Clermont Police Department will participate in the 16th annual "Kicks 4 Guns" program throughout Central Florida from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday while supplies last at Stormy Hill Harley-Davidson, 2480 S. U.S. Highway 27.
Citizens can anonymously swap their unwanted guns for a Wal-Mart gift card for shoes or merchandise.
The annual buyback started in Orlando as a joint event with Central Florida Crimeline, which exchanges crime tips for cash, and Real Radio 104.1. In the past years, it has grown into a communitywide event with local law-enforcement agencies sponsoring their own Kicks 4 Guns events.
Last year, 1,065 guns were collected across Central Florida, 43 were illegal and nine stolen. In Clermont, 54 guns, including some that were illegal, were collected.
The Friends of the Astor Library will have a book fair, baked goods and yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 13 at the library, 54905 Alco Road.
Vendor spaces are available for $5. To reserve a space, call Sue Pierce at 352-759-2620.
Membership renewal for members of the Friends of the Astor Library also is due. New members also may join. Dues are $5 for one person or $10 family. A lifetime membership is $100.
•The Institute of Positive Living Inc. Positive Thinkers Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at 1010 East Ave., Clermont.
•The North Lake Tea Party meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of every month at Tavares Civic Center, 100 E. Caroline St.
Former CIA officer Gary Berntsen and a member of Concerned Veterans for America will speak at the Aug. 20 meeting.
Health education programs
Florida Hospital Waterman will host the following free educational program:
•Dr. Vrej Manoogian, an orthopedic surgeon, will present "Bone and Ligament Sparing Total or Partial Knee Replacement" at 1 p.m. Aug. 22 at Hampton Inn and Suites, 11727 N.E. 63rd Drive, Lady Lake.
• Dr. Donald Perry, an orthopedic surgeon, will present "Aging and Arthritis: New Concepts in Joint Replacement" at 1 p.m. Aug. 28 in the Mattison Conference Center at Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares, 1000 Waterman Way (off U.S. Highway 441).
Seating is limited. Reservations are required by calling 352-253-3635.
The Central Florida Obedience Dog Club will start a Beginning Basic Obedience and Rally classes Sept. 8 inside the 448 Community Club Building, 16024 County Road 448, Tavares.
Preregistration is required. For details and registration forms, visit cfodcinc.com or call 352-742-4442.
Expo for babies, toddlers
The Marion County Public Library system will present its third "Ready to Read: Zero to Three Community Expo" for parents and caregivers of infants to age 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 23 at the library's headquarters, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala.
The free expo, funded by the Friends of the Ocala Public Library, will offer helpful tips to provide a healthy and stimulating learning environment for infants and toddlers. Presentations on water safety and baby sign language. Activities will include learning stations and exhibits, experts from local agencies, activity tables, live entertainment, free books and door prizes.
There also will be baby and toddler yoga taught by local instructor Carmen Sanchez and sing-along with the Earthlings. Visitors can tour the children's division of the library's headquarters and "Tot Spot."
For more information, call 352-671-8551, or visit library.marioncountyfl.org.
Lake-Sumter State College Foundation and the college's athletics department will host its 16th annual Athletics Golf Classic at Arlington Ridge golf course in Leesburg on Sept. 19. Golfers of all levels are welcome. Proceeds will benefit LSSC student-athletes and the athletic program.
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8:30.
The cost is $125 per golfer and includes a day of golf, a custom golf shirt, a goody bag and beverages and lunch catered by Oakwood Smokehouse. Space is limited.
Sponsorships are available, as well as donations of promotional items for the goody bags.
Details and registration: 352-323-3645 or 352-365-3518.Copyright © 2015, CT Now