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July 23, 2014

Fundraiser for young scalding victim

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A fundraiser is set for Saturday for Leilani Lavastida, a 2-year-old Pembroke Pines girl who was burned over more than 35 percent of her body in a scalding accident in her bathtub when she was 15 months old.

Landlubbers Bar and Grill, 10006 Griffin Road in Cooper City, will donate 15 percent of all sales Saturday from 6-9 p.m. to Leilani and her family for medical and travel expenses as she is undergoing a series of skin reconstructive surgeries in Georgia. The event will also include a silent auction and raffles.

Donations are also being accepted through www.gofundme.com/AOUMOG.

For more information, call Natasha Lavastida at 954-326-1967.

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July 16, 2014

National grant awarded for new performing arts facility

Pembroke Pines will receive a $50,000 grant to support the design of the new Pembroke Pines Civic Center’s performing arts facilities and plaza, along with creating a multi-disciplinary arts demonstration project.

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu announced plans to award 66 Our Town grants totaling $5.073 million.

The local project was developed by Pembroke Pines in partnership with the Florida Atlantic University School of Architecture and its Broward Community Design Collaborative/MetroLAB. MetroLAB will develop design recommendations for the civic center’s public plaza and access from the surrounding neighborhoods and the planned City Center District. In addition, the project will develop a multi-disciplinary arts demonstration project to be presented when construction of the civic center is complete in 2016.

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July 15, 2014

Foster children honored on yacht

Children from Pembroke Pines-based Children’s Harbor recently enjoyed a memorable night out on attorney Bill Mahoney’s yacht, Bottom Line, followed by a private dinner reception at the Fort Lauderdale Chart House to honor their academic achievements.

Chart House Kris Allen created a kid-friendly buffet with tilapia, chicken, macaroni and cheese, green beans and tater tots, followed by tiramisu cake.

Board members Karla Nickell and Marty Alexander joined Mahoney to show their support. Throughout the boat ride, the children taught Mahoney how to play Cups and danced to live music by Alexander.

Children’s Harbor helps by keeping brothers and sisters together in foster care homes, and by providing care to pregnant or parenting foster teens and their babies. It also helps families stay together and grow stronger with in-home counseling services.

Visit www.Childrensharbor.org to learn more.

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July 9, 2014

Local gym offers free senior fitness classes

Youfit's Health Club at 10840 Pines Blvd. in Pembroke Pines is one of several gyms in Broward County now offering free exercise classes for seniors as part of the SilverSneakers program.

SilverSneakers encourages seniors to take control of their health by enjoying more physical activity. It provides free fitness club memberships for seniors at any participating club across the country.

The SilverSneakers class uses hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a ball for resistance training.

As a result of Youfit’s participation, seniors with health care plans such as Humana, AARP, AvMed and Universal Health Care can now enjoy free membership in any of Youfit’s 12 clubs in Broward. Seniors will also have access to specially trained SilverSneakers advisers.

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July 7, 2014

New exhibit at Glass Gallery

Pembroke Pines' Glass Gallery in City Hall will host the “Black and White” art exhibit from July 23 to Sept. 22.

The opening reception will be from 7-9 p.m. July 29 at the gallery, 10100 Pines Blvd.
The exhibit will feature watercolor, mixed media, stained glass, ink and photography and more by Judy Nunno, Lifrancis Rojas, Joyce Albrecht, Melanie Margolies, Vanessa Vejar, Cristina Keller, Edurne Uribe and Eduardo Serpa, among others.

During the opening reception, guests will be able to meet and speak with the artists, enjoy entertainment by a 12-year-old singing prodigy and enjoy free wine and light hors d’oeuvres.

The gallery's "Florida Bounty" exhibit on the Everglades and Florida's natural wonders closes on July 21.

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FALLAN PATTERSONFALLAN PATTERSON
A native of Broward County, Fallan Patterson covers Pembroke Pines, Miramar and Cooper City for Community News. A Florida International University journalism graduate, she began her career as an editorial assistant at the Sun Sentinel, later covering coastal communities and condo legislation for the Hi-Riser...
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