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April 2015 LGBT Events in Ft Lauderdale


April 2015 LGBT Events in Ft Lauderdale

On this Blog, I will post a highlight of some of the LGBT non-profit and political events that are going on in Ft. Lauderdale each month, so folks who want to attend can put them on their Calendars.

Thursday, April 2, 2015 – GLLN CLE Luncheon – 11:45am – 1:15pm. Timpano Italian Chop House, 450 Las Olas Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale. Cost: $25 members; $30 non-members. Includes appetizers, entree, dessert, soda, coffee/tea, tax and tip. OPIC: “Ethics: CIA and Executive Branch” SPEAKER: Denise O’Connell, Ass’t General Counsel, Ethics, Central Intelligence Agency. Ms. O’Connell will provide an overview of the Ethical Issues which confront CIA and other Federal Executive Branch Employees, including Conflicts of Interest, Both Financial and Post-Employment; Impartiality; and Misuse of Position. We will also be joined by Christopher Courtemanche, Inclusive Solutions and Outreach LGBT Community Outreach Program Manager For The CIA. (If you are so inclined, polish your resumes.) This will be a very exciting seminar, and is the first time that the CIA has addressed the GLLN. Because this topic will be of interest to all, even though we have applied for 1 CLE Ethics Credit, this luncheon is open to everyone. THIS LUNCHEON IS OPEN TO EVERYONE. PLEASE REGISTER EARLY AND BRING FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES. http://www.glln.org/events/

Saturday, April 4 – Bunnies On The Drive...A Garden Party – 1:00pm – 6:00pm. Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve, 1937 Wilton Manors Drive, Wilton Manors, FL. Join us for our First Annual Bunnies On The Drive...A Garden Party at Richardson Park. Take part in the Easter Bonnet or Gym Bunny Contest, win prizes at the Bunny Toss or bid on Easter Baskets or just have fun. Dress in your Easter best and enjoy the sites and sounds of local talent, restaurants, specialty vendors and much more. Suggested entry donation is $10.00 for adults. Don't forget your bonnet!!! Benefiting SunServe and Share-A-Pet. https://www.facebook.com/events/738105886297571

Thursday, April 9  – Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Gay and Lesbian Business Xchange (GLBX) Business After Hours – 5:30pm - 7:00pm. TBD. Broward County's premiere gay-friendly networking organization, maximizing our member’s business profitability. The GLBX Business After Hours receptions are a key element in creating and fostering these relationships. The GLBX meets either the second or the fourth Thursday of each month, depending on venue. Members: Complimentary. Non members $10. Parking $5. http://www.ftlchamber.com/index.php?submenu=Councils&src=gendocs&ref=GLBX_home&category=Groups

Friday, April 10 – SunServe Silver Serve Luncheon – 11:00am – 1:00pm (Second Friday of the Month). ArtServe, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL. Every Second Friday of the Month. SunServe is a model 501(c)(3) nonprofit social service agency serving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) community in South Florida. We provide high quality, compassionate, and progressive care for all, including those in financial need, minorities, youth, seniors, families, and those with life-challenging physical or emotional conditions. We also perform numerous education and outreach projects. Kindly RSVP by calling 954.764.5150 ext. 114.

Saturday, April 11 – 6th Annual International Gay Polo – 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM. International Polo Club Palm Beach, 3667 120th Ave S, Wellington, Florida 33414. Set at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, North America's only high goal polo venue, the 6th Annual International Gay Polo Tournament continues to look for exciting new ways to advance your overall enjoyment. The Gay Polo League VIP Tent on tournament day is the ultimate in polo experience with table-side service, an open bar and VIP parking for you and five of your besties. Or maybe... be creative with an over-the-top tailgate party with your friends! With four days of entertainment and multiple ways to have an amazing time, you can experience polo just like a true Palm Beacher. Gates open at 10 AM for Tailgate set-up! We will kick things off at 12 PM, so don’t miss a beat! Semi-finals start at 1:00PM and finals, 3:00 PM. During the event, we will be judging tailgates for our Tailgate Competition Categories Contest! We are eager to see the creative masterpieces this year. After the tournament, we invite you to join us for a field-side after party! http://www.gaypolo.com/

Saturday, April 11 – Pride Center Bingo – Second Saturdays of Each Month. 6:30 p.m. doors open; 7:30 p.m. games begin Main Hall, Schubert Building. Bingo; proceeds benefit The Pride Center. The cost is $15.00 for the Bingo Package.  There will be a concession stand open and there is a 50/50 raffle. In general about $1100.00 in prizes are given out. http://www.pridecenterflorida.org/


Sunday, April 12 – 4th Annual Gala GLLN Gala – 4:00 – 7:00pm. Ocean Manor Hotel, 4040 Galt Ocean Drive, Fort Lauderdale. Join them early for the VIP Champagne & Caviar Reception from 3:15 – 4:00pm. This year, all the ticket sales and silent auction proceeds will benefit Broward LGBTQ Youth Initiatives. In collaboration with Our Fund, GLLN has established a donor-advised fund for its GALA. GLLN will have over 25 silent and live auction items for purchase with all proceeds benefitting Broward LGBTQ youth. GLLN has Over $21,000 Complete Wedding Package For Auction At Its Annual Gala. The amazing wedding package will be auctioned just after the GALA speakers and is valued at just over $21,000; it includes a venue with sit down brunch for up to 75 people (value of $110 per person), flowers, photography, videography, chocolates, spa package, invitations, complete liquor for 75 people, wedding cake, Hair and Make-up, event planning, DJ, and Lipotronic sessions. This year’s event will benefit Broward LGBT Youth Initiatives. Tickets $60 until March 31, 2015, $80 after 3/31/15. Group of 5 tickets $250 until March 31, 2015.. Purchase tickets at www.glln.org

Tuesday, April 14 – Slow Burn Theatre presents songs from Rent at Stonewall Gallery – 7:00pm. Free at Stonewall Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, Wilton Manors, 33305. Meet the actors and hear the songs from, Rent, the musical that changed the face of how LGBT lives are portrayed on the Broadway stage. Slow Burn Theatre company presents the cast of their current production of Rent in a performance at Stonewall Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery. Complementary refreshments and bar provided. Capacity is limited for this special “standing room only” theatrical event. Attendees of this event will have a special opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for performances of RENT (4/9-4/26) and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (6/5-6/28) at the Slow Burn Theatre West Boca Performing Arts location. Learn more at http://slowburntheatre.org

Tuesday, April 14 – Mack Mixer Fort Lauderdale – 6:30pm - 9:00pm. S3 - Sun, Surf and Sand, 505 N. Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd.,Fort Lauderdale, FL  There’s no doubt MACK continues to redesign how business people create new relationships and establish friendships - regardless of sexuality. MACK aims to be the most reliable business and social network for the Gay and Lesbian Community of South Florida. Join their mailing list, register for a lunch, swing by one of the mixers, but most important - bring your friends! Everyone is welcome. MACK is less about orientation and all about discovering untapped opportunities! Entry $10 includes one Ketle One Cocktail. For information, visit: www.mackplanet.com

Wednesday, April 15 – The Equality Garden Club – The Equality Park Garden Club meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month except December.  It is a Gay and straight friendly garden club with a variety of plant related events.  Meetings include a guest speaker with a horticultural topic, plant exchange, raffle table, and refreshments. For more info contact for Chuck Nicholls at canick@aol.com

Wednesday, April 15 – Stonewall Museum LAVENDER SALON –7:00pm. Free at Stonewall Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, Wilton Manors, 33305. The Lavender Salon presents “Change the Channel: Television and the Emergence of LGBTQ Media”, coinciding with the current exhibit, As Seen On TV: An Exploration of LGBT Characters: 1954-1979, on exhibit at Stonewall Gallery until April 26. Presented by Stonewall National Museum & Archives and Florida Atlantic University, The Lavender Salon is an ongoing series of panel discussions dedicated to LGBTQ issues, topics, thought leaders and scholarship. A lively and informed discussion panel will take place with the following panelists:
- Matt Kane, Programs Editor in Entertainment Media from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
- Wanhsiu Sunny Tsai, Ph.D., Strategic Communication, University of Miami
- Charles L Ross, Curator, As Seen On TV: An Exploration of LGBT Characters: 1954-1979.
- Moderated by Fred Fejes, a professor in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies at Florida Atlantic University.

Thursday, April 16 – The Pride Center’s Founders Circle Reception – 6:00 – 8:00pm. Yolo/Vibe Lounge, 333 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. The Founder's Circle are individuals who make a monthly gift of $100 to the Pride Center. If you are interested in attending the event to see what it is all about, just email Roger Roa at Rroa@PrideCenterFlorida.org and he will put you on the Guest list. There is no commitment to become a Founder, just a chance to meet folks and hear about the great work the Pride Center is doing.

Thursday, April 16 – GLLN Happy Hour – 6:00pm – 8:00pm. TBD. Happy Hours are on the 3rd Thursday of every month at various locations. The mission for the Gay & Lesbian Lawyers Network is to provide a social network in which gay, lesbian and gay friendly lawyers can develop their practices through friendships, referral relationships and professional development. Our intention is to fully realize a true business and social network and to provide the opportunity to our participants to support one another in our practices, to promote ourselves within our firms, and to offer a helping hand to each other when needed. http://www.glln.org/uncategorized/happy-hour/

Saturday, April 18 – Art Walk On Wilton Drive – 7:00 - 10:00 p.m., November through April, along the 1.1 mile Wilton Drive, in the Wilton Manors Art and Entertainment District. The official participants include galleries, eclectic stores, cafes, boutiques and upscale restaurants, which will host over 40 local artists. This is a grassroots collaboration bringing culture and business together for the public to enjoy.  Experience Stonewall Gallery, as part of the Art Walk On Wilton Drive. Free admission and festive offerings along Wilton Drive and throughout Wilton Manors. 

Wednesday, April 22  – Protecting Your Assets  After Marriage Equality co-sponsored by Our Fund and The Pride Center – 6:00pm. The Pride Center, 2040 N Dixie Hwy, Wilton Manors, Florida 33305. Estate, Financial and Gift Planning after Marriage Equality. Experts:
- Law Offices of George Castrataro - George Castrataro , ESQ
- Joseph Mahoney, US Trust
FREE ADMISSION - Wine and light hors d'oeuvres to follow. https://www.facebook.com/events/794549963967287/

Tuesday, April 28 – GFLGLCC Lunch and Learn – 12:00pm – 1:00pm. Dapur Asian Tapas and Ultra Lounge, 1620 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305. The 4th Tuesday Luncheons are in addition to the Quarterly Networking Luncheons and Executive Lunch. Each will feature a Speaker/Sponsor who will speak briefly to the attendees. There will be only ONE speaker per luncheon. Each luncheon is limited to 25 people which will allow more time to get to know the attendees. Lunch will be served "family style" with several options to save time in ordering. The lunch price includes non-alcoholic beverage, tax and gratuity. The luncheons will be held in the Bali private dining room at Dapur each month. Members: $35,Future Members: $40. Price includes a 3-course lunch, beverage, tax and gratuity. To RSVP: keith@gflglcc.org

Tuesday, April 28 – Stonewall Society VIP Exhibit Opening – 7:00 pm. Stonewall National Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, Wilton Manors, FL 33305. Opening reception for Living In Limbo: Lesbian Families In The Deep South. Bar provided with thanks for the generosity of Ketel One Vodka and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly. Refreshments provided by B Bar Catering. Stonewall Society members are invited to gather for the opening of Living In Limbo: Lesbian Families in the Deep South, photography by Carolyn Sherer. Presented with generous support from The Arcus Foundation, Kenneth Tewel and Sue Wilder. RSVP:  email David Jobin at David@Stonewall-Museum.org or 954-763-8565. Guests who may be interested in learning more about and supporting Stonewall National Museum & Archives are encouraged. Carolyn Sherer’s photography exhibit honors the current complexities of lesbian family life in the South.  The exhibition provides an intimate view of a population that largely has been invisible for underrepresented in public art. The images challenge viewers to envision a world without prejudice and discrimination – a world that celebrates commitment, family and inclusion for everyone – a world without limbo. Learn more at http://livinginlimbo.org.

Wednesday, April 29 – Stonewall Museum Women’s Mixer With Equality Florida – 7:00pm Stonewall Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, Wilton Manors, 33305. Join Equality Florida for a special Women’s Mixer and reception featuring guest Carolyn Sherer, photographer of the exhibit Living In Limbo: Lesbian Families In The Deep South. Documenting lesbian life and families in the Southern United States, Living In Limbo is on exhibit until June 18, 2015. Exhibition sponsored by The Arcus Foundation, Kenneth Tewel and Sue Wilder. Carolyn Sherer’s photography exhibit honors the current complexities of lesbian family life in the South.  The exhibition provides an intimate view of a population that largely has been invisible for underrepresented in public art. The images challenge viewers to envision a world without prejudice and discrimination – a world that celebrates commitment, family and inclusion for everyone – a world without limbo. Learn more at http://livinginlimbo.org.


Thursday, April 30 – Dining Out for Life® to benefit Broward House - Broward House invites you to join one of its most fun and community engaging events....Dining Out For Life Broward County! You can make a difference in the HIV community just by dining out on April 30th at one of our participating restaurants! Dining Out For Life Broward County 2015 will be a spectacular and delicious event, and we look forward to your participation. To see a list of our participating restaurants, their dining times, and their contribution levels please visit our website at www.DiningOutForLife.com/BrowardCounty. 100% of the proceeds go towards supporting vital HIV/AIDS services in Broward County.


Save the Date:

Art Walk On Wilton Drive – Held on the 3rd Saturday of each month, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m., November through April, along the 1.1 mile Wilton Drive, in the Wilton Manors Art and Entertainment District. The official participants include galleries, eclectic stores, cafes, boutiques and upscale restaurants, which will host over 40 local artists. This is a grassroots collaboration bringing culture and business together for the public to enjoy.  Experience Stonewall Gallery, as part of the Art Walk On Wilton Drive. Free admission and festive offerings along Wilton Drive and throughout Wilton Manors. http://artwalkonwiltondrive.com/

Pride Center Bingo – Second Saturdays of Each Month. 6:30 p.m. doors open; 7:30 p.m. games begin Main Hall, Schubert Building. Bingo; proceeds benefit The Pride Center. The cost is $15.00 for the Bingo Package.  There will be a concession stand open and there is a 50/50 raffle. In general about $1100.00 in prizes are given out. http://www.pridecenterflorida.org/

Pride Center Bingo – Fourth Sunday of Each Month. Doors open at 3:00PM- Games Begin at 4:00PM. Main Hall, Schubert Building; Bingo; proceeds benefit The Pride Center. The cost is $20.00 for the Bingo Package.  There will be a concession stand open and there is a 50/50 raffle. In general about $1100.00 in prizes are given out. http://www.pridecenterflorida.org/

Sunday, May 3 – RAISE YOUR HAIR HIGH!!! Gospel Brunch – 11:00am. Lips - Fort Lauderdale, 1421 E Oakland Park Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33334. It's going to be a hair raising experience, join us for the 2nd annual LIPS fundraiser to benefit SMART RIDE. Bring your friends, unlimited mimosas and Bloody Mary's. https://www.facebook.com/events/767510563356421/

Tuesday, May 5 – Mack Power Lunch – 11:30am – 1:30pm at Beauty and the Feast, 601 N. Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale. At the beginning of every Power Lunch we offer approx. 30 minutes to introduce yourself and chat with fellow attendees in a social setting. There may be a very brief presentation by an event sponsor to share insights and industry information. Then the rest of our time is enjoying lunch and breaking the ice to develop professional friendships with everyone around you.  $34.00, Advance Registration required: www.mackplanet.com

Tuesday, May 12  – Essential Planning for the Modern Family co-sponsored by Our Fund and The Pride Center – 6:00pm. The Pride Center, 2040 N Dixie Hwy, Wilton Manors, Florida 33305. (Estate, Financial and Gift Planning for LGBTQ Families). Experts:
·       Elizabeth Schwartz, ESQ
·       Darcy Beeman, Edwards Jones 
FREE ADMISSION - Wine and light hors d'oeuvres to follow.

Tuesday, June 16  – Easy steps for Estate, Insurance and Gift Planning co-sponsored by Our Fund and The Pride Center – 6:00pm. The Pride Center, 2040 N Dixie Hwy, Wilton Manors, Florida 33305.    (Important planning steps after Marriage Equality).Experts:
·       Andrew Jimenez, ESQ
·       Christopher Dunham, Dunham and Associates Insurance
 FREE ADMISSION - Wine and light hors d'oeuvres to follow.

Thanks,
Lee Rubin
rubinlee@yahoo.com
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