Broward County

12:00 AM EST, December 17, 2014


First Sunday of the month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Jazz Brunch
Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale
Listen to the soulful sounds from local jazz artists on four stages. Brunch will be served in the Einstein Reception Room and in the Peck Courtyard, where one of three bands will perform. Free. 954-828-5363 or

Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Cardio Mix
Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale
Become one with nature while working on your fitness. Attend one of the wellness programs that take place along the New River. Free. Esplanade Park, 400 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. 954-468-1541 or

Second Tuesday of the month from 11 a.m. to noon
Orchid Greenhouse Tours
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
Approximately 1,200 plants are on display. Orchid curator Tom Wells discusses how orchids are bred and cultivated. Orchid seedlings are available for purchase. The tour is for groups of 15. Limited reservations. 954-703-2606 or

Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m.
Brains and Balance Past 60
City of Wilton Manors
This class is designed for the unique needs of active older adults who know the importance of staying mentally sharp and physically stable. $3 for non-residents; free for residents. Hagen Park, 2020 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. 954 390-2130.

Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m.
Funtastic Fridays for Kids
ArtsPark at Young Circle
This weekly family social event features a bounce house, face painting and more. Free. ArtsPark at Young Circle, Hollywood Boulevard and U.S. 1. 954-921-3500.

Through Jan. 3
Holiday Fantasy of Lights
City of Coconut Creek
More than 250,000 visitors will celebrate the holiday season as Tradewinds Park is transformed into a winter wonderland with twinkling lights and illuminated and animated displays. Guests will drive through the park to see the festive displays and enjoy a 3D experience. Volunteers are also needed nightly for a variety of duties. $14 per car; $40 per bus (15 or more passengers). Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. 954-971-7155 or

Through Jan. 4
ColorFest: A Celebration of the Art & Science of Color
Young At Art Museum
At the core of ColorFest is “Color Play,” a national traveling exhibition by Clifford Wagner Science Interactives that will allow visitors to explore how art and science are connected in every day occurrences. Exhibit will engage the whole family with hands-on, color themed activities and educational games from dancing to the rhythms of moving lights to uncovering hidden objects in the Black Light Room. $14 per person; $12 for Broward County residents, seniors and children over age 1; $11 for military. 751 SW 121 Ave., Davie. 954-424-0085 or

Dec. 16 at 5 p.m.
One Starry Night: Christmas Family Night
First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale
Have dinner in the St. Andrews Room and join Mary and Joseph for a walk through Bethlehem as the Christmas story comes to life. Free. 401 SE 15th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-598-9341.

Dec. 17-21
Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida’s The Nutcracker
Parker Playhouse
Suggested for children in grades 4-12, this production will be presented as part of the Smart Stage Matinee Series. Performances will take place Dec. 17 at 10:30 a.m., Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. $21.50-$41.50. 707 NE 8 St., Fort Lauderdale. 954-462-0222 or

Dec. 18 at 11:15 a.m.
Journey through Bethlehem
First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale
Guests will enjoy a reenactment of the Christmas Story. The church’s pastor Reverend Dr. Connie Ast Caldwell will also share special readings. $9. 401 SE 15th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-598-9344 or

Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Santa's Enchanted Evening
City of Wilton Manors
Hosted by Santa's little helpers in the Leisure Services Department, the City of Wilton Manors is preparing to welcome Santa Claus. Event includes entertainment, food, face painting and snow. Free. 2401 NE 3rd Ave., Wilton Manors. 954-630-3118 or

Dec. 19 at 5:30 p.m.
Hanukkah Hoopla
Temple Solel of Hollywood
This fourth night of Hanukkah celebration will feature artisan food, DJs and dancing with Pure Energy Entertainment. There will be a brief Shabbat and Hanukkah service at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. There will also be door prizes and giveaways. Tickets include an entry to win a one-year Temple membership. $25 for adults; $18 for children ages 6-13; $10 for children 5 and under. $25. 5100 Sheridan St., Hollywood. 954-989-0205 or

Dec. 19 at 6 p.m.
Holiday Lights Boat Tour
Fort Lauderdale Historical Society
Begin at the New River Inn with a docent-led tour of the historic district, then board a private boat for a tour of the holiday lights along the New River and the Intercoastal Waterway. $30 for members; $45 for non-members. 231 SW 2nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-463-4431 or

Dec. 19 at noon
HANDY's Lunch Box Luncheon
This intimate lunch will allow guests to get to know HANDY. Free. 501 NE 8th St., Fort Lauderdale. 954-522-2911, ext. 208 or

Dec. 20 at 8 a.m.
Step Forward for Kids 5K Walk
Family Central Inc.
The inaugural walk will benefit South Florida families and children in need. 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. 954-724-3892 or

Dec. 22 at 11 a.m.
Second annual Bicycles for Champions
Broward Sheriff’s Advisory Council
New bicycles will be presented to 250 Broward County children selected by their School Resource Officers. The day will include an Intracoastal Waterway cruise with a buffet lunch aboard the M/V Lady Windridge. Following the cruise, the children will be escorted to Boyd Anderson School, where they will each be given a brand new bicycle, helmet, bicycle lock and backpack - provided by the Broward Sheriff’s Advisory Council. $100 per bicycle, available for purchase at Guests who donate $5,000 or more will be invited to attend both the cruise and the presentation of bicycles. Windridge Yacht Charters, 2950 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-658-6502 or

Dec. 27 at 8 p.m.
55th annual Lauderdale Debutante Presentation Ball
Jack and Jill Children's Center
The presentation will include 20 debutantes in their senior year representing five different high schools in Broward County: Cardinal Gibbons, Calvary Christian Academy, Pine Crest School, St. Thomas Aquinas and Westminster Academy. They are selected based on academic excellence, character, and involvement in their schools and community. Debutantes volunteer a minimum of 10 hours each at Jack and Jill Children's Center and each of their individual parties benefit different local organizations. $125. Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, 3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale. 954-467-1147.

Dec. 31 at 10 a.m.
Rockin’ Noonyear’s Year Party
Young At Art Museum
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a party featuring Mr. Larry's Colorful Rock'n Music Time, a color balloon drop at noon, a train ride by Catabella Express (one train ride included with museum entry fee) and festive cider provided by Whole Foods Market. $14. 751 SW 121 Ave., Davie. 954-424-0085 or

Jan. 4 at 5 p.m.
Starry Night All in White
South Florida Symphony Orchestra
This event, where attendees are encouraged to wear all white, will feature dinner and a concert. $175. Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, 2301 SE 17th St. Causeway, Fort Lauderdale. 954-522-8445 or

Jan. 6 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Pinion Passion Hour
Special Olympics of Broward County
This social evening will support the Special Olympics of Broward County and its athletes. $10 for members; $15 for non-members. Fork & Balls, 1301 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 954-614-6795 or

Jan. 8 at 6 p.m.
Holiday Hangover at the Historic Stranahan House Museum
Historic Stranahan House Museum
Kick off the New Year with friends, bites and drinks. Admission includes entry to win a private 25-person event at the house. $25. 335 SE 6th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-524-4736 or

Jan. 10 at 7 a.m.
Fourth annual 5K 4 Kids
Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center
Participants will enjoy a scenic new course this year, which winds through the historic Victoria Park neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale. Double-amputee, CDTC “Kid’s Hero” and gold medal track star Brian Douglas, will once again serve as the motivating Race Captain. More than 300 runners of all ages are expected to participate. Proceeds will benefit special needs children from Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center and provide scholarship opportunities for the Saint Anthony Foundation for Education. $30. St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 820 NE 3rd St., Fort Lauderdale. 954-728-1040 or

Jan. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Jazz Picnic in the Park
City of Lauderhill
This public event will feature a performance by Sound of Vision. Be sure to bring chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. Lieberman Botanical Gardens, 3801 Inverrary Blvd., Lauderhill. 954-730-3000 or

Jan. 11 at 11 a.m.
Goodman JFS Champagne Brunch
Goodman JFS of Broward
This champagne brunch will honor Dr. Stanley and Pearl Goodman, renaming the Jewish Family Service of Broward County to the Goodman JFS. Honorary Chairs are Mike Jackson, CEO of AutoNation, and Alice Jackson. 125. 201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-370-2140 or

Jan. 11 from 1 to 6 p.m.
Hollywood Healing Haiti Concert
Hollywood CARES
Hollywood CARES is a partnership between Temple Beth El and First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. The fourth annual fundraiser will benefit the organization's orphanage, community center and school. The event will include an afternoon of live music, children's activities, raffles and food. ArtsPark at Young Circle, 1 N. Young Circle, Hollywood. 954-920-8225 or

Jan. 12 at 6 p.m.
Broward 100 Lecture Series: Historical (Hysterical) Tourism
Fort Lauderdale Historical Society
This event is a continuation of the Broward 100 Lecture Series. Free. RSVP required. 231 SW 2nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-463-4431 or

Jan. 15 at 6 p.m.
35th annual Installation Dinner
Areawide Council on Aging / Aging and Disability Resource Center
Municipalities will be honored for reaching milestones in allocating the Full Fare Share in matching funds for the nonprofit. The Legislative Advocate of the Year will be featured, and recognition will be given to the Volunteer of the Year. $75 per person; $750 for a table of 10. 4600 Woodlands Blvd., Tamarac. 954-745-9567 or