Community Events for Okeechobee

Community events …

Okeechobee will host Christmas events
Santa will tour Okeechobee on a city fire truck Dec. 20-22. On Dec. 20, he will tour the Northwest and Northeast sections within the city limits; on Dec. 21, he will tour the Southeast section within the city limits; and, on Dec. 22, he will tour the Southwest section, within the city limits.

Regular events appear after Holiday Happenings.

Tree to be raffled
OKEECHOBEE — Hospice of Okeechobee received the donation of a Christmas Tree and handmade ornaments from Simply Showing 4-H Club and will be raffling the tree off on Friday, Dec. 14. To enter the raffle, visit Brown Cow Sweetery, 103 S.W. Park St., and place donation in an envelope, write your name and phone number on it and place the envelope in the donation box.

Christmas play set
OKEECHOBEE — The Church of God of Prophecy/Open Arms Ministry is putting on its annual Christmas play entitled “Alpha & Omega- The Beginning of The End” on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Cattlemen’s Rodeo Arena, 1885 U.S. 441 N., across from Raulerson Hospital. There is no charge for admittance and everyone is encouraged to go.

Christmas Cantata scheduled
OKEECHOBEE — The annual Okeechobee Community Choir Christmas Cantata concert, under the direction of Sandy Perry, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Okeechobee Presbyterian, 312 N. Parrott Ave. For information, call Sandy at 863-634-7714.

Christmas boat parade set
OKEECHOBEE — 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 S.R. 70 by 5 p.m. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. For information, call Arnie at 863-824-0681 or Harry at 863-467-4782.

Library to hold cookie swap
OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., will hold its second annual Cookie Swap Party on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. Bring two dozen of your favorite dessert, and a recipe, and swap with others to take home a box full of amazing holiday treats! The library would also like to specially invite any of the local Veterans to stop by and enjoy the food and festivities. Boxes of desserts will also be gathered for delivery to our local veterans this holiday season.

Gift drive at Family Dentistry
We intend to gift local foster children in our area. Currently our Guardian ad Litem division is serving over 105 children ages ranging from infancy to 18 years old, or 64 families. Our office is collecting toys and gifts to give to these kids. If your family or business office would like to join our staff in this effort, please drop off your gifts to our office anytime, and please label your gift for a boy or girl. If you do not have the luxury of time to shop, but you would still like to collaborate with us, we will shop for you. We accept monetary donations on behalf of the Guardian ad Litem, and 100 percent of the proceeds will be given to Okeechobee’s local foster children. We will end the gift collection on Dec. 16, so act fast. Family Dentistry, 202 N.E. Third St.

Santa to tour on firetruck
OKEECHOBEE – Santa will tour the City of Okeechobee on a city fire truck Dec. 20-22. On Dec. 20, he will tour the Northwest and Northeast sections within the city limits; on Dec. 21, he will tour the southeast section within the city limits; and, on Dec. 22, he will tour the southwest section, within the city limits.

Christmas concert set
OKEECHOBEE — Come see the Hickman Family in a special Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 6 p.m. at Okeechobee Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W. 28th St.

Christmas Eve Communion Service set
OKEECHOBEE — Fountain of Life Church, 1302 S.W. 32nd St., will hold its annual Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Service on Monday, Dec. 24, at 6:30 p.m. Community is welcome.


Moose lodge hosts events
OKEECHOBEE — Moose Lodge 1753, 159 N.W. 36th St. Friday, Dec. 14, is Friday dinner night at 5 p.m. There will be hamburgers or shrimp for $6, while it lasts. Saturday, Dec. 15, at 5 p.m. is lasagna night. Cost is $7, while it lasts, and there will be music by Medicine Man from 6 to 9 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 18, there will be breakfast from 8 to 9:45 a.m. and three-card bingo from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Moose Lodge event correction
OKEECHOBEE — Moose Lodge 1753, 159 N.W. 36th St., will host breakfast on Sunday, Dec. 16, from 8 to 9:45 a.m. and three-card bingo from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

CHW focus group set
OKEECHOBEE — A Community Health Worker focus group will be held at Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., on Friday, Dec. 14, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This group is aimed at understanding the role of Community Health Workers in improving access to health services.

SAC hosts bowling event
OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition is having a free night of bowling, skating and laser tag at Chobee Skate and Play, 1465 S.E. 14th Terrace, on Friday, Dec. 14, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. This event is for youth middle and high school aged. Food will only be available to purchase through the bowling alley concession stand.

T.O.P.S. meetings set
OKEECHOBEE — T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) will hold meetings on Friday, Dec. 14, and Thursday, Dec. 20, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., in room 18. Anyone ages 7 and older is welcome to attend. For more information, call 863-467-8636 or 561-512-7321.

Eagles host events
The Cypress Hut Eagles, 4701 S.E. U.S. 441, will serve your choice of ribeye steak, fried shrimp, haddock, catfish or tilapia dinners on Friday, Dec. 14, at 5:30 p.m. Music by Karaoke Kop is at 7 p.m. The ladies will host a Snowball Dinner Dance on Saturday, Dec. 15. A cabbage roll dinner will be served at 3 p.m. Music by Hired Guns is at 6 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 16, fried chicken dinners will be served at 2 p.m. Music by Harden Up Karaoke is at 6 p.m. For information, call 863-467-1154.

Wreaths Across America procession change
Wreaths Across America will be honoring veterans by placing wreaths on their gravestones at Evergreen Cemetery, 2784 N.E. 62nd Parkway, on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 11:30 a.m. Initially it was stated that the procession would begin at the Sherrif’s office but it has been changed to begin at the Cypress Hut Eagles Lodge #4509, 4701 U.S. 441 S.E.

GOP meeting set
OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee Chapter of the Republican Party of Florida welcomes you to attend its monthly meeting on Monday, Dec. 17, at Cowboy’s BBQ, 202 N.E. Seventh Ave. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. but if you plan to order food please arrive at 6 p.m.

Amvets to host 5-card bingo
Amvets Post 200, 3651 U.S. 441 S.E. Suite #6, will host five-card bingo on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m., and on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. The public is welcome. For information, call 863-484-8135.

Elks host breakfast
OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee Elks Lodge, 131 N.W. 36th St., is having an AYCE pancake breakfast on Sunday, Dec. 16, from 8 to 11 a.m. The menu will consist of AYCE pancakes, sausage, orange juice, and coffee. Adults are $6, children six to ten $3, and children under five are free. You can add eggs for $1. They are located across from Circle K on North U.S. 441.

Church hosts bingo
OKEECHOBEE — Sacred Heart Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St., will host bingo on Monday, Dec. 17. The doors will open at 7 p.m. and games will begin at 7 p.m. For information, call 863-763-3727.

AA meetings set
OKEECHOBEE — On Monday, Dec. 17, Okeechobee Christian Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace, will host its closed meeting, “Wake up group,” at 6:30 a.m. Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave., will host its “Heard it through the grapevine” open group at 6:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Dec. 18. United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., hosts open meetings at noon, Monday through Friday.

Historical Society to meet
OKEECHOBEE — The Historical Society will hold its meeting on Monday, Dec. 17, at noon in the museum building, 1850 U.S. 98 N. There will be a covered dish luncheon. Dues are $10 per person for the year. If interested in joining, please attend.

Code Enforcement meeting set
OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County Code Enforcement will hold a special magistrate hearing in the Health Department auditorium, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave., on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. All interested parties and citizens will have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting and are welcome to attend. For information, call 863-763-5548.

Mitigation meeting scheduled
OKEECHOBEE — A meeting of the Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) Working Group will be held on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m., in Room 106 of the Okeechobee County EOC, 707 N.W. 6th St. The LMS working group strives to lessen the human, environmental, and economic costs of disasters through hazard mitigation. The public is invited to attend.

Businesswomen’s lunch set
OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee Businesswomen’s referral network will meet on Friday, Dec. 21, at Lakeside Grille, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., at 11:30 a.m. Please bring a small contribution to support the Trail of Hope Animal Rescue – dog food, cleaning supplies, etc. for the annual December gift. For information, call Raye at 863-467-2557.

Tobacco Free joint meeting set
The Tobacco Free Partnership (TFP) of Okeechobee and Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition (OSAC) will hold a meeting at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Beef O Brady’s, 608 S Parrott Ave.

Sour Orange Festival in Lakeport set
LAKEPORT — The 26th Annual Sour Orange Festival and Quilt Show is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Lakeport Community Center, 1239 Red Barn Road. Festivities includes live music, Mr. Bubble the Clown, quilt show, sour orange cook-off (for information call Muriel Green at 863-946-1494), blood mobile, local vendors and craftsmen and more. Pulled pork, chicken, coleslaw, and baked bean lunches will be available for $10. Swamp cabbage will be sold separately. Adult admission is $2, and children under 12 are free. For vendor information, call Jo Randolph at 863-227-4323 or email to Bring your own chair.

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:

• 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

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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