Category Archives: Community Info & Events


Renowned Author and “New Urbanist” Headlines State of Downtown Luncheon

On Wednesday, October 5, the Downtown Lakeland Partnership will host the annual “State of Downtown” luncheon at The Lakeland Center. Whether you’re a friend of Downtown Lakeland, interested in the future of development, or just an urban planning-phile, this year’s speaker is sure to excite.

Author and consultant Peter Katz used to help developers market suburban sprawl.  Now he’s one of its fiercest critics.  Katz is a leading proponent of New Urbanism, an urban design and planning movement that The New York Times called “the most important phenomenon to emerge in American architecture in the post-Cold War era.”  New Urbanists combine traditional planning and modern technology to create compelling places that break the suburban mold of mega-malls, cookie-cutter subdivisions and endless highways.  Instead, they strive for environmental balance, social equity and a true sense of community.

As the City continues to plan for the future of Downtown, the input of key stakeholders like residents, business owners and visitors is crucial to developing that true sense of community. Be sure to attend!

Wednesday, October 5 | 11:00 a.m.

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Tampa Bay Business Journal Seeking Artwork for the 2012 Book of Lists

Once again, the TBBJ is seeking original artwork from LOCAL bay area artists to be published in the Book of Lists in December 2011. They are looking for original paintings, drawings or artistic photographs that reflect the artist’s interpretation of the Tampa Bay area. The book contains more than 100 lists of area industries and reaches more than 136,000 readers in the Tampa Bay area business community and is used widely as a long-term business resource.

The artists whose work is selected will be given:
• A short profile with contact information in the 2012 Book of Lists
• 10 copies of the 2012 Book of Lists
• Permission to use the published copy for promotion purposes
• Two tickets to the 2012 Book of Lists celebration held in January 2012

Artists will be required to sign a release giving the Tampa Bay Business Journal permission to edit/crop the art as needed and to reproduce it. The original art will remain the artists’ property.

Submissions must be received by Friday, October 14, 2011.

Selected artists will be notified by November 1, 2011.

Click here for full details.


Congressman Dennis Ross Veterans Job Fair

The Office of Congressman Dennis Ross is pleased to announce a Veterans Fair to be held on October 19, 2011 at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

Employment and Services Fair will be held from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  • Veterans Job Fair
  • Resume and interview skills workshops
  • Senior srvices
  • Federal Agencies available for questions

Then, join in the special ceremony celebrating our Veterans from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

For more information, call (863) 644-8215 or visit Congressman Ross’s Web site.


FSC’s Florida Lecture Series Welcomes Lecture- “The Age of Lincoln: Then and Now”

Florida Southern College’s Lawton M. Chiles Jr. Center for Florida History is proud to welcome Vernon Burton, Professor of Humanities at Clemson University, to kick off the 2011-2012 Florida Lecture Series on September 22, 2011.  Dr. Burton’s lecture, “The Age of Lincoln: Then and Now,” will be held in Branscomb Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. on the Florida Southern campus in Lakeland.  The event is free and open to the public.

Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and the decades surrounding it comprised one of the nation’s most bloody and turbulent periods. Still, the conflict ultimately produced a unified nation that rests proudly on the foundation of personal liberty for all of its citizens. Through his efforts to expand the Founding Fathers’ incomplete view of freedom, Lincoln helped create a country that more closely resembles the ideal of “liberty and justice for all.”  Vernon Burton will bring this era to life through a dynamic discussion of the impact of Lincoln’s life and legacy.  Burton’s lecture will be derived from his latest book, The Age of Lincoln, (2007), which won the Chicago Tribune Heartland Literary Award for Nonfiction.

“Vernon Burton will share his masterful insights with the community about Lincoln’s continuing relevance to our time on the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War.  His presentation will be timely, informative, and provocative,” noted James M. Denham, Director of the Lawton M. Chiles Jr. Center for Florida History and FSC history professor.

A native of Ninety-Six, South Carolina, Burton is one of America’s leading scholars of Southern History, the Civil War, and the Civil Rights movement.  He earned his doctorate in 1976 from Princeton University, and soon thereafter joined the faculty at the University of Illinois where he taught for over 33 years.  He has authored or edited 16 books and over 180 articles, including his classic work, In My Father’s House Are Many Mansions: Family and Community in Edgefield, South Carolina, (1985).


Astronaut Story Musgrave to Speak at United Way Campaign Launch

The United Way of Central Florida is excited to welcome NASA Hall of Fame astronaut Dr. Story Musgrave as a guest speaker on Wednesday, September 21, 2011. Dr. Musgrave will speak at a luncheon hosted by the Florida Air Museum in Lakeland to help raise awareness and funding for the United Way’s annual campaign.  The luncheon starts at 12:30 p.m. followed by the program at 1:00 p.m.

The event is free and open to United Way supporters. However, seating is limited. Please RSVP to or call (863) 648-1500 Ext. 232.
Dr. Musgrave is the only NASA astronaut to have flown missions on all five shuttles, and is the second-oldest person behind John Glenn to orbit the earth. He retired from NASA in 1997. Dr. Musgrave serves as a strong advocate for the power of education. He holds six degrees — a doctorate of medicine, as well as two bachelor’s degrees and three master’s degrees in subjects ranging from mathematics to business administration to literature.