Have an unwanted firearm? Give it to police for gift card

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.

Bargains galore

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.

Details: 352-759-9913.


•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.

Details: northlaketeaparty.com.

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.

Dog-obedience class