Category Archives: Member Announcements


Senior Visual Arts Studen Exhibit at the Polk Museum of Art

Harrison School for the Arts is pleased to announce the Senior Visual Arts Exhibit at the Polk Museum of Art beginning on Friday, February 20th with an opening reception at 6:00 p.m.

The Polk Museum of Art and Harrison School for the Arts have been partners for over 25 years and PMoA graciously hosts this event annually which displays the seniors’ work for an extended period of time in which the exhibit is open to the public during regular museum hours.  In addition, the PMoA also provides a “Purchase Award” for Harrison seniors. This event is free and open to the public.

Polk Museum of Art is located at 800 E. Palmetto St and the show will run from February 20 through March 8, 2015.

If you have any questions, call (863) 688-7743 or visit


Polk County Visitor Center Hosts Spring Training Day on February 21

BOGO Ticket Specials: Buy one LEGOLAND® Florida Resort or Bok Tower Gardens ticket and get one free, for tickets purchased at the event.

ACE, the Lakeland Flying Tigers mascot, pictured with visitor Terri Bradford and Visitor Information staffer Jeanie Baier at the 2014 Spring Training Day

ACE, the Lakeland Flying Tigers mascot, pictured with visitor Terri Bradford and Visitor Information staffer Jeanie Baier at the 2014 Spring Training Day

Polk County’s official visitor information center will celebrate the game of baseball with its 8th Annual Spring Training Celebration on Saturday, February 21, 2015.  This FREE, family-friendly event will take place from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., featuring prize giveaways, games (including a putting contest sponsored by Ridgewood Lakes Golf Club), a sports themed bounce house for kids, a baseball movie, free popcorn and an appearance by Ace, the mascot for the Lakeland Flying Tigers. Lakeland’s MAX 98.3 (WWRZ) Radio will broadcast live from the event. Attendees can take advantage of “Buy One, Get One Free” ticket specials for LEGOLAND® Florida Resort and Bok Tower Gardens; and will be able to register for two grand prize drawings: one for four (4) tickets to see the Tigers play a Spring Training game at Joker Marchant Stadium and the other for a game-worn Tigers jersey. In addition, visitors who bring canned goods, for donation to local food banks, will have the chance to enter a special drawing for a $50 gift card.

Fans can view baseball themed exhibits and memorabilia, which will be on display February 10 – 21, and will be able to pick up the latest information on the 2015 Spring Training season such as schedules and Spring Training guides. The Detroit Tigers are celebrating their 79th Spring Training season at TigerTown in Lakeland, extending the longest-standing relationship between a major league team and a current Spring Training host city. The 2015 spring season marks the club’s 50th consecutive season of exhibition play at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Spring training fans looking for additional action will be pleased to know that Polk County will also host the RussMatt Baseball Central Florida Collegiate Invitational from February 13 through March 31; and the Central Florida Rebel Spring Games softball spring training from March 4 to March 20. For more information on these events, please visit

The Visit Central Florida Visitor Information Center is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., seven days a week (excluding holidays), and is located at 101 Adventure Court in Davenport, 1/2 mile south of I-4 (along U.S. Highway 27) at Exit 55. For more information contact Dennis Budde at (863) 420-2586.


Lakeland ABWA Offers Two Scholarships to PSC

The Lakeland Downtown Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) is offering two scholarships worth $1,000 each funded through the Stephen Bufton Memorial Education Fund to two deserving area students.

The Lakeland Downtown of ABWA provides Stephen Bufton Memorial Scholarships (SBMEF) to female students who will be attending accredited U.S. colleges, universities and community/vocational schools. Applicants must be citizens of the United States; residents of Polk County attending Polk State College, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and age of 18 years or older.

Eligible women interested in applying for the scholarship should contact:

Kimberly Andreadis/Education Chair (863) 701-7402 or (863) 701-5280

Applications must be completed by March 31, 2015 to A minimum of three (3) eligible applications are required in order for the scholarships to be awarded. The scholarship recipients will be notified in May, 2015.

SBMEF, ABWA’s national educational fund, is one of the most highly respected grant and scholarship funds in the country. For 60 years, ABWA has helped women achieve their business and professional success through educational scholarships.  Since its inception, more than 16,000 women nationwide have been awarded more than 17 million dollars in scholarships.

The Stephen Bufton Memorial Education Fund is a 501 (c) 3 charitable trust and public foundation. It has the same tax status as public schools, churches and community funds. The fund is listed in the U.S. Internal Revenue Service “Cumulative List of Organizations” described in Section 170(c) of the IRS code of 1954 – revised Oct. 31, 1974.


PSC Collegiate High Schools Hosting Information Sessions for Prospective Students

Polk State’s collegiate high schools will host information sessions for prospective students in February.

Students at Polk State Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School in Winter Haven and Polk State Lakeland Collegiate High School fulfill high school requirements while also earning college credits. In many cases, students graduate with both their high school diplomas and associate’s degrees.

In addition to the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degree programs, Polk State’s collegiate high schools offer courses that lead to industry certification in computer programming and infrastructure, and health science. A Criminal Justice track is available at Polk State Chain of Lakes Collegiate, and Polk State Lakeland Collegiate offers a Digital Multimedia option.

Current high school sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply to the schools. Requirements include a minimum 3.0 grade-point average (weighted and cumulative) and a passing score on the PERT (Postsecondary Education Readiness Test); some programs at the schools require only a 2.5 unweighted and cumulative GPA.

The PERT is administered Monday through Saturday at Polk State Lakeland, Polk State Winter Haven and the Polk State JD Alexander Center in Lake Wales.

Prospective students are encouraged to attend an information session at any of the following locations and times:

Polk State Winter Haven, 999 Ave. H N.E.

Student Center (WST) 126

Feb. 3, 19

6:30 p.m.

For more information, call (863) 298-6800.


Polk State Lakeland, 3425 Winter Lake Road Lakeland Technology Building (LTB) 1100

Feb. 4, 11, 25

6:30 p.m.

For more information, call (863) 669-2322.

Applications will be available at the information sessions or at the school offices. The application deadline for lottery admission to both schools is Feb. 27.


Sister Cities Art Exhibit at Harrison School for the Arts February 2 – March 2

Three RectanglesHarrison School for the Arts is proud to be hosting the “Sister Cities International” art exhibit beginning on February 2, 2015 to March 2, 2015.

There will be a reception on the opening day of February 2, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the main rotunda in front of the art gallery.

Lakeland Sister Cities International (LSCI), a chapter of Sister Cities International, was formed in 1990.  The mission of LSCI is to develop relationships with people and cities of similar interests to Lakeland from around the world.  This unique program encourages cultural and educational exchanges, business opportunities and increased tourism by encouraging direct personal and professional relationships at the grass roots level.

Harrison School for the Arts Visual Arts department has been hosting this show for the past three years to exhibit all of the entries from our county in the national “Sister Cities” art competition.  The work will be judged and the winning piece will be sent to the national level for further judging.

For more information on Harrison School for the Arts visit and for more information on Sister Cities International visit