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LAKELAND, FL (April 6, 2015) - On Friday, April 17th there will be a free Green Celebration in honor of Earth Day with a concert & showcase at the Lake Mirror Promenade from 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. There will be live music from the Uncle John’s Band along with a variety of exhibits and displays promoting green living initiatives.

Uncle John’s Band is Florida’s premier Grateful Dead Experience.  In 1990, the band of talented musicians joined together to recreate the atmosphere and musical adventure of a live Dead show. Over the past 25 years, Uncle John’s Band has performed hundreds of shows full of musical energy. Since 1998 the band has performed every Thursday night at Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa and is famous for playing concerts and festivals.

The Green Celebration honors Earth Day, a day intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment. Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and it is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22nd as International Mother Earth Day.

There will be a number of exhibits and vendors that will have displays at the Green Celebration. The Polk County School Board will showcase programs and earth friendly initiatives designed to promote a greener more sustainable future. This year, Polk County Schools will exhibit a “green fair”. The audience along with a panel of judges will decide on the most innovative project that promotes a cleaner, greener environment.

The Green Celebration invites the Lakeland community to attend the free event. Bring a blanket, a picnic basket and enjoy the festivities as we celebrate Earth Day. Participants are encouraged to recycle, reclaim, reuse and ride a bike.  

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Breitling Jet Team Practicing At

Lakeland Linder Regional Airport


Lakeland, FL (April 8, 2015) — Residents in the surrounding areas of the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport may notice an increase in air activity over the next two weeks. The Breitling Jet Team based out of Dijon, France will be practicing team flights in the skies above South Lakeland in preparation for their North American Tour and much anticipated performance at the upcoming 2015 Sun ’n Fun Fly-In & Expo. The team’s appearance at Sun ’n Fun will mark their first-ever performance in the United States.

The Breitling Jet Team is the world’s largest professional civilian flight team known for their prestigious aerobatic displays. The first and largest of its kind, the team is comprised of seven L-39 C Albatros jets that can reach speeds up to 465 mph. Every appearance of the Breitling Jet Team is a breathtaking vision as each aircraft gracefully weaves through the sky at incredible speeds, sometimes flying to within a few feet of each other.

Visitors can catch the team’s full show at the upcoming 41st Annual 2015 Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo, April 21st – 26th at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. Aviation enthusiasts know it as the 2nd largest air show in the world and Florida’s largest convention. More than 200,000 people converge in Polk County to see daily air shows, visit 500 exhibits, attend workshops and forums, introduce children to the world of aviation and view more than 4,500 aircraft from homebuilts to warbirds on the 1,000 acre Sun n Fun campus.  Visit for event schedules and information.



Want a SUMMER JOB that makes a difference AND HAVE FUN while you work? Camp Blast is your answer!

We are looking for energetic, motivated, kid-friendly staff members who will help make this year's summer camp program our best, yet!

We are seeking two types of positions:

Playground Coordinator – This position is the site supervisor (we have six elementary sites this summer). Starts $11.60 Per Hour

Playground Instructor - Starts @ $8.65 Per Hour

Positions begin June 10th and continue through August 7th (Monday – Friday) from 7:30am – 5:30pm. (That means no nights and no weekends! YES!) We are looking to solidify our staff by mid to late April AT THE LATEST!!

Don't Miss Your Chance - Apply Today!
(look for Playground Coordinator or Playground Instructor links)


LAKELAND, FL (March 27, 2015) - Join the City of Lakeland on Friday, April 3rd as we celebrate 10 new sculptures located along the Lemon Street Promenade in downtown Lakeland that are part of the 15th Annual Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition. Lakeland, Winter Haven and now Sebring are participating with the installation of new art to be enjoyed.


In Lakeland, the sculptures are displayed along Lemon Street and there will be a chance for art lovers to vote on their favorite outdoor sculpture for the coveted “People’s Choice” award from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. during the April 3rd  First Friday event that will take place in downtown Lakeland.  The winners of the “People’s Choice Award” will be announced at 8 p.m.  The band Free Time will play at the corner of Kentucky Avenue and Lemon Street along Lemon Street as they set the mood with soothing jazz.  


The artist, the name of their pieces of art and the materials used to make the sculptures are listed below.


Ray Katz, Pontiac, MI

Around the Gate, 2010

Hanna Jubran, Grimesland, NC

Summer & Spring


Bob Dorsey, Lakeland, FL

Self Portrait as Armadillo, 2014


Carl Billingsley, Ayden, NC

Connectarc,  2014


Adam Walls, Hope Mills, NC

Tree, 2014

Joni Younkins-Herzog, Sarasota, FL

Delilah, 2014


C.R. Gray, Key West, FL


James Westermann, Morrisville, VT

Trike, 2010


Roger Halligan, Chattanooga, TN

Yellow Tail, 2008   


Jack Howard-Potter, New York, NY

Winged Glory


The sculptures are selected by a committee of comprised of community members and Polk Museum of Art staff for the Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition. The sculptures are displayed for a year in downtown Lakeland, Winter Haven and Sebring. An independent judge selects the Best of Show, Second Place and Honorable Mention awards for the pieces of art.  The winners along with the “People’s Choice” award will be announced at the April 3rd  First Friday event.  There will also be live music so come out and enjoy First Friday and vote for your favorite piece of art!