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10/25/2014 - 11/24/2014

This event offers something for everyone, and the unlimited beauty of nature is yours to discover. Participate in activities including birding, hiking, kayaking, butterfly and wildflower viewing, nature photography, star gazing and air boat tours. This nature weekend is packed with excursions led by area wildlife experts who have years of knowledge and passion about their fields of expertise. You’ll have exclusive access to some of Central Florida’s premier nature parks and reserves.

Excursions are planned at locations all across Polk County, including the Lake Wales Ridge State Forest, Colt Creek State Park, The Avon Park Air Force Range and Disney Wilderness Preserve, to name just a few.

Transportation to the location of all activities is the responsibility of each participant.

Registration

 

NatureFest’s registration is easy and free this year; fees are only required for each excursion. Space on excursions is limited to ensure a quality experience for all participants, so sign up early! The maximum number of participants is noted in the details for each excursion. When the maximum number of participants is reached, registration for that excursion will close.



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Finally a Radio Controlled Warbirds and Classics Event that embraces six decades of aviation.
Tickets just $10 at the gate includes parking and Pit Passes!
R/C Hobby Merchants, Exhibits, Daily Demos
Food, Fun and Non-Stop Action Daily
Motor Coaches OK, check web for info



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701 West Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815 (The Lakeland Center) (map)
Camping, Scouting Badges, First Flights, activities and speakers. Families, Church Groups, Scout Groups, School Groups - lots of fun and STEM based learning environment. Registration required

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On two successive weekends in October, the public can experience some of literatures greatest horror stories told by their ghostly writers in a candlelit mansion in Lakeland. Guests rotate through rooms as costumed actors masterfully recreate stories from the Victorian period, hailed as the golden age of classic horror tales. These stories were the New York Times best sellers of their day -- Edgar Allen Poes The Tell-Tale Heart, A.M. Barrages The Waxwork, and W.W. Jacobs The Monkeys Paw. Introduced by Frankenstein author Mary Shelley and Dracula creator Bram Stoker, Scared Vol. 4 will present the very best of the more than 14 stories that have been told during Scareds four-year run. An entertaining event that provides insight into the worldviews of literatures finest writers, Scared is a fundraiser for Geneva Classical Academy, Polk Countys only classical Christian K-12 school. 7Its curriculum is based on the proven trivium, the teaching mode used to train the Greeks and Romans, the Renaissance leaders, and Americas Founding Fathers. For further information about Geneva, visit www.genevaclassicalacademy.com. Groups enter every 20 minutes * Tickets can be purchased at Geneva Classical Academy and at the door $10 adults; $5 students (under 18) at the door

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701 West Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815 (The Lakeland Center) (map)
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 30th annual Munn Park Garden Extravaganza , presented by the Garden Club of Lakeland Inc., will be held on Saturday October 25, 2014, from 8am to 3pm .  This event will be held in downtown Lakeland's beautiful Munn Park.  There will be some NEW vendors as well as some of your favorite past vendors, over 50 vendors in all.  They will be selling a variety of plants, flowers, trees and Garden Related Art.  Master Gardeners will be there to answer your gardening questions and offer soil testing for $3.00.  New plant introductions will be presented by Bill Koen.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase.  A FREE EVENT!  For more information call Cheryl 863-370-4065.

 



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On Saturday, October 25, from 10 a.m. 1 p.m., there will be a free family festival on the grounds of First Presbyterian Church at 175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive in Lakeland. A festival for all ages, there will be free food, a pumpkin patch area for family photos, a bounce house and live music. There will also be a kids fun run at 10 a.m. The Shine a Light Festival is all about raising support to provide children who have been sex trafficked with hope and restoration. Our hearts are set on bringing awareness to the community and making change. For more information about other Shine a Light events, visit www.FBCHomes.org

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Enjoy a family day of activities at beautiful Colt Creek State Park.  Adults and children alike bring your bikes and explore the park!!  The Friends of Colt Creek State Park, a citizens support organization will be selling hot dogs, chips and drinks or feel free to bring your own picnic. 

Activities include:  Bike inspections, cool giveaways, helmet fittings, interactive games, educational booths; rules of the road education, Flatland BMX demonstrations, befly adult bikes available for use. 

This event is FREE, but park admission applies

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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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One of the largest festivals in Polk County sponsored by the Hispanic Club of Lakeland to promote Hispanic heritage, language and culture. This is a non-profit event. Proceeds go to scholarships to deserving Hispanic students and help for the community.  Participation is usually over 35,000. Sponsors needed. Vendors should reserve their space as soon as possible.

Ticket Prices:  $5 Adults children 14 or under free with a paying adult. 

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Enjoy a few pints and help some paws as The Lakeland Center, Ovations Food Service, Bernie Little Distributors and The Humane Society of Polk County team up for Central Florida biggest beer fest. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Humane Society and attendees will enjoy sampling from over 90 different brands of beer along with a free souvenir pilsner sample glass and soft pretzel. The event will also feature a mini food truck rally and live entertainment. Leashed pets are welcome as the event will be held in the north arena parking area.

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The finale black tie optional event will take place at Florida Southern Colleges Branscomb auditorium at 6 p.m. Ticket price is $50 and will include a performance by internationally-known recording artist Jason Castro, a former American Idol contestant. It will be an evening of hope as FBCH shines a light on the issue of sex trafficking and how the Lakeland community can join together to take a stand for innocent victims. The entertainment-filled gala will include words from Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd and FBCH and Orphans Heart president Jerry Haag, Ph.D., CFP.This event will be held at 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr., Lakeland, FL 33801.Tickets can be bought at https://fbchomes.ejoinme.org/MyPages/ShineaLightGalaRegistration/tabid/546206/Default.aspx. The Shine a Light Gala is all about raising support to provide children who have been sex trafficked with hope and restoration. Our hearts are set on bringing awareness to the community and making change. For more information about other Shine a Light events, visit www.FBCHomes.org

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Gandy Pool will transform into the infamous Green Swamp with frights lurking around every corner.

Swamp Nachos and other Swamp Snacks
$2 Per Person
Proper Swimwear is Required



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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
Ring of Honor wrestling is synonymous with the best-in-ring action in the sport and is known for its athleticism and hard hitting style. ROH is a new style developed by fresh, young stars that incorporates wrestling, mixed martial arts and high-flying. ROH has brought back the meaning of the word wrestling in pro-wrestling and provides the dedicated fan-base with an exciting and electric show, full of athleticism, intensity and passion. Be a part of the action as RING OF HONOR comes LIVE to The Lakeland Center.

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121 S. Lake Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801 - Lake Mirror (map)
Event Name: Lakeland Community Theatre presents The Addams Family Event Start Date (MM/DD/YYYY): 10/25/2014 Event Start Time: 7:30pm Event description, details and additional information: This magnificently macabre new musical comedy by the creators of The Jersey Boys, will entertain you to death. Come meet the Family, we’ll keep the lights off for you. Friday& Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm Adults $22, Seniors (55 & up) $20, Students $15, Children $10 (12 & Under) Rated PG 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 (If available): http://http://www.lakelandcommunitytheatre.com/
THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT, LAKELAND!

Enjoy a Splash-In at LEGOLAND Florida Water Park on Sunday, October 26 for the very special price of $5.00 per person!

The Lakeland Area Chamber Foundation has partnered with LEGOLAND Florida Water Park to create this outstanding offer for our members and the Lakeland community. And, the best part is, 100% of the ticket sales will benefit the Chamber Foundation, one of the greatest assets this Chamber has in serving the diverse needs of our community. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 that exists to support vital community and education initiatives, funding projects within organizations such as Lakeland Community Theatre and VISTE. (Membership investment does not fund the Foundation.)

The Water Park will open at 11 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Entry to the Water Park on October 26 is exclusive to Chamber Foundation ticket holders. Special parking instructions will be provided with ticket purchase. Parking is free for this event.

Tickets for this event are available for $5 each, cash or check only, at the Chamber offices, 35 Lake Morton Dr.

Hurry in! With a limited number of tickets available, they will sell fast!

Lego Water Park 2014-WL Calendar

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121 S. Lake Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801 - Lake Mirror (map)
Event Name: Lakeland Community Theatre presents The Addams Family Event Start Date (MM/DD/YYYY): 10/26/2014 Event Start Time: 7:30pm Event description, details and additional information: This magnificently macabre new musical comedy by the creators of The Jersey Boys, will entertain you to death. Come meet the Family, we’ll keep the lights off for you. Friday& Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm Adults $22, Seniors (55 & up) $20, Students $15, Children $10 (12 & Under) Rated PG 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 (If available): http://http://www.lakelandcommunitytheatre.com/
The Florida Department of Elder Affairs, in partnership with Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE) will host a Regional Forum to discuss the needs of Floridas elders and solutions to the challenges of aging in place. Department staff will present SAFE Homes, which discusses how to remain safely in the home with mobile accessibility and comfort. There will also be a panel discussion about actively aging in place with dignity and independence. This event is free and open to the public.

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Come find out about the many Certificates, Program Degrees and Student Clubs offered at Polk State College. Open to the entire community. Get assistance completing your FREE Polk State Application - Take the placement test - Find out about Financial Aid - Learn about our new Bachelors of Applied Science Degree - Talk to the Program Directors

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As part of the Festival of Fine Arts at Florida Southern College, BACK TO BASICS CHORAL CONCERT: Life begins simply but tends to become more complicated as we grow older. From American folk tunes passed down for generations to Mozart’s The Alphabet Song, teaching us how to learn our letters, we are reminded that sometimes it is important to just get back to basics. Join the FSC Chamber Singers under the direction of Beth Gibbs for this evening of simply charming choral music.

Ticket Information:  Single tickets will be available at the FFA Box Office for $8 adults, $4 students.

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701 West Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815 (The Lakeland Center) (map)
Free community seminar: Estate Planning Matters for Adults to Consider. Listen, learn and ask an attorney questions such as: What is a 'probatable' estate and do I have one? What is the difference between a Will and a Trust? How do assets transfer at one's death? How do I plan when I have a loved one with dementia? What is asset protection? Do I have to 'spend down' to qualify for government benefits?

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Parade starts at 4:00 pm and ends at Mosaic Park with a carnival featuring games, rides, entertainment and food.

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Victoria Manor is becoming Victoria Landing - come celebrate with them!

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Come find out about the many Certificates, Program Degrees and Student Clubs offered at Polk State College. Open to the entire community. Get assistance completing your FREE Polk State Application - Take the placement test - Find out about Financial Aid - Learn about our new Bachelors of Applied Science Degree - Talk to the Program Directors

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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 Emmy-nominated laugh-fest returns with an all new group of the world's funniest comics. Watch the series on NBC, then see the finalists perform live as the Last Comic Standing Live Tour comes to The Lakeland Center.

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Lakeland Square Mall will host trick or treating from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on October 31. Participating retailers will display an orange pumpkin in the store window.

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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
121 S. Lake Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801 - Lake Mirror (map)
Event Name: Lakeland Community Theatre presents The Addams Family Event Start Date (MM/DD/YYYY): 10/31/2014 Event Start Time: 7:30pm Event description, details and additional information: This magnificently macabre new musical comedy by the creators of The Jersey Boys, will entertain you to death. Come meet the Family, we’ll keep the lights off for you. Friday& Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm Adults $22, Seniors (55 & up) $20, Students $15, Children $10 (12 & Under) Rated PG 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 (If available): http://http://www.lakelandcommunitytheatre.com/
Join us for this annual fundraising and community celebration!  Start the day with an early bird breakfast, beginning at 8:00 a.m. with pancakes, sausage or bacon, sausage gravy and biscuits, and FREE coffee!

Cane grinding/syrup making begins at 7:30 a.m. at the syrup shed.  Come watch and wait for the first batch of the season!

For lunch, enjoy chilli and cornbread, pulled pork sandwiches, hotdogs, french fries, and cole slaw.  Homemade desserts also available. 

Vendors, children's activities, a harvest-themed scavenger hunt, cake walk, trash & treasures sale, gift shop, and the Pioneer Life Exhibit will also be offered.  Prizes and drawings to win a Remington shotgun and an Old Florida Landscape Painting (tickets are $5.00 each to enter)

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The Lakeland Sail and Power Squadron, Inc., a unit of the United States Power Squadrons, will conduct "America's Boating Course", in one day, on Saturday, November 1, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Class will be held at Old Salt Marine, 1916 US Hwy 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33805. The cost of the class is $37.00 and includes material. Seating is limited, and pre-registration is required by October 8, 2014. Graduates will receive their Florida Boater ID card, which is required for boat operators born on or after January 1, 1988, and may also qualify for a discount on boat insurance. To pre-register for this class, please call 863-667-9047. This is the last class for the year 2014.

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The NKF Kidney Walk is an inspiring community fundraiser that calls attention to the prevention of kidney disease and the need for organ donation. The walk is a non competitive 5k walk around Lake Hollingsworth. Awards will be given to the top fundraisers following the walk.

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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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On Saturday, November 1, 2014, A Woman's Choice will be holding its fifth annual Walk for Life! This is a great opportunity to show your support to women facing unplanned pregnancies AND help raise money to support the life saving and life changing work God does in our community through our ministry. Join us for a three mile walk around Lake Hollingsworth. Check-in starts at 8AM. Pre-register on-line now! Our Walk 4 Life is a fun and family-friendly event that requires no prior athletic training or ability. From strollers to wheelchairs, everyone is invited to walk for life! Come and join us save the lives of babies that otherwise may not have a chance at life!

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SPCA Florida's 22nd annual Auction for the Animals will be held on Saturday, November 1st at the Club at Eaglebrooke to benefit our Lakeland Adoption Center and Animal Medical Center. This elegant evening of food and fun includes a cocktail hour and silent auction of 500 unique items, a sit-down dinner, the K-9 Officer of the Year Award, a live auction of 15 specialty items and a drawing for a dream vacation for two. Thanks to outstanding support, last years auction raised a net profit of more than $240,000 to help fund SPCA Floridas life-saving programs. As a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, we depend on donations such as yours to care for our communitys abandoned, abused and neglected animals at an annual cost of $6 million.

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On Saturday, November 1, 2014, Girls Inc. of Lakeland will present its third annual Father Daughter Dance at the Lakeland Center from 6-9 pm. This event will be an opportunity for girls and their fathers and father-like figures to share a special evening together. Ticket prices are $30 for an individual and $50 for a couple. All proceeds raised from this event will be used to provide scholarships for girls to attend our after school and summer programs in Lakeland and Bartow. The ticket prices include dinner and entertainment. For ticket or event sponsorship information, please contact Kay Fields at 863-682-3002 Ext. 222.

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121 S. Lake Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801 - Lake Mirror (map)
Event Name: Lakeland Community Theatre presents The Addams Family Event Start Date (MM/DD/YYYY): 11/01/2014 Event Start Time: 7:30pm Event description, details and additional information: This magnificently macabre new musical comedy by the creators of The Jersey Boys, will entertain you to death. Come meet the Family, we’ll keep the lights off for you. Friday& Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm Adults $22, Seniors (55 & up) $20, Students $15, Children $10 (12 & Under) Rated PG 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 (If available): http://http://www.lakelandcommunitytheatre.com/
929 Lake Hollingsworth Dr - Lakeland Yacht Club (map)
Event description, details and additional information: ATTENTION ALL SCARECROWS, TIN MEN, LIONS, WITCHES, MONKEYS & SUCH.. The Yellow Brick Road 9k Invites You to Get Creative With Your Running Attire and Come Out to Participate in Lakeland's VERY FIRST Yellow Brick Road 9k Costume Run! Beginning in the open grass beside Lakeland Yacht Club, you will circumscribe beautiful Lake Hollingsworth twice before "Fly, Fly Fly"ing to the finish line to complete your 5.59-mile run. In addition to awards for race winners,awards will also be given to the runner wearing the MOST CREATIVE Wizard of Oz-inspired Costume and the BEST OVERALL Wizard of Oz-Inspired Costume. Grab your friends and your ruby-red running shoes and prepare yourself to enjoy a run all about fun as you follow the "yellow brick road" to your November 2nd finish line victory! Event Location / Directions: Lakeland Yacht Club 929 Lake Hollingsworth Drive Lakeland, FL 33803 Phone number for questions about the event.  302-650-8101  or  http://www.yellowbrickroad9k.vpweb.com  
ATTENTION ALL SCARECROWS, TIN MEN, LIONS, WITCHES, MONKEYS & SUCH... The Yellow Brick Road 9k Invites You to Get Creative With Your Running Attire and Come Out to Participate in Lakeland's VERY FIRST Yellow Brick Road 9k Costume Run! Beginning in the open grass beside Lakeland Yacht Club, you will circumscribe beautiful Lake Hollingsworth twice before "Fly, Fly Fly"ing to the finish line to complete your 5.59-mile run. In addition to awards for race winners,awards will also be given to the runner wearing the MOST CREATIVE Wizard of Oz-inspired Costume and the BEST OVERALL Wizard of Oz-Inspired Costume. Grab your friends and your ruby-red running shoes and prepare yourself to enjoy a run all about fun as you follow the "yellow brick road" to your November 2nd finish line victory!

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121 S. Lake Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801 - Lake Mirror (map)
Event Name: Lakeland Community Theatre presents The Addams Family Event Date  11/2/2014 Event Start Time: 7:30pm Event description, details and additional information: This magnificently macabre new musical comedy by the creators of The Jersey Boys, will entertain you to death. Come meet the Family, we’ll keep the lights off for you. Friday& Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm Adults $22, Seniors (55 & up) $20, Students $15, Children $10 (12 & Under) Rated PG 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 (If available): 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

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.

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. 

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

 

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.

Your Chamber membership gives you opportunity - to see and be seen, to speak and be heard, and to engage and be connected.

There are events and programs, listings and press releases, social media and email... and that’s just the beginning!

Find out more about the opportunities that your membership provides to promote your business!

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Join us at the Polk Theater on Tuesday, November 4th to watch the videos submitted for our Ylakeland Video Contest and award the winners! It will be a night of fun for all.

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CPS Investment Advisors invites the local community to come to an educational session at Florida Southern College to be updated on the tax laws that will be changing in the upcoming year. Lunch is provided free of charge.

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Saunders Real Estate's 10th Annual Client BBQ at the Barn at Leland Young's.

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As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Harrison School for the Arts we are excited to announce the all-school musical; West Side Story. There will be 5 performances beginning with opening night on Thursday, November 6th at 7:30 p.m. in the main theatre. West Side Story is one of the most well-known and beloved American musicals, It was inspired by William Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet and is based on a conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins. It was written by Arthur Laurents, music by Lenard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. We hope you will come out and celebrate with us! Performances will be held as follows: Nov. 6 - 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 - 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 - 2:00 p.m. Nov. 8 - 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 - 2:00 p.m. You may purchase tickets by visiting www.harrisonarts.com. Tickets are $14 for adults and $11 for students/seniors. Harrison School for the Arts is located at 750 Hollingsworth Rd., Lakeland, FL 33801. For more information please contact the office at (863) 499-2855.

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In celebration of the grand opening of the Wynee Warden Dance Studio, please join us for an exclusive presentation of classical ballet performances by the acclaimed Florida Dance Theatre. The accomplished members of Lakeland’s premier dance company will showcase classical ballet through selected pieces from revered works such as Swan Lake and Don Quixote. Joining the Florida Dance theatre for this special evening will be international ballet stars Katia Garza and Israel Rodriguez, both veterans of Ballet de Monterrey as well as the Orlando Ballet. In what promises to be a stirring performance by these two exquisite dancers, the couple will perform one of the most romantic excerpts in the ballet repertoire, the pas de deux from Le Corsaire. The Evening of Classical Ballet marks the beginning of a new era in exceptional dance programming at Florida Southern College, and we hope you will join us for a joyful evening in commemoration of this auspicious occasion.

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

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701 West Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815 (The Lakeland Center) (map)
Rainbow Magic Live - Saving Fairyland (Not Just Another Fairytale)

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Playing for Freedom!

The Warriors for Freedom Invitational supports the men and women that defend our freedoms through their services to our nation.

Each golfer receives gifts, a memorial tournament ball, and the honor of playing for those that protect freedom. 

Registration Open at 11:30 a.m.
Opening Ceremony at 12:30 p.m.
Shotgun Start at 1:00 p.m.
$300 Four Person Team
$400 Team with Hole Sponsor
$75 for Individuals



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Come learn about New Teeth Now with Dr. David Kirkpatrick. Find out how dental implants can drastically change your life! Refreshments will be provided.

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Friday (5pm-10pm) and Saturday (10am-5pm), November 7-8th brings the third When Pigs Fly South BBQ Challenge to the SUN n FUN Convention Campus.  With year round support from Visit Florida, the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, youll find nationally recognized BBQ competitors up for a challenge, surrounded by the Vintage Aircraft area sponsored by Pilot Mall, Vintage Automobiles sponsored by Regal Dealerships of Lakeland and classic motorcycles, vendors, food and entertainment.  A piggy arcade will capture the imagination of children.  The Wilder Road Boys, Sean Chambers Band and the Hoyt Hughes Band will be center stage Friday and Saturday.  The admission fee for all that entertainment  is just a $5 cost for parking.   http://www.sun-n-fun.org/getdoc/65274efd-a70e-43a1-b0f0-a093fe75db20/PigsFlySouth.aspx.   But waittheres more.  Veterans and all who appreciate classic aircraft and a bit of history will enjoy BBQ and this year with the Florida Warbirds, EAA Warbird Squadron 24, Inc. as they land at the SUN n FUN Convention Campus on Friday for a weekend event.  Visit http://www.floridawarbirds.org/about.php for more information. All proceeds from this event are returned to education programs and scholarships.

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All eyes will once again be on beautiful Downtown Lakeland, Florida and the paparazzi will be out in full force as the young stars and starlets of EMERGE Lakeland take to the Red Carpet in style for their second annual Red Carpet Gala and awards banquet. Come dressed to the nines for a glamorous and fun filled evening with the rising stars of the Lakeland community. Your ticket will include a delicious dinner (with dessert), drinks, door prizes, dancing and lots of fun with awesome people! Member Single Ticket: $25 Member Ticket Plus Guest Ticket: $40 (Please look for special "RSVP WIth Guest" link when registering.) Non Member Single Ticket: $35 At Door Price: $50 Member Cost: $25.00 per member. Guest Cost: $35.00 per guest. RSVP for this Event

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Destiknee Place Inc. invites you to its 5th Annual Fundraiser Banquet.  The keynote speaker will be Big James Henderson, a five-time National Power Lifter Champion who holds the Guinness Book of World Record Holders title as the Strongest Man of the Millennium title.  Mr. Henderson served three years in prison before being paroled and later pardoned.  He is a strong motivational speaker who uses stories from the past events of his life and a great sense of humor to captivate his audience. 

Please help Destiknee celebrate five years as a catalyst for positive change in the lives of women in Polk County who have struggled with incarceration and addiction. 

We invite you to become a sponsor with a tax deductible donation and/or join us at our Annual Fundraising Banquet for a donation of $35.  With your generous support, Destiknee can continue to provide that positive environment to help women transition back into society.  Deadline for tickets is Tuesday, November 4, 2014.  This is a matching fund project.  Ticket proceeds up to $2,500 will be matched by Modern Woodmen of America.  If you need additional information please contact admin@destikneeplace.org or call (863) 797-5518.

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701 West Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815 (The Lakeland Center) (map)
Join us for Polk Countys Only Red Ribbon Half Marathon, 5K and Kids Fun Run on Saturday morning, November 8, 2014, around picturesque Lake Mirror, Lakelands beautiful downtown and lake-to-lake area! Parents can compete in the Half Marathon and 5K, while children can take part in the FREE Kids Fun Run, which will loop around Lake Mirror. K-2 students will run a shorter half-mile course, and 3rd-5th graders will run one mile. All K-5 students receive free registration and a Run t-shirt, along with refreshments! Register today at www.RedRibbonHalf.com to get the best prices for the Red Ribbon Half Marathon and 5Kprices increase as the event draws closer, so its best not to delay!

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Join us for our 2nd Annual Junk in the Trunk Sale! Great music, yummy food and amazing bargains come together to make this event, one to remember! Gather your items, stuff them in your vehicle and get a space at our hugongous lot with tons of other vendors, selling right out of your cars! Reserve your space NOW. Here's the link http://tinyurl.com/mamn6of Spaces are $25 or for Professional Vendors $40. Get your Christmas Shopping done! For more info: Sarah Bingham, event chair: sarah@fastfoodhealing.com or 413-822-5007 *Proceeds of this event help the association continue to provide local women scholarships, business skills tuition reimbursement and other opportunities to grow personally and professionally.

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The Polk County Veterans Council will host the annual Veterans Day Celebration and Parade through Lakeland ending at Munn Park. Memorial Ceremony at Veterans Park starts at 10am with the Parade step off at 11am. Please join us at this memorial event honoring our Nation's Greatest Heroes.

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Craft Beer Festival at Joker Marchant Stadium $25 in advance, $30 at the door - call 863-413-4140 to order tickets Free Souvenir 12 oz Pilsner Tasting Glass 17 Beer Stations Live Entertainment Food for purchase Proceeds benefit Achievement Academy Volunteers needed - call 863-683-6504

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Join us for Sunsets, Leis and Cocktails at the Fifth Annual Hangar Door Canteen fundraiser to support Brighter Futures
Through Aviation!

The Evening will feature:
 Hawaiian Luau buffet by Texas Cattle Company
Open Bar (with paid admission)
Music & Dancing
Silent Auction
Photo Op & More!

Tickets:  General Admission -  $75 per person
              Military Admission -  $65 per person  (Please show Military ID)
             
Couples Admission - $30 per couple
              Table of 10 - $650
              Table of 8 -   $520 

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The Artful Bowl is Platform Art's most important annual fundraiser. It will be hosted in the art-filled home of Tom and Lynda Mack in Lakeland, Fl. Guests will be treated to a unique evening from the enclave of Platform's artistic partners, designed as an unforgettable experience. Performances include Jason Baker, Peter Preston, Fire Hoola-Hoopers, and the opera aria from "The Fifth Element" along with some typical Platformesque surprises! Guests will also go home with a beautiful hand-crafted bowl. For more information, visit http://www.platformart.org/artful-bowl-tickets/

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Looking for an opportunity to tell your companys story to other Chamber members? Join us Thursday, November 13, at Beef O'Brady Family Sports Restaurants and Pubs, where you and 30 to 35 of your fellow members will share leads, needs and more at the Chambers Schmooze aPalooza luncheon. Held once every other month, Schmooze aPalooza brings members together for lunch and networking, but also affords each attendee an opportunity to share his or her companys 30-second commercial with the group. Reservations are required. If you have not attended this event yet, it is a must!

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Join us for our monthly meeting featuring a guest speaker related to current HR topics. $25 for members, $30 for guests (PayPal fees may apply)

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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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Elections give voters choices and they can make investors anxious due to potential policy changes. This uncertainty also can increase stock market volatility, which itself can make investors nervous. But dont let election jitters keep you out of the stock market. In this months Edward Jones Perspective seminar, well talk about how you should look beyond election season when it comes to investing in the stock market. Other topics include: What causes interest rates to rise Industrializing your portfolio Open enrollment Keeping in touch the high-tech way Are Elections Bad for Stocks? Refreshments and light snacks will be served.

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701 West Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815 (The Lakeland Center) (map)
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

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Have your company purchase individual meals for employee appreciation or donate them to a local charity. We have sponsorships available or, order individual meals for only $10! If interested please contact the Chamber.

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The Ministries of St. Joseph's Catholic Church? and Chairperson's Cindy & Dan Pilka and Tina & David Tebo invite to rejoin the tradition of family fun, food, rides and entertainment at St. Joe's Carnival. It's BACK!

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Experience the Magic! MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS by Chip Davis has been Americas favorite holiday tradition and this year marks the 30th Anniversary of the groups annual tour. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller music. Join in the 30th Anniversary celebration of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas. Dont miss this ultimate holiday tradition from the #1 Christmas music artist in history!

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Help us raise money to fund critical SMA research and family support programs. SMA is the leading genetic killer of children under the age of 2. We will have entertainment, lunch, balloon houses, arts & crafts, family photos & a raffle with AWESOME prizes including hotel stays and theme park tickets. Our theme this year is "Who's Your Hero?" so come dressed up as your favorite super hero. There will be prizes for best costume & most team spirit. Join us and together we can CureSMA!

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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

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

 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 7:30 p.m. One of John Rutter’s most beloved works for choir and orchestra, the "Magnificat" is a beautiful expression of this ancient and highly revered text. Come join the FSC Concert Choir under the direction of Beth Gibbs and the FSC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Kira Omelchenko as they combine forces for an evening of musical “adoration” that highlights both ensembles, individually and in collaboration.

Singles tickets will be available at the FFA Box Office for $8 adults, $4 students.

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Join us for the Ribbon Cutting at PilotMall.com located on the SUN 'n FUN Campus!

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4399 Winter Lake Rd, Lakeland, Florida 33803 - Circle B Bar Reserve (map)

Irrigation School

Are you a homeowner interested in learning more about your irrigation system and how you can increase efficiency?

Are you an irrigation contractor or landscaper interested in maximizing your business by learning how to offer new services to your clientele?


Irrigation School topics will include:
How can I make sure my irrigation system is working properly?
Irrigation system maintenance--how to maintain efficiency and maximize landscape benefits
How can I conserve water?
Learn how the City of Lakeland is retrofitting existing irrigation systems to micro-irrigation and how you can do the same in your landscape.
How much water should you apply?
Learn how to calibrate your sprinklers to apply the correct amount of irrigation water.
How do I use my timeclock?
How-to use your timeclock, create seasonal programs, and maintain a rain sensor
Register here.

This program is presented by:
Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program, UF/IFAS Extension
City of Lakeland Water Utilities
City of Lakeland Lakes and Stormwater
Polk County Utilities
Florida Automated Weather Network

Hunter Irrigation

Lone Palm Golf Club, 800 Lone Palm Drive, Lakeland, FL (map)

 

Come join us for the *Achievement Academy Big CUP Golf Tournament at Lone Palm Golf Club, Thursday, November 20, 2014. Registration and lunch being at 11:00 am; Shotgun Start at 12:30 pm; Dinner and Awards following play. This year's tournament offers the "big cup" to tournament players. Each hole, with the exception of the Hole-In-One Contest, will be 15 inches in diameter instead of regulation size. We all know a little help makes a big difference. And with a little help from you through tournament play or sponsorship, you too can make a big difference in the life of a child with special needs. 

*The Achievement Academy is a Pre-Kindergarten Charter School providing education and therapy services to children with developmental delays/disabilities in Polk County. The Achievement Academy assists children through age six and their families through education, support, resources and advocacy at each of its three locations - Lakeland, Bartow and Winter Haven.


For more information call 863.683.6504
Event Website:http://https://secure.qgiv.com/for/achieve/event/57335/

When is the last time you said "if only the hole was just a little bit bigger?" Come join us for the Achievement Academy Big CUP Golf Tournament at Lone Palm Golf Club Thursday, November 20th. Registration and lunch - 11:00 a.m.; Shotgun Start - 12:30 p.m.; Dinner and Awards Following Play. Foursome $800 (includes lunch and dinner); Individual Players $200 (includes lunch and dinner). For sponsorship information, please call 863-683-6504. Achievement Academy is a Pre-K Charter School providing education and therapy services to children with developmental delays/disabilities in Polk County.

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

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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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