Support Lakeland’s veterans at one of these local events. | Photo by LALtoday
Friday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, a federal holiday that commemorates those who have served in the US military. Check out these upcoming events happening in and around Lakeland that honor the 60,000+ veterans that call Polk County home.
12th Annual Salute to Veterans Breakfast | Friday, Nov. 11 | 7 a.m. | Heritage Baptist Church, 4202 Pipkin Creek Rd. | Free for veterans | Enjoy a breakfast buffet with other veterans hosted by the Rotary Club.
Bartow 2022 Veterans’ Hometown Heroes | Friday, Nov. 11 | 11:11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Ave., Bartow | Free for veterans and one guest, $25 for others | Veterans and local civic club members are invited to this luncheon.
Veterans Day Celebration | Saturday, Nov. 12 | 10 a.m. | Veterans Memorial Park, 701 W. Lime St. | Free | Celebrate the unveiling of the new Spanish-American War Monument to the Buffalo Soldiers before a parade through downtown Lakeland starts at the RP Funding Center at 11 a.m.
Friends of Freedom Veterans Day Luncheon | Saturday, Nov. 12 | 1-2:30 p.m. | Cleveland Heights Golf Club, 2900 Buckingham Ave. | $50 | Hear from keynote speaker Dr. Aundrea Matthews, President Buffalo Soldiers Association of West Point, and recognize the artists behind the Buffalo Soldiers monument.
Lakeland Magic Military Appreciation Night | Saturday, Nov. 12 | 7 p.m. | RP Funding Center | Free for active duty military, veterans, and first responders | Active duty military, veterans, and first responders can bring their military ID to the box office for free admission with the purchase of a ticket.
Plan ahead for the Flight to Honor Mission 8. Veterans can apply to fly from Lakeland Linder International Airport to Washington, DC in April 2023 to visit memorials dedicated in their honor. Want to support the cause?Apply to be a guardian and accompany a veteran on the mission.
Sage-ing | Monday, Nov. 7 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Public Library, 325 Ave. A NW, Winter Haven | Free | Older adults can learn about personal fulfillment in this class meeting every Monday.
Tuesday, Nov. 8
Crochet Buddies | Tuesday, Nov. 8 | 3-4 p.m. | Bruton Memorial Library, 302 W McLendon St., Plant City | Free | Individuals aged nine and up can come to learn the basics of crochet — space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Story Time at the Florida Air Museum | Tuesday, Nov. 8-Tuesday, July 25 | 10-10:30 a.m. | Florida Air Museum, 4175 Medulla Rd., Lakeland | Free | Junior ACEs ages 2-5 can hear a story and take part in an interactive learning experience.
Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention 2022 | Thursday, Nov. 10-Saturday, Nov. 12 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. | RP Funding Center, 701 W Lime St, Lakeland | $6-$25 | Learn new scrapbooking techniques, shop from vendors, and work on your own projects with other crafters.
Friday, Nov. 11
The 39 Steps | Friday, Nov. 11-Sunday, Nov. 13 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Lakeland Community Theatre, 121 S Lake Ave, Lakeland | $20-$26 | In this comedic play, a man with a boring life is followed by a mysterious organization after meeting a spy.
Harvest Holler Corn Maze | Friday, Nov. 11-Sunday, Nov. 13 | 4-8 p.m. | Harvest Holler Corn Maze, 950 Tavares Rd., Polk City | $12-$15 | Have some fall fun with a corn maze, animal adventure hayride, cow barrel train, and a miniature golf course.
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
Boots for Troops’ care packages send every soldier a new pair of boots, plus extra goodies and snacks (think: beef jerky, chips + coffee). | Photo provided by Publix Employees Federal Credit Union
This month, PEFCU is partnering with Boots for Troops to host a donation drive for our brave military service members who are currently overseas.
The Boots For Troops Care Package Program uplifts the morale and mental well-being of deployed US soldiers by sending them carefully curated packages of snacks, card games, books, and hygiene products.
Want to pitch in? Visit your local PEFCU branch (3005 New Tampa Hwy.) to donate itemsor mail in your contributions. 📦*
$214.2 million. That’s how much Lakeland Electric expects it will cost to service its 137,000 customers next year. To make up for a $7 million budget shortfall, the utility is considering raising electric base rates in the spring, increasing average bills by $1.65 to $5.51 per month. (The Ledger)
The Lakeland Police Departmentis awaiting the arrival of body-worn and in-car camera equipment purchased for $9.3 million from an Arizona-based company. Officers will be trained when the equipment arrives, which LPD hopes will happen before the end of the year. (The Ledger)
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Santa Claus is coming to town during the Lakeland Christmas Parade. The event starts on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. with fireworks, floats, and Santa himself. Pro tip: Arrive early to find your viewing spot, but chairs can’t be placed on the route until the day of the parade. 🎅
Lakeland Electric has received the “Building Strong Communities” award from the Florida Municipal Electric Association. The award was given based on Lakeland Electric’s community improvement programs and projects — like its educational events, scholarships, and more.
Now this is a concert for a cause.Get tickets for NewsAid, a benefit concert to support local news nonprofit LkldNow on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Union Hall. A $20 donation gets you a ticket to hear Proper Wednesday, Sumner Curtis, and Robin Brooke. 🗞
The Lakeland Square Mall Access Road between Chili’s and Rooms To Go will be closed to replace a failing sewer main. Plan to use another mall access road for up to two weeks — businesses adjacent to the closed road will still be open.
Step right up. Tickets are now available for the Florida State Fair, happening Feb. 9-20, 2023 in Tampa. Take advantage of this flash sale to make sure you don’t miss any of the rides, live performances, or deep-fried food. 🎡 (WFTS)
Argh, me hearties. Legoland Florida has announced the opening date for its new Pirate River Quest ride: Thursday, Jan. 12. The captain-driven boats will take riders through Lake Eloise and Cypress Gardens. From Saturday, Jan. 21 to Saturday, Feb. 18, the amusement park will host recurring Pirate Fest Weekends. 🏴☠️ (The Ledger)
$1.5 billion. That’s how much you could win on the current Powerball jackpot, the second-largest prize in Powerball history. With that much money, you could buy 235.3 million Born and Bread cruffins, 100 million Publix chicken tender subs, or 266 million Concord cappuccinos. We’ll be buying our tickets now. (Fox 13 News)
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It’s always a great time to be a sports fan in Lakeland. We asked you for your favorite places to watch your team play on TV while grabbing a bite, and you came out swinging. Here’s where you’ll find our readers during game time.
Food + Beer, 3615 S. Florida Ave., Ste.1350 We’ll start with City Editor Rilee’s favorite — this spot boasts 38 big-screen TVs and brews from local spots like Keel Farms, making it a true crowd pleaser.
Glory Days Grill, 3790 Lakeside Village Ct. Several readers recommend this joint for pulled pork bowls, tacos, and drinks. Pro tip: According to reader Sandi S., you can use a box on your table to hear the specific game of your choice.
Swan Brewing, 115 W. Pine St. You can’t go wrong with any of the beers at this brewery, but reader Fred W. prefers the Straight Outta Lakeland IPA. Order from whichever food truck is on-site for fresh, delicious game day grub.
La La Land Liquor & Lounge, 3239 S. Florida Ave. It’s the bartenders who make this reader Megan S.'s favorite place to catch a game. Cheer on your team with friends — and play darts or pool during halftime.
Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux, 3772 US Hwy. 98 N. Head to Walk-On’s for Louisiana-inspired cuisine and plenty of huge screens. Reader M. A. is a fan of the food — we recommend ordering the Surf & Turf burger.
Winners Circle Sportsbar & Grill, 4215 S. Florida Ave. Reader Brook A. loves this local spot for its hometown feel and community support. If you visit, order Brook’s favorite: The chicken wings — there are 60+ flavors to choose from.
Did we fumble your favorite sports bar? Let us know which one you love and we may add it to our roster.
Editor’s pick: It looks like the news about an upscale fast-food joint coming to South Florida Avenue is really shaking things up. Of the readers who sent in guesses for what this new spot could be, 70% think it might be Shake Shack. Stay tuned for future updates on this development.
Missed Friday’s newsletter? We asked Commissioner Phillip Walker five burning questions, here.
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