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Tree Giveaway
Jan 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Clermont is about to get even greener. The City of Clermont will give out a thousand free Slash pine tree seedlings with instructions on how to care for them in honor of Florida’s Arbor Day.
The annual event will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Lake Hiawatha Preserve’s East Pavilion, 420 Lake Minneola Shores/County Road 561. The giveaway starts at 8 a.m. and will last until all trees are gone.
“We’re glad to provide these trees and we hope that the public will take advantage of this great giveaway,” City Manager Darren Gray said. “The City of Clermont continues to be a role model for environmental consciousness and to seek ways to enhance our green community.”
The City of Clermont’s Public Works Department provides the seedlings, and its Parks and Recreation Department also assists with the event.
The annual giveaway is one of many reasons that the City of Clermont has been nationally recognized as a Tree City USA community of 19 years; the city also earned a Growth Award from the Arbor Day Foundation because of the city’s commitment to expanding public trees.
Questions? Call Sandra or Emily at 352-394-3500.

Vet Voices: 2nd Highlights Presentation!
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Saturday, January 19, 2019, 2 p.m. – Free and open to the public.
TheatreWorks Florida and the military veterans of Vet Voices proudly invite you to a FREE public presentation of inspirational theatrical work created entirely by the vets themselves during their second 10-week session of workshops. Come share stories of the men and women who protect our country every day in an impromptu studio setting. Support… Connect… Engage.
TheatreWorks Florida Studio, 8 W. Palmetto St., Davenport, FL 33837.
Please support the incredible veterans of Vet Voices as they share their military experiences in an eye-opening theatrical forum. This event is open to the Public and we encourage families to attend.
Questions to Mark Graham: or 203.952.8760.

Sunday Breakfast at American Legion
Jan 20 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

January 2019 Sunday Breakfasts set! Open to the public for a donation of $6.00/plate, you get pancakes, eggs, sausage, potatoes, toast, coffee and juice. Breakfast is available January 6 and January 20, 2019, from 9AM-11AM at the Legion on 307 American Legion Road, Mascotte. To RSVP or for more information, call DON at 352-874-2623.
We also invite all Military members, past and present, to our regular monthly meetings the second Monday of every month at 6:00 PM; next meeting is January 14, 2019. The Post is also looking for a Commander to lead the Sons of the American Legion and a President for the American Legion Auxiliary, contact Don Grieb, 352-874-2623.

Sisters of Sound Open Rehearsal
Jan 22 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Do you love to sing? Join us! Sisters of Sound is Clermont’s internationally ranked a cappella chorus, open to all women ages 7 and up. No audition necessary!
Open rehearsals will be January 22, 2019, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at Community Foundation of South Lake, 2150 Oakley Seaver Drive, Clermont, FL 34711. For information contact Lindsay Fontana at 407-808-6081.

Woman’s Club Fashion Show
Feb 1 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

GFWC Four Corners Junior Woman’s Club 2019 Charity Fashion Show, Expo, and Luncheon, “Florida Living, Florida Giving,” is scheduled for Friday, February 1, 2019 at Lake Eva Event Center, 799 Johns Avenue, Haines City, FL 33844. The event is sponsored at the by The UPS Store at ChampionsGate Village Shopping Center (Store #4098), Small World Tours & Cruises, Inc., and Jarrett-Gordon Ford Winter Haven.
Catering will be provided by Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Kissimmee (Formosa Gardens). Fashions are courtesy of Chico’s in Lakeland. There will be a silent auction and gift basket raffle. The expo features businesses with goods and services of interest to women. Doors open at 10:30AM for the expo; seating begins at 11:15AM. Tickets are $35.00 (including lunch). For tickets, please email
The main beneficiary of the function will be the Florida GFWC initiative, Book Heroes. The focus of Book Heroes is to improve literacy skills by donating books to children who might not otherwise have them in their homes. The event will also raise funds for scholarships through the Polk Education Foundation and Education Foundation of Osceola County, as well as other charitable organizations. The beneficiaries for 2017-2018 included Heather’s Hope, The Green Bag Project, The WAY Center, Relay for Life, Lighthouse Ministries, The Humane Society of Polk County, Polk Sheriff’s Charities, Inc., the East Coast Migrant Head Start Program (La Familia Center), and Hacienda’s Girls’ Ranch.
The following businesses will be represented at the Expo: SS Jewelry, Arbonne International, and Ashley’s Sea of Treasures.
To date, the following donors have provided prizes: Panera Bread, Miller’s Ale House, Nothing Fancy Café, Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF, Ozzie’s, ABC Liquor, Bob Evans, and Wawa & the Wawa Foundation.
For directions or additional information concerning the organization or fashion show, please email the club at, or visit the website

Lights and Ladder Event
Feb 1 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Kids soon will have a chance to jump around with their local heroes. The Clermont Police Department will be hosting the 5th annual Lights and Ladders community event on Friday, February 1 from 5-9 p.m. at Sky Zone Trampoline Park located at 2510 S. U.S. Highway 27. The Clermont Police Department will be working in conjunction with Sky Zone and the Clermont Fire Department, who are also supporting this worthwhile event.
This year, Sky Zone will host 30-minute free jump sessions throughout the night for children ranging in age from 5-15. “That includes regular jumping and dodgeball, and of course the kids get to jump and play dodgeball with the police officers during this time,” Sky Zone General Manager Corey Russell said. “With our new renovations, children will get to participate in a Ninja Warrior Course, a Foam Pit and Rock Wall.”
Admission is free! The public is encouraged to bring a $1 donation to help support the Wounded Officers Initiative. The net proceeds generated from the event will also go to support this charity. In addition, you can show your support by bringing a non-perishable food item for the food pantry at the Family Christian Center.
There will be thousands of free food samples handed out from a variety of local restaurants from 6-8 p.m. Free activities for the event will include Sky Zone jumping, interaction with the Clermont Police and Fire departments (in Sky Zone and at Static Vehicle Displays), bounce houses, obstacle courses, games, slides and more. This event is appropriate for all ages.

Town & Country History Bus Tour
Feb 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

February 2, 2019 from 10 AM – 12 PM. Join us for a tour through old Florida history, driving through the heart of downtown Lake Wales and stopping at the historic building of the Lake Wales Arts Center. Along the way, participants will learn about the historic district, buildings and lakes of Lake Wales. Enjoy an air-conditioned ride on the new History Bus! $15/person. Seating limited. Advanced registration & payment required.
Visit Our Website for information or to register
Lake Wales Museum, 325 S. Scenic Highway, Lake Wales, FL 33853, 863.676.1759.
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Polk County Democrats Open House
Feb 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Polk County Democrats are hosting an open house on Saturday, February 2, from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at 1549 S. Combee Road in Lakeland. This event is to celebrate the opening of its new headquarters. Donations of “$20 for 2020” will be gladly accepted. All are welcome.
For more information, please contact or visit our website at

VA Mobile Vet Center Outreach
Feb 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Homeless Coalition of Polk County, in collaboration with the Lakeland Vet Center and the Clermont Mobile Vet Center (MVC), are participating in monthly homeless outreach. Veterans, service members and their families are invited to come out and receive information on Vet Center services. Staff will be available to discuss readjustment and transitional needs and to connect veterans to VA and community resources.
February 7, 2019, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at American Legion Post 72, 1500 State Road 37 N, Mulberry, FL
Contact Name: Lisa Van Pelt, 863-687-8386

Kathleen Carnali at Methodist Church
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us on Thursday, February 7th at 7:00pm at First United Methodist Church (FUMC) of Clermont for an amazing night and special concert by Kathleen Carnali. Kathleen is on tour from Nashville, TN, and is known for her passionate love of Jesus and the powerful anointing that flows through her music and ministry. Her beautiful voice has taken her to perform around the world, on radio stations and television. Learn more at Celebrate Recovery at FUMC is honored to host the concert and invites the community to join us! First United Methodist Church of Clermont is located at 950 7thStreet, Clermont, FL 34711 (corner of Highway 50 & Seventh Street, in downtown Clermont).
Celebrate Recovery is for ANYONE of ANY AGE to attend. Hundreds of people of all ages are celebrating healing from hurts, habits and hang-ups! Are you asking yourself why you would attend Celebrate Recovery if you aren’t an addict? Celebrate Recovery is for any kind of struggle in our lives. Less than 1/3 of the people who attend Celebrate Recovery struggle with substance abuse; the rest come for anger, marriage struggles, adult children on drugs, overeating, grief/divorce, depression/stress, you name it! We even have a group for war veterans. Many come because someone in the family is struggling.
Celebrate Recovery meets every Thursday, starting with dinner at 5:30pm, large group worship at 7pm, small confidential, gender-specific groups at 8pm, and coffee & snacks at 9pm. Middle and high school students are welcome to join us at “The Landing,” and younger children can attend “Celebration Place.” For more information on Celebrate Recovery, visit our website at, call our church office at 352-394-2412, or come to church on Thursdays. There is free childcare available for newborns to 5th graders in the Education Building. All activities take place at the First United Methodist Church of Clermont, 950 7th Street, Clermont, FL 34711 (corner of Highway 50 & Seventh Street, downtown Clermont).