The purpose of the exhibit is about capturing and documenting the “new normal” + the artwork is intended to be reflective of everything that 2020 has brought us, like – the COVID-19 pandemic, experiences in isolation, social justice, discussions about social justice and racial inequality, and any other aspect of this era.
🎨 From the artist: “When a whole population is screaming out in pain, people should listen. This was created post-George Floyd’s death and the protest that followed. I felt that the more people cried out in pain, the louder other people yelled that it isn’t that bad. A good doctor listens to the patient.”
🎨 From the artist: “I based this painting on a photo I took of my son back in April 2020, after his daycare closed from a Covid-19 exposure scare. I taught him how to make Filipino spring rolls called lumpia. Being half-Filipino myself, I wanted to make lumpia with him as it is usually reserved for special occasions and is time-consuming. Making something celebratory together and teaching my son a part of his heritage broke the monotony of our new daily life. I painted this on paper that my son helped me make in July. When our recycling was suspended temporarily due to Covid-19 cases among the center’s staff, my son and I sorted and shredded cardboard to reduce our full recycling bin and make new paper. It became another bonding lesson for us in this time of uncertainty.”
There are 85 pieces in the exhibit + over 230 artists – ages 7-80 – submitted 700+ works of art. Hindsight 2020: Art of This Moment runs until Dec. 31, 2021.
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DYK ○ If you win the lotto…you win a swan? To help lessen the population, the City of Lakeland is selling some of its royal avians via a lottery, which takes place on Oct. 16. Each swan is $400 + Oct. 15 is the deadline to register for the lottery. Winners must pay for their swans in-full by Oct. 23 + pick up their swan on Oct. 29. 🦢 (Fox 13 News)
Number ○3. The number of candidates vying for the job as the City of Lakeland’s new City Manager. Natasha Hampton is the Assistant City Manager for Rocky Mount, NC, Ty Kovach is the Executive Director for Lakeland County Forest Preserve, Libertyville, IL + Shawn Sherrouse is the Interim City Manager in Lakeland. Candidates meet on Oct. 19 + 20 with City Commissioners, City officials, and community stakeholders. Lakelanders can meet + greet with the candidates on Oct. 19 at 6 p.m at Lake Crago Recreation Complex (525 Lake Crago Dr.). (Lkld Now)
Ranked ○ 191. Lakeland’s overall ranking on WalletHub’s list of 2020’s Fastest-Growing Cities in America. Categorized as a “Midsized City” (with a population of 100,000-300,000), Lakeland ranked 102. The key metrics evaluated included sociodemographics, jobs + economy. Another Florida city, Fort Myers, ranked no. 1 as the overall fastest-growing city in the US and Erie, PA ranked last. 🏘️ (WalletHub)
Edu ○ College calling to a nearby town.Classes for the spring 2021 semester at Polk State College start on Jan. 6, 2021. Oct. 26kicks off enrollment for students with 30+ credit hours and open enrollment begins on Nov. 2. FYI: Enrollment applications are free. 📚
Region ○What’s Lakeland’s part in the general election? Lakeland – part of the I-4 corridor – is considered a key battleground area that could impact the election. The corridor contains 19 counties, which stretch from Tampa to Orlando, and is a high spending area for candidate ads. See the full breakdown of Florida here + get prepared to vote by studying up on all the candidates. FYI, early in-person voting begins Oct. 19 in Polk County.(The Ledger)
Gallery ○While snowbird season is in full swing for us Floridians, there is no reason we locals can’t enjoy our area as those visiting do. From a chic A-frame escape with fire pit + hot tub to a Lake Morton Colonial with a porch swing, check out these seven extraordinary Airbnbs in Lakeland + let your wanderlust get carried away.(Visit Central Florida)
CityShare ○ Autonomous vehicles are all the rage in Tampa – as the city just introduced its first self-driving shuttle downtown. Though driverless, operators will monitor the shuttles and if there is any need to step in, they can steer the vehicles with an Xbox controller. The HART shuttles will be downtown for a year as Tampa tests them out. Do you think this program could work for Lakeland?Let us know. (Fox 13 News) ○Lakeland is experiencing an increase in the length of long haul freight mileage – along with other US cities. In Lakeland, drivers are going 80+ miles more in shipment than what they drove last year. Overall, the average length for a haul has increased 6% since last year, in the US. (Freight Waves)
TomorrowIs ○ National Dessert Day, which means it’s the perfect timeto plan a break in between video calls to satisfy your sweet tooth. Pro-tip: Greenwise Market’s chocolate cake + strawberry shortcake are currently on sale. 🍰 Ⓟ
Pet ○Our furry friends are beloved members of our families, which means we want them to feel as comfortable in our homes as we do.Here are6 ways to make sure your home is safe for the four-legged members of your family. 🐕 Ⓟ
Health ○DYK?Lakeland Regional Health is a member of theMayo Clinic Care Network. This means LRH physicians have access to world-renown Mayo Clinic health professionals, allowing LRH patients to receive a second opinion at no additional cost and with no need to travel. Learn more.Ⓟ
TheBuy ○ Want show-stopping eyelashes without getting extensions? Meet Thrive Causemetics’ Liquid Lash Extensions ($24), the mascara made with a five-star formula of clean and nourishing ingredients. Shop here.Ⓟ
Along with artisan cones – like lavender, salted bluecorn, midnight vanilla, matcha + dark chocolate– the shop also offers ice cream nachos.
In lieu of traditional cheese, the “nachos” are made from waffle chips, and toppings include three scoops of ice cream, three toppings of choice, whip cream + a cherrywith sprinkles.
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Show ○ Mendelssohn’s Concert| Tue., Oct. 13 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. | Sun ‘n Fun Outdoor Pavilion, 4175 Medulla Rd. | $29+ | The Imperial Symphony Orchestra will perform Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings and Mozart’s Eine kliene Nachtmusik, with nine string instruments. 🎻
Family ○Creepy Crawly Fall Festival | Tue., Oct. 13 | 6-8 p.m. | Camp Fire Sunshine, 2600 Buckingham Ave. | $5 | Add some fall festivities to your weekly routine by attending this fall festival with the kids, featuring a costume contest, carnival-style games, craft projects + grilled food. 🕷
TryThis ○Smokin’ Chanchos Plus Runners’ Night | Tue., Oct. 13 | 3-9 p.m. | Swan Brewing, 115 W. Pine St. | Prices Vary | Chow down on Latin American and BBQ fusion dishes + wash it down with a variety of draft beers. 🍖
Cause ○Big Orientation & Training | Tue., Oct. 13 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn the ins’ + outs’ of becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister to local children. Learn ○ Enneagram for Entrepreneurs| Tue., Oct. 13 | 8:30-11 a.m. | Multi-platform | Free, RSVP | Heighten your business acumen by participating in an enneagram to learn more about your personality and how it affects your professional and personal relationships.
ForKids ○Create Your Own Glass Slipper with Cinderella| Tue., Oct. 13 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Enchanted Fairytale Hollow, 214 Trader’s Alley | $20 | Take your kiddos to spend a magical day with Cinderella as they craft magical art and enjoy a princess meet and greet.👸🏼
Drink ○Bonfire Spirits Handcrafted Cocktails| Tue., Oct. 13 | 11 a.m.-9 p.m. | GrillSmith Lakeland, 1569 Town Center Dr. | Prices Vary | Enjoy the spirit of fall and try an array of new cocktails featuring the Harvest Mule, Cinnsation, Flannel Season, and Pumpkin Spice White Russian. 🍸
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.
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