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The Polk County Chapter of The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Incorporated anticipates record numbers at its 12th Annual Gourmet Gents. Annually, this culinary tasting fanfare showcases the culinary skills of more than 50 distinguished gentlemen who boast that they are indeed gourmet chefs. Donned in chef hats and aprons, each cook is stationed at an individual table to display their culinary masterpieces and offer tasty samples to event guests amidst a backdrop made festive with music, entertainment, door prizes, and the fury of fellowship. These civic and business leaders, and men of varying professions, volunteer their time and resources to provide scholarships and professional development opportunities to eligible individuals.

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The 23rd Annual Polk Senior Games are scheduled for February 28 March 16, 2015 and offer a two-week series of 99 athletic and recreational Olympic-style events. They attract nearly 2,500 men and women, 50 and over, with a variety of skills - the serious competitor, the fun at heart, the seasoned athlete, the late bloomer, and the physically challenged. The purpose of the Games is to promote friendly competition, fellowship, health and wellness, an active lifestyle, and volunteerism. Competition, held at various locations throughout Polk County, is offered in Archery, Badminton, Bag Toss, Basketball Shooting, Basketball 3 on 3, Billiards, Bocce, Bowling, Bridge, Checkers, Chess, Cribbage, Ballroom and Social Dancing, Square Dancing, Darts, Euchre, Field Events, Fishing, Fly Casting, Golf 18 Hole Singles and Mixed Doubles (NEW) and Putt & Chip, Horseshoes, Lawn Bowling, Pepper, Pickleball, Punt Pass Kick, Racquetball, Road Race 5K, Scrabble, Senior Smarts, Shooting Rifle, Skeet, Sporting Clays (NEW) and Trap, Shuffleboard, Softball, Sudoku, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track, and Walking. Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded in each event and age division. Registration begins the first week of January. The individual entry fee is $10 for the first event and $3 for each additional event up to a maximum of $28. Fees for team sports are $125 for Softball, $50 for Basketball 3 on 3, and $50 for Square Dancing. There are also facility fees for some events. Everyone receives a specially designed T-shirt. A free Closing Celebration for participants, family and friends includes goody bags, health fair, entertainment, special awards, and door prizes.

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We invite you to visit our campus, meet our devoted and professional faculty and experience the unique blessing a classical education will be for your family. Now enrolling k4-12th grade students for the 2015-16 academic year.

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228 S. Massachusetts Ave. Lakeland, FL (City Hal (map)

Lakeland City Commission Meetings are held on the first and third Monday of every month. Meetings begin at 9:00 AM and take place inside the Commissioner Chambers at City Hall, located at 219 N. Massachusetts Ave. Meetings are televised and air on Brighthouse Networks Channel 615 and Verizon FiOS Channel 43.  View Agendas

Lake Morton Senior Center has moved to 1510 Commercial Park Drive. This event will be to celebrate the re-opening of the center and to unveil its new name. Visitors will be able to tour the center as well. Diocese of Orlando Bishop John Noonan will offer blessing over the center and unveil its new name.

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City Hall - 228 S. Massachusetts Ave. Lakeland, F (map)

The Utility Committee serves as an advisory board to the Mayor & City Commission and is responsible for the review of Lakeland Electric financial and operational reports, fuel cost recovery, rate structures, contracts, programs and departmental initiatives. Utility Committee Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month.  Meetings begin at 1PM in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall located at 228 S. Massachusetts Ave.

Magnolia Building parking lot located at 698 East Orange Street (map)
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: Walkers will meet on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the Month at 6PM

WHERE: Lake Mirror. The group will meet at the Magnolia Building parking lot located at 698 East Orange Street.

Lakeland City Commissioner Keith Merritt is happy to continue his healthy living initiative Walk Lakeland. 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.
228 S. Massachusetts Ave. Lakeland, FL (City Hall) (map)

The Zoning Board of Adjustments and Appeals hears and decides appeals for variances from the literal enforcement of the terms of the Zoning Code. Meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. in the Commission Chambers at City Hall located at 228 S. Massachusetts Ave  Lakeland, FL.

$10 Admission (Includes Parking & Pit Passes!)
R/C Jet Manufacturer Exhibits
Daily Demos, Food, Fun and Non-Stop Action!
Located on "Paradise Field" on West Pipkin Road at the intersection of Air Show Rd, (Gate 36).



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701 West Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815 (The Lakeland Center) (map)
Original Sewing & Quilt Expo

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701 West Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815 (The Lakeland Center) (map)
Michael W. Smith In Concert

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CPS Investment Advisors wanted to invite you to our March First Thursday event on Health and Wellness at Florida Southern College.

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Join us as the musical theatre students at Harrison School for the Arts present The Wiz. After getting swept up into a tornado, Kansas farm girl Dorothy lands in the magical rock-n-roll world of Oz where she meets new friends and encounters great obstacles as she tries to find her way to meet the Wiz who is her only chance to get back home. Based on Frank L. Baums The Wizard of Oz, this modern re-telling uses a variety of musical styles and urban language. Book by William F. Brown and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls with additional music by Luther Vandross. Directed by Joe Sniegocki, Choreography by Laurel Renfroe, Music Direction by Suzi Lambert. There are three performances to enjoy, they will be held on March 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 8 at 2:00 p.m. in the main theatre. Tickets are $13 for adults and $11 for students/seniors. They may be purchased online at www.harrisonarts.com or one hour before the show in the theatre lobby box office. For more information about the show please call (863) 499-2855. Looking forward to seeing you as we Ease on Down the Road! Harrison School for the Arts is located at 750 Hollingsworth Rd., Lakeland, FL 33801

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Open to the Public WHEN: Saturday, March 7, 2015 TIME: 8 AM 1 PM Application Deadline: Monday, February 23, 2015 Yard Sale Shoppers can pick up a City Wide Yard Sale Map at Freedom Park (7750 Berkley Road, Polk City) Vendors wanted: We are opening up Freedom Park to all types of vendors or you can bring your yard sale items to sell. Availability is on a first come, first serve basis. (The cost is a $15.00 permit fee for each 10 x 10 space - Application required). Residential Applications: Polk City Utility Customers (Inside or Outside City Limits), that register for the Yard Sale will have the $15.00 permit fee waived and be placed on the City Wide Yard Sale Map distributed to the public at Freedom Park the day of the event. Any Utility Customer wishing to sell items at Freedom Park must pay a $15.00 permit fee for each 10 x 10 space and are subject to space availability. All participants must abide by the rules and regulations that govern this event. Please visit our website, www.mypolkcity.org for more information and applications. You may contact Kelly Downing at 863-984-1375 ext. #231. Same Day As Mount Olive Shores Community Yard Sale - 50 Households Selling - No Early Arrivals - 8 am to 2 pm - Lake Margaret Drive Entrance from Hwy 33 Polk City.

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1st Saturday Market In South Lakeland is a FREE community event, family and pet friendly located at the Resurrection Catholic Church on 3720 Old Hwy 37, Lakeland, FL.(right behind Pizza Hut off S Florida Ave) This fresh market offers a farmers market, food trucks, antiques, paint artists, jewelry artists, hand-made soaps, hand-made furniture, balloon artists, local hand-made crafts, local raw honey, local fresh goods, great variety of roasted coffee beans, kettlecorn, pure natural fresh products, fresh produce and veggies, lots of home-made products from cottage industry, seasonal and locally grown fruits and vegetables, pecan rolls/brittle, boiled peanuts, lots of cold sweet treats, and much more for everyone. Free parking! Parking lot and streets. EVERYONE WELCOME!

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The Lake Morton Neighborhood Association is excited to announce that the 12th Annual Historic Home & Garden Tour will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. Read FAQs about the tour. All guests must sign a liability waiver. View/download here. Forms will be available the day of the tour, but you may want to download and have filled out prior to check-in. The Lake Morton Neighborhood Association is excited to announce that the 12th Annual Historic Home & Garden Tour will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. This self-guided walking or Courtesy Florida Southern College shuttle bus tour is open to the public and will feature about 8-10 homes and gardens in the South and East Lake Morton historic district. Because several homes have porches with stairs, not all tour locations are handicap-accessible. The tour will begin at 11 am and is accessible by foot or shuttle bus. It will showcase examples of several different architectural styles such as the Federal Colonial Revival style, the English Arts and Crafts Tudor style, the Mediterranean Revival Style, and several Craftsman bungalows. Homeowners and greeters will be on hand at the tour homes to welcome participants and answer questions. Buses will shuttle tour guests to predetermined stops along the tour of the 10 homes and gardens. The buses do not stop at each house, but rather near a cluster. Significant walking is still required.

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Denim & Diamonds is Saturday, March 7th from 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm at St. Joseph Academy, 310 Frank Lloyd Wright Way. All proceeds go to Monsignor John P Caulfield Legacy Fund. Dance to the music of Dan Signor, Local chefs from Red Door, Eaglebrooke, Jimmy Belle's, and Mahan's plus 50-50 Drawing, Silent Auction, Cash Bar (2 free drinks per ticket). Tickets-$50 purchase online at www.stjoelakeland.org. Open to the community!

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Join us as the musical theatre students at Harrison School for the Arts present The Wiz. After getting swept up into a tornado, Kansas farm girl Dorothy lands in the magical rock-n-roll world of Oz where she meets new friends and encounters great obstacles as she tries to find her way to meet the Wiz who is her only chance to get back home. Based on Frank L. Baums The Wizard of Oz, this modern re-telling uses a variety of musical styles and urban language. Book by William F. Brown and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls with additional music by Luther Vandross. Directed by Joe Sniegocki, Choreography by Laurel Renfroe, Music Direction by Suzi Lambert. There are three performances to enjoy, they will be held on March 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 8 at 2:00 p.m. in the main theatre. Tickets are $13 for adults and $11 for students/seniors. They may be purchased online at www.harrisonarts.com or one hour before the show in the theatre lobby box office. For more information about the show please call (863) 499-2855. Looking forward to seeing you as we Ease on Down the Road! Harrison School for the Arts is located at 750 Hollingsworth Rd., Lakeland, FL 33801

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Our trendiest event of the season is Thursday, March 12th from 5:00-8:30pm. Girls Night Out only happens twice a year. Come see what's in store for Spring while sampling refreshments and spending time with friends. Enjoy 20% off savings with VERY LIMITED EXCLUSIONS! you can use your 20% off coupon on regular & sale-priced purchases in ladies apparel, shoes, dresses, handbags, accessories, intimates, swimwear, home, & Belk & Co. Fine Jewelers with VERY LIMITED EXCLUSIONS - even on designers that rarely go on sale! We look forward to seeing you there!

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Join us to celebrate the Ribbon Cutting for newly opened Pink Piano on Thursday, March 12 at 5:00 p.m. See you there!!

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This is our annual Volunteer Dinner. We here at Lakeland Habitat extend our appreciation to them in many ways one of which is by holding this event expressly for them.

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Author, teacher and speaker Ravi Scott Jain will speak on the topic of math and shine in the liberal arts tradition Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 6:30 on the campus of Geneva Classical Academy. Mr. Jain has been teaching AP Calculus and AP Physics at The Geneva School (Winter Park, FL) since 2003 through an integrated approach that interweaves math, science, philosophy, and theology. During this tenure he has sought to understand and champion the role of math and science in a Christian Classical curriculum. Over the past four years he has had the opportunity to deliver over 35 talks or workshops on these topics at various schools and conferences across the country on these themes. He recently coauthored, The Liberal Arts Tradition: A Philosophy of Christian Classical Education, with Kevin Clark which was published in 2013.

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701 West Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815 (The Lakeland Center) (map)
The Log & Timber Home Show

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March 13-15, 2015 SAE and Lockheed Martin SAE Collegiate Design Competition Aero Design East Extreme Engineering is what you get with the SAE Collegiate Design Competitions. Go beyond textbook theory by designing, building and testing the performance of a real vehicle. Join other students from around the globe in exciting and intense competitions. Land your first engineering job by talking with recruiters from leading companies in the mobility industry. Spectators are welcome at all Collegiate Design Series competitions. 75 teams from 9countries will be competing in Lakeland. Admission is free. Access to designated Team Paddocks is limited to "Registered Attendees" and considered a "Restricted Area". A "registered attendee" is anyone 18 years of age or older, has signed the liability waiver and has been issued a wristband from the registration area. (No one under 18 years of age may enter the paddocks.) Visit http://students.sae.org/cds/ for additional information. SUN n FUNs mission is to preserve and enhance the future of flight through world-class events, inspiring and educating people of all ages. SUN n FUN Fly-In, Inc. is a 501c3 corporation

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701 West Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815 (The Lakeland Center) (map)
Gluten Free Food Allergy Festival

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Lakeland's premier garden event in historic Downtown Lakeland's Munn Park.  60+vendors: plants, orchids, food, music, expert speakers and more! 

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This is the 2nd annual 5k/1mile walk to benefit Special Olympics Florida. All funds raised by the Winter Haven Police Department will be donated to this 501C-3 non-profit. Special Olympics Florida provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities who wish to participate, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

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POLK GIRLS ROCK Empowerment Event is a day filled of empowerment, encouragement, and education to young girls in the Polk county surrounding areas. The event will cater to young girls between the ages of 5-14. The event will provide a positive setting where influencers, positive role models, and small business owners born or raised in the Polk County Community join forces and help young girls celebrate, bring awareness on the positive effect of education, self-love, believing and pursuing your dreams, and believing in yourself through various workshops, pamper and beauty stations, activities and much more.

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Polk County Parks & Recreation presents the free St. Patty’s Day Family Palooza. This brand new event will feature St. Patrick’s Day themed crafts, snacks, music, kids coloring contest, games, prizes and family fun. Download the event flyer at http://bit.ly/SPDFP2015#sthash.8hHL6s3B.dpuf

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This Workshop will be an opportunity to explore a variety of self care practices while supporting a great cause at the same time! Join our group of Holistic and Artistic practioners including Jen McLaughin, Ali Smith, Trae Holland and Kelly Andrews, as we raise our vibrations creating connection, compassion, peace and love.

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Come join us as we celebrate and raise funds for our Relief Trip to Tanzania, Africa coming up July 2015. Live Music, Appetizers, Raffle Prizes and Trip Info for those who are interested in supporting the cause.

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Harrison School for the Arts is ready to Roll out the Red Carpet on Saturday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m. This annual fundraiser is presented by the Harrison Parents Association and will feature live entertainment from professional alumni in the musical theatre and music professions. We are excited to be celebrating 25 years of Harrison! Scheduled to appear: Karen Olivo, Class of 1994 was the 2009 winner of a Tony Award for her performance as Anita in West Side Story in the Broadway revival of the iconic musical. Karen is a stage and television actress, who is known for originating the role of Vanessa in the Tony Awardwinning musical In the Heights both on and off Broadway. She has also appeared on Law and Order and had a recurring role in the ABC series, Harrys Law. Quentin Darrington, Class of 1996, portrayed Coalhouse Walker, Jr. in the 2009 Revival of Ragtime on Broadway as well as Delray in Memphis: A New Musical with the National Tour in 2011. He also starred as Javert in last years production of Les Miserables in Chicago. Yurel Echezeretta, Class of 2007, has been working on Broadway since 2009 and has appeared in West Side Story, Le Cage Aux Folles, Matilda and is currently in Disneys production of Aladdin. Elizabeth Burton, Class of 2006, has toured with Elf the Musical, appeared in an off-Broadway musical call The Underclassman and is currently working on the Radio City Music Hall Spring Spectacular. Jaret Landon, Class of 2004, has worked in television for the Oprah Winfrey Network. Jaret is currently composing the score for Good Kidd, a film directed by Malcom Washington (son of Denzel Washington). He is also part of the creative team that will launch the stage version of The Pursuit of Happiness, based on the best-selling book and box office hit starring Will Smith, who also serves as a producer of the project. Tyler Campbell, Class of 2009, currently works for the Polk County School system and serves as the master accompanist for the evening. The event features performances from the above Harrison grads, the Harrison Symphony Orchestra, and the Harrison Singers. There will be a silent auction and dessert reception from 7:00 to 7:50 p.m. with the show beginning at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $50 each and may be purchased at www.harrisonarts.com or at the box office (if available) before the event. Event sponsorships begin at $500, if you are interested please contact the school at (863) 499-2855.

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Enjoy a grown-up night at the museum with music, food & wine and a whole lot of fun! Music by Sofa Kings Tickets: $50 per person

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Discover all the interesting reptiles and alligators found out at the Circle B Bar Reserve.

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Football and Cheerleading information, Music, Food, Hamster Ball and bounce houses. Come meet and maybe join the Lakeland Gator Family.

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228 S. Massachusetts Ave. Lakeland, FL (City Hal (map)

Lakeland City Commission Meetings are held on the first and third Monday of every month. Meetings begin at 9:00 AM and take place inside the Commissioner Chambers at City Hall, located at 219 N. Massachusetts Ave. Meetings are televised and air on Brighthouse Networks Channel 615 and Verizon FiOS Channel 43.  View Agendas

121 S. Lake Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801 - Lake Mirror (map)

As part of a personal commitment to lead a healthier lifestyle, Commissioner Keith Merritt will walk with Lakeland residents around the parks and lakes of our City. Twice a month Commissioner Merritt will meet up with walkers at a destination 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.  

http://www.lakelandgov.net/walklkld.aspx

 

NOTE: This is a breakfast meeting. Membership Meeting - join us for networking and an HR related speaker. $25 for members, $30 for guests (PayPal fees may apply)

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701 West Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815 (The Lakeland Center) (map)
Jim Brickman The Platinum Tour

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Goin courting has never been as much fun as in this rip-roaring stage version of the popular MGM movie. Set in Oregon in 1850, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers tells the story of Milly, a young bride living in the 1850's Oregon wilderness. Her plan to civilize and marry off her six rowdy brothers-in-law to ensure the success of her own marriage backfires when the brothers, in their enthusiasm, kidnap six women from a neighboring town to be their brides. Bursting with the rambunctious energy of the original film, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is boisterous fun and romance that harkens back to the glory days of the movie musical.

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701 West Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815 (The Lakeland Center) (map)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

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The Membership Committee invites you and your friends, who are interested in becoming EMERGE members, to join us for a night of games, incredible PRIZES, and networking! This is a FREE EVENT and will be the kick-off for our 2015 Membership Drive! There will be FREE food and guests will receive FREE drink tickets! Join us for a great time with other local young professionals! Business Casual Attire Requested

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Join us for an evening of networking at Office Furniture Depot, Inc. on March 19 at 5:30 p.m.

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This is the 32nd Annual Spring for Education event hosted by the RWC of Lakeland, Federated. This event helps to raise money for the teachers of Polk County to use in their classrooms. Many of our teachers use their own money to provide our students with classroom item. With this event, we help to lessen their out of pocket expense. Event ticket will include cocktail hour, dinner, guest speakers, silent auction and live entertainment. Limited seating.

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Friday, March 20, 2015 - 7:30 p.m. Jacques Offenbach was the king of the Parisian operetta, and this delightful production, performed in English, bubbles like champagne. It tells the tale of two penniless street singers, La Périchole and her lover, Paquillo. Entering the story is the lecherous Viceroy of Peru, who falls instantly in “lust” with the title character, and comedy ensues as complications and romantic intrigues arise in this classic clash of wits between the eccentric Viceroy and the resourceful La Périchole.

Ticket Information:  Single tickets will be available at the FFA Box Office for $8 adults, $4 students.

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701 West Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815 (The Lakeland Center) (map)
Buckler Arts & Crafts Show

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701 West Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815 (The Lakeland Center) (map)
Munn Park - Downtown Lakeland (map)
Event description, details and additional information: The Lakeland Regional Health Cancer Center Promise Run is inspired by people who believe that a community can come together to conquer cancer. It's a celebration of the lives of loved ones touched by cancer and a Promise to strengthen the health of everyone around us. We are introducing our Promise Run as a part of our commitment to foster wellness and prevention for a healthier community.

The Lakeland Regional Health Cancer Center Promise Run 10K and 5K races start and finish in Lakeland's Munn Park. The event welcomes runners and walkers of all ages. Participants under the age of ten need to be accompanied by an adult racer. The course will follow the historic streets of downtown as you navigate the scenic lakes of the City of Lakeland and will take place rain or shine.
Event Location / Directions: Munn Park in downtown Lakeland, FL
Phone number for questions about the event.
863-681-1024
Event Website
http://PromiseRun.org

Saturday, March 21


10K @ 7 a.m.


5K @ 8:35 a.m.


Start and Finish in Munn Park


www.PromiseRun.org

Do something for your health and that of your community by joining our inaugural event. Run or walk the picturesque 10K or 5K. Volunteer to lend a hand before, during or after the event. Donate to our fundraising effort to benefit Lakeland Regional Health Cancer Center. Or simply come out and cheer on our participants. Join the heroes racing to conquer cancer!

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A Fundraiser & Celebration of the Kathleen Area & People & Traditions. Live Entertainment; Pioneer Skills Demonstrations & Pioneer Life Exhibit. Photo Displays of area Pioneers. Vendors & Storytelling. Children's Games & Activities; Silent Auction & Cake Walk. Enter Drawing for a Henry Rifle & Quilt. Southern Style Vittles Breakfast 8 to 10 a.m. Lunch 11 to 2 p.m.

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At the sixth annual Brewz Crewz Craft Beer Festival attendees can take in the cool breezes over Lake Morton while they sample close to 100 craft beers, nibble on snacks and enjoy live music from On the Avenue and The Detectives. VIP ticket holders can enter the festival an hour earlier at 1 p.m. VIP tickets are $50 each and General Admission tickets are $35. All ticket prices increase $10 at the door. New to the event this year is a brunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lakeland Brewing Company, 640 E. Main St. The menu will include traditional and nontraditional fare. Head brewer Joe Pierce is brewing a breakfast stout to pair with the menu items, and mimosas and michelada also will be available. Tickets are $25 each in advance and $35 at the door, while supplies last. Proceeds benefit Downtown Lakeland Partnership and SPCA Florida.

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Play It Forward Polk is a 501c3 Non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to supply instruments to children in Polk County schools who can not afford them.

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A FREE EVENT - Tuesday, March 24, 2015 7:30 p.m. This newest Florida Southern College faculty ensemble made its debut in last seasons Festival of Fine Arts event, A Faculty Showcase, Edition 2014, and was an immediate hit. All formidable jazz musicians in their own right, together they create a musical synergy that appeals to the heart, the mind, and the soul. Join Valerie Gillespie, Paul Butcher, Ian Goodman, and Jay Mueller as they lead us through a memorable evening of innovative jazz programming.

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701 West Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815 (The Lakeland Center) (map)
A Night of Rock n Soul featuring Felix Cavaliere's Rascals and Darlene Love

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Although he was first a member of Joey Dee and His Starlighters best known for the hit Peppermint Twist, Felix Cavaliere is best known for his association with The Young Rascals during the 1960s singing lead vocals on six of their best loved hits including Groovin, Good Lovin, Ive Been Lonely Too Long, A Beautiful Morning, People Got to Be Free and so many more! Her voice helped launch a hundred hits: the No. 1 Hes a Rebel, (Today I Met) the Boy Im Gonna Marry, Hes Sure the Boy I Love and Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), all of which Darlene Love sang during the glory days of the girl-group era! Among her accolades is singing backup on countless hits for artists like Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, Dionne Warwick, Cher and Aretha Franklin. You fell in love with her amazing life journey on the Oscar award winning documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom, now see her LIVE as she brings down the house with a night of pure soul magic.

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Business Roundtable sponsored by Central Florida SCORE and Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be held at the Chamber, 35 Lake Morton Dr., February 26, 2015 at 7:30 am. For reservations call 688-8551, ext. 231 or e-mail TOttinger@LakelandChamber.com. SCORE is a non-profit association dedicated to entrepreneur education, providing confidential counseling and mentoring free of charge. SCORE is sponsored by the Small Business Administration.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 7:30 p.m. Season after season, the youthful members of the FSC Jazz Ensemble, under the expert leadership of Paul Butcher, Director of Jazz Studies, mesmerize and entertain audiences of all ages with their savvy musicianship and keen sense of style. This year promises to be especially engaging as they explore the rich jazz repertoire to serve up a perfect combination of traditional, innovative, and appealing works. Tickets: $18 adults; $9 students

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Please join Emeritus at Lakeland as we celebrate our merger and become Brookdale Lakeland Hills. Come out and meet the staff, enjoy live music and chef prepared Hors d'oeuvres. There will be a bounce house for the kids and great door prizes for the adults. Please RSVP no by 03.25.2015 by calling 863.688.1126.

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701 West Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815 (The Lakeland Center) (map)
PC Bridal presents Pretty in Pink

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701 West Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815 (The Lakeland Center) (map)
The pop culture phenomenon of FLASHDANCE is now live on stage. With electrifying dance at its core, FLASHDANCE-THE MUSICAL tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. When romance with her steel mill boss threatens to complicate her ambitions, Alex learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream. FLASHDANCE-THE MUSICAL features a score that includes the biggest hit songs from the movie, including the Academy Award-winning title song "Flashdance - What a Feeling," "Maniac," "Gloria," "Manhunt," and "I Love Rock & Roll." In addition to these hits, 16 brand new songs have been written for the musical with music by Robbie Roth and lyrics by Robert Cary and Roth.

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701 West Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815 (The Lakeland Center) (map)
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 7:30 p.m. Franz Joseph Haydn wrote many spectacular masses, especially at the end of his life. Under the baton of Beth Gibbs, the FSC Concert Choir will present one such late mass, the Missa in Angustiis, also known as the Lord Nelson Mass. In addition, other works by Haydn and his contemporaries will be presented in this evening of music celebrating the beauty and mastery of the Viennese Classical Era. Tickets: $18 adults; $9 students

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Cesar Millan, star of the new television series Cesar 911 on NatGeo WILD and original host of the long-running hit series Dog Whisperer and Leader of the Pack will reveal the secrets of happier, healthier relationships between humans and their canine companions in his exciting live show! Joined by his famous four-legged companion, Junior, Cesar will share his philosophies and methods, then present examples via live demonstrations with multiple dogs. From his years of experience, Cesar will show that for a transformation to take place in a dog, the real transformation quite often needs to take place in their human companion first. Youll be amazed and inspired by the simplicity with which Cesars Way can bring harmony and balance into your and your dogs lives.

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The kids of Lakeland are out on spring break so what better way to get them hopped up for Easter than to help them build their own basket stuffed with goodies! Come help the kids with their craft (and make one of your own) at this interactive EMERGE project at Explorations V Children's Museum! Short tours of the museum will also be available to those interested.

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