This is Heartland Happenings. Your guide to local events throughout the community for the week of November 25

HAPPY THANKSGIVING WEEKEND FROM DOWNTOWN SEBRING!  AND HAVE A HAPPY START TO THE SHOPPING SEASON THIS YEAR WITH SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, THROUGHOUT DOWNTOWN SEBRING.  DON’T MISS THE GRAND LIGHTING OF THE CAROUSEL OF LIGHT SATURDAY EVENING AT SIX – AND WIN PRIZES BY SHOPPING ALL DAY LONG.  STOP BY THE CRA OFFICE ON THE CIRCLE, PICK UP YOUR PASSPORT AND GET IT STAMPED AT PARTICIPATING SHOPS FOR THE DRAWING AT THE END OF THE NIGHT!

AVON PARK’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE IS THIS MONDAY, DECEMBER 2ND, 7:00 PM  IN DOWNTOWN AVON PARK. SEBRING’S IS NEXT FRIDAY, AND LAKE PLACID HOLDS THEIRS DECEMBER 14TH.  CELEBRATE THE FUN OF THE HOLIDAYS WITH A CHRISTMAS TRADITION IN EACH COMMUNITY.

THE NEXT HIGHLANDS COUNTY COMMUNITY-WIDE DRUMMING CIRCLE RUNS FROM 7 TO 9PM FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29 AT UNITY OF SEBRING LIFE ENRICHMENT CENTER ON ORANGE BLOSSOM BETWEEN SEBRING AND LAKE PLACID.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL ADAM ABBOTT AT 991-0345. THIS IS A ONE HOUR LONG COMMUNITY EVENT FOR ALL AGES – AND YES, YOU GET TO PLAY THE DRUMS!

THE ANNUAL “TURKEY TROT” IS BACK, THANKSGIVING MORNING AT HIGHLANDS HAMMOCK STATE PARK.  EARLY ENTRIES GET A DISCOUNT, AND ALL ADULT ENTRIES GET A CUSTOM DESIGNED DRI-FIT SHIRT. CONTACT CHET BROJEK, OR LOG ON TO ENDURANCESPORTSTIMING.COM TO REGISTER.

ATONEMENT LUTHERAN CHURCH IN SEBRING PRESENT “FROSTY’S SOUTHERN CHRISTMAS BAZAAR” SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7TH FROM 9AM TO 1PM.  THERE’S A RAFFLE DRAWING AT NOON, BAKED GOODS, HANDCRAFTED ITEMS, DÉCOR, SCRUBBIES AND WREATHS AND MORE.  ATONEMENT LUTHERAN IS AT 1178 LAKEVIEW DRIVE JUST 1/3 OF A MILKE EAST OF 27 ON SEBRING’S SOUTHSIDE.

JOIN IN ON SATURDAY DECEMBER 7TH AT HIGHLANDS COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES FROM 9AM TO 1PM FOR A SPECIAL ADOPTION EVENT.   YOUR NEXT BEST FRIEND MAY BE WAITING FOR YOU! THERE’S A RAFFLE TABLE WITH BASKETS AND GIVEAWAYS, AND MANY ADOPTION FEES WILL BE WAIVED.  ANIMAL CONTROL IS AT 7300 HAYWOOD TAYLOR BLVD IN SEBRING, JUST NORTH OF THE HUMAN SOCIETY.

THE UNVEILING OF AVON PARKS’ ARMED FORCES TREES FOR THE 2019 HOLIDAY SEASON IS DECEMBER 7TH – PEARL HARBOR DAY – AT 4:30PM AT VETERANS SQUARE ON THE MILE LONG MALL OF AVON PARK.  NEW ADDITIONS TO THE VETERANS SQUARE WALK OF HONOR COMMEMORATIVE BRICKS WILL ALSO BE DEDICATED ALONG WITH A FULL MUSIC PROGRAM.  JOIN YOUR NEIGHBORS AND HONOR THOSE WHO SERVED DECEMBER 7TH IN AVON PARK.  

THE LADIES OF FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF SEBRING ARE HOLDING A SANTA COOKIE AND CANDY SALE DECEMBER 7 FROM 8:30 A.M.TO12:30 P.M. AT THE CHURCH ON 510 POINSETTIA AVENUE IN SEBRING. EXPERT BAKER ELVES HAVE ALREADY STARTED GATHERING INGREDIENTS- ALL HOME MADE, ALL DELICIOUS!  $6.00 PER POUND FOR COOKIES, CANDY PRICED SEPARATELY.

THE LAKE PLACID GARDEN CLUB’S NINTH ANNUAL HOLIDAY HOME AND GARDEN TOUR IS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7TH FROM NOON TILL 4PM.  SEE BEAUTIFULLY DECORATED HOMES AND GARDENS – AND AT ONE HOME, YOU’LL FIND A “GIVING TREE” DECORATED FOR A NEEDY FAMILY IN TOWN, SO BRING AN ORNAMENT ALONG AND PITCH IN!  BUY TICKETS OR LEAN MORE BY CALLING KAREN AT 835-2419.

THE LAKE PLACID NOON ROTARY CLUB’S ANNUAL WILD GAME DINNER IS DECEMBER 7TH.  LIVE MUSIC, GREAT FOOD, INCREDIBLE  AUCTION, AND A PATRIOTIC THEME FOR PEARL HARBOR DAY.   ALL AT A NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR! TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW AT FRAMES & IMAGES IN SEBRING, AND LAKE PLACID FEED AND WESTERN WEAR.

SPRING LAKE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH HOLDS THEIR ANNUAL COOKIE WALK, CRAFT BAZAAR AND CAFÉ ON DECEMBER 7TH FROM 8AM TILL 2PM. THE CHURCH IS AT 8170 COZUMEL LANE IN SEBRING. BUY A “TO GO” CONTAINER AND FILL IT WITH DELICIOUS HOMEMADE COOKIES OF YOUR CHOICE. LOCAL CRAFTERS WILL BE ON HAND SELLING GIFT IDEAS, PLUS BREAKFAST AND LUNCH AVAILABLE IN THE SWEET BLESSINGS CAFÉ.  CALL DEBBIE AT (419) 618-3509.

THE ANNUAL LEISURE LAKES GOLF CART CHRISTMAS PARADE IN LAKE PLACID IS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 – SUGAR SAND DISTILLERY IS HOSTING THE EVENT’S AFTER PARTY FROM 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM THAT NIGHT FOR ALL AGES.  PARTY WITH YOUR FRIENDS AFTER A FUN, LIGHT-HEARTED HOILIDA TRADITION IN LEISURE LAKES.

PLAID TIDINGS, A CHRISTMAS CONCERT, SATURDAY, DEC. 14TH, AT THE JACK STROUP CIVIC CENTER, 355 W. CENTER AVE.,  IN DOWNTOWN SEBRING. THE EVENT IS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HEARTLAND CORE WELLNESS.  TICKETS ARE $10 AT EVENTBRIDE.COM. 

JOIN THE SEBRING HISTORICAL SOCIETY FOR A CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY TRIP TO SEE “THE SINGING CHRISTMAS TREES” AT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF ORLANDO, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14.  THE BUS LEAVES FROM THE SEBRING HISTORICAL SOCIETY AT 10 A.M.  YOUR TRIP INCLUDES A BUFFET LUNCH BEFORE THE PRESENTATION. CALL JIM POLLARD AT 471-2522.

THE WOMEN OF THE MOOSE NEED TOYS FOR A CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY TO BE HELD DECEMBER 21.  THIS PARTY IS FOR LOCAL CHILDREN UNDER TWELVE. LUNCH, GAMES, PRIZES, MAYBE EVEN A VISIT FROM SANTA.   11675 US HIGHWAY 98. CONTACT VICKY CRISWELL FOR MORE INFO AT 863-446-1386.

YELL “BINGO” FOR CHARITY AT THE SEBRING ELKS LODGE EVERY SUNDAY AND  MONDAY NIGHT, YEAR ROUND! PROCEEDS GO TO CHARITY, THERE’S A SNACK BAR, 50/50, 33 INDIVIDUAL GAMES AND A LOW, $6 MINIMUM TO PLAY.  TICKETS GO ON SALE FROM 5 – 5:30, BINGO STARTS AT 6PM. THE ELSE LODGE IS OFF THE CORNER OF LAKEVIEW AND KENILWORTH IN DOWNTOWN SEBRING.

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