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Today’s Forecast

81º | 90% chance of precipitation
Sunrise 6:30 a.m. | Sunset 8:24 p.m.

Scout’s honor, you’ll love these classes
Brush up on your painting skills and learn new techniques. | Photo by @polkmuseumofart
Remember the joy of learning something new at summer camp or as a scout? It doesn’t have to end when you grow up. Keep the fun going with these classes, and we’ll give you an honorary badge — sashes not included.

🎨 Arts + crafts badge

Marvelous Mud Pottery Studio
Slip into a pottery workshop or join as a member to take continual classes.

Polk Museum of Art
Aspiring artists can learn techniques with in-depth courses or get a new perspective on art with monthly tours + talks.


Try a dance workshop to stretch the limits of what you think you can do.


Photo by @floridadancetheatre

⭐️ Performing arts badge

Florida Dance Theatre
Attend a workshop to get your body moving, or get to the pointe in adult ballet.

💭 Communication badge

Institute of Spanish Communication
Learn how to speak Spanish or English in private or group lessons.

Lakeland Public Library
The library is a go-to resource for learning how to use technology, research your family’s past, or start a new craft.

Orange Blossom Poems
Find your creative voice through poetry workshops led by Dr. Diana Álvarez-Hughes.

An aerial view of Beerman Tennis Complex with 18 fenced-in tennis courts surrounded by trees and grassy areas.

Galindo Tennis holds classes at Beerman Family Tennis Center on Edgewood Drive.


Photo by @galindotennisusa

🏸 Sports badge

Galindo Tennis
Take a swing at a new sport with private lessons, one-day camps, and clinics for doubles teams.

Lakeland Ice Arena
Learn how to ice skate with private or semi-private lessons in Lakeland’s only real ice rink.

🏡 Home economics badge

Obscure Wine Company
Become a wine tasting + serving expert with courses for beginners and more experienced sommeliers.

UF/IFAS Extension Polk County
Grow your garden and your knowledge base with the expert tips you’ll learn in these gardening and cooking classes.
If this really were summer camp, which badge would you most want to earn?
A. Arts + crafts
B. Performing arts
C. Communications
D. Sports
E. Home ec
Tuesday, June 11
  • Silver Star Game Day | Tuesday, June 11 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Coleman-Bush Building, 1104 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Lakeland | Free | Older adults can enjoy a morning of fun, fellowship + classic games at this weekly get-together.
  • Pub Run, Music Bingo, and Kielbasa Bus | Tuesday, June 11 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Swan Brewing, 115 W. Pine St., Lakeland | Free entry | Take a leisurely run around Lake Wire, then play music bingo with live music.
Wednesday, June 12
  • Premium Wine & Spirits Tasting | Wednesday, June 12 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, 4319 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland | $10 | Sample various wines, spirits, beers + more, then get 10% off your purchase.
Thursday, June 13
  • Polk Pride 2024: Pride in Faith | Thursday, June 13 | 7 p.m. | Beacon Hill Fellowship, 220 W. Beacon Rd., Lakeland | Free | Local faith leaders and guest speakers will share their perspectives + experiences.
Friday, June 14
  • Summer Kids Class: Squishy Strawberry | Friday, June 14 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Painting with a Twist, 3670 Harden Blvd., Lakeland | $27-$29 | A week of painting for artists ages 7+ ends with this berry sweet class.
  • Evening Explorer | Friday, June 14 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Bonnet Springs Park, 400 Bonnet Springs Blvd., Lakeland | Free entry | Adults ages 21+ can experience nocturnal animal interactions at the Rooftop Bar.
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News Notes
  • The Peach House is set to open this week, but its opening date is still under wraps. To be one of the first to try the new restaurant’s Old Florida-inspired food + drink menu, just look out for an “open” sign at 733 E. Palmetto St. (The Ledger)
  • Yates Road in southwest Lakeland is now closed for 60 days as part of the ongoing West Pipkin Road widening project. Detours for through-traffic will be in place along Lunn Road and County Line Road to Ewell Road, so add some extra time to your commute.
  • 151. That’s how many candidates a search committee considered for Florida Southern College’s new president. Jeremy P. Martin, their chosen candidate, will have support from Dr. Anne Kerr, who will become president emerita following her retirement. (LkldNow)
Real Estate
  • Home prices are back on the rise, with list prices increasing 0.1% from April to May. The median listing price was $349,425, and homes sat on the market for a median of 58 days (two days fewer than in April). (The Ledger)
  • The Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Polytechnic University are teaming up to start a cybercrime unit focused on artificial intelligence. Florida Poly students will work with PCSO to provide technical support to the unit and assist with investigations.
  • Mixon’s Beef Jerky has opened a storefront at 1745 E. Memorial Blvd., so you can now shop jerky flavors like Honey Heat, apple maple, and lemon pepper online or in-store. Pro tip: Don’t skip the extras, like lemonade + loaded beef jerky nachos.
  • City Garage Motorsports has formed an Automobile Racing Club of America team starring driver Becca Monopoli. The Lakeland-based team will compete for the first time in the Circle City 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park on July 19.
  • There’s something new at Lakeland’s oldest coffee shop: You can now order online from Mitchell’s Coffee House to get your favorite treats even faster. Might we suggest a slice of Coca-Cola cake and a Black Forest latte?
  • If you can’t get enough of classes, sign up now for the next Creative Writing Workshop at Pressed on Tuesday, June 25. Bring in your latest writing project to get feedback from other writers and read their work.
  • #TerraceTabletop: Whether celebrating a special occasion or just celebrating life, the Terrace Grille provides elevated ambiance paired with a seasonal menu that showcases Florida’s freshest flavors + locally-sourced ingredients. See why you just found your perfect place to gather + make a reservation.*
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Market on your calendar
Two shoppers purchasing goods from a market vendor's tent. The table is covered with stationery and tote bags.
The maker you shop from could be your neighbor. | Photo by @londonwmedia and @dixielandnightmarket
Lakeland is a hot spot for makers, foodies, and creatives alike. Local markets bring them all together — and we’re ready to shop ‘til we drop at these upcoming events.

Dixieland Night Market | Union Hall, 1023 S. Florida Ave.
Every second Friday of the month, 6-11 p.m.

The Emporium Art Collective brings together local artisans. Its next market is this Friday, June 14.

Downtown Farmers Curb Market | Downtown Lakeland, 117 N. Kentucky Ave.
Every Saturday from September to July, times vary

You’ve got just a few weeks left until this market takes its August hiatus. Its hours are now 8 a.m.-1 p.m. through July.

Lakeland Is Our Business Vendor Market | COhatch, 211 E. Main St.
Every third Saturday of the month, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

This market has one thing all the others don’t: sweet, sweet air conditioning. Shop indoors for handmade crafts and homemade treats.
The Buy
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The Wrap
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From the editor
Normalize naming your kids after something you love. We’re making the case for baby names like Cruffin, Royal Swan, and Pub Sub over on Instagram. I think they have a nice ring to them, don’t you?
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