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.

HALLOWEEN FUN

A Corn Maze
Diamond C Events located at 24497 E. State Rd 78 is hosting a Fall event. Their first event “The Fall Festival & Corn Maze” will begin Saturday night, Oct. 6, and will be open every weekend in October. There will be plenty of family time events, including a hayride or a ride in their barrel train. You’ll definitely want to try your skill of working your way through the Corn Maze.

KOA has second Oktoberfest
October 19, 2018
October 21, 2018

Okeechobee KOA Resort is the place to be for Oktoberfest fun.  Our camping package price includes tickets for the Friday “Wilkommen” party, “Biergarten” dollars, souvenir beer steins, Saturday BBQ, Tie Dye event Lederhosen T-Shirts, Sunday breakfast, and 5 pm late checkout Sunday. Enjoy music entertainment, RV Show, vendors, games, contests, pet parade and the ever popular Dachshund Races.   This is a weekend with more fun than you can imagine.  Visit www.okeechobeekoa.com for more information and package pricing and be sure to book your stay online or by calling (800) 562-7748.

Elks host Halloween party
Okeechobee Elks will host a Halloween extravaganza on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Agri-Civic Center, 4601 S.R. 710. There will be hay rides, costume contests and more.

 

Donations sought for paper drive
The Shrine paper drive will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, Sunday, Oct. 21, Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday Oct. 28 outside of Publix and Walmart. Cash donations are sought to help support the 22 Shrine hospitals. When a child ends up in the care of a Shrine hospital, the family is not charged for any services all thinks to your donations. For information, call Keith at 863-634-2682.

VFW will host bingo
VFW 4423, 300 N.W. 34th St., will host 3-card bingo and queen of hearts at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18. Dobber bingo will be held Friday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. Then Saturday, Oct. 20, regular bingo is set for 1 p.m. with lunch served. Sunday, Oct. 21, dinner will be served from 1 to 3 p.m. The public is invited at attend. For information, call 863-763-0818.

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

OHS ’79 reunion set
OHS class of 1979 will celebrate its 40th reunion from Oct. 18, through Oct. 20. For information, tickets and schedule of events, contact Becky Barnhart at 863-634-6980.

A park is going to the dogs
Help the Fraternal Order of Police build a dog park by taking a test drive on Friday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Okeechobee Sheriff’s office, 504 N.W. Fourth St. For every test drive, Gilbert Ford will donate $20 to the dog park!

Eagles serve dinner
Cypress Hut Eagles, 4701 S.E. U.S. 441, on Friday, Oct. 19, the Aerie will serve a surf and turf dinner at 5:30 p.m. with entertainment by Al Jones at 7 p.m. Join them Saturday, Oct. 20, there will be chicken and beef enchiladas at 5 p.m. Music will be performed by The Hapers at 6 p.m. A fried chicken dinner will be served on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. Enjoy music by Dennis at 6 p.m. For information, call 863-467-1154.

TOPS to meet
Take Off Pounds Sensibly Club Inc. or TOPS will meet at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., in room 18 on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 4 to 5:15 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 19 from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. This is open to the public. For information, call Phyllis at 863-467-8636 or Catherine at 561-512-7321 or visit www.tops.org.

Legion will host dinner
On Friday, Oct. 19, 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.

VFW has up coming events
Big Lake VFW Post #10539, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E., will host a steak dinner on Friday, Oct. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 20, the post will provide entertainment by Bone from 2 to 6 p.m. Enjoy Wings with Sax on the beach from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21. Tacos will be served Monday, Oct. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. with 5-card bingo at 6 p.m. There will be a Halloween party on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Legion opens Sunday bingo
American Legion 64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host Sunday night bingo on Oct. 21, 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.

VFW serves breakfast
The VFW Auxiliary will serve breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 21, at VFW Post 9528, 29012 S.R. 78 W., from 8:30 to 11 a.m. All benefits go for veteran’s services. For information, call 863-467-2882.

AMVETS will host bingo
AMVETS Post 200, 3651 U.S. 441, will host 5-card bingo on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. and on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m. For information, call 863-484-8135.

Legion host 5-card bingo
American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host five-card bingo on Monday, Oct. 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. with lunch served at 12:30 p.m. For information, call 863-763-5309.

Class of ’66 to meet
Class of 1966 will host a 70th birthday celebration planning meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. at Lunkers, 4825 U.S. 441. The party will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m. For information, call Cathy at 863-763-7130 or Bonnie at 863-467-5822.

VFW Auxiliary serves dinner
The VFW Auxiliary will serve a bratwurst and German potato dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Post 9528, 29012 S.R. 78 W. All proceeds will benefit Florida military veterans in distress. For information, call 863-467-2882.

Healthy Symposium set
The public is invited to the 2018 Rural Health Symposium to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Indian River State College’s Hendry-Dixon Campus, 2229 NW 9th Ave. The Symposium is free and presents a wonderful opportunity to network with other like-minded professionals and get important up-to-date information about rural health.” For information, call 561-844-4220 ext. 1500, or emailinfo@lorhn.org.

Healthy Start meeting set
Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, Oct. 24, at noon, at The White House Plaza, 1132 S. Parrot Ave. The meeting is open to the public. The Coalition is part of a statewide network responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy pregnancies and healthy birth outcomes for Okeechobee County Residents. For information, contact Kay Begin at 863-462-5877.

NOPE Candle Light Vigil set
Join the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office and the Okeechobee County Substance Abuse Coalition for the 10th annual NOPE Candle Light Vigil in memory of those lost to and those suffering from substance abuse on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Civic Center, 1750 U.S. 98 North. If you would like to participate in the Okeechobee NOPE Candlelight Vigil by submitting a photo of a family member or friend please submit the photo to Connie Curry at ccurry@okeesheriff.com or call 863-763-3117.

VFW serves steak dinners
The Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 S.R. 78 W., in Buckhead will serve dinner on Friday, Oct. 26, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The menu will include 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. All proceeds will go to homeless veterans. For information, call 863-467-2882.

Foodhandler class offered
SEBRING — A SafeStaff® Foodhandler Certificate Class will be held on Friday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Emmanuel United Church of Christ 3115 Hope St. in Sebring. A fee of $15 per student includes SafeStaff® Study Guide, Review Class and Exam. Students receive a 3-year certificate and a wallet card at end of the class. Materials are in English. Seating is limited. Open to the public. Register by Friday, Oct. 12. Bring or mail payment to Ridge Area Arc Administration, 4352 Independence St., Avon Park, FL 33825. Checks or money orders must be made payable to Ridge Area Arc. Cash is also accepted. Submit student’s name, address, phone number and birthdate. No refunds. Private classes available. Call for details. For information, call Cindy Marshall at 863-452-1295, ext. 124.

Hospice will hold yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee, 317 S.E. Third Ave., will host a yard sale on Oct. 24, and 31. The sale is from 8 a.m. to noon.

Young artists display best work
An up and coming artists’ show will be held at Fawn’s Art Studio, 11 N.E. Second St., on Friday, Nov. 2, and Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All students’ artwork will be for sale and part of the proceeds go to Real Life Children’s Ranch. For information, call 863-634-0241.

Multi-family sale set for Nov. 3
Palm Village Ranch, 1200 S.W. 44th Blvd., will hold a community yard sale on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. until noon. Household items, tools, office supplies and loads of surprises. Palm Village Ranch is right off Southwest 16th Avenue.

OCT to present ‘Oklahoma!’
The Okeechobee Community Theatre, 610 S.W. Second Ave., will present “Oklahoma!” Nov. 2, 3 and 9 at 8 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on Nov. 3 and 10, There will be a reunion of the major cast members from its 1991 production of the show, as the first of its three offerings in the 2018-19 season. Season subscriptions can be purchased using the order form available on the website okeechobeecommunitytheatre.com, or by calling Ron or Jacque Hayes at 863-763-1307.

Church hosts Fall Bazaar
OKEECHOBEE — The First United Methodist Women of Okeechobee invites all to attend the fall bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at 200 N.W. Second St. Visitors will find a variety of gifts, crafts, quilted items, nuts, baked goods and white elephant items. Christmas decorations will be on sale in the Simply Christmas room. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds will go to mission projects, local, national and abroad.

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.

Church serves chicken dinner
A smoked chicken dinner will be served Friday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for take out only and 4 to 6:30 p.m. for dine in or take out, at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., behind Walgreens. Dinner is a $10 donation. Tickets are available a the church office.

Big “O” Hike set for Nov. 18-23
The Florida Trail Association will host the Big “O” Lake Hike, Nov. 18 -23, the Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association (FTA) will lead six days of hiking on the Lake Okeechobee dikes for the 27th annual Big “O” Hike. The base camp will at the Okeechobee KOA. More information and registration forms may be found at www.loxfltrail.org or at www.meetup.com/Florida-Trail-Association-Loxahatchee-Chapter-PBCounty. Questions may be directed to shotgun.mgc@gmail.com.

Dec. 8 prairie treasure hunt
OKEECHOBEE — Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park presents Exotic Invasion Treasure Hunt on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park located on Hammock Trail. For information or to sign up, call 863-462-5360 or email Ashley.Haymond@floridadep.gov.

Community Choir Christmas Concert
SAVE the DATE! The annual Okeechobee Community Choir Christmas Concert will be Dec. 14-16. The choir is in its 19th year under the direction of Sandy Perry, began rehearsing Sunday, Oct. 7, for the cantata, Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus and other seasonal selections.

Christmas boat parade set
Okeechobee Yatchette Club will host the 35th annual Christmas boat parade on Saturday, Dec. 15. Decorate your boat and meet up on Taylor Creek by Burger King and U.S. 70 by 5 p.m. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. For information, call Arnie at 863-467-4782 or Harry at 863-467-4782.

KOA host BeatleBeat
The KOA will host a BeatleBeat, tribute to the Beatles, on Sunday, March 3, 2019 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.

 

 

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.

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:

• 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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