For a little debrief, here’s how the art is picked + funded:
First, artists interested in showcasing their art submit their best pieces. Then, a jury gathers to review the pieces and selects the top 10 to be displayed along Lemon St.
Each artist chosen receives a $1,500 honorarium, which they use for transportation + installation costs. Sometimes, with the bigger pieces, even a crane is made available through Lakeland Electric. Once installed, the art will be voted on by locals, awarding one piece, the “People’s Choice” which will give the winner an additional $1,500.
Civic ○ Beginning in April, Lakeland Electric will increase the electric fuel charge by 4 cents per kilowatt-hour(kWh). For the average residential home which uses about 1,000 kWh per month, this means a $5 upcharge on the monthly electric bill. This motion will remain in effect through June.
Coronavirus ○DYK Lakeland Regional Health offers rapid COVID-19 tests at their new Pablo Campus Urgent Care facility? With results in 15 minutes, you’ll feel better knowing you have less of a chance of spreading the virus to family or friends. Learn more. Ⓟ ○ On Thursday, the Florida Department of Health announced 6,118 new cases of COVID-19 and 126 additional deaths in Florida. That brings the total number of cases in FL of COVID-19 to 1,930,232 + the total deaths to 31,387. You can find more updates concerning COVID-19 case numbers on the Florida Department of Health dashboard. See Lakeland + Polk numbers here. ○ Monitor the Florida Department of Health in Polk’s website for the latest information regarding vaccines.
The victory is even sweeter considering LCS has reached the semifinals 10 years in a row, including falling just short in the final four times. Coach Jason Streets praised his team, saying “…to win it with this group is just perfect. I can’t say enough about it.” (The Ledger)
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Show ○ 88Classics Concert Series| Fri., March 5 | 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. | Jade Fox Lounge, 3010Lakeland Highland Rd. | $15 | A showcase of local artists who are making waves with their tunes.
Dish ○ Spring Pop-Up Series: Cult Legume| Fri., March 5 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Catapult Lakeland, 502 E. Main St. | Free | Come to the Catapult outdoor patio for Cult Legume’s plant-based meals like their Wholy Burger or Neatballs. 🍽️
Saturday ○ In-Person: Docent-Led Tour| Sat., March 6 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Polk Museum of Art | Free, RSVP | Hear the history of the art, firsthand. ○ Adopt-a-highway cleanup| Sat., March 6 | 9-11 a.m. |1617 US Highway 98 S. | Free | Gloves, bags + pick-up sticks will be provided. 🛣️ ○ Bloomin’ Arts Festival| Sat., March 6 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Main Street, Downtown Bartow | Free | A chance to view + shop from jewelers, sculptors, and other artists from around the world.
Sunday ○ The Drowsy Chaperone | Sun., March 7 | 2:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Watch this Tony-award winning show, presented by FSC. ○ Sneaker Ball| Sun., March 7 | 4-10 p.m. | Jade Fox Lounge, 3010 Lakeland Highlands Rd. | $15+ | For all the true sneakerheads, bust out the freshest kicks in your closet at this glamorous ball. 👟 ○ Plated Desserts: Deconstructed Workshop| Sun., March 7 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4730 S. Florida Ave. | $60 | Learn how to deconstruct classic desserts by using classic desserts and then style them into restaurant-quality plate-ups. ○ Sensational Sundays| Sun., March 7 | 10:30 a.m.-12 | Family Fun Center | $4.99+ | A play day designed for children with special needs, for ages 12 and under.
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.