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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Be festive and have a "haunting" good time time at one of these great Halloween events happening around town this week:

“Spirits of Fort Lauderdale: Halloween at the Historic Stranahan House Museum”
October 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31 ($30/person)
Travel back in time to experience a Victorian home funeral at the Historic Stranahan House (Go to stranahanhouse.org for more info).

“Croissant Park Neighborhood Halloween Party”
October 25, 4-6pm (FREE!)
Family activities, contests, prizes and food at Croissant Park (SW 4th Avenue & SW 17th Street).

“Family Fall Festival”
October 25 (FREE!)
Celebrate fall with a day for the whole family that includes hayrides, arts and crafts, face painting, pumpkin decorating and a costume contest at Mills Pond Park (Powerline Road & NW 9th Avenue).

“Trick or Treating on 2nd Street”
October 26, 1-5pm (FREE!)
An event with bounce houses, carnival games, and face painting at Esplanade Park (400 SW 2nd Street).

“The Signature Grand Ghoul Party”
October 27, 7-11pm ($100/person)
The Signature Grand (6900 W. State Road 84) will once again transform into a haunted nightspot for this annual Halloween tradition.  (Go to 211-broward.org for more info.)

“Bass Park Spooky Halloween Dance Party”
October 30, 6:30-8:30pm (FREE!)
Children ages 5-11 (grades K-5) are invited to this fun event featuring games, craft projects, food, and music at Bass Park (2750 NW 19th Street).

“Trick or Treating at MODS”
October 31, 6-9pm ($12/child, $14/adult, $13/senior)
Come to the Museum of Discovery & Science (401 SW 2nd Street) dressed as your favorite children’s movie character and prizes will be awarded for best costumes throughout the night.  Take pictures with Joey the Otter!  (Go to mods.org for more info.)


 
Thursday, October 16, 2014

You can wear a costume and maybe even get half-dozen doughnuts!  No, we’re not Trick-or-Treating early this year!  It’s running season in South Florida! And as the weather begins to cool, “half-marathon season” heats up.  Find out why race directors across the area are saying they are continuing to see an increase in the number of runners for the 13.1-mile races…

Overall, it appears the half-marathon distance is increasing in popularity because of it’s accessibility to a broad audience.  With a little bit of training, almost anyone can walk or jog this middle distance.  The trend is seeing a lot of 5K runners moving up to the longer distance as the 13.1 miles are still an achievable, realistic goal for many runners, as opposed to the more grueling full marathon.  In addition, running, though always considered an individual sport, has also become more social, with people running in groups and participating in races for charities.  

The season's first event will take place Saturday, Oct. 25, with the Miami Beach Halloween Half Marathon.  About 1,600 people are expected to participate - many in costume! - showing an overall increase of 1,300 over last year’s race.  The more casual atmosphere of the costumed run seems to foster a good time, with family and friends of the runners coming out to enjoy it, as well.

There’s also been an increase in race amenities. Everyone gets a finisher's medal and many races even feature a treat for each finisher, like a half-dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts!  We think that would motivate us to finish!

Here is a list of the upcoming Half-Marathon Races throughout South Florida:

Miami Beach Halloween Half Marathon and Freaky 4-Miler, 7 a.m. Oct. 25, Jungle Island, Miami; http://halloweenhalfmarathon.com/ or 561-241-3801

Sun Capital Partners Half Marathon and 5K, 6:30 a.m. Nov. 2, Spanish River Park, Boca Raton; RunnersEdgeBoca.com or 561-361-1950

Michelob Ultra 13.1 Marathon Fort Lauderdale and 5K, 6:35 a.m. Nov. 9, Southwest First Avenue and Southwest Second Street, Fort Lauderdale; 131Marathon.com or 305-278-8668

Palm Beach Marathon and Run Fest, 6:30 a.m. Dec. 7, downtown West Palm Beach; RunPalmBeaches.com or 561-833-3711

Run for Tomorrow Half-Marathon, 5K and 1-mile Family Walk, 6:20 a.m. Dec. 14, Weston Town Center; WestonRotary.com

A1A Marathon, Half Marathon and Kids' 1.2-mile Run, 6 a.m. Feb. 21, Fort Lauderdale Beach; A1AMarathon.com or 561-241-3801

So get out there and run! And if you need a little help getting started, check out this great post: http://www.halfmarathons.net/first-timers-guide-to-running-a-half-marathon/   


 
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Looking for something fun to do this week?  We’re not just sun and sand here in Fort Lauderdale, there is so much more to do!  Here are a few of our picks this week…

Leapin' Lizards!  Annie, the world's best-loved musical has its much-anticipated return to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW 5th Avenue) October 7-19.  Directed by original lyricist/director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie includes such unforgettable songs as "It's the Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You," plus the eternal anthem of optimism, "Tomorrow."  Tickets are available for $34-114 and showtimes vary.

One of the most successful and critically acclaimed bands of the 20th Century is set to take the stage at The Hard Rock Live (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood).  Don’t miss Earth, Wind & Fire make their South Florida stop on their “Guiding Light Tour” on October 15th.  The legendary American band has spanned musical genres from R&B and soul, to funk, jazz, disco and pop. Rolling Stone Magazine has described them as "innovative, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing" and has also declared that the band "changed the sound” of pop music.  The show starts at 7:00pm.

Just in time for Halloween, “Dracula Untold: An Imax ® Experience” will be presented at the Museum of Discovery & Science (401 SW 2nd Street) on October 17 at 10:00am.  This thrilling saga explores the origin of Dracula, weaving vampire mythology with the true history of Prince Vlad the Impaler, and depicting Dracula as a flawed hero in a tragic love story set in a dark age of magic and war. The horror tale takes place in Romania during the Turkish invasion as Vlad goes to great lengths to fight for his homeland and loved ones — even if it means selling his soul and becoming forever doomed as a creature of the night.  

On October 18, the Historic Downtowner Restaurant (10 S. New River Drive) will host the “2nd Annual Craftoberfest”!  From 1-10pm enjoy a Fort Lauderdale-style Bierfest on the beautiful New River and Riverwalk. Celebrate the fall season with German food specialties and a great selection of craft beer from local and national breweries. Listen to live music all day with Grindstone, Joel DiSilva and the Midnight Howl, and the Mr. Nice Guy Band.  Prost!



The always exciting Las Olas Art Fair will be held October 18-19 from 10am-5pm along Las Olas Boulevard.  The Art Fair is ranked as one of the top 100 art festivals in the nation and continues to be one of the most anticipated art events in the area. People come out yearly to see more than 150 artists display their work in what looks like a mini art gallery lined along the street. Meet the creators of the art on display; commission a specific piece; ask questions about techniques; learn the sources of their inspirations; and purchase fine works of art at affordable prices. No matter what you're looking for, you'll be sure to find it on Las Olas!

Be sure to continue checking in with us as we share the many events Fort Lauderdale has to offer.  And to learn more about our great city - or for information on Fort Lauderdale Real Estate - visit us at www.gayleborden.com or call The Gayle Borden Group at 954.525.3355.  


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