Category Archives: Community Info & Events


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.


US Military Academy Representatives to Present at “Academy Day” September 17

Congressman Dennis A. Ross (FL-12) will host an “Academy Day” Event on September 17, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the James West Reserve Center – 905 North Ingraham Avenue, Lakeland, Florida  33801.

This event will host representatives from the United States Military Service Academies to give presentations and answer questions regarding their respective school’s application processes.  High school students are invited to attend to learn more about a college career at one of these Service Academies.  Staff from Congressman Ross’ office will also be in attendance to provide information on Congressional Nominations, an item needed to complete the Academies application.

United States Service Academies in attendance:

  • United States Military Academy at West Point
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • United States Naval Academy
  • United States Merchant Marine Academy
  • United States Coast Guard Academy

For details about this event, you may contact the Office of Congressman Dennis A. Ross at (863) 644-8215.


Explorations V Children’s Museum Team with TD Bank to Teach Saving

Explorations V Children’s Museum is proud to announce this year’s “Biggest $aver” program designed to teach families to budget, plan & save. The classes will be full of give-aways, fun family challenges, and participants receive a free family membership to the museum!

This class is free to qualifying low income Polk County families. For registration information, contact (863) 687-3869.

Classes September 22, 29, October 6, 20, November 3, 17.


USF Poly Grad Students Offer Free Counseling to Area Residents

As a way of offering a service to the local community, as well as an applied-learning opportunity for students, the University of South Florida Polytechnic has started a free Community Counseling Lab.

Based in USFP’s  Division of Education, the counseling lab offers sessions run by graduate students in the counseling education program who are supervised by licensed practitioners on the USFP faculty.

“This counseling service is a great example of the Polytechnic approach,” said Dr. Marylou Taylor, program coordinator for counselor education in USFP’s College of Human and Social Sciences.

Taylor, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Addictions Professional with more than 30 years of experience, said, “Our graduate students provide the counseling and gain valuable experience in this applied learning internship, while local residents benefit from the free service. I wish this type of opportunity had been available when I was a graduate student.”

The lab, which started informally last year and has expanded, offers counseling to children, teenagers  and adults on a range of issues, including substance abuse, stress, and behavioral problems.  Unfortunately, it will not be able to accommodate clients who have been court-ordered into counseling. There are limited timeslots, so staff will handle appointments on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, or to make an appointment, email  Dr. Martha O’Brien at  Briefly explain your problem. Please include the age of the client and a contact phone number. If you do not have email access, send a mail request to: Dr. Martha O’Brien, Community Counseling Lab, USF Polytechnic, Winter Lake Rd. Lakeland, FL 33803.


Lakeland Community Theatre Announces Auditions

The Lakeland Community Theatre proudly announces auditions for two upcoming shows:

For The Edge Stage Read Series production of THE HOT L BALTIMORE by Lanford Wilson.

  • 6 p.m. Monday September 12, 2011 at the Lake Mirror Theatre, 121 S. Lake Ave.
  • Ages 16 and up.
  • There are roles for 13 cast members. No need to bring a monologue. This is not a musical.
  • Performances will be October 7 & 8 at 7:30 p.m. The content in the Edge Stage Read Series is adult themed and not intended for young audiences.

For the Main Stage Production of ANYTHING GOES by Cole Porter

  • 6 p.m. Monday September 26 & Tuesday September 27, 2011 at the Lake Mirror Theatre, 121 S. Lake Ave.
  • Ages 16 and up.
  • This is a musical, please prepare 16 bars of music and dress ready to dance. If you have tap shoes please bring them.
  • Performances will be November 11-20.