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We hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving with loved ones! This week is filled with activities for the holidays, including speed dating, a fundraiser at The Galleria, photos with your pup and Santa, and an art exhibit.

- Christiana Lilly, Editor


City Commission Mulls Transit Safety

By John Hayden

The city of Wilton Manors has been working with Broward County for years to make the area’s main thoroughfares safer. The county has often said many of the requests were impossible. Now, another official is saying: possibly.

At their meeting on Nov. 14, a representative from the Metropolitan Planning Association (MPA) updated commissioners on the Transportation Master Plan (MPO). Among areas in Wilton Manors, they are looking at Andrews Avenue, 26th Street, Powerline Road, and Dixie Highway.

Many of the proposed studies and solutions have been under consideration for years. However, some popped up this time that caught commissioners by surprise. Some of the city’s requests have been denied and called “unfeasible” by the county, but many are now back on the table.

The study is not just for Wilton but for all Broward, and like all major projects, things change. This time, it appears the changes swing towards the city’s wants.


Local LGBTQ Groups Host Toy Drives, Fundraisers for Children

Many LGBTQ groups are holding toy drives and fundraisers for children in South Florida. Here are a few of the LGBTQ-sponsored events this holiday season.

Community Gathers to Remember Trans Lives Lost

Celebration, sorrow, and frustration-fueled anger. The spectrum of emotions ran the gamut at events marking Transgender Day of Remembrance.


Alfredo Olvera to Represent The Pride Center at Men of Style Event Nov. 30

Why choose between substance and style when you can have both? The two collide once again at the annual Galleria Fort Lauderdale’s BBX Capital Men of Style.


SylvesterQ makes the everyday man feel like a model! All ages and body types welcome for a very empowering experience! Always private and discreet.

Weekly Events

TODAY: Safe Harbor

A weekly therapeutic support group for gay, bisexual and trans men. Must register in advance.

WED: We Met at Mary's

It's the ladies' turn for Hamburger Mary's speed dating! It's time to put your phone down and meet potential matches face-to-face.

THURS: Men of Style

Twelve dapper men representing Broward County nonprofits will duke it out at The Galleria, all for a good cause.

FRI: World AIDS Day Candlelight Walk and Vigil

Honor the lives lost to HIV/AIDS and step forward for research and prevention at this annual walk and vigil from Hagen Park to The Pride Center, where there will be HIV testing available.

SAT: Santa Paws

Make memories with your pup and take photos with Santa Claus at Colohatchee Dog Park. There are plenty of treats to go around, too! 

SUN: Holiday Fantasia

Celebrate the holidays and local artists with the second annual event with performances and art exhibits at Sunshine Cathedral.

Job Opportunities

Dog Handler/Daycare Attendant/Kennel Tech -- Wilton Manors

Wilton's Manor Doggie Daycare, Resort & Spa is hiring a dog handler/daycare attendant/kennel technician to work various shifts throughout the week. Tasks include cleaning, feedings, engaging with dogs, customer service, and phone reservations. Please email

Budtender -- Wilton Manors

Green Dragon is hiring a budtender for assisting custmers, managing inventory, sales, keeping store well maintained, and other tasks.

Meet Your Neighbor

       Karen Olsen (Photo by Dennis Dean)

If you’re looking for the perfect frame for a prized piece of artwork, look no further than Karen Olsen at Pride Corner Art & Frame. 

As the business owner of the art gallery and custom framing shop located right on Wilton Drive, Olsen left her job as a sales executive for over 22 years to make the jump into art and framing post-pandemic. 

“I absolutely love the people that I get to connect with in this really great, close knit community,” Olsen said. 

“I love that I get to work with artists and customers on either finding something really special and unique for their home,

but also helping them with framing and making either their artwork or their mementos even that much better by protecting it and showcasing it with the right frame.”

In her free time, Olsen enjoys spending time with her family and their Goldendoodle, photography, and sailing. She is originally from upstate New York and grew up sailing on the Hudson River. -- Mary Rasura

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Mike's Deal

We all scream for ice cream! Now through Dec. 30, 2023, get an extra $15 Cold Stone Creamery gift card when you purchase $50 in gift cards. You'll be well prepared for last-minute holiday gifts and stocking stuffers (or, to treat yourself to more ice cream)!


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