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Calendar of Events

December 2023

Recurring Events

AdventHealth Brain Health Music Therapy Program

Join board certified music therapists every Tuesday at 11 a.m. The Maturing Minds Music Therapy group uses neurologic music therapy techniques to boost brain and behavior functions, such as memory, communication, attention, and movement. The meetings are taking place online using Zoom. The link for the recurring meeting is  Please email if you have any questions. 

AdventHealth Maturing Minds Fit Minds Program

Every second and fourth Thursday at 1 p.m. seniors can participate in a program designed to improve their quality of life through stimulation-therapy combined with meaningful social interaction and a sophisticated cognitive improvement program. This is a virtual meeting accessible through Zoom at For more information, please email

AdventHealth Maturing Minds Functionally Fit Program – Virtual Exercise 

During this online class, participants are guided through a series of functional strength training exercises to improve cardiovascular fitness, mobility, motor control, and balance. Caregivers are encouraged to join in on the exercises. This workshop is delivered through Zoom teleconferencing platform and takes place every 3rd Thursday of the month at 11 a.m. The link to join is For more information, please email

AdventHealth Maturing Minds Program Virtual Caregiver Support Group – Weekly 

This group meets every Monday at 11 a.m. to discuss caregiver concerns and provide fellowship and support for one another. Meetings are currently taking place online using the Zoom platform. You can join the recurring meeting using this link:, or email for more information.

Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group

The Alzheimer’s Association offers support groups led by peers or professionals at a variety of times and locations in the area. All meetings are facilitated by trained individuals. There are virtual and in-person options available. You can find the right support group for you by visiting

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, 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

Get Active Walking Group

A weekly walking group sponsored by Lakeland Regional Health that 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 or call 855-269-4777 for more information.

Stroke Survivor and Caregiver Support Group
On the third Thursday of each month, stroke survivors and caregivers meet online with others in the same situation from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. to provide each other with invaluable support and information. The meeting is facilitated by Lakeland Regional Health. If you are interested in attending an in-person session, please reach out to You can find more information on this and other events hosted by Lakeland Regional Health on their website,

Events and Fundraisers 

December 5 – Grandparenting Class Virtual

Learn what’s changed in hospital care over the past few decades plus the latest recommendations in newborn and infant care during this free online event sponsored by BayCare Health System from 6 – 8 p.m. Call 855-269-4777 for more information, or register online by visiting

December 8 – Polk Wellness Professionals Monthly Meeting and Holiday Mixer

The meeting will start at 4 p.m. and the Holiday Mixer at 5 p.m. at The Joinery off of Main Street in Downtown Lakeland (640 E Main St in Lakeland). Bring your spouses and friends for some socializing and great food at this free community event. 

December 11 – 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

December 12 – Heart Smarts

Lakeland Regional Health is presenting this free class from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at Lakeland Regional Health Hollis Cancer Center, located at 3525 Lakeland Hills Blvd in Lakeland, to help people better understand heart disease and how simple lifestyle changes can improve cholesterol levels, help control blood pressure, and reduce other risks. To learn more or to register, please go to

December 19 – Boot Camp for New Dads VirtualBayCare 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 how to survive the first few weeks. This class will be held from 6:30 – 8 p.m. You can get more information by calling 855-269-4777, or go to to register online.

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