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Pub on the Drive hosted the grand opening of its new patio, which has received rave reviews. Read all about it -- and a hiccup that the restaurant experienced.

There's plenty to do this weekend (check out our calendar below) and be sure to save the date for Sept. 2, SunServe's Trans Body Positive Beach Bash!

-- Christiana Lilly, Editor

P.S. Seriously, there's less than a week to make your nominations in the Your Choice Awards! Scroll to nominate your favorites!


New Pride Hub Faces Problems

By John Hayden

Photo via The Pub on the Drive, Facebook.

The grand opening of Pub on the Drive’s new patio was just that: grand. But an unforeseen issue briefly tamped down enthusiasm. On Aug. 16, co-owner Mike Connell and his crew cut the red ribbon and officially opened their new back patio area, called Pride Hub at Pub On the Drive.

The new space is beautiful, with sleek wood walls, a large bar, a translucent cover and ceiling fans to keep things cool, six televisions, and seating for about 75. The VIP party was packed with invited guests including loyal customers, local luminaries, and media.

The area was crowded for the party, but movement and flow through the space was as smooth as the atmosphere was festive. The bar is long enough for three to four bartenders to work quickly and comfortably without stepping on each other.

The Pub is a prolific programmer of entertainment. That will continue inside, but Connell says this space will be different from the rest of the establishment. Pride Hub will be just for people who want to come and have a meal and talk without loud music or performances.

Problems came the next night during the public grand opening. 

Read more at OutSFL.


Trans Community Celebrates In Safety Sept. 2

SunServe is once again hosting the Trans Body Positive Beach Bash, a day for trans people and their partners to live life without looking over their shoulder or feeling self-conscious about their body.

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.


The Wilton Hotel: New Project, Old Concerns

OutSFL posted a hotel story in the Wilton Community News Facebook discussion group, and debate has been brisk and somewhat contentious.

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: Chorus Auditions

The Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida is hosting auditions at Sunshine Cathedral for its 14th season. A second round of auditions will take place in September.

SUN: Sunday MKT

Shop local and micro-vendors featuring an eclectic array of traditional market fare and delight in a fine selection of fresh produce, baked items, handmade goods, fashions and more at Las Olas Oceanside Parks in Fort Lauderdale.

MON: Mic Drop

Cheer along to a night of lip syncing at Lit Wilton Manors, hosted by Nicolette.

Job Opportunities

Speech Language Pathologist -- Wilton Manors

The Pearl at Fort Lauderdale Rehabilitation and Nursing Center seeks a speech language pathologist to provide direct patient care to assess their medical condition, functional capabilities, limitations and restrictions and potential for rehabilitation, as well as establish and administer a treatment program.

Nutrition Manager -- Wilton Manors

The Poverello Center is hiring a self-motivated, highly energetic, organizational leader and credentialled nutritionist/dietitian Florida provider who understands the nutritional needs for a wide range of people, from clients who have chronic illness including HIV, to those who are working on weight management and general healthful eating. 

Friday's Furry Friend

Eight-year-old Sigmund is a friendly, older gentleman that still has plenty of pep in his step. Sigmund loves getting attention from people, and he enjoys playing tug of war with a rope toy. One staff member described him as a giant teddy bear who just wants belly rubs.

It's in the Stars

InTarotGate by Dooney

As August comes to a close, it seems like we have constantly battled for our own right to exist, at times experiencing the defeat of the Five of Swords firsthand and at others feeling like our small victories can only be short-lived. Yet we rise above the mire of wins and losses and from the anguish of the Three of Swords with the knowledge of what lies ahead, of the choices we will have to make each step of the way. 

The Chariot signals a period of major forward momentum, marking a moment in time when we will launch, unabated, to reshape our political landscape with a loud crush of bones underfoot as our enemies’ fear-driven efforts to reduce us actually work in our favor, strengthening us and teaching us all their weaknesses.

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