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Updated: 12/11/2013 08:00:02AM

Mrs. Claus shares holiday favorites in Mulberry

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From 1:30-3:15 p.m. Dec. 21 Mrs. Claus will be visiting children and reading stories at the Mulberry Phosphate Museum.

The museum invites children and their families to “Story time with Mrs. Claus.” Visitors can meet the first lady of the North Pole and hear holiday story favorites. Admission is free and guests can enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and cookies at the event. For those families needing to get last minute letters to Santa, the museum will provide a letter writing station. Mrs. Claus agreed to take the letters directly to the big man himself.

Schedule of Stories

1:30 p.m. Twas the Night before Christmas

2 p.m. The Polar Express

2:30 p.m. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

For information contact Chelsea Young, the museum’s director, at 863-425-2823 or email at

The Mulberry Phosphate Museum is at 101 S.E. 1st St. in Mulberry.

There will be Kuumba dancers and drummers

The Kuumba Dancers and Drummers of Tampa Bay are to come to the Polk Museum of Art’s annual Kwanzaa Celebration at which takes place from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26.

Admission is free.

Kwanzaa is a celebration of African-American culture, but this party is for everyone. During the event, guests will learn about the principles Kwanzaa is founded upon and be able to do a little dancing with the Kuumba Dancers.

For information, call the Museum’s Education Department at 863-688-5423.

Drop & Shop on Dec. 21

Bricks 4 Kidz, the popular children’s education and enrichment program, offers educational LEGO model building for students at locations across the United States, and has a Drop & Shop at Lakeside Village on Dec. 21, at Hampton Inn at the Lakeside Village in Lakeland.

Offering afterschool enrichment programs, pre-school classes, week-long summer camps, birthday parties, kids’ night out events, this Bricks 4 Kidz Drop & Shop is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is $25 per three hour session.

“Parents will be given the opportunity to finish up their holiday shopping or take a break from the hustle and bustle,” said Renee Wetherington, director of Polk Bricks 4 Kidz. “Our engineers will be creating motorized, remote controlled, Bricks 4 Kidz models and building fun Winter themed models out of LEGO bricks.”

The Polk County Bricks 4 Kidz programs began serving the community in 2010, with curriculums available at numerous, local, public and private schools. Those interested in finding out more can contact Renee Wetherington at

PCSO celebrates Christmas with local families

On Saturday, Dec. 14 the Polk County Sheriff’s West Division COPS — Community Oriented Policing — deputies will bring some Christmas cheer to 29 children during the annual Westside COPS Christmas party.

Each year, deputies identify children in the community who otherwise would not receive much for Christmas. The goal of this project is to provide at least three gifts per child. The gifts will be purchased by the deputies, with funds provided by Polk Sheriff’s Charities, Inc.

The children and their families can come at 11 a.m., where they will get hot dogs, hamburgers, beans, cookies, and drinks, provided by and cooked by McGee Tire of Lakeland. There will be a PCSO K-9 demonstration, the PCSO Mounted Unit, and other PCSO static displays.

From 1-2 p.m., two volunteers, acting as Santa and Mrs. Claus, will help the COPS deputies hand out the toys to the children.

The party is at the Wabash Community Center, 1200 Southern Ave., Lakeland.

On Dec. 21 several kids will participate in a “Shop With A Cop” program at the Mulberry Walmart, at 6745 N. Church Ave.

This is sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club, Walmart, and sheriff’s office. The McDonald’s inside Walmart will provide a free breakfast for approximately 20 children and their parents from 8-9 a.m.

The kids will then be accompanied by a deputy sheriff, and each will have $100 with which to go “shopping” for whatever gifts they choose. This money was raised through donations.

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