Focus on South Florida
Thanksgiving is an opportunity for us to stop, and be thankful for all that we have. But Thanksgiving can be a tough time for the people in our community who are less fortunate. The First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale is bringing the spirit of giving alive, again this year. Much the same way it has for more than 60 years. We focus on the work the church does, and how you can get involved.
The mission of the locally-based “Kid Kritics”, is to provide parents with a clear and credible way of identifying healthy foods their kids will actually eat. Kid Kritics aims to combat childhood obesity and other diseases. The “Kid Kritics” hold blind taste tests on physician-approved foods. Then they decide whether to give the product their seal of approval. A growing number of national companies are now seeking out the “Kid Kritics” seal of approval for their products. We see the kids in action.
Since 1989 the “Alliance For Aging” has been funding home and community-based services that keep people at home and out of nursing homes. The private nonprofit organization is committed to improving the lives of our senior citizens. For 364 days out of the year the alliance serves the vulnerable elderly in our community. One night a year, the alliance celebrates their vitality and their contributions to the community with the “Positive Living Awards”. We preview the event and detail the work done by the Alliance.
The third annual “Art of Transformation” is a month-long series of events celebrating the revitalization of the city of Opa-locka. The series includes a dance performance, an art exhibition , a film, and an art, food and music festival. It showcases how art is capable of encouraging urban and civic renewal.
The largest literary event in the country is underway, and it is right here in our own backyard. The Miami Book Fair International attracts hundreds of thousands of readers and writers. The 8-day party builds to the street fair, and if you’ve never experienced that, you need to put it on your “to do” list. The book fair was co-founded 31 years ago by Miami-Dade College and Mitchell Kaplan.
This Thanksgiving, make a lasting impression; one that benefits you and our community. The 4th annual Fort Lauderdale Turkey Trot and Paddle is quickly becoming a Broward County tradition, attracting thousands of participants. We focus on the event, how you can get involved and who benefits from it.
The mission of the Key West Film Festival is to showcase films that exhibit excellence in storytelling and capture the essence of what Key West is all about. This is the festival’s third year, and is set to feature more than 55 films. And this year, Cuban cinema is in the spotlight. We preview the event.
The Knight Foundation supports ideas that engage communities and foster the arts. Its 2014 Knight Arts Challenge People’s Choice Award is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a small and emerging arts organization in South Florida. 20-thousand dollars is up for grabs and you can have a say on who receives it. We focus on the importance of this competition.
Lupus is one of the cruelest most mysterious diseases on earth. It is an autoimmune disease that can take years to diagnose and has no known cure. An estimated 5 million people worldwide have lupus, about 100-thousand of them here in Florida. Most people at risk for lupus know little or nothing about the disease. We focus on the work done by the Lupus Foundation of America’s Florida chapter and meet a woman who has lived with the disease for more than 20 years
The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale is to open up the world of science to children and adults through exhibits, programs and films. It seems there is always something exciting going on there. We focus on its new traveling exhibition called “Black Holes: Space Warps and Time Twists”, and a big announcement about its IMAX 3D theater.