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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.









Ribs on the Ridge, February 22

Haines City’s 11th annual BBQ competition sanctioned by Florida BBQ Association will be held on February 22, 2019 from 5 PM to 9 PM and February 23, 2019 from 10 AM to 5 PM. This event is FREE to the public. This year's event will benefit KidsPACK, an organization that feeds food insecure children in and around Polk County.

Enjoy live entertainment throughout the event as well as food and crafts vendors. Ribs on the Ridge also draws barbecue teams from across Florida and the nation. Professional and amateur teams compete for cash prizes, trophies, and bragging rights.







This annual family friendly jeep only event is hosted by Polk Sheriff’s Charities, Inc. With 10 trails and multiple obstacle courses there is something for every jeep enthusiast! Be sure to visit the food trucks, merchandise vendors and raffles, too. One lucky person will win a 2007 Jeep Rubicon donated by Kelley Buick GMC of Bartow. The entrance is located at the intersection of Ledley Ware Road and Cox Road in Bartow, Florida. Follow the signs, you can't miss it!














Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market, February 23

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.







Join us for our second installment of Mulberry's Saturdays at Spence! Saturday, February 23 from 4pm-6pm. Free, family fun with face painting, a bounce house, and live music from special guests Southern Blend! Don't forget some cash, local Girl Scouts will have cookies for sale!




Winter Haven Saturday Markets, February 23

FREE Community Event, family/pet-friendly in downtown Central Park Winter Haven, 9am-3pm! Lots of free parking.

A great variety with more than 50 friendly local vendors offering you great products, food, live music, and the best customer service experience. You will love it!

For vendor opportunities please visit www.CentralFloridaEventVendors.com






The Lake Alfred Heritage Festival presents great American moments and trades of old, along with Lake Alfred’s interesting history, unique dining, shopping, and veteran sites.

Featuring BLACKSMITHING presented by the Florida Artist Blacksmith Association (FABA) demonstrating how historical practices of the blacksmith trade are used today. There will also be Civil War uniforms, artifacts, and weaponry, along with quilting and glass blowing demonstrations. And don't forget “The Good Ole’ Days” 1950’s DINER and "The Olde Market Place" featuring unique, handcrafted goods. As well as, a CAR SHOW and Rockin’ DJ (Freddie B) along with dance instruction by L.A. Dance Center.

Where else can a family of four enjoy hot-dogs, cokes, treats and more for under $6.00??

Please visit www.lakealfredheritagefestival.com for more info.














Carillon Classic 5K Run and Walk, February 23

The Carillon Classic 5K Run & Walk at Bok Tower Gardens features what many consider Central Florida’s most challenging 5K course, since it requires runners and walkers to cope with elevation changes as well as a variety of terrains, including paved roads and gravel and mulch trails. As they compete high atop Iron Mountain, one of the highest points on the Florida peninsula, runners are also exposed to soothing music from the famed Bok Tower carillon as well as beautiful gardens, citrus groves and mountain vistas.

More information.









Bartow Adult Concert Band, February 24

The Bartow Adult Concert Band will present a Concert on Sunday, February 24, 2019 with a program titled: “It’s Showtime”. This one-hour FREE concert will be held inside the Bartow Civic Center (2250 S. Floral Avenue) beginning at 2:30 P.M. with Phil Wharton conducting.
Bartow Adult Concert Band 
(FREE) Concert Sunday, February 24, 2019
2:30 at Bartow Civic Center
2250 South Floral Avenue, Bartow, FL
Phil Wharton conducting “It’s Showtime”





Bartow Farmer's and Community Market, February 27

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!




PAGEANTRY! PARADES! EXOTIC FLOATS! OUTRAGEOUS COSTUMES! MASKED CROWDS! CARNIVAL ROYALTY! HIGH-STEPPING! STRUTTERS MOVING TO THE RHYTHMS OF DIXIELAND JAZZ! UNINHIBITED MERRY-MAKING! MARDI GRAS!

The annual Lake Wales Mardi Gras celebration! A 2 day, family friendly event featuring a parade through downtown Lake Wales and a huge lake-side celebration at Lake Wailes Park.

Join us Friday evening for a fun night of music and food!

Then... Join us Saturday for the parade through downtown, a 5k race and more live music, libations and food at the Lake!

5k Race: Saturday 10AM
Parade: Saturday 3PM (Winding through downtown and ending at Lake Wailes Park)

Proceeds raised from the event will benefit Victory Ridge Academy and Circle of Friends Ministry




2019 Promise Run, March 2

The Lakeland Regional Health Hollis Cancer Center Promise Run is inspired by people who believe that a community can come together to conquer cancer. It’s a celebration of the lives of loved ones touched by cancer and a Promise to strengthen the health of everyone around us.

Participants run or walk picturesque 5k and 10k courses that begin and end at Lake Mirror Promenade in Lakeland. Saturday, March 2 from 6am to 9am.

Funds raised by this event go directly to support the Hollis Cancer Center.

Call our Promise Run Information Line at 863.687.1024 with any questions.




Winter Haven Saturday Markets, March 2

FREE Community Event, family/pet-friendly in downtown Central Park Winter Haven, 9am-3pm! Lots of free parking.

A great variety with more than 50 friendly local vendors offering you great products, food, live music, and the best customer service experience. You will love it!

For vendor opportunities please visit www.CentralFloridaEventVendors.com





The Bloomin Bike Ride is an on-road cycling tour along the scenic back roads of southern Polk County. With a 17 mile Family Fun ride, 35 mile half metric century and 65 mile metric century ride. Cyclists will invade our scenic country side and come back to Ft. Blount Park where we spoil them with some of the best food from local restaurants. The Bloomin Arts Festival will be in full swing and downtown Main Street will be hopping with artists, shopping and lots of activity.















Florida's premier outdoor festival, Pioneer Park Days, is celebrating it's 51st year. Antique Engines and Tractors, Pioneer Village, Market, Live Music, Children's Area, Wildlife Refuge and Great Food! Three days of Family Fun! Take a stroll down memory lane at the Antique Engines and Tractors Exhibits and Pioneer Village or check out the latest and greatest from over 500 vendors!




ACT Chili Cook Off, March 8

****CHILI COOK-OFF NEW DATE***

We are excited to announce the rescheduled date for our Annual Chili Cook Off is March 8th 2019. A•C•T thanks you for your patience and understanding, for more information please visit https://uwcf.org/chili/.

It's time for A-C-T's 9th Annual Chili Cook Off to benefit the United Way of Central Florida!! Enter your own awesome Chili to see if you can earn this year's bragging rights!

ALL you can eat chili and fixin's for $10. Every dollar raised goes to United Way of Central Florida. Stop by, eat some great chili and say hi! #ACTChili

Ready to enter your chili or need more information? Call 863-533-2000 x 603 or email Chili2@A-C-T.com.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available! Purchase tickets, become a sponsor or make a donation here: https://uwcf.org/chili/



















Winter Haven Police Department 5k, March 9

This is the 6th Annual WHPD 5k/1 Mile Walk. Join the police department as we raise funds for Special Olympics Florida.

Cotton or dry fit shirt options are available, finisher medals to all participants, and really great raffle prizes are up for grabs for all participants (each participant receives a FREE entry)!

Registration is through Active.com: https://www.active.com/winter-haven-fl/running/distance-running-races/whpd-5k-for-special-olympics-florida-2019?int=

More information.




Mark your calendar for the 5th Annual CommunityFest FREE Family Fun Festival! CommunityFest is a family-friendly event that encourages the community to come together and enjoy games, entertainment, food and more. This free festival allows businesses to give back to the community while families enjoy fun-filled activities and entertainment in the park.





Join us for the Downtown Lakeland Food Truck Rally in Munn Park Historic District, 6-9pm! Free Admission, Pet and Kid Friendy! Parking at the City Garage near Oak or BB&T lot off of Florida.




Lakeland Relay for Life, March 15

"I-RISH FOR A CURE" - On Friday, March 15, join us at the annual fundraiser for Lakeland's Relay For Life and discover a whole new way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day while fighting back against cancer!

Activities and entertainment are planned throughout our event. Food, drinks, and chance drawing tickets will be on sale as well. All monies collected will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
6:00 PM - Opening Ceremony and Survivor Lap
6:15 PM - Survivor Dinner
8:30 PM - Luminaria Ceremony
9:45 PM - Closing Ceremony





Come Join us in celebrating 50 years since the release of The Love Bug! This Event will have Air & Water Cooled Volkswagens, New & Used Parts, Dealer Displays, Crafts, Jewelry, Vintage Items, decals, Memorabilia & much MORE!

This is a Very Family Friendly Event.

In celebration of Herbie, the FREE car drawing this year will be a replica HERBIE Beetle!!! (must be 18 years old/older and present to win)
Friday: 
5pm Lowes on S Florida Avenue Meetup and Car Show 
(Note this is a change and update per early fliers)

Saturday:
Gates open at 6am for vendors and show cars
9am for the public
4pm Best Bus Award
7pm Cruise to Lakeland Drive In
***Jumpin Jack Flash will be DJ for the day
and Movie weather pending along with Free Pizza for everyone!***

FREE CAMPING AVAILABLE FRIDAY FRIDAY AFTER MIDNIGHT AND ALL SATURDAY NIGHT
(Porta potty / Porta shower available with paid registration)

Sunday:
Gates open at 6am for vendors and show cars
9am for the public. 
7am-noon Official Judging Period
Noon-3pm Meet and Greet 
Joaquin Garay III (Paco from Herbi Goes Bananas)
1pm special Herbie celebration cake cutting
2pm Winner announced
3pm Free Car Drawing (must be present to win) & signing by Paco
Live Band - Gemini

$8.00 Parking/Vehicle
$5.00 Admission (per person, kids 0-10 years free)
$25.00 Pre-Registration*
$32.50 Vendor Used Parts * (20x20 space)
$100.00 Vendor New Parts* (20x30 space)
$10.00 per extra 2019 show shirt

Registration includes 3 persons per vehicle+1 show shirt
Add $5.00 to all admissions day of show

REGISTRATION DEADLINE March 2nd, 2019
Mail Registration form and Total Fees to:
KJV Enterprises  209 Highview Ln  Lakeland, FL  33803

Yes Credit Cards are accepted - Call 863-937-9027
* You must be present and 18 year years of older on Sunday to win car. * Spaces are limited so please make sure to Pre-register March 8th, * NO PETS, 4-WHEELERS, BIKES, SCOOTERS, SKATEBOARDS OR GOLF CARTS ALLOWED. * Event will be held RAIN or SHINE. * New Parts vendors can sell new parts, used parts, toys, T-shirts, apparel, literature or anything VW related, * Used Parts vendors that have a mix of Used and New parts will be subject to New Parts vendor pricing. * No food/drinks can be sold unless specified






Run, cycle, and/or swim the Triathlon! Run the 5K! It's all about fitness and fun. Categories galore to suit any age or experience. Visit Bartowrec.recdesk.com for more information.
Registration/Body Marking/Transition: Opens from: 6:00 am - 7:15 am
Swim Begins at: 7:30 am
5K Begins at: 7:30 am






We are excited to announce a first-of-its-kind event in Mulberry! On March 16th, 2019 the City of Mulberry will be having a CITY-WIDE Garage Sale!

Here is how it will work. We will be creating a "Garage Sale Map" featuring any home in the City of Mulberry that wants to be a part of the day. Once the map is completed we will publish and advertise for all to come to Mulberry and experience the many garage sales!

To be featured on the map, City of Mulberry residents need to get an application from lholstein@cityofmulberryfl.com.





FLPolyCon is a one day student-run convention hosted at Florida Polytechnic University.

This annual event has become a staple to the community ever since its first year in 2015! The experience offered by FLPolyCon includes a full realm of entertainment for people of all interests, including anime, sci-fi, comics, and video games.

As we are hitting our fifth year anniversary, we have many special things planned. You won’t want to miss FLPolyCon 2019!






Join us for the return of the Annual Spring Art Festival! Fine Arts, Photography, Painting, Jewelry, Wood, Textiles, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Plants, Glass and More! Along with the wonderful art to see and buy there will be food vendors, kids activities, music and more.




2 days of music. 7 bands Cash bar. Local food vendors. A fundraiser for autism awareness and special needs.
Apr 5 at 6 PM
Apr 6 at 11:55 PM

Florida FFA Leadership Training Center
5000 Firetower Rd in Haines City










Winter Haven Relay for Life, April 12

Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Volunteers give of their time and effort because we believe it's time to take action against cancer. Please join us in this evnt to remember loved ones lost and honor the survivors at www.RelayForLife.org/WinterHavenFl Survivors please register for your dinner at: 1-800-227-2345 or www.RelayforLife.org/WinterHavenFl.

Friday, April 12, 2019 at 5 PM – 10:30 PM
	
Central Park Downtown Winter Haven
41 5th St NW, Winter Haven, Florida 33881 





5th Annual 863 Local FiArt Fest, April 20



FREE community event family/ pet-friendly, hosting more than 80 local artists from all 17 counties of Central Florida. The event will also feature a free kids arts workshop area, local authors, food trucks, kettle corn, cold sweets, gourmet products, home-baked goods, cottage industry, natural body products/ candles, henna tattoo artist, unique wooden furniture, raw local honey, pet supplies, live & DJ music, and much more!

Local artists will be selling their artwork and also competing for cash prizes. Alfa Romeo Fiat of Winter Haven will give the 1st Prize Award of $750, and Other cash awards include: 2nd and 3rd place, five honorable mentions, and People's Choice award.

Please save the date and join us on April 20, 2019, from 10a-4p!

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Tiger Trot 5k Run and Walk, April 20

The Tiger Trot 5k Run and Walk will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium at Tiger Town, USA in Lakeland, FL. Home of the Lakeland Flying Tigers and the spring training home of the Detroit Tigers.

The flat and fast course will start in the stadium parking lot, weave its way through beautiful Lake Parker Park and end on the warning track near third base. All participants will receive a goody bag, free food, shirt (shirts only guaranteed for registrations received by April 5, 2019).















Free, family friendly community event, featuring our famous swan boat races, live music presented by Bully for You, local food vendors, youth activities and games, Derby hat contests and a fantastic firework show to cap off the evening. Come join us in beautiful downtown Lakeland for a night of friendly competition and family fun. This event is to bring awareness to the services of Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine and the mission we serve.




Help get more Junior Achievement Programs in our local schools. Come out and golf with us on April 27th. Check in with Continental Breakfast provided. Awards ceremony directly following. 1st place prize $400, 2nd place prize $200 and 3rd place prize $100.









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.




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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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