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February 2017 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, February 2 – GLLN Social Luncheon – 11:45am - 1:15pm. Timpano’s, 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/

Thursday, February 2 – G2H2 Happy Hour to Benefit Broward House – 5:00pm – 7:00. Broward House, 2300 NE 7th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305. Join us for the first party of the year! Enjoy complimentary cocktails, meet LGBT professionals in your area and help benefit a great cause - The Broward House! See you there! https://www.facebook.com/groups/G2H2Wilton/

Friday, Feb 3  – Rubio's Grill for Poverello's AIDS Walk Team  –  2:00 - 9:00 PM. Rubio’s, 1535 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304, Join us from 2pm-9pm on Friday Feb 3rd at this brand new delicious casual fast restaurant. 20% of the sales will benefit our Poverello Hunger Fighter team for the Florida AIDS Walk and Music Festival. Dj Tony Duncan spinning 630-930pm YOU MUST MENTION POVERELLO WHEN PLACING ORDER. To join or donate to our "Hunger Fighter" team, click link below:
http://floridaaidswalk.donordrive.com/index.cfmfuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=5183

Saturday, February 4 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/

Sunday, February 5 – Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida Third Annual Gala Fundraising Brunch – 11:00am. Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, 2301 S.E. 17th Street Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida will host its Third Annual Fundraising Brunch, Building Bridges. We invite you to join us at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 at 11:00AM as we build support for another season of music that will inspire hearts and change minds. This celebration of community will be an afternoon you won't want to miss! 
Ticket Prices: 
Individual $75
Table $750
Host Committee Member $1,000
To purchase tickets, please click the link below, or contact our office at tickets@gmcsf.org or 954.763.2266http://www.gaymenschorusofsouthflorida.org/

Tuesday, Feb 7 – Silent Auction Preview - Bid or Buy it Now to Benefit Stonewall 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Stonewall National Museum - Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton Dr, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33305. Our silent auction is not to be missed! You do not need to be a ticket holder to our gala to attend our silent auction preview party. Whether you bid or “Buy it now”, exclusive items and experiences donated by a variety of our generous supporters will delight you. Please support Stonewall’s largest annual fundraiser by taking part in our silent auction preview reception at Stonewall Gallery or by purchasing tickets to our gala reception for $100 at: www.stonewall-museum.org

Wednesday, Feb 8 – 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/

Friday, February 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, February 11 – 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/

Sun, February 12 –  SAGE Celebrates St. Valentine's Day –  1:00pm – 3:30pm. Cafe Primavera, 2500 East Commercial Blvd. #A, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308.http://www.sagewebsite.org/sage-calendar/

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, Feb 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

Friday, Feb 17  Taste of Oakland Park- 6:00 PM  10:00 PM. Jaco Pastorius Park, 4000 N. Dixie Highway, Oakland Park, FL 33334. Join us as we celebrate the flavors of Oakland Park with a culinary demonstration from local restaurants. This event also features live music and children’s activities. Adults: $10.00. FREE for children under 12. For more information, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/taste-of-oakland-park-tickets-30697778883

Saturday, Feb 18 Wilton Manors Art Expo – Held on the 3rd Saturday of each month – 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. January through March, along the 1.1 mile Wilton Drive, in the Wilton Manors Art and Entertainment District. A Showcase of local artists, craftsmen, musicians, and businesses in the Arts & Entertainment District and Dixie Village. This cultural experience brings a multitude of visitors into our numerous unique galleries, shops, bars, and restaurants on Wilton Drive and vicinity. http://www.wmae.org


Saturday, February 18   Thou Art Woman    7:00pm - 10:00pm. 1310 Gallery,1310 SW 2nd Court, Fort Lauderdale FL 33312.  Join us for the signature open mic event  celebrating LGBTQ women & allies. Spoken word by Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns, May Reign & Sweetness. Dancing by Kyra accompanied by Pepsi and music by DJ Jesimixx. All are welcome to perform during open mic portion, all are welcome to attend. Tickets $15 on Eventbrite and $20 at the door. Get your tickets now at https://thouartwoman218.eventbrite.com

Sunday, Feb 19  2016 Youth Pride Band, Season VI - 7:00 PM  10:00 PM. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Southwest 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312.Join the South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble as we present Season 6 of the Youth Pride Band of South Florida.  High school students from the South Florida region will join forces with our adult wind ensemble to present an evening of music, pride, and acceptance. Admission is $30.00. Tickets available at www.browardcenter.org or by calling the box office at 800-745-3000. http://www.pridewindensemble.org

Tuesday, Feb 21   GFLGLCC February Mixer at R Lounge in the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel   5:30 PM - 7:30 PM. Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel, 1617 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. Join us as Reyka Vodka presents the February Mixer for the GFLGLCC. You'll enjoy:​One Complimentary Reyka Vodka Drink, Cash Bar with 1/2 Priced Drinks, Complimentary Hors d'oeuvres. Free Self Parking.

Wednesday, Feb 22   GFLGLCC Quarterly Networking Luncheon Presented by AHF   11:30 - 1:00 PM. Pelican Grand Beach Resort. Pelican Grand Beach Resort, 2000 North Ocean Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305. Registration & Networking from 11:30 - 12:00 and Lunch 12:00 - 1:00 PM. We'll be kicking off the 2017 Florida AIDS Walk & Music Festival, featuring DNCE, with 2017 Celebrity Ambassador, Lamman Rucker, Star of the OWN Network drama, Greenleaf. During the luncheon, there will be free giveaways, discounts on event registration and an opportunity to have a meet and greet with our celebrity guest on March 19th. Join us and learn how you can help support this annual benefit event. The chef at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort will create a 3-course lunch which will be served with a non-alcoholic beverage.http://www.gogayfortlauderdale.com/events/details/gflglcc-quarterly-networking-luncheon-presented-by-ahf-2594

Friday, Feb 24 - Pride Fort Lauderdale Kickoff Party - 6:30pm – 9:30pm. B Ocean Resort 1100 Sea Breeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316.Tickets $40 in advance $60 at the door (if available. Supplies are limited and are expected to sell out. $10 Valet / $10 Self Parking in lot across the street. www.PrideFortLauderdale.org/events/kickoff

Sunday, Feb 26 - Pride Fort Lauderdale Beach Party - Noon - 8:00pm. On the Beach at 1100 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale Pride is an annual event held this year on Sunday February 26th 2017 for the first time on Fort Lauderdale Beach. The festival includes world renowned entertainers, local & national exhibitors, food court and of course the world-class beaches of Fort Lauderdale. Additionally, 2017 will bring our most diverse and inclusive Pride ever including a family area, sporting area, History of Pride educational area, Senior Chill Zone, Sober Zone and a new VIP area. Our goal is to create a world-class Pride for our world-class city. Pride Fort Lauderdale will take place for the first time at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park South adjacent to the B Ocean Hotel & Resort. Free shuttle service from Wilton Manors. Family Area. Senior Area. Sports Area. Vendor Booths. For more info: www.PrideFortLauderdale.org

Monday, February 27 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:

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.

Tuesday, March 7 – 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, MAR 9 – A Night of Stars! – 7 PM - 10 PM. Presented by LIPS, 1421 E Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park, FL 33334. Hosted by the SMART Ride and their special guest star servers – Jane Bolin, Victor Diaz-Herman, Stacey Hyde, Mark Ketcham, and Tom Runyon – along with LIPS Divas for an evening of food, fun, and surprises! Special guest appearance from Michael Dean as Cher!! You will have more fun than ever with Lips very own cast of characters serving up great food and fun alongside five celebrity guests servers. Chosen for their commitment to the annual bicycling event, Jane Bolin (Board of Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center & Partner at Peyton Bolin PL), Victor Diaz Herman (Executive Director of Pridelines Youth Services), Stacy Hyde (President/CEO of Broward House), Mark Ketchum (Executive Director of SunServe) and Tom Runyan (Legal council for SMART Ride as well as founder of “Love Always Wins” and Principle at Runyan Law Firm as well long time SMART Ride rider) will camp it up table by table to earn extra tips for the cause. $50 per person general admission includes: Cover, Gratuity, Three course dinner with choice of entree (salmon, chicken marsala, penne primavera (vegetarian), or Lasagna.) Soda, iced tea, coffee, Cash bar. $75 VIP includes the above plus Premium show seating. Complimentary cocktail (and more money raised for SMART Ride). 50/50 Raffle Star Server Tip Challenge. All sales are final. No refunds. Proceeds benefit The SMART Ride and it’s mission to give back 100% of everything it’s participants raise to AIDS Service Organizations for those infected, affected or at risk for HIV and AIDS in Florida. www.thesmartride.org

Thursday, March 16 – 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

Sunday, March 19 – Florida AIDS Walk  9:30 am pre-event ceremony with Celebrity Ambassador, Lamman Rucker, star of the hit drama series on OWN, Greenleaf. The Walk will take place next to Fort Lauderdale Beach starting at South Beach Park, Sunday March 19th, 2017 timeSouth Beach Park on Fort Lauderdale Beach (just north of the B Ocean, formerly the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort). 8:00 am registration opens. 10:00 am walk. HIV/AIDS has been a part of our world for well over thirty years now, but the HIV Crisis is far from over, especially in Florida. Your support has never been more vital to the cause than it is today! Tickets are only $25! So get on board now, team up with your friends and family and register today. http://floridaaidswalk.org

Sunday, March 26 – Lambda Legal Bonnet House Event – 5:00pm – 7:30pm. Bonnet House. Join Lambda Legal as we gather nearly 300 of our community supporters to hear about Lambda Legal’s continuing commitment to its important work in securing and maintaining full equality for LGBT persons and those living with HIV. Our annual Fort Lauderdale cocktail event at the unique and beautiful Bonnet House includes presentation of the community leader award, a short talk by a Lambda Legal plaintiff about their case and an update on our strategy, achievements and challenges from our CEO, Rachel Tiven. For more information, visit www.lambdalegal.org/fortlauderdale

Thursday, March 30 Sage and Friends Fort Lauderdale Honoring George Zuber 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Home of DC Allen and Ken Flick, 2600 NW 7th Ave. Wilton Manors, FL 33311. Sage is the Country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, Gay Bisexual and transgender older adults. To RSVP and buy tickets: https://giveto.sageusa.org/events/2017/sage-friends/fortlauderdale


Friday, March 31 – HIV/AIDS Seniors Conference Center for Spiritual Living.SunServe is thrilled to announce the first ever HIV/AIDS Seniors Conference sponsored by AIDS United! More people living with HIV/AIDS than ever are becoming seniors. Whether you recently sero-converted or have been a long-term survivor, an HIV+ senior simply has different nutritional and medical needs than non-senior individuals living with HIV/AIDS. SunServe invites community members and professionals to receive mental, social and physical health information specific to thriving with HIV/AIDS as a senior. The event will take place at the Center for Spiritual Living on . Please click here to register for the FREE community track, as well as the professionals track offering attendess CEU’s, or visit www.sunserve.org/hivseniors for more information. Please check out our event page on Facebook too at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1633200066982253/

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