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Mike and FrankMike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to FLORIDA! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region THIS WINTER!

AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’ on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.

As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items. The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way.

Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them. AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: or call 855-OLD-RUST.

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Get Ready to Schmooze!

The Chamber’s newest networking opportunity is filling up fast!

November 13, you have the opportunity to meet up to 20 new contacts over lunch! Schmooze a’Palooza is power networking the Chamber way. Different from a Business After Hours event, Schmooze (as it’s affectionately known) features limited seating, one-on-one networking opportunities and 30-second commercial time for each attendee.

Schmooze a’Palooza is held only for Chamber member businesses and enforces a limit of two (2) persons per company to ensure participants maximize connections.

November 13, 2008 – 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

GrillSmith at Lakeside Village (1569 Town Center Drive)

$20 per person, includes lunch

Reservations are required for this event. Visit the Chamber’s online store today to reserve your space!


September Business After Hours – Fun Bike Center Motorsports

You won’t want to miss the September Business After Hours TODAY Thursday, 9/18! Hosted by Fun Bike Center Motorsports, the event promises to be a fun, energetic look into the Fun Bike Center Complex including several of the recently opened businesses.

Featured during the evening:
StuntWars Stunt shows
Mojo’s Appetizers & Wings
Poker Run for Prizes
Bonker’s Comedy Show to end the night!

Parking is available at Fun Bike Center, Taco Bell, the Boat ramp across Memorial Blvd and down Gary Road.

Cost to attend the September Business After Hours is $10 for Chamber members and $30 for non-Chamber members. Credit cards can not be processed at the event; reserve your space now online! Fun Bike Center

For more information , call the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce at 863/688-8551, ext. 301 or e-mail by 12:00 PM the day of the event.

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RC – My Pet’s Animal Hospital

The Chamber held the Ribbon Cutting for My Pet’s Animal Hospital last Thursday. The following is a press release from them:

My Pet’s Animal Hospital has received accreditation following a comprehensive evaluation by the American Animal Hospital Association. The evaluation includes a quality assessment review of the hospital’s facility, medical equipment, practice methods and pet health care management.


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Only 17 percent of all small animal veterinary practices in the U.S. have achieved accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association. In order to receive accredited status, My Pet’s Animal Hospital voluntarily submitted to an exhaustive evaluation process by one of the association’s trained consultants.

“My Pet’s Animal Hospital belongs to a select group of practices that are committed to meeting the highest standards in veterinary medicine,” says Michael P. Andrews, DVM, AAHA president. “AAHA hospitals pass a stringent evaluation of over 900 standards covering patient care, client service and medical protocols. By attaining accreditation, My Pet’s Animal Hospital is demonstrating its dedication to offering the best care to its patients and clients.”

The American Animal Hospital Association is an international organization of more than 36,000 veterinary care providers who treat companion animals. Established in 1933, the association is well known among veterinarians for its high standards for hospitals and pet health care. For pet care information or a referral to an AAHA hospital, pet owners can visit the AAHA website at

My Pet’s Animal Hospital, located at 2225 Drane Field Rd., is conveniently located near the Polk Parkway (Exit 4), Lakeside Village, and Harden Rd. My Pet’s Animal Hospital was established more than 15 years ago, and was purchased by Donna McWilliams, DVM, CCRT, in May 2007. My Pet’s Animal Hospital is a full-service facility offering laser surgery, preventive medicine, grooming and boarding with fenced, outdoor play areas. The hospital currently employs two full-time veterinarians, Dr. McWilliams and Dr. Mark Downing. To learn more about My Pet’s Animal Hospital, please visit the practice’s website at

Special thanks to Mayor Buddy Fletcher for officiating the ceremony!!


Polk Theatre’s Red Carpet Night


Come help the Polk Theatre Celebrate 80 years. On Saturday Sept. 13th the Theatre is hosting the Red Carpet Night. The flier for the event reads:

Vaudeville! Burlesque, Dance,Satire!

Polk TheaterDon’t Miss Your ONE Chance to See (and heckle)

Local Celebs on Stage

"Its Raining Men"


Ira Anderson, Tony Delgado, Kurt Elmhorst, Jim Ham,

Ken Keck, Zenapha Milton, Rick Nail, Cory Petcoff, Phil Wegman

Including MC

Joe Mawhinney

Choreographed and Dance by Florida Dance Theatre

also featuring

The Debut Of Opera Lakeland with special guest Daniel Rodgriguez

New York’s 9/11 Singing Policeman with our local Law Enforcement on Stage

7:00 PM Show Time

8:30-11 PM Alley Party for all! (Cash Bar)

TIckets $25

VIP Tickets $50 Prime-Seating

5:45 PM VIP Pre-Party & Premium Seating $100 (limited)

For Tickets Call


Photo courtesy of Steve/Back on Tack