Local artists offer advice for a painting workshop to benefit the LRC


The Learning Resource Center will hold Paint & Sink 2022, an in-person or virtual paint shop, 6-8:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at The Well, 114 E. Parker St., Lakeland. Free valet service provided. Paint & Pour benefits from the LRC and scholarships for LRC students. Polk County Artist david collins will lead participants through a painting lesson. Two local artists, Aaron Corbitt and Gillian Fazio, will share their expertise and experience. Painting supplies are provided, along with a charcuterie platter by Sabrina’s Delicacies and a bottle of wine from a California vineyard. One must reserve. Tickets are $100 for singles, $150 for couples, and $250 for deluxe couples. Shop at lrcpolk.com. The Polk County Learning Resource Center is a United Way nonprofit education provider.

More than 4,500 locations will open their doors to collect Operation Christmas Child gifts — filled with school supplies, hygiene items and toys — for Project Samaritan's Purse.


Over 4,500 locations will open to collect Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts – filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys – for the Samaritan’s Purse project. Volunteers will collect shoeboxes during National Collection Week, November 14-21. The project partners with local churches around the world to donate these shoeboxes to children in need. Find a step-by-step guide on how to pack a shoebox at https://samaritanspurse.org/. Shoebox drop-off locations: First Presbyterian Church Lakeland, 175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive; TBA Church, 1815 E. County Road 540A, Lakeland; Mulberry First Baptist Church, 300 NE First Ave.; Bartow First Baptist Church, 410 E. Church St.; Plant City Church of God, 2103 Mud Lake Road; First Baptist Church Polk City, 212 Hamolia Ave.; Christ Community Church, 1895 Overlook Drive, Winter Haven; NorthRidge Church, 2250 S. State Road 17, Haines City; First Baptist Church Lake Wales, 338 E. Central Ave. Operation Christmas Child has been collecting and distributing shoeboxes to children around the world since 1993. By 2022, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoeboxes to reach 11 million children.

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