Deal ○ Super tickets for this year’s Swan Derby are officially ready for activation. For a donation of $20, entrants have the opportunity to win 1 of 12 prizes, including a $300 gift card to Publix, a new TV, 1 free beer per week for 1 year at Swan Brewing, and more.Drawings will take place on Oct. 15, 2021. 🦢
TryThis ○ Mother’s Day is just 2 days away, + if you’re still not sure what to get the moms in your life, check out our guide with 9 suggestions. P.S. Do you have the world’s best mom? Mom-inate her here. ○ Mayfaire by-the-Lake takes place this weekend + if you’re heading out to Lake Morton on Sat. or Sun., from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.,here’s what you can expect. 🗓️ (LkldNow)
Trending ○ Auburndale’s football and track star Anthony Alls can now add “TikTok famous” to his list of accomplishments. His profile, “runlikeant,” has amassed over 700,000 followers with videos reaching over 23 million likes. Check out Anthony’s TikTok here. (The Ledger)
State ○ Many employers across several industries in Florida have been havingtrouble filling open positions. Some have started to offer incentives for accepting a job offer, likeLEGOLAND Florida, which includes a $500 signing bonus for select jobs. Interested in working at LEGOLAND? Click here to see openings. (Fox 13 News)
Number ○$2 million. The amount of money Publix is contributing to remove invasive trees and plants in 1,000 acres of wetland in the Florida Everglades. Learn more about the company’s commitment to freshwater conservationhere. Ⓟ
Inbox ○ Next week, LALtoday is switching over to a new mailing platform that will allow us to serve you better. Due to this transition, you might see us in your inbox a little later than usual on Mon., May 10 — but we’ll be back bright and early at 6 a.m. on Tues. Now’s a great time to remind your friends to subscribe to our daily newsletter. 📥
ForParents ○ Fabric created their platform to help busy parents apply for the term life insurance they need. Take their 60-second quizto see if life insurance is right for you, then it only takes 10-minutes to apply. (Read: The easiest 10 mins in a day of a parent, by far.) Ⓟ
TheWord ○ Upsizing. When a homeowner sells their home to buy a larger housebecausethey’re running out of room. With home values rising, it’s a seller’s market — and for young families who want to grow, it’s a good time to upsize. Learn more. Ⓟ
The brewery, situated across the street from Union Hall, announced that local muralist, Gillian Fazio, will be curating a brand new mural inside the brewery.
For now, we just have this teaser video, but we can’t wait to see the final product. 🎨
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MustDo ○ First Friday| Fri., May 7 | 6-9 p.m. | Munn Park | Free | This month’s theme is “Moms Deserve a Break” with special Mother’s Day activities like card making, rock painting + more.
Cause ○ Graze and Raise 2021| Fri., May 7 | 6-9:30 p.m. | Harmony Haven, 6230 US Hwy. 98 S. | $25+| Fundraising for Mi Escuela Montessori, a bilingual school, with live Latin music, food + fun.
TryThis ○ Read-a-Latte Society| Fri., May 7 | 10-11 a.m. | Mulberry Public Library, 905 NE 5th St. | Free | Grab a drink, make friends + share your reading life with other book lovers. ☕
Saturday ○ Lakeland Farmers Curb Market| Sat., May 8 | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | 200 N. Kentucky Ave. | Free | Shop from up to 100 local vendors selling arts, crafts, food + fresh produce. ○ Mayfaire 5K Road Race & Walk| Sat., May 8 | 7-9 p.m. | Lake Morton | $30 | All proceeds from this 5K will benefit the Polk Museum of Art. 🏃 ○ Zoom and Vroom with the Polk County History Center| Sat., May 8 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Join the Polk County History Center for detailed info on a self-guided driving tour of historic Polk county locations. ○Mayfaire By-The-Lake | Sat., May 8 – Sun., May 9 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Lake Morton | Free | Did you know Mayfaire was ranked 36th among Sunshine Artist Magazine’s “200 Best Art Shows” in 2019? Ⓟ
Sunday ○ Recess—A Mother’s Day Brunch & Day Party | Sun., May 9 | 12-6 p.m. | Coleman-Bush Building, 1104 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. | $25, ladies get in free | Recognize the mothers in your life with friends + celebrations of all kinds, hosted by DJ Bo Weezy and DJ Secret. ○ Mother’s Day Brunch| Sun., May 9 | 12-3 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4730 Florida Ave. S. | $50+| No hands-on cooking here, just a nice brunch to celebrate the moms in your life. ○Mother’s Day Brunch| Sun., May 9 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Terrace Grille Lakeland, 329 E. Main St. |$15+ | Enjoy bottomless mimosas + a full wine and cocktail bar.
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.
In honor of National Nurses Week, we wanted to share a shoutout from a reader about an impactful nurse in our community. Here’s some of what Reader Pam S. had to say about Tammy Durden, BSN, RN:
“Tirelessly, she coordinates with multiple government agencies, community groups, and businesses to serve as many people as possible. Tammy deserves high praise for how she wholeheartedly serves our county!”
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