April Activities & Festivities to Partake in

 Tortuga: Much More Than a Music Fest

Fort Lauderdale Beach Park will be hopping from April 12-14 as Tortuga Music Festival presents a full-to-bursting bill of country, rock and roots music. Modern country stars will headline each day — Jason Aldean on Friday, Thomas Rhett on Saturday and Kenny Chesney on Sunday. But there’s more going on here than just a fun weekend of live music. Tortuga works closely with the Rock The Ocean Foundation to raise awareness about perils affecting Earth’s waters, and supports research, education and conservation programs related to the fragile liquid portion of the planet. Each year, Rock the Ocean partners with 30 ocean conservation groups from around the world considered “thought leaders” within their niche. These groups populate Tortuga’s Conservation Village, and have received more than $1 million in proceeds from the festival. For more information, visit tortugamusicfestival.com.

A Bruncheon for Suicide

The Dylan Schopp Sunshine Foundation, a Weston-based non-profit dedicated to suicide prevention, will be holding its inaugural Sunshine Bruncheon fundraiser on April 6 at the Jacaranda Country Club in Plantation. The foundation was established by his family after Dylan tragically took his own life, and per the organization, its “goal and purpose is to celebrate Dylan’s life and help his spirit and energy live on, in hopes of preventing similar tragedies.” In addition to a fashion show, buffet and silent auction, the event will feature plenty of education related to suicide prevention, with Dr. Jessica Leon of Therapist To Go, LLC, providing related knowledge as keynote speaker. Proceeds will go to a host of suicide prevention programs and mental health advocate programs. For more information, visit dylansfoundation.org.

Broward Welcomes the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life 

It’s a banner month for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life in Broward County, with a number of local locales hosting these events. A signature charity event for the ACS, it has cancer survivors and close-knit teams taking laps on a track or path to symbolize the continuing fight against this dreadful disease. In what the ACS calls “a day of remembrance and celebration,” the Relay for Life is jubilant, but has moments of solemnity as well, when those lost to cancer are remembered. The dates and locations: 4/5 — Pembroke Pines and Miramar; 4/6 — Coral Springs; 4/6-7 — Weston; 4/12-13 — Plantation; 4/27 — Davie and Cooper City. For more information, visit relayforlife.org.

Santana Rocks With Global Consciousness

Santana is bringing its culturally borderless Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood on April 19. It’s been 50 years since the band’s epochal performance at Woodstock thrust them into stardom, and 20 years since the landmark album Supernatural had them roaring back into the public eye. Fans attending this “Global Consciousness Tour” show can expect the greatest hits, along with a special emphasis on Supernatural tracks, all centered on the vision and soaring guitar of eponymous leader Carlos Santana. And don’t forget to check out their brand new EP, In Search of Mona Lisa. For more information, visit seminolehardrockhollywood.com.

Team Dolphins

The ninth edition of the Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC IX) the popular community event that raises funds for innovative cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center takes place this month. The DCC donates 100 percent of participant-raised funds to Sylvester. The DCC IX weekend will commence with the Kickoff Party on Friday, April 5, followed by the DCC signature event on Saturday, April 6, that will include five bike routes through South Florida and a run/walk 5K. Since its inception, the DCC has raised more than $27.5 million, donating 100 percent of participant-raised funds to Sylvester. For additional information, call 305.943.6799 or visit DolphinsCancerChallenge.com

The Legend of Anastasia Comes Alive

The legend that Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna did not die along with the rest of her Imperial Russian kin has taken on a life of its own, and is the inspiration for the direct-from-Broadway musical Anastasia, scheduled April 23-May 5 at Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. The lauded, award-winning creators bring the audience on a journey through the life of a woman named Anya who goes on a quest to find out about her mysterious past, pursued by a Soviet officer who wants her silenced. For more information, visit browardcenter.org.

Easter Family Fun at Weston Town Center

On Easter Sunday, April 21, gather the kiddies and make a day of it at the Weston Town Center Easter Family Funday,happening from 3-6 p.m. Mr. and Mrs. Bunny will hold court, handing out Easter eggs and taking photos with the kids, and there will be a ton of activities to thrill the children, including live performances from local artists, a Disney Princesses show, pony rides, bounce houses, face painting, balloon forms, a choo choo train, and interactive vendors. For more information, visit westontowncenter.net.

Artistic Immersion at the Weston
Art Guild’s
New Gallery

Weston Art Guild’s (WAG)first gallery is open at 13141 West Sunrise Boulevard in Sunrise thanks to a benefactor who donated the space, and in addition to artwork, they are wasting no time filling the location with recurring programming. Highlights include “Live Artist Painting” on the 2nd Friday of the month, which has four WAG artists painting and discussing technique; “Creative Questions & Critique” on the 4th Friday on the month, where visitor-created art is examined by the expert eye of Maria Garces Luzuriaga and fellow artists; and “The Abstract Voice: Textures & Mixed Media,” happening April 26-27, a workshop led by Kay Kiria, which includes all required supplies for a fee. For more information and to find out about other classes, visit westonartguild.com.

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