FOOD & DRINK
1 Polk restaurant closed for rodent droppings and another is warned for ... a bullfrog?
One Polk County restaurant was ordered closed by inspectors because of rodent activity from Nov. 6 to 19, according to state inspections reports. Lakeland Panda World, 6214 U.S. 98 N., Lakeland, in the shopping center on the northwest corner of U.S. 98 and Daughtery Road, was given an emergency order to temporarily close...
Polk County Eateries Grapple with Food Safety After Stringent Inspections Reveal Infractions
A recent wave of food safety inspections swept through Polk County restaurants from November 6 to 19, unearthing a range of violations and leading to multiple closures and warnings. In a striking incident, Lakeland Panda World was temporarily closed when inspectors found a worrying 120 rodent droppings in crucial areas, including the dry storage closet and cookline. This marked a notable break in the restaurant's history of passing health inspections since 2019, despite a one-day stoppage due to roach activity back in February 2019.
Discovering the Sydney Dover Trails: Dover's Scenic Outdoor Sanctuary
Tucked away in the heart of Dover, Florida, the Sydney Dover Trails offer a serene escape from the city's clamor. This hidden gem, nestled east of Brandon, provides 7.5 miles of trails within the Sydney Dover Conservation Park, catering to equestrian enthusiasts, hikers, and mountain bikers. The park's past as a reclaimed phosphate mine has given it a unique landscape with gentle contours, adding a touch of adventure to the beautiful trails. Open from sunrise to sunset, with a small entrance fee, these trails promise a peaceful experience in nature's embrace.
Decadent Delights: Explore the Top 3 Bakeries in Plant City
In this article, we will be exploring three outstanding bakeries nestled in the heart of Plant City. Have you had the pleasure of tasting their delightful offerings yet? If yes, we would love to hear about your experiences in the comments section below!
Florida Strawberry Festival announces final headliner for concert series
The Florida Strawberry Festival announced its final headliner for its 2024 concert series. Country music singer Cody Johnson will perform on the Wish Farms Soundstage on Sunday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. Johnson’s “Gotta Be Me” debuted at number two on Billboard’s Country Albums chart. “The...
Discover the Heat: 4 Winter Haven Barbeque Places Worth Braving the Cold For
This article presents four outstanding barbecue spots in Winter Haven. Have you had the chance to visit any of these yet? If yes, we'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below!
Savor the Sweetness: Top 3 Must-Visit Bakeries in Lakeland
Welcome to this article where we explore three exceptional bakeries in Lakeland. Have you had the chance to visit any of them yet? If you have, we'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below!
New Paws, New Love: Adopt Dogs Today in lakeland, FL
Interested in adopting a pet — or just looking at some adorable pets near you up for adoption? There are dozens of endearing pets up for adoption at animal shelters in and around lakeland..
A Taste of Tradition: Exploring 8 Classic American Dishes in Plant City
This piece presents eight classic American dishes popular in Plant City. Have you had the chance to taste any of these culinary delights? If you have, we'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.
Lakeland Linder airport busier than ever: A look at the numbers
LAKELAND — Lakeland's ever increasing traffic isn't just on the roadways, but in the air. Lakeland Linder International Airport is poised to have its busiest year of flight operations yet, according to Airport Director Kris Hallstrand. As of Nov. 20, there were nearly 135,000 operations this year — that's a plane either taking off or landing from one of Lakeland Linder's three runways.
SELFIES WITH SANTA IN HOLLIS GARDEN
Take your photo with Santa in the beautiful Hollis Garden. On Saturday, December 2, 2023, Hollis Garden will be hosting the Third Annual Selfies with Santa event. This year, the gates open at 9:00 a.m. and Santa will be available for pictures until 12:00 p.m. Reservations are not required, just be sure to bring your own camera!
Florida sisters publish books with proceeds going to nonprofits
Valrico sisters Haylyn and Hadley Benton pen "Spotty the Curious Giraffe" books. Proceeds from books go to nonprofits, including the World Wildlife Fund.
Experience Winter Haven's Top 3 Bakeries: A Must-Try This Season
This article presents a tour through three outstanding bakeries in Winter Haven. Have you had the pleasure of visiting any of these yet? If you have, we'd love to hear about your experiences in the comments section below!
A Season of Bliss
Waking up to a fresh blanket of snow, covering driveways. Air that smells like hot cocoa and peppermint. A blackened night with colorful lights illuminating streets and houses. That is when it is clear that winter has finally arrived. There are loads of different activities to partake in during winter.
Sips, Salsa & Succulents: A Night of Fun and Creativity at Keel Farms
📣 Hey, there! We've got something exciting for you! Get ready for a night of 'Sips, Salsa & Succulents' at Keel Farms. This vibrant event is taking place on Wed, Nov 29 from 7pm - 9pm at the lovely Keel and Curley Winery, 5202 Thonotosassa Road, Plant City, FL 33565. 🌵
Experience the Magic of The Nutcracker at Rochelle School of the Arts
This weekend, immerse yourself in a magical world of dancing sugarplum fairies and toy soldiers that spring to life. The Rochelle School of the Arts is set to host Saturday's special performances of The Nutcracker on Dec 02, from 3pm to 4pm. The venue will be buzzing with excitement at 1501 Martin L King Junior Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33805.
Florida Club Unveils Enhanced Amenities
River Hills Country Club in Valrico, Fla. upgraded its fitness center, including new exercise machines and personalized training programs. The club also added a wellness spa to elevate the overall experience and provide a peaceful place for relaxation. River Hills Country Club in Valrico, Fla. continues to add and enhance...
2 Special Hidden Gem Restaurants in Lakeland, Florida To Try This Holiday Season
Lakeland, Florida, is a treasure trove of delightful dining experiences, especially during the festive season. This year, two hidden gem restaurants are the talk of the town, offering a kaleidoscope of flavors that promise to dance on your palate. Nestled in Lakeland’s charming landscape, these eateries serve up a fusion of traditional and modern dishes, perfect for those looking to add a splash of culinary adventure to their holiday celebrations.
Christmas 2023: Here's your list of parades across Polk County
The holiday season draws near and what better way to celebrate than ringing in cheer with Christmas parades full of bright lights and colorful floats. The Ledger has compiled a list of Polk County's 2023 Christmas parades listed by date, then by city :. Dec. 2. Frostproof — Frostproof will...
Get Ready to Celebrate Womanhood at Lakeland Women's Day - Free Admission!
👑💅 Ladies, mark your calendars for the Lakeland Women's Day this Sun, Dec 03 from 11am - 4pm. This event is all about celebrating YOU in all your glorious womanhood, and the best part? It's absolutely FREE!