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Lakeland Hopes to Retain Bicycle-Friendly Status

Lakeland has been a designated Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community since 2012, and the city’s Community Development department recently completed the re-application to the League of American Bicyclists to renew the designation for another four years.  The League will make its decision in later this year. This effort to re-apply began in May with the help of City of […]

August Exhibitions & Events at Polk Museum of Art

A Sum of its Parts- Through Sept. 17, 2016 This year marks the Polk Museum of Art’s 50th anniversary, and this exhibition marks the milestone with a comprehensive chronology of the museum’s permanent collection. This exhibition also chronicles the museum’s evolution alongside its collecting interests. Currently, the museum’s permanent collection includes approximately 2,400 art objects ranging […]

Valet Parking Service Coming to Downtown

Julie Townsend, executive director of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority, recently offered this information regarding the progress surrounding the Downtown Lakeland valet parking initiative. These are the facts as they stand today. How it all started: At least one new Downtown restaurant plans to include valet service as part of its business plan. Others have expressed interest […]

Pokemon Go Hits Downtown Lakeland

If you aren’t a child of the 1990s, you may be unaware that this world is inhabited by creatures known as Pokémon. Downtown Lakeland is positively crawling with them. Thankfully, hundreds of Pokémon Go players, called “trainers,” are up to the task of capturing and training them to do their bidding. Christopher Winters, 18, of […]

July Exhibitions and Events at Polk Museum of Art

EXHIBITIONS A Sum of its Parts July 9-Sept. 17, 2016 This year marks the Polk Museum of Art’s 50th anniversary, and this exhibition marks the milestone with a comprehensive chronology of the museum’s permanent collection. This exhibition also chronicles the museum’s evolution alongside its collecting interests. Currently, the museum’s permanent collection includes approximately 2,400 art […]

Meet the Miss Florida Pageant Contestants This Weekend

Downtown Lakeland businesses will host more than 30 Miss Florida pageant contestants during a Meet the Contestants event on Saturday, June 25, at 11 a.m. This is in conjunction with Merry Leon. You can meet the contestants at these businesses: Nathan’s Men’s Store- Jasmin Martin, Florida Azalea; Savannah Judkins, Miss University of Florida Mitchell’s Coffee House- Austi Critchfield, St. […]

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Leon

It’s blistering hot outside and although you might be hunting for the nearest swimming pool, a Downtown Lakeland event has returned to remind shoppers that the six-month countdown to Christmas has begun. It’s time for Merry Leon – that’s noel spelled backward – and an opportunity to get a jumpstart on those holiday shopping lists. […]

Carlisle Events Renews Classy Car Show Sponsorship

One of the most beloved aspects of First Friday each month is all those beautiful muscle cars and other classic autos that are featured in the Classy Car Show. Carlisle Events recently announced it is renewing its sponsorship of the car show for another year. Carlisle Events is a partner or producer of 11 annual […]

Take A Tour of Downtown Lakeland’s Outdoor Art

Outdoor art can be appreciated for its beauty or criticized for its oddity. It can be educational or inspirational. But larger cities around the country have experienced two important benefits that are interesting when thinking about the future of public art in Downtown Lakeland: publicity and income. Downtown Lakeland has experienced its fair share of […]

Explorations V Children’s Museum Awarded Grant

Explorations V Children’s Museum received some excellent news this week. The George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to the museum. This grant was made in response to the application submitted as part of GiveWell Community Foundation’s 2016 Impact Polk competitive grant cycle, according to a press release. To receive this […]

June Exhibitions & Events at Polk Museum of Art

EXHIBITIONS Monkey Business: Ruben Ubiera at Polk Museum of Art Through 2016 For the first time in its 50-year history, the Polk Museum of Art partnered with accomplished Florida artist Ruben Ubiera to produce “Monkey Business,” an on-site, large-scale interior mural. Ubiera designed and created a unique mural measuring 16’ x 24’ onto one of the […]

Summer Camp Opportunities in Downtown Lakeland

Your kids are anticipating the end of the school year and a three-month break from the books. But as a parent, the long hot days might not be the only thing making you sweat. Summer means you have a lot of free time to fill to keep the kiddos occupied. The Downtown Lakeland Partnership has […]