Meet Katelyn 👋 Q: Hit us with your favorite piece of local trivia. A: DYK that before Lakeland was “Lakeland” it shared its town border with the now-extinct town of “Acton”? The town was later absorbed by the City of Lakeland between Lake Parker and Lake Bonny + was referred to as Lakeland’s nemesis in the 19th century. Read more about Acton here.
Q: If you could only write about one Lakeland-specific topic for the rest of your life, what would it be? A: The foodie scene. Hands down. Lakeland has elevated the restaurant market over the years with well-known local staples to mom and pop shops — It’s a never-ending conveyer belt of deliciousness.
Q: If you wrote a book about Lakeland, what would you label it? A: “How the Queen’s generosity sparked a small town’s love for giant avians.”
Meet Rilee 👋 Q: If you could only write about one Lakeland-specific topic for the rest of your life, what would it be? A: Our beautiful homes. Have you ever taken a drive down Beacon Hill or Camphor Drive? Lakeland is home to some of the most beautiful historic houses + buildings. I recommend the Paige Wagner Historic Home Tour, which features some of Lakeland’s best historic home flips along with local vendors.
Q: Describe Lakeland’s personality in three words. A: I love Lakeland’s charm + character. Lakeland is a creative launching pad + very supportive — I always say, Lakeland loves Lakeland. If you have a new business idea, no one will rally behind you like LAL will. Finally, Lakeland is quirky. You probably know about our royal swans, but did you know Lakeland was almost named Rome City?
Q: Describe your perfect day in MKT in the length of a Tweet (240 characters). A: Every good day starts with a good coffee. My perfect day starts with a Hillcrest Coffee (119 Hillcrest St.) cold brew + a walk around Lake Hollingsworth and ends with empanadas + filet mignon at Nineteen61 (215 E. Main St.).
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Weather ○89º | Sunny | 10% chance of rain ○ Last weekend just blew by, huh? In fact, atornado may have touched downin Polk County over the weekend. The severe weather brought heavy rain + winds over 58 mph to the area, affecting some homes and buildings in Lakeland and Winter Haven.🌪️ (Fox 35 Orlando)
Gallery ○ This unique 1.68-acre property (920 Lake Cove Trl.) is making headlinesdue to its dodecagon great room(that’s 12 sides). It also sits on its own peninsula on Little Lake Victoria with an asking price of $695,000. You can find more pictures here. (Creative Loafing)
ComingSoon ○ Construction is underway on Lake Gibson Village’s new Memory Care Unit — expected to open in Summer 2021. If you can see yourself or a family member loving life at Lake Gibson Village, call (863) 815-6195 or plan a visit. Ⓟ
Listen ○Local podcast Florida Men on Florida Man has released their new bonus series “The Social” which aims to highlight the men + women who make FL so great. Listen to episode one to hear from Grammy Award-winning FL-native Cliff Brown. 🏆
Finance ○This no annual fee cash back credit card has a $200 bonus offer, and 3% cash back on the category of your choice, like online shopping, dining, travel, or home improvement (hello, new deck for summer). Bonus: 0% interest for 15 months + a 75% bonus reward for qualified customers. Ⓟ
Coronavirus ○ On Monday, the Florida Department of Health announced 1,613 new cases of COVID-19 and 35 deaths in Florida. That brings FL’s total number of cases to 2,125,846 + the total deaths to 34,720. See Lakeland + Polk numbers here. ○Monitorthe Florida Department of Health in Polk’s websitefor the latest information regarding vaccines.
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Health ○ Yoga for Pain Relief | Tues., April 13 | 6 – 7 p.m. | Soul Tree Yoga Studio, 330 Doris Dr. | Virtual options available | $10 | Identify your areas of pain and learn appropriate restorative variations.
Cause ○ Mobile Food Pantry| Tues., April 13 | noon-1:30 p.m. | Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine, 600 W. Peachtree St. | Free | Registration begins at 11 a.m. 🥫
TryThis ○ Music Bingo | Tues., April 13 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Mark your bingo card for the band and artist names you hear for a chance to win prizes. ○ Live Trivia | Tues., April 13 | 7 – 9 p.m. | The Brass Tap, 1515 Town Center Dr. | Free | Test your trivia knowledge for a chance to win a share of the prize pool.
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.