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April 22, 2014

Volunteers needed for summer camps

Pembroke Pines residents and students who go to the city's schools are invited to volunteer at one of the city's four themed summer camps.

Volunteers are needed from June 9 through Aug. 15 and must be at least 15 years old and have completed the ninth grade by Sept. 1.

The camps are:

Special Population Camp: Volunteer to work with individuals with disabilities. The goal is to provide quality recreational opportunities (games, field trips, art, crafts and swimming) for children and adults with special needs, ages 6-22.

Art Camp: The Summer Art Program offers two-week sessions of art lessons. Theme-related songs, dances, games and crafts are incorporated into the curriculum.

Drama Camp: Two four-week sessions that focus on performing arts and theater. Children write their own scripts, edit and incorporate music into the plays.

Tennis and Golf Camp: Activities include games, swimming and educational skills in tennis and/or golf.

Volunteer packets are available at the Pines Recreation Center, 7400 Pines Blvd., and Rose G. Price Park, 901 NW 208th Ave.

Call 954-986-5022 or 954-437-1140 to request a packet to be emailed to you.
For additional information about volunteering at one of the summer camps, contact Debra Davis at 954-986-5022 or

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April 17, 2014

5K to benefit Pines charter schools

Lace up your running shoes for the Pill Box Pharmacy 5K Pursuit to Good Health and Family Day, set for April 27 at the Walter C. Young Middle School track, with proceeds benefiting the Pembroke Pines Charter School Foundation.

The 5K begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by a quarter-mile Fun Run for ages 5-9 at 8:30 a.m. The fun run fee is $10, and the 5K fee is $25 in advance, $30 on race day.

The 5K packet pick-up and race-day registration begins at 6 a.m., and commemorative T-shirts will be given to all registered entrants. Race-day registrants are not guaranteed a shirt.

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The track is at 901 NW 129th Ave. in Pines. For more information, call Kathleen Kuebler at 954-431-4146.

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April 15, 2014

Pines hosts multiple Easter egg hunts

Children, get your baskets ready to fill!

Youngsters age 12 and younger are invited to hop on over to one of two Easter egg hunts hosted by Pembroke Pines this Saturday, April 19. The free events feature more than 26,000 eggs at each location, face painting, bounce houses and a visit by Peter Rabbit.

The egg hunts will take place at the Pines Recreation Center, 7400 Pines Blvd., and Pembroke Shores Park, 501 SW 172nd Ave. The hunts start at 9 a.m. sharp, with gates opening at 8:30.

For more information, call 954-435-6525.

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April 11, 2014

Annual antiques show benefits community center

For its 10th year, this weekend's Pembroke Pines Antiques and Collectibles Show will feature 50 vendors, an orchid grower and homemade refreshments.

New this year is Art Samuels, a senior member from the Accredited Gemologist Association who will appraise jewelry on Sunday only for $3 per item. The show benefits the Southwest Focal Point Community Center, 301 NW 103rd Avenue, where it also staged.

The show is scheduled for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 per day or $5 for two days.

For more information, call Diane Shawcross at 954-450-6888.

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April 10, 2014

Pines Charter Middle receives recognition

The Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School West Campus has been named a Florida Standards School of Excellence by PCG Education and the Florida Department of Education Office of School Choice, the school announced Wednesday.

Pines Charter Middle, along with Aventura Charter and the School of Arts and Sciences, will partner with the Department of Education to develop educational videos showcasing strong teaching and learning techniques. The videos will be used to train educators across the state.

“Representatives from the Department of Education were impressed by the strength and creativity of our teachers and how the students learned from the techniques used,” said Assistant Principal Michael Castellano in a statement.

The Department of Education will work with each school to provide professional development as the schools move toward full implementation of the standards.

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About the Reporter

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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