This Sunday, June 21, it’s time to shine the spotlight on dad. Whether they were helping us with our sixth-grade math homework or changing the oil in our cars, shout out to all the dads who have provided for us + influenced us in their own paternal ways. So, how do we say thanks?
Whether you’re shopping for the hip daddio, the project manager pops, or the sentimental dad, we unearthed a selection of local gems to gift the strapping father figure in your life.
Peruse the list below to find the perfect present to thank the man who made both dad jokes + dad bod a trend.
Photo via Brad Sundgren
• Squirrel Picnic Tables | $20 | This may seem nuts, but if you’re looking for a unique gift for the dad who seems like he already has everything, here are three words for you: Squirrel. Picnic. Tables. Created by Lakelander Brad Sundgren, these bad boys sell at $20 a pop + are limited. Brad has made 70+ of the squirrel tables in the past two months and has seen how much enjoyment they’ve brought to people during this challenging time. Message Brad at [email protected] for more information.
• Man Cave Gift Bundle | $245 | From Rafa Naturals, for the dad in need of a little extra rest + relaxation. This basket includes a beard brush, coconut oil bar sap, cinnamon floss + more.
• Coffee Subscription | $10.95 (a week) | If he likes big cups + he cannot lie – give him the gift of a buzz with a slow-roasted blend from Patriot Coffee Roasters. From their whole-bean blends (for the pour-over connoisseur) to their coffee subscription (for the dad in need of constant restocking), this roaster has the beans to please.
• Tommy’s Jerky | $9 | Buy dad what they really want: Buttery Prime Rib Beef + Wild Dill Beef Jerky. And if you want to save a few bags for yourself, you can get free shipping when you order four or more bags of Tommy’s Jerky and/or Smokies.
Know someone else who is searching for the perfect gift for dad?Share our guide with them today.
○TheCity of Lakeland reopens playgrounds today. Find more playground openings here.(Lakeland Mom)
○ Today is the deadline for Lakeland Electric customers to call to set up their Coronavirus Payment Plan. Lakelanders who are behind on payments can contact Lakeland Electric to set up a plan, where they’ll have six months to pay their outstanding utility bills.
○ United Way of Central Florida has announced $15M in federal relief CARES Act funding will be distributed to Polk County residents through local nonprofits. The agencies that are receiving this funding include the Agricultural and Labor Program, Inc., Camp Fire USA, CareerSource Polk, Catholic Charities, Central Florida Health Care, Florida Baptist Children’s Homes/One More Child, Girls Inc. Lakeland + more. Polk County residents in need of assistance can contact United Way’s referral service by dialing 2-1-1 or texting their zip code to 898-211.
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
Announced ○ In the wake of nationwide protests, the Lakeland Police Department has announced the members of the Citizens Advisory Board. The board consists of nine members appointed by city commissioners, the city manager + the chief of police, and the aim of the board is to review interactions between police and citizens, as well as evaluate local issues and new programs. The board’s first meeting is expected to be held in about a month. (Lkld Now)
Civic ○ Lakeland officials are meeting today at 3 p.m. for a City Commission Meeting. In-the-know citizens (like yourself) can tune in online at LakelandGovTV. Check out the full agenda here.
Outdoors ○ Summer is nearly here, so to get us all in the livin’ easy spirit, Lakeland Mom put together their top picnic spot picks in Lakeland. All locations listed are free to enter + the list includes #ProTips on where to see wildlife + activities to try out. ☀️ (Lakeland Mom)
Edu ○The nursing program application for Polk State College officially opens today and runs through June 30. You can find more information on this program here + read about how Polk State College nursing students are helping the community here. ○Polk County Public Schools is offering open enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year, allowing students to attend schools outside of their zoned location. Parents can apply for any school placement that still has availability. 🍎
Answered ○In Friday’s newsletter, Reader Josie H. asked if we knew of a black-owned trade business in Lakeland that could help with multiple construction projects for a local charter school. We passed the question on to you, our readers + Reader Jennifer G. reached out with this information: “NuJak contracting is one of the largest minority-owned businesses and it is headquartered in Lakeland, on Massachusetts Ave. I’m sure they could help with this project!”
Number ○$2.01. The price of gas, per gallon, on average at Florida gas stations, according to reports from AAA. Experts say that the demand for fuel has increased due to people returning to the roads after reopenings occur around the state. ⛽ (Tampa Bay Times)
Politics ○ Florida has been picked to host the National Republican Convention. This means that President Trump will accept the nomination in Jacksonville at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. (Tampa Bay Times)
WaterCooler ○ Gov. DeSantis signed a bill allowing Florida athletes the right to make moneyfrom their name, image + likeness, starting July 1, 2021.This makes FL one of the first states(California + Colorado being the other two)with this type of law + may give players a greater desire to come to FL schools. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)
Digs ○Everybody needs groceries – and Southern Homes wants to stock your refrigerator.With their Referral Program, you can refer a friend to Southern Homes, and if they sign a contract within one year of your referral, you’ll get a $250 Publix gift card after they close. Ⓟ
FeaturedJob ○We’re hiring! If you know that Saturdays are farmers market days, swans are the queens of the avian world + Pub Subs reign supreme, come work with us at LALtoday, and join our team as an Editor. Key responsibilities include educating Lakeland through our daily newsletter and social platforms. Learn more about the position here. Ⓟ
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