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MARCH 2017 EVOLUTION YOGA LOOKS TO START A FITNESS REVOLUTION IN COCONUT CREEK COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 LMGFL.COM 1 FLEX APPEAL MARCH 2017 PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT Friday March 10th at 7 00 PM d Community Center Band Shell 1100 Lyons Roa Food Truck Main Stop Grill Bring blankets or lawn chairs e (no pets please) Food available for purchase and coolers welcom Friday March 17th 6 15 PM Free admission. No pets allowed Food Truck C. Beef Company x 20 movie screen Watch and enjoy Back to the Future on a 15 Bring blankets or lawn chairs e Food available for purchase and coolers welcom Community Center 1100 Lyons Road Home Grown Concert Series featuring Solid Brass Movies in the Park Friday March 24th at 7 00 PM d Community Center Band Shell 1100 Lyons Roa Food Truck C. Beef Company Bring blankets or lawn chairs e (no pets please) Food available for purchase and coolers welcom The City of Coconut Creek Parks & Recreation Department offers Fitness Classes Athletic Leagues Activities and Programs for all ages at the Recreation Complex and the Community Center. To get a complete listing of programs including times dates ages and descriptions visit our website at www.CoconutCreek.net Events Recreation Complex -- 4455 Sol Press Blvd -- 954-956-1580 - Community Center -- 1100 Lyons Road -- 954-545-6670 - Special Events Hotline -- 954-545-6620 Home Grown Concert Series featuring Vintage Groove Band 2 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 LMGFL.COM 3 4 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 An Elective MRI CT or PET Can quite possibly save your life. No exercise Required Vip Preventive Medicine is the single most important decision you can make to save your life. 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Read more about the restaurant in our Dining section. 6 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 LMGFL.COM 7 PUBLISHER Michelle Simon From freckles to frown lines... Choose a dermatologist for the life of your skin. GROUP EDITOR Kevin Kaminski MANAGING EDITOR Keren Moros ASSISTANT EDITOR Alyssa Fisher COPY EDITOR Jason Davis EDITORIAL INTERN Stella Alves CREATIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR Melanie Geronemus Smit ART DIRECTOR Alexander Hernandez ART DIRECTOR Frank Papandrea ART DIRECTOR Evelyn Robles GRAPHIC DESIGNER Thaddeus Jordan CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Bernadette Hughes Richard Kerster Leslie Wallace May Michelle F. Solomon Linda Whitman PHOTOGRAPHERS City of Coconut Creek Evelyn Robles BOARD-CERTIFIED DERMATOLOGISTS Robyn Siperstein-Paul M.D. Yale University Magna Cum Laude Yale University School of Medicine DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & EVENTS Jennifer Barb MARKETING & EVENTS COORDINATOR Estefania Marin MARKETING INTERN Christina Weronik ADVERTISING ACCOUNT MANAGERS Lori Castle (lcastle lmgfl.com) Georgette Evans (gevans lmgfl.com) Shari Glatter (sglatter lmgfl.com) Debby Gold (dgold lmgfl.com) Sue Goldstein (sgoldstein lmgfl.com) Jordan Knowles (jknowles lmgfl.com) Debra Levine (dlevine lmgfl.com) Tracy Shelowitz (tshelowitz lmgfl.com) Christopher Buckley D.O. F.A.O.C.D. Fellowship -Trained Mohs Surgeon Elissa Schwartzfarb Norton M.D. Lise Brown D.O. F.A.O.C.D. Jeanelyn Berges PA-C Janette Menosky L.M.E. Nova Mount Sinai Medical Center MIT Harvard University University of Miami School of Medicine Elizabeth Lebrun Nestor M.D. Cornell University University of Miami School of Medicine Now offering early morning (7 30am) evening (5 30pm) and select Saturday appointments. EDUCATIONAL LECTURE SERIES IN OUR BOYNTON BEACH OFFICE Skin Cancer Education Part 2 Treatment Options Presented by Dr. Nestor Wednesday February 22nd at 3 00 pm CHAIRMAN Gary Press VP OF OPERATIONS Sandy Lechner Coconut Creek Lifestyle 3511 W. Commercial Blvd. Suite 200 Fort Lauderdale FL 33309 954.377.9470 Fax 954.617.9110 editorial lmgfl.com lmgfl.com PROUD MEMBER OF BOCA RATON 950 GLADES ROAD 4TH FLOOR 561.955.8885 BOYNTON BEACH 9897 HAGEN RANCH ROAD 561.364.7774 WWW.SIPDERM.COM 8 LMGFL.COM Coconut Creek Lifestyle is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lifestyle Media Group and is published monthly and direct-mailed into every home in the city of Coconut Creek and every business. Presently there are over 50 000 residents and 1 500 businesses in the city. An additional 6 000 printed magazines are bulk-dropped in and around the city at high-traffic locations including restaurants banks professional offices car dealers food and gourmet markets and over 300 advertisers of Coconut Creek Lifestyle. Verified postal receipts are available for review to guarantee veracity. The contents of Coconut Creek Lifestyle are copyrighted and may not be reproduced in whole or part without the express written consent of the publisher. Coconut Creek Lifestyle accepts no responsibility for products or services advertised herein. We reserve the right to edit rewrite or refuse submitted material. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 European imported Hunters Jumpers Equitation horses and ponies for sale and lease Open 7 days a week Covered arena measures 225 x 112 Air-conditioned glass viewing area Summer & Holiday Programs Beginner through advanced riding lessons South Florida s Premier Equestrian Training and Boarding Farm COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 954.757.1119 www.PineHollowFlorida.com 6670 NW 82nd Terrace Parkland Florida 33067 LMGFL.COM 9 Lifestyle Greetings O TELL ME MORE ften when I m interviewing someone for a story he or she occasionally will say I m sure I m talking your ear off or Sorry if I m talking too much. And each time I assure them that I want them to talk as much as possible because it gives me more information for the article--even if I can t use all of it. Such was the case when I interviewed Roy Rogers for this month s article about local history. As he related stories of how he helped to develop and shape iconic neighborhoods in Coconut Creek I was thankful for how gracious he was with his time and his stories. While he spoke it struck me that we often don t stop to think about the people who have created our cities and neighborhoods. Rogers was instrumental in the development of Weston and Coconut Creek earning him the nickname Father of Weston and honorary status as a citizen of Coconut Creek. ousands of us feel his influence without knowing it. For example Royal Palm Boulevard Copans Road is curved at one point instead of straight. Rogers explained to me that if the road had been kept straight there would be wooded areas on just one side of the road not both. What I was doing was not for the betterment of the developer but rather the look of the road Rogers told me. Anne Kolb (Broward County s first female commissioner who died in 1981) shook hands with Rogers in a helicopter after she agreed to go along with his plan. As part of the city s 50th anniversary celebration Lifestyle will be profiling individuals like Rogers who ve had an impact on Coconut Creek through the years. We ll also continue to share stories about those who are currently shaping the community. A few of these people are featured in our cover story on one of Coconut Creek s new businesses Evolution Yoga which recently opened on State Road 7. It s only the second location of a burgeoning fitness franchise that started in the Las Vegas area. I visited the studio to see how business partners Maxine Schwartz Luke Hoffman and Stacy Mesmer transformed a former Carls Patio store into a space of relaxation and wellness. ey and the instructors are passionate about community and helping others on their wellness journeys. I know the spot will become popular quickly. As always the rest of our articles feature more people and places making Coconut Creek a great city. Which leads me to you our readers. Do you have a story to share about people or places that make our community special Whether it s an event that would be perfect for our Around Town section or a community photo to share in our In Case You Missed It section I want to hear more about it. Enjoy the March issue. KEREN MOROS MANAGING EDITOR 10 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 Excellence in Human Resource Awards E X C presented by I N ELLENCE HUMAN RESOURCE AWARDS 2016 2017 Honorees Lisa-Ann Bannis-Matthew BMI Elite Brian Barton MDM Hotel Group Tony Dinkins Cable & Wireless Communications Limited Michelle Eisner Hollander Sleep Products Mike Estrada Costa Farms Ken Finneran National Beverage Corp. Peter Gloggner Jupiter Medical Center Aaron Greenberg Lynn University Dr. Jaffus Hardrick Florida International University Michelle Hedges Power Financial Credit Union Michele Henderson Convey Health Solutions Lynn Hubert Silversea Cruises Anthony Katz C3 Customer Contact Channels Barb Matias Palm Beach State College Colin Mcdonald Cross Country Healthcare Ilene Nelson OPKO Health Inc. Olga Patarroyo DentalPlans Michael Pustizzi Univision Communications Inc. Lourdes Rey-Wilson TotalBank Jackie Roca YMCA of South Florida Barbra Rocha Gold Coast Beverage LLC Milton Rodriguez ADT Julie Staub Jackson Health System Christina Sullivan Steiner Management Service LLC Bob Tenzer Whole Foods Market Jacqueline Torre United HomeCare Renee Venezia Nova Southeastern University Lori Welch JM Family Enterprises Inc. GOLD SPONSORS SILVER SPONSOR COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 LMGFL.COM 11 around town Rock at Livestock e City of Coconut Creek and Fellowship Recovery Community Organization present the Livestock Pop Music Festival on April 2 noon-5 p.m. Local bands and artists including Lizzy DeBolt (pictured with guitar) perform a variety of music styles from the 1960s and 70s. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Food will be available as well as a local art display T-shirt stand and face painting. No coolers allowed. A donation of 10 is suggested in advance or at the gate. e festival is at e Ranch (4341 NW 39th Ave.) and benefits Coconut Creek nonprofit Tomorrow s Rainbow. Children are free when accompanied by ticket-holding adult. For information visit livestockrock.com. 12 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 around town ULTIMATE GARAGE SALE The Women s Club of Coconut Creek hosts its annual garage sale March 18 7 a.m. 1 p.m. at the Recreation Complex (4455 Sol Press Blvd.). Proceeds go toward the club s scholarship fund for local students. The club also is collecting drop-off donations from the community for the sale on March 17 noon 6 30 p.m. at the Recreation Complex. For information email wcgaragesalecoconutcreek gmail.com. SHIFTING GEARS The Corvette Club of South Florida hosts its sixth annual Corvette & Open Car & Truck Show at Lou Bachrodt Chevrolet (5500 N. State Road 7) March 5 from 11 a.m. 5 p.m. More than 160 awards will be given. Registration is 30 day of show. The South Florida Cloggers the Fabulous Blues Brothers and DJ Scott the Music Man provide entertainment throughout the day. The event features giveaways drawings door prizes vendors and free food and drinks. For information visit corvetteclubofsouthflorida.com. MARCH FOR DREAMS Coconut Creek nonprofit Dreammakers for Life hosts its first 5K Dream Walk March 11 at 9 a.m. at Tradewinds Park (3600 W. Sample Road). The event includes a kids dream zone photo opportunities and prizes. The 5K raises funds for the organization to continue distributing dream packs to children with terminal diseases inspiring them to share their dreams. Participants over 10 must gather at least 100 from sponsors. To register visit 5kdreamwalk.org or dreamforlife.org. FUN IN THE PARK Two Coconut Creek traditions continue this month at Sabal Pines Park. The Home Grown Concert Series continues with two performances in March. Solid Brass performs March 10 at 7 p.m. The eight-piece band performs classic rock from the 60s 70s and 80s with horn sounds (such as Chicago Joe Cocker and Blood Sweat & Tears). The Vintage Groove Band a local band that plays dance music of the 70s and 80s performs March 24. Both concerts are at 7 p.m. Blankets coolers and chairs are welcome. In addition the Movies in the Park series continues with a screening of the 80s favorite Back to the Future on March 17 at 7 45 p.m. TOUCHDOWN Registration is open for Coconut Creek Football and Cheer Program s 2017 season which runs from May to November. The program offers tackle football flag football and competition cheerleading for children 5 to 14. Walk-in registration is March 25 11 a.m. 3 p.m. at the Recreation Complex (4455 Sol Press Blvd.) and April 22 11 a.m. 3 p.m. at the Community Center (1100 Lyons Road). New residents must provide a birth certificate and two proofs of residency. Residents also may register online at creekfootball.com. Nonresidents must purchase a city sports card for 60. Fee for tackle and cheerleading is 225. Fee for flag is 110. After May 31 the fees increase to 240 and 125 respectively. For information email ccreakeagles gmail.com. It s not St. Patrick s Day without beer. World of Beer (4437 Lyons Road) hosts Luck of the Local March 17. Enjoy 40 beers on tap from local breweries. For information call World of Beer at 954.984.0300. Join thousands at the Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick s Parade & Festival on March 11. The parade starts around noon on Las Olas Boulevard east of Federal Highway and includes carnival rides and vendors. For information visit stpatsftl.com. Children 3 to 6 hunt for a pot of gold hidden by Lucky the Leprechaun on March 17 from 5 15 6 p.m. The Pot of Gold Treasure Hunt 10 for Coconut Creek residents and 15 for nonresidents is held at the Community Center (1100 Lyons Road). Call 954.545.6670 for information. CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK S DAY COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 LMGFL.COM 13 around town IN CASE YOU MISSED IT Want to submit recent happenings Email us at kmoros lmgfl.com. Congratulations Charlie Coxon chair of Coconut Creek s Environmental Advisory Board completed the National Wildlife Foundation s Steward Class training hosted by NatureScape Broward a service of the Broward County s commissioner board.(Coxon is the second from right on the bottom row.) Uncorked More than 800 guests attended Junior Achievement s seventh annual Uncorked & Crafted a culinary showcase from Breakthru Beverage Florida. Attendees partook of spirits craft beers and wine while helping raise more than 180 000 for JA. Pictured Ginny Miller Christine Speedy and Carol Molnar who were event chairs from the Circle of Wise Women. Pets Welcome City staff and commissioners welcomed new business petNmind (6578 N State Road 7) to Coconut Creek with a ribboncutting ceremony. 14 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 around town Sweet Treats Children from SOS Children s Village enjoyed free ice cream and ice skating from Hoffman s Chocolates and the Florida Panthers at Huizenga Plaza in Fort Lauderdale. 35 Years of Experience Fighting Insurance Companies INJURED Good Citizenship Coconut Creek residents joined the Citizens Academy to learn about how the city is run. NO Fees or Costs If NO Recovery Hablamos Espa ol Auto Bike Boat and Pedestrian Accidents Motorcycle Nursing Home Neglect Trip or Slip and Fall The only Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer with the main office in Coral Springs. Past President Broward County Trial Lawyers Association. DAN IRVING CYTRYN Bilingual. More than 10 years experience EDGAR VELAZQUEZ Call Now For a Free Consultation (954) We can come to your home or hospital Good Vibrations Coconut Creek residents took in another Home Grown Concert event with local band The Shindigs who performed Beach Boys songs at Sabal Pines Park. www.personalinjuryfirm.com 255-7000 LAW OFFICES OF CYTRYN & VELAZQUEZ P.A. 2825 N. University Drive Suite 350 Coral Springs FL 33065 LMGFL.COM 15 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 Ryan Lochte is one of the world s best swimmers. One mistake didn t change that. SECOND CHANCE If you are in over your head in credit card bills... If your credit score is less than perfect... If you are paying too much for student loans... WE CAN HELP We saw the opportunity to give him a DEBT.COM WANTS TO GIVE YOU A SECOND CHANCE TOO Whatever your financial needs are... 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TAKE OUT ONLY. Excludes specials & combos. Must present coupon. Limit 1 offer per person visit. Must present coupon. Not valid with other offers. Expires 3 31 17 Not valid with other offers. Expires 3 31 17 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 LMGFL.COM 17 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Check out these performances and events throughout the month SMOKEY ROBINSON The Motown singer performs only a few of his many hits among his more than 4 000 songs. When March 7 Where Broward Center DON T MISS LAUDYPOP At this festival celebrating food spirits and the arts attendees may sample local cuisine while enjoying musical performances live painting and art installations from Fort Lauderdale s emerging artists. For information visit laudypop.com. When March 10 Where Hugh Taylor Birch State Park The local theater troupe performing Show Stoppers O Township riginal shows such as Hats On Hats Off Everything and the Kitchen Sink Strutting Our Stuff and this year s Township eater Group production Movin Groovin No Snoozin all begin with an epiphany. We create all of our own material says Myrna Kranis the troupe s president. We take well-known songs and we write parodies. We have people in the group that write dialogue. Founded in 1994 by Beverly Palumbo and Richard Cohen the group is gearing up for its annual show. Every March Township eater Group produces a full-scale onenight-only production. Ticket prices are kept low--currently admission is 8--and group members pay annual dues of 15. At last count there are about 40 members there are no auditions and no one is turned away who wants to be a part of the group. We come up with a theme that works for everyone in the show and Beverly s mantra is if you want to be in the show you re in. She ll always find something for someone to do says Cohen the group s second vice president for programming. Even though it s Palumbo the group s original president and its director for the past eight years who gets the idea for the show-- or the epiphany as members jokingly call it--the annual production is a team effort. We have people who sing and dance A JEW GROWS IN BROOKLYN Jake Ehrenreich stars in the popular musical. When March 10 12 Where Coral Springs Center for the Arts eater Group continues to take center stage people who act or play instruments and we have those who assist in creating the scenery or whatever we need Kranis says. Others are ushers or help with costumes or makeup. We start rehearsals in November. We keep creating and creating as we go along. It comes from an idea and ends up as a complete show. e troupe previously performed in the Township Ballroom but after gaining a large following they were invited to use the Township Center for the Performing Arts. For many of its members the group has become more than a social club. We re like a support group Cohen says. We ve been there for each other in good times and bad times. We meet once a month but many of us see each other more than that. We get together sometimes for lunch or dinner. e group s monthly meetings have a theater theme naturally. Guest speakers are invited or group members create the program. At one meeting Kranis shared stories about the life of dancer Gene Kelly. At another a member who saw the Broadway hit Hamilton shared the experience with the group. When there isn t a presentation the group plays theater trivia. While many of the group s members have previous professional experience it isn t necessary. ere are no stars in our show. We re all stars in our own right Kranis says. -- Michelle F. Solomon MIAMI CITY BALLET The company performs several classic and modern ballets including The Fairy s Kiss. When March 11 & 12 Where Broward Center CANNOLIS LATKES AND GUILT It s the new show from Steve Solomon of Broadway s My Mother s Italian My Father s Jewish and I m in Therapy. When March 17 & 18 Where Township Center for the Performing Arts CAROL BURNETT The legendary comedian answers questions during An Afternoon of Laughter & Reflection. When March 19 Where Broward Center SOMETHING ROTTEN Set in 1595 the Broadway export follows two brothers as they write the first musical. When March 21 April 2 Where Broward Center MOVIN GROOVIN NO SNOOZIN will be performed on March 9 at 7 30 p.m. at the Township Center for the Performing Arts (2452 Lyons Road Coconut Creek). For tickets call 954.970.0606. 18 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 LMGFL.COM 19 BUSINESS Do you have news to share Email us at kmoros lmgfl.com. Coconut Creek s 1 Exam Prep (4400 W Sample Road Suite 132) was acquired by Brown Technical based in Houston. e acquisition will allow Brown Technical and parent company Panther Biotechnology to enter the construction business according to Panther s president and CEO. A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe (1605 N. State Road 7 Margate) partnered with Food for the Poor to provide breast prostheses postsurgical mastectomy bras and breast forms to the Jamaica Cancer Society and Hospital de la Mujer Bertha Calder n Roque in Nicaragua. MotionPoint (4661 Johnson Road Suite 14) has appointed Craig Witt its new executive vice president of worldwide sales. e company provides website translation and optimization services. Molly Murphy was recently named executive director of the Coconut Creek nonprofit Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida (3600 West Sample Road). Texas Roadhouse is seeking approval to build its fifth South Florida location in Coconut Creek at the El Dorado Shopping Plaza. National Health Investors based in Tennessee funded 11.9 million to cover part of the mortgage and mezzanine loans of Coconut Creek-based Senior Living Management (4661 Johnson Road). e funding will help NHI acquire five of Senior Living Management s senior housing communities. CREEK BIZ NEWS Before You File W hen it comes to preparing your taxes even do-it-yourself types are willing to leave it to the experts--especially after seeing the 1 000 pages that comprise U.S. Master Tax Guide. at s why Coconut Creek Lifestyle spoke to three of the partners at Bergman Hirsch Spilfogel & Tyman--Garry S. Bergman Jerrold Hirsch and Steven Tyman who bring a combined 100 years of experience--for advice heading into tax day April 18. Back it up Many people are audited because they don t keep records of business expenses--even those who aren t selfemployed. Except for driving to work other business expenses such as meals and automobile use are deductible. ey need to keep some type of document of every material item that s listed on your tax returns Bergman says. If they claim a deduction for entertainment expenses they need to have documentation as to the business purpose who you met with where if it was paid in cash date time and what you discussed. For better or worse ere are good reasons for married couples to file separately. For example one spouse might have a tax problem. Usually however it s best to file jointly as Tyman says there is a higher potential of losing out on credits and deductions with separate filing. A Creek accounting firm offers tips for better tax preparation ink ahead Planning to invest in the future such as buying a home can affect how you do your taxes now. Sometimes it might even pay for you not to take some expenses as a deduction just to leave your income high enough for you to qualify for the mortgage you re looking for Hirsch says. Work together Family taxes can get more complicated for college-aged adults who still live at home yet have taxable income. In general they can be claimed as dependents if a parent provides more than half their support including food and utilities. But variables such as age and wage-earning limitations can change this. Commonly Hirsch says problems arise with changes that grown adult dependents [make] without informing their parents when they still qualify for the dependency deduction. And the parents are the last to know. Get help ough some people rely on tax preparation chain companies independent firms offer personal attention. ey just learn how to use the program not knowing what questions to ask Tyman says. Doing it yourself might not fare well either if you don t have the necessary knowledge. You need to understand that you don t know what you don t know Hirsch says. Plus he says you can claim the tax preparer s fee as a deduction. BERGMAN HIRSCH SPILFOGEL & TYMAN CPAS 4171 W. 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It s different than an injectable which works deeper around the bone fat and tissues. The laser focuses on the skin itself. 2) Cellulite treatment Cellulite affects 85 percent of women Soro says and it can be resistant to weight loss. FDA-approved Cellfina is a one-time treatment with long-lasting results. The vacuum-like system suctions the skin inserting micro-blades to cut bands of collagen under the skin to release tension and smooth dimples. 3) Neck fullness Kybella is a familiar product to many thanks to a TV commercial touting its impact. The injectable dissolves fat cells around the neck which your body cleans out naturally. It reshapes the neck tightens skin and eliminates fullness under the chin for a more sharply defined profile. Kybella also reduces fat permanently in the area. If you gain weight you don t gain it under the chin Soro says. THOSE PESKY PROBLEM AREAS For the Sake of Appearances A Luis Soro and the team at Shino Bay help clients put their best face forward with cutting-edge products and procedures inates hollowness and refreshes the face overall. e goal Soro says is to maintain a natural look. We don t want people asking What did you have done We want it to look like you went on vacation or look rested refreshed he says. e 20- to 30-minute procedure lasts more than a year and it can be combined with others the same day for a full-face rejuvenation. Another common worry is the under-eye brought up by people in their 20s as well as decades older. It s not only about insufficient sleep--those dark circles can be genetic Soro says. Some people have bone structures or fat compartments that give them less skin under the eyes making the blood vessels visible ging continues to be a top concern among clients of Shino Bay Cosmetic Dermatology & Laser Institute says Dr. Luis Soro a board-certified dermatologist. People who come in have noticed that over time they ve lost volume in their face and elasticity in the skin and things just start coming down--gravity he says. Folds become more prominent and all of that contributes to a tired appearance. To provide facial volume Soro typically uses the nonsurgical Rejuva Lift one of Shino Bay s new signature series treatments. A dermatological gel (often Juvederm Voluma or Restylane Lyft) is injected with thin needles along the middle of the face which restores volume to help lift tissue. is adds support elim- and reflecting light in a way that gives the under-eye a darker appearance. is also can be fixed with a fine filler such as Restylane Silk to give the area volume. It also creates a smooth transition between the eyelid lower eyelid and cheek. at s how I approach general rejuvenation--minimizing contours and convexities and shadows he says. We don t want to inflate everything and look like a balloon. We want to follow the facial architecture. e Fort Lauderdale-based practice serves clients throughout South Florida including Coconut Creek. For more information about Shino Bay and its cutting-edge offerings call 954.765.3005 or visit shinobayderm.com. --Alyssa Fisher COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 22 LMGFL.COM Casual Elegance... For your Outdoor Living Specializing in One of The Best Selections of Quality Name Brand Furniture With Low Prices 7355 Sample Rd. Coral Springs 954-752-0161 1.4 miles west of 441 State Road 7 1201 US HWY 1 N. Palm Beach 561-776-9980 www.PatioShoppes.com COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 mile south of PGA Blvd. Open Mon-Sat 10AM - 5 30PM Sunday Noon to 5PM LMGFL.COM 23 EDUCATION Want to share school news Email us at kmoros lmgfl.com. Monarch High School defeated Plantation High School in BECON-TV s School Duel 490-330 in the first game of this year s competition which lasts until June. The Knights will compete against Cooper City High in early March to determine if they will continue in the trivia game show. To watch the match against Plantation High visit BECONTV s YouTube channel at youtube.com becontv. Margate Middle School recently was ranked among the top 10 middle schools in Vocabulary.com s Vocabulary Bowl. The competition includes schools from the United States and Canada and ends in May. To learn more visit vocabulary.com bowl. Amscot Financial awarded a grant to Coconut Creek High School s band. The school was one of 14 nonprofit organizations in Florida to receive a grant. The money will assist the band with the costs of uniforms transportation and instruments. Fort Lauderdale-based Bosch Thermotechnology Corp. donated a 5-ton inverter-ducted splitsystem condensing unit and air handler to Atlantic Technical College. Both college and high school students are enrolled in the HVAC (heating ventilation and air-conditioning) program. Tradewinds Elementary School reported a highly effective three-year student growth performance rating placing it in the top quartile in the district. SCHOOL DAYS Grant (left) in a competition The Tip of the Sword uring a family trip to Italy in the summer of 2012 Jim Dodrill enrolled his son and daughter in a gladiator course where they practiced sword-fighting. His youngest child Grant fell in love with the activity and after they returned Grant joined an after-school sword-fighting group at North Broward Prep for the better part of a year. But that wasn t enough to satisfy his appetite. Grant began training at DuelLIFE Olympic Fencing Center in Fort Lauderdale from the Sabre Outreach Network. ough initially surprised by their son s interest Jim and wife Meredith quickly realized that Grant had some serious game. Within four months he was defeating older and higher-level fencing students. Today the seventh-grader is ranked No. 1 in the United States in his age bracket (12-year-olds). Grant has since been joined by his sister Brooke a 10th-grader at North Broward Prep who pushes her brother (and vice versa) through some friendly sibling rivalry. Grant comes in with a lot more focus than a kid his age [typically does] says Dan Berliner Grant s coach and a multiple winner of the U.S. Fencing Association s national championship in the men s saber division. If you re not practicing the correct movements and correct ideas it s hard to bring it all to task--no matter how athletic you are--once you get into a competition. When preparing for a match Grant says he blocks out everything else and focuses only on his opponent narrowing in on his strategy. He has Grant Dodrill reaches a national fencing milestone--at age 12 D learned the importance of being able to slow down and change his step instantly once he observes his opponent s movements. If you re going really quick you can t always see what the other person is trying to do he says. In the world of fencing Grant admires Daryl Homer the two-time Olympic fencing medalist for his speed and agility--all while maintaining his tactical correctness. I think it s cool that he s able to go crazy-fast and [still] be able to be perfect with all his moves Grant says. Grant who trains up to 20 hours a week plans to fence through high school and college. ough he only has three seasons of training under belt Grant already is thinking about his ultimate goal the 2024 Summer Olympics. Grant definitely has the potential to go through the international circuit and work his way into national teams Berliner says. All those things are well within his grasp. --Stella Alves 24 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 NAUT Your Typical Wate Point Marina Lighthouse Located at Restaurant rfront GREAT FOOD GREAT VIEWS GREAT TIMES MELLOW-OUT MONDAYS Free Kids Dinners 5-9pm Yappy Hour ALL Day MEN S NIGHT WEDNESDAYS off Wings Burgers Beers and T-Shirts 6pm-close Live Music from 5-9pm CONCH FRIDAY Conch Chowder 11 30am-close Live Music by Steel Drum Duo 5-9pm LIVE MUSIC SATURDAY 3-6PM SLIP-OUT SUNDAYS Brunch 7 30am-3pm Dinner 4-9pm Live Music by Mark Zaden 5-9pm BREAKFAST SERVED DAILY from 7 30am-11am FULL MENU from 11 30am-9pm MARCH FULL MOON PARTY SUNDAY MARCH 12 2017 SUNDAY MARCH 4 2017 JAZZ BRUNCH FROM 7 30AM-3PM WITH LIVE MUSIC WITH JAZZY RICH FROM 10-2PM START THE NEW YEAR OFF RIGHT BY BEING EXTRA NAUTI DAWG-GONE HAPPENINGS We are a Dawg Friendly Restaurant 2841 Marina Circle Lighthouse Point 954.941.0246 Closed Tuesdays to go fishing Check our website www.NautiDawg.com for Monthly Full Moon Parties. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 LMGFL.COM 25 DINING A TASTE OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ARRIVES IN COCONUT CREEK WITH RUBIO S COASTAL GRILL By Michelle F. Solomon Fresh Start Rubio s Coastal Grill The Promenade at Coconut Creek 4425 Lyons Road Coconut Creek 954.200.6677 rubios.com Rubio s Coastal Trio 26 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 Rubio s has 200 locations across the country including three in South Florida. C oconut Creek diners felt a void when arrives at the table it s served open-faced and it s up to you to fold the tortilla your way. Lime Fresh Mexican Grill shut its Speaking of which Rubio s stonedoors at e Promenade in June. ground corn tortillas aren t the crunchy But a Southern California staple has moved yellow shells usually served with tacos. in not only replacing Lime but kicking ey have a thicker and softer consistency up the notion of fresh Mexican cuisine. that allows folding without cracking. Rubio s Coastal Grill got its start in 1983 Chris Clayton Florida district manager in a former Orange Julius in San Diego s Mission Bay neighborhood it s best known on the West Rubio s Burrito Especial Coast for Ralph Rubio s with chicken famous fish taco made with Alaskan pollock that s coated in a secret beer batter. (A Google search reveals more than a few copycat recipes but Rubio s take is so secret that you won t find the original.) Like Lime Rubio s menu is full of fresh Mexican-inspired choices in a fast-casual setting-- that s restaurant-speak for the convenience of fast food but healthier and a tad more upscale. e description aptly fits. of Rubio s Coastal Grill says Ralph Rubio What distinguishes Rubio s is that the spent five years perfecting his creation. seafood is front and center in its dishes. e Coastal Trio is a good way to get a Usually fish inside a tortilla is hidden sampling of the seafood offerings. e flight beneath the fixings but here seafood such as mahimahi sea bass and shrimp is placed atop of tacos includes the original fish shrimp and a choice of tilapia or mahimahi. Customers lettuce and beans. When a taco or a burrito may choose between corn and flour tortillas. e salsa created in-house daily is another signature item. Chili peppers are roasted early in the morning before the restaurant opens because the distinct aroma can be overwhelming Clayton says. e South Florida locations also have something not found in every Rubio s restaurant. Margaritas were a favorite of local Lime diners so they ve kept the frozen alcoholic beverages. Of course Rubio s adds its own California spin infusing the tequila with sake. Choose from classic or mango-flavored. Rubio s now has 200 locations across the United States but Florida is its first East Coast venture. Along with Coconut Creek its South Florida outposts include Fort Lauderdale and downtown Miami. It also has restaurants in Orlando St. Petersburg and Tampa. Florida was always a primary expansion location because it s a coastal area too Clayton says. Coconut Creek with its familyfriendly atmosphere and so much going on in this up-and-coming community was the right fit for Rubio s. LMGFL.COM 27 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 AN EXPANSIVE YOGA-CENTRIC FITNESS FACILITY MAKES ITS EAST COAST DEBUT IN COCONUT CREEK By Michelle F. Solomon Photos by Eduardo Schneider STARTING AN EVOLUTION 28 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 The staff of Evolution Yoga COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 LMGFL.COM 29 Evolution Yoga offers a variety of classes and sells workout apparel. 30 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 CLASSES AT EVOLUTION For information visit evolutionyoga.com or call 954.421.0589. Stacy Mesmer Luke Hoffman and Maxine Schwartz L uke Hoffman had been looking for a second location to open his Evolution Yoga studio. He found the perfect space almost 2 500 miles away. His flagship studio is in Henderson Nevada just outside of Las Vegas. But Florida was on his mind and he spent two years researching the Sunshine State. All the way up through Tampa Orlando and the Space Coast he says. But Coconut Creek offered want he wanted to set up shop. His co-partner Parkland resident Maxine Schwartz says much of the perfect find in Coconut Creek involved the old real estate adage location location location. I ve lived in Parkland the last 20-something years. For me I d have to travel to Fort Lauderdale or Boca Raton to find even something close to what we re offering at Evolution Yoga. Inside the former Carls Patio store at 6814 State Road 7 next to Havertys Furniture is a fitness lover s playground. Bright and welcoming the roomy 12 000-square-foot space has five studios each created with a mindfulness that will resonate with members. Classes include yoga hot Pilates TRX Suspension training barefoot training battle ropes barre booty flow and kettlebell and some unique to Evolution Yoga. Hoffman adds that everything has a theory of yoga through it. In one of the larger studios where the signature Love Set classes are taught among others a customized thermal system was installed. We made an investment because it is so important for perfection in temperature for us says Stacy Mesmer a partner in the business. e Love Set class for example is set at COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 95 degrees with 40 percent humidity. At Evolution Las Vegas hot Pilates and Love Set are the most popular the traditional nonheated Vinyasa is the third most popular. ere s a difference in the way you can move the way you can stretch in a heated or nonheated room Schwartz says. Not that either one is better. It s just a different experience. at is why we offer everything. e idea of a subscription-based membership where there s no limit for participants in the number of classes they can join is another plus in Evolution Yoga s business model say the co-partners. We design the schedule that way so someone can take a Hot Power Flow class then try TRX then go to vinyasa yoga Schwartz says. e space was also designed with a comfortable spa-like ambiance with changing rooms that feature inviting showers and complimentary bath products and fluffy bath towels for rent at 2. (Members may bring their own.) We wanted the space to be really high-end but at a fair price Mesmer says. e partners share a vision for the studio to become part of the Coconut Creek community. Buddhist- and Sanskrit-inspired artwork adorns the walls by Boca Raton artist Victoria Bronfman. It s all for sale. We are going to bring other artists in too. We want to create a community vibe here Schwartz says. Since opening in December the studio has hosted a day for a local charity which included yoga classes and vendors selling locally created items to benefit the charity. Boca Raton-based Raw Juce is setting up a location inside Evolution Yoga. Traditionally yoga has been an elitist thing. But there is a huge segment of the LOVE SET Poses specifically sequenced to strengthen muscles. Set poses fall in the same order each time. Good class for beginners new to hot yoga. VINYASA YOGA Centered around breath-synchronized movement. HOT POWER FLOW Taught in the heated studio this energetic form of yoga incorporates strength flexibility balance and cardiovascular exercise as well as physical and mental stamina. A perfect blend of sweat and serenity. KIRYA YIN YOGA Breath control and meditation to calm and focus the mind with classes in hot studio. Postures are passive and held for a length of time. SHAKTI BOOTY FLOW High energy influenced by hip-hop dance. Booty shaking and rhythmic yoga sequences helps unlock lower energy centers. RESTORATIVE YOGA Props which include bolsters blocks blankets etc. are used to provide a supportive environment. Relieves the effects of chronic stress on the body. YIN YOGA A quiet practice where each posture is held for several minutes. TRX SUSPENSION Unheated class uses gravity and own body weight to challenge muscles. Developed by a Navy SEAL. BATTLE ROPES High-intensity interval training combines elements of velocity training with cardiovascular exercise. KETTLEBELLS Build endurance and strength using an effective tool for weight loss and cardio endurance. HOT PILATES Taught in a heated room Evolution s class combines Pilates with high-intensity interval training cardio and yoga. population that wants to participate--that wants to breathe Hoffman says. If we can offer the best-quality product in the nicest environment with an amazing assortment of classes great instructors and at a cheaper price than anyone else then we reserve the right to attract the masses. We re sharing something we love with as many people as possible. LMGFL.COM 31 HISTORY LONGTIME BROWARD COUNTY DEVELOPER ROY ROGERS TELLS HIS STORIES OF BUILDING COCONUT CREEK hough Roy Rogers never lived in Coconut Creek he s been so closely connected with the city that it s almost like a second home. My heart s in Coconut Creek says the Lighthouse Point resident 80. I m so proud of the Butterfly Capital of the Galaxy--not just the planet. As a developer his influence in South Florida reaches across the county he helped develop Weston as the senior vice president of Arvida Corporation as well as e Township and Wynmoor two prominent Coconut Creek neighborhoods. Originally from Philadelphia Rogers attended the U.S. Naval Academy and served on a nuclear submarine. After 12 years he left the military in 1966 moved to Florida (where his mother lived) and became a golf course designer. He worked with renowned golf course designer Robert Trent Jones before becoming a developer traveling around the world designing courses. ese days Rogers works as consultant leveraging the reputation he has built throughout the community having been named a Coconut Creek pioneer in 1985. Currently he s focused on developments in Pompano Beach. We asked Rogers to share some stories about how he helped to build the city. Rogers started his relationship with Coconut Creek when he designed the PGA-rated golf course in the Rossmoor development around 1974. He then joined the project as an executive on the development board. In the first building of Coconut Creek the developer put coconut palms in the front yards of the homes. at was his signature. at was a cool connection between the name and the logo. But the trees were getting really tall by that time. It might have been that the wind comes along and little Johnny is playing under the tree and a coconut is just going to conk him. So they wanted to see if those beautiful palm trees could be relocated. I relocated the trees to the golf course. IF YOU BUILD IT ... By Keren Moros And it s just a beautiful way to landscape the golf course. rough there [I developed] a rapport with the community. ose are the things I did in the community to have them not resent the development [Rossmoor] that was taking place across the road not to be jealous of it--to feel like part of it because it was their coconut trees. It started to establish the culture that s there now. ere were things you did that were wholesome and spoke well of the hometown and togetherness. For his part in the development of Rossmoor Rogers was named an honorary citizen around 1979 by the city commission a title he is proud of. Rossmoor was purchased by Irwin Levy in 1976 who changed the name to Wynmoor. From 1980 to 1985 Rogers was an executive with Tartan Development now Minto which developed e Township. Rogers took the 1 500acre development from approval to construction working with Coconut Creek pioneer and friend Neal Vinkemulder who helped landscape the community. An environmentalist at heart Rogers made sure to strike a balance between meeting the developers needs and creating a sustainable hometown. Respect for nature and the balance between nature and making sure the homes were OK by way of the developer that got his remunerations and his contributions but also [something that] was good enough to be sustained without undue renovation costs where the harmony of nature added a tranquil component that remained well past the last unit being occupied. While e Township was being developed Rogers also helped bring Tradewinds Park to life. He made several trips to a West Virginia park to use it as a model for Tradewinds. e park was completed with a 1979 bond issue. at area might ve been a cement plant. I don t think people have a clue about this but we were approved with two ways to go. One way was the way you see now which is nature and park and a tremendous component of conservation. ... If we hadn t T 32 LMGFL.COM gone that way we would ve gone industrial. e reason that made it possible to keep it as a park--and it made sense to do so--was the passage of the bond issue in 1979 which raised the funds for the creation of parks libraries and jails. I drew the line that separated [ e Township and the park] which now exists as the lake on the east fringe of [the community] and the beginning of the shoreline for the park. In that I didn t make it wide enough. [He laughs.] I come back years later and look at it You know I should ve made that wider. at s a little too close. But it s not bad. ... We had a smooth approval process. And the development of the park did include this little for-profit center--the first for-profit in a county park ever--and that was Butterfly World. Rogers also had a role in bringing SOS Children s Villages to Coconut Creek as a member of the board that developed it. e international organization worked with the local government to establish a place for children who otherwise would enter the foster-care system to live with their siblings and other children in homes. In 1989 Broward circuit judge Estella Moriarty asked Rogers if space in Weston could be reserved for the village. Rogers instead provided a helicopter to show her the county and she saw available property suitable for the village. Rogers credits benevolent government officials for the success of the organization. A lover of windmills he placed one on the property--his personal stamp. [ e location] is in itself is a microcosm of the whole town. e town should be applauded for having the good grace-- instead of saying Not in my backyard --to bring it into their community and to work toward making it be as successful as it can be. at is a salute to the town. It s more than that. It s the standard for how people conduct themselves by inclusion instead of exclusion--and they re better for it. Editor s note is is the second in a series of articles celebrating Coconut Creek s 50th anniversary. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 Rogers with Coconut Creek resident Dale Evans Rogers during the development of Rossmoor Rogers (third from right) and Rossmoor executives celebrating the project s approval Rogers at a park in The Township Rogers in a video created for the city s 40th anniversary. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 LMGFL.COM 33 A Bronx Tale When Friday March 24 8 p.m. Where The Pavilion at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek Tickets 65 to 100 Contact ticketmaster.com 800.653.8000 34 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 A STORY FOR THE AGES CHAZZ PALMINTERI BRINGS A BRONX TALE AND ITS ENDURING MESSAGES TO SOUTH FLORIDA By Kevin Kaminski I always thought about the killing that I saw as a kid (which became a plot point in the play) and my relationship with the wise guys I thought about my father always telling me to do the right thing. It felt like that would make a good story. he s like Did my daughter get home from school yet He s suddenly this caring father. At the same time he also can be funny. And vulnerable. It s like a different code and that s what fascinates us. Anything can happen at any moment. ink about it. If you were friends with the president you d feel special Wow I have the president s ear. In a small neighborhood you might have the mob boss s ear. e boss likes you. He gives you things. He treats you differently. It s intoxicating in a way. at s also the danger. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. A Bronx Tale has all these themes. Sonny lived by the sword. And in the end he got killed by the son of the man that he killed. ere is a price that you pay. But yes people can t get enough of it. I n the nearly 30 years since Chazz Palminteri wrote and performed A Bronx Tale as a one-man show in Los Angeles the semi-autobiographical tale about an Italian-American boy (Calogero) caught between the working-class values espoused by his father (Lorenzo) and the allure of organized crime embodied by the neighborhood mob boss (Sonny) has taken on a life of its own. e play that Robert De Niro called the greatest one-man show he had ever seen during its off-Broadway run in the late 1980s became a 1993 film that co-starred Palminteri (who wrote the screenplay) as Sonny as well as De Niro who played Lorenzo and made his directorial debut. Ten years ago the Bronxborn Palminteri revisited the one-man show including a hit run on Broadway followed by a national tour. Today A Bronx Tale is back on Broadway--this time as a popular musical at the Longacre eatre. ough fans know him for his film work in e Usual Suspects Analyze is Bullets Over Broadway and recently for his guest-starring turns on TV s Modern Family the 64-year-old Palminteri says A Bronx Tale holds a special place for him. I still love doing the one-man show he says. I just can t perform it in New York now because I d be competing against myself. However he will perform it later this month at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. Palminteri spoke to Coconut Creek Lifestyle about the story that launched his career. When you started writing the play did the message come out of the characters or did you start with a core message that you wanted to develop I started out just writing my story. My father is the one who said Don t waste your life. e unique thing is that Sonny had the same message for me as my father. Sonny knew what the streets could do to a person. is is me looking back at it as an older man now but I think I was Sonny s penance in life. If he could do one good thing he wanted to keep me straight. He liked me. He knew I would never rat on him. He also saw I wasn t a bad kid I talked about writing and acting I read books. I was a gentle soul and he knew I was different. You ve always seemed to embrace the tough-guy character. Did you ever have issues with being typecast Why do you think A Bronx Tale resonates with people As the legend goes you started writing the play after being fired as a doorman. Were you at a point in the 1980s when you considered giving up on a career as an actor I wasn t sure whether to go back to New York or stay in Los Angeles so that was on my mind. But I was never going to give up. I thought If they won t give me a great part then I ll write one myself. And then I ll do a one-man show. is way they have to notice me. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 Sometimes you write something and it s lightning in a bottle. I wrote this story from my heart. Did I know all of this was going to happen Of course not. e amazing thing is that it s not just a hit here in the States. It s a huge hit in Europe and--you won t believe this--Japan. ey love it there. I even licensed it for a person to do it in French and perform it in Paris. e people who come to see it range [in age] from 12 to 90. I see a lot of parents bringing their children. I think that s because the essence of A Bronx Tale speaks to the choices you make and how that will shape your life forever. I don t worry about being typecast. I ve been in about 60 movies and I ve played a lot of different parts. It s just that the more iconic ones are the wise guys. As long as they re three-dimensional characters I m fine. I wouldn t play a wise guy who was a buffoon or just a thug. In Bullets Cheech was a genius playwright along with being a killer. Sonny in A Bronx Tale was a made guy but he was also funny and knowledgeable and well-read. If there s something that s unique to that character I ll play it. Did your father have a chance see the play and the movie What is our fascination with stories that involve the mob e essence of every great story is good and evil so it s weird how a guy in the mob can be a stone-cold killer one minute but then My dad passed away about seven years ago at age 90. My mom is still alive she s 97 now. My father loved the play. He loved the movie. He was there when I was nominated for an Academy Award (best supporting actor for Bullets Over Broadway the 1994 Woody Allen film). So he saw all my success. He always used to say to me Well son you didn t waste your talent. LMGFL.COM 35 CITY VOICE Cast Your Vote At the end of the candidate qualifying period which began at noon on Jan. 3 and ended at noon on Jan. 10 Mayor Mikkie Belvedere (District B) and Vice Mayor Joshua David Rydell (District E) were re-elected unopposed for a four-year term of office ending in March 2021. A municipal election will be held on March 14 to fill the commission seat in District C currently held by Leslie Wallace May Commissioner Sandra L. Welch. e three candidates became city clerk in January 2014. She has who completed qualifying papers for District C during worked in municipal the candidate qualifying period are Patricia Louise government for 13 years Duaybes Robert J. Miller and Sandra L. (Sandy) Welch. Voting in the city is at-large which means all qualified including six years as city voters are eligible to vote. Early voting is not available the city clerk of Margate and the last three as the for this election but absentee voting will be permitted city clerk of Coconut through the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Creek. Leslie holds a office. Visit browardsoe.org for additional information bachelor s degree in public regarding registering to vote or obtaining an absentee administration has been ballot. certified as a municipal e re-elected and newly elected commissioners will clerk and master be scheduled to be sworn into office at the next regularly municipal clerk by the scheduled city commission meeting after receipt of the International Institute certified election results. At that meeting the annual of Municipal Clerks and election of the mayor and vice mayor among the five served as an officer on commissioners will take place. the board of the Broward Questions about the March election may be directed County Municipal Clerks to me at 954.973.6774 or lmay coconutcreek.net. Check Association from 2009 to 2016 which included your voter registration ID card or visit the supervisor of a term as president. elections website to verify your polling place. Polls will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. WHERE TO VOTE PRECINCT LOCATION F001 Coconut Creek Community Center 1100 Lyons Road F002 Township Community Clubhouse 2424 N. Lyons Road F003 Township Community Clubhouse 2424 N. Lyons Road F004 Wynmoor Entertainment Center West Wing 1300 Avenue of the Stars F005 Winston Park Elementary School 4000 Winston Park Blvd. F006 Coconut Creek Community Center 1100 Lyons Road F007 Coconut Creek Recreation Complex 4455 Sol Press Blvd. F008 Centura Park HOA 2395 NW 36th Ave. F009 City Hall Commission Chambers 4800 W. Copans Road F010 Monarch High School 5050 Wiles Road F011 Coconut Creek Recreation Complex 4455 Sol Press Blvd. F012 Coconut Creek Recreation Complex 455 Sol Press Blvd. F013 Coconut Creek Recreation Complex 4455 Sol Press Blvd. F014 Sabal Pines Park 5005 NW 39th Ave. 36 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 SPRING ENTERTAINING HAS A SILVER LINING Our kitchen comes to you. Indoor or outdoor our team can make any venue the perfect spot to host a party. We have state-of-the-art mobility that provides you with the upmost quality wherever your event may be. Inquire further to learn more about our specialty services. P 954-917-1020 ext. 314 silverliningcatering.com SLEventCatering COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 LMGFL.COM 37 MYCOCONUTCREEK John Hartzell assisting at the Sign Shop The Signs of Coconut Creek e Sign Shop brings City announcements to life In Coconut Creek communicating with residents is a team effort between the city s multiple departments. Helping in that effort is the staff who operate the in-house sign shop which is part of the community relations division. Managed by Creative Services Specialist Gregg Oldberg and assisted by technician John Buchter the sign shop is responsible for the colorful banners that residents see around the city telling them of local events and special meetings. e duo also maintain city signs--cleaning repairing or replacing them as needed. In addition to banners they produce and assist with decals fliers posters vehicle graphics laminations and more. Here s how it works an employee sends a request to Oldberg who manages all designs. Some go back to the requester upon completion while larger print jobs are forwarded to Buchter for production on oversized print machines. Some projects can be as small as a 2-by-2 magnet while others can be as large as a 30-by82 vertical banner--the type seen on the poles along Lyons Road. Every opportunity we get to communicate with our residents is helpful says Yvonne Lopez director of the community relations division. e banner program proves to be an asset for the City. Many residents through surveys have indicated that they get their City information by reading the banners on the street. ough signs are reused when possible (for example those that wish residents happy holidays or advertise reoccurring events) Oldberg and Buchter always have plenty of work on their hands. In 2016 alone they handled 1 500 requests--almost 400 more than the previous year. is year they are working on outfitting more than 130 decals on vehicles to incorporate the City s branding which features Fluffy the butterfly and specially designed lettering. Take notice during your next drive around the community. If you have any suggestions contact the Community Relations Division at 954.973.6722. 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Close proximity to restaurants cafes hotels financial institutions and shopping destinations. Availability of smaller suites for immediate occupancy. Excellent access to I-95 and Florida s Turnpike. Cypress Court Office Space For Lease 6360 NW 5th Way Fort Lauderdale FL 33309 Cypress Court has office ready suites available. Abundant parking 5 1000 ratio. Recently remodeled common areas. Separately metered HVAC system. Close proximity to restaurants cafes hotels financial institutions and shopping destinations. Excellent access to I-95 and the Florida s Turnpike. For leasing information 954.540.6490 or info hsdholdings.com COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 LMGFL.COM 39 GREEN EXCELLENCE Pickerelweed grows throughout South Florida. Don t Pick the Pickerelweed Linda Whitman is a registered landscape architect. She obtained her degree in landscape architecture from the University of Florida. Whitman has practiced landscape architecture planning and environmental management for more than 20 years and is presently employed as a senior planner with the City of Coconut Creek. She is also the city s sustainable coordinator responsible for maintaining green certification with Florida Green Building Coalition and spearheading the city s Green Team to provide the annual Green Plan update. You ve seen it but you probably weren t aware of how amazing this plant actually is. Commonly known as pickerelweed Pontederia cordata grows in aquatic areas in South Florida. Named after the pickerel fish pickerelweed is a common and widely recognized native plant and flowers year-round. It is a prolific grower and can cover large areas. Pickerelweed typically grows to about 2 or 3 feet tall and its leaves are large--up to 5 inches wide and usually twice as long. Leaf shapes vary but they re are usually lance-shaped. ey may have either a distinctly heart-shaped face or a rounded face. e easiest way to recognize pickerelweed is by its violet-blue spike of small individual flowers. e leaf and the flower spike arise from the same stem. Without flowers pickerelweed can be confused with a similar plant known as the common arrowhead. Pickerelweed is probably less well-known than its invasive cousin the hyacinth. However the blooms are just as lovely and the full display of vibrant purple (and sometimes white) starts in March and blooms through November in South Florida. How amazing is this plant Check out these facts collected from the University of Florida s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences the U.S. Department of Agriculture and eattheweeds.com. Aquatic filter Pickerelweed naturally absorbs excess pollutants such as nitrogen and phosphorus from nearby farms or large urban landscaped areas. Wildlife food source Its small seeds are food for a variety of animals including ducks deer and geese will munch on other parts of the plant. Fish birds insects amphibians reptiles and other creatures use pickerelweed as cover. Important for us in Coconut Creek which promotes itself as the Butterfly Capital of the World the bloom of the pickerelweed attracts butterflies and other pollinators. Human food source Its seeds are nutritious and can be eaten raw or cooked. ey can be boiled and eaten like rice or roasted. When dried they make good grain for bread. Its young unfurled leaves can be eaten raw or boiled (10 minutes is about right). e stalks are edible as well. Naturally eating any plant requires the plant to have a healthy wholesome soil and water source. Want to see these lovelies every day but don t live near a water source Grow your own pickerelweed in a washtub filled with rich soil that s kept moist. Chances are good you ll soon see butterflies bees or hummingbirds as a reward for your effort. 40 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 THE ACTIVE LIFE FROM THE CITY Spring Clean Your Health Here in South Florida we are not prey to the blistering winter cold that other states endure and we barely notice when winter turns to spring. Nonetheless spring is around the corner and it s time to clean your body mind and soul. Here are some simple tips to get you started. Richard Richie Kerster is the coowner and head physical trainer at Athletes Performance Training in Coconut Creek. He holds a bachelor s degree in exercise science and health promotion has worked with hundreds of youth and professional athletes and coaches youth sports programs throughout South Florida. Find time for cardio-type exercises 30 minutes a day six days a week. It s difficult to find time for yourself but if you plan it you ll do it. Put an alert on your whatever device you use and get up and move. You ll see the health benefits in no time. Remember Special People and Occasions Do you wish to honor a loved one in a special way e city s Honorary Tree and Bench Program is a nice way to remember a loved one or a pet or celebrate a special occasion such as a birth marriage anniversary or military service. To participate in this program you can purchase and designate a tree or By Bernadette a bench--and simultaneously support Hughes Assistant to the beautification of the city s parks and the City Manager greenways. A tree costs 350. An active park bench is 660. A passive park or trailway bench is 1 300. All include a nameplate. is year s park for tree dedications is Lakeside Park at 5555 Regency Lakes Blvd. If the person being honored is a veteran and you prefer a tree or bench at Veteran s Park you may indicate this on the application. Applications are welcome through April. For information about this program or to obtain an application contact Maureen DeLaunay in the city manager s office at 954.973.6720 or visit the city s website at coconutcreek.net treeandbenchprogram. Make a workout plan Partner up When it comes to fitness we are likely to find other things to do and let ourselves down you are less likely to leave a partner hanging and more likely to stick to the fitness plan. Find someone who has similar goals enjoys the same challenges and is on your schedule. Get together two to three times a week at a time that suits you both. I see so many injuries leading to lost motivation for people who forget to stretch. Dynamic stretching is a great way to get results. Warm up with five to 10 minutes of light cardio then stretch out your muscles by touching your toes twisting your body from side-to-side swinging your legs and doing lunges. Don t forget to stretch Stay hydrated Drink about a half-gallon of water a day before and after exercise to avoid muscle injury and keep you active. Remember the more you sweat the more water you need. Keep a bottle of water by your side throughout the day and fill it as needed. Do a cleanse ere are many ads for expensive cleanses this time of year but there are cheaper options that give the same result without breaking the bank. Start your day off with lemon water to help clear toxins. Use sea salt or magnesium to help clear your digestive system. Have a cup of green tea or ginger tea to help you focus better. is is a great replacement for coffee in the morning. Use apple cider vinegar to cleanse your skin. Cleanse in a saltwater bath to open pores and get a deep clean. Drink more water and less sugar-based drinks. Add healthy oils (such as coconut olive and grapeseed) and fats to your diet to improve digestion and increase skin moisture. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 LMGFL.COM 41 alenda YOGA ALL CENTERS CHILDREN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS FUN DAYS High schoolers who need volunteer hours can stop by with a parents or guardian to register to volunteer with city programs. Bring student tier shoot from guidance counselor. Hours will only be given for obtaining hours for graduation. YOUTH CLUB Drop the kids off for a day of fun activities that includes crafts organized play games and more. For ages 6 to 13. When March 24 April 10-14 8 a.m. to 5 30 p.m. Register Walk-in or coconutcreek.net webtrac LIL TOTS LIVE STORIES AND ADVENTURES A club for middle school students with field trips movies parties game room gym time craft nights sports nights etc. When Fridays 5 to 7 p.m. Fee 5 for residents 10 for nonresidents. Field trips are an additional fee. Register Walk-in or coconutcreek.net webtrac Toddlers will have an adventure through live stories activities crafts and games. For ages 2-4. Parent participation is mandatory. When Fridays 10 30 to 11 30 a.m. March 10-31 and April 7-28 Fee 25 residents 35 nonresidents Register Walk-in or coconutcreek.net webtrac ART STUDIO I FITNESS CLASSES This class combines physical mental and spiritual exercise to transform your body and attitude. Learn simple meditation and specific bodily postures for health and relaxation. When Community Center Mondays 9 to 10 a.m. Recreation Complex Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 to 10 a.m. Fee Free for members 6 residents 8 nonresidents SILVER SNEAKERS (SENIORS) Participants will create works of art using different materials on canvas. For ages 11-14. When Wednesdays 5 15 to 7 15 p.m. March 15-April 5 Fee 55 residents 65 nonresidents Register Walk-in or coconutcreek.net webtrac ITTY BITTY FITNESS Move to the music through exercises designed to increase muscular strength range of movement and activities for daily living. A chair is used for sitting and or standing. When Community Center Tuesdays 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m. and Thursdays 1 to 2 p.m. Recreation Complex Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays 11 a.m. to noon Fee Free for members 6 residents 8 nonresidents Parent and child will get fit together by doing various workout routines. For ages 18 to 24 months. Parent participation is mandatory. When Thursdays 11 to 11 45 a.m. March 9-April 13 Fee 20 residents 30 nonresidents Register Walk-in or coconutcreek.net webtrac ADULTS WOMEN S BASKETBALL LEAGUE COMMUNITY CENTER 1100 Lyons Road 954.545.6670 CHILDREN SUMMER YOUTH BASKETBALL Teams must have minimum of five players and maximum of 10 players. Must wear matching numbered uniforms. Team captain must inform staff of shirt color and team name. All shirt colors and team names on a first come first-served basis. Register by walk-in or at coconutcreek.net webtrac. When Thursdays 7 p.m. 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. March 9--June 1 (no game March 30) Fee 525 INDOOR PICKLE BALL Summer basketball league for boys ages 7 to 16. When Practice begins in May games begin early June. Fee 75 per player 100 starting April 1 three proofs of residency required for Coconut Creek residents nonresidents must have a sports card Register Open through March 31 by walk-in PEE WEE BASEBALL A paddle sport with simple easy-to-learn rules. Paddles and balls are available from front desk with photo ID. For ages 18 and older. When Mondays and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fee 2 for residents 4 for nonresidents free for Senior Center members Silver Sneakers members and Fitness Centers members FITNESS CLASSES SCULPT & TONE Designed to teach children the fundamentals of baseball. For ages 3 to 5. Parent participation is mandatory. When Mondays 6 15 to 7 15 p.m. March 20--April 24 Fee 45 for residents 55 for nonresidents Register Walk-in or coconutcreek.net webtrac A total-body workout with calisthenics and dumbbells to improve muscular endurance. Promotes balance and flexibility. When Thursdays 9 30 to 10 30 a.m. Fee Free for members 6 residents 8 nonresidents COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 SPECIAL NEEDS CIRCLE OF RHYTHM Participants will learn and explore fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination and enhance self-esteem and self-confidence through adaptive drumming percussion instrument. For ages 5 and up. When Thursdays 6 30 to 7 15 p.m.. March 2--April 6 Fee 15 residents 20 nonresidents Register Walk-in or coconutcreek.net webtrac CREATIVE ARTS Participants will work on developing Fine motor skills and promoting RECREATION COMPLEX 4455 Sol Press Blvd. 954.956.1580 CHILDREN GIRLS BASKETBALL LEAGUE creative thinking self-expression self-confidence and social interaction in a fun supportive environment. When For ages 3 to 6 Sundays 9 45 to 10 30 a.m. March 11-- April 1. For ages 11 and up Wednesdays 6 30 to 7 30 p.m. March 22 to April 12. Fee 15 residents 20 nonresidents Register Walk-in or coconutcreek.net webtrac CREATIVE MOVEMENT FOR ADULTS Includes 10 regular games playoffs and championship. Practices and games will be determined on coaches and court availability. For girls 8 to 17. More information at coconutcreek.net youthathletics. When Draft June 10. Practice starts June 19. Games Aug. 5 to Nov. 4. Fee 100 per player. Nonresidents must have a sports card. Register Walk-in only FITNESS CLASSES BODY SCULPTING Unless noted fee is 6 for residents 8 for nonresidents and free for members. Register by walk-in or on coconutcreek.net webtrac. Calisthenics and weightlifting to improve muscular endurance and strength When Mondays 6 15 to 7 15 p.m. Saturdays 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. CORE & MORE Explore locomotor skills enhance self-esteem self-confidence and social interaction. When Mondays 7 15 to 8 p.m. March 20--April 10 Fee 15 residents 20 nonresidents Register Walk-in or coconutcreek.net webtrac Abdominal exercises floor work and stretching When Mondays and Fridays 7 to 7 30 a.m. FOREVER FIT (SENIORS) Slow-tempo class to improve daily activities. Focus is on stretching OTHER LOCATIONS SABAL PINES PARK 5005 NW 39TH AVE. FITNESS IN THE PARK balance and coordination When Tuesdays 9 30 to 10 30 a.m. H.I.I.T. High Intensity Interval Training class. Multi-joint tactile exercise with short recovery time When Wednesdays 7 30 to 8 30 p.m. Sundays 10 30 a.m. to 11 30 a.m. Free seasonal exercise program that brings a variety of fitness activities to Coconut Creek s beautiful parks. Classes are instructed by certified personal trainers and group exercise instructors. Class formats will include yoga boot camps and interval training. Children 12 to 17 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. When Saturdays through March 25 at 9 15 a.m. Register Walk-in at the Recreation Complex. SABAL EXPLORERS SPINNING Children 6 to 14 will learn about the prehistoric species that thrived here fossils the early Floridian Native Americans and the species that thrive in the environment today. When Thursdays 6 30 to 7 30 p.m. March 2-23 Register Walk-in at the Recreation Complex or Community Center Info 954.545.6600 An indoor cycling class that provides an intense cardio workout maximizing caloric burn. Sign-up begins 30 minutes before class. Fee Free for annual members daily fee for nonmembers is 6 for residents or 8 for nonresidents plus cost of class. Class costs 2 for Express 4 for Spin Rip & Ride When Express (30 minutes) Mondays & Fridays 6 15-6 45 a.m. Rip & Ride (boot-camp style) Sundays 9 15 to 10 15 a.m. Spinning (60-minute class) Tuesdays 6 15 to 7 15 a.m. and 5 15 to 6 15 p.m. Wednesdays 8 30 to 9 30 a.m. Thursdays 6 15 to 7 15 p.m. Saturdays 11 15 a.m. to 12 15 p.m. STEP AEROBICS Intermediate advanced complex choreography with a step bench When Tuesdays 6 15 to 7 15 p.m. YOGALATES Breath control simple meditation and postures for health and relaxation through a combination of Yoga and Pilates techniques When Tuesdays 7 30 to 8 30 p.m. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 LMGFL.COM 43 SNAPSHOTS Contestants with host Suzi Cruz Contestant Alexa Shuster The winners of Creek Idol The Next Creek Idol Coconut Creek hosted the first Creek Idol competition with eight residents competing for a chance to perform at the Butterfly Festival. e competition took place at the Township eater for the Performing Arts and was hosted by entertainer Suzi Cruz. Contestant Rachel Castillo Host and entertainer Suzi Cruz 44 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 Contestant Jackie Rosansky Second-place winner Mia Prokop Winner Alyson Moriarty Third-place winner Rachel Hage Contestant Ava Bonilla Contestant Lyndsey Stiepleman Judges Michele Chamberlain Wayne Tobey and Helen Bund COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 LMGFL.COM 45 COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT Jodi Weiner By Alyssa Fisher When Jodi Weiner teaches yoga whether to adults or children in a studio or a jail it s straightforward and from the heart. I don t get deep into philosophy or spit a lot of Sanskrit at them says Weiner the executive director of Connection Coalition. I keep them safe. I keep it simple so that they can access their own stillness. e nonprofit Connection Coalition works with youth organizations to share practices such as yoga mindfulness and meditation to populations that don t have access to it. Instructors visit aftercare programs impoverished schools drug rehabilitation centers shelters foster homes and similar places around the country. Yoga takes us out of our story the Coral Springs resident says. It gives us the opportunity to access their active thinking while they re moving and discharging energy and that s where we plant the seeds of whatever they need in the moment those messages of self-respect self-control and selfawareness. A yogi introduces meditation to youths in need of healing she could help shape the organization moving it national--or even international. She sent emails for two weeks before being asked to join the inner circle. She stepped up as executive director in 2013. Since then the team has trained more than 1 700 volunteers around the country. Weiner teaches her volunteers to walk into their programs without intentions We teach them how to create connections how to show up with no blame no shame and no judgment. One week the kids may be receptive but the next they can be lethargic and don t want to stand. at s the joy of being a yoga teacher she says. We can recognize body language that somebody else may not. We recognize it as a symptom of trauma. I don t take it personally. I try to engage them. Weiner who also teaches at Yoga Cure in Coconut Creek never intended to become a yoga teacher. She left a corporate job in 2010 because she found it heartbreaking to create reports detailing staff reductions. While she was considering what to do next she learned the elementary school her twins attended had cut recess. She was so bothered she made a business plan a holistic five-activity package with nutrition and sports. She was missing a yoga teacher. Yoga had always been part of her life so she went for training. During training she heard about Coalition founder Terri Cooper. In 2012 Cooper brought her course to Delray Beach. I was two hours in and I was riveted Weiner says. She was passionate and knew She understands them because she s been there. Weiner grew up angry feeling disempowered. ere was physical and emotional abuse. She got into fights. She self-harmed. She used drugs. It wasn t until I learned yoga. Forget about the shapes we get into just the breath--how I can calm myself down she says. Every program is different but each time she incorporates a similar message. I talk a lot about choices their stories. I tell them what I needed to hear as a kid that I didn t get. ey are not a poor choice they have unlimited potential. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 46 LMGFL.COM 800.611.6631 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017 LMGFL.COM 47 48 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE MARCH 2017