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December 2016 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, December 1 – Broward House World AIDS Day Vigil & Remembrance Walk – 7:00pm. Hagen Park, 2020 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. Join our community at Hagen Park and then walk to the Pride Center for a World AIDS Day vigil at the Pride Center. www.pridecenter.org

Thursday, December 1 – Fort Lauderdale World AIDS Day 2016 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Dillard High School, 2501 NW 11th Street, Fort Lauderdale. Join the community for an evening of commemorating World AIDS Day. Get involved. Get the facts on HIC. Learn where to get tested and treated. HIV is preventable, and a healthy life after being diagnosed with HIV is possible! Join us in calling on world leaders to keep the promise on ending HIV globally. Free to the public. Free food after the program. Special performance by South Florida artist Antonia Jenae’. Questions? Call Jeff Owens at (404) 457-7247.

Saturday, December 3 SAGE of South Florida Monthly Luncheon 12:30pm – 2:00pm at the Herb Skolnic Center in Pompano Beach. Call (954) 634-7219 to reserve your space. http://www.sagewebsite.org/sage-calendar/

Monday, December 5 – Dining with Pride – 11:00am – 10:00pm. Burger21, Both Locations: 2949 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL and 2451 S. University Drive, Davie, FL. Support the Pride Center by having Lunch or Dinner at Burger21. MUST MENTION: “The Pride Center.” www.pridecenter.org

Monday, December 5 – The State of Stonewall –7:00pm. ArtServe Auditorium at Stonewall Library & Archives, 1350 East Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Let us catch you up on all that we have been working on. Please join the staff of Stonewall National Museum & Archives for an interactive presentation covering a report on our accomplishments over the past year and what projects are being planned for the future. Be the first to hear an announcement of the 2017-2018 exhibition schedule! The public is invited and encouraged to attend. RSVP by emailing Chris Rudisill, Executive Director at chris@stonewall-museum.org or by calling 954-763-8565.

Tuesday, December 6 – Mack Power Lunch – 11:30am – 1:30pm TBD. 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

Thursday, December 8 – We Got Jokes Poverello Comedy Night – 8:00pm – 10:00pm. We have 3 great comedians to perform. My Big Funny Peter, K.C. Guy and Eric Contreras. 100% of the door proceeds will help Poverello provide nearly 3,000 traditional holiday meals to the less fortunate. Admission will be $20 at door or $15 if you bring a bag of canned goods. Each door entry will provide a complete traditional holiday meal. Limited seating available.
For more information about the health and nutritional services provided at Poverello, go to www.poverello.org

Thursday, December 8 – Wilton Manors Holiday Lighting Ceremony 6:30 PM.Jaycee Park
Wilton Drive / NE 21st Court Wilton Manors, FL. The City of Wilton Manors welcomes one and all to kick off the holidays at the annual lighting of the holiday Menorah, Kinara and of course, the Wilton Manors Christmas Tree. There will be musical performances by local artists, food, vendors and lots of holiday festivities. http://wiltonmanors.com/calendar.aspx?eid=2582


Thursday, December 8 SAGE of South Florida Monthly Women’s Luncheon 12:00pm - 2:00pm at The Ark, 6255 Sterling Road, Davie, FL. http://www.sagewebsite.org/sage-calendar/

Friday, December 9, 2016 – Pei Wei Fundraiser for Pride Fort Lauderdale 11:00am - 10:00pm.Pei Wei Fort Lauderdale, 1730 North Federal Highway Fort Lauderdale, Florida. HELP MAKE PRIDE FORT LAUDERDALE A FREE EVENT!Have a meal at Pei Wei and support Pride.Pei Wei will donate 20% of your total order when you MENTION PRIDE at our dining event. This location only!

Friday, December 9 – 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, December 10 – Holiday Treasures With The South Florida Pride Wind 7:00pm - 9:00pm. Broward Center For The Performing Arts, 201 Southwest 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312   Join the South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble, Steel Band, and Jazz Ensemble as we renew our holiday spirit with "Holiday Treasures"! Tickets are $20.00 and are available online now! browardcenter.org/events/detail/sfpwe1617-holiday-treasures

Saturday, December 10  – Pride Center Bingo – Second Saturdays of Each Month. 6:30 p.m. doors open; 7:30 p.m. Pride Center, 2040 N. Dixie Hwy, Wilton Manors. 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, December 11 – SAGE Holiday Party 2:30pm - 5:30pm. Galuppi’s, 1103 N Federal Hwy Pompano Beach, Florida. Join us as SAGE celebrates the holidays at Galuppi's Restaurant. This event is a capacity only event so get your reservations and payment in early as this event will surely sell out. sagewebsite.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/FLYER-Galuppis-Holiday-Party.pdf

Sunday, December 11 – Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida Holiday at the Hard Rock 8:00pm  - 10:00pm. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Join the Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida for their season debut at the Hard Rock Live with an evening designed to bring people of all backgrounds together through holiday music. The Chorus will perform with a 12-piece orchestra, featuring special guest artist Linda Eder! http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0D00513BBA528DE0?brand=hrseminole

Tuesday, December 13 – Mack Mixer Fort Lauderdale – 6:30pm - 9:00pm. TBD. 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 Kettle One Cocktail. For information, visit: www.mackplanet.com

Wednesday, December 14 – The Dolphin Democrats Holiday Party 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Coral Ridge Towers East Clubhouse, 3601 NE 32 Ave Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308. $15 per person, FREE with Dolphin Democrats membership or membership renewal purchased AFTER October 1, 2016. http://www.dolphindems.org

Thursday, December 15 – Stonewall Society VIP Preview – 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Stonewall National Museum, 2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. Supporters and guests of the Stonewall Society circle of donors to Stonewall National Museum & Archives are cordially invited to attend a private VIP reception of the exhibition opening of THE LURE OF PROVINCETOWN. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and Open Bar. To learn more about joining Stonewall Society or to RSVP, email Chris Rudisill, Executive Director, at Chris@stonewall-museum.org, call 954-763-8565 or join Stonewall Society online at stonewall-museum.org with a gift of $250 or more.

Friday, December 16 – Celebrate the Season with the Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida 8:00pm - 10:00pm. Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33315. Join the Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida for their encore performance of Celebrate the season at Sunshine Cathedral. This is an evening designed to bring people of all backgrounds together through holiday music. The Chorus will perform with a 12-piece orchestra. https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10121321

Friday, December 16 – Caroling Together with Pride – 6:30pm – 9:00pm. Pride Center, 2040 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors. Join in a fun, festive night of singing songs of the Season to our seniors! Meet at 6:30pm sharp to socialize and “tune-up”, then spread holiday cheer at servers neighborhood senior living facilities. Elf-wear & Xmas attire highly encouraged! Wrapped present for our Annual Children’s Toy Drive welcome. www.pridecenter.org

Tuesday, December 20 – Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Chamber Of Commerce Holiday Mixer On The River Queen 05:30pm - 8:00pm. Bahia Mar Marina Fort Lauderdale, 801 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. Join us as Reyka Vodka presents the December Holiday Mixer for the GFLGLCC - Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce on the new River Queen Riverboat. You'll enjoy:
·       Open Bar with Reyka Vodka Drinks 5:30 - 7:30
·       Cash Bar for all Other Drinks
·       Heavy Hors d'oeuvres while Docked by Temptations Catering
·       Wonderful Deserts on the Cruise by Temptations Catering
Agenda:
·       We'll remain dockside from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
·       Optional Complimentary River Cruise from 7:00 - 8:00 PM
gogayfortlauderdale.com/events/details/gflglcc-holiday-mixer-on-the-river-queen-2434

Monday, December 26 SAGE Men's Night Out 5:30 pm at Tropics Piano Bar and Restaurant. Every fourth Monday of the month, SAGE men meet at Tropics for cocktails, dinner and lively conversation. http://www.sagewebsite.org/sage-calendar/

Save the Date:

Thursday, January 5 – GLLN Social Luncheon – 11:45am - 1:15pm. Timpano Chophouse
450 E Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. Monthly luncheons are on the first Thursday of every month. 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. APPROVED FOR ONE (1) CLE ETHICS CREDIT FOR THIS LUNCHEON. http://www.glln.org/events/

Wednesday, January 11 – Dolphin Democrats Meeting – Second Wednesday of Each Month. 7:00pm. The Pride Center, 2040 A North Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors, FL. 7:00 pm – Pizza and social. 7:30 pm – Meeting. “Further, it shall be the mission of this organization to foster good will between gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members of the Democratic Party and the community at large. We seek individual freedom in the framework of a just society and political freedom in the framework of meaningful participation by all citizens.” http://www.dolphindems.org/

Tuesday, January 17 – GFLGLCC October Mixer – 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM EDT. L Bar in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Join us as Reyka Vodka presents the October Mixer for the GFLGLCC - Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. http://www.gogayfortlauderdale.com/events/

Wednesday, January 18 – 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

Thursday, January 19 – GLBX After Hours Networking  5:30 PM - 7:00 PM. TBD. Mix & Mingle with a fun group of like-minded business professionals!  http://www.ftlchamber.com/index.php?src=events&submenu=Members&srctype=detail&category=Events&refno=110987

Thursday, January 19 – GLLN Happy Hour – (Third Thursday of Each Month). 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. TBD. Happy Hours are on the 3rd Thursday of
every month at various locations
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 2-4-1 drinks and complimentary appetizers. Come networks with local professionals. For more information, visit www.glln.org.

Saturday, January 21 Wilton Manors Art Expo – Held on the 3rd Saturday of each month – 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm. 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. https://www.facebook.com/events/1636973699909440/

Monday, January 23 – Wilton Manors’ Annual Classical Concert – Hagen Park Community Center, 2020 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL 33305. 7:00pm -10:00pm. Come out to Hagen Park on Monday, January 23, 2017, for a night of music and community as Wilton Manors hosts their Annual Classical Concert. This year, attendees will enjoy the musical talents of Solo Guitarist, Jack Sanders. This concert, sponsored in part by the Piatigorsky Foundation, an organization with the mission of making live classical music an integral part of everyday life for communities throughout the United States, is free to attend and appropriate for all ages. Price: Free Contact Information: For more information, call (954) 390-2130 or visit http://www.wiltonmanors.com

February – GFLGLCC Quarterly Networking Luncheon   11:30am - 1:30pm. Events by The Grateful Palate, 3003 NE 32nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308. Please join us for the GFLGLCC Quarterly Networking Luncheon, you'll meet new friends, make business connections and enjoy a wonderful luncheon http://www.gogayfortlauderdale.com/events/details/gflglcc-quarterly-networking-luncheon-presented-by-the-greater-fort-lauderdale-convention-visitors-bureau-cvb-2430

Sunday, February 5 – Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida Third Annual Gala Fundraising Brunch – 5:00pm. Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, 2301 S.E. 17th Street Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Tuesday, February 14  – Kristen Chenoweth featured Performance at the Stonewall Fundraising Gala – Au Rene Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Sparks will fly this Valentine's Day in what the New York Daily News calls the "nuclear glow" of this "stick of blond dynamite" when Kristin Chenoweth, the incomparable Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer, returns to the Broward Center stage to steal your heart.
Tickets:
VIP - $200
Includes pre-concert event with Silent Auction, Open Bar, Passed Hors d'Oeuvres and Lower Orchestra seating for 8 p.m. Performance. Following concert join us for a champagne reception to celebrate the mission of Stonewall National Museum & Archives.
Gala Reception - $100
For those who may have already purchased tickets to the concert. Includes only pre-concert event with Silent Auction, Open Bar and Passed Hors d'Oeuvres. Does not include tickets to concert. http://www.stonewall-museum.org/event/kristin-chenoweth-stonewall-gala-fundraiser/


Wednesday, March 1 – Monday, March 6 - National LGBTQ Task Force Winter Party Festival 2017 – Miami Beach. Back in 1994, our founders decided to kick up their heels and invite the LGBTQ community to party on the sands of South Beach. More than twenty years later, that one night has become an iconic six-day celebration of people – all kinds of people from all over the globe – who come together to learn, live, love, laugh and forge lifelong relationships. With over 12,500 guests from around the world attending six days of events, the scale of Winter Party Festival is inspiring. But the sense of welcome is warmly personal and sincere. Regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, ethnicity or belief, anyone and everyone is made to feel comfortable and at home.  Winter Party Festival is that place where for one week, the world is full of acceptance and love.  And we can take a deep breath of the ocean air and clear our heads.  Fill our hearts. Engage our minds.  Kick up our heels.  And return to everyday life happier, stronger, wiser, and ready to ignite the world.

March 16th, 2017- March 20th, 2017 – 6th Annual Pride Center Cruise 4 Day Cruise Including Key West & Nassau, Bahamas – We are excited to announce that The Pride Center and Freedom Travel are once again teaming up to present the 6th Annual Pride Center Cruise March 16th thru March 20th, 2017 from Fort Lauderdale, FL.  These cruises have been a huge success, raising over $50,000 to benefit The Pride Center's programs and services.  Join us again this year on the newly renovated Celebrity Summit! RESERVE YOUR CABIN TODAY WITH A $100 REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT TODAY! http://www.bookfreedomtravel.com/2017-pride-center-cruise

March 30 – SAGE & Friends Ft. Lauderdale   6:30pm - 8:30pm. Private Home. Please join SAGE to honor George Zuber. Tickets $100. http://sageusa.org/newsevents/calendar.cfm

TBD – GFLGLCC Quarterly Networking Luncheon   11:30am - 1:30pm. TBD. Please join us for the GFLGLCC Quarterly Networking Luncheon, you'll meet new friends, make business connections and enjoy a wonderful luncheon prepared by the Riverside Hotel. Luncheon Details: The Riverside Hotel will serve a 3-course lunch, choice of nonalcoholic beverage, inclusive of tax and gratuity. Cocktails, wine and beer are available. Reduced Valet: $4. Fees/Admission: GFLGLCC Members: $35 Future-Members: $40. http://www.gogayfortlauderdale.com/events/details/the-cia-presents-the-gflglcc-quarterly-networking-luncheon-05-18-2016-714

Wilton Manors Art Expo – Held on the 3rd Saturday of each month – 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm. 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. https://www.facebook.com/events/1636973699909440/

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