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Bark in the Park 

May 3, 6-9pm in Central Park in Winter Haven.  Shop pet vendors, listen to music, and enjoy time with your favorite four-legged friends. Annual wiener dog race at 7pm. Humane Society of Polk County is bringing their canine companions looking for new homes!

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Kentucky Derby Day Party 

May 4, 3-8pm at Rocking H Ranch.  Enjoy mint juleps, buffet dinner by Frescos with traditional Derby fare.  Silent auction, racing games and a hat contest for ladies and gents. Feed the horses near the barn, and view the Kentucky Derby race LIVE on a big screen. Funds support Polk County programs to help seniors, prevent homelessness and hunger.  Purchase tickets at

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Tribute to Modern Jazz 

May 4, 7-8:30pm.  The Lake Wales Arts Council is proud to host their Executive Director Andrew Allen and his ensemble of jazz all-stars for an evening of Modern Jazz Quartet hits.  The Modern Jazz Quartet was a jazz combo established in 1952 that played music influenced by classical, cool jazz, blues and bebop.  (863) 676-8426

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Kiwanis Club of WH Charity Golf Kickoff Event 

May 9, 6-8:30pm.  A great evening of fun, food, silent auction and live entertainment by Hunter Smith in The Packing House at Grove Roots! This kick-off to our golf tournament is open to all. Tickets are $35, your support has allowed us to serve the children in our community for nearly 85 years!

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Girls Inc. of Winter Haven “She Knows Where She’s Going” Luncheon 

May 10, 12-1:30pm at the Polk State Student Center.  Girls Inc. of WH serves over 220 girls annually.  The 28th anniversary celebration luncheon will honor all past honorees and celebrate four outstanding women who are recognized as leaders and role models for the girls and young women of Greater Winter Haven. Purchase tickets at


Mayfaire by-the-Lake 

May 10 & 11. One of Florida’s premier outdoor art festivals. Mayfaire is located on the shores of beautiful Lake Morton in downtown Lakeland, Florida. Mayfaire is one of the largest and oldest outdoor art festivals in Central Florida and is on Sunshine Artist magazine’s prestigious “Best 200 Art Shows” list as number 20 in 2016. (863) 688-7743


Les Dudek 

May 11, 6:30pm at Gram Parsons Derry Down.  Recording artist, Les Dudek, is known in the music world as a Guitar Legend whose contributions have influenced the history of Rock ‘n’ Roll.  Les Dudek is a real American treasure that is recognized and admired by his peers as a genuine talent, a masterful musician and revered as a Guitar Legend to audiophiles and guitar aficionados.


Hairspray Jr. 

May 17-19 at Theatre Winter Haven.  Fun for everyone! With a catchy score and “over the top” characters, this musical will keep you bouncing in your seat from beginning to end! (863) 294-7469

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Veterans Project:  When the Wind Stops 

May 17 & 18 at the Ritz Theatre in Winter Haven.  A new play based upon the remembrances and recollections from over 100 hours of recorded stories of the veterans of Polk County along with found text collected and curated by Christopher Eubanks, Darian Henne, and Katrina Ploof.  Created for Theatre Winter Haven’s The Veterans Project.

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Slow Roll & Ski Show 

May 18, 5pm at The Bike Shop of Winter Haven.  Ride your bike “slow” through downtown Winter Haven. Mid-roll we will stop to take in the world famous Cypress Gardens Ski Team. After a little skiing action we will roll back to Grove Roots where we will drink with friends & appreciate our town!  More info on FB @slowrollskishow

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