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Major League Baseball’s Spring Training is just around the corner and the boys are back in town!  Your 2012 American League Champion Detroit Tigers are ready for spring and ready to tee it up with you!

Central Florida’s Polk County Sports Marketing has once again teamed up with the Detroit Tigers and the City of Lakeland to present the 18th Annual Major League Scramble. This year’s event will take place on Thursday, February 21st, at Cleveland Heights Golf Course in Lakeland, Florida.

This unique event offers you a rare opportunity to spend a day on the course with the Tiger legends of yesterday and 2012 ALCS Championship team.  The proceeds from this year’s event will benefit local youth organizations and the Common Ground Park Endowment Fund on behalf of The Detroit Tigers Foundation of Florida and the City of Lakeland respectively.     

Join us and your favorite Tigers in celebrating 77 years of Detroit Tiger Spring Training in Lakeland!

Please complete the ENTRY FORM and mail along with payment to the address provided.  You may fax your entry form, but please follow with prompt payment by mail.  Entry fees includes lunch, a goodie bag, awards reception following the tournament, and a tremendous selection of raffle prizes!

If you have any questions regarding the event, please feel free to contact our Tournament Director, Brock Witmyer at (863) 834-2379 or Bill Tinsley at (863) 860-2176.   We look forward to seeing you at the 18th Annual Major League Scramble. 


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Okay, let’s make sure we have the date and location down.

Thursday, February 21st, 2013 at Cleveland Heights Golf Course, 2900 Buckingham Avenue, Lakeland, Florida.  Please find additional facility information by calling (863) 834-2377.

My significant other is not a golfer, but is it okay to bring him/her along?

We will be more than happy to assist you with finding wonderful activities for your spouse/significant other. They are certainly invited to attend the events special activities including the luncheon, and dinner reception following the golf scramble. 

Please call with request of additional guests.

Which celebrity will join my group?

While we cannot guarantee a particular celebrity for your group, you may place a request.  If at all possible we will honor that request provided the celebrity is in attendance and an earlier reservation did not request the same celebrity.

Are there contests on the course?

You bet!  We will have a number of contests out on the course this year, including the traditional putting contest, longest drive and closest to the pin.

How about raffle prizes?

We will have plenty of varied raffle prizes. You won’t be disappointed by the large assortment of prizes available to win.

What is the schedule for the day?

10:30 a.m.      Registration Opens

11:30 a.m.       Lunch

1:00 p.m.         Shotgun start

6:00 p.m.         Reception, awards presentation and raffle ticket drawings


The City of Lakeland is seeking input from citizens on values and priorities of the community.  There are TWO ways to make sure your voice is heard.  Attend a meeting or participate in an online survey.  Either option allows citizen feedback on City services and programs.

SURVEY

Visit lakelandvalues.com and spend 5-10 minutes of your time in taking the survey.  Citizen opinion is very important and the City is going to use the information gathered from the survey to help with City of Lakeland strategic and budgeting initiatives.  The survey is available online January 23rd – Feb 24th.

COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS

There will be a series of Community Workshops to gather information and opinions on City of Lakeland services.  Workshops are designed for small groups of citizens to discuss community values and priorities.  Those wanting to participate can sign up for a workshop by going to lakelandvalues.com or they can call 834-SWAN.  Community Workshops will be held on the following dates:

·         February 25th at 6 p.m.  -  Kelly Recreation Complex (404 Imperial Blvd.) 

·         February 26th at 6 p.m. - Coleman Bush Building (1104 MLK Jr. Blvd.)

·         February 27th at 12 p.m. -  Magnolia Building (698 E. Orange St.)

·         March 2nd at 9 a.m.  -  Kelly Recreation Complex (childcare available)

Please take the time to participate in a workshop and take the online survey.  Citizen input will help plan for Lakeland’s future.  Those that participate in the Community Values Survey or Workshop are eligible to win a golf package at Cleveland Heights, Tickets to a Lakeland Center event, a VIP Package to a Detroit Tigers Spring Training Game (tickets and food) or Kelly Recreation Complex/Gandy Pool passes. Visit www.lakelandvalues.com or call 834-SWAN for more information. 


CITIZENS ACADEMY

CITY OF LAKELAND OFFERS HANDS ON CLASS IN GOVERNMENTOLOGY

 

LAKELAND, FL (January 10, 2013) -- The City of Lakeland is offering its 12th  Citizens Academy to area residents starting February 28, 2013.  The Citizens Academy is a free, hands-on, interactive public information program that familiarizes citizens with City services and the functions of City Departments.

 

The Lakeland Citizens Academy allows residents to get a behind the scenes look of how City government operates and it provides an outlet for citizen input. The program consists of six (6), two (2) hour evening sessions. 

 

2013 Session Dates

 

February 28     History & Finance

March 7          Police Department

March 14        Fire Department

March 21        Public Works & Planning

April 4             Utility Services

April 11           Parks & Recreation                

 

 

The program is limited to 30 citizens aged 16 or older.  Enrollment in the class is based on a first-come-first-served basis.  All participants interested in the Citizens Academy are encouraged to attend all of the sessions in order to get the most from the program.

 

All sessions, unless otherwise noted, are from 6-8 p.m. and will be held in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall, 228 South Massachusetts Avenue (a light dinner is served at 5:45 p.m. during all sessions).  Three sessions will meet away from City Hall and directions will be given for each City building or facility that houses a Citizen Academy session.

 

The class will graduate with a certificate in “Governmentology”  at the end of the last session.  Those interested in participating should contact Kevin Cook at 863/834-6264 or kevin.cook@lakelandgov.net to secure a spot on the roster.

 

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CHANUKAH FESTIVAL & MENORAH LIGHTING
Mayor & Sheriff to attend 3rd annual Chanukah Celebration

LAKELAND, FL (December 9, 2012) – It’s that special time of year again: Chanukah, the eight-day festival of light, celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, of purity over adulteration, of spirituality over materiality.  Chabad Jewish Center invites members of the Polk County community to participate in the third annual public Menorah lighting in downtown Lakeland. The fun starts Sunday, December 9 at 4:00 pm at LAKE MIRROR AMPHITHEATER, which is located at 121 S. LAKE AVE LAKELAND, FL 33801.

More than twenty-one centuries ago, the Holy Land was ruled by the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks), who sought to forcefully Hellenize the people of Israel. Against all odds, a small band of faithful Jews defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth, drove the Greeks from the land, reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and rededicated it to the service of G-d.

When they sought to light the Temple's menorah (the seven branched candelabrum), they found only a single cruse of olive oil that had escaped contamination by the Greeks; miraculously, the one-day supply burned for eight days, until new oil could be prepared under conditions of ritual purity.

To commemorate and publicize these miracles, the sages instituted the festival of Chanukah. At the heart of the festival is the nightly menorah (candelabrum) lighting: a single flame on the first night, two on the second evening, and so on till the eighth night of Chanukah, when all eight lights are kindled.

Chabad Jewish Center invites members of the Polk County community to participate in the third annual public Menorah lighting in downtown Lakeland. The fun starts Sunday, December 9 at 4:00 pm at LAKE MIRROR AMPHITHEATER, which is located at 121 S. LAKE AVE LAKELAND, FL 33801.

Attendees will enjoy lively Chanukah music, chocolate Chanukah Gelt (coins), an exciting new Chanukah shop, an amazing fire show, and activities such as face painting, balloon twisting, guess the Dreidels game, arts & crafts and a raffle. Hot dogs, potato latkes, sufganiyot (Israeli-style jelly donuts), and beverages will be available for sale.

At 5:30 pm the giant 9-foot Menorah will be kindled, overlooking beautiful Lake Mirror, followed by a few words from our honored guests, Lakeland Mayor Gow Fields and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

This is a community-wide public event and admission is free.

For more information, sponsorship opportunities, or to volunteer to help at the event, please contact Chabad Jewish Center at (863) 510-5968.

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