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GREEN CELEBRATION HONORS EARTH DAY ON APRIL 22

 

LAKELAND, FL (March 16, 2016) - On Friday, April 22nd there will be a FREE Green Celebration in honor of Earth Day with a concert & showcase at the Frances Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror from 5:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. There will be live music from the reggae band Redemption lead by front man Cliff Brown. 

 

The musical journey of Cliff “Redemption” Brown has been an amazing adventure. He has produced melodies that turned in to Grammy’s for Mary J. Blige and he has made platinum selling records for artists such as Jeezy and Rick Ross.  Brown has also fronted numerous bands and played guitar on tour with reggae legends such as Yellowman, Peter Metro and Admiral Tibbet.  Redemption fans can expect a musical blend where pop melodies meet conscious lyrics all while the beat is keeping the dance floor packed. Redemption is influenced by legendary artists such as Bob Marley, Frank Ocean, Bruno Mars, J Boog, Outkast and Sublime. The group promises to keep the rhythms coming with a musical blend of pop and reggae.

 

 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. The audience along with a panel of judges will decide on the most innovative school program that promotes a cleaner, greener environment. Past students have developed a number of innovating projects that included building their own skateboards, green houses built from plastic bottles, jewelry made from plastic grocery bags, clean water initiatives and of course great ideas on how to recycle.

 

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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SOUNDS OF THE SEASON – HOLIDAY MUSIC EVENT
HARRISON SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS MUSIC DEPARTMENTS PERFORM
 
LAKELAND, FL (December 14, 2015) - The City of Lakeland presents a special Sounds of the Season concert at the Harrison School for the Arts Theater on Friday, December 18th.  The show is from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Due to the threat of rain in the forecast on Friday, the event that was originally scheduled to take place at the Lake Mirror Amphitheater has been moved indoors.  Tickets for this spectacular holiday event are specially priced at $5.  Get your tickets by going to www.harrisonarts.com and click on the “tickets” button.  

Daryl Ward, Principal at Harrison School for the Arts said, “We have a very elaborate set-up for the event and with the possible threat of rain, it’s best that we make alternative plans now.” He added, “We are extremely excited to partner with the City of Lakeland and offer a special ticket price for this spectacular event and if you aren’t in the holiday mood, you certainly will be after the Sounds of the Season concert.”

The special Sounds of the Season event will be performed by various Harrison School for the Arts musical departments.  Past concerts have included selections from the chorus, the guitar department, the jazz department, and the Harrison symphony orchestra. This year's event will once again highlight music from a variety of cultures and genres, each presented for the audience in an effort to fill the evening with holiday spirit.
 
The Sounds of the Season music event will take place at Harrison School for the Arts located at 750 Hollingsworth Road. Please visit www.harrisonarts.com to purchase tickets.  The Friday night show is presented by the City of Lakeland and all seats during this show are general admission.  

SOUNDS OF THE SEASON  HOLIDAY MUSIC EVENT

HARRISON SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS MUSIC DEPARTMENTS PERFORM

LAKELAND, FL (November 3, 2015) - The City of Lakeland will host Sounds of the Season at the Lake Mirror Francis Langford Promenade on Friday, December 18th from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.  This FREE holiday season special event will be performed by various Harrison School for the Arts musical departments.  This open air event will take place under the stars with the ambiance of Lakeland’s Christmas lights that decorate the Lake Mirror Frances Langford Promenade during the holidays.

Past concerts have included selections from the chorus, the guitar department, the jazz department, and the Harrison symphony orchestra. This year's event will once again highlight music from a variety of cultures and genres, each presented for the audience in an effort to fill the evening with holiday spirit.

The Sounds of the Season music event will take place at the Lake Mirror amphitheater, (121 S Lake Ave, Lakeland). The event is FREE to the public and families are encouraged to attend. Food vendors will be on hand and the Garden Bistro will be open 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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T. MIMS CORP - RED, WHITE & KABOOM INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION WILL TAKE PLACE ON JULY 3RD

LAKELAND, FL (June 3, 2015) - 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 Friday, 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 the energetic Clemons Road blending Country music with an island feel or vice versa, the band always starts a party as soon as the first note rings! Pulling their influences from Sublime to Alan Jackson, Dave Matthews to Jimmy Buffet, or Lynyrd Skynyrd to Zac Brown Band, Clemons Road will keep heads bobbing and feet moving.  Clemons Road features an extremely talented and charismatic front man, grammy award winning music producer Cliff brown on lead vocals and guitar.  He is backed by a formidable group of highly talented and seasoned professional band members that are ready to light up the stage!  Their sound includes fiddle, banjo, piano, guitar, bass and drums that will keep the audience dancing and having a great time.   Brown said, “We want to be a band that crosses cultures and breaks age barriers. We want to make people feel good and give them songs to use for the soundtrack of their lives. We can’t wait to play before the Lakeland crowd at Red, White & Kaboom.”
 
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 trucks around Lake Mirror so bring a blanket, bring your appetite 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.

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