Mark Palmer Memorial scholarship

AVON PARK — The Highlands Seminole Club is accepting applications and essays now through August 31 for the Mark Palmer Memorial Scholarship. This award is for students who have been accepted to Florida State University and have graduated from a Highlands County high school. For more information, email Erin at or visit the Facebook page @highlandsnoles.

Start Your Business seminar

AVON PARK — The Florida SBDC at USF is offering a “Starting Your Business” workshop 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16, at 600 W. College Drive, Building H Room 110 in Avon Park. Fee is $10. Reference CRN 10750. For information, call 863-784-7405.

Amendments forum

AVON PARK — An Amendments Forum to discuss the 13 new amendments on the November 6 ballot will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16, at SFSC, 600 College Drive in Avon Park. Presenters are Jessie Gomez and Andy Crossfield from the nonpartisan League of Women Voters. For information, call Susie Johnson at 863-385-0008.

Mardi Gras dance

SEBRING — Sebring Village will host their Mardi Gras Dance from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, 4343 Schumacher Road in Sebring. Music by Chrissy Harriman. BYOB. Cost is $7.

VFW roast pork dinner

AVON PARK — The VFW Auxiliary will serve a catfish and/or shrimp dinner from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17 at VFW Post 9853, 75 N. Olivia Drive in Avon Park. Includes traditional sides and dessert. Cost is $8. Carryout available until sold out. Smoke free dining room. Open to the public.

Annual Avon Park picnic

AVON PARK — The 11th annual Avon Park Picnic will take place at noon on Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Avon Park Community Center, 300 W. Main Street. All residents are invited to meet and greet 2018 Pioneers of the Year. Must bring covered dish to share. Tables can be reserved for $25 (seats eight). For information, or to reserve a table, call Jean Jordan at 863-453-6957. Sponsored by Avon Park Historical Society and Museum.

Back to School Bash

SEBRING — Central Florida Neuropsychology will host a Back to School Celebration Bash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 4844 Sun N Lake Blvd. in Sebring. Bounce house, kids movies, popcorn and a special visit from Santa who is vacationing in Sebring! For information, call 863-402-2222.

Ballroom Dancers in action

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Ballroom Dancers will host a “True Blue” Dance Party on Saturday, August 18 at the Lake Placid Elks Lodge from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. featuring Buddy Canova, our fantastic musician with his sax, flute, guitar, voice, etc. for your dancing pleasure. Pizza, hot dogs and stuffed pretzels will be available in the Lounge Cash Bar. If you wear anything “Blue” you are a “True Blue” member who is loyal and faithful and eligible to partake in the Rooster Round-Up at intermission. There will be a “Chicken Hawk” watching the barnyard. Admission is a donation of $6 for LPBD members and $8 for non-members. The event is open to the public and singles are welcome or bring your friends and have a fun night dancing and socializing. Ballroom Dancing the third Saturday of the month at Lake Placid Elks Lodge. Call Shirley Hall at 863 314-9215. The Elks Lodge is East on CR621 off US27 behind the Save A Lot.

Breakfast buffet

SEBRING — The Sebring Elks #1529 will host a Breakfast Buffet from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Aug. 19, at the Lodge, 2618 Kenilworth Blvd. Cost is $9 and is open to the public.

Chelsea’s fundraiser

LAKE PLACID — Jaxson’s in Lake Placid will have a fundraiser for Chelsea from 1-8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19. Raffle, 50/50 and food. All money raised goes to help Chelsea and her family with expenses from her recent accident.

S.A.L.T. meeting scheduled

SEBRING — The next meeting of Highlands County Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.) Council will be at 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Homer’s Restaurant, 1000 Sebring Parkway. This month’s guest speaker is Colonel Mike Borders, USA Retired.

VFW summer supper

AVON PARK — The VFW Post #9853 will have its Cool Summer Supper from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24, 75 N. Olivia Drive in Avon Park. Meal includes chicken drummies, potato salad, three-bean salad and strawberry cream pie for $8. Smoke-free dining area.

Free essential oils class

LAKE PLACID — There will be a free essential oils class from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24, at the MidFlorida Credit Union activity room, 6 N. Main Ave. (back of the building) in Lake Placid. Light refreshments will be served. One door prize per session. For more information, call Nicole at 540-742-2381 or email

Free essential oils class

SEBRING — There will be a free essential oils class from 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Sebring Public Library, 319 W. Center Ave. in Sebring. Light refreshments will be served. One door prize per session. For more information, call Nicole at 540-742-2381 or email

Speakeasy Soiree

SEBRING — NU-HOPE Elder Care Services will have their 2018 Speakeasy Soiree from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24, at Jack Stroup Civic Center in Sebring. Tickets $75 each or $100 per couple. Dress is 1920’s costumes and fancy attire strongly encouraged. Live “Golden Era” band, “back room” gaming, dancing, raffles and more. Reservations required. For reservations or information, contact NU-HOPE at 863-382-2134 or

Samaritan’s spaghetti dinner

AVON PARK — Samaritan’s Touch Care Center and Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church will host a Spaghetti Dinner from 4-6 p.m. on Aug. 11, at the church, 595 E. Main Street in Avon Park. Eat in or take out. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 children. Spaghetti, lettuce salad, garlic bread, cookies and sweet tea.

Scribblers & Scribes next meeting

SEBRING — The FWA group, Scribblers & Scribes, will have its next meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at The Watering Hole Restaurant, 6813 US Hwy 27 South in Sebring. The public is invited and FWA membership not required but encouraged. For information, call Barbara at 863-402-9181


Challenge 22 and picnic

AVON PARK — The American Legion Post 69 will host their Challenge 22 walk and Summer Bash at noon on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 1301 W. Bell Street in Avon Park. For information, contact Service Officer Larry Roberts at 850-718-7773.

Free Day of Dentistry

SEBRING — Dr. David E. Willey D.M.D., Dr. Steven Guelff, Dr. Mike Lamp and volunteers will take part in a Free Day of Dentistry on Friday, September 14, at 4741 Lakeview Drive in Sebring. Registration starts at 7 a.m. First come first serve basis. For information, call 863-658-3897.

Selamta family dinner

Sebring — There will be a Selamta Family Dinner from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Champion for Children Circle Theatre in Sebring. $50 per plate. Raffle items, beer and wine, live country music and grills blazing. For information, call 863-840-1719.

Heartland American-Israeli Initiative lunch

On Wednesday, Sept. 15, the Heartland American-Israeli Initiative will hold its monthly meeting at Chicane’s Restaurant, located at 3101 Golfview Drive in Sebring. The guest speaker is Chana Nesenoff, speaking on The Miracle of Israel and how we can help to keep the miracle flourishing. The event begins at 11:45 a.m., with ordering lunch off the menu, followed by the speaker. The event is open to the public.

Water birds workshop

SEBRING — The UF/IFAS Extension office is hosting a “Water Birds” workshop from 8 a.m. to noon on Monday, Sept. 17, at the extension office, 4509 George Blvd. in Sebring. Registration fee is $10. Bring binoculars for bird watching on Lake Istokpoga. For information or to register, call 863-402-6540.

Healthy Heart 5K run/4K Paws run

SEBRING — The annual Healthy Heart 5K Run and 4K Paws Run will take place this year on Oct. 6 at Highlands Hammock State Park. The 5K begins at 7:45 a.m. and the 4K with your dog starts at 8:15 a.m. First five dogs across the finish line receive a prize. For information, call Jim or Colleen Polatty at 863-386-4927.

5th annual Barktoberfest

LAKE PLACID — The fifth Annual Barktoberfest is happening 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Stuart Park in Lake Placid. Silent auctions, raffles, nail clipping, pet costume contests, and more! On site microchips only $10. For more information call 863-441-0351 or visit


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