Community Events for Okeechobee

Community events …

Help save lives by donating blood
The need for blood donations doesn’t stop for summer vacations. If you are in good health and over the age of 17, you can help One Blood ensure area hospitals have a safe blood supply ready to handle emergencies.

The 13th annual Blood Roundup will be held Nov. 17 and 18.

Heart Health Lecture set
Raulerson Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N. in Okeechobee, invites the community to a Heart Health Lecture on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. in the cafeteria. A continental breakfast will be served. No RSVP is necessary.

Main Street hosts mixer
Okeechobee Main Street will host a Main Street Mixer on Sept. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mira Realty, 103 S.W. Third Ave. All OKMS mixers are an opportunity to network with other community business owners, leaders, and residents of Okeechobee. Mixers are open to the public so be sure to bring all your friends. Door prizes will be given.

Caregiver Conference set for Sept. 20
An Okeechobee Fearless Family Caregiver Conference will take place Thursday, Sept. 20, at the IRSC Williamson Conference Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with lunch included. Learn to balance family, work and caregiving, plus much more. There are limited free tickets for caregivers. For information or to register, call 877-829-2734 or visit caregiver.com. Okeechobee Senior Services and Caregiver.com will honor Okeechobee’s leading caregiver advocates, Okeechobee Mayor Dowling Watford and Hospice of Okeechobee CEO, Gail Gerntrup with Today’s Caregiver magazine’s national award on Sept 20th at the Fearless Caregiver Conference.

Businesswomen to meet
The Okeechobee Businesswomen’s Referral Network will meet Friday, Sept. 21, at 11:30 a.m. at Lakeside Grille, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. Bring your ideas, energy and originality and share ideas with like-minded businesswomen. Please bring a small exchange gift. For information, contact Raye at 863-467-2557.

Diabetes class offered at Library
A free class on diabetes management will be offered Friday, Sept. 21, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Okeechobee Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. Whether you have just been diagnosed, or have had diabetes for many years and are finding it more difficult to manage, this class is for you. For more information, call Noreen Williams, CDE at 321-615-1901.

Referral Network will meet
The Okeechobee Businesswomen’s Referral Network will meet Friday, Sept. 21, at 11:30 a.m. in the meeting room at Lakeside Grille, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. Whether an old friend or a new one, all are welcome to share ideas and expertise. For information, call Raye at 863-467-2557.

Legion will host dinner
OKEECHOBEE — On Friday, Sept. 21, come and enjoy dinner at the American Legion, 501 S.E. Second St. Everyone is welcome. Dinner will be fish, shrimps or chicken and french fry baskets, for a $6 donation and is served from 5 until 8 p.m. with music from 6 to 9 p.m. For information, call 863-763-5309.

BHR VFW serves dinner
OKEECHOBEE — The Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 State Road 78 East, will serve dinner on Friday, Sept. 21, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Menu includes grilled boneless rib eye steak, grilled pork tenderloin, fried fish and shrimp, baked and french fried potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, fried onion rings, salad and desert. Live music by Gerry Harmon. Proceeds benefit homeless veterans. For information, call 863-467-2882.

National Public Lands Day set
Enjoy the beautiful fall weather and have fun helping us protect your Historic Okeechobee Battlefield! We will be hand pulling or clipping invasive exotic weeds and picking up trash on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon. You will be provided with gloves, garbage bags, water and snacks. All volunteers will receive a free Florida State park day pass! For information, call Park Office at 863-462-5360 or Email Ashley.haymond@floridadep.gov.

Farmers Market set Sept. 22
The Okeechobee Tractor Supply, 3371 U.S. 441 S., will host a Fall Farmers Market on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local farmers, crafters and artisans will be onsite selling homemade and homegrown goods. For information or details about participating in the event, call 863-467-7844.

VFW Riders host breakfast
The VFW Riders will serve a full breakfast from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and chicken wings at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 State Road 78 East. Proceeds benefit veterans services. For information, call 863-467-2882.

VFW hosts bingo
Veterans Foreign Wars Post 4423, 300 N.W. 34th St., will host bingo Thursday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 21, and Saturday, Sept. 22. Lunch will be served.

Legion opens Sunday bingo
OKEECHOBEE — American Legion 64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host Sunday night bingo on Sept. 23, at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. All proceeds will benefit the American Legion veterans’ programs. The event is open to the public.

BHR AMVETS host breakfast
OKEECHOBEE — The Buckhead Ridge AMVETS will serve a full breakfast on Sunday, Sept. 23, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the VFW Post 9528, 29012 State Road 78 East. Proceeds benefits veterans services. For information, call 863-467-2882.

Church hosting bingo
Sacred Heart Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St., will host bingo on Monday, Sept. 24. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the fun will begin at 7 p.m.

Legion host 5-card bingo
American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host five-card bingo on Monday, Sept. 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. with lunch served at 12:30 p.m. For information, call 863-763-5309.

Notice of proposed tax increase
The Children’s Services Council of Okeechobee County has tentatively adopted a measure to increase its property tax levy. All concerned citizens are invited to attend a public hearing on the tax increase to be held on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 5:01 p.m. in the Okeechobee County School Board, 700 S.W. Second Ave., Room 303. A FINAL DECISION on the proposed tax increase and the budget will be made at this hearing.

BHR VFW serves crab cakes
OKEECHOBEE — The Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 State Road 78 East, will a serve crab cakes dinner on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 5 p.m. Proceeds benefits veteran services. For information, call 863-467-2882.

Foundation Luncheon honors donors
Okeechobee Educational Foundation invites you to a luncheon honoring donors on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at noon at the First United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall, 200 N.W. Second St. Please RSVP by Wednesday, Sept. 19, to 863-462-5000 EXT 257 or email erin.moore@okee.k12.fl.us.

See you at the pole prayer
A see-you-at-the-pole ceremony will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 7 a.m. All around the globe, in every time zone, students will be gathering at their flagpoles praying for their school, friends, families, churches and communities. See you at the pole is a day committed to global unity and prayer for your generation.

Register for square dancing
SEBRING — A new square dance club, Live Lively Square Dance, is being organized in Highlands County. Ages nine to 90 are invited to attend. Square dance lessons will be offered. Register your name and email address with Mike at MIKE@MIKE-GORMLEY.COM to be put on the notification list when more information is available.

Hospice hosts yard sales
Hospice of Okeechobee, 317 S.E. Third Ave., will host a yard sale on Wednesday, Sept. 19, Wednesday, Sept. 26. The sale is from 8 a.m. to noon.

Ladies conference set: True Woman 2018
Open Hands Health Center is pleased to offer a free livestream of True Woman 2018. This ladies conference is led by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth and will be held at The Big Lake Baptist Association, 210 N.E. Seventh St. This conference livestream starts Sept. 27 with Session 1 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Sept. 28 Session 2 from 9 a.m. to noon, Session 3 from 2 to 5 p.m., Session 4 from 7 to 10 p.m., and Sept. 29 Session 5 from 9 a.m. to noon. Topics include: The truth about sin, sexuality, gender identity, priorities, marriage, children, circumstances, the truth about consequences, emotions, God and His word. The conference concludes discussing The True Woman movement: where do we go from here. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each session. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged for each session, as seats are limited and registrants will have preference. Call 863-801-7737 to register or sign up on Facebook at Open Hands Health Centers Event Page.

Grab a buddy for lunch
Grab your best friends forever for a Brunch & Buddy at Sunshine Grove, 12517 N.E. 91st St. in Okeechobee, on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. For information, call 863-532-1778. Proceeds benefits Martha’s House Domestic Abuse Outreach. Dressy-casual brunch attire. Tickets start at a donation of $35 (includes brunch buffet and two mimosas.

VFW Riders serves meals
The VFW Riders will serve a full breakfast from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and chicken wings at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 East State Road 78. Proceeds benefits veterans services. For information, call 863-467-2882.

Celebrate pet adoptions
The Trail of Hope Animal Rescue, 1201 U.S. 98 N. in Okeechobee (just north of the Livestock Market), invites the public to an open house to celebrate one year of adoptions with them on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information, call 863-357-1104.

Gospel concert scheduled
The southern gospel trio Midnight Cry will be in concert on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m. at the Okeechobee Church of The Nazarene, 425 S.W. 28th St. in Okeechobee. For information, call 863-763-3519 or 863-763-7113.

Ladies serves breakfast
The Ladies AMVETS will serve a full breakfast on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 8:30-11 a.m. at the VFW Post 9528, 29012 State Road 78 East. Proceeds benefits veterans services. For information, call 863-467-2882.

CFRPC set for Oct. 10
The Central Florida Regional Planning Council (CFRPC) will NOT hold a meeting in September. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Okeechobee at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 304 N.W. Second St. in Okeechobee at 9:30 a.m.

Main Street hosts Oktoberfest
Okeechobee Main Street will host the Oktoberfest City Walk on Oct. 13, with craft beer and music from 4 to 8 p.m. on Park Street in downtown Okeechobee. Gather with friends and enjoy craft beer and music at the businesses on Park Street.

Car Seat Safety Check set
The Okeechobee County Fire Rescue will hold a Car Seat Safety Check on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Fire Rescue, 501 N.W. Sixth St. in Okeechobee. Nationally certified child safety technicians will be on staff and can help you with the correct car seat: selection, direction, location, installation, and proper fit.

Falls Prevention Lecture set
Raulerson Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N in Okeechobee, invites the community to a Falls Prevention Lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 10 a.m. in the cafeteria. A continental breakfast will be served. No RSVP is necessary.

Heart Health Lecture set
Raulerson Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N. in Okeechobee, invites the community to a Heart Health Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 10 a.m. in the cafeteria. A continental breakfast will be served. No RSVP is necessary.

KOA host BeatleBeat
The KOA will host a BeatleBeat, tribute to the Beatles, on Sunday, March 3, at 7 p.m. at the Okeechobee KOA Resort Convention, 4276 U.S. 441 in Okeechobee. BeatleBeat features four talented musicians that re-create the look, style and sound of the most famous rock and roll band in the world – The Beatles – that takes you on a musical and visual trip back to the 60s. Each classic hit song is performed with vintage instruments that faithfully capture the sound that changed popular music forever. BeatleBeat is comprised of world class musicians who are veterans of the Cast of Beatlemania, Legends in Concert and Disney’s British Invasion band at EPCOT.

Children’s Mental Health System of Care hosts ‘Family Nights’
The Okeechobee Children’s Mental Health System of Care will present monthly Family Nights at IRSC until April 23, 2019.
Bring the kids and join in the fun at the Williamson Education Center at Indian River State College for evenings that include dinner, fun and great information from experts on children’s mental health, education, safety and more.
The events will be held on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Topics will include:
• Sept. 25: Anxiety, depressions and suicide awareness;
• Oct. 23: IEPs and 504 Plans — knowing your child’s educational rights;
• Nov. 27: Introduction to the Children’s Mental Health System of Care and Wraparound Case Management;
• Jan. 22: Social media — avoiding the danger online;
• Feb. 26: Health literacy — what you need to know;
• March 26: Children’s Behavioral Health Fair — Learn about services available to children in our community;
• April 23: How to advocate for your child and yourself.
For more information, contact Jane Kaufman at 863-462-5125, ext. 135 or email jane.kaufman@okee.k12.fl.us.

Skate Park is open again
The Parks & Recreation Department is proud to announce the re-opening of the Okeechobee Skate Park at Kiwanis Park located at 350 N.W. Sixth Avenue. The Skate Park had been closed for several months in anticipation of installing new skate-lite wood surfaces on all of the ramps and some structural repairs to several modular frames. The Skate Park is open seven days a week from dawn to dusk.

Blood Roundup volunteers needed
Looking for a place to volunteer? Check out the Okeechobee Blood Roundup. The 13th annual Blood Roundup will be held Nov. 17 and 18. Find out how you can help save lives while having a lot of fun and satisfaction. For more information, call Raye at 863-467-2557.

Fire/Rescue offers free blood pressure checks
Starting May 1, 2018, Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue ill offer free blood pressure checks from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at:
• Fire Station #1, 504 N.W. Sixth Street,
• Fire Station #2, 3511 S.E. 38th Ave., and,
• Fire Station #4, 1199 N.E. 168th St.
Please understand that if you stop by a station and there is no staff there, they are out on an emergency call. Please stop back later.

Vietnam Veterans will meet
Vietnam Era Military Service Personnel are invited to Gladys’ Restaurant, 511 S.W. Park St., every Wednesday about 7 a.m. No membership required. For information, contact Chapter President Dan Hunt at 863-447-3662.

Tai Chi at the Senior Center
Beginning July 9, 2018 Okeechobee Senior Services will again be offering Tai Chi classes on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30 – 10:30 at the Lottie Raulerson Senior Center. Tai Chi offers many potential benefits to seniors such as relieving the physical effects of stress, reducing bone loss in menopausal women, improving lower body and leg strength, reducing arthritis pain and reducing blood pressure. Tai Chi is also known to increase energy by releasing endorphins, increase mental capacity and concentration, improve balance and stability by strengthening the ankles and the knees, and promote faster recovery from strokes and heart attacks. This is a great opportunity to do something good for your mind, body and soul, and who knows, you may make some new friends along the way. These classes are offered to beginners and the experienced at no cost. The Lottie Raulerson Senior Center is located at 1690 NW 9th Avenue, just south of the IRSC campus. For further information, please call Senior Services at 863-462-5180.

 

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