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Lake County Extension Office to offer four ‘Closing Your Florida Home’ programs

RELEASE DATE: February 17, 2009

TAVARES — The Lake County Cooperative Extension is offering four free programs of “Closing Your Florida Home” on Feb. 20 & 23 and March 11 & 17.

The Friday, Feb. 20, class will be held at the Lake County Agricultural Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares, at 11 a.m. The Monday, Feb. 23, class will also be held at the Agricultural Center, but at 6:30 p.m.

Reservations are appreciated, but not required for these two programs. For more information or to register, call Rene Bass at (352) 343-4101 or e-mail rcbass@ufl.edu.

The second two “Closing Your Florida Home” programs will be held at local libraries. On Wednesday, March 11, the W.T. Bland Public Library, located at 1995 N. Donnelly St. in Mount Dora, will host the program at 10:30 a.m. Reservations are not required. On Tuesday, March 17, at 2 p.m., the Fruitland Park Library, located at W. Berckman St., will host the program. Reservations are required due to limited seating. To register, call the Fruitland Park Library at (352) 360-6561.

"People aren’t the only ones who love Florida's weather; mildew thrives in this warm and humid environment," said Deborah Boulware, a Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent with the Lake County Extension Office.

"If you are leaving your home for an extended period of time, whether for the season or a long vacation, Closing Your Florida Home will help you prepare your home before departure," added Boulware, who will be presenting the workshop.

The one-hour program will help participants learn what they can do to minimize the possibility of finding a serious problem when they return home. The “Closing Your Florida Home” program has been developed to help Florida residents make plans for protecting their homes when they are to be absent. Some of workshop's topics include moisture problems, deterioration of the exterior and intrusion of burglars and vandals.

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