Christmas on Las Olas is part of the Winter-fest celebrations. It’s a very popular one-night event and a real treat for families and anyone living in the area. Las Olas is the most elegant shopping street in Fort Lauderdale that dresses up for the holidays and celebrates Christmas with a much anticipated end-of-the-year street party.

 

The boulevard is closed to traffic so people can walk up and down without having to worry about watching out for cars. People have a wonderful energy as they walk, talk, laugh and spend a good time outside with friends and family.

The shops are open late and restaurants and bars are filled up. People mix and mingle in street listening to school choirs sing holiday tunes and live bands and performers play on stages

This event is sure to bring the holiday spirit to all.

Between Southeast 6th Avenue and Southeast 10th Avenue
Around 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Broward

Celebration of Life Service Seminar

Preplanning your Burial or Cremation Celebration of Life Service Seminar will be at the Church of the Holy Spirit Song, (2040 N. Dixie Hwy (Equality Park) Tuesday, November 29 at 6:00 PM. A light dinner will be provided. In this brief seminar you will learn about your many options and the benefits of prearranging your service your way. This is sponsored by American Burial & Cremation Center @ Jennings Funeral Home. RSVP is a must - 954-731-4321.

Greif Support Group

Greif Support Group led by Heartland Hospice meets every 3rd Tuesday at American Burial & Cremation Center @ Jennings Funeral Home 1801 E. Oakland Park Blvd. from 2-4 pm. Call 954-731-4321. If you need support in your time of loss they invite you to attend.

Eating Disorder Support group

An Eating Disorder Support group is starting Nov. 4. This group will meet Friday evenings from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. At Sun Serve’s Wilton Manors location at 2123 Wilton Drive, second floor. This is a “drop-in” psycho-educational support group.  No registration required, free- however donations are welcome. Call 954-764-5150 for more information

*Out for Equality

On Nov. 30, GetEQUAL will host "Out for Equality.” The event will be held Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m., at Miami Dade College's Kendall Campus in room K143. Visit Outforequality.tumblr.com

*Ribbons For the Children

Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center requests the pleasure of your company at the 6th Annual Ribbons for the Children art exhibition and benefit auction benefiting the children’s diagnostic & Treatment Center to support children and families with HIV/AIDS. This event will be taking place Fri. Dec 2 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. Visit Childrensdiagnostic.org

*Pancakes by The Pool - Fundraiser for Naked Cabana Boys Softball Team

On Dec. 10 come help the Naked Cabana Boys Softball Team. "Sponsored by The Depot Cabana Bar & Shawn & Nick's Courtyard Cafe Triple Play Meal: Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage or Ham, Bloody Mary or Mimosa $10 Advance Purchase Three Seatings - 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Purchase tickets from any of the Naked Cabana Boys Team Players. Visit Fortlauderdale.gaycities.com

*10th Annual Inlet Challenge Bicycle Ride

Kids In Distress hosts its 10th annual KID Inlet Challenge Bicycle Ride on Dec. 4, an at-your-own- pace outdoor scenic ride along A1A from Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach. Cyclists choose from Century (100 miles), Metric Century (62.5 miles), Half Metric (31 miles) or Beach Cruiser (15 miles) rides. Riders can register individually or as a team of four or more. Additional benefits apply to teams of 10 or more. Visit Inletchallenge.org

SE Florida Chamber Expo

On Jan 28-29 come to the War Memorial Auditorium and see what your local businesses have to showcase. Come and see your local community’s businesses products and services. Free Admission. From 10am-6pm. For more information please call Gino Alessio 561-245-8985.

*A Toy's Story: A Night For Giving

Wednesday, Dec. 14, Marc Silverstone Presents A Toy's Story: A Night For Giving With special performances and appearances. Benefiting SunServe, Broward House, Kids in Distress and other local charities. Admission: $10 pre-sale tickets + an unwrapped toy. This event will be taking place at The Manor Complex. For more Information Visit Anightforgiving.com

Safe “T”

Safe “T” is a new support group for gender variant adults 18 plus that meets Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Sunserve’s Wilton Manors location at 2123 Wilton Drive, second floor. This is a “drop-in” psycho-educational support group.  No registration required, free- however donations are welcome. Call 954-764-5150.

*Yoga With Bill

This Event will take place every Saturday morning at 8 a.m. just north of Sunrise on A1A, at the tunnel entrance from Birch State park.  It is open to all levels of practice and I ask for a $5.00 donation. The only equipment that is needed is a bed sheet to practice on.  Yoga mats don't work on the sand. There is also a full moon yoga on the beach the first Friday of the full moon each month at 6:30 on the beach in front of La Hermitage. For more information call Bill Rodowsky at 954.803.2716

Via Luna Italian Sunday Brunch

Sundays, Noon to 3 p.m. Savor the most spectacular oceanfront Sunday Brunch in Fort Lauderdale. A mouthwatering selection of breakfast favorites, gourmet delicacies, grilled-to-order dishes, fresh seafood, pasta and meatball buffet, imported cheeses, charcuteries, carved meats, lavish desserts free flowing Mimosas and Bloody Marys- all with an Italian twist- await at a spectacular Sunday Brunch with personalized Ritz-Carlton service. Visit Ritzcarlton.com

Light-Up Lauderdale

Light Up Lauderdale is a holiday centric promenade of lights in Riverwalk Park. This event connects the cultural, historical and business districts along New River. November to January 2012. Visit www.goriverwalk.com

The All New Broward County Fair

The All New Broward County Fair is scheduled for Nov. 17-27 in Pembroke Pines. Celebrating 36 years. See the Winterfest Fantasy Boat Student Art. Visit BrowardFair.org

Hollywood Beach Candy Cane Parade

Get ready to catch your share of peppermints and candy canes at South Florida's premier holiday celebration, the 56th Annual Hollywood Beach Candy Cane Parade. An estimated 40,000 people will line the Broadwalk. Takes place Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. Call 954-921-3404

Bereavement Support Group

Bereavement Support Group is a support group led by a Hospice of SE FL social worker to assist those who have lost a loved one in the grieving process. Light refreshments will be served. This group will meet beginning October 18 from 2-4 and every 3rd Tuesday of the month at American Burial and Cremation Ctr. @ Jennings Funeral Home 1801 E. Oakland Park Blvd. Call for reservation 954-731-4321.

Gay Men’s HIV+ Long Time Survivors’ Group

This is a support group that gives men who have been HIV+ for a long time (5 yrs +) the opportunity to give and receive support around topics of interest and issues for concern that are raised by the members. This group meets on 1st and 3rd Thursday at Sunserve 2312 Wilton Drive from 6:30 – 8 p.m. There is no cost, but donations are welcome.

Gay Male Empowerment Group

Topic discussions include issues and concerns about being a gay man in South Florida. Meets on Thursdays at the Pride Center from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Call 954-353-9155 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Tues. of the month at the Sunshine Cathedral at 1480 SW 9th Avenue to support the parents of LGBTQ youth in Broward. No charge. Visit Community.pflag.org/pflagfortlauderdale for more information.

SunServe Therapy Groups

Provided for the LGBT community at SunServe on a regular basis. Groups require an intake interview. Call the Intake Coordinator at 954-764-5150 to learn which therapy groups have openings. Visit SunServe.org

Fusion Wilton Manors - Connections

Gay men’s group discussion. Different subject every week. Dr. David Fawcett, a gay therapist, who has been in private practice in Fort Lauderdale for the last ten years, leads the event. No charge with no commitment to attend every week. Starts at 7 p.m. Call Fusion Monday-Friday at 954-630-1655.

Women4Women Personal Growth Support Group

This is a safe and loving place to explore all the concerns and topics raised by group members. This open drop-in meeting is held Wednesdays at  6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the New Sun Serve Building at 2312 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. Call 954-764-5150

Palm Beach

Beach Bon Fire

The city of Lake Worth invites everyone to come out and enjoy the beach bon-fires with a different dress up theme each night. Bonfire Dates: November  11th (Hawaiian)  &  25th  ( Thanksgiving ), December  9th  (Winter) &  23th  (Crazy Holliday shirt ), January 13th (New Year) & 27th  (Favorite Movie),  February 10th (Pirate) &  24th  ( 70’s Night ). Visit Lakeworth.org

Buzz Bake Sale 16

The Buzz Bake Sale is back and better than ever on Dec 3. Sixteen years and still going strong with more bands,  more music and much more for your money. The Buzz Bake Sale is a South Florida Tradition, taking over West Palm’s Cruzan Amphitheatre and kicking the holiday season into high gear with a whole day full of live Rock. Visit Buzz103.com

*Tuscan Wine Dinner at Morton’s

Morton’s The Steakhouse in West Palm Beach will be hosting a four-course dinner with special guests Bob and Gudrun Cuillo, the owners of Livernano and Casalvento Wineries.  The evening will feature Livernano & Casalvento Wineries’ Tuscan wines paired with Morton’s signature dishes. Enjoy this wonderful event on Fri. Dec 2 at 630pm. Mortons.com/palmbeach/specialevents.

3rd Annual Town of Palm Beach United Way 5k Turkey Trot

The “Islanders” of the Town of Palm Beach United Way invite you to join them on Thursday, November 24, 2011 for the 3RD ANNUAL TOWN OF PALM BEACH UNITED WAY 5K TURKEY TROT! Kick-off the holiday by touring the beautiful island of Palm Beach with your family, friends and neighbors. Visit Palmbeachunitedway.org/turkeytrot

*Cocktails for Compass

Cocktails for Compass is the largest fundraiser which recognizes Compass' top donors and supporters while highlighting the successes of the year's achievements and programs. 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit Compass. This year's event is Dec. 18 at Club Colette, Palm Beach. Visit This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Yoga On The Waterfront

Lake Pavilion at 101 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL / Yoga On The Waterfront in downtown West Palm Beach on Wednesday Evenings at 5:45 PM. Residents $40 per 8 week session, Non-Residents $50 per 8 week session, Drop-ins $10 per class. To register, please call 561-804-4902.

YOGA Among the Orchids

It’s time for Yoga Among the Orchids at the American Orchid Society, 16700 AOS Lane, Delray Beach. Relax and replenish the flower inside with an hour of breathing exercises, toning, and yoga poses under a canopy of lush orchids. This is orchid headquarters so pick up a few pointers from the pros in between sun salutations. Classes are Wed. at 9 a.m. Cost is $20 and RSVP is suggested. Call 561-404-2011. Visit OrchidWeb.org

Jazz on the Palm

Jazz on the Palm - Downtown West Palm Beach Waterfront - Gather with friends and family to enjoy the diverse vibrant sounds of jazz under the stars every 3rd Friday of month at the new Downtown West Palm Beach waterfront concert series. Free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Visit Wpbgo.com/2010/06/jazz-on-the-palm

Sunday on the Waterfront

Sunday on the Waterfront is a free concert series, which takes place the third Sunday of most months in the beautiful downtown West Palm Beach Waterfront area. Bring blankets, chairs, and coolers or purchase treats at the concert. Free parking in all city lots and at city meters. 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. May through October. Visit OnTheWaterFront.com

BrothasSpeak

This group is a black gay men’s discussion group that is held at the Compass in West Palm Beach. Every Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. this group will be directed toward issues for and about black men. Visit Compassglcc.com

Paths

Paths is a social/discussion group held at Compass in Lake Worth. This men’s group takes place every Monday from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Paths men’s group will be discussing relationships, coming –out, safer sex issues and more. Visit Compassglcc.com

Yoga

Yoga with Deborah will change your life. Bring a mat and get ready to stretch the stress away every Tuesday at The GLCC in Palm Beach from 6 to 7 p.m. This yoga experience will uplift and transform your life. $6 Entry Fee. You must bring your own mat. Visit Compassglcc.com

Living Buddhism

On the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. Compass in Lake Worth will be holding a discussion group for overcoming obstacles and obtaining happiness. This group is great for getting internal enlightenment. Release your inner stress, and become free. Visit Compassglcc.com

Good Orderly AA

These meetings take place at Compass, and geared toward recovering alcoholics. Every Tues. and Thurs. at 7 p.m. and on Sat. at 6 p.m. These meetings will help recovering alcoholics cope with the stress of everyday life without the use of alcohol.

Miami

Swan Song

On November 28 at 11pm-5am will be the last chance to see all the people you met at The White Party. Swan Song sets the stage as the longest-running favorite party of locals and tourists alike at this legendary multi-room indoor and outdoor entertainment complex, with a sweet spot for everyone. Twist Nightclub is the only place to go for the final send off and thank you from Care Resource and the 27th Annual White Party Week. No cover. For more information visit Whiteparty.org

*Miami Launch by FIAT

Join dot429 and FIAT 500 for the inaugural event in Miami at Area 31 in The Epic Hotel. They’ll be kicking off Art Basel with their signature 429INSPIRED series. Visit Dot429.com

80’s Baby

Come to Badrutts Place every Tuesday and re-visit the days of bad fashion-sense and egos bigger than baggy pants. Happy hour is on Tuesday nights. European tradition and cuisine, with an 80’s twist, meet for a night that’s a bit more tasteful than acid-washed jeans. DJ Lenym plays 80’s favorites and there’s half off drinks from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ladies drink complimentary cosmos until 10 p.m. Visit Badrutts-place.com

*Miami International Art Fair

MIA features contemporary, cutting-edge art of all media including photography, painting, mixed-media, sculpture, installation and video. The fair is unique in the unparalleled support it provides to the local arts community. This year MIA will be held aboard SeaFair. The opening night is Jan. 12, 2012. Visit Mia-artfair.com

*US Sailing's 2011 Rolex Miami OCR

This event will take place Jan 22-28 and isbeing held at the US Sailing Center in Miami a mainstay on the winter circuit for sailors who are campaigning for the next Olympic and Paralympic Games. The event is part of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, a world-class annual series for Olympic sailing. Visit Rmocr.ussailing.org

*Homestead Championship Rodeo

This exciting event will take place Jan. 27-29 at the Doc Demily Rodeo Arena in Miami. This seven-event rodeo includes bull riding, saddle-bronc riding, bareback-bronc riding, calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling, and women's barrel racing. The fun also includes cowboy poetry performances, a parade, live music and dancing. Visit Homesteadrodeo.com

Key West

Key West 'Bight' Before Christmas Holiday Celebration

On Nov24-Dec31 come get you’re jiggy on with great live holiday music, games for the kids, free cookies and eggnog, holiday cheer and a chance for photos with Santa highlight this event. Created as a gift to the community, the gala is produced by the Key West Bight Preservation Association and tenants of the Key West Bight. For more information call: Tom Stroh 305-304-2633

Pirates in Paradise 2011

Scheduled Nov. 24 – Dec. 4, The Pirates in Paradise Festival celebrates the glorious days of sail & seafaring adventure and offers tall ship pirate sails, pirate encampments, music, storytelling, re-enactments, literary activities and live theater. Featuring 11 days of swashbuckling fun, over 30+ special events are scheduled at the Truman Waterfront alone! The Festival’s Pirate Village features lots of pirate booty, vintage vittles and grog, as well as wares from some of America’s finest period artists and crafters...including exquisite handcrafted leatherwork, jewelry, pottery, glass, fibers, photography, and paintings. Outdoor stages feature non-stop entertainment and swashbuckling swordplay by national performance troupes. Visit Piratesinparadise.com

Key West Triathlon (TRIKW)

The second annual Olympic Distance and Sprint Triathlon event returns to Key West! A full-day Expo from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. is planned for Dec. 2 at the Casa Marina Resort; race is scheduled Saturday morning, Dec. 3. Limited to 1,200 participants. Visit web site for details and registration. For more information call: 305-294-0693

Keys Chorale 2011 Holiday Concert

On Dec 9, come see The Keys Chorale at Florida Keys Community College, under the direction of Dean Walters, presents its annual holiday concert featuring seasonal favorites from around the world. Highlights include a featured selection of "Gloria" by Antonio Vivaldi, accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble. Tickets for Friday night are $30 for reserved seating and $20 for general admission. Staged at the Tennessee Williams Theatre. For more information call 305-296-1520

Schooner Wharf Bar 21st Annual Lighted Boat Parade

On Dec 10th enjoy lighted and decorated vessels from rowboats to tall ships proceed around Key West's Historic Seaport and harbor areas. before the boat parade, at 6 p.m., the Gerald Adams Elementary School Steel Your Heart Band will welcome spectators with songs of the season. Holiday revelers can watch and applaud from bars, restaurants and resorts in and around the Historic Seaport. For more Information call 305-292-3302

52nd Annual Key West House & Garden Tours

Come tour a series of elegant and a unique part of Key West on Dec 27-28 decorticated for the holidays! Proceeds help benefit the old Island Restoration Foundation.  Presented by the Old Island Restoration Foundation, this house and garden tour offers a rare opportunity to see inside some of Key West's magnificent, charming and tropical residences. For more information call 305-294-9501 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Florida Keys New Year's Eve Celebrations

The Southernmost City celebrates with a conch shell drop at Sloppy Joes Bar, 201 Duval St.; a descending 6-foot red high heel shoe carrying drag queen Sushi at the Bourbon Street Pub/New Orleans House complex, 724 Duval St.; and a pirate wench descending from a tall ship mast in the island city's Historic Seaport. For more Information call: (305) 296-2388, (305) 293-9800


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