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04/28/18
Habitat for Humanity of East Polk County New Store Opening

Habitat for Humanity of East Polk County is pleased to announce the grand opening of its second ReStore, on Saturday, April 28th, located on 27985 US Highway 27 in Dundee.  They are planning to have opening ceremonies at 8:30 with a ribbon cutting at 9:00 to open this newly renovated retail store. 

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05/09/18
2018 Just Say No Parade & Rally

Dear Friends:
Committee Members are making plans again for “JUST SAY NO” Week, May 7-13, 2018.

This special week will be highlighted by Bartow’s 28th Annual March and Rally. Planned activities will begin on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. with a parade in Downtown Bartow that ends with a rally at the Bartow High School Gymnasium.
ALL MAIN STREET BUSINESS PEOPLE and BARTOW COMMUNITY PEOPLE - PLEASE COME OUT TO CHEER ON THE 5th GRADERS TO JUST SAY NO!

The City of Bartow along with the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce, City of Fort Meade, City of Eagle Lake, and area schools, which include Alturas, Anna Woodbury, Bartow Elementary Academy, Eagle Lake, First Methodist School, Floral Avenue, Gibbons Street, Highland City, Spessard Holland Elementary, Stephens, and Wahneta will participate in the event.

THIS IS A COMMUNITY-BASED PUBLIC EDUCATION EFFORT DESIGNED TO SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO SAY NO TO DRUGS.

We welcome your involvement. Donations are needed to fund our programs. Funds are used toward the guest speaker at the rally, specialty items, awards, trophies, refreshments and to help offset the expense of providing T-shirts bearing the “JUST SAY NO” message to all 5th graders.

To make a donation, please send a check to:
(Make checks payable to “Just Say No”)

CenterState Bank
ATTN: Anita Stasiak
1375 N. Broadway Ave.
Bartow, Florida 33830

Thank you for your consideration to help support this struggle against drugs.
Sincerely,
W. Ernest Cooper
“Just Say No” Chairman

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05/12/18
Central Florida Health Expo

The Central Florida Health Expo is the area’s premier event for health-conscious adults. This outdoor event will be held on North Market Street in Lake Wales. The market comes alive on Saturdays as shoppers stroll through the Downtown Lake Wales Farmers Market featuring over 35 produce, craft, and food vendors.  The downtown Lake Wales Farmers Market is a very popular shopping destination for local residents making it an ideal location for the Central Florida Health Expo.

This is a rain or shine event.
 

Click Here to Reserve Exhibitor Booth Space


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05/15/18
United Way of Central Florida 2018 Annual Meeting

UWCF 2018 Annual Meeting and award presentation.  

$50/pp  - Dinner Served

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06/11/18
 -07/03/18
Camp READY! Bartow

The Learning Resource Center's Camp READY! summer program prepares rising and repeating kindergartners for academic success over four weeks. Through hands-on, experiential learning centers, students experience learning that is FUN! With art, music and movement, cooking, and reading readiness centers, Camp READY! builds pre-reading skills while also providing a safety net to allow children more time to continue motor, social and cognitive development. On average, LRC’s Camp READY! students demonstrate growth of seven months from pre- to post-assessment. The cost of the program for the entire month is just $25.

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07/02/18
 -07/27/18
Camp READY! All Saints Academy

The Learning Resource Center's Camp READY! summer program prepares rising and repeating kindergartners for academic success over four weeks. Through hands-on, experiential learning centers, students experience learning that is FUN! With art, music and movement, cooking, and reading readiness centers, Camp READY! builds pre-reading skills while also providing a safety net to allow children more time to continue motor, social and cognitive development. On average, LRC’s Camp READY! students demonstrate growth of seven months from pre- to post-assessment.
 

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08/02/18
KIWANIS CLUB CRYIN' TOWEL IS AUGUST 2nd

Kiwanis Club Cryin’ Towel Kicks Off Football Season
The Bartow Kiwanis Club’s event, the Cryin' Towel, Thursday, August 2, 2018, 6:00 p.m., kicks off the community football season.

The annual event features a "tailgate party"-like reception that includes sausage appetizers and freshly-boiled corn on the cob.

"Kickoff" (dinner) starts 7:00 p.m. and features a Texas Cattle Company steak with baked potato and side dish.

The program, in which area high school football coaches “cry" about how awful their teams are, begins at 7:30 p.m.  Door prizes, a drawing, free beer as well as a cash bar are featured at this fun event. Come hear the “blubbering” coaches and cheer for your favorite teams, all for only $50 per person (must be 21 and older).

The event takes place at the Bartow Civic Center. Tickets are available by contacting Frank Johnson at (863) 899-9220. This fundraiser benefits the many Kiwanis Club charitable projects.
 

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08/14/18
Grand Opening for Se7en Wetlands and Geocache

Trek Ten Trails Announcement

GRAND OPENING OF

SE7EN WETLANDS PARK

 
 

WHAT:        SE7EN WETLANDS PARK GRAND OPENING

WHEN:           SATURDAY, April 14, 2018 - 10:00AM – 12:00PM

NO PETS, NO BICYCLES

WHERE:  ENTER THROUGH LOYCE HARPE PARK
                        500 W. CARTER ROAD, MULBERRY, FL 33860

 PARK HOURS ARE:
MONDAY – SUNDAY

7:00AM TILL 5:30PM

GPS COORDINATES FOR PARK ENTRANCE:

N 27° 56.08 W 081°57.891”
Follow signs to Se7en Wetlands parking area   
 
TREK TEN CACHE COORDINATES:

N 27° 55.386 W 081° 56.466” 
 
FIND THE CACHE WITHOUT GPS:

From the parking area, head to the Gopher Tortoise Gate and educational kiosk at the trailhead. Take a photo of the trail map or load it to your phone with the QR Code on the kiosk. Follow the trail signs: 2A, 2B, 2D, 1A, 1B to the Influent at 1C.  You will see a large pine tree across the trail from the boardwalk.  The cache is at the base of the pine tree. HIKE IS APPROXIMATELY 3.0 MILES ROUND TRIP
 
THINGS TO SEE:

The park was once a portion of the Bonny Lake Mine, a phosphate mining operation that began in 1947. The mine closed in 1984 and a few years later was purchased by the City of Lakeland for use as a Wetland Treatment System.  Changes and upgrades to the site included changes to clay settling area berm elevations and slopes, installation of water control structures and pipes and the planting of wetland and upland vegetation.  The wetland treatment system became operational in 1987. The new park is part of a 1,600-acre area comprised of marshes, swamps, and open water lakes designed to help naturally clean already treated wastewater as it meanders through the retention areas. Once completely treated in the wetlands, the water is either released to the Alafia River or used by Tampa Electric’s Polk Power Station as a cooling agent. In addition to the treatment provided, the Wetland offers outstanding habitat for a diverse community of plant and animal species including birds, alligators, turtles, otters, bobcats, gopher tortoises and other animals.
 
BE PREPARED:

The trails have no shade, so wear a hat, sunscreen and protective clothing.  Carry plenty of water.  Drinking water is only available near the Gopher Tortoise and Wood Stork gates. Maintain a safe distance from alligators and other wildlife.
 
VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT JOINING FRIENDS OF THE PARKS, MAKING A DONATION, TREK TEN TRAILS AND DIRT DAY PROGRAMS: www.friendsoftheparks.net
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Marian Ryan at 863-207-5206 or marianryan@gmail.com

Copyright ©  2017  Friends of the Parks Foundation, All rights reserved.
* Grand Opening - Se7en Wetlands and Geocache 8/14/2018
  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
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