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Top O' The Bay Oktoberfest

Town 'N Country, Florida - The Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce is hosting it's 18th Annual Top O' The Bay Oktoberfest from Friday October 18 through Sunday October 20 at the Tampa Bay Downs, 11225 Racetrack Road, Tampa.

Good food, good music, good cause!

Good food, good music, good cause!

Bartow, FL -- Folks from Bartow, Polk County and beyond are invited to take part in a fundraiser to benefit Polk State College Students.

"Wine for Wisdom" features a gourmet multi-course dining feast masterfully prepared by an acclaimed chef, with wines which will be perfectly matched by a sommelier.

Polk State College students will entertain guests with their musical talents.

'THE PRICE IS RIGHT' Host Drew Carey coming to Lakeland

'THE PRICE IS RIGHT' Host Drew Carey coming to Lakeland

Lakeland, FL - Comedian turned 'Price-is-Right' host Drew Carey is returning to his stand-up roots with a whole new comedy act.

He's performing at The Lakeland Center on Friday, January 10th at 8pm.

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 13th at 9:30am for $45 and $75 (service charges will apply). Tickets are available at The Lakeland Center Box Office, by calling 863-834-8111, online at thelakelandcenter.com or by calling the 24-hour ticketing line 888-397-0100. This performance is for mature audiences only. Pre-show dining will be available.  

Become a calendar county!

Become a calendar county!

Do you have spectacular pictures of your county's natural landscapes that you feel are calendar worthy? If so, you may want to submit them to the Florida Association of Counties for their 2014 calendar! 

According to the FAC, all interested parties are encouraged to send in scenic shots of their county's "Beautiful Roads & Trails" for consideration:

Local Student’s Art Work on Display on Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.

Local Student’s Art Work on Display on Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.

Davenport, Florida-- Hannah Marie Watkins, a recent graduate of Ridge Community High has artwork on display on Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. in the Capitol Building, where it will stay for one year. She is the winner of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition for her submission of “Carnival.” Each year, students who live in Florida’s 9th congressional district are asked to submit art work for the honor. Leo Gonzalez, also of Ridge Community High, received an Honorable Mention in the competition for his “Self Portrait.”

Duke TIP names Polk middle schoolers among best in nation

Duke TIP names Polk middle schoolers among best in nation

Polk County, Florida-- Polk County middle school students have been recognized by the Duke University Talent Identification Program, and are now being invited to take the incredibly intimidating SAT and ACT tests-- typically intended for high schoolers preping for college!

Polk County Public School officials sent out a detailed release about the honor, and even included a list of all qualifying middle schoolers: 

Concert Under the Stars this weekend

Concert Under the Stars this weekend

Polk County, Florida -- The folks at nearby Bok Gardens have a night of fun and music lined-up for this weekend.

The "Concert Under the Stars" is an "evening of fun and inspiring performances Saturday, April 27 with our annual springtime Concert Under The Stars."

Is it Jazz? Folk? Bluegrass? Rock? Or a unique combination that becomes something completely fresh, new and original?