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Community Calendar

This 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.

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


Annual Easter Egg Hunt, April 4

City of Haines City The Haines City Leisure Services Department invites you to join us on Saturday, April 4th at 10:00 AM for our 31st Annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Egg Hunt, for children 2-10 will be held at the Larry Parrish Baseball Complex on East Johnson Avenue. Children will be divided into age groups and will be collecting over 12,000 eggs. Golden eggs will be mixed into each age level that can be turned in for toys. Be sure to bring your camera to get a picture with the Easter Bunny!

This free event is made possible through our generous sponsors: Sons of the American Legion Squadron #34, Delane’s Truck Brokerage, Inc., Cody’s Auto Parts, Inc., Kangaroo Express Subway, Heart of Florida RMC Auxiliary, and Jesus Cares Learning Academy.

For more information, please call the Haines City Leisure Services Department at 863-421-3700.


April Happenings at the History Center

Polk County Government 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:
  • April 4 , 11 a.m. – Cemetery Tour - A walking tour of the historic Oak Hill Cemetery starts at the History Center in Bartow. Many pioneer families are buried in this cemetery, including Civil War veterans Jacob Summerlin and Gen. Evander M. Law. After April, the cemetery tour will be offered on a by-request basis.
  • April 7 and 14, 12:15 to 1 p.m. – Book Club - In April, we will be reading Central Florida’s Civil War Veterans by Bob Grenier. As we near the sesquicentennial of the conclusion of the Civil War, we will explore the experiences of local veterans and their families who settled in Florida during the Reconstruction period. The book club meets at the History Center the first and second Tuesdays each month.
  • April 11, 10 a.m. to noon – Family Fun Day - In honor of poetry month, let your creative juices flow and learn to write with a quill. Family Fun Day activities take place the second Saturday of every month.
  • April 21, 12:15 to 1 p.m. – Lunch and Learn - Author Bob Grenier discusses his latest book, “Central Florida’s Civil War Veterans.” Grenier’s talk explores the experiences of veterans and their families who settled in Florida during the Reconstruction period. Mr. Grenier is Curator of the Lake County Historical Museum and vice mayor of Tavares. Research materials at the History Center are featured in the book. The Lunch and Learn lecture series occurs the third Tuesday of every month, January through November.
  • April 18, 11 a.m. – Architectural Tour - Join us for a family friendly architectural tour of the History Center and learn more about Neoclassical architecture, the construction of the building and the stories behind the iconic Old Polk County Courthouse. The architectural tour begins at 11 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month.
  • New Exhibit – Water - A new interactive kiosk featuring water themes is now in place in the Community Gallery. Sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council and in conjunction with a new upcoming Smithsonian exhibit about the human experience with water, the kiosk features a history of the importance of water in shaping the United States from a national, state and local perspective. The History Center produced content highlighting Polk’s special connection to water, recounting the stories of Kissengen Spring and Cypress Gardens. The touch-screen kiosk will be on display through this year.
  • On the Heritage Trail - Heritage Trail is an on-going series of videos that showcase individual historic sites in Polk. Produced for the History Center by PGTV, Heritage Trail is hosted by Myrtice Young, the county's historic preservation manager. Our featured Heritage Trail segment with PGTV for the month of April will focus on the MacKay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve and other heritage sites located in Lake Alfred in honor of the city’s Centennial Celebration this year. Completed in 1917, the massive craftsman-style home is an excellent example of the importance of preserving the county’s rich history.
About the Polk County History Center: The Polk County History Center is located at 100 E. Main St. in Bartow and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Visit www.polkhistorycenter.org or call (863) 534-4386 for more information on exhibits and programming. All events and programming are free and open to the public.


Bartow Antique Fair, April 11

Main Street Bartow, Inc.’s next monthly Antique Fair will be held on Saturday, April 11, from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. along Main Street in downtown Bartow.

Booth spaces are $20.00 each and can be reserved by contacting Irene at 863-646-0644 or the Main Street Bartow office at 863-519-0508. The Antique Fair is held the second Saturday of each month.


Benefit Concert, April 11

"Benefit Concert" To benefit 43 year old Polk County native Robert Mosier in his battle with cancer... Some of the best bands anywhere will come together in this effort !! The bands will include Country, Gospel, Southern Rock... Something for everybody!! In Concert: All the way from Jonesboro, Arkansas to help in this event "The Bobbitts",along with some of the best local groups "Obadiah", "Shekinah Knights", "The Nathan Baldwin Band with Joey Foley". Saturday,April 11th from 2PM - 7PM. Mosaic Park/Park Lane,Bartow(Next to the Civic Center). Free Admission with Donations accepted with 100% going to the benefit!!! Great music/singing with food & fun for all!! For further information please call 863-582-6349. Hope to see you there.


Mulberry Phosphate Museum, April 16

The Mulberry Phosphate Museum, along with the City of Mulberry, is happy to announce that Mulberry will be hosting a traveling Smithsonian exhibit in October.

The exhibit, The Way We Workedť, will tell the story of work and industry in American life.

To complement the exhibit, the museum along with community partners are hosting a series of programs. The first program is “The Way We Worked Book Club”. On the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m., the Mulberry Public Library will host a discussion of a selected book that incorporates the theme of work and industry.

We hope you will be able to join us on April 16th to discuss The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit by Sloan Wilson. Complimentary food and beverage will be available to participants of this fun and lively program. For more information please visit www.mulberryphosphatemuseum.org.


New Charter School Applicant Orientation Scheduled, April 16

Polk County School Board A orientation will be held on Thursday, April 16, to discuss the application process to open a new charter school.

This orientation will provide a general overview of the application process. It is free and open to the public.

The New Charter Applicant Orientation is essential for those planning on submitting a charter application this year. School Board speakers will discuss various topics, including the requirements of charter applicants, School Board policies, and general information on the charter application process.

The orientation begins at 1:00 p.m. and will take place in School Board Auditorium, 1915 S. Floral Ave., Bartow, FL 33830. Interested parties are encouraged to register by calling the Office for Charter Schools at 863.534.0625. The deadline for submission of charter school applications is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 3, 2015.


Moonlight and Music, April 17

Fort Meade Chamber of Commerce Make your plans to join us on Friday, April 17 at Patterson Park in Fort Meade for the FREE Inaugural Arts and Culture event featuring Ft. Meade's Justin Grimes, Voices of the People Performing Arts and Chamber Music Series, Eddie Cooper, Polk county's Joe Willy Band, Food Truck Vendors, and fUN for the whole family!

This event begins at 5:30. Patterson Park is located on North Charleston Avenue in Fort Meade. For more information please call 863-559-2772.

Event Hosted by Ft Meade Chamber of commerce, City of Ft Meade, The Polk Arts Alliance, The Women's Club Polk State College, presented by Bob Elliott's Greenwood Chevrolet


Annual Good Ol' Days Festival, April 18

Polk County Government Polk County Parks & Recreation’s annual Good Ol’ Days Festival is free family event on Saturday April 18 from 10am to 2pm. This event invites all members of the family to celebrate the local history of Florida. The Good Ol’ Days Festival will feature vendors, historical interpretation, demonstrators, re-enactors of the early 1900’s, live entertainment, and much more.

The festival will take place at Homeland Heritage Park on Church Avenue in Homeland. For more information please call 863-559-9393.


Webber International University Athletic Department 6th Annual Golf Outing, April 25

The Webber International University Athletic Department will be hosting their 2015 golf fundraiser at Oakwood Golf Club, in Lake Wales, on Saturday, April 25th. The shotgun start is set for 9:00 a.m. The format is a 4-person scramble over the 18 hole event. Oakwood is located at 3301 Old Wales Road, off of Highway 60.

The entry fee is $60.00 per person. This includes cart, driving range, 18 holes of golf, lunch, drinks, and prizes. There will be fun games: Adidas Closest to the Pin, Long Drive, Straightest Drive Contest, mulligans, raffle prizes, live auction and more. A putting contest will be held to win a flat screen T.V. Hole-in-one prizes include an Ireland Golf Trip, $10,000, a Vegas Vacation Trip, and golf lessons.

For more information on the tournament, whether you are interested in playing or being involved as a sponsor, please contact the Event Coordinator and Chair, Steve Rassel. He can be reached at 386-867-0803 or at rasselse@webber.edu. All proceeds will benefit the Webber International University Athletic Department.


Substitute School Crossing Guards Needed

Polk County Sheriff Office The 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 Events

Several 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.
    POLK COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE EVENTS:
  • Winter Haven: April 18, 2015, Lake Region High School
  • Lakeland: May 2, 2015, Lakeland High School
  • Haines City and Davenport: March 2, 2015, Lake Eva Park
  • Bartow and Lake Wales: April 17, 2015, Bartow High School
  • Auburndale: TBD, Auburndale High School
  • Florida Southern College: February 20, 2015, Florida Southern College
  • Fort Meade and Frostproof: March 21, 2015, Fort Meade Middle Senior High School
  • Mulberry: April 24, 2015, Mulberry High School
For more information about the American Cancer Society, visit www.cancer.org or call 1-800-ACS-2345.

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 Club

WINTER 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 Available

Polk County Government The 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 Week

Polk County Government As 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, Thursdays

Did 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 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.


Citrus Lake Chorus of Polk County

The 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 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

pull over to the CyberStation Waste-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 Patrol

The 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.com 
For more information on Civil Air Patrol, visit the CAP website: www.cap.gov


Alzheimer's Support

The 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 Meetings

The 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 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.


Winter Haven Optimist Club

The 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 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.


Bartow's VFW Post 2405

Bartow'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 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.