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There's a lot of excitement in Wilton Manors this week, with many locals being recognized for how they've given back to the community. And Rock the Block returns with headliner David Archuleta.

- Christiana Lilly, Editor


David Archuleta Ready to Rock the Block Feb. 17

By John Hayden

Despite being 33-years-old, David Archuleta is still “finding himself.” While not an easy feat for anyone, his personal journey has been incredibly public. He finished second on season seven of “American Idol” and captured the hearts of teens and tweens who spent Tuesday nights hitting “redial” to vote for their teen idol fave with a sweet smile and amazing voice.

Now his journey brings him to Wilton Manors for a new event, Rock the Block. Archuleta played his first Pride/LGBTQ-related event last year, 15 years after his “Idol” season and nearly a decade after first publicly coming out.

“It reminds people that people who are queer are part of the community, are part of the family,” he said.

Coming out and embracing his LGBTQ audience took a long time. The Miami native moved to Utah when he was 5 and raised a Mormon.

While the religion has become more accepting, if not embracing, in recent years, it was still unchartered territory. But he was embraced by his sister.

“My sister told my nieces that I was the ‘guncle.’ They’re very proud of me.”

He will be out and proud and dancing when he takes the stage on Wilton Drive on Saturday, Feb. 17. Harmony Waves is producing the two-night event, which starts Thursday, Feb. 15, at Hunters with Benedict Cork.


HRC Awards Wilton Manors Power Couple Saturday

Don D'Arminio and Marc Martorana are each is important in their own right, but together they make things happen for Wilton Manors and South Florida’s LGBTQ community. Now they’re being recognized with the HRC's Justin Flippen Community Trailblazer Award.

Diversity Honors Awards Nightclub Owner

The owner of Hunters Nightclubs will receive the Pride Center at Equality Park Alan Schubert award at the Diversity Honors. The award, named for one of the Pride Center’s founding fathers, is a nod to Hunter’s long and successful career in business and philanthropy.


OutSFL's Most Eligible LGBTQ Singles of 2024

South Florida is home to tens of thousands LGBTQ folks looking for love – sometimes in all the wrong places. So we decided for this Valentine’s Day to let our readers nominate themselves, or others, so we could choose and highlight a few of them.

Weekly Events

TODAY: Art After Dark

Violet's & Zen's is hosting an art mixer showcasing the talents of Brenden Sanborn, Coco Alarcon Acosta, Daniel Roemmelt and Michael Craft.

SAT: Rock the Block with David Archuleta

The Drive will be shut down for a special concert with David Archuleta; $5 entry is a donation and VIP packages start at $250.

SUN: "When Harry Met Sally" 35th Anniversary

Celebrate the 35th anniversary of this beloved rom-com starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan at the Gateway Theatre.

MON: Diana Krall

Diana Krall, the only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart, will be performing at the Broward Center.

Job Opportunities

Expo/Food Runner -- Wilton Manors

Ethos is hiring an expo/food runner to greet guests, run and serve food and drink, set up and break down expo station, clean tables, and other tasks.

Sales Specialist -- Wilton Manors

Angler Lawn & Landscape is hiring a sales specialist to engage with prospective clients and showcase your sales prowess.

Friday's Furry Friend

Two-year-old Oslo would love to go home with you. This handsome, 64-pound fellow is friendly, needs daily exercise, and he likes to play with toys. When he arrived at the shelter, he tested positive for heartworms, but he has been treated by the staff veterinarian and is doing great. Oslo is treat-motivated and eager to learn more.


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