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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.

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Women's Care Center in Bartow

Bartow's Women's Care Center The Women's Care Center is finding their pantry food supplies dwindling down very low and they are in real need for toiletry items such as toilet paper, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.

The Women's Care Center of Bartow is a non-profit organization. It provides a transitional living center for homeless women and their children.

For more information please call 863-534-3844. Donations can be drop off at the Care Center, located at 490 E Boulevard Street in Bartow.

If you would prefer to make a monetary donation, please mail your contributions to:
Women's Care Center
P.O. Box 1041
Bartow, Florida 33831 
Thank You, and for more information please visit,

Emergency Home Energy Assistance Available for Elderly

Polk County Government Polk County Elderly Services seeks eligible applicants for limited emergency home energy assistance for low-income, elderly residents with overdue utility bills.

At least one household member must be at least 60 years old and a Polk County resident. Applications must include proof of identity, age and residence for all household members, household income, and over-due utility bill.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 863.534.5320.

Shine a Light Events, October 24-26

On October 24-25, Florida Baptist Children’s Homes will host Shine a Light, The Porch Light weekend in Lakeland. The weekend-long affair will include a Friday night 5k, Saturday morning family festival and Saturday night formal gala featuring former American Idol contestant, Jason Castro. The events will take place to raise critical funding for The Porch Light, FBCH’s program to help rescue and restore child victims of domestic sex trafficking.

Shine a Light 5k – Friday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m. The Shine a Light 5k will take place October 24 at 6:30 p.m. beginning at First Presbyterian Church located at 175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive in Lakeland. The evening run will bring light to the darkness that surrounds sex trafficking. The cost is $25 for those who register by October 3 and $30 for those who register after. Competitiverunners, as well as walkers, will find this chip-timed 5k to be an event toremember. Participants who sign up before October 3 will be guaranteed an event dri-fit t-shirt. Awards will be given in standard age divisions, and there will be food truck vendors after the race.

Shine a Light Family Festival – Saturday, October 25 at 10 a.m. On Saturday, October 25, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., there will be a free family festival on the grounds of First Presbyterian Church at 175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive in Lakeland. A festival for all ages, there will be free food, a pumpkin patch area for family photos, a bounce house and live music. There will also be a “kids’ fun run” at 10 a.m.

Shine a Light Gala presented by Advanced Drying Systems – Saturday, October 25 at 6 p.m. The finale black tie optional event will take place at Florida Southern College’s Branscomb auditorium at 6 p.m. Ticket price is $50 and will include a performance by internationally-known recording artist Jason Castro, a former American Idol contestant. It will be an evening of hope as FBCH shines a light on the issue of sex trafficking and how the Lakeland community can join together to take a stand for innocent victims. The entertainment-filled gala will include words from Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd and FBCH and Orphan’s Heart president Jerry Haag, Ph.D., CFP®.

FBCH is seeking additional corporate sponsors for the Shine a Light events, which will benefit The Porch Light. Thank you to these sponsors who are coming alongside us to impact child victims of domestic sex trafficking: Advanced Drying Systems, Rooms to Go and Regal Automotive Group.

The Porch Light program was launched in 2013, and in August of 2014, the first home will open in Central Florida where child victims can begin a new life. It also includes advocacy and prevention efforts that will help stop sex trafficking before it begins for the next child.

To register for the 5k, purchase tickets for the gala, become a corporate sponsor and more, visit

Free Diabetic Classes

Polk County Government The Indigent Health Care division has announced additional free Diabetic Classes for Polk County residents on Oct. 27, Nov. 3 and Dec. 18. To reserve seats, residents should call 863-519-2041 or 863-519-2066. “With diabetes being a serious problem in Polk County, the Indigent Health Care division felt it was important to offer free Diabetic Classes to residents,” said Marilyn Sylvia, a community nurse for the county. “We strongly believe the best way to reverse the damage diabetes has caused our residents is to arm them with the knowledge they need to combat the disease.” Diabetic Classes include a general overview of the disease process, highlighting ways to prevent, detect and treat the complications of diabetes. Educators will discuss the importance of nutrition, physical activity and weight management in dealing with the disease. The class will also highlight blood glucose monitoring, cover the different medications available and look at ways to schedule diabetic check-ups. Classes are scheduled for:
  • Monday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lake Ashton Club House, 4141 Ashton Club Drive, Lake Wales
  • Monday, Nov. 3, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Goodwill Industries, 3033 Drane Field Road, Lakeland
  • Thursday, Dec. 18, 9 a.m. to Noon, Haines City Public Library, 111 N. 6th St., Haines City
To reserve seats for either of these free classes, call 863-519-2041 or 863-519-2066. Transportation is available for Polk HealthCare members through Transit Services by calling 863-534-5500 x 4.

America's Boating Course, November 1

The Lakeland Sail and Power Squadron, Inc., a unit of the United States Power Squadrons, will conduct "America's Boating Course", in one day, on Saturday, November 1, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.

Class will be held at Old Salt Marine, 1918 US Hwy 98 North in Lakeland. The cost of the class is $37.00 and includes material. Seating is limited. Graduates will receive their Florida Boater ID card, which is required for boat operators born on or after January 1, 1988, and may also qualify for a discount on boat insurance. To pre-register for this class, please call 863-667-9047. This is the last safe boating class for year 2014.

Girls Incorporated of Lakeland Annual Father Daughter Dance, November 1

On Saturday, November 1, 2014, Girls Incorporated of Lakeland, a United Way of Central Florida agency, will present its annual Father Daughter Dinner Dance at the Lakeland Center from 6 to 9 p.m. This event will be an evening of fun and excitement as everyone dances to live music provided by DJ Billy Bures. Epic’s Photo Booth will be available for girls to take fun pictures with their date along with their friends, and Sarai Flar, a professional photographer will be capturing memories throughout the evening. The highlight of the evening will be announcing the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of the “Why I Love My Daddy” Essay contest.

This event is open to any girl in grades kindergarten through high school. Tickets are $50 for a father/daughter couple and tickets for additional daughters or guests may be purchased for $30 each. Tickets may be purchased at 1220 West Highland Street, Lakeland, FL or at 650 West Main Street, Bartow, FL. Tickets can also be purchased by phone with a credit card.

This year’s event sponsor is The Rooms To Go Children’s Fund. Corporate sponsorships are available. For additional information, please contact Kay Fields at 682-3002 extension 222 or Chandra Frederick at 682-3002 extension 226.

November 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:
  • Nov. 1, 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. The cemetery tour is offered the first Saturday of every month.

  • Nov. 4 and 11, 12:15 to 1 p.m. - Book Club. Bring your lunch and join the History Center for Book Club. In November, we will explore the book “March” by Geraldine Brooks. “March” is a parallel novel that retells Louisa May Alcott's novel Little Women from the point of view of Alcott's protagonists' absent father. Brooks has inserted the novel into the classic tale, revealing the events surrounding March's absence during the Civil War in 1862. The book club meets at the History Center the first two Tuesdays every month.

  • Nov. 8, 10 a.m. to noon - Family Fun Day - In honor of Veteran’s Day, craft a remembrance posy and learn more about Polk veterans in the “Polk County: Land of Heroes” exhibit. Our curators and docents will join participants for a special family day in the gallery. Family Fun Day activities take place the second Saturday of every month.

  • Nov. 13, 3 p.m. - Fort Carroll Historical Marker Ceremony at Florida Sheriffs Youth Villa, Bartow - Join us for a ceremony rededicating the Fort Carroll historical marker, which was originally placed in 1961 at the site of Fort Carroll along Highway 60 E in Bartow. Fort Carroll was a stockade type depot that was erected on January 22, 1841 by a detail of the 7th Infantry, U.S.A. while on a march to the Kissimmee River. The depot was named in honor of Sgt. Major Francis Carroll. The original location was one mile north of Bartow’s Peace River Park near the Florida Sheriffs Youth Villa.

  • Nov. 15, 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 is on the third Saturday of each month at 11 a.m.

  • Nov. 18, 12:15 to 1 p.m. - Lunch and Learn - “Florida’s Holiday Foods” presented by Heather McPherson, Pam Brandon and Katie Farmand, the authors of “Field to Feast: Recipes Celebrating Florida Farmers, Chefs and Artisans.” Heather McPherson is the past president of the Association of Food Journalists and a food editor and restaurant critic for the Orlando Sentinel, where she writes four weekly columns on food and dining trends. Pam Brandon is a food and travel writer and managing editor of Edible Orlando magazine. She is the author of numerous books, including “Culinary Confessions of the PTA Divas.” Katie Farmand is a food stylist and Orlando-based recipe developer. She is editor of Edible Orlando magazine and is the author of the blog The Thin Chef. The Lunch and Learn lecture series occurs the third Tuesday of every month, January through November.

  • Nov. 21, 6 to 9 p.m. - Festival of Wreaths Opening Night - Photos with Santa – 7 to 9 p.m. - Take in the sights and sounds of the season and enjoy the Annual Festival of Wreaths. The striking wreaths that fill the halls of the History Center are decorated and donated by local businesses, individuals and organizations. Do you see a wreath that you want to hang on your door for the holidays? Cast a bid in the 2014 silent auction with proceeds benefiting the History Center. On opening night, the History Center will have extended hours and will be offering photos with Santa from 7 to 9 p.m. ($5 suggested donation)

  • Ongoing Events:

    Come experience a new permanent exhibit featuring Jacob Summerlin’s walking stick. Originally presented to Jacob Summerlin in 1887 at the cornerstone dedication ceremony for the Summerlin Institute in Bartow, the cane features a gold head, wood body and brass tip. Jacob Summerlin Jr. was instrumental in the founding of downtown Bartow and its designation as the county seat. A shrewd businessman, Summerlin was one of the wealthiest cattle barons in Florida for more than two decades. His wealth allowed him to purchase land and later donate it for the creation of cities, churches, government buildings and schools in Polk County.

    A new permanent kiosk is now in place in the 1908 courtroom. The panels feature information on the history of the 1908 courtroom, the Florida Bar, a timeline of the 10th Judicial Circuit Court, a sampling of photos and the story of a famous trial that took place in the Old Polk County Courthouse.

    The Civil War exhibit, ‘Edge of Wilderness: Polk County in the Civil War,’ remains on view through April 2015, to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

    The photography exhibit, ‘Picture Polk History,’ remains on view through Nov. 2014. This exhibit features images of historic and cultural heritage sites on the Polk County Heritage Trail. Visit the new concierge center for ideas on local cultural heritage sites to visit during the fall.

    Docent-led tours of the History Center and Museum every Friday at 11 a.m., beginning in the rotunda.

  • Recent Museum Acquisitions - In addition to Jacob Summerlin’s cane, the History Center recently received two exciting new artifacts. Daniel Spessard Holland, grandson of both Sheriff John Logan and Spessard Lindsey Holland, and his wife Kathleen Shimeta, have donated Senator Holland’s cane and Sheriff Logan’s service revolver to the History Center’s permanent collection. The 32 Long CTG Smith & Wesson revolver was carried by John Logan during his tenure as sheriff. Logan was elected sheriff in 1909, holding the office for sixteen years, longer than any other sheriff in the history of Polk, retiring only because of failing health. The revolver is on permanent display in the History Center’s Community Gallery.
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 or call (863) 534-4386 for more information on exhibits and programming.

Haines City Community Theatre, November 1-6

Haines City Community Theatre announces the cast and crew for their first show in their new location. The upcoming production of "Dearly Departed" is by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones. Cast members include, Rebecca Stoffel, Sally O’Quinn, Maggie Harris, David Smith, Tommy Stephens, Renee Palmer, Mike Land, Ken Higgins, Evelyn Avazier, Rebekah Paugam, Dave Koons, Carol Koons, and Jenny Hernandez. Director is Lynda B. Allen, Stage Manager is Richard Duffy.

In the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father's funeral, the Turpin's other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion. Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need.

The new theatre is located at 303 Ledwith Ave. in Haines City. This is in the old library building which is in front of the Lake Eva Complex. The production will run for 6 performances from November 1-16. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evenings and 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees. Ticket prices are $15.00 with a discount for groups of 25 or more. Season tickets are still available, and are $40.00. For further information please call (863) 421-1893 or visit

Downtown Bartow Craft Fair, November 8

The 23rd Annual Downtown Bartow Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, November 8, 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., in downtown Bartow. The event is sponsored by Main Street Bartow, Inc., Bartow’s Community Redevelopment Agency, and the City of Bartow. Nearly 100 vendors will be offering a wide variety of homemade crafts. There will be an area with children’s activities, and food will be available for purchase from vendors on the street as well as Bartow’s downtown restaurants. An open car show will also be a part of the event, as well as Bartow’s monthly Antique Fair and the farmers’ market.

For an application or further information, call Main Street Bartow, Inc. at 863-519-0508

Florida Extension Classes, November 6, 9 & 19

What would you do if you found a snake in your yard? Kill it? Leave it alone? Snakes are important pest-control animals in Florida’s environment.

University of Florida IFAS (EYE-fuss) Extension is holding several free classes about preventing snake encounters in your yard.

Classes will be held on November 6th, 9th, and 19th. For more information, visit or call 863-519-1051.

Veterans Day Service, November 11

City of Haines City On Tuesday, November 11th a Veteran’s Day Service will be held at Railroad Park, 620 East Main Street in downtown Haines City. This event, which begins at 9:00 AM, is Haines City’s way of saying “Thank you!” to all of our service personnel and their families.

If you are a Veteran or active Military, the City of Haines City would like to honor you with a Heroes Ceremonial Police and Fire escort to Railroad Park. A chartered bus will be available at the Aquatic Center parking lot (321 South 6th Street) beginning at 8:30 AM on that day. The convoy will depart promptly at 8:50 AM. Transportation will be provided back to the Aquatic Center following the event. Please contact the Leisure Services Department at 863-421-3700 and let us know you would like to reserve a seat on the bus for the Veterans.

We will honor and recognize all branches of military service at the Court of Honor. Please mark your calendars and join us as we salute these heroes.

Uptown Yard Sale, November 15

Bartow’s monthly Uptown Yard Sale & Vintage Market will be held on Saturday, November 15, in the parking lot at the corner of Main Street and Wilson Avenue. 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 the Main Street Bartow office at 863-519-0508, or Irene at 863-646-0644. The Uptown Yard Sale & Vintage 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.

Gobbler Day Giveaway, November 15

The Mulberry FFA programs is hosting it's Gobbler Day Give-away, and are collecting can goods and other non perishable items to support needy families this Thanksgiving season. Collection points around the community are the Mulberry Winn Dixie, Mulberry Phosphate Museum and the Mulberry branch of Magnify Bank. Please look for the white drop boxes located inside and help the FFA make this holiday season easier for those in need. Donations of food are accepted from now thru November 15. To make a financial contribution , make checks payable to Mulberry FFA Alumni, PO Box 1144, Mulberry, Florida 33860.

Empty Bowls Gala, November 15

Empty Bowls Gala for Agape Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities of Central Florida features a live and silent auction of hand painted ceramic bowls and other works by local and regional artists, community leaders and national celebrities, to benefit local hunger relief.

More than just works of art, these "empty bowls" serve as a reminder of the more than 100,000 children, seniors and family members in Polk County who struggle to put food on the table every day.
November 15
6:00 to 10:00 pm
Polk State College
3425 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland
Admission cost is $75

Visit for more information and to purchase your tickets online.

WE3 Expo Expands, Showcases Educational Options Throughout Polk’s Public Schools, November 15

Polk County School Board The wide range of educational opportunities available within Polk County Public Schools will be on display at the seventh annual WE3 Expo.

The free event is open to the public, and will take place November 15 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sun 'n Fun fairgrounds, 4175 Medulla Road in Lakeland.

The annual event is expected to be the biggest yet with more than 350 booths showcasing schools, programs and careers available throughout the county. Organizers expect thousands of visitors, including students, parents, business leaders and residents.

More than 100 schools will be there representing all educational levels from pre-kindergarten to adult education. All elementary, middle and high schools from Polk County Public Schools will be present.

The following will also be represented: Adult Education, Advanced Placement, Career Centers, Career & Technical Education, Choice, Charter, Dual Enrollment, Fine Arts, International Baccalaureate, JROTC, Magnet, Polk Academies, and Preschool Programs.

The event is a convenient way for parents and students to explore Polk’s Educational Options available for the next school year. The application period for all of Polk’s Educational Options for the 2015-2016 School Year begins November 18, 2014 and remains open until January 9, 2015. Notification to all applicants begins in March. For more information, visit

Monthly Friday Fest & Magic On Main, November 21

Michell Githens State Farm Insurance and Leo Longworth State Farm Insurance are sponsoring Bartow’s monthly Friday Fest on Friday, November 21, from 6:00 - 9:00 P.M., along East Main Street and Central Avenue in downtown Bartow. This street party will feature live blues, oldies, rock and country music by “Faces South”, food and drink from vendors on the street as well as from the downtown restaurants, children’s activities, a classic car cruise-in, and a blood drive.

At 7:00 P.M. the “Magic on Main” portion of the evening will kick off the Christmas season. This will include a blessing of the City and a performance of seasonal music. The highlight of the event will be the turning on of the thousands of lights on the trees lining the streets of downtown Bartow. Santa will also be on hand in the Polk County History Center to visit with the children, and the History Center will kick off their annual decorated wreath display.

Friday Fest is held on the third Friday of every month and is hosted by Main Street Bartow, Inc., Bartow’s Community Redevelopment Agency, the City of Bartow, the Polk County Democrat, and Kelley Buick-GMC. For more information, call 863-519-0508.

Impurrial Polk County Internet Cat Video Film Festival, November 22

It’s a gato see event! The furst of its kind in Central Florida, The Impurrial Polk County Internet Cat Video Film Festival, presented by Main Street Bartow, kicks off on Caturday, November 22 from 4pm to 8:00pm in Downtown Bartow, Fl.

Heralded as the most enjoyed and commonly practiced procrastination activity in America, cat videos are an irresistible Internet sensation that we believe should be celebrated publicly. So, please join us for this FREE family event that will feature an outdoor showing of our favorite Internet Cat Videos. Other festival “cativities” will include feline face painting, mewsic, photo booth pictures, a cat costume contest (for humans only), cat adoptions and a “people’s choice” award for the crowd’s most favorite cat photo. Entries for the cat photo contest can be emailed to , deadline for submissions is Nov. 14.

Spectators are encouraged to participate in the “pawsitively fetching picnic on the lawn,” a rather dignified affair worthy of the most beloved feline, by bringing your own table and chairs (centerpiece optional, but suggested) and pre-ordering box dinners from one of the local restaurants downtown.

“It’s not about watching cat videos, it’s about watching internet cat videos together,” says event organizer Trish Pfeiffer. “Cat lovers unite! These events have happened from Los Angeles to New York; and from Madrid to Japan. It’s time Central Florida pays homage to this kitty-cultural phenomenon that is enjoyed by old and young alike.”

As a special tribute to cats, organizers will also include a “Dog Shaming” slide show that will feature the most hilarious photos published online by dog owners. “Obviously, owners want their dogs to learn a lesson when they’ve been bad by putting these photos online,” Pfeiffer noted. “This would only work for dogs, of course, we all know cats could care less.”

The event is sponsored by Pet Supermarket and Simply Storage. Vendors and sponsors wishing to herd feline fanatics may contact Main Street Bartow at 863-519-0508. This event is for humans only, which is purrfect, since your cat prefers to ignore you anyway.

Bartow's Farmers' Fourth Saturday Market, November 22

Main Street Bartow is pleased to introduce the Farmers’ 4th Saturday Market at Fort Blount Park in downtown Bartow. Look for produce, plants, food and crafts from 8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. every fourth Saturday except for December. The next event will be held on November 22. Vendor fee is $10.00, and vendors may reserve their spot by calling Irene at 863-646-0644. Further information may also be obtained by calling the Main Street Bartow office at 863-519-0508.

Movies on the Lawn, November 28

On the day after Thanksgiving, after your day of Christmas shopping and eating leftover turkey, gather the kids and head downtown to the movies. The hilarious Christmas film, “Elf”, will be the feature at Main Street Bartow, Inc.’s “Movies on the Lawn” on Friday, November 28, at dark on the northwest corner of Wilson Avenue and Main Street. “Elf” tells the story of one of Santa’s elves who learns of his true identity as a human and goes to New York City to meet his biological father, spreading Christmas cheer as he goes.

The event is free and suitable for the entire family. Those attending are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets.

For further information call the Main Street Bartow office at 863-519-0508.

Glitter, Glisten & Snow, December 6

On December 6th Haines City Leisure Services will be hosting one of their most popular community events: Glitter, Glisten, & Snow. The event this year, for the first time in history, begins with a lighted parade that will step off at 6:30 PM and wind its way thru downtown, ending in Lake Eva Park at 555 Ledwith Avenue for the festivities.

This fun filled event brings families and children of all ages to participate in many activities, including visits and pictures with Santa, free chestnuts, cider, cookies and hot chocolate. From our popular snow slide to flakes falling from the sky, attendees will enjoy something we don’t always get to see here in Florida, SNOW. Local entertainment will include school children and community groups on stage until 10:00 PM.

For additional information, please contact the Haines City Leisure Services Department at 863-421-3700 or log on to the City’s website at Parade applications are now being accepted and may be printed from the City’s website as well as craft and concession vending applications.

Entrants being sought for Bartow's Christmas Parade, December 12

Entrants are being accepted to participate in Main Street Bartow’s 2014 “Magical Illumination” Christmas Parade on Friday, December 12 at 6:00 P.M. The parade will begin at Mosaic Park north of the Bartow Civic Center, go north on Broadway Avenue to Main Street, then east to First Avenue, where it will end. Trophies will be awarded for the best floats in six categories: Best School, Church, Government, Business, Non-Profit Adult, and Non-Profit Youth, as well as trophies for Best Decorated Car and Best Marching Unit. A nominal entry fee of $20.00 is being charged (no charge for non-profits). For a $250.00 sponsor fee, the entrant will have prime placement towards the beginning of the parade and receive extra publicity.

Entertainment will be featured after the parade, and Santa will be on hand to visit with the children. Vendors will serve food beginning at 5:00 P.M. in the vicinity of the Polk County History Center, and the downtown restaurants will also be open.

Entrants in the parade are required to have lights on their floats, and no live Santas are allowed, as the real one has already accepted. As a safety measure, no throwing of candy from the floats will be allowed. Walkers may hand out candy.

The parade is sponsored by Main Street Bartow, Inc., Bartow’s Community Redevelopment Agency, and the City of Bartow. For an application or more information, contact Main Street Bartow at 863-519-0508 or

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 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 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? 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 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 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

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 or Contact Andrea at (863) 284-4319 ext.203,

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 
1 Lt Robert-Gregory Gibson,CAP 
Telephone Number 863-632-7081 
For more information on Civil Air Patrol, visit the CAP website:

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 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.