Shuffleboard is for everyone. Mark the first and third Saturday of the month — that’s when locals gather around the courts at the Beardall Senior Center by Lake Lucerne and meet tang-to-tang (aka a shuffle stick) for an all-out shuffleboard frenzy. Find out more about The Orlando Shuffle here. If you live further east, The Sanford Shuffle meets every third Friday of the month, with their next event scheduled for Jan. 18. From youth to college kids to young adults to cool grandparents aiming to put their “biscuit in the kitchen” (aka score), shuffleboard’s a game for all.
B7, I25, N43, G58, O73. In our humble opinion, no one does bingo like the Korndogg Entertainment Group (KEG). They usually set up shop at Waitiki in Downtown Orlando on Sundays, Social House at UCF on Mondays, World of Beer in Dr. Phillips on Tuesdays and at Nona Social Bar and Kitchen in Lake Nona on Wednesdays. They post their schedule daily on their Facebook page, including family-friendly bingo, karaoke nights, trivia, and more.
Knitting is NOT just for grannies. And we know this because everywhere you turn on Facebook, there’s a macrame-making class going down or a “make your own tablescape” party happening. A few of our knitting gang favorites are Macrame Momma, Fiber and Kate Knots. You can usually find them popping up in shops and at maker-events.
Slide into our book club. While our personal book club has become more of an excuse to drink wine with friends, there was a time when we read four books together, so we know it’s possible. Plus, on Meetup.com, NextDoor and in neighborhood Facebook groups, you’ll always find Orlandoans looking for someone to turn the page with.
Get your hands dirty. Plotting gardens isn’t just for Aunt Jean. It’s a surefire way to save money at the grocery store and to know exactly what you’re putting in your tummy. If you’re looking to join the neighborhood garden, then it’s a way to better get to know your neighbors and to help build the community. It’s also a way to ensure that others have access to healthy food because you can share your garden space with the folks at Fleet Farming, a nonprofit that works to take unconventional lawn spaces and convert them into micro gardens.
Almost half of the top 50 venture-backed companies in America in 2011 had at least one foreign-born founder, according to a report on the economic impact of immigrant entrepreneurs. And we know those founders and employees have some great stories to share. That’s why we want you to tell us your favorite businesses or organizations in Orlando that are “Immigrant Powered” — a business or organization that would not exist or succeed without the impact of immigrants. “Immigrant Powered” businesses are founded, owned, managed by, or staffed by immigrants. They may also serve immigrants as their clients or constituencies.
We’re partnering with Immigrant Powered to highlight the positive economic impact of immigrant powered businesses in Miami, and we want your best suggestions on who to feature. Hit reply and let’s connect. We’ll share your “Immigrant Powered” stories in early 2019.
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Stadium status. The only Florida stop on Michelle Obama’s book tour is up in Broward at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, one of a handful of stops added to the wildly popular tour for her book, “Becoming.” Tickets for the May 10 event go on sale Saturday morning, so make sure you set those alarms if you want to grab one. (SouthFlorida.com)
Missed deadline. After a wild midterm election cycle in Florida, the state department revealed last week that more than 6,600 mail ballots weren’t counted in the November election because they weren’t received by Election Day. The uncounted votes are particularly relevant as three statewide races required recounts and in the race for agriculture commissioner, Democrat Nikki Fried won by only about 6,700 votes. (Associated Press)
Free admission. Having fun doesn’t have to break the bank, as proven by these 18 free upcoming shows. Highlights include open mic hip hop, jazz jams, or the humorously named “Nadeem’s Cheap Assed Bingo Night.” (Orlando Weekly)
It’s bowl season, y’all. With the Tulane Green Wave and Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns set to face off during the AutoNation Care Bowl this Saturday, Florida’s postseason football scene is just getting started. It’s safe to say fans are excited — so much so that the Florida Citrus Sports website couldn’t keep up with the demand on its ticket sales page. Games are set to take place through early January. (Orlando Sentinel)
Gillum’s next grind. After his loss in the Florida governor’s race and departure from Tallahassee city hall, a lot of people are wondering what’s next for Andrew Gillum. He gained national attention and is a rising progressive star in the Democratic party, but for now, Gillum won’t say if he’s considering a run for president — or any other office — in 2020. Instead, he said he’s focused on strategizing with Florida Democrats and a part-time teaching gig at Harvard. (Miami Herald)
🎮 Welcome the first gaming co-working space in Orlando (Downtown)
🎅 Santa is coming to Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream (Audubon Park)
🍩 Smoke and Donuts is making its debut at A La Cart (East Colonial)
🦖 Through Jan. 6 Dinosaurs and Christmas lights, oh my (Loch Haven)
🎁 Grab a toy and head over to this NFL alumni holiday party (Thornton Park) 🆕
🍺 Some of Orlando’s best storytellers tend bar for a night of fun (Milk District) 🆕
🍷 Think you are a wine connoisseur? Attend this masterclass (Ivanhoe) 🆕
🎄 Don your ugly sweater to this holiday party (Downtown) 🆕
🎄 Through Dec. 23 Grab the kids for the holiday train lighting (Osceola)
🎅 Watch the Christmas classic, “The Santa Clause” (Wekiva)
🎉 12th Annual Sweater Fest is back, benefitting Zebra Coalition (Parramore)
🎄 Check out this holiday performance at Walt Disney Amphitheater (Lake Eola) 🆕
🍿 Through Dec. 20 Watch The Favourite at our favorite theater (Maitland) 🆕
🎄 Create your own Christmas ornaments (Loch Haven Park) 🆕
🛍 Through Saturday Don’t miss Rifle Paper Co.’s last sale of the year (Winter Park) 🆕
🎉 This party is more than just okay, even the Ying Yang Twins RSVP’d (Downtown)
🎄 Light up those bikes and head out for a holiday ride (Audubon Park)
🎄 Check out this holiday boat and water show (Winter Park)
🐶 Thornton Park becomes Thornton Bark just in time for the holidays (Thornton Park)
🐶 Grab the pups and the fam and head to Jingle Jam (Sanford)
🎄 Tour the 12 bars of Christmas on Mills (Mills 50)
🐶 Shop this market feat. wine, food trucks and your pups (College Park) 🆕
⛄️ Take the kiddos to play in the snow, real snow (Maitland) 🆕
🍽 Enjoy a holiday dinner selected by the chef (SoDo/Edgewood) 🆕
🍽 Or this Christmas Dinner at Whippoorwill (“Almond” Milk District) 🆕
🎶 Celebrate Music Mondays at the Enzian (Maitland) 🆕
🎉 Watch Ginger’s Big Gay Cabaret (I-Drive) 🆕
Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag #pulptown on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and COMING SOON add your own events with a Pulptown membership.