About Our Programs

The Parks and Recreation Department offers an abundance of programs throughout the year for people of all ages and interests. For more information about any of our programs, please call the Parks & Recreation Department at (352) 735-7183.

Santa's Switchboard

We've joined with Mrs. Claus, the elves and the reindeer to make arrangements for Santa Claus to call your little ones, ages 8 and under, from the North Pole headquarters to find out who's been naughty and nice, but you've got to make a reservation!

Fill out and return the form below to the Parks & Recreation Office between Monday, November 7 and Friday, December 2.  Calls will be made on Tuesday, December 6 and Wednesday, December 7, between 5:30pm and 8:00pm, so be waiting by the phone!

Parents are encouraged to give small bits of information about each child so when Santa calls, the conversation is more believable.  Santa should always know who their teacher is, who their best friends are and what their pet's name is. 

For more information please contact the Parks & Recreation Office at (352) 735-7183. 
 Santa's Switchboard Form
  • FREE
  • Ages 8 and under.
  • Forms must be filled out and returned between Monday, November 7 and Friday, December 2.
  • Forms available at the Parks & Recreation Office or by clicking the form to the right.
  • Calls made Tuesday, December 6 and Wednesday, December 7 between 5:30pm and 8:00pm.
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Adult Dance

If you're 16 years of age or older, and you've always wanted to learn to dance, now is the chance to learn from the best instructors in the state. Maggie Noles teaches all forms of dance, so put on your dance shoes and start enjoying the fun of dancing again! Private lessons are available upon request; call (352) 223-9221 for an appointment.
  • Tuesday
  • 7:30 pm: Ballroom
  • 8:30 pm: Latin
  • Mount Dora Community Building
  • $48 for a four-session punch card
  • $96 for an eight-session punch card

Woodcarvers' Club

Do you remember as a kid the first time you tried to carve something? Well, there is a group of people who have learned the skills of woodcarving and are willing to teach others as well. Ralph Rossignol will be instructing the art of woodcarving and can be contacted at (352) 385-0483. Class meets on an ongoing basis.
  • Thursday
  • 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Martin Luther King Center
  • $2.00/class
Woodcarvers' Club

Trash to Treasures Yard Sale
Need more room at Home? Register now to join us in Gilbert Park for an old fashion yard sale. Get rid of your treasures while at the same time helping to raise funds for recreational scholarships for those in need.
  • $15/space
  • Must have a minimum of 7 participants
  • Registration February 1st - March 31st
  •  April 8th
  • 9:00am - 12:00pm
  • Online Registration
Babysitters Training
Are you wanting to start babysitting or are you already babysitting, but you need a little guidance. Well, here's your chance to get all of your questions answered and have a good time while learning the ins and outs of childcare. For more information, contact Jill Santos at (352) 516-0363
  • $65 per person
  • Ages 11 yrs. old - 15 yrs. old
  • Must have a minimum of 7 participants
  • Registration Now - May 5th
  • May 13th
  • 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Mount Dora Community Building Lobby (520 N. Baker St)
  • Online Registration

Senior Club
A new Senior Club is coming to Mount Dora in May 2016. Focused in active seniors, there will be free lunch, games, speakers, arts and crafts and perhaps new friends. Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. For additional information, contact Gina Conway at(352) 729-6394
  • FREE
  • 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every Month
  • 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Martin Luther King Center (803 Florida Ave)

Movie in the Park
Bring the family out and experience Movies in the Park. For more information on the list of movies being shown, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (352) 735-7183. Movies are subject to change.

Donnelly Park (530 N. Donnelly St)
Movies Begin At DUSK!

2016 Movie List

  • November 11th - Movie Cancelled due to Veteran's Day Holiday
  • December 9th - Happy Feet Two (PG)

2017 Movie List

  • January 12th - Jungle Book (PG)
  • February 10th - Brave (PG)
  • March 10th - Finding Dory (PG)
  • April 14th - Ratchet and Clank (PG)
  • May 12th - The Angry Birds Movie (PG)
  • June 9th - The BFG (PG)
  • July 14th - The Secret Life of Pets (PG)
  • August 11th - Moana (PG)
  • September 8th - SING (PG)
  • October 13th - Open Season: Scared Silly (PG)
  • November 10th - Storks (PG)
  • December 8th - Eight Below (PG)