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 www.polktheatre.org. 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.


Leadership Lakeland Class 26 Reception

LL Class 26 Reception


On Thursday August 14, Leadership Lakeland Class 26 was introduced to LL Alumni and guests. Stacy Campbell-Domineck, Polk Works, will serve as chair of this year’s class and Art Erickson, Florida Lifestyle Communities will serve as Chair-Elect. Congratulations to the following class members:

  • Christopher Asbill, Lanier Upshaw, Inc.
  • Kandis Baker-Buford, Polk County Board of County Commissioners
  • Sarah Case, JSK Consulting, Inc.
  • Kay Cochran, Marriott Vacation Club International
  • William Crowe, QMI/ITW
  • Jerome Ferson, The Ledger Publishing Company
  • Danita Frier, Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center
  • Dr. Tarek Garas, Watson Clinic LLP
  • Timothy Harris, School Board of Polk County
  • Ernie Ivey, Polk Community College
  • Frederick John Koehler, II, Smart Creative
  • Kelly Lane, Boys & Girls Clubs of Lakeland & Mulberry
  • Michael LaPan, The Lakeland Center
  • Gregory Madden, Madden
  • Dan McBride, Victory Church
  • Shawn McDonough, EXIT Realty of Lakeland
  • Michael Micallef, Community Southern Bank
  • Laura Newlin, Clark, Campbell & Mawhinney, P.A.
  • Cory Petcoff, Baron Realty, Inc.
  • James David Robinson, DSM Technology Consultants
  • Linda Skillern, Crowe Chizek & Company LLC
  • Jacquelyn Small, Polk Works
  • Michael Smith, Publix Super Markets, Inc.
  • Monti Sommer, AMI Lakeland
  • Anne Sullivan, The NCT Group CPA’s, LLP
  • Tracey Tedder, Florida Southern College
  • Naomi Tillett, Keith and Schnars, P.A.
  • Jennifer Vaughn, Bank of Central Florida

Make Your Mark

Lakeland Vision is set to refresh the 10 year community  document that set strategies to guide the direction for our community. On Sept 16, Lakeland Vision will launch “Make your Mark”. A comprehensive visioning process that is described by a August 18th Lakeland Vision announcement as  a process to “gather and organize input from Lakeland citizens about Lakeland’s future.”



Lakeland Vision Logo 

They are starting the process off with “Idea Gathering”, so mark your calendars for the dates below:

  • September 16, 6-8pm, Lakeland High School
  • September 17, 11:30am-1:30pm, First Presbyterian Church – Lake Hollingsworth
  • September 18, 6-8pm, Lake Gibson High School
  • September 22, 6-8pm, Kathleen High School
  • September 23, 6-8pm, George Jenkins High School
  • September 25, 6-8pm, Heritage Baptist Church – Pipkin Creek Road


Please make sure you attend one of these sessions. They really do want you to “Make your Mark”.


Catalyst Volunteers Celebrate $300,314!

On August 28, Catalyst Volunteers joined together to celebrate a to-date total of $300,314- a significant milestone! The celebration included some words of wisdom and congratulations from Vice Chair Walker Wilkerson (The NCT Group CPA’s, LLP) as well as Vice Chair Kathryn Koch-O’Malley (Lanier Upshaw). Rinnai provided a beautiful setting for the best part of the event- a martini competition!
Catalyst Reward Session #2
Special thanks to Rinnai and Nikki DeSapio for hosting and to Chef Paulie for sharing fabulous hors d’ oeuvres!
Catalyst Reward Session #2
Volunteers conclude sales on September 12 and are championing a goal of $395,000. The Catalyst Campaign seeks to secure funding for the Chamber’s 2009 programs, events, advertising and sponsorships. There is still time to promote your business through the next year- contact a Catalyst Volunteer today! For additional information, please visit the Catalyst Web site!



Stinson’s Home Design Center

2315 Commerce Point Drive, Suite 130

Lakeland, FL   33801-7603


863/665-5756 Fax


In 1981, Bill & Jean Stinson opened Stinson’s Carpets on Edgewood Drive. Their son Randy was fresh out of High School and with his mother, they sold carpet strictly to builders. When 1989 came around, Bill & Jean opened offices & warehouse space on Edenfield Place and in 1990 expanded to include wood flooring. Ceramic tile was introduced in 2001. In 2007, the Stinson’s opened their “retail” doors in a beautiful home design center on Commerce Point Drive. Continuing to expand their products and services, the Stinson’s are now proud to offer window treatments and “California Closets” to their commercial and retail customers.

Now run by the three Stinson brothers, Stinson’s Home Design Center furnishes and installs home fashion products and specializes in all types of floor coverings, window treatments, closets, and other additional home accessories

Quality products, timely service, exceptional value and professional installations are part of the Stinson experience. The family is committed to being at the forefront of changes in the industry including: using the latest measurement and design programs; attending seminars involving market directions, industry changes, and management/leadership. Stinson’s Home Design Center also conducts “green” seminars and takes pride in offering such products including carpets made from corn and plastic. Customer satisfaction is one of the core values of the company. The Stinson’s are proud to feature “full package services” with complete service and pricing- no hidden fees!

At Stinson’s you will find a beautiful meeting/conference room adjacent to the showroom- fully equipped with a fabulous espresso machine to make your experience as comfortable and inviting as one could imagine. Customers are encouraged to lay out samples or browse the internet for ideas as they shop.  Ultimately, the family and staff at Stinson’s Home Design Center strive for complete customer satisfaction and product education. Randy Stinson is a Certified Flooring Executive with the World Floor Covering Association and is very active in the community along with many others at Stinson Home Design.

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Stinson’s Home Design Center as the August Small Business of the Month award winner.

SBA Winner - August - Stinson