Take advantage of popular events like First Friday Food Trucks in Clermont


It’s the last weekend before school starts, which means back-to-school parties continue this weekend with two big ones in downtown Mount Dora and the Lake Square Mall.

Plus, enjoy popular events such as First Friday Food Trucks in Clermont and First Friday Street Party in Eustis.

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Here is what awaits you:

First Friday Food Trucks

Enjoy an assortment of food, music and craft vendors in historic downtown Clermont on Fridays from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. This event is organized by the Clermont Downtown Partnership and sponsored in part by the City of Clermont.

Check out all the local varieties of food as well as the downtown shops.

Details: clermontdowntownpartnership.com

First Friday street party

Eustis will host their monthly First Friday Street Party on Fridays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy a wide variety of food, vendors and live music, and downtown shops will be open late.

Details: eustis.org

Heart of Florida Youth Ranch Race

Help fight human trafficking by participating in the Heart of Florida Youth Ranch Run at Gator Harley Davidson, 1745 US Highway 441 in Leesburg, Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The event will feature vendors, adult food and drink with live music by Joe Santana.

The cost is $ 10 per person. Kick rises at 4 p.m.

Details: facebook.com/GATORHDFL

Back to school party

Start the school year off right with a Back to School Bash at Lake Square Mall, 10401 US Hwy 441 in Leesburg, Saturdays at 11 a.m.

There will be a distribution of school supplies and a noon back-to-school fashion show hosted by Bella Faire Event Productions.

Then at 1:30 p.m., enjoy a Paw Patrol dance party.

The event is free.

Details: LakeSquareMall.com

Mount Dora back-to-school party

On Saturdays, kids can drop by the Mount Dora Community Center from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and pick up free school supplies, play kids’ games and have family fun before heading back to school.

Enjoy live music from Cat Ridgeway, followed by a special fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

Details: facebook.com/CityofMountDora

First Saturday Bird Watching

Take an early morning walk with bird watcher Bob Wexler to see how many birds you can find at the Trout Lake Nature Center on Saturdays at 8 a.m. Or just come and enjoy the calm of a morning in nature. Dress for Florida outdoor weather and bring binoculars if you have them.

Details: facebook.com/troutlakenaturecenter

Cleaning the shores of Lake Eustis

CleanUp Eustis is organizing its next cleaning event Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Ferran Park in Eustis.

Kayaks or other small craft are required. The goal is to clean up from Ferran Park to the end of the promenade near the community center.

Details: facebook.com/groups/CleanUpEustis

Insect study

We call many animals “insects” which are not insects at all. Insects as pollinators, scavengers, decomposers, prey, and predators all contribute to the cycles of life. Explore this special world with the staff at PEAR Park, 4800 University Ave. in Leesburg, Saturday at 9 a.m.

Details: lakecountyfl.gov/parks


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