Where there’s water, there are often fish, and South Florida has plenty of both. Learn more about these creatures when the Anne Kolb Nature Center hosts Fascinating Fish
, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 8. The program, suitable for all ages, includes crafts, games, and other activities, plus an encounter with the park’s own fish inhabitants. Admission is $2 plus sales tax.
If you’re more interested in catching fish, Anne Kolb has another program for you: “Be a Good Angler!” The hands-on event, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 16, is part of the park’s Family Fun Nature Series
, and features information on fish and what they eat, as well as instruction in how to use a fishing rod, tie a hook, and catch and release fish. After the education stations, participants will fish from the park's Intracoastal pier. Bring your own gear or borrow some on site. Preregistration is required, and a $2/person donation to the Friends of Anne Kolb
volunteer group is requested. For more information, call the park at 954-357-5161. Anne Kolb
is accessible via Broward County Transit
And for young fishers interested in some serious competition, there’s the 2015 Junior Bass Tournament Trail
, a program for ages 12 to 17 (accompanied by an adult) that's now in its 17th year. Four tournaments are held once a month, starting in January, on Sunday mornings from first light till 1 p.m. Participants fish from a boat, under rules similar to those used in pro bass tourneys. Trophies are awarded at each monthly tournament for first through third places and Big Bass catch. Tournament points are compiled over the four months, with the angler accumulating the most points at the end of the competition being named Junior Angler of the Year and winning a special prize package. The fee of $75/participant covers all four tournaments. (There is no fee for the adult in the boat.) Registration gets under way at the beginning of November; call 954-357-8816 or email RNewland@Broward.org
. Tournament dates are January 18 and April 26 at Quiet Waters Park, and February 22 and March 22 at Tradewinds Park & Stables.
Fishing is offered at a dozen parks throughout our system, from the shore or in your own boat. For a list of locations, visit our Website
Quiet Waters Park will host the second annual Everyday Green Expo
, a free fair promoting environmentally friendly living. Among the activities will be raffles and giveaways, educational demonstrations, a recycling dropoff, and a Florida-Friendly landscaping tent with planting demos. Food trucks will be on site selling refreshments. It’s all on Saturday, November 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the park’s corporate shelter. Admission is free, although the park’s regular weekend gate fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect. For more information call the park at 954-357-5100. Quiet Waters
is accessible via Broward County Transit
Remembrance of Things Past - Way Past
Relive the magic of the past at Camelot Days Medieval Festival, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, November 15 and 16 and November 22 and 23, at T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park. These back-in-time weekends feature live music, hearty food and drink, entertainment by jesters and jousters, challenging games, exciting rides, and more. Cheer for your favorite side in the Living Chess Game, and shop for handcrafted treasures in the Artists’ Market.
For more information, call the park at 954-357-8811 or the event sponsor at 786-332-0047, email Info@CamelotDays.com
, or visit CamelotDays.com
. Admission is $15 for ages 13 and up, $3 for ages 6 to 12, and free for ages 5 and under. The park’s regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will also be in effect. T.Y.
is accessible via Broward County Transit
Routes #12 and #16.
How much do you know about Jamaica? The culture of this tiny Caribbean island is a rich stew of influences, including elements from Spain and Britain, China and India, and of course West Africa. For the 13th year in a row, you can find out more about the diverse heritage of the country when Markham Park & Target Range hosts the popular Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival. The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, November 9, features musical performances, sporting competitions, and much more.
Then, of course, there’s authentic jerk cuisine. “Jerk,” for the uninitiated, refers to a fiery mix of spices and other ingredients that can include allspice, Scotch bonnet peppers, cloves, cinnamon, scallions, nutmeg, thyme, garlic, lime juice, and more. The marinade/rub is best known for its use on such familiar items as chicken, pork, fish, shrimp, and lobster but can also extend to such exotica as jerk yams and even jerk ice cream. The event’s Jerk Cook-off will offer cash prizes and cooking demonstrations.
Tickets are $22 in advance and are available online (service fees apply) as well as at Jamaican businesses throughout Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties. (Ages 10 and under are admitted free.) For more information, call Markham
at 954-357-8868 or the event sponsor at 786-361-1103, or visit JerkFestival.com
. The park is accessible via Broward County Transit
Leading up to the festival will be the Hot Trot Jerk 5K Run/Walk, starting at 8 a.m. on Sunday, November 2, also at Markham. Visit the festival Website for details.
Imagine sitting around a campfire, roasting marshmallows to make s’mores after a hayride through a park on a fall evening. You can do just that this month when the Family Hayride & Campfire Series
continues at three parks. There will be events on Fridays at Quiet Waters Park (November 7), T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park (November 14), and Easterlin Park (November 21). The programs run from 7 to 9:30 p.m. (except at T.Y., 6-9 p.m.), and tickets are $3.50 per person (ages 3 and up), which gets you one hayride and one bag of fixings for s’mores. Preregistration and prepayment are required (except at T.Y.
) by visiting or calling the park office of your choice: Easterlin
(accessible via Broward County Transit
Route #14) at 954-357-5190, or Quiet Waters
(Route #14) at 954-357-5100.
For the seventh year in a row, Holiday Fantasy of Lights returns to Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek under the management of Brandano Displays. The drive-through light extravaganza runs from Friday, November 21 through Saturday, January 3 and is open nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $14 per vehicle and $40 per bus (15+ capacity). For more information, visit HolidayLightsDriveThru.com, or email Info@Brandano.com.
For 18 of its 21 years, HFOL has featured the Fantasy of Lights 5K Run & Walk. This year it’s on Saturday, November 15, when, starting at 6 p.m., runners and walkers will get a sneak peek at the drive-through light extravaganza. The 5K run starts at 6 p.m., and the fitness walk starts at 7 p.m.; the free Kids’ Fun Run, for ages 2 through 12, also starts at 7 p.m. Post-race activities will be offered.
Preregistration is required and is available at SplitSecondTiming.com. Run participants will be timed and scored. This event sells out quickly, so early registration is recommended. No pets, skateboards, inline skates, or bicycles are allowed; strollers are permitted. For more information, visit HolidayLightsDriveThru.com or email HFOL@Brandano.com.
The following evening, Sunday, November 16, will mark the return of Bicycle Through the Lights, from 6 to 8 p.m. This leisurely bike ride through the light show costs $7/person. For more info, call Tradewinds at 954-357-8870.
On Your Mark(ham), Get Set, Go!
It’s been a little more than 30 years since the Markham Park Target Range opened in September 1984, and to commemorate three decades of recreational shooting in Broward County, there will be a 30th Anniversary Celebration
at the range’s newly updated clubhouse, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 22. Along with the opening ceremony, there will be self-guided tours of the renovated facilities, food trucks, archery demonstrations, and rifle, shotgun, and pistol club demos. Broward Sheriff’s Office
will be onsite with mobile command and S.W.A.T. exhibits, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
will have program information available. To R.S.V.P., call 954-357-8100 before noon on Monday, November 17. For more info, call Markham
- Sat., Nov. 1, 7-8 p.m. – Night Hike – Deerfield Island Park (954-357-5100
- Fri., Nov. 7, 6-7 p.m. – Full Moon Hike – Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center (954-357-8797)
- Sat., Nov. 8, 7-8 p.m. – Nature at Night Hike – Helene Klein Pineland Preserve (954-357-5100)
- Fri., Nov. 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m. – Sunset Kayak & Stroll – Deerfield Island Park (954-357-5100)
- Fri., Nov. 21, 7-8 p.m. – Family Night Hike – Fern Forest Nature Center (954-357-5198)
Sturdy shoes are recommended for these programs. The fee is $5/person per hike; the Sunset Kayak & Stroll is $15/person if you bring your own kayak/paddleboard, or $30/person if you require a rental (bring your own flashlight or rent one for $10).
Parks Observe Veterans Day
Not only will County parks remain open this Veterans Day (Tuesday, November 11), the campgrounds at Easterlin Park and Quiet Waters Park will also offer Salute the Troops
specials, applicable for all active-duty and honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. armed forces, National Guard, and reserve units. Written documentation will be required to establish eligibility, along with current personal identification. Rates are for up to four campers, with additional per-camper fees in effect (up to six campers total). Pet registration fees also apply.
The specials run from Saturday, November 1, through Sunday, November 30. The “Family Fun Package” is good for a two-night stay (Friday and Saturday) for $50 per site. The “Escape Special” is good for one or more nights (Sunday through Thursday) for $20 per site per night. The camping fee also includes discounts on various other attractions throughout Quiet Waters. For additional information, call Easterlin
at 954-357-5190 or Quiet Waters
As of October 1, 2013, veterans with service-related disabilities are also granted free admission when the weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) is in effect at most regional parks. Veterans must establish eligibility by calling 954-357-6622 to schedule an appointment at one of the seven Broward County Veterans Service locations to complete an application. The Elderly and Veterans Services Division
will contact veterans once eligibility is confirmed, and the eligible veteran can pick up a credit card-style pass at the regional park office of their choice or request that the pass be mailed; passes are good for five years from date of activation – a savings of more than $125 – and may be renewed. (The passes do not provide prepaid parking at Hollywood North Beach Park
or admittance into special park amenities or events.)
For further information, call or visit the park of your choice. All Broward County Parks (with the exception of Deerfield Island Park
) will be open their regular operating hours on Veterans Day.
Broward County Commission's Primary Resource and Referral Service
for Available Swim Programs in Cooperation With Various Cities and Nonprofit Organizations. Call 954-357-SWIM (7946).
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