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The Sky is the Limit.
We all learned the three R's in elementary school (you know, reduce, reuse, recycle) but green living and protecting our planet for future generations doesn't stop there. Green Works Orlando is leading the charge in sustainability by showing our city what is possible.

Garden in the Sky. Did you know that there is eggplant and lettuce growing on the roof of Orlando Fire Department 1? Well there is, and much more! This rooftop garden, which sits atop a Gold LEED Certified building, grows fresh produce for the Parramore Mobile Market and Hebni’s Fresh Stop Bus.  This partnership between Green Works Orlando and the Orlando Fire Department is a great example of how we can create more sustainable methods to producing vegetables in a food desert (aka city). Want more information? Daniel Friedline is the Sustainability Project Manager and has all the details.

It's a Community Thing.
As our city continues to expand and buildings go up, you may wonder how it is possible that the City of Orlando has more than 700 community gardens. But it does. These community spaces provide a place for neighbors to come together and for children to learn where their food comes from.

Community gardens provide many benefits, outside of showcasing your green thumb skills, such as reducing your carbon footprint and providing an affordable source of food to our community. And, given our current climate, we are all searching for outside activities that everyone can enjoy. Visit your nearest community garden or reach out to learn how to sign-up and tend your own garden plot.

New Webinar Series Coming Soon.
A new webinar series, This is Downtown, hosted in partnership with DOP and UCF, will kick off next month. The discussions will surround points of pride, challenges, and opportunities in the Downtown Orlando business environment. We will hear from experts and learn what assets we have on hand to keep Downtown Orlando exciting and enticing for years to come.First Up.
Economic Forecast with Dr. Sean Snaith
Join Josh Wyche in a conversation with Dr. Sean Snaith as he delivers the economic forecast and how it specifically relates to Downtown Orlando. Dr. Snaith is the director of the University of Central Florida Institute of Economic Competitiveness and a national recognized economist in the field of business and economic forecasting.
October 8, 2020 | 10:00 - 11:00 AM | Zoom
Registration is now open.

Virtual Events with the Orange County Public Library
From genealogy to cooking and dancing, the virtual class lineup is calling the whole family. Here are a few of the events coming up in recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Little Chef: Bean Burritos
Learn about Hispanic foods while you mash, spread and roll a delicioso Mexican inspired dish.
*Recommended for preschoolers, adult participation is required.
September 22 | 2:00 PM

La Musica
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage with musical craft activities and learn Spanish names for some popular musical instruments.
September 23 | 2:00 PM

Bilingual Storytime for Families
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with interactive storytime in English and Spanish.
October 3 | 10:00 AM

Juego Loteria
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Mexican Lotería, a bingo game that's over one hundred years old! Have fun and win prizes in this game of chance. Learn the history of Lotería and simple Spanish words along the way.
October 14 | 6:00 PM

Your Dance Card is About to be Full!

Here are a few events coming our way, socially distanced of course.

BOMBSHELL: Masquerading Warfare
September 17 through October 11, 2020 | CityArts

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
September 20, 2020 | 1:00 PM | Live on Fox

Global Peace Film Festival
September 21 through October 4, 2020 | Virtual Viewing

Orlando Philharmonic
September 26, 2020 | 7:30 PM | Exploria Stadium
(First professional orchestra to perform a full concert in a U.S. soccer stadium)

JA Edwards Race 2 Cure
October 1 through October 31, 2020 | Virtual Event

Bright Young Things
October 2 through October 24, 2020 | Secret Location in Downtown Orlando

JEFRË: Points of Connection
October 3 through January 3, 2021 | Orlando Museum of Art

November 28 through 29, 2020 | Seneff Arts Plaza


Thank you, Molly, for the great playlist last week! This week I have a selection of quick reads and podcasts, along with tunes in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. Enjoy!

Quick Reads.
Fast Company
Four Things Extroverts Can Learn From Introverts to Lead Through the Pandemic

As U.S. TikTok Ban Nears, Here’s What We Know About a Deal

Wall Street Journal
Cushman, Industrious Form Alliance as Office Industry Rallies Behind Flex Space
As many businesses continue to craft their back-to-the-workplace strategies, flexibility for workers is a large component.

The Ezra Klein Show
How to think about coronavirus risk in your life 
"In this conversation, Marcus offers a framework for making key life decisions while also managing coronavirus risk at the same time. We also discuss what the risk calculation for someone living in Germany or South Korea looks like, how the US government’s abdication of responsibility has shifted the burden of risk management onto individuals, the kinds of activities we tend to underestimate and overestimate the riskiness of, the principles that should guide us in the age of coronavirus, how long we can expect this pandemic to last, and much more."

The Indicator from Planet Money
The Birth Of The Greenback"In the mid-1800s, the US had 8,370 kinds of money. How that happened, and what it meant for the US economy."

Hidden Brain
Why Nobody Feels Rich
"If you've ever flown in economy class on a plane, you probably had to walk through the first class cabin to get to your seat. Maybe you noticed the extra leg room. The freshly-poured champagne. Maybe you were annoyed, or envious. Social psychologist Keith Payne says we tend to compare ourselves with those who have more than us, but rarely with those who have less. This week, we revisit our 2019 episode on the psychology of income inequality, and how perceptions of our own wealth shape our lives."

Alpha Centauri – At The Drive In
El Cuarto de Tula – Buena Vista Social Club
Burn – Hinds
Dulces Recuerdos – Flor de Toloache
Dearly Departed (feat. Esmé Patterson) – Shakey Graves
Boyfriend – Selena Gomez
Heartbeats – José González
Turn the Beat Around – Gloria Estefan
Evil Ways – Santana
Mambo Gozon – Tito Puente
Five Seconds – Twin Shadow

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