Friday, Feb. 16

ENDEAVOR LUNCH & LEARN: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 16, Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce, Auditorium, 401 Ave. B NW, Winter Haven, $10 for Endeavor members, $20 nonmembers, web.winterhavenchamber.com/events/Endeavor-Lunch-Learn-SunTrax-and-Automated-Vehicle-Technology-3139/details. SunTrax and Automated Vehicle Technology with Maj. Gen. Jake Polumbo, the founding partner of consulting company Two Blue Aces, who worked as a consultant for Florida Polytechnic University on the project.

CREATIVE YOGA WITH MICHELLE PUGH: Noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 16, Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College, 800 E. Palmetto St., Lakeland, $5 members, $10 nonmembers, Diana Smith 863-688-7743 ext. 249, polkmuseumofart.org. Bring your own mat or blanket if possible.

COMPUTER/TABLET/SMARTPHONE CLASS: 2 to 3 p.m. Fridays, Lake Alfred Public Library, 245 N. Seminole Ave., Lake Alfred, free, 863-291-5378, kwalker@mylakealfred.com.

FISH FRY: 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 16, Resurrection Catholic Church, 3720 Old Hwy. 37, Lakeland, $9 adults, $5 children ages 5-12, children 4 and younger are free.

NAACP JUBILEE & AFRICAN ATTIRE GALA: 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 16, Oakland Auditorium, 915 Ave. E, Haines City, $25, Cynthia Downing 863-651-6776. Inlcudes food, fashion show, guest speakers and prizes for best dressed female, male and couple.

ECHO CONFERENCE: 7 p.m. Feb. 16, 10 a.m. Feb. 17, 9:30 a.m. Feb. 18, Polk Theatre, 121 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland, $85 through Feb. 15, $90 at the door, gracecityfl.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/83638. The Grace City Church conference includes speakers Christine Caine, Dwanchere Wilkerson, Nicole Reyes Smithee and Christina Gard.

BINGO: 7 p.m. Fridays, Olive Branch Recreation Center, 5310 Duey Road, Polk City, $5 a card, $1 half card, $2 50/50 three plays.

 

Saturday, Feb. 17

UNITY IN OUR COMMUNITY: 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 17, Winter Haven Recreational & Cultural Center, 801 Ave. T NE, Winter Haven, free, 863-291-5675. Organized games, rides for children, vendors, multicultural foods and entertainment.

BIRD CLUB HIKE: 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 17, Circle B Bar Reserve, 4399 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland, free, Bob Snow 865-712-3875, birdclub@lakeregionaudubon.org. Lake Region Audubon Bird Club guided hike. Bring binoculars, water and a snack.

DOWNTOWN FARMERS CURB MARKET: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, North Kentucky Avenue and East Pine Street, Lakeland, free, 863-944-7907 www.downtownfarmerscurbmarket.org.

SPCA WELLNESS WAGON: Third Saturdays, 8 to 10:30 a.m. third Saturdays, Goodyear, 390 E. Van Fleet Drive, Bartow, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Southern Hospitality, 1709 James L. Redman Parkway, Plant City, and 3 to 5 p.m. Winn-Dixie, 6600 N. Socrum Loop, Lakeland, pricing varies, www.spcaflorida.org/wellness-wagon-1. Offering vaccines, heartworm testing and deworming.

UPTOWN YARD SALE & FLEA MARKET: Set up at 7 a.m., sale 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. third Saturdays, along Main Street, Bartow, preregistration not required, spaces are $10, Irene 863-646-0644; Main Street Bartow, 863-519-0508.

COFFEE WITH THE MAYOR: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 17, Corner Cafe, 110 W. Orange St., Davenport, free, www.mydavenport.org.

BROADWAY PRISM ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 17, Broadway Street, Fort Meade, free, Dorothy 863-245-6470, Debra 863-245-1833. Includes artists, crafters, vendors, and live music by The Wacasters, John Summerall, Rythm Trail Steel Drum Band, Kingdom, Kaitlynn Jones, Dean Johanesen, The 24 Hour Men and more. Guest speaker Edgar Canter Brown Jr., author, historian and former professor at Florida A&M University.

ARCHITECTURAL TOUR: 11 a.m. to noon third Saturdays, Polk County History Center, 100 E. Main St., Bartow, free, 863-534-4386. A family friendly architectural tour of the History Center and learn more about neoclassical architecture, the construction of the building and the stories behind the Old Polk County Courthouse.

DOCENT-LED TOUR: 11 a.m. to noon Feb. 17, Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College, 800 E. Palmetto St., Lakeland, free, space is limited, registration suggested at Reservations@PolkMuseumofArt.org, polkmuseumofart.org. A look into the museum's main exhibition through conversations with a docent. Learn stories behind the work.

COLLEGE AND EXAM PREPAREDNESS WORKSHOP: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 17, Huntington Learning Center, 6655 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland, free, registration required, www.eventbrite.com/o/huntington-learning-center-3698766385, lakelandfl@hlcmail.com.

WIDOWS, WIDOWERS AND SINGLES CLUB: 5 p.m. Feb. 17, Il Forno's, 3615 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland, cost of meal, reservations required, 863-646-0005.

UNOFFICIAL POLK COUNTY MENSA ROUND TABLE: 6 p.m. Feb. 17, Dwaynes Place, 6960 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland, price of meal, 863-967-7680.

ASTRONOMY NIGHT: 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 17, Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve, 945 Mackay Blvd., Lake Alfred, free, 863-291-5272, aquinones@mylakealfred.com. Presentation about meteors, what they are and how big they can be. Weather permitting, telescopes for viewing.

 

Sunday, Feb. 18

B'NAI B'RITH LODGE NO. 1515 MEETING: 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 18, Cleveland Heights Golf Clubhouse, Bosko's Clubhouse Grill, 2900 Buckingham Ave., Lakeland, $14, reservations required, Korina 863-398-5226, Bob 863-398-9415, Dick 863-644-6977. The topic is "Medical Mission Experience in the Mideast" with guest speaker Dr. Glen Barden. Includes full buffet brunch.

BINGO: Noon Sundays and 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Knights of Columbus Dr. L.J. O'Rourke Council 4726, 3308 Ave. W NW, Winter Haven, as much as you want to spend, 863-293-6168, 863-293-6765.

PINE NEEDLE BASKET CLASS: 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 18, Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell, park entry $3 per vehicle or annual Florida park pass, class is $5 per person, children 12 and younger are free, preregistration required, 352-793-4781.

PROFESSOR PIERRE PRESENTS - MASTERS OF THE MARTIAL ARTS: 3 p.m. Feb. 18, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando, $47.65, 844-513-2014, www.drphillipscenter.org. Martial arts instructors of different ranks, levels, styles and disciplines perform live featuring performances by martial arts students.

BINGO: Doors open 4 p.m., games start 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays; doors open 10 a.m., games start 12:30 p.m. Sundays, Santa Fe Catholic High School, 3110 U.S. 92 E., Lakeland, 863-686-9086. Fresh food available.

 

Monday, Feb. 19

GREEN SWAMP TRAIL CARE: 8 a.m. Feb. 19, Green Swamp, Rockridge Gate, 18046 Rockridge Road, Polk City, free, www.floridatrail.org/volunteer/volunteer-profile. Heartland Chapter of the Florida Trail Association work day. Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots, work gloves, water, lunch and/or snacks, and insect protection recommended. If you haven't filled out a Volunteer Profile with the Florida Trail Association, please do so before the event. Each person's hours will be logged onto the state site. The information on hours spent helps the FTA receive funds and/or apply for grants.

PRESIDENT'S DAY HIKE: 8:30 a.m. Feb. 19, Saddle Creek County Park, 3716 Morgan Combee Road, Lakeland, free, Monika 863-858-3106. Heartland Chapter of the Florida Trail Association hike. Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots, water, lunch and/or snacks, and sun and insect protection recommended. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. All are welcome to join the group at a local restaurant after the hike.

NATURE WALK: 9 a.m. Feb. 19, Highlands Hammock State Park, 5931 Hammock Road, Sebring, park entry $6 per vehicle (up to eight people), $4 per vehicle single person, $2 pedestrians and bicyclists, 863-471-5324. Hike the Young Hammock Trail. Bring hiking boots or sturdy shoes, long pants and protective clothing, water and snacks, sunscreen and insect repellent.

SAGE-ING PROGRAM: 10 a.m. to noon Mondays, Winter Haven Public Library, 325 Ave. A NW, Winter Haven, free, 863-291-5880, www.mywinterhaven.com/library, www.sage-ing.org. Participants in the Sage-ing Program have deep discussions, exploring areas of personal growth. In this introductory series of classes, you will look at tools for expanding consciousness, how to harvest the wisdom from your life experiences and explore the blessings of your elder years.

WATER SAFETY INSTRUCTOR TRAINING: 5 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Feb. 19 through March 14, Chain of Lakes Complex, Rowdy Gaines Olympic Pool, 210 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven, $175 residents, $218 nonresidents, to schedule prerequisite swim test or for more information, call 863-291-5656. Four week course designed to equip instructors with the tools and skills needed to teach and effectively promote water safety in, on and around the water. For ages 16 and older and be lifeguard certified.

LAKELAND CHESS CLUB: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, Kelly Recreation Complex, second floor, 404 Imperial Blvd.$1 per person, Steve Morgan, 513-2532, clms_chess_coach@yahoo.com. Pick-up games; equipment provided; all ages and levels.

"RAVENSCROFT" AUDITIONS: 7 p.m. Feb. 19-20, Haines City Community Theatre, 303 Ledwith Ave., Haines City, free, 863-421-1893, www.hainescitytheater.com. Performances run Saturdays and Sundays, April 14-29. To make an appointment, call 863-624-7705, walk-ins welcome.

 

Coming Up

CHRISTIAN WOMAN'S CONNECTION OF NORTH LAKELAND LUNCHEON: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 1, Huntington Hills Country Club, 2626 Duff Road, Lakeland, $16, reservations and cancellations by Feb. 21, Wilma Diaz 863-853-7037, glenda.golden@hotmail.com. Special feature is Versona fashion show, with vocalist Angela Dittmar who is also the motivational speaker on the topic "Songs from a paper piano."