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OCPS – Schools are back in session. Traffic is heavier. Watch out for more students walking, riding, or driving in your area when schools are in session.

City of Apopka’s Northwest Recreation Complex, 3200 Jason Dwelley Parkway, Apopka 32712, 407-703-1784. On any given weekend, you can see many, many families in attendance at the beautiful complex setting participating in various organized sport programs, Amenities at the complex include: Soccer Fields, Softball Fields, Baseball Fields, Multi-Purpose Fields, Sand Volleyball Courts, Outdoor Basketball Courts, Tennis Courts, Walking Trail, Amphitheater, Playground, Concession Stands.

11-mile wildlife drive (complete with directional signs) now open on Lake Apopka shores, by entering from Lust Road off Binion Road, about a mile south of Camp Wewa in the Plymouth area, for one-way drive, 10 miles per hour, with possible wildlife spotting stops. DO NOT FEED THE GATORS – The drive may be closed! If you are stopping, drive will take more than 1 hour. Drive runs by canals used in muck-farming days. The one-way drive exits on Jones Road in Zellwood. You will see a freshwater marsh system and wildlife dependent on that type of system. The drive is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and federal holidays and is controlled by the county. Open during daylight hours only (one hour after sunrise and one hour before sunset). Official sunrise and sunset hours can be found online.  The road is closed on other days due to ongoing restoration work. As of Oct. 21, 2016, 2.5 miles of new trails added. In 17 months, the trail has had 81,000+ visitors. FEEDING THE ALLIGATORS MAY CAUSE CLOSING OF THE TRAIL.

Wekiwa Springs State Park is a 7,000-acre Florida State Park in Apopka, Florida. It is located 20 minutes north of Orlando, off Interstate 4 at exit 94, near Altamonte Springs and Longwood. The park also contains the head water of the Wekiva River. Address: 1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka 32712, open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For information, call 407-884-4311.  

ONGOING EVENTS

NWOC FFA AlumniMonthly meetings are open to anyone. You do not have to have been a member of FFA, nor is it necessary to have a child in an FFA chapter. All that is required is a desire to help these young people, both for FFA and 4-H. For information, contact nwocffaa@gmail.com.            

Hospital Health Course Offered: The Living Healthy Program at Florida Hospital Apopka designed to help those with chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes, cancer and more. Call 407-625-7048 to learn more about free chronic disease self-management courses. 

Collection of Old Eye Glasses: The Apopka Chief & The Planter office is collecting old eye glasses for the Lions Club. For information, call 407-886-2777.

Computer Classes in both English and Spanish: Available daily or weekly at OCLS North Orange Branch.* Classes are: Computer Basics, Excel, Word Resume Writing, Email for Seniors, ELLIS English Lab, Word, Online Job Searches, Power Point, Internet, Open Lab, How to use a mouse and keyboard, etc. Call OCLS North Orange Branch* for more details.

Habitat Volunteers: Go to www.habitatseminoleapopka.org, click on volunteers. There are a number of opportunities available at the Restores. Call  407-696-5855  or 407-880-8881 to sign up for information.