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Participate in this national program to help children discover nature through outdoor play. All children 12 and under receive free admission. Take A Child Outside is a program designed to encourage children and adults to spend time together outdoors. By giving parents, grandparents and teachers information on outdoor activities and places to go, the programs goal is to help children develop a better understanding and appreciation of the environment and an enthusiasm for exploring the natural world.

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One of Lakeland's oldest businesses is benefiting one of Lakeland's oldest neighborhoods. As just one part of their 90th Birthday Bash, Boring Business Systems is sponsoring a Printer/Copier Smash to benefit Parker Street Ministries. Guests will have the opportunity to pay $5 or $10 to determine their weapon or they can pay even more ($100) to form an office team and do some bonding . . . over a copier . . . with a weapon from our arsenal. All for a good cause.

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Business Roundtable sponsored by Central Florida SCORE and Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be held at the Chamber, 35 Lake Morton Dr., September 25, 2014 at 7:30 am. Our guest speaker will be Marsha Leap, Owner of Leap Ahead Professional Development, LLC, and she will be discussing the essentials of Time Management". For reservations call 688-8551, ext. 231 or e-mail TOttinger@LakelandChamber.com. SCORE is a non-profit association dedicated to entrepreneur education, providing confidential counseling and mentoring free of charge. SCORE is sponsored by the Small Business Administration.

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Are you new to town due to work or school? Are you new to EMERGE or thinking about joining and not sure on how you fit in? OR do you just want something fun to do on a Thursday evening in Lakeland? We if you answered YES to any of these questions then please join EMERGE Lakeland for its annual Pack the Bar event at the recently renovated Fresco's in Downtown Lakeland for an evening of good times, adult beverages (or non) and culinary creations that will make you ask yourself why didnt I do this sooner? Two drinks and food included in ticket price. At Door Price: $40. Member Cost: $20.00 per member. Guest Cost: $30.00 per guest. RSVP for this Event

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5th Annual "Dancing with the stars" type dance competition, dinner and dance. Features 6 local celebrity dancers paired with professional dance partners. Special performance by the 2013 winner and a group performance by many former celebrity dancers. Funds raised benefit the programs of the Polk Education Foundation.

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1300 Eaglebrooke Blvd - Eaglebrooke Golf & Country Club (map)

K9s for Cops is a charitable partnership between the Estates at Carpenters and the Polk County Sheriff's Office that raises funds for the purchase of dogs for the K9 Unit. This event will feature Sheriff Grady Judd as our speaker (Attorney General Pam Bondi has been invited to speak as well) and visitors include members of the K9 Unit. There will be a full buffet meal, a silent auction and 50's style dance music provided by The Casinos! Come join us and help us raise money to protect our deputies and keep Polk County safe!

Additional questions, please call 863.370.9172.
Aerospace and STEM Educators invited to breakfast, ground school, first airplane ride and Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum

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We're opening our garden gates for free to Smithsonian Museum Day Live! ticket holders to encourage visitation to cultural institutions. Celebrate Smithsonian Museum Day in conjunction with National Public Lands Day on September 27, 2014. Bok Tower Gardens is proud to support and participate in this national event, presented by Smithsonian magazine.

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Treat the children in your life to a very special book reading and signing with Chris Wolfe. The Lakeland native, radio personality and author recently published his first children's book What Would You Do If You Found a Box? under the pen name of C.R. Fox. The book was inspired by two kittens he adopted from SPCA Florida. Chris will be on hand to read the book and sign purchased copies. A percentage of the book sales will benefit SPCA Floridas homeless animals. Children are encouraged to bring their injured stuffed animals and SPCA Florida veterinarian will perform Teddy Bear Surgery at noon. There will also be pet-themed crafts and games for the children to enjoy. Dont miss this unique opportunity!

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Benefit for the Humane Society of Polk County; Polk's only No Kill shelter. Enjoy the best chicken wings while riding around in style. Climb aboard a luxury travel coach and party with your friends! Throughout the day, each bus will transport the groups to participating locations to sample different styles of their wings. Along the way, you will have many chances to purchase raffle tickets for awesome prizes. Raffles will be announced at the after party located at "Cuddy's" in Winter Haven featuring live entertainment. Sponsorship opportunities available. Ticket cost $40 advance, $50 Sept 1st. http://www.DontBeChicken.net for tickets and more info.

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Featuring Dr. David Coash, a highly regarded member of the Florida Orchestra, this performance promises to reveal the multiple dimensions of all things percussion! Call the Branscomb Auditorium Box Office at 863-680-4296 for tickets.

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EARN WHILE YOU LEARN at YOUTHBUILD-LAKELAND!!!!! YOUTHBUILD-LAKELAND was founded in 2007 in an effort to help young adults, 18 to 24 years of age, who have dropped out of high school and want to work towards improving their lives. While in the six-month program, participants receive classroom instruction in preparation for the GED exam. In addition, participants work on a Habitat for Humanity worksite where they receive hands-on training in construction by building affordable housing for low-income families. There is also a strong emphasis placed on career development, personal development, and leadership development.

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For the past few years, low infl ation has helped consumers and investors but recently, that rate has begun to rise. For longterm investors, this is a key risk because even low infl ation rates can lead to large increases in living costs over time. In this months Edward Jones Perspective seminar, well take a closer look at infl ation and how you can help prepare your portfolio for rising prices. Other topics include: Reaching for yield with fi xed income Laying the groundwork for your fi nancial future Women and Social Security Saving for college Refreshments and light snacks will be served.

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CPS First Thursday is a monthly event that features various speakers on different topics to present Financial Planning topics.

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Gary Willis, Financial Advisor for Edward Jones is hosting Joe Valencia who is a Divisional Wholesaler from American Funds. Please join us to learn about Creating Clarity from Confusion. Mr. Valencia, of American Funds, will lead a discussion covering some exciting developments you might not be hearing about in the media and share a roadmap for staying focused on your long-term goals. Seating is limited so please RSVP to Rena at 863-644-6986 by September 29th, 2014 to reserve your seat . I hope youll be able to join us

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All of the fun First Friday festivities plus great displays of talent from performers and artists. Shops and restaurants are open late. Classy Car Show on Tennessee Avenue by Munn Park in Downtown Lakeland.

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Jessica Carmen Guevara is Octobers Featured Artist at The Loft Art Gallery LAKELAND, FL This October, Jessica Guevaras vivid cartoons of calamity and catastrophe will make their way to The Loft Art Gallery. Her artwork makes its debut during downtown Lakelands First Friday festivities on Oct. 3. A free reception with live music, wine and hors doeuvres is schedule for 69 p.m. Her work will be on exhibit through Oct. 31. Guevara says she believes cartoons are a great medium for revealing emotion and is inspired by mankinds desire for self-expression. Her art show SCREAM is a manifestation of the inevitable anxiety that school, relationships, money, career choices and our general existence brings. At first glance her art is bright and inviting, but when examined closer the figures are chaotic and warped, clambering to secure their room in the frame. Her passion for art began as a child living in southern California, where she routinely got into trouble for doodling strange creatures in class. She went on to study more realistic art at Brigham Young University, but could never fully give up on the sketches. I never did well in any of the lecture classes because the creatures would take over my notes, says Guevara. Finally after four years of battling them, I decided to embrace them. All the little creatures exploded onto giant canvases. I painted like I was on fire. After marrying Erlin Guevara and having her first child, she is refocusing on her lifelong dream of becoming a professional artist. Im creating with greater passion and velocity, and rediscovering my childlike enthusiasm and creativity, Guevara says. The Loft Art Gallery is located upstairs in Paint Along Studios in Lakeland at 123 S. Kentucky Ave. Hours are: Mondays, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturdays, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Call (863) 409-5771 for more information or visit www.loftartgallerydowntown.com. Paint Along Studios and The Loft Art Gallery also present Artisans Alley, a monthly initiative to provide a venue where artists can showcase their work. Artisans Alley takes place every first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about Artisans Alley, visit https://www.facebook.com/artisansalleylakeland. The Gallery URL: http://www.loftartgallerydowntown.com/exhibition-receptions/future-shows.html

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701 42nd St NW Winter Haven (map)
Event description, details and additional information: The Shallow Grave is a highly detailed spine tingling scare fest that brings the Central Florida area something they have been missing. An intimate in your face, fear filled environment with custom themes and movie quality sets to put you in the midst of terror unlike anything you have experienced before. Once you have dared to put your foot into “The Shallow Grave” you will be begging for more while you are dying to get out. 2014 will bring you a Revamped Haunted Hills house and the All New A.D.H.D. (Attention Deficit Haunt Disorder) where you will experience the nightmares of the victims of Thaddeus! We will open Oct. 3rd and run every Thurs. Fri. and Sat. there after. Nov 1st will be the last day of 2014 with a twist...Tickets are available online via the website and also at the door. Event Location / Directions: The Shallow Grave is located at 701 42nd St NW Winter Haven, FL 33884. Our event opens on October 3rd, 2014 and is open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights until November 1st, 2014, Phone number for questions about the event. 863-661-4445 Event Website  http://www.theshallowgrave.com
701 West Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815 (The Lakeland Center) (map)
Florida Knifemakers Association Knife Show

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Brick-or-Treat comes to LEGOLAND® Florida every Saturday and Sunday in October with safe and family-friendly festivities. This spooky, kooky event features a Haunted Scavenger Hunt in Miniland USA, trick-or-treating along the brick-or-treat trail, LEGO build activities, the largest LEGO Jack-O-Lantern in the world, Halloween entertainment and an all-kids costume with brick-tastic prizes!

Please visit the website for further information.

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2525 Village Lakes Boulevard - Villages at BridgeWater (map)
Event Start Date (MM/DD/YYYY): 10/4/2014 Event End Date (MM/DD/YYYY): 10/4/2014 Event Start Time: 08:00 am Event description, details and additional information: Heather's Hope Foundation, Inc. is hosting the 5th Annual Purple Ribbon 5k Run/Walk. Kid's Fun Run. Registration is $5.00 for ages 6 and under. Each child will receive a special ribbon commemorating their participation. Pre-Registration is open now through October 2nd for $20. Day of Race Registration will be available at 7:00am for $30. To ensure your shirt size, please register by September 25th. Early check-in will be available Friday, October 3rd at FitNiche, 1523 Town Center Drive, Lakeland, from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. $8.00 Smoked Chicken Meal includes baked beans and cole slaw. email pre-orders to heathershoperaces@gmail.com. Event Location / Directions: Villages at BridgeWater 2525 Village Lakes Boulevard Lakeland, Florida 33805 Intersection of State Road 33 and Combee Road. Phone number for questions about the event. 863.409.7221 Event Website: http://www.heathershope.net/events
Polk County's LARGEST FARMERS MARKET!! 1st Saturday Market In South Lakeland is a free community event, family and pet friendly, located at The Home Depot on 6335 South Florida Avenue in Lakeland, FL. Farmers market, food trucks, antiques, paint artists, jewelry artists, hand-made soaps, hand-made furniture, balloon artists, face paintings, local crafts, local raw honey, local fresh goods, non-profit organizations with great needs, kettlecorn, all natural and fresh ingredients Popscicles, fresh produce and veggies, lots of home-made products from cottage industry, seasonal and locally grown fruits and vegetables, pecan rolls/brittle, boiled peanuts,book signing by local authors, and very especially provide to the city residents with a great quality life experience. Free parking! EVERYONE WELCOME!

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The Fox Squirrel Corn Maze is excited to announce their 3rd Annual Fall Festival Event. We are located in the heart of cracker country in Plant City on the Single R Ranch. The news is out that we are one of Central Floridas best and most affordable area attractions for families. Its a day to enjoy under the beautiful live oaks and pine trees.

Visitors will love the tractor pulled hayrides through the Ranch where they may see wild turkeys, hogs, deer, raccoons, cattle and yes, even the name sake, Sherman the Fox Squirrel. The maze is all new again this year and hopefully you can OUT FOX OUR SQUIRRELY MAZE!

We also have lots of beautiful pumpkins to choose from, lots of games to play such as, old fashioned horseshoes, badminton, volley ball, duck races, rope a steer, corn boxes, playground set and more.

We have unique vendors such as the Butterfly Experience where you enter an enclosure and see how many butterflies will land on your nose! We have the best Balloon Artist around, she can make just about anything, like cows, penguins, Arial and even the Hulk. Our vendors also offer Pumpkin Painting where you can customize your pumpkin, Honey, Jams, Jellies, Boiled Peanuts, Kettle Corn, Lemonade, Ice Cream, Sno Cones and much, much more. Our food vendors will also be offering hamburgers and hotdogs, fried pickles, and whatever else they can think to fry! (Maybe pork and brisket sandwiches as well) So bring your appetite.

Be sure to visit Squirrelys General Store for gift items and more and buy your shirt for braggin rights that you OUT FOXED OUR SQUIRRELY MAZE! Fox Squirrel Corn Maze is open October 3rd thru October 26th, Saturdays and Sundays only. Open 10 a.m. until gates close at 5 p.m. Guests are asked to exit the maze by 7 p.m.

Fridays are for pre-arranged groups and field trips, interested parties can contact the family thru their email, FutchEntertainment@comcast.net and visit their website, www.FoxSquirrelCornMaze.com for information on the event, and please like them on Facebook!

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701 42nd St NW Winter Haven (map)
Event description, details and additional information: The Shallow Grave is a highly detailed spine tingling scare fest that brings the Central Florida area something they have been missing. An intimate in your face, fear filled environment with custom themes and movie quality sets to put you in the midst of terror unlike anything you have experienced before. Once you have dared to put your foot into “The Shallow Grave” you will be begging for more while you are dying to get out. 2014 will bring you a Revamped Haunted Hills house and the All New A.D.H.D. (Attention Deficit Haunt Disorder) where you will experience the nightmares of the victims of Thaddeus! We will open Oct. 3rd and run every Thurs. Fri. and Sat. there after. Nov 1st will be the last day of 2014 with a twist...Tickets are available online via the website and also at the door. Event Location / Directions: The Shallow Grave is located at 701 42nd St NW Winter Haven, FL 33884. Our event opens on October 3rd, 2014 and is open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights until November 1st, 2014, Phone number for questions about the event. 863-661-4445 Event Website  http://www.theshallowgrave.com
701 West Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815 (The Lakeland Center) (map)
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.

The International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) Handgun World Shoot XVII is coming to Polk County. Preparations are well underway to host competitors from around the world October 6-19, 2014. The Handgun World Shoot is the largest event conducted by the IPSC and only occurs every three years. The IPSC World Shoot is a multi-day match comprising at least 30 separate courses of fire, where the best IPSC shooters representing 88 countries from around the world vie for the title of World Champion. While the shooting competitions will take place in Frostproof, the city of Lakeland will serve as the hub for the International Shooting Confederations business and ceremonial programs during the events 12 days in Polk County.

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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

 

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.

Thanks to Grow Financial Federal Credit Union and the Downtown Lakeland Partnership, you can enjoy historic Munn Park while dining from 20 gourmet food trucks. Bring a blanket or chairs and make it an evening.

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701 42nd St NW Winter Haven (map)
Event description, details and additional information: The Shallow Grave is a highly detailed spine tingling scare fest that brings the Central Florida area something they have been missing. An intimate in your face, fear filled environment with custom themes and movie quality sets to put you in the midst of terror unlike anything you have experienced before. Once you have dared to put your foot into “The Shallow Grave” you will be begging for more while you are dying to get out. 2014 will bring you a Revamped Haunted Hills house and the All New A.D.H.D. (Attention Deficit Haunt Disorder) where you will experience the nightmares of the victims of Thaddeus! We will open Oct. 3rd and run every Thurs. Fri. and Sat. there after. Nov 1st will be the last day of 2014 with a twist...Tickets are available online via the website and also at the door. Event Location / Directions: The Shallow Grave is located at 701 42nd St NW Winter Haven, FL 33884. Our event opens on October 3rd, 2014 and is open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights until November 1st, 2014, Phone number for questions about the event. 863-661-4445 Event Website  http://www.theshallowgrave.com
701 42nd St NW Winter Haven (map)
Event description, details and additional information: The Shallow Grave is a highly detailed spine tingling scare fest that brings the Central Florida area something they have been missing. An intimate in your face, fear filled environment with custom themes and movie quality sets to put you in the midst of terror unlike anything you have experienced before. Once you have dared to put your foot into “The Shallow Grave” you will be begging for more while you are dying to get out. 2014 will bring you a Revamped Haunted Hills house and the All New A.D.H.D. (Attention Deficit Haunt Disorder) where you will experience the nightmares of the victims of Thaddeus! We will open Oct. 3rd and run every Thurs. Fri. and Sat. there after. Nov 1st will be the last day of 2014 with a twist...Tickets are available online via the website and also at the door. Event Location / Directions: The Shallow Grave is located at 701 42nd St NW Winter Haven, FL 33884. Our event opens on October 3rd, 2014 and is open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights until November 1st, 2014, Phone number for questions about the event. 863-661-4445 Event Website  http://www.theshallowgrave.com
The Beatles is the ninth studio album by English rock group the Beatles, a double album released in 1968. It is also commonly known as "The White Album", as it has no graphics or text other than the band's name embossed on its plain white sleeve. The album written and recorded during a period of turmoil for the group, after visiting the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India and having a particularly productive songwriting session in early 1968. Returning to the studio, the group recorded from May to October 1968, only to have conflict and dissent drive the group members apart. Ringo Starr quit the band for a brief time, leaving Paul McCartney to play drums on two tracks. Many of the songs were by less than the full group, some of them "solo" recordings, as each individual member began to explore his own talent. Upon its release in November 1968, the album received mixed reviews from music critics, who critcized its satirical songs as unimportant and apolitical amid a turbulent political and social climate. However, it reached number 1 on the charts in both the United Kingdom and the United States. The album has sold over 20 million copies worldwide and has since been viewed by critics as one of the greatest albums of all time. In September 2013 after British Phonographic Industry changed their sales award rules, the album was declared as having gone platinum.

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Brick-or-Treat comes to LEGOLAND® Florida every Saturday and Sunday in October with safe and family-friendly festivities. This spooky, kooky event features a Haunted Scavenger Hunt in Miniland USA, trick-or-treating along the brick-or-treat trail, LEGO build activities, the largest LEGO Jack-O-Lantern in the world, Halloween entertainment and an all-kids costume with brick-tastic prizes!

Please visit the website for further information.

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The Fox Squirrel Corn Maze is excited to announce their 3rd Annual Fall Festival Event. We are located in the heart of cracker country in Plant City on the Single R Ranch. The news is out that we are one of Central Floridas best and most affordable area attractions for families. Its a day to enjoy under the beautiful live oaks and pine trees.

Visitors will love the tractor pulled hayrides through the Ranch where they may see wild turkeys, hogs, deer, raccoons, cattle and yes, even the name sake, Sherman the Fox Squirrel. The maze is all new again this year and hopefully you can OUT FOX OUR SQUIRRELY MAZE!

We also have lots of beautiful pumpkins to choose from, lots of games to play such as, old fashioned horseshoes, badminton, volley ball, duck races, rope a steer, corn boxes, playground set and more.

We have unique vendors such as the Butterfly Experience where you enter an enclosure and see how many butterflies will land on your nose! We have the best Balloon Artist around, she can make just about anything, like cows, penguins, Arial and even the Hulk. Our vendors also offer Pumpkin Painting where you can customize your pumpkin, Honey, Jams, Jellies, Boiled Peanuts, Kettle Corn, Lemonade, Ice Cream, Sno Cones and much, much more. Our food vendors will also be offering hamburgers and hotdogs, fried pickles, and whatever else they can think to fry! (Maybe pork and brisket sandwiches as well) So bring your appetite.

Be sure to visit Squirrelys General Store for gift items and more and buy your shirt for braggin rights that you OUT FOXED OUR SQUIRRELY MAZE! Fox Squirrel Corn Maze is open October 3rd thru October 26th, Saturdays and Sundays only. Open 10 a.m. until gates close at 5 p.m. Guests are asked to exit the maze by 7 p.m.

Fridays are for pre-arranged groups and field trips, interested parties can contact the family thru their email, FutchEntertainment@comcast.net and visit their website, www.FoxSquirrelCornMaze.com for information on the event, and please like them on Facebook!

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Zombie Fest takes place October 11 from 3 to 10 PM. There will be plenty of scare zones, games, food, fun and zombie participants at this event. All other information can be found here: https://www.downtownlakelandzombies.com/ and here: http://downtownlakelandfl.com/news/zombie-fest-creeps-downtown-lakeland/

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701 42nd St NW Winter Haven (map)
Event description, details and additional information: The Shallow Grave is a highly detailed spine tingling scare fest that brings the Central Florida area something they have been missing. An intimate in your face, fear filled environment with custom themes and movie quality sets to put you in the midst of terror unlike anything you have experienced before. Once you have dared to put your foot into “The Shallow Grave” you will be begging for more while you are dying to get out. 2014 will bring you a Revamped Haunted Hills house and the All New A.D.H.D. (Attention Deficit Haunt Disorder) where you will experience the nightmares of the victims of Thaddeus! We will open Oct. 3rd and run every Thurs. Fri. and Sat. there after. Nov 1st will be the last day of 2014 with a twist...Tickets are available online via the website and also at the door. Event Location / Directions: The Shallow Grave is located at 701 42nd St NW Winter Haven, FL 33884. Our event opens on October 3rd, 2014 and is open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights until November 1st, 2014, Phone number for questions about the event. 863-661-4445 Event Website  http://www.theshallowgrave.com
The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce its 2014 travel destination: Cubaa place and a people rooted in culture, history and curiosity. Before the 1959 Revolution, Cuba was a popular location for United States citizens, mainly due to Havana's European-like beauty and its high standard of living. Through a specific license issued by the Dept. of the Treasury (OFAC) which authorizes registered guests to visit legally, Cuba is now finally ready to be explored again as certain categories of travel into the country are permitted. During our specially customized tour program, youll learn all about this enigmatic island nation through meaningful exchanges with Cuban people from all walks of life such as local citizens, community organizations, students, teachers and officials. Our immersive people-to-people cultural exchange will provide you with the ideal opportunity to connect with the Cuban way of life and revel in all that makes Cuba such a magical destination. Highlights of the trip include round-trip airfare, deluxe and first-class hotel accommodations, interactions with local farmers and restaurant owners, and visits to coffee and tobacco plantations as well as meaningful people-to-people exchanges in the areas Cienfuegos, the Peninsula de Zapata, Havana and Pinar del Rio. Join us this fall and experience firsthand this once-forbidden country in ways never before possible.


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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)
Puerto Rican/Hispanic Business Convention for the Americas - II

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Join fellow members for a special night of networking on Thursday, October 16 at 5:30 p.m. hosted by McGee Auto Service and Tires. 
  • Share business cards!
  • Meet new contacts!
  • Reconnect with fellow members!

 **Music**Giveaways**Drinks**

 

 

 

 

 

 



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701 42nd St NW Winter Haven (map)
Event description, details and additional information: The Shallow Grave is a highly detailed spine tingling scare fest that brings the Central Florida area something they have been missing. An intimate in your face, fear filled environment with custom themes and movie quality sets to put you in the midst of terror unlike anything you have experienced before. Once you have dared to put your foot into “The Shallow Grave” you will be begging for more while you are dying to get out. 2014 will bring you a Revamped Haunted Hills house and the All New A.D.H.D. (Attention Deficit Haunt Disorder) where you will experience the nightmares of the victims of Thaddeus! We will open Oct. 3rd and run every Thurs. Fri. and Sat. there after. Nov 1st will be the last day of 2014 with a twist...Tickets are available online via the website and also at the door. Event Location / Directions: The Shallow Grave is located at 701 42nd St NW Winter Haven, FL 33884. Our event opens on October 3rd, 2014 and is open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights until November 1st, 2014, Phone number for questions about the event. 863-661-4445 Event Website  http://www.theshallowgrave.com
701 West Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815 (The Lakeland Center) (map)
The Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival is one of the premier regional automobile shows in the southeastern United States. The display of more than 600 vehicles on and surrounding the restored 1920’s, art deco-inspired Lake Mirror promenade in downtown Lakeland, Florida provides one of the most scenic venues in the country. The event is well known for its friendly, low-stress atmosphere and enjoys broad support from the surrounding community.

2014 Honorary Chairman: Jack Telnack, former head of Global Design for Ford Motor Company

Friday - Starting at 6:00 p.m.
     Budweiser Hot Rod Rendezvous - Lake Mirror Park
     2014 New Car Unveiling - Lake Mirror

Lake Mirror Park Amphitheater
A Free outdoor concert and party held a the Lake Mirror Amphitheater on Friday evening.  Enjoy a Rock & Roll concert with 100 hot rods and muscle cars on display.  We'll crank up the engines when the band takes a break for the Hot Rod Rumble.

Saturday - Starting at 10:00 a.m.
Hundreds of classic and collectible vehicles including Street Rods & Custom cars will be displayed on the streets of downtown Lakeland on Saturday. 

The festival also includes antique wooden boats, motorcycles, car auction, entertainment and over 100 vendors.

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701 42nd St NW Winter Haven (map)
Event description, details and additional information: The Shallow Grave is a highly detailed spine tingling scare fest that brings the Central Florida area something they have been missing. An intimate in your face, fear filled environment with custom themes and movie quality sets to put you in the midst of terror unlike anything you have experienced before. Once you have dared to put your foot into “The Shallow Grave” you will be begging for more while you are dying to get out. 2014 will bring you a Revamped Haunted Hills house and the All New A.D.H.D. (Attention Deficit Haunt Disorder) where you will experience the nightmares of the victims of Thaddeus! We will open Oct. 3rd and run every Thurs. Fri. and Sat. there after. Nov 1st will be the last day of 2014 with a twist...Tickets are available online via the website and also at the door. Event Location / Directions: The Shallow Grave is located at 701 42nd St NW Winter Haven, FL 33884. Our event opens on October 3rd, 2014 and is open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights until November 1st, 2014, Phone number for questions about the event. 863-661-4445 Event Website  http://www.theshallowgrave.com
The event will feature a 5k race beginning at the Lakeland Yacht and Country Club and continuing around beautiful Lake Hollingsworth. Following the race, we will have an awards ceremony, food and drinks. Joining us will be some animals up for adoption from the Florida SPCA. Register at active.com

5K Details

  • Run starts at the boat ramps – a flat and fast course around beautiful Lake Hollingsworth. WALKERS WELCOME.
  • $20.00 at active.com, or $25.00 day-of from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • First Place Overall for male & female, Top 2 in ten year age groups from 10 -Under to 70-Up.
  • Packet Pickup will take place on Thursday, October 16th from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. at FitNiche Lakeland in Lakeside Village.
  • T-shirts will be given to the first 150 participants.

All proceeds are to benefit the Florida SPCA!



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701 West Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815 (The Lakeland Center) (map)
With Every Act of Love Tour Featuring Jason Gray and Unspoken

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Brick-or-Treat comes to LEGOLAND® Florida every Saturday and Sunday in October with safe and family-friendly festivities. This spooky, kooky event features a Haunted Scavenger Hunt in Miniland USA, trick-or-treating along the brick-or-treat trail, LEGO build activities, the largest LEGO Jack-O-Lantern in the world, Halloween entertainment and an all-kids costume with brick-tastic prizes!

Please visit the website for further information.

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This is a Breast Cancer Awareness Color Run! Where a white shirt and we will provide pink powder to color you up! Portion of net proceeds will be combined with other awareness/fund raising events at Tenoroc High School to be sent to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. We hope to make this an annual event. Trophies will be given for First place and ribbons for 2nd - 10th for both Men and Women. There will also be a high school only event, Varsity and JV, following the Open Run so please stick around and support these athletes. Concessions will be available. Cost: $15.00 in advance. $20.00 day of event.

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Celebrate our sixth annual plant sale with free admission to the Gardens, featuring more than 40 plant vendors from around Florida, live entertainment, German food, craft beers, childrens activities, live carillon music, and guest garden speakers ready to help you kick off the Florida planting season with great gardening tips. Bok Tower Gardens will offer free admission for the sixth annual Boktoberfest Plant Sale on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will feature live music, German food, craft beers, tree climbing, activities for kids, and more!

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Largest Farmers Market in Polk County! 1st & 3rd Saturday Market In South Lakeland is a free community event, family and pet friendly, located at The Home Depot on 6335 South Florida Avenue in Lakeland, FL. Farmers market, food trucks, antiques, paint artists, jewelry artists, pet goods, hand-made soaps, hand-made furniture, balloon artists, face paintings, local crafts, local raw honey, local fresh goods, non-profit organizations with great needs, kettle corn, all natural and fresh ingredients Popscicles, fresh produce and veggies, lots of home-made products from cottage industry, seasonal and locally grown fruits and vegetables, organic products/vegetables, pecan rolls/brittle, boiled peanuts,book signing by local authors, and very especially provide to the city residents with a great quality life experience. Free parking! EVERYONE WELCOME!

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The Fox Squirrel Corn Maze is excited to announce their 3rd Annual Fall Festival Event. We are located in the heart of cracker country in Plant City on the Single R Ranch. The news is out that we are one of Central Floridas best and most affordable area attractions for families. Its a day to enjoy under the beautiful live oaks and pine trees.

Visitors will love the tractor pulled hayrides through the Ranch where they may see wild turkeys, hogs, deer, raccoons, cattle and yes, even the name sake, Sherman the Fox Squirrel. The maze is all new again this year and hopefully you can OUT FOX OUR SQUIRRELY MAZE!

We also have lots of beautiful pumpkins to choose from, lots of games to play such as, old fashioned horseshoes, badminton, volley ball, duck races, rope a steer, corn boxes, playground set and more.

We have unique vendors such as the Butterfly Experience where you enter an enclosure and see how many butterflies will land on your nose! We have the best Balloon Artist around, she can make just about anything, like cows, penguins, Arial and even the Hulk. Our vendors also offer Pumpkin Painting where you can customize your pumpkin, Honey, Jams, Jellies, Boiled Peanuts, Kettle Corn, Lemonade, Ice Cream, Sno Cones and much, much more. Our food vendors will also be offering hamburgers and hotdogs, fried pickles, and whatever else they can think to fry! (Maybe pork and brisket sandwiches as well) So bring your appetite.

Be sure to visit Squirrelys General Store for gift items and more and buy your shirt for braggin rights that you OUT FOXED OUR SQUIRRELY MAZE! Fox Squirrel Corn Maze is open October 3rd thru October 26th, Saturdays and Sundays only. Open 10 a.m. until gates close at 5 p.m. Guests are asked to exit the maze by 7 p.m.

Fridays are for pre-arranged groups and field trips, interested parties can contact the family thru their email, FutchEntertainment@comcast.net and visit their website, www.FoxSquirrelCornMaze.com for information on the event, and please like them on Facebook!

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701 42nd St NW Winter Haven (map)
Event description, details and additional information: The Shallow Grave is a highly detailed spine tingling scare fest that brings the Central Florida area something they have been missing. An intimate in your face, fear filled environment with custom themes and movie quality sets to put you in the midst of terror unlike anything you have experienced before. Once you have dared to put your foot into “The Shallow Grave” you will be begging for more while you are dying to get out. 2014 will bring you a Revamped Haunted Hills house and the All New A.D.H.D. (Attention Deficit Haunt Disorder) where you will experience the nightmares of the victims of Thaddeus! We will open Oct. 3rd and run every Thurs. Fri. and Sat. there after. Nov 1st will be the last day of 2014 with a twist...Tickets are available online via the website and also at the door. Event Location / Directions: The Shallow Grave is located at 701 42nd St NW Winter Haven, FL 33884. Our event opens on October 3rd, 2014 and is open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights until November 1st, 2014, Phone number for questions about the event. 863-661-4445 Event Website  http://www.theshallowgrave.com
About Jason Gray Jason Gray's latest album, Love Will Have The Final Word, became a record-breaking project for the talented singer/songwriter, as it debuted on Billboard's Christian Albums chart at No. 10. This is the highest album debut for Gray, and at the same time the first single from the record, "With Every Act Of Love," became his first No. 1 on Billboard's AC Indicator chart, and the second No. 1 song of his career. "Nothing Is Wasted" reached the top of the Soft AC chart in May 2013, and is from his 3rd project for Centricity Music, A Way To See In The Dark. The project's previous singles, "Remind Me Who I Am" and "Good To Be Alive," reached Top 5 on the charts and the latter song earned Gray his second ASCAP Performance Award. In 2009, Gray released Everything Sad Is Coming Untrue to critical acclaim, with the No. 4 single, "More Like Falling In Love," earning Gray his first ASCAP Performance Award. Gray's debut project for Centricity Music in 2007, All The Lovely Losers, was his first national release and became heralded as one of the top albums that year. For more information on Jason Gray please visit online, www.jasongraymusic.com. About Unspoken Unspoken has been a record-breaking act since signing with Centricity Music in 2011. Their first and current full-length self-titled album debuted in the Top 20 on Billboard's Current Contemporary Christian Chart, and remains there until this day. The first single from the project, "Start A Fire," is their fastest charting single to date. Unspoken released two EPs, Get To Me (2012) and The World Is Waking (2013), which produced two Top 5 singles with "Who You Are" and "Lift My Life Up." The group remains an active touring band having performed alongside Big Daddy Weave, Sanctus Real, and Chris August, among others, while also headlining many fundraising concerts in support of Celebrate Recovery, an organization that helps recovering addicts. For updates about Unspoken please check online at www.unspokenmusic.com. About Lindsay McCaul Lindsay McCaul signed with Centricity Music earlier this year, and will release her debut project for the label, One More Step, August 19, 2014. The first single from the project, "Empty Handed" has just been released to radio and is already garnering airplay. A respected and established Christian artist before signing with Centricity Music, McCaul enjoyed success with her first major label album in 2012, If It Leads Me Back, which showcased her trademark introspective songwriting and warm vocals. McCaul currently leads worship as an artist-in-residence at Nashville's Fellowship Bible Church, and has enjoyed an active touring schedule with such high-profile acts as, Brandon Heath, Mandisa, Casting Crowns, Matthew West, Mercy Me, Sanctus Real, The Afters, and others. For additional information about McCaul and her tour schedule please visit www.lindsaymccaul.com. About Carrollton Carrollton signed with Centricity Music in 2013 and released their debut EP for...
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

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.  

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A FREE EVENT Featuring the Florida Southern College Faculty Brass Quintet: This popular faculty ensemble of outstanding brass musicians presents an exciting interactive evening of eclectic repertoire for this chamber combination of two trumpets, trombone, horn, and tuba. Already known for their superb musicianship, creative programming, and enjoyable presentational style, the Quintet will lead us through a performance sure to engage, educate, and entertain on the highest levels.

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Join us for North American Title Company's Grand Opening on October 22 to celebrate their new location at 740 South Florida Avenue.

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