| July, 2017

Deerfield little league ‘stars’ shine

Posted on 19 July 2017 by LeslieM

By Gary Curreri

Deerfield Beach Little League President Kathleen Williams was pleased with her program’s postseason results in the District 10 All-Star competition as the 50/70, Junior and Senior Division squads all finished as runner-up in the District 10 All-Star competition.

The Deerfield Beach Little League is in their 60th year and still going strong,” Williams said. “This is the first time in 10 years that our 9/10s have gone more than two games in the district playoffs, so that shows growth.”

Deerfield Beach 9/10 manager Warren Fronte knew from the start that his group had a chance to reach the title game against North Springs; and, despite the defeat, he said the team battled during postseason play.

Listen, they haven’t won anything in 13 years so to bring this to five wins and second place, we are more than happy,” Fronte said. “We are more than ecstatic. These kids are all champions in my book.”

From Day 1, right from the get go, these kids put their hearts out and dominated our first team 25-8 and it was totally amazing,” Fronte said. “It was like, wow, we got a team.”

Selections of the 8-9-10 and 9-10-11 Deerfield Beach Little League All-Star teams came from eight teams in the league to pick from.

It was a little tough with what we had to play with, but we got us some winners,” Fronte said.

There will be lasting memories for the group,” Fronte noted.

Hopefully, they learned to be a professional player as far as their age league goes,” Fronte said. “Hopefully, their parents see it the same. These are players. They are not just little kids playing little league. They are athletes.

You could tell right off the bat which children pushed themselves to the max and a lot of them have,” he concluded. “They have their teammates backing them up and pushing them the rest of the way.”

The Deerfield Beach Little League fielded 25 teams during the regular season this year and 270 players.

We limited the teams to 11 players so everybody got more playing time,” Williams said. “Next year, we are discussing going back to the Major Division, instead of just the 50/70 Division.”

In the in-house divisions, the River Bandits won the Farm Division; the White Caps won the Minor Division; Cubs won the 50/70 Division and Mets won the Junior Division.

Brown wins PBMGA Tourney

Chuck Brown carded a 65 and won a match of cards to take the Class A Division title in the Pompano Beach Men’s Golf Association tournament on the Pines Course at Pompano Beach Golf Course on July 12.

Brown was closest to the pin on the 15th hole when his tee shot wound up 12 ft., 11 in. from the hole.

Jim DeCicco, who also shot a net 65, was second in the Individual Class Play, while Tom Breur shot a 69 and won on a match of cards for that spot. In the Class B Division, Joe Patchen won with a 66, while Scott Feinman shot a 70 for second place and George Torres carded a 72 for third.

Richard Bell edged Dave Dowling by one shot in winning the Class C Division with a 68, while Bob Bridgman had a 71 for third. 

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FLICKS: War for the Planet of the Apes

Posted on 19 July 2017 by LeslieM

By “Cinema” Dave

http://cinemadave.livejournal.com

When the original Star Wars was released 40 summers ago, people began looking for deeper meaning in the film. Writer/director George Lucas admitted to be influenced by Professor Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero with a Thousand Faces, which explores the theory of the “monomyth.” Regardless of culture, the story of the hero is a universal rite of passage. The same thing holds true in a different film, War for the Planet of the Apes, the final part of a trilogy in which we witness the rite of passage for Caesar, an ape who was destined to destroy the world as we know it.

After the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar (Andy Serkis) is the charismatic leader of the apes and proud family ape. When the Colonel (Woody Harrelson) raids an ape encampment, Caesar’s wife and child are killed. Caesar plans revenge and the rescue of his surviving son, Cornelius.

With his trusty associates by his side, Caesar pursues his course of action. He is sidetracked by a little orphan girl who cannot speak and bad ape (Steve Zahn), a clumsy chimpanzee who was previously incarcerated in a zoo. Despite his previous military success, Caesar’s quest for vengeance leads the heroic ape into the heart of darkness.

While it would help to see the previously released Planet of the Apes movies, War for the Planet of the Apes works as a standalone drama. The wages of war weigh heavily on Caesar, a heroic protagonist who is unable to find peace for himself. He is a character we have sympathy for, which makes War for the Planet of the Apes such a successfully subversive movie.

While Caesar’s motivation leads to enlightenment, the Colonel’s journey leads to a logical madness. With echoes of Joseph Campbell’s novella Heart of Darkness and Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, this Colonel is both Caesar’s antagonist and alter ego. When both confront one another, the Colonel compares this meeting with the time General Lee met General Grant to close out the American Civil War.

The War for the Planet of the Apes caps off the most intelligent science fiction trilogy of recent years. Using Caesar as our guide, larger issues like genetics, civil liberties and war are examined. The discussions between the Colonel and Caesar are fascinating, but this film has many throwaway moments and Easter eggs that are thought-provoking, but funny also.

Before Star Wars, 20th Century Fox’s most successful science fiction franchise was their five Planet of the Apes films. While pessimistic, these films provided satirical humor about 1960s humanity. With less cartoon humor, the recent Planet of the Apes trilogy is far darker, but it is an entertainingly told story.

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CRIME WATCH

Posted on 19 July 2017 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

July 4: A woman reported her apartment at 4371 SW 10 Pl. was entered and a camera valued at $3,500, a diamond ring valued at $2,000 and other items were stolen. She believes someone was able to gain access to a key to the apartment.

July 6: A woman reported her purse stolen from her unlocked vehicle at 495 SE 8 St.

July 7: A woman reported her car broken into and her purse stolen. The incident took place in the rear area of Publix at 3740 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

July 7: A man driving a pickup truck stole weeders and an edger from a location at 2943 S. Waterford Dr. The equipment was owned by Above All Landscaping.

July 9: A man reported his car stolen from 245 SW 2 Ct. The man left the keys in the ignition and went into a house at the location.

Lighthouse Point

June 30: The manager of a store called police to report a verbal disturbance he was having with a subject outside the store at 3700 N. Federal Hwy. He wanted the subject trespassed from the store.

June 30: A man made a transaction at a bank and used his driver’s license to do so. He then made a purchase at a store at 3780 N. Federal Hwy. and took the cash out of the envelope and then threw the envelope in a trash can with the ID. He later realized what happened and returned back to the store and found that his license was not there.

June 30: The store manager said a subject stole a drug test kit and left the store at 3580 N. Federal Hwy. without paying for it. The subject left several items in the kit behind and fled the store on a bicycle.

(This is a partial list. For Deerfield Beach Crime Watch in full, visit www.DFB.City and click on “Sign Me Up” to receive the city wide report.)

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HAPPENINGS

Posted on 19 July 2017 by LeslieM

7th Annual Levis JCC Run, Sweat & Beers 5k

Thursday, July 20, 7 to 9 p.m.

South County Regional Park/Sunset Pavilion

12551 Glades Rd.

Boca Raton, FL 33498

Running fun in the setting summer sun. Hundreds of running enthusiasts are welcome for the sunset run followed by a festive celebration. After competing in the race, runners and guests will enjoy complimentary wings, snacks and beer [21+ for beer]. First 700 to register will receive a free dri-fit shirt! $30 entrance fee. For more information, call 561-852-3257 or email laurenk@levisjcc.org, or visit www.levisjcc.org/5k.

Tree Giveaway

Saturday, July 22, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

City of Pompano Beach Nursery

1000 NE 3 Ave.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

The City of Pompano Beach will give away two trees per residence on a first-come, first-served basis. To qualify for a free tree, you must live within the city limits and provide proof of residency. Each resident will be given a choice among many varieties, including Simpson stopper, Clusia Rosea, Live oak, Mahogany, Silver buttonwood, Purple Tabebuia, Dahoon holly, Queen palm, Thatch Palm and Triangle palm. Instruction sheets for planting will be handed out with the trees. For more information, call 954-786-4106.

Guided Butler House Tour

Saturday, July 22 & Saturday, July 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Butler House

380 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Find out more about this beautiful historic home; enjoy the shade of the Banyan tree. The Alice B Gift Shop will be open. Donations welcome.

Redlyte with Sound Movement live!

Sunday, July 23, 5 to 9 p.m.

Kahuna Bar & Grill

NE 21 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Go and enjoy some live reggae tunes at this beach hotspot.

7th Annual NE Focal Point Family Night

Tuesday, July 25, 4 to 8 p.m.

Duffy’s

401 N. Federal Hwy.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Invite your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to Duffy’s of Deerfield Beach for an evening out. Eat, drink and have fun. Ten percent of the evening’s proceeds will benefit NE Focal Point. Meet their staff. Learn about their services and programs. Find out about volunteer opportunities. Win a door prize. For information, call 954-480-4449.

Ladies Day Out Paddle Boarding Morning Session

Wednesday, July 26 at 10 a.m. to noon

Sullivan Park

1601 E. Hillsboro Blvd,

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Join Lora and Toni for a Stand Up Paddleboarding adventure with other ladies! They will teach you the techniques and guide you around Deerfield Island Park in the Intracoastal. There will be a snack and water break on the beach behind the island during their 2-hour session. Only 20 spots Available. $25 Per person, which includes lesson & guided trip, paddleboard & paddle, life jacket, snack and water. Park at Sullivan Park (free parking, but you need to get a ticket from the meter), then meet up under the pavilion.

Chef vs. Chef Summer Brew Master Series

Wednesday, July 26, 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox

1101 S. Powerline Rd, Ste 102

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Two Chefs, one Brewery, each chef going dish vs. dish over a 4-course dinner paired with 26 degree brews! Call Tucker Duke’s to make a reservation at 954-708-2035.

Save The Date

Sundays at Butler House”

Multi-Family Backyard “Garage” Sale

Sunday, July 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Butler House

380 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

There will be loads of absolutely unbelievable “stuff,” bargain hunter delights, antiques and collectables. You can be a vendor or a shopper. Food is available for purchase and they will have free tours of the Butler House. Want to set up a table? Applications are available. Email judithofdfb@gmail.com or elilly707@aol.com. For information regarding historical society membership or special activities, call 954-429-0378 or visit www. deerfield-history.org.

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CLERGY CORNER: A different kind of hero

Posted on 19 July 2017 by LeslieM

When God saw what they (Ninevah) did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.”

(Jonah 3:10 NRSV)

Full disclosure, I like comic books. I like comic book heroes. And one of the things I enjoy doing with my family is going to see superhero movies. This summer has produced some pretty great movies and, as a religious leader, I see all kinds of great material that I can use on a Sunday morning.

The Bible is filled with great stories that have inspired great comic book writers. These are stories about heroes and villains, and heroic rescues filled with action and suspense. If you like reading the Bible, you probably enjoy a good comic book now and then.

I have noticed something about comic books and superheroes, as well as villains. While, on occasion, we may stumble across a super hero lacking virtue of a misunderstood villain some gray area may be interjected for plausibility now and then. But, by and large, superheroes are good and villains are bad. But when the superhero captures a villain, a part of us rejoices. Good has defeated evil.

And the victims who find themselves in trouble — the damsels in distress, the kitty who is caught up in the tree, the child hanging on to a cliff — we love to see the hero swoop down from the sky and rescue them. The damsels are always beautiful, the kitties are always cuddly and the child is always cute.

But what if the enemy is the one who needs to be rescued? What if Lex Luthor was dangling from a cliff? Would Superman swoop down and rescue him? What if the Joker or Penguin were trapped by a bear, would Batman come by and rescue his arch enemies? There is a part of us that would say “good riddance.” But that is not how God operates.

I love the story of Jonah, the reluctant hero. He was called by God to rescue the people of Nineveh. Nineveh was the major trade city of the Assyrians, the enemies of the people of Israel. Jonah doesn’t want to do it. He would rather be swallowed by a giant fish than tell the people of Nineveh to repent.

Yet, he was ordered by God to be prophetic and tell the people in this pagan city to repent. After he delivered the message, he waited on the outskirts for calamity. He was even looking forward to their demise. But, something happened that really disappointed Jonah, they repented and God changed his mind.

It was clear that Jonah saw Nineveh as evil, the enemy, people he hated. God loved the people of Nineveh.

The story goes against our comic book sensibilities. But, the words of St. Paul echo the sentiment of Jonah.

Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person — though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die.”

(Romans 5:7)

Did God send his son when we deserved it? No, “While we were still sinners.” (Romans 5:8)

Perhaps it is time to write the comic book that has yet to be written. Heroes rescue villains. [Editor’s Note: Dear Pastor Gross … watch the new Spiderman movie]. Unworthy people are saved. Rescued people aren’t always grateful. But wait; that book exists.

We do find ourselves guilty, now and then, thinking that we have earned the right to be rescued. Like Jonah, we cheer for the demise of our enemies and flatter ourselves into believing we are better, or loved more by God, or worthy of God’s love. The message of the Bible is distinctly different than the message of the comic book hero. In comic books, the villains have no humanity and the ones who are rescued have earned the right to be rescued by being innocent, adorable or nice.

The one dimensional lines of a comic book meet the multi-dimensional reality of the world where villains are created in the image of God and damsels in distress are sinful and unclean. Superman will rescue some, but God sends the ultimate hero to rescue all.

Pastor Gross is a pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, located at 959 SE 6 Ave., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441. For more information, call 954-421-3146 or visit www.zion-lutheran.org.

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The Therapy Room: Hoarding

Posted on 19 July 2017 by LeslieM

By Julia Breur, Ph.D., LMFT

Hoarding disorder is defined by the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) as the persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value.

Hoarding was considered a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) until recently when the American Psychiatric Association recognized hoarding as its own disorder.

This disorder affects both males and females, but epidemiological studies report a significantly greater prevalence among males. This contrasts with clinical samples, which are predominantly female. Hoarding symptoms appear to be almost three times more prevalent in older adults, ages 55-94 years, compared with younger adults, ages 34-44 years.

Difficulty and distress comes into a hoarding individual’s world when there is a need to discard possessions or the accumulation of possessions that congest and clutter living areas and compromise their intended use. These individuals may not see their hoarding behavior and their collected items as a problem, making any treatment challenging. Hoarding is also known to cause depression, anxiety, anger and resentment among a hoarding individual’s family members.

Compulsive buying, the compulsive acquisition of free items and even the compulsive search for perfect or unique items is part of hoarding. Individuals with this disorder believe that an item will be useful or valuable in the future, has sentimental value, is unique and irreplaceable, or is too big a bargain to throw away. They may also consider an item a reminder that will jog their memory, thinking that, without it, they won’t remember an important person or event. Sometimes they can’t decide where something belongs and think it’s better just to keep it.

Hoarded items usually include paper products, such as newspapers, magazines, boxes and photographs, along with grocery items, food and clothing. Some individuals also hoard animals.

Hoarding is very different than collecting. In general, collectors have a sense of pride about their possessions and they experience joy in displaying and talking about them. They usually keep their collection organized, feel satisfaction when adding to it, and budget their time and money. Those who hoard usually experience embarrassment about their possessions and feel uncomfortable when others see them. They have clutter, often at the expense of livable space, feel sad or ashamed after acquiring additional items, and they are often in debt.

Many individuals live with broken appliances and without proper air ventilation and other living conditions of comfort. They cope with malfunctioning systems rather than allow a qualified person into their home to fix a problem.

Unlivable conditions that are a result of hoarding are known to lead to divorce, eviction, loss of child custody and serious financial issues.

A&E’s television show, Hoarders and TLC’s television series Hoarding: Buried Alive have brought this disorder into greater public awareness and discussion. Physicians, researchers and psychotherapists continue to develop new and effective hoarding treatment plans and with an active and flexible support system in place.

To assist in the recovery of a person who hoards, engage with care and compassion. Point out the risks and safety concerns, such as fire hazards, and slipping and falling potentials, versus accenting blame and shame. Develop a small step by small step strategy and, as key milestones are achieved, encourage and point out accomplishments being made. Many hoarding individuals have organizational challenges and you can help by enhancing concrete skills, such as use of a calendar, time management and setting goals. Hoarding information, resources and support for families, friends, spouses and the hoarding individual can be found at childrenofhoarders.org. Remember… change is possible.

Dr. Julia Breur is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private clinical psychotherapy practice in Boca Raton, FL. For more information, visit www.drjuliabreur.com.

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3rd Annual Lace Up Shoelace Foundation’s Football & Fun Day

Posted on 12 July 2017 by LeslieM

By Rachel Galvin

Only lightning could stop little feet from rushing down the field on Saturday following a series of “fastest man” races. This was just one of the many activities kids participated in, which included agility drills, tube tug o’ war and more, for the Shoelace Foundation’s 3rd Annual Football & Fun Day at Deerfield Beach High School (DBHS). The kids only stopped activities when the storm began brewing overhead.

Run by former DBHS student and current wide receiver/ running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Denard “Shoelace” Robinson, this event brings kids together to not only have fun, but to learn the sport of football, as well receive inspirational messages from someone who understands where they have been and can motivate them to go as far as he has gone, and beyond.

No matter where you come from you can always come home. It’s a blessing where I’m at now so I want to show them,” said Robinson.

We did different drills than last year. We have to switch it up,” said Tevin Allen, who runs local camps of his own, which Robinson has attended, so he wanted to help him out with his as well. “The kids are training, but they are having fun at the same time. It is more exciting than regular camps.”

We have had way more kids this year than last year, about 100 more. This year, we have had 340,” said Kurt Haralson, who also helped out at the event. “We had eight stations for the kids, 15 to 20 minutes each. Last night, we had basketball in the gym.”

(The 2nd annual Ball for a Cause charity basketball game brought in NBA players and other well known athletes to participate).

DBHS Head Coach Jevon Glenn was impressed with the people Robinson was able to get involved. He said he comes out yearly to be a part of Robinson’s event.

You can see how highly regarded he is,” said Glenn. “I am honored and proud …to see Denard go from being a student to seeing the things he does for the community… Not many guys give back as much as he gives.”

Many DBHS players helped out at the event, including Rosendo Louis, a linebacker, who says he is No. 6 in the country right now.

I helped kids with the drills. I love being here and working with the kids. I grew up in the same neighborhood as them. I think it is great giving back to the community,” he said.

Jakari Norwood, who is a DBHS running back, added, “It is a good experience. It’s my second year here. I like to be around Shoelace. Maybe, someday, I will come back and do the same thing.”

Whidlyne St. Simon brought out her two boys, age 7 and 11, to the event.

I have come the past three years. It is awesome and amazing. I think it gives kids something to look forward to. For the older ones, it is inspirational … someone who comes from here coming back…”

After a day of sports in the hot sun on Saturday, kids came inside to eat lunch provided by the Shoelace Foundation. They also had breakfast provided by Kellogg’s. In addition, kids got to take home a T-shirt.

For more on the Shoelace Foundation, visit www.theshoelacefoundation.org.

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FLICKS: Lost in Paris & Spider-Man: Homecoming

Posted on 12 July 2017 by LeslieM

By “Cinema” Dave

http://cinemadave.livejournal.com

Besides being Bastile Day, this Friday, July 14, marks the opening of Lost in Paris, an enchanting romantic comedy that features visual gags inspired by Chaplin, Keaton and Laurel & Hardy. The cinematography echoes La La Land, but makes Paris, the City of Lights, shine while providing a simple sweet-natured story seldom seen on the big screen these days.

Opening and closing the film with a Currier & Ives setting, Lost in Paris introduces us to the headstrong and independent Martha (the late Emmanuelle Riva) and her niece Fiona. Many years later, Fiona (Fiona Gordon) is a librarian in Canada and she receives word that Aunt Martha is in distress in Paris. After crossing the Atlantic Ocean, Fiona gets lost in Paris.

While Martha and Fiona keep missing each other, both women cross paths with Dom, (Dominique Abel, who co-wrote and co-directed with his wife, Fiona Gordon) a hobo who pitches a tent by the River Thames. Through misidentification, miscommunication and with plenty of slapstick, the three protagonists find a resolution when they arrive on the tippy top of the Eiffel Tower.

From beginning to end, Lost in Paris is a delight. Gordon and Abel are a fine team both behind the scene and with onscreen chemistry. Minus big budgeted special effects, this film features theatrical visual gags that would inspire “oohs” and “aahs” with a live audience. It will be remembered as a timeless movie, a modern movie that celebrates its cinematic silent movie past.

With very little surprise, Spider-Man: Homecoming blew up the summer box office last weekend. Having appeared last year in Captain America: Civil War, this new Spider-Man movie features an actor (Tom Holland) who is closer to the age of the teenaged Peter Parker found in the comics. For all of his web-slinging superpowers, creator Stan Lee never lost sight that he was telling the story of a teenager going through his rights of passage.

The film references the original Avengers movie which featured the “Battle of New York” post carnage. Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton) is a sanitation engineer who is originally commissioned to clean up the mess. Prevented by government bureaucrats, Toomes steals the alien refuge and creates his own mercenary business, complete with new technology, and adopts the moniker “the Vulture.”

Spider-Man battles the Vulture on three occasions, with the first two battles being the most thrilling. However Spider-Man: Homecoming is a human story featuring a flawed hero and his antagonist. This is a character-based story that is as unpredictable as human behavior.

This weekend, enjoy both of these entertaining movies.

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CRIME WATCH

Posted on 12 July 2017 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

June 26: A man reported his vehicle stolen. Someone took his car keys and then stole his car. The incident was reported at 540 NE 41 St.

June 27: A woman reported her purse stolen from her shopping cart at Deerfield Beach Walmart Neighborhood Market at 1101 S. Military Tr.

June 27: A woman was getting into her car at Bank of America at 1701 W. Hillsboro Blvd. A man approached her, demanded she get out of the car and then pulled her out of the car. The man then drove away in the car.

June 27: A woman reported her car stolen from her driveway at 4680 SW 12 Pl.

June 27: A man said another man entered his room at La Quinta Inn, at 351 W. Hillsboro Blvd., stole $300 in cash and a cell phone.

Lighthouse Point

June 16: A car dealership employee said an internal audit of license plates revealed there was a license plate missing from the inventory at 2800 N. Federal Hwy.

June 17: The reportee said he caught a swordfish worth approximately $2,000 and placed it in a cooler on the dock at 3000 NE 48 Ct. and did not discover it missing until he finished fishing later that day. He contacted other people he was fishing with who said they did not take the fish. A short time later, the victim called police and told them an unidentified friend had played a prank or practical joke and the fish was located.

June 19: The victim said someone stole his cell phone while he was at a fast food restaurant located at 4800 N. Federal Hwy. The victim said he is homeless and ordered food while charging his phone at the outside seating. He sat down at a table and was using a tablet at the table and noticed his phone was missing. The loss was $75.

(This is a partial list. For Deerfield Beach Crime Watch in full, visit www.DFB.City and click on “Sign Me Up” to receive the city wide report.)

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HAPPENINGS

Posted on 12 July 2017 by LeslieM

Rotary After Hours

Thursday, July 13, 6 p.m.

Oceans 234

234 N. Ocean Dr.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Come by, get a drink and appetizer. Mingle and learn more about the Rotary club.

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 14, 7 to 9 p.m.

Pompano Beach Great Lawn

Intersection of Atlantic Blvd & Pompano Beach Blvd.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Join the City of Pompano Beach for an evening of music and entertainment under the stars. This will take place every second Friday of the month. The band for this month is the top 40 band On the Roxx. For more information, call 954-786-4111.

6th Annual Boca Burger Battle

Saturday, July 15, 6 to 10 p.m.

Sanborn Square Park

72 N. Federal Hwy.

Boca Raton, FL 33432

If you love juicy burgers or just love food in general, this is the place to be. Besides burgers, there is also craft beer and wine to try, as well as some vendors to peruse. Live entertainment by Voodoo Possum and Big City Dogs. Vote for your favorite and see who the judges pick. Portion of proceeds from the Boca Burger Battle benefit PROPEL, www.PropelY-ourFuture.org. Tickets: $50 per person/VIP: (Pre-Sale) $75 / (At event) $125 per person. VIP ticket holders receive unlimited food and drink tastings, and enjoy early bird entry at 6 p.m., instead of 7 p.m. General Admission guests enjoy entry at 7 p.m. and three drink tickets and unlimited food tastings. This is a 21 + event. No Pets PLEASE. Event is Rain or Shine! So, no refunds, Battle Fans. You can purchase tickets online or call 561-338-7594.

Food Distribution

Saturday, July 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex

445 SW 2 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

State Representative Patricia Hawkins-Williams is partnering with Farm Share for this free food distribution for Deerfield residents in need. Food available on a first come, first served basis. For more information, contact Nadlie Charles at 954-202-3201 or email Nadlie.Charles@myfloridahous.gov.

Pompano Beach Amp presents Firefall with Poco & Pure Prairie League

Saturday, July 15, 8 p.m.

Pompano Beach Amphitheatre

1801 NE 6 St.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

The Pompano Beach Amp is proud to present three classic bands on one incredible night. Tickets: $28-$73, to purchase visit www.Ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit www.theamppompano.org or call 954-519-5500.

Tree Giveaway

Saturday, July 15 & Saturday, July 22, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

City of Pompano Beach Nursery

1000 NE 3 Ave.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

The City of Pompano Beach will give away two trees per residence on a first-come, first-served basis. To qualify for a free tree, you must live within the city limits and provide proof of residency. Each resident will be given a choice among many varieties including Simpson stopper, Clusia Rosea, Live oak, Mahogany, Silver buttonwood, Purple Tabebuia, Dahoon holly, Queen palm, Thatch Palm and Triangle palm. Instruction sheets for planting will be handed out with the trees. For more information, call 954-786-5517.

Zonta Club of Greater Deerfield Beach meets

Tuesday, July 18, 11:45 a.m.

The Deerfield Beach DoubleTree by Hilton

100 Fairway Dr.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Find out more about the Zonta Club and listen to a talk by guest speaker Kathryn Bailey, from the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in Deerfield Beach, at this lunch meeting. The Zonta Club of Greater Deerfield Beach is an organization of executive and professional women working together to advance the statuses of women locally and worldwide through service and advocacy. For more information and to R.S.V.P., contact Sandy Manning at bosanboc@bellsouth.net.

Dehydration and Sun Safety

Tuesday, July 18, Noon

NE Focal Point Senior Center

227 NW 2 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Find out how to Beat the Heat at the NE Focal Point Senior Center! Presented by Deputy Periu, Broward Sheriff’s Office, District 10. For more information, call 954-480-4446.

DB Woman’s Club meets

Wednesday, July 19, 7 p.m.

910 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Speaker: Mr. Ralph Krugler, historian from the Hillsboro Lighthouse organization. He will provide information about the history of the lighthouse, as well as the Barefoot Mailman, along with other interesting facts about the current lighthouse. For more information, call 954-421-4700.

7th Annual NE Focal Point Family Night

Tuesday, July 25, 4 to 8 p.m.

Duffy’s

401 N. Federal Hwy.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Invite your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers for an evening out. Eat, drink and have fun. Ten percent of the evening’s proceeds will benefit NE Focal Point. Meet the staff. Learn about their services and programs. Find out about volunteer opportunities. Win a door prize. For information,

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