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⛲️ Lake Eola Park's $85,000 question

Plus, wanna make a love connection for your friend?

Aaaaaaand we’re back. 

Y’all, I’ve got a lot of news for you on this fine Tuesday. Luckily for you, I already scoured the entire internet for all the latest Orlando news so you don’t have to. Today we’ve got dispatches from our arts and culture scene, what’s going on with Lake Eola, the latest (and possibly greatest) in beloved-bar-gets-guest-kitchen updates, and an update on our upcoming dating game show. 

So, let’s get to it, shall we? 

Today’s newsletter is an easy, breezy four minutes and 44 seconds read.

Show us your best side, Tuesday. 📸: @kat.bombshellbeautician | 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 

⛲️ In an Orlando Sentinel op-ed, former Orlando mayors Glenda Hood and Bill Frederick agree that expanding Lake Eola Park is the right move for the city. And by “expanding”, what they really mean is “make greener”. That’s the intent of the Orlando Land Trust, namely, to acquire the space at the southwest corner of Lake Eola and create a gateway into the park, preserving it from further high-rise developments. The trust is currently $85,000 away from reaching its goal of $3.25 million to make it happen. (Orlando Sentinel

🗣 The City of Orlando is celebrating Black History Month by hosting a variety of virtual events, including tonight’s webinar with Hebni Nutrition. Tune in at 7 p.m. tonight to hear from Hebni founders and licensed dietitians Roniece Weaver and Fabiola Gaines as they talk about keeping cultural identity alive while cooking healthy dishes. They’ll also be demo-ing how to make their golden glazed chicken. (City of Orlando

🍔 Will’s Pub just debuted a food menu courtesy of Swine and Sons. The new in-house kitchen is serving up some good ol’ southern favorites like boiled peanuts, pulled pork sandwiches, and smoked burgers. You can get your good eatin’ on at Will’s Thursdays through Sunday from 4 to 10 p.m. (Orlando Weekly

🖼 Wall Crawl, the stunning photo op warehouse in Parramore, is spotlighting local Black artists this month. Sabrina Dessalines, a 22-year-old fine artist and recent UCF grad, created a “wall” for Wall Crawl that highlights women in Orlando who are making history here and now, including Danielle Hodge, founder of Alma Ocean, Akenyae Jones, founder of Yae’s Kitchen, Trenessa Williams, founder of Kizzy’s Books and More, and Krystina Francois, co-founder of The Black Collective. (Wall Crawl on Instagram

In COVID-19 news… 

💉 Seventeen Walmarts and Sam’s Clubs in Orange County will begin offering COVID-19 vaccines this month. The goal will be to vaccinate up to 300 people per day at each site, effectively vaccinating 5,100 people countywide in a day at these big-box stores alone. (Orlando Sentinel

😷 Florida should receive an additional 325,000 COVID-19 vaccines this week according to Gov. Ron DeSantis. DeSantis also announced an expansion of the program to vaccinate homebound seniors and his goals of reaching underserved communities and vaccinating 200 seniors a day, seven days a week. (Orlando Sentinel

💉 Seminole County is receiving more than double the doses in vaccines this week after the state previously miscalculated its numbers. The county will now get 3,900 doses per week moving forward as compared to its original 1,900.  (ClickOrlando)

Let’s hang out (virtually) 

🎨: @haleydrewthis for Pulptown

Get excited y’all — we’re bringing back our Modern Love: Pitch Your Friend event! Arguably our most successful event pre-pandemic, it was also the most fun and I’m stoked it’s finally making a comeback. I’ve only been sitting on it for a whole year already. 🙃

Anyway, it’s going virtual this year because, well, it’s the responsible thing to do.

The premise of the event is essentially a dating game, where participants will spend five minutes convincing the crowd why their friend is the ultimate catch. We’ll then let the crowd ask questions before possibly making a love connection at the end. And even if you don’t walk away in a relationship, the biggest prize is walking away knowing how much you’re loved by your homie. 

If you’re keen on pitching your friend, head here to fill out the quick questionnaire. And if you want to be in the audience, register here

You have our guarantee that it'll be a night full of fun, self-love, and laughs. Don't be shy!

Members make our 💘 sing

Pulptown+ members are the Mickey to our Minnie, the Ashlyn to our Ali, the John Morgan to our $15 minimum wage increase… you get the idea. This week we’re saying thank you with a list of 5 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2021 — just for members.

Ready to take things to the next level? Here’s where to join the Pulptown+ squad and start receiving special stuff from us each and every week. 

Things to do

Submit your events to our calendar.

Today

💘 Celebrate the month of love at ICON Park through March 1 (I-Drive)

🍿 Support the Enzian and stream "Atlantis" to your living room through Feb. 11 (Online)

Tomorrow

🧗 Go climbing at Blue Swan Boulders — buy one day pass, get the second for $5 daily (Downtown)

🎟 Go down the rabbit hole at this theatrical take of Alice in Wonderland now through March 22 (Winter Park)

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

🖼 Hey mamas, take the kiddos on a stroller tour of the exhibits at Orlando Museum of Art every other Wednesday (Loch Haven Park)

Thursday

🎶 Jam out to Kaliegh Baker and the Someday Honey band outdoors at Plaza Live (Milk District)

🛍 Shop local makers at this outdoor pop-up market weekly (Thornton Park)

🗣 Let's talk about social media censorship and what it really means (Live and FBLive Event)

Friday

🤖 Experience Otronicon and learn more about STEM with onsite and virtual experiences, including exhibitors, speakers, and workshops through Monday (Orlando Science Center)

🖥️ Connect with STEM experts and tech pros virtually to explore how science and technology can help you make your world a better place through Monday (Online)

🧗 Rock climb with a friend — buy a one-day pass and get the second for $5 (Downtown)

🎵 Award-winning jazz pianist, composer and accordionist Ben Rosenblum will perform twice in one evening (Orlando)

Saturday

💘 Shop the Valentine's Day Pop-Up at Paper Goat Post featuring local businesses and fresh flowers, sweet treats, art, and gifts (Ivanhoe)

🛍 Celebrate Galentine's Day with an outdoor brunch and some local thrifting (Milk District)

🎉 Celebrate Black History Month with a two-day festival filled with food, fun, a run, and important dialogue in Hannibal Square (Winter Park)

🎟 Grab tickets to the Monster Energy Supercross event happening at Camping World Stadium (West Oaks)

Sunday

💘 Make it a candlelit dinner for two but leave the planning up to The Dinner Party Project (The Milk District)

💝 Head to the brewery for a V-Day Date Night and the can release of their Valentine's special brew, I Choose Me (Ivanhoe)

🐕 Treat your favorite four-legged friend to a dog day afternoon at the brewery (Ivanhoe)

One more thing

It's my mission to always leave you better than I found you, so here's a story of a local 13-year-old child prodigy and violinist that is sure to inspire.

Make it a good day, whydontya?

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown

P.S. Have you listened to the latest episode of ”15 Minutes in Pulptown”? We talked big tech, Valentacos, Otronicon, and why you should be following @qreateorlando, @oldlando, @eatchickenfire, @streetwiseorlando, @planted_culture, and @gatorland_orlando.