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Here at the Sebring Rundown, we are committed to helping our community in any way possible! Because of these more difficult times, we want to help in the best way we know how: getting information out there! If you own or operate a business in Highlands County and have cut back hours, have special hours for classes of citizens, are only offering take out, or anything special like that, let us know! This article will be updated as often as possible with reliable information from community members about our local businesses. We hope this will prove beneficial in this hard time.

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Last Edited: March 20, 2020 2:00pm

Heartland Band Supply: “Heartland Band Supply will be available for your musical needs Monday through Friday 10 till 6 Saturdays 10 to 4. We will be offering people curbside service: if you need something we can bring it down to your car, no need to come inside. You can also rent your student band instruments online at rentfromhome.com just enter the code Heartland. Call us anytime from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 863-840-4830”

Walmart: 7am – 8:30pm

Petco: 10 am – 6 pm

Publix: Tuesday and Wednesday mornings 7am-8am: Seniors only

Faded: “receive a complimentary glass of House wine with the purchase of our Nightly Entree Special or any Large Plate from our Dinner Menu.”

McCracken Farms: “McCracken Farms is now delivering fresh produce to your home! You may pay by Venmo or leave money at the front door. No contact needed. Check out our selection and let us know what you need, if you don’t see a pic, ask, we have much more! Min order $10, $5 delivery fee. Highlands County Only.”

Highlands Hammock: All events and the store are shut down. Trails are still open for social distancing with fresh air!

Closed: all bars and nightclubs, JCPenney, Bealls, Bealls Outlet, Planet Fitness,

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Weekend Boredom Busters!

At the Sebring Rundown, we are committed to making the most out of every situation. While most events have been canceled around town in order to help slow the spread of Covid-19, we’re happy to say we’ve been compiling a list of fun things to do while maintaining social distancing. 

Parents and caregivers!
At this time, our school system is expecting to return students to their normal routine on April 15, 2020. While they plan to implement virtual instruction, which you can find out more about HERE, if you’re looking for ways to keep your children entertained and learning throughout the extended break, look no further!

Scholastic has launched their Learn at Home program which will provide 20 days worth of learning journeys for children PreK through 9th grade. This program can keep your child learning and growing throughout the break. 

ABCMouse is also offering a first free month and is a great place for children ages 2-8 to learn and have fun doing so! You’ll need to remember to cancel in order to avoid charges, but this could prove a great thing to keep your children engaged and eager to learn.

Teachers also recommend using flash cards to quiz them on what they’ve been learning in school, as well as reading to them or with them. If they’re old enough to read books themselves, ask them to read to you or ask comprehension questions to see if they’re understanding the material they’re reading.  

We are also encouraging parents and caregivers who have time on their hands to teach your children things they might not get to learn in school. It would be highly beneficial for kids to have the opportunity to learn the basics of cooking, how to sew buttons and other simple things, counting money including coins, changing a tire or the oil in a car, writing a check, and other life skills. 

It would also be a good time for parents to learn! Ask your kids to teach you how to do things on Facebook or Instagram, change settings on your phone, or take a selfie!

Ready to take a break from learning things and have some fun? Here are some of the best boredom busters we’ve come up with!

*Movies!* Some of our ‘must-watch’ list right now includes:
-Frozen 2 (PG)
-Joker (R)
-Pulp Fiction (R)
-Harry Potter Series (PG – PG13)
-The Lion King (PG)
-Aladdin (PG)
-Almost Famous (R)
-Labyrinth (PG)

*TV Shows* Some shows we deem ‘binge-worthy’ include:
-Chicago Med
-Game of Thrones
-The 100
-The Office
-Breaking Bad
-Handmaid’s Tale
-Law and Order
-The Simpsons

*Reading Books*
Have you been putting off reading till you ‘have the time’? Well now, a lot of us do! To get through this somewhat frustrating time, pick up a good book, whether new or classic, and get lost in it! It’s sure to be a good escape.

*Learn a New Language*
It’s always beneficial to have more than one language under your belt! As an adult, most languages are pretty difficult for us to learn, but children are the perfect sponges! I’m personally wanting to learn American Sign Language and that is considered one of the easier languages for adults to learn! Click HERE to go to a site with helpful videos! Many other languages can be found through simple google searches! 

*Dog Training* 
Your dog is your best friend right? Remember this time will be hard for them too! Exercising their brains is a great way to keep them from getting bored as well as tiring them out. Click HERE for helpful ways to teach your dog basic or more advanced commands!

*Get Outside!*
Stay 6 feet away from others, but almost all health organizations say that Vitamin D, directly from the sun is the most beneficial in a time like we are going through. Sunshine will lift your mood, which allows your immune system to function properly and fight diseases.
Take the dog for a walk, get the kids outside for a bike ride, jog around the neighborhood, or simply play in your front yard with the water hose! Possibilities are endless and your body will thank you!

*Video Chat Family*
If you’re stuck alone, you’re more likely to sink into a more depressive state, especially if you’re an extrovert. Video chat family and friends to give yourself time to ‘be with’ people without breaking social distancing policies. This will boost your mood and put a smile on your face!

*Board Games*
Break out Monopoly, Life, or Clue and teach your kids a game besides one that is on a screen! Each game can offer valuable lessons to kids as well as learning opportunities and not to mention, they’re just plain fun!

*Paint or Color!*
Children nowadays are sometimes so focused on learning and grades, they have no time to express their creativity. In this trying time, encourage them to color or paint and watch their spirits beam. Click HERE to find free art lessons for kids and adults! 

If you happen to get REALLY bored, there’s this thing that, as adults, we mostly all put off till we no longer can: Spring Cleaning. That’s right, now is the perfect opportunity to dust those shelves, vacuum, and put everything in its place. Also, go through your things, if you no longer need it, donate it and help those in need! HERE are some tips for getting a good deep clean! HERE are some tips about decluttering unnecessary items!

If you would like more information from the CDC on the Coronavirus, please click HERE. If you want more localized information, please check the Florida Department of Health’s website HERE.

We encourage you in this trying time to remember those most at risk. If you have elderly family or neighbors, make sure you’re checking on them and helping them any chance you can. If you have immunocompromised family or neighbors, try and make sure that they have needed supplies and are monitoring their health. This is the best time to lend a helping hand where you can if you’re one of the lucky ones who is considered least at risk. Think of others and treat them as you’d like to be treated in that situation. 

By Erin Broderick

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Comedian Bill Engvall Brings His “Just Sell Him for Parts Tour” to SFSC

Comedian and Grammy Award nominee Bill Engvall comes to the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts at South Florida State College (SFSC) in Avon Park on Friday, Feb. 21 for one performance at 8 p.m.

Known for his ability to connect with his audience with stories about being a husband and father, and growing up in Texas, Engvall shies away from political and religious topics. He’s best
known for appearing on television shows like “The Jeff Foxworthy Show,” his own “The Bill Engvall Show,” and “Dancing with the Stars.”

“Bill is known as the ‘everyman of comedy’ because his humor is relatable,” said Cindy Garren, director of cultural programs at SFSC. “He’s a real guy and he talks about things we all can relate to in our own lives.”

Engvall first appeared in a Showtime special, “A Pair of Jokers,” with Rosie O’Donnell, followed by hosting A&E’s “Evening at the Improv” and appearances on “The Tonight Show” and “The Late Show with David Letterman.” In 1992, he won the American Comedy Award for Best Male Stand-Up Comedian.

After appearing in several episodes of the television hit “Designing Women,” Engvall went on to portray Buck Overton on the ABC sitcom “Delta” starring Delta Burke.

A star of the big screen as well, Engvall has also appeared in several films including “Strawberry Wine” with Christina Ricci, and “Bed and Breakfast” with Dean Cain, as well as “Delta Farce.” His latest film, “The Neighbor,” takes him out of his typical comedy scene and into the horror genre.

Alongside Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, and Ron White, Bill Engvall was part of the enormously successful Blue Collar Comedy Tour concert films, which have sold more than 9 million units and are some of the most watched movies and specials in Comedy Central history. The soundtrack for Blue Collar Comedy Tour, “One For The Road,” (Warner Bros./Jack Records) was also nominated for a Grammy Award.

Following the Blue Collar Comedy Tour movies, Engvall was reunited with Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy on the Them Idiots Whirled Tour, which was filmed as a special for CMT and aired 2012. Engvall also has several solo specials on Comedy Central including Aged and Confused (2009) and Live (2004), which was certified multiplatinum, 15° Off Cool (2007) and Here’s Your Sign (1996).

Engvall’s first album, “Here’s Your Sign” (1996), has been certified platinum and held the No. 1 position on the Billboard Comedy chart for 15 straight weeks, went on to peak at No. 5 on Billboard’s Current Country Album chart and reached the Top 50 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart. The single of the same name was ranked No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Singles Sales chart for 10 weeks, reached the Top 30 on the Billboard’s Singles Sales chart, and achieved gold status, which is not a common occurrence in the comedy market. In 1997, Engvall won the Best Selling Comedy Album award at the annual National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) convention, outselling albums by Chris Rock and Adam Sandler.

Engvall’s second album, “Dorkfish” (1998), was certified gold (500,000 copies), and had the honor of being ranked No. 1 on Billboard’s Comedy chart, even surpassing Jerry Seinfeld’s album. All of his following comedy album releases debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Comedy Chart, including “15° Off Cool” and “Aged and Confused.”

Tickets, which start at $75, are available online at sfscARTS.org, by phone at 863-784-7178, or in person at the SFSC Box Office located at 600 West College Drive on the Highlands Campus of SFSC. The performance is sponsored by Midflorida Credit Union, Sebring International Raceway, and V & W Dairy Farms/Suzanne and Joe Wright.

Upcoming performances at the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts include: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald with The Lisa Kelly Sextet on Feb. 22; Central Park Revisited: James Taylor on Feb. 25; international a cappella sensation Blue Jupiter on Feb. 29; Tamburitzans on March 3; South Carolina Ballet’s “Cinderella” on March 7; and “An American in Paris” on March 12. For a complete lineup and to view videos, visit sfscARTS.org.

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