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Restoring a Vision

Lake Wales has long been known as "The Crown Jewel of the Ridge," but that didn't happen by accident. It took the efforts of Edward Bok and Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. While many are... — Updated 6/24/2020


Alligator Nesting Season Closes Some Trails at Circle B Bar Reserve

A portion of Alligator Alley and all of Marsh Rabbit Run at Circle B Bar Reserve has been closed until further notice due to alligator nesting season. Alligators often become... — Updated 6/24/2020


Bok Tower Gardens Reopened June 1

After a week of monitoring visitor safety concerns, Bok Tower Gardens reopened Monday, June 1, without timed ticket entry. For limited contact service, visitors may purchase... — Updated 6/3/2020


Bok Tower Gardens to Reopen June 1

To provide the community with a beautiful destination for healthy walks and mental well-being, Bok Tower Gardens is reopening to the public on Monday, June 1, with timed entry. A... — Updated 6/3/2020


First Baptist Church Lake Wales Reopening for In-Person Services May 17

Faith communities around Central Florida are making decisions about re-opening for services and one church in Lake Wales has decided this Sunday, May 17, is the time to re-open... — Updated 5/14/2020


Bok Tower Creates Virtual Earth Day Celebration

On a typical Earth Day, Bok Tower Gardens would be filled with the sounds of thousands of local school children learning about nature, wildlife, conservation, and more. However, on... — Updated 4/22/2020


Special Week Highlights How Libraries Transform Lives, Strengthen Communities

Despite being physically closed due to COVID-19 virus precautions, the Lake Wales Public Library is celebrating National Library Week, April 19-25. The library is inviting all commu... — Updated 4/22/2020


Bells of Bok Tower Ring Out in Hope

One year ago April 15, a devasting fire broke out at Notre Dame Cathedral, nearly destroying the iconic destination. The cathedral's bourdon bell (the largest bell) was rung for... — Updated 4/19/2020


SUN 'N FUN Exploring Digital Opportunities

For over 45 Years, SUN 'n FUN has brought millions of aerospace professionals, businesses, supporters and enthusiasts together each spring to celebrate the incredible wonder and... — Updated 4/15/2020


Multiple Virtual Options for Bok Easter Sunrise Service April 12

Attending the annual Easter Sunrise Service has been a tradition for generations; however, this year, viewers will be able to worship in new ways. Bok Tower Gardens has made two... — Updated 4/10/2020


Easter Week Brings Fond Memories of Passion Play in Lake Wales

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was first published in April 2019. We are re-publishing it on Palm Sunday 2020 as we enter into Easter Week. Easter Week always brings fond memories of... — Updated 4/8/2020


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


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


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