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Celebrate Skateworld's makeover

Celebrate Skateworld's makeover

Lakeland, FL - In celebration of its 35-year anniversary, Skate World is in the process of making significant improvements including a state-of-the-art, first-of-its-kind skating floor and offering a free admission skate night (still a charge for skate rental) to the public on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 5:30 until 9:30 p.m.

Skate World is located at 911 North Lake Parker Avenue in Lakeland.

In 1977, Adonis Dedes purchased the skating rink from his father-in-law, who opened the business in the early 1970s.

Outdoors Expo offers family-friendly activities and demonstrations

Outdoors Expo offers family-friendly activities and demonstrations

Lakeland, FL -- Polk County Parks and Recreation’s first Outdoors Expo will debut on Sept. 24 at Saddle Creek Park and Campground in Lakeland.

This free, family-friendly event will include ATV demonstrations, Fishing 101: Ask a Pro, a kids’ zone, a live alligator show by Crocodopolis, an archery range, and a concealed weapons class conducted by staff from Tim’s Gun Shop.

Seating is limited and preregistration is required for the concealed weapons class. Call (863) 534-6911 to register. Bring identification and cash or money order for the $50 course fee to the event.

Man honored for youth hunting program

Man honored for youth hunting program

Winter Haven, FL -- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has honored a Winter Haven man for his youth hunting program.

Gene Paul was presented the 2010 "Landowner of the Year Award" for his program aimed at providing quality hunting experiences for 12- to 17-year-olds to increase the number of youths involved in the tradition of hunting.

Paul has allowed the FWC to run youth hunts for deer and wild hogs on his property for the past two years, providing six hunts to more than 60 youths, and has future hunts scheduled this season. He also hosted a hog hunt last year for a dozen women.

Water skiers take jumping to extreme

Polk City, Florida - We've all seen the lovely ladies on water skis in old film footage from Cypress Gardens, but water skiing in Florida has changed.

A new crop of athletes is revving up the sport to the extreme and it's called water ski flying.

"You gotta have the technique, the training, you got be a little bit crazy," says professional skier Ryan Dodd.

Here's the sport by the numbers: 90 inch skis, 6-foot ramp, 70 miles an hour, 240-foot jumps and the crazy... well, you just can't measure that.

Photo Gallery: Extreme Water Skiing

Sign up now for fall season of Polk County Lacrosse

Sign up now for fall season of Polk County Lacrosse

Polk County, FL -- The Polk County Lacrosse Club is gearing up for the 2011 Fall Season.

Fall Lacrosse will feature three age groups that will include: Bantams for 2nd - 4th grade, Lighting for 4th - 6th grade and Middle School for grades 6th – 8th.

  • Bantams -  6 players per team. Grades 2-4 (1st time players in the 4th Grade).
  • Lightning -  6 players per team. Grades 4-6 (1st time players in the 6th Grade).
  • Middle School - Full strength with 10 players per team. Grades 6-8.

Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays!

Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays!

Lakeland, FL -- Join the Lakeland community and Chamber fans on Monday, Aug. 22 to watch the Tigers vs. the Rays!

This is the Chamber's first Major League Road Trip! Don't miss the excitement!

Buses leave Joker Marchant Stadium at 4 p.m. and will return to Joker Marchant Stadium after the game.

Ticket, Bus Transportation and Dinner for ONLY $75 A PERSON!