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Plus, in news you should care about, Florida manatees are dying at an alarming rate.
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🛍 The new grocery chain coming to Orlando has local foodies excited

Plus, in news you should care about, Florida manatees are dying at an alarming rate.

Happy hump day, everybody. 

Where are my fellow Redditors at? Just curious if any of you were also fooled by Universal’s VelociCoaster advertisement that made the rounds on social media yesterday. 

Apparently, the coaster’s creative director took to Twitter to share his excitement and fooled everyone into thinking that Universal was promoting the long-awaited VelociCoaster via a larger-than-life ad on the infamous I-4 eyesore, otherwise known as the Majesty Building.

I mean, someone should make use of that behemoth of a building, right? 

For today's news round-up, we're talking manatees, the contentious Bright Futures bill, good news from MX Tacos, and the exciting arrival of a new grocery store chain that has people talking. Let's get rolling.

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3 things to know 

💉 The University of Central Florida will begin offering COVID-19 vaccines to its staff starting tomorrow. The university received enough doses of the Pfizer vaccine from the Florida Department of Health to inoculate more than 2,340 workers regardless of age. (WKMG)

🌊 Florida’s manatees are dying at an alarming rate this year. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported that 403 of the beloved sea cows have died statewide since the start of 2021, up 318 from this time last year. In even more alarming news, 168 of said deaths happened in Brevard County. Save the Manatee, a nonprofit that works to protect the vulnerable animal, says harmful algal blooms led to a reduction in seagrass and humans shoulder most of the blame. (Fox 35)

🍎 The controversial bill that would change the eligibility for Florida’s Bright Futures scholarship program has been put on pause. Tuesday’s public hearing was postponed after student opposition mounted on social media and in the discourse. There’s also this online petition that garnered more than 77,000 signatures as of writing. (Miami Herald / Politico)

3 things to get excited about  

🌮 MX Taco made a big announcement yesterday. Ryan Manning, the owner of the Milk District authentic Mexican street food hot spot, unveiled a second menu that covers major dietary restrictions. He says the more inclusive menu offerings have been in the works for a long time. (MX Taco on Facebook

🛍 H Mart, a coveted Korean grocery store chain (and the pioneer of store-bought Asian food stateside) is coming to Orlando. It’s slated to be the first and only Florida location as of now. If you’re not familiar, supporters say it’s a lot like Lotte Plaza Market but on steroids. The good news is it’s coming to the West Colonial area; the okay news is we don’t know when. (Orlando Weekly

🔪 CityArts and the Downtown Arts District announced a new fundraiser yesterday that sounds quite tantalizing. It’s a murder mystery dinner experience that’s going down in the CityArts Courtyard next month. Get your tickets to “Murder on Magnolia” here. 👉 (CityArts)

👀 Guess where 

You might've passed this view while out for a bike ride through Mills 50. (📸: @pulptown)

We're testing our members’ knowledge of the city this week with a good old-fashioned game of I Spy. Do you know where you can find the view above?

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Today

🇭🇺 Go on a virtual tour of the capital and most populous city of Hungary, Budapest (Online)

🎟 Tune in for a virtual performance by the local legendary Victorian horror troupe, Phantasmagoria (Online)

🎶 Watch the legendary Josephine Baker come back to life in this theatrical cabaret about her legacy now through March 28 (Loch Haven Park)

Tomorrow

🍿 Pack a picnic and watch "Back to the Future" on the big screen outdoors (Winter Park)

🍿 Learn about how 𝑆𝑡𝑎𝑟 𝑇𝑟𝑒𝑘 actress Nichelle Nichols pioneered the NASA recruiting program to hire people of color and the space agency’s first female astronauts outdoors at the Dr. Phillips Center’s Frontyard Festival (Downtown)

🎶 Don't miss this week's Front Porch Series at The Plaza Live featuring local rockabilly band, Oak Hill Drifters (Milk District)

🗳️ Get ready to have some civil discourse, Orlando, with Banks Helfrich and the Winter Park Library Symposium (Winter Park)

Friday

☮️ Sign up for this yoga laughter class, heavy on the laughter, light on the yoga (Online)

🛍 Shop local makers outdoor at this night pop-up market happening at Persimmon Hollow (Lake Eola Park)

🎟 Take it back to the early 90s for this rendition of the feel-good musical comedy, "Sister Act" now through Sunday (Sanford)

Saturday

🥕 Buy your local produce and shop local vendors at the weekly farmers market (Winter Park)

🌱 Shop local plants directly from the growers at this plant sale happening at Leu Gardens through Sunday (Audubon Park)

🌱 Mosey over to the Henao Center for an all-day outdoor vegan fest (College Park)

💫 Take a virtual tour of the Northern Lights courtesy of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Planetarium (Online)

🍝 Learn to make fresh pasta and wash it down with a few local brews by Orlando Brewing (SoDo)

🎵 Take a journey from the Southern region of Spain to the New World with Don Soledad on guitar and John Olearchick on piano. (Orlando/Online)

🎶 The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presents "John Williams: Big Screen Blockbusters" (Winter Park))

Sunday

☮️ Prep for the week ahead with an outdoor yoga class in the sculpture garden of the Mennello (Loch Haven Park)

🧘 Join instructor, Taylor Nelms, and get ready to breathe, sweat, stretch, and savasana in this power flow yoga class (Downtown)

🎶 Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presents a free Spring Pops concert in Winter Park's Central Park, entitled "Masters of the Movies" (Winter Park)

Monday

🗣 Celebrate Women's History Month with the kids as they learn about the legendary, first Black female pilot, Bessie Coleman (Online)

One more thing

Word on the street is that the Kissimmee/Osceola Chamber of Commerce is looking to rebrand, and it’s in search of the perfect agency to make it happen. No, you don’t have to be an Osceola County local, although having some knowledge of the bustling area would certainly help your chances. The deadline to apply is on Thursday, April 1 at 4 p.m. Head here for more info on how to throw your hat in the ring. 

I’ll be seeing you again tomorrow, party people.

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown

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