Leadership Lake County is sponsoring its bi-annual Political Hob Nob during which voters can mingle with candidates and take part in a straw poll on Aug. 14.
The event is set for 5 to 8:30 p.m. in the Magnolia Room at Lake-Sumter State College's Leesburg campus, 9501 U.S. Highway 441.
Candidates meet with voters and hand out campaign materials during the hob nob. The straw poll for political races is a popular feature.
Leadership officials expect more than 25 candidates, who are running for school board, city, county, state and federal races. Officials also expect to attract more than 500 people.
Beverages and a cash bar will be hosted by the Leesburg Partnership.
Tickets are $12 and include a barbecue dinner and straw-poll ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the Lake Eustis Chamber of Commerce or at the door.
For more information or to reserve tickets, call 352-357-3434 or email email@example.com.
Unwanted furniture, electronics
Marion County residents can get rid of unwanted furniture at recycling centers.
Marion County Solid Waste Department monthly furniture collection dates and times will be at the following locations:
•Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Newton recycling center, 1750 N.W. 100 St., Ocala.
•Aug. 9 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Martel recycling center, 296 S.W. 67th Avenue Road, Ocala.
•Aug. 16 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Orange Springs recycling center, 11095 E. County Road 318, Orange Springs.
•Aug. 23 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Davis recycling center, 11307 S.E. 128th Place Road, Ocklawaha.
Marion County residents also can drop off unwanted electronics between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at Recycle All Electronics, 1500 S.W. 17th Ave., Building 300, Ocala, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 16 at Davis recycling center, 11307 S.E. 128th Place Road, Ocklawaha.
Acceptable household items include computer monitors, televisions, radios and stereos.
Details: 352-671-8465 or marioncountyfl.org/solidwaste.
Benefit 5K Run/Walk
Harbor Hills will have its inaugural Harbor Hills 5K Run/Walk for Charity at 9 a.m. Sept. 27.
Proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties.
There will be a post race celebration and party with live entertainment. Food and cash bar will be available.
Supervised kids activities will be offered during the race for parents, who have registered for the event.
Early registration is $20 through Thursday; and then $25 through Sept. 26; and $30 on race day.
The top three finishers in each age group and overall male and female will receive awards.
All paid participants will receive a T-shirt.
Registration and check in begins at 7 a.m. Kids race is at 8 a.m.
To register, visit harborhills.com/5k.
STEM-based programs for girls
STEMchicks Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides programs designed for girls ages 9 to 12 to empower them to succeed in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
STEMchicks is offering a variety of STEM-based programs from chemistry to forensics to energy conservation on various Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon in the Green Room at the Mount Dora Community Building, 520 N. Baker St.
The sessions allow girls to participate in fun, hands-on STEM activities, games and other confidence-boosting experiences. The classes are facilitated by teachers.
Upcoming events include the following:
•Aug. 9, put your detective skills to the test by conducting DNA and fingerprint tests, analyzing hair samples and more.
•Sept. 13, work as an engineer as you create machines needed for space exploration, examine the relative sizes of objects in the solar system and explore spectroscopy.
A snack will be provided during each session. A $10 donation is suggested for each program.
Space is limited. To register or more information, visit stemchicks.org or call 407-476-4493.
Save the date
Off The Beaten Path Florida Arts Tour, a free self-guided driving tour of Lake County artist studios, art museum, art centers and more from Umatilla to Leesburg to Sorrento, is scheduled for Dec. 6 and 7.
The tour will feature the works of more than 30 professional artists along the 19 stops.
More information will be available after Oct.1 by visiting floridaartstour.com.