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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.

Girls Night Out
The City of Mount Dora would like to invite girls between the ages of 9 and 13 to come join us for this HUGE SLUMBER PARTY. There will be food, movies, crafts, games and so much more. For more information contact Jill Santos at (352) 735-7183. We will have chaperones present at all times. 
  • Friday, April 17th - Saturday April 18th
  • 7:00pm - 8:00am
  • Girl's ages 9 - 13
  • Community Building Lobby (520 N. Baker St)
  • $25

Women's Self Defense Seminar and Classes
On Friday, April 24th the City of Mount Dora will be offering a FREE Self Defense Seminar where we will touch briefly on self-awareness, environmental awareness, scenario role playing, escape planning, pressure point targeting and a Q & A's portion.

Then beginning April 27th, we will be offering a full 5 week Self Defense class where we will focus on all the above techniques in depth. For more information on the class or the Free seminar contact Tim Dando at (352) 223-3297.  
  • Free Seminar, Friday April 24th 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Monday, April 27th - June 1st (No Class on May 25th)
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Ages 13 and Up
  • Donnelly Park Building (530 N. Donnelly St )
  • $50 Self Defense Classes (A $15 late fee will be added to any registration after April 24th)

Spring Break Camp 2015
Not sure what to do with your child during Spring Break? Send them to our KidzQuest Spring Break Camp located at the Mount Dora Community Building. Camp will be packed full of fun, games, and a field trip to keep you kids entertained and involved. For more information call Jill Santos at (352) 735-7183. 
  • Monday, March 30th - Friday, April 3rd
  • 7:30am - 5:30pm
  • Ages 5 - 12
  • Mount Dora Community Building (520 N. Baker St )
  • $85

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

Chess Club
The Mount Dora Chess Club meets every Friday night from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the lower level of the Community Building. This free club is open to all levels of players. Games are played and courses taught on how to improve your skill level.  For more information, please contact Albert Bascombe at (352) 551-9348.

There is also a Chess Club that meets during the day at the W.T. Bland Public Library on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. See the Library’s programs for details.
  • Friday
  • 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Community Building Lower Level

              Chess Club

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

Yoga for the Mature Body
Practicing yoga improves strength, flexibility, balance, concentration, muscle tone, and lung capacity. Yoga is also extremely beneficial in reducing stress, depression, anxiety, and also brings balance to all of the major organ systems.

No prior experience is necessary, all are welcome. Please bring a yoga mat and dress in comfortable clothing that allows you to breathe deeply. Contact the instructor Elira Benavari at
  • Monday and Wednesday
  • 10:00am - 11:00am
  • Donnelly Park Building (530 N. Donnelly Street)
  • $80/month
  • All ages and skill levels welcome

Mommy & Me Music Meet-Up
What could be better than a play date with friends? A Musical Play date! Welcome to an enchanting and vibrant world of music and movement... Delight in multicultural and classic children’s music. Feel the beat through rhythm instruments and dances with scarves, ribbons, and parachutes. Engage in active play, sensory activities, and socialization games. Sing, imagine, explore, play, grow & learn! Meet new friends! Convenient weekday meet-up designed for babies/toddlers/preschoolers and Mommy/Daddy/Caregiver. You’ll love our brand NEW "Barefoot Boogie" dance series! Kick off your shoes and step inside a story! It’s story time, drama, music, games & fun - all rolled in to one. Discover new ways to giggle, wiggle, and shake, shake, shake those lil piggies! Besides being just plain fun…music & movement is healthy "brain food" for the early development of children’s minds & bodies. It’s the latest and greatest on the meet-up scene…Mommy & Me Music Meet-up! Check us out…it’s oodles of fun! Register today, space is limited. Contact Miss Jan, Meet-up Organizer, by phone/text (352) 408-0555 or email .
  • Monday or Wednesday
  • 10:00am Multi-age (0 - 5yrs.)
  • Community Building Lobby (520 N. Baker St)
  • Fall Seasonal Play date Pass (12 sessions)
    • $90
    • $120 Family Pass (2 or more siblings)
  • Monthly Play date Pass (4 Sessions)
    • $40
    • $50 Family Pass

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              
  • Register Today
  • April 25th
  • 9:00am - 12:00pm

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

10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday
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