Grace Diner Meal Ministry, Thursdays
Every Thursday, rain or shine, from 3 – 4:30 PM. Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, instead of seating guests in our fellowship hall we now pass out to-go meals on South Florida Avenue in Bartow, in front of our Courtyard. All are welcome.
Grace Diner Meal Ministry began in 1998 at First Presbyterian Church of Bartow. We are now serving 100 – 120 meals every Thursday to individuals and families of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. More than just a meal ministry however, Grace Diner is a gathering of people in need. Some need food, others social contact and community, still others need prayer and encouragement. All need Jesus and Grace Diner is a place where they can come and be connected with the body of Christ; to be truly fed: body, mind and spirit.
Looking to share some good will and cheer this coming holiday season? Donate to our Cops For Kids Toy Drive!
You can drop off NEW, UNWRAPPED toy from October 18 to December 3 at any of the below locations:
For additional information, call 863.834.6912
- Lakeland Police Department: 219 N. Massachusetts Avenue
- City Hall: 228 S Massachusetts Avenue
- Lakeland Public Libraries: 100 Lake Morton Drive, 1700 N Florida Avenue, 4740 S Florida Avenue
- Lakeland Electric: 501 E Lemon Street
Ladies, make your plans now to take part in the next PCSO Personal Safety* and Women’s Basic Self Defense* class. These classes are FREE of charge and for ladies 13 years and older. Those under 18 will need a parent present to sign a waiver at the start of class.
Each class is approximately one hour long unless more than 30 women attend. For every additional 10-15 females, 15 minutes are added to the time frame.
The class consists of lecture (approximately 15 minutes) and hands-on techniques (approximately 45 minutes). Attendees will demonstrate all of the techniques on a body opponent bag (B.O.B.) which we will supply.
Tuesday, December 4th - PCSO Sheriff's Operations Center
1891 Jim Keene Blvd, Winter Haven
10 AM - 12 PM
If you wish to attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, and please include your name and phone number.
And check out our calendar https://www.polksheriff.org/events and our website https://www.polksheriff.org/programs-services for more information!
*Personal Safety: Common sense safety tips are presented on how to avoid being the victim of a crime.
*Women’s Basic Self-Defense: Learn basic safety tips and techniques to enable women to escape less than desirable situations.
The City of Winter Haven is overjoyed to offer 4.5 acres of holiday entertainment at the 2021 Snow Central! Step into our magical winter wonderland to enjoy food vendors, games, crafts, and 70 tons of real snow! We are excited to bring back this annual tradition with even more activities and spirit. Community partner Theatre of Winter Haven will present another outstanding outdoor concert featuring a live performance from Johnny Wild! And, of course, Santa will be stopping by to take pictures and hear everyone’s wishes for this happy season. So make this time of year merry and bright by sliding over to the Chain of Lakes Stadium for Snow Central 2021.
This event is available for one night only, don’t miss out on this fun and affordable event. Tickets are available at the gate. $1 for kids and $2 for adults. For more information, please feel free to contact the City of Winter Haven’s Parks, Recreation, and Culture department at (863)-291-5656.
The City of Lakeland is hosting the 7th Annual Holly Jolly Jingle Bell Jog on Saturday, December 11th. This festive 5K race takes place on Three Parks Trail, and this year there will be a 7 a.m. staggered start for the runners gathering on Buckingham Avenue. There is also a virtual option for those who want to participate on their own. Runners and spectators are encouraged to wear their most festive holiday gear for this timed and chipped race.
Celebrate the season with Polk County Parks and Recreation's Christmas Notes! This FREE family-friendly Christmas event takes place at Homeland Heritage Park on Dec. 11, 2021, from 5 - 8 p.m. Yule be sorry if you miss out on this night of holiday fun!
Enjoy activities such as:
Break out your tape and fancy ribbons to test your skills in the Wrap Battle! This gift-wrapping competition starts at 6 p.m. with prizes for multiple age groups.
- Photos with Santa
- Santa's Workshop
- Gingerbread Candy Lane
- Cookie Decorating
- Light Refreshments
- Holiday Scavenger Hunt
Homeland Heritage Park is located at
249 Church Ave., Homeland
For more information, call (863) 534-6911
Join us on March 5, for our 8th Annual CommunityFest Winter Haven family fun festival! Meet us in downtown Central Park in Winter Haven to enjoy games, activities, entertainment, character meet & greets, bounce houses and so much more. This FREE event is a great way to spend your weekend making memories with your loved ones! We can't wait to see you there.
This pet-friendly market is EVERY Saturday from 9am-1pm rain or shine. The market is located across from Grove Roots Brewery in the BB&T Bank lot on the NE corner of 3rd St. and Ave C SW in downtown Winter Haven. For GPS directions search Grove Roots Brewery, you canï¿½t miss us. To find out about our vendors each week be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Every Thursday we post all attending vendors for that weeks market.
City of Bartow Customers Urged to Sign Up for Emergency Notification System
Bartow citizens are urged to sign up for a new notification service from the city to keep citizens informed in emergencies.
The new phone and email service will provide customers with important information in a timely manner. Customers can sign up through the cityï¿½s website www.cityofbartow.net or by calling the cityï¿½s customers service department at 863-534-0188.
The system will be used for emergency alerts, community alerts and other urgent communication. For example, it is expected to be used to share information on major power outages or significant weather events. The messages will be important information that needs to be communicated quickly and widely for public safety.
Frank Canovaca, the cityï¿½s director of information technology, said customers need to opt in to the system by providing their contact information. ï¿½If your phone number is not in the database, we will not be able to contact you,ï¿½ he said.
All individuals and businesses are urged to log on to www.cityofbartow.net and follow the link to the ï¿½SmartNotice Community Notification Enrollmentï¿½ page. Each customer will want to enter their first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, zip code, primary phone number and any additional phone numbers.
The easy way to sign up is with a text. Just text BartowAlerts as one word to the number 99411. Again, text BartowAlerts as one word to 99411.
ï¿½SmartNotice allows geographically based message delivery,ï¿½ Canovaca said, ï¿½which means street addresses are required to ensure notification calls are received by the proper individuals in a given situation. The system works for cell phones, but we need to have an associated street address to provide geographic-relevant messages.ï¿½
SmartNotice gives those who want to be included an easy and secure method for inputting information. The data collected will only be used for notification purposes.
Questions about the new emergency notification system should be directed to Bartow Customer Service at 863-534-0188.
Monitor and protect your personal information by registering for Property Alert.
Once you register for the free service, youï¿½ll receive email alerts when documents are filed in our office using your name and/or property information. Find out more at Polk County Property Alert.
Meals on Wheels Volunteers
Meals 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.
Volunteers in Service to the Elderly is a community-based non-profit organization that was started Lakeland since 1983.
VISTEï¿½s 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 VISTEï¿½s 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 email@example.com.
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 Lakelandï¿½s 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 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 Lakeland
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 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 Businesses
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 Landfillï¿½s 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The North Central Landfill is located at 5 Environmental Loop South in Winter Haven.
Viewing of Adoptable Pets
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 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 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.
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.