Hey Lakeland, Kaylee here. 👋 I don’t know about y’all, but with the quarantine keeping us in, (and all the days blending together), I could use a little extra structure in my life right about now. There’s only so much Tiger King one can binge, amirite?
And while our usual #MustDo Mondays + PlanAhead calendars may currently be on hiatus, we still want to give you a few plans, activities + virtual events to help break up the days.
So with that in mind, I’m issuing out a challenge this week: From ordering Palace Pizza to planning out a workout routine with The Balance Culture, choose one activity off of this list to try out + report back by tagging us in your adventures on Facebook, Instagram + Twitter(using the hashtag #LALtoday).
🍿 We’re giving you permission to binge-watch your favorite movies, but here’s the catch: You can only pick a flick off of The Polk Theatre’s website. The Polk Theatre is providing access to first-run independent films – that are not yet available on any other streaming sites – for you to enjoy at home.
💪 Let’s be real: We’re all battling the #Quarantine15 right now. Luckily for you,we did the heavy lifting + created a list of local gyms that are offering virtual workouts. Pick a workout to try, throw on your Richard Simmons-inspired shorts, and get to sweatin’.
🍕 As we all seem to collectively be rediscovering the magic of bread again, order a slice or a whole pie from Palace Pizza. And if you have some mini-chefs in your kitchen, request a DIY 12” personal pizza for a fun baking activity together. Easy Bake, who?
While school may be out of session, consider this your homework, LAL. Luckily for you, Abby + I are easy graders. 😉 If you have suggestions for more activities, send us an email at [email protected].
○Local nonprofits + community activists are finding creative new ways to serve Lakeland. The United Way of Central Florida is offering a 2-1-1 hotline to help connect people with resources + switching over distribution sites to drive-thrus. VISTE has also moved to a drive-thru system + plans to solicit people to sing their clients ‘Happy Birthday’ for birthday celebrations. Polk County Grocery Network is organizing volunteers to help do essential shopping trips for those most at risk. Read more here to see what other nonprofits are doing to benefit the community. (News Chief)
○ Walt Disney World has paused payments on annual passes + will refund payments that were collected between March 14 + April 4. Passholders who paid in full will be given the option to extend their passes or receive a refund for the days the parks were closed. (Bay News 9)
○ The Florida Attorney General’s price gouging hotlinehas seen an uptick in calls – receiving 1,200+ reports from people since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes reports of toilet paper priced at $10,000 + face masks being sold for $200. To report price gouging, call 1.866.966.7226 or file a complaint online here.(WFTS Tampa Bay)
Hey, there. Looking for today’s #MustDo events? In accordance with the CDC’s recommendations regarding public gatherings, we have decided to postpone public event coverage for the time being. We look forward to bringing you Lakeland’s #MustDo events soon (until then, feel free to submit your virtual events here).
Forecasters from the National Hurricane Center are hosting live webinars on April 21 + 23 for fourth, fifth, and sixth-grade students in Florida to learn all about what meteorologists do, weather hazards + more.
#ProTip: RSVP your storm-chaser ASAP, as space is limited. 🌀
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Civic ○ Lakeland officials are meeting today at 3 p.m. for a City Commission Meeting. In-the-know citizens (like yourself) can tune in on the LakelandGov Network streaming 24/7 on Spectrum Channel 643, FiOS Channel 43 or online at LakelandGovTV. Some agenda items include a lease Agreement with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at Lakeland Linder International Airport, an ordinance relating to zoning, an Extension of Declaration of Local State of Emergency for seven days, and more. Check out the full agenda here.
Ranked ○ 5. Florida’s ranking in WalletHub’s recent list of States with the Biggest Increase in Unemployment Due to Coronavirus. Since Jan.-March 2020, FL experienced a 4815.55% increase in unemployment claims. Metrics used to find this information include the highest increase in unemployment claims, the number of unemployment insurance initial claims + more. Louisiana ranked no. 1 + Oregon ranked no. 51. FYI, #NowHiring is trending on LinkedIn + featured a list of businesses that are hiring.
Outdoors ○April’s full moon –aka, the largest full moon of the year – makes its grand debut in the sky tomorrow (April 7), giving Floridians a view right from their own backyards. Lakelanders can catch the best glimpse of this big + bright Super Pink Moon(named for the pink wildflower, creeping phlox) at 10:35 p.m.(Only In Your State)
Number ○ 1.3M. The amount (in grants) the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is giving to state and local governments in Florida to pay for damage repair + debris removal caused by Hurricane Dorian. Counties affected include Brevard, Broward, Duval, Flagler, Indian River, Martin, Nassau, Osceola, Palm Beach, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, and Volusia counties. (Orlando Sentinel)
#LALRemoteDiaries: Day 13 of working from home – Abby enjoyed an açaí bowl from TeaLargo and is very thankful to all the LAL restaurants offering curbside service + Kaylee enjoyed spending the weekend having a quarantine date night with her S.O. Pizza included, of course. Let her know what creative date night ideas you’ve tried out by sliding into her DMs.
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