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This is the official blog of the City of Lakeland, Florida. Check back frequently to stay up to date with all that going on in our beautiful city!

LAKELAND, FL (July 28, 2011)The August 19, 2011 Music on the Promenade will feature three up and coming Lakeland bands as part of a local music showcase.  This FREE event is from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Lake Mirror Promenade.

The Brian Sutherland Trio will open the show with their eclectic blend of musical styling.  Sutherland is a singer, songwriter who will easily switch from cello to guitar as he plays his own version of folk, pop, acoustic rock.  He is joined by band mates Zach Rogers and singer Adrienne Kneebone.  This group of Florida Southern students makes up a sound that audiences have struggled to categorize.  Their blend of styles and freedom to improvise places them in more than one genre.  Covering the great artists like Nat King Cole and George Gershwin, all the way to modern day crooners Jason Mraz and Michael Buble.  They are crowd pleasers wherever they play.

Walking Catfish, another local Lakeland band, will take the stage with music that blends the attitude of early classic 70’s punk, the spirit of early 60’s surf music, the mathematical tendencies of krautrock and some curious electronic noises that intertwine melody and harmony into a unique homespun sound. Walking Catfish are a band that makes music on their own terms. The culmination of the eclectic crew and years of experience inspire a blue collar approach to indie rock.

What started in a garage as three to four friends collaboratively writing and rehearsing simple acoustic folk songs has evolved into a band known as the California Baseball Band.  While the songs written by the band are not necessarily themed around California or even baseball for that matter, they have built upon the quaint acoustic folk set with more volume and more instruments.  The California Baseball Band has managed to keep the banjo and mandolin in the forefront of many of their songs; maintaining the simple folk vibe that a wide demographic can enjoy.  The band is literally 6-7 friends having fun doing what they love. Their set will contain most of the songs of their newly completed EP 'Deep Creek' which can be heard by logging onto  

The music series takes place at the Lake Mirror amphitheater which is between Hollis Garden and the Lake Mirror Center. The event is FREE to the public and families are encouraged to attend. There will be food and drink vendors on site 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.

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Lakes Education/Action Drive (LE/AD), in partnership with Lakeland Clean & Beautiful, the City of Lakeland and Lakeland Vision’s Lakes Alliance present Lakeland’s Eighth Annual Cardboard Boat Challenge and Lakes Festival on Saturday, September 17, from 8:30 a.m. – noon at the Lake Hollingsworth boat ramp (race starts at 10 a.m.).  This event is designed to help raise public awareness about our lakes and the precious resources we have in our area.  Environmental exhibitors will provide fun activities for children and supply information on area lakes and water resources.  Entertainment will be the Cardboard Boat Challenge!

The challenge will be to design, construct and race a boat made of cardboard around a marked course in Lake Hollingsworth.  We know what you’re thinking, but a cardboard boat really can float if you construct it wisely!  Teams must have a minimum of four and maximum of 10 people, but only two will set sail in the boat.  Race teams will be in four divisions: community/corporate, elementary/middle school-age youth, high school-age youth and family.  First, second and third-place awards will be given in each race division.  The Cardboard Boat Challenge and Lake Festival is a great opportunity for youth groups, scouts, civic clubs, families and businesses to have fun together while enjoying our beautiful lake.  For the second year now we will have the “Pre-Built” category.  Teams construct their boats out of corrugated cardboard in advance and race around the designated course.  Judging will be for “People’s Choice” and speed.  Pre-Built will be limited to 8 teams.

Registration is $35 per team if received by September 2, 2011.  After September 2, registration is $40 per team.  Registration fee includes all tools and materials needed to construct boats (in on-site building only) and two commemorative t-shirts.  Additional shirts will be available to purchase on the day of the event.  To register or for more information, contact the City of Lakeland Lakes & Stormwater Division at (863) 834-8429 or LE/AD at (863) 221-5323.  Register now because the race is limited to 35 teams!  If space is available, registration will be available on race day on a first come/first served basis.

Event supporters include the Alafia River, Hillsborough River and the Peace River basin boards of the Southwest Florida Water Management District, the Lakes Education/Action Drive,

Lakeland Clean & Beautiful, the City of Lakeland, Lakeland Vision, MaxPak, Lakeland Family YMCA, Crowder Brothers – Ace Hardware, Amec, JBT Food Tech, Inc. and Woodmen of the World.  Even if you don’t participate in the boat challenge, come watch the boat race and cheer on your favorite team!


LAKELAND, FL (August 4, 2011) – The City of Lakeland Parks and Recreation Department is excited to be offering the popular aquatics camp, Club Splash, August 15 -19th. The camp is geared toward teens ages 10-15 and will be based out of Gandy Pool each day from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Club Splash Aquatics Camp is a fun packed five days of splishing and splashing that includes canoeing, a visit to the Florida Aquarium, visiting area water parks, tubing down springs and water games. 

Reserve a spot early as space is limited!  The one week camp costs $90.00 per person and includes all activity entry fees.

For further information call the Gandy Pool at 863-834-3157.



Robson Road west of North Florida Avenue will be reduced to one lane of traffic Wednesday, August 3 through Friday, August 5, 2011 while City crews install new storm pipe.  Traffic control and flaggers will be on site.  Minor delays should be expected.