Calendar of Events - Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce
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Leadership Bartow XVII
08/01/16 - 06/01/18
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2017 Engage Yearly Sponsors
01/01/17 - 12/31/17
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2018 Engage Serves Application
01/16/18 - 02/20/18
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2018 Annual Meeting
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2018 Barn Boogie Registration
02/22/18 - 02/22/18
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2018 Mayor's Sunrise Prayer Breakfast
03/21/18 - 03/21/18
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Events in the next 365 days...
Relay for Life Party, Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at ARP Church, 6:00 p.m.
Santa will be there. Have your picture taken with Santa. They will be accepting donations for pictures with Santa.

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ATTENTION ALL CHAMBER DIPLOMATS! Don't miss the Chamber Diplomat Christmas party on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at noon. Bring your favorite dessert to share and wear your ugliest Christmas Sweater! Our celebrity judge, Linda Holcomb will be choosing the worst sweater and the winner will receive a Christmas prize. We're going to have fun!
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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 information about volunteering here » 

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The Bartow Deacons and Stewards Alliance, Inc. invites you to participate and/or attend the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - George Gause Memorial Parade on Monday, January 15, 2018 at noon. Types of participation: bands, walkers, decorated floats and vehicles, bicycles, etc.

Line up begins at the corner of Main Street and Floral Avenue in downtown Bartow at 10:00 a.m. The parade ends at Carver Recreation Center where parade participants will receive light refreshments.

Please let us know if you are planning to participate by December 31, 2017. There is no charge to participate.

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01/16/18 - 02/20/18
Join the 2018 Class of ENGAGE Serves
ENGAGE Serves is open to young professionals who would like to participate in effective board service training at a cost of $50.00 or, if you are a member of ENGAGE, the course is considered an additional benefit of your ENGAGE membership and is FREE.
The 6-week program will be held at ACT Environmental & Infrastructure on Hwy. 60 in Bartow on Tuesday evenings from 4:30-6:30 p.m. beginning January 16, 2018 and running February 20, 2018. A light meal will be provided at no additional cost.  Over the span of 6 classes, the fundamentals of effective board service will be taught by some of Bartow’s own “seasoned” community leaders. Attendance to every class is required in order to graduate from the program. Participants will be asked to list their areas of interests in order to be added to a database available to local organizations seeking quality board members.


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01/19/18 - 01/20/18
What is a Prism Concert?
A Prism Concert is an interactive concert in which the different groups rotate sets throughout the night. This allows the audi-ence to encounter each group on several differ-ent occasions and moods throughout the evening. The music is continuous and the performers are set up in different positions throughout the space during an exquisite dining experience.

January 19th Italian Dinner show 6:30pm
January 20th Dessert Matinee 2:00pm
January 20th BBQ Dinner Show 6:30 pm
Bartow Civic Center

FEATURING: Jazz Band, Brass Choir, Marching Band, Drum Line, Dance Solos, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Woodwind Choir, Symphonic Band . . . and more!

For Tickets
Bartow High School Front Office (863)534-7400 Bartow
Bartow Chamber of Commerce
(863) 533-7125
BHS Band Students
Email questions to

You may also purchase tickets online! See below

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Please join United Way of Central Florida and Leadership Giving at our 8th annual 2018 Belt Buckle Bash!
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Central Florida Farm Tour is a self-guided driving tour featuring some of the most extraordinary farms located throughout  Polk County, FL.


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Shaken, not stirred, and James Bond and all that! Don't miss the 2018 Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at the Bartow Civic Center. Sign up now to attend! Spath Jewelers is Presenting Sponsor. We'll be welcoming our new Chamber President, Emily Spath Clark! See you then.
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Bartow Rotary Clubs present Yellow Jacket Stomp Adventure Run VI

The 6th annual Yellow Jacket Stomp Adventure Run will be held in Mosaic and Mary Holland Parks at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2018.  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.

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The 13th Annual VISTEBall will be held February 3, 2018 from 6-10 p.m. at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland. VISTEBall is an indoor golf-themed fund-raiser where attendees may play golf-related games, enjoy a buffet dinner and drinks. In addition to the meal and games, attendees may bid on silent and live auction items. Proceeds from the evening go to support VISTE (Volunteers In Service To the Elderly). VISTE’s mission is to enable the frail elderly to remain safely and independently in their own homes. VISTE assists clients 70 and older in Lakeland, Bartow, Ft. Meade and Mulberry. VISTEBall is the organization’s largest fundraiser each year. VISTEBall tickets may be purchased from VISTE Board members, by contacting Steve Bissonnette (at either 863.683.8458 or or via the VISTE website. To purchase tickets online, go to: For questions, contact Bissonnette at 863-683-8458.
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The Central Florida Health Expo is the area’s premier event for health-conscious adults.  The event will be held at International Market World Flea and Farmers Market in Auburndale. The market comes alive on Fridays as shoppers stroll through one of the area’s largest farm fresh produce markets, enjoy live entertainment and experience the market’s vibrant atmosphere.  This event is free to the public. Everyone is welcome!

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For over 40 years, the Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc., as a non-profit supplemental education agency, has addressed the academic needs throughout Polk County by providing one-to-one tutoring services to children and adults, small group instruction for remediation and enrichment, and the flexibility to offer quality programs to help all students maximize their learning potential.

For the Love…of Learning is an annual benefit held in February to raise scholarship funds for students enrolled in LRC programs.

Preparation for the fundraiser begins each fall. We are always seeking generous sponsors, donations and volunteers for the event. If you are interested in assisting with this event, please contact LRC Executive Director Dr. Pam Craven at

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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.

PRESENTING SPONSOR: (exclusive) SEMCO Construction

Gold Sponsors: $1,500
Beverage Sponsor: (exclusive) - Evolve Contracting
Cornhole Tournament Sponsor: (exclusive) - Mosaic
Prize sponsor: (exclusive) - ASHLAND
Silver Sponsors: $500
Bronze Sponsors: $250
Contributors: $150

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United Way of Central Florida celebrates their Tocqueville Society members!
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02/24/18 - 03/12/18
Two weeks of athletic and recreational competitive events for men and women 50 and years and over.
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United Way of Central Florida celebrates Tocqueville and Democratie members at our Leadership Legacy Garden Party at Bok Tower Gardens!
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Florida Polytechnic University celebrates Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The Women in STEM Summit is an insightful, carefully crafted and forward-thinking forum designed to raise awareness about opportunities for women in STEM and to provide those currently engaged in STEM industries the opportunity to be in inspired, empowered and enlightened.
Sponsorship opportunities available
Contact Lidia Vigil: 863.874.8732

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03/15/18 - 03/16/18
The Forum at SEU, a two-day leadership event, will be held on March 15 & 16 at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. The two-day conference will provide actionable leadership training from premier thought leaders in order to raise the leadership bar in individuals, organizations and communities. 

In addition to main stage speakers, several special breakout sessions will be offered throughout the day on Friday, enabling participants to customize their Forum experience and choose sessions that align with their interests. 

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City of Bartow Parks and Rec pulls out all the stops for this around the town race. Choose the Triathlon with your team, or run the 5K yourself - the categories and age groups are many including the Clydesdales and Athenas, Overall and Masters Male/Female, Costumed individual and Group! You won't want to miss this - it's a LOT of fun. Application on line now on the Blarney FB page or visit and sign up today!
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Central Florida Farm Tour is a self-guided driving tour featuring some of the most extraordinary farms located throughout  Polk County, FL.


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Annual Wild Game Dinner
Good food with open bar
Chinese auction & door prizes
Music by live band

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When the Mayor’s Sunrise Prayer Breakfast was first conceived, it was agreed it would be a time of early morning prayer to begin the day.

The City of Bartow Mayor James F. Clements, cordially invites you to the 33rd Annual Mayor’s Sunrise Prayer Breakfast, on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at the Bartow Civic Center beginning at 7:00 a.m. Doors open at 6:30 a.m.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 7:00 a.m.
Bartow Civic Center
Speaker to be announced.

Tickets are $12 per person

Reserved table of 8 Sponsorship are also available.

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Join United Way of Central Florida for Cocktails & Conversation!
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Friends of Florida Polytechnic University will come together to celebrate all that has been accomplished in just over three years, to honor the changemakers who make Florida Poly possible and to launch the next chapter of the University.


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Central Florida Farm Tour is a self-guided driving tour featuring some of the most extraordinary farms located throughout  Polk County, FL.


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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.

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.


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.
W. Ernest Cooper
“Just Say No” Chairman

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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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