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Rekindle Your Pioneer Spirit! Discover Yesterday Today

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 1:59 am

Make plans now to visit the Barberville Pioneer Settlement for two of the areas most unique cultural events. Fire and Ice establishes a new twist on the Barberville Pioneer Settlement’s Annual Open House. This combination Chili Cook Off and Ice Cream Churn Off is billed as the “coolest hottest event ever” and for just $3.00 per person the public is invited to be the judges. $5.00 to enter the contest

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  • Homes In Partnership, Inc.

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 8:40 am

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    Homes In Partnership, Inc. (HIP) is a community based organization specializing in providing affordable housing for very low to moderate income families.  The mutual self-help housing program that began in Apopka, Florida has evolved into one of the premier organizations of its kind in the Southeastern United States.  Its mission is to provide safe decent affordable housing to low income families and to improve the economic condition of the communities

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  • The Beaded Garden

    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 1:10 am

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    New in the Oxford area! The Beaded Garden has moved from the Baylee Plaza in Summerfield to the Oxford Professional Plaza located at 10889 N. US Hwy 301, Suite 2, Oxford, FL 34438 – 352.748.1185. We are a full service bead shop, fulfilling all your bead needs! Every item is hand picked with an assurance of fine quality, great value and excellent customer service. We have many classes for all

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Master Gardener Classes

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 1:24 am

Do you have a passion for gardening? Do you like working with children and helping them learn where their food comes from? Would you like to give back to the community in a significant way? Then becoming a UF/IFAS Sumter County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer might be just what you have been dreaming about. A new master gardener training class begins on September 3, 2014 and continues every week through

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  • Second Chance at Florida Forest Service Pile Burner Course!

    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 1:23 am

    The Florida Forest Service and UF-IFAS Extension at Sumter County will be conducting a Certified Pile Burner’s Course on Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 8:00am to 5:00pm at the West Central Florida Agriculture Center in Bushnell, FL (Sumter County Fairgrounds). This course will allow a landowner to burn piles legally, safely, and efficiently. When the weather is dry, certified pile burners will receive priority for authorization to burn. Also certified

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  • Craft Bazaar

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 1:14 am

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    Continental Country Club will hold their 1st Annual Craft Bazaar Friday, October 31 & Saturday November 1 – 8AM – 2PM at Route 44, Wildwood – Just East Of Brownwood. Outside vendor spaces available – Inside spaces sold out! For information call Joan at 352-330-0398.

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Let’s Go Racing!

Posted on August 17, 2014 at 1:06 am

CM Box Car Racing and the City of Groveland are teaming up to bring soap box derby racing to Lake County. We are approved to hold races on Wilson Lake Parkway. The first race will be September 27, 2014. There are three divisions: stock cars for ages 7-14; super stocks for ages of 10-21; and masters for the more experienced driver also from 10-21 years old. We are hoping to

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  • South Sumter Girls Softball Registration

    Posted on August 15, 2014 at 1:40 am

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    South Sumter Girls Softball will be having Fall Ball registration on: Wed. 8-20; Fri 8-22; Mon. 8-25; Fri. 8-29; & Wed 9-3-14.  Registration will be from 5:30pm till 7:30pm, by the softball concession stand at the Kenny Dixon Sports Complex. Fall Ball fee will be $30 per player. The ages for Fall Ball are any girls 5 years old through 16 years old. For further information please email: shiann2000@hotmail.com

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  • Sumter’s 2nd Annual Tagged Fish Contest Begins

    Posted on August 1, 2014 at 9:50 am

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    Sumter County’s annual “Catch General Sumter” tagged fish contest began at midnight, July 7th. The top prize is $10,000. The contest is hosted by the Sumter County Board of County Commissioners and the Sumter County Tourism Development Council and administered by a local multimedia production and promotion company, Tangent Media. The contest, which runs through April 30, 2015, takes place on Lake Panasoffkee and seeks to bring tourism dollars to

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Lifestyles

The Refuge At Jumper Creek

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 1:17 am

Residents are in need of toilet paper, laundry detergent, bleach, diapers, large new bottles of shampoo and conditioner, trash bags, nonperishable food for food bank and resalable items for yard sale. Contact Donna Fruzia at 568-8400. PLEASE CALL BEFORE BRINGING ITEMS TO DONATE. Thank you Sumter County for all your prayers and support!

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  • Haven of Lake & Sumter

    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 1:16 am

    Haven of Lake and Sumter Counties offers crisis intervention and emergency shelter for domestic and sexual violence victims and their minor children. Client Interventionist Angela Kahan will gladly assist with individual or group counseling, assistance in filing for victims comp, counseling for exposed children and parenting classes for parents and caregivers. Our satellite office is located at 2748 N CR 470, Lake Panasoffkee, Fl 33538. All resources provided are available

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  • VIP Support Groups

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 1:15 am

    New Vision for Independence is committed to excellence in providing rehabilitation, community education, and support services for people with low vision or blindness and their families to promote independence, acceptance, and self-confidence. VIP Support Groups: THE VILLAGES – 1:00 pm – 1st Thursday at Bridgeport Recreation Ctr. (across from Arnold Palmer). Contact: George @ 352-751-1166. SUMTER COUNTY – 11:30 am – 2nd Monday. Meets at various restaurants. Contact: Detta @352-399-2445

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Entertainment

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Choral Club Invites New Members

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 1:05 am

The Mid Florida Lakes Choral Club is preparing their Christmas performance and would welcome new members. Located at the Mid Florida Lakes Mobile Home Park, Hwy #44 in Leesburg. The chorus rehearses on Wednesdays from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. in the large hall of the clubhouse and  performs there also. The group also sings at nursing homes and civic events. Reading music is not a necessity, but the joy of

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  • Rekindle Your Pioneer Spirit! Discover Yesterday Today

    Posted on August 17, 2014 at 1:03 am

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    Make plans now to visit the Barberville Pioneer Settlement for two of the areas most unique cultural events. Fire and Ice establishes a new twist on the Barberville Pioneer Settlement’s Annual Open House. This combination Chili Cook Off and Ice Cream Churn Off is billed as the “coolest hottest event ever” and for just $3.00 per person the public is invited to be the judges. $5.00 to enter the contest

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  • 1st Biannual Bondocks K-9 Festival

    Posted on August 15, 2014 at 1:28 am

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    The one day event is expected to attract visitors bringing family fun for everyone with bounce houses, face painting, games, and tons of family activities things to amuse all ages, August 30, 2014. Admission is free! Activities start at 9:00 am and it will be an all day event at West Cr-48, across the street from Walmart and beside Lickity Split Ice Cream at Bushnell, Florida. For information call our

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