November 8 Election Voting Information A Penny at Work
ArtWalk events begin Farmers’ Market • Zip Codes UniTown • Haunted House Holiday Parade • MLK Celebration
Your Coral Springs City Commission and Charter Officers
John J. Hearn
Skip Campbell Mayor
City officials approve City’s 2017 Annual Budget City officials approved the Business Plan and Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2017 at the Second Public Budget Hearing on September 21. While the City’s property tax rate did not increase, remaining at $4.7982, the average single-family homeowner will see an increase of $8 this year in additional property taxes because property values have increased. The millage remains one of the lowest in Broward County. Wall Street has again affirmed Coral Springs’ AAA General Obligation Bond credit rating. Both Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s (S&P) have given the AAA rating with a stable outlook to the City’s General Obligation Bonds. The AAA rating is the highest bond rating an organization can earn. As an AAA rated city, the City of Coral Springs has saved millions of dollars in interest. Under the Sun • Fall 2016
The City is leveraging its exceptional financial capacity to build momentum and turn renderings into reality. Using low interest debt, a multitude of priority capital projects are currently underway, such as repairing the 50-meter pool at the Aquatic Complex, replacing and resurfacing athletic fields and courts, as well as many roadway, lighting, and pedestrian improvements throughout the City. A new municipal complex, the primary impetus for downtown development, is rising from the ground. The adopted budget for Fiscal Year 2017 includes these projects, as well as many more initiatives geared toward enhancing the City’s appearance, safety, infrastructure, and economic development. To review the City’s Annual Budget, visit our website. CoralSprings.org/finance
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HIGHLIGHTS Residents to vote on penny surtax...................................................................... Page 2 Your City at Work: Project Updates...................................................................... Page 4 Municipal Complex construction underway............................................ Page 5 HOT TOPICS Wall Street awards Coral Springs highest credit ratings........... Page 6 LOCAL SPOTLIGHT Firefighters to host annual Pasta Dinner......................................................Page 8 SENIOR SPOTLIGHT Senior Empowerment Group seeks members........................................Page 9 EDUCATION NOTES Parents invited to Broward Schools’ EdTalk.............................................. Page 9 BUSINESS CLIMATE New restaurants, retail stores opening........................................................ Page 10 CULTURAL ENERGY MLK musical scheduled for January................................................................ Page 11 New Fall lineup at Center for the Arts........................................................... Page 12 FUN UNDER THE SUN ArtWalk events, Farmers’ Market begin...................................................... Page 14 Holiday Parade will ‘Light Up the Night’.................................................... Page 16 Under the Sun is produced by the City of Coral Springs Communications and Marketing Department. email@example.com • 954-344-1197 CITY OF CORAL SPRINGS, FLORIDA 9551 West Sample Road Coral Springs, Florida 33065 Main 954-344-1000 Citizen Services 954-344-1001 TTY 954-344-1022 Advanced Cable 25 or AT&T U-verse 99 CoralSprings.org/citytv
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November 8 Election Voting Information A Penny at Work
ArtWalk events begin Farmers’ Market • Zip Codes UniTown • Haunted House Holiday Parade • MLK Celebration
The November 8 Election will include a penny sales surtax issue for voters. See page 2
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Penny at Work Residents to vote on penny surtax
Broward County voters will be voting on a penny surtax on the November 8, 2016 General Election ballot. Voters will see two questions on the ballot asking for a half-penny surtax increase in Broward County. One proposal asks for Half Penny Half Penny a half-cent increase to finance countywide transportation projects. The second is a half-cent surtax to fund municipal (.5%) (.5%) infrastructure projects throughout Broward’s 31 cities. If both To fund the To fund ballot items pass, sales tax in the county would go from six countywide your local cents on the dollar to seven. transportation improvement Both proposals ask voters to increase the sales tax for 30 system projects years, which would raise an estimated $310 million in the first year and $12.4 billion over 30 years. Both items must pass in order for the penny surtax to go into effect. While many Florida counties already levy a countywide sales surtax, Broward County currently does not. The County portion of the surtax would finance a variety of transportation projects designed to ease traffic congestion such as increased bus service, synchronized traffic signals and a variety of countywide intersection and safety improvements. The funds would also pay for the light rail system called the “Wave” in Downtown Fort Lauderdale with future connections to the airport, seaport and the Broward County Convention Center. A portion of the city infrastructure surtax (40%) would be allocated to address County needs in years 21-30 only. The City’s portion will finance an array of projects throughout Coral Springs, such as new police or fire stations, park improveTo vote in the November 8, 2016 Election, ments and street and sewer improvements. you must be registered at least 29 days prior. For the past 10 years, legislators have passed 24 bills that greatly diminish a Registration closes on October 11, 2016. city’s ad valorem revenue. That, along For information on voter registration with an aging infrastructure, have made and the election, visit browardsoe.org. completion of these projects a challenge. “We encourage residents to learn Remember to vote in this important election, more about these proposed surtaxes and which includes Seat #3 for Coral Springs Commission. how they could affect you,” Mayor Skip For more details, visit CoralSprings.org/voting. Campbell said.
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Education materials for the November 8 election
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highlights Here are some of the projects that will impact Coral Springs residents over the next 30 years. You can view the entire list of proposed county-wide projects at APennyAtWork.com.
Riverside Dri ve
Royal Palm Blvd.
University D rive
Coral Ridge Drive
Improvements to the City’s 49 parks, recreational facilities, public works projects and public safety programs would be located throughout Coral Springs.
Parks Recreation Facilities Drive
Parks All City parks will receive either new equipment or maintenance and repairs to better serve our residents. Courts will be resurfaced and fields will be renovated at all major parks, including Cypress, Mullins, North Community, and Betti Stradling. Smaller neighborhood parks will receive shade covers, new playgrounds, fencing and lighting, as needed. Irrigation systems will also be upgraded throughout the City. Students from both Coral Glades and J.P. Taravella High Schools will enjoy new amenities by 2021. Funds from the surtax would result in an auditorium for Coral Glades and a stadium for J.P. Taravella.
Rock Isla nd Road
Coral Springs Drive
Public Safety To better serve residents, the Coral Springs Fire Department will replace its emergency fleet, bunker gear, breathing apparatus, as well as defibrillators and other patient equipment. Our Police Department will deploy body cameras, purchase protective vests, and replace marked and unmarked vehicles. A new command post vehicle will also be purchased to replace the 17-year-old model currently used. Construction for a tactical training facility, as well as updates to the Gun Range will be included. Lastly, a parking garage will be added to ensure the protection of public safety fleet during emergency events, such as a hurricane.
Environmental Public Safety Public Works
throughout Coral Springs. In addition, many street lights will be converted to LED. The City will also install electric vehicle charging stations at all major parks and government facilities to promote less dependence on fuel vehicles. Staff will also replace emergency generators for using during natural disasters, which improves reliability of government services. Lastly, the City will also improve drainage systems in the Corporate Park, Meadows and Dells and Westchester neighborhoods.
Public Works To improve pedestrian safety, the City is looking to replace lighting, add new sidewalks and replace aging bus shelters Education materials for the November 8 election provided by your local governments.
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highlights Safety Town Building
YOUR CITY AT WORK
New Safety Town building to be unveiled this Fall The City’s new permanent Safety Town building in Kiwanis Park will soon open! Our Safety Town program has been in place for almost three decades. Each year, kindergarten students in the City of Coral Springs attend an educational field trip coordinated by the Police Department to Safety Town where they learn important and valuable lessons about safety. During the summer months, volunteers and members of Kiwanis, in conjunction with the Police and Fire Departments, run the Safety Town Summer Camp. G.O. Bond Updates During the November 2014 election, voters approved $12.45 million for Public Safety General Obligation Bonds. Progress on these initiatives is well underway, with completion of most of the projects on the horizon. Public Safety Radio & Communication Equipment: Installed and operational. Reconstruction of Fire Stations 95 and 43: Construction is well underway for these two projects, which are being worked on simultaneously with completion in January 2017. Crime Scene Investigation Building renovation: Construction is nearing completion, by November 2016. CoralSprings.org/yourcityatwork 4 • Under the Sun • Fall 2016
Construction is underway at Fire Stations 43 (top) and 95 (middle), as well as the Crime Scene Investigation Building (bottom).
Construction of the new Municipal Complex on Sample Road is well underway, including the parking garage with additional capacity in order to encourage and support economic development and events in our Downtown area. The 74,000 square-foot complex will house City Hall, along with the Chamber of Commerce and offices for federal and state elected officials. The building will include more than 1,000 square feet of community meeting rooms, which will be open to non-profit organizations and other agencies. Once the construction contract was awarded in April 2016, finance staff and the City’s financial advisor began preparing documents and talking with bond rating agencies. On September 14 the City completed the bond issuance for the Municipal Complex. These bonds are the last piece of a multi-year financing strategy to pay for this important project in the most cost-effective manner. The City’s AAA General Obligation Bond rating (see article page 6) was affirmed by both Fitch and Standard & Poor’s during this bond issuance process, which contributed to the very competitive 2.7% interest rate the City received on this borrowing. The City will pay these bonds off in 18 years. For details on the project and construction updates, visit our website. CoralSprings.org/municipalcomplex
Municipal Complex construction underway
City Manager Erdal Dönmez, Director of Financial Services Melissa Heller, Mayor Skip Campbell and City Attorney John Hearn signed the Municipal Complex bond financing documents in September. Municipal Complex Rendering
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Wall Street awards Coral Springs highest credit ratings Wall Street has again affirmed Coral Springs’ AAA General Obligation Bond credit rating. Both Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s (S&P) have given the AAA rating with a stable outlook to the City’s General Obligation Bonds. The AAA rating is the highest bond rating an organization can earn. According to Fitch, “Coral Springs’ ‘AAA’ rating reflects Fitch’s view of the city’s exceptional financial capacity to address challenges associated with typical cyclical economic fluctuations and a low long term liability burden.” S&P praised Coral Springs for having a strong economy, very strong management, and very strong debt and contingent liability position. S&P noted that “The rating also reflects our opinion that Coral Springs’ well-embedded management practices and policies will likely sustain at least strong budgetary performance, and maintain the city’s very strong reserves and liquidity.” “Once again, we’re proud to have Wall Street agencies recognize the City’s commitment to long-range planning,”
Mayor Skip Campbell said. “Both credit ratings are a reflection of the City’s strong management and it greatly benefits our residents in the long run.” Much like an individual’s credit rating, a bond rating is a measure of an organization’s credit worthiness. AAA bond ratings represent the highest quality investment with the smallest degree of risk. As an AAA rated city, the City of Coral Springs has saved millions of dollars in interest. In addition, both agencies have assigned the highest rating possible of ‘AA+’ to the City’s 2016 Special Obligation Bonds which were issued to finance a portion of the cost of the City’s new Municipal Complex, parking garage and related site and infrastructure improvements. “The City of Coral Springs takes great pride when it comes to managing our taxpayers’ dollars,” City Manager Erdal Dönmez said. “We don’t take this responsibility lightly, and it is encouraging to know that Wall Street recognizes our efforts.”
See what’s happening in your ‘Slice of the Springs’ Don’t miss the next Slice of the Springs neighborhood meeting in your area. On Thursday, November 17, residents from the Southwest and Southeast areas of the City will have a chance to discuss neighborhood improvements, voice a concern and interact directly with City staff members, including police, fire, community development, code compliance, public works and parks and recreation. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Riverside Elementary, located at 11450 Riverside Drive. Country Hills Elementary
Other upcoming dates include: • Virtual Slice Meeting – January 12, 2017. This special meeting will be hosted live online, visit our website for details. • Center West and Town Center – February 9, 2017 at Coral Springs Elementary. • Northside and Northeast – March 2, 2017 at Country Hills Elementary.
Coral Springs Elementary
To find out what ‘Slice’ you live in, see the map to the right, or for more details, visit our website. CoralSprings.org/slice 954-344-1114
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Holiday season excess waste guidelines Since the Christmas holiday falls on a Sunday in 2016, waste collection will not be affected this year. Historically, there is significantly more solid waste generated during Christmas week. On the first collection day after Christmas (December 26, 27 and 28), residents may place additional garbage in plastic bags or cans aside the GREEN CART. Waste Pro will be sending additional vehicles to collect the overage. Please keep in mind that this special provision only applies to the first collection days after Christmas. Here are some tips on what to do with your excess holiday trash: • Recycle all the paper (including wrapping paper and boxes), cans, bottles, and other recyclables in the BLUE CART • Large cardboard and excess boxes stacked together may be placed for collection with the bulk waste (on the first collection day of the week) • Christmas trees may be placed for collection with the bulk waste (on the first collection day of the week) or brought to the Waste Transfer Station on Saturdays or Sunday afternoon. The Station will be open on Saturday, December 24, but closed on Sunday, December 25. • Old electronics (computers, televisions, etc.) are recycled at the Waste Transfer Station at the west end of Wiles Road on the first Saturday of the Month (for example, January 7).
Waste Station open on MLK Holiday The Waste Transfer Station will be open on Monday, January 16 for any resident who wants to drop off bulk trash, including appliances, furniture, carpeting, and any recyclable materials. No commercial waste or raw garbage is accepted at this station. This service is free and available to Coral Springs residents only. Please remember that two forms of identification are required for proof of residency. The Waste Transfer Station is open weekends from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located on Wiles Road at N.W. 126 Avenue. CoralSprings.org/wastepro
Zip codes will now reflect city as Coral Springs The zip codes 33065 and 33071 will now default to Coral Springs instead of Pompano Beach. Previously, there were 12 zip codes that defaulted to Pompano Beach, including four that were partially or entirely inside Coral Springs. The post office reviews boundaries every 10 years, but denied Coral Springs’ requests to have it corrected. Mayor Campbell and U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch reached out to the local post office, as well as to the postal service legislative affairs office requesting to have it changed. “It was our number one issue, and Congressman Deutch took care of it,” Mayor Skip Campbell said. “The fact is, the people of the City of Coral Springs deserve this,” said Deutch. “With all these addresses standardized for accuracy, Coral Springs will hopefully receive even better delivery, and more importantly, its a long-standing issue that’s been resolved.” Currently, 33067 and 33076 overlap with neighboring cities and will not reflect this change. Another review will be held in the future for those zip codes.
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Police receive state-wide recognition
Firefighters to host Cancer Awareness Pasta Dinner The Coral Springs Fire Department will be hosting a Cancer Awareness Pasta Dinner on Saturday, October 29 from 4 to 9 p.m. at Fire Station 80. This event is open to the public and for a $5 donation, residents will receive a plate of pasta prepared by Coral Springs Firefighters, along with salad, bread and a beverage. Donations, including proceeds from t-shirt sales, will benefit the Coral Springs Firefighters Benevolent Association and the American Cancer Society. Fire Station 80 is located at 2825 Coral Springs Drive, just north of Royal Palm Blvd. CoralSprings.org/events
Thanksgiving donations needed Help make someone’s holiday season a little brighter. Each year, the City requests donations to create Thanksgiving baskets for local families in need. Join the cause by donating the following non-perishable items: canned yams, mashed or flaked potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, canned corn and green beans, canned fruit, and cookies. Monetary contributions are also appreciated. All donated items are placed in baskets, along with a gift certificate for a turkey, ham or main dish, and distributed through local religious institutions to preselected families. Donations can be dropped off at several locations throughout the City, including: City Hall, 9551 W. Sample Road City Hall in the Mall, 9239 W. Atlantic Blvd. Coral Springs Gymnasium, 2501 Coral Springs Drive Donations will be accepted through Friday, November 4.
One of the many reasons the City of Coral Springs is such a great place to live, work and raise a family is the quality of service provided by our Coral Springs Police Department. Recently, the department’s Community Involvement Unit was selected at the Crime Prevention Unit of the Year by the Florida Crime Prevention Association (FCPA). They were recognized for their efforts to develop crime prevention and community outreach initiatives which include: Lock It or Lose It, Make a Call, Make a Difference, Community Walk and Talk, Coffee with a Cop, Summer BreakSpot (a police-run summer camp for underserved youth), a special needs database, and toy drives. In addition, the unit maintains the social media outreach for the department, ensuring residents are up-to-date with crime trends, safety concerns and police-run events. CoralSprings.org/police
Passport services available at City Hall in the Mall City Hall in the Mall offers many services at one convenient location, including passport applications and photos, fingerprinting, and notary public services. No appointments are necessary for any passport services. City Hall in the Mall is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office is located within Coral Square Mall at 9239 W. Atlantic Blvd. Please note that some service fees recently changed as of October 1. For a complete list of services and requirements, make sure to visit our website. CoralSprings.org/chm
State of the City 2017 The City will highlight its accomplishments over the past year, thank its volunteers and end the night with a concert for the annual State of the City event. The event date and entertainment will be announced in the Fall. State of the City will be held at the Center for the Arts, located at 2855 Coral Springs Drive. The event is free to Coral Springs residents and tickets are available first-come, first-served at City Hall and City Hall in the Mall beginning January 3, 2017. Residents must be 13 years or older to attend.
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Do you want to become a member of the Coral Springs Senior Empowerment Group? You do not have to register, but you must be a Coral Springs resident and 55+. Meetings take place the third Wednesday of every month at 11 a.m. at the Coral Springs Senior Center at Sartory Hall. For more information, call Community Involvement Coordinator Lynne Martzall at 954-344-1833.
Health Fair returns Oct. 19 The City’s annual senior Health Fair Extravaganza will be held on Wednesday, October 19 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Coral Springs Gymnasium. This free event is open to all seniors, family members, residents or business owners who offer services to seniors. Booths for healthcare providers, senior housing, flu shots, health screenings, mobile DMV will be on hand as well as raffles, giveaways and refreshments.
2501 Coral Springs Drive
Parents invited to Broward Schools’ EdTalk Parents are invited to Broward County Public School’s EdTalk on Saturday, November 5. This public forum is designed to engage the community in discussing educational strategies and advancing the District’s Strategic Plan. This year’s EdTalk will take place at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center from 9 a.m.
to noon. Students can earn community service hours for attending the event. browardschools.com/edtalk 1950 Eisenhower Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale
Broward College holds Open House in November Broward College is hosting its next Open House on Saturday, November 12 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Coral Springs Academic Center, located at the northwest corner of Sample Rd. and University Dr. There will be information sessions and hands-on application workshops for both Financial Aid and Admissions. There will also be a market place with staff and faculty from several different programs/degrees to answer any questions from prospective students. The Career Center, Scholarships Department and Academic Support Center will be on hand to show guests all the resources available. Broward College will raffle off a 3 credit scholarship to anyone who completes a survey. Prospective students
Seniors can sharpen their driving skills at the next Smart Driver Course set for Wednesday, October 19. The class is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and reviews the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate a vehicle more safely. Attendees will learn how to manage and accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. This class is open to all adults. Course costs $15 for AARP members or $20 for non-members. Participants who successfully complete the course will be provided with a certificate for their auto insurance agency. Most agencies will allow for a discount on auto insurance premiums for up to three years. Participants must register in advance. Other upcoming dates are Saturday, November 19 and Wednesday, December 14. The class will be held at the Coral Springs Public Safety Building, located at 2801 Coral Springs Drive.
Senior Empowerment Group seeks members
will also have the opportunity to feel the Seahawk spirit throughout the event with fun activities from Student Life. To RSVP for the Open House, visit get2knowbc.com.
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Driver Safety classes available for seniors this fall
WHAT’S GOING UP? DON’T BE THE VICTIM OF A TELEPHONE SCAM! ARE YOU HERE TO BUY ONE OF THESE CARDS/SEND MONEY BECAUSE : • • • •
The IRS is coming to arrest you? Your FPL electric will be shut off? Your loved one is in trouble/jail? Received a check but must send some of the funds back via Moneygram?
ASK YOURSELF Have you ever paid one of these bills with a gift card, Western Union/MoneyGram? IF NOT, BE CAREFUL. YOU MIGHT BE PART OF A SCAM.
4 Rivers Smokehouse
New restaurants, retail stores opening After much anticipation, 4 Rivers Smokehouse opened in September. Known for its award-winning brisket and pulled pork, this family-owned fast-casual restaurant first launched in Orlando in 2009. The restaurant is located in The Walk at 2660 N. University Drive. In addition, City officials are happy to welcome Orchard Supply Hardware to Coral Springs. The home improvement retailer is expected to open by the beginning of December. This is one of three locations in Florida, and one of the first stores to open outside of California and Oregon. Orchard Supply Hardware is located at 2322 University Drive, just north of Royal Palm Blvd. “Our business community continues to thrive and retailers of all sizes are choosing Coral Springs,” Mayor Skip Campbell said. In other developments, Cleveland Clinic is preparing to develop a medical office complex near University Drive and the Sawgrass Expressway. Some establishments have also decided to open additional locations in Coral Springs, including Pollo Tropical and Dunkin’ Donuts. CoralSprings.org/goingup
Police detectives take proactive approach to prevent fraud In the span of a few days, two employees from different stores called the Coral Springs Police non-emergency number to speak to an officer because a customer was buying gift cards or wiring money – and they believed the patron may be the victim of a scam. It turns out both employees were correct. After hearing the reports of the potential victimization, one detective remarked, “It would be nice if there was a sign so that people who are being victimized would realize it before wiring money or purchasing gift cards.” That statement led to an initiative to prevent such scams. Detectives from the Economic Crimes Unit designed a poster in the shape and color of a stop sign to include a warning and information directly from the Coral Springs Police Department. The Economic Crimes Unit placed these signs at every location that offers wire transfer services and gift card kiosks with the goal to prevent further victimization from scammers. The signs state the following: Don’t be a victim of a telephone scam! Beware of any phone callers asking you to buy a gift card (Green Dot, Reloadit, etc.) or to wire money because of the following: • The IRS is coming to arrest you? • Your FPL electric will be shut off? • Your loved one is in trouble or in jail? • You received a check but must send some of the funds back via wire transfer? To avoid being the victim of a scam, call the Coral Springs Police non-emergency number at 954-344-1800 before wiring money or purchasing gift cards to make such a payment.
Orchard Supply Hardware
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MLK musical scheduled for January Join us for “I Have a Dream” a musical theatrical production by TheaterSouth Atlanta, Inc. Don’t miss this special performance reflecting on the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Friday, January 13. Tickets start at $10 for adults and $5 for children (12 & over). The evening celebration begins at 7 p.m. at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive. Tickets are available for purchase at Community Relations at City Hall or at City Hall in the Mall. On Monday, January 16 – the King Holiday – the City’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee hosts a Diversity & Leadership Day for high school and middle school students. The event, which will be held at the Northwest Regional Library, begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. This is a “Day On, Not a Day Off” and offers students an opportunity to learn what Dr. King stood for by participating in interactive activities and listening to a motivational speaker. Students interested in attending should sign up at their respective schools. A Scholarship Program has also been established for the past 18 years which awards funding to financially needy high school students wishing to attend a higher institution of learning. The Scholarship is need-based and is offered regardless of ethnicity. Visit our website to download the application and submit it by March 13, 2017. For more details please contact Joyce Campos at firstname.lastname@example.org. CoralSprings.org/mlk
High school students are invited to attend the new, revamped “UniTown” – a place to learn how each of us is different and discover how each of us is alike. This local “retreat” is for students interested in learning leadership skills and diversity topics. Students will share their culture, gain a better understanding of other groups, and prepare themselves for leadership roles in their schools and community. Students will meet at Coral Glades High School on Friday, November 18 from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 19 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for two days of fun, team building activities. Cost is $25 and includes a UniTown t-shirt, food and program materials. Students who are interested in participating should contact Lydia Cutz at 954-344-1063 or email@example.com by November 4. Coral Glades High School is located at 2700 Sportsplex Drive. CoralSprings.org/events
Beyond, Zachary Knudson
Public art lectures at Museum of Art The City’s public art installations enhance our parks and other public spaces. Join us for a Public Art Lecture Series to learn more from the artists themselves. The lectures are from 1:15-2:15 p.m. and are included with $6 Museum of Art admission. Guests may enjoy the Museum’s exhibits before or after the lecture. Upcoming lectures: • Rubin Ubiera: October 8 • Claudia Jane Klein: November 12 • Zachary Knudson “The Glass Artist”: December 10 • Adrienne Ross Gionta: January 14 • Cecilia Lueza: February 11
2855 Coral Springs Drive
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Teens can sign up for fun UniTown retreat
New Fall lineup at Center for the Arts From children’s programs, to holiday shows, concerts and Broadway shows, the Center for the Arts has something for everyone. Here’s a look at some upcoming highlights: November 10 Odd Squad Live – Children will put their skills to the test and work together to help solve an exciting mystery. November 12 Sing Along with The Muppet Movie – This sing along brings elements of the film to life via puppetry, kiting and shadow acting. A show for all ages. December 10 & 11 The Nutcracker – This popular holiday spectacle follows the story of a young girl who receives a prince-shaped nutcracker for Christmas. December 31 Salute to Vienna - Celebrate the start of the New Year with an all-star cast of European singers, dancers, and full orchestra. January 4 Swan Lake – Set to the music of Tchaikovsky and based on Russian folklore and German legend, a heroic young prince works to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell. January 7 Chris MacDonald’s Memories of Elvis – Join us for a funfilled night with great hits and memories as we celebrate the life and music of the King of Rock-n-Roll. January 8 Battle of the Broadway Comedians starring Steve Solomon – This will be a two-round bout of pure hilarity with some of the best stand-up comedy you’ve heard in years. January 14 Billy Gardell – Star of the hit CBS TV Series Mike and Molly, catch him live and enjoy a night filled with laughter. Tickets for all of these shows and more can be purchased at the Center for the Arts Box Office or online. For a full list of 2016-2017 shows, visit their website. CoralSpringsCenterfortheArts.com 2855 Coral Springs Drive 954-344-5990 12 • Under the Sun • Fall 2016
This January will mark the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Coral Springs Museum of Art. Over the past two decades, the Museum has showcased innovative and ethnically diverse exhibitions, and provided eclectic and creative art classes for adults and children. “Art is for everyone” is the profound philosophy of the Coral Springs Museum of Art. “We have an amazing team that is making a concerted effort to design powerful programming and captivating exhibitions that appeal to all generations,” Executive Director Julia Andrews said. “We want our guests to feel welcome and immerse themselves in the experience that is art.” Visit our website and follow the Museum on social media for all the latest happenings, including exhibits, events and programs.
Sacred Art Tour, returning Spring 2017
Fall Exhibitions Be sure to visit the Museum exhibitions thru November 20, 2016. The Museum will feature three talented artists with extremely different styles. The Museum’s Main Gallery will host Ira Reines and an Erté Retrospective. Reines draws inspiration from Michelangelo, Rodin and Bernini to create his profound sculptural pieces. His art explores the relationship between man and the cosmos, order and chaos. John Patrick Kelly will be in the Kuhn Gallery exhibiting a collection of his oil paintings. His surrealistic pieces combine fantasy, eroticism, humor and a deep understanding of life. Art by Jo Ann Nava will also be on display in the East Gallery. The years spent restoring and reproducing milk paint finishes for 18th century Swedish furniture heavily influenced materials used in her contemporary art. Her paintings and murals give the work an old palette. Classes available for all ages The Coral Springs Museum of Art offers an array of classes for all ages that are run on a monthly basis. All classes are taught by professional, accomplished artists who are experts in their medium of choice. Choose from classical subjects such as watercolor, painting and drawing, or new digital classes featuring 3D computer animation, computer game design and much more! Class schedules and registration forms are available on the Museum’s website. Looking to host an event? The Museum of Art is a spectacular venue for private events, including weddings, parties, corporate gatherings and more. If you’re interested in hosting your next event at the Museum, please contact us for details. 2855 Coral Springs Drive
Museum of Art to mark 20th year anniversary
Halo, Ira Reines
Humming Wizard, John Patrick Kelly
Museum Admission Museum Members are FREE, $6 Adults (18 & over), $5 Seniors, $3 Students (with ID), Children (age 5 & under) FREE First Wednesdays (September-May) are FREE to Future Members Museum Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Closed Mondays and Major Holidays
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Farmers’ Market returns to the ArtWalk The Coral Springs Farmers’ Market returns to the ArtWalk on Sunday, October 9. The market will feature vendors selling fresh and organic produce, herbs, baked goods, pastas, as well as a variety of gourmet foods, including olive oil, fresh mozzarella, guacamole, jams, honey and more. There will even be pet treats available for your furry companions. “We are looking forward to our second season at the beautiful Coral Springs ArtWalk. A lot of your favorite vendors will be returning with some new products for you to sample while you stroll,” Market Manager Colleen Sullivan said. The Farmers’ Market, sponsored by The Cagan Team from Coldwell Banker, will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second and fourth Sunday through April 2017 (except in November and December due to the holidays). The ArtWalk is located in Downtown Coral Springs at 9405 NW 31st Court. CoralSpringsFarmersMarket.com Dates for the Farmers’ Market: • October 9 – Opening Market, featuring live music • October 23 • November 13 – Savor the Notes Jazz Brunch • November 20 – Last market before Thanksgiving • December 11 – Last market before the holidays • January 8 • January 22 • February 12 • February 26 • March 12 • March 26 • April 9 • April 23 – Savor the Notes Jazz Brunch
ArtWalk events planned for upcoming season Last year’s events at the new ArtWalk in Downtown Coral Springs were a huge success, and planning has begun for this season’s upcoming gatherings. The Coral Springs Farmers’ Market will begin its season on Sunday, October 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – and continue with dates through April 2017 (see sidebar). The Coral Springs Community Redevelopment Agency will host the Savor the Notes Jazz Brunch in conjunction with the Farmers’ Market on November 13 and April 23. Celebrate the holidays at Downtown in December, which this year will take place on Saturday, December 10 from 5 to 10 p.m. Fun winter surprises, including a chance of snow, are predicted for the third year of this family favorite. The popular Unplugged event will be held Saturday, February 18 from 6 to 10 p.m. Relax with friends and enjoy local craft beer and wine paired with acoustic music, food trucks and life-size games – all under the stars. CoralSprings.org/events 9405 NW 31st Court
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Trick or treat at the City’s Haunted House Bring your superheroes, princesses and cartoon characters to our family-friendly Halloween Haunted House. The haunted house will be at the Coral Springs Gymnasium, 2501 Coral Springs Drive. Children will wander through a non-scary haunted house that weaves through the indoor classrooms and then have a chance to play in bounce houses and slides. Trick-or-treaters will get their share of candy as they leave. The haunted house is scheduled for Friday, October 28 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 29 from 2 to 7 p.m. The cost is $5 per child, $2 per adult. CoralSprings.org/events
2501 Coral Springs Drive
Tennis Center offers lessons by top instructors
Whether you have never picked up a tennis racket before or you are an experienced tournament player, the Tennis Center of Coral Springs offers something for everyone. Just this past summer, the Tennis Center added a new tennis professional, Heather Nobler, to the team of instructors. She was ranked #1 nationally in the over 30 division as a player in both singles and doubles, among other accolades. “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to add a Tennis Professional of Heather’s caliber to our staff,” Tennis Director Kevin McCarthy said. “She has tremendous experience as both a player and instructor, and has worked with both juniors and adults extensively.” Tennis is a year-round sport, so there are always opportunities to hit the tennis courts. The upcoming sessions begin October 3 and November 14, and run for four weeks. Group classes for children and adults are available on weekdays and Saturdays. Specific days and times for classes are listed in the Fall Fun Guide or on our website. For more information about tennis programs, memberships or private lessons, call or visit the Tennis Center.
Tennis professional Heather Nobler (left) has joined the staff of instructors at the Tennis Center of Coral Springs.
cstennis.org 954-344-1840 2575 Sportsplex Drive
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Kreul Basketball returns The Kreul Classic is celebrating its 27th year in Coral Springs. This national basketball tournament held each December has benefited the community by both bringing national attention to Coral Springs and awarding academic scholarships to local students. One of the most anticipated prep tournaments of the year, the prestigious event tips-off December 19 at Coral Springs City Gymnasium with premier teams from around the country, including from Coral Springs High, Coral Springs Christian and Coral Springs Charter. Games takes place over four days, with the championship finals on Thursday, December 22. The tournament schedule and pairings will be announced in mid-November. kreul.com
Holiday Parade will ‘Light Up the Night’
A Coral Springs tradition will “Light Up the Night” as the annual Holiday Parade travels along Sample Road on Wednesday, December 14. The parade will feature brightly-lit and decorated floats from Coral Springs Drive to City Hall. Each year, the parade draws thousands of spectators and more than 60 floats, bands and other entries. Awards will be given in both nonprofit and business divisions. Sponsorships are now available and are a great way to promote your business to thousands of local consumers. Before the holiday parade, individuals and families are invited to participate in the Coral Springs Holiday Mile running race along Sample Road at 6:15 p.m. The start location is at the northeast corner of Sample Road and Coral Springs Drive (in front of the CVS). The event is timed with awards, which is open to runners of all ages and abilities. Participants must pre-register online for $15, and are asked to park at the Center for the Arts. Race day registration is $20. To register visit www.itzevents.com or for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that Sample Road west of University Drive and east of NW 110th Avenue, and Coral Springs Drive north of NW 29th Street and south of NW 37th Street, will be closed on the night of the parade from 5 p.m. until approximately 10 p.m. To find out about becoming a parade volunteer, call Volunteer Services at 954-346-4430. In case of inclement weather, the parade will be held on Thursday, December 15. For more information on participating in the 2016 Holiday Parade, call or visit our website.
Play at next Mayors’ Chess Challenge Are you a fan of chess? Then, join us at the next Mayors’ Chess Challenge! Coral Springs Mayor Skip Campbell is hosting the annual Mayors’ Chess Challenge on Saturday, January 28 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Coral Glades High School. Mayors from throughout Broward County and other city officials are invited to play each other and anyone else up to the challenge. This is a free, open play event, so registration is not necessary. CoralSprings.org/events
2700 Sportsplex Drive
Save the date for Family Fun Day and Car Show Save the date for the City’s Family Fun Day and Car Show on Saturday, February 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held at the Sportsplex. Admission is free, so bring the entire family for a day of fun. There will be music, food trucks, vendors, bounce houses and entertainment. There will be a nominal fee for some of the activities. For those interested in showcasing their vehicles, preregister for $15 or $20 on the day of the event. Register one car, get second one half off. All vehicles, including trucks and motorcycles are welcome to register. Trophies will be awarded to winners in multiple categories. Businesses can also register to set up a 10’ x 10’ booth for $40.
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Water Safety Fun Day
Museum of Art “The Speakeasy” Masterpiece Event
Pokémon Go! Bash
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September 11th Remembrance Ceremony • Storytime & Arts • 5K Race
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at the ArtWalk • 9405 NW 31 Court
Coral Springs Farmers’ Market Begins October 9 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ArtWalk Downtown Coral Springs 9405 NW 31 Court See article page 14 for dates
Senior Health Fair Extravaganza Wednesday, October 19 • 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free • Coral Springs Gymnasium 2501 Coral Springs Dr. • 954-345-2203 See page 9
Family Concert Series: Simply Tina Saturday, November 19 • 7 p.m. • Free Betti Stradling Park • 954-345-2200 CityofCoralSprings
Holiday Parade 2016: “Light Up the Night” Wednesday, December 14 7 p.m. Along Sample Road See article page 16 MLK Celebration: “I Have a Dream” Friday, January 13 • 7 p.m. • Center for the Arts See page 11
MLK Golf Classic Saturday, November 5 • 7 a.m. • $85 • 954-344-1005 Colony West Country Club • CoralSprings.org/mlkgolf Veterans Day Ceremony Friday, November 11 • 10:45 a.m. • Veterans Park
Saturday, December 10 5 to 10 p.m. ArtWalk • Downtown Coral Springs 9405 NW 31 Court See article page 14
Family Fun Day and Car Show Saturday, February 4 • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. • Sportsplex See page 16 Unplugged Saturday, February 18 • 6 to 10 p.m. • ArtWalk See page 14 Also coming this Spring: Taste of Coral Springs • February 28 Our Town America Festival • March 10-12 Coral Springs Festival of the Arts • March 18-19
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