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Politics In The Park 2008

Are you ready for “An Old-Fashioned Political Rally” then Please join us at the Lake Mirror Promenade in Lakeland on Thursday, October 16th from 5:30 to 8PM.

For the first time in the event’s history, Politics in the Park is offering:


What’s going on PIP ’08 you ask?Politics In The Park

You will be able to:

  • hear from the candidates appearing on the November 4th ballot
  • participate in a straw poll (administered by PC Supervisor of Elections)
  • enjoy live entertainment
  • a wide variety of food and beverages from local restaurants

Here is a clip from the Ledger editorial :

Both presidential candidates have been invited as well. “Who knows?” said Roberts of the possibility that one – or both – might show up. He was hopeful, pointing out that Polk County is in the middle of the all-important Interstate 4 corridor, that Lakeland is in the middle of middle America and that the city’s skyline provides an attractive backdrop for a television sound bite.

It is rumored that a major candidate is coming, but I have no conformation yet. I will let you know if anything is confirmed. If the the Obama or McCain campaigns are listening, we are ready and waiting.

Read the full editorial for more information.



Homeownership Preservation Forum on 10/4 in Lakeland

This just in from the Office of US Senator Mel Martinez:

Dear friends,

The Office of US Senator Mel Martinez will be holding a free seminar offering homeownership opportunities and foreclosure solutions. Information and assistance will be available in both English and Spanish.  The event will be held on Saturday, October 4, from 10am-2pm at the USF Polytechnic campus in Lakeland.  Please pass this flyer along to anyone who is interested in attending. 

For more information, see the attached flyer or call 407-318-2736.


New Benefit for Members

The Chamber is thoroughly excited to announce a new benefit to our members, in partnership with Chamber member Sam’s Club. They are offering a $10 gift card if you sign up or renew a Sam’s Club business Sam's Club logomembership by November 3, 2008.

This is a limited time offer. So hurry now to begin enjoying the benefits of Sam’s Club Membership.

All you have to do is bring this flier into any local Sam’s Club and they will do the rest.

FYI a Business Membership is only $35 for the year… and with this offer you get a $10 gift card. What a great deal.

If you or your business is interested in offering a discount or other deal, please let us know. I we will work with you to make it happen.


Polk Growth Speakers

Another post from a press release, again I thought it was important. Just not enough time to summarize it for you.

Polk Growth Matters is a community forum sponsored by the Polk Growth Management Department and Polk Vision.  Its purpose is to provide an opportunity for citizen education and constructive discussion on growth management issues.  It is intended to further a general and common understanding of current issues in Polk County.  Consistent with its focus on community education and dialogue, the forum is not used to advocate a position on issues.
Polk Growth Matters Speaker Series
Food for Thought …
Polk Growth Matters is pleased to announce the 2008-09 Speaker Series.  Join us for dinner meetings that include “food for thought.”  Meetings will include an educational presentation on growth-related topics and a time for questions and answers, as well as, group discussion.  Meetings will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a dinner served at cost and proceed with speaker presentations at 6:30 p.m.  Guests who are unable to attend the dinner may come for the meeting at this time.  There is no charge for people attending only the meeting.
The 2008-09 Speaker Series will include the following topics:

  • Water Star Program
  • Green Building Practices
  • Best Practices for Sustainability
  • Transit Oriented Development
  • Brownfield Redevelopment

    Our first two sessions are scheduled as follows:
    Topic:  Green Building Practices              Topic:  Water Star Program
    Date:   Tuesday, September 30                Date:   Thursday, November 6
    Venue: Magnolia Building                        Venue: Jim Miles Training Center
    702 E. Orange Street, Lakeland               5204 US Hwy 98 South, Lakeland
    RSVP by: September 19                          RSVP by: October 28

The cost of dinner is $10.00.  Reservations may be made by e-mail at or (863) by telephone at (863) 534-6005. Please indicate whether you will be attending for the dinner portion of the program ($10.00 cost) or just for the speaker’s presentation (no cost).

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Polk Theatre Announces 2008-2009 Performing Arts Series

Sorry for the cut & paste, but time is limited today. This is from a Polk Theatre Press Release…


Variety is the name of the game at the Polk Theatre this year. Shows for the upcoming Performing Arts Series range from political to comedy, from tenors to rock to country.

The season opens on October 30 with the Capitol Steps, about whom former President George H. W. Bush said, “The Capitol Steps make it easier to leave public office.” Regardless of your political affiliation, you will find something to laugh about as they are equal opportunity offenders, and nothing political is off-limits. They have been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS. The only politicians who seem to object are those not included in the program.

You may feel the need for self-improvement after the elections. If so, Self-Help: The Comedy, on November 20, is your answer. This hilarious, tongue-in-cheek comedy pokes fun at America’s addiction to self-help gurus. This show features two very talented actresses, portraying nine outrageous characters, all of whom are self-promoting, snake-oil selling hucksters. You’ll feel better immediately.

The Three Tenors Take Venice was so popular last year, we’re bringing them back on January 8, 2009, this time as The Three Tenors Plus One. Davide la Verde, Fabio Valenti, and Mark Gizzi-Schmidt are joined on stage by soprano, Christina Bell. This is an evening of world-class entertainment.

If you still believe in rock ‘n roll, Rave On! The Buddy Holly Concert That Never Was is the show from you. Buddy Holly died tragically young in a plane crash on his way to perform a concert. This show, on February 10, 2009, is a 50th anniversary upbeat tribute to his life and his legacy to music. If you don’t remember Peggy Sue, That’ll Be the Day, or Maybe Baby, you will after this evening.

March 28 brings The Oak Ridge Boys to our stage. Theirs is one of the most recognizable sounds in the music industry. They have dozens of country hits and a #1 pop hit, and have earned Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM Awards. Their string of hits includes Elvira, Bobbie Sue, Dream On, and American Made, to name only a few. They have ten Gold and three Platinum albums, one Double Platinum album, one Double Platinum single, and more than a dozen number one singles. Don’t miss the chance to see them in an intimate setting.

Series subscriptions are $125, $100, and $80. Dress Circle subscriptions are also available at $250. To purchase, you may go on line at Tickets may also be purchased by phone at 682.7553. Singles tickets will go on sale October 1. Prices are $38, $27, and $20.

The Polk Theatre is located at 121 S. Florida Ave. in downtown Lakeland, one-half block south of Main Street. It is fully accessible to the handicapped.