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The bad thing about putting together a monthly calendar about things to do and places to go is that it makes me want to do everything and go everywhere. Where have I been all these years not knowing what was going on in my own community? How much have I missed?

In the past week my husband and I have been to three movies as part of the Gateway Theater Classical Film Festival. We’ve seen Singing in the Rain, Some Like it Hot and yesterday we saw Hitchcock’s North by Northwest. I’m a huge Hitchcock fan. Every minute of that movie is riveting. And no matter how many special effects movie makers can make now and how advanced photography and film are now, no one can top those old movies in so many ways. The way people talked back then, their clothing, the interior decor of buildings used in stage sets, the cars and trains and just the charm of the actors and actresses are things that can’t be matched now for some reason.

As a journalist I get press releases announcing events all day long. After just finishing writing the October Events Calendar for Greater Ft. Lauderdale, I’m overwhelmed. The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival is starting, there are several excellent annual art festivals and craft shows coming up, some terrific concerts, and now I’ve come to find out there is a very large Chocolate Festival. There are hundreds of vendors and chocolate samples, pastries to purchase, chocolate bars, cakes, cookies and ice cream to eat and chocolate to drink. Are you kidding me? Like I can survive  chocolate festival like that? How much of that can you eat in one day before it kills you? What ever that amount may be, I will consume it. Are there doctors on hand at the event to help those who have overdosed? I truly wish I did not know about that Chocolate Festival. Keep me away! I’ll sick to non-eating events. Heck, after reading about all that Elmo’s going to be doing there, I even felt like I’d truly enjoy Sesame Street Live; my only child is 20 years old, but who cares? Plus Halloween is approaching and I need to think about what costume I’m going to wear.

And so it seems all I can do is mark up my calendar and get out to experience as much as I can with what’s going on around here. I just cannot bear to miss all the wonderful events in my community, now that I know they’re out there waiting to be enjoyed. Do you know all that’s happening in your neck of the woods?

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Since I’ve been putting together Greater Fort Lauderdale Events Calendars every month for the past three for, I’ve realized just how many wonderful (and affordable) performances there are in my own community. From free concerts to plays, and from charity benefit concerts to stand up, it’s truly overwhelming. Lately I’ve made an effort to take advantage of more shows and events. I recently saw Earth, Wind and Fire in concert at Seminole Hard Rock Live and attended Dancing Under the Stars on Hollywood Beach. We all need to do our part to support the arts, and the best way to do that is to attend local events on a regular basis.

During my recent family vacation in Guntersville, AL we tried to buy tickets for a live musical at the local theater, but the the shows were all sold out way in advance. It occurred to me that, since the town is small, that was the only live theater in the community. Residents get excited about the opportunity to see a live show, because there aren’t too many around. It made me appreciate the seemingly endless opportunities to explore the arts here in South Florida.

How do you support the art in your community?

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That cliche, “The best things in life are free,” is so often true. Since it’s summer time and our daughter is home from college, my husband and I are always searching for new, fun low cost and free things to do – the more active the better. If you live in Fort Lauderdale or anywhere in Broward County, you’re sure to enjoy this list of Free Things to Do on If you can think of any others, please drop me a line.

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My family is gearing up for a summer full of traveling and local events. If you live in South Florida, check out my list of Greater Fort Lauderdale events on

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We bought tickets to the July 1st Earth Wind and Fire Concert at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood for July 1 as a Father’s Day gift for my husband. I cannot wait to go to that event. If you’ve never seen them in concert, you simply don’t know what you are missing!

If you are planning any exotic travel this summer, please share your adventures with us! Just in case you need some inspiration, read about my daughter’s Mongolia adventure last summer here.


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South Florida provides glorious beach weather year-round


Summer is fast approaching, and if you live near a beach or are planning to visit one, you’ll want to keep your family safe:

  1. Don’t Get Burned – Apply sunscreen liberally to all exposed skin.  If you plan to go in and out of the water a lot, reapply your sunscreen regularly. But no matter how much you apply, it may not be enough to keep you from getting a sunburn. Wear protective clothing, such as a lightweight long sleeved shirt, a hat with a wide brim and sunglasses. Know your limits, and get out of the sun before it’s too late. Also, know that you can get a severe sunburn even on a cloudy day.
  2. See the Signs – Don’t ignore rip current and jelly fish warnings. If signs are posted recommending you do not go in the water, take them seriously.
  3. Don’t Get Caught in a Current – If you or your children are not strong swimmers, stay close to the shore, and make sure you are in sight of a lifeguard. If you do get caught in a rip current, don’t fight it; swim parallel to shore.  If a lifeguard is on duty, he or she may throw you a rescue buoy or rope and instruct you how to safely get to shore. The vast majority of drownings on beaches are due to rip currents, and many of the victims drown in shallow water.
  4. Alcohol and Water Don’t Mix – Don’t swim if you’ve been drinking. Alcohol reduces the temperature in your body, is dehydrating and impairs your ability to stay in control and make sound judgements.
  5. Never Swim Alone – This is true for ocean, lake and pool swimming – no matter your age or level of expertise. If an emergency arises, you are much more likely to survive a swimming disaster if someone else is there to help you.
  6. Use Your Feet, Not Your Head – Don’t even think about diving into the ocean or a lake head first. You cannot always tell how deep the water is and you do not want to sustain a potentially crippling or deadly disaster.
  7. Shark! – Shark attacks are not all that common, though when they do happen, they are well publicized. Attacks that do occur usually happen when a shark mistakes people for fish. Avoid swimming in areas near piers where people are fishing. Also, since sharks are attracted to shiny lures, remove your shiny jewelry before getting in the water.
  8. Stay Hydrated – Outdoor activities such as sunning and swimming can be dehydrating. Sunburns can also lead to severe dehydration. So drink plenty of water while you’re at the beach and after you leave.
  9. Keep Your Food Safe – Foods that need refrigeration should stay in a closed, well-iced cooler protected from the sun. To avoid food-borne illnesses, don’t keep perishable food out for a long period of time.
  10. Know Your Stuff – If you bring valuables to the beach, such as a wallet, cash, camera, expensive shoes or even car keys, don’t leave them on or near your beach towel unattended. Thieves love to peruse beaches and wait for the opportune moment to rip off unassuming beachgoers. You won’t even know they’re there until you realize your possessions have been stolen.

Nearly the same safety rules as these apply when visiting water parks with your children. Check out my article about Greater Fort Lauderdale Water Parks here.



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#11. Laughed really hard

  1. Interviewed a fascinating biologist/children’s book author and illustrator.
  2. Read and reviewed a stack of children’s books.
  3. Volunteered to be an usher at a Danny Aiello Jazz Ensemble concert. (Awesome!)
  4. Blogged for a mountain climber’s website.
  5. Ate dinner outside on the patio (January) in perfect weather. I love Miami!
  6. Cooked some tomato sauce from my own organic tomatoes.
  7. Had a great brunch with an aunt and uncle.
  8. Baked some Vanilla Bean Shortbread.
  9. Washed, dried and brushed my giant dog.
  10. Took a 2.3 mile walk with my husband and dog in the cool, breezy evening.

What did you do this weekend?

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  • Go to bed at 10 pm.
  • Wake up at 3 am. because you are afraid you will oversleep and not hear the 4:30 am alarm.
  • Leave for the airport at 5:15.
  • Look at the clock thinking it is 10 am but discover it is only 6 am.
  • Hang out in a terminal at the airport for an hour and a half watching exhausted zombie-like people deplane.
  • Get on a 7:15 am flight from Fort Lauderdale to New York City.
  • Run around the city all morning with a 4 year old in the pouring rain.
  • Go to a birthday party for 15 5-year-olds.
  • Look at the clock thinking it is 11 pm, but it is only 7 pm.

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Fairchild Tropical Gardens


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  1. Find money
  2. Clear food away from ants
  3. Find tax deductible receipts (parking, tolls, food)
  4. Not have to look at/and or smell stains any more
  5. See out much clearer windows to make way for safer driving
  6. Take all things that rattle out of the doors
  7. Make room for more passengers
  8. No longer be embarrassed when passengers or valet parkers get in your car
  9. Locate your favorite pen between the seats
  10. Everything feels better when clean

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