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Family Funday: “Art for our Valentines” on Saturday, February 12
Come join us at the Coral Springs Museum of Art on the second Saturday of every month with your whole family to enjoy Family Funday art activities. Children ages 3 & up with a parent will enjoy creating artwork using the current Museum exhibition as their inspiration. Family Funday activities start at 3 p.m. and the fee is $4 per person. Please call for reservations:

Story Time at the Art Museum on Wednesday, February 16
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.

UniTown 2011 – Youth Leadership and Diversity Training Program
Sponsored by the City of Coral Springs Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee, UNITOWN is a weekend retreat for high school students focusing on leadership skills and diversity issues. Students who attend will be sharing experiences of their own culture, gaining a better understanding of other groups and preparing themselves for leadership roles in their schools and community. The program will last from Friday, February 19, 2011 until Monday, February 21, 2011. This event is for high school students from public and private schools who live in Coral Springs or attend Coral Springs area schools. Students are asked to pay a $50 registration fee, half of which will be refunded to the student upon completion of the program. The program will be taking place at Gold Coast Camp, which is located in Lake Worth, Florida. The delegates stay in cabins, well supervised by trained counselors. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with snacks, will be provided. Bus transportation will be provided to and from the Camp for the Coral Springs delegates at no charge. For more information, please call (or (

Residents invited to annual Slice of the Springs meeting on February 24
Residents who would like to discuss neighborhood improvements, voice a concern, or simply hear more about the City’s presence in their immediate community are invited to attend the Slice of the Springs meetings. The meetings are your chance to interface directly with staff members from all sectors of the City, including police, fire, community development and code enforcement. Upcoming dates are:

  • Thursday, February 24 – Southeast and Southwest slices at Maplewood Elementary, 9850 Ramblewood Drive.
  • Thursday, March 31 – Town Center and Center West slices at Parkside Elementary, 10257 N.W. 29th St.
  • Thursday, April 14 – Northside and Northeast slices at Park Springs Elementary, 5800 NW 66th Terrace.

All Slice of the Springs meetings are held from 7 to 9 p.m. If you can’t make it to the meeting, catch replays on CityTV 25, Channel 25 on Advanced Cable Communication and Channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse or stream it online from For more information, call or visit to see which district includes your neighborhood.

34th Annual Waterway Cleanup on Saturday, March 5
Come and join the City help make our community a better place by participating in the Annual Waterway Cleanup on March 5, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Riverside Park – 205 Coral Ridge Drive. The Annual Waterway Cleanup is one of this county’s largest environmental events. In 2010 over 1,800 volunteers by land and 117 boats worked at locations across Broward County to successfully remove 15 tons of trash and debris from our waterways, rivers and canals. Come and help make a difference and help the environment! For more information or to pre-register as a volunteer visit

City launches Business Recognition Program to acknowledge long-time business owners
The City of Coral Springs recognized a number of long-standing local businesses at the annual City-sponsored Chamber of Commerce Wake up Breakfast on January 18, 2011. The City’s Business Recognition Program is an ongoing effort to acknowledge companies that have been in business in the City for more than 20 years as of January 2011. Long-time business owners are encouraged to provide their contact details so they may receive a special recognition that celebrates their long history in the City and contributions to the community.

The businesses recognized in January were Advanced Cable Communication, Allstate Insurance, Art Plumbing & Air Conditioning, Inc., Auto Works Collision and Paint, Condo Management Alternative, Inc., Capital Abstract & Title, Coral Springs Auto Tag and Insurance Agency, Coral Springs Melting Pot, Darrow Chiropractic Center, Dr. Benjamin Graber, M.D., Frank J. Petraglia & Associates Insurance, Inc., Johnson & Walters P.A., JWN Corporation, Mrs. P’s Dance and Acrobatics Studio, Sample Road Animal Hospital, and Dr. Louis Wasserman, O.D., P.A., and Wasserman Chiropractic.

Businesses can provide their details by calling The next recognition will be at an upcoming City Commission meeting. For the latest business tools and resources from the City and the Coral Springs Economic Foundation, all businesses are encouraged to visit

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

Events at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts
CAPITOL STEPS – February 5 at 8 p.m.
Would You Rather See Famous Public Figures? OR Hear Us Make Fun Of Them?!! Over twenty – five years ago, Capitol Steps began as a group of Congressional staffers-turned-comedians who set out to satirize the very people and places that once employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom (“Don’t quit your day job!”), and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience. The Steps perform over 500 shows a year all over the country.

SUPER DIAMOND – February 11 at 8 p.m.
San Francisco’s Super Diamond is unquestionably one of the most popular live shows at major venues, events and festivals all over the country and have long since transcended the label of “tribute band.” Lead by front man “Surreal Neil” Super Diamond passionately immerse themselves in Neil Diamond’s huge repertoire and deliver a high octane show of unforgettable classics such as “Holly Holy,” “Sweet Caroline,” “Forever in Blue Jeans,” and many others. Super Diamond have been featured in publications such as Rolling Stone, Spin, Play Magazine and on television on CNN, Fox, The Today Show and MSNBC.

KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL – February 11th at 10 and 11:45 a.m.
The Coral Springs Center for the Arts is proud to welcome the Kennedy Center production direct from Washington D.C. of Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical, on Friday, February 11th at 10 and 11:45 a.m. Children, parents and schools are welcome, and may purchase tickets at the Center’s Box Office for $6 each. Based on a popular Caldecott Honors- winning book by Mo Willems, Knuffle Bunny brings to life the story of “Trixie” and her misadventures at the Laundromat, with her favorite stuffed animal. Parents and young children will love the story and music, and will laugh out loud as the “pre-verbal” Trixie and her befuddled dad try to rescue her beloved bunny. What a great way to introduce young children to books and live theatre!

ANTHONY BOURDAIN – February 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Anthony Bourdain, the internationally acclaimed chef, author, and host of Travel Channel’s “No Reservations,” has been dubbed “the bad boy of cuisine” for his rock star looks and blunt observations about the world of restaurants, chefs, and cooking. Bourdain, the executive chef at New York’s famed bistro Les Halles, is the author of the bestselling Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, a candid, hysterical and sometimes shocking portrait of his life in restaurant kitchens that has been translated into over 28 languages. His new book, Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook, pulls back the curtain on all of the big-time personalities of the modern gastronomical revolution, as only Bourdain can. Other books include Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook, The Nasty Bits and No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach, an illustrated journal of Bourdain’s travels.

NEIL SEDAKA – February 16 at 7:30 p.m.
With scores of hit singles, countless platinum and gold records, and more than four decades worth of recognition as one of pop music’s legendary pioneers, Neil Sedaka’s impressive track record continues to grow. His compositions have become standards that remain timeless.As the prolific and versatile author of more than 1,000 songs, the accolades showered on Neil Sedaka have been numerous. Among the honors he has received, Sedaka has been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, has had a street named after him in his hometown of Brooklyn, and was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He has received numerous awards from BMI, an organization that monitors the music industry, for the most times a song has been played on radio or television. Recently, his song “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” was listed by BMI as one of the fifty most performed songs of the 20th century. Yet these serve as perfunctory recognition to a body of work that continues to grow and never ceases to entertain.

RESPECT – February 18-27
From George Gershwin’s “Someone to Watch Over Me” to Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” and from Aretha Franklin’s “R.E.S.P.E.C.T” to Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walking,” the international hit musical Respect: A Musical Journey of Women recounts the exciting story of women in the 20th century through Top 40 songs.

Mayor and Commission office hours
The Mayor and City Commissioners have office hours 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 this month by appointments only. To schedule an appointment, call
  • Vice Mayor Claudette Bruck will have office hours Monday, February 7 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 Vince Boccard will hold office hours on Tuesday, February 8 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, February 8 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Larry’s Ice Cream, 749 University Drive. He will also be available on Wednesday, February 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Wine Shop of Coral Springs, 925 N. University Drive.To make an appointment, call
  • Commissioner Larry Vignola will meet with residents on Tuesday, February 8 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Pasquale’s Pizza and Subs, 10337 Royal Palm Boulevard.

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