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

The Miss Heartland Ridge Pageant will be held in February for young women between ages 17 and 24. To learn more about how you can compete in the pageant that could lead to Miss Florida America call Ginibeth at 873-1858.

Lakeshore Mall's Holiday decor includes a special mailbox in Center Court for the deposit of letters to Santa that will be answered by Santa with a special gift enclosed. Santa will be available for visits and photos at Lakeshore Mall through December 24th with a special pet night on December 17th from 5 to 6:30 PM.

The Lake Placid National Honor Society and Student Government Association will be selling Christmas trees and wreaths at the Lake Placid High School behind the tennis courts. The tent will be open Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 7 PM, Saturday from 9 AM to 6 PM and Sunday from noon to 6PM.

The Sebring Christmas Carousel of Lights featuring nightly visits with Santa, comical puppet show and games will be open every night from 6 to 9 PM at Circle Park. Admission is free.

The Jarrett Family Foundation Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk will be held on Friday, December 9th starting at 6 PM at Union Congregational Church. The church is located at 106 North Butler Avenue in Avon Park. For more information find Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk on Facebook.

Bill Jarrett Ford presents their annual Santa Fly-In on Saturday, December 10th from 10 AM to 12:30 PM. Bring your friends and family to see Santa fly in via helicopter and enjoy the petting zoo, pony rides, train rides, the Famous Clydesdale Horses with wagon rides and pictures with Santa. Bill Jarrett Ford is located at 1305 US Highway 27 North in Avon Park. For more information find Santa Fly-In on Facebook.

The Highlands County Tire Buy Back Event will be held on Saturday, December 10th at the County Landfill located at 12700 Arbuckle Creek Road. You will be paid $2.00 per tire up to 25 tires per load. For more information call 402-7786.

Forty and Eight Voiture and Cabane will host a fundraiser breakfast on Saturday, December 10th from 8 to 10:30 AM at the VFW Post 9853 in Avon Park. The proceeds will benefit the Child Welfare and Nurse's Training program. Tickets are $6.00 and everyone is welcome to attend.

The Annual All About Lawns Brad and Aaron Doty Memorial Children's Christmas Golf Classic will be held on Saturday, December 10th at Sun N Lake Golf Club with an 8:30 AM Shotgun Start. Proceeds will benefit the Champion for Children Foundation. For more information or to register call Kip at 446-4008.

Hog Wild 4H Club will be selling Poinsettias for Christmas on Saturday, December 10th starting at 11 AM at the Lakeshore Mall in front of Bealls Department Store.

The Leisure Lake Home Owner's Civic Association of Lake Placid will sponsor the Annual Christmas Boat Parade on Saturday, December 10th starting at noon through Stearns Creek to Lake Carrie. For more information or to register call Bill at 214-896-0775.

Nasgrass Inc Lawnmower Races will be held on Saturday, December 10th at the Avon Park MowerPlex. The Avon Park MowerPlex is located at far West end of the Avon Park Airport off Herrick Road. For more information find the Avon Park MowerPlex on Facebook.

The 2nd Annual Sebring Boat Parade will be held on Saturday, December 10th at 6:30 PM. The parade will start and end at Don Jose Mexican Restaurant with a contest for best decorated boat, raffle and 50/50 with proceeds to benefit Hope Haven Homeless Shelter.

Moore Performing Arts presents Plaid Tidings Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 10th at 7 PM at Circle Theatre in Sebring. Tickets are $10.00. The Sweet Shop will be open. For tickets or more information call 382-1029 or visit www.circletheatreevents.com

The Heartland LakeSharks "Holiday Phlocking" will be held on Sunday, December 11th from 3 to 6 PM at Dock 633. Cash donations and gift cards will be collected to purchase gifts for foster children. Please bring a "white elephant" gift valued at no more than $10.00. Entertainment will be M2. For more information find Heartland LakeSharks on Facebook.

The Moose Legion presents Western Night with Double Trouble from 6 to 9 PM on Thursday, December 15th. Tickets are $15.00 per person and includes pulled pork, beans and coleslaw. 50/50 drawing and prize for Best Cowboy and Cowgirl.

The VFW Hump Day Bike Night will be held on Wednesday, December 21st from 4 to 7 PM. Come and enjoy live music by Dumpster Mike and tenderloin sandwiches with fries for $7.00. This event is sponsored by VFW Riders at Post 4300 on Lakeview Drive in Sebring.

The Friends of Highlands Hammock State Park presents Music in the Park featuring Ben Prestage on Saturday, January 14th from 7 to 9 PM. For more information call 385-6094 or find The Friends of Highlands Hammock on Facebook.

Patriot Productions, LLC and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 2259 presents The Inaugural Sebring Seafood and Music Festival to be held at Sebring International Raceway on Saturday, February 25th from 11 AM to 10
PM and Sunday February 26th from 11 AM to 5 PM. The festival will include bands with tons of entertainment, food, beer, vendors, kids zone and much more. For more information visit www.SebringFest.com

Amvets Post 21, at 623 US Highway 27 South, will host Bingo every Tuesday with 12:30 Early Birds and regular games at 1 PM. For more information call 385-0234.

The Toucan Band will be appearing weekly on Wednesdays from 6 to 9 PM at the Highlands Social Center at 3400 Sebring Parkway. Come and dance and enjoy free coffee, raffle drawing and much more. BYOB.

Highlands County's Military Spouse Support Group meets every Thursday at 6 PM at 1st Place Insurance at 3214 US Highway 27 South in Sebring. For information call Annette at 314-6000.

Sebring's Downtown Sidewalk Garage Sale will be held every Saturday starting at 8 AM. For information or to have a space call Linda's Books at 382-2649 or visit www.DowntownSebring.org

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

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