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, April 27The 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.
The final movie in the original Star Wars trilogy, “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi”, will be featured at Main Street Bartow’s next Movies on the Lawn on Friday, April 29. The movie will be shown at dark on the northwest corner of Wilson Avenue and Main Street. After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the rebels attempt to destroy the second Death Star. Meanwhile Luke Skywalker struggles to make Darth Vader return from the dark side of the Force.
There is no charge to attend, and concessions will be available. Those attending are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets and insect repellent.
Movies on the Lawn is generally held on the fourth Friday of the month, and is sponsored by Main Street Bartow, Inc. For further information call the Main Street Bartow office at 863-519-0508.
Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market, April 30The 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.
Lupus Foundation of America's Walk, Sunday, May 1Join us on Sunday, May 1st at Lowry Park at the Bandshell for the Lupus Foundation of America’s Walk to End Lupus Now event and experience firsthand the power of the movement to end lupus. Every step you take and every dollar you raise brings us one step closer to solving the mystery of lupus -- one of the world’s cruelest, most unpredictable and devastating diseases.
Discover your power. Register today at WalkToEndLupusNow.org
Agency Expo Will Provide Resources for Families of Students with DisabilitiesFamilies of students with disabilities can learn more about a wide variety of community resources available to them during the 4th annual Agency Expo at Lakeland High School, on Thursday, May 5.
The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Parents and guardians can visit with representatives from more than 30 agencies that provide assistance with employment, transportation, living arrangements, and more.
Just a few of the invited agencies include 2-1-1 United Way of Central Florida, Center for Independent Living, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Noah’s Ark, Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, Sign Language Communications and Special Olympics Florida - Polk County.
Dr. Kim Steinke, Assistant Superintendent-Learning Support for Polk County Public Schools, will be the opening guest speaker.
Dinner will be provided. There will also be several door prizes, including gift baskets, gift certificates and a free Chick-fil-A sandwich coupon just for attending (while supplies last).
Lakeland High is located at 726 Hollingsworth Rd. in Lakeland. Visitors should enter from South U.S. Hwy. 98, across from Lake Bonny Park.
For questions or special accommodations, please contact Sandra Perlewitz at (863) 499-2900.
Bartow Antique Fair, May 14Main Street Bartow, Inc.’s next monthly Antique Fair will be on Saturday, April 9, 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.
Bartow Chamber program promotes Family FitnessThe 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:
Polk County Public Schools to Hold Teacher Recruitment Job FairsPolk County Public Schools will hold two teacher recruitment job fairs in May. Prospective teachers will have the opportunity to learn more about working for the district’s public schools.
The west area fair will take place on Saturday, May 14 at Highlands Grove Elementary, 4510 Lakeland Highlands Road, Lakeland. The east area fair will take place on Saturday, May 21 at Ridge Community High, 500 Orchid Drive, Davenport.
Both fairs will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Applicants are required to complete an employment application online at https://jobs.polk-fl.net, and then register for Teacher Job Fairs by May 2, 2016. For more information, contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking for energetic, motivated, kid-friendly staff members who will help make this year's summer camp program our best, yet!
We are seeking two types of positions:
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Join us onSaturday, May 21, for the Lakeland Police Fallen Heroes Memorial Inaugural 5K Run. Be a part of this fun family event as we show support for law enforcement and raise funds for the Fallen Heroes Memorial. The race will take place on beautiful Three Parks trail in Lakeland, FL beginning at 7:00AM. Participants will meet at the YMCA located at 3620 Cleveland Heights Boulevard.
The entry fee is $30.00 for the chip timed race. All runners will receive a race t-shirt and participation medial if registered by May 2nd.
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!
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.