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Only One Public Shelter Will Serve Lake Wales & Frostproof Areas This Hurricane Season

Polk County Emergency Management has release the "Polk County Public Shelters" maps for 2023, revealing that there remains only a single shelter to serve the nearly 100,000... — Updated 5/28/2023


River Ranch Named Nation's "Best Glamping Spot" in USA Today Readers Poll

Westgate River Ranch, just east of Lake Wales, was named the No. 1 Glamping Spot in the nation in the annual USA Today 10 Best Readers' Choice Awards. The largest dude ranch East... — Updated 5/28/2023


Annual Orange Blossom Revue Set to Happen in Lake Wales December 1 and 2

An annual "celebration of music, community, and nature" is returning to Lake Wales for a ninth year and is expected to draw crowds of music-lovers to town for the early December... — Updated 5/26/2023


"StirringWaters" Offers Social Connections to Those Living With Disabilities

Disabilities affect a surprisingly-large percentage of the American population, and too often those physical limitations bring along an unnecessary set of social limitations. The... — Updated 5/22/2023

 By NAPSI    Ridge Life

Avoid Stroke Risks and Identify Stroke Symptoms Fast

Like many people, you likely work hard to help keep yourself and your loved ones healthy. To help, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) reminds... — Updated 5/12/2023

 By NAPSI    Ridge Life

Eye Care Essential for All Adults

Eye disease affects more than your ability to see the world clearly. People with impaired vision face an increased risk of falls, fractures, injuries, depression, anxiety,... — Updated 5/9/2023


Cindy Lilly of Babson Park Named "Woman of the Year"

Local resident Cindy Lilly has been honored as the "Woman of the Year" by the Babson Park Woman's Club. According to a statement issued by club vice-president Saundra Roach Turner,... — Updated 5/9/2023


Frostproof Rallies Around Woman Battling Cancer for the Third Time

In a tightknit community, one person's battle with cancer can become a community cause. Such in the case in Frostproof, where fundraising is ongoing for Alice Hollis Evans, who is... — Updated 5/5/2023

 By Jeff Foley    Ridge Life

Polk HealthCare Plan May Be an Option if Medicaid Coverage Ends

Some low-income Polk County residents may soon find themselves at a healthcare coverage crossroad due to Medicaid changes, and the Polk HealthCare Plan may be able to help those... — Updated 4/21/2023


Paddle On! Lake Wailes To Benefit StirringWaters Park for Disabled

Finding a way to help persons with limited abilities to enjoy the same life experiences as others is the motivation for organizers of the first-ever Paddle On! Lake Wailes... — Updated 4/16/2023


New Community Garden to Green Up Local "Food Desert"

An effort to green a "food desert" in the Northwest Neighborhood of Lake Wales will begin next week with the creation of a community garden on a city-owned lot on Dr. Martin Luther... — Updated 4/6/2023


Circle of Friends Program Growing to Fill Future Dreams

A local charitable organization that provides a number of programs supporting local families and individuals with developmental disabilities is seeking community support to expand... — Updated 4/5/2023


Woman's Club Members Create Free "Prom Store" for High School Students

Dozens of Lake Wales High School students will be able to dress up and attend the annual Junior-Senior prom this year thanks to the work of a dedicated group of volunteers from the... — Updated 3/29/2023

 By Nancy Benz    Ridge Life

AARP Effort Prepares 400 Free Tax Returns Despite Fewer Volunteers

Four hundred Lake Wales area residents will have received free tax-filing assistance this season thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers associated with the American Association... — Updated 3/27/2023


National Nutrition Month Spotlights Oral Health

(NAPSI)-Oral health is linked to whole-body health, which means that not caring for teeth and gums can contribute to other health issues such as heart disease, stroke, and more. To... — Updated 3/7/2023


Olmsted Day Vendors, Sponsors Needed to Support Tree Planting

The historic beauty of Lake Wales and efforts to re-create it are the focus of a special event planned for Lake Wailes Park. Area businesses, artists, and crafters are being... — Updated 3/3/2023


Library Offers Community Resource Fair March 11

An event designed to share healthcare and vital resources with the broader community will give residents a chance to learn and take advantage of many free services, ranging from... — Updated 2/22/2023

 By Jeff Foley    Ridge Life

Polk County Trails Network Continues to Expand

Cyclists and pedestrians are one step closer to being able to travel safely from downtown Lakeland to downtown Bartow. The Polk County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) today acc... — Updated 2/21/2023


Empty Bowls Raises Nearly $20,000 for Care Center Programs

Lake Wales neediest families will be a good bit less so thanks to the generosity of the 300 guests who packed the Family Life Center of the First Presbyterian Church Tuesday... — Updated 2/8/2023


New Year, New You: Making Resolutions You Can Keep For A Healthy 2023

Many people celebrate the promise and new beginnings of the New Year by making resolutions-often focused on health goals like losing weight, eating healthier, and working out.... — Updated 2/7/2023


Be Safe as You Work Outdoors

(NAPSI)-Spring is coming, and as we get out our lawn mowers and other outdoor power equipment from storage to work in our yards, businesses and other green spaces, it's important to... — Updated 2/5/2023


First Responders Honored at Chamber Luncheon

Representatives of three different first responder organizations were honored at a special luncheon organized by the Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce. The event, held at the... — Updated 2/3/2023


History Speaker Series to Feature Local Author

The Lake Wales History Museum will resume its popular speaker series with a presentation on Florida's past presented by guest speaker and local historian Robert Connors. Connors is... — Updated 2/3/2023


Bennett Reflects on Years of Change

It was a relaxed Mark Bennett who shared his thoughts about the many changes both ahead and behind in Lake Wales and Polk County recently. Bennett is stepping down as director of... — Updated 2/2/2023


Bruce Stephenson to Present at Bok Tower Gardens

A special presentation by noted urban planner Bruce Stephenson will take place at Bok Tower Gardens at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 28. Stephenson is a consultant and a professor... — Updated 1/27/2023


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