We’d love to see you this month

Barry Friedman

Editor & Publisher

LkldNow has two events between now and the end of the year. Trinity, Kimberly and I hope to see you at one or both:

LOCAL BREWS FOR LOCAL NEWS takes place this Saturday from noon until 3 p.m. at Swan Brewing, 115 W. Pine St. The good people there will donate 20% of the proceeds during that period to LkldNow to support our mission of providing independent, community-focused news. We hear they may be brewing up a special LkldNow Lager. Music from Reckless Saints starts at 2. We’d love to see you there.

NEWS AID takes place Friday, Dec. 30, at 6:30 p.m. at Union Hall, 1023 S. Florida Ave. It’s a benefit concert for LkldNow featuring Kimmy Gabriela and her band, Sumner Curtis Trio and Sister Mister.  The concert is a thank you to everybody who donates $20 or more to LkldNow during this year’s NewsMatch, which started Nov. 1 and ends Dec. 31. Donations during this period are matched 100%, so your dollars go twice as far. If you haven’t donated yet, you can do so now. We’d love to see you there.

Lakeland Brings Christmas to Young Cancer Patient

Mackenzie Orth, an 8-year-old who loves Christmas, was visited by Santa, a ‘magical’ horse, a high school chorus and a crowd of well-wishers

School Board Delays Vote on 37,000 Library Books After Complaints

Protesters requested more time to review the books, which will outfit the media centers at two schools under construction

FSC Student Gets Support to Market Safety Device for Runners

Brooke Lierman has won $20,000 in pitch competitions for OverTheShoulder, which will detect dangers to runners and alert their contacts

Polk Public Schools Recognize 39 Presidential Scholars

Two Lakeland students were honored as districtwide winners in the national program.

Phillips Photographers Building Sells as Owner Refocuses His Career

At 68, Robin Phillips will concentrate on photo restoration. The Florida Avenue building his father constructed in 1962 is being sold to the publisher of The Lakelander magazine.

U.S. Rep. Franklin Votes Against Same-Sex Marriage Bill

The Lakeland Republican says the bill didn’t go far enough to protect religious freedoms for people who object to providing services for gay marriages.

Heartland for Children Facing Difficulty Recruiting New Foster Parents

Heartland for Children is in need of 25 additional foster homes in the Lakeland area to serve teens, siblings and children, including those with autism and developmental delays. Overall, the organization is hoping […]


Holiday lights in Lakeland and Polk County | Lakeland Mom

City of Mulberry is planning a Joinery-like food hall in a former warehouse next to the Gem Theater | The Ledger

Polk’s development boom is fueled by the decline of citrus and shifts in generational wealth | Forbes

Ex-Federal Bar owner plans to convert a vacant downtown church into an event space | Bay News 9

Brother of Capitol riot defendant arrested in Kathleen on altered weapon charges | Fox 13 News

Daughter’s epilepsy inspired Kate’s Story Foundation and its annual toy drive | ABC Action News

Polk Museum @ Nite | Thursday |  5-8 p.m. | Polk Museum of Art
Holiday cocktail party, light bites and preview of the “Edward Hopper and Guy Pène Du Bois: Painting the Real” exhibit before it opens to the public. Tickets: $15.

Family Movie Night | Friday | 6:30 p.m. | First Presbyterian Church lawn
Bring chairs or a blanket and watch the movie “Elf” on the lawn of the church at 175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive. The free event is open to all.

‘The Nutcracker’ | Saturday 7:30 p.m. & Sunday 2:30 p.m. | Branscomb Auditorium
Florida Dance Theatre presents this seasonal favorite. Tickets: $25 adults; $15 children 13 and under; free for children under 5.

Movie on the Lawn | Sunday | 5 p.m. | Bonnet Springs Park
Watch “Elf,” see snow and participate in other family activities at the park’s first family Movie on the Lawn. Activities start at 5; the movie is at 6:30. Peace River Center will be accepting toiletries, non perishable food items, and new or gently used blankets.

Upon reflection, it was obvious for the artist to use mirrored glass for a sculpture overlooking Lake Mirror. This butterfly landed in Kryger Park on the hillside above the lake’s signature 1920s loggia.

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Barry Friedman

Barry Friedman founded Lkldnow.com in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.