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LAKELAND, FL (September 20, 2013) -- Come to Munn Park on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. for the 29th Annual Munn Park Extravaganza gardening show presented by the Garden Club of Lakeland, Inc.  A Small Standard Flower Show will be put on by the Garden Club members from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  


Enjoy a Free family day of activities while exploring the many flowers and plants for sale, attend garden presentations and browse garden related crafts.  Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and there is soil testing for those wanting the perfect garden soil.  City of Lakeland Horticulturist, Bill Koen will present on new plant introduction.


There will be over 50 vendors selling a variety of patio and garden items for all your fall plant needs including: flowering plants for house and garden, outdoor plants for your landscaping, and garden art and accessories to spice up your lawn or patio.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase. For more information call the Garden Club of Lakeland at 863-370-4065.




One of Lakeland’s finest, Firefighter Taylor Riley of Station 1 was recognized by Firehouse Magazine, by being selected as an awardee of their annual Heroism and Community Service Award. Taylor was selected as one of fifty firefighters in the nation, and the only winner from Florida, for his incredible act of bravery when he entered a burning building last December to rescue a young boy. The building was 95% engulfed in flames when he entered. 

Taylor was recommended by his Battalion Chief Michael Williams for the award and was selected by a panel of fire service professionals from across the country.

Congratulations to Taylor Riley and thank you for serving the people of Lakeland so well.

This is a picture of the building when he went in. Not before or after, but during. AMAZING!




LAKELAND, FL (July 19, 2013) -- Commissioner Phillip Walker has reached out to the faith community and has put together a prayer vigil with area pastors called A Time to Pray that will take place in Munn Park on Thursday, July 25th at 7:30 a.m. RAIN OR SHINE. Walker said, “I am asking that we come together as a community as we seek guidance through these critical situations that have been brought to the surface. We need to pray for our City and for our citizens as we work together to heal our community.”

A Time to Pray will be lead by Commissioner Walker and will feature area places of worship who have been contacted to appear at the event.  Several places of worship were contacted and at this time three have confirmed their participation with more expected.  Those that have confirmed include:

  • Pastor David McEntire from First United Church of Lakeland
  • Pastor E.T. PickettIII of Word Alive Ministries inLakeland
  • Richard Richardson of New Bethel A.M.E.
  • Steve Davis, Executive Pastor, First Baptist Church at the Mall
  • Mike Cooper, Executive Director The Dream Center
  • Father Caulfield, Retired Parish Leader for St. Joseph Catholic Church
  • Representative from both Temple Emmanuel 

Walker said, “We are all questioning the issues facing the Lakeland Police Department and I can tell you that we have some great people working for us who put their life on the line every day for our safety.  We are working through the issues and we are determined to let those go who have disgraced our City.  He added, “I invite the community to meet us in Munn Park even if you don’t believe in the power of prayer as we embrace unity and guidance for our City.” 


For more information, please contact Commissioner Phillip Walker at 863/698-8094.



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 along the Frances Langford Promenade on Wednesday, July 3rd from 6:00 p.m. - 9 p.m. with a breathtaking fireworks display dazzling the crowd at 9 p.m.   

A live concert featuring Sam Bullock and the Soul Alliance will entertain the crowd. This multi-piece R&B Band comprised of a tight rhythm section, horns and back-up singers play music that includes hits from the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and the ‘90s, done with a big band swag. They also play hit music from Broadway, some Jazz, and newer pop to round out their repertoire. The lead singer, Sam Bullock has been influenced by singers such as Michael Bublé, Paul Davis, Peabo Bryson, Brian McKnight, Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson and Prince. He also names the Eagles and Journey as huge influences. The Soul Alliance has a commanding stage presence with the goal to have fun and get the crowd energized as they show the audience that they truly are masters of their craft.  

Tom Mims, President of T. Mims Corporation said, “We are very excited 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. 

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.

Questions regarding the event can be directed to Kevin Cook at 863.834.6264.