Buckle up Lakeland. The locally-produced documentary “Fly Like A Girl”will be playing in select theatres and on-demand as of Oct. 9.
The producers at Indie Atlantic Films shared that the film, directed by Florida Native Katie McEntire Wiatt, was acquired by Gravitas Ventures, part of the Red Arrow Studios company. Some Lakelanders might have already seen the documentary as it aired at The Polk Theatre back in January.
Katie was a teacher at Churchwell Elementary before handling the camera + shot many scenes in the Lakeland area. But now, more have the chance with select theatres picking up the documentary for screenings and it’s available on-demand in just a few short weeks.
Photo via @iafilms
The film is 84 minutes long + details a movement of women and their desire to break into aviation – a predominantly male-centric profession. Watch how their journey to new heights was relentless and nothing short of admirable + listen to accounts from women in all stages of life and their passion for the sky. From young girls, relaying their dreams of commanding the cockpit and the real-life tellings of women who helped lead gravity-defying shuttle missions far past the 863.
Giveaway ○Hey, did you miss the launch of our Relaxing Weekend Giveaway, sponsored by S&D Real Estate?Click here to enter now through Sept. 30 so you don’t miss out on winning a weekend getaway with $3,000 in expenses paid (covering lodging, travel, spa treatments + more).
Drink ○ Spooky season is upon us, so drink up, ghoulies. Are you just dying for a pie-flavored coffee these days? Black & Brew recently shared all of the delicious deets related to their Pumpkin Pie Latte made with homemade pumpkin sauce. Yep, you heard that right, they make their very own pumpkin sauce in-house with real pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and brown sugar. If you’re not feeling positively ins-pie-red by this drink, not to worry, they are offering Turmeric Chai Lattes, Salted Hazelnut Frappes, and a Ginny Fizz Mocktail on their fall drink line-up. P.S. They have oat milk. 🎃
NowOpen ○Robert’s Academy at Florida Southern opened Monday and is now the only transitional school for students with dyslexia in the state. This week, middle schoolers were invited to attend school in their very space. The academy has 145 students, with 74 of those students in grades 6-8 and draws in kids from neighboring counties including Orange + Hillsborough. Construction on the new building began in March and was officially ready for instruction this past Monday. (The Ledger)
Clarification ○ In Tuesday’s newsletter, we shared that Lakeland’s Deputy City Manager Shawn Sherrouse will become the interim City Manager after Tony Delgado’s retirement on Sept. 26 + that the decision was unanimously made in favor of Sherrouse by the City Commission after reviewing 119 applications. For clarification, City officials have not yet reviewed the 119 applications vying for the permanent position + there is a meeting scheduled next week to go through that process.
Events ○ Cook for a Cause| Tues., Sept. 15 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Nineteen 61 | 215 E. Main St. | $55 | Pick up meal kits and cook virtually with Chef Marcos Fernandez to help support active-duty firefighters and law enforcement + post-9/11 combat-wounded special operators. 🧑🍳
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.
Judge E.J. Salcines, a Florida Southern College (FSC) Alum, was honored with a statue in the Hillsborough County Courthouse. Judge Salcines graduated from FSC in 1959 and went on to become a lawyer in ‘63.
Now, a few titles and 54 years later, his statue can be found in the courthouse lobby to stand as a way to honor him in his retirement. Go Mocs. 🐍
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○ The Polk County Commission has tentatively approved a new budget with a final vote set for Sept. 21. The $1.78 billion dollar budget will include a decrease in resident’s property taxes + is 5.5% bigger compared to the current budget which sits at $1.69 billion. The property tax decrease drops to $6.90 per $1,000 instead of the current $7.16. However, due to COVID-19 and its impacts, the budget is uncertain, more so than years prior. (The Ledger)
○ While Halloween Horror Nights was canceled this year due to COVID-19, the Halloween fun at Universal Orlando will not be totally removed. This week, the theme park announced that two haunted houses will open during regular operating hours this coming weekend. Guests can visit Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives + Revenge of the Tooth Fairy on Sept. 19 and 20. Haunted House goers must follow Universal’s COVID-safety rules,including wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and abiding by the limited capacity. Universal has yet to announce whether or not these houses will be available past this Sunday.(Bay News 9)
○On Tuesday, the Florida Department of Health announced 3,116 new cases of COVID-19 and 145 additional deaths in Florida. That brings the total number of cases in FL of COVID-19 to 668,846 + the total deaths to 12,78. You can find more updates on the Florida Department of Health dashboard. See Lakeland numbers here.
Answered:Reader Sarah H., this one’s for you. Last week, a request came in for great trivia spots in Lakeland + Reader Kevin Z. was quick to deliver some trivia hot spots. Kevin’s favorites include Monday nights at Cob & Pen and Thursday nights at Craft + Kitchen. 🧠
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