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This is Heartland Happenings, your guide to local events throughout the community:

Downtown Sebring Merchants will host Throwback Thursday every Thursday with lots of stores open late, music and fun. For more information and events visit www.DowntownSebring.org

The Sebring Public Library presents the HCA Lake Wales Ridge Project, an Artistic Study of Florida's Ancient Islands. The show will be open through the months of May and June.

Sebring Angels Animal Rescue will hold a Watermelon Sale and Adoption Event on Saturday, May 23rd at the Jack Rhine State Farm Insurance Agency at 1905 US Highway 27 North and Thunderbird. Donations of supplies and food would be appreciated. For more information visit www.sebringangels.com

The Highlands County YMCA will hold a Family Fun Day sponsored by Dee's Place on Saturday, May 23rd from 10 AM to 1 PM with free admission and food. Come and enjoy races, tug-a-war, obstacle courses and much more. The YMCA is located at 100 YMCA Lane in Sebring. For more information call 382-9622.

Cross Fit Sebring invites everyone to The Dirty Dozen Packet-Pick-Up Party on Friday, May 22nd from 6 to 8 PM at 1560 Lakeview Drive in Sebring. Come and enjoy food and drink, live bands, rock wall and much more. Find out more at www.ddozen.com

The Dirty Dozen Fun Mud Run will be held on Saturday, May 23rd at the National Guard Armory in Avon Park. Proceeds will benefit Military and 1st Responders. For more information visit www.ddozen.com, find Dirty Dozen on Facebook or call 382-7676.

A Benefit Golf Scramble will be held on Saturday, May 23rd at Placid Lakes Country Club with an 8:30 AM Shotgun Start. Proceeds will help Ranee Terrill with medical expenses. For more information about Ranee's journey visit www.youcaring.com or call 465-1626.

The Highlands Shrine Club will host BUNCO on Tuesday, May 26th at 11:30 AM. The cost is $4.00. The Highlands Shrine Club is located at 2604 SR 17 South. For more information call 863-991-1298.

The Holy Trap Ministries, Inc. presents the 2nd Annual Stop the Violence Concert "I Have A Testimony" on Saturday, May 30th from 10 AM to 9 PM at Str8 Up Ministries. Come and enjoy live entertainment, giveaways, concessions and much more. Str8 Up Ministries is located at 113 South Main Avenue. For more information call Keyon at 786-712-3429.

The Avon Park Jaycees will hold a Fireworks Steak Dinner Fundraiser on Saturday, June 6th from 11 AM to 2 PM at Bill Jarrett Ford in Avon Park. Tickets are $10.00 and include steak, green beans, baked potato, roll and tea. Delivery will be available for orders of 10 or more.

Central Florida Striders presents the Second Summer Sunrise 5K Series with races on June 6th, June 27th, July 18th and August 1st starting at 7 AM at Highlands Hammock State Park. For an entry form or more information email Chet Brojek at cbrojek@comcast.net

The Avon Park-Sebring Jaycess are hosting "Home Town Tunes" on Saturday, June 13th at the Champion for Children Circle Theatre in Downtown Sebring at 7 PM. Tickets are $25.00 with proceeds benefiting the Jimmy Polatty Memorial Garden of Joy. For tickets or more information call Amber Jackson at 381-2525.

The 21st Annual Firecracker 5K will be held on Saturday, July 4th at 7:30 AM at Highlands Hammock State Park. Proceeds will benefit the Avon Park High School Cross Country Teams. For more information email Chet Brojek at cbrojek@comcast.net or visit www.friendsofhighlandshammock.org

The Dr. Tom McDonald Caladium Festival 5K will be held on Saturday, July 25th at 7:30 AM at the First Presbyterian Church on North Lake Avenue in Lake Placid. Proceeds will benefit Samaritan's Touch Care Center. For more information call 465-2742.

The American Legion Post #25 will host Bingo every Wednesday from 1 to 3 PM. Everyone is welcome to attend. Post #25 is located at 1490 US 27 North in Lake Placid. For more information call 465-0975.

The Sebring Saturday Night Cruise will be held the second Saturday of each month on the Circle in Sebring. See classic cars, enjoy entertainment, food and much more. For more information, visit www.SebringCruise.com

Sebring's Downtown Community Sidewalk Garage Sale will be held on the 3rd Saturday of each month starting at 7 AM. For more information or to have a space call Linda's Books at 382-2649.

That's Heartland Happenings. If your group or organization has an event coming up, please let us know. Fax your information to 863-382-1982, or you can mail your information to Heartland Happenings, c/o Cohan Radio Group, 3750 US 27N, Suite 1, Sebring, FL 33870. Keep it here on your favorite Cohan Radio Group Radio Station.