Reporting Local Concerns in Winter Haven Made Easy with the Access Winter Haven App
The City of Winter Haven is excited to announce the launch of the Access Winter Haven app, an app available for apple and android devices that makes reporting local problems easier than ever before. Whether it's a code compliance request, a damaged street sign, scheduling a bulk garbage pickup or any other quality-of-life condition that needs attention, the Access Winter Haven app is the quickest and most efficient way to report it. With the app's GPS function, residents can easily pinpoint their location and select from a menu of common issues. The app also allows users to upload pictures or videos to accompany their requests.
AgRally National Event Announces Selection of Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM for National Ag Day March 21st
Press Release Provided by: Mahalak Auto Group
The Certified Agriculture Dealer (CAD) Program, and their partner RFD-TV, announce they have selected eight Certified Agriculture Dealer locations for the March 21, 2023, to help bring a local flavor to the Washington D.C. events scheduled to celebrate National Agriculture Day.
Visit Central Florida’s Welcome Center will host an Easter Egg Hunt event on Saturday, April 8. This free event will take place from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m., featuring kid-friendly activities, giveaways and egg hunts beginning at the top of each hour (children will be separated into three age groups for each of the three sessions). There will be chances to win special prizes during each hunt and vendors will be on hand with local goods and treats for sale. For more information, call (863) 420-2586.
BayCare has selected Tom Garthwaite as the president of Winter Haven and Winter Haven Women’s Hospitals. Garthwaite, who has been interim president since Jan. 2, is a BayCare veteran who most recently served as president of St. Joseph’s Hospital-North in Lutz since 2020.
Summer & Fall Enrollment Starts March 27 with Priority Registration at Polk State College
Enrollment for the Summer 2023 Semester and the Fall 2023 Term at Polk State College will start on March 27 with priority registration for students who have completed at least 50% of their program requirements. Open enrollment will start on April 3. Currently enrolled students will be able to check the completion status of their program requirements on March 20 to determine if they are eligible for priority registration in Passport, where students register for classes. Prospective students can submit a free online application to the College by clicking here.
Giggle, Snort and Celebrate as The World’s First Peppa Pig Theme Park Turns One!
Yippee! It’s time to celebrate the World’s First Peppa Pig Theme Park turning one. In honor of the first anniversary, Peppa Pig Theme Park is hosting a three-day-only “Turning One” party, Fri., Feb. 24 through Sun., Feb. 26, with oinktastic, limited-time entertainment and activities for little piggies and their families.
Build an awesome staycation at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort this spring break with exclusive hotel deals for Florida residents and Annual Passholders, plus limited-time entertainment for the whole family.
SPCA Florida is hosting Pitties and Kitties, a spay and neuter day for personal pitbull-type dogs and personal cats. The event will offer spay and neuter services for 100 income-qualified residents of Polk County, with fees of $30.00 for cats and $45.00 for dogs. Dogs and cats will receive a spay or neuter, rabies vaccine, Da2ppv vaccine (dogs), FVRCP vaccine (cats), and a microchip.
GiveWell Community Foundation (GWCF) announced today the initiation of a leadership transition. John Attaway, Jr. has decided to step down as president and chief executive officer, effective March 1, 2023. The board of directors has appointed Catherine (Callie) Neslund as his successor. Attaway will remain on staff in a counsel role.
Provided by: The Winter Haven Optimist Club
Each year, the Winter Haven Optimist Club selects projects that benefit the youth of the Winter Haven vicinity. Previously, the Club members collected nearly 400 pairs of new children's socks. In consultation with school staff an additional need was identified, that being underwear for the children. This year the Club met with the residents of the Lake Ashton community and explained the Club’s role and purpose.
Mahalak Auto Group recently announced that Eric Edwards has been appointed General Manager at Alfa Romeo FIAT of Winter Haven
Mike Mahalak, president of the Mahalak Auto Group recently announced that Eric Edwards has been appointed General Manager at Alfa Romeo FIAT of Winter Haven. “We are very pleased to have Eric assume this position at our dealership.,” said Mr. Mahalak, “He started working with us over twenty-five years ago. His experience in all areas of the automotive industry including customer service, It, training and sales makes him the perfect person to assume the general manager position at our premiere dealership.”
Harrison School for the Arts is proud to present Roll out the Red Carpet for Harrison – A Night of Celebration with Food, Entertainment and Silent Auction. This annual fundraising event will take place on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. and is sponsored by the Harrison Parents' Association. We are featuring student performances, silent auction, and heavy hors doeuvres. Tickets are $60 each and can be purchased at www.harrisonarts.com/redcarpet. Save $10 per ticket on early bird purchases before February 3, 2023. You can register for the silent auction at no charge, simply visit www.harrisonarts.com/redcarpet. You don’t have to attend the performance to participate in the auction. The auction will go live the week of the event.
Bartow Ford, who will soon celebrate its 75th year in business, has found yet another way to support the community. This time, the dealership is supporting Achievement Academy. With three area campuses, Achievement Academy has served children with developmental delays and disabilities for more than 63 years. The quality education, therapy, and support that is needed to help these children reach their maximum potential requires community support and financial assistance to happen.
TREASURE AWAITS AS ALL-NEW PIRATE RIVER QUEST RIDE OPENS AT LEGOLAND® FLORIDA RESORT
Press Release Provided by: LEGOLAND Florida
Anchors aweigh! Set sail aboard the all-new Pirate River Quest, NOW OPEN at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort. This one-of-a-kind boat ride through the natural canals of historic Cypress Gardens whisks families away into a world of adventure in search of Captain Redbeard’s lost treasure, stolen by a troop of mischievous monkeys. Buccaneers can embark upon this quest daily – all included with general park admission or an Annual Pass.
This hilarious story unfolds brick by brick with a rowdy crew of LEGO® pirates, as adventurers encounter exciting sequences and exotic creatures on this captain-driven boat ride. From a sunken pirate ship to a fearsome kraken set amongst the lush Florida landscape, this tale captivates pirates and landlubbers of all ages. It’s all-hands-on-deck for this treasure quest, as riders count Captain Redbeard’s gems, coins and golden bricks along the way.
A Decade: Emily Rogers Celebrates 10 Years Helping Leaders and Teams Grow with Purpose
Press Release Provided by: Emily Rogers Consulting + Coaching
Emily Rogers Consulting + Coaching, an award-winning business, was launched in January 2013 with the sole purpose of helping leaders and teams grow and realize their full potential in purposeful and balanced ways.
Over the last decade, founder, Emily Rogers, has been widely recognized for the impact that she and her business are having on the Central Florida communities she serves. She is looked to as a thought leader in her field and is regularly published, quoted, and interviewed on the topic of leadership best practices.
Polk State College will host its 19th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at noon in the Winter Haven Campus Student Center (WST). The event is free and open to the public and will include lunch, entertainment, and a keynote by Dr. Hezedean A. Smith, Chief of Polk County Fire Rescue.
This year the event returns to campus after being held virtually during the COVID-19 public health emergency. This signature event, developed annually by Polk State's Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in partnership with the Polk State College Foundation, Student Activities & Leadership Office, and Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP), has become a tradition enjoyed not only by the College but also by the greater community.
Enrollment is open at Polk State College for the Spring 2023 Semester, which will begin on January 9. Currently enrolled students can register for classes in Passport. Prospective students must submit a free online application to Polk State. The application, as well as information about the admission and registration processes, is available at polk.edu/admission-aid/admissionsteps. Dual enrollment students should work with their high school advisors and email DEregistration@polk.edu if they need additional assistance. Help with admission, advising, registration, and financial aid is available remotely and on campus.
Press Release Provided by: Bank of Central Florida
Bank of Central Florida announces the formation of a board of trusted advisors in Plant City. The Plant City Advisory Board will bring together expertise from local business leaders with experience within Real Estate, Finance, Retail and other industries. The primary role of the advisory board will be to identify opportunities for the Bank to deliver services to help local business owners grow and expand within the Plant City area.
SEASONAL SPARKLE ARRIVES FOR HOLIDAYS AT LEGOLAND® PRESENTED BY HALLMARK CHANNEL
It’s the most wonderful time of the year to visit LEGOLAND® Florida Resort with the return of HOLIDAYS at LEGOLAND®, presented by Hallmark Channel, select dates Nov. 25 through Dec. 31. Celebrate the season and build holiday memories with a full lineup of festive entertainment, including new shows, cheerful LEGO® décor, merry meet and greets with LEGO® characters, tasty holiday treats and more. Here’s a look at the yuletide fun – all included with general park admission and select Annual Passes.
THE BIGGEST DEALS OF THE YEAR START TOMORROW FOR BLACK FRIDAY AT LEGOLAND® FLORIDA RESORT
Press Release provided by: LEGOLAND Florida Resort
Ahoy shoppers! LEGOLAND® Florida Resort’s biggest sale of the year is here! Captain Brickbeard has taken over Black Friday and is revealing the treasure he has in store. These swashbuckling savings include deep discounts on Annual Passes, vacation packages, and tickets. Exclusive early access for email subscribers started today. The Black Friday sale will officially be live tomorrow, Tues., Nov. 22, and guests can purchase at LEGOLANDFlorida.com.
AdventHealth Announces Expansion of Health Care Services with New Hospital in Winter Haven
Press Release Provided by: AdventHealth
AdventHealth announced it is expanding its healthcare network by planning for a four-story hospital and emergency room along Cypress Gardens Boulevard in Winter Haven.
The 42-acre property will be developed as a full medical campus which includes a 192-bed hospital with emergency department and medical offices with ancillary facilities. “I’m excited about the opportunity to further expand our services in Winter Haven and continue to meet the growing needs of our community by providing world class, whole person care to residents close to home,’’ said Tim Clark, President and CEO of the AdventHealth Polk Market. “We know that convenient access to health care is a priority, and this new hospital and medical campus will provide needed primary and specialty care to an underserved area in the southeast area of Winter Haven.’’
GiveWell Community Foundation and United Way of Central Florida respond to Polk, Hardee, Highlands communities affected by Hurricane Ian
GiveWell Community Foundation (GWCF) and United Way of Central Florida (UWCF) announce $205,600 in grants to provide Hurricane Ian relief throughout Polk, Hardee, and Highlands counties. After surveying the most pressing needs in the hurricane’s aftermath, twenty local nonprofit organizations were selected to receive funding that will support recovery and rebuilding efforts throughout the community.
LEGOLAND® FLORIDA ANNOUNCES PIRATE RIVER QUEST OPENING DATE AND DEBUTS ALL-NEW ANNUAL PASS LINEUP
Ahoy adventure! LEGOLAND® Florida Resort announces Pirate River Quest will open January 12 and charts the course for 2023 as a year of fantastic family fun at the Theme Park built for kids! LEGOLAND invites fans to “join the crew” with the introduction of an all-new fleet of Annual Passes, starting at less than $13/month after a small down payment.
Registration is open for Emily Rogers Consulting + Coaching’s 2023 Mindful Leadership Program for Women
The team is offering Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce members 25% off our Leadership Essentials Microlearning Series, when they use code WHCC25. You can learn more about Leadership Essentials in the attached press release.
Emily Rogers Consulting + Coaching’s Mindful Leadership Program begins January 11, 2023. The six-week professional development program is designed for women who care deeply about purposeful growth, becoming their best self, and leading authentically. Virtual workshops meet 11:45-1:00ET on January 11th, 18th, 25th February 1st, 8th, and 15th. Registration is $495.00