Featuring rich colors, interesting local characters, and architectural styles from past decades, “The People Who Live There” explores + seeks to answer the question: What role does a home play in the life and legacy of a city?
The film is slated to release this fall and will premiere at the 1,300 seat Polk Theatre. Cinephiles can expect to see more information regarding ticket availability and pricing this August.
In addition to a Lakeland-esque Polk Theatre premiere, audiences will also be able to stream the documentaryonline following its release.
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Weather ○93º | Partly Cloudy | 20% chance of rain
NowOpen ○ Wish Farmscelebrated the grand opening of its new headquarters (1301 S. Frontage Rd.). The Plant City-based produce giant hosted a socially distanced event on the outdoor lawn of the new digs with performances from Giselle Gutierrez, Atlanta Rhythm Section, BlackHawk, and Young the Giant. 🍓 (The Packer)
Cause ○ As of Friday, Lakeland Electric is providing free trees to customers through an Arbor Day Foundation program called Energy-Saving Trees. The program will span until all available trees are reserved in an effort to show customers how much energy could be saved in planting trees in strategic locations. Reserve your tree here. 🌳
FeelGood ○ Joy Bisharu + Lydia Pogu will graduate fromSoutheastern University this week, 7 years afterescaping Nigeriaas teenagers. Both women will stay at SEU for master’s degrees in social work + human services, respectively. Read more about their inspiring storyhere. (The Ledger)
TodayIs ○ Our first newsletter of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI)Heritage Month. Throughout May, we want to highlight prominent AAPI Floridians, local AAPI creatives, or Lakeland-based AAPI-owned businesses. Know of someone we should feature? Drop us an email.
Biz ○ Since 1922, Heacock Insurance has been helping businesses across Central Florida with insurance protection. Regardless of size or age, businesses need to be comfortable that the insurance protection they have in place is appropriate at the time of an accident or catastrophic event. Explore Business Insurance options. Ⓟ
Digs ○DYK that monthly rent at Lake Gibson Village Senior Living Community includes chef-cooked meals, utilities, housekeeping, maintenance, a personal trainer + a full activities calendar? Call (863) 815-6195 to schedule a visit + learn more. Ⓟ
Coronavirus ○On Sunday, the Florida Department of Health announced 3,841 new cases of COVID-19 and 29 deaths in Florida. That bringsFL’s total number of cases to 2,242,778 + the total deaths to 35,268. See Lakeland + Polk numbers here. ○ Monitor the Florida Department of Health in Polk’s website for the latest information regarding vaccines.
ICYMI, guests can expect an inventory of high-end cigars for both cigar-enthusiasts + newbies, complete with an outdoor patio.
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TryThis ○ Let’s Yoga Shine | Mon., May 3 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Ultimate Dance Center, 2980 Lakeland Highlands Rd. | $10 | Open to all experience levels of yoga, just bring your own mat. ○ Virtual Game Night| Mon., May 3 | 7-10 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Trivia, charades, Pictionary + drinking games from the comfort of your home. 🎲
WaterCooler ○ Lakeland Tropics Girls Tryouts| Mon., May 3-Thurs., May 6 | 5:45 p.m. | Lake Parker Park, 910 Granada St. | Free | For age groups from U8-U19, follow the link for further details. ⚽
Learn ○ Entrepreneurship Crash Course | Mon., May 3 | 8-9 p.m. | Virtual | Free | If you’re looking to start your own business, this course is essential to your success.
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.
These tips will ensure you won’t be caught off guard while searching for a home | Photo provided
With interest rates remaining low, more and more Lakelanders are exploring homeownership — and becoming a homeowner is a significant accomplishment. For potential buyers who are currently looking for a home, here are some things that often get overlooked during the buying process.
Rules of the neighborhood 🏘️ Look into any requirements the neighborhood has before making a decision. This might include a formal homeowners’ association that dictates specific regulations for the community. From holiday decor to lawn maintenance, homeowners might run into fines if they don’t abide by certain rules. It’s important to discuss this with a real estate agent if it isn’t something you want to deal with.
The real cost of renovations 💰 Just because you’re a fan of HGTV doesn’t mean you’ll be able to tackle all renovations. DIY projects can add up quickly if you don’t stick to a budget. Some issues, like water damage or termites, need to be addressed by professionals — which can also come at a cost. Be realistic while looking at properties and think about what projects you can tackle and what will need to be outsourced. #ProTip: Don’t forget to budget for interior design costs like paint or new furniture — old furniture might not fit the new space. Ⓟ