Cultural Events


Thousands of people came together at WorldFest 2015 at Sportsplex Park. The enjoyed food from all over the world and performances.



The Our Town America event has attracted thousands of people to the Sportplex park in Coral Springs. There are a wide variety of rides, games and food options. Young people are providing entertainment such as dance. And for many it is an opportunity to meet and socialize.




Members of the Coral Springs Craft Guild enjoyed being a part of the Coral Springs Festival of the Arts. “We are hands on creative and we do a lot of teaching,” said Lesa Livingston of the Guild.

IMG_2501Jeremy Lechner loves to play the drums. It is his passion and something he has been doing since he was a teenager.

Lechner is a member of the Stella’s Basement band which performs at venues all over Broward County. Recently the band performed at JD’s in Coral Springs. “We are having a fun time playing people want to hear us play. We play music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s and we play alternative music. We play diverse music. This is something we do for fun,” he said.

Most of the bands that perform at JDs perform because they love music and love to play in front of an audience. Many of the bands have a following and will bring their fans to JDs. Stella’s Basement and other bands that perform at JD’s are considered cover bands.

To do well you need to practice and practice some more,” said Lechner. “It is a fantastic mental and spiritual outlet. It is my outlet.”


Billy Simonelli, plays guitar for Stella’s Basement. For him is a great hobby. “I have been playing since I was four. I have played in front of 5,000 people when I was into the heavy metal scene. I practice and practice. I always try to get better,” he said.

Dane Lyons is the vocalist. He believes that successful singers must be themselves and find an area where they are good. “I am a talented vocalist. I was in a college band. “I considered myself a good vocalist and I focus on that,” he said.

During performances he sings with passion and often goes into the audience to sing.

Curtis Lewis plays base. Has been on tour. I love it. To be successful as a base player you really have to practice. It also takes talent,” he said.

The bands that perform at places like JDs are considered cover bands. They will approach the venues, offer to perform and gradually develop a reputation. “Our customers like old style rock and roll. Many will bring their clientele,” said Michael Lombardo, manager of JDs,


IMG_1610Members of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church participated in Relay for Life at Coral Springs High School. They were among thousands of participants who walked the Coral Springs running track to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The church held a raffle to raise money.

IMG_1557Families got together at the Coral Springs Marriott at Heron Bay to celebrate a CommuniTea celebration. The program featured a violin duo by Sons of Mystro and the opportunity for people to share a favorite memory of a treasured tea cup. Niabelle Thelemaque shared a memory of a tea cup she purchased for her mother. She brought the tea cup to the event.

The CommuniTea was hosted by the Coral Springs Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee. Bessie Cristwell, chairperson of the Committee was glad to see people from various cultures coming together to enjoy the event. Many of those who attended were dressed in the formal attire of various nations. Some discussed experiences they had enjoyed abroad. And some of those stories involved tea cups.

There was a dance exhibition by Eugenia Akef with Ro and  a presentation entitled “Do You Think You Know Your Mom?” emceed by Robert Goehrig. Awards were given for the best decorated table. There was a Zumba dancing presentation by Kat B. from Geminidanz Fitness.



IMG_1505Bit-By-Bit Medical Therapeutic Riding Center  with locations in Pompano Beach and Davie held a special event known as Kentucky Derby Day at its Pompano Beach facility. The program featured fun activities for children and riding event such as barrel racing. The program provides therapy to people with disabilities through horse back riding.

Many people are facing difficulties in life because of disabilities. And a growing number are working to overcome their disabilities by riding and working with horses. About 6,000 people with special needs are benefitting from the Hippotherapy program offered by Bit-By-Bit Medical Therapeutic Riding Center. Hippotherapy uses horseback riding to provide physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

“Hippotherapy works on motor skills, balance, strength, coordination and psychosocial skills,” said Kathleen Pegues, president of Bit-by-Bit. “We are working with disabled military veterans, disabled children and adults. Riding horses helps people with three dimensional movement and gait. This program helps people with disabilities.”


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