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A history lesson, with beer

Lisa Siegel has lived in Fort Lauderdale for 20 years, yet for much of that time, she didn't pay attention to the headquarters of the Fort Lauderdale Woman's Club, located just north of the Broward County Main Library. The building has been there since 1917.

"I would drive past that building on Andrews and Broward, and I never knew what they did there," says Siegel, who with her husband, Julian Siegel, owns the Riverside Market and Cafe in Fort Lauderdale. "It's so deeply embedded in our history, and nobody knows what it does."

Siegel is determined to change that. The first step: a Ladies and Lagers event taking place 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Riverside Market.

At the two-hour class, which is open to men and women, participants will learn about the different types of craft beer and its basic ingredients. The $10 admission includes appetizers and a Samuel Adams draft beer.

All proceeds will go to the Woman's Club, which funds a scholarship for a Fort Lauderdale girl to go to Broward College and raises money for charities such as Jack and Jill of America and the American Cancer Society.

"I was very excited, because before I took the restaurant with my husband, I was a schoolteacher," Siegel says. "So my passion is education, and this helps me bring some educational aspects of my life into the Riverside."

The Riverside Market and Cafe is located at 608 SW 12th Ave. Call 954-358-8333 or go to, @babicorb and 954-356-4710

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