December at a Glance

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One time, short term events, or events and exhibitions beginning or ending during December 2013:

December 3: Lakeland Art Guild Meeting. 6:00-7:30pm. Visual Concepts, Lakeland. Phone: 863-646-7166.

December 3, 10, 17: Antique Car Showcase. 10am-2pm. It’s automotive yesteryear with Model A’s on display at Pinewood Estate. Presented by the Florida Flywheelers. Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales. www.boktowergardens.org or 863-676-1408.

December 3, 10, 17: Woodcarving. Tuesdays from 2-8pm. Ridge Woodcarving Club meets at the MacArthur Wellness Center, Lakeland. Carving instruction available and all ages are welcome. Information: Jerry Heinicke, President, phone 863-603-9536.

December 5-22: THE MIRACLE WORKER. Evenings at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm. Theatre Winter Haven. 863-291-5661 or www.theatrewinterhaven.com.

December 5-22: Black & White and Read All Over Exhibit. Gallery hours are 12:30-4pm, Monday-Friday during show weeks and one hour prior to Theatre Winter Haven performances. Ridge Art Assoc. & Gallery, Winter Haven. 863-291-5661.

Through December 5: All Student Exhibition. Current work by FSC’s art majors. Gallery hours: M-F, 9am-4pm when school is in session. Melvin Gallery, Florida Southern College. FREE. 863-680-4743.

December 6: Journey Stories Opening Reception. 6-8pm. Free. Polk County History Center, Bartow. www.polkcountymuseum.org.

December 6 & 7: Christmas Concert. 7:30pm. Bush Chapel, Southeastern University, Lakeland. 863-667-4010.

December 6-8: Junie B. Jones in Jingle bells Batman Smells. Friday-Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm. Eunice Fuller Theatre for Youth Production. Lakeland Community Theatre, Lake Mirror Theatre, Lakeland. www.lakelandcommunitytheatre.com.

December 6-January 4: Journey Stories Exhibition. Free. Polk County History Center, Bartow. www.polkcountymuseum.org.

December 7: Donuts for Dads. 9am. Explorations V Children’s Museum, Lakeland. 863-687-3869 or ExplorationsV.com.

December 7: Family Fun Workshop. 10:30am. FREE at Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland. 863-688-5423 or www.PolkMuseumofArt.org.

December 7: Exhibition Reception for “Art Out Loud, Artworks by Middle School Students.” 11am. FREE at Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland. www.PolkMuseumofArt.org.

December 7: Christmas at the Ramon. 2pm. Excerpts from “The Nutcracker” as well as a variety of dance works reflecting the joy of the season. Features the professional company of the Florida Dance Theatre and its trainees, along with members of its Youth Ensemble. Ramon Theater, Frostproof. www.ramontheater.com.

December 7: Opening Reception for Black & White and Read All Over Exhibit. 6-8pm. Ridge Art Assoc. & Gallery, Winter Haven. 863-291-5661.

December 7: Sunset & Symphony Holiday Concert. 6pm. The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the Singing Tower carillon perform together during one of Central Florida’s favorite outdoor concerts as the sun sets atop Iron Mountain. Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales. www.boktowergardens.org or 863-676-1408.

December 7: The Bellamy Brothers, A Tropical Christmas. The Ritz Theatre, Winter Haven. Phone 863-295-9900 or email ritz@ritzoncentral.com.

December 7: Bill Gaither Christmas Homecoming Tour 2013. 6pm. Jenkins Arena, The Lakeland Center. 863-834-8111 or www.thelakelandcenter.com.

December 7: Traditions – The Christmas Gala. Festival of Fine Arts – FSC Music Department. 7:30pm. Festive holiday decorations, beautiful rendition of “O Holy Night” and the Christmas Carol Sing-Along. Branscomb Auditorium, Florida Southern College, Lakeland. 863-680-4296; www.flsouthern.edu/ffa.

December 7: “I Saw Mommie Killing Santa Claus” a Yuletide Celebration, Murder Mystery Dinner. The Ritz Theatre, Winter Haven. 863-295-9900 or ritz@ritzoncentral.com.

Through December 7: Paintings of the Space Age. Large-scale paintings depicting space exploration from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland. PolkMuseumofArt.org or 863-688-7743.

Through December 7: Regeneration2 – Tomorrow’s Photographers Today. Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland. Visit www.PolkMuseumofArt.org or 863-688-7743.

December 7 & 8: Polk State Music Dept. Christmas Concert. Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2:30pm. Polk State College, Winter Haven Fine Arts Theatre. 863-297-1050.

December 8: 50 SHADES THE MUSICAL. 7:30pm. Youkey Theatre, The Lakeland Center. Visit www.thelakelandcenter.com.

December 10: Winter Wonderland. 7:30pm. Imperial Symphony Orchestra holiday concert with special guests, The Lakeland Choral Society. Youkey Theatre, The Lakeland Center. Learn more: 863-688-3743 or imperialsymphony.org.

December 13: Exhibition Reception for “Stephen Knapp: New Light.” 6-8:30pm. Polk Museum of Art, Free for members, $10 for guests. Lakeland. www.PolkMuseumofArt.org.

Through December 13: Festival of Wreaths Exhibition and Silent Auction. Wreaths decorated by Polk businesses and organizations on display and up for silent auction. Polk County History Center, Bartow. www.polkcountymuseum.org or 863-534-4386.

December 14: Family Fun Workshop. 10am. FREE. Bruton Memorial Public Library, Plant City. 863-688-5423 or www.PolkMuseumofArt.org.

December 14: Family Fun Day – Holiday Festival. 10am-12pm. Make Christmas ornaments, learn about holiday traditions and making winter snacks! Polk County History Center, Bartow. www.polkcountymuseum.org or 863-534-4386.

December 14: The Long Run and Turnstiles – Eagles and Billy Joel Tribute Bands. 7pm. The Ritz Theatre, Winter Haven. Learn more: Phone 863-295-9900; email ritz@ritzoncentral.com or visit www.ritzoncentral.com.

December 14: Discovery Saturdays. 11am-2pm. Participate in an animal “photo quest.” Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales. Visit www.boktowergardens.org or 863-676-1408.

December 14: The Main Ingredient, featuring Cuba Gooding, Sr. and Special Guests. 7:30pm. Youkey Theatre, The Lakeland Center. 863-834-8111 or www.thelakelandcenter.com.

December 14 &15: Melodies and Mistletoe: A Musical Holiday Event. Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm. Lakeland Community Theatre at Lake Mirror Theatre, Lakeland. Phone (863) 603-PLAY (7529) or visit lakelandcommunitytheatre.com.

December 14-March 8: “Stephen Knapp: New Light” Exhibition.  “Lightpaintings” created using shards of fused glass, installed perpendicular to the wall’s surface, to reflect beams of light into abstract compositions. Polk Museum of Art, Free for members, $10 for guests. Lakeland. www.PolkMuseumofArt.org.

December 15: Moonlight Concert & Holiday Home Tour. 7:30pm. Enjoy a nighttime carillon concert and tour Pinewood Estate complete with hot chocolate and cookies until 10pm. Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales. Visit www.boktowergardens.org.

December 15: Holiday Concert. Pre-Show at 1:45pm. Concert at 2:30pm. Lakeland Concert Band, Youkey Theatre, The Lakeland Center. LakelandConcertBand.com.

December 15: Over 55 Show Band. 2pm. Polk State College, Winter Haven Fine Arts Theatre. 863-297-1050.

December 17: Michael Londra’s Celtic Yuletide. 7:30pm. Youkey Theatre, The Lakeland Center. www.thelakelandcenter.com.

December 25: Christmas Day at Bok Tower Gardens. Free tours of Pinewood Estate, and enjoy the sounds of the season with carillon concerts at 1 & 3 p.m. Included with admission. Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales. Visit www.boktowergardens.org.

December 23: West Side Story. 7:30pm. Youkey Theatre, The Lakeland Center. www.thelakelandcenter.com or 863-834-8111.

December 26: Kwanzaa performance. 1-2pm. Features performance by the Kumba Dancers of Tampa Bay. FREE. Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland. www.PolkMuseumofArt.org.

December 26, 27, 28: Fine Art Show Entry Receiving. Thursday, Friday from 2-4pm. Saturday from 2-7pm. Frostproof Art League. Info: 863-635-7271, www.frostproofartleague.org, frostproofartleague@gmail.com.

December 27: Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. 7:30pm. Youkey Theatre, The Lakeland Center. 863-834-8111 or www.thelakelandcenter.com.

December 28: Discovery Saturdays. 11am-2pm. Discover the world of bee hives with beekeepers Jack & Judy Stokes. Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales. Visit www.boktowergardens.org or 863-676-1408.

December 31: Murder Mystery Dinner “Betting on Death.” 6pm. Advanced reservations required. Ramon Theater, Frostproof. www.ramontheater.com or 863-635-7222.

December 31: New Years Eve Live Music by The Rogues & Dinner. The Ritz Theatre, Winter Haven. Phone 863-295-9900 or email ritz@ritzoncentral.com.

 

Ongoing events and exhibitions continuing throughout the month:

Through January 5: “Celebrating Traditions” Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate. Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sundays Noon-5pm. Capture the holiday spirit when you tour the 20-room, Mediterranean-style Estate decked out for the holidays. Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales. www.boktowergardens.org.

Through January 5: Holiday Carillon Concerts. 1pm & 3pm. Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales. www.boktowergardens.org.

Through January 5: Poinsettia Display. At the Visitor Center courtyard and outside of Pinewood Estate. Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales. www.boktowergardens.org or 863-676-1408.

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