Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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Parkland City Commission: Michael Udine, Mayor; David Rosenof, Vice Mayor; Christine Hunschofsky, Deputy Vice Mayor; Mark Weissman, Commissioner; Stacy Kagan, Commissioner. City Manager: Caryn Gardner-Young  

City News

Pre Registration Will Close For The 2013 Parkland Dash 5K,10K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk On Thursday.  Day Of Registration Will Take Place Beginning At 6:00AM At Pine Trails Park On Race Day.
The City of Parkland will be holding the 2013 Parkland Dash 5K, 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk Presented by Northwest Medical Center to benefit Relay for Life and The American Cancer Society on October 20, 2013 at 7:00am. The race will take place at Pine Trails Park located at 10555 Trails End Parkland, Florida. To register please visit and click on the race registration link. Pre-Registration must be completed by October 17th or race day registration will be available beginning at 6:00AM. Day of registration will take place beginning at 6:00AM at Pine Trails Park on Race Day.  Advance Packet Pickup is strongly recommended and can be completed at Sports Authority located at 9188 Wiles Road, Coral Springs, FL on Saturday, October 19th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Participants can choose either a certified 5K course, 10K course or a 1 mile fun run/walk. 5K and 10K participants will be scored and timed by Accuchip who will be providing disposable tags for all participants. The one mile fun run/walk will be timed and can be enjoyed by individuals or families. Strollers are welcome for all courses. T-shirts will be provided for the first 400 pre-registered participants and food will be available following the race. Awards will be given for overall winners, masters and individual age groups. For more information or to pre-register please visit or call 954-757-4105. Thank you to our sponsors; Northwest Medical Center, Standard Pacific, Lennar, Parkland Children’s Academy, Waste Management, Toll Brothers, Organo Gold Distributer, WCI, Sports Authority, North Broward Preparatory School, The Center for LASIK.

Parkland Library Events

Group Study and Collaboration

The Library’s Collaborative Learning Space is an ideal place for groups to meet for study and project preparation - it’s perfect for students and teens. With the large screen monitor you can use the computer provided or plug in your own laptop and collaborate, share, demonstrate, or just work big. Located in the Library’s Teen Spot Room, the space includes collaboration oriented workspace and seating, related technology, and whiteboard. Reserve the Collaborative Learning Space for your group or for more information, email

Seek the Unknown @ Parkland Library for Teen Read Week
Friday, October 18th 4:00pm

Teen Read Week (October 13-19), 2013 is a time to celebrate reading for fun while encouraging teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms —books, magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more! It is also a great opportunity to encourage teens to become regular library users.  The Parkland Library will celebrate Teen Read Week with giveaways and a fun aimed at encouraging teens to visit the library and read for the fun of it!  Middle and High School kids can come by the library during this week with their library card to pick up a gift and check out some great books.  On Friday, October 18th at 4:00pm teens are welcome to make a potion bottle that would be found in Harry Potter’s classroom or Frankenstein’s lab.  Parkland Library card required to register.  Register here or call (954)757-4207.


Chess for Adults
Wednesday, October 23rd 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Are you interested in the game of chess? Come to the library and play with other chess fans! Any level of experience welcome.  Register here or call (954)757-4207


Halloween Stories and Screams (age 8 and up) Tuesday, October 22nd 3:30pm

Children, 8 and up, are invited to hear creepy Halloween stories, make a Halloween craft, and have a spooky treat.  Wear your costume! Parkland Library card required to register.  Register here or call (954)757-4207.


Halloween Spooktakular (age 3 to 7)
Saturday, October 26th 11:00am

Come in costume and celebrate Halloween with spooky stories, activities, crafts and a Wacky Witch!  We’ll all have a haunting good time.  Parkland Library card required to register.  Register here or call (954)757-4207.

Lawyers In The Library
Wednesday, October 23  6:30pm
Lawyers and libraries are joining forces to increase your access to justice. During celebrate pro bono week,  Florida lawyers will be present at the Parkland Library to meet and speak with members of the public about issues of access to courts and justice. Lawyers will also provide guidance and information on referral to legal resources for attendees.  October 23 will be Pro Bono Day at the Parkland Library.  This totally free program begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Parkland Library, 6620 N. University Dr., Parkland, FL.  For more information, please call 954-757-4200.  Light refreshments will be served.The event is co-sponsored by: Florida Legal Services, Inc., The Florida Bar Foundation, Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services of the Florida Bar, One Campaign, Florida Pro Bono Coordinators Association, State of Florida Division of Library and Information Services, Cutler Rader P.L., Reinfeld and Cabrera, PA.,  and the City of Parkland Library.

Parks and Recreation Events

Hayride and Bonfire
November 8, 2013
Presented by TD Bank, Northwest Medical & Marrecau & Rodriguez Orthodontics

The City of Parkland is excited to bring back the 5th Annual Hayride and Bonfire at the Equestrian Center on November 8, 2013 from 7pm-9pm, presented by TD Bank, Northwest Medical Center and Marrecau & Rodriguez Orthodontics. This event is open to a limited number of Parkland families and pre-registration is required. You can register online through Web Trac on the City of Parkland website or in person at the Parkland Amphitheater. Families will be able to enjoy the Hayride, Bonfire and a sweet treat with the family! Please contact Caitlin Crossin, Program Specialist for more information at 954-757-4113 or


Food Drive
Monday, October 7, 2013 – Friday, November 15, 2013
Drop off locations: City Hall, Parkland Library, Parkland YMCA and the Pine Trails Amphitheater

The City of Parkland wants to give back to those in need during this holiday season. We will donate all food collected to Feeding South Florida. For the 6th consecutive year, Parkland staff will be collecting food from October 7, 2013 until November 15, 2013. The holidays are just around the corner and for Parkland City employees that means the start of helping those less fortunate during this holiday season.  The City invites all residents to join in this important food drive. Please visit City Hall, Parkland Library, YMCA and the Amphitheater at Pine Trails Park to drop off any and all donations.  For more information, please contact Caitlin Crossin, Program Specialist, at 954-757-4113 or


Costume Drive
Monday, October 7, 2013 – Friday, November 8, 2013
Drop off locations: City Hall, Parkland Library and the Pine Trails Amphitheater

The City of Parkland has partnered for the 5th Annual Costume Drive benefitting Free Costumes for Kids. Please package the costume together in a plastic bag with the size and gender labeled on the bag.  The City invites all residents young and old to donate used costumes.  Please visit City Hall, Parkland Library, and the Amphitheater at Pine Trails Park to drop off any and all donations.  For more information, please contact Caitlin Crossin, Program Specialist, at 954-757-4113 or

Senior Grant Program December Monthly Call-In
Monday, October 21, 2013

Calling all seniors interested in taking part in our December 5th Holiday Social potluck lunch from 11:00am-1:00pm at Liberty Park pavilion and/or our trip to the Biltmore Hotel and South Beach on December 11th. Mark your calendars and set your clocks, today is the call-in day and the competition is fierce! Call Tammy Lustig, Program Specialist at (954) 757-4142 at precisely at 8AM and be sure to leave a clear and detailed message of your name and best phone number to call back and confirm. Please remember, only 1 person (+1 for a significant other) is permitted on each call, there is no calling in for friends and calls received before 8AM will be placed at the bottom of the queue, so be sure not to beat the clock!


Teen Halloween Dance
Friday, October 25, 2013
6:00PM – 9:00PM
Parkland Family YMCA, 10559 Trails End

The Parks and Recreation Department in conjunction with the YMCA will be having a Teen Halloween Dance. Teen’s ages 11-16 are invited to participated in this spooky event. The evening will consist of music, games, tattoos, fortunetelling, candy and more. Come dressed in costume for this event. Bring all of your friends. The event tickets will cost $7.00 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets will be sold at the Parkland Amphitheater, the YMCA and the Westglades Middle School Cafeteria. The event will be supervised by the City staff. For further information, please contact Miles Amos, Program Specialist at 954-757-4122 or email


Halloween Festival
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Equestrian Center, 8350 Ranch Road
Presented by Northwest Medical Center

The City of Parkland presents their first ever Halloween Festival sponsored by Northwest Medical Center. Please join us on Saturday, October 26th, 2013 from 5pm-8pm at the Equestrian Center. Activities will include an interactive DJ with dancing, stilt walkers, photo opportunities with costumed characters, carnival games with prizes, pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, food trucks and Trunk or Treat from 5-6:30 presented by The Parkland Mom’s Club. Tickets for carnival games will be on sale at the event (cash only), all proceeds will go to the Parkland Teen Advisory Group. It’s sure to be a “Spooktacular” time! For more information, please contact Melissa Soto, Program Specialist at 954-757-4120 or


World Planting Day
Sunday, October 27, 2013
10:00AM – 12:00PM
6 Acre Wood Park, 6060 Hillsboro Blvd

The City of Parkland Parks and Recreation Department presents World Planting Day on Sunday, October 27th from 10:00am to 12:00pm at 6 Acre Wood Park. Come join the City of Parkland in celebration of World Planting Day during Community Wildlife Habitat Month. Participants will take part in planting various Florida native plants in 6 Acre Wood Park. Supplies will be provided by the City of Parkland. For further information, please contact Miles Amos, Program Specialist at 954-757-4122 or email


Forgotten Soldier Outreach Project
Monday, October 28 –Thursday, November 14 2013
The City of Parkland Parks and Recreation Department hosted by the Teen Advisory Group will be participating in the Forgotten Soldier Outreach Collection Drive from Monday, October 28th to Thursday, November 14th.  Our goal is to continually encourage the men and women who are abroad fighting for our great nation. Our hope is to inspire hope, strength and courage while they are separated from loved ones, families and friends. The outreach is committed to the American soldiers for as long as they are deployed. Items needed include:  lip balm, dental floss, playing cards, slim Jims, batteries, travel toiletries. For more information, please contact Miles Amos, Program Specialist at 954-757-4122 or


Parkland Walkabouts Walking Program
Friday, November 1, 2013
Pine Trails Park - 10555 Trails End, meet at the concession stand
Presented by Northwest Medical Center

Life is a walk in the park! The City of Parkland Parks and Recreation Department has a seven-month walking program sponsored by Northwest Medical Center.  This program aids participants in walking their way to an overall better fitness level and quality of life. The group meets on the first and third Friday each month at 9AM, alternating monthly between Pine Trails and Terramar Parks. Participants are encouraged to walk on their own on other days and will be rewarded for participation. The program is free of charge and is open to all 18 and over. Registration is required; however, you may join at any time. (The next meeting time will be at 9AM on Friday, November 15th also at Pine Trails Park by the concession stand.) For more information or to register, please contact Tammy Lustig, Program Specialist at or 954-757-4142.

Back 2 Back (Elton John and Billy Joel tribute band)
Saturday, November 2, 2013
7:00PM– 8:30PM
Pine Trails Park Amphitheater – 10555 Trails End

The City of Parkland, Northwest Medical Center and the Law Offices of McFarlane & Dolan are proud to announce Turnstiles and Rocket Man coming to the Parkland Amphitheater located in Pine Trails Park on November 2, 2013 from 7:00-8:30PM. The food trucks will be on site and begin serving food at 6:00PM.  Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to join your fellow parrot head friends and neighbors for this spectacular FREE family event and performance.  No tents, pets or alcoholic beverages are allowed within the park. For more information please contact Caitlin Crossin, Recreation Specialist at 954-757-4113 or


City of Parkland Farmers Market
Sunday November 3, 2013 9AM to 1PM

We are proud to announce that The City of Parkland Farmer’s Market is returning for its seventh year, sponsored by Mercantil Commercebank. Opening Day will be held on November 3, 2013 from 9:00am till 1:00pm at the Equestrian Center, 8350 Ranch Road, Parkland, FL 33067. Activities will include hourly cash raffles presented by our sponsor along with a free tote for all your shopping needs, music,  Kids Corner with bounce house, face painting, games and so much more! Over 90 vendors will be selling everything from fresh produce, plants, flowers and array of delicious gourmet foods. For more information please contact Melissa Soto, Program Specialist, at 954-757-4120 or Hope to see YOU there!


Winter Talent Showcase Auditions
Wednesday, November 6, Thursday, November 7 and Friday, November 8, 2013
3:00PM to 4:30PM
Parkland Amphitheater – 10555 Trails End

The Parks and Recreation Department in conjunction with Aston Gardens will be having our seventh annual Winter Talent Show for residents of Aston Gardens on Monday, December 2nd from 7:15PM to 8:15PM. Auditions for the show will be held on Wednesday, November 6th, Thursday, November 7th and Friday, November 8th. All ages and talents are welcomed to participate in this holiday event.  We are looking for people to perform by dancing, singing and playing musical instruments. You must register for a time slot to audition in advance.  You must audition to the music you would like to perform in the show.  You are responsible for providing your own music. For more information, please contact Miles Amos, Program Specialist at (954)757-4122 or email .   


Senior Grant Class: Bird Watching
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Doris Davis Forman Wilderness Preserve -7300 Parkside Drive

Come learn about the life history of birds, how to identify them and listen to the sounds they make! This class is free of charge to Parkland residents 62 and older. Please park in the front lot at Riverglades Elementary School at 7400 Parkside Drive. In the case of inclement weather, we will meet in Parkland's Library at 6620 N. University Drive. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Tammy Lustig, Program Specialist at or 954-757-4142.

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