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Feb
16
Sat
Fly In
Feb 16 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and the City of Groveland and Osborn Airfield are feeling the love – for flying. Jon and Darlene Osborn, the airport owners, are partnering with the city to host a Love Is in the Air Fly-in at the 3700-ft. grass airfield in Groveland, on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Pilots and people who love flying – and others who are just curious about airplanes — are invited to the free fly-in that includes a barbecue lunch and a chance to look at dozens of airplanes.
“But mostly, fly-ins are about socializing,” said Darlene Osborn.
The last fly-in at the airport was in 2015 to celebrate the airfield’s 50th anniversary. That event drew about 75 aircraft and 300-plus people.
“We will celebrate Valentine’s and the love we have for our hometown, Groveland, as well as the flying community,” said Darlene Osborn.
For the City of Groveland, it’s a chance to show off one of three airfields in the Groveland area. City officials believe that transportation will play an increasingly important role in the future and that the Osborn Airfield could be a catalyst for economic development.
The Osborns purchased the airfield in 2004. Currently, it is one of the largest, private, grass runways in Central Florida. Most of the use comes from local business owners and commercial pilots with personal planes. Osborn said some of the Orlando and Apopka flight schools use the airfield for training.
Jon Osborn thinks there is more interest than ever in aviation.
“We did studies to determine the pilot population in the south Lake County area, and we listed nearly 6,000 pilots,” Osborn said. “Even though many pilots are inactive, their appreciation of aviation, and all things airplane, will bring them out to a local fly-in,” he said.
To RSVP, or find out more details, call Darlene Osborn, at 352-250-4545.

Feb
17
Sun
The Nelsons in Lakeland
Feb 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Multi-Dove Award winning and Grammy nominated recording artist, The Nelons will be featured on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 6:00pm at the Lake Gibson Church of the Nazarene, located at 6868 N Socrum Loop Road in Lakeland, FL.
The ministry of The Nelons was formed after family patriarch Rex Nelon had already enjoyed a spectacular 20-year career as a member of the legendary LeFevres. Throughout this distinguished career hit songs have flowed their way in bunches. The Nelons, who were recently inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, have been singing hit songs, bridging the traditional sounds of Gospel music with contemporary influences, and inspiring listeners of all ages for decades. The group, who has enjoyed much success as a part of the prestigious Gaither Homecoming Tour and Video Series, continues to cross generational gaps, presenting rich harmonies that have been embraced by audiences from all walks of life. Most recently, the popular musical family earned the 2017 Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award for Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song of the Year for their hit release, “When Grandpa Sang Amazing Grace.”
Joining the Nelons will be talented, female vocalist, Amber Nelon Thompson. Amber, who travels full-time with The Nelons, has established an exciting solo career with multiple releases. She was named the youngest Dove Award nominee in history by the Gospel Music Association.
Make plans to be a part of this special musical event with The Nelons, at the Lake Gibson Church of the Nazarene in Lakeland, FL, on Sunday, February 17 at 6:00pm. Complete information is available by calling 863-859-3577 or visiting www.thenelons.com.

Feb
22
Fri
Health Living Day
Feb 22 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Cagan Crossings Farmers’ Market will host a Healthy Living Day on Friday, February 22nd from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. The event will be devoted to health-related vendors and activities and One Blood’s Big Red Bus will be on-site to accept blood donations. Comprised of professional vendors throughout Central Florida, the Market delivers a quality experience for shoppers while offering a wide array of products year-round. Enjoy fresh, locally grown produce from Parkesdale Farms Hydro Produce and Wendell Farms Produce additional vendors such as K&E Catering, Honeycomb Heroes, The Little Green Oasis, Tupperware, Avon, K & D Creations, Mary & Ollie’s, MMM Tropical, Mc Lane Factory, 2 J’s Seafood, Mother & Son Cacao & Spice, and more (subject to change without notice). New vendors are welcome to apply for acceptance into the Market. For more information on participating as a vendor at the Market, email market@cagan.com or call (352) 404-7903. Vendor information and application can be found on CaganCrossings.com/vendor. For up-to-date announcements and vendor and product information, like us on Facebook @caganfarmersmarket.

Ribs on the Ridge
Feb 22 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Haines City is getting ready for its 11th Annual “Ribs on the Ridge” BBQ competition, February 22- 23 at Lake Eva Park and we are raising the bar amid Polk County’s BBQ competition event entertainment.
This year’s headliner is national recording artist Craig Campbell, who has cracked the Top 15 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart for “Family Man” and “Outta My Head.” He is a regular on the Grand Ole Opry and has appeared on NBC’s Today. Campbell is slated to take the stage on Friday night at 7:30 PM.
The Florida BBQ Association sanctioned event will serve as a qualifier for the Jack Daniels World Championship, and the American Royal Invitational. Admission & parking is free, and live entertainment is featured throughout the event. Public entry is 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM on Friday, February 22 and 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Saturday, February 23.
Attendees of Ribs on the Ridge can expect to over-indulge in tasting endless varieties of BBQ after purchasing “Rib Bucks,” dollar for dollar. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.
This year Haines City Parks and Recreation has collaborated with kidsPACK, a non-profit organization supported by individuals who are committed to improving the lives and opportunities of disadvantaged, homeless and hungry children. KidsPACK turns everyday backpacks into a food transportation module stocked with nutritious, child- friendly and easy to prepare food for children to eat over the weekend and times when they are away from school.
Ribs on the Ridge BBQ competition teams, sponsors and the general public have been challenged by Parks & Recreation to compete with one another in donations to support these efforts. The project serves three surrounding counties, including Polk County, where they feed more than 1,700 children in 73 different schools. Unfortunately, there are 7,000 registered homeless, hungry children attending our local county schools. This issue is a genuinely devastating and real concern in our local communities that we wish to rectify.
For more information about the event, entertainment or donations for kidsPACK, please contact the Haines City Parks and Recreations Department at (863) 421-3700.

Feb
23
Sat
Lake Wales Art Festival
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Lake Wales Arts Council is proud to announce that the Citizens Bank & Trust Lake Wales Arts Festival 2019! This annual tradition has been showcasing top artists and artisans for 47 years and we look forward to another spectacular event. There will be lots of fun and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy, and the Festival makes an excellent day trip destination from anywhere in Central Florida. The festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, February 23-24.
The festivities commence with an Art-B-Que Kickoff Party on Friday night, February 22. This is a chance to celebrate art and music with good food and friends on the shores of Lake Wales. A ticket is required to attend this event. You can get tickets online at https://centralfloridatix.com/events/artbque or call (863) 676-8426.
After the initial Kickoff, the Festival begins at 10 AM Saturday, February 23, and runs until 5 PM. Then on Sunday it takes place from 10 AM to 4 PM. It all comes together in the serene setting On the Shores of Lake Wales, 33 North Lake Shore Blvd., Lake Wales, FL 33853. Admission to the Festival is free, and so is parking. RV parking is available at the Methodist Church, in the grassy area.
As you’re strolling about, enjoying the ambiance of some of Florida’s premiere artists and crafts people, enjoying the unique exhibits, be sure to catch the live entertainment from 10-5 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday (performance schedule to be announced soon).
The Citizens Bank & Trust Lake Wales Arts Festival 2019 is guaranteed to be a fun, wholesome activity that the whole family can enjoy. There will be food trucks, fun for the kids, and a student art show. Lake Wales is a lovely town to visit, and this makes a wonderful day trip for anyone living in or visiting the Central Florida area.

Ribs on the Ridge
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Haines City is getting ready for its 11th Annual “Ribs on the Ridge” BBQ competition, February 22- 23 at Lake Eva Park and we are raising the bar amid Polk County’s BBQ competition event entertainment.
This year’s headliner is national recording artist Craig Campbell, who has cracked the Top 15 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart for “Family Man” and “Outta My Head.” He is a regular on the Grand Ole Opry and has appeared on NBC’s Today. Campbell is slated to take the stage on Friday night at 7:30 PM.
The Florida BBQ Association sanctioned event will serve as a qualifier for the Jack Daniels World Championship, and the American Royal Invitational. Admission & parking is free, and live entertainment is featured throughout the event. Public entry is 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM on Friday, February 22 and 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Saturday, February 23.
Attendees of Ribs on the Ridge can expect to over-indulge in tasting endless varieties of BBQ after purchasing “Rib Bucks,” dollar for dollar. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.
This year Haines City Parks and Recreation has collaborated with kidsPACK, a non-profit organization supported by individuals who are committed to improving the lives and opportunities of disadvantaged, homeless and hungry children. KidsPACK turns everyday backpacks into a food transportation module stocked with nutritious, child- friendly and easy to prepare food for children to eat over the weekend and times when they are away from school.
Ribs on the Ridge BBQ competition teams, sponsors and the general public have been challenged by Parks & Recreation to compete with one another in donations to support these efforts. The project serves three surrounding counties, including Polk County, where they feed more than 1,700 children in 73 different schools. Unfortunately, there are 7,000 registered homeless, hungry children attending our local county schools. This issue is a genuinely devastating and real concern in our local communities that we wish to rectify.
For more information about the event, entertainment or donations for kidsPACK, please contact the Haines City Parks and Recreations Department at (863) 421-3700.

Gospel Concert
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

They Hyssongs will be presenting a concert of gospel music Saturday, February 23rd, starting at 7 p.m. at Florida Camp Inn, in Davenport, 4 miles north of I-4 on Hwy 27. Admission is $5 in advance or $7 at the door.
The Hyssons perform at more than 225 events each year. They minister in churches, auditoriums, on gospel singing cruises, as well as on radio and TV.
For information contact Irene Leischner at 217-620-6865.

Feb
24
Sun
Lake Wales Art Festival
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Lake Wales Arts Council is proud to announce that the Citizens Bank & Trust Lake Wales Arts Festival 2019! This annual tradition has been showcasing top artists and artisans for 47 years and we look forward to another spectacular event. There will be lots of fun and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy, and the Festival makes an excellent day trip destination from anywhere in Central Florida. The festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, February 23-24.
The festivities commence with an Art-B-Que Kickoff Party on Friday night, February 22. This is a chance to celebrate art and music with good food and friends on the shores of Lake Wales. A ticket is required to attend this event. You can get tickets online at https://centralfloridatix.com/events/artbque or call (863) 676-8426.
After the initial Kickoff, the Festival begins at 10 AM Saturday, February 23, and runs until 5 PM. Then on Sunday it takes place from 10 AM to 4 PM. It all comes together in the serene setting On the Shores of Lake Wales, 33 North Lake Shore Blvd., Lake Wales, FL 33853. Admission to the Festival is free, and so is parking. RV parking is available at the Methodist Church, in the grassy area.
As you’re strolling about, enjoying the ambiance of some of Florida’s premiere artists and crafts people, enjoying the unique exhibits, be sure to catch the live entertainment from 10-5 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday (performance schedule to be announced soon).
The Citizens Bank & Trust Lake Wales Arts Festival 2019 is guaranteed to be a fun, wholesome activity that the whole family can enjoy. There will be food trucks, fun for the kids, and a student art show. Lake Wales is a lovely town to visit, and this makes a wonderful day trip for anyone living in or visiting the Central Florida area.

Mar
1
Fri
Read Across America Day
Mar 1 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

March is Read Across America month with March 1 being Read Across America day. Come celebrate with Read to Sydney’s Reading and Learning Center. 4:00 to 8:00 at West Oaks Mall near JCPennys. Snacks and books will be given to all the children who attend.

Mar
9
Sat
37th Annual Art Show
Mar 9 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Lake Region Village will host the 37th Annual Art Show featuring oils, acrylics, and water colors on March 9, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will be joined by the Wood Carvers. Admission is free. There will be refreshments and door prizes.
Lake Region Village is located at 31850 Hwy 27 South, Haines City, FL
For more information call:
Pat White – 863-438-9506.