December 8, 2017    

Commissioners Amend Broward’s Human Rights Act

Broward Commissioners want to protect veterans and victims of domestic violence from housing discrimination. The Board unanimously voted in favor of adding "veterans or service member status, lawful source of income, victims of dating or domestic violence or stalking" to the Broward County Human Rights Act. Federal and State laws prohibit housing discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, disability, and other factors. Commissioners amended the Act to also include those who may be receiving government housing aid. More...

Volunteers Needed

Broward’s Homeless Initiative Partnership is seeking 400 volunteers to assist with the collection of data for the 2018 Homeless Point-in-Time Count Survey and Built for Zero 2018 Registry Week on Tuesday, January 23rd and Wednesday, January 24th. In addition, an event that focuses on the homeless youth count will take place Saturday, January 27th. All volunteers are required to attend an orientation session. To register visit the Broward Point-in-Time website and select "Get Involved" or email for additional information. More...

Medical Examiner’s Office Receives Sought After Grant

Broward’s Office of the Medial Examiner and Trauma Services is the proud recipient of a $100,000 forensic pathology fellowship grant from the Department of Justice (DOJ), one of only seven awarded nationwide. This marks the first time the DOJ has awarded grants for the training of forensic pathologists. There is an extreme shortage of board-certified forensic pathologists in the U.S. and this program is meant to strengthen the Medical Examiner - Coroner System by increasing the number and quality of board-certified forensic pathologists. The grant will fund a fellow for one year beginning in October 2018 and can be renewed through October 2021. More...

Spy a Manatee?

It’s now manatee season in South Florida. Use Broward’s new ‘I Spy a Manatee’ mobile app to report manatee sightings and view manatee protection zones. In the app, you can take a picture of the manatee or select a picture from the device's gallery, enter the sighting information and location, or let the device use the location services to find it for you. You can also view a map of the County’s waterways with State-regulated Manatee Protection and Boating Safety zones. With location services active, the map will also display the mobile device’s location on the waterway. Download the app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. Manatee season runs through March 31st.

Get Mentally Fit for 2018

Want to create an inner calm, learn how to meditate or get help with weight loss to start your New Year? Get mentally fit with streaming yoga and meditation videos at Broward Libraries that feature simple exercises, short and energizing practices, and even yoga for kids. More...

Are You a Woman Seeking Office?

Broward’s Commission on the Status of Women has scheduled a presentation on "Women Seeking Elected Office" that will provide an overview of the process and steps to success, and will focus on why we need more women in elected office and how to overcome the obstacles that keep women from running. The free presentation is Wednesday, December 13th, 6 - 7PM at the Broward County Governmental Center in Fort Lauderdale. More...

Stay Home for the Holidays

Avoid the costs and hassles of travelling this winter. 'Tis the season to be sunny in Broward with spectacular events, mouthwatering menus and special deals for the holidays! See what’s happening around town and have a happy sunny time with friends and family. You may even start a new tradition.

Low Cost Rabies Clinic

Broward’s Animal Care and Adoption will host a neighborhood Rabies Clinic for dogs and cats on Saturday, December 9th, from 9AM to 2PM, at Canine Corner Dog Park in Pompano Beach. Dogs and cats will receive a one-year rabies vaccination and the Broward County Rabies Registration License tag. Cost are $25 for dogs and cats that are spayed/neutered (sterilized), $35 for pets that are not spayed/neutered (not sterilized). Microchips, with free registration, will also be available for $15. Debit/credit cards will be the only forms of payment accepted. More...

Things to Do at a Park Near You

Immerse yourself in Chinese culture at the Chinese Lantern Festival at Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium in Lauderhill. This family friendly event runs eight weekends through January 15th. Enjoy lantern displays handcrafted by Chinese artists, watch live performances and listen to entertainment, try authentic Chinese cuisine, purchase handmade gifts by Chinese craftspeople, and more. There will be demonstrations featuring clay sculpturing, cartoon portraiture, folk embroidery, Chinese knotting, inside painting, dough modeling, fabric art, paper cutting, and straw weaving. Children can enjoy puppetry light shows, take a dinosaur ride, and hands-on ping pong. For dates, times and costs, visit their website.

Whether your youngster is 9 to 16 or 5 to 8, keep them occupied this holiday with Winter Break Horse Camps or Junior Farmers' Camps, both at Tradewinds Park & Stables in Coconut Creek. Camps will run on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, December 26th - 29th, and January 2nd - 5th. Participants in the Winter Break Horse Camps will receive instruction in a variety of horse-related activities from 8:30AM to 4PM. Cost is $75 per day. The Junior Farmers' Camps provide an introduction to basic farming techniques and contact with the park's barnyard animals. These camps are half-day from 8:30AM to noon and 12:30 to 4PM. Cost is $40 per session. Preregistration is required for both camps. Call 954-357-8870 for details.

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