Friday, Oct. 12
JUST BETWEEN FRIENDS: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 14, RP Funding Center, 701 W. Lime St., Lakeland, free parking, Prime Time shopping 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 11 $20 at the door or $15 online, free admission Oct. 12-14, www.lakeland.jbfsale.com, www.eventbrite.com/e/jbf-lakeland-prime-time-presale-shopping-fall-2018-tickets-45103591055. New and gently used children's consignment with thousands of clothes, shoes, baby equipment, maternity items, books, games, toys, furniture and more. Sunday is half price sale day. Halloween trick-or-treat party 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
EAGLE NEST TRAM TOUR: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 12, Circle B Bar Reserve, 4399 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland, free, registration required, sign up at reception desk or call 863-668-4673, ext. 205. A personalized tour of an active bald eagle nest.
NORTH LAKELAND KIWANIS YARD SALE FUNDRAISER: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 13, 848 W. Daughtery Road, Lakeland. Proceeds will be used to serve children and community projects in north Lakeland.
POINT OF VIEW GALLERY TALK: Noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 12, Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College, 800 E. Palmetto St., Lakeland, free, space is limited, RSVP by email at Reservations@PolkMuseumofArt.org, polkmuseumofart.org. Derek Menchan, professor of humanities, philosophy and music at Polk State College will discuss artist Marc Chagall and his illustrations inspired by the "Fables of La Fontaine" and "The Story of Exodus."
COMPUTER/TABLET/SMARTPHONE CLASS: 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 12, Lake Alfred Public Library, 245 N. Seminole Ave., Lake Alfred, free, 863-291-5378, email@example.com.
NAACP FREEDOM FUND BANQUET: 7 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Lake Eva Event Center, 799 Johns Ave., Haines City, $45 adults, $20 children, $75 ticket with annual membership, www.eventbrite.com/e/haines-city-naacp-freedom-fund-banquet-tickets-49574791536. The theme is Defeat Hate — Vote, with guest speaker Bartholomew Banks.
Saturday, Oct. 13
ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES MARKET: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. second Saturdays, along Main Street, Bartow, Main Street Bartow 863-519-0508, reserve $20 booth space with Irene 646-0644.
DOWNTOWN FARMERS CURB MARKET: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, North Kentucky Avenue and Oak Street, Lakeland, free, 863-683-2783, www.downtownfarmerscurbmarket.org. Fresh, local foods and crafts.
SPCA WELLNESS WAGON: Second Saturdays, 8 to 10:30 a.m. Lake Alfred Diner, 185 S. Lakeshore Way, Lake Alfred; 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lowe's Home Improvement, 2301 U.S. 92, Auburndale, and 3 to 5 p.m. Lakeland Fire Department, Station 1, 701 E. Main St., Lakeland, pricing varies, www.spcaflorida.org/ww. Offering vaccines, heartworm testing and deworming.
LAKE WALES FARMERS MARKET: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. second and fourth Saturdays, Stuart Avenue and Park Avenue, downtown Lake Wales, 863-676-8782, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SECOND SATURDAY MARKET: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. second and fourth Saturdays, Central Park, downtown Winter Haven, free, 863-258-3561, 863ArtFest@gmail.com. Fresh foods, goods, arts, crafts and music by locals, pet friendly.
NATURE TRAM TOURS: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 13, 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 14, Circle B Bar Reserve, 4399 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland, free, sign up by calling 863-668-4673 ext. 205 or at the reception desk. Tour the Banana Creek Marsh with a volunteer guide who will point out plants, birds and history of the property. Nature Tour sign-ups begin on the first working day of each month.
COFFEE WITH ARTIST - JOHN JACOPELLE: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 13, Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College, 800 E. Palmetto St., Lakeland, free, 863-688-7743, polkmuseumofart.org. Explore the artist's exhibition "Conversing with Reality," that will be on view through Dec. 30.
POLK STATE ARCHAEOLOGY CLUB: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 13, Polk State College, WLR 204, 999 Ave. H NE, Winter Haven, free and open to the public, Kathleen Riley 863-299-8430. Rachel Sanderson presents "La Florida: The Digital Archive of the Americas," a project that publishes documents from the history of Colonial Florida.
FALL WILDFLOWER/BUTTERFLY WALK: 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 13, Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell, park entry $3 per vehicle or annual Florida park pass, 352-793-4781. Walk the park trails and look at wildflowers and butterflies. Bring a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.
FIRE STATION OPEN HOUSE: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13, Jan Phyl Station No. 5, 333 American Spirit Road, Winter Haven and Babson Park Station No. 1, 714 N. Scenic Highway, Babson Park, free, email@example.com. Meet local firefighters, tour the fire station, receive fire safety tips, experience different types of firefighting vehicles, learn how to join fire rescue and free blood pressure checks.
BOAT SAFETY CHECKS: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. second Saturdays, Lake Ariana Park, 2215 Ariana Blvd., Auburndale; Lake Shipp Park, 1649 Lake Shipp Drive, Winter Haven, free. Flotilla 77 provides boat safety checks, vessel safety equipment examinations.
ART IN FAITH FORUM: 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 13, 8:50 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 14, All Saints' Episcopal Church, 202 S. Massachusetts Ave., Lakeland, free, registration required, 863-688-4502, www.allsaintsweb.org. Featuring speaker and author Terry Glaspey and musical performances by Southeastern University Chamber Singers and Strings, Patrick Flieitz and Friends, Gabriella Marichal, Coleman Ellis, Rebecca Renfroe-Borneman, Chuck Fulton, Larry Sledge and Kevin Townsend. Childcare will be provided for children through age 8 on Saturday morning and for those through age 5 on Saturday afternoon, call 863-688-4502 to register. Lunch will be available on Sunday following services for $8 per person in Moses Hall.
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS ORIENTATION AND TRAINING: 10:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 13, Big Brother Big Sister Office, 1231 E. Orange St., Lakeland, 863-220-1116, bbbstampabay.org/be-a-big. This information session is a required part of the application process to become a Big Brother or Big Sister.
ART LAB: 10:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 13, Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College, 800 E. Palmetto St., Lakeland, free for members, $5 nonmembers, space is limited, RSVP by email at Reservations@PolkMuseumofArt.org, polkmuseumofart.org. Participants are introduced to one of the museum's exhibitions in a fun and accessible, hands-on learning experience. Lab will complement the current exhibitions "Material World: A Global Family Portrait" and "Hungry Planet: What the World Eats," led by Pierre and Cathy Dutertre.
PUBLIC LECTURE BY CASSANDRA LANGER: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 13, Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College, 800 E. Palmetto St., Lakeland, free, 863-688-7742, polkmuseumofart.org. Cassandra Langer, art historian and critic, will discuss the exhibition "The Art of Romaine Brooks."
IMPERIAL POLK GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY MEETING: 1 p.m. Oct. 13, Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 3140 Troy Ave., Lakeland, free, 863-686-3886. The topic is "Brick Walls" plus Show and Tell with presenter Alvie Davidson.
VEGETARIAN COOKING WITH CHEF WARREN CATERSON: 3:30 p.m. Oct. 13, Lake Wales Public Library, Schoenoff Meeting Room, 290 Cypress Garden Lane, free, registration required, 863-678-4004 ext. 221.
WIDOWS, WIDOWERS AND SINGLES CLUB: 5 p.m. Oct. 13, Village Inn, 3770 Lakeside Village Court, Lakeland, cost of meal, reservations required by 6 p.m. Oct. 12, 863-646-0005.
ASTRONOMY NIGHT: 7 p.m. Oct. 13, Colt Creek State Park, 16000 SR 471, Lakeland, park entry fee $4 per car, 863-682-0348, firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring your own telescope or binoculars, some will be available for use.
Sunday, Oct. 14
CRAB FEAST TOUR: Noon to 7 p.m. Oct. 14, Central Park, 41 Fifth St. NW, Winter Haven, $55 adults blue and snow crabs, $45 adults snow crabs only, $35 adults blue crabs only, $45 children blue and snow crabs, $35 children snow crabs only, $25 children blue crabs only, www.gopartylive.com/crabfeast. All you can eat blue and snow crabs with a side of potatoes, corn and hush puppies.
CLAY ART - AIR DRAY CLAY & POTS: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 14, Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell, park entry $3 per vehicle or annual Florida park pass, class $5 per person, children 12 and younger are free, preregistration required, space is limited, 352-793-4781. Artist Carol Applegate will show how to work with clay pots and clay. All materials provided.
THE GREAT PUMPKIN PATCH: Noon to 7 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays Oct. 14-31, First United Methodist Church, 316 Lake Ariana Blvd., Auburndale, free admission, 863-967-1262, www.fumcauburndale.com. Photo ops, goody bags and other interesting items. Free Party at the Patch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 27 with hot dogs, games, candy and more.
Monday, Oct. 15
OWN THE UPSIDE PREVENTION SUMMIT: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15, Lake Eva Banquet Hall, 799 Johns Ave., Haines City, free for School Board employees and law enforcement officers, $25 for non-school board/law enforcement attendees, registration required, 863-291-5355, www.owntheupsidepolk.com/events. Gain up-to-date information with a realistic view of current positive youth culture, emerging drug trends, judicial updates, e-cigarettes, and bullying. Continuing education units are available. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd will address participants and Patrick T. Grady of TNT Enterprises will emcee the event.
BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS: 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 15, Bartow Public Library, 2150 S. Broadway Ave., Bartow, free, seating is limited, reservations required, 863-534-0131, www.cityofbartow.net/library. Learn Windows 10.
LAKELAND CHESS CLUB: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, Kelly Recreation Complex, second floor, 404 Imperial Blvd., Lakeland, $1 per person, 863-513-2532, email@example.com. Pick-up games; equipment provided; all ages and levels.
UNIVERSITY LECTURE SERIES: 8 p.m. Oct. 15, University of South Florida, Marshall Student Center Oval Theater, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, free and open to the public, www.usf.edu/uls. Featuring actor Winston Duke of "Black Panther" and "Avengers: Infinity War," will focus on his life experiences and the influence of films on black culture.
PUMPKIN CHARACTER CONTEST: Deadline is Oct. 15, Bartow Public Library, 2150 S. Broadway Ave., Bartow, free, 863-534-0131, www.cityofbartow.net/library. Decorate a plastic pumpkin to look like a character of your favorite book. Your Halloween art will be featured in the library, winners will be chosen on Halloween. Age ranges for prizes are children 5-12, teens 13-18, adults 19 and older. Bring entries to the circulation desk.