Around Town Polk Edition April 2016

Spook Hill is a gravity hill, an optical illusion where cars appear to roll up the spooky hill in Lake Wales, Florida.

3 Rock the Park. The Lakeland Flying Tigers will host an exciting concert featuring the music of Bob Seger, Journey, Bon Jovi, Garth Brooks and the Eagles. A family-friendly event, you’re welcome to bring your dogs as long as they’re leashed. $25. 12 – 6 p.m. Joker Marchant Stadium. Lakeland, 33805. Call (863) 413-4140.

7 Rebel with a Cause Reception: American Impressionist Women Welcome an outstanding collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures from the Sellars Collection of Art by American women as the exhibition is unveiled at Lakeland’s Polk Museum of Art. Recently acquired by The Huntsville Museum of Art, this borrowed collection will be displayed in Lakeland from April 9 – July 3. The opening reception is free for members, $10 for non-members. 6 – 8:30 p.m. at the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, 33801. To learn more: (863) 688-7743.

7, 14, 21 Three-part Grief Series. Rica Walker, LMHC hosts a grief series exploring topics “Grief 101,” “Stages of Grief,” and “The New Normal.” Seating is limited – please register early. Free. 3 – 4 p.m. at The Tribute Center, Heath Funeral Chapel, at 328 S. Ingraham Ave. in Lakeland, 33801. Free parking next to the Tribute Center. To learn more: (863) 226-7257.

9 & 23 Market in Downtown Winter Haven. The 2nd and 4th Saturday Market offers food trucks, antiques, art and crafts of all kinds, book signings and much more. Free. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Central Park in Winter Haven, 33880. Call (863) 258-3561.

16 Play It Forward Polk. Enjoy a fundraising concert while helping a great non-profit organization raise money in order to provide musical instruments to underprivileged kids in our Polk County public school system. The event includes activities, food and entertainment. General admission is $15; $10 w/ student ID. 12 p.m. – 11 p.m. Polk Theatre, Lakeland 33801. For more information: (863) 682-7553.

18 Top Chef of Polk County. Enjoy a multi-course fine-dining experience that places the spotlight on leading chefs while raising much needed funds for programs and therapies that provide care for the children of Achievement Academy. First course begins at 6:30 p.m. after opening cocktails. Lakeland Center, at 701 W. Lime St. Lakeland, 33815. Seats are limited; call (863)683-6504 or go online to achievementacademy.com.

18 The 863 Local FiArt Fest. This free community event features live music, food trucks and talented central Florida artists who will compete for cash prizes and sell their unique artwork. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Central Park, Downtown Winter Haven 33881. To learn more: (863) 258-3561.

19 Moonlight Carillon Concert. Enjoy a carillon concert under the light of a full moon and at this unique opportunity to visit Bok Tower Gardens after-hours. Opt to have a light dinner at the Blue Palmetto Café before the concert, for an additional fee. Concert is $5. 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales, 33853. For more information, call (863) 676-1408 or visit boktowergardens.org.

28 Symphonic Celebrations. See art, hear music, and enjoy dance and theatre at the event with something for everyone. Celebrating the remarkable range of styles and roles played by the symphony orchestra, FSC offers an extraordinary program of impressive performances designed to showcase the beauty and breath of expression in music. $4 students; $8 adults. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at the Brancomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College, in Lakeland, 33801. For more information, call (863) 680 – 4296.

Spook Hill is a gravity hill, an optical illusion where cars appear to roll up the spooky hill in Lake Wales, Florida.
Spook Hill is a gravity hill, an optical illusion where cars appear to roll up the spooky hill in Lake Wales, Florida.

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