May 18, 2018    

Your Passport Tour to Broward County

Explore Broward County as you’ve never experienced before. South Florida college students are invited to apply for the Broward Academy, a special 10-week journey that provides a behind the scenes glimpse of how Broward County government really works. Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of Broward’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport or Port Everglades? Do you really know where your tax dollars are going, and how they’re being used to better the quality of life and opportunities for you? The program meets on Thursdays starting September 13th thru November 15th from 6-9PM. Class size is limited so apply now. Application deadline is July 27th.

Broward’s Homeless Children Need Your Help

It’s time for Christmas In July, an annual event to benefit Broward’s homeless children. One of the most devastating consequences of homelessness is the impact it can have on a child's education. Frequent school transfers and the stigma associated with living in a shelter add to great hardship for these children. Many begin the school year with no backpacks and few, if any, school supplies or new clothes. Each year, your donations of clothing and school supplies have brought big smiles to the children’s faces and this year we hope to do the same. Collection boxes are located at all Libraries, Governmental Center, Courthouses and other County facilities now through Thursday, June 28th.

Frontier Residents Recognized

Celebrating community achievements of Broward’s Pioneers, fearless men and women who furthered the diversity and cultural vibrancy of their communities, the 44th Annual Pioneer Day recognized 18 new Pioneers and 4 recipients of the Broward County Historic Preservation Board Topical Awards on May 12th. They join a distinguished list of 1,500 other community leaders who have been honored since the beginning of the program in 1972.

2-for-1 Summer Offers

Spend your summer vacation in your backyard and discover a passion you didn’t know you had. Learn how to dive, spend the day relaxing and revitalizing at a spa, or get in touch with the amazing nature that Broward has to offer. It's all part of a vacation that goes beyond the ordinary. Discover another side of yourself, and Broward County, with unique two-for-one offers valid May 1st - September 30th and get your personal journey started.

We Are All Greater Together

The new campaign that is encouraging tourists from around the world to visit Broward County also wants to hear from you. With an open heart and an open-door policy, Greater Fort Lauderdale welcomes people from all over the globe. Whether you live here or love to visit, tell us why you love the diversity, culture and warm embraces of Greater Fort Lauderdale and receive a free #GreaterTogether t-shirt. More...​

Turtles are a Hot Ticket

Sign up now for the Anne Kolb Nature Center’s annual “Sea Turtles and Their Babies” program. This year’s program runs on Wednesdays and Fridays starting July 6th and ending September 5th. The evening begins at the nature center in Hollywood at 8PM with a video presentation and informative lecture. Participants then accompany a naturalist on a hatchling release (pending hatchling availability) at nearby Hollywood North Beach Park. This long-running program sells out well in advance. More...​

Report from the Broward Municipal Services District

Hurricane season officially begins June 1st and County Commissioners have passed an ordinance aimed at preventing widespread power outages caused by downed trees hitting power lines. The ordinance requires homeowners in the Broward Municipal Services District (unincorporated area) to properly maintain trees that are already in place and prohibits the planting of new trees near existing power lines in accordance with FPL’s "Right Tree, Right Place" guidelines. Join the County on Saturday, June 2nd at the Annual Hurricane Preparedness Expo at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center from 10AM to 2PM to learn best practices for tree pruning. More...​

Something New at a Library Near You

Broward libraries rock. That's this year's theme for the "Summer at Your Library" program which offers no cost fun for everyone. Summer at Your Library means events for all ages and the chance to register to win prizes for reading, learning and attending library events that include performances, games, story times, parties, movies and more. Many events will have you rocking out with free concerts as well as music you make yourself, dance parties and workouts, and fun geology- and science-related events for all ages. More...​

Your Broward Library card is a ticket to so many fun, free opportunities. Watch binge-worthy TV using our GoChip, take advantage of 13 million songs available in the digital music library, download or stream movies and music videos to keep kids busy on a road trip, or check out hot bestsellers and ebooks. And just in time for summer, tablets loaded with Library resources are coming to a library near you. More...​

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