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Come On Down…Win over $25,000 in cash and prizes!

The Price is Right Live Comes to The Lakeland Center
Thursday, September 27th 7:30pm
Tickets On Sale Friday, June 29th 9:30am

Lakeland, FL – Hey Lakeland, you could be the next contestant to Come On Down with a chance to win over $25,000 in cash and prizes as the hit television game show The Price is Right comes to The Lakeland Center on Thursday, September 27th at 7:30pm. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, June 29th at 9:30am for  $30.50 and $57 (service charges will apply) and are available at The Lakeland Center Box Office, by calling 863-834-8111, online at or by calling the 24-hour ticketing line 888-397-0100.

The Price Is Right Live is the hit interactive stage show that gives contestants pulled right from the audience the chance to "come on down" to win appliances, vacations and even new cars by playing classic games from television's longest running and most popular game show.  From Plinko to Cliffhangers to the Big Wheel, and even the fabulous showcase, all the favorite games are played just like the TV show. Even if your name is not called to play you still have a chance to win. Audience member’s names are called out throughout the show to win prizes just for being there.

Playing to near sold out audiences for 6 years, the Price Is Right Live has given away or 10 million dollars in cash and prizes and sold over 1.2 million tickets.

The Lakeland Center is conveniently located minutes between Orlando and Tampa in Lakeland, Florida off I-4 on Lime Street; The Lakeland Center is a short drive from anywhere in Central Florida.  Regular box office hours are Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:30pm.  For ticket information or purchase, call the Box Office at (863) 834-8111 or visit our website at Tickets may also be purchased through the 24-hour toll free phone line at 888-397-0100. Performers, prices, date and times are subject to change without notice. Service charges apply to all transactions.

The City of Lakeland is pleased to announce that the T. Mims Corp. Red, White & Kaboom Independence Celebration will take place with live music at Lake Mirror on July 3rd from 6:00 p.m. - 9 p.m. with a breathtaking fireworks display dazzling the crowd at 9 p.m. 

Tom Mims, President of T. Mims Corporation said, “We are pleased to sponsor Red, White & Kaboom again this year.  It is an excellent opportunity for our community to come together in celebration of our great country and it is free to the public." Mims added, "We will be continuing our Chow for Now canned food drive to benefit Volunteers in Service to the Elderly so we want each spectator to bring at least one can of food for VISTE." There will be Chow for Now volunteers with grocery carts circulating through the park collecting canned goods.

Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE) is a community-based, non-profit organization serving Lakeland, Bartow, Mulberry and Ft. Meade. Established in 1983, the primary goal of VISTE is to enable frail elderly persons to continue living independently and safely in their own home.

The evening’s main entertainment will include live music from the Channel Z Band.  The Channel Z Band has been in existence since 1997 and is a five piece band with a current member compliment that has been in force for nearly eight years.   A culmination of many diverse and augmenting talents allows Channel Z to be a notch or two above your average Pop Rock Cover Band.  The Channel Z Band continues to perform numerous events in Central Florida.  They are sure to be a crowd pleaser with their diverse song list that spans from the 60’s to current pop favorites and includes hits from the Beatles to the latest from Katy Perry.

Red, White & Kaboom takes place at the scenic Lake Mirror Promenade located at 121 South Lake Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801.  This historic landmark was built in the 1920’s.  The Promenade, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been a source of pride within the community for generations and it makes a wonderful back drop for public events.  Lake Mirror is surrounded by many park elements that add to the beauty and ambiance of the venue. These park elements include: Kryger Park, Barnett Family Park, Sunflower Preschool Playground, Magnolia Building, Hollis Gardens, & the Lake Mirror Complex.  Albert Paley's “Tribute to Volunteerism,” a conspicuously ornate & colorful sculpture, crowns the northeast shore.

During Red, White & Kaboom there will be a variety of food and drink vendors around Lake Mirror so bring a blanket and enjoy the festivities in celebrating our great nation.  The event will conclude with a dramatic display of fireworks over the lake.  The evening is free to the public and everyone attending is encouraged to bring at least one food item to benefit Chow for Now. All City parking garages will be open for T.Mims Corp. Red, White & Kaboom.  

The Lakeland Police department is accepting applications for the 2012 Citizens Police Academy, which is scheduled to begin on August 16, 2012. This is a great opportunity for citizens to get a behind the scenes look at the various responsibilities and daily challenges facing the Lakeland Police Department. This in-depth academy runs for thirteen (13) consecutive weeks with classes meeting every Thursday night from 6:30PM - 9:30PM. The 2012 Academy will begin on August 16, 2012 and conclude on November 8, 2012 with a graduation ceremony for participants and their families.

The academy includes detailed information on police topics such as uniformed patrol, special investigations (i.e., vice and narcotics), crime scene investigation, SWAT, K9 and many other areas of interest. Also included in the curriculum is a tour of the police station and communications center. A firearms familiarization course is also covered one Saturday where participants will be given a chance to test their skills at the firing range.

The academy is free to all citizens eighteen years of age or older. Class size is limited, so register now!  For applications or additional information, contact (863)834-6912. The deadline for applications is July 6, 2012.



On Thursday, June  14th the City of Lakeland Parks and Recreation Department kicked off its summer season by hosting the “World’s Largest Swimming Lesson”. This nationwide annual event is designed to bring awareness of the importance of knowing how to swim and making yourself safe around water.

This year well over 200 young people participated in Lakeland’s effort to break the record of people being introduced to water safety, through a mass swimming lesson. However, the number of participants is not as important as the number of people who are encouraged, by this event, to become more skilled in keeping themselves safe around water.

One thing that was stressed, during the lesson, was the mantra “Reach or Throw; Don’t Go.” This teaches that the best course of action when you see someone in trouble in the water is to use a pole or a rope to reach them or to throw them a floatation device so that they can get safely back to shore. The most important thing to know, however, is how to swim. So the City of Lakeland would like you to join them for swimming lessons scheduled throughout the summer.  

Swimming is one of life's great pleasures. It offers many health and fitness benefits, cools you off in the summer, and provides a great opportunity to socialize with family and friends. Make sure you and yours stay safe in the water by being “water-aware” by following these water safety tips:

Learn to swim. Never leave children unattended. Read all posted signs. Never swim alone or in unsupervised places.  Weak or non-swimmers should wear a life jacket, and avoid water wings. Look for lifeguards. Don't drink alcohol. Never chew gum while swimming. Check the water depth.  Don't get too tired, too cold, too far from safety, exposed to too much sun or experience too much strenuous activity.  Note the weather. Use sunscreen. Don't take risks. Keep toddlers in shallow play areas.

There are nearly 500 deaths per year from drowning in Florida. The months that rank the highest are during the summer when the urge to be near or in the water is at its highest.  The City of Lakeland Aquatics Division wants you to sign your kids up for lessons today and if you don't know how to swim, sign yourself up too!