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Stroll downtown with Wine Walk

SEBRING - A Valentine's Day Wine Walk will be held 5-8 p.m. tonight in downtown Sebring.

Stop by Galleria 301 to pick up your wine glass, then stroll the streets of downtown to receive complimentary wine tastings from local merchants.

For details, visit www.destinationdowntownsebring.com.

Art show planned alongside Wine Walk

SEBRING - An art show will be held at 5 p.m. tonight at Lucid Heart Gallery, 131 N. Ridgewood Drive, curated just in time for the Valentine's Day Wine Walk in downtown Sebring.

This invitational exhibit features the work of Jeremy Berkson, Judy Graham, Jouette Koning, Fred Leavitt, Patty Lloyd, Stefanie Nellett, Melissa Platt, Peter Powell Roberts, Mark Stanford and Tony Tapia. It includes photography, sculpture, oil paintings, jewelry, digital art, mixed media and more.

For more information call 402-8238.

Chalk artist drawing at the Circle

SEBRING - Chalk artist Francois Bergeron of Quebec, Canada will draw his 45-minute presentation of "The Masterpiece (Unconditional Love)" at 6:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday on the Circle downtown.

The audience will have the chance to look into the time of Jesus's life. There is no charge and he will do smaller requested projects at the Circle 3-6 p.m. both days.

He will also present "The Masterpiece" at 10:30 a.m. worship Sunday at The Church of the Way, 1005 N. Ridgewood Drive.

Masons hosting fish fry

AVON PARK - The Avon Park Masonic Lodge, 935 W. Main St., will host an all-you-can-eat fish fry dinner 4-7 p.m. tonight.

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

Moose plan Valentine's dinner, dance

SEBRING - A Valentine's Day dinner-dance will be hosted 6-9 p.m. Friday by Moose Lodge #2259 on U.S. 98.

Dinner will be chicken breast with sausage and sage dressing, vegetable medley, salad, roll and cheesecake. LOOM officers will serve dinner in black tie. Entertainment will Todd Allen's Elvis Presley Revue in Black Leather.

Reservation tickets are $12 each with the opportunity to choose your seating. The WOTM will hold a fundraiser with net profits going to MooseHeart, a residential school in Illinois for children in need, and MooseHaven, a residential community in Florida for seniors who have succumbed to hard times. It is a wide-brimmed sun hat covered in Florida lottery scratch-off tickets that will be raffled off. Tickets will be sold through Valentine's Day at six for $5. There will also be a 50/50 drawing.

Members and guests are welcome.

Valentine's dance featuring The Skylarks

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

Dance to the big band sounds of the '50s, '60s and '70s. You may bring your own hors d'oeuvres; BYOB. Admission is $5. Everyone is welcome, including singles. Dress smart-casual.

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

Valentine's show at Under the Oaks Opry

AVON PARK - Under The Oaks Opry will host a Valentine's Show at 7 p.m. tonight with turkey and ham dinner at 5 p.m.; please bring a dish.

Songwriter G.W. Saunders will perform at 7 p.m. with special guest, Georgia Country Music Hall of Famer Maybelle Knight.

The opry is at 3501 Beck Ave. For details, call 253-0771.

Valentine's dance at Adelaide Shores

AVON PARK - Adelaide Shores RV Resort will host a Valentine's Day Dance 7-10 p.m. tonight with entertainment by Rick Arnold.

Tickets are $7.50.


Model airplane club sets FunFly

LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid Aeromodelers model airplane flying club will host FunFly on Saturday at their flying field, located west of U.S. 27 on Placid Lakes Boulevard, one mile north of S.R 70.

Gates open at 10 a.m. and airplanes are scheduled to fly throughout the day.

At FunFly, you'll have the opportunity to try hands-on flying, copiloting with a club instructor. There will be aerobatics, flying demonstrations of many types of aircraft, static model airplane displays and presentations on how radio control airplanes work. Club members will answer questions.

The event is free, but a parking donation of $5 per car is appreciated.

Food and drinks will be available. There will be free door prizes.

For more information, call Jon Draper at 840-0440.

Strawberry Festival at Henscratch

LAKE PLACID - The Second Annual Strawberry Festival will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Henscratch Farms.

There will be winery tours, wine by the glass or bottle, hot dogs and barbecue lunch, and the Ice Cream Shack will serve everything strawberry, including shakes.

The Fiddle Pickin' Band will provide entertainment.

Breakfast in Avon Park Lakes

AVON PARK - The Avon Park Lakes Association, 2714 Nautilus Drive, will host a pancake breakfast 7:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday.

There will be pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs or homemade sausage gravy over biscuits, with or without scrambled eggs, coffee and Maxwell's orange juice. Cost $5 for adults and $3 for children. The public is welcome.

Sebring Mobile Estates hosting breakfast

SEBRING - Sebring Mobile Estates, 4108 Kenilworth Blvd., will host a country breakfast 7-9:30 a.m. Saturday.

The menu will include pancakes, eggs, home fries, sausage, biscuits and gravy, orange juice and coffee. Cost is $4.

Sidewalk sales in downtown Sebring

SEBRING - The Downtown Community Sidewalk Sale will be held 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in downtown Sebring.

For information, call 382-2649 or visit www.destinationdowntownsebring.com.

Humane Society rummage sale

SEBRING - The Humane Society of Highlands County will host its annual rummage sale 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Bert J. Harris Jr. Agricultural Center on George Boulevard.

There will be a huge room full of bargains.

Future Business Leaders holding yard sale

AVON PARK - Avon Park High School's Future Business Leaders of America will hold a yard sale 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 100 N. Anoka Ave.

Students are working to raise money to attend their upcoming state leadership conference where they will compete in a variety of events. Donations will be accepted.

For more information, contact advisor Wade Jackson at jacksonteacher@hotmail.com or 452-4311.

Sebring Lions slate yard sale

SEBRING - Members of the Sebring Lions Club will hold a yard sale 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the fenced-in property next to the Senior Center on Sebring Parkway.

Items include furniture, household and miscellaneous.

Proceeds help the Lions support the following: Bay Pines Fisher House, Fisher House West Palm Beach, Fisher House St. Petersburg, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Conklin Center for the Multi-Handicapped/Blind, Florida Dog Guide for the Deaf, Florida Foundation for the Blind, Florida Lions Eye Bank and Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc.

Sweet Adelines scholarship fundraiser show

AVON PARK - The Sweet Adelines' Broadway Bound Show, a major scholarship fundraiser, will feature guest quartets Good Blend and Sassy at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the SFSC Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Good Blend is a male four-part vocal a capella harmony group established in March 2005. These long-time friends and fellow musicians share 50-plus years of combined experience entertaining audiences. They have enjoyed numerous performances in a wide range of events where their variety and professionalism have constantly amazed, humored and delighted audiences throughout Florida.

Sassy are winners of 2012 Regional Competition. These four gals are not only beautiful, but possess beautiful harmony.

Tickets are $15. For information, call 452-1927, 414-4914 or 699-0743.

American Legion hosting Elvis Wade show

LAKE PLACID - American Legion Post 25 will host a Valentine's dinner and dance with Elvis impersonator Elvis Wade on Saturday.

Dinner will be served 5-6 p.m. with the show 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Wade has performed with 20 national symphonies including Atlanta, Phoenix, Louisville and the Florida Orchestra.

The show will also feature Sandy Posey singing her hits "Born A Woman," "Single Girl," "I Take It Back," "Happy Happy Birthday Baby," "Love Love Chapel of Love" and more.

Tickets are $20. For information, visit www.elviswade.com or call the post at 465-7940.

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.

American Legion ladies' auction, dinner

SEBRING - American Legion Post 74 will host a ladies auxiliary dinner and red bag auction 4-6 p.m. Saturday.

The menu includes open-face hot beef sandwiches, mashed potatoes, green beans and dessert for $6. Karaoke will be provided by Johnny B.

For details, call 471-1448.

Jimmy Smith appearing at LP Elks Lodge

LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid Elks Lodge will host "Remembering the Legends," starring Jimmy Smith from Pigeon Forge, TN, at 4 p.m. Feb. 15. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

Smith will take you back to earlier times as he sings classic songs by Roy Orbison, Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, Tom Jones and more. The second half of the program will be dedicated to Reflections of Elvis.

Tickets are $10 for open seatin and are available at the lodge.


Annual Germanfest on tap

SEBRING - The annual Germanfest will be held 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Sebring Recreation Club, 333 Pomegranate Ave.

It is open to the public. The Bavarian Wunderkinds will provide polka, waltzes and marches, along with big band favorites, '50s and '60s music from 1-3 p.m.

The menu will consist of brats, sauerkraut, red cabbage, German potato salad, dessert and beverage. Suggested cost is a donation of $7. A love offering will be taken for the band.

For more information, call 385-2966.

Sebring Masons serving lunch

SEBRING - Sebring Masonic Lodge No. 249 will serve an all-you-can-eat barbecue chicken lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday for a $10 donation.

The menu includes chicken, coleslaw, baked beans, potato salad, dessert and beverage.

The lodge is located on the corner of Home Avenue and Sebring Parkway. The public is invited; takeout is available.

Placid Masons serving lunch

LAKE PLACID - Placid Masonic Lodge #282 will host a pulled pork dinner noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Cost is $8 which includes baked beans, coleslaw, bread, drink and dessert. Eat in or take out.

The lodge is at 102 N. Main St. For information, call 465-8185.