| April, 2016

CRIME WATCH

Posted on 21 April 2016 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

April 3: A woman reported her television stolen from 1001 NW 45 St.

April 5: A man said his Toyota Camry was stolen from his driveway at 359 NW 46 St.

April 5: Two women at a gas station at 1335 S. Federal Hwy. were pumping gas when a vehicle drove up to the car. They reported that a purse and pocketbook were stolen from the car.

April 5: A motor scooter was reported stolen from 495 SE 8 St.

April 13: Property damage was reported at 2011 Deer Creek Wildwood Lane.

April 18: BSO executed a search warrant in the 1400 block of SW 45 Way, and found 50 marijuana plants growing inside. Investigation is on-going.

Lighthouse Point

March 22: A golf set was stolen from an open garage at 2530 NE 33 St. The loss was $829.

March 23: A subject attempted to steal three bottles of vitamins by concealing them in his shorts pocket at a store located at 3580 N. Federal Hwy. The loss was $42.77.

March 23: During a traffic stop at 4900 N. Federal Hwy., an officer smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. During a search, the officer discovered a handgun under a seat. The victim had a concealed weapons permit and admitted he had a small blunt in the ashtray.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Posted on 21 April 2016 by LeslieM

Sell the Hillsboro Boulevard Fire Station property? NO WAY!

Dear Editor:

To paraphrase Hamlet: “To sell or not to sell that is the question”. The answer is simple … NOT!

This should never have come up, and the reason it did was to lamely justify closing the current fire station and building a new one as part of a municipal complex which would be part of the envisioned revitalized “downtown” Pioneer Grove.

Do you see the problem here? This is not a single issue. Close the fire station is one issue. Build a new fire station is a different issue. Whether to build a municipal complex could be the same or a different issue depending on the level of chutzpa of the parties involved. Sell the current fire station and land – a completely separate issue NOT dependent on the others.

The fire station is on a prime corner property [at Federal Highway and Hillsboro Boulevard]. Developers are certainly salivating over the chance to turn it into a commercial cash cow [including proposal for another gas station/ convenience store].

Some saner voices were heard at the last commission meeting, voices from the Florida International University Metropolitan Center regarding their preliminary findings of the City Economic Development Strategy Analysis. The picture they presented for Deerfield Beach was rosy; they pointed out the wonderful array of businesses and industry we already have, unlike other nearby towns.

They pointed out how valuable the appearance of our “gateway” roads were and how improvements to the beach and Hillsboro Boulevard will only enhance the desire of businesses to make Deerfield Beach their home.

It is very important to make a good first impression. Redoing Hillsboro Boulevard from Federal Highway to the beach was huge! Plans to improve the road from Dixie to Federal are underway.

With this in mind, it only makes sense that we would keep our only sliver of property on the four corners at Hillsboro and Federal and make it as attractive as possible. Picture four corners of gas stations and drug stores … is this the “gateway” the city wants to present to tourists and possible businesses?

A new fire station, if needed, must not be contingent on the sale of valuable city property. Go ahead, if absolutely needed, build a new station wherever the city determines it is needed. But do not think that the old station property needs to be sold to make that happen. I am not convinced we need a new one, and all the talk brings to mind that boys love new toys, not that they need them.

Selling the fire station will NOT give the city anything but a miniscule drop in the bucket worth of money to put toward the new facilities. As we well know, in Deerfield Beach, new buildings are not cheap… and to think that a new fire station … or an entire municipal complex … will come in at budget is magical thinking.

Renovate the old station, or turn it into a municipal center and keep the PAL program there; we don’t have a [community] center on the east side [of town], or something else that will be attractive and serve the public purpose. Don’t sell it; your grandchildren will blame you for your shortsightedness.

Bett Willett

Deerfield Beach

Relay For Life appreciates the support

On behalf of the Relay For Life of Deerfield Beach/Lighthouse Point and Hillsboro Beach, we thank these wonderful communities and the Deerfield BSO for the overwhelming support for our Relay which took place April 16-17. We could not have made this happen without our outstanding committee and our Relay teams.

Special thanks to the City of Deerfield Beach and Broward County Parks and Recreation for providing the many resources that contributed to the success that it was. We also appreciate the numerous sponsors and other businesses, including the Deerfield Observer that supported us. This was truly communities coming together to Finish the Fight!

Kenny Brighton,

Event Chair

Karen Hardy,

Event Co-Chair

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HAPPENINGS

Posted on 21 April 2016 by LeslieM

Food Truck Invasion

Thursday, April 21, 5 to 10 p.m.

Quiet Waters Park

401 S. Powerline Rd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Food trucks with a wide variety of selections. For information, visit www.foodtruckinvasion.com or call 954-357-5100.

Pompano Beach Seafood Festival

Friday, April 22 through Sunday, April 24

Friday, 5 to 10 p.m.

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Atlantic Boulevard at the beach

Great food, live music on three stages, 160 arts and crafts booths, two food courts offering both seafood and non-seafood items. Tickets at the door or online. Admission is $10 on Friday, $15 on Saturday and Sunday. Children12 and under free. A free trolley service runs on Atlantic Boulevard. Visit www.pompanobeachseafoodfestival.com or call 954-570-7785.

Tour the Historic Butler House

Saturday, April 23, 10 to 2 p.m.

Historic Butler House

380 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Learn about the heritage of Deerfield Beach’s farming pioneers, including the Butlers. Donations welcome.

BSO Motorcycle Rodeo

Saturday, April 23, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pompano Citi Centre Mall

1955 N. Federal Hwy.

Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Twenty local law enforcement agencies will take part in challenging motorcycle courses. Family activities, food vendors and fun. Free. For more information, visit www.southeastpolice.com or call 954-288-7201.

Pancake and Matzo Brie Breakfast

Saturday, April 23, 8 to 11 a.m.

Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex

445 SW 2 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Kiwanis West fundraiser breakfast offers pancakes, sausages, juice and coffee, and, this time, Matzo Brie for our Jewish friends who are celebrating Passover. $10 for adults; $5 for children 3-12 years. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Literacy Program and high school scholarships. For information, or to purchase tickets, contact Jan at 954-805-5068 or Velemina at 954-600-2159.

Spring Yard Sale

Saturday, April 23 and Saturday April 30

8 a.m. to noon

St. Peter’s Anglican Church

1416 SE 2 Terr.

Deerfield Beach, Fl 33441

Air-conditioned indoor yard sale! Great variety of items priced to sell. Rain or shine event. Call 954-695-0336 for information.

114th Anniversary of the First Zion Missionary Baptist Church

Sunday, April 24, 11 a.m.

First Zion Missionary Baptist Church

125 SW 1 Ct.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Come and celebrate. Guest speaker Minister Ernest Gonder. Reverend Theodus T. Tines II presiding. Call 954-428-1550 for more information.

Deerfield Farmers Market plus Garage Sale

Sunday, April 24, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pioneer Park

NE 5 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Free. Farmers Market has farm fresh produce, honey, pickles, jellies and more. Garage sale may have that rare item you’ve been seeking! Vendor spaces cost $20.

Junior Bass Fishing Tournament

Sunday, April 24, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Quiet Waters Park

401 S. Powerline Rd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Ages 12 to 17. Participants must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older. The angler making the most points in tournament wins the title of Junior Bass Angler of the Year. $85 per person tournament fee. The park’s entrance fee of $1.50 per person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect. For information, call Bob Newland at 954-214-8771.

Mardi Gras Casino trip

Tuesday, April 26, 10 a.m. departure time

St. Ambrose Catholic Church

380 S. Federal Hwy.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

St. Ambrose Men’s Club trip to the Mardi Gras Casino. Bus transportation provided. Must have a Mardi Gras Casino Player’s Card, driver’s license or passport. $15 per person includes bus, $5 free play and $3 food coupon. Call Jerry Mann, 954-856-6062.

Democratic Club Meeting with Sheriff Scott Israel

Wednesday, April 27, 7:30 p.m.

Emma Lou Olson Civic Center

1801 NE 6 St.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel will talk about the use of body cameras by law enforcement agencies, now coming into effect at the BSO. Free, open to public. Refreshments. Call 954-783-8232.

Save the Date: Spaghetti Dinner

Friday, April 29, noon to 7 p.m.

First Zion Missionary Baptist Church

125 SW 1 Ct.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and soda. Donation: $5 per person/$15 per family of 6. Each additional person $2. For information, call Lorrine Cummings, 954-421-0592.

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CLERGY CORNER: The First Commandment

Posted on 21 April 2016 by LeslieM

The Biblical account of the Jewish Exodus from Egypt has been one of the most inspiring stories for the oppressed, enslaved and downtrodden through out history. From the American Revolution to the slaves of the American South, to Martin Luther King’s “Let Freedom Ring,” the narrative of the Exodus provided countless peoples with the courage to hope for a better future and to act on the dream.

Moses’s first visit to Pharaoh demanding liberty for his people only brought more misery to the Hebrew slaves; the Egyptian monarch increased their torture. The Hebrews would not listen any longer to the promise of redemption. Now, let us pay heed to this strange verse in Exodus, in the Torah portion Vaeira:

So G-d spoke to Moses and to Aaron, and He commanded them to the children of Israel, and to Pharaoh the king of Egypt, to let the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.

G-d is charging Moses with two directives: Command the people of Israel and then command Pharaoh the king. However, the verse is ambiguous: What did G-d command Moses to instruct the people? The message for Pharaoh is clear: Let the children of Israel out of Egypt. But what is it that Moses is supposed to command the people themselves?

The Jerusalem Talmud says something profoundly enigmatic:

G-d instructed Moses to command to the Jewish people the laws of freeing slaves.

The Talmud is referring to a law recorded later in Exodus: If a Jew sells himself as a slave, the owner must let him go after six years. He is forbidden to hold on to the slave for longer. This was the law Moses was to share with the Israelites while they were in Egyptian bondage.

Who is free?

The answer to this question is profoundly simple and moving, and is vital to the understanding of liberty in the Biblical imagination.

Before Pharaoh can liberate the Jewish slaves, they must be ready to become free. You can take a man out of slavery, but it may prove more challenging to take slavery out of a man. Externally, you may be free; internally you may still be enslaved.

What is the first and foremost symptom of bring free? That you learn to confer freedom on others.

The dictator, the control freak, or the abusive spouse or parent, does not know how give others freedom. He (or she) feels compelled to force others into the mold that he has created for them. Uncomfortable in his own skin, he is afraid that someone will overshadow him, expose his weaknesses, usurp his position or make him feel extra in this world. Outwardly, he attempts to appear powerful, but, inwardly, his power is a symptom of inner misery and confinement.

Only when one learns to embrace others, not for whom he would like them to be, but for whom they are, then can he begin to embrace himself, not for whom he wishes he was, but for whom he is. When we free those around us, we are freeing ourselves. By accepting them, we learn to accept ourselves.

Who is powerful? He who empowers. Who is free? He who can free others. Who is a leader? He who creates other leaders.

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power,” Abraham Lincoln said. Ask yourself, do you know how to celebrate the soaring success of your loved ones and constituents? Do you encourage them to spread their wings and maximize their potential? Can you allow others to shine?

Pharaoh may set you free physically. But former slaves can become present tyrants. People who were abused often become abusers themselves. It is what they know about life; it is the paradigm they were raised with. They grew up in abuse and slavery, so they continue the cycle with others. The first Mitzvah the Jews had to hear from Moses, before even he can go the Pharaoh to let them go free was: One day you will be free. Remember that freedom is a gift; use it to free others.

Celebrate Passover – The Holiday of Freedom – with Chabad. We have a place for you at our Seder. To reserve, call Rabbi Tzvi at 347-410-1106

Rabbi Tzvi Dechter is the Director of Chabad of North Broward Beaches. New location soon. For all upcoming events please visit www.JewishLHP.com.

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37th Annual LHP Library Volunteer’s Luncheon

Posted on 15 April 2016 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin

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Luncheon was held at the LHP Yacht & Racquet Club April 7.

Usually, they are the ones giving to others. On April 7, volunteers at the Doreen Gauthier Lighthouse Point Library had a chance to receive. They were honored at a special luncheon held at the Lighthouse Point Yacht & Racquet Club. Library director Christy Keyes summed up the theme of the day with a Cicero quote: “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” On each table sat a centerpiece made from individual flower-filled vases the guests could take home. And the library, well, it is not just about the books, but really about the people who take the time to care for those who come in and read them, the people who were honored this day.

 

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Doreen Gauthier and Christy Keyes.

The event began with a prayer from Rev. Mark Andrews. Mayor Glenn Troast also spoke, saying that the library, which now celebrates its 50th year, has offered something for everybody, but the most important part of the library is the volunteers.

 

 

“As we say over and over again, we couldn’t run the library without you,” he said, noting some of the great events the library has held year-long, and commenting that they are in the process of installing a new air-conditioning system.

In addition to Christy speaking, Doreen Gauthier got up and said a few words. They both outlined some of the accomplishments, including the money raised through events and book sales.

Christy said, “We raised $10,000 from two book sales. This helps pay for events like this and goes to special programming at the library.”

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Christy Keyes honors Nicholas Louis for his service.

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Susie Gordon is recognized for her work with Friends of the Library by Christy Keyes,

She added, “We always need books. We go through the donations and if we can, we add it to the collection. If it is the same as something we have, but in better condition, we swap it out. If it is something we can’t add, it will go to the book sale. The volunteers run the whole thing. We have a sale twice a year.”

Nicholas Louis was honored for being 15 years on the board and Susie Gordon was recognized for serving for 20 years at Friends of the Library.

Christy also recognized the teen volunteers, who were able to get out of school and attend for the first time at this event. There were a few in attendance this day, but 18 teens volunteer overall. They created bookmarks for all the guests to keep and recycled old children’s books by creating cut outs for a special wreath and other décor.

The volunteers work at the library because they love it.

Ron Lavergne, who volunteers for many groups in the area, said, “No other place has had so many volunteers. I love going there, doing research and enjoying the quiet.”

Janice Larit said, “The library is a wonderful resource for the Lighthouse Point people.  I decided to become a volunteer. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet the neighbors. It is run so great. Christy does a fabulous job. I can’t say enough about it.”

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Kyle Van Buskirk and Earl Maucker attended from the commission, along with their wives.

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Betty Hammond and Laura Verde run the library’s Italian Club.

 

 

 

 

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THRIFT STORE CLOSING

Posted on 14 April 2016 by LeslieM

Everything must go!

313 SE 15th Terr.

Deerfield Beach. (Cove Shopping Ctr.)

Thurs., Apr. 14-Sat. Apr. 16, 9 am to 3 pm.

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FLICKS: I Saw the Light, PBiFF closes

Posted on 14 April 2016 by LeslieM

By “Cinema” Dave

http://cinemadave.livejournal.com

The Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBiFF) concludes this evening at the Cinemark 20 Palace in Boca Raton with the screening of Silver Skies, a film which premiered in South Florida six months ago at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. As a member of the ensemble cast, Florida’s suntanned ambassador George Hamilton appeared at the screening.

Having played Hank Williams in the MGM production of Your Cheatin’ Heart in 1964, I asked Hamilton that night about the buzz related to Tom Hiddleston’s portrayal of the Alabama Legend in the now-released biopic I Saw the Light. Hamilton was very complimentary to Hiddleston and said, “This will be a different film. Being an independent film, they will be able to show things that we were unable to show with a big studio.”

To the producer’s credit, the new Hank Williams film does not get as down and dirty as it could in retelling the life of this country music legend. During the opening credits, the immaculately dressed Hank Williams sings a signature tune, as if he were giving a concert from heaven.

The film flashes back to 1944 when Hank is married to Audrey (Elizabeth Olsen) by a justice of the peace in a gas station on a rainy night. The next scene features him in a performance that is interrupted by a jealous husband, upset with Hank’s song lyrics. These two abutted scenes best describe the final nine years of Hank Williams’ rollercoaster life.

With the deaths of John Belushi, Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse we’ve all witnessed the tragedy of talented artists slain by personal demons.

Hank Williams was no exception. Given his medical ailment (Spina bifida), professional demands (touring 11 months of the year) and shattered domestic life (Audrey’s singing ambition marred by a total lack of talent), a sensitive man like Williams was doomed to fail.

The saying goes, “country music is three chords and the truth.” British Actor Tom Hiddleston’s performance serves this country music principle. The womanizing charm and alcoholic despair is given a unique vulnerability by Hiddleston’s dignified performance. He is matched every step in the way by Olsen’s balanced performance as Audrey, who is part lover, part shrew.

George Hamilton’s You’re Cheatin’ Heart was produced with Audrey Williams’ supervision. I Saw the Light is based on the book, Hank Williams: The Biography by Colin Escott, George Merritt and William (Bill) MacEwen in an effort to cite objective sources.

While Hank Williams III (the singer’s grandson) has denounced the film and Hiddleston’s performance, I Saw the Light provides a fine introduction to music that has stood the test of nearly seven decades.

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CRIME WATCH

Posted on 14 April 2016 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

March 29: A woman reported her bicycle, valued at $1,400, stolen from 1000 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

March 29: A burglary attempt was made at a home at 1331 SW 9 Ave. The alarm may have scared the burglar away.

March 29: It was reported that a home at 761 NE 52 Ct. was burglarized.

March 29: It was reported that a man stole $985 worth of fitness equipment from Target at 3599 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

April 6: Victim reported that his plate decal was stolen from his Total Medical work truck at 1877 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

April 9: Unknown persons spray painted graffiti on the wall facing Military Trail at the Hollows of Deer Creek, 652 Creek Hollows Cir. Damage estimated at $300.

Lighthouse Point

March 16: The victim said someone slashed the tires of a vehicle causing $150 damage while it was parked at 3611 NE 22Ave.

March 16: Someone slashed tires of a vehicle that was parked in front of his residence at 3615 NE 22 Ave. There were key marks on the side of the vehicle. The loss was $100. A subject was arrested.

March 16: Someone placed scissors over the valve stem and slashed tires of a vehicle while it was parked at 3624 NE 21 Ave. There were key marks on the vehicle as well. The damage was estimated at $375.

March 18: The victim, who resides at 3701 NE 22 Ave., received notification that a Mercedes-Benz was purchased under his name.

March 21: The victim pulled her Mazda in front of a pool at the complex at 2304 Vintage Dr. and when she returned she saw her rear driver side wheel well fender was missing. The loss was $150.

March 22: The victim complained that an aide from a local care organization had committed fraud against her mother who resides at 3020 NE 44 St. It was discovered that several packages had been delivered to the home the day the aide was working and several charges had been made with the victim’s credit cards.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Posted on 14 April 2016 by LeslieM

Dear Editor:

This letter is in response to the Observer’s April 7 article “Code Enforcement Update” [see “Commissioner Battle presents District 2 update”, pg. 5]. According to Mr. Pita, Code Compliance Officer from Calvin, Giordano Associates, “We’ve been busy identifying abandoned and empty homes and boarding them up.” Apparently, Mr. Pita has not seen or refuses to see the large, abandoned Airstream RV situated on the beach at the NE 4 St. entrance. This abandoned “beach home” is not only an unsightly impediment to local beach visitors; it is an unsafe one as well. I can’t, for the life of me, understand why this eyesore has been permitted to remain on Deerfield’s beach to attract unwanted activities, litter and graffiti.

It seems as though Mr. Pita’s statement “[so] there is no question of selective enforcement – the same standards are applied to all” does not hold true for the owners of this vacant beach property. I am sure that if that RV were situated on my property in Deerfield Beach, Code Enforcement would have taken action immediately.

I’ve been informed that this matter is under litigation and cannot be discussed. However, my question is why did it have to go to litigation? If Code Enforcement had taken proper action immediately and done their job, all of this may have been prevented.

Are the laws so vague that politics will prevail?

Lorraine Kelly

Deerfield Beach

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HAPPENINGS

Posted on 14 April 2016 by LeslieM

Food Distribution

Friday, April 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

House of God

600 NW 18 Ave.

Pompano Beach, FL 33069

State representative Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed, Farm Share Inc. and the City of Pompano Beach have teamed up to offer this event. Items include fresh produce and fruits, as well as baked goods, and other items. Open to the public, bring your own bags. For more information, call 954-786-4848.

Movies on the Lawn: The Good Dinosaur (in 3-D)

Friday, April 15, 8 p.m.

Great Lawn

90 N. Pompano Beach Blvd.

Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic!

Arboretum Plant Sale

Saturday, April 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Deerfield Beach Arboretum

2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Shop for a wide range of beautiful plants!

Festivus Fitness Games

Saturday, April 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Crossfit Barracuda

740 S. Deerfield Beach Ave., #7

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Fourth annual Festivus Games Fitness Competition for beginner, intermediate and master athletes. Water provided; food vendors. Spectators free; $75 to compete. Register at www.festivusgames.com/register/537.

Tour the Historic Butler House

Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Historic Butler House

380 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Learn about the heritage of Deerfield Beach’s farming pioneers, including the Butlers. Donations welcome.

Relay for Life

Saturday, April 16 at 6 p.m. to

sunrise on Sunday, April 17

Quiet Waters Park

401 S. Powerline Rd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

This beloved annual event honors cancer survivors, remembers those who were lost and raises money for cancer prevention and cure. Food, entertainment, vendor booths, and more. For the Survivor Dinner, call Anais Vu at 954-200-7533. For event registration and information, visit www.relayforlife.org/dblpfl, or contact Event Co-Chairs Karen Hardy at karengle@yahoo.com or Kenny Brighton at kennyjbrighton@gmail.com.

Beach Tennis Tournament

Sunday, April 17, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

South of Pompano Beach Pier (South side)

222 N. Pompano Beach Blvd.

Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Categories include Men’s Doubles and Women’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles, Singles. RSVP online by Thursday, April 14 at www.beachtennis.us.

History at High Noon

Wednesday, April 20, Noon to 1 p.m.

Deerfield Beach City Commission Chambers

150 NE 2 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Presenter Derek T. Davis, Curator of the Old Dillard Museum, will the share a PowerPoint presentation. Donations welcome.

Save the Date! Pompano Beach Seafood Festival

Friday, April 22 through Sunday, April 24

Friday, 5 to 10 p.m.

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Atlantic Boulevard & Pompano beach

Great food, live music on three stages, 160 arts and crafts booths, two food courts offering both seafood and non-seafood items. Tickets at the door or online. Admission is $10 on Friday, $15 on Saturday and Sunday. Children12 and under free. A free trolley service runs on Atlantic Boulevard. Visit www.pompanobeachseafoodfestival.com or call 954-570-7785.

9th Annual Pig Out ‘n Deerfield Beach

Saturday, Apr. 30, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Quiet Waters Park, Shelter #10

401 S. Powerline Rd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Prepare to Pig Out! Deerfield’s annual BBQ competition features both professional and backyard cooks, SingOut@PigOut singing contest, live music, Wyatt Earp Wild West Show, Kid’s Corner activities, vendors for food and drink. Everyone can sample the contestant’s entries and vote for the People’s Choice! $15 per person, or 4 for $40. Visit www.deerfieldchamber.com.

Worth the Drive: 37th Annual Hatsume Fair

Saturday, April 16 to Sunday, April 17

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

4000 Morikami Park Rd.

Delray Beach, FL 33446

Three stages of continuous entertainment, rows of artisans and vendors, a Japanese food market, specialty sake and beer selections and so much more! $15 for adults (ages 11+) and $10 for children (ages 4-10). Discounted tickets and 2-day passes available online. Museum members and children 3 and under free. For information and tickets visit www.morikami.org/hatsume or call 561-495-0233.

Tortuga Music Festival

Friday, April 15 to Sunday, April 17

Friday, 1 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10:15 p.m.

Ft. Lauderdale Beach Park

1100 Seabreeze Blvd.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316

Superstar headliners include Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, as well as dozens of other artists including Billboard’s Top New Country Artist of 2015 and rising star Kelsea Ballerini. This oceanfront event includes sun, songs, and sand, as well as an exclusive viewing deck with a pool for VIP attendees. Tickets are now available at www.tortugamusicfestival.com.

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