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Flying Tigers Return Home Friday with Big Weekend Plans

The Lakeland Flying Tigers return home for a five-game homestand beginning Friday, June 10 at Joker Marchant Stadium.  Lakeland will host the Daytona Cubs on June 10, the Brevard County Manatees (Brewers) June 11 -13 and the Tampa Yankees on June 14.  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.

Friday, June 10 vs. Daytona Cubs @ 7:00 p.m. (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
Victor Martinez Kids Backpack Giveaway
The Flying Tigers will be away Victor Martinez backpacks to the first 750 paid kids ages 14 and younger.

Chick-fil-A Night
Look for special promotions, contests and giveaways throughout the game from Chick-fil-A.

Scout Night
Special group ticket and food packages for Boy and Cub Scouts and their families.

Saturday, June 11 vs. Brevard County Manatees (Brewers) @ 4:00 p.m. (Gates open at 2:30 p.m.)
The Ledger Customer Appreciation Day
The first 2,000 fans will receive a free grocery tote compliments of The Ledger Media Group.  Ledger Media Group t-shirts will be given away to the first 100 new Ledger subscribers.  Fans can register to win great prizes including travel trips, gift baskets, gift cards and more throughout the game.  A fan will also have a chance to win a Fiat if a Flying Tigers player hits a grand slam in the seventh inning.  The Flying Tigers will be wearing special tropical jerseys during the game and fans are encouraged to dress for the occasion as well wearing flip flops and tropical shirts.

Sunset Celebration Sponsored by The Ledger Media Group and Budweiser
Following the game the Flying Tigers will be turning the berm into a Key West themed party.  There will be live island-themed music by Captain Josh as well as street performers, frisbee dogs, a pig roast and much more.  There will be drink and food specials on the berm all night.  Polk County’s Parrot Head Club, Pirates on the Ridge, will be helping to get the party started.

Fireworks Extravaganza at dark (weather permitting).

Post-Game Party at Natalie’s Sports Bar & Grill
The fun keeps going at Natalie’s following the fireworks show.  Natalie’s is located at 3120 South Florida Avenue in Lakeland.

Sunday, June 12 vs. Brevard County Manatees (Brewers)  @ 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 – North Lakeland.

Monday, June 13 vs. Brevard County Manatees (Brewers)  @ 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, June 14 vs. Tampa Yankees @ 7:00 p.m. (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
Baseball Wingo Sponsored by Natalie’s Sports Bar & Grill
Fans can play Baseball Bingo during the game for a chance to wings from Natalie’s 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.

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.


USF Poly Supports Polk County Second Graders with Free Trip to LEGOLAND

A group of Valleyview Elementary students got a sweet surprise today when they found out they will be among the first class of Polk County second-graders to receive a free field trip to LEGOLAND® Florida next school year, compliments of University of South Florida Polytechnic. LEGOLAND Florida, Central Florida’s newest theme park opens on October 15, 2011 and will be a 150-acre interactive park dedicated to families with children ages 2-12.

More than 120 excited first-graders crowded into the school’s library this morning to hear the special announcement from USF Polytechnic Regional Chancellor Dr. Marshall Goodman, who explained why the university is funding the program.

“The United States faces stiff global competition from China, India and other countries that emphasize science and technology,” said Goodman.  “As Florida’s first and only public polytechnic, our programs have a particular emphasis on science and technology while providing multi-disciplinary, applied learning and research experiences to prepare our graduates for the jobs of the future. We must engage students early in math and science, and keep them engaged, so they are prepared for these highly-skilled fields later. Through our partnership with LEGOLAND Florida and Polk County Schools, we hope to inspire these young minds through their experience at the park and the associated curriculum that will be introduced in their classrooms.”

USF Polytechnic will underwrite the cost of field-trip admission for second grade classes in Polk County public schools beginning in November 2011.  Advance reservations are required and classes must travel together during normal school hours under the supervision of their teachers.  Qualified public elementary schools in Polk County can make reservations beginning June 7 by calling (877) 350-LEGO (5346).

“What a wonderful surprise for these students,” said Polk County Schools Superintendent Sherrie Nickell.  “Second grade is when students start to go beyond the fundamentals and discover the interrelationships between math and science.  It’s the perfect age to really engage their minds and what better way to get their attention than immersing them in imaginative play at LEGOLAND Florida.”

Florida Learning Programs to be Offered Year-Round

LEGOLAND Florida will offer year-round learning programs for students of all ages.  One such program is “Amazing Machines,” which teaches students ages 8-12 how simple machines work through pulleys, levers and gears.  Students participating in the program will build a motorized model and be sent on a chaperoned scavenger hunt throughout the park to identify simple machines at work in the many rides and attractions.

“We’re building an educational program rooted in kids’ love of play and especially their natural affinity for the LEGO® brand,” said LEGOLAND Florida Director of Sales and Marketing Kim Isemann.  “In fact, whether kids are involved in a school-sponsored program or simply visiting with their families, they’ll have lots of learning opportunities throughout their visit.”

Isemann cites places like LEGOLAND Florida’s Imagination Zone, which emphasizes hands-on exploring and creation.  Here kids can build a LEGO car and compete against other racers on a digitally timed track test.  They can also build and test program cutting-edge, computerized robots.

“We’re working on a whole host of other programs custom-built for school-age children and expect to roll those out as the next school year gets started,” said Isemann.

For more information about LEGOLAND Florida K-6 educational programs, visit


Florida Redistricting Public Hearing Date Announced

Every ten years, after each Census, the Florida Legislature is required to redraw the districts from which voters elect their public officials. The districts are redrawn to accommodate population changes and to ensure equal representation among the district populations. In 2012, the Legislature will begin the work of redrawing the Florida House, Florida Senate, and Congressional district maps.

Because this process affects how you are represented in both your State and Federal government, the public is invited to provide their thoughts, ideas, and feedback on this process. With your assistance, the Legislature can ensure the adoption of fully compliant redistricting plans with all legal requirements and of fair and meaningful representation for all voters in the State of Florida.

Please visit or to learn more. The Lakeland Public Hearing will be held on Wednesday, July 25 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.* (or until completion) at Polk State College.


US Congressman Connie Mack to Speak at FSC

United States Congressman Connie Mack is scheduled to speak to Florida Southern College students and faculty on Thursday, June 9 at 10:00 a.m.  The event will be held in the Eleanor Searle Drawing Room in Joseph-Reynolds Hall and is open to the public.  Seating is limited and reservations are required. Interested persons should contact Julie Middleton at 863-680-3891 for more information.

Congressman Connie Mack (R-14) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and as chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.  Under Congressman Mack’s leadership, the subcommittee focuses on developing and improving free trade agreements in South America and opening up new markets for U.S. companies. He is currently working to establish trade agreements with Panama and Colombia in an effort to strengthen the economy and promote political stability in the region.  Congressman Mack also serves as a member on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.


Guardian ad Litem Volunteer Training Announced for July

Guardian ad Litem Program, The Voice for Florida’s Abused & Neglected Children

Everyday, abused and neglected children in our community are removed from their homes because their parents cannot or will not take care of them. The Guardian ad Litem becomes a powerful voice for the “best interest” of these children in court.

For information please call Diane Schmelz at 863-534-4605 or checkout our website at

Our next training starts in July, and consists of a total four (4) sessions.

Tuesday,              July 26th 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm      or      5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Thursday,            July 28th 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm      or      5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Saturday,             July 30th 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Tuesday,             August 9th 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm – includes court observation