The seventh annual Crickette Club Yard Sale is coming in just a few weeks and the club is collecting goods for it now.
Open on Monday evenings, people can drop off items for the sale at the Girl Scout house on North Wilson Avenue (directly across from City Hall) for the sale.
It is scheduled to take place from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1 and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Girl Scout House, 355 N. Wilson Ave.
The sale includes furniture, holiday decorations, clothing, kids toys, kitchen items, home décor, tools and more.
July Friday Fest this week
Friday is fest time, as this month’s event is scheduled 6-9 p.m. on July 18 with the theme \ “Go back to the ‘70s.” It will take place along East Main Street and Central Avenue in downtown Bartow.
This street party, sponsored by Stay Inn & Suites and TWN Construction, Inc., will feature a variety of music from the 1970s (and other decades as well) presented by DJ Clint Edwards. There will be activities for children. Food and drink will be available for purchase from street vendors and downtown restaurants. There will also be an open cruise-in for classic cars, a blood drive, and the Bartow High School Class of 1974 will be kicking off its 40-year reunion weekend.
Yard sale follows it
The day after the Friday Fest there will be an Uptown Market Sale downtown.
It is scheduled from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the corner of Main Street and Wilson Avenue.
For those who would like to be a vendor, there is a $10 fee for a booth. Setup time for vendors begins at 7 a.m.
For information call 863-518-0644.
Strides Against Cancer event
A Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff event is scheduled Thursday, Aug. 7 at Paint Along Studios, 123 S. Kentucky Ave., Lakeland.
There is a 6 p.m. registration and the dinner program begins at 6:30 p.m.
People planning to attend should RSVP by July 25 at 813-319-5922 or email Jenna.DiGiannantonio@cancer.org
Leap Faith underway
Starting this week the Burkett Chapel Primitive Baptist Church is doing a Leap Faith and it’s open to anyone who wants to come.
The event celebrates the 120th anniversary of the church. It started on Monday.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be revival nights with Elder Benjamin Adams Jr., a senior pastor from St. John’s Primitive Church in Clearwater. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the service starts at 7 p.m. each night.
On Saturday, July 19 there will be a family picnic from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sunday, July 20 is anniversary day with a dimension prayer at 7:40 a.m. and an early service at 8 a.m. with Elder Marcus D. Floyd. That afternoon there will be a Parade of States Luncheon at 2 p.m. at the Bartow Civic Center. Tickets for that event is $25.
For information, call 863-533-3058.
Vacation Bible School in August
From Aug. 6-10, the Bartow First Assembly has a Vacation Bible School for children Pre-Kindergarten to fifth grade.
Those interested can register at bartowfirst.com or call the church office at 863-533-7488 for any questions.
We hope to see you there!
The VBS will be at the church, 915 S. Broadway, Bartow.
Craft Fair plans underway
The 23rd annual Downtown Bartow Craft Fair isn’t for a few months, but Main Street Bartow is looking for vendors.
It is scheduled from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 in downtown Bartow.
The fair features handmade, all season crafts. Vendor spaces are 12 feet by 12 feet and cost $50.
There will be children’s activities and food will be available. There will be a classic car show.
For information, call Main Street Bartow at 863-519-0508.
Dancing With the Stars set
For those who love watching “Dancing With the Stars” and other similar programs are being urged to circle Sept. 12 on their calendars. That’s when the Bartow Kiwanis Club will be presenting “Dancing Under the Stars,” which will take place at the Bartow Civic Center.
The event will feature two professional dance couples, both sets deemed Professional Ballroom U.S. Rising Star Champions: Sergey Barsukov and Maria Sidnjova, and Nazar Norva and Irine Kudryashova.
Basukov and Sidnjova are rising stars in American Smooth dancing, while Norva and Kudryashova are rising stars in American Rhythm. Most recently, Basukov and Sidnjova placed fourth in the U.S. Professional Smooth in Chicago, a division above Rising Star and just three places from U.S. Champion.
Since switching to American Rhythm in March 2013, Norov and Kudryashova immediately had great success by winning every single Rising Star event in the country including 2013 United States National Professional Rising Star Championship. They are Bronze Medalists of the United States National Open Professional American Rhythm Championship and World American Rhythm Open Professional Championship. They also are Grand Finalists at every major championship in the United States.
Entertainment in-between performances will be provided by the Z Street Band.
Tickets are $50 for general admission and $100 for VIP tickets, and can be paid using Visa and MasterCard. To order, call the Sutton Law Firm, 863-533-8912, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Sponsorships are still available.
Can sign up now for Biz Kids
The Chamber’s summer workshop for kids titled, “Biz Kids,” is a program in which children will learn firsthand how a business is run from merchants who operate within the Community Redevelopment Agency confines. This is the third year for the program, and more than 60 kids have already participated.
The classes run Tuesday mornings for six weeks in one or two hour increments through Aug. 12. Class is from 9-10 a.m. or 9-11 a.m. Classes are provided for kids entering third grade through finishing eighth grade.
Bartow merchants will teach children about their businesses and provide a business-related craft that the child may take home. Children will experience a different business each week and receive a glimpse of the entrepreneurial life — and a T-shirt.
Cost for the class is $15 per hour each Tuesday. Those businesses that provide two hour increment classes cost $30 per session. Kids may choose from a variety of businesses such as The Cookie Jar, Simply Storage, Bartow Christian Books and Gifts, Especially 4 U Catering, Main Street Provisions, The Polk County History Center, Spath Jewelers, and The Polk County Democrat. A limited amount of scholarships are available, Condello said.
Running a business requires a lot of behind-the-scenes work and tough decisions. The Biz Kids Summer Worship will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the real nuts and bolts of running a business. The inspiration is priceless.
For information, or to make sure your child has a spot in the workshop, contact Virginia Condello at the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce, 863 533-7125 or email Virginia@ bartowchamber.com.