Category: Things to Do (7)

$11 tickets to 'Cirque Dreams Holidaze' at Broward Center on Friday

Score $11 show tickets to "Cirque Dreams Holidaze" performances on Dec. 27 through Jan. 1 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets normally cost $40.

From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, 11-11-11, get up to eight balcony-section tickets for $11 each on all performances except 8 p.m. shows on Dec. 30 and 31.

The holiday spectacle, features more than 30 international artists dressed as "gingerbread men flipping mid air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires, snowmen daringly balancing, icemen powerfully sculpting, penguins spinning, puppets dancing and reindeer soaring high above a landscape of holiday wonderment" set to an original musical score, according to show's description on the Broward Center website.

Click here for the deal. Use promo code ELEVEN at checkout or visit the Broward Center box office. The offer may not be combined with any other discount and is not retroactive.

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Pick your own produce, sunflowers at Bedner's Farm in Boynton Beach


Today's going to be gorgeous out so why not spend some time outdoors plucking tomatoes and strawberries right out of the field or cutting yourself a cheerful bouqet of orange and yellow sunflowers at Bedner's Farm in Boynton Beach.

Besides offering U-pick, this 80-acre working farm grows most everything showcased in its newly built, clean and bright Farm Fresh Market. Fruit and veggies come right out of the fields out back and go into your basket and then onto your table. The Bedner's also offer tractor rides, homemade ice cream and hot-off-the-grill BBQ on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays, too.

There were plants, geraniums, herbs and orchids for sale for an amazing four for $20, too.

Bedner Farms is a special place, one of the few family farms in operation in South Florida. Let the kids get acquainted with farm life and kick up their heels playing on the wide lawn while you chow on lunch from Porky & Beth's BBQ that you can enjoy in the new 2,000-square-foot Tiki hut.

I had the pleasure of meeting Charlie, Steve and Bruce Bedner yesterday. Charlie showed me the 10 acres of strawberries and plucked gorgeous vine-ripeded tomatoes right off the plant and cut me a giant sunflower, too. There are two sunny varieties growing in a wide field that's sure to put a smile on your face.

Market hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The fields are closed on Tuesdays. They offer field trips, too.

Bedner Farm is located at 12033 State Road 7 in Boynton Beach. The tomato field is open but the strawberries are ripening and may not be ready. Call 561-733-5490 for U-pick availability.

Visit for more information.

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Antique sidewalk sale on Saturday at The Sugar Chest in Pompano Beach


UPDATE: The appraisal fair has been postponed and is being rescheduled for January or February. We'll let you know when the events is scheduled.

The Sugar Chest Antique Mall in Pompano Beach is holding an Appraisal Fair and First Annual Thanksgiving Outdoor Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13. There will be food and refreshments as well.

Bring one item to be appraised for free; each additional item for appraisal is $5. This is a great way to find out the value of your treasured keepsakes. Written appraisals are $25.

The Sugar Chest is South Florida's largest antique mall with a 30,000 square-foot showroom packed with more than 200 dealers of antiques, jewelry and collectibles.

The mall is open seven days a week and is located at 960 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach; 954-942-8601.

Get more info at

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"Grandparents Celebration 2010" in Hollywood on Sept. 15

Comfort Zone Studio & Spa in Hollywood is hosting a "Grandparents Celebration 2010," offering free events and food for anyone 60 and over from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15 on Harrison Street.

Enjoy free massages, facials, a fresh-baked breakfast, dancing lessons and prizes and raffles.

Click here for more information. You have to RSVP to reserve a spot at 954-967-4236 by Friday, Sept. 10.

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Fight the frizz at free hair event on Friday


If your hairdo's a hot mess, help is here.

Our fabulous Fashion Dude Rod Stafford Hagwood and the Sun Sentinel have teamed with expert stylists at Robert Allen Salon & Day Spa, Keratin Complex by Coppola, Goldwell and J.F. Lazartigue for a day of live demonstrations, one-on-one consultations and multi-media presentations on how to tame your mane. While you're smoothing things out, enjoy a glass of wine and light bites and get a gift bag, too!

Hair's the deal:

What: Fight the Frizzies
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 27
Where: Robert Allen Salon & Day Spa, 3334 NE 32nd St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-566-4116
RSVP: You MUST register at

See you there!

P.S.: Be sure to read Rod's report on "Ten tips for keeping the stress out of your tresses" on his Fashion blog.

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Bowl for free on Saturday with coupon


Strike! is offering a coupon for a free bowling game good on Saturday, Aug. 7, in order to set a new world record as part of National Bowling Week.

Put in your e-mail address to get the free-game coupon. There's no limit on the number, so print out a few spares. (Sorry, I couldn't resist!)

They're good at lanes from South Florida to Orlando and all across America.

Click here to get your coupon and find a participating bowling alley.

Keep up with the latest shopping deals. "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook.

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Broward Attractions & Museum Month: Buy one membership, get into 17 others for free


During Broward Attractions & Museum Month (BAMM) you can join one of 18 museums or cultural attractions and get in to 17 others in Broward in Palm Beach counties for free. Best part: If you're already a member of one, you can enjoy the others for free all month long.

The list of participants: African American Research Library & Cultural Center; Art and Culture Center of Hollywood; ArtServe; Bonnet House Museum & Gardens; Cinema Paradiso; Classical South Florida 89.7 FM; Cornell Museum of Art & American Culture; Old School Square; Flamingo Gardens; Fort Lauderdale History Center; Historic Stranahan House Museum; IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame; International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum; Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale Nova Southeastern University; Old Davie School Historical Museum; Old Dillard Museum; Plantation Historical Museum; Seminole Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum; The Children’s Museum in Boca Raton.

Here's a link to June exhibits and a calendar of special events.

-- Doreen Christensen

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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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