What’s Happening in Okeechobee? Updated 10-12-21

Peer support this week at Our Village from 5-6pm each night: Monday for LGBT teens – Tuesday/Thursday for all teens – Tuesday/Thursday 18-21yr old group – Wednesday for elementary students only. Any of these days you are welcome to come right after school. You can eat, do homework, hang out with friends, get community service hours, help in the food pantry, meet with a peer one on one. Make sure to bring us your parent, so we ensure the paperwork is completed. Questions? You can call or text 863-447-0473.

A FREE testing site for the COVID-19 virus will be open at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center (4601 Highway 710). The site will be open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Adults and children needing a COVID-19 test should enter the Agri-Civic center through the Hwy 710 gate and follow the signs on site. This testing site is being operated by Curative and will be providing the PCR test results within 24-48 hours from receipt of the sample at the lab. Appointments are recommended and can be made beginning Thursday, September 2, 2021 in person at the testing site at the Agri-Civic Center or online at https://curative.com. Okeechobee County reminds our residents that Raulerson Hospital is not an open testing or vaccination location. Okeechobee County is working jointly with many community partners to ensure the Okeechobee Community has free and easy access to testing and vaccinations for the Covid-19 virus. The public is encouraged to take advantage of these testing and vaccination locations. Information about those locations is updated as needed on the Okeechobee County Government Facebook page and at www.co.okeechobee.fl.us.

Elks are seeking Members: Lake Okeechobee Elks, a non-profit charitable organization, meet at the Brahma Bull Restaurant on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month. A MEET and GREET open to the public at 6pm and a member only meeting at 7pm.
The Elks have given over $234,000 to our Okeechobee community and enjoy doing so
Oct. 9th – Soccer Shoot Saturday, registration is 9-10 am across from the Yearling Middle School
Oct. 30th – Volunteers, Donations and Sponsors are sought for the Halloween Extravaganza at the Agri-Civic Center 6-9PM.
Oct. 16th – Volunteers and Donations for our ELK’S Charity Backyard Sale are needed at 1902 S. Parrott Avenue, 9AM – 1PM behind
Freedom Baptist Church, Wolfgang Jewelry and Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd. Questions -Text 863-634-2863 or visit floridaelks.org

2nd Annual Halloween Drive-Thru!

Come by the Library on Saturday, October 30th at 3:00 p.m. for the Okeechobee Library’s 2nd Annual Halloween Drive Thru event and receive craft kits, puzzles, candy, and more (while supplies last)! This event will be a socially-distanced and safe event for spooky holiday fun for the whole family!

A special thank you to our program sponsors and partners: the Friends of the Okeechobee Library, Robes Law Group, Healthy Start Coalition of Okeechobee, the City of Okeechobee, Help Me Grow Florida, and the Okeechobee  Library.

Mystery Escape Room!

Be the DETECTIVE and figure out the clues to solve the case of who robbed Isabella Cunningham’s Jewelry store BUT you only have 20 minutes! Solve the game and get a prize! Stop by the Okeechobee Library and try out this fun Escape Room-style game everyday in October 3:00pm-5:30pm. You can come by yourself or with a group (groups can be up to 6 people). All ages are welcome!

Floating Pumpkin Patch!

The annual Floating Pumpkin Patch is back this year and better than ever! Stop by the Okeechobee Sports Complex Pool on Saturday, October 23rd from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and enjoy floating pumpkins, Halloween crafts, pumpkin painting, family swim, and more!

Special thanks to the program partners for bringing this event to us once again: Okeechobee County Parks & Recreation, Okeechobee County Library, and the First United Methodist Church.

October Book Club!

Join us the 4th Thursday of the month at 2:00 p.m., to discuss our latest read and receive a small gift bag with items related to that month’s book! Perfect for fans of iZombie, October’s pick is ‘My Life as a White Trash Zombie’ by Diana Rowland!