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Happy Friday, Islanders!

There's a lot going on this weekend, including the annual Reverse Quinceañera fundraiser for Wilton Collective. Be sure to scroll down through our entire email, as we have plenty more events to partake in every day of the week!

Also, what do you think about the possibility of a hotel coming to Wilton Manors? Keep reading and take our survey to share your opinion.

-- Christiana Lilly, Editor


Wilton Collective to Host Party This Weekend

By John Hayden

Photo by J.R. Davis.

A little drag and a lot of fun are in store this weekend as Wilton Collective hosts its annual Reverse Quinceañera (RQ). Founder Julian Cavazos began the tradition on his 51st birthday, the reverse of 15 which is the traditional age for a quinceañera.

The party has grown over the years, and the 12th iteration is Saturday in the Crystal Ballroom at The Manor in Wilton Manors with the theme Queen of the Night. And Queen is the operative word.

Some of South Florida’s top drag entertainers will compete for a $1,500 top cash prize. While there will be lots of pageantry, the RQ entertainment is strictly a talent show. The night will also feature a new chapter in the long-running saga of Myrna, a telenovela story featuring the ups and mostly downs of a character looking for love. We’re told the fifth chapter will feature a surprise pregnancy.

“This picks up where Myrna is ready to drop, and she’s going to find love again. It’s going to be quite an episode,” Cavazos said. He also teased a touch of royalty.

Local entertainer FayWhat?! Is back to host for a second year.

“This organization is near and dear to my heart,” she said. “I’m very excited.”

Proceeds from the benefit, which is sold out, go to Julian’s Fountain of Youth, which works with LGBTQ youth and develops programs and outings to help them develop life skills and cope in an often-hostile world.

Fay says it’s that mission that inspires her to pitch in.

“If you’ve ever spoken to Julian, you know that those children are his world and his passion. Right now, with the climate that we’re in, LGBTQ+ youth are the most targeted, and they can’t even vote and yet they’re going through that.”



WMPD Chief Gary Blocker to Continue Serving Community

Gary Blocker has been with the Wilton Manors Police Department for more than 25 years, and is in his second year as chief. But he says there’s more work to do, and he’s not going anywhere.

Wilton Commissioners Briefed on Sea Level Rise

Consulting firm Baxter-Woodman ran 25 scenarios, and the findings are a stark reminder that climate change is a direct and growing threat to a city where many properties sit at 10-feet elevation or lower.


Record Budget For Wilton Manors

A record budget of $52 million is poised to be passed by the Wilton Manors city commission. At their special meeting on Sept. 13, commissioners took input from the public and took preliminary votes for funding the city’s new fiscal year.

Weekly Events

TODAY: "Clark Gable Slept Here"

When the corpse of a naked male prostitute is found in his client's hotel room during the Golden Globe Awards, Jarrod Hilliard and hotel manager Gage Holland are left to sweep things under the rug in this play at The Foundry.

SAT: Afternoon Delight Series

Join sexologist Dr. Stacy Friedman and The Second Tuesday Lesbian Social Group for a candid conversation on self-love and sexual intimacy.

SUN: "Witches"

Tim Murray uses hilarious personal stories about growing up a closeted, yet feminine man, who tried hard to pass as straight to avoid being burned at the stake.

MON: Monday Night Trivia

Head to the taproom at Funky Buddha to drop some knowledge! The top three teams in this weekly trivia night go home with gift cards from the brewery.

Job Opportunities

Parking Enforcement -- Wilton Manors

REEF is hiring parking enforcement officers to issue fee notices to vehicles not in compliance with parking policy and procedure.


Recreation Leader -- Wilton Manors

The City of Wilton Manors is hiring a recreation leader to organize, supervise, and lead student recreation activities and/or athletics programs.

Are you hiring? Send us your job listing with details to

Friday's Furry Friend

It won’t take you long after meeting Buttons to see how incredibly smart she is! She knows heel, sit and down, and is easy to train because she's treat motivated. That, however, may be why she's a bit chunky at 65 pounds. With her high energy, it won't take her long to slim down a bit with the right family.

It's in the Stars

InTarotGate by Dooney 

This is the prime time for freeing yourself from a situation that might feel as if it offers no way out. That sense of entrapment seen in the Eight of Swords mostly comes from thought patterns that have kept you from realizing that you may be hiding yourself in the dark out of irrational fear and doubt. According to the Six of Cups, the answer lies in reaching to someone from your past, a good friend or family member to help you reconnect with your true values and rebuild the self-confidence necessary to remove the blindfold and rediscover the joys of the Three of Cups: openness, friendship, and celebration. 

TikTok: @inTarotGate

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