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Summer 2011

Fourth of July returns to Mullins Park

City beautification efforts begin in parks, on streets Residential survey results A Day in the Life: Aquatic Complex Building Division New CityTV shows Cypress Water Park splash pad ...and look inside for the Make a Call, Make a Difference brochure

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City receives record-high marks in community survey Tatham added. “Coral Springs is clearly The City of Coral Springs recently conResidential Survey Results in the top 10 percent of all communities ducted its biennial survey of residents’ 2011 Increases vs. 2009 when it comes to performance.” satisfaction with the quality of services While Code Enforcement services still provided by the City. The results indicate Overall satisfaction ranked favorably (81% satisfaction level) that Coral Springs is setting the standard % 3 % with City services as did City efforts to maintain quality for the delivery of City services, ranking Communication neighborhoods (89% satisfaction level), at or above the U.S. and Florida averages 7 % % with residents these will continue to be two areas of in all 47 areas assessed. focus for the City during the current and “Because of the difficult economic Customer service upcoming fiscal years. times, citizens are generally less satisfied. % 5% by City employees “We are pleased that the results of our Coral Springs is really bucking that residential survey validate the direction trend,” Vice President of ETC Institute Condition of major % 10% City streets of the City Commission and that the Christopher Tatham said. City’s most important initiatives are in The overall satisfaction rating for services provided by the City increased to 95% in 2011, up alignment with what customers have told us is important to them,” City Manager Erdal Dönmez said. from 92% in 2009. In fact, satisfaction levels increased for ETC Institute, one of the nation’s leading communitymost major City services compared to the 2009 levels: based market research firms, conducted the residential sat• Fire services: 99% (up from 98%) isfaction study during February 2011. The sample size was • Emergency medical services: 99% (up from 98%) 1,217 households, representing a +/- 3% margin of error at a • City parks and recreation programs: 96% (up from 94%) 95% confidence level. The City conducts a residential survey • Police services: 95% (up from 93%) every other year so that the results may be incorporated into • Public works: 93% (equal to 93%) its biennial Strategic Planning cycle. The City will conduct its • Communication with residents: 93% (up from 86%) • Customer service by City employees: 94% (up from 89%) next business satisfaction survey during 2012. To view the complete survey results, visit our web site. • Condition of major City streets: 95% (up from 85%) “The City of Coral Springs is definitely setting the standard CoralSprings.org/residentialsurvey for performance when it comes to the delivery of services,”

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The City’s Fourth of July Celebration returned to Mullins Park and attracted thousands of spectators to view the fireworks display.

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oral Springs is known for its beautiful aesthetics, and beautification has always been a priority to residents and City officials. As part of planning for the City’s 50th anniversary in 2013, citizens will begin seeing improvements to infrastructure and some of our older parks and streetscapes.

During Fiscal Year 2010, the City developed a multi-year plan focusing on revitalizing City facilities, rights-of-way, parks, and other projects, including improvements at Mullins Park. “Mullins is one of our oldest parks, and still remains the most heavily used park in the City,” Director of Parks and Recreation Rick Engle said. “The plans for new buildings, tot lot lighting, and landscape improvements will modernize the park and make it a more pleasing location for our residents and visitors to enjoy.” The City recently received $5.9 million of Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Of the $5.9 million, approximately $1.3 million will be used to replace three buildings in Mullins Park. “In spite of budget restraints, the City is doing everything possible to maintain the safety and beautification of our City,” Vice Mayor Claudette Bruck said. ”While we cannot reverse trends caused by economic decline, it is our intention to do all that we can do

maintain property values in our community, and beautification supports value.” Additional projects include modifications to existing bicycle and pedestrian walkways, parking lot improvements and renovations to our neighborhood parks, including replacement of old equipment, playground and restroom renovations and new landscaping.

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“We at the City Commission, along with our dedicated staff, are working everyday to improve the resident lifestyle and support our business community,” Mayor Roy Gold added. “Our focus is on strong public safety, excellent schools, great parks, and a beautiful community that is clean and green while being sustainable.” City staff will continue its tree planting efforts while enhancing the City’s existing tree canopy with fertilizing and tree trimming. In addition, more trees will be planted throughout the parks, medians and around public buildings. Another focus will be the City medians, which will receive special attention to help revitalize the City’s public This playground system design meets the requirements for access under the Accessibility Guidelines when properly installed over accessible surfacing.

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areas. Seasonal maintenance workers will help maintain and beautify the medians throughout the City. This extra effort will occur over a ten-week period during the summer months when shrub growth and the need for weed control are at their peaks. Other projects consistent with promoting beautification efforts are painting and pressure cleaning of buildings, resurfacing and maintaining City roads, repair and replacement of roofs at various City facilities, and upkeep of athletic fields and pools. “Beautification for Coral Springs addresses our current needs, and also our long term needs. By having an inviting community, more people will move here, thus providing for our tax base,” Commissioner Tom Powers said. CoralSprings.org/yourcityatwork Efforts to revitalize City facilities and roadways are underway in many areas of Coral Springs (clockwise from left): • Mullins Park - new overflow parking lot as well as new buildings, lighting and landscaping • Medians - new trees and mulching, such as this location along Sample Road • Neighborhood parks - equipment replacements, including this new design for Cypress Park’s playground • Street cleaning - pressure washing of sidewalks and curbing throughout the City

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ike McGoun has seen the Aquatic Complex grow from the ground up. Since it opened, the facility has garnered international recognition as a state-of-the-art training center for Olympians, including Dara Torres.

He became a part-time lifeguard for the City of Coral Springs in summer of 1975 and was brought on full-time a few months later. During that time, he attended Broward College where he studied Recreational Administration. A year later, he left Coral Springs to attend the University of Florida. Soon after he received his Bachelors in Recreational Administration, he came back to Coral Springs, where the City welcomed him back with open arms. In his earlier days with the organization, McGoun was exposed to all areas of Park and Recreation. A few years later, he and other staff began writing the grant application to build the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex. McGoun was a competitive swimmer and water polo player in college and his love for swimming came across in his vision for the Aquatic Complex. The City broke ground in 1989 and in June 1990, the Aquatic Complex opened to the public. Two years later, McGoun was promoted to Director of Aquatics. “A lot of people think summer is our busiest time, but we’re busy all year round,” McGoun said.

A haven for athletes Because the facility attracts athletes in all aquatic sports from all over the world, the Aquatic Complex is the largest corporate account for all the hotels in Coral Springs, thus helping the market in this tough economy. Today, Olympic Swimmer Dara Torres is shooting a commercial for Bengay right at the Aquatic Complex, where she also trains. “On average, we have three to five commercial shoots here a year,” McGoun added. “They like working with us because we understand what they need to pull off such commercials.” The facility, which started off with only two pools and a 900 square foot fitness center, has been expanded to 7,500 square feet and includes 50-meter and 25-meter competition pools, a separate dive well, a teaching pool, an acclimation pool for the dive team, and a fitness center. A pool for all occasions McGoun manages all three swimming facilities, including the City’s first pool at Mullins Park, Cypress Water Park and

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features “A lot of people think summer is our busiest time, but we’re busy all year round.” – Mike McGoun, Director of Aquatics the Aquatic Complex. “All three facilities serve different needs for our residents and we always ask our customers what they need,” McGoun said. Another gem at the Aquatic Complex is the swim store. While it’s not very big, it is the only store in South Florida to offer custom fittings for technical suits and custom team suits in addition to all the training equipment necessary for all types of swimming sports. McGoun’s phone rings often with requests to approve artwork. Once the Bengay shoot is over, McGoun meets with the YMCA Barracudas for their fitting and to talk about their custom design. “The store is doing so well we’re looking into expanding here and online,” McGoun added. Designs are already in the works to add additional space to the store, as well as to the front office, training room and possibly another 50-meter pool. “We also want to provide our guests with a juice bar and coffee shop, so that’s also in the future plans once the economy turns around,” McGoun added. The Aquatic Complex is open 365 days a year and only closes in the event of a hurricane. It offers swimming and diving classes for people of all ages and skill levels. Swim America caters to young swimmers starting at age three, and adults of any age can get in shape with a Master’s swim class. Synchronized swimming, dive team and water polo are also available for budding champions. There are water aerobic classes for seniors, as well as yoga classes for people of all ages. “We sometimes turn away business we can’t accommodate,” McGoun said. “While it’s a good problem to have in this tough economy, we don’t like doing that.” The facility isn’t just a hot spot for athletes. Illusionist David Blaine, rock star Meat Loaf and actor Matt Damon have all

Director of Aquatics Mike McGoun discusses fitness center equipment with staff member Todd Krajewski (left) and assists production staff with their needs during a recent commercial shoot (right).

been spotted here. The Coral Springs Aquatic Complex is located in the Sportsplex, which is just east of the Sawgrass Expressway between Sample Road and Royal Palm Boulevard, at 12441 Royal Palm Boulevard. See page 14 for more information about the new toddler splash pad at Cypress Water Park or visit our web site for details on all the City’s aquatic programs.

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Remembering Michael Lohberg Coral Springs Aquatics coach Michael Lohberg passed away in April after a lengthy battle with a rare blood disorder. In honor of his life and amazing coaching abilities, the Aquatic Complex is looking into naming their 50-meter pool in remembrance of him. Lohberg, a native German, was five-time Olympian Dara Torres’ coach and confidant. They trained day in and day out at the Aquatic Complex for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Lohberg coached at six Olympic Games, having qualified swimmers for every Olympics from 1984 to 2008. He had an incredible eight swimmers make the 2008 Beijing Olympics, including Torres. “We want to name part of the facility in memory of Michael because he was a large part of our success,” Director of Aquatic Services Mike McGoun said. “We were fortunate to have someone of that caliber at our facility.” Summer 2011 • Coral Springs • 5

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Caring for customers Building Division offers multiple services to residents and businesses application and inspections. It’s important to keep the Coral As an additional communication tool, Springs Building Division in mind before the Building Division sends a postcard starting any building projects. As the to the property owner, as well as the City’s building code professionals, the contractor for every permit that is Building Division provides a variety of received, placed on hold or is ready to services for homeowner’s protection. be issued. The Building Division follows the Florida In 2007, the Building Division actiBuilding Code guidelines for plan review, vated a call center to provide increased field inspections and administrative funccustomer service. Residents, property tions on every permit that is processed to ensure that the construction meets owners, and commercial businesses with questions about permitting, code compliance. plan review and inspections The Building Division offers Ask the Building Customer Care Center are able to speak directly with a its customers additional services about these convenient services: for any project, whether large or customer care representative. small. It is one of only a few in “The Customer Care Center has • Accepting Mastercard and Visa for all received more than 275,000 calls Broward County that offers prepermitting services to date,” Development Services design meetings, pre-construction • Expedited Permitting, Express Permitting Administrator Maryellen Serra said. meetings and project coordinator and Overtime Inspections (additional fees apply) assignment to its projects. Whether you are planning • Faxable service for small permits and to make improvements to your Staff reviews thousands of re-inspection fees home or business, changing your permits every year. Applicants can • Appointments for residential interior A/C unit or remodeling your check the progress of an appliinspections cation by visiting CoralSprings.org/ kitchen, remember to contact the • Online permit tracking for status and results building and clicking on “Building Building Division. • Meetings for all stages from pre-design to Services Online.” By entering an CoralSprings.org/building wrap-up application number, applicants • Record retrieval and review assistance are able to view the status, as well 954-344-1025 • Escrow account establishment to save time as any comments relating to the 9530 West Sample Road 6 • Coral Springs • Summer 2011

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One of the City’s strategic priorities is to maintain the City’s aesthetics, including residential, multi-family, commercial, industrial and City properties. The Code Enforcement Division is always seeking voluntary compliance with code violations. Due to the amount of foreclosures in Coral Springs, it has been the City’s priority to ensure that these properties are maintained. “We do not want the aesthetics of our City to falter due to a lack of maintenance on foreclosed properties,” Chief Code Enforcement Officer Ken Maroney said. If you have received a Courtesy Notice or a Door Hanger from a code officer or a volunteer code ranger, please do not ignore it. By pointing out such items, residents can voluntarily comply and avoid any fines associated with violations. Some common aesthetic violations Code Enforcement looks for are discolored roofs, overgrown lawns, accessory screening to cover trash cans, air conditioning units and pool pumps, missing landscaping such as foundation shrubs, street trees and trash and debris left out before pick-up days. To find out the code officer assigned to your area, visit the Code section of our web site. Should you get a notice, call your code officer for information regarding the violation. ‘Working together will keep our neighborhoods looking beautiful, which will increase property values within Coral Springs,” Maroney said.

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Guides available for homeowners Did you know that when selling your home you are permitted to have for-sale, for-lease or for-rent temporary signage but signs must be located on private property? Or that the Building Division must do an inspection on a new fence? The City has put together some brochures to make learning about such issues easy for homeowners. The Fence Brochure and the Real Estate Sign Manual, along with other useful documents, are available online. CoralSprings.org/publications

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AM The City of Coral Springs’ 1670 TV station has a whole new lineup of shows and videos that will help residents stay informed. What’s Happening?, formerly known as In The Loop, is a new monthly magazine style show that highlights City-sponsored events and happenings in town. Podcast The Communications and Marketing Department is also producing City Code, a five to ten minute video that shows residents how to keep up with the Coral Springs ordinances and how to make sure their home or business is code compliant.CoralSprings.org The new programming also includes CS Spotlight, a bimonthly show that highlights what makes Coral Springs stand out from other communities in South Florida. Since May of this year, CS Spotlight has highlighted the Police K9 Unit and the CoralSprings.org/blog 2011 Teen Cook-off event. Future shows include City Hall in the Mall and the online permitting process. Coral Springs is known for its low crime rates, so to educate residents on how the Coral Springs Police Department works, a series of Police educational videos will also be featured on the TV station and online. Along with these shows, Coral Springs CityTV provides live and rebroadcast coverage of various public City meetings and events, as well as other information CoralSprings.org/servicerequest regarding local activities, City services, emergency information and the monthly Mayor and Commissioner’s message to residents and business owners. Tune in to watch these and other City related videos on Advanced Cable channel 25, AT&T U-verse channel 99, or view them on demand or streaming online. Visit our web site to view the latest CityTV schedules.

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Hurricane season: Preparing for the worst The City offers a myriad of resources and special services before, during and after a hurricane or other emergency. In the event of a storm, make sure to tune in to CityRadio 1670am, tune in to CityTV on channel 25 on Advanced Cable and channel 99 on AT&T U-verse, or visit CoralSprings.org for up-to-date information. The Coral Springs Hurricane Call Center will also be available to assist residents with vital information after a storm. City staff has undergone special training to be able to answer questions about City-related issues. Staff will not be able to answer questions regarding canals, cable television or electricity. The Call Center will be activated immediately before a storm and will remain open as long as necessary during and after a storm. CoralSprings.org/hurricane Hurricane Call Center: 954-344-1001

Next garage sale is October 22

Stop by the City’s next Trash to Treasure Garage Sale on Saturday, October 22, from 8 to 11 a.m. at Mullins Park. Spaces for the Garage Sale are limited and cost $25 on or before September 25, $35 from September 26 through the 9, or $45 thereafter. Spaces are offered on a first-come, firstserved basis. An additional $30-per-space deposit is required and will be returned after the event if the space is clean. The additional deposit must be made by separate check. There will be no refunds for any fees if a vendor cancels their space after payment. Vendors can reserve spaces for the Garage Sale at the Coral Springs Gymnasium, located at 2501 Coral Springs Drive. The Gymnasium is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Mullins Park is located at 10000 N.W. 29th Street, between Sample Road and Royal Palm Boulevard, just east of Coral Springs Drive. CoralSprings.org/events

City hosts free senior health fair The City is hosting a free Health Fair Extravaganza on Wednesday, October 19 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Coral Springs Gymnasium. The fair will feature a variety of health screenings and wellness advice. Participants include health care agencies, Hospice, senior housing services, and other providers offering senior care. The Health Fair will also feature raffles, giveaways and refreshments. The event is open to all seniors, family members, residents or business owners who offer services to seniors. Any vendors or sponsors that would like to participate are encouraged to call the Parks and Recreation Department.

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September 11th remembrance planned for tenth anniversary It has been 10 years since our nation first mourned the loss of loved ones on September 11, 2001. Each year since then, the City has remembered the victims and honored the heroes of that tragic day. The City invites the public to be part of this year’s commemoration ceremony on Sunday, September 11 outside the Northwest Regional Library at the September 11th Memorial. The memorial includes a bronze plaque and a steel piece from the World Trade Center. The City will honor the victims and their families starting at 8:45 a.m. with a ceremony featuring the Coral Springs Fire Department Pipes and Drum and the Police and Fire Honor Guards. There will also be a special presentation from the City to the families of local victims. “It is important that we always remember those who lost their lives 10 years ago, as well as those who gave their lives while helping others,” Police and Fire Pension Administrator Gina Orlando said. The event is free and open to all to attend. If you or your family were affected by the tragedy, please contact us. CoralSprings.org/events

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City celebrates International Day of Peace

Come join the community at a Weekend of Peace in celebration of the United Nations-backed International Day of Peace. The City is extending the free events to an entire weekend, starting on Friday, September 16. The first event will be held on Friday, September 16 at 7:45 a.m. at the International Peace Garden, adjacent to the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive.  Everyone is invited as local students help us celebrate with music, art and the planting of handmade Pinwheels for Peace around a hand-crafted Peace Pole, which was permanently planted in the garden last year. A light breakfast will follow.  On Sunday, September 18, we invite residents to participate in a Peace Dialogue starting at 2:30 p.m. at the Coral Springs Charter School, 3205 N University Drive.  The Peace Dialogue is a panel discussion that includes an open chat format with a question and answer session, focusing on the topic of peace and community harmony.  “The International Day of Peace weekend provides many opportunities for our citizens – especially our students – to come together and celebrate peace, knowing that we must

have peace in our hearts and in our own community before we can expect to have it in far away places”, Vice Mayor Claudette Bruck said. The Coral Springs Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee and One Planet United are co-hosting the Weekend of Peace. Monthly Peace Walks Back in August of 2006, resident and One Planet United board member, Piero Falci organized the first silent walk for peace along with the Committee. The walk is open to anyone who wishes to participate. Participants meet the first Saturday of every month at 7 a.m. at the International Peace Garden and walk together in silence for 20 minutes. “When we become peaceful within ourselves, that is when we are able to make a change in the world and spread peace,” Falci said. “The Silent Peace Walk provides a chance for people to find the peace within themselves and to bring it out into the world.” The International Peace Garden is located within Mullins Park, 10000 N.W. 29 St., adjacent to the Center for the Arts. CoralSprings.org/events

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CSPD empowers women with free self-defense course The Coral Springs Police Department offers a Rape Aggression Defense program to empower women faced with a potentially dangerous situation. The program is free for woman ages 13 and older. RAD focuses on repetition, practice and muscle memory to help women survive during a struggle. Participants have a chance to practice what they learn during live scenarios. RAD meets on four consecutive Tuesdays, and the next

session begins Tuesday, August 2 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Public Safety Building. The course is physically involved, but no prior self-defense experience is required. Participants must register in advance, and must be able to attend all four courses. CoralSprings.org/police/safe.cfm 954-346-1227

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The City invites residents to submit their best photos of life in Coral Springs. Submitted photos may be featured in an upcoming magazine, on CityTV or on the City’s web sites. E-mail your full-resolution photos to editor@coralsprings.org. Don’t forget to include your name, description of the people or places pictured, as well as a sentence about why Coral Springs is your Community of Excellence. Residents of all ages are encouraged to complete the Coral Springs Experience program by visiting CSExperience.org.

“I have lived in the City of Coral Springs all my life. I was born at the Coral Springs Medical Center 16 years ago. I didn't realize there was so much going on in my City and that it was all under my nose the entire time. Completing the “Coral Springs Experience” helped me see my City like I never had before. On my tour I enjoyed visiting the many monuments and pieces of art work you can find around everywhere and the historical sites. I had paid little attention before but now I appreciate their beauty and importance.” – Steven B. 10 • Coral Springs • Summer 2011

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The McGovern Family did everything to protect their three little girls from drowning. They had a pool fence in place and always kept an eye on them. On August 3, 2009, their whole lives changed when they lost their 19 monthold daughter, Edna Mae. “It only takes a second,” mother Cassie McGovern said. Through their loss, the McGovern Family has become an avid promoter of drowning prevention. To see more about their story, view the video at CoralSprings.org/watersafety.

Library offers summer reading program Now through Saturday, August 6, the Northwest Regional Library is offering its adult summer reading program titled “Novel Destinations.” Participants who read, listen or view videos available at the library will have the chance to fill out entry forms for weekly prize drawings, including a color Nook. To register, stop by the Popular Library Desk on the first floor or at the Reference Desk on the second floor. The library also offers a lineup of activities, including movies, concerts and musicals during the summer. For more details, visit their web site and click on Programs and Events then select Northwest Regional Library. broward.org/library 954-341-3900 ext. 252 3151 N. University Drive

Light out? Report it to FPL If you notice a street light outage in your residential area, make sure to report it to Florida Power and Light. In order to receive prompt service, have the 10-digit light number (located on the pole just above eye level) available. You can also fill out a form online. For outages along major roadways, please contact Public Works by calling 954-344-1165.

Drowning prevention tips The City offers a variety of drowning prevention and learn-to-swim programs throughout the summer and beyond. The Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, Cypress Pool and Mullins Park Pool each offer classes for all ages and skill levels. • Everyone in the house should know how to swim, including all adults. • All adults and children should know CPR. Several local agencies offer CPR classes, including the American Red Cross and Coral Springs Medical Center. • Parents can take children younger than 4 years old for water safety classes, which are different from learn-to-swim classes. Water safety classes teach basic survival skills to children of all ages. Those same skills also are taught during learn-to-swim classes. • Parents should teach children to stay away from pools or other bodies of water without adult supervision. • If toys are used around the pool, make sure they are kept far away from the pool itself so children do not risk grabbing for a toy and falling in. • Equip all doors and windows leading to the pool with an audible alarm. • Install a pool fence and make sure it is closed at all times. • If a child is missing, check the pool first.

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Celebrate India at the International Dinner Dance Experience global cuisine and entertainment without leaving Coral Springs at this year’s International Dinner Dance. The popular event features food, dancing and live entertainment, all with an international twist. This year the theme will focus on the exotic culture of India – while the event itself highlights the diversity of our community. The 2011 event is set for Saturday, September 24 at the Coral Springs Marriott at Heron Bay, 11775 Heron Bay Blvd. The cocktail reception begins at 7 p.m. followed by dinner at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 each, and cultural dress is encouraged. “The Dinner Dance is one of our most enjoyable annual events. The Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee looks forward to showcasing a different country or culture each year to celebrate the richness of our community,” Community Relations Manager Joyce Campos said. CoralSprings.org/events

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Budding actors can register for CSI’s upcoming season The Coral Springs Institute for the Performing Arts (CSI) at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts is currently accepting registration for the upcoming season, which begins Monday, September 12. CSI is for children ages six through 19 and classes culminate each session with a full scale Broadway style production on stage at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts. The graduate production, for grades eight through 12, will be based on the 1988 film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. The entertaining musical comedy will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing until the very end. The undergraduate production of 101 Dalmatians for grades 4 through 7, will showcase our young students’ talents in a delightful compilation of acting, song and dance. With a delightfully fun score, lovable characters and Cruella De Vil, this show is certain to delight all audiences. GLEE fans can take part in the Coral Springs Show Choir, grades six through 12. This high-energy song and dance team will be scheduled to entertain in many local venues, as well as become involved in performance competitions. The CSI 2011-2012 Season includes class and production materials and two complimentary show tickets. Special discounts are given for multiple family members enrolled.

Museum offers summer exhibits, classes This summer, the Coral Springs Museum of Art is showcasing fun new exhibitions and also hosting a variety of art classes for all ages. Tools in Motion An extraordinary collection of everyday tools and hardware are featured this summer at the Coral Springs Museum of Art. Tools in Motion: Works from the Hechinger Collection will be on exhibit through Saturday, August 20. This collection celebrates the ubiquity of tools in our lives with art that magically transforms utilitarian objects into fancy works of art. Several pieces reference labor and change in production and demonstrate motion and repetition. These remarkable works are sure to stir the imagination. 13th Annual Kids for Art Exhibition Each year, the Coral Springs Museum of Art holds an exhibition for the students who took classes during the school year and summer camp. This year, their creative exhibition will be in display through Saturday, August 6 in the Lobby Gallery. On Saturday, August 6, a reception will be held in honor of the student artists from 3 to 5 p.m. Students, family and friends are invited to enjoy refreshments, good company and the Student Art Exhibition.

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Explore nature and the creatures that inhabit it at the Sawgrass Nature Center. Nature Explorers ages three to five are invited to a preschool program held on Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. Each class is $5 for SNC members and $8 for non-members. Participants must pre-register in advance. The Sawgrass Nature Center serves as a home to injured, sick or orphaned wildlife, and provides quality care before releasing animals back into the wild. The facility is nestled between Sawgrass Springs Middle and Coral Glades High schools, and provides education

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Explore wildlife at Sawgrass Nature Center through the use of educational animals, and native exhibits. The center is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, which receives no City, state or federal funding. It is dependent on donations from individuals, clubs, and sponsors. 3000 Sportsplex Drive 954-752-WILD (9453) sawgrassnaturecenter.org

Residents should not fear large golden silk spiders Nephila clavipes, also known as the golden silk spider, has made an appearance in Coral Springs but residents shouldn’t worry. These large orange and brown spiders with feathery tufts on its legs are typically sighted this time of year. In the past, they have been seen at Sandy Ridge and Red Lichen Sanctuaries, but this year, these spiders have been found at several parks and medians. Although golden silk spiders are large and intimidating, they are harmless if left alone. If bitten, the bite itself will produce only localized pain with a slight redness, which should go away within 24 hours. If an allergic reaction occurs, be sure to see a doctor.

City offers amnesty period for certain businesses For the second year, the City is offering an amnesty program for first-time business tax receipt applicants. Any business owner who was conducting business in Coral Springs prior to October 1, 2010 and wants to avoid penalties and back taxes should take advantage of the City’s amnesty period now through July 31, 2011. During the amnesty period, any and all arrearages (assessments of back taxes plus penalties) will be waived for qualified applicants. The applicant must, however, pay the applicable tax for the current tax year (October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011) and for next year’s renewal (October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012) to receive the waiver. Those who take advantage of this waiver will be saving hundreds of dollars in back taxes for each year and penalties of 25 percent each year, plus a $250 fine. CoralSprings.org/code

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Fun for all ages Toddlers can now enjoy new Splash Pad at Cypress Water Park Cypress Water Park now offers toddlers a new water attraction they are bound to enjoy all year-round. The newly installed Splash Pad is 32 feet in diameter and includes a raining palm tree, rain domes, choreographed floor jets and more. The City received grant funds from the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program, which covered 50 percent of the project’s cost. “We are the only ones in the area to have a splash pad for toddlers and preschoolers to enjoy,” Director of Aquatic Services Mike McGoun said. “So far, it’s been a huge success.” If you’re looking to host a birthday party, look no farther than Cypress Water Park. Through the summer, parties are available Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or 2 to 5 p.m. Funbrella rental is only $90.50 and a $50 refundable deposit is required. Admission is $2.85 per child and $3.35 for adults.

Cypress Water Park is located on Coral Springs Drive just north of Atlantic Boulevard. Call for more information or to reserve a funbrella for an upcoming birthday party.

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Escape summer heat at Saveology.com Iceplex Cool off this summer and bring your entire family to Saveology.com Iceplex every Sunday for Family Funday. Each Sunday, through the end of the year, will feature a different surprise theme, including games, bounce houses, tricycle races on the ice, bowling on the ice and holiday themed events. Saveology.com Iceplex, home to the Florida Panthers hockey team, has three ice rinks available for the public to enjoy. Panthers’ practices are free and open to the public. Hockey leagues and skating programs are also available. saveologyiceplex.com

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The City is looking to enlist the help of residents who visit our parks regularly to join a new program, Volunteers in Parks. As a Park VIP, residents will help the City of Coral Springs ensure the safety and residents’ overall enjoyment of its parks. This program is an expansion of Park Moms, which focused their efforts specifically on children playgrounds. While at their favorite park, volunteers will scope the area for any apparent necessary repairs, graffiti or other issues. All volunteers will receive training on what to look for throughout the parks. The first training session is planned for August, and will be available on a quarterly basis for new volunteers. Volunteers can choose any park but they must be 18 or older to participate. Volunteers are not obligated to commit to a specific amount of time at the parks. “We appreciate our volunteers for helping us find any safety hazards in our parks, this way we can take care of those issues right away,” Parks and Recreation Director Rick Engle said. “Volunteers will also be able to answer any general questions park users may have.” To become a Parks VIP, call 954-345-2200 or stop by the Coral Springs Gymnasium at 2501 Coral Springs Drive.

Tackle Madden 2012 at Video Game Challenge Players will have a chance to go head to head as they tackle the new John Madden 2012 this Fall. The City’s first Youth Video Game Challenge will be on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2. The event, which is co-sponsored by Best Buy, will give players a chance to win prizes, including video games and a Wii console. Players must be Coral Springs residents ages eight to 18. Participants can sign up for $2 at the Coral Springs Gymnasium, located at 2501 Coral Springs Drive. Registration deadline is Thursday, September 15. The challenge will be held at Best Buy, located at 650 N. University Drive. McDonalds will also be offering specials during the event. CoralSprings.org/events

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Golf tournament benefits local youth Always visit CoralSprings.org/events for the latest updates and additions to this list of events happening in Coral Springs in the coming months. Museum of Art Exhibits (see article page 12) Tools in Motion on display through August 20 Kids for Art creative exhibition on display through August 6 2855 Coral Springs Drive • 954-340-5000 RAD Self Defense Classes (see article page 10) Begins Tuesday, August 2 • 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Public Safety Building • 2801 Coral Springs Drive Must register in advance • 954-346-1227 September 11th Ceremony (see article page 9) Sunday, September 11th • 8 a.m. Northwest Regional Library • 3151 N. University Drive

Hit the links for a good cause at the upcoming Golfing for the King Tournament, set for Monday, October 10 at The Country Club of Coral Springs starting at 7:30 a.m. Cost is $100 per golfer and includes breakfast, time on the range, beverages on the course, and an awards luncheon. Proceeds from the tournament, now in its sixth year, go directly toward the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund. College scholarships are given to financially needy local high school students who embody Dr. King’s vision through words and actions. In 2011, the committee handed out 18 scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 each to deserving high school students from various backgrounds. Students of any race or creed can apply for the scholarship. Applicants must be Coral Springs residents for at least one year and attend one of the local high schools – J.P. Taravella High, Coral Springs High, Stoneman Douglas High, Coral Springs Charter or Coral Glades High. Through the MLK, Jr. Committee’s efforts, more than 140 local students have received scholarships to date. Sponsors are needed for the tournament, and donations to the scholarship fund are always accepted. CoralSprings.org/events

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Weekend of Peace (see article page 10) Begins Friday, September 16 • various events International Dinner Dance (see article page 12) Saturday, September 24 • 7 p.m. • $50 per person Coral Springs Marriott at Heron Bay • 11775 Heron Bay Blvd. Video Game Challenge (see article page 14) Saturday and Sunday, October 1-2 • $2 entry fee Best Buy • 650 N. University Drive Register in advance at Coral Springs Gymnasium MLK, Jr. Golf Classic (see article this page) Monday, October 10 • 7:30 a.m. • $100 per golfer The Country Club of Coral Springs • 10800 W. Sample Road Senior Health Fair Extravaganza (see article page 8) Wednesday, October 19 • 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Coral Springs Gymnasium • 2501 Coral Springs Drive Trash to Treasure Garage Sale (see article page 8) Saturday, October 22 • 8 to 11 a.m. Mullins Park • 10000 NW 29 Street

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Tennis is a fun way to stay active during the summer. The Tennis Center at Coral Springs offers an array of classes for players of all ages. Juniors ages 6 to 16 can participate in the summer tennis camp. Programs are either half-day from 9 a.m. to noon or full day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants may register daily or on a week-to-week basis. The Junior Tennis Academy is also available from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Group classes for children and adults will also be available at Cypress Park on weekdays and Saturdays. The next session runs August 29 to October 1. Each class is one hour per week, with several days and times available. The Tennis Center also has drill and cardio classes for adults available during the week. Drill classes are held Mondays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. each week. Cost is $15 and you must register in advance each week. Cardio class takes place on Fridays from 8 to 9 a.m. CoralSprings.org/recreation/tennis 954-344-1840

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