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Tax Collector’s office

to close Friday

for Caladium Festival

The Lake Placid branch of the Highlands County Tax Collector’s office will be closed Friday 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 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 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. For more details contact Post at 954-817-0033 or by email at jpost12@ embarqmail .com.

Small biz start-up to be

explained in seminar

You’ve got the idea. Now you need to know how to get on your way. “Starting Your Business” is a class that teaches all the eseentials from how to determine feasibility and legal structure to the type of license you will need to get started.

The free seminar is customized for start-ups in DeSoto, Hardee and Highlands counties. It will be Wednesday, July 30 at Corporate and Community Education Room T20 on the Avon Park campus of South Florida State College. The session will be from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

“Starting Your Business” is presented by the Small Business Development Center at USF. It is designed for persons thinking of starting a small business or who have started a business and want to make sure they did it correctly. The seminar will be led by David Noel, Certified Business Analyst with the Florida SBDC. Seating is limited, so call 863-784-7378 to reserve a seat or for more information. Noel can also be reached at .

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.

Volunteers needed at

Highlands Hammock

Highlands Hammock State Park is seeking volunteers to assist with several duties. Three areas of immediate need are:

• Custodian for the Civilian Conservation Corps museum. Duties include building maintenance, light housekeeping and hosting visitors. An interest in American history, the programs of Franklin Roosevelt and the Great Depression is a plus.

• Sebring residents to open and close the Seven Lakes Management Unit of Highlands Hammock State Park on County Road 635. Opportunities to assist with facility maintenance are also available.

• Volunteer to assist with trail maintenance and landscaping.

Those interested in volunteering or to obtain more information, call the office of the Park Services Specialist at 863-471-5324.

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 Friday, Saturday and Sunday of this week. 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- .