Category Archives: Community Info & Events

07Nov/17

Polk State College Spring Open Registration Starts November 6

Winter Haven, November 2, 2017 — Open registration at Polk State College starts November 6 for the spring semester, which begins January 5.

For prospective new students, an online application must be submitted to Polk State. Information on how to complete orientation and register for classes is included in the College’s admission letter, as well as online at Admission Steps.

Students may complete orientation online through Admission & Aid, where they can also take their “personal snapshot” – an academic advising tool that allows students to assess their abilities in math, reading, and writing, as well as responsibilities outside the classroom, such as work and families.

Currently enrolled students may register for classes through PASSPORT, the College’s student portal. They should also check PASSPORT for possible holds on their accounts that may prevent them from registering so that those holds can be resolved.
For example, students pursuing an Associate in Arts (AA) who have 12 or more credit hours and have not declared their transfer intentions will have a registration hold. AA students must declare a transfer major and transfer institution.

Students are also encouraged to begin the financial aid process as early as possible. The first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Assistance completing the FAFSA is available through the Office of Student Financial Services.

Throughout the registration and financial aid process, students should regularly check PASSPORT and their College email accounts for important registration and financial aid information from the College.

About Polk State College

Located in Winter Haven, Florida, and established in 1964, Polk State College is a multi-campus institution serving more than 16,000 students with Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees, as well as a wide range of certificate and workforce training options. The College

06Nov/17

New Jiffy Lube® Service Center to Open in Lakeland

LAKELAND, FLORIDA – Convenient, worry-free car care will soon be coming to Lakeland with the grand opening of a new Jiffy Lube service center on Saturday November 11th. The store will be located at 6770 U.S. Highway 98.

The new Jiffy Lube will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

No appointment is necessary.

“Jiffy Lube is a good fit for the area because Lakeland is a fast-growing community, with busy, working families,” said Jason Thomas, president of Jiffy Lube Franchise South Bay Lube, Inc. “Time and quality service are paramount for them, and those are things we strive to provide.”

Jiffy Lube offers a range of services, such as the popular Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change, which includes changing, inspecting, checking/filling, and cleaning essential vehicle components. Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change customers also receive free top-offs on motor oil and other vital fluids in between service visits. Additionally, Jiffy Lube features quality products including Pennzoil® motor oils.

Other services available at the new Jiffy Lube include: air conditioning, air filtration, brake repair, cooling system, fuel system, tire rotation, transmission, and windshield wiper replacement services.
About Jiffy Lube Jiffy Lube follows vehicle manufacturer recommendations and maintains customer vehicle records, so customers can visit any of the repair shop’s 2,000 locations for their maintenance needs.
South Bay Lube is a Jiffy Lube franchise with 24 locations throughout Florida. Jiffy Lube International Inc. (“Jiffy Lube”), with more than 2,000 franchised service centers in North America, serves approximately 20 million customers annually. For more information about Jiffy Lube, please visit www.southbaylube.jiffylube.com or www.jiffylube.com. Or, contact us at (941) 953-9181.

27Oct/17
Little Bites Challenge promo

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS “RESTAURANT WEEK” KICKS OFF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Rebecca Fortier
(863) 688-8551 ext. 229 – office
(863) 221-2678 – cell
rfortier@lakelandchamber.com

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS “RESTAURANT WEEK” KICKS OFF BIG EVENT
“Little Bites” Food Truck Challenge on Nov. 11

LAKELAND, FLORIDA (October 27, 2017) — The Big Brothers Big Sisters “Restaurant Week” kicks off on Saturday, November 4, runs until Friday, November 9, and wraps up at the BIG Event – Pirates on the Promenade on Saturday, November 11, with the “Restaurant Week” Awards, and the “Little Bites” Food Truck Challenge.

Garden Bistro, Ninteen61, and Lennys Grill and Subs are a few of the places helping to make a difference one meal at a time during “Restaurant Week” from Nov. 4-10. The “Little Bites” Food Truck Challenge on Saturday, November 11, at the BIG Event offers attendees an opportunity to taste the delicious wares of local food trucks – including Boom Boom Box, Chick’s Coop, Manolito’s, Sawadee Thai, Tacos Mazatlan, Tallulah’s by the Sea, and Twisted Plates.

To see a complete list of participating restaurants for “Restaurant Week,” and to buy online discounted tickets for the “Little Bites” Challenge, go to https://www.bigrestaurantslittlebites.org/. Tickets for “Little Bites” will also be sold at the BIG Event in the Big Brothers Big Sisters “Foodie” Headquarters in the Magnolia Building.

When you dine at a “Restaurant Week” location, or purchase tickets to the “Little Bites” Challenge, you ensure that Big Brothers Big Sisters can continue to do meaningful work.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is America’s oldest and largest youth mentoring organization and has been serving Polk County since its founding by a local teacher in 1970. Each year high school and adult mentors, “Bigs,” are paired with children, “Littles,” and visit them at school or take them on outings in the community. We provide background checks for volunteers, activities for Big/Little Matches, and ongoing professional support from our amazing staff at no cost to the volunteers or the families served.

For more information call J. Frinks, Polk County Regional Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, at 863-514-7556 or email JF@BBBSTampabay.org.

Restaurant Week promo

Little Bites Challenge promo

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What is the BIG Event?
Saturday, November 11, 2017, 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The BIG Event Lakeland is a free music fest featuring local businesses, makers, and delicious food! The event kicks off with the Red Ribbon Run Corporate Award and the Watson Clinic Poster Contest Award, immediately followed by a special Salute to Veterans by Green Construction. Then enjoy nonstop entertainment! Celebrate the best of Lakeland at this FREE music fest! The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce in partnership with InnerAct Alliance and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay present the second annual BIG Event Lakeland – and theme Pirates on the Promenade for 2017! The iconic and historical Frances Ford Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror Amphitheatre is the perfect backdrop for local fun on Saturday, November 11, 2017, from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm!
http://bigeventlakeland.com/ | https://www.facebook.com/BIGEventLakeland/ | https://twitter.com/BIGEventLkld | https://www.instagram.com/thebigeventlakeland
What’s there to do?
• Honor our Veterans at our Salute to Veterans by Green Construction!
• Red Ribbon Corporate & CEO Run & Awards – compete against last year’s winner Allen & Company of Florida, and their team “Phat Assets,” for the coveted traveling trophy!
• Enter the Watson Clinic BIG Event Poster Contest with theme Pirates on the Promenade – open to all ages!
• Enjoy live local music until 8pm, then a DJ dance party wraps it up!
• Relax at the R&R Tent and catch your favorite college football team courtesy of Bank of Central Florida’s Tailgate!
• Explore, learn, shop & eat at the Expo with Food, Business, Makers, and Non-Profits!
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay take food to the next level with Restaurant Week, Tampa Food Truck Rally and “Little Bites” Challenge!
• Kids’ Breezeway! courtesy of Publix Super Markets, Inc.
• Grab a map at the Highland Homes Tent and seek the treasure in our Treasure Hunt!
• Marvel at the exhibition-style thrills & spills at Water Ski Shows by the Lakeland Water Ski Club!
• Compete in the Pirates on the Promenade Costume Contest by CPS Investment Advisors!

Experience live music, family fun + great tastes – Lakeland style!

Exclusive Marketing Sponsor:
Tinsley Creative
Exclusive Beer Sponsor:
Bernie Little Distributing Budweiser
Exclusive Wine Sponsor:
Tuckers’ Southside Package & Lounge
Gold Sponsors:
Publix Super Markets, Inc.
“Big 4” WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio
“Foodie” Partner:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay – serving Polk County since 1970
Silver Sponsor:
Danielle Fence
Lanier Upshaw
Watson Clinic LLP
Salute to Veterans Sponsor:
Green Construction Services Inc.
Bronze Sponsors:
Bank of Central Florida
CPS Investment Advisors
City of Lakeland
GEICO
Heacock Insurance
Highland Homes
Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Center
The Ruthvens
SERVPRO of Lakeland
Community Partners:
JBT Corporation
Saddle Creek Logistics Services
Print Media Sponsor:
Ledger Media Group
Radio Sponsor:
“Big 4” WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio
Bottled Water Sponsor:
Crystal Springs

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The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce
The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents 1,400 member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-Star Accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements: Vision Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice. Mission Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.

24Oct/17
Costume Contest CPS

Local Pirate Costume Contest Offers Cash Prizes

PIRATES ON THE PROMENADE COSTUME CONTEST BY CPS INVESTMENT ADVISORS

Costume Contest CPS

LAKELAND, FLORIDA (October 24, 2017) — This year at the BIG Event Lakeland – Pirates on the Promenade – we invite you to don your finest pirate attire and enter our Costume Contest presented by CPS Investment Advisors! Here be a little information on times, locations, and rules for this year’s Costume Contest.

This is a family friendly costume event; costumes should not be too risqué! No pilfering, plundering, looting, brawling, or lewd behavior during registration or contest. Come dressed to register!

Awards: Saturday, November 11, 2017 – 6:30pm – Magnolia Building
Registration: Saturday, November 11, 2017 – 4-6pm – Magnolia Building
Cost to register: FREE

Come claim ye awards for donning your finest pirate attire. The Finest Attired – in each category – will receive a Treasure Chest Prize! Categories / Award:
Best Rogue (18+ years) / $100
Best Lady Marauder (18+ years) / $100
Best Youth (0 – 12 years) / $50
Best Teen (13 – 17 years) / $50

Field may be narrowed to less than 10 contestants in each category. Please report to the Stage at the Magnolia Building for contest at 6:15pm for line-up. Everyone will receive a prize for entering.

Judging Criteria: Contestants will be judged on Costume Authenticity, Originality, Creativity, & Effort. Scoring will be from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest score.
Authenticity – How accurate and thorough is the costume?
Originality – Does the costume stand out from the rest?
Creativity – Was the costume made creatively, colorfully, and does it show personality?
Effort – Did the costume take time and effort?

For additional information, click here: https://joom.ag/ezyL
Good luck t’ all ye dirty sea dogs!

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What is the BIG Event?
Saturday, November 11, 2017, 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The BIG Event Lakeland is a free music fest featuring local businesses, makers, and delicious food! The event kicks off with the Red Ribbon Run Corporate Award and the Watson Clinic Poster Contest Award, immediately followed by a special Salute to Veterans by Green Construction. Then enjoy nonstop entertainment! Celebrate the best of Lakeland at this FREE music fest! The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce in partnership with InnerAct Alliance and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay present the second annual BIG Event Lakeland – and theme Pirates on the Promenade for 2017! The iconic and historical Frances Ford Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror Amphitheatre is the perfect backdrop for local fun on Saturday, November 11, 2017, from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm!

http://bigeventlakeland.com/

https://www.facebook.com/BIGEventLakeland/

https://twitter.com/BIGEventLkld

https://www.instagram.com/thebigeventlakeland

What’s there to do?
• Honor our Veterans at our Salute to Veterans by Green Construction!
• Red Ribbon Corporate & CEO Run & Awards – compete against last year’s winner Allen & Company of Florida, and their team “Phat Assets,” for the coveted traveling trophy!
• Enter the Watson Clinic BIG Event Poster Contest with theme Pirates on the Promenade – open to all ages!
• Enjoy live local music including Jazza-Nova Brazilian Jazz, Patricia Kenoly, FOUNT, Brian Sutherland, and Bully for You at the “Big 4” Radio Stage, and DJ Silencer dance party in the Magnolia Building!
• Relax at the Danielle Fence R&R Tent and catch your favorite college football team courtesy of Bank of Central Florida’s Tailgate!
• Explore, learn, shop & eat at the Expo with Food, Business, Makers, and Non-Profits!
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay take food to the next level with Restaurant Week, Tampa Food Truck Rally and “Little Bites” Challenge!
• Kids’ Breezeway! courtesy of Publix Super Markets, Inc.
• Grab a map at the Highland Homes Tent and seek the treasure in our Treasure Hunt!
• Marvel at the exhibition-style thrills & spills at Water Ski Shows by the Lakeland Water Ski Club!
• Compete in the Pirates on the Promenade Costume Contest by CPS Investment Advisors!
• And much more…

Experience live music, family fun + great tastes – Lakeland style!

Exclusive Marketing Sponsor:
Tinsley Creative
Exclusive Beer Sponsor:
Budweiser / Bernie Little Distributing, LLC
Exclusive Wine Sponsor:
Tucker’s Southside Package & Lounge
Gold Sponsors:
Publix Super Markets, Inc.
“Big 4” WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio
“Foodie” Partner:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay – serving Polk County since 1970
Silver Sponsor:
Danielle Fence
Watson Clinic LLP
Salute to Veterans Sponsor:
Green Construction
Bronze Sponsors:
Bank of Central Florida
CPS Investment Advisors
City of Lakeland
GEICO
Heacock Insurance
Highland Homes
Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Center
Lanier Upshaw, Inc.
The Ruthvens
SERVPRO of Lakeland
Community Partners:
JBT Corporation
Saddle Creek Logistics Services
Print Media Sponsor:
Ledger Media Group
Radio Sponsor:
“Big 4” WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio
Bottled Water Sponsor:
Crystal Springs
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The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce
The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents 1,400 member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-Star Accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements: Vision Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice. Mission Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.

18Oct/17
Allen & Company's team PHAT Assets, 2016 Champions

CORPORATE CHALLENGE 5K SUPPORTS COMMUNITY YOUTH

Allen and Co Phat AssetsCORPORATE CHALLENGE 5K SUPPORTS COMMUNITY YOUTH

LAKELAND, FLORIDA (October 18, 2017) — On Saturday, November 11, ten of your employees can run/walk the 5k event and compete against other organizations your size (small, medium or large) for bragging rights and possession of the traveling trophy for a year! Other employees can participate by making pledges to the existing runners which supports bullying and drug prevention in Polk County.

Our 2016 Corporate Challenge Champions, Allen & Company’s PHAT Assets team, dares other corporate teams to participate. Robin Chaddick, PHAT Assets team member and Director of Marketing at Allen of Company, says, “Bring your best game, Lakeland! We plan to keep the trophy!”

The trophies for the Corporate Challenge will be presented at the BIG Event by the Lakeland Chamber, at Lake Mirror that evening. Call the InnerAct Alliance if you need help setting up team!

Registration online:  http://www.redribbonhalf.com/

Fees:  $400 – by October 30; $500 – from October 31 – November 11

For questions & information:  InnerAct Alliance, 621 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland, FL  33801 – TeamRedRibbon@inneractalliance.org – Tel: (863) 802-0777

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What is the BIG Event?

Saturday, November 11, 2017, 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The BIG Event Lakeland is a free music fest featuring local businesses, makers, and delicious food! The event kicks off with the Red Ribbon Run Corporate Award and the Watson Clinic Poster Contest Award, immediately followed by a special Salute to Veterans by Green Construction. Then enjoy nonstop entertainment! Celebrate the best of Lakeland at this FREE music fest! The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce in partnership with InnerAct Alliance and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay present the second annual BIG Event Lakeland – and theme Pirates on the Promenade for 2017! The iconic and historical Frances Ford Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror Amphitheatre is the perfect backdrop for local fun on Saturday, November 11, 2017, from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm!

What’s there to do?

Experience live music, family fun + great tastes – Lakeland style!

Exclusive Marketing Sponsor:

Tinsley Creative

Exclusive Beer Sponsor:

Bernie Little Distributing, LLC

Exclusive Wine Sponsor:

Tucker’s Southside Package & Lounge

Gold Sponsors:

Publix Super Markets, Inc.

“Big 4” WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio

“Foodie” Partner:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay – serving Polk County since 1970

Silver Sponsor:

Watson Clinic LLP

Salute to Veterans Sponsor:

Green Construction

Bronze Sponsors:

Bank of Central Florida

CPS Investment Advisors

City of Lakeland;

GEICO

Heacock Insurance

Highland Homes

Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Center

Lanier Upshaw, Inc.

SERVPRO of Lakeland

Community Partners:  JBT Corporation & Saddle Creek Logistics Services

Print Media Sponsor:  Ledger Media Group

Radio Sponsor:  “Big 4” WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio

Bottled Water Sponsor:  Crystal Springs

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The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents 1,400 member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-Star Accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements: Vision Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice.  Mission Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.