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​November 2015
Parks will be open Thanksgiving Day, closed the day after.
​The 'Glades

​“There are no other Everglades in the world,” declared the author and environmentalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas in her influential 1947 book, The Everglades: River of Grass. Join us in celebrating this unique South Florida ecosystem at the second annual Everglades Day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 7 at, fittingly, Everglades Holiday Park.

 

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The free event will include a program on invasive Burmese pythons by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; a presentation by Archaeological and Historical Conservancy director/co-founder Bob Carr; a spoken-word performance about Marjory Stoneman Douglas by storyteller Caren Neile of the Public Storyteller; and live music by the roots band Uproot Hootenanny.
 
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Organizations involved in various aspects of the Everglades system will have information booths with educational and outreach materials. Science Eye will conduct nature hikes every hour on the hour, and there will be a bike levee tour at 3 p.m. (bring your own bike). Activities for children will include a bounce house, arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, and a special appearance by Smokey Bear. There will be airboat rides and refreshments available for purchase, and native trees will be given away by Runway Growers while supplies last.

An Everglades Day photo contest is already under way. Go to the event Web page and scroll to the bottom for a link to the full contest rules and regulations
 
For more information about Everglades Day, call 954-357-5146.

​Get Your Green On

​Quiet Waters Park will host the third 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 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the park’s corporate pavilion (Shelter #10). 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 Route #14.

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​A Taste of the Tropics
​For the 14th year in a row, you can find out more about the rich multicultural heritage of Jamaica when Markham Park & Target Range hosts the popular Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival. The event, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, November 8, features live music, sporting competitions, and, of course, authentic jerk cuisine incorporating a fiery mix of spices and other ingredients. 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 yams and even ice cream. The event’s Jerk Cook-off will offer prizes and cooking demos.

Tickets are $30 in advance, available online (service fees apply) as well as at Jamaican businesses throughout the tri-county area. (Ages 10 and under are admitted free.) For more info, 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 Route #23.

​Light Up Your Life
Holiday Fantasy of Lights returns to Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek under the management of Brandano Displays. The drive-through light extravaganza, now in its eighth year with Brandano, runs from Friday, November 20 through Saturday, January 2, 2016, and is open nightly (including holidays) from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 per vehicle and $40 per bus (15+ capacity). For more information, visit HolidayLightsDriveThru.com, or email Info@Brandano.com.

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​Holiday Traditions
​For 19 of its 22 years, Holiday Fantasy of Lights at Tradewinds Park has featured the Fantasy of Lights 5K Run & Walk. This year it’s on Saturday, November 14, when, starting at 6 p.m., runners and walkers will get a sneak peek at the drive-through light extravaganza, which doesn’t open until November 20. 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. For more information, visit HolidayLightsDriveThru.com  or email HFOL@Brandano.com.

The following evening, Sunday, November 15, will mark the return of Bike Through the Lights, from 6 to 8 p.m. This leisurely bicycle ride through the light show costs $8/person. For more information, call Tradewinds at 954-357-8870.

​Campfire Coziness
​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 this at two parks. There will be events on Friday, November 20, at both Quiet Waters and T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) parks. The program runs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Quiet Waters, 6 to 9 p.m. at T.Y., and tickets are $3.50 + sales tax per person (ages 3 and up), which gets you one hayride and one bag of fixings for s’mores. Preregistration and prepayment are required at Quiet Waters (accessible via Broward County Transit Route #14) by calling 954-357-5100. No reservations are necessary for T.Y. (954-357-8811), which is accessible via Route #12.

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​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 14 and 15 and November 21 and 22, 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 Route #12.

​Nature After Dark

Sturdy shoes are recommended for these one-hour programs. The fee is $5/person per hike. Space is limited and preregistration is required.


​Parks Observe Veterans Day
​​All Broward County regional and neighborhood parks, nature centers, and natural areas will be open on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, with the exception of Deerfield Island Park, which will be closed per its normal operating schedule. The regional parks' holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect.
 
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.)

​About the Parks Foundation
​​The Parks Foundation of Broward County is a 501 (c) (3) organization founded in 2014 in support of the Broward County Parks and Recreation Division. The foundation welcomes individual memberships and corporate partnerships at all levels to help promote our parks and programs, preserve our natural areas, and provide more green space for our community.

 

 

 

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