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May 17, 2012

Free entry to Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale's new "Sharks" exhibit on Friday


Take a deep dive with sharks and explore primordial demons, gods and beasts at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale for free on Friday to celebrate 2012 Art Museum Day.

The museum is waiving $10 entry fees to participate in 2012 AAMD Art Museum Day. Miami Art Museum and Orlando Museum of Art also are participating. No coupons are necessary.

Get in the swim with "Sharks," which opened May 12. Other fun activities planned include a free screening of the children’s film “Shark Riddle” as well as a 2 p.m. docent-led tour of the second floor galleries. MOA is also offering $25 off registration fees for classes and workshops at the Academy of Art + Design.

“Shark,” on view through January, contains sculptures, photographs and videos from 70 artists exploring all 400 species of the much-maligned ocean predator. A section also explores the impact of “Jaws,” Steven Spielberg’s 1975 thriller still terrorizing beachgoers today.

MOA organized the exhibition, which was curated by New York-based acclaimed wildlife artist Richard Ellis, in conjunction with Nova Southeastern University's Oceanographic Center in Port Everglades.

The companion film “Shark Riddles” features 20 shark species and aims to help kids develop empathy and positive feelings about the animals.

The tour will take you through the captivating and colorful glass works in “Primordial: Paintings and Sculpture by Isabel de Obaldia, 1985-2011.” The Panama City-based artists’ retrospective, on view through May 27, features demons and beasts inspired by pre-Columbian art.

Other exhibition include “Pablo Picaso Ceramics/Carlos Luna Paints,” “All in the Family: Paintings and Works on Paper by Members of the Glackens Family” as well as 6,000 works in the museum’s permanent collection.

The Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-5500,; Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler Street, Miami, 305-375-3000,
Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 North Mills Ave., Orlando, 407-896-4231,

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May 11, 2012

Last minute gift guide for Mother's Day


Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Still struggling to come up with a perfect present for mom? Here’s a list of some great last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas that won’t break the bank:

1. Calories don’t count on Mother’s Day: Bake mom a cake or buy her favorite dessert for her to enjoy on Sunday. Kids and dads can decorate desserts together for mom at local Winn-Dixie stores from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. Or pick up her favorite bottle of wine and the ingredients to her favorite cocktail and play bartender for the day.

2. Roses:Too late to schedule a delivery from a florist? Check out the fresh bouquets at your nearby grocery store. Bouquets start in the $16-$20 range.

3. A picture’s worth a thousand words: Shoppers can order one-hour photos online at most CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens stores. Upload a cute photo of you and your mom and pick it up on the way home. Might as well grab a photo frame while you’re there.

4. Breakfast in Bed: Dads and kids can stock up on breakfast goodies at the grocery store and give mom a delicious, homemade meal right in bed.

5. Mom mini makeover: Pamper your mom with do-it-yourself lotions and scrubs you made at home. Need some inspiration? Check out this list of DIY home spa ideas.

6. Digital downloads: Pick up a flash drive for under $30, and fill it with some of her favorite tunes and e-books. It’s the gift that keeps giving since she can enjoy the playlists and books on all her electronic devices again at a later time.

7. Gift cards: Can’t decide? Get her a gift card to her favorite store or restaurant. Pick them up on site or at a Walgreens, CVS, Target, Walmart or even some gas stations, which keep a variety of rechargable gift cards on hand. Click here for a run down on what you need to know before you purchase a gift card.

Check out our list of freebies for Mother’s Day here and a listing of Mother’s Day dining events here.

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About the authors
Doreen Christensen has never paid full price for anything. If there is a way to save on something, she will find it and share how you can save, too. Doreen is a senior reporter covering consumer news, health, beauty and features for the online and print editions of the Sun Sentinel. A 32-year veteran of the newspaper, she previously was a senior copy editor on the universal copy desk. Doreen spends her time off hunting bargains, clipping coupons, gardening and traveling.

Justine Griffin covers retail and marine business for the Sun Sentinel. She is a Tampa Bay native who graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010. After spending a year covering crime in St. Augustine, Fla., she moved to Fort Lauderdale and made the switch to business journalism. When she’s not writing, she’s riding horses and spending time with her whippet puppy, Josie.

Marcia Heroux Pounds is the Sun Sentinel's workplace columnist when she's not shopping for shoes. She also writes about small business, which allows her to visit many of South Florida's unique shops and boutiques.

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