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Have a heart -- attend show to benefit companion animals

By Debbie Manis, Orlando Sentinel
McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

June 19--The Johnny Mello Show, which features seven local recording artists performing doo wop, rock 'n' roll and country music, will be held during the Spruce Creek Social Club's Pasta-Fest Aug. 10.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Have A Heart For Companion Animals, Inc.

The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in Spruce Creek Community Center in Summerfield. There will be door prizes, 50-50 drawing, line dancing and more. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Advance tickets are $15 a person and include spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, tea and lemonade. Tickets are available at Audibel Hearing Centers in The Villages, Rainbow Bible & Book Store in Belleview or online at haveaheart.us or call 352-687-1776.

Participants may BYOB.

Participants are encouraged to bring a bag of dry dog or cat food, which will be donated to local rescue groups.

Meetings

--The Highlanders Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will meet at 6 p.m.June 26 in Room A of the Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. Bob and Sue Sippey will present a program about their visit to Superior Hiking Trail and the Grand Portage hiking trail, both in Minnesota.

Participants are encouraged to bring a snack to share and aluminum cans to recycle.

Details: 352-787-8654 or bobbiszoo@embarqmail.com.

--The South Lake 912 Project of Clermont will meet at 7 p.m.June 26 at Clermont City Center, 620 W. Montrose St.Lake County Sheriff Gary Borders will be the speaker.

Participants are encouraged to bring a nonperishable-food item, especially peanut butter, which will be donated to local food pantries.

Details: southlake912project.com.

Cattle Barons' Ball

The Lake Sumter Unit of the American Cancer Society's annual Cattle Barons' Ball is Sept. 27 at Grand Oaks Resort, 3000 Marion County Road in Weirsdale.

This year the unit joined forces with the Marion County team, so they can raise more money. The Harper Family Charitable Foundation Inc. is the presenting sponsor. Proceeds from the "Denim and Diamonds" event benefit the Cancer Society's Hope Lodge in Gainesville.

To reserve tickets or tables, sponsorship packages or donate items for auction, call 863-688- 2326, Ext. 5505 or email Mary.Church@cancer.org.

Brain fitness class

An eight-week brain fitness class to help people with mild cognitive impairment or early to moderate dementia will be offered at the Brain Gym Academy for Seniors at Waterman Village, 500 Waterman Ave., Mount Dora.

Participants will learn how to improve brain function, work on attention and memory, brain nutrition, elevation of mood and coping with challenges of memory impairment.

The classes will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon or 2 to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays beginning July 14. Textbook is $25. Donations will be accepted.

For more information or to register, call 352-383-0051, Ext. 313.

Free social services

The Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St., offers free social services every Tuesday.

Representatives from Access Florida offer one-on-one assistance with applying for Medicaid, food-stamp and temporary cash assistance from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Trained SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) volunteers are available from 10 a.m. to noon to provide information and counseling on Medicare, Medigap and long-term care options for people 65 and older.

Details: 352-728-9790.

'Wings and Wildflowers'

Lake County will have its third annual "Wings and Wildflowers Festival" set for Oct. 3-5 at Venetian Gardens in Leesburg. Vendors will be located outside and inside the community center.

Spaces available for rent will include 10-by-10-foot and 10-by-20-foot and cost from $50 to $200. Exhibitor and food vendor applications must be received by 5 p.m.Aug. 8.

Sponsorship levels range $250 to $2,000. The deadline for sponsorships is 5 p.m.July 5.

The festival will feature field trips in birding hotspots and wildflower havens and bring some of the nation's top birding, wildflower and nature experts to the area. This year's keynote speakers include Greg Miller, the inspiration behind the film "The Big Year"; Stacy Tornio, editor of the birding and gardening publication "Birds & Blooms"; and author Roger L. Hammer, who served as the director of Castellow Hammock Nature Center in Miami.

For more information or to fill out an application online, visit wingsandwildflowers.com or call 352-742-3918.

dmanis@tribune.com

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