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Posted on July 30th, 2012 by

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

This Week:
July 30-August 5

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 30 vs. Marauders, 6:30 PM; Dollar Days
July 31 vs. Marauders, 6:30 PM; Baseball Wingo, Silver Sluggers, 2-for-1 Ticket Offer
August 1 vs. Marauders, 6:30 PM; All-You-Can-Eat Night
August 2 vs. Marauders, 6:30 PM; $1 Sodas & 2-for-1 Beers, Golf Night Under the Lights
August 3 vs. Threshers, 7:11 PM; Firework Extravaganza, 7-11 Fridays, Bartow Dixie Youth Series Opening Ceremony, Metro PCS Family 4-Pack
August 4 vs. Threshers, 6:00 PM; Bartow Dixie Youth Little League Night, Kids Club Day
August 5 vs. Threshers, 1:00 PM; Sunday Family Fun Day

Discovery Days
Wednesday, August 1
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 August 1 story is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Thursday, August 2 – Sunday, August 5
Theatre Winter Haven
-Theatre Winter Haven presents this summer musical that has been nominated for 13 Tony Awards, 14 Drama Desk Awards and made into an award-winning movie starring John Travolta.
-Hairspray is about a buoyant teenager and “outsider” who dreams to be with the “inside” crowd and believes she’ll get her chance on a TV dance show.

Bill Bellamy: A Night of Comedy
Friday, August 3
Venue: Polk Theatre – Lakeland
-Enjoy a night of comedy with comedian Bill Bellamy and opening act by J. Reid.

First Friday
Friday, August 3
Downtown Lakeland
-August’s theme is Back to School – Lakeland is partnering with MIDFLORIDA Credit Union to bring you one last bash before the bell tolls.
-Brush up on your trivia skills at downtown Lakeland shops and restaurants.
-Enjoy live music, meet local businesses, and don’t forget to stroll through the Classy Car Show on Tennessee for FREE.

Movies in the Park
Friday, August 3
Lake Eva Park – Haines City
-Enjoy a FREE movie at Lake Eva Park.
– Pre event activities start at 7:00 p.m., and the movie will begin at dusk.
-Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks.

Party for a Purpose: 10th Year Anniversary Birthday Bash
Date: Saturday, August 4
Hot Shots – Winter Haven
-Join Pirates on the Ridge (formerly Parrot Head Club of Winter Haven) for the 10th Year Anniversary Birthday Bash benefiting the Susan G. Komen Three-Day Cancer Walk.
-There will be live music by Tropical Yuppies & Tropical Daze along with other fun activities such as a corn hole competition, silent auction, dunk tank and more.

Reoccurring Events:

Saturday Night RodeoEvery Saturday night (Westgate River Ranch Resort-Lake Wales)

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)

Explorations V Children’s Museum programming: Magical Monday, Terrific Tuesday, Wacky Wednesday, Thrilling Thursday and Fun Friday – weekly Monday through Friday (Explorations V-Lakeland)

Upcoming Events:

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

“Bark” Tower Gardens’ Dog Days of SummerSeptember 8 (Bok Tower Gardens-Lake Wales)

Central Florida 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)

Wings ‘n ThingsNovember 2 (Sun ‘n Fun Florida Air Museum-Lakeland)

Water, Wings & Wild Things – November 3 (Circle B-Bar Reserve-Lakeland)

Red, White & Blue Veteran’s SaluteNovember 9 (Sun ‘n Fun Florida Air Museum-Lakeland)

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