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Looking for something to do this weekend? Here's what is going on around the county. TodayTrash and treasure sale at St. John SEBRING - St. John United Methodist Church will hold its annual fall trash and treasure and bake sale 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Lunch will be available today only.
The church is at 3214 Grand Prix Drive. For details, call 382-1736. Spooktacular Sip and Stroll SEBRING - Dress up in your favorite costume and enjoy free wine at participating merchants in downtown Sebring 5-8 p.m. with purchase of a $10 "I Love Downtown Sebring" wine glass or $5 armband during Destination Downtown Sebring's "Spooktacular Sip and Stroll." Glasses are available at the Galleria, 301 Circle Park Drive. Stop by Sadie Kahn Park on North Ridgewood Drive from 5-9 p.m. with guest photographers Jennifer and Keith Goodson, and Hector Gautier. For a $10 donation, you will get a professional portrait of your child or pet with proceeds benefitting the Cornerstone Hospice Pet Peace of Mind program. Some pet costumes will be provided by Dogtown USA. Appointments are available in advance by calling 382-4563. For information, visit www.DestinationDowntownSebring.com. Shannon Reed Band at Elks lodge LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid Elks Lodge, located behind Winn Dixie on C.R. 621, will host the Shannon Reed Band live from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday. The public is invited. A fish fry will be held 5-7 p.m.. Cover charge is $5. All-you-can-eat fish fry AVON PARK - The Avon Park Masonic Lodge, 935 W. Main St., next to the old Save A Lot, will host an all-you-can-eat fish fry dinner 4-7 p.m. Friday for $10. Saturday Saturday Morning Market reopens LAKE PLACID - The Saturday Morning Market reopens 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Stuart Park. Vendors will sell arts, crafts, wine, jewelry, candles, produce, plants, homemade breads, jams, salsa, pickles and more. Breakfast and lunch will be available. Free entertainment will be provided by Party Dog Rick. There is no admission or parking fees. Avon Park hosting sixth Oktoberfest AVON PARK - The sixth annual Oktoberfest will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Avon Park. The one-day festival will start with Wiener Dog Races at Museum Avenue, followed by Fireman Olympics down Main Street. There will be Oompa music, a beer tent, bounce houses, kids' activities, classic car show, arts, crafts, live rock music, food vendors and a Bavarian Olympics competition. The event is sponsored by the Avon Park Main Street CRA. For details, call Laura Wade at 368-2138. Young Eagles holding flight rally SEBRING - Local youth ages 8 to 17 will have a chance to take to the skies on Saturday as Experimental Aircraft Association (Chapter 1240 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally and Pancake Breakfast at Sebring Regional Airport. The rally is part of the EAA Young Eagles Program, created to interest young people in aviation. Since the program was launched in 1992, Volunteer EAA pilots have flown more than 1.4 million young people who reside in more than 90 countries. "Free airplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally," said John Rousch, spokesman for the event. "We hope to build one-to-one relationships between pilots and young people, giving a new generation a chance to learn more about the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation." Pilots at the event will also explain more about their airplanes allowing young people to discover how airplanes work and how pilots ensure safety is the prime concern before every flight. Following the flight, each young person will receive a certificate making them an official Young Eagle. Their name will then be entered into the "World's Largest Logbook," which is on permanent display at the EAA Air Adventure Museum in Oshkosh, Wis., and accessible at www.youngeagles.org. The rally also includes a pancake breakfast where funds go to youth aviation education and guided tours of aircraft, and how activities at an airport are conducted. Each pilot volunteers their time and aircraft so the flights can be provided free of charge. Registration will start at 7:30 a.m. Flights will begin at 8, with registration closing at 11 a.m. For information, visit www.eaa.org or www.youngeagles.org. Drum circle at Oktoberfest AVON PARK - The Primal Connection Community Drum Circle will meet to celebrate Oktoberfest 1-2 p.m. Saturday by the flagpole on Main Street. Everyone is welcome. Bring a chair, blanket and instrument if you have one. Some percussion instruments will be available for use. The group is sponsored in part by the state of Florida, Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Council on Arts and Culture and the National Endowment for the Arts. For information, go online to www.primalconnection.org or call Fred Leavitt at 402-8238. All-you-can-eat breakfast at Union AVON PARK - Union Congregational Church, 106 N. Butler Ave., will host an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast 7:30-10 a.m. Saturday in the Solid Grounds Café. Tanglewood schedules snowbird dance SEBRING - Tanglewood will host a "They're Back" snowbird welcome dance 7-10 p.m. Saturday in the clubhouse. Music will be provided by Tony and Trish, and Buddy and Joanie Canova. Cost is $4 for residents with badges and $6 for guests. Bring snacks and beverages to share with your friends. Fundraiser spaghetti dinner at social center SEBRING - The Highlands Social Center, 3400 Sebring Parkway, will host a fundraiser spaghetti with meatballs dinner 4-7 p.m. Saturday. Eat in or take out. Tickets are $7 in advance or $7.50 at the door. All proceeds benefit the center. For information, call 386-0752. Commotion Band performing SEBRING - Commotion Band will perform 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Back Alley Bar and Grill of Palm Diner, 2710 Lakeview Drive. The band plays classic rock and dance music. For information, call 385-7323. Sunday Local award-winning author to read at SNO SEBRING - Local resident Sunny Serafino, author of 12 published novels and one memoir, will read a selection from one of her books at 6 p.m. Sunday during the Scribes Night Out session at Brewster's Coffee House, 2191 U.S. 27 N., just south of Home Depot. Serafino has won four literary awards from the Florida Writers' Association, including two for her latest book, "Finding Amy," published in 2011. One award was for women's fiction; the other, for Book of the Year. Calling herself a writer of Christian fiction, Serafino was once asked what makes a book so special if it wins an award. "I like to think it was special," she said, "because it reached the heart and soul of the reader - that there was something real, unique or compelling about the story and the characters which made it special." She has also taught writing classes at the local college and at other locales throughout the county. Following Serafino's reading, the mike will be open for other authors to briefly share a portion of what they have written. Scribes Night Out is a gathering of published and unpublished writers who get together at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Sundays each month at Brewster's. Admission is free and is open to those 18 and older. Those who just want to listen are invited. There is no judging, nor is this a how-to-write session. For more information, call Art Lefkowitz at 385-1554.