December 02 2022
Florida’s Back-to-School sales tax holiday ends on Sun., Aug. 7 — so if you need to stock up on school supplies or find the perfect addition to a college dorm, this is the weekend to shop. Read the tax exemption details here, and add these local finds to your back-to-school shopping list.
👕 Show up in style
You don’t have to break the bank for your student’s first day look. Stop by Top Buttons or check out the Lighthouse Ministries Thrift Shop for secondhand styles. For a wide variety of shops to choose from, visit Lakeside Village, featuring stores like Kohl’s and Carter’s.
Even school walls are showing up in style this year. | Photo by @polkcountypublicschools
Find everything from picture books to required reading at Pressed. | Photo by LALtoday
🖍️ Stock up on supplies
Don’t forget to fill your backpack with the necessities. Pick up colorful pens and a personalized notebook from Stationery Loft, perfect for taking class notes + scheduling study dates. You can also keep your child’s personal library stocked with their favorite books from Pressed.
🏡 Make your dorm feel like home
Add some personality to a drab dorm room with a unique trinket or furniture piece from June Taylor, or cover the walls with your favorite art prints from Feeling Design Lab.
Want to stay in the know about the start of the school year? Check out Lakeland Mom’s Back-to-School Guide for complete information on school calendars, after school programs, and more.
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First Friday | Fri., Aug. 5 | 6-9 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland | Free | Head downtown to kick off the month with vendors, live music, and food. 🦢
Melissa Lee at Keel Farms | Fri., Aug. 5 | 5-9 p.m. | Keel Farms | Free | Come out to Keel Farms for locally-brewed drinks and a night of live music by Melissa Lee.
Lakeland Electric Customer Appreciation Night | Sat., Aug. 6 | 6 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | Free | Show your paper or digital Lakeland Electric bill at the box office for four free tickets to the game — bring a nonperishable food item to benefit VISTE. ⚾
Back To School Supply Giveaway | Sat., Aug. 6 | 1-3 p.m. | 1015 N. Virginia Ave. | Free | Stop by for free hot dogs + bring some school supplies to donate to this student supply drive.
In-Pulse CPR Training | Sat., Aug. 6 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Comfort Inn and Suites, 3520 N. Hwy. 98 | $75 | Become CPR certified at this class on adult, child, and infant CPR + AED instruction.🫀
Compassionate Communication | Sat. Aug. 6 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Bok Tower Gardens, Magnolia Room | $16 | Learn practical tools for active listening + empathy inspired by Edward Bok’s writings.
Build-Your-Own Mimosa and Bloody Mary Bar | Sun., Aug. 7 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cob & Pen | $5+ | Be your own bartender + craft delicious drinks your way. 🥂
Winter Haven Brunch Tour | Sun., Aug. 7 | 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | 220 Ave. A NW, Winter Haven | $45+ | Taste brunch classics + drinks from restaurants around Downtown Winter Haven while you learn about the city’s history.
The Birthday Saps w/ The Arepazo Grill | Sun., Aug. 7 | 2-5 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Fight the Sunday scaries with live acoustic guitar + mandolin music by The Birthday Saps while feasting on arepas from The Arepazo Grill. 🎶
- Movie Monday - Star Trek Month | Mon., Aug. 8 | 8:30-11 p.m. | Quinteassence Kava Bar, 839 N. Massachusetts Ave. | Free | Enjoy sipping on kava and celebrate Star Trek month with a free screening of “Insurrection.”
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- 92º | Isolated thunderstorms | 40% chance of rain
With the peak of hurricane season running from mid-August to mid-October, Colorado State University will release more frequent Atlantic hurricane forecasts. Meteorologists hope to refine tropical activity forecasts during the busiest season by switching from monthly to biweekly forecasts. ⛈️ (The Ledger)
WACO Kitchen will open its doors at Lakeland Linder International Airport on Mon., Aug. 8. It will be open for lunch, featuring European-American style cuisine like baked Bavarian pretzels, from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and happy hour from 4-7 p.m., with plans to offer dinner service later this fall. 🛩️ (The Ledger)
Want to learn more about the candidates up for election in Polk County + local districts? Check out LkldNow’s Voter Guide 2022 to see each candidate on the ballot and read news updates. The comprehensive guide also includes helpful information, such as early voting and local polling places. (LkldNow)
Access Art: Special Needs is returning to the Polk Museum of Art. This free program for those with special needs + varying exceptionalities offers a tour of the exhibits to view and discuss the art, followed by an art activity. Register now for the first tour of the season on Thurs., Aug. 11 at 2 p.m. 🖼️
The SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo has chosen Dennis Dunbar as its new Director of Air Shows and Attractions. Dennis has worked in air show management for 20+ years and has organized hundreds of shows, including the Super Bowl. The next Expo will take to the skies in March 2023.
Prepare for school board elections with this Q+A between LkldNow and Polk School Board candidates up for election in District 5 — Kay Fields and Terry Clark. The two candidates discuss their reasons for running and plans for the school district. Learn more about school board candidates here. (LkldNow)
15. That’s how many food trucks will be in Munn Park for the Lakeland Food Truck Rally on Thurs., Aug. 11. Come hungry for local favorites like Legacy Craft BBQ + Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, and tune in to music from The DJ Truck while you eat your way around the park.
Lakeland 9-year-old Zniayah Armstrong is the Lakeland Fire Department + the Kids Wish Network’s hero of the month. Zniayah was able to help her family when a house fire broke out because she remembered the fire drills she’d practiced at school and at home. (Fox 13 News)
We’re excited to spill the beans on this one. For the entire month of August, Wawa is giving away free hot coffee + fountain beverages of any size to teachers + school administrators. At the register, faculty members can share that they work at a school to claim their “Cheers to Classrooms” offer. ☕ (WFLA)
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Excited about Bonnet Springs Park opening? So are we. The park is set to open on Sat., Oct. 22 — in the meantime, check out the Bonnet Springs July newsletter for development news + a behind the scenes look at the progress.*
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How about a treat for making it through the week? Ciao Bella Sorbetto is buy one, get one free at Publix GreenWise Market through Wed., Aug. 10. Pro tip: Add some to a glass of Prosecco for a Friday cheers. 🥂 *
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Gather with other Lakelanders to meet your local candidates. | Image via Google Maps
Looking for a way to brush up on your local politics? Search no further. The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is hosting Politics in the Park — a free event geared towards bringing awareness to local, state, and federal candidates — on Tues., Aug. 9 from 6-8:30 p.m. at 35 Lake Morton Dr.
Candidates will be available at booths to answer questions + share their platforms set up at the Chamber of Commerce. The Supervisor of Elections will hold a Straw Poll (AKA, an unofficial vote) for those attending to test which candidates are winning the majority. There will even be a kids’ Straw Poll for little Lakelanders looking to learn about the voting process.
Register now and see a full list of confirmed candidates in attendance.
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