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n opinion exists that the past is in the past and it should stay there; I couldn’t disagree more. The past has carried us to the present, made each of us who we are today, and should be celebrated and honored. Now, most of us don’t go around holding elaborate ceremonies to honor our past, but rather we repeat our family traditions, talk about memories, or plant a tree in memory of a person or event. The design of Hollis Garden in Lakeland honors Florida’s history. The garden was an idea that began in the 1920s but wasn’t finished until 2000. The crash of the stock market got in the way of plans to finish the newly-built promenade on Lake Mirror with a garden fit for a “Venetian” palace. Read more beginning page 12.

Painting a palace might be next on the list for Sheila Vertoli, a local who teaches group painting classes. She encourages her students to channel their inner artist, and everyone goes home with a finished painting that is exactly like their fellow students’ paintings—only different. The story on Canvas Creations begins on page 8. While some paint, others volunteer. Giving back to the community is a passion and actually a need for many who give their time and talents for free to local organizations. And plenty of opportunities exist in Polk if one is interested in giving back. Turn to page 9 for that story. The Non-profit Spotlight this issue is Talbot House Ministries, which serves the county’s poor and homeless with healthcare, shelter, job placement and other services. Happy springtime!

Editor + Publisher LETTER

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Publisher | SERGIO CRUZ

Sergio@PolkMedia.com

Editor | ANDREA CRUZ

Andrea@PolkMedia.com

Cover Designer | DEBORAH COKER Art Director | ALEJANDRO F. CRUZ Ad Sales Rep | BOB EDMONDSON Bob@PolkMedia.com

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March / April 2017

Contributors JAMIE BECKETT BRENDA EGGERT BRADER ANDREA CRUZ SERGIO CRUZ JAI MAA ELIZABETH MORRISEY MEREDITH JEAN MORTON

Sergio Cruz, publisher Andrea Cruz, editor Sergio@The863Magazine.com Andrea@The863Magazine.com

Cover Photo One of the many ornamental fountains at Hollis Garden in Lakeland is a centerpiece of the botanic garden situated off of Lake Mirror near downtown. Story page 12. Photo by Sergio Cruz. The 863 Magazine is a product of Polk Media, Inc. For more info visit us online: PolkMedia.com or The863Magazine.com.

The 863 Magazine - March & April 2017  

Hollis Garden's History; Volunteerism in Polk; Canvas Creations; The 5 A's for Restoring Integrity; Non-Profit Spotlight: Talbot House. The...

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