Monday, Aug. 14
CHESS CLUB: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, Kelly Recreation Complex, second floor, 404 Imperial Blvd., $1 per person, Steve Morgan, 863-513-2532, email@example.com. Pick-up games; equipment provided; all ages and levels.
Thursday, Aug. 17
"AMERICAN IDOL" AUDITIONS: Registration 6 a.m. to noon, auditions 8 a.m. Aug. 17, Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort, 1486 Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, free, www.americanidol.com. Auditions are outdoors, bring water, sunscreen and a hat. Auditions limited to 4,000 participants, must be 15 or older to audition, preregistration is encouraged. Participants may bring one guest who must be older than 5. "Idol" winners Jordin Sparks, Kris Allen and Ruben Studdard will make an appearance.
Friday, Aug. 18
KINGDOM KIDZ — KIDZ XPLOSION!: 6 p.m. Aug. 18-20, Harvest Assembly of God, 2120 Airport Road, Lakeland, www.harvestassembly.org. Includes Snow cones, face painting bounce houses and more.
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: 6:30 to 9 p.m. third Fridays, James P. Austin Community Center, 315 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lake Wales, free, snacks available for purchase, 863-678-4182 ext 270.
Saturday, Aug. 19
MERMAID/MERMAN MORNING: Registration 8:30 a.m., clinic 9 a.m. to noon, Lakeland YMCA, 3620 Cleveland Heights Blvd., Lakeland, $20, Lorraine Valerino 863-644-3528. The 24th annual "Let's Try Synchro" beginner's clinic "Mermaid/Merman Morning." Participants wear swimsuit and bring a towel and a change of clothing. Must be comfortable swimming in deep water. Open to swimmers ages 7-14. The clinic is an opportunity for swimmers to try out the Lakeland Y Synchro Swim season that begins Sept. 5.