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Friends of Library Host Tom Freeman's Florida Book Signing March 16 Postponed

Renowned Lake Wales artist, Tom Freeman and his companion, Marcia Pennington, have released a new book, Tom Freeman's Florida. Freeman has selected one of his paintings that is... — Updated 3/15/2020


Library Offering One-Week Bok Tower Family Passes

Bok Tower Gardens and the Lake Wales Library Association have partnered to create a unique program that will allow library patrons to check out passes to Bok Tower Gardens for up... — Updated 3/15/2020


Circle of Friends Hosts Chili Challenge Fundraiser March 6

Circle of Friends Ministry will hold its annual Chili Challenge Fundraiser beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, March 6. The meal includes all you can eat chili, cheese, corn chips,... — Updated 3/4/2020


Leaping Pancakes!

Leap Over on Leap Day to the Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Saturday, February 29 for the Lake Wales Kiwanis Club's all-you-can-eat breakfast of pancakes and sausage from 7 to 10... — Updated 2/26/2020


Don't Miss 49th Arts Festival on Shores of Lake Wailes Feb. 29-March 1

New features and patron events and more than 50 artists from around the world look to make the 49th Annual Citizens Bank & Trust Lake Wales Arts Festival Feb. 29 and March 1... — Updated 2/26/2020


Living Out Loud Feb. 20 Features Graphic Novel Author, Illustrator

The Living Out Loud Poet's and Writer's Society gathering Feb. 20 will feature author and illustrator Grace Engholm reading her latest adult graphic novel accompanied by her own... — Updated 2/20/2020


Life of Eleanor Roosevelt Event Feb. 21 to Support AAUW Scholarships

One of America's iconic historical figures speaks to us across the decades when touring actress Jane VanBoskirk presents Across A Barrier of Fear: The Life of Eleanor Roosevelt at... — Updated 2/19/2020


Library Offers Free Grants Database Service for Nonprofits

The Lake Wales Public Library is proud to announce a new service focusing on connecting individuals and non-profit organizations with foundations who provide funding opportunities,... — Updated 2/12/2020


Art Center's Blair Updike Painting Exhibit Opens Feb. 13

The works of local artist Blair Updike will be featured at the Lake Wales Arts Center, starting with an opening reception from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. The reception, which wi... — Updated 2/10/2020


Chef Warren Presents Healthy Southern Cuisine Feb. 1 at Library

My, how quickly things change. Just a few short years ago, restaurants were booming and cooking at home was something one watched on TV, but rarely attempted in real life. Then... — Updated 2/5/2020


Car Show Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Event coordinators Larry & Cheryl Bossarte celebrated their 10th Lake Wales Car Show Anniversary on Saturday, Jan. 25. East Stuart Avenue was filled with vintage cars and... — Updated 1/28/2020


Sheriff Offers Free Self-Defense Class for Ladies Feb. 1

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is offering free personal safety and self-defense classes for women; the next one will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 at the sheriff's operations... — Updated 1/28/2020


Register Now for Spring Fine Arts Classes that Begin Feb. 3

Enrollment is under way for the Lake Wales Arts Council Spring Semester of youth and adult fine arts classes, which start Monday, Feb. 3. Regular classes are eight weeks in length.... — Updated 1/28/2020

 By Tina Peak    Lifestyles

Library Hosts Presentation Feb. 11 on African Roots of Southern Cooking

Enslaved Africans brought their food ways and special skills such as rice cultivation with them during their forced journey through the Middle Passage. Dr. Martha Bireda will presen... — Updated 1/28/2020


Lake Wales Car Show Celebrates 10th Anniversary Downtown Jan. 25

The Lake Wales Car Show will celebrate its 10th Anniversary Saturday, Jan. 25. Classic and antique cars and trucks will be on display from 4-7 p.m. on East Stuart Avenue in... — Updated 1/24/2020


Lake Wales Chorale Spring Semester Starts Jan. 13

People who love singing are invited to join voices for the spring semester of the Lake Wales Chorale. The first session with new director Dana Hofstrom of Warner University begins... — Updated 1/9/2020


Auditions Jan. 13-14 for Next Little Theatre Play - Super Freaks

Auditions for the March Lake Wales Little Theatre production of Super Freaks will be Jan. 13 and 14. Director Lesta Woods is looking to cast three men and three women in this fun... — Updated 1/9/2020


Learn About Gopher Tortoise, Landlord of the Upland, Jan. 9

The Sierra Club is hosting a presentation Jan. 9 about why the Gopher Tortoise is such an important, enigmatic species – landlord of the upland. Polly, the resident Gopher... — Updated 1/8/2020


Library Association Plans 10-Day United Kingdom Trip in September 2020

The Lake Wales Library Association is partnering with the renowned travel company, Collette, to present a vacation opportunity in the United Kingdom. This 10-day trip includes... — Updated 1/8/2020

 By Fawn Germer    Lifestyles

Clearing the Clutter - Take Small Steps

You don't lose fifty pounds in two weeks. You lose them one pound at a time. You don't begin a fitness regiment by running a marathon. You run a mile or two. So don't stare at the p... — Updated 1/8/2020

 By Tina Peak    Lifestyles

Soup's On With Chef Warren Caterson at Library Jan. 7

How quickly things change. Just a few short years ago, restaurants were booming and cooking at home was something one watched on TV, but rarely attempted in real life. Then... — Updated 1/1/2020


CenterPoint Church Christmas Festival Dec. 14

CenterPoint Community Church will hold its annual Christmas Festival from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. The church invites all families in the community to celebrate the... — Updated 12/11/2019


Festival of Wreaths Continues Through Dec. 12

Thirty-two colorful and unique wreaths remain on display at the Polk History Center in Bartow through Dec. 12. Local businesses, individuals and organizations donate them for the... — Updated 12/11/2019


Volunteers Needed for Invasive Plant Removal at Circle B

Volunteers are needed Dec. 11 and 18 to help remove the invasive species Caesar's weed at Circle B Bar Reserve. Bring your favorite pair of gloves, and some water, and plan to... — Updated 12/11/2019


Alligator Tours at Circle B Dec. 13 and 20

Circle B Bar Reserve volunteer guides on Dec. 13 and Dec. 20 will be taking visitors on a personalized tram tour through the marsh to view and learn more about alligators. The... — Updated 12/11/2019


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