Politics ○ A planned M-CORES toll road that would have stretched from Collier County to Polk Countyhas been repealed. TheFlorida House of Representativespassed SB 100 unanimously on Tuesday, which includes plans for other expansions, but not for the “Heartland Parkway” as it would have been known. 🛣️ (Florida Politics)
Lakelander ○Local author W. Ray’s book “P.S.S.T. Public School Speech Therapist: (The Best Kept Secret in the Public Schools)” discusses the challenges and rewards of being a public school speech therapist. You can grab your copy on Amazon.
Dish ○Nashville-based Porter Road Butcherships craft meat to doorsteps nationwide. They work with local farmers to humanely pasture-raise animals — with no added hormones or antibiotics. Offering quality brats, steaks, dry-aged hotdogs, Italian sausage + more, Porter Road is also offering our readers $20 off their first order of $99+. Ⓟ
Deal ○In celebration of Mother’s Day, U Beauty is offering aget one, gift one dealnow through May 3for some of their award-winning skincare products.Buy The Duo 50ml + get The SCULPT 15ml, or buy The SUPER 50ml + get the Resurfacing Compound 15ml. Shop here.Ⓟ
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TryThis ○ Wine Down Wednesdays| Wed., Apr. 28 | 8 p.m.-2 a.m. | MINT Hookah Lounge, 4901 US Hwy. 98 N | Free | Entry is free with the purchase of a hookah.
Active ○ Fitness Class| Wed., Apr. 28 | 6-7 p.m. | Florida Polytechnic University Student Development Center, 4600 Polytechnic Cir. | Derek Lower leads this class open to students + the public.
ForParents ○ Virtual Breastfeeding Support Group| Wed., Apr. 28 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn breastfeeding tips from Lakeland Regional Health experts and share your experience + questions with other moms.
PlanAhead ○ Classic Dinner + Movie Night| Fri., Apr. 30 | 7-10 p.m. | Stage Room Lakeland, 310 E. Lemon St. | $8+ | The 1994 film “Singin’ In The Rain” will be shown with an accompanying dinner.
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.
Tim Cox meeting with entrepreneurs at Catapult | Photo provided
Accomplished Lakelander Tim Cox — formerly the Director of Creative Services at Publix for 40 years — is joining the team at Catapult Lakelandas Expert in Residence, where he’ll mentor startups and entrepreneurs at the creative coworking community.
To help you get to know him, we asked Tim about his professional experience, what he’ll bring to Catapult in his new role, and his advice to future entrepreneurs. Here’s our Q+A:
Q: What unique experience do you bring to members at Catapult? A: With 40+ years of working for Publix, I learned the value of being a “people first” company and leader. I believe this positions me to help build their brands, develop communication strategies + build and grow their teams.
Q: What was your favorite part about growing Publix’s in-house creative team? A: That’s easy — the people. I take great pride in the team we assembled and enjoyed watching them develop. They’re a world-class talented team, and they have great character.
Q: What makes Catapult a great place for start-ups/new businesses in Lakeland? A: It’s an incredibly inspiring environment that provides unique expert support to help a hard-working driven entrepreneur launch their business. The space is visually stimulating, and it’s filled with great networking opportunities. Ⓟ