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LAKELAND, FL (November 5, 2014) — On Friday, November 21st there will be a Free concert at the Frances Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror from 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. featuring live music from the energetic Jill’s Cashbox and local country artist John Rhey.
 
Jill’s Cashbox emerged on the scene in 2011 when three musicians/friends (Hunter Smith, Shannon Fetherman and Jeff Sweat) came together and started writing original music telling the story of their lives and of those around them. The band was later finalized with the addition of Rob Gundling, Joey Antrim and Greg Martin completing the band known today as Jills Cashbox.
 
The band has shared the stage with acts such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sarah Evans, Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson, Big and Rich, Colt Ford, Sheryl Crow and dozen of other national performers. Their music ranges from whiskey sipping honkey-tonk to hard driving county rock and roll. With something for just about every country music fan out there, their show is guaranteed to be a high-energy good time for all who attend.   
 
The John Rhey Band is starting to make waves among the local country music scene. This modern country five-piece band is made up of Florida Southern students.  They have played throughout Central Florida and the band recently finished their album. The band consists of John Rhey (vocals, guitar), John Raghu (bass), Jordan Burks (piano), Brady Springer (drums) and Matt Geiger (lead guitar).
 
The music series takes place at the Lake Mirror amphitheater, which is between Hollis Garden and the Lake Mirror Center. The event is FREE to the public and families are encouraged to attend 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.  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.


WALK LAKELAND WITH COMMISSIONER MERRITT
 
 
 
WHO: Commissioner Keith Merritt and you!
 
WHAT: Walk Lakeland
 
WHY: Walking inspired healthy initiative to get up and get moving while having a good time.
 
WHEN: Monday, January 6th at 6 p.m. (Walkers will meet on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the Month)
 
WHERE: First walk will be around Lake Mirror.  The group will meet at the Magnolia Building parking lot located at 698 East Orange Street.
 
 
LAKELAND, FL (January 3, 2014) -- Lakeland City Commissioner Keith Merritt is happy to continue his healthy living initiative Walk Lakeland in the upcoming year.  On the first and third Monday of each month Commissioner Merritt will lead a walk around various land marks that will include lakes, paths and parks. 
 
On Monday, January 6th at 6 p.m. the Commissioner will lead a community walk around Lake Mirror.  Those that wish to attend will meet in parking lot of the Magnolia Building located at 698 East Orange Street, Lakeland, FL 33801.
 
Commissioner Merritt said, “On the first and third Monday of each month I plan to meet up with walkers at a destination around Lakeland for a brisk walk. No timers, no medals, just an opportunity to get up, get out and start walking.” All ages and fitness abilities welcome.
 
The first walk of 2014 will be around Lake Mirror along the Francis Langford Promenade.  The distance around the lake is approximately one mile.  Merritt said, “We plan to start small and build up from there and I hope that our walking group grows and grows each month.”  He added, “I’m really looking forward to getting out and exercising while meeting a whole new group of citizens. “
 
For more information about upcoming Walk Lakeland dates and locations, please visit http://www.lakelandgov.net/walklkld.aspx
 

 


VETERAN’S DAY CELEBRATION

EVENTS INCLUDE MOVIE, PARADE & DISPLAYS

 

 

LAKELAND, FL  (November 6, 2013) – The City of Lakeland will observe Veteran’s Day with festivities beginning Friday, November 8th at 6 p.m. with a free movie, the Glenn Miller Story at Lake Mirror. The movie is part of the Pics on the Promenade series and the night will include a rededication of the Frances Langford Promenade. The promenade was originally dedicated in 1946 with Langford in attendance.  Langford grew up in Lakeland and attended Lakeland High School before capturing the hearts of many entertaining the troops with Bob Hope during WWII. Langford actually plays a part in the Glenn Miller Story.  The Frances Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror is located at 121 S. Lake Avenue, Lakeland, FL.

 

The celebration will continue on Saturday, November 9th at 10 a.m. with a ceremony honoring all those that have served in the armed forces. The annual Veterans Day Parade will immediately follow the honor ceremony. The parade begins at 11 a.m. from The Lakeland Center and will end in Munn Park.  Munn Park will be the highlight of activity immediately following the parade with military displays, memorabilia, camaraderie and refreshments.  Park events will conclude at 3 p.m.

 

Honor Flight Mission #15 launches from Lakeland Linder Airport on Tuesday, November 12th taking 80 WWII veterans and their guardians to Washington DC to visit the WWII Memorial.  Join in the Welcome Home Celebration at 8:00 p.m. at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport Terminal that evening.  Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices. The organization transports US veteran heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.

 

The public is encouraged to attend all events celebrating the sacrifice and dedication of all veterans. Veterans groups wishing to participate in the parade are invited to contact Gary Clark at (863) 688-1725 or through email at gary@cpalliance.com.  Please visit the Polk County Veteran’s Council website atwww.polkveteranscouncil.com for information regarding veteran affairs and www.picsonthepromenade.com for more information regarding the Pics on the Promenade movie series.

 

 


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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