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Kira and Jason Turchin formed Betty Cares, a nonprofit dedicated to helping caregivers. They are pictured here with their children, Shaina and Joshua. PHOTO/SAM B. PHOTOGRAPHY

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ira Turchin thought her infant daughter just needed some minor medical tests. But two ambulance rides and two emergency rooms later, Turchin found herself with Shaina, then 6 months old, in a hospital pediatric intensive care unit, helping Shaina battle a neurological condition. Like many caregivers, Turchin’s focus was on helping her loved one. As she stayed by Shaina’s side for three days, Turchin felt isolated; her cell phone died, she didn’t have cash, and her husband was watching their son, Joshua. She

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thought about her own mother, Betty Brenman, of Coral Springs, who spent much of her life taking care of family members. Brenman had died at the age of 64 a few months earlier; she had focused so heavily on others that she neglected her own health, Turchin said. When Shaina recovered, Turchin wanted to help others who suddenly are thrust into the whirlwind role of caregiver. “I know other people may have been in the same situation, just as frightened as I was — maybe their cell phones didn’t stay charged or they just needed support when taking care of their loved

one,” Turchin said. “I said I would love to start a caregiving program and name it after someone who was the ultimate caregiver — my mom.” So Kira and her husband, Jason, formed Betty Cares Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps caregivers remember to care for themselves. That’s an important remind-

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south florida » news yourself first. Just like when you’re on an airplane, we’ve all heard the flights attendant say that if the oxygen mask drops down, place it on yourself first and then assist your child. You have to take care of yourself first.” To help caregivers while they are in the hospital, Betty Cares recently put together and distributed 500 care bags to Miami Children’s Hospital where Shaina, who is now 4, was a patient. The bags contained toothbrushes, toothpaste, socks, shampoo, conditioner and snacks for caregivers to make their stay at the hospital a little easier. “When families take their children to the hospital, it is typically a hectic time and sometimes unexpected,” said Michael A. Mowatt, senior director of Diamond Society and Major Gifts for Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation. “They tend to not have certain necessary items like toiletries. The care bags from Betty Cares take this into consideration and give the parents one less thing to worry about so they

can focus on caring for their children.” Betty Cares also raised funds and donated 10 laptops to Miami Children’s Hospital that caregivers can check out to stay in touch with family, friends or co-workers. Betty Cares operates under a fund through the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation, Mowatt said. In addition to the services Betty Cares has provided, the hospital also provides caregivers with care, Mowatt noted. “We have a wonderful area called the Michael Fux Family Center, named for a generous benefactor, that offers families a kitchen, laundry services, massages, haircuts, showers, a fitness center, computers, books, video games, arts and crafts, a movie theater and more — all free of charge,” he said. “We also have a committee of families that advises our hospital on how we can better meet the needs of the families we serve.” The Turchins said they hope to gradually expand Betty Cares at Miami Children’s Hospital and eventually to others.

Locally, some future projects include installing cell phone charging docking stations on various hospital floors and establishing a scholarship fund for students who have been placed in a caregiver role, Kira Turchin said. This year’s Betty Cares annual fundraiser raised about $30,000, and its fourth annual Cars, Cocktails and Cuisine is planned for March 2014. The organization is committed to helping caregivers focus on caring for themselves, Kira Turchin said. “When a loved one is sick, all you want to do is make sure your loved one is OK,” she said. “At that point, you don’t think of yourself. Betty Cares tries to remind people to think of themselves, too.”

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Boys & Girls Club opens new facility in Wellington By Nadia Sorocka

Moving to a new home can be an exciting experience, especially when it comes with about 15,000 more square feet, an indoor gymnasium, new computer and science labs, music and dance rooms, and a recording studio. That is exactly what happened when the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club opened recently in Wellington. The new facility at 1080 Wellington Trace replaces the much smaller one on South Shore Boulevard. “We were in one giant 7,500-square-foot room, which made it very hard to separate the groups; it also limited the number of children we could serve,” said LaTricia Jenkins, club director. “With the new facility, we

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are able to better provide our programs, separate our children into groups with their own space and provide a unique space for our teen lounge. There is just so much space to grow.” Open to children ages 6 to 16, the club is a place where children can study, participate in the arts or just play and socialize with friends. “As long as they can get a ride to the center, we are open to children as far as Royal Palm Beach and Loxahatchee,” Jenkins said. The new $3.6 million clubhouse came about from a public/ private collaboration between Neil Hirsch, who gave $1.5 million, Wellington, which gave $700,000, and Palm Beach County, which gave $600,000, said Kae Jonsons, vice president of donor relations.

Jenkins said that since moving into the new facility, the club has had between 119 and 130 students each day, compared to about 80 students at the old one. She said club membership has also increased. “Our new location is easier to find and more central within the community,” she said. “In most cases, our members can ride their bikes or walk to the clubhouse from school or home now.” The increased space includes an indoor gymnasium, which Jenkins said will come in handy this summer during afternoon rains. It also has a library, computer lab with new computers and laptops, a full kitchen and dining area for snacks and lunch, a music room with instruments, an art and crafts room with a kiln and a dance studio. “The kids are really excited

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Mini apple pie: Even though this one isn’t cold, it tastes delicious; cut an apple into slices and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. then microwave them.

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CHILDREN AND TEENS BETWEEN 7 AND 17 SHOULD BE VACCINATED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING: —Except for Hib, they should have catch-up vaccines of the list above Booster shot of DTap Vaccine at ages 11 or 12 —Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine —Human Papillomavirus (HPV) before sexual activity —Annual Flu Shot

have side effects from a vaccine, they are usually mild and may consist of a low fever, redness or soreness in the injected area. In extremely rare cases, a high fever can occur. As with any health situation, parents should thoroughly discuss their children’s immunizations and concerns with their child’s pediatrician. Vaccinations are a must-do item on a child’s back-to-school list.

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HSP: When to go to the emergency room inflamed or irritated, they can leak. The first noticeable sign of HSP blood vessel inflammation was told he has HSP. Is that bad? is usually of the skin. The leakIt seems to be a serious illness. ing red blood cells cause a skin Should he go to the ER, or since rash called purpura. The rash he has already seen his pediatrilikely led your girlfriend to take cian, is that enough? DR. DIANA BLYTHE him to the doctor. Often this rash is preceded by joint pain, Good news! If he was sent but not always. home after getting a diagnosis of HSP, or However, there can also be inflammation Henoch-Schönlein purpura, his pediatrician with HSP, as well as leaking of the blood vesmust not believe he has a bad case. HSP sels in the intestines and the kidneys. If there can be caused by an unusual reaction to were intestinal or kidney involvement, that infection, medication, insect bite, food or would be of more concern. A simple urine vaccination. It is more common in children, test can check the kidneys. If you suspect especially boys. blood in the stool, that can also be checked. HSP causes an inflammation of the blood In fact, kidney involvement is rather common vessels, or vasculitis. When blood vessels are

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Is Your Child at Risk? According to i-SAFE America, 58 percent of children admitted to having experienced some form of cyberbullying. Dr. Sara Rivero-Conil, a psychologist at Miami’s Children’s Hospital’s Psychiatry Department, explains, “Cyberbullying is not like the traditional bullying, where it would occur during school and children could then feel safe at home. This new bully can say mean things to other children any time of day, every day, and children may feel like there is no escape.” Unfortunately, this constant torment can often take a much bigger toll on a child, potentially leading to anxiety, depression or even thoughts of suicide. This was the case for a 15-year-old from Cape Coral who was bullied by classmates online for two years before committing suicide in 2005.

What Can You Do as a Parent? For parents, it is important to keep the lines of communication with your child open. Dr. Rivero-Conil suggests, “Encourage your children not to open messages from bullies, and they definitely should

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Just north of Naples, Fort Myers is a gateway to the Sanibel Island and Cape Coral communities. In its downtown River District, the Edison & Ford Winter Estates serve up both science and history with a botanic research lab and the Edison Ford Inventions Museum. The nearby Imaginarium Science Center delivers a hands-on education with a touch tank, an animal lab, a fish-feeding lagoon and the Hurricane Experience. Baseball fans who missed the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins during spring training can still get in on the action with the Fort Myers Miracle, which play at Hammond Stadium in summer and fall. Foodie families can get their fix, too. Sun Harvest Citrus has

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Nowadays, everyone from post-toddlers to senior citizens have a need to be connected on any of a multitude of techie platforms. We demand to stay safely connected while on the road, so automakers are taking notice and adding more tech features with each model update. For example, in 2014, the highly popular Honda Odyssey minivan is adding a technology package to every vehicle that would make Ma Bell proud. Standard Bluetooth connectivity is now offered, along with a special hands-free SMS text messaging function and an interface that features Pandora Internet radio. On the safety side, the Odyssey is adding blind-spot display and forward collision and lane departure warnings. That’s just a sample of some of the tech-savvy features that are popping up on many new and revised family cars in the next few months. Here’s a sneak peak at what’s new for family cars for 2014. Prices listed are the base manufacturer’s suggested retail price, or MSRP, and fuel economy is listed in miles per gallon, or MPG, and based on the most efficient engine for that model. NA means data is not yet available.

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Honda Odyssey – This minivan arrives refreshed with a host of the necessary engine, styling, interior, feature and safety upgrades, all designed to meet the needs of today’s family. In addition to the tech gadgets listed above, Honda also has a vacuum option available on its top-of-the-line Odyssey models. After a quick cleanup, you are ready to go! (MSRP: $28,825/ MPG: 19 city, 28 highway)

Kia Cadenza – Kia, which is not typically known for producing highend models, is launching this new full-size sedan as its entry into the luxury market, and it’s loaded with treasures. The Cadenza features a large interior cabin with leather upholstery, real wood trim and a nifty navigation system that shows

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traffic and many other e-services. There’s even an app for your smart phone. (MSRP: $35,100 / MPG: 19 city, 28 highway).

Honda Accord Hybrid – As fuel prices continue to rise, parents are more aware than ever about the new advances in hybrid technology. For 2014, Honda expands its lineup with the Ohio-built Honda Accord Hybrid that should average almost 50 mpg in city driving. Featuring the same comfort and styling as the redesigned Accord, redesigned in ’13, parents should be pleased that the hybrid model has three driving modes – EV, Hybrid and Engine – to help optimize fuel efficiency. (MSRP: $39,780 / MPG: 47 city, 46 highway.) Acura RLX – Acura’s new entry into the luxury sedan market is the most powerful, spacious and technologically advanced sedan in its lineup. (MSRP: $48,450 / MPG: 21 city / 31 highway).

ering a wide array of safety features and userfriendly technology to keep the family connected and entertained. (MSRP: $29,790 / MPG: 22 city, 30 highway).

Cadillac CTS – This mid-size luxury sedan is longer, stronger and yet lighter than its predecessor, and adds dramatic styling with a lower profile and striking LEDenhanced lighting. (MSRP: $46,025 / MPG: 18 city, 27 highway).

Mitsubishi Outlander – The largest SUV in Mitsubishi’s lineup has a new look and less weight that will help improve fuel mileage for this sevenseater. A plug-in hybrid Outlander is also due to come out in 2014. (MSRP: $22,995 / MPG: 25 city, 31 highway)

Chevrolet Impala – This stalwart family sedan is taking a bold leap into the future with a new, contemporary design and more space for people and cargo. The Impala’s high-tech cockpit features a driver information system with 8-inch touchscreen that can be configured to appease each family member. (Price: $27,535 / MPG: 21 city / 31 highway).

UTILITY VEHICLES Jeep Grand Cherokee – The new Grand Cherokee has been redesigned and refined to help families enjoy the best of all worlds: luxury, safety and economy. A new EcoDiesel V-6 engine is expected to get 30 mpg while deliv-

Range Rover Sport – The new Sport has been trimmed and toned to be faster, more agile and able to tackle the toughest off-road challenges while featuring high-end technology and luxury interior appointments. (MSRP: $63,495 / MPG: 17 city, 23 highway).

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COMPACTS Fiat 500L – Chrysler’s model lineup has expanded to include a full line of Fiat 500 models, with the latest being a four-door, five-passenger micro-minivan that features a generous amount of cargo space. (MSRP: $19,100 / MPG: 24 city, 33 highway)

Ford Transit Connect Wagon – This passenger-focused wagon is an expansion of the Ford Transit Connect cargo van, and some may argue that this is the perfect parent-mobile. Despite its boxy appearance, the wagon rides like a car, seats five or seven, provides great cargo flexibility and is expected to achieve close to 30 mpg. (MSRP: $22,425 / MPG: 21 city / 27 highway)

Jeep Cherokee – This legendary Jeep model has risen from the grave with a new design that is stronger, lighter and way more fuel efficient than its previous incarnations, getting an estimated 31 miles per gallon with the four-cylinder engine. Safety innovations include lane departure and forward collision warnings, rear backup camera, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross path detection, adaptive cruise control and more. (MSRP: $23,990/ MPG: NA)

CROSSOVERS Mitsubishi Mirage – The newest model from Mitsubishi also carries the lowest sticker price of our list, but don’t think it means the Mirage is any less of a car; an impressive array of features and great fuel mileage are just a start. (MSRP: $12,500 / MPG: 37 city, 44 highway). Volvo V60 – Based on the popular S60 sedan, Volvo’s new V60 Sports Wagon has already been pleasing parents in Europe by offering the same Volvo safety and handling characteristics, combined with greater flexibility for hauling cargo and kids. There’s even a choice of integrated two-level child booster cushions. (MSRP: NA / MPG: NA). 56

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BMW X5 – The makeover of the X5 “Sports Activity Vehicle” (SAV) adds style, comfort, convenience and safety features, and a new rear-wheel drive option. An available third-row offers seating for up to seven passengers, a feature that’s sure to please the carpool crowd. (MSRP: $53,725 / MPG: NA) Toyota Highlander – The popular Highlander gets a full makeover this year, adding family-friendly features like the sliding second row seats that make it easier to access the third row and full seating for eight. Heated second row captains chairs are also available. (MSRP: NA / MPG: NA).

Toyota Corolla – Totally redesigned for 2014, the entry-level Corolla — a favorite among college-bound kids — is longer, lower and wider than the current version, and comes standard with air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity and eight airbags. (MSRP: NA / MPG: NA) Nissan Versa Note – A hatchback sport wagon, the Nissan Versa Note features an open cabin with lots of cargo space and split rear seats and hidden under-floor storage compartment. (MSRP: $13,999 / MPG: 31 city, 40 highway) Kia Soul – The newlook Soul enhances its too-coolfor-school design to accentuate the exotic look that has made Soul a popular pick for all ages. The interior has expanded a bit to add more leg and head room for all passengers. (MSRP: NA/ MPG: NA). Keith Turner is an automotive reviewer and founder of TheFamilyCar.com, GreenFamilyCar. com and The Family Car channel on YouTube. He can be reached at carguy@hotmail.com.

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Thursday, Aug. 1 MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

Bedtime Storytime. Wear your favorite pajamas and get ready for bed with stories, songs and more. 7 p.m. Kendale Lakes Branch Library, 15205 SW 88th St., Miami. 305388-0326. Free.

BROWARD COUNTY

Pickle Ball. Come out and play this fun sport that combines badminton with tennis. 5 p.m. Davie Town Hall, 3801 S. Pine Island Road. 954 327-3941 or davie-fl. gov. Free.

PALM BEACH COUNTY

Story Time!. Bring children 0-7 years for book readings, songs and interactions with the touch tank animals. 9:30 a.m. Loxahatchee River District, 2500 Jupiter Park Drive, Jupiter. 561-743-7123 or info@loxahatcheeriver.org. Free.

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ArtsPark Movie Night. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to watch a film. 8-9:30 p.m. ArtsPark at Young Circle Amphitheater, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. 954-921-3500. Free. Brunch & Movies. Enjoy a nice brunch with a movie. 10 a.m. Davie Town Hall, 3801 S. Pine Island Road. 954327-3940 or davie-fl.gov. $4.

First Friday Food Trucks. The courtyard will fill with more than a dozen food trucks, and DJ Mike will spin tunes. 5-9 p.m. Friday at Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie. Call 954-473-2955. Free admission. Funtastic Friday. This event will feature face painting, games, and bounce houses. At 8 p.m., families can enjoy a movie in the Amphitheater. 5-8 p.m. ArtsPark at Young Circle, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. 954-921-3500 or visithollywoodfl.org. Free.

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Movie Time. Spend your Friday afternoon with a free movie. 1 p.m. Highland Beach Municipal Library, 3618 S. Ocean Blvd. 561-278-5455. Free. Safari Nights. Enjoy a night out at the zoo with a different family friendly theme each night. Expect lots of children’s entertainment including face painting and a DJ in the Fountain Plaza; dinner specials in the Tropics Café; free rides on the Wildlife Carousel; games and crafts in the Florida Pioneer House; animal encounters; and special performances of the Wings Over Water bird show and the Wild Things stage show. 5:30-9 p.m. Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. General admission, $18.95; Seniors 3-12, $16.95; Children 3-12, $12.95. Members and children under 3 receive free admission. Sushi and Stroll Summer Walk. Families can enjoy a peaceful stroll through the garden and indulge in the self-guided audio tour. Afterward, enjoy a taiko drumming performance by Fushu Daiko Summer. Tickets for the show are an addition $2 per person. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. 561-495-0233. General Admission, $8; Children 4-10, $6. Members and children 4 and under receive free admission. Wild Things Art Station: Rock n’ Roll Monsters. Create your own fun monsters inspired by the “Where the Wild Things Are” book. 1-3 p.m. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. 954-424-0085 or youngatartmuseum.org. Free with paid museum admission.

Saturday, Aug. 3 MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

Art-e-ology. Children in third through fifth grade will learn about colorful paintings with artist Nancy Graves and create their own masterpiece. Reservations are required. 1-2:30 p.m. Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real. 561-392-2500, ext. 106. Members, free; Nonmembers, $5. Back to School Splash. Come out for an afternoon of family fun in the sun. There will be a Dr. Dress-Up photo area, hair art, glitter tattoos, pirate hats, clown crafts and more. Kids will also have the opportunity to meet the starts of the new movie “Tio Papi.” Noon-5 p.m. The Falls, U.S. 1 and Southwest 136th Street, Miami. 800-244-8447. Free. Fun Fest. Beat summer boredom. Socialize with board games and more. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Concord Branch Library, 3882 SW 112th Ave., Miami. 305-207-1344. Free. World’s Fastest Caricaturist. Get your caricature drawn by the fasted caricature artist in the world, Al-Rod. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Palmetto Bay Branch Library, 17641 Old Cutler Road. 305-232-1771. Free.

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Zumba for Kids. Bring the whole family for kid-friendly dance moves and a lot of fun. 11 a.m. Miami Lakes Branch Library, 6699 Windmill Gate Road. 305-822-6520. Free.

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Discovery Kids Early Learning Experience Open House. Bring kids 1-5 years to tour the facilities while learning about the program. Activities include balloon art, giveaways, light refreshments and more. 2-5 p.m. Discovery Kids Early Learning Experience, 2710 Van Buren St., Hollywood. 954-367-5636. Free. It’s a Family Affair!. Ring out the summer with games, craft activities, S.T.E.M. Summer Academy exhibits, prize giveaways and a family-friendly barbecue. Registration required. 12:15-2:45 p.m. African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 954-357-6209. Free. Progress in the Park. Ring out the end of summer with music, games and more. Free school supples and immunization shots. Each child must be accompanied by an adult and bring their immunization records. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, 2400 Charleston St., Hollywood. 954-9213412 or hollywoodfl.org. Free.

Back to School Events BACK TO SCHOOL HEALTH FAIR Aug. 10. Get into the school spirit with a health screenings, food and entertainment. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Joe Celestin Center, 1525 NW 135th St., North Miami. 305-895-9840, ext. 12227, or aramos@northmiamifl.gov.

BACK TO SCHOOL GIVEAWAY & HEALTH FAIR Aug. 17. Come out for lots of school supply giveaways, vendors and fun activities. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Joseph C. Carter Park, 1450 W. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 954-768-0920 or fortlauderdale. gov. BACK TO SCHOOL SPLASH Aug. 17. Cool off from the summer with water games, prizes and giveaways. Learn about the upcoming fall programs. 10 a.m.noon. Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. 561-347-3900 or ci.boca-raton.fl.us. Free.

The Power of Tower Back to School Event. Go back-to-school shopping on taxfree weekend while also enjoying free games and activities with prizes throughout the Tower Shops mall! There will be magic shows, face painting, a balloon artist, a stilt walker, and a trackless train to transport you around the mall. You’ll also get the chance to meet Tio Papi actors Joey Dedio (Musical Chairs) and Fatima Ptacek (the voice of Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer). 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tower Shops, 1904 S University Drive, Davie. Free.

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Hike Through History. During this two-hour, two-mile trek for ages 5 and older, participants will journey through historic points of interest in the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area. Be sure to bring active clothing and footwear, a hat and water. All children 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult, and an RSVP is required. 8-10 a.m. Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, 500 Captain Armour’s Way. 561-747-8380 ext. 101 or @jupiterlighthouse.org. Free. Kid’s Story Time. Come out for an hour of story time held outside the gift store. Selected readings will be available for purchase afterward. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Loggerhead Marinelife Center, 14200 U.S. Highway One, Juno Beach, 561-627-8280, ext. 107 or rmott@marinelife.org. Free. Little Wonders. Bring children 3 and 4 to learn about plant and animal communities through a hike, crafts and stories. Registration is required. 10-10:45 a.m. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. 561-544-8615. Members, $5; Nonmembers, $8. Newbie Canoe. Beginners can learn the basics of canoeing and paddle through the Everglades. Guests should bring water, a hat, and sunscreen. 10 a.m. Grassy Waters Preserve, 8264 Northlake Blvd., West Palm Beach. 561-8044985 or wpb.org/grassywaters. Adults, $6; Children, $2.

and more. Proceeds from the event will be used to buy books, bags and school supplies for children of the Children’s Home Society of Florida. All day. Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie. 954-4732955, ext. 125, or flamingogardens.org. General admission, $9; children 4-11, $5; members and children 3 and younger, free.

BACK TO SCHOOL ROUND-UP Aug. 10. Start the school year with rides, games, music, food and more. Sunrise public school representatives will be available for questions about the upcoming school year. The first 1,000 student residents will receive a free drawstring backpack filled with school supplies. 4-7 p.m. Sunrise Civic Center, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd. 954-7474600 or sunrisefl.gov. Free. BACK TO SCHOOL BASH Aug. 16. Enjoy rides, crafts and lots of entertainment as summer vacation comes to an end. 6-9 p.m. Flamingo Park, 14th St. and Meridian Ave. miamibeachfl.gov. Free. BACK 2 SCHOOL BASH Aug. 17. Ring out the end of summer break with special animal encounters, a bounce house, music

WELCOME BACK TOT SHABBAT Aug. 17. Bring small children to listen to the story “Apples & Honey” read aloud by clergy. Kids will also taste apples and honey to start the new school year. Stick around for a hayride and meet Winnie the Pooh. 10 a.m.noon. The Early Childhood Center at TBE Back Family Campus, 9800 Yamato Road, Boca Raton. 561-391-9091 or tbeboca.org. BACK TO SCHOOL DAY Aug. 18. Join the Marlins Wives as they host a drive to benefit underprivileged kids. Donate school supplies and enjoy the game as the Marlins take on the San Francisco Giants. Kids will also receive a special prize. 11:30 a.m. 501 Marlins Way, Miami. 305-4801300 or marlins.com. Ticket prices vary. BACK TO SCHOOL HEALTH FAIR Aug. 24. Come out for an afternoon of fun and health. There will be bounce houses, moon walks, games, entertainment, food, health tips, and giveaways, coupons and promotions from vendors. Special guest Dr. Matt Symons will reveal the secret on how to raise a healthy family. 11 a.m. Maximized Living Health Center, 1011 Highway 7, West Palm Beach. Email symonschiro@gmail.com Free. AUGUST 2013 • SOUTH FLORIDA PARENTING

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theater, shows & CONCERTS MR. A’S SUMMERTIME FUN SHOW Through Aug. 3. Come out for a unique show featuring ventriloquist and four-time Florida State Magic Champion the Amazing Mr. A. Expect, magic, audience participation and lots of fun. Thurs., 10:3011:30 a.m.; Fri., 1:30-2:30 p.m.; Sat., 2-3 p.m. Puppetry Arts Center of the Palm Beaches, 94 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach. 561-243-4330 or puppetcenter.org. General admission, $6.50; cash only. CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: QUIDAM Aug. 1-4. Bring the entire family for a thrilling show featuring acrobatic artists, extravagant design and incredible music. The show will include the German wheel, banquine, Spanish webs, diabolos, aerial contortion in silk, acrobatics and two crazy clowns. Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1 and 5 p.m. BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise. Call 954-8358000 or visit Ticketmaster.com. $47-$112. GREASE Aug. 1-9. See the family-friendly version of one of the most popular musicals in Broadway history. Thurs., 8 p.m.; Fri., 10 and 11:30 a.m. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale. 954462-0222 or parkerplayhouse.com. Adults, $10; Lap tickets for children 2 and younger, $3.

THE AMERICAN IDOL LIVE Aug. 2. See your top ten IDOL finalists live. Be there as Kree Harrison, Angie Miller, Amber Holcomb, Janelle Arthur, Lazaro Arbos, Burnell Taylor, Devin Velez, Paul Jolley, Curtis Finch, Jr. and winner Candice Glover perform hits songs of the past and present. Sing-off winner Aubrey Cleland will also perform. 7:30 p.m. American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com. $48-$82. YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN Aug. 6. Adapted from the popular comic trip “Peanuts.” Watch was Charlie Brown can’t punt a football. Follow Lucy who is infatuated with Schroeder and see how Linus is attached to his blanket. 6 p.m. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale. 954462-0222 or parkerplayhouse.com. Adults, $5; Lap tickets for children 2 and younger, $3. THE GARDEN GATHERING Aug. 7-9. In this musical adventure, Lilly tries to help Sunny a sunflower who thinks she is too big to be beautiful. Joined by an array of garden friends including Arnie, a tiny spider who plays soccer, they will try to teach her that even with differences, everyone is valuable. Wed., 1, 3, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.; Thurs. and Fri., 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., 12:45 and 3:30 p.m. Main Library Main Street Auditorium Mezzanine, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Visit

advancedevents.com. In advance, $5; at the door, $8. SLEEPING BEAUTY Aug. 9-25. Come see this short comedy for young audiences by Stacey Lane. Fri. and Sat., 7 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 2 p.m. Sol Children Theatre Troupe, 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. 561-447-8829 or solchildren.org. General admission, $12; Juniors 11 and younger, $8. WILLY WONKA JR. Aug. 14. Come and see a world of pure imagination. Follow the famous candy man Willy Wonka and he tries to find an heir to his factory out of five contest winners. Sing along to this fun musical and see which child wins a lifetime supply of candy. Wed., 6 and 8 p.m. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale. 954-462-0222 or parkerplayhouse.com. Adults, $5; Lap tickets for children 2 and under, $3. SHREK THE MUSICAL Aug. 7-9. This twisted romantic fairy tale follows an unconventional prince sent to rescue a feisty princess. Expect a lot of laughs, fun dancing and beautiful scenery. This adaptation will surely thrill. Wed. and Thurs., 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Fri., 2 p.m. Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive. 954344-5990 or coralspringscenterforthearts.com. $6. MONSTER JAM SUMMER HEAT SERIES Aug. 16-17. Come out for a thrilling show featuring tons of loud and roaring monster trucks. Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7:30 p.m. BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise. 954-835-8000 or Ticketmaster. com. $21-$25.

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JONAS BROTHERS LIVE Aug. 2. See the popular boyband live. Expect to hear “Pom Poms” and “First Time” from their untitled fifth studio album set to be released some time this year. The band will be joined by pop duo

Karmin, famous for their song “Brokenhearted.” 7 p.m. Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach. 561-795-8883 or cruzanamphitheatre. net. $33-$95.

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Sunday, Aug. 4 MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

Family Sundays. Come out for a day of family fun as the Miami Marlins take on the Cleveland Indians. Guests can enjoy pregame activities including face painters, inflatables and interactive games. Radio Disney AM 990 will provide music for the event. Get there early for Snapshot Sunday which allows guests the chance to take a picture with a player. After the game, kids 12 and under can run the bases in the Diamond Dash. 11:30 a.m. 501 Marlins Way, Miami. 305-480-1300 or marlins.com. Activities are free but must have tickets to the game for Diamond Dash and Snapshop Sunday. Lions Club Fish Fry. This monthly event features a meal of fresh fish, fried shrimp, onion rings, cheese grits, cole slaw and hush puppies. All proceeds will benefit Lions Club charity work.4-7 p.m. Lions Club, 301 Swallow Drive, Miami Springs. 305-887-1191 or miamisprings-fl.gov. Adults, $10; children and seniors, $9. Guests can include desert for $1 extra.

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Wild Things Art Station: Rock n’ Roll Monsters. Create your own fun monsters inspired by the “Where the Wild Things Are” book. 1-3 p.m. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. 954-424-0085 or youngatartmuseum.org. Free with paid museum admission.

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ARTful Adventure Sunday. Enjoy a fun family event with art workshops or live performances by talented actors, musicians or dancers. Celebrate the fine arts while having creative family fun with interactive opportunities to learn and to create. 2-3 p.m Boca Museum of Art Auditorium, 501 Plaza Real. 561-392-2500 ext. 106 or bocamuseum. org. Free with regular museum admission. Sunday Funday. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of fun with music and food. 2-6 p.m. The Cultural Plaza on M St. between Lake and Lucerne Ave., Lake Worth. 561533-5272. Free.

computers and use those parts to make your own robot. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. 954-467-6637 or mods.org. Adults, $14; Seniors, $13; Children 2-12, $12; Children 1 and under, Free. Members receive free admission. National Night Out: Fight Crime as a Community. Come out for live demonstrations, kid’s games, food and a more. 6-8 p.m. Front Lawn of City Hall, 701 SW 71 Ave., North Lauderdale. Call 954-724-7061. Free. National Night Out Against Crime. Join the Sunrise Police Department for a family-friendly event with refreshments, live music, police demonstrations, equipment displays, child fingerprinting and more. 6-9 p.m. Public Safety Building, 10440 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise. 954-746-3653 or sunrisefl.gov. Free.

Schakolad Chocolate Factory Children’s Activities. Bring kids 6 and up for a mixture of education, fun and chocolate. Make cake pops and decorate a chocolate plaque. Kids can also decorate their own goodie bag. Registration is required. 11 a.m. Schakolad Chocolate Factory, 7740 Nova Drive, Davie. 954-472-6155. $9.50.

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Child Developmental Disabilities Screening Clinic. Being your child for a free screening. Parents must be present at the time of screening to give consent and receive results. 9 a.m. Vickers House South, 3801 Georgia Ave., West Palm Beach. 561-804-4975 or wpb. org/vickers. Free. Hammock Trails. Explore the coastal hardwood hammock through a guided 0.3 mile long walk along the boardwalk. 10 a.m.-noon. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 North Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. Gumbolimbo.org. Free.

Wednesday, Aug. 7 MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

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est animals and how they function. Dissect iPhones and computers and use those parts to make your own robot. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. 954-467-6637 or mods.org. Adults, $14; Seniors, $13; Children 2-12, $12; Children 1 and under, Free. Members receive free admission. Preschool Storytime. Bring kids 2-5 for a morning of books and fun. Caregivers should remain with the child and are encouraged to join in on the fun. 10:30-11 a.m. Richard C. Sullivan Public Library, 500 NE 26th St., Wilton Manors. 954-390-2195 or wiltonmanors.com. Free.

books and fun. Caregivers should remain with the child and are encouraged to join in on the fun. 6:30-7 p.m. Richard C. Sullivan Public Library, 500 NE 26th St., Wilton Manors. 954-390-2195 or wiltonmanors.com. Free. Guts. Learn about the squishy insides of the world’s coolest animals and how they function. Dissect iPhones and computers and use those parts to make your own robot. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. 954-467-6637 or mods.org. Adults, $14; Seniors, $13; Children 2-12, $12; Children 1 and under, Free. Members receive free admission.

Monday, Aug. 5 MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

Fun Fest. Beat summer boredom. Socialize with board

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Tuesday, Aug. 6 MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

Family Night. Parents can bring their kids for an evening of bilingual story time and crafts. 6:30-7:30 p.m. JFK Library Branch, 190 W. 49 St., Hialeah. 305-821-2700 or hialeahfl.gov. Free. Fun with Grammar. Enjoy some fun and games while learning how to use proper grammar concepts. 1:30 p.m. Palmetto Bay Branch Library, 17641 Old Cutler Road. 305-232-1771. Free.

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Cloudy with a Chance of Color. Enjoy a special lecture with Executive Director Mindy Shrago and experience a demo on ceramic and food realism. 1:30 p.m. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. 954-424-0085 or youngatartmuseum.org. Free with paid museum admission. Guts. Learn about the squishy insides of the world’s coolest animals and how they function. Dissect iPhones and

Family Storytime. Bring kids 3 and up for an evening of

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American Girl: Samantha. Kids 6-12 can celebrate American Girl Samantha with games and crafts about the turn-of-the-century. Registration is required. 4 p.m. Acreage Branch Library, 15801 Orange Blvd., Loxahatchee. 561-681-4100. Free. Hammock Trails. Explore the coastal hardwood hammock through a guided 0.3 mile long walk along the boardwalk. 10 a.m.-noon. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 North Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. Gumbolimbo.org. Free.

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ready for bed with stories, songs and more. 7 p.m. North Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183rd St. Miami Gardens. 305-625-6424. Free. Free Day at Fairchild. Enjoy the tropical rainforest, award-winning dining and great art for free. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. 305-667-1651or fairchildgarden. org. Free. Fun with Grammar. Enjoy some fun and games while learning how to use proper grammar concepts. 1:30 p.m. Palmetto Bay Branch Library, 17641 Old Cutler Road. 305-232-1771. Free.

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exhibits for FAMIILIES NEW THIS MONTH BALMY BREEZES JURIED ART EXHIBITION Aug. 2-Sept. 29. View art from members of the community including 2- and 3-D work, photography, paintings, multimedia, sculptures, jewelry, pottery and glass. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. 561-347-3900 or sugarsandpark.org. Free.

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American popular culture. This is the largest exhibit of original drawings, featuring more than 70 cartoon strips over the course of five decades. In the Peanuts Play Area, visitors will get the chance to make their own cartoon creations. On June 8, the opening day party will have Peanuts-themed music, a discussion and demonstration, prizes and raffles and a Snoopy dog house. There will also be chocolate chip cookies and root beer, Snoopy’s favorites. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., Noon-5 p.m. Art and Culture Center of Hollywood. 1650 Harrison St. 954-921-3274 or info@ artandculturecenter.org. Adults, $10; Students, seniors and children 4-17, $6. Free for members and children 3 and younger. WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE: MAURICE SENDAK IN HIS OWN WORDS AND PICTURES Through Sept. 15. This interactive exhibit takes visitors into the world of some of author Maurice Sendak’s most beloved books. In the Chicken Soup Bowl & Kitchen section, slide into a bowl of foam soup and rice or bake an imaginary meal in a scene out of “In the Night Kitchen.” Visit the Wild Things Fun Mirror and step into the costumes of your favorite characters. At Rose’s Stoop, read some of your favorite books on the front steps of Rosie’s Brooklyn Brownstone, as seen in “Really Rosie.” Enjoy the Musical Masterpiece section where visitors can design their own masterpieces while listening to classical music. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. 954-424-0085. General admission, $13; seniors and kids older than 1, $12; Broward residents, $11. CREATE Through Sept. 22. This major group project features over 20 years of work by artists involved with Creativity Explored, Creative Growth Art Center and the National Institute for Art and Disabilities Art Center. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., Nonn-5 p.m., First Wed. of each month, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Boca Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real. 561-392-2500 or info@ bocamuseum.org. Adults, $8; Seniors, $6; Students, $5. Children 12 and younger and members receive free admission.

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Schakolad Chocolate Factory Children’s Activities. Bring kids 6 and up for a mixture of education, fun and chocolate. Make cake pops and decorate a chocolate plaque. Kids can also decorate their own goodie bag. Registration is required. 11 a.m. Schakolad Chocolate Factory, 7740 Nova Drive, Davie. 954-472-6155. $9.50. Story Time! Bring children 0-7 years for book readings, songs and interactions with the touch tank animals. 9:30 a.m. Loxahatchee River District, 2500 Jupiter Park Drive, Jupiter. 561-743-7123 or info@loxahatcheeriver.org. Free.

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Ice Cream Social. Enjoy an afternoon of ice cream, fun and socializing. 11 a.m. Davie Town Hall, 3801 S. Pine Island Road. 954 327-3940 or davie-fl.gov. $6. Funtastic Friday. This event will feature face painting, games, and bounce houses. At 8 p.m., families can enjoy a movie in the Amphitheater. 5-8 p.m. ArtsPark at Young Circle, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. 954-921-3500 or visithollywoodfl.org. Free. Guts. Learn about the squishy insides of the world’s coolest animals and how they function. Dissect iPhones and computers and use those parts to make your own robot. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. 954-467-6637 or mods.org. Adults, $14; Seniors, $13; Children 2-12, $12; Children 1 and under, Free. Members receive free admission. Splash Ahoy. Wear your best pirate gear for an evening of fun. There will be a bounce house, games, a movie, and splash time in the park’s Splash Adventure water playground. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Registration is required. 6-10 p.m. Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach. 954-357-5100 or QuietWatersPark@broward.org . $6. Wild Things Art Station: Back to School. Ring in the new school year with a fun art activity involving pencils. 1-3 p.m. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. 954-424-0085 or youngatartmuseum.org. Free with paid museum admission.

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Mommy, Mother Nature and Me: Lizards. Bring your little ones 2-5 years old to explore nature’s coolest creatures! See them up close and make a lizard craft to take home. Registration is required. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Daggerwing Nature Center, 11435 Park Access Road, Boca Raton. 561-629-8760. $4. Movie Night. Come out and watch the movie “OZ: The Great and Powerful” 8:30 p.m. The Wellington Amphitheater, 12100 Forest Hill Blvd. 561-753-2484. Free. Movie Time. Spend your Friday afternoon with a free movie. 1 p.m. Highland Beach Municipal Library, 3618 S. Ocean Blvd. 561-278-5455. Free. Safari Nights. Enjoy a night out at the zoo with a different family friendly theme each night. Expect lots of children’s entertainment including face painting and a DJ in the Fountain Plaza; dinner specials in the Tropics Café; free rides on the Wildlife Carousel; and more. 5:30-9 p.m. Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. General admission, $18.95; Seniors 3-12, $16.95; Children 3-12, $12.95. Members and children under 3 receive free admission. Screen on the Green. Bring the whole family for a movie on the lawn. 8 p.m. The Waterfront, 101 South Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. 561-822-1515 or wpb.org. Free.

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Back to School with Curious George. Meet Curious George and get a photo opportunity with him at this free family fun event at the Southland Mall! Enter to win a girl or boy backpack filled with school supplies! There will be monkey face craft, carnival games, face painting, tattoos and hair beading. 1-3 p.m. Southland Mall, 20505 S Dixie Hwy 89, Cutler Bay. Free. Back to School Craft. Celebrate the start of the new school year by making a special craft to take home. 3:30 p.m. Edison Center Branch Library, NW 62nd St., Miami. 305-757-0668. Free.

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p.m. Gourmet Truck Expo Margate, 5701 Margate Blvd. Visit gourmettruckexpo.com. Free admission. BUCKLER’S CRAFT FAIR Aug. 17. Enjoy handmade crafts by local and national artists. Works on display include home decor, gifts, wine slushies, bears, needlework, dolls and toys, painted glass, garden arts, planters, pet items, candles, soaps and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach. Call 561-793-0333. General admission, $8; kids 12 and younger, free. WEST PALM BEACH SPORTS CARDS AND MEMORABILIA SHOW Aug. 18. Come out and check out all the great trading cards available. There will be baseball cards, football cards, basketball cards, movie cards, comic book cards, super hero cards, rookie cards and more. 9 a.m.4 p.m. American Polish Club, 4725 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth. Call 561-967-1116. Free admission. SCHOOL OF CREATIVE ARTS SUMMER OPEN HOUSE Aug. 24. Meet the instructors and learn about the different programs offered. 2-4 p.m. Center for the Arts at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. 561-243-7922 or delraycenterforthearts.org. Free. HEALTH FOOD EXPO Aug. 31. Learn all the healthy tips and see the different kinds of foods available for a healthy lifestyle. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Huizenga Plaza, 32 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-292-9782.

Eco-Action Days. Make a difference in the community by planting, cleaning up trash or removing invasive exotic plants. Be sure to bring work gloves, long sleeve shirts, pants and closed toes shoes. Volunteers should also bring water, sunscreen, hats and sunglasses. 9 a.m.-noon. Amelia Earhart Park, 401 E. 65th St., Miami. 305-685-8389 or miamidade.gov. Free. Family Fun Day: Abracadabr!. Enjoy an afternoon of magic and wonder. Design your own magic wand and cast a spell in the Magic City. Noon-5 p.m. HistoryMiami, 101 W Flagler St. 305-375-1629 or citytours@historymiami. org. Free. Family Day. Come out to the museum for fun kid’s activities and performances. 2-4 p.m. Coral Gables Museum Corp., 285 Aragon Ave. 305-603-8067 or coralgablesmuseum.org. Free. Fun Fest. Beat summer boredom. Socialize with board games and more. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Concord Branch Library, 3882 SW 112th Ave., Miami. 305-207-1344. Free. Steel Drum Concert. Watch a contemporary steel drum concert and stick around for the tutorial afterward. 11 a.m. Coral Gables Branch Library, 3443 Segovia St. 305-4428706. Free. Storytelling, Dance and Danger. Join the cast of the Miami Children’s Museum for a fun experience. Join a “living” story, try an African rhythm or talk like pirate. It’s a difference experience with each program. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Doral Branch Library, 10785 NW 58th St. 305-7169598. Free.

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Wild Things Art Station: Back to School. Ring in the new school year with a fun art activity involving pencils. 1-3 p.m. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. 954-424-0085 or youngatartmuseum.org. Free with paid museum admission.

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Canoe the Slough. Come paddle through the Everglades and learn about the ecology and history of the area. Guests should bring water, a hat, and sunscreen. 1-3 p.m. Grassy Waters Preserve, 8264 Northlake Blvd., West Palm Beach. 561-804-4985 or wpb.org/grassywaters. Adults, $12; Children, $4. Celebrate Leos-Lions. Watch the lions get special enrichments or browse the gift shop for lion-themed items. Kids can also meet and take a picture with Rory, the lion mascot. Be sure to check out the lion craft at the education station. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Lion Country Safari, 2003 Lion Country Safari Road, West Palm Beach. 561793-1084 or lioncountrysafari.com. General admission, $28.50; Seniors 65 and up, $25.50; Children 3-9, $21; Toddlers 0-2, Free. Parking fee, $6 per vehicle. Kid’s Story Time. Come out for an hour of story time held outside the gift store. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Loggerhead Marinelife Center, 14200 U.S. Highway 1, Juno Beach, 561-627-8280, ext. 107, or rmott@marinelife.org. Free.

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Grossology. Learn about the gross inner workings of the human body and discover how the different chemicals reaction. Create your own gross concoctions that will freak out family and friends. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. 954-467-6637 or mods.org. Adults, $14; Seniors, $13; Children 2-12, $12; Children 1 and under, Free. Members receive free admission. Preschool Storytime. Bring kids 2-5 for a morning of books and fun. Caregivers should remain with the child and are encouraged to join in on the fun. 10:30-11 a.m. Richard C. Sullivan Public Library, 500 NE 26th St., Wilton Manors. 954-390-2195 or wiltonmanors.com. Free.

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WONDERSCAPES Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. These workshops for families with children 5 and younger feature Earthfriendly art with recycled materials on Mondays, live music, instruments, singing and movement on Wednesdays and an interactive literary adventure on Fridays. 11:30 a.m.-noon. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. 954-424-5022 or youngatartmuseum.org. Adults, $13; Children 1 and older and seniors 62 and older, $12; Members, free. NATURE EXPLORERS Wednesdays. There is a different theme each week at this hand-on adventure, full of craft projects, live animal interaction, fun stories and other educational activities for children 3-5. 10-11 a.m. Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital, 3000 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs. 954-752-9453, sncrobin@aol.com or sawgrassnaturecenter.org. Members, $5; Nonmembers, $8. ALLIGATOR FEEDING Wednesdays and Saturdays. Bring the family to the alligator tank for a short talk and feeding of a baby alligator. 3:15-3:30 p.m. Daggerwing Nature, 11200 Park Access Road, Boca Raton. 561-629-8760 or pbcgov. com. Free. FUNTASTIC FRIDAYS FOR KIDS Fridays. Enjoy family fun with a DJ, face painter, games, bounce houses and more. 5-8 p.m. Arts Park at Young Circle, Hollywood Blvd. and U.S. 1, Hollywood. 954921-3500 or visithollywoodfl.org/events.aspx. Free. BE KIND TO ANIMALS Sundays. Meet a native or exotic animal, learn about how animals live in the wild, how we can best interact

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PALM BEACH COUNTY DAILY SHARK FEEDINGS Tuesdays-Sunday. Have a splashing good time learning fun and interesting facts about the ocean’s top predators while watching them eat their breakfast in a 15,000-gallon tank. Tues.-Sat., 10:30 a.m.; Sun., 1:30 p.m. Sandoway House Nature Center, 142 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach. 561-274-7263 or sandowayhouse.org. Children 2 and younger, free. General admission, $4. ANIMAL FEEDINGS Wednesdays-Saturdays. Gather around the alligator tank and learn about a baby gator while he is being fed on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Come learn about snakes while they are being fed on Thursdays and the striped skunk George on Fridays. 3:15-3:30 p.m. Daggerwing Nature Center, 11200 Park Access Road, Boca Raton. 561-629-8760. Free. CHILDREN’S RESEARCH STATION Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, except April 13. In this 30-minute program geared at children 5-12, a trained volunteer teaches participants about sea turtle rescue and release and common injuries and illnesses that affect these endangered animals. Guests are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes early to sign up. Wed. and Fri., 3:30 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Loggerhead Marinelife Center, 14200 U.S. Highway One, Juno Beach, 561-627-8280, ext. 107, info@marinelife.org or marinelife.org. Free.

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The Miami Beach Coalition for a Healthy, Safe And Drug-Free Community has teamed up with the Miami Beach Police Athletic League to pilot a program for Miami Beach teens called Another Chance. Another Chance will serve tweens & teens who are engaging in unhealthy behaviors by working intensively with these young people and their parents for 6 weeks.

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Family Night. Parents can bring their kids for an evening of bilingual story time and crafts. 6:30-7:30 p.m. JFK Library Branch, 190 W. 49 St., Hialeah. 305-821-2700 or hialeahfl.gov. Free. Storytelling, Dance and Danger. Join the cast of the Miami Children’s Museum for a fun experience. Join a “living” story, try an African rhythm or talk like pirate. It’s a difference experience with each program. 6-7 p.m. Fairlawn Branch Library, 6376 SW Eighth St., West Miami. 305-261-1571. Free.

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Grossology. Learn about the gross inner workings of the human body and discover how the different chemicals reaction. Create your own gross concoctions that will freak out family and friends. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. 954-467-6637 or mods.org. Adults, $14; Seniors, $13; Children 2-12, $12; Children 1 and under, Free. Members receive free admission.

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Child Developmental Disabilities Screening Clinic. Being your child for a free screening. Parents must be present at the time of screening to give consent and receive results. 9 a.m. Vickers House South, 3801 Georgia Ave., West Palm Beach. 561-804-4975 or wpb. org/vickers. Free. Hammock Trails. Explore the coastal hardwood hammock through a guided 0.3 mile long walk along the boardwalk. 10 a.m.-noon. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 North Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. Gumbolimbo.org. Free.

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Wednesday, Aug. 14, continued Storytelling, Dance and Danger. Join the cast of the Miami Children’s Museum for a fun experience. Join a “living” story, try an African rhythm or talk like pirate. It’s a difference experience with each program. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Hialeah Gardens Branch Library. 11300 NW 87th Court. 305-820-8520. Free.

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books and fun. Caregivers should remain with the child and are encouraged to join in on the fun. 6:30-7 p.m. Richard C. Sullivan Public Library, 500 NE 26th St., Wilton Manors. 954-390-2195 or wiltonmanors.com. Free.

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Beach Treasures. Learn about seashells and the animals that make them. Afterward, travel in a caravan to Red Reef Beach Park to search for ocean treasures. 3:30-5 p.m Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 North Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. Gumbolimbo.org. Members, $5; Nonmembers, $8. Summer Fun-Fest. Come out for the ultimate summer party with games and paint. Be sure to wear clothes that can get messy. 10 a.m. Acreage Branch Library, 15801 Orange Blvd., Loxahatchee. 561-681-4100. Free.

Thursday, Aug. 15 BROWARD COUNTY

Grossology. Learn about the gross inner workings of the human body and discover how the different chemicals reaction. Create your own gross concoctions that will freak out family and friends. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. 954-467-6637 or mods.org. Adults, $14; seniors, $13; Children 2-12, $12; Children 1 and under, Free. Members receive free admission.

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End of Summer Water Play Day. Bring the kids for an afternoon in the sun and a fun family splash in the kiddie pools. There will be water toys, slip & slides, obstacle courses and lots of icy snacks! Kids should wear water shoes and have sunscreen, hats, towels and cover ups for sun safety. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Loxahatchee River District, 2500 Jupiter Park Drive, Jupiter. 561-743-7123 or info@ loxahatcheeriver.org. $5. Story Time! Bring children 0-7 years for book readings, songs and interactions with the touch tank animals. 9:30 a.m. Loxahatchee River District, 2500 Jupiter Park Drive, Jupiter. 561-743-7123 or info@loxahatcheeriver.org. Free.

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Children’s Night at the Museum. Kid 5-12 can explore local history with crafts. Meanwhile, mom and dad can relax and have time for themselves. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Miami Springs Historical Museum, 26 Westward Drive. 305-887-5850 or miamisprings-fl.gov. $5 per child.

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Ceramics Night Out. Parents and children in the first grade and older can create a ceramics piece to take home. Be there at 6 p.m. to join the “Pizza Crowd” where the whole family can enjoy a pizza for $6. Reservation is required. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cooper City Community Center, 9000 SW 50th Place. 954-434-4300 ext. 233 or coopercityfl.org. $10 per family. Additional $10 fee per child for project materials. Funtastic Friday. This event will feature face painting, games, and bounce houses. At 8 p.m., families can enjoy a movie in the Amphitheater. 5-8 p.m. ArtsPark at Young Circle, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. 954-921-3500 or visithollywoodfl.org. Free. Night at the Museum Camp. Enjoy a night out on the town while children 5-13 wear their coolest pajamas, bring their favorite blanket or pillow and have a blast with museum exploration, games, art activities, movies and more. A pizza dinner and popcorn are included. 6-11 p.m. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. 954-424-5022. Members, $35; Nonmembers, $40.

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Friday, Aug. 16, continued and chocolate. Make cake pops and decorate a chocolate plaque. Kids can also decorate their own goodie bag. Registration is required. 11 a.m. Schakolad Chocolate Factory, 7740 Nova Drive, Davie. 954-472-6155. $9.50.

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Boots.” 8:30 p.m. The Wellington Amphitheater, 12100 Forest Hill Blvd. 561-753-2484. Free. Movie Time. Spend your Friday afternoon with a free movie. 1 p.m. Highland Beach Municipal Library, 3618 S. Ocean Blvd. 561-278-5455. Free. Safari Nights. Enjoy a night out at the zoo with a different family friendly theme each night. Expect lots of children’s entertainment. 5:30-9 p.m. Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. General admission, $18.95; Seniors 3-12, $16.95; Children 3-12, $12.95. Members and children under 3 receive free admission. Seining the Lagoon. Children 10 and up accompanied by an adult can explore the grasses of the Intracoastal Waterway behind Gumbo Limbo. Use nets to catch and release fish and other marine life. Registration is required. 3:30-5 p.m Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 North Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. Gumbolimbo.org. Members, $5; Non-members, $8.

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Frost MusicTime A program of music learning and enjoyment for preschool children. • Help your children develop a life-long love of music • Help your child acquire important skills for his/her total development • Instruction integrates music and art activities with activities increasing the child’s awareness of their natural environment • Birth – 8 yrs.

Eco-Action Days. Make a difference in the community by planting, cleaning up trash or removing invasive exotic plants. Be sure to bring work gloves, long sleeve shirts, pants and closed toes shoes. Volunteers should also bring water, sunscreen, hats and sunglasses. 9 a.m.-noon. Amelia Earhart Park, 401 E. 65th St., Miami. 305-685-8389 or miamidade.gov. Free. Fun Fest. Beat summer boredom. Socialize with board games and more. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Concord Branch Library, 3882 SW 112th Ave., Miami. 305-207-1344. Free.

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Kid’s Story Time. Come out for an hour of story time held outside the gift store. Selected readings will be available for purchase afterward. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Loggerhead Marinelife Center, 14200 U.S. Highway One, Juno Beach, 561-627-8280, ext. 107 or rmott@marinelife.org. Free. Nature Photography: Chasing Dragons. Accompany wildlife photographer Steve Dumond on a fun expedition to capture dragonflies on film. The workshop will include techniques for identifying. Participants must provide their own equipment. Hat, water, sunscreen are recommended. 9

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Sunday, Aug. 17, continued a.m.-1 p.m. Grassy Waters Preserve, 8264 Northlake Blvd., West Palm Beach. 561-804-4985 or wpb.org/grassywaters. Adults, $20; Children, $5. Showtime Boca Open House. Enjoy refreshments while touring the facilities and meeting the enthusiastic staff. Register for classes and learn about the exciting events for the fall season. Noon-4 p.m. Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, Suite 73, 503 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton. 561-394-2626 or showtimeboca.com. Free.

Sunday, Aug. 18 MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

Family Sundays. Come out for a day of family fun as the Miami Marlins take on the San Francisco Giants. Guests can enjoy pregame activities, face painters, inflatables and interactive games. Radio Disney AM 990 will provide music for the event. Get there early for Snapshot Sunday which allows guests the chance to take a picture with a player. After the game, kids 12 and under can run the bases in the Diamond Dash. 11:30 a.m. 501 Marlins Way, Miami. 305-480-1300 or marlins.com. Activities are free but must have tickets to the game for Diamond Dash and Snapshop Sunday.

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Meet the Animals. The Kelly Science Theater will produce a variety of cool animal shows that include About Arthropods where kids can get a close encounter with a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, Turtle Talk, Edible Bugs where kids can learn which bugs are safe to eat, a Circle of Life game show to test knowledge on animal biology and more. Noon.-6 p.m. Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. 954-467-6637 or mods.org. Adults, $14; Seniors, $13; Children 2-12, $12; Children 1 and younger and members, Free. . Model Steam Train Rides. Experience the beautiful scenery on a half-mile train ride around a lake. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Tradewinds & Atlantic Railroad at Tradewinds Park and Stables, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. 954357-88709 or 54-347-5608. $1 per ride. There will be a gate entrance fee of $1.50 per person with the exception of children 5 and under. Weekend Farm Tour. Come see the numerous farm animals, including a cow, sheep, goats, pigs and chickens. 10:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Tradewinds Park & Stables, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. 954-357-8870 or 954978-1134. Tour, $3; Park entrance fee, $1.50 per person 6 and older.

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Sunday Funday. Bring the whole family for an afternoon

Preschool Storytime. Bring kids 2-5 for a morning of books and fun. Caregivers should remain with the child and are encouraged to join in on the fun. 10:30-11 a.m. Richard C. Sullivan Public Library, 500 NE 26th St., Wilton Manors. 954-390-2195 or wiltonmanors.com. Free.

Tuesday, Aug. 20 MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

Family Night. Parents can bring their kids for an evening of bilingual story time and crafts. 6:30-7:30 p.m. JFK Library Branch, 190 W. 49 St., Hialeah. 305-821-2700 or hialeahfl.gov. Free.

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are encouraged to join in on the fun. 6:30-7 p.m. Richard C. Sullivan Public Library, 500 NE 26th St., Wilton Manors. 954-390-2195 or wiltonmanors.com. Free.

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Community Cabaret. Be a part of the show or watch your friends and neighbors perform live Participants must register. 7:30 p.m. Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. 561-347-3900. $5. Hammock Trails. Explore the coastal hardwood hammock through a guided 0.3 mile long walk along the boardwalk. 10 a.m.-noon. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 North Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. Gumbolimbo.org. Free.

Thursday, Aug. 22 MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

Art Station: Pin Camera. Join photographer Tara Penick

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for a fun workshop with cameras. 1-3 p.m. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. 954-424-0085 or youngatartmuseum.org. Free with paid museum admission. Nature Tots. Features stories, songs, arts and crafts and/ or a short nature walk for children 2 to 4. Registration is required. 10-11 a.m. West Lake Park, 1200 Sheridan St., Hollywood. 954-357-5161. $5.

ready for bed with stories, songs and more. 7 p.m. Kendale Lakes Branch Library, 15205 SW 88th St., Miami. 305388-0326. Free. Zumba for Kids. Bring the whole family for kid-friendly dance moves and a lot of fun. 4 p.m. Country Walk Branch Library, 15433 SW 137th Ave., Miami. 786-293-4577. Free.

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Child Developmental Disabilities Screening Clinic. Being your child for a free screening. Parents must be present at the time of screening to give consent and receive results. 9 a.m. Vickers House South, 3801 Georgia Ave., West Palm Beach. 561-804-4975 or wpb. org/vickers. Free.

Wednesday, Aug. 21 MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

Bedtime Storytime. Wear your favorite pajamas and get ready for bed with stories, songs and more. 7 p.m. North Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183rd St. Miami Gardens. 305-625-6424. Free.

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Family Storytime. Bring kids 3 and up for an evening of books and fun. Caregivers should remain with the child and

Fish Fry. Come out for a variety of fish to taste and enjoy. 6 p.m. Anglin’s Pier, Two Commercial Blvd., Lauderdaleby-the-Sea. 954-802-3403 or lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov.

Friday, Aug. 23 BROWARD COUNTY

Funtastic Friday. This event will feature face painting, games, and bounce houses. At 8 p.m., families can enjoy a movie in the Amphitheater. 5-8 p.m. ArtsPark at Young Circle, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. 954-921-3500 or visithollywoodfl.org. Free.

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Movie Time. Spend your Friday afternoon with a free movie. 1 p.m. Highland Beach Municipal Library, 3618 S. Ocean Blvd. 561-278-5455. Free.

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Family Storytime. Bring kids 3 and up for an evening of books and fun. Caregivers should remain with the child and are encouraged to join in on the fun. 6:30-7 p.m. Richard C. Sullivan Public Library, 500 NE 26th St., Wilton Manors. 954-390-2195 or wiltonmanors.com. Free.

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Meetup.com Playgroup, Tuesdays. This is an opportunity for structured mom-child activity and for children to play while their mothers exchange parenting advice and share experiences. 1-4 p.m. The Gathering Place, 5810 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami. 786-953-6417 or theplacewegather.com. Annual membership, $15. Prenatal Yoga, Saturdays. Receive lessons in childbirth education and yoga to increase your energy and stamina and reduce fatigue. Registration required, as is doctor or midwife approval. Bring water and a yoga mat. 10-11:30 a.m. The Gathering Place, 5810 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. 786-9536417 or theplacewegather.com. $20. Prenatal Yoga-Style Exercise, Saturdays. This class teaches pregnant women posture, balance and breathing techniques. Registration is required. 9:30-10:30 a.m. South Miami Hospital, 6200 SW 73rd St. 786-596-7044 or communityexercise@ baptisthealth.net. Free. Doula Circle, Aug. 7. This monthly support group is for trained women with experience in childbirth who continually provide physical, emotional, and informational support to moms in labor and their partners. 7:30-9:30 p.m. The Gathering Place, 5810 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. 786-953-6417 or theplacewegather.com. Free. How to Spoil Your Grandchild, Aug. 7. Topics covered in this pre-delivery class include choosing grandparent names, preparing the home for visits from grandchildren, helping out new parents and maintaining positive family relationships. 7-8:30 p.m. South Miami Hospital, 6200 SW 73rd St. 786-662-5026 or southmiamichildbirth@baptisthealth.net. $25 per person. Infant CPR and Home Safety, Aug. 8. Learn CPR and precautions for a hazard-free home for your new baby. 7-9:30 p.m. Sixth floor conference center A and B, Mercy Hospital, 3663 S. Miami Ave., Miami. $50. All About Pumping, Aug. 10. This class is designed to help new moms transition back to work. The class will offer tips on bottle feeding and pumping, including when, where, how much to pump and how much to store. Students expected to have taken a basic breast feeding class. Noon-2 p.m. The Gathering Place, 5810 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. 786-953-6417 or theplacewegather.com. $49. Footsteps: a Group for Moms, Aug. 12 and 22. This postpartum support group facilitated by a trained therapist is an opportunity for mothers of babies and toddlers to discuss the adjustments and challenges of motherhood. Children 2 and younger are welcome. Mon., 7-9 p.m.; Thurs., 11 a.m.-1 p.m., The Gathering Place, 5810 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. 786-953-6417 or theplacewegather.com. Free. Mommy Duties 101, Aug. 13. Learn how to properly hold, dress, feed and burp a baby, as well as put on diapers, give a sponge bath, use a bulb syringe and take a temperature. The class also teaches about the emotions of a new dad. Mothers must bring a doll for practice. 7-8:30 p.m. South Miami Hospital, 6200 SW 73rd St. 786-662-5026 or southmiamichildbirth@baptisthealth.net. $25. New Brother/New Sister Class, Aug. 17. Prepares children 3 to 10 for the baby’s arrival. 1-2:30 p.m. South Miami Hospital, 6200 SW 73rd St. 786662-5026 or baptisthealth.net. $25. Daddy Duties 101, Aug. 20. Learn how to properly hold, dress, feed and burp a baby, as well as put on diapers, give a sponge bath, use a bulb syringe and take a temperature. The class also teaches about the emotions of a new mom. Fathers must

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BROWARD COUNTY Infant Massage for Prenatal, Aug. 3. An infant massage therapist will teach you to enhance bonding, diminish colic and facilitate healthy development with infants 7 weeks to 7 months old through massage. Cost includes book and massage oil. Bring your baby and a towel or pad. 10 a.m.noon. First Floor Main Conference Room, Memorial Hospital West, 703 N. Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines. 954-844-7110. $10 per couple. Sibling Class, Aug. 3. This course is to help children 6-9 prepare for the arrival of their new sibling. There will be a video presentation, a lesson on basic baby care and activities. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Northwest Medical Office Building, 2960 N. State Road 7, Margate. Visit uhmchealth.com. $15. The Doula Solution: Meet the Doula, Aug. 8. New and expectant parents are invited to meet with certified doula staff members. They will have the opportunity to meet intimately to get acquainted. Refreshments will be provided. 7 p.m. Mother’s Care Doula Services, Inc., 2114 N. Flamingo Road, Suite #1261, Pembroke Pines. 954-4332273 or momsdoula2@bellsouth.net. Free. Nursing Moms Support Group, Aug. 12 and 26. Receive breast feeding assistance and encouragement from other moms and board-certified lactation consultants. 12:30-2 p.m. Fitness Studio 3, Memorial Hospital West, 703 N. Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines. 954-844-7110. Free. Grandparents Class, Aug. 21. This class provides grandparents with current information on childbirth, baby care and baby safety. 6-8 p.m. Memorial Regional Hospital, 3501 Johnson St., Hollywood. 954-265-5930. $20 per couple. Mommy and Me Baby Cakes Tea Party, Aug. 15. This informal gathering of new moms and their babies offers support, activities and parenting tips through discussion and guest speakers. Noon1:30 p.m. Joe DiMaggio Family Resource Center, Memorial Regional Hospital, 3501 Johnson St., “P.S.” — Hollywood. 954-265-5930. Free. Postpartum Sensuality Class, Aug. 15. Come out for a fun night with laughter and learning. Moms will learn how to prepare their bodies and minds for intimacy after having a baby. Parents will learn fun and creative ways to get their “mojo” back. Be sure to bring your partner. Refreshments and fun gifts will be provided. 6-8 p.m. Mother’s Care Doula Services, 2114 N. Flamingo Road, Suite 1261, Pembroke Pines. 954-433-2273 or momsdoula2@bellsouth.net. A love donation of $15 is suggested.

Bootcamp for New Dads, Aug. 17. This class is to help expectant dads prepare for the new responsibility of fatherhood. The class will be lead by specially trained and experienced “coaches” who are also fathers. Dads are invited to return as guests when their babies are about 2 months old to share experiences with rookie dads. 9 a.m.-noon. Esther Grossman Women’s Center, Memorial Regional Hospital, 3501 Johnson St., Hollywood. 954-2655930. $20 per dad. Mommy and Me, Aug. 17. An instructional workshop that provides theory and play activities to promote development and bonding during your baby’s first year. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Conference Room 104, Northwest Medical Center, 2960 N. State Road 7, Margate. 866-442-2362. $15. Sibling Class, Aug. 17. Help children 3-8 understand their role as a big brother or sister and prepare for the arrival of their new sibling. Participants will engage in stimulating activities and are encouraged to bring a doll or stuff animal for each child. 1-2:30 p.m. Memorial Hospital West, 703 N. Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines. 954-8447110. $20 per family. Grandparents Class, Aug. 21. This class provides grandparents with current information on childbirth, baby care and baby safety. 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Hospital West, 703 N. Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines. Call 954-8447110. Cost is $20 per couple.

The Original Happy Meal: Breast-feeding Support Group, Aug. 22. Join other nursing moms and expectant women to have questions answered by experienced moms, certified lactation educators and other birth professionals. Refreshments will be provided. 6-8 p.m. Mother’s Care Doula Services, 2114 N. Flamingo Road, Suite #1261, Pembroke Pines. 954-433-2273 or momsdoula2@bellsouth. net. Free.

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