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Updated: 11/14/2013 08:00:01AM

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NARFE to meet Tuesday

Highlands County’s chapter 28 of National Association of Retired Federal Employees will host an 11:30 a.m. luncheon Tuesday at Homer’s Buffet in the Sebring Square plaza. Speaker will be Pete Pollard who will talk on the history of Highlands Little Theater and outline the season’s performance schedule.

NARFE meetings are open to active and retired federal employees and their spouses. For more information call Vic Singletary at 863-452-5477.

Artist Keith Goodson to paint at Chamber lunch

Noted artist Keith Goodson will create a painting “live” at today’s (Wednesday) luncheon meeting of the Greater Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce. Goodson created more than a dozen of the bigger-than-life paintings that comprise the Lake Placid Mural Society’s collection.

“This is your opportunity to see in person world famous and locally loved artist Keith Goodson paint live,” said Chamber executive director Eileen May.

The luncheon is open to Chamber members only.

Masonic Lodge to serve pork dinners Saturday

Placid Lodge No. 282 F&AM will hold a pulled pork dinner Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Lodge located at 102 North Main Ave. in Lake Placid. The dinner will consist of pulled pork, cole slaw, baked beans, roll, drink and dessert. Meals will be $8. For more information call 863-461-8185 or 863-243-1356.

Ballroom Dancers to host Saturday “Turkey Trot”

The Lake Placid Ballroom Dancers will host a “Turkey Trot” dance Saturday from 6:30 to 9 the Elks Lodge on County Road 621 East in Lake Placid.

Music for the evening will feature the soft sound of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. The Ladies of the Elks will have sandwiches and desserts available. Bob Smart will oversee the free dance lesson in the lounge from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with instructors Walt and Susan Mirasky.

Donations of nonperishable food items will be collected for Manna Ministries to help stock its shelves for Thanksgiving.

Admission is $5 for LPBD members and $7 for nonmembers. The dance is open to the public and singles are welcome.

Okeechobee area to be focus of birding trip

The Audubon Society of Highlands County will host a Saturday birding trip to Lake Okeechobee. Those attending are asked to bring a lunch and gather at Placid Tower at 8 a.m. to caravan to several birding locations.

“Birding in the Lake Okeechobee area is a great, fun way to sharpen your birding skills,” said spokesman Helen Obenchain. “A favorite spot of Dr. Martin Stapleton, an outstanding birder/teacher, this annual trip is taken in memory of him.”

Obenchain said the outing is easy for beginning and advanced birders as both water and land birds can be found. Lake Okeechobee is higher than last year, she said, so the results should be very interesting.

For information and arrangements call Obenchain at 863-465-2468.

The Audubon Society will meet Thursday, Nov. 21 with Nicole Ranalli as the speaker. She is the lead biologist for the Lake Wales Ridge Environmental Area. She will talk about the Lake Wales Ridge and Florida Scrub-jay.

The social and potluck dinner will be at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program at 7:15. The group will meet at the Masonic Lodge at 106 N. Main Ave. in Lake Placid.

Wendy’s ‘giveback night’ to benefit Dragon band

Wendy’s restaurant in Lake Placid will host its monthly Band Boosters Giveback Night from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday to benefit the Green Dragon band at Lake Placid High School. Wendy’s will donate 20 percent of meal prices when diners mention the band.

New showroom hours for Caladium Arts, Crafts Co-op

The Caladium Arts and Crafts Cooperative, located at 132 E. Interlake Blvd., Lake Placid has changed the hours of operation to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday through Saturday. The new hours will be in place through April when it will resume a Tuesday to Saturday schedule. The arts and crafts mecca is closed on Sunday to allow members to spend time with their families. For more details call 863-699-5940 or visit the website

TOPS meets Tuesdays

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) will host an open meeting Monday from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Woman’s Club, located at 10 N. Main Ave. in Lake Placid. “Come see for yourself that TOPS is a support group for efforts in weight loss,” a spokesman said.

Candidate Workshop to explain campaign rules

Thinking about running for public office? Several new provisions for candidates and campaign finance will be explained in two Candidate Workshops hosted by Highlands County Supervisor of Elections Penny Ogg.

The sessions will be Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m.; and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Both sessions will be in the County Commission chambers of the Government Center at 600 S. Commerce Ave., Sebring.

Candidates, campaign staff, volunteers and interested persons are encouraged to attend,” Ogg said. To register, or for more information, email or call 863-402-6655.

Tomoka Heights rummage, bake sale set for Saturday

The Tomoka Heights community in Lake Placid will hold its annual rummage and bake sale Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the clubhouse. Shoppers should enter through the south gate on U.S. 27.

Offered will be household items, electronics, furniture, Christmas decorations, jewelry, collectables, glassware, candles, plastics, baskets and more. Homemade baked goods will also be available.

Traditionally, the sale is held the first Saturday in November but it has been moved back this year.

Empty Bowl Luncheon

to benefit Food Bank

The Heartland Food Bank will host its major fundraiser, the Empty Bowls Luncheon, at the Bert J. Harris Jr. Agri-Civic Center on U.S. 27 South in Sebring from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday. Cost is $10 per person.

“Enjoy bidding on the silent auction items; or buy a $5 ticket to possibly win a colorful, decorative bag containing an item worth more than $5; feast on our unique lunch menu; and enjoy listening to the Sebring High School Show Choir, the Walker Academy Steel Drum Band, and soloist, Nala Price.

For more information call Mary Foy at the Heartland Food Bank at 863-381-8784.

Tickets available for

fashion show, luncheon

Heart of Highland, Sweet Adelines, Show Chorus will present “Adelines Fashions On Parade,” a fashion show and luncheon, Saturday, Nov. 23 and tickets are available now. The annual event will be held at the Lake Placid Elks Lodge. Doors will open at 11 a.m. and lunch will be at noon. The menu will include glazed apricot chicken, with all the trimmings.

Models will represent Amber Louise in Lake Placid, and BonWorth, Dress Barn, and Sue’s Cubby Hole all in Sebring.

There will be an opportunity table, door prizes, and entertainment by the Chorus and its Quartets. Tickets are $25 and can be reserved by calling 863-699-1288.

LP Garden Club to present

Holiday Home, Garden Tour

Four beautiful lakefront homes and gardens will be open when the Lake Placid Garden Club hosts its annual Holiday Home and Garden Tour from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6.

Free refreshments and a poinsettia sale will be at the club’s “Holiday Cafe” in the pavillion at Stuart Park in uptown Lake Placid. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the park on the day of the tour. For tickets or further information contact Peggy Alexander at 863-465-1269 or Connie Watson at 863-465-0487.

Proceeds will be used to fund college scholarships and civic projects in the Lake Placid community.