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Happy Friday, Islanders!

Pride Month is in full swing and there's no shortage of things to do around town, including this weekend's FLoatarama on the New River in Fort Lauderdale. Today, we share the deets on a vandalized sculpture in Wilton Manors, Broward House needing help after April's flooding, and photos from the "Take PRIDE!" exhibition.

Have a great weekend!

-- Christiana Lilly, editor


Community Rallies Around Vandalized Art

By John Hayden

The Ice Pops sculpture was vandalized in May. Photo via Facebook/Sculpture Walk Wilton Manors.

The quirky-yet-mouthwatering Ice Pops sculpture at Rachel Richardson park will not be melting away, thanks to the work of the local community. The art installation at NE 21st Ct. and Andrews Ave. was vandalized in late May.

Mike Sansevero started a Facebook page to collect donations. “Art expresses the heart and soul of a community,” he told OutSFL. 

“As the vandalism of the Ice Pops sculpture goes to show, it can bring a community together to defeat negative influences and support the positive aspects of their environment.”

The sculpture is part of Sculpture Walk Wilton Manors and is operated by Wilton Manors Entertainment Group (WMEG).

According to the fundraising page, it will cost about $1,000 to repair Ice Pops

Read the full article on Out South Florida.


Broward House Needs Help Recovering From Flood

April showers turned into April floods and, for many, a June gloom lingers. Broward House is still far from recovering after the once-in-a-century flood.

FLotilla of Fun: FLoatarama Kicks Off Pride Week

Pride month is filled with parades from coast to coast. But what about parades up and down the coasts? The biggest one is FLoatarama, this Saturday along the New River.


Stonewall Pride Rules Coming Into Focus

Emotions have been running strong since a vague, potentially devastating new law went into effect in Florida. Gov. DeSantis and his GOP super majority wrote a law that seems to skirt the first amendment and ban all public drag.

Weekly Events

TODAY: Oakland Park Pride

A part of the city's Summer Nights programming, this edition is a family-friendly Pride celebration at Jaco Pastorius Park, fit with live music and food trucks.

SAT: FLoatarama

The annual flotilla has returned to the New River, with more than 40 vessels taking to the water in honor of Pride. Bring your own boat to FLoatarama or watch from the sidelines.

SUN: Gospel Brunch

There's no Sunday scaries here with a gospel brunch at Hunter's Nightclub benefiting the World AIDS Museum, for an event that will uplift, celebrate, and feed the soul.

MON: Give Back Mondays

Dine at Bona Italian Restaurant for its weekly Give Back Monday fundraiser. This week, 10% of proceeds will be donated to the Bears of South Florida.

Job Opportunities

Building Inspector -- Oakland Park

Oakland Park is hiring a building inspector to inspect structural, electrical, mechanical, or plumbing and building/developments in general to enforce compliance with the Florida Building Code.

Customer Service/Sales -- Oakland Park

Home Depot is searching for customer service/sales associates to provide fast, friendly service by actively seeking out customers to assess their needs and provide assistance. These associates learn about products using our tools, and provide information to customers in order to sell an entire project. 

Community Scrapbook

Kicking off Stonewall Pride Month, the Galleria mall in Fort Lauderdale hosted an opening reception for History Fort Lauderdale's "Take PRIDE!" exhibit. The collection of photos celebrates the contributions of the LGBTQ community in South Florida and will be on display through the end of the month.


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