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Broadway Blockbusters, Hilarious Comics & Legendary Musicians

It’s not only the name of the month but a direction for how fast fans should move to get tickets this March as the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Presents Broadway musical blockbusters, theatrical dramas and Comedies, legendary musicians, hilarious comics, a beloved childhood friend and events for the neuro-diverse community.

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February 28, 2024

Condo And HOA Board Dysfunction - Are There Early Warning Signs

With increasing frequency, we hear about Florida residential Owners Associations that are experiencing difficulty with governance, financial, maintenance, or legal issues. Further investigation often reveals that some of these problems are the result of a Board of Directors that has temporarily strayed off course.

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February 28, 2024

Savor the Flavors: At the Dania Beach Wine and Seafood Festival

Something special is cooking and pouring in Dania Beach! The City of Dania Beach proudly presents the Dania Beach Wine & Seafood Festival, now in its 10th year, on Saturday, March 9th, from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at a new location, Dania Beach City Hall Plaza, 100 West Dania Beach Boulevard, Dania Beach, Florida, 33004. Admission is free and open to the public. Tickets ($55 in advance and $70 at the event) required for unlimited wine and beer tastings and a commemorative glass.

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February 28, 2024

Rock Legends And High-Tech Stage Wizardry Come To The Parker

The Allegro Fort Lauderdale Mosaic Series brings the Grammy®-Nominated Celtic Woman in their 20th Anniversary Tour to The Parker on Friday, March 1st at 7:30 p.m. Since its debut, global musical sensation Celtic Woman's concerts continue to capture the hearts of an audience that spans the globe. Both an accomplished recording ensemble and a world-class performing collective, Celtic Woman celebrates Ireland's rich musical and cultural heritage while continuing its remarkable legacy of introducing some of Ireland's most talented singers and musicians onto the world stage. A one-of-a-kind live act, Celtic Woman combines the country's finest musical talents with epic stage production to present a uniquely inspiring live experience.

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February 28, 2024

Hallandale Beach Has Many Projects Underway

As promised our City has been fiercely focused on repairing our Infrastructure. Layne Boulevard Water Main Replacement started with digging last week. As the contractors are laying brand new pipe they go in segments at a time, as a coastal city our Groundwater Levels are extremely high. The Water Table changes with the Tides.

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February 28, 2024

Enjoy All Hollywood Has To Offer This Spring Break

Spring Break 2024 is on and the City of Hollywood is happy to welcome visitors from around the world to our beautiful City, Beach and Broadwalk. Your safety is our number one priority and the Hollywood Police Department will have an increased presence to help keep you safe. Here's a guide to help you make the most of your spring break and enjoy your stay safely and responsibly.

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February 28, 2024

“Mission & Music Miami” At Pinstripes

Feeding South Florida – the leading Hunger-Relief Organization in South Florida – will host “Mission & Music Miami” at Pinstripes in Aventura on Tuesday, March 19th, from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The happy hour event will support Feeding South Florida’s mission to end hunger in the South Florida community. Each ticket will include appetizers and one drink. Pinstripes’ best-in-class venue offers a combination of made-from-scratch Dining, Bowling and Bocce.

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February 28, 2024

Titan Restoration Inc. Is a Company That Cares

The only thing in life that is certain, is that anything can happen at any time. Such tragedies as; fire, hurricanes, and floods are real and do happen, bringing with them water damage and the potential for harmful mold and bacterial growth. Water damage can occur for several reasons, some you may not notice right away, such as sewer issues, a leaking roof, and clogged or leaking pipes, just to name a few.

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February 28, 2024

Hollywood Historical Society: Historic Preservation Grant Initiative

The Hollywood Historical Society is introducing its new Historic Preservation Grant Initiative, which will award modest Grants to homeowners for the Preservation, Protection, and/or Restoration of Historic Elements of the homeowners' Historic Residences.

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February 28, 2024

Cool Down Under The Sun: The LOOP Invites Everyone To Fort Lauderdale’s Oceanfront Backyard

The LOOP invites everyone under the sun to cool down in Fort Lauderdale’s oceanfront backyard with a series of events in February and March 2024. Highlights include the Fourth Annual Fur The Love Pet Fest to celebrate National Love Your Pet Day, the Fourth Annual Spring Fling EGGstravaganza, More at The MKT, South Florida Reggae Month and more.

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February 23, 2024

Juliet Roulhac's Inspiring Story: From Trailblazing Attorney To Community Advocate

From an early age, Juliet Roulhac understood the power of a diverse community and leadership. She reaped the benefits of community growing up in Kingston, Jamaica, where neighbors knew each other by name and family wasn’t limited by bloodlines or income. “There was a sense of belonging,” Roulhac said with a smile. It was a feeling she carried wherever she went, whether it was moving to South Florida at 15 years old, where she would become a highly respected attorney, or at Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), where she started as a senior attorney in the General Counsel business unit but is now a conduit between the organization and its statewide community.

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February 23, 2024

It’s a Marvelous Memorable March: At the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center

March comes in like a lion and stays that way as the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center presents a roaring month of great entertainment. Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida presents Program III, the highly anticipated production of Le Papillon (The Butterfly) on Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m. This enchanting production guarantees to mesmerize both new and returning audiences with the combination of powerful performances by its professional corps, elaborate sets and costumes, and the visionary choreography of the troupe’s Artistic Director, Vladimir Issaev.

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February 23, 2024

Property Rules For Snowbirds: The Difference Between Second Homes And Investment Properties

Over the past couple of years, thousands of buyers from "up north" have purchased houses and condos in Florida with various ideas in mind about how that property might be used. Some intend to relocate here full-time, some want to be seasonal residents until they become full-time at some point in the future, some want to own property they can offer to visitors and snowbirds for Short-Term Rental.

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February 23, 2024

A Masterful Guitarist and Sensual Singer: Badi Assad Comes to The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center

The City of Aventura presents Badi Assad performing in English and Portuguese on Saturday February 24 at 8 p.m. In the world of music, there are artists who not only master their instrument but also possess a unique ability to connect with their audience on a profound level. Badi Assad, born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, is one such artist. With her extraordinary talent on the guitar and mesmerizing vocal abilities, Assad has carved a path for herself as a true innovator and storyteller in the realm of music.

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February 23, 2024

February is American Heart Month: Understanding the Impacts of LDL Cholesterol

About 38% of American adults have high Cholesterol, which can be caused by poor lifestyle habits or genetics, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Having a high Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) Cholesterol number - considered "bad" Cholesterol - can contribute to fatty buildups (plaque) and narrowing of the arteries.

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February 23, 2024

Celebrating Black History Month

(Left to Right) Oreste Blake (O.B.) Johnson was a visionary in the Northwest Quadrant whose vision and dedication impacted residents throughout the City and Broward County. • On June 5th, 2001, Commissioners voted unanimously to designate the gymnasium at O.B. Johnson Park as the Nelson "Butch" Brown Activity Center. • Mary Washington started one of the first city-run social services programs in Broward County. Many cities later followed her example. • Austin Hepburn, Jr., was a Hallandale Beach Police Officer who lost his life in the line of duty on July 27, 1973, at age 26. As a tribute the City honored him by naming the Social Services Center, the Austin Hepburn Center.

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February 23, 2024

City Of Hollywood Launches Multiple Events: Community Court, Launch Your SPARK, Mardi Gras Street Festival & Black History Month Celebration

Broward County’s newest Community Court celebrated its official launch at the Caring Place-Broward Outreach Center this week. The 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, in partnership with the City of Hollywood, spearheaded a community court location in the City to address Low-Level First Time and Repeat Misdemeanor and Municipal Ordinance Offenders.

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February 23, 2024

Protect Our Kids From AI: We Must Stop Predators From Using AI to Exploit Children

Sexual predators are using a new tool to exploit children - AI image generators. Users on a dark-web forum shared 3,000 AI-generated images of child sexual abuse in one month, according to the Internet Watch Foundation. Current child sexual abuse laws are outdated. They don't account for the dangers AI and emerging technologies pose. Lawmakers must act fast to put legal protections in place.

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February 23, 2024

South Florida’s Freedom Tax Center: Your Trusted Partner in Navigating Complex Tax Matters

Hallandale Beach, South Florida - The ever-changing landscape of tax laws can be daunting for many individuals and businesses. However, there’s a trusted partner in the region that has been easing the burden of tax-related stress and ensuring accuracy and compliance for years - Freedom Tax Center.

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February 21, 2024

Legends At The Broward Center

You might consider the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts as Carnegie Hall South with upcoming performances of such legends of song as David Foster and Katharine McPhee, Diana Krall, Johnny Mathis and Paul Anka.

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February 21, 2024

Look What Fell Out De Mango Tree: A Special Event Presented By R. Oliver Mair, Jamaica’s Consul General

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents Award-Winning and Internationally-Acclaimed Performers Debra Ehrhardt and Christopher Grossett in Ehrhardt's new play directed by Director-Songwriter-Composer Paul Williams as Look What Fell Out De Mango Tree comes to the Amaturo Theater on Saturday, March 16th at 7:30 p.m.

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February 21, 2024

Say "I Do" At Tony N' Tina's Wedding: A Night of Great Music, Laughter, Food and Love

Tony n' Tina's Wedding, New York's longest running Off-Broadway comedy and the original immersive experience, renews its vow to entertain audiences in the Abdo New River Room. The show runs through February 25th. Tony and Tina have walked down the aisle more than 3,300 times, in front of more than 500,000 guests and continue to make every wedding a one-of-a-kind event, filled with great music, laughter, food and love. From the first toast to the last slice of cake, you get to join in the fun as a guest of Tony and Tina along with their colorful and madcap Italian-American families.

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February 21, 2024

Drum Tao Offers Entertainment That Can't Be Beat

DRUM TAO “30th Anniversary” Tour comes to Lillian S. Wells Hall at The Parker as part of the Allegro Fort Lauderdale Mosaic Series on Sunday, February 18th at 7:00 p.m.

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February 21, 2024

Ellie’s Army Foundation: Dirty Socks 5K Run And Walkathon To Benefit Children And Young Adults

Ellie Levy’s life was about teaching everyone about compassion and caring - while suffering from Cystic Fibrosis (CF), a terminal genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs. What Ellie and her family saw, from the beginning, were people hurting - and it affected all of them in a way that many of us could ever understand. During Ellie’s many hospitalizations, Stacey and Brian Levy began to meet far too many parents struggling to keep their children alive due to limited financial resources.

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February 21, 2024

The Butterfly: Arts Ballet Theatre Of Florida Presents "Le Papillon"

"Le Papillon" will grace the stage once again in Aventura. This charming ballet, set to the delightful music of Offenbach, will transport you into a fairy tale world. With captivating sets and costumes, this production balances tragedy and comedy, creating a truly unique experience.

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February 21, 2024

Mania & Rhapsody In Aventura: The ABBA Tribute & First Class Comedy At The Cultural Center

Sing along to timeless classics including: "Mamma Mia," "Voulez Vous," "Dancing Queen," "Winner Takes It All," "Super Trouper" and many more as The City of Aventura presents Mania: The ABBA Tribute on Saturday, February 17th at 3:00 p.m. and 8 p.m. Celebrating the music and style of ABBA in a respectful and enjoyable way, the concert revives special memories of when ABBA ruled the airwaves. Mania: The ABBA Tribute has been delighting audiences of all ages since its formation in 1999 including an 18-week engagement at the Strand Theatre in London.

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February 21, 2024

MUST EXPERIENCE: The SOBEWFF® Is Coming to Hallandale Beach February 23 – 24, 2024

Love is in the air and foodies are swarming to South Florida… You won’t want to miss one of the City of Hallandale Beach’s top events of the year, the Hallandale Beach Event Series! Part of the Annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®), the event series spotlights the City’s eclectic international food scene, and the exploding art and cultural destination Hallandale Beach has become.


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February 21, 2024

Aristo Sham Has Dazzled Audiences On Five Continents

Hailed by The New York Times as a pianist “who's playing combines clarity, elegance and abundant technique” and by The Washington Post as a young artist with “boundless potential” who can “already hold his own with the best,” Pianist Aristo Sham has dazzled audiences on five continents. In 2009, Aristo was featured in the documentary ‘The World’s Greatest Musical Prodigies’ in the UK.

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February 21, 2024

Aventura Concert Series Presents Judy Kuhn: Acclaimed Broadway Star Comes To The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center

The Aventura Broadway Concert Series continues as The City of Aventura presents multiple Tony, Olivier and Grammy® Award Nominee Judy Kuhn on Sunday, February 18th at 7:00 p.m. In the world of theater, there are performers who possess an exceptional ability to captivate audiences with their extraordinary talent. One such artist is the renowned Singer-Actress Judy Kuhn, whose mesmerizing voice and commanding stage presence have made her a true icon of the industry.

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February 21, 2024

Newest Nick Reagan Thriller: Tackles Evil And Corruption Within U.S. Borders

Bestselling Author Jeffrey Stephens delivers a nail-biting escape from reality — while exploring contemporary real-world problems — in his latest spy thriller, Enemies Among Us. “You’ve got to keep the action going,” Stephens said during an interview. “This is not some kind of deep psychological treatise; this is a thriller, and if people aren’t turning the pages, then I’m not doing my job.”

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February 21, 2024

Sailing Yogi Shares Salty Tales: 20-Years Liveaboard Sailor Makes Splash With A Bestselling Sequel

Carole Fontaine has released the second in her bestselling series, S.A.I.L. Above the Clouds. In book 2, subtitled How to Align Your Life, the sailing yogi returns with insights and salty tales from 20 years on a sailboat, tackling the highs and lows of relationships in tight quarters, braving the unknown while surviving sea monsters, storms, sword encounters, and poop deck explosions. The sea-bound heroine saves divers from certain death, develops her intuition, and dives into mystical caves while reclaiming her life by conquering her fears, embracing her authenticity, and discovering what sets her soul on fire.

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February 21, 2024

Plan Your Next Vacation Like a Pro

If the chance to unplug, recharge and just get away is calling your name, it's a sign that it's time to plan a vacation. Whether you envision a trip around town or across the country, getting organized and doing a little prep work can help you make the most of the experience.

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February 21, 2024

City Of Aventura Announces Movie Night Schedule

The next set in the City of Aventura’s Movie Night series featuring highly acclaimed, animated films will be held in March and April at Peace Park located at 3200 Northeast 188th Street, Aventura, Florida 33180.

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February 21, 2024

Time V.S. Treasure: The Average Floridian Willing To Forgo Over 5 Years Of Life To Live Like A Millionaire

Imagining a life rich with private yachts, elite jets, and the finest of five-star retreats is something millions of Americans dream of each day. The allure of a millionaire lifestyle, devoid of debt and seemingly absent of stress, is irresistible to many. But what would an everyday American surrender to step into the shoes of a Silicon Valley mogul, a Wall Street titan, or even a Hollywood A-lister?

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February 21, 2024

City of Aventura Unveils Some Exciting Events: Concert Series Featuring Foreigners Journey & Spring Camp Programs

In celebration of music and community, The City of Aventura is thrilled to announce the Aventura Concert Series event featuring internationally acclaimed tribute band, Foreigners Journey. This highly anticipated concert is set to take place on the lawn behind the Community Recreation Center at Arthur Snyder Park located at 3375 Northeast 188th Street Aventura, Florida 33180. Residents can expect a magical afternoon of musical enchantment on Sunday, February 25th, 2024. Gates will open at 1:00 p.m. Foreigners Journey is set to play at 1:30 p.m.

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February 21, 2024

2024 Travel Trends: AAA Reports A Strong Demand For Cruising

The new year is off to a hot start for the travel industry, particularly with cruising. Travel professionals with AAA – The Auto Club Group say cruise lines saw record breaking booking days last year, and that trend has carried into 2024.

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February 21, 2024

Go Green & Get Recognized: City of Aventura Invites Aventura Property Owners to Apply

The City of Aventura invites Residential and Commercial Property Owners who have practiced Environmental Sustainability to apply for its Annual Go Green Recognition Program Award. To be considered, all property entries must contain an address within Aventura city limits. Online applications are available on the City’s website and must be completed by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1st, 2024.

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February 21, 2024

Opening Coconuts with the Gardener and my Brother

Let’s go back, back through a mist of time to dreamy nostalgia. I am in bright sunshine surrounded by lush greenery - crotons, hibiscus - the pink-green elephant ear plants - - not from the Serengeti - - outside a South Florida apartment. Look up high, higher to the tops of Sabel Palms with frondly foliage of dark, lush green enshrouding its fruit: varying shades of maturity: yellow, gold, olive-green Coconuts.

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February 21, 2024

Valuable Lessons: Mother of Three & An FPL Engineer is Teaching Her Children About Life

Beach chairs, sandcastle molds, shovels and skim boards rattled in the trunk of the Cole family’s car as they cruised north along I-95 in Palm Beach County toward their cherished Saturday destination. The family of five, made up of two engineer parents, Stevany and Blake, and their three energetic boys, eagerly anticipated the adventures awaiting them on the shores of Juno Beach.

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February 21, 2024

Shine Like A Star On Stage: Spring Break & Summer Theater Camps Are Now Open

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is preparing to kick off a new season of its award-winning and sought-after spring and summer theater camps for young kids and teens of all ages who want to shine like a star on stage. As enrollment for both Spring Break Theater Camp and Summer Theater Camp 2024 is currently open, prospective students and parents are encouraged to register soon as available spots are quickly running out.

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February 15, 2024

A Slow Burn Awaits: Five Musicals Will Be Presented At The Broward Center For The Performing Arts

Currently enjoying a record-breaking season and the receipt of the Bill Von Maurer Award bestowed by the Carbonell Awards for the totality of its programming, Slow Burn Theatre Company announces its 2024/2025 Season. Supported by American National Bank, the season in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts features five musicals with enduring stories that have captivated audiences in movie theaters and on stage: The Witches of Eastwick; Anastasia The Musical; Parade; Something Rotten! and The Bodyguard The Musical.

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February 15, 2024

Feel The 'LOVE': Artist Cey Adams Commissioned To Paint Public Art Piece

The writing’s on the wall, and it’s all about Love. Business for the Arts of Broward (BFA), a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), commissioned globally recognized Artist Cey Adams to paint his famous LOVE mural that will officially be unveiled this month on the western exterior wall of Hof’s House of Sweets at 601 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale 33301, facing the new Tunnel Top Park.

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February 15, 2024

Calling All Conservation-Artists: Hollywood’s Annual DropSavers Conservation Poster Contest Starts Now

Calling all conservation artists, now is your chance to compete for great prizes, recognition for your art and your school and most importantly, help educate your community about Water Conservation. Create an original design depicting the importance of water conservation and enter it in the City’s DropSavers Water Conservation Poster Contest. The contest is open now to all Hollywood K-12 students, here's how to enter:

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February 15, 2024

Easy Easter Eats: One-Pan Dishes To Make Hosting Simple

Even if Easter hosting duties fell on your plate this year and added one more thing to your holiday to-do list, that doesn't mean it has to be difficult. After all, Easter is a time meant for fun and fellowship with the food just one part of the celebration.

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February 15, 2024

Your Passport To Paradise: Unveiling The Allure Of Casa Velas Hotel Puerto Vallarta

Nestled within an upscale residential neighborhood, just a short five-minute drive from Puerto Vallarta Airport, the AAA Four Diamond Casa Velas stands as a serene, adults-only boutique resort exemplifying standards in the luxury all-inclusive sector. As part of the prestigious Velas Resorts portfolio—renowned for being the only chain with four properties in U.S. News & World Report’s list of the top 25 all-inclusive resorts in Mexico—Casa Velas continues to exceed expectations with its unique charm and bespoke hospitality. Unlike traditional hotels, this Spanish hacienda-esque resort feels like a private estate replete with attentive staff members who add a personalized touch to the guest experience.

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February 15, 2024

“Ode to Joy” SFSO’s Milestone Musical Performance of Beethoven’s Choral Masterpiece

South Florida Symphony Orchestra will celebrate 26 years of excellence in the arts at its “Ode to Joy” Gala on Sunday, March 3, at Broward Center for the Performing Arts (BCPA). The black-tie optional event, commencing at 5 p.m., prior to SFSO’s milestone musical performance of Beethoven’s choral masterpiece, Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 and Grand Opera Arias, will honor this year’s “Sound of Success” regional arts advocates.

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February 15, 2024

2024 Is the New 1984

Forty years past the time that George Orwell envisioned the stomping boot of Big Brother, the police state is about to pass off the baton to the surveillance state. Fueled by a melding of government and corporate power—the rise of the security industrial complex - this watershed moment sounds a death knell for our privacy rights.

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February 15, 2024

It Takes a Village: The First CommUnity Family Field Day and Resource Fair Was a Huge Success

Thank you to everyone that worked so hard to make sure our first CommUnity Family Field Day and Resource Fair was a success! Thank you Eve Paul our Event Planner extraordinaire from Royal Nation/Chateau Everose, Jonathan Carrillo, PAL Coordinator, Chief Michel, his Chief of Staff Grace Mariot, all our wonderful Police Officers who gave of their own personal time, Andrea MacDonald from Advise Athletes Now, The Alex Budda Collins Foundation all helped to develop and implement this event.

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February 15, 2024

Stop Making Cancer: A Raw Vegan Recipe Book for Empowering a Holistic Return to Health

'An Oasis of Healing', a leading holistic cancer treatment center, is thrilled to announce the release of 'Stop Making Cancer: A Raw Vegan Recipe Book'. This transformative culinary guide features over 100 meticulously crafted raw vegan recipes, a pivotal component of An Oasis of Healing's Comprehensive Cancer Care program.

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February 15, 2024

60 Years, 280 Artists, 15 Mediums
The Harmony of Creativity at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival steps into its 60th year, marking a significant milestone in the world of creativity and expression. In this celebration, the festival not only goes big but also finds its way back home, connecting with its roots and core purpose. This momentous journey commenced with a visionary spark, evolving from an outdoor exhibition to a celebration of art, community, and enduring creativity. During the festival, attendees are set to encounter a mesmerizing variation of artistic styles and mediums, creating a vibrant tapestry that seamlessly weaves together both returning and newly introduced talents.

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February 15, 2024

Hollywood Resident Brings the Top Flooring Brand to South Florida: Floor Coverings International’s Mobile Showroom Arrives at Your Door with 3000 Flooring Options

(L) Leandro Rodriguez and his FCI Mobile Showroom (R) Pet friendly flooring is most popular in 2024.

42-year-old Hollywood resident, Leandro Rodriguez, relocated to Florida from his native Argentina in April 2023 and launched Floor Coverings International of Southwest Fort Lauderdale, serving customers throughout Hollywood, Hallandale Beach, Dania Beach, Davie, and Southwest Fort Lauderdale.

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February 8, 2024

Pedaling For a Purpose: Son Honors The Memory of His Mother

Under the early morning sun, Rob Adams pedaled his bike along a familiar path heading toward Treetops Park in Davie. The rhythmic whirl of the wheels beneath him provided a comforting soundtrack. But even in this meditative state, his thoughts were focused elsewhere – on his mother, Jean Adams, who left this world too soon, passing away from Throat Cancer in 2011.

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February 8, 2024

What Happens To Your Deposit When Getting A Mortgage? A Clear Strong Offer Could Make The Difference Between Being Accepted Or Declined

Many buyers wonder where their deposits end up as they progress from a seller accepting their offer, to applying for mortgage financing, to handling all the other details involved with buying a house or condo. The answer to our question turns out to be rather simple, though is not that straightforward when you first think about it.

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February 8, 2024

Adopt A Sweetheart: Helping Pets Find "Furever" Homes Just In Time For Valetine's Day

BrightStar Credit Union and The Humane Society of Broward County are finding forever homes for pets in need at the annual “Adopt A Sweetheart” event which runs through February 18th, 2024, at the Humane Society of Broward County located at: 2070 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312.

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February 8, 2024

Make Valentine’s Day Special With Designer Eyewear & Fragrances

Love will be in the air this Valentine’s Day - so shopping early and being ready is a great thing, but even if you're a last minute shopper the experts at Brand International Perfumes can help you find the perfect gift and even gift wrap it! With February 14th coming closer, there is one place you have to make a stop at - to look around and get inspiration from all the romantic gift-giving ideas they have in store. Jacqueline and her team at Brand International Perfumes have gotten into the romantic spirit, they are extending savings right through the end of February on fragrances and eyewear!

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February 8, 2024

HAMILTON A Cultural Phenomenon: An Epic Saga of a Founding Father Returns to South Florida

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, in collaboration with Broadway Across America, proudly announces the return of the theatrical sensation, HAMILTON, to South Florida. From March 13 to March 24, 2024, audiences will once again have the opportunity to experience the groundbreaking production that has captured hearts and minds worldwide.

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February 8, 2024

Congratulations Jonathan Carrillo: Nearly A Quarter Century Of Leadership To Hallandale Beach

The Kiwanis Club of Hallandale Beach presented Club President, Jonathan Carrillo with the President’s Award for outstanding leadership and service to the Hallandale Beach Community for nearly a quarter century.

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February 8, 2024

Sinfully Delicious: The Burgers And Tacos At Dos Pecados (Two Sins) Are Tasty & Fast

Christian Fragozo loves a challenge. When he and his wife Francys arrived from Colombia six years ago, he knew he would succeed in his chosen career in Structural Engineering, but the couple had both grown up in restaurant families, and it was in their blood. They fell in love with Downtown Hollywood and started exploring the area with the intention of opening a café.

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February 8, 2024

City Of Aventura Announces Movie Night Schedule

The next set in the City of Aventura’s Movie Night series featuring highly acclaimed, animated films will be held in March and April at Peace Park located at 3200 Northeast 188th Street, Aventura, Florida 33180.

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February 8, 2024

One City At A Time Hallandale Beach: The CommUnity Family Field Day and Resource Fair Is This Weekend

This Saturday February 10th is the CommUnity Family Field Day and Resource Fair by presenting Sponsor Memorial One City at a Time Initiative will be taking place. The event is also being sponsored by PAL, Hallandale Police Department Advise Athletes, myself, City of Hallandale Beach, Hallandale Beach CRA Atlantic Village, Walgreens and the YMCA. From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at OB Johnson Park 1000 Northwest 8th Avenue and Pembroke Road. Parking is available, overflow parking, and a FREE Shuttle will be at Hallandale High School. All residents are invited to join us for a day of activities, entertainment, and a resource fair with over 40 government agencies and service providers.

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February 8, 2024

Hollywood Celebrates Black History Month

The City of Hollywood is celebrating Black History Month with several events happening to commemorate the month. ArtsPark Friday Night Movie - A free movie begins at 8:00 p.m. every Friday at ArtsPark at Young Circle, located at US-1 and Hollywood Boulevard. Bring a blanket or chair for lawn seating. Be sure to bring your reusable containers, as this venue is plastic-free.

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February 8, 2024

A Cultural Icon: Bob Dylan Rough & Rowdy Ways Tour Comes To Broward

Bob Dylan is one of our culture’s most influential and groundbreaking artists. In the decades since he first burst into the public’s consciousness via New York City’s Greenwich Village folk music scene in the early 1960s, Bob Dylan has sold more than 125 million records around the world and amassed a singular body of work that includes some of the greatest and most popular songs the world has ever known. This March Bob Dylan will bring his legendary music to the Broward Center.

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February 8, 2024

Run Away For Some Fun at The Cultural Center: Aventura Hosts “The New Mr. Vegas,” An Amazing Circus Show & “A Musical Love Letter”

The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, which opened in 2010, is an elegant facility, whose mission is: To enhance the quality of life for Aventura by providing a variety of performing arts and relevant cultural programming for audiences of all ages. This month that mission continues to hold true with comedy, wonder and song to hit the stage with George Wallace on February 9, The Great DuBois on February 10 and Sincerely, Sondheim February 4.

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January 31, 2024

The Ultimate Guide To A Bygone Era: The 2024 Florida Renaissance Festival Returns To South Florida

The clock is ticking and every second brings you closer to a bygone era when Lords of the Realm donned tunics, stockings, broad-brimmed hats, and puffed sleeve shirts, and their Ladies showcased era garb like laced gowns, strapped dresses, petticoats, cloaks, and aprons. Get ready for the 32nd Annual Florida Renaissance Festival returning February 3rd and running through March 24th, 2024 at the beautiful Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach.

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January 31, 2024

2024 State of The City: From City of Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy

Hello There, Hollywood Residents. Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to present the State of the City Address to the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, an invitation that the chamber extends to Hollywood's mayor at the start of each new year.

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January 31, 2024

Let Your Voice be Heard: Biden Policy Jeopardizes the System That Gave Us Gene Editing

The FDA just approved the first drug based on CRISPR, the revolutionary gene-editing technology. The medication treats sickle cell disease -- a condition that overwhelmingly affects Black Americans -- by altering the DNA of bone marrow stem cells. For tens of thousands of suffering patients, the therapy offers hope of living without debilitating pain.

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January 31, 2024

LOL At The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center: Elon Gold With Stefanie Yunger & Eli Leonard Are In Town

The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is about to host a comedy event that promises not only an evening of gut-busting laughter but also a showcase of talent from some of the entertainment industry's finest. On the stage will be none other than Elon Gold, the celebrated comedian and actor, ready to deliver an unforgettable performance on Wednesday, February 28th, 2024. Alongside him, the evening will feature the incredible Stefanie Yunger and Eli Leonard, making this a show that's not to be missed.

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January 31, 2024

"We Will Rock You" A Celebration of Music And Rebellion

In a world silenced by the absence of musical instruments, where conformity reigns and individuality is a long-forgotten concept, emerges a story that echoes the timeless essence of Rock 'N' roll Defiance. "We Will Rock You" is not just a musical; it's a rebel yell against a dystopian future where music is forbidden, a rallying cry for freedom and the revival of the age of rock.

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January 31, 2024

Which Way To The Stage: A Playful Yet Profound Modern Relationship Comedy

The biggest performances are the ones we put on for each other. Just ask Broadway superfans Jeff and Judy, the stars of Island City Stage’s Which Way to the Stage. This modern relationship comedy by Ana Nogueira shares the story of the two who eagerly await their idol Idina Menzel after her performance in If/Then at the stage door every night. But when a sexy stranger enters the scene and upends their decades-long friendship, the musical theater aficionados have to go off book to rewrite their own finale. Find out what happens when friendship and ambition collide and when dreams fall just out of reach. Tickets are on sale now for the show which runs through February 11th.

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January 31, 2024

Education is Failing America's Future By Forgetting its Past

In 2022, eighth grade test scores in civics and U.S. history hit record lows. The decline didn't start with pandemic school closings. But they made it worse and revealed its extent. Less than half of adults can name the three branches of the U.S. government. Another 25% can't name even one. And just over one-third of Americans can pass the U.S. citizenship test.

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January 31, 2024

Why Is My Water Not Working? City Of Hallandale Beach Infrastructure Is In The Spotlight

I have received many emails about water being turned off and why it is happening. The readers that follow my weekly column will remember the articles I have written over the past year about Infrastructure. I actually dubbed this year as “The Year of the Shovel.”

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January 31, 2024

Launch Your SPARK: Panel & Networking Event For Entrepreneurs

The City of Hollywood Office of Communications, Marketing and Economic Development and the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce have partnered to present Launch Your SPARK, a panel discussion on leveraging artificial intelligence and emerging technologies for your business. The event takes place on Thursday, February 22nd at ArtsPark at Young Circle at 1 North Young Circle in Downtown Hollywood from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For tickets and event information, visit: www.sparkhollywoodfl.com

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January 31, 2024

Explore 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea: Voyage To The Deep at The Museum of Discovery & Science

“Seas” the day and plunge into the mysteries of the ocean as Voyage to the Deep - Underwater Adventures makes a splash at the Museum of Discovery & Science (MODS) on January 26. Based on Jules Verne’s 1870 classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, this traveling exhibit brings to life the deep-sea adventures of Captain Nemo, his fantastical Nautilus submarine and the mythical world he inhabited. This exhibit, which runs through May 19, is presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.

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January 31, 2024

Mama Jennie's Italian Restaurant: Where Authenticity Meets Local Flair in South Florida

In Miami and Pembroke Pines, Mama Jennie's Italian Restaurant stands as a vibrant celebration of Italian culinary excellence, lovingly nurtured under the watchful eye of owner Jennifer Berriel. With a deep-rooted passion for traditional Italian cooking, Mama Jennie's is not just a restaurant, it's a testament to a rich cultural heritage and a warm community spirit.

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January 26, 2024

Share the Road: City Of Aventura Hosts Community Bike Event

The streets of Aventura are set to come alive with the hum of bicycle wheels and the collective spirit of community togetherness. The City of Aventura, in partnership with the Aventura Police Department, is gearing up to host an exhilarating event that not only promotes safe cycling practices but also fosters a sense of camaraderie among its residents. The "Share the Road" bike safety and ride event is slated for Sunday, February 11, 2024, at the picturesque Founders Park located at 3105 Northeast 190th Street, Aventura, and promises a morning of education, engagement and of course, a thrilling bike ride.

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January 26, 2024

A Musical Love Letter: Sincerely, Sondheim Comes To Aventura

Tony Award-Winning Revival of "Company" Star Nicholas Rodriguez Pays Tribute to Stephen Sondheim in a Soul-Stirring Concert. "I'm still here," a lyric that resonates through the annals of Broadway history, and no name is more synonymous with the greatness of musical theater than Stephen Sondheim. A man of unparalleled penmanship, a master of melodies, and a genius of storytelling, Sondheim's legacy continues to cast its magical spell on audiences around the world. And now, in a heartfelt tribute, Nicholas Rodriguez takes center stage to honor the late composer in the musical love letter titled "Sincerely, Sondheim."

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January 26, 2024

Get Engaged In 2024! Downloaded The App For Citizens "My Aventura"

The landscape of urban living is rapidly transforming, propelled by technological innovations that redefine the way citizens interact with their cities. In the ever changing realm of civic engagement, the City of Aventura stands at the forefront of this revolution with seamless connectivity and participation through the My Aventura App powered by GOGov. This groundbreaking digital platform is not just an App; it's a catalyst for change, empowering citizens to shape the very fabric of their city.

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January 26, 2024

Riding For Resilience: Soldier Ride - A Journey Of Healing And Strength

The sun hung low in the sky, casting a golden hue over the streets of Aventura as a group of warriors gathered, ready to embark on a remarkable journey. Their mission was not one of camaraderie, strength, and healing. These were the courageous participants of the Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride, a multi-day cycling event designed to empower and uplift those who've served their nation.

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January 26, 2024

Paul Is All: Celebrating The Timeless Magic Of Paul McCartney

Paul Is All is the #1 Paul McCartney Tribute show in the country, Featuring John Babcock. John has been performing as ‘Beatle Paul McCartney’ for more than 25 years. He has toured the U.S. and Canada with the Touring Cast of “Beatlemania” as well as performed in “Legends In Concert” as “The Beatles.” He has performed over 17,000 shows with “The British Invasion” at Walt Disney’s Epcot Center - UK Pavilion from 1997 to 2008!!

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January 26, 2024

Looking For A Job? The First Annual "State Of The Workforce" Can Change Your Life

CareerSource Broward (CSBD) and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce, and Tamarac North Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce jointly present the “State of the Workforce” inaugural event on Wednesday, January 24, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Broward County Convention Center located at 1950 Eisenhower Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316. This event will unite all sectors of the business community seeking to learn about vital labor trends, services, and new business technologies such as A.I. that are impacting the Broward economy. This three-part professional growth opportunity includes a networking Business Breakfast, an Employer Marketplace, and a Job Fair that will bring a ready-to-work, motivated workforce to community employers.

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January 26, 2024

Piano Men: Generations: A Harmonious Tribute To Timeless Legends

In the heart of the vibrant City of Aventura, a sensational musical journey awaits aficionados and enthusiasts alike. Enter the realm of "Piano Men: Generations," an electrifying extravaganza that pays homage to two musical icons, Billy Joel and Elton John, brought to life by the awe-inspiring father-son duo, Terry and Nick Davies. Prepare to immerse yourself in an unforgettable celebration of timeless melodies and profound legacies.

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January 26, 2024

Moving On Without Letting Go: Widower’s new book shares keys to surviving the journey through grief

Everyone experiences grief differently. Some want to move on immediately; others let grief flow through them, following its natural course; still others get stuck — they can't or don't want to move on, because their grief is the last thread of connection they have with their loved one. To let go would make the loss feel even more final and devastating. The comforting message at the core of It All Belongs: Love, Loss, and Learning to Live Again, a new book from Judy and Roy Smoot, is that it’s OK to be part of the latter group.

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January 26, 2024

POMP, SNOW & CIRQUEumstance-- A Fantastical Book Becomes A Phenomenal Show

This past holiday season, South Florida’s entertainment landscape was filled with a variety of cheerful happenings, colorful displays and traditional entertainment. There were Christmas attractions and standard holiday shows all around town.

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January 26, 2024

Sexy, Savvy 70-Year-Old: A New Kind of Hero for the Modern Era

Sexy, intelligent and resourceful septuagenarian Lori Brill finds herself caught in the web of a murder investigation during what should have been an enjoyable vacation in London to visit her granddaughter in the lively, award-winning mystery from Charlene Wexler, Murder Across the Ocean.

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January 26, 2024

Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency: Welcomes New Restaurants and Additions to SOBEWFF® Hallandale Beach Event Series

The City of Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (HBCRA) has announced it will expand the much-anticipated Food & Groove event, part of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®) Hallandale Beach event series, to include local favorites from both the City of Hallandale Beach and the surrounding area. Any restaurant owner considering expanding, moving, or opening a restaurant in Hallandale Beach is invited to showcase their cuisine at Food & Groove, a wine, food, and art experience, on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at Pegasus Park at Gulfstream Village (901 South Federal Highway).

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January 26, 2024

Zumba & Yoga At Founders Park: Connect With Your Body & Neighbors In 2024

Did you know that members of the community can enjoy their mornings outdoors with FREE Zumba or Yoga classes at Founders Park? The City of Aventura started offering Complimentary Zumba Classes to Aventura Residents a few years back and it has been a huge success. The Zumba Program includes a Certified Zumba Instructor teaching this fun fitness class.

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January 26, 2024

New Year, New Mindset: Life Coach Challenges People To Flip Their Perspectives On 36 Negative Notions

People have about 60,000 thoughts a day, and 70% of those are negative, said Author, Coach and Speaker Rob Cross. “No wonder we feel somewhat stuck, lost, aimless … in our business, in our marriage, with love, with friendships and with parenting,” Cross said in a recent interview. “There’s so much that we want that we’re pushing away, just by how we think.”

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January 26, 2024

The Grand Klezmer Concert: For many retirees and seniors, this is THE EVENT OF THE YEAR

Zevy Steiger and Aryeh Leib Hurwitz, two world-renowned chazzanim and the Miami Klezmer Band will delight South Florida with authentic Klezmer, Yiddish and other great Jewish music! These two cantors, together with beyond amazing musicians will rock the house with their magnificent voices, and beyond amazing musicians.

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January 26, 2024

A Vision of Enhanced Connectivity and Lush Green Spaces: Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Invests $3 Million to Transform Cityscape

The City of Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (HBCRA) proudly announces a monumental investment of $3 Million in transformative Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Projects championed by Burkhardt Construction in the creation of new sidewalks and tree planting around the City of Hallandale Beach. 

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January 26, 2024

"Funny Women Of A Certain Age"

In the ever-evolving landscape of comedy, where trends come and go and humor continually finds new angles, there exists a league of extraordinary women. These aren't just comedians; they are pioneers, trendsetters, and masters of their craft. They are the "Funny Women of a Certain Age."

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January 26, 2024

The Life & Loves of a Broadway Baby: Melissa Errico A Woman of Stage, Screen, and Song

In the world of Broadway, where the stage comes alive with the magic of music, lights, and storytelling, one name stands out – Melissa Errico. An acclaimed performer, Errico brings to the stage a unique blend of talent, charm, and a deep connection to the songs that have defined the Great White Way. Her show, "The Life & Loves of a Broadway Baby," is a journey through her own life, set to the timeless melodies that have echoed through the theater halls for decades.

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January 26, 2024

A Night of Timeless Laughter and Entertainment

For over six decades, The Second City has held the coveted position as the foremost purveyor of laughter. The launchpad for the careers of comedic luminaries like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, and Steve Carell, it stands as a testament to nurturing the next generation of comedy icons. Now, brace yourself for an uproarious evening as The Second City presents their newest revue, "Comedian Rhapsody," a seamless blend of sketch comedy, music, and signature improvisation.

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January 26, 2024

A Tale Of Courage And Survival: Nilo Cruz’s Play 'Two Sisters And A Piano', Set In 1991 Havana

Miami New Drama is thrilled to present the upcoming production of 'Two Sisters and a Piano', a riveting play written and directed by Nilo Cruz, the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of ‘Anna In The Tropics.’ This extraordinary tale of courage and survival is set in 1991 Havana and is slated to run at the Colony Theatre on Lincoln Road from January 25th, 2024 to February 18th, 2024.

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January 26, 2024

Scoot Safe Sunny Isles Beach: The City Is Rolling Out A Motorized Scooter Registration Program

Calling all Sunny Isles Beach Residents and visitors with a motorized scooter – there’s a new requirement. The city is rolling out a Motorized Scooter Registration Program to enhance your Safety and Security. We’re introducing Scoot Safe! Sunny Isles Beach.

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January 26, 2024

The Joint Will Be Jumpin’: Ain’t Misbehavin, Forbidden Broadway Sinatra & Gesualdo Six Come To Aventura

The City of Aventura presents Ain't Misbehavin', winner of three Tony Awards including Best Musical at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center on Saturday, January 27th at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

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January 25, 2024

Get In The Habit Of Laughing: Slow Burn Theatre Musical Comedy "Sister Act" Hits The Stage This February

Slow Burn Theatre Company presents Sister Act, the divine feel-good musical comedy smash hit, in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts from Saturday, February 3rd through Sunday, February 18th. Based on the hit 1992 film, the musical follows Disco Diva Deloris Van Cartier, who witnesses a murder and is placed in protective custody in the one place the cops think she’ll never be found - a convent. It seems like she’s made a deal with the devil until she begins to make friends with the sisters and starts to shake things up.

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January 25, 2024

Celebrating Love At First Bite: Valentine’s Day "Foody" Options To Express Your Heartfelt Sentiments

Valentine's Day, celebrated annually on February 14th, is a day dedicated to love, affection, and the bonds that connect people. While it has evolved over the centuries, the essence of Valentine's Day remains rooted in expressing and cherishing love.

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January 25, 2024

Finding A Way Forward Together: Hallandale Beach Is Working On Multiple Fronts To Better The Community

Many of us watch our local news and shudder to think about the Gun Violence in our communities and the tragic loss of life. Years ago, these reports came typically out of big cities, but now small and large cities alike have had shootings. We all collectively are working to stem the rise in Violent Crimes. Hallandale Beach has had its share of senseless shootings. The majority have a nexus to gangs that are in the South Florida area.

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January 25, 2024

Memorial Bringing Healthcare To Hollywood Communities ‘One City At A Time'

Join us on Saturday, January 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Washington Park for the kick-off of the Memorial Healthcare System’s ‘One City At A Time’ Program. The City of Hollywood is partnering with Memorial on this initiative to improve the health of our surrounding communities by providing easy access to healthcare for everyone.

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January 25, 2024

Rooftop Family Movie Night: A Whimsical Evening Under The Stars In Sunny Isles Beach

Sunny Isles Beach residents are in for a treat as they embark on a whimsical journey under the sea during the Rooftop Family Movie Night. The spotlight for this enchanting evening is on Disney's new rendition of the classic tale, "The Little Mermaid." What makes this event even more special is its unique venue – the Gateway Park Garage Rooftop. As families gather for this magical experience, the night promises to be filled with laughter, joy, and the timeless magic of Disney.

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January 25, 2024

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