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QLatinx's leaders celebrating the work from the past year. Photo provided by QLatinx Photo provided by QLatinx
🙌 LIFTING UP A COMMUNITY AFTER TRAGEDY
In the days and weeks after the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting, Orlando’s queer Latinx came together in living rooms across Central Florida to find community, safety, and a sense of grounding. Out of those impromptu gatherings, the non-profit QLatinx was formed.
“We found, for the first time, the ability to connect with one another in a way that was linguistically accessible, culturally accessible,” said Christopher Cuevas, QLatinx’s executive director. “What was a support group sort of eventually organically formed into an organization when the conversation that we were having around our circle turned to fuse the gaps that were prevalent in the community.”
Learn more about how the grassroots organization brings together and advocates for Orlando’s LGBTQ and immigrant communities.
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WHAT'S GOING DOWN IN PULPTOWN?
Real-estate reset? The number of homes sold in the Orlando area took a sharp dive at the end of 2018, falling 20 percent from a year prior. The median sale price still went up — by 5.7 percent — but that’s a slower rate than the increases at the end of 2017 (10 percent) and 2016 (12 percent). Realtors say the local market may be “softening,” but things are still competitive out there — especially for homes priced below $200,000. (Orlando Sentinel)
A helping hand for TSA. As the government shutdown heads toward the end of its fourth week, Orlando International Airport is now accepting donations for employees of TSA, Customs and Border Protection, and the Federal Aviation Administration. Nonperishable food, toiletries and baby supplies will be accepted from 9 to 11 a.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the valet area in the departures section of Terminal A. (Orlando Sentinel)
A spritz with your slice? Pizza Bruno, the popular Curry Ford joint, will soon have a liquor license, allowing it to serve Italian-inspired cocktails like negronis and Aperol spritzes. Owner Bruno Zacchini III says he’s in the process of remodeling the restaurant’s back bar and expects to start slinging drinks by the end of the month. (Bungalower)
“Hamilton” tickets for a tenner? It’s true: Forty tickets to the sold-out Broadway hit will be available for $10 each starting Jan. 20. There is a catch, of course: In order to purchase the $10 tickets, you have to win a lottery that will be held two days prior to each show at the Dr. Philips Center. (Orlando Weekly)
Cuddles and cold brew. What’s not to love? The Nook on Robinson will be transformed into a “bunny cafe” for a one-day adoption event on March 30. Orlando Rabbit Care and Adoptions will bring the rabbits, and Framework Coffee will supply the caffeine. (Bungalower)
📅 THINGS TO DO
OUR PARTNER EVENTS
🍻 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! (SoDo)
🍷 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 🆕
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.
HANG WITH US AT ORLANDO BREWING 🍻
Join us on Jan. 26 for an afternoon of brews and conversation. The Pulptown crew gets a private tour and beer tasting with Orlando Brewing President and Founder John Cheek. The event is free for Pulptown members, or $15 for non-members — get your tickets today.
Psst: Considering our membership launch price is only $8 a month and comes with a whole bunch of perks now’s probably a good time to join.
🧣 SO IT’S NOT CHICAGO-COLD, BUT IT IS CHILLY
And we know a few places where you can pretend you’re in Chicago — well, sorta. Basically, Orlando Date Night Guide put together this list of things to do that in some way is reminiscent of Chicago, and we liked it so much that we wanted to share it.
See you tomorrow, Orlando, with an update on our housing series.