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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.

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

Dance Fitness
Chubby Checker’s American Dance Party®- The Fitness industry’s newest cardio dance Class featuring Chubby Checker’s dance music along with songs from other American artists & styles of the 1950’s,`60s,`70s,`80s,Y2K and beyond! For more information contact instructor Marc Fox by e-mail at or s

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 
  • 7:00am - 9:00am
  • Donnelly Park Building
  • $20 Drop-in, $89 monthly or 10 class series $149

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

Chair Yoga
Yoga benefits everyone. Sit on a chair and achieve yoga benefits of flexibility, strength, and balance as well as manage stress. Yoga instructor, Nancy LaPointe, will show you how to integrate modified traditional yoga poses, breathing exercises and relaxing meditation into your daily life to enhance all aspects of your health.
  • Fridays: Beginning June 5th
  • 10:30am - 11:45am
  • Donnelly Park Building (530 N. Donnelly Street)
  • $80/10 visit punch pass; $40/5 visit punch pass; $9 per visit
  • $4 first visit
  • All ages and skill levels welcome

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 March 1st - April 8th
  • April 16th
  • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Chinese Brush Painting
Sumi style painting taught by instructor Jane Moody. Sumi is like a beautiful flowing circle -- the circle of life. Every step of the way is filled with wonderful surprises, you never know how and when it will end. But prepared with the right frame of mind, ink, a good brush and a sturdy hand, you will get fantastic results. For more information, contact instructor Jane Moody at
  • $100/6 week session             
  • Registration Now - October 30th
  • Tuesdays: November 3rd through December 8th
  • Mount Dora Community Building Green Room (Nov. 10th class held in the Donnelly Park Building)
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm

Painting Classes: Fusion Mineral Paint for Furniture

Class 1: Furniture Painting 101 - The basics, preparation to finish. All Supplies included. Each student will take home a finished step stool. Using Fusion Mineral Paint Products.

Class 2: Stenciling & Embossing - All supplies included. Each student will take home a finished angel wing or welcome sign. Using Fusion Mineral Paint Products.

Class 3: Paint As You Are - One on One help for advances students needing to finish their own project using Fusion Mineral Paint Products. Can cover, transferring, antiquing, crackling or any other student questions or concerns. No supplies included.

For more information contact instructor Patty Dando at or
(352) 223-3246
  • Class 1
    • $80 per class
    • Dates offered:
      • September 22nd
      • October 27th
      • December 1st
      • January 5th
  • Class 2
    • $60 per class
    • Dates offered:
      • October 6th
      • November 17th
      • January 12th
  • Class 3
    • $35 per class
    • Dates offered:
      • October 15th
      • November 12th
      • January 12th                         

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 his North Pole headquarters to find out who’s been naughty and nice, but you’ve got to make a reservation!

Pick up a form at the Mount Dora Parks and Recreation Office between Monday, November 9th and Friday, December 4th or click on the link below to download the form. Forms must be submitted no later than Friday, December 4th. Calls will be made on Tuesday, December 8th and  Wednesday, December 9th, between 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm, 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 contact the Parks and Recreation Office at (352) 735-7183.

Santa Switchboard Form 2015

"Stand Taller, Look Better and Live Longer" by Dr. Koch

Dr. Koch, a Chiropractic Physician, teaches his unique exercise system designed to improve posture, increase flexibility, improve aerobic capacity, strengthen core muscles, and strengthen the upper body using light hand weights to exercise opposing muscles through motions that duplicate those used in daily physical activities and in all sports.   For more information, contact Dr. Bill Koch at

  • Monday (beginning November 2nd)
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Donnelly Park Building
  • $10 Drop-in or $40/monthly
  • You will need:
    • an exercise mat
    • 2 hand weights ( 3 to 5 pounds depending on your strength level)
    • 2 sections of pool noodle (each about 15" long)

Jill Santos, Recreation Services Coordinator

Recreation Services Coordinator

Ph: (352) 735-7183
Fx: (352) 735-3681

Hours of Operation
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday
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