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LAKELAND, FL (September 20, 2013) -- Come to Munn Park on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. for the 29th Annual Munn Park Extravaganza gardening show presented by the Garden Club of Lakeland, Inc.  A Small Standard Flower Show will be put on by the Garden Club members from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

 

Enjoy a Free family day of activities while exploring the many flowers and plants for sale, attend garden presentations and browse garden related crafts.  Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and there is soil testing for those wanting the perfect garden soil.  City of Lakeland Horticulturist, Bill Koen will present on new plant introduction.

 

There will be over 50 vendors selling a variety of patio and garden items for all your fall plant needs including: flowering plants for house and garden, outdoor plants for your landscaping, and garden art and accessories to spice up your lawn or patio.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase. For more information call the Garden Club of Lakeland at 863-370-4065.

 


LAKELAND, FL (September 17, 2013) – On Friday, September 20th the Imperial Symphony Chamber Orchestra will present Strings in the City that will feature a special 16 piece string ensemble during a performance at the Lake Mirror Amphitheater from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.  This FREE event is sponsored by the City of Lakeland and the Imperial Symphony Orchestra.

This magical night will be lead by Conductor Mark Thielen who has prepared a catalogue of arrangements.  The evening’s music will highlight a variety of music styles ranging from classical to rock. Thielen said, “It is going to be a wonderful night of music. String instruments are so versatile in the way that they are able to speak to the listener. A Serenade by Mozart, a popular Broadway medley, a bit of heavy metal, as well as many other wonderful pieces of music will showcase both the beauty and power of the string section. It is a concert that can be enjoyed by the entire family.” 

Musical pieces that will be played include:

Classical

·         Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Mozart

·         Brandenburg Concerto, Bach

·         Entrance of the Queen of Sheba, Handel

 

Rock/Pop

·         Lady Gaga Fugue

·         Highway Star, Deep Purple

·         Purple Haze, Hendrix

·         Free Bird, Lynyrd Skynyrd

·         Pretty Woman, Orbison

·         Sound of Music Medley

·         Fiddler on the Roof Medley

·         Beatles Medley

·         Joplin Rags

The music series takes place at the Lake Mirror amphitheater located at the Frances Langford Promenade on Lake Mirror which is between Hollis Garden and the Lake Mirror Center. The event is FREE to the public and families are encouraged to attend. There will be food and drink vendors on site so bring a blanket and enjoy the lake setting with music under the stars. Music on the Promenade is proudly sponsored by the City of Lakeland and the Imperial Symphony Orchestra.  Parking is available at the Lake Mirror Center's parking lot and in the Iowa Avenue parking garage.  No glass bottles within the park please.  For more information regarding the series, contact Kevin Cook at 863/834-6264.

 

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CONTACT:

kevincook

Director of Communications | City of Lakeland

228 S. Massachusetts Ave.  Lakeland, FL 33801

863/834-6264 (PH) | www.lakelandgov.net

Twitter @lakelandgov

 

 

FLASHING YELLOW SIGNAL – BELLA VISTA & US98 INTERSECTION

 

LAKELAND, FL (September 12, 2013) -- A fully signalized traffic signal will be installed at Bella Vista Street and US 98 (North Florida Avenue).  The City of Lakeland’s Department of Public Works will start the needed construction on September 9, 2013. The project is scheduled to take about one week to complete.  Only one lane of traffic will be closed at any time in any direction.  All work that requires lane closures will be done Monday – Friday between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The signal will incorporate a flashing yellow arrow for motorist making left hand turns.  The flashing yellow arrow is a result of a national study conducted by the Federal Highway Administration, which demonstrated:

·         The flashing yellow arrow is a safety measure to help prevent crashes.

·         Moves more traffic through an intersection.

·         Provides additional traffic management and flexibility.

·         Provides a clear distinction so motorists know if they are protected from oncoming traffic.

The left hand turn lane on US 98 (North Florida Avenue) for both southbound and northbound traffic will feature the new flashing yellow arrow signal. 

·         A red arrow indicates traffic should stop and no left turns are allowed. 

·         A solid yellow arrow means prepare to stop or complete your left turn if you are in an intersection. 

·         A flashing yellow arrow means left hand turns are allowed but motorist need to yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.  The oncoming traffic has a green light.

·         A green arrow means go and it is safe to make a left hand turn.  Oncoming traffic must stop.

The Florida Department of Transportation is installing the flashing yellow arrow signals at various locations throughout the state on a case-by-case basis.  The Bella Vista Street and US 98 (North Florida Avenue) intersection will be the first in Lakeland to feature the new traffic signal.

 

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Lakeland – For the third year, the entire country is invited to come together as one community to honor the memory of those firefighters who died in the line of duty and reassure their loved ones that their firefighter will not be forgotten by participating in the Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters remembrance. 

The Lakeland Fire Department will join the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), other fire departments, and community groups from coast to coast in this poignant tribute as part of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend. The moment of remembrance will occur on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 10:00 AM at all Lakeland fire stations and at participating locations throughout the Lakeland area. This day also marks the beginning of Fire Prevention Week. 

“It is with great sadness that we ring these bells for fellow firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty. It allows us to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice they have made for their communities. It is my hope and desire to never have to ring a bell again because of a firefighter perishing while serving.” said Lakeland Fire Chief Gary Ballard. 

“The ringing of bells has a powerful meaning to firefighters. Not only do bells signal the beginning or end of a call, they also were used to notify department members that one of their own had died while serving the community.” explained Chief Ronald Siarnicki, executive director of the NFFF. 

Hundreds of fire departments, places of worship and other groups participated in Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters over the past two years.