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.
PCSO In Need of Substitute School Crossing GuardsThe Polk County Sheriff's Office School Crossing Section is in need of substitute school crossing guards to work in the Lakeland area.
The focus of the school crossing guard is to encourage students to cross at proper intersections. Guards also provide information regarding pedestrian and bicycle safety.
School crossing guards are frequently, but not limited to, retired residents who feel a sense of community commitment. Deputies often rely on school crossing guards to advise them of traffic problems in the communities surrounding school crossings. Crossing guards also have been able to provide important information regarding criminal events occurring in their assigned areas.
If you have any questions regarding the School Crossing Section, or if you are interested in becoming a school crossing guard, contact the School Crossing Supervisors during normal business hours at 863-534-7330 ext. 108.
Job Fair, March 20CALLING ALL JOB SEEKERS! Join us for the upcoming Lakeland Job Fair. Dozens of Top Companies - 100's of Jobs available! Free parking and admission!
WHEN: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 TIME: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM PLACE: RP Funding Center, 701 W. Lime St., Lakeland, FL 33815Meet one on one with recruiters and hiring managers who are now hiring for IMMEDIATE OPENINGS! Available positions range from entry level up to professional and management.
Available positions range from Entry Level up to Professional and Management.
Attendees are encouraged to pre-register, dress professionally, bring resumes or work history with them to the event and be ready for open interviews on-the-spot.
SKIP THE LINES and PRE-REGISTER TODAY! You will receive a reminder email two days prior to the event.
Pre-Register at: JobNewsUSA.com
For more information call 813-875-8555.
Main Street Bartow Farmers Market, March 21The 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 just $10.00.
For further information or a Farmers Market Vendor Form, contact Main Street Bartow at 863-519-0508.
Florida Jets, March 21-24Florida Jets - a world class R/C event March 21 through 24, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm daily. Six Flight Lines Daily! Bring a lawn chair, bring a friend and spend the day!
Location: Paradise Field on W Pipkin Rd the intersection of Air Show Rd (Gate 36), Lakeland, FL Date/Time Information: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm daily Wednesday, March 21 to Saturday, March 24 Contact Information: (863) 607-6611 Fees/Admission: Call (863) 607-6611
Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market, March 24The 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.
Bartow Adult Concert Band, March 25The Bartow Adult Concert Band will present a Concert on Sunday, March 25, 2018 with a program titled: “Bugler’s Holliday”. This one-hour FREE concert will be held inside the Bartow Civic Center (2250 S. Floral Avenue) beginning at 2:30 P.M. Conductor of the band for the March 25th Concert will be Conductor Phil Wharton.
Thursday Squared Food Truck Rally, April 12Join us on the second Thursday of every month for this food truck rally, which features about 20 food trucks. If the lines are too long, no worries! Our restaurants and bars are open for your dining pleasure. See you downtown!
Thursday Squared Food Truck Rally by DLP Date: April 12 Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST Location: Munn Park 100 N Kentucky Ave, Lakeland Admission: Free
Live Green Lakeland, April 14A family friendly event highlighting the Lakeland community's eco-friendly businesses, non-profits and organizations. Hosted by GFWC Junior Woman's Club of Lakeland.
Munn Park, Downtown Lakeland Saturday, April 14, 2018 8:00 am - 2:00 pm Contact Information: 863-255-0216 Fees/Admission: Free!
Lakeland Derby, April 27The Lakeland Derby is an annual “Derby Style” event staged on beautiful Lake Mirror in downtown Lakeland. With the entertaining flair of the event and the competitive spirit of the race, the Derby always promises to be a memorable occasion for all.
The Lakeland Derby captures the thrill of a race and the purity of sports entertainment in a hometown setting. The true essence of the Derby is the reward of knowing the proceeds will support Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine. The Derby features ten beautifully hand-crafted swan paddle boats in a thrilling race to the finish line.
Help the Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine celebrate their 11th annual Lakeland Derby!
Lake Mirror Promenade, Downtown Lakeland Friday, April 27 Contact Information: 863-606-1552 Fees/Admission: Free
40th Reunion, June 2Haines City High School Class of 1978 is having our 40 year class reunion, June 2 at Southern Dunes Clubhouse in Haines City. Informal Gathering June 1 in Lake Hamilton. Deadline for tickets is May 15,2018. Cost for June 2 function is $60 per person. For more info please contact email@example.com, or Lynda_Moore@live.com any proceeds go to charity!
Meals on Wheels VolunteersMeals 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.
VISTE's VolunteersVolunteers 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.