- There will be plenty of party hopping in the coming days as the cities of Mount Dora, Tavares & Eustis stagger their Independence Day celebrations. Residents can take in fireworks and parties on three different nights beginning on July 1. Read more
- There's great news for kids in Eustis. The city has started construction of Lake County's newest skate park. The 9,000 square-foot recreational amenity will have plenty of challenging features, including a bowl, ramps and rails. Read more
- Meanwhile, Mount Dora is also upping its game when it comes to kids' recreation. Gilbert Park, the most treasured playground in the city, will have its aging, wooden play fort replaced with something bigger and better this fall. Read more
- Anyone who takes an evening stroll in downtown Mount Dora knows the live music scene is thriving. One of the many exceptional talents is Christina Adinolfi, a relative newcomer that makes everyone take notice. Read more
- Mount Dora has a series of new events during the month of July. The Summer Concert Series will be every Friday night in July with live music ranging from pop and metal to rock and soul. You can find the schedule with the bands and their descriptions here.
- Lake County residents and visitors will likely be able to enjoy a new venue for concerts and other performances. Tavares is looking to build a new Performing Arts Center in one of three locations. The new venue will complement its growing entertainment district. Read more
- There is still time to help our local kids in need as the P B & J Challenge continues through August 1. The goal is to help bridge the hunger gap in summer for children that rely on their school's free or discounted breakfast and lunch program during the school year. Residents, businesses and clubs can easily help by participating in "The P B & J Challenge." Get the details and drop-off locations for peanut butter and jelly here.
- If you want to know what's happening at Mount Dora City Hall and our schools, you can scroll for updates on our "Government" page.
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- A new restaurant, Malecón Mexican Grill, is currently in the build-out stage on Hwy 19 near Eudora Road. The space was previously home to Aladdin's restaurant and Mr. Cerbiche. When menu details and an opening date are available, it will be posted to the Mount Dora Buzz Facebook page.
- Good news for anyone that loves hunting for cool vintage finds. A sprawling new antique mall opened in Eustis. When fully occupied, the large and air-conditioned space can accommodate up to 150 vintage vendors. Currently, it's about 25 percent full. Read more
- Sassy Seconds, a clothing consignment store on Donnelly Street in Mount Dora, recently changed hands. We'll keep you posted if there are any major changes to the store's offerings.
We take no joy in bringing you bad news, so please, don't kill the reluctant messenger. Here are this month's buzz-kills: - Pisco Sour, Mount Dora's Peruvian restaurant, permanently closed its doors downtown in June. The eatery opened last fall in the former space of the popular Lost Parrot and Eduardo's restaurants. - The owners of Double Creek Pottery in Mount Dora decided to close their location next to Maggie's Attic downtown. The store had featured locally made pottery and other artisan gifts. Scroll down for this month's shout-out.
There's no shortage of good deeds and warm fuzzies our local residents bestow on others. This month a shout-out goes to a small Mount Dora business making a big difference in cancer patients' lives. In June, Saving Face Esthetics & Waxing Bar began the "Warrior Wand" program to provide complimentary eyebrow microblading to cancer patients who have lost their brows to chemotherapy. The simple procedure gives patients semi-permanent eyebrows to help restore their confidence. A clearance from a patient's oncologist is required before they can have the procedure. Patients can get more information about the procedure or contact the business here.