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Welcome to the WBF Community Calendar. This page is designed to post announcements of events around the Polk County area.

The announcements are listed according to the date of the event, current events at the top.

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Free, family friendly community event, featuring our famous swan boat races, live music presented by Bully for You, local food vendors, youth activities and games, Derby hat contests and a fantastic firework show to cap off the evening. Come join us in beautiful downtown Lakeland for a night of friendly competition and family fun. This event is to bring awareness to the services of Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine and the mission we serve.









Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market, April 27

Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market The Downtown Farmers Curb Market is a key component of a vibrant, diverse and exciting Downtown. It is designed to serve and bring together all segments of our community. It is a positive force in bringing people Downtown to purchase fresh produce, plants and local handcrafted items. The 11-month Market (closed in August) is a showcase for the talents and the work of local artisans and local growers. The Downtown Farmers Curb Market is a project of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority (LDDA).

The 11-month market (closed in August) is a showcase for the talents and the work of local artisans and local growers, can be found at 200 North Kentucky Avenue in Lakeland from 8am to 2pm.





Help get more Junior Achievement Programs in our local schools. Come out and golf with us on April 27th. Check in with Continental Breakfast provided. Awards ceremony directly following. 1st place prize $400, 2nd place prize $200 and 3rd place prize $100.




Bartow Farmer's and Community Market, May 1

Everyone is invited to the Main Street Bartow Farmers and Community Market is held every Wednesday at Fort Blount Park, at the corner of Main Street and Broadway Avenue in downtown Bartow, from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.

Vendors include produce, local honey, jams, jellys, brittle, six flavors of jerky, plants, blended teas, handmade candles, skin care products and soaps, specialty cheeses, dips and soup mixes and crafts. The park is also a beautiful spot for a leisurely lunch, and food vendors offer hamburgers, hotdogs, pulled chicken sandwiches, kettle korn, and much more!

Main Street Bartow continues to seek vendors offering top quality fresh products and artisan crafts. The vendor fee for a 10 x 10 space is just $10.00. For a Farmers Market Vendor Form, contact Main Street Bartow at 863-519-0508.

Make your plans to visit the Main Street Bartow Farmers and Community Market, Wednesday at the corner of Main Street and Broadway Avenue in downtown Bartow, from 10 to 2!















It’s a dog day in Central Park Downtown Winter Haven! Spend your FREE Friday night shopping pet vendors, listening to music, and enjoying time with your favorite four-legged friends. Annual wiener dog race at 7pm. Humane Society of Polk County is bringing their canine companions looking for new homes!




Bartow High School Lacrosse Team Fundraiser, May 4

Everyone is invited for a fun day of golf to help raise funds for the Bartow High School Lacrosse team on Saturday May 4 at the Bartow Golf Course.

The scramble starts at 8:30, and the cost is $60 per person, and includes 18 holes, cart rental, lunch and drinks on the course.

Hole sponsorship are available for $100, and a team sponsor includes golf for 4 w/ hole sponsorship for $350.

Put your team together or we can match you with single players, come out for a great fundraiser, and plenty of fun fun! More info...









First Baptist Church of Bradley Homecoming, May 5

The First Baptist Church of Bradley will celebrate its 106th Homecoming Celebration on Sunday, May 5, at 10:30 a.m. The service will be followed by dinner on the grounds.










Polk County Parks & Recreation's Spring Block Party is a free community event for the whole family on Friday May 10 from 6 to 9pm. Families will enjoy arts and Crafts, Games, Vendors, DJ and a bounce house

For more information, please call the Eloise Resource Center at (863) 298-4485.




Join us Saturday, May 11 for the Main Street Bartow Antique Market from 8am to 2pm on Main Street in downtown Bartow.

Come find just what you've been looking for! The Antique Market features items such as antiques, vintage, collectibles and crafts. Call Tony at 863-533-4383 for anyone that would like to be a vendor, vendor cost is $20.




St. Paul's Episcopal Church, May 11

Everyone is invited to St. Paul's Episcopal Church's 1st Annual International Family Food and Fun Day on May 11. This family fun event takes place at the church, 656 Avenue L NW, from 11am to 3pm. The event will feature exciting cuisine from Italian, Trinidadian, Guyanese, Polish, Asian food booths. Kids American Meal with the opportunity for the children to sample other foods. Music by DJ Babe-G. Come on down and enjoy the music with some great food, plus a jump house and balloons.





Join the Lakeland Runners Club for an evening 5k road race which runs around Lake Mirror and Lake Morton, a scenic and certified course (FL09122EBM) through Lakeland’s historic district and views of the city’s beautiful lakes. The race will be chip timed.

Post-race refreshments, live music, and fireworks are part of the annual Citizens Bank and Trust Mayfaire by-the-Lake. A portion of the proceeds from the Lakeland Runners Club’s Mayfaire 5k will benefit Polk Museum of Art, and each year the participant shirt showcases the image created by the Mayfaire by-the-Lake covered artist.

This year, Susan Currier’s pencil and charcoal drawing titled, ‘Spring Joy,” is the featured image.




Bartow Athletic Booster Club Rib Sale, May 17

The Bartow High School Booster Club is having a Rib Sale for the Spring Game on May 17, when Tenoroc visits Bartow. You can purchase tickets from any Bartow football player, for only $20 per slab. Pick-up from 3pm to 8pm on May 17th.

Call us today to support Yellow Jacket Athletics at 863-534-7405.






Downtown Yard Sale, May 18

Bartow’s monthly Downtown Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, May 18, along the 300 block of East Main Street in downtown Bartow. Hours are from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM, with set-up beginning at 7:00 AM. Vendors will be charged a $10.00 fee, and no preregistration is necessary.

For further information call or the Main Street Bartow office at 863-519-0508. The Downtown Yard Sale is held the third Saturday of each month, and is sponsored by Main Street Bartow, Inc., Bartow’s Community Redevelopment Agency, and the City of Bartow.















Looking to “Run Wild” on a great cross country venue? Are you looking to honor and/or remember a service member, family member or friend that has served in any of our branches of military? Now’s your time as we look to give back to the branches. Sign up for Holloway’s Memorial Day 5k to test your strength in remembrance over a beautiful morning on the grassy scenic views of Holloway Park.

Where: Holloway Park (2402 Holloway Park Dr. Lakeland FL 33803, Both entrances will be open @ 6:15AM)
5k Start: 8:00AM, 1 Mile To Remember Fun Run Donation: 8:30AM

Finisher Awards to top 100(+), age group awards, and overall Champs, Masters and Grand Masters.




Kathleen High School Reunion, August 10

Kathleen High School, Class of 1974 will be hosting their 45th class reunion on August 10, at the Hilton Garden Inn. Dinner, entertainment, reminiscing and a fun evening planned for all, please plan on joining in. You may register for the event at our class website through our website at http://www.classcreator.com/Lakeland-Florida-Kathleen-Senior-1974/class_index.cfm.






It's time again for the Just Cares' Annual Fall Festival. Remember to save the date, Thursday, October 31st, 2019, which marks our 8th Annual Fall Festival and also the 7 year anniversary of Just Cares Inc.

Just Cares' Fall Festival has become the biggest family-friendly alternative to Halloween event in downtown Lakeland. Come join us for a night of fun for the whole family.

There will be lots of games, bounce houses, activities, music, dancing and a ton of candy.
DATE: Thursday, October 31, 2018
TIME: 6:00pm to 9:00pm
COST: FREE
LOCATION: 124 South Kentucky Avenue; Lakeland, FL 33801
Downtown Lakeland between Main Street and Lemon Street
The Stage is located in front of Just Dance.
Any proceeds, sponsorships, and donations will help Just Cares Inc. which is a 501(c)3 Non-for profit, to provide future programs and events to our community.










Monitor and protect your personal information by registering for Property Alert.

Once you register for the free service, you’ll receive email alerts when documents are filed in our office using your name and/or property information. Find out more at Polk County Property Alert.




Meals on Wheels Volunteers

Meals on Wheels needs drivers to deliver hot meals to seniors throughout Polk County. Kitchen volunteers are also needed to help package the meals.

The Meals on Wheels program delivers hot meals to approximately 315 homebound residents.

Service areas include Winter Haven, Lakeland, Auburndale, Haines City and Davenport. Volunteers may choose to work from one to five days a week. For information call 863-299-1616 or visit www.mealsonwheelspolk.com or facebook.com/mealsonwheelspolk.




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VISTE's Volunteers

Volunteers in Service to the Elderly is a community-based non-profit organization that was started Lakeland since 1983.

VISTE’s primary goal is to help frail senior citizens continue living independently and safely in their own home. VISTE is a United Way agency.

VISTE, which is a United Way agency, works with schools, churches, civic groups, local corporations and individuals.

To volunteer, attend one of VISTE’s monthly orientations. A volunteer application can be found at http://viste.org/become-a-viste-volunteer.

For more information, call 863-284-0828 or email info@viste.org.




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L.E.A.P - Emergency Notification Program for Residents Age 55 and up

Do you have a loved one, age 55 or older, living independently in Lakeland? Encourage them to sign up for Lakeland’s Elderly Assistance Program (LEAP) to ensure you are notified in case of an emergency that involves first responders. This voluntary program is designed to provide a quick resource to public safety entities so they can easily contact family members in case of an emergency.

How Does the Program Work?

First, complete a registration form. Forms are available online at http://www.lakelandgov.net/lpd/special-svcs/community-services-section/leap-lakeland-elderly-assistance-program or you can call the number below and request a form be mailed to you. Registration will include requests for emergency contact information. A member from the Lakeland Police Department will enter the information into the LEAP database, making the information accessible only to first responders. Once the resident is registered they will receive a small sticker to be placed in a visible location on the front window or door with a unique identification number. The sticker will immediately notify first responders to check the LEAP database for additional information should an emergency situation occur.

If you have additional questions regarding the LEAP program, call 863.834.6912.




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SPCA of Lakeland

SPCA of Polk County Each month SPCA Florida provides over 200 pets in the community with supplemental pet food and supplies through its Ani-meals program. Due to increasing community need, SPCA Florida is asking the community for donations of cat food and litter. Donations can be dropped off at 5850 Brannen Road South in Lakeland, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. or Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit spcaflorida.org or call (863) 646-SPCA for more information.

The SPCA, Inc. in Lakeland is in desperate need of cat litter. Any type of cat litter is welcome. Donations can be dropped off from 11am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday. For more information, call the SPCA at 863-646-7722.




New Hazardous Waste Collection Program Available for Small Businesses

Polk County Polk County businesses that produce less than 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month can properly dispose/recycle it the third Wednesday of each month by appointment-only at the North Central Landfill’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility. The first collection day will take place February 16.

Quotes will be based on the quantity and types of waste materials to be disposed/recycled. Participants must complete a registration form and inventory sheet and may need an onsite inspection prior to participating. Waste materials being collected include: paint, solvents, waste ink, fluorescent lamps, used oil, antifreeze and other hazardous waste.

For more information, paperwork and appointment schduling, visit www.polk-county.net or Contact Andrea at (863) 284-4319 ext.203, andreastermer@polk-county.net.

The North Central Landfill is located at 5 Environmental Loop South in Winter Haven.




Viewing of Adoptable Pets

pull over to the CyberStation The Polk County Sheriff's Office, in an effort to help adopt out as many eligible animals as possible, has added a new feature to their website www.polksheriff.org. The link, located at the bottom of the home page, is titled "Animal Services Section".

The "Pet Harbor" is a brand-new feature offering viewers a searchable database of adoptable pets, in and out of Polk County. Customers can select whether they are looking for a dog or a cat, an age range, a gender and even a size. Photos of the animals are available at the click of a button, and are updated on a routine and timely basis.

The section also has a wealth of information such as laws, rabies, spaying/neutering and is very user-friendly.




American Red Cross

American Red Cross The Polk County Chapter of the American Red Cross is offering Community Disaster Education presentations to the community, free of charge. The Community Disaster Education program teaches people how to prepare themselves, their families and their property for disasters, such as hurricanes or tornadoes.

For more information about the program, or to schedule a presentation, call the Polk County Chapter at 863-294-5941.




Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts Adult volunteers can have just as much fun as the Girl Scouts they serve. Adults can volunteer as troop leaders and advisors so that they work with the same girls all year. Volunteer opportunitites also exist for guest speakers, teachers for specific skills and projects, advisory committee members, and a wide range of other volunteer services to girls and Girl Scouting.

To find out more about becoming a Girl Scout volunteer, contact the Lakeland office at 863.688.7648.




Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Polk County The Polk County Board of County Commissioners' Hazardous Waste Section collects household hazardous waste Monday through Friday 7:45a to 3:45p, and Saturday 8a to 5p at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility. The facility is located on SR 540 at the North Central Landfill, four miles east of highway 98.

At the facility, the county accepts household paints. aerosol cans, motor oil, gasoline, antifreeze, kerosene, diesel fuel, pool chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, cleaners, polishes, paint strippers, paint thinner, fluorescent tubes, mercury containing devices, household and auto batteries.

All household items are accepted during these times except biohazardous materials, i.e. hypodermic needles or lancets. No explosives or radioactive wastes will be accepted at this location. No waster generated by businesses will be accepted for disposal. For more information call the Polk County Household Hazardous Waste Section at 863-499-2771 or 863-499-2689.




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