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Food giveaway

A USDA food giveaway will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on the first and third Wednesday of every month. The distribution will be at the Lake Panasoffkee United Methodist Church ( Church of the Fishermen). 

A limited number of packages are available on a first-come, first- serve basis. The church is located at 589 N C.R. 470 in Lake Panasofffkee. Please call 352-793-3438 for more information.

The new food pantry hours to help serve the Lake Panasoffkee and Sumterville area are: 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  on  Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Humane Society event

The Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County will be hosting a special dual celebratory event on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at their shelter in Lake Panasoffkee. 

This year marks their 35th anniversary proudly serving Sumter County's animals in need. In addition, they will be celebrating Earth Day with many "green" activities such as meeting local wildlife rehabilitators and animals, free educational information of the many Florida native animal and plant species and how to experience Florida's beautiful environment provided by FWC, UF/IFAS Sumter County Extension Residential Horticulture Agent Jim Davis, UF/IFAS Sumter County Master Gardeners, FL Native Plant Society/Sumter Chapter, Shady Oaks Gather All Nursery, Nature Coast CISMA and more exhibitors. Native plants, food, music, shelter tours and demos will provide visitors many ways to enrich our community.

This Earth Day/35th Anniversary event will also be host to multiple recycling opportunities such as a Book Swap, where people can bring any donated books, emphasizing themes of animals/nature/travel and have the opportunity to receive free books in return.

"It's as simple as 'bring a book, take a book' in order to recycle and share throughout our community" Fundraising/PR Chairperson, Claudia Labbe, explained. "Other book topics are also welcome but the main theme is to keep with animals, the environment, nature and travel throughout our beautiful planet" she added. If someone does not bring any books, they may make a donation for ones they wish to get at the book swap. In addition to the book swap, there will many items available in a yard sale. 

Any items which remain after the event will be donated to assist local charity thrift stores.

For those who wish to repurpose their used pet items (leashes, harnesses, crates, beds, towels, litter boxes, etc.), they can be brought on Earth Day and receive a tax receipt on the spot. 

Aluminum cans, used ink cartridges, old cell phones and tablets will be accepted for recycling as well to assist in the HS/SPCA's fundraising/recycling efforts. 

 

Voices for Children

Voices For Children of North Central FL, Inc. 

will have its quarter auction and dinner at Central Ridge Community Center, Beverly Hills, on June 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. Ticket cost for the event is $35 per person.

Dinner is supplied by Harry's Seafood Bar and Grill, The Breakfast Station, Cinnamon Sticks and Mama's Country Kitchen.  Many gift cards, baskets, jewelry, home goods, handbags and Event certificates to be offered in quarter and live auctions from local and area businesses as well as state amusement parks, all in support of the Guardian ad Litem program and the children represented by Guardians in the Dependency court system. 

 

Sports cards

The Villages Sports Card & Collectible Club Show and Sale is set for April 15 in the Villages Colony Cottage Recreation Center.

The 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. event will offer more than 70 tables featuring sports cards and memorabilia items from all sports and at affordable prices. There’s a possibility that a major league baseball personality will be available for autograph signing.

There will also be free sports cards grab bags for boys and girls sixteen years of age or younger. There will also be skill games offering a chance to win more prizes.

Colony Cottage is located at the corner of Morse Boulevard and County Road 466-A, in The Villages. For additional information, contact Stu Sachs at 352-751-7899.

Republican Club

The Republican Club of Sumter County will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at the Sumterville Community Center located at 2427 C.R. 522 just off 301.  One of our county commissioners will be our guest speaker.  He is coming to discuss plans for new infrastructure projects throughout the county.  There will be time for questions.  Please come and invite friends and neighbors.  For further information please contact Roger Jones at 352-793-3895.

Earth Day Celebration

The 10th Annual Earth Day Celebration, a partnership activity of the Sumter County School Board and CEMEX, is just around the corner!  The celebration is scheduled for Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the CEMEX Center Hill mine,  on C.R. 48 in Center Hill.  

The event is designed to be a  wonderful day for all ages with the famous Grumpy’ s ice cream providing the sweets and Ring Power supplying, and cooking up, hot dogs.

Meet the birds of prey featured by the Audubon Society or learn to sculpt a sand castle from Sand Lovers sand sculpting classes. There'll also be a "fossil" dig for youth age three years to third grade.

The Florida  OneBlood bloodmobile will be on site and several vendors will be on site, including - the National Wild Turkey Federation’s local chapter, the Sumter County Longbeards,  SunSpot creations, the UF/IFAS Extension Service,  National Resources Conservation Service, Phosphate Research Institute, Florida Native Plant Society, Sumter County Master Gardeners and the Florida Forest Service.

The exhibitors will be sharing useful information on topics that range from water conservation to preventing pollution. 

Make sure to complete your prize passport as you visit exhibitors, for your chance to win door prizes.

The Same in Lame Jazz Ambassadors and Boy Scout Pack 439 will open the event with the Pledge of Allegiance and Star Bangled Banner.  Choral and band groups from South Sumter Middle School, Wildwood Middle High School and Wildwood Elementary School will  perform.

The Sumter Environmental Education Center, the S.E.E.C., is the result of a partnership between the Sumter County School Board and CEMEX.  School children from the area participate in programming at the Center and are involved in habitat restoration projects on the property as they learn about protecting and conserving natural resources.

The event is a non-smoking, no pets venue.

For more information, contact Colleen Strickland at 352-793-2315 X502224 or Colleen.Habhab-Strickland@sumter.k12.fl.us