Events

Incorporating listings from the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce calendar.

May
1
Mon
Be an Awesome Mentor: Info Session
May 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Our mission here at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay is to provide children facing adversity with professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships that will change their lives for the better, forever. These information sessions for potential volunteers are a required part of the application process in order to become a Big. These sessions allow everyone to gain a better understanding of what it means to volunteer with BBBS and ask any questions about the process. Come out and bring any family or friends that might also be interested in becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister!

Hollingsworth Winds at Branscomb Auditorium
May 1 @ 7:30 pm – 11:59 pm

Hollingsworth Winds Spring Concert
7:30 p.m. Monday, May 1 at Branscomb Auditorium
Florida Southern College in Lakeland

Program:

* Overture to “The Magic Flute” — W.A. Mozart/transcribed for band by Joseph Kreines (World Premiere)
* Te Deum — Charles Francois Gounod/arr. Lloyd Conley
* Wedding Dance from Symphonic Suite “Hasseneh” (The Wedding) — Jacques Press/transcribed by Herbert N. Johnston/arr. Frederick Fennell
* Ghost Dances (Wounded Knee, 1890) — Roland Barrett
* Theme and Fantasia — Armand Russell
* Overture to “Orpheus in the Underworld” — Jacques Offenbach/arr. Lawrence Odom

Admission: Free (donations accepted)

Additional info: Contact Ivan Wansley (conductor) at igwansley56@gmail.com or https://www.facebook.com/groups/222262094573765/

May
2
Tue
United Way of Central Florida Annual Meeting @ The Lakeland Center Exhibition Hall West
May 2 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Please join United Way of Central Florida for our annual meeting and breakfast!

Woodcarving
May 2 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Weekly gathering of woodcarvers at MacArthur Wellness Center, Florida Presbyterian Homes in Lakeland.

Carving instruction is available and all ages are welcome.

Visit one of the weekly meetings or phone Jerry Heinicke at 863-603-9536 to learn more.

YEA! Polk II Academic Year 2016-17
May 2 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Applications will be accepted for the 2016-17 academic year of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA! Polk), a chapter of the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce, until August 26, 2016.

The YEA! Academic Year runs from November through May. Signature events are free and open to the public and include:

YEA! CEO Roundtable on 2/22/17
YEA! Investor Panel Presentations on 4/05/17
YEA! Graduation on 5/23/17

Many thanks to our generous sponsors! Without their support, YEA! Polk would not be possible!

Applications for the 2017-18 academic year of YEA! Polk are now being accepted.

Portfolio Exhibit Reception: Graduating Art Students
May 2 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Spring Pops Concert @ FL
May 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Lakeland Artisan Meshes Music and Masts!

The FREE, Florida Philharmonia concert on May 2 at College Heights United Methodist Church in Lakeland, Florida, promises Pop’s-type musical selections—with a nautical twist of fun. The program includes Victory at Sea, Scarborough Fair, Russian Sailor’s Dance, Bugler’s Holiday—along with a silent auction for a museum quality, to-scale model of the famous ship, the HMS Endeavour!

Conductor Rodger Coburn captains the musical performance, and then sails through auctioning the 34” precise ship replica he built and donated to benefit the Philharmonia!

A 1977 graduate of Grand Valley State University with a Masters in Music Education and Administration, Rodger knew his eye for details and his creative abilities would lead him to dream, build and love music for a lifetime. What he didn’t know was that he would use those same abilities to later craft to-scale, historic ship replicas.

Rodger taught music in Michigan and Minnesota public schools for 18 years before coming to Polk County in 1995, where he then taught at George Jenkins Senior High School for 10 years. Rodger served three tours of duty for his country during the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1974 working with sonar electronics on the Henry B Wilson, a guided missile destroyer. His connection with the sea was solidified. An accomplished violinist, he performed with various volunteer and semi-professional orchestras in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, and Michigan as well as the ISO before and after retiring. When the Florida Philharmonia asked him to conduct their start-up volunteer orchestra, it was a natural fit. He sees shipbuilding in a similar light.

“Model ships are as intricate as a symphony,” he explains. Each mast, beam, and batten—they have to curve in the right place, recess in the right place and even weigh the correct amount if the model is a successful replica.” He smiles, “And like Philharmonia’s music, each piece has its own history…each one is a new chance to build something beautiful for others to appreciate and enjoy.”

“I’ve heard builders say this hobby takes the patience of a saint, the hands of a surgeon and the ability to swear like a sailor.” Laughing, he adds, “It’s a lot like rehearsing a symphonic performance. We put a lot of pieces together, fit them carefully, take them apart, file them down and put them back together. Success is about creating quality.”

Rodger hand-mills the exotic hardwoods used in his ships to precise dimensions, using a miniature table saw and a regular woodworking table saw or band saw—plus a lot of patience and a steady hand. “It’s as detailed as conducting,” Rodger says. And yes, he works to background music!

The soon-to-be-auctioned model ship HMS Endeavour replicates one of the most famous ships in naval history—the ship on which the legendary Captain James Cook achieved the first recorded European contact with the east coast of Australia, Hawaii, and the first circumnavigation of New Zealand. The Endeavor passed through several owners, including the Lord Sandwich, and was lost until 2016 when researchers found the wreckage.

Concert attendees may bid on the model ship at the May 2 concert and silent auction. Be at Lakeland’s College Heights United Methodist Church on Tuesday, May 2 to hear wonderful music—and secure your auction number. Doors open at 6:30 pm for viewing/bidding and the concert begins at 7:30 pm. This final concert of the season is filled with familiar favorites for all ages.

Literary Magazine Celebration
May 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Florida Philharmonia Orchestra Spring Pops Concert
May 2 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Tap your toes to favorite Pops classics, including Sound of Music, Victory at Sea, Scarborough Fair, Russian Sailor’s Dance, Bugler’s Holiday and more performed by Lakeland’s newest all volunteer orchestra. You’ll hear the sea calling! Ahoy! This nautically-themed concert features a fun silent auction for a beautifully, hand crafted scale-model of Captain Cook’s HMS Endeavour created by Rodger Coburn, the Phil’s multi-creative conductor. Proceeds benefit Florida Philharmonia Orchestra.

May
3
Wed
YEA! Saunders Scholars National Competition Regional Winners
May 3 – May 6 all-day

Every year, students are selected to participate in the Saunders Scholar National Competition Regional Winners in upstate New York at the University of Rochester. Entrepreneur and philanthropist E. Philip Saunders has provided the Young Entrepreneurs Academy a ten-year, transformational gift to provide young entrepreneurs, inventors, and innovators an opportunity to earn significant college scholarship awards. Mr. Saunders and the Academy believe in aligning passions, interest and skills with higher education. The YEA! Saunders Scholars Competition brings together the top student businesses from each YEA! class around the country to compete to win scholarship dollars, and business start-up prize packages.

Lakeland Concert Band at Branscomb Auditorium
May 3 @ 3:30 am – 11:59 pm

More details, visit: https://allevents.in/lakeland/1891085624453787

Evan Chambers Night @ LECOM Park
May 3 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Mystery ball raffle and silent auction benefiting The Evan Michael Chambers LOVE Foundation. $1 per ticket sold will be donated to the foundation.

The Last Five Years
May 3 @ 7:30 pm – May 4 @ 9:30 pm

Staged Read – rated M for Mature A Drama Desk award winner, one of Time Magazine’s 10 best shows of 2001. A powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. With an unconventional structure that consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically; the two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.

May
4
Thu
20th Annual Lakeland Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast
May 4 @ 7:15 am – 9:00 am

20th Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast where members of the community join together at breakfast and hear and share prayerful messages on the National Day of Prayer.

Grief Support Group
May 4 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Cornerstone Hospice understands that we all grieve in our own unique way. This Grief Support Group is facilitated by a trained counselor who understands the grieving process and will help you on the journey of grief recovery and rebuilding your life. You do not need to grieve alone. Registration required. For more information, please contact: Cornerstone Hospice, 863-291-5560

National Small Business Week Celebration
May 4 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us for the National Small Business Week Celebration on Thursday, May 4, 2017, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Higgenbotham Rocking H Ranch for an informal evening of networking, hors d’oeuvres, and drinnks. Pre-reservation required as space is limited!

Mayor Howard Wiggs will be there to welcome you to an evening of hors d’oeuvres and drinks! Terry Ottinger will be MC for prize drawings!

Choral Concert at Harrison Arts
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 11:59 pm

The Harrison School for the Arts Chorus Department will be giving its final performance of the year on Thursday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the main theatre.

This concert will include an extended work titled Memorial. This work was written in 2002 as a response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. This large work features the 70 voice Harrison singers as well as Harrison Alumnus Joshua Mazur performing as the Baritone Soloist. The concert also includes a group of Spirituals.

Tickets are $12 adults and $10 student/seniors and may be purchased at www.harrisonarts.com. Harrison School for the Arts is located at 750 Hollingsworth Rd., Lakeland, FL 33801.

Chorus Concert
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Spring Chorus Concert
Harrison School for the Arts
May 4th @ 7pm

Adults $12
Students/Seniors $10

Sentimental Journeymen Barbershop Chorus Rehearsal
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Rehearsals are every Thursday at 7:00 PM all year except when a major holiday occurs on Thursday.

The Sentimental Journeymen meet at St. John’s Methodist Church in Winter Haven.

Brian Sutherland at Frescos @ FRESCOS
May 4 @ 8:00 pm – 11:59 pm

Age Limit: All Ages

May
5
Fri
Leadercast Lakeland: Powered by Purpose
May 5 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Leadercast 2017 will focus on what it means to uncover your purpose.

What does it mean to be powered by purpose? To be part of a purpose-driven organization? To work with a team of people who understand the meaning in addition to the metrics? To recognize that why you do what you do matters as much or more as what you do. Where defined values drive a strong culture and intentional leadership inspires amazing results.

Come to Leadercast 2017 where every detail of the experience is purposefully crafted to inspire and engage you in surprising and meaningful ways. Discover the steps you can take to uncover your purpose, to reconnect to your organization’s why, and to truly live, work and play in this world, Powered by Purpose.

Leadercast Mission + Vision

We exist to change the way the world thinks about leadership by building leaders worth following.

Leadercast is a one-day event broadcast live from Atlanta, GA to over 100,000 leaders around the globe in communities like ours. It’s a movement that is changing the way the world thinks about leadership by building leaders worth following.

Join us on May 5, 2017 and watch what we can collectively do together. We hope you partner with us on this amazing journey.

2017 Speakers

DANIEL PINK, Behavioral Science Expert, Best-Selling Author, and Host of Crowd Control

Daniel Pink is an expert on behavioral science and motivation in the work-place. He is the author of 5 provocative books about business, work, and management including the long-running New York Times bestsellers A Whole New Mind, Drive, and To Sell is Human. Dan’s books have been translated into 34 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. He is also host and co-executive producer of “Crowd Control,” a new TV series about human behavior that airs on the National Geographic Channel. Pink’s articles on business and technology have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The Sunday Telegraph, Fast Company and Wired. He has provided analysis of business trends on CNN, CNBC, ABC, NPR, and other networks in the U.S. and abroad. He also advises both Fortune 100 companies and startups on recruiting, innovation, and work practices. Dan resides in Washington, DC, with his wife and their children.

MOLLY FLETCHER, Former Top Sports Agent & Author

Molly Fletcher helps organizations develop purposeful cultures and fearless growth. As a top sports agent, she was hailed as “the female Jerry Maguire” by CNN, representing many top athletes and negotiating more than $500 million in contracts in the high stakes world of professional sports. Molly has been featured in ESPN, Fast Company, Forbes, and Sports Illustrated. She is the author of three books, most recently A Winner’s Guide to Negotiating: How Conversation Gets Deals Done, and is the founder of an e-learning platform that provides coaching for corporations and individuals. A graduate of Michigan State University, Molly resides in Atlanta with her husband, Fred, and their three daughters.

ANDY STANLEY, Leadership Author and Communicator

Communicator, author and pastor, Andy Stanley founded Atlanta-based North Point Ministries (NPM) in 1995. Today, NPM is comprised of six churches in the Atlanta area, serving more than 60,000 people weekly, as well as a network of 30 churches around the globe. As host of NBC’s Your Move with Andy Stanley, reaching over 36 million viewers in less than two years on the air, and author of 20-plus books including “Ask It”, “How to Be Rich, Deep & Wide”, “Visioneering” and “Next Generation Leader”, he is considered one of the most influential living pastors in America. Andy Stanley and his wife, Sandra, have three grown children and live near Atlanta.

SUZY WELCH, Author, TV Commentator, and Business Journalist

Best-selling author, popular television commentator, and noted business journalist Suzy Welch is the author of the New York Times bestseller 10-10-10: A Life Transforming Idea. Suzy and her husband, Jack Welch, co-authored the international bestsellers Winning, in 2005, and The Real-Life MBA, in 2015, and have written together for numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Business Week.

In 2009, the couple launched the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University, a unique online MBA and certificate program aimed at giving professionals the tools to transform their lives and organizations. During her tenure at Harvard Business Review, Suzy was the author of numerous articles on leadership, change, creativity, and organizational behavior, as well as the contributor to several books on management.

JESS EKSTROM, CEO of Headbands of Hope

Jess Ekstrom is the 25-year-old founder and CEO of Headbands of Hope, a company she started as a college junior in 2012. For every headband sold, a headband is given to a child with cancer. The company has been featured on the TODAY Show, Vanity Fair, Seventeen, Good Morning America, and more. But more importantly, they’ve donated headbands to every children’s hospital in the United States. Jess is also a speaker, author and writer for Entrepreneur and The Huffington Post. She believes age should never stop anyone from going after their dreams and becoming leaders in their communities. By sharing her experiences, Jess inspires listeners to crush stereotypes, identify their purpose and create their own definition of success.

DR. HENRY CLOUD, Acclaimed Leadership Expert, Clinical Psychologist, and Best-Selling Author

Dr. Henry Cloud is an acclaimed leadership expert and bestselling author. He draws on his experience in business, leadership consulting, and his practice as a clinical psychologist, to impart practical and effective advice for improving leadership skills and workplace performance. Dr. Cloud has written or co-written over twenty books, including the bestseller Boundaries , which sold over two million copies. He has an extensive executive coaching background, and experience as an organizational consultant, devoting the majority of his time to improving leadership capabilities of CEOs and their executive teams.

TYLER PERRY, Director, Playwright, Screenwriter, Producer, Actor, Author, and Entrepreneur

Tyler Perry’s inspirational journey from the hard streets of New Orleans to the height of Hollywood’s A-list is the stuff of American legend. Born into poverty and raised in a household scarred by abuse, Tyler fought from a young age to find the strength, faith and perseverance that would later form the foundations of his much-acclaimed plays, films, books, and shows.

JIM MCKELVY, Co-Founder of Square and Founder of LaunchCode

Jim McKelvey is an inventor, entrepreneur, artist, author, and licensed pilot. While perhaps best known for co-founding Square, one of SiliconValley’s hottest startups, Jim is also known as a master glass artist and author, having written the world’s most widely read text on the subject, The Art Of Fire. Jim’s diverse portfolio of businesses includes founding successful companies in payments, education, scientific publishing, construction, printing, glassblowing, and software. Referencing personal experiences and local challenges, McKelvey offers a fresh, Silicon Valley-approach to problem solving. Jim is also the author of three textbooks, and he teaches at Washington University in St. Louis where he lectures internationally on art and entrepreneurship. McKelvey, and his wife, Anna (a programmer and attorney), have a four-year-old son.

DONALD MILLER, CEO of StoryBrand and Best-Selling Author

As the CEO of StoryBrand, Donald Miller helps businesses market their stories, and helps individuals steward their stories. Donald’s speaking topics come from his bestselling books, which have spent a combined total of more than a year on the New York Times Bestsellers list. These books include: Blue Like Jazz, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, and Scary Close. Donald co-wrote the script for the 2012 major motion picture adaptation of Blue Like Jazz, which debuted at the SXSW Film Festival and was listed as one of the top four movies to get you through freshman year by USA Today. Donald is widely considered one of the most entertaining and informative speakers in the world. His audiences are challenged to lean into their own story, creatively develop and execute the story of their team and understand the story of their customers so they can serve them with passion. Donald’s thoughts on story have deeply influenced leaders and teams everywhere, including corporations such as Pantene, Ford/Lincoln, Zaxby’s, Chick-fil-A, Steelcase, Intel, PrimeLending, and hundreds more. Donald lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Betsy, and their chocolate lab, Lucy.

Trials/Thoth/Mr. Handsome at LkldLive
May 5 @ 7:30 pm – 11:59 pm
Mad Dog Quartet at Frescos @ FRESCOS
May 5 @ 9:00 pm – 11:59 pm

Age Limit: All Ages

May
6
Sat
Downtown Farmers Curb Market
May 6 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Vendors: http://downtownfarmerscurbmarket.org/our-vendors/

Family Art Workshop
May 6 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Join Polk Museum of Art for Family Art Workshop! Families will learn a unique project of technique from a local artist or arts instructor. All workshops are free.

May
1
Mon
Be an Awesome Mentor: Info Session
May 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Our mission here at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay is to provide children facing adversity with professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships that will change their lives for the better, forever. These information sessions for potential volunteers are a required part of the application process in order to become a Big. These sessions allow everyone to gain a better understanding of what it means to volunteer with BBBS and ask any questions about the process. Come out and bring any family or friends that might also be interested in becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister!

Hollingsworth Winds at Branscomb Auditorium
May 1 @ 7:30 pm – 11:59 pm

Hollingsworth Winds Spring Concert
7:30 p.m. Monday, May 1 at Branscomb Auditorium
Florida Southern College in Lakeland

Program:

* Overture to “The Magic Flute” — W.A. Mozart/transcribed for band by Joseph Kreines (World Premiere)
* Te Deum — Charles Francois Gounod/arr. Lloyd Conley
* Wedding Dance from Symphonic Suite “Hasseneh” (The Wedding) — Jacques Press/transcribed by Herbert N. Johnston/arr. Frederick Fennell
* Ghost Dances (Wounded Knee, 1890) — Roland Barrett
* Theme and Fantasia — Armand Russell
* Overture to “Orpheus in the Underworld” — Jacques Offenbach/arr. Lawrence Odom

Admission: Free (donations accepted)

Additional info: Contact Ivan Wansley (conductor) at igwansley56@gmail.com or https://www.facebook.com/groups/222262094573765/

May
2
Tue
United Way of Central Florida Annual Meeting @ The Lakeland Center Exhibition Hall West
May 2 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Please join United Way of Central Florida for our annual meeting and breakfast!

Woodcarving
May 2 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Weekly gathering of woodcarvers at MacArthur Wellness Center, Florida Presbyterian Homes in Lakeland.

Carving instruction is available and all ages are welcome.

Visit one of the weekly meetings or phone Jerry Heinicke at 863-603-9536 to learn more.

YEA! Polk II Academic Year 2016-17
May 2 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Applications will be accepted for the 2016-17 academic year of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA! Polk), a chapter of the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce, until August 26, 2016.

The YEA! Academic Year runs from November through May. Signature events are free and open to the public and include:

YEA! CEO Roundtable on 2/22/17
YEA! Investor Panel Presentations on 4/05/17
YEA! Graduation on 5/23/17

Many thanks to our generous sponsors! Without their support, YEA! Polk would not be possible!

Applications for the 2017-18 academic year of YEA! Polk are now being accepted.

Portfolio Exhibit Reception: Graduating Art Students
May 2 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Spring Pops Concert @ FL
May 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Lakeland Artisan Meshes Music and Masts!

The FREE, Florida Philharmonia concert on May 2 at College Heights United Methodist Church in Lakeland, Florida, promises Pop’s-type musical selections—with a nautical twist of fun. The program includes Victory at Sea, Scarborough Fair, Russian Sailor’s Dance, Bugler’s Holiday—along with a silent auction for a museum quality, to-scale model of the famous ship, the HMS Endeavour!

Conductor Rodger Coburn captains the musical performance, and then sails through auctioning the 34” precise ship replica he built and donated to benefit the Philharmonia!

A 1977 graduate of Grand Valley State University with a Masters in Music Education and Administration, Rodger knew his eye for details and his creative abilities would lead him to dream, build and love music for a lifetime. What he didn’t know was that he would use those same abilities to later craft to-scale, historic ship replicas.

Rodger taught music in Michigan and Minnesota public schools for 18 years before coming to Polk County in 1995, where he then taught at George Jenkins Senior High School for 10 years. Rodger served three tours of duty for his country during the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1974 working with sonar electronics on the Henry B Wilson, a guided missile destroyer. His connection with the sea was solidified. An accomplished violinist, he performed with various volunteer and semi-professional orchestras in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, and Michigan as well as the ISO before and after retiring. When the Florida Philharmonia asked him to conduct their start-up volunteer orchestra, it was a natural fit. He sees shipbuilding in a similar light.

“Model ships are as intricate as a symphony,” he explains. Each mast, beam, and batten—they have to curve in the right place, recess in the right place and even weigh the correct amount if the model is a successful replica.” He smiles, “And like Philharmonia’s music, each piece has its own history…each one is a new chance to build something beautiful for others to appreciate and enjoy.”

“I’ve heard builders say this hobby takes the patience of a saint, the hands of a surgeon and the ability to swear like a sailor.” Laughing, he adds, “It’s a lot like rehearsing a symphonic performance. We put a lot of pieces together, fit them carefully, take them apart, file them down and put them back together. Success is about creating quality.”

Rodger hand-mills the exotic hardwoods used in his ships to precise dimensions, using a miniature table saw and a regular woodworking table saw or band saw—plus a lot of patience and a steady hand. “It’s as detailed as conducting,” Rodger says. And yes, he works to background music!

The soon-to-be-auctioned model ship HMS Endeavour replicates one of the most famous ships in naval history—the ship on which the legendary Captain James Cook achieved the first recorded European contact with the east coast of Australia, Hawaii, and the first circumnavigation of New Zealand. The Endeavor passed through several owners, including the Lord Sandwich, and was lost until 2016 when researchers found the wreckage.

Concert attendees may bid on the model ship at the May 2 concert and silent auction. Be at Lakeland’s College Heights United Methodist Church on Tuesday, May 2 to hear wonderful music—and secure your auction number. Doors open at 6:30 pm for viewing/bidding and the concert begins at 7:30 pm. This final concert of the season is filled with familiar favorites for all ages.

Literary Magazine Celebration
May 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Florida Philharmonia Orchestra Spring Pops Concert
May 2 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Tap your toes to favorite Pops classics, including Sound of Music, Victory at Sea, Scarborough Fair, Russian Sailor’s Dance, Bugler’s Holiday and more performed by Lakeland’s newest all volunteer orchestra. You’ll hear the sea calling! Ahoy! This nautically-themed concert features a fun silent auction for a beautifully, hand crafted scale-model of Captain Cook’s HMS Endeavour created by Rodger Coburn, the Phil’s multi-creative conductor. Proceeds benefit Florida Philharmonia Orchestra.

May
3
Wed
YEA! Saunders Scholars National Competition Regional Winners
May 3 – May 6 all-day

Every year, students are selected to participate in the Saunders Scholar National Competition Regional Winners in upstate New York at the University of Rochester. Entrepreneur and philanthropist E. Philip Saunders has provided the Young Entrepreneurs Academy a ten-year, transformational gift to provide young entrepreneurs, inventors, and innovators an opportunity to earn significant college scholarship awards. Mr. Saunders and the Academy believe in aligning passions, interest and skills with higher education. The YEA! Saunders Scholars Competition brings together the top student businesses from each YEA! class around the country to compete to win scholarship dollars, and business start-up prize packages.

Lakeland Concert Band at Branscomb Auditorium
May 3 @ 3:30 am – 11:59 pm

More details, visit: https://allevents.in/lakeland/1891085624453787

Evan Chambers Night @ LECOM Park
May 3 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Mystery ball raffle and silent auction benefiting The Evan Michael Chambers LOVE Foundation. $1 per ticket sold will be donated to the foundation.

The Last Five Years
May 3 @ 7:30 pm – May 4 @ 9:30 pm

Staged Read – rated M for Mature A Drama Desk award winner, one of Time Magazine’s 10 best shows of 2001. A powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. With an unconventional structure that consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically; the two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.

May
4
Thu
20th Annual Lakeland Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast
May 4 @ 7:15 am – 9:00 am

20th Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast where members of the community join together at breakfast and hear and share prayerful messages on the National Day of Prayer.

Grief Support Group
May 4 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Cornerstone Hospice understands that we all grieve in our own unique way. This Grief Support Group is facilitated by a trained counselor who understands the grieving process and will help you on the journey of grief recovery and rebuilding your life. You do not need to grieve alone. Registration required. For more information, please contact: Cornerstone Hospice, 863-291-5560

National Small Business Week Celebration
May 4 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us for the National Small Business Week Celebration on Thursday, May 4, 2017, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Higgenbotham Rocking H Ranch for an informal evening of networking, hors d’oeuvres, and drinnks. Pre-reservation required as space is limited!

Mayor Howard Wiggs will be there to welcome you to an evening of hors d’oeuvres and drinks! Terry Ottinger will be MC for prize drawings!

Choral Concert at Harrison Arts
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 11:59 pm

The Harrison School for the Arts Chorus Department will be giving its final performance of the year on Thursday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the main theatre.

This concert will include an extended work titled Memorial. This work was written in 2002 as a response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. This large work features the 70 voice Harrison singers as well as Harrison Alumnus Joshua Mazur performing as the Baritone Soloist. The concert also includes a group of Spirituals.

Tickets are $12 adults and $10 student/seniors and may be purchased at www.harrisonarts.com. Harrison School for the Arts is located at 750 Hollingsworth Rd., Lakeland, FL 33801.

Chorus Concert
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Spring Chorus Concert
Harrison School for the Arts
May 4th @ 7pm

Adults $12
Students/Seniors $10

Sentimental Journeymen Barbershop Chorus Rehearsal
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Rehearsals are every Thursday at 7:00 PM all year except when a major holiday occurs on Thursday.

The Sentimental Journeymen meet at St. John’s Methodist Church in Winter Haven.

Brian Sutherland at Frescos @ FRESCOS
May 4 @ 8:00 pm – 11:59 pm

Age Limit: All Ages

May
5
Fri
Leadercast Lakeland: Powered by Purpose
May 5 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Leadercast 2017 will focus on what it means to uncover your purpose.

What does it mean to be powered by purpose? To be part of a purpose-driven organization? To work with a team of people who understand the meaning in addition to the metrics? To recognize that why you do what you do matters as much or more as what you do. Where defined values drive a strong culture and intentional leadership inspires amazing results.

Come to Leadercast 2017 where every detail of the experience is purposefully crafted to inspire and engage you in surprising and meaningful ways. Discover the steps you can take to uncover your purpose, to reconnect to your organization’s why, and to truly live, work and play in this world, Powered by Purpose.

Leadercast Mission + Vision

We exist to change the way the world thinks about leadership by building leaders worth following.

Leadercast is a one-day event broadcast live from Atlanta, GA to over 100,000 leaders around the globe in communities like ours. It’s a movement that is changing the way the world thinks about leadership by building leaders worth following.

Join us on May 5, 2017 and watch what we can collectively do together. We hope you partner with us on this amazing journey.

2017 Speakers

DANIEL PINK, Behavioral Science Expert, Best-Selling Author, and Host of Crowd Control

Daniel Pink is an expert on behavioral science and motivation in the work-place. He is the author of 5 provocative books about business, work, and management including the long-running New York Times bestsellers A Whole New Mind, Drive, and To Sell is Human. Dan’s books have been translated into 34 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. He is also host and co-executive producer of “Crowd Control,” a new TV series about human behavior that airs on the National Geographic Channel. Pink’s articles on business and technology have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The Sunday Telegraph, Fast Company and Wired. He has provided analysis of business trends on CNN, CNBC, ABC, NPR, and other networks in the U.S. and abroad. He also advises both Fortune 100 companies and startups on recruiting, innovation, and work practices. Dan resides in Washington, DC, with his wife and their children.

MOLLY FLETCHER, Former Top Sports Agent & Author

Molly Fletcher helps organizations develop purposeful cultures and fearless growth. As a top sports agent, she was hailed as “the female Jerry Maguire” by CNN, representing many top athletes and negotiating more than $500 million in contracts in the high stakes world of professional sports. Molly has been featured in ESPN, Fast Company, Forbes, and Sports Illustrated. She is the author of three books, most recently A Winner’s Guide to Negotiating: How Conversation Gets Deals Done, and is the founder of an e-learning platform that provides coaching for corporations and individuals. A graduate of Michigan State University, Molly resides in Atlanta with her husband, Fred, and their three daughters.

ANDY STANLEY, Leadership Author and Communicator

Communicator, author and pastor, Andy Stanley founded Atlanta-based North Point Ministries (NPM) in 1995. Today, NPM is comprised of six churches in the Atlanta area, serving more than 60,000 people weekly, as well as a network of 30 churches around the globe. As host of NBC’s Your Move with Andy Stanley, reaching over 36 million viewers in less than two years on the air, and author of 20-plus books including “Ask It”, “How to Be Rich, Deep & Wide”, “Visioneering” and “Next Generation Leader”, he is considered one of the most influential living pastors in America. Andy Stanley and his wife, Sandra, have three grown children and live near Atlanta.

SUZY WELCH, Author, TV Commentator, and Business Journalist

Best-selling author, popular television commentator, and noted business journalist Suzy Welch is the author of the New York Times bestseller 10-10-10: A Life Transforming Idea. Suzy and her husband, Jack Welch, co-authored the international bestsellers Winning, in 2005, and The Real-Life MBA, in 2015, and have written together for numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Business Week.

In 2009, the couple launched the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University, a unique online MBA and certificate program aimed at giving professionals the tools to transform their lives and organizations. During her tenure at Harvard Business Review, Suzy was the author of numerous articles on leadership, change, creativity, and organizational behavior, as well as the contributor to several books on management.

JESS EKSTROM, CEO of Headbands of Hope

Jess Ekstrom is the 25-year-old founder and CEO of Headbands of Hope, a company she started as a college junior in 2012. For every headband sold, a headband is given to a child with cancer. The company has been featured on the TODAY Show, Vanity Fair, Seventeen, Good Morning America, and more. But more importantly, they’ve donated headbands to every children’s hospital in the United States. Jess is also a speaker, author and writer for Entrepreneur and The Huffington Post. She believes age should never stop anyone from going after their dreams and becoming leaders in their communities. By sharing her experiences, Jess inspires listeners to crush stereotypes, identify their purpose and create their own definition of success.

DR. HENRY CLOUD, Acclaimed Leadership Expert, Clinical Psychologist, and Best-Selling Author

Dr. Henry Cloud is an acclaimed leadership expert and bestselling author. He draws on his experience in business, leadership consulting, and his practice as a clinical psychologist, to impart practical and effective advice for improving leadership skills and workplace performance. Dr. Cloud has written or co-written over twenty books, including the bestseller Boundaries , which sold over two million copies. He has an extensive executive coaching background, and experience as an organizational consultant, devoting the majority of his time to improving leadership capabilities of CEOs and their executive teams.

TYLER PERRY, Director, Playwright, Screenwriter, Producer, Actor, Author, and Entrepreneur

Tyler Perry’s inspirational journey from the hard streets of New Orleans to the height of Hollywood’s A-list is the stuff of American legend. Born into poverty and raised in a household scarred by abuse, Tyler fought from a young age to find the strength, faith and perseverance that would later form the foundations of his much-acclaimed plays, films, books, and shows.

JIM MCKELVY, Co-Founder of Square and Founder of LaunchCode

Jim McKelvey is an inventor, entrepreneur, artist, author, and licensed pilot. While perhaps best known for co-founding Square, one of SiliconValley’s hottest startups, Jim is also known as a master glass artist and author, having written the world’s most widely read text on the subject, The Art Of Fire. Jim’s diverse portfolio of businesses includes founding successful companies in payments, education, scientific publishing, construction, printing, glassblowing, and software. Referencing personal experiences and local challenges, McKelvey offers a fresh, Silicon Valley-approach to problem solving. Jim is also the author of three textbooks, and he teaches at Washington University in St. Louis where he lectures internationally on art and entrepreneurship. McKelvey, and his wife, Anna (a programmer and attorney), have a four-year-old son.

DONALD MILLER, CEO of StoryBrand and Best-Selling Author

As the CEO of StoryBrand, Donald Miller helps businesses market their stories, and helps individuals steward their stories. Donald’s speaking topics come from his bestselling books, which have spent a combined total of more than a year on the New York Times Bestsellers list. These books include: Blue Like Jazz, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, and Scary Close. Donald co-wrote the script for the 2012 major motion picture adaptation of Blue Like Jazz, which debuted at the SXSW Film Festival and was listed as one of the top four movies to get you through freshman year by USA Today. Donald is widely considered one of the most entertaining and informative speakers in the world. His audiences are challenged to lean into their own story, creatively develop and execute the story of their team and understand the story of their customers so they can serve them with passion. Donald’s thoughts on story have deeply influenced leaders and teams everywhere, including corporations such as Pantene, Ford/Lincoln, Zaxby’s, Chick-fil-A, Steelcase, Intel, PrimeLending, and hundreds more. Donald lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Betsy, and their chocolate lab, Lucy.

Trials/Thoth/Mr. Handsome at LkldLive
May 5 @ 7:30 pm – 11:59 pm
Mad Dog Quartet at Frescos @ FRESCOS
May 5 @ 9:00 pm – 11:59 pm

Age Limit: All Ages

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Downtown Farmers Curb Market
May 6 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

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Family Art Workshop
May 6 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Join Polk Museum of Art for Family Art Workshop! Families will learn a unique project of technique from a local artist or arts instructor. All workshops are free.