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30Nov/18

Upcoming “Festival of Fine Arts Series” Events Bring Theatrical, Musical, Visual Arts to FSC

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LAKELAND (November 29, 2018) – The 59th season of Florida Southern College’s outstanding “Festival of Fine Arts” series continues to delight members of the community with an array of performing and visual arts events. The following offerings will be presented through the end of January:

THEATER ARTS
Kiss Me, Kate
Opened Nov. 15, continues Nov. 29-Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. (Sundays at 2:30 p.m.)

Passions run high as a leading lady and her actor/director ex-husband battle onstage and off in a production of William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. With romance, comedy, sophistication, and behind-the-scenes hijinks, the Tony Award-winning musical Kiss Me, Kate combines the irreverent humor of two brilliant writers, Shakespeare and Cole Porter, who provided the music and lyrics. Among the show’s ever-popular numbers are “Another Op’nin’, Another Show,” “I Hate Men,” and “Brush up Your Shakespeare.” Directed by Paul Bawek with musical direction by Bradley Vieth, the run of this show is being performed at the Loca Lee Buckner Theatre. Tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for students.

MUSIC

’Tis the Season: The Christmas Gala

Dec. 8, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
FSC’s Department of Music performs a collection of holiday favorites, featuring choral, instrumental, and string groups, along with other special musical selections. Among the featured seasonal highlights will be “Sleigh Ride,” “The Christmas Song,” music from The Nutcracker (orchestra and a trio of dancers from FSC’s dance program, choreographed by Erin LaSala), “O Holy Night” (three pianists, vocal soloist, and choruses), and “It’s Christmas,” a Christmas carol audience sing-along with FSC’s Symphony Band. Join us for a spectacular evening of traditional tunes and surprises. Tickets for this event at Branscomb Auditorium are $8 for adults and $4 for students. Florida Southern is proud to have Heath Funeral Chapel join the College in presenting this popular event for our community.
VISUAL ARTS
Annual All-Student Exhibition

Opened Nov. 16, continues through Dec. 7

This celebration of recent works created by Florida Southern College art majors showcases the exceptional skills of talented freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in all media. It features ceramics, paintings, digital illustrations, prints, and sculptures. This exhibition in the Melvin and Burks Art Galleries is free to the public.

John Briggs: Casting for the Unknown

Jan. 18-Feb. 22 (Opening reception Jan.18, 7 p.m.)

Delve into the mysterious coastal landscapes of John Briggs in the Melvin and Burks Art Galleries. Simultaneously realistic and uncanny, familiar and eerie, the works in the artist’s latest series are inhabited by inexplicably nude fishermen casting nets in open water, inviting viewers to question the simplicity of the paintings. What exactly is going on here? How are the paintings connected? Is there a deeper meaning or symbolic story underlying these intriguing works? This exhibition in the Melvin and Burks Art Galleries is free to the public.

SPECIAL EVENTS
Florida Dance Theatre Presents: Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker
Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 16, 2:30 p.m.
In celebration of their 25th anniversary, the members of Florida Dance Theatre (FSC’s company-in-residence under the direction of Carol Erkes) bring their classic holiday tradition of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker to the Festival of Fine Arts. This timeless holiday masterpiece will be performed by the troupe’s dynamic dancers in a production featuring colorful scenery, dazzling costumes, and entrancing choreography. Bring your family and enjoy the music, dance, and spectacle of this perennial holiday treasure. This special event will be presented at Branscomb Auditorium. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and children under 12.

Imperial Symphony Orchestra presentation: A Night at the Opera, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Jan. 19, 7 p.m.
The Imperial Symphony Orchestra’s unique annual A Night at the Opera project welcomes opera professionals to Lakeland for a two-week rehearsal/performance schedule. It brings nationally and internationally renowned guest singers such as Joshua Kohl, Maria Kanyova, Eric Lindsey, and Teresa Castillo together with local professional, community, and FSC singers, as well as production staff and members of the ISO. Together, they will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) in English, exuding the fantasy and fairy-tale side of the composer in this extraordinary – and magical – opera. This special event will be presented at Branscomb Auditorium. Tickets are available through www.imperialsymphony.org

Julian Gargiulo, Pianist
Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m.

Last seen at the Festival of Fine Arts in January 2017, this incredible piano virtuoso and Steinway Artist is back by popular demand to share his inimitable style, irrepressible humor, and brilliant musicianship. A delightfully unconventional concert experience that is guaranteed to entertain and educate, this special event will be presented at Branscomb Auditorium. Tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for students.

For more information or to purchase tickets for Festival of Fine Arts events, please visit www.flsouthern.edu/ffa, phone 863-680-4296, or visit the Branscomb Auditorium Box Office between 2 and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

About Florida Southern College

Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is the oldest private comprehensive college in Florida. The College maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 70+ undergraduate programs and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education, and nursing. Florida Southern has a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio; is an award-winning national leader in engaged learning; and boasts 30 NCAA Division II national championships. It is ranked among the Top 20 Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report; named a Top Baccalaureate College by Washington Monthly; and included in The Princeton Review’s 384 Best Colleges, The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018, and Forbes magazine’s America’s Top Colleges Guide. The College is committed to the development of the whole student through vibrant student life programs that prepare graduates to make a positive, consequential impact on society.  FSC is conveniently located within an hour’s drive of both Orlando and Tampa. FSC is home to the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Named the “Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation” for two consecutive years by The Princeton Review and one of the nation’s “Ten College Campuses with the Best Architecture” by Architectural Digest, Florida Southern is an internationally-recognized place of beauty and academic excellence.

26Nov/18
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Central Florida’s Longest Running Economic Forecasting Event Sets Date for Mid-January

LAKELAND, FLORIDA (November 26, 2018) – Allen & Company of Florida, Inc. and the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce present Economic Forecast Breakfast 2019, for the 32nd year, on Thursday, January 17, 2019, from 7 to 9 a.m., at the RP Funding Center. With change being the only constant over the last year – including decisions on trade, taxes, and immigration – the 2019 forecast promises to be one to watch for insights into your strategic planning.

Nationally recognized Chief Economist Brian Wesbury of First Trust Advisors, L.P., returns as our guest speaker for the 32nd annual Economic Forecast Breakfast 2019 sponsored by Allen & Company of Florida, Inc. You can plan on hearing a perspective that is steadfastly germane to the economies and politics of the world we live in delivered in a dynamic and unwavering style.

Allen & Company of Florida, Inc., the oldest investment firm in Florida, will continue to provide Continuing Education Credits for Florida Certified Financial Planners™ (CFP®s) for attending the 32nd Annual Breakfast. The morning event will be held at the RP Funding Center on Thursday, January 17, 2019. Florida CFP®s interested in earning up to 2.0 credits for the event must pre-register online. At the event, they must specify their intent at the Allen & Company registration desk and receive a form that will need to be authorized at the registration desk after the event.

“This forecast breakfast originated from the idea that independent business owners needed exposure to economic intelligence.  The macro level of material that Mr. Wesbury shares translates significant concepts into easily digestable, relevant data that paints an economic landscape for businesses both small and large”, comments Ralph Allen, Chairman of Allen & Company of Florida, Inc. He further comments, “each year I feel the same way, that this year is the most critical in our countries history, and this year is no different.”

The doors will open at 6:45 a.m. for registration and breakfast at the RP Funding Center. Please register online at lakelandchamber.com under the Events tab and there you will find all the details for the event.

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Contact:  Rebecca Fortier | (863) 688-8551 Ext. 229 – office | rfortier@lakelandchamber.com

About Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.

Since 1932 Allen & Company of Florida, Inc. has provided financial planning and wealth management services to the communities we serve.  Headquartered in Lakeland, Florida, with operations in Winter Haven and Viera, Allen & Company is Florida’s oldest investment firm.

About 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:  The Lakeland Area 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; and, the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.

01Nov/18

American Cancer Society Cattle Baron’s Ball Returns to Polk County

“Sparkes & Spurs” set for November 30, 2018

LAKELAND, FL. – October 30, 2018 –  The American Cancer Society Cattle Baron’s Ball returns to Bunch Ranch in November. The Cattle Baron’s Ball is a distinguished fundraising event featuring an evening of western flare with entertainment, silent and live auctions, dancing, games and great food.

At this special event, Polk County comes together to fundraise and bring awareness to the importance of cancer research and the programs and services provided through the American Cancer Society.  Our mission is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.

 

WHAT:               Cattle Baron’s Ball of Polk County

WHERE:            Bunch Ranch

4641 Hancock Ave, SE

Lakeland, FL 33812

WHEN:               Friday, November 30, 2018

6:00 pm

For information on tickets and sponsorships, please contact Cassandra Fridovich, Community Development Manager at Cassandra.Fridovich@cancer.org.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of nearly 2 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is the only organization attacking cancer from every angle. For more information go to www.cancer.org.

30Oct/18

Panel of Consuls General Confirmed for International Trade Event

LAKELAND, FL (October 30, 2018) – A panel of Consuls General will discuss effects on international partnerships at a half-day symposium – Polk Goes Global IV – a collaborative event produced by the Central Florida Development Council, the Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce, and the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce on Friday, November 9, 2018 at the Lakeland Linder International Airport.

Consul General of Canada in Miami Susan Harper, Consul General of Mexico in Orlando Juan Sabines, and Consul General and Trade Commissioner of Spain in Miami Inmaculada Gutièrrez will explore tariffs from an international viewpoint and share export experiences.  The discussion will be moderated by Javier Marin, Director of Business Development and Global Trade, at Central Florida Development Council.  A second, more local panel will explore the effects of tariffs on domestic companies and consumers.  Panelists on the second panel include Alice Ancona, Director, International Strategy & Policy, International Trade and Investment Office, at the Florida Chamber; Bill Lane, Executive Director, Trade for America; and Inke Sexton, FTZ/TTB Process Manager, Givaudan Flavors Corporation.  Torrey Chambliss, Manager of Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) #79, at Tampa Port will moderate the discussion.

For this year’s event, there will be two keynote speakers.  The opening key address will be given by Alice Ancona with Global Outreach at the Florida Chamber, and Bill Lane of Trade for America, and former Caterpillar executive, will deliver the closing address.

The event takes place on Friday, November 9, 2018, from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Lakeland Linder International Airport.  Admission is $25 each for members of Central Florida Development Council (CFDC), Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce, and the Manufacturing and Supply Chain Alliance (MSCA), Polk Manufacturing Association Polk County, and FTZ clients.

Registration at www.lakelandchamber.com/events or at https://bit.ly/2ycNqpg (http://business.lakelandchamber.com/events/details/polk-goes-global-iv-international-trade-symposium-10119).

Hon. Susan Harper

The Honorable Susan Harper, Consul General of Canada in Miami, United States

 

 

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The Honorable Juan Sabines, Consul General, The Consul of Mexico in Orlando

 

Inmaculada Gutierrez

The Honorable Inmaculada Gutierrez, Consul General, Trade Commissioner of Spain in Mexico

 

 

Event Sponsors:

Global Leadership Sponsor:

  • Trade For America

International Sponsors:

  • Jannetides College of Business & Entrepreneurial Leadership at Southeastern University
  • Lakeland Linder International Airport
  • Lanier Upshaw, Inc.
  • Saddle Creek Logistics Services

Intercontinental Sponsor:

  • The Ruthvens

 CENTRAL FLORIDA DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

The Central Florida Development Council is Polk County’s economic development partnership responsible for recruiting new businesses to Polk County and helping existing businesses expand.

The Polk Global Trade Alliance (PGTA) aspires to be the prime catalyst for the growth of international trade in Central Florida and to make global initiatives an intrinsic part of Polk County’s broader regional economic development strategy.

GREATER WINTER HAVEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic organization focused on improving and preserving Winter Haven’s business climate and quality of life.  Our Vision is advance commerce and community.  Our mission is serving, representing and enhancing business growth.  We have a long history of doing this in Winter Haven, from our founding in 1910 as a Board of Trade and then later our incorporation as a Chamber of Commerce in 1923.  The Chamber of Commerce serves as the hub for all information relating to Winter Haven – both for business and community. If we don’t have the answer, we will strive to connect you with the right people to help you grow your business or expand your network. We have more than 750 businesses with nearly 2,000 designated representatives that represent our member investors. The Chamber is administered by a Board of Directors who set policy and strategic goals.

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.

26Oct/18
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Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Enjoyed by Lakeland Residents

Lakeland residents celebrated Oktoberfest-style in Munn Park downtown at the inaugural Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest on Saturday, September 22.  Attendance for the first-time event was 2,500 – exceeding our estimation.  Our generous sponsors made the event possible – especially Suncoast Credit Union and their team.  They embraced their new community in Lakeland with flair and gusto.  To kick off the event, Community Relations Director Mary W. McDonald took the stage, called for anyone associated with a non-profit to come up to the stage, and then donated $1,000 to a Meals on Wheels representative!

Mary McDonald, Suncoast Credit Union

Mary McDonald, Suncoast Credit Union

Thanks to Bernie Little Distributors and Budweiser, our volunteers sold more than 2,000 beer and cider – Goose Island Oktoberfest beer, Woodchuck Hard Cider, Beck’s, Stella Artois, Bud, Bud Light, and Michelob over four hours.  Delicious, traditional German food was graciously prepared and served by two local Rotary Clubs – Rotary Club of Lakeland Christina and Rotary Club of Lakeland North.  With help from Tony Perry, Master Griller of 92 BBQ at PigFest, and the Interact Club volunteers – the Rotarians served over 750 bratwursts and sauerkraut!

Tony Perry at the smoker

Tony Perry at the smoker

Live music by the Europa Band was a crowd pleaser along with the Outrageous Olympiad competitions – stein-hoisting, mustache competition, the brat(wurst) toss, and the Treasure Hunt.

Winners of the brat toss!

Winners of the brat toss!

Stein-hoisting competition

Stein-hoisting competition

This community-wide event in Munn Park was free to attend and featured a business expo as an opportunity for member-investors to engage directly with the community in a family-friendly setting.

 

Families enjoying the event

Families enjoying the event

Rotary Club of Lakeland Christina, Rotary Club of Lakeland North, and the Interact Club prepare and serve German food.

Rotary Club of Lakeland Christina, Rotary Club of Lakeland North, and the Interact Club prepare and serve German food.

Fields Auto Group with BMW and Mercedes-Benz on display

Fields Auto Group with BMW and Mercedes-Benz on display

The Europa Band

The Europa Band

Beer Tent by Budweiser

Beer Tent by Budweiser

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Winners of Mustache (& Beard) Competition

Winners of Mustache (& Beard) Competition

Beautiful downtown Lakeland

Beautiful downtown Lakeland