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Author to sign books in Avon Park

AVON PARK - Author Barbara J. Miachika will hold a book signing at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Avon Park Public Library, 100 N. Museum Ave.

Her memoir, "The Accidental Baker: A Cake for Every Crisis" was published in October. Miachika's perfect marriage exploded after 30 years when her husband lost his income, became an alcoholic and died.

A talented cook and baker, she used her culinary skills to create Cuisine de Barbara, a private cooking school in her home, which was featured in Bon Appétit Magazine. She has been an executive chef in San Francisco and is an entrepreneur who has established two other successful businesses.

This event is free and open to the public.

For information, call 452-3803.

Church holding musical drama

SEBRING- Maranatha Baptist Church's choir and drama team will present the musical drama "One Bethlehem Night" at 7 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Sunday.

Written by Jeff Atwood and John Lemonis, this musical drama provides a glimpse of what might have happened on the night Jesus was born.

All of the characters, except Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds, are fictional.

"Real people were present that night and were touched in some way by Mary and Joseph as they came to the inn. Though some of the characters and happenings are imagined, the main event - the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior - is the one true, immutable event that forever changed their lives," states a news release.

People playing main roles are David Waite, Gary Hanson, Cathy Witham and Leon Moody. Accompanists are Rachel Waite at the piano and Ann Truax on the organ. The musical is directed by Jan Burgess.

Maranatha Baptist Church is located in Maranatha Village, off Arbuckle Creek Road, 2 miles east of SR-17N in Sebring.

For more information call 863-382-8594 or 863-382-4301.

Pajama square dance slated

LAKE PLACID - The Pine Ridge Promenanders will hold a Pajama Party Square Dance Thursday at Sunshine RV Resort on SR 70, east of U.S. 27.

Larry Chatos will begin cueing at 7 p.m. and Mike Doughty will start calling at 7:30.

Snacks will be served. Square dance attire is not required. For details, call Colleen at 465-1737.

Guardian ad Litem seeks volunteers

LAKE PLACID - 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 from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 12 at the Lake Placid Memorial Library and 1-3 p.m. Thursday at the Sebring Library.

Stop by with any questions you may have. If you cannot attend, contact Shinskey at 534-4597 or


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