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JUNE 2016 JONATHAN BLANCO A L I F E-C H A N G I N G S U M M E R AT N.I.C.K. S C A M P COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 HAPPY CAMPER STEVEN MIKEL FROM COFFEE MUG TO CANVAS GREAT GIFTS FOR DAD WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 1 PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT JUNE 2016 Senior Expo Community Center 1100 Lyons Road Friday June 3 9 30 AM to 12 30 PM at the Admission is Free ings and new vendors Information different types of medical screen is geared towards ages 55 and older Everyone is welcome but it ings and new vendors Information different types of medical screen t Heather Hughes at 954-545-6698 For vendor information please contac s 45-6698 or logon Event For more information on the event call 954-5 r only 1100 Lyons Road Spots may still be available at Community Cente for the Recreation Complex Registration is closed 7 30 AM to 6 00 PM Weekdays June 20 through August 12 from en September 1 2002 and September 1 2010 Must be born on or betwe Cost is 945 per child and includes all field trips ts Open to Coconut Creek residents and non-residen open until filled Registration ac or walk-in at the Community Center Register online at webtr For more information call 954-545-6670 For RESIDENT COLLEGE STUDE free personal training session 3 month summer membership plus (1) one ation Complex and Community Center Cost 65 with Proper ID required at the Recre 45-6650 For more information call 954-5 lex 4455 Sol Press Boulevard Free Spinning classes at the Recreation Comp State of the Art Star Trac Spin bikes Take your ride to the next level with 22 and sprints to the latest music mixes Come ride your way through rolling hills flats se your RPMs and instructors that are guaranteed to increa iframes calendar_fitness To access class schedule go to http coconutcre Led by a Certified Therapeutic ed according to participant needs Programs for ages 3 to seniors will be plann ng Survey online participating Take the Special Needs Programmi Interested in r specialneedsprogram at https Community Center at 954-545-6670 For more information call the Coconut Creek Summer Day Camp Registration Summer Fit-U-Cation Promotion NTS Ages 18-26 Spinning Special Needs Programming Recreation Specialist Age divisions 8 to 10 11 to 13 of June 20 Drafts held on June 8 - Practices begin the week Complex 4455 Sol Press Boulevard from August 6 to November 5 at the Recreation Games 30 100 per player (includes uniform) Early Registration April 1 to May (includes uniform). Registration after May 30 125 per player 60 Youth Sports Card Non-residents must also purchase a Volunteer coaches are needed at 954-956-1580 For more information call Colette Okamoto gue Girls Basketball Lea14 to 17Registration and 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 Events Recreation Complex 4455 Sol Press Blvd 954-956-1580 Community Center 1100 Lyons Road 954-545-6670 Special Events Hotline 954-545-6620 2 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 Raise the Roof Go to the best. FOR ALL YOUR REPAIR AND RE-ROOFING NEEDS. Latite Roofing is the largest roofing company in South Florida and has been serving residents and businesses for over 70 years. Ask for rate to receive 100 off any repair or 300 off reroofing. 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FROM THE GROUNDS UP DEPARTMENTS 8 10 A VIEW FROM THE TOP Family-friendly activities in the Creek CITY VOICE Coconut Creek Police Department Summer safety tips 12 14 16 20 24 38 40 42 On the cover Jonathan Blanco cancer survivor photography by Luccia Photos On this page Local crudo from Ciao Cucina & Bar MY COCONUT CREEK e Twitter challenge Can you tell a story in 140 characters or less GREEN EXCELLENCE Tips for a healthy garden COMMUNITY CALENDAR Activities in your neighborhood AROUND TOWN Local news and community events THE GOODS Father s Day gift guide MOVE WITH MAX Ways to stay active and refuel DINING Ciao Cucina & Bar Far from traditional RESTAURANT GUIDE Dishing up some of the best eateries 44 46 PETS SPOTLIGHT Adopt a furry friend for Father s Day COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 SNAPSHOTS Special moments 4 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD APPLIANCES MATTRESSES SEARS IS STILL HERE GET THE TOP 10 BRANDS AT THE LOWEST PRICES GUARANTEED. 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Akron OH 44333. A Health Management GroupTM company. All Rights Reserved. CHAIRMAN Gary Press Coconut Creek Life Magazine 3511 W. Commercial Blvd. Suite 200 Fort Lauderdale FL 33309 954.377.9470 Fax 954.617.9110 Email editorial PROUD MEMBER OF Pop Gourmet offers customers the most complete range of artisanal frozen treats creating a happy unique and guilt free experience for everyone to enjoy through our full-range of all natural treats. 6111 Lyons Road 102 Coconut Creek FL 754.212.4146 Coconut Creek Life magazine is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lifestyle Media 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 both Parkland Coral Springs Life and Coconut Creek Life magazines. Verified postal receipts are available for review to guarantee veracity. The entire contents of Coconut Creek Life is copyrighted and may not be reproduced in whole or part without the express written consent of the publisher. Coconut Creek Life accepts no responsibility for products or services advertised herein. We reserve the right to edit rewrite or refuse submitted material. 6 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 7 a view from the top sweet summertime D By Mikkie Belvedere elected as mayor in March 2016 she was initally elected to the City Commission in 2009 and re-elected in 2013. She was selected as vice mayor in March 2011 serving in that capacity until 2013 and was again selected as vice mayor in March 2015. She represents District B which encompasses Wynmoor Village Centura Park and a portion of the township. o you remember coloring paper flags in grade school during this time of year at s because National Flag Day is celebrated annually in the United States in June. is day commemorates adoption of the U.S. flag on June 14 1777. Be proud to show off your flag and post your favorite patriotic picture on the city s Facebook page coconutcreekgov. On June 19 Father s Day let s honor all of the wonderful dads and father figures who make a difference to so many lives. Enjoy your special day. As we kick off summer this month we want to welcome the hundreds of kids who will be attending our camps in the north and south ends of the city. ey will experience weekly entertainment by fascinating presenters and go on field trips twice a week. is is also the time of year when people are carefree and looking for fun activities to do. If you have not explored our many parks I highly recommend that you visit one outside of your neighborhood. Or take a walk along one of our beautiful green trails such as Whispering Trails or Long Pine North. Park locations hours and features can be found by visiting parks. While you are out try to support our local businesses. To release some energy check out the Wow Factory and Off the Wall Trampoline Fun Center. Relax and watch a movie on the oversized leather seats at Silverspot Cinema at e Promenade. Go horseback riding in Tradewinds Park. Try a new restaurant or a different type of food. Shop at an unfamiliar plaza where you may find a unique store. en share all of your findings with your neighbors. How about starting your own butterfly garden this season We are the Butterfly Capital of the World so we encourage as many residents and businesses to plant these gardens. To learn the best techniques we invite you to join us at a butterfly gardening presentation June 14 at 7 p.m. in the Commission Chambers (4800 W. Copans Road). Did you know that Coconut Creek is participating in the National Wildlife Federation s Mayors Monarch Pledge We are committed to helping the monarch and other pollinators by creating habitats and educating residents on ways to make a difference in their own homes. Take the pledge at mayorsmonarchpledge. Have a great day and a happy summer. Keep smiling. TAKE PRECAUTION WHEN CYCLING ON THE STREETS WITH THESE HELPFUL TIPS Protect your head wear a helmet. Look signal and look again. Ride with the flow of traffic. Don t get distracted with music or cellphone calls. Obey all traffic rules and lights. Enjoy your ride but please stay safe 8 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 AC have never been so special Call Now (754) 227-5816 We have finance option for you 18 SEER AHU set 2 ton 3 ton 4 ton Original Price 1799 2499 2999 Your Price 1259 1749 2099 -55% Reduce your electricity bills up to 1 1259 18 SEER AHU AC set from Promotion is valid until 04 17 16 -30% from the AC unit from the installation cost We are International leaders in VRF technology which is our most efficient air conditioning system 18 SEER AHU 2 ton 3 ton 4 ton Your special price 1259 1749 2099 FPL rebate 1 Original cost of install 1350 Your cost of install 945 980 999 Special Offer (with install) 2204 2428 2696 1 Your savings in total 945 1471 1728 301 402 1400 1425 see details on FPL official website Call Now (754) 227-5816 details on License CAC023511 city voice be safe this summer une 20 marks the first day of summer. During this season especially in Florida there is an increase of families attending outdoor events and participating in water-related activities such as swimming and fishing. is is an ideal time to remind everyone of the importance of water- and sunrelated safety rules. According to the National Safety Council more than one in five drowning victims are children under 14 and most incidents happen when a child falls into a pool or is left alone in the bathtub. e best way to keep your kids safe in the water is to follow these important National Safety Council rules. Find age-appropriate swim lessons for your child but keep in mind that lessons do not make your child drown-proof. Don t rely on lifeguards to watch over your children. Never leave your child unattended. coconut creek police department By Albert Butch Arenal Coconut Creek s police chief the 28-year veteran of the Punta Gorda Police Department started as an officer in 1987 and climbed the ranks to chief of police in 2008. He is credited with emphasizing a customercentric orientation achieving Excelsior Florida law enforcement accreditation status and Punta Gorda s lowest crime rates over a two-decade period. J You and your family should also take every precaution when attending events under the summer sun. Some tips on how to avoid heat-related illnesses include Wear lightweight light-colored clothing. Drink plenty of water. Use the proper SPF sunscreen. Never leave kids or pets unattended in a vehicle. During the summer season we realize that you and your families may go away on long trips or mini vacations. Our agency provides a Vacation Watch Program to our residents as a way for us to check on your home while you and your family EMERGENCY NUMBERS are traveling. By Police Department Main Number 954.973.6700 completing a form Non-Emergency County Number 954.764.4357 on our website View our award-winning Trouble videos for safety tips at trouble. vacation-watch our officers will conduct a check on your home to make sure it s secure. If you have any questions regarding the program please contact us at 954.973.6700. Also remember that our department offers a safe zone where buyers and sellers can make transactions in a secure public place. Transactions can be made in the lobby of the Coconut Creek Police Department Monday through Friday 7 30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Government Center (4800 W. Copans Road). Have a fun and safe summer. 10 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 DEBT.COM FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS Options to reduce your credit card debt student loan payments & high interest rates Financial Tools Credit Correction Credit Counseling Student Loan Consolidation Tax Resolution Services Collector Harassment Loan Resources Visit today or call 800-810-0989 for additional information. COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 11 my coconut creek The Twitter Challenge By Yvonne Lopez community relations director City of Coconut Creek CAN YOU TELL A STORY IN 140 CHARACTERS OR LESS On Twitter we are creatively challenged to tell a story give an opinion or promote an event using 140 characters or less. Posts known as tweets can include pictures as well as 30-second video clips. If you re not already part of the 1 200-plus people who follow CoconutCreekGov on Twitter what are you waiting for We post tons of useful residential information multiple times a week and sprinkle in mini trivia contests throughout the year. Now we want to hear from you The city encourages you to join the conversation by sharing your most cherished memory of living in Coconut Creek. Who knows your tweet may show up here in Coconut Creek Life magazine Don t forget to tag CoconutCreekGov and mycoconutcreek. To easily find our page visit twitter. 12 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM MYCOCONUTCREEK If you were wondering about those hashtag symbols ( ) they are used before relevant keywords or phrases to categorize posts on social media. Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message brings you to a directory of tweets marked with that keyword. The hashtagged words that are very popular often become trending topics. Let s trend mycoconutcreek COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 We fix all those little pieces too MARK MORAN Orthopedic Surgeon Pediatric and Scoliosis PAUL I. MELI Orthopedic Surgeon Knee Shoulder AYISHA LIVINGSTONE Orthopedic Surgeon Hand & Upper Extremity MIRYLS A COLON Orthopedic Surgeon Foot Ankle and Lower Extremity FORMERLY MELI ORTHOPEDIC CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE M. LEE EBERSBERGER Orthopedic Surgeon Trauma MINN SAING Orthopedic Surgeon Sports Medicine GAYAN POOVENDRAN Sports Medicine RICHARD ZAVOYSKI Orthopedic Surgeon Hip Knee Replacement COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 13 green excellence Ruddy Daggerwing and Atala butterflies on a thoroughwort flower in Johnston s garden survival of the fittest By Ramona (Mona) Johnston the NWF Habitat Steward moved to Broward County in 1970 and has been in love with South Florida s fantastic flora ever since. She is a Certified UF IFAS Master Gardener and a Master Naturalist. She and her late husband Walter were instrumental in helping Coconut Creek become the first city in Florida to be certified as a Community Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. tips for a healthy garden I n South Florida it s no secret that we face extraordinary gardening challenges. We can plant in our yards yearround but during that time how do we know if we re making the right landscaping decisions In my 40-plus years of gardening I ve been fortunate to receive guidance from some of the premier horticulturists in our area. Here are some of the lessons I ve learned 1. Right Plant Right Place We ve all fallen in love with a plant only to find out after it takes root and grows that it s a monster. I call that the St. Bernard puppy in the 300-square-foot house syndrome. But no matter what size your space is there s a plant to meet all of your needs. It s important to consider what the plant will grow to be. Some good questions to ask yourself are Does the plant like to be dry or wet Will it be placed on the north or south side of your home Will it be wider than tall or taller than wide Take time to really look at your yard and plan ahead 2. Create Edges When you re ready to plan your garden consider creating the edge effect. is in its simplest form is the boundary between two distinct habitats such as a lawn and a flower bed and or a hedge. e areas where these habitats meet will become the most diverse and fertile areas of your garden. Planting canopy and sub-canopy trees a shrub layer ground covers and native plants in this edge effect will attract birds bees and butterflies who will love the fact that you ve provided a lovely home just for them. 3. Diversify I hope we ve learned our lesson about planting monocultures. We plant the same things in masses only to be crushed when a pathogen comes along and wipes them out. e miles and miles of old ficus hedges are an excellent example of this. We are so fortunate here to have an amazing native plant palette from which to choose as well as hundreds of well-behaved exotics. Mix them up My garden has both--heavily slanted toward the native side. I ve planned my garden in such a way that there are always colorful blooms or foliage as well as food for wildlife in the form of seeds and berries. e other reward is that my garden requires little maintenance and thrives without chemicals. No matter the size no matter the space a garden should always put a smile on your face To learn more about landscaping in your yard and attracting wildlife to your garden attend the city s butterfly garden presentation on June 14 at 7 p.m. at City Hall (4800 W. Copans Road) in the Commission Chambers. COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 14 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM NOW OFFERING... 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WITH APPROVED CREDIT. 0516 Colella.indd 1 5 5 16 10 35 AM COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 15 community calendar All Centers CHILDREN S PROGRAMS Volunteer Opportunities for Students Register to volunteer with our programs Make sure to bring in your tier sheet from your school s guidance counselor Volunteer hours will only be given for obtaining hours for graduation For further information call 954.956.1580 Community Center South CHILDREN S PROGRAMS Chess Club Ages 12 to 18 Tuesdays 3 30 to 5 30 p.m. Thursdays 4 30 to 6 30 p.m. Free City Dancers Dance Classes Ages 3 to teens Ballet pointe hip-hop and tap Fees 35 and up For class schedules contact Donna Fife at 954.570.8076 or Mary Jo McDaniel at 954.340.4316 Teen Club In addition to organized games and parties the experience will include a monthly movie or bowling night. Ages 12 to 16 Fridays 6 30 to 8 p.m. Free for residents 10 for nonresidents Register online or by walk-in Chess Club Learn to play chess or improve your chess game Ages 12 to 18 Tuesdays 3 30 to 5 30 p.m. Thursdays 4 30 to 6 30 p.m. Free 2016 Summer Day Camp Send your child to day camp this year for an unforgettable summer where they ll make new friends and experience incredible field trips Ages 10 to 15 Weekdays 7 30 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 20 Aug. 12 945 residents only includes field trips and two camp T-shirts Register online FITNESS CLASSES Pilates A mat class that focuses on using the core muscles as the foundation for movement Designed to promote balance and coordination while increasing strength and flexibility. Community Center Mondays 6 to 7 p.m. Recreation Complex Wednesdays 6 15 to 7 15 p.m. Free for members 6 residents 8 nonresidents Silver Sneakers Senior Muscular Strength & Range of Movement 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 Community Center Tuesdays 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m. Fridays 1 to 2 p.m. Recreation Center Wednesdays 11 a.m. to noon Free for members 6 residents 8 nonresidents ADULTS Outdoor Pickleball Pickleball is a paddle sport. The game is easy for beginners to learn but can develop into a quick fastpaced competitive game for experienced players. For men and women ages 18 and up Open play on Wednesdays 6 to 8 30 p.m. Free Pickleball paddles and balls are available for use SENIORS Senior Center A wide range of monthly activities including talks movies bingo birthdays field trips and more Monday Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 16 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 For seniors ages 50 and up Annual cost includes all activities except for big dances and field trips 20 for residents 30 for nonresidents FITNESS CLASSES Line Dance Class Learn line dances and get a great body workout Beginners Tuesdays 6 to 8 p.m. Intermediate Wednesdays 7 15 to 9 p.m. Ages 16 and up Wear comfortable clothes and shoes 5 per person per week pay at start of class For more information contact KC Clarke at 954.263.9384 Sculpt & Tone A total-body workout with calisthenics and dumbbells to improve muscular endurance Promotes balance and flexibility Thursdays 9 45 to 10 45 a.m. Free for members 6 for residents 8 for nonresidents Yoga Combines physical mental and spiritual exercise to transform your body and attitude Mondays 9 to 10 a.m. Free for members 6 for residents 8 for nonresidents Pilates A mat class that focuses on using the core muscles Mondays 6 to 7 p.m. Free for members 6 for residents 8 for nonresidents Sports Stars Designed to teach children the fundamentals of various sports such as basketball baseball football and soccer Ages 3 to 6 Saturdays 11 a.m. to noon July 9 Aug. 13 20 for residents 30 for nonresidents Register by walk-in Other Locations WINDMILL PARK 700 LYONS ROAD Dog Park Paver Program Purchase an engraved brick paver for the dog path at Windmill Park Cost 50 for each 4x8 brick paver Up to 60 characters and three lines Further details at parks windmill-park Eric Kantor Tennis Academy For all levels beginners to tournament players For rates and times call 954.975.5460 or visit Group lessons available from toddlers on up Men s and women s leagues for singles and doubles SPECIAL NEEDS Circle of Rhythm Participants will learn and explore fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination while enhancing self-esteem and self-confidence through adaptive percussion instruments. Ages 6 and up Thursdays 6 30 to 7 15 p.m. through June 16 15 for residents 20 for nonresidents Register by walk-in or online Complete the Special Needs Survey online to have your needs heard at parks COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 17 community calendar Recreation Complex CHILDREN S PROGRAMS Creek Club A supervised structured after-school program for middle school students (boys and girls in grades 6 8) Program participants (limited to 26 students per class) receive recreational programming homework time and a daily light snack and drink Monday Friday (school days only) 4 to 6 p.m. (hours will be adjusted for early-release days) Monthly cost 60 for residents 70 for nonresidents and includes the Youth Club membership Payments must be made in person at the Recreation Complex by the first Friday of each month You must register at the Recreation Complex to secure a spot registration is open until filled Pee Wee Hip-Hop Let s Move Camp Learn the basics of hip-hop and perform a recital at the end of the eight-week session For girls and boys ages 4 to 7 Tuesdays Thursdays and Fridays 4 30 to 6 p.m. June 21 Aug. 12. Recital held on Aug. 12 at 6 30 p.m. 100 for residents 110 for nonresidents Register by walk-in or online at webtrac through June 8 or until class is filled For further information call 954.956.1580 Sand and Turtles Volleyball Sand volleyball lessons for beginner and intermediate players. All classes held on the outdoor sand volleyball court. Ages 8 and up Beginner Mondays and Wednesdays June 1 July 20 (No class July 4) Intermediate Tuesdays and Thursdays June 2 July 19 125 for 12 lessons includes a shirt volleyball trainers and court time To register call Mark Lewkowicz at 954.345.0500 or visit Body Sculpting Calisthenics and weightlifting to improve muscular endurance and strength Mondays 6 15 to 7 15 p.m. and Saturdays 11 15 a.m. to 12 15 p.m. Free for members 6 residents 8 nonresidents Forever Fit (Seniors) Slow-tempo class to improve daily activities Focus is on stretching balance and coordination Tuesdays 9 30 to 10 30 a.m. Free for members 6 for residents 8 for nonresidents H.E.A.T. High Energy Anaerobic Training class Interval training with steps tubing and weights Fridays 6 15 to 7 15 p.m. Free for members 6 residents 8 nonresidents H.I.I.T. High Intensity Interval Training class Multi-joint tactile exercise with short recovery time Wednesdays 7 30 to 8 30 p.m. Free for members 6 residents 8 nonresidents Shotokan Karate Beginner and intermediate (white through green belts ages 5 and up) Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 to 7 p.m. Advanced (brown and black belts all ages) Tuesdays and Thursdays 7 to 8 30 p.m. Three-month session 125 for kids 135 for adults 85 for additional family members Monthly sessions 80 for kids 90 for adults 60 for additional family members Uniforms are 30 each For more information contact Tom Leeman at 561.703.5367 or tomleeman Spinning An indoor cycling class that provides an intense cardio workout maximizing caloric burn Sign-up begins 30 minutes prior to each class Free for annual members daily fee for nonmembers Express (30-minute class) Mondays and Fridays 6 15 to 6 45 a.m. Spinning (60-minute class) Mondays 7 30 to 8 30 p.m. Wednesdays 9 30 to 10 30 a.m. Thursdays 6 15 to 7 15 p.m. Sundays 9 15 to 10 15 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m. Step Aerobics Intermediate advanced aerobics class with complex choreography with a step bench Tuesdays 6 15 to 7 15 p.m. and Sundays 10 30 to 11 30 a.m. Free for members 6 residents 8 nonresidents Yoga Combines physical mental and spiritual exercise to transform your body and attitude Tuesdays and Thursdays 7 30 to 8 30 p.m. Zumba Aerobic exercise with Latin moves. Learn to dance salsa merengue samba reggaeton cumbia and more For ages 12 and up Beginners Mondays 6 15 to 7 15 p.m. Intermediate Mondays 7 30 to 8 30 p.m. and Saturdays 9 30 to 10 30 a.m. Toning Wednesdays 6 30 to 7 30 p.m. 8 per class or 70 for 10 classes For more information contact Cheryl Gomes at 954.461.1177 or lovetozumba ADULTS Fine Art with Acrylics Class will focus on mixing tinting and shading colors to create beautiful landscapes still life and abstract pictures on canvas Ages 18 and up Wednesdays 6 30 to 9 30 p.m. Session II June 15 29 Session III Aug. 17 31 60 per session for residents 70 per session for nonresidents Space is limited to 15 participants per session Registration is ongoing by walk-in or online at webtrac For more information call 954.956.1580 FITNESS CLASSES Beachbody CIZE Live Professional dance for everyday people Learn the hottest professionally choreographed dance routines step by step Ages 12 and up All participants must sign a waiver Wednesdays 7 30 to 8 30 p.m. 8 per class 70 for 10 classes Register by arriving 15 minutes before each class For more information contact Cheryl Gomes at 954.461.1177 FITNESS IN THE PARKS A variety of fitness classes in the outdoors One-hour class with multiple fitness formats Free to the community Find dates times and park locations at classes COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 18 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM SAME QUALITY REPAIR . . . 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Pompano Beach FL 33073 We speak Portuguese Ph 954.366.4641 Cell 954.708.7259 0616 Fast Car Auto Repair.indd 20 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 1 5 17 16 12 48 PM COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 around town SWEARING IN CCPD welcomes new officers Congratulations to Donald Davis Kennard Garvey and John Besada who were sworn in to the Coconut Creek Police Department during a recent City Commission meeting. CULTURE SERIES presidents in the sunshine state On July 5 Sylvia Gurinsky will discuss the history of presidents in Florida from military and political battles to legacies and memorable moments. The discussion will include a look at this year s tumultuous campaign which has featured no fewer than five candidates with Florida ties. The free lecture starts at 6 30 p.m. at the Coconut Creek Commission Chambers [4800 W. Copans Road]. To preregister email kecklond or call 954.973.6760. SERVE YOURSELF vino & vinyasa On June 11 Yoga Cure [4419 W. Hillsboro Blvd.] is hosting an all-levels flow yoga class at 6 30 p.m. followed by a wine social with light bites to refuel. Led by Jennifer Barrass this 60-minute class will strengthen and cleanse your mind body and spirit and excite your palate for the postyoga wine down. Tickets are 45 per person register online by June 8 at or call 954.770.1055. COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 21 New Boss in Town around town NOW OPEN new juice bar in the creek Carbon Juice Bar which recently opened inside the new American Top Team facility [5750 N. State Road 7] serves up organic and GMO-free juices smoothies a ai bowls locally roasted coffee and more. The green caf is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. FREEBIE summer fun for free Move over sauces lovers there s a new Sauce Boss in town. Taylor s Ultimate produces a line of wonderfully tasty hot and mild gourmet sauces using unusual ingredients from around the world. Sauces can be found at the following South Florida Restaurants and Retailers Bagel Emporium Blue Moon Fish Company Duffy s Sports Bar Garcia s Fish Market and Grille Hog Heaven Lokal Milam s Market Sandbar Sports Bar and Grille Taurus Beer and Whiskey House and Whisk. From spicy hot to savory and mild we use Taylor s Ultimate to complement everything from our pulled pork burritos to adding subtle heat and acidity to salad dressings. - Chef Brendan Connor WHISK GOURMET FOOD CATERING South Miami FL. Taylor s Ultimate Peruvian Gold hot sauce has become the marquee ingredient in our best selling chef s special to date providing just the right amount of heat and garlic flavor - Owner Luis Garcia Garcia s Seafood Grille & Fish Market Miami FL. Taylor s Ultimate hand crafted hot sauces at their best - Chef Owner Jason Ingrassia Blue Moon Fish Co. Ft. Lauderdale FL. Nova Southeastern University is hosting a summer kickoff party on June 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. at its Alvin Sherman Library Research and Information Technology Center. The celebration leads into a series of programs that will take place throughout the summer that includes free activities consisting of science technology crafts writing music and more. For more information visit sherman. or call 954.262.5473. BOOGIE DOWN care to dance For Sales & Distribution Inquiries please contact Taylor Hicks at Email taylor Phone 305.299.3557 Dust off your dancing shoes and get ready to dance the night away On June 14 Goldcoast Ballroom [1415 Lyons Road] is hosting its annual summer showcase. Sign up to perform in the showcase or reserve your seats to watch. Come early to warm up the dance floor at 6 p.m. before the showcase begins at 7 30 p.m. Tickets are 20 for spectators. To purchase tickets call 954.979.0770. COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 22 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM Now Ope n E nrol grow. play. learn. Specializing in the Development of Your Child s Self Esteem Social Interactions and School Readiness. Ages 8 Weeks to 5 Years (including Voluntary PreK) l Tod ay Qualified dedicated and professionally trained teachers Spacious inviting classrooms and playgrounds Nutritious meals Open Monday thru Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Safe clean and secure environment Academic S.T.E.A.M. curriculum spanish lessons computers Smart Boards iPads and gardening Enrichment programs including piano music ballet soccer and karate S.T.E.A.M Summer Camp in June and July for both toddlers and preschoolers featuring on-campus animal shows a science lab water play and much more Call (954) 688-9398 today to schedule your personal tour. 7505 N. State Road 7 PaRklaNd COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 23 License No. 46774 the goods 1 2 & 3. For the trendy guy in your life these season-appropriate items from Bugatchi are worth the splurge. Gifting a tie for Father s Day doesn t have to be clich this fashion-forward silk tie 79.50 is anything but ordinary. Dad can put his best foot forward after slipping into the Monte Carlo moccasin 315 in cobaltblue suede. Bring the look together with this Seaport Sport Shirt 225 with hidden polka-dotted cuffs. Nordstrom Town Center at Boca Raton 561.620.5555 Father s Day 24 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM PHOTOS BY EVELYN ROBLES GIFT GUIDE From style to sports this guide is a way to any father s heart 4. No matter what project dad is working on durable supplies are a must and the Titan watch by Reactor is nearly indestructible. This waterproof and dirt-proof timepiece comes with a band that has no breakage points. So even if he accidentally backs over it with his car it will keep on ticking. 500 J. Douglas Jewelers 4425 Lyons Road Coconut Creek 954.972.1190 5. Whether he s a biker a boater or a gym rat dad can keep his valuables safe with the LockSmart Mini by Dog & Bone. The keyless Bluetooth padlock connects with his mobile device as a master key while access can be easily shared with family. 69.95 6. He may have taught you how to shoot hoops back in the day but it s time for dad to up his own game. The Wilson X Connected basketball will track his shots and offer live feedback to help improve his shooting and ball-handling skills. Connect with the free Wilson X app available for iOS and Android. 199.99 Sports Authority 9188 Wiles Road Coral Springs 954.340.2035 7. If your dad likes to live on the edge the gift of security may be just what he needs. Survival Straps offers products such as bracelets and belts made from authentic military-grade paracord capable of holding up to 550 pounds. Each item is made in America and can be unraveled to mend a multitude of outdoor emergencies. 24.99 32.99 8. Seldom does anything make dad happier than a box of fresh new gear. These water-resistant compact storage solutions by Matador are a perfect way to ensure he s prepared for the next family camping trip or impromptu outdoor adventure. Our picks are the Pocket Blanket 19.99 and the Freerain24 Backpack 59.99. WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 25 26 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 27 Jonathan Blanco (far right) with his younger brothers Devon and Alan happy 28 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM campers COCONUT CREEK S CHIERA FAMILY FOUNDATION IS CHANGING THE LIVES OF CHILDREN WITH CANCER By Becky Randel Photography by Luccia Photos COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 29 W hen Lou Chiera s father passed away from cancer over 25 years ago his family searched for the perfect way to honor their patriarch a lover of children and the outdoors who served as commissioner of their local parks and recreation department. After bouncing around a few ideas Chiera received a call at his place of work from an elderly woman. I was in charge of corporate giving and she asked me what I was doing with myself outside of work he recalls. At her request he attended a luncheon where the 85-year-old had single-handedly raised 35 000 for kids with cancer. Inspired Chiera knew he had to get involved. Within the year the Chiera Family Foundation was established and the organization held its first event raising 35 000 to send cancer children to summer camp. In the coming years the camp itself progressed becoming a year-round treatment facility and full-summer camp now known as Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis Fla. Paul Newman and Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf stepped in to set up an unbelievable facility. ere is no better place that your kid could be. Some kids even receive treatment at camp that s how nice the facility is Chiera says. e pool was donated by SeaWorld the gymnasium was donated by the Orlando Magic and the theater was donated by Universal so the whole facility is top-notch. Taking its purpose one step further in 2014 the Chiera Family Foundation took over sponsorship for kids with cancer committing to send 150 children to camp each year for one week. e program is entitled N.I.C.K. s Camp which stands for Nothing s Impossible for Cancer Kids. It s a wonderful thing to see the kids forget about what they are dealing with and just have fun Chiera says. One such child is Jonathan Blanco of Coconut Creek who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2004 when he was only 21 months old. Over the next few years as tumors re-emerged Jonathan underwent surgery chemo stem cell transplants and an extremely aggressive form of radiation called Gamma Knife. By the time Jonathan was 4 the cancer was gone but the treatments left the youngster with many side effects including heart issues vision complications weakness dizziness and growth problems. When Jonathan turned 7 he informed his mother Damarys about Camp Boggy Creek and the Chiera Family Foundation. At first she was hesitant to send her son away. I said No never not my sick little boy she recalls. But when the doctors assured her they would be there to help she was swayed. From that day on Jonathan was hooked. He was so much more independent and happy after camp he kept telling me how many friends he had. At school other kids couldn t understand his condition physically so it was harder to make friends. But at camp he was popular Damarys says adding that this was also the first time her son was able to play sports. e program has touched Jonathan in more ways than one. He is personally inspired by the staff s continued dedication. I feel like I can do more at camp and I want to help kids with cancer when I grow up--like be a camp counselor or maybe a doctor he says. Chiera says this phenomenon is quite common. A lot of the kids end up coming back and being counselors or CITs he says. Some even end up as oncologists or social workers helping kids with the same cancer that they once had. Raising the bar even higher the Chiera Family Foundation recently started a college scholarship program where they send four students a year who have suffered from cancer to college. We have a young lady who is a valedictorian from Coral Springs High and she s at Washington University in St. Louis now Chiera says. ere is no question this girl is going to be a doctor or researcher helping to find a cure for cancer--she s that smart. As for the Chiera family s original goal Mission accomplished Chiera says. I know my dad would be so proud to see the kids having fun. at s what he always wanted. PLAY IT FORWARD FOR FATHER S DAY In an effort to find things that would catch people s attention the Chiera Family Foundation created the Play It Forward campaign partnering with Bridgestone Golf to create branded golf balls. For every dozen purchased 30 goes back to the foundation creating a platform for people across the country to give in ways both large and small. Why not take something that people have to reorder every couple of weeks and turn that into something positive Chiera says. Best of all the balls make the perfect gift for Father s Day. You can even sign up for quarterly or monthly deliveries with the idea being that once you receive the gift you Play It Forward to someone else. 30 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 Jonathan with his parents Damarys and Humberto and younger brothers Devon and Alan COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 31 Sweet Tea Mimosa One of Coral Springs newest concepts Big Rooster s Southern Table comes in hot this season by offering a list of crafty cocktails including a summer mimosa menu. Our pick is the sweet tea mimosa for 10. 6240 Coral Ridge Drive Coral Springs 954.345.3888 INGREDIENTS 4 ounces fresh-brewed tea sweetened to taste 4 ounces prosecco or Champagne Sugar DIRECTIONS Coat the rim of the glass in sugar. Pour in tea and sparkling wine of choice. Garnish with a strawberry wrapped in a lemon peel. PHOTO BY EVELYN ROBLES Looking to beat the heat Life went around town to find the coolest beverages for those magical summer nights. But since you re probably looking for a refresher right now we ve included four simple cocktail recipes from our favorite local spots. By Elyssa Schwartz Sip in Style this Summer Gummy Bear Mojito To celebrate National Candy Month Duffy s Sports Grill is serving up a gummy bear mojito that gives customers plenty to chew on. This sugary libation will be available through the rest of the year for 8 but be sure to take advantage of the restaurant s ongoing all-day two-forone special 4800 W. Hillsboro Blvd. Coconut Creek 954.422.9789 INGREDIENTS 1 ounce Malibu Rum 4 to 5 torn mint leaves 1 lime 1 2 ounce peach schnapps 1 ounce mojito mix 1 ounce pineapple juice DIRECTIONS Mix all ingredients in a tall glass and shake. Top with a splash of soda water and 7 to 8 gummy bears. Add a Razzmatazz floater for an extra kick. 32 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 Strawberry Ros Martini Far from dirty or dry or salty the limited-time strawberry ros martini from Bonefish Grill is a sweet treat that will replace the conventional olive-garnished alternative. Guests can order this cocktail for 9.50 through Sept. 6. 1455 N. University Drive Coral Springs 954.509.0405 INGREDIENTS 1 bottle of your favorite ros 1 ounce St-Germain Elderflower liqueur 3 4 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice 3 4 ounce simple syrup 3 de-stemmed strawberries 1 to 2 blackberries as needed 2 to 3 raspberries as needed DIRECTIONS In a martini shaker drop in berries. Add simple syrup. Muddle fresh fruit and syrup. Fill shaker with ice and top with ros St-Germain liqueur and lemon juice. Shake thoroughly. Strain and pour mixture into a martini glass. Garnish with fresh berries. Spicy Watermelon Margarita Tap 42 in Boca is putting a refreshing summer spin on the traditional margarita with a watermelon version for 11 that packs a spicy kick (the restaurant also offers a killer brunch on Saturdays and Sundays). 5050 Town Center Circle Boca Raton 561.235.5819 boca-raton INGREDIENTS 1 2 ounce Patr n Reposado 1 ounce simple syrup 3 4 ounce triple sec 3 4 ounce lime juice 1 ounce watermelon pur e 3 to 4 drops hellfire bitters Dash of Sriracha DIRECTIONS Combine ingredients with ice and shake. Pour into a Collins glass with a half-salted rim and serve over ice. Garnish with a lime wheel. WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 33 Pumpkin Patch Floor from the grounds up Just a few steps into the foyer of his Coconut Creek home artist Steven Mikel greets a reporter with a question that hardly seems out of the ordinary Do you want a cup of coffee en again this is the same man who looks at dark roast the way a sculptor views a brick of clay. Mikel takes leftover coffee that otherwise would be thrown out and eventually turns it Steven Mikel creates inspired artwork using coffee By Michelle F. Solomon into the watercolors he uses to create masterful works on canvas. He jokes about the back grounds of how he started creating art out of what most people drink to kick-start their day. When his father-in-law Audra Rogers now 93 came to live with Mikel and his wife Joanna he took on the chore of making sure the java was brewing before anyone else was awake. When Mikel noticed the Monday morning coffee was starting to taste odd he inquired. He had been using a small amount of fresh grounds and a new filter--but putting the leftover coffee from Sunday back through as water Mikel says explaining that Rogers who lived through the Great Depression didn t like to waste anything. COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 34 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM Mikel painting Knowles Tower Afternoon Sun Mikel made a deal with his father-in-law He would figure out a way to utilize the leftover coffee in exchange for a fresh pot on Monday mornings. Soon after Mikel encountered his aha moment while the family was out to breakfast. My wife tells the story that I suddenly put my coffee cup down and she could see the wheels turning in my head he says. Culled from his days as a chef (although he made a living in technical illustration and computer programming) Mikel knew he was onto something. If I could cook the [coffee] leftovers down where there was hardly any water left--get it to a consistency of something like a sauce reduction--it would create a resin he says. He d use the resin as his paint which he COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 e artist also wants to immerse himself in would then liquefy with a cup of coffee--black his new city (he and his wife moved to Coconut of course no sugar or cream. Artistically it Creek in 2015 from Celebration Fla.). In May was the same technique he d used with the he hosted a three-hour workshop as guest artist traditional watercolors he had been mastering at the Coconut Creek Community Center for almost a decade. where he shared his love of coffee painting with In 2008 Mikel began painting exclusively residents. with coffee branding it as Dark Roast ere are millions of people who paint with Watercolors with the tag line Realism from watercolors and millions more who paint with a Different Point of View. Collectors now oils he says. I paint with coffee. But what sets wait for him to complete his next work (his one artist apart from another isn t what they paintings sell for about 3 500 each) and his paint with but their particular vision. art is exhibited and sold in fine art galleries in Florida Georgia and North Carolina. Mikel himself drinks six to eight cups of Visit to see more of Steven coffee a day as it is of course vital to his work. Mikel s artwork. Go to departments and He dips the watercolor brush into the same click on web extras under Life magazines. mug to liquefy the coffee resin. It s become part of his work. is full embrace of coffee has given Mikel an awareness that bleeds over into his daily life. Lately he s become passionate in finding a way to contribute to the medium that has given him so much. I m using coffee that would have gone to waste he says. I m creating something of value it is going to a gallery but how do I give directly To the growers Mikel found two organizations that work directly with coffee farmers Coffee Kids and rive Farmers Coffee. For the next round of sales of my paintings Aviles Coquina 10 percent will be donated back to the actual coffee grower. WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 35 SUMMER CAMP WEEKLY SCHEDULED CAMP STARTS JUNE 6 2016 THROUGH AUGUST 12 2016 Horseback riding Outdoor fun Arts & Crafts Teen Leadership Barn Management Horsemanship 6670 NW 82nd Ter. Parkland FL 33067 954.757.1119 36 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 37 move with max summer is in session Ways to stay active and refuel S chool is out--but don t panic From fun-in-the-sun activities to mommy-and-me fitness classes there are tons of ways to keep your kids occupied this summer. Just because their school schedule is slowing down now is not the time to start hitting snooze. e secret to scholastic success in the upcoming school year Get them moving this summer Yes that s right Exercise is key to improving cognitive functions and overall performance in school. Being active with your kids not only sets a great example for their health but will also help them in the By Max Pankow a Parkland blogger health and fitness coach and a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist. Pankow helps individuals get healthy crush their goals and create a life they love. upcoming school year. (Take that summer reading list ) It s time to power up your workouts with your kids by your side. Kick your child s summer into high gear by taking advantage of these local fitness activities available for the entire family. Mommy & Me Classes at My Gym Coconut Creek 6504 N. State Road 7 What s SUP Paddleboarding at Quiet Waters Park 401 S. Powerline Road Deerfield Beach Ski Rixen Kneeboarding at Quiet Waters Park HAVE YOU BEEN TO JUICERY RX Its menu is a prescription for healthy living serving up juices smoothies salad bowls gluten-free desserts and more. When you re in between activities stop in for a fresh refuel. Or if you d rather cool down at home you can replicate one of the tasty concoctions at home. My pick is the Hippocrates juice made from basil apple cucumber and lemon. 5910 Coral Ridge Drive Coral Springs 954.752.6069 RED WHITE & BLUE SMOOTHIE The Fourth of July is the perfect holiday to get crafty with your meals and snacks. Next month try this simple three-step smoothie recipe for a nutritious treat that you and your family will love. FOR RED A handful of frozen strawberries 1 banana and 1 2 cup coconut water FOR WHITE 1 frozen banana 1 fresh banana 1 date 1 2 cup coconut water and a dash of cinnamon FOR BLUE A handful of frozen blueberries and 1 banana DIRECTIONS Blend ingredients for each color individually rinsing blender in between layers. Pour into a classy glass and garnish with all the berries you desire. Cheers PHOTO BY EVELYN ROBLES COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 39 dining Parmesan polenta fries ITALIAN RESTAURANT AT THE PROMENADE IS FAR FROM TRADITIONAL iao Cucina & Bar at e Promenade at Coconut Creek will have you at hello with its welcoming marquee lights on the side wall spelling out Ciao and the cute Vespa just begging diners to be included in their selfies. Beyond the entrance the food will win you over. Johnathon Smith a prot g of local celebrity chef Paula DaSilva heads up the kitchen at the new Italian gastropub in the former La Via Ristorante space. You may recognize Ciao s general manager Antonio Leone from e Promenade s Ethos Greek Bistro both restaurants are owned by George Pappas. Leone a Florida transplant from southern Italy says that Ciao s cuisine has a Mediterranean flair which means it s heavy on seafood. If you want a big bowl of pasta heaping with marinara Ciao isn t the place. Smith s menu is more refined and would fit in well with any top-tier culinary destination on Las Olas Boulevard or South Beach. e bar has a craft mixologist assigned to create farm-to-table (or farmto-bar) cocktails where every juice is fresh-squeezed. At the bartender s suggestion I tried the Fig Fling which is made with Wild Turkey bourbon it was surprisingly smooth and light. e drink gets its sweetness from the all-natural FROG jam (fig raspberry orange and ginger) locally imported from Fort Lauderdale s Living Green Fresh Market. Homemade pasta sustainably sourced locally caught seafood highquality meats and seasonal vegetables from local farms are the staples on the generous menu. For appetizers I selected fried Brussels sprouts Parmesan say hello to ciao By Michelle F. Solomon C polenta fries and grilled polpo (octopus). Since the restaurant opened word of mouth has made the polenta fries which are made from cornmeal dough a must-try item. e fries are served with homemade truffle mayonnaise. e polpo is marinated then seared which creates an outdoor grill flavor. A nice touch on the plate is a schmear of parsley sauce for savory dipping and another made from Peppadew peppers to add a spicy kick. Leone is the pizza-maker each pie is made to order hand-formed and baked in the wood-burning oven at 600 degrees. e most interesting is the Morning Sunshine which features soft egg guanciale (an Italian cured meat much like pancetta) leeks arugula and sour cream. My main dish was a 20-ounce dry-aged pork porterhouse served with velvety grilled oyster mushrooms arugula and an olive and caper salsa that brought out a hint of the pork s saltiness Desserts are made in-house by the chef himself. Although Smith says the Nutella Dolce di Pane is the top seller I chose the Espresso Panna Cotta it s served in a vintage-style glass crock to show off the beauty of the custard layers and topped with whipped cream. Restaurants have come and gone in this Ciao Cucina & Bar Promenade space but Ciao hopes to keep 4443 Lyons Road customers coming back for seconds. e Coconut Creek Sunday brunch draws quite a crowd for the 954.601.1234 house specialty the mandarin peach Bellini made with organic prosecco. Ciao bella COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 40 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM Grilled polpo COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 41 restaurant guide Dining well is one of Life s great pleasures. We hope you ll make some fabulous restaurant discoveries on this page that you might not have known about or revisit some old favorites. Eat drink be merry and make each day a day to celebrate See full menus and reviews at BIG BITE BAGEL & DELI Winston Park Center 5369 Lyons Road Coconut Creek 954.418.7100 Open daily 6 30 a.m. to 3 p.m. is full-service bagel and deli restaurant includes dine-in takeout and delivery serving all-day breakfast and anytime lunch. Big Bite s bagels are baked on premises daily. Customer favorites include made-to-order omelets signature home fries homemade knishes bagel sandwiches latkes Benedict and e Turkish Scramble. Catering is available for all occasions please place your holiday orders early. BRGR STOP 4301 Coconut Creek Parkway Coconut Creek 954.975.8459 Monday ursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday noon to 10 p.m. Known for its craft burgers craft beer and funky foods Brgr Stop is a must-try. Its extensive menu includes items such as a peanut butter and jelly burger and Captain Crunch chicken fingers. Good thing there s always room for dessert--the restaurant s lengthy milkshake menu which includes a Little Debbie cupcake shake will leave you wanting to try them all. THE FEISTY BULL TEQUILA & TAPAS 9225 W. Atlantic Blvd. Coral Springs 954.623.8066 Monday Wednesday ursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday Friday Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. is restaurant offers a fun family-friendly dining experience combined with an array of Latin-inspired flavors and dishes authentic live entertainment and more. Experience a twist on traditional Mexican cuisine including crafty cocktails like its Mexican bloody mary topped with a quesadilla for brunch on Sundays. JAPANGO 7367 State Road 7 Parkland 954.345.4268 Lunch Monday Friday 11 30 a.m. to 2 30 p.m. Dinner Sunday ursday 5 to 10 p.m. Friday Saturday 5 to 11 p.m. Kevin Lee owner and executive chef of Japango is in his 22nd year in the culinary arts field specializing in sushi and Asian cuisine. Japango now offers more vegan sushi items and a complete Chinese food menu at the Parkland location (takeout only). PIZZA TIME CAFF 6620 Parkside Drive Parkland 954.345.8665 Monday ursday 11 30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday noon to 9 p.m. Pizza Time Caff is a classic mix of awardwinning pizza and authentic Italian cuisine with an inviting family atmosphere and friendly staff. A staple in Parkland since 2004 all dishes are prepared daily with the best and freshest ingredients. Choose from more than 20 pizzas-- New York-style authentic Italian or specialty. Chicken veal fish and vegetarian entr es are available in regular or smaller portions in addition to freshly made pasta handmade panini calzones subs and more. VENETIAN RISTORANTE 7625 N. State Road 7 Parkland 954.345.9282 Sunday ursday 11 30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday Saturday 11 30 a.m. to 11 p.m. is restaurant brings a true taste of Italy to Parkland. With a new-and-improved menu its authentic Italian dishes are better than ever. Taste fresh mozzarella (homemade daily) and flour imported from Italy in a variety of woodfired entr es pizzas and appetizers. Sit inside or enjoy the fresh air on the patio. And with a purchase of 100 or more your table receives a complimentary bottle of Champagne. Cheers THE WHALE RAW BAR & FISH HOUSE 7619 N. State Road 7 Parkland 954.345.9190 Monday ursday 11 30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday Saturday 11 30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday noon to 9 p.m. e Whale Raw Bar & Fish House offers an extensive menu of delicious sandwiches salads and seafood as well as a full raw bar menu. Customer favorites include local fish prepared in various styles such as the Killer Whale Style Mahi-Mahi Reuben New England Lobster Roll Steamed Clams Seafood Platter and more. e Whale Raw Bar also has a full liquor bar great happy hour specials and a children s menu. 42 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 43 Our community is made up of special moments that bring people together. From awards and local performances to celebrations new adventures and more we want to share your extraordinary experiences. Email your photos to editorial e owners of Carbon Juice Bar Elena Rodriguez and Jessica Aguilar celebrated American Top Team s grand opening in Coconut Creek. Welcome Tory Worboys of Coconut Creek poses with her kids at the grand opening of Lucky s Market in Coral Springs. Supermarket Fun She Said Yes In March Cpl. Dustin Feise asked Laura Merlino for her hand in marriage. e happy couple is planning for a spectacular wedding next May 13. Liverpool Invades Vice Mayor Joshua Rydell scored a behind-the-scenes photo with e Beatlemaniax before the band s recent performance at the Homegrown Concert Series. 44 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 FREE am Ice Cre e on th y runwa y) (Hoora JET SCREAM ICE CREAM Drive in this Summer and try some of JET s classics like our juicy Black & Blue Burger or our hearty Turkey Pretzel Bun. And don t forget to stay for FREE ice cream. Every Saturday starting on June 18th Mon. - Fri. 7 30am - 3pm Sat. 7 30am - 2pm 5540 NW 21st Terrace Ft. Lauderdale 954.958.9900 jetrunwaycafe COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 45 pets spotlight a friend for father s day Give dad a true warm-and-fuzzy feeling this year with a new pet to cozy up with To adopt any of these or others pets (or to make a donation) contact Animal Aid at or 754.223.5378. Animal Aid is a no-kill shelter supported completely by donations. L B Lola 6 came to the shelter after her owner passed away. This 14-pound toy poodle may be nervous at first but after she gets to know you she ll hold on to your heart forever. S Storm 5 was hit by a car and is recovering from a back injury and a broken pelvis. This loving Chihuahua is amazing with both dogs and cats. To make a donation to help him walk again visit pets help-stormwalk.html. Found in a wheel well Bambi 5 is a sweet miniature pinscher. Deer-like in her appearance (hence the name) this gentle 9-pound dog gets along with people and other pets. COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 46 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM PHOTOS BY AL STAROPOLI The best thing you can do for you and your loved ones is prepare a HURRICANE GET READY FOR Hurricane Season lasts from June 1 until November 30. These storms are both destructive and deadly but unlike tornadoes and earthquakes modern technology has allowed humans to predict hurricanes days in advance. Now forecasters can accurately estimate storm paths and possible wind speeds hours or even days before the storms make landfall. This gives people in the path of the storm a chance to evacuate or shelter in place if they are not in an evacuation zone. Those not in the immediate path may still see damage to their property utility outages from straight line winds lightening and flooding due to storm surge or torrential rain. Keep a whistle in the kit in case you need to call for help. A whistle is more shrill and louder than a human voice and can be heard at a further distance than simply screaming Help 7 Day Hurricane Supply List SEASON 3 7 Basic emergency kit suggested by the National Weather Service gallons of water per person per day for at least 7 days. at least a 7 day supply of nonperishable food DON T FORGET A MANUAL CAN OPENER. Heavy duty wide beam flashlight one per person would be ideal. Create a first aid kit ahead of time replenishing as necessary. When a storm track is predicted to come your way add any prescriptions and daily medical use supplies to the kit so they aren t forgotten. Don t forget your pets Remember to include in your emergency kit enough food for your pets for 7 days as well as water for them too. Pets are often forgotten about during major storms and either die get injured or are lost for days or sometimes lost forever. Battery or hand crank radio and or a NOAA Weather Radio Extra batteries of all sizes and types needed for your radio flashlight and any other battery operated devices. Those families with infants and toddlers don t forget to include bottles a blanket or two jars of baby food baby formula if needed diapers and baby wipes for them as well. Recommendations for first aid kit Sterile gloves minimum 2 pair Sterile dressings Soap and or antibiotic towelettes Antibiotic ointment Rubbing alcohol Burn ointment Adhesive bandages in variety of sizes Eye wash Thermometer Prescription medications Prescribed medical supplies Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever Anti-diarrhea medication Antacid Scissors Tweezers Petroleum jelly Poor sanitation after storms can often cause illnesses. The best way to prevent the spread of germs is to be prepared. Moist towelettes or an unopened container of baby wipes garbage bags plastic ties and hand sanitizer can help keep you and your family clean and prevent the spread of germs causing preventable illnesses during a catastrophic weather event. A wrench and or pliers should be part of your kit so that you have a way to turn off utilities should you need to. A hammer and tacks or nails may also be helpful. Tips for sheltering in place should the storm track your way Include a dust mask for each person a roll or two of heavy duty plastic sheeting clear or in colors zip top bags in various sizes to keep important documents dry. You may want to also keep money wallets purses etc. dry and undamaged. Also keep a roll of duct tape handy for various uses. Coconut Creek Hurricane Emergency Hotline 954.973.6771 Broward County Hurricane Emergency Hotline 311 FEMA 1.800.621.FEMA FP&L 1.800.4.OUTAGE hurricanes WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 47 COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016 48 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE JUNE 2016