‘Tis the season for spring flings and summer love. So before you schedule that brunch, coffee meetup, casual beer, or Saturday adventure with the person you met on Bumble or Hinge, make sure you ask these 26 Lakeland-based questions to confirm that he/she/they are worthy of a rose. 🌹
1. Do you live on the northside or the southside? 2. What’s your go-to flavor of ice cream from Mayday? 3. How do you feel about swans? 4. Ever been to the Strawberry Festival? 5. Disney, Universal, or neither?
Click the button below for 21 more questions that’ll hopefully lead you to love, Lakeland-style. 💌
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WaterCooler ○The Alternative Baseball Organization — a league that caters to teens + adults with autism and other special needs — is expanding to Polk County, among other areas in the Tampa Bay region. The Lakeland point-man, Aaron Eberhardt, is working toward building local contacts to help kick things off + is looking to the community for help with this venture. ⚾ (Bay News 9)
Coronavirus ○Polk County is among other localities in Florida that will not receive a shipment of vaccines this week, as they’re being diverted to statewide FEMA sites. This includes 56,400 Moderna shots in total — with 7,000 of them being originally destined for Polk County.(The Ledger) ○On Wednesday, the Florida Department of Health announced 5,294 new cases of COVID-19 and 87 additional deaths in Florida. That brings the total number of cases in FL of COVID-19 to 2,057,735 the total deaths to 33,425. You can find more updates concerning COVID-19 case numbers on theFlorida Department of Health dashboard. See Lakeland + Polk numbers here. ○Monitorthe Florida Department of Health in Polk’s websitefor the latest information regarding vaccines.
Number ○200. That’s roughly the number of COVID-19 resources in this guide— which was created and curated by Polk State College students. The guide will be rolled out to nearly all schools in Polk County, allowing 100,000+ people to learn more about ways to get assistance (from bills and housing to clothes and food) if needed. 🦠 (WFTS Tampa Bay)
ComingSoon ○Sip, sip, hooray — Lakeland’s first mobile tap bar is headed our way. Projected to roll out this summer, The Cheers Tap will feature 5 bevvie taps and cater to private events such as weddings + office parties. 🥂
TodayIs ○April Fool’s Day. While we wanted to Polk a little fun at Lakeland today for April Fool’s Day, we figured that the fact that our town was almost once named “Red Bug” has enough “jokes-on-us” energy to last us a lifetime. Whatever tricks you have up your sleeves today, here’s hoping you get to fool the swan that you want.
Check out more artists you’ll want to scope out at the fest, here (and more of R.L. Alexander’s whimsical pieces, here.)
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Show ○ String Orchestra Concert | Thurs., April 1 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Listen to this virtual SEU concert + unwind. 🎻 ○ June Bunch // Jerrod Parker | Thurs., April 1 | 6:30 p.m. | Hillcrest Coffee | Free | #ProTip: Try Hillcrest’s cinnamon latte.
Arts ○ Art in Autism | Thurs., April 1 | 6-8:30 | $30 | Keel and Curley Winery, 5202 Thonotosassa Rd. | Tickets sales will act as donations to the Innovative Academy.
TheBuy ○ Super Spring Stimulus Fruit Tree Sale| Thurs., April 1 | 1:30-6 p.m. | Family Fun Farmers Market, 2514 Leaning Pine Ave, Plan City | Prices vary | Make sure to show the post so you can take advantage of the sale. 🌳
TryThis ○ Lets Yoga: Stress Freedom| Thurs., April 1 | 6-7 p.m. | Auburndale Community Center, 405 Bennett St. | $5+ | Overcome life’s stressors with a yoga class open to all. ○ Virtual Game Night| Thurs., April 1 | 7-10 p.m. | Virtual | Free, RSVP | Trivia, charades, Pictionary + drinking games — all from the comfort of your home. 🎲
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
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