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Heartland LIVING December 2017 | January 2018

Heartland LIVING

Your Lifestyle Community Magazine

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Holiday mishaps. When they happen … we’ll be there.

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Letter From

THE PUBLISHER T hanksgiving is done, the Christmas lights are strung, and the time for New Year’s is approaching for us to ring in 2018. Before we welcome in the New Year I feel it’s time for us to pause and reflect on our accomplishments and blessings we’ve had throughout the year. This includes what we have to be grateful for, the lessons we’ve learned along the way and a time to set new goals for the coming year.

PUBLISHER

This holiday season may be more challenging for our communities and all of those personally affected due to the hurricane and still dealing with damages. My hope is that while reading through the pages of our Holiday Issue you will find stories of love, courage and hope. It’s always important for us to place uplifting stories in this issue to remind our communities of all the blessings we are surrounded with even when from the outside looking in they don’t always seem like blessings.

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One way most of us share time with our loved ones during this time of year is around the dinner table. I’m thankful that our resident Southern Chef, Layne Prescott happily obliged on extending her column this time to share some of her holiday dishes with you. Be sure to tag us on social media when you try some of the beloved recipes from Layne. The final wrap to the holiday season is New Year’s Eve. Local boutique, Amber Louise and Trending Threads was gracious in donating a few looks to get you ready for fun and festive gathering to kick off the New Year! Make sure to check out her boutique in Lake Placid and all of the fun ideas we have to dress to impress on your night out. This is the time of the year we should be thankful for our families, friends, heath and mostly our blessings. I hope you look back on this past year and see all your many blessings, and ready to kick off the New Year with new adventures and resolutions that await you for the coming year. I thank you for another year of your continued support of Heartland LIVING and we can’t wait for you to see what we have in store for you in 2018! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from our family to yours.

God Bless,

Cindy Sebring Adams


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FEATURES 22

The Barn Antiques By Katy Fassler

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Capturing Moments at Reality Ranch By Christy Swift

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Achievement Academy By Christy Swift

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CONTENTS

December 2017 | January 2018 Volume VI | Issue 6

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Special Section 78 Ringing in 2018

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Holiday Fashion By Jessica Pleger

Inspired by the South

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Heartland Scene

98 Celebrating the South By Jessica Pleger

112 Farm to Table at Bok Tower 114 Patrick Smith: A Land Remembered

116 SW Florida Tiny House Expo

16 Behind the Scenes 118 Heartland Calendar of Events

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102 Southern Chef By Layne Prescott

Delmonico Steak Roast Onion Casserole Carrot Souffle Macaroni & Cheese Bread Pudding

Model Sarina Hamme

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Photography by Caroline Maxcy Fox

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Marketing Ideas Needs A Good Design!

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Our Design Team Will Help You Stand Out!

CEO | Publisher Cindy Sebring Adams Editorial Director Jessica Pleger Creative | Art Director Bridgette Waldau Writers Katy Fassler Christy Swift Contributing Writer Layne Prescott Photography Director Rafael Pacheco

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Cover / Feature Photographer Caroline Maxcy Fox Feature Photographers Sharon Cannon Caroline Maxcy Fox Emily Plank Photographers Cynthia Paxton Jessica Pleger

Branding Logo Design Magazines Catalogs Brochures Publications Flyers Post Cards Business Stationary Ad Designs

Published By Heartland Publications & Marketing, Inc. Contact: 412 Rest Haven Road , Zolfo Springs, FL 33890 863-781-0344 E-mail Cindy@Heartland-Living.com Become a fan on facebook. Visit us at www.HeartlandLivingMagazine.com

Graphic Design Heartland Living Magazine is published bi-monthly by Heartland Publications & Marketing, Inc. Copyright 2017, all rights reserved. Reproduction of contents in print or electronic transmission in whole or in part in any language or format must be by expressed written permission of the publisher.

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Cindy Sebring Adams President | CEO

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Email: Cindy@heartlandpublication.com

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All articles, descriptions and suggestions in this magazine are merely expression of opinions from contributors and advertisers and do not constitute the opinion of the publisher, editor or staff of Heartland Living Magazine, and under no circumstances constitutes assurances or guarantees concerning the quality of any service or product. Heartland Living Magazine specifically disclaims any liability related to these expressions and opinions. Heartland Living Magazine is not responsible for any unsolicited submissions. The advertiser agrees to hold harmless and indemnify the publishers from all liability..


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I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11


May the Blessings of Christmas be with you and your Family in the New Year!

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Behind the Scenes Bridgette Waldau has been a graphic

Art Director

and fine artist for over 30 years. She received her A.A. from the Ft. Lauderdale Institute of Art and a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Stetson University. She moved to Okeechobee in 1994 where she opened her art studio. Bridgette has been creative director for several publications, working with Heartland Publications & Marketing as art director since 2011, winning six Florida Magazine Charlie Awards in 2015 & 2017. She is arts and culture director of Okeechobee Main Street (13 years) and member of the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County. Bridgette is married to James Waldau, a retired firefighter from the City of Hialeah.

Editorial Director

Katy Fassler has been telling stories

Rafael Pacheco I am a Pisces and was

Photography Director

born on the island of Puerto Rico. My dog thinks I am crazy for locking the door so many times in 10 seconds and my cats think I am made of catnip. Everything I wear is black, gray or blue. If I put on something colorful I must have been in a hurry. Photography is how I have let my artistic visions come to life since the early 90’s. Patience, kindness, sharing, sacrifice, love and not to judge I saw my mother practice these and they stayed within me. We are collective energy and all from the same Source. I don’t see the world through my eyes. I see it through my soul.

Layne Prescott Layne was born into

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a military family, has lived overseas but did most of her growing up in Arcadia. After meeting and marrying Mike Prescott, she moved to Wauchula in 1979 and now calls it her home. She and Mike raised their three children there and now are reaping the benefits of their labor with six sweet, beautiful and perfect grandchildren. Her cooking style is eclectic and best described as “Southern comfort cuisine”. Her greatest joy comes from three things: her faith, loving on her family, and getting in the kitchen and “whipping” up something good.

Jessica Pleger is a wife, mother, editor, writer, and caterer. She attended the University of Central Florida where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Finance. Before working full-time at Heartland LIVING, Jessica was a paralegal for over 15 years. She is also the owner and operator of Pink Pineapple Catering. Jessica enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and participating in community events throughout the Heartland. A lifelong resident of Florida, Jessica was raised in Hardee County and now resides in Avon Park with her husband, Jonathan and daughter, Finley Grace.

Writer

since she was able to scribble her name in crayon on the wall. Hailing from Akron, Ohio, she moved to Sebring in 2006 to attend the Great Commission Bible Institute. Katy, an avid reader and book collector lives by Dr. Seuss’ advice, “Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.” Katy and her husband, Sean, live in Sebring with their two daughters, Adia and Emery.

Christy Swift is a freelance writer

Writer

living in Highlands County. Christy writes feature stories for Heartland LIVING and weekly pieces for a local newspaper, and web-based medical articles. She was recently named the Florida Farm Bureau’s 2014 Newsperson of the Year. Christy enjoys spending time with her husband, Mark, and three daughters. She recently ran her first 5K. Says Christy, “The best part of what I do is helping amazing people share their stories.”

Sharon Cannon Sharon's passion

Photographer

has always been photography. She is an award winning photographer having transitioned from amateur to professional in 2010 when she was contacted by local publications to photograph events. She is a member of Okeechobee Main Street, on the arts and cultural committee. Sharon has lived in Okeechobee for many years, and has one son, Karl. “I love the history of our little town. I want to preserve all of our ‘todays’ through the lens of my camera, for our future ‘tomorrows’.”


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Caroline Maxcy Fox runs a full service

Emily Plank has a photography business

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rooted in her hometown of Lakeland, Florida that is celebrating 7 years. She is a graduate from the University of Florida with her Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art where she focused on drawing and painting. She fell in love with photography while at Florida, studying film and digital photography –then started her business while in school. She loves to tell a story, whether it’s that of a person, place or space she is dedicated portraying her subject’s beauty. Personally she loves to give back and serve her community, she loves her Lord Jesus and being with her family and friends.

Cynthia Paxton is a stay at home mom

Photographer

Photographer

fine art lifestyle photography business based in the heart of Florida. After achieving her Bachelors in Studio Art from Florida State University where she focused on Design and Photography, she practiced in the field of design for six years before pursuing her Masters in Graphic Design at North Carolina State University in 2010. It was through this journey that she honed her artistic craft and developed a "way of seeing" that fuels her photography today. Caroline's images have been featured on wedding and lifestyle blogs worldwide. But the true heart of her work lies in her pursuits to glorify God and "give back" through educational and charitable endeavors.

to two boys. She have spent the last 10 years capturing the precious moments of childhood for families across central Florida. A newborn and child photographer, Paxton loves being able to capture that small moment of time. She has also been a nurse for 15 years and love caring for others. She has lived in Wauchula for over 25 years and is honored to help share our small town community with others.

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For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 20

Isaiah 9:6


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A Woman’s Dream And A Family Tradition By Katy Fassler Photography by Caroline Maxcy Fox

estled in the high pines of Lake Alfred is The Barn Antiques. Family owned and operated since 1969, The Barn Antiques has been a bucket list hit for many and a staple in home furnishing and gifts for more in central Florida. Opening its doors to bring beautiful pieces of furniture and décor to those who enter has been the goal from inception and the family home feel has not changed through the years and expansion. Ednamay Wales had a heart for her family and community. As the founder of the Lazy W Ranch Day Camp in 1960, which offered horseback riding, swimming and other activities, she also imagined bringing history in to people’s homes. She had dream of opening a store selling antiques to her community. Antiquing was a passion but creating a business was the ultimate dream come true. Her friends thought she was crazy but in the fall of 1969, Ed and Ednamay Wales made that dream come to fruition. Ed built a small tin-roofed building on their family ranch. The Barn Antiques was open for business. „

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Suzan & Richard Wales

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Ansley Wales


he store was in the middle of cow pastures and pines in rural Polk County but as time passed, the business grew. Every year there was expansion. With the construction of I4, more and more people were traveling to visit The Barn. There are currently four generations playing a part in the everyday business of The Barn Antiques. Ed and Ednamay Wales were the founders and their two sons have carried on the legacy. Richard and Suzan Wales are responsible for the antiques, with their daughter, Ansley, and Tom and Jan Wales handled the gift shop and restaurant. Tom and Jan’s sons, Justin and Drew, with his wife Adrianna, now operate The Stable Home Décor gift shop, The Seasons, The Back-Yard Garden Shop, and the Back-Porch Restaurant. Every year since its opening, The Barn Antiques closes for the summer to travel abroad to hand pick pieces to bring back to their faithful customers. The first Saturday of October was the 48th year opening with its new treasures; furniture, accent pieces, and the favorite, stained glass. The other shops and restaurant remain open year-round. „

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The original building is still home to the antique store. There are sprawling rooms full of large and small furniture pieces available to bring a piece of history into your home. The four showrooms are over 7500 square feet full of timeless pieces. From dining room tables to sideboards and chairs, there are hundreds of items from which to choose. “My parents and I have been going to England every summer since I was 2,” says granddaughter Ansley Wales. “I would go with them and help them buy.” After college, Ansley returned to Lake Alfred to work in the family business. “Now my father and I switch off and take turns. I go to England every other trip and buy a 40-foot container of antiques. We hand pick every piece and bring it back.” “We fill and ship new containers from England nearly every month. That's how we always keep a fresh selection of the highest quality, most affordable antiques – big and small – to be found.” Each piece is restored beautifully and meticulously. “We lovingly clean, polish, and restore each piece to the sturdy quality of its original condition. Our craftsmen preserve each piece's character and history, preparing it for its next century of use in your home.” One of the popular stops in The Barn is the Stained-Glass Room. Hundreds of windows and doors are hand selected and brought back for their customers. Bursting with color; reds, yellows, blues, and more, rows of stained glass is available to meet the tastes of every customer. „

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December 9, 2017 10 am - 1 pm Kids can find their inner pastry chef and artist at Cookiefest where they can decorate holiday cookies with Chef Mac Gentleman, write letters to Santa and participate in holiday art and craft projects.

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“After a few years in the antique shop, my mother took off time while school teaching to do arts and crafts with my brother and I and sold them in a corner of the antique shop. That was successful enough that they eventually expanded into another business which was The Stable Home Décor” said grandson Justin Wales. The Stable is a unique gift shop specializing in home décor that beautifully marries modern rustic design with traditional flair. Available are floral arrangements, candles and accessories, framed prints, bath and body products, and other arts and craft items. It is a breathtaking gift shop that appeals to all shoppers. Included in The Stable is a room dedicated to jewelry and accessories. It is the perfect stop for unique pieces to add to your collection or the perfect gift. „

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Justin Wales


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The Seasons Gift Shop is a one stop destination for your celebratory décor. The shop specializes in Thanksgiving and Christmas, but every major holiday is distinguished. Unique and tasteful decorations are available for customers to create a designer look for their home. Be it large décor pieces or gifts and fragrances, The Seasons has something perfect for all shoppers. „

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The Barn Antiques is a destination to spend the day. Shop the gift shops and antique rooms and stop to have a lovely lunch at The Back Porch. Featuring Wales family recipes, enjoy a quaint meal while surrounded by large stained-glass windows framing a view of natural Florida landscape. The tables are hand painted by Jan Wales. “In the 80’s, when they opened up the restaurant, it really allowed a lot of people from Tampa, Orlando, and further locations to come to such a rural location and be able to spend the day and not need to go find food.” The restaurant features a large wrap-around porch to sit and eat, enjoying the beautiful Florida weather while surrounded by the beautiful landscaping and pond. Also available is The Shady Deck, specializing in frozen lemonades and their famous Wine Ice Stirs. „

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The Back-Yard Garden Shop is an extraordinary outdoor shopping experience specializing in making your back-yard spectacular. The shop is filled with decorations, plants, birdhouses, and more. Adrianna, wife of Drew, grandson of Ed and Ednamay, is a certified master gardener and selects every plant in The Garden Shop. Florida native plants as well as seasonal plants are available. „

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Suzan & Richard Wales with daughter Ansley

he Wales family could not embark on this venture alone. The Wales family has an amazing team of employees who restore furniture, set up displays in the gift shop, serve in the restaurant and help with customers. To completely enjoy central Florida, make a list of all the amazing places to see, experience, and set out on an amazing adventure. On your list, make sure The Barn Antiques is one of your destinations and you are guaranteed to want to visit over and over again. The Barn Antiques is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10-4. For more information, please visit www.barnantiques. biz or call (863)956-1362. Heartland LIVING December 2017 January 2018

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Polk County’s Best-Kept Secret for Special Needs Families By Christy Swift Photography by Emily Plank

hortly after Leah Mitchell was born, her parents John and Whitnee Mitchell realized that something wasn’t quite right with her legs. As Leah grew, they discovered their daughter had more than just mobility problems; her verbal skills were not developing normally, and her social development appeared delayed as well. „

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Leah Mitchell with her therapist Stacey Robinson

Like most parents of special needs children, the Mitchells began searching for help on how to best meet Leah’s needs. “When your child is born, you have this innate vision of what their life is going to look like. Parents of children with special needs must quickly come to grips with the reality that their child may never be like their typical peers,” said Whitnee.

-Whitnee Mitchell

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When Leah was four years old, the couple moved to Lakeland where a church friend pointed them to Achievement Academy, a non-profit United Way agency and fully accredited public Charter School serving children with special needs from birth through age five. Whitnee immediately applied to have Leah placed on the waiting list. It was a long summer. Then, five days before the school year started, the Mitchells received the news that there was a space for Leah. „


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“We were really excited,” Whitnee recalled. At four, Leah was completely nonverbal and in a wheelchair full time. She went into Stacey Robinson’s class where she began receiving speech, physical and occupational therapy, including spending time in “the stander,” an apparatus that encourages Leah to bear weight on her legs.

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“At first, she could only tolerate 10 minutes,” said Robinson, or “Miss Stacey” as the family calls her. “We had to talk her through it or use bubbles.” Now she can do 45 minutes to an hour while she plays on an iPad or with Legos. It’s hard work for her, but Robinson said it’s almost as if Leah knows it’s for her benefit. When the preschooler first came into Robinson’s classroom, she did not engage well with other people, didn’t play with toys very much and could not get around. Robinson’s first goal with Leah was to earn her trust. Now, in her second year at the school, Leah is showing pretend play skills, communicating with signs and gestures, interacting well with her peers and therapists and has even begun to crawl and lift up on furniture. “It’s an inspiration to see. It’s hard work for her,” Robinson noted. „

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Leah is just one of 157 students at Achievement Academy’s three campuses in Lakeland, Winter Haven and Bartow. Formerly the Child Development Center of Polk County, Inc., the organization has served children with disabilities for over 60 years. In 1997, Achievement Academy became a charter school, making it one of the largest established charter schools in the state of Florida, and one of only a handful of schools specifically geared for special needs children. „

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The organization actually has two components-- the AdvancED-accredited charter school which serves children ages 18 months through 5 years, and the Birth to Three program, an in-home visitation program which identifies children up to age three who might have delays. “Early intervention is the key,” said development director Stacy Williams. “The earlier the child can get help, the better chance they have to maximize their potential.” Money is not a barrier for families, either, as Achievement Academy is free. But it does cost money to run-- a lot, especially because class sizes are small and the classrooms receive daily visits from licensed therapists. Staying on top of the latest developments also means acquiring new technologies and therapy tools as well as training staff on them. Just last year, fundraising efforts allowed the school to raise $15,000 to purchase eight iLs systems. „

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iLs stands for integrated listening system, a therapeutic exercise program geared at helping kids with their concentration, communication, organization, physical regulation and anxiety. The students wear a special headset that provides music through air conduction (the way we normally hear things) and bone conduction (the conduction of sound to the inner ear through the bones of the skull). Combined with movement and thought-provoking tasks over a series of 60 one-hour sessions, the listening program is geared towards children with ADHD, autism, speech and language delays and overall developmental delays, according to Achievement Academy’s therapy department head Wendy Ames. „

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“We’ve noticed some of the children who maybe were not speaking started talking or at least trying to talk more. Some that have a little bit more hyperactivity have been able to calm themselves or stay in a more calm state,” Ames added. Gross motor skills improved as well, with preschoolers being able to master age-appropriate activities like balancing or doing a jumping jack.

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“I think as a public charter school, people think everything is taken care of financially,” Williams stated. The truth is, Achievement Academy has to raise approximately $600,000 per year in order to be able to offer all of its services to families free of charge. „


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But those therapies are exactly what these special kids need, as Luis Unda discovered. Unda’s son, Fernando, experienced seizures and a speech delay early on. He was later diagnosed with autism at age 12. Fernando exhibited difficult behaviors, and the staff at Achievement Academy helped Luis and his wife Griselle to understand how to best handle them. Fernando, now 23, is living in a group home and participating in a life skills and job skills program. Luis, past board president for Achievement Academy, and Griselle, who works in an administrative role at the school, credit the early intervention Fernando received as being crucial to his current success. December 2017 January 2018

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“He’s doing fantastic. I can see he is on the right path to be successful in life, having a job and having a routine that he enjoys and that he’s happy about,” said Luis. Luis said he’ll never forget one phrase he heard early on to describe Achievement Academy: one of the best-kept secrets of Polk County. He agrees. “As a special needs parent what a relief it is to have your child be part of that school.” If there is a secret ingredient, Luis feels it is the staff. “Everybody is so dedicated to making those kids succeed,” he said. Williams agreed. As development director she can vouch for the longevity of the folks who work at the school. “Our principal has been here 30 years. Our early interventionists in the birth to 3 program have been here 34 and 35 years. One of our physical therapists has been here over 30 years,” Williams said. Robinson, Leah’s teacher, has been with the school for 20 years. „

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Hearing Services Designed f� Your Individual Care

Lampe & Kiefer Hearing Aid Center is the oldest established hearing aid office in Highlands County. Established 1968 Voted #1 Hearing Aid Office

“ Your Ear Care Connection”

Computerized Hearing Aids Hearing Accessories Repairs on all Makes & Models FREE Cleaning Services Rehabilitation Services - Earwax Removal Counseling - Seminars Specializing in hard to fit hearing loss

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Leah’s mom can tell, “Their staff is like a family,” said Whitnee. Besides doing their jobs, the staff does something else for special needs families, according to Whitnee. “Mostly what we need, families like ours, is uplifting voices of support and inclusion, and that’s exactly what you get from Achievement Academy.” Whitnee likes that the classroom is run like any other classroom, where students are challenged and given responsibilities as well as love and support. “These kids are really resilient. They have the potential, and society kind of writes them off. Achievement Academy is where they find that encouragement. That’s where the journey begins.” To learn more about Achievement Academy, to donate, or to apply to be placed on the waiting list, visit achievementacademy. com or call (863) 683-6504.

Wauchula is here for you just as we have been since 1929. Since the days of my great grandfather, you have trusted Wauchula State Bank to meet your needs and we're committed to continue that tradition. Sincerely,

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For smaller quantities of bulk or bagged feed, come into The FeederyTM — our drive up, drive through, drive around facility. Custom blends available. We manufacture feed for beef, poultry, swine, goats, sheep and deer. At The FeederyTM see Jose. He’ll take good care of you! Call Jose at 863.634.6547 FRESH | LOCAL | 3RD GENERATION FAMILY OWNED & OPERATED

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Locally Owned and Operated

A Unique & Friendly Neighborhood Restaurant & Tavern Best Gatortail, Wings and Burgers in town! Pool Tables. Dart Lanes 8 TVs to watch all your favorite games! We offer a full service bar with Beer and Liquor. Seasonal Sangria or the ladies! Live Music on Wednesday and Sunday Evenings

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Serving Highlands County for over 35 years

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Pioneer Park Days Celebrates 50 years of Living History MARCH 1 - MARCH 3 - 2018 PIONEER PARK - ZOLFO SPRINGS, FL (Location Corner of State Rd 64 & Highway 17)

Cracker Trail Museum - Living History Pioneer Village Antique Car Show - Antique Tractors - Antique Engines Steam & Gas Engines - Farm Equipment The Marketplace Farmer’s Market & Flea Market Antiques - Shabby Chic - Arts & Crafts

Also... Food Vendors - Daily Live Music Daily Tractor Parade at 2pm Agri Bus Tours Children’s Fossil Dig Children Wagon Rides Saturday Morning Parade And Much More for Everyone!

Admission DAILY: $5 WEEKLY: $10.

Vendor Spaces are 20x20: $75.

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Main Sponsor

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By Jessica Pleger Photography by Caroline Maxcy Fox

If there’s one night to get all glitzed and glammed, it’s definitely New Year’s Eve! Here are a few fashion ideas to get you in the celebratory mood for the ball drop, champagne toast, midnight kiss and everything in between. Local boutique Amber Louise and Trending Threads kindly opened her doors to our models to showcase some of her stunning attire for this festive affair. From sequin dresses to dressed up rompers for the ladies and suits and sportscoats for the gentlemen, there’s something for everyone’s style and taste. Make sure to accessorize any outfit a glass of bubbly and head to the dance floor to party the night away and ring in the new year!

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Home Furnishings & Décor Consignment

Visit: http://m.nu2u-llc.com for available products Consigning with us is easy! Call today for details. Open Monday 10am - 3pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 10am - 5pm Friday & Saturday 10am - 6pm; Closed on Sunday

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Kathryn’s Bookstore has been in Lake Wales since 2015. We have all your needs for Bible Study, Reading, Gifts, and more. We are inviting you to come and see the variety of items we offer.

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Florida Fence Post Co., Inc. Serving Central Florida since 1946.

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“The Post Preferred by Florida Cattlemen” Fence Post |Barn Poles | Brace Posts | Cow Pen Post Rough Cut Lumber | Cattle Panels Portable Corrals | Fence Stays Barbed Wire | Field Fence | Farm Gates Game Fencing | Hay Rings | Assorted Mulch and Soil The Best Prices & Longest Lasting Posts.

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Set Your Sight on this premier Sporting Clays Facility and Hunting Perserve in South Florida!

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Visit Rustic & Lodge Decor at Quail Creek Plantation Florida Western Superstore & Interior Design Services

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Wishing Everyone a Merry Christmas

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Hair Coloring – Highlighting – BALAYAGE – Cutting – Styling – Extensions – Waxing – Makeup Application We are also traveling hair and makeup artists providing beautification services for any on location event.

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“You create the Event,.. we’ll create the Menu”

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Personal & Private Chefs Fully Prepared Meals Dietary Specific Meals Baby & Bridal Showers Weddings | Special Events Business Meeting | Holiday Parties Full Service Catering | We Deliver

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They’re the JESS ANDERSON MODELS! CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT TODAY!

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All Ages & Types Needed - No Experience Necessary FREE TRAINING ESTABLISHED 36 YEARS

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Jayden Mimikos Disney World TV Commercial and Print Ad

Vanessa Vasquez Publix Training Film and Print Ad Principal Role - $375.00 a day

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Spin Life Medcial Equipment National Print Ad - $500.00 a day

Emmanuel Hawkins Universal Studios TV Promo and Advertisement

Laura Lusk Palms of Largo National TV Commercial - $500.00

Landen Joiner Tires Plus National TV Commercial

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Publix Training Film and Print Ad. Principal Role - $375.00 a day


Two Stores One Location! Amber Louise

UNIQUE ITEMS FOR ALL AGES & SHAPES

Clothing | Jewelry | Jack Rogers Simply Southern | Ermish Bracelets

Trending Threads AN UPSCALE DESIGNER RESALE BOUTIQUE

Clothing | Shoes | Designer Handbags We accept quality and upscale trendy women’s clothing and accessories not more than 2 years old.

863-465-2120 Hours: Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm Saturday: 9am – 3pm

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Celebrating in the

By Jessica Pleger Photography by Caroline Maxcy Fox

Adding a few special touches to your New Year’s Eve celebration are sure to impress your guests and add a little intrigue to your gathering. For this picture-perfect drink simply fill a glass with some cotton candy and poor champagne in over it and watch it bubble and shine. Homemade desserts topped with royal icing and edible glitter make beautiful additions to a table and a tasty treat for your guests. For a simple table setting, you can simply paint and glitter party hats and empty bottles and fill them with feathers, branches or even left-over Christmas decorations. Use your imagination (and a little help from Pinterest) for fun and festive celebration!

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Be Your Own Kindof

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For the Holidays!

Ÿ Botox & Dysport Ÿ Fillers: Restylane Lyft Restylane Silk Lip Enhancement Ÿ Micro-Needling and PRP Treatments for Hair Loss Ÿ Skin Cancer Treatment Ÿ Laser Hair Removal Ÿ Latisse™ Ÿ Kybella Treatments for Neck Rejuvenation Ÿ Chemical Peels Ÿ Microdermabrasions Ÿ Acne Treatment

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skin care needs Dr. Rogers and his highly qualified team of Nurse Practitioners and medical staff look forward to keeping your skin healthy for years to come!

Gift Certificates Available

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Dr. Michael J. Rogers Board Certified Dermatologist

www.LakesideDermatology.com


Season's Greetings!

We wish ALL of the Heartland a Merry Christmas and very Happy New Year!

Thanks for your patronage!

Over 30 Years Experience!

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Give the gift that keeps on giving throughout the year!

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“Change Out Specialist”

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Drug Free Workplace

Licensed & Insured Lic. No. CAC058656

Se Habla Español

"Customize Yours" 863-385-4909 | Fairmount Cinema Square, Sebring www.highlandsjewelers.com –MEMBER AMERICAN GEM SOCIETY– Monday-Friday 10am-5:30pm | Saturday 10am - 2pm | Closed Sunday

Family Owned for 45 Years

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Join Phillip Statleron WWTK 730am

for the Statler Financial Radio Show Saturday 12 noon-1pm and Sunday 10 am-11am

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www.statlerfinancial.com

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DELMONICO STEAK ROAST

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Ingredients: 5-6 Pound Delmonico Steak Roast ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce Salt & Pepper Garlic Powder 6 strips bacon

• Take roast out of refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature. • Preheat oven to 500 degrees. • Pour Worcestershire sauce over entire roast. • Season generously with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. • Place roast in foil lined roasting pan. • Place in hot oven and roast for 30 minutes.

• Remove roast and cover with bacon strips. • Lower oven temp to 325 and cook for additional 30 minutes. Meat thermometer should register 130 degrees. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 15-20 minutes. • Caution – meat will continue to cook, so remove from heat and do not overcook.


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ONION CASSEROLE Ingredients: 2 Large Vidalia onions 2 Large Red Onions

(Cut in half-thinly slice onions and separate)

2 bunches Green onions, cleaned, sliced

Black Pepper (to taste) 10 oz. bleu cheese, crumbled 10 oz. grated havarti cheese 3 T. butter cut into small pieces ½ - ¾ cup dry white wine

• Preheat oven to 350 degrees. • In a greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish, layer half of sweet onions, red onion and green onions. Sprinkle black pepper. Top with bleu cheese. • Layer remaining onions and sprinkle with black pepper. Top with Havarti cheese. • Place butter evenly over cheese. • Pour wine over casserole. • Bake 1 hour or until onions are tender. If cheese browns too quickly, cover with aluminum foil. Serve hot. Note: Casserole may be assembled 1 day in advance and refrigerated. If refrigerated, increase baking time to 1 hour 15 minutes.

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CARROT SOUFFLE Ingredients: 1 ½ cups butter 3 pounds carrots, peeled & sliced salt 1 ½ cups sugar

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6 large eggs ½ cup all-purpose flour 1 T. baking powder ¼ t. ground cinnamon

• Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. • Spray with butter flavor cooking spray casserole dish. • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium heat. Add the carrots and cook until tender. Drain and set aside. • In food processor, add the sugar and eggs and pulse to combine. Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and butter; pulse until smooth. Add the carrots and pulse to combine. • Spoon the mixture into the prepared dishes and bake until set, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.


MACARONI & CHEESE Ingredients: 1 Box (16 oz) elbow macaroni 4 T. butter ½ - 1 cup sour cream Salt, Pepper, garlic powder to taste 3 cups – grated cheese ( sharp, mild, blends) 1 cup cubed Colby cheese ½ cup shredded gruyere 4 eggs (slightly beaten) 2 cups heavy cream Additional milk if needed 1-2 additional cups for top of macaroni & cheese ½ parmesan (for top) • Cook macaroni al dente. Drain macaroni and put back in pot or in large bowl. Add butter, sour cream, and seasonings. Combine well. • Add shredded cheeses, cubed cheese, and gruyere. Add slightly beaten eggs and heavy cream. • Mix together well. • Mixture must have adequate liquid (liquid must be visible). If necessary, add milk.

• Place in sprayed 10 X 14 baking dish. • Spread additional cheese on top and sprinkle parmesan. Bake COVERED 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Uncover, bake 10-20 minutes until bubbly. Do not overcook.

TRADITIONAL BREAD PUDDING WITH HARD SAUCE Ingredients: 2 Medium loaves French Bread (1 inch cubes) 6 Eggs 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup white sugar 3 T. Cinnamon Dash Salt 3 cups Half & Half 1 cup Heavy Cream 2 T. Vanilla 2 cups raisins (1/2 cup set aside) • Combine all ingredients in large bowl. Allow bread to absorb all liquid. • Spray 9 X 13 deep baking dish with butter spray. Add bread pudding mixture. Sprinkle reserved raisins and press down. • Bake at 350 degree oven in WATER BATH, 45-50 minutes (or until knife inserted in center comes out clean). Heartland • Toppings: Candied pecans LIVING Sauce: 3 T. butter, 2 t. flour, 1 cup brown sugar, December 2017 ¼ cup bourbon. Stir and cook over medium heat January 2018 until sugar melts. Add ¼ cup heavy cream and remove from heat.

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Budget Bi-Rite Insurance, Inc. Super Low Rates! - We Find Insurance That Meets Every Budget! Mobile Home and Home Owners Auto Insurance

Now Selling Garage Liability - General Liability RV - Motorcycle - ATV Homeowners & Commercial

Call or come by for a Free Estimate for your insurance coverage needs. Ashley Bishop, Agent

Licensed by the State of Florida Open Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Open Saturday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Closed Sunday and Monday

863-453-3903 Serving all of Florida

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In Highlands County since 1982 1500 US Highway 27 South - Avon Park Waste Management Recognized as Climate Change Leader

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Did You Know

Enough plastic bottles are thrown away each year to circle the earth four times. Florida’s Recycling Goal is 75% by year 2020 For the second year in a row, Waste Management has been recognized as a leader for Climate Change by the CDP. WM is identified as leading in efforts and actions to combat climate change with actions to cut emissions, mitigate climate risks and develop the low-carbon economy. Heartland LIVING

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Okeechobee Landfill, Inc.

www.wm.com www.thinkgreen.com

The FDEP launched a statewide campaign in partnership with Waste Management. The Rethink.Reset.Recycle campaign helps educate Floridians about curbside recycling.

To learn more visit: FloridaRecycles.org


Eighteen East ... a restaurant and bar!

CHAMPION

FOR CHILDREN FOUNDATION OF HIGHLAND S COU N TY, I N C .

• www.championforchildren.org •

Best Steaks Around

We’re Just a BIG Time in a Small Town! American

(Traditional)

Sandwiches Steaks - Seafood Full Top Shelf Liquor Beer and Wine Entertainment

Providing Assistance and Hope to our Highlands County Families since 1994.

863.453.1818 Open Tuesday - Saturday 4 pm - 9 pm

18 East Main Street ~ Avon Park, Florida Like us on www.beststeakaround.com Facebook

Please consider supporting a local family in need. All donations are tax deductible. Make contributions payable to Champion for Children Foundation. 419 East Center Ave., Sebring, FL 33870 (863) 382-2905 • Nonprofit 501(c)3: Federal ID #65-0444941 • Charitable Organization Florida Registration Number CH6601

863-453-3333

1092 Locke Street Avon Park, FL 33825

Tires - Wheels - Alignments Truck Accessories Tool Boxes - Fuel Tanks

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Highlands Hammock State Park Presents

Florida Series Four!

A Tuesday evening lecture series free and open to the public in the park Recreation Hall. “Meet and Greet” informal book sales and signings are from 6:00 – 7:00 PM. Park entry fees are waived after 6:00 PM.

It’s all happening at Highlands Hammock State Park! 5931 Hammock Road | Sebring, FL 33872

Florida and World War II

Presented By: Gary Mormino, Professor of History Emeritus, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg January 9, 2018, 7:00 – 8:00 PM On the eve of Pearl Harbor, Florida was the smallest state in the South. Today, Florida is a Sunbelt megastate. World War II is the lynchpin. The war galvanized Floridians, resulting in the influx of two million servicemen. WWII also ignited a modern civil rights movement, new roles for women, and the dawn of the Florida Dream. Explore Florida’s role in the war with Dr. Gary Mormino as he examines the great social, cultural, and economic forces that transformed Florida into the “Sunshine State,” now the third most populous in the country.

RAIN: A history for stormy times

Presented By: Cynthia Barnett, Florida Author and Journalist February 6, 2018, 7:00 – 8:00 PM Take an engaging natural and cultural tour of RAIN, from its key roles in civilization, religion, and art to the peculiar history of the world’s first raincoat to the rain obsessions of our “Founding Forecaster,” Thomas Jefferson – all building to the uncharted rains of climate change in the past two decades of increasingly violent storm events. Discover how many communities are coming to live differently with rain — as with all water, part of a new water ethic in America. Rain connects us in all sorts of ways – as profound as prayer and art, as practical as economics, as genuine as an exchange between strangers on a stormy day. Too much and not enough, rain is a shared experience, and one of the ways climate change can become a conversation rather than a confrontation.

The Legacy of Franklin Roosevelt’s WPA in Florida

Presented By: David Schmidt, Curator, Florida Civilian Conservation Corps Museum February 20, 2018, 7:00 – 8:00 PM The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was one of FDR’s most controversial programs to put people to work during the Great Depression. Many saw it as a ‘make work’ program which did not accomplish its goals – the acronym was derided as “We Piddle Around.” The buildings, bridges, dams, post offices and other projects that were completed during the 1930s and 40s constitute a significant infrastructure now taken for-granted. Even less well known are the New Deal initiatives that included art, photography, film, literature, music and theater. Roosevelt scholar David Schmidt looks closely at WPA works in Florida including the 1942 mural of saber-toothed cats by the great American wildlife artist Charles R. Knight that was rescued from the Sebring Post Office and now hangs in the Sebring Public Library.

Florida Transportation History: Planes, Trains, & Automobiles (& Steamboats, Too!) Presented By: Steven Noll, Professor of History, University of Florida March 6, 2018, 7:00 – 8:00 PM Florida’s history as territory and state can be told through the changing methods of transportation designed to move people and goods both to Florida and within Florida. Examining the changing transportation networks in the state, Dr. Steven Noll will trace how Florida changed from a backwoods frontier to one of the most important states in the union. Tying transportation history to social history, travel on a journey that moves from the Bellamy Road of the 1820s to the modern transportation issues currently facing the Sunshine State.

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For more information, call 863-386-6094 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/park/Highlands-Hammock Programs are sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, Highlands Hammock State Park, and the Friends of Highlands Hammock State Park, Inc.


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Photography by Austyn Harben

In the beautiful Outdoor Kitchen at Bok Tower, a sold-out audience watched World Food Championship’s Amy Freeze prepare the best of the fall harvest from their Edible Garden in the first installment of the Farm to Table Dinner series. During the Autumn’s Bounty presentation, Amy incorporated flavors of the fall, along with ingredients straight form our garden, to prepare a four-course dinner, including a craft beer-infused dessert, and fall drinks. Amy has become known for her use of craft beer, even in desserts, and has successfully transitioned into recipe creation for well-known food and beverage brands. Contact Bok Tower for upcoming series information at their beautiful location in Lake Wales.

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PATRICK SMITH’S:

Photography by Sharon Cannon Okeechobee Main Street, through their arts & culture program, sponsored the Okeechobee County Centennial Speaker Series, Patrick Smith’s A Land Remembered on November 2 at Osceola Middle School. Patrick’s son, Rick Smith, gave an unforgettable show about his father and the experiences that led him to write his books. The live narration included videos along with special effects, music and a questions and answer session. Smith also held a meet and greet, autographing his books that were available to purchase at the reception. The well attended event of this unique presentation of the beloved novel was a memorable time for all.

Okeechobee County Commissioners Kelly Owens and Terry Burroughs present Rick Smith with a County Proclamation honoring him.

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Photography by Jessica Pleger The Small/Tiny House movement moved into Hardee Lakes Park in Bowling Green on November 10 through 12 to spread the word about reducing your carbon footprint. Experts shared about building your own small or tiny house through educational sessions, model home tours and debt reduction seminars. Proceeds from this event were donated to the Hardee Habitat for Humanity to help them build a house in Hardee County as well as the Bowling Green First Responders to put new defibrillators in all Police Cars.

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2017

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Desoto County December 1

First Friday

6 pm – 9 pm | Oak Street | Arcadia

January 5

First Friday

6 pm – 9 pm | Oak Street | Arcadia

Highlands County December 1 – 27

31st Annual Carousel of Lights 6 pm – 9 pm | Circle Park | Sebring December 2

4th Annual Healthy Heart 5k & 10K Run/Walk In memory of Jimmy Polatty 8am | Downtown Sebring December 5

South Carolina Ballet: The Nutcracker 7:00 pm | Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts | Avon Park December 7

Drag Racing

6 pm – 10 pm | Sebring International Raceway

Hardee County

December 9

CookieFest

10 am – 1 pm | Highlands Art League | Sebring December 16

Plaid Tidings Christmas Concert 7pm | Circle Theatre | Sebring

December 22 & 23

Eirinn Abu: A Saxy Christmas Concert

December 8

Hometown Christmas

6pm – 9 pm | Main Street | Wauchula December 16

Heirlooms & Originals

9 pm – 1 pm | Main Street | Wauchula December 18

Open Mic Night

6 pm | The Park | Wauchula

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January 7

Harvest Aviation & SendMeMissions Dinner at the Hanger Belize Share Time

www.ChampionforChildren.org 7pm | Circle Theatre | Sebring

January 5

5:30 – 7: 30 pm | Wauchula Airport Harvest Aviation

Community Concert - J3 Vocal Band

January 15

January 6

Open Mic Night

6 pm | The Park | Wauchula January 20

Heirlooms & Originals

9 pm – 1 pm | Main Street | Wauchula

Event listings subject to change. For more information about an event, please contact event organization.

7pm | Circle Theatre | Sebring

Moonlight, Martinis and Meatballs 7 pm | Highlands Little Theatre | Sebring January 11

FREE Special Speaker Series

Live With Your Heart with Rhoda Ross 7pm | Circle Theatre | Sebring January 18 – 20

SFSC Foundation – Million Dollar Hole-In-One Golf Shootout Sun ‘N Lake Golf Course | Sebring


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December 2017 | January 2018 Okeechobee County

Polk County

Now – December 29

The Gathering Goose 4 pm – 9 pm | 251 Avenue A SW | Winter Haven

Okeechobee Main Street Artist's Series Art of Hobby Campbell Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm Historical County Courthouse | Okeechobee

December 8

December 9

Joys of the Season: The Christmas Gala 2:30 & 7:30 | Branscomb Auditorium | Lakeland

December 16

Downtown Farmers Curb Market 8 am – 2 pm | Kentucky Avenue | Lakeland

December 16 – 17

Florida Dance Theatre Presents: Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Branscomb Auditorium | Lakeland

December 2

December 21

Okeechobee County Centennial Settlers Celebration 6 pm -11 pm | KOA Convention Center | Okeechobee

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live! On Stage 7 pm | RP Funding Center | Lakeland

December 8 – 9

Holiday Extravaganza 6 pm – 8 pm | Recreational & Cultural Center | Winter Haven

December 8 – 9

Food Truck Invasion 5 pm – 9 pm | Lake Wailes Park | Lake Wales

Life is a Song Times Vary | Okeechobee Community Theatre Okeechobee Main Street Downtown Holiday Celebration Friday 8th Snow in the Park and Movie in the Park 5 - 8 pm | Flagler Park | Okeechobee Saturday 9th Christmas Festival & Parade 10 am - 8 pm (Parade at 6 pm) Flagler Park | Okeechobee

December 21

January 1

January 6

New Year, New You 9 pm – 1 pm | Bok Tower Gardens | Lake Wales

December 16-17

Dodge Ram Open Series American Bass Anglers C Scott Driver Park | Okeechobee

January 4 – 6

FLW Costa Fishing Tournament C. Scott Driver Park | Okeechobee

January 18 – 21

Yeehaw Music Fest Agri-Civic Center | Okeechobee

January 20

Imperial Symphony Orchestra Presents: A Night at the Opera - Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” 7 pm | Branscomb Auditorium | Lakeland

January 26 – 27

Lakeland Pro Rodeo Classic: “XTREME EDITION” RP Funding Center | Lakeland

January 27

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Heartland Living Magazine Dec 2017/Jan 2018 Issue  
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