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.

ADOPT A NEW PET FOR THE NEW YEAR! NOW UNTIL JUNE 30TH, ANYONE WHO ADOPTS A CAT OR DOG FROM HIGHLANDS COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES IN SEBRING WILL BE ENTERED INTO A DRAW FOR A $300 GIFT CARD- DRAWING ON JULY 1ST. AND NOW UNTIL THE END OF JANUARY GET A PET SUPERMARKET GIFT CARD FOR EVERY PET ADOPTION. $25 FOR EVERY DOG, $15 FOR EVERY CAT. 7300 HAYWOOD TAYLOR BLVD. M-F 8AM-4:30PM, AND SAT 9AM-1PM.

IF YOU NEED HELP AND ENCOURAGEMENT AFTER THE DEATH OF A LOVED ONE, THERE WILL BE A WEEKLY GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP AT BIBLE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH. 3750 HAMMOCK RD, SEBRING. STARTING ON MONDAY, JAN. 17TH FROM 2PM-4PM & 6PM-8PM, AND EVERY WEEK FOR 13 WEEKS. PRE-REGISTRATION IS ENCOURAGED AT WWW.GRIEFSHARE.ORG. FOR MORE INFO CALL 863-385-1024.

YOUR FRIENDS AT SEBRING HILLS INVITE YOU TO BINGO JAN. 20TH, 27TH FROM 6:00PM- 9:00PM. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. DOORS OPEN AT 4:00 PM. THE KITCHEN WILL BE OPEN SERVING REFRESHMENTS AND SNACKS. AT THE SEBRING HILLS ASSOCIATION CLUBHOUSE, 200 LARK AVE, SEBRING, FL 33870

ON FRIDAY, JAN. 21ST FROM 5PM- 7:30PM- ENJOY A FREE MOVIE “ERNEST GOES TO CAMP” NIGHT AND HORSE DRILL TEAM PRESENTATION BROUGHT TO YOU AKTION CLUB & HEARTLAND HORSES. THE DRILL TEAM PRESENTATION WILL BEGIN AT 5PM AND THE MOVIE STARTS AT 6PM. FREE ADMISSION & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. CONCESSIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE. LOCATED AT THE HHEAL SHOW ARENA AT4305 INDEPENDENCE ST, AVON PARK.

WIN YOUR TRICKS AT THE SEBRING REC CLUB'S PINOCHLE TOURNAMENT ON SATURDAY, JAN. 22ND! ENTRY FEE IS $3 AND THE GAME STARTS AT 1PM. DOORS OPEN AT NOON-PLEASE COME EARLY TO REGISTER. CALL JIM TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT AT 219-689-8423. 333 POMEGRANATE AVE.

THE ART AND CULTURE FUSION FEST IS BACK THIS SATURDAY, JAN. 22ND, AT THE AVON PARK COMMUNITY CENTER! ITS A CELEBRATION OF FOOD, MUSIC, DANCE, AND ART SHOWCASING A DIVERSITY OF CULTURES IN HIGHLANDS COUNTY. ACTIVITIES INCLUDE THE AVON PARK HISTORICAL SOCIETY HOSTING TOURS, SELLING FRUIT COBLER IN THE DINING CAR, FACE PAINTING, AND OLD FASHIONED CHILDREN'S GAMES. FOR MORE INFO CALL 863-414-1578.

GET YOUR CHILI ON AT THE 10TH ANNUAL CRAZY PEPPER CHILI COOKOFF IN DOWNTOWN SEBRING ON SATURDAY, JAN 22ND! EVENT IS FROM 12PM-3PM. COME TO SAMPLE ALL OF THE CHILI FLAVORS OR SIGN UP TO COMPETE FOR THE $500 GRAND PRIZE! PROCEEDS WILL BE GOING TO SEVERAL LOCAL CHARITIES. OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE A CAR SHOW, CHILI DOG EATING CONTEST, LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, AND MUCH MORE.

ON SATURDAY, JAN. 22ND, THE CALVARY QUARTET IS RETURNING TO HERITAGE PARK IN WAUCHULA (209 W. MAIN STREET) FROM 4:30PM-6:30PM. ENJOY THE SOUNDS OF “OLD-FASHIONED” FOUR PART HARMONY GOSPEL MUSIC. SPONSORED BY MARANATHA BAPTIST CHURCH. FREE ADMISSION AND A LOVE OFFERING WILL ALSO BE ACCEPTED. COME WITH AN OPEN HEART TO BE BLESSED AND A FOLDING CHAIR TO BE COMFORTABLE! FOR MORE INFO CALL PASTOR JORDAN AT 863-832-7829 OR VISIT MBCHARDEE.ORG.

ON SATURDAY, JAN. 22ND ENJOY A FREE CONCERT- “MAGIC BY NELSON” AT CIRCLE THEATRE. THE SHOW STARTS AT 7PM. ALL DONATIONS ARE ACCEPTED WITH 100% PROCEEDS GOING TOWARDS CHAMPION FOR CHILDREN FOUNDATION. FOR MORE INFO CALL 863-381-6831.

THE LAKE PLACID ELKS LODGE #2661 PRESENTS A NIGHT OF LAUGHS WITH MIKE RIVERA AND ROB CHURCHHILL ON SATURDAY, JAN. 22ND. LOCATED AT 200 CR 621, EAST. THE SHOW STARTS AT 7:00PM WITH SNACKS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE. TICKETS ARE $20. GET YOUR TICKETS AT THE LODGE OR ONLINE AT CHUCKLEHUTLOL.COM. FOR MORE INFO CALL 863-465-2661.

COME HELP SOLVE THE MYSTERY AT THE JANUARY 22, 2022 MYSTERY DINNER AT THE BARN AT PASO FINO. THE MYSTERY THIS YEAR IS THE “DEATH OF A GANGSTER”. IT’S A MAFIA MARRIAGE MURDER MYSTERY SET IN THE 1920’S. THE DINNER STARTS AT 6PM AND GOES UNTIL THE MYSTERY IS SOLVED. FOR TICKETS OR QUESTIONS, CALL 863-464-0768.

PAWSITIVE EFFECTS PRESENTS "WINTER TAILS"- A FREE EVENT FOR EVERYONE AT STUART PARK IN LP, ON SATURDAY, JAN. 22 FROM 10 A.M. TO 3 P.M. THE EVENT RAISES AWARENESS ABOUT PET RESCUE & ANIMAL CARE. ACTIVITIES INCLUDE VENDORS, FOOD, MUSIC, RAFFLES, SILENT AUCTION, COSTUME CONTEST, A PHOTO BOOTH, AND MUCH MORE! FOR MORE INFO CALL 863-441 0351, OR VISIT WWW.PAWSITIVEEFFECTS.ORG.

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF SEBRING PRESENTS THE KING'S BRASS CONCERT, FRIDAY, JAN 28TH. LOCATED AT 126 S PINE ST SEBRING, FL. ENJOY THE SOUNDS OF SACRED POP, JAZZ, AND PATRIOT SONGS AND REALLY GREAT FELLOWSHIP. ADMISSION IS FREE.

DAILEY &VINCENT- A COUNTRY, BLUEGRASS, & GOSPEL CONCERT, WILL BE AT THE GENESIS CENTER IN LAKE PLACID ON FRIDAY, JAN. 28TH FROM 7PM-9PM. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT WWW.SUNEVENTS.COM. 218 E. BELLEVIEW ST, LAKE PLACID.

ON SATURDAY, JAN. 29TH, THE SEBRING HILLS ASSOCIATION WILL BE HAVING A BISCUITS AND GRAVY BREAKFAST FROM 8-10AM. IT WILL BE HELD AT THE CLUBHOUSE AT 200 LARK AVE. $5 FOR MEMBERS AND $6 FOR NON MEMBERS. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

ADELAIDE SHORES RV RESORT BRINGS YOU THE ANNUAL CRUISE IN CAR SHOW ON SUNDAY, JAN. 30TH FROM 1PM-4PM. COME SHOW OFF YOUR RIDE AND JOIN THEM FOR HOTDOGS AND ICE CREAM. FOR MORE INFO CALL BERNIE AT 618-549-1026. 2881 US HWY 27 N, AVON PARK-TURN WEST ON NORTH HIGHLANDS BLVD AND THE ENTRANCE TO THE RESORT IS RIGHT ON PINDO PALM DRIVE.

THE 2021-2022 ROTARY DISTRICT #6890 SPEECH CONTEST IS NOW OPEN TO REGISTER! THE CONTEST IS OPEN TO ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN THE AREA. THE THEME THIS YEAR WILL BE “SERVE TO CHANGE LIVES.” CASH PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED FOR FIRST, SECOND, AND THIRD PLACE. REGISTER BY TUESDAY, FEB. 1ST FOR CONSIDERATION. FOR MORE INFO OR TO REQUEST APPLICATION, CALL 863-382-9622 OR CONTACT MICHAEL AT MICHAELB@HIGHLANDSYMCA.ORG.

THE 2022 HIGHLANDS COUNTY FAIR IS BACK THIS FEB. 4TH- FEB. 12TH! THE EVENT WILL BE AT THE HIGHLANDS COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS AT 681 MAGNOLIA AVE., SEBRING. FOR EVENTS, TIMES, AND MORE INFO, CALL 863-382-2255 OR VISIT WWW.HCFAIR.NET.

TAKE A TRIP ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE 50'S AT A FAMILY FRIENDLY SOCK HOP ON FRIDAY, FEB. 4TH AT 7PM. THE EVENT WILL BE AT CIRCLE THEATRE IN DOWNTOWN SEBRING (202 CIRCLE PARK DRIVE). ALL AGES ARE WELCOME AND IF YOU DRESS IN 50'S ATTIRE YOU CAN ENJOY FREE POPCORN ALL NIGHT. $10 PER PERSON AT THE DOOR, AND CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT GET FREE ADMISSION. DOORS OPEN AT 6:45PM. CALL 863-381-6831 FOR MORE INFORMATION.

THE 56TH ANNUAL LAKE PLACID ARTS AND CRAFTS COUNTRY FAIR IS BACK FEB. 5TH-6TH! COME ENJOY ALL THE VENDORS WITH THEIR HANDMADE GOODIES AND CRAFTS AT HIGHLANDS COUNTY’S OLDEST AND BEST ATTENDED FESTIVAL. FOR QUESTIONS OR TO SIGN UP TO BE A VENDOR CALL 863-465-4331.

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.

NASSGRASS LAWN MOWER RACING IS BACK SATURDAY, FEB. 12TH AT THE AVON PARK MOWERPLEX. THEY RACE EVERY SECOND SATURDAY OF THE MONTH UNTIL MAY. JOIN IN THE FUN WITH 60 MILE-AN-HOUR LAWN MOWER RACING AT THE MOWERPLEX, JUST PAST THE AIRPORT OFF HIGHWAY 64 WEST OF AVON PARK.

HEARTLAND HORSES EQUINE ACTIVITIES & LEARNING IS HOLDING THEIR DENIM & DIAMONDS AUCTION & DINNER, SATURDAY, FEB 12TH AT COULTER RANCH. 1875 DRESSEL ROAD, AVON PARK. THEY ARE CELEBRATING THEIR 23RD ANNIVERSARY. FOR MORE INFO CALL 863-452-0006.

PLAN TO TREAT YOUR SWEETHEART TO A SPECIAL VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER, MONDAY, FEB. 14TH, AT THE APEX AT SEVEN SEBRING HOTEL. 6PM-8PM. 150 MIDWAY DRIVE IN SEBRING. TICKETS ARE $49 PER PERSON AND INCLUDE SOUP/SALAD, AN ENTREE OF BEEF MEDALLION OR BROILED COD, AND A DESSERT. PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS BY CALLING 1-888-738-3601.

OUR FRIENDS AT HIGHLANDS HAMMOCK PRESENT MUSIC IN THE PARK, SATURDAY FEB. 19TH WITH SMOKEHOUSE- SWAMP BLUES. ADMISSION IS $10 PER PERSON AND FREE ADMISSION FOR CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER. BRING A LAWN CHAIRS, BLANKETS, AND FLASHLIGHTS TO ENJOY AN EVENING OF MUSIC UNDER THE STARS. PARK ENTRY IS $6 PER VEHICLE AND WAIVED AFTER 6PM.

WALKER MEMORIAL ACADEMY IS HAVING THEIR KINDERGARTEN OPEN HOUSE ON MONDAY, FEB. 28TH. SEE WHY YOUR FRIENDS AND COLLEAUGES HAVE CHOSEN WALKER MEMORIAL AS THEIR SCHOOL FOR THEIR CHILD TO EXPERIENCE A HIGH QUALITY EDUCATION. JOIN THE “KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP” AT 1525 W. AVON BLVD. IN AVON PARK. CALL 453-3131, EXT: 201 TO REGISTER TO ATTEND THE INTERACTIVE ONE HOUR SESSION. 4PM OR 6PM SESSION AVAILABLE.

BRASSFIELD & GORRIE GENERAL CONTRACTORS PRESENT THE 2022 CLAYS & CAMMO EVENT ON FRIDAY, MAY 13TH TO BENEFIT THE ADVENTHEALTH LAKE PLACID & WAUCHULA HOSPITAL FOUNDATIONS. REGISTRATION AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST TO BEGIN AT 8AM. TEAM SPONSORSHIP IS $650 FOR ONE 4 PERSON TEAM INCLUDING LUNCH. CALL 863-402-5532NOW TO SIGN UP! LOCATED AT THE OK CORRAL AND GUN CLUB, 9449 NE 48TH ST., OKEECHOBEE, FL.

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.

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 HAPPENS EACH WEEK AT THE LAKE PLACID ELKS LODGE! 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 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