Come celebrate with us

Barry Friedman

Editor & Publisher

I am pleased to announce that LkldNow has met its $30,000 NewsMatch goal for 2022 and we are thanking our NewsMatch donors via our News Aid concert at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at Union Hall, 1023 S. Florida Ave. 

If you donated at least $20 since Nov. 1, your name is already on the guest list. Thank you for helping preserve community journalism in Lakeland!

If you want to join us at the concert but haven’t given yet, you can do so now or donate at the door. 

Performers are:

  • Kimmy Gabriela, the American Idol finalist who delighted the audience at last year’s News Aid with her dynamic voice and charisma. She will be accompanied by guitarist Jivanni Grasso, a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter who attends Southeastern University and is an alumni of the Contemporary Music Center in Nashville.
  • Sumner Curtis Trio, who, in their words, apply a “fun, jazz/funk inspired twist onto songs you know and love from the 60s to today.”
  • Sister Mister, a duo — Robin Brooke and TJ Gillum — whose covers range from classic rock to modern indie pop. 

As a reminder, donations during November and December are being doubled through matches from the national NewsMatch initiative and two generous local supporters: The Bell-Barnett Family Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation and The Lunz Group.

We’re looking forward to seeing you Friday as we kick off New Year’s Eve weekend and celebrate the successful conclusion of NewsMatch 2022.


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Emotional Christmas gift: an engagement ring that was found after being lost 21 years | News Channel 8

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Police get pay raises under new three-year union contract | The Ledger

News Aid concert | Friday | 6:30 p.m. | Union Hall
Kimmy Gabriela, Sumner Curtis Trio and Sister Mister perform at LkldNow’s News Aid concert to thank our growing group of supporters. All who have donated $20 or more in November and December are on the guest list. If you haven’t donated yet, please do so now or donate at the door. 

Florida Tropics vs Chihuahua Savage | Friday | 7:05 p.m. | RP Funding Center
The Florida Tropics of the Major Arena Soccer League will host the Chihuahua Savage from Mexico. Tickets: $7 (supporter section), $12, $18, $23.

Here’s to Your Health Hike | Sunday | 9 a.m. | Circle B Bar Reserve
A New Year’s Day tradition: County Commissioner George Lindsey leads a two-mile nature walk along the Alligator Alley loop. No registration required. Wear appropriate shoes, bring water, and dress for the day’s weather.

As the sun sets on 2022, enjoy a twilight view taken by Ashley Walker near Wabash Avenue. All aboard for 2023.

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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.