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‘Through the Eyes of a Child” at Audubon

“Through the Eyes of a Child” will be the theme when Katherine Sands speaks about revelations she experienced on her trip to camp in Ohio by explaining a child’s view versus an adult’s view on life. The talk will be at a Thursday meeting of the Highlands County Audubon Society.

The meeting will convene at the Masonic Lodge at 106 N. Main Ave. in Lake Placid. There will be a covered dish dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will start promptly at 7:15. Those attending are asked to bring their own table service for dinner.

Sands is a fifth-grade teacher at Memorial Elementary School, the 3-5 Science Connections team member, a member of the PTO and in her eighth year of teaching. She received the 14th annual Miriam Beck Environmental Education Memorial Award to attend the Educator’s Week designed for teachers at the Camp Oty’Okwa in Ohio. Beck was a teacher, naturalist and journalist who left her home in Lake Placid to Highlands County Audubon. The home was sold and an award established for teachers in her memory. An Awards Committee selects a teacher.

Audubon meetings are free and open to the public. For more information call Helen Obenchain at 863-465-2468.

Harvest Festival on Main to be a fun-filled AP affair

Park and Avon Elementary Schools will once again host Harvest Festival On Main Street in Avon Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19. Activities will promise to be nostalgic for many as the schools resurrect a Costume Parade Down Main Street, similar to one from years ago.

Students interested in participating in the parade should line up behind the Jacaranda Hotel at 9 a.m. for judging. The parade will proceed down Lake Avenue and turn onto Main Street ending at Donaldson Park for Harvest Festival fun featuring bounce houses, pony rides, lots of games and vendors. Most can be enjoyed by purchasing an $8 arm band.

Lots of food will also be available but will be charged separately.

Proceeds from Harvest Festival On Main Street go toward purchasing books and supplies for the two schools. For more information call Park Elementary School at 863-452-4373.

Steak night, costume contest at American Legion

Placid Post 25, The American Legion will host “steak by the ounce” Friday evening from 4:30 to 7 o’clock. Entertainment will be by FrankE.

The post home will be the setting for a Saturday, Oct. 26 Halloween costume party. Prizes will be awarded. “Come and enjoy the fun with or without a costume,” a spokesman said. “Bring a dish to share.” Doors open at 6 p.m. and entertainment is from 7 to 11.

Both events are open to the public.

The American Legion post is on U.S. 27, north of Lake Placid.

Highway Park Neighborhood Council to meet Oct. 21

The Highway Park Neighborhood Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21 at the New Life Assembly Church in Highway Park. The church is located at the corner of Cloverland Street and Williams Avenue.

“All are welcome to attend, so please join us as we discuss important community issues and upcoming events,” said spokesperson Patrice Ayala.

Guardian ad Litem volunteer information to be offered

The Guardian ad Litem program, which serves abused and neglected children across Highlands County, is seeking volunteers. Dawn Shinskey, a recruiter for the program, will have information about becoming a volunteer at the Lake Placid Memorial Library on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. until noon.

If you cannot attend this orientation session, call Shinskey at 863-534-4597 or email

Tickets available for fashion show, luncheon

Heart of Highland, Sweet Adelines, Show Chorus will present “Adelines Fashions On Parade,” a fashion show and luncheon, Saturday, Nov. 23 and tickets are available now.

The annual event will be held at the Lake Placid Elks Lodge. Doors will open at 11 a.m. and lunch will be at noon. The menu will include glazed apricot chicken, with all the trimmings.

Models will represent Amber Louise in Lake Placid, and BonWorth, Dress Barn, and Sue’s Cubby Hole all in Sebring. There will be an opportunity table, door prizes, and entertainment by the Chorus and its Quartets.

“Please join us for an afternoon of great fashions, food, and entertainment,” said spokeswoman Maureen Raymond.

Tickets are $25 and can be reserved by calling 863-699-1288.

Sponsors sought for 47th Fine Arts, Crafts Festival

A few sponsorship opportunities are still available for the 47th annual Fine Arts & Crafts Festival in Downtown Sebring on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The festival is organized by the Highlands Art League. To inquire about remaining sponsorships, call 863-385-5312 or visit to download a sponsorship application.

Goin’ to the dogs

The Placid Lakes Social Circle has set plans to sponsor a chartered bus day trip to the Naples/Fort Myers Greyhound Track on Nov. 13.

The bus will leave Placid Lakes Town Hall, 2010 Placid Lakes Blvd., at 9:15 a.m. The $38 cost includes bus fare, track entrance fee, programs, lunch, unlimited coffee, tea and soft drinks, tax and gratuity.

Call 863-699-6331 or 863-699-0886 for reservations.

Empty Bowl Luncheon to benefit Food Bank

The Heartland Food Bank will host its major fundraiser, the Empty Bowls Luncheon, at the Bert J. Harris Jr. Agri-Civic Center on US 27 South in Sebring from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18. Cost is $10 per person.

“Enjoy bidding on the silent auction items; or buy a $5 ticket to possibly win a colorful, decorative bag containing an item worth more than $5; feast on our unique lunch menu; and enjoy listening to the Sebring High School Show Choir, the Walker Academy Steel Drum Band, and soloist, Nala Price.

For more information call Mary Foy at the Heartland Food Bank at 863-381-8784.