What Orlando is talking about
I was perusing the neighborhood Facebook page when I stumbled upon a post by Timber Creek High School student Christopher Lê. He’s the president of “Helping the Homeless,” a club of students at Timber Creek who help community members experiencing houselessness by providing them with lunches and supplies as well as measuring their blood pressure.
Christopher shared that the club is currently on the hunt for wood pallets to build community gardens. They’re specifically in need of donations of seeds or plants — tomatoes, lettuce, green onions, etc — in addition to wood pallets and yards to build said gardens. I’d be happy to put you in touch with Christopher if you can offer any help. Just reply to this email.
In other news…
🎨 The kids are alright. While Timber Creek students are out feeding our impoverished neighbors, Timber Springs middle schoolers are painting their halls with murals promoting inclusivity. (WKMG)
- Quotable: “On the mural for the background we have a bunch of different colors and I think it shows right that if we just had one color, it would be very simple, plain. It wouldn’t be as exciting to look at. So having all of these different colors is what makes this a community. Everyone is different and coming together to make this school,” student Karina Ferreria said.
⚽️ Let’s hear it for the girls. Four Orlando Pride players just made SportsPro’s annual list of the 50 Most Marketable Athletes in the world. Ashlyn Harris, Ali Kreiger, and Alex Morgan broke the top 10 at No. 3, 7, and 10 respectively and Sydney Leroux came in at No. 45. This makes the Pride the most marketable sports organization in the world. (Orlando City SC)
🏈 The University of Central Florida is one of four college football programs being considered for the Big 12. The school's large fanbase and size make it rather attractive to the Big 12 commissioners — UCF has almost 72,000 students, is the largest university by enrollment in Florida, and is one of the largest universities in the nation. And as the Orlando Sentinel noted, the city itself is home to the largest TV market in the country that does not have an NFL team in its area. (Orlando Sentinel)
🙏 COVID-19 is responsible for a lot of deserving terrible headlines, but this one made me smile. Check out this story about how the pandemic forced performers to rethink their creativity and go from stage shows on cruise ships to finding similar energy and passion in creating gourmet grazing boards. (Orlando Sentinel)
🎬 The Global Peace Film Festival is heading back to Orlando this year and will return to in-person programming. The fest showcases films about human and civil rights, environmental justice, immigration, social justice, and more. It’ll kick off on the International Day of Peace on Tuesday, Sept. 21, and run through Sept. 26. You can stream the event starting Sept. 27. (Bungalower)
😻 This is a story of a little black kitten who just wouldn’t quit. Louisa was surrendered to the Orange County Animal Shelter one day after her back legs stopped working out of nowhere. She was then fostered through Liberation Cat House and the story of this sweet girl will get you all in your feels on this Feel-Good Friday. Pretty sure she’s still up for adoption. 😉 (Liberation Cat House on Instagram)