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Wilton Manors will be aglow in holiday cheer with the lighting of the menorah, Christmas tree, and kinara this Thursday! Check out a special Hanukkah exhibit at HotSpots, too.

- Christiana Lilly, Editor


Celebrating the Art of Hanukkah Dec. 7-15

By John Hayden

Hanukkah, the celebration of unwavering faith and miracles, is upon us. The eight-night observance is Dec. 7 to 15 and will be marked by Jewish families and their allies throughout South Florida.

HOTspots Happening Out Art Gallery with Dennis Dean is hosting Hanukkah ceremonies, with all eight nights observed in the gallery with the lighting of the menorah. The week kicks off Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. with the lighting and blessing from 6:30-7 p.m., with another lighting Dec. 9. These two ceremonies are with Etz Chaim and are free and open to the public.

The Dec. 12 event is with the Jewish Federation of Broward County, and focuses on its commitment to understand, engage with, and advocate on behalf of the Jewish LGBTQ community. The Co-Founder of the Miami Israel Collective, Lior Halabi, will be the guest speaker, and will feature light kosher bites and an open bar.

This event is $18 and people must register in advance by 5 p.m. Monday.

The gallery will host menorah lighting and blessings on the other five nights at 6:30 p.m. Security will be provided.

The gallery is partnering with the LGBTQ+ Jewish Congregation, Etz Chaim, and the Jewish Federation of Broward County to present the events.



Holiday Concerts to Tease Your Ears This Season

Whether it’s carols, show tunes, pop, opera, or rap, nothing makes the holidays more festive than music, and there are many opportunities to enjoy your favorites this holiday season.

Wilton Manors Receives a Perfect Score from the HRC

For the 10th consecutive year, the City of Wilton Manors received a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index.


South Florida Observes World AIDS Day

The AIDS Quilt is far too big to ever be displayed in its entirety again. Each unique panel is dedicated to a life lost to HIV/AIDS. After 40 years, it would cover more space than any urban space could provide.

Weekly Events

TODAY: A Conversation with Lucas Hilderbrand

The Stonewall Museum is hosting a virtual conversation with Lucas Hilderbrand, the author of "The Bars Are Ours."

WED: Flamingo Flea Sip and Shop

Discover your new favorite creator or find the perfect holiday gift at the next Sip and Shop in Funky Buddha's tap room, featuring all local businesses.

THURS: Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Join the City of Wilton Manors for its annual lighting of the holiday Menorah, Kinara and Christmas Tree, fit with live music, food, vendors, and more. 

FRI: GLLN Holiday Party

The Gay & Lesbian Lawyers Network is hosting its annual holiday party at LIT in Wilton Manors with delicious appetizers and two free drink tickets.

SAT: Anthony Nunziata: My Very Merry Christmas

Performer Anthony Nunziata takes the stage at Sunshine Cathedral with Joe Posa as Joan Rivers.

SUN: Dancing by the Sea

Put on your dancing shoes for a group class at Anglin's Square in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea for dancing under the stars and the sound of the ocean waves.

Job Opportunities

Special Events Coordinator -- Wilton Manors

The Pride Center at Equality Park is hiring a special events coordinator to handle logistics for fundraising and events, including Wicked Manors, the Rainbow 5K, Diversity Honors, monthly Equality Park After Dark markets, Jammin’ at The Center concerts, Active Aging Health Expo, community gatherings, and more.

Clinical Social Worker -- Wilton Manors

The U.S. Air Force is hiring a clinical social worker to help individuals improve the quality of their lives. From diagnosing various issues to offering guidance and counseling, these professionals offer services their clients can rely on during their hardest times.

Meet Your Neighbor

After meeting Andy Warhol in New York City during the '80s, photographer Dennis Dean’s life was forever changed. 

Warhol was an audience member for an Off-Broadway show that Dean was performing in and was so enamored with the cast that he threw them a party. 

Dean stated that Warhol gave him advice that he has carried with him throughout his career as a photographer. 

“I remember him having a little Kodak camera. He was clicking all these photos of me and people,” Dean said. “It was very, very cool. And then I said ‘Hey, give me some advice.’ 

"That's when he told me, ‘Don’t take pictures, make photographs.’ And then he said ‘Always leave the audience wanting more.’ So I did get that out of him and we had a good conversation. I remember that, it just stayed with me.” 

Hot Spots! Happening Out Art Gallery with Dennis Dean has an opening reception featuring local artists from 6 to 9 p.m. the first Saturday of the month. The gallery is located at 2401 N. Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors. -- Mary Rasura

Know of a neighbor we should feature? Is it you? Email your recommendations to

Mike's Deal

Headed down to Miami to partake in Art Miami parties, galleries and other happenings? 

Hop aboard a Brightline train (the station is in downtown Miami) and save $10 on your ticket to Art Miami and the CONTEXT tents by using code BRIGHTLINE


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