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RED, WHITE & KABOOM

CITY OF LAKELAND INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION AT LAKE MIRROR

 

LAKELAND, FL (June 8, 2017) - The T.Mims Corp. Red, White & Kaboom Independence Celebration will take place  at Lake Mirror along the Frances Langford Promenade on Monday, July 3rd from 6:00 p.m. - 9 p.m. with a breathtaking fireworks display dazzling the crowd at 9 p.m. The festivities will start with a live concert featuring the energetic Jah Movement blending their brand of reggae that includes iconic pop songs with an island feel.  

 

Jah Movement have the distinction of winning Creative Loafing’s ‘Best Local Reggae Band’ in the Tampa Bay Area.  The band commands the stage with Damie Caines, former lead vocalist of popular band ‘Democracy’. He provides his unique sounds that many local reggae artists can’t touch. He shares the spotlight with Shantel Norman, who is one of the most popular female vocalist in Southwest Florida. She can sing ANY genre of music and she certainly entertains the crowd. 

 

Jah Movement has established a well-known name and reputation throughout Florida with a passion for live performances. They bring their own sound that includes reggae with a touch of R&B, Soul and Funk. You never know what popular songs they will pull out the box at each show!

 

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.”  He added, “However, we ask all those attending to bring a canned food item that will help those in need. All non-perishable items benefit Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE).”

 

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.  Food vendors for the event include: Becky’s Hot Dogs, Chick-Fil-A, Manolito’s Cubans, Gelati Joe’s, Thunder Hollow Kettle Korn, Mr. C’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese, Doughlicious – Edible Cookie Dough, Lakeland BBQ Company and IC Swirls – Rolled Ice Cream.

 

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 non-perishable food item to benefit VISTE. Those attending can bring their own cooler but no glass bottles please.  Also, no pop-up tents or large beach umbrellas are allowed.

 

There will be a Snapchat geofilter for the event so all those attending are encouraged to use the filter and share their experiences through social media using #redwhiteandkaboom2017 and #RWK2017

 

All City parking garages will be open for T.Mims Corp. Red, White & Kaboom.


CONTACT:

Kevin Cook

Director of Communications

863/834-6264


 

E. Main and Ingraham Intersection Gets Colorful Makeover
City Closing Intersections at E. Main Street and Ingraham Avenue for Painting
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY - E. Main Colorized Intersection Pilot Project May 21st

LAKELAND, FL (May 16, 2017) – The City of Lakeland CRA is partnering with Harrison School for the Arts, Rochelle School of the Arts and Boring Business Solutions to give the intersection at E. Main Street and Ingraham Avenue a makeover on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

The CRA is diligently working to transform and support the identity of the East Main District. Last year, a design competition was held to inspire interest in this important connection to Lakeland’s downtown. The influx of artistic interest helped define the task at hand – to create more art in public spaces.

These street murals are a way to help neighborhoods create a sense of identity and community pride. The colorized intersection project is an opportunity to reimagine and recreate the environment and work together on unique projects that benefit the City and the surrounding community. The project brings together local business and property owners, artists, city officials and staff in a unique and fun way. The centerpiece that is created becomes a sense of community pride that cannot be bought, and builds relationships that otherwise may not exist.

 

Partnership with Harrison School for the Arts and Rochelle School of the Arts

Inspired by the East Main Design District project, Art/iFact’s Elizabeth Hults was enlisted to create the masterpiece that will be the center of E. Main Street and Ingraham Ave. With Hults’ design, visual arts students from the Harrison School for the Arts and Rochelle School of the Arts will add their artistic flare to the intersection.

 

Road Closure and Detour Information

The City will temporarily close the intersection at E. Main Street and Ingraham Avenue beginning at 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning, May 21st, and will reopen the intersection at approximately 6 p.m. the same day. For more information about the road closure, please contact Angelo Rao, Traffic Operations and Parking Services Manager at Angelo.rao@lakelandgov.net or (863) 834-3492.


Media Contact:

Kevin Cook, Communications | 
863/834-6264 | Kevin.Cook@Lakelandgov.net



 



City Closing Intersections at E. Main Street and Ingraham Avenue for Painting

Lakeland, FL (May 1, 2017) – The City of Lakeland Community Redevelopment Association (CRA) will partner with Harrison School for the Arts, Rochelle School of the Arts, and Boring Business Solutions to give the intersection at E. Main Street and Ingraham Avenue a makeover on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

The CRA is diligently working to transform and support the identity of the East Main District. Last year, a design competition was held to inspire interest in this important connection to Lakeland’s downtown. The influx of artistic interest helped define the task at hand – to create more art in public spaces.

These street murals are a way to help neighborhoods create a sense of identity and community pride. The colorized intersection project is an opportunity to reimagine and recreate the environment and work together on unique projects that benefit the City and the surrounding community. The project brings together local business and property owners, artists, city officials and staff in a unique and fun way. The centerpiece that is created becomes a sense of community pride that cannot be bought, and builds relationships that otherwise may not exist.

Partnership with Harrison School for the Arts and Rochelle School of the Arts

Inspired by the East Main Design District project, Art/iFact’s Elizabeth Hults was enlisted to create the masterpiece that will be the center of E. Main Street and Ingraham Ave. With Hults’ design, visual arts students from the Harrison School for the Arts and Rochelle School of the Arts will add their artistic flare to the intersection.

Road Closure and Detour Information

The City will temporarily close the intersection at E. Main Street and Ingraham Avenue beginning at 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning, May 21st, and will reopen the intersection at approximately 6 p.m. the same day.

Contact

For more information about the road closure, please contact Angelo Rao, Traffic Operations and Parking Services Manager at Angelo.Rao@lakelandgov.net or (863) 834-3492.

Media Contact:

Kevin Cook, Director of Communications | 863/834-6264 |Kevin.Cook@Lakelandgov.net



Green Celebration 1 from City of Lakeland on Vimeo.

LAKELAND, FL (February 10, 2017) — This year's Green Celebration will take place on Friday, April 21st in honor of Earth Day with a concert & showcase at the Lake Mirror Promenade from 6 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. There will be live music from reggae band Jah Movement along with a variety of exhibits promoting green living initiatives during this FREE event. Participating Polk County Schools will showcase their green initiatives with student displays during the event and participants are encouraged to vote on their favorite.

Jah Movement have the distinction of winning Creative Loafing’s 2016 ‘Best Local Reggae Band’ in the Tampa Bay Area and the band was recognized by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune for Best Local Entertainment for 2016. Jah Movement is made up of some of the best musicians in South West Florida. Damie Caines, former lead vocalist of popular band ‘Democracy’, provides his unique sounds that many local reggae artists can’t touch. Shantel Norman, who is one of the most popular female vocalist in the Tampa Bay area, can sing any genre of music and leave people with their mouths wide open. She has won many awards because of her talents. Maurice Brown (Drummy) is one drummer that can sing and play drums at the same time. His smooth voice adds to the harmony and always keeps the crowd smiling. Lead keyboardist and vocalist, Dougie Gresham is the music director of the famous Ky-Mani Marley and he brings his many talents to the band. Founded in May 2015, Jah Movement has established a well-known name and reputation throughout Florida with a passion for live performances. They bring their own sound that includes reggae with a touch of R&B, Soul and Funk. You never know what popular songs they will play during their live shows!

The Green Celebration honors Earth Day, a day that is 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 event. The Polk County School Board will also participate showcasing various school programs and earth friendly initiatives designed to promote a greener more sustainable future. A panel of judges will pick the school that exemplifies the most earth friendly project based on recycle and reuse initiatives. Participants can also get involved by visiting each display and casting a vote for the People’s Choice award.

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. The event is sponsored in part by the City of Lakeland, Magnify Credit Union, and Furr & Wegman Architects.