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Monday, November 17, 2014
Things to Do This Week in Fort Lauderdale (Nov 17 to Nov 23)

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…

Get ready for an evening of astronomical proportions! The Museum of Discovery and Science’s auxiliary group, Friends of MODS, will host “Starry Night at the Museum” on Tuesday November 18, 2014, at 6 p.m. The price of admission ($45 for members, $55 for non-members) includes access to the reception, located in the traveling exhibit hall, complete with open bar and themed ‘space’ cocktails, hor d’oeuvres, a special silent auction, DJ, raffle prizes and entry to the AutoNation IMAX Theater! Attendees will get to journey into the new Black Holes: Space Warps & Time Twists as it pulls them in to the modern search for real black holes—the most mysterious and powerful objects in the universe. This extraordinary intergalactic evening concludes with a screening of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar: The IMAX Experience 70mm Film on the BIGGEST Screen in South Florida! Interstellar, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain, is about a group of explorers making use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. It is already gaining praise as one of Christopher Nolan’s best films to date. To purchase tickets, call Nicole Rodriguez at 954.712.1159 or visit the website: www.friendsofmods.org.

Following an acclaimed sold-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's phenomenal musical success, The Phantom of the Opera, is coming to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts November 19-30 as part of a brand new North American Tour. Hailed by critics as "bigger and better than ever before," this production boasts many exciting special effects including the show's legendary chandelier, new scenic and lighting designs, new staging and choreography. The beloved story and thrilling score will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this Phantom one of the largest productions now on tour. Tickets start at $34.75 and showtimes vary throughout the 2 week run.

Just a short drive from Fort Lauderdale, Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek will once again be a fantasy of color, lights and design this holiday season, starting November 21. The Holiday Fantasy of Lights, Broward County’s spectacular drive-through holiday lighting event, is returning for its 20th year. With 3 miles of giant animated holiday displays and illuminated trees, this year’s spectacular display is larger than ever, blending tried-and-true favorites from the past and the excitement of new creations by Brandano Displays. The attraction is expected to draw over 150,000 visitors of all ages in 35,000 cars, trucks, and buses while it is open nightly through January 3. Admission is $14/car, with special $10 value nights throughout the season.

The acclaimed Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival ends its annual run on November 23. The competitive festival, showcasing independent cinema from around the world, features premieres, documentaries, films for kids, free outdoor family movies, student film competition, black tie galas, and celebrities. You can still catch plenty of films at Cinema Paradiso (503 SE 6th Street); check their website www.FLIFF.com for showtimes and more information.

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.

Posted at 3:31:24 PM
Friday, November 07, 2014
Rock The Ocean's "Tortuga Music Festival" is Back!

The Tortuga Music Festival is coming back to Fort Lauderdale! Tickets go on sale at tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 7) at 10:00am for Rock The Ocean’s Third Annual Tortuga Music Festival taking place April 11-12, 2015 on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Produced and promoted by HUKA Entertainment, the two-day music and conservation festival on the ocean features over two dozen of the hottest artists in country, rock and roots music. Created together with the Rock the Ocean Foundation, the event serves to celebrate the festival’s oceanfront setting while raising awareness for issues impacting the world’s oceans, supporting marine research and conservation, and protecting of the festival’s namesake – the sea turtles that nest annually along South Florida’s Atlantic coast.

The early-bird tickets can be purchased for $139 for a two-day pass ($579 for two-day VIP and $979 for Super VIP) online at TortugaMusicFestival.com or by calling 877-987-6487. The early-bird ticket offer is an article of faith, since no performers have been named yet for Tortuga 2015. But in its first two years, the festival has brought in a solid lineup of country, blues, pop and indie-rock performers including Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Jake Owen, Dierks Bentley, Sheryl Crow, Train, Brantley Gilbert, Grace Potter, the Avett Brothers, Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Ziggy Marley and Slightly Stoopid.

Additionally, Tortuga Music Festival fans who may have missed the opportunity to purchase merchandise at previous events will now have a chance starting today, with the launch of the festival’s online merchandise store at www.tortugamusicfestival.com. (Merchandise supplies are limited.)

Three stages of music will surround the festival’s centerpiece: the Conservation Village. Curated by Rock the Ocean founder - and former Fort Lauderdale resident - Chris Stacey, Conservation Village will offer interactive, educational experiences from such organizations as the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Shark Savers, Sea Turtle Oversight Protection, Florida Fishing Academy and Bonefish Tarpon Trust. “The concept of marrying music and conservation has proven to be a winner,” Stacey told SouthFlorida.com. “With this year’s event, we hope to take our conservation awareness to new highs.”

We can’t wait to hear more about this great event that is quickly becoming a Fort Lauderdale Beach tradition! See you on the beach in April!

Posted at 3:19:48 PM
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Fun & Spooky Halloween Events

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.)

Posted at 12:53:14 PM
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Running Season Heats up in South Florida!

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/

Posted at 12:13:53 PM
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Things to Do This Week in Fort Lauderdale (Oct 13 to Oct 19)

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.

Posted at 10:11:37 AM
Monday, September 29, 2014
Things to Do This Week in Fort Lauderdale (Sept 29 – October 5)

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! Music, film, ballet, family fun, there are many things from which to choose. Here are a few things happening this week:

On October 2, the legendary rock-blues band Chicago will take the stage to perform all of their American rock classics at The Hard Rock Live (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood). Hear them play some of their biggest hits like “25 or 6 to 4”, “So Hard to Say I’m Sorry”, “You’re the Inspiration”, “Hard Habit to Break”, “Saturday in the Park” and many, many, more. Tickets start at $40, which includes a $1 donation towards Chicago's charity. The show begins at 8:00pm.

Also on October 2, The Museum of Art/Fort Lauderdale (One E. Las Olas Blvd.) will be presenting the Oscar-nominated film “The Color Purple”. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, The Color Purple spans the years 1909 to 1949, relating the life of Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), a Southern black woman virtually sold into a life of servitude to her brutal husband, sharecropper Albert (Danny Glover). Admission is $10/person, which includes admission to the museum, and is free for members and NSU students and faculty. Showtimes are 11:15, 3:00, and 6:00. The film’s running time is154 minutes, and is Rated R. The museum requests that you please RSVP to moareservations@moafl.org.

October 3-5, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW 5th Ave) presents “Sesame Street Live – Make a New Friend!” No matter where you're from or where you've been, everyone is special - so join in! Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover's friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies! Join the fun and make a memory with your friends and family! Showtimes vary, and tickets range from $11 to $36.

October 3 – October 4, the Florida Grand Ballet Theater will present "An Evening at the Ballet". This annual gala performance will open the winter season, and features a sneak peek at upcoming new works. See the artists as they are showcased in classical pas de deux and new contemporary divertissement. Performances will be held in the Amaturo Theater of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts at 2:00pm and 8:00pm. Tickets are on sale for $35 and $45.

Though the South Florida temps in September & October may not always feel like Fall, you can still get into the spirit of the season by joining the Flamingo Road Nursery & Farmers Market (1655 S. Flamingo Road, Davie) for their 2014 “Fall Harvest Festival” now through November 2! Choose from the biggest and best pumpkins in the area. Other activities include: Pumpkin picking, Pumpkin and pot painting, photo ops with “Tow Mater” and “Herbie the Love Bug”, a Corn Kids Maze, authentic southern BBQ, live music and hayrides. Flamingo Road Nursery has premium fresh local produce, homegrown local honey, baked pies, jams and jellies, as well as Carmel apples, cider and popcorn. Everything you need to celebrate the fall!

And on October 5, legendary British rock guitarist Peter Frampton, will take the stage at the Hard Rick Live (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood). Best known for his live release “Frampton Comes Alive!”, which sold more than 6 million copies in the US alone and spawned several hits hits, his career has successfully spanned 4 decades and culminated in his recent induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Tickets start at $49 and the show begins at 7:00pm.

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.

Posted at 11:47:19 AM
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Major Development Planned at Fort Lauderdale’s Galleria Mall

A $1 billion neighborhood of homes, senior-living apartments and hotel rooms - including a 45-story tower that could become Fort Lauderdale's tallest building – has been proposed for the area surrounding the Galleria at Fort Lauderdale mall. The mall's owner, Keystone-Florida Property Holding Corp., announced plans recently to build seven new buildings surrounding the existing property and featuring 1,600 apartments/condos and 150 hotel rooms, connected by tree-lined streets, walkways and bike lanes in what the company calls a “walkable” community off of East Sunrise Boulevard. The plans submitted to the city's Department of Sustainable Development proposed the expansion on the 40 acres adjacent to the mall. The 45-story tower would stand on the eastern edge, containing luxury apartments/condos. At this height, it would be Fort Lauderdale's tallest building, rising three stories higher than the Las Olas River House. If the plan is approved by the city, construction would start in late 2015 and be completed in phases over seven years, according to mall executives.

The Galleria, first opened in the 1950s as an open-air venue called Sunrise Shopping Center, was enclosed in 1980 and is now home to approximately 100 retailers, anchored by Macy's, Dillard's and Neiman Marcus. It also features popular restaurants P.F. Chang's, The Capital Grille and Truluck's. But the mall lost two major national tenants in recent years when Lord & Taylor moved out in 2002 and Saks Fifth Avenue followed suit in 2008. It has since struggled to fill the large spaces they left behind. This proposed development will better position the Galleria in the retail industry, as retailers look for dense regions when choosing where to operate new locations.

Some residents of the area have expressed concerns about parking and additional traffic to an area that already sees heavy usage. Neighbors attended a meeting last week where project staff presented the plans to the community and responded to questions and concerns raised by residents. Many were concerned about the density of the project, the impact on the surrounding neighborhood, and the drastic changes that could accompany the development. Some parents also were concerned that additional residences may contribute to possible overcrowding at nearby schools. Mall representatives said they are conducting traffic studies and will continue to have community meetings to hear from neighbors and address their concerns.

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler has said he has not yet seen the plans, but has spoken with the Developers and feels that the project would seem to benefit the community through new jobs and housing, as long as the Developers are able to address parking and traffic concerns. "Everything is about balance," he told the Sun Sentinel. "You can bring good projects in here and good development, but at the end of the day, you've got to maintain balance with quality of life. There's no reason to believe they're not going to make the necessary compromises to really present a first-class project in the city that also preserves our quality of life."

We’re looking forward to learning more about the project as it progresses through the planning stages and to see how it can improve the Galleria Mall and its surrounding areas, including its impact on the overall Fort Lauderdale Real Estate Market. We’ll keep our clients and readers updated as we hear more! Follow the Gayle Borden Real Estate Group blog to keep up with any news as we receive it. And for any information on any Fort Lauderdale Real Estate, contact us anytime by e-mail at gayle@gayleborden.com or by phone at 954-525-3355.

Posted at 12:45:51 PM

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