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Have you ventured into the world of Dungeons and Dragons? Its popularity is only growing, and some Islanders are creating community with the board game.

- Christiana Lilly, Editor


Local D&D Facebook Group Brings Fantasy Lovers Together

By Christopher Flores

Dungeons and Dragons has moved out of your friend’s mom’s basement and into the spotlight. Whether it’s the two feature-length films, the '80s animated series, one of the many internet series including “Dungeons & Drag Queens,” or the series of novels –chances are you’ve seen or heard of the decades-old game somewhere.

It’s popular enough to garner its own Wikipedia article on its pop culture influence alone.

Now it’s come to Wilton Manors and surrounding areas in the form of a private Facebook group titled “Wilton Manors Dungeons, Dragons & Daddies.” 

I had a chance to chat with admins Denim Keith and Chris Johnson about the group and how they want to move forward with it. 

Born out of a desire to create an alternative to the ever-present bar scene, Keith and Johnson welcome players of all experience levels to join the group to meet up with other players and Dungeon Masters (not that kind) in order to network socially. 


Wilton Drive: The Heart and Soul of Wilton Manors

During the four decades since 1980, this magnificent mile has become a center of social life, entertainment, commerce, and tourism, and not just for LGBT people. 

Sunshine Cathedral Shines With Outstanding Performances

Joe Posa and Seth Sikes reunite for a performance of “Tributes,” an homage to iconic female legends, on Saturday, Jan. 13. 


Our Local Person of the Year: FayWhat?!

A decade ago, OutSFL’s 2023 Person of the Year lost her radio career, her home and nearly her life to alcoholism. She now celebrates nine years in recovery, a happy marriage to a loving wife and streaming television fame.

Weekly Events

TODAY: Visit Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival

The festival is going on all week with celebrity chef guest appearances and plenty of food and drink! Check out the full schedule here.

WED: "Art Vision" Artist's Reception

The juried art exhibition at the Broward County Main Library invites the public for an artist's reception and awards ceremony.

THURS: Choir Next Door

Singers Roy DeMarco, Charlie Ibsen, Michael Martin and Sam Scheibe
perform a variety of ensemble singing in this neighborhood concert at Sunshine Cathedral.

FRI: Movies on the Drive

Gather your lawn chairs and favorite snacks for a free screening of "Hairspray" at Hagen Park.

SAT: Island City Yard Sale

The community will gather at the city hall/Hagen Park parking lot for a citywide yard sale with everything from linens and clothes to furniture and home decorative items.

SUN: "Blazing Saddles: 50th Anniversary"

Saddle up for one of the most hilarious comedies ever, "Blazing Saddles," at the Gateway Theatre in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

Job Opportunities

Restaurant Manager -- Wilton Manors

Tropics Grille and Piano Bar is hiring a restaurant manager to coordinate restaurant operations, organize shifts, review product quality, ensure compliance with regulations, and other tasks.

Group Trainer -- Wilton Manors

Challenge Fitness is hiring a group trainer to create daily group workouts, establish promotion plans, validate attendance records, engage with clients, and more.

Meet Your Neighbor

Sherman Yee is an artist who moved to Fort Lauderdale during the Covid-19 pandemic after living in New York City for 21 years. He is originally from Cedar City, Utah, a place he describes as “a three-stoplight town.”

Yee’s art focuses on figurative work around the male form. 

“When I look at art in history, it's a lot of females and female nudes. Traditionally, male bodies are not as represented in the history of art, so I'm trying to bring the balance to that side of things because a lot of times in society, males will be unable to appreciate a male body 

just because they worry about their masculinity,” Yee explains. “And I'm just trying to show that it's okay and that's normal.”

He is the co-owner of Fierce Art Gallery Studio along with Enrique Cirino. The studio is located at 2424 Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors. On the first and third Saturday of every month they host an open studio event from 6 to 9 p.m. You can view Yee’s art on his Instagram @shermanyee and his website

Mike's Deal

Date night just got a lot sweeter! Dine with Pei Wei and use code BOGO50 to save -- buy one entree, get one 50% off.

Code valid through Jan. 14, 2024.


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