Who runs the world? Moms. That’s why we’ve put together a (non-exhaustive) list of ways you can celebrate with the mother-figures in your life this Mother’s Day (it’s on May 9th, don’t let it sneak up on you).
Know someone who gets their mom the same candle or gift card every year? Share this newsletter with them to do their mom a favor.
Weather ○90º | Partly cloudy | 10% chance of rain
Coronavirus ○ Polk State College is hosting a free vaccine event at their Winter Haven campus (999 Ave. H. NE). This event is open to the public, + you can register for an appointment here. ○On Thursday, the Florida Department of Health announced 5,666 new cases of COVID-19 and 54 deaths in Florida. That bringsFL’s total number of cases to 2,228,212+ the total deaths to 35,084. See Lakeland + Polk numbers here. ○ Monitor the Florida Department of Health in Polk’s website for the latest information regarding vaccines.
Number ○ 13,600. That’s how many employees work for Polk County Public Schools. Frederick Heid’s newly appointed role of superintendent is set to be under contract on May 11, at which time he will transition from his current superintendent role in Algonquin County. Read more about Frederick’s plans for the transition here. (The Ledger)
Edu ○Polk Goes Global, an educational conference geared towards equipping Polk County students with the skills + qualifications necessary to make them globally competitive, goes live on May 5. The conference will take place via Zoom from 9:30-11:30 am. Register to attend the free conference here.
ForPets ○ Is your pet illegal?If you have a green iguana, it is now. Floridian reptile owners need not worry, though. You can keep your scaly soulmate as long as you register, obtain a permit for, and microchip your pet. 🦎 (Patch)
TryThis ○We love a good charcuterie board, and we love a good breakfast. Instead of fancy cheese + meat, try building a board usingyour favorite breakfast items. (Hello, bacon.)More inspo here. 🥞Ⓟ
Health ○A cancer diagnosis can be stressful for patients and their families. At Lakeland Regional Health’s Hollis Cancer Center, special touches during radiation treatments are used to calm a patient’s state of mind. Treatment rooms are transformed into a starry nightscape, filled with music of the patient’s choosing. Learn more.Ⓟ
Shop ○What if we told you you can get non-toxic cleaning supplies *and* oat milk delivered to your front door? Thrive Market shoppers can find all their favorite brandsand have them delivered — plus,an extra25% off their first order + free joining gift. Ⓟ
We can’t think of a reason why you shouldn’t get yourself one of these.
Cafe Zuppina (4417 Florida Ave. S.) just unveiled their newest frappe. Whether your favorite part is the marshmallow, chocolate, or graham cracker topping(which elevates everything it touches), there’s something for all frappe fanatics to love in this campfire bev.
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Show ○ The Wizard of Oz| Fri., Apr. 30 | 7 p.m. | Stage Room Lakeland, 310 E. Lemon St. | $15+ | Local students present the classic American tale of Dorothy + Toto.
TryThis ○ 80s Prom Night| Fri., Apr. 30 | 9 p.m.-2 a.m. | Galaxy Bar Lakeland, 5153 U.S. Hwy 98 N. | Free | Throw it all the way back with an 80s photo op + costume contest for the best-dressed couple.
Saturday ○ Florida State Fair| Sat., May 1 |10 a.m.-10 p.m. | Florida State Fairgrounds | $5+ | The Florida State Fair speaks for itself, you don’t want to miss out. ○Polk County Parade of Homes | Sat.-Sun., May 1-2 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Eaglebrooke, 1560 Eagle Ridge Ct. | Free | Sponsored by Polk County Builders Association and MIDFLORIDA Mortgage Center. ○ Carillon Classic 5K Run & Walk | Sat., May 1 | 7:30-9 a.m. | Bok Tower Gardens | $10+ | This 5K will challenge any level runner with its variety of terrain + elevation changes. ○ Lakeland Magic Championship Celebration| Sat., May 1 | 12-1 p.m. | Homecourt by Tracy McGrady, 3615 Florida Ave. S. | Free | Celebrate the G League Championship with special photo ops with the trophy, Swish the mascot + more.
Sunday ○ James Taylor & Jackson Browne| Sun., May 2 | 5 p.m. | Chain O’ Lakes Stadium, 550 Cletus Allen Dr. | $18 | A tribute to two great songwriters fronted by guitarist Greg Pitts. ○ Sensational Sundays| Sun., May 7 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Family Fun Center, 4825 Florida Ave. S. | $4.99+ | A play day designed for children with special needs, for ages 12 and under. ○ Tampa Bay Tornadoes vs Mississippi Raiders| Sun., May 2 | 7-10 p.m. | RP Funding Center | $12+ | The Tornadoes are Lakeland’s new indoor football team.
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.