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Thursday, November 9th

All proceeds raised from the Gala will be utilized locally to support the most current and urgent needs of Winter Haven Hospital and Winter Haven Women’s Hospital patients. Back by popular demand, Jessie’s Girls, an Atlanta-based high-energy 12 piece band, delivers a powerful rhythm and horn section and fantastic choreographed dancers.

Four-Course Gourmet Dinner | Exquisite Wines | Open Bar | Live Auction | Silent Auction | Raffle

Platinum: $10,000

(Premium table, 8 tickets, full-page program ad, company logo/ad projection, post event advertising)

Gold: $5,000

(4 tickets, half-page program ad, post event advertising)

Silver: $2,500

(3 tickets, quarter-page program ad, post event advertising)

Bronze: $1,500

(2 tickets and company listing)

Please make reservations early. For more information on how you can help take health care in Polk County to the next level of excellence, call (863) 292-4138 or email whhfoundation@baycare.org.


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COMMUNITY SNIPPETS Biscuits, Bloodys & The Blues The Imperial Symphony Orchestra’s inaugural Biscuits, Bloodys and the Blues event launches August 27, 2017! Beat the heat with your reserved table for 10 inside the beautiful (air conditioned) Magnolia Building. You’ll sample – and vote for – the best biscuits

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and bloodys around, plus more delicious brunch food so you’ll leave full! So far, 12 bloodys and nine biscuit recipes are signed up… Check out who’s competing: Frescos, Grillsmith, Cob&Pen, Square1, Fish City Grill, Masons Live, Popeyes Most restaurants will be showcasing new recipes and bringing savory and sweet items for you to try. A rockin’ blues crew will be jamming

on stage and calling up some ISO musicians to join in! Live Blues, Biscuit & Bloody samples, Expanded brunch options, Casual attire encouraged. Table sales are now underway! Tables of 10 are $500 and include a table-top mimosa station! To purchase a table call (863) 688-3743.

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TRACEY’S

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By Tracey Greene

The Summer Time Blues

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Summer time always brings a mixture of feelings to the community especially in our location of Central Florida. The kids are happy to be out of school, even though some get bored quickly and others become slaves to their TVs and couches. Adults look forward to quick weekend beach get-a-ways with friends or planned family vacations to the mountains escaping the heat or cruising by ship to an even more tropical locale. Others, like small business owners, feel the heat of summer in a different way. It means little to no tourists and less of our locals around to spend money. While they are off vacationing in other areas, less money is being spent in our backyard so the economic balance gets stressed. Small business owners often fall to the wayside in this crunch time succumbing to closing their doors or lying off employees. We fall into the Summer Time Blues… These businesses are the backbone of our country; being unique in your community, filling a niche with products and services and being “your own boss” has definite benefits except when it comes to our state during June, July, August and September. It’s always mind-boggling on how drastically the flow of currency changes during this time period. We’re not talking about seasonal businesses – the brick and mortar. They’re the same restaurants, boutiques, and markets here open for business practically 365 days a year. Are people not eating anymore or buying items for their cars, homes or

services for…anything? Most of us are still going to work each day, still shopping at the store for essential items, still visiting with friends and family on the weekends, enjoying “happy hour” a few times a week. Our routines don’t fluctuate that much just because it’s deemed summer, so why does our local economic flow become so stressed like a water hose with a kink in it? Yes, we live in a tourism industry, but we have multi thousands of people that live, work or are retired right here in our county – approximately 650,000 people. I don’t know if people use summer as a time to cut back on their household expenses or are starting to save for that “rainy day”, retirement or even Christmas. Heck, isn’t this why a marketing genius came up with the phrase “Christmas is July” for increasing slow retail sales? Maybe, we, as small business owners, just need to be more creative on how we lure our consumers from their conservative summer time shells. During summer it is definitely a buyers market getting the BEST deals possible on practically everything. Help our county combat their Summer Time Blues. During August and September make sure that you frequent new local small businesses or visit some old favorites. Let the owners know how much we love and appreciate them setting up shop in our community. The dollar makes the world go ‘round! QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS info@todayandtonight.com

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Call For Artists

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Classic Albums Live

18 Dawg Dayz Blues Fest 20 World Eats Part 2

COLUMNS: 5

Tracey’s Tid Bits

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Kitchen Diva

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Now Here’s a Tip

Call For Artists

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Classic Albums Live

17 Brian's Brain 21 On-o-mato-poe-ia 31 Pop Off at Pop Culture 32 The Sweet Spot

Dawg Dayz Blues Fest

THE FUN & AMUSING: 28 Brain Exercise 28 Crossword

LISTINGS: 10 Local Live Music 12 Snap Shotz 22 Restaurant Guide 26 Calendar of Events

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EDITOR’S NOTE

Here we are in August already. Hot and rainy. We can’t wait for those fall temperatures to creep in. How many days until Christmas? Time sure does fly by. Well in the mean time. World Eats is on the menu with part 2. In June we put together a sample of Polk County’s International Fares and gave you a taste of what is out there. We continue this month with a few more. Check it out! Make sure to sign up for our Today & Tonight Weekly email newsletter. It is our weekly newsletter with events and promotions. If you would like to receive special discounts and be in tune on what is going on for the week, sign up at todayandtonight.com. You can sign up right on the home page. Make sure to follow us on Facebook to keep up to date. You never know what awesome deal or event might just show up. Chris Douglas Publisher

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303 Main Street, Auburndale, FL 33823 Shrimp, Chicken and Steak Fajita Mix with Grilled Onions and Peppers served with Rice, Beans and a Side Salad (shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and avocados).

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CALL FOR ARTISTS FOR POSTER CONTEST

Watson Clinic presents the BIG Event Poster Contest

Commerce, c/o Watson Clinic BIG Event Poster Contest, 35 Lake Morton Dr, Lakeland, FL 33801. The deadline for submitting entries is Monday, September 25, 2017, midnight. The winner will be notified on Monday, October 2, 2017.  Award:  One (1) winner will receive a $350 cash award, and their winning image will be showcased on promotional materials for the BIG Event (Saturday, 11/11/17), and printed, signed & numbered editions will be available for purchase at the event. The poster will promote the BIG Event through 2018, until the next contest winner.  For complete rules and regulations, please visit our event listing at http://business. lakelandchamber.com

LAKELAND, FLORIDA (July 13, 2017) — Creative input needed for local poster contest! Submit original poster artwork - with 2017 theme, Pirates on the Promenade, for the 2017 BIG Event on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Prize for the winner is a $350 cash award, and recognition at the BIG Event. The winning artwork design will also be featured on the official 2017 posters for the BIG Event and will be available for purchase at the event. The entry should communicate a message of Pirates on the Promenade. The Watson Clinic Poster Contest is open to all Polk County residents, any age. The entry must be a two-dimensional drawing, photo, painting, or digital file (.jpg or png) no larger than 11” x 17” and must be in portrait orientation.  Send entries to: Lakeland Chamber of

WHAT IS THE BIG EVENT? Saturday, November 11, 2017, 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm. The BIG Event Lakeland is a free music fest featuring local businesses, makers, and delicious food! The event kicks off with the Red Ribbon Run Corporate Award and the Watson Clinic Poster Contest Award, immediately followed by a special Salute to Veterans by Green Construction. Then enjoy nonstop entertainment! Celebrate the best of Lakeland at this FREE music fest! The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce in partnership with InnerAct Alliance and Big Brothers Big Sisters Polk present the second annual BIG Event Lakeland - and theme Pirates on the Promenade for 2017! The iconic and historical Frances Ford Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror Amphitheatre

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is the perfect backdrop for local fun on Saturday, November 11, 2017, from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm!   WHAT’S THERE TO DO? • Honor our Veterans at our Salute to Veterans by Green Construction! • Red Ribbon Corporate & CEO Run & Awards - compete against last year’s winner Allen & Company of Florida, and their team “Phat Assets,” for the coveted traveling trophy! • Enter the Watson Clinic BIG Event Poster Contest with theme Pirates on the Promenade open to all ages! • Enjoy live local music until 8pm, then a DJ dance party wraps it up! • Relax at the R&R Tent and catch your favorite college football team courtesy of Bank of Central Florida’s Tailgate! • Explore, learn, shop & eat at the Expo with Food, Business, Makers, and Non-Profits! • People’s Choice Food Truck “Bites” Challenge by Big Brothers Big Sisters Polk • Kids’ Breezeway! courtesy of Publix Super Markets, Inc. • Grab a map at the Highland Homes Tent and seek the treasure in our Treasure Hunt! • Marvel at the exhibition-style thrills & spills at Water Ski Shows by the Lakeland Water Ski Club! • Compete in the Pirates on the Promenade Costume Contest by CPS Investment Advisors! And much more... Experience live music, family fun + great tastes Lakeland style!



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CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE

Experience Iconic The Album “Breakfast In America” Performed Note for Note and Cut for Cut!



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lassic Albums Live celebrates their 10-year anniversary at the

Lakeland Center performing a series of

iconic classic rock albums Supertramp

Norway, Austria, Canada, Australia

the RP Funding Center Box Office, by

biggest selling albums of all time.


rpfundingcenter.com. All dates, acts,

and France, where it is one of the five


Classic Albums Live takes classic

“Breakfast in America” August 17,

albums and recreates them live, on

up with Lynyrd Skynyrd “Pronounced

Founded in 2003 by Craig Martin,

Woodstock September 14 and wraps Lĕh-’nérd ‘Skin-’nérd” October 12. All performances begin at 8 p.m.


Supertramp’s Breakfast in America

won two Grammy Awards in 1980,

and holds an RIAA certification of quadruple

platinum.

Breakfast

in

America became Supertramp’s biggest-

selling album with more than 6 million copies sold in the US alone and was

No. 1 on Billboard Pop Albums Chart

for six weeks in the spring and summer of 1979. The album also hit No. 1 in

stage - note for note, cut for cut. Classic Albums Live has become the

ultimate destination for music lovers wanting to hear the greatest albums

performed live without all the cheesy impersonations. Relying only on the

music, using what Martin refers to as

phone 888-397-0100 or online at www. and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.



Classic Albums Live debuted at RP

Funding Center (formerly The Lakeland Center) in May 2007 performing the

Eagles “Hotel California” album and has become a mainstay every summer since performing over 40 albums from the ranks of Rock and Roll Hall of

‘the world’s best musicians’, Classic

Famers as The Rolling Stones, Bruce

mainstay in performing arts centers

Albums Live provides true rock fans


Ticket prices are $41 and $31 (other

the greatest songs ever performed live

Albums Live has defined itself as a

Springsteen, Prince and U2. Classic

across North America.


with the ability to experience some of

fees may apply) and are available at

on stage.

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AUGUST CONCERT CALENDAR PRESENTED BY JESSIE’S LOUNGE WEDNESDAY, AUG 2 BIG ASS JAM w/JIM AND JUDY (Jessie’s Lounge, WH) LUBECK ACOUSTIC (New Grove Lounge, DUN)

Thursday, Aug 3 GREG REDDING (Fresco’s, LKD) SIMPLY COUNTRY BAND (Lundyville Music Hall, ADL) Friday, Aug 4 JOSH BLEVINS BAND (New Grove Lounge, DUN) A-V PROJECT (Fresco’s, LKD)

SATURDAY, AUG 5

Z-STREET SPEAKEASY BAND (Bok Tower, LW) SOUTHERN LEGACY BAND (New Grove Lounge, DUN) OAKLEE (Tanners Lakeside, WH) DEAN JOHANESEN (Fresco’s, LKD) JOSH BLEVINS BAND (Johnny G’s, LKD) LOTP (Mason’s Live, LKD) WONDERLAND (Boot Hill Saloon, DAY BCH) BERES HAMMOND (Hard Rock Live, ORL) HUNGOVER & FELICITY (House of Blues, ORL)

BIG ASS JAM w/JIM AND JUDY (Jessie’s Lounge, WH)

THURSDAY, AUG 10

SIMPLY COUNTRY BAND (Lundyville Music Hall, ADL) SG WOOD (Fresco’s, LKD)

FRIDAY, AUG 11

USELESS JESTER/ THE SHADES (Jessie’s Lounge, WH) VEGAN ZOMBIES (New Grove Lounge, DUN) ANDY SHREEVE (Fresco’s, LKD) NOMAD (Tijuana Flats, WH) FUNKY SOUL PARTY BAND (The Pink Piano, LKD) STONEGREY (Ybor Cigar Lounge, LKD) LIONEL RICHIE wsg MARIAH CAREY (Amalie Arena, TMP)

SATURDAY, AUG 12

ED WRIGHT (Ybor Lounge, LKD)

3RD DEGREE (New Grove Lounge, DUN) JOSH BLEVINS (Old Man Frank’s, WH) BLUES FEST: LEGENDARY JC’S wsg SOUL 2 EARTH/ BLUE ROOSTERS/JUG BROTHERS/NEW ORLEANS ROCKIN’ JAKE BAND/ STEVE ARVEY BAND/KEVIN MAINES AND THE VOLTS (Tanners Lakeside, WH) BOBBY JAMES (Fresco’s, LKD) LOTP (Mason’s Live, LKD) DBMK (LKLD Live, LKD) SOUTHERN LEGACY (Fire Restaurant, WH) 5TH GEAR BAND (Keel & Curley Winery, P CTY) WONDERLAND (Roadside Tavern, PT ORG)

WEDNESDAY, AUG 9

SUNDAY, AUG 13

SUNDAY, AUG 6

SPITFIRE (New Grove Lounge, DUN) MELISSA CRISPO (Idle Zone Bar & Grill, WH) RANSOM (Old Man Frank’s, WH) ACOUSTIC DOSE (Tanners Lakeside, WH)

TUESDAY, AUG 8

GROUND ZERO (New Grove Lounge, DUN) 10 AUGUST 2017

JAMES CHESHIRE (New Grove Lounge, DUN)

POLK COUNTY PORCH PICKERS (Idle Zone Bar & Grill, WH) PICKUP ARTISTS (Old Man Frank’s, WH) SOUTHERNDIPITY (Tanners Lakeside, WH) JOHN MAYER (Amalie Arena, TMP)

MONDAY, AUG 14

FUTURE wsg POST MALONE AND ZOEY DOLLAZ (MidFlorida CU Amphi, TMP)

TUESDAY, AUG 15

ED WRIGHT (Ybor Lounge, LKD) MATCHBOX TWENTY AND COUNTING CROWS (MidFlorida CU Amphi, TMP) LIL YACHTY (Hard Rock Live, ORL)

WEDNESDAY, AUG 16 TRAVIS & MCKENZIE DUO (New Grove Lounge, DUN) BIG ASS JAM w/JIM AND JUDY (Jessie’s Lounge, WH) ACOUSTIC STAGE (Lundyville Music Hall, ADL) J. COLE wsg J.I.D./ ARI LENNOX/BAS/ ANDERSON .PAAK (Amway Center, ORL)

THURSDAY, AUG 17

CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE: SUPERTRAMP (RP Funding Center, LKD) SIMPLY COUNTRY BAND (Lundyville Music Hall, ADL) EDDIE WRIGHT (Fresco’s, LKD)

FRIDAY, AUG 18

DEE JAY SILVER (MidFlorida CU Amphi, TMP)

SATURDAY, AUG 19

B. HAVEN (Idle Zone Bar & Grill, WH) STONEGREY (Old Man Frank’s, WH) AGGIE ROAD (Tanners Lakeside, WH) LEO LOPEZ (Bok Tower, LW) KAT AND THE DAWGS (Fresco’s, LKD) LOTP (Mason’s Live, LKD) SOUTHERNDIPITY (Grove Roots Brewing Co., WH) ELLIE LEE BAND (Music Ranch, LKD)

SUNDAY, AUG 20

DAN SIGNOR (Idle Zone Bar & Grill, WH) BEN MEYER (Old Man Frank’s, WH) CHARLI AND THE COPPER COILS (Tanners Lakeside, WH) WONDERLAND (Caribbean Bay, WH)

TUESDAY, AUG 22 ED WRIGHT (Ybor Lounge, LKD)

WEDNESDAY, AUG 23 LUBECK ACOUSTIC (New Grove Lounge, DUN) BIG ASS JAM w/JIM AND JUDY (Jessie’s Lounge, WH)

THURSDAY, AUG 24

SIMPLY COUNTRY BAND (Lundyville Music Hall, ADL) SHANE LAWLOR (Fresco’s, LKD) MIKE MONTS DE OCA (Grove Roots Brewing Co., WH)

SPITFIRE (New Grove Lounge, DUN) MUNN PARK SAINTS (Fresco’s, LKD) GREEN LIGHT GO! POWER SURGE (Mason’s Live, LKD) (New Grove Lounge, DUN) JASON ALDEAN wsg CHRIS TROY THOMPSON BAND (Johnny G’s, LKD) YOUNG/KANE BROWN/ WWW.TODAYANDTONIGHT.COM • FIND US ON FACEBOOK

FRIDAY, AUG 25


COMING HOME RICH MISTRETTA (Fresco’s, LKD)

SATURDAY, AUG 26

RUMOR HAZ IT (New Grove Lounge, DUN) MOST WANTED (Old Man Frank’s, WH) LUBECK (Pour House Lounge, WH) WONDERLAND (Caribbean Bay, WH) DEB HUNSEDER (Fresco’s, LKD) WOMEN OF ROCK: PASSION IN PROXY/MR. HANDSOME/SPIRIT AND THE COSMIC HEART/ BLAINE IN MONO/ AUDITORY ARMORY/ STRANGER THAN FICTION /COMIN’ HOME (Mason’s Live, LKD) BERRY OAKLEY JR. & DUANE BETTS wsg DAMON FOWLER (Music Ranch, LKD) DEAN JOHANESEN (Brew Hub, LKD) SOUTHERNDIPITY (LA’s Midway Saloon, LA) FUNKY SOUL PARTY BAND (The Pink Piano, LKD)

SUNDAY, AUG 27

BOBBY JAMES (Idle Zone Bar & Grill, WH) BLUE ROOSTER (Old Man Frank’s, WH) DAVID BRIMER BAND (Tanners Lakeside, WH)

MARCO ANTONIO SOLIS AND CAMILA (Amway Center, ORL)

MONDAY, AUG 28

ALL STAR JAM: JAKE OWENS/MAREN MORRIS/PARMALEE/ MIDLAND/RYAN HURD/ LUKE COMBS/CARLY PEARCE/KANE BROWN/ SETH ENNIS/RAELYNN/ RUNAWAY JUNE (Hard Rock Live, ORL)

TUESDAY, AUG 29 ED WRIGHT (Ybor Lounge, LKD) ED SHEERAN (Amalie Arena, TMP)

WEDNESDAY, AUG 30 RED HOT ROOSTERS (New Grove Lounge, DUN) GOO GOO DOLLS wsg PHILLIP PHILLIPS (Hard Rock Live, ORL)

THURSDAY, AUG 31

SIMPLY COUNTRY BAND (Lundyville Music Hall, ADL) ED SHEERAN (Amway Center, ORL)

FRIDAY, SEPT 1

A-V PROJECT (Fresco’s, LKD) RUSTY (Grove Roots Brewing Co., WH)

KENDRICK LAMAR w/ YG AND D.R.A.M. (Amalie Arena, TMP)

SATURDAY, SEPT 2 DANNY VEGAS SHOW (Tanners Lakeside, WH) DEAN JOHANESEN (Fresco’s, LKD) TROY THOMPSON BAND (Music Ranch, LKD) MAZE wsg FRANKIE BEVERLY/NEPHEW TOMMY/TANK/ KELLY PRICE (USF Sun Dome, TMP)

SUNDAY, SEPT 3 LUBECK (Tanners Lakeside, WH)

TUESDAY, SEPT 5 GREEN DAY & CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN (MidFlorida CU Amphi, TMP)

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AUBURNDALE Beef ‘O’ Brady’s 102 W. Polk Street (863) 968-0010 Full Liquor Sports Bar TVs for the Games Bottoms Up Sports Bar 419 E. Bridgers Ave (863) 845-2913 Karaoke, Pool Tables Silver Strike Bowling Beer & Wine Find Us On Facebook Brew Hounds Sports Lounge 318 Havendale Blvd. (863) 967-2739 Wed, Trivia 6p Thu, Hospitality Night/$3 wells Thu & Sat, Dart Tourn. 8p Sat & Sun, Beer Bckt Specials Aug 29, Anniversary Party

BABSON PARK The Crooked Bass Grill & Tavern 1010 N. Scenic Hwy. (863) 589-5887 Full Liquor Seafood, Steaks & Burgers Live Music Fri & Sat Tue, Karaoke Pool Table & Darts

BARTOW Beef ‘O’ Brady’s 120 East Van Fleet Drive (863) 534-3111 Full Liquor Sports Bar Fun Bar 3379 US Hwy 17N (863) 800-3400 Karaoke Pool Table & Darts Mulligan’s Bartow Golf Club 150 N. Idlewood (863) 533-1668 Karaoke, Thu 7-10p The Wine Stable 150 S. Broadway (863) 533-9463 50+ Beer Selections 40+ Wine Selections

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Presented By Brew Hounds Sports Lounge Beef ‘O’ Brady’s 45653 US Hwy 27 (863) 420-3350 Full Liquor Great Wings, Sandwiches, Burgers, Wraps

Frank E’s Lakeside

Lucky’s Corner Pocket 43356 Hwy 27 (863) 420-0100 Full Liquor Pool Hall; 7 Pro Tables Outdoor Beer Garden

Rudy’s Liquorup Lounge

The Wheelhouse Bar 42637 US Hwy 27 (863) 353-6880 TVs, Pool Table Darts, Jukebox Wed & Sat, Karaoke 9p The Wheelhouse @19th Hole 102 Polo Park East (863) 424-4560 Tue & Fri, Karaoke 9p Thu, Trivia 8-10p

DUNDEE The New Grove Lounge (1/4 m north of Dundee Rd) 28390 US Hwy 27 (863) 439-1537 Hpy Hr Mon-Fri ‘til 7p Sun, Funday w/Specials/Entertain. Tue, Industry Night $2 Drafts Wed, Acoustics Live 8p Fri & Sat Live Music

1090 Shady Cove Rd E (863) 574-9830

Fri-Sun Live Music Great Sunsets

600 Ingraham Ave (863) 422-8585

Karaoke, Darts, Billiards Live Bands

Happy Hour 12-7p Shady Cove Bar & Grill 7140 State Road 544 E. (863) 421-6800

Full Liquor/Hpy Hr 4-7p Open Daily 12 p

Daily AUCE Food Specials Daily Drink Specials Live Music

LAKE ALFRED LA’s Midway Saloon

(Across from WH Airport) 3900 Lynchburg Rd (863) 875-7966

Hpy Hr 11-3p; Specials M-F

Serving Food Tue-Sun @ 3p

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Beef ‘O’ Brady’s North

P & J Recreation 33 South Scenic Hwy (863) 635-9825 Home of Famous Slaw Burger!

(863) 853-9464

FT. MEADE

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s South 4810 S FL Ave (863) 646-7757 Full Liquor Sports Bar 2-4-1 All Day, Everyday 40+ HD TVs w/sports pkgs

Pit Stop Package & Lounge 800 Charleston Ave (863) 285-8732

HAINES CITY All Star Grill 94 Maxcy Plaza Circle (863) 422-3455 Amos Tavern 200 US Highway 17 92 N (863) 422-1459 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s 902 Polk City Rd (863) 419-4848 Full Liquor Sports Bar Big Screen TVs

1070 Wedgewood Estates Blvd Full Liquor Sports Bar

2-4-1 All Day, Everyday

40+ HD TVs w/sports pkgs

The Boondocks 8515 Hwy 98 North (863) 858-3355 Wed, Pool Tourny Fri & Sat, Live Band 9p Boots n Buckles Saloon MOVING to NEW Location Watch Facebook & Website For Details: BootsnBucklesSaloon.com

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Johnny G’s 5153 US Hwy 98N (863) 858-3366 Hpy Hr Mon-Fri 4-6p Tue, Ladies Night $1 Drinks Wed, 5¢ Drafts/$1 Wells Sun, Free Pool 6-cl

Champino’s Rest & Pizzeria,

Sandpiper Plaza

6617 N. Socrum Loop Rd (863) 937-8866 Happy Hr 3-7p Full Liquor Bar Direct TV Sun, Brunch

Champs Sports Bar & Grill 6645 S Florida Ave (863) 647-5900 Happy Hr 3-7p Daily Specials Mon .50 Tacos 5-10p Wed .35 Boneless Wings 5-10p Cob & Pen 1221 S. Florida Ave (863) 937-8126 Craft Beer & Wine Fine Bar Food Decisions Grill & Bar 1621 E. Edgewood Dr Ste G (863) 686-6441 Even Par Sports Bar Oak Plaza North 5100 US Hwy 98 N, Ste 13 (863) 816-7995 Fresco’s Bistro & Wine Bar 132 S. Kentucky Ave (863) 683-5267 Happy Hr 5-7 Monthly Beer/Wine Pairings Great Bistro Fare/Late Menu Live Music Gator’s Dockside Highland City 5135 S.R. 98 (863) 619-7627 Food, Full Bar Open late night Hookah Palace 122 S. Kentucky Ave (863) 688-1818 House DJ Mon-Thu, Nightly Specials Fri/Sat, Belly Dancers 9:30,10:30 Isle of Capri 541 S Combee Rd (863) 665-6246 Food, Beer/Wine Hpy Hr 3-6p; $1.50 Drft/$2.50 Dom Wed, Ladies Night 7p Wed-Sun, 8-Ball/9-Ball Tourn 6p Thu-Sun, Karaoke 9p

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Just Larry’s Bar & Grill 3415 E County Rd 542 (863) 666-6898 Tue, $5 Burgers/$1 Drafts Wed, .50 Wings 4p-cl Thu, $2 Redneck Tacos Fri, AUCE Fish $8.95 Lakeland Loft 108 South Tennessee Ave (863) 210-5327 Jazz & Cigar Lounge Full Bar Business Casual Sun –Thu Dress to Impress Fri & Sat LakelandLoft.com Lucky’s Sports, Oyster & Tiki Bar (Orange Bowl Lanes) 4318 US Hwy 98 N (863) 858-3878 Mon, Poker 7p Wed, Poker 11a 1st Thu, Karaoke Contest 1st/3rd Sat, Live Bands Martini’s Lounge 3239 S. Florida Ave (863) 644-8993 Fri & Sat, DJ Pool Tables, Darts, Big Screens Masons Live 5501 S. Florida Ave (863) 333-0096 Crafted Bar Food Tue, Trivia 7:30p Wed, Karaoke Mon, Thu, Fri & Sat, DJ Fri & Sat, Live Bands Mojo’s Wings, Burgers & Beer 1853 E. Memorial Blvd (863) 583-9119 Hpy Hr 2-7p Tue, Karaoke Wed, Biker’s Night w/$5 Burgers Fri, Ladies/Latin Night Sun, 50 cent Wings Molly McHugh’s Irish Pub 111 S. Kentucky Ave (863) 686-6231 Darts, Pool Tables Live Music, Fri

The Pink Piano

1015 S. Florida Ave (863) 937-8885

Tue-Sat, Live Music Wine, Beer, Tapas Southside Package & Lounge 1122 S. Florida Ave (863) 683-4703 Happy Hr 10-7p & 12-2a; Full Liquor T A Slammers 1011 S. Florida Ave (863) 682-4178 Full Liquor Nightly Specials T-Bows 33 Lounge & Package 4106 Lakeland Hills Blvd (863) 683-1201 Happy Hr Daily 4-6p; $2.75 Wells, $2.25 20oz Drafts Wed-Sat, Karaoke @ 9p Wally’s Pool Hall 1136 E. Main St (863) 688-4460 Hpy Hr, Mon-Sat 11-7p Mon, 9-Ball Tourn Tue & Thur, APA 8 & 9-Ball Leag. Thu, Ladies Nite w/free pool Winner’s Circle 4215 South Florida Ave. (863) 644-9464 Sun, Corn Hole Tues, Poker Wed, Ladies Night 1st Thu, Open Mic, 7-10p XYZ Lounge East Gate 2190 US 92 E (863) 666-3859 Ybor Cigars & Spirits 5263 S. Florida Ave (863) 619-6799 Happy Hr 4-7p Darts/Pool Table/Flat Screen TVs Tue-Sat, Live Music

LAKE WALES Al’s Place 1530 N Scenic Hwy (863) 604-1456 $1.25 Drafts Trish is Back! All Star Grill 2019 Hwy. 60 E (863) 679-9689 Sports Bar

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SNAPSHOTZ Beef ‘O’ Brady’s 19598 US Hwy 27 (863) 679-1975 Full Liquor Sports Bar Big Screen TVs Cherry Pocket Steak & Seafood Shak 3100 Canal Rd (863) 439-2031 Seafood, Full Liquor Mon-Fri, Hpy Hr 11-4p Thu, Fri & Sat, Live Music 6-10p The Good Spot 3825 N. Scenic Hwy (863) 949-4243 Mon-Fri, $1 drafts 3-7p Tue, $2 Dom Bottles Thu, Ladies Night ½ price 7-11p Lunch Specials Darts, Pool Table JayBees Restaurant & Lounge 8625 Hwy 60 E (863) 696-1901 Full Liquor Lunch & Dinner Open Mon-Sat Just One More Bar 112 E. Crystal Ave. (863) 223-8803 Mon, Tue & Thu, Poker Night 6p Thu, Ladies Night Fri & Sat, Karaoke w/Paula 9p-1a Sun, Pool Tourn & Karaoke 4p Liar’s Lair Saloon Camp Mack River Resort 14143 Camp Mack Rd (863) 696-3863 Fri, Karaoke 8p Live Music Y’all Come Back Saloon 3230 State Rd 60 E (863) 676-5759 Taco Tues, $1 Live Music/Pool

RIVER RANCH Westgate River Ranch Saloon 3200 River Ranch Blvd. Restaurant/Saloon General/Western Store (863) 692-1321 ext 40013 Fri, DJ 6p-12a Sat, Live Band 6p-1a

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WINTER HAVEN A.J. Slammers 508 Cypress Gardens Blvd. (863) 875 5623 Apple Lounge 2803 Recker Hwy (863) 291-0340 Happy Hr, Mon-Fri 11-7p Food Available; Daily Specials Mon, Pool Tourn Wed & Sun, Poker/Thu, Karaoke Ave. Bar by Arabellas 328 West Central Ave (863) 229-8142 Open Tue-Sat, 4p Smoke-Free Full Menu/Full Bar Beef ‘O’ Brady’s 300 Cypress Gardens Blvd (863) 293-9464 Full Liquor Sports Bar 30 Big HD TVs Mon Burger Special Fire Restaurant 325 W. Central Ave (863) 875-5544 Sat Night, Live Music Outdoor Seating Available Grape Expectations 535 Cypress Gardens Blvd, St 150 (863) 318-8800 Wine Bar Smoke-Free Grove Roots Brewing Co. 302 3rd Street SW (863) 291-0700 Craft Beer & Wine Smoke-Free Food Truck & Live Music Closed: Mon & Tue Opens 4p Wed-Fri/12p Sat-Sun Harborside Restaurant 2435 7th St SW (863) 293-7070 Daily, Hpy Hr 3-6p Sunday, Early Bird 3-5p Mon-Thu, Early Bird 3-6p Waterfront Dining in Lk Shipp High Seas Lounge 7000 State Rd 544 (863) 299-2233 Great Food/Drink Specials Live Music Idle Zone (At Lake May) 615 7th Street SW (863) 875-7949 Sports Packages/TVs Great Food; Lunch & Dinner Live Music

Jensen’s Corner Bar 100 3rd Street SW (863) 298-6755 Smoke-Free Outdoor Patio Live Music Jessie’s Lounge 118 3rd Street SW (863) 298-9815 Hpy Hr Mon-Fri, 4-7p Mon, Free Pool Wed, Big Ass Jam Night Live Music Weekly Nate’s Anchor Bar & Grill 239 Third Street SW (863) 662-4772 Pool, Darts, Jukebox Fri, DJ Gonzo/Sat, DJ Melvin Office Pub & Lounge 1243 1st Street S (863) 293-4767 Happy Hr 12-7 Mon & Thu, Karaoke Tue & Fri, Poker 7p Sat, Poker 1p Pool Tables, Darts, Golden Tee Old Man Frank’s 1005 S. Lake Howard Dr (863) 294-9179 Happy Hour M-F, 11-7p Daily Specials Sun, Live Music/$12 Bckts New Party Deck! Aug 18, Regatta 12-4p; Stonegrey Past Time Lounge 1605 1st St S (863) 293-0027 Tue, Ladies Night Darts/Pool Table Wed, Poker 7p The Pour House Lounge 1560 Havendale Blvd NW (863) 299-5515 Sat, Live Bands Somewhere Sports Bar & Grill 5688 Cypress Gardens Blvd. (863) 324-7524 Mon-Sat, Hpy Hr 3-6p w/Daily Beer Specials/Sports Packages Lunch Specials Mon-Fri Tanners Lakeside Restaurant 1006 S Lake Howard Drive (863) 662-5948 Hrs: Wed-Fri, 4p-cl/Sat-Sun11:30a Happy Hr Wed-Fri 4-6p Wed, AUCE Catfish Thu, Prime Rib Sat & Sun, Party on Tiki Deck 2p-cl T L’s Old Place 2390 Ave G NW (863) 299-7924

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BRIAN’S BRAIN

By Brian Bruchey

Civil War Recently, I’ve heard people talk about revolution, and a new civil war here in the United States. Obviously, it’s all because of politics, but I’ve been thinking we’ve been in need of a civil war, or perhaps a purge of some sort, for quite some time now…and it has nothing to do with politics. I’m not a violent man, but if I’m sitting at a stop sign waiting for you to pass by me from the left side of the intersection, and you turn right, without using your turn signal, I’m sorting through a lot of vile and obscene things in my brain at that moment, and they are all directed at you. You sir, or madam, are a horrible human being. In fact, your status as a human being is now suddenly questionable. I loathe your existence. Please, don’t think that I would wish death on anyone. That would be a waste of time since we will all die someday anyhow. I’m just wishing for your day of expiration to be expedited. And I silently get satisfaction as I consider the painful ways for you to die. Unfortunately, in this world, there are too many people who don’t use their turn signals. And Florida, for some reason, has a disproportionately high number of those Godless idiots. THIS is why we need civil war. I am sure in my thinking that the people who don’t use their turn signals don’t have the sense to know how to load a gun, much less know which end points away from them. The war would be quick…over in less than two days. And it would be civil indeed. Driving would be much more civil with people using their turn signals, they would be smiling, singing, happy drivers… until they come up on the jackwagon in the left lane driving slower than everyone else. Looks like it’s time for another civil war! I think we need a civil war in these here United States between people who say “thank you” and the people who don’t. My eight year old boy is going to need an exemption on this one…he’s still working on this good

habit. He says “thank you” much of the time (not always, yet), but often times, he says it quietly, so it goes unnoticed. This would make for some great dialogue during battles: Good Guy: Thank you for missing me when you shot at me. Bad Guy: You shot me in the leg! Good Guy: Say “Thank you for only shooting me in the leg, or the next one goes in your head!” There could be many good reasons for a new civil war…and most of them can be found while shopping. Walmart would be Ground Zero for a civil war of manners. In fact, the good guys could just attack each Walmart, one right after another, like Union General William T Sherman’s march to the sea. It would be nice to see the good guys winning battle after battle at Walmarts everywhere…and in the end, we’ll live in a nation where everyone puts their shopping cart in the cart coral, people won’t block an entire aisle with their cart while they’re 40 feet away looking at Fruity Pebbles, nobody will knock shirts off of hangers and just leave them on the floor, there will be nobody pushing a full cart into the 10 Items or Fewer lanes, and we won’t see a bag of frozen peas sitting on top of the Snicker bars in the check out lanes. War is hell…but a civil war of civilities might be Heavenly. — Brian “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service” Bruchey

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we can.” The Citrus Center Boys and Girls Club serves more than 800 children each day throughout East Polk County. They provide daily programs that promote education, health, character, service and leadership. The bands performing are a mix of local artists and major touring bands. Kevin Maines and the Volts are based out of Orlando and travel around the southeast. They will perform at 5 p.m. “We enjoyed the event last year and are excited to come back,” says Kevin Maines. He’s hoping the overall interest in the blues won’t keep shrinking. “The festivals help. But it’s hard to find good blues nowadays,” he says. “These events are the last hope for blues music. There’s a good By Elizabeth Morrisey

When Roy Powers was a young boy, he

efit the Citrus Center Boys and Girls Club. The Blues Fest will start at 2 p.m. and will

grew up going to a Boys and Girls Club in

include eight bands from around Central

the Atlanta area. He spent his afternoons

Florida.

there and now wants to give back. For the

“People came out of the woodwork

4th year, he and David Lehman have orga-

last year – 700 people – and we raised

nized the Central Florida Dawg Dayz Blues

$30,000,” says Powers. His goal this year

Fest in Winter Haven to help raise money

is $40,000.

for the local Boys and Girls Club. The event will be held August 12 at Tanners Lakeside and proceeds will ben-

“(The Boys and Girls Club) needs donations to stay funded,” he says. “It was the perfect fit. We are glad to help out anytime

group out there still passionate about it and a good fan base.” Powers, a resident of Winter Haven, has been a musician for 50 years. He is a member of three bands, including two local – The Blue Roosters and Last Exit Blues Band. He also will begin performing with Down Child Blues Band in Canada later in August. Dawg Dayz has grown every year and Powers is hoping this will be the biggest one yet.

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Benefiting The Citrus

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Jug Brothers Band

The Blue Roosters

Kevin maines & The Volts

Soul2earth

INDOOR STAGE LINEUP: 2:00pm 3:00pm 4:00pm 5:00pm 6:30pm 
7:30pm 8:30pm

The Jug Brothers Band The Blue Roosters 
 Soul2Earth
 Kevin Maines & The Volts
 Steve Arvey Band Rockin Jake
 The Legendary JC’s

OUTDOOR STAGE:

Jim N Judy's Big Ass Jam (Open to all jammers who want to jump in!)

Steve ARvey BAnd

Rockin JAke

The Legendary JCs

Cost: $15 Time: 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Date: August 12

Tanner’s Lakeside Restaurant

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World Eats T

INTERNATIONAL FARE A Tour of Polk County’s Culinary Cuisine Part 2 By Tracey Greene

his month's edition of World Eats takes you on a culinary tour of Cuba, Mexico and Thailand and the passionate people behind the food. The three cultures that are very different however the staple of rice as an ingredient, along with their family ties, binds them together: Black Rice, Spanish (Yellow) Rice and Jasmine (White) Rice. We hope you get out to try some new food dishes and enjoy the tour!

XIMENA’S TACOS 303 Main Street Auburndale, FL 33823 (863) 662-3539 FB: @ximenastacos Ximena’s Tacos is a newer corner business in the downtown Auburndale area coming up one their one-year anniversary this month (August). Over coming the first year in the restaurant industry is a big first hurdle. They must have a secret recipe in that small kitchen that keeps the locals coming back week after week wanting more. Juan Carlos Jimenez, and his wife, Bertha migrated to Florida from the Chicago area where they worked in the family restaurant business for 10 years. Ready to escape the cold weather, Juan Carlos and Bertha, along with their children, settled into the Auburndale community. Just a short time later, the Jimenezes created a family-owned and operated business, named after their youngest daughter, Ximena, serving up traditional Mexican cuisine. That secret recipe we fore mentioned is Bertha and her family’s recipes. She comes in each morning to prepare the staples for the day by hand – it’s fresh! Only what is needed is made, so customers get the best tasting food cooked when ordered. However, Bertha does live close so if the restaurant starts running low on some of her items, she’ll pop over to Ximena’s and start making more. Except for the tamales, she only makes them once a day. The tamales are very popular, when they sell out, as they often do, you’ll have to come back (a little earlier) the next day to enjoy them. Juan Jimenez, Juan Carlos and Bertha’s son, is their general manager and also runs the kitchen. He tells that they have very fresh product and great pricing for their customers. Because they keep such low pricing the only food special run each week is the $1 tacos on Mondays – which is a very popular day. Ximena’s Tacos are authentic small tacos with your choice of meat (beef, steak, pork, chicken, chorizo, or cow’s tongue/head) and topped with chopped onion and cilantro. I personally have been a fan of these little tasty tacos for months – the favorite being grilled pork with a little of their house made (green) salsa Verde sprinkled on top. Juan mentioned that two of their very popular menu items are the Gringas and Sopes. All of the entrée dishes are served with rice, beans and salad. Ximena’s Tacos is open each day from 10 am to 8 pm, except being closed Wednesdays, offering a variety of lunch and dinner options as well as few Mexican breakfast options. 20 AUGUST 2017

FOOD SHOWN: Four Pack of Tacos: Chorizo and Steak topped with Raw Onion and Cilantro served with Grilled Onions and Grilled Jalapeño Pepper. Shrimp, Chicken and Steak Fajita Mix with Grilled Onions and Peppers served with Rice, Beans and a Side Salad (shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and avocados).

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ONOMATOPOEIA on·o·mato·poe·ia: The naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it (as buzz, hiss).

By Erica Smith

Tweet vs Tweet “A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.” Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, February 12, 1779 “Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors; and capacity, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial blessings of life, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence.” Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833 The good news is that I haven’t written about my chickens in two months. The bad news is… that was two months too long without a report from the Smith micro farm. For the record, this column is about backyard chickens; however, I want to make a small diversion and talk about tweets…not the sweet cacophony of sounds the songbirds make when they find leftover scratch grains but the annoying use of Twitter and recent hostile tweets from Washington, D.C. Many reading this column may be thinking this is the first generation to have a direct pipeline to policymakers with instant communication on a multitude of topics. While that may be true, what is the cost for sacrificing civility for the delivery of 140 characters? As a supporter of all feathered friends, we could use a lot more bird “tweets” and a lot less Twitter banter. It is Joseph Story, who served on the Supreme Court from 1811 to 1845, whose elegant words and wisdom provide Americans have been given a “noble inheritance.” It is this legacy that deserves more gracious discussion than a rambling tweet or the current all-out Twitter war between

the media and our elected leaders. It is the leadership, knowledge and passion of Samuel Adams, Joseph Story and many other founding fathers that we should be modeling and not this bad reality show/midnight tweet storm rhetoric that has become the new norm. But, this was supposed to be a column about our chickens and urban micro farming and not the vile complications of current politics. It is interesting to note that George Orwell drew many of his conclusions in Animal Farm, a book on the events leading up to the Russian Revolution, from observations made in a barnyard. The phrase “pecking order” is a direct observation of the hierarchy of status seen in groups of chicken. In our flock, Charlotte, who is the largest of our hens, is the dominate flock leader. She commands the best spot on the roosting bar and is the first to eat the tasty sunflower seeds from the scratch pile. While she may be ruler of the roost, Charlotte is the first to sound an alarm when danger is near and she makes sure all of the hens are safe in the coop at night. Like all good leaders, Charlotte does not do her own dirty work, preferring her sister Scarlett to be the punisher/enforcer doling out pecks to our smaller hens when they choose not to conform to the pecking order. The combination of Charlotte and Scarlett is a formidable force in our backyard politics. In addition to the bounty from our backyard flock, we have enjoyed a summer of veggies from our micro garden. We marveled at each harvest of tomatoes, eggplants and peppers noting the sheer magic that comes from being a good steward of the land. Perhaps old fashioned farm wisdom might be of great use in this age of Twitter…we reap what we sow, even when it is only 140 characters. QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS info@todayandtonight.com

MARIA

Maria is a brown female Domestic Shorthair mix. She is approximately 5 years, 8 months old. She has been spayed. Maria is here because her owner had to go into a nursing home. She has lived with another cat but prefers to be the only cat. She is an indoor cat, has not been around children, and is declawed in the front.

TOMMY

Tommy is a orange male Domestic Shorthair mix. He is approximately 1 year, 6 months old. Tommy was a stray older kitten when he was found with his brother. Tommy hasn’t been around too many cats, mostly his brother, loves mice toys, and loves to lay on the porch.

CANE

Cane is a black and white male Boston Terrier mix. He is approximately 3 years old. He is crate trained, been around children and other dogs, and loves to play with tennis balls. If you like a little guy with big personality who loves to play fetch than he’s the one for you!

LUCY

Lucy is a white and tan female Hound mix. She is approximately 9 months old. She has been spayed. Lucy is a great dog! She is very lovable but when she gets nervous will widdle. She has been descried by her last owner as an active dog, not fully house trained, has lived with cats and seemed friendly with them, and is still very much a puppy and will chew. We recommend that Lucy become crate trained and needs a owner who has patience.

  The Humane Society of Polk County 3195 Dundee Road • Winter Haven, FL 33884 www.PolkNoKill.org • (863) 324-5227 Tuesday-Friday 11:30-6pm and Sat 10-4 pm.

Veterinarian of the Month Dr. Vargas received her DVM from Tuskegee University in 1994. In 1996, she established her AAHA accredited Orchid Springs Animal Hospital in Winter Haven, FL. In 2009, she began her studies at Chi Institute, eventually garnering certifications in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Food therapy and Tui Na. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupunture. Dr. Vargas is pursuing her Master’s Degree in TCVM at Chi Institute, where she works as a Teacher Assistant and as a Lecturer for the Chi Latin America. She has also worked as a consultant for Disney Animal Kingdom. Dr. Vargas is also a Certified Veterinary Journalist and a prolific author of both scientific and motivational articles. Dr. Vargas has lectured at the World TCVM Congress (2015, 2016, 2017), AAVA Conference (2017), AVMA (2011), and the CbVMA (2017). She is a guest blogger for www.allthingshealing.com and a writer for Woman to Woman magazine and the Lakeland Ledger newspaper. Last year she contributed a chapter for Jack Canfield’s Amazon Best seller book “The Soul of Success”. She served as an AVMA Spokesperson for Hispanic market and has recorded many PSA’s and radio

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interviews promoting responsible pet ownership. Her love for Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine manifested in her book: Alt-Vet: The Revolutionary Pet Care and Longevity Solution. Her passion for helping animals and her voluntarism has awarded her state and national recognition including the Purina National Pet Care Award, Bay News 9 Medical Hero Award, and The FVMA Gold Award. She was honored by the American Veterinary Foundation as “America’s Favorite Veterinarian” in 2015. She lives in sunny Winter Haven, Florida, with her husband, two daughters and a menagerie of pets. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT Dr. Vargas loves the community of Winter Haven and she is involved in a number of local organizations, including: Ridge Veterinary Medical Society where she was the 2008-2009 president Junior League of Greater Winter Haven Board Humane Society of Polk County Board Women’s Resource Center and Girls, Inc.

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RESTAURANT GUIDE To Have Your Restaurant Listed Please Call 863-401-8001

DUNDEE WILDFIRE BBQ GRILL & BAR Our passion for BBQ run’s deep!! All starts with personally picking the right meat, hand rubbing it with our own secret blend of spices, letting it rest for at least twenty four hours. We at wildfire do not rush our cooking, our fires run wild but our patience runs deep. We take our sweet time to slow smoke each and every meat, as they all require their own attention and gentle love and care. It is this love and care that goes in every meal we prepare for you, just like we would for our friends and family, slow and with lots of love. Ribs & Special Burgers 28610 Hwy 27,Dundee 33838 • (863)588-2114 www.wildfiregrills.com

HAINES CITY BEEF ‘O’ BRADY’S Polk County’s largest family sports pub. Happy Hour M- Sat. 4pm to 7pm. 2-4-1 cocktails all day everyday. See Website for full menu. Kids

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eat free Tuesdays. Must Try: Blackened Dry Rub Wings 902 Old Polk City Rd. 863-419-4848 www.beefobradys.com

Burgers! 4810 South Florida Ave (863) 646-7757

LAKELAND

CHAMPINO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT

BEEF ‘O’ BRADY’S NORTH LAKELAND Lakeland’s Best Family Sports Pub. 40+ HD TV’s, NFL Ticket Sundays, NCAA Gameplan Saturdays. Happy Hour 2-4-1 All Day, Everyday. Bingo Mondays from 5-6 pm. Kids Eat Free Wednesday from 4-8 pm. Trivia Night on Thursdays from 8-10 pm. Must Try: Hot & Fresh Fajitas - Everyday! Chicken wings! 1070 Wedgewood Estates Blvd (863) 853-9464 www.beefobradys.com

BEEF ‘O’ BRADY’S SOUTH LAKELAND Great Food! Great Sports! Great Family Fun! 40+ HD TV’s, NFL Ticket Sundays, NCAA Game Plan Saturdays. 2-4-1 All Day, Everyday. Coldest Beer In Town. Kids Eat Free Tuesdays & Sundays 4-8 pm. Now Featuring A Full Liquor Bar. Must Try: Our Delicious Fajitas and Awesome

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Authentic homemade Italian cooking. Fresh, made to order meals for lunch and dinner. Happy Hour is 7 days per week from 3pm-7pm. Catering and big parties available and welcomed. New York style pizza, calzones, desserts! Try our Eggplant Parm 6617 N. Socrum Loop Rd. 863-937-8866 www.champinos.com

ence. Enjoy exquisite continental and American cuisine in a historic turn-of-the-century atmosphere in the historic Chiles house. Or linger over wine and appetizers on our intimate garden patio. “I Love Food And The Art Of Dining”- Chef T Must Try: Veal lovers are in for a treat! 1525 E Gary Rd., Lakeland 863-687-4386

JUST LARRY’S BAR & GRILL Our food specials: Tuesday $5 Burgers and $1 Drafts, Wednesday .50 cent Wings 4 pm to close, Thursday $2 Redneck Tacos, Friday AllYou-Can-Eat Fish $8.95. Must Try: Wings 3415 E COUNTY RD 542 (863) 666-6898

CHAMPS SPORTS BAR Serving Polk County for over 19 years! Monday 5pm to 10pm 50¢ Tacos. Wednesday 5pm to 10pm 35¢ Boneless Wings. Friday Homemade New England Clam Chowder. Fresh food specials all weekend! Not your typical sports bar! Follow us on Facebook! 6645 S. Florida Ave. #14 863-647-5900 www.champstogo.com

CHEF T’S GARDEN GRILL Central Florida’s most beautiful dining experi-

MISTER FISH Family owned and operated since 1968 offering the best fish sandwich around! Seafood, chicken and much more using only the best quality food and excellent service! Easily the best homemade food you’ll try! Hours Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm and closed Sundays. Must Try: Famous Fish Sandwich 715 E Palmetto St, Lakeland (863) 688-4280 — Continued Page 25

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World Eats THAI HAVEN Downtown Winter Haven 309 W. Central Ave Winter Haven, FL 33880 (863) 291-8085 FB: @ThaiHaven

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FOOD SHOWN: Basil Perfect with Chicken; sautéed meat with garlic, chili, bamboo shoot, basil, carrot, mushroom, onion and bell pepper. Massaman Curry with Chicken; the richest and mild brown curry stewed meat with coconut milk featuring with hints of cardamom and cloves, peanut, potato, onion and carrot.

Thai Haven is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Santana “Nick” Sangurt and Supat “Pat” Jiamchavee. They are celebrating the restaurant’s four-year anniversary this month. Nick and Pat came to America from Thailand in 1993 and worked in his sister’s restaurant that was located in Orlando. They moved to Polk County and opened their own Thai restaurant in downtown Winter Haven in August of 2013. Thai Haven provides authentic Thai food. Everything is prepared fresh daily, not frozen, and using only high quality ingredients. Thai is a healthier style of cooking; their sauces are lighter so you can enjoy the flavor of the food. The food is prepared as if they were cooking at home – real Thai. Their food flavors are influenced from Central Thailand. Nick explained that the region definitely influences the flavor or spice profile of the food from upper, lower and middle Thailand. Most popular dishes are Pad Thai and Basil Chicken. Some of the favorite dishes that I enjoy are the Pad Thai Chicken, Lemongrass Soup, Dumplings, Springs Rolls and the Healthy Rolls. On this visit, I was excited to try two new dishes suggested by Nick: Basil Perfect (Chicken) sautéed meat with garlic, basil and vegetables and the Massaman Curry (Chicken), rich sauce with a mild brown curry, stewed meat, vegetables and coconut milk; both served with a side of the beautifully fragrant Jasmine rice. Both were wonderful and so tasty! A flavor party in your mouth. Thailand is a peninsula in Southeast Asia that has food influenced by the Chinese, Indian and Malaysian, as they are a melting pot of cultures. The curry comes from India however the green and red varieties originate from Thailand. They have taken parts from each of these cultures and made their cuisine uniquely their own. The country is known for tropical beaches, royal palaces, ancient ruins and temples. Nick and Pat are only able to go back to Thailand every other year to visit family. They want to make sure that their son, now ten, has a connection to their homeland and culture. For them, family is first. Thai Haven is open Monday-Friday for lunch from 11-2 pm and dinner is served from 4-9 pm. Saturday open from 12-9 pm and closed on Sunday. Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free options available. SIGN UP FOR OUR NEW WEEKLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER AT WWW.TODAYANDTONIGHT.COM

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West Caribbean Cuban Restaurant 2215 S. Combee Rd Lakeland, FL 33801 (863) 606-5954 FB: @WestCaribbeanCubanRestaurant

Rosabel Rodriguez, owner of West Caribbean Cuban Restaurant in Lakeland, is originally from beautiful Cuba. She grew up in a middle-class, hard working loving family. In 2002, Rosabel, along with her siblings and mother, moved to the United States. Her father was unable to come; she misses him and the island everyday. Part of her heart is still in Cuba, but the other is here with her new life in the United States.  But one day, she can’t wait to be with her father and also visit the island again. Rosabel has been in the industry since 2002 but wanted her own restaurant. In December 2010, West Caribbean Cuban Restaurant was opened in Lakeland. Her dream now a reality. The authentic Cuban cuisine is over seen by head chef, Ismael Santos, owner Rosabel’s brother. It’s important to the family for the real flavors of Cuba to shine through their food. Their most popular dishes are:  Skirt Steak, Chicken with Yellow Rice, Oxtail, “Vaca Frita”, and Roasted Pork. Rosabel invites you want to taste the authentic flavors of their wonderful 100% Cuban cuisine. Their team can’t wait to serve you. West Caribbean Cuban Restaurant is open Monday thru Thursday from 8am to 9pm, Friday and Saturday from 8am to 10pm and Sundays from 9am to 5pm.  Offering a full menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as catering and ability to host private events at the restaurant. 

FOOD SHOWN: Lechón Asado; Traditional Shredded Pork served with Yellow Rice and Black Beans. Bistec de Palomilla; Grilled Marinated Top Sirloin served with Mojo and Onions accompanied by Black Rice and Black Beans.

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LAKE WALES BEEF ‘O’ BRADY’S

POSTO 9 A Brazilian gastropub​, is ​a culinary destination inspired by the bright and exciting flavors of Brazil​and the south ​where masterfully crafted seasonal foods meet outstanding service. Also, enjoy the Ipanema ​R​ooftop L​ ounge ​located on the third floor of Posto​​9. Relax in the sun or underneath the shaded terrace while enjoying appetizers and specialty cocktails. ​H​ave a​ ​special event coming up? Our second floor can host up to 130 for private events; business, classes, parties. Must Try: ​Passion Fruit Salmon, Chicken and Waffles, P9 Shrimp and Grits. ​ 215 East Main Street • (863) 499-0099 www.Posto9gastropub.com FB: @Posto9gastropub

LAKE ALFRED CORNERSTONE GRILL Cornerstone Grill is a small family restaurant created with the local farmers and growers in mind. Our food is made from scratch and each meal is made to order with a goal of being 100% local sustainable. In-house cured and smoked meats, sourcing products from local purveyors, seasonally inspired and globally influenced. Also vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Craft beers and fine wine. Lunch - Dinner - Catering. Monday - Saturday 11 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm. Check out their Facebook for wonderful and unique “specials of the day” that incorporate seasonal products from fruits, vegetables to meats. 175 E. Haines Ave, Lake Alfred (863) 875-8913 • WWW.CORNERSTONEGRILL.ORG

Polk County’s largest family sports pub. Happy Hour M- Sat. 4pm to 7pm. 2-4-1 cocktails all day everyday. See Website for full menu. Kids eat free Tuesdays. Must Try: Over 20 Flavors of Wings 19598 US Hwy 27, 863-679-1975 www.beefobradys.com

CRAZY FISH

Land mark eatery in Lake Wales. Fresh fish never frozen. Fun and casual atmosphere. Lunch and dinner menu with daily specials. Mon. 4pm to 9pm. Tues. - Saturday 11:30am to 9pm. Closed Sun. Must Try: Shrimp or Fresh Grouper 802 Henry St.,  Lake Wales (863) 676-6361

JAY BEES RESTAURANT & LOUNGE

We take pride in our welcoming environment, friendly service amd famous burgers. Come in and check our daily lunch and dinner specials. Weekend specials. prime rib, frog legs, fried shrimp anc catfish. Must Try: Homemade Pies 8675 Hwy 60 East, Lake Wales 863-696-1901, Find us on Facebook

WINTER HAVEN 326 BISTRO PIZZERIA Bistro Pizzeria shares the art of perfectly rendered simplicity. Wood burning oven, pizza by the slice, made to order speciality pizzas. Lunch & dinner menu. Warm & casual dining atmosphere. Must Try: Classic Pizza Napoli 326 W. Central Ave., Winter Haven 863-875-4894 www.arabellas.us/bistro

APPLE LOUNGE & GRILL #1 Happy Hour Monday-Friday 11am-7pm. $1 Taco Tuesdays! Wings, Burgers, Sandwiches, Salads, Fried Pickles, Chicken Fingers, Nachos and much more! Open Mic Night every Tuesday. Winner of the people’s choice Wing Fling 2011 Wing Champs! Come try em’ yourself. Must Try: Famous Wings 2803 Recker Hwy, Winter Haven 863-291-0340

ARABELLA’S We offer the best Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, created from the freshest ingredients. Enjoy a cocktail before or after dinner in our chic Ave Bar. At Arabellas, our dedicated service and inviting ambience makes us the premier choice for your lunch or dinner destination. Must Try: Bananas Foster prepared table side. 346 W. Central Ave. Winter Haven 863-293-1797 • www.arabellas.us

HARBORSIDE Seafood, Steak, Oysters. Polk County’s Premier Waterfront Restaurant. Scenic dining on Lake Shipp. Happy Hour 3-6pm daily. Early Bird Sunday 3-5pm and Monday thru Thursday 3-6pm. Private dining room, outdoor patio, beach and boat docks. Amazing sunset views. Open 11:30 am daily. Must Try: Fried Lobster & Oysters 2435 7th Street SW, Winter Haven (863) 293-7070 • www.harborsidefl.com

HARRY’S OLD PLACE Get your Fresh Fix at Harry’s Old Place. Huge selection of fresh fish including shrimp, scallops and mussels in addition to char-grilled steaks, chicken and pasta entrees. Craft beers,

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eclectic wines and tempting appetizers along with a great children’s menu. Less than a mile from Legoland. Like Facebook for weekly specials. We have mobile catering, Tallulah’s Table by the Sea for private parties and events. Must Try: Fish in a Bag 3751 Cypress Gardens Rd., Winter Haven 863-324-0301 www.harrysoldplace.com

IDLE ZONE BAR & GRILL Located on Lake May (chain of lakes) with a brand new dock. Serving fresh, homemade lunch and dinner. AMAZING WINGS! Live music, karaoke and games. Totally remodeled atmosphere, clean and non-smoking inside. Outside patio seating. Must Try: Hot and Fresh Wings 615 7th St., Winter Haven 863-875-7949

SOMEWHERE SPORTS BAR Enjoy great food, great games and great times in a family-friendly atmosphere. As your sports headquarters, ESPN, NFL & MLB ticket available on 14 flat screen TV’s. Daily lunch specials Mon-Fri from 11-2 pm only $5.99. Open 7 days a week. Appetizers, Sandwiches, Wraps, Salads, Burgers, Pizza & Wings. Full liquor with Happy Hour Mon-Sat from 3-6 pm. Must Try: Jumbo Wings & Pizza 5688 Cypress Gardens Blvd. (863) 324-7524

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Arts, Crafts, Festivals & More

AUG 1

to AUG 26 Roberto Estopiñán Exhibit. Born in Cuba in 1921, sculptor, draftsman, and printmaker Roberto Estopiñán is a celebrated artist and considered a pioneer of modern sculpture in Latin American art. During the 1960s, he featured haunting faces and strained forms filled with despair, conveying his preoccupation with, and compassion for, those who have experienced injustice. These artworks in many ways run counter to his later works that focus more on beauty and the exploration of form. Perhaps the most prevalent subject in Estopiñán’s work is the female torso. Beginning in the late 1970s, these abstracted torsos in his work are reminiscent of the elongated, often swollen forms of European sculptors, but include familiar textures of the artist’s earlier work. These bonelike, somewhat surreal shapes not only capture the beauty of the torso, but also hint at Estopiñán’s struggle to balance texture with the softness of the female form. Located at the Polk Museum of Art, 800 E. Palmetto Street, Lakeland. Tue-Sat, 10-5 pm. Cost – free.

AUG 1

to SEPT 23 - The Figure in American Art Exhibit. The first of many forthcoming exhibitions showcasing the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College’s latest acquisitions, The Figure in American Art offers but a mere introduction to the Museum’s newest permanent collection works. This inaugural exhibition of the alliance between the Polk Museum and Florida Southern highlights one of the principal collecting initiatives fostered by the partnership: to develop a collecting

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focus that specifically addresses the “figure” as a subject unto its own in American painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. Located at the Polk Museum of Art, 800 E. Palmetto Street, Lakeland. Tue-Sat, 10-5 pm. Cost – free.

AUG 4

– Lakeland First Friday; “Back to School”. First Friday is one of the most popular recurring events at Historic Munn Park in Downtown Lakeland. Join us for an evening of FREE family friendly entertainment, activities, live music, art receptions, a car show, and, of course, the chance to check out a great, locally-owned restaurant or retail establishment. Located downtown Lakeland, Main Street/Kentucky Ave. Fri, 6-9 pm.

AUG 9

– Food Truck Invasion. Be sure to bring your folding chairs & picnic blankets and of course, your family and friends. This once a month event is a great way to get together and picnic in style. If it’s your first time, here is what you will need to know: This is a huge outdoor picnic where food trucks of different origins, cuisine and menus prepare food that is cooked to order. It’s not fast food. A great deal of fusion cuisine, comfort foods and sweet treats to choose from. Located Lake Wailes Park/Gazebo, 499 E. Park Ave, Lake Wales. Wed, 5-9 pm. Call (863) 6784182 ext 270 for more info.

AUG 10

- Thursday Squared Food Truck Rally. Presented by Downtown Lakeland Partnership. 20+ food trucks line up around Munn Park to sell their unique cuisine every second Thursday, 6-9 pm. Located downtown Lakeland, 201 E. Main Street. Call for more info.

AUG 12

– Job Fair hosted by Rita Staffing. Looking for warehouse workers in Davenport; $12 - $13 per hour. Temp. to possible hire. Opportunities for growth! Family friendly & A/C environment! Additional parking behind the library. Apply ahead of time at www. ritastaffing.com/apply-online. Resume suggested but not necessary. Located at the Haines City Library Community Room, 111 N 6th Street, Haines City. Sat, 9:30-11:30 am. Call Rita Staffing at 863-646-5021 for more information.

AUG 15

– History Center Lunch & Learn Lecture Series. The museum invites

guests to bring lunch and listen to a guest speaker on the third Tuesday every month. Lectures will begin at 12:15 and last 30 - 45 minutes. August is Our Story, Ourselves: Telling your family’s story. The 2017 series runs from January to November. Located Polk County History Center, 100 E Main Street, Bartow. Tues, 12-1 pm. Cost – free. Call (863) 534-4386 for more info.

AUG 18

- Main Street Bartow Friday Fest. A downtown street party, third Friday each month, featuring a live band, food & beverages, open car cruise-in, and activities for children. Different theme each month. Located E. Main Street, Bartow. Fri, 6-9 pm.

AUG 18

– Platform Art Party. Winners announced and original art exhibited for the Art + Public Outdoor Project = ArtP.O.P. Located at Just Dance Studios, 123 S. Kentucky Ave, Lakeland. Fri, 6:30 pm. PlatformArt.org/ ArtPop

AUG 19

– Summer Lovin’ Central Park Vintage Show. The Gathering Goose hosts eclectic pop up vendor events and marketplaces in downtown Winter Haven. Shop for shabby chic, rustic and repurposed furniture, jewelry, clothes, jams and jellies, henna painting and more. Located Park North, 41 5th St, NW, Winter Haven. Sat, 9-2 pm. Call Johnny Mullinax or Cindy Green (863) 825-5158 for more info.

AUG 19

- Cypress Gardens Water Ski Show. Free Water Ski Show from the Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team. Concessions with snacks and drinks available. Bring your blanket or lawn chair for seating. Located Martin Luther King Jr Park, 100 Lk Silver Dr, Winter Haven. Sat, 5 pm. www.cypressgardenswaterskiteam.com

AUG 19

– Boat Regatta. Presented by Old Man Frank’s. Enjoy live music by Stonegrey while floating in front of Old Man Frank’s; boats, floats, and canoes or enjoy from their new party deck. Polk County fun in the sun. Located Old Man Frank’s, on Lake Howard in Winter Haven. Watch Facebook for details. Sat, 12-4 pm. FB: @ FranksontheLake

& 20 - Fine Art Show at the Magnolia.20 accomplished Florida Artists (from local & state wide regions) will be showing their original works for 2 days indoors at the lovely historic Magnolia Building in the heart of Lakeland’s downtown garden district. Perfectly sized & air-conditioned this sweet little Fine Art Show represents 7 different mediums for you to find precisely what to add or begin your Fine Art collection: painting, sculpture, glass, photography, jewelry, ceramics, fiber. Free admission, community event; so get out of the heat & into the ART! Location: Magnolia Building, 702 East Orange Street, Lakeland. Saturday & Sunday 10am - 5pm.

AUG 23

– MEGA Lakeland Job Fair. Job Seekers, you are invited to attend the JOBNEWSUSA.COM JOB FAIR featuring over 25 Top Companies! You will meet face to face with Top Companies that are HIRING NOW from the Greater Polk County area! Bring plenty of resumes, and Dress Professionally! Located RP Funding Center, Sikes Hall 701 W. Lime St, Lakeland. Wed, 10-2 pm.

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- $5 Wine Tour/ Tasting; ABC Fine Wine and Spirits. Explore the world’s greatest wine regions without ever leaving your area! Every last Thursday of the month, you can sample and learn about a variety of wines for only $5. A different country or wine region will be featured every month. The samples include products from ABC’s Direct to You line, For this month’s tour, wines from California will go head to head against wines from Washington and Oregon. Located ABC Fine Wine and Spirits, 4319 S Florida Ave, Lakeland. Thurs, 6-7:30 pm.

SEPT 7

– 2017 Healthy Aging & Wellness Fair. Please join us for a healthy aging and wellness information, education and resources fair. Includes, Free Health Screenings, Interactive Booths Educational Sessions, Caregiver Resources, Lunch, refreshments (proceeds supporting Calvary Youth). Some highlights include Learning Experiences, SHINE Medicare Counseling, Virtual Dementia Tour, Memory Mobile, Chair Massages, Spinal Checks, Bone Density, Blood Glucose Check and much more. Located Calvary Baptist Church, 1945 N. Florida Ave, Lakeland. Thurs, 9 am- 2 pm. Stefanie Wardlow (863) 6836781 for more info.

Markets, Antique Fairs & Car Shows Main Street Bartow Farmers’ Market – Wednesdays. The Farmers Market vendors offer a wide variety of products including produce, dips and soup mixes, jams, jellies, pickles, honey, pies, candied apples, relishes, pecan and peanut brittle, and crafts. Food vendors available. Located Fort Blount

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Park at the corner of Main Street and Broadway Ave, Bartow. Wed, 10-2 pm. Facebook@BartowFarmersMarket Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market – Saturdays (starts Sept 9). We have an exceptional variety of local vendors who offer fresh produce, seafood, pastries, breads, desserts, local honey, artisans, and crafts, to name a few. We are part of the FAB (Fresh Access Bucks) program that assists those in the SNAP/EBT program by encouraging healthy behaviors by making fresh, local produce more affordable and accessible to SNAP customers (formally known as food stamps). Stop by the Market Information Booth for more details! Located N. Kentucky Ave, Lakeland. Sat, 8 am-2 pm. (closed August)

AUG 12

- Downtown Bartow Antique Fair. Held the 2nd Saturday of each month, antique vendors set up along the sidewalks in downtown Bartow. No charge for public; $20 for vendors. Located E Main Street, Bartow. Sat, 8-2 pm.

AUG 19

- Uptown Yard Sale & Flea Market. Bartow’s monthly Uptown Yard Sale & Flea Market is held on the 3rd Saturday of each month, along the 300 block of East Main Street in downtown Bartow. Sat, 8-1 pm.

AUG 25

- Dixieland Last Friday’s. Dixieland businesses have formed the Dixieland Revolution to bring attention and interest to the great things Dixieland businesses have to offer. Most businesses between the Tudor to Dixieland Relics will be open with special events at each place. Check out the Dixieland Revolution Facebook for more information. Dixieland Village, S. Florida Ave, 5th and Hall at the Waller Design Center, Lakeland. Last Friday night from 6-9 pm.

AUG 26

- Lake Wales Car Show. Display of custom, classic, street rods, & antique cars and trucks in Historic Downtown Lake Wales on the 4th Saturday every month. Stroll and admire the cool antique, custom and classic cars of yesteryear while enjoying music,

enchanting shops, and the unique restaurants of charming downtown Lake Wales. Located East Stuart Ave, Lk Wales. Sat, 4-8 pm.

AUG 26

- Lake Wales Farmers’ Market. The Lake Wales Farmers’ Market features locally grown produce and more on the 4th Saturday of each month. Located Park Ave & Stuart Ave, Lk Wales. Sat, 8-12 pm.

Concerts & Theatre Lundyville Music Hall – Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays. Wed, 7:3010 pm; Acoustic Stage Open Mic. Performers and audience free. Thurs, 6-10 pm; Country Nights with Simple Country Band. $5 admission. Sat, 6-10 pm; Karaoke Night. Located Lake Juliana Boating & Lodging, 600 Lundy Road, Auburndale. (863) 984-1144 or www.lundyville.com for more info.

AUG 5

– Saturday Family Summer Classics; Frozen. Beat the heat when the historic Polk Theatre in Downtown Lakeland hosts Family Summer Classics Film Week. All seats are just $5.00 and some films will feature special concession prices as well as summer snacks, including ice cream. 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Located Historic Polk Theatre, 121 S Florida Ave, Lakeland. Polktheatre.org

AUG 5

– 16th Annual Live at the Gardens: Z-Street Speakeasy Band. Summer Music Series brings an eclectic mix of Folk, Latin Jazz, Oldies, Dixieland Jazz, Irish and Contemporary music to the air-conditioned comfort of the Bok Tower Gardens Visitor Center select Saturdays throughout the summer. Z-Street Speakeasy Band is a wildly diverse band that plays Swing, Jazz, hits from the Roaring 20’s, 30’s and 40’s and transitions into Rock, Pop, R&B, and more. Located Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales. Sat, 7:30 pm. Cost - $25. Call (863) 676-1408 or www.boktowergardens.org for more info.

AUG 12

– Justino Zoppe Magic Live! Justino Zoppe has toured across 45 countries and has been seen on countless TV shows! For the first time ever he’s bringing his mind blowing family magic show to Winter Haven. Located at Ritz Theatre, 263 West Central Ave, Winter Haven. Sat, 7 pm. Adults $24.99, Kids $14.99. Call (800) 965-9324 or illusionsandbeyond.com for tickets and more info.

AUG 12

– Saturday Family Summer Classics; Aristocats. Beat the heat when the historic Polk Theatre in Downtown Lakeland hosts Family Summer Classics Film Week. All seats are just $5.00 and some films will feature special concession prices as well as summer snacks, including ice cream. 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Located

Historic Polk Theatre, 121 S Florida Ave, Lakeland. Polktheatre.org

AUG 12

– Dawg Dayz BluesFest 2017. Seven Great Bands! Inside stage: The Legendary JC’s @ 8:30pm with special guests New Orleans’ Rockin’ Jake Band @ 7:30pm, Soul 2 Earth @ 4pm, Blue Roosters @ 3pm, Jug Brothers @ 2pm , Steve Arvey Band @ 6:30pm, Kevin Maines and the Volts @ 5pm. Plus Open Jammers on the outside stage with Jim & Judy. Benefit for the Citrus Center boys & Girls Clubs. Located Tanners Lakeside, Winter Haven. Sat, 2-9 pm. Cost - $15. Call Roy (863) 808-7161 or Dave (863) 207-3726 for more info.

AUG 17

– Classic Albums Live: Supertramp, Breakfast in America. Cut-for-cut and note-for-note concert. Breakfast in America won two Grammy Awards in 1980, and holds an RIAA certification of quadruple platinum. Breakfast in America became Supertramp’s biggest-selling album with more than 6 million copies sold in the US alone and was No. 1 on Billboard Pop Albums Chart for six weeks in the spring and summer of 1979. The album also hit No. 1 in Norway, Austria, Canada, Australia and France, where it is one of the five biggest selling albums of all time. Located RP Funding Center (formerly the Lakeland Center), 701 W Lime St, Lakeland. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. www.rpfundingcenter. com

AUG 19

– 16th Annual Live at the Gardens: Leo Lopez. Summer Music Series brings an eclectic mix of Folk, Latin Jazz, Oldies, Dixieland Jazz, Irish and Contemporary music to the air-conditioned comfort of the Bok Tower Gardens Visitor Center select Saturdays throughout the summer. Blend of Latin American folk genres, Flamenco techniques, and jazz improvisations. Located Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales. Sat, 7:30 pm. Cost - $25. Call (863) 6761408 or www.boktowergardens.org for more info.

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to 17 – The Marvelous Wonderettes. A musical comedy based on a book by Roger Bean. The show, which uses pop songs from the ‘50s and ‘60s as a vehicle to tell its story, pays homage to the high school Songleader squads of the 1950s. Located Davenport Community Campus, TWF Florida Theatre, 8 W. Palmetto St, Davenport. Fri & Sat, 8 pm. Sun, 2 pm. Adults $24, Students $19. Tickets available at theatreworksfl. org or call (407) 340-0473 for more info.

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BRAINEXCERCISE Sudoku Puzzle STRANGE BUT TRUE BY SAMANTHA WEAVER • It was 20th-century American author and journalist Emily Kimbrough who made the following sage observation: “Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.” • The very first drive-thru fast-food restaurant opened in 1948, in Baldwin Park, California. The idea was obviously a success -- by 1990, In-N-Out burger had 60 locations, all in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The private, family-owned chain now has 313 locations across six states. • You probably didn’t know that Little Miss Muffet was a real person. It’s true -- Dr. Thomas Muffet wrote the nursery rhyme for his daughter, Patience. • If you’re fortunate enough to be planning a trip to the Southeast Asian nation of Cambodia -- home to the 12th-century temple complex and UNESCO World Heritage Site Angkor Wat -- keep an eye out for some local comestibles. If you get hungry, you can try out a local delicacy such as deepfried tarantula. If you’re feeling ill (and particularly daring), try out a medicinal liquor – there’s a popular one that is made by putting live spiders into rice wine. • Those who study such things say that the most widely used word in the world is “okay” -- though the spelling varies widely.

TRIVIA TEST By Fifi Rodriguez

1. MONEY: Who was the first U.S. president to appear on a circulating coin? 2. GEOGRAPHY: The Elbe River flows mostly through which European country? 3. GAMES: How much are black poker chips worth? 4. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What major U.S. city is in the 305 area code? 5. U.S. PRESIDENTS: Which candidate did Richard Nixon defeat in 1972 to win re-election? 6. AVIATION: How long did the Wright brothers’ first flight last on Dec. 17, 1903? 7. U.S. STATES: The bluebonnet is the official flower of which state? 8. HISTORY: When did the French and Indian War end? 9. MOVIES: In which movie does Judy Garland sing, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”? 10. COMICS: Brigadier Gen. Amos T. Halftrack is a character in which comic strip? Answers 1. Abraham Lincoln 2. Germany 3. $100 4. Miami 5. George McGovern 6. 12 seconds 7. Texas 8. 1763 9. “Meet Me in St. Louis” 10. “Beetle Bailey”

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• You might be surprised to learn that 7 percent of American adults -- that’s 17.3 million people -- believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows. The same survey, conducted by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy in May of this year, found that 95 percent of Americans have at least one kind of cheese in the fridge.

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By Mary Joye

Yoga It’s so Zen looking, isn’t it? Reaching for the sky in peaceful poses and stretching your muscles in cute pants and shirts in bare feet. Ah; breathe in, breathe out, pose, rest. Low impact. High return. Seemed like a perfect fit for me.

for torture, so it’s not too far a stretch from the truth to say go at your own pace. As a wise doctor once told me, “If it hurts a little, slow down. If it hurts a lot, stop!” Yes, it took a man with a medical degree to impart this simple wisdom. That’s why they make the big bucks.

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Charity Events, Golf Tourn. & Sports August/Sept Schedule – Lakeland Flying Tigers Baseball. Located at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland Hills Blvd, Lakeland. For weekly promotions and ticket info, call (863) 6868075 or lakelandflyingtigers.com: Aug 3 vs. Daytona, 6:30 pm Aug 4 vs. Daytona, 6:30 pm Aug 5 vs. Daytona, 6 pm Aug 6 vs. Daytona, 1 pm Aug 7 vs. Bradenton, 6:30 pm Aug 8 vs. Bradenton, 6:30 pm Aug 9 vs. Bradenton, 6:30 pm Aug 10 vs. Clearwater, 6:30 pm Aug 18 vs. Daytona, 6:30 pm Aug 19 vs. Daytona, 6 pm  Aug 20 vs. Daytona, 1 pm Aug 25 vs. Clearwater, 6:30 pm  Aug 26 vs. Clearwater, 6 pm  Aug 27 vs. Clearwater, 1 pm  Aug 28 vs. Jupiter, 6:30 pm  Aug 29 vs. Jupiter, 6:30 pm  Aug 30 vs. Jupiter, 6:30 pm  Sept 2 vs. Tampa, 6 pm  Sept 3 vs. Tampa, 11 am 

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– The End of Summer Brawl Boxing. Presented by S.A. Promotion. Sat, 7:30 pm. Located in Sikes Hall, RP Funding Center (formerly the Lakeland Center), 701 W. Lime Street, Lakeland. Sat, 7:30 pm. Cost - $45, $35, $30. www.rpfundingcenter.com or www.saboxingpromotions.com for more info.

I could work out inside. Yoga seemed the excellent choice, but how can something that looks so fluid cause so much frozen pain? I have always admired the people with natural flexibility. I am not one of those people. I have more compact build that would rather, and do, hike for miles in nature. Yet, with my ever so way to open mind, I swallowed the pill about muscle confusion. “Mix up your routines,” I hear. “Yoga is holistic and connects the body, mind and spirt.” Yes, it does. “Get out of your comfort zone…no pain, no gain.” I must be gaining a lot. I am way out of my comfort zone and my muscles are extremely confused. In fact, they have planned a mutiny. I do think yoga is working on my spirituality. I am suddenly very grateful for simple things, like living so near to a hospital! Don’t let the cute pants fool or bare feet fool you. I do recall in medieval times they used a stretching rack

Before I go any further, I will say that I won’t quit. Yoga is great. It is not great I waited so long to put it into practice. I will heed the good doctor’s advice. Us runner/jogger/ hiker types do those two second, worthless, pull-your-sneaker-upto-your-back-side poses. Yoga has deceptively painless pose names such as, chair, happy baby, downward facing dog, tree, plank and warrior. Here’s some of my corresponding versions: - Grimace while getting out of my chair pose - Why was I ever born, pose? - Tremble like a scared Chihuahua pose - Pretzel leg panic pose - Walk the plank pose - I lost the battle to a Lotus blossom pose Though I miss my runner’s high, I extend yoga my highest regard. I learned another new pose today. It’s the “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” pose. Namaste…ouch!

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– SEU Fire Women’s Soccer Home Opener. The Fire host Evangel as part of the eight-match SEU Invitational. SEU will also face Columbia International during the invite on Labor Day. To see the full schedule, visit SEUFire.com. Games will be located at Southeastern University, 1000 Longfellow Blvd. Lakeland, FL, 33801. Sat, 12 pm.

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– SEU Fire Men’s Soccer Home Opener. The Fire will host Georgia Gwinnett as part of the first SEU Invitational. Bluefield College will be the second opponent of the tournament on Labor Day. In the month of September, Southeastern will have nine of its 14 matches on its home pitch. To see the full schedule, visit SEUFire.com. Games will be located at Southeastern University, 1000 Longfellow Blvd. Lakeland, FL, 33801. Sat, 2:30 pm.

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- SEU Fire Football Home Opener vs. Bethel University. The Fire will host Bethel of Tennessee to open the season. Prices remain unchanged from the previous season. Adult tickets are $10 each, kids seats are $5. For the second season, the Fire Four-Pack is available for purchase. For $44, fans receive four game tickets, four hot dogs, and four sodas. To purchase tickets, visit SEUFire.com/ tickets. Season ticket packages are available now through the Fire Club. Game is located at Victory Field at Southeastern University, 1000 Longfellow Blvd.

Jimmy Bouie of Soul 2 Earth will perform at Dawg Days Bluesfest at Tanner’s Lakeside Restaurant in Winter Haven on Aug. 12th. Enjoy 7 blues bands from 2pm to 9pm. Tickets are $15.

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THE SWEET SPOT

“That nice little groove in life—and music. It’s right where we all want to end up.”

Welcome back to “The Sweet Spot”! I’ve been celebrating the Fourth of July for what feels like a month now. I’ve fished, smoked and grilled delicious food, travelled with the family, kayaked, hiked, swam, and kept the tunes rolling. It’s been a great summer. August means it’s coming to the end though. The kids will be back in school and football season is here! My daughter turns two years old this month as well, happy birthday sweetheart. (Of course, she can’t read, but I figure it’s the thought that counts.) Kids rock, I know mine keeps me young and motivated. Coming up, we have a wonderful opportunity to help children AND hear some world-class performers. The second annual St. Jude Concert for the Kids presented by Window World and 97.5 WPCV will be at the RP Funding Center (Formally the Lakeland Center) Wednesday, September 13th. Lee Brice, Jerrod Niemann, Frankie Ballard, Carly Pearce, and a special guest to be announced. I’m assuming the format will be the same as last year. All artists lined up on stage together, sitting on barstools, singing their hits and telling stories. It’s going to be an intimate performance. The money raised will go directly to St. Jude in the fight against childhood cancer. Tickets are available now at the RP Funding center box office and rpfundingcenter.com. This month I want to feature newcomer Carly Pearce. Her debut single “Every Little Thing” is climbing the country airplay chart. Carly’s story began a decade earlier. At age sixteen the Kentucky native dropped out of high school and moved to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee to take a job as a performer at Dollywood. (Dolly Parton’s mountain amusement park. I have some fond childhood memories there myself). In an interview Pearce said, “You really want to get out of your small town when you’re in high school…spread your wings and fly.” Last year’s collaboration with the Josh Abbott Band “Wasn’t That Drunk” introduced her to country radio and opened the door for her solo project. She is currently in the process of working on new material for her album. A release date has yet to be set. At the beginning of this year “Every Little Thing” hit the airwaves. “I wrote this song thinking that no one would ever hear it, about a guy who broke my heart a few years ago,” said Pearce.

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New country music star Carly Pearce.

When a song has a true to life backstory from the artist performing it, it comes through on the recording. It’s full of ache, longing, and regret. Haunting piano licks grab you immediately. Carly’s voice is earthy and textured as she describes the tortured memories of love lost. It can be a daunting challenge for a female vocalist to have a debut number one, but I believe she can do it! Which brings me to my next point: country music needs more female voices. Miranda Lambert is the only free-spirited, rebellious, superstar that we have in the genre. I love Kacey Musgraves, Ashley Monroe, Margo Price, and Brandy Clark, but they don’t get much FM radio play, if any. Lauren Alaina scored her first number one earlier this year; which was a pleasant surprise and well deserved. Maren Morris is turning into an industry darling. RaeLynn has some quality tracks on her album. Kelsea Ballerini continues raking in hit singles, and Carrie Underwood is still America’s sweetheart and probably country music’s most recognizable woman. So where does Carly Pearce fit in? That is for you, the listener, to decide. One good song doesn’t equal a career. I hope she can keep the traction of “Every Little Thing” and translate that in to longterm success. It is incredibly competitive to break into mainstream country. It requires great song choices, timing, momentum, and good ole fashioned luck. Be sure to find “The Sweet Spot” next issue, and remember, “Life’s a garden—Dig it!”

BY GRANT STAR Monday - Friday 7pm to Midnight 97 Country WPCV, 97.5 FM Questions: grant@wpcv.com

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The community came out in a BIG way on Saturday, July 29th to support the Tracey Byrd Benefit hosted at Tanners Lakeside outside at the Tiki/Beach Front area. Tracey Hatmaker Byrd is a wife and mother of two young girls with Stage 4 Breast Cancer. Melanie Brown along with her team members Traci Coker and Susan Leopard, and Jane Waters Thomas as MC, did a wonderful job of pulling this event together and raising over $30,000 for their friend in her time of need. Thank you to all that participated, volunteered and donated to this event from the Krazy Train BBQ Team and Bonnie Sweets to the awesome music from The Polk County Porch Pickers and B. Haven.

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