Calendar of Events - Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce
Mobile Visitor? Try our mobile app!
Event Type:

February 2017

Events available for Registration...

2018 Engage Yearly Sponsors
01/01/18 - 12/31/18
register for this event...

2018 Professional Development Academy: Leadership In The Workplace
02/28/18 - 10/10/18
register for this event...

Leadership Bartow XVIII
05/03/18 - 06/01/20
register for this event...

2018 Polk Politics Candidate Rally
08/16/18 - 08/16/18
register for this event...

ENGAGE Lunch & Learn: Shelly Wilkes
08/17/18 - 08/17/18
register for this event...

2018 Community Relations Committee's Diversity Luncheon
09/19/18 - 09/19/18
register for this event...

2018 Chamber Golf Scramble
register for this event...

2018 Champions Cup - Spirit of Bartow Register
register for this event...

2018 Veterans' Hometown Heroes
11/09/18 - 11/09/18
register for this event...

2018 Leadership Bartow Reunion
register for this event...

Events in the month of February 2017
The Villages at Laurel Meadows Community Yard Sale

The Villages at Laurel Meadows 1st Annual Community Yard Sale!
100 Laurel Circle, Bartow 33830
Saturday, February 4, 2017

more info...
Color the Trail 5K & Fun Fest

Come on out and experience Polk County Parks and Recreation’s Bone Valley ATV Park on foot at Color the Trail 5K and Fun Fest! Participants will enjoy a fun and easy trail run that features 3.1 miles of uneven terrain and blasts of color along the way. The run will conclude at the festival grounds, where participants will enjoy food trucks and live music.

Fun Fest is free for all spectators & runners

Pre-Registration **BEST OPTION** Day of Event Registration
  • Cost: $20 (T-shirt & Swag Bag *while supplies last*)

more info...
Yellow Jacket Stomp Adventure Run V

Bartow Rotary Clubs present Yellow Jacket Stomp Adventure Run V

The 5th annual Yellow Jacket Stomp Adventure Run will be held in Mosaic and Mary Holland Parks at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2017.  The course is run over a combination of grass, paved streets and walking paths.  Various obstacles will be arranged to challenge the runners on their way around the course.
The registration, start, finish and awards ceremony will be held in Mosaic Park at 2250 South Floral Avenue in Bartow, one block north of the Bartow Civic Center. 
The fees are $20 for runners ages 16 and up/ and $15 for runners ages 15 and under.
Anyone who has any questions may contact Steve Githens at 863-529-8679.

more info...
Bartow High Theatre Department BBQ & Bake Sale

We are raising money to send the theatre department to state. There will be pulled pork sandwiches with choice of two sides, a roll, and a drink for $10. Extra side or drink for $1 plus baked goods for $1, $2, and $3. There will also be raffle baskets and a 50/50 raffle. Raffle tickets and food tickets are available for purchase at the event. There will also be games with prizes for free. 100% of the proceeds will go towards getting the Bartow High Theatre Department to the Thespian State Festivel in Tampa. 

more info...
12th Annual VISTEBall

VISTEBall is an indoor golf-themed fund-raiser where attendees may play golf-related games, enjoy a buffet dinner and drinks. VISTEBall is a unique event that allows guests to have a fun time, all while supporting the elderly residents of our community.

In addition to the meal and games, attendees may bid on silent and live auction items. Proceeds from the evening go to help VISTE volunteers provide the many services that are so important to our aging population.

more info...
Florida Polytechnic University Foundation’s PIVOT

The third annual PIVOT Gala is set in the spectacular Innovation, Science and Technology Building of the state’s twelfth University, Florida Polytechnic University. PIVOT celebrates Florida Poly’s  philanthropic supporters and Industry Partners who are dedicated to preparing the next generation of innovators. Join over 500 guests for an unforgettable evening filled with innovative cuisine,  energetic music, and Central Florida’s technology leaders. Proceeds benefit student scholarships and University needs. Sponsorship available. 

more info...
Mid-Florida SHRM Meeting

TOPIC:            401k Rulings and Regulations

SPEAKER:      Kaye Cronin, Principal Financial Group

CE Credits:     SHRM and HRCI credits anticipated

Summary:      Kaye Cronin will provide us with a current update on the recent changes to 401k regulations and how they impact the HR aspect of your organization. 

About the Speaker:

Kaye Cronin is the Director of Service and Education for the Southern Florida Region of Principal Financial Group. She has been with the organization for over 18 years.  Kaye is responsible for leading the team in building and developing client and advisor relationships as well as overseeing the current 2 billion dollar block of business for the region. She is a FINRA Registered Representative of Princor Financial Services Corp, Investment Advisor Rep, Securities License, 7, 63, 66 and 24. 

more info...
Forum for Business Communication

Learn how to persuade others to follow your vision as Nancy Duarte shares how to move people forward to transform your organization.

Duarte is a communications expert whose firm has created thousands of presentations for the world’s top institutions, including Apple, Facebook, Google, TED, and the World Bank.

As a leader, you have the potential not only to anticipate the future and invent creative initiatives, but also to inspire those around you to support and execute your vision. Nancy Duarte lays out a plan to help you lead people through the five stages of transformation using speeches, stories, ceremonies and symbols. She will feature organizations who have mobilized people to embrace bold change. To envision the future is one thing; getting others to go there with you is another. By harnessing the power of persuasive communication you can turn your idea into a movement.

This session is for leaders and communicators who are tasked with persuading people to embrace ideas and carry them forward.

more info...
Hearing Loss Assoc. - Lakeland Chapter Meeting

We are a support/advocacy group that works to help those who have a hearing loss.  Our meetings are on the 2nd Thursday of each month, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.  We often have professional speakers who discuss various hearing loss topics.  Our meetings are 'looped' and 'captioned', so that all participants and visitors can understand the spoken word.

more info...
FPRA February Meeting: 30 Ideas in 30 Minutes

30 Ideas in 30 Minutes

Fast-paced and fun, this exercise will involve all who attend. We want to hear your great public relations tips and ideas to share with the group. How do you keep up with the latest PR news? What blogs are or websites do you follow? How do you stay current with social media trends? How do you save time and stay organized in the office? How do you build relationships? Maybe you’ve found a helpful smartphone app. No idea is too big or small – or crazy. Bring one idea…leave with 30. The monthly meetings include breakfast and networking opportunities. Breakfast is served at 7:30 am, followed by the meeting and presentation from 8:00-9:00 am.

Speaker: Bob Gernert, APR, CPRC joined FPRA in 1978. He spent his career in the public relations field where he is both accredited and certified as a counselor. In 2014 he retired as the Executive Director of the Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce where he had served for the past 18 years. He was president of the Dick Pope Chapter in 1980-81, FPRA State President in 1985 and served as FPRA Executive Director from 1986 to 1996. He has been Dick Pope Polk County’s Professional of the Year twice and received the John Dillin award from the state in 1999. His career has included such highlights as organizing a successful campaign to bring 911 emergency telephone service to this county as well as leading the successful efforts that led to the preservation of the historic Cypress Gardens property. He is also credited with being instrumental in helping the new CSX intermodal rail terminal become a reality. He is a 56-year resident of Winter Haven. He and wife Melea have two children and three grand children

The Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter of FPRA holds monthly meetings at the Fresco’s Bakery & Bistro Underground Speakeasy (132 S. Kentucky Ave, Lakeland, Fl 33801) unless otherwise indicated. Members and guests are always welcome but it is necessary to RSVP at or contact Brad Ruhmann at to reserve your seat. Follow us on Twitter @FPRAPolk.

more info...
Jeepin' With Judd Show N Shine & Friday Fest

Jeepin' With Judd Show N Shine will feature hundreds of Jeeps in Downtown Bartow on Main Street Friday night, Feb. 17, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. Vendors, live music, beverage tent available at the event. All proceeds, after expenses, benefit Polk Sheriff’s Charities, Inc. For information about the Charity please visit here.

more info...
America's Boating Course

America's Boating Course is an 8 hour classroom course in boating safety. Students who successfully complete the course will receive the Florida Boater ID Card, which is required for anyone born on or after January 1, 1988, to operate a power boat (over 10hp) in Florida waters. The course also provides essential boating safety information to boaters of all ages.

more info...
Super SyFy Bartow

Free family festival featuring 2 costume contests, art show, superhero karaoke, food, live music, science fiction vendors, large size props including Doctor Who's Tardis, a movie and television car show, a play area for kids, local authors and stars, cosplayers, face painting, horror and sci-fi make up demonstrations, and more. The event will conclude with a showing of the movie "The Avengers" in the grass lot at the corner of Main St. and Wilson Ave. in downtown Bartow.

more info...
Sonatas on Sunday at All Saints Academy

Sonatas on Sunday will feature Scott Kluksdahl and Grigorios Zamparas in a benefit concert for "Strings in Need". 

"Strings in Need", a local non-profit dedicated to providing students from all cultural and economic backgrounds with expert training in the art of strings was founded by former All Saints Academy student and strings student, Rebeccah Lipson.

more info...

AARP Driver Safety first launched in 1979 to help keep older drivers independent, safe and confident while on the road. Today, AARP Driver Safety continues to meet the needs of older drivers through leading educational programns that include the AARP Smart Driver Course. Most insurance companies offer a significant discount for those who have completed the AARP Smart Driver Course.
Offered at the Bartow Public Library, Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, sign up at front desk. Class is limited to 30. Pay at the beginning of the class $15 AARP members; and $20 Nonmembers. You must bring your driver's license, AARP card if you are a member, and a snack or lunch (actually, this is optional - but it's a long day!).

more info...
Carlisle Winter AutoFest

Winter Florida AutoFest - Bigger is indeed better! Winter Florida AutoFest takes place at its all new and ultra spacious facility, the SUN ‘n FUN complex in Lakeland, Florida. By coming to Lakeland and Winter Florida AutoFest, you’re not just coming to a car show or automotive themed weekend, you’re coming to an event that is suitable for enthusiasts of all ages. It doesn’t matter if you’re the most die-hard car guy (or girl) or you’re a family looking for a day out of the house, Winter Florida AutoFest has it all! The weekend plays host to thousands of collector and classic automotive enthusiasts who will come to SUN ‘n FUN for one of the largest automotive swap meets in the region. In addition, there are classic cars and trucks available within the car corral or enjoy a thrilling collector car auction presented by Carlisle Auctions. Not only are there multiple forms of automobilia for sale, but you can also check out or be part of a classic car show. Throughout the weekend, hundreds of classics, spanning generations of production, will be on display with awards presented at the conclusion of the event. In addition, there’s a great array of food, displays, guests and more. Plus, Carlisle Events will tip its cap to what SUN ‘n FUN is all about, aeronautical excitement. The onsite museum will be open during the event, there will be helicopter rides, a fly over and more air themed fun. Each year will bring something different, so be sure to get involved today!

more info...
Life Expo

Life  - A Boomers and Seniors Expo
The Lakeland Center
Thursday, February 23rd 
from 9AM to 4PM. 
The Life Expo is for all things important to seniors and baby boomers – health & wellness, health screenings, assisted living, real estate, travel, financial planning, shopping - jewelry, fashion, accessories, items for the home - food, entertainment, fitness and more!
The event has free admission.  Vicki Lawrence from the Carol Burnett Show and Mama’s Family will be the special guest.  She will perform in the Youkey Theatre.  

Event is sponsored by the Ledger Media Group and Watson Clinic.  For more information contact Nanci Marsh at

more info...
YEEEHAWWWW! Bartow Chamber Barn Boogie

Evening dinner and dance held at Peace Valley Enterprise Barn in Alturas (Leland and Wanda Young's Barn) that features a steak dinner provided by Texas Cattle Company, entertainment, auction items, free beer & wine.

A highlight of this event is the annual Leadership XIV Cornhole Tournament. Who will win the huge Cornhole Trophy - you? This event is so much fun, be sure to mark your calendars for a great time, a great meal, a great deejay and fun fun fun 'til the cows come home! See you there.

more info...
2017 Polk Senior Games

Two weeks of 40 Olympic-style sports and games for men and women 50 years and over.

more info...
3rd Annual CommunityFest Downtown Winter Haven - FREE

It's time for the 3rd annual CommunityFest Free Family Fun Festival sponsored by Citizens Bank & Trust. CommunityFest is a family friendly event that encourages the community to come together and enjoy games, entertainment, food and more! This free festival allows businesses to give back to the community while families enjoy fun-filled activities and entertainment in the park.

more info...
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

more info...