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Take a personality test, Lakeland
Five people dance with a small child in a white dress and cowboy boots at Lakeland's Buena market
If Lakeland were a person, they’d be the life of the party at Buena Market. | Photo via @buenamarket
What is your average Lakelander like? Are they extroverted or introverted? Agreeable or grumpy? Conscientious or free-spirited? Emotionally stable or neurotic?

Your answers may vary, but geopsychology may be able to track certain personality traits across different regions. Consider Atlas Obscura’s personality map of the US. You may be surprised by what it says about Lakeland.

Lakeland is social

According to Atlas Obscura, Florida is the life of the party. Lakeland in particular is above average when it comes to extroversion. Unlike our neighboring states, Floridians tend to be more open-minded as well.

Considering all the events in Swan City, we’d believe it. Lakelanders are constantly trying to get together.

Lakeland is agreeable

This is where we differ a bit from some of our friends in the south and on the coast of Florida. Sorry not sorry, TBAYtoday, but according to geopsychology, Lakeland tends to be more kindly and considerate.

Lakeland is conscientious

It should come as no surprise that, in general, the South tends to be dutiful and disciplined. Lakeland itself is a hot spot for reliability. Maybe we’re so dependable because the weather isn’t?

Stoke that generous Lakelander spirit by checking out our volunteer guide.

Lakeland is emotionally stable

Perhaps we’re just basking in the glow of being the best, but Lakelanders tend to be pretty positive and capable of handling stress.

If you need a moment of peace, enjoy this view of Circle B Bar Reserve or get into the flow at a yoga studio.
How Lakeland are you?

Is your personality all Lakeland, or do you differ from your average local? Take our personality test to find out.
Wednesday, Feb. 7
  • 6th Annual Concert for the Kids | Wednesday, Feb. 7 | 7:30 p.m. | RP Funding Center, 701 W. Lime St., Lakeland | $25-$35 | Country stars Chris Janson, Maddie & Tae, Brian Kelley, and Connor Smith will take the stage to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
  • Lakeland Regional Health Monthly Job Fair | Wednesday, Feb. 7 | 9-11 a.m. | Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, 1324 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland | Free | Meet with recruiters to learn about healthcare career opportunities during this monthly job fair.*
Thursday, Feb. 8
  • Yogadance | Thursday, Feb. 8 | 4-5 p.m.| Lake Crago Outdoor Recreation Complex, 525 Lake Crago Dr., Lakeland | $0-$5 | Dance to music from around the world in this uplifting exercise class for all levels — Silver Sneakers members get in free.
  • Lakeland Food Truck Rally | Thursday, Feb. 8 | 6-9 p.m. | Munn Park, 201 E. Main St., Lakeland | Price of purchase | Head downtown for live music and bites from 15 local food trucks.
  • Galentine’s Painting with Kate Hall | Thursday, Feb. 8 | 6:30 p.m. | The Yard on Mass, 802 N. Massachusetts Ave., Lakeland | $35 | Get your creative juices flowing with a guided painting class led by a local artist.
Friday, Feb. 9
  • Free Breastfeeding Support Group | Friday, Feb. 9 | 9-10 a.m. | Carol Jenkins Barnett United Way Children’s Resource Center, 650 Bonnet Springs Blvd., Lakeland | Free | Learn breastfeeding tips from a lactation facilitator and connect with others at this weekly support group.
  • 20th Annual Rotary Twilight 5K | Friday, Feb. 9 | 7-9 p.m. | Lake Hollingsworth Park, 929 Lake Hollingsworth Dr., Lakeland | $20-$40 | Take a scenic run around Lake Hollingsworth to benefit Common Ground Playground.
Saturday, Feb. 10
  • Flipping for Charities | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland | $5-$10 | Join the 65th Annual Kiwanis Pancake Festival to raise money for local organizations that benefit children.
Sunday, Feb. 11
  • Lakeside Second Sunday Market | Sunday, Feb. 11 | 12-5 p.m. | Lakeside Village, 1479 Town Center Dr., Lakeland | Free entry | Shop 80+ vendors while enjoying live music by Peter Kolter.
Tuesday, Feb. 20
  • Tiger BBQ | Tuesday, Feb. 20 | 6-8 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland | $45 | Tigers fans are invited to kick off Spring Training with an old fashioned barbecue, complete with southern-cooked meats + eats and a souvenir mug.*
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🐶 How this nonprofit helps at-risk dogs find their fur-ever home
rotating gif of dogs that are available for adoption
PCBP wants to end breed stigma and show the public every dog can be a great pet in a loving home. | Photo provided by Polk County Bully Project
Hey, LAL: We’re excited to introduce you to Polk County Bully Project — one of our winners of the second Publix Giveback Giveaway. Get to know this local nonprofit and learn about the important work they do for the community.

Polk County Bully Project (PCBP) believes every dog deserves a loving home. But due to breed stigma, pit bulls and other dogs characterized as “bully” breeds are often the least likely to get adopted and end up on euthanasia lists.

PCBP wants to change that. Having saved 2,800+ dogs since 2019, the nonprofit rescues any dog that ends up on a shelter euthanasia list, but they especially focus on finding homes for oft-mischaracterized bully breeds. PCBP’s aim: Change the Polk County statistic of being the top kill-shelter county in Florida.

Here’s how you can help:
  • Adopt — If you’re looking for a furry friend, take a look at PCBP’s adoptable pets.
  • Foster — Become a temporary home for a dog until they find their forever home.
  • Donate — The organization relies on community donations to transport + care for animals.
  • Volunteer — PCBP needs volunteers to care for their dogs and get them ready to become pets.
News Notes
  • Start saving your quarters. Free downtown parking may come to an end by summer. Those visiting restaurants + shops may pay up to $2 per hour for parking. The good news: Garage parking would remain $1 per hour. (The Ledger)
  • Baseball fans, leave the keys at home. If you’re catching any of the Detroit Tigers spring training games, Citrus Connection will provide free rides via the TIGERTOWN Express. Check the schedule.
  • The L.B. Brown Heritage Festival will be shorter this year (two days instead of three), but no less packed. This Saturday and Sunday, head to 470 S. L.B. Brown Ave. for vendors and food trucks, as well as services honoring local heroes. The event is free, but proceeds go towards museum maintenance. (The Ledger)
  • Black entrepreneurs are invited to apply for the Business Opportunity Scholarship. The scholarship provides tuition for a business administration degree at Florida Technical College plus a laptop. Apply online by Monday, Feb. 12. (LkldNow)
  • There’s a Grammy winner in our midst. Jonathan Gautier recorded the violin tracks for Album of the Year, “Midnights” by Taylor Swift, at Sound House Studios in Lakeland. Best believe this Harrison School for the Arts graduate is still bejeweled.
Plan Ahead
  • Get ready for Planes, Trains, and Automobiles — the annual transportation event held at the Plant City Airport this Saturday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Bring the kids to see aircraft demonstrations, first responder vehicles, and a giant LEGO display. Tickets are $7.50 in advance, $10 at the door. (The Ledger)
  • Speaking of LEGO... Ferrari is coming to Legoland Florida on Friday, March 8. The Lego Ferrari Build & Race experience will allow enthusiasts to design their own cars before putting them to the test in virtual races. (Bay News 9)
  • Looking for a mocktail option this Valentine’s season? Revival has you covered. Visit the Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Spirits pop-up this Saturday, Feb. 10, or head over to Revival any day Feb. 9-11 for “Valen-tiki” drinks.
  • Get trusted financial advice with Money Pickle, the service that connects you directly with experienced financial advisors to help with your investment + retirement planning needs (all through a complimentary video meeting). Take control of your financial future in 2024 by scheduling a free consultation.*
🛍️ Did someone say shopping?
An exterior view of small businesses on North Kentucky Avenue, including Scout & Tag, with seating and plants outside.
North Kentucky Avenue is a small shop hotspot. | Photo by @patriotcoffeeroasters
Shopping local is always in style. Whether you’re looking to update your warderobe for spring or hunting for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, you can’t go wrong at a local boutique. Here are a few of our favorite locally-owned small businesses.
Click below for even more shopping suggestions. Did we miss your favorite place to shop small? Tell us where we can find more fashion and gifts so we can add it to our shopping list.
The Buy
A Curry Up Broth Bomb — crafted right here in Lakeland — which will flavor five to eight portions of soup, beans, chili, or whatever you want to cook. Hello healthy, yummy dinner.
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Lakeland people may be conscientious and emotionally stable, but nobody said anything about the swans.

If you’re feeling spicy today, watch these swans try to evict the white pelicans on Lake Morton.
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