Tuesday, Nov. 7
BARTOW CHIEF CHAT: 7:30 a.m. first Tuesdays, Urban Oak Café, 135 E. Main St., Bartow, free/cost of food. Monthly chat with Bartow Police Chief Joe Hall, no agenda, just conversation.
PINE NEEDLE BASKET CLASS: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 7, Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. Park entry $ 3 per vehicle or annual Florida park pass, $ 5 per person, children 12 and younger are free, preregistration is required, 352-793-4781.
PSC VETERANS DAY EVENT: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 7, Polk State College, LAC 1133, 3425 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland, free, 863-297-1000. Presentation on WWI with guest speaker JJ Corbet, member of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion. Refreshments will be served.
NUTCRACKER AUDITIONS: 4:30 p.m. Nov. 7, Rochelle School of the Arts, 1501 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Lakeland, free, registration required, www.nutcracker.com/auditions. Moscow Ballet host studio Highland School of Dance is holding auditions for ballet students ages 6-18, with a minimum one year of ballet training. Selected children will perform in the “Great Russian Nutcracker” Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland.
Wednesday, Nov. 8
MY POLK CITY LAUNCH: 8 to 9 a.m. Nov. 8, Bronson Community Center, 124 Bronson Trail, Polk City, free, reservations not required but encouraged, 863-534-7130 ext. 178, firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEDNESDAY FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Fort Blount Park on West Davidson Street, Bartow, Main Street Bartow 863-519-0508.
VIETNAM MEMORIAL WALL ESCORT: 11 a.m. Nov. 8, 5 p.m. Nov. 9, escort starts at south of the old Harley Davidson dealership on U.S. 27 in Lake Wales and ends at the American Legion, 825 N. Charleston Ave., Fort Meade, free, donations accepted, Herman Fisher 863-512-6109, email@example.com. Escort is Wednesday, opening ceremony Thursday at the American Legion in Fort Meade; wall will be on display through Nov. 12.
THANKSGIVING/VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 8, Fontaine Gills Family YMCA, Gymnasium, 2125 Sleepy Hill Road, Lakeland, free, bring a dish to share (turkey and ham provided), 863-859-7769, www.ymcawcf.org.
LUNCH & LEARN — OUT OF THE BOX USES FOR VEGETABLES: Noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 8, Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales, included with regular admission, 863-676-1408, boktowergardens.org. Explore new ways to use common vegetables with Andrea Nikolai, UF/IFAS family and consumer science agent. Hear about carrot dogs and cauliflower ceviche among others. Samples provided.
CENTRAL FLORIDA JOB FAIR: Noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 8, Central Florida Fair Expo Park, 4603 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, free admission and parking, register as a job seeker at www.CFEC.org/job-fairs, 407-834-4022. Between 80 and 90 employers and job resource companies on hand. Job fair is military-friendly and veterans are encouraged to attend, no children please. Professional dress is required and bring resumes.
COOKING FOR TWO: 6 p.m. Nov. 8, Lakeland Public Library, 100 Lake Morton Drive, Lakeland, free, 863-834-4276, firstname.lastname@example.org. Chef Warren Caterson will share kitchen tips, cooking hints and humorous anecdotes about the joys and challenges of cooking for two. The presentation will end with a cooking demonstration, preparing a healthy entree that takes less than 15 minutes.
Thursday, Nov. 9
UPCYCLED PAPER AND GLASS ARTS AND CRAFTS: 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 9, Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. Park entry $ 3 per vehicle or annual Florida park pass, $ 5 per person, children 12 and younger are free, 352-793-4781. Park staff and volunteers will help you make decorative crafts from glass and paper.
PSC VETERANS DAY EVENT: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 9, Polk State College, WST 126/127, 999 Ave. H NE, Winter Haven, free, 863-297-1000. Presentation is WWI-Myrtice Young/Maria Trippe, Polk County History Center with guest speaker Col./retired Dr. Anthony Rizzo. Refreshments will be served.
RETIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEE MEETING: Lunch noon, meeting 1 p.m. Nov. 9, Perkins Restaurant, 6005 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven, price of meal. Guest speaker from BC/BS on the 2018 health insurance update.
EVENING BENEATH THE STARS: 6 p.m. Nov. 9, home of Linda and Danny Cannon, Lakeland, address provided after purchase of tickets, $ 100 per individual, $ 500 six-ticket bundle, sponsorships $ 1,000-$ 7,500. The Havana Nights themed event will recognize Hall Communications Vice President and General Manager Nancy Cattarius for her years of service to the community. Proceeds go to charity care, Cornerstone SALUTES! veterans program, Pet Peace of Mind, bereavement programs and other services that Cornerstone Hospice offers the community. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, call 863-291-5562, 866-742-6655 or visit www.cornerstonehospice.org.
HOLIDAY DECOR: 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Nov. 9, Bartow Public Library, 2150 S. Broadway Ave., Bartow, free, www.eventbrite.com/e/holiday-decor-tickets-35572916551, polkextension.com. Learn how to decorate indoors and outdoors for the holidays with plants, natural materials and other festive crafts.
WE VALUE OUR VOLUNTEERS GALA: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 9, Lake Mirror Auditorium, 121 S. Lake Ave., Lakeland, $ 35 adults, $ 20 children 17 and younger, 863-834-8970, PAL@lakelandgove.net. Lakeland Police Athletic League is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a fundraiser dinner and silent auction. Guest speaker will be life coach Renee Lopez. Dinner will be catered by Texas Road House Grill.
NAR-ANON FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP: A fellowship for those affected by someone else’s addiction, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Providence Community Building, 8936 U.S. 98 N, Lakeland, and Fridays at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 145 Edgewood Drive, Lakeland, free, 888-947-8885, www.naranonfl.org. A spiritual way of life based upon a 12-step program.
BINGO: Regular bingo, cash winnings, three jackpots, plus gift cards, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Santa Fe Catholic High School, 3110 U.S. 92 E, Lakeland, nine cards (including specials) $ 21; more available, 863-686-9086.
MARY ADKINS: 7 p.m. Nov. 9, Florida Southern College, Hollis Room, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, free, 863-680-3001, www.FLSouthern.edu/FLHistory. Florida Lecture Series with director of legal writing and appellate advocacy and master legal skills professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, Mary Adkins on “Making Modern Florida.”
LECTURE/PRESENTATION: Book signing 6 p.m., presentation 7 p.m. Nov. 14, Chain of Lakes Complex, Club Room, 210 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven, free, deadline to register is Nov. 7, registration required, www.eventbrite.com/e/krisanne-hall-speaking-on-the-us-constitution-and-the-2nd-amendment-tickets-36253496183. KrisAnne Hall, Constitutional lawyer, author and educator, will talk about the United States Constitution and the Second Amendment.