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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Camp Africa Florida, Sep 29 - Oct 2Do not miss this annual unique, family friendly, high energy African drum, dance and cultural experience – CAMP AFRICA FLORIDA. Picture yourself immersed in the sights, sounds and flavors of an African village without ever leaving the continent. More than twenty professional African Drum and Dance Masters come together to host, entertain, perform and lead workshops in their arts.
Learn the secret rhythms from African Masters of Drum. Learn the lively and spirited dances and the history behind the movements from African Masters of Dance. Learn about and play ancient African hand-made traditional instruments, such as the Balafon, Dodo and Kora.
Attend youth classes. Join African song classes. Listen to storytellers share their experiences, those of their ancestors and the mysteries and lore of traditional African life. Try African cuisine, shop for arts, crafts, and musical instruments from a variety of vendors.
Thrill to the nightly entertainment of professional African performing groups in their colorful native costumes. See legendary masked dancers perform their unique cultural ceremonies. Drum with the Masters at the nightly drum circle around the bonfire.
Set up your tent and camp under the stars. (Primitive camping space included in the price of full event admission), tent rentals available. This value-packed event is an experience of a lifetime that you will never forget.
The only African camp on the East Coast! It all happens Thursday, September 29th (4pm) thru Sunday October 2nd (2pm), 2016 at the Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation, 1201 Boy Scout Camp Road in Lake Wales. Find out more at www.CampAfricaFlorida.com
See you in the Village!
Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market, October 1The Downtown Farmers Curb Market 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, can be found at 200 North Kentucky Avenue in Lakeland from 8am to 2pm.
Main Street Bartow Farmers Market, October 5The 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 $20.00 per Wednesday paid monthly in advance, or $25 on an occasional basis.
For further information or a Farmers Market Vendor Form, contact Main Street Bartow at 863-519-0508.
Bartow Antique Fair, October 8Main Street Bartow, Inc.’s next monthly Antique Fair will be on Saturday, October 8, 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.
Uptown Yard & Flea Market, October 15Bartow’s monthly Uptown Yard Sale & Flea Market will be held on Saturday, October 15, 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.
Save A Life Saturday, November 5Save A Life Saturday is set for November 5, This event can change your life or the life of someone you know! Learn "Hands Only CPR" in less time than it takes you and your friends to pick a restaurant! FREE
Presented by Citizen CPR, Polk Wellness Professionals and Florida Southern College Wellness: Free CPR Instruction and Health/Wellness Fair at the Honeyman Pavilion on the campus of beautiful Florida Southern College 8 am - Noon.
For more information contact Citizen CPR at 863-680-1277.
Silver Sponsors: Lake Wales Medical Center, Publix Super Market Charities, Mosaic. Bronze Sponsors: Baycare - Bartow Regional Medical Center & Winter Haven Hospital, Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Center and Lakeland Regional Health.
"God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord." (1 Corinthians 1:9) Founded on September 3, 1854, Peace Creek Baptist Church is celebrating 162 years and we are celebrating God because He is "STILL FAITHFUL!"
We invite you to come and celebrate with us on November 6, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. for a time of celebration through music with Crossfire Quartet, through a message from God's word with Rev. Dan Wade, and through fellowship with each other with lunch following the service.
So come and enjoy this day of celebration with us and our friends as we praise God for His faithfulness! — with CrossFire Quartet and Michael Bartos.
Honey Bee Festival & Craft Fair, November 12Bartow’s annual Craft Fair, now in its 25th year, will again include the Honey Bee Festival. Main Street Bartow, Inc. has partnered with the Ridge Beekeepers Association to bring a day full of education and fun, along with the local craft show the community looks forward to annually, on Saturday, November 12. The event will be held from 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. in downtown Bartow and is sponsored by Badcock and More, Bartow & Eagle Lake Stores, and hosted by Main Street Bartow, Inc. and the City of Bartow. Applications are currently being accepted.
The Craft Fair will feature handmade, all-season crafts. Space size is 12 feet by 12 feet, and there is a $55.00 entry fee. Additional sponsorship opportunities are also available.
An area with children’s activities will be included, and food will be available for purchase from vendors on the street as well as from Bartow’s downtown restaurants. An open car show and an antique fair will also be part of the event.
For an application or further information, call Main Street Bartow, Inc. at 863-519-0508.
L.E.A.P - Emergency Notification Program for Residents Age 55 and up
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.