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STIHL Tour des Trees Coming Through Lakeland in October
Now accepting applications for Riders!

The STIHL Tour des Trees is a week-long, 500-mile cycling tour with an ambitious agenda:

  • To fund important research focused on improving the health of urban trees
  • To fund education programs aimed at connecting young people with the environment and with opportunities in the green industry
  • To raise awareness in the communities we visit of the importance of trees to the quality of urban life and the value of science-based professional tree care.
  • To engage and educate young people about how trees grow, why people need trees and how they can help care for the trees in their lives.
  • Every full-Tour participant commits to raising a minimum of $3,500 for the TREE Fund in addition to pedaling 500+ miles in a week, rain or shine. They do it for the challenge, the mission and the camaraderie. Their legacy is a promise of strong, healthy urban trees for generations to come.

The Tour is the principal fundraiser for the TREE Fund (last year’s ride raised $625,000+) with an environmental outreach component built in. Our goal is to engage the communities we visit, share our love for trees and cycling and leave something of value behind. Usually that’s a tree (or trees) that we plant on site (after consultation with your Parks or Forestry Dept.) and a donation of a set of children’s books about trees to your local library and/or elementary school. Our events are professionally promoted to the local media, and we try to enlist as many local participants as possible.

For full details visit: http://stihltourdestrees.org/the-event/

 


HARRISON SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WILL PLAY MUSIC ON THE PROMENADE

LAKELAND, FL (May 7, 2015) - The Harrison School for the Arts Symphony Orchestra will perform on May 15th starting at 6 p.m. as part of the Music on the Promenade series at the Lake Mirror Francis Langford Promenade.
 
This performance will feature two winners from Harrison’s concerto competition. Violinist Dixie Ortiz will be performing the first movement of Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole and Michael Jean will be performing the first movement of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. A special piece that was commissioned to celebrate Harrison School for the Arts’ 25th anniversary will also be featured during the concert. Larry Clark, Vice President of Carl Fisher Music and the parent of two Harrison students, has worked with the orchestra students throughout the composition process.

In addition to the concertos and the commissioned work, the orchestra will be performing a variety of works by Hanson, Sousa, Tschaikovsky, Kister, Delibes, Brahms, Grieg and Stravinsky. They will also be playing a salute to the Armed Forces that will include patriotic standards such as America the Beautiful and Stars and Stripes Forever. During the orchestra’s intermission the Harrison Jazz Combo will perform with solo singers from the Musical Theater World Choir.
 
The music series takes place at the Lake Mirror amphitheater, (121 S Lake Ave, Lakeland). The event is FREE to the public and families are encouraged to attend. Food vendors will be on hand and the Garden Bistro will be open 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.

Flood Insurance Rate Maps are changing and Southwest Florida Management District is coordinating these map changes for Polk County. A number of public meetings have been scheduled for information on these changes and the potential impacts to your insurance premiums in Polk County.

May 12, 2014 @ 4PM in Bartow at the Polk Street Community Center (1255 Polk St, Bartow, FL 33830)

May 13, 2014 @ 4PM in Lakeland at the Magnolia Building (698 E Orange St, Lakeland, FL 33801)

May 14, 2014 @ 4PM in WInter Haven at the Chain O'Lakes Complex Pool Room South Entrance (210 Cypress Gardens Bl, Winter Haven, FL 33830)

If interested in inquiring about the map changes specific to your property, you may contact Mahen Pete, P.E., in Public Works at 863-834-8442 or via email mahen.pete@lakelandgov.net.

GANG TASK FORCE COMMUNITY FORUM
MONDAY, MAY 11TH COLEMAN BUSH BUILDING


LAKELAND, FL (May 4, 2015) - The Mayor’s Gang Task Force lead by Commissioner Philip Walker will provide a Community Forum on Monday, May 11th at the Coleman Busch Building starting at 6 p.m. The forum will include a presentation providing an update on the prevention, intervention and suppression tactics initiated by the Gang Task Force and partnering law enforcement agencies.

The community will hear an update on G.R.E.A.T. - the anti-gang program administered to Lakeland middle school students by School Resource Officers as well as effective neighborhood outreach events that targeted hot spot areas.  The Lakeland Police Department will share new statistics on their anti-gang suppression efforts.  The Community Forum will hear exciting news and plans for a stand-alone Police Athletic League facility that has been fast-tracked to open before the end of the school year.

Police Chief Larry Giddens, “Last year we had a noticeable uptick in gang related activity. I’m proud to say our multi-pronged approach that includes prevention, intervention and suppression elements have helped us reduce the number of gang related crimes over the past year.”  He added, “We are excited about the opportunities that our new partnership with the City’s Parks & Recreation Department is going to offer the community as we team together for a new Police Athletic League facility. We have big plans for the facility and it will help in the prevention and intervention of our young students.”

The highly successful Summer of Safety program developed between law enforcement agencies and the Citrus Connection will be extended for 2015.  This program will allow Lakeland middle school students to ride the bus for free during the summer.  The program is very similar to the COLTS program initiated by the Polk County School Board.  Tom Phillips, Executive Director for the Citrus Connection said, “Both programs will allow middle and high school students the opportunity to ride the Citrus Connection for free during the summer. Middle school students must sign up and this can be done at our activity centers around town and through the SRO’s at Lakeland middle schools.” He added, “We will also have sign-up opportunities available during the Community Forum.”

The Community Forum will take place on May 11th at 6 p.m. The Coleman Busch Building located at 1104 Martin Luther King Junior Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33805.