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LP Ballroom Dancers to host Caladium Kick-Off

The Lake Placid Ballroom Dancers will host a Caladium Kick-Off Dinner/Dance at the Elks Lodge in Lake Placid. The Saturday event will start at 5 p.m. with a social hour followed by dinner of chicken cordon-bleu, mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad, rolls, dessert, iced tea and coffee. Dancing starts at 6:30 p.m. with Chrissy Harriman and continues until 9 p.m.

Bates Sons and Daughters and Happiness Farms will have caladiums displayed in pots as table centerpieces, and “doggie bag bulbs” for the guests to take home and plant. “It’s a small sample of what to expect at the annual Caladium Festival on July 25, 26 and 27,” said spokesman Susie Lee.

Tickets for the dinner/dance are available at the Lake Placid Elks Lodge, or call 863-699-0886 or 863-465-6547. Admission is $10 for LPBD members and $15 for non-members.

Tax Collector’s office closed Friday, July 25

The Lake Placid branch of the Highlands County Lake Placid Tax Collector’s office will be closed on Friday, July 25 to accommodate crowds at the 24th annual Caladium Festival.

The Lake Placid office is directly across the street from Stuart Park, the hub of the three-day festival.

Tax Collector offices in Sebring and Avon Park will be open for business that day.

For questions or additional information, contact the Tax Collector’s office at 863-402-6700.

Evening Women’s Club forming in Lake Placid

An inaugural “meet and greet” event to welcome a new Evening Women’s Club in Lake Placid will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 29 in the Woman’s Club building at 10 N. Main Ave. There is no obligation for those attending the meet and greet.

“We have so many talented, caring women in Lake Placid that work full time and cannot attend a daytime meeting yet have expressed an interest in a Women’s Club that could meet in the evening once a month,” said spokesman Joy Post.

The Evening Women’s Club will be a service club, working with the community in service and local charities and having fun. Reservations should be made by July 25 by contacting Post at 954-817-0033 by email at jpost12@ embarqmail .com.

Narconon helps families battle drug addictions

Narconon reminds families that the use of addicting drugs is on the rise and that steps can be taken to protect your family from drug use. If you know anyone who is struggling with drug addiction get them the help they need.

A free brochure outlining signs of drug use is available by calling 800-431-1754 or visiting Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals to support groups in the Highlands County area.

Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free screenings or referrals.

Reservations open for moonlight dinner, dance

The Lake Placid Ballroom Dancers and Placid Lakes Social Circle of Lake Placid have arranged a Paddlewheel Dinner/Dance Cruise out of Fort Myers on Aug. 9. The public is invited to make reservations and join in the fun.

The trip features a three-hour moonlight cruise along the Caloosahatchee River with dinner, dancing and a cash bar. The group will travel by bus, provided by Princess Dianne Tours.

Call Susie Lee at 863-699-0886 for reservations and information.

Depot Museum on hiatus through summer months

The Lake Placid Historical Society has closed its Depot Museum for the summer season. But volunteer Jerry Pendarvis has agreed to lead tours by reservation. He can be contacted at 863-465-2629.

While the museum is on hiatus, volunteers will take care of “housekeeping chores” to be ready for a three-day opening during the Caladium Festival, slated for July 25-26-27. Hours those days will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The summer months are allowing time for museum volunteers to catalog scrapbooks of Lake Placid history with a goal of making it easier for those searching for special events to find items related to their search, according to Historical Society president Richard Gerken.

To leave a message for the Depot Museum staffers, call 863-840-1777.

Local families sought for foreign exchange students

World Heritage Student Exchange Program, a public benefit organization, is seeking local host families for high school students from over 30 countries that include Spain, Germany, Thailand, Denmark, Portugal, South Korea, Italy, France, Norway, and the former Soviet Union countries.

Couples, single parents, and families with and without children are all encouraged to host. You can choose to host a student for a semester or for the school year.

Each World Heritage student is fully insured, brings his/her own personal spending money and expects to contribute to his/her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles.

For more information call 1-800-888-9040, go online at or email info@world- .