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Hearing impaired kids and families gather for family fun

Hearing impaired kids and families gather for family fun

Bartow, FL -- Families of kids with certain challenges including hearing loss will be getting together this week in Bartow.

Thursday will mark Florida Hands & Voices Family Fun Night. The Support session by the Florida Hands & Voices Group has been established to provide education, advice, self-help skills for the parents of deaf or hard of hearing children discover new potentials and possibilities.

Cancer fighter to get special honor from Tampa Bay Rays

Cancer fighter to get special honor from Tampa Bay Rays

Winter Haven, Florida -- The Tampa Bay Rays are recognizing a Polk County cancer survivor and fighter as the team's honorary bat girl at this Sunday's game.

She raised money and pushed to find a cure for breast cancer -- long before she learned she'd have to fight the disease herself.

Now Winter Haven's Cauney Bamberg will be celebrated for her work by getting time in the spotlight with the Tampa Bay Rays. Bamberg has been chosen as the team's honorary bat girl.

Here's more from the Tampa Bay Rays about what that title means and what she's done to earn it:

Mail carriers collect food for Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive!

Mail carriers collect food for Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive!

Carrollwood, Florida - Mail carriers will take part in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

Residents can leave non-perishable food item by their mailbox and the letter carrier will pick it up. The food will be donated to food banks to distribute to needy citizens.

Last year, over 70-million pounds of food was donated across the country.

If you cannot leave food items by your mailbox, you can drop it by your local post office.

Public meeting about Poinciana Park

Public meeting about Poinciana Park

Polk County, Florida -- Polk County Parks and Natural Resources is hosting a public meeting about Poinciana Park, a new park opening in Fall 2013 in Poinciana.

Phase I construction includes a three multi-purpose fields, restrooms, two baseball fields, a basketball court, a dog park, picnic facilities and parking. 

The discussion of the meeting will include new athletic league possibilities and rental opportunities. 

Tennis for Tumors tournament

Tennis for Tumors tournament

Lakeland, Florida -- Come out and see the 7th Annual Tennis for Tumors tournament!

Tennis for Tumors is dedicated to support advanced technology through research grants and raise community awareness of childhood brain tumors.

Tennis for Tumors' primary fundraiser is a tennis tournament held each year at the Beerman Family Tennis Complex. Please join us as we raise money for more tumor research and the Brittany Truitt Scholarship.

The Beerman Fmaily Tennis Complex is located at 1000 East Edgewood Drive, Lakeland.

Polk County Public Schools lists commencement

Polk County Public Schools lists commencement

Polk County, Florida-- The 2013 graduation season is here, and as this year’s graduates prepare to take the next step towards future goals, family members, friends, and members of the community will want to share in their excitement.

Students who earned their diplomas will be honored at various graduation ceremonies in May and June, and Polk Public Schools reps have made it easy to see which schools' events are scheduled for when. 

Learn how to speak up for Polk County's voiceless kids

Learn how to speak up for Polk County's voiceless kids

Lake Wales, Florida -- You can learn how to speak up for Polk County's children during the time they need the most help in their lives.

In April, May, and June, the Guardian ad Litem program will give a free presentation that's open to the public.

You'll hear how you can become an advocate for a child and be their voice in court.