Category Archives: Community Info & Events


EMERGE Lakeland Gears Up to Introduce Young Professionals to the Community

In 2004, the Chamber and the United Way of Central Florida partnered together to provide a meaningful outlet for young professionals to build relationships, find professional development opportunities and ultimately engage in the Lakeland community. Seven years later, EMERGE is nearly 200 members strong and is the recognizable expert on young professional life in Lakeland.

One of the most beneficial programs that the Steering Committee has sanctioned is P2P. With three years of success behind them, EMERGE is looking for “Class 4″ to take them into the future. P2P is Peer2Peer networking, relationship building & a whole bunch of Lakeland information jam-packed into 10 months.

The biggest win of the P2P program is that young professionals meet other young professionals. Mentors are EMERGE Lakeland members who are engaged & committed to the Lakeland community. They serve on boards, lead EMERGE activities, are active in civic groups and business organizations, and most of all they love Lakeland.

P2P is looking for young professionals that are new to Lakeland or have recently returned to Lakeland. This outstanding opportunity will introduce participants to the social, professional, political and philanthropic activities in Lakeland, and will provide more than one way to get involved.

The program begins in August, so be sure to complete your application today! Visit for more information or to download the application.


D’zire International Salon & Spa to Hold Sickle Cell Awareness Back to School Bash

Owners Craig & Tramisha Smith invite you and your family to a Back to School Bash in partnership with the Sickle Cell Foundation. Through D’zire International Salon & Spa, the Smith’s are proud to give back to the community and to charities like the Sickle Cell Foundation.

On August 20, join the entire team from D’zire for an afternoon of excitement for neighborhood children. Girls & boys can receive hair styling services, backpacks, school supplies & more, all while supporting the Sickle Cell Foundation.

If your business would like to help Craig & Tramisha, or to find out more about the event, call (863) 816-5823.

D’zire International Salon & Spa is located at 3123 US Highway 98 N.


LPD K9 Fundraising BBQ September 9

The Lakeland Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (LCPAAA) in conjunction with the City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Department is hosting the “3rd Annual Honoring Heroes BBQ Dinner and Silent Auction” at the Lake Mirror Complex on Friday, September 9, 2011. The event, which is open to the public, will begin at 6:00 pm with the auction closing at 8:00 pm.  Tickets for the event are $10.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the front desk of City Hall or by calling (863)398-1074.

While at the event, guests will enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner and have fun bidding on their favorite items in the silent auction. On the auction table will be something for everyone’s budget with items ranging from gift cards to local restaurants to vacation getaways. There will be opportunities to meet the K9 officers and their loyal partners. A photo booth will be available where guests can have their photo taken with a K9 and take home a free souvenir photo.

Donations Needed

Donation items are being sought for the silent auction. Those who would like to make a donation will have their name displayed at the silent auction as a donor and posted on the LCPAAA website. Once the auction has ended, donors will be notified by mail how much their item sold for so that information can be used for tax purposes. Limited table sponsorships are also available. 100% of the net proceeds will be donated to the Lakeland Police Department’s K-9 unit and the LCPAAA scholarship fund.

LCPAAA is a volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which focuses on creating a better understanding and cooperation between local law enforcement and the community. If you have any questions or want to find out more about LCPAAA, call (86)398-1074 or visit us online at


Florida Presbyterian Homes Welcomes Alzheimer’s Expert for Free Workshop on Caregiving

Florida Presbyterian Homes welcomes Dr. Eric Pfeiffer, M.D. to present “The Art of Caregiving in Alzheimer’s”. This workshop will be held on the FPH Campus at 16 Lake Hunter Drive on Monday, July 18 at 3:30 p.m. Registration is not necessary. For additional information on the event, please contact Allison Stinson at (863) 577-6004.

About Dr. Pfeiffer

Dr. Pfeiffer is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and the founding Director of the Eric Pfeiffer Suncoast Alzheimer’s Center at the University Of South Florida College Of Medicine. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the USF Health Alzheimer’s Institute.

He is a nationally and internationally recognized authority on health and aging, with a special emphasis on Alzheimer’s disease.   He has just authored two major books in this area aimed at the consumer: “The Art of Caregiving in Alzheimer’s Disease” and “14 Winning Strategies for Successful Aging.”

Dr. Pfeiffer is listed in Who’s Who in America and in The Best Doctors in America.  In 1999 he was given the Jack Weinberg Award of the American Psychiatric Association for “outstanding work in geriatric psychiatry.”

Dr. Pfeiffer has conducted numerous studies on new medications for use with Alzheimer’s patients and individuals with minor cognitive impairment


Polk County Offers ePlan Training for Customers

Q.        What is ePlan?

A. Polk County’s web based Electronic Plan Review system (ProjectDox  a software produced by Avolve)

Q.        When and where is training and how do I sign up?

A. Training will be held in the I.T. Training Room located on the 5th floor of the Neil Combee Administration Building, 330 W. Church St., Bartow, Florida 33830. Training is offered:

  • July 18, 2011 – 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • July 20, 2011  – 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • July 25, 2011 – 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

To register for one of the training sessions, contact Charlotte Fillmore at (863) 534-6488 or

Q.       Who should attend?

A. Contractors, architects, engineers, and anyone who submits plans to the Building and Codes Division to be reviewed by County Plans Examiners (such as staff in Building, Fire, etc.) prior to permit issuance.

Q.        Why would I submit plans electronically?

A. Save customers money.

  • Using digital files drastically reduces paper consumption and the cost to manage and store paper documents.
  • Reduces the number of trips clients need to make to submit and resubmit building plans, and eliminates multiple blueprint submission sets.
  • Citizens have 24/7access to a secure, fast and convenient system to submit or resubmit plans.
  • Centralizing plans and documents gives complete visibility to all departments and stakeholders, thereby reducing confusion regarding what changes were made, when, and by whom.
  • Parallel review facilitates increased communication, accuracy and reduces/shortens resubmission cycle(s).
  • Plan review from remote locations allows for telecommuting, reduces trips for citizens and couriers, and promotes energy and environmental conservation.
  • Improves accuracy of the data being transmitted and contained on the plans.
  • Reduces number of permits and plans being filed by non-licensed architects, engineers or contractors.

Q.        Is ePlan (ProjectDox) a secure web application?

A. ePlan uses the same browser security as online banking sites. When combined with network and application security best practices in your jurisdiction, ProjectDox ePlan technology will provide a secure collaboration environment for citizen and government project stakeholders.

For more information contact Charlotte Fillmore at (863) 534-6488 or or visit the ePlan website at