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Plus, the Orlando Bike Coalition needs your help and Beetlejuice returns to Universal.
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💰 Here's a local GoFundMe you can get behind 

Plus, the Orlando Bike Coalition needs your help and Beetlejuice returns to Universal.

Hello and welcome to Tuesday, y’all. 

It’s shaping up to be a beautiful week ahead, with highs in the mid-70s to low-80s and lows hovering around 60 degrees. There’s currently no rain in the forecast and the pollen count is 11 out of 12. 🙀 You could say spring has sprung, even though we’re a good week-and-a-half away from the actual start date. 

For today's news round-up, we have an update on COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, news from Orlando's bike advocacy group, big news from Universal Orlando, a grant for small restaurants, and a GoFundMe to learn more about. Plus, a game of I Spy for our Pulptown+ members. Let's get after it, shall we?

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What Orlando is talking about 

💉  Florida residents age 60 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday, March 15. Gov. Ron DeSantis made the announcement yesterday during a news conference in Tallahassee. (WESH)

🚲 March is Florida Bike Month y’all, and the Orlando Bike Coalition is hard at work advocating for all Orlando cyclists. The advocacy group is also on the hunt for board members to join its growing team. It’s specifically looking for candidates with a passion for advocacy and manifesting a safe cycling environment throughout Orlando. Is that you? Check out the application here and reach out to info@orlandobikes.org with any additional questions. (Orlando Bike Coalition

🗳 It's a big day for Winter Garden, Ocoee, Windermere, and especially Winter Park. All four Orange County municipalities are heading to the polls today to vote on city officials: a mayoral position in Winter Park, city commissioner seats in Winter Garden, the District 2 and District 4 commissioner seats in Ocoee, and three seats on the Windermere Town Council. (Orlando Sentinel)

🎟 In “big” news on Friday, Universal Orlando announced that it will bring its Beetlejuice show back to Halloween Horror Nights this year. In case you missed it, yes, Halloween Horror Nights is back on and will celebrate its 30th anniversary from Sept. 3 to Oct. 31. Beetlejuice was the first big “haunt” announced and is so far the only one known. (Orlando Weekly

💰 Today’s the last day for small historic restaurants to apply for a $1 million grant from Main Street America’s new grant program. The process is open to any small restaurants across the country that’ve been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and have at least 25 years’ worth of history within a community. Restaurants owned and operated by minority groups will be given special consideration and applications are due here by midnight tonight. (Bungalower

🙏 Local food blogger Ricky Ly has launched a GoFundMe to raise money for snacks and food for frontline workers administering vaccines at the Orange County Convention Center. As of writing, he has raised $1,100 of his $2,000 goal. With Ly’s help, Tien Hung Market / Banh Mi Boy’s Benjamin Phan delivered over 200 Vietnamese Spring Rolls and gallons of Vietnamese coffee to the convention center workers last week. (Tasty Chomps)

👀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 Lucerne and the Swiss Alps (Online)

🎡 Head to the Central Florida Fairgrounds for some corndogs, funnel cakes, and Ferris wheels through Sunday (West Colonial)

🍿 Watch "Raya and the Last Dragon" on the big screens at Disney Springs through March 31 (Disney)

🍀 Watch stories of Central Floridians from around the world, followed by a conversation with storytellers and filmmakers (Online)

Tomorrow

🇭🇺 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)

Thursday

🍿 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 (SoDo/Online)

🎶 Don't miss the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra's presentation of "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)

🎶 Head to Winter Park's Central Park for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra's presentation of "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

Yesterday, I celebrated International Women’s Day by supporting one of my favorite women-owned businesses here in Orlando: Tako Cheena. It’s the cod taco and vegetarian empanada for me, y’all. DANG. Snaps to Pom for keeping me well-fed in my 15 years here in Orlando. (You can get to know Pom by watching our sit-down interview with her filmed circa 2019.) 

I needed the tacos because, well, I over-consumed at another woman-owned biz on Sunday: shouts-out to Ashley Dishman for keeping me in good “spirits” courtesy of the notable Army-Navy or the tasty marg from The Guesthouse

And speaking of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, if you subscribe to the 15 Minutes in Pulptown podcast, you’re in for a treat this week because I shared five more Orlando women that I think you ought to follow. Don’t worry,  you don’t have to go searching for it: It’s right here for your listening pleasure. 😉

‘Til tomorrow, fine folks. 

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown

P.S. Fun fact before you go: Altamonte Springs native Anfernee Simons won the slam dunk contest at the NBA's annual All-Star game on Sunday. Simons is a guard for the Portland Trailblazers and an Edgewater High School graduate. #themoreyouknow

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