Recurring Online Events
Bariatrics Pre-Op Class
On the second Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., bariatric patients can prepare for their upcoming surgery online with Zoom or in person at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center (Mulaney Auditorium), located at 1324 Lakeland Hills Blvd in Lakeland. Sign up for the free class online at www.eventbrite.com, and search for “Bariatrics Pre-Op Class.”
Diabetes Support Group Virtual
On the second Monday of each month, BayCare Health System hosts a virtual support group for diabetics from 12 – 1 p.m., led by a certified diabetes care and education specialist. Educational information is provided, followed by an open discussion. Access to a microphone and camera is required to attend this free online meeting. For more information, please call 855-269-4777 or go to www.baycare.org/events.
Get Active Walking Group
A weekly walking group sponsored by Lakeland Regional Health meets every Thursday at 8 a.m. at Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland. Walkers meet up next to the bleachers that are adjacent to the parking lot. Get active and improve your health by committing to a weekly walkǃ
Restorative Yoga Cancer Program Virtual
This is a stress-reduction yoga program designed to help cancer patients cope with their treatments and improve their quality of life. Learn techniques such as regulated breathing, visual imagery, meditation, and various stretching poses to improve balance, flexibility, and strength. The class is taught by a registered yoga teacher and exercise specialist. Microphone and camera access is encouraged but not required. The free lessons will take place from 7:30 – 8:15 a.m. every Wednesday. Register online at www.baycare.org/events or call 855-269-4777 for more information.
Events and Fundraisers
February 1 – Ribbon Cutting for Central Florida Health Care’s Winter Haven Integrated Behavioral Health Center
Celebrate the opening of a new community resource from 9:45 – 10:15 a.m. at 244 Ave D SW in Winter Haven. Please RSVP to Julie Plante at firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 2 and 9 – Total Joint Replacement
This free class is for patients who have a total joint replacement surgery scheduled, plus one guest per patient. All attendees must wear a face mask over their nose and mouth at all times while inside the building. The class will be held from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Winter Haven Hospital – Wellness Conference Room, 200 Ave F NE in Winter Haven. For more information, please call 855-269-4777, or go online to register at www.baycare.org/events.
February 2 – 2023 1st Responders Award Lunch
Acknowledge the dedication of community heroes from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Lake Wales Arts Center, 1099 SR 60 E in Lake Wales. Register online by visiting https://business.lakewaleschamber.com/events/calendar/2023-02-01.
February 2 – FREE Community Lecture – Managing Low Back Pain
Watson Clinic Chiropractic Medicine provider Jalen Banks, DC, will lead this presentation that covers potential causes of low back pain and some of the most effective and conservative treatments available to manage it. The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. at Watson Clinic Center for Specialized Rehabilitation, located at 2190 E County Rd 540A in Lakeland. You can RSVP by calling (863) 680-7718 or going online to www.watsonclinic.com/events/.
February 4 – 18th Annual VISTEball
Watson Clinic is a proud sponsor of the first in-person VISTEball since 2020. Enjoy an indoor golf event, online auction, and a full buffet dinner with drinks while supporting the Volunteers in Service to the Elderly organization. Tickets are $75 per person. The fun and games will take place from 6 – 9:30 p.m. at SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus, located at 4075 James C Ray Dr in Lakeland. You can purchase tickets and sign up for the online auction at www.viste.org/about-visteball/.
February 7 – Breastfeeding Support Group Virtual
From 10 – 11 a.m. breastfeeding mothers can get together online to support each other and talk with certified breastfeeding consultants for free. Sponsored by St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital. For more information, please call 855-269-4777 or visit www.baycare.org/events.
February 7 – Healthy Eating Every Day!!
This is a free 14-week workshop sponsored by Senior Connection Center that equips participants with a workable plan for improving health. Free book and study materials are included. Meetings are held from 2 – 3 p.m. on Tuesdays at United Methodist Temple, located at 2700 S Florida Ave in Lakeland. Participants must be age 60 or over and live in Polk County or Hillsborough County. Register by calling Christina Nowell at (813) 676-5568.
February 9 – It’s in Our Hands Paint Party
Grab your friends for an evening of creativity and tasty snacks as the artists from Practically Pikasso guide you in painting a beautiful wine glass that you will treasure for years as a special keepsake. Physicians will lead a discussion about breast cancer awareness and prevention at the BayCare HealthHub (Bardmoor) Atrium, located at 8787 Bryan Dairy Rd in Largo from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The fee is $25. Register by visiting www.baycare.org/events. For more information, please call 855-269-4777.
February 10 – 11 – 2023 Full Moon Howl
This is an invitation clay pigeon shoot fundraiser to benefit Peace River Center that will take place at Golotko Ranch, located on District Line Rd in Fort Meade, with registration taking place from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. on Friday, February 10, and the shoot begins at 10 a.m. There will also be an evening event held at Rocking H Ranch, located at 2200 Ewell Rd in Lakeland, at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 11. More information on this event is available at www.watsonclinic.com/events/.
February 11 – Boot Camp for New Dads Virtual
BayCare Health Systems is offering a virtual class just for expectant fathers, taught by a certified facilitator. Access to a camera and microphone is encouraged but not required. The $25 course will cover fatherhood, life changes, relationship changes, and hands-on experience. Previous participants will be involved with their own infants to offer their personal wisdom. You will receive course materials by mail before the class. This class will be held from 10 – 11:30 a.m. You can get more information by calling 855-269-4777, or go to www.baycare.org/events to register online.
February 12 – Let’s Talk Puberty for Boys
St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital is sponsoring this informative session for boys ages 10 to 13 to help them understand the physical and emotional changes of puberty, the male reproductive system, and ways to maintain a healthy body during the first half of the class. The second half will give an overview of the female changes of puberty, female reproductive system, and a discussion of conception and abstinence. This course is $35 and will be held from 1 – 4 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. For more information, please call 855-269-4777 or visit www.baycare.org/events.
February 13 – Forget Me Not Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group
Families and individuals who have experienced the loss of a child through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or early infant death can gather with others to explore their grief while honoring their loss by learning how to strengthen communication with loved ones and engage in self-care activities. The meeting takes place from 1 – 2 p.m. at Winter Haven Women’s Hospital, Classroom C, 101 Ave O SE, in Winter Haven. It is a free meeting. You can register online at www.baycare.org/events.
February 18 – Gone Country for kidsPACK
Help ensure that no child goes hungry in Polk County even when school is out by supporting kidsPACK. The 10th annual Gone Country event takes place on February 18 from 6 – 10 p.m. at White Horse Ranch, located at 5718 Yates Rd in Lakeland. Learn more by visiting their website at www.kidspack.org or by calling 1-800-598-7871.
February 21 – Maternity Center Orientation Virtual
Prepare for delivery at BayCare by attending a virtual tour of the Maternity Center. This is a free class for expectant mothers. One support person may also attend. The class will take place from 5:30 – 7 p.m. and is sponsored by Morton Plant Hospital. For more information, please visit www.baycare.org/events or call 855-269-4777.
February 25 — Heart & Sole Community Cancer Walk & Festival
Join AdventHealth for a family-friendly walk and festival to support the cancer community. Solo walkers and teams of all ages are welcome to register for the walk. The event will also feature inspiration speakers, food trucks, community education, and local physicians. It will be held from 3-7 p.m. at AdventHealth Heart of Florida, Cypress Physicians Building, 40124 US Hwy 27, in Davenport. Registration is free. Visit bit.ly/heart-and-sole.
February 25 – March 11 – 30th Polk Senior Games
This is an exciting and much anticipated yearly event in which local seniors participate in 33 Olympic-style sports and games over the course of two weeks. Competitions will take place at various locations throughout Polk County. To take part as a competitor, entries must be received by February 10. You can find complete details at www.polkseniorgames.org.