Happy last Thursday in November, Lakeland — City Editor Rilee here. We’re rounding out the month with events you can look forward to, videos you can’t miss, and an invitation for you to contribute to our December events calendar. Happy reading.
Lakeside Village Cruise-In Nights | Friday, Nov. 17 | 5-8:30 p.m. | Lakeside Village, 1479 Town Center Dr., Lakeland | Free entry | Head to the parking lot near Gaskins Barbecue and Lobster to view classic + modern cars, meet other car enthusiasts, and rev up your weekend.
Plant City Pig Jam | Friday, Nov. 17-Saturday, Nov. 18 | Times vary | Gordon Food Service, 1401 Gordon Food Service Dr., Plant City | Free | Try food from amateur and professional teams competing to be the best barbecuers — bring $10 cash for parking.
Mickenzie Peisher Duo & Brazilian Fun Foods | Friday, Nov. 17 | 5-10 p.m. | The Yard on Mass, 802 N. Massachusetts Ave., Lakeland | Free entry | Start the weekend off with live music and food truck eats at the Yard.
Saturday, Nov. 18
Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland, 210 E. Main St., Lakeland | Free entry | Find fresh produce, plants, and locally handcrafted items at this outdoor farmers market.
Vet Fest | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland | Free | Veterans are invited to learn about available resources and receive on-site support from the Department of Veterans Affairs and other service organizations — parking and admission are free.
5th Annual Holiday Tree Decorating Contest Kick-Off | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 2-4 p.m. | RP Funding Center, 701 W. Lime St., Lakeland | Free | See which tree wins at this fundraiser for United Way of Central Florida — trees will be on display through Dec. 31.
Kid’s Fishing Clinic | Saturday, Nov. 18 | Bonnet Springs Park, 400 Bonnet Springs Blvd., Lakeland | Free | Bring young anglers to learn about and try fishing — all kids must be accompanied by an adult.
Sunday, Nov. 19
A Bright Winter Sunset | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 4-6 p.m. | Painting with a Twist, 3670 Harden Blvd., Lakeland | $39 | This bright winter scene could be your next masterpiece — sign up for a guided painting class where you can sip your favorite refreshments.
Swan City Jazz Jamz | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 5 p.m. | Union Hall, 1023 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland | $10 | Enjoy live jazz at this donation-based musical event — a recommended donation is $10.
We recently rounded up four historic buildings in downtown Lakeland and gave our readers clues to see if they could guess them correctly. Take the quiz below to learn about Lakeland’s oldest commercial building, the last-standing railroad hotel, and more.
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Heads up — you won’t see an LALweekend newsletter next Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. Worry not, your regularly scheduled LALtoday newsletters will still hit your inbox every weekday at 6 a.m., and LALweekend will return on Thursday, Nov. 30.