🍅 Here's where you can eat (and shop) vegan all month long
Plus, Happy Pom Pom’s Day, Orlando!
Hey, hi, hello Orlando.
Looks like we’re in for a real treat today with lots of sunshine and highs in the low 70s along with lows around 52. All in all, a beautiful January day across Central Florida.
If any of you reading this are planning to spend the day outside, please reply to this email and make me jealous with photos of your outdoor activities. And if you’re like me — a slave to your computer in the daylight hours — feel free to respond and dream alongside me about where you’d like to be writing to me from.
Personally, I’d settle for inserting myself in this pic of Indialantic Beach right about now, preferably while covered in a blanket. 😜
Josh Calcanis reminds us that vitamin sea is only a short drive away and can (and should) be easily added to your daily vitamin consumption — just enjoy responsibly. | Wanna see your photo here? Tag @pulptown to be featured in our IG of the day. (📸: @joshcalcanis)
What Orlando is talking about
This is your friendly reminder that you can eat and shop vegan all month in the Milk District. As part of the national Veganuary campaign, the Milk District has dubbed itself the Almond Milk District and is offering specials on vegan-friendly food and products through Jan. 30. (The Milk District)
And speaking of the Milk District, today has officially been declared as Pom Pom’s Day by the City of Orlando. The longtime local favorite sandwich joint is celebrating 15 years in our community with deals and discounts through the end of the week. (Orlando Weekly)
Four Orlando City Soccer players have been selected to train with the United States men’s national team. Forward Chris Mueller made the 12-player roster for the camp, while forwards Daryl Dike and Benji Michel and midfielder Andrés Perea were three of the 26 players named to the U-23 roster. Training begins on Friday. (Orlando Sentinel)
Has Lady Luck been on your side? Even if you didn’t win last night’s Mega Millions (did you even play? Me neither.), but tonight’s Powerball is still up for grabs and there's more than $410 million at stake. (ClickOrlando)
The Orange County Sheriff's Department says it will now release video footage involved in police shootings (and other “critical incidents”) within 30 days of their occurrence. The change was initiated after the August shooting death of Salaythis Melvin by an Orange County deputy outside of the Florida Mall. Melvin was unarmed and not the suspect law enforcement officials had been pursuing. The deputy responsible did not have his body cam turned on at the time. Melvin’s death prompted weeks of protests and demonstrations at the mall. (ClickOrlando)
In COVID-19 news...
Some Publix pharmacies in Florida will begin carrying and administering the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday. The pilot program starts with Marion, Hernando, and Citrus counties but if things go smoothly Gov. DeSantis said it could expand to other parts of the state. (ClickOrlando)
Seminole County is one of many counties across the state using Eventbrite to book its COVID-19 vaccine appointments, and reporters from national publications such as Vox and Vice say it’s a bit of a crapshoot. The national ticketing platform partnered with several Florida health departments after their internal phone lines and websites couldn’t handle the traffic. (Vox, Vice)
Florida reported 15,431 new positive COVID-19 cases yesterday and 98 newly recorded fatalities. The state averages that one in 15 people have been infected, paralleling the national numbers of one in 16. Worldwide, that number is one in 91. Florida’s latest positivity rate including retests is 14.33 percent. (Remember when 5 percent and under was a thing?) (Orlando Sentinel)
Orange County received an additional 19,500 doses of the Pfizer vaccine yesterday. Local health officials and government officials are now working on a dissemination plan. (ClickOrlando)
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Things to do
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☮️ Get your yoga practice in and a run around the neighborhood before enjoying a beer from Ivanhoe Park Brewing (Ivanhoe)
🎟 Pull up a virtual or socially distanced seat for this year's Orlando Fringe Winter Mini-Fest through Jan. 14 (Loch Haven Park/Online)
🗣 Join the Eatonville Chamber of Commerce and representatives from AdventHealth for a discussion about the COVID-19 vaccine (Online)
🙀 Go on a chilling ghost tour and learn tons of history about years past (Winter Park)
🎟 Celebrate Orlando Fringe at its mini winter fest through Sunday (Loch Haven Park)
🏒 Cheer on the Solar Bears to a win over the Florida Everblades at Amway (Parramore)
☮️ Try this laughter yoga class that apparently involves no yoga after all but guarantees a smile Fridays (Online)
🛶 Take a paddleboard tour of "Millionaire Island" through Howell Creek and on to Dog Island (Maitland)
🎶 Jam to Eugene Snowden at this family-friendly outdoor concert at the amphitheater every Saturday (Apopka)
🍿 Watch "The Croods 2" on the big screen at Lakefront Park (St. Cloud)
🎶 See the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presents: Yuja Wang Plays Strauss outdoors at Orlando City Stadium (Parramore)
🐈 Strike cat pose with literal cats at Orlando Cat Cafe but grab your tickets fast — classes fill up quickly (Clermont)
🎟 Take the fam for an art-filled free family day at the Mennello Museum (Loch Haven Park)
🎉 Celebrate Three Kings Day with a drive-through parade, free toys and giveaways (Kissimmee)
🛶 Paddle Lake Minneola with your furry friend (or not) then enjoy a dog-friendly brunch at Lilly's on the Lake (Clermont)
🛍 Shop this outdoor artisans market at Henry's Depot (Sanford)
🎟️ Pull up a virtual or socially distanced seat for this year's Orlando Fringe Winter Mini-Fest through Jan. 14 (Loch Haven Park/Online)
🌽 Shop local produce, artisans, and makers at the Audubon Community Market (Audubon Park)
One more thing …
In addition to our suggested events for the week above, this roundup by Orlando Date Night Guide of things to do in January is a real keeper.
‘Til tomorrow, friends,
– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown
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