Free Thanksgiving luncheon

AVON PARK — A free to the Public Community Thanksgiving Day Luncheon will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving Day) at the Avon Park Community Center, 300 W. Main Street. Hosted by Agria Gordon and sponsored by Donald Gordon LLC. For more information, call 863-443-1597.

Free Thanksgiving dinner

SEBRING — The Salvation Army will prepare a Free Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28, at the Salvation Army building, 120 N. Ridgewood Drive for dine-in or at the Multi-Sports Complex (concession stand), 216 Sheriff’s Tower Road for pick up. Free delivery available. To reserve your dinner, call 863-385-7548 ext. 100.

Free Thanksgiving dinner

SEBRING — Highlands Community Church will serve a Free Thanksgiving Dinner for anyone who needs a place to go for Thanksgiving from 2-5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28, at the church, 3005 New Live Way in Sebring.

Thanksgiving Day meal at Faith Lutheran

SEBRING — Faith Lutheran Church of Sebring invites you to their 10th Annual Thanksgiving Day Meal from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28, at the church, 2740 Lakeview Drive. Meal is free of charge and includes turkey, ham, all the trimmings and musical entertainment. Pickup and delivery available (Sebring area only). Reservations are requested. For information or reservations, call 863-385-7848 or email faithlutheransebring@comcast.net.

Crime prevention program

SEBRING — Highlands County Florida Indivisible invites the public to a Crime Prevention Program at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2, at Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 3115 Hope Street in Sebring. Brian MacNeel of the Crime Prevention Task Force will present an entertaining and thought provoking presentation on a wide range of issues. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 863-272-1200.

Avon Park Christmas Parade

AVON PARK — The 2019 APCC Christmas Parade will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2 down Main Street in Avon Park.

SHS Winter Choir Concert

SEBRING — The Sebring High School Choral Department will present its Winter Concert at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at First Baptist Church of Sebring. The public is invited to come enjoy a variety of musical selections including holiday music. Five choirs will perform, including Show Choir. Donations will be taken at the door to help support choral music at Sebring High School. Mrs. Christi Hagen, the SHS Choral Director, is proud to announce this year’s Florida Vocal Association All State Students are Alysia Anders and Alexandros Tsakalos. They will be performing with the Florida All State Chorus in Tampa in January.

Christmas concert at Wildstein Center

AVON PARK — The 60-member Highlands County Concert Band presents “Christmas Sleigh Ride” concert at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts at SFSC, 600 W. College Drive. Sponsored by SFSC. Tickets available from band members or at the door for a $8 donation. The concert band is under the direction of Tony Juliano and associate director Tom Stadler. For more information, call 863-386-0855.

Sebring Christmas Parade

SEBRING — The 2019 Sebring Christmas Parade will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 in downtown Sebring.

Holiday cookie sale

SEBRING — The ladies of First Christian Church are holding a Santa Cookie and Candy Sale from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the church, 510 Poinsettia Ave. All cookies are homemade and will be $6 per pound. Candy sold separately. Come early to get the best choice.

Ostomy Support Group to meet

SEBRING — The Highlands County Ostomy Support Group will hold their next meeting at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, at Homer’s Restaurant, 1000 Sebring Square. The group meets the first Thursday of each month through May.

Florida Writers to meet

SEBRING — There will be a meeting of all area Florida Writers on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Cowpoke’s Watering Hole, 6813 U.S. 27 in Sebring. Join us for dinner at 6 p.m. and hear Larry speak at 7 p.m. on “Including Body Language in Your Work.” All are welcome. For information, call Larry at 828-254-0904.

Holiday pet parade and movie

AVON PARK — Aktion Club of Highlands County will feature “Santa Paws” at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, as this month’s free movie in Heartland Horses Show Arena, 4305 Independence Street, off College Drive in Avon Park. Everyone is encouraged to bring their furry friends with paws to come to the show to be part of the pet Holiday Pet Parade before the movie. Concession stand opens at 5 p.m. Food and drinks sold to benefit Aktion Club and Heartland Horses. Bring a lawn chair and bug spray. Movie is shown in a covered arena so rain will not affect the show. The free movie is open to the public. For more details, call Cindy Marshall at 863-443-0438.

Holiday Home and Garden Tour

LAKE PLACID — Join the Lake Placid Garden Club’s 9th annual Holiday Home & Garden Tour from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Women’s Club, 10 N. Main Ave. in Lake Placid. Several beautifully decorated homes and one meticulously maintained garden are featured in the tour. If you choose, bring an ornament to add to our “Giving Tree” located at the Holiday Café and it will be donated to a needy family in time for Christmas. Will be offering complimentary refreshments and several unique gift items. A donation of $15 is requested for entry. For more information, call Karen at 317-395-4912 or Paula at 863-835-2419. Proceeds are to benefit the local youth providing scholarships, camperships and sponsorships. Come and celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with us!

Christmas in the Park

AVON PARK— The 2019 APCC Christmas in the Park event will take place at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9, at Donaldson Park, 109 E. Main Street on Lake Verona. The event is free and includes holiday music from several music groups, choirs and band instructors.

Singing Christmas Trees trip

SEBRING — Join the Sebring Historical Society for a Christmas Holiday Trip on a chartered Annett Bus to see “The Singing Christmas Trees” on Saturday, Dec. 14, at First Baptist Church of Orlando. The musical presentation began over 30 years ago and has become a tradition in Central Florida. The bus will leave the Sebring Historical Society, 321 W. Center Ave., at 10 a.m. Reserved seating and buffet lunch included. Cost for the show and lunch is $85.50 plus tax for members and $95 plus tax for nonmembers. All proceeds benefit the Sebring Historical Society. For more information, contact Jim Pollard at 863-471-2522.

Lake Placid Christmas Parade

LAKE PLACID — The 2019 Lake Placid Annual Christmas Parade will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. Parade will begin on Dal Hall Blvd. and travel south on North Main Ave. then east on Interlake Blvd. to U.S. 27.

Plaid Tidings

SEBRING — The sixth Annual Plaid Tidings, a Christmas Concert, is a festive event put on by Moore Performing Arts, Inc. and will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Jack Stroup Civic Center, 355 W. Center Ave. in downtown Sebring. This kid-friendly musical event is sure to bring out the holiday cheer as attendees can enjoy a variety of vocal performances, skits and see some beloved Christmas characters. The event is in partnership with Heartland Core Wellness, formerly Drug Free Highlands. Cost is $10 per person and tickets may be purchased online at EventBrite.com, search for Plaid Tidings, A Christmas Concert, or from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Heartland Core Wellness office, 223 Pomegranate Ave. For information, call 863-385-2138.

Orchid show

SEBRING — The Orchid Society of Highlands County will host the 14th Annual Orchids From the Heart Orchid Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 15-16, 2020 at the Bert Harris Agricultural Center, 4509 George Blvd. in Sebring.