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Program on frogs promises to be ribbiting

Frogs are an integral part of the food web and tadpoles keep waterways clean by feeding on algae.

Steve Johnson, associate professor of wildlife ecology and conservation at the University of Florida, will present "Ribbets, Croaks, Tadpoles and Frogs" at the next Trout Lake Nature Center's Friday Night Naturalist program at 6 p.m. Friday.

Johnson will talk about what makes a frog a frog, the unique characteristics of amphibians and discuss the state of amphibian conservation.

The program is free, but donation will be accepted.

Trout Lake is at 520 E. County Road 44 Bypass, Eustis. Details: 352-357-7536.

Country breakfast

The Lake County Shrine Club will serve an all-you-can-eat country-breakfast buffet from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at the club's facility, 424 N. Duncan Drive (State Road 19 south of Tavares).

Cost is $6 and includes juice and coffee.

The public is welcome. Groups of 12 or more need to call in advance. Details: 352-343-2582.

Microsoft Word 2013

Leesburg Public Library will offer a pair of Microsoft Word 2013 classes at the library, 100 E. Main St.

Participants will learn the basics of how to create, edit and print a basic document, spell check, text editor and font manager from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 19 .

The Aug. 21 class will meet from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn how to use Smart Art options, clip art and pictures to make a flier.

Participants should know how to use a mouse and understand the basics of Microsoft Windows for both sessions.

Both classes are free, but pre-registration is required by calling the library 352-728-9790 or email librarian@leesburgflorida.gov.

Book club

Cooper Memorial Library's book club will meet at 5 p.m. Aug. 19 in Room 108B in the library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive, Clermont. The group will discuss "Touch & Go" by Lisa Gardner.

For more information, call 352-536-2275.

Captain prep course

The Triangle Boat Club will host "Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel," a course to prepare applicants for the U.S. Coast Guard captain's license test. The course is being offered through Adams Marine Seminars.

The class will meet Sept. 8-19 in the clubhouse, 12001 U.S. Highway 411 by Dead River in Tavares. Students will meet from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The test, which will be administered by Adams Marine staff, will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 19 at the clubhouse.

The class will include lectures and chart work.

The entry-level license, operator of uninspected passenger vessel, allows a captain to take six or fewer people out in inland waters or as far as 100 miles offshore for a day of fishing or sightseeing.

Cost is $475 for the course and $80 for the exam.

Preregistration is required by visiting adamsmarine.com and click on "registration" or call 1-352-447-1950.

Storytelling at the tea room

The Windsor Rose Restaurant and Tea Room, 142 W. Fourth Ave., downtown Mount Dora will present its 2014 season of storytelling by members of the Storytellers of Central Florida. The free events will be held at 2:30 p.m. on various Tuesdays through Nov. 18.

"Dinner with the Storytellers" will be held at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9.

Storytellers of Central Florida is dedicated to preserving and promoting the art of storytelling.

The schedule includes:

Aug. 26, "Florida Critters" with Pete Abdalla.

Sept. 9 will be announced at a later date.

Oct. 14 with Robin Schulte.

Oct. 28 with Madeline Pots.

Nov. 18 with Kay Pricher and Sue Peterson.

For more information, visit windsorrose-tearoom.com and click on "events" or call 352-735-2551.

Caribbean cruise

Crafts for Cancer, an all-volunteer group that supports the Lake-Sumter Unit of the American Cancer Society, will receive donations for reservations made for the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas, a nine-day southern Caribbean cruise departing Jan. 29 from Port Canaveral to Labadee, Haiti; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Willemstad, Curacao; and Oranjestad, Aruba.

The cost is $986 for an inside cabin; $1,046 for a promenade cabin; $1,116 for ocean-view cabin; and $1,546 for balcony cabin. Prices are based on double occupancy and include round-trip bus transportation (with a minimum of 30 passengers), all government fees and taxes. An initial deposit of $250 a person is required, and the final payment by Oct. 25.

For reservations, call Landseair Travel in Eustis at 352-357-7311.

dmanis@tribune.com

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