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Cause ○The Dream Center of Lakeland (635 W. 5th St.) announced Friday that they will be relaunching their community breakfast, weekly cookout, and multiple classes. The relaunch will begin the week of Sept. 20 + the center is currently accepting volunteers to assist with upcoming events/programs.
Civic ○The City Commission will be hosting a public hearing and vote today at 3 p.m. to approve Orlando Health’s plans to build a hospital campus in south Lakeland. The hospital group has requested 79.6 acres of land atPolk Parkway + Lakeland Highlands Rd. to be annexed as a planned development + extended to the city limits. (Lkld Now)
Dish ○ Searching for some grub? Our international food guide of Polk has got you covered. With endless options of international cuisine from six global regions, we know you’ll find the dish that will hit the spot. #TryThis: Romanian style brisket from Cafe Zuppina + arroz chaufa from Nineteen61. 🌯
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.
○Couple Erin and Ben Cohen had their wedding plans altered due to COVID-19, having to host their wedding up north without the Publix that they ordered for the occasion. After catching word of the couple’s situation, the supermarket stepped in and sent them a box with all of the cake ingredients + decorative pieces from its headquarters in Lakeland. Publix also provided a live cake decorating call to teach the couple how to make the cake + provided an exact replica of the wedding cake for their family to have in Florida since they could not attend the wedding. (CNN)
○ Polk County Public Schools are seeing a continual rise in COVID-19 cases among staff + students. As of yesterday afternoon, there have been 67 confirmed cases at 36 campuses. One charter school, Discovery High School has decided to go virtual for the next two weeks to combat their campus’ cases. (The Ledger)
○ The Peace River Center provides its Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) at 863.519.3744 or 800.627.5906 for 24-hour support to the community for anyone experiencing emotional hardships due to COVID-19. The center also has its Victim Services Crises lines available at 863.413.2700 to assist those in the community who are experiencing domestic disputes and sexual assault.