The Bartow branch of the Needlework Guild of America is on a mission to provide new clothes and shoes for children in Bartow, Alturas and Highland City schools.
Each child will get two complete new outfits of clothing; socks, underwear, shirts and shorts.
In this quest it is seeking donations for both and has a deadline of Wednesday, July 23. People can donate new clothing, underwear and socks as well as the uniform type shirts and pants or skirts in khaki, navy or jeans.
Due to the dress policy of the school district people can choose to make a monetary contribution which will be used to buy clothing. An annual minimum donation of $25 will provide one child with two complete outfits.
Shoe vouchers are available for students from the Bartow chapter. Checks can be made payable to the Needlework Guild of Bartow. For information call 863-640-2365 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or people can drop off items at Allstate, 252B W. Van Fleet Drive, Bartow.
See what’s going on at the history center
There are a handful of free activities at the Polk County History Center this month. But there is one that requires a fee and that’s a Lego camp.
From July 22 to July 25, children can experience the world of Minecraft with Lego bricks in this summer camp. The Polk County History Center is hosting Bricks 4 Kidz Mining and Crafting Camp. Students will start by crafting their shelter and some of the mobs, critters and tools. Each day they will face a new challenge. There is a fee for the camp and people can find out more about it at www.bricks4kidz.com/florida-polk/program-events/camps/.
There’s a walking tour of the historic Oak Hill Cemetery, which starts at the History Center in Bartow. Many pioneer families are buried in this cemetery, including Civil War veterans Jacob Summerlin and Gen. Evander M. Law. It is at 11 a.m.
On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 16, there is the Summer Family Program.
On Throwback Thursdays, people can discover some local history. Visit the genealogy library, take an architectural tour of the 1908 Courthouse, explore old photographs and maps and enjoy a youth-friendly tour of Oak Hill Cemetery.
On Civil War Fridays, people can delve into the daily challenges of the Civil War time period in Polk County. Write with a quill, use a compass, prepare for life as a soldier and learn what Polk County was like during the Civil War.
On Polk County Treasures Saturdays, people can explore Polk County history and heritage through pioneer crafts, scavenger hunts, adventure tours, story time and games.
There is a special presentation from noon-1 p.m. as people can join Shannon Carnevale to learn about Polk’s natural resources as part of the 100-year celebration of Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Carnevale has been the natural resources and conservation extension agent in Polk since November 2010. She is a graduate of the University of Florida’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation and credits the program for developing her passion for large-scale ecosystem management.
Carnevale recently graduated from the Natural Resources Leadership Institute, during which she earned the Burl Long Award. Shannon’s extension work focuses on the interaction between water and upland ecosystems, the benefits of integrated ecosystem management and engaging Polk’s residents in responsible use of our natural resources.
Ongoing exhibits on display at the museum include The Civil War exhibit, “The Edge of Wilderness,” which will be on view through April 2015, to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The photography exhibit, “Picture Polk History,” will be on display through November. This exhibit features images of historic and cultural heritage sites on the Polk County Heritage Trail.
The Polk County History Center is at 100 E. Main St., Bartow. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For information, call 863-534-4386, or online at polkhistorycenter.org.