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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.

Click here, If your club or organization would like to post an announcement on this page.




PCSO In Need of Substitute School Crossing Guards

Polk County Sheriff Office The Polk County Sheriff's Office School Crossing Section is in need of substitute school crossing guards to work in the Lakeland area.

The focus of the school crossing guard is to encourage students to cross at proper intersections. Guards also provide information regarding pedestrian and bicycle safety.

School crossing guards are frequently, but not limited to, retired residents who feel a sense of community commitment. Deputies often rely on school crossing guards to advise them of traffic problems in the communities surrounding school crossings. Crossing guards also have been able to provide important information regarding criminal events occurring in their assigned areas.

If you have any questions regarding the School Crossing Section, or if you are interested in becoming a school crossing guard, contact the School Crossing Supervisors during normal business hours at 863-534-7330 ext. 108.


February Happenings at the History Center

Journey into Polk history this month at the Polk County History Center. The following programs and events are open to the public and free of charge.
  • February’s Family Program – Curators of Curiosity - All Month – Black History Month Scavenger Hunt - Follow the national theme of 'African Americans in Times of War' during Black History Month. Go on a Scavenger Hunt through multiple History Center exhibits and take special note of the vital contributions made by Polk’s African American population to war efforts and to the early development of our county. Pick up a complimentary copy of, 'The Florida Black Heritage Trail,' and expand your knowledge of black history beyond the borders of Polk.

  • Feb. 28, Polk County History Day Competition at the Polk County History Center - Students from Polk County Schools will be participating in the 19th Annual Polk County History Day competition, themed as, 'Conflict and Compromise in History,' at the History Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28. The History Center will remain open for patrons; however, please anticipate larger crowds and reduced parking around the building. Additional parking is available at the Oaks Parking Lot south of the Bartow Post Office between Central Avenue and Wilson Avenue at East Parker Street.

  • New Temporary Exhibit – Bartow Art Guild Dimensions Exhibit features the creative talents of local Bartow Art Guild artists, focusing on different artists with different skillsets and multiple mediums on display. On display in the south activity gallery from Feb. 17 through April 19.

  • New Temporary Exhibit – Polk County Kids Tag Art features a mobile collage of license tag art created by 5th grade art students throughout Polk County. The Polk County project is part of a statewide program that teaches children art design while raising much needed monies for classroom art supplies in collaboration with individuals, businesses, and community groups. The exhibit features the top 174 tag designs from a total of 7,000 student designs submitted from 81 Polk County elementary schools. On display from Feb. 2 through March 2.
The Polk County History Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 100 E. Main St. in Bartow. Visit www.polkhistorycenter.org or call (863) 534-4386 for more information on exhibits and programming. All programs and events are free and open to the public.





Polk County Clerk of Courts to Hold Saturday Opening for Passport Applications

Polk County Clerk of Courts Spring break and summer are just around the corner—make sure you have a passport ready for any out-of-county destinations!

To help make the application process easier, Polk County Clerk of Courts & Comptroller Stacy Butterfield is hosting passport application events from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, February 24. Instant passport photos are also available on-site for $10.70.

The event will be held at the Clerk’s Lakeland office located at 930 E. Parker St., and the Northeast office located at 3425 Lake Alfred Road in Winter Haven.

“We typically see an increase in passport applications this time of year, as residents prepare for spring break and summer travel,” Clerk Butterfield said. “Coming into the Clerk’s office to fill out an application isn’t always convenient or possible for those working full-time jobs, so a Saturday opening provides a more convenient time for customers to apply for a passport.”

In order to provide the quickest service possible, the Clerk’s office is unable to serve customers by telephone during the events. Please call ahead for questions and additional details.

Suggested Time Savers:

1. Visit the Clerk’s website www.polkcountyclerk.net to review passport application requirements, required documentation and fees.

2. Passport application forms can be found at travel.state.gov. You may complete the application in advance using BLACK INK ONLY, and DO NOT SIGN UNTIL IN FRONT OF A CLERK.

3. Bring a checkbook or money order for the correct amount AND cash or a credit card, as well as proof of citizenship, and identification. Fees for passports and passport processing can be found on the Clerk’s website, and at travel.state.gov. Customers requesting overnight shipping must bring an overnight stamp with the application. A separate check or money order is required for each application. Both forms of payment are required as there are two separate fees for every application.

4. Customers who bring a photo with them will save time and avoid waiting in line to have their photo taken.

For additional information, contact the Clerk’s office at 863-534-4000. Visit the Clerk’s office on the web at www.polkcountyclerk.net and “like” the Polk County Clerk’s Facebook page.





Florida Philharmonia Orchestra “Symphonic Celebrations”, February 27

Join the Florida Philharmonia Orchestra for a night of exhilarating & uplifting music that celebrates and commemorates special events of the past. Enjoy the air of festivity and revelry in Smetana's "Bartered Bride", Dvorak's "Slavonic Dance", & Saint-Saens "Bacchanale". Share the spirit of Grieg's own wedding day as Lakeland's only all-volunteer orchestra performs the familiar & joyous "Wedding Day @ Troldhaugen" along with other musical fare. Looking forward to seeing you there. As always, admission is free & parking is free.
College Heights United Methodist Church 942 South Blvd, Lakeland

Tuesday, February 27, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Admission is Free, Open Seating



Main Street Bartow Farmers Market, February 28

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

Vendors include produce, plants, blended teas and accessories, handmade candles, skin care products and soaps, specialty cheeses, dips and soup mixes, jams, jellies, honey, and crafts. The park is also a beautiful spot for a leisurely lunch, and food vendors offer Italian sausage, Philly cheese steaks, hamburgers, hotdogs, pulled chicken sandwiches, and other items.

More vendor space remains! Main Street Bartow continues to seek vendors offering top quality fresh products ranging from local produce to seasonal flowers, sauces and other food items, and artisan crafts. The vendor fee for a 12’ x 12’ space is just $10.00.

For further information or a Farmers Market Vendor Form, contact Main Street Bartow at 863-519-0508.


Orange Cup Regatta, March 2-4

For over 70 years Lake Hollingsworth has been the destination for the Orange Cup Regatta - one of the most exciting race events in the area. Over 100 powerboat racers and fifteen different classes of race boats will compete in this regatta on the "Lake of Records" Lake Hollingsworth.

Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks to enjoy the races from the shores of Lake Hollingsworth.
Date/Time Information: March 2 - 4

Fees/Admission: FREE



Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market, March 3

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.






Thursday Squared Food Truck Rally, March 8

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: March 8
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST
Location: Munn Park
100 N Kentucky Ave, Lakeland
Admission: Free




Spring Art Show by the Lakeland Art Guild, March 10

CALLING ALL ARTISTS!!! You are invited to be a part of the first annual Spring Art Show hosted by the Lakeland Art Guild.

This will be a great event for the entire family with tree shaded area. Food trucks, music, plenty of parking and prime location on Lake Hollingsworth.
Location:
First Presbyterian Church
175 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland

Saturday, March 10
9 am - 4 pm



Polk Symposium on Special Education Takes Place March 10; Offers Resources for Families of Students with Disabilities, March 10

Polk County School Board Polk County Public Schools will host its annual Polk Symposium on Special Education on March 10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tenoroc High School, 4905 Saddle Creek Road in Lakeland.

The event is free and open to the public. It is designed to provide parents of special needs children with valuable information and access to resources.

“The Polk Symposium on Special Education provides a great opportunity for families of students with disabilities to meet and engage with school district personnel and community agencies and resources who support their children,” said Kimberly Steinke, assistant superintendent for learning support.

“Topical sessions are provided for parents to hear and learn information about serving their children. The beauty of the symposium is that everyone is together in one place for the day so parents can access contacts and resources at once. We are excited to welcome families to this annual event.”

The keynote speaker will be Michael Rivera, an award-winning teacher and stand-up comedian, who will present “Creating a Trusted Environment Through Humor.”

Additional presentations will be made by representatives of FDLRS/FIN Sunrise, Project 10, Disability Rights of Florida, ESE Advisory Council, Polk ESE Department, Polk Student Services Department, Holladay Child Development Services, and Florida Developmental Disabilities Council.

Attendees will also enjoy free breakfast and lunch, door prizes and giveaways.

For more information, call 863-534-0930.


This annual race is open to all ages and features two categories, Triathlon and 5K Run. Categories are versatile so every one can participate! Visit www.bartowprograms.net and find out rates, awards given and overall info. You may also register at that site. Open to see you March 17, 2018! You may also register by clicking here: https://bartowprograms.net/ViewCourseActivityDetails.aspx?id=C40976.


Uptown Yard & Flea Market, March 17

Bartow’s monthly Uptown Yard Sale & Flea Market will be held on Saturday, March 17, along the 300 block of East Main Street in downtown Bartow. Hours are from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM, with set-up beginning at 8:00 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.


On March 17, 2018, Polk Sheriff’s Charities, Inc. will be holding its 10th Annual “Bustin’ Clays with Sheriff Grady Judd” fundraising event at Tenoroc Sporting Clays in Lakeland. Last year’s event attracted over 360 shooters, and over 500 people were in attendance.

Polk Sheriff’s Charities, Inc. will use 100% of all proceeds from this event to further their mission to support activities and charities that benefit the community associated with and identified through the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. By participating in this event, you are positively impacting our community in a real way!

Bustin’ Clays with Sheriff Grady Judd is sponsored by Polk Sheriff’s Charities, Inc. To learn more about PSCI, please click here.


Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon, March 17

Dogs Making a Difference! Polk County Walkathon on March 17, 2018 at Lake Hollingsworth! At Southeastern Guide Dogs, our Walkathon represents our biggest fundraiser of the year.
Saturday, March 17, 2018
8:30 am - Festivities begin
9:30 am - Opening Ceremonies
10:00 am - 3K Walk Kick-Off
11:00 am - Raffle Drawing

Fees/Admission:
Sign up at GuideDogsWalkathon.org




Florida Jets, March 21-24

Florida Jets - a world class R/C event March 21 through 24, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm daily. Six Flight Lines Daily! Bring a lawn chair, bring a friend and spend the day!
  • See over 200 R/C Jets in action!
  • R/C Jet Manufacturer, Exhibits, Daily Demos
  • Food, Fun and Non-Stop Action Daily!
Location:
Paradise Field on W Pipkin Rd
the intersection of Air Show Rd
(Gate 36), Lakeland, FL

Date/Time Information:
8:30 am to 5:30 pm daily
Wednesday, March 21 to Saturday, March 24

Contact Information: (863) 607-6611

Fees/Admission: Call (863) 607-6611










Thursday Squared Food Truck Rally, April 12

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: March 8
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST
Location: Munn Park
100 N Kentucky Ave, Lakeland
Admission: Free




Live Green Lakeland, April 14

A family friendly event highlighting the Lakeland community's eco-friendly businesses, non-profits and organizations. Hosted by GFWC Junior Woman's Club of Lakeland.
Munn Park, Downtown Lakeland

Saturday, April 14, 2018
8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Contact Information: 863-255-0216

Fees/Admission: Free!




Lakeland Derby, April 27

The Lakeland Derby is an annual “Derby Style” event staged on beautiful Lake Mirror in downtown Lakeland. With the entertaining flair of the event and the competitive spirit of the race, the Derby always promises to be a memorable occasion for all.

The Lakeland Derby captures the thrill of a race and the purity of sports entertainment in a hometown setting. The true essence of the Derby is the reward of knowing the proceeds will support Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine. The Derby features ten beautifully hand-crafted swan paddle boats in a thrilling race to the finish line.

Help the Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine celebrate their 11th annual Lakeland Derby!
Lake Mirror Promenade, Downtown Lakeland

Friday, April 27

Contact Information: 863-606-1552

Fees/Admission: Free 



40th Reunion, June 2

Haines City High School Class of 1978 is having our 40 year class reunion, June 2 at Southern Dunes Clubhouse in Haines City. Informal Gathering June 1 in Lake Hamilton. Deadline for tickets is May 15,2018. Cost for June 2 function is $60 per person. For more info please contact tracy.suarez78@yahoo.com, or Lynda_Moore@live.com any proceeds go to charity!


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.


PCSO and Florida Refuse Partner Together to Fight Crime Through Waste-Watch

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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.


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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