Patti Roth

Patti Roth, a veteran Broward freelance writer, is the editor of Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap. Patti, who has lived in Florida since her teenage years, was previously a staffer at the Sun-Sentinel for about 14 years. As a freelancer, she’s written for many publications, including The Miami Herald, Florida Travel and Life, New Times, E Environmental Magazine, Dog Fancy, Cat Fancy, US Architecture and

Jul 032015
jazz brunch

The Sunday Jazz Brunch events offer an afternoon of free entertainment in along the river in Fort Lauderdale.

The events are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Sundays of most months.

Musicians perform at different sites along the Riverwalk area off Las Olas Boulevard.  If you’d like, bring your own picnic or buy food from area restaurant vendors. Feel free to bring portable seats or blankets.

For information, call 954-828-5363. Information and performance schedules are featured in the City of Fort Lauderdale website.

Read about other free things to do this weekend in Broward.


Jul 032015

Free events and deals on activities and entertainment offer budget-friendly things to do for the weekend in Broward. That includes free music performances, free movies and discounts for popular attractions.

To keep up with latest news on deals, discounts and free events in South Florida, sign up for the daily Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap newsletter. You can also follow us on Facebook and on Twitter. These are free events and deals for the weekend in Broward.

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More deals for activities and events in South Florida are featured on the  Entertainment Page and the Daily Deals headquarters.

Jul 022015
kids dining

Kids and teenagers are eligible for a program that offers free lunches or snacks at select Broward libraries, including Pompano Beach, Tamarac, Sunrise, Fort Lauderdale, North Lauderdale and others. The Free Food and Fun at Your Library program is presented by Broward libraries, Sisters for Abundant Living and  Florida Department of Agriculture. For dates when meals are provided, phone the participating library. Information about all participating libraries is on the website, and these are some of them.

Carver Ranches Library, 4735 SW 18 Street, West Park, 33023 954-357-6245 Lauderhill Towne Centre Library, 6399 W Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderhill, 33313, 954-357-6406 Lauderhill Mall, 4257 NW 12 Street, Lauderhill, FL 33313, 954-357-7833 Lauderdale Lakes Branch Library Educational and Cultural Center, 3580 West Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderdale Lakes,  33311, 954-357-8650 North Lauderdale Saraniero Library, 6901 Kimberly Blvd., North Lauderdale, FL 33068, 954-357-6660 Northwest Branch Library, 1580 NW 3 Avenue, Pompano Beach, FL 33060, 954-357-6599 Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065, 954-357-7990 Pompano Beach Library, 1213 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, 33060, 954-357-7595 Riverland Library, 2710 W Davie Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, 33312, 954-357-7455 South Regional/Broward College Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, 33024, 954-201-8825 Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines, 33331, 954-357-6580 Tamarac Library, 8701 W. Commercial Blvd., Tamarac, 33351, 954-765-1500

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Jul 022015

Youngsters and teens in Broward are eligible to reduce library fines for overdue Broward Library books in a fun way. By reading.

Participants to age 17 earn a WoW Buck for each 30 minutes of reading at the library.

The bucks are earned by kids for reading on their own, reading to or with younger kids or being read to by a parent or other accompanying adult.

Kids and teens who want to earn WoW Bucks register at the youth services desk at the Broward library branch. The program runs to August 15.

The WoW Bucks may be used toward fines for overdue books and processing books. The bucks are not valid for paying off overdue fines on DVDs and other audio-visual items.



Jul 022015

For an incentive to replace old toilets with fresher versions that save water, rebates are offered to eligible Broward residents.

The Broward Water Partnership offers rebates of up to $100 per toilet when replacing an old toilet with a more efficient WaterSense-rated toilet. Eligible homeowners may receive two rebates — up to $200 — per household.

The specific rebate and eligibility may vary depending on which agency supplies the water and whether that agency is part of Broward Water Partnership.  Information about eligibility and applying for rebates — which needs to be done and pre-approved before purchasing the product — is on the website or phone 800-270-9794

Participating municipalities include  Fort Lauderdale, Weston, Margate and about 15 others.

Jun 302015
fl museum

Sometimes it’s nice to skip the ticket line and stroll into an attraction for free.

The Museums On Us program offers free entry the first weekend of each month at participating museums, including several in South Florida, with eligible Bank of America or Merrill Lynch accounts. It’s a good idea to phone ahead, especially on a holiday weekend, to be sure the museum is open and participating in the program the day you want to go.

The free access requires an appropriate credit or debit card.

Participating museums in Broward are:

Participating museums in Palm Beach are:

Participating museums in Miami-Dade are:

It’s a good idea to phone a particular museum to be sure they are participating the day you intend to go to make sure it is still participating in the program.


Jun 302015
flamingo gardens trucks

Entertainment and food trucks are highlights  at free food truck events at Flamingo Gardens in south Broward.

The events are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. most first Fridays of the month, with music in the parking lot and a band performing on site.

The First Friday Late Nights at Flamingo Gardens events are at Flamingo Gardens is at 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie, 954-473-2955

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Jun 292015

Free streaming of films and TV shows to desktops, smartphones and tablets is offered by Broward Library.

The library is affiliated with Hoopla, which loans digital movies, digital books and digital music.

Users download a free app and sign up for Hoopla online using a library card number and PIN, which is  four digits from their phone number.

Broward Library provides free access to a variety of other digital and online services.


Jun 292015
flamingo gardens

Flamingo Gardens in southwest Broward offers opportunities for discounts on the entry fees.

The attraction features wildlife and botanical gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie, 954-473-2955

The website features a coupon for $2 off the regular adult entry fee and $1 off the price for kids. The regular prices are $18 for guests ages 12 and older,  $10 for kids ages 3 to 11 and free for younger kids.

Discount rates of $15 are offered for seniors age 65 and older, college students and those in the armed forces.

Read about 2-for-1 discounts in Broward, 2-for-1 deals at restaurants, spas & attractions in Broward


Jun 292015

For a relatively inexpensive outdoor activity, evening nature walks are offered along a shady path at a park in southwest Broward.

The fee is $3 for weeknight walks, including 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 8,  and $4.50, which includes weekend park fees, for weekend events, including to 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 12

The nature walks are at Miramar Pineland,  3600 S. University Dr., Miramar, and an art project may be included.

Pre-registration is suggested, and the events are recommended for participants ages 6 and older, 954-357-8776

Sturdy shoes, water and insect repellent are recommended.



Jun 282015


BSM_FB_banner.inddIf you’re in the military, you and your family can get free admission to museums across the country from Memorial Day (May 25) to Labor Day (Sept. 7) in 2015 through the Blue Star Museums program.

The program is organized by the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense, plus more than 2,000 museums. You can read the rules and find participating museums here.

These are the museums with free admission for the military and their families through the Blue Star Museums program in South Florida in 2015.



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Jun 282015
jungle queen

Groupon is offering discounts for the popular Jungle Queen sightseeing boat tour in Fort Lauderdale.

The discount prices and information about the deals are on the links

More deals for activities and events in South Florida are featured on the Entertainment Page and the Daily Deals headquarters.


Jun 282015

Discount tickets are offered for an exciting acrobatics show “Varekai” in Sunrise.

With most of these deals, the savings is presented to be about $10 or less.

Other deals for activities and events in South Florida are featured on the Entertainment Page and the Daily Deals headquarters.

Jun 282015


The free Tow To Go program, a partnership of AAA and Bud Light,  works to keep drunk drivers off the road on holidays.

It’s a good reminder to think before you go out, and designate a driver who’ll stay sober.

Tow To Go, which is offered during many holidays in Florida, July 4 weekend, provides AAA tow trucks — when possible based on the  workload — to transport inebriated drivers and  vehicles to a safe location.  To request a ride, phone 855-2-TOW-2-GO or 855-286-9246