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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.

Movies on the Lawn, October 28

“Ghostbusters II” will be featured at Main Street Bartow’s Movies on the Lawn on Friday, October 28. The movie will be shown at dark on the northwest corner of Wilson Avenue and Main Street. Come and celebrate Halloween by watching this movie which begins five years after the events of the first film. The Ghostbusters discover that New York is once again headed for supernatural doom, with a river of ectoplasmic slime bubbling beneath the city. Can the Ghostbusters quell the negative emotions feeding the otherworldly threat and stop the world from being slimed?

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 held the fourth Friday of the month. For further information call the Main Street Bartow office at 863-519-0508.

Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market, October 29

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.

Main Street Bartow Farmers Market, November 2

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.

Save A Life Saturday, November 5

Save A Life Saturday is set for November 5, This event can change your life or the life of someone you know! Learn "Hands Only CPR" in less time than it takes you and your friends to pick a restaurant! FREE

Presented by Citizen CPR, Polk Wellness Professionals and Florida Southern College Wellness: Free CPR Instruction and Health/Wellness Fair at the Honeyman Pavilion on the campus of beautiful Florida Southern College 8 am - Noon.

For more information contact Citizen CPR at 863-680-1277.

Silver Sponsors: Lake Wales Medical Center, Publix Super Market Charities, Mosaic. Bronze Sponsors: Baycare - Bartow Regional Medical Center & Winter Haven Hospital, Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Center and Lakeland Regional Health.

"God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord." (1 Corinthians 1:9) Founded on September 3, 1854, Peace Creek Baptist Church is celebrating 162 years and we are celebrating God because He is "STILL FAITHFUL!"

We invite you to come and celebrate with us on November 6, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. for a time of celebration through music with Crossfire Quartet, through a message from God's word with Rev. Dan Wade, and through fellowship with each other with lunch following the service.

So come and enjoy this day of celebration with us and our friends as we praise God for His faithfulness! — with CrossFire Quartet and Michael Bartos.

Bartow Adult Concert Band, November 6

The Bartow Adult Concert Band (BACB) will present its November Concert on Sunday, November 6, 2016 with a program titled: “A Celebration of American Composers and their Music”. This one-hour FREE concert will be held inside the Bartow Civic Center (2250 S. Floral Avenue, Bartow, FL) beginning at 2:30 P.M. Conductor of the band for the November 6th Concert will be Mr. Phil Wharton, BACB Conductor.

Honey Bee Festival & Craft Fair, November 12

Bartow’s annual Craft Fair, now in its 25th year, will again include the Honey Bee Festival. Main Street Bartow, Inc. has partnered with the Ridge Beekeepers Association to bring a day full of education and fun, along with the local craft show the community looks forward to annually, on Saturday, November 12. The event will be held from 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. in downtown Bartow and is sponsored by Badcock and More, Bartow & Eagle Lake Stores, and hosted by Main Street Bartow, Inc. and the City of Bartow. Applications are currently being accepted.

The Craft Fair will feature handmade, all-season crafts. Space size is 12 feet by 12 feet, and there is a $55.00 entry fee. Additional sponsorship opportunities are also available.

An area with children’s activities will be included, and food will be available for purchase from vendors on the street as well as from Bartow’s downtown restaurants. An open car show and an antique fair will also be part of the event.

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

Bartow Antique Fair, November 12

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

Uptown Yard & Flea Market, November 19

Bartow’s monthly Uptown Yard Sale & Flea Market will be held on Saturday, November 19, 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.

The Lake Wales Chorale presents their Christmas concert featuring Handel's beloved Messiah, complete with soloists and orchestra. The not-to-miss concert of the holiday season!

SAVE THE DATE! Artists interested in applying can do so beginning September 1 via Zapplication. This is a fine arts and crafts show and all applicants will be juried.

2017 Polk Senior Games, Saturday, February 25 – March 13, 2017

Two weeks of athletic and recreational competitive events for men and women 50 and years and over.

Individual, partner and team events include: Archery, Badminton, Basketball 3 on 3, Basketball Shooting, Billiards, Bocce, Bowling, Team Bowling (NEW), Bridge, Checkers, Chess, Cribbage, Dancing, Darts, Euchre, Field Events, Fishing, Fly Casting, 18 Hole Golf Singles & Mixed Doubles, Putt & Chip, Horseshoes, Lawn Bowling, Pepper, Pickleball, Powerlifting, Punt Pass & Kick, Racquetball, 5K Road Race, Scrabble, Senior Smarts, Pistol Shooting, Pistol Shooting (NEW), Rifle Shooting, Trap Shooting, Skeet Shooting, Sporting Clays Shooting, Shuffleboard, Softball, Square Dancing, Sudoku, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track and Walking.

Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded by age divisions.

The schedule of events is below. The Games end with a free Closing Celebration at The Lakeland Center featuring entertainment, special awards, goody bags, door prizes and more.

Daytime hours and locations throughout the county vary.

Polk Senior Games is sanctioned by the Florida Sports Foundation and is a qualifying event for the Florida Senior Games.

$10 entry fee for first event; $3 for each additional event up to a $28 maximum. Some events have additional fees. All participants receive a specially designed T-shirt. Registration begins in January and the postmark deadline to enter is February 8th.

To receive an entry booklet in January or get more information call 863-533-0055, email or visit

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L.E.A.P - Emergency Notification Program for Residents Age 55 and up

Do you have a loved one, age 55 or older, living independently in Lakeland? Encourage them to sign up for Lakeland’s Elderly Assistance Program (LEAP) to ensure you are notified in case of an emergency that involves first responders. This voluntary program is designed to provide a quick resource to public safety entities so they can easily contact family members in case of an emergency.

How Does the Program Work?

First, complete a registration form. Forms are available online at 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.

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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.

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