D4 News

Hello friends and neighbors,
I am reaching out a little early this week to remind you of some weekend events that I am sure will be incredibly important to your little ones! Don't miss Operation Santa and Winter Frost this year. I have included all of the fun details below.

I also want you all to know that City Staff is very busy preparing for the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Weekend. Friends, I really want to encourage you to attend the parade and ceremony, which has been growing every year for the last four years. We are so proud of the community involvement! Even the business community has participated in the parade in recent years and I am excited to see who will come out this year. This is a wonderful family event, but also an important one as we observe the life of one of the most important Civil Right's Leaders who ever lived.

I want to remind you that you can now find me on Twitter @DFB_D4Ganz. You can tweet your questions or send me a direct message. If social media isn't your thing just email me at bganz@deerfield-beach.com.

Have a safe & happy holiday,

Bill Ganz

What's Happening in Deerfield Beach?

THIS WEEKEND: Operation Santa 

The City of Deerfield Beach, The Deerfield Beach Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Broward Sheriff's Office Division of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services proudly presents Operation Santa 2016. Join Santa and Mrs. Claus along with their elves as they travel on Santa's sleigh bringing their holiday cheer to your neighborhood park during this most festive season. Bring the kids out for a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus this weekend!
Santa's schedule is as follows:
Saturday December 17th 
10am - 10:45 Mayo Howard Park
11am - 11:45 Constitution Park
12pm - 12:45 Ada Graham-Johnson Park
1pm - 1:45 South Crystal Heights Park
2pm - 2:45 Ecidar Park
Sunday December 18th 
10am - 10:45 Highlands Park
11am - 11:45 Oveta McKeithen Rec Complex
12pm - 12:45 Pioneer Park
1pm - 1:45 Middle School Aquatic Complex
2pm - 2:45 Cornerstone Park
For more information please contact CERT Coordinator, Carol Sjursen at 954.803.6338.

THIS WEEKEND: Winter Frost

The Deerfield Beach Parks and Recreation Department is excited to host the first ever, Winter Frost Festival, on Saturday, December 17th at Highlands Community Center, 511 NE 44th St. Come and celebrate the holiday magic, for a day of fun and entertainment, food, hot chocolate, arts and crafts, and games.
For additional information, please call Highlands Community Center at (954) 429-1847.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Weekend
Featuring Keynote Speaker Judge Karen Mills-Francis 

Join in the festivities of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Weekend, Friday, January 13th through Monday, January 16th, at the Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex, 445 SW 2nd St.

Bring the family out to enjoy the carnival with new games and rides on Friday, January 13th from 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday and Sunday, January 14th & 15th from 12:00pm - 10:00pm, and Monday, January 16th from 1:00pm - 6:00pm. Make sure to stay for the live music featuring Randy Corinthian and the Jazz Quartet on Friday and Quinton McCleod on Saturday from 6:30pm - 8:00pm each evening. We will be introducing the first annual Best Church Choir Competition on Sunday from 5:00pm - 7:00pm.

Don't forget to join in the fun of the parade on Monday, January 16th at 10:00am! This year's parade has five confirmed high school bands to include, Deerfield Beach High School, Fort Lauderdale High School and Coconut Creek High School to name a few.

The parade will be followed by the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Ceremony featuring, Judge Karen Mills-Francis as the grand marshal and keynote speaker. Born and raised in Miami, Judge Karen has graced the airwaves as one of TV's most recognizable court show judges since 2008! In 2001 Judge Karen was sworn in as the Miami Dade County Court Judge. While in this position, Judge Karen made it her mission to support "at risk" children and young adults who were getting lost in the legal system. As a television personality, Judge Karen has been seen on ABC, Good Morning America, The Dr. Drew show, Nancy Grace, Fox News and more.

Please note; the parade will follow the route listed below beginning at 10:00am and ending at approximately 12:00pm resulting in the closure of roads:
  • The parade starts in the Cove Shopping Center (1580 SE 3rd Ct.) and will travel west. It will turn south on Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave and west on SW 2nd street, ending at the Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex (445 SW 2nd Street).
For additional information or if you would like to participate in the parade please visit www.dfb.city/mlk or call the Community Events and Outreach Division at 954-480-4429.

Welcome Center Volunteers Needed
The City of Deerfield Beach Parks & Recreation Department is looking for volunteers to assist Deerfield Beach visitors at the International Fishing Pier Welcome Center, 200 NE 21st Ave. Hours of operation will vary based on need. 

Interested volunteers must have a thorough knowledge of the businesses, events and activities in Deerfield Beach, and project an outgoing persona. All volunteers must be 18 years or older, will go through an interview process and must pass a level two background screening; bilingual preferred. To apply, please visit www.dfb.city/humanresources.

For additional information, please call (954) 480-4412.

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