24th annual Caladium Festival begins
LAKE PLACID — The 24th annual Caladium Festival kicks off 9:55 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in DeVane Park and runs 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10:55 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
There will be walking tours, arts and crafts booths, plants and bulbs for sale, wine tastings, a beer garden, art competition, bus tours, concerts, car and bike show, airboat show and more.
For details, visit www .visitlakeplacidflorida.com or call 465-4331.
Historic train station open for festival
LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid Depot Museum will be open during the Caladium Festival.
Wild animals, musical instruments, tools, local yearbooks, industrial tools and many photos from the past will be available to view. There will also be books by local author Nancy Dale and local honey and water available for purchase.
Hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Location is 12 Park St. W.
Visit www.lphsdepot museum.org.
Concert to benefit YMCA
SEBRING — Grace Bible Church will present Love Like Gravity in concert with special guests Nala Price and Scarlet Fade at 7 p.m. tonight.
Tickets are $5 and are available at the YMCA. Proceeds will benefit the Strong Kids Program.
For information, call 382-9622.
Back to School Jam Fest
SEBRING — Back to School Jam Fest will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Sun ’n Lake Community Center, 3500 Edgewater Drive, sponsored by the Faith and Family Life Worship Center.
There will be giveaways, school supplies, backpacks, books, refreshments, door prizes, youth praise and worship, liturgical dance teams, rappers, bands and choirs from local churches.
For information, call 385-1800.
Historical society hosting RCMA director
SEBRING — The Sebring Historical Society will host its members and interested persons in the community at a covered dish luncheon and meeting held at noon Saturday at Jack R. Stroup Civic Center, 355 W. Center Ave. All attendees are asked to bring a dish to share and $2 each for beverage and table service.
Featured speaker will be Barbara Mainster, executive director of the Redlands Christian Migrant Association. RCMA is a nonprofit early childcare provider and a leader in high-quality early childhood services for rural, low-income children — mainly children of migrant farm workers.
Mainster has been with RCMA for 42 years and has served 25 years as executive director. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and has studied anthropology at Cornell University, with a specialty in cross-cultural child rearing practices.
She and her husband joined the Peace Corps in 1964 and served in Arequipa, Peru, where she worked as a community organizer, a preschool teacher and did general social work. While in Peru, the Mainsters adopted a Peruvian orphan and gave birth to another child. They later adopted two more, all in a period of four years.
Mainster understands the needs of the rural working poor, as she was one of four children of an immigrant family who worked a small farm in upstate New York. She has devoted her life’s work to learning of the needs of working poor people and addressing them effectively.
The public is invited.
Caladium dance on tap
LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Jaycees will hold its annual Caladium Dance Saturday at the Lake Placid Elks Lodge. The Shannon Reed Band takes the stage at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10.
The lodge is at 200 C.R. 621.
Sebring Village hosting dance
SEBRING — Sebring Village will host a summer dance at 7 p.m. Saturday with Larry Musgrave.
Cost is $5. Sebring Village is at 4343 Schumacher Road.
Tanglewood slates dance
SEBRING — Tanglewood will host a dance featuring Patsy Howard 7-10 p.m. Saturday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Ice will be furnished on all tables and a 50/50 drawing for charity will be held. Bring snacks and beverages to share with your friends.
Admission is $4 for residents and $6 for guests.