Around Town Polk Edition May 2016

While Florida gained statehood in 1845, it was not until 1861 that Polk County was created from the eastern half of Hillsborough County. It was named in honor of former United States President James K. Polk, whose 1845 inauguration was on the day after Florida became a state.

5 Women of Central Florida Spring Fashion Show. The models will be escorted by Sheriff  Grady Judd. The event will feature catered food, and drinks, as well as a silent/live auction. All proceeds will benefit the patients of Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center and their communication needs. $50. 6 -7 p.m. Historic Polk Theatre, 121 S. Florida Ave, Lakeland, 33801. (863) 686 – 3189.

6 National Public Gardens Day. This national event is designed to raise awareness about the role America’s public gardens play in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education in communities nationwide. Activities include behind-the-scenes tours of the Gardens and other educational opportunities. Free Admission. Bok Towers Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales, 33853.Call for times (863) 676 – 1408.

7 Kentucky Derby Party Fundraiser. Party-goers will cheer for their favorite horse and make their win, place, or show predictions. Entertainment includes a “horse” auction, hate contest, and a complementary bourbon tasting for all to enjoy. Lone Palm Golf Club.3 – 7 p.m. 800 Lone Palm Drive, Lakeland, 33815. Call for ticket prices and questions (863) 688 – 5491.

7 & 8.Mother’s Day Weekend at Bok Tower Gardens. Why stop at a flower bouquet when you can give Mom an entire garden? Free admission is offered to all mothers on Mother’s Day for our huge weekend Plant Sale. Enjoy live carillon concert at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and special menu selection in the Blue Palmetto Café, make mom a container garden. From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., $15/person. Reservation required.  Lake Wales, 33853.(863) 676 -1408.

11 & 18. Haines City Marketplace. You can’t beat the fresh taste of produce these growers and produce resellers have to offer. Free. 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Railroad Park, 100 N. 6th St. Haines City, 33844. (863) 421 – 3700.

21 Armed Forces Day Carillon Concert. Honor the brave men and women of our Armed Forces who have given their lives to preserve our freedom.  Free admission offered to active, retired to disabled veterans of all military branches with valid ID. Carillon concerts features patriotic musical selections at 1 – 1:30 p.m. then from 3 – 3:30 p.m. Bok Tower Gardens Lake Wales, 33853. (863) 676 – 1408.

25 & 26. Marvin’s Room. NY Times calls Marvin’s Room “One of the funniest, wisest and most moving plays of the year.” Bessie lives in Florida where she cares for her aunt and ailing father, Marvin. Unable to speak, and confined to his bed for years, and his only entertainment comes from someone bouncing beams of sunlight, reflected from a small mirror, around his room.  $10. 7:30 – 9 p.m. Lakeland Community Theatre, 121 S Lake Ave, Lakeland, 33801.(863) 603 – 7529.

28 4th Saturday Market in Downtown Winter Haven. The market offers food trucks, antiques, arts and crafts, book signing by local authors, and live music, Bring your chair. Free. 9 a.m. -3 p.m. Central Park, 5th St., NW Winter Haven, 33881.Call for any questions at (863) 258-3561.

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