Category Archives: Community Info & Events


MidTown Dental Offers Free Dental Exams to Adults

Midtown Dental, dedicated to delivering healthy teeth and gums for the residents of Polk County and surrounding communities, announced that it will be offering free dental services to adults ages 18 and up who cannot afford dental care or dental insurance and who also meet financial eligibility guidelines.

For the season of giving thanks, Midtown Dental is showing its appreciation to the community by having a Free Dental Day on Friday, November 18, 2011 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at 607 S Missouri Avenue Lakeland, FL 33815.

Midtown Dental will provide free oral health care services to those that are in need. The services will include comprehensive exams, all necessary x-rays, and option of dental cleaning (if gum disease is not present), up to two fillings, or up to three extractions.

In order to be seen, you must have an appointment. To get an appointment, go to Midtown Dental to pre-register only on Friday, October 28, 2011 during the hours of 9:00am to 1:00pm. Appointments will be made on a first-come first serve basis. The only item you need to bring is driver license or picture identification. Financial eligibility will be determined on the same day the appointment is made.

The event is being done in partnership with the Polk County Health Department and the Polk County Medical Reserve Corps. For questions regarding this opportunity, go to or email


Hispanic Festival of Lakeland October 22 – Live Coverage

On October 22, you’ll want to make your way down to the 14th Annual Hispanic Festival at the Lake Mirror Promenade. Enjoy authentic food, live music, dancing, folklore, games and more.

But, just in case you can’t make it downtown (I can’t imagine how those delicious smells wafting throughout Lakeland could keep you away), we’re live streaming in interactive webcast right here from 1:30 – 8:00 p.m.

For more information, visit

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Man Meets Robot: LRMC Free Health Event

Join us for a free men’s health event, as a team of urologic surgeons showcases one of the most exciting advancements in modern medicine – the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System. Through a hands-on demonstration, learn more about this minimally invasive option and how our surgeons are using it to treat urologic conditions. Also, discuss other topics common to men’s health conditions, such as the detection and treatment of kidney, prostate and bladder cancers.


Mark Bandyk, MD; James Belarmino, MD; Jens Carlsen, DO; and Graham Greene, MD

Thursday, October 27

Discussion 6 – 7 p.m.; Robotic Experience 7 – 8 p.m.

Lakeland Regional Medical Center


1324 Lakeland Hills Blvd, Lakeland

This program is free and open to the public. Registration is requested by calling (863) 687-1400.


Ledger Media Group Introduces New Timeout Publication – You’re Invited to the Party Oct 25

I may have a different take on all things media than most folks, but I know that our hometown news source is definitely keeping up with the times! When I stop to consider how my habits have changed over the last decade, I’m not envious of the forward thinking and near psychic predictions that have become a staple in businesses of all sizes trying to reach consumers.

I had the pleasure to hear Jerome Ferson yesterday at my Florida Public Relations Association luncheon. As Publisher of Ledger Media Group, he has a big job! With three regional news publications, digital opportunities, partnerships and more, the team at LMG has done a marvelous job of creating a comprehensive news & information source with a plan for the future.

Part of that plan is a redesign and relaunch of several existing “arms”. Timeout has become the guide to things to do for the upcoming weekend. All new on October 25, the team at LMG wants to invite you and yours down to celebrate!

Timeout Kick Off Party

October 25 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

LMG Offices | 300 W Lime St, Lakeland

They’re asking that you RSVP by calling (863) 802-7358 or emailing I’ll be there… hope to see you!


Florida Southern Launches “Legally Speaking” Lecture Series

Florida Southern College announced today that it is launching a new lunch and lecture series, “Legally Speaking,” that will run throughout the academic year and will feature Supreme Court of Florida Chief Justice Charles T. Canady as its first speaker.

The lunch and lecture with Chief Justice Canady will begin at noon on Friday, October 28 in the Thrift Alumni Room on Florida Southern’s campus.  The cost is $20.00 per person and includes lunch, the lecture, valet parking, time for questions and answers, and a meet and greet.

The series is being sponsored by the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity and is intended to bring together members of the legal community, professionals, students and the public for meaningful discussions about timely legal issues facing society.

“Not only will this series greatly enhance the college’s pre-law program by exposing our students to members of the legal profession, but it will also provide an opportunity for students across all disciplines to learn from and connect with professionals in the greater Lakeland community,” said Dr. Cindy Hardin, professor of business administration and “Legally Speaking” lecture series coordinator at Florida Southern College.  “We’re very excited to launch this series at Florida Southern College.”

Future dates for series lectures have been announced for December 2, January 27, February 24, and March 23.  For more information on the “Legally Speaking” series or to RSVP for the lecture with Chief Justice Canady, contact (863) 680-4280 or