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Teachers: Join Lakeland Community Theatre for a Free Night of Page to Stage

Lakeland Community Theatre presents Polk County Educators’ Night in support of the performing arts in Polk County schools.

Enjoy a night of fun and entertainment with refreshments and goodie bags… see what the Theatre has to offer your students and your school!

Theatre volunteers and cast members will perform the elementary production of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and and excerpt from the secondary production of Shakespeare Abridged

Attendees will also have the opportunity to sign up for field trips to see Wind in the Willows, Pinkalicious, How I Became a Pirate at Lake Mirror Theatre for the 2011-2012 Theatre for Youth Season.

Reserve tickets or for more information, please call Maureen Whelan, Education Director: (863) 603-7529.


Congressman Dennis Ross to Hold Job Fair, VIP Breakfast for Featured Employers

The greatest challenge facing our community today is unemployment. No matter what issues dominate the headlines, a mom or dad without a job creates sleepless nights, empty stomachs and broken dreams.

The Congressional Office of Dennis A. Ross is partnering with Polk Works and the Polk County Chambers of Commerce to hold its First Annual Job Fair on June 7 at the Bartow Civic Center from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Bartow Civic Center is located at 2250 South Floral Avenue in Bartow.

All employers are encouraged to participate in this event and may register online at

The first 50 employers to register will have the opportunity to take part in a VIP Breakfast hosted by Congressman Ross prior to the job fair.

The focus of this job fair is to connect job seekers with businesses that are hiring or plan to hire in the near future. It is anticipated that the experience and education levels of attendees will be diverse, so there should be qualified applicants, regardless of the job you have to offer.

For more information, please call (863) 508-1600 ext. 1102.


Flying Tigers Return Home Wednesday with All-You-Can-Eat Night

The Lakeland Flying Tigers return home for an eight-game homestand beginning Wednesday, May 18 at Joker Marchant Stadium.  Lakeland will host the Jupiter Hammersheads (Marlins) from May 18-21 and the Bradenton Marauders from May 22-25.  Tickets for all home games are available by calling the Flying Tigers at (863) 686-8075.  Box seats are $6 and reserved seats are $5 and seniors 55 and over and children 14 and under receive a $1.00 discount.  Saturday tickets are an additional $1.  Wednesday All-You-Can-Eat tickets are $10.  Parking is FREE.

Wednesday, May 18 vs. Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins) @ 7:00 p.m. (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
Wednesday is All-You-Can-Eat Night sponsored by Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grill. Tickets are just $10 and includes admission to the game and all-you-can-eat hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages, pizza, cracker jacks, popcorn, pretzels and chips as well as food from Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grill from 6:00-9:00 p.m. or while supplies last.

Thursday, May 19 vs. Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins) @ 7:00 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
Thirsty Thursday
Fans can enjoy $1 beer and soda every Thursday home game.  Beer sales begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at the conclusion of the 7th inning.

Lakeland Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours
The Flying Tigers will be hosting the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours from 5:30-7:30 p.m. sponsored by Lakeland Electric.  There will be great food, drinks and live music along the 1st base concourse.  For more information please contact the Lakeland Chamber at (863) 688-8551 or click here.

Friday, May 20 vs. Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins) @ 7:00 p.m. (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
Camo T-Shirt Giveaway Sponsored by Team Hammer
The Flying Tigers will be giving away camo t-shirts to the first 350 paid adults ages 15 and older sponsored by Team Hammer.

Royal Rangers Night
Special group ticket packages for Royal Rangers and their families.

Saturday, May 21 vs. Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins) @ 6:00 p.m. (Gates open at 4:30 p.m.)
Armed Forces Day Celebration
The Flying Tigers will be honoring current and former members of the military for their service to the country. The Polk County Veterans’ Council, along with more than 40 other organizations, will conduct a Salute to Veterans and a Welcome Home to those in our community recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan.  Activities will begin at 3:00 PM.

Veterans also will receive FREE admission.  Military personnel from the Polk County area who have recently returned from deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan will be honored at the game.  In addition, an enlistment ceremony will induct local recruits into the military.

Fireworks Extravaganza following the game (weather permitting).

Hope Hospice “Night of Hope” Night

Sunday, May 22 vs. Bradenton Marauders (Pirates) @ 1:00 p.m. (Gates open at Noon)
Sunday is Kids Day.  All kids 14 and under will receive free admission to the game.  Kids can play catch on the field beginning at noon (weather permitting).  Kids can also run the bases just like the Flying Tigers following the game (weather permitting).  All fans will receive a voucher for a free sundae compliments of Dairy Queen.

Monday, May 23 vs. Bradenton Marauders (Pirates) @ 7:00 p.m. (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
Monday is $1 hot dog night.  Fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs all night.  Also, check The Ledger for a special two-for-one ticket offer compliments of the Ledger Media Group.

Tuesday, May 24 vs. Bradenton Marauders (Pirates) @ 7:00 p.m. (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
Baseball Wingo Sponsored by Hooters
Fans can play Baseball Bingo during the game for a chance to win wings from Hooters and prizes from the Flying Tigers.

Silver Sluggers
Flying Tigers Silver Sluggers Tuesday presented by Humana.  Silver Sluggers members will receive free admission to the game as well as a complimentary soda.  For more
information on the Silver Sluggers program please contact the Flying Tigers at (863) 686-8075 or visit

KRAFT Singles Tuesday Tickets
KRAFT Singles Tuesday Tickets.  Fans receive a special buy one, get one free ticket offer by bringing a KRAFT Singles package wrapper to the ticket office.

Wednesday, May 25 vs. Bradenton Marauders (Pirates) @ 7:00 p.m. (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
Wednesday is All-You-Can-Eat Night sponsored by Oktoberfest German Cafe. Tickets are just $10 and includes admission to the game and all-you-can-eat hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages,
pizza, cracker jacks, popcorn, pretzels and chips as well as food from Oktoberfest from 6:00-9:00 p.m. or while supplies last.

The Flying Tigers are a Class A Affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.  For more information please visit the Flying Tigers online at or call (863) 686-8075.


Webster University Wants to Train Your Employees – For FREE!

Yep, I said free! With budgets and time stretched to the absolute limit in most companies these days, training might have been bumped down on your company’s priority list.

Webster University is tackling the challenge of tight training budgets with some free offerings for businesses of all sizes. The Webster instructors offer training on:

  • Anger Management
  • Business Etiquette
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Diversity
  • EEO/AA
  • Effective Hiring
  • Multigenerational Workplace
  • Networking
  • Performance Management
  • Personalities in the Workplace
  • Stress Management
  • Team Development
  • Time Management

They’ll come to you, or you can use one of the classrooms at Webster’s Lakeside Village Campus. A convenient location to enjoy lunch and shopping with fabulous Chamber members!

Call Sheree Saulter today for more information on how your company can take advantage of team training… did we mention it was free?

(863) 687-9309 | |


Simpson Pool Will be a part of Attempt to Break World Record

The nation’s top water safety and training organizations are joining forces to present The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) Tuesday, June 14, 2011 to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. On June 14 water parks, pools and other aquatic facilities around the globe will host local WLSL lessons simultaneously at 11 a.m. in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record.

The City of Lakeland’s Aquatics staff will assist in the world record attempt during a swim lesson at Simpson Pool located at 1725 Martin Luther King Ave.

Swimming is a life-saving skill for children and a vital tool to prevent drowning, the second leading cause of unintended injury-related death for children ages 1-14. Research shows if a child doesn’t learn to swim by the third grade, they likely never will. The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ was created to serve as a platform to help local community aquatic facilities and different national, regional and state wide water safety and drowning prevention organizations work together to tell this important story on a local and national level.

Individuals interested in participating in the lesson have until June 13 to register by contacting Aquatics at (863) 834-3157. For more information on The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson or to find out how to get involved, please contact David Woodard at (863) 834-3157.