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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Main Street Bartow Farmers Market, June 1The 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.
New Nature Photography Exhibit Opening at the History CenterThe Polk County History Center will open a new exhibit featuring nature and wildlife photography by local photographers on June 2 at 4 p.m. Through the Lens: Polk County’s Natural Beauty captures Polk’s remarkable natural beauty that can’t be found anywhere else in the state. From its vivid wildlife in places like the Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland, to its delicate ecosystems on the Lake Wales Ridge, Polk's natural resources are an attraction to many.
The opening reception for Through the Lens: Polk County’s Natural Beauty will include an opportunity to meet the exhibitors, both enthusiasts and professional photographers, including Willie A. Brown, Professional Photography by Brown; Polk Sheriff Grady Judd; Jeff Spence, Polk County Parks and Natural Resources director and his wife Lynette Spence, a clinical trauma registrar with Lakeland Regional Health Systems.
Willie “Will” Andrew Brown is a native Floridian raised in Lakeland, who developed his love for photography at age nine, when his mother gave him his first camera. For the past 10 years, he has photographed wildlife throughout Polk. Brown stated, “Once you see something that takes your breath away and you capture it forever, it only means you can share it with everyone.” Brown is also an accomplished prismacolor artist, using his photos as reference for his drawings. These works often require hundreds of hours to complete, resulting in highly detailed renditions of his photographs.
While most would agree that Sheriff Grady Judd is quite comfortable in front of a camera, he enjoys being behind one as well. He has always had an interest in photography, but a few years ago he turned that interest into an outlet from the daily demands of his high adrenaline job. Armed with a Canon 7D and professional grade lenses, Sheriff Judd hunts for the ultimate treasure – wildlife, plants and landscapes that he can capture in an image to be shared for generations to come.
For the last 33 years, Jeff Spence has worked at the Polk County Board of County Commissioners, and is currently the director of Parks and Natural Resources. Polk's Natural Resources Division develops and implements natural resource management programs that protect, enhance and manage Polk's environment and public parks systems. Spence and his wife, Lynette, are nature enthusiasts, exploring the world’s most beautiful places while photographing exotic wildlife in their native surroundings as well as landscapes and indigenous plants.
Lynette Spence has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Kent State University and holds a master’s degree in health education from the Ohio State University. She has held numerous positions in nursing and is presently employed with Lakeland Regional Health System as a clinical trauma registrar. Spence has traveled extensively across the United States and internationally photographing wildlife. She is also a volunteer at Polk’s Circle B Bar Reserve.
Through the Lens will be on display June 2 through Oct. 29 in the first floor northeast gallery.
Also featured in the exhibit gallery is an interactive kiosk featuring water. Sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council, 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.
About the Polk County History Center: The 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.
Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market, June 4The 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.
Golf Tournament, June 11A golf tournament is being held to raise funds for the Bartow Intimidators softball team headed to the world series in Panama City in July. The tournament will take place at the Bartow Golf Course on Saturday, June 11. Cost is $60 per player and hole sponsors are $100. For more information please call Josh Palmer at 863-898-1206.
Bartow Antique Fair, June 11Main Street Bartow, Inc.’s next monthly Antique Fair will be on Saturday, June 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.
Mega Sports Camp, June 13-17Do you have children, or know of some kids in the 1st through 6th grade who may be interested in learning the basics of soccer or cheerleading, all while having a lot of fun? Everyone is invited to join us for our Mega Sports Camp at Peace Creek Baptist Church in Bartow.
The camp will run from June 13th to June 17th from 8 to noon. There will be a special celebration day, on Friday, June 17th, with inflatable bounce houses, games, prize drawings, and more! This FREE event is brought to you by Peace Creek Baptist Church of Bartow, and the student ministry of First Baptist Church Jedburg in Summerville, South Carolina. Pre-register your kids at our website, peacecreekbaptist.org. For more information, please contact, Pastor Stephen Thomas at 863-224-3605. Peace Creek Baptist Church is on Highway 60, just east of Bartow.
Make your plans to join us June 13th through the 17th from 8 to Noon, at Peace Creek Baptist Church in Bartow for an awesome week with tons of fun for boys and girls, 1st through 6th grade, at the Mega Sports Camp at Peace Creek Baptist Church in Bartow!
Uptown Yard & Flea Market, June 18Bartow’s monthly Uptown Yard Sale & Flea Market will be held on Saturday, June 18, 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.
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.