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February 2017 - Community Update
Harlem Renaissance – The Great Expression Exhibit
In celebration of Black History Month and the 15th Anniversary of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, we welcome you to the grand opening of Harlem Renaissance – The Great Expression Exhibit. For the next three months, the library’s museum/gallery and programs will showcase Harlem, New York in the 1930s when black writers, artists, musicians, photographers and scholars shared their passions. Experience Harlem’s famous landmarks as you take a virtual tour as if you were in a 1935 Lincoln V12. Visit for upcoming events.
Final Regional 911 Report Released
County Administrator Bertha Henry released the Phase 2 Fitch and Associates report on Regional 911 culminating a months-long effort to independently analyze stakeholder perceptions of Broward’s new emergency response system and offer recommendations for improvement. The report acknowledges numerous improvements already achieved by the consolidated system - including the virtual elimination of call transfers and one of the fastest E-911 call answer times in the nation. The report also concludes that funding of the system is sufficient, and acknowledges that many of the proposed improvements will require significant organizational and cultural change. Visit More...

Initiative Adds Hundreds of Beds for Homeless
In support of goals and objectives in the County’s “A Way Home” Plan to End Homelessness, the Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership has been awarded a grant of more than $8 million by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the 2016 HUD Homeless Continuum of Care Program Competition. This award will fund 19 projects providing Supportive Services, Homeless Management Information System Support, Transitional Housing, Rapid Rehousing, and Permanent Supportive Housing. The projects provide 690 permanent, 112 rapid rehousing, and 25 transitional beds with related supportive services to Broward’s homeless population. Most importantly, these new funds will create 15 new permanent supportive housing beds for chronically homeless persons in partnership with Broward County Housing Authority and Broward Housing Solutions. Visit More...

Free Public Art Walking Tour
Don’t miss the new Fresh Cup of Art tour. The Cultural Division invites you to explore 10 public art pieces commissioned primarily in the 1980s at the Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. The first free Public Art & Design program will take place on Thursday, February 16th at noon. Meet at the library’s main check-out desk on the 2nd floor. The tour will be followed by conversation and a cup of specialty brewed coffee prepared by coffee expert Edilson Cremonese. View the event on Facebook to RSVP and share with friends. Additional tours will take place at noon on Thursdays, March 16, and April 13. Visit the Public Art & Design Program website. More...

It’s Jousting Time at Quiet Waters Park
The Renaissance Festival, now in its 25th year, has returned to Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach. Hours are 10AM to sunset on weekends from February 11th through March 26th, plus President’s Day, Monday, February 20th. The festival features artisans and crafts people demonstrating and selling their wares, as well as rides, jousting knights, food and drink, and nearly a dozen stages with continuous live entertainment. Daily and seasonal tickets are available, as well as group rates and VIP parking. For details, visit or call 954-776-1642, or contact the park at 954-357-5100.

Get a Free Outdoor Workout
You don’t have to spend money on a gym membership in order to get a good workout. In addition to the walking trails, sports courts, and other athletic amenities, there are three free outdoor gyms at Broward County Parks. The Parks and Recreation Division partnered with Memorial Healthcare System and made the three wheelchair-accessible outdoor gyms, called Memorial Fitness Zones, available for members of the public ages 14 and up. They are located at Brian Piccolo Park in Cooper City, T.Y. Park in Hollywood, and Markham Park in Sunrise. The fitness equipment includes machines needed to get a full-body workout such as chest press machines, lateral pulldown machines, and leg press machines. For more information, visit the Things to Do Calendar. 

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2017 Natural Area Night Hikes
Broward County Parks and Recreation offers naturalist-led Night Hikes for residents and tourists who enjoy exploring the County’s natural areas. With one exception, the hikes will take place at natural area sites in northern Broward on the third Friday of the month, with times that vary depending on the location. The fee is $3 per person per hike, and preregistration is required by calling Quiet Waters Park at 954-357-5110, or registering online at The hour long hikes are suitable for all ages and children under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Check out the 2017 schedule of all naturalist-led night hikes.

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