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The community is counting down the days for the SMART Ride -- the final time that bikers will gather to raise funds for area charities, including many right here in Wilton Manors.

- Christiana Lilly, Editor


SMART Ride Preps for Last Trip

By John Hayden

Glen Weinzimer has organized 19 trips from Miami to Key West, a 165-mile bike ride to raise money for HIV/AIDS service organizations. Now, he’s preparing for the 20th and final ride.

Over the years, thousands of riders, crew, and volunteers have raised nearly $15M and formed bonds that will last long after the last tire is changed, and water bottle is emptied.

For now, the final training rides are underway, team members are getting their jerseys, and a last minute fundraising push to raise a record-breaking $2M in the final year.

Compass is The Ride’s Palm Beach County beneficiary. CEO Julie Seaver says it’s crunch time, but they’re ready.

“This past weekend, I was on a training ride from Lake Worth's Bryant Park to the Palm Beach Inlet. The weather was beautiful and it was so great to see the many SMART Riders and other teams were out there, getting their last training miles in going north and south.”



Carvelle Bikes Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Carvelle Estriplet is celebrating one year since opening Carvelle Bikes on Sixth Avenue just east of Oakland Park Boulevard and Scandals.

“It’s been a roller coaster. A lot of ups and downs. A lot of growth,” she said.

The Play’s the Thing for Playwright Dan Clancy

“108 Waverly” is a musical about two male couples navigating gay life in the same West Village apartment, 70 years apart. Dan Clancy was kind enough to make time for an interview.


Beloved Owner of Pub On the Drive Dies

Michael Connell, the owner of Pub On the Drive, has passed away. He suffered a stroke about a month ago, but the news of his death still came as a surprise. Connell appeared to be making a full recovery, and was making plans.


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Weekly Events

TODAY: A New Haart

Dr. Zachary Henry leads a community focused discussion on AHF’s newest endeavors to further longevity, health and happiness for people living with HIV/AIDS.

WED: Italian Wine Tasting

Join the owners of Union Kitchen & Bar to taste and enjoy unique wines from Italy and nibble chef's passed hors d'oeuvres.

THURS: State of the Trans Community

Join Transinclusive Group, The McKenzie Project Inc, Transsocial, Arianna's Center for an impactful State of the Trans Community town hall and panel discussion at ArtServe. Food, drinks, and entertainment will be provided.

FRI: Mindful Coping

Yvonne Colon leads this weekly group with SunServe to teach mindful tools encompassing emotion-focused and problem-focused strategies and body relaxation techniques.

SAT: Glow Pickleball

Up the ante on the pickleball court with glow-in-the-dark matches at Hagen Park with upbeat music. 

SUN: Equality Garden Club Plant Fair

Obsessed with plants? Head out to the second of a two-day celebration of flora with this local club at Richardson Historic Park.

Job Opportunities

Custodian -- Wilton Manors

CSL Plasma is hiring a custodian to manage minor maintenance repairs and the clean and orderly appearance of the collection center.

Parent Educator -- Wilton Manors

Family Central is hiring a parent educator to work with families on healthy pregancnies, identifying child development milestones, and bettering parent-child relationships.

Meet Your Neighbor

When Tedd Davis isn’t traveling the world, he’s advocating for art and community expression. 

Davis created his biweekly “Off The Wall” artist spotlight after shutting down his gallery of seven years during the first few weeks of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

“Off The Wall” showcases the art of local artists, providing them with financial support, and it recently celebrated its 100th edition. Davis also has a series called “Sideshow Road Trippin on Art” where he exhibits art during his travels. 

“Art gives the world additional beauty. I think the only other thing that gives beauty to the world is other people and nature, second to nature art gives people something to view and to think about and to appreciate in all different forms,” Davis says. 

The artist was also featured in this year’s Out 50, an OutSFL series featuring 50 LGBTQ movers and shakers. 

-- Mary Rasura

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