Heartland Happenings

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ALAN JAY AUTOMOTIVE NETWORK IS HOLDING THEIR ANNUAL HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 8TH. DROP OFF NEW, UNWRAPPED, TOYS AT ANY ALAN JAY LOCATION IN SEBRING OR AT HIGHLANDS RADIO GROUP, LOCATED AT 3750 US HWY 27 N. IN SEBRING!

BARE WOOD MARKET’S 4TH ANNUAL PARADE OF TREES IS HAPPENING NOW UNTIL DECEMBER 3RD. THIS YEAR, MOST OF THE TREES ARE HOUSED IN SEVERAL DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES’ WINDOWS IN ADDITION TO BAREWOOD MARKET. THIS YEAR’S RECIPIENT IS SEBRING MEALS ON WHEELS AND THE THEME THIS YEAR IS “12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS.” CUSTOMERS CAN VOTE FOR THEIR FAVORITE TREE AT ANY PARTICIPATING BUSINESS OR ONLINE ON BARE WOOD MARKET’S FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE. TREES CAN BE PURCHASED DURING THE PARADE WITH PICKUP STARTING ON DECEMBER 5TH.

LAKE PLACID WESTERN WEAR IS TEAMING UP WITH THE HIGHLANDS COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE OFFICE AGAIN THIS YEAR AND COLLECTING GIFT DONATIONS FOR NEEDY VETERANS. YOU CAN DONATE ITEMS LIKE SHAVING KITS, SHOWER KITS, DENTAL CARE KITS, MANICURE KITS, FOOD SHOPPING GIFT CARDS, GAS GIFT CARDS, MANUAL CAN OPENERS, FLASHLIGHTS, BATTERY OPERATED LANTERNS, BLANKETS, CLOTHES, AND SLIPPERS WITH RUBBER SOLES. PLEASE GIFT WRAP AND LABEL ALL GIFTS. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 863-465-4731. LOCATED NEXT TO THE MCDONALDS OFF HWY. 27 IN LAKE PLACID.

THE ANNUAL DOWNTOWN SEBRING CAROUSEL OF LIGHTS IS HAPPENING NOW UNTIL DECEMBER 28TH AT HISTORIC CIRCLE PARK, EACH NIGHT FROM 6:00PM-9:00PM. SANTA WILL BE FEATURED EVERY NIGHT WITH KID’S GAMES AND MINIATURE GOLF. IT’S FREE TO ATTEND WITH FEES TO PARTICIPATE IN ACTIVITIES.

CHRISTMAS AT THE JACARANDA HOTEL IS NOW UNTIL JANUARY 8TH! STEP BACK IN TIME AND EMBRACE THE MAGICAL HOLIDAY SEASON AT THE HOTEL. IT’S FULL OF TRADITIONAL AND FESTIVE HOLIDAY DECOR, A 15 FOOT CHRISTMAS TREE, AND MUCH MORE. VISIT SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS FROM DECEMBER 3RD TO 23RD ON SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS FROM 12:00PM TO 2:00PM, AND THURSDAYS AND FRIDAYS FROM 5:00PM-7:00PM. THERE WILL ALSO BE A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS BRUNCH BUFFET ON DECEMBER 18TH.

THE SEBRING HILLS ASSOCIATION IS CURRENTLY SELLING TICKETS FOR A NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY! DINNER AND SNACKS WILL BE PROVIDED ALONG WITH MUSIC AND FUN. THERE WILL ALSO BE A 50/50 DRAWING, DOOR PRIZES, AND MORE. THE COST IS $40 PER PERSON, $75 PER COUPLE, OR $200 FOR A TABLE OF 6. PLEASE CONTACT THE SEBRING HILLS ASSOCIATION AT 863-382-1554 TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 30TH.

THE 2022 SEBRING CHRISTMAS PARADE WILL BE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2ND AT 7:00PM. CHRISTMAS ON THE CIRCLE WILL BE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3RD WITH THE MERRY MARKET FROM 2:00PM-9:00PM, AND THE FESTIVAL WILL BE FROM 5:00PM-9:00PM.

AVON PARK RESURRECTION LUTHERAN CHURCH’S SPAGHETTI SUPPER WILL BE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2ND, FROM 4:00PM-7:00PM. DINE IN OR TAKE OUT. $8 TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR. LOCATED AT 324 E. MAIN STREET IN AVON PARK.

THE 12TH ANNUAL LAKE PLACID GARDEN CLUB HOLIDAY HOME & GARDEN TOUR WILL BE SATURDAY DECEMBER 3RD FROM 11:00AM-3:00PM! IT’S OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND THE TOUR FEATURES FOUR BEAUTIFULLY DECORATED THEMED HOMES SUCH AS “VINTAGE”, “NEMO’S CREEKSIDE CHRISTMAS”, “OLD WORLD,” AND “HORSE FARM.” THERE IS ALSO A “GARDEN STROLL” AND A “FLORIDA HAMMOCK” WHERE MODELS WILL BE DRESSED IN SOUTHERN STYLE GOWNS. TICKETS ARE $15 AND CAN BE PUCHASED AT THE HOLIDAY CAFE IN THE MASONIC LODGE (103 N. MAIN STREET, LAKE PLACID), BY CALLING SALLY AT 863-243-3576.

THE SEBRING HILLS ASSOCIATION IS HAVING A FUNDRAISING PANCAKE BREAKFAST THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3RD, FROM 8:00AM-10:00AM. IT’S $6 FOR MEMBERS, $7 FOR NON-MEMBERS, $3 FOR CHILDREN 10 AND UNDER AND FREE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 3. SANTA CLAUS WILL BE AT BREAKFAST TO SEE THE KIDS! OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. LOCATED AT THE CLUBHOUSE AT 200 LARK AVENUE IN SEBRING.

THE MERRY PAWSMAS ANNUAL ADOPTION EVENT BROUGHT TO YOU BY SAUNDERS VETERINARY SERVICES WILL BE THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3RD FROM 9:00AM-1:00PM. IT WILL BE HELD AT HIGHLANDS COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES ON HAYWOOD TAYLOR BLVD. IN SEBRING. THERE WILL BE A RAFFLE TABLE, BAKED GOODS, GIVE-AWAYS, AND GOODIES FOR THE KIDS! ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT SAUNDERS SECOND CHANCES LOW COST SPAY/NUETER PROGRAM AND FOSTER/ADOPTION PROGRAM. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 863-453-5700.

THE AVON PARK ROTARY CLUB PRESENTS THE FREEDOM FLIGHT GOLF TOURNAMENT THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3RD WITH AN 8:00AM TEE TIME AT THE RIVER GREENS GOLF CLUB IN AVON PARK. $70 PER PERSON AND IT INCLUDES YOUR GOLFING, CART, REFRESHMENTS, LUNCH, POST GOLF AWARDS, AND RAFFLE PRIZES. TO REGISTER CALL CHET AT 863-712-3524.

SPRING LAKE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH WILL BE HAVING A COOKIE WALK & BAKE SALE, THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3RD FROM 8:00AM-1:00PM. CHOOSE FROM A VARIETY OF HOMEMADE COOKIES, HOMEMADE BREAD, AND OTHER BAKED GOODIES. THERE WILL ALSO BE A CRAFT BAZAAR AND A GARAGE SALE TO BROWSE AND BUY. LOCATED AT 8170 COZUMEL LANE IN SPRING LAKE.

THE AVON PARK MOOSE LODGE #2494 IS HOSTING AN $8 ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BREAKFAST 8:00AM-11:00AM THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4TH AT 1318 W. BELL STREET IN AVON PARK. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE MOOSE LEGION FUND.

THE PEACE RIVER QUARTET WILL BE IN CONCERT AT FIRST BAPTIST LORIDA, THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4TH. THE CONCERT BEGINS AT 6:30PM. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL 863-655-1878.

THERE IS A LAKE ISTOKPOGA PUBLIC MEETING, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7TH FROM 6:00PM-8:00PM AT THE LORIDA COMMUNITY CENTER AT 1909 BLESSINGS AVENUE IN LORIDA. THEY WILL BE DISCUSSING LAKE MANAGEMENT ACTIVITES. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL SARA AT 863-581-6950.

THE SEBRING HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS A CHRISTMAS MEMORIES HENRY B. PLANT VICTORIAN STROLL & COLUMBIA RESTAURANT OUTING, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7TH. IT’S $139 PER PERSON AND INCLUDES THE TOUR, LUNCH, PRIVATE FLAMENCO DANCE, TRANSPORATION, AND DRIVER TIP. RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY BY CALLING JIM AT 863-471-2522.

GRAB YOUR SNEAKERS AND SHOW YOUR HOLIDAY SPIRIT BY JOINING THE JARETT FAMILY JINGLE BELL RUN 5K AND CHILDREN’S FUN RUN, FRIDAY DECEMBER 9TH. THE CHILDREN’S FUN RUN STARTS AT 6:00PM AND THE 5K STARTS AT 6:20PM. LOCATED AT UNION CHURCH AT 106 N. BUTLER AVENUE IN AVON PARK. IT’S HELPING TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ADVENT HEALTH SEBRING WELNESS CENTER. SIGN UP NOW AT WWW.RUNSIGNUP.COM/JINGLEBELL5K2022.

THE SEBRING MOOSE LODGE #2259 WILL BE HOSTING A TOY DRIVE ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9TH FROM 6:00PM-9:00PM, TO HELP THE LOCAL CHILDREN IN HIGHLANDS COUNTY. PLEASE BRING UNWRAPPED GIFTS FOR KIDS AGES 12 YEARS AND UNDER. A SPECIAL HAM DINNER WILL ALSO BE SERVED FROM 5:00PM-7:00PM. THE DINNER IS $10, OR FREE IF YOU BRING A GIFT FOR THE KIDS. OPEN TO ALL MOOSE MEMBERS AND QUALIFIED GUESTS.

THE HIGHLANDS LAKESIDE THEATRE IN DOWNTOWN SEBRING, PRESENTS THE PLAID TIDINGS HOLIDAY CONCERT, FRIDAY DECEMBER 9TH FROM 6:30PM-8:30PM. IT’S A FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT WHERE YOU CAN WEAR ALL THE PLAID YOU WANT AND SING ALONG TO FAMILIAR TUNES. TICKETS ARE $10 AND CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE HLT BOX OFFICE.

THE FLORIDA FLYWHEELERS’ CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE WILL BE DECEMBER 9TH-10TH AND THE 16TH-17TH. THE FLORIDA FLYWHEELERS ANTIQUE ENGINE CLUB PROMOTES INTEREST IN RESTORING, PRESERVING, AND EXHIBITING ANTIQUE INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES, STEAM ENGINES, ANTIQUE TRACTORS, AUTOS, AND OTHER LABOR SAVING DEVICES FROM THE BY-GONE YEARS.

THE LAKE PLACID CHRISTMAS PARADE WILL BE DECEMBER 10TH STARTING AT 7:00PM. JOIN LAKE PLACID FOR THEIR ANNUAL PARADE FEATURING FLOATS, CHEERLEADERS, BANDS, FIRE TRUCKS, AND SANTA CLAUS.

THE FRIENDS OF HIGHLANDS HAMMOCK STATE PARK PRESENT THE NEXT MUSIC IN THE PARK CONCERT, DECEMBER 10TH. BEN PRESTAGE WILL BE PERFORMING BLUES & ROOTS FROM 7:00PM-9:00PM. IT’S $10 PER PERSON AND FREE FOR CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER WITH PAYING ADULT.

THE WOMANS CLUB OF SEBRING INVITES YOU FOR A DAY AWAY WITH SHOPPING AT THE FLORIDA MALL IN ORLANDO, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11TH. DEPARTURE WILL BE AT 8:30AM AT THE WINN DIXIE SOUTH PARKIGN LOT. $40 PER PERSON. TO SIGN UP, CALL LYNN AT 863-446-0740.

THE SINGLE SENIORS GROUP AGES 65 OR OLDER INVITES YOU TO JOIN THEM FOR A MIX AND MINGLE SOCIAL, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14TH AT 6:00PM. LOCATED AT THEIR NEW LOCATION-3500 EDGEWATER DRIVE, IN SEBRING. ADMISSION IS $10. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL, 863-273-6476

THE BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF THE SUN COAST PRESENT THE 5TH ANNUAL GOLF BIG FORE KIDS EVENT, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17TH, AT THE SUN N’ LAKE GOLF CLUB IN SEBRING. REGISTRATION STARTS AT 7:00AM AND A SHOTGUN START AT 8:00AM. THERE WILL BE A BALL DROP, AWARDS AND PRIZES, A 50/50 RAFFLE, ALUNCH AT ISLAND VIEW RESTAURANT AND MORE! FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER CALL SHAWN AT 863-402-9001.

THE DISABLED AMERICAN VETERAN’S NEXT BIG SHOW BASS TOURNAMENT WILL BE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17TH! ALL TOURNAMENTS WILL BE HELD AT LAKE ISTOKPOGA WITH LAUNCH AT 7:00 AM. EARLY REGISTRATION IS $130 PER BOAT. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL REG PETOSKEY AT 812-564-2098. (OTHER TOURNAMENTS ARE 1/21, 2/18, AND 3/18)

HAVE BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AT THE ISLAND VIEW RESTAURANT AT THE SUN-N-LAKE GOLF CLUB, DECEMBER 18TH! THEY WILL HAVE AN ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BUFFET FEATURING BREAKFAST FAVORITES, CRAFTS, AND PHOTOS WITH SANTA. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.

THERE WILL BE A CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER AT CHICANE’S RESTAURANT LOCATED IN THE INN ON THE LAKES HOTEL ON DECEMBER 24TH. THE DINING ROOM WILL BE SPECIALLY DECORATED FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND YOU CAN ENJOY ALL YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY TREATS.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR TURKEY ON CHRISTMAS DAY. BUT DONT WANT TO COOK IT YOURSELF, SEVEN SEBRING RACEWAY HOTEL HAS YOU COVERED! THERE WILL BE A CHRISTMAS BRUNCH SERVED FROM 11:00AM-1:00PM ON DECEMBER 25TH. RESERVATIONS ARE SUGGESTED.

THE SEBRING REC CLUB IS OFFERING A NEW BEGINNER LINE DANCE CLASS ON MONDAYS FROM 11:30AM-12:30PM AT 333 POMEGRANATE AVE. OFF THE CIRCLE IN DOWNTOWN SEBRING. COME JOIN THE FUN. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL MARY@ 863-273-4495.

THE SEBRING REC CLUB IS OFFERING CHAIR YOGA CLASSES TWICE A WEEK ON MONDAY & THURSDAY FROM 10:00AM-11:00AM. LOCATED AT 333 POMEGRANATE AVE IN SEBRING. YOU WILL NEED A YOGA MAT OR A MEDIUM SIZE RUBBER BACK RUG AS WELL AS AN EXCERCISE/RESISTANCE BAND TO DO THE CLASS. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL MARY AT 863-273-4495.

IF YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE CATHOLIC FAITH, ST. JAMES CATHOLIC CHURCH OF LAKE PLACID IS STARTING A NEW RCIA PROGRAM- EVERY MONDAY, FROM 6:00PM-7:30PM. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE CHURCH AT 863-465-3215.

THERE WILL BE LINE DANCING CLASSES EVERY TUESDAY AT THE SEBRING MOOSE LODGE LOCATED AT 11675 HWY 98 E., FROM 1PM-3PM. THE INSTRUCTION FEE IS $5 AND ITS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT DEE GREVAN AT 863-214-6226.

ATTENTION BINGO PLAYERS! THE LAKE PLACID ELKS LODGE #2661 IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE NEW BINGO PAYOUT INCREASES SOON TO BE EFFECTIVE. TRY YOUR LUCK EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT FROM 6PM-9PM AT 200 CR 621 IN LAKE PLACID. ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE GOING TO THE ELKS CHILDREN’S THERAPY SERVICE AND THE ELKS YOUTH CAMP FOR FLORIDA KIDS.

FRIDAY NIGHT ON MAIN AVENUE IS BACK IN DOWNTOWN LAKE PLACID EVERY FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH. FOOD, FUN, MUSIC – AND THE STORES WILL BE OPEN TO WELCOME YOU ON NORTH MAIN.

HANDS FOR THE HOMELESS HOSTS THE FEEDING TAMPA BAY FOOD BANK IN AVON PARK EVERY FIRST AND THIRD THURSDAY OF THE MONTH IN AVON PARK. FOOD DISTRIBUTION BEGINS AT 10AM AT UNION CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH AT 107 JIM ROGERS AVENUE, AND GOES TILL NOON OR THE FOOD RUNS OUT.

PLAY BINGO WITH THE SEBRING HILLS ASSOCIATION EVERY THURSDAY FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER! THE GAMES BEGIN AT 6PM AND THE DOORS OPEN AT 4:30PM FOR CONCESSIONS AND SNACKS. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AT THE CLUBHOUSE LOCATED AT 200 LARK AVENUE IN SEBRING.

PLAY BINGO FOR CHARITY AT THE SEBRING ELKS LODGE EVERY MONDAY NIGHT! DOORS OPEN AT 4:45PM, EARLY BIRDS START AT 6:00PM. PROCEEDS GO TO CHARITY AND A LOW, $6 MINIMUM TO PLAY.

BIKE WITH YOUR FRIENDS! HIGHLANDS PEDALERS HOSTS RIDES FROM THE DON JOSE’S PARKING LOT ON LAKEVIEW DRIVE EACH SATURDAY MORNING. THE RIDES DEPART AT 7:15 A.M. SHARP YEAR-ROUND. THE “A” GROUP RIDES AT OVER 19 MILES AN HOUR, THE “B” GROUP RIDES AT BETWEEN 17 ½ AND 19 MILES AN HOUR … SATURDAY RIDES RANGE FROM 33-45 MILES.

That’s Heartland Happenings. If your group or organization has an event coming up email heartlandhappenings@sebringradio.com