Community CalendarThis Community Calendar Page was designed to post announcements of events around the Polk County area. The announcements are listed according to the date of the event.
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Polk County Parks & Recreation Kids Fishing Derby, May 2A free event for kids 4-15 years of age (12 and under must be accompanied by an adult) which will introduce them to the sport of fishing. There will be contests and doors prizes and each registered kid will receive a free hotdog lunch.
Join us at Simmers-Young Park on American Spirit Road in Winter Haven, on May 2 from 7am to Noon.
Participants must provide their own rod and bait; however bait will be sold at the event. For more information please call 863-534-6911.
Homecoming Celebration, May 3The First Baptist Church of Bradley will hold their annual Homecoming celebration Sunday, May 3, 2015, 11:00 a.m. The pastor, Rev. Steve Whitted, will bring the homecoming sermon. The service will be followed by dinner on the ground in the fellowship hall. The church is located at 610 East Pine Street, Bradley. If you need more information, please call the church office at 428-1718.
Annual Polk County Peace Officers' Memorial, May 7In observance of 2015 National Police Week (May 10th through May 16th) the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Polk County Lodge #46 and the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial Fund (PCLEMF), Inc., will present the 28th Annual Polk County Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on Thursday, May 7th, 2015, 10:00 a.m., at the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial in Lakeland Veterans Park. The park is located on Lime Street, between Lake Beulah Drive and the west side of the Lakeland Center.
There are 32 Law Enforcement and Corrections officers, who made the “supreme sacrifice and died in the line of duty” while serving the citizens of Polk County with various State, County and local Law Enforcement and Corrections agencies, who will also be honored during the Memorial Service “Roll Call of Heroes.”
The Harrison Center for Visual and Performing Arts “Encore Singers” will perform.
Speakers will include:
The public and media are invited to attend the memorial service and luncheon. For more information, please call Bill LePere PCLEMF, Inc., Chairman, at 863-688-1725 .
Auburndale Hurricane Expo, May 16The City of Auburndale is preparing for its first Hurricane Expo May 16 at the Auburndale Community Center & Gym. The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 405 Bennett St.
“We’re excited to provide this important information to the resident of Polk County,” said Larry Helms, parks and recreation superintendent.
The free expo will feature panel discussions, workshops, demonstrations and vendors. One of the demonstrations will be “Calm During the Storm,” and introduction to yoga by expert instructor Jhoanna Carmody.
The event will allow city officials to showcase the Community Center & Gym which features indoor basketball courts, outdoor basketball courts, recreation classrooms, concession stand and a study room for the community’s children.
The county typically hosts the Hurricane Expo for Polk but this year, the county’s Emergency Management officials are collaborating with city officials for the event. Special guests include Tampa Bay 10 Meteorologist Kate Wentzel, Fox 13 Meteorologist Jim Weber and News Channel 8 Meteorologist Leigh Spann. Guests will get the opportunity to meet their favorite meteorologist during an autograph signing session.
City officials are excited to announce The Weather Channel as one of its sponsors. The Weather Channel is providing talent and door prizes to help promote the expo. Vendor space is still available for exhibitors who cater to Hurricane preparation and relief. Each space is $10 and includes one table and two chairs. Registration must be paid in advance of the event. City officials are chronicling the event through social media with the hashtag #preparepolk.
Mother/Daughter Picnic, May 16The Mother/Daughter Picnic is a free community event for moms to enjoy an afternoon with their daughter. This event will feature princess story time, princess crafts, lunch (first come, first served), and games.
This event will take place on Saturday, May 16 from 10am to 1pm at the Wabash Community Center on Southern Avenue in Lakeland. For more information please call 863-284-4223.
Substitute School Crossing Guards NeededThe Sheriff’s Office is seeking qualified men and women to fill substitute crossing guard positions in various locations throughout the county. The substitute should be available to work for one hour and twenty minutes in the morning between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. and for 45 minutes in the afternoon between the hours of 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. when scheduled to work a crossing.
School Crossing Guard services are provided by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office through funds provided by the Polk County Board of County Commissioners. This vital program provides adult crossing guards at selected hazardous school crossings to ensure the safety of our elementary school children walking to and from school.
Anyone interested in applying for a position should contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at (863)534-7330 or (863)519-8895.
Polk County Relay For Life EventsSeveral communities throughout Polk County will host Relay For Life events to raise money for the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer.
Please find enclosed the dates, places and times for the American Cancer Society’s Polk County Relay For Life Events.
For more information about Relay For Life of Winter Haven, visit www.relayforlife.org/winterhavenfl.
For more information about the Relay For Life of Lakeland, visit www.relayforlife.org/lakelandfl.
For more information about the Relay For Life of Haines City and Davenport, visit www.relayforlife.org/hainescityfl.
For more information about the Relay For Life of Bartow and Lake Wales, visit www.relayforlife.org/bartowlakewalesfl.
For more information regarding the Relay For Life of Auburndale, visit www.relayforlife.org/auburndalefl.
For more information regarding the Relay For Life of Florida Southern College, visit www.relayforlife.org/fscfl.
For more information regarding the Relay For Life of Fort Meade and Frostproof, visit www.relayforlife.org/ftmeadefrostprooffl.
For more information regarding the Relay For Life of Mulberry, visit www.relayforlife.org/mulberryfl.
To search for other Relay For Life events throughout Polk and neighboring counties, visit www.relayforlife.org.
Celebrate .Remember. Fight Back.
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to Celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, Remember loved ones lost, and Fight Backagainst the disease.
Each year, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer.
For more information, please contact: Patricia Wright, Specialist, Relay for Life Florida Division/American Cancer Society, Inc. 1920 South Florida Avenue Lakeland, FL 33803 863-688-2326
Winter Haven Nautical ClubWINTER HAVEN NAUTICAL CLUB meets the 1st Wednesday of every month -We are a group of people that own boats or love to associate with boaters that cruise out Florida water ways.
New people that would like to explore membership, please call Bill at 863-965-7915 or join us at a meeting. New meeting location is at the rear Room 2 Winter Haven Complex with the pool, corner of US 17 and Cypress Gardens Blvd. Meeting begins at 7 PM.
Updated Polk County Directory of Services Now AvailableThe latest update of the Polk County Directory of Services is now available. The county Directory of Services is a biennial publication produced for the residents of Polk County to provide easily accessible information on county services. The booklet features a guide to county government, contact information for congressional and state representatives, a directory of county services, details for the recorded information line, and other features on government services. Hard copies of the directories are most commonly available at local government centers, public libraries and area chambers of commerce. A web and mobile-friendly directory is available at www.polk-county.net/directory. For more information or if your organization would like to receive directories, contact the Polk County Communications Division at 863-534-6020.
New Restrictions Allow For Two Days of Watering a WeekAs part of the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s extended watering restrictions, Polk County Utilities water customers and those in unincorporated Polk County are allowed lawn and landscape watering from groundwater sources two days a week. These restrictions apply to everyone receiving water from Polk County Utilities, private wells, surface water sources or reclaimed water, and are effective through July 31, 2013.
Homes and businesses with even addresses are allowed to water on Thursdays and Sundays. Odd addresses are allowed to water on Wednesdays and Saturdays. All common areas and properties where no address can be determined are allowed to water on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Watering is allowed between midnight and 10 a.m. or between 4 p.m. and midnight. Hand watering or micro-irrigation of landscaping (not including actual lawn areas) is allowed at all times.
Further information about watering restrictions is available online at watermatters.org. Residents with questions or concerns should contact the Polk County Utilities Water Resource Enforcement Office at 863-298-4211.
Barbershop Singers- The Sentimental Journeymen, ThursdaysDid you know that the Winter Haven area has a men’s Barbershop Chorus which is licensed through the Barbershop Harmony Society? www.barbershop.org We are the Winter Haven chapter and are known as the “Sentimental Journeymen” Chorus.
Our desire is to attract men of all ages but with an emphasis on younger singers who may fear being associated with the stereotypical handlebar mustaches, straw hats and bow ties. We in-fact have several members in their 20's and have worked hard to "modernize" the barbershop image.
The chorus, and quartets which are formed from within the group, are available for performances and we welcome all male singers who would like to participate in our four part, a cappella style of singing.
We meet and rehearse every Thursday evening at the Saint Matthew Catholic Church, 1991 Overlook Dr. Winter Haven, Fl. at 7pm.
For more information, please visit www.sentimentaljourneymen.com or call 863-661-2235.
SPCA of LakelandEach 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.
Citrus Lake Chorus of Polk CountyThe Citrus Lakes Chorus of Polk County, invities all men in the area who have a desire to lift their voices with other men who enjoy singing in barbershop fashion, please come and be with us... any Monday at 7:00pm at the Lakeland First Methodist Church on Lake Morton Drive in Lakeland. We meet in the adult choir room.
For more information please call President Al Smith at 863-815-9783 or visit our website at www.citruslakeschorus.com.
Auditions not required, but provided by trained directors, if desired, for your voice placement.
New Hazardous Waste Collection Program Available for Small BusinessesPolk 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, email@example.com.
The North Central Landfill is located at 5 Environmental Loop South in Winter Haven.
PCSO and Florida Refuse Partner Together to Fight Crime Through Waste-WatchWaste-Watch is a partnership between the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Florida Refuse Service workers in which employees of Florida Refuse assist law enforcement by observing and reporting suspicious activity while out in neighborhoods during the normal course of their duties collecting refuse.
The idea for this partnership grew from Operation Bright Eyes, a partnership between law enforcement and Bright House networks technicians. The goal of partnerships like these is to enhance the safety of our communities by training those workers who spend their entire workday in our neighborhoods to be alert to their surroundings and anything that would be considered a crime or suspicious in nature. In a county as large as Polk, it is difficult for law enforcement to be everywhere they need to be. Programs such as Bright Eyes and Waste-Watch expand our public safety resources, resulting in increased safety for those who live, work, and play in Polk County.
So far, 185 Florida Refuse workers have been trained by PCSO to observe and report suspicious activity, through Waste-Watch.
For more information about Waste-Watch, please call the PCSO Crime Prevention Unit at 863.534.6677.
Civil Air PatrolThe Polk County Composite Squadron SER-FL. 274 of the Civil Air Patrol, Auxiliary of the United States Air Force will meet at the Summerlin Academy JROTC Class Rooms located at Bartow High School, Tuesday Nights starting at 6:30 PM till 9:00 PM.
Both Cadets (must be at least 12 years and no older then 18) and Seniors (Starting at 18) are invited to attend from throughout the Polk County Area.
For more information contact either: Captain Jon R. Petersen, CAP SER-FL 274 Squadron Commander Telephone Number: 863-221-4231 E-mail: Polk274@verizon.net or 1 Lt Robert-Gregory Gibson,CAP Telephone Number 863-632-7081 E-mail: Gibsonserfl274@aol.comFor more information on Civil Air Patrol, visit the CAP website: www.cap.gov
Alzheimer's SupportThe Lake Wales Alzheimer's Support Group meets the fourth Thursday of each month, from 1 to 2 pm , at the Lake Wales Care Center, 140 East Park Avenue. This group formerly met at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Family, friends, and caregivers of Alzheimer's or dementia sufferers are welcome.
KnitWits Monday MeetingsThe Polk County Chapter of The Knitting Guild of America, the KnitWits, meet each Monday from 10am to Noon at the First Presbyterian Church located at 175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive in Lakeland.
Knitters of all ages and levels, beginner to advanced, are welcome to join the group. For further information, call 863-944-2806.
Viewing of Adoptable PetsThe 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.
Winter Haven Optimist ClubThe Winter Haven Optimist Club invites everyone to attend there club meetings at Perkins Resturant on Cypress Gardens Blvd. in Winter Haven each Monday night at 6:30pm. Come enjoy great speekers on Community events. Service to youth has been the foremost principle of the Optimist Club for more than 70 years. Our motto " Freind of Youth" is exemplified by the various projects our club sponsors every year. Some of our projects include Essay Contest, Youth Appreciation, Oratorical Contest, Youth Sports as well as Scholarships to graduating Seniors to Winter Haven, Lake Region and Auburndale High Schools. Fund rasing events include our Christmas Tree Sale which we have done since 1972 at the Orange Dome in Winter Haven. For further information please call (863) 293-7972.
American Red CrossThe 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 ScoutsAdult 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.
Bartow's VFW Post 2405Bartow's VFW Post 2405 is known throughout the State of Florida as a Christian post. Our post is involved in many veteran and community activities. If you are a Veteran of Foreign War, we need you as a member. Please contact one of the following men for more information: James Slaughter, Commander 863-533-9381, J. B. Sellers, Quartermaster 853-533-6267, or Andrew L. Ford, Chaplain 863-533-3445.
Household Hazardous Waste CollectionThe 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.