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Lakeland, FL — The week of April 22 - 28, 2012, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, is a time to honor crime victims and our nation’s progress in advancing their rights. This year’s theme—Extending the Vision: Reaching Every Victim—celebrates the vision behind that progress and the ideal of serving all victims of crime.

The vision that launched the victims’ rights movement emerged more than 30 years ago. Then—as now—crime victims endured physical and emotional wounds and costly financial burdens. The Lakeland Police Department has an established Victim's Assistance Program that continually works to confront these challenges and to promote fair, compassionate, and respectful responses to victims of crime. As part of the program, a Victim's Compensation Trust Fund has been established to provide financial support for victims of crime in the areas of counseling, dental/medical bills, lost wages just to name a few. 

An integral part of the Victim's Assistance Program are the volunteers from the Lakeland community who donate their time to assist victims of crime. Volunteers play many roles such as providing emotional support, helping with transportation needs and serving as a guide in obtaining compensation for the victim.  The Lakeland Police Department is continually recruiting volunteers and happy to work with any one interested in assisting those in need in our community.

For additional information about National Crime Victims’ Rights Week or the Victims Assistance Program and how to help victims in your community, please contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863.834-6914.


Classical guitarist Robert Phillips will perform at the Lakeland Public Library (100 Lake Morton Drive) on Sunday, May 6th at 2 pm.

The hour-long concert will feature works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Federico Moreno TorrClassical guitarist Robert Phillips will perform at the Lakeland Public Library (100 Lake Morton Drive) on Sunday, May 6th at 2 pm.

The hour-long concert will feature works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Federico Moreno Torroba, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Francisco Tarrega.

A Lakeland-based classical guitarist, Robert Phillips has produced three CDs: Guitarre Nouveau (TPL Records), and Great Themes and Variations for Classic Guitar [2 CD s] (Mel Bay Publications). 

The programs and events at the Lakeland Public Library are free and open to the public. There are no reservations for performances at Lakeland Public Library. It is open seating. Doors open 10 -15 minutes before the program begins. For more information, call Brenda J. Patterson at 863-834-4276 or send e-mail

For upcoming events and programs, visit Lakeland Public Library's website and Facebook page at and Follow our Twitter feed at!/lakelandpublib.



The City of Lakeland’s Public Works Department will be celebrating the American Public Works Association national Public Works Week (NPWW) from 6:00pm until 9:00pm on Friday, May 4, 2012, along with Downtown Lakeland’s First Friday event. During this event shops and restaurants will stay open with music and entertainment along the streets including a classic car show.

The NPWW celebration will be In Munn Park featuring displays from each of our Public Works divisions.  Some of the feature displays include: heavy duty equipment, Lakes & Stormwater awareness campaigns, pedestrian & bicycle safety, recycling materials and much more! Along with these events, there will be children’s activities, give-a-ways and fun for the whole family!

Everyone is invited to the Downtown Lakeland First Friday and the celebration of National Public Works Week. Parking is free beginning at 5:00pm the evening of the event in the Main Street parking garage. Additional free parking is also available in the Bay Street Lot, the Oak Street Park & ride and old fire station lot located at 400 E. Main St.

The Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency and Platform Art will unveil a ceramic art tile installation on the Orange Street Bridge and a new community garden at 7 p.m. as part of the April 28th Platform Art Party 19 event. 

Platform Art Party 19 will celebrate these public improvements and feature live music, dance, fashion, film, and visual arts all of which will be at St. Joseph’s Church from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. An admission fee of $15 in advance or $20 at the door will allow entry into the galleries and performance venues. 

The Orange Street Bridge project originated with a desire on the part of the Lakeland CRA to partner with the arts community to connect Downtown’s many art and entertainment venues and also to enhance the connection between The Lakeland Center and the Downtown core area.   There is now a pedestrian walkway from the Lakeland Center to downtown enhanced by new shade trees, an installation of original ceramic tiles by St. Petersburg artist Beate Marston and a peaceful urban pocket park in what was once a fenced vacant lot.

The artistic tiles along the Orange Street Bridge reflect an urban agriculture theme and feature downtown skylines and flora.  At the foot of the bridge at New York Avenue and Orange Street, is a new community garden that will be maintained by St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and the Polk County Master Gardeners.

The bridge and the garden will be open to the public and the live music, food trucks, Equine Rescue and other urban agriculturally themed booths will be open to the public throughout the evening. 

Platform Art performances are unique and unexpected with art, film, dance, fashion and live music.

Artists, musicians, and performers entertain through out the evening.   Beverages are available, and complimentary hors d oeuvres provided by Texas Cattle Company.  The event kicks-off at the Orange Street Bridge with a dedication from Mayor Fields at 7pm.