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Happy Friday!

We'd like to introduce you to a new group in town, the Friends of Wilton Manors Parks. Our reporter John Hayden chatted with the crew recently and learned about their mission to keep our parks beautiful, especially since the Island City doesn't have a line item specifically devoated to our parks. Scroll own to learn more and how to get involved.

-- Christiana Lilly, Editor


Group Aims to Clean Up Wilton Manors’ Parks; Makeover in the Works

By John Hayden

Photo via the City of Wilton Manors, Facebook.

From Mickel Park on the westside to Hagen Park, the crown jewel of Wilton Manors’ park system, to pocket parks that dot the city, Wilton Manors has an abundant green space. Over the past 15 years, the number of services offered by the city’s Leisure Services Department has greatly expanded, and is the backbone of the slogan “Life’s Just Better Here.” 

Maintaining high standards isn’t easy. Now a group is aiming to lend a hand. Friends of Wilton Manors Parks has the goal of not just maintaining those standards, but taking them to the next level. 

“This started because the city doesn’t have a line-item budget just for parks,” Friends member Helena Hantzes said after a recent meeting. “Any funds the parks department raises goes into the general fund. This was thought up to plug-in some financing that the budget can’t cover.” 

They are starting with two goals. The first is to raise awareness of the group and get the community involved. The group is discussing plans for a series of park cleanups around the city, so every neighborhood is involved.

Read more at OutSFL.


We All Scream for Ice Cream

Even though we have warm weather 12 months a year here in South Florida, summer still means it’s hotter than hell (and global warming is only making that worse). What better time to treat yourself to a delicious cooling treat like ice cream?

Nominations Open for Your Choice Awards

OutSFL's first Your Choice Awards has officially launchedNominate your favorite people, places and things, then vote for the winners. Deadline is Aug. 30.


Parking Leads Concerns Around Proposed Wilton Manors Hotel

At a brief public meeting on Aug. 3, members of the public gave their feedback, most of which revolved around a perceived lack of parking for the 123-room, eight-story hotel. 

Weekly Events

TODAY: "Thrill Me"

It's 1924 in Chicago, and Richard and Nathan find themselves leaving a trail of arson, theft, and vandalism -- and possibly murder? See the play at Island City Stage before it wraps Sept. 3.

SAT: Break the Stigma

An HIV/AIDS conference for women and femmes at Sunshine Cathedral, hosted by the Aqua Foundation in honor of Southern HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

SUN: "Oleanna"

It's closing night for "Oleanna" at Empire Stage, telling the tale of a power struggle between a college professor and a female student when she accuses him of sexual harassment. 

MON: Gears and Beers

Join the weekly bike riding group for a ride throughout Downtown Fort Lauderdale and ending at Tarpon River Brewing for a beer.

Job Opportunities

Part-time Markdown Associate -- Wilton Manors

As a markdown associate at HomeGoods, you'll provide customer experience practices, embody a positive store culture, ring customer purchases/returns and count change back to customer, and promote credit and loyalty programs.

Warehouse Truck Driver -- Oakland Park

Broward County Public Schools is hiring a warehouse truck driver to load, unload, move and store furniture, equipment and supplies, as necessary, and to transport to schools and locations throughout the district.

Friday's Furry Friends

Meatball and CoCo are Dachshund mixes that arrived at the Humane Society of Broward County in late June, along with more than a dozen others that were confiscated as part of a neglect situation. They are both about 5 years old and have been through so much and have made so much progress with the caring staff and volunteers.

Meatball and CoCo have congenital malformation of the eyes and have little to no vision. They will do well in a home with another well-mannered dog to keep them company, or maybe consider adopting both of them.

It's in the Stars

InTarotGate by Dooney

Recent attacks on our right to exist can chain us to the false belief that our hands are tied and that, like the reversed Eight of Swords, we cannot find the next step forward. Inevitably, transgressions against specific groups, such as our transgender friends and family, affect us all, making us feel trapped and hopeless – when one of us suffers, we all suffer. 

However, it is The Devil’s lies that sell us this belief in powerlessness, when in truth the chains that bind us are breakable; when it comes to our right to be, nothing can truly hold us down for long. The reversed Ten of Swords reminds us that in our grievances we are stronger, uplifted, and ready to grab the same swords that pierced us to blind and disarm our common enemy.

Tiktok: @inTarotGate

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