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SALSA DANCING 

Every Tuesday, 6:30-9 p.m. Lakeland Salsa & Swing partner with the City of Lakeland to host dance socials every Tuesday night at the Lake Mirror Complex.  6:30 - 7:30 p.m. is the Group Lesson, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. is Open Floor Dancing.  General Admission — $5 (cash only please) www.lakelandsalsa.com

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AUGUST 2ND FIRST FRIDAY: BACK TO SCHOOL

August 2, 6-9 p.m. in Downtown Lakeland.  Downtown shops and restaurants will be open late. Don’t miss the Makers Market, featuring local artists and creators, on North Kentucky Avenue and the Classy Car Show on Tennessee Avenue.  Family-friendly! Downtownlkld.com

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VH-SWAN STORYTELLERS - “ALCATRAZ  BADASS” ROBERT SCHIBLINE

August 3, 5-6 p.m. at Swan Brewing.   For this first installment of VH-Storytellyers, meet Robert “Banker Bob” Schibline, Alcatraz inmate 1355, as he tells the story of his life, crime and his connection to the most infamous prison escape in American history.  Stay  afterwards for a special Johnny Cash tribute performance by Sandy Back Porch. www.swanbrewing.com

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ACROSS THE ATLANTIC: AMERICAN IMPRESSIONISM THROUGH THE FRENCH LENS 

August 10 - Oct. 13, Polk Museum of Art.  This exhibition, drawn entirely from the collection of the Reading Public Museum, explores works to help tell the story of the new style of painting which developed at the end of the nineteenth century — one that emphasized light and atmospheric conditions, rapid or loose brushstrokes, and a focus on brightly colored scenes from everyday life. polkmuseumofart.org

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LEGOLAND FIRE SAFETY WEEKEND

August 10 & 11, Legoland Florida.  Presented by the National Fire Protection Association, this entertaining and informative event teaches kids about fire safety with a variety of fun activities in the theme park, including a character experience with LEGO Max, a fire safety-themed scavenger hunt and a unique LEGO mosaic build. Guests can snap a photo with LEGO City’s tallest firefighter!  www.legoland.com

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SELWYN BIRCHWOOD 

August 16, 8-10 p.m. Union Hall, 1023 S Florida Ave, Lakeland.  Birchwood is among the most extraordinary young stars in the blues. Birchwood’s high-octane blues — at once deeply rooted, funky and up-to-the-minute — are played with passion and honest emotion. With his band feeding off his drive and exuberance, he rips out memorable guitar licks with ease, his soulful, vocals firing up the crowd.  More info on FB @unionhallevents

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ATHENA AWARDS 

August  20, 6-8:30 p.m.,  Haus 820.  The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce hosts its Inaugural ATHENA Awards Presented by the Junior League of Greater Lakeland. The ATHENA Award honors women who strive toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment, who excel in their chosen field, devote time and energy to their community and forge paths of leadership for other women to follow. Purchase tickets online. lakelandchamber.com

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TAPESTRY: LIVE TRIBUTE TO CAROLE KING + JONI MITCHELL TRIBUTE! 

August 17, 8 p.m., LkldLive, 202 N Massachusetts Ave, Lakeland.  Welcome Lakeland pianist/vocalist Nicole Celeste as she performs Carole King’s classic album Tapestry solo from start to finish. Courtney Plummer will open the show with a special tribute to Joni Mitchell.  www.lkldlive.com

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FINE ART AT THE MAGNOLIA 

Aug. 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Aug. 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Magnolia Building, 702 E Orange St. Invitational Fine Art Show held annually showcasing 19 accomplished Fine Artists from across the state in a stunningly beautiful 2-day Fine Art Show held inside the lovely Historic Magnolia Building in downtown Lakeland’s garden & theater district. For more info please email Betsy Bohrer at betsy@thebohrergallery.com or find them on FB @FineArtMagnolia

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SWAN CITY IMPROV PRESENTS: MADE UP MUSICAL 

August 24, 7:30-10:30 p.m. at LkldLive, 202 N Mass. Ave, Lakeland.  One night, 2 completely improvised musicals. Swan City Improv will take your suggestions and make 2 musicals on the spot. One at 7:30PM and one at 9:00PM. Come out ready to laugh as they sing songs, dance and have an all out great time! $10 for one show, or just $15 for both!  www.lkldlive.com

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