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  Join us on Historic Sistrunk Boulevard on December 1st for the
11th Annual Light Up Sistrunk!
Event Features BTAN Toy Giveaway and Health Area plus Family Fun!
Be part of the excitement on Friday, December 1st from 5:00 - 9:00 pm when Historic Sistrunk Boulevard comes alive at the 11th Annual Light Up Sistrunk event. This FREE holiday spectacular takes place along Sistrunk Boulevard between NW 9th and NW 11th Avenues and offers activities for the entire family. Highlights include:
5:00 pm - Kuumba Dancers
5:10 pm - PLAY Chorus
5:30 pm - 6:45 pm - Dillard Jazz Ensemble
6:15 pm - Welcome from City Dignitaries and BTAN
7:00 pm - Eric and the Jazzers
8:00 pm - The Fusion Band with John Minnis
BTAN TOY GIVEAWAY | 5:30 pm | Southwest corner of Sistrunk & NW 10 Avenue
Sponsored by the Black Treatment Advocates Network Broward County
TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY | 7:00 pm | Sistrunk & NW 10 Avenue
BTAN HEALTH AREA | South side of Sistrunk on NW 10 Avenue
Sponsored by the Black Treatment Advocates Network Broward County
KIDS ZONE | Northeast corner of Sistrunk & NW 10 Terrace
Featuring Santa, hands-on reptile exhibit, bounce houses, inflatables, arts-n-crafts, face painting, and a DJ area for teens
Plus fabulous food trucks, sweets, and holiday cheer! Details at

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Sistrunk Boulevard to be Temporarily Closed
from NW 9 Ave to NW 12 Ave on Friday, December 1st
Beginning Friday, December 1 at 9:00 AM, Sistrunk Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale will be closed between N.W. 9 Avenue (Powerline Road) and N.W. 12 Avenue to allow crews to set up for the annual Light Up Sistrunk event.  The three-block stretch of roadway will reopen at 1:00 AM on Saturday, December 2.
While the closure is in effect, traffic will be detoured around the affected area via the following routes:
* Eastbound traffic on Sistrunk Boulevard will be detoured using N.W. 13 Terrace (northbound) to N.W. 7 Street (eastbound).
* Westbound traffic on Sistrunk Boulevard will be detoured using N.W. 9 Avenue (Powerline Road) (southbound) to N.W. 5 Street (westbound).
Signs will be posted in the area to alert motorists of the detours.  Motorists should expect delays in and around the affected area.
For more information, please visit   .

  Fireboat 49 Christening Ceremony
Friday, December 1, 2017 | 3:30 PM
Esplanade Park | 400 SW 2 Street | Fort Lauderdale
Join the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Department for a Christening Ceremony to celebrate the City's newest firefighting vessel. Fireboat 49 is a 43-foot jet driven vessel that will provide the latest advances in maritime firefighting, emergency response, and rescue intervention.
For more information, contact Carladean M. Ferguson at (954) 828-6701 or .
Sweeting Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and BBQ 
Sweeting Park Improvement Project
Saturday | December 2 | 12:30 PM
433 NW 23 Avenue (on 23 Avenue south of Sistrunk Boulevard)
Join the City of Fort Lauderdale and the River Gardens/Sweeting Estates Homeowners Association as we celebrate the completion of the Sweeting Park Improvement Project with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and barbeque. Project highlights include a new pavilion; sidewalk; grill area; picnic tables; landscaping; benches; lighting; and more!
For more information, please visit
Free Photos with Santa at Banyan Pilot Shop Dec. 2
December 2, 2017
8 AM - 12 PM
Banyan Pilot Shop at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport
5320 N.W. 20th Terrace
Fort Lauderdale , Florida 33309
Santa is giving his reindeer a short rest this holiday season. Instead of arriving by sled, Santa will be flying in on a Quest KODIAK airplane and making a stop at Banyan Pilot Shop at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport on Saturday, December 2.
Kids are invited to visit with Santa between 8 a.m. and noon for free photos, which will be posted to Banyan's Facebook page. The first 50 kids to attend will receive a special goody bag.  Get a sneak peek. Check out the "Santa is Coming to Banyan Pilot Shop" video. 
Don't miss this unique and fun way to meet Santa up close and personal.
For more information, please visit Photos with Santa at the Banyan Pilot Shop.
Let's Go Walking
Saturday, December 16, 2017
10 AM - 1 PM
Joseph C. Carter Park
1450 W. Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Join us as we walk through the Northwest communities in the City of Fort Lauderdale and highlight the many community assets and opportunities that the City has to offer in the second annual Let's Go Walking! event.

Panthers in the Park Ice Rink Returns

The Florida Panthers and the City of Fort Lauderdale have collaborated for the second year to create "Panthers in the Park," an outdoor ice skating rink at Huizenga Plaza located at the intersection of Las Olas Boulevard and Andrews Avenue along Fort Lauderdale's Riverwalk. 
Panthers in the Park is open now through January 7, 2018. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 3 to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m. The rink will have an early closure on Christmas Eve at 6 p.m. and will be closed on Christmas Day. 

For complete details, visit Panthers in the Park Ice Skating Rinks.
Relax at JM Lexus Sunday Jazz Brunch December 3rd  

Join us the first Sunday of every month on the scenic Riverwalk for the JM Lexus Sunday Jazz Brunch. This free outdoor concert series takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features the best local jazz artists on three stages from Esplanade Park to Riverfront. The performers for Sunday, December 3 include: the Valerie Tyson Band, Gold Coast Jazz Society, and Inner Court
One of Fort Lauderdale's most popular community events, the JM Lexus Sunday Jazz Brunch invites everyone to bring their blankets, chairs and picnic baskets along with well-behaved, leashed pets to the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District
f or the best in local jazz.
Parking for the JM Lexus Sunday Jazz Brunch is available at the county garage located on S.W. 2nd Street between S.W. 2nd Avenue and Brickell Avenue or at the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District parking garage at S.W. Fifth Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.

For details, visit   
Light Up Carter Park - December 9

Enjoy holiday cheer and fun for the entire family! Light Up Carter Park takes place on Saturday, December 9 from 3 to 7 p.m. at 1450 W. Sunrise Boulevard.

Highlights include live performances from local artists, bounce houses, train rides, face painters, holiday crafts, prizes, and more. The free celebration culminates with the lighting of the Carter Park Holiday Tree!

For details, visit   
Winterfest Boat Parade set for Saturday, December 9th
The 46th Annual Holiday Parade: "Broadway on Parade."
The Winterfest Boat Parade will stage on the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale, along the docks west of Stranahan House to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The Parade, which starts downtown at 6:30 p.m., travels East to the Intracoastal Waterway as it continues North to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. It's 12 miles of the "Greatest Show on H20." The parade takes approximately 2 and 1/2 hours to view from one location.
The Grandstand Viewing area powered by Ford will take place at Birch State Park. The
viewing area and North Gate entrance to the park will both open at 3:30 pm. All seats reserved and assigned. Tickets are available at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Crown Wine & Spirits locations, the Winterfest® office or online at
Download our app for details and to vote for your favorite boat at
For more information, including bridge opening and closings and no anchor zones, visit
Santa on the Beach - December 20

Don't miss Santa Claus' traditional candy giveaway along Fort Lauderdale Beach on Wednesday, December 20. With twinkling eyes and smiling faces, Santa and his elves will begin spreading holiday cheer along Fort Lauderdale Beach Park heading north, distributing candy canes with glee. Santa will arrive at Fort Lauderdale Beach, 1100 Seabreeze Boulevard, at approximately 12:45 p.m.

For complete details, including a map of Santa's route along Broward and Las Olas Boulevards, visit   
Kwanzaa Ujamaa Celebration - December 29
Pay homage to the fourth day of Kwanzaa Ujamaa, which means cooperative economics. Join us on Friday, December 29 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Bass Park, 2750 NW 19th Street. Enjoy Afrocentric entertainment and festivities celebrated through a variety of cultural activities.
For details, visit
New Year's Eve Downtown Countdown - December 31 
Touted as one of the best New Year's Eve celebrations in Florida, this year's free street festival is full of fun and excitement for both children and adults featuring activities for the whole family until 8:30 p.m. including bounce houses/inflatables, face painting and games, contests and dancing with the DJ, and a kids countdown at 7 p.m.
Live music kicks off at 8 p.m. for the adult crowd who will wait with anticipation for the larger-than-life illuminated anchor to drop at midnight. Location: SW 2nd Street and SW 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
For details, visit www.
Lobby Art Gallery: December Feature Artist, Alexangel Estevez
For the month of December, 2017, Alexangel Estevez's artwork will be exhibited in the City Hall lobby located on the first floor. Make sure to stop by and view the work of our featured artist next month!
Alexangel Estevez is best known for his passion of the great outdoors using oils on canvas to capture scenic views, such as cityscapes and landscapes.  He enjoys being swept away with these awe-inspiring views as his eyes capture the scene and his imagination explores the details of nature that may otherwise elude others.  He uses clouds as one way to express emotion in his paintings.  By capturing that moment in nature, his goal is to take the viewer on that same journey and experience the scene as he did. 
Alexangel's interest in the arts started at a young age in East Los Angeles.  In 2006 he moved to the east coast to pursue his career in visual fine arts and attended Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland. There he double majored in Studio Art and Graphic Design receiving an AA in Fine Arts in 2008. 
Alex was then accepted at the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond VA and in 2011 was awarded  his BFA degree cum laude with a major in Graphic Design.
He credits the influence in his paintings to the English romantic painter John Constable.  Alexangel's works are currently exhibited in galleries located in Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia and Florida.


Holiday Solid Waste Collection Schedule   

* Christmas 2017: No yard waste, recycling, trash or bulk pick-up collection services provided. No make-up day for residential cart services.
Make-up day scheduled for bulk pick-up on December 29.

* New Year's Day 2018: Regular collection schedule for all solid waste and recycling services.

Historic Holiday Home Tour on December 3
Kickoff Reception | Saturday, December 2 | 6-8 p.m.
Fire & Safety Museum, 1022 W. Las Olas Boulevard
Home Tour | Sunday, December 3 | 1-7 p.m.
Join us for the second annual Historic Holiday Home Tour! Festivities will kick off with a reception on Saturday, December 2 from 6-8 p.m. at the Fort Lauderdale Fire & Safety Museum, located at 1022 W. Las Olas Boulevard. The Home Tour takes place on Sunday, December 3 from 1-7 p.m., featuring The Parrot House, Casa de Colee, S.W. Tranquil Gardens, Sans Souci South, Victoria Key and more landmark properties beautifully decorated for the season.
This year, in addition to the self-guided tour, two Sun Trolley tour options are available from 1-4 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Seating is limited. Purchase your tickets online at For more information: 954-643-0044 or Proceeds benefit the Broward Trust for Historic Preservation and the Fort Lauderdale Fire & Safety Museum.