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

Mar 022015
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Free outdoor events in Weston this weekend include favorite Beatles tunes and a performance by Symphony of the Americas.

The event featuring Beatles music performed by Let It Be  is 7 p.m. March 7 at Weston Regional Park, and portable lawn seats or blankets are suggested.

The park is 20200 Saddle Club Road, 954-389-4321

Symphony of the Americas performs Broadway tunes and hum-along pops favorites  6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 8. The symphony performs on Bell Tower Lane at Weston Town Center, off Royal Palm Boulevard and Bonaventure Boulevard.  Some seats are on site, and portable lawn seats are permitted, 954-389-4321



Mar 022015
destination fridays

Tango dancing and wine tasting are part of an event at a library in Fort Lauderdale that showcases Argentina.

The event is 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. March 6 at the African-American Research Library, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-357-6210

The fee is $10 purchased via Eventbrite or at the door in cash.  The event is for guests age 21 and older, and the suggestion for attire is elegant.

Other Destination Friday events at the library include April 10  Trinidad, May 8  Cinco de Mayo, September 4 Hawaii
and November 6  The Bahamas.

Mar 022015
teen tech week

DJ techniques, a Wii dancing game and filmmaking are among the topics featured at free programs that showcase digital activities at Broward libraries.

Teen Tech Week programs include these activities and others

  • March 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6  Make a Movie Project, 3 to 5 p.m. African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-357-6282
  • March 3 and March  24  Teen Tech Tuesday:  teaches basics of music conversion and manipulation and DJing, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Lauderdale Lakes Library, 3580 West Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderdale Lakes,  954-357-8650
  • March 10 and March 12- Video games, online coding, comics and more, ages 12-18, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. ,North Regional/Broward College Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek,  954-201-2600
  • March 11  Dance Wii Contest for teens, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Main Library, 100 S .Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale,  954-357-7444
  • March 14  Web coding for teens, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Nova Southeastern University library, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd.,Davie, 954-262-5477

Other activities are on the library website.

Feb 282015
kids eat

Various restaurants in South Florida offer  family-friendly deals, including free food for kids.

Many free kid’s meal deals require purchase of at least one adult entrée.

With these deals, participation at individual restaurants may vary and restrictions and exceptions may apply.

  • Free kid’s meal with adult entree purchase at participating Bru’s Room restaurants in South Florida 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, many restaurants feature  kid-friendly entertainment
  • Kids eat free Tuesdays at Ikea in Sunrise. The free  meals for youngsters are valued at $2.99. Ikea is at 151 NW 136 Ave., Sunrise, 954-838-9292
  • Kids eat free Tuesdays with adult entrée purchase at Los Tacos by Chef Omar, 12393 Pembroke Road, Pembroke  Pines, 954-430-5180 and 17722 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, 954-447-6262
  • Duffy’s restaurants in South Florida offer a kids-eat-free deal Wednesdays, with purchase of an adult entrée. Duffy’s restaurants in South Florida include Fort Lauderdale, North Miami Beach, Plantation, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach, North Palm Beach and Coconut Creek.
  • Kids eat free deals are offered at participating Denny’s restaurants, usually 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays
  • Some Lime Fresh Mexican  restaurants offer a free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult entrée  5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays.  The offer is for kids age 10 and younger. Participating restaurants are 1535 N. Federal Highway, Ft. Lauderdale, 754-200-6631, and 4425 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, 954-586-2999
Feb 272015

For a relatively inexpensive outdoor activity, evening nature walks are offered in southwest Broward.

The fee is $3 for weeknight walks, including 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 4, and $4.50, which includes weekend park fees, for weekend events, including 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 8.

The nature walks are at Miramar Pineland,  3600 S. University Dr., Miramar.

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

Other evening walks include April 8, April 12, May 6, May 10, June 3 and June 7.



Feb 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.

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

Feb 262015

lolliposhThe Lolliposh consignment sale in Plantation is coming soon, offering parents a chance to sell their unwanted kids’ items and get bargains on new and gently used kids’ gear, furniture, toys and apparel they need.

Broward’s premier spring consignment even draws parents from all of South Florida, including Palm Beach and Miami-Dade. This year’s sale is March 19-22 in Plantation. There also will be a fall sale, Oct. 4-6.

Sellers set their own prices and earn up to 75 percent on items they submit. There is a $12 fee ($20 for VIPS) to participate, and you can make an appointment to drop off your items. Find our more about how to sell your items here.

Volunteers who want to help with the sale are invited to a private presale and get special discounts.

Shopping hours are 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 20, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 21, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 22, which is a half-price sale. Admission is a $2 donation to charity.

The Lolliposh consignment event is at the Jewish Community Center, 6501 W. Sunrise Boulevard, Plantation. For information, phone 954-401-3747.

Feb 262015
dream car classic

Vintage vehicles, hot rods and other interesting autos are on display at free events in Hollywood.

The free auto shows include 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 1 and most other first Sundays of the month.

What: The Downtown Hollywood Dream Car Classic Car Show, featuring classic cars, trucks and other noteworthy vehicles.

Where: Hollywood Boulevard in downtown Hollywood, around 20th Avenue  

For information, phone 954-825-1027 or go online


Feb 252015

For those who appreciate perks when dining out, some restaurants in South Florida offer deals on Thursdays

Restrictions and exceptions may apply.

  • Los Tacos by Chef Omar

Pembroke Pines, 12393 Pembroke Road, 954-430-5180 and 17722 Pines Blvd., 954-447-6262

Kids eat free with purchase of an adult entrée Wednesdays and Thursdays

2-for-1 margaritas for women Wednesdays and Thursdays


Ladies Night 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursdays features discounts on tapas and 2-for-1 drink deals for women

4215 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-561-7300

1370 Weston Road, Weston, 954-306-0037

5920 Coral Ridge Drive, Coral Springs, 954-344-1233

16950 Jog Road, Delray Beach,  561-381-00

Read posts about other restaurant and food deals in South Florida.

Feb 252015
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For free entertainment, several towns in Broward, including Weston, Deerfield Beach and Hollywood,  show family-friendly films outdoors in a park.

Some movie events include food vendors, with snacks for sale.

These are some of the movies-in-the-park events in Broward.  Some events may be rescheduled for weather reasons. Typically, it’s a good idea to supply your own portable seats or blankets.

Pompano Beach

lawn at Atlantic Boulevard and Pompano Beach Boulevard,  954-786-4111

7 p.m. March 27 “Toy Story 3″


ArtsPark,  Hollywood Boulevard at U.S. One, 954-921-3500

8 p.m. most Fridays including March 6  “Lion King”


Weston Regional Park, 20200 Saddle Club Road, 954-389-4321

7:30 p.m. March 14, “Dolphin Tale 2″

Deerfield Beach

the park  at 4111 NW Sixth Street, Deerfield Beach, 954-480-4429

7 p.m.  March 6 “Little Big League”


Sunrise Civic Center, 10610 W. Oakland Park Boulevard, 954-747-4600

7:30 p.m. March 13 “Penguins of Madagascar”

Coconut Creek

1100 Lyons Road

7:45 p.m. March 20 “Maleficent”



Feb 252015

produceShoppers who are picky about produce are treated to an assortment of outdoor and indoor set-ups in Broward. Some farmers markets are occasional events embellished with free music and other activities. Others are more like regular stores that are accessible every day. If you’re venturing out to a specific farmers market, it’s a good idea to phone first because dates, hours and locations sometimes are modified.



  • Hollywood, Josh’s Organic Garden, 101 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, year-round 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. most Sundays, 954-456-3276
  • Las Olas Sunday Market,  year-round at 333 E. Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, most Sundays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • The Yellow Green Farmers Market, indoor venue, year-round 1940 N. 30th Road, Hollywood, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 954-513-3990
  • Tamarac Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. most Sundays, 7825 Southgate Blvd., 954-540-6593 or 954-597-3620

Other specific days

Most days

  • Brothers Farmers Market, year-round at 4191 N State Road 7, Hollywood, 954-962-9250 and 6807 Stirling Road, Davie, 954-585-2225, Davie
  • Flamingo Road Nursery and Farmers Market, year-round at  1655 S. Flamingo Road, Davie, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. . 954-235-9397
  • Marando Farms, 1401 SW First Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, year-round, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends, 954-294-2331
  • Stiles Farmers Market, 5920 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderhill, year-round, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays
  • SW Ranches Farmers Market, 5150 S Flamingo Road, Southwest Ranches, 754-423-3786, Fridays, Saturdays Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

If you’d like to suggest other farmers markets in Broward, please send the information to


Feb 242015

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

Homework assistance and tutoring are for all ages on an array of subjects.

Access to the tutoring and employment resources is free to those with a valid Broward Library card.

Follow the link to the desired employment or tutoring resource and log in by typing in your library number.

The online resources are typically offered 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.