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😋 Orlando's first community fridge opens its doors

PLUS, here's what our new bar/dog park will look like

Happy Thursday, y’all. 

Although we were very excited to share our extra comprehensive 2020 Orlando Gift Guide with you in Tuesday’s newsletter (please forgive the shameless plug), we also asked you to write in and tell us something good that’s happened to you this year. Yesterday, we shared with you that Lara B. and her friends were foregoing a present exchange this year and adopting six families for Christmas instead. Today, we’ve got this cute pic of Jeff S.’ kid who learned to make pancakes during the pandemic and now it’s a Sunday ritual for them 😍 — we love to see it folks!

How about you? Have a story to share? We wanna hear it. Send us an email, hello@pulp.town, subject line: My 2020 Feel-Good Story and we’ll share it back in a special newsletter next week.  

Can you really top this sweetness? | Wanna see your photo here? Tag @pulptown to be featured in our IG of the day. (📸:: Jeff S.)

What Orlando is talking about  

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody joined 47 other attorneys general in a lawsuit against Facebook yesterday. The federal suit alleges that the social media giant illegally tried to shut out competition with its acquisition of WhatsApp and Instagram. The legal action is looking to divest those subsidiaries from their parent company, but it could prove hard to do. (Orlando Sentinel)

In case you missed it, Orlando has a community fridge. 22-year-old UCF college student Sashauna McKain, and Vonika Colas, a 24-year-old local artist, debuted the Everybody Eats community fridge at East End Market in October. Their goal is to help the many Orlandoans facing food insecurity, which is why they’re always accepting your donations. Pro-tip: All donated goods must be packaged, sealed, and have a clear expiration date. Thanks for the heads up, Brendan! (Orlando Sentinel

Are you a long-term relationship kind of person? Or perhaps keen on saving the environment? If you answered YES to either, then you should order a FREE Bald Cypress or Live Oak tree for your yard — the City of Orlando will even deliver it to your front door. All you have to do is head here, enter your address, pick your home, which tree you want, drag the green dot where you want it planted, and voila: The tree is yours. (City of Orlando)

Renderings of the proposed new bar/dog park coming to Ivanhoe Village were shared this week. BarkHaven plans to be up and running by mid-next year in the warehouse area behind Santiago’s on Brookhaven Avenue. You can look forward to a fenced-in area for your pup to play in, a fire pit for conversations with your human friends, and alcoholic beverages to liven up the proceedings. (Bungalower

A picture perfect pop-up photo crawl is coming to Curry Ford West for the holidays. There are five outdoor photo op stops on a “holiday map” and the themes range from a cosmic Christmas to a Hawaiian one. The “scenes” will be up Saturday through Dec. 27 and you’re encouraged to stop by any time to grab some holiday/IG-worthy pics. (Instagram

In COVID-19 news… 

Orlando International Airport is getting a COVID-19 rapid testing site before the holidays. The hope is to test both airline workers and travelers as well as protect our Central Florida community as a whole. The program is in partnership with AdventHealth. (ClickOrlando)  

Orange County handed out its first two fines to businesses for not adhering to COVID-19 protocols this week. Both Universal Hyundai and Hong Fu (a restaurant and bar) will have to cough up $300 or contest the charge in court. (WESH

👋 Who's behind Pulptown?

We have an extremely lean, scrappy team that’s always wrestling with that key, startuppy question: How do we make you the best dang Pulptown we can, while making sure we don’t a) spread ourselves too thin, b) burn out, or c) step back from that all-important goal of growing Pulptown not just as a great community but as a sustainable business? The truth is, it's hard.

And that brings us to this favor we want to ask of you: If you dig what we do for you and your city but haven’t joined us as a supporting member yet, would you consider supporting us financially? It’s basically the cost of one order of guac from Black Rooster Taqueria once a month. 😋

It’s a difficult time to spend money; we get that. But if you can invest $8/month to support our work, we promise to keep delivering the goods, doing things differently and being a voice you can trust, especially in moments like this one.

Things to do

Submit your events to our calendar.

Today

🎄 Be charmed by the all-female holiday ensemble of Belles & Bows as they sing classic carols to contemporary tunes in the courtyard also performing Saturday (College Park)

🎄 "Immerse" yourself in the "Dazzling Lights" holiday light show at Leu Gardens now through Jan. 2 (Audubon Park)

🍓 Head to Southern Hill Farms to pick fresh strawberries for your morning smoothies and homemade jam (Clermont)

🚂 Donate toys to the kids this season, courtesy of Rep. Anna Eskamani's toy drive through Dec. 14 (Colonialtown)

Tomorrow

🍿 Venture to Lake Eola for an outdoor viewing of the holiday movie, "The Santa Clause" (Lake Eola Park)

🎄 Celebrate Christmas all month long at the outdoor Jolly Creek Festival through Jan. 2 (Kissimmee)

☮️ Get down to some hip hop while also getting into downward dog for this virtual yoga party/practice (Online)

🎄 Grab your tickets to see "A Fringemas Carol: a live socially-distanced Dickens-inspired theatrical journey" through the park through Sunday (Loch Haven Park)

🎄 Tune in for some holiday-themed musical theatre and contemporary music interlaced with dramatic readings, engaging poetry and heartfelt storytelling (College Park)

Saturday

🎄 Tackle your Christmas gift list at local boutique, Darling Authority's Holiday Sip + Shop (Longwood)

🔆 Learn to make gorgeous accent pieces for your home and office at this pop-up workshop at Good Crowd (College Park)

♻️ Spend the day doing something good and giving back to your 'hood (Milk District)

🍷 Support local and drink lots of wine on the 12 Wines of Christmas stroll through the neighborhood (Ivanhoe)

☮️ How balanced are you? Enough to do yoga after a couple of mimosas? FK Your Diet hopes so (Edgewood)

☮️ Take a yoga class with cats but act fast — tickets sell out quickly due to small class sizes to maximize social distancing (Downtown)

🛍 Get your holiday shopping done while supporting local at the Hourglass Collective Holiday Market (Hourglass District)

🎻 Rock into the holiday season at the 8th annual free holiday show from Vioelectric, the only string rock band of its kind (Downtown)

🎄 Join the Central Florida Community Choir for their annual holiday concert featuring holiday classics and traditional Christmas hymns (Winter Park)

🎄 Keep that Christmas spirit going with jazzy holiday music and other fun at Season of Sparkle (College Park)

Sunday

🛍 Shop the outdoor vintage market going down at Ace Cafe (Downtown)

🐶 Take your pups to Ivanhoe Park Brewing today for a photo with Santa (Ivanhoe)

One more thing …

We’re throwing you a bone and reminding you of this list of festive and free holiday events happening around Orlando right now assembled by our friends at Orlando Date Night Guide. One highlight (literally) includes where to find the best Christmas lights (though can anything beat 2811 Clemwood Street, really?) and the icing on the proverbial cake is that all 40+ events appear to be outdoors, keeping you at a safe distance from people outside your quaranteam. Now that’s something we can really get behind.

Thanks for hanging on with us 'til the end. Your dedication is appreciated.

Enjoy your fine Thursday, folks. 🙌

P.S. Real talk for a sec: We’d love your feedback on our 15 Minutes in Pulptown podcast. Do you love it? Hate it? Have recommendations? Know someone/something we should highlight? It goes live every Monday at 7 a.m. on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and all the places where you normally listen to your fave podcast. Send us an email telling us what you think, subject line: About that podcast, Katie.

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