Clermont, Mount Dora, The Villages hosting Earth Day events

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Clermont Earth Day 2018. // City of Clermont photos

Saving the planet starts in Clermont and Mount Dora.

The Clermont Earth Day and Lake Cleanup is set for Saturday, April 20, at Lake Hiawatha Preserve, 450 N. Lake Minneola Shores. The city is organizing the free festivities, a news release states. Nationally, Earth Day will be celebrated Monday, April 22.

Bring your family and friends to join this community effort to keep Clermont’s gorgeous lakes pristine, while also learning about how you can be a good steward of the earth.

The lake cleanup kicks off the day from 7:30-10:30am. Prizes will be awarded for most pounds of trash collected, youngest participant, oldest participant, oddest object found, and more. Register for the cleanup at clermontfl.gov/events or the day of the event.

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Clermont Earth Day 2018.

The Earth Day Festival is scheduled from 10am-2pm. Enjoy environmental demonstrations, a kids’ zone, DJ music and entertainment, food, an aerialist performance, and an Easter egg drop.

Event partners and sponsors include Lake County government, Keep Lake Beautiful, Orlando Health South Lake Hospital, Insight Credit Union, Giant Recreation World, Florida Sports Injury and Orthopedic Institute, and McDonald’s restaurant. For information, email mrivera@clermontfl.org or call 352.708.5975.

Meanwhile, Earth Day Mount Dora is scheduled from 9am-3pm Saturday, April 13, at Donnelly Park, 530 N. Donnelly St.

The city will celebrate Earth with live music, exhibits, craft and plant vendors, yoga, a trash-to-trends fashion show, educational workshops, and more. The event is free. The Global Peace Film Festival will show films for a donation in the Donnelly Park building.

For more information, visit mountdoraenvironment.org or contact Janet Gamache at 352.217.2178, ext. 390, or janet.gamache@gmail.com.

The Villages also is hosting an Earth Day event from 9am-noon Wednesday, April 17, at Lake Sumter Landing Market Square, according to a Villages newsletter.

Visitors will be able to speak to master gardeners from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Villages master gardeners, and representatives from the Florida Native Plant Society and Villages Orchid Grower, among others. For more information, call 352.753.1716.

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