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Arts, Music

Handbell Artist Kristine Stout will provide a concert with her 37 English handbells at the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services of the Lake Wales Lutheran Church on Sunday, March 9. The church is at 640 S. Scenic Hwy. Info: 863-676-4715.

Bok Tower Garden Carillon concerts, 1 and 3 p.m. daily. Info: 863-676-1408.


Almost Maine, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., March 21 through April 6, Lake Wales Little Theatre.

“On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend — almost — in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.”

Community Festivals

Art-B-Que from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, March 7. 43rd Annual Lake Wales Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday, Lake Wailes.

International Carillon Festival, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 8 through March 16, Bok Tower Gardens. Festival theme is “New Music on Old Bells.” Included with admission. Info: 863-676-1408.

Service Clubs

Woman’s Club monthly meeting, 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 6, 275 Park Ave., Woman’s Club House. Lunch is $5.

Lake Wales Woman’s Club annual Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, March 7 and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 8 at the club house at 275 Park Ave. Lots of goods and they will be selling hot dogs and baked goods on Friday too. Info: Jessica Bray, 863-514-5638.

Lake Wales Kiwanis 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, March 3 and March 17. Oakwood Golf and Country Club. Attendees pay for own lunch.

Lake Wales Lions Club, 6:30 p.m., second and fourth Tuesday of the month, American Legion Post 71 on West Park Avenue. Info: 863-676-6861 or

Frostproof Rotary Club, 12 noon, first and third Thursdays of each month lunch meeting at Frostproof Care Center Community room. For more information, email

American Legion Post 71 Meeting, 6 p.m., second Thursday of each month, 43 W. Park Ave., Lake Wales. Info: 863-589-5689.

Sons of the American Legion meeting, 6 p.m., third Thursday of every month, 43 W. Park Ave., Lake Wales. Info: 863-589-5689.

American Legion Riders Meeting, 10 a.m., third Saturday of each month, 43 W. Park Ave., Lake Wales. Info: 863-589-5689. May take rides after the meetings.

Unity in Community Meeting at B Street Center, 8 a.m., first Thursday of every month, 230 B Street, Lake Wales. Info: 863-679-8091.


60th Homecoming Celebration, First Baptist Church of Alturas — Southern Gospel Sing, 6 p.m., Saturday, March 8, featuring The Gulf State Quartet. The second day, at 9:45 a.m. — coffee and donuts, 11 a.m. worship service, Sunday, March 9, 7960 Poinsettia Ave. Alturas, Fla. Info: Sherry Maberry, 863-528-8677.

The Frostproof Seventh-Day-Adventist Church distributes free soup & sandwich at 11 a.m. every 2nd. Sunday at 530 N. Scenic Hwy. Delivery to sick and shut-ins and those unable to pick up, call 863-635 3500 or 863-657-2495 a day or two before to allow delivery time.

First United Methodist Church, Dust and Ashes concert with Tom Page and Mary Lou Troutman, 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 16. Church is at 230 N. Fifth St. Info: 863-676-2516.

Drawing, Painting and Crafts

Lake Wales Quilters, 1 p.m., second Tuesday of each month. High Point Church, 150 Burns Ave. Info: Sue Stiles, 863-676-3949.

Watercolors for all levels with Don Porter, 9 a.m. to noon each Saturday. Frostproof Art League, 12 E. Wall St., Frostproof. Painting with watercolor ongoing class. $10 members, $12 nonmembers. Info: 863-635-7271.

Painting With Pat Bowen — 9 a.m. to noon, every Monday until April 28. Frostproof Art League, 12 E. Wall St., $10 members/ $12 nonmembers. Info: 863-635-7271.

Painting with Pat Bowen, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., every Tuesday for 10 weeks. Intermediate to experienced, Frostproof Art League, 12 E. Wall St., Frostproof. Info: 863-635-7271.

Teen Art Studio, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., every Thursday until May 1. Art Gallery, 12 E. Wall St., Frostproof. Free for middle school students. Info: 863-635-7271.

Quilting For The Beginner — Quilting with Barbara McFarr, 1 to 3 p.m., Mondays until April 28. Frostproof Art League, 12 E. Wall St., Frostproof. $10 members/$12 nonmembers.

Open Knitting & Crochet Group — 5:30 to 7 p.m., every Friday night, Lake Wales Library main lobby. Open knitting and crochet is free and welcome to all fiber crafters with some experience, very little instruction is provided. Info: 863-678-4004.

Craft Day Monday, 9 a.m. to 6:15 p.m., Mondays, Lake Wales Library. Quick and easy crafts in the Youth Services Department.

Teen Knitting and Crocheting, and general activities, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. each Friday, Lake Wales Library Schoenoff Meeting Room. Info: 863-678-4004, ext. 224 or visit

Social events

Indian Lake Estates Bingo. Doors open at 5:30, begins at 6:30 p.m., every Sunday, 7510 Red Grange Blvd. New games and some larger jackpots, packs are $10. Jackpot for last game is $250. Two 50/50 games with all other games paying out $40. Snack bar will be open from 5:30 p.m. until half time. Info: 863-692-1433.


Yoga classes, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., every Monday and Wednesday, Lake Wales Library Meeting Room. Both are led by certified Yoga instructors. Wear loose-fitting clothing and bring water if desired. Fees are $10 per class, $32 for 4 classes or $60 for 8 classes of instruction. Info: 863-678-4004.

Florida Blue offers free Tai Chi Classes, 5:30 p.m., every Tuesday at their Winter Haven Office, 385 Cypress Gardens Blvd.

Florida Blue offers free Zumba Gold, 5:30 p.m., Monday, and 10 a.m. Friday at their Winter Haven office, 385 Cypress Gardens Blvd.

City government

City commission/CRA meeting, CRA is at 5:45, Commission at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 201 W. Central Ave.


Lake Wales Charter Schools Finance Committee meeting, 7 a.m., Thursday, March 13 at the LWCS Central Office, 130 E. Central Ave. Info: Brian Fisher at 863-679-6560, ext. 223.

Lake Wales Charter Schools Board of Trustees, 3:30 p.m. work session, 5 p.m. board meeting, Monday, Mar. 17, Dale R. Fair Babson Park Elementary. Info: Marie Cherrington-Gray at 863-679-6560, ext. 226.

Polk County School Board meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month and at 5 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month, at the School Board auditorium at the District Main Office at 1915 S. Floral Ave., Bartow. Board meetings are videotaped and aired on cable television. To address the School Board on a particular issue, register with the Superintendent’s Office, 863-534-0521, to be placed on the agenda.


Wiltshire Scholarship Foundation Weekly Fish Fry Fundraiser, 6 to 8 p.m., Fridays at the B Street Community Center.

LWTeamNatural holds a 5K Bunny Ears Theme, 5:30 to 11:30 a.m., 5:30 to 9 p.m., Saturday, April 12. Sign in 7 to 8 a.m. 1100 N. Lakeshore Blvd. Lake Wales. Registration deadline: April 1. Info: Darwin or Yessi, 863-651-8502.


The Good Shepherd 8th Annual Golf Outing, 1 p.m., Saturday, March 8, Lake Wales Country Club. Those who wish to join for dinner only can contact Lisa Carter at 863-676-8578.


Lake Wales Literacy Council and ReadPolk will hold a workshop to train volunteers, 8:30 to 4 p.m., March 15, JD Alexander Center, Room 215, Lake Wales. Event is free, continental breakfast and lunch are provided. Info: Faith Treadway, program coordinator, 863-676-5767.

Self Help

Recovery for Life program, ongoing program for those who suffer addictions, 7 p.m. every Monday, 530 N Scenic Hwy., Frostproof. Also at Lake Wales Care Center at 12 p.m. on Thursdays.


The 4th Thursday Book Discussion Group, 11 a.m., the fourth Thursday of each month, Lake Wales Library Schoenoff Meeting Room, Lake Wales Library. Books available for checkout. Info: 863-678-4004 or visit

Polk County Library Cooperative offers bookmobile service to outlying regions of the county. There are three twice-monthly stops that serve the Lake Wales area:

10 to 11 a.m., 2nd and 4th Tuesday at Village Green Apartments, State Road 60 E.

11 a.m. to noon, 2nd and 4th Tuesday at Lakeshore, State Road 60 E.

1 to 2:30 p.m., 2nd and 4th Tuesday at Indian Lake Estates, State Road 60 E.

Info: Robin Newman, Bookmobile Librarian — 863-834-4270 or

More info:

Night Owl Book Discussion Group, 6 p.m., fourth Tuesday of each month, Lake Wales Library Schoenoff Meeting Room. Books are available for checkout. Info: 863-678-4004 or

Bridge classes, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Wednesdays until March 12, Lake Wales Public Library Schoenoof Meeting Room. Six-part class, Bridge in the 21st Century. Certified instructor Ken Broas will teach the class. Registration is $50 for the 6 classes, in advance. Optional textbook available to students. Info: call 863-678-4004 or email

eReader Support Group, 2:30 p.m., each Thursday, Lake Wales Library. No fee or signup required. eReader Support Group provides basic training on Kindle, Nook & iPad use as well as the LWPL’s eBook collection for these devices. Info: 863-678-4004.

Magic The Gathering, 5:30 - 9 p.m., every Friday, Lake Wales Library Meeting Room. Info: 863-678-4004, ext.4.

Chess for Kids, 2 - 4 p.m. Tuesdays and noon- 3 p.m., Saturdays, Lake Wales Library.

Polk Works Mobile Unit, 9 a.m., first Tuesday of every month, Lake Wales Library, 290 Cypress Gardens Lane. Polk Works Mobile Unit will help in applying for jobs, prepare resumes, submit applications & search for jobs online, free. Info: Polk Works Mobile One-Stop unit call (863) 508-1100.

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