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Plus, will all "The Office" fans please stand up?
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💉 The whos and whats and buts of the COVID-19 vaccine

Plus, will all "The Office" fans please stand up?

It’s Tuesday y’all, and a really good day for fanatics of “The Office.”

The “Scranton Strangler” murder mystery walking tour kicks off in Thornton Park today. “Michael Scott” will guide a small group of Orlandoans through the “mean” streets of TP as they search for clues on finding the serial killer known as the Scranton Strangler. Some familiar faces will be along for the ride too, including Pam and Toby. 

Tickets can be purchased here for $45 (plus tax and fees!) but you’re gonna want to act fast. They’re selling like hotcakes and dates and times are limited. The event starts at The Abbey and runs today through Sunday, April 11. 

As for what else is going down around Orlando...

Real talk: What’s better than the Florida sunshine? 📸: @stevenmadow | Wanna see your photo here? Tag either #pulptown or @pulptown on Instagram to be featured as our IG of the Day! 

What Orlando is talking about

💉 If you’re looking to get a COVID-19 vaccine, you’re far from alone.

The state lowered the eligibility age to 50 years old on Monday while the county lowered it to 40. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wasn’t thrilled with Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings’ decision, but in Demings’ own words,  “Told you before, I don’t feel like I have to get permission to be the mayor of Orange County from Tallahassee.” 

Here’s a helpful Reddit thread on where/how to get the vaccine and here’s an update from FEMA about how the agency’s sites will continue offering the first dose through Wednesday, April 7, a relief for those who haven't secured their first appointment yet.

As an editor's note, I'd like to add in that I volunteered at the AdventHealth pop-up vaccine site near the airport on Friday. From start to finish, the whole ordeal was smooth sailing, and as one attendee noted, "the easiest day of the hardest year". I caught myself saying "Happy Vaccination Day" a few times, and my eyes welled up as I saw the extremely vulnerable and the 60 and up crowds lining up, letting nothing stand between them and their shot. All that to say, if the opportunity to volunteer at one of the many sites around town arises, I highly recommend it.

In other news… 

🍍 The old Dexters’ building in Thornton Park just found new owners. Todd Ulmer and Wendy Connor, both well-known figures in the hospitality industry, plan to open a Hawaiian-themed restaurant in the coveted location. Ulmer is a restaurateur known for Stardust Lounge and Aku Aku while Connor is the longtime owner of The Abbey and MEZZ. They’ve recruited Chef Daniel Weber to curate the menu and are hoping for a summer opening of “The 808”. (Orlando Weekly

🎟 In keeping with foodie news, Chef Bruno Fonseca said the Foreigner Experience has been selling out quickly after restarting weekend dinners at the counter of The Heavy. If you want to experience the, er, Experience in April, Fonseca says to act fast. It’s a five-course omakase-style dinner and tickets start at $105. (The Foreigner Experience on Instagram

🚀 Former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson has been nominated to head NASA under the Biden administration. He’s still waiting on confirmation from the Senate, but Nelson, a Florida Democrat, previously served as an astronaut and flew on the Columbia flight in 1986. Space Florida tweeted that they’re all for it. “He (Nelson) is a longtime advocate of our nation’s space program, having flown in space himself. And with that expertise, the former senator brings to the agency an intimate understanding of both its strengths and its weaknesses, which will help him hit the ground running on day one.” (Orlando Weekly

💰 Gov. DeSantis said Monday that he wants to boost the state’s workforce through $75 million dollar career training initiatives. Said initiatives will fast-track high school students and adults into high-paying jobs in technology, manufacturing, and the like, providing an alternative to the traditional four-year college career path. (Florida Today

🎧 Books, music, podcasts, and movies oh my

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Wild Florida – Orlando’s only airboat, gator, and drive-thru safari park – is partnering with us to give one lucky winner a FREE giraffe painting experience ($119 value!).

During this encounter, you’ll get a blank canvas and an opportunity to paint with one of their giraffes on a feeding platform, all while enjoying panoramic views of their scenic drive-thru safari.

Wild Florida’s giraffe painting experience is just one of the many animal experiences they offer. You can take a selfie with a sloth, help train a pair of albino gators, or just chill with the lemurs.

The giraffe experience giveaway ends Wednesday, March 24 at 11 a.m.

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Today

🍸 Sign up for this virtual cocktail-making class slash history lesson courtesy of the history center and The Woods (Online)

Thursday

🎶 Groove along to Beth McKee and Her Funky Time Band outdoors at The Plaza Live (Milk District)

Friday

🛍 Support local while shopping this pop-up weekly nighttime market outside of Persimmon Hollow (Lake Eola)

Saturday

🍕 Let Chef Michael teach you how to make artisan pizza using fresh ingredients (Orlando Brewing )

🧘 Wind down your day with this slow-paced, meditative Yin yoga class, instructed by Rob Walsh (Downtown)

🎉 Walk/run for a good cause at Lighthouse Central Florida's Sight & Sole WalkFest finish line event (Downtown)

♻️ Get your hands dirty while cleaning up the 'hood (Milk District)

☮️ Stretch out the weekend with a yoga class outdoors at Mead Botanical Garden (Winter Park)

🎨 Head up and east to peruse the Annual DeLand Outdoor Art Festival (DeLand)

☮️ Take the kids out to unwind with a yoga class in the park (Winter Park)

🐶 Sample local craft beers with your best furry, four-legged friend (Sanford)

🌻 Dust off your green thumbs for the Annual Florida Wildflower and Garden Festival (DeLand)

Sunday

🍻 Finish the weekend strong with local beer and shopping local art at Orlando Brewing's pop-up market (SoDo)

👟 Don't tap out before running this 5K around the lake followed by some celebratory brews (Ivanhoe)

☮️ Get outside and on the water on your boards for this SUP Yoga class at newly-reopened Rock Springs Run (Apopka)

Promotion from Opera Orlando

🎼 Opera Orlando presents Carmen LIVE!

Don’t miss Bizet’s fiery masterwork Carmen in the Walt Disney Theater at Dr. Phillips Center - an original production set in 1960s Haiti.

Socially distanced seating starts at just $19

One more thing

The Asian Pacific American Coalition and the Social Justice and Advocacy Department are hosting a vigil at UCF tonight for the eight victims of last week's shootings at Atlanta-area spas. The vigil will honor all victims of anti-Asian hate crimes through spoken word and a lantern ceremony and kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at the UCF Reflecting Pond. You can RSVP here

Then on Thursday night, Peer Support Space is hosting a virtual vigil. The community peer-led event will focus on calls-to-action and attendees will get an extensive guide with mental health resources and tips for navigating topics such as "Asian American contributions to society, the model minority myth, unpacking the Asian monolith, and the history of Asian violence". Register here to get the Zoom link.

Got an event or idea for how to support our Asian American and Pacific Islander community here in Orlando? Send me an email at katie@pulp.town with information and I'll share it back with our readers.

I'll see you back here tomorrow!

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown

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