| April, 2018

Blackburn gets personal best discus throw, aiming higher

Posted on 19 April 2018 by LeslieM

By Gary Curreri

Pompano Beach’s Sydney Blackburn keeps her goals close.

The talented Highlands Christian Academy sophomore track star recently accomplished one of those goals as she threw 151.02 ft. in the discus and won the District 13-1A title.

Her throw is the second best in the state behind Hallandale High School senior Amani Heaven’s 161.50 ft. throw at the Pepsi Florida Relays. Blackburn’s throw is also the 18th best in the country.

That felt really good because there were a lot of people from school there,” said Blackburn, who also won the shot put event that day with a throw of 37.10 ft.“The athletic director was there; the headmaster was there and so was my teammates.”

Blackburn said she sometimes feels pressure because she shoulders the load for her team.

I just know that I am one of the captains, so if I am having a bad day, it will affect the others on my team,” she said. “It helps me know that my team is depending on me, so it helps me calm down. The competition I have now is not as good as my summer track.”

She finished fourth at the state meet last year in the shotput with a throw of 36.1 ft. but scratched on all three attempts in the discus.

My throw would have been the winning throw at states,” said Blackburn, who was 9th in the state in the shotput in her 8th-grade year and was 14th in the state in the discus event that year. “They said I walked out of the circle wrong and didn’t count my throws. It was disappointing, but it really motivated me this year.

I want to get 155 ft. in regionals and hopefully 160 at state,” said Blackburn, who placed 4th in the National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas with a throw of 144.75 ft. last July. It was her previous best throw until the district competition last week. Blackburn competes for Broward Elite Track Club out of Pine Crest in Ft. Lauderdale during the summer.

The regional competition is Wednesday at Calvary Christian in Ft. Lauderdale.

Blackburn, 16, is a sophomore and has spent 10 years at the school.

It is a small school, but I enjoy going there,” Blackburn said. “With public schools, you get to experience more, but in my district there is very good competition.”

I like to keep my goals close,” Blackburn said. “My goal is to get into the high 170s by the time I finish high school. My highest last year was in the 130s, so I am improving each year.”

Blackburn is highly thought of by Highlands track coach Brenda King.

Sydney is our most valuable track member not just because of her points but she is our heart beat,” King said. “She is a fun loving young lady who does not mind working hard at athletics or academics.

Most importantly, Sydney, her family and me are all humbled to enjoy this great ride of her success through hard work.

Sydney has always desired to go to college and participate in a sport,” added King, who said that Blackburn has drawn interest from the University of Miami and University of Virginia as well as Butler. “Now, track has made it more real for her. Sydney has special God given talents and she must be treated in that manner. She reminds daily of why I love to coach.”

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FLICKS: A Bag of Marbles & Deep Sea 3D at MODS IMAX

Posted on 19 April 2018 by LeslieM

By “Cinema” Dave

http://cinemadave.livejournal.com

The motion picture industry is having a fine spring with Rampage, A Quiet Place and Ready Player One dominating the box office. It will be eight days before the most hyped and most secretive movie of the year opens, Avengers: Infinity War. In the meantime, check out an indie film or a selection from IMAX’s Museum of Discovery & Science (MODS) in Ft. Lauderdale.

A French, Yiddish, Russian and German movie with English subtitles, A Bag of Marbles is a simple film about a Jewish Family trying to evade the encroaching Nazis in France and Italy during WW2. The use of European landscapes creates beautiful cinematography, which add to the innocent perspective of the young boys. When the boys are outside traveling, the film feels like a Mark Twain Adventure with Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.

It is in the indoors that one feels the tension and witnesses the cruelty of Adolph Hitler’s goons. Moments of family joy celebrating a Mom’s violin solo is interrupted by Nazis who complain about hearing Jewish music. Situations get darker when the boys are brutally captured and interrogated by a commandant who wants them medically examined for circumcision.

Though a title works as a dramatic piece of symbolism, A Bag of Marbles is a very humane motion picture. The boys are not superheroes, they bicker and cry for the most immature reasons. Early in the motion picture, the youngest boy befriends a German soldier because the soldier is “cool.” Based on a true story from Holocaust survivors, A Bag of Marbles is a movie about growth.

Deep Sea 3D has returned to MODS. Narrated by Kate Winslet and Johnny Depp, Deep Sea 3D is a 45-minute documentary about the creatures that live in the darkest and deepest oceans on Planet Earth. The most monstrous creature of Deep Sea 3D has to be the Humboldt Squid, a vicious character. With tentacles that can extend up to 6 ft., this carnivore has superior underwater vision and can rip its prey to shreds with its beak.

My favorite character had to be the Mantis Shrimp. This scrappy fighter defends his turf from an over-reaching octopus. While the octopus has the advantage of eight tentacles and a slimy disposition, the Mantis Shrimp manages to out box his predator with his attitude, front claws and speed. As scary as the Humboldt Squid is, the Mantis Shrimp provides the best comic relief and a moment to cheer.

Both A Bag of Marbles and Deep Sea 3D present big screen entertainment, sharing the theme of survival. With decent box office numbers, perhaps big screen entertainment will survive another summer.

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CRIME WATCH

Posted on 19 April 2018 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

April 3: A man reported that someone stole money from him at 1101 S. Military Tr.

April 3: A woman reported that a woman who is her neighbor hit her on the head with a glass bottle during a fight. The incident was reported at 5321 NE 10 Ave.

April 3: A man said that a man he knows stole $300 from him at 321 NW 39 St.

April 6: A man reported that a scooter was stolen from his home at 1324 S. Deerfield Ave.

April 6: A woman reported that a phone was stolen from a package delivered to her home by Amazon at 41 Deer Creek Rd.

Lighthouse Point

March 22: The victim brought his vehicle to a mechanic at 2733 NE 28 St. who said it looked like the ABS wires had been cut.

March 22: The victim last recalled seeing his wallet at a store at 3780 N. Federal Hwy. It contained $5 in cash, an ID card, social security card and a debit card. The loss was $20.

March 31: A pair of keys was located and dropped off at the police department at 2000 NE 36 St.

(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 April 2018 by LeslieM

A Class Act

Through May 13, times vary

Pompano Beach Cultural Center

50 W. Atlantic Blvd.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Written by Norman Shabel, this play by TheatreSouth focuses on a trio of lawyers who accuse General Chemical Co. of polluting water across the country through cancer-causing factory runoff. These attorneys are hoping for a big payoff from the deep pockets of the corporation, while the “suits” at the latter plan to use blackmail as leverage to pay as little as possible. Tickets are $21.50-$25.50, to purchase visit www.ccpompano.org or call 954-545-7800.

8th Annual Dinner & Auction

Every Sole Counts”

Thursday, April 19, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Boca West Country Club

20583 Boca W. Dr.

Boca Raton, FL 33434

Cocktails, dinner, entertainment, live & silent auctions, raffles. Complimentary valet sponsored by Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith. Special performance by The Motowners. Tickets are $125 per person. Benefits In Jacobs Shoes. To purchase, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/in-jacobs-shoes-8th-annual-dinner-auction-every-sole-counts-tickets-41077121777. For more information, call 954-905-2505 or e-mail info@injacobsshoes.org.

7th Annual Board Swap

Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Island Water Sports (IWS)

1985 NE 2 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

You can buy, sell & swap your used Surf, Skate, Skim, SUP & Wakeboards. Same thing goes for Wetsuits, Fins and Accessories. The sample sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a fundraiser to support surf and skate camp scholarships. There will also be free surf & stand-up paddle lessons from 6:45 to 9 a.m. along with a beach cleanup from 9 to 11 a.m. (meeting at IWS) and also a Broward County Intracoastal Waterway clean-up at 9 a.m. to noon (meeting at Sullivan Park). For more information, call 954-427-4929.

Stop the Bleed Class

Wednesday, April, 25, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Broward Health Medical Center

1600 S. Andrews Ave.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316

Jami Rothenburg, RN, BSE, Trauma Outreach Coordinator/EMS Liaison at Broward Health Medical Center, will teach a Stop the Bleed class, which combines lecture with hands-on training to help prepare the community on how to control active bleeding. Uncontrolled bleeding is the No. 1 cause of preventable death from trauma. The goal is to teach you how to recognize a life threatening active bleed and how to apply a tourniquet or direct pressure to “Stop the Bleed.” Free class. For more information, call Jami Rothenburg at 954-468-8935 or e-mail jrothenburg@browardhealth.org.

Cuisine of the Region

Wednesday, April 25, 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Hillsboro Club

901 Hillsboro Mile

Hillsboro Beach, FL 33062

Food and wine from local restaurants, silent/live auction. Proceeds benefit N.E. Focal Point CASA, Inc. supporting programs and services offered at the Center for Active Aging. Sponsorships available. Auction items accepted. Tickets: $75 (advance), $100 (door). Please call 954-480-4460 or e-mail rwilliams@deerfield-beach.com for further information or to purchase tickets.

Save the Date:

34th Annual Pompano Beach Seafood Festival

Friday, April 27 to Sunday, April 29

Pompano Beach Pier

222 N. Pompano Beach Blvd.

Pompano Beach, FL 33062

One of South Florida’s longest running and most popular outdoor festivals. Enjoy seafood and other cuisine, shop for items, enjoy live entertainment and more. 150 art & craft vendors.The festival is open Friday, April 27 from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. A three day pass is only $30 (available online only). Friday admission is $10, Saturday is $20 and Sunday daily admission is $15 (all available in advance online). Pompano’s new 600 car parking garage is now open on A1A across from the Pompano Pier and another 300 cars can be accommodated in the lot at A1A and Atlantic. For more information, contact Kyle Good at kyle@goodeventmanagement.com, 954-570-7785 or visit www.pompanobeachseafoodfestival.com.

Relay For Life

Saturday, April 28 to Sunday, April 29, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Quiet Waters Park

401 S. Powerline Rd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

There will be an Opening Ceremony, Survivor/Caregiver Walk, Luminaria Ceremony, Closing Ceremony. Join them to lead the fight for a world free from Cancer and cheer on survivors and people that suffer from this disease. For more information, contact Alex Klomparens at alexandra.klomparens@cancer.org or 616-364-6121.

Jerry’s Girls

April 19 through May 13

The Wick Theatre

7901 N. Federal Hwy.

Boca Raton, FL 33487

Jerry Herman’s great works come to life. Presented by the amazing talents of Susan Anton, Klea Blackhurst, Julie Kavanagh and Lauren Sprague. these stars light up the stage with a musical revue that spans Herman’s career. Featuring songs like “Hello Dolly,” “Put On Your Sunday Clothes,” “Mame,” “Bosom Buddies,” “La Cage” and many more! Tickets are $89 per person. To see more showtimes and purchase tickets, visit www.thewick.org.

EARTH MONTH

Join the City of Deerfield Beach for a series of Earth and Arbor Day events to celebrate the planet in all corners of the community.

Tree Giveaway

Saturday, April 28, 9 to 11 a.m.

Central City Campus

401 SW 4 St A.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

The city’s annual tree giveaway is open to Deerfield Beach residents only. For additional information, visit www.DFB.city/earthmonth or call 954-480-1420.

DFBee Apiary Grand Opening
Now has been RESCHEDULED

Saturday, June 2, 9 to 11 a.m.

401 SW 4 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

It was to be held on April 21, but this event has been rescheduled to June 2. In partnership with The Urban Beekeeper, the City of Deerfield Beach will open its first honeybee apiary. The grand opening will include presentations from their sponsors and a variety of activities. Save the date.

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CLERGY CORNER: Digital wafers and virtual wine

Posted on 19 April 2018 by LeslieM

“… on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’” (I Corinthians 11:23b-25)

Some call it “The Lord’s Supper.” Some call it “The Eucharist.” Some call it “Holy Communion.” There are many names but just one purpose and that is to connect us. When we gather to receive the wafer or bread, wine or grape juice, we connect with God and we connect with our fellow communicants. If I were to look for a trendy word to describe this experience, I would call it “The Divine Connection.” Indeed, it is a divine connection.

Are we connected? Some people would say that we are more connected than ever. We have smart phones, computer tablets, Apple watches, as well as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snap Chat. Wifi is available in every Starbucks or McDonalds. We panic when we lose our cell phone signal on road trips. We are so connected that we are actually in bondage to technology. If I leave the house without my cell phone, I actually break into a sweat. I am just as guilty as anybody else in this regard. But are we really connected?

I hear people complain all the time about going to restaurants and seeing people sit across the table from each other and text. They are not making eye contact. They are not listening. They are not speaking. They are texting. Are they texting each other? That would be pretty sad. Are they ignoring each other and texting their friends? That is sadder yet. They may be making a digital connection but they certainly are not making a human connection.

I know that technology can be a great asset. I know that there are ways that churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship can utilize technology in very helpful ways to communicate. I heartily endorse the use of technology in churches because I use it all the time. Case in point, I am writing this from my computer.

If homebound people cannot attend worship but can stream a sermon … terrific. If someone is out of town and wants to stream a sermon … terrific. If someone wants to listen again to a sermon I left recorded on a website … terrific. And then I come to a realization. While the sermon is a major part of our worship experience, it is not the only major part of our worship experience.

I can listen to a sermon and I can sing along with hymns and songs, but Holy Communion is an experience that I cannot simulate with technology. There is no such thing as a “digital wafer.” There is no such thing as “virtual wine.” If you want to experience Holy Communion, the only way that is possible is on a human-to-human level.

I happily bring Holy Communion to homebound people or hospitalized people, and every worship service at Zion includes Holy Communion. Human interaction is the only possible way to distribute communion and I have to say that this is good. The lack of human interaction is taking its toll on society whereas Holy Communion is one of the last vestiges of human interaction left.

Even for faith traditions that do not celebrate Holy Communion in the manner in which we do, we celebrate communion in the general sense of the word. Communion and community have a common root and faith-based communities are sacred space where humans interact in person. Our places of worship provide an invaluable service during the digital age. We pray together; we praise together; we sing together; we listen to one another and we speak to one another. When someone in our community is hurting, we empathize, sympathize and hug. Technology cannot do any of these things.

May we people of faith never lose sight of the important role we play in the lives of the people we serve. When God speaks to his people it is through sending people, not text messages.

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: Dementia and caregiving

Posted on 19 April 2018 by LeslieM

Part 2 of a 3-part series on dementia

Today, there are more than 9.9 million people caring for someone with Alzheimer’s and other dementia. Last month, the initial column in our series on dementia discussed dementia as a progressive biological brain disorder that makes it difficult for those diagnosed to think and communicate clearly and to even take care of themselves. This month, in part two of our series, we discuss practical strategies for caregivers who manage others with dementia.

Many families find it difficult and frustrating to communicate with a loved one with dementia. It is important to remember that a person with dementia cannot control behavior caused by their dementia.

Here is a list of common dementia behaviors and helpful suggestions for caregivers:

Eating and Nutrition: People with dementia forget their need to eat and drink, and complicating this may be dental problems, weight loss, irritability, disorientation, poor sleep and even bladder issues. Caregivers should consider serving meals away from a television and other distractions. Being flexible with food and beverage choices helps — a person with dementia may suddenly develop new food choices or reject ones that were liked in the past.

Bathing: Forgetting proper hygiene, such as bathing, combing hair, brushing teeth and changing clothes are common among people with dementia. Being cleaned by another person can be frightening, embarrassing and humiliating to a person being cared for and frustrating to a caregiver. If your loved one is modest when it comes to bathing, acknowledge that by making sure doors and shower curtains are closed. Keep a towel over private body parts and have a robe ready after bathing. Never leave a person with dementia unattended in a bath or shower and have all necessary bathing products in place for ease of use.

Sleeplessness: Restlessness and disorientation are troubling behaviors people with dementia experience and often it gets worse at the end of the day and throughout the night. Caregivers can increase daytime activities and discourage daytime naps, limit intake of sugar and caffeine and, if needed, consider speaking with patient’s physician about medication for sleeping issues.

Hallucinations and delusions: Seeing or hearing things others do not and false beliefs may occur as dementia progresses. Caregivers can offer reassurance and acknowledge the thoughts and feelings relating to hallucinations and delusions and use distractions to help such as suggesting a walk or simply moving to another room.

Caregivers at times forget to focus on their own needs.

Here are self care practices to consider:

Learn and use stress reduction techniques, such as exercise or yoga

Get rest and proper nutrition

Seek and accept support from others

Talk to other family members and the dementia patient’s physician about new concerns and seek their guidance for suggestions on additional or alternative care-giving assistance

A caregiver cannot stop the impact of dementia for someone they care for, but there is a great deal they can do to take responsibility for their own well-being and to have their needs met. When a caregiver’s needs are addressed the person being taken care of will benefit as well.

Dr. Julia Breur is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a private clinical psychotherapy practice in Boca Raton. Further information available at www.drjuliabreur.com.

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FLICKS: Beirut & Women of Venezuelan Chaos

Posted on 12 April 2018 by LeslieM

By “Cinema” Dave

http://cinemadave.livejournal.com

Women of Venezuelan Chaos and Beruit are two serious and timely movies that open this weekend at local theaters. Both films are riveting dramas. Beruit is based on terrorist drama that began in 1972, while Women of Venezuelan Chaos is a documentary based on recent news from South of the Border.

Directed by Margarita Cadenas, Women of Venezuelan Chaos interviews five women of various economic status of post-Chavez Venezuela.

Kim (who attended an Apr. 9 screening at Silverspot Cinema in Coconut Creek) is married with children and is also a nurse. We see her providing healthcare, but many medicinal supplies are lacking.

Maria is a community manager who works from her home. She talks about bartering milk for diapers and how the Venezuelan economy is turning the population into a community of hoarders.

Eva is unemployed, therefore, she must wait in line to receive a lottery number to get rice and flour from the black market.

Luisa is a retired police officer whose grandson is imprisoned for being critical of the Venezuelan government.

Olga is a waitress with a tragic story to tell about government oppression and the murder of children.

Spoken in Spanish with English subtitles, Women of Venezuelan Chaos is newsworthy. When it was “cool” to mock President Bush, Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez was upheld as a poster boy for socialized healthcare by some. When Chavez died and his house of cards crumbled, Nicolas Maduro became president. As poverty increased, the main stream media seemingly lost interest in the plight of the Venezuelan people. Through the voices of these five women, this documentary sheds some light upon their struggles for survival under the rule of graft politics and thug leaders.

Beirut deals with the growing world of terrorist thugs. In 1972, Diplomat Mason Skiles (Jon Hamm) hosts a party in which he states, “Christians are in one corner; Muslims in the other corner with Jack Daniels in the middle.”

During the party, Mason learns that a student they are sponsoring is the brother of the No. 1 terrorist involved in the murders in Munich during the 1972 Olympics. That night, the terrorist invades the party and the student is abducted.

Ten years later, the CIA recruits Mason for a hostage negotiation in Beirut. The simple negotiation becomes an elaborate affair when many greedy organizations haggle over the hostage fee. During this complication, Mason learns that his old student is now grown and is involved in the kidnapping.

The summer movie blockbuster season is almost upon us. However, don’t let the serious fare like Beirut and Women of Venezuela Chaos get lost in the crowd.

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CRIME WATCH

Posted on 12 April 2018 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

March 27: A woman reported her vehicle stolen from her driveway at 213 NW 46 Ct.

March 27: A man reported his Nissan Sentra stolen from his driveway at 4345 NW 6 Ave.

March 27: A vehicle parked at 40 NW 2 Ave. was broken into and a pressure cleaner and generator were stolen. The loss was estimated at $600.

March 27: An individual entered a body shop work area and stole a Makita polisher. The incident was reported at 1475 SW 1 Way.

March 29: A vehicle parked at 1877 W. Hillsboro Blvd. was broken into and a bag containing a computer and medical equipment was stolen.

Lighthouse Point

March 15: Someone keyed the victim’s vehicle while it was parked in front of an apartment complex at 2200 NE 36 St.

March 15: The victim said she accidentally left her purse at a bus stop at 3700 N. Federal Hwy. She returned 45 minutes later but was unable to locate it. It contained credit cards and $20 in cash. The loss was $22.

March 16: The victim said he and an acquaintance consumed large amounts of alcohol at a residence at the 2100 block of NE 42 St. and, when the resident passed out drunk, the subject stole his car.

(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 April 2018 by LeslieM

Friends of the Deerfield Beach Arboretum

Thursday, April 12, 7 p.m.

Arboretum at Constitution Park

66-124 Deer Creek Rd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Guest speaker will be Noel Ramos. Mr. Ramos is an outstanding authority on mangos. He will tell you everything from selecting the tree, keeping it insect and disease free, to picking the fruit. If you’re a mango enthusiast, this is the meeting you’ve been waiting for. Plant giveaway. Light refreshments served. Meetings are free and open to the public. If you haven’t paid your 2018 dues, you can at the meeting. Monthly meeting every Thursday evening.

Farm Heritage Day

Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sample McDougald House

450 NE 10 St.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Great event for the whole family. Kids can try their hand at painting a pineapple or meet some new furry friends at the petting zoo. Adults can watch Pat Anderson create a painting plein air or learn about gardening from Lee Waldo, as well as see the historic home. There also will be fun tractor hay rides, quilts on display, arts & crafts to do, as well as food and beverages to enjoy. It is always a wonderful day!

Community Yard Sale

Saturday, April 14, 8 a.m.

Palms Angels

425 NW 1 Terr.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Please pre-order table. Inside $20, outside $10. For more information, call Linda Bates at 754-234-2522.

Tropical Post Card Club

Saturday, April 14, Noon to 3 p.m.

Old School House

323 NE 2 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Will be held the second Saturday of each month. For more information, call Amie Kay Tanner at 954-254-8937.

Concert in the Park

Saturday, April 14 6 to 10 p.m.

Frank McDonough Park

3500 NE 27 Ave.

Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Party in paradise with Jimmy Stowe and the Stowaways, a Jimmy Buffet tribute band, and food trucks.

Fundraiser for Fire Victim

Sunday, April 15, noon to 4 p.m.

Legends Tavern and Grille

1391 S. Military Tr.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Help raise money for Barbara Cisco, who was critically injured trying to save her cats in a house fire in Deerfield on March 25. Her house was destroyed and most of her possessions. There will be a Cornhole Tournament, raffle and more. All proceeds will go directly to Barbara Cisco.

A Concert for Hope

Sunday, April 15, 2 to 6 p.m.

Butler House

380 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

An afternoon of music to celebrate Cancer survivors and remember those we have lost. Special guests Steve Minotti and Friends, featuring JD Danner. There will be a $10 donation to The American Cancer Society, $5 for students. For more information, call T.J. Eagan at 954-592-3150.

Tip-A-Cop

Tuesday, April 17, 6 p.m.

Bonefish Macs

2002 Sample Rd.

Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Volunteer Lighthouse Point Law Enforcement personnel and Special Olympics athletes serve as “celebrity waiters” and collect donations for Special Olympics. For more information, call 954-262-2150.

History at High Noon: “Florida Made”

Wednesday, April 18, Noon to 1 p.m.

Commission Chambers of Deerfield Beach City Hall

150 NE 2 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

It’s another exciting storytelling adventure… Authors George LeMieux and Laura Mize will tell the stories of the 25 most important figures that shaped our state. History at High Noon is held the 3rd Wednesday of each month at noon. Light refreshments served; free entrance, donations accepted. For more information, go to the Historical Society’s website, www.deerfield-history.org or call 954-429-0378.

In Jacob’s Shoes Dinner & Auction

Thursday April 19, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Boca West Country Club

20583 Boca W. Dr.

Boca Raton, FL 33434

Cocktails, dinner, entertainment, live & silent auctions, raffles. Complimentary valet sponsored by Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith. Special Performance by The Motowners. $125 Per Person. To purchase, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/in-jacobs-shoes-8th-annual-dinner-auction-every-sole-counts-tickets-41077121777. For more information, call 954-905-2505 or e-mail info@injacobsshoes.org.

Save The Date: Cuisine of the Region

Wednesday, April 25, 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Hillsboro Club

901 Hillsboro Mile

Hillsboro Beach, FL 33062

Sample food from local restaurants and plenty of wine. Proceeds benefit N.E. Focal Point CASA, Inc. supporting programs and services offered at the Center for Active Aging. Sponsorships available – Auction Items accepted – Tickets are on Sale! Please call 954-480-4460 or e-mail rwilliams@deerfield-beach.com for further information or to purchase tickets.

Relay For Life

April 28-29, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Quiet Waters Park

401 S. Powerline Rd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

There will be an Opening Ceremony, Survivor/Caregiver Walk, Luminaria Ceremony, Closing Ceremony. Join them to lead the fight for a world free from cancer and cheer on survivors and people that suffer from this disease. For more information, contact Alex Klomparens at alexandra.klomparens@cancer.org or 616-364-6121.

EARTH MONDAY

Green, Grow, Bloom

Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Constitution Park

2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

The Friends of the Arboretum will be hosting a native plant sale, as well as arboretum tours and educational opportunities.

DFBee Apiary Grand Opening

Saturday, April 21, 9 to 11 a.m.

401 SW 4 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

In partnership with The Urban Beekeeper, the City of Deerfield Beach is proud to announce the opening of its first honeybee apiary. The grand opening will include presentations from their sponsors and a variety of activities.

Tree Giveaway

Saturday, April 28, 9 to 11 a.m.

Central City Campus

401 SW 4 St A.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

The city’s annual tree giveaway is open to Deerfield Beach residents only.

For additional information, visit www.DFB.city/earthmonth or call 954-480-1420.

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CLERGY CORNER: C.J.’s final thoughts: why the little things matter

Posted on 12 April 2018 by LeslieM

When you discover that nearly 80 percent of NFL players are either bankrupt or in a financial hardship within three to five years following their career playing football, and that 70 percent of lottery winners become broke, it’s only natural to wonder what happened? While it may seem that a proverbial straw broke the camel’s back, the truth is, whether financial ruin, a plane crash or even an overnight success, it’s never just one thing. Compounded factors, often the little things, added over time become that final piece of straw.

For the NFL players it begins in high school — if not before — as special treatment erodes personal responsibility. Similarly, lottery winners are statistically poor money managers prior to their windfall. It’s a poor decision hours before the crash or the years touring in dive bars and on college campuses before the breakout hit trends on iTunes. We know this, and in “the real world,” we accept and plan for this truth.

Yet, for many, as it applies to matters of faith, we’re waiting for some big, miraculous moment to launch us into action. We gaze longingly at the doers vastly impacting the kingdom and we think they must be special — confusing capacity for faithfulness. And so, we wait upon the Lord neglecting to do our part.

That’s not to say that there aren’t legitimate times to be patient. However, we can’t use spiritual sayings to justify inactivity. In doing so, we’ll miss the powerful and unique ways God wants to use our lives to complete His plan.

For me, my move to Texas was a culmination of little decisions to be faithful — and it didn’t even start with me. I have my family to thank. Because of their faithfulness, I learned to seek and nurture a relationship with God, one that would provide the confidence needed years later to depart my profession as an airline captain and begin working full-time with students. I had to embarrassingly choose to miss a friend’s wedding for financial reasons, but doing so led to chance encounter with an athletic director and school administration who hired me as a coach and teacher. In the classroom I felt called to start a youth ministry.

Then, a choice had to be made: stay as a teacher or go accept a full-time ministry position. God called me to the latter. And in a season of assessing my own personal ministry impact, God revealed a new direction that would draw upon my leadership as a captain, communication skills as a national itinerate speaker, content development and facilitation of such as a teacher and decade of mentoring — [to leave the church at Deerfield Beach as Youth Pastor] and to serve at a thriving church in Lubbock, Texas.

Even in my abbreviated tale, it’s apparent that I did not gather my life and spontaneously decide to move west on a whim, but again, years of a faithful pursuit and obedience led me to do so.

Here’s the kicker: I’m not special. while I might have different gifting and skills, or capacity, they aren’t better or worse than yours. We each can find joy and contentment knowing that we experience game-changing momentum toward reaching the capacity of our calling by abiding in the little things faithfully. God has an incredible plan and purpose for your life just as He does for mine, and they’re both equally exciting and Kingdom-altering because, in the end, it’s not about us. However, the difference will be in the choices we make: whether to treat faith like a lottery, hoping for that big break, or by deciding here and now to live a life worthy of our calling by investing in the seemingly insignificant spiritual disciplines that give power to our prayers, bring wise counsel into our presence and give us the assurance of God’s trustworthiness.

I sign off with this challenge: What is God calling you to today that has the potential to manifest itself into something unimaginable later, to become your Texas? No matter how small it might seem, never underestimate God’s ability to use the ordinary for the extraordinary. Say, “Here I am, Lord,” listen, then go do in faith.

Once the NextGen pastor at The Church at Deerfield Beach, C.J. Wetzler is currently the student pastor at The Message Church in Lubbock, TX. Before transitioning into full-time ministry, CJ was a commercial airline captain and high school leadership and science teacher. He loves to mentor the next generation of leaders and considers himself a fast food connoisseur. For questions or comments, connect with him on social media: @thecjwetzler.

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