Enjoy an evening of cool entertainment when Broadway & Jazz will return by popular demand to kick off Historic Bok Sanctuary's sixth annual Live at the Gardens! summer music series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Visitor Center.

Seating will be cabaret style around tables.

An optional prepaid dinner featuring jambalaya or eggplant Parmesan and Greek side salad will be served at the Carillon Café at 5:45 p.m. Call 863-734-1221 for reservations.

"We have a whole new repertoire showcasing jazz legends like Louis Armstrong, along with tunes from Broadway musicals featuring 'The Sound of Music,' 'The King and I' and 'Guys and Dolls,' " said Victoria de Lissovoy, founder and director of Broadway & Jazz.

With a career that includes performances in New York City, Chicago and San Francisco, de Lissovoy has a wide variety of experience as a performer and music educator.

She taught at the Lake Wales Arts Center and the Lake Wales Historic Depot Children's Museum, is licensed both as a Kindermusik instructor and a clinical social worker, and is a charter member of Arts in Healthcare Polk Inc., which incorporates the arts in healing.

Joining de Lissovoy are Lakeland vocalist Rebecca Renfroe and Orlando bassist Doug Mathews.

Renfroe has performed on and off Broadway, at dinner theaters and on stage.

In addition to teaching voice, dance and drama to aspiring young artists, she was a voice coach at Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Lakeland.

Mathews is a member of the Sam River's Quartet and is an international performer and teacher.

Vocalist Kenan Ellison, drummer Louis Nagy and trumpeter Charlie "Top" Hines complete the jazz ensemble.

Musical theater students and teachers including Carly James, Ashley Lee, Pat Bellamy-West and violinist Sarah Morrison, also will perform.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the event, if available.

Dinners are $17 for nonmembers and $15.50 for members. The full-course dinners include tax and gratuity.

Payment is required at the time of the reservation, and nonrefundable tickets will be mailed.

For tickets, call the Garden Campus office at 863-734-1221.

E-mail phrestina@boksanctury.org or visit www.boksanctuary.org for more information.

Library adds compuTers

The Polk County Historical and Genealogical Library has opened a new computer laboratory for the library.

There are now five new public- access computer stations on the second floor microfilm reading room.

Computers may be used for Internet access and word processing.

Full access to Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest.com, as well as other online resources available from Polk County Library Cooperative sites, are free to users.

Library Director Joe Spann said, "The library just received word that Ancestry.com has added a large number of military records to their online offerings. Visit the Polk County Historical and Genealogical Library for instruction and information."

The Polk County Historical and Genealogical Library is at 100 E. Main St. in the historic Polk County Courthouse.

Hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

For more information, call 863-534-4380.

hall of fame nominees sought

Friday is the final day to nominate former teachers to the Lake Wales High School Teacher Hall of Fame for 2007.

The first Teachers Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony was held at the Lake Wales Country Club in October 2006.

Approximately 250 alumni, teachers and friends were on hand as four former teachers were inducted into the inaugural class: Hazel Alexander, Tom Bishop, Linda Cloud and Nancy Waters.

To date, more than 50 teacher nominations have been made through the Web site.

Alumni are encouraged to submit the name of a favorite teacher by logging on to the alumni association Web site at www.lwhsalumniassn.org and clicking on the "Hall of Fame" link.

When e-mailing your nomination, be sure to include your name, your class year, the teacher you are nominating and the reasons why this teacher should be in the Teachers Hall of Fame.

Official nominations will be accepted for former teachers of Lake Wales High School who are now retired or deceased.

The 10 teachers who receive the highest number of nominations will be this year's candidates for induction.

This year's Teachers Hall of Fame event will be held in the fall at the Lake Wales Country Club.

Information regarding the event will be announced to the public as it becomes available.

To become a registered member of the Lake Wales High School Alumni Association, visit the Web site at www.lwhsalumniassn.org.

driver ed classes have room

Polk County School District's driver education classes scheduled for June have openings.

The classes are free and are held at four sites for students in any public, charter, private and home schools. Students must be at least 15 years old and have a restricted license to take the classes.

The classes begin June 14, and conclude June 27. Students meet from 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Classes are held weekends and absences are not permitted in this program.

Bus transportation to driver education classes is not provided.

Classes will be held at Auburndale, Bartow and Lake Wales high schools.

Classes provide a half elective credit for students who successfully complete the two-week class.

Call 863-534-0635 for more information.

Applications are available online at www.polk-fl.net/athletics/driversed.htm.

business after hours

The Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce and Savannah Court Assisted Living Facility will have the June Business After Hours from 5:30 to 7 p.m. June 12.

Savannah Court will host members and guests at its 12 E. Grove Ave. facility.

Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and beverages, network with fellow Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce members and tour this charming assisted-living facility.

Please call 863-676-3445 or e-mail charlotte@lakewaleschamber.com to reserve a spot at the June Business After Hours.

Items about clubs, civic and service organizations, church and social events, and personal honors and achievements for the On the Ridge column may be sent to Tina Peak, 912 Santa Maria Road, Lake Wales, FL 33853. or fax it to 863-678-4051 or 863-401-6999, or e-mail to peakt@earthlink.net.