Friday, September 27, 2013

Barks & Badges Community Event


Join The Estates at Carpenters and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for a family-friendly fundraising event to raise support to purchase and maintain canines for the K-9 unit. The day includes K-9 unit demonstrations, games, rides, pet vaccinations, BBQ, and much, much more.

  • K-9 demonstrations 
  • barbecue, food trucks 
  • agility/obedience demonstration
  • bounce houses 
  • horse and pony ride
  • human hamster ball
  • pet vaccinations
  • costume contest
  •  more.
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5

 For details, please see flyers at the Information Table in the lobby or call 370-9172.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

National Public Lands Day

2013 Fee-Free Days Announced

The Department of the Interior has announced the fee-free days for 2013, including National Public Lands Day on September 28.  A fee-free day is when parks, refuges and rangelands offer free entry or waive the standard amenity fee for visitors.
Along with NPLD, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the entire Veterans Day weekend are fee-free for four Department of Interior land management agencies: National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land Management.  There are several additional fee-free days specific to agencies, such as the National Park Service providing free entry on August 25th to celebrate the 97th birthday of the national park system. View the Department of the Interior Press Release on the Fee-Free Days.
National Public Lands Day is a fee-free entrance day at many federal public lands including national parks. It's a great opportunity to help a local or favorite public land near you and spend the rest of the day recreating or relaxing on the land. With free admission, feel free to bring a friend or make it a family outing, and enjoy the experience.

September 28National Public Lands Day
National Park Service; click here to view fee-free sites.
Fish and Wildlife Service; click here to view USFWS sites.
Bureau of Land Management; click here to view fee-free sites.
Bureau of Reclamation; click here to visit the BoR page.
October 13 - 19National Wildlife Refuge Week Fish and Wildlife Service
November 9 - 11 Veterans Day Weekend
National Park Service
Fish and Wildlife Service
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
U.S. Forest Servi

Tuesday, September 24, 2013



Join Us At Boktoberfest!

Join us again at Bok Tower Gardens for the fifth annual Boktoberfest Plant Sale, Central Florida’s most unique Oktoberfest celebration, on October 19 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

8 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Plant Sale
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Family Activities
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Tree Climbing
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Biergarten
10 a.m. – Brian Sutherland Trio
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Pinewood Estate Tours
11:30 a.m. – Wacky Jackie The Clown
Noon – Oktoberfest Show
1 & 3 p.m. – Live Carillon Concerts
2:30 p.m. – Jane Rosenbohm
4 p.m. – Wacky Jackie The Clown
4:30 p.m. – Cross Canyon

Bok Tower Gardens will offer free admission for the fifth annual Boktoberfest Plant Sale on October 19 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will feature live music, German food, craft beers, tree climbing and activities for kids.
“Boktoberfest celebrates the start of Florida’s gardening season,” explains David Price, Gardens’ president, “where plant lovers and gardeners can come to find a wide variety of Florida plants and learn from experts to help make the most of their garden.”
Some of the plants for sale will include orchids, palms, trees, tropical fruits, Florida natives, ferns, bamboo, roses, heliconias, bromeliads, tillandsia air plants and water lilies. Education will be provided by Master Gardeners, plant societies, garden clubs and the UF-IFAS Extension Service. Expert gardeners will host free educational workshops throughout the day.
This year’s festivities will feature the Jimmy & Eckhard Oktoberfest Show, a three-member lederhosen ensemble performing authentic German music. The group plays instruments from Germany, Austria and Switzerland including long Swiss alphorns the size of trees; a wooden Alpine xylophone, that is often referred to as “wooden laughter;” the “Singing Saw” and more.
Voted “Florida’s Best Garden,” the National Historic Landmark was dedicated in 1929 as a gift from world peace advocate Edward Bok. Nearly 700 acres of conservation lands and gardens surround a 205-foot neo-Gothic and art deco Singing Tower carillon and Pinewood Estate, a 20-room, Mediterranean-style 1930s winter retreat. The popular Central Florida destination is a haven for wildlife with hidden geocaches and rare plants found nowhere else in the world where visitors come to relax and escape the stress of today’s busy world.

Lakeland Police Department open house 2013

Lakeland Police Department will hold their Open House on Saturday, October 19th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
 This year our theme is “Let’s Keep Moving”. We are focusing on health, wellness and fitness and have invited vendors to share their information to help us get…and stay healthy!
Some of the businesses that have committed are:  Just Dance, Planet Fitness, LA Fitness, Bent’s Bicycle Shop, LeRoy’s Bicycle Shop, InnerAct Alliance and Omega Man, to just name a few.

In addition to the vendors that will share a wealth of knowledge, we will have our K9’s, SWAT team, DUI Enforcement, Hostage Negotiators, Crime Scene Techs, the Helicopter and more! Along with LPD’s components, we will have other city partners with us; the Fire Department, Lakeland Electric, Lakeland Water, Coleman Bush and Simpson Park.

There will be tours of the police station beginning at 10:30 a.m. and run until 1:30 p.m. These tours include the Crime Lab, Communications Center and the Emergency Operations Center.
You will be able to enjoy plenty of children’s activities and entertainment. And, hot dogs and popcorn will be served during the event.
So gather your family, friends and neighbors and come out and enjoy a day with the Lakeland Police Department.

Free Museum tickets

In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine
in which participating museums
across the country open their doors
to anyone presenting a Museum Day
Ticket... for free.   September 28, 2013

Read more:
View the list of museums that are participating or use the "Find a Museum" tab above.
  • Only an official Museum Day Live! ticket is eligible for free entry. Official tickets can be found here on the Museum Day Live! website soon.
  • One ticket per household, for two people.
  • A ticket will gain entry to only one of the participating museums, excluding parking and special events and exhibits.
  • If museum reaches capacity, museum has the right to limit the number of guests until space becomes avaliable.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Talk like a Pirate Day!

Homework help

"Homework:  A Parent's Survival Guide"
A free educational workshop presented by Huntington Learning Center of Lakeland provides parents with strategies for surviving homework hassles.
With step-by-step solutions to some of the most common "homework hassles," a free workshop will be presented by Huntington Learning Center of Lakeland. The workshop will offer local parents practical advice on how to ensure their children have the right environment and skills for completing assignments to the very best of their abilities.
September 18
6:00 - 7:30 pm
MAGNIFY Credit Union
961 E. Road 540-A
Lakeland, 33813

Dirt Days

DIRT DAYS are BACK! Join us September 28th from 9-12pm to learn about Natives and Invasive plants. Take home a native. Register at

Freee Health Screening

Diabetes Awareness - Glucose** - A1c** (for known Diabetics) - Blood Pressure - Body Mass Index - Vision Screening/Testing - View Your Club's ScreeningsFree health screening*, up to a $150 value - Saturday, September 14. 11 am - 3 pm