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Great Sites to Visit for Outing Ideas:
Low Cost Fun: http://www.broward.org/Parks/ThingsToDo/Pages/Low-CostFun.aspx
Skate Park: http://www.broward.org/Parks/ThingsToDo/Pages/SkateParks.aspx
Kayaking: http://www.broward.org/Parks/ThingsToDo/Pages/Kayak-Programs.aspx
Public Art & Design: http://www.broward.org/Parks/ThingsToDo/Pages/Public-Art-and-Design.aspx
Eco-Action Days: http://www.broward.org/Parks/GetInvolved/Pages/EcoActionDays.aspx
Park Volunteer Activities: http://www.broward.org/Parks/GetInvolved/Pages/VolunteerProjects.aspx

 

September 2015 MATCH ACTIVITY IDEAS & EVENTS

Below are activities and events that are going on in Broward County this month that you could enjoy with your Littles or family. We also encourage you to check out our website for different community service activities you can do with your Little:
http://bbbsbroward.org/bigs-only/help-the-community/
ttp://www.broward.org/volunteer/Pages/Default.aspx
Remember, part of being a mentor is showing your Little just how important it is to give back to their own community!

Community Activity List

September 2015

Friday, September 4, 2015

Free Funtastic Fridays for Kids in Hollywood: The Funtastic Fridays For Kids events in downtown Hollywood feature free kid-friendly activities such as a bounce house and face painting. The events are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. most Fridays at ArtsPark on Hollywood Boulevard at US 1. (Read More)

Free kid-friendly movie ‘101 Dalmations’ at ArtsPark in Hollywood: Watch family-friendly films for free outdoors at a park in Hollywood. The movies are 8 p.m. most Fridays at the amphitheater at ArtsPark. ” September 4, “101 Dalmations” is featured. Feel free to tote along your own portable seats and blankets. ArtsPark is on Hollywood. (Read More)

BALL & CHAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL Friday – Sunday, September 4 – 6. Ball & Chain, known for its world famous live music, will present its first ever three-day music festival in honor of the venue’s 80th Anniversary. The historic hotspot opened its doors in 1935 with live jazz and closed in the 50s, to reopen just last year as a classic Calle Ocho nightclub. Live performances will start on Friday and Saturday nights at 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 3 a.m. Some of the bands performing are Nick Tannura Trio, Electric Piquete, Tito Puente Jr., The Baboons, Spam Allstars, Suénalo, Conjunto Progreso and more. Special DJ sets by DJ Le Spam, DJ Danny Stern, DJ Danis LaClave, and DJ Edward. Specialty cocktails will be added to the menu and available for purchase during the festival. All attending guests will be eligible for exclusive giveaways and raffles. Free and open to the public. Ball & Chain. 1513 S.W. 8th Street, Little Havana
www.BallandChainMiami.com

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Sock Hop Dinner and Dance Party: From September 05, 2015 05:00 PM until September 05, 2015 08:00 PM. At North West Focal Point. The City of Margate will host a Sock Hop Dinner and Dance Party from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 5th at the Northwest Focal Point Senior Center, located at 6009 NW 10th Street in Margate. Tickets are $10 per person. Celebrating the City’s 60th anniversary, the Sock Hop Dinner and Dance Party will feature the well-known Happy Daze Band – playing Oldies Rock N’ Roll classics from the 50s and 60s. Partygoers are encouraged to dress in their favorite retro attire and be ready for an exciting evening that will have them reminiscing about the “good ol’ days.” There will be door prizes, dance and costume contests and so much more. Tickets may be purchased at the Margate Parks and Recreation Administrative Offices, 6199 NW 10th Street, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. A limited amount of tickets will be sold.

BALL & CHAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL Friday – Sunday, September 4 – 6. Ball & Chain, known for its world famous live music, will present its first ever three-day music festival in honor of the venue’s 80th Anniversary. The historic hotspot opened its doors in 1935 with live jazz and closed in the 50s, to reopen just last year as a classic Calle Ocho nightclub. Live performances will start on Friday and Saturday nights at 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 3 a.m. Some of the bands performing are Nick Tannura Trio, Electric Piquete, Tito Puente Jr., The Baboons, Spam Allstars, Suénalo, Conjunto Progreso and more. Special DJ sets by DJ Le Spam, DJ Danny Stern, DJ Danis LaClave, and DJ Edward. Specialty cocktails will be added to the menu and available for purchase during the festival. All attending guests will be eligible for exclusive giveaways and raffles. Free and open to the public. Ball & Chain. 1513 S.W. 8th Street, Little Havana – www.BallandChainMiami.com

Flamingo Gardens $7 Saturdays in September 9:30am – 4:30pm. Saturdays are just $7 in September! If you’ve never visited Flamingo Gardens, or desire to visit again and bring friends, now is a perfect opportunity. On Saturday, September 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2015, admission will be slashed to $7 for both adults and children ages 3 and up. Plus enjoy $7 specials in the gift shop, and $7 combo meals at the Flamingo Cafe and Tropical Marketplace. Narrated Tram Tour is included. No other discounts or offers apply. Children 2 and under, and members of Flamingo Gardens, are admitted free.

Repticon: Sept 5-6. Reptile vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages and more. Educational live-animal seminars and free raffles. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. The Box Expo Center, 2223 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach. Adults, $12; ages 5-12, $7. 863-268-
4273 or repticon.com
Open-Play Chess: Date: 9/5/2015 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Cost: Free Location: Sunrise Civic Center Theatre – Lobby. 10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard. Sunrise, Florida 33351
Sunday, September 6, 2015

Thumbelina – Ongoing through September 6: A magical performance based on the classical tale of a wayward little fairy girl. $12/adult, $8/child. Thursday & Friday 7pm, Saturday 2pm & 7pm, Sunday 2pm. Sol Children Theatre, 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561-447-8829.
Click here for more information

Join us Sunday, September 6 at the Don Taft University Center Visual & Performing Arts Theatre for The kick-off of Cine Argentino followed by an opening reception to celebrate the Diversity of Art Exhibit. The event is free and open to the public but we ask that you kindly RSVP to lv297@nova.edu or call 954-262-4578. Click here for the full Hispanic Heritage Month Event Brochure.

 

BALL & CHAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL Friday – Sunday, September 4 – 6. Ball & Chain, known for its world famous live music, will present its first ever three-day music festival in honor of the venue’s 80th Anniversary. The historic hotspot opened its doors in 1935 with live jazz and closed in the 50s, to reopen just last year as a classic Calle Ocho nightclub. Live performances will start on Friday and Saturday nights at 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 3 a.m. Some of the bands performing are Nick Tannura Trio, Electric Piquete, Tito Puente Jr., The Baboons, Spam Allstars, Suénalo, Conjunto Progreso and more. Special DJ sets by DJ Le Spam, DJ Danny Stern, DJ Danis LaClave, and DJ Edward. Specialty cocktails will be added to the menu and available for purchase during the festival. All attending guests will be eligible for exclusive giveaways and raffles. Free and open to the public. Ball & Chain. 1513 S.W. 8th Street, Little Havana – www.BallandChainMiami.com

Repticon: Sept 5-6. Reptile vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages and more. Educational live-animal seminars and free raffles. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. The Box Expo Center, 2223 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach. Adults, $12; ages 5-12, $7. 863-268-
4273 or repticon.com
Friday, September 11, 2015

September 11th Memorial: Date: 09/11/2015 12:00 PM 09/11/2015 12:00 PM 09/11/2015 Location: Northwest Regional Library. 3151 N. University Drive. Coral Springs, Florida 33065 The City’s annual memorial service in remembrance of the victims and heroes of September 11, 2001, will be on September 11th at noon at the Northwest Regional Library. For more information, contact Gina Orlando at 954-344-1147 or email garland@coralsprings.org.

Lyrical Lounge: Teen Open Mic Night: Date: 9/11/2015 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Cost: Free Location: Sunrise Civic Center Art Gallery. 10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard. Sunrise, Florida 33351. Poets, singers, actors, musicians and other talented teens are encouraged to take the stage. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. The Lyrical Lounge is presented in partnership with the Jason Taylor Foundation, the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network, the SPEAK! Collective, and the Community Foundation of Broward.

September 11th Remembrance Ceremony: Date: 9/11/2015 8:30 AM Cost: Free Location: Sunrise Public Safety Building. 10440 West Oakland Park Boulevard. Sunrise, Florida 33351. Join us for a special ceremony in honor of the victims, heroes and survivors of the 2001 terrorist attacks on America. This event will feature distinguished speakers, as well as music and the presentation of colors.
Saturday, September 12, 2015

Davie Pro Rodeo Championship Bullriding Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 6:00 PM Bergeron Rodeo Grounds of Davie, 4271 Davie Road. Please click here for time and ticket information or call 954-680-3555 or our 24-hour hotline at 954-797-1166. More Info

DAY OF RODEO                        IN ADVANCE
$20.00 ADULTS                        $18.00 ADULTS
$10.00 CHILDREN (3-12)          $8.00 CHILDREN (3-12)

Open-Play Chess: Date: 9/12/2015 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Cost: Free Location: Sunrise Civic Center Theatre – Lobby.10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard. Sunrise, Florida 33351

Native species plant sale at Fern Forest park in North Broward: Environmentally preferable native foliage ideal for South Florida landscaping are featured at a sale at Fern Forest in north Broward. The Native Plant Sale is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. September 12, featuring landscaping information and other activities. Fern Forest, 201 Lyons Road South, Coconut Creek. More Info

18th Annual Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival: September 12th & 13th, 2015 Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm. Free Admission A1A and Commercial Blvd in Lauderdale by the Sea This free weekend festival is back on new September dates! Come visit with more than 100 crafters exhibiting and selling their work in an outdoor gallery. From photography, paintings, sculpture, jewelry and more showcased from local and traveling crafters. Spanning along A1A and Commercial Blvd, the venue is right off the beach and is set up amongst the restaurants and retailers. Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is located along Florida’s “Gold Coast” in Broward County, Florida, situated between the Atlantic Ocean on the east and Intracoastal Waterway on the west.

ARTS LAUNCH 2015: Saturday, September 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. See the Arsht Center, take advantage of the first opportunity to buy tickets for your favorite shows and meet leaders of Miami arts organizations, local artists and dignitaries. The Arsht Center will roll out the red carpet for the general public with a day of fun activities, workshops and a chance to win more than $2,000 worth of prizes. Highlights include “A Community Conversation” from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Carnival Studio Theater where you can take part in a discussion about Culture in Miami in the Next 10 Years with artistic visionaries; Box Office Opens from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; food tastings by BRAVA! and the Cafe at Books & Books from 10 to 4; Arsht Walking Tours at noon and 2:30 in the Ziff Ballet Opera House; and Made in Miami Movies, from 3:45 to 6:30 in the Carnival Studio Theater. Arts Launch 2015 is free and for the whole family! Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami. 305-949-6722. www.ArshtCenter.org

Margate Under the Moon: Margate under the Moon is a new event series sponsored by the Margate Community Redevelopment Agency highlighting the importance of supporting local businesses. Time: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Location: NW Corner of Margate Blvd & 441September 12th- Goodbye Summer. Enjoy food trucks, FREE entertainment, kid’s activities, art vendors, local businesses and much more! Be sure to gather the entire family and your friends and neighbors for these exciting events. For more information emailMargateUnderTheMoon@gmail.com or call (954) 785-7475.

Flamingo Gardens $7 Saturdays in September 9:30am – 4:30pm. Saturdays are just $7 in September! If you’ve never visited Flamingo Gardens, or desire to visit again and bring friends, now is a perfect opportunity. On Saturday, September 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2015, admission will be slashed to $7 for both adults and children ages 3 and up. Plus enjoy $7 specials in the gift shop, and $7 combo meals at the Flamingo Cafe and Tropical Marketplace. Narrated Tram Tour is included. No other discounts or offers apply. Children 2 and under, and members of Flamingo Gardens, are admitted free.

THE CHILDREN’S TRUST FAMILY EXPO: Sept. 12. Face painters, clowns, stilt walkers, magicians, storytellers, arts & crafts, urban gardening workshops, bounce houses, rock climbing walls, music and dance performances. Vendors include after-school and enrichment programs, nutrition, injury prevention, special needs programs, Pre-K registration, KidCare outreach. Also, chess tournaments, a book fair, indoor sports zone, martial arts demonstrations and character appearances. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.Miami-Dade Fair and Expo Center, Coral Way and SW 112th Ave., Miami. Free. www.thechildrenstrust.org

BRAZILIAN BEAT FESTIVAL: Sept. 12. Live music, street entertainment, Zumba showcase, Capoeira dancers, carnival dancers, samba drummers and Brazilian food. 6-11 p.m. Sanborn Square, 72 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. Free. www.downtownboca.org
 
PALM BEACH MARINE FLEA MARKET AND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL: Sept. 12-13. With fall boat show, musical entertainment and seafood vendors. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd. Adults, $10; children 12 or younger, free. 954-205-7813 or www.Flnauticalfleamarket.com
Sunday, September 13, 2015
JAPAN’S ROBOT KINGDOM: Through Sept. 13. Vintage toys, figurines and other robot forms. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. $15; ages 6-17, $9. 561-495-0233 or www.morikami.org
Inclusion Through Entertainment Sept. 13: Inviting you to this 2nd annual family day of fun, prizes and entertainment for all. Disability Programs & Training. Hollywood. See Flier Here
 

FROM WITHIN AND WITHOUT: THE HISTORY OF HAITIAN PHOTOGRAPHY. Through Sept. 13. Work by 20 photographers, as well as studio archives, family snapshots and photojournalist’s works. Exhibition includes photographs before and after the 2010 earthquake, providing a comprehensive history of Haitian photography. NSU Art Museum, One East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. $12; Ages 13-17, $5. 954-525-5500

18th Annual Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival: September 12th & 13th, 2015 Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm. Free Admission A1A and Commercial Blvd in Lauderdale by the Sea This free weekend festival is back on new September dates! Come visit with more than 100 crafters exhibiting and selling their work in an outdoor gallery. From photography, paintings, sculpture, jewelry and more showcased from local and traveling crafters. Spanning along A1A and Commercial Blvd, the venue is right off the beach and is set up amongst the restaurants and retailers. Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is located along Florida’s “Gold Coast” in Broward County, Florida, situated between the Atlantic Ocean on the east and Intracoastal Waterway on the west.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Free Funtastic Fridays for Kids in Hollywood: The Funtastic Fridays For Kids events in downtown Hollywood feature free kid-friendly activities such as a bounce house and face painting. The events are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. most Fridays at ArtsPark on Hollywood Boulevard at US 1. (Read More)

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Flamingo Gardens $7 Saturdays in September 9:30am – 4:30pm. Saturdays are just $7 in September! If you’ve never visited Flamingo Gardens, or desire to visit again and bring friends, now is a perfect opportunity. On Saturday, September 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2015, admission will be slashed to $7 for both adults and children ages 3 and up. Plus enjoy $7 specials in the gift shop, and $7 combo meals at the Flamingo Cafe and Tropical Marketplace. Narrated Tram Tour is included. No other discounts or offers apply. Children 2 and under, and members of Flamingo Gardens, are admitted free.

Open-Play Chess: Date: 9/5/2015 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Cost: Free Location: Sunrise Civic Center Theatre – Lobby. 10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard. Sunrise, Florida 33351

 Worldwide Day of Play: September 19, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM Address: 1100 Lyons Road. How to find us: The Coconut Creek Community Center is located on the southeast corner of Coconut Creek Parkway and Lyons Road. Phone: 954-545-6670. A day dedicated to the celebration of healthy and active play, in support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move Initiative. For children in Grades K-5 – sneakers must be worn, dress to move! Kids can meet the Fort Lauderdale Strikers Mascot, Hot Shot. To participate, you must register in advance by September 17.
Cooper City’s 23rd Annual: Tree & Plant Care Workshop. Saturday, September 19, 2015. 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. City Hall Auditorium. 9090 SW 50th Place. Please call Public Works to R.S.V.P. 954-434-2300 Please see Flyer for Schedule of Events and Speakers. * Reservations Required * 2015 Annual Tree & Plant Care Workshop
Riverwalk Fall Festival: Join us at Esplanade Park on Saturday, September 19th as we say goodbye to the summer and welcome fall fun at the inaugural Riverwalk Fall Festival. Spend the day with fall carnival themed games, activities and competitions. The Coral Springs School of Rock and theSchool of Rock West Broward will be performing live. An assortment of vendors and food trucks will also be on site for your enjoyment. This FREE event is open to all ages and well-behaved pets too (on leash). Feel free to bring along your lawn chairs to enjoy this afternoon of fun. **No outside alcoholic beverages or coolers allowed**
 
Tradewinds & Atlantic Railroad: September 19, 2015: Trains depart the station every few minutes from 10 A.M to 4 P.M. each day listed, except in case of rain or lightning. Fare: $1.50 per person, regardless of age, no credit cards accepted. An adult MUST accompany riders under 10 years of age. Sorry, pregnant women CANNOT ride for their own safety. Park admission, $1.50 per person on weekends and holidays.
 
MARK NIZER 4D WORLD CLASS COMEDY AND JUGGLING: Sept. 19. Mark Nizer performs comedy, juggling, movement, music and technology, and the only live 3D show in the world. All children including infants must have a ticket. Cookies and juice will be served after the performance. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Adults, $13; children 12 and under, $10. Willow Theatre At Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. 561-347-3948 or www.WillowTheatre.org
MINI MUSE: MOOD INDIGO: Sept. 19. For ages 5-10. Explore public art sculptures by artists such as Frank Stella and William Tucker. Children will use art fundamentals like shape, form and balance to build a three-dimensional work of art with wire and sculptural materials. 3-4:30 p.m. NSU Art Museum, One East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Members, $5; non-members, $10. RSVP. 954-262-0204 or www.nsuartmuseum.org
Open-Play Chess: Date: 9/5/2015 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Cost: Free Location: Sunrise Civic Center Theatre – Lobby. 10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard. Sunrise, Florida 33351
Sunday, September 20, 2015

Day For Children: Sunday, September 20: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM: This fun-filled day focuses on children’s needs, from free health screenings for hearing, balance, vision and dental health to social services and other resources. Kids can enjoy bounce houses, games, storybook characters and more. Visit the Alvin Sherman Library booth in the library and enjoy a special appearance with Sharkey! Nova Southeastern University

September 20, 2015: Trains depart the station every few minutes from 10 A.M to 4 P.M. each day listed, except in case of rain or lightning. Fare: $1.50 per person, regardless of age, no credit cards accepted. An adult MUST accompany riders under 10 years of age. Sorry, pregnant women CANNOT ride for their own safety. Park admission, $1.50 per person on weekends and holidays.

Friday, September 25, 2015

VIERNES CULTURALES/CULTURAL FRIDAYS: Fridays from 7 to 11 p.m. Viernes Culturales/Cultural Fridays is a festival of the arts that takes place on the last Friday of each month in the heart of historic Little Havana. Stroll Calle Ocho, visit the exhibitions of Cuban and Latin American art at local galleries, be entertained by the evening’s musical, enjoy dining in the neighborhood’s wealth of great restaurants and take in the atmosphere of this celebrated street. Don’t miss the Tower Theatre, one of Miami’s oldest landmarks and enjoy live musical performances along the sidewalks of Calle Ocho. Local historian Dr. Paul George (ask him about his latest book!) will lead a walking tour of the district at 7 p.m. starting off from the Tower Theatre, and an exhibition will be on view in the Viernes Culturales Art Gallery (Futurama Building, 1637 Calle Ocho). Free and open to all. Domino Park and throughout the Little Havana District. S.W. 8th Street between 13th and 18th Avenues. 305-643-5500 www.ViernesCulturales.org

Free Funtastic Fridays for Kids in Hollywood: The Funtastic Fridays For Kids events in downtown Hollywood feature free kid-friendly activities such as a bounce house and face painting. The events are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. most Fridays at ArtsPark on Hollywood Boulevard at US 1. (Read More)

Saturday September 26, 2015
MAYOR’S OPEN PLAY CHESS CHALLENGE: Chess players of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate in free, open play the last Saturday of every month. For additional information contact the Cooper City Recreation Department at 954.434.4300, #233. Mayor’s Open Play Chess Challenge.pdf(2) Date: September 26th Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Where: Pool & Tennis Center. 1600 Stonebridge Parkway, Cooper City. Who: All ages and all skill levels are welcome. Cost: Complimentary!
Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital At Memorial Join us for a fun and informative day the whole family will enjoy! Parents can learn more about resources available through special needs organizations in Broward County, while kids can participate in a variety of exciting activities. Sept. 26 | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Davie See the Flier Here
Call to Artists: Multicultural Fine Arts Exhibition: Dates: 26 Sep, 2015. Address: 1100 Lyons Road How to find us: The Coconut Creek Community Center is located on the southeast corner of Coconut Creek Parkway and Lyons Road. The Coconut Creek Multicultural Circle is hosting a Multicultural Fine Arts Exhibition on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Coconut Creek Community Center from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. We are inviting local artists to participate. The theme this year is focused on South America, but all family-friendly art is welcome.
 
Pucks for Bucks: Date: 09/26/2015 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM 09/26/2015 5:00 PM 09/26/2015 7:00 PM Location: Panthers IceDen 3299 Sportsplex Drive. Coral Springs, Florida Join us for a good cause at Pucks for Bucks on Saturday, September 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Panthers IceDen. Mixed teams with Florida Panthers Alumni and members of the Coral Springs Police and Fire Departments will play a charity hockey game to benefit the Coral Springs Community Chest. Former players in attendance are Ed Jovanovski, Thomas Vokoun, Radek Dvorak, Marco Strum, and Serge Payer. There will also be autograph signings, raffles and a Chinese auction. Tickets can be purchased in advance for a $10 minimum donation, $15 at the door or $50 VIP Lounge, which includes dinner. Children 5 and under are free. Purchase tickets online or in person at Panthers IceDen or at City Hall in the Mall. For more information, visit www.panthersiceden.com or call 954- 341-9956.

Flamingo Gardens $7 Saturdays in September 9:30am – 4:30pm. Saturdays are just $7 in September! If you’ve never visited Flamingo Gardens, or desire to visit again and bring friends, now is a perfect opportunity. On Saturday, September 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2015, admission will be slashed to $7 for both adults and children ages 3 and up. Plus enjoy $7 specials in the gift shop, and $7 combo meals at the Flamingo Cafe and Tropical Marketplace. Narrated Tram Tour is included. No other discounts or offers apply. Children 2 and under, and members of Flamingo Gardens, are admitted free.

 

Open-Play Chess: Date: 9/12/2015 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Cost: Free Location: Sunrise Civic Center Theatre – Lobby.10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard. Sunrise, Florida 33351

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Jazz in The Pines Concert Series Presented by City of Pembroke Pines at William B. Armstrong Park, Pembroke Pines 09/27/15

9th Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Show: Presented by City of Pembroke Pines at Southwest Focal Point Community Center, Pembroke Pines. 09/26/15 – 09/27/15

Other Ideas:

Water Taxi / Water Bus As the Venice of America, Fort Lauderdale’s extensive waterway network provides a scenic alternative for accessing attractions, hotels, restaurants and bars. Water Taxi / Water Bus, serving as a designated driver, offers a $10 all-day pass. Bahia Mar Marina, at the Bahia Mar Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale Beach. (954) 467-6677

Stranahan House Now a museum restored to a 1913 configuration, this turn-of-the-century structure nestled among downtown skyscrapers was the New River home of Fort Lauderdale’s first school teacher, Ivy Cromartie Stranahan. It was here that her husband Frank had run a trading post, doing business with the Seminoles. Despondent over ravages of the hurricane of ‘26 and the market crash of ’29, Stranahan did himself in by tying a weight to his leg and jumping into the river. Ivy continued living in the house until her death in 1971. The two-story Florida vernacular style building, which also has been a post office, bank and town hall, has Ivy’s blue and white china and pictures of Old Fort Lauderdale. Tours, by guides in turn-of-the-century costume, last about an hour. Las Olas Boulevard at Southeast Sixth Avenue. (954) 524-4736

Ongoing Activities

Saturday Markets at Flagler Village: Support your local businesses and sample local culture! Honey, jam, quiche, pies, cookies, kale, callaloo, spinach, tomatoes, okra, peppers, plants, seeds and more. 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Fort Lauderdale See Flier Here

Thumbelina: Ongoing through September 6.A magical performance based on the classical tale of a wayward little fairy girl. $12/adult, $8/child. Thursday & Friday 7pm, Saturday 2pm & 7pm, Sunday 2pm. Sol Children Theatre, 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561-447-8829 Click here for more info

Free Funtastic Fridays for Kids in Hollywood: The Funtastic Fridays For Kids events in downtown Hollywood feature free kid-friendly activities such as a bounce house and face painting. The events are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. most Fridays at ArtsPark on Hollywood Boulevard at U.S. 1.  Read More
WIZARD OF OZ: Sept. 18-Oct. 24. Every Saturday at 4 p.m. 503 SE Mizner Blvd, Royal Palm Place, Boca Raton. Adults, $14; children, $10. showtimeboca.com

Free entry to ArtServe art gallery in Fort Lauderdale: Paintings, pottery and jewelry are among the items featured at ArtServe art gallery and gift shop in Fort Lauderdale. Entry is free. The venue showcases the handcrafted work of local artists. ArtServe is at 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-8190. The gallery is open most Mondays to Fridays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

CASON COTTAGE HOUSE MUSEUM: Step back in time and see South Florida family lifestyle from 1915 to 1935. $4. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 5 NE First St., Delray Beach. 561-274-9578, dbhsarch@bellsouth.net, or DelrayBeachHistory.org

SECRETS OF CIRCLES EXHIBIT: Sixteen fascinating original exhibits featuring math, science, engineering, and beauty of circles. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Children’s Science Explorium, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. $5 suggested donation. 561-347-3912
Browse handy map of garage sales in Broward: Yard sales in South Florida offer great potential for deals. Many folks enjoy scouting for bargains as a hobby. On The Cheap is partnering with a website that offers easy access to information about local garage sales in Broward. Browse with this link. The post
Browse handy map of garage sales
AMAZON VOYAGE: VICIOUS FISHES AND OTHER RICHES: Hands-on activities, multimedia presentations, computer interactive, storytelling, live fish, original artifacts, dance, music and demonstrations. $14.95; ages 3-12 and students with ID, $10.95. Discount for Miami-Dade residents. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, 3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami. 305-646-4200 or MiamiSci.org
THE MARY ALICE FORTIN CHILDREN’S ART GALLERY: “Illustrating Words: The Wondrous Fantasy World of Robert L. Forbes, poet and Ronald Searle, artist” 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday-Friday. Free. The Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 561-655-2776.
SECRETS OF CIRCLES EXHIBIT: Sixteen fascinating original exhibits featuring math, science, engineering, and beauty of circles. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Children’s Science Explorium, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. $5 suggested donation. 561-347-3912
Sawgrass Lanes: 8501 North University Drive Tamarac, FL, 33321 (954) 722-2700, Click HERE for more information

Educational

YREADs: Free reading tutoring program for K-3rd graders. YREADs gives students the extra help they need to read on grade level. YMCA of South Florida. As little as two hours a week (M-F, 3 – 6:00 p.m.) Plantation Elementary. See Flier Here

 

2015-16 Simulation Schedule Give your high school student an opportunity to role-play a college student for a day. GottaDo College | College Student Development Center Sept. 14 Hollywood Link | See Flier Here

Recruiting Young Ladies to Join Program Non-profit organization connecting youth with caring mentors with the mission of exposing teens to positive influences by educating them in areas such as self-esteem, college planning, financial well-being and social responsibility. My Future My Choice Inc. Starting Sept. 12 (every 2nd Saturday) | 10:30am Fort Lauderdale See Flier Here

LIVE TUTORING and JOB COACHING

Broward County Library has free, easy-to-use tools to help you succeed in school or land your next job. Tutoring from Brainfuse (Daily 2 to 11 p.m.) Live tutoring and skills-building for K-12, college and adult learners. Live help and test prep aligned to Florida standardized tests, SAT/ACT/GED, English/Language Arts, Foreign Language Lab, Writing Lab, Math (algebra to calculus), Science, and Social Studies. Live assistance available every day: 2 to 11 p.m. Assistance in these subjects is also available in Spanish. Job Coaching (Daily 2 to 11 p.m.) Live, expert coaching for every stage of your job search. Résumé assistance, interview coaching and career resources. Live assistance available every day: 2 to 11 p.m. Click Here for more information

Volunteer Opportunities

Broward 100 Needs Volunteers for the Centennial Celebration Broward County’s official year-long, community wide celebration of its 100th birthday begins October 2014 and extends through October 2015. Broward 100 – Celebrating the Art of Community, will commemorate this historic milestone with bold, innovative art and performance projects intended to attract visitors and bring Broward residents together to creatively bridge, bond and build our community. If you would like to volunteer and get involved, complete an application and return to Broward100@broward.org. Visit the Broward100 website.

Make a Difference In Your Community – Volunteer at BCL Volunteering at a Broward County Library is a unique and meaningful way to give back to your community. Opportunities exist for teens, adults and seniors. If you want to make a difference in someone’s life, make friends and have fun, or earn valuable community service hours and professional experience, the library is a place to share your special skills and better your world.
Visit the library’s volunteer web page for more details. Email libraryvolunteers@broward.org. More Info
Get Involved! Animal Care and Adoption Needs Volunteers Animal Care and Adoption is in need of volunteers to assist as: Pet Foster Parents: Residents with extra time can volunteer to foster very young kittens and puppies that have come into the shelter without their mother. Animal Care will provide training. More Info
 
Greeters: If you enjoy working with the public and/or on a computer, Animal Care and Adoption needs you! Volunteer Greeters welcome customers and give them basic information regarding shelter programs and services.Residents who are interested in becoming a volunteer are invited to attend one of the upcoming Volunteer Orientations to learn more about Animal Care and the volunteer opportunities that are available: For more information, contact the Animal Care and Adoption Volunteer Coordinator at 954-359-1313, ext. 9689 or ext. 9850.
Parks Needs VIPs!: Broward County Parks and Recreation Division’s Volunteers Improving Parks (VIP) program offers a variety of volunteer projects for students, families and groups of all sizes to share their time and talents with the community. VIP opportunities are available throughout the park system with schedules that are convenient for just about everyone. No experience is required – training and assistance will be provided. Take the first step today and fill out a volunteer application, or call the Volunteer Coordinator at 954-357-8153. Please visit our new web pages for information regarding Community and Corporate Sponsorships and Scout information.
Love Thy Neighbor Fund needs your help!: We feed every Wednesday evening, at 5:30, overlooking beautiful Ft. Lauderdale Beach, and on Sundays at the Catholic Mission at noon, at Ft. Lauderdale’s Stranahan Park at 1 pm. Note: No reservations needed, just show up! All of our meals are freshly cooked, nutritious, and, frequently, it is the only hot, calorie-balanced food that a homeless person will eat all week. We need volunteer assistance (ages 8 and up with an accompanied adult) with our other programs also. Call us at 954-682-2303 for more information on how you can work with Love Thy Neighbor Fund as a volunteer!
Beach Sweeps: Beach Sweeps are conducted on the second Saturday of the every month from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Volunteers meet at Charnow Park, which is located at Garfield Street and A1A, and collect litter and cigarette butts from the beach. Please complete the registration form and bring it with you. Volunteers should park at North Beach Park located at 3601 North Ocean Drive which is at the intersection of A1A and Sheridan Street. Minimum age to volunteer is eight, and an adult must accompany minors. Volunteers must wear proper cleanup attire. T-shirt and shorts are acceptable. All volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes — No flip-flops. Volunteers wearing flip-flops will not be allowed to participate. It is recommended that volunteers wear a hat and sunscreen and bring their own water. It is also a good idea to bring a snack. Safety and Equipment: Keep Hollywood Beautiful will provide trash bags and gloves. Staff will conduct a short safety meeting and provide cleanup instructions prior to the cleanup on the day of the event. For More Info
Museums
FreFREE Museum Days – It’s always a good idea to phone first to be sure the free entry is in effect the day you’re going.
1. Coral Springs Museum of Art: Free the first Wednesday of every month.
2. Art and Culture Center of Hollywood: free many third Sundays of the month, noon to 4 p.m.
3. Plantation Historical Museum, free entry, days and hours vary, 954-797-2722

4. Bank of America Museums on Us program Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale, free the first full weekend of the month for guests with eligible Bank of America and Merrill Lynch credit or debit cards

5. Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, free the first full weekend of the month for guests with eligible Bank of America and Merrill Lynch credit or debit cards
6. IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach, free the first full weekend of the month for guests with eligible Bank of America and Merrill Lynch credit or debit cards
7. Bass Museum of Art. IDEA@thebass is free for children and adults the last Sunday of every month, 2-4 p.m. Activities include art projects, scavenger hunts and prizes.
8. Gold Coast Railroad Museum. Free the first Saturday of the month except in March when the museum hosts the popular Day out with Thomas. Tickets to ride a train range from $2.50 to $12 per ticket. It’s great for any train enthusiast, Thomas the Tank Engine lover or young kids. The food is reasonably priced (Frankie’s pizza food truck!) and there are plenty of trains to explore.
9. History Miami (formerly the Historical Museum of Southern Florida). Family Fun Days, which are the second Saturday of each month, are free for all children and adults.
10. Lowe Art Museum. Admission is free on Donation Day, the first Tuesday of each month. A free gallery tour is at 1 p.m.
11. Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). Free admission the first Thursday of the month, when the museum is open late, and the second Saturday of the month,with activities for families from 1-4p.m.

12. Miami Children’s Museum Free the third Friday of month from 3-9 p.m., with interactive activities and crafts. You can also explore hundreds of bilingual, interactive exhibits related to art, culture, community and communication. Also, once a month, the museum holds Sensory Saturdays for children with disabilities and reserves the museum from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Admission is offered at the reduced rate of $6. Preregistration is required by calling 305-373-5437 extension 126, or emailing sensorysaturday@miamichildrensmuseum.org.

13. The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA). Galleries are open by donation the last Friday of every month from 7 -10 p.m., with free jazz in the courtyard at 8 p.m. Jazz at MOCA is South Florida’s longest running free outdoor jazz concert series.

14. Miami Science Museum. Free one Saturday per month. The Tripod + Program is available from 1-3p.m. Preregistration is required.

Fitness & Exercise

$5 fee for night hikes in Broward parks

For a fun twist on nightlife action, how about an evening nature walk in a Broward park. Several parks offer guided night hikes for a fee of $5 a person. Pre-registration is typically required.

Events include:
1. 8 p.m. August 28 Long Key, 3501 S.W. 130th Ave., Davie, 954-357-8797
2. 7:30 p.m. August 31, Secret Woods 2701 W. State Road 84, Dania Beach, 954-357-8884
3. 8 p.m. September 5 Deerfield Island Park, Deerfield Beach, 954-357-5100
4. 8 p.m. September 12 Tall Cypress Natural Area, 3700 Turtle Run Blvd., Coral Springs, 954-357-5100
5. 8 p.m. September 18 Long Key, 3501 S.W. 130th Ave., Davie, 954-357-8797

Bike Trails in Miami-Dade
Free guided nature walks at Secret Woods park in Dania Beach
Free guided nature walks at Fern Forest park in north Broward
Free surf, skimboard and paddleboard lessons in Deerfield Beach

Paths for Jogging are currently available at these parks:

Brian Piccolo Park & Velodrome*, Cooper City; 954-357-5150
C.B. Smith Park, Pembroke Pines*; 954-357-5170
Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium*, Lauderhill; 954-357-5400
Hollywood North Beach Park, Hollywood; 954-357-5187
Markham Park & Target Range*, Sunrise; 954-357-8868
Plantation Heritage Park*, Plantation; 954-357-5135
Quiet Waters Park*, Deerfield Beach; 954-357-5100
Roosevelt Gardens Park, Fort Lauderdale; 954-357-8700
Tree Tops Park*, Davie; 954-357-5130
T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park*, Hollywood; 954-357-8811
Vista View Park*, Davie; 954-357-8898
West Lake Park*, Hollywood; 954-357-5161

Please contact or visit the park of your choice for additional information.The park’s regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect.

Furry Friends
Free Dog Smarts program for pet parents in Plantation — dogs stay home People with dogs and people thinking about adopting a pooch discuss barking, gnawing and other pet behaviors at a free pet education program in Broward. Dog Smarts, presented by Broward’s animal adoption department, is offered occasionally, usually 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation. Events include September 8. The program is for people, and dogs stay home. For information about Broward Animal Care and Adoption, phone 954-359-1313 


Wags and Tales
(Ages 5 – 12 ) Monday, September 21, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM This program enables children to read an age-appropriate short story to an Animal Assisted Therapy Dog. The intent of the program is to make reading fun and boost the child’s confidence in reading out loud. To register your child, call 954-262-5477 beginning September 7.

 

Does Your Dog Rule the Roost? If the answer to this simple question is yes, now is the time to enroll your four-legged problem child in Dog Smarts 101 class. The class, hosted by Broward County Animal Care and Adoption and taught by a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, provides pet parents with important information to make dog ownership easier for both the dog and the family. Dog Smarts 101 is open to all residents and is free of charge. Since the class is not a dog training session, no pets are permitted. The following classes are scheduled for 2015 from 6-7PM: September 8th – West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation

Other Events

Free events most weekends

Free music performances Fridays at Pompano Citi Centre most Fridays in August
Broadwalk Friday Fest, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. most Fridays in Hollywood
Free family movies outdoors at ArtsPark in Hollywood most Fridays
Free Funtastic Fridays In Hollywood
Kids Bowl Free program in Tamarac, including Fridays and Sundays
Free live music performances in Hollywood most Saturdays
Free live music performances at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beachmost Saturdays
Free guided nature walks at Fern Forest park in north Broward
Blue Star Museums in South Florida offer free entry for military families
Free entry to ArtServe art gallery in Fort Lauderdale, most Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Stream movies, TV & audiobooks free with Broward Library card
Farmers Markets in Broward
Free access to 3D printer at Broward Library in Fort Lauderdale most Fridays & Saturdays 11a.m.- 3 p.m.
Free star-gazing at Markham Park
Free digital music & more with library card
Broward Library branches offer free music, magic shows, movies & games
Online map of garage sales in South Florida
Free surf, skimboard and paddleboard lessons
Free home improvement workshops at Home Depot, varied weekends

Low-cost events & deals
2-for-1 deals for fun, dining & shopping in Broward
Deals for same-day theater tickets
Evening discounts on Water Taxi in Broward
Participating restaurants offer deals with tickets from Broward theaters
Discounts for entry to Flamingo Gardens in Broward
Butterfly World coupon for $3 off
$21 or $74 deals at Kabooms indoor amusement venue in Davie, $40 and $160 value