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Posted on July 9th, 2012 by

Categories: Arts, Attractions, Event, General, Nature, Sports, Upcoming

This Week:
July 9-15

Lakeland Flying Tigers
Now – September 1
Venue: Joker Marchant Stadium
-The Lakeland Flying Tigers have returned to Lakeland for the 2012 season.
-This week’s home games are:
July 8 vs. Cubs, 1:00 PM; Sunday Family Fun Day
July 9 vs. Cubs, 6:30 PM; Dollar Days

Discovery Days
Wednesday, July 11
Venue: Bok Tower Gardens – Lake Wales
-Each Wednesday, children ages 6-12 will discover nature’s joy during a literary escape into the Gardens while Bok Tower features a different book in this playful and informal approach to reading and nature appreciation.
-Reservations are required, and parents are invited to join their children as they participate in each program.
-The July 11 story is Holes by Louis Sacchar.

Big Buck Expo
Dates: Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 15
The Lakeland Center
-Muzzy Outdoor Products presents The Southern Trophy Hunters’ 9th Annual Big Buck Expo.
-This is the largest Hunting Expo in all of Florida and one of the largest in the southeast.
-R.J. and Jay Paul from History Channel’s Swamp People will be there.

Darling Companion
Dates: Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 15
Venue: Polk Theatre – Lakeland
-The Polk Theatre presents the drama film Darling Companion starring: Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, and Dianne West.

Live at the Gardens: Summer Music Series
Saturday, July 14
Venue: Bok Tower Gardens – Lake Wales
-The 11th annual Live at the Gardens Summer Music Series returns with monthly concerts May – September.
-This month’s featured performance will be by the Porchdogs – Cajun & Zydeco.
– Concert tickets include all-day admission to the Gardens and an optional dinner will be served at the Blue Palmetto Café before each performance.

Saturday Night Rodeo
Saturday, July 14
Westgate River Ranch – Lake Wales
-Cowpokes and bronco-busters descend upon Westgate River Ranch every Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. for an evening of fun for the whole family at the 1,200-seat rodeo arena.
-This real-life rodeo features trick riding, bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing, rodeo clown antics and a patriotic tribute to our armed forces.
-Kids are invited into the rodeo arena toward the end of the evening and get the opportunity to participate in a real “calf scramble.”

Fellowship of Ballroom Dancers
Sunday, July 15
First Presbyterian Church – Lakeland
-Dance to a variety of music while enjoying fellowship. Singles and couples are welcome. Refreshments and a short class will be provided.
-All Fellowship of Ballroom Dancers functions will be the held the 3rd Sunday of the month at the First Presbyterian Church in Lakeland.

Florida Trails Hike
Sunday, July 15
Circle B Bar Reserve – Lakeland
-Join a member of the local Florida Trails Chapter for a guided hike of Alligator Alley, a shaded trail with a great view of Lake Hancock.
-You must register to participate.

Tram Nature Tour at Circle B Bar Reserve
Sunday, July 15
Circle B Bar Reserve – Lakeland
-Take a personalized tour of the Banana Creek Marsh with a volunteer guide who will point out plants, birds and history of the property.
-Nature Tour sign-ups begin on the first working day of each month.

Reoccurring Events:

Public Ice Skating –Through July 15 (The Lakeland Center)

Polk Museum of Art: 3-D –Through August 18 (Polk Museum of Art-Lakeland)

Polk Museum of Art: Outsider vs. Folk –Through September 2 (Polk Museum of Art-Lakeland)

Polk Museum of Art: Invisible Elephant –Through October 13 (Polk Museum of Art-Lakeland)

Upcoming Events:

Live at the Gardens: Summer Music SeriesAugust 11, September 22 (Bok Tower Gardens-Lake Wales)

Polk NatureFest – October 4-7 (locations across Polk County)

Brick-or-TreatOctober- Saturdays & Sundays (LEGOLAND® Florida-Winter Haven)

Legends & Legacies- Letters Home: Love, Courage & Survival – October 12-13 (Fantasy of Flight-Polk City)

Go LEGOLAND – It’s Your BirthdayOctober 15 (LEGOLAND® Florida-Winter Haven)

BoktoberfestOctober 20 (Bok Tower Gardens-Lake Wales)

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