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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 Florida Passion Play, "The Story of Jesus," will be held every Friday and Saturday night through April 25th at the Cattleman's Arena in Wauchula. For tickets or more information call 863-375-4031 or visit www.storyofjesus.com

Circle Theatre presents the California Toe Jam Band on Friday, April 17th at 7 PM. A love offering will be accepted with proceeds benefiting the Champion for Children Foundation. For more information visit www.circletheatreevents.com

Sebring's Community Downtown Sidewalk Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, April 18th from 7 AM to 1 PM. For more information or to have a space call Linda's Books at 382-2649.

The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Sebring will be held on Saturday, April 18th from 11 AM to 10 PM at Firemen's Field. Everyone is invited to attend this special day's activities. For more information call Mary 414-4439.

The Highlands County YMCA will host a Spring Soccer BBQ Fundraiser on Saturday, April 18th from 10 AM to 2 PM. Tickets are $8.00 and include BBQ sandwich, slaw, beans and a cookie. Tickets are available at the YMCA at 100 YMCA Lane in Sebring. For more information call 382-9622.

The Lake Placid High School Band Boosters will hold a fundraiser Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, April 18th from 4:30 to 7 PM the the Lake Placid American Legion. Dinners are $8.00 with dine-in or take-out available.

Ridge Area Arc and Waypoints Financial presents Kokomo on Saturday, April 18th from 6 to 10 PM at the Island View Restaurant of Sun N Lake. Tickets are $45.00 and include margaritas, beer, Caribbean buffet, raffles, silent auction, music by GrooVus and much more. Proceeds will benefit the Ridge Area Arc. For tickets and more information call Debbie at 452-1295 ext. 106.

The Friends of Highlands Hammock State Park presents Music in the Park to be held on Saturday, April 18th from 7 to 9 PM featuring Lotela Gold. Admission is $5.00 per person with children 12 and under free. Park admission is waved after 6PM. Bring blankets or chairs. Proceeds benefit park improvements.

The Highlands County YMCA will hold Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 25th. Admission is free and includes a bicycle safety course, dance competitions, big slide, bounce house, jump-a-thon, health vendors and more. Membership and punch card specials will be available. The YMCA is located at 100 YMCA Lane in Sebring. For more information call 382-9622.

The 5th Annual Rotary Bluegrass Blueberry Festival will be held in Donaldson Park on Saturday, April 25th from 10 AM to 4 PM. A BBQ Chicken Dinner will be available, along with blueberry pie, blueberry lemonade, fresh blueberries by the pint or flat (6 pints), and blueberry plants.  There will also be a Kid's Zone, Bluegrass Bands, and original arts and crafts vendors. Don't forget to enter your favorite recipe in the Blueberry Bake-Off Contest. For more information visit www.blueberryfestival.com

The American Veterans Post 21 will host a Morgan Douberley Benefit Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, April 25th with check in at 10:30 AM. Lunch and dinner will also be available to purchase. The post is located at 623 US 27 South in Sebring. For more information call Bert at 214-7489.

The Heartland LakeSharks Parrot Head Club of Highlands County will hold a "Changes in Attitude Fundraiser" on Saturday, April 25th from noon to 6 PM at Dock 633. Come and enjoy music, games, BBQ, 50/50 drawings, Parrot Head costume contest and much more. Admission fee is non-perishable food items or toiletries to be donated. Proceeds will benefit PTSD4VETS. Dock 633 is located at 633 Lake June Road in Lake Placid.

Highlands County Cattlewomen's Inaugural Run the Ranch will be held at Rafter T Ranch on Saturday, May 2nd at 7:30 AM. The ranch is located at 7400 Arbuckle Creek Road in Sebring. Proceeds will benefit Highlands County Scholarship recipients. For more information or an entry form email janshoopbhc@gmail.com

Sebring Meals on Wheels will host the 2nd Annual Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, May 2nd at the St. Agnes Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall. This event will feature authentic Kentucky Derby food, contests, door prizes, silent auction and much more. For tickets and more information call 402-1818.

The Foundation of Florida Hospital Heartland presents a Clay Shoot on Friday, May 8th at Quail Creek Plantation at 12399 NE 224th Street in Okeechobee. For more information or to register call 402-5525 or visit www.fhheartland.org/foundation

Simple-Acts United presents Peter Pan JR with performances scheduled from April 30th through May 9th at Circle Theatre. For tickets or more information visit www.circletheatreevents.com

Running Junkie presents a Flapjack Stack Distance Challenge on Saturday, May 16th at Highlands Hammock State Park.  You can register for the 15K, 10K, 5K or fun run. Registration includes pancakes and shirt. For more information visit Running Junkie on Facebook or www.flapjack.eventbrite.com

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 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 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.