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From classic cars, music and pancakes to art, entertainment and wine; Highlands County has a lot to offer this weekend. Where will we see you?


Tanglewood hosting touring entertainers

SEBRING - Tanglewood will host the Entertainment Design Network Showcase today and Saturday.

Two days will include auditions from more than 40 entertainers touring the Florida market. Each act will have 15 minutes to showcase their talents to 50 or more entertainment directors from across Florida.

Performances will start at 10:30 a.m. both days and will run until about 5 p.m. Cost Is $10 for both days. Food and drinks will be available.

Masonic Lodge sets fish fry

AVON PARK - The Masonic Lodge at 935 W. Main St. will hold an all-you-can-eat fish fry 4-7 p.m. today.

Cost is $10. For information, call 368-0266.

Art league sets artist of month reception

SEBRING - The Highlands Art League will host its January Artist of the Month reception 5-8 p.m. tonight at the Yellow House Gallery and Gift Shop, 1989 Lakeview Drive.

Come meet artist Jan Fetters and see her delicate batik watercolor paintings.

Included in the evening will be light refreshments and snacks with live music. In addition, HAL studio artists' and members' artwork will be on display.

Fetters is a former postal manager who began painting after she retired and has painted in most mediums, but prefers watercolor and oil. She has become well-known for her batik-style watercolor on rice paper. It is a tedious process of layering paint and watercolor.

Fetters divides her time between Florida and Ohio. Summers spent in Ohio is where she has a special spot to paint, then comes to Florida each winter to share her love of painting with her students.

For additional information, call 385-5312 or visit www.highlandsartleague .org.

Elks lodge will hold fish fry

LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid Elks Lodge will host a fish fry dinner 5-7 p.m. tonight.

Cost is $8.50. Baked or fried fish will be available. Music and dancing will be provided by Tom McGannon.

Members and guests are welcome.

Dance club to host The Skylarks

SEBRING - The Highlands Social Dance Club will host the music of The Skylarks 10-piece dance band 7-9:30 p.m. tonight at the Highlands Social Center, 3400 Sebring Parkway.

Dance to the big band sounds of the '40s, '50s and '60s. Snacks and sandwiches will be available. Admission is $7 for members and $5 for nonmembers. Dress smart, casual. Everyone is welcome, including singles; BYOB.

For information, call 386-0855 or visit www .highlandsdanceclub.org.

Music at Under the Oaks Opry

SEBRING - Under the Oaks Opry, 3501 Beck Ave., will host country, bluegrass, blues and gospel music at 7 p.m. tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday.

This is an inside family venue, and no alcohol is permitted.

For information, call Ken at 253-0771.


Pancake breakfast in Sebring Hills

SEBRING - A pancake breakfast will be held 8-10 a.m. Saturday at the Sebring Hills Clubhouse, 200 Lark Ave.

All-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, orange juice, coffee and tea is $3 for members and $3.50 for nonmembers.

Saturday Morning Market on tap

LAKE PLACID - The Saturday Morning Market will take place 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Stuart Park.

Arts and crafts, fresh vegetables, jewelry, wine, homemade breads, jams, salsa to and more will be available. Breakfast and lunch will be available. Free entertainment will be provided by Barney and Nancy Miesse and Party Dog Rick.

For details, call 465-4331.

Young Eagles slate pancake breakfast

SEBRING - Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1240 will host a pancake breakfast Saturday at Sebring Regional Airport. A $6 donation is requested.

The breakfast supports the EAA Youth Aviation Scholarship Program and EAA Young Eagles Programs, 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.

This also is a good time for U.S. Sport Expo volunteers to drop by and get breakfast on their way to pick up their passes for the Expo.

The breakfast is being held in the EA 1240 Aviation Development Center on the south flight line; follow the signs and enter through gate 24

For details, contact John Rousch at 273-0522 or jhr@strato.net. Visit www .eaa1240.org.

Cheerleaders plan lasagna lunch

LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid High School Varsity Cheerleaders will hold a lasagna lunch 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday during Saturday Morning Market at Stuart Park.

Cost is $10, which includes lasagna, garlic bread, dessert and tea. For tickets, call Coach Reid at 840-1379.

Church hosting annual garage sale

SEBRING - Spring Lake United Methodist Church's annual garage sale will be held 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

There will be pre-loved treasures and a bake sale. Breakfast, including French toast, sausage and breakfast casserole, as well as lunch consisting of vegetable beef soup, hot dogs and sloppy Joes will be available.

The church is at 8170 Cozumel Lane, a quarter mile east of the hardware store on U.S. 98.

Play to revisit life of Charles Lindbergh

AVON PARK - Actor Steve Carroll will perform his one-man play, "Charles Lindbergh: Lone Eagle" during the 2014 South Florida State College Kaleidoscope Series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the SFSC University Center Auditorium.

Explore the life and times of Charles Lindbergh as Carroll dons the famous flight cap and knickers. He recounts Lindbergh's early barnstorming days, the famous flight to Paris, his son's kidnapping, his heroism as a fighter pilot and his final days as a world-renowned environmentalist in this entertaining one-man show.

Carroll was an original member of The Meat and Potatoes Company in New York City. He has worked extensively in theatre, commercials, industrial films and daytime dramas, including a four-year stint as Dr. Matt Rawlins on ABC's "One Life to Live."

This performance is sponsored by The Daisy Girl Shop/Cindy Mungall, Sunny K. Zengler and C&C Plumbing & Repair Inc.

Individual tickets are $19 and $21, and are available by visiting www .performances.south florida.edu or by calling 784-7178.

Annual international wine tasting returns

SEBRING - The Sixth Annual International Wine Tasting to benefit the Highlands Art League returns to the Kenilworth Lodge 6:40-9:30 p.m. Jan. 11.

Wine and food from France, Italy, Spain and the U.S., as well as selections from a mix of other wine-producing regions, will be sampled and paired with gourmet appetizer and dessert selections. Micro-brews and gourmet coffees will round out the fare.

While sampling the wines and foods, guests can browse and bid on silent auction items, which include original art, unique gifts and vacation trips. A 50/50 raffle will provide a chance to win cash. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase at HAL's Yellow House Gallery, 1989 Lakeview Drive, and online at www.Highlands ArtLeague.org for $35 in advance or $40 at the door.

The annual wine tasting is one of the most popular fundraisers for HAL and is sponsored by Lakeside Air Conditioning. Proceeds will help HAL further its mission to encourage emerging and evolving artists of all ages and to positively impact our community through the celebration and exploration of the arts.

For tickets and volunteer information, visit www.HighlandsArtLeague .org or call 385-5312.

Artist's reception set for Leavitt at Sebring airport

SEBRING - Heartland Cultural Alliance will hold the opening of its first exhibit of 2014, "Fred Leavitt Exposed, a Look at His Art Side" 5-7 p.m. Jan. 11 at Sebring Regional Airport. The show will take place at the upgraded HCA Galleries.

The exhibit will feature both the classic photography and innovative digital art of Fred Leavitt. Kenny Summers will provide classical guitar music. Edibles, libations and soft drinks will be provided. It is open to the public and free.

Leavitt is a distinguished photographer and digital artist with work in museums across the U.S. and the Vatican Collection in Rome. He is a Pulitzer Prize nominee with three award-winning books of his work published. Leavitt has done assignment work for numerous national magazines including National Geographic, Life, and Look. He is president of the Heartland Cultural Alliance and Primal Connection.

For more information, contact Leavitt at 402-8238 or email info@hHartlandCulturalAlliance.org.

Saturday Night Cruise on tap

SEBRNIG - The Saturday Night Cruise will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the Circle in downtown Sebring.

See classic cars, here live entertainment and enjoy food. Visit www.SebringCruise.com.

Don West, Silver Eagle Band performing

SEBRING - Don West and the Silver Eagle Band will play classic country music 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the Highlands Social Center, 3400 Sebring Parkway.

Admission is $5; BYOB. Call 471-1737.

Buttonwood Bay hosting Uptown Country

SEBRING - Buttonwood Bay will host Uptown Country from 7 to 10 p.m. during its Saturday night dance.

Popcorn and soda will be available. Admission is $4 for park residents and $6 for non-residents.

Sebring Village plans dance

SEBRING - Sebring Village will host a dance by Larry Musgrave 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday at the clubhouse, located one mile behind Walmart off Schumacher Road.

Cost is $5 per person. BYOB; ice is provided. Seating is limited. For tickets, call 386-0045 or 273-0875.


SNO kicks off new year with Christine Yarbour

SEBRING - Local author and artist Christine Yarbour of the Lake Placid will be the featured ready at Sunday's Scribes Night Out meeting, starting at 6 p.m. at Brewster's Coffee House.

She will showcase her columns on the making and breaking of resolutions and the importance of choosing to adopt a positive attitude.

Also on tap will be other writers stepping up to the microphone to share some of their works with the audience. Admission is free, but refreshments will be on sale.

Scribes Night Out is now entering its fourth year, with noted author Sunny Serafino serving as Sunday's moderator.

For more information, call SNO facilitator Art Lefkowitz at 385-1554.