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1st Camp Wild – Camp Wild is a nature, science and environmental arts camp run by the Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital designed for children ages 6-12 years. Camp days run August 1st through August 9th from 9 am to 3 pm. Camp Wild campers enjoy hands-on activities with animals and plants, outdoor exploration, science experiments and environmental arts & crafts. The Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital is located at 3000 Sportsplex Dr., Coral Springs. For more information, call the Camp Director at (954) 752-WILD (9453) or email robin@ sawgrassnaturecenter.org. Xu De Qi Exhibit – China Art Now! will take place at the Coral Springs Museum of Art. Artist Xu De Qi will have an exhibition, which will be held through August 17th at the Coral Springs Museum of Art, located at 2855A Coral Springs Dr., Coral Springs, FL 33065. For more details, visit www. coralspringsmuseum.org.
Cirque Du Soleil – Corteo is a Cirque du Soleil touring production that premiered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The show will be held August 1st through August 4th at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. For more details, visit www.thebbtcenter.com.
Coral Springs Charter School, 3205 University Drive, Gymnasium Coral Springs, Florida 33065. The radKIDS® curriculum strengthens family, encourages physical fitness, teaches realistic physical skills and core safety values to live by through its program. For more details, visit www. coralsprings.org.
2nd An Evening with Don Felder, formerly of the Eagles– Enjoy a live concert featuring Don Felder, former lead guitarist of The Eagles, one of the most popular and influential rock groups of our time. Don Felder has won multiple Grammy® awards, is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and an amazing guitarist and captivating performer. Come see Don Felder perform his latest and greatest hits, including “Hotel California” in this exclusive concert event. The show will take place at 8 pm at The Pavilion at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 NW 40th St, Coconut Creek, FL 33073. For more details, visit www. seminolecoconutcreekcasino.com.
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5th NSU Free Summer Program– Nova Southeastern University has invited MSD students to participate in a completely-free, not-for-profit summer program. The program will be held at NSU and will run from August 5th to August 9th. The program pairs students with a local ice creamery to create their own unique flavor of ice cream and develop a branding and advertising campaign. Students can email Stephen Andon at email@example.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit nova.edu/ icecream for more details.
7th Kids’ Coloring– Spend a little time coloring and listening to Disney tunes at the library. The Kids’ Coloring class will be held from 11 am to Noon at the Parkland Library, 6620 University Drive Parkland. To register, visit www. cityofparkland.org/library or call (954) 757-4207.
Game Night– Enjoy game night with friends! The event will take place from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Parkland Recreation and Enrichment Center (P-REC), located at 10559 Trails End Parkland, FL 33076. For more details, call 954-757-4105.
Eagles’ Haven– Eagles’ Haven is a community wellness center created for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Eagles community. It provides supportive services or wellness needs, and is open seven days a week, free of charge. The event will take place from 9 am to 7 pm at Eagles’ Haven, 5655 Coral Ridge Drive Coral Springs, FL 33067. For more details, visit www. cityofparkland.org.
Are You Smarter than a Student – ‘Are You Smarter than a Student’ is a game show styled event where adults compete against students in a series of elementary and middle school questions. Children ages 8 to 13, and adults ages 18 and up; Children must be accompanied by parents or a guardian. Players must check in at 6:15 pm, game begins at 6:30 pm at the Coconut Creek Community Center, 1100 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek. For more information, call 954-545-6670 or visit www. Coral Springs Basketball Registration CoconutCreek.net. – Sign up for the Coral Springs Kids Self Defense – Kids Self Defense Basketball team! Registration will take class will be held at 11:30 am at place from 2 pm to 4 pm at Mullins
KISS: End of the Road World Tour– Sing along to your favorite hit songs of KISS at their End of the Road World Tour. The concert is the ongoing final concert tour by the American rock band Kiss. It will be held on August 6th at 7:30 pm at BB&T Center Sunrise. For more details, visit www.thebbtcenter.com.
Coral Springs Camera Club – The Coral Springs Camera Club offers programs, competitions, mentoring, monthly field trips, workshops for all levels of photographers from beginners, advance and experts to help others gain their photography skills. Meetings are open to the public and are held from 7:30 pm to 9 pm on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in Sartory Hall, Mullins Park, 10150 NW 29 Street (Ben Geiger Drive), (Sartory Hall in Mullins Park) Coral Springs, Florida 33065. Visit their website at CSCC.us.
MAJAH Hype Comedy Tour– Believe the hype -- there’s a new comedy superstar in town. Majah Hype, the selfproclaimed king of Caribbean comedy, brings his eccentric characters on stage for a no-holds-barred, laugh-until-yourbelly-bursts live experience. The show will be held at 7 pm at Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Dr., Coral Springs, FL 33065. For more details, visit www.thecentercs.com.
Fishing Derby– Cast your line for a great time at the Parkland Fishing Derby held at the Pine Trails Park fishing pier. Open to all kids ages 3-12, anglers can win awards for the biggest fish, smallest fish, and most fish caught each event. The event will take place from 8 am to 10 am at Pine Trails Park, 10555 Trails End Parkland, FL 33076. For more information, call 954-757-4105. CONT. ON PAGE 16
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Best Book Brunch– This fun gettogether will be the culmination of the “Universe of Stories” Adult Summer Reading Club. Share your favorite book, and bring your completed reading log in order to be entered in the Grand Prize drawing. Brunch will be served. The Best Book Brunch will take place from 10:30 am to Noon at the Parkland Library, 6620 University Drive Parkland, FL 33067. Register online at www.cityofparkland.org/library or call (954) 757-4207.
Coloring Book Art– Decompress and let your mind wander while enjoying this latest creative trend: coloring books for adults. We’ll add some soothing background music and light snacks to create a little “me time” in your day. The Coloring Book Art class will be held from 10:30 am to Noon at the Parkland Library, located at 6620 University Drive Parkland, FL 33067. We will provide the supplies or you may bring your own. To register, visit www.cityofparkland.org/library or call 954-757-4207.
11th Kool & The Gang – Experience a true “Celebration” with legendary American musical icons Kool & The Gang as they bring their signature sound to The Pavilion’s stage. Don’t miss this amazing live performance featuring their fierce horn arrangements and timeless hits, including “Get Down On It”, “Cherish”, and “Fresh.” The concert will be held at 8 pm at the Pavilion at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, That Is India! Abhinava Dance Company– 5550 NW 40th St, Coconut Creek, FL 33073. For more details, visit www. Abhinava Dance Company will seminolecoconutcreekcasino.com. perform at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts for its Florida Premiere. That Is India! Abhinava Dance Company will perform from 6 pm to 8 pm at Coral Springs Center of the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive Coral Springs, Florida 33065. The nature culture and dances of India will be presented in an unforgettable rhythm offering a lasting experience of beauty. For tickets, visit www.thecentercs.com.
13th Queen + Adam Lambert– Queen + Adam Lambert is a collaboration between the active members of the British band Queen and American vocalist Adam Lambert. The Rhapsody Tour will be held on August 17th at 8 pm at the BB&T Center, Sunrise. For more details, visit www.thebbtcenter.com. 16 AUGUST 2019 | OUR CITY | OURCITYMEDIA.COM
An Evening with the Floyd Experience – Celebrate the legendary music of the progressive rock band Pink Floyd with The Floyd Experience. This engaging show will provide fans an opportunity to relive the creative genius of Pink Floyd that produced an incredible spectrum of music over a period of nearly 50 years. The concert will take place on Saturday, August 17th at 8 pm at The Pavilion, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 NW 40th St, Coconut Creek, FL 33073.For more details, visit www. seminolecoconutcreekcasino.com.
23rd Blood Drive at The Walk– Join us for a Blood Drive at The Walk on Friday, August 23 at 4-9pm. Please come out and help donate. All donors will receive coupons from businesses at The Walk and a wellness checkup including iron count, blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and cholesterol screening. Help us better serve you! Make an appointment online at www.oneblooddonor. org and use sponsor code #441. ID REQUIRED. Donors must be at least 16 years old. Those who are 16 years old need parental permission. See website for more details. *One offer per donor, per donation. No cash value. Not-transferable. If you have recently donated, thank you. Please visit us when you are eligible to donate again. oneblood.org | 1-888-9-DONATE
24th Coral Springs Youth Soccer 2019– Sign up for Coral Springs Youth Soccer 2019! Coral Springs Youth Soccer Registration will be held from 9 am to 1 pm at Cypress Hall at Cypress Hammock Park, 1300 Coral Springs Drive Coral Springs. Visit their website at www.csys.org.
Arts, Books and Culture Discussion Group– Similar to a current events group, but focused on entertainment and culture, this lively discussion will cover topics like: What’s on the bestseller list? What’s big at the box office? What’s trending in pop culture? Share your thoughts, listen to others, and get your culture fix as we chat. The group meets from 10:30 am to 11:30 am at the Parkland Library, 6620 University Drive Parkland. To register, visit www.cityofparkland.org/library or call (954) 757-4207.
27th Mixed Up Craft Day– Find out what the Parkland Library’s craft closet has in store for you. Mixed Up Craft Day will be held from 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm at the Parkland Library, 6620 University Drive, Parkland. Each participant will get to choose a craft and make it. Parkland Library card required to register. To register, visit www.cityofparkland.org/library or call 954-757-4207.
Bites-N-Sips –Join us for our popular food truck event, Bite-N-Sips on Saturday, August 31st from 6 pm to 10 pm in Downtown Coral Springs at City Hall, 9500 West Sample Road. This fun, food-based event will feature some of the best cuisine in South Florida. This family-friendly event will take place at City Hall on the Great Lawn, located at 9500 West Sample Road, Coral Springs. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Want to stay informed about this event? Text the keyword CSFOODIE to 888-777. For more details, visit www.coralsprings.org.
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family event, I’d encourage you to go to it. It won’t take long for you to figure out… dads and daughters, moms and sons, grandparents, brothers and sisters, everyone leaving their troubles at home and enjoying time together at the park. And though summer events in Florida can be hot, this event starts early enough that it beats the heat,” he said. “The real value of this summer event, other than beating the heat with the early start, is the opportunity it provides residents to, at least one Saturday each month, to have a family activity formally organized. We love having events in which families interact not only among themselves, but one family with another. That’s how friendships begin, that’s how neighbors interact- it’s the very definition of community,” continued DeAngelis. The young fishermen learn many valuable lessons from this event. “Lessons that the kids learn from the Fishing Derby include patience. Let’s face it, there’s little that requires more patience than standing on a pier waiting
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ow entering its 27th season serving South Florida, Dance Theatre remains the top choice for dancers of all ages to train. With four Broward locations, including two in Parkland and Coral Springs, Dance Theatre has become an integral part of our community one fabulous dancer at a time. Accolades? Of course. Dance Theatre has been awarded the prestigious “Reader’s Choice” and “Best in the West” awards multiple times. Trophies? Thousands. Dance Theatre’s elite team of competitive dancers, DTX, consistently receives top awards at virtually every competition they enter. Testimonials? You bet. Just ask any mother in the carpool line and they’ll tell you that Dance Theatre has been like a home away from home for their children. So, what is it that makes this place so special? “Our formula is simple” says owner and Director Michelle Gerlick, “We build beautiful, safe, clean facilities, hire Dance Theatre the best teachers in Offers the business, and Classes for Children treat each child that Ages 3 walks through our and Up doors as if they were our very own.” “Awards are nice, and our trophies are beautiful,” Michelle continues, “but that’s not what we strive for. We shoulder an enormous responsibility with our promise to educate. It is incumbent upon us to do it effectively. We train exceptional dancers, but we also help to raise exceptional young women (and a few men). Our staff is teeming with strong, positive, intelligent role models who help to guide our students as they mature. We work hard, we have passion, and we care deeply about the impact we have on their lives. When a parent tells me that their child has flourished since enrolling, I melt. When past graduates return to say we helped them find success in life, as with dance, nothing can compare. That is why we do this.” Michelle certainly has the pedigree to run one of the nation’s most successful dance programs. Her mother Joan was a Rockette, June Taylor Dancer, and half of a performance
“Our formula is simple... We build beautiful, safe, clean facilities, hire the best teachers in the business, and treat each child that walks through our doors as if they were our very own.”
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duo, along with her father Bob, which thrilled audiences the world over working with the likes of Sammy Davis, Jr. and Tony Bennett. Michelle spent nearly every day of her youth inside her parents’ dance school, the Academy of Ballet Arts, perfecting her craft, and then earned both a degree in Dance from Ohio State University, and a degree in Elementary Education from Nova Southeastern. Her professional credits include performing as a Miami Heat Dancer for the NBA, a “Fly Girl” on Fox Television’s In Living Color, and an NFL Super Bowl Choreographer. Michelle has since led her students at Dance Theatre to The Summer Olympics, The Super Bowl, and The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, among countless other extraordinary venues. Still not convinced that Dance Theatre is THE place for your young dancer to train? Consider this...they offer a truly comprehensive program where dancers ages 3 through adult, beginner through advanced, can take classes in every possible discipline. These include the basics, like ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, acrobatics, and pointe, as well as specialty classes like strength and flexibility, leaps and turns, and the newest arrival, aerial silks and lyra. In addition, Dance Theatre offers two options for dancers who wish to
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expand their dance education beyond the walls of the studio. Some join their performance company, DTC, which specializes in providing entertainment at amazing venues like Universal Studios, Royal Caribbean Cruises, and Florida Marlin, Miami Heat, and Miami Dolphins games. Look for them on TV as they take the field at this season’s Jets game. Go Fins! Other students, those who aspire to become dance professionals someday, join their elite competitive group, DTX. These girls travel to local, regional and national conventions and hone their skills against the best from other schools. DTX recently returned from the Believe National Dance Competition Finals, where they won multiple national titles. They also walked off with both The Premier Cup and The Victory Cup, special awards reserved for the overall highest scoring dances of the entire competition. Way to go girls! For those interested in joining the Dance Theatre family, there are several ways.First, you may call the Parkland location (Publix Center on 441 & Holmberg Rd.) at 954427-7217, or the Heron Bay studio (Publix Center on Coral Ridge Dr. just North of the Sawgrass) at 954-340-1544, and speak to someone today. Second, you can visit their website, www.dancetheatre.net, view the Fall Schedule for each location, and register online at any time by filling out the simple registration form.
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Finally, if you prefer to register in person, the studios will be open for registration on Friday August 16th from 4:00pm – 7:00pm, and Saturday August 17th from 9:00am - Noon. Better hurry though, classes fill quickly! Banners and Trophies Won by Dtx at the 2019 Believe National Finals
Navigating Through College Choices Just Got Easier BY LOURDES RODRIGUEZ
Is college on the radar in your household? When it comes to finding the right college fit, campus visits can help narrow down the selection. In-person tours are a helpful step in the college application process, particularly for students interested in competitive four-year schools. According to U.S. News & World Report: “Before choosing the best college to attend, it is important for students to test the waters. Making a college visit and touring the campus can be pivotal in a student’s decision.” In the Sunshine State, the University of Florida’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) in Gainesville, FL is set to host the newly developed NaviGATORing CALS program on two separate dates: September 6 and September 13. The program provides a full day of experiences on campus tailored to a student’s areas of interest. CALS is part of UF/IFAS, the agricultural, natural resources andlife sciences division of the university. NaviGATORing CALS provides high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to shadow a CALS Ambassador, learn more about the college and the UF admissions process (both for freshmen and transfer students), sit in on classes related to their
major of interest, learn about numerous campus organizations and activities, and explore the unique majors, minors and professional development opportunities in CALS. “The NaviGATORing CALS program was designed to show prospective students what it’s like to live a day in the life of a CALS student,” said CALS Dean Elaine Turner. “With personalized schedules based on each participant’s subject area of interest, our tour attendees experience all UF and CALS have to offer. This includes how our more than 20 majors can assist in preparing them for a long-term career in health care, natural resources, sustainability, food systems, human wellbeing and agriculture industries.” It is important for students to know what they want to get out of a college experience before stepping on campus. Turner encourages students to consider these three tips to help with the college selection process: 1. Think about how a college or university’s strengths align with personal career goals
and skill sets. 2. Pick a college based on academic programs, extracurricular and hands-on learning experiences, location and faculty teaching excellence. 3. If students can imagine themselves at a particular institution they are on the right track to selecting the school that will be a great fit for them. To learn more information about NaviGATORing CALS and to register for a tour, visit: https://cals.ufl. edu/prospective/navigatoringcals/. n The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) administers the degree programs of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). CALS’ missionis to deliver educational programs that prepare students to address the world’s critical challenges related to agriculture, food systems, human
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Tips to Get Ready for Back To School! BY NICOL JENKINS
summer winds down, it’s time to focus on getting back to the books and classes for local students. Set your alarm clocks! The first day of school for Broward County students is Wednesday, August 14th. To help ease the back to school jitters and the transition from summer to another school year, parents can use these helpful tips. Reading counts! Make sure your children are reading during the summer so they are prepared for back to school. Many schools have a summer reading list for students. You can also ask your child’s teacher for any book recommendations.
Make sure your kids get to bed early a few weeks before school starts! This will help them get adjusted to the new schedule. Establishing schedules for homework, dinnertime, and sports times also helps. If your child is going to a new school, visit the campus before the first day back. Walk around the hallways, classrooms, cafeteria, and school office so your child will know how to navigate their way around their new school. If your children are taking the bus to school or carpooling, be sure to map out the schedule ahead of time. Students should also be aware of traffic safety if walking or taking a bus to school. Find out the bus routes, know the bike and walking paths or chart out your carpooling plans ahead of time. Shop early for school supplies! Deals on school supplies can go fast! Make sure to shop ahead of time and to check your child’s school supplies list! Many stores also have specials on back to school clothes. Be on the lookout for coupons. It’s also important to prepare for back to school meals! If you are packing your child’s lunch, be sure to include healthy meal items and mix it up during the week so they don’t get bored eating the same food. It’s vital to
choose healthy meal options for your children. Your child’s school should have a list of meal options. Preparing for school doesn’t end after the bell rings! Make sure you have a calendar filled with after school activities and sporting events. It’s important to know the dates and times for after school sports games, club meetings and activities so you can arrange pick-up or carpooling. Visit your child’s school website for a list of important school dates and contact information. They will also list half days, school events and days off, along with important information for students, parents and teachers. These helpful back to school tips will help to ease your child’s back to school jitters and guide them to a bright school year ahead!
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Back to School Guide PRESCHOOLS/SCHOOLS Cambridge Schools of Coral Springs www.cambridgepreschools.com 954-721-3471
Cambridge Schools of Coral Springs offers 18 months of age through Pre Kindergarten the opportunity to learn developmental skills in a modern, safe and secure facility. Their credentialed staff engages children through a series of specialized learning center areas, which makes each day an exciting learning adventure! They are accepting new stduents at all age levels.
Coral Springs Preschool
Centrally located at the intersection of Coral Springs Drive and Wiles Road, The Coral Springs Preschool is a free standing building nestled under large oak trees with 18 classrooms and a special preschool friendly swimming pool. The school is a court-yard style building which allows for a very secure environment. Their goal is to create a warm, open environment where students feel safe enough to ask questions, explore and seek answers. They challenge every student to surpass his or her own personal best and help them over the hills and through the valleys of these growing years.
Excelsior Artz Prepatory School www.excelsiorprep.org 954-721-3471
Excelsior Artz Preparatory School is a Christian school of Academic Excellence that serves students from preschool to 8th grade. It is accredited by the National Association of Christian Education (NACE), is an approved member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), and is a member of the Florida League of Christian Schools (FLOCS). The school employs qualified, Christian educators who effectively impart information from their curriculum. The school environment balances competition and nurture, and a program that requires the active support of parents.
Every day children’s imaginations grow and their curiosity gathers momentum—Kiddie Academy of Coral Springs empowers and celebrates all of
it. Their Life Essentials® learning approach and curriculum encourages children to explore and progress in their own way, and at their own pace. At Kiddie Academy of Coral Springs, your child will grow socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually.
Mary Help of Christians Catholic School www.mhocschool.org 954-323-8006
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Mary Help of Christians Catholic School (MHOC) is a vibrant learning community serving students in Pre-K through Grade 8. It is fully accredited by the Florida Catholic Conference, and provides students with a strong educational program rooted in the Catholic faith. The school blends academic rigor with small class sizes, and emphasizes excellence in teaching and learning. Their qualified and dedicated teachers strive to inspire, engage, and motivate students to maximize their individual and highest potential.
Parkland Children’s Academy
Parkland Children’s Academy offers parents a curriculum-based preschool in a familyoriented environment. Their safe and toxin-free playground offers kids a wonderful play environment. They are a VPK certified provider with a partnership with the YMCA to give kids everything they need.
Pineview Preschools parklandchildrensacademy.com 954-688-9398
Grow. Play. Learn. That is what Pineview Preschools are all about. Pineview strives to maintain a high quality program with low teacher-to-student ratios, allowing teachers to focus on the individual learning styles and needs of each child in our program. They operate their schools according to accreditation standards, not just the minimum standards required by the state. Pineview’s goal is to enrich and enhance each child’s preschool experience, by providing stimulating opportunities for children to explore, discover, play and learn.
When dinosaurs roamed her mind Children take in information in great, big, giant strides. That learning doesn’t stop in the classroom. It’s reinforced and amplified with every observation and interaction. At Kiddie Academy®, we recognize it’s never too early to nurture every learning opportunity.
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In the twenty years that Dance Theatre has operated under the direction of Michelle McGrath-Gerlick, her students have been invited to perform at some of the most prestigious venues, including the Summer Olympics, the Super Bowl, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and more.
AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES 5678 Dance, Inc. www.5678danceinc.com 954-579-8820
Dance. Eat. Sleep. Repeat. Their motto says it all. 5678 Dance, Inc. is a fun and fulfilling dance program, offering kids as young as 18 months an unforgettable lifetime experience. They provide a variety of dance programs and activities with qualified staff committed to the enjoyment and safety of all their dancers. Kids enjoy the magic of dance in a caring and inspiring environment.
Art Paper Scissors
Art Paper Scissors offers programs for all ages, including art classes, open studios, birthday parties, social events, workshops, camps, kids’ night out, and adults’ night out. We also offer after school classes, enrichment programs, field trips, workshops and camps on site for schools, preschools, neighborhoods, and more. Let your creative juices flow at Parkland’s premier art studio! Your artistic spirit will be encouraged by professional artists.
With five locations, nearly 3000 students, cases full of trophies and a handful of Our City Readers’ Choice Awards, it is no wonder Dance Theatre is a favorite of local families.
My Gym was born out of passion to teach children in a fun, physically engaging environment. They delight in seeing children’s eyes light up for all those incredible milestones, from the tentative first steps to tumbling down soft mats. Sharing parents’ excitement at their children’s accomplishments is the high point of their day. With more than 600 locations worldwide, the dream of active, giggling children growing into happy confident adults is being realized every day. Classes available for babies through 10 year-olds.
Parkland Rangers Tackle Football www.parklandrangers.com 786-236-0948
Lets get ready for some football! The Parkland Rangers Youth Tackle Football and Cheer Program is dedicated to providing a positive and enriching environment for both the children and the parents. One of the things that makes us different from most Youth Football clubs is our “Must Play” rule. In the end, we want the boys and girls of Parkland to develop the skills necessary to not only succeed in team athletics, but also in life.
Parkland Taekwondo Center www.parklandrangers.com 786-236-0948
With over 35 years of experience training, coaching and still competing at International Level, coach Marco Nogueira understands and helps athletes overcome their difficulties both physically and psychologically. Students help each other and work as a team or family. The overall growth of students is the Dojan’s priority, searching for solutions rather than quitting. Perseverance and respect are the building blocks of the Dojan. Parents rave about the discipline and confidence learned by kids in the program.
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Every day, students grow from beginner musicians to confident and inspiring rock stars in their community. School of Rock has programs for musicians of all ages, from the Little Wing music program for preschoolers all the way to Center Stage performers.
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The Wow Factory has over 50+ games and attractions for all ages. From Bowling to Laser Tag to elevated ropes courses to the Wow Mountain climbing wall, they have fun and exciting activities for kids as young as 2 all the way up to the oldest adults who want to feel like a kid again. They have birthday party packages, bowling plans and attractions for every member of the family.
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Who is Dr. David Bass? As of 2006, A-T systems were being sold across the United States and Canada. As of today, we have A-T Systems in South Korea, ack in 2005, Dr. Bass was awarded an FDAGermany, Spain, France, Turkey, Clearance for his specialized medical device Greece, Azerbaijan, Kuwait, and called the Antalgic-Trak (Pronounced An-TalJic-Track), or A-T. In 2008 his A-T Patent was approved, the United Arab Emirates. In the next few months we will be sendand in 2009, Dr. Bass opened The Neck And Back ing our first systems to Russia. “I Pain Institute… where he specializes in Spinal find it very curious, explains Dr. Decompression Therapy among many other nonBass, that outside of this counsurgical therapies. try, the A-T Systems are being “I had been practicing on Long Island for 25 years purchased by Hospitals. But in the before moving to Florida”, explains Dr. Bass. “And US, they are mainly purchased by although I had one of the largest solo practitioner private clinics.” clinics in the north east, there was always a group “We have about 100 A-T systems in Asia that are of patients whose response was limited when the in both government and private hospitals. And with diagnosis included any form of “Spinal Compression our continued growing success, I am invited yearly Syndrome”. Spinal Compression Syndrome, or SCS to lecture on a variety of spine related conditions and can be caused by lifting improperly, heavy sport activity and or auto/work related traumas.” The most diseases at the KIMES Show. KIMES stands for the prominent symptom of spinal compression syndrome Korean International Medical Convention Expo. The is pain. I was determined to create a device that could largest medical convention gathering in all of in Asia. My specialty of lecture is non-surgical spinal therapy.” treat SCS effectively. Thus, I created the A-T. “In fact, this past March of 2019, I spent several As a point of interest, conditions related to SCS include disc bulge/herniation, stenosis, scoliosis, facet days in Seoul South Korea lecturing on spinal stenosis and the treatment options, including the A-T. My osteoarthritis, pinched nerves, neck pain, headache, lectures seem to be well received, and it is always back pain, and more. DR. DAVID BASS, INVENTOR OF THE ANTALGICTRAK SPINAL DECOMPRESSION SYSTEM AND OWNER OF THE NECK AND BACK PAIN INSTITUTE.
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Parkland Update MAYOR CHRISTINE HUNSCHOFSKY ith August upon us, it is hard to believe how quickly the summer is flying by, Especially with Broward County Public Schools starting on August 14. Going back to school is often a stressful time – getting supplies, working out schedules and getting back into our normal school routine. While it can be easy to get caught up in the back to school rush, we have to be mindful that our children pick up on our stress and anxiety so it is important that we manage our reactions as best we can. In the past weeks you may have noticed the change made to our city’s weekly “Parkland On Tap” email. We have added more content regarding capital projects going on in the city as well as general information. If you have not yet signed up for our city email, please visit www.cityofparkland.org/notifyme. Also, if you have not already done so, please download our My Parkland App on your phone. Through the app you can report issues and they will be routed directly to the city department that handles the issue. Additionally you can search the city calendar, review capital project updates and follow city commission agendas on the My Parkland app. Over the upcoming months, we will continue to improve our communication outreach with residents.
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