News and Events in the City of #Parkland

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New Collaborative Learning Space at the Library
An ideal place for groups to meet for study and project preparation, it’s perfect for students – teens and adults. With the large screen monitor you can use the computer provided or plug in your own laptop and collaborate, share, demonstrate, or just work big. Located in the Library’s Teen Spot Room, the space includes collaboration oriented workspace and seating, related technology, and whiteboard. Reserve the new Collaborative Learning Space for your group or for more information, email library@cityofparkland.org.

City of Parkland Announces “Environmentally Possible” Poster Contest Winner
The City of Parkland Parks and Recreation Department held an Earth Day Poster Contest for 4th and 5th grade students with the theme of “Environmentally Possible”. Students were asked to submit posters which were judged on creativity, artwork and best use of the theme. William Olson, a 4th grade student from Park Trails Elementary School, was the winner and recipient of a pizza party for his class. Congratulations to William and to all of the students who participated in the contest!

Parkland Library Events

Late Fee Discounts – National Library Week
There’s no reason to hold onto those overdue items any longer or to avoid the Library because of charges on your account. In the tradition of National Library Week, current patrons are eligible for an extra special discount on late fees.
• Available from April 15 to April 30.
• Come in to the Library and ask us to review your account.
• Or visit the Library website to submit a late fee discount request. We will review your account and reply to you via email.

The Parkland Library invites all residents to visit during National Library Week, which begins April 15. Check out your beautiful Library, meet the friendly and knowledgeable staff, get information on the many Library services or attend a workshop. During the week, cultural, technology, early literacy, and environmental programs are offered.

Chinese Culture and Bilingual Storytime (age 5 and up)
Tuesday, April 16th 4:15pm
Kathy Yang, a native Mandarin speaker and teacher will present a family program about Chinese Culture and language including bilingual stories in Mandarin and English. Learn to write some Chinese letters and numbers. Register here or call (954)757-4207

Estate Planning and Elder Law
Thursday, April 18th 6:30pm
Would you know what to do? Estate and Long Term Care Planning: If you or a loved one became ill or required long term care, are you adequately protected? Presented by Elder Law Associates. For registration, call the Parkland Library (954) 757-4207

Beginning Birding with Paddy Cunnigham-Pascatore of Broward Audubon Society
Saturday, April 20th 11:00am

Are you interested in becoming a “bird watcher” or just want to know how to identify birds in our area? Join Paddy Cunningham-Pascatore for a “birding class”. She has been a professional Naturalist in South Florida for more than 23 years. For the last 20 years her classes “Tools and Advanced Tools for Better Birding” have focused on a 10 path approach to increasing your speed and ability to identify birds. Register here or call (954)757-4207.

Arbor Day Tree Planting at the Library
Friday, April 26th 3:30pm
Come to the Parkland Library and help plant a tree for Arbor Day! The City of Parkland is pleased to announce an event to recognize and observe Arbor Day and the City’s impressive 20 consecutive years as a Tree City USA member. After the tree planting, children are invited to celebrate the planting with a special tree story, song and craft. Refreshments will be served. Arbor Day is observed throughout the nation and has been a special day set aside for planting trees since 1872. The event will be held at the Parkland Library garden, located at 6620 University Drive. Parkland, FL 33067. Register here or call (954)757-4207.

Go Birding in Parkland
Saturday, April 27th 9:00am

Discover the birds of Parkland. William Mohler, Parkland’s Environmental Superintendent, will lead a bird watching event at Parkland’s Parkside Trailhead. Bring your binoculars, ID books and water. The bird watching will start at the Southeast corner of the park and head north along the trail that runs along the east side of the property. Participants should park in the north end of the Parkland Town Center Shops located at 6600 Parkside Drive Parkland, FL 33067. Register here or call (954)757-4207.

Parks and Recreation Events

Parkland Kids Camp
Summer Recreation Registration – Spots filling quickly!
Parkland Kids Camp is a summer recreation program for children ages 5 to 11 (kindergarten through grade 6). Children must be five years of age by June 17, 2013 to enroll in the program. The City of Parkland has begun accepting registration for Parkland Kids Camp for residents and for non-residents. The camp location will take place at Heron Heights Elementary School for all sessions and the hours of operation are from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM with extended hours available in the morning from 8:00-8:30am and in the afternoon from 4:00-5:30pm. The program consists of sports, arts & crafts, games, special on-site activities, and field trips. Field trips are taken aboard air-conditioned motor coach buses two to three days per week to facilities located in the tri county area such as movies, bowling, water parks, arcades, skating, museums, etc. For further details, contact GerriAnn Dougherty at gdougherty@cityofparkland.org or go to the City website at www.cityofparkland.org.

Parkland Teen Camp
Summer Recreation Registration – Spots filling quickly!
Don’t get left out of the summer fun with your friends this summer. The City of Parkland has begun accepting registration for Parkland Teen Camp for residents and for non-residents. Parkland Teen Camp is a summer recreation program for children ages 12 to 14 (grades 7-9). Children must have completed the sixth grade to be eligible for the program. The camp will take place at Westglades Middle School for all sessions and the hours of operation are from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM with extended hours available in the morning from 8:30-9:00am and in the afternoon from 3:30-5:00pm. The program is a Teen Travel Camp. Field trips are taken aboard air-conditioned motor coach buses four to five days per week to facilities located in the tricounty area such as movies, bowling, water parks, arcades, skating, amusement parks, etc. For further details, contact GerriAnn Dougherty at gdougherty@cityofparkland.org or go to the City website at www.cityofparkland.org.

Adult Open Lawn Croquet
Wednesday April 17, 2013
10:00am – 11:30am
Pine Trails Park – 10555 Trails End
Join other adults in this fun game on Wednesday, April 17th from 10:00am to 11:30am in Pine Trails Park. Participants need to wear flat shoes. The activity limited to 15 participants. Register on WebTrac. There is no fee for this activity. This activity is for Parkland residents only. For more information, contact Melissa Soto msoto@cityofparkland.org 954-757-4120.

Teen Advisory Group Meeting
Thursday, April 18, 2013
7:00pm -8:00pm
Parkland City Hall – 6600 University Drive
Join the City of Parkland Teen Advisory Group (TAG) sponsored by Marrecau and Rodriguez Orthodontics and become a leader in your community and create programs and experiences you would like to see offered in Parkland for teens. This program is free of charge and is offered to students 13-18 years of age. Community service hours are earned for all time spent at meetings and volunteer opportunities will be available. This is a free program. For more details, contact Caitlin Crossin at 954-757-4113 or ccrossin@cityofparkland.org.

50th Anniversary Family Carnival
Friday, April 19, 2013 – Sunday, April 21, 2013
Pine Trails Park – 10555 Trails End
Friday, April 19, 2013 6pm – 10pm
Saturday, April 20, 2013 2pm – 10pm
Sunday, April 21, 2013 12pm – 6pm
To celebrate the City of Parkland’s 50th Anniversary, the City will host its first ever Family Carnival from April 19th – 21st at Pine Trails Park. One of the most respected carnival companies will bring in rides for children from ages 3 to 18. In addition to the exciting rides, carnival goers will be able to treat themselves to classic carnival food as well as test their skills in all their favorite midway games. Tickets and wrist bands will be available for purchase. For more information please contact Caitlin Crossin, Recreation Specialist at 954-757-4113 or ccrossin@cityofparkland.org.

The Caribbean Chillers (a Jimmy Buffet tribute)
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Pine Trails Park Amphitheater – 10555 Trails End
7:00pm – 8:30pm
The City of Parkland and the Law Offices of McFarlane & Dolan are proud to announce the Caribbean Chillers and food trucks will be coming to the Parkland Amphitheater located in Pine Trails Park on April 20, 2013 from 7:00pm-8:30pm. The food trucks will be on site and begin serving food at 6:00pm. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to join your parrot head friends and neighbors for this spectacular FREE family event and performance. No tents, pets or alcoholic beverages are allowed within the park. For more information please contact Caitlin Crossin, Recreation Specialist at 954-757-4113 or ccrossin@cityofparkland.org.

City of Parkland Farmer’s Market
Sunday, April 21st, 2013
9:00am to 1:00pm
Equestrian Center; 8350 Ranch Road
Join the City of Parkland for our last Farmer’s Market of the season on Sunday, April 21st, 2013 from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the Equestrian Center. Activities will include a free bounce house, face painting for the kids, a cash raffle and a free shopping bag and a big thank you to our Sponsor Mercantil Commercebank and so much more! Over 100 vendors will be selling everything from fresh produce, plants and delicious gourmet foods. For more information please contact Melissa Soto, Program Specialist, at 954-757-4120 or email msoto@cityofparkland.org.

Senior Program Health Screenings
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
10:00AM-12:00PM
City Hall, 6600 University Drive

Participants at this event will be screened for cholesterol, glucose, blood sugar and bone density courtesy of Baptist Health South Florida. Registration is required and is space is limited. For more information please contact, Melissa Soto, Program Specialist at 954-757-4120 or msoto@cityofparkland.org.

The Little River Band and Firework Show
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Pine Trails Park Amphitheater – 10555 Trails End
7:00pm – 9:00pm

On, Saturday, April 27th at 7:00 p.m. the Little River Band will perform live on stage at the Parkland Amphitheater. During their career they have sold more than 25 million records and have had 13 American Top 40 hits. “Reminiscing”, has been recognized by BMI as one of the most frequently played songs in the history of American radio, with more than four million plays. “Lady” has also accumulated more than three million plays. A wide variety of food trucks will be back by popular demand to meet all of your dining needs beginning at 6:00 p.m. Following the performance will be a dazzling fireworks display sure to delight residents of all ages. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to join your neighbors for this spectacular FREE family event and performance. No tents, pets or alcoholic beverages are allowed within the park. For more information please contact Caitlin Crossin, Recreation Specialist, at 954-757-4113 or ccrossin@cityofparkland.org.

Tri City Classic Car Show and Car Ride
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Equestrian Center – 8350 Ranch Road
10:00am – 3:00pm

The Cities of Parkland, Tamarac and Coral Springs are all celebrating their 50th Anniversaries in 2013. In an effort to celebrate with all three municipalities there will be a Tri-City Classic Car Show and Car Ride taking place on Sunday, April 28th. The event will begin in Tamarac as the elected officials from all three cities will participate in a parade, riding in classic cars through Tamarac, Coral Springs and end at the Parkland Equestrian Center. Once at the Equestrian Center there will be a classic car show presented by the Parkland Historical Society from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. For more information or to register your car, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 954-757-4105.

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