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Posted on October 8th, 2012 by

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This Week:
October 8-14 

Fall Film Series at Bok Tower Gardens
Monday, October 8
Bok Tower Gardens–Lake Wales
-Join Bok Tower Gardens for a special presentation of educational documentaries by PBS on Mondays & Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. in the Visitor Center Theater.
-The film is: Bugs! Bees: Tales from the Hive.

Barefoot in the Park
Wednesday, October 10–Friday, October 12
Polk State College–Winter Haven
Polk State College Theatre Presents Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park”.

4th Annual Hair for Hope
Thursday, October 11
Michael Rose Hair Designs–Lakeland
-Michael Rose Hair Designs hosts the Fourth Annual Hair for Hope to help women battling cancer.
-Participants are needed to be willing to cut at least 8 inches of their hair, which will be donated to Pantene Beautiful Lengths and used to make wigs that are distributed free through The American Cancer Society wig banks nationwide to women undergoing cancer treatment.

Thursday, October 11–Sunday, October 14
Theatre Winter Haven
-ANNIE, everyone’s favorite orphan, is back on stage at Theatre Winter Haven after a decade.
-A whole new generation of families can experience one of the world’s most best-loved musicals about never giving up.

Fall Film Series at Bok Tower Gardens
Thursday, October 11
Bok Tower Gardens–Lake Wales
-Join Bok Tower Gardens for a special presentation of educational documentaries by PBS on Mondays & Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. in the Visitor Center Theater.
-The film is: The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies.

Fine Swine at the Pit
Friday, October 12– Saturday, October 13
-Get your butts smoked and share your ribs at the American Legion Mulberry Memorial Post #72 October 12 and 13.
-This world-class event is a State Championship & Jack Daniels Qualifier.

Legends & Legacies: “Letters Home: Love Letters, Courage & Survival”
Friday, October 12–Saturday, October 13
Fantasy of Flight–Polk City
-Fantasy of Flight proudly presents Legends & Legacies: A Symposium Series honoring brave American heroes whose personal contributions became part of our country’s rich history and helped shape our society.
-Hear their stories of love, hope, and support through one of America’s darkest times.

Red, White & The Blues
Friday, October 12
Venue: Polk Museum of Art–Lakeland
-The Museum’s annual wine tasting and blues concert features Texas blues artists Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King.

Zombie Paintball Hayride at CornFusion 2012
Friday, October 12–Sunday, November 25
Venue: CornFusion Corn Maze–Lakeland
-Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m., mow down zombies with paintball guns on a hayride through infected swamps, a scrapyard and a corn field at CornFusion in Lakeland.
-All materials needed to put a dent in the Zombie population will be supplied.

Bartow Antiques Fair
Saturday, October 13
Downtown Bartow
-The Bartow Antiques Fair takes place along Main Street in Downtown Bartow on the second Saturday of the month.

Downtown Lakeland ZombieFest
Saturday, October 13
Downtown Lakeland
-Downtown Lakeland welcomes you to our first annual ZombieFest.
-Live music, food vendors, costume contest, pub crawl and a zombie walk are just some of the fun that’s planned.

Haines City Wellness Expo
Date: Saturday, October 13
Venue: Lake Eva Banquet Hall–Haines City
-All serious and recreational runners are invited to participate in this Annual 5K Stride for Fitness Run and Wellness Expo at Lake Eva Banquet Hall in Haines City.
-Health care agencies and organizations will be on hand from 9:00 a.m. – Noon for FREE screenings and other information.

Mad Hatter Tea Party Luncheon
Saturday, October 13
Ramon Theater–Frostproof
-Join Cornerstone Hospice and the Ramon Theater for this fun tea party luncheon.
-Wear your funniest, wackiest or prettiest decorated hat because prizes will be awarded.
-Proceeds will benefit the Cornerstone Hospice services.

Twilight at the Ritz
Saturday, October 13
Venue: Ritz on Central–Winter Haven
-This fundraiser will be a “A Glamorous … But Spooky …Evening of Fun”
at the Ritz Theatre.
-Food, drinks, music by the Brass Heart Band, auctions and more will be on hand.


Saturday Night Rodeo –Every Saturday night (Westgate River Ranch Resort-Lake Wales)

Haunted Hanger Walking Tour–October 1-31 (Fantasy of Flight-Polk City)

Brick-or-Treat – October- Saturdays & Sundays (LEGOLAND® Florida-Winter Haven)

Zombie Paintball Hayride at CornFusion–October 12-November 25 (CornFusion Corn Maze-Lakeland)

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

Motivations, The Members Exhibition–Through October 14(Ridge Art Association-Winter Haven)

Safari Wilderness Ranch Fall Festival–Through October 28 (Safari Wilderness Ranch-Lakeland)

David Maxim at Polk Museum of Art–Through December 1 (Polk Museum of Art-Lakeland)

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


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

Cornfusion Corn Maze – October 19- November 25 (Lakeland)

Boktoberfest – October 20 (Bok Tower Gardens-Lake Wales)

Paintball Sports Promotions World Cup – October 25-28 (Fantasy of Flight-Polk City)

BOO! Bash – October 26 (Explorations V-Lakeland)

Naturally Creepy Trick or Treating–October 26 (Bok Tower Gardens-Lake Wales)

Polk Outpost 27 Fall Festival – October 27 (Polk Outpost 27-Davenport)

In Vibrant Color: Vintage Celebrity Portraits from the Harry Warnecke Studio –October 27-January 12 (Polk Museum of Art-Lakeland)

Wings ‘n Things – November 2 (Sun ‘n Fun Florida Air Museum-Lakeland)

The Fancy Flea Vintage Home and Garden Market – November 3 (Munn Park, Lakeland)

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

A Patriotic Tribute Performed by the Imperial Symphony Orchestra – November 10 (on the campus of SUN ‘n FUN, Lakeland)

Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate–November 23-January 6 (Bok Tower Gardens-Lake Wales)

Winter Wonderettes– November 29-December 15 (Theatre Winter Haven)

2012 Florida International Games & State Championships – December 1-9 (locations throughout Polk)

Christmas Bricktacular–December 1-30 (LEGOLAND® Florida-Winter Haven)

NSA Florida Youth Fall State Tournament–December 8-9 (locations throughout Polk)

Countdown to Kids’ New Year’s Eve–December 26-30 (LEGOLAND® Florida-Winter Haven)

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