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YOU ARE THERE: TV producer and writer Charlie Grinker explores the turbulent 1930s—the Great Depression, the march toward World War II, the golden era of film, the advent of television—in a presentation from 2-4pm Thursday, Dec. 13, at Black Box Theater, Clermont Performing Arts Center, 3700 S. Highway 27. Visit clermontpac.com for tickets.
SIT BACK, RELAX, AND ENJOY THE SHOW: This month is a great time to take a break from holiday shopping and see some light-hearted shows being offered by local community theater groups. Melon Patch Theatre in Leesburg is showcasing “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) through Dec. 16; Sonnentag Theatre in
GO TO THE SOURCE: Here’s another entry in the farm-to-table craze: Root & Branch Bistro & Bar, 1200 Oakley Seaver Drive, Unit 102, Clermont. On their website, the owners promise to offer fresh, classic bistro fare that is locally sourced: produce and meats from farms within a 200-mile radius, and fish caught in local waters. See rootandbranchbistroandbar.com.
GET TO CHURCH: For fanatics, running is like a religion. So what better way to start a Sunday morning than with a good run? The seventh annual Mount Dora Half Marathon and 5K event is scheduled for 7am Sunday, Dec. 16, starting at Elizabeth Evans Park, 100 N. Donnelly St. For registration information, go to mountdorahalfmarathon.com.
Mount Dora is featuring “Mary Poppins” until Dec. 15; Bay Street Players in Eustis and Moonlight Players Theatre in Clermont are both showing “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show,” through Dec. 16; and Tavares Theater Inc. is featuring “She Loves Me, The Musical” through Dec. 16.
STORING THOSE DECORATIONS: Wish you could enter and exit your attic safely to store Christmas items? Villager Ron Brunner’s locally owned company, Majic Stairs, offers motorized, retractable, aluminumconstructed stairs with protective handrails that are popular in The Villages. Instead of a pull-down cord, the stairs go up and down with the push of a button and they retract flush with the ceiling. Call 352.255.1390 to learn more or visit majicstairsinc.com.
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