Friday, March 16
KERSEY'S EXPO: 8 to 11 a.m. March 16, Auburndale Civic Center, 115 W. Park St., Auburndale, free. Information booths including Auburndale Fire Department, Auburndale Police Department, banks, investment, veterans, funeral preplanning, grief support, home health care, computers, food delivery, travel and more. Includes breakfast and a drawing.
GRAY TSUNAMI - LIVING WITH PURPOSE: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 16, First Presbyterian Church, 175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, free, reservations recommended but not required, graytsunami.eventbrite.com. Educational forum for seniors and family members, caregivers, policy makers, law enforcement and aging services providers. Topics include caring for self, caring for others and caring for community. A light breakfast will be provided.
PHOTOGRAPHY TRAM TOUR: 9:30 to 11 a.m. March 16; 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 28, 30, Circle B Bar Reserve, 4399 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland, free, registration required, sign up at reception desk or call 863-668-4673, ext. 205. Guide will point out plants, birds and the history of the property. Bring your camera, for adults only.
ENDEAVOR LUNCH & LEARN - SOLAR ENERGY IN FLORIDA: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 16, Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce, 401 Ave. B NW, Winter Haven, $10 Endeavor members, $20 nonmembers, registration required, http://web.winterhavenchamber.com/events/Endeavor-Lunch-Learn-Solar-Energy-in-Florida-3140/details. Sean Lyles with Tesla will speak about solar energy in Florida.
CREATIVE YOGA WITH MICHELLE PUGH: Noon to 1 p.m. March 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, email@example.com.
EMERGE - GREEN DAY: 3 to 5 p.m. March 16, Oscar J. Pope Elementary, 2730 Maine Ave., Lakeland, free, register at emergelakeland.wildapricot.org/event-2801517, for more information, call 863-688-8551 ext. 230 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. After-school beautification project. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own water and gardening tools, donations of mulch, tools, flowers, etc.
FISH FRY: 4 to 7 p.m. March 16, Resurrection Catholic Church, 3720 Old Hwy. 37, Lakeland, $9 adults, $5 children ages 5-12, children 4 and younger are free.
SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP GALA: 6:30 p.m. March 16, Southeastern University, Sportsplex, 1000 Longfellow Blvd., Lakeland, $250, Eunice Hutto 863-667-5901, email@example.com. Special guest speakers include Tim Tebow and Jeff Foxworthy who will share their personal life experiences of leadership along with stories of faith. Proceeds benefit the SEU scholarship program.
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, March 17
RUMMAGE SALE: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 17, JBT parking lot, 400 Fairway Ave., Lakeland. The Drifter's of Lakeland Antique Car Club's annual Rummage Sale. Proceeds are used to assist organizations such as Campfire USA, Senior Orphans and Florida Baptist Children's Home.
BLARNEY TRIATHLON AND 5K: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 17, Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Ave., Bartow, $75 triathlon individual, $150 triathlon team, $35 5K, 863-534-0120, www.facebook.com/events/743175155875677.
BUSTIN' CLAYS WITH SHERIFF GRADY JUDD: Registration 7 a.m., shotgun start 8 a.m. March 17, Tenoroc Sporting Clays, 3755 Tenoroc Mine Road, Lakeland, $250 per person, sponsorships available, $200 golf cart, $25 additional lunch, 863-298-4990, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bustinclays.org. Proceeds go to the Polk Sheriff's Charities Inc.
BIRD CLUB HIKE: 8 a.m. to noon March 17, Circle B Bar Reserve, 4399 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland, free, Bob Snow 865-712-3875, email@example.com. Lake Region Audubon Bird Club guided hike. Bring binoculars, bug spay, water and a snack.
HERITAGE DAY: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 17, Heritage Park, 8950 N. Campbell Road, Lakeland, free admission and parking, food prices vary, $5 painting drawing ticket, $2 quilt drawing ticket, 863-858-6583, www.facebook.com/kahsatsocrum. Begins with full breakfast at 8 a.m., followed by live entertainment, classic cars, pioneer skills demonstration and life exhibit, cake walks, baked goods sale, vendors, silent auction, lunch and more. There will be a drawing at the conclusion of the event for a quilt and landscape painting.
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. Fresh, local foods and crafts.
PLANTING DAY: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Feb. 17, Circle B Bar Reserve, 4399 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland, free, registration required, Andy Quinn 863-683-9600, firstname.lastname@example.org. Sierra Club planting native trees.
POLK COUNTY WALKATHON: 8:30 a.m. to noon March 17, First Presbyterian Church, 175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, free, collect donations, www.guidedogswalkathon.org/locations/polk-county. Includes a 3K and 5K walk, music, vendors, Southeastern Guide Dogs Gift Shop and more. Proceeds benefit Southeastern Guide Dogs.
VAN FLEET TRAIL BIKE RIDE: 9 a.m. March 17, Polk City Trailhead, 7683 Berkley Road, Polk City, free, Eileen 757-636-9450, email@example.com. Heartland Chapter of the Florida Trail Association bike ride from Polk City Trailhead to the Green Pond Trailhead and back. Ride is about 20 miles, meet at the covered picnic area. Bring water, snacks, sun and insect protection, and helmets. After the ride, participants are invited to lunch at a local restaurant.
PHOTO CLUB: 9 a.m. to noon March 17, Florida Wildflower Studios, 12 E. Wall St., Frostproof, free, 863-206-9691, 863-258-7229, www.floridawildflowerstudios.com. Field trip planning agenda.
THIRD SATURDAY FARMERS MARKET: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. third Saturdays, Fort Blount Park on West Davidson Street, Bartow, Main Street Bartow 863-519-0508.
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.
CENTRAL FLORIDA FARM TOUR: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 17, participating farms are located in Haines City, Auburndale, Babson Park, Winter Haven, Lakeland and Lake Wales, $20 per vehicle, David Kiessling 863-248-7537 ext. 4, www.centralfloridafarmtour.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. Self-guided working farm tour where local farm operators showcase their products and services. Visit as many of the participating farms you like.
PHOTOGRAPHY - USING ADOBE LIGHTROOM: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 17, Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College, 800 E. Palmetto St., Lakeland, $80 members, $120 nonmembers, registration required by March 11, polkmuseumofart.org, Gregory@GregoryMills.com. Class is led by Gregory Mills. Students are encouraged to bring their laptop with both versions of Lightroom Classic CC and Lightromm CC installed and follow along.
SPRING TEA: 1 to 3 p.m. March 17, Baynard House, 208 W. Park St., Auburndale, free, www.auburndalefl.com.
ADVANCED STUDY SKILLS/TOOLS FOR ACHIEVEMENT WORKSHOP: 2 to 3:30 p.m. March 17, Huntington Learning Center, 6655 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland, free, registration required in advance, www.eventbrite.com/o/huntington-learning-center-3698766385. Practical worship offering parents and students information on how to build the study skills needed to succeed in high school and beyond, such as importance of study skills, the truth about studying, self awareness and learning, areas of focus and strategies to enhance learning and a Huntington Advanced Study Skills Program overview.
CHEF WARREN CATERSON: 3 p.m. March 17, Lake Wales Public Library, 290 Cypress Garden Lane, Lake Wales, free, 863-678-4005. Chef Caterson, award-winning cookbook author will share dozens of kitchen tips, cooking hints and humorous anecdotes about the joys and challenges of cooking for two. There will be a cooking demonstration.
DENIM TO DIAMONDS GALA: 6 to 11 p.m. March 17, Lake Mirror Center, 212 Lake Ave., Lakeland, $50 per person, must be purchased in advance, Angie Clark 863-944-5460 or Kristi Lampp 863-661-4325. Includes live entertainment by The Troy Thompson Band, food provided by Granger & Sons Barbecue and a live auction. Proceeds benefit the Kathleen FFA Alumni, which raise funds for agriculture education in the community.
UNOFFICIAL POLK COUNTY MENSA ROUND TABLE: 6 p.m. March 17, King Buffet, 1505 Broadway Ave., Bartow, price of meal, 863-967-7680.
BARTOW ROTARY WILD GAME DINNER: 6 to 9:30 p.m. March 17, Peace Valley Enterprises, Leland Young's Barn, 2905 Central Ave., Alturas, $60, tickets may be purchased from any Noon Rotary Club member, for more information, contact Steve Githens or Terry Hunter at 863-529-8679. Includes food with open bar, Chinese auction, door prizes and live music.
Sunday, March 18
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.
INCREDIBLE WILD EDIBLES: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 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, class limited to 10, 352-793-4781. A gourmet wild plant and game cooking show. Sample the dishes, bring your own place setting.
WOMEN'S WORSHIP NIGHT: 6 p.m. March 18, Grace Church, 2320 Sleepy Hill Road, Lakeland, free. Featuring guest speaker Carol Kent, best-selling author and public speaker.
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, March 19
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.
BIRD ART PAINTING WORKSHOP: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 19, Florida Wildflower Studios, 12 E. Wall St., Frostproof, $20 members, $25 nonmembers, register by March 16, 863-206-9691, 863-258-7229, www.floridawildflowerstudios.com. Led by artist Reinier Munguia. Bring reference photos, 140-pound cold-pressed paper or prepared wood, acrylic or gouache paint, pencil and brushes. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks provided.
NAMI POLK PRESENTATION: 6:30 p.m. March 19, Beacon Hill Fellowship, 220 W. Beacon Road, Lakeland, free and open to the public, 863-337-4166. The Polk Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is sponsoring "Gauging the Mental Status of Polk's Youth," with a school resource officer and mental health professional speaking and participating in a Q&A.
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, email@example.com. Pick-up games; equipment provided; all ages and levels.