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The Learning Resource Center’s ACT Preparation provides an efficient and effective 23-hour course designed to help students achieve their best possible score on the ACT. 

This course provides: Small classes with highly trained teachers; Problem-solving strategies for analyzing and answering ACT questions; Practice taking ACT exams; Emphasis on test-taking techniques and strategies specific to the ACT that help build confidence and reduce test anxiety.

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09/24/18
-10/24/18
5:30pm to 8:00pmJudi Weiss


It’s time for the 7th Annual Fox Squirrel Corn Maze, presented by Futch Entertainment!

 
Weekends Only October 6 – October 28, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
 
This fun, annual tradition features an awesome corn maze, pumpkins for sale, a hayride, exciting games, and the chance to enjoy the great outdoors! Mouth-watering BBQ, Cuban sandwiches, and tons of fun festival food will be available – including strawberry shortcake, roasted corn, kettle corn, boiled peanuts, shaved ice, honey, and more. Talented independent vendors will be on hand with crafts, jewelry, pumpkin painting, balloon art, and more.
MOST VENDORS ARE CASH ONLY. NO ATM ON SITE.
 
We are happy to announce that 2018 marks the seventh year of this wonderful, family-friendly event. Fox Squirrel Corn Maze is open October 6 – October 28, Saturdays and Sundays only. The gates open at 10:00 a.m. and we welcome guests until 5:00 p.m. Everyone is asked to exit the venue by 6:00 p.m.
 
Hosted by the Futch family, the Fox Squirrel Corn Maze agritourism event is quickly becoming one of Central Florida’s most popular autumn attractions. Escape the city for a beautiful day out on the ranch! There’s something for everyone at this fun fall festival: ride the tractor-pulled hayride, play some family games, browse the arts and crafts of local vendors, grab a bite to eat, or just relax to the sounds of some good ol’ country music!
 
Looking for pumpkins? We’ve got ‘em! Our pumpkin patch has been named one of the top five patches in the Tampa Bay area (2014). Come pick your favorite pumpkin from our impressive line-up of fall favorites.
 
And last but not least, don’t forget to check out the Fox Squirrel Corn Maze! Test your problem-solving skills while working your way out of one of the best and most fun corn mazes around. Bring your friends and race to see who can make it out first!
 

Ticket Prices

 
$11 + tax 18 and older
$10 + tax 3 to 17
2 and under Free
Admission booth accepts Cash, Visa, Master Card and Discover
Card Carrying heroes--$2 off admission
 
Visit our website for more details:  www.FoxSquirrelCornMaze.com
 
Like us on FB: https://www.facebook.com/fscornmaze
 
 

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10/06/18
-10/28/18
10:00am to 5:00pmJanet Futch


The City of Bartow's Community Relations Committee will sponsor a joint civic club meeting on Wednesday, October 17, 2018: CELEBRATING DIVERSITY THROUGH POETRY. Six poets from Southeastern University and Polk State College will be reading their works at this multicultural city event at the Bartow Civic Center. Doors open at 11:30, the program begins at noon, and is expected to last one hour. All Civic Club members are asked to please participate in this event.

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10/17/1811:30am to 1:00pmGloria Washington


Bartow Economic Development Council's Champions Cup recognizes and honors businesses/organizations that have championed exemplary best practices and have had a positive influence on the economic well being of the Bartow area business community. CHAMPIONS CUP AND SPIRIT OF BARTOW NOMINATION FORM HERE.

Nominated businesses/organizations are judged by an anonymous random panel of more than 20 community leaders who review the applicants based upon strict criteria regarding community and economic impact. The prestigious awards are presented at the evening event held at the Bartow Civic Center featuring a prominent keynote speaker.

SIGN UP TO ATTEND CHAMPIONS CUP OR BECOME A SPONSOR HERE.

Spirit of Bartow Awards: The evening is also a time of recognizing those who give back to the community. The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Bartow award is presented to area citizens who have contributed to the community in a significant way.

All awards will be judged by a blue-ribbon committee of
Chamber members based upon the following criteria:

Business & Industry Awards
The mission of the BEDC Champions Cup Business & Industry Awards is to recognize businesses/organizations that have championed exemplary best practices in the areas of customer service, sustainability, employee retention and opportunity, reputation and positive influence on the economic well-being of the Bartow area business community.

Spirit of Bartow Awards
Nominees for this award should be individuals or groups that have significantly contributed to the Bartow community and their individual accomplishments/contributions made a positive impact on the area’s quality of life.

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10/18/185:30pm to 8:30pmJeff Clark


Get REAL! with the Learning Resource Center!
 
When you join LRC, you’ll get…
 
Ready for College and High School Success
Energized for Career Planning
Active with Team Building
Leaderly with Community Service

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10/18/18
-11/15/18
5:30pm to 7:30pmJudi Weiss


     FREE EVENT, not just for ENGAGE members! Engage/Bartow Chamber Young Professionals presents an up-close and personal chat with one of the area’s most accomplished community leaders. These sessions will give participants a chance to reflect on new and creative ways to achieve professional leadership goals based on the best practices from the area’s most respected business professionals. After a short presentation, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions in a round-table format. Don’t miss this great opportunity for professional growth.
     The next ENGAGE LUNCH AND LEARN is set for Friday, October 19, 11:45 a.m., at Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute. Guest speaker is community engagement director for VISTE, ASHLEY MILLER.

 

Location: Florida Industrial & Phosphate Research Institute, 1855 W. Main Street, Bartow, FL 33830. REGISTER TODAY!


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10/19/1811:45am to 1:00pm


Polk State College's 2018 FallFest will take place Saturday, Oct. 20, continuing the community tradition that is more than 30 years strong.  From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Winter Haven Campus at 999 Ave. H N.E. will transform into the highly anticipated craft fair featuring a variety of activities and crafters selling items from artwork, to jewelry and clothes, woodwork, baked goods, and more.  Thousands trek to the campus every third Saturday in October to enjoy the event, which also features a kids zone, pumpkin patch, haunted house, music, food, and educational demonstrations.  

The festival is free, with vendor fees and proceeds from activities supporting the Polk State College Foundation to benefit students.

For mor details about the event, visit polk.edu/fallfest or email fallfest@polk.edu.
 

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10/20/189:00am to 3:00pmNancy Lozell


Bible Baptist Church of Bartow is hosting Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on Sunday, October 21 at 10:30 am with guest speaker Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. We will be honoring our local law enforcement officers and support services for their dedication and service to our community. The church is located at 1355 East Pinehurst Street in Bartow. For more information call 863-797-5308.

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10/21/1810:30am to 12:30pmPastor Bryan Gentry


Please consider becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister and help change the life of a child facing adversity for the better, forever. It doesn’t take a lot of time (between 4-8 hours a month, depending on the program). The real focus is on being consistent and spending one-to-one quality time with your Little. Being a Big often means just including your Little in things you already like to do — going to a ball game, or a museum, or the beach, or a bike ride.
 
The first step is to attend one of our Big Orientation & Training sessions. Get more details about volunteering » https://bbbstampabay.org/be-a-big/
 

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10/23/185:30pm to 7:00pmAngie Pattison


Join us on Wednesday, October 24 for an information Lunch & Learn on the upcoming renewal of the 1/2 Cent Sales Tax Initiative for Polk County Schools. At this Lunch & Learn you will have the opportunity to learn more about what the 1/2 cent sales tax has done within the Polk County Schools since it's inception in 2003. You will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Presented by the Citizens for a Quality Education

Light lunch will be provided by RSVP only.

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10/24/1811:45am to 1:00pmKathryn Bevilacqua-Ely


Crickette Club's 76 Annual Parade and Carnival is coming up and is one of the biggest events of the year in Bartow! You won't want to miss the fun parade that travels from First Avenue to Main Street to Broadway Avenue and then to Mosaic Park! At the park, you'll enjoy the Crickette Club Fall Carnival with fun, games, prizes and excitement. If you'd like to find out more, visit www.crickettes.org. You may even sign up to have a float in the parade at the Crickette site. See you then!

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10/25/184:00pm to 9:30pmLinda Holcomb


Bring your little ones to trick or treat with our residents !! Refreshments will be served to children.

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10/31/189:30am to 11:00amVienus Williamson


Early Learning Coalition of Polk County's Second Annual Bright Start for Children Gala
Wednesday November 7, 2018 6:30 p.m.

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11/07/186:30pm to 11:00pmAvalon Sadler


Hometown Heroes honors Bartow area Veterans on Veterans Day. This event is a luncheon that involves the local American Legion organization. Sponsor funds are used to pay for Veterans and a guest.

 

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11/09/1811:00am to 1:00pmKathryn Bevilacqua-Ely


November 10th will be our second year open celebration and open house. We will have men and women's competitions including bench press and deadlifts. We will have vendors on site as well.

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11/10/1810:00am to 2:00pmJames Miley


George Long gives you a chance to hear how the City of Bartow is doing. This is a free event, open to the community. If you'd like, lunch is available for $10. You may purchase your ticket online, or pick up at the Chamber. Doors open at 11:30; program begins at noon.

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11/14/1811:30am to 1:00pm


ATTENTION ALL CHAMBER MEMBERS!
Don't miss the November 15, 2018 Fun Thursday hosted by Baycare Bartow Regional, starting at 5:00 p.m. Lots of food, fellowship and of course FUN! See you there.

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11/15/185:00pm to 7:30pmKathryn Bevilacqua-Ely


Experience the Magic of Bartow for the holidays with these two upcoming events!

Magic on Main
Friday, Nov. 16, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Bartow’s Main Street

Join us as we switch on the holiday lights along Bartow’s Main Street with entertainment, food and holiday festivities.

Bartow’s Magical Illumination Christmas Parade
Friday, Dec. 7, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Main Street/Broadway

Get in the spirit with one of Polk County’s best holiday parades as it winds down Broadway Avenue and Main Street. Get there early and claim your seat! You won’t
want to miss a single float!

FOR MORE INFO, CALL 863-519-0508 OR
VISIT WWW.MAINSTREETBARTOWFL.COM

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11/16/186:00pm to 9:00pmLinda Holcomb


Dr. Crystal J. Davis, CEO of CJD Consulting Solutions, LLC, a national Chamber of Commerce Member (and Chamber Member in Kansas), will be hosting a book reading and signing on her latest book release, Bloom Where You Are Planted: Reflections on Servant Leadership.

Servant leadership every day in every way. You are an important part of a bold call to action, a new way of being on our planet. Servant leadership is our growing edge, both in business and our daily lives, taking a heart-centered approach to relationships and solutions.

“Bloom Where You Are Planted: Reflections on Servant Leadership” the new book from Dr. Crystal J. Davis, brings together the best academic philosophy around servant leadership and transforms it into practical, everyday applications leaders can use in all walks of life, from the board room to parenthood.

Davis’ authentic, grounded style spans the best of her popular blog, “Lead.From.Within.” https://cjdconsultingsolutions.com/blog/ It’s a powerful compilation of insights from top experts in the servant leadership movement today as translated through the lens of Davis, who has devoted the last two decades to this work.

Discover more information about Davis and her other servant leadership resources at www.CJDConsultingSolutions.com. https://cjdconsultingsolutions.com/books/

The growing trend toward servant leadership is, according to Davis, a reflection of the ongoing spiritual evolution of society as a whole.

“There is a revolution in progress to create a kinder, safer, more loving and meaningful world through awakened consciousness,” she says. “The seeds of that revolution have been planted and have begun to take root in the hearts of many who long for improvement in how we treat one another.”

Davis believes that through the application of the servant leadership principles of compassion and stewardship, the type of change needed to create sustainable economies, heal the Earth and benefit humanity at large is within our grasp.

Here’s what field experts have to say about Dr. Crystal’s impact:
 “If you never have a chance to meet Dr. Crystal Davis, reading this book is the next-best thing to experience her curiosity, passion and joy about servant leadership writings. Speaking as co-authors of one of the books covered in this volume, we can report that we certainly learned from her enthusiastic summaries and reflections. So will you.”
~Don M. Frick, Ph.D., Robert Greenleaf biographer and co-author of "Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership: The Wisdom of Leading by Serving"; and James W. Sipe, Ph.D, licensed psychologist and co-author of "Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership: Practicing the Wisdom of Leading by Serving"

“I have a great appreciation for Crystal Davis and her inspiring work in servant leadership. This is a wonderful collection of her reflections on some key essays and books, including one I co-authored. Crystal captures the essential messages from dozens of contributing authors. The end result is a unique amalgam of her keen insights, coupled with her analysis of servant leadership ideas by many others.”
~Larry C. Spears, Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA); president of the Spears Center for Servant Leadership and co-editor of Robert K. Greenleaf’s books; co-author of "Conversations on Servant Leadership"; senior advisory editor of The International Journal of Servant Leadership

“Having been a part of the servant leadership movement for years, it is refreshing to see new resources emerge that are enlightening, inspiring and useful.  In her book, Bloom Where You Are Planted, Dr. Crystal Davis helps followers of servant leadership by bringing together a collection of valuable readings with personal commentary.  I loved flipping to any page and finding insights on different subjects ranging from trust and collaboration to emotional hygiene and compassion.  It will be a great addition to my library.”
~Duane, Trammell, Co-Author, The Art of Coaching for Servant Leadership; Being the Change:  Profiles from Our Servant Leadership Learning Community
 
More about the author: An expert servant leadership consultant and author, Dr. Crystal J. Davis is also an independent certified coach, teacher and speaker with the John Maxwell Team. Her practice, CJD Consulting Solutions, LLC, is a firm that helps organizations and leaders improve business results by empowering authentic conversations. She holds a BA in journalism/mass communications (Kansas State University), an MHR in human relations (University of Oklahoma) and a doctorate in management specializing in organizational leadership (University of Phoenix).
 
 

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11/16/186:00pm to 8:00pmDR. CRYSTAL DAVIS


Dr. Crystal J. Davis, CEO of CJD Consulting Solutions, LLC, a national Chamber of Commerce Member (and Chamber Member in Kansas), will be hosting a book reading and signing on her latest book release, Bloom Where You Are Planted: Reflections on Servant Leadership.

Servant leadership every day in every way. You are an important part of a bold call to action, a new way of being on our planet. Servant leadership is our growing edge, both in business and our daily lives, taking a heart-centered approach to relationships and solutions.

“Bloom Where You Are Planted: Reflections on Servant Leadership” the new book from Dr. Crystal J. Davis, brings together the best academic philosophy around servant leadership and transforms it into practical, everyday applications leaders can use in all walks of life, from the board room to parenthood.

Davis’ authentic, grounded style spans the best of her popular blog, “Lead.From.Within.” https://cjdconsultingsolutions.com/blog/ It’s a powerful compilation of insights from top experts in the servant leadership movement today as translated through the lens of Davis, who has devoted the last two decades to this work.

Discover more information about Davis and her other servant leadership resources at www.CJDConsultingSolutions.com. https://cjdconsultingsolutions.com/books/

The growing trend toward servant leadership is, according to Davis, a reflection of the ongoing spiritual evolution of society as a whole.

“There is a revolution in progress to create a kinder, safer, more loving and meaningful world through awakened consciousness,” she says. “The seeds of that revolution have been planted and have begun to take root in the hearts of many who long for improvement in how we treat one another.”

Davis believes that through the application of the servant leadership principles of compassion and stewardship, the type of change needed to create sustainable economies, heal the Earth and benefit humanity at large is within our grasp.

Here’s what field experts have to say about Dr. Crystal’s impact:
 “If you never have a chance to meet Dr. Crystal Davis, reading this book is the next-best thing to experience her curiosity, passion and joy about servant leadership writings. Speaking as co-authors of one of the books covered in this volume, we can report that we certainly learned from her enthusiastic summaries and reflections. So will you.”
~Don M. Frick, Ph.D., Robert Greenleaf biographer and co-author of "Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership: The Wisdom of Leading by Serving"; and James W. Sipe, Ph.D, licensed psychologist and co-author of "Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership: Practicing the Wisdom of Leading by Serving"

“I have a great appreciation for Crystal Davis and her inspiring work in servant leadership. This is a wonderful collection of her reflections on some key essays and books, including one I co-authored. Crystal captures the essential messages from dozens of contributing authors. The end result is a unique amalgam of her keen insights, coupled with her analysis of servant leadership ideas by many others.”
~Larry C. Spears, Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA); president of the Spears Center for Servant Leadership and co-editor of Robert K. Greenleaf’s books; co-author of "Conversations on Servant Leadership"; senior advisory editor of The International Journal of Servant Leadership

“Having been a part of the servant leadership movement for years, it is refreshing to see new resources emerge that are enlightening, inspiring and useful.  In her book, Bloom Where You Are Planted, Dr. Crystal Davis helps followers of servant leadership by bringing together a collection of valuable readings with personal commentary.  I loved flipping to any page and finding insights on different subjects ranging from trust and collaboration to emotional hygiene and compassion.  It will be a great addition to my library.”
~Duane, Trammell, Co-Author, The Art of Coaching for Servant Leadership; Being the Change:  Profiles from Our Servant Leadership Learning Community
 
More about the author: An expert servant leadership consultant and author, Dr. Crystal J. Davis is also an independent certified coach, teacher and speaker with the John Maxwell Team. Her practice, CJD Consulting Solutions, LLC, is a firm that helps organizations and leaders improve business results by empowering authentic conversations. She holds a BA in journalism/mass communications (Kansas State University), an MHR in human relations (University of Oklahoma) and a doctorate in management specializing in organizational leadership (University of Phoenix).
 
 

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11/17/18
-11/18/18
9:00am to 5:00pmDR. CRYSTAL DAVIS


ATTENTION ALL CHAMBER MEMBERS!
Don't miss the December 6, 2018 Fun Thursday hosted by Boswell & Dunlap, starting at 5:00 p.m. Lots of food, fellowship and of course FUN! See you there.

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12/06/185:00pm to 7:30pmKathryn Bevilacqua-Ely


ALWAYS THE SECOND FRIDAY IN DECEMBER! One of the County's favorite Christmas parades! Bartow's Christmas parade features lots of floats, Bartow High School Band and . . . SANTA! Be sure to stake out your spot early and join us for one of Bartow's most popular events. See you at 6:00 p.m. The parade begins at Mosaic Park and ends at First Avenue in Bartow.

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12/14/186:00pm to 9:00pmMary Jordan


Please join us for the 14th Annual VISTEBall on Saturday, February 2, 2019! VISTEBall is an indoor golf blowout where you can chip, putt, and play your way to great prizes. Attendees may participate in silent, live, and ticket auctions as well. Event tickets include a buffet dinner, open bar (stocked with beer, wine & margaritas), and dessert. 
It's a fun time for the hacker, or the person who has never held a club a day in their life! You'll have a blast and all proceeds help VISTE continue to serve the elderly.

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02/02/196:00pm to 10:00pmSteve Bissonnette


The Learning Resource Center’s spectacular annual fundraiser and benefit will be held on February 16, 2019 to raise scholarships and program aid for deserving students in the community. Please mark this date on your calendar and stay tuned for event details.

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02/16/197:00pm to 10:00pmPamela Craven


Polk Senior Games is a non-profit, 501(c) (3), corporation that presents an annual two-week series of Olympic-style sports and games for men and women 50 years of age and over. The Games begin on the last Saturday of February. The Games inspire an active lifestyle, combine an interest in sports and games with fun and fellowship, promote a positive image of seniors and recognize their efforts and achievements, and encourage volunteerism. The Games attract over 2,500 men and women with a variety of skills - the serious competitor, the fun at heart, the seasoned athlete, the late bloomer, and the physically challenged.
 

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02/23/19
-03/11/19
9:00am to 5:00pmDeena Wilbur


Florida Polytechnic University's premier philanthropic event supporting student scholarships and the University's mission.

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03/09/196:00pm to 11:00pmLidia Vigil


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