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Arts, Music

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

Art Display — La Florida: 500 Years In the Place of Flowers by John Moran, Feb. 22 — April 10. This John Moran photography exhibit commemorates the natural history and culture of our state, which roughly translates to “land of flowers.” Sponsored by the Florida Wildflower Foundation & the Florida State Wildflower license plate.

Live at the Gardens! Music at Pinewood Series featuring Geert D’hollander and Friends, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., April 6. Enjoy a very special performance by Bok Tower Gardens’ award-winning carillonneur, Geert D’hollander. $25 per person. Reservations required. Call Bok Tower Gardens at 863-676-1408 or visit

Members Only Founder’s Room Tours, inside the Singing Tower, Bok Tower Gardens, 9 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m. or 11:15 a.m., April 11, only for Bok Tower Gardens members at the Sustainer level and above. Reservations required at 863-734-1233.

Moonlight Carillon Concert, Bok Tower Gardens, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., April 13. Enjoy a carillon concert under the light of the full moon. A unique opportunity to visit the Gardens after-hours and have a light dinner at the Blue Palmetto Café. $5 per person. Free for members.

Concert Under the Stars, Bok Tower Gardens, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., April 26. The Gardens’ premier outdoor live music event! Concert Under the Stars features annually-changing blue-jazz, pop-grass performances for all ages in a unique festival atmosphere. This year’s concert includes progressive American folk rock and “newgrass” band, The Greencards. Advance: $20 adults. $8 children ages 5-12. Children under 5 admitted free. Day of: $25 per person. $10 children ages 5-12. Tickets include all-day admission.

Antiques, Arts and Oddities in Toyworld Coffee Shop on Park Avenue, 8 a.m. — 12 p.m., first Saturday of every month. Toyworld at 205 East Park Ave. Lake Wales. Info: Allan at 352-446-8448.

See the Jazz Festival listing below under “Community Festivals.”


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.”

Grits and Gravy (Teen Theatre Production), auditions begin 7 p.m. on April 7 and 8, for ages 12 to 18, with a cast size of 23. Directed by Robby Hartley. Will perform June 13- 22.

“In a desperate attempt to save money and boost ratings, the President of the Letz Eat Television Network, Robert Gourmet, sends his reporters to the small town of Magnolia Blossom, Alabama, to cover the town’s annual Grits and Gravy Festival. Held annually at the local truck stop, this extravaganza features a pageant with three very competitive contestants, whose talents include taxidermy and putting a Corvette engine on a John Deere tractor. Citizens, visitors, reporters, and network viewers and actors all combine to tell a truly hilarious tale of small town quirkiness, network mismanagement and fried food.”

Movie Flicks in the Garden — “Sleepless in Seattle” from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., April 4, Bok Tower Gardens. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan star in this 1993 romantic comedy. The final film in Bok’s Spring Flicks series. Included with $5 admission, ages 5 and older.

Community Festivals

Jewel of the Ridge Jazz Festival , Wednesday and Thursday, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 5:30 - 9 p.m., April 9 — 12, Polk State JD Alexander Center.

Wingin’ It Festival , by Lilly, O’Toole and Brown, Friday, Chicken Wing Competition, 4 p.m. - 11 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m., April 11 and 12, Winter Haven Airport, 2073 U.S. 92, Winter Haven. Info: (863) 298-4551.

Free admission with paid parking.

Lake Wales Farmer’s Market , 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, downtown Lake Wales, in the Marketplace on Stuart Ave. Farm fresh produce and more.

Lake Wales Car Show , 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., 4th Saturday of every month, downtown Lake Wales on Stuart and Park Avenues.

Service Clubs

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.


Easter Sunrise Service , Bok Tower Gardens, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., April 20. A longstanding tradition, Easter morning worshippers are offered free admission from 6–8 a.m. to experience a magical sunrise service with full choir, brass ensemble, live carillon performances, and inspirational Easter message delivered by local clergy. A buffet breakfast will be served in the Blue Palmetto Café following, for an additional fee.

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.

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

Quilting Florida by Carolyn Friedlander, display, Bok Tower Gardens, April 12 — June 4. Carolyn’s custom machine quilting has received recognition at local and national shows. In 2011, she diversified her craft by developing a line of art quilt stamps and a fabric line with Robert Kaufman. Her aesthetic draws on elements of art, architecture, and the history of quilt making.

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.

Lake Wales Chamber After Hours, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Lake Wales Woman’s Club, April 8, 275 E. Park Ave., Lake Wales. Info: 863-696-3766.

Citizen of the Year Gala, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m., Lake Wales Country Club. Donations are still needed for silent auction, and call the Chamber. Info: 863-676-3445.


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.


Lake Wales Charter School Board of Trustees meeting . Workshop begins at 3:30, followed by board meeting at 5 p.m., Monday, April 21, Janie Howard Wilson Elementary.

Spring Break, March 24-28, both the Lake Wales Charter Schools and Polk County Public Schools.

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.

Open Houses

Webber International University Open House, 9:30 a.m., April 5. 1201 N. Scenic Hwy., Babson Park. Info: 863-638-1431.

Lake Aurora Christian Camp and Retreat Center Open House, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., April 6, 237 Golden Bough Rd., Lake Wales. Info: 863-696-1102.


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.

Lake Wales Care Center Run Like You Care, 5K and 10K race. Registration at 7 a.m., races start at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 5, at the shore of Lake Wailes across from Kiwanis Park. Also will be a kids fun run too. Music, bounce houses, and games. Proceeds support Care Center’s Meals on Wheels program. Info:


Small Business Development Center in Lake Wales, 5:30 — 8 p.m., April 15, Lake Wales Public Library Community Room, 290 Cypress Gardens Lane, Lake Wales. Start your own business. Fee is $25 and you must register only online. Speaker is Carl Hadden. Info: 863-678-4004.

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

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.

City Government

Lake Wales City Commission meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of every month, City Municipal Building, 201 W. Central Ave., Lake Wales. Public comment is limited to 5 minutes per person.

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