Community Events for Okeechobee

Community events …

VETERANS NEWS —-

BHR VFW hosts events
The VFW Post 9528, 29012 State Road 78 East in Buckhead Ridge, will host the following events: A full breakfast will be served on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. A memorial service for Archie “Buck” Webb will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17. The Sons of AMVETS will serve chicken and gravy over noodles on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 5 p.m. The Post will serve dinner on Friday, Feb. 22, from 5:30 to 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, onion rings, salad and desert. Music by XXL Karaoke. The VFW Riders will serve a full breakfast at 8:30 to 11 a.m. and wings at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23. The Ladies AMVETS and Riders will present “Margaritaville” on Saturday, Feb. 23, at noon. Music by Gerry Harmon. Burgers all afternoon. Proceeds benefit veterans services. For information, call 863-467-2882.

VETERANS NEWS END

HEALTH NEWS IN BRIEF

Heart Health lecture set
OKEECHOBEE — Raulerson Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N., invites you to join fourth-year medical students from FSU for a community presentation about heart health on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 3 p.m. The lecture will be held in the hospital cafeteria and refreshments will be provided. No RSVP necessary.

Heart Health lecture set
OKEECHOBEE — Raulerson Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N., invites you to join fourth-year medical students from FSU for a community presentation about heart health on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 3 p.m. The lecture will be held in the hospital cafeteria and refreshments will be provided. No RSVP necessary.

IRSC hosts Family Nights
OKEECHOBEE – Bring the kids and join the Okeechobee Children’s Mental Health System of Care at IRSC for Family Nights at the Williamson Education Center at Indian River State College in Okeechobee. These free events will include a light meal and activities for children ages 3 and up. Events will be on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Feb. 26 topic will be “Health literacy: What you need to know.”

CCC holds meeting Feb. 26
The Community Collaborative Council (CCC) will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m. in the board Room 303 of the Okeechobee County School District Office, 700 S.W. Second Ave.

Bloodmobile visits planned
OKEECHOBEE — If you are over the age of 17 and in good health, you can donate blood. The bloodmobile will visit Okeechobee on the following dates.
• Friday, Feb. 15 — Walmart, 2101 S. Parrott Ave., 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Donors will receive a $10 Walmart gift card.
• Monday, Feb. 18 — Walmart, 2101 S. Parrott Ave., 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Donors will receive a $10 Walmart gift card.
• Tuesday, Feb. 19 — Raulerson Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441, 1:30 to 5:15 p.m. Donors will receive a $5 Golden Corral gift card and a long sleeved t-shirt.
• Tuesday, Feb. 19 — Walmart, 2101 S. Parrott Ave., 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Donors will receive a $10 Walmart gift card.
• Friday, Feb. 22 — Big O RV Resort, 7950 S.R. 78, noon to 5:30 p.m. Donors will receive a $5 Golden Corral gift card and a long sleeved t-shirt.
• Sunday, Feb. 24, — Walmart, 2101 S. Parrott Ave., 12:30 to 6 p.m. Donors will receive a $10 Walmart gift card.
• Thursday, Feb. 28 — H&R Block, 3264 U.S. 441 (the one in Winn-Dixie plaza), 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donors will receive a $5 Golden Corral gift card and a long sleeved t-shirt.

END HEALTH NEWS IN BRIEF

 

FEBRUARY

Businesswomen to meet
OKEECHOBEE — The Businesswomen’s Referral Network will meet on Friday, Feb. 15, at 11:30 a.m. at Lakeside Grill. Instead of the normal gift exchange, attendees are being asked to bring diapers or a contribution to purchase diapers because Community Health Centers is in need of diapers. For more information, call Raye at 863-467-2557.

Church Valentine banquet set
OKEECHOBEE — Believer’s Fellowship Church, 300 S.W. Sixth Ave., will host its ninth annual Valentine Love Banquet on Friday, Feb. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. The meal will consist of chicken leg quarters, ribs, a baked potato, baked beans, cole slaw, a roll, desert and coffee or tea. Cost per plate is $10 and all proceeds will go to the youth group for the summer church camp. If you would like to place an order, call Tonya at 863-697-3211 by Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Church to host concert
OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee Christian Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace, will host Spoken 4 in concert on Friday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m.

Brighton Festival set
OKEECHOBEE — The Brighton Field Day Festival & Rodeo will take place at the Fred Smith Rodeo Arena, 17400 Sports Complex Road N.E. on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation, from Friday, Feb. 15 through Sunday, Feb. 17, gates open at 9 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m., respectively. Activities begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday. For information or tickets visit brightonfieldday.com or call 863-467-6039.

Quarter auction to be held
OKEECHOBEE — A quarter auction will be held on Friday, Feb. 15, at the Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave., at 7 p.m. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Church hosts dinner
OKEECHOBEE — St. Theresa of the Child of Jesus Mission Hall, 123 Chobee Loop (off of S.R. 28 W.), will host an Italian dinner on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. It will include lasagna, baked ziti, spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, dessert and drinks for a donation of $10. Children 12 and under are free. For $2 beer or wine will be available for purchase. Takeout will be available.

Multi-family sale set for Feb. 16
Palm Village Ranch, 1200 S.W. 44th Blvd., will hold a community yard sale on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Drive through this beautiful community to find treasures and great bargains. Many have tools, kitchen items, outdoor goods, quilting fabric and craft supplies. Don’t miss this one! Palm Village Ranch is right off Southwest 16th Avenue.

Moose Lodge hosts events
The Moose Lodge 1753, 159 N.W. 36th St., will host the following events: On Wednesday, Feb. 13, there will be 5-card Bingo from 5 to 7 p.m. On Thursday, Feb. 14, there will be Legion Bingo from noon to 4 p.m. and it is open to the public. On Friday, Feb. 15, there will be pulled pork sandwiches and sides for $6 at 5 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 16, there will be a beef stroganoff dinner for $7 at 5 p.m. and music by Lisa from 6 to 9 p.m. On Sunday, Feb. 17, there will be breakfast from 8 to 9:45 a.m. and then 3-card Bingo from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Republicans to meet
OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee Chapter of the Republican Party of Florida will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Cowboy’s BBQ, 202 N.E. Seventh Ave. Arrive at 6 p.m., if you are placing a food order.

Homecoming service set
OKEECHOBEE — The North Okeechobee Church of God, 15949 N.W. 30th Terrace, will hold its annual Homecoming Service on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 11 a.m. Any who have been a part of the church’s past at any time in the last 38 years are welcome to attend, along with any newcomers. It will be a time of reuniting, singing, and worshiping with a dinner to follow. For more information, please call 863-634-0344.

Elks hosts pancake breakfast
OKEECHOBEE — Lake Okeechobee Elks, 131 N.W. 36th St., is having its AYCE pancake breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 8:30 a.m. The menu includes pancakes, sausage links, juice and coffee. For $1 extra you may add eggs. Adults eat for $6, children six to ten for $3, and children under five eat free.

OHS meeting to be held
OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee Historical Society will be meeting on Monday, Feb. 18, at noon in the Historical Museum, 1850 U.S. 98. The guest speaker will be Carrie Ayers. Bring a covered dish.

Two clubs host meetings
OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee Garden Club will hold a meeting on Monday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Office, 458 U.S. 98. The meeting will be followed by a short refreshment and fellowship time. The Orchid Club meeting will then begin at 7:15 p.m.

Cruise-In set Feb. 19
LABELLE — Hot Rods and Hot Dogs in the Park will be on be held on Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Barron Park, 1559 De Soto Ave., starting at 5 p.m. There will be great grilled hot dogs, chips drinks and sweets to enjoy. For information, call 863-674-0128.

Code Enforcement Hearing set
Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate Hearing will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m. at the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave. For information, call 863-763-5548.

Tip-A-Cop event set
OKEECHOBEE — Tip-A-Cop will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Golden Corral, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Advanced tickets are on sale for $11 or $14 at the door the day of. Spend an evening having members of the Special Response Team serve you in uniform for a good cause. Proceeds go to Special Olympics Florida. For more information, contact Michelle at 863-763-3117.

Song and story to be held
OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee Public Library and the Brown Cow Sweetery will host Rickey Pittman performing Stephen Foster’s work in ‘Song & Story’ on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 4 p.m. at the Brown Cow Sweetery, 103 S.W. Park St.

Masons host a BBQ
OKEECHOBEE — The Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave., will host a BBQ fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meals will be $10 and include a pulled pork sandwich, coleslaw, BBQ beans, and fresh baked cookies. Call 863-288-0475 to place an order and pick up at the Masonic Lodge. Delivery available if ordering five or more meals.

Free Narcan training course
OKEECHOBEE — There will be free courses for Narcan training at the IRSC campus, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., in the Williamson building, on Friday, Feb. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. and again at 5 to 7 p,m. The final course will be Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9 to 11 a.m. Registration must be done over the phone by calling Luis Garcia at 954-859-4696. No walk-ins will be admitted. For more information, call Jack Nash at 863-763-3117 ext. 5018.

Sweetheart’s Date Night set
OKEECHOBEE — Sweetheart’s Date Night will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. at Freedom Ranch, 11655 U.S. 441 S.E. This event features a BBQ dinner, dancing and music by the JD Tucker Band. Tickets are a donation of $25 each and can be purchased at Eli’s Western Wear, Okeechobee Livestock Market, or by calling 863-763-2893. Proceeds benefit Martha’s House.

Church to host concert
OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee Christian Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace, will host the Woodsmen Quartet in concert on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m.

Moose Lodge hosts events
The Moose Lodge 1753, 159 N.W. 36th St., will host the following events: On Wednesday, Feb. 20, there will be 5-card bingo from 5 to 7 p.m. On Thursday, Feb. 21, there will be Legion bingo from noon to 4 p.m. and it is open to the public. On Friday, Feb. 22, there will be hamburgers or shrimp for $6 at 5 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 23, there will be a pork chop dinner for $7 at 5 p.m. and music by Mike Wolski from 6 to 9 p.m. On Sunday, Feb. 24, there will be breakfast from 8 to 9:45 a.m. and then 3-card bingo from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

MARCH

Superhero Run to be held
OKEECHOBEE — On Saturday, March 2, National Honor Society at OHS will sponsor a 5k run/walk at the Agri-Civic Center, 4601 U.S. 710. The race will begin at 8 a.m. but you must be registered/checked in by 6:45 a.m. Come dressed as your favorite superhero. Prizes will be awarded before the race for the Best Costume competition for multiple age groups, both children and adults, at 7:40 a.m. The cost to register is only a $10 donation and can be paid the morning of the race when numbers are received. All proceeds will fund the End the Hunger program for students in need. To register, please visit goo.gl/forms/gbaiopptco5i4iep2 and fill out the form. Applications are being accepted now.

Win a Demo Derby training session; enter by March 3
OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Fair will host the Demolition Derby on the last day of the fair, Sunday, March 17, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person (separate from fair admission) and children five and under are free. Enter to win a chance for a one-on-one training session with an experienced derby driver as well as a chance to drive and be a contestant in the derby. Winner will be announced on March 3, at noon. To enter the contest or for more information, visit okeechobeecountyfair.com.

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.

GAL hosts meet and greet
OKEECHOBEE — The Guardian ad Litem program invites you to a Meet and Greet on Tuesday, March 5, at Cowboys Restaurant, 202 N.E. Seventh Ave., from 4 to 5:30 p.m. If you have ever thought about advocating for children in foster care come out and ask questions and learn about taking that first step. Appetizers and refreshments will be served. RSVP appreciated. Call Nicole at 772-871-7269.

County Fair seeks contest participants
OKEECHOBEE – The Okeechobee County Fair Association is seeking adult and youth contest participants for the upcoming fair, March 12-17, 2019. The contests consist of quilting, sewing, leatherwork, painting, drawing, photography, horticulture, and woodworking and more. There will also be food competitions such as home baking and canned goods, as well as a vegetable competition featuring garden vegetable, fruit and vegetable and largest vegetable categories. This year we will again be having the educational posters and educational displays competitions. New for this year will be a Fairy Gardens division.
Individual youths may enter the Educational Poster contest and 4-H Clubs or FFA Chapters may enter the Educational Display contest. The top three club/chapter displays will win awards of $150, $100 and $75 for their programs. You may download the entry forms and rules at the Okeechobee County Fair web site, www.okeechobeecountyfair.com, or pick up copies of the 2019 Premium Book at the Okeechobee County Extension Office at 458 U.S. 98 North. The deadline for entries is March 1, 2019. If you have questions, please contact Dianne Spann at 863-634-3327.

County Fair scheduled
OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Fair will be held from March 12-17, at the Agri-Civic Center Fairgrounds, 4601 S.R. 710, but guests will use the entrance on S.R. 70. Gates will open at 5 p.m. during weekdays and at noon on the weekend. For information, visit www.okeechobeecountyfair.com.

GFWC to sponsor 5k run
OKEECHOBEE — The GFWC Okeechobee Junior Woman’s Club is sponsoring a 5k Bunny Run on Saturday, March 30, at 8 a.m. at the Agri Civic Center, 4601 S.R. 710. Entrance fee is $20. Sign up online at runsignup.com/Race/FL/Okeechobee/GFWCBunnyRun. Deadline for entry is Mar. 29.

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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, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., 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:

• 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.

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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