will feature drawings, prizes, trophies and just plain showing off. For information, call 407-880-3351.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival and Birdapalooza, Apopka, February 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Magnolia Park, 2929
S. Binion Rd., Apopka. Purpose is to promote ecotourism of the Lake Apopka area. Various tours available. Check out www.birdapalooza.com or call District 2 Commissioner Bryan Nelson’s office at 407-836-585- or 407-836-5919.

Sertoma Swings Dance Party, February 14, Apopka Community Center/VFW, 519 S Central Avenue, 6:30-9:30 p.m., featuring music from the 1930s, 40s and 50s. $20 ticket includes hors d’oeuvres, with a cash bar. Tickets can be purchased at The Apopka Chief or online at foliagesertoma.com.

Old Florida Outdoor Festival February 14-15, 2015, at Northwest Recreation Complex at the Apopka Amphitheater, 3710 Jason Dwelley Parkway, Apopka, FL. Montgomery Gentry Band will take the stage at 7 p.m., Saturday, February 14, and Joe Nichols will take the stage at 4:30 p.m., for a concert
Sunday, February 15. For tickets and info, visit website: www.OldFloridaOutdoorFestival.com

FREE Apopka Citizens Public Safety Academy classes to begin on February 26, 2015, and will meet every Thursday at 6:30 p.m., for two hours for 10 weeks. This year, a driving course will be included along with police and fire instruction on Patrol, Special Investigations, Special Response Team, Emergency Response Team, Crime Scene, TAC, CPR, Fire Safety and several others. Contact APD Community Policing Officer, Cindy Hall, 407-703-1771. Applications must be returned by February 2, 2015.

5K, 10K Runs at Wekiwa Springs State Park, February 28. Signups have begun for the 28th Annual Real Florida 5k and 10k run. All proceeds go to fund projects in the park. Run is held within a state park and off road. One of the oldest continuously run races in the state. Register online at the Trust’s website www.wwt-cso.com

ONGOING EVENTS

Florida District 31 State Rep. Jennifer Sullivan will meet with constituents at Apopka City Hall. Contact Rep. Sullivan’s office at 352-742-6275 for February’s meeting time and date.

NWOC FFA Alumni - Everyone interested in FFA is encouraged to be involved as there is much to discuss at monthly meetings about the new year. For meeting information, contact nwocffaa@gmail.com

Apopka Food Truck Roundup usually first Thursday night of month, 5:30-9:00 p.m., Kit Land Nelson Park, 10 N. Forest Avenue.

The Apopka Elks Lodge 2422 meets first and third Tuesdays of month, 201 W. Orange. For more information, call 407-886-1600 or email apopkaelks@aol.com.

GFWC Apopka Woman’s Club - to meet the 3rd Tuesday each month, beginning in September.

Apopka Garden Club - to meet the 1st Wednesday each month, beginning in September through May.

Foliage Garden Club - to meet the 1st Thursday each month, beginning in September through June.

Kiwanis Club of Apopka: Meets 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m., at the Sweetwater Golf and Country Club, 2700 Sweetwater Country Club Drive. The chartered Key Club at Apopka High School has been established with Enid Meadows as facilitator.

Music at Magnolia recorder classes begin on Mondays from 3:30-4:15 p.m. and intermediate classes are held on Wednesdays 11:15 a.m.-noon and 2:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m. at 2929 S. Binion Rd. (Hwy 437), Apopka. The classes are open to all ages. The cost is $2 per person per class. If you are a novice, or are interested in learning to play the recorder, call 407-886-4231.

City of Apopka Planning & Zoning - usually the second Tuesday of the month. 5:01 p.m. City Council Chambers, City Hall, 120 E. Main St., Apopka. All meetings open to the public. Subject to change with notice. For info., call David Moon, 407-703-1739.

Bridge Games and Classes: Every Monday and Friday morning at 9:15 a.m., at the Lake County Duplicate Bridge Club, 510 W. Key Ave., Eustis. Learn or play the most popular and talked about card game in the world. Newcomers are always welcome. For more serious and experienced players, games are held Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons at 1:15 p.m. For more information, call 352-315-9934 or visit lakeduplicate.com.

Hospital Health Course Offered: The Living Healthy Program at Florida Hospital Apopka designed to help those with chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes, cancer and more. Call 407-625-7048 to learn more about free chronic disease self-management courses.

Zellwood Garden Club, If interested in touring the historic Stetson Mansion in Deland, a deposit iof $20 is now due for the February trip. For info, contact Donna Korb at 407-814-3704 or email Donnak886@aol.com. Those going will be carpooling from the Zellwood Community Center, and should have signed up by January 19.

Zellwood Garden Club: Now meets the third Tuesday of the month, 9:30 a.m., at the Zellwood Community Center, 3120 Union St., Zellwood. Call Donna at 407-814-3704 for info.

Collection of Old Eye Glasses: The Apopka Chief & The Planter office is collecting old eye glasses for the Lions Club. For information, call 407-886-2777.

Computer Classes in both English and Spanish: Available daily or weekly at OCLS North Orange Branch.* Classes are: Computer Basics, Excel, Word Resume Writing, Email for Seniors, ELLIS English Lab, Word, Online Job Searches, Power Point, Internet, Open Lab, How to use a mouse and keyboard, etc. Call OCLS North Orange Branch* for more details.

Habitat Volunteers: Sign up to finish a Habitat project during the month of FEBRUARY. There are demolition/rebuild homes scheduled to be worked on. Go to www.habitat-apopka.volunteerhub.com and register for an event. If you are new, register by clicking on the right, and sign up for Covenant Place. We need help hanging doors, installing trim, prep for painting, landscaping, and cleaning for occupancy! Call 407-880-8881 or 407-696-5855 to sign up for information on assisting Covenant Place.

Habitat for Humanity F.U.N. (Fixin’ Up the Neighborhood) has partnered with Orange County to provide 20 homeowners in the Plymouth area of Apopka the chance to receive minor exterior home repairs and painting but needs more painters to reach its goal between now and February 21. To join, go to http//cm2apopka.neworg.com/default.asp?pagenum=6 and sign up. Call 407-696-5855 ext. 2106 for more info.

“Open Heart Kitchen”: The Golden Years Senior Ministry of St. Paul AME Church will sponsor a soup kitchen, on the third Monday of every month, from noon-4:00 p.m., at the Church at 1012 S. Park Ave., Apopka. For more information, call 407-889-4464.

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**Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce, 180 E. Main St., Apopka. For more info, call 407-886-1441.

*(OCLS) Orange County Public Library North Orange Branch Address: 1211 E. Semoran Boulevard, Apopka 436 (Semoran) and Thompson Road. www.ocls.info. To reserve a space, call 407-835-7323.