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

Aug 272015

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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Aug 272015

Entertainment, vendors and doggie fun are among the festivities at Hollywoof Dog Park in Hollywood.

The park’s opening event, launched by a Junkanoo band, is 9 a.m. to noon August 29. The park is at 800 Knights Road, Hollywood, 954-921-3404

Secure fenced areas  feature dog play and training equipment, fresh water drinking troughs and pedestrian walkways.

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Aug 262015
nsu art museum fort lauderdale

We love sharing events where popular attractions in Broward waive the usual entry fees.

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale offers free entry to its Starry Nights events, where guests browse exhibits in the museum and enjoy activities such as films and lectures.

The events are 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays to September 3, One E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-5500

In the café, 2-for-1 wine and beer deals are featured.


Aug 262015
african wardrobe festival fort lauderdale

Our readers are treated to a 2-for-1 ticket deal to a Fort Lauderdale event that showcases African art, literature and fashion.

The general entry fee for African Wardrobe Festival is $30.  Our readers may buy two tickets the price of one online.

The event, at African-American Research Library in Fort Lauderdale, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, is 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.  August 29

Highlights include an African art expo, fashion show panel discussions, documentary films and networking mixers. For information, email


Aug 262015
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For a fun twist on nightlife action, how about an evening nature walk in a Broward park.

Several parks offer guided night hikes for a fee of $5 a person. Pre-registration is typically required.

Events include
8 p.m. August 28 Long Key, 3501 S.W. 130th Ave., Davie, 954-357-8797
7:30 p.m. August 31, Secret Woods 2701 W. State Road 84, Dania Beach,  954-357-8884
8 p.m. September 5 Deerfield Island Park, Deerfield Beach,  954-357-5100
8 p.m. September 12 Tall Cypress Natural Area, 3700 Turtle Run Blvd., Coral Springs, 954-357-5100
8 p.m. September 18 Long Key, 3501 S.W. 130th Ave., Davie, 954-357-8797


Aug 262015

The Funtastic Fridays For Kids events in downtown Hollywood feature free kid-friendly activities such as a bounce house and face painting.

The events are 5 p.m. to 8  p.m. most Fridays at ArtsPark on Hollywood Boulevard at U.S. 1. While at the park, you might want to take advantage of free family-friendly movies  most Fridays at 8 p.m.

For information, phone 954-921-3500

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Aug 262015

Online homework help and online employment help are offered for free by Broward Library.

Help with homework questions and other educational resources usually are offered 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Tutoring and other academic assistance are provided via an outside website that’s free to use from anywhere by typing in your own Broward library number. The website uses digital white boards and other on-screen devices for interactive exchanges with youngsters, teenagers and adult students.

To use the website, select the appropriate link. Logging in is free with your library card number.



Aug 252015
fpl thermostat

Setting your thermostat to refreshing temperatures indoors when the weather is boiling outdoors is nice — but not necessarily wallet friendly.

FPL offers some tips and product suggestions for keeping electricity use down and saving money.

  • A/C settings:  Adjusting the thermostat makes a difference in energy use. FPL recommends turning the thermostat to 78 degrees when residents are in the house and 82 degrees or higher when away
  • Smart Thermostats:  Some products allow you to adjust temperature on-the-go from a mobile device. Some models feature sensor technology that can measure temperature and occupancy to adjust automatically when you’re home and when you’re out.
  • Smart A/C: Some wall units are Wi-Fi-enabled and track usage, monitor the weather and are adjustable with a smart phone
  • Room Sensors:  Devises that turn lights on automatically when you walk in the room. Some newer models can also sense the level of natural light in a room and won’t turn on lights unless necessary
  • Televisions: LED flat screens use about half the power of LCD TVs. Products with an ENERGY STAR label offer more savings. Also,  dimming the display on your TV to reduce brightness may use less energy than settings for “vivid” or “dynamic” displays.
  • Video Game Consoles: Newer gaming consoles, while more energy-efficient than older models, consume more energy streaming video or in standby-mode than actually playing games. Instead, watch movies on a DVD player or a streaming stick device.  Remember to turn off consoles when not in use
  • Window Treatments: Protect your home from sun damage, UV rays and heat with solar shades. These stylish window treatments  block up to 90 percent of the sun’s heat from penetrating windows.
  •  Home Survey: Take FPL’s Online Home Energy Survey for an energy-savings plan tailored for your home.  The survey is integrated with your home’s Energy Dashboard so you are able to see just how much energy you use by the hour, day or month.



Aug 252015
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Free entertainment this weekend includes live performances at outdoor events in Hollywood and Hallandale Beach.

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Aug 252015

For frugal folks who appreciate saving a few bucks on entertainment, discount tickets are on sale for Van Halen in West Palm Beach, Wizard World in Fort Lauderdale and other events in South Florida.

Information about the money-saving deals is on the links.

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

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Aug 252015
dog days galleria

If you and your dogs enjoy being out and about, an indoor social event for people and their nicely-behaved pooches is  offered in Fort Lauderdale.

The event is at 5 p.m. August 26  at Galleria mall,  2414 East Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale,  954-564-1036

The event revolves around showcasing the Bow Wow 100 Photograph Gallery,  a Broward 100 event. The photo  gallery in the mall features photos of shoppers and their dogs,  selected from images posted on Facebook and Instagram using hashtag #GalleriaFtLaudDogDays.

Dogs who attend the events must be friendly and on leashes.


Aug 232015

If you’re interested in sun-powered products and other types of renewable forms of energy, Go Solar and Renewable Energy Fest is a free event in Fort Lauderdale.

Register to attend for free via the event website. The event, which is October 9 and October 10, includes speakers and exhibitors focusing on earth-friendly and budget-friendly sources of energy.

For information, email