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A “Magical Holiday Parade” on December 15
The City’s annual Holiday Parade is set for Wednesday, December 15 at 7 p.m. and will feature decorated floats and other entries with a magic theme. The floats will proceed along Sample Road from Coral Springs Drive to City Hall.

Traditionally, the parade draws thousands of spectators and more than 75 floats, bands and walking groups. All groups, including local schools, civic organizations, and businesses are welcome to participate. Spectators should plan to make a night of it, as businesses along the parade route are encouraged to stay open the night of the holiday parade to serve those watching the parade.

Sponsorships are now available at the Band level for $500 and the Mayor’s Cup level for $1,000, and are a great way to promote your business to thousands of local consumers. Please note that Sample Road west of University Drive and east of NW 110th Avenue, and Coral Springs Drive north of NW 29th Street and south of NW 37th Street, will be closed on the night of the parade from 5 p.m. until approximately 10 p.m.

To find out about becoming a parade volunteer, call Volunteer Services at Vendor spaces are $30 for non-profit and $75 for businesses. For vendor information, call

In case of inclement weather, the parade will be held on Thursday, December 16. For more information on participating in the 2010 Holiday Parade, call or visit

Story Time at the Art Museum on Wednesday, December 15
The Coral Springs Museum of Art now has story time for children ages 3-5. Partnering with the NW Regional County Library, children will be invited to hear a story, create an art project and visit the museum. The program is held the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m. This free program is perfect for parents and their children. The Coral Springs Museum of Art is located at 2855 Coral Springs Drive.

Donations needed for Giving Tree
Celebrating 16 years in Coral Springs, the Giving Tree project brings together community members to collect and distribute toys, nonperishable food and cash to those less-fortunate families in our community. The Giving Tree is co-sponsored by City Hall in the Mall, Turtle Creek Wal-Mart and Advanced Cable Communications. Donations of food, toys and money will be accepted at City Hall in the Mall through Monday, December 13. City Hall in the Mall is located at 9239 W. Atlantic Blvd. For more information on how you can help, call

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Friday, January 14
This year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration honoring the life and work of this great civil rights leader is set for Friday, January 14 with both an afternoon and evening program schedule. The keynote speaker this year is Ms. Bacardi Jackson. Jackson is a civil rights attorney with the Tucker Law Group, LLC, based in Fort Lauderdale. Ms. Jackson hails from a family with a strong background in the civil rights movement and personal connections with Dr. King.

The business lunch will take place at noon at the Coral Springs Marriott at Heron Bay, 11775 Heron Bay Blvd. Tickets are $40 each. The evening community celebration begins at 7 p.m. at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive. Tickets are $5 for adults and $1 for children 17 and younger. Tickets for the 9 p.m. VIP reception are available for $20, where guests will have an opportunity to meet and mingle with Ms. Jackson. Tickets are on sale at City Hall, 9551 W. Sample Road, and City Hall in the Mall, located inside the Coral Square Mall. For more information, contact Community Relations Manager Joyce Campos at ****************************************************************

Students invited to MLK Leadership and Diversity Day on Monday, January 17
The City’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee is inviting middle and high school students to an enriching day focused on leadership and diversity on Dr. King’s Holiday on Monday, January 17. The events of the day will include icebreaking exercises and an inspirational speaker, followed by breakout sessions focusing on diversity, non-violence, and mutual respect. The Summit will be held as part of the City’s traditional Martin L. King, Jr. Celebration. In addition, activities will also cover aspects of empowerment, leadership and community to enable participants to become responsible and informed citizens. Students will have a unique opportunity to talk to their Mayor and City Commissioners on an informal basis.

The event, which will be run by experienced facilitators, will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. It will be held at the Coral Springs Gymnasium, located at 2501 Coral Springs Drive. The event is free, but students are asked to pre-register with the following point persons at their schools:

Coral Springs Charter High – Donna Hoo
Coral Glades High – Nicholas Carr
Coral Springs High – Bernard Bell
J. P. Taravella High – Connie McKinley
Stoneman Douglas High – Bernardo Villanueva

Coral Springs Charter Middle – Jennifer Goldsmith
Coral Springs Middle – Heather Comrie-Anderson
Forest Glen Middle – Andrea Whittaker
Sawgrass Springs Middle – Emily Riedmayer
Ramblewood Middle – Tina Recchi

To register or for more information, please call

City hosts Teen Political Forum for high school students
The fourth Teen Political Forum, brought to you by the City of Coral Springs, will be open to local high school students on Thursday, January 27. This educational event will be held at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The purpose of this Forum is to have city and county elected officials enlighten students with their personal experiences as elected officials and address teen issues of interest, concluding with a Q & A from the student audience. This is a great opportunity for students to talk directly to their elected officials on topics that are significant to them.

The Teen Political Forum was spearheaded by Mayor Roy Gold, who realized “the importance of involving our future leaders in the political process while they are still in high school. As the director of this program, I have had the privilege to work with some of the best and brightest students to create a student driven event that bridges the gap between students and our elected officials.” Mayor Gold said.

The event is open to all high school students who live in Coral Springs or who attend our local high schools: Coral Springs High, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, Coral Glades High, Coral Springs Charter, J. P. Taravella High and Coral Springs Christian Academy. Students may receive service hours for attending the Forum. Students who are home-schooled or attend private schools and live in Coral Springs are also welcome.

For further information, please call The Coral Springs Center for the Arts is located at 2855 Coral Springs Drive.

City’s next Shredathon scheduled for Saturday, January 22
Keeping personal paperwork with account numbers, PIN numbers and other sources of identification could lead to identity theft. Avoid becoming a victim and bring any personal documents to the City’s next Shredathon, where they will be shredded for free on site.

The City’s next Shredathon event is scheduled for Saturday, January 22, 2011 from 9 a.m. to noon in front of City Hall, 9551 W. Sample Road. Please note that there is a limit of five boxes or bags per person and once the truck is full, no other paperwork will be accepted. The Shredathon is co-sponsored by the Coral Springs Police Department, Coral Springs Seniors and Law Enforcement Together, and Data Shredding Services of Ft. Lauderdale.

There is no cost to drop off documents. For more information, call

Teen Car Club Car Show on Saturday, January 29
Car enthusiasts won’t want to miss the City’s Car Show on Saturday, January 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Coral Springs Sportsplex. The show, sponsored by Project CS Teen Car Club and co-sponsored by Auto Works Collision and Paint, Inc., will be held at the Sportsplex, across from the Tennis Center. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children. This year, there will be an Urban Art Competition, bounce houses, demonstrations by our Fire and Police Departments, face painting and carnival games. The show will feature cars of all types and models. There will be vendors, bounce houses and entertainment throughout the day, including a DJ. Anyone who thinks his or her car has what it takes and would like to enter it in the show should call Cost to enter is $20. Trophies will be awarded to winners in multiple categories. Any business interested in setting up a 10′ x 10′ booth for $40 should also call All proceeds from the event will go toward Project CS and the group’s efforts toward customizing confiscated vehicles. The Coral Springs Sportsplex is located at 2575 Sportsplex Drive.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection set for January 30
The City of Coral Springs and Broward County are partnering to host a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Sunday, January 30 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be held in the parking lot at City Hall South, 9530 West Sample Road. City and County residents are encouraged to bring their old paint, used motor oil, batteries, household cleaning supplies and other hazardous wastes to the collection site for proper disposal. Disposing of harsh chemicals and household wastes by professionals helps protect the environment. Other items accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Collection include: solvents, pesticides, lawn and pool chemicals, propane tanks, compact fluorescent light bulbs, tires (a maximum of four per person), fire extinguishers, car batteries, flares, mercury thermometers, televisions, computers, monitors, keyboards, mouses, printers, fax machines, cell phones, and rechargeable batteries. Business generated waste is not accepted at this event. For more information, call Broward County Waste and Recycling Services at

City to host annual Government Academy
Reserve your spot for the 2011 Government Academy, and learn how this Baldrige Award-winning organization runs local government.

Starting in February, the sessions will take place the 4th Thursday of each month. Participants will meet on February 24, March 24, April 28, May 26, and June 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The first meeting will be held in the West Wing Conference Room, located at City Hall, 9551 W. Sample Road. The five-session program will address the complex task of running a municipality, including overviews of the government organization as a whole; community development; transportation and environmental services; leisure and cultural activities; and public safety. Participants also will learn how the City’s strategic and business planning models meet Baldrige Award standards such as customer focus, leadership and process management. In 2007, the City won this coveted presidential award, becoming the first state or local government in the country to receive this recognition for outstanding quality management practices.

The Government Academy is free and open to residents 16 and older. Participants will take away essential information that can help prepare them for more community involvement roles. Committee members and City Commission board appointees are encouraged to attend. Class size is limited to 40 people, and those who attend all five sessions will receive a certificate of achievement. To register or for more information, please call Pat Mirabello at

Mayor and Commission office hours
The Mayor and City Commissioners have office hours scheduled in December to discuss City issues with residents or business owners. Office hours are set as follows, but check regularly for changes.

  • Mayor Roy Gold will have office hours Thursday, December 9 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at City Hall, 9551 W. Sample Road. To schedule an appointment, call
  • Vice Mayor Claudette Bruck will have office hours Monday, December 6 from 4 to 5 p.m. at Kilwins, 2758 University Drive on The Walk. Enjoy an ice cream while talking with the commissioner. To make an appointment, call
  • Commissioner Larry Vignola will have office hours Thursday, December 16 at noon at City Hall, 9551 W. Sample Road. To schedule an appointment, call
  • Commissioner Vince Boccard will hold office hours on Tuesday, December 14 from 4 to 5 p.m. at City Hall, 9551 W. Sample Road. To make an appointment, call
  • Commissioner Tom Powers will meet with residents on Tuesday, December 14 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Larry’s Ice Cream, 749 University Drive. To make an appointment, call

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