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THE ANNUAL GREEN DRAGON TAIL 5K SUPPORTING LAKE PLACID’S GREEN DRAGON CROSS-COUNTRY TEAMS IS OCTOBER 10 AT LAKE PLACID HIGH SCHOOL. 8:00AM START TIME, AT THE HIGH SCHOOL ON GREEN DRAGON DRIVE. FOR INFORMATION AND ENTRY FORMS, LOG IONTO THE SCHOOL’S WEBSITE AT LPH.HIGHLANDS.K12.FL.US AND CLICK ON THE “5K” BANNER LOCATED UNDER “STUDENT LINKS.”

THE HIGHLANDS COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS WILL HOLD A PLANT SALE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2020 AT THE BERT J HARRIS AGRICULTURE CENTER. WITH COVID RESTRICTIONS, THIS SALE WILL BE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. BEAUTIFUL PLANTS, INCLUDING NATIVE PLANTS, EDIBLE PLANTS, AND ORNAMENTALS. LOTS OF PLANTS THAT ATTRACT BUTTERFLIES AND BEES, TOO. CALL 402-6540 TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT.

THE SEBRING HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S ANNUAL MEETING AND LUNCHEON IS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17 AT 11:30AM AT THE JACK STROUP CIVIC CENTER IN DOWNTOWN SEBRING. THERE’S A LOT GOING ON IN TOWN AND THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY IS A BIG PART OF IT. IT’LL BE A POTLUCK LUNCH, SO FEEL FREE TO BRING A DISH TO PASS.

SEBRING’S MASONIC LODGE NO 249 WILL SERVE AN ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BBQ CHICKEN LUNCH SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18 – 11 A.M. TO 2 P.M. CHICKEN, COLE SLAW, BAKED BEANS, POTATO SALAD, DESSERT, AND BEVERAGE FOR JUST $10 A PLATE. LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE – TAKE OUT IS AVAILABLE. THE LODGE IS ON THE CORNER OF HOME AVENUE & SEBRING PARKWAY.

CAP SPARTA’S ANNUAL FUNDRAISER GOLF TOURNAMENT IS OCTOBER 24, 8 O’CLOCK SHOTGUN START AT SUN N LAKE OF SEBRING. RANGE BALLS, LUNCH AND GOLF ALL INCLUDED, AND YOU’LL HELP SUPPORT CAMP SPARTA’S MISSION TO PROVIDE A WHOLESOME ENVIRONMENT FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES. REGISTER AT CAMPSPARTA.COM, OR CALL JAYSON AT 382-8696.

PLAY A ROUND OF POOL AND HELP THE BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION OF FLORIDA SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25TH AT B-C BILLIARDS ON POMEGRANATE AVENUE IN DOWNTOWN SEBRING. FIRST 64 PAID ENTRIES GET INTO THE EVERGLADES 8-BALL OPEN TOURNAMENT, AND YOU’LL HAVE A CHANCE TO MEET CELEBRITY GUEST JEANETTE LEE, THE “BLACK WIDOW.” THERE’S RAFFLES, SIGNED MEMORABILIA, AND DOOR PRIZES AVAILABLE, TOO. DOORS OPEN AT NOON, PLAY STARTS AT 1PM.

JOIN THE SFSC FOUNDATION FOR THEIR LEGACY SHOWCASE OCTOBER 24, 2020. IT’S AN EVENING OF SOCIALLY DISTANCED FUN WITH MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT FEATURING HOWL AT THE MOON ENTERTAINERS, WITH FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT FOR ALL AGES. PIANO-PLAYING VOCALISTS TAKE SONG REQUESTS FROM THE CROWD. AND THERE IS NO GENRE, DECADE, OR ARTIST THAT’LL STUMP THESE GUYS! SONG REQUEST DONATIONS WILL BENEFIT THE SFSC FOUNDATION. SOCIAL HOUR AT 5:00 P.M., ENTERTAINMENT AT 7:00 P.M. TICKETS ONLINE AT SFSCARTS.ORG.

EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT IT … NOW, LEARN HOW TO PLAY PICKLEBALL! THE SECOND ANNUAL PICKLEBALL CLINIC, HOSTED BY DAVEY WILLIAMS OF IDEAL PICKLEBALL IS OCTOBER 29TH AT THE GENESIS CENTER IN LAKE PLACID. TWO SESSIONS – TAKE YOUR PICK FROM MORNING, AFTERNOON, OR BOTH. $20 GETS YOU IN THE CLASS AND INTO A FREE “MINI TOURNAMENT” THAT EVENING FOR THE FIRST 50 REGISTERED. INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION AT IDEAL PICKLEBALL, INSIDE IDEAL GOLF IN THE FAIRMOUNT PLAZA IN SEBRING OR ONLINE AT IDEALPICKLEBALL.US!

SEBRING’S MEALS ON WHEELS BRINGS YOU THEIR 21ST ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF SCRAMBLE NOVEMBER 7TH AT HARDER HALL. SUPPORT MEALS ON WHEELS WITH YOUR FOURSOME, AND MAYBE WIN A TRIP TO PEBBLE BEACH FOR A HOLE IN TWO! 8AM SHOTGUN START. CALL 402-1818, OR GET ENTRY BLANKS AT THE HARDER HALL PRO SHOP.

THE AVON PARK ROTARY CLUB INVITES YOU TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR “FREEDOM FLIGHTS” TO WASHINGTON, AND ENJOY A ROUND OF GOLF SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH AT RIVER GREENS. 8 O’CLOCK SHOTGUN START, FOUR-PERSON SCRAMBLE. PROCEEDS HELP SEND LOCAL VETERANS TO WASHINGTON, D.C. NEXT MAY TO VISIT THE NATIONAL MEMORIALS AND HISTORIC SITES. CALL CHET BROJEK AT 712-3524, OR PICK UP ENTRIES AT RIVER GREENS.

THE LAKE PLACID GARDEN CLUB’S TENTH ANNUAL HOME AND GARDEN TOUR IS DECEMBER 5TH FROM NOON TILL 4PM. BEAUTIFUL HOMES AND GARDENS ON DISPLAY, AND A “GIVING TREE” YOU CAN HELP TRIM FOR A NEEDY FAMILY. CALL JULIE FOR TICKETS NOW AT 702-994-9739.

10 YEARS OF CHILI! THE 10TH ANNUAL CRAZY PEPPER CHILI COOKOFF IS SET FOR JANUARY 23 ON THE CIRCLE IN DOWNTOWN SEBRING. SAMPLE THE BEST CHILI IN CENTRAL FLORIDA ON A COOL JANUARY SATURDAYALONG WITH ICE COLD BEVERAGES AND LIVE MUSIC FROM THE CALIFORNIA TOE JAM BAND. ENTER YOUR TEAM OR GET MORE INFORMATION ONLINE AT ROTARYCHILI.COM!

EVERYONE LOVES A PARADE – AND BOTH SEBRING AND LAKE PLACID ARE HAVING THEIR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADES THIS YEAR! OUR LOCAL JAYCEES PRESENT THE SEBRING DOWNTOWN CHRISTMAS PARADE ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER FOURTH; LAKE PLACID’S ANNUAL PARADE IS THE NEXT SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12TH.

GET YOUR KIDS IN ON THE FUN WITH THE LAKE PLACID ELKS CLUB FOR THE ANNUAL HOOPS SHOOT 2020 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2020 AT MAKE PLACID’S 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…REGIONALS…THE STATE…NATIONALS. CONTACT COACH SKI FOR MORE INFO.. 464-9552, OR BYG EMAIL AT LAKEPLACIDPROUD@GMAIL.COM.

THE HIGHLANDS COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS’ ANNUAL “LET IT GROW” GARDEN FESTIVAL HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM NOVEMBER TO MARCH – LOOK FOR IT SATURDAY MARCH 6TH AT THE BERT J HARRIS AGRICULTURAL CENTER ON GEORGE BLVD. TO BE A VENDOR OR LEARN MORE CALL THE AG CENTER AT 402-6540.

THE MUSEUM OF FLORIDA ART AND CULTURE AT SOUTH FLORIDA STATE COLLEGE IS OPEN! MUSEUM HOURS ARE 12:30 – 4:30, WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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