Looking for something to do this weekend? See what's happening in the county.
TodayHighlands Hammock hosting haunted event
SEBRING - Highlands Hammock State Park will host its first annual Haunted Hammock event 6-10 p.m. today and Saturday.
Admission is free for children under 6, $2 for kids ages 6-12 and $5 for ages 13 and up. This "spooktacular" event will feature a huge haunted house, a "Terror Tram," a no-scare kid zone, carnival-style games with candy, live DJ entertainment and prize contests, including a costume contest. There will be food vendors selling food and drinks.
VFW post haunted house
AVON PARK - Avon Park VFW Post 9853 will host its Haunted House 6-9 p.m. tonight and Saturday.
Admission is $3 and proceeds will benefit local veterans.
The post is located at 75 N. Olivia Drive.
Pumpkin Party planned at Memorial
LAKE PLACID - Memorial United Methodist Church will host a Pumpkin Party 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Bring your own pumpkin; tools will be provided. There will be a Autumn Obstacle Course, games such as the Harvest Dash, The Great Harvest Dig, Pumpkin Roll Race and more. Food will be available.
The church is at 500 Kent Ave.
For details, call Katie Brown at 465-2422.
Sebring founder to be celebrated
SEBRING - The Sebring Historical Society and the Sebring Centennial Committee are renewing a long-ago tradition to honor founder George E. Sebring and other pioneers who established the town with a celebration at 10 a.m. Saturday on the Circle.
The Sebring Historical Society will combine their quarterly luncheon and meeting with a barbecue chicken dinner cooked at the Circle by member Allen Altvater III and David Zeiss. Lunch is available to the public. Tables and chairs will be set up in Circle Park and food will be served by members from 11:30 a.m. to 2 pm. The cost is $8 each with tickets on sale in advance at the Sebring Historical Society, the Chamber of Commerce on U.S. 27 and Sebring City Hall. Tickets will also be available on the Circle that day.
Jen Brown, Board of Directors member, has taken the lead in planning and organizing this day of fun and entertainment for Sebring families. Some activities include the Mountain Dew Cloggers, who will perform at noon, and a dance performance by "Tammy's Kids" at 12:30. A special presentation by the Elks Club to the SHS is scheduled for 12:40 p.m., followed by a performance by Martial Arts America. Tammy's Kids will perform again at 1:20 p.m. with their "Thriller Dance." The Mountain Dew Cloggers will perform again at 1:30 p.m., and Mayor George Hensley will lead a sing-along of "The Ode to George E. Sebring," the song he wrote for the Centennial, at 2 p.m.
"The Spoilers," will be shown 2-5 p.m. at the newly restored Circle Theater. This movie has historical roots in Sebring as it was based on a book written by Rex Beach, famous author and resident of Sebring from 1928 to 1947.
Several Sebring-manufactured electric cars will be on display around the Circle during the day. One of the main features of the festivities will be the recognition of a man and woman chosen "Pioneers of the Year." Many other events are planned, including contests, games and crafts for children, as well as musical performances.
Henscratch Farms Fall Festival Saturday
LAKE PLACID - Henscratch Farms will host its seventh annual Fall Festival 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday with family fun including hay rides, pumpkin decorating, wine tasting, farms tours and more. Henscratch Farms is located at 980 Henscratch Road. For more information, call 699-2060.
'A Land Remembered' author's son to speak
AVON PARK - "A Land Remembered: Patrick Smith's Florida," a multimedia tribute to Patrick D. Smith, one of Florida's greatest authors, will be presented by Smith's son Rick Smith at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Avon Park Community Center on Main Street, across from the library and the Depot Museum.
New copies of Smith's books, including "A Land Remembered," will be for sale at the event, sponsored by Friends of the Library, during the second annual Friends of the Library Week, Oct. 20-26.
As part of the Friends of the Library Week celebration, a free book bag will be given to the first 100 people who buy a used book or video. Money made by the Used Book Store is used by the Friends to provide services and supplies for the library. During the summer, the Friends provide financial support for educational programs for Avon Park's children.
Among the events this summer were "Pirate Tales," featuring professional storyteller Katie Adams, and "Over the Rainbow," a "Wizard of Oz" craft day. The Friends also provided the small prizes given to children who accomplished their weekly reading goals, encouraging them to keep reading throughout the summer.
Gospel group Crimson Flow to perform at First UMC
AVON PARK - Crimson Flow, a southern gospel group from Bartow, will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 200 S. Lake Ave.
The concert is free, but a love offering will be taken.
Church hosting Fun Family Falloween
SEBRING - Sebring Church of the Brethren, 700 S. Pine St., will host Fun Family Falloween 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday.
The free event will provide children of all ages a fun and safe indoors trick-or-treating experience. Activities include games, prizes, an old-fashioned cake walk, crafts and costume contest. The costume contest registration begins at 5 p.m., and contest starts at 5:30 p.m. A free spooktacular hot dog diner will be available while supplies last.
For information, call 273-4296 or visit www.sebringcob.com.
Lotela Gold concert at the Band Stand
AVON PARK - The Avon Park Breakfast Rotary Club and Avon Park CRA are presenting a series of concerts at the Band Stand on Main Street.
Lotela Gold will perform '50s and '60s music 5-8 p.m. Saturday.
You should bring your own chair. Multiple food and drink booths will be available.
Knights of Columbus Oktoberfest dinner set
AVON PARK - Knights of Columbus Council 14717 will sponsor an Oktoberfest dinner 5-7 p.m. Saturday in the Grogan Center of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 595 E. Main St.
Entrees will consist of breaded pork schnitzel patty with German spaetzle noodles, various German side dishes and dessert.
Tickets are $10 per person or $70 for a table of eight. They can be purchased by calling 414-4169 or at the church's office.
Catholic women plan Halloween social
SEBRING - The Council of Catholic Women will sponsor a Halloween Family Dinner Social 6-9 p.m. Saturday across the street from St. Catherine's Catholic Church on Hickory Street, just off Lakeview Drive.
Dinner will be served 6-7 p.m. and will consist of hot dogs, sloppy Joes, baked beans, potato salad, chips, desserts and drinks. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children.
There will be a costume contest for children and adults, dancing, games for the children and Bunco for adults.
Tickets will be sold at the door.
Sebring Christian hosting free Trunk or Treat
SEBRING - Sebring Christian Church, 4514 Hammock Road, will host a free community Trunk or Treat 6-9 p.m. Saturday.
Three will be bounce houses for children, drawings for prizes, safe trick-or-treating and $0.50 hot dogs and sodas.
For details, call 382-6676.
Ballroom dancers plan Halloween dance
LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid Ballroom Dancers will hold a Halloween Spookatcular Dance 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday at the Lake Placid Elks Lodge.
Costumes are optional and there will be prizes for the most ghoulish, most foolish and the most "boo-tiful." The highlight of the evening will be the arrival of the Sebring members at 6:30 p.m. led by "The Grim Reaper" and "The Wicked Witch of the North," leading the group in their "Black Maria," a hearse. The pumpkin-decorating contest has been canceled due to time restraints.
The Ladies of the Elks will open the snack bar at 6 p.m. Pete Ruano will be the musician, playing music on the soft side. There will be a free dance lesson in the lounge at 5:30-6:15 with instructors Walt and Susan Mirasky.
Admission is $5 for LPBD members and $7 for non-members. Everyone is welcome.
Halloween party at American Legion post
LAKE PLACID - American Legion Post 25 will host a Halloween Party 6-10 p.m. Saturday.
Come enjoy music by Frank E and a costume contest with more than $400 in prizes. There is no cover charge.
The post 25 is at 1490 U.S. 27 N.
Tanglewood slates Halloween dance
SEBRING - Tanglewood will host a Halloween dance to the music of Rick Arnold 7-10 p.m. Saturday.
Prizes will be given for the Best Man, Best Woman and Best Couple in costumes. Bring beverages and snacks to share with your friends.
Cost is $4 for Tanglewood residents with badges and $6 for guests.
All-you-can-eat breakfast planned
AVON PARK - An all-you-can-eat breakfast will be served 8-11 a.m. Sunday at Poinciana Lodge 227 F&AM, 939 W. Main St.
Cost is $6 which includes pancakes, sausage, eggs, biscuits and sausage gravy, hot biscuits, orange juice and coffee.
Stop by before or after church and bring your friends.
Church plans Trunk or Treat event
LAKE PLACID - First Baptist Church of Lake Placid, 119 E. Royal Palm St., will host Trunk or Treat at 6 p.m. Sunday in the church's parking lot.
Volunteers' vehicles will be decorated for trick-or-treating and will hand out candy. The event is free and open to children of the Lake Placid community.
Games, popcorn and sno cones will be available.
Order of the Rainbow for Girls to serve lunch
SEBRING - The Sebring Assembly 148 International Order of the Rainbow for Girls will host a ham lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Masonic Lodge, located on the corner of Home Avenue and Sebring Parkway.
Cost is $7, which includes ham, sweet potatoes, green beans, apple sauce, dessert and beverage.
It is open to the public and takeout is available.
Children's book authors speaking at SNO
SEBRING - Two local writers who write for children will be highlighted at 6 p.m. Sunday during Scribes Night Out at Brewster's Coffee House.
Millie Richmond will serve as the moderator for the session. She specializes in writing books that help both children and adults cope with difficult situations. Her first book, "Hildy," deals with growing up with a hearing impairment; her second, "Daddy's Gone," is all about a boy dealing with the loss of a parent.
The featured reader will be veteran writer Barbara Beswick reading from her latest book based on a true incident when she was a youngster growing up on her family's Pennsylvania farm.
The evening will also include time for open mike to allow other writers to briefly share their work with the audience. Admission is free and is open to people 18 years of age and older.
SNO, which meets the second and fourth Sundays of the month at Brewster's, is a local gathering of writers, would-be-writers and listeners. There is no judging or instruction.
For details, call SNO facilitator Art Lefkowitz at 385-1554.