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Plus, a very Orlando proposal, who's getting fresh ink, and daylight saving time is back.
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Promotion from Central Florida Vocal Arts

🎤 Calling all aspiring singers, dancers & actors!

Spring Institute is a week-long performing arts training program with an emphasis on vocal performance, presented by TWO awesome arts orgs!

Starts Monday (this is perfect for spring break)

🐰 This local treefrog is looking for its 15 minutes of fame

Plus, a very Orlando proposal, who's getting fresh ink, and daylight saving time is back.

It’s Friday, y’all. 

And in the spirit of a feel-good one, let’s kick it off with this story of an Oviedo man who has been helping strangers pay their utility bills through the pandemic. Alain Rahbari has been looking out for folks for a long time now — six years ago he launched Oviedo Helping Hand, where he used his woodworking skills to restore old furniture. Back then he donated all of his proceeds toward helping people keep their water running and lights on.

Before the pandemic, Rahbari used to contribute $200 a month for his kind cause; now he’s paying upwards of $5,000 to $6,000 a month. And he’s accepting donations  — send him a message at oviedohelpinghands@yahoo.com or follow him on Facebook

In keeping with the theme, let’s talk about this feel-good proposal down below, shall we?

Pulptown reader Michael Fleming proposed to his now fiancé, Sara, with a prop of a fake pint of Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream. AND at Leu Gardens. Can’t get much more Orlando than that. How sweet, right? (📸: @flemingm524) | 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

Okay, so I hate to be the bearer of bad news but it’s that unfortunate time of year when you lose an hour of shut-eye and your clocks — both internal and external — require some readjusting. Daylight saving time has reared its ugly head yet again, and come 2 a.m. Sunday morning, we’ll all be springing ahead for archaic, no-longer-useful reasons.

Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott are leading the charge on reintroducing The Sunshine Protection Act, a bipartisan bill that would make daylight saving time permanent. Scott actually signed it into law back in 2018 when he was Florida’s governor but it never passed in Congress,  and until it does, we’ll stay on the same seasonal schedule as the rest of the country.

The findings of which time schedule is best are conflicting. Some scientists vouch for sticking to standard time year-round because it’s better for your circadian rhythm and sleep schedules which is, in turn, better for your health. Most farmers agree with scientists because waking up an hour earlier to work is for the birds.

What about you? Do you have a strong opinion on the matter? I'd love to hear it. Just shoot me an email, hello@pulp.town, subject line: Daylight Saving Time is/isn't whack and maybe you'll see your response in a future newsletter.

In other news… 

🗣 Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings held nothing back in his rebuttal to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ order yesterday that cancels any fines the county or state has imposed on businesses that violated COVID-19 restrictions. He went so far as to say “it can even be debated that the governor’s inaction to enforce health and safety guidelines likely contributed to the spread of the virus in our state.” (Orlando Sentinel

🎨 Howard Middle School is currently getting some fresh ink from four local artists. The school’s new murals are part of its plan to turn the outside recreational area into an “outdoor classroom”. (Bungalower

  • Related: The Aviro Foundation unveiled its new mural yesterday in the CityArts Courtyard slash alleyway. The piece, titled “Land of Merchants,” was created by artist Jonathan Stemberger and nods to Orlando’s growing art scene. (Bungalower
  • Editor’s note: Each of these art projects is possible thanks to the Downtown Arts District and its partnerships with Thornton Park Main Street and the Downtown Orlando Partnership. 

🐸 An Orlando treefrog named Betty is in the running to be this year’s Cadbury bunny. Betty is actually an Australian White’s Treefrog and is currently up against a Great Dane, a mini horse, a goat, and other animals for the title. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17. (WKMG)

ImmerseFest is back on for 2021. The annual art and culture spectacular is set for Oct. 15 - 17 and promises the same epic performances, immersive art, and creative activations from years past. Tickets are NOT on sale yet, but be sure to save the date. (Immerse Fest

👡 Netflix’s new comedy series “Go Off” is already gaining fans for its “Far From Florida” sketch. It’s a two-minute rollercoaster of local eccentricities, and you’ll never hear the pronunciation of “purpose” and Publix the same way again once Jessica Marie Garcia and Julissa Calderon are done, well, going off. You can get a glimpse of the madness on Instagram and watch the whole thing here. 👀 (“Go Off” via YouTube)

Promotion from Orange County Regional History Center

📝 Local to know: Mabel Norris Reese

Mabel Norris Reese is a pioneer.

She was a journalist who opposed segregation and exposed corruption in Central Florida in the pages of her newspaper, the Mount Dora Topic.

“Sometimes, as journalists well know, a writer can spend her whole career telling truth to power, and power can win,” Lake County columnist Lauren Ritchie wrote in 2018, detailing how anti-civil rights forces in the 1950s wanted Reese and her newspaper out of Lake County. It took decades, but in the end Reese’s work and her values prevailed.

Hear more about Reese on Thursday, March 18, during the History Center’s second annual Women’s History Month Celebration.

Buy your ticket for this digital event

📅 Let us plan your weekend

Every Friday, our Pulptown+ members are getting a weekend guide specially curated by us! 

This week's curated itinerary includes a worthwhile trip to Okahumpka (yes, it's more than just a rest stop!), two performances that'll leave you wondering if the storylines were written about you, and a surefire event for making your weekend the funniest in town.

Get in on the fun by becoming a Pulptown+ member today.

Today

☮️ 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)

🗣 Join Sen. Lori Wilson to talk about the importance of the Equal Rights Amendment (Online)

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

Tomorrow

🥕 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)

🍻 Go on a socially-distanced pub crawl of your favorite bars, restaurants, and small biz in the area (Mills 50)

🍝 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)

🎶 Don't miss the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presenting "John Williams: Big Screen Blockbusters" (Calvary Orlando (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)

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

Monday

🗣 Tune into this virtual panel to hear from local elected officials about important women in history and the work that lies ahead (Online)

☮️ Close out your Monday with a yoga practice on the dock near the water (Lake Nona)

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

Tuesday

🇭🇺 Fly clear across the map for a virtual tour of Budapest (Online)

🇮🇱 See what's waiting for you in Israel via this guided virtual tour (Online)

🎯 Play bingo, win prizes and drink beer at Persimmon Hollow (Lake Eola)

Wednesday

☮️ Take a yoga class in the garden at Mead Botanical Garden (Winter Park)

☘️ Enjoy a hearty St. Paddy's Day meal of bangers and mash and shepherd's pie followed by lots of Irish beer at Orlando Brewing (SODO)

Thursday

🌸 Design your own spring floral arrangement via Facebook Live at In Bloom Florist's Spring Virtual Design Class (Online/SoDo)

🎶 Jam out to Jordan Foley and the Wheelhouse at this week's outdoor concert at The Plaza Live (Milk District)

🇨🇳 Travel the world and take a virtual tour of the Great Wall of China (Online)

🗣 Learn about the Central Florida woman journalist who took on the KKK in a segregated Florida (Online)

📚 Grab the kids and tune in as Orlando firefighters read bedtime stories on Facebook (Online)

One more thing

If you still can't make up your mind regarding weekend plans, maybe take a road trip to Tampa for this curated itinerary by our friends over at Tasty Chomps. And if you're staying local, don't forget to check out the community yard sale going down in Colonialtown or the annual spring plant sale happening at Leu Gardens.  

I'll see you again in your inboxes on Tuesday if I don’t see you in your earbuds come Monday when the latest episode of the 15 Minutes in Pulptown podcast drops. 😉

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown

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