World Space Week is an annual holiday observed October 4-10 by 90+ nations worldwide to honor “each year at the international level the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition.”
And here in Florida, we obviously have some pretty stellar reasons to join in the celebrations.
From the Sunshine State’s place in space and Polk County soup that made it to the moon, to local astronauts that have all participated in extraterrestrial missions and the economic impact that space travel has on our state, here are a few fast facts that really rock our world, by the numbers. 🌎
• $5.9 billion. The economic impact NASA has on Florida. NASA’s Moon to Mars program supports around $2 billion in economic output + supplies jobs to over 10,000.
• 9. That’s how many astronauts call Florida their home. This includes Wendy B. Lawrence,who was the first woman to graduate from the US Naval Academy to fly into space.
• 72. The miles of beaches along the Space Coast, making it the longest stretch in FL.
• 15. Apollo 15, that is. When building out the menu for the Apollo 15 journey, Astronaut James Irwin made a special request to the NASA food specialist for Lake Wales’ Chalet Suzanne’s “Soup Romaine” – and it soon became the “unofficial” soup for NASA astronauts.
• 17,144+. The number of aerospace-related companies from Florida. This includes Lockhead Martin, which has its own space-ial place in Lakeland, off of Parkway Frontage Rd. Florida also ranks no. 2 in the US for the number of aviation + aerospace companies.
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ComingSoon ○ It looks like the Culver’s chain is coming to Lakeland. This chain started in 1984 in Sauk City, Wisconsin + while there’s no word on the official address yet, we are excited to stop in for some pretzel bites + frozen custard when they open. 🍔 (Lkld Now) ○ There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 24 at 3 p.m. to celebrate the addition of the Camp Mack area to the Polk County Heritage Trail. An outdoor exhibit covering Seminole + Native American people, military history, early pioneers, and more will be showcased. You can also check out a documentary on the history of Camp Mack here.
Development ○The Ann and Ward Edwards family of the late Joe K. Blanton has announced a legacy gift to fund the Blanton Family Lagoon + Ann and Ward Edwards Boathouse at Bonnet Springs Park (BSP). Visitors will be able to rent paddle boats + buy snacks from the 2,600 sq. ft. boathouse. Work on the new bike path has also begun at BSP. The path is set to be 10 ft. wide + there are plans for a five-point intersection.
DYK ○ICYMI, the city’s annual Swan Roundup was earlier this week + the results are in. It looks like the birds are in better shape than they were last year. Overall, our royal avians have slimmed down + it is recommended that Lakeland families stray away from bread and instead, feed the birds veggies, leafy greens, and corn. To learn how to buy one of the younger swans, click here. 🦢 (The Ledger)
Edu ○Polk County Public Schools (PCPS) is asking the community to help name a new elementary school in Mulberry. The 127,000 sq. ft. school is set to open for the next school year + will have the capacity for ~1,000 students. The name options are Poley Bridge Elementary + Willow Oak Elementary.Vote here. 🍎 ○ Previously, Polk County Public Schools(PCPS) announced that families could choose between in-person classes + online classes next week. While PCPS is still offering families the opportunity to switch to in-person classes, they will not be enrolling any more students in the online class option at this time. Learn more here.
NowOpen ○ Club 501 is hosting it’s grand opening tonight at 9 p.m. at 501 E. Main St. in Haines City. The new club boasts a premium sound system, bottle service, LED lights, and more. There will be free VIP all night + free entrance for the first 50 women who enter.
Home ○Lakeland Electric is now offering Virtual Home Energy Audits, where a Lakeland Electric Energy Analyst walks you through questions about your home’s energy usage (over the phone) and evaluates everything from heating and cooling systems to ductwork and insulation to help homeowners cut down on costs and find energy-saving solutions. Call 863-834-9535 to make an appointment. Ⓟ
Coronavirus ○ The City of Winter Haven’s mask mandate – which began in July – will expire on Oct. 15. This decision comes after Gov. DeSantis’ Phase 3 order, which disallowed local governments to collect COVID-19-related fines. The choice to wear a mask is now left up to those within Winter Haven. (The Ledger) ○ 400,000 rapid COVID-19 test kits are arriving in Florida, per week. The 15-min. tests come from the federal government + can be found at state-run testing sites. Many of the tests will go to older populations + school districts. (Click Orlando) ○ You can find more updates concerning COVID-19 case numbers on the Florida Department of Health dashboard. See Lakeland + Polk numbers here.
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Remember that feeling of exhilaration when you made your first hole-in-one? Yeah, us neither… but we imagine that winning our new Golfer’s Dream Giveaway Package would feel pretty similar. ⛳
In honor of The Masters’ new November tee time, we’re going to fill one lucky winner’s golf bag with $3,500+ in prizes. Will it make you a better player? Maybe not, but you’ll look like a pro. Here’s what you’ll get: ○ Brand new set of clubs or irons (up to $2,000 value) ○ $500 towards your favorite golf shop or brand to upgrade your swag game ○ A round of golf for you and 3 buddies at a public course of your choice (up to $500 value) ○ 5 hours of lessons from your preferred local golf pro (up to $500 value)
How to enter: 1. Anyone living in Lakeland and surrounding areas can enter through Oct. 27, 2020 11:59 p.m. Tee one upby visiting our website here and entering your email address, name, and zip code for a chance at winning. You can enter once every 24 hours. 2. Bonus (+3):Share our giveaway with all of your local friends, family, or colleagues using your unique link (found on the entry confirmation page). Every person that enters the giveaway using your link will count as an additional 3 entries into the giveaway, increasing your chances to win. 3. Bonus (+1 per channel): If you’re not already, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram by clicking the links found on the entry confirmation page. You’ll score an additional entry into the giveaway just for following us on socials.
One winner will be chosen at random and announced in our newsletter on Thurs., Oct. 29.
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Show ○Walrus: A Beatles Sing Along Experience| Fri., Oct. 9 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Lkld Live, 202 N. Massachusetts Ave. | $18+ | Watch as Detective Lazarus Holmes tries to uncover Paul McCartney’s true identity. 🎙️ ○Kat and The Dawgs | Fri., Oct. 9 | 8:30 p.m. | The Pink Piano, 1015 S. Florida Ave. | $10 | Jam with Kat and The Dawgs while sipping craft beer.
ForKids ○Beautiful Halloween Hair Hijinks with Snow White | Fri., Oct. 9 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Blown Beautiful Dry Bar, 1021 E. County Rd. 540A | $30 | Get a princess hair makeover and enjoy a fun evening with Snow White on a trick or treat adventure, sing and dance along, meet and greet + portraits. 👸
TryThis ○Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail | Fri., Oct. 9 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail, 2837 Frontage Rd. S. | $25 |The second weekend of this haunted trail is in full swing, with three spooky trails to conquer…if you’re brave enough. 👻
Saturday ○As You Like It | Sat., Oct. 10 | 7:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Enjoy this live stream event of William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” performed by Florida Southern College theatre and dance students. 🎭 ○Astronomy Night | Sat., Oct. 10 | 7-9 p.m. | Friends of Colt Creek State Park, 16000 SR-471 | Free | With the help of the Imperial Polk Astronomical Society, you can learn to make naked-eye observations of the night sky. 🌌 ○Uplift & Be Well Annual Summit|Sat., Oct. 10 | 2-5 p.m. | Yoga Pointe, 2539 S. Florida Ave. | $150 | Recharge your mind and body at this wellness summit, focusing on personal growth through yoga, meditation, goal setting, and leadership development. 🧘♂️
Sunday ○The Paloma x Buena Market Pop-Up| Sun., Oct. 11 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Red Door Lakeland, 733 E. Palmetto St. | Prices Vary | Sample craft beer, wine, and food at this market in honor of the third issue of the local zine, Paloma, while jamming to the live music. 🎶 ○Free Water Ski Show| Sun., Oct. 11 | 2 p.m. | Lake Hollingsworth | Free | Take a trip to Lake Hollingsworth to experience this water ski performance. 🌊 ○Charity Pool Tournament | Sun., Oct. 11 | 12-10 p.m. | Brewlands Bar & Billiards – North | $15 | Participate in this tournament where all proceeds will go to helping support a family’s battle against breast cancer. 🎱 ○Second Sunday Artisan Market at Lakeside Village | Sun., Oct. 11 | 12-5 p.m. | 1479 Town Center Dr. | Free | Second Sunday Artisan Markets are back. Shop and stroll hand-made decorations, jewelry, and one-of-a-kind goods from Central Florida’s best artisans.Ⓟ
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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🏈 Take a lap, LALtoday.In Thursday’s newsletter we made a not-so-sportsman-like mistake when we incorrectly shared about Lakeland High School’s mascot. It’s Dreadnaughts…Not Hawks.And while this mascot mistype wasn’t exactly a touchdown on our end, we appreciate all the alumni who reached out + put the ball back in our court. Final score: Dreadnaughts: 1 | Katelyn + Kaylee: 0.
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