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LEARN THE BASICS OF FLORIDA VEGETABLES GARDENING FROM THE UF EXTENSION IN HIGHLANDS COUNTY SATURDAY, AUGUST 15TH. IT’S A SPECIAL ONLIJNE CLASS IN VEGETABLE GROWING RUNS FROM 9 AM-NOON. CALL THE EXTENSION OFFICE AT 402-6540 OR SEARCH EVENTBRITE.COM FOR LOCAL CLASSES.

THE VET JAM END-OF-SUMMERFEST IS ON AT THE SEBRING MOOSE LODGE SEPTEMBER 5THAND 6TH …. TWO DAYS TO SEE YOUR FRIENDS AND SUPPORT LOCAL VETERANS CHARITIES. CHECK THE WEBSITE OR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR EVENTS, AND JOIN IN THE POKER RUN FOR EVEN MORE FUN, LABOR DAY WEEKEND!

THE AVON PARK CHAMPIONS CLUB INVITES YOU OUT FOR A ROUND OF GOLD AT RIVER GREENS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH. IT’S AN 8AM SHOTGUN, FOUR-PERSON SCRAMBLE, AND YOU’RE SUPPORTING AVON PARK YOUTH SPORTS. CALL CHET BROJEK AND RESERVE YOUR FOURSOME TODAY AT 385-4736. OR EMAIL HIM AT CBROJEK@COMCAST.NET!

THE HIGHLANDS COUNTY FARM BUREAU’S ANNUAL CLAY SHOOT HAPPENS SEPTEMBER 19TH AT FLORIDA’S PREMIER SPORTING CLAY FACILITY, QUAIL CREEK PLANTATION. CONTACT SUSIE WHITEHOUSE AT SUSIE.WHITEHOUSE@FFBF.ORG, OR CHECK THE FARM BUREAU FACEBOOK PAGE.

BINGO FOR CHARITY IS BACK AT THE SEBRING ELKS LODGE – NOW, EVERY MONDAY NIGHT! DOORS OPEN AT 4:45PM, EARLY BIRDS START AT 6:00PM. PLEASE WEAR A MASK, AND BRING YOUR OWN FOOD & NON-ALCOHOLIC DRINKS – PROCEEDS GO TO CHARITY AND A LOW, $6 MINIMUM TO PLAY.

THE RIDGE AREA ARC’S ESCAPE TO KOKOMO HAS BEEN CANCELLED IN THE INTEREST OF KEEPING EVERYONE SAFE. PUT IT ON YOUR CALENDAR – KOKOMO WILL BE BACK NEXT APRIL, FROM THE RIDGE AREA ARC!

THE AVON PARK DEPOT MUSEUM IS OPEN FRIDAYS! SEE YOUR HISTORY AND APPRECIATE YOUR HOMETOWN EVERY FRIDAY FROM 10AM TILL 3PM. 3 NORTH MUSEUM AVENUE IN AVON PARK.

NU-HOPE ELDERCARE SERVICES WANTS TO HELP IF YOU’RE A SENIOR WHO HAS HAD PROBLEMS GETTING FOOD OR PREPARING MEALS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. THEY’VE TEAMED UP WITH A GROUP OF AREA RESTAURANTS TO PROVIDE MEALS AT NO CHARGE FOR SENIORS WHO QUALIFY. IF YOU CAN’T SAFELY SHOP IN THE STORES, HAVE FINANCIAL ISSUES, OR OTHER CHALLENGES MAKING MEAL PREP DIFFICULT, CALL NU HOPE AND SEE IF YOU QUALIFY, CURBSIDE AND DELIVERY SERVICE MAY ALSO BE AVAILABLE. NU HOPE’S PHONE NUMBER IS 382-21-34, OR IN WAUCHULA IT’S 773-20-22.

GET YOUR KIDS IN ON THE FUN WITH THE LAKE PLACID ELKS CLUB SEPTEMBER 26 FOR THE ANNUAL HOOPS SHOOT 2020 AT THE GENESIS CENTER. IT’S A FREE THROW SHOOTING CONTEST FOR GIRLS & BOYS AGES 8 THRU 13. EACH CONTESTANT SHOOTS 25 FREE THROWS…BEST SCORE ADVANCES TO THE DISTRICTS…THE REGIONALS…THE STATE…THE NATIONALS. CONTACT COACH SKI FOR MORE INFO.. 464-9552, OR BYG EMAIL AT LAKEPLACIDPROUD@GMAIL.COM.

THURSDAY BINGO IS BACK AT THE LAKE PLACID ELKS LODGE! LIMITED SEATING AND SANITIZING WILL BE DONE TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE … DOORS OPEN AT 4PM, GAMES START AT 6PM. THE SNACK BAR WILL BE OPEN FROM 4:30 TILL SIX, TOO.

HIGHLANDS HAMMOCK STATE PARK IS OPEN AGAIN FOR DAY USE ACTIVITIES. THE CCC MUSEUM WILL STAY CLOSED A WHILE LONGER, AND RESTROOM AVAILABILITY MAY BE LIMITED. ALL OTHER PARK FACILITIES ARE CLOSED. COME VISIT HIGHLANDS HAMMOCK, BUT PLEASE KEEP DISTANCES OF AT LEAST SIX FEET APART AND LIMIT GROUPS TO TEN OR LESS.

BIKE WITH YOUR FRIENDS! HIGHLANDS PEDALERS HOSTS RIDES FROM THE DIMITRI’S PARKING LOT DOWNTOWN 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.

ADVENT HEALTH INVITES YOU TO JOIN THE SECOND ANNUAL HEARTLAND RACE SERIES. RUN OR WALK-IN SIX OF EIGHT RACES TO QUALIFY, AND THE TOP 3 FINISHERS OF EACH AGE GROUP WILL RECEIVE AN AWARD AND PRIZE. REGISTER ONLINE AT CFS-TIMING.COM. RACES ARE SCHEDULED FROM AUGUST THROUGH DECEMBER.

THE SEBRING SODA FEST – FLORIDA’S FIZZIEST FESTIVAL – WILL BE BACK APRIL 2-4, 2021! THEY’VE DECIDED TO KEEP THE SODA FEST A SPRING EVENT INSTEAD OF MOVING TO FALL, SO PUT IT ON YOUR CALENDAR NOW AND PLAN ON THE FUN, NEXT APRIL!

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