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    To look at the wonder of a Cirque du Soleil artists body, one can only imagine the amount of training, conditioning, strict calorie counting and discipline that makes up a daily routine. Just what does it take to be able to bend, stretch and contort the body into such incredible and mind-blowing positions? Or to fly one-handed 30 feet in the air above an awestruck audience?It would probably surprise you to know

    that the artists of Cirque du Soleils Amaluna, coming to Miami in December this year, dont actually give too much thought to what they are eating, drinking or doing in their down time. Although the troupe travels with four chefs,

    two physiotherapists and two coaches, these roles are seen as guides and resources, rather than a police force.Our artists are professional athletes,

    says Amalunas Head Coach Yohann Renne. They have been practicing habits to keep their strength and agility at the level it needs to be from around the time they could walk.Renne explains that the artistic support

    team will always guide an artist if they are feeling weak or rehabilitating through an injury, and provide assistance to those who seek it, but the goal is not to enforce specific training as each artist has their own tried and true methods of looking after themselves.Physiotherapist Lisa Basarab, says her role

    is to provide clinics and sports medicine to the performers, which aids in injury prevention and management, however, she says that the artists are all held accountable for their conditioning and physique.In each city we visit, we hire a local

    masseuse and Pilates instructor and often invite guest teachers onsite to provide dance and yoga classes to keep the artists stimulated, says Basarab. Performing eight to ten shows per week means they get an

    incredible workout just by being onstage, but it is important to their physical and mental wellbeing to be able to enjoy other types of conditioning.These classes and training options are

    not enforced, and are simply a suggestion available for those who want it. There is also an elliptical machine and small fly-weight gym machine set up in the Artistic Tent (the onsite training facility) available for the artists to use and Basarab notes that about 80% of the tour members travel with bicycles (there are 46 artists working on Amaluna in addition to 68 technicians and support staff) to be able to explore the city they call home for six to eight weeks before moving on to the next destination.People on tour have an adventurous

    spirit, says Amalunas Company Manager Franck Hanselman. Although the tour only gets one day off per week, you will often see anything from groups of cyclists and hikers to rock-climbers and runners, to scuba-divers and surfers and snowboarders! Since we are always on the move, there is always someplace new to explore and we are a very active bunch.The onsite kitchen at Cirque du Soleils

    Amaluna prepares over 250 meals per day, but it is not always as health-conscious as you might think. Our company was founded in Qubc, Canada, and the national dish there is Poutine which is French fries topped with cheese curds and brown gravy. Definitely not what you would consider to be professional athlete food! says Hanselman. The chefs are feeding everyone onsite from the technicians, electricians, welders, plumbers and carpenters to the artists, musicians and

    gymnasts and everyone in between! With 17 different nationalities represented on tour, our kitchen does a wonderful job of preparing dishes from all over the world.Acrobatic coach Misha Galkin says, It is

    the responsibility of the artist to ensure they are getting the nutrients they need to perform their best; however, they are burning off so many calories during a performance that they can get away with eating pretty much what they want. We dont enforce meal plans, curfews or restrictions but we are always available to give advice. Galkin explains that when the artists first join Cirque du Soleil, they are met by a team of nutritionists and specialists at the companys headquarters in Montral to ensure they are equipped with the right information to look after themselves and continue a healthy career.Amaluna features a 70% female cast,

    which is a flip on the traditional casting of a Cirque du Soleil show where the male contingent usually represents 70% - 75% of the artists. Amaluna was created as the first Cirque du Soleil show in 30 years to represent and showcase the strength and power of women, while maintaining femininity and grace.Written and directed by Tony Award-

    winning director, Diane Paulus, Cirque du Soleils Amaluna premieres under the iconic blue and yellow Big Top at Sun Life Stadium on December 11, 2014. For t i cke t s and more in format ion, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/amaluna.

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    whats inside...Cirque Du Soleil: Amaluna .............................................................4Letter from the Publishers .................................................................8Broward County Turns 100 ..........................................................10

    AROUND PINES .....................11 - 20Letter from Mayor Frank C. Ortis ....................................................12Studio 18 Paints a Pretty Picture for the Arts in Pembroke Pines ............14Harvest Drive 2014 .............................................................16 - 17CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS DIRECTORY .......................................18

    EVENTS .................................21 - 30EVENTS DIRECTORY ............................................................22 - 23BIRTHDAYS & SPECIAL EVENTS DIRECTORY ............................26 - 2721 Fall Family Fun Runs ........................................................28 - 29

    DIRECTORY ........................... 31 - 64SPORTS DIRECTORY ............................................................32 - 38 ACTIVITIES DIRECTORY ....................................................... 38 - 49City of Pembroke Pines Cultural Arts Program ...................................50Nest of Living Arts ......................................................................56Ultra Running Race .....................................................................58WPPO Track & Field Athletes Rise to the Top ...................................60Okapi Wanderers Rugby FC Meets in Pembroke Pines ......................60THANKS COACH .....................................................................62YMCA Expands Competitive Aquatics Program ................................633 v 3 Soccer Team Wins 3rd Championship ...................................63

    FAMILY HEALTH ......................65 - 74Help Gentle Dental Feed the Hungry ..............................................66HEALTH PROVIDER DIRECTORY .............................................72 - 74

    SCHOOLS .............................75 - 882014 - 2015 Broward County School Calendar ..............................76Silver Trails Principal Steven Frazier Receives Prestigious Award ..........78Sagemonts Performing & Visual Arts Center Now Open in Weston .....79Jodi Cohen: The om of Parenting ...................................................80Pines Lakes Elementary Puts a SPARK in Physical Education ...............80Flanagan High School Senior Named 2014 Math & Science Scholar ..... 82College Direct: Helping Students Achieve Their College & Career Goals ........83Huntington Learning Center ..........................................................84Autism in Flight ...........................................................................85ACADEMIC DIRECTORY ......................................................86 - 87

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    MARGOT LYONS PULERIOwner/Publisher(954) 806-9714 [email protected]

    NIcOLE chRISTIANOwner/Advertising Publisher(954) 649-4441 [email protected]

    MELISSA hARLESSManaging Director of Publishing(423) 304-8051 [email protected]

    LINDA LOMbARDITerritory Representative(305) 989-9380 [email protected]

    JULIE KASPERTerritory Representative(954) 818-1549 [email protected]

    KELLY WILSONTerritory Representative(305) 332-7325 [email protected]

    TINA STRAUSSSchool Liason(954) [email protected]

    MARcELA FUXMANTerritory Representative(786) [email protected]

    KAREN POLIVKATerritory Representative(954) [email protected] SPEcIAL ThANKS TO:contributing Writers: Debby Teichcontributing Photographers Tadd Fisher Linda Lombardi Sabrina Morell Mittler

    TOP SPIN PUbLIShING, INc.Sports & Activities Directory(866) 499-9204 Office2114 N. Flamingo Road, #1269Pembroke Pines, FL 33028Website: www.sportsandactivities.com

    Our Team Dear Readers,Having spent my early years growing up in Massachusetts and the rest of my life

    living in Florida, I still pine for autumn in New England. Every year I try not to write about how much I love fall in this publisher letter, but I always mention it and typically wax on about the vibrant colors and the crisp smells that make you want to ever so deeply inhale the cool, clean air into every cell of your body. October in Florida is like March in

    Massachusetts in that you get a glimpse of the slightest change in whatever oppressive weather has been around for what seems like an eternity. The first wave of cooler air drops the humidity, puts a pep in your step and makes you want to open the windows, have a picnic or grab the dog and go for a long walk by a lake. If I could figure out a way to bottle the feeling, I would retire a very wealthy woman. Alas, I need to book a trip to the North to see the leaves change.

    What other things can I do right here is South Florida to enjoy the change in weather? The answers are right here in the pages of our Sports & Activities Directory and on our new Smartphone App. I continually hear from readers, people who grew up in this area, who look through our publication and find out about things to do and places to go that they never new existed, and they are right around the corner! Thats what we do in all of our seven publications; we find out and publish the what, who, when, where, how and how much it would be to participate in events, sports, activities, fitness programs, afterschool programs, birthday parties, camps and countless other things in your area. We are your ONLY single source for this information in your area and we are proud to deliver this valuable resource to you.

    On a personal note, with the change of season theme continuing...this is the first year that I do not have a child enrolled in Broward County public schools. My youngest daughter graduated high school this past spring and is now off to college and my oldest daughter just graduated college and is out in the working world. My, how fast the weeks, then months, then years go by. I remember so clearly their first day of Kindergarten. I am so proud of both of them for what incredible young women they have turned into. Bittersweet are all the words I have for that as I enter this new season of my life.

    Enjoy every monumental life happening and every beautiful, minuscule moment when your children are young. Be in that moment with them and listen to their thoughts, ideas and feelings. Teach them

    values and kindness; reward them with praise and hugs. Just like the seeds we plant, if we give them solid roots and provide the environment for them to flourish, all they will need is

    a little daily watering. Then, sit back and watch them grow strong towards the sun. What a beautiful thing to see.

    We hope your holidays are filled with joy, fun, good health and loved ones. Remember the season is a time for giving to the less fortunate. Donate whatever you can; no matter if it is money, clothes, food or your time to make a difference in at least one persons life. For a list of organizations that need your help, please see our Clubs & Organizations page. Show your children that giving is the greatest gift of all in any season.

    Our best to you,

    Margot & Nicole

    NOTE: All information supplied by organizations. Please contact the organization directly for additional information. The Sports & Activities Directory does not endorse the organizations directly. No material published herein may be reproduced in any manner, be it for print or online Web site use, whatsoever without specific prior written authorization from Sports and Activities Directory and Top Spin Publishing, Inc. Copyright by Top Spin Publishing, Inc. All content is protected under copyright. All Rights Reserved.

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    Broward County is turning 100 and everyone is invited to participate in a yearlong celebration. From October 2014 to October 2015, Broward County will commemorate its centennial milestone with Broward 100 Celebrating the Art of Community. It includes a series of innovative art and performance projects that will showcase Broward Countys rich cultural heritage and pay tribute to its past, present and future.

    We will use Broward Countys arts, sports and recreation venues, natural attractions, and incredible diversity to attract visitors, as well as to create bridges and bonds among its residents and communities, said Dawn Robinson-Patrick, Broward 100 events coordinator.

    Broward 100 is made possible through a partnership between Broward Cultural Division, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Community Foundation of Broward. It is framed by four distinct cornerstones of community engagements - VisualEYES, Inside Out Broward, Calendar 100 and the Grand Finale. VisualEYES will give Broward artists an

    opportunity to showcase their work and create a legacy through murals, as well as exhibits at local galleries and museums. It includes the Broward 100 Mural Project, for which the County has commissioned local artists to design and implement at least one mural in each of Browards nine County Commission districts. All of the artwork is located in highly visible sites and reflects the community and neighborhood.

    Through Inside Out, Broward County is joining the international grass roots effort that provides local residents with a forum to show their faces and tell their stories. The diversity of each communitys residents is reflected in dramatic black-and-white head shots of individuals that are exhibited in public forums, such as on building walls and sidewalks. Organizers are hoping to engage as many groups and

    organizations as possible to make it the largest installation in the projects global history. The Miramar Multi-Service Complex was the site of the first collage.

    Calendar 100 makes it easy for residents and visitors to participate in the celebration. The comprehensive online calendar includes all of Broward 100s sanctioned events that are offered through cultural organizations and artists, historical organizations, as well as County agencies, municipalities and community partners. Events will include festivals, lectures, literary events, film festivals, culinary arts, concerts, theater shows, art exhibitions, and more. Event organizers can submit new events to be sanctioned and added to the official calendar.

    Organizers are still in the process of planning the Grand Finale, which will be held October 2-4, 2015. The weekend will showcase the creative talent of Browards visual and performing artists in a series of performances. It will lay the foundation for an annual signature trademark event and set the stage for the next 100 years.Ninety-two-year-old Betty Simpson has spent

    most of her life living in Broward County. She has watched the city transform throughout the years. It has been incredible to watch Broward County develop from a swampland into a bustling economy, said Simpson. It is without a doubt the best place in the world to live. I am excited to participate in the centennia l celebration and look forward to my own.

    F o r m o r e i n f o rma t i o n , v i s i twww.Broward100.org.

    By Debby TeichPhotos: All photos by kind permission of the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society.

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    Dear Residents,As another one of our Communities will begin participating in our Re-engage,

    Recycle and Reinvigorate Our Environment program, the City was just recognized by the Florida League of Cities for this very program. We are proud to be the recipient

    of the Leagues Environmental Stewardship Award which rallied boomer generation volunteers to increase recycling and the reuse of materials. The pilot community,

    Hollybrook, reduced its solid waste collection from six to three times per week. Recycling increased from two tons per month to an average of 25 tons per month. The program cost is minimal, but, the environmental impact is huge.Its important to be aware that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) finalized

    the new flood maps. The new flood maps will help all community officials and citizens be better prepared for flood related disasters by providing an official depiction of flood hazards for Pembroke Pines and the rest of Broward County.I encourage residents and businesses in Pembroke Pines to view the new flood maps to

    better understand your potential flood risk and to help identify steps that may need to be taken to protect against property damage and loss. You can view the maps at: www.broward.org/PermittingAndLicensing/Licensing/Engineering/FloodZonemaps/Pages/Default.aspx. Most of our city has been dropped from the latest maps while other areas will see theyve

    been added. Despite the fact that people may not need flood insurance to keep their federally regulated or insured mortgages, common sense tells you that flooding can occur during extreme weather wherever you live.

    As another year is slowly coming to an end and we welcome Fall, we have many events on the horizon for residents of all ages. Here are a few that may peak your interest: BOW WOW WEEN - Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 9:00am-1:00pm. Pembroke

    Pines Dog Park, 9751 Johnson Street. For additional information contact the Special Events Office at 954-435-6525. GHOULISH GARDENS - Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 10:00am - 2:00pm.

    Pembroke Pines Community Garden at Hiatus Road and Washington Street. To pre-register please call Jill Slaughter at 954-450-6947.

    BOO-VILLE - Saturday, October 25, 2014, 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Pines Recreation Center, 7400 Pines Boulevard. For additional information contact the Special Events Office at

    954-435-6525. JAZZ CONCERT - Sunday, October 26, 2014, 3:00pm - 5:00pm. William

    B. Armstrong Dream Park, 1700 Dykes Road. Featuring the Sound of Vision Band - weather permitting. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at William B. Armstrong Dream Park, 1700 Dykes Road (NW 160 Avenue). For comfort bring a chair or blanket.I hope to see you all at these fun events! As always, if you have any questions

    or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 954-435-6505, or by email at [email protected]

    Your Mayor,

    Frank C. OrtisCity of Pembroke Pines

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    Since Studio 18 in the Pines opened four years ago, it has been attracting artists from all over South Florida. The facility, which provides affordable studio and exhibition space, allows artists to explore their creativity and exchange ideas in a vibrant cultural environment. It is also one of the many ways that Pembroke Pines residents can experience the arts without leaving their city. Studio 18 provides artists with a place to focus on their work without interruptions, said Sharon Sammarco, Recreation Supervisor II. In addition, they can interact with other artists, show their work, and teach classes.Studio 18 is run by the City of Pembroke Pines Recreation

    and Cultural Arts Division. It is located on the site of the former laundry facility of the old South Florida State Hospital grounds, which is now called the Howard C. Forman Human Services Campus. The 11,000 sq. ft. facility has 19 air conditioned inside studios. All of them have sinks with running water and many have natural light to help create ideal working conditions. There are also four outdoor spaces available. The building has a storage facility and lounge area for the artists, as well as a kiln room. It has two large classrooms which are used for community art workshops and classes. It also has a main gallery, which features the work of artists leasing space at the studio, as well as outside juried artists. Artists interested in leasing space must submit a portfolio,

    which is juried by a panel of artists that evaluate its conceptual innovation and technical proficiency. If selected, they are eligible for a one-year lease, which includes 24-hour access.

    The 20 professional artists that currently lease space represent a variety of mediums, including oil paint, graphite pencil, clay, glass, wood, photography, mixed media and more. There is also an Artist in Residence, who receives a free year of studio space in exchange for completing a project that benefits the city. Visitors are always welcome to visit the studio to talk to the artists about their work.Studio 18 curates eight shows each year. Six of them

    showcase the Studio 18 artists, one highlights artists from the outside, and the other is a holiday gallery art show and sale held in December. All of the exhibits are free and open to the public. The next show is Awakenings, which will run from October 24 to November 26. It features six studio artists - Lynda De Vita, Tom De Vita, Joni Esser-Stuart, Juan Prieto, Robyn Vegas and Maria Wieder. All of the exhibits offer area residents an opportunity to find high quality artwork in their own hometown, said Sammarco. Studio 18 also offers adult classes throughout the year. The

    public can learn about open figure drawing, ceramics, oil painting, childrens book illustrations, digital photography, fused and stained glass, fashion illustration, and more. The Gallery and classrooms are also available for private functions and corporate events. Studio 18 in the Pines is located at 1101 Poinciana Dr.,

    on the NW corner of University Dr. and Pembroke Rd. It is open Monday to Friday, from 8:30am - 5pm, and Saturdays, from 10am-2pm. For information, call (954) 961-6067 or visit www.pines.com/studio18.

    By Debby TeichPhoto Credit: Sharon Sammarco

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    Back in 1992, Rene Herman took it upon herself to organize a food drive at Country Isles Elementary that would provide a weeks worth of groceries to 20 Weston area families who were down on their luck. She rallied the students to help with neighborhood canned food drives and camped outside of Publix Supermarkets to accept donations. They succeeded and the 20 families in need were fed. But she didnt stop there. Twenty-two years later, Rene is still on a mission to stamp out hunger and help families in need.

    Since the inaugural Harvest Drive, the number of families in need multiplied, as did the amount of help required to accomplish such a task. After many years of orchestrating the details of this annual event, Rene has been blessed with several special people to assist her in her efforts. Patti Bradley, Kim ONeill, Susan Gross, Davi Leoniff, Jodi Samson and Amy Freund all volunteer to share the responsibilities. It takes thousands of people to make this happen every year. Organizations such as the Rotary Club of Weston and Plantation Rotary have been instrumental in helping with donations and money to buy groceries. Businesses such as The Castle Group help with a tremendous amount of volunteers. Individuals such as Jamie McDonnell, Michael Dagen, Jim Norton, Michael Freedland and Steve Goldstein, among many others, have been life savers in the 11th hour when we did not have enough food for the promised families, said Rene.

    Another unique characteristic of the program is the compassion and dedication displayed each year by students who contribute. What really makes this work, what is really special about Harvest Drive, is that it is the students and the schools that gather what we need and volunteer their time to make this a reality, she says. Many of the students volunteer every year and she has formed a lasting bond with them throughout her time organizing the Harvest Drive. Teaching children at an early age that their contributions can make a difference in the lives of others is what makes this project so rewarding, Rene adds. Not only does this make the hard work and sacrifice pay off, it gives her hope for the future and inspires her to do even more.

    This year, 180 public and private schools are involved in the mission to collect enough food to feed over 2,000 families throughout Broward County. Distribution sites will be set up at 12 local schools, with Western High School being the largest. In addition to these sites, approximately 168 other schools will be taking donations that will then be divided up between the area distribution sites.

    Families with children in the Broward County Schools are referred to the Harvest Drive by Broward County social workers as well as other local social service agencies based on their financial need. In addition to the weeks worth of groceries and Thanksgiving dinner, families are able to shop in the Harvest Drives makeshift stores for a variety of household items that have been donated. Volunteers work all year long collecting donations for the Harvest Drive Boutiques so that these families may find things they need at no cost to them. Western High, Pompano High and Westglades Middle School will be fully stocked with items such as toiletries, shoes, gently used toys, clothes and books. Items that many of us may take for granted are most in need by these families.

    What keeps me awake at night worrying is that the day before the families arrive that week before Thanksgiving, we will be short. We need cash donations so we can buy the items we are short in the 11th hour. I cannot bear that our local, neighborhood families will go hungry when so many individuals, businesses and organizations have so much to give, she said. Herman does not comprehend the word no when it comes to Harvest Drive. Her passion, persistence and work ethic will not allow her to accept no.

    The Harvest Drive team continues their efforts throughout the year. They would like to give special recognition to the North Broward Preparatory Middle School for their Fundraising efforts and collections for Harvest Drive. For the past 2 years they have assisted 75 Broward County School families with food and a boutique at their Spring Into Action Drive. 100% goes to these families in need! No one gets paid to run this organization, Rene says. We need more help. Hunger is a year round challenge.

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    Here is how you can say, YES, I want to help! Host a Neighborhood Food Drive to collect non-perishables and things from the list below. Donate whatever amount of money or and non-perishable food you are able to give. Feed the volunteers on Monday or Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Donate toothbrushes, toothpaste, toiletries, clothes, books and toys. Help sort and pack during Harvest Days at the different distribution sites. Spread the word.

    THE FOLLOWING IS THE 2014 NEED LIST:Non-perishable items needed (Average for a family of 5): 2 bottles juice, 12 cans vegetables, 6 cans sweet potatoes, 4 plastic jars gravy, 4 cans cranberries, 6 cans fruit, 8 cans soup, 2 boxes pancake mix, 1 bottle syrup, 3 boxes cereal/oatmeal, 4 lbs. pasta/rice, 3 plastic jars spaghetti sauce, 4 boxes cookies, 2 plastic jars peanut butter, 2 plastic jars jelly, 4 boxes stuffi ng, 2 boxes of cookies, 1 package napkins, 1 roll aluminum foil, 1 bottle each shampoo and conditioner, 1 dish soap, 1 large laundry detergent, 4 cans tuna or meat, 1 large toothpaste, 2 bars soap.Perishable Items needed (Average for a family of 5): 1 turkey (10-12 lbs.), 1 dozen xl eggs, 1 pie, gallon OJ concentrate, 1 lb. margarine/butter, 1 Parmalat Milk, 1 loaf bread, 1 package rolls, 1 5 lb. bag of potatoes

    MONETARY DONATIONS:Checks payable to Harvest Drive, Inc, 5190 NW 165th Street, Miami, FL 33014

    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.harvestdriveflorida.com or call Renee Herman at (954) 444-5548.

    HARVEST DRIVE DROP OFF & DISTRIBUTION SITES/DATES/TIMESTOWN CENTEr WESTONSunday, November 9th: Community Fun Day to Raise Awareness, from 2:00pm 6:00pm

    CYPrESS BAY HIGH SCHOOL18600 Vista Park Boulevard, Weston 33332, (754) 323-0350Dates & Times TBA

    GLAdES MIddLE SCHOOL GYM16700 SW 48TH Court, Miramar 33027, (754) 323-4600Tuesday, November 18thWednesday, November 19thThursday, November 20th Times TBA

    MIrAMAr HIGH SCHOOL3601 SW 89 Avenue, Miramar, FL 33025, (754) 323-1350Dates & Times TBA

    MCArTHUr HIGH SCHOOL6501 Hollywood Boulevard, HOLLYWOOD 33024, (754) 323-1200Thursday, November 13thFriday, November 14thTimes TBA

    PLANTATION HIGH SCHOOL CAfETErIA6901 NW 16TH Street, Plantation 33313, (754) 322-1850Dates & Times TBA

    PIPEr HIGH SCHOOL8000 NW 44th Street, Lauderhill, FL 33351,(754) 322-2300Wednesday, November 12th Thursday, November 13th Times TBA

    POMPANO HIGH SCHOOL GYM600 NE 13TH Avenue, Pompano Beach 33060, (754) 322-2000Monday, November 24th Tuesday, November 25th Times TBA

    SOUTH BrOWArd HIGH SCHOOL AUdITOrIUM1901 N Federal Highway, Hollywood 33020, (754) 323-1800Dates & Times TBA

    STrANAHAN HIGH SCHOOL AUdITOrIUM1800 SW 5TH PLACE, Fort Lauderdale 33312, (754) 323-2102Dates & Times TBA

    SUNrISE MIddLE SCHOOL7720 W. Oakland Park Boulevard, Sunrise 33351, (754) 321-0000Tuesday, November 18thWednesday, November 19thTimes TBA

    WESTErN HIGH SCHOOL MINI GYM1200 SW 136TH Avenue, Davie 33325, (754) 323-2400 Friday, November 21st: Community Drop Off Day, from 3:00pm 9:00pm Monday, November 24th: Packing and Sorting, from 8:00am 10:00pm Tuesday, November 25th: Families Arrive for Pick Up, from 7:00am 4:00pm

    WESTGLAdES MIddLE SCHOOL GYM11000 Holmberg Road, Parkland 33076, (754) 322-4800Tuesday, November 18th Wednesday, November 19th Thursday, November 20th Times TBA

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    Clubs & OrganizationsAARP OF PEMBROKE PINESThe Pembroke Pines AARP invites, everyone 50+ years of age, to join the monthly meetings on the third Friday of every month. Information for Seniors, and a raffle with prizes. September through May:1:00pm. - 7400 Pines Blvd. in the Pines Recreation Center. (954) 632-8446.

    AMERICAN LEGION POST 385Military Organization for former & active military service personnel. Main objectives: Support local high schools, youth activities, Civil Air & Navy Sea Cadets with awards. Meetings are the1st Tuesday of each month, at the Pembroke Falls Aquatic Center. -1361 NW 129th Avenue, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028. (954) 441-8735. There will be no meetings on July and August.

    BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF BROWARD COUNTY, INC.Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong, enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. To learn more about becoming a mentor, enrolling your child into our programs or making a donation, please visit bbbsbroward.org or email to [email protected] - 4101 Ravenswood Road, Suite 123, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312. (954) 584-9990.

    BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICAHave fun, make friends, see and learn new things! After theyve been given the proper guidance, they take their own lead, going places theyve never gone, seeing things theyve never seen, and diving into the rugged world of outdoor adventure, relying on teamwork. Requirement: Be a boy who is 11 years old, or one who has completed the fifth grade, at least 10 years old, but not yet 18 years old. To join a boy scout troop near you, or for more information visit www.scouting.org.

    BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF BROWARD COUNTYSpecial focus on at-risk youth between ages 7 - 18 years old, with 12 facilities serving 12,000 registered members. To learn more about becoming involved with the local Boys & Girls Clubs, visit their website at www.bgcbc.org or visit their locations at Rick and Rita Case Unit: 7525 N.W. 33 RD ST. Davie, FL 33024. (954) 433-9000.

    FALCON FOUNDATIONIt started in 2000 as Get Flanagan A Stadium Inc. to raise awareness, and funds for a stadium at Charles W. Flanagan High School. Falcon Foundation Inc. is the non-profits new name. It focuses on student achievement in academics, arts & athletics, teacher training, and support of Flanagan High and its feeder schools. Sponsorship packages start at $500 per year. For more information contact Henry A. Rose, President of Falcon Foundation, Inc. or write to [email protected] For more information visit www.FlanaganFalconFoundation.com. (754) 323-0650.

    GIRL SCOUTS OF BROWARD COUNTY,INC.Provides informal educational programs for girls between ages 5-18. A safe, and fun place for girls to discover, connects, and take action. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. To join a girl scout troop near you, or for more information visit www.gssef.org. 4701 NW 33rd Avenue, Oakland Park, FL 33309. (954) 739-7660.

    HEALTHY MOTHERS, HEALTHY BABIES COALITION OF BROWARD COUNTY, INC.Dedicated to reducing infant deaths by providing resources and education to pregnant women, parents and their families. They have been a community leader in providing services to pregnant women, teens and families for more than 20 years. They provide access to prenatal care, education, advocacy, and public awareness for all families in Broward County, but especially for those who are unable to afford private care. For more information visit www.hmhbbroward.org. (954) 765-0550.

    KIWANIS CLUB OF GREATER PEMBROKE PINESShare in fellowship, listen to informative speakers, enjoy dinner, announce activities and determine ways to better serve and enrich the lives of those in our community. All are welcome. Complementary dinner on the first visit! Become a Kiwanian and help the children! Meetings are the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, 7:15PM, at Panera Bread Caf in Pines Boulevard. For more information visit www.kiwanispembrokepines.org.

    LOPSTERS KIDS CLUBDo you love animals? Do you want to learn more about taking care of dogs, cats and other pets? Do you want to help the homeless animals? Then join Lopsters Kids Club at the Humane Society of Broward County. The Club meets once a month, for an hour and a half, after school. Lopster has two clubs: The Lil Pups, ages 6 to 9 years old, and The Big Dogs, ages 10 to 13 years old. To sign up download a registration form at www.humanebroward.com. (954) 989-3977.

    MIRAMAR - PEMBROKE PINES REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCEThe Chamber is committed to continue to provide a variety of venues to assist the business owners of our region to become better businesses by becoming better business leaders. From its humble beginnings over thirty years ago the Miramar-Pembroke Pines Regional Chamber of Commerce is thriving and is committed to helping our businesses thrive too! Monthly breakfast meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, please call the chamber for details or visit www.miramarpembrokepines.org. 10100 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines (in City Hall Building) (954) 432-9808.

    MOPS - MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERSA place to find friendship, resources, and support for you as a woman and mother, so youre not alone. Moms have found community through MOPS for almost 40 years. MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers, but dont let that confuse you, MOPS is about meeting the needs of every mom of a child, from conception through kindergarten, with local groups of moms just like you, whether youre urban, suburban, rural, stay-at-home, working, teen, adoptive, special-needs, single or married, For more information visit www.mops.org or call Toll Free: (800) 929-1287.

    PEMBROKE PINES HISTORICAL MUSEUMThe Pembroke Pines Historical Museum was established by the City of Pembroke Pines to house the collection started in 1980 by Estelle Kipnis and Gerry Witoshynsky. The Museum is under the direction of Pembroke Pines Historian Gerry Witoshynsky, a pioneer resident. The materials are available for interested residents, the general public, students, media, and researchers. Meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00AM - 3:00PM - The Village Community Center 6700 SW 13th Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33023. (954) 983-6814.

    POLICE EXPLORER PROGRAMChartered under Boy Scouts of America, this program meets Wednesday night at 7:00PM at police headquarters. Program educates youth, about careers in law enforcement, in an 80-hour academy. This program has recently been instrumental in state and national Explorer Conferences. The Department commits four officers and a supervisor to this program, which currently has twenty-five (25) active members. Contact: Community Affairs Office (954) 436-3274.

    ROTARY CLUB OF MIRAMAR-PINESRotary is an organization of business and professional leaders, united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build good will and peace in the world. The main objective of Rotary is service, in the community, workplace, and throughout the world. Meetings are at 12:15PM on Thursdays at Pembroke Pines Golf and Racquet Club 10500 Taft St., Pembroke Pines, FL 33026. www.clubrunner.ca.

    VOICES FOR CHILDREN OF BROWARD COUNTYNonprofit organization dedicated to raising money for and awareness of the Guardian Ad Litem Program, which provides an advocate for abused and neglected children. Children benefit greatly from the advocacy of a Guardian ad Litem, a trained volunteer from the community, who simply wants to make sure the best interests of the children are served. The Guardian ad Litem program recruits, trains and supervises volunteers who work one on one with these children. To join and support Voices for Children, or to learn more about volunteering as a Guardian Ad Litem, visit their website at www.voicesbroward.org, email to [email protected]

    THE WOMENS BUSINESS MASTERMIND GROUPThe organization is devoted to women helping women with their businesses, as well as their personal growth and well-being. The network of women encourage and help each other by sharing hopes, dreams, and inspirations with other women in the South Florida area. Through luncheons, and one-on-one meetings with other Chapter members, they build long-lasting relationships, both in the business and personal lives. This member-only organization allows exclusivity in your chosen business segment, and provides a sales force of other women, who promote your products and services. Contact: Barbara Theodosiou at (954)309-0992 or [email protected], or visit www.womensbusinessmastermind.com.

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    OCTOBERON SALE NOW!ARIANA GRANDE Tickets on sale now for the Saturday, March 28, 2015 concert. AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. Ticketmaster.com.

    ON SALE NOW!5 SECONDS OF SUMMER: ROCK OUT WITH YOUR SOCKS OUT TOUR Tickets on sale now for for the September 13, 2015 concert you dont want to miss! Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach. Ticketmaster.com.

    SATURDAY & SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4 & 5SESAME STREET LIVE MAKES A NEW FRIEND10:30AM & 2:00PM. No matter where youre from or where youve been, everyone is special - so join in! Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grovers friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies! Join the fun and make a memory with your friends and family! Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale 33312. TICKETS: browardcenter.org.

    SATURDAY & SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4 & 5K9 WATER FESTIVAL AT CASTAWAY ISLANDHOURLY FROM 9:00AM 4:00PM. The dog days of summer may be long gone, but you can still pamper your pooches during the lingering heat by letting them frolic at a water park. Admission is $5 + tax per dog per 50-minute session. Only dogs weighing 25 pounds or less will be permitted for the final session of each day. Donations of dog and cat food, treats, blankets, and toys will be accepted on behalf of the homeless animals at Broward County shelters. RULES: All dogs must be off leash when inside the facility and must be sociable and well behaved. Proof of current rabies vaccination and county license tag are required. Other than lifeguards, no humans will be allowed inside the water playgrounds. Finally, dogs are limited to no more than two sessions per day, and dogs must be at least 4 months of age to participate. TY PARK: 3300 N. Park Road, Hollywood. (954) 357-8811. The parks gate entrance fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect.

    TUESDAY - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7 - 19ANNIE SHOWTIMES VARY. The worlds best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as Its the Hard Knock Life, Easy Street, plus the eternal anthem of optimism, Tomorrow. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale 33312. TICKETS: browardcenter.org.

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11 BOW WOW WEEN 9:00AM 1:00PM. Prepare yourselves for a Paw-sitively good time! The City of Pembroke Pines invites you to join us at the 2nd Annual Halloween Event for dogs. Held at the Pembroke Pines Dog Park, 9751 Johnson Street (just east of Palm Avenue). Featuring costume contest for all sizes and different categories, games, prizes, and pet related vendors. Enjoy a Paw-sitively good time. For event information, exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities, call (954) 435-6525.

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11OPEN GYM PARTY AT GRAVITY GYMNASTICS 1:30PM 3:30PM. FREE! Come enjoy two hours of games and free play at Gravity Gymnastics. Your child will be able to jump on our bounce house and trampolines, climb on our net, walk on the balance beams, and swing like a monkey on the ropes! There will be vendors and prizes as well! This free event is all about having fun and learning the great benefits of an active lifestyle! Bring your friends and enjoy two hours of non-stop fun! All children need a signed waiver by parents or legal guardian to participate. 11940 Miramar Parkway, Miramar 33025. (954) 450-7770, [email protected], www.gravitygymnastics.com.

    SATURDAY & SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11 & 12ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES SHOWSATURDAY: 9:00AM 5:00PMSUNDAY: 10:00AM 4:00PM50 dealer spaces. Admission $3.00 Children under 12 free. Free Parking. Held at The Southwest Focal Point Community Center, 301 NW 103 Avenue, Pembroke Pines.

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE CHURCH 6TH ANNUAL FLEA MARKET7:00AM 2:00PM. Rent a Space - Over 200 Vendors. Collectibles, Crafts, New & Used Items, Food Court, 50/50 Raffle, Karaoke, Free Admission & Parking. 701 N. Hiatus Rd., Pembroke Pines 33026. [email protected] or (954) 432-0206 for information.

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18GHOULISH GARDENS 10:00AM 2:00PM. Be one of the first fifty people to register and participate in the annual Ghoulish Guardians Pumpkin Carving Contest, a Fall favorite held at the Pembroke Pines Community Garden at Hiatus Road and Washington Street. Fee: Free registration is limited to 50 people. Sponsor: Whole Foods of Pembroke Pines. To pre-register please call Jill Slaughter at (954) 450-6947.

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21STICKS AND STONES10:00AM. What is a bully? What does a bully look like? Are you a bully? During this music filled, interactive performance students will examine the three components of bullying: the bullied, the bystander and the bully. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale 33312. TICKETS: browardcenter.org.

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25NEST OF LIVING ARTS PRESENTS HAUNTED WITH IN.8:00PM. Musical theater production held at The Miramar Culture Center. Details at www.nestoflivingarts.com. Call (954) 442-0090 or (954) 655-3011 for more information. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25 BOO-VILLE6:00PM 9:00PM. Join us for some family fun and spooky activities including a costume contest, pumpkin patch with prizes, shows, rides, trick or treat stations, spooky strolling characters and many more surprises. The event will be held at The Pines Recreation Center, 7400 Pines Boulevard. Admission is $2.00 per person. For more information, call (954) 435-6525.

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26 JAZZ IN THE PINES CONCERT SERIES 3:00PM 5:00PM. FREE! Join the City of Pembroke Pines for a relaxing afternoon at William B. Armstrong Dream Park, 1700 Dykes Road (NW 160 Avenue), Pembroke Pines. Dont forget a comfortable chair or blanket. For more information, call (954) 435-6525.

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26CORAL SKIES MUSIC FESTIVAL11:00AM. In concert: Cage the Elephant, Julian Casablancas, City and Colour, The Hold Steady, Bombay Bicycle Club, Tokyo Police Club, Bleachers, Wild Cub, Benjamin Booker, Junior Prom & Good Graeff. Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach. Ticketmaster.com.

    NOVEMBERSATURDAY - WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 - 1212TH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVEThe S.W. Focal Point Community Center, together with donations from schools, businesses and residents, assists 100 families in our community by providing generously filled bins with various canned & dried foods, turkeys and much more for a bountiful Thanksgiving meal. To help with this years food drive, please call Diane Shawcross at (954) 450-6888. Donations must be in no later than Wednesday, November 12. The Southwest Focal Point Community Center is located a 301 NW 103 Avenue, Pembroke Pines.

    SATURDAY & SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1 & 2 FLEA MARKET AND BAZAARSATURDAY: 8:00AM 3:00PMSUNDAY: 9:00AM 3:00PMOver 100 indoor vendors FREE admission and parking. Held at The Southwest Focal Point Community Center, 301 NW 103 Avenue, Pembroke Pines.

    SUNDAY & MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2 & 3THE MONSTER WHO ATE MY PEASSUNDAY: 11:00AM & 1:00PM SHOWS, MONDAY 10:00AM SHOW. Based on the multi-award winning book written by Danny Schnitzlein and illustrated by Matthew Faulkner, this funny musical, ideal for grades K-2, tells the poignant story of a young boy who doesnt want to eat his peas. When a crafty monster appears underneath his kitchen table, the boy is ready to make a deal with the monster. Each show includes free pre-show art activities and face painting. Plus, complimentary post-show snacks for the entire family! Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale 33312. TICKETS: browardcenter.org.

    THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6HEALTH AND EDUCATION FAIR9:00AM 1:00PM. FREE and open to the public, health screenings, exercise class demonstrations, entertainment and food tasting, 50 exhibitors, giveaways and much more! Held at The Southwest Focal Point Community Center, 301 NW 103 Avenue, Pembroke Pines.

    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7THE FRESH BEAT BAND: GREATEST HITS LIVE 6:30PM. Mizner Park Ampitheater in Boca Raton. Ticketmaster.com.

    SATURDAY & SUNDAY NOVEMBER 8 & 9 46TH ANNUAL ART IN THE PARK10:00AM 5:00PM. Plantation Junior Womans Club invites you and your family to two fun-filled days of fine artists, entertaining musicians, special events and hands-on art projects especially for children. Held at LIBERTY TREE PARK - 7421 N.W. 5TH ST., PLANTATION. For more information call (954) 797-9762 or (954) 452-2510. FREE ADMISSION.

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    TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11CITY OF PEMBROKE PINES VETERANS DAY CEREMONY12:00PM. Join us in honoring all who serve and have served. The event will take place at City Center, 10300 Pines Boulevard at the Veterans Memorial. Refreshments will be served immediately after the ceremony. FREE admission. For more information, call (954) 435-6525.

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15OPEN GYM PARTY AT GRAVITY GYMNASTICS 1:30PM 3:30PM. FREE! Come enjoy two hours of games and free play at Gravity Gymnastics. Your child will be able to jump on our bounce house and trampolines, climb on our net, walk on the balance beams, and swing like a monkey on the ropes! There will be vendors and prizes as well! This free event is all about having fun and learning the great benefits of an active lifestyle! Bring your friends and enjoy two hours of non-stop fun! All children need a signed waiver by parents or legal guardian to participate. 11940 Miramar Parkway, Miramar 33025. (954) 450-7770, [email protected], www.gravitygymnastics.com.

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15JAMES TAYLOR8:00PM. BB&T Center in Sunrise. Ticketmaster.com. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15RIO 2 MOVIES IN THE PARK7:30PM. Its a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after theyre hurtled from Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets his father-in-law. Rated G. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and relax the movie is on us! The full-length feature film is projected onto a giant inflatable screen behind the event stage in Weston Regional Park (20200 Saddle Club Road, Weston). For more information, please call (954) 389-4321 or visit www.westonfl.org.

    SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS, NOVEMBER 15 - 16 & 22 - 23CAMELOT DAYS10:00AM 5:30PM. Explore a kingdom full of musicians, artisans, eateries, knights, and jesters. Cheer for your favorite side at the living chess game and joust. Feast like a king on hearty food and drink. Shop for fine handcrafted treasures in the Artists Market. Enjoy challenging games and exciting rides for all ages. Adults $15, Children 6 - 12 $3, Children under 6 free. T.Y. Park, 3300 N. Park Rd., Hollywood. (954) 357-8811.

    WEDNESDAY - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19 30THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERASHOWTIMES VARY. Hailed by critics as bigger and better than ever before, this production boasts many exciting special effects including the shows legendary chandelier, new scenic and lighting designs, new staging and choreography. The beloved story and thrilling score will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this Phantom one of the largest productions now on tour. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale 33312. TICKETS: browardcenter.org.

    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21 - SATURDAY, JANUARY 3HOLIDAY FANTASY OF LIGHTSDAILY 6:00PM 10:00PM. A three-mile holiday-themed route features dozens of static and animated light displays and illuminated trees, including old favorites as well as brand-new displays. For specific dates and fees visit www.holidaylightsdrivethru.com. Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek, 33073. (954) 357-8870.

    FRIDAY - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21 23MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE!SHOWTIMES VARY. Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new level, with a mind-blowing show unlike anything youve seen before. Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man, The Avengers - Iron Man, Hulk, and more, and threatening villains come to life in an action-packed arena extravaganza, coming to cities around North America. Cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more. Its being hailed as the most technically advanced live show ever. BB&T Center, 2555 NW 136th Avenue, Sunrise 33323. Tickets: www.thebbtcenter.com.

    SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23JAZZ IN THE PINES CONCERT 3:00 PM 5:00 PM. FREE! Join the City of Pembroke Pines for a relaxing afternoon of jazz music at William B. Armstrong Dream Park, 1700 Dykes Road (NW 160 Avenue). Dont forget a comfortable chair or blanket. For more information, call (954) 435-6525.

    DECEMBERWEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3SANTAS HOLIDAY HOTLINE REGISTRATION DEADLINE5:00PM. Santas elves are helping out in the workshop and Santa wants to speak to the boys and girls who are Pembroke Pines residents 10 and younger. Children will receive a personal call from Santa all the way from the North Pole. The calls will take place Tuesday, December 16th Thursday, December 18th between 6:00 8:00pm. Santa needs the information printed and returned by December 3rd. Visit www.ppines.com for a form. Please return the form to Santas Holiday Hotline C/O City of Pembroke Pines, 10100 Pines Boulevard (2nd Floor Building B) Pembroke Pines, FL 33026. For more information, call (954) 435-6525.

    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6SNOWFEST2:00PM 6:00PM. Its the most wonderful time of the year and the forecast shows Snow! Join us for a snow day in the Pembroke Pines and play in 50 tons of snow! The event includes musical entertainment, rides, food, games and lots of holiday fun. Tickets are required for the snow area. ($5.00 per child ages 12 and under). NEW LOCATION! The event will be held at Pines Recreation Center, 7400 Pines Boulevard. For more information, call (954) 435-6525.

    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 611TH ANNUAL HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND LIGHTING CEREMONY!6:00PM 9:00 PM. Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida welcomes you to join them to kick off the Holiday season with a night of fun for a good cause. Help families of seriously ill children by making a donation of $20 to cover a family night stay. Event includes lighting ceremony, kids activities, live entertainment, DJ, culinary delights from local restaurants, silent auction items, Santa Claus, raffles and much more. $25 per person, children 12 and under FREE. RSVP online at www.rmhcsouthlforida.org. Location: 15 SE 15th Street,Ft. Lauderdale 33316.

    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7TOYS IN THE SUN RUN9:30AM DEPARTURE. A 3 hour motorcycle parade beginning at Mardi Gras Casino and ending with a party at Markham Park in Sunrise with live music, lots of vendors, classic car show, bike show, an international food court, and refreshments. Each motorcycle rider is asked to bring an unwrapped toy for children in need. To register and for information, go to www.toysinthesunrun.com. Markham Park is located at 16001 W. State Rd. 84, Sunrise 33326; (954) 357-8868.

    MONDAY, DECEMBER 8EXTREME HEALTH CHALLENGE10:00AM. Empowering students to make healthy choices, Extreme Health Challenge is a live performance featuring puppet characters and actors who interact and teach students how to take great care of their bodies! Through a series of challenges, battles of wit, audience participation and puppetry mayhem, students laugh and learn about the importance of good nutrition and having active lifestyles. Pre-order now, (954) 660-6307. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale 33312. TICKETS: browardcenter.org.

    TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9LETTERS TO SANTA DEADLINE5:00PM. Santa wants to hear from the children in Pembroke Pines for the Holidays and will write back to each child to wish them a Happy Holiday. Parents can help by mailing letters to: The North Pole C/O City of Pembroke Pines 10100 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, FL 33026 or Drop off the letter at Santas Express Mailbox located inside Pembroke Pines City Hall. The mailbox will appear on December 1, 2014. Santa must receive letters prior to December 10, 2014! Children should receive letters from Santa by December 24, 2014. Fee: Free of course - Santa does not charge!

    THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11 OPENING NIGHT: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL - AMALUNA Showtimes vary. Sunlife Stadium in Miami. Ticketmaster.com

    FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA4:00PM & 8:00PM SHOWS. BB&T Center in Sunrise. Ticketmaster.com.

    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13FROZEN MOVIES IN THE PARK8:00PM. Fearless optimist Anna, team up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Annas sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Rated PG. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and relax the movie is on us! The full-length feature film is projected onto a giant inflatable screen behind the event stage in Weston Regional Park (20200 Saddle Club Road, Weston). For more information, please call (954) 389-4321 or visit www.westonfl.org.

    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13SEMINOLE HARD ROCK WINTERFEST BOAT PARADEDont miss this annual evening parade of holiday-decorated boats that travel north along the Ft. Lauderdales Intracoastal. For stadium seating and best spots for viewing, go to winterfestparade.com.

    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14 WESTON ROTARY RUN FOR TOMORROW6:20AM. A very fast half marathon and 5K course through the tree-lined streets of Weston. This is one of the best half marathons in South Florida at half the cost! Held at Weston Town Center, 1675 Market Street, Weston. Event Times: 5K & Half Marathon 6:20am. 1-Mile Family Health Walk 9:00am. Get Fit Festival 9:00am 1:00pm. Costs: Half Marathon $35; 5K $30; Adult 1 Mile Family Health Walk (non-timed) $20; Student 1 Mile Family Walk (non-timed) $15. Website: www.westonrotary.com/run-for-tomorrow

    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20SUNDAES WITH SANTA2:00 PM 4:00 PM. Join Santa and a few of his friends at The Southwest Focal Point Community Center, 301 NW 103 Avenue, Pembroke Pines. Make your own Ice Cream Sundae with lots of yummy toppings to choose from. There will be musical entertainment, arts and crafts and lots of holiday cheer. Tickets are $6.00 per person for Pembroke Pines residents and $8.00 per person for non-residents. For more information, call (954) 435-6525.

    SATURDAY & SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20 & 21THE NUTCRACKERSHOWTIMES VARY. The charm of the Holidays fascinates all audiences, as Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida presents this classic ballet to Tchaikovskys popular score based on the tale of Ernest Hoffman. The enthusiastic young company features a team of professional dancers performing the principal roles, as well as a community cast made up of local character artists and children for the party scene. Not only is it the most popular ballet enjoyed by all audiences around the world during, but it also serves as an introduction to ballet for the very young audiences. Parker Playhouse, 201 SW 5th Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale. TICKETS: browardcenter.org.

    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21JAZZ CONCERT3:00PM 5:00PM. FREE! Join the City of Pembroke Pines for a relaxing afternoon of jazz music at William B. Armstrong Dream Park, 1700 Dykes Road (NW 160 Avenue), Pembroke Pines. Dont forget a comfortable chair or blanket. For more information, call (954) 435-6525.

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    BIRTHDAY PARTIES

    TAG USA GYMNASTICS & TRAMPOLINEPrivate TWO HOUR parties with very large, spectacular 1000 sq. ft. party rooms and glass viewing areas. TAGs LARGEST Gym has the most equipment, inflatables, rope swing, tumble floors, foam pits and trampolines. No extra charges for bounce houses, slide inflatables, indoor basketball / soccer court. Your choice of Mommy & Me, Trampolines & Gymnastics or Boys Sports parties with structured stations or open gym style. Visit our facility & compare at www.TagGymnastics.com... You gotta see it to believe it! 1951 North Commerce Parkway, Weston. Call (954) 384-9393 to reserve your party. SPLASHMANIA: THE SWIM ACADEMYWe specialize in Splashtacular birthday parties & events. We keep the crowd cool, active and entertained! Our certified Lifeguards & Aqua Coordinators will be available to organize, supervise & facilitate any waterfront activities you might be planning. Our Splish Splash events are uniquely designed and can be hosted at your pool or ours (heated!) For more details on our Wet-N-Wild events, call (954) 384-4500. 1570 Sagemont Way, Weston 33326. www.TheSwimAcademy.com. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK - www.Facebook.com/TheSwimAcademy.

    KARATE AMERICAMake this birthday a party to remember with fully supervised fun, games, and martial arts activities! Karate America is the place! Parents can count on a safe environment and kids know theyll get a kick out of celebrating their special day at Karate America. WE HAVE 11 LOCATIONS FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE! www.KarateAmerica.info. Find the location nearest you and call to register!FLORIDA TRIPLE THREAT ALL-STARS Competitive Cheer and Dance Facility. Come build a Pyramid for your next Birthday Party! A Human Pyramid, that is. Enjoy a 2-hour private party on a Sunday with all your friends. You can tumble on the spring floor and tumble trak, and bounce on the trampoline. Prices are only $15 per child. (954) 514-7250. www.Fla3threat.com

    CORAL REEF GYMNASTICS & CHEERA private 2-hour party will not only be age appropriate, but fun and exciting for every child. The best part of all is no clean up for parents, which gives you time to relax and enjoy your childs celebration. www.coralreefgymnastics.com, (954) 430-1530

    GRAVITY GYMNASTICSAmazing! Incredible! Unbelievable! These are just some of the ways our guests describe our brand NEW Birthday Extravaganza Parties! Gravity offers new themes: Gymnastics, Sports, Superhero, Princess, Cheerleading, Pirate and more. New activities: swinging ropes, trampolines, climbing nets, bounce house and aerial silk hammocks! All parties include one hour in the gym, followed by 45 minutes in our spacious party room. Available upgrades: bounce house, additional time, Gravity favors, magic show and so much more! For additional information, please call (954) 450-7770 or visit our interactive website! 11940 Miramar Pkwy., Miramar, FL 33025. (954) 450-7770, [email protected], www.gravitygymnastics.com

    HOUSE OF BOUNCECLEANEST Bounce Castles, Dry & Wet Slides, Combos, Fun Food Machines, Tents, Tables & Chairs, Princess, Cartoon and Super Hero Characters, Clowns, Magic Shows, Ponies, Trains and Climbing Walls!! Unparalleled customer service GUARANTEED! We are Licensed, Insured and Approved by all Broward/Dade Parks. Hablamos Espaol. Call (954) 325-7789 or visit HOUSEOFBOUNCEPARTY.COM.

    BRIGHT & SMART - ROBOTICS & CODING BIRTHDAY PARTIESRobotics Birthday Parties are sensational! They are a fun, educational, memorable and unique experience that will engage your child and his/her friends. This perfect party activity will bring the excitement of creating something with their hands, the thrill of seeing their imagination come to life and the satisfaction of being successful with their creation. We offer 90 minute, in-home robotics birthday parties supplying all of the material and equipment needed so each child is able to take a hands-on role in building a birthday robot! (954) 816-3346, [email protected], www.BrightAndSmart.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/BrightAndSmart.

    SUPER MABLE TUBE PARTIESLooking for something new? Want to be the coolest parents on earth? Have a super party at CB Smith Park. Ride the Super Mable, flying saucer and banana boat. Peg the fun meter and hear that was the best day of my life! Covered pavilion and large play area for yard games. Ages 3 to 84. Reserve today at (954) 292-3953, for pictures and details go to www.browardski.com. MONSTER MINI GOLF 18 holes of indoor, monster themed, Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf. Experience cool special effects, great music, an interactive DJ, as well as arcade and redemption games! With two very posh, private party rooms and our Mad Scientist hosts, we are the perfect place for birthday and teen parties, field trips, fundraisers, group outings and corporate events. Monster Mini Golf is frightfully fun for all ages! 14435 Miramar Parkway, Miramar 33027. (954) 589-1878

    ROCK STARR PARTIESRock Starr Parties hosts unforgettable childrens parties for kids of all ages, according to the theme and location of your choice. We put on a 3-hour show complete with costumes and makeup, (all of which, the children get to keep at the end of the event) so that a stage for exciting, interactive play and fun-filled adventure is set. Call (855) 428-7327 or go to rockstarrparties.com to book your event. FROGGYS PLAYHOUSEBIRTHDAYS are a blast at FROGGYS PLAYHOUSE! Enjoy this colorful, cheerful and fun place where children can hop, bounce and play in our selection of awesome inflatables. Our lounge cafe area provides delightful snacks and drinks. Come Play - Hours: Monday Thursday 10am 7pm & Friday Saturday 10am 9pm & Sunday 11am 7pm. Visit us at 10141 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines 33026, (954) 433-7818, www.froggysplayhouse.com.

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    & SPECIAL EVENTSM.D. PLATINUM PARTIESWe offer sensational customer service as well as the highest quality equipment for all of your Party rental needs. We have Bounce Houses, Fun Food Machines, Tables, Chairs, Linen, Tents & MUCH, MUCH MORE! Call or visit us at www.platinumparties1.com. (305) 884-1770 or (786) 444-0561.

    ALLGOLF AT CB SMITH PARKScore a Hole-In-One by celebrating any special occasion at AllGolf. A number of fun options are available, from a private room to activity packages that include mini-golf or driving range. AllGolf is the place to host a birthday party, fundraiser or group outing. For more information or to reserve your party, call (954) 441-1333. AllGolf is located at 950 N. Flamingo Rd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33028. www.allgolf.com

    FAMILY FUN ZONEFamily Fun Zone is a 10,300 sq. ft. arena of gigantic inflatables, slides, bounce-houses, arcade games, party rooms, food and fun! It is located at 850 Ives Dairy Road in Miami 33179. Come enjoy the bright colorful and beautiful facility, free Wi-Fi, flat screen television and comfortable seating for all.

    PEMBROKE PINES YMCA FAMILY CENTER(954) 727-9622, www.ymcabroward.org. 501 SW 172nd Ave Pembroke Pines 33029. Y BIRTHDAY PARTIES: Ages 5-13. Have your Birthday Bash at the Y. Adventure Parties include organized games, rock climbing, sports relays and activities. Each party includes party attendant(s), one hour in the gym or outside, half hour in the Activity Center and use of multipurpose room. Parents may bring food, decorations and cake.

    PEMBROKE PINES YMCA AQUATIC CENTER1361 NW 129th Avenue, Pembroke Pines 33028. (954) 727-9622.POOL BIRTHDAY PARTIES: Parties are available on Sat. & Sun. until September 28. Sit outside under one of our umbrellas or inside our party hall, which opens onto the pool deck. Included in both packages is a party attendant who will assist to make your party unforgettable. Pricing includes 30 guests for Funbrellas or 50 guests for Party Halls; each additional guest is $6. Funbrella: Food must be ordered from Subways concession stand the only outside food permitted is birthday cake. Funbrella Two Hour Parties: 10am 12pm, 1pm 3pm, 4pm 6pm. Y Members $150/Non Members $200. Funbrella Three Hour Parties: 10am 1pm, 2pm 5pm. Y Members $200/Non Members $250. Party Hall Two Hour Parties: 10am 12pm, 1pm 3pm, 4pm 6pm. Y Members $275, Non-Members $325. COMING SOON! Specialty Birthday Party Packages. Call for more information.

    4KIDSINNEED.ORG BE A HERO & HIRE A HEROMovie grade costume characters come to life! Available for your next birthday party, Sweet Sixteen, Quince, Corporate event, etc. Offering characters such as Batman, Batgirl, Darth Vader, Obi wan, and even a life size remote control R2D2 robot with lights & sounds. Kids both big and small love R2. Its more than an appearance, we offer a hero training with a message along with an autograph session with your hero. Working to help Change the world one child at a time! Contact us: 4KidsInNeed.Org, (954) 439-1878. Heroes with a mission.

    HUMANE SOCIETY OF BROWARD COUNTYParty like an Animal and have your next birthday party at the Humane Society of Broward County. What better way to celebrate your childs birthday! Not only will your child have fun, but they will also learn about how they can help the homeless animals. Plus, your birthday fee will go directly to the Humane Society of Broward County to help care for the thousands of homeless animals received each year. Call (954) 266-6848 or visit www.humanebroward.com.

    SOUTHWEST FOCAL POINT COMMUNITY CENTER301 NW 103rd Avenue, Pembroke Pines, FL 33026. Call (954) 450-6888 or visit www.ppines.com. With a capacity of 250 people, our hall is available for rental and boasts a main banquet hall, a stage, a spacious hard wood dance floor and a full service kitchen. Perfect venue for weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, birthdays or any special occasion. For fees and availability call (954) 450-6888. To print out a hall rental brochure which includes pricing information, please visit www.ppines.com and click on Departments and select Community Services.

    CITY OF PEMBROKE PINES FACILITY RENTALS ROSE G. PRICE PARK: 901 NW 208th Avenue. Available for

    rentals on Saturdays from Noon Midnight, Sundays from Noon 6:00pm. For fees and availability, call (954) 437-1140.

    TOWNGATE RECREATION CENTER: 901 NW 155th Avenue. Available for rentals on Saturdays from Noon Midnight and Sundays from Noon 6:00pm. For fees and availability, call (954) 450-6894.

    PINES RECREATION CENTER: 7400 Pines Boulevard. Available for rentals on Fridays 6:00pm Midnight, Saturdays from Noon Midnight and Sundays from Noon 6:00pm. For fees and availability, call (954) 986-5022.

    THE CITY OF PEMBROKE PINES CHARTER SCHOOLS are available to rent for your meeting, church services or aftercare programs. Large cafeterias and classroom space can be the perfect spot for your gathering. For more information on fees and availability, call Holly Bonkowski at (954) 986-5027. Available locations include: Charter West Campus: (18500 Pembroke Road) Charter East Campus: (10801 Pembroke Road) FSU Campus: (601 SW 172nd Avenue) Central Campus: (12350 Sheridan Street) Charter High School: (17189 Sheridan Street)

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    OCTOBERSUNDAY, OCTOBER 5TH 18TH ANNUAL DUNNS RUN Benefitting The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. The Dunns Run has earned its reputation as the race that signifies the start of the running season, attracting over 2,000 runners, walkers and participants. Location: Ocean Way & Hillsboro, Deerfield Beach, Time: 7:30am, Cost: $35 or less, Website: www.dunnsrun.com.

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11TH SCHOTT COMMUNITIES RUN, WALK & ROLLThis is a fast 5K course that takes you through the Southwest Ranches Community. You will be able to see some of the horses and smell that fresh cut grass! We hope you will join us again this year for another exciting event in support of persons with disabilities. Location: Schott Community Center, 6591 S. Flamingo Road, Cooper City, Time: 7:30am, Cost: 5K Run $25 | 1-Mile Walk $25, Website: www.schottcommunities.org.

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11TH THE GREAT AMERICAN BACON RACEA 5K Run/Walkwith FREE BACON! Stay for the Bacon Dash after partyand dont forget the kid friendly 1K Bacon Dash. A portion of all proceeds go to anti-bullying charity, www.nvee.org. Location: Vista View Park, 4001 SW 142nd Avenue, Davie, Time: Regular race 8:00am | Kids 1-mile Bacon Dash (untimed) 9:00am, Cost: Teams of 4+ Runners $30 | Individuals Runners $35 | Kids 1-mile Bacon Dash $20Website: http://americanbaconrace.com/miami-2014/

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12THCOLUMBUS DAY TRIATHLON & DUATHLONMultirace is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Columbus Day Triathlon. The triathlon consists of a -mile lake swim, 11-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run on the scenic lake path, while the duathlon consists of a 1.5-mile run, 11-mile bike and then another 1.5-mile run. Bring your family and make a day of it! Location: CB Smith Park, 900 N. Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines, Time: Registration 5:30am 6:30am | Race begins 7:00am, Cost: Individual Triathlon or Duathlon Registration $79 | Relay Registration $129, Website: http://columbusdaytri.com

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19TH BROWARD GOLD COAST 5K FOR DOWN SYNDROMEOur goal is simple, to enhance the lives of individuals with Down Syndrome by helping them reach their full potential by providing family support, education and social activities. Join us for an out and back 5K course in beautiful Markham Park. Location: Markham Park, 16001 West State Road 84, Sunrise. Time: 8:00am, Cost: Children 9 and under FREE | Ages 1017 $15 | Ages 18 & older $25, Website: www.goldcoastdownsyndrome.org

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19TH 7TH ANNUAL 5K RUN/WALK FOR SARCOMA CUREThe Florida 5K Run/Walk for a Sarcoma Cure and events around the country have played a significant role in SFAs ability to invest over $4 million toward sarcoma research, advocacy and education. You can make a positive impact toward the cure for sarcoma by registering to participate in 2014! Location: Plantation Central Park, 600 Central Park Drive, Plantation. Time: Registration 5:45am 7:45am | Race Line Up 7:00am 7:30am, Cost: Early Bird Registration $25, Website: www.FL5kcuresarcoma.org

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25THGOLIATH GAUNTLETThe Goliath Gauntlet is a physically and mentally challenging timed 3.5-mile race over and through difficult terrain, water and obstacles that test strength and endurance. Participants will navigate 20 obstacles in a challenging series of back-to-back obstructions and barriers each more physically taxing than the one before. Go-Liath or Go Home! Location: Sheridan House Campus, 1700 S. Flamingo Road, Davie. Time: 8:40am, Cost: Individual Participant $59 | Spectator $10. Website: www.goliathgauntlet.com.

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26THFLANIGANS ROCKIN RIB RUN 10K A very fast 10K out and back course finishing in Tree Tops Park. Cash, prizes, trophies and finisher medals. Premium goodie packs and post race tailgate party with Flanigans Ribs! Location: Tree Tops Park, 3900 SW 100 Avenue, Davie. Time: 7:00amCost: Pre registration $30 | Race day $35. Website: www.facebook.com/FlanigansRockinRibRun10k

    NOVEMBER SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND PURPLE STRIDE 5K RUN & FAMILY-FRIENDLY WALKPurple stride is a timed 5K Run and untimed Family-Friendly Walk with music, childrens activities, refreshments and more!Location: BB&T Center, 2555 NW 136th Avenue, SunriseTime: Registration 6:30am | Opening Ceremonies 7:35am | Run/Walk Begins 8:00am. Cost: Survivor FREE | Adult timed $30 - $35 | Adult untimed $25 - $30 | Youth $10 - $15Website: http://www.kintera.org/faf/home

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8THWALK/RUN FOR HUNGER 5KA fun family event with music, kids activities and more! Fundraise $100 or more and receive a goody-bag containing gifts from local businesses plus unique gifts from the countries we serve. Your efforts in the fight against hunger will feed more then 3,400 children for the entire year. Location: TY Park, 3300 N. Park Road, Hollywood. Time: Check-in & Registration 7:30am 8:30am | Start time 8:30am. Cost: Adults $25 | Adults Day-of $30 | Children under 13 FREE. Website: http://support.foodforthepoor.org/

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH18TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY FANTASY OF LIGHTSEnjoy this holiday season with this unique evening race on a USATF-Certified course illuminated by thousands of lights and larger-than-life animated displays. The 5K course is flat, fast and ideal for setting a personal best! Awards will be given out in 9 categories for both male and female. Location: Trade Winds Park, 3600 West Sample Road, Coconut Creek. Time: 5K 6:00pm | Fitness Walk 7:00pm | Kids Fun Run 7:00pm. Cost: Early bird pricing $39 for runners and $20 for walkers (prices increase on 10/20/14) Website: www.holidaylightsdrivethru.com/html/5kRunWalk.html

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    SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16THBE A HERO 5K FOR A KIDThis is a beautiful 5K run/walk on the Hollywood broadwalk to benefit Kakes 4 Kids, a local non-profit organization that provides birthday celebrations to over 300 foster and underprivileged kids in South Florida every month. Come dressed as your favorite Superhero! Awards to follow after race. Location: Charnow Park, 300 Garfield Street, Hollywood. Time: Check-in & registration 6:30am | Run/Walk begins 7:30am. Cost: Adults $30 (online) | Race day $35 | Children under 18 $25 (online) | Race day $30. Website: www.kakes4kidsflorida.org

    THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH 4TH ANNUAL FORT LAUDERDALE TURKEY TROTThis event is a 5K run/walk/paddle to raise funds for Leadership Broward Foundation, Inc. and iTrace Foundation, Inc. to raise funds to support healthy living across the generations with an emphasis on childhood obesity. From beginners to elite runners & paddle boarders, this race is for everyone! Thanksgiving-themed costumes are welcomed and encouraged! Location: Race begins on the corner of SE 5th Street & A1A, Fort Lauderdale Beach. Time: Registration 6:00am 7:15am | Race starts 7:30am. Cost: Prices range from $5$35 depending on event & age group. Website: www.turkeytrotftl.com

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH3RD ANNUAL TURKEY TRIATHLON & DUATHLONMultirace is proud to present the 2nd Annual Turkey Triathlon. The -mile swim is in a calm lake with no waves. The 10-mile bike is super safe, completely inside the park with no vehicular traffic. The 3-mile run goes along the scenic lake path, making a very spectator friendly 2-loop course. Location: Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek. Time: 7:00am. Cost: Individual Triathlon or Duathlon Registration $79 | Relay Registration $129. Website: www.turkeytriathlon.com

    SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH 2014 SOUTH FLORIDA GREAT AMAZING RACEModeled after the popular television show, The Amazing Race, teams of 2 people (adults & kids grades K-12) race around a 1-mile cross course in competition with other teams, completing a string of up to 8 fun-filled challenges. We are thrilled to be partnering with the Max Cure Foundations Dunk Your Kicks program, which fights against pediatric cancer. Location: Tree Tops Park, 3900 SW 100th Avenue, Davie. Time: Check-in 1:15pm | Race starts 2:00pm. Cost: Early Fee $40 | Race Day $50Website: www.greatamazingrace.info/miami.html

    DECEMBERSATURDAY, DECEMBER 6TH CALVARY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY CCA 5KProceeds benefit athletics and fine arts programs, technology and tuition assistance. Location: Calvary Chapel, 2401 W. Cypress Creek Road, Fort Lauderdale. Time: 7:30am. Cost: Before race day $15 | Race day $20. Website: www.ccaeagles.org/CCA5K

    WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10THCORAL SPRINGS HOLIDAY MILEThis is a fun, friendly atmosphere. Remember to dress in your favorite holiday attire and stay to watch the Coral Springs holiday parade! Location: 10494 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs, FL 33065. Time: 6:15pm. Cost: $20 for everyone. Website: http://www.active.com/coral-springs-fl/running/races/coral-springs-holiday-mile-timed-event-2014

    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14TH WESTON ROTARY RUN FOR TOMORROWA very fast half marathon and 5K course through the tree-lined streets of Weston. This is one of the best half marathons in South Florida at half the cost! Location: Weston Town Center, 1675 Market Street, Weston. Time: 5K & Half Marathon 6:20am | 1-Mile Family Health Walk 9:00am | Get Fit Festival 9:00am 1:00pm. Cost:

    Half Marathon $35 | 5K $30 | Adult 1 Mile Family Health Walk (non-timed) $20 | Student 1 Mile Family Walk (non-timed) $15. Website: www.westonrotary.com/run-for-tomorrow

    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20TH 2ND ANNUAL WILTON MANORS 5K RUN/WALK & SLEIGH RACEBeds will race down the street against each other until it comes down to the final two. The winner of the final heat will be crowned the Wilton Manors Bed Heads. After the run/walk, spend some time hanging out while having a festive time dancing to the sounds of our DJ. This event is a 100% benefit for Broward House. Location: Shoppes of Wilton Manors, 2226 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. Time: Registration begins 7:00am | Race begins 8:00am. Cost: $35Website: http://www.browardhouse.org/5k.html

    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21STINAUGURAL FT. LAUDERDALE JINGLE BELL JOG 5KIts the time of the year to be festive, and what better way to do it than to join the Jingle Bell Jog? All runners will receive a set of bells for their shoes during the race. Tons of contests, awards, refreshments and entertainment! Location: Huizenga Plaza, One East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Time: 7:30amCost: Early registration $20 | Regular registration $25 . Website: www.active.com.fort-lauderdale-fl

    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21STLACE EM UP ON THE LEVEE 5K/10KAwards will be given for both the 5K and 10K. Park entrance is $1.50 per person. If you are doing the 10K, you MUST be able to go 3 miles of drinking water on your own. Location: Markham Park, 16001 W. State Road 84, Sunrise. Start time: 10K 7:00am | 5K 7:40am. Cost: 10K $35 - $40 | 5K $20 - $25 | 5K individuals 18 & under $15. Website: http://www.itzevents.com

    TO HAVE YOUR RUN/WALK EVENT LISTED HERE FOR FUTURE ISSUES, PLEASE EMAIL [email protected]

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    SPORTSBASEBALL PEMBROKE LAKES OPTIMISTAges 4 1/215 coed, recreational and travel teams. Fall Season: May - June. November & December, Tryouts in January. Fees: $75 - $140 residents, non-residents add $65. Fees may change. Copy of birth certificate required. www.pembrokelakesoptimist.org. Flamingo Park, 1900 NW 122 Terrace, (954) 438-6498. PEMBROKE PINES OPTIMIST Ages 315: co-ed, recreational and travel teams. Fees: $95 residents, non-residents add $65. Copy of birth certificate required. Fall Season: July/August. Spring Season: March June. Optimist Clubhouse, 7900 Pines Blvd., (954) 966-4861. PASADENA LAKES OPTIMISTFlorida Youth Baseball Alliance. Ages 316 co-ed, recreational and travel teams. Spring season registration November January until spots are filled and tryouts for all divisions are in 3rd week of January. Fall season registration in May and tryouts for all divisions are in August. Check website for fees. www.pasadenalakes.com. Pasadena Park, 8815 Pasadena Blvd. Commissioner - Sandy Arias, (954) 432-3300, [email protected] WEST PEMBROKE PINES BASEBALL 10U COBRASTravel baseball program playing in the South Florida Premier League. Looking for dedicated players (all positions). The teams goal is to teach the kids advanced baseball in a great and positive atmosphere and to keep the kids together through at least age 12u to play in a National Tournament at Cooperstown NY in 2016. Tryouts will be held May 31, June 28, July 26 & August 2 at Pembroke Shores Park. Home field: 501 SW 172nd Ave, Pembroke Pines 33029. For more information, contact Coach Dan Guzman at (786) 693-0313 or by email: [email protected]

    WEST PEMBROKE PINES OPTIMIST BASEBALL AND TRAVEL BASEBALLAges 316, recreational and travel teams. Spring & Fall Seasons. Fees based on age by April 30, 2015: Ages 34 years $105/season, Ages 56 years $125/season, Ages 7 & up $155/season. Non-Resident +$65. Fall Registration held in May & June. Spring Registration held in November & December. Pembroke Shores Park, 501 SW 172nd Avenue. Contact [email protected] Visit our website @ www.wppobaseball.com. Text WPPObaseball to