Equality Florida presents their 2023 Broward Gala at The Westin Resort Convention on Saturday, November 11.
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Saturday, November 11

Equality Florida presents their 2023 Broward Gala at The Westin Resort Convention (3030 Granada St). This year’s event will be Emceed by Jamie Guirola and Steve Maclaughlin, with the key note speaker being Nadine Smith; the Voice of Equality Award going to Tatiana Williams, and the Equality Means Business Award going to NBC 6. And if all this wasn’t enough, they will feature entertainment by Yoli Mayor. To become a sponsor or to purchase tickets go to equalityflorida.org/browardcelebration.

Have a paw-tastic day with your furry friend at the 17th Annual Mutts & Martinis today from 12pm to 4pm at Esplanade Park in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. This free, family friendly event features a doggie fashion show, a peanut butter eating contest, a variety of vendors, food trucks and great music. In addition, there is the Bow Wow VIP sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka featuring unlimited martini samplings and lite bites for $35 per person. Several pet rescues will also be on hand hoping to find fur-ever homes for their canine residents. VIP tickets are on sale now! Tickets and additional information at www.tinyurl.com/RWMUTTS2023.

Gulfstream Park Village invites everyone to the ‘Symphony in Lights” kick-off event on today from 7-10pm. This community celebration will feature DJ Chris Cruz and music from the Valerie Tyson 8-piece band. Santa Claus will be posing for selfies along with elves, dancers, and Nutcracker stilt walkers. After the opening remarks, a 10-minute light show dazzled in snowfall will commence. After tonight this will run nightly from Nov. 12 – Dec. 31. This is not only the perfect opportunity to experience some holiday magic, but also to enjoy shopping, dining, and boundless entertainment at Gulfstream Park Village’s open-air setting. A full directory of shops, restaurants and entertainment can be viewed at gulfstreampark.com.

Sunday, November 12

Taking place every Monday throughout November from 5 to 7pm, Noche de Arte, a weekly Art Residency featuring local artists painting live returns as it celebrates 50 years of Hip Hop Thru Art and 15 years of PATH (Preserving, Archiving & Teaching Hiphop, Inc). With the support of local Miami arts organization CollaborARTive and PATH, Intercontinental Miami is featuring live interaction with artists Miss Lushy and Louiedology to connect with the guests on a deeper level and tap into various creative styles. Miss Lushy will be in residence today, and Louiedology on November 19 and  26 at the InterContinental Miami.  The event is free and open to the public.

Miami Dade College’s (MDC) 40th Miami Book Fair (MBF) will take place from today through Nov 19, in downtown Miami. This year’s Miami Book Fair will once again feature some of the world’s top authors, influencers, and celebrities, including evenings with headliners Kerry Washington, Joan Baez, David Brooks, Walter Mosley, Jada Pinkett Smith and Henry Winkler, among others. Hundreds of authors will present in-person in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole. Some of these programs will be streamed live from the Fair to miamibookfaironline.com (available on demand 24/7).

America’s beloved, live-fire, open-air culinary experience, Heritage Fuego presented by Goya Foods, will return for its 13th year today at The Biltmore Hotel. The event will showcase 20 notable South Florida chefs, each grilling heritage-bred proteins al fresco inspired by global food cultures. Guests will get to vote for “Best Bite of the Day” with the winner crowned Heritage Hero. In addition to one-of-a-kind, live-fire culinary creation, the event will feature a diverse and delicious array of craft cocktails and curated selection of beers and wines. For details and to purchase tickets, visit heritagefiretour.com/miami/.

Monday, November 13

Fort Lauderdale Beach has never been cooler with the debut of “The Rink at The Loop,” a 4,000 sq. ft. eco-friendly, technological marvel that brings the thrill of ice-skating seaside, under blue skies and swaying palm trees. Composed of self-moisturizing, seamless tongue-and-groove panels, The Rink offers a smooth surface for skaters to glide and turn as they would on conventional ice, while providing a traditional wintertime experience that’s perfect for all ages, ice skating novices and pros alike. Fort Lauderdale Beach will transform into a hub of holiday activities steps from the shoreline during the Third Annual Wonderland, today through Jan. 1. Wonderland will feature an array of sights, sounds, special activities and performances, including the holiday MKT, strolling characters, live music, dance performances, visits with Santa, holiday movies and more.

Tuesday, November 14

Enjoy tremendous savings at the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) in November with $10 Tuesdays. This limited-time deal provides new and returning guests with an opportunity to experience 150,000 square feet of dynamic science exhibits, an outdoor science park, a live animal collection, a rotating schedule of science shows, learning labs, café, store and a grand atrium featuring the Great Gravity Clock, a 52-foot-tall kinetic energy sculpture: the largest clock in Florida. Upgrade your visit with an IMAX documentary film for only $5. This is a huge savings off of the South Florida Residents Discovery Pass ($24 for adults and $19 for children) and the MODS Discovery Pass ($27 for adults and $22 for children). Purchase online at mods.org/tickets. 

Wednesday, November 15

Compass’ Pride Business Alliance presents their social at Drive Shack WPB (1710 Belvedere Rd) from 6to 8pm.

Thursday, November 16

Today is Give Miami Day, which is one of the largest annual giving events in the nation. On this day, you make a philanthropic impact by supporting our community’s local nonprofits. Created in 2012 by The Miami Foundation, Give Miami Day has raised more than $100 million for 1,000-plus community nonprofits. Last year, over 41,000 donors generously contributed more than $32 million to champion organizations improving quality of life and equity in the county. Go to givemiamiday.org to donate.

University of Miami Student LGBTQ+ Mural Presentation to Stonewall National Museum, Archives & Library takes place today at 6pm. Join representatives from the university for the presentation, refreshments, and conversations about how they will engage the next generation of leaders. The event is free, but you must RSVP at stonewall-museum.org. 

Shops at Merrick Park, Coral Gables’ will present its 20th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony today at 5pm. On this special night, attendees will witness the illumination of a towering 50-foot tree and enjoy a live performance by South Florida’s own Preston Howell, a former contestant on NBC’s The Voice. For more information about Shops at Merrick Park, please call (305) 529-1215, visit Shopsatmerrickpark.com. 

Friday, November 17

The Frost Museum invites everyone to experience legendary music combined with laser light visuals during their next Laser Evening. Guests can enjoy feeling the love with Elton John, paint it black with The Rolling Stones, dream on with Aerosmith and more all under the Frost Planetarium’s 67-foot dome. They encourage everyone to come early to hang out in the museum’s Main Atrium where light snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. Each Laser Evening show must be purchased separately and take place from 7pm to 11:45pm. For more information and tickets, visit: https://www.frostscience.org/event/laser-evening-11-17/. Tickets are $10 per adult; $8 per child (ages 4-11), and members receive a 20% discount on all laser evening shows.

Saturday, November 18

Today and tomorrow the Equality Garden Club presents their annual “A Tropical Plant Fair” from 9am to 5pm today and 9am to 3pm tomorrow at Richardson Park and Nature Preserve. Admission is $5 for both days, and children under 12 are free. They will also feature free parking at City Hall with a free shuttle bus over. For more info see the feature in this mag or go to Equalitygardenclub.com.

Pinecrest Gardens, South Florida’s historic botanical gem, proudly announces its first-ever ‘Avian Oasis’ exhibit. From today through May 23, visitors can experience six captivating bamboo-crafted bird sculptures, each standing up to a staggering 30 feet tall, set within the lush landscapes of Pinecrest Gardens. For more info, go to: Pinecrestgardens.org/mythmakers.

Tuesday, November 21

The GFLGLCC (Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBT Chamber of Commerce) presents their November Mixer at AC Hotels (3029 Alhambra St) from 5:30 to 7pm. The event includes a complimentary welcome drink, cash bar with happy hour prices, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and a chance to win a one night stay. Admission is free for members with early registration or $5 within 24 hours of event; future members $10 with early registration and $15 within 24 hours of event. For more info, contact Keith at Keith@gflglcc.org.

Hot Stuff

Congratulations to José Javier, Community Health and Well-Being Outreach Coordinator at Holy Cross Health in Fort Lauderdale, who received the Magno Morales Outstanding Immigrant Award from Latinos en Acción (LEA), an advisory group to the Broward County HIV Prevention Planning Council (BCHPPC). The Hispanic HIV Leadership Awards ceremony included appearances by “America’s Got Talent” contestant Alde Tremenda; Kimberly Venom; and Joseph Thiels Miss and Mr. Noche Latina 2023; Miss Florida F.I. 2022 Juliana Rivera; and Miss Universal Show Queen Gadfrie Arbulu.

Renowned for its luxurious spa and wellness center and state of the art fitness center, JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa takes it to the next level, encouraging fitness buffs to test their mettle with the launch of a new Full Functional Fitness Course. The program will take place on subsequent Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays. Helmed by Coach Tait Smith of Sweat Athletix, the course will be set up on the resort’s Palm Court Lawn and run from 6 to 9am with the last call time at 9am.  Guests are invited to challenge themselves at 27-30 stations, each offering a one-minute drill; with the total course time set to run at 42 minutes.  Designed to accommodate all fitness levels, the course is available at no cost to guests of the resort or Turnberry Isle Club members; âme Spa guests and local fitness enthusiasts can take part for $30, which is payable upon arrival after signing a digital waiver.  Complimentary/validated self-parking is included. For more information, please contact âme Spa at (305) 933-6930.

TDOR EVENTS

November represents Transgender Awareness month, and the entire community is invited to come out and support these events. On Sun Nov 12, from 6-9pm (doors open at 5pm) The Mckenzie Project presents the Mr. and Miss Trans Xtravaganza Soiree at the Center for Spiritual Living (4849 N. Dixie Highway). On Tuesday, November 14 at 6:30pm at The Venue Fort Lauderdale Trans Inclusive Group presents the 9th Annual Bishop SF Makalani-Mahee Transgender Equality Awards. On Thursday, November 16 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Our Fund Foundation Auditorium at Art Serve (1350 E Sunrise Blvd) Trans Inclusive group presents a State of the Trans Community Panel Discussion. On Friday, November 17 from 6-11pm Florida International University presents Gender Chill: Gender Justice Fashion Show at their Wolfe University Center Ballroom (3000 NE 15th St, N. Miami). On Saturday, Nov 18 from 11am to 2pm, The Mckenzie Project presents Breathing While Black at Trans Runway Extravaganza Freedom Lab at 4300 NW 12th Avenue, Miami. On Sunday, Nov 19, Hotpots/Happening Out Art Gallery with Dennis Dean (2401 N. Dixie Highway) presents their Artist showcase of “Here’s To Life: A Trans Joy and Liberation Art Exhibit.” On, Monday, Nov 20, from 6:30-8:30, Trans inclusive Group presents Transgender Dau of Remembrance: Say Their Names at the pride Center at Equality Park (2040 N Dixie Highway).