Summer Activities for Westonites

By Michael Isenbek

Disney on Ice Goes on a Next-Level Road Trip

The latest offering from the legendary, ever-innovating Disney On Ice show is Road Trip Adventures, being presented at BB&T Center in Sunrise from September 12 to 15. Such icons as Mickey, Minnie and Goofy invite the audience to go on a journey to special Disney destinations with them, visiting such places as Moana’s sunny Motunui, Simba’s safari-themed Pride Lands and Aladdin’s princely parade. But this journey will go far beyond ice-skating. Families—no matter where they are seated in the arena—will be participants in the show, whether dancing en masse, doing Road Trip Karaoke or Toy Story 4 carnival games. Over 50 lucky guests will get the chance to ride in a specially designed vehicle driven by Mickey Mouse himself or one of his pals on the ice itself. Believe it or not, this isn’t all of the fun in store, but we wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise. For more information, visit

A Street Art Workshop at The Frank

Explore the world of street art in the free Spray Paint and Stencils workshop at The Frank C. Ortis Art Gallery and Exhibition Hall in Pembroke Pines on September 14. 

Ronald Sánchez, a mixed media conceptual artist based out of the Laundromat Art Space artist residency program in Miami, will teach the class how to create works that combine pop and urban art aesthetics, utilizing such techniques as typography, masking and assemblage. Sánchez is known for his merging of typography, tagging and working with found objects, including reclaimed wood and street signs. All materials are provided and no experience is required. This class is intended for ages 12-plus. Space is limited, so don’t wait to sign up. For more information, visit

Bringing Broward’s Mental Health Issues into Focus

Whether a healthcare provider, first responder, community leader, business owner, elected official, or concerned citizen, all questions about local mental health issues will be answered at the award-winning Broward Mental Health Summit, being held at Charles F. Dodge City Center in Pembroke Pines on September 12. A group of leading South Florida mental health providers from county, state and federal government, private practice, non-profits, and academia will assemble to discuss this super-important topic. Breakout Sessions will be conducted this year, to allow for more interactive discussion on more mental health-related topics. Expect to leave with concrete data, information tools, and a better understanding. For more information, visit

A Superlative Flamenco Presentation

With Flamenco Intimo, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better rendition of this passionate art. Masterminded by revered flamenco dancer, choreographer and artistic director Siudy Garrido and being staged at Broward College’s Bailey Hall on September 14, the show will feature original music from composer and flamenco guitarist Jose Luis de la Paz, performed by skilled musicians along with a corps de ballet of six expert dancers. For more information, visit

Coming Soon: Arts Council of Greater Weston’s 2019-2020 Foreign Film Series

The Arts Council of Greater Weston’s annual paean to independent, far afield filmmaking is returning for a 14th season, running from November to March at AMC Weston 8 Cinema in Sunrise. As with all past Foreign Film Series editions, a committee painstakingly selected the flicks—this year, that group includes WFF Director Irene Carraway, Vicki Rosen, Joy Rodenberg, ACGW President Jami Nix Rahn, Eli Habib and Betty Silva. In 2019-2020, the roster features a Spanish dark comedy, a French drama/musical, an Italian drama, a Swedish comedy/drama/romance, and a French-Canadian adventure/drama. For more information, call 954.881.4582 or visit

A Helping Hand to Local Canines in Need

There’s a heartbreaking reality in South Florida—an epidemic of homeless dogs who end up fending for themselves in empty houses, on the streets, in the Everglades, or given to high kill shelters. In addition, many of these canines are starving, suffering from various diseases and are covered in ticks. But the nonprofit 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida is doing something about it, hosting their annual fundraiser Raising For The Rescues on September 21 at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale. Attendees can enjoy live music and try their luck with the 50/50 raffle or silent auction—you could win a seven-day Caribbean cruise. Nearly 4,000 animals have been saved by this organization in the span of almost a decade. For more information, visit

A Cuban Musical Master Graces the Area

Leoni Torres, a vocalist, composer and producer considered one of the most important personages in Cuban music will be visiting Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale on September 21 as part of his “Amor Bonito” U.S. tour. A native of Camagüey, Torres started his singing career at an early age, and made his mark as a member of famed Cuban group Charanga Habanera before commencing a successful solo career. Torres’ penchant for ballads will be evident in the evening’s song selection, alongside tunes that present a genre unique to the island nation. For more information, visit

Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk Welcomes Autumn

Though the fall months in South Florida don’t have the same color-dappled leaf ambiance as up north, that doesn’t mean the area can’t celebrate the season.

The Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale Fall Festival, happening September 21 at Esplanade Park does just that—a free event featuring games and activities, live entertainment, fall themed foods and cold drinks. The festival is celebrating its five-year anniversary this year, and in addition to providing fun for the community, the Riverwalk organization also uses these events to raise funds that allow the area to remain a vibrant destination. For more information, visit

A Treasure Trove of Pro Football History 

Miami will be hosting 2020’s Super Bowl LIV and to mark the occasion, Smithsonian-affiliated HistoryMiami Museum will be hosting an exhibit dubbed Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame from September 28, 2019 to February 9, 2020. The abundant number of priceless artifacts within a 6,000 square-foot exhibition space is sure to captivate NFL fans, including the actual seven-pound sterling silver Vince Lombardi Trophy, footballs thrown by Dan Marino during record-breaking plays, an Akron Indians game ball from 1910 and Tom Brady’s NFL Draft Card, to name but a (very) few. Gridiron Glory will also have a special “Hometown Heroes” section devoted to the Miami Dolphins, a pop-up theater showing films of memorable NFL moments, vintage and modern pads and jerseys for visitors to don, plus much, much more. For more information, visit

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