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Plus, it's a seller's market, new vaccine sites, and the return of the Central Florida Fair.
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💙 Why Orlando has the blues

Plus, it's a seller's market, new vaccine sites, and the return of the Central Florida Fair.

How about this weather, Orlando?

I know, I know, some of you like it blazin’ hot, but today’s high of 75 is what my dreams are made of. Hubba hubba.

And speaking of dreams… It's a dream of mine to hear from you on who should make a guest appearance on the 15 Minutes in Pulptown podcast. I’d also love your recommendations for Instagram accounts or Facebook groups Pulptown readers should be following. 

Do me a favor and send me an email, subject line: For the podcast. Oh, and give this week’s episode a listen while you’re at it, why don’t ya? 

Once you’ve done that, read on for today’s news…

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What Orlando is talking about 

💙 If you’re wondering why so many local landmarks are lit up blue this week, the reason is COVID-19. AdventHealth launched its “Hope Shines On” campaign earlier in the week and has lit its facilities blue nightly to honor the lives lost to the pandemic. The fountain at Lake Eola, the Dr. Phillips Center, and the Amway Center are all also feeling the blues. (The Apopka Voice

💉 FEMA-run no-appointment-necessary COVID-19 vaccine sites opened on Wednesday across Florida and apparently, it was smooth sailing at the Valencia College West vaccination site (just remember to fill out this mandated form if you're under 65 with health conditions that make you extremely vulnerable). That site is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the time being. There are also a few mobile offsites set up — one at Englewood Neighborhood Center in East Orlando and another at the St. Cloud Civic Center — that are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. now through Sunday when they’ll move locations. (News 13, Orlando Sentinel)

🏡 It’s a seller’s market, y’all. Real estate in Central Florida is hot right now, and where there used to be a healthy surplus of 10,000 homes on the market, there are now only 4,200. This means first-time buyers are having a hard time securing a home due to stiff competition, but also, this puts a demand on the rental market in turn driving up prices for both renters and buyers. And as we all know, the rent is too damn high. (WFTV

🏞 Florida State Parks could soon get their own special license plate, possibly producing $1 billion to be used for much-needed renovations like nature restoration, boardwalk repairs, and ADA-accessible playgrounds. The bill was advanced by the House Tourism, Infrastructure and Energy Subcommittee on Wednesday, but it still has a ways to go. If signed into law, it would go into effect on Oct. 1. (Florida Politics

🎡 The annual Central Florida Fair kicks off today at the fairgrounds. In its 109th year, the 10-day fair, which operates as a nonprofit, is really counting on turnout to keep it going through the pandemic and is taking precautions to keep everyone safe and socially-distanced. Tickets start at $12 at the gate but are $4 and $6 cheaper when bought in advance online, (Orlando Sentinel

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Today

🗣 Check out this virtual panel regarding the state of empowerment and growth of Black entrepreneurs in the community (Online)

⛳️ Head to Bay Hill for the annual Arnold Palmer Invitational now through Sunday (Bay Hill)

🖼 Visit Orlando Museum of Art for its 1st Thursdays event themed around Women's History Month (Loch Haven Park)

🎶 Grab your tickets to hear Cat Ridgeway and the Tourists perform at this week's outdoor concert at Plaza Live (The Milk District)

🎶 Support local musicians and grab a tasty lunch at the Live & Local Lunch Series at Dr. Phillips Center Daily (Downtown)

Tomorrow

🛥️ Make your way to the Orange County Convention Center for the annual Orlando Boat Show now through Sunday (I-Drive)

📝 Hear from local women journalists about their career and their thoughts on the future of journalism (Online)

🎡 Head to the fairgrounds for the annual Central Florida Fair now through March 14 (West Colonial)

⚽️ Watch this speed art competition by local creators to celebrate Orlando City unveiling its newest jersey (Downtown)

🚀 Go on a spacewalk of the International Space Station (Online)

🍿 Grab your seats for the outdoor viewing of "National Lampoon's Animal House" on the lawn of the Dr. Phillips Center (Downtown)

Saturday

☮️ Practice yoga in the garden at Mead Botanical Garden every Saturday (Winter Park)

🍞 Pick up food from the drive-through food drive by the Salvation Army every Tuesday (West Colonial)

🌱 Shop for native plants at this pop-up plant sale (Sanford)

🌽 Stock up on produce and shop local vendors at the farmers market (Lake Nona)

📚 Join the Zora! Book Club and discuss Zora Neale Hurston's book, "Mules and Men" (Online)

🍻 Venture out for a craft beer and history tour (Sanford)

Sunday

🗣 Take a deep dive into the Hispanic heritage of Central Florida (Online)

☮️ Take a yoga class in the sculpture garden at the Mennello (Loch Haven Park)

🍷 Mosey over to Quantum Leap for Love Fest and support local makers while getting your eating and wine-drinking on (Mills 50)

🎶 JUMP! over to Henry's Depot for a performance by the #1 Van Halen tribute band (Sanford)

Monday

🗣 Spend the evening learning about the first Black woman pilot, Bessie Coleman, and her ties to Central Florida (Online)

🗣 Head to The Heavy for an outdoor hang filled with girl talk and plants, lots of plants (Winter Park)

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

🎟 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)

One more thing

In case you’re feeling beat down today and need reinforcements that dreams do come true, here’s a story of a Florida man who used the numbers from his fortune cookie to play the lottery… and wound up winning $500,000. Ernesto Sorzano’s go-to meal of fried rice and shrimp from his favorite Chinese restaurant now has him building a getaway cabin in North Carolina. 

Somebody pinch me — it’s a chicken fried rice life for me from here on out. 

‘Til tomorrow, friends.

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown

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