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701 West Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815 (The Lakeland Center) (map)
Public Ice Skating- November

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On Friday, November 21st there will be a Free concert at the Frances Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror from 6 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. featuring live music from the energetic Jill’s Cashbox and local country artist John Rhey. 

Jill’s Cashbox emerged on the scene in 2011 when three musicians/friends (Hunter Smith, Shannon Fetherman and Jeff Sweat) came together and started writing original music telling the story of their lives and of those around them. The band was later finalized with the addition of Rob Gundling, Joey Antrim and Greg Martin completing the band known today as Jills Cashbox.

 The band has shared the stage with acts such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sarah Evans, Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson, Big and Rich, Colt Ford, Sheryl Crow and dozen of other national performers. Their music ranges from whiskey sipping honkey-tonk to hard driving county rock and roll. With something for just about every country music fan out there, their show is guaranteed to be a high-energy good time for all who attend.

 The John Rhey Band is starting to make waves among the local country music scene. This modern country five-piece band is made up of Florida Southern students.  They have played throughout Central Florida and the band recently finished their album. The band consists of John Rhey (vocals, guitar), John Raghu (bass), Jordan Burks (piano), Brady Springer (drums) and Matt Geiger (lead guitar).

 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 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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Combination of Silent and Live Auction to raise funds for current and future projects that are in scope of the mission of All Gave Some, Inc.

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This challenging 5k, created by the Florida Southern ROTC, is held alongside the beautiful Lake Hollingsworth. Be prepared to not only work off all your turkey weight, but to enjoy this Thanksgiving break with your family with some of our activities we have set up for you. In addition to the registration cost is a minimum of one canned good per participant, all of which will be donated to Lighthouse Ministries so that everyone in the community can enjoy their Thanksgiving this year. Childcare provided, activities for all ages!

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"Vets and Pets 5K" is a run/walk to benefit the Cornerstone SALUTES!* Veterans program and the Pet Peace of Mind** program of Cornerstone Hospice.

We invite all runners, as well as walkers (and their dogs) to participate in our inaugural 5K. The event will be "chip timed". Participants will receive a t-shirt and goody bag. Awards will be given for Overall Male and Female, Male-Masters and Female-Masters. As well as age breakdowns. Race packets available for pickup on Friday, Nov 21st at FitNiche, Lakeside Village from 4-8PM.

*Cornerstone SALUTES! is our comprehensive hospice program respectfully celebrating veterans service to our country, at home and abroad, and providing care that recognizes the challenges unique to military families.

**Pet Peace of Mind assists hospice patients who own pets by funding pet food, litter and routine vaccines. The program also provides pet-loving volunteers to assist with dog walking and transportation to vet appointments plus visiting the pets owners at home, nursing facilities, hospitals, or wherever patients may be.

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The purpose of the Lakeland Margarita Ball is to make the Christmas season a little brighter for the underprivileged children in our community. The donations of gifts and cash will be distributed throughout the greater Lakeland area by way of local non-profits and charity organizations. So heres how it works- purchase your Margarita Ball ticket ($40 this year) then purchase a toy of a $10 or more value. Bring both your ticket and your unwrapped toy with you! Gates open at 8pm at the Lake Mirror Promenade! Enjoy food from a variety of local restaurants in town and unlimited margaritas and beer (Included with purchase of ticket). Full cash bar available.

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701 West Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815 (The Lakeland Center) (map)
Back By Popular Demand! CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE lights up the 2014 holiday season with its newest holiday stage spectacular. THIS IS A SHOW NOT TO BE MISSEDits a cirque showBroadway musicalholiday spectacularand family show all in one! In CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE, Broadway director Neil Goldberg re-imagines the holiday season with over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 performers from 12 countries showcasing an endless variety of imaginative, heart-pounding and gravity- defying feats you have to see to believe. Experience gingerbread men flipping mid air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires along with snowmen, icemen and penguins, balancing, jumping and spinning in disbelief. Performers twirl, bounce and soar thru the air to original music and seasonal favorites brought to life within a stage setting of gigantic gifts, colossal candy canes and 30-foot towering trees & soldiers creating a wonderland of amazement.

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Each year, volunteers come together at First Presbyterian Church at Lake Hollingsworth to snap the fresh green beans which will be included in VISTE's turkey dinners which will be delivered to clients the day before Thanksgiving. Interested parties need to RSVP to 863-284-0828 as seating is limited.

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Each year, volunteers come together to deliver turkey dinners to VISTE clients the day before Thanksgiving. This year, volunteers will deliver approximately 1,400 meals. Volunteers need to meet at Sikes Hall at The Lakeland Center between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to collect meals and maps.

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Celebrate Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens, featuring a special 20th anniversary edition of the Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate. Capture the holiday spirit when you and your family tour the 20-room, Mediterranean-style mansion and enjoy your favorite holiday design themes from the past 19 years.

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701 West Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815 (The Lakeland Center) (map)
701 West Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815 (The Lakeland Center) (map)
The National Acrobats of the People's Republic of China

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Direct from Beijing! The National Acrobats of The Peoples Republic of China has become one of the most acclaimed acrobatic troupes in China enjoyed by international audiences for over five decades. Troupe members have been awarded with gold and silver medals from prestigious world acrobatic competitions and circus festivals. This evening of astounding talents is unparalleled and offers a feast for the eyes with dramatic costumes, enchanting music and some of the worlds most amazing acrobatic talent!

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228 S. Massachusetts Ave. Lakeland, FL (City Hal (map)

Lakeland City Commission Meetings are held on the first and third Monday of every month. Meetings begin at 9:00 AM and take place inside the Commissioner Chambers at City Hall, located at 219 N. Massachusetts Ave. Meetings are televised and air on Brighthouse Networks Channel 615 and Verizon FiOS Channel 43.  View Agendas

City Hall - 228 S. Massachusetts Ave. Lakeland, F (map)

The Utility Committee serves as an advisory board to the Mayor & City Commission and is responsible for the review of Lakeland Electric financial and operational reports, fuel cost recovery, rate structures, contracts, programs and departmental initiatives. Utility Committee Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month.  Meetings begin at 1PM in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall located at 228 S. Massachusetts Ave.

121 S. Lake Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801 - Lake Mirror (map)

As part of a personal commitment to lead a healthier lifestyle, Commissioner Keith Merritt will walk with Lakeland residents around the parks and lakes of our City. Twice a month Commissioner Merritt will meet up with walkers at a destination for a brisk walk. No timers, No medals, just an opportunity to get up, get out and start walking. All ages and fitness abilities welcome.  

http://www.lakelandgov.net/walklkld.aspx

 

219 N Massachusetts Ave - Lakeland Police Department (map)

Lakeland Police Department’s Chief’s Chat will be held on the first Monday of each month from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Community Room of the Lakeland Police Department, located at 219 N Massachusetts Avenue. 

228 S. Massachusetts Ave. Lakeland, FL (City Hall) (map)

The Zoning Board of Adjustments and Appeals hears and decides appeals for variances from the literal enforcement of the terms of the Zoning Code. Meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. in the Commission Chambers at City Hall located at 228 S. Massachusetts Ave  Lakeland, FL.

First Friday - Hometown Holiday will feature a Rudolphs Play Area with carnival style holiday games for children & their families to enjoy, Santa & Mrs. Claus will be there for kids to visit with, a DJ playing music from the City of Lakeland stage, entertainment from local school groups, and much more.

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701 West Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815 (The Lakeland Center) (map)
2nd Annual All Breeds Open Age Pigeon Show

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1st Saturday Market In South Lakeland is a FREE community event, family and pet friendly located at the Resurrection Catholic Church on 3720 Old Hwy 37, Lakeland, FL.(right behind Pizza Hut off S Florida Ave) This fresh market offers a farmers market, food trucks, antiques, paint artists, jewelry artists, hand-made soaps, hand-made furniture, balloon artists, local hand-made crafts, local raw honey, local fresh goods, great variety of roasted coffee beans, kettlecorn, pure natural fresh products, fresh produce and veggies, lots of home-made products from cottage industry, seasonal and locally grown fruits and vegetables, pecan rolls/brittle, boiled peanuts, lots of cold sweet treats, and much more for everyone. Free parking! Parking lot and streets. EVERYONE WELCOME!

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Enjoy the sounds of the season with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the Singing Tower carillon as they perform together during one of Central Floridas favorite outdoor concerts. Families and friends are encouraged to prepare themed picnics and experience a magical evening as the sun sets atop Iron Mountain.

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SPCA Florida is hosting a free pet vaccine clinic Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 11 am to 2 pm at its campus, 5850 Brannen Road South, Lakeland 33813. To qualify for the free vaccinations, pet guardians must show proof of income eligibility, including Childrens Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), Major VA Disability, Food Stamps, Medicaid, Free Lunch Program (Public Schools), Social Security Disability (SSD), Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), HUD Section 8 Housing, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Polk County Animal Services will provide free rabies tags to the first 100 animals that receive vaccinations and are spayed or neutered. For more information please call (863) 646-7722 or visit www.spcaflorida.org/upcoming-events/.

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It's that time of year to enjoy some fresh cool air with a round of golf on one of the finest golf courses in Florida.  The 24th Annual Chamber Scramble will take place Monday, December 8th at Grasslands Golf and Country Club. 


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701 West Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815 (The Lakeland Center) (map)
A Little Christmas Starring Rich Little

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A master mimic of more than 200 voices, kick off your holiday with hilarity as Rich Little brings a little Christmas comedy to Lakeland. Get ready for a night of yuletide fun with Littles impressions of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Dean Martin and so many others that will have you laughing your stockings off! Named "Comedy Star of the Year," Rich Little is best known for his appearances with Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason, Glen Campbell and Dean Martin as well as sharing the spotlight on series such as Laugh-In, The John Davidson Show and The Julie Andrews Show. Little also had his own variety show in the 70s and was TVs star of KopyKats. He has guest hosted The Tonight Show more than12 times and quickly became a household name with his performances on The Hollywood Squares, his comedy albums and three HBO comedy specials!

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Membership Holiday Party, special presentation. No speaker will be present at this event. $25 for members, $30 for guests (PayPal fees may apply)

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121 S. Lake Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801 - Lake Mirror (map)

Event Name:Lakeland Community Theatre presents Jingle Arrgh The WayEvent

Start Date:  12/12/2014

Friday: 7:30pm

Event description:The "How I became a Pirate" crew is back! Captain Braid Beard seeks out young Jeremy Jacob to help solve a riddle and find the Christmas Treasure. A wonderful holiday show for all the family.

Adults $12, Children $10 (12 & Under)

Rated G

Event Location / Directions:Lake Mirror Theatre 121 S. Lake Ave Lakeland FL 33801

Phone number for questions about the event: 863 603 7529

Event Website:  http://http://www.lakelandcommunitytheatre.com/

121 S. Lake Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801 - Lake Mirror (map)

Event Name:Lakeland Community Theatre presents Jingle Arrgh The WayEvent

Start Date:  12/13/2014

Friday: 7:30pm

Event description:The "How I became a Pirate" crew is back! Captain Braid Beard seeks out young Jeremy Jacob to help solve a riddle and find the Christmas Treasure. A wonderful holiday show for all the family.

Adults $12, Children $10 (12 & Under)

Rated G

Event Location / Directions:Lake Mirror Theatre 121 S. Lake Ave Lakeland FL 33801

Phone number for questions about the event: 863 603 7529

Event Website:  http://http://www.lakelandcommunitytheatre.com/

Come discover the history of Polk County. Fun games and a mock cow camp will be present.

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121 S. Lake Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801 - Lake Mirror (map)

Event Name:Lakeland Community Theatre presents Jingle Arrgh The WayEvent

Start Date:  12/14/2014

Sunday 2pm

Event description:The "How I became a Pirate" crew is back! Captain Braid Beard seeks out young Jeremy Jacob to help solve a riddle and find the Christmas Treasure. A wonderful holiday show for all the family.

Adults $12, Children $10 (12 & Under)

Rated G

Event Location / Directions:Lake Mirror Theatre 121 S. Lake Ave Lakeland FL 33801

Phone number for questions about the event: 863 603 7529

Event Website:  http://http://www.lakelandcommunitytheatre.com/

228 S. Massachusetts Ave. Lakeland, FL (City Hal (map)

Lakeland City Commission Meetings are held on the first and third Monday of every month. Meetings begin at 9:00 AM and take place inside the Commissioner Chambers at City Hall, located at 219 N. Massachusetts Ave. Meetings are televised and air on Brighthouse Networks Channel 615 and Verizon FiOS Channel 43.  View Agendas

Join SPCA Florida and other animal agencies as nationally recognized dog trainer and behaviorist Aimee Sadler of the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation presents "Playing for Life!" This canine playgroup program focuses on enhancing homeless dogs quality of life through daily canine play sessions and focuses on enrichment, assessment, and training. Sadler has presented "Playing for Life!" at the Maddies Fund Shelter Medicine Conference and the Humane Society of the United States Expo and conducted training at 12 shelters throughout Florida. Those interested in attending the SPCA Florida training session should RSVP to cjohnson@spcaflorida.org or (863) 577-4613 by Monday, December 8 at 5 p.m. For more information on Playing for Life! and SPCA Floridas other animal enrichment programs, please visit www.spcaflorida.org.

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121 S. Lake Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801 - Lake Mirror (map)

As part of a personal commitment to lead a healthier lifestyle, Commissioner Keith Merritt will walk with Lakeland residents around the parks and lakes of our City. Twice a month Commissioner Merritt will meet up with walkers at a destination for a brisk walk. No timers, No medals, just an opportunity to get up, get out and start walking. All ages and fitness abilities welcome.  

http://www.lakelandgov.net/walklkld.aspx

 

701 West Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815 (The Lakeland Center) (map)
The Belkgives on the Go Mobile Mammography Center, a 39-foot-long, state-of-the-art screening center on wheels, will stop at Belk Department Store in Lakeland, on December 16, 2014, to offer free, convenient mammogram screenings. Women age 40 and over with no breast concerns, who have not had a mammogram in the last 12 months and have a primary care physician are eligible by calling 855-655-BMMC (2662) to schedule and appointment. After receiving their mammograms, women can also visit the Intimate Apparel area at Belk to receive complimentary bra fittings. All screening exams are performed by Charlotte Radiology's licensed, female mammography-certified technologists. A board-certified radiologist, specialized in breast imaging will interpret the mammogram. Confidential results will be sent to the patient and her primary care physician.

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Celebrate the season at our Christmas open house and let us express our gratitude for the privilege of working with great people like you. Please join us as we say "thank you" to our clients, friends and community. Cookies, punch and holiday treats will be provided. Your family and friends are welcome to join us.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014 – 7:30 p.m. Lakeland’s own professional dance company, the Florida Dance Theatre, brings its celebrated annual production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” to the stage of Branscomb Auditorium. Come see this timeless holiday classic, danced with charm and perfection by the dynamic dancers of this impressive ensemble in a breathtaking production featuring colorful scenery, dazzling costumes, and entrancing choreography. A holiday tradition for generations of families, the ballet tells the story of Clara and her magical journey with her beloved nutcracker prince through a world of life-sized dolls, colossal mice, and delicate snowflakes to the glorious Land of Sweets, home of the Sugar Plum Fairy. In this joyous land, they encounter colorful dancers of many nationalities as well as twirling candy canes and waltzing flowers vibrantly brought to life. As a special treat, community children will join the professional dancers of the Florida Dance Theatre, making this an especially family-friendly, feel-good performance event. Adding a distinct holiday flair to the season’s Festival of Fine Arts performances, this production is without a doubt the perfect seasonal gift to the entire family. Please join us and enjoy the music, dance, and spectacle that define the holiday season for families around the world.

Ticket Information:  Single tickets will be available at the FFA Box Office for $18 adults, $9 students. 

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Lakeland’s own professional dance company, the Florida Dance Theatre, brings its celebrated annual production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” to the stage of Branscomb Auditorium. Come see this timeless holiday classic, danced with charm and perfection by the dynamic dancers of this impressive ensemble in a breathtaking production featuring colorful scenery, dazzling costumes, and entrancing choreography. A holiday tradition for generations of families, the ballet tells the story of Clara and her magical journey with her beloved nutcracker prince through a world of life-sized dolls, colossal mice, and delicate snowflakes to the glorious Land of Sweets, home of the Sugar Plum Fairy. In this joyous land, they encounter colorful dancers of many nationalities as well as twirling candy canes and waltzing flowers vibrantly brought to life. As a special treat, community children will join the professional dancers of the Florida Dance Theatre, making this an especially family-friendly, feel-good performance event. Adding a distinct holiday flair to the season’s Festival of Fine Arts performances, this production is without a doubt the perfect seasonal gift to the entire family. Please join us and enjoy the music, dance, and spectacle that define the holiday season for families around the world.

Ticket Information:  Single tickets will be available at the FFA Box Office for $18 adults, $9 students.

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