COPS FOR KIDS
Donate new, unwrapped toys until December 3 at any of these locations: Lakeland Police Department, 219 N. Mass Ave; City Hall, 228 S Mass Ave; Lakeland Public Libraries (100 Lake Morton Drive, 1700 N Florida Avenue, 4740 S Florida Avenue); Lakeland Electric, 501 E Lemon St; Kelly Recreation Complex, 404 Imperial Blvd. For additional information, call 863.834.6912.
Nov. 6, 9am-4pm at Munn Park in Lakeland. Art Crawl is a FREE festival featuring over 50 local artists selling artwork and competing for prizes alongside live music, performances, and art demonstrations! Art Crawl is designed to spotlight emerging artists, performers, other area art organizations, and grass-root art movements that may not fit the common tradition of art festivals in the area. Artcrawlfl.com
CATTLE BARON’S BOOTLEGGER BALL
Nov. 6, 6pm at Bunch Ranch. The American Cancer Society Polk County Cattle Baron’s Ball is a one-of-a-kind evening, featuring great food, dancing, an auction, and much more. With your support, the American Cancer Society saves lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back against cancer. Find more info on their FB @cattlebaronsballpolk.
LIP SYNC BATTLE: FOR THE LOVE OF KIDS
Nov. 6, 7pm at the Rp Funding Center. The Early Learning Coalition of Polk County will host the Annual Gala and The Lip Sync Battle for the Love of Kids Show. It will feature a formal dinner with special guests State Representative Melony Bell and daughter Ashley Bell Barnett. Afterward, various teams of local community organizations will compete for the Lip Sync Battle for the Love of Kids trophy. Purchase tickets at elcpolk.org.
POSH PURSE PARTY
Pace Polk’s annual Posh Purse Party is from Nov. 9-11. This virtual event will have new purses and experiences in the silent auction. Tickets are only $10, register and receive instructions about when and where you can start bidding on purses and auction items. Proceeds benefit Pace Center for Girls. Ppp21.givesmart.com
WINE, CHOCOLATE & CHEESE
Nov. 12, 5:30-8:30pm in Downtown Winter Haven. Over 30 businesses will host a wine & chocolate or a wine & cheese pairing. Your Tasting Passport will take you from business to business to sample each of the combinations! Live music on the street makes for a great night to explore Downtown with friends. Tasting Passport tickets can be purchased online or at the event (unless sold out). Mainstreetwh.com
SPCA SILVER PAWS
Nov. 13, 6pm at the Hilton Garden Inn Lakeland. SPCA Florida invites you to an evening of entertainment and joy with music, a delicious dinner, life-saving heroes, live drawing of an exciting raffle, silent auction, live auction with Marty Higgenbotham, and surprises. Celebrity Guests: Polk County Sheriff, Grady Judd. Purchase tickets in advance at e.givesmart.com/events/niz/
The Lakeland Margarita Society presents this event on Nov. 20 at the Lake Mirror Promenade. From 8-11pm, guests can enjoy live music, hors d’oeurves, margaritas, and more from local restaurants and bars. This is an annual event to raise donations which are distributed throughout the greater Lakeland area to charity organizations. In addition to purchasing a ticket, guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift (or cash donation) that they can drop off at the entry gate. Purchase tickets at LakelandMargaritaBall.com.
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
Nov. 27. First created in 2010, it’s always the Saturday after Thanksgiving to encourage people to shop small and bring more holiday shopping to local, small businesses. Check your favorite local stores & boutiques to see how they will be celebrating. Shopping at a family-owned shop or buying something handmade helps to promote more vibrant communities.
MUSEUM STORE SUNDAY
Nov. 28, 1-5pm at the Polk Museum of Art. “Be A Patron” and find quality gifts, handcrafted items, and local finds. Best of all, your purchase will directly support the museum! Members will receive 30% off their purchase, in-store only. Non-Members will receive 15% off their purchase in-store only. More info at polkmuseumofart.org