Art in AgriCulture from Cynthia and Linda

I had the opportunity at work to sit down with Cynthia and Linda to learn more about an event coming up this weekend, Art in AgriCulutre. For more about the group organizing the event or prices, check out

Earth Day, Music, Guns – Weekend Events Plus a Bonus

Below are a just a few events happening this weekend. Here is Georgeann Carlton inviting your children to the Children’s Festival this weekend — Children’s Festival & Picnic in the Park with Explorations V April 21, 10am-3pm Reactory Factory will perform at 11:00am and Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo Shows at 11:45am and 12:45pm. Green Celebration […]

A Few Minutes at the Fast for Fair Food Protest

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers had a 6 day fast. On the final day a peacefully rally was held. Ethel Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. came to speak and show support. According to the official website, the farmers were “stationed around the clock outside of the main entrance to the Publix headquarters at Airport […]

Florida Strawberry Festival Opens Today!

The Florida Strawberry Festival begins today, March 1 till March 11. This year’s music line up has a great variety. The festival is really trying to reach all ages. From The Oak Ridge Boys, Demi Lovato, Air Supply, Hank Williams, Jr., Vince Gill, The Band Perry, Toby Mac, The Platters and closing out the festival […]

Riding the Gravity Ball

Brian and John took a couple of turns on the Gravity Ball at the Florida State Fair last week. Guess who had a video camera at the ready? PS: It was too windy for sound. Enjoy the silence. John Brian The Gravity Ball is made by Gyro Store – Human Gyroscopes. They have been making […]

First Fridays, BBQ, Fairs and Cows

This edition of events lists more than just Lakeland. I’ve not covered every Lakeland event, so if you are part of one leave a comment so the rest of us can be in the loop too! Enjoy Downtown Lakeland First Friday – Feb. 3 Chalk for Charity – Feb. 4 (Exhibitions will be located on […]

Honoring Those Who Impact Polk Arts and Culture

Thursday at the Lakeland Center nine honorees were presented awards for their impact on the arts and culture in Polk County. The program and awards were organized by The Polk Arts Alliance, Inc. (PAA), Polk County’s official local arts agency. It was the 5th annual Cultural Arts Recognition Program Awards. See who was honored last […]

Events December 1-5; Plus a Few Extras

Lots of events this weekend. So don’t say there’s nothing to do in Lakeland. Events that are free, will say so or click on the event name for more information like the price, hours and location. • Lakeland’s Annual Christmas Parade December 1 (At 5:30pm the streets along the parade route will begin to close) […]

Weekend Events – November 18-20

Below are a few things I’ve found going on this weekend. Some are free and others have an admission or cost. Anything else happening? Polk’s Nature Discovery Center at Circle B Bar Reserve: – Birding Hike with the Audubon Society – Wild Flowers in Bloom (Electric Tram Tour) – Nature Hike with the Sierra Club […]

There is a Free Lunch Downtown Today

The General Store, Evolution Records and Mollys have a new neighbor: “Bosphorous, a Turkish Kitchen”. I had a chance to step inside yesterday and those working on final preperations were super nice. They even let me in on a little secret. Lunch from 11-Noon today (6/24) will be free. You will be able to choose […]

Free Doughnuts!!! Yes, really. This Friday.

This year National Doughnut Day will be Friday, June 3, which means free doughnuts! Different doughnut shops will have a different offer for you, if they participate. For instance, the newly opened Krispy Kreme will give you 1 free doughnut, Dunkin’ Donuts will “offer guests a free donut of their choice (while supplies last) with […]

Autism Spoke, Were You Listening?

“The CDC report, published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), states that 1% or 1 in every 110 children has been diagnosed with autism, including 1 in 70 boys. This represents a staggering 57 percent increase from 2002 to 2006, and a 600 percent increase in just the past 20 years.” – What […]

Photos from the 2011 Sun ‘n Fun Balloon Glow

OK, the last two aren’t balloons, but both were last night at Sun ‘n Fun… photo credit: Darby Dowdy for Lakeland Local

Sun ‘n Fun Inside Scoop

I checked out Sun ‘n Fun yesterday. It was a slow first day, mostly because of the rain from Monday. But I also picked up an Info Guide, which can also be found on the Sun ‘n Fun website. The Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In is happening now till Sunday, April 3. Can’t make it this […]

A Visit to the Florida State Fair

I love fairs and festivals! Tampa is a short drive from Lakeland and there are several fairs happening soon and even one now there is no excuse not to go. The Florida Strawberry Festival is in early March BUT the Florida State Fair is happening now! I was able to check out the fair over […]

Engaged? Win a Wedding package!

Did you get engaged over the holidays or think you might on Valentine’s Day? The Lakeland Center can make your dream wedding a reality. They are giving away a wedding a reception package, valued at more than $12,000!!! From photos to hair and make up and everything in between, see below for entire list! To […]

Pro Rodeo and More to Do for January

If you missed the Lakeland Christmas parade or just love parades (like I do), you have a chance to see another type of parade. The Americom Pro Rodeo Pre-Event Parade will take place this Friday, January 7 at 7pm. The parade will feature cowgirls, cowboys, horses, cattle and of course decorated floats! The route: Starts […]

New Year. New Job.

Former County Manager Mike Herr is giving you a job opportunity, well kinda, it’s for his old job. Polk County government posted the ‘County Manager‘ position on Dec. 17 and closes this Friday, Jan. 7. And you could very well qualify to apply. Here are the minimum qualifications: “Graduation from an accredited four (4) year […]

Community Arts Awards Announced

The Polk Arts Alliance (PAA) 4th Annual CARP Awards (Community Arts Recognition Program) were announced tonight at The Lakeland Center. The CARP Awards honor and recognize individuals who dedicate themselves to support the arts throughout Polk County, including Lakeland. The awards are presented on behalf of the PAA Board of Directors and the Cultural Arts […]

Santa to Land Early in Lakeland

Be on the lookout for Santa to arrive a week early; Saturday the 18th at 3pm to be exact. It may not be the actual you see on the streets of downtown Lakeland, but many look-a-likes will be there and you have a chance to join them. It’s possible through the event called “SantaCon”. For […]

This Weekend: FDT’s The Nutcracker

Sugar Plum Fairy, a Mouse King and Toy Soldiers. It’s time for the Florida Dance Theatre‘s (FDT) performance of TheNutcracker at the Polk Theatre – this weekend! Saturday, December 11 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 12 at 2:00pm. Tickets are $16, $22 and $28. For more information or to buy tickets call the Polk […]