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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.

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The Annual Car Classic is quickly approaching. Make your plans to attend February 13th. The event will be held in the downtown park. Trophies will be given for fan favorite, best of show pre-1950, best of show 1951-present and Parks Cup. Registration will be on site.

Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market, February 13

Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market The 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.

Lifeguard Training: Pre-Rowdy Gaines Olympic Pool will be hosting two trainings. Session I – Feb 15th - March 3rd. Session II – March 7th - 24th. Classes are Mon., Wed., and Thurs. from 5 - 8:30 p.m. Fees: Res. - $150; Non-Res. $188. Must be 15 years old to participate. Call Aquatics to Pre-register today or for more info at 863-291-5656.

Main Street Bartow Farmers Market, February 17

The 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.

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Bartow Chamber program promotes Family Fitness

The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce presents “FORTRESS Fitness,” a new program to promote family fitness September, 2015 through May, 2016, at Fort Blount Park.

“FORTRESS Fitness is a community-wide outdoor workout program for all fitness levels, all ages, and it’s absolutely free,” said Marie Wilmot, organizer of the new program. Wilmot is a wellness and fitness enthusiast and instructor of Pilates, kickboxing, Zumba and other cardio-fitness programs.

“We hope whole families will join us for a variety of unique group workouts led by professional wellness instructors,” Wilmot added. “FORTRESS Fitness is free and open to all ages, instruction is for all levels.”

Training lasts only one hour, and everyone will be encouraged to go at his or her own pace, level or intensity.

Workout activities will include: Zumba, CrossFit for beginners, Yoga, body weight training, kick boxing, obstacle courses, walking/running, etc.

Music to exercise by, water and refreshments will be available. “Many of our trainers may also offer nutritional advice,” Wilmot noted. “The training lasts one hour; do it at your pace, or intensity for five minutes, rest somewhere in between, or give it your all for the whole sixty minutes.”

Please mark your calendars for these second Saturdays:
  • February 13th – Darwin Manzueta
  • March 12th – Marie Wilmot
  • April 9th – John Abad
  • May 14th – Jude Dauphin
Fort Blount Park is in downtown Bartow on the corner of Broadway Avenue and Main Street, across from the Polk County History Center. For more information, please contact: Virginia Condello at the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce, (863) 533-7125 or email here.

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Bartow Adult Concert Band, February 14

The Bartow Adult Concert Band will present its February Concert on Sunday, February 14,2016 with a program entitled: “A Musical Kaleidoscope”. 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 February 14th Concert will be Mr. Phil Wharton.

Save the Manatee Club

click for more info This Valentine’s Day, celebrate the day of love with a manatee gift adoption from Save the Manatee Club. All the manatees in the Club’s Adopt-A-Manatee program are real and either live in the wild or at a rehabilitation facility. Each thoughtful manatee adoption given as a Valentine’s Day gift helps to educate others and supports the Club’s numerous conservation programs. To adopt Gator, Electra, Doc, Rocket, and many other real manatees, call toll free at 1-800-432-JOIN (5646) or visit

Save the Manatee Club turns 35 this year. The Club continues to work hard to safeguard manatees to ensure a long-term future for them and for Florida’s aquatic ecosystems.

Save the Manatee Club, an international nonprofit organization, was co-founded by world-renowned singer/songwriter, Jimmy Buffett. Funds from our adoption program go toward emergency rescue response for sick and injured manatees, and for waterway signage, public awareness and education, research and more. Read about our manatee conservation efforts at:

Thank you for helping to protect the manatees and their aquatic habitat.

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Introducing the City's inaugural Sizzlin' Smokin' BBQ Cook-off! Come out to Chain of Lakes Park from 6-9pm on February 19th to witness teams from Police, Fire, and various divisions within the City staff go head to head in this first time BBQ Cook-off. It's free to get in the door but $10 per plate to sample the BBQ from 10 teams. Proceeds benefit the United Way of Central Florida. For more information call 863-298-7687.

Theatre Winter Haven Announces Singin' In The Rain, February 18 - March 13

click for more info Theatre Winter Haven, located in the Chain of Lake Complex at 210 Cypress Gardens Boulevard in Winter Haven, announces the production of Singin' In The Rain. The show will run February 18 through March 13 on Thursday - Sundays.

For more information please call 863-299-2672 or visit our website.

Third Annual SyFy Bartow, February 20

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Main Street Bartow, Inc.’s third annual SyFy Bartow will take place on Saturday, February 20, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. This free event celebrates vintage and classic science fiction television and movies.

The event features science fiction vendors, kids' activities, an amusement area, costume contests for people and pets, face painting, trivia games, music, film and television props, an iconic movie car show, character karaoke, and more stretching over 3 city blocks.

Special guest appearances announced so far include Joel D. Wynkoop, Guardians of Justice, Clair Davis, William Hatfield, Brian Young, Gothic Sushi, KiKi the Cosplayer, John Crowther, Chris Bawiec, the voice of ‘Space Ghost” George Lowe, and Happy Hour with Johnny and Duce (conducting live podcasts from the event). "Forbidden Planet" will be this year's free Movie on the Wall, beginning at 7:30PM.

Uptown Yard Sale & Flea Market, February 20

Bartow’s monthly Uptown Yard Sale & Flea Market will be held on Saturday, January 16, 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.

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Join us for an evening of inspired musical entertainment with our own Artist-in-Residence & Broadway musical star Quentin Earl Darrington. Tickets for this community event are $25 (students or adults). Seating is limited, please call 863-293-5980 for more information.

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Bartow Antique Fair, March 12

Main Street Bartow, Inc.’s next monthly Antique Fair will be on Saturday, March 12, 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.

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Florida Jet Week, the World’s largest event for Professional “Jet Certified” Radio Control Pilots comes to Lakeland’s Linder airport Monday, March 7th thru Saturday March 12th.

“Approximately 170 pilots from all corners of the globe will fill the skies of Lakeland with 200 mph jet replicas, many measuring over 10 feet” said event promoter Frank Tiano. Pilots from England, Germany, Serbia, Russia, Italy, France, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Canada, Columbia and the Dominican Republic will attend.

Florida Jets is held at Paradise Field located on the southernmost portion of Lakeland Linder Airport. Enter through gate #36 at 3875 W. Pipkin Road, Lakeland 33811 (just west of the GEICO Bldg and south of the Sun n Fun campus).

The action starts at 9:00am and continues until 5:00pm daily. There is a huge Manufacturers area featuring all sorts of RC Airplane products as well as a grand food court complete with outside dining room. You may bring a lawn chair or use one of the hundreds of complimentary ones already in place. Unlike many outdoor events, at Florida Jets coolers are Okay!

If you’ve never seen Radio Control jets really perform, this is the event to see. Lots of fun for the entire family! Admission is just $10 (includes Parking) and kids 12 years old and under are admitted at no charge.

Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon, March 19

click for more info Polk County is one of two new additions to our 2016 Walkathon season lineup. Lake Hollingsworth is a beautiful lake near the center of the City of Lakeland, with a scenic walking path surrounding its shores. While most of our Walkathons are a 3K walk, Polk County participants can opt for a 5K option all the way around the lake. Walkathon parking, opening ceremonies, and festivities will be held on the grounds of the lakeside First Presbyterian Church who has graciously opened its campus.

As with all of our Walkathon events, participants will enjoy music, local vendors, our Southeastern Guide Dogs Gift Shop, and family-friendly fun! And most importantly of all, we’ll raise funds to help open new doors of independence for our graduates, and offer them our gift of the best guide dogs in the world.

We are a 501C that raises guide dogs for the visual impaired and war veterans with PTSD. We are looking for people to sign up (for free) and join or create a team to help us. For more information you can go to the event on March 19, 2016 will be at lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland and will be from 8:30 am - 12.

We can’t wait to see you at the Polk County Walkathon!


SPCA Walk for Animals, April 16

On Saturday, April 16 our 24th Walk for Animals will be held at the scenic Lake Mirror Promenade in downtown Lakeland. We hope you will join us in participating or sponsoring this important fund raising event. Your participation will help us meet this year’s walkathon goal of $120,000 to provide food, shelter, and medical care for 5,000 homeless animals and to spay/neuter 10,000 shelter animals, owned pets and community cats.

In addition, it will fund outreach programs to help even more people and pets: Ani-meals for pets of seniors on limited incomes, Pet Therapy at local nursing homes, and educational programs including our summer Critter Camp for students in grades 3 - 8. Since SPCA Florida is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization receiving no support from United Way, we depend upon private donations such as yours to meet the demands of our underserved community.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event, April 23

On Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, the City of Lakeland’s Solid Waste in coordination with the Polk County Solid Waste Division is sponsoring a FREE Household Hazardous Waste and End-Of-Life Electronics Collection Event, located at the Lakeland Center, 701 W. Lime Street, in the south parking lot west of WONN Radio Station. This Mobile Collection Event is intended to make it more convenient for our community to safely dispose of their waste and discarded electronic equipment.

Household Hazardous Waste - Accepted Materials: Paints, paint thinners, florescent light bulbs, motor oil, drain cleaners, pool chemicals, insecticides, household batteries, etc. No biohazard (medical) waste or business waste will be accepted.

End-Of-Life Electronics – Accepted Materials: Computers, monitors, keyboards, terminals, televisions, stereos, printers, fax machines, video games consoles, wireless devices, etc. No more than five items per household please.

Should you have any questions, please call Debbie Almon, Solid Waste Program Coordinator at 863-834-8778.

Need excitement in your life and a good workout too? Come out and join us in a game of Indoor Soccer. Indoor Soccer League will be held on Fridays, April 22nd – June 17th, 2016. Ages 25 & Up. For more information please give us a call at 863-534-0120.

Register today for the 2016 Season of Indoor Soccer! Join us for this FUN soccer season for ages 5 -14. Registration includes uniform (jersey, shorts, and socks) and awards. You can register at the Parks & Recreation Office at the Civic Center, Carver Recreation Center or online at For more information visit our website ( or give us a call at (863) 534-0120.

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Heartland Crimestoppers

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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 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 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.

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.

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.