Wonder Woman movie inspires social gathering in Polk County

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The new “Wonder Woman” movie opening on Friday has inspired a special social gathering for women in Lakeland this weekend.

LAKELAND — Friday marks the opening of the new Warner Bros. movie “Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot as Diana, princess of the Amazons, who is trained to be a warrior that can’t be conquered. Her life is dramatically altered when she meets an American pilot who tells her about the terrible war going on in the outside world.
The movie, based on the DC comic book created by William Moulton Marston, has inspired more than 50 women in Polk County to gather on Saturday for a special event marking the film’s opening.
It’s all a celebration of the talent in Polk County’s world of successful business women.
The plan is to watch the movie at the Lakeside Village open air shopping mall. The women plan to gather at the mall around 1 p.m. for a celebration lunch at Grillsmith’s on Saturday, then catching a 3:45 p.m. IMAX 3D showing of the film at the Cobb Theater.

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The event was organized by Merissa Green, a former news reporter at The Lakeland Ledger. Green said during the lunch, the women plan to talk about their own unique Wonder Woman experiences, as well as doing some networking.
At least one of them will win a Funko Pop Wonder Woman in an invisible jet, courtesy of the Arcade 80s, a video game store in Winter Haven. Continue reading

Freelining with Mike Freeman: What is it about eggs?

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May was National Egg Month, and as Mike Freeman notes, there’s good reason to celebrate them.

ORLANDO — About a week ago, I was chatting with my sister Kerri when we first got on the subject. I was getting concerned, I said, but my sister brushed off my fears with a quick wave of her hand.
“They used to say that,” Kerri noted, “but now they don’t believe that anymore.”
It was music to my ears.
In these turbulent times, when so much in the world seems to be going miserably wrong, we had shifted away from all those horrors to settle on a far more pleasant subject: eggs. More specifically, the fact that I had become a major egg fan late in life, but often found myself wondering what strange allure eggs held over me.
May was National Egg Month, and checking around, it seems I wasn’t the only one doing some celebrating. The Egg Nutrition Center has been urging the un-eggthusiastic to grab a carton during their next visit to the supermarket and find out how many glorious things can be done with them.
“May is a perfect month to celebrate the arrival of spring, mothers, and the Incredible Egg,” the Egg Nutrition Center noted. “While eggs are commonly associated with breakfast and protein, many aren’t aware of the nutrient package the whole egg provides. Continue reading

Clean Beauty Bar praised as a great addition to Park Avenue

The staff at Clean Beauty Bar, including founder and CEO Kelly Newton (third from the left), join with Winter Park's vice mayor, Sarah Sprinkel (fourth) for the grand opening celebration of Clean Beauty Bar, Park Avenue's only all-natural and organic day spa.

The staff at Clean Beauty Bar, including founder and CEO Kelly Newton (third from the left), join with Winter Park’s vice mayor, Sarah Sprinkel (fourth) for the grand opening celebration of Clean Beauty Bar, Park Avenue’s only all-natural and organic day spa.


WINTER PARK — Clean Beauty Bar celebrated its grand opening last week, and has already been hailed by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce as a great new addition to the very popular Park Avenue, and by city leaders as a terrific new business.
Clean Beauty Bar, the only organic and natural day spa and boutique on Park Avenue, attracted a very strong turnout during their grand opening celebration on Thursday, Nov. 3. The event was an opportunity for the public to learn more about the day spa and their all-natural and organic treatments, which includes their signature menu of massage therapy, skin care, waxing and tinting, and nail care.
It wasn’t long before the entire day spa at 170 E. Morse Boulevard was jam-packed with guests enjoying an evening of music, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and the unveiling of an exciting holiday menu of organic treatments, Tingle All The Way.
“This is our grand opening today,” the day spa’s founder and CEO, Kelly Newton, said as she welcomed in the guests. It also wasn’t long before business and city leaders were providing a strong endorsement of Clean Beauty Bar. Continue reading

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