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🦖 This race is going to be dino-mite

WTF are we talking about? This Saturday, T-Rexes will rise up for the first time in 65 million years to run a 100-yard dash of hilariousness through Baldwin Park. Each runner will don an inflatable dinosaur suit, run 100 yards, and raise money for a charity of their choosing. No time to get a dino suit? Have no fear, race organizer Jenny Joy will provide one for each participating runner.

The inside scoop: Space is limited to 50 dino dashers, with each participant allowed a three-person cheering squad to act as a “pit crew” and help you stretch your tiny arms and powerful legs leading up to the race.

How do I sign up? Buy a ticket to enter as a dino, choose the charity you’re running for, and post the Dino Dash logo on your social media account to share with friends. If you’re of the lucky few who have been chosen for the cheering squad, follow the same process as the dinos, but select SQUAD on your entry form. If you want to show support from the stands, come on out and be a part of the cheering section, but first, make a donation here to contribute to the grand prize — a bounty donated to the winner’s charity of choice.

Stats thus far. So far, 25 runners have raised $2,000 for local charities such as Zebra Coalition, Second Harvest Food Bank, A Gift for Teaching and Feeding Children Everywhere.

Quotable. We asked Joy what spurred the idea for Dino Dash. “I saw this video online of a bunch of inflatable dinos running a 100-yard dash, and I couldn’t stop laughing. I thought to myself, ‘I have to do that,’ so I made a Facebook event, recruited the support of friends, and attached a charity component to showcase all of the amazing local charities here in Orlando.”

Got questions? Email [email protected] but first check the FAQ. More information can be found here.

WHAT'S GOING DOWN IN PULPTOWN?

A boost from Bloomberg. Billionaire and former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg is giving Orlando $2.5 million to combat climate change through green initiatives like adding electric vehicle charging stations and offering incentives for energy-efficient development. The City Beautiful is one of five cities that were recently added to the American Cities Climate Challenge. (Orlando Business Journal)

Hometown pick. Orlando City Soccer Club selected hometown forward Santiago Patiño in the third overall round of the MLS SuperDraft, along with defender Kamal Miller and midfielder Tommy Madden. Patiño, who was born in Colombia and grew up in Orlando, played four seasons at Florida International University, where he was named to the watch list for the MAC Hermann Trophy. (Orlando City SC)

It’s not the PGA Tour, but… A big golf tournament is coming to Central Florida in 2020 — disc golf, that is. The sport’s amateur world championships will be played at nine courses in Orlando, Clermont and DeBary, drawing hundreds of athletes from all over the world and providing a major boost for the evolving Lake County Disc Golf Trail. (Orlando Sentinel)

Calling all avian aficionados. Interested in bird watching? This weekend’s North Shore Birding Festival offers several opportunities to join the experts on a field trip to local hotspots like Lake Apopka. Along with hands-on outings, the festival also includes keynote speakers and meet-and-greet events. (Orlando Sentinel)

Howl at the moon. A rare “super blood wolf moon” — yes, you read that right — will be visible above Central Florida late Sunday night into Monday morning, assuming clear skies prevail. The name refers to a trifecta of lunar phenomenon that will happen simultaneously; it will also be the first time in three years that a total lunar eclipse will be visible from the U.S. (WKMG)

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📅 THINGS TO DO

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🍻 Saturday, Jan. 26 Join us for an afternoon of brews at Orlando Brewing. For $15, Pulptown readers are getting a private tour and four beer samples with brewery president and founder John Cheek. PLUS, you get to hang out with The Pulptown team! Tickets are on sale now, click the link here.

Thursday, Jan. 31, We’ll be huddling up at Swirlery Wine Bar to learn from a master sommelier while pairing our grape nectar with delicious seafood. (SoDo)

 

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IN AND AROUND TOWN 🆕

TODAY
🗣 Check out this town hall on our arts and culture scene (Loch Haven) 🆕
🎨 Learn from the watercolor pro and take a masterpiece home (Winter Park) 🆕
💐 Or make a floral centerpiece — either way, get creative (Winter Park) 🆕
🎵 Get your country music fix by listening to this Nebraska songbird (Downtown) 🆕
🍻 Veza Sur Brewing is launching in Central Florida at A La Cart (Colonial) 🆕

 

WEDNESDAY
🧘🏻‍♀️ Try your hand at acro yoga in the park (SoDo)
🍩 Mmmmm doughnuts and beer (SoDo)
🍷 It’s an acoustic kind of night with lobster and lots of vino (SoDo)
🗣 Get in the know on what’s going down in the neighborhood (Ivanhoe)
🎭 Don’t miss “A Doll’s House,” part dos (Loch Haven)

 

THURSDAY
🖼 Snap’s City Unseen project is popping up at Mall at Millenia (Millenia)
🐶 Get a frame-worthy pic of your pup and support Pet Alliance (SoDo)
🤝 Who’s down with the DOP? Meet us for networking and cocktails (Downtown)
💅 Don’t miss this ladies night at The Falcon (Thornton Park)
🍷 No better trifecta than wine, cheese and chocolate (Winter Park)
🎉 Venturing out? Why not make it a 90s night? (Downtown)
🖼 Go on an art crawl and meet some friends (Downtown)
✨ Discover the art of astronomy (Loch Haven)
🗣 A night filled with art, music, and spoken word (Audubon Park)

 

FRIDAY
🧘🏻‍♀️ Meet us for a beer and some downward dogging (SoDo)
🛍 Head east for the annual Renninger’s Antique Extravaganza (Mt. Dora)
🍿 It’s movie night at The Nook and it’s all about the 90s action (Milk District)
🍷 Wine down after a long week at Digress (College Park)
🎭 Watch “Hand to God” at Mad Cow Theater (Downtown)
🔬 Through Monday Otronicon is back at Orlando Science Center (Loch Haven)

 

SATURDAY
🦖 Join the dinosaurs in a race to beat extinction (Baldwin Park)
👠 Put on your dancing shoes for this adult, vegan prom (Fairview Shores)
✊ Women (and lovers and supporters of women), let’s march! (Lake Eola)
🛍 Get out and support local vendors over fresh eats and brews (Hourglass District)
🎨 Paint night and chill … to some R&B (Ivanhoe)
🍹 Saturdays are for Bloody Marys and lots of ‘em (Ivanhoe)

 

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💸 PLENTY FOR TWENTY

We asked you where you would go if you had $20 to spend in Orlando, and well, we think our Pulptown readers have good taste. Joe Rothfuss said a bowl of ramen at Domu and a Gideon’s cookie. Olivia Blase said she’d spend it all at Buttermilk Bakery. Morgan Hampton said she’d buy one of everything from Jacked Up Tacos then use the reminder for a cold beer from Ivanhoe Park Brewing, and Grant Tharp said he’d save it for the Local Varkers Market at Aardvark Beverages on Tuesdays.

See you tomorrow, Orlando.

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