Category Archives: Community Info & Events


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


Magnificent Picture Pursuit City-Wide Photo Scavenger Hunt Needs You!

This exciting new fundraiser is sponsored by Jack Strollo and friends to benefit the Downtown Lakeland Partnership.  It’s a city-wide photo scavenger hunt and is guaranteed to be a lot of fun.  Here’s how you can help make it an even bigger success…
FirstRecruit teams to participate. Pass this information on to your customers, neighbors, friends, church or civic groups – anyone you know who likes to have fun!   This is a case of “the more the merrier!”  Please target recruiting at least 3 teams for this event.

Important links for participants and information are included below.

Second- Participate in the Prizes! Drive business back to your store by donating a gift certificate or item worth $20 – $25 to be given to the winners of the event.  Show off a little and make sure everyone knows that your shop is the cool place for the upcoming holiday season.
Third- Jazz up the goodie bags! Here’s another opportunity to drive business back to your store store – provide a coupon or promotional item for the goodie bags that we’re giving to participants.  Make sure Downtown is at the top of their minds when they think of dining or shopping.  We also need help stuffing the goodie bags on Wednesday, November 2nd.  Call Julie Townsend at 863-288-0317 or email her if you can help.
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Thank you in advance for your help!  Please call me at (863) 640-8238 or email me if you have any questions about the event or this email.  This is going to be spectacular!

Best wishes, Jack Strollo


10th Annual Red, White & The Blues Features Joe Louis Walker Oct 21

Polk Museum of Art’s 10th Annual Red, White & The Blues event will feature veteran bluesman Joe Louis Walker, Tampa Bay blues artist Selwyn Birchwood, great wine and craft beers. This year’s event will be from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21.

Red, White & The Blues, an annual fundraiser for the Museum, is part wine tasting and part rocking blues concert. This year’s event will include heavy hors d’oeuvres from the Texas Cattle Company. For the first time, the event will include an opening act.

Birchwood will play beginning at 6:30 p.m. during the wine tasting. His band just won the 2011 Suncoast Blues Challenge in Tampa on Oct. 2 and will represent the Suncoast Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

About 9 p.m., Walker will take the stage. Walker, who grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and has played with musicians as diverse as B.B. King, Thelonius Monk and Jimi Hendrix, has released 22 albums in only 26 years. His 2009 album, Between a Rock and the Blues, won the Blues Music Awards’ Album of the Year.

Tickets are on sale online at or by calling (863) 688-7743, ext. 240. VIP tickets ($75) get patrons in the door at 6:30 to enjoy Birchwood’s set, the wine tasting and heavy hors d’oeuvres. After 8:30, VIP ticket-holders have access to an open bar. General admission ticket-holders ($30) will be admitted after 8:30 for Walker’s concert and will have access to a cash bar. Attendees must be 21 years old.


USF Poly Offers MBA Info Sessions Nov 2 & Nov 12

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a professional degree designed to prepare graduates for managerial roles in business and not-for-profit organizations

To help prospective students learn more about its MBA programs, the University of South Florida Polytechnic will offer the following free MBA information sessions:

Nov. 2

6 p.m.

USF Polytechnic

Lakeland Technology Building Room 2117

3433 Winter Lake Rd, Lakeland

Nov. 12


For online instructions RSVP to (863) 667.7058 or

USFP’s “flex MBA” program features flexible part-time and full-time formats, convenient evening/weekend schedule, accommodations for extensive and limited work experiences, an individualized professional development plan with access to internships, professional mentors, and executive learning opportunities. It is the only local program holding the most prestigious accreditation through AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

For more information call (863) 667-7058, email or visit