Heartland Happenings

This is Heartland Happenings. Your guide to local events throughout the community.

Heartland Happenings is your guide to community events, local festivals, and so much more.

SAMARITAN’S TOUCH AND THE FREEDOM CHURCH ARE HOLDING A DRIVE-THROUGH FOOD DISTRIBUTION EVENT THURSDAY, JULY 29 AT SAMARITAN’S TOUCH, ON HERRING AVENUE BETWEEN SEBRING AND AVON PARK. HOURS ARE 10AM TILL 2PM – FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 471-1870.

THE NEXT POP-UP MARKET AT JOURNAL PLAZA IN LAKE PLACID IS THIS SATURDAY MORNING, BEGINNING AT 8AM. FRESH THINGS, ARTS AND GOODIES FROM YOUR NEIGHBORS ON SALE RIGHT IN TOWN. JOURNAL PLAZ IS ON NORTH MAIN AVENUE IN LAKE PLACID.

THE NEXT ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BREAKFAST AT THE AVON PARK MOOSE LODGE IS THIS SUNDAY - AUGUST 1 ST - FROM 8-11A.M AT THE LODGE AT 1318 W. BELL ST. $6 FOR SCRAMBLED EGGS, SAUSAGE, BACON, BISCUIT W/GRAVY, HASH BROWNS, PANCAKES, COFFEE & JUICE. THEY HOLD THESE EVERY FIRST AND THIRD SUNDAY OF THE MONTH. PROCEEDS GO TO THE MOOSE LEGION FUND.

SEBRING HIGH SCHOOL IS HAVING ITS ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE ON AUGUST 5TH FROM 5-7PM – THIS IS A GREAT CHANCE TO LET INCOMING STUDENTS GET A “FEEL” FOR THE SCHOOL AND THE FACILITY, AND FOR YOU TO SEE THE IMPROVEMENTS THEY’VE MADE IN THE SCHOOL.

THE FOURTH RUN OF THE 2021 ADVENTHEALTH HEARTLAND RACE SERIES IS ADVENTHEALTH WAUCHULA FOUNDATION'S WILDCAT WELLNESS VIRTUAL 5K! IT’S A VIRTUAL RUN YOU CAN DO ANY TIME BETWEEN AUGUST 8 TH AND 22 ND . SUBMIT YOUR RUN ROUTE, RESULTS, AND COMPLETION SELFIES BY 9:00 PM ON SUNDAY, AUG. 22. DRIVE-THROUGH PACKET PICK UP IS FROM 8:00 AM TO 4:00 PM MONDAY AND TUESDAY, AUG. 9 TH AND 10 TH AT ADVENTHEALTH WAUCHULA'S WELLNESS CENTER ON SOUTH 5TH AVENUE IN WAUCHULA. OR REGISTER ONLINE AT RUNSIGNUP.COM.

IF YOU STILL NEED HELP GETTING BACK ON YOUR FEET AFTER COVID, FLORIDA’S FEDERALLY- FUNDED EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE RELIEF PROGRAM TO SUPPORT RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES IS STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR RENTAL AND UTILITY ASSISTANCE. LOG ON TO THE WEBSITE -  WWW.OURFLORIDA.COM.

ENJOY FREE ADMISSION AT BOK TOWER GARDENS OUTSIDE LAKE WALES EVERY LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH THROUGH SEPTEMBER, COMPLIMENTS OF WAWA. TO RECEIVE COMPLIMENTARY ADMISSION, JUST GO TO THE ENTRANCE GATE. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY, NO VOUCHER OR RESERVATION NEEDED.

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.

IT’S CHRISTMAS IN SEPTEMBER AT THE OKEECHOBEE AG CENTER SEPTEMBER 3 RD THROUGH 5 TH . THIS IS A TOYS FOR TOTS BENEFIT WITH OVER $3000 IN PRIZES – SPONSORED BY FAST N FURIOUS BARREL RACING – PEE WEE’S RACE FRIDAY, OPEN BARREL RACING BOTH FRIDAY AND SATURDAY. ENTRY FORMS AVAILABLE AT WWW.BARRELRACE.COM. AND DON’T FORGET TO BRING A NEW UPWRAPPED TOY FOR THE KIDS.

THE FORMAL DEDICATION OF THE 9-11 MEMORIAL AT WEST SEBRING FIRE STATION #10 IS SEPTEMBER 11, THE 20 TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9-11. THE STATION IS AT 3517 HAMMOCK ROAD IN SEBRING … IF YOU’D LIKE TO PARTICIPATE OR SPONSOR THE EVENT, CALL 386-6052.

SPRING LAKE’S 50 TH BIRTHDAY IS THIS YEAR, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE INVITE YOU TO THE PARTY! OCTOBER 23 RD FROM 10 TO 5 AT THE PINE BREEZE PARK COMMUNITY CENTER AT THE CORNER OF HIGHWAY 98 AND SPRING LAKE BOULEVARD. THERE’LL BE MUSIC, GAMES, RAFFLES, KID EVENTS, FOOD, VENDORS AND MORE. IF YOU’D LIKE TO BE A PART OF THE FUN,CALL THE SPRING  LAKE PROPERTY ASSOCIATION NOW AT 655-2230.

THE 54 TH ANNUAL SEBRING ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL IS BACK NOVEMBER 6 TH IN DOWNTOWN SEBRING. FOOD, FUN AND FANTASTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS WILL LINE THE CIRCLE FROM 9AM TILL 4PM. IF YOU’D LIKE THE BE A VENDOR OR DISPLAY AND SELL YOUR ART, CALL THE ART LEAGUE AT 385-5312 BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30 TH . FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IN LORIDA IS LOOKING FOR SOME HELP WITH THEIR UPCOMING VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL. AND IN THE CHURCH’S MUSIC MINISTRY. THERE’S SOME COMPENSATION INVOLVED, BUT IT’S MORE A WORK OF FAITH. CALL THE CHURCH OFFICE AND LEAVE A MESSAGE AT 655-1878.

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.

BARKTOBERFEST IS BACK! PUT IT ON YOUR CALENDAR FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2 IN STUART PARK, DOWNTOWN LAKE PLACID. BARKTOBERFEST IS THE LARGEST PET ADOPTION EVENT IN HIGHLANDS COUNTY. NON-PROFIT LOCAL RESCUES WITH DOGS AND CATS WAITING FOR A LOVING HOME, VENDORS, TRAINING AND FUN. A GREAT DAY FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY AND YOUR PETS. VISIT WWW.PAWSITIVEEFFECTS.ORG FOR MORE.

YOUR NEIGHBORS AT HIGHLANDS COMMUNITY CHURCH AND OTHER CONGREGATIONS AROUND TOWN DISTRIBUTE FOOD PACKAGES EVERY FRIDAY FROM 11 AM TO 1 PM AT HIGHLANDS COMMUNITY CHURCH ON NEW LIFE WAY. A BAG OF FOOD - FREE OF CHARGE BEGINNING AT 11 AM UNTIL THE FOOD IS GONE.
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.

PLAY BINGO FOR CHARITY AT THE SEBRING ELKS LODGE - NOW, 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