Locally-Based Music Jam Productions presents its First Annual Southern Jam on Saturday January 30, 2016 at Sunset Cove Amphitheater in Boca Raton, Florida, featuring the exclusive Florida appearance of the legendary Kris Kristofferson, a 3-time GRAMMY winner with remarkable success as a country songwriter since the early 1970s, including “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” “Why Me Lord,” and “For the Good Times,” all chart-topping hits. By 1987, more than 450 artists had recorded Kristofferson’s compositions. He also is known for a flourishing career as a film actor in more than 70 films. In 1977 he won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in “A Star Is Born.” Heralded as an artist’s artist, Kristofferson has recorded 27 albums, including three with pals Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings as part of the Highwaymen. This is a very rare opportunity to see Kris Kristofferson.

Southern Jam 2016 also features 3-time GRAMMY Winner and 2015 winner of the Americana Award for Album of the Year, Lucinda Williams. Lucinda’s hits include “Drunken Angel,” “Changed the Locks,” “Reason to Cry” and “Sweet Old World” and just released a new album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, which won Album of the Year Award. Southern Jam 2016 also presents Nashville Music Award Artist of the Year and AMA Lifetime Achievement award for songwriting artist, John Hiatt with his band The Combo, who has several hits, including “Smashing a Perfectly Good Guitar”, as well as 3-time GRAMMY Winner Shawn Colvin, who had the smash hit “Sunny Came Home” and recently recording live with James Taylor. What an incredible line-up. Artists with nine GRAMMY awards, in addition to so many other awards, all on one stage.

With all this legendary talent on one stage at Southern Jam 2016, Music Jam Productions is ensuring to benefit 501(c)(3)’s The Wounded Warrior Project, Pet Haven Rescue and Hope From Harrison by selling raffle tickets for two acoustic guitars donated to the cause by Wolfe Guitars in Jupiter Florida. Each guitar will be autographed by the Southern Jam Artists. The persons holding the winning raffle ticket and present at Southern Jam 2016 will win the autographed guitars.

Southern Jam 2016 is general admission. Advance tickets are $65 plus a small service fee. Tickets at the gate are $75. Gates open at 2 PM with the live music from approximately 2:30 until 11 PM. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Southern Jam Tickets and Raffle Tickets are available at as well as select ticket outlets, including Music Jam Productions (525 Northlake Blvd Suite 4, NPB FL (561-844-0018)), Wolfe Guitars located at 2875 Jupiter Park Drive Suite 400 (561-746-2209), Pet Haven Rescue and Hope From Harrison For sponsorship opportunities contact or at 561-844-0018.

Prep Work begins for the Centennial Commemorative Walkway

Prep Work begins for the Centennial Commemorative Walkway

brick paver prep 3Okeechobee, Florida: With much anticipation, the prep work has begun to make way for the Centennial commemorative front walkway to welcome visitors to City Hall. The campaign began in January by the City Centennial Celebration Ad Hoc Committee. You may continue purchasing pavers from the website or in person within the Office of the City Clerk. The 8×8-inch bricks are $100.00 and the smaller 4×8-inch bricks are $50.00. The new walkway will feature quotes, birthday salutations to the City, family names and dates established, as well as one for each elected official holding office from 1915 to current. The dedication ceremony for this beautiful new walkway will be held on Friday, December 4 at 5:15 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join us in this exciting event. The City Public Works Department started the preparations last week

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Iams Food Drive for Humane Society

Iams Food Drive for Humane Society

We, at the Humane Society Pet Rescue Fl., Inc, are introducing our first ever dog food drive for the whole month of November.

All of our dogs eat , a highly nutritional food; this helps us to know if someone is sick rather than having food issues. Being sheltered can be stressful at times. Using the same diet every day calms their stomach, helps make them healthier, happier, and have pretty coats. Their health and appearance are important to getting them into forever homes.

You can help by donating a bag of brand MINI CHUNKS dog chow or GIFT CARD from Tractor Supply, Walmart or have it shipped direct from the web. Our office hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Our Shipping Address is:

Humane Society Pet Rescue Fl. Inc.

1203 Hwy 98 N Okeechobee, Fl. 34972

Any donation of a bag of Iams mini chunks dog chow, size 17 pounds or larger we will give you 5 free raffle tickets. Use your tickets to enter our drawing to win a beautiful Hand Stitched Baby Quilt. The drawing will be at our table space at the “Christmas Fest in the Park” on December 5th.

Though we try to use one brand of pet food, there are times we use other brands. When we are able we offer food to pet owners going through hard times.

We welcome donations of any brand for both felines and canines.


             You can obtain more information about any specific charity by calling Florida’ Consumer Assistance Call Center at 1-800—HELP-FLA (435-7352), out of state 850-488-2221. OUR STATE LICENSE NUMBER IS CH 27797 HUMANE SOCIETY PET RESCUE, FL., INC 1203 HWY 98 N OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972                                                    863-357-1104

Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood Ticket Info

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Mobilizing Faith-Based Community Organizations in Preparing for Disaster to LaBelle, Florida

Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium is bringing a FREE Department of Homeland Security-certified course on Mobilizing Faith-Based Community Organizations in Preparing for Disaster to LaBelle, Florida

Many rural areas have very active Faith-Based Community Organizations (FBCO), including religious charities, non-profits such as the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, churches (both affiliated and unaffiliated), temples, synagogues, mosques, and non-governmental organizations. In the event of a disaster, all components of the community should be incorporated into emergency planning and response. Faith-based organizations have resources and access to individuals who can assist in various capacities during an incident. It is critical for government officials to establish relationships with these organizations to ensure a whole community approach in dealing with crisis situations.

The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) is making it easier for emergency responders and FCBO leaders in and around Labelle, Florida to be prepared for such events by delivering a FREE U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-certified course; MGT 405 – Mobilizing Faith-Based Community Organizations in Preparing for Disaster. This eight-hour instructor-led course will be offered from 8am to 5pm on December 10, 2015 at Hendry County EOC, MPR#1, 4425 West SR 80, LaBelle, FL. Mobilizing Faith-Based Community Organizations in Preparing for Disaster is a training program for FBCO representatives, emergency managers, and first responders from small and rural communities to strategically mobilize and engage FBCOs in a reciprocal approach to disaster planning.

This course emphasizes grassroots mobilization and coordination efforts as a means of engaging all faith communities thereby reaching those marginalized communities most vulnerable to disaster, most frequently excluded from the planning process, and ultimately most difficult to aid in recovery. This course introduces vital emergency management concepts to FBCO leaders, many with no prior experience in emergency management, and also seeks to educate emergency managers and first responders about the critical role FBCOs can play in strengthening preparedness.

Registration for this course is required – Registration deadline is November 26, 2015.

To register – Visit

All training delivered by RDPC is certified by DHS and is offered tuition-free for a broad scope of stakeholders, including the traditional emergency response disciplines, and other emergency support functions as defined by the National Response Framework, as well as critical infrastructure owners and operators.

RDPC is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Training and Education Division (NTED), partnership of academic institutions with a vision of creating an environment wherein rural communities across America will have the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to enhance the safety, security and quality of life for their citizens.

Current members of the Consortium include Eastern Kentucky University, the University of Findlay, NorthWest Arkansas Community College, North Carolina Central University, and the University of California-Davis. Each of these institutions possesses extensive and unique capabilities relating to rural homeland security preparedness training.

The Center for Rural Development (The Center) in Somerset, KY is the Executive Agent for the RDPC. As Executive Agent, The Center provides grant administration and general oversight of the consortium.   Additionally, The Center is responsible for marketing, website hosting and administration, delivery coordination, data collection and reporting, and additional technologies including a large network of interactive television (ITV), videoconferencing, and learning management systems necessary to manage large student populations and deliver courses to rural responders across the nation.

For more information or to request training – visit The RDPC help desk is also available at or (877) 855-7372.

Kiwanis Club Donates To Caps Of Love (AUDIO INCLUDED)

Kiwanis Club Donates To Caps Of Love (AUDIO INCLUDED)

From left to right: Courtney Moyett - Kiwanis Club President, Stella Fulleda - 4th grade teacher at Central Elementary and Dowling Watford - Kiwanis Club member

From left to right: Courtney Moyett – Kiwanis Club President, Stella Fulleda – 4th grade teacher at Central Elementary and Dowling Watford – Kiwanis Club member


The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee has been collecting plastic caps throughout the past year in an effort to help a local school program called Caps of Love. Stella Fulleda is a fourth grade teacher at Central Elementary and spoke to the Kiwanis Club about what the program does for children.

Ms. Fulleda says the project began last year in collaboration between her 4th grade Central Elementary Class and Emily Streelman’s class at Everglades Elementary. Students collected plastics caps and send  them to Caps of Love where they are sold. The proceeds are used to buy wheelchairs.

Ms. Fulleda says this is part of an overall green initiative to help her students become “recycling rock stars”. All students in the school are encouraged to participate. Fulleda’s main goal is to guide her students to become good citizens. The motto in her class is “Small Hands Can Make A Huge Difference”

The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee is a service group that promotes the improvement of the lives of local youth. The club meets every Thursday at Cowboy’s Restaurant in the back room at noon. The public is invited to attend.


CASTLE Speaks On Family Programs To Kiwanis Club OF OKeechobee (Audio Included)

CASTLE Speaks On Family Programs To Kiwanis Club OF Okeechobee

From left to right, Sara Frahm - Group Services Program Manager for CASTLE, Courtney Moyett - Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee President, Kelly Owens - Kiwanis guest presenter and Jo Norris - Program Facilitator for Strengthening Families and High Hopes for CASTLE

From left to right, Sara Frahm – Group Services Program Manager for CASTLE, Courtney Moyett – Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee President, Kelly Owens – Kiwanis guest presenter and Jo Norris – Program Facilitator for Strengthening Families and High Hopes for CASTLE

The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee welcomed guest speaker Sara Frahm, the Group Services Program Coordinator for CASTLE of The Treasure Coast at a recent meeting. Frahm spoke on two programs present in Okeechobee including a new program coming soon called Strengthening Families.

Strengthening Families is unique in that it is designed to work with the entire family- children and parents. The program is conducted in a central CASTLE location with other parents. The parent groups learn together, are able to have dinner together and have child-care provided during the group sessions. The program is structured this way to reduce pressure on the parents so that they can concentrate on their family-building skills. It builds family time and helps families repair their relationships in a no pressure environment.

The other program Ms. Frahm discussed was a program called High Hopes For Kids. High Hopes for Kids is a program that offers support to children who are experiencing the emotional consequences of parental divorce or separation. In small group settings, children will learn to identify and communicate their feelings, basic anger management, problem ownership and problem solving. Children will discover the skills necessary to respond in a healthy manner to the changes occurring in their family life. This program is available in most elementary schools and in several organizations that would like to host High Hopes for Kids.

Ms. Frahm also spoke on the alarming numbers Okeechobee is registering for teen aged suicides which is the highest In the area.


WOKC Okeechobee’s True Country Events

Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 11-23-15

  • K9 Resque is in need of volunteers for both the rescue and the pet food pantry, and we are also are looking for good loving foster homes for our dogs, if interested please call 863-824-5373
  • The Brahma Bull Restaurant & Lounge (2405 Hwy. 441 S.E.) will be hosting Texas Hold-em Tournaments beginning on each Tuesday.  The games help to support the “Dogs and Cats Forever” no kill animal shelter in Pt. St. Lucie.  Signin is at 7:00P.M. and games start promptly at 7:30P.M.  Buy-in is $20.00.  Bar Service and food is available for purchase.  For more information, call Patty at 772-519-2263.  Look forward to seeing you.
  •    Small Business Saturday is November 28th, 2015 a day for our community to come together and support our local businesses. By supporting our local businesses we keep our citizens employed and the local economy flourishing. There will be a FREE kick-off breakfast at the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County starting at 8:30. The chamber will be the hub of information for our local shoppers as the Chamber will be handing out information on all the businesses participating. Every business participating will have some sort of value offer!, Okeechobee’s small businesses are asking that instead of leaving town to shop ‘Black Friday’ that you stay in town and ‘Shop Small Saturday’.
  • The 32nd annual Christmas Boat Parade is Saturday night December 19, 2015. All are welcome to participate. Decorate your boat including lights and meet on Taylor Creek by Burger King and Hwy 70 by 5:30. Parade starts at 6 pm. The parade goes south on Taylor Creek to the locks and turns left ending at the VFW. For more info call Arnie: 863-824-0681.
  • This is a call to writers for a short story contest. This contest is open to all ages and is being held in conjunction with Okeechobee Main Street 2016 Top of the Lake Art Fest. Prize for first place and winner will be announced at the Top of the Lake Art Fest. Deadline for  submission: Dec. 28, 2015. Entry form and guidelines available at OKMS office or online at

Sport Related Events

  • Teen Driver Challenge will have training days on December 11th-12th, first day is a four hour block and the second day is an eight hour block. The training will be at the Okeechobee Driver’s Ed Pad at the High School. They’ll learn service and maintenance, techniques on vehicle control, crash avoidance, and lots more. Students must have either a permit or driver’s license. Certificate of completion can be given to your insurance company for a possible reduction in cost. All instructors are OCSO deputies. They’ll more training sessions on January 8th-9th, February 12th-13th, March 11th-12th and April 8th-9th. for details on how to register, call 863-763-2131 ext 1204.
  • The Chobee Wildcats will roar again in 2016. The team will join an 8 on 8 youth tackle program this winter to try and keep the skills of our young football players sharp. Signups for the league will be held on December 12th from 9 am until 1 pm at the skate board park in Okeechobee. The league will be open to boys and girls ages 6-14. The local league will have four teams, one for ages 6-7, another for ages 7-9, a third for 10-12, and the final for boys and girls ages 13 and 14. The Okeechobee league will also host a large jamboree on January 23, 2016 at the youth soccer complex across from North Elementary School. Last year 10 different leagues attended the jamboree in Okeechobee. For more information call 863-801-6014.

Agri-Civic Center Events

If you’re a non-profit organization and have an upcoming event please send all of your information to 210 WN Park St. Suite 102, email it in at or fax us at 1-888-875-1570. Thank you!

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WOKC Okeechobee’s True Country

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