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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.

JULY

Sales Tax Holidays:
August 1 - August 3
*Back to School
September 19-21
*Energy Star and
WaterSense products.

Elementary and Middle School FCAT scores are in.

It is closer than you think!! For the 2014-15 school year, students will return to school on Monday, August 18, 2014, which is two weeks before Labor Day. Most school districts in Florida start at this time.

THIS IS THE LITTLE LEAGUE WEEKEND - Help is still needed for Apopka LL sponsoring the weekend of July 17-20, for the Southeast Region Tournament of the Intermediate 50/70 level, which is made up of youngsters ages 12 and 13. Total cost approximately $20,000 and so far, unless it rains, it has been raised. Sponsorship levels are available of $3000, $1500 and $350 with certain perks applicable to level. Other expenses are coolers and ice for each team’s dugout each game, programs, signage for sponsors, and scoreboards. Any and all help would be appreciated. Please call Tom Michael at 407-257-0767. Approximately 500 families expected to be here. Success in hosting this event will bode well for the future.
Northwest Recreation Complex, 3710 Jason Dwelley Parkway, Apopka.

FRIDAY, JULY 18 • SATURDAY, JULY 19 • SUNDAY JULY 20

Welcome to Apopka!
We hope you enjoy your stay.
Intermediate 50/70 level LL Games at NW Recreation Complex for Southeastern Region Tournament. 8 states represented, approximately 500 families.

SUNDAY JULY 20


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.

The Apopka Elks Lodge 2422 BINGO Night: Doors open at 6:00 p.m., with early-bird games starting at 6:30 p.m. Regular games will start at 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 407-886-1600 or email apopkaelks@aol.com.

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, JULY 21

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 407-880-3855 or 407-880-9595 or visit www.Apopkatoastmasters.org

Belly Dance class: 7:00 p.m. - Fran Carlton Center, 11 N. Forest Avenue, Apopka. Call 407-703-1784 for more information.

TUESDAY, JULY 22

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

NEW Dominoes group. The group meets on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. and continues until around lunchtime. There is no fee to play and the center will provide the dominoes. This is for FUN only and is not sanctioned or tournament play. If you or someone you know would like to play dominoes, please plan to join the group at Fran Carlton Center on each Tuesday. Call 407-703-1631 for info.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 23


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: 9:30 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: 9:30 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 Gold 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.

THURSDAY, JULY 24

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.

Apopka 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.

Girl Scout Leaders Needed. Adult recruitment event will be held July 24 from 6:30-8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 201 S. Park Ave., Apopka. Registration for girls will be August 28. Anyone over 18 will qualify, pending registation and a background check. Meeting days, times and frequency are flexible. There are other volunteer opportunities, as well. Information about troops, steps to become a leader, volunteer resources, etc. will be available. For more info, contact Lisa Martin at 407-777-0682 or apopkags@gmail.com

UPCOMING EVENTS

(2) LANDSCAPE SEMINARS - Florida-friendly landscaping given by City of Apopka and UF IFAS, July 24, 7-8:30 pm, Fran Carlton Center, 11 N Forest Ave., and July 31, 7-8:30 pm at NW Recreation Complex Administration Bldg, 3710 Jason Dwelley Parkway.

NEW TAX RATE(?) - City of Apopka, July 30, 5:15 pm, for first of three votes on the proposed tax rate, as required by State law. Next two meetings: September 3 and then September 17. Two budget workshops will be held in August. To be held in City Council Chambers. Call 407-703-1700 for info.

Foliage Sertoma Club may present (4) Apopka pageants, Cutie Pie, Little Miss Apopka, Miss Pre-Teen and Miss Teen Apopka, on DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED. HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FALL. Applications are available at offices of The Planter & The Apopka Chief, 400 N. Park Ave., Apopka City Hall, 120 E. Main St., Fran Carlton Center, 11 N. Forest Ave., and can be downloaded at www.foliagesertoma.com. Call 407-886-2777 for info.

ONGOING EVENTS

Sertoma Club. NO meetings during July. Normally meets the first and 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.

City Council, first Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., and third Wednesday, at 8 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.

GFWC Apopka Woman’s Club - to meet the 3rd Tuesday each month, beginning in September. Watch for information for Members’ Tea to be held August 24.

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.

Truck Round-Up: First Thursday of month 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., at Kit Land Nelson Park. Along with food trucks, there is usually a live performance by local artist. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/ApopkaFoodTruckRoundUp.

Kiwanis Club of Apopka: Meets 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7 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. For info, contact Jim Martin 407-461-8926.

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: Members continue to collect old cell phones for the Sheriff’s Department and used toner cartridges for Habitat for Humanity. Call 407-886-5023 for pick up.

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 JULY There are demolition/rebuild homes scheduled to be worked on in Apopka. Go to www.habitat-apopka.volunteerhub.com and register for 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 continues to seek qualified home owners-to-be. For more information, contact Gayle Fleming, director of Family Services, at gleming@HabitatSeminoleApopka.org.

“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.

Apopka Events For July 18-24, 2014
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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.