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LAKELAND, FL (September 26, 2013) -- Starting in October downtown Lakeland will soon see a new type of metering system in the parking lot at Munn Park and Lot D located at 200 N. Kentucky Avenue.  The pay by space meters are solar powered and they make paying for parking more convenient than ever. The new pay by space meters accept nickels, dimes, quarters and dollar bills but they also accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit and debit cards.  

The pay by space meters are now installed.  However, they won’t go live until the morning of October 7th and during the first week of operation, warning citations will be issued to those that receive violations in the two pay by space lots.  Enforcement will begin October 14th.  It must be noted that traditional coin operated meters located in other parking lots will continue to be enforced during the one week grace period.  The grace period only pertains to the pay by space systems located at Munn Park lot and Lot D.

At each pay by space meter location there are "Pay Here" signs that direct patrons where to pay for their parking.  When using the pay by space meter, a visitor needs to enter the assigned parking space number into the meter along with the method of payment.

Pay Here Meter Directions
1.      Park your vehicle and note the number located at the rear of each parking space
2.      Proceed to Pay by Space meter
3.      Pay for desired time (coin, cash, credit/debit) 
4.      Note expiration time limit, once total desired time is paid 
5.      To extend your parking time, go to the pay by space machine
6.      Enter your parking space number and choose the “Add Time” option
7.      Select the additional amount of time needed and pay
8.      Note expiration time limit, once total desired time is paid 


LAKELAND, FL (September 26, 2013) -- Lakeland Electric is hosting an open house on Saturday, October 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. as part of Public Power Week so get ready for a fun-filled, power-packed day!  The event will be held at the Lakeland Electric Training Center across the street from the McIntosh Power Plant.  The Training Center’s physical address is 2727 Centurion Dr. Lakeland, FL 33805. 

October 2013 marks Public Power Week's 27th anniversary as a country-wide program to celebrate the importance of public power to local citizens and other key publics, including state and national officials. Lakeland Electric employees invite all residents to experience their electric utility. 

Participants will see first-hand how electricity is generated, learn how to save energy and dollars, get a better understanding of what goes into establishing electric rates and experience hands-on operations of power equipment.  Attendants will get a firsthand look at the various generation units and the operating systems at the McIntosh Power Plant.  Not everyone gets access to the power plant and this is a rare opportunity to tour the generation facility that produces the majority of the electricity that powers Lakeland. 

Besides the plant tours, there will be a number of activities that will include something for all ages.  The fun-filled, day includes:

·         Bucket Truck Rides

·         Photos with Wattson (Lakeland Electric’s mascot)

·         Children's Activities (Tattoos, Arts & Crafts)

·         Giveaways

·         Food and Refreshments

·         Electric Safety Demonstrations & Displays

·         Smart Meter Educational Tutorial (Benefits & Features)

·         Hurricane Preparedness Demonstrations

·         New Lakeland Electric Web Site Demonstrations & New eServices Portal

·         System Control Demonstrations (How trouble trucks are dispatched)

·         Electri-fried Hot Dogs

·         Customer Care Programs & Services

·         Solar Power Demonstrations and Solar Hot Water Systems

 

Lakeland Electric customers will have the opportunity to meet linemen, system control operators and customer service representatives and ask them any questions you might have. Family Day features something exciting for kids of all ages… so come out and feel the energy!

 

The Lakeland Electric Training Center is located at 2727 Centurion Drive. Take Lake Parker Drive off Memorial heading north toward the McIntosh Power Plant.  Across from the Plant you will see Centurion Drive. Take a right at Centurion Drive and then take the first right off Centurion Drive to the Training Center.  We hope to see you there!

 

 


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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