Polk State Theatre Presents ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’

Winter Haven, November 6, 2017 — Polk State College continues to celebrate 50 years of theatre with the upcoming production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

The musical comedy follows six quirky adolescents as they participate in a middle school spelling bee run by three equally as wacky adults.

The play directed by Mark Hartfield with musical direction by Philip King opens Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Winter Haven Campus Main Stage Theatre, 999 Ave. H N.E.

Performances will take place Nov. 9 through Nov. 12 and Nov. 16 through Nov. 19, with a 7:30 p.m. curtain time each day except for Sundays, which will have 2:30 p.m. curtain times.

Tickets for the public are $10 each. The box office opens one hour before curtain time. Seating is limited and it is recommended that reservations be made online at polk.edu/the-arts/box-office or by calling 863.297.1050. The play is free for students, faculty, and staff with their Polk State IDs.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is a play by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin.

“It’s a funny, quaint, and nostalgic play that takes you back to the awkward adolescent phase of being a 12-year-old,” said Hartfield, Theatre Program Coordinator. “It’s contemporary, the songs are beautiful, and the show is interactive with four audience members having the opportunity to come on stage and participate in the spelling bee.”

Hartfield warned that it contains some adult language and humor.


Polk State College Spring Open Registration Starts November 6

Winter Haven, November 2, 2017 — Open registration at Polk State College starts November 6 for the spring semester, which begins January 5.

For prospective new students, an online application must be submitted to Polk State. Information on how to complete orientation and register for classes is included in the College’s admission letter, as well as online at Admission Steps.

Students may complete orientation online through Admission & Aid, where they can also take their “personal snapshot” – an academic advising tool that allows students to assess their abilities in math, reading, and writing, as well as responsibilities outside the classroom, such as work and families.

Currently enrolled students may register for classes through PASSPORT, the College’s student portal. They should also check PASSPORT for possible holds on their accounts that may prevent them from registering so that those holds can be resolved.
For example, students pursuing an Associate in Arts (AA) who have 12 or more credit hours and have not declared their transfer intentions will have a registration hold. AA students must declare a transfer major and transfer institution.

Students are also encouraged to begin the financial aid process as early as possible. The first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Assistance completing the FAFSA is available through the Office of Student Financial Services.

Throughout the registration and financial aid process, students should regularly check PASSPORT and their College email accounts for important registration and financial aid information from the College.

About Polk State College

Located in Winter Haven, Florida, and established in 1964, Polk State College is a multi-campus institution serving more than 16,000 students with Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees, as well as a wide range of certificate and workforce training options. The College



LAKELAND, FLORIDA — Watson Clinic has announced the winner of the 2017 BIG Event Poster Contest celebrating the second annual free, family-friendly festival – with theme Pirates on the Promenade – on Saturday, November 11th. The winner will receive a $350 check award to be presented at the BIG Event – Pirates on the Promenade on November 11, 2017, and, the artwork will be printed, signed, and numbered and be available for sale at the BIG Event at BIG Info & Shop tent.

The Watson Clinic LLP BIG Event Poster Contest Winner is: Brian Poe of Cypress Signs and his artwork, “The Big Event Treasure Map”

“Watson Clinic would like to congratulate Brian Poe on winning the 2017 Big Event Poster contest. He did a phenomenal job illustrating the Pirates on the Promenade theme while incorporating a touch of Lakeland with the swans,” comments Jennifer Cooper Baker, Public Relations & Communications Manager, with Watson Clinic. The Poster Contest Awards are scheduled for 4:20 PM at the Lake Mirror Amphitheatre on Saturday, November 11, 2017 in Lakeland, Florida.

Poster winner


New Jiffy Lube® Service Center to Open in Lakeland

LAKELAND, FLORIDA – Convenient, worry-free car care will soon be coming to Lakeland with the grand opening of a new Jiffy Lube service center on Saturday November 11th. The store will be located at 6770 U.S. Highway 98.

The new Jiffy Lube will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

No appointment is necessary.

“Jiffy Lube is a good fit for the area because Lakeland is a fast-growing community, with busy, working families,” said Jason Thomas, president of Jiffy Lube Franchise South Bay Lube, Inc. “Time and quality service are paramount for them, and those are things we strive to provide.”

Jiffy Lube offers a range of services, such as the popular Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change, which includes changing, inspecting, checking/filling, and cleaning essential vehicle components. Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change customers also receive free top-offs on motor oil and other vital fluids in between service visits. Additionally, Jiffy Lube features quality products including Pennzoil® motor oils.

Other services available at the new Jiffy Lube include: air conditioning, air filtration, brake repair, cooling system, fuel system, tire rotation, transmission, and windshield wiper replacement services.
About Jiffy Lube Jiffy Lube follows vehicle manufacturer recommendations and maintains customer vehicle records, so customers can visit any of the repair shop’s 2,000 locations for their maintenance needs.
South Bay Lube is a Jiffy Lube franchise with 24 locations throughout Florida. Jiffy Lube International Inc. (“Jiffy Lube”), with more than 2,000 franchised service centers in North America, serves approximately 20 million customers annually. For more information about Jiffy Lube, please visit www.southbaylube.jiffylube.com or www.jiffylube.com. Or, contact us at (941) 953-9181.

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“Little Bites” Food Truck Challenge on Nov. 11

LAKELAND, FLORIDA (October 27, 2017) — The Big Brothers Big Sisters “Restaurant Week” kicks off on Saturday, November 4, runs until Friday, November 9, and wraps up at the BIG Event – Pirates on the Promenade on Saturday, November 11, with the “Restaurant Week” Awards, and the “Little Bites” Food Truck Challenge.

Garden Bistro, Ninteen61, and Lennys Grill and Subs are a few of the places helping to make a difference one meal at a time during “Restaurant Week” from Nov. 4-10. The “Little Bites” Food Truck Challenge on Saturday, November 11, at the BIG Event offers attendees an opportunity to taste the delicious wares of local food trucks – including Boom Boom Box, Chick’s Coop, Manolito’s, Sawadee Thai, Tacos Mazatlan, Tallulah’s by the Sea, and Twisted Plates.

To see a complete list of participating restaurants for “Restaurant Week,” and to buy online discounted tickets for the “Little Bites” Challenge, go to https://www.bigrestaurantslittlebites.org/. Tickets for “Little Bites” will also be sold at the BIG Event in the Big Brothers Big Sisters “Foodie” Headquarters in the Magnolia Building.

When you dine at a “Restaurant Week” location, or purchase tickets to the “Little Bites” Challenge, you ensure that Big Brothers Big Sisters can continue to do meaningful work.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is America’s oldest and largest youth mentoring organization and has been serving Polk County since its founding by a local teacher in 1970. Each year high school and adult mentors, “Bigs,” are paired with children, “Littles,” and visit them at school or take them on outings in the community. We provide background checks for volunteers, activities for Big/Little Matches, and ongoing professional support from our amazing staff at no cost to the volunteers or the families served.

For more information call J. Frinks, Polk County Regional Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, at 863-514-7556 or email JF@BBBSTampabay.org.

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What is the BIG Event?
Saturday, November 11, 2017, 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The BIG Event Lakeland is a free music fest featuring local businesses, makers, and delicious food! The event kicks off with the Red Ribbon Run Corporate Award and the Watson Clinic Poster Contest Award, immediately followed by a special Salute to Veterans by Green Construction. Then enjoy nonstop entertainment! Celebrate the best of Lakeland at this FREE music fest! The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce in partnership with InnerAct Alliance and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay present the second annual BIG Event Lakeland – and theme Pirates on the Promenade for 2017! The iconic and historical Frances Ford Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror Amphitheatre is the perfect backdrop for local fun on Saturday, November 11, 2017, from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm!
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What’s there to do?
• Honor our Veterans at our Salute to Veterans by Green Construction!
• Red Ribbon Corporate & CEO Run & Awards – compete against last year’s winner Allen & Company of Florida, and their team “Phat Assets,” for the coveted traveling trophy!
• Enter the Watson Clinic BIG Event Poster Contest with theme Pirates on the Promenade – open to all ages!
• Enjoy live local music until 8pm, then a DJ dance party wraps it up!
• Relax at the R&R Tent and catch your favorite college football team courtesy of Bank of Central Florida’s Tailgate!
• Explore, learn, shop & eat at the Expo with Food, Business, Makers, and Non-Profits!
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay take food to the next level with Restaurant Week, Tampa Food Truck Rally and “Little Bites” Challenge!
• Kids’ Breezeway! courtesy of Publix Super Markets, Inc.
• Grab a map at the Highland Homes Tent and seek the treasure in our Treasure Hunt!
• Marvel at the exhibition-style thrills & spills at Water Ski Shows by the Lakeland Water Ski Club!
• Compete in the Pirates on the Promenade Costume Contest by CPS Investment Advisors!

Experience live music, family fun + great tastes – Lakeland style!

Exclusive Marketing Sponsor:
Tinsley Creative
Exclusive Beer Sponsor:
Bernie Little Distributing Budweiser
Exclusive Wine Sponsor:
Tuckers’ Southside Package & Lounge
Gold Sponsors:
Publix Super Markets, Inc.
“Foodie” Partner:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay – serving Polk County since 1970
Silver Sponsor:
Danielle Fence
Lanier Upshaw
Watson Clinic LLP
Salute to Veterans Sponsor:
Green Construction Services Inc.
Bronze Sponsors:
Bank of Central Florida
CPS Investment Advisors
City of Lakeland
Heacock Insurance
Highland Homes
Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Center
The Ruthvens
SERVPRO of Lakeland
Community Partners:
JBT Corporation
Saddle Creek Logistics Services
Print Media Sponsor:
Ledger Media Group
Radio Sponsor:
Bottled Water Sponsor:
Crystal Springs

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce
The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents 1,400 member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-Star Accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements: Vision Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice. Mission Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.