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Lakeland Top 10 Things To Do

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Bok Tower Reopening

Oh Bok Tower, we’ve missed you! Get your walking shoes and picnic baskets ready – Bok Tower is opening on June 1! All members and visitors MUST reserve/ purchase timed entry online before arrival. No tickets will be sold onsite and daily tickets will be limited to manage a safe capacity conducive to minimized physical contact and social distancing practices. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit boktowergardens.org.


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Celebrate Pride

June is Pride Month! Polk Pride, an event of the Lakeland Youth Alliance and PFLAG of Polk County, usually held in June has been rescheduled for Sept. 26 - Oct. 4. That doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate and support our LGBTQ friends! Post pics from Pride events past using #lkldhaven and you could be in our next issue! For more info on Polk Pride, visit www.polkpridefl.com


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Show Your Dad Some Love

June 21st is Father’s Day! He has some cheesy jokes and falls asleep in the recliner at every family event, but we love him anyway! Tell your dear old dad you appreciate him and give him a ‘Happy Father’s Day!’ (and a tie – dads love ties).


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Get Cooking!

Try one of the recipes sent in from Polk County’s favorite restaurants and chefs. There’s a little bit of everything from breakfast and desserts to cocktails and burgers. Whip something up and don’t forget to snap a pic and post it on FB or IG with #lkldhaven and you might end up in the next issue of LKLD!


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Dust Off Your Library Card

Summer is in full swing – why not enjoy a good story, challenge yourself, or learn something new while you work on your sweet tan? All Lakeland Libraries started offering curbside pickup/ walk-up service last month and they always have a selection of ebooks and audiobooks so you don’t even have to leave your house! Visit www.lakelandgov.net/departments/library for more info.


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Catch a Movie

You can social distance and still enjoy a good movie. Roll up to Silver Moon Drive-In for a double-feature, seven nights a week. Check their website to see what’s playing now, www.silvermoondrivein.com. Through the Polk Theatre’s Virtual Cinema, you can access first-run independent films from the comfort and safety of your home that are unavailable on any other streaming site. For more info, go to www.polktheatre.org.


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Paint with Blair Updike

Join artist Blair Updike for a Facebook Live Paint-A-Long on the Lake Wales Arts Council Facebook page. A live Paint-A-Long will be held in the second and fourth weeks in June. Like and follow the LWAC Facebook page @LakeWalesArtsCouncil for more information about the online event. Check the event listing comments for a supply list and Q&A!


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Wheels up

Feeling stressed out and cooped up? Grab your bike and hit one of Polk County’s many trails. If you don’t have a bike, be sure to support our local businesses and purchase one from David’s World Cycle or Bent’s Schwinn Cycling & Fitness (or you can fix up your own at Unwholly Bikes). Hit the Van Fleet Trail, or enjoy Lake Parker Park, or loop around Lake Mirror. Don’t forget your water, hand sanitizer and sunscreen!


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At-Home Art from PMA

Bring the Polk Museum of Art to your house! The museum is offering coloring pages on their website. You can print them out, color, and share your masterpieces on social media by using the hashtags, #PMOAcoloringpages and #PMOAatHome. polkmuseumofart.org/museings1/2020/4/20/coloringpages


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Shop Local

Recent times have been difficult and unusual, to say the least. We encourage you to put your safety and the safety of others first by adhering to social distancing practices while supporting the small businesses that have been hit hard by this pandemic. Stay six feet apart while you pick up a gift for a friend at your favorite boutique (or candy store). Keep the hand sanitizer handy while you patron a local restaurant or indie coffee shop. Support small, shop local!

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