Events

Incorporating listings from the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce calendar.

Apr
23
Mon
Knit One, Crochet Too!
Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us every Monday at 6:30 pm for Knit One, Crochet Too! in the Training Room at the Lakeland Public Library. Registration is not required and the club is open to all levels of experience.

Apr
24
Tue
Young Entrepreneurs Academy III – 2017-18
Apr 24 all-day

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Polk, a chapter of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, is an after-school club for middle and high school students, meeting every Tuesday from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM after-school on the campus of Southeastern University – from October through May.

The direct mission of the Academy is to help students embrace their passion, energy, creativity and talents, and view entrepreneurship as synonymous with success and freedom. The magic is that the Academy teaches kids to believe in themselves, to think big, and to understand that they can achieve anything they set their minds to. In the process, students learn as much about leadership and self-empowerment as they do about planning, budgeting, and production. Students in the Academy discover in themselves confidence, optimism, and capabilities they never knew they had.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is a groundbreaking program that takes students through the process of starting and running real businesses over the course of a full academic year. Academy students, as a class, visit area businesses, meet successful entrepreneurs, meet with professionals (attorneys, accountants, bankers, graphic designers, web developers, insurance providers, etc.), develop a business or social movement idea and plan, and work with mentors. Students then pitch their ideas ?live? to a panel of investors made up of local business and community leaders with real dollars at stake to obtain funding, and take all of the steps necessary to, and then actually launch their venture. Students participating in the Academy learn important life lessons and at the same time gain an appreciation that the skills they are learning in school have significant value in real world applications. Students in the Academy gain self-esteem, confidence and practical experience in working through novel situations and challenges. By the end of the class, students own and operate fully functioning businesses. Students learn to make a job – not just take a job!

For more information about the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, please visit YEA! Polk and YEA USA.

Please see media about the local Academy here: YEA! Polk Media Dropbox

Young Entrepreneurs Academy III – 2017-18
Apr 24 all-day

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Polk, a chapter of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, is an after-school club for middle and high school students, meeting every Tuesday from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM after-school on the campus of Southeastern University – from October through May.

The direct mission of the Academy is to help students embrace their passion, energy, creativity and talents, and view entrepreneurship as synonymous with success and freedom. The magic is that the Academy teaches kids to believe in themselves, to think big, and to understand that they can achieve anything they set their minds to. In the process, students learn as much about leadership and self-empowerment as they do about planning, budgeting, and production. Students in the Academy discover in themselves confidence, optimism, and capabilities they never knew they had.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is a groundbreaking program that takes students through the process of starting and running real businesses over the course of a full academic year. Academy students, as a class, visit area businesses, meet successful entrepreneurs, meet with professionals (attorneys, accountants, bankers, graphic designers, web developers, insurance providers, etc.), develop a business or social movement idea and plan, and work with mentors. Students then pitch their ideas ?live? to a panel of investors made up of local business and community leaders with real dollars at stake to obtain funding, and take all of the steps necessary to, and then actually launch their venture. Students participating in the Academy learn important life lessons and at the same time gain an appreciation that the skills they are learning in school have significant value in real world applications. Students in the Academy gain self-esteem, confidence and practical experience in working through novel situations and challenges. By the end of the class, students own and operate fully functioning businesses. Students learn to make a job – not just take a job!

For more information about the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, please visit YEA! Polk and YEA USA.

Please see media about the local Academy here: YEA! Polk Media Dropbox

Big Brothers Big Sisters Orientation & Training
Apr 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Please consider becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister and help change the life of a child facing adversity for the better, forever. It doesn’t take a lot of time (between 4-8 hours a month, depending on the program). The real focus is on being consistent, and spending one-to-one quality time with your Little. Being a Big often means just including your Little in things you already like to do going to a ball game, or a museum, or the beach, or a bike ride. The first step is to attend one of our Big Orientation & Training sessions.

Heath Hope & Healing
Apr 24 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Heath Hope & Healing Grief Series with Rica Walker, LMHC, will meet three consecutive Tuesdays in April: April 10th, 17th & 24th from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

LRC’s SAT Prep
Apr 24 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Learning Resource Center’s SAT Prep course is designed to help students in grades 9-12 achieve their best possible score by building confidence and and reducing test anxiety through small classes with highly trained teachers, problem-solving strategies for analyzing and answering, practice taking the exam, emphasis on test-taking techniques and strategies specific to the SAT. The full course will take place over four weeks on Tuesdays, Thursdays and one Saturday. To find more information such as dates and pricing, and to register, please visit https://goo.gl/CXfQDK.

Harrison School for the Arts Spring Choral Concert
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Harrison School for the Arts is excited to announce the Spring Chorus Concert to be held on Tuesday, April 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the main theatre. This concert will feature a series of small works from each of the following groups: Women’s Chorus- Choral Hymns from the Rigveda, Gustav Holst Men’s Chorus- Missa Tri Voci, Antonio Lotti Chamber Singers- Lamentations of Jeremiah, Palestrina The senior class will also be recognized as they perform in their last Harrison Choral Concert. We hope you will join us. Tickets are $12 adults, $10 students/seniors and are available at www.harrisonarts.com. Harrison School for the Art is located at 750 Hollingsworth Rd., Lakeland, FL 33801. This concert is sponsored by Valenti, Campbell, Trohn, Tamayo & Aranda, P.A. and supported in part by Visit Central Florida.

A Celebration of the Flute!
Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Featuring Artists: Colleen Blagov, flute; Cheryl Tschanz, piano
What instrument carries with it so much brilliance, fun, etherealism, and poetry? Why – the flute! As noted by our extraordinary flute colleague, Colleen Blagov, the flute speaks volumes, and at so many levels. We are fortunate this year to engage our remarkable flutist in a special performance for the Faculty Artist Series – with an extraordinary pianist, Cheryl Tschanz. The two have promised to explore all realms of possibility – in terms of flute and piano – and to provide us with an evening of flute guaranteed to keep us enthralled and delighted!
Venue: Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Admission is free.

Florida Philharmonia Orchestra “ABC Pops!”
Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Florida Philharmonia Orchestra presents “ABC Pops!” free of charge on Tuesday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. at College Heights United Methodist Church, 942 South Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33803. “A” is for Leroy Anderson, “B” for is Leonard Bernstein and “C”, for Aaron Copland. The music of Leroy Anderson, Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland will be featured among the selections of the evening. These three twentieth century American composers, each in their own unique way, blazed a path to make symphonic and orchestral music accessible and appealing to the populace. Come and enjoy the sounds of iconic American music and other light favorites including “The Syncopated Clock”, “Fanfare for a Common Man” and “Orchestral Selections from West Side Story” and more. Free admission!

Apr
25
Wed
Total Joint Replacement Pre-Operative Education Class
Apr 25 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

This class is designed to inform patients and their families about what to expect when considering elective total joint replacement surgery, from pre-operative preparation to post-hospital recuperation. The class is led by an interdisciplinary team of physical therapists, social services and orthopedic nurses. Topics include pain management, daily routine, ambulation, exercises and discharge planning.

Ribbon Cutting: Florida MB Medical Group Center
Apr 25 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of Florida MB Medical Group Center. Food festivities provided!

Cancer Support Group
Apr 25 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Hollis Cancer Center hosts Cancer Support Group with new topics presented each quarter. No one walks their cancer journey alone. Patients, survivors and family members are invited to offer support and share stories in a comfortable environment.

“Healing at Holis” Discussion and crafts planned for April 25th from 5 pm to 6 pm.

Apr
26
Thu
Central Florida SCORE Increase Your Sales
Apr 26 @ 7:45 am – 9:00 am

Join us for Increase Your Sales – with Relationship Building with Jonathan Crain, franchise owner of Two Men & A Truck. Jonathan will teach you how to increase your business’s sales through relationship building while ensuring you network efficiently.

Reserve your seat now – everyone is welcome! Tickets are only $10.

Now is the time to start thinking about growing your small business!

Registration is open at: Central Florida SCORE Website

Alliance for Independence: Nod to Nonprofits Tour Series
Apr 26 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Join us at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 26, 2018, to learn more about Alliance for Independence.

Alliance for Independence

Alliance for Independence is an Adult Day Training Center that provides independent living skills and vocational training to Polk County adults with intellectual & developmental disabilities. AFI is a non-profit operating under the direction of a volunteer Board of Directors. We strive daily to provide our clients with the knowledge and practical experience to become as independent as possible.

Our clients rely on Alliance for Independence, not only for day training, but for a sense of community; a place where their uniqueness and determination of spirit is celebrated.

Tobacco Free Polk Meeting
Apr 26 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Tobacco Free Polk is the Title Sponsor of the Lakeland Chamber Smoke Free Business Initiative and welcomes all Chamber members to attend their monthly meeting to address tobacco issues in regards to worksites, multi-unit housing, college campuses and retail point of sale.

Ribbon Cutting for Staybridge Suites Lakeland West
Apr 26 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Join us as we celebrate the grand opening of the new hotel Staybridge Suites Lakeland West!

About Staybridge Suites Lakeland West

The Staybridge Suites is Lakeland’s newest and most modern hotel. Whether traveling for business or leisure, our all-suite hotel provides the comforts of home. Featuring fully-equipped kitchens, complimentary WiFi, and comfortable living areas, our spacious suites give you the room you need. You will also enjoy relaxing in our heated outdoor pool, grilling a delicious dinner in our courtyard, and unwinding by the fire pit at the end of your day. We invite you to start your day with a delicious, hot, complimentary breakfast, and enjoy a complimentary light meal, beer and wine, and other beverages on select evenings during our Social. For your convenience, we also offer 24-hour access to our well-stocked Pantry, our fitness center, business center, and our complimentary guest laundry.

This beautiful hotel is located adjacent to the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport and provides convenient access to LEGOLAND, Sun ‘n Fun, Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, the RP Funding Center, historic downtown Lakeland, Circle B Bar Reserve, and the world-renowned collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture at Florida Southern College.

We look forward to welcoming you home to enjoy the thoughtful amenities, convenient location and warm hospitality of our Staybridge Suites Lakeland.

LRC’s SAT Prep
Apr 26 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Learning Resource Center’s SAT Prep course is designed to help students in grades 9-12 achieve their best possible score by building confidence and and reducing test anxiety through small classes with highly trained teachers, problem-solving strategies for analyzing and answering, practice taking the exam, emphasis on test-taking techniques and strategies specific to the SAT. The full course will take place over four weeks on Tuesdays, Thursdays and one Saturday. To find more information such as dates and pricing, and to register, please visit https://goo.gl/CXfQDK.

Graphic Design Exhibit: Choice Designs
Apr 26 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

A communal portrait featuring the magnificently inventive works of Southeastern University’s visual communication scholars on vivid display for all to enjoy.

Southeastern University’s College of Arts & Media is proud to host a stellar performance series throughout the 2017-2018 school year featuring notable guest artists from around the nation, as well as our talented students and faculty. To view a complete list of our offerings or to purchase tickets to any of our events in advance, please visit http://www.seu.edu/arts/events

“Symphonic Dances” Orchestra Concert
Apr 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Featuring the FSC Symphony Orchestra, Kira Omelchenko, conductor
Celebrating the conclusion of the Festival of Fine Arts performance season, the FSC Symphony Orchestra presents a vibrant evening of symphonic music designed to showcase this mighty musical medium through various dance expressions and styles. In addition to Jacques Offenbach’s delightful “Can-Can” from Orpheus and the Underworld and selections from Leonard Bernstein’s iconic West Side Story Symphonic Dances, the winners of FSC’s third annual orchestra concerto/aria competition will offer impressive collaborative performances.
Venue: Branscomb Auditorium

Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Pre-concert presentation at 7:00 PM

Orchestra Concert
Apr 26 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The rising string, wind, and percussion virtuosos of Southeastern University assemble to present an end-of-the-year symphonic soiree.

Southeastern University’s College of Arts & Media is proud to host a stellar performance series throughout the 2017-2018 school year featuring notable guest artists from around the nation, as well as our talented students and faculty. To view a complete list of our offerings or to purchase tickets to any of our events in advance, please visit http://www.seu.edu/arts/events

Apr
27
Fri
Lakeland Derby
Apr 27 all-day

Help the Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine celebrate their 11th annual Lakeland Derby!

The Fancy Flea Plant City
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – Apr 28 @ 4:00 pm

Join us at The Fancy Flea Vintage Home & Garden Market at the Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds. Free parking! 12 & Under Free!

Harvest Holler Corn Maze
Apr 27 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Harvest Holler Corn Maze is family entertainment on a working family farm.

The Lakeland Derby @ Lake Mirror Promenade
Apr 27 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The Lakeland Derby is an annual “Derby Style” event staged on beautiful Lake Mirror in downtown Lakeland. With the entertaining flair of the event and the competitive spirit of the races, the Derby always promises to be a memorable occasion for all.

Harrison School for the Arts Spring Orchestra Concert
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Harrison School for the Arts is excited to present the Spring Orchestra Concert on Friday, April 27th at 7:00 p.m. in the main theatre. This concert will feature the Philharmonic and Chamber String Orchestras, as well as the Wind Symphony and the Harrison Symphony Orchestra. We will also include our concerto competition winner Samantha Flores performing the first movement of the Mozart oboe concerto. Tickets are $12 adults and $10 students/seniors and may be purchased at www.harrisonarts.com. Harrison School for the Arts is located at 750 Hollingsworth Rd., Lakeland, FL 33801. This concert is sponsored by the Saxena Family and supported in part by Visit Central Florida.

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