Events

Incorporating listings from the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce calendar.

Jan
19
Fri
Presences: New Work by Yolanda Sánchez
Jan 19 @ 9:00 am – Feb 23 @ 5:00 pm

A translation of the sensory experiences and transience of nature onto canvas and paper.

Jan
30
Tue
New Business 101
Jan 30 @ 9:00 am – Feb 17 @ 12:00 pm

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will host four sessions that will help businesses finalize their business plans and gain valuable information from city and county ombudsmen, bank officials, marketing professionals and local business mentors before opening their doors. All new businesses that complete the courses will receive a complimentary 6 month chamber membership, as well as a SCORE mentor to assist them in their business venture. The course will also help new applicants by feeding them in to the chamber programs that will most benefit their prospective business.

Feb
9
Fri
Senior Visual Arts Exhibit and Reception at Polk Museum of Art
Feb 9 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 11 @ 5:00 pm

Harrison School for the Arts is pleased to announce the Senior Visual Arts Exhibit at the Polk Museum of Art with an opening reception on Friday, February 9th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The exhibition will feature the most outstanding artwork from each of the 18 Visual Arts graduating seniors. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of these exceptionally talented students. The Polk Museum of Art and Harrison School for the Arts have been partners for over 25 years and PMoA graciously hosts this event annually which displays the seniors’ work for an extended period of time in which the exhibit is open to the public during regular museum hours. This event is free and open to the public. Polk Museum of Art is located at 800 E. Palmetto Street, Lakeland, FL 33801 (863) 688-7743. The show will be on display from February 3 through March 11, 2018.

Feb
12
Mon
Sister Cities Art and Creative Writing Exhibit Reception
Feb 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Harrison School for the Arts is proud to be hosting the “Lakeland Sister Cities International” young artists and authors showcase on February 12, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. There will be a reception from 6 to 7 p.m. in the main rotunda in front of the art gallery and the authors will share their work there as well. Lakeland Sister Cities International (LSCI), a chapter of Sister Cities International, was formed in 1990. The mission of LSCI is to develop relationships with people and cities of similar interests to Lakeland from around the world. This unique program encourages cultural and educational exchanges, business opportunities and increased tourism by encouraging direct personal and professional relationships at the grass roots level. Harrison School for the Arts Visual Arts department has been hosting this show for the past several years to exhibit all of the entries from our county in the national “Sister Cities” art competition. The art and authors works will be judged and the winners pieces will be sent to Washington D.C. for further judging. For more information on Harrison School for the Arts visit www.harrisonarts.com and for more information on Sister Cities International visit http://www.sistercities.org/YAAS. This is a free event and open to the public. Harrison School for the Arts is located at 750 Hollingsworth Rd., Lakeland, FL 33801.

Knit One, Crochet Too!
Feb 12 @ 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.

Spiritus Piano Trio
Feb 12 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The members of Southeastern University’s faculty trio showcase from the platform their harmoniously impressive talents.

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

Spiritus Piano Trio
Feb 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Southeastern University’s faculty trio showcases their impressive talents.
Adults $5, Students $3

Feb
13
Tue
Young Entrepreneurs Academy III – 2017-18
Feb 13 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

The Viennese School with Jennifer Stahl
Feb 13 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 pm

Late 18th century Vienna was home to great composers like Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.
This performance features the ISO’s principal oboe, Jennifer Stahl, performing Mozart’s Concert for Oboe in C Major.
Repertoire:
Overture to The Magic Flute, Mozart
Concert for Oboe in C Major, Mozart
Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral,” Beethoven
Single Tickets on sale at The Lakeland Center:
Gold $35
Silver $25
Bronze $15
Students free with ID or parent ticket

Spring Training FUNdraiser Orientation
Feb 13 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Catholic Charities Polk County Ministries is excited to announce their partnership with the Detroit Tigers during the 2018 Spring Training Season! Our Polk County Ministries need volunteers to run the concession stand at the newly renovated Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium during 2018 scheduled home games. 10% of all concession sales during your shift will go directly to Catholic Charities in Polk County!

Volunteers participating in the Spring Training Fundraiser must be able to attend the Feb 13th scheduled orientation date at our Dixieland office. Volunteers will sign up for home games at orientation. Spring training games begin at 1:00 p.m. and volunteers are expected to report to their assigned station between 10-10:30 a.m. and stay for the duration of the game. **Volunteer must be 18 years of age or older. We are looking forward to a fun season, full of philanthropy and fundraising!

If you are interested in joining us this Spring, please email BAtwell@cflcc.org with your t-shirt size and the orientation date you plan to attend or register online at http://cerv.is/m?0003×421

Orientation Dates (choose one):

Tuesday, Feb 13th at 3:30 p.m.

Location: 801 S Florida Ave + Lakeland, FL 33803

HOME GAME SCHEDULE

Thursday
Feb 22
Florida Southern College

Saturday
Feb 24
Toronto

Sunday
Feb 25
Pittsburgh

Thursday
Mar 1
Atlanta (SS)

Friday
Mar 2
Miami

Saturday
Mar 3
Tampa Bay

Tuesday
Mar 6
New York Yankees

Wednesday
Mar 7
Toronto (SS)

Friday
Mar 9
New York Mets

Sunday
Mar 11
Atlanta

Monday
Mar 12
Washington

Friday
Mar 16
Philadelphia (SS)

Saturday
Mar 17
New York Yankees

Monday
Mar 19
Baltimore

Tuesday
Mar 20
New York Yankees

Saturday
Mar 24
Philadelphia

Sunday
Mar 25
Atlanta

Monday
Mar 26
Tampa Bay

Thank you for supporting Catholic Charities and our Polk County Ministries!

2018 Child of the Sun Lecture Series: Maria Konnikova
Feb 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The 2018 Child of the Sun Distinguished Speakers Series explores the murky waters of a post-truth environment. Dubbed the word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries in 2016, “post-truth” describes a situation “in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” A best-selling author and columnist, an award-winning broadcast journalist, and a former White House Press Secretary join us this year to examine how we can navigate and respond to a post-truth era.

The Viennese School
Feb 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven. This performance will feature the ISO’s principal oboe, Jennifer Stahl, performing Mozart’s Concert for Oboe in C Major. Repertoire: Overture to The Magic Flute, Mozart Concert for Oboe in C Major, Mozart Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral,” Beethoven Single Tickets on sale August 15: $35 $25 $15 Students free with ID or parent ticket Subscribers receive the best value with up to 20% off single ticket prices! Subscriptions start at $44 and include parking and ticket concierge.

Feb
14
Wed
AFP Polk Monthly Chapter Meeting @ United Way of Central Florida
Feb 14 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

This month several of your fellow members and a few guests will be facilitating small group discussions on Planned Giving, Events, Online Fundraising and Donor Database Management.

Total Joint Replacement Pre-Operative Education Class
Feb 14 @ 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.

Daniel O’Donnell, Back Home Again Tour
Feb 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Lakeland, FL – One of Ireland’s best loved artists, Daniel O’Donnell will be returning to the USA and will perform at the RP Funding Center (formerly The Lakeland Center) on February 14, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. O’Donnell burst into superstardom in the USA in 2002 with his first ever PBS special The Daniel O’Donnell Show. That began a special relationship between Daniel and PBS and since then, he has recorded an additional twelve specials.

Daniel O’Donnell: Back Home Again Tour
Feb 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Lakeland, FL ― One of Ireland’s best loved artists, Daniel O’Donnell has announced that he will be returning to tour in the USA and play the RP Funding Center on February 14, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Daniel burst into superstardom in the USA back in 2002 with his first ever PBS special – The Daniel O’Donnell Show. That began a special relationship between Daniel and PBS and since then, he has recorded a further twelve specials, with ‘Stand Beside Me’ being his thirteenth one in 2013.  Stand beside Me is a concert celebration of Irish, country, gospel, rock, movie and long-time Daniel O’Donnell favorites. The title ‘Stand Beside Me’ is not only a popular song among concert goers, but also reflects Daniel’s belief that fans throughout his more than 10 years on PBS have brought him to where he is today, standing beside him making his career a success and he will be forever grateful to them.
The Irish singer made record-breaking chart history earlier this year by becoming the first recording artist in the history of the UK Artist Album Chart to have charted at least one new album every year since 1988, an unprecedented and unbroken 29-year span, surpassing everyone from Michael Jackson, the Rolling Stones, Madonna and Irish strongholds U2.  Along with this, Daniel makes regular appearances in the Billboard World Music Chart.  In total, Daniel has now reached the UK Artist Albums Chart with more than 35 albums and has now amassed THIRTY Top 30 albums over the course of his career. Over his long and continuingly successful career Daniel has received many accolades including an honorary MBE from Queen Elizabeth, an appearance on Top of the Pops, his life celebrated on This Is Your Life and multiple Entertainer of the Year/Person of the Year Awards in Ireland and the UK to add to his record-breaking chart appearances.
Tickets go on sale June 23, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. Ticket prices are $73 PIT, $61, $51 (other fees may apply) and are available by calling the RP Funding Center Box Office 888-397-0100, and online at www.rpfundingcenter.com. All dates, acts, and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.

Feb
15
Thu
Ribbon Cutting FirstLight Home Care
Feb 15 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am

Ribbon Cutting Event at FirstLight Home Care

Big Orientation and Training
Feb 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

POLK COUNTY! Please join us on Saturday for an exciting orientation where you’ll learn the ins-and-outs of what it’s like being a Big and the role they play in helping area children in need. 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!

Business After Hours Pilot Bank, InTouch GPS, Jefferson Allsop
Feb 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join fellow members for a special night of networking.

Share business cards!
Meet new contacts!
Reconnect with fellow members!

“The New Cosmopolitans” Creative Writing Reading
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Harrison School for the Arts Creative Writing program presents “The New Cosmopolitans”. Join us on Thursday, February 15 at 7 p.m. in the Film Theatre for an evening of poetry. Over the years, the word COSMOPOLITAN has come to be associated with something other than what it truly is something a little hoity-toity something a little fancy something exclusive something outside the purview of many in the population. To us, our event THE NEW COSMOPOLITANS represents an evening of voices who plan to take this word back. Broken down, COSMOPOLITAN comes from the two Greek words kosmos, meaning world, and polit s, meaning citizen therefore COSMOPOLITAN, at its base and most pure level, can be defined as CITIZEN OF THE WORLD. Our CITIZENS OF THE WORLD, our NEW COSMPOLITANS will raise their voices as members of a society much larger than themselves. The poems you will hear come from many different places and speak to many different issues, but they all coalesce under a lone umbrella we believe to be of the upmost importance positive change for our community which extends far beyond the borders of our town, state, and even our country. This event is about positive change for the CITIZENS OF THE WORLD THE NEW COSMOPOLITANS. 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.

Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific
Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan
Directed by James Beck; Musical direction by Christianne Roll
With a Pulitzer Prize and ten Tony awards, this Rogers and Hammerstein classic is considered to be one of the greatest musicals of the twentieth century! Set in an island paradise during World War II, South Pacific tells two parallel love stories of couples confronting the dangers of prejudice and war with an unforgettable score, featuring popular standards like Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair, and Bali Ha’i.
Venue: Loca Lee Buckner Theatre, Florida Southern College

February 15 to 18, 2018 at 7:30 PM (Sundays at 2:30 PM)
February 22 to 25, 2018 at 7:30 PM (Sundays at 2:30 PM)

Feb
16
Fri
Creative Yoga with Michelle Pugh
Feb 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join our Creative Yoga class every third Friday for a truly inspirational experience. Dedicated yoga practitioner Michelle Pugh will guide you through an hour long hatha-based class that will end with a meditation focused on our current exhibition. Our classes are a community format so that all ages, sizes, and levels of experience will feel comfortable. Practice will vary to increase diversity in your practice. Modifications are always offered. Please arrive early as space is limited and bring your own mat and blanket if possible.

Harvest Holler Corn Maze
Feb 16 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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

Unpland Improv
Feb 16 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Unpland Improv is an improvisational stand-up comedy show that airs on multiple networks. Our talented students use their keen wit to entertain the audience through clean and humorous skits.

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

Unpland Improv
Feb 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Unpland Improv is an improvisational stand-up comedy show that airs on multiple networks. Our talented students use their keen wit to entertain the audience through clean and humorous skits.  At 7 & 9pm on Fridays: Sept 29, Oct 6, Oct 27, Nov 10, Feb 16, Mar 2.

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