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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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Dear 1973 Bartow High School Graduates,

We are planning a “mini” 45 year reunion for the BHS Class of 1973 on Friday and Saturday, September 21st and 22nd, 2018.

Please send an RSVP to sherry.maberry@polk-fl.net. Just say, “I’m coming alone” or “I’m bringing a guest.” Send NO money, you will pay as you go, I have listed the prices below. However, donations will be accepted to cover any unforeseen expense.

Agenda:

1. Friday Night, September 21 @ 7:30 is the Bartow HS Football Homecoming game. We have reserved a section for all 1973 Alumni. I hope the cost will be $3.00 a person—which is half priced. (Full price is only $6.00 a ticket) Please come cheer on our BHS football team. After the “half-time show,” you can choose to stay until the end of the game OR meet at the Gator Dockside Restaurant (5147 U.S. Hwy. 98, Lakeland, FL 33812). It is opened until 12 a.m. You will pay for your own food and drinks.

Or if you choose NOT to attend the BHS Football game, you can meet at Gator Dockside about 8:30 pm, Friday, September 21, 2018.

2. Saturday Afternoon, September 22nd at 11:30 a.m., we will meet together at the newly renovated country club, named The Club at Idlewood (150 S. Idlewood Ave. Bartow, FL 33830). We have reserved the outside area and the cost will only be $16.50 a person for food and tea/water. Drinks can be purchased separately. Wear cool clothing and swimming is optional. Fellow BHS graduates from surrounding years are welcome to join us for some reminiscing.

If you have any questions, you can e-mail Sherry Hielscher Maberry at sherry.maberry@polk-fl.net or Susan M. Smith Prevatt at Susan.prevatt@gmail.com

GO JACKETS!!

P.S. We are working on getting some discount motel rooms at the Hampton Inn and/or the Holiday Express. I will send out another notice in a few days with more details about that.


Bartow Farmer's and Community Market, September 19

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!














Food Trucks in Historic Downtown Lake Wales, September 22







Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market, September 22

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.



2nd & 4th Saturday Markets In Downtown Winter Haven, September

Our 2nd and 4th Saturday Markets In Downtown Winter Haven are FREE community events, family and pet friendly. More than 50 local vendors offering: fresh & organic greens, raw local honey, food trucks, kettle corn, antiques, art painting, jewelry, all natural & organic body care products, wooden furniture, balloon artists, facial paintings, local crafts, fair trade, baby dresses, third party networks, non-profit, local businesses, cold treats, jams & jellies, baked goods, cottage products, live music, book signing, and much more!
Saturday, September 8 and 22 - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
41 5th St NW
Winter Haven, FL 33881





















Thursday Squared Food Truck Rally, October 11

Join us on the second Thursday of every month for this food truck rally, which features about 20 food trucks. If the lines are too long, no worries! Our restaurants and bars are open for your dining pleasure. See you downtown!
Thursday Squared Food Truck Rally by DLP
Date/Time: October 11, 6 pm to 9 pm
Location: Munn Park
100 N Kentucky Ave, Lakeland
Admission: Free




Auburndale's Second Saturday Cruise In, October 13




Uptown Yard Sale & Flea Market, October 20

Bartow’s monthly Uptown Yard Sale & Flea Market will be held on Saturday, October 20, along the 300 block of East Main Street in downtown Bartow. Hours are from 8:00 AM until 1:00 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 Irene at 863-646-0644 or the Main Street Bartow office at 863-519-0508. The Uptown Yard Sale & Flea Market 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.


Frostproof Farmer's Market and Community Fest, October 20

Come and join us at the Farmer's Market and Community Fest every 3rd Saturday of the month, Year Round! from 9am to 3pm at Wall Street Park (100 West Wall Street) in Frostproof.

For more information please call Cindy at 863-274-8433, or visit thunderthumpin.wixsite.com/ttep.


PCSO Presents The 2018 Haunted Jail Tour "Asylum"

Back by popular demand, PCSO presents the annual Haunted Jail Tour benefiting The United Way of Central Florida.

From 6:00 pm through 10:30 pm, on Friday & Saturday, October 19th & 20th, and Friday & Saturday, October 26th & 27th, 2018, at the PCSO old jail located at 455 North Broadway Avenue in Bartow (across the street from Bartow P.D.), PCSO volunteers will present "Asylum."

For the little ones who are too young to go through the haunted jail, there will be a separate room with treats and games! Bring the whole family for a night of fun.

Food and drink will be on sale every night.

The cost to go on the tour is a $6.00 donation with all proceeds benefiting the United Way of Central Florida.

Visitors will be taken through several areas, while being entertained with stories about the mythical "asylum" - including "fictional wards" and cells within the jail.

This is a fun event each year, and we also raise money for charity.

Video and photo opportunities will be made available - please contact the Public Information Office if you are interested in helping promote the event prior to the event dates, or if you're interested in covering one of the actual tours.








Food Trucks in Historic Downtown Lake Wales, October 27




Lake Ashton Arts & Craft Festival, November 3

This is a Fund Raiser for the American Cancer Society. A variety of beautiful hand crafted items including, scroll saw signs, paintings on pallet boards, oil & acrylic art on canvas, wood & metal, hand craved wooden birds, golf cart seat covers, design your own rhinestone ladies tops, jewelry, and many holiday gift items. Over 50 booths. Come and enjoy the many wonderful art & craft items. This is a great time to purchase your special holiday gifts.
Saturday, November 3, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Lake Ashton
4141 Ashton Club Drive
Lake Wales, Florida
There is no fee for the event.








Please join us for our annual Polk County Out of the Darkness Walk to Fight Suicide! The walk will take place on Saturday, December 1 at Lake Hollingsworth. Registration begins at 9am and the walk will begin at 10am.

When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

Thanks to Walkers and Donors like you, AFSP has been able to set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.

For more information and to register, please visit www.afsp.org/lakeland or our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/2059032451045374/.














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.


Heartland Crimestoppers


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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