Upcoming Events

It’s officially the season of harvest. When the fall weather drops from 95 degrees to a crisp 90, all I want is butternut squash soup and oversized sweaters (even if both of those things make me sweaty). Whether you’re a gardening greenhorn or blessed with a green thumb, Master Gardener Volu…

July just feels like the appropriate month to celebrate burgers, right? It’s the time for backyard barbecues, 4th of July fireworks, beers, popsicles, flamingo floaties, soaking in the sunshine, and of course, flipping a few burgers.

Pride Month is a time to celebrate our LGBT+ friends, family, and neighbors, and love in all its forms. Founder of Polk Pride, Scott Guira, held the first Polk Pride event in 2015. The annual celebration of community diversity and love has grown year over year. In 2020, like many gatherings,…

Hip hop music and culture are powerful. Lakeland Lofi beatmaker and producer, Derick Epps aka Deek Beats, believes so strongly in its power to heal, inspire, and educate that he is doing whatever it takes to make it accessible to the next generation. Epps is working with the Lake Wales Arts …

Congratulations to Polk State College’s Spring 2021 Graduating Class! On behalf of your professors, advisors, coaches, and everyone at Polk State who has supported you along your College journey, we are incredibly proud of your accomplishments. We look forward to celebrating you during the C…

If you’re a lover of all things rodeo, it’s time to dust off your chaps! The Hamster Rodeo State Finals is making its way to a roughly 5-square-foot patch of the Bartow Horse Arena at the Polk County Agri Civic Center. Be prepared for all the gruff and a lot more fluff at this must-attend event.

Let’s always remember and embrace the hardships, the lessons learned from last year while leaving its anxieties behind. We’ve gathered a list of 50 things to do this year – for yourself and others, some heart-pounding, some heart-felt – to perhaps find a semblance of normalcy. Let your happi…

As President of Polk State College, I write to congratulate the Fall 2020 Graduating Class! Graduates, you are part of a unique group of students that has demonstrated incredible resiliency and steadfast commitment to your educational goals. You have overcome unprecedented adversity to reach…

Baking and the holidays go together like peanut butter & jelly.  We reached out to the local experts and asked them to share some of their favorite recipes and pro-tips with us.  What we received is an interesting mix of recipes from all over the world.  Please enjoy & bake for the p…

Imagine if we nurtured the mind of every little girl. What if we watered their spirits and imaginations with the ideals of self-empowerment, creativity, boldness, positivity, education, leadership, passion for her interests, friendship, sisterhood? What kind of global garden of female accomp…

There is magic on the pages and in the minds of Hocus Pocus creators Dwight and Rebecca MacPherson. The Lakeland couple met and fell in love through a comic book – now they make their own.

This year the world has faced sickness, death, job loss, strained social environments, injustices, and tragedies – everyday life has become unusual for many. Most of us have struggled with our mental health or know someone who has. We spoke with Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Antionette P…

As President of Polk State College, I write to congratulate the Fall 2020 Graduating Class! Graduates, you are part of a unique group of students that has demonstrated incredible resiliency and steadfast commitment to your educational goals. You have overcome unprecedented adversity to reach…

In 2011, NASA ended its almost 40-year-old space shuttle program. Economic rough waters, significant maintenance, and the fact that the shuttle program “did not truly deliver the next major leap forward” ultimately lead to its closure according to a 2017 article by Tech Times.

It’s like déjà vu – but the good kind. Just two years ago Swan Brewing opened their downtown Lakeland location off of Pine Street. Owner Dan Thumberg remembers when he first began to imagine his version for what he thought a brewery should be in the mid-2000s. His partner Christian Hood was …

Whether it’s a small gathering of friends or a family reunion, birthday, gender reveal, wedding or going away party, we’ve all been in this situation before.   We want to throw a party, but where do we start?  How do we create an unforgettable experience and keep within the budget?  On the o…

Down a narrow dusty driveway along the Tiger Creek Preserve in Lake Wales rests a primitive cabin framed in an old Florida landscape. This cabin belongs to conservationist, philanthropist, and subject for an upcoming art exhibit, “Sticky” Steve Morrison.

In honor of National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 6 – Oct. 12), we sat down with the Lakeland Fire Department’s Fire Chief Douglas Riley and Assistant Fire Chief of Administration Rick Hartzog to talk about a few changes they’ve implemented within the department. These changes have addressed o…

“You are beautiful – but I’m sure that’s the least interesting thing about you.”

Now halfway through its one-year-long display, David Collin’s Tapestries continues to add life to Lakeland’s buildings in the Dixieland, Midtown, and Downtown areas. This project is a first for public art in Lakeland. While the city does display art in public spaces, such as the Lemon Street…

A group sat together in a meeting discussing ideas for upcoming issues. We were about 30 minutes into the brainstorm, ideas were being volleyed, concepts mulled over to see what stuck. Then, someone, seemingly joking, blurted out, “How about Polk’s Sexiest Man?”

Happy Valentine’s Day, Polk County! Amidst the wining and dining, roses and cards, and those gross little candy hearts wouldn’t you like to give the gift of an experience this month to your significant other, new fling, or as a treat to yourself? In honor of this lovely holiday, we’ve compil…

Dungeons‭ & ‬Dragons‭ ‬and Dinner with Friends

Brunch is a combination of breakfast and lunch eaten usually during the late morning to early afternoon, generally served from 10am up to 3pm.  I want to share with you one of our family’s favorites, Migas.  We lived in San Antonio, TX for a few years and picked this recipe up, it was so goo…

It’s a simple thing that can make a huge difference.  We’re lucky to live in an area with so many independently-owned boutiques.  They’re a great place to get a new outfit, new shoes or a new piece of jewelry. It not only makes you feel good, but it’s good for the community.  Shopping small …

In 1817, Karl von Drais, a German baron, invented a horseless carriage that would help him get around faster. The two-wheeled, pedal-less device was propelled by pushing your feet against the ground, The machine became known as the “draisine,” and led to the creation of the modern-day bicycle.

I have to start off by thanking Janina Freeland, thank you!  I reached out to her not knowing if she would be willing to share their family’s story with us.  Not only did she agree, but she gathered more families to talk to.  Thank you to the Swingle Family, Rayburn Family and the Rucki-Stan…

With over 500 acres of vineyards in Florida, the wine industry is growing in Florida every year.  There are 88 wine producers ultimately creating 99,108 jobs in agriculture, accounting, packaging, transportation and more.  With over 300,000 tourists visiting a Florida winery each year, it ha…