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Plus, 7 things to make you smile and 6 things to do this Labor Day weekend (if you're a member)

By Katie Johnston

Hey there, we made it to Friday, and even the smallest of feats deserve to be celebrated. Amirite?

A lot of things have happened this week and while we could get into a few more today, I'm skipping the heavy headlines in favor of focusing on delivering you a newsletter that leaves you feeling good on this fine Friday. Sound like a plan?

For starters, here's your reminder that Halloween Horror Nights kicks off at Universal today. The good news is that Beetlejuice is back. The apprehensive news is that crowds are back too 😬 but hey, if HHN is your thing, you're going to appreciate this post on how to make the absolute most of the event between now and Oct. 31.

Alright, let's ooh and ahh over this capture by Banks Helfrich before diving into news about Timber Creek High School, the Orlando Pride, UCF, and the Global Peace Film Fest.

Fingers crossed that your long weekend looks like this. 📸: @bankshelfrich| 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 

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

📌 Quick reminder

🎨: @pulptown illustration

Today, we’re giving our members a specially curated weekend itinerary. From blind wine tastings to one-of-a-kind foodie popups to drive-in movies, we’re running the gamut on making the most of our City Beautiful.

Wish I’d made an itinerary for you? I’d be happy to. 😉

Now through Monday, Sept. 6, we’re offering new members a 50% discount meaning you can get a Pulptown+ membership for $40 a year, or $4 a month. You’ll get access to exclusive members-only content, unlimited rounds of I Spy and Orlando-themed trivia, plus I’ll always plan your weekend for you. Here’s where to sign up

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Today

🍿Head to the Enzian for "The Lost Leonardo", the inside story behind the Salvator Mundi, the most expensive painting ever sold (Maitland)

🍿Pack a picnic and watch "When Harry Met Sally" on the big screen outdoors at Leu Gardens (Audubon Park)

💎 Grab lunch and a spot in front of your computer and get a close look at the jewelry found within the History Center’s own collection Downtown)

🍿Bring your blankets and pack a snack for "Cats & Dogs 3" in the park (South Eola)

🍿Fright night is back at Ivanhoe Park Brewing — watch "Hocus Pocus" on a pop-up movie screen in the parking lot (Ivanhoe)

🐶 Help clear the shelters — Pet Alliance is offering FREE adoptions for senior pets over the age of seven (Millenia)

🍿Take a road trip back into time at the Silver Moon Drive-In movie theatre every day (Lakeland)

Tomorrow

🍻 Combine craft beer and history on this nighttime walkabout (Sanford)

🖼 Marvel at local artists' work currently on exhibit at FAVO (East Colonial/Lake Highland)

🥂 Grab tickets to this drag show showdown happening at Island Time and Sunday (Thornton Park)

⚽️ Cheer on Orlando City to a win over Columbus Crew (Parramore)

🏰 Gather your fellow Disneyphiles for a magical night of trivia (Altamonte Springs)

Sunday

🛶 Catch a beautiful sunset while you paddle Lake Ivanhoe this Labor Day Weekend (Ivanhoe)

⚽️ Root for the hometown when Orlando Pride takes on the Houston Dash (Parramore)

Monday

🍳 End your LDW with delicious brunch and good tunes at The Aardvark (SoDo)

Thursday

🍿Take a road trip back into time at the Silver Moon Drive-In movie theatre every day (Lakeland)

🍷 Taste seven wines and eat empanadas and enjoy a night of forward-thinking in an old school way at Swirlery (SoDo)

One more thing

Here are seven ideas for making the most of the rest of summer. What would you add? 🎨: Pulptown illustration

Okay, maybe a few more things. For starters, Pulptown reader Nick B. knows what's up. In yesterday's outro, I shared what I was eating, drinking, and listening to while writing the newsletter. And I asked you to tell me the same. Well, Nick responded and said he was preparing for the day while listening to a sunrise set live stream of Robot Heart at Burning Man and now I'm wondering why I haven't logged into Twitch before. 🙃

Before I go, just wanted to give you a head's up that Pulptown will be taking a break from your inboxes on Monday and Tuesday in observation of the long Labor Day weekend. What’s that old adage? Absence makes the heart grow fonder... right? That also means no 15 Minutes in Pulptown podcast again until Monday, Sept. 13.

Alright, that'll do it. Here's hoping you have a safe and relaxing holiday. See you back here bright and early Wednesday morning!

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown

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