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November 7 - 14, 2014
City offices will be closed Tuesday, November 11 in honor of Veteran’s Day.
SNAPSHOT OF UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE WINTER HAVEN AREA:
 Pickin’ in the Park, November 7, 6:30 p.m. Central Park. Jewett School of the Arts, 5:30 p.m. and Inwood
Elementary music at 5:30 p.m.
 2nd Saturday Market in Downtown Winter Haven, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., November 8. Call 258-3561 for info.
 Winter Haven Lakes Festival – November 8, Martin Luther King Jr. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Dragon Boat Races,
Sprint Paddle Races and Festival. Proceeds Benefit Public Education Partnership of Winter Haven, Inc.
Golf on the Water, November 8, call Chain Life Winter Haven at 863-677-5881 for info. Flyer below.
 American Diabetes Month Community Ride, November 9, TECO Auburndale Trail, routes - 70 miles at 7
a.m.; 35 Miles at 9 a.m.; and 10 Miles at 10 a.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/513263388810717/
 Friends of the Library book review with Ana Maria Myers, Professor Polk State College, November 12,
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. featuring “Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman” by Robert K. Massie
 GIS Day, November 13, Florida Polytechnic University. Flyer below.
 Praise in the Park, November 14, 6:30 p.m. Central Park.
 Save a Life Saturday, November 14, 8 - 10:30 a.m., Polk State College Student Center, 863-680-1277
 Antique Outboard Motor Club Display, Lake Shipp Park. November 14 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and
November 15 from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
 Polk County Family Week event, November 15, downtown, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
 Cypress Gardens Water Ski Show, November 15, pre-show at 3:45 and a regular show at 4:30. Martin
Luther King Jr. Park, 100 Lake Silver Dr. We will collect new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots with the
Winter Haven Nautical Club. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on. Concessions will be available.
 Free Empowerment Workshop, November 15, 1 – 3 p.m., register at 875-7933, Heart to Heart
Community Enrichment, Inc,. 65 3rd Street NW, Suite 203. Winter Haven.
 Food Truck Rally, THURSDAY, November 20, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Downtown Winter Haven.
 Dulcimers in the Park, November 21, 5:15, Central Park.
 4th Saturday Market in Downtown Winter Haven, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., November 22. Call 258-3561 for info.
 JAM in the Park, all musician’s welcome, November 28, 6:30, Central Park.
 Angel’s Among Us, Girls Inc. event, December 2, Arabella’s Italian Ristorante, 346 W. Central Ave.,
 Reflections of Holiday Memories, December 2, 1-3 p.m. for those grieving the death of a loved one.
Cornerstone Hospice office, 2590 Havendale Blvd NW Register-Peggy Srele, 888.728.6234. Flyer below.
 Carols in the Park, December 6 & 7, Central Park. Call 295-9422 for info.
 Jingle Bell Classic 10K, 5K and 1 mile dog run/walk event, December 13, 7 – 10:30 a.m., Central Park.
 Jingle Jam Wrapped Up, December 13, 7 p.m. Christ Community Church. Flyer below.
 Food Truck Rally, THURSDAY, December 18, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Downtown Winter Haven.
 FREE Holiday Cypress Gardens Water Ski Show, December 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 100 Lake
Silver Dr., 3:45 is the pre-show, with the regular show at 4:30. Bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating.
Concessions with snacks, drinks, t-shirts and hats are available.
 Fishers of Men Bass Tournament, February 28, 2015, Lake Shipp Park.
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Ridge Art Association presents – “My Winter Haven; Sticks & Bricks” Show in City Hall. Show is
open to the public through June 15, 2015.
WH Farmers Market is every Thurs. from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the intersection of Ave. D and 4th St. NW
The Cypress Gardens Water Ski Show, on Lake Silver, 3rd Saturday of every month 6 p.m. (March October) and 4:30 p.m. (November - February). Bring a lawn chair. Admission is free. Pre-show starts 45
minutes prior to event time. GPS address is 250 South Lake Silver Drive. For more information contact
Mark Voisard, 863-521-2808.
LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is offering free admission to military veterans of the United States Armed
Forces from Nov. 1-23, along with 50 percent off tickets for up to six accompanying guests.
City of Winter Haven Commission Contact information:
 Mayor Nathaniel Birdsong
863-289-9813
 Mayor Pro Tem Steven Hunnicutt
863-289-9971
 Commissioner Pete Chichetto
863-289-2794
 Commissioner Brad Dantzler
863-289-9947
 Commissioner J.P. Powell
863-307-1602
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
Take a look below to see what’s occurring in City Departments throughout the following week and beyond!
CITY MANAGER
Deric C. Feacher – 291-5600
 In response to the Citizen Efficiency Committee Final Report, revisions, changes and future plans are
documented regularly by staff in an Internal Action Tracking Log. This information will be posted monthly
on the City’s Website. Click this link to read the first updates.
http://www.egovlink.com/public_documents300/winterhaven/published_documents/Winter%20Haven/Ci
tizen%20Efficiency%20Committee/Efficiency%20Committee%20%20Internal%20Action%20Tracking%20Log%2010-31-14.pdf
CITY CLERK
Vanessa Castillo – 291-5600
 The Monday, November 10 City Commission regular meeting is at City Hall.
COMMUNICATIONS/MARKETING DIVISION
Donna Sheehan – 291-5600
 Send your pictures of beautiful Winter Haven to [email protected], and they may show up
on the City’s Facebook page, twitter account or even in publications such as the News Splash.
GROWTH MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT
Merle Bishop – 291-5600
 The third quarter building permit data is below.
Erin Tilghman - 291-5600
 The Downtown CRA Advisory Committee meeting is November 10 at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall. Contact
Jeanne Sobierajski, CRA Manager/Project Manager at 863-291-5850 with questions. The agenda is below
and also at www.mywinterhaven.com.
 The Enterprise Zone Agency Meeting is November 17 at 5 p. m. in City Hall. For more information, see the
agenda below or contact Sean Byers, Senior Planner, at 863.291.5600 ext. 249.
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Join City staff November 18 at the Winter Haven Library from 4:30-6:30 p.m. for an Open House on
proposed changes to the City’s sign ordinance. For questions, contact Sean Byers, Senior Planner, at
863.291.5600 ext. 249 or [email protected]
 The Business Tax Receipt (BTR) office is at 491 3rd St. NW across from City Hall. Contact Alicia Hurley
at 863.291.5695. Go to: http://www.mywinterhaven.com/building_tax_receipt.htm.
Jeanne Sobierajski – 291-5850
 The proposed projects page: http://www.mywinterhaven.com/proposedprojects.htm
 Go to the Construction Projects link at http://www.mywinterhaven.com/constructionprojects.htm for
pictures, project details and contacts.
COMMUNITY SERVICES
 FARMERS MARKET IS NOW CITY MARKET: In partnership with Main Street Winter Haven, the City is
refreshing the Market with a new location at the intersection of Ave. D and 4th St. NW, a new name and
new vendors. Click the link to learn more. www.mywinterhaven.com/special_events.htm
 Winter Haven Boys Youth Lacrosse League, Grades 5th & 6th; 7th & 8th. Flyer below.
Special Events – Arin Vaughn, 291-5656
 Take a look at the lists up top to view the many special events in Winter Haven over the next few weeks.
There are more to come! Should you be interested in planning an event on City property give Arin a call at
291-5656 for assistance.
 The Polk County Family Week event is November 15 downtown from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. This is an annual
event celebrates and unites families and the people of Polk County. The winners of the Essay & Art
Contest will be recognized, and there will be free entertainment, food, games, and booths/tables of
businesses from around Polk County. Bring the whole family!
Chain O’ Lakes Complex – Donna Nixon, 291-5656
 Looking to learn something new? Give Parks & Recreation a call for more information on Guitar lessons
for all ages, Tae Kwon Do, American Kenpo, Brazlian Jiu Jitsu, and Yoga.
 Parks & Recreation is taking reservations for all your holiday parties! Many facilities to choose from.
Give Donna a call at 291-5656.
Rowdy Gaines Olympic Pool – 210 Cypress Gardens Blvd. – Jennifer Burke, 291-5656
 Rowdy Gaines Olympic Pool: Lap Swim, Mon. – Fri., 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Monday – Thursday 5 – 7
p.m.; Recreation Swim, Mon. – Sunday 1 – 5 p.m. Cost: Residents - $2; Non-Residents $3.
Winter Haven Recreational and Cultural Center – Terrell Griffin, 863-291-5675
 Basketball Skills Saturday is November 15, 10 a.m. to noon. The event teaches kids ages 6 – 13 the
fundamentals of basketball including; dribbling, shooting and offensive/defensive positions. It’s free and
lunch is provided. Flyer below.
 The Youth Recreation Board is looking for innovative teens to assist in developing, planning and
organizing activities for the City of Winter Haven, while gaining valuable leadership skills. The YRB meets
the last Tuesday of each month from 6 - 7 p.m. at WHRCC to continue to develop, plan and implement
programs and activities, and stay informed of upcoming events.
 The Marching Wolverine Community Band program meets Sundays from 4-6 p.m. and Mondays from 57 p.m. at WHRCC/Tugerson Field. The program is open to all ages free. Earl Williams is the Director.
 Band Instructional classes, which are designed for beginner, intermediate and advanced skill levels,
meet Thursdays from 4-5:30 p.m. at WHRCC. Limited selections of instruments are available for use at no
charge and all ages are welcome.
 Pool, foosball, and air hockey tables are available throughout the day/evening depending on scheduled
activities. Please call for availability.
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School’s Out Camp is available during public school holidays and teacher work days from 7:30 a.m. -5:30
p.m., for kids ages 6-13. Register at any time. The cost is $5 per day for City-residents and $10 per day for
Non City-residents. Flyer below.
 Kid’s Night of Fun is for those ages 6-13. Kids enjoy games, activities and refreshments while you leave
and enjoy an evening to yourself. Cost is $10. Participants are encouraged to register two days prior to
program date. For more information call 291-5675.
 Need a place to burn some calories and get fit at no cost? Exercise machines, a tread mill, weight
benches, squat racks and free-weights are available from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Winter Haven Senior Center – Erica Guerra; 291-5870
 The Ballroom Dance Social, every Tuesday, 7:30 – 9 p.m. Music by Joni and Buddy Canova, the Memory
Makers and Mike Laine, $3 for City residents and $4 for non-City residents. Through the end of May 2015.
 Country western line dance! Bring your partner Thursdays (October – April) from 7 - 9 p.m., $5/class
Resident and $6/class Non-Resident.
 Independent Living Connection, a resource group for individuals with disabilities, meets the second
Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. Learn more about skills training, peer support, information and
referral services, and advocacy.
 Learn the updated rules of the road and how to operate a vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly
challenging driving environment with the AARP Defensive Driving Course. Participants may be eligible to
receive an insurance discount upon course completion. Call 668-7241 for available dates and registration.
 Are you looking to better understand your Medicare benefits? The SHINE (Serving Health Insurance
Needs of Elders) program will answer questions and provide free, unbiased Medicare counseling. The
program can determine which Medicare Prescription Drug Plan best fits your needs, assist with Medicare
claims and appeals, provide benefit details and much more! Make an appointment to meet with a SHINE
counselor at the Senior Adult Center - 291-5870.
 Po-Ke-No is a great mix between cards and bingo! Join us at 10:45 a.m. on Fridays.
 The Winter Haven Shuffleboard Club meets on Wednesdays and Fridays at 1 p.m.
 Meet new people by attending the daily lunch program through Polk Elderly Services. Hot meals are
served weekdays at 11:30 a.m. to those 60 years or older. You must pre-register between 9 – 11 a.m.
Monday – Friday, and commit to eating at least two meals per week. The charge for a meal is a
donation. Some transportation is provided within the area. Call 291-5870 for more information.
 Try the Mixed Media Painting Class on alternating Mondays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. Participants bring
their own materials. The cost is $10 for City residents and $11 for non-City residents.
 Wellness with Wilma 60 minute low-impact total workout with aerobics, strengthening, balance and
flexibility. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 10 a.m.; $1 for City residents and $2 for non-City residents.
 BINGO is every Wednesday at 10:45 a.m. Cards are .25 each, and participants play for grocery items.
 The Senior Chess Club meets every Wednesday and Friday at 1:30 p.m., and is open to players of all
levels and those interested in learning the game. There is no charge!
 Beginner’s Tai-Chi class Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.; $4 for City residents and $5 for non-residents.
 Beginner’s Line Dance classes; Thursdays, 1:30 p.m., $4 for City residents & $5 for non-residents.
 The Quilting Social is every Wednesday and Friday at 1 p.m. Bring your own materials and work on your
own projects. An instructor provides assistance if necessary. Free.
Winter Haven Public Library – Cori Greear; 291-5880
 Do you NaNoWriMo? November is National Novel Writing Month. Join us November 6 and 13 from 57p.m. for a write-in. The challenge is, write 50,000 words in 30 days!
 November 8 at 10 a.m. Polk State Archaeology Club presents, Professor David Jacques, lead
archaeologist at Stonehenge. Professor Jacques will present the latest information on his dig, recently
featured on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine. Flyer below.
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NEW: Art & Craft Club! Choose the day that works best for you! Join us on the second Monday of the
month, 10 a.m. to noon. Whether you already are a crafter or are not crafty at all, but want to learn – this
Club is for everyone!
 Friends of the Library (FOL) Book Review! This program is on the second Wednesday of the month at
10:30 a.m. through February 2015. The November Review features Humanities and Language Arts
Professor for Polk State College, Ana Maria Myers, reviewing Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie.
 Interested in classroom style or self-led computer class? Checkout our class schedule here or call the
Library to schedule some time in our SEED Lab.
 Little Sprouts Story Time Tuesday and Thursday at 11 a.m. Children enjoy stories, songs, finger plays
and puppet shows that develops early literacy skills and promotes interaction with parents.
 Technology Help Desk, Fridays 1-4 p.m. Having trouble setting up your e-reader? A Facebook
account? Or your laptop? Stop by the Library between 1-4 p.m. on Fridays and receive technology
assistance from the City of Winter Haven IT Department. This is free and registration is not required.
 LEGO Club Tuesday from 4-5 p.m. We supply the Lego blocks, you provide the imagination! Creations
will be displayed during the following week. Open to ages 7-12.
Solid Waste – Susan Stewart; 291-5757
 There are no changes in solid waste collection service over the 11/11 Veteran’s Day holiday.
 No solid waste collection service will occur 11/27, Thanksgiving day. Garbage will be picked up the
following Monday; please place extra bags beside garbage cart.
 Household Hazardous Waste Day is Saturday, December 6, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Chain O’ Lakes Complex,
210 Cypress Gardens Blvd. This FREE event allows residents to safely dispose of household hazardous
waste and electronics. Items accepted include chemicals, cooking oil, fertilizers, fluorescent bulbs, paint,
propane tanks, computers, TV’s, etc.
FINANCIAL SERVICES
Cal Bowen – 291-5667
Click the link to view the FY 2014/15 City of Winter Haven Budget document.
http://www.egovlink.com/public_documents300/winterhaven/published_documents/Winter%20Haven/Finance/
FY15_FY16_Final%20Biennial%20Budget_revised%2020141030.pdf
HUMAN RESOURCES
Shannon Cooley - 291-5650
 Click the link for job opportunity information! http://www.mywinterhaven.com/city_employment.htm
WINTER HAVEN POLICE DEPARTMENT
Code Enforcement Division; Tonya Long – 287-9339
 The DBPR is asking for assistance in identifying individuals engaged in unlicensed activity. If you come
across unlicensed activity, please email [email protected] or call 1-866-532-1440.
Police Department: Jamie Brown – 295-5905
The Police Department "Caught Preventing Crime" campaign is November 1-December 24 to prevent car
burglaries by locking doors and keeping valuables out of sight. Ten citizens per week will be randomly
selected for a $25 VISA gift card. Selections will be made each Friday through Dec. 23. Those randomly
selected will have a Blue Card placed on the windshield with a phone number to call. Program funds come
from forfeiture funds, which are proceeds obtained by seized property or cash used to support the commission
of a felonious act. In other words, the criminals are funding this program. A total of $1,500 will be utilized.
Additional Information:
Snakes in Polk County
University of Florida IFAS Extension (UF/IFAS Extension) Polk County is holding a free informative seminar
called, Snakes in Polk County focusing on snake behavior, distinguishing between venomous and
nonvenomous snake species, and how to make your home and yard less appealing to snakes. The seminar is
at Polk State College in Winter Haven November 19 at 6 p.m. If you have any questions or would like to know
more about registering contact Trey Norris at (863)519-1059 or at [email protected]
Artful Bowl
The Artful Bowl Platform Arts fund raiser is November 8 from 7 – 10 p.m. at the home of Tom and Lynda
Mack. For more information, visit http://www.platformart.org/artful-bowl-tickets/ or call Cynthia Haffey, Platform
Art's Executive Director at 863-838-2262.
Hangar Door Canteen is November 8 at the SUN ‘n FUN Convention Campus, 4175 medulla Road.
Admission includes dinner, open bar, silent auction and entertainment. All proceeds are returned to education
programs and facilities. Veterans are recognized during the playing of their military branch anthems. Visit
http://www.sun-n-fun.org/EventArticles/Hangar-Door-Canteen.aspx to find out more.
When Pigs Fly South BBQ Challenge is November 7-8th at the SUN ‘n FUN Convention Campus 4175
Medulla Road. BBQ Competitors are surrounded by aircraft, classic cars and motorcycles, vendors, food and
entertainment.
The fee is $5 to park. http://www.sun-n-fun.org/getdoc/65274efd-a70e-43a1-b0f0a093fe75db20/PigsFlySouth.aspx and http://www.floridawarbirds.org/about.php.
Polk State Archaeology Club
November 8, 10 a.m.
Winter Haven Public Library
Multi-Purpose room
Welcome Professor David Jacques
Lead archaeologist of Stonehenge
Questions? Contact Kathleen Riley at 863 299-8430
SCHOOL’S OUT CAMP
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Kindergarten - 8th Grade
$5 per day City-resident
$10 Non-resident
REGISTER TODAY!
Kids will enjoy sports, games, crafts,
educational activities and more!
Schedule
2014
2015
Sept. 1
Jan. 1-2
Sept. 22
Jan. 16
Oct. 20
Jan. 19
Nov. 11
Feb. 16
Nov. 24-26, 28
Mar. 30-31
Dec. 22-24, 26
April 1-3
Dec. 29-31
May 25
*Program dates are subject to
cancellation due to lack of
participants.
Winter Haven Recreational and Cultural Center
801 Ave. T NE
The City of Winter Haven does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of race,
color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, income or family status. Persons
with special needs should contact the Parks and Recreation Division at 863-291-5675.
For more information call
863-291-5675.
November 15
10 a.m. - Noon
Participants will learn the key fundamentals
of basketball.
Pre-registration required
Ages: 6 - 13
Free Community Event
Lunch provided for all participants by...
Winter Haven Recreational and Cultural Center
801 Ave. T NE
For more information please call 863-291-5675.
The City of Winter Haven does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of race, color, national origin,
sex, age, disability, religion, income or family status. Persons with special needs should contact Parks and Recreation
Division at 863-291-5675.
Free to the public • Refreshments • Raffle
Contact: Dr. Shirley Curtis-Ference 863 949-4048
Winter Haven Public Library 863 291-5880
Friends of the Library
2014-15 Book Review Series
Second Wednesday of October 2014 through February 2015
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. • Winter Haven Public Library • Multi-Purpose Room
October 8, 2014: BURRITOS AND GASOLINE
Written and reviewed by Jamie Beckett,
President Polk Aviation Alliance and former Winter Haven City Commissioner
Jamie Beckett says his BURRITOS AND GASOLINE is a novel—not a memoir—about emotional destitution and ultimate redemption. It is a simple story populated with well-developed characters and a road trip that is consistently unpredictable and enticing. After more than twenty-years of bad decisions and spectacular personal failures, Frank Stevens desperately needs to be pulled out of the death spiral he’s fallen into. A chance and entirely unexpected reunion
with his best friend from childhood presents that exact opportunity at the precise moment he needs it most.
November 12, 2014: CATHERINE THE GREAT: PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN
Written by Robert K. Massie and reviewed by Ana Maria Myers,
Humanities and Language Arts Professor, Polk State College
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL calls this biography a “tale of power, perseverance, and passion . . . a great story in
the hands of a master storyteller.” Written by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs, CATHERINE is the extraordinary story of an obscure German princess who became one of
the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history. Born into a minor noble family, Catherine transformed
herself into empress of Russia by sheer determination. For thirty-four years, the government, foreign policy, cultural
development, and welfare of the Russian people were in her hands. She dealt with domestic rebellion, foreign wars,
and the tidal wave of political change and violence churned up by the French Revolution. Catherine’s family, friends,
ministers, generals, lovers, and enemies—all are here, vividly brought to life. History offers few stories richer than that
of Catherine the Great. In this book, an eternally fascinating woman is returned to life.
December 10, 2014: I GOT SCHOOLED: The Unlikely Story of How a Moonlighting Movie
Maker Learned the Five Keys to Closing America's Education Gap
Written by M. Night Shyamalan and reviewed by Lynn Wilson,
Director of Finance for Polk State College Foundation, Polk County School Board Member
I GOT SCHOOLED offers a look at America’s educational achievement gap that could only have come from an outsider. Famed director M. Night Shyamalan has long had a serious interest in education. The founda-tion he and his wife
started once gave college scholarships to promising inner-city students, but Shyamalan realized that these scholarships did nothing to improve education for all the other students in underperforming schools. When he learned that
some schools were succeeding with similar student populations, he traveled across the country to find out how they did
this and whether these schools had something in common. He eventually learned that there are five keys to closing
America’s achievement gap. But just as we must do several things to maintain good health— eat the right foods,
(over)
exercise regularly, get a good night’s sleep—so too must we use all five keys to turn around our lowest-performing
schools.
These five keys are used by all the schools that are succeeding, and no schools are succeeding without them. Before he discovered them, Shyamalan investigated some popular reform ideas that proved to be dead ends, such
as smaller class size, truculent unions, and merit pay for teachers. He found that the biggest obstacle to school
reform is cognitive biases: too many would-be reformers have committed themselves to false solutions.
January 14, 2015: Book title to be announced
Reviewed by Betty Shinn,
Retired librarian from Polk County School Board, served as the first paid professional librarian
of Lake Alfred Public Library, currently involved in the management of Shinn, Groves Inc.
February 11, 2015: A CALL TO ACTION: WOMEN, RELIGION, VIOLENCE, AND POWER
Written by President Jimmy Carter and reviewed by panelists
Karen White, Chuck Warren, Doice Jean Osborne, and Shirley Curtis-Ference
The world’s discrimination and violence against women and girls is the most serious, pervasive, and
ignored violation of basic human rights: This is President Jimmy Carter’s call to action.
President Carter was encouraged to write this book by a wide coalition of leaders of all faiths. His urgent report
covers a system of discrimination that extends to every nation. Women are deprived of equal opportunity in wealthier nations and “owned” by men in others, forced to suffer servitude, child marriage, and genital cutting. The most
vulnerable, along with their children, are trapped in war and violence.
A Call to Action addresses the suffering inflicted upon women by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare. Key verses are often omitted or quoted out of context
by male religious leaders to exalt the status of men and exclude women. And in nations that accept or even glorify
violence, this perceived inequality becomes the basis for abuse. President Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, have
visited 145 countries, and The Carter Center has had active projects in more than half of them. Around the world,
they have seen inequality rising rapidly with each passing decade. This is true in both rich and poor countries, and
among the citizens within them.
Carter draws upon his own experiences and the testimony of courageous women from all regions and all major
religions to demonstrate that women around the world, more than half of all human beings, are being denied equal
rights. This is an informed and passionate charge about a devastating effect on economic prosperity and unconscionable human suffering. It affects us all.
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Morning Book Club
Interested in joining a Book Club that meets
in the morning?
JOIN US!
Second Wednesday of every month
10 to 11 a.m.
Library Historical Conference Room
August 13: Fragile Beasts by Tawni O’Dell
September 10: Sycamore Row by John Grisham
October 8: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
November 12: Wild by Cheryl Strayed
December 10: The Mockingbird Next Door:
Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills
Questions? Contact Cori Greear at 863 291-5880 ext.230
Winter Haven Public Library • 325 Avenue A NW • Winter Haven, Florida 33881
(863) 291-5880 • whpl.mywinterhaven.com
NEW
THE CITY OF WINTER HAVEN PRESENTS
WHEN: TUESDAY FROM 8:30— 10:30 a.m.
SINGLE
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TEAMS
WELCOM
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WHERE: CHAIN O’ LAKES COMPLEX GYMNASIUM (210 CYPRESS GARDENS BLVD.)
COST: $1.25 PER HR/ RESIDENTS - $2.50 PER HR/ NON RESIDENTS
ALL SKILL LEVELS WELCOMED AND ALL EQUIPMENT PROVIDED,
TEAMS/GROUPS OR SINGLES ARE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIAPATE.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT CAMERON STEVENS AT 863-298-7687 OR EMAIL
[email protected]
STARTS OCT. 14
The City of Winter Haven does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of race, color,
national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, income or family status. Persons with special needs should
contact Parks and Recreation at 863-291-5656.
Learn – Play - Compete
Boys Lacrosse
Grades: 5th & 6th (U13) 7th & 8th (U15)
The Fastest Growing Team Sport in America!
This year we are proud to announce the start of the Winter Haven Youth
Lacrosse League for boys. Registration on-line is for the 2014 FALL BALL
come out and join us starting 30 September to learn the sport and
improve your skills for the upcoming 2015 season (January to April).
210 Cypress Garden Blvd. Winter Haven FL. 33880 (adjacent to the Chain
of Lakes Stadium).
Cost: $40.00
Practice Time/Dates: 5:30pm to 6:30 pm Wednesdays:
Oct 15, 22, 29
Nov 5, 12,, 19
Dec 3, 10, 17
ALL PLAYERS MUST HAVE CURRENT US LACROSSE MEMBERSHIP ($25.00)
-Go to http://www.uslacrosse.org/ to become a USLACROSSE member
Winter Haven Youth Lacrosse believes in helping kids become leaders and teammates in life.
If interested please email us at [email protected]
O See you all on the field.
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NEW Website www.lakelandlax.net
http://lakelandlacrosse.uslaxteams.com/Page.asp?n=119223&org=LAKELANDLACROSSE
Contact Information for Winter Haven Lacrosse
Matt Harris at (910) 546-4209
Will Brown at (863) 241-8417
“Play Hard, Play Smart, Play Together”
UF/IFAS Extension Polk County
Snakes in Polk County
If you saw a snake in your yard,
what would you do?
Kill it?
Leave it alone?
LIFE IN FLORIDA OFTEN INVOLVES RUN-INS WITH SNAKES.
Join us at one of the scheduled seminars to learn the basics of snake behavior, how landscaping
can reduce your chance of an encounter, and what to do if you do meet up with a snake. The
seminars are free to all but registration is required.
Date: November 6th
Date: November 9th
Date: November 19th
Time: 6pm
Time: 2pm
Time: 6pm
Venue:Warner University
13895 Hwy 27
Lake Wales, FL 33859
Venue:Circle B Bar Reserve
4399 Winter Lake Rd
Lakeland, FL 33803
Venue:Polk State College
999 Avenue H NE
Winter Haven, FL33881
REGISTER TODAY
www.PolkNR.Eventbrite.com
Angels Among Us
A fundraiser to benefit Girls Incorporated® of Winter Haven
Tuesday, December 2
5:30 - 8 p.m.
Arabellas Italian Ristorante
346 West Central Avenue
Winter Haven, FL 33880
Come, join us for good food, good friends
and great Holiday Shopping!
Sponsorship Opportunities:
____ Platinum Sponsor
$1,000
____ Gold Sponsor
___ Silver Sponsor
$500
$250
____ Bronze Sponsor
$100
As an Angels Among Us sponsor, your contributions directly provide for daily programs and
activities to over 220 girls served by Girls Inc of Winter Haven annually. In addition:
Platinum Sponsorship brings you:
Six Event Reservations; Program Recognition
Gold Sponsorship brings you:
Four Event Reservations; Program Recognition
Silver Sponsorship brings you:
Two Event Reservations; Program Recognition
Bronze Sponsorship brings you:
One Event Reservation; Program Recognition
I would like my name in the program as:__________________________________________________________________
I would like to attend Angels
Among Us, Enclosed: $________ for _______reservations @ $50.00 each
Name:______________________________ Address:__________________________________________________
Ph: ___________________________ Email: ____________________________________________ Zip:_________
Credit Card: Visa, MC, Discover:_________________________________________ Expiration:_________________
Signature:_______________________________________________
Mail: Girls Incorporated of Winter Haven, PO Box 7285, Winter Haven, FL 33883-7285. Phone: 863 967-2874
Thank you, for inspiring all girls to be STRONG, SMART and BOLD℠
A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN
THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. REGISTRATION NUMBER CH-160. Girls Incorporated of Winter Haven employs no professional solicitors.
City of Winter Haven Building Permit Activity
Third Quarter Comparisons
2012
JULY - SEPT
518
30
8
PERMIT
Total permits*
One & two family
Commercial
*Total Permits:
One & Two Family Dwellings
Five or more units
Commercial
Electrical
Plumbing
Sign
Swimming Pool
2013
JULY - SEPT
685
60
2
2014
JULY - SEPT
803
76
2
Triplex-Apartment Units
Remodeling (1&2 family)
Mobile Home setup
Mechanical
Miscellaneous
Roofing
CITY OF WINTER HAVEN
TOTAL ANNUAL PERMITS
600
500
400
300
Commercial
200
Single Family
100
0
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014*
Commercial
16
14
8
13
7
16
12
8
Single Family
481
180
102
114
83
97
257
356
October 20, 2014
Year to date
*2014
Agenda
Winter Haven Enterprise Zone
Development Agency Meeting
November 17, 2014, 5:00 p.m.
John Fuller Auditorium- City Hall
451 Third Street, N.W., Winter Haven, Florida
1.
Call to Order and Roll Call
2.
Approval of August 18, 2014 Minutes (Action Item)
3.
New Business
A. Presentation on incentives available
redevelopment within Enterprise Zone
to
businesses,
development,
and
B. Presentation on results of 2014 Business Survey
C. Review and approval of Enterprise Zone July 1, 2014, through September 30, 2014,
Quarterly Report due to Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (Action Item)
D. 2015 Meeting Schedule (Action Item)
4.
Comments from Staff
5.
Comments from Board members
6.
Comments from the public
7.
Adjournment
If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the EZ Development Agency with respect to any matter considered at such
meetings or hearing, they will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, they need to ensure that a verbatim
record of the proceedings is made which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based (FS
286.0105). For those needing assistance with language, please contact the Planning Division no less than four (4) days prior to the
proceeding. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Florida Statutes, Section 286.26, persons with disabilities
needing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding, should contact the Planning Division, 451 Third Street, NW,
Winter Haven, FL 33883, in writing no later than 48 hours prior to the proceeding. If not in writing, not later than four (4) days prior
to the proceeding at (863) 291-5600. If hearing impaired call (863) 291-5624, or voice (800) 955-8770, for assistance.
Winter Haven Community Redevelopment Agency
Downtown Advisory Committee Meeting
November 10, 2014
5:30 p.m.
Winter Haven City Hall
Conference Room
451 Third Street, N.W., Winter Haven, Florida
AGENDA
1.
Call to Order
2.
Roll Call
3.
Frederick J. Murphy, Jr., City Attorney
a. Discussion on Sunshine Law and public records
4.
Approval of Minutes
August 11, 2014
5.
2015 Annual Meeting Schedule
6.
Downtown Advisory Committee Chairman and Vice-Chairman Selections
7.
RFP-14-60 – Sale of 245-255 West Central Avenue
8.
Other Business
a.
b.
c.
9.
Comments from the Committee
Comments from Staff
Comments from the Public
Adjournment
If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the CRA with respect to any matter considered at such meetings or hearing,
they will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, they need to ensure that a verbatim record of the
proceedings is made which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based (FS 286.0105). The
CRA Office may be reached at 863-291-5850, at 490 third Street, NW, Winter Haven, Florida 33881. In accordance with the
Americans with Disabilities Act and Florida Statutes, Section 286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodations to
participate in this proceeding, should contact the City Clerk’s Office, 451 Third Street, NW, Winter Haven Florida 33881, in writing,
no later than 48 hours prior to the proceeding; if not in writing, then not later than four (4) days prior to the proceeding at (863) 2915600. Vision or hearing impaired please call (800) 955-8771 for assistance.
Caregiver’s Day
Wednesday, November 5th
9am—2pm
Information you need,
to make the decisions
you must...
TOPICS INCLUDE:
“Importance of Support
Groups”
“Veteran Benefits”
“Advanced Directives”
“Medication Mgt. Program”
“Elder insurance needs”
“Power of Attorney”
“Hospice/Palliative Care”
“Funeral Planning”
“Financial Planning”
“Elder Care Services”
Breakfast &
Lunch provided
Respite care
offered
Hosted By:
Sponsored By:
SEATS ARE LIMITED - RSVP by Friday, October 31st
Change of Pace, 4514 Hammock Rd., Sebring
863-382-1188
Join us for
A Celebration of Life
Memorial Service
A time to remember, a time to give thanks
and a time to celebrate our loved ones.
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 at 4 pm
Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 at 11 am
Lakeland Regional Medical Center
Trinity United Methodist
Chapel - 1st Floor
2551 Havendale Blvd.
Winter Haven
* Refreshments will be served immediately following the service. To attend, please RSVP to Peggy Sredl at 888-728-6234
Grief and The Holidays
A presentation for anyone who is facing the holidays while coping with the loss of a loved one. Let us help with some holiday tips and strategies to get you
through this tough time. Please join us on Tuesday, Nov. 11th from 1-3 pm.
Reflections of Holiday Memories
Traditionally, the holidays are a special time but also a time when losses are felt more deeply. In response to this, Reflections of Holiday Memories is planned
for Tuesday, Dec. 2nd from 1 - 3 pm to reach out to those who are grieving the death of a loved one. You will have the opportunity to create a
holiday keepsake while receiving the support you need.
Both events will be offered at no cost at the Cornerstone Hospice office.
2590 Havendale Blvd NW, Winter Haven. Space is limited. Registration is requested.
Please call Peggy Sredl at 888-728-6234.
Individual support is also available by appointment and at no cost 863-291-5560.
Winter Haven Senior Adult Center: November 2014
For more information call 863-291-5870, email: [email protected] or visit www.mywinterhaven.com
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
3
9 a.m.
4
Mixed Media Painting
Voting
Polling Location
Senior Adult Center
Closed
9:30 a.m. Exercise
10:30 a.m. Entertainment
Ann DeFeo
1 p.m.
Craft Social
2 p.m.
Wii Sport
10
9:30 a.m. Exercise
10:30 a.m. Presentation:
Living Will Info.
10:45 a.m. Bingo
1 p.m.
Craft Social
2 p.m.
Wii Sport
17
9 a.m.
Mixed Media Painting
9:30 a.m. Exercise
10:45 a.m. Bingo
12:30 p.m. Defensive Driving
1 p.m.
Craft Social
2 p.m.
Wii Sport
24
9:30 a.m.
1 p.m.
2 p.m.
2 p.m.
Exercise
Craft Social
Wii Sport
Ping Pong
11
Veteran’s Day
Senior Adult Center
Closed
18
9:30 a.m. Ping Pong
10 a.m.
Wellness with Wilma
10:45 a.m. Entertainment:
Swiss Village
12:30 p.m. Defensive Driving
1 p.m.
Health & Wellness:
Kidney Disease
7:30 p.m. Dance Social
Joni Canova
25
9:30 a.m. Ping Pong
10 a.m. Wellness with Wilma
12:30 p.m. Bridge
12:30 p.m. Movie Matinee
1 p.m.
Health & Wellness:
Kidney Disease
7:30 p.m. Dance Social
Mike Laine
5
9:30 a.m. SHINE Presentation
9:30 a.m. Exercise
10:30 a.m. Chair Yoga
10:45 a.m. Bingo
12 noon Hand and Foot &
Pinochle
12:30 p.m. Bridge
1 p.m.
Painting & Quilting
1 p.m.
Shuffleboard
1:30 p.m. Chess
1:30 p.m. Easy Tai Chi
12 noon Pinochle
1:30 p.m. Line Dance Class
7 p.m. Line Dance Social
12
9:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.
12 noon
13
9 a.m. Mixed Media Painting
10 a.m. Wellness with Wilma
12 noon Pinochle
1:30 p.m. Line Dance Class
7 p.m. Line Dance Social
SHINE Presentation
Exercise
Chair Yoga
Bingo
Hand and Foot &
Pinochle
1 p.m.
Painting & Quilting
1 p.m.
Shuffleboard
1:30 p.m. Easy Tai Chi & Chess
6
10 a.m. Wellness with Wilma
7
10:30 a.m. Defensive Driving
Awareness
11 a.m. Gout Presentation
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.
12 noon
1 p.m.
Exercise
Chair Yoga
Po-Ke-No
Dominos
Quilting
1 p.m.
Shuffleboard
9 a.m.
1:30 p.m.
2 p.m.
14
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.
12 noon
1 p.m.
1 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
2 p.m.
19
9:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.
12 noon
20
9 a.m.
10 a.m. Wellness with Wilma
12 noon Pinochle
1:30 p.m. Line Dance Class
7 p.m. Line Dance Social
9:30 a.m.
26
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.
12 noon
27
28
SHINE Presentation
Exercise
Chair Yoga
Bingo
Hand and Foot &
Pinochle
12:30 p.m. Bridge
1 p.m.
Painting & Quilting
1 p.m.
Shuffleboard
1:30 p.m. Chess
1:30 p.m. Easy Tai Chi
Exercise
Chair Yoga
Bingo
Hand and Foot &
Pinochle
12:30 p.m. Bridge
1 p.m.
Painting & Quilting
1 p.m.
Shuffleboard
1:30 p.m. Easy Tai Chi & Chess
Walk N Roll
Chess
Wii Sport
Exercise
Chair Yoga
Po-Ke-No
Dominos
Quilting
Shuffleboard
Chess
Wii Sport
21
Shuffleboard
Tournament
Senior Adult Center
Closed
***Activities subject to change without notice***
9 a.m.
Shuffleboard
Tournament
Exercise
10:30 a.m. Chair Yoga
10:30 a.m. Friends
Who
Feast
Wendy’s
Sign up
Required
10:45 a.m. Po-Ke-No
12 noon
Dominos
1 p.m.
Quilting
Senior Adult Center
Closed
Winter Haven Recreational and Cultural Center: November 2014
For more information call 863-291-5675, email: [email protected] or visit www.mywinterhaven.com
Sun
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
1
The Game Room and Computer Lab is available for use Monday– Friday
from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Noon—7 p.m.
Open Gym
The Fitness/Weight Room is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. –8 p.m.
and Saturdays, Noon—7 p.m.
Marching Wolverines Community Band practices
Sundays (4-6 p.m.) and Mondays (5-7 p.m.) at WHRCC/Tugerson Field.
2
3
Facility
Closed
9
4
23
Facility
Closed
8
8 a.m.—8 p.m.
Open Gym
8 a.m.—8 p.m.
Open Gym
3:30—8 p.m.
Wedding Reception
3—5:30 p.m.
After School Program
3—5:30 p.m.
After School Program
3—5:30 p.m.
After School Program
3—5:30 p.m.
After School Program
3—5:30 p.m.
After School Program
Gym Closed
8 a.m.—8 p.m.
Open Gym
17
Facility
Closed
7
8 a.m.—8 p.m.
Open Gym
11 7:30 a.m.—5:30 p.m.
School’s Out Camp
12
Facility Closes at
5:30 p.m.
3—5:30 p.m.
After School Program
16
6
8 a.m.—8 p.m.
Open Gym /Weight room
10
Facility
Closed
5
8 a.m.—8 p.m.
Open Gym
18
13
14
8 a.m.—8 p.m.
Open Gym
8 a.m.—8 p.m.
Open Gym
3—5:30 p.m.
After School Program
3—5:30 p.m.
After School Program
19
20
8 a.m.—8 p.m.
Open Gym
8 a.m.—8 p.m.
Open Gym
8 a.m.—8 p.m.
Open Gym
3—5:30 p.m.
After School Program
3—5:30 p.m.
After School Program
3—5:30 p.m.
After School Program
3—5:30 p.m.
After School Program
25
7:30 a.m.— 5:30 p.m.
School’s Out Camp
26
7:30 a.m.— 5:30 p.m.
School’s Out Camp
27
27
Happy Thanksgiving
Facility Closed
10 a.m.—Noon
Basketball Skills
Saturday
Noon—7 p.m.
Open Gym
22
8 a.m.—8 p.m.
Open Gym
Noon—7 p.m.
Open Gym
3—5:30 p.m.
After School Program
28
7:30 a.m.— 5:30 p.m.
School’s Out Camp
30
Facility
Closed
15
8 a.m.—5:30 p.m.
Open Gym
21
8 a.m.—8 p.m.
Open Gym
24
7:30 a.m.— 5:30 p.m.
School’s Out Camp
6—9 p.m.
Kids Night of Fun
***Open gym availability is subject to change due to special programs/events***
29
Noon—7 p.m.
Open Gym
Chain O’ Lakes Complex: November 2014
Sun
Mon
Black = Gym time & Instructional classes
Red = Theatre performances
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Purple = Special events - Location
Downtown unless noted
Blue = Aquatics
Sat
1
8 am Zumba
8:30 am Boxing
8:30 am Fitness at the
Fountain
4 pm Cruisin’ WH
7:30 pm James and the
Giant Peach
*Classes and events are subject to change
*Guitar lessons are available throughout the week
For more information, call the Parks and Recreation office at
863-291-5656, email [email protected] or visit
2
2:30 p.m.
James and
the Giant
Peach
3
8 am - 5:15 pm Open Gym
10 am - 2 pm Lap/Open Swim
6 pm Yoga or Belly dance
6:30 pm Ninja or Zumba
7:30 pm Goju Karate
4
Gym Closed - Election Day
10 am - 2 pm Lap/Open Swim
6 pm Boxing Fitness
Tae Kwon Do
5
8 am - 8:45 pm Open Gym
10 am - 2 pm Lap/Open Swim
6 pm Boxing
6:30 pm Ninja or Goju
Karate
6
8 am - 5:15 pm Open Gym
10 am - 2 pm Lap/Open Swim
6 pm Tae Kwon Do
6:30 pm Zumba
7
8 am - 5:30 pm Open Gym
10 am - 2 pm Lap/Open Swim
5:30 pm Boxing
6:30 pm Badminton
6:30 pm Pickin in the Park
8
7:30 am Gym - Karate
Tournament
8 am Zumba
8:30 am Boxing
9 am 2nd Sat. Market
WH Lakes Festival-MLK
9
WH Lakes
FestivalLake Shipp
Park
10
8 am - 5:15 pm Open Gym
10 am - 2 pm Lap/Open Swim
6 pm Yoga or Belly dance
6:30 pm Ninja or Zumba
7:30 pm Goju Karate
11
8:30 am Pickleball
10 am - 2 pm Lap/Open Swim
11 am - 8:45 pm Open Gym
6 pm Boxing or Tae Kwon Do
12
8 am - 8:45 pm Open Gym
10 am - 2 pm Lap/Open Swim
6 pm Boxing
6:30 pm Ninja or
Goju Karate
13
Gym Closed - Rental
10 am - 2 pm Lap/Open Swim
6 pm Tae Kwon Do
6:30 pm Zumba
14
8 am - 5:30 pm Open Gym
10 am - 2 pm Lap/Open Swim
5:30 pm Boxing
6:30 pm Praise in the Park
6:30 pm Badminton
15
Polk Co. Family Week Central Park
8 am Zumba
8:30 am Boxing
9:30 am- YMCA - Gym
16
Theater
Polk Co.
Family
Week Talent Show
3 pm and
17
8 am - 5:15 pm Open Gym
10 am - 2 pm Lap/Open Swim
6 pm Yoga or Belly dance
6:30 pm Ninja or Zumba
7:30 pm Goju Karate
18
19
8 am - 8:45 pm Open Gym
10 am - 2 pm Lap/Open Swim
6 pm Boxing
6:30 pm Ninja or
Goju Karate
20
8 am - 5:15 pm Open Gym
10 am - 2 pm Lap/Open Swim
6 pm Tae Kwon Do
6:30 pm Zumba
21
8 am - 5:30 pm Open Gym
10 am - 2 pm Lap/Open Swim
5:15 pm Dulcimers in the Park
5:30 pm Boxing
6:30 pm Badminton
22
8 am Zumba
8:30 am Boxing
9 am 4th Sat. Market
9:30 am - 1 pm YMCA
Basketball
23
24
8 am - 5:15 pm Open Gym
10 am - 2 pm Lap/Open Swim
6 pm Yoga or Belly dance
6:30 pm Ninja or Zumba
7:30 pm Goju Karate
25
8:30 am Pickleball
10 am - 2 pm Lap/Open Swim
11 am - 8:45 pm Open Gym
6 pm Boxing or Tae Kwon Do
26
8 am - 8:45 pm Open Gym
10 am - 2 pm Lap/Open Swim
6 pm Boxing
6:30 pm Ninja or
Goju Karate
27
COMPLEX CLOSED
28
10 am - 5:30 pm Open Gym
10 am - 2 pm Lap/Open Swim
5:30 pm Boxing
6:30 pm JAM Music Central
6:30 pm Badminton
29
8 am Zumba
8:30 am Boxing
12 - 6 pm Open Gym
7 pm Christmas Tree
Lighting
8:30 am Pickleball
10 am - 2 pm Lap/Open Swim
11 am - 4:30 pm Open Gym
5 pm YMCA Basketball
6 pm Boxing or Tae Kwon Do