Hepatitis A cases are increasing at an alarming rate in Florida and while there are no medications to treat it, it can be prevented with a vaccine.
On April 30, Orlando Weekly reported 950 cases in Florida. Three weeks later, that number has risen to 1,220, adding up to more cases this year than in the last five years combined. In November of last year, health officials issued a Hepatitis A advisory for the Sunshine State.
Hepatitis A is a contagious liver infection that is spread by ingesting fecal matter found in contaminated food or drinks or during sex. Health officials advise hand-washing and vaccination to reduce the possibility of contracting the virus. So far, the outbreak has mostly affected our neighbors experiencing homelessness and drug users.
In response, health department officials in Florida have been working to vaccinate our at-risk populations.
In other news…
Construction on Virgin Trains USA (formerly Brightline) has officially begun on the new rail line from West Palm Beach to Orlando. (Orlando Sentinel)
On Tuesday, Full Sail celebrated the grand opening of The Fortress, its new 11,200 square foot e-sports arena, putting us on the map for housing the largest e-sports arena on a college campus in the United States. (WKMG)
The annual Florida Prize exhibit is back at the Orlando Museum of Art and kicks off Friday, May 31, with a fun lineup that includes great local eats, tasty drinks, good music, and art by 10 of Florida’s finest artists. (Orlando Date Night Guide)
The Winter Park/Maitland Observer sent its last newspaper to print on Friday, May 17, citing lack of “revenue tracking” as the reason. The weekly paper has been around since 1989. Personally, we’re always sad to see any newspaper go. (Bungalower)
Fresh Market is officially off the market in the grocery delivery department and is now available on Instacart. (WKMG)
Did you know that Apopka is known as the indoor foliage capital of the world? It’s also one of Central Florida’s hot spots for outdoor activities (we took you to one last week when we spotlighted The CATalyst). Aside from the springs, nature and the outdoors, Apopka is home to several family-run restaurants, and some tasty ones at that. We should know, we were judges in last year’s Apopka Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of Apopka. Swoon.
That’s where we met the Phillips family. Patrice and Terrence Phillips own Something Fishy seafood restaurant in Apopka. Married for 25 years, they left their corporate jobs to make Terrance’s lifelong dream of opening a restaurant come true.
Kayla, our video producer, headed out to Apopka to sit down with Terrance and learn more about how Something Fishy got its start. She also got to try the clam chowder and the Crush Orange Soda cake, made by Terrance’s mom and from the “Something Sweet” nightly rotating dessert menu.
Pro-tip: If you want the highly sought-after shrimp and grits, Terrance says you better get there early.
Something Fishy is open every day. Call ahead to find out what desserts will be available because it changes daily. Thanks to a special customer calling to request it, the strawberry cake is always available on Thursdays.
🎟 Now through May 27: Have you ever been to Orlando Fringe? Or at least thought of going? We’re here to tell you that you should absolutely check it out. It’s the longest-running Fringe in the United States; with loads of good shows, stellar performances, and just all-around good people. (Loch Haven Park)
🎭 May 25 and 26 Check out Opera Orlando’s performance of 6 of VIII at Fringe. An original production sung by Helena, 6 of VIII is about the 6 wives of Henry VIII featuring original monologues, choral music, and the music of Libby Larsen. (Loch Haven Park)
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🍩 Don’t miss this sweet, vegan pairing of ice cream and doughnuts (Downtown)
☮️ Tune in so you can turn out in this 6-week self-care program (College Park)
🍲 This tasty collab between Bangrak and Ravenous Pig is bangin’ (Winter Park)
🌱Or if you’re into plants-only, this collab is rooted in goodness (North Quarter)
🖼 Head to Burton’s for the unveiling of Billy Manes’ mural (Thornton Park)
🗣 Join the conversation on reimagining our community (North Quarter)
🛣 Share your thoughts on the Robinson St. Redesign (Milk District)
🌽 Give us all the international vegan comfort food (Mills 50)
👩🍳 It’s a chef showdown and all for a good cause (West Colonial)
🎟 Peep the Peek-a-Boo ladies and ladyboys on stage at Fringe (Loch Haven Park)
⚽️ The boys are back in town and taking on LA Galaxy (Parramore)
🎟 All weekend-long, Fringe is adding ASL interpreted performances (Loch Haven Park)
🍿 Watch Indiana Jones: Temple of Doom from the fairway (Winter Park)
🎬 Don’t miss the kickoff celebrations of Orlando Urban Film Fest (Downtown)
🗣 Get to know more about the Bros in Convo initiative (West Colonial)
🎉 Grab the fam and head to the Sanford Avenue Block Party (Sanford)
🍿 Watch Hidden Figures on the big screen at the Enzian (Maitland)
🍻 Try your hand at Beer Olympics at Barley and Vine Biergarten (Milk District)
🍽️ It’s $1 Oysters Night. Slurp, slurp, hooray (College Park)
🤓 Head to the History Center to enjoy free admission (Downtown)
🗣 March, chant, rally at the pro-choice protest (Lake Eola)
🛍️ Shop locally at the Sanford Indie Market (Sanford)
☮️ Get your yoga on in the Mennello Museum Sculpture Garden (Loch Haven Park)
🍗 Save your appetite for this fried chicken shindig at A la Cart (East Colonial)
🎉 Celebrate Sunday Funday in the neighborhood (Baldwin Park)
Are you an introvert but love to explore this city of ours? Running low on activity ideas that fuel that introverted nature? This list was written for you (and maybe also a little for us).
We’ll see you bright and early tomorrow, Orlando (unless you’re a late riser).