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New Ranking!!! Lakeland Ranks among Top 10 Most Affordable Places to Live in Tennessee, according to a SmartAsset ranking! LakelandTN.gov/rankings
360° Virtual Tours: IH Clubhouse, Senior Center, and Delta Blues Winery!
How sweet it is!
Copy/Photos, by Kim Odom, Grant Administrator
A dozen youth, in grades 1-6, got a lesson in nature’s plants that produce some of the finest ingredients used to make some of their favorite candies during the Lakeland Parks and Recreation Department and Memphis Botanic Garden, “Nature’s Candy Store,” workshop held at IH Clubhouse Saturday, Feb. 18.
Memphis Botanic Garden representative, Kristen Zemaitis, led kids on engaging experiments including making their own colonial mint candies and sampling class-made chewing gum.
Using their sense of smell, youth were asked to close their eyes and guess what ingredient they could identify by smelling a piece of candy given to them. An impressive number of youth used their sharp sense of smell to identify a variety of ingredients.
Participants learned about various trees and the plant origins of chocolate, vanilla, licorice, and cinnamon, all ingredients in some of our favorite treats. Among the many lessons of nature’s plants, the class learned that the sapodilla tree is the source of the chicle, a sticky sap, which is a component of chewing gum. They got a close up look at how chicle, syrup and a little cherry Kool-Aid come together to form, delicious cherry-flavored chewing gum.
Although not all the youth were impressed with the taste of the colonial mint candies (mint leaves dipped in sugar) sampled during class – the chewing gum delighted their youthful palettes. Rolling the bit of sample given to her, between her fingers before popping the gum in her mouth, Madison Smith, had what looked just like a piece of bubble gum. The nine-year-old gave the gum a big thumbs up on taste.
At the end of the presentation on nature’s plant origins, youth put on their smocks and decorated their own candy pizzas with many of the ingredients they had just learned about. Each participant received a pizza crust made of melted chocolate, Rice Krispies cereal, and marshmallows. They were provided a variety of candies to decorate with including M & M’s chocolate candies, gummy bears, gum drops, candy corn, and more. Once all the pizza creations were complete, each youth participant was awarded a Junior Master Chef hat for their creative abilities.
Peter Aguilar said of the Nature’s Candy Store workshop, “This is the best day of my life.” The eight-year-old said he was happy to learn so much about the ingredients of some of his favorite candy, and added, “I am happy because I got to make my very own candy pizza.”
Seniors 55+ Valentine's Lunch/Music/Movie
Copy/Photos, by Kim Odom, Senior Center Manager
Music, lunch, and a movie.
Many would consider that a nice day out. Participants of the Lakeland Senior Center’s (LSC) Valentine’s Day Lunch and Movie got all that and little more today (2.14.17).
Guests were serenaded by Trudy Scholten and Jean and Gordon Jones, regulars of the Jamming Group that play acoustic music at Center Monday afternoons. As guests enjoyed music and songs by the trio, they were treated to a catered lunch of Zaxby’s chicken, along with fresh salad greens and dessert.
Lakeland City Manager, Jim Atkinson, dropped by to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day.
After lunch, some guests stayed to watch the movie “Elsa and Fred,” a romantic comedy starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer. Popcorn and cold drinks were available.
Progress on Lakeland Middle Preparatory School!
...Even more progress since this drone video was taken.
Starbucks & Marco's Pizza Both Open!!!
Photo by Lakeland Currents
Exciting News About the Old Outlet Mall!
A 160+ acre development is in the hopper!
...January 2017 Lake District update, here.
California-based developer Gilad Development and local design firm A2H
recently revealed exciting plans for The Lake District, a mixed-use
development at the site of the former Lakeland Factory Outlet Mall off
Interstate-40 and Canada Road.
Conceptual plans feature a combination of uses such as luxury retail
stores, two hotels, restaurants, a farmer's market, office spaces,
residences, green space including parks and an untouched preserve area,
“The Lake District will have a huge impact on the city,” said Lakeland City Manager Jim Atkinson.
“It will be, by far, the largest development that Lakeland has seen
with 160-plus acres of high-scale residential and commercial
Atkinson explains that it's not a 20-year phase project. The plan is to
take it all down at one time. It’s all going to be done in one phase.
They start the formal process tonight of approval by the city.
Full story with more images: LakelandTN.gov/LakeDistrict
Lakeland in Top Three TN Cities for Young Families!
Lakeland, named #3, was one of only four communities to receive a
perfect 10 from GreatSchools. Lakeland also earned a best risk rating of
“most safe,” and its 15-year income growth rate of 69.8% was
second-highest in the survey. http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/mortgages/best-places-young-families-tn-2015/
View a list of Lakeland rankings, here: LakelandTN.gov/rankings or LakelandTN.gov/buzz