Events

Incorporating listings from the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce calendar.

Apr
19
Thu
19th Annual Citizens Bank & Trust Luau After Hours
Apr 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Enjoy an evening of sampling, sipping, and mingling! Every April, Citizens Bank & Trust hosts the Luau, held “on the deck” at Citizens Bank & Trust Downtown, to celebrate and thank loyal investors. This year, the Lakeland Chamber and Citizens Bank & Trust celebrate our 19th year! A party atmosphere, with food samples, live music, photo booth by Well Done Events, and complimentary beverages courtesy of Bernie Little Distributors and Tucker’s Southside.

The highlight of this event is the crowning of the King of the Wings in two categories, Judges’ Choice, and Peoples’ Choice. Winners display trophies at their location for one year, until the next Luau event. The Judges’ Choice is determined by seven judges that will vote on three categories: appearance, flavor, and tenderness. The restaurant with the highest score in all categories, will be crowned the 2018 King of the Wings – Judges’ Choice. Additionally, the 2018 King of the Wings – Peoples’ Choice is determined by popular vote – with each guest able to cast his/her vote.

Participating Restaurants:

bd’s Mongolian Grill

Cold Stone Creamery

Florida Tropics Soccer Club

Got Candy & More Food Truck

Jet’s Pizza of Lakeland

Magnolia Popcorn Company

Miller’s Lakeland Ale House

MOJO FEDERAL Swine & Spirits

North Lakeland Rotary Club

Competing Restaurants:

2017 Peoples’ Choice – Smokin’ Aces BBQ

2017 Judges’ Choice – Beef O’Brady’s

Detroit Tigers

Duke’s Brewhouse

Kick Yo’ Butt BBQ & Catering

Mojo’s Wings, Burgers, Beer

The WingHouse of Lakeland

Fee/Admission: $10 members & guests

Presenting Sponsor:

Citizens Bank & Trust

Big Kahuna Sponsor:

Bernie Little Distributing

Big Brothers Big Sisters Orientation & Training
Apr 19 @ 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.

LRC’s SAT Prep
Apr 19 @ 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.

Art+Dance: Off the Wall
Apr 19 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Please join us for an Off the Wall experience in the galleries of the Polk Museum of Art! Featuring unique, live dance pieces choreographed and created by Ferdinand DeJesus, the FrediDance Project will make the exhibitions come to life in new and exciting ways. As the art comes off the wall in the form of dance, you will be invited to spark your imagination as Polk Museum of Art Curator Dr. H. Alexander Rich gives a brief On the Wall introduction to each featured work. The convergence of live, insightful commentary with interpretative dance will truly inspire. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided. Cash Bar.

Harrison School for the Arts Spring Dance Concert
Apr 19 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 20 @ 8:30 pm

The Harrison School for the Arts Dance Department is excited to present their Spring Concert on Thursday, April 19th and Friday, April 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the main theatre. This concert will feature new and diverse works from faculty members Shelley Bourgeois and Susan Olson. Musicians will grace the stage with live music and recordings cut especially for this concert. We would like to thank Rebekah Haubry and her pianists along with Rob Lambert and the percussion ensemble for making this possible. William Kimble and his technicians will make the magic happen as the Harrison Dancers sing with their bodies and dance with their hearts. Make sure you don’t miss it! It promises to be a great evening with something for everyone. Tickets are $12 adults, $10 students/seniors and are available at www.harrisonarts.com. The spring dance concert is sponsored by CenterState Bank and presented in part by Visit Central Florida. Harrison School for the Arts is located at 750 Hollingsworth Rd., Lakeland, FL 33801.

Contemporary Band Concert
Apr 19 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The original works of student-initiated combos featuring genres from indie rock and folk to punk and blues presented by the students of Southeastern University.

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
20
Fri
Day of Caring & Kiwanis One Day
Apr 20 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm

Annual Community-wide volunteer event for companies and individuals.

Day of Caring, UW of Central FL & Kiwanis @ Volunteer projects throughout Polk County. Ask us the date of Highlands County Day of Caring.
Apr 20 @ 7:30 am – Apr 21 @ 12:00 pm

UWCF Day of Caring & Kiwanis One Day. Annual Community-wide volunteer event for companies and individuals. United Way of Central Florida and Kiwanis Clubs coordinated 37 projects in 2017 with over 400 volunteers. Ask us how to be involved!

Harvest Holler Corn Maze
Apr 20 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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

Contemporary Issues Conference: Is Good for Business, Good for You?
Apr 20 @ 2:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Florida Southern College’s Center for Free Enterprise and the Institute For Humane Studies invites you to the 2018 Contemporary Issues Conference. F.H. Buckley, Peter Schweizer, and Abigail Blanco will discuss government-business relations in light of current events, and what we can do about business and government accountability, problematic corporatism, cronyism and corruption. Discussions will begin at 2:30 p.m.

FSA/EOC Test Prep
Apr 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

At Mathnasium, the nation’s leading math-only learning center franchise, we are dedicated to helping children learn and understand math in ways that can change their lives forever. We are currently working to help kids get prepared for the EOC/FSA coming up in March, and April. We will be offering test prep to students for only $20 per session, and the best part is that 100% of the money raised from the students will be donated back to their school!

EXCELERATE
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Friends of Florida Polytechnic University will come together to celebrate all that has been accomplished in just over three short years, honor the changemakers who made Florida Poly possible, and launch the next chapter of the University.

EXCELERATE – Celebrating the Changemakers that make Florida Poly Possible @ Florida Polytechnic University
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Friends of Florida Polytechnic University will come together to celebrate all that has been accomplished in just over three years, to honor the changemakers who make Florida Poly possible and to launch the next chapter of the University.

Relay For Life of Mulberry
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 21 @ 7:00 am

An American Cancer Society community event to fight cancer. Food, fun, entertainment. If you are a cancer survivor we would like to honor you with a t-shirt and the first walk around the track. Register at www.relayforlife.org/mulberryfl

Apr
21
Sat
Day of Caring & Kiwanis One Day
Apr 21 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm

Annual Community-wide volunteer event for companies and individuals.

Downtown Farmers Curb Market
Apr 21 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

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

Downtown Farmers Curb Market
Apr 21 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Downtown Farmers Curb Market is a key component of a vibrant, diverse and exciting Downtown. It is designed to serve and bring together all segments of our community. It is a positive force in bringing people Downtown to purchase fresh produce, plants and local handcrafted items. The 11-month Market (closed in August) is a showcase for the talents and the work of local artisans and local growers. The Downtown Farmers Curb Market is a project of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority (LDDA).

Keep it Moving Real Estate Conference & Expo
Apr 21 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Keep It Moving (KIM) Real Estate Conference & Expo brings together the best and the brightest real estate professionals and industry leaders in the Southeastern U.S. to showcase exciting, proven ways to: * Keep Focused On Building Your Professional Real Estate Business * Keep Motivated To Create An EXTRAORDINARY Life * Keep It Moving No Matter What Changes Take Place In The Marketplace KIM Conference & Expo is open to everyone. For more information, visit www.TheKeepItMovingSeries.com.

LRC’s SAT Prep
Apr 21 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 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.

Central Florida Farm Tour
Apr 21 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Central Florida Farm Tour is a self-guided driving tour featuring some of the most extraordinary farms located throughout Polk County, FL. This is a unique opportunity for guests to experience working farm operations not normally open to the public. Pick your adventure. Visit a few farms or visit all farms at your own pace. Enjoy the day exploring farms and learning about the area’s rich agricultural tradition.

Harvest Holler Corn Maze
Apr 21 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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

FSC Dance: Momentum
Apr 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

In dance and in life, momentum is the key. While this theory exists as an omnipresent tool for dancers, their physicality can be expressed in countless ways through various forces. From classical ballet to contemporary dance, FSC|Dance: Momentum builds in excitement from the moment the curtain rises. This performance features an abbreviated reconstruction of the classical ballet Pequita, as well as several premieres of original choreography by faculty and guest artists, all performed by the talented and versatile students of the FSC Dance Program. Join us for this exciting evening of dance curated by Erin LaSala, artistic director.
Venue: Branscomb Auditorium

Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 2:30 PM

Apr
22
Sun
Harvest Holler Corn Maze
Apr 22 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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

An Afternoon Melody
Apr 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Faculty-selected music majors of Southeastern University perform individual and chamber works in the elegant entryway to the beloved Polk Museum of Art.

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

FSC Dance: Momentum
Apr 22 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

In dance and in life, momentum is the key. While this theory exists as an omnipresent tool for dancers, their physicality can be expressed in countless ways through various forces. From classical ballet to contemporary dance, FSC|Dance: Momentum builds in excitement from the moment the curtain rises. This performance features an abbreviated reconstruction of the classical ballet Pequita, as well as several premieres of original choreography by faculty and guest artists, all performed by the talented and versatile students of the FSC Dance Program. Join us for this exciting evening of dance curated by Erin LaSala, artistic director.
Venue: Branscomb Auditorium

Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 2:30 PM

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