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Broward (Ft Laud area) Holiday Week things to do (End of...

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No one ought to post how boring a time they had in SE Fl, unless thats what they want.

Most below (not the Parker THeater) are accessable via the Water Taxi, so, if thats near your place, use it.

Hope all have a great time this season. Sent by the C of C for info on the TUG site, thought this would be helpful to visitors and locals

Ken :

Holiday Happenings

December 27 – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Join the celebration as children of all ages enjoy the thrill of the second night of the age-old, eight-night Festival of Lights--Chanukah. Entertainment, including lighting of a giant menorah, singers and Israeli dancers will be in the spotlight. Crafts, delicious ethnic foods and holiday treats, like latkes, will also be featured.

Las Olas Boulevard. FREE FAM

www.goriverwalk.com/calendar.asp?evt=4532

$- Charge for the Event FAM - Family Friendly

After Dark Series

December 20

The world class, 45-member Las Olas Studio Orchestra debuts its dazzling Fort Lauderdale After Dark Series, a multi-dimensional evening that pairs exciting new arrangements of popular favorites by Frank Sinatra, Lionel Ritchie, Carlos Santana, Barry White and more, with sensual lighting and visual effects in a romantic, intimate setting. The evening will be conducted by Paul Anthony McRae.

Broward Center for the Performing Arts. $

www.goriverwalk.com/calendar.asp?evt=4509

Holiday Happenings

December 20 – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

This year, the fun and excitement continues throughout the month of December, every Tuesday. Stroll along fabulous Las Olas Boulevard. There will be 22 musical and entertainment stops as well as fine food, fashion and holiday treats as you enjoy a wonderful South Florida outing. See Santa at the Riverside Hotel, follow street entertainers, visit a real gingerbread house at Stork's, tour the holiday-decorated Stranahan House and listen to story hours at Flora Ottimer's Children's Boutique. There will also be live music, interactive shop tours and gifts for all.

Las Olas Boulevard. FREE FAM

www.goriverwalk.com/calendar.asp?evt=4585

12 Dogs of Christmas

December 21-23 – 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

This holiday film has all the elements of a classic heart warmerSet during the meager years of the Great Depression, 12 Dogs of Christmas follows the story of Emma, a 12-year-old, who is sent to live in the rural town of Doverville with her aunt. Emma manages to enlist the town's dogs into a colorful holiday pageant that reminds the inhabitants that even the Great Depression cannot ruin the spirit of Christmas.

Cinema Paradiso. $

www.goriverwalk.com/calendar.asp?evt=4611

Jared Michael Hobgood

December 22 – 9 p.m.

Tired of shopping? Enjoy Key West right here in Fort Lauderdale when Jared Michael Hobgood takes the stage. This is not your average holiday show.

Tarpon Bend. FREE

www.goriverwalk.com/calendar.asp?evt=4613

Kwanzaa Self Sufficiency Workshop

December 26 – noon

A workshop that will include hands-on experience in tie-dying, planting food and sampling nutritional foods.

African-American Research Library and Cultural Center.

www.goriverwalk.com/calendar.asp?evt=4527

Meet the Animals Holiday Camp

December 26-30 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you love coming to the museum to see the animals, this is the camp for you. Get up close and personal with museum residents who spend most of their time behind the scenes. Make some cool crafts, and check out an IMAX® film. Day camps are designed to give students, ages six to 12, entire days filled with exploration and hands-on learning. Before and after care is available.

Museum of Discovery & Science. $ FAM

www.goriverwalk.com/calendar.asp?evt=4536

Lost in Yonkers

December 27-January 1

Winner of four Tony Awards, Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers is the often-comical story of two young brothers grappling with the loss of their mother and their new life in Yonkers. Surrounded by colorful family members--steel-hearted Grandma Kurnitz, bubbly but chronically forgetful Aunt Bella and tough-talking Uncle Louie--the boys learn that love and affection can often be found in the most unusual places and with the most unusual people. Full of laughter and tears, Lost in Yonkers is a bravura performance.

Parker Playhouse. $

www.goriverwalk.com/calendar.asp?evt=4533

Ashella

December 28 – 6:30 p.m.

An African-oriented rendition of the classic fairy tale Cinderella, presented by the African Caribbean American Performing Artists, Inc. In this version of the tale, Ashella--like Cinderella--has been abused by her stepmother and stepsisters. She has the opportunity to marry a prince, but only if she competes with other village women by dancing before him. The prince will the woman he decides is the best African dancer.

Broward County Main Library.

www.goriverwalk.com/calendar.asp?evt=4614

Nine Lives (2005)

December 28-31

A short film anthology featuring an excellent cast of women. Some of the women exposed are Robin Wright Penn, who plays a pregnant woman running into a former lover in a supermarket, resulting in a bout of anguish and self doubt; Sissy Spacek, a woman caught up in an affair at a seddy motel; and Holly Hunter, playing a woman alarmed at her boyfriend's antisocial behavior.

Cinema Paradiso. $

www.goriverwalk.com/calendar.asp?evt=4612

Howie Mandel

December 31

Howie Mandel spends as many as 200 nights a year entertaining his fans, which makes him one of the most successful comedians today. After an appearance on the game show Make Me Laugh, Mandel enjoyed a stint as Diana Ross' opening act, six years as Dr. Wayne Fiscus on St. Elsewhere, hosting the syndicated talk show The Howie Mandel Show and more.

Broward Center for the Performing Arts. $

www.goriverwalk.com/calendar.asp?evt=4510

New Year’s Eve Celebrations

December 31

The Downtown will be holding numerous celebratory events to ring in the New Year. Enjoy the festivities.

December 31

Downtown Fort Lauderdale- from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., along SW 2nd Street and SW 2nd and 4th Avenues, enjoy live music, entertainment, face painting, games and activities for the entire family, including a spectacular ball drop at midnight. For more information, call (954) 828-7275.

Downtowner Saloon- From 9 p.m. to midnight, enjoy an open bar and live music be Sheba, the Mississippi queen. On the menu: prime rib, fresh fish, a pasta station, dessert bar and more. And take part in a champagne toast, complete with party favors at midnight. $100 per person.

For reservations, call (954) 463-9800.

Himmarshee Village- Head to Southwest Second Street for the biggest New Year's block party around town. All 16 restaurants and nighttime establishments will be hosting live music and special parties.

Laffing Matterz- Do you have the holiday blues? Leave them behind as you enjoy serious dining and hilarious satire. Seating begins at 8:30 p.m., and the entertainment goes through midnight. Enjoy a wonderful dinner, dessert, comical show and midnight champagne toast for $125. For reservations, call (954) 763-LAFN.

Las Olas Riverfront- From 8 p.m. to midnight, Fort Lauderdale's premier entertainment venue will be celebrate the New Year. At midnight, enjoy a fireworks show. No cost. For more information, call (954) 522-6556.

Revolution- Participate in a New Year's extravaganza, with a performance by the Roots. The Grammy-award winning group has pioneered the live-rap movement, and they have a distinct jazz sound. The night also includes open bar from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., hors d' oeuvres, party favors and a midnight champagne toast. $70 advance or $80 day of show. For reservations, call (954) 523-3309.

www.goriverwalk.com/calendar.asp?evt=4542

Salute to Vienna Brunch

January 1 – 11:30 a.m.

Start your New Year's Day off right in the Abdo Room. Enjoy an exquisite champagne brunch featuring eggs benedict, house cured salmon bagel and cream cheese, chicken piccata, roasted potatoes, french toast, fresh gourmet coffee and many more delicious specialties.

Broward Center for the Performing Arts. $

www.goriverwalk.com/calendar.asp?evt=4511

Salute to Vienna

January 1

Catch the excitement when Salute to Vienna, the world's greatest New Year's concert, returns for another sensational performance. Glorious, charming and inspiring, each performance features a new program and a new cast, showcasing the best waltzes, polkas and marches by Johann Strauss and his contemporaries.

Broward Center for the Performing Arts. $

www.goriverwalk.com/calendar.asp?evt=4512

SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch

January 1 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Set along the banks of the New River, the SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch takes place the first Sunday of the month. The five stage concert series showcases South Florida's best jazz performers, providing entertainment for the whole family. (River House great brunch, about $28. Other stands available. All music & fun is free)

Riverwalk Park. FREE FAM

www.goriverwalk.com/calendar.asp?evt=4541

Polar Express Day Camp

January 2 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Take a journey to the frigid environment of the North Pole. Experiment with different materials to discover how animals survive in extreme cold. Make your own snow globe and marshmallow snowman. Play games, and see the IMAX® film, The Polar Express: An IMAX® 3D Experience. Day camps are designed to give students, ages six to 12, entire days filled with exploration and hands-on learning. Before and after care is available.

Museum of Discovery & Science. $ FAM

www.goriverwalk.com/calendar.asp?evt=4537

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Movin’ Out

January 3-15

Five-time Grammy winner Billy Joel and legendary director and choreographer Twyla Tharp have joined forces to create the spectacular new musical Time Magazine declared, "The #1 show of the year!" The Tony Award-winning musical brings 24 Billy Joel classics to electrifying new life as it tells the story of five life-long friends over two turbulent decades. It all adds up to one unforgettable Broadway musical.

Broward Center for the Performing Arts. $

www.goriverwalk.com/calendar.asp?evt=4513

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12 Dogs of Christmas

12/21/2005 to 12/23/2005

Cinema Paradiso. 503 SE 6th St. 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. (954) 525-3456.

This holiday film has all the elements of a classic heartwarmer--cuddly dogs, small town spirit and even a full-fledged Christmas pageant. Set during the meager years of the Great Depression, 12 Dogs of Christmas follows the story of Emma, a 12-year-old, who is sent to live in the rural town of Doverville with her aunt. Emma manages to enlist the town's dogs into a colorful holiday pageant that reminds the inhabitants that even the Great Depression cannot ruin the spirit of Christmas.

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1. Re: Broward (Ft Laud area) Holiday Week things to do (End of...

Howie Mandel seems sold out