Are you looking to satisfy your wanderlust after a year at home? If you’re not ready to hop on a plane, you can still stamp your passport, so to speak. Recently, our friends at COLAtoday were talking about how Columbia has a Pimento Cheese Passport, where you can go all over town trying different restaurants’ pimento cheese dishes. 🤯
Rather than continue to be jealousof this fantastic idea, we figured we would turn to our best source for great ideas + food and bev recommendations: our readers. So, Lakeland, we might not have one of the oldest recorded pimento cheese recipes like Columbia, but our city is full of great options.
Let us know what you can’t get enough of, and we’ll put together an unofficial food passport. This will be a great way for tourists + snowbirds to experience our restaurant scene or even for seasoned Lakelanders to try something new.
Edu ○ A Florida emergency order that allows high school students to graduate,and third graders to advance,even if they fail their Florida Standard Assessment (FSA), is now in effect. The order permits the Polk county school district to waive the FSA requirement if a student’s academic performance shows adequate growth. (Spectrum News 13)
WaterCooler ○ Attendance atFlorida Southern College athletic events has increased to 25% capacity. Tickets are limited to 2 family members per athlete, and all must show either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result within 72-hours of the game. (The Ledger)
FeelGood ○ Demeteria Patterson, a second-grade teacher at Dr. N.E. Roberts Elementary Schoolis receiving praise for her kindness. 7-year-old Mariyah Davis writes to her teacher in her agenda, expressing her love for Demeteria. And, every day, Demeteria writes back. Mariyah’s mother refers to Demeteria as a teacher with a “heart of gold.” ❤️ (The Ledger) ○ Flight to Honor will take off from Lakeland Linder International Airport (3900 Don Emerson Dr.) on Tues., April 27. The flight will take local veterans to Washington, D.C. for a day to see memorials in their honor. Flight to Honor Polk is still taking applications for veterans wanting to participate. For more information, click here.
Holiday ○ Ramadan begins today as the start of the ninth month of the Muslim calendar, where fasting is paramount from sunrise to sunset. Ramadan runs for an entire month, until May 12 and focuses on prayer, reflection, and intentionality. To keep up locally with April’s prayer schedule, visit the Islamic Center of Polk County (1763 Unity Way NW.), here.
Answered ○ Looking for a book club? Books That Teach is accepting new members. Email them for more information about meetings + current reads. 📚
Job ○DYK MIDFLORIDA Credit Union offers a number of different career opportunities like Commercial Loan Officer, Operations Manager and Teller? See open positions and apply here. 💵 Ⓟ
ICYMI: The apartments are a part of a new, affordable housing project, located at 912 + 920 N. Vermont Ave. The complex features 16, 350-sqft-units for veterans, the disabled, or those in a single household making $24,696 or less or in a two-person household making $28,224 or less.
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Cause ○ MEGA Pantry Distribution| Mon., April 12 | 3:30-6 p.m. | Lakes Church, 1010 E. Memorial Blvd. | Free | If you’re in need, pick up a box or bag of prepackaged food. 🥫
Dish ○ Hold the Carbs!| Mon., April 12 | 6-9 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4730 S. Florida Ave. | $50 | Learn firsthand how to make low-carb and sugar-free meals like shrimp scampi + blueberry almond cheesecake.
TryThis ○ Let’s Yoga Shine | Mon., April 12 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Ultimate Dance Center, 2980 Lakeland Highlands Rd. | $10 | Open to all experience levels of yoga, just bring your own mat.
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.