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2018 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday

The Florida Department of Revenue has released information about the 2018 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday. The dates are August 3rd through August 5th 2018. Please click the link below for more information including what is included and not included in this holiday.


Parents and Preteens Invited to Motivational Program On Bullying Prevention, Technology and Self-Esteem

Parents and Preteens Invited to Motivational Program On Bullying Prevention, Technology and Self-Esteem Guest Speakers Include Sheriff Grady Judd and Nationally Recognized Anti-Bullying Expert Jaylen Arnold

Lakeland, FL – Parents and preteens are invited to the important Safeguarding Your Preteen event on Thursday, July 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., featuring Polk Sheriff Grady Judd and nationally known anti-bullying proponent Jaylen Arnold.


The event, free and open to the community, will take place in the new Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children on the south side of the Medical Center Campus, 1324 Lakeland Hills Blvd.


Judd, who has served as Polk County Sheriff since 2004, is a staunch advocate for raising awareness among parents and youth over the dangers of cyberbullying. He will offer advice and insight on how texting and social media have changed the way preteens and teens communicate with each other – and not always in a positive way. Sometimes, as in the case with social media threats of school shootings and suicides, his law enforcement officers must step in to ensure lives are not endangered.

Jaylen Arnold, recipient of the 2017 Princess Diana Legacy Award, is a Lakeland teenager who founded Jaylen’s Challenge Foundation nine years ago to combat bullying. Now 17 years old, Jaylen speaks about bullying from firsthand experience. His symptoms of Tourette syndrome, Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive compulsive disorder unfortunately made him a target for being picked on by other children. He now goes around the country as part of his Bullying No Way mission, which is “The more we understand each other, the more we will love the differences we have and the similarities we share.” For more information about Jaylen, please visit

In addition, Lakeland Regional Health Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Aarti Patel, MD, will share with parents how to handle their preteen’s requests for access to video games, social media, cell phones and other electronic devices – and any ensuing discussions about privacy, responsible communications and unhealthy behaviors.

Preteens who attend will have a separate, more personal discussion with Jaylen Arnold.

Light dinner will be served. RSVPs are required by July 23, 863.687.1400.

About Lakeland Regional Health

Not-for-profit Lakeland Regional Health reaches beyond its hospital walls to promote wellness, education and discovery in new places and new ways, providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services at its Medical Center, Hollis Cancer Center and ambulatory care locations. Lakeland Regional Health earned Most Wired Advanced and Most Wired status four times since 2013 from the American Hospital Association and has earned workplace awards from Forbes, Gallup and Becker’s Hospital Review. Its 864-bed comprehensive tertiary referral hospital, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, operates the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children, a Level II Trauma Center and the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine. Photos: Headshots of Sheriff Grady Judd, Jaylen Arnold and Dr. Aarti Patel


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Flying Tigers Return Home July 4 for 5-Game Homestand


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Independence Day Celebration, Fireworks and Sunday Brunch Highlight Homestand

Lakeland, FL – The Lakeland Flying Tigers return to Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium for a five-game homestand against the Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins) July 4-5 and Tampa Tarpons (Yankees) July 6-8.

Tickets for all home games are available by calling the Flying Tigers at (863) 686-8075 or visiting Tickets can be purchased at the BayCare Box Office at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium located at 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. Advance sale box seat tickets are $9 and reserved seats are $6. Seniors 60 and over, children 12 and under and active military personnel receive a $1.00 discount. Day of game tickets are an additional $3. Saturday tickets are an additional $1. Wednesday All-You-Can-Eat tickets are $12 for box seats and $10 for reserved seats (in advance). Parking is FREE.

Wednesday, July 4 vs. Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins) @ 5:00 p.m. (Gates open at 4:00 p.m.)

Independence Day Celebration

  • Advance sale box seat tickets are $10 and reserved seats are $7. Seniors 60 and over, children 12 and under and active military personnel receive a $1.00 discount. Day of game tickets are an additional $3. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance for the best seat locations and to avoid lines. Tickets for July 4th are available by calling the Flying Tigers at (863) 686-8075 or by visiting Parking is FREE.
  • This upcoming Independence Day holiday week, MiLB teams from all 14 leagues will don custom-made American flag-inspired caps featuring their team logo in a red, white, blue and gold color scheme. The specialty caps will be worn by both players and umpires as part of their on-field uniforms, and include a subtle stars and stripes design under the bill and on the sweatband. Deemed “America’s Rally Cap” due to the unique pattern displayed beneath the crown, the 2018 Stars & Stripes cap will do more than make a fashion statement. MiLB will donate its licensed royalties from the sales of this year’s caps to the newly-established MiLB Charities Stars & Stripes Fund. The MiLB Charities Stars & Stripes Fund will contribute the monies raised to local military and veterans’ organizations through the Charles K. Murphy Patriot Award. Fans can purchase the limited-edition caps in team stores, and online through team websites and at
  • The team will be wearing special patriotic red, white and blue jerseys.
  • During the game the Flying Tigers will have holiday picnic themed games, contests, music and fun.
  • • There will also be live music and entertainment following the game by The Sofa Kings.


  • Fan can enjoy the view, atmosphere and air conditioning in the brand new ’34 Club Presented by Miller Lite. The cost is only $35 and includes food and non-alcoholic beverages.

Patriotic Fireworks Extravaganza sponsored by the City of Lakeland, Corona and the Ledger Media Group

The fireworks spectacular will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. and is sponsored by The City of Lakeland, Corona and The Ledger Media Group and will be displayed by Fireworks Displays Unlimited.

Wine Wednesday and Drink Specials

Adults 21 and older can enjoy:

  • • $3 wine, spritzers and sangria including a special Star-Spangled Sangria
  • • Blue Betty Cocktail featuring Deep Eddy Vodka (Red, White and Blue Cocktail)
  • • Stars and Stripes Beer Bucket Special



Thursday, July 5 vs. Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins) @ 6:30 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

Thirsty Thursday Sponsored by Miller Lite

Fans can enjoy 1/2 price select draft beer, wine & frozen cocktails during select Thursday home games. Alcohol sales will begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at the conclusion of the 7th inning.

Friday, July 6 vs. Tampa Tarpons (Yankees) @ 6:30 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

7-11 Friday’s Presented by 7-11 Socrum Loop

3, 4, 5 Happy Hours

Adults 21 and older can enjoy $3 domestic drafts, $4 premium drafts and $5 specialty cocktails.

MetroPCS Family 4-Pack

Families can enjoy the MetroPCS Family 4-Pack on Friday nights. With a MetroPCS coupon you receive 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 sodas for only $32! Vouchers are available at the Lakeland Metro PCS corporate store located at 3137 US Highway 98 North, Lakeland, FL 33805.

Saturday, July 7 vs. Tampa Tarpons (Yankees) @ 6:00 p.m. (Gates open at 4:30 p.m.)

Shriners Night

The Bahia (Orlando) and Egypt (Tampa) Shriners will host a pre-game parade and raise awareness Shriners Hospital for Children and Shriners International.

Sunday, July 8 vs. Tampa Tarpons (Yankees) @ 1:00 p.m. (Gates open at 12:00 p.m.)

Sunday Brunch

Enjoy brunch in the ’34 Club Presented by Miller Lite from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $24 in advance and $27 on the day of game. Menu includes chicken & waffles, omelet station, bacon, scrambled eggs, fruit salad, breakfast sausage, hashbrowns and create your own parfait. There will also be $3 mimosa and bloody mary specials.

Military Sunday

All active and retired military members receive complimentary admission to each Sunday home game. Flying Tigers players and coaches will be wearing special military themed jerseys each Sunday home game.

Kids Day

  • Kids 12 and under can play catch on the field beginning at 12:00 p.m. (weather permitting).
  • Kids 12 and under can also run the bases just like the Flying Tigers following the game (weather permitting).

Dairy Queen Sunday Sundae

All fans will receive a voucher for a free sundae, compliments of Dairy Queen – North Lakeland.

The Flying Tigers are the Class A Advanced Affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. For more information please visit the Flying Tigers online at or call (863) 686-8075.



Florida Companies to Watch Nominations Due by July 9th

Applications now open! The cutoff for applications is July 9th.

Florida Companies to Watch celebrates growing second-stage companies headquartered in Florida. Companies to Watch was developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation as a unique way to recognize and honor second-stage companies that demonstrate high performance in the marketplace with innovative strategies and processes, making them “worth watching.” Presented by GrowFL, in association with Edward Lowe Foundation, Florida Companies to Watch is an awards program like no other. We all have a compelling story to tell. We encourage you to tell yours!

Companies from across the state and all industries may participate. Selection is based on steady growth in employee counts and revenue as well as strength in leadership, corporate culture, community support and philanthropy, innovation in management or technology, or other factors that contribute to an outstanding organization.

For more info and to nominate someone from Polk County, CLICK HERE!

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PACE Center for Girls, Polk Enrollment Now Open

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PACE Center for Girls, Polk is currently accepting student applications. Please contact our Outreach Counselor, Jesilynn Pfeffer, if you know a girl that would benefit from a strength-based, gender responsive, trauma informed approach to learning and life. If interested, please call 863-688-5596. M-F 7:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.